Daniel 12

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The Time of the End

1 "At that time shall arise 1Michael, the great prince who has charge of your people. And 2there 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, 3everyone whose name shall be found written in the book.
2 And many of those who 4sleep in 5the dust of the earth shall 6awake, 7some to everlasting life, and 8some to shame and everlasting contempt.
3 9And those who are wise 10shall shine like the brightness of the sky above;[a] and 11those who turn many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever.
4 But you, Daniel, 12shut up the words and 13seal the book, until 14the time of the end. 15Many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall increase."
5 Then I, Daniel, looked, and behold, two others stood, one on 16this bank of the stream and one on that bank of the stream.
6 And someone said to 17the man clothed in linen, who was above the waters of the stream,[b]18"How long shall it be till the end of these wonders?"
7 And I heard 19the man clothed in linen, who was above the waters of the stream; 20he raised his right hand and his left hand toward heaven and 21swore by him who lives forever that it would be for a 22time, times, and half a time, and that when the shattering of 23the power of 24the holy people comes to an end all these things would be finished.
8 I heard, 25but I did not understand. Then I said, "O my lord, what shall be the outcome of these things?"
9 He said, 26"Go your way, Daniel, 27for the words are shut up and sealed until the time of the end.
10 28Many shall purify themselves and make themselves white and be refined, but 29the wicked shall act wickedly. And none of the wicked shall understand, 30but those who are wise shall understand.
11 And from the time that 31the regular burnt offering is taken away and 32the abomination that makes desolate is set up, there shall be 1,290 days.
12 33Blessed is he who waits and arrives at the 1,335 days.
13 34But go your way till the end. 35And you shall rest and shall stand in your allotted place at 36the end of the days."

Daniel 12 Commentary

Chapter 12

The conclusion of the vision of the Scriptures of truth. (1-4) The times of the continuance of these events. (5-13)

1-4. Michael signifies, "Who is like God," and his name, with the title of "the great Prince," points out the Divine Saviour. Christ stood for the children of our people in their stead as a sacrifice, bore the curse for them, to bear it from them. He stands for them in pleading for them at the throne of grace. And after the destruction of antichrist, the Lord Jesus shall stand at the latter day upon the earth; and He shall appear for the complete redemption of all his people. When God works deliverance from persecution for them, it is as life from the dead. When his gospel is preached, many who sleep in the dust, both Jews and Gentiles, shall be awakened by it out of their heathenism of Judaism. And in the end the multitude that sleep in the dust shall awake; many shall arise to life, and many to shame. There is glory reserved for all the saints in the future state, for all that are wise, wise for their souls and eternity. Those who turn many to righteousness, who turn sinners from the errors of their ways, and help to save their souls from death, ( James 5:20 ) , will share in the glory of those they have helped to heaven, which will add to their own glory.

Verses 5-13 One of the angels asking how long it should be to the end of these wonders, a solemn reply is made, that it would be for a time, times, and a half, the period mentioned ch. 7:25 , and in the Revelation. It signifies 1260 prophetic days or years, beginning from the time when the power of the holy people should be scattered. The imposture of Mohammed, and the papal usurpation, began about the same time; and these were a twofold attack upon the church of God. But all will end well at last. All opposing rule, principality, and power, shall be put down, and holiness and love will triumph, and be in honour, to eternity. The end, this end, shall come. What an amazing prophecy is this, of so many varied events, and extending through so many successive ages, even to the general resurrection! Daniel must comfort himself with the pleasing prospect of his own happiness in death, in judgment, and to eternity. It is good for us all to think much of going away from this world. That must be our way; but it is our comfort that we shall not go till God calls us to another world, and till he has done with us in this world; till he says, Go thou thy way, thou hast done thy work, therefore now, go thy way, and leave it to others to take thy place. It was a comfort to Daniel, and is a comfort to all the saints, that whatever their lot is in the days of their lives, they shall have a happy lot in the end of the days. And it ought to be the great care and concern of every one of us to secure this. Then we may well be content with our present lot, and welcome the will of God. Believers are happy at all times; they rest in God by faith now, and a rest is reserved for them in heaven at last.

Cross References 36

  • 1. See Daniel 10:13
  • 2. Jeremiah 30:7; Matthew 24:21; Mark 13:19; [Revelation 16:18]
  • 3. Exodus 32:32, 33; [Ezekiel 13:9; Luke 10:20; Revelation 20:12]
  • 4. [Psalms 17:15; John 11:11]
  • 5. [Isaiah 26:19]; See Ezekiel 37:1-10
  • 6. [Isaiah 26:19]; See Ezekiel 37:1-10
  • 7. Matthew 25:46; John 5:28, 29; Acts 24:15; Revelation 20:12, 13
  • 8. Matthew 25:46; John 5:28, 29; Acts 24:15; Revelation 20:12, 13
  • 9. Daniel 11:33
  • 10. Matthew 13:43
  • 11. [Malachi 2:6]
  • 12. [ver. 9; Daniel 8:26]
  • 13. Isaiah 8:16; Isaiah 29:11; Revelation 5:1; Revelation 10:4; Revelation 22:10
  • 14. [ver. 13]; See Daniel 8:17
  • 15. Amos 8:12
  • 16. [Daniel 10:4]
  • 17. Daniel 10:5; Ezekiel 9:2
  • 18. Daniel 8:13
  • 19. [See ver. 6 above]
  • 20. See Genesis 14:22
  • 21. [Revelation 10:6]
  • 22. Daniel 7:25
  • 23. [Daniel 8:24]
  • 24. [Daniel 8:24]
  • 25. [Daniel 8:15]
  • 26. ver. 13
  • 27. [ver. 4]
  • 28. [Daniel 11:35]
  • 29. [Revelation 9:20; Revelation 22:11]
  • 30. [See ver. 3 above]
  • 31. Daniel 11:31
  • 32. See Daniel 11:31
  • 33. [Matthew 10:22]
  • 34. ver. 9
  • 35. Isaiah 57:2; [Revelation 6:11]
  • 36. [Matthew 13:39]

Footnotes 2

  • [a]. Hebrew the expanse; compare Genesis 1:6-8
  • [b]. Or who was upstream; also verse 7

Chapter Summary


This chapter begins with an account of a time of exceeding great trouble to the people of God, who are comforted with the consideration of Michael the great Prince being on their side, and with a promise of deliverance, with the resurrection of the dead, and the glorious state of wise and good men upon that, Da 12:1-3, and Daniel is ordered to shut up and seal the book of the prophecy, until a time when it should be better understood, Da 12:4, next follows a question put by an angel to Christ, and his answer to it, with respect to the time of the fulfilment of those wonderful events, Da 12:5-7. Daniel, not understanding what he heard, asks what would be the end of those things, Da 12:8 in answer to which he is bid to be content with what he knew; no alteration would be among men; things would be neither better nor worse with them, Da 12:9,10, a time is fixed for the accomplishment of all, Da 12:11,12, and it is promised him that he should have rest after death, and rise again, and have his lot and share with the blessed, Da 12:13.

Daniel 12 Commentaries

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