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I am the Pastor/Teacher of Rivers of Joy Baptist Church in Minford, Ohio since August 2008.  I am married to Charity since June 14, 1969.  I have four grown children.   Having served in the local church for over forty years as Pastor/Teacher, Asso., Youth Pastor, Minister of Education, Building Upkeep, Camp Director, Sunday School Teacher, etc. Also I have worked in the public place for as many years as I have preached. Charity and her sister are co owner of Union Mills Conf. (Bakery) in West Portsmouth Ohio

Daniel 12 Notes

DANIEL     12     STUDY
Daniel 10-12 The Antichrist and Eternal Life
Charles e Whisnant         May 23, 2012
Daniel 12 Resurrection and Reward
12:1 At that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince who stands for the children of your people; 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 your people shall be delivered, everyone who shall be found written in the book. 2 Many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt. 3 Those who are wise shall shine as the brightness of the expanse; and those who turn many to righteousness as the stars forever and ever. 4 But you, Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run back and forth, and knowledge shall be increased.
5 Then I, Daniel, looked, and behold, two others stood, one on the river bank on this side, and the other on the river bank on that side. 6 One said to the man clothed in linen, who was above the waters of the river, How long shall it be to the end of these wonders? 7 I heard the man clothed in linen, who was above the waters of the river, when he held up his right hand and his left hand to heaven, and swore by him who lives forever that it shall be for a time, times, and a half; and when they have made an end of breaking in pieces the power of the holy people, all these things shall be finished. 8 I heard, but I didn’t understand: then I said, my lord, what shall be the end of these things? 9 He said, Go your way, Daniel; for the words are shut up and sealed until the time of the end. 10 Many 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. 11 From the time that the continual burnt offering shall be taken away, and the abomination that makes desolate set up, there shall be one thousand two hundred ninety days. 12 Blessed is he who waits/perseveres, and comes to the one thousand three hundred thirty-five days. 13 But go you your way until the end; for you shall rest, and will arise to your inheritance, at the end of the days.

1) Israel and the Last Days 11:40–12:13
(2) Israel and the “little horn” 11:40-45
(3) Israel’s distress and deliverance 12:1-4
(4) The length of Israel’s distress 12:5-7
(5) The outcome Israel’s distress 12:8-13

Israel’s Distress and Deliverance (12:1-4)

1 “Now at that time Michael, the great prince who stands guard over the sons of your people, will arise. And there will be a time of distress such as never occurred since there was a nation until that time; and at that time your people, everyone who is found written in the book, will be rescued. 2 And many of those who sleep in the dust of the ground will awake, these to everlasting life, but the others to disgrace and everlasting contempt. 3 And those who have insight will shine brightly like the brightness of the expanse of heaven, and those who lead the many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever. 4 But as for you, Daniel, conceal these words and seal up the book until the end of time; many will go back and forth, and knowledge will increase.”
The events of history from Daniel’s day down to the “day of the Lord” are described in chapter 11 in terms of the on-going struggle of two world powers: “the king of the North” and the “king of the South.” The final “king of the North” is introduced in Daniel 11:21 and is the central figure in the remainder of chapter 11. He comes into frequent contact with the nation Israel because of its location in relationship to the “king of the South.” At least three times in our text, the “king of the North” wages war with the “king of the South.” The first and last attacks are successful, while the second ends in retreat. On each of these occasions, the king passes through Israel and gains a growing hatred and animosity toward the God of Israel, His people, and the holy place. At the end of chapter 11, the “king of the North” is encamped between the sea and the “beautiful Holy Mountain” ready to attack and to destroy.

The Great Tribulation will be a time of great suffering; the worst ever known to mankind.  The Church will be redeemed from the Earth before God's wrath is poured out at the end of the Great Tribulation.  Some of God's people who are 'mature' and 'ready' will be redeemed before the Great Tribulation starts.  They will be the first fruits of the harvest.  The majority of God's people will have to endure the Great Tribulation.  They will be redeemed after 1260 days and then God will pour out his wrath.  Those who remain on Earth will suffer God's wrath.  Those that survive until the end of the 1335 days will continue to live on Earth for 1000 years and are destined to become the Nations in the New Heaven and Earth.[ii]
And at that time
The first three verses of this chapter are a continuation of the prophecy started in 11:1.  Most scholars feel these verses should have been part of chapter 11, since its part of the same event.
The first three verses deal with the last half of tribulation, and merge into the Millennium of blessing and touch on the great white throne judgment and eternity. 
The last ten verses fill in some very specific details and events to close of seven-year tribulation period. 
The flow of time is a continuation of the events occurring in chapter 11:36 to 45.  At the close of verse 45, the Antichrist has entered Israel and is about to desecrate the Temple.
What time?  Daniel 11:36-45 time.  The last 3.5 years of the “time of great distress.” The time that will come on the entire world but in specifically on the nation of Isarel.
Chapter 12 is not a new vision but one what we started in chapter 10. 
Shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people:
The first verse of chapter 12 reveals two facts pertaining to the end times we would not have expected apart from divine revelation. First, the angel Michael114 is the instrument through whom the period of the Great Tribulation is initiated. There is a definite link between the “king of the North” and the Great Tribulation to be sure. But the text leaves this evil king behind in chapter 11, linking the beginning of the tribulation to Michael, who will arise and bring about a “time of great distress,” a time particularly directed toward the Jews.
Michael the angel who is assigned to Israel to guard Israel

