Daniel 12:1–13 (NKJV)

12:1 “At that time Michael shall stand up,

The great prince who stands watch over the sons of your people;

And there shall be a time of trouble,

Such as never was since there was a nation,

Even to that time.

And at that time your people shall be delivered,

Every one who is found written in the book.

2 And many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake,

Some to everlasting life,

Some to shame and everlasting contempt.daniel12_2

3 Those who are wise shall shine

Like the brightness of the firmament,

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 there stood two others, one on this riverbank and the other on that riverbank. And one said to the man clothed in linen, who was above the waters of the river, “How long shall the fulfillment of these wonders be?”

Then 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 half a time; and when the power of the holy people has been completely shattered, all these things shall be finished.

Although I heard, I did not understand. Then I said, “My lord, what shall be the end of these things?”

And he said, “Go your way, Daniel, for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end. 10 Many shall be purified, made white, and refined, but the wicked shall do wickedly; and none of the wicked shall understand, but the wise shall understand. 11 “And from the time that the daily sacrifice is taken away, and the abomination of desolation is set up, there shall be one thousand two hundred and ninety days. 12 Blessed is he who waits, and comes to the one thousand three hundred and thirty-five days.

13 “But you, go your way till the end; for you shall rest, and will arise to your inheritance at the end of the days.

This final prophecy of Daniel basically sums up the book, as the Lord instructs him to seal up the book until the time of the end.  The question was asked many times as to when the fulfillment of these prophecies would take place.  The question was answered in light of the end times.  When the abomination of desolations is set up, and the sacrifices are taken away, then 1,290 days will be until its fulfillment.  This is about 3.5 years, or half of the tribulation period.  This is in line with the time, times, and half a time reference (one year, two years, and half a year=3.5 years).  Perhaps this is the time from the setting up of the antiChrist until the wrath of God is poured out.  The exact meaning of sealing up the book may refer to a particular prophecy regarding the halfway point of the tribulation, or it may refer to the entire book of Daniel.  

Either way, the apocalyptic book, speaking of the end of days, is fraught with mystery and danger, but helps us know that the end times are already set up for fulfillment.  Daniel saw a specific time frame for how long the first half of the Tribulation Period would last, and what to look for.  I am thankful that the church will be raptured by then, but feel that this could be a motivation and a guide for those who may not serve Christ and are left to face the regime of the AntiChrist.  Either way, know that you must be ready.  When Christ comes for His church, a regime of dominance and destruction begins!

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