“At that time shall arise Michael, the great prince who has charge of your people. And there shall be a time of trouble, such as never has been since there was a nation till that time. But at that time your people shall be delivered, everyone whose name shall be found written in the book. And many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt. And those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the sky above; and those who turn many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever. (Daniel 12:1-3 ESV)
There are not many places in the Old Testament that speak this clearly about the resurrection. Job hints at it at the end of his book, David hints at it in the Psalms, Ezekiel hints at it in his famous passage about the dry bones coming to life. But here Daniel is quite clear. Many will arise to everlasting life and some to shame and everlasting contempt. These are the only options. It is a frightening thought, especially as we compare the length of our days in this life compared to eternity. Compared to eternity our 70, 80, 100 years are just a blink of an eye.
Did you know that you will live forever? How does that impact the way you see your life now?
Give thanks for “the eternal pleasures at God’s right hand” (Ps 16:9-11) and for the clear warning about the impact of our choices today.
McCheyne’s Bible Reading Plan: 2 Kings 8, 1 Tim 5, Da 12, Ps 56-57