Christian Churches of God
Commentary on Daniel
(Edition 3.0 20200930-20201019)
Chapter 12 deals with the time of the end and the return of the Messiah and the Resurrection of the Dead.
Commentary on Daniel Chapter 12
Here we face the end of the world’s system and the power of the Holy people will be broken.
At that time Michael the great Elohim or prince of our people shall arise with the host. This time of trouble is the greatest that the world has seen.
At this time Christ will come to save those who eagerly await him. We will see the First Resurrection and then we will establish the Millennium which he will rule for 1000 years and then we will proceed to the Second Resurrection and the retraining of all who have lived of the Adamic creation (Rev. Ch. 20).
Daniel 12:1-13 "At that time shall arise Michael, the great prince who has charge of your people. And there shall be a time of trouble, such as never has been since there was a nation till that time; but at that time your people shall be delivered, every one whose name shall be found written in the book. 2And many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt. 3And those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the firmament; and those who turn many to righteousness, like the stars for ever and ever. 4But 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." 5Then I Daniel looked, and behold, two others stood, one on this bank of the stream and one on that bank of the stream. 6And I said to the man clothed in linen, who was above the waters of the stream, "How long shall it be till the end of these wonders?" 7The man clothed in linen, who was above the waters of the stream, raised his right hand and his left hand toward heaven; and I heard him swear by him who lives for ever that it would be for a time, two times, and half a time; and that when the shattering of the power of the holy people comes to an end all these things would be accomplished. 8I heard, but I did not understand. Then I said, "O my lord, what shall be the issue of these things?" 9He said, "Go your way, Daniel, for the words are shut up and sealed until the time of the end. 10Many shall purify themselves, and make themselves white, and be refined; but the wicked shall do wickedly; and none of the wicked shall understand; but those who are wise shall understand. 11And from the time that the continual burnt offering is taken away, and the abomination that makes desolate is set up, there shall be a thousand two hundred and ninety days. 12Blessed is he who waits and comes to the thousand three hundred and thirty-five days. 13But go your way till the end; and you shall rest, and shall stand in your allotted place at the end of the days." (RSV)
So we face three and a half times or 1260 days of a terrible holocaust and the power is shattered and it will all be over (cf. Wars of the End Part I: Wars of Amalek (No. 141C) and Wars of the End Part II: 1260 Days of the Witnesses (No. 141D)).
The Abomination that makes desolate.
In Matthew 24:3 Christ was asked: “Tell us when this will be and what will be the sign of your coming and of the close of the age?”
His answer was fairly direct.
Matthew 24:4-45 And Jesus answered them, "Take heed that no one leads you astray.5For many will come in my name, saying, `I am the Christ,' and they will lead many astray.6And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars; see that you are not alarmed; for this must take place, but the end is not yet.7For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines and earthquakes in various places: 8all this is but the beginning of the birth-pangs. 9"Then they will deliver you up to tribulation, and put you to death; and you will be hated by all nations for my name's sake.10And then many will fall away, and betray one another, and hate one another. 11And many false prophets will arise and lead many astray.12And because wickedness is multiplied, most men's love will grow cold. 13But he who endures to the end will be saved. 14And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached throughout the whole world, as a testimony to all nations; and then the end will come. 15"So when you see the desolating sacrilege spoken of by the prophet Daniel, standing in the holy place (let the reader understand), 16 then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains; 17let him who is on the housetop not go down to take what is in his house; 18and let him who is in the field not turn back to take his mantle.19And alas for those who are with child and for those who give suck in those days! 20Pray that your flight may not be in winter or on a sabbath. 21For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been from the beginning of the world until now, no, and never will be. 22And if those days had not been shortened, no human being would be saved; but for the sake of the elect those days will be shortened. 23Then if any one says to you, `Lo, here is the Christ!' or `There he is!' do not believe it. 24For false Christs and false prophets will arise and show great signs and wonders, so as to lead astray, if possible, even the elect. 25Lo, I have told you beforehand. 26So, if they say to you, `Lo, he is in the wilderness,' do not go out; if they say, `Lo, he is in the inner rooms,' do not believe it. 27For as the lightning comes from the east and shines as far as the west, so will be the coming of the Son of man. 28Wherever the body is, there the eagles will be gathered together. 29"Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken; 30then will appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory; 31and he will send out his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other. 32"From the fig tree learn its lesson: as soon as its branch becomes tender and puts forth its leaves, you know that summer is near. 33So also, when you see all these things, you know that he is near, at the very gates. 34Truly, I say to you, this generation will not pass away till all these things take place. 35Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.36"But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father only. 37As were the days of Noah, so will be the coming of the Son of man. 38For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day when Noah entered the ark, 39and they did not know until the flood came and swept them all away, so will be the coming of the Son of man. 40Then two men will be in the field; one is taken and one is left. 41Two women will be grinding at the mill; one is taken and one is left. 42Watch therefore, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming. 43But know this, that if the householder had known in what part of the night the thief was coming, he would have watched and would not have let his house be broken into.44Therefore you also must be ready; for the Son of man is coming at an hour you do not expect.45"Who then is the faithful and wise servant, whom his master has set over his household, to give them their food at the proper time? (RSV)
Note that the reference is directly to this text in Daniel 12:11. The abomination that makes desolate is established on the Temple Mount over the end of the 1260 days of the Witnesses at the return of the Messiah. The advent is not a private act done by Christ in secret. The Abomination is a weapon that makes desolate that is established perhaps at the death of the Witnesses prior to the coming of the Christ to prevent his arrival. It will cause great tribulation and people are advised to observe its placement and flee Jerusalem immediately.
