Wednesday, March 28, 2012

The End of Days (Daniel 12)

Do you think the Mayans were right about 2012? Why or why not? Do you think anything will happen by the end of this year?

How do you feel when you think about the end times (excited, nervous, terrified, apathatic...)?

Read Daniel 12:1-13.

The first phrase of this chapter is "At that time". At what time is it speaking about? (you may have to go back to chapter 11)

How many mentions of end times are in Daniel 12?

Go through the chapter and make a note of every question that is asked. How are these questions similar to questions we ask God today? How are they different?

Read Revelation 20:11-15. Do you think the books mentioned in Revelation are the same as the book mentioned in Daniel 12:1?

How does someone get their name into these books?

Daniel 12:2 talks about "everlasting life" and "everlasting contempt". Do you think this word really means eternity? Why or why not?

Is it unfair for God to punish people for eternity, even though they only sinned for 100 years or less? Why or why not?

Is it unfair for God to reward people with eternal life even though they spent most of their time on earth sinning? Why or why not?

Daniel 12:3 talks about leading people to righteousness. How can we be wise and lead people to righteousness?

What people in your circles of influence need to be led to righteousness? How are you working to accomplish that?

Why do you think God didn't answer all Daniel's questions? Why do you think he told Daniel to rest? What can we learn from this?

From what tension in your life do you simply need to rest?

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