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 Sermon on Daniel 12

Part 2

By Brian Pepper

In the 10th chapter of Revelation there is pictured A mighty angel having in his hand a Little Book open. This is the Book of Daniel, the only Book in the Bible that had a part of it closed. The angel lifts up his hand to heaven and swore that time should be no longer. He is referring to the time prophecies in the Book of Daniel.

Let us notice Daniel 12:5. "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.”

Daniel sees two heavenly beings, two Angels standing on either side of the river.

Verse 6 says, "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?”

Now here is that very important question, "How long?" How long to what? "These wonders". And what might these wonders be?" A modern translation puts it this way, "How long will it be until these amazing events come to an end." Good News Bible.

Attack by the King of the North

These amazing events undoubtedly includes the final attack of the King of the North on God's people during the time of trouble such as there never was.

The final outcome of that attack will be “…yet he shall come to his end, and none shall help him." For Michael delivers them. Yes, deliverance is a key word in this 12th chapter of Daniel.

Now I would like you to notice what it says in verse 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.”

Here is the answer to the question "how long will it be to these amazing events”, a time, times, and an half.

The Man Clothed in Linen

However before we go any further, let's notice "the man in linen standing upon the waters.”

If we go back to the 10th chapter of Daniel, I’d like you to notice verse 5. “Then I lifted up mine eyes, and looked, and behold a certain man clothed in linen, whose loins were girded with fine gold of Uphaz:”

In the next verse it goes on to describe His appearance. His face like lightning, eyes like lamps of fire, voice which sounded like a great multitude.

I noticed that there is a reference in the margin to Revelation 1:13-15. Verse 13 says, “And in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle.”

This makes it very clear that the One clothed in linen is none other than Jesus Christ the great High Priest who is officiating in the Heavenly Sanctuary.

The Son of Man, this was Jesus'’ favorite title for Himself. So no less a personage than the Son of God appeared to Daniel.

In Daniel 12:7 He is described as being clothed in linen, and in Revelation 1:13 He is described as wearing a garment that reaches to the foot suggesting priestly attire.

In verse 7 it also mentions that He raises His right hand and His left hand to heaven and swears an oath before GOD.

Why does He do this? It is in answer to the Angel’s question, "How long will it be to these amazing events?” In other words "How long would the King of the North have the power to destroy God's people? And Jesus Christ answers by saying “...that it shall be for a time, times, and an half” or three and a half prophetic years or 1260 years. This same period is recorded in other parts of Daniel and Revelation. In fact in seven different places, and on each occasion it is applied to the period of papal persecution. Actually there is no other period in history that fits as does 538 AD to 1798 AD.

Now notice the last part of verse 7, “…and… he (the King of the North) shall have accomplished to scatter the power of the holy people, all these things shall be finished.”

Scatter or Breakers

This word "scatter” is an interesting word. It means in the Hebrew to dash to pieces, to break. So here is brought to view, the power of the King of the North  as the breakers of God's people.

And this is an important point for in Daniel 11, when Rome is first introduced into prophecy, she is called “the breakers of God's people.”

Chapter 11:14 says, “And in those times there shall many stand up against the king of the south: also the robbers of thy people shall exalt themselves to establish the vision; but they shall fall.” 

In the Hebrew "robbers" actually means breakers. And how true! When Pagan Rome first arose she occupied the territory of the King of the North, that is Babylon and Syria. She broke the power of God's people at that time – the Jews, and destroyed Jerusalem.

When Pagan Rome’s place was taken by Papal Rome she broke the power God's people of her day. The prophecy said that for forty two months or 1260 years, God's true Church would be trodden down.

So in answer to the question “when shall all these things be fulfilled?” the Heavenly Being, the Son of God who stood on the river told Daniel that the 1260 Years would bring to an end the Papal persecution, and the breaking of God's people would be finished in 1798.

When the King of the North rises for his final attack on God's people he will fail miserably, for the Scripture says "....yet he shall come to his end, and none shall help him.”

But for God's people there will be deliverance “…and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book."

Standing upon the Waters

It is interesting to notice that in the vision that Daniel was given in this chapter, that Christ is pictured as being "upon the waters of the river".