Then the First Resurrection will see us in Jerusalem and the world brought down to Megiddo and subjected (cf. Wars of the End Part III: Armageddon and the Vials of the Wrath of God (No. 141E)).
The world will make war against Christ and seek to destroy him (cf. Wars of the End Part IIIB: War Against Christ (No. 141E_2)).
Then we will rule the nations with a rod of iron and God’s Law will stand forever. From one Sabbath to another and from one New Moon to another we will worship God (Isa. 66:23). We will keep the Feasts of God and at every Feast of Tabernacles each nation will send their representatives to Jerusalem and keep the Feasts in each nation otherwise we will have no rain in due season and suffer the plagues of Egypt and die (Zech. 14:16-19).
That is Scripture and Scripture cannot be broken (Jn. 10:34-35).
See also the following:
The text of P184 deals with the Advent and the resurrection in the last days. It portrays a period or time scale of 1,290 days and 1,335 days. The 1260 days refers to the final Holocaust under the Witnesses. This is the forty-two months of the Beast power. The extra thirty days in the final month or 43rd month in which the Messiah returns and destroys the world governments. The Forty-five days are the 40 days of the Vials of the Wrath of God and subjugation of the Nations. The five days are the reorganisation for the Treble harvest for the Jubilee.
It also portrays a resurgence of the Holy Spirit, where the wise shall instruct many in the mysteries of the Kingdom of God.
Because of the Messianic intent of this prophecy, many have identified Michael as Christ. For example, a Church of God located in the UK holds that Michael is Christ but denies that Michael is an archangel. Michael means Who is like God.
The logic is simply this. The being clearly has responsibility for Israel. From Deuteronomy 32:8, Messiah has responsibility for Israel as Yahovah – it being allocated to him by the Most High God. Therefore Michael must be Messiah. The conclusion does not need to follow as Michael may have been allocated to Israel to assist Messiah. Both are sons of God as we know from many texts. Angels were only decreed to have been created ex nihilo from the Fourth Lateran Council in 1215 to deny the capacity of co-eternality to Satan because of the alleged Dualist heresy, allegedly among the Cathars in southern France among the Albighensians. Many branches of the Church of God made this logical jump over the centuries and it is indeterminate with the biblical evidence we have. Both Michael and Messiah are sons of God and hence share in the Holy Spirit of God as sons. See the paper Christ and the Archangel Michael (No. 076B2).
In 2016 on November 8 President Donald J Trump was elected and then inaugurated on 20 January 2017. He is now trying to untangle the Globalist cess pit that has become the US. The invasion of Europe has occurred and the Globalist Communist Merkel has brought Europe to crisis with the invited invasion of Europe and that invasion has almost crippled UK. France, NL and Italy are in rebellion. The UK voted for Brexit in 23 June 2016 and they were frustrated by the Globalist traitors in the Labour and the Tory movements as well as the SNP and the Lib-Dems. The Lords are a den of vipers that are seeking to frustrate the freedom of Britain. The courts are open traitors.
We will take the sequence over the next cycle of years to 2027 and then on into the Millennium from 2028-2077 in the Golden Jubilee. (See the paper The Golden Jubilee (No. 300).)
The work covers from the rise of the Babylonian system from the Battle of Carchemish in 605 BCE to the last days in the 21st century CE and the end of Days of the Babylonian system prior to the millennial system under the Laws of God (L1).
After the Millennium, the Second or General Resurrection of the Dead and the Great White Throne Judgment and the retraining of mankind occur (see P143b).
