Daniel 11 & 12 - What The Wise Shall Understand

They that Understand Among the People Shall Instruct Many; The Wise Shall Understand.

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What is understood and what instruction is given to many on the basis of understanding? What is it that the wise, understand? Let us look first at the context of this prophecy. This statement "they that understand among the people shall instruct many" is found in Daniel 11:33; "the wise shall understand." is found in Daniel 12:10. Yet apparently these who understand and who instruct many are falling by the sword, by flame, by captivity, and by spoiling. Let us consider these things by turning to Daniel 11.

Daniel 11:32 And such as do wickedly against the covenant shall he corrupt by flatteries: but the people that do know their God shall be strong, and do [exploits].

11:33 And they that understand among the people shall instruct many: yet they shall fall by the sword, and by flame, by captivity, and by spoil, [many] days.

11:34 Now when they shall fall, they shall be holpen with a little help: but many shall cleave to them with flatteries.

11:35 And [some] of them of understanding shall fall, to try them, and to purge, and to make [them] white, [even] to the time of the end: because [it is] yet for a time appointed.

11:36 And the king shall do according to his will; and he shall exalt himself, and magnify himself above every god, and shall speak marvellous things against the God of gods, and shall prosper till the indignation be accomplished: for that that is determined shall be done.

11:37 Neither shall he regard the God of his fathers, nor the desire of women, nor regard any god: for he shall magnify himself above all.

11:38 But in his estate shall he honour the God of forces: and a god whom his fathers knew not shall he honour with gold, and silver, and with precious stones, and pleasant things.

11:39 Thus shall he do in the most strong holds with a strange god, whom he shall acknowledge [and] increase with glory: and he shall cause them to rule over many, and shall divide the land for gain.

11:40 And at the time of the end shall the king of the south push at him: and the king of the north shall come against him like a whirlwind, with chariots, and with horsemen, and with many ships; and he shall enter into the countries, and shall overflow and pass over.

11:41 He shall enter also into the glorious land, and many [countries] shall be overthrown: but these shall escape out of his hand, [even] Edom, and Moab, and the chief of the children of Ammon.

11:42 He shall stretch forth his hand also upon the countries: and the land of Egypt shall not escape.

11:43 But he shall have power over the treasures of gold and of silver, and over all the precious things of Egypt: and the Libyans and the Ethiopians [shall be] at his steps.

11:44 But tidings out of the east and out of the north shall trouble him: therefore he shall go forth with great fury to destroy, and utterly to make away many.

11:45 And he shall plant the tabernacles of his palace between the seas in the glorious holy mountain; yet he shall come to his end, and none shall help him.

In Daniel 12 the text continues with no chapter break in the original.

Daniel 12:1 And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which 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.

12:2 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.

12:3 And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever.

12:4 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.

12:5 Then I Daniel looked, and, behold, there stood other two, the one on this side of the bank of the river, and the other on that side of the bank of the river.

12:6 And [one] said to the man clothed in linen, which [was] upon the waters of the river, How long [shall it be to] the end of these wonders?

12:7 And I heard the man clothed in linen, which [was] upon 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 an half; and when he shall have accomplished to scatter the power of the holy people, all these [things] shall be finished.

12:8 And I heard, but I understood not: then said I, O my Lord, what [shall be] the end of these [things]?

12:9 And he said, Go thy way, Daniel: for the words [are] closed up and sealed till the time of the end.

12:10 Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand.

12:11 And from the time [that] the daily [sacrifice] shall be taken away, and the abomination that maketh desolate set up, [there shall be] a thousand two hundred and ninety days.

12:12 Blessed [is] he that waiteth, and cometh to the thousand three hundred and five and thirty days.

12:13 But go thou thy way till the end [be]: for thou shalt rest, and stand in thy lot at the end of the days. [end of the Book of Daniel]

We are told in Daniel 11:32 and in Daniel 12:10 that some will understand. The wise shall understand. The two questions we want to address at this time are: 1) How do we become wise? 2) What is it that the wise understand and teach? In passing you may want to note the cost of teaching what the wise understand.

1) How do we become wise?

This is perhaps the most important question. For reason of the importance, we will address this question first. We are told in 1 Corinthians1:30, 31 "But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:

"That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord."

 

Jesus is made our wisdom. Jesus is made our wisdom by God the Father. In order to be

wise, we need to have Jesus. The way we have Jesus is by beholding Him and being changed into His likeness by keeping our focus and attention on Jesus. 2 Corinthians 3:18 "But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, [even] as by the Spirit of the Lord."

