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The End
Scripture: Daniel 12:1-13; Isaiah 26:19; Job 14:13-...
Track 12 of 12 in the Daniel: A Life Without Compromise series
Running time: 1 hour, 07 minutes, 26 seconds.
What Daniel is being allowed to know is that at the resurrection, many of his people will arise and go to heaven because of their acceptance of Jesus and their ministry to lead others to the truthJesus as Savior. But there will others from Israel who will reject the truth and will face shame and everlasting contempt.

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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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The End

We have now to come to the end of Daniel. Chapter 12 is a continuation of chapters 10-11 and is the finale to the whole book. Daniel again is going to receive some future information about the nation of Israel. What Daniel hears will be foreign to him but the news is great for him to know. Daniel is probably close to the end of his life but before he dies, he learns that his people will continue on and will be in the presence of God someday. The situation deals with the ancient OT faithful, those people who died faithful to God but before the coming of the Messiah.

Over the course of this study, one has to imagine what it must have been like to be Daniel. Most of his life was spent in captivity and he probably saw on a daily basis the suffering of his people. God reveals to him glimpses of the future and what events and kingdoms were to come. He even sees and knows when the Messiah will come. All of this is given to him so his people would be ready for the day when the Messiah would come. But I would imagine that he has to be concerned about his people and how they will survive and react to the coming events described in the prophecies. Will his people remain faithful to God through all the difficult days to come? Their track record has been a poor one when it came to faithfulness. Look where they are and remember how they got there.

The whole purpose of the OT is to give an account of how God worked in the world to bring about the fulfillment of a promise he made to mankind in the garden concerning the seed that would come to reestablish the relationship man and God once had before sin messed things up. It also gives an account of how God established the bloodline for the seed because of the faithfulness of Abraham. And it gives the account of how God worked with the people of that bloodline until the seed came.

But once the promise was fulfilled, things changed. How God related to Israel changed, in fact, the end happened concerning the Law. There is a new relationship, a new covenant. It is not like the old one. Israel will be the first to enter into this new personal relationship with God that Adam once had before he sinned. But it required each person to accept that relationship.

We ended our lesson last week with the rise and fall of Antiocus Epiphanes, 175 BC. He brought upon the Jews tremendous persecution and death. He became the image of what the Anti-Christ would be like to the Jews when Jesus stared to talk about the spirit of Anti-Christ coming. It wasn’t long after his death that the scene for Jesus was set. The Jews were ready for their Messiah and there started to be rumors and sightings of the Messiah that were false.

It was at that time in history, Michael, the Price of Israel rises up to work his influence.

Daniel 12:1-4 “At that time Michael, the great prince who protects your people, will arise. There will be a time of distress such as has not happened from the beginning of nations until then. But at that time your people—everyone whose name is found written in the book—will be delivered. Multitudes who sleep in the dust of the earth will awake: some to everlasting life, others to shame and everlasting contempt. Those who are wise will shine like the brightness of the heavens, and those who lead many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever. But you, Daniel, close up and seal the words of the scroll until the time of the end. Many will go here and there to increase knowledge.”

So what happened to the faithful in the Old Testament who died before Jesus went to the cross redeeming man from his sins? From what we studied when we looked at the spiritual realm, all those who died before Christ entered into the realm of Hades, the faithful into Paradise and the wicked into Hell (Tartarus).

What Daniel is being allowed to know is that at the resurrection, many of his people will arise and go to heaven because of their acceptance of Jesus and their ministry to lead others to the truth…Jesus as Savior. But there will others from Israel who will reject the truth and will face shame and everlasting contempt.

The idea of the resurrection was not something new to the Jews. All through the words of the prophets is the idea of the resurrection.

Isaiah 26:19 But your dead will live; their bodies will rise. You who dwell in the dust, wake up and shout for joy. Your dew is like the dew of the morning; the earth will give birth to her dead.

Job 14:13-15 If a man dies, will he live again? All the days of my hard service I will wait for my renewal to come. You will call and I will answer you; you will long for the creature your hands have made. Surely then you will count my steps but not keep track of my sin. My offenses will be sealed up in a bag; you will cover over my sin.

So tell me about the Jews while Jesus was alive and after his death. Was the prediction accurate concerning Israel?

Look at verse 4; is the man telling Daniel to seal the vision and not let anyone see them? Does God want this to be kept secret from the world so it is a mystery? If so, then was Daniel disobedient since we have it in our scriptures and are studying it? What is Daniel told to do? Daniel is told to keep the words of the vision safe until they are needed, until the end. Again, we have to ask ourselves, the end of what? The end of the 2nd dispensation of time.

