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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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? 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.
12:8 And I heard, but I understood not: then said I, O my Lord, what shall be the end of these things? 12:9 And he said, Go thy way, Daniel: for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end.
12:10 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.
12:11 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.
12:12 Blessed is he that waiteth, and cometh to the thousand three hundred and five and thirty days.
12:13 But go thou thy way till the end be: for thou shalt rest, and stand in thy lot at the end of the days.

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Book: Daniel
Chapter: 12

The conclusion of the Vision of the Scriptures of Truth. (1-4)
The times of the continuance of these events. (5-13)

1-4. Michael signifies, "Who is like God," and his name, with
the title of "the great Prince," points out the Divine Saviour.
Christ stood for the children of our people in their stead as a
Sacrifice, bore the Curse for them, to Bear it from them. He
stands for them in pleading for them at the Throne of Grace. And
after the Destruction of Antichrist, the Lord Jesus shall stand
at the latter Day upon the Earth; and He shall appear for the
complete Redemption of all his people. When God Works
deliverance from Persecution for them, it is as Life from the
dead. When his Gospel is preached, many who sleep in the Dust,
both Jews and Gentiles, shall be awakened By it out of their
heathenism of Judaism. And in the End the multitude that sleep
in the Dust shall awake; many shall arise to Life, and many to
shame. There is Glory reserved for all the saints in the future
state, for all that are Wise, Wise for their souls and eternity.
Those who turn many to Righteousness, who turn sinners from the
errors of their ways, and help to save their souls from Death,

Jas 5:20, will share in the Glory of those they have helped to
Heaven, which will add to their own Glory.

5-13 One of the angels asking how long it should be to the End
of these wonders, a solemn reply is made, that it would be for a
time, times, and a half, the period mentioned ch. 7:25, and in
the Revelation. It signifies 1260 prophetic days or years,
beginning from the time when the power of the holy people should
be scattered. The imposture of Mohammed, and the papal
usurpation, began about the same time; and these were a twofold
attack upon the Church of God. But all will End Well at last.
All opposing rule, principality, and power, shall be Put down,
and Holiness and Love will triumph, and be in honour, to
eternity. The End, this End, shall come. What an amazing
Prophecy is this, of So many varied events, and extending
through So many successive ages, even to the general
resurrection! Daniel must comfort himself with the pleasing
prospect of his own happiness in Death, in Judgment, and to
eternity. It is good for us all to think much of going away from
this world. That must be our way; but it is our comfort that we
shall not go till God calls us to another world, and till he has
done with us in this world; till he says, Go thou thy way, thou
hast done thy work, therefore now, go thy way, and leave it to
others to take thy place. It was a comfort to Daniel, and is a
comfort to all the saints, that whatever their Lot is in the
days of their lives, they shall have a happy Lot in the End of
the days. And it ought to be the great care and concern of every
one of us to secure this. Then we may Well be content with our
present Lot, and welcome the will of God. Believers are happy at
all times; they Rest in God By Faith now, and a Rest is reserved
for them in Heaven at last.

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