[CF Devotionals] 2007-11-18 - Daniel

Chapter 10: Part 1 ~ Installment 77

Still To Come

As we have recently gone through Daniel, we have discovered what is still to come for this world. There are a number of ways to understand the prophetic, but what follows is the least problematical approach. Daniel saw that first, some kind of ten-nation confederacy will rise up out of the old Roman Empire. And out of this group will come the Antichrist. At the beginning of the Tribulation period, he will sign a treaty with the nation Israel, which will appear to bring her peace. But three-and-a-half years later, Antichrist will break the treaty, stop the sacrifice at the rebuilt temple, and set up the "Abomination of Desolation."

Behind the scenes is where the real battle is occurring - the battle between the forces of the Lord and those of Satan. And although the outcome is already decided - Satan's defeat - the battle continues. This is the warfare that breaks out so visibly during the Tribulation. It is also the battle that every Christian is engaged in.

"For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world, and against the spiritual forces of evil in the Heavenly realms" (Ephesians 6:12).

Now the seven-year period, the Tribulation, will be a time of suffering for the world at large, and the Jewish people specifically. Remember that Jesus said of this time:

"If those days had not been cut short, no one would survive, but for the sake of the elect, those days will be shortened" (Matthew 24:22).

But Antichrist will be defeated, and the Messiah will return to establish His kingdom and bring a true peace to the world, for a time and for eternity

To be continued.

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