Daniel Chapter 12: Great Time of Trouble, Holy Remnant, Abomination of Desolation, End of the World

Jan 5th, 2010 | By | Category: Daniel, Psalm 83 and Gog & Magog, Verse by Verse --Studies led by Br. Frank Shallieu (Click on Book name)

Daniel Chapter 12: Great Time of Trouble, Holy Remnant, Abomination of Desolation, End of the World

Dan. 12:1 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.

“At that time” is the time of Jacob’s Trouble, which will occur at the end of the period known as the Time of the End, beginning in 1799. Michael will “stand up” to stop Jacob’s Trouble and deliver the Holy Remnant. Chapter 12 is a continuation of the prophecy that began in the tenth chapter.

“Michael,” meaning “who as God,” was the Logos. The nominal Church leaders brand as a cult any who say that Michael was Jesus in his prehuman existence. Right away they would know we do not believe in the Trinity. Why are many in the nominal Church so opposed to the thought that Michael was the Logos? What is the problem from their standpoint? This issue has to be addressed—and addressed aggressively. Because they believe that Jesus is God, they adamantly oppose any suggestion that he was an angel. Jude 9 refers to Jesus as “Michael the archangel.”

To refute nominal Church thinking, we will review texts about Michael. Since Michael fought the Adversary, he has to be greater than the Adversary. “Yet Michael the archangel, when contending with the devil he disputed about the body of Moses, durst not bring against him a railing accusation, but said, The Lord rebuke thee” (Jude 9). In Daniel 10:13, Gabriel said, “The prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me one and twenty days: but, lo, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me.” Satan is called the “prince of the power of the air” (Eph. 2:2) and the “god of this world” (2 Cor. 4:4).

Both Satan and Jesus are called “prince.” Here in verse 1, Michael is called “the great prince.” In Daniel 10:13, Michael is called “one of the chief princes.” Lucifer and the Logos (Michael) were both archangels, but the Logos was the superior of the two.

Let us try to prove that Jesus in his prehuman existence was called a prince, for we should not remain silent when this is denied. “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace” (Isa. 9:6). Jesus is the “mighty God” but not the “Almighty God.” “Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times” (Dan. 9:25). The nominal systems cannot deny that Jesus is the Messiah, and here he is called “Prince.” “But I will show thee that which is noted in the scripture of truth: and there is none that holdeth with me in these things, but Michael your prince” (Dan. 10:21). “And with the arms of a flood shall they be overflown from before him, and shall be broken; yea, also the prince of the covenant” (Dan. 11:22).

The argument is that if Jesus is God, how can he be called a “prince”? That would not be true if Jesus were God. To then call him a prince would be incongruous. Therefore, we have a right to say they are separate beings because he is called the Messiah and Messiah the Prince. What is so terrible about saying that Michael (meaning “who as God”), “the great prince which standeth for the children of … [Daniel’s] people” is the Logos? This is the same Michael who withstood the Adversary (called the “prince of Persia”) earlier and who is mentioned in the Book of Jude with regard to the body of Moses. Michael made sure that Moses’ corpse was not raised and used as a symbol of worship—nor the pole with the serpent on it. Satan wanted to bring these items to the fore as relics to be worshipped.

Who do the nominal systems say Michael is? “A great prince,” is all they can reply. In the New Testament, Acts 3:14,15 is helpful: “But ye denied the Holy One and the Just, and desired a murderer to be granted unto you; And killed the Prince of life, whom God hath raised from the dead; whereof we are witnesses.” Therefore, even after his earthly ministry, Jesus was called a “Prince.”

“And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people.” Notice the posture. Previously Michael was sitting, which is a relative position of repose, or rest. At present, Jesus is seated on the right hand of authority, but of course we know that a seated posture normally represents a presence—with one exception. Jesus is seated on a cloud. The sitting can be judgmental in the sense that we are all to be brought before the judgment seat of Christ. All down the Gospel Age, Jesus, as the High Priest, has been observing Christians as to whether they qualify to be members of the Little Flock. Those who were found worthy slept in the tomb, awaiting awakening, but judgment had already been passed on them. God was involved in the judgment. In 1878, the sleeping saints, those who made the Little Flock, were raised. Additional saints were raised subsequently as they died. Finally the feet members have to be taken to complete the Little Flock. Next the Great Company have to all die and be raised so that the Ransom will no longer be mortgaged and the merit can be applied for the world. Jesus “is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world” (1 John 2:2).