Daniel 12:5-7 Then I, Daniel, looked, and there before me stood two others, one on this bank of the river and one on the opposite bank. One of them said to the man clothed in linen, who was above the waters of the river, “How long will it be before these astonishing things are fulfilled?” The man clothed in linen, who was above the waters of the river, lifted his right hand and his left hand toward heaven, and I heard him swear by him who lives forever, saying, “It will be for a time, times and half a time. When the power of the holy people has been finally broken, all these things will be completed.”

I have to admit that there is great difficulty in finding the actual meanings to what we see here. It is important to know that chapters 10-12 are all part of the same vision. The location of the vision is identified in 10:4 (Tigris). The man clothed in linen is the same man identified in 10:5. He is an angel explaining the vision to Daniel. But in chapter 12, two more angels show up, one on each side of the river.

What would be your guess as to why two more angels appear?

• According to Deut. 19:15 and 2 Cor. 13:1, a matter is established by the mouth of two or three witnesses.
• They might be there because the angels were curious about what was going on (1 Peter 1:12) concerning the salvation of the world

1 Peter 1:10-12 Concerning this salvation, the prophets, who spoke of the grace that was to come to you, searched intently and with the greatest care, 11trying to find out the time and circumstances to which the Spirit of Christ in them was pointing when he predicted the sufferings of Christ and the glories that would follow. It was revealed to them that they were not serving themselves but you, when they spoke of the things that have now been told you by those who have preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven. Even angels long to look into these things.

• The truth is, scholars really don’t know why for sure.

The conversation in verse 6 & 7 are between the angels. Daniel is only an observer of the conversation. But can you imagine what that experience would have been like? One of the angels asks the question, “How long will it be before these astonishing things are fulfilled?
We have to remember that the conversation is still about the vision. Daniel was told that great persecutions were to come upon Israel. Verses 21-45 in chapter 11 are about the rise and fall of Antiocus Epiphanes. The question asked by the angel refers to those events. The actions done by Antiocus Epiphanes was the most ruthless actions ever done by one man and had it not been for the intervention of God, Israel might have been eliminated.

At this point, what does the angel in the linen do? He lifts both his hands toward heaven! The raising of the hand was a gesture that accompanied the utterance of an oath. We even do the same today when we give oaths.

But what about when two hands are raised? Increases the importance of the oath. What is going on in verse 7?

The time given, “a time, times and half a time are familiar to this study. Once before we saw this phrase and time table. Some Christians see this as a 7 year period but when one looks at it closely. It represents time, a doubling of time and then time cut in half. The last time we saw this math equation of time it was back in chapter 8 and again it was in reference to Antiocus Epiphanes. When we studied this the first time I mentioned the equation was time, double time and if things would have been left alone, it would have gone onto 4 times, 8 times, etc. But the equation was stopped and the next period was cut short.

Daniel 12:7 When the power of the holy people has been finally broken, all these things will be completed.”

When Israel had reached the breaking point in persecution, God stepped in and cut the time short and ended things.

Daniel 12:8 I heard, but I did not understand. So I asked, “My lord, what will the outcome of all this be?”

It is obvious by verse 8 that Daniel did not understand what he just heard. It was common for the prophet not to understand what he was writing or hearing. A lot of what they were writing dealt with future events. It had to be hard and stressful to them especially when it concerned their people. The same had to be true with Daniel. He wanted to know when all of this was going to take place so he now jumps in on the conversation. But it did not please God to tell his prophet the details he wanted to know. The time was not right yet. Daniel didn’t need to know the facts about the end. All he needed to know that the end would come and that some of his people would be faithful while some would fall away.

Daniel 12:9-13 He replied, “Go your way, Daniel, because the words are closed up and sealed until the time of the end. Many will be purified, made spotless and refined, but the wicked will continue to be wicked. None of the wicked will understand, but those who are wise will understand. “From the time that the daily sacrifice is abolished and the abomination that causes desolation is set up, there will be 1,290 days. Blessed is the one who waits for and reaches the end of the 1,335 days. “As for you, go your way till the end. You will rest, and then at the end of the days you will rise to receive your allotted inheritance.”

Again I have to ask the question, if Daniel was told to go his way and not ask that question because the words are closed up until the end, then why do we have these words? What end are we talking about? Are we talking about the end of the world and the time when Jesus returns or are we talking about when Jesus establishes his New Covenant? Look at verse 10; can this verse fit in the time frame of the 1st century and today concerning the Jews?

Verses 11 and 12 are very hard verses to understand. 1290 days 3.5 years. The 1335 days is an extra month and a half. Many scholars feel the 3½ years represent the time of the desecration of the temple and the month and a half is the time when he shortly died. The blessed ones are those who survive after his death. All in all, thousands upon thousands of Jews were killed, murdered and destroyed during the reign of AE. His rule was cut short because God had enough.

But there is another end in verse 13. Daniel is told to go his way until the end…the end of his life. He will rest (grave) and is promised that he will be considered one of the faithful and will receive his allotted inheritance.