“I, Daniel, was grieved in my spirit within my body, and the visions of my head troubled me. I came near to one of those who stood by, and asked him the truth of all this. So he told me and made known to me the interpretation of these things…” – Daniel 7:15-16
Up to this point, Daniel was able to see the dreams of others and interpret them as God gave him knowledge. This time, it was different. Daniel became the recipient of four different dreams and visions. God gave Daniel insight into the end times, much like He did with John in the book of Revelation. Daniel did not understand the visions he was given and asked. The angel Gabriel showed up and provided him with the answers.
In the most simplistic of explanations, God gave Daniel a vision of four great empires that would rule and then fall; Babylon, The Medes and Persians, Greece under Alexander the Great and the Roman Empire. After those would come one more empire before Jesus returns. This would be the empire of Antichrist, the kingdom of Satan, as described in Revelation 13-19. This is what troubled Daniel, and after each revelation, he became distraught, sick, and even turned pale. I am confident that he did not want destruction and eternal hell to come upon the people.
What about us today? We come up with fancy words like eschatology and study prophecy so that we have the knowledge. But, that knowledge is of no value if it does not cause us to grieve for the state of our nation and its people. These things should cause every Christ follower concern for their fellow man. It would seem, in many cases, we are more concerned about a multitude of trivial subjects than the sanctity of souls through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. How has the reading of God’s Word changed you today? Are you praying for the salvation of others?
“If divine truth doesn’t touch our own hearts and affect our conduct, then our Bible study is only an intellectual exercise to inflate our own ego.” – Warren Wiersbe