Daniel 12
Daniel sees the end


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.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.
 3  And they that be wise shall shine. . . .
    Did you notice that the awakened ones will be sleeping in the dust. Jesus will know where to find us, but nonbiblical ideas about where people go when they die may leave us confused. The text is plain and simple. It does not say that part of us (our body) will wake up and that another part comes down from heaven already awake to join it.
   And the two-part theory is not logical. John 5:28 says that all who hear Christ's voice will awaken. If the hearing part splits off at death and goes to heaven, it would seem like the body wouldn't hear until joined up again with the spirit. That would be after the call. Of course my logic isn't the important thing. Nothing is ever said in all the Bible about such a joining of parts at the resurrection. When Jesus raised Lazarus, He did not say "Lazarus, come down and join your body." He spoke to Lazarus in the opened tomb and asked him to "come forth" a horizontal movement (John 11:23). Many good people who have lived up to the light they had and thought they were going to heaven at death will have a happy surprise.
      I have discussed this topic, looking at various passages that seem to support the popular view but are misunderstood. One page has links to most of them. Thanks for being patient with me. We must all go by what the Bible teaches. You need the freedom to take a careful look at all the evidence. And please pray. The authority is the Holy Spirit who reveals Christ and inspired the sacred scriptures.
.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.
  The first part of verse 11 may also be translated, "And from the time of the taking away of the continuation, even in order to set up the abomination. . . ."
The continuation (daily) and the abomination
   After Jesus described the destruction of the temple, His disciples asked, "When will these things be? And what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?" In part of Jesus' answer He told them, Therefore when you see the "abomination of desolation" spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place . . . then let those who are in Judea flee. . . .  mt2403, mt2415f.
    In 70 A.D. the city of Jerusalem as well as the temple was destroyed by the pagan armies of Roman Emperor Titus. Since this event was a "sign" or symbol, we are not surprised to see the "abomination of desolation" standing again later, this time in the holy place of the Christian church during the time when many would be purified by persecution. And for those of us who live in the final days before Christ's second coming, we may expect it once more, since the "sign" was to be for the Lord's coming as well as for the end of the age.
   In other words, the events Jesus described involving the destruction of Jerusalem are a sign (or microcosm) of the end of the early-church "age" when the 1260 years began, and we may also see them as a sign of Christ's coming when apostate Christianity again asserts itself through the image to the beast (Rev. 13).
.12  Blessed is he that waiteth, and cometh to the thousand three hundred and five and thirty days.

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

1290 years
   From the context we see that this period also answers the question, How long? So it terminates along with the 3½ times. This we found to be 1798 re1305a. Since 1260 prophetic days is 1260 literal years, the 1290 would begin 30 years earlier. This would be 508 AD (or CE). Clovis, king of the Franks, was baptized and committed his people to the Catholic faith (which had already incorporated many of the things that the pagan people believed). At the other end of this period, the papacy would be essentially neutralized in the military aggression at the time of the French Revolution. See more on Clovis with Revelation 10. re1008c. It is interesting that the land that became France both began and ended this time.

More on dates
    Clovis opened the door to the Roman church in 508. In 533, Emperor Justinian appointed the Bishop of Rome as "head of all the holy churches," but Rome was weak and the new pope was powerless. In 538, the Ostrogoths who had been surrounding the city gave up (attacked by malaria more than military power). Then the bishop, as the new pope, initiated a force that dominated Europe and surrounding areas for more than a thousand years. On the defeat of the Ostrogoths, see Thomas Hodgkin, Italy and Her Invaders, 2d ed., Clarendon Press, 1885-1899, 4:250.
    Why was the defeat of this kingdom so significant? With the rise of this church to horn (nation-like) status, three of the beast's ten horns or nations were uprooted. The completion of the annihilation of those three nations would then mark the full rise of the new horn (called the "little horn" because it grew from littleness). da0708.
    The traditional date for Clovis' baptism is 496 although 508 is apparently more accurate. Political conversions to Christianity tended to come in several stages, acceptance, announcement, and baptism. Constantine reached the first stage in 312 but was not baptized until on his death bed in 337. Thus an earlier stage for Clovis may have been in 496. See Edward James, The Franks, 1988, p. 123.
....On 538 The following quotation does not mention the specific year but provides confirming information:
   "The weakness of the East Gothic [Ostrogoth] position in Italy now [after the death of Gothic leader, Theodoric] showed itself. The long wars of Justinian's reign (535-555) recovered Italy for the Empire, and the Gothic name died out on Italian soil. . . . The East gothic kingdom was destroyed before Goths and Italians had at all mingled together. . . . the Goths were now again if not a wandering people, yet an armed host, no longer the protectors but the enemies of the Roman people of Italy. The East Gothic dominion and the East Gothic name wholly passed. . . . From the soil of Italy the nation passed away almost without a trace. . . ." (Encyclopedia Britannica, vol. 12, 1911, pp. 274, 275)

