Daniel 7: 15-16 Daniel’s Concern about the Vision
Daniel 7:15-16 I Daniel was grieved in my spirit in the midst of my body, and the visions of my head troubled me. I came near unto one of them that stood by, and asked him the truth of all this. So he told me, and made me know the interpretation of the things.
What was Daniel grieved about? His people had just come out of 70 years of captivity and had gone back to Jerusalem to rebuild the temple. Had he secretly hoped that his people had learned their lesson. This new vision brings to light that the Jews were destined for more wars, fighting, bloodshed, imprisonment, and death, but this time the tribulations would be much worse. He did not understand exactly what these visions meant, but he wanted to know “the truth of all this.” Friend, if you want to know something, you should ask. God will reveal his truth to the seeker unless that truth is intentionally hidden for divine purposes.
To know and understand a truth, sometimes comes at great price. To walk in truth may require change and to change requires humility. I have made this statement before, Never be afraid to change, when you realize you are wrong. However, in gray areas and on topics, which are difficult to understand, change slowly and do not vacillate. I heard of a man who changed his public position on the timing of the rapture three times in less than one year. He went from pre-trib to mid-trib to post-trib and back to pre-trib all in one year. While I wondered about that man, I felt more sorry for the congregation. In major matters that deal with interpreting Scripture, you should consider changing slowly.
Remember the truth is not always easy to swallow, and it sometimes comes at a heavy price. Do you remember the story of the rich young ruler? He asked, "what must I do to inherit eternal life"? Christ told him to go and sell all that he had, give it to the poor, and come follow Me, and you will have eternal life. However, the man went away sorrowful for he had great riches.