Summary: End Time 2 / Last Judgment(B) - Shine like the stars forever. I. During times of distress. II. At God’s last judgment III. As witnesses of wisdom.
SHINE LIKE THE STARS…FOREVER (Outline)
November 9, 2008 --
END TIME 2 / LAST JUDGMENT --
INTRO: Scripture defines Christians as people of faith who lead humble, loving lives. Jesus reminded his disciples that humility was important in their lives. “The first will be last and the last will be first”. “The Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve”. Christian humility does not mean that believers are to be floor mats for the world. With boldness and confidence every Christian has the blessed privilege and opportunity to display God’s love to a loveless world. "For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) and find out what pleases the Lord" (EPHESIANS 5:8-10). The Holy Spirit will guide us “to find out what pleases the Lord”. Through Daniel the Lord encourages us:
SHINE LIKE THE STARS …FOREVER.
I. During times of distress.
II. At God’s judgment day.
III. As witnesses of wisdom.
I. (SHINING STARS) DURING TIMES OF DISTRESS
A. Chapter 12 begins, “At that time…” At what time? That time is described in chapters 10 and 11.
1. Godless rulers would rule. The king would even set himself up as god.
2. This situation would not be good for the believers. But, the Lord would help verse 1a.
3. God’s angel Michael, called the great prince, would protect God’s people.
B. Verse 1b. God’s people would need and welcome divine intervention during these times of distress.
C. In good times or in bad times God takes care of his people. At times the Lord keeps danger away from us. By natural means we enjoy a blessed life. At other times we may expose ourselves to danger. It is during those times that God can and does use supernatural means for his people. Each of us can probably remember a close call in our life. Our guardian angel saved us from harm’s way. Even Daniel knew that the angel of the Lord had shut the mouth of the lions to keep him alive and safe. Such is God’s care and love! "For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways; they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone"(PSALM 91:11,12). We are reminded that we do not worship angels but always worship Christ as our Savior and Good Shepherd.
D. In the midst of distress as believers we are reminded to “shine like the stars”. Each believer has hope when everything seems hopeless. We are encouraged in the midst of what is discouragement for many others. Paul was in prison. He did not expect to be released. Paul shines like the stars. "The Lord will rescue me from every evil attack and will bring me safely to his heavenly kingdom. To him be glory for ever and ever"(2 TIMOTHY 4:18). We also praise God for his deliverance. God will finally deliver each of us from this vale of tears and bring us safely to his heavenly kingdom. Praise God’s goodness!
Believers SHINE LIKE THE STARS…FOREVER
even and especially during times of distress.