Daniel Chapter 12

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Daniel Chapter 12

 

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

 

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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.

A t the time when the one-world ruler is ruling the world, possibly from old Jerusalem, and a thousand years of peace and prosperity is predicted in the media, then it is that Jesus (Michael), our great High Priest in the sanctuary in heaven, stands up. The standing up of Jesus in heaven signals the end of His mediation in heaven which is going on now. Revelation 8:5 tells us that at this time Jesus throws down the censer that has been the symbol of His mediation of the prayers from His believers, and probation closes. This is not an arbitrary or a time-based decision. Jesus has not been waiting for a celestial clock to strike the hour when it is planned for Him to return to earth. What this means is that Jesus has fully completed the work that He has begun in every living believer. "Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform [it] until the day of Jesus Christ:" Philippians 1:6. Having completed His work in the Most Holy Place in the sanctuary in heaven that had begun October 22, 1844, Jesus stands up. He throws down the censer, and changes garments, signifying a change in role. Then He comes to save

 

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His loyal members that have withstood the one world government and the one world religion in rebellion against God. This rescue mission of Jesus is pictured as the battle of Armageddon and is described in Revelation 19:11-21.

These final events do not happen in a few days. There is a special resurrection described in Daniel 12:2. Verse 3 tells us that the wise will now shine forever and ever. God then communicates three time periods to us that will let believers know where they are time-wise in the traumatic and tumultuous end times. Jesus lifts both hands to heaven and solemnly states that the unchecked rule of the Roman Papacy in the last days is limited to 1260 days. In history it was 1260 years from 538 – 1798 during the Dark Ages. However the repeat performance at the end of time is limited to 1260 days.10 Verse 11 tells us that from the time atheism (the daily11 ) is taken away and the Papacy (that God calls "the abomination that makes desolate") is completely "set up" until the end-point set by Jesus, there would be 1290 days or three years and seven months of literal time. This means that it takes the Papacy only about a month from the time of getting any atheistic resistance out of the way and having complete world control. There is a third time period that extends beyond the end-point of papal power and control. This period beyond the end-point is 45 days or just over 6 weeks. This period of time corresponds to the time that Daniel was given a gold chain, clothed in scarlet and proclaimed the third in command of the kingdom that fell that night as Babylon ended (Daniel 5:29). Then will come to pass the fulfillment of the prophecy of Isaiah 60:14: "The sons also of them that afflicted thee shall come bending unto thee; and all they that despised thee shall bow themselves down at the soles of thy feet; and they shall call thee, The city of the LORD, The Zion of the Holy One of Israel."

Daniel did not fully understand these time periods when given to him in vision. This prophecy was not for Daniel but was given for us upon whom the ends of the world are come. However, Daniel is now standing in his "lot and place." This means that the prophecies that were given to Daniel are now being understood

 

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by us. We are now being instructed with the visions given to Daniel because they have been revealed to us by Jesus in the book of Revelation. If we are faithful, we too will stand in our "lot and place" when Jesus comes, by understanding God’s purposes, character, and government, and living in harmony with them. Living the divine life through the power of the indwelling Jesus, and being willing and able to give a reason for the hope that is within us is the best way to hasten His coming. Come Lord Jesus!

Footnotes

1 See appendix A for the reason why this quote is used in this context.

2 Ecclesiastes 12:14; Matthew 12:36,37; Revelation 20:12,13

3 2 Corinthians 3:18

4 For detail about the glories of ancient Babylon see Uriah Smith’s book Daniel and Revelation pages 39 - 51.

5 For details in this connection reference is made to Uriah Smith’s book Daniel and Revelation, chapter seven.

6 For evidence that Revelation reveals that history repeats see Appendix A

7 For an explanation of the investigative judgment see Appendix A.

8 The details of the historical fulfillment of the prophecy of world governments from Daniel’s time up to Smith’s day in the late 1800s are presented in Uriah Smith’s Daniel and Revelation.

9 See Appendix A for evidence that the fulfillment of Daniel 11: 45 is future.

10 See Appendix A for evidence for 1260 literal days in the future.

11 See Appendix A for discussion on atheism being the "daily" in our time.