Category: Daniel Commentary
THE BOOK OF DANIEL is quoted often in the New Testament Book of Revelation. In many ways, the two books need to be read and studied together. Daniel lived at an important time of ancient history and his story is critical to our understanding of what is happening today. His visions speak powerfully of the end times, and his writing continues to exalt the "Most High God." The accuracy and reliability of his remarks concerning future events have caused many to question his authorship of this book. However, we have complete confidence that he not only wrote the book, but that God used him powerfully to bring His message to His people about what is about to happen in our time. Daniel Chapter 12 The Climax of All History
Daniel Chapter 12 The Climax of All History
Daniel 12: The Climax of All History NOTES & Pdf Download
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.
Remember: Chapter 12 is in Hebrew—Israel is the focus. Refers to Daniel’s people, not the Church (Dan 9:16, 19, 24, 10:14; 12:1).
“At that time” (3X) What time? (Dan 9:27). be, “during” = continuation. Michael (“your prince”) = the angel who oversees Israel. Mentioned 4X in Scripture. Who is he always battling? Satan (Rev 12:7-9).
[Note “dignity”: Jude 9; Cf. Dan 10:13-21. Satan is a created being...( vs. “Christ & Satan.”) vs. traditions: Milton, Dante, Goethe, et al. Where does he rule? not Hell: here! We’re on his turf. Paradoxes: ignoring vs. overreaction...]
“Time of (Jacob’s) Trouble”
• Jesus quotes this verse (Mt 24:21; Mk 13:19(!); Rev 7:14);
• “Time of Jacob’s trouble” (Deut 4:30; Jer 30:7; Joel 2:2); parallel to Dan 11:40-45; Cf. Ex 9:18, 24 ;
• Israel to “pass under the rod” (Ezek 20:34-38);
• “Furnace of affliction” (Ezek 22:18-22);
• Only 1/3 spared (Zech 13:8,9);
• Woman (Rev 12);
— Satan cast out (Rev 12:10); No longer able to accuse;
• Thy people (2X) shall be delivered...” (Dan 7:18, 27; Zech 12:10; 13:8-9; Jer 30:7,11; Isa 14:12-17; Job 1:6; 2:1-7; Zech 3:1-5; Rev 12:6-7).
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.
There seems to be no passage in Scripture which teaches that the OT saints will be raised at the time the church is raptured; before the final tribulation. Hebrew sharply separates two classes of resurrection: “And many from among the sleepers of the dust of the earth shall awake; these shall be unto everlasting life; but those, the rest of the sleepers, those who do not awake at this time, shall be unto shame and everlasting contempt.” (Tregelles, Culber, Seiss, Nathaniel West); Rev 20:5, 12-13.
“Shame, contempt”: Olam (everlasting) modifies both. An eternal state for the wicked!
“First Resurrection” is a class, not an event: Christ, the firstfruits of them that slept; the rapture; and the two witnesses are all in the “first” resurrection. “Many” …but not “all”:
• Abraham Gen 22:5; Heb 11:19
• Job 19:25-26
• Isaiah Isa 26:19(!)
• Hosea Hos 13:14
• of Christ Ps 16:9-10
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.
This is the first occurrence of “everlasting life” in the OT? Ps 16:10; 49:15; Isa 25:8; 26:19; Hos 13:14; Heb 11:17,18; cf. Dan 11:33. Jewish “teachers”: Dan 11:33-35; Rev 7:4-8; 11:2-12. “brightness of the expanse”: Zachar, to be brilliant. “lights”: Mt 5:14-16; Jn 5:35; Eph 5:8; 2 Cor 4:6; 1 Cor 15:41-42.
“Who are the Elect”?
• Elect? (Mt 24:22); 144,000 (Rev 7:4); Saved (Rom 11:26). “Israel,
Mine Elect” (Isa 45:4); Isa 11:11; 27:12-13; Jer 30:7; Ezek 37:21-28; Hos 3:4-5; Amos 9:11-15.
• NT — “God’s Elect”: Rom 8:33; Col 3:12. [John the Baptist: Mt 11:11,12.]
• “Spiritual resurrection”? Dead in sins (Eph 2:1; 4:18); quickened by the Word of God (Rom 10:17; Heb 4:12); passed from death to life (Jn 5:24; Eph 2:5-6).
• “National resurrection”? Isa 26:12-19; Jer 16:14-15; Ezek 20:33-44;
37:1-28 (Gaebelein, Kelly, Ironside: national, not bodily(?); to support OT at rapture).
