Daniel 7:28 (ESV): 28 "Here is the end of the matter. As for me, Daniel, my thoughts greatly alarmed me, and my color changed, but I kept the matter in my heart."
The rise of worldly kingdoms should remind all Christians that our King will soon return. This matter should be upon our hearts and ought to motivate us to live godly lives that exalt God and further His Kingdom.
In the first year of Belteshazzar, just before Babylon was conquered by the Medio-Persians Daniel had a dream. It was the same subject matter as the dream he interpreted for Nebuchadnezzar. Four earthly kingdoms would rise conquering one another, starting with Babylon, then the Medio-Persian empire, followed by the Grecian empire, followed by the Roman empire, and from it would come the anti-Christ who would himself be the dictator of this world when Christ returns. He is the manifestation of Satan who will make peace on earth for three and a half years but then break peace with Israel and persecute anyone who follows Christ. He is the antichrist.
This vision startled Daniel to such a degree that he kept this matter in his heart. It ought to be a matter on the hearts of every Christian as time draws near. The four kings have already come and gone and the fifth one that rises out of the fourth kingdom (Rome), will be the antichrist. He is about to be revealed to the world. The thought of anyone we know going through the Tribulation should disturb us. Many Christians are fascinated with eschatology but it doesn't move them to live for Christ. May that not be said of you. Know the signs of the times, be versed in the study of end times events, then hide the matter in your heart that this might motivate you to be on mission. May the thought of our fellow man living during the Tribulation startle us enough to move us evangelistically, amen?
Father, we thank You for revealing the end to us. Let us not just be fascinated with it but may we be startled by it in a good way that it motivate us to live differently. It's not enough for us to know what is to come but we must allow that information to move us to help those who are perishing. Hide this truth in our hearts and allow it to transform us we pray in Jesus name, amen.