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

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

“At that time” refers to the “time of Jacob’s trouble” (Jeremiah 30:4-11). Liberal commentators attempt to place “at that time” in the period beginning with the death of Antiochus IV Epiphanes, saying there is no jump from the contemporary scene to some distant future. As previously demonstrated, there is nothing contemporary to Antiochus in Daniel 11:36-45. Moreover, Jesus saw this time as being distant future, even from His day.

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. Let no one on the roof of his house go down to take anything out of the house. Let no one in the field go back to get his cloak. How dreadful it will be in those days for pregnant women and nursing mothers! Pray that your flight will not take place in winter or on the Sabbath. For then there will be great distress, unequaled from the beginning of the world until now— and never to be equaled again (Matthew 24:15-21).

“At that time Michael, the great prince who protects Israel will arise.” In some way, Michael provides the protection necessary for the Israelis to flee to the mountains and desert of Moab and Edom as inferred from Daniel 11:41 and Revelation 12:13-16.

Two-thirds of those in Israel will die during the second half of the seventieth seven (Zechariah 13:8). Evidently, the majority of Israelis will not flee, unlike the Christians living in Jerusalem around A.D. 70, who escaped the ravages of Titus. The surviving one-third of Israel will look on Christ, the One they have pierced, and God will pour out a spirit of grace and supplication on them, and all Israel will be saved (Zechariah 12:10-13:1; Romans 11:26).

Fittingly, Daniel’s last prophetic vision jumps to the end of the Tribulation.

But at that time your people—everyone whose name is found written in the book—will be delivered. Multitudes who sleep in the dust of the earth will awake: some to everlasting life, others to shame and everlasting contempt.

On the one hand, it is likely that Michael, the great prince and archangel, will be associated with the resurrection of the Israelites in light of Jude 9. On the other hand, the dead in Christ will be resurrected, then those who are alive in Christ will be raptured when the Lord Himself comes down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17).

Do the multitudes, rising to everlasting life, include the Church, OT saints, and Tribulation saints? Yes! Both the OT and NT saints are in Christ. The whole OT Tabernacle system pointed to Christ. The OT saints are saved because their sacrifices, which were offered in faith, were completed in Christ on the Cross. In other words, God accepted, as atonement for sin, the blood of animals until Christ became the once-for-all sacrifice (Hebrews 7:27). Scripture is crystal-clear that salvation is in Christ alone.

He is “the stone you builders rejected, which has become the capstone.” Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved
(Acts 4:11-12).

Thus, everyone (the saints of all ages) whose name is found written in the book, that is the Lamb’s Book of Life (Revelation 3:5; 13:8; 21:27), will be (malat, delivered, saved or preserved).

There are two resurrections according to Jesus: the first unto everlasting life and the second unto shame and everlasting contempt.

Do not be amazed at this, for a time is coming when all who are in their graves will hear his voice and come out—those who have done good will rise to live, and those who have done evil will rise to be condemned (John 5:28-29).

The first resurrection has at least two stages: (1) Church and OT saints and (2) Tribulation saints at the end of the times of distress. The second resurrection occurs after Christ’s thousand-year reign on earth, and it is unto eternal damnation (Revelation 20:4-15). Again, the name “Daniel” (God is Judge) connects with his prophecy.

Those who are wise will shine like the brightness of the heavens, and those who lead many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever.

Who are the wise?

The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding (Proverbs 9:10).

The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, and he who wins souls is wise (Proverbs 11:30).

The separate blessings of brightness and stars mentioned by Daniel indicate that the resurrected saints will be rewarded according to what they have done (cf. Romans 14:10; 1 Corinthians 3:11-14; 2 Corinthians 5:10). Daniel is like a star; he led two pagan monarchs, Nebuchadnezzar and Darius the Mede, to righteousness.

What will be Daniel’s reward? His on-the-job training as Prime Minister of Babylon and Medo-Persia and his faithful service to God suggests that he might be the Prime Minister of the everlasting kingdom. He is the most qualified! In the end, the saints of Israel will be delivered and rewarded. All’s well that ends well!

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