Because Jesus is our wisdom and because we get Jesus and wisdom by beholding Jesus, it would be expected that we should see Jesus is the context of Daniel 11 and 12. Where do we see Jesus in the last verses of Daniel 11 and in Daniel 12?

In the latter part of Daniel 11 Jesus is seen in His people. "but the people that do know their God shall be strong, and do [exploits].

Daniel 11:33 - 35 "And they that understand among the people shall instruct many: yet they shall fall by the sword, and by flame, by captivity, and by spoil, [many] days.

"Now when they shall fall, they shall be holpen with a little help: but many shall cleave to them with flatteries.

"And [some] of them of understanding shall fall, to try them, and to purge, and to make [them] white, [even] to the time of the end: because [it is] yet for a time appointed."

In Daniel 12 Jesus is again seen as Michael who stands up in verse 1. In verse 7 He is again seen as the Man clothed in linen. Jesus is also seen in His people. Daniel 12:3 "And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever." Daniel 12:10 "Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand."

This is the climax and the fulfillment of the statement of Jesus found in John 12:32 "And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all [men] unto me." Jesus was lifted up on a cross on Calvary. The crucifixion of Jesus destroyed the last link of sympathy between the angels and the unfallen beings and Satan. When the whole world cries "Crucify Him, crucify Him" and Jesus is again lifted up and crucified in the person of His people, the last link of sympathy between Satan and the whole universe will be broken. This includes the nations, tongues, and multitudes that were a short time before giving their loyalty and allegiance to Satan. This change on the part of masses of nations, peoples, and tongues is symbolized in prophecy as "the drying up of the river Euphrates".

The battle described in the last of Daniel 11 and in Daniel 12 are amplified in Revelation and described as the Battle of Armageddon. Jesus is symbolized in Revelation in the context of the Battle of Armageddon as riding on a white horse with the armies of heaven following Him. In Zechariah 10:3 ("Mine anger was kindled against the shepherds, and I punished the goats: for the LORD of hosts hath visited his flock the house of Judah, and hath made them as his goodly horse in the battle.") God’s people are described as "his goodly horse in the battle". In the sanctuary service during the Day of Atonement, the final disposition of the goat representing Satan is pictured. This goat that represents Satan is taken out into the wilderness to die "by the hand of a fit man" (Leviticus 16:21). This fit man on the Day of Atonement, is the "goodly horse in the battle" that is used to take Satan into the wilderness where circumstances bind him until his death by natural causes. Jesus is "lifted up" in the "wise that understand" in the last generation. They are condemned to death for not joining in the world-wide rebellion against God. Thus, in the last generation is seen in prophetic symbols of both the "fit man" on the Day of Atonement and the "his goodly horse in the battle" that point to the same group of God’s people representing Jesus in the final battle of the ages. Beloved, I want to see Jesus in all His beauty. I want to be changed into His image by constantly beholding Him. I want to be wise and share what I know of Jesus, even at the risk of being called a traitor to the one world government in the last generation of time.

It may be that you are saying to yourself: "But how can this be? I don’t understand what is going on! How can Jesus dying on a cross destroy Satan’s kingdom and break the last link of sympathy between Satan and the angels in heaven? How can God’s true people, being loyal to him in the face of destruction by all the combined military might of the armies of the all nations of this world, be used of God to win in the great battle of Armageddon? It cannot make any sense unless the issues of the great controversy between Christ and Satan are understood. When this is understood, then it all makes perfect sense.

The central issue in the great controversy between Christ and Satan is the character of God. What kind of a God is God? Satan pictured God as arbitrary and selfish in heaven. He charged God with having an unnecessary law and a flawed government. He asserted that a government without law is the only basis of true freedom. Satan stated that law punishable by death was incompatible with freedom. The circumstance that gave occasion for the great controversy was the announcement of God that Michael was His only begotten Son. Satan represented that Michael was a created being just like himself, and that it was favoritism for Michael to be represented as the Son of God. Satan charged God with lying to say that Michael was His only begotten Son.

God responded to all of these charges by demonstration. God by Jesus created planet earth to answer the charges against Him. God created a world and created a new order of beings to populate that world to demonstrate the answers to the charges against God’s law, His character, His government and His relationship with His only begotten Son. When Jesus answered all the charges made against God by His birth, His life and uncondemned death on the cross and His resurrection on the third day, Satan responded that it proved little but that Jesus was God. Satan charged that God could be kind and loving when He wanted to be. Satan charges that God can be merciful and forgive the whole world, including Satan himself, but then He can’t be just if God forgives some men their sins and not others. If God were to be just, all who had sinned must die. God could either be merciful and forgive all who had sinned, including Satan, or He must be just and destroy all who had sinned, including the whole human race.

