DANIEL CHAPTER 12

THE SECOND HALF OF DANIEL’S 70TH WEEK

Daniel’s final prophecy continues. In Chapter 11 we saw Antichrist’s rise to power in the first half of Daniel’s 70th week. Daniel 12 begins at midpoint and takes us to the end of the week.

DANIEL 12:1-13

MICHAEL WILL CEASE HIS NORMAL WORK OF PROTECTING ISRAEL

Daniel 12:1 "At that time (at the midpoint of Daniel’s 70th week - see Dan 11) Michael (the Restrainer of Dan 10:21, 2 Thes 2:7), the great prince who protects your people (Michael’s normal, ongoing ministry is to restrain Satan and protect and stand guard over Israel), will arise (Michael will not arise to defend and deliver the Jews. Rather, he will arise and stand still, In other words, he will cease his restraining work against Satan, he will abstain from fighting for Israel, the very people he has been assigned to protect! [Hebrew “amad” = if reclining, to arise and stand still, if standing, to step aside]). There will be a time of distress (as a direct result of Michael’s inactivity on behalf of Israel, Satan, now unhindered will empower the Antichrist, resulting in “the Great Tribulation,” Mt 24 :21 or “Jacob’s trouble” Jer 30:7) such as has not happened from the beginning of nations until then. But at that time (the second half of Daniel’s 70th week) your people (Now Daniel qualifies this statement)--everyone whose name is found written in the book (The book is the “Book of Life” and contains the name of every person who has ever trusted in Jesus as Savior. In this case it is referring to the believing remnant within the nation, the 144,000 whose names are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life see Rev 20:12 ) --will be delivered (They will be preserved in the 70th week as they flee into the wilderness – see Rev 12. And they will eventually be delivered from it when Jesus returns).

FINAL DELIVERANCE FROM THIS TIME OF PERSECUTION OCCURS AT THE RESURRECTION – BUT THERE ARE TWO RESURRECTIONS!

2Multitudes (many of those) who sleep (have died) in the dust of the earth (the ground) will awake: some to everlasting life (the first resurrection of those who have trusted in Jesus, the saved, occurs before the Day of the Lord - those who awake at that time are the believers, the dead in Christ who rise first, and the true church will be raptured out of the Great Tribulation – 1 Thes 4, Rev 20:4-6.), (but the) others to shame and everlasting contempt. (This is the second resurrection of the unsaved who will not awake, but sleep, until 1000 years later at the end of the Millennium to appear at the Great White Throne Judgment see Rev 20:5 and Mt. 25:41-46.)

THOSE WHO HAVE INSIGHT INTO THE BOOK OF DANIEL

3Those who are wise (those, in Daniel’s 70th week, who understand the prophetic Scriptures and have insight and teach others what is occurring during the end times, e.g. they will recognize the Antichrist and refuse to bow to him) will shine like the brightness of the heavens (the church will shine like the stars in heaven in a dark depraved world as they instruct people in God’s Word), and those who lead many to righteousness (perhaps there will be more coming to Christ than at any other time in the history of the church), like the stars for ever and ever. (The people who know their God will display strength and take action, giving insight and understanding to many who will turn to righteousness. see Dan 11:32-35.)

A COMMAND TO SEAL UP THE BOOK OF DANIEL UNTIL THE END TIMES

4But you, Daniel, close up and seal the words of the scroll (close up and preserve the prophecies of this book in order to keep the book safe) until the time of the end (Daniel’s book will be “sealed” for the appropriate future generations). Many will go here and there to increase knowledge.” (Maybe not simply a reference to increase in general knowledge or jet travel and technological advances, rather to an increased interest and an increased knowledge of the prophetic events that are transpiring at the end of the age as prophesied by
Daniel. The Spirit of God will honor the diligence of wise, spiritual men living at the end of the age and increase their insight and comprehension of Daniel’s prophecies. This knowledge will sustain them as they endure Daniel’s 70th week.)

2 Q’s CONCERNING THE TIMING OF THE FINAL PROPHECY CONCERNING ISRAEL

  1. How Long?
  2. What will be the outcome of all this?

5Then I, Daniel, looked, and there before me stood two others (angels), one on this bank of the river and one on the opposite bank (the two angels stood on opposite shores of the Tigris river). 6One of them said to the man clothed in linen (Jesus?), who was above the waters of the river, "How long will it be before these astonishing things are fulfilled (How long will they last once they commence or begin? In other words, this angel wanted to know the length of the disciplinary period Israel would experience.)"

