(This is not the epilogue to the book. Verses 1-3 are the conclusion of the prophecy given by the Angel of the Lord, which commenced at 10:20.)
Daniel 12:1 "And at that time
(Fixes the end of the Tribulation. Note the 3 subjects connected with "the time of the end". "That time" is at Satan's end. Michael the archangel will be the one who stands for us. This time of trouble that is coming on earth is worse than this earth has ever seen. That includes Noah's flood, and the total destruction that ended the first earth age. Jesus talks about this in Mark 13:19-22.
It is at the time of this complete devastation that Michael will deliver God's people to the true Messiah. That is, all the people that are written in the book, "Lamb's Book of Life". Read Revelation 20:4-5 for an understanding of what will happen at this time. If you accepted the seal of Satan, and fell for his lies, no doubt is left as to your future from this point of time.)
shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people:
(i.e. Daniel's People, Israel)
and there shall be a time of trouble,
(I.e. the great Tribulation. Cp. 8:24,25; 9:26. Isa. 26:20,21. Jer. 30:7. Matt. 24:21. Mark 13:19. Rev. 16-21)
such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered,
(Cp. Isa. 11:11,&c.; 27:12,13. Jer. 30:7. Ezek. 37:21-28; 39:25-29. Hos. 3:4,5. Joel 3:16-21. Amos 9:11-15. Obad. 17-21. Zech. 12:3-10. Rom. 11:5,6,15,26)
every one that shall be found written in the book.
(Book of life. Ex. 32:32,33. Cp. Pss. 56:8; 69:28. Isa. 4:3. Ezek 13:9. Luke 10:20. Rev. 3:5; 13:8; 20:12,15)
2 And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake,
(Ecc. 12:6,7 2 Cor. 5:7,8. In the Millennium.)
some to everlasting life,
(John 5:28,29. Acts 24:15)
and some to shame and everlasting contempt.
(I.e. the rest of the dead [Isa. 29:19,21; 27:6. Rev. 20:5,6]. Cp. 1 Cor. 15:23. 1 Thess. 4:16. This is the subject of what will happen to those who will die during that tribulation. Not those who have passed on prior to Satan's time on earth. It has a two-fold meaning. The first is in dealing with those of God's elect who did not follow the false teachers; who knew the truth and stood fast for Jesus Christ. Secondly, there will be shame that will come to those who sold out to Satan, and bowed to him as their Messiah.
How do you think you would feel waking up some morning and finding out that the Christ you served and gave dedication to was the false Christ. What a shame that would be.)
3 And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever.
(Those seeds that you planted. Those that "shine", or teach, and show the others to the truth will get riches and rewards far beyond what the human mind can comprehend now.)
4-13. MEANWHILE. AS TO DANIEL HIMSELF.
4. The book closed and sealed.
5,6. Inquiry of the 2. "How long?"
7-. The answer.
-7-. The times. 3 1/2 years.
-7. The end.
8. Inquiry of Daniel. "What?"
9. The book closed and sealed.
10. The answer.
11,12. The times.
13. The end. The 1,290 and 1,335 days.
4 But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro,
(Or, calamities, or wickedness.)
shall be increased."
(As prophecies come to pass, apostasy.)
5 Then I Daniel looked, and, behold, there stood other two, the one on this side of the bank of the river, and the other on that side of the bank of the river.
(See 10:4, This is the River Tigris in Iraq of today. This is where the major conflicts of today are going on, and where your focus of current events should be. We must be aware that the types of the Antichrist come and go, and of the the signs of our time.)
6 And one said to the Man clothed in linen,
(Angel of the Lord)
which was upon the waters of the river, "How long shall it be to the end of these wonders?"
7 And I heard the Man clothed in linen, which was upon the waters of the river, when He held up His right hand and His left hand unto heaven, and sware by Him that liveth for ever that it shall be for a time, times, and an half; and when he
(i.e. the "little horn", antichrist.)
shall have accomplished to scatter the power of the holy people, all these things shall be finished.
(After one world system is completed.)
8 And I heard, but I understood not: then said I, "O my Lord, what shall be the end of these things?"
(I.e. the "wonders" of v.6 The prophecy from 10:14 is given in view of these questions.)
