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Daniel 12: End Time Events

Chapter 12 - Introduction

Continuing the last chapter, we are on familiar ground as the final events of history are being described. Regardless of the views on the tribulation, and what has and hasn't been fulfilled in the previous chapter, these events are clearly understood and are yet future.

Chapter 12 - Text and commentary

{12:1} "At that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince who stands for the children of your 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 your people shall be delivered, everyone who shall be found written in the book.

{12:2} Many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.

Without mentioning heaven and hell specifically, this is a clear statement of two different ends for each person. We will wake from the dust (if we have died before this event) to everlasting life, or to shame and everlasting contempt.

{12:3} Those who are wise shall shine as the brightness of the expanse; and those who turn many to righteousness as the stars forever and ever.

{12:4} But you, Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run back and forth, and knowledge shall be increased."

{12:5} Then I, Daniel, looked, and, behold, there stood other two, the one on the brink of the river on this side, and the other on the brink of the river on that side.

{12:6} One said to the man clothed in linen, who was above the waters of the river, How long shall it be to the end of these wonders?

{12:7} I heard the man clothed in linen, who was above the waters of the river, when he held up his right hand and his left hand to heaven, and swore by him who lives forever that it shall be for a time, times, and a half; and when they have made an end of breaking in pieces the power of the holy people, all these things shall be finished.

{12:8} I heard, but I didn't understand: then said I, my lord, what shall be the issue of these things?

12:8 We may have to honestly say about some of these things, "I heard, but I did not understand."

{12:9} He said, Go your way, Daniel; for the words are shut up and sealed until the time of the end.

{12:10} Many shall purify themselves, and make themselves white, and be refined; but the wicked shall do wickedly; and none of the wicked shall understand; but those who are wise shall understand.

{12:11} From the time that the continual [burnt offering] shall be taken away, and the abomination that makes desolate set up, there shall be one thousand two hundred ninety days.

{12:12} Blessed is he who waits, and comes to the one thousand three hundred thirty-five days.

{12:13} But go you your way until the end be; for you shall rest, and shall stand in your lot, at the end of the days.

12:13 "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." (NIV) The rest is apparently death, and the end of the days refers to the time of the resurrection. This is a personal promise to Daniel that he will be resurrected, and will receive an allotted inheritance. Quite possibly, this is an inheritance in Israel during the Millennial Kingdom. This is an important verse to remember when we consider Old Testament teaching on life after death.

Chapter 12 - Summary

Chapter 12 - Questions

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