-“Now at that time” refers to the period of the Anti-Christ’s temporary reign during the tribulation period going back to the last chapter (Daniel 11:36-12:1a). This is a time of incredible distress for Israel “such as never occurred since there was a nation (Daniel 12:1b).” There is some evidence for a “rapture (a`rpaghso,meqa- To be caught up, snatched away, steal, carry away, or tear out, 1 Thessalonians 4:17)” of the saints of God here too with the phrase, “at that time Your people, everyone who is found written in the book, will be rescued (Daniel 12:1c).” There will be an awakening of many of the deceased to everlasting life, but the unbelieving will perish in disgrace and everlasting contempt (Daniel 12:2, 1 Corinthians 15:12-58, Revelation 20:4-6, 15). Prophetically Daniel, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, commends those with insight because they “will shine brightly like the brightness of the expanse of heaven, and those who lead the many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever (Daniel 12:3).” Daniel is then told to “seal up the book until the end of time Daniel 12:4a).” This is left for the Lamb to break open when we get to Revelation (Revelation 5:1-10). Another amazing prophecy of the latter days is at the end of verse 4 where it is revealed that “many will go back and forth, and knowledge will increase.” *Application* The advances of transportation and technology in the last century should alert us to the fact that the end of time is coming quickly upon the earth as we know it.
-Daniel then sees two others standing on each side of the river. The question is asked, “How long will it be until the end of these wonders (Daniel 12:6)?” The man dressed in linen, who was above the waters of the river, replied as he raised his hands swearing to God that it would be “for a time, times, and half a time (interpreted to be 3 ½ years); and as soon as they finished shattering the power of the holy people, all these events will be completed (Daniel 12:7, Luke 21:24-28, Revelation 10:7; 15:1).” Daniel had trouble understanding the final outcome of these events and asks, but he is simply told again to go his way for these prophecies “are concealed and sealed up until the end of time (Daniel 12:8-9).” “Many will be purged, purified, and refined, but the wicked will act wickedly; and none of the wicked will understand, but those who have insight will understand (Daniel 12:10).” The regular sacrifice, which is abolished in the middle year of “Jacob’s trouble (the seven year period also known as the Great Tribulation),” and the setting up of the end of times “abomination of desolation,” will initiate a period of 1290 days (3 ½ years). 45 days later will mark the blessing on those who keep waiting and attain (Jeremiah 30:7, Daniel 7:25; 12:11-12, Revelation 12:14). The final words of the book give Daniel some sage advice from the messenger, “Go your way to the end; then you will enter into rest and rise again for your allotted portion at the end of the age (Daniel 12:13).”
-*Application* This perplexing sequence of events that Daniel sees and hears at the end of his book must be measured with plenty of other Scriptures and intense searching, seeking, and humbly praying before the LORD for understanding. Piecing together prophecy is a difficult, almost impossible task, but it is keenly rewarding for those who dig deep. We, like Daniel, will not have total understanding of all God’s mystery until it is accomplished, but we do have revelation to know a vast amount as we stay alert and ready for the return of the King for His Kingdom. Keep drawing close to God for answers and keep the faith.
Verses to Memorize: Daniel 12:3-4, 13