August 25: Week #70

Read Daniel 9:1-27

I distinctly remember the morning I sat in the parking lot of my high school. I was reading the newspaper before my mom dropped me off for yet another day. I read on the front page how there was unrest in Israel that included riots.

“Mom, is the end of the world happening?”

“It could be,” she responded. My mind filled with fear and dramatic images of how the world might end, and I didn’t want to experience that.

After I studied it more, I came to realize that unrest in the Middle East doesn’t necessarily mean the world is going to end. Daniel 9 tells us that we should really be concerned when there is finally peace. Having that sort of peace means the Antichrist has exercised his influence in the world.

The Antichrist is a key character in the book of Revelation. He is the second most important person in the evil trinity (along with Satan and the false prophet). The Bible tells us that the Antichrist will grow to become extremely influential in the Middle East and will shock the world by signing a seven-year peace treaty with Israel. The Great Tribulation will happen during that.

While the Israelites may be concerned about the powers of the Middle East fighting against them, they have a much more powerful foe to be concerned with, God’s wrath. However, halfway through this peace treaty, the Antichrist will break it off and the last three-and-a-half years of the Tribulation will be even more chaotic.

How does this apply to us? First, all of this will take place after the Rapture. If you are a believer in Christ, you will already be in Heaven at this point. However, there will be a lot of people left on earth to experience the Tribulation. If that doesn’t convince you of the need to reach people for Christ, nothing will. We should be relentless in reaching the lost. We should give them every opportunity possible to accept Jesus’ free gift of salvation and avoid the wrath of God.

jdl

 

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