When Will These Things Happen?

Joseph Holbrook, Jr.

READ : Daniel 12:1-13

As we come to our last day in the book of Daniel, I find it comforting to realize that Daniel is as puzzled about some of these prophecies as I am, along with a lot of other people. He does not get an answer from the heavenly messenger either. He is told that the meaning is secret and sealed until the time of the end.

It certainly sounds as though the words “there shall be a time of trouble such as never has been seen since there was a nation” (v. 1) are similar to those of Jesus, recorded in Matthew 24, “For there will be a great tribulation such as has not been from the beginning of the world until now” (v. 21). The destruction of Jerusalem in 70 A.D. was a time of unspeakable horror for the Jewish people, but the predictions of Daniel’s heavenly messenger and of Jesus sound the same.

Daniel himself is called by the Messenger, “The beloved One.” Throughout this book he has proven himself to us as a man of prayer, a man of integrity, a man of faith. We have been in the presence of a spiritual giant. I hope we have all grown a little bigger.


Gracious God, thank you for Daniel. It was good for us to know that a man of God can hold public office with integrity and loyalty to you. Give us faith to trust you, even though we don’t know all the details of tomorrow. In Jesus’ name. Amen.