Michael will rise from a sitting position to “stand up.” Simultaneous with his standing up will be a “time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time.” (Daniel 12:1 is not saying there will be no trouble before Jesus stands up, for all kinds of trouble have occurred and are occurring, especially here at the end of the age. However, the great Time of Trouble is yet future.) Why will Jesus stand up? The purpose is to deliver the Holy Remnant, to judge Gog, to still the antitypical waves, etc. He will stand up at the zenith of the trouble.

Let us consider the statement “there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation.” What are the worst times of trouble we can think of to date? The following all come to mind: the Flood in Noah’s day, the lust and violence caused by the fallen angels prior to the Flood and their intermarriage with human females, the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, Israel’s trouble in AD 69-70, and the French Revolution. And yet this future trouble will be WORSE.

The Great Company will die as a class in the future trouble. As stated in 1 Corinthians 5:5, they will be delivered “unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.” As a class, they will incur a judgment during which their lives will be terminated abruptly. When the fallen angels materialize en masse just prior to Jacob’s Trouble, their first object will be to put the Great Company class to death. The fallen angels will know which Spirit-begotten ones are left after the Little Flock is gone, and they will go after these consecrated ones first. The next enemy will be Israel, the nominal natural people of God. The fallen angels have been given time for repentance. Therefore, those who manifest their true disposition by materializing and doing such evil work will be cut off in Second Death. Then Israel (the Holy Remnant) will be delivered from their natural enemies. Among other things, a spirit of confusion will come on Gog, the enemy host.

The phrase “the children of thy people” refers to the children of Daniel’s people, i.e., to natural Israel. Many brethren believe Jesus “stood up” and began his reign in 1878 with the act of raising the sleeping saints. They say he came as a King with a sharp sickle in his hand and a golden crown on his head and started to exercise his authority at that date. The eleventh chapter of Daniel brings us up to the date 1799, which is the beginning of the Time of the End.

But we must remember that Daniel 12 also shows dates—the 1,290 days and the 1,335 days— which are an extension. Verses 1-4 are a conclusion, and then verses 5-12 are an addendum. ”At that time thy people [the Holy Remnant] shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book.” Isaiah 4:2-4 not only speaks of this same time and event, but confirms the thought of the names of the survivors being recorded in advance. “In that day shall the branch of the LORD be beautiful and glorious, and the fruit of the earth shall be excellent and comely for them that are escaped of Israel. And it shall come to pass, that he that is left in Zion, and he that remaineth in Jerusalem, shall be called holy, even every one that is written among the living in Jerusalem: When the Lord shall have washed away the filth of the daughters of Zion, and shall have purged the blood of Jerusalem from the midst thereof by the spirit of judgment, and by the spirit of burning.” Thus one of the purposes of Michael’s standing up is to deliver Jacob.

Subsequent verses tell what will happen as a result of the events in verse 1. For instance, “many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake.”

Other corresponding scriptures to “standing up for thy people”

In that day shall the LORD defend the inhabitants of Jerusalem; and he that is feeble among them at that day shall be as David; and the house of David shall be as God, as the angel of the LORD before them. And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem.  Zec 12:8-9

Then shall the LORD go forth, and fight against those nations, as when he fought in the day of battle.  Zec 14:3

Therefore wait ye upon me, saith the LORD, until the day that I rise up to the prey: for my determination is to gather the nations, that I may assemble the kingdoms, to pour upon them mine indignation, even all my fierce anger: for all the earth shall be devoured with the fire of my jealousy. Zep 3:8

Dan. 12:2 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.

The Ancient Worthies are among those who “sleep in the dust of the earth” and will awake. They will come forth from the tomb first (at “midnight”—Psa. 119:62), and the rest of mankind will follow in successive waves after the Kingdom is established. After Jacob’s Trouble, the Kingdom will be inaugurated. The deliverance of natural Israel will be followed by a period of time in which mankind are awakened from death. However, the current generation will be dealt with first, before the general resurrection begins. They will have to be organized under the Kingdom authority and bow the knee and be educated that Christ is indeed reigning. Then the principle of “the last shall be first, and the first last” will operate in regard to the general resurrection.

The Ancient Worthies will come forth to “everlasting [age-lasting] life.” In Acts 24:15, the Apostle Paul spoke of the “resurrection of the dead, both of the just and unjust,” which is another way of saying “some [will come forth] to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting [age-lasting] contempt.”

