The Time of the End
12 “At that time shall arise Michael, the great prince who has charge of your people. And there shall be a time of trouble, such as never has been since there was a nation till that time. But at that time your people shall be delivered, everyone whose name shall be found written in the book. And many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt. And those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the sky above; and those who turn many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever. But you, Daniel, shut up the words and seal the book, until the time of the end. Many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall increase.”
Then I, Daniel, looked, and behold, two others stood, one on this bank of the stream and one on that bank of the stream. And someone said to the man clothed in linen, who was above the waters of the stream, “How long shall it be till the end of these wonders?” And I heard the man clothed in linen, who was above the waters of the stream; he raised his right hand and his left hand toward heaven and swore by him who lives forever that it would be for a time, times, and half a time, and that when the shattering of the power of the holy people comes to an end all these things would be finished. I heard, but I did not understand. Then I said, “O my lord, what shall be the outcome of these things?” He said, “Go your way, Daniel, for the words are shut up and sealed until the time of the end. Many shall purify themselves and make themselves white and be refined, but the wicked shall act wickedly. And none of the wicked shall understand, but those who are wise shall understand. And from the time that the regular burnt offering is taken away and the abomination that makes desolate is set up, there shall be 1,290 days. Blessed is he who waits and arrives at the 1,335 days. But go your way till the end. And you shall rest and shall stand in your allotted place at the end of the days.”
Daniel 12 Commentary
by Hank Workman
“Because lawlessness is increased, most people’s love will grow cold. 13 But the one who endures to the end, he will be saved. 14 This gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come.“But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father alone. “Therefore be on the alert, for you do not know which day your Lord is coming. 43 But be sure of this, that if the head of the house had known at what time of the night the thief was coming, he would have been on the alert and would not have allowed his house to be broken into. 44 For this reason you also must be ready; for the Son of Man is coming at an hour when you do not think He will.”Matthew 24:12-14, 36, 42-44
“How long will it be until the end of these wonders?” Daniel posed to Jesus who stood upon the waters. In an amazing scene, the book of Daniel comes to a close with prophetic words not only of times ahead for the Jewish people already fulfilled in history but the very end of time. His question was natural. What had been laid out, the plan of God made verbal in mystery of things to come, Daniel inquired as to the fulfillment of God’s plan.
The answer sealed, it would not be for him to know or humankind. Jesus’ teaching in Matthew 24 also affirms this. In fact, the recommendation here is to read not only this final chapter of Daniel but the chapter of Matthew of 24 as Jesus affirms and confirms the things spoken to Daniel. The parallels are incredible.
Terrific persecution, unlike what has ever been experienced yet will fall upon the people of God. It will show where their faith and trust truly rests. As Jesus warned, ‘the love of many will grow cold’, He knows hearts and knows how easily our fickle persuasion can be when the times and the going gets tough. It is a scary thing to consider that many people’s love will grow cold. Yet when Jesus comes, he brings the ultimate salvation from the world and troubles of this life and world as we know it. The buildup to this event is there will be perilous times for the church itself. Great suffering will take place which will show the stock of one’s faith. More than likely it will appear as utter ruin of God’s kingdom here on earth as the people suffer, the suffering of the righteous and the triumph of the ungodly will take place. But this affliction upon the people of God are designed for their trial and to be purified and made clean, purged of the things we hold onto in this life.
The things of which we hold onto, from the good to the terrible things we embrace, mean nothing as we can be here in one moment and completely gone, standing before our Creator the next. We must be reminded of this fact. No one knows the day or the hour. Prepared in readiness we must be diligent that we are not some of these whose love has grown cold.
As Jesus so readily would state, “He who has ears let him hear what the Spirit is saying”, may the Spirit of God penetrate into our thinking this day of the choices we make, the life we live, the very impact we’re making upon this current generation. May the Spirit reveal to us where we are not ready for His return and prompt and convict us to make haste in doing so. May the Spirit of Jesus strengthen us for the very hardship we possibly are enduring in the trial that seems unending and adjust our lives to what really matters.
We have but one life. One life to live for Christ and become everything He’s intended for us to be.
May the things of earth grow strangely dim, in the light of His glory and grace.
Maranatha – Come Lord Jesus!
Daniel 12 Commentary
by Brad Boyles
The prophetic events that Daniel witnesses are most likely referring to the end times. Here is what we know so far over the past several chapters…
- There will be a ruler who is over the world and fiercely against God and His people
- This leader will establish a world religion which is centered around the abomination of desolation
- There will be a world war and the ruler will be defeated
- There will be a time of tribulation lasting 3.5 years
- God’s people will be delivered after the tribulation
- There will be a resurrection where some will go to eternal life and others to eternal punishment
It is important to understand that when Daniel inquired more specifics, he was told to “go his way” because God has sealed up these prophecies.
He said, “Go your way, Daniel, for the words are shut up and sealed until the time of the end.Daniel 12:9 ESV
This doesn’t mean physically go, but mentally depart from this question. God has given enough detail that we are able to watch for signs and indicators. One such indicator is the abomination of desolation. Jesus also speaks of it.
“So when you see the abomination of desolation spoken of by the prophet Daniel, standing in the holy place (let the reader understand), 16 then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains.Matthew 24:15-16 ESV
There is so much about God we don’t know, and so much we are still learning. David Guzik points out that God has allowed for time to go on and has brought a specific focus to the church within those time periods.
“For example, in the second through fourth centuries, the church focused on the doctrine of Scripture. In the fourth century, the focus was on the doctrine of God (in the Trinity). In the fifth century, the focus was on the doctrine of Christ. In the fifth through seventh centuries, the focus was on the doctrine of man.
In the fifteenth and seventeenth centuries, the focus was on the doctrine of salvation. In the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, the focus was on the doctrine of the church. So it should not surprise us that it was not until the nineteenth and twentieth centuries – the time of the end – that the focus would turn upon the doctrine of last things and the return of Jesus.”David Guzik
We are living in the last days. We would be wise to follow the advice of Jesus to be ready and keep watch. We have all the information we need – it’s time to live it!