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Daniel 12

Chapter 12

12:1  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.

thy people

That is, Daniel's people, the Jews. Cf. Daniel 9:15 Daniel 9:16 Daniel 9:20 Daniel 9:24 ; 10:14 .

12:4  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.

end

The "time of the end" in Daniel. The expression, or its equivalent, "in the end," occurs, Daniel 8:17-19 ; 9:26 ; Daniel 11:35 Daniel 11:40 Daniel 11:45 ; Daniel 12:4 Daniel 12:6 Daniel 12:9 .

Summary:

(1) The time of the end in Daniel begins with the violation by "the prince that shall come" (i.e. "little horn," "man of sin," "Beast") of his covenant with the Jews for the restoration of the temple and sacrifice Daniel 9:27 and his presentation of himself as God ; Daniel 9:27 ; 11:36-38 ; Matthew 24:15 ; 2 Thessalonians 2:4 ; Revelation 13:4-6 and ends with his destruction by the appearing of the Lord in glory. ; 2 Thessalonians 2:8 ; Revelation 19:19 Revelation 19:20 .

(2) The duration of the "time of the end" is three and one half years, coinciding with the last half of the seventieth week of Daniel. Daniel 7:25 ; 12:7 ; Revelation 13:5 .

(3) This "time of the end" is the "time of Jacob's trouble." Jeremiah 30:7 "a time of trouble such as never was since there was a nation" Daniel 12:1 "great tribulation such as was not from the beginning of the world. . . nor ever shall be" Matthew 24:21 . The N.T., especially the Book of the Revelation, adds many details.

12:10  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.

many shall be

A prophecy describing the moral state of the world from Daniel's day to the time of the end. Cf. Matthew 13:24-30 Matthew 13:36-43 Matthew 13:47-49 .

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.

abomination

(See Scofield "Daniel 9:27") .

12:12  Blessed is he that waiteth, and cometh to the thousand three hundred and five and thirty days.

thousand three hundred and five and thirty days

Three periods of "days" date from the "abomination" (i.e. the blasphemous assumption of deity by the Beast, Daniel 12:11 ; Matthew 24:15 ; 2 Thessalonians 2:4 .

(1) Twelve hundred and sixty days to the destruction of the Beast Daniel 7:25 ; 12:7 ; Revelation 13:5 ; Revelation 19:19 Revelation 19:20 . This is also the duration of the great tribulation (See Scofield "Daniel 12:4") .

(2) Dating from the same event is a period of 1290 days, and addition of thirty days Daniel 12:11 .

(3) Again forty-five days are added, and with them the promise of Daniel 12:12 . No account is directly given of that which occupies the interval of seventy-five days between the end of the tribulation and the full blessing of verse 12. It is suggested that the explanation may be found in the prophetic descriptions of the events following the battle of Armageddon. ; Revelation 16:14 ; 19:21 . The Beast is destroyed, and Gentile world-dominion ended, by the smiting of the "Stone cut out without hands" at the end of the 1260 days, but the scene is, so to speak, filled with the debris of the image which the "wind" must carry away before full blessing comes in Daniel 2:35 .

12:13  But go thou thy way till the end be: for thou shalt rest, and stand in thy lot at the end of the days.

days

i.e. of the 1260,1290, and 1335 days.

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