"Thou hast given a banner to them that fear Thee, that it may be displayed because of the truth" (Ps. 60:4).
The Prophecy of Daniel
A Glimpse of the Future and Divine Concealment
Lesson Number 39
WHAT SHALL BE THE END?
“ . . . then said I, O my Lord, what shall be the end of these things?” Other versions read, “what shall be the outcome of these events?” NASB “what will the outcome of all this be?” NIV and “How will all this finally end, my lord?” NLT
This is nearly the same question asked by one of the angels: “How long shall it be to the end of these wonders?” (v 6). The angel asked concerning the length of these events, or how long it would be until they were consummated. Here Daniel asks concerning the outcome of it all. We can tell by the answer of the angel that both questions concerned the fulfillment of the events foretold. What would be their duration, and what would result from them.
Daniel, therefore, was in accord with heavenly beings in his interests. What holy angels desired to know, he also desired to know. The reverse is true of those who are in Christ Jesus. What they have come to know in the Gospel, holy angels desire to know (1 Pet 1:12).
There are many areas of knowledge and understanding that can be pursued. Some are intrigued by the knowledge of passing and novel things that have little importance in life. Other seek expertise in certain areas, like history, language, music, art, science, etc. Many of these areas are lawful pursuits, yet are not the proper thrust of life itself. In order to confirm the true value of matters of earnest inquiry, you might ask the following: “Are angels interested in this area of understanding?”
I am careful to say we are not to make laws in this area that make life more complicated than it already is. However, here is an area of personal evaluation that I have found valuable.
There are Divine messages that can be spoken, even though they may not be thoroughly understood. Such messages will be recalled and understood at the appropriate time, and must thus be declared. In our text Daniel heard something he did not thoroughly understand, yet wrote it down and passed it on to succeeding generations. He could not elaborate on the words, but he could affirm them.
It is always in order to repeat what the Lord has said. The Holy Spirit will work with such words, for the Word of God is His sword. He will bring wortds of truth to the remembrance of the hearers when they are needed, and grant understanding of them at the proper time.
While I do not desire to linger on this subject, it has long been an area of concern to me that so few professing Christians are noted for inquiry into the things of God. They are too content with a state of ignorance, and appear happy to continue their lives with much of the things of God unknown. Such poor souls must be encouraged to receive the “love of the truth” (2 Thess 2:10). Ultimately, it is that love that provokes a fervent and consistent quest to “know the truth.” Then, and only then, will the truth be known and spiritual freedom realized.
"Let your loins be girded about, and your lights burning; and ye yourselves like unto men that wait for their lord, when he will return from the wedding; that when he cometh and knocketh, they may open unto him immediately" (Lk. 12:35-36).