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Time of the End
07/18/2010
Scripture: Daniel 10:1-21; Daniel 11:1-4; Revelatio...
Track 11 of 12 in the Daniel: A Life Without Compromise series
Running time: 1 hour, 04 minutes, 01 seconds.
Time of the end; that statement sounds negative and gloomy. It gives the impression that it is the end of everything and that fear should be the natural response a person hearing this should have. But the main question you and I need to ask is, the end of what



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Mike Nobis Speaker: Mike Nobis
Sunday School Teacher, Former Elder at Madison Park Christian Church. Mike is President of JK Creative Printers & Mailing in Quincy, IL. He is married to Pam and has three children, Tom, Tyler and Jennifer. Mike has three grandchildren: Ryne, Ivy and Alicia.

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Time of the End

Tomorrow is the end. What is your first impression of that statement?

“Time of the end”; that statement sounds negative and gloomy. It gives the impression that it is the end of everything and that fear should be the natural response a person hearing this should have. One of the tactics of some who go door to door spreading their gospel is “the end is near”. The immediate response they hope to generate is a response of fear. If they can get you to be fearful of what is coming, they can get you to listen and make decisions without thinking clearly.

But the main question you and I need to ask is, “the end of what? Last week as we studied Daniel Chapter 9, we talked about weeks and dozens. Unless the weeks and dozens are identified, we are only left with the numbers 7 and 12. Weeks represent 7 of something. A dozen represents 12 of something. It is important to know that the “something” is. The same is true about the end time. We have to ask the question, the end of what?

Chapters 10 and 11 go together. Even though I could teach them as two separate chapters, the train of thought is meant to include 10 and 11 as one whole. If you look these chapters over, together they are rather long so I won’t go into detail about both. However, like Chapters 7 and 9, there is a wide range of interpretations for these two chapters. Again, I will approach these as historical. I believe that what was future to Daniel is past to us and what we shall see in these chapters, much of the history can be found in the Old Testament writings such as Esther, Nehemiah, Ezra, and even1 & 2 Maccabees.

We have to remember that Daniel saw what the future was for Israel as a nation. As Daniel received these visions, Israel was still in captivity, first by the Babylonians and then by the Persians. God wanted Israel to know that their future was not finished. They had an important role to play in the years to come. In fact, Daniel received in detail all the events for the next 490 years so Israel would not be surprised and would be able to have great impact for the big event to come. What was the big event? The big event was the Messiah being cut off (The death and resurrection of Jesus – Jesus Saves). This event was also the end of time. What we see in chapters 10 and 11 is not the end of all time but the beginning of the last days, the last dispensation of time.

What is the period between Malachi and Matthew called by Bible scholars? The silent 400 years. But in reality, those years really weren’t all that silent. In fact, what we see in Daniel 10 & 11 are the events that fall within those silent years.

With the death and resurrection of Jesus, a New Covenant was established bringing to an end the 2nd dispensation of time ushering in the 3rd and last period of time. You and I are living in the last days; the age of the church.

Daniel 10:1-3 In the third year of Cyrus king of Persia, a revelation was given to Daniel (who was called Belteshazzar). Its message was true and it concerned a great war. The understanding of the message came to him in a vision. At that time I, Daniel, mourned for three weeks. I ate no choice food; no meat or wine touched my lips; and I used no lotions at all until the three weeks were over.

At first glance as we read this passage, what is Daniel telling us?

We don’t really know the full impact until we get to the next verse. The revelation given to Daniel took place during the first part of the first month. It wasn’t until the 24th day of the first month that he received the interpretation. The first month of the year is normally a month of feasts. Passover is celebrated on the 14th of the first month and the feast of Unleavened Bread is celebrated from the 15th to the 21st days. But notice what Daniel is doing during those first three weeks. A sign of rejoicing was the anointing with oils. Daniel denied himself all these things. The vision he received disturbed him that much that all his joy was gone.

Daniel 10:4-6 On the twenty-fourth day of the first month, as I was standing on the bank of the great river, the Tigris, I looked up and there before me was a man dressed in linen, with a belt of the finest gold around his waist. His body was like chrysolite, his face like lightning, his eyes like flaming torches, his arms and legs like the gleam of burnished bronze, and his voice like the sound of a multitude.

There is no doubt that Daniel was in the presence of a celestial creature. I find intriguing the definition Daniel gives us of the man standing before him. His description is given to us in likenesses. If you and I witnessed something like never seen before, we can only describe what we saw in terms we know.

Based on how Daniel described the man, what did he look like? What do you see in your imagination as you read the description? Are there any facts about this man that jumps out at you? I find it important that as we continue to read, the emphasis of his humanity is mentioned. His dress is also of a priest.

Revelation 1:12-18 I turned around to see the voice that was speaking to me. And when I turned I saw seven golden lampstands, and among the lampstands was someone “like a son of man,” dressed in a robe reaching down to his feet and with a golden sash around his chest. His head and hair were white like wool, as white as snow, and his eyes were like blazing fire. His feet were like bronze glowing in a furnace, and his voice was like the sound of rushing waters. In his right hand he held seven stars, and out of his mouth came a sharp double-edged sword. His face was like the sun shining in all its brilliance. When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. Then he placed his right hand on me and said: “Do not be afraid. I am the First and the Last. I am the Living One; I was dead, and behold I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades.

Many scholars believe that the man Daniel is talking with is not just an angel, but he could be, from his description, the pre-incarnate Christ. His likeness and actions are very similar to what John witnessed in his vision. When Daniel came face to face with the man, he became deathly pale and was unable to stand up. But notice what the man said.

