Notice that I’ve chickened out on dealing with Daniel 11 and moved straight to Daniel 12.
That’s me. Chicken.
Of course, there’s a method to my chicken madness. I’ve always believed in dealing with what you know first, and then get to what you don’t know last. Often, you find that the tough questions have answered themselves by the time that you get to them.
We’ll see if that happens here.
Having said that, I am more than prepared to appeal to anyone who wants to ‘crunch the numbers’ by laboriously working through history to identify what is what in chapter 11. If you spare me from having to do the hard work, I’ll… well, I’ll do something nice.
Anyway, let’s move on to Daniel 12, while chapter 11 continues to simmer.
1 And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince who standeth for the children of thy people; and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book.
So, we meet Michael again. He is the great prince who stands for the children of Israel. To those who believe that this is merely a spiritual reference to ‘God’s People’ and is not a direct reference to the Jews… well, feel free to stop reading here and move on to another website. I’m not interested in furthering anti-semitism – because that’s what replacement theology is, antisemitism dressed up in Christian clothes.
Anti-semites are not wanted here.
For the rest of us who see God’s promise towards the Jewish people as an eternal promise, it’s good to see that there is an angel that stands up for the people of Israel – and who, by extension, stands for all who also stand for Israel – like you and me.
If I had a choice between standing with Michael, or standing against him, what would you choose?
But, Daniel 12 refers to something dire. It’s Jacob’s trouble – a trouble so awful that is has never been seen before. And, only those that are written in the ‘Book of Life’ will actually survive this time. If you are NOT written in the book of life, you will not survive.
Does this maybe give you an idea of how bad this time will be?
Note also that God never promised His people that they would have an easy time of it. Some of us who ARE written in the ‘Book of Life’ will die. After all, this has happened for thousands of years, so you should expect it. However, those of us who die in the service of God will be given great reward.
If you are scared of the idea of dying, you will need to exit the blast zone. And, that blast zone is centered on Israel. And, at the end of this time of Jacob’s trouble, what happens?
2 And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.
3 And they that are wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever.
Of course, to those of you who believe in a pre-tribulation rapture, you will see this as the second resurrection right? Or, maybe the third? Maybe you think that this resurrection is the one after the millenium?
Actually, it cannot be. The first resurrection is the resurrection of the just, and we see the just being resurrected here.
But wait, what does this everlasting contempt mean?
There will be those who have been saved, but behaved badly. Remember the parable that Jesus spoke of, saying that there will be those who say “Lord, Lord… and Christ will say, “I never knew you,”… yeah, this is THAT time.
The first resurrection is when the Lord reaps the harvest of His kingdom.
The second resurrection is when the Lord reaps the earth.
4 But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.
Just look around you. How many of us travel thousands of miles a year? How many of us have circumnavigated the globe?
Think about how much knowledge has increased. It is phenominal how far we have come, and we are reaching the point where the Lord will either need to send us back to the stone age – or, bring an end to His creation, altogether.
5 Then I, Daniel, looked, and, behold, there stood other two, the one on the brink of the river on this side, and the other on the brink of the river on that side.
6 And one said to the man clothed in linen, who was above the waters of the river, How long shall it be to the end of these wonders?
7 And I heard the man clothed in linen, who was above the waters of the river, when he held up his right hand and his left hand unto heaven, and sware by him that liveth for ever that it shall be for a time, times, and a half; and when they have made an end of breaking in pieces the power of the holy people, all these things shall be finished.
Daniel is understandably worried about what is about to happen to God’s people. But, the ‘man clothed in linen’ swears that it will only be ‘a time, times, and a half’. To me that says three and a half time units. I would say that these are years, but you might want to think on this a bit before you leap in and agree.
Some has gone as far as to say three and a half THOUSAND years, the span of time from Daniel until the end of the millenium, which would yes, be three thousand five hundred years.
But, no. I really think that this is the tribulation.
8 And I heard, but I understood not: then said I, O my lord, what shall be the issue of these things?
9 And he said, Go thy way, Daniel; for the words are shut up and sealed till the time of the end.
Now, THIS part you should pay attention to. If you’ve been reading commentaries on this passage, ask yourself when they were written? And, ask yourself who THEY were consulting.
Anyone attempting to understand Daniel will not understand until they get to the end. To put it another way, no one can understand these prophecies until they get to the last days themselves. And, if you consult books written before the prophecies have been ‘unlocked’, you are condemning yourself to being blinded.
Consider this to be fair warning. C.I. Skofield didn’t know what he was talking about because he wasn’t allowed to know what he was talking about. Likewise all the other commentators on prophecy before 1967.
Does this mean that you will automatically get it right now?
Well, that’s first assuming that we ARE in the last days – a safe assumption. And, that also assumes that we have been careful to follow God’s word and not get ourselves entangled by the world and other forms of foolishness.
10 Many shall purify themselves, and make themselves white, and be refined; but the wicked shall do wickedly; and none of the wicked shall understand; but they that are wise shall understand.
Many of us will be given a second chance to make peace with God and purify ourselves. Many will not choose to do so. May all who read this choose well.
11 And from the time that the continual burnt-offering shall be taken away, and the abomination that maketh desolate set up, there shall be a thousand and two hundred and ninety days.
12 Blessed is he that waiteth, and cometh to the thousand three hundred and five and thirty days.
This bit has always perplexed me, so feel free to be perplexed as well.
A thousand two hundred and ninety days is 3.534 years. How is it that you can receive a special blessing if you wait and come to the thousand three hundred five and thirty days? Just 45 days later?
Remember that the rapture is not voluntary. You get raptured whether you like it or not. Could it be that there is a 45 day period of time where the tribulation has ended, but the rapture has not commenced?
Or, are these time periods added on to each other? To make seven and a bit more years?
Or, as some claim, that this is symbolic language, and that each day is a year and that all of this is a period of time stretching back… well, a long time.
I’ve seen a claim that the abomination that maketh desolate is the Dome of the Rock, built in 691. Add 1290 to 691, and you get 1981 – a rather meaningless year in terms of eschatology, unless you think that the Israel Lebanon war was somehow significant. Oh, and 45 years after 1981 is… 2026.
Well, it’s certainly exciting to think that it’ll be all over by 2026, but I think that I’ll be sticking with the ‘each day is really just a day’ theory for now. I am NOT interested in following in the footsteps of Harold Camping anytime soon.
13 But go thou thy way till the end be; for thou shalt rest, and shalt stand in thy lot, at the end of the days.
May we all be blessed to stand with Daniel when this is all over.