The Time of The End

C.H. Mackintosh wrote: “There is power in the presence of a risen Savior to solve our difficulties, remove our perplexities, calm our fears, ease our burdens, dry our tears, meet our every need, tranquilize our minds and satisfy every craving of our hearts.” (Lou … More

Resurrection

At the end of this vision we find the angel comforting Daniel by revealing two important facts:

  1. Israel will be delivered by the intervention of Michael the angelic prince (v. 1). This refers not to individual salvation but to national deliverance from being in subjection to the Gentiles. It will however only include those who are found “written in the book”.
  2. Those who sleep will be resurrected (v. 2). This body is asleep and not the soul.  Unbelieving Jews will be resurrected to shame and everlasting contempt. But those who put their trust in the Messiah will be resurrected bodily to everlasting life. Everyone who has been wise will shine as bright as the sky above, and everyone who has led others to please God will shine like the stars (v. 3).

In closing the vision Daniel is commanded to keep the message secret (v. 4), Daniel saw two other angels and the “man clothed in linen” (the preincarnate Christ). One of these angels asked how long the Tribulation would last (vv. 5-6). The answer was for three and a half years (“time, times, and a half”) plus 30 days (vv. 7-8). We can not be sure why an extra 30 days is added but we can be sure God knows what He is doing.

In closing, Daniel was told to go his way (v. 9). Many people will have their hearts and lives made clean, but those who are evil will keep on being evil and never understand (v. 10). There will be 1290 days from the time that the daily sacrifices are stopped, until someone sets up the “ Horrible Thing” that causes destruction (v. 11). God will bless everyone who patiently waits until 1335 days have gone by (v. 12). He was soon going to be with the Lord, but he was promised a blessed  resurrection "at the end of the days” (v.13). Daniel stands tall in God’s Hall of Fame. This is also true of all others who trust in Christ.

Application

Just as Daniel was comforted by thoughts of the resurrection, so can I find the same comfort today. What a day that will be for all of us who know Him.

Daniel 12:1-13 (English Standard Version)

"At that time shall arise Michael, the great prince who has charge of your people. And there shall be a time of trouble, such as never has been since there was a nation till that time. But at that time your people shall be delivered, everyone whose name shall be found written in the book. And many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt. And those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the sky above; and those who turn many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever. But you, Daniel, shut up the words and seal the book, until the time of the end. Many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall increase." Then I, Daniel, looked, and behold, two others stood, one on this bank of the stream and one on that bank of the stream. And someone said to the man clothed in linen, who was above the waters of the stream, "How long shall it be till the end of these wonders?" And I heard the man clothed in linen, who was above the waters of the stream; he raised his right hand and his left hand toward heaven and swore by him who lives forever that it would be for a time, times, and half a time, and that when the shattering of the power of the holy people comes to an end all these things would be finished. I heard, but I did not understand. Then I said, "O my lord, what shall be the outcome of these things?" He said, "Go your way, Daniel, for the words are shut up and sealed until the time of the end. Many shall purify themselves and make themselves white and be refined, but the wicked shall act wickedly. And none of the wicked shall understand, but those who are wise shall understand. And from the time that the regular burnt offering is taken away and the abomination that makes desolate is set up, there shall be 1,290 days. Blessed is he who waits and arrives at the 1,335 days. But go your way till the end. And you shall rest and shall stand in your allotted place at the end of the days."

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