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Daniel Chapter Twelve

1a. Genesis 6:3 God cannot always work with man

And the LORD said, My Spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years.

Jesus is here speaking of the years before the Flood while Noah's ark was being built. He is referring to the period of time which it took for that population to totally refuse to repent of their evil ways and return to God's way. It is often called "the time of probation" by Bible writers. It has two different meanings.

A. It usually denotes the period of time in which Jesus pleads with us to be reborn as Christians - normally from birth to death. However, one who enters into a permanent agreement with Satan (the unpardonable sin) is said to have "closed their probation" before their death. This sin consists in refusing to listen to the only Voice that God can use to bring us to our senses.

Matthew 12:31 The unforgivable sin

Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost, shall not be forgiven unto men.

By rejecting the light that was shining upon them, by refusing to examine the evidence to see whether the messages were from heaven, the Pharisees sinned against the Holy Ghost for He is our Instructor.

Christ, the world's Redeemer, was physically in the world pleading with His creation, but we are told:-

John 1:3-11

"All things were made by Him; and without Him was not anything made that was made. In Him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not. . . . He was in the world, and the world was made by Him, and the world knew Him not. He came to His own, and His own received him not."

The voice of His Spirit came to them, saying, "This is the Son of God; believe on him." [See John 6:29]. But turning their faces from the light, they refused to listen, choosing, instead, to cultivate their unbelief. Thus the light which, if received, would have been to them a savour of life unto life, rejected, became a savour of death unto death, - death to their spirituality.

In doing this the Pharisees were self-deceived. They rejected the teaching of Christ because He exposed the evil of their hearts and reproved their sins. They would not come to the light, fearing that their deeds would be reproved. They chose darkness rather than light.

John 3:19

"This is the condemnation," said Christ, "that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil."

John 15:22-24

"If I had not come and spoken to them, they had not had sin: but now they have no cloak for their sin. He that hates Me hates My Father also. If I had not done among them the works which no other man did, they had not had sin: but now have they both seen and hated both Me and my Father."

And at the destruction of Jerusalem in 70AD the Pharisees reaped their harvest.

B. It also can mean the period of time that all the world’s systems or groups have before they cut themselves off from God's mercy – this lasts from Adam's sin to just before the seven last plagues. But like individuals, many systems reject God's ways before this. As an example, Jesus said of the Jewish system of worship:-

Matthew 23:38-39

Behold, your house [temple] is left to you desolate. For I say to you, You shall not see Me henceforth [after this], till you shall say, Blessed is He that comes in the name of the Lord.

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1. Jude 1:9 Michael = He who is like God - the Resurrecter

Yet Michael the archangel [Christ as the head of the angels], when contending with the devil [when] he disputed about the body of Moses [at his resurrection a few days after his death], dare not bring against him a railing accusation [disapproving, condemnatory, raised voice against], but [simply] said, The Lord rebuke you. [God will deal with you].

"stand up" = Christ ceases His work as the High Priest in the second apartment and prepares to lay the sins on the scapegoat from the doorway of the first apartment. All who want to be saved have confessed ALL their sins and stopped sinning. Now He can remove the sins from Himself back to where sin originated. During this time the seven last plagues will be falling on the earth because God can no longer protect even a little bit those who refuse to be saved.

Revelation 15:8 - 16:1

And the temple [in heaven] was filled with smoke from the glory of God, and from His power; and no man was able to enter into the temple [to confess any more sins], till the seven plagues of the seven angels were fulfilled. And I heard a great voice out of the temple saying to the seven angels, Go your ways, and pour out the vials of the wrath of God upon the earth.

As we have seen nations have existed since the Flood and that they came into existence under Nimrod, the great rebel. In all the world’s history there has never been a time like the one that is coming.

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2. Philippians 4:3 There is a book of life and also one of death

And I entreat you also, true yokefellow, help those women which laboured with me in the gospel, with Clement also, and with other my fellow labourers, whose names are in the book of life.

Revelation 3:5-6 Overcoming is the standard of the book of life

He that overcomes, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before My Father, and before His angels. He that has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.

Exodus 32:31-33 No one can die for another's sins

And Moses returned to the LORD, and said, Oh, this people have sinned a great sin, and have made them gods of gold. Yet now, if You will forgive their sin [please do]; and if not, blot me, I pray you, out of Your book which You have written. And the LORD said to Moses, Whoever has sinned against Me, him will I blot out of My book.

Jeremiah 8:3 This is the individual's choice!

And death shall be chosen rather than life by all the residue of them that remain of this evil family, which remain in all the places whither I have driven them, saith the LORD of hosts.

