Daniel 10; Daniel 11; Daniel 12

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Daniel 10

1 In Cyrus' third year as king of Persia, a message was revealed to Daniel (who had been renamed Belteshazzar). The message was true. It was about a great war. Daniel understood the message because he was given insight during the vision.
2 During those days I, Daniel, mourned for three whole weeks.
3 I didn't eat any good-tasting food. No meat or wine entered my mouth. I didn't wash myself until the entire three weeks were over.
4 On the twenty-fourth day of the first month, I was by the great Tigris River.
5 When I looked up, I saw a man dressed in linen, and he had a belt made of gold from Uphaz around his waist.
6 His body was like beryl. His face looked like lightning. His eyes were like flaming torches. His arms and legs looked like polished bronze. When he spoke, his voice sounded like the roar of a crowd.
7 I, Daniel, was the only one who saw the vision. The men with me didn't see the vision. Yet, they started to tremble violently, and they quickly hid themselves.
8 So I was left alone to see this grand vision. I had no strength left in me. My face turned deathly pale, and I was helpless.
9 I heard the man speak, and as I listened to his words, I fainted facedown on the ground.
10 Then a hand touched me and made my hands and knees shake.
11 The man said to me, "Daniel, you are highly respected. Pay attention to my words. Stand up, because I've been sent to you." When he said this to me, I stood up, trembling.
12 He told me, "Don't be afraid, Daniel. God has heard everything that you said ever since the first day you decided to humble yourself in front of your God so that you could learn to understand things. I have come in response to your prayer.
13 The commander of the Persian kingdom opposed me for 21 days. But then Michael, one of the chief commanders, came to help me because I was left alone with the kings of Persia.
14 I have come to explain to you what will happen to your people in the last days, because the vision is about times still to come."
15 When he said this to me, I bowed down with my face touching the ground and was silent.
16 Then someone who looked like a human touched my lips. I opened my mouth and began to talk. I said to the person standing in front of me, "Sir, because of this vision, pain has overwhelmed me, and I'm helpless.
17 How can I talk to you, sir? I have no strength left, and the wind has been knocked out of me."
18 Again, the person who looked like a human touched me, and I became stronger.
19 He said, "Don't be afraid. You are highly respected. Everything is alright! Be strong! Be strong!" As he talked to me, I became stronger. I said, "Sir, tell me what you came to say. You have strengthened me."
20 He asked, "Do you know why I have come to you? Now I will return to fight the commander of Persia. When I go, the commander of Greece will come.
21 However, I will tell you what is inscribed in the true writings. No one will support me when I fight these commanders except your commander, Michael.
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Daniel 11

