Daniel: Anchored in Hope

In trying to decipher Daniel’s sanctuary vision, a whole lot of people thought the world would end on October 22, 1844. Fire would cleanse the earth as Jesus returned.

While the anticipation sweetened their faith, waking up to a daily routine on October 23 soured it. Some turned bitter, holding on to present understanding. Some acknowledged errors and searched for further truth.

The disciples shared similar disappointment and confusion after Jesus died. Was he the Messiah? On their walk to Emmaus, Christ challenged them to search the scriptures for answers. Their experience confirmed the truth, as they asked, “Didn’t our hearts burn within us as he explained the Scriptures?”

To these weary hikers, the Messiah proved the importance of understanding prophecy. The earthly sanctuary drove the Jewish economy. The High Priest Caiaphas thought it better to kill Christ than ruin the economy. His plan backfired.

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Truth trampled. sketch:9:23:2013.

In the dream that appalled Daniel, God revealed the “man of lawlessness” who would obscure Christ’s work in heaven. Christ’s death ended the necessity for the earthly sacrificial system set up for our sin. After his death, returning to Heaven, Christ became High Priest for all on earth. As a disciple, I become part of Christ’s royal priesthood, praising Him.

Studying and understanding prophecy prepares me to stand before God. It prevents me from slipping, prepares my heart and establishes trust in God’s word.

“This hope is a strong and trustworthy anchor for our souls. It leads us through the curtain into God’s inner sanctuary.” (Hebrews 6:19 NLT)

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Soul anchor. sketch:9:23:2013.

This blog summarizes and shares personal insights on The Final Days: Daniel 8: The Bible’s Longest Specific Time Prophecy, a verse-by-verse study of Daniel, presented by Pastor Christopher Barr at Huntsville Central Seventh-day Adventist church, Huntsville, Alabama. To find a seminar near you, visit Bible Prophecy Seminars.

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