1“At that time Michael, the great prince who protects your people, will arise. There will be a time of distress such as has not happened from the beginning of nations until then. But at that time your people-everyone whose name is found written in the book-will be delivered.” (Daniel 12:1)
Good morning Friends. I have a lot to share with y’all today. I am sorry I have not been able to sit down and put a post out. I went back to working nights after a week of having a somewhat normal schedule and I was exhausted. But today, I had to sit down and share some thoughts, among other things, with you.
I finished the Book of Daniel this morning as I hope most of you are also doing-if you are keeping up with the reading plans. If not, and you are way behind, don’t give up! We have three full months left in the year. Plenty of time to wrap the year up and finish what we originally set out to accomplish in 2021: read the entire Holy Bible, cover-to-cover. I was far behind on my New Testament reading, so I sat down and invested an hour of my morning to read the entire Book of Hebrews, one of my favorites of the letters that sit nestled between the Book of Acts and Revelation. Speaking of Revelation, as I was reading Daniel 12, I read this first verse above, which leads into a very “Revelation” like prophecy with the archangel Michael and scrolls being sealed. Then I took a moment to reflect on this chapter, and do a little research to confirm my thinking. Have you ever thought about the fact that the Book of Daniel is the first, AND ONLY, book of the Old Testament to mention “Michael?” Which means I am going to have to do some more research on this and really find out who Michael is. We know him as the mighty angel who will lead the final battle between good and evil and slay satan, but all of that is taught to us in John’s visions at the every end of the New Testament. So how did Daniel know of Michael, who he is and his importance? Well, to give you the easy answer, before I spend some time doing some research on it later, the truth IS that while the prophet Daniel is the first to mention Michael, he is one of God’s original angels, that initial legion created at the beginning of time and, to me, this demonstrates the connection between the Old and New Testament and the Old and New Covenant. We are all part of this incredible story, authored by the Creator of everything, and everyone.
Below you will find an incredible word preached by Pastor Steven Furtick this last weekend. Click, watch, and be enriched.
Tomorrow, I will be dropping a bunch of links to all the great music released last Friday. I am out of time today, but as I promised on my last post, Bethel’s new album is just too good not to share, and Brandon Lake’s live cut of this great song below is Too Good Not To Believe it was not written by the hand of God himself. I really with they would just go ahead and release the live video from this performance, because the crowd’s cheers in this cut are part of what makes this track so inspiring. Enjoy and God Bless.
Reading plan: Reflect on this month’s readings.
Deeper reading plan: Daniel 11, 12