Dan. 12:3 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.

“They that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament [the sun]” refers to the Little Flock. Matthew 13:43, part of the Parable of the Wheat and the Tares, confirms the thought that the Little Flock will shine as the sun: “Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father.”

“They that turn many to righteousness [will shine] as the stars for ever and ever” refers to the Ancient Worthies. Their work during the Kingdom Age will be to “turn many to righteousness.” As the agents through which Kingdom power is exercised, they will be the mouthpieces of the reigning invisible Church.

When we look up at the heavens at night, we see the stars, but those stars shine in the daytime too, even though we cannot not see them. The sunlight blocks our view.

Comment: The term “stand up” is used several times in the Book of Daniel referring to the exercise of power.

Comment: In a movie scene years ago, a king and queen were sitting on elevated thrones. The court below them was filled with hundreds of people. All were talking and going about their own business until the king stood up. Immediate silence followed, and everyone stood at attention.

Reply: Yes, the Lord God will arise and “shake terribly the earth” (Isa. 2:19,21). From the moment Messiah stands up for natural Israel, a lot of things will begin to transpire. And then, following a period of dumbfounded silence, a great change will begin.

Dan. 12:4 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.

Verses 1-3 are one picture, a continuous flow. In verse 4, Gabriel interrupted, speaking only to Daniel. Then verse 5 marks the start of a scene change. Hence there is no contradiction to say that the running to and fro and the increase of knowledge happen prior to Jesus’ standing up.

Comment: The running to and fro and the increase of knowledge are merely describing the Time of the End, which began in 1799.

Reply: Yes. The continuous flow is verses 1-3. Then comes an interruption, so verse 4 should not be mixed in with the first three verses, as many have been doing. Knowledge has been increasing since 1799, for very shortly after that date, the Bible societies began to flourish. The light of the Bible rubbed off on the world. When the Bible was put in the hands of the people, it had an effect even on the unconsecrated.

Comment: According to the Berean Manual, because Sir Isaac Newton concluded from Daniel 12:4 that sometime in the future, men would travel 50 miles an hour, Voltaire referred to him as a “poor old dotard.”

Reply: And Voltaire was a very brilliant person.

Comment: Revelation 12:15,16 is tied in with the increase of knowledge: “The serpent cast out of his mouth water as a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away of the flood. And the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed up the flood.”

Reply: Yes, out of the mouth of the dragon came forth water to overwhelm the woman in regard to the French Revolution, but that was a different type of knowledge. The Bible did not come out of Satan’s mouth. The Bible was the true water, the rain that came after the 1,260 days in the Elijah picture. Water along political lines came out of the mouth of the Adversary, who thought it would cause “anarchy” with everyone being a radical in society, but the Bible had a stabilizing influence that curbed Satan’s water. Thus there were two kinds of water: one Biblical and one not.

Satan did not want the nominal Church. He used it only because it was expedient to do so way back in the days of Constantine. And he was successful with the policy “If you can’t fight city hall, join it.” Thus Satan joined the nominal Church as an angel of light. But he does not want a Christian kingdom—he wants his own kingdom. For instance, he uses Mariolatry as a lever to introduce new thoughts, and incidentally, Catholics are waiting for her to give a message. The emphasis on Mary is like a rattle that diverts attention away from the Bible. To those who love the Bible, such things are not an attraction but a distraction—just the opposite.

Thus Daniel was told to “shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: [for] many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.” How much has happened since 1799! What a change has taken place!

Dan. 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.

Dan. 12:6 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?

In antitype, the “river” was the French Revolution. One proof is Revelation 10:2, “And he [Jesus] set his right foot upon the sea, and his left foot on the earth.” This verse is telling us that Jesus exercised authority, miraculous power, to keep the French Revolution from getting out of hand. Another proof is Revelation 12:15,16, “And the serpent cast out of his mouth water as a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away of the flood. And the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed up the flood which the dragon cast out of his mouth.” The time period of Satan’s casting a flood of water out of his mouth was also the French Revolution.

Comment: The Diaglott has “river” instead of “flood” in Revelation 12:15,16.

In the vision here in Daniel, the personage standing “upon the waters of the river” was the Logos. To call him “the man clothed in linen” is a low-key description. (Another example of a low-key description is Daniel 7:9, which pictures Jehovah in symbol as the “Ancient of days.”) Since standing on the waters was a supernatural posture, we know immediately that the individual was very unusual.

