Hope in the End Times (Daniel 12)

Then I, Daniel, looked, and there before me stood two others, one on this bank of the river and one on the opposite bank. 6 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?”

7 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.”

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

9 He replied, “Go your way, Daniel, because the words are rolled up and sealed until the time of the end. 10 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.

11 “From the time that the daily sacrifice is abolished and the abomination that causes desolation is set up, there will be 1,290 days. 12 Blessed is the one who waits for and reaches the end of the 1,335 days.

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.”  (Daniel 12:5-13)

Learn it:

            The last chapter in Daniel gives us one more conversation Daniel has with some angels.  Daniel is curious about when all these things will happen and “the man clothed in linen”, often believed to be Jesus, gives an answer.  His answer is based on the discussion of 70 weeks from the last chapter.  He is focused on that final 70th which is broken up into two 3.5 years.  The man in linen says that the events will take place in the second half of the 70th week.  That is when the anti-christ will cause the most pain for those who are still alive. 

            There is still hope for people during this time to accept Jesus as their Savior.  I believe that people who accepted Jesus as their Savior before this 70th week will be taken up in the rapture.  People who remain on earth will have an opportunity to recognize Christ as their Savior during the seven years of tribulation.  When the man in linen refers to the holy people being broken in verse seven, he is referring to Israel.  Some of their eyes will be opened to seeing Jesus for who he is. 

            Finally, Daniel is told to seal up his writings.  The angels, and Christ, know that these writings will be important for God’s people, which includes us!  We are then given more dates which apply to the length of the second half of the tribulation (1,260 day).  So what’s the extra 30 days?  Some believe that is the length of God’s judgement.  Then we see some extra days added on to that to make 1,335 days.  So what’s this addition 45 days?  Some believe that after the judgment of Christ, there will be a period of time in which it will take for God to setup is Kingdom.  Most of this is speculation because we don’t know what happens.  Then Daniel is told to rest and he will raise up again and receive what he is due at the right time.

Live it:

            There is a lot in this passage and in all of Daniel.  We are given a glimpse of what the end holds for believers.  There will be difficult times, but we are promised deliverance.  We are promised victory.  God will judge the earth but for those who have faith in Jesus we have a hope that cannot be stopped!  We will reign with God in his kingdom and it will be awesome!  Until then we are to continue on our work with no fear.  Just like Daniel was told to go his way, we should go our way as well.  Not with fear or anxiety but with faith that God has already delivered us.

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