“At that time Michael, the great prince who protects your people, will arise. There will be a time of distress such as has not happened from the beginning of nations until then. But at that time your people—everyone whose name is found written in the book—will be delivered. Multitudes who sleep in the dust of the earth will awake: some to everlasting life, others to shame and everlasting contempt. Those who are wise will shine like the brightness of the heavens, and those who lead many to righteousness, like the stars for ever and ever. But you, Daniel, roll up and seal the words of the scroll until the time of the end. Many will go here and there to increase knowledge.”  Then I, Daniel, looked, and there before me stood two others, one on this bank of the river and one on the opposite bank. One of them said to the man clothed in linen, who was above the waters of the river, “How long will it be before these astonishing things are fulfilled?”  The man clothed in linen, who was above the waters of the river, lifted his right hand and his left hand toward heaven, and I heard him swear by him who lives forever, saying, “It will be for a time, times and half a time. When the power of the holy people has been finally broken, all these things will be completed.”  I heard, but I did not understand. So I asked, “My lord, what will the outcome of all this be?”  He replied, “Go your way, Daniel, because the words are rolled up and sealed until the time of the end. Many will be purified, made spotless and refined, but the wicked will continue to be wicked. None of the wicked will understand, but those who are wise will understand. —Daniel 12:1-10

He will speak against the Most High and oppress his holy people and try to change the set times and the laws. The holy people will be delivered into his hands for a time, times and half a time. —Daniel 7:25

When the dragon saw that he had been hurled to the earth, he pursued the woman who had given birth to the male child. The woman was given the two wings of a great eagle, so that she might fly to the place prepared for her in the wilderness, where she would be taken care of for a time, times and half a time, out of the serpent’s reach. —Revelation 12:13-14

According to verse one above it is the angel Michael that serves in a protective role over Israel.  It is Michael that will be active in some role when the “time of distress such as has not happened from the beginning of nations until then” shall occur (Matthew 24:21).  But all those written in the Book will be delivered (13:8; 17:8; 20:12.15; 21:7).   This period of great tribulation will last for 31/2 years.  There has never been a time like this time of tribulation that will occur and it will never be again.  This is going to be a horrible time.  Think of all the difficulties that have occurred on this planet.  They will all pale when compared to this terrible time that is coming upon this earth.

But all those written in the Book of Life need not fret.  We are safe in the arms of Jesus… safe in His hands and safe in the Father’s hands John (10:27-30).  God will be opposed and God’s people will be opposed.  This happens now, but will be some much greater during this terrible time.  There will be many martyr (Revelation 6:9-11).  Don’t worry about this or anything else, brother and sister, because we are going home one way or another.  We will see and be with Jesus forever.  So let us rejoice that we know Him now and will be with Him forever!  We are almost home.

Dear Father I am so grateful to know I will be with Jesus and all who love Him one day in that perfect place.  Until then may I be faithful in following Your will by the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of Your Son Jesus until I am finally home.

Yes… and we, one day, will be finally home!

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