“Go your way, Daniel, because the words are rolled up and sealeduntil the time of the end. Many will be purified, made spotless and refined, but the wicked will continue to be wicked. None of the wicked will understand, but those who are wise will understand.
Daniel is given a vision of what is going to happen at the end of the world. Matthew, Mark and Luke have similar stories offered by Jesus and his disciples as they stand before the great Temple. The book of Revelation has similar stories.
It sounds like a scary time, yet Jesus our King is in charge and with us. The picture of the man in linen white…Though Daniel lives centuries before Christ, he gets a glimpse of Jesus in this man dressed in linen. I’m reminded of Revelation 7 we read a few weeks back, how the suffering of the saints caused their clothes to become white when they were drenched in the blood of the lamb: Jesus.
So we come to the end of book of Daniel which has been with us for the past thirteen Mondays. This young teenager went through adventures, saw visions—every moment of his life, he was touched by God because he was willing to be close to God and to do what God wants. If you and I have that same desire, God will show us what we need to know about the deep, inner meaning of things. This does not only mean at the end of the world, but at the end of each moment, when we pause and spend some time being quiet. God will give us the wisdom to understand what situations and events mean from God’s point of view. Hey, now there’s a point of view I would like to have!
Here is a sample of a seven-syllable breath-prayer
Purified, cleansed, and refined v. 10
For more information about this creative way to pray, see Bible Breaths.
This is the last of thirteen weeks in Kingdomtide,
autumn in the north, Year B.
Mondays in this season are dedicated to the Prophet Daniel.
These Firestarters are from a new edition of The Bible Through the Seasons being developed for families with children. For the Firestarters in the original edition, I recommend the ebook. You will have the entire program of well over a thousand Firestarters with you on your phone or tablet. More information…