Michael:  The angel Michael is reintroduced here, the first mention of him in the bible occurred in Daniel chapter 10, where he helped the current angel speaking with Daniel, resist the demonic, “Prince of Persia” who tried to prevent Daniel from receiving this message. (Daniel 10:13,21). 
We again see him, now intervening on Israel behalf at the middle of tribulation period.  Revelation 12, also corresponds with events taking place on earth, revealing the spiritual events in the heavenly realms.  Michael and his angels are finally permitted to engage Satan and his angels, who up to this period, had access to Heaven to accuse God’s servants on earth.  At the mid-point this access ceases, and Satan and his forces sent to earth where Satan will make his last stand in the person of the Beast or Antichrist.
7 And war broke out in heaven: Michael and his angels fought with the dragon; and the dragon and his angels fought,  8 but they did not prevail, nor was a place found for them in heaven any longer. 9 So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. 10 Then I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, "Now salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren, who accused them before our God day and night, has been cast down.

It is easy to see that the first half of verse 1 pertains to Michael and the last half to the period of the Great Tribulation, but it is difficult to accept the connection between the two. When Michael arises, the time of Israel’s trouble begins. At first this does not seem possible. Michael is “Israel’s prince” (10:21), the “great prince who stands guard” over the sons of Daniel’s people, Israel (12:1). How could the “protector of Israel” precipitate this time of such great suffering?
Trouble or distress:
Literally  gives the idea of something which is narrow, tight or confining and figuratively describes discress (great pain, anguish or suffering affecting the body and mind.
A term which originally expressed sheer, physical pressure, as when pressing grapes. It conveys the idea of being squeezed or placed under pressure or crushed beneath a weight. When, according to the ancient law of England, those who willfully refused to plead guilty, had heavy weights placed on their breasts, and were pressed and crushed to death, this was literally thlipsis.
Figuratively pictures one being “crushed” by intense pressure, difficult circumstances, suffering or trouble pressing upon them from without.   Which gives the idea of persecution, affiction, opposition or tribulation, all press hard on one’s soul.
            This identifies this as a future event. An event that has not equal in history. A time of distress.
Thlipsis (tribulation) has the underlying meaning of being under pressure and was used of squeezing olives in a press in order to extract the oil and of squeezing grapes to extract the juice...In Scripture the word thlipsis is perhaps most often used of outward difficulties, but it is also used of emotional stress." (MacArthur, J: Romans 1-8. Chicago: Moody Press)
            It is a technical theological term for the Great Tribulation of the end times.  Matthew 24:15,21

The Tribulation period is a time for punishing the Gentile nations for the way they have sinned against the Jews Joel 3:2-8, it is also a time for siftying and purging Isarel and preparing the Jews for the return of the Messiah Amos 9:9-12. 

According to Zechariah 13:9, 1/3 of Israel is saved and enters the Millennium age of blessing.  Those who flee Jerusalem through the mountain valley of the Mt. Olives will survive the tribulation (Zechariah 14:4)
Israel will finally understand, Jesus was the Messiah, he came and suffered for the sins of humanity (Isaiah 52:13-53:12). When Israel cries out to Jesus, he will return as promised, before he was crucified, but not until Israel recognizes Him as their Messiah. 38 "See! Your house is left to you desolate; 39 "for I say to you, you shall see Me no more till you say, 'Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!' "  Matthew 23:38-39
Christ returns with the armies of heaven (Revelation 19:11-17) (Zechariah 12:10), to a repentant Israel who understands Jesus the Messiah (Christ) is their only hope. At this point, Israel is restored, 
and the Millennium is put in motion, starting with the resurrection of the saints killed

Referes to God’s Book of Life in which there is a record of all the names of the saved.
Some will be rescued, delivered from all this great tribulation.  Some by the way, this is not a universal salvation for all, but those whose name is in the books.
Those that are going to be delivered are the elect of Israel.  But this verse does not teach, nor anywhere in scripture that every Jew living on the earth at that time will be saved. 
The prophecy  in Daniel limits the deliverance to “every one that shall be found in the book.”
These are the godly Jews, the believing remnant on the earth at the time.
Certainly the apostate Jews in that day are not included, but only the redeemed Israelites.
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.

            Resurrection 386  40 times Anastasis  

 Luke 2:34; Luke 14:14; Luke 20:27; Luke 20:33; Luke 20:35  Acts 2:31; Acts 4:2; Acts 4:33; Acts 17:32; Acts 23:6; Acts 23:8; Acts 24:15; Acts 24:21; Acts 26:23  1 Corinthians 15:12-13; 1 Corinthians 15:21; 1 Corinthians 15:42    (King James Version)