Great Times of Trouble
Verse 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.
The second half of the seven-year period of tribulation is going to be a horrific time for all man-kind. However, all those whose names are written in the Book of Life will be delivered. God knows every name; He knows every person who will be saved, beforehand. (Revelation 13:8; 17:8, says all those whose names are not written in the Book of Life, will marvel at the beast.) Revelation 20:5 – and anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.
Verse 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.
This particular resurrection not only refers to those saved during the tribulation period and kept their faith, but the ones who “Pierced Him,” these are the ones that are raised in shame and contempt (Revelation 1:7 and 14:13). The first resurrection is the one found in 1 Thessalonians 4:16, 17. For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. (verse 17) Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord.
The second death for all those who have died and are not found in the Book of Life, are resurrected after the thousand-year reign and stand before God at the Great White Throne Judgment (Revelation 20:11-15).
Verse 3 – Those who are wise will shine like the brightness of the firmament, and those who turn many to righteousness like the stars forever and ever.
Those who are wise – those who teach the Gospel about Christ and live their lives as examples who follow Christ.
Verse 4 – “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.”
In Hebrew, to “close up the words” and seal the book, is a reference to preservation until the end times. This was necessary because in the end times many will run to and fro seeking answers that will be found in the Book of Daniel. Knowledge will increase as these events begin to unfold. Understanding will come in like a flood when all these predictions begin to happen.
Verse 5 – Then I, Daniel, looked; and there stood two others, one on this riverbank and the other on that riverbank.
Verse 6 – 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?”
Verse 7 – 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.
Daniel saw two others – Two was the minimum number of a witness necessary for an oath (Deuteronomy 19:15). One of the men answered that the time of the great tribulation (the second half of Daniel’s seventh week), would be for a time, times, and a half time, or three and one-half years. By the end of the great tribulation, the power of the holy people, Israel, will be shattered, causing them to turn in faith to their long-rejected Messiah, Jesus, ( Zechariah 12:10). At that time, Jesus will return and deliver them and all these things will be complete (Zachariah 14:1-21).
Verse 8 – Although I heard, I did not understand. Then I said, “My lord, what shall be the end of these things?”
Verse 9 – And he said, “Go your way Daniel, for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end.
Verse 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.
1 Corinthians 2:14 – But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.
If you are not born-again, blood-bought, you don’t have “God’s Spirit” living on the inside of you, therefore the things of God seem foolish to you because you lack truth and understanding. This all makes perfect sense to the righteous.
Verse 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.
This verse can be very confusing because there hasn’t been daily sacrifices in a temple in Israel for centuries. However, there has to be a third temple built, so when it is, they could possible start sacrificing again but the Antichrist will set up an image of himself to be worshiped.
Verse 12 – “Blessed is he who waits, and come to the one thousand three hundred and thirty-five days.
The great tribulation, three and one-half years, is only 1,260 days (Revelation 12:6; 13:5). The 1,290 days, may include the time for judging the nations (Matthew 25:31-46).
Verse 13 – “But you, go away till the end; for you shall rest, and will arise to your inheritance at the end of the days.”
Daniel was reassured that he would be laid to rest for a while, but would live again to a great reward, and so shall all those who are in Christ!