2nd April, 2019
IPR DAILY DEVOTION
Topic: END-TIME ISSUES
Daniel 12:8-9 (NKJV)
 Although I heard, I did not understand. Then I said, “My lord, what shall be the end of these things?”
 And he said, “Go your way, Daniel, for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end.
The term “end-time” is used to describe events that will happen just before the rapture, as well as events that will occur after the rapture, till the end of time. We will spend the next number of weeks to discuss these end-time issues.
Daniel chapter 12 gives a narrative of how God revealed graphic details of some of the end-time events to Prophet Daniel, but he didn’t understand it. And when Daniel enquired as to when these events would occur, he was told to go his way, and that, the words were closed up and sealed till the end of time (Daniel 12:8-9). In other words, those events were not meant for his days. The Book of Daniel ended with the same instruction to Prophet Daniel: “But you, go your way till the end; for you shall rest, and will arise to your inheritance at the end of the days” (Daniel 12:13, NKJV).
What was closed up and sealed in the days of Prophet Daniel till the time of the end, were meant to be opened and understood in the days of the Holy Spirit; and the Holy Spirit was poured out on the day of Pentecost. As a matter of fact, the last days began on the day of Pentecost. Prophet Joel had prophesied about the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, saying, “And it shall come to pass AFTERWARD, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions” (Joel 2:28, KJV). When this prophecy was fulfilled on the day of Pentecost, Apostle Peter said, “ But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel;  And it shall come to pass IN THE LAST DAYS, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams (Acts 2:16-17, KJV). Whereas Prophet Joel said, “afterward”, Apostle Peter quoted him and used the phrase, “ in the last days.”
If the last days began on the day of Pentecost, we who are alive since the outpouring of the Holy Spirit about 2000years ago, are living in the last of the last days. The time of the end which Prophet Daniel spoke about is now here; the end-time is here! What Prophet Daniel didn’t understand is now understood in this end-time. Ephesians 5:15-17 (NKJV) says, “ See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise,  redeeming the time, because the days are evil.  Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is.”
I pray that you’ll understand the Will of God as we discuss these end-time issues.