It has been 2 years since the first wave of exiles returned to Jerusalem to rebuild the temple. The rebuilding has stopped bc of opposition from the ones surrounding them. During this time, Daniel is over in Babylon mourning for God’s people. At the end of his 3 weeks of mourning he receives a vision. An angel tells him, “Do not fear, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your heart to understand, and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard; and I have come because of your words.”
The angel tells Daniel about a spiritual warfare occurring in the heavenly realms. He says he would’ve been there sooner to encourage Daniel but he was held up for 21 days by the evil prince of Persia until Michael, one of the chief angels, arrived and helped him. See, not only do we face earthly battles that we can see but there is also much more going on behind the scenes that we can’t see. The Lord is always fighting for His people and His ultimate victory will come in His perfect timing.
The angel gives Daniel insight about future conflicts between the nations but says that at the appointed time “Michael shall stand up, the great prince who stands watch over the sons of your people; and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation, even to that time. And at that time your people shall be delivered, every one who is found written in the book” will rise to everlasting life in glory but others will rise to shame and everlasting contempt. ”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.” 🌟
Over in Judah, the Lord sends Haggai and Zechariah to encourage the people to continue rebuilding the temple. So the rebuilding continues…keep reading.
(Daniel 10:1-12:13, Ezra 4:24-5:1, Haggai 1:1-15)