Bible Book of Daniel, Part 9 - Chapter 12
This final chapter of Daniel is a direct continuation of the last vision prophecy in chapter ten and eleven, but now dealing with the very end of time with Christ preparing to return to earth.
This then leads to three final time periods to help us understand these final timings.
It is also the only chapter beginning with Christ (Michael) and not with earthly kings as per all other pervious chapters.
The chapter begins with Christ standing up for His Children, still in the heavenly sanctuary:
“And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people:” – Daniel 12:1a
I’ve placed an image at the top of the display in this final chapter section as a glimpse of God’s glory when such an event happens.
After Christ stands, there are terrible times and events on earth:
“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.” – Daniel 12:1b
The focus is God’s people at this time – all written in the book – and how they shall be delivered safely through this crazy time. God’s people will be a shining example of God, with the final resurrection of God’s people at the end:
“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. 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.” – Daniel 12:2-3
Daniel is then told to shut and seal-up these words and book, and leave until the time of the end. This phrase ‘time of the end’ is referred to five times in total in the book of Daniel:
“But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end:” – Daniel 12:4a
Revelation of course picks up more detail of these very End Time events leading up to the Second Coming of Christ. It’s mentioned here that there will be an increase in knowledge at this end time:
“many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.” – Daniel 12:4b
Daniel then has another brief vision of two heavenly beings by a river, where one is asking the other about the timing of these end-time events.
“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. 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?” – Daniel 12:5-6
It’s interesting how the timing aspect of this is being emphasised by angelic beings and God through this vision, and not simply Daniel being curious.
This chapter therefore concludes with three time spans. These will be placed as separate lines on the display to correspond with other time frames in previous chapters.
The First Time Period
The first time period is actually confirming the same one already mentioned several times earlier in Daniel, and also Revelation – 1,260 days.
“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.” – Daniel 12:7
Therefore, this is simply re-iterating what has already been said, and obviously something important for us to realise.
As previously, using the day-year principle and Historicism perspective this can be interpreted as the period of Papacy and Catholicism control throughout history for 1,260 years between the years 538 AD and 1798 AD.
Of course, Daniel at this time has no idea what this means, and God reminds him to leave alone for the time of the end, and has reference to God’s people being made white and pure
“And I heard, but I understood not: then said I, O my Lord, what shall be the end of these things? And he said, Go thy way, Daniel: for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end. 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 12:8-10
The Second Time Period
The second time period is a new number that has not been mentioned before - 1,290 days.
When understanding this we of course must use the same principle as with the previous time, and this therefore representing 1,290 years.
We then need to understand when this time period begins in order to note when it ends – from the removal of the ‘daily’ and establishment of the ‘abomination of desolation’:
“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.” – Daniel 12:11
This was established to be the year 508 AD in chapter seven, which is the beginning of the transition from Pagan Rome (a secular state system) to Papal Rome (a religious worship system).
This is when the Papacy first began to emerge and the three horns were subsided – 30 years later in 538 AD was their official take-over after these 3 horns were eradicated.
Spiritually, Christ’s true intercession for people in heaven was trying to be replaced by a false system on earth, with the Pagan ‘daily’ system being overridden by the new Papal system and gaining control to establish the abomination of desolation.
If we add 1,290 years to this year 508 AD, we arrive at the year 1798 AD.
This is exactly the same year that is arrived at from the first 1260 years time period from the completion of the Papacy’s control in 538 AD in an earlier chapter.
The Third Time Period
The third time span is also a new one of 1,335 days, which again using the same principle of interpretation, can be seen as 1,335 years.
“Blessed is he that waiteth, and cometh to the thousand three hundred and five and thirty days.” – Daniel 12:12
We’re still using the same starting point as the second time span in the previous verse, hence adding 1,335 years to 508 AD arrives at the year 1843 AD.
There is a specific blessing to people beyond this date, which Seventh day Adventist Christians see as significant from the year 1844 and the cleansing of the heavenly sanctuary referred to earlier in chapter nine.
Real Life Application
As we have come to the end of the biblical book of Daniel, it’s important to then look at how this relates to real life. After all, prophecy from God is designed to help and navigate us through strange end-times.
In short, it’s highlighting an antichrist system that is against God’s believers, and developed later in Revelation and other parts of the New Testament.
When you see this through the Historicism perspective as the Papacy and Catholicism, then you realise how this is alive and effective right now, and not some mysterious far-off event way into the future.
This shocked me in 2017 when I first discovered this, and the fact that modern mainstream Christianity no longer sees or believes this, whereas great Reformers of the past did.
Therefore, I think it’s important to outline more specific examples of modern Christianity deviating against this perspective. This is not meant at all to point the finger at people, after all this is about a ‘system’ and ‘kingdom’ rather than individuals which I explain further in the analogy of coffee shop baristas here.
But I do need to spell this out, as individuals in places of authority in the church and Christianity have a God-given duty to walk and lead others into truth, and therefore instances where this doesn’t appear to be the case need highlighting for people to then make their own decision.
So here are my top five observations that shook my world:
1. The Worldwide Combination of Different Religions
We should of course love and respect everyone and our neighbours, including other religions and beliefs. However, there comes a point when you just can’t share practices like prayer and doctrines, simply because they’re different.
I was therefore surprised by how easily Christians and churches went past this line and actively participated in such things with other religions, which the Pope was an active partisipant in. There may be a good and plausible common-goals like world peace and human betterment, but we’re all turning to different gods for this.
There are organisation like the Parliament of World’s Religions, and even United Nations, and there is a particular video I saw in 2017 that I’m now having difficult in finding – it basically showed worldwide religions coming together and gladly accepting the same prayers and doctrines.