1 During Darius the Mede's first year as king, I strengthened and defended Michael."
2 [The person who looked like a human continued,] "What I am about to tell you is the truth. Three more kings will rule Persia. Then there will be a fourth, who will become much richer than all the others. As he becomes strong through his wealth, he will turn everyone against the kingdom of Greece.
3 "Then a warrior-king will come. He will rule a vast empire and do as he pleases.
4 But as soon as he is established, his kingdom will be broken into pieces and divided in the directions of the four winds of heaven. The empire will not be given to his descendants. It will no longer be like his empire, since it will be uprooted and given to others.
5 "The southern king will be strong, but one of his officers will become stronger than he is and rule a vast empire.
6 After a few years the southern and northern kings will make an alliance. The southern king's daughter will go to the northern king to make peace. She won't hold on to her power, and the alliance won't last. She, those who came with her, and the one who fathered and protected her will be given away.
7 "At that time a shoot will grow from her roots to replace her father. He will attack the northern army, enter the stronghold of the northern king, fight against them, and be victorious.
8 He will take the metal statues of their gods and their precious utensils of silver and gold back to Egypt. He will rule for more years than the northern king.
9 He will invade the southern kingdom and return to his own country.
10 "Then his sons will prepare for war. They will assemble a large number of forces so that they can overwhelm [the enemy] and pass through its land. They will return and wage war all the way to the stronghold.
11 The southern king will be outraged. He will go to fight the northern king, who will raise a large army that will fall into the southern king's hands.
12 When that army is captured, the southern king will become conceited. Although he will dominate tens of thousands of people, he will not always be strong.
13 "The northern king will return and raise an army larger than the first one. After a few years he will invade with a large army and a lot of equipment.
14 In those times many people will rebel against the southern king, and violent men from your own people will rebel in keeping with this vision, but they will be defeated.
15 Then the northern king will come, build dirt attack ramps, and capture a fortified city. The southern forces will not be able to withstand him. Even their best troops will not be strong enough.
16 The invader will do as he pleases, and no one will be able to withstand his attack. He will rise to power in the beautiful land and it will be completely under his control.
17 "Then the northern king will decide to invade with the power of his entire kingdom, and some decent men will invade with him. He will give the southern king his daughter as a wife in order to destroy the southern kingdom. But this will not succeed or help him.
18 Then he will turn his attention to the coastlands and capture many of them. But a commander will silence the insults that the northern king makes and even insult him.
19 He will turn back toward the fortresses in his own country, but he will stumble, fall, and disappear.
20 "Another king will take his place. He will have a cruel official go out in royal splendor. But in a few days the king will be destroyed, although not in anger or war.
21 "A contemptible person will take his place. He will not be given royal splendor. He will invade when people are feeling secure, and he will seize the kingdom using false promises.
22 He will overwhelm large forces and defeat them, including the prince of the promise.
23 After an alliance has been made with him, he will act deceitfully and rise to power with only a few people.
24 When people feel secure, he will invade the richest parts of the provinces and do something that none of his predecessors ever did. He will distribute loot and wealth to his followers. He will invent new ways of attacking fortifications. But this will last only for a little while.
25 "With a large army he will summon his power and courage against the southern king, who will prepare for war with a large, strong army. But the southern king won't be able to withstand him because of the schemes devised against him.
26 People who eat the king's rich food will ruin him. His army will be overwhelmed, and many will die in battle.
27 The two kings will both plan to do evil. They will sit at the same table and tell lies. But they will not succeed, because the end must wait until the appointed time.
28 The northern king will return to his country with a lot of wealth. He will be determined to fight against the holy promise. He will take action and return to his own country.
29 "At the appointed time he will again invade the south, but this time will be different from the first.
30 Ships will come from the west to attack him, and he will be discouraged and turn back. Angry at the holy promise, he will return, take action, and favor those who abandon the holy promise.
31 His forces will dishonor the holy place (the fortress), take away the daily burnt offering, and set up the disgusting thing that causes destruction.
32 With flattery he will corrupt those who abandon the promise. But the people who know their God will be strong and take action.
33 "People who are wise will help many to understand. But for some time they will be defeated by swords and flames. They will be captured and looted.
34 As they are being defeated, they will get a little help, but many who are not sincere will join them.
35 Some of the wise people will be defeated in order to refine, purify, and make them white until the end times. But the appointed time is still to come.
36 "The king will do as he pleases. He will highly honor himself above every god. He will say amazing things against the God of gods. He will succeed until God's anger is over, because what has been decided must be done.
37 He will have no interest in the gods of his ancestors or desire for women. He will have no interest in any god, because he will make himself greater than anyone else.
38 Instead, he will honor the god of fortresses. With gold, silver, precious stones, and other expensive things he will honor a god his ancestors never heard of.
39 With the help of a foreign god, he will deal with strong fortresses. He will give high honors to those who acknowledge him, make them rulers over many people, and distribute land for a price.
40 "In the end times the southern king will attack him. The northern king will rush at him like a storm with chariots, horses, and many ships. He will invade countries, overwhelm them, and pass through their land.
41 He will invade the beautiful land, and tens of thousands will be defeated. But Edom, Moab, and the leaders of the Ammonites will escape from his power.
42 He will use his power against many countries. Even Egypt will not escape.
43 He will control gold and silver treasures and all Egypt's treasuries. Libya and Sudan will surrender to him.
44 But news from the east and the north will frighten him. He will leave very angry to destroy and exterminate many.
45 He will pitch his royal tents between the seas at a beautiful holy mountain. When he comes to his end, there will be no one to help him."
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Daniel 12

1 [The person who looked like a human continued,] "At that time Michael, the great commander, will stand up on behalf of the descendants of your people. It will be a time of trouble unlike any that has existed from the time there have been nations until that time. But at that time your people, everyone written in the book, will be rescued.
2 Many sleeping in the ground will wake up. Some will wake up to live forever, but others will wake up to be ashamed and disgraced forever.
3 Those who are wise will shine like the brightness on the horizon. Those who lead many people to righteousness will shine like the stars forever and ever.
4 "But you, Daniel, keep these words secret, and seal the book until the end times. Many will travel everywhere, and knowledge will grow."
5 When I, Daniel, looked up, I saw two men standing there. One man stood on one side of the river, and the other one stood on the other side.
6 One of them asked the man dressed in linen clothes who was above the river, "How long will it be until these miracles are over?"
7 I heard the man dressed in linen clothes who was above the river. He raised his right hand and left hand to heaven and swore an oath by the one who lives forever. He said, "It will be for a time, times, and half of a time. When the power of the holy people has been completely shattered, then all these things will be finished."
8 I heard him, but I did not understand. So I asked him, "Sir, how will these things end?"
9 He replied, "Go, Daniel. These words are to be kept secret and sealed until the end times.
10 Many will be purified, made white, and refined. But wicked people will do wicked things, and none of them will understand. Only wise people will understand.
11 From the time the daily burnt offering is taken away and the disgusting thing that causes destruction is set up, there will be 1,290 days.
12 Blessed are those who wait until they reach 1,335 days.
13 But go on until the end. You will rest, and you will rise for your inheritance at the end of time."
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