Four principal characters are in the vision: Daniel, one on one side of the river, one on the other side of the river, and one on top of the river. The two individuals, one on each side of the river, represent the saints both before and after the French Revolution. On one bank were the saints looking forward to the French Revolution, and on the other bank were the saints looking back at the French Revolution. The consecrated who were living at the time of the French Revolution (from 1789 to 1799) thought it was the great Time of Trouble, and those who lived after the French Revolution (around 1801 to 1802) were confused and puzzled. They did not know how to coordinate the event with prophecy. When the end evidently had not come because they were still on the scene, they wondered what was happening.

In examining this subject, the Pastor properly equated the French Revolution to a mini earthquake that was a precursor of the real Time of Trouble. In 1 Kings 18:44, the French Revolution is pictured as a cloud that appeared like a man’s fist. Elijah saw this phenomenon after the 1,260 days of famine. “And it came to pass … that he said, Behold, there ariseth a little cloud out of the sea, like a man’s hand.” A great rainstorm followed.

Comment: There are several Scriptural precedents for two individuals being on either side of an event or time period. (1) On the Mount of Transfiguration, Jesus was in the middle between Elijah (picturing the Little Flock) and Moses (picturing the Ancient Worthies). (2) Two Ancient Worthies have been preserved in the Garden of Eden: Enoch lived before the Flood (he came from the world that was), and Elijah lived after the Flood (coming from the present evil world).

(3) With their Tabernacle sacrifices, the Israelites (unknowingly) looked forward to Christ, and in the Kingdom with the Third Temple, Israel and the world will look back to Christ.

Reply: Yes, the same principle is shown. In the vision on the Mount of Transfiguration, Elijah and Moses, the two on either side of Jesus, the one in the middle, were speaking about Jesus’ death. Only a fragment of that conversation is recorded.

Dan. 12:7 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.

One of the two individuals inquired of the man clothed in linen, “How long shall it be to the end of these wonders?” The answer was “a time, times, and an half,” or 3 1/2 times. In other words, 1 time + 2 times + 1/2 time = 3 1/2 times. And 3 1/2 x 360 (the number of days in a lunar year) = 1,260 prophetic days, which are translated into 1,260 years, the period of Papacy’s rule from AD 539 to 1799.

“When he shall have accomplished to scatter the power of the holy people, all these things shall be finished.” Revelation 10:5,6 refers to the same time period, the end of the 1,260 days/years: “And the angel which I saw stand upon the sea and upon the earth lifted up his hand to heaven, And sware by him that liveth for ever and ever, who created heaven, and the things that therein are, and the earth, and the things that therein are, and the sea, and the things which are therein, that there should be time no longer.” These verses were a puzzle to the saints living back there. Jesus was saying, “Enough! Stop! This is the end of the long persecuting power over the holy people.” The saints living after the French Revolution saw that this verse was past tense and correctly related it to their day.

What the Pastor explained, in effect, is that at the time of the French Revolution—that is, at the end of the 1,260 days (years)—the back of Papacy was broken. The thought is that when “the power over the holy people” was scattered, “all these things” would be finished. As prophesied in Daniel 11, Napoleon was a chief character involved in that work. Never again in the future would Papacy have such an oppressive rule of enduring suffocation. However, there will be a future “hour” of power, as shown by other Scriptures.

Dan. 12:8 And I heard, but I understood not: then said I, O my Lord, what shall be the end of these things?

Dan. 12:9 And he said, Go thy way, Daniel: for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end.

From Daniel’s standpoint, the 3 1/2 times were a LONG period of time. In fact, the time period was overwhelming to him, for he knew it indicated years, not days. He “heard” but “understood not.” Then he pursued the matter: “O my Lord, what shall be the end of these things?” He was crying for more information, for more details. The answer he was given was not really satisfactory, but he was told, “That is all you will know, so you might as well be resigned to the fact. In due time, you will get your reward.” But what was puzzling was that the vision continued on, and other things happened.

The beloved prophet was told, “Go thy way, Daniel: for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end.” Although the vision was sealed in Daniel’s day, there would come a time in history when it would be unsealed—when it would be revealed. In other words, the vision was not to be sealed forever. The Harvest period, in which we are living, is the time of revealment.