In fact the life and death of Jesus had proved that God is love. The death of Jesus proved that God’s law is unchangeable. God’s law is a description of reality and is as unchanging as the throne of God. The resurrection of Jesus proved that Jesus was the Son of God, begotten in eternity past. The last issue of the great controversy is the question – does the plan of salvation work in reality? Is God able by His love, and by His Spirit to change rebellious sinners into loyalist saints in fact? This is what the battle of Armageddon proves.

In the same way that the death of Jesus on the cross, defeated the kingdom of Satan, so the battle of Armageddon will again defeat the kingdom of Satan and be one of the last proofs of the malignity of sin and the baseness of Satan. The whole world is marshaled against those who refuse to worship the beast and his image but keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus. Even as Jesus defeated Satan through submission to His Father’s will, so will the last generation of faithful people win the battle for God by submission to their Heavenly Father’s will. Their faithfulness in the face of whole world pressure and threatened death proves that their characters have in fact been changed. This proves that the plan of salvation does indeed work. This proves that all the redeemed from all ages are in fact safe to save for all eternity. This proves that God can be both just and merciful without compromising either justice or mercy. The last generation of God’s followers give glory to God in the setting of the close of the great controversy between Christ and Satan. They are the antitype of the fit man that takes Satan’s goat out to die on the day of atonement. They are the goodly horse in the battle of God. Jesus is again lifted up in them and draws all that will be drawn to Him. It is not strike-power or fire-power that wins the battle between Christ and Satan. It is the power of the love of Jesus demonstrated in the character of the last generation of faithful believers in God.

So important is this role of the final generation of believers at the end of time that they are illustrated over and over again in Scripture. For example:

1. Noah’s life work in building the ark is spoken of in this way in Hebrews 11:7: "By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith." The mission and purpose of our church could be likened to another ark to build. Not any physical structure – but a composite structure – a temple made up of people (1 Peter 2:5 "Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.") – a nation "born in a day" (Isaiah 66:8 "Who hath heard such a thing? who hath seen such things? Shall the earth be made to bring forth in one day? [or] shall a nation be born at once? for as soon as Zion travailed, she brought forth her children.")

2. The "fit man" on the Day of Atonement that led the scapegoat into the wilderness. Leviticus 16:21 "And Aaron shall lay both his hands upon the head of the live goat, and confess over him all the iniquities of the children of Israel, and all their transgressions in all their sins, putting them upon the head of the goat, and shall send [him] away by the hand of a fit man into the wilderness:" The purpose and mission of our church is not to occupy – but to prepare this corporate "fit man"!

3. The stone that destroys the image representing all the kingdoms of this world in Daniel 2:44 and 45 illustrates the mission and purpose of our church. "And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, [but] it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever.

Forasmuch as thou sawest that the stone was cut out of the mountain without hands, and that it brake in pieces the iron, the brass, the clay, the silver, and the gold; the great God hath made known to the king what shall come to pass hereafter: and the dream [is] certain, and the interpretation thereof sure." The purpose and mission of our church is to co-operate with God in preparing a group of people that – like Noah – will condemn the world and allow God to destroy sin and sinners without a ripple of fear going through the universe when God does His "strange work."

4. Meshack, Shadrack, and Abednego refusing to bow down at the sound of the music and worship the one world image is recorded in Daniel 3. The work of our church is to produce people who can "dwell with the devouring fire" and "dwell with everlasting burnings" like the three worthies did. Isaiah 33:14 "The sinners in Zion are afraid; fearfulness hath surprised the hypocrites. Who among us shall dwell with the devouring fire? who among us shall dwell with everlasting burnings?" God answers the questions by demonstration! This is how God wins the great controversy.

5. Daniel refusing to eat the portion of the king’s meat or drink the king’s wine and eventually refusing to give up praying to God three times a day and getting thrown into the lion’s den is recorded in Daniel 5. The purpose and mission of our church is to produce men and women with the character of Christ such as Daniel had.

In fact, 1 Corinthians 10:11 says "Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come."

What do the wise understand?

The wise understand the goodness of God. They are acquainted with the character, government, and purposes of God and act in harmony with them. In a specific sense, the wise understand the subject of the immediate context of the text that states they are wise. What the immediate context is talking about is the wind up of the great controversy, specifically the three time periods that Jesus shares with His people. The significance of these time periods is that God is saying "I have everything under control. I have told you thousands of years before it is going to be so many days and this will happen and so many days and that will happen. Trust me!" This is the more sure word of prophecy. This is more proof than the witness of our senses at the time. One thing the wise understand is that (Revelation 13:13,14 "And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men,

And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by [the means of] those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live.") it is Satan who personates Christ and deceives the whole world. In the context of Satan personating Christ and deceiving the rest of the world, the wise understand the time prophecies of Daniel 12.

