The answer?...because God tells us to do so, and that is reason enough....it is important because God says it is!
When our heart is becoming overwhelmed with His heart what He cares about begins to change our priorities. What He speaks about in His Word, I want to know about and understand.
He speaks about the End Times in over 200 chapters of the Bible. I think it is essential that we understand at least the basics of the Last Days.
The Bible is a large book which is not only the history book of the universe but the prophetic book of the future as well. We can't know all of it in as much depth as I want to, but it sure is fun learning more and more of what is on His heart.
This is the reason Gabriel came to Daniel. Gabriel is going to give Daniel insight and understanding specifically about the End Times here in the book of Daniel chapter 9. He wants Daniel to have insight and understanding of the End Times.
God doesn’t want us to throw up our hands and say, “Oh well, God has it all worked out, I’ll just go about my life and watch as it unfolds.” May it never be!
Then Daniel received what in my view is one of the most important prophecies in the Old Testament, the prophecy that told the Jews when the Messiah was coming. Daniel was to know and discern this prophecy.
At a time in Israel’s sordid history when many of the Jews were following after pagan gods (because of the threat of persecution or the opportunity for personal advancement) those Jews who knew God and had insight and understanding of God’s Word were able to not only stand firm themselves but they gave understanding to others.
This is what you and I need to be able to do now in the midst of our Babylon and when the Tribulation comes...if we’re still alive. Insight and understanding are not only for the “End Times”, but they are also for the present. Do you think the world, as well as many in the church, need biblical insight and understanding?...I do.
This verse and the next are speaking specifically to the times we are now in and may yet go through.
Those who have insight now will understand in the future. Is that important? We’re no different in regard to our need for insight today, so that we can have understanding in the future. It is terribly important!
God wants Daniel (and us) to understand! Will we not take the time to study receive understanding concerning these things?
Again, God wants us to understand. The enemy does not want us to understand. Here in Daniel 10 is where the demons delayed the angelic messenger from delivering understanding to Daniel.
The enemy knows how important it is for us to have an understanding of end times prophecy, but largely we do not...and they like it that way. Refuse to allow the enemy this foothold of ignorance.
People often retort that God sent angels to Daniel, and He hasn’t sent any to me, so God must not want me to understand. This is immature thinking.
First, God had Daniel record these encounters so we could benefit from them. Second, God sent the angel Gabriel and others to Daniel but don’t forget, He has sent the Holy Spirit to us.
This shows us how to understand Daniel. He is going to reveal not only what is going to happen in the relatively near future to Daniel, but also what is going to occur in the “latter” days.
Many want to relegate all the prophecies in Daniel as being fulfilled in the Old Testament era. As you study, you will be able to decide for yourself.
We are to use what God gives us to build up the body, and make it strong, so that she can stand firm ( I Peter 4:10; I Corinthians 12:7).
We must be prepared and in spiritual shape, that we may run with perseverance, focus, and intentionality. It is important that we gain insight and understanding!