O Daniel, I have now come out to give you insight and understanding. At the beginning of your pleas for mercy a word went out, and I have come to tell it to you, for you are greatly loved.
As I was doing my Bible reading the other morning, I was reading from Daniel 9 where the prophet is given a vision of the seventy weeks to come, which is then to be followed by another seven weeks and then sixty-two weeks. As I looked down to read the study notes in my ESV Study Bible, I appreciated the approach the author chose to take in saying, “There are many suggested interpretations of the seventy weeks,” and then went on to outline the three most prominent views. He concludes by saying that “the important point is that God has appointed a certain amount of time until the end of his people’s suffering, and thus they should not lose heart.” That really is the point. So often we get caught up in trying to figure out the details regarding the End Times as we study God’s word with a commentary on Revelation in one hand and a world news outlet in the other hand, when if God wanted us to know the details, he would have just given them to us. God could have easily spoken to Daniel and told him exactly how many years it would be. He could have named the future king by name and could have given Daniel exact details. But he didn’t. Instead, God gives us just enough information to know that he has a definite plan. God is like any parent whom after telling his children we are moving to a new city, when the children begin to ask for details about the move, how this is all to take place, the parent simply says, ‘Don’t worry about it. I have it all figured out. You just need to pack your bag and get in the moving van, and I’ll take care of the rest.’ God wants us to take comfort in knowing that he has a plan, and we simply need to trust him.
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