Tabernacle Tuesday
~ Week Twelve ~
August 25, 2020
Daniel ~ Chapter Twelve
"Those who are wise shall shine
like the brightness of the firmament,
and those who turn many to righteousness
like the stars forever and ever."
(Daniel 12:3)

Morning Meditation: Read Daniel 12:1-3

The final chapter of Daniel opens up with a promise of deliverance for God's people during the last half of the tribulation period, when Michael, the great guardian of the Jewish people, will come to their aid and preserve them during "a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation" (v.1a). In the last half of Daniel's seventieth week the Antichrist will break his covenant with Israel, seize the temple, and set himself up as god (9:27). The "abomination of desolation" prophesied by Daniel (9:27; 11:31; 12:11), warned about by our Lord (Matthew 24:15); and referred to as "the time of Jacob's trouble" by Jeremiah (30:7), will signal a time of unparalleled suffering - the great tribulation. "For then there will be great tribulation, such as had not been seen since the beginning of the world until this time, no; nor ever shall be" (Matthew 24:21; Mark 13:19). However, the Lord will intervene to prevent the entire population of His people from being wiped out, and a remnant will be preserved to enter into the promised kingdom. "And I heard the number of those who were sealed. One hundred and forty-four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel were sealed" (Revelation 7:1-8). After the time of tribulation there will be a resurrection of both the righteous and the wicked. "And many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, some to shame and everlasting contempt" (Daniel 12:2). A period of a thousand years (the millennial kingdom) will separate the two resurrections (Revelation 20:5). "Do not marvel at this; for the hour is coming in which all who are in the graves will hear His voice and come forth - those who have done good, to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil, to the resurrection of condemnation" (John 5:28, 29). Those who rejected Christ will be judged and sentenced to the second death (Revelation 20:14); while those who have been wise unto salvation will be rewarded with an inheritance in Messiah's kingdom (2 Timothy 3:15).

"Those who are wise shall shine
like the brightness of the firmament,
and those who turn many to righteousness
like the stars forever and ever."
(Daniel 12:3)

The believer will appear before the judgment seat of Christ to receive his or her reward. Our rewards are based on faithfulness to the work we have been called to do, not on the size of our responsibilities. "Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your Lord" (Matthew 25:23). How we have lived and served the Lord and others in this life will determine the rewards the Lord will give us. "For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad" (2 Corinthians 5:10). The only good anyone can do is to believe on Christ. "This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He sent" (John 6:29). The reward that awaits the wise for leading others in the way of salvation is glorious. "The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, and he who wins souls is wise" (Proverbs 11:30). Those who faithfully witness in the face of persecution and suffering will be more richly rewarded. "For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us" (Romans 8:18). Faithfulness in service today will lead to greater ministry in the future kingdom; while unfaithfulness will result in loss of reward. "Then the righteous will shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father" (Matthew 13:43). The Lord promises the faithful believer the privilege of ruling and reigning with His kingdom and sharing in His royal splendor. "And he who overcomes, and keeps My works until the end, to him I will give power over the nations - " (Revelation 2:26). "If we endure, we shall also reign with Him" (2 Timothy 2:12a). Daniel exemplified the life of a faithful servant of God in the face of tremendous trial and tribulation while exiled in a pagan land. He faithfully stewarded the light that had been trusted to him by the Lord, setting it high on a stand with the windows opened, so that it not only illuminated his own house, but also filled the entire landscape with the light of heaven (Matthew 5:15). He let his light so shine before kings, giving the glory to God in all his works, and they in turn glorified the God of heaven who "rules in the kingdom of men, and gives it to whomever He chooses" (Daniel 4:25b). The light of Israel has fallen into our laps for a time, as great riches that we must carefully steward. May we heed our Lord's exhortation to be faithful stewards of that light while we still have time and become a winner of souls, so we will be a shining star, like Daniel, in the kingdom of heaven. "A little while longer the light is with you. Walk while you have the light, lest darkness overtake you; he who walks in darkness does not know where he is going. While you have the light, believe in the light, that you may become sons of the light" (John 12:35, 36a).

"For no other foundation can anyone lay
than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.
Now if anyone builds on this foundation with gold,
silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw
each one's work will become clear;
for the Day will declare it,
because it will be revealed by fire;
and the fire will test each one's work, of what sort it is.
If anyone's work which he has built on it endures,
he will receive a reward.
If anyone's work is burned, he will suffer loss;
but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire."
(1 Corinthians 3:11-15)

Afternoon Devotion: Read Daniel 12:4-13

Daniel was instructed to "shut up the words, and seal the book until the time of the end" (v. 4). The prophecy was to be protected and its entire meaning would not be completely understood until "the time of the end" when the accomplishment of the prophecies would bring them into full light and revelation. Daniel would not be able to understand it, but it would be understood in the time of the end. The study of the book of Daniel sheds light on the book of Revelation and brings even greater understanding to it. We can now see the accuracy in all that he wrote and how they relate, not only to the past, but also, to the present, and to the future. "And so we have the prophetic word confirmed, which you do well to heed as a light that shines in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts" (2 Peter 1:19). As Daniel looked, he saw two more angels on the river bank, and the Glorious Man clothed in linen he had seen before, above the waters. They (not Daniel) asked the Lord "how long" the trials would be. The Lord spoke under oath, raising both hands to heaven, revealing that the time of the great tribulation would be "for a time, times, and half a times" (v. 7b). Daniel didn't understand the revelation, so he asked what the outcome of all of it would be, but was only told that those living in the end times would have a clearer understanding as the prophecies were accomplished in their intended time. "Go your way, Daniel, for the words are closed up and sealed to till the time of the end" (v. 9).