Daniel 10:10-12 A hand touched me and set me trembling on my hands and knees. He said, “Daniel, you who are highly esteemed, consider carefully the words I am about to speak to you, and stand up, for I have now been sent to you.” And when he said this to me, I stood up trembling. Then he continued, Do not be afraid, Daniel. Since the first day that you set your mind to gain understanding and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I have come in response to them.

Again we hear that Daniel is highly esteemed and that God wanted Daniels prayers to be answered. But if Daniel was so esteemed, why then did God take so long (three weeks) to answer his prayers and to give him understanding to his vision? Why a three week delay?

The answer is something that humans have a hard time comprehending.

Daniel 10:13-14 But the prince of the Persian kingdom resisted me twenty-one days. Then Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, because I was detained there with the king of Persia. Now I have come to explain to you what will happen to your people in the future, for the vision concerns a time yet to come.”

The reason for the delay had to do with the prince from Persia. The discussion was not about the physical realm, but the spiritual realm. A representative of Persia in the spiritual realm is intended here. In verse 20, Greece also has a representative. In verse 21, Michael represents Israel.

Jude 9 Even the archangel Michael, when he was disputing with the devil about the body of Moses, did not dare to bring a slanderous accusation against him, but said, “The Lord rebuke you!”

All around us there is a battle going on in the spiritual world. Paul talks about the battle with spiritual forces of evil in the spiritual realm in Ephesians 6. We also see this in Revelation 12. There is a connection between the physical and spiritual realms. It is real and their influences can be felt and seen in the events in human history. There is a direct correlation between evil governments, governors and demonic influences. World history is a testimony to this fact. The evil that governments and leaders do is influenced by direct satanic relationships.

Man is warned not to mess around with these being or to invite them in and yet humans are duped into thinking that relationship with the demonic is safe, cool and fun.

Look at our society today. What are some of the cool fads taking place? Who are they affecting? What are some of the demonic activities happening in the world today fooling and controlling some Christians?

God wanted Daniel to know what was going to happen so Israel would know it’s proper role in the events to come. They needed to know God had a big plan for them. The evil influences from Persia and Greece wanted to prevent Daniel from knowing the truth.

Daniel 10:20-11:1 So he said, “Do you know why I have come to you? Soon I will return to fight against the prince of Persia, and when I go, the prince of Greece will come; but first I will tell you what is written in the Book of Truth. (No one supports me against them except Michael, your prince. And in the first year of Darius the Mede, I took my stand to support and protect him.)

As I was studying this passage, I was so focused on the concept of the evil spirits warring with the representatives of God that I almost missed an important fact.

In this passage, what information are we being told? What did the man tell Daniel?
The evil that happens to the nations when evil rulers rise up, these events happen because of the demonic influences behind the evil people. Once Darius first announced the return of Israel, evil forces rose up to stop God’s plan. Michael was the only one defending Israel. The man also stood up and supported Michael to prevent the evil intended for Israel to win.

Michael was and would be locked into battle against the deputies of Persia and Greece. Michael’s victory over the satanic foes must have paved the way for Queen Esther to thwart Haman who wanted to annihilate the entire Jewish race. Michael’s victory over satanic foes would have paved the way for the death of Antiocus Epiphanes and the reconsecration of the temple for the worship of Almighty God in 175 BC.

Chapter 11 is the interpretation of the vision that Daniel had and the war that he saw. The war was the opposition to Israel’s future. God wanted Daniel to know what was to happen but the good news was, evil would not prevail and Israel would be present to usher in the end of the present age. They would be the first to have the opportunity to enter the New Covenant . They would be the ones to spread the good news to the rest of the world.

Romans 1:16 I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile.

Romans 1:16 is an example in scripture listing the Jews first. Not that they are more important but that they were to be the first to accept the Messiah and then spread the Good News to the rest of the world so everyone would accept and enter the New Covenant, the Kingdom of God.

I won’t go through chapter 11 in detail. God lays out for Daniel all the events to come leading up to the end. What Daniel sees is a lot more detail of the visions he already saw.

Daniel 11:2-4 Now then, I tell you the truth: Three more kings will appear in Persia, and then a fourth, who will be far richer than all the others. When he has gained power by his wealth, he will stir up everyone against the kingdom of Greece. Then a mighty king will appear, who will rule with great power and do as he pleases. After he has appeared, his empire will be broken up and parceled out toward the four winds of heaven. It will not go to his descendants, nor will it have the power he exercised, because his empire will be uprooted and given to others.

I want you to read Chapter 11 on your own. Take the time to study it this week and I am sure you will be able to figure out who all the people are and what God predicts will happen leading up to the end. Verses 2-4 speak about the kings who are to come to power in Persia before Greece comes and conquers them. This passage also talks about Alexander the Great, his death and what happens to his kingdom. These details were included in earlier visions.

The vision will predict the rise and fall of several kings, the alliances between empires through marriages, the deception and struggle for power and the rise of the so called anti-Christ, Antiochus Epiphanes. Verses 21-45 describes his reign and his influence on the nation of Israel. Daniel 11 is all about the persecution of the Jews during these years. When Jesus and the writers of the Gospels and letters referred to the anti-Christ, Antiochus Epiphanes was the person they had in mind. All of these events are to happen before the end. Evil will seem to have control but Michael is working to prevent evil from winning the day. All of this is in God’s control and God wanted Daniel to have the details to bring comfort to the nation.