• Second Resurrection? Eph 4:8-10; 1 Pet 3:18-20; Mt 27:52-53; Isa 61:1,2; 2 Cor 5:1-8; Rev 20:5,6;
• Only the Church?
• “Written in the book” Ex 32:32, 33; Ps 69:28; Lk 10:20; Rev 13:8; 17:8;
20:15; 21:27. Not all prepared (Ezek 20:33-38).
• Israel “blinded” until Rom 11:25.
• Blotted out? Ex 32:31-33; Ps 69:28; cf. Rev 3:5.
• Not all “saints” or “elect” are the same. See our briefing pack, The Rapture, for a more detailed study…
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. “Revealed” in the last days; primary application to “the time of the end.” [The Book of Revelation is not sealed (Rev 22:10; 1:3).]
Hebrew hadda’at, “the knowledge,” i.e. this prophecy. Link with v.3 (vs. Amos 8:12). Israel’s blindness to be relieved (Rom 11:25). Sealing: made secure; preserved; until end (11:35,40). “to/fro” = search: 2 Chr 16:9; Jer 5:1; 49:3; Amos 8:12; Zech 4:10. (Daniel was now over 80 years old.) [If Knowledge doubles each decade? then, 50% of all “knowledge” has been added these past 10 years!?]
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.
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?
Jesus is “man” in linen? Two others were probably angels. Two witnesses: Deut 19:15; 31:28; 2 Cor 13:1.
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.
3 1/2 years (Dan 7:25; 12:7; Rev 11:2; 13:5); 1260 days; 42 months; midweek... Oath: Gen 14:22; Deut 32:40; Rev 10:5-7.
8] And I heard, but I understood not: then said I, O my Lord, what shall be the end of these things? Daniel did not understand. (Theory of inspiration!?)
9] And he said, Go thy way, Daniel: for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end. “Go” (mental attitude): Words sealed
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. Wicked will not understand (1 Cor 2:14; 21 Thess 2:11; Rev 22:11,12).
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] Blessed is he that waiteth, and cometh to the thousand three hundred and five and thirty days.
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.
30 days between 1260 and 1290 unrevealed. Tamid, regular ceremonies (8:11; 11:21). 45 days: judgments? Ezek 20:34-38; Mt 25:31-46. Start of Millennium? Borders of Gen 15:18? So closes the most comprehensive prophetic revelation in the OT.
A Type of the Antichrist
1. “He shall cause craft to prosper in his hand.” No man will be able to buy
or sell except the one who has the mark of the beast (Rev 13:17).
2. “He shall magnify himself in his heart.” He is given a mouth speaking
blasphemies, with power to continue 42 months (Rev 13:5)
3. “By peace shall destroy many.” The rider on the white horse; then comes
the red horse of war—thus, a false peace (Rev 6).
4. “He shall stand up against the Prince of princes.” The 1st beast of Rev
13 is against Christ (Rev 13).
Summary of Daniel Ch. 12
• He will achieve great power by subduing others (v.24);
• He will rise to power by promising false security (v.25);
• He will be intelligent and persuasive (v.23);
• He will be controlled by another, Satan (v.24);
• He will be an adversary of Israel and subjugate Israel to his authority
• He will rise up in opposition to the Prince of princes, the Lord Jesus
• His rule will be terminated by divine judgment (v.25)
Chuck Missler Bio
Recruited into senior management at the Ford Motor Company in Dearborn, Michigan, Chuck established the first international computer network in 1966. He left Ford to start his own company, a computer network firm that was subsequently acquired by Automatic Data Processing (listed on the New York Stock Exchange) to become its Network Services Division.
Returning to California, Chuck found himself consulting, organizing corporate development deals, serving on the board of directors at several firms, and specializing in the rescuing of financially troubled technology companies. He brought several companies out of Chapter 11 and into profitable operation. Chuck thrived on this type of work.
As Chuck notes, his day of reckoning came several years ago when -- as the result of a merger -- he found himself the chairman and a major shareholder of a small, publicly owned development company known as Phoenix Group International. The firm established an $8 billion joint venture with the Soviet Union to supply personal computers to their 143,000 schools. Due to several unforeseen circumstances, the venture failed. The Misslers lost everything, including their home, automobiles and insurance.
It was during this difficult time that Chuck turned to God and the Bible. As a child he developed an intense interest in the Bible; studying it became a favorite pastime. In the 1970s, while still in the corporate world, Chuck began leading weekly Bible studies at the 30,000-member Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa, in California. He and Nancy established Koinonia House in 1973.
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