And he shall plant the tents of his palace between the seas and the glorious holy mountain; yet he shall come to his end, and no one will help him. Daniel 11:45 NKJV
The next to the last chapter of Daniel reads like a great apocalyptic saga. Nations rise and fall. The kings of the north and south parley, feint, attack, and draw back. Until, finally, the king of the north sweeps over country after country like a flood.
Yet, scripture tells us, he too shall come to his end, and no one will help him.
When we look out over the landscape of our world today, we may not see the same revelation the angel gave Daniel in chapter 11 but the prevailing scene, the voices that are shouting at us the loudest, are those of chaos and fury. Division and resentment.
It takes diligence and a good deal of searching to find the good deeds, the random acts of kindness, and heroism. They are there, but the enemy has made sure that it costs us something to find them. It costs us something to BE them.
The forest is blocking our view of the trees. We are worried about many things and choosing what is “best” is getting harder and harder.
Much of this chaos is fueled by fear. The enemy has convinced us that we are no longer safe. Technology has brought every act of violence and maleficence into our homes, into our hands, and the hands of our children. Often in real-time.
Christians are not immune to this fear. However, the Spirit of Christ within us gives us the power to fight against it. The Spirit also gives us something else: a responsibility.
The responsibility to speak against the fear. To tell others about the hope we have in Jesus. To show them a better way. To reveal to them a reality they cannot see. (II Tim 1:7; Phil 4:6-7; Isa 41:10; Psa 118:6, and on and on…)
To do so effectively we must be grounded in the Truth. We must narrow our focus to a razor-sharp point. Seeing through the forest – to the trees of our faith: the Tree of Life, the trees of promise, and the tree on which Christ died, we must stand our ground.
After forty-five verses of chaos in Daniel 11, the bottom line is this: evil meets its end
We would do well to remember that the same bottom line is in store for the chaos in our world today.
There is a time coming when ‘the power of the holy people will no longer be shattered.’ All these things we’re worried about in our world today, they will pass away.
It’s not that we don’t care about these things. Rather, in order to care effectively, we must maintain a proper perspective.
The confidence we have in the reality we know but do not yet see must be our anchor. It must be the thing that grounds us, encourages us, and spurs us ever forward. (Heb 6:19; Heb 11)
For we are not among those who shrink back and are lost; we have the faith to preserve our life. (Heb 10:39)
As Christians we must, by our words and deeds, shine the light of Christ’s love on a world governed by fear and hopelessness.
It’s a daunting task, to be sure. But we don’t do it alone.
The Creator of the world is on our side.
“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” Jn 1:5