The End Time Myth That Way Too Many Christians Believe
Most people have developed a belief that the world will end in a disaster.
Many Christians have been taught that ungodly things are going to take over the world until God gets angry enough and ends the world in a big, catastrophic event. Many people use Daniel chapter 7 to prove this line of thinking:
2 Daniel said: “In my vision at night I looked, and there before me were the four winds of heaven churning up the great sea. 3 Four great beasts, each different from the others, came up out of the sea.4 The first was like a lion, and it had the wings of an eagle. 5 “And there before me was a second beast, which looked like a bear. 6 After that, I looked, and there before me was another beast, one that looked like a leopard. 7 After that, in my vision at night I looked, and there before me was a fourth beast—terrifying and frightening and very powerful. It had large iron teeth; it crushed and devoured its victims and trampled underfoot whatever was left.” – Daniel 7:1-7
Although the common end time interpretation of Daniel 7 certainly takes the crown for great storytelling, it is not entirely accurate.
When interpreting the meaning of Daniel 7, most Christians don’t place the scripture in context and miss the portion, just a few verses down, that tells us that these same beasts who seemed scary, frightening, and powerful, will actually be overtaken by Almighty God. These same beasts will lose their power and authority as God unleashes his Kingdom and gets the glory forever.
11 “…I kept looking until the beast was slain and its body destroyed and thrown into the blazing fire. 12 (The other beasts had been stripped of their authority, but were allowed to live for a period of time.) 13 In my vision at night I looked, and there before me was one like a son of man,[a] coming with the clouds of heaven. He approached the Ancient of Days and was led into his presence. 14 He was given authority, glory and sovereign power; all nations and peoples of every language worshiped him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion that will not pass away, and his kingdom is one that will never be destroyed. – Daniel 7:11-14 (emphasis added)
My brothers and sisters, we have something to be excited about!
Our enemy does not have the final say over this Earth, our God does. We are connected with a kingdom that is everlasting and cannot be destroyed. We have nothing to fear, and everything to rejoice about! God’s present and coming glory is not scary or disastrous for us, it is absolutely beautiful and spectacular!
We have the victory over our enemy!
So what is the popular scripture from Daniel really telling us?
1. We have the opportunity to walk alongside God in power and authority IF we don’t compromise and stay in the faith.
All believers have access to the current and future authority that is in Christ. But that authority is only gifted to those who get and remain in Christ.
Daniel chapter 7 reminds us who really has authority, why we serve Jesus, why we strive to know Him, and why we choose to surrender our lives fully to Him. Because when we are surrendered to Him fully, we surrender our human authority and get access to the authority that we have in Christ – both now and in later days.
2. The enemy isn’t bringing the world to an end, God is bringing an end to the enemy.
Modern-day Christians have given the enemy way too much power. The reality is no matter what the schemes and plots of the enemy look like, they have no strength compared to the plan and power of God. God is the one with final authority and He will bring all opposing beasts and thrones to naught.
It’s time to stop walking in fear of what’s to come and begin to walk in the authority that was handed over to us on the cross. Jesus suffered a 6-hour crucifixion to give us an eternity of victory with our God! Our future in Christ is not disastrous, but victorious. It’s time we believe and live like it!