By Kenneth Allan Clark © Copyright 2009
Published by Victorious Christian Ministries International.
Scripture taken from the New King James Version © Copyright 1979, 1980, 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc Used by permission. All rights reserved.
Daniel is given this prophecy in the 1st year of king Darius. Chapter 11 verses 1 & 2 of this prophecy tell us, after king Darius, there will be three kings in Persia, then a fourth who will stir up all the nations (within his dominion) against the Greeks.
Verses 3 & 4 are telling us about Alexander the Great “a mighty king who shall stand up and rule with great dominion, and do according to his will. And when, he shall stand up, at the height of his power, his kingdom shall be broken, and shall be divided between four of his generals.
Basically territory of these four kingdoms, are today known as Greece, Turkey, Syria and Egypt. As this prophecy continues (up to verse 28) the king of Syria is called the king of the North and the king of Egypt is called the king of the south. After verse 28, the anti-Christ is called the king of the north.
From verse 7 to 24 there are a number of wars between the South and the North, mainly fought over who will control and rule over what used to be the territories of Judah and Israel.
In verse 25 to 26 the king of the North comes against the king of the South with great power overwhelming and destroying the army of the South.
Verse 27 to 28 the two kings make a peace pact, which neither intends to keep. The king of the North has plans to again attack the king of the South, but these plans shall not prosper: for yet the end shall be at the time appointed which it still too come. For now (back then) the king of the North was content to return home, and retain rule over the former lands of Judah and Israel (the holy covenant). And the king of the South needed time to regroup and rearm.
Even to this day, usually the main reason for the Arab nations seeking a peace deal after any conflict is so they can lick their wounds, regroup and rearm ready for the next attack.
Here at the end of verse 28, as we wait for the time appointed, we step into the breach, and over 2,000 years later, we step out of the breach as we step into verse 29, to find we are now at the time appointed and the king of the North shall return and come towards the South.
Daniel 11:29 At the time appointed he shall return, and come toward the south; but it shall not be as the former, or as the latter.
Verse 29 tells us that the king of the North shall attack the king of the South on three separate occasions. It would appear in all three of these attacks the army of the king of the North attacks down the coast of Israel, by passing the mountainous areas of Judah and Jerusalem and then attacking Egypt, before turning back to invade Judah and occupy Jerusalem.
The first attack is the former. This attack is mentioned in verse 25, it has already happened and it now history.
The second attack will be at the time appointed. This attack is mentioned in verses 29 & 30 but unlike during both the former and the latter attack. For this time war ships station at Chitten (Cyrus) put to sea and threaten to cut off the army of the beast in Egypt. The army of the beast turns back, invades Judah and occupies Jerusalem. Once in Jerusalem the forces of the beast shall pollute the sanctuary and take away the daily sacrifice. According to Daniel 9:27 this happens in the middle of the seven-year covenant.
Daniel 11:31 And forces shall rise up on his behalf, and they shall pollute the sanctuary of strength, and shall take away the daily sacrifice, and they shall place the abomination that makes desolate.
Verses 32 to 39 tell us what will happen during the 3½ years of great tribulation, of the great suffering of God’s people in Jerusalem and Judah that follows the placing of the abomination that makes desolate in the sanctuary, and of how the anti-Christ magnify himself above every god, and speak against the God of gods.
Verse 33 also speaks of those from Jerusalem being taken into captivity. Think of this as a re-run of the fall of Jerusalem to the Babylonians in 587 BC, for again many citizens of Jerusalem will be taken away in chains to Babylon.
There are many prophecies in the Old Testament that may look like they have been fulfilled already, but in reality these apparent fulfilments are only a type picture of the final and full fulfilment that will come either during the last 10½ years or after the Second Coming of Jesus Christ.
Verses 40 to 43 tell us, the king of the South first attacks the king of the North but without success, for then the king of the North comes against the king of the South. Having defeated the king of the South, the king of the North then occupies many nations, including (in verse 41) the glorious land (of Jerusalem and Judah).
Think for a moment, back in verses 32 to 39 the citizens of Jerusalem and Judah were suffering 3½ years great tribulation, while under of occupation by the forces of the beast. Yet when we step into verse 40 & 41 the armies of the beast are once again occupying many countries including Jerusalem and Judah. So sometime between verse 39 & verse 40 the forces of the beast must have pulled out of Jerusalem and Judah.
Verses 42 & 43 mention other lands the beast invades at this time.
