On the heels of my father’s death, we learned my father-in-law had lung cancer. Shortly after that we received two more rounds of bad news. I wrote in my journal, “Lord, I feel like a squished grape.”
Have you ever been flattened by bad news? God gave Daniel a vision of the end times that flattened him for three weeks. But God didn’t leave him there. He sent an angel to strengthen him and interpret the vision.
Then the one who looked like a man touched me again, and I felt my strength returning. ‘Don’t be afraid,’ he said, ‘for you are very precious to God. Peace! Be encouraged! Be strong!’” (Daniel 10:18-19 NLT).
Daniel was able to witness the fulfillment of some of his prophecies. Other prophecies were fulfilled after his death through such conquerors as Alexander the Great. But the terrible vision that flattened Daniel—is yet to come.
Many have questioned the authenticity of the book of Daniel because of how accurately and clearly it foretold future details. However, after the discovery of the ancient Qumran documents (The Dead Sea Scrolls), the book’s genuineness can no longer be reasonably disputed. The book of Revelation amplifies Daniel’s terrible vision of the last days.
Many prophecy scholars are connecting current events to the last days. The world embracing one currency, one economy, and one ruler promising peace no longer seems remote. The October 7th attack on Israel uncovered shocking world-wide antisemitism. Who would have ever pictured the unleashing of such vile hate against this small group of people? God did.
The Hope Related to Birth Pangs
Jesus said that wars, rumors of wars, and earthquakes are the beginning of birth pangs (Mark 13:7-8). In the birth process, contractions start out weak and build in duration and intensity.
I vividly remember the transition phase of my children’s births and my prayers for relief. I believe the transition phase corresponds to the seven-year tribulation. As labor pains produce new life, the tribulation will end in the new era of Christ’s reign.
Regardless of where we are on the prophetic calendar, the angel’s words pertain to us. We must be strong—in love, faith, courage, character, and readiness to meet our Lord.
We may not know the day or the hour Jesus will return, but after listing end time signs (that some believe point to Israel’s establishment as a nation in 1948), Jesus said, “In the same way, when you see all these things, you can know his return is very near, right at the door” (Matthew 24:33 NLT).
For those whose names are written in the book of life, we can look up with hope, for our redemption is drawing near. But we must also be strong, for we are living in times of wide-spread deception and diluted faith.
The day bad news flattened me, the Lord reminded me that He was with me and for me. Despite whatever bad news or bad times we face, like Daniel, we can draw hope and strength from the Lord’s presence and His sure words.
Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away” (Mark 13:31 NIV).
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