The Seven Times go from 605 BCE-525 BCE to 1916-1996 CE.
The Last Thirty years spans 1997 to 2027CE.
The 80 years of the tribulation is of 1260 days and the Beginning of the Holocaust from 1941-1945 and the final phase of the destruction of the Holy people and the empire of the Beast from 2021 to end 2024 with the wars of Armageddon etc (P141E).
Bullinger’s Notes on Daniel Chapter 12 (for KJV)
at that time. This fixes the end of the Tribulation. Note the three subjects thus connected with "the time of the end".
Michael. See note on Daniel 10:13.
children = sons.
thy People: i.e. Daniel"s People, Israel.
a time of trouble: i.e. the great Tribulation. Compare Daniel 8:24, Daniel 8:25; Daniel 9:26. Isaiah 26:20, Isaiah 26:21. Jeremiah 30:7. Matthew 24:21. Mark 13:19. Revelation 16:17-2, Revelation 16:1.
trouble = tribulation.
shall be delivered. Compare Isaiah 11:11, &c.; Daniel 27:12, Daniel 27:12. Jeremiah 30:7. Ezekiel 37:21-28; Ezekiel 39:25-29. Hosea 3:4, Hosea 3:5. Joel 3:16-21. Amos 9:11-15. Obadiah 1:17-21. Zechariah 12:3-10. Romans 11:5, Romans 11:6, Romans 11:15, Romans 11:26.
written in the book. Reference to Pentateuch (Exodus 32:32, Exodus 32:33). App-92. Compare Psalms 56:8; Psalms 69:28. Isaiah 4:3. Ezekiel 13:9. Luke 10:20. Revelation 3:5; Revelation 13:8; Revelation 20:12, Revelation 20:15.
of them = from among them.
sleep, &c. An inspired revelation as to death.
shall awake. This is bodily resurrection.
some = these (the former).
contempt = thrusting away.
run to and fro: or, apostatize. The Hebrew shut = to rove, turn about, despise. Hence, to do despite (Ezekiel 16:57; Ezekiel 28:24, Ezekiel 28:26). But if we spell sut with (= S), instead of with (= Sh), the meaning is to swerve, turnaside, apostatise, "those who turn aside", or revolters (Psalms 101:3. Hosea 5:2); as in Psalms 40:4 (5), "such as turn aside to lies". So the Oxford Gesenius, p. 962 (these are the only occurrence of sut, unless Daniel 12:4 be another). The dots over the letter making it (Sin = S) and (Shin = Sh), formed no part of the inspired primitive text, but were added by the Massoretic scribes, and with the vowel points were gradually introduced into the Hebrew text. The Septuagint, Swete"s edition, vol. iii, p. 572 (A) reads heos an apomanosin = "till many shall have gone raving mad".
knowledge: or, calamities, or wickedness. Ginsburg would read hara"oth for hadda"ath. The Sept, (A) reads adikias, "wickedness" (Swete"s edition, vol. iii, p. 572). The Vatican (B), Theodotion"s translation, reads "knowledge" (gnosis): Ginsburg"s hypothesis for this reading arises from the two letters (= R) for (= D), being not infrequently mistaken.
the river. See note on Daniel 10:4.
man. Hebrew "ish. App-14.
upon = above.
How long . . . ? Note the two questions ("5, 6" and "8" in the Structure above).
held up his right hand, &c. Reference to Pentateuch (Deuteronomy 32:40). App-92.
a time, times, and an half. See App-90and App-91.
he: i.e. the "little horn" or Antichrist.
MY Lord. Hebrew. Adoni. See App-4.
tried = refined.
wicked . . . wickedly . . . wicked = lawless . . . lawlessness . . . lawless. Hebrew. rasha". App-44.
understand. The Maskilim of Daniel 12:3.
the daily sacrifice . . . taken away. See note on Daniel 8:11; and App-89.
abomination, &c. See note on Daniel 8:12; and App-89.
a thousand two hundred and ninety days. See App-90.
Blessed = O the blisses! See Psalms 1:1. The only Beatitude in this book.
the thousand three hundred and five and thirty days. See App-90. The Hebrew accent suggests the rendering: "Blessed is he that expecteth and shall reach [the goal: he shall reach] to day, 1335. "
the end. This is the sole object of the hierophant"s words from Daniel 10:14 onward.
rest: in death.
stand: i.e. in resurrection.
Bullinger, Ethelbert William. "Commentary on Daniel 12:4". "E.W. Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bul/daniel-12.html. 1909-1922.