"Many shall be purified, made white, and refined,
but the wicked shall do wickedly;
and none of the wicked shall understand,
but the wise shall understand."
(Daniel 12:10)

Until the time of the end, the wicked will close their eyes to the light and continue in their evil (John 3:19), but the suffering of the righteous in the time of the great tribulation will refine and purify them. In the midst of wickedness and evil God will preserve a remnant of godly people. The foolish will stumble around in the dark, and the wicked will only become more wicked. "But evil men and imposters will grow worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived" (2 Timothy 3:13). But those who understand and who walk by the light of God's Word, will triumph in the time of tribulation by being refined and purified and made wiser. They will be governed by a divine light from within that will enable them to survive the turbulent times - a time that is fixed on the kingdom calendar when the Lord will bring about their deliverance. "And from the time that the daily sacrifice is taken away, and the abomination of desolation is set up, there shall be one thousand two hundred and ninety days. Blessed is he who waits, and comes to the one thousand three hundred and thirty-five days" (vv. 11, 12). The workings of the Lord must run its intended course in order to bring about the promised blessing for His people. There is a time determined for the regathering of His people, their purification, and their consecration to enter into the promised kingdom at the end of the great tribulation. "Therefore the LORD will wait, that He may be gracious to you; and therefore He will be exalted, that He may have mercy on you. For the LORD is a God of justice; blessed are all those who wait for Him" (Isaiah 30:18). But for Daniel, that faithful servant of the Lord, who from the beginning resolved not to defile himself, he was to go his way and rest, until the time of the resurrection. "Here is the patience of the saints; here are those who keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus. Then I heard a voice from heaven saying to me, "Write: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.' " "Yes," says the Spirit, "that they may rest from their labors, and their works follow them." (Revelation 14:12, 13).

As we come to the end of our journey through the Book of Daniel, let us ask ourselves, in light of all that we have learned through the prophetic revelations and writings of God's faithful servant, "What manner of persons ought we to be in holy conduct and godliness, looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God...?" (2 Peter 3:11). Prayerfully, we have been motivated in this season to fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith (Hebrews 12:2), seeing more clearly from His divine perspective, filtering all things through the lens of Scripture, and resolving to no longer defile ourselves with temporal, earthly things, but rather to set our hearts on higher, heavenly, and holy things, living separated from the world and set apart to Christ, with greater purpose, in the light of His countenance, and with a fervent longing for His glorious return. In times of crisis, may we now be found as those who don't panic, but who pray like Daniel, unwilling to compromise in our devotion to God (even if it is against the law); and allowing the Lord to use our private times of testing to further develop our faith, allowing it to take deeper root and preparing us for even greater public tests that will bring light and revelation to those in our circle of influence, and even greater honor and glory to God. May our lives, like Daniel's, testify to the sovereign hand of God at work in us, and may we also be found, as Daniel was, to exert influence without physical force (Zechariah 4:6); not allowing any of these things to "move us, nor counting our lives dear to ourselves, so that we may finish our race with joy, and the ministry which we have received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God!" (Acts 20:24).

Thank you for traveling through the pages of the Book of Daniel
these past twelve weeks
in this sanctified season of prayer and fasting
as we have feasted on the Word of God
and have received more of the spirit of wisdom and revelation
in the knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ,
and the eyes of our understanding enlightened.

Our next journey begins September 19th!
Taking note from the blessing upon those who wait the 45 days
and come to "the one thousand, three hundred and thirty-five days"
from this final chapter of Daniel,
we will journey through the Book of Job in the fall feasting season
in preparation for 3 days of prayer, fasting and repentance
on October 31st, November 1st and 2nd
(see invitation below)

In His wonderful love and grace,
Traci Alexander
Trumpet and Torch Ministries

"The LORD bless you and keep you;
the LORD make His face shine upon you, and be gracious to you;
the LORD lift up His countenance upon you, and give you peace."
~ Numbers 6:24-26

"And it shall come to pass in all the land,"
Says the LORD,
"That two-thirds in it shall be cut off and die,
but one-third shall be left in it:
I will bring the one-third through the fire,
will refine them as silver is refined,
and test them as gold is tested.
They will call on My name,
and I will answer them.
I will say, 'This is My people';
and each one will say, 'The LORD is my God.' "
(Zechariah 13:8, 9)
Evening Prayer: "Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went home. And in his upper room, with his windows open toward Jerusalem, he knelt down on his knees three times a day, and prayed and gave thanks before his God, as was his custom since early days." (Daniel 6:10)

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we want to focus on following the example of his faith,
but as we do, let us prayerfully consider setting aside
Tuesdays as "fast" days,
as we feast upon the goodness and grace of our Lord this summer
(consider a full day fast, a partial fast, or a Daniel fast (1:12))

Scripture Meditations for the Week:

Wednesday: Luke 21:25-33
Thursday: Revelation 10:1-7
Friday: Proverbs 4:18, 19
Saturday: James 5:19, 20
Sunday: Philippians 2:14, 16
Monday: Malachi 3:1-3

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"Those who are wise shall shine
like the brightness of the firmament,
and those who turn many to righteousness
like the stars forever and ever."
(Daniel 12:3)

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