The final two points in time
   When beginning with the 1290 and considering the change in calendars (to shift the year beginnings to mid-winter), the 1335 days and the 2300 days end at the same time in 1843-'44. Then " Blessed [or "happy"] is he that waiteth, and cometh to the thousand three hundred and five and thirty days." The people living then would have the joy of understanding the solution to the puzzle which God withheld from Daniel. 1335 is 45 more than 1290. Since the 1290 ended in 1798, adding 45 brings us to 1843. This was the first date set by Millerite Adventists for the coming of Christ. It was certainly a time of joy. When Jesus didn't come, those searching discovered a calculation error and set a new date of Oct. 22, 1844 which has since been thoroughly confirmed in history and Scripture as the end of the 2300 day-years. The ending time may be seen as either 1843 or 1844 as you can see from the chart below.
   Simply consider the "end of the wonders" after which the prophet would speak through his book (12:13) to be 1798. Also consider that the time of the end (11:35, 40; 12:4) is a period without a designated length (Matt. 24:36) and that it follows the end of the time the 1260 days of oppression or the "wonders" re1305b. Around that time, Bible societies sprung up as people turned to the Scriptures. This renewal experience may be called the second-advent awakening. The Scripture study climaxed in the discovery of the beginning of the judgment in 1844.
   As we have noted elsewhere, the awakening message had two parts: (1) The special time would mark the beginning of judgment re1407d.
   In chapter 12, Daniel was concerned about the shattering period of 3½ times (1260 day-years). During that time the horn power would wear out the saints of the Most High. (7:25). The prophet was probably still wondering when his people could go back to Jerusalem and realizing that 2300 years was a terribly long time. His chapter 11 shows the historical picture of this time of persecution and beyond, ending with Christ's coming at the end of the time of the end. Then the persecuting "king" would come to his end as he sets up his tabernacle between the seas [peoples of earth] and the holy mountain [heaven] da1145. Thus two important time points are given in chapter 12.
The first is 1798, the end of the Medieval persecution (the wonders). The "time of the end" began at the end of the wonders and continues until Jesus comes.
The second is 1844, the beginning of the preadvent judgment the last date announced in prophecy. After that we look for Jesus to return when no one knows the day or the hour mt2436.

.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.
  "But go your way till the end; and you shall rest [in the dust, v2], and shall stand in your allotted place at the end of the days." RSV
Stand in thy lot
   Many translations see this as receiving an inheritance of, perhaps, joy in heaven. I'm not sure how standing can fit into this idea but it sounds good because "lot" can mean "allotment." The other problem with this idea involves "the end of the days." Our chapter began with Michael (Christ) standing up and the resurrection of some of the sleeping ones. Then we learned from the man in linen that the righteous would be shattered before this and before the "time of the end" of unspecified length. Comparing to Revelation, we saw that the book would be opened at the beginning of the time of the end. In Daniel 12, we saw that the blessed ones would come to the 1335 but it was implied that Daniel would not. So Jesus does not come with His reward re2213 until the end of this "time of the end" while Daniel speaks before it. This means his standing in his lot is not receiving his inheritance. His resurrection waits until the last trumpet call 1co1550. Instead of getting his reward when he stands up, he speaks indirectly through his unsealed book while he is still dead.
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