For the past 3½ year the Children of Judah and the Children of Israel have enjoyed a period of self rule. During those 3½ years the two witnesses (mentioned in Revelation chapter 11) have been prophesying. When they have finished, it is then that the beast will again occupy Jerusalem, make war on the two witnesses, kill them and leave their bodies lying on the street.
Daniel 11:44 But reports out of the east and out of the north shall trouble him: therefore he shall go forth with great fury to slay and utterly destroy many. 45 And he shall plant the tabernacles of his palace between the seas in the glorious holy mountain; yet he shall come to his end, and none shall help him.
In verses 44 & 45, the beast first receives reports of enemy armies coming from the north and the east.
Looking at other end time prophecies, and taking into consideration common military practices, it would appear while a small part of his army remains back Jerusalem to establish a base, the bulk of the beast army rushes north to confront the armies from North and the armies from the East, at a place called Armageddon. There the beast and the armies of the world will be destroyed by the power of God.
Daniel Chapter 12
In Daniel 12:1-3 we are told of the coming deliverance of God’s people that will come at that time. What time? At the time of the destruction of the beast. We are told this deliverance will include all those whose names are written in the book. What book? The book of life. We are also told that this deliverance shall include many who shall be raised from the dead, and there the prophecy ends.
In verse 4, Daniel is then told to shut up the book and seal it to end. Many say if the book of Daniel is closed and sealed, then we cannot understand it. But because Jesus Christ said, “when you shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place, (whoever reads, let him understand).” We therefore know, Jesus has not only opened the writings of Daniel to our understanding, he expects us to understand them.
In verses 5 to 7, Daniel over hears two angels talking and he cannot understand, so in verse 8 he asks for understanding. One of the angel answers;
Daniel 12:9 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.
Daniel is being told to carry on with his life, and that the book will be sealed until the time of end. Many will be purified but the wicked will continue to be wicked. None of the wicked will ever understand; but the time is coming, and I believe it is now, when the wise will understand.
Daniel 12:11 And from the time that the daily sacrifice shall be taken away.
We already know that the Daily sacrifice shall be taken away in the middle of the seven-year covenant.
Daniel 12:11 And from the time that the daily sacrifice shall be taken away, and the abomination that makes desolate is set up, there shall be a thousand two hundred and ninety days. 12 Blessed is he that waits, and comes to the thousand three hundred and five and thirty days.
Blessed is he that waits, and comes to the thousand three hundred and five and thirty days. The beginning of chapter 12 speaks to us of the coming deliverance of God’s people, all whose names are written in the book of life. The deliverance and the resurrection to eternal life, this is the inheritance or the lot the righteous, that is what we are waiting for.
When will we receive this blessing we are waiting for? Answer; at the end of the thousand three hundred and five and thirty days, days that come after the thousand two hundred and ninety days, and the thousand two hundred and ninety days don’t start until the middle of the seven-year covenant.
Daniel 12:13 But go you thy way till the end: for thou shall rest, and stand in thy lot at the end of the days.
This same verse paraphrased.
But go your way until the end of your natural life: For you shall die and your body will be laid to rest. At the end of days you will be raised up from the grave and stand in your inheritance.
So Daniel is told he is going to die and rest in death. Then at the end of days (the end of the thousand three hundred and five and thirty days) he will be raised from the dead.
Given that we have just been told about the coming deliverance of God’s people, all whose names are written in the book of life, including many who will be raise from the dead, we can concluded that Daniel will be amongst those who are resurrect at this time.
In the New Testament the term “end of days” is translated as “last day.” If you have a given number of days from one point in time to another point in time, the starting point is both the first day and the start of days, while the ending point is both the end of days and the last day.
When Lazarus, Jesus Christ friend died, he died under the Old Covenant, not under the new covenant. After Lazarus death, Jesus says to Martha, “Your brother will rise again.” To which Martha answered, “I know my brother will rise again in the resurrection at the last day” (John 11:23-24).
Where did Martha get this idea that the Old Testament saints would be raised from the dead on the last day? Answer; from the writings of Daniel.
When does Jesus Christ say that the New Testament saints will be raised from the dead? The answer according to John 6:38-40 is on the last day.
John 6:38 For I (Jesus) came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me. 39 And this is the Father’s will which has sent me, that of all which he has given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day. 40 And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which sees the Son, and believes on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.
So according to God’s written word, both the Old Testament saints and the New Testament saints, all whose name is written in the book of life and all who have been given to Jesus Christ will be raised from the dead on the last day.
Written by Kenneth Allan Clark and printed and published by
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