Greetings Dear Church Family,
Why is it so hard to realize that it is November already? Christmas stuff is out at Freddie’s and Thanksgiving stuff is already going on sale. My calendar is almost full from now until the end of the year. Yet here we are in this wonderful month of finding things to be thankful for.
It’s a bit odd this year but high on my list of things to be thankful for has been the study of the book of Daniel. We have spent the last few weeks teaching (on Tuesday evenings) and preaching (on Sabbath mornings) this prophetic book. It is the root of our beginnings as Adventists and it is the sustainer of our current hope. Taking this trip back through the prophecies has been a joy.
Why a joy? Because I am reminded that we do not follow cleverly crafted fables but beautifully laid out plans of our Creator God. It the course of bringing us from sin and death to a life of joy and peace, God is working for our salvation. With only love to work with, it is a slow processes. Like Daniel’s prayer in Chapter 10, it may take twenty one days of fasting and prayer, but God was answering from day one.
I’m thankful for the vision of the progress of nations in Chapter two. The five kingdoms of Babylon, Medo-Persia, Greece, Rome and the Divided Kingdoms of today all followed one another just as the vision foretold. Daniel reminded Nebuchadnezzar that it is God who sets up kings and removes them, and that there is one kingdom yet to come to pass, and that is the kingdom of God! And He WILL set up His kingdom. This brings me great hope. For there will be no homeless issues in that kingdom. There will be no refugees to demonize or health care to threaten. For the pain, sorrow and death will be no more. I am thankful for the vision of God’s kingdom.
I am thankful for the time prophecies of Daniel two, seven, eight, nine and eleven. Heavy stuff to be thankful for, yet, they each build on one another to assure us that we are almost home. Time is coming to an end and eternity will break into our reality. Knowing all this, and knowing the God behind all of this, removes all fear. For it is a God of love and a kingdom of love that is the next great movement in prophetic history.
Peter writes of all this in his second book, chapter 3 verse 11-13, “Since everything around us is going to be destroyed like this, what holy and godly lives you should live...we are looking forward to the new heavens and new earth He has promised, a world filled with God’s righteousness”.
I’m thankful to be part of a group of people filled up with “holy and godly” folks. I see it in the care you give to each other. In the time, talent, and finances you share with those in need. I see it in the comment you have toward Christian education. I’m thankful to be part of a group of people who desire to be in that future kingdom of God.
May your holidays be wonderful!
In His Matchless Love,
Tim Mayne, pastor