John 5:24 Names can be moved from one book to another - in both directions

Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that hears My word, and believes on Him that sent Me, has everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.

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3. John 5:28-29 Two different fates from one resurrection

[Jesus said] Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear His voice, and shall come forth; they that have done good, to the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, to the resurrection of damnation.

Gabriel said "many", but not all, are resurrected to two very different fates. He was speaking of a "special" resurrection before the general one at Jesus’ coming. Why?

Mark 14:61-62 Jesus promised some a view of the second coming

But He [Jesus] held His peace, and answered nothing. Again the high priest asked Him, and said to Him, Are you the Christ, the Son of the Blessed?

And Jesus said, I am: and you [Caiaphas] shall see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven.

Revelation 1:7 This return is to be a very public and slow ceremony

Behold, He comes with clouds; and every eye [in the world] shall see Him [as the earth rotates], and they also which pierced Him [Caiaphas and the others who were at His crucifixion shall be there]: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of Him. Even so, Amen.

Matthew 27:50-53 There was a "special" resurrection at His resurrection

Jesus, when He had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost [at 3pm on Friday]. And, behold, the veil of the temple [between the two rooms] was rent in two from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent; and the graves were opened [by the earthquake]; and many bodies of the saints which slept [in those graves] arose, and came out of the graves after His resurrection [on Sunday], and went into the holy city, and appeared to many [until His ascension 40 days later].

Ephesians 4:8 Jesus took them with Him to heaven

Wherefore He says, When He ascended up on high, He led captivity captive [or, a multitude of captives, margin], and gave gifts to men.

Isaiah 26:19 This had been prophesied beforehand

Your dead men shall live, together with My dead body shall they arise. Awake and sing, you that dwell in dust: for your dew is as the dew of herbs, and the earth shall cast out the dead.

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4. Luke 21:31-35 We have been warned – but will we listen?

So likewise you, when you see these things come to pass, know you that the kingdom of God is near at hand. Verily I say to you, This generation [who sees these things] shall not pass away, till all be fulfilled. Heaven and earth shall pass away: but My words shall not pass away. And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting [over indulging], and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares. For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth.

"They that be wise", the last generation, will be teaching very clearly about the events which will lead up to the religious law and its effect on the world, and will help many to make up their minds regarding this.

However, there is a problem. As the Jews were confused over His first advent and thought He was going to be the King who would drive out the Romans and give His peace all over the earth, so many people of today are looking for His second advent to do something similar. The Jews made their mistake because they did not fully distinguish between the two lines of prophecy regarding His advents. They often applied a verse to His first advent which really belonged to the second, and vice versa. The lamb to be slaughtered was quite different from the King of kings yet they could not see it clearly.

Let us look at two Scriptures.

1 Thessalonians 5:2-6 A thief comes quietly

For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night. For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction comes upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.

But you, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief. You are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness. Therefore let us not sleep [or be lukewarm], as do others; but let us watch and be sober [serious].

Revelation 1:7 This"coming" is very public and noisy

Behold, He comes with clouds [of angels]; and every eye shall see Him, and they also which pierced Him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of Him. Even so, Amen.

Here are two separate occasions called the coming of the LORD. One is like that of a thief, sudden, unexpected, and unnoticed for a while. The other coming is described as being very public and slow, when every eye in the world shall see Him!

The way to reconcile these two apparently conflicting events is to realise that they refer to two different times. The DAY of the LORD [a period of time] commenced when He came as quietly as a thief to His temple in 1844 – not many are aware of the event even now. The other is the one most professed Christians look forward to – His personal coming to the earth at the second advent. Confusion over the two is the cause of many mixed up ideas as to what is actually going to happen at the end.

The quiet coming was not intentional. He wants His people to know where He is and what He is doing as we have seen so far, but most professed Christians are either too busy with other matters or have rejected the information as shown below.

Luke 14:16-21 The excuses

Then said He to him, A certain man made a great supper, and bade many: and sent his servant at supper time to say to them that were bidden, Come; for all things are now ready.

And they all with one consent began to make excuse. The first said unto him, I have bought a piece of ground, and I must needs go and see it: I pray you have me excused.

And another said, I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I go to prove them: I pray you have me excused.

And another said, I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come.

So that servant came, and showed his lord these things. Then the master of the house being angry said to his servant, Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in here the poor, and the maimed, and the halt [lame], and the blind.