And one could well ask "what is the significance of His standing upon the waters? 

In the 10th chapter Daniel is standing on the side of the river Hiddekel (Tigris). And verse 5 tells us, “Then I lifted up mine eyes, and looked, and behold a certain man clothed in linen, whose loins were girded with fine gold of Uphaz:”

It does not mention whether Christ was on the side of the river or standing on it but is important to notice that He is connected with the river. Then in Daniel 12:5-7 it mentions on two occasions that He is standing on the river. This indicates that He is in control of the river.

What Does the River Represent?

And what does the river represent?

In the 10th chapter and verse 4 it says that Daniel was by the side of the great river, which is Hiddekel or Tigris, which is a branch and at times a tributary of the Euphrates.

In the Old Testament it defines the territory of the King of the North.

Jeremiah 46:6 latter half says, “…they shall stumble and fall toward the north by the river Euphrates.”

And what does the Euphrates represent in prophecy? In the Book of Revelation we are told that the Euphrates is where Babylon is situated and that (the river) supports Babylon.

Revelation 17:15 says, "And he saith unto me, The waters which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues.” 

So by Jesus standing on the waters clearly indicates that He is in control even though this may not be apparent to His own people.

In Daniel 11:40 we are told that when the King of the North makes his final onslaught against the people of God it is likened to an overwhelming flood. Verse 40 says, "And at the time of the end shall the king of the south push at him: and the king of the north shall come against him like a whirlwind, with chariots, and with horsemen, and with many ships; and he shall enter into the countries, and shall overflow and pass over.”

This vision of Christ standing upon the river is an encouragement to God's people

Also that an Angel is standing on each side of the river clearly indicates that despite the King of the North's determination to destroy God's people Christ is in control.

Daniel Didn't Understand

However Daniel did not understand this. Notice verse 8, "And I heard, but I understood not: then said I, O my Lord, what shall be the end of these things?"

It is easy to understand why Daniel could not comprehend these things. You know even with the advantage we have today in that much of the prophecy has been fulfilled, it still requires earnest study to gain an understanding of these prophecies.

However the mighty angel of Revelation 10 assures us that the Book of Daniel is now open and that it can be understood. And Christ the heavenly Being standing upon the river declares that "time would be no longer" which means that the prophetic time periods of Daniel have met their fulfillment such as the 1260 years which is also called time, times, and an half a time.

Time Periods

But there are two other periods that you do not hear much about these days.

They are mentioned in verses 11 and 12. Let us notice verse 11 firstly, “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.” 

Here we have a period of time mentioned as 1290 days. Then in the next verse it says, “Blessed is he that waiteth, and cometh to the thousand three hundred and five and thirty days.” That is 1335 days.

So you might ask "what are these periods and what do they represent?”

Verse 11 says, "And from the time that the daily sacrifice (supplied word) shall be taken away, and the abomination that maketh desolate set up...”           

As we noticed in our previous studies “the daily” means the continual mediation of Jesus Christ in the Heavenly Sanctuary, and Rome certainly took away the daily by setting up a counterfeit priestly system which the Bible calls the “abomination of desolation”. And when did Rome take away the daily?  It was in 508 A.D. And how did she do it?

Abomination of Desolation

When Pope Simicus was recognized by civil authority as superior to all human councils, because he claimed that he was the Vicar of Christ. Secondly, in 503 A.D. when a Roman Catholic Synod presided over by Pope Simicus adopted the position that the Pope was Judge as God's vicar, and he himself could be judged by no man.

Then in 508 A.D. when Clovis a French leader campaigned for the establishing of the Catholic faith in France which cleared the way for the Papacy to become supreme and to set up the "abomination that maketh desolate" in 508 A.D.

If you add 1290 to 508 it brings you to the year 1798 A.D. the very date that terminates the time, times, and half a time, or the 1260 years of Papal supremacy.

In Daniel 11 is described what the King of the North would do. Verse 31 says, “And arms shall stand on his part, and they shall pollute the sanctuary of strength, and shall take away the daily sacrifice, and they shall place the abomination that maketh desolate.” 

