The Saints Win    

Daniel 7:15-18

Sunday morning at church Bruce and his wife Tammy had on their full New Orleans Saints jerseys and other fan paraphernalia. In the Dallas area it takes guts to wear anything other than Cowboy stuff, but Bruce is from New Orleans, and he’s big enough to play tackle for the Saints. So I stood behind him a couple of rows back and looking at bold black and gold.

Now near the culmination of Daniel’s dream it’s going to be the saints vs. the Antichrist, and Daniel is not sure who wins. He’s terrified and is not afraid to express his fear and ask for help. 

“Deep in my soul, I, Daniel was distressed, and the visions I was seeing in my head terrified me. So I approached one of those who stood there and asked for reliable information about all this. So he explained things to me and disclosed the meaning of what I was seeing. He said, ‘These four beasts, they’re four kings who will arise out of the earth. But the saints of the Most High will receive the kingdom and possess the kingdom forever, forever and ever.”

Daniel saw thousands upon thousands of angels surrounding God’s throne (Daniel 7:10) and later in the book, the angel Gabriel will be his interpreter (Daniel 8:16, 9:21). So we can conclude that one of God’s trusted supernatural messengers explained things to Daniel.

I’m also impressed with Daniel’s openness about his fear. When we see horrifying things, things we don’t understand and that seem to be unjust, we don’t need to hide our fear and anxiety. It’s okay to be terrified when beastly things are happening. But the angel immediately took Daniel to the resolution that can calm his fears and ours.

God, the Most High, decides who wins when the time runs out. We learned yesterday that the Ancient of Days gives the Son of Man, Jesus the Messiah, the kingdom. Today we learn that he will not rule alone. Those who follow him, the ones who become saints by receiving his gift of forgiveness, will rule with him.    

This is the answer to the question I asked you a few days ago about who gets to sit on the thrones in the heavenly court. If we know Jesus, we will receive the kingdom and rule with him. According to the Apostle Paul, this is why we need to start exercising wise, skillful, just accountability in our local churches today.

“Or do you not know that the saints will judge the world? And if the world is to be judged by you, are you incompetent to try trivial cases?” 1 Corinthians 6:2

LORD, in our local churches give us wisdom to hold each other accountable as we seek to follow Jesus together. Help our leaders to be wise, fair, and accountable. Help us not to allow abuse, drunkenness, immorality, misuse of funds, or any other blatant sinfulness to continue. 

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