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Daniel Chapter 12 Lesson
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(Dan 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.
(Dan 12:2) And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.
(Dan 12:3) And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever.
(Dan 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.
The blessed return of Yahushua is predicted in verse one. Christ, or Michael, will stand up. There will be a time of trouble from which the people of Yahuwah will be delivered. The details of timing of this time of trouble and deliverance are found in the time prophecies below. At the end of that time, after the deliverance, the resurrection will take place. There will be the general resurrection of the righteous and the special resurrection of those who pierced Yahushua (see Revelation 1:7) as well as perhaps others whose wickedness warrants their need to see Yahushua coming in glory for their destruction. These predictions are sealed up until the time of the end, when they become clear as they are about to take place or in some cases only after they appear.
(Dan 12:5) Then I Daniel looked, and, behold, there stood other two, the one on this side of the bank of the river, and the other on that side of the bank of the river.
(Dan 12:6) And one said to the man clothed in linen, which was upon the waters of the river, How long shall it be to the end of these wonders?
Michael, or Christ, is speaking with Gabriel, when Daniel asks Christ the burning question, How long?
(Dan 12:7) And I heard the man clothed in linen, which was upon the waters of the river, when he held up his right hand and his left hand unto heaven, and sware by him that liveth for ever that it shall be for a time, times, and an half; and when he shall have accomplished to scatter the power of the holy people, all these things shall be finished.
Christ gives Daniel the answer: a time (year), two times (years), and a part. The word here is ketsiy, which refers to a part, and is distinct from the expression in Daniel 7:25, pal'ag, which refers to a half. This is a different time period. Since it occurs at the end of time, it is a literal period. A year for a day cannot apply to this verse, because it occurs just before the coming of Christ. During this period of somewhat less that four years, the holy people will be scattered.
(Dan 12:8) And I heard, but I understood not: then said I, O my Master, what shall be the end of these things?
(Dan 12:9) And he said, Go thy way, Daniel: for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end.
(Dan 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.
(Dan 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.
(Dan 12:12) Blessed is he that waiteth, and cometh to the thousand three hundred and five and thirty days.
(Dan 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.
Daniel did not understand Christ's words, so he asks for more detail. Christ answers him directly, giving precise periods. At the same time, Christ tells Daniel that the words will be understood only at the very end, so Daniel cannot himself understand them. We saw in Daniel 11:31 that the taking away of the daily and the setting up of abomination was centrally associated with persecution of Sabbath-keepers, whether Christian or not. Tens of thousands of Sabbath-keepers were executed by Justinian in the decades beginning in the 531. By the same token, the daily will again be taken away and abomination set up in a decree against Sabbath-keeping. National Sunday laws will be made by the United States controlled by the Papacy, and soon after there will be worldwide Sunday laws, forcing people to break the Sabbath and keep Sunday. When these laws are legislated, the three years and a part will begin. These time periods relate to the events foretold in Daniel 12:1. From the beginning of the Sunday law there will be 1290 literal days, during the first 1260 days of which will be sent forth the loud cry of warning to the world, and during the last 30 of which the seven last plagues of Revelation will fall. At the beginning of the seventh plague, Yahuwah will declare to the saints the day and the hour of Yahushua's coming, and rescue them from the death decree against those who keep the Sabbath. There will be 45 days from the rescue from the death decree to the second coming of Yahushua, making up 1335 days in all.
This understanding of Daniel could only take place once the earlier events, bringing us down to the time of the end, had taken place. Furthermore, only after the writing of the book of Revelation, do these events and their times become clear. The book of Daniel takes us down to the second coming of Yahushua with precision.