Isaiah 26:20-21 We are to hide in Him during the last plagues

Come, My people, enter you into your chambers, and shut your doors about you: hide yourself as it were for a little moment, until the indignation be overpast. For, behold, the LORD comes out of His place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity: the earth also shall disclose her blood, and shall no more cover her slain.

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5. Amos 8:11-12 There will come a time when the Bible truth will not be available

Behold, the days come, says the Lord GOD, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD: and they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east, they shall run to and fro to seek the word of the LORD, and shall not find it.

All prophecy is conditional on human behaviour and God knew that His people would allow the apostasy to develop and prosper for a long time. From Daniel’s time in 543BC right through to 1798AD, despite Jesus publicly speaking about it, the 2,300 day/year prophecy of the book of Daniel remained uncomprehended by most of God's people. However, after the "time of the end" began, God was able to get through to His people and many have since "run to and fro" in the Bible and found out a connected stream of prophecies laying out all the events which must happen before the second coming.

However, the prophecy of "famine" has also another application. During the time after the close of probation for the world, and during the falling of the last plagues, may will again run to and fro pleading for the truth, but their time will have passed them by, for God can only teach those who really want to know so that they can change their behaviour. Like Esau, who cried when he felt the pain of his rebellion (Hebrews 12:17), they will seek for repentance, but God will not have any other way of reaching them. The story of Jesus and the understanding of the prophecies is all He has. When faith in that is lost then there is nothing He can do! If the result was removed or delayed then the "Esaus" of that time would continue in the same behaviour even though they will die of it later.

Matthew 23:37-39 Probation (the time of opportunity) closes when God can do no more

O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you that kill the prophets, and stone them which are sent to you, how often would I have gathered your children together, even as a hen gathers her chickens under her wings, and you would not [let Me]! Behold, your house is left unto you desolate. For I say to you, You shall not see Me henceforth, till you shall say, Blessed is He that comes in the name of the Lord.

Hebrews 12:16-17 God NEVER rejects us - we do it to ourselves

[Beware] lest there be any fornicator, or profane person, as Esau, who for one morsel of meat sold his birthright. For you know how that afterward, when he would have inherited the blessing, he was rejected: for he found no place of repentance, though he sought it carefully with tears. [The tears were for himself, not for Jesus and His sacrifice.]

There is a time to accept God’s word, and a time when it cannot be discerned. Too few understand the terrible danger in neglecting the word of God. Too few understand that if we do not practise studying the word, it will become flat and unpalatable to us and we will turn away from it. Too few understand that salvation comes from a desire to be with the LORD, not a desire to escape the punishment of sin. When the people in the wilderness were given the opportunity to LOOK at the serpent on the cross and be healed, not all believed, not all were saved. Then the serpent was removed. As it was in the wilderness, so it will be again.

Numbers 21:7-9 The look of faith will save

Therefore the people came to Moses, and said, We have sinned, for we have spoken against the LORD, and against you; pray unto the LORD, that He take away the serpents from us. And Moses prayed for the people. And the LORD said to Moses, Make you a fiery serpent, and set it upon a pole: and it shall come to pass, that every one that is bitten, when he looks upon it, shall live. And Moses made a serpent of brass, and put it upon a pole, and it came to pass, that if a serpent had bitten any man, when he beheld the serpent of brass, he lived.

It is not a new thing for a man to be deluded by the arch-deceiver and array himself against God. We should all view our course critically before we venture to go any further in the path we are travelling, and ask God to reveal the secrets of our hearts and minds to us. Luke 14:28. The Jews were willingly self-deceived. They rejected the teachings of Christ because He exposed the secrets of their hearts and reproved their sins. They would not come to the light, fearing that their deeds would be reproved. They chose darkness rather than light. "This is the condemnation," said Christ, "that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil." John 3:19.

The Jews pursued their course of rejecting Christ until, in their self-deceived, deluded state, they thought that in crucifying Him they were doing God service. This was the result of their refusing light, and we are all in danger of a similar deception in the near future. God does not compel any man to believe. He sets light before men, and Satan presents his darkness. While the deceiver is constantly crying, "Light is here; truth is here," Jesus is also saying: "I am the truth; I have the words of eternal life. If any man follow Me, he shall not walk in darkness." See John 8:12.

God gives to us all evidence sufficient to balance our faith on the side of truth. If we surrender to God we shall choose the light and reject the darkness as a matter of course. However, if we desire to maintain the independence of the natural heart, and refuse the correction of God, we shall, as did the Jews, stubbornly carry out our purposes and our ideas in the face of the plainest evidence, and shall be in danger of as great deception as came upon them; and in our blind infatuation we may go to as great lengths as they did, and yet flatter ourselves that we are doing work for God.