Comment: In verse 4, Daniel was told to “shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end.” Now in our day, pertaining to the end of the Gospel Age, the message is to “seal not the sayings of the prophecy of this book: for the time is at hand” (Rev. 22:10).

Q: Is the question in verse 6 (“How long shall it be to the end of these wonders?”) the same as the question in verse 8 (“What shall be the end of these things?”)?

A: In both cases, Daniel was seeking further information. His whole experience in receiving the strange series of visions and explanations was supernatural. In fact, it was really all one vision, beginning in Chapter 10. The information was mind-boggling to him, but he was seeking still more information in the hope that something would click and the information would become meaningful. Daniel was concerned about his people, Israel. (Remember, he was in captivity in Babylon, and these visions took place shortly before his death.) He was given the assurance that at the appropriate time, Michael would stand up for Israel, and the restoration of Israel would take place. There would also be “a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation.” Many would run to and fro, and knowledge would be increased. But Daniel desired more information.

Think of the length of the vision Daniel received, from Chapter 10 on, and especially the long eleventh chapter. For Daniel, the experience was overwhelming—just one thing after another, with specific details about the king of the north, the king of the south, etc. With those details, he wanted understanding to satisfy his longings, but he was told the book was sealed. Just like Moses, who was given great quantities of instruction, Daniel received much information—and both remembered the details and wrote them down. How startling! Even though the information was mind-boggling, Daniel remembered because he was so developed intellectually with his endowed capabilities. Thus he was remarkable in that not only was he wise, but also he had great memory retention and was thus able to record exactly what had happened. Of course the Holy Spirit helped his memory too.

If we quote Revelation 10:2 in its entirety, we find that the angel (Jesus) had a little book in his hand: “And he had in his hand a little book open: and he set his right foot upon the sea, and his left foot on the earth.” The “little book” was like a mini plan of the ages, which eventually worked out to be the Harvest message. However, time was needed for the revealing. First, the Bible had to be published internationally. And in the 1800s, Bibles were made available in English, French, German, etc. A groundwork was laid when the Word of God was put in the possession of the people. Toward the end of the century, along came a faithful and wise messenger who explained the plan of God in brief. (We say “in brief” because the Bible is much bigger than the First Volume.) In humility, the Pastor gave credit to William Miller and the 1829 date. The point is that the “little book” was being disclosed in the Time of the End. Stated another way, in the Time of the End, the little book was being unsealed. From Daniel’s standpoint (he was on the far side of the French Revolution, approximately 500 BC), the book was sealed, for he was not given any more information. But from our standpoint (we are on this side of the French Revolution), the book is being unsealed.

Dan. 12:10 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.

This period of time covers from 1846, when the Evangelical Alliance was formed to establish orthodoxy, through the end of the age, a date yet future. The Evangelical Alliance was a testing period, for those not identified with it were considered a cult. Daniel 12 indicates several time periods, 1846 being one, and then definite mathematical dates in verses 7, 11, and 12. Thus the purification process began in 1846 and keeps progressing; it will get down to individuals more and more.

“But the wise shall understand.” In other words, the time periods are important. The correct understanding of the 1,260, the 1,290, and the 1,335 days is almost essential for one to be in the “wise” class. To have this understanding does not mean one is of the Little Flock, however, but it does mean the individual is enlightened. The implication is that conditions will get worse, and this is needed information.

Notice, “none of the wicked shall understand.” Why not? Because they do not attach significance to the understanding. The Apostle Paul said that the natural mind cannot perceive the things of the spirit (1 Cor. 2:14). Thus from 1846 on is a crucial time, for we are getting nearer and nearer to the end of the age when conditions are like Sodom and Gomorrah.

Are “the wise” in this verse the Little Flock only, or does the term embrace all of the truly consecrated with Harvest truth? Here “the wise” include all of the truly consecrated. However, the Parable of the Wise and Foolish Virgins in Matthew 25 is another matter.

Q: Can we insert the word “progressively”? “The wise shall [progressively] understand.” We should continue to expect the unfolding of details of truth right down to the end of the age.

A: That is right. Eventually the wise class will narrow down. The Scriptures show that there is an enlightening period, but at the end of the age, the Adversary will deceive all but the Very Elect (the Little Flock). Thus the unfolding of truth is progressive, and then it narrows down to the wise of the wise class, as it were.

A person can be enlightened and then subsequently go into darkness, but not necessarily utter darkness, or perdition, as spoken of by the Apostle Jude. The point is that there are different degrees of darkness. Brethren can be instructed—they can understand the instruction—and then not follow it. Thus the word “wise” has two different senses.

“Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried.” This portion of verse 10 also has a broader application to the truly consecrated. Actually it even includes the Great Company when they wash their robes in the tribulation. Thus there are different degrees of wisdom. The Parable of the Wise and Foolish Virgins is very pointed—it talks about the wise of the wise class.

We should not forget that the foolish virgins are still of the “wise class,” for they have knowledge of spiritual things and are far above mankind. The purification process goes on.

One class ends up as the Little Flock; the other ends up as the Great Company.

Comment: The Masoretic reads, “Many shall purify themselves, and make themselves white.”

This wording is a reminder of Revelation 7:14, which speaks of those who come out of the great tribulation, having “washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.”

Comment: If the wicked did understand these prophecies, they could do a lot of damage to the plan of God.

Reply: That principle is shown in Matthew 24:43, “But know this, that if the good-man of the house [Satan] had known in what watch the thief [Jesus] would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up.” In other words, if Satan knew in advance the hour when Jesus would enter his domain, he would converge all of his forces at that time. That Scripture is usually given an 1874 application, but that date does not answer the details. The text is discussing the entering of Satan’s “house,” his personal headquarters in earth’s atmosphere. The time when Jesus will invade Satan’s house and bind him is an unknown future (“X”) date. In other words, Satan will be caught off guard. The point is not that Jesus could not

handle Satan, but there is an economy of no waste of undue time or effort in accomplishing God’s purpose. The binding of Satan will be done in God’s way at the proper time with a minimum of effort.

Dan. 12:11 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.

“From the time that the daily sacrifice shall be taken away, and the abomination that maketh desolate set up” would be a time period of 1,290 days (years). The “abomination that maketh desolate” actually began before Justinian’s day. That doctrine started in the 300s, but it was “set up” by Emperor Justinian when he gave Papacy its power as the man of sin in AD 539. Two things happened: (1) The daily merit of Christ’s sacrifice was taken away by the substitution of the doctrine of the Mass. (2) Papacy was established as a contending power. The little man-child was caught up to “heaven” and became the false Michael (Rev. 12:5,7-10). A war in heaven ensued, and the dragon was cast out. In effect, Justinian opened the door to Papacy by recognizing the pope as the head of the Christian Church, even though the Eastern Orthodox Church was right in Constantinople. Justinian probably thought that by throwing out this bone, he would be unifying the eastern and western divisions of the empire, Constantinople and Rome being the respective headquarters. But instead Papacy was strengthened so that it became its own entity. The tables were turned. No longer was Papacy the servant of the government; instead the government became the servant of Papacy. Thus AD 539 was a very critical period of time, for the starting point of the 1,260 days, the 1,290 days, and the 1,335 days is all that same year. From that point, we add the prophetic time periods.

539 + 1,260 = the year 1799

539 + 1,290 = the year 1829

539 + 1,335 = the year 1874

In 1829, the Millerite movement began. William Miller, who had an interesting ministry, understood the 1,260 and the 1,290 days, but he expected the Lord to return visibly from 1844 to 1846.

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

The 1,335 days mark the beginning of the parousia, our Lord’s secret presence, the return of our Lord to earth’s atmosphere in 1874.

Dan. 12:13 But go thou thy way till the end be: for thou shalt rest, and stand in thy lot at the end of the days.

The twelfth chapter of Daniel is saying that there are four end periods: 1,260, 1,290, 1,335, and “X,” the unknown date yet future. One of the many things that will happen at that unknown date is the resurrection of the Ancient Worthies. Daniel will stand in his lot then, “at the end of the days.” In other words, the Ancient Worthies will come forth not like mankind, with the last being first and the first last, but right away as a group at the midnight hour of Jacob’s Trouble.

Daniel was told he would “rest” for a long period of time, and then “stand in … [his] lot at the end of the days.” He was told in effect, “This information is being given to you, even though you do not understand it.” And Daniel recorded the information, realizing it would benefit others, not himself. The suggestion was that when the 1,335 days came, it would be a wonderful time, for it would mark the real beginning of the unsealing process. As time went on, “the words,” “the book” (that is, present truth), would be unsealed more and more (Dan. 12:4,9). In the beginning of the parousia, the key to present truth was given to start to unlock the mystery (or mysteries) due to be understood at the end of the age.


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