Daniel 12:5-13, Psalm 86
Daniel wonders after seeing many visions, “How long will it be before these astonishing things are fulfilled.” (Daniel 12:6) The man clothed in linen responded with a message Daniel didn’t understand about “a time, times and a half time” which prompted one last question about the outcome of these visions. This conversation concludes with directions to Daniel to go about his business, for these events will certainly transpire, even if he can’t understand their meaning in entirety. The question Daniel first asked about a length of time is a question we have been asking as a church since Jesus first ascended to the right hand of the Father. We, with the Psalmist cry out, “How long oh Lord” (Psalm 13:1), and with the martyrs of Revelation that say, “How long, Sovereign LORD, holy and true, until you judge the inhabitants of the earth and avenge our blood?" (Revelation 6:10) Like Daniel, we see the upheaval God guarantees in scripture and the ending of all wars and we long for the days of judgement to come and go so we can be fully restored. In the meantime, let's go about our business of walking in fidelity with God.