9 And He said, "Go thy way, Daniel: for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end.
(Rev. 9:4. However, You can see them because we are living in the end times, the generation of the fig-tree.)
10 Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand.
(You are wise. Conditions already fulfilled. The wise will know the season.)
11 And from the time that the daily sacrifice shall be taken away,
(Crucifixion ends this. See 8:11.)
and the abomination that maketh desolate
(Parable of the fig-tree which came to fruition in 1948. Formulation: 33 A.D. - 1948 = 1915 + 1290 = 1335. 1335 ÷ 1290 = 1.484 years.)
there shall be a thousand two hundred and ninety days.
1980 a benchmark. Mt St. Helen erupted on Pentecost day
(See Ps. 1:1. The only Beatitude in this book.)
is he that waiteth,
(waits for the true Christ. Cp. Matt. 24:13. Mark 13:13. Rev. 2:26)
and cometh to the thousand three hundred and five and thirty days.
("He that waiteth" are those persons that understand that our Lord Jesus Christ will not come prior to His appointed time, and His entire Word points to the fact that the Antichrist will have his time of deception first. For the fifth trumpet sounds the coming of the Antichrist, Satan, and all the fallen angels; and God Himself has given to Satan the authority to use his deception to deceive the entire world. Don't be taken out of season, and learn to wait, with patience, observing the signs of our times. Putting you hope in the demonic doctrine, such as the "rapture theory", will cause you to be taken by the wrong Christ.)
13 But go thou thy way till the end be:
(This is the sole object of the words from 10:14 onward.)
for thou shalt rest, and stand in thy lot at the end of the days."
THE "TIMES", AND NUMBERED "DAYS" OF DANIEL 7:25; 8:14; 12:7, 11, 12.
There are five (*1) specific periods of "time" and "days" mentioned in the Book of Daniel (7:25; 8:14; 12:7, 11, 12).
In addition to these five, we have the great period of the "seventy sevens" (or weeks) of years in chapter 9.
Sixty-nine of these were completed at the "cutting off" of the Messiah; the last of "seventieth seven" is yet to come. All the other five periods of time in the book are to be referred to, and are standardized, so to speak, by this last "seven".
The "seventy weeks" (sevens) are confessedly to be reckoned as years. Therefore, on the basis of a Jewish year of 360 days, one "seven" is 360 x 7 = 2,520 days.
The terminus a quo of 1, 4, 5, 6 (see diagram) is manifestly determined by the term "in the midst of the week" (the last "seven" of years), of the standard (col. 3) : that is, 1,260 days, or 3 1/2 years from either end of the column.
"The prince that shall come" (Antichrist) "will make a (*2) covenant with many for one week" (i.e. seven years) (9:27).
After 3 1/2 years, on grounds not stated, he breaks this covenant (or "league", 11:23), the daily sacrifice is "taken away", the "abomination" set up, and "Jacob's trouble" (Jer. 30:7) commences and continues for the remainder of the "seven" : viz. : for the 1,260 days or 3 1/2 years.
It is this "midst of the week" that determines both the a quo and the ad quem of these Numbered Days.
In 8:14 it is stated, "then shall the Sanctuary be cleansed" (*3). With regard to this "cleansing", all the periods, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 (see diagram) synchronize at the end; while the last tow columns (5 and 6) are extended and prolonged beyond the close of the 1,260 days by two significant periods of days, viz. 30 days and 75 days, respectively.
The first of these, 1,290 days is 1,260 + 30. And the 30 days here may be taken as a "Ve-Adar" or intercalary month of 30 days of "cleansing" following directly after the destruction of the false Messiah, and the break up of his confederacy. These thirty days may possibly be the period allotted for the construction of the new and glorious "Sanctuary" of Ezekiel 40-43, which is to be erected after the destruction and removal of the Jewish temple which will have been built by the sons of Israel some time previously to its profanation by the Antichrist -- as the antitype of Antiochus Epiphanes.
With regard to the 1,335 days of 12:12 : This is 1,260 days with an excess of 75 days. This again being an excess of 45 days beyond the 1,290 of 12:11. 1,335 is, therefore, 1,260 + 30 + 45.
