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1 And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book.

2 And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.

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.

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, and knowledge shall be increased.

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.

6 And one said to the man clothed in linen, 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 shall have accomplished to scatter the power of the holy people, all these things shall be finished.

8 And I heard, but I understood not: then said I, O my Lord, what shall be the end of these things?

9 And he said, Go thy way, Daniel: for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end.

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.

11 And from the time that the daily sacrifice shall be taken away, and the abomination that maketh desolate set up, there shall be a thousand two hundred and ninety days.

12 Blessed is he that waiteth, and cometh to the thousand three hundred and five and thirty days.

13 But go thou thy way till the end be: for thou shalt rest, and stand in thy lot at the end of the days.

Commentary for Daniel 12

The conclusion of the vision of the Scriptures of truth. (1-4) The times of the continuance of these events. (5-13)1-4. Michael signifies, "Who is like God," and his name, with the title of "the great Prince," points out the Divine Saviour. Christ stood for the children of our people in their stead as a sacrifice, bore the curse for them, to bear it from them. He stands for them in pleading for them at the throne of grace. And after the destruction of antichrist, the Lord Jesus shall stand at the latter day upon the earth; and He shall appear for the complete redemption of all his people. When God works deliverance from persecution for them, it is as life from the dead. When his gospel is preached, many who sleep in the dust, both Jews and Gentiles, shall be awakened by it out of their heathenism of Judaism. And in the end the multitude that sleep in the dust shall awake; many shall arise to life, and many to shame. There is glory reserved for all the saints in the future state, for all that are wise, wise for their souls and eternity. Those who turn many to righteousness, who turn sinners from the errors of their ways, and help to save their souls from death, #Jas 5:20|, will share in the glory of those they have helped to heaven, which will add to their own glory.

5-13 One of the angels asking how long it should be to the end of these wonders, a solemn reply is made, that it would be for a time, times, and a half, the period mentioned ch. #7:25|, and in the Revelation. It signifies 1260 prophetic days or years, beginning from the time when the power of the holy people should be scattered. The imposture of Mohammed, and the papal usurpation, began about the same time; and these were a twofold attack upon the church of God. But all will end well at last. All opposing rule, principality, and power, shall be put down, and holiness and love will triumph, and be in honour, to eternity. The end, this end, shall come. What an amazing prophecy is this, of so many varied events, and extending through so many successive ages, even to the general resurrection! Daniel must comfort himself with the pleasing prospect of his own happiness in death, in judgment, and to eternity. It is good for us all to think much of going away from this world. That must be our way; but it is our comfort that we shall not go till God calls us to another world, and till he has done with us in this world; till he says, Go thou thy way, thou hast done thy work, therefore now, go thy way, and leave it to others to take thy place. It was a comfort to Daniel, and is a comfort to all the saints, that whatever their lot is in the days of their lives, they shall have a happy lot in the end of the days. And it ought to be the great care and concern of every one of us to secure this. Then we may well be content with our present lot, and welcome the will of God. Believers are happy at all times; they rest in God by faith now, and a rest is reserved for them in heaven at last.

Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.

Discussion for Daniel 12

  • BSP
    Verse 13- Resurrection means “standing up” so this points forward to the time when Daniel would be resurrected.
  • A disciple
    Nathaniel Foster; where do you find Daniel having 14 chapters? I've seen in the German Martin Luther Bible that Malachi has 3 chapters instead of 4; but nothing was omitted. You may want to check to see if the entire Text is still there in Daniel, or if there's anything changed. The divisions of chapters and verses were not part of the Original Text anyway; but were added later for easy reference.
  • Nathaniel Foster
    I am so confused as to why Daniel stopped at Chapter 12 in the King James Version and in a sense I know that there are 14 chapters of Daniel. What happen to the last 2 chapters and why are they not included in the KJV Bible. You know for a fact too that there are more than 12 Chapters in the Old Testament Book of Daniel.....please help me with this and explain. send me an email explanation.
  • Stephen F. Zielski
    Praise the Lord my God amen. These are the latter days in the Kingdom of God { Acts through Jude} of the spiritual restoration of His promise of the latter rain in this final outpouring of the Holy Spirit of His chosen elect beloved Judah Holy Zion to come and enter into our Glorious and Blessed Lords sheepfold both Jew and Gentile united in one Christ YESHUA. The latter greater than the first.
  • Stephen F. Zielski
  • Scott Bennett
    Dear Jessica,
    I think passage 12:4 may have to do with the seals opened by the Lamb in the Book of Revelation beginning w/chapter 6. Within the last two weeks or so, when I was reading Daniel, this came to me. The first four seals opened by the Lamb [unleash] the 4 horses of the Apocalypse; the first seal releases the white horse. The white horse is mentioned again in Rev: 19, v11 (v.14
  • A disciple
    Jessica; "But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end:" if you keep reading carefully the whole thing, you will see the context. Jesus said that, to those who are without, it is not given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven; because they are willfully blind and deaf to God's Spirit, and their hearts they have hardened that they will not believe.
  • Jessica Adams
    In regards to Daniel 12:4, what does "But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end" mean?? Im confused

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