Yes the King of the North would pollute the Sanctuary of the Jews and attack it and finally destroy it and this was fulfilled by Pagan Rome. Then later Papal Rome would "break" or destroy God's people and pollute the sanctuary by its false doctrines and counterfeit priestly ministry until 1798 A.D.

1335 Days

But what about the 1335 days or years that is mentioned in verse 12? "Blessed is he that waiteth, and cometh to the thousand three hundred and five and thirty days.”

Obviously the blessing promised here comes at the end of this time period because something very special is to happen at that time. It also indicates that the 1335 years would end after the 1290 years, and that both of these periods of time have a common starting point.

So let us take 508 AD and add 1335 to that date. It brings up to 1843 which is almost 1844 AD. And what happened at that time?

Why this was when the great prophecy of Revelation 10 met its fulfillment, that the book of Daniel would now be understood. For in the angel’s hand there was a Little Book open. Also that the Truth regarding the heavenly sanctuary was brought to the attention of God’s people. And that Jesus is ministering on behalf of penitent sinners in the courts of heaven.

Hebrews 9:24 says, “For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us:”

So you can see why it says “Blessed is he that waiteth, and cometh to the thousand three hundred and five and thirty days.”

Four Time Periods

In Daniel 12 we have four Time periods brought to our attention; the 1260 years, 1290 years, 1335 years and 2300 years.

The 1260 years and the 1290 years take us to the end of Papal Rome’s political power and her deception of God’s people regarding Christ’s priesthood in the heavenly sanctuary.

Thou Shalt Rest

And now we come to the last verse of this great chapter. Verse 13 says, “But go thou thy way till the end be: for thou shalt rest, and stand in thy lot at the end of the days.” 

Christ or Michael says to Daniel “for thou shalt rest”, and for centuries Daniel has been resting in his tomb. You can go to Iran today, (that is old Persia) and there you will see the ruins of the famous tomb of Daniel. For centuries, that tomb was revered and protected by Royal decree. Daniel was held in such high regard by the peoples of his day and for centuries thereafter that his tomb was kept in excellent order. But today his tomb is just a ruin.

Regardless of this, Daniel rests, for the Scripture says, “for thou shalt rest.”

Daniel Shall Stand in his Lot

It also says, “he shall stand in his lot at the end of the days.”

What days is this referring to? No doubt the 1335 and 2300 days or years, and in what way will he stand in his lot?

However before we deal with that question we ought to notice how the word "lot" is used in Scripture. This word is used over 70 times in the 0ld Testament and it has two applications.

Firstly, when Israel, after leaving Egypt and traveling through the desert reached the edge of the Promised Land, before they took possession of the territory that was allotted to them, they stood in their lots; which indicated that they had received their assignment. They knew what their reward would be.

Secondly, was in the casting of lots on the Day of Atonement to determine the Lord's goat. The Day of Atonement was a Day of Judgment and represented the pre Advent Investigative Judgment. That started back in 1844 and climaxes at the time of the 7 Last Plagues.

So when it says that Daniel will stand in his lot that means that when his name comes up in the Judgment He would be assigned his reward in the Kingdom of Heaven. Now isn’t that wonderful?

Notice what Daniel wrote while under inspiration in chapter 7 verse 18. “But the saints of the most High shall take the kingdom, and possess the kingdom for ever, even for ever and ever.”

God’s people are assigned their reward in the great Judgment which will be coming to a close soon now. What a dramatic moment it will be as the last name is read from the last pane of the Book of Life.

Michael Will Stand Up

It is at this time that Michael will stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people. “…and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book."

Now isn’t that wonderful! Every one of us will receive the reward that Daniel receives. A place in God's eternal kingdom.

Before Jesus left this earth of ours He promise that He would come back again to take us to that place in glory. Doesn’t that make you excited? It certainly does me.

Just to think of heading out into space accompanied by hosts of holy Angels then wending our way to our heavenly home, that place of dazzling splendor more glorious than anyone could ever imagine. I am excited and I am sure that you are too. 0 Lord Jesus please make that day come soon is our earnest prayer. 


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