- Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.
- Read slowly, keeping any words or phrase that come to your mind, and mark on them.
- Close eyes and meditate on what you read.
- Take a note if you have question, inspiration.
Read Daniel 12
The final consummation.
The apocalyptic vision in the book of Daniel concludes with the end of time. Michael is one of three celestial beings with different role in the Bible. Michael is the messenger of war (Daniel 12:1). Gabriel is the message of good news (Luke 1:11-21). And Raphael is the message of healing (John 5:4).
The great tribulation, a time of distress (v.1), indicates the military campaign of Antiochus which precedes the end of time. End time is the time of general resurrection with judgement to shame for some or to life for others. The wise are among those who will be raised to shine like stars joining angelic hosts.
Two angelic figures in verse 5-7 response to Daniel’s question, “when will the end be? It will be in three and a half years. Two new calculation setting the end also appear, 1290 days and 1335 days, which perhaps added after the three and one- half years (1150 days) had passed. These figures are symbolic rather than literal calculation because the final answer was sealed (v.9).
Jesus said, “No one knows about that day or hours, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.” (Matthew 24:36).
The answer to Daniel is for him to go to live his life until the end. Only promise that Daniel will have is his place in that final consummation.
1. What does this passage tell you about God?
2. What does this passage tell you about people.?
3. What does this passage tell you about yourself and God’s will for you?