Hebrews 3:12-18 Jesus pleaded with the people

Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God. But exhort one another daily, while it is called Today; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin. For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence steadfast to the end; while it is said, Today if you will hear His voice, harden not your hearts, as in the provocation.

For some, when they had heard, did provoke [or rebel]: howbeit not all that came out of Egypt by Moses. But with whom was He grieved forty years? Was it not with them that had sinned, whose carcasses fell in the wilderness? And to whom swear He that they should not enter into His rest, but to them that believed not [when they had the chance]?

Honoured by men with the responsibilities of state and with the secrets of kingdoms bearing universal sway, Daniel was honoured by God as His ambassador, and was given many revelations of the mysteries of ages to come. His wonderful prophecies, as recorded by him in chapters 7 to 12, were not fully understood even by the prophet himself; (it is not easy for God to get through to us) but before his life labours closed, he was given the blessed assurance that "at the end of the days" - in the closing period of this world's history - he would again be permitted to stand in his lot and place (through his book).

It was not given him to understand all that God had revealed of the divine purpose. "Shut up the words, and seal the book," he was directed concerning his prophetic writings; these were to be sealed "even to the time of the end." "Go your way, Daniel," the angel once more directed the faithful messenger of God; "for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end. . . . Go you your way till the end be: for you shall rest, and stand in your lot at the end of the days." Daniel 12:4, 9, 13.

As we near the close of this world's history, the prophecies recorded by Daniel demand our special attention, because they relate to the very time in which we are living. With them should be linked the teachings of the last book of the New Testament Scriptures as we plan to do. Satan has led many to believe that the prophetic portions of the writings of Daniel and of John the revelator cannot be understood. But the promise is plain that special blessing will accompany the study of these prophecies. "The wise shall understand" (verse 10), was spoken of the visions of Daniel that were to be unsealed in the latter days. And of the revelation that Christ gave to His servant John for the guidance of God's people all through the centuries, the promise is, "Blessed is he that reads [aloud], and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein." Revelation 1:3.

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6. Matthew 28:16-20 The meeting after the crucifixion

Then the eleven disciples [and hundreds of others] went away into Galilee, into a mountain where Jesus had appointed them. And when they saw Him, they worshipped Him: but some doubted. And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, All power is given unto Me in heaven and in earth. Go you therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the world. Amen.

"wonders" = the constant failures and defeats of God’s people even though they have "all power" available to them.

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7. Romans 8:18-23 One day there will be mature Christians who will understand what is needed to free Jesus from His burden of suffering.

For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. For the earnest expectation of the creature [our created world and its other inhabitants] waits for the manifestation [or revealing] of the sons of God. For the creature [all the rest of creation] was made subject to vanity [futility, NKJ], not willingly, but by reason of Him who has subjected the same in hope, because the creature [creation] itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation groans and travails in pain [birth pangs, NKJ] together until now. And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit [or, this means], the redemption of our body.

1 Thessalonians 5:1-6

But of the times and the seasons, brethren, you have no need that I write to you. For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night. For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction comes upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape. But you, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief. You are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness. Therefore let us not sleep [or be lukewarm], as do others; but let us watch and be sober [serious].

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8. If from the rise of the Papacy in 508AD we add 1290 years, we reach to 1798, when the time of the end began. Thus God covers in a few words the centuries from the first stirrings of Roman religious power when the knowledge of the "daily" was darkened, through its struggle against the three "horns", and its final establishment without a rival in 538AD as the "abomination that makes desolate". That "abomination" was the rival or antichristian church which rejected Christ and His sanctuary in heaven preferring an earthly priesthood and sanctuaries in all their churches. It "makes desolate" by pretending to be Christian while actually taking its adherents further and further away from life.

Behind it all, however, a faithful few kept the light of truth burning.

Like Peter, they said,

Acts 4:10-12 Only One can save

Be it known to you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, Whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by Him does this man stand here before you whole. This is the Stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the Head of the corner [the Cornerstone]. Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is no other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.

Go on to "The Rejected Stone".

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9. If we now add 1,335 years to 508AD we end up in 1843 which was the year when Christ was first expected. That was indeed a thrilling time for those believers who lived through it. Expecting every day that Christ would come, they lived as no other group of Christians has ever lived.

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10. "you shall rest" = lay in your grave

"stand in your lot" = your book will be useful in teaching about the judgment. God desired him to stand in his lot and place in this way, doing his part to save men and women from being swept downward by the mighty current of evil.

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