The Great Conflict
Have you noticed that as we move toward Election Day that the attack ads increase? That’s because tension arouses our senses a lot more than peace and every good storyteller knows this. God doesn’t write make believe stories. He reveals actual events, even before they happen, and as we begin Daniel 10 we have his last prophecy, a prophecy that will take us all the way from 536/535 BC, the third year of Cyrus the Persian, to the end of history when the Messiah will set up his capital in Jerusalem.
“In the third year of Cyrus king of Persia, a word was revealed to Daniel, also called Belteshazzar, and this word is true. It has to do with a great conflict. The understanding of this revelation came to Daniel in a vision.
At that time, I, Daniel, was grieving for a period of three weeks. I ate no choice food; no meat or wine touched my lips; and I used not lotions at all until the three weeks were over.” Daniel 10:1-2
As in chapter nine, we again see that even in his 80s this man that Nebuchadnezzar tried to brainwash by giving him a Babylonian name is still sensitive and passionate about his relationship with God. He was too old to return to Israel, but not old to keep protecting his people in prayer and as a government official.
We get to reap the benefit of what the Lord revealed to this octogenarian, he will predict again how the great conflict between God and the Serpent will end. Daniel’s vision stretches from the conflict between Egypt and Syria, to the times of trouble of Antiochus IV in 164 BC, but then Daniel will jump in time to the final Antichrist who arises out of the Roman Empire. How will this conflict end? What will happen to Daniel after he is placed in the grave?
LORD, thanks for Daniel’s lifelong example of faithfulness and that in his eighties he was still taking time to pray, fast, and seek your face. Help me to dare to be like Daniel.
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