Today you should read: Daniel 12
So now we have reached the end of Daniel. We have been in a lion’s den, thrown in a fiery furnace and seen and heard many amazing and confusing signs of the end times. We end this book with a pretty clear picture of what will happen and a pretty clear lesson to take away today. We find it spelled out in verse 2:
“Many of those whose bodies lie dead and buried will rise up, some to everlasting life and some to shame and everlasting disgrace”
So which are you? Daniel was told a few times to go his way and live his life. He was also told in verse 13 that he will “rise again to receive the inheritance set aside” for him. This same promise is true for you and me. So the question comes back to us:
What is the inheritance set aside for you?
We have one of two options: We take what we have earned as an inheritance:
“For the wages of sin is death” Romans 6:23 a
On our own, we “earn” death. Our own inheritance is a christless eternity in hell. Our inheritance is one of eternal payment for our sin.
The other option is this:
“For his Spirit joins with our spirit to affirm that we are God’s children. And since we are his children, we are his heirs. In fact, together with Christ we are heirs of God’s glory.” Romans 8:16-17a
With Jesus, we are in line to an inheritance from God. One of eternal life and joy and peace. Which will you choose? If you are reading this you may have already made your choice and that is great. But please make sure you have. There are many people who go their whole lives thinking they have settled this choice but really they never have. And remember this, one day you WILL “rise again to receive the inheritance set aside for you.” What will it be?
Posted by: Robbie Byrd
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Asking an obvious question because it is brought up twice in today’s passage.
“But you, Daniel, keep this prophecy a secret; seal up the book until the time of the end, when many will rush here and there, and knowledge will increase.”
Not sure the first time someone saw the writings of Daniel but I’m guessing they were public before Jesus was born. So the prophecy was no longer a “secret”. How does that jive with the command given to Daniel?