Daniel 10, 11, 12

I finished the book of Daniel last week but I haven’t gotten to write about it yet.

Once again God calls Daniel “highly esteemed” in 10:10.

“Some of the wise will stumble, so that they may be refined, purifired and made spotless until the time of the end, for it will still come at the appointed time.” (11:35)

God is sovereign over all.  He even makes the wicked successful at the times ordained for them, and then He will pour out His wrath on them (11:36).

12:2-3:

“Multitudes who sleep in the dust of the earth will awake; some to everlasting life (that’s Marshall!), others to shame and everlasting contempt.  Those who are wise will shine like the brightness of the neavens, and those who lead many to righteousness, like the stars for ever and ever.”

I hope I lead many to righteousness!  God revealed so much to his highly esteemed Daniel.  And then the very last verse in the book, God says to Daniel:

“As for you, go your way till the end.  You will rest, and then at the end of the days you will rise to receive your allotted inheritance.”


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Daniel 9

Daniel’s Prayer

There are so many things going through my head right now.  I feel like I am at a crossroads.  So many options, Lord, what do I do?  What do I choose?  Please lead me, Lord!  Daniel’s emotion came through in his prayer in chapter 9, especially in verse 19:

O Lord, listen!  O Lord, forgive!  O Lord, hear and act!  For Your sake, O my God, do not delay, because Your city and Your people bear Your Name.

I want to pray with the same fervancy.  It is so good to hear emotion in prayers in the OT.  Daniel does not seem too different from us.

While he was praying, Gabriel came to him and said:

Daniel, I have now come to give you insight and understanding.  As soon as you began to pray, an answer was given, which I have come to tell you, for you are highy esteemed.

The other night Ursula was sharing how God sees the uniqueness in each one of us and loves it.  I feel like Urs does a great job of this – she has encouraged me so much in being who God made me to be by loving my quirks.  She loves the uniqueness in people, and does not want them any differently, like Kelly’s ear, for example.  She loveshis ear the way it is and she has said so many times that he would be much less attractive to her if he had gone through with the surgery.  (I think it is amazing of God how he has made Urs for Kelly to love him in that way.)  I, on the other hand, always seem to be picking out the flaws in people rather than loving them for the way they are.  I am constantly thinking of how they could be made better.  When God raises Kelly from the dead in the last day and gives him a new body, will he have a full right ear?  But then how would he still be Kelly?  Will our bodies be perfect?  What does perfect mean?  There must be a difference between perfect in a God sense and perfect in a man sense.  In a God sense, perfect means everything – it means nothing could be better, He is the highest good.  He is all beautiful, there is no flaw in Him.  He is all knowing, there is nothing that escapes His knowledge.  He is all present; nothing can hide from Him and He rules over all.  But there must be another kind of perfect.  Perhaps something is perfect if it is exactly the way it was made to be.  Our definition of “perfect” may be two eyes, two ears, two arms and two legs, but God’s definition of a perfect man may be that he becomes exactly how God made him to be.  So will the obese people be slim in their new bodies?  How far does it go?  It says the blind will see and the crippled will walk, so will the (half) deaf hear?  Will the midgets be full grown?  I’m pretty “normal” in the world’s sense of body-types.  I wonder what will change in my new body?  Actually, I don’t think the scripture says new body, I think it uses the word glorified.  So God will take our old, sin-wrought bodies and make them “glorified” which equals “perfect” in the created-definition of perfect (versus Creator Perfect)?

So the way this relates to what Gabriel said to Daniel: He told Daniel he was highly esteemed.  Wow.  I told Urs that it was hard for me to see how God delights in my uniquenesses.  Sometimes I feel so ugly and tainted to God.  Does he really delight in me, Heidi?  I mean, yes, of course He does.  He made me, Heidi.  He “highly esteemed” Daniel.  I am of course far from Daniel, but it just made me think that perhaps He does see me a little more highly than I see myself.  Derek always says that I have higher standards than God puts on me.  I’m not sure if “higher” is correct, but I think he is right in that they are different (and better).


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Daniel 8

Daniel’s Vision of a Ram and a Goat

Every time I read Daniel I am amazed at how exact the prophesies are.

According to my NIV study bible, the ram is the Medo-Persian empire and the goat represents Greece, with Alexander the Great being the prominent horn between the eyes.  Oh wow, God, through Gabriel, explains the vision clearly!  8:20-22:

The two-horned ram that you saw represents the kings of Media and Persia.  The shaggy goat is the king of Greece, and the large horn between his eyes is the first king.  The four borns that replaced the one that was broken off represent four kingdoms that will emerge from his nation but will not have the same power.

It is frustrating reading this because I am a detailed person and I want to study out every little thing in this book.  There is so much history in here but I don’t remember any of my ancient history!  It feels like I just don’t have the “time” to do it (or don’t make the time).  I have been thinking about how I would love to have an extended time soon … and maybe do it every week.  One of the nights when I can’t sleep would be good because it would be quiet.

Daniel did not even see God but he did experience part of Him.  8:27:

I, Daniel, was exhausted and lay ill for several days.  Then I got up and went about the king’s business.  I was appalled by the vision; it was beyond understanding.

In summary, God is all-knowing and He is the revealer of mysteries.

I’m looking forward to Mom’s birthday party.


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Daniel 7

I wonder if the four beasts are the same as the four kingdoms in Nebuchadnezzar’s dream in chapter 2?

Verse 17: ‘The four great beasts are four kingdoms that will rise from the earth. 18 But the saints of the Most High will receive the kingdom and will possess it forever—yes, for ever and ever.’


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