The pioneers of the Seventh-day Adventist church believed that these time periods were past and fulfilled. It is true that these time prophecies have been fulfilled in the past. There is more to these prophecies than their past fulfillment. There are three points in this connection that need to be appreciated. The first is that God wanted to finish all things in the time of our pioneers. There is more than once that God told us through Ellen White, that He would have come before now.

Another point is that some prophecies have more than one fulfillment. For example, on the day of Pentecost when the Holy Spirit was poured out Peter said that was the fulfillment of the prophecy of Joel 2:28,29 "And it shall come to pass afterward, [that] I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions: And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my spirit." Peter was led by the Holy Spirit to correctly apply that prophecy to the early rain Pentecost experience. However it is going to be repeated in the latter rain outpouring of the Holy Spirit again at the end of time in the context of Daniel 11 and 12.

There are life-experiences that happened in history and are prophetic and illustrate what is going to happen again in the future. For example the prophecy of Daniel 2 of the great image showed the rise and fall of nations from Daniel’s day even to our day. This image was distorted into a great image all of gold that was set up on the plain of Dura. The whole world was forced to worship this image, at the sound of the music, on pain of being thrown into the furnace. Shadrack, Mesheck, and Abednigo withstood the decree of the king and were thrown into the furnace. They walked with Jesus and were delivered from the flames of the furnace. This is going to be repeated in the last generation. The end time replay will be not with three believers, but with a statistically significant number of believers that will prove God’s case that the plan of salvation works.

Jesus said in Matthew 24:14 - 16 "And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.

When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:)

Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains:"

Jesus also said in Matthew 24:32 - 35 "Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer [is] nigh:

So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, [even] at the doors.

Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.

Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away."

These prophecies were all literally fulfilled in one generation after Jesus lived on earth and gave this prophecy. These prophecies are again going to be fulfilled in the last generation of believers. When Jesus is lifted up in the characters of His true believers, the whole world will focus on them. Many will be drawn to Jesus. Most will again cry "Crucify Him, Crucify Him"! Again the daily resistance against God of paganism will be removed and the abomination of desolation ("Christianized paganism") will be set up world wide. Again all over the world God’s true followers will flee for their lives into the mountains. History and the fulfillment of some prophecy repeats. The wise will know which prophecies repeat!

Bible teachers teach and write that we must be consistent in our understanding of Bible prophecy. We believe in the historical method of Bible prophecy understanding. This includes a day for a year principle of prophetic interpretation. If the 2300 days of Daniel 8 are 2300 years, then the days of Daniel 12 must also be understood to be fulfilled in so many years and also in the past. There are two reasons why this is not necessarily so. The first is that between Daniel 8 and 12 is the statement of Jesus in Revelation 10:5 - 7 "And the angel which I saw stand upon the sea and upon the earth lifted up his hand to heaven,

"And sware by him that liveth for ever and ever, who created heaven, and the things that therein are, and the earth, and the things that therein are, and the sea, and the things which are therein, that there should be time no longer:

"But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished, as he hath declared to his servants the prophets."

This we understand by Divine interpretation to mean "This time, which the angel declares with a solemn oath, is not the end of this world's history, neither of probationary time, but of prophetic time, which should precede the advent of our Lord. That is, the people will not have another message upon definite time. After this period of time, reaching from 1842 to 1844, there can be no definite tracing of the prophetic time. The longest reckoning reaches to the autumn of 1844." {7BC 971.7}

We have understood correctly the point that the end of the 2300 day-year prophecy ends October 22, 1844. This advice from God was given in the context of setting later and later dates for the end of the 2300 day/year time prophecy. Not only is there no other date other than October 22, 1844 to end this time prophecy but there is no other message upon definite time to come to our people. That is not all that we are told from God. It is also stated that this time, stated with a solemn oath, is prophetic time. That means that prophetic time ends with that statement. It is commonly believed that therefore there is no prophetic time periods in the future. This is not correct because there are literal time periods we are told of in Scripture, that are still future. The best known is Revelation 20:1 - 3 "And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand.

"And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years,

"And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season."

This is a prophecy about time that is future. This is accepted to mean that in the future there will be a time of one thousand years that is described. This prophecy does not say one thousand days because prophetic time is not used any more. Future time prophecy is now literal time because since the angel stood on the land and sea and held up His hands in a solemn oath, future time is now literal. It is in literal time that the repeat of the time prophecies of Daniel 12 are to be understood. This too, the wise will understand.

