Dan 10:2 in the first year of his reign, I, Daniel, observed in the books the number of the years which was revealed as the word of the LORD to Jeremiah the prophet for the completion of the desolations of Jerusalem, namely, seventy years.
Daniel here observes in the Word of God the sign of the times. He’s reading Jeremiah and discovers it’s about his very generation and the promises of God for them. Just as Noah responded in faith to the call of God though the warning was unseen, Daniel also reads the Word of God and responds by faith not by sight.
Dan 10:3: So I gave my attention to the Lord God to seek Him by prayer and supplications, with fasting, sackcloth and ashes. 4 I…confessed and said… 5 we have sinned, committed iniquity, acted wickedly and rebelled, even turning aside from Your commandments and ordinances…
The biblical response to the realization that the Word of God is pointing toward your very generation is exemplified here by Daniel, fasting and prayer. Intercession on behalf of your fellow countrymen and brothers, that God would have mercy and release His promises of the Word.
Well, we have such a sign in our own generation!! Israel being rebirthed as a nation in 1948 is itself a huge sign of the return of return of Jesus (Mat 24:32), that He can now fulfill the promises to this nation and bring about the events to make ready the earth for His coming. If Daniel responds this way to a promise of release from captivity, how much more should it be to the generation of the events of the book of revelation.
The fact that there is such a rapidly growing prayer movement is in itself a sign of the times. Jesus will not tip the Rev 5:8 bowls of prayer until they are full. Jesus said His house will be a house of prayer and corporate gatherings interceding for the release of His will on earth as it is in heaven are multiplying at an alarming rate.
John Wesley said that God does little apart from the prayers of man. In order for the dynamically glorious and terrible events accompanying His return to transpire there is required first much prayer.
I am aware of our cultures effect on the church’s concept of fasting, but this is a crucial part of our call in this final generation. When His will is done on earth, His Kingdom advances and it’s at the expense of the enemy’s Kingdom. Our most effective advancing will be in the victories first birthed out of heaven.
For our weapons are not of the flesh but divinely powerful through God, so also we war not against the flesh but against principalities. This weapon of prayer and fasting is a divine concept, He created us so that when we are weak in the body we have strength in the Spirit. His strength is perfected in our weakness.
So the call here is to first discern the hour in which we are living, for He is eager to reveal it to us, that we would not miss our destiny. From there our assignment is stand in the gap between our countrymen and God as Daniel did, confessing the sin of the nation and even of other nations, asking for mercy, and releasing the promises of God upon them, that they could stand in what is coming.
It is also in this place of fasting and prayer that we are entrusted with the revelation of mysteries, again just as Daniel was, by the angel Gabriel. We eat the scroll (of 100+ bible chapters of end-time prophesy written especially for our generation) like Ezekiel and John and it equips our heart to stand in the Day of the Lord, and to proclaim it to others that they would not perish for lack of revelation of the heart of God in an hour where the love of many will grow cold due to offense at God for the events of His Return.