Daniel 8 – Broken Without Hand

Daniel 8

“And in the latter time of their kingdom, when the transgressors are come to the full, a king of fierce countenance, and understanding dark sentences, shall stand up. And his power shall be mighty, but not by his own power: and he shall destroy wonderfully, and shall prosper, and practise, and shall destroy the mighty and the holy people.”  Daniel 8:23, 24

We come into Daniel 8 (Which you can read here) and find that it is full of beasts and kingdoms, danger and action, destruction and fearful things, and here is where it nears the climax. Most of the other beasts and kingdoms have met their end, but this one dark figure rises up and prospers, destroying the “mighty and holy people.” “What?” You say. “Evil is winning? What is going on?”  But wait, there’s more.

“And through his policy also he shall cause craft to prosper in his hand; and he shall magnify himself in his heart, and by peace shall destroy many: he shall also stand up against the Prince of princes; but he shall be broken without hand.”

It just keeps getting worse! This being now starts spreading his evil practices throughout the land while boasting and destroying people.

Things keep getting crazier, and there seems to be no end, but then something happens. He makes his final mistake. This being stands up to the Prince of Princes, and he is broken without hand.

There are two lessons I learned from this. First, It might get worse before it gets better. You may be in the pit of despair, feeling like you can’t go on, but hope might be just around the bend. Second, God is patient. He sees what this being is doing, He sees how the Saints are being persecuted, yet he waits for the perfect time to end what is going on. And He does it” without hand.” How would we react to someone persecuting, killing people we loved? Is our first instinct to just want it to end, or do we want vengeance? In this case God breaks the being “without hand.

Have hope. Circumstances may be hard and may seem to be going downhill, but relief may be just around the corner. Whatever chaos is happening in your life, it will end. We just need to be patient.

–Ethan Smith

In waiting for heaven


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