If the 30 days are occupied with the "cleansing", i.e. with the "justifying" or "making righteous" a new and glorious "Sanctuary", then it may be that the further 45 days, over and above the 1,290, will cover the preparation time for the fulfillment of the forty-fifth psalm (such preparation including, the resurrection to life of those concerned in 12:2), in order that the nuptials of the king may be celebrated as described in such wonderful and minute detail in that psalm. (*4)
In connection with this period (1,335 days) we have the only Beatitude in the book! "Blessed (ashrey) is he that waiteth ( = is steadfast) and cometh to the thousand three hundred and five and thirty days" (12:12). A blessed "lot" indeed for those who will have passed through "the Trouble" and are counted worthy to be participators in the scenes of glory and triumph of the King when He is united to restored Israel in that Day, as portrayed in the forty-fifth psalm!
In examining the diagram and the references in the book, it will be seen (1) that the only one of these five periods of "time" and "days" that presents any serious difficulty is that of the 2,300 days. (2) That its terminus ad quem is the same as the others, viz. the end of the seventieth seven is clear from 8:14, which gives it as being marked by the "cleansing of the Sanctuary". Reckoning backwards, therefore, the terminus a quo of this period is seen to be 220 days short of the commencement of the seventieth "seven".
It is not clearly revealed what event or events will mark the commencement of these 2,300 days, but it will be probably some political crisis connected with the confederated kingdoms under the sway of the Antichrist. The key is possibly to be found in chapter 8, typified by the contention between the ram and he-goat representing Medo-Persia and Greece. But, though the terminus a quo of this period is not given to us in plain language (like e.g. the "midst of the week" of 9:27), yet it will be known to, and understood by, the people of God, who pass through "the Trouble" time of the seventieth "seven", for "the wise (in that day) shall understand" (12:10).
If the "time of trouble" of Dan. 12:1 is a "time" like the "time" of 7:25; 12:7 (Nos. 1 and 4, above), i.e. one year, then there are six specific periods of time in the book of Daniel, in addition to the seventieth, or last "seven". If so, the "time" of Dan. 12:1 suggests that "Jacob's trouble" will be closed by a "time" (or year) of acutest "tribulation". Does this correspond with "the acceptable year" of Isa. 61:2, immediately preceding the "Vengeance"?
The Diagram will illustrate the above remarks.
1. "And they shall be given into his had until a time, and times, and the dividing of time." 7:25.
2. "The shall the Sanctuary be cleansed." 8:14.
3. "To finish the transgression and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy and to anoint the Most Holy." 9:27.
4. "How long shall it be to the end of these wonders?" 12:6 "For a time, times, and an half ... all these (things) shall be finished." 12:7.
5. "From the time (that) the daily (sacrifice) shall be taken away (there shall be) a thousand two hundred and ninety days." 12:11.
6. "Blessed (ashrey) is he that waiteth ( = is steadfast) and cometh to the thousand, three hundred and five and thirty days." 12:12.
(*2) No definite art. in the Heb.
(*3) Heb. zadak = justified or made righteous. Not the word used of ceremonial or moral cleansing (Heb. tah-heer); and it may be noted that the word is here employed in the Niphal-Praeterite form -- and is therefore equal to -- the Sanctuary was justified or made, or appointed righteous.
(*4) Further, it is interesting to note in connection with the numbers 30 and 45, that Ps. 30 was sung "at the dedication of the house of David" -- its subject being praise for deliverance in "The Day of (the) Trouble" (Ps. 20:1) -- which is prophetically this very 1,260 days of "Jacob's trouble" in Daniel and Revelation. And 45 is the number of the Psalm which, as the Great King's Nuptial Ode -- sets before us the glory and triumph of the Messiah at His marriage with the elect remnant of Israel -- the "wife" of such passages as Isa. 54:5-8; 62:4, 5. Jer. 3:14, &c. Moreover, the No. 75 is that of the Psalm which sets before us "God's anointed" in the Sanctuary, and emphatically declared (v. 7) "God is Judge" (or Ruler).
Taken from Appendix 90 of the Companion Bible.