So what about the literal day for day prophetic periods of Daniel 12 that give the context of the statement that the wise will understand? It is my current understanding that these are literal time periods and that they are a repeat of past prophetic time periods. In 508 BC the daily resistance (continual resistance against God of paganism) was taken away when the Papacy (which "elevated" paganism into Christianity) replaced paganism of the Roman empire with the mixture of paganism and Christianity that God calls the abomination of desolation. Thus began the 1260 years of Papal persecution of true Christianity that ended in 1798 when the Pope was taken prisoner by General Berthier. This was the deadly wound that the Papacy received. This deadly wound is now well healed. The world is set for a repeat of the cycle of replacing the "daily" with the abomination that makes desolate. The "daily" is a daily or continual resistance against the kingdom of God that is "up front" or obvious and outspoken and not covert or hidden and behind your back. Today paganism is seen in the form of secularism, atheism, post-modernism, and commercialism. Paganism has always been overtly against God. This is true with modern paganism. Scripture predicts that modern paganism is soon going to be replaced with a mixture of Christianity and paganism. This mixture that is an elevation of the principles of paganism into the forms and rituals of Christianity. It is what is being offered to us in the one world religion. This is the abomination that makes desolate.

At some point in time there will be an event that will be recognized by the wise as the fulfillment of prophecy: "the daily [sacrifice] shall be taken away, and the abomination that maketh desolate set up" (Dan.12:11). When this happened it will mark the start of 1290 days ("[there shall be] a thousand two hundred and ninety days." This 1290 day prophecy in connection with taking away the daily and setting up the abomination that makes desolate, is in the setting of two other time prophecies. The first thing that Jesus says (the Man clothed in linen that is standing on the waters of the river in Daniel 12:7) is in answer to a question. The question was asked by one of two that stood on each bank of the river in verse 6: How long shall it be to the end of these wonders? Jesus answers that the end of these wonders shall be in 1260 days – or a time, times and an half. Then after stating that it will be 1290 days from the time that the daily is taken away and the abomination that makes desolate set up, Jesus says " Blessed is he that waiteth and cometh to the thousand three hundred and five and thirty days."

How these three time periods fit together the wise will know when they come to pass. How they fit together before they come to pass may be interesting to consider, however the promise is that the wise will understand. In John 14:29 Jesus said, "And now I have told you before it come to pass, that, when it is come to pass, ye might believe." We may not be able to correctly put these time periods together correctly before the time. To know that there are three time periods that will repeat in literal time has the potential of being a great practical value in the future time of great trouble or perhaps even in the little time of trouble that proceeds the great time of trouble. My current understanding is that the time periods appear to fit together in this way.

From the time that the king of the North (the Pope claiming to be God’s representative and vice gerent on earth) moves his headquarters from Rome to old Jerusalem (between the seas in the florious holy mountain) he will have power and cause the time of trouble such as never was since there was a nation. This time of trouble will be much worse than the dark ages when the Pope had control of the world before. The first Papal-induced time of trouble lasted for 1260 years from 538 – 1798. The final time of power of the Pope – this time over the whole world – will last 1290 literal days or 3 years and seven months. This time of trouble will end with the drying up of the Pope’s support foretold in Scripture using the same language that described the downfall of ancient Babylon when the river Euphrates was diverted and Babylon fell in one night. This is the language of the prophecy of the sixth plague recorded in Revelation 16:12. "And the sixth angel poured out his vial upon the great river Euphrates; and the water thereof was dried up, that the way of the kings of the east might be prepared." When the world, who supported the Pope, see what Ellen White describes under the sixth plague, they change their minds about being a servant of the Pope. This is the inspired description of the sixth plague:

"With shouts of triumph, jeering, and imprecation, throngs of evil men are about to rush upon their prey, when, lo, a dense blackness, deeper than the darkness of the night, falls upon the earth. Then a rainbow, shining with the glory from the throne of God, spans the heavens and seems to encircle each praying company. The angry multitudes are suddenly arrested. Their mocking cries die away. The objects of their murderous rage are forgotten. With fearful forebodings they gaze upon the symbol of God's covenant and long to be shielded from its overpowering brightness." {GC 635.3}

It is at this time (the 6th plague) that the world-control and power of the Pope of Rome ends. A month after taking power as the world "geo-political" leader that the Pope does something that will mark the start of the 1260 days to "scatter the power of the holy people" (? International Sunday law?). That would make it about 6 weeks later (45 days) that the blessed event would occur at the end of 1335 literal days from the time that the Pope moves to old Jerusalem and Jesus stands up at the end of the world’s probation.

If this is the way these three time prophecies fit together it could be diagramed like this: