“At that time shall arise Michael, the great prince who has charge of your people. And there shall be a time of trouble, such as never has been since there was a nation till that time. But at that time your people shall be delivered, everyone whose name shall be found written in the book. 2 And many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt. 3 And those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the sky above;[a] and those who turn many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever. 4 But you, Daniel, shut up the words and seal the book, until the time of the end. Many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall increase.”
What excitement to read this now, as a believer. Because now we know what all this means. We know in 1 Thessalonians 4:15-17:
15By the word of the Lord, we declare to you that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who have fallen asleep. 16For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a loud command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will be the first to rise. 17After that, we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will always be with the Lord.…”
Could these two passages be related to the other? It appears. But, lets look at Daniel. He is talking about a time of trouble then they will be delivered. So we turn to Matthew 24. We see here a “time of trouble”, then the Lord comes. Perhaps, this “time of trouble” is the time before the Great Tribulation? Things to ponder.
Never the less, when the Lord comes, those who are dead in Christ will rise and then those who are alive then will. And in the very end all will be judged according to whether or not their names are written in the book of life. This can be a scary thought for some. Especially if they do not know if their name is in the book of life.
How can one find their name in the book of life?For further reading click here> Book of Life information
Of course we see this last part of the Daniel in verse 4, “knowledge will increase”. If the world is ever informed before, it is now. With google, computers, social media, news, live access to whatever…etc. No one should say, “I don’t know?” Since we are seeing that now, we should be ever more alert of the Lords return.
I just read this first part of Daniel today and couldn’t get past it. I felt encouraged by it. I wanted to share it with you all.
So, what do you think? Comments welcomed!