What does Daniel 8 mean for you today, in your life now, in 2020?
Well, as we’ve said a couple of times about Biblical prophecy, there is the immediate, short term fulfilment, then, the longer-looking, Messiah-minded, Christ-centred fulfilment. In vv.22-26 we see everything that Antiochus and the Antichrist will do, the pattern and the preview, then, at the end of that passage we read of the promise in v.25.
He will rise up against the Prince of princes, yet he will be broken apart—but not by human agency.
Are you worried about what will happen in your future?
Are you aware of what will come, do you know enough about what is coming to have your fear of the future removed?
Daniel 8 then, for you and for me, is a pattern and a preview and a promise.
We need to then be aware first of what the Bible teaches about the world we live in and the direction it is going, the things that will happen and the people that will be on the scene.
Be aware, more than this, of what the Bible teaches about the direction all of creation is going and what this means for you depending on if you have trusted Jesus as your Lord and Saviour, for the forgiveness of your sins.
The Prince of princes, the Lord of Lords, the King of Kings, that same Divine ruler who defeats sin, death, and evil and has already begun to usher in His new creation with the resurrection of Jesus, this same Divine ruler that defeats Antiochus and the Antichrist, stands ready to forgive you. Yes, there is a wonderful history and truth and a future certainty the events of Daniel 8. But, the motivation behind it all, the reason why all this happens, is God’s great love for you and His unbending and unending desire to dwell with His people, personally, again, as things were always meant to be, and He wants you to be part of that.
That same God that defeats evil and all who oppose Him has also laid out before you a pattern and a preview and a promise for the future. He has said that all of this will happen, and He has also laid out before you the opportunity to be forgiven, to have your sins and their consequences forgiven, and to stand before Him accepted, and welcomed, and justified.
He sent His only begotten Son, His image in human flesh, to die on that cross and be raised from that grave so that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.
He did that to show you just how much He loves you and how much He wants to forgive you. Your eternal life begins when you accept and affirm this, when you profess and confess this.
The pattern and the preview and the promise of Daniel 8 then, takes us to the pattern, the preview, and the promise of Jesus for you and all who call on His name.