In particular, there is also the Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification.
This was formed in 1999 by the Roman Catholic church to basically get all other Christian denominations to sign-up to the same core doctrine of salvation and justification.
However, the Reformation was all about there needing to be differences, and the bible warning that in actual fact the Catholic doctrine is against the only sacrifice of Jesus Christ for salvation.
I was therefore shocked to see all mainstream doctrines signing up to this lock, stock, and barrel, and somehow believe we are all on one page.
2. Christian Church Leaders
Looking further into, I noticed notable Christian and Church leaders like Rick Warren, Bill Hybels, and Joel Osteen all openly saying that we need to partner with the Roman Catholic church, as there are no serios doctrinal differences.
Whilst Joel Osteen is already known as being more positive-thinking focused with little reference to Christ, when you start digging into teachings like Rick Warren’s church you also see little references to Christ and His sacrifice, and more on more spiritual experiences and generic God references.
You can also often spot the earlier education of such leaders from Jesuit establishments which are the Papacy’s main counter-reformation tool against Protestantism (see below).
Nicky Gumbel who started the Alfa Course in the UK, particularly stuck out to me with his open acceptance of the Pope.
In 2014 there was an open partnership of evangelical Christian leaders in America with the Roman Catholic church, with one video here of a talk from representative Tony Palmer.
Kenneth Copeland, one of the main leaders in this, has a video here with a disturbing declaration that the Reformation from 500 years ago was basically wrong; I have no hesitation in now believing that he is a false prophet, if he can openly and coldy come out with statements like this.
3. Spiritual Experiences
Coming from an evangelical and Pentecostal Christian background, it was then disturbing to see how spiritual experiences and apparent Holy Spirt led beliefs were being mixed up with the system that I believe God clearly says in scripture is wrong and actually against Him. The Holy spirit can only confirm truths therefore other wrong spirits are also at work as well it appears.
There’s an example here with Benny Him saying how the Catholic mass is a must for spiritual highs.
And the most disturbing one I came across was a video here by Darlene Zhceh from Hillsong (after 42 minutes in), my favourite Christian Worship writer of all time. She simply went with the flow and accepted an invite to the Pope’s event in Rome which she explained was a wonderful experience and can’t undertake why there was such a back lash on her social media account.
4. The Counter Reformation
Run like a military operation behind the scenes of society, the Jesuits have (and are having) a subtle yet the most devastating effect on protestant faith ever, including formation of secret societies like Masonry, development of educational ways to slowly eradicate the supremacy of scripture, and even influence over popular Christian people like Billy Graham.
5. Roman Catholic Theology
I have a separate post here on the ten main differences in doctrine and practice of protestant and Roman Catholic faith.
Although at face value there appears to be little difference, when you dig deeper you see how the bottom-line issues of the bible and Christ are actually polar opposites.
Final Lessons From Daniel
To finish off this series on the biblical book of Daniel, here are seven final takeaway lessons to note:
1. Pray to God for Help
Keep simple, and pray to God for revelation and understanding of His Word and the prophetic message he is communicating to us through this book in the bible.
Even if you are not a Christian believer, then still pray a simple prayer asking God (if he exists, to show Himself to you, so that you know whether it’s real or not).
If He’s not there you can’t loose anything; if He is, you can gain everything.
2. Read and Study the Bible Yourself
No matter how good a study, preach, or teaching aid you have – we must all go back to the Word of God ourselves and let the Holy Spirit reveal it directly to ourselves from there.
Even if you accept things, still go back and see it yourself in Scripture – this is what God has divinely inspired.
In addition to reading it again and again, ideally in a version like the original King James version, then study it as well – write it out, talk it out, hear it spoken, take notes.
Or with myself in this study, even have a go at building a display of some sorts to help visualise it.
3. Appreciate the Right Method of Interpretation
This is fundamental and effects how you piece everything together.
I believe the Historicism perspective is correct as opposed to the more popular Futurist, Preterist and Idealist ones, which was used by all the old Christian Reformers of old.
You also need to look at the Chiastic structure of a book and how it is laid out.
4. Remember That Prophecy is Supposed to Help
Simple, but often missed. God wants to clearly explain the future to His believers in order to help us through these times, and to be ready for Christ’s Second Coming.
Therefore, we’re supposed to have peace and clarity in these matters – not left in mystery and having no clue about the future.
Although we don’t know the exact time of His coming, we can spot the signs of it.
5. Understand Daniel Before Tackling Revelation
At the time of writing this whole study on Daniel, I haven’t actually gone through and therefore really understood Revelation.
I’ve realised that I need to first understand the book of Daniel before then going into the detail of Revelation, as otherwise it will get too confusing.
6. Know Its All About a System Not Individuals
I can best explain this through the analogy of coffee shop baristas in a post here.
God is revealing what overall kingdoms, systems, and governments have ways and principles that are against His ways, and therefore which will eventually effect us personally.
They have a basis that is trying to replace the role of Christ – an ‘anti-christ’ system
7. Leading to Being In-Christ
This will all then lead to a relationship with Christ, period.
You often hear references now to a Christ-centred gospel, which is perfectly true, however, this should not be separated from these prophecies which are actually coming from Christ.
They are here to help our walk with Jesus, and after you understand the visions and prophecies in Daniel, the two most important chapters are in actual fact chapters three and six all about the lions den and fiery furnace.
These are examples of how we will need to have simple child-like faith in Christ through horrific times to see Him deliver His children and prepare us for His Second Coming.
Therefore, let’s get ready in-Christ.