Decoding Daniel - an in depth Bible study of the book of Daniel

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Daniel 12

Two Events - Final Deliverance of Israel - Daniel 12:1-3

Instruction and Prediction - Daniel 12:4

Conversation, Inquiry, and Incomprehension - Daniel 12:5-8

Answer and Comprehension - Daniel 12:9-13

Applications of Daniel 12

Answer and Comprehension - Daniel 12:9-13

 The Lord’s reply to Daniel’s question begins as a sharp rebuke; then He decides to bestow additional information to help Daniel comprehend the outcome.

Go your way, Daniel, because the words are closed up and sealed until the time of the end. Many will be purified, made spotless and refined, but the wicked will continue to be wicked. None of the wicked will understand, but those who are wise will understand.

The Scriptures reveal all that we are to know about the future. The Word of God is of the Holy Spirit and it is not comprehended by the unsaved. In fact, “the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God” (1 Corinthians 1:18). Again, Proverbs 9:10 is a key that unlocks the Bible:

The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.

Daniel said, “I heard, but I did not understand.” His problem does not reside in the fear of the LORD; it is God’s limitation on what He will allow to be understood at this particular time in history.

The Lord encourages Daniel by telling him that the purpose of the time of distress is to purify many and to make them spotless and refined. The greatest harvest of souls will occur during this seven-year period (Revelation 7:9-17). There will be no middle road for the atheists and
agnostics in this period. One will receive the mark of the beast and worship his image or turn to Christ and face the possibility of being martyred.

The final prediction given to Daniel foretells the chronology of the time of distress.

From the time that the daily sacrifice is abolished and the abomination that causes desolation is set up, there will be 1,290 days. Blessed is the one who waits for and reaches the end of the
1,335 days.

The date on which the Antichrist confirms the covenant marks the beginning of the Tribulation Period and the middle of the Tribulation will be marked by the abomination that causes desolation. Those living on earth at that time, with Bible in hand, will need no fancy calculation to figure out the time of Christ’s second coming.

The “sixty-nine sevens” reveals the exact date for Christ’s presentation of Himself as Israel’s King and Passover Lamb. The exact date of His second coming as KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS is recorded here. This time, the wise should not miss it!

The following chart shows the specific periods, which will be measurable in the end times.

Tribulation saints can know the day of Christ's return

The day that “the abomination that causes desolation” is set up, the entire world will be commanded to worship the image. Israel will flee into the desert to a place prepared for her by God, where she might be taken care of for 1,260 days. At this point, everyone can begin counting the years, months, and days to the Second Advent of Christ.

Christ will return to earth on day 1,260. What will happen on days 1,290 and 1,335? Scripture does not spell it out. An educated guess is that after Christ returns, it will take 30 days to gather the survivors (the nations) to Jerusalem, and another 45 days for the separation of the sheep
and goats.

All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left. Then the King will say to those on his right, “Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world” (Matthew 25:32-34).

Accordingly, day 1,335 commences the Millennial Kingdom and the blessed ones (the sheep) enter it on this day. Furthermore, these extra days allow for the purification of the Temple and the assembling of God’s people for its dedication (cf. Ezekiel 43:1-12; 45:18-20). Typical prophecy of Daniel 8:14 requires that the Temple be reconsecrated as it had been on December 25, 165 B.C. It is noteworthy that Hezekiah postponed Passover for one month (thirty days) in order to allow time for enough priests to consecrate themselves and for the people to assemble at the Temple (2 Chronicles 30:2-4).

The final part of this vision began “many will go here and there to increase knowledge.” It will be impossible to miss the beginning date of the last three and one-half years of the Tribulation according to Jesus.

So when you see standing in the holy place “the abomination that causes desolation”, spoken of through the prophet Daniel—let the reader understand—then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains (Matthew 24:15-16).

When the image of the beast is erected, the wise will have increased in knowledge, thereby, being able to count down the arrival of Christ from that day.

If this is so, what are we to make of passages like “therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour” (Matthew 25:13)? In short, Scripture presents a known day and an unknown day. Since the Bible never contradicts itself, there must be two days. Christ comes, not once, but twice—once in the air for His Church and once to the earth as the Rock, who smashes the nations in order to establish the everlasting kingdom and His thousand-year reign.

True to the pattern of Scripture, the Lord’s parting words to Daniel promise comfort and hope.

As for you, go your way till the end. You will rest, and then at the end of the days you will rise to receive your allotted inheritance.

God’s faithful servant is numbered with the wise! What words of assurance: Go, rest, rise! “Go your way to the end” speaks of the prophet’s spirit and soul going to Sheol, the place of the departed dead. Jesus described this place as Abraham’s side (Luke 16:22) and called it Paradise (Luke 23:43). Daniel’s body would return to dust and rest in the ground until the end. Afterward his body would be resurrected and he would stand before His Lord and receive his allotted inheritance.

Interestingly, Daniel was told that he was highly esteemed three times (Daniel 9:25; 10:4, 19). He was a prime minister in the empires of Babylon and Medo-Persia. His allotted inheritance just might be as prime minister of a third kingdom—Christ’s.

Daniel is on the winning side of the great conflict! Nothing can separate him from his allotted inheritance in the kingdom of God. It is based on the promise of Christ! It is written in the Book of Truth! It is not hard to imagine Daniel going away from this vision giving thanks to the Most High God. Daniel is not unique; all born-again believers have this hope and praise of gratitude in their hearts.

For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 8:38-39).

With the Apostle Paul, we can give thanks to the Father, who has qualified believers to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light (Colossians 1:12). As for you, is this your hope?

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