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

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

Daniel saw in his vision three men, one is clothed in linen and standing above the waters of the Tigris; the other two are on the opposite bank. Two of the three men are most likely angels. The third, dressed in white linen, is Christ. This brings to mind the LORD appearing with two angels before Abraham prior to the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah (cf. Genesis 18:1-2; 19:1) and the two men dressed in white at the ascension of Christ (Acts 1:10-11).

In the NT, we are told, “even angels long to look into these things” (1 Peter 1:12). Thus, we should not be surprised when one of the two angels asks, “How long will it be before these astonishing things are fulfilled?” This inquiry is more than a casual one of interest since angels are involved in the great conflict. Perhaps they are weary of fighting demons and desire
a quick fulfillment of the predictions.

The man clothed in linen, who was above the waters of the river, lifted his right hand and his left hand towards heaven, and I heard him swear by him who lives forever, saying, “It will be for a time, times and half a time. When the power of the holy people has been finally broken, all these things will be completed.”

What astonishing things will last for “a time, times and half a time?” The Antichrist’s terror will occur from the middle of the Tribulation to its end, a period of three and one-half years. One purpose of the Tribulation is to devastate Israel—to break the power of the people God has set aside for Himself. Until the Jews become a broken people, they will not repent and turn to Christ. When all Israel is saved, all these things have been completed. When the Jews have a beatitude attitude, the promise of the kingdom of heaven is theirs (Matthew 5:3-12).

Those who believe prophecy that refers to the Church, when it speaks of Israel, should consider this prediction. Is it God’s purpose to break the power of Christ’s bride? It is wayward Israel that needs to become broken and return to God, which is superbly foreshadowed in the prophet Hosea’s reconciliation with his adulteress wife, Gomer, after the power of her prostitution is broken.

The LORD said to me, “Go, show your love to your wife again, though she is loved by another and is an adulteress. Love her as the LORD loves the Israelites, though they turn to other gods and love the sacred raisin cakes.” So I bought her for fifteen shekels of silver and about a homer and a lethek of barley. Then I told her, “You are to live with me for many days; you must not be a prostitute or be intimate with any man, and I will live with you.” For the Israelites will live for many days without king or prince, without sacrifice or sacred stones, without ephod or idol.
Afterwards the Israelites will return and seek the LORD their God and David their king. They will come trembling to the LORD and to his blessings in the last days (Hosea 3:1-5).

The second half of the Tribulation Period will break the power of Israel and drive the holy (set apart) people to the Word of God to seek the answers as to what is taking place. In the Scriptures (especially Daniel), the Jews will find the answers; but best of all they will find Christ!


Daniel addresses the man in fine white linen as ('adoni, my Lord). Daniel did not comprehend what he heard, so he asked, “My lord, what will the outcome of all this be?”

We know the outcome of many of the predictions in the prophet’s book; Daniel did not! The blank spaces between the lines were yet to be filled in by later prophets and writers of Scripture as well as history. Yet, much remains to be decoded, for many events and people are still future.

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