Tuesday, September 22, 2015: Daniel 11-12; Luke 6
5 Then I, Daniel, looked, and two others appeared, one standing on this bank of the stream and one on the other. 6 One of them said to the man clothed in linen, who was upstream, “How long shall it be until the end of these wonders?” 7 The man clothed in linen, who was upstream, raised his right hand and his left hand toward heaven. And I heard him swear by the one who lives forever that it would be for a time, two times, and half a time, and that when the shattering of the power of the holy people comes to an end, all these things would be accomplished. 8 I heard but could not understand; so I said, “My lord, what shall be the outcome of these things?” 9 He said, “Go your way, Daniel, for the words are to remain secret and sealed until the time of the end.
I have to admit that I am not much of an ‘end time’ person, meaning I do not expend a great deal (if any) energy looking for signs of the end times. Why? To be honest, it is in part that scripture really does not compel me so to do, or to put it another way, I think the primary message of scripture is how to live NOW…today…in this life. Scripture is all about how to live a life of compassion and love and generosity – a life that is modeled after the example of Christ. Quite frankly, this is my focus, and it takes up all of my energies.
While apocalyptic literature of scripture makes for fascinating reading, for it is often filled with imaginative imagery; the bulk of the Bible has more to say about living day to day in relationship with the world, with God, and with others. The end times are, as we see above, are a mystery the depth of which compels us to simply ‘go our way’ – focusing our thoughts and actions on today.