And I heard a man's voice between the banks of Ulai, which called, and said, Gabriel, make this man to understand the vision. So he came near where I stood: and when he came, I was afraid, and fell upon my face: but he said unto me, Understand, O son of man: for at the time of the end shall be the vision. Now as he was speaking with me, I was in a deep sleep on my face toward the ground: but he touched me, and set me upright. And he said, Behold, I will make thee know what shall be in the last end of the indignation: for at the time appointed the end shall be. (Daniel 8:16-19)
GOD who knows all, the beginning from the end saw fit to give Daniel a portion of what was to come upon His people, so he could warn them of what was to pass. When we look back, and see all of what GOD has done, we are in awe of His majesty, and power over nations. Even nations and peoples that defy Him and mock His Name.
GOD loves us so much that He directs even pagan kings to accomplish His will, to set the stage for the coming of His Son the first time as a suffering servant who would offer Himself in our place. The next time Jesus Christ steps out of Heaven into this world He will not be coming as prophet or priest, but as King. The King of Kings, and Lord of Lords who will judge the whole earth. Are you ready? Can you stand before the Judge of the whole world? Will you present yourself as payment or will you be covered by the blood He shed on the Cross for you? If not, get ready today while there is still time.
If you are ready, tell someone else of His love for sinners. Share Him today.
Jefferson A. Sweet