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Gary H. Everett's Study Notes on the Holy Scriptures
Daniel 12

 

 

Verses 1-13

Daniel 12:1 And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy 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 thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book.

Daniel 12:1Comments - Depending upon the interpretation of the preceding passage of Scripture, scholars interpret Daniel 12:1 as either a reference to the Jewish persecutions under Antiochus Epiphanes, who is extensively described in the preceding passage (Goldengay), or to the Tribulation Period preceding the Second Coming of Christ Jesus.

Daniel 12:2 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.

Daniel 12:2Comments - Daniel 12:2 refers to the first resurrection of the saints and to the second resurrection of the unjust. There are a number of Scriptures that refer to both resurrections.

Daniel 12:2, "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."

John 5:28-29, "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, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation."

Acts 4:2, "Being grieved that they taught the people, and preached through Jesus the resurrection from the dead."

Acts 24:15, "And have hope toward God, which they themselves also allow, that there shall be a resurrection of the dead, both of the just and unjust."

Hebrews 6:2, "Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment."

There are a number of Scriptures that refer specifically to the first resurrection of the just.

John 11:24, "Martha saith unto him, I know that he shall rise again in the resurrection at the last day."

Romans 6:5, "For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection:"

1 Corinthians 15:20-23, "But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept. For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ"s at his coming."

1 Corinthians 15:42, "So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption:"

Philippians 3:11, "If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead."

1 Thessalonians 4:14, "For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him."

Hebrews 11:35, "Women received their dead raised to life again: and others were tortured, not accepting deliverance; that they might obtain a better resurrection:"

Revelation 20:5-6, "But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection. Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years."

There are a number of Scriptures that refer specifically to the second resurrection of the unjust.

Revelation 20:12-14, "And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death."

Daniel 12:3 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 12:4 But thou, O Daniel , shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.

Daniel 12:4Comments- The time of the end will be characterized by two events, a rapid increase in mobility and in knowledge. We have seen this take place in the last half of the twentieth century. The discovery and development of fossil fuels have made it possible for man's mobility to increase at a tremendous rate. The computer has made it possible for knowledge to increase rapidly. We also see in Daniel 12:4 the order in which these two discovers will follow; for the discovery of fossil fuels will precede that of computers. This is the order given in this verse.

Daniel 12:5 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.

Daniel 12:5Comments - The river referred to in Daniel 12:5 would be the Euphrates River.

Daniel 12:6 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 12:6Comments - The man clothed in linen is first mentioned in Daniel 10:5-6, "Then I lifted up mine eyes, and looked, and behold a certain man clothed in linen, whose loins were girded with fine gold of Uphaz: His body also was like the beryl, and his face as the appearance of lightning, and his eyes as lamps of fire, and his arms and his feet like in colour to polished brass, and the voice of his words like the voice of a multitude."

Daniel 12:7 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 12:8 And I heard, but I understood not: then said I, O my Lord, what shall be the end of these things?

Daniel 12:8Comments - In Daniel 12:8, Daniel asks the angel when these prophetic events will take place. This is the same question that the disciples asked Jesus when He mentioned the destruction of Jerusalem along with His Second Coming and the establishment of the Kingdom of Heaven.

Matthew 24:3, "And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?"

 


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Everett, Gary H. "Commentary on Daniel 12:4". Gary H. Everett's Study Notes on the Holy Scriptures. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/ghe/daniel-12.html. 2013.

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Sunday, October 20th, 2019
the Week of Proper 24 / Ordinary 29
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