 

7The man clothed in linen, who was above the waters of the river, lifted his right hand and his left hand toward heaven (two hands indicate a double oath, a solemn oath), and I heard him swear by him who lives forever (he swore in the name of the eternal God), saying, "It (the events of this prophecy) will be for a time (1 year), times (2 years) and half a time (1/2 year) (1 + 2 + ½ = 3 ½ years, 42 months, 1260 days, all which correspond to the second half of Daniel’s 70th week. See Dan 7:25, Rev 11:3, 12:6-14, 13:5). When the power (self-sufficiency) of the holy people (Israel) has been finally broken, all these things will be completed." (So, from the time of 12:1, there will be 3 ½ years, or the second half of Daniel’s 70th week. During this time, Michael stands aside and God permits the Antichrist/Satan to bring his persecution and break the self-sufficiency of the Jews so that they will be willing to accept Jesus as their rightful king.)

8I heard, but I did not understand. So I asked, "My lord, what will the outcome of all this be?" (Daniel understood the self-sufficiency of Israel would be broken, but he did not understand the ultimate outcome of that event. What would finally happen to his people after Daniel’s 70th week was completed?)

 

9He replied, "Go your way, Daniel (But as for you Daniel ~85 years old, go your way, carry on and be about your business to the end [of your life], then you will enter into rest and rise again for your allotted portion at the end of the age see v 13.), because the words are closed up and sealed until the time of the end (desist from any further inquiry into the matter, because the meaning is locked up and sealed until the end times.)

10Many (things or prophesies of which I have spoken to you about) will be purified (clarified), made spotless (white, plain, simple) and refined (the prophecies revealed to Daniel will be unsealed or clarified to the wise, at the end of the age. The Book of Revelation expanded upon these end times prophecies. And gave us opportunity to gain more knowledge into these events) but the wicked will continue to be wicked. None of the wicked will understand (the wicked will have no concept that judgment is approaching. The unsaved will not understand the prophecies of the end times, they will be oblivious and surprised when the Lord comes like a thief in the night 1 Thes 5), but those who are wise will understand (The wise will understand prophecies and be ready. Daniel’s words will become a map and a compass to them., They will not be surprised or caught off guard by the Lord’s coming, we are sons of the day and we will know the general time period, and the signs of the fig tree Mt 24:36, 2Thes 5. As we get closer, this book will be opened and a great help to the wise. It will become a map and a compass to those living in Daniel’s 70th week).

DANIEL TELLS US OF TWO EXTENSIONS; A 30 DAY & A 45 DAY EXTENSION

11"From the time that the daily sacrifice is abolished (at the midpoint of the 70th week, Antichrist will break his covenant with Israel and cause the re-instituted sacrifices at the temple to cease. see Dan 9:27) and the abomination that causes desolation is set up (from the time the Antichrist, the abominator, goes into the temple and proclaims himself God and abolishes the daily temple sacrifice, to the time that Antichrist is made desolate), there will be 1,290 days (the second half of the week, 1260 + an additional 30 day extension of the 70th week for the opening of the Small Scroll of Rev 10 which represents the for the 7 bowl judgments of Rev 16. At the end of the 30 days, Antichrist will be slain and consigned to the eternal lake of fire).

12Blessed is the one who waits for and reaches the end of the 1,335 days (1260 + 30 + 45 additional days extension beginning with The Day of Atonement [the feast of tabernacles - Jesus , the high priest will offer atonement for the spiritual rebirth of Israel and will tabernacle with men], until Hanukkah and the rededication of the Millennial Temple. So the establishment of the Millennial Kingdom will begin 75 days after the end of the 70th week, and 45 days after the destruction of Antichrist at the battle of Armageddon).

13"As for you (Daniel), go your way till the end. You will rest (die), and then at the end of the days you will rise to receive your allotted inheritance." (Daniel, you will participate in the resurrection and the glory of the Millennial Kingdom. So go your way, don’t quit your job, don’t sell all your possessions, but BE READY! Keep serving Jesus Christ until He returns!).

A POSSIBLE SCHEMATIC OF THE TIMING

7 years =   2520 days (1260 + 1260)

-2300 days (Dan 8:14)

220 days into the 70th week Antichrist will begin his attack on Jerusalem, or 1010 days before the abomination of Desolation?

Daniels 70th week = 7 years = (2520 days = 1260+1260)

7 bowls

Prepare and dedicate the temple

1260 days

1260 days of Rev 11:2, 13:5 Dan 7:25, 12:7, 12:11

+ 30 days = 1290

+ 45 days = 1335

220 days     1010 days of Dan 8:14

1290days of Dan 12:11

 

 

2300 days of Daniel 8:14

 






1.          2.                          3.                                4.          5.

  1. Start of the 7 year covenant
  2. Antichrist begins his attack on Jerusalem? He will trample Israel for 2300 of 2520 days
  3. The Abomination of Desolation
  4. The Second Coming of Jesus
  5. Armageddon