“The church may go through her dark ages, but Christ is with her in the midnight.” – Charles Spurgeon
Though the church isn’t the focus in the book of Daniel, God was promising his people that he was not going to forsake them through some dark ages to come. For you and me, reading Daniel, most of those dark ages are now ancient history. But for Israel, they were to be prepared for the severity of testing ahead. Daniel is much more than prophecy. It is a book about God’s people living in a foreign land – how to survive in a hostile world. We too are living in Babylon. We are living in a hostile world. How are we to manage? Kevin DeYoung wrote, “The world needs to see Christians burning, not with self-righteous fury at the sliding morals of our country, but with passion for God.”
Dark days are ahead for us as Christians. But don’t fear. God has not given us a spirit of fear but of love, peace and a sound mind. Our Lord has promised to be with us just as he was with Daniel and countless other believers who have endured far worse. Lift up your head – your redemption is coming soon.