Sun, Jun 10, 2018

The End of Days

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We need the Book of Daniel, so we can better understand the Book of Revelation. At least seventy-one passages from Daniel are quoted or alluded to in sixteen New Testament books, most of them in the Book of Revelation. All of Daniel 6 is referred to in Hebrews 11:33[1]

Hebrews 11:33   who through faith subdued kingdoms, worked righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions,


Now the prophecy is rapidly moving to a close, and Collins rightly points out that 12:5–13 “serves as a conclusion to the whole book as well as to chs. 10–12.”   [2]

5 Then I, Daniel, looked;

and there stood two others,

one on this riverbank and the other on that riverbank.

6 And one said to the man clothed in linen,

who was above the waters of the river,

“How long shall the fulfillment of these wonders be?”

  • David Jeremiah with C.C. Carlson: “Daniel was still by the bank of the Tigris, receiving his last vision from the angel, when he looked up and saw two angels, one on each side of the river.  He must have blinked his eyes and looked again, because hovering over the river was a man clothed in linen.  I personally believe this was the Son of God.  The angels began to ask questions that Daniel probably wanted to ask.  One said, “How long will it be before those astonishing things are fulfilled?”    [3]


Daniel 10:5–6

5 I lifted my eyes and looked, and behold, a certain man clothed in linen, whose waist was girded with gold of Uphaz!

6 His body was like beryl, his face like the appearance of lightning, his eyes like torches of fire, his arms and feet like burnished bronze in color, and the sound of his words like the voice of a multitude.


  • Daniel was witness to a striking scene. Two angels were on either bank of the river, the interpreting angel evidently was still standing before him, and the Lord was exalted above them all. [4]


  • “How long . . .?”
    • An Angel asks the levitating man in linen – when will this end?
      • Most important – there is an end to the Great Tribulation!


7 Then 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 half a time;

and when the power of the holy people has been completely shattered,

all these things shall be finished.

  • Time, times, and half a time; 42 months;  1260 days;  3 ½ years  (360 day “prophetic” years)





Da 9:27

Middle of the week

The prince (Antichrist) who is to come breaks the covenant with Israel and commits the abomination of desolation.

Da 7:25

Time, times
and half a time

Last 3.5 years - The time during which the saints (Jews) will be given into Little Horn's (Antichrist's) hand (power).

Da 12:7

Time, times
and half a time

Last 3.5 years - The time required to shatter the power of the holy people (the Jews) and the completion of the future events described in Daniel 11:36-45.

Rev 11:2

42 months

Last 3.5 years - The time period during which the Gentile nations will be given the outside court of the Temple and will trample down Jerusalem.

Rev 11:3

1260 days

First 3.5 years - Time period the two great witnesses will be given heavenly power to prophesy regarding the Coming King of Glory in the streets of Jerusalem!

Rev 12:6

1260 days

Last 3.5 years - The time period when Israel flees into the wilderness to a place prepared by God so that she might be nourished.

Rev 12:14

Time and times
and half a time

Last 3.5 years - The time during which Israel is nourished in the wilderness from the presence of the serpent.

Rev 13:5

42 Months

Last 3.5 years - The time which Antichrist will be given authority to act.


8 Although I heard, I did not understand.

Then I said, “My lord, what shall be the end of these things?”

9 And he said, “Go your way, Daniel, for the words are closed up (5640) and sealed (2856) till the time of the end.

  • When we are facing, or in the midst of, catastrophes we want to know – “How long Lord?”
  • 5640 סָתַם, שָׂתַם [catham, satham /saw·tham/] v. A primitive root; TWOT 1550; GK 6258 and 8608; 14 occurrences; AV translates as “stop” eight times, “shut up” twice, “hidden” once, “shut out” once, “secret” once, and “close up” once. 1 to stop up, shut up, keep close. 1a (Qal). 1a1 to stop up. 1a2 to shut up, keep close. 1a3 secret (participle). 1b (Niphal) to be stopped up. 1c (Piel) to stop up. [6]
  • 2856 חָתַם [chatham /khaw·tham/] v. A primitive root; TWOT 780; GK 3159; 27 occurrences; AV translates as “seal” 18 times, “seal up” six times, “marked” once, “stopped” once, and “variant” once. 1 to seal, seal up, affix a seal. 1a (Qal). 1a1 to seal, affix one’s seal. 1a2 to seal up, fasten up by sealing. 1b (Niphal) to seal. 1c (Piel) to lock up. 1d (Hiphil) to be stopped. [7]


“till the time of the end”

  • There are a number of relatively similar time phrases in the eschatological section of Daniel
    • Daniel 8:17 = the time of the end
    • Daniel 8:19 = the appointed time of the end
    • Daniel 8:26 = pertains to many days in the future
    • Daniel 9:26 = even to the end there will be war
    • Daniel 10:14 = in the latter days… pertains to the days yet future
    • Daniel 11:27 = the end is still to come at the appointed time
    • Daniel 11:35 = until the end time; because it is still to come at the appointed time
    • Daniel 11:40 = at the end time
    • Daniel 12:4 = until the end of time
    • Daniel 12:6 = until the end of these wonders
    • Daniel 12:9 = until the end time. [8]


  • The end of empires, governments, ungodly rulers, global warming, elections, democracy, worldly economics, religions, and parliaments.


  • Strauss adds that "It was not needful that Daniel have all the answers at that time. The vision would come to pass at God's appointed time, and that was all Daniel needed to know for the present. The Lord told Daniel that there was no further need to probe deeper into these matters. At the appointed time God will bring all to pass as revealed in the vision. Daniel was not to sit by idly and wait for the fulfillment of the prophecies, but he was told, "Go thy way, Daniel," that is, follow on in the way of obedient service as in the past." (Lehman Strauss Commentary – The Prophecies of Daniel)


10 Many shall be purified, made white, and refined,

but the wicked shall do wickedly;

and none of the wicked shall understand,

but the wise shall understand.

2 Timothy 3:13–14

13 But evil men and impostors will grow worse and worse,

deceiving and being deceived.

14 But you must continue in the things which you have learned and been assured of, knowing from whom you have learned them,


  • 1305 בָּרוּר, בָּרַר, בָּרַר [barar /baw·rar/] v. A primitive root; TWOT 288; GK 1359 and 1405 and 1406; 18 occurrences; AV translates as “pure” five times, “choice” twice, “chosen” twice, “clean” twice, “clearly” once, “manifest” once, “bright” once, “purge out” once, “polished” once, “purge” once, and “purified” once. 1 to purify, select, polish, choose, purge, cleanse or make bright, test or prove. 1a (Qal). 1a1 to purge, purge out, purify. 1a2 to choose, select. 1a3 to cleanse, make shining, polish. 1a4 to test, prove. 1b (Niphal) to purify oneself. 1c (Piel) to purify. 1d (Hiphil). 1d1 to purify. 1d2 to polish arrows. 1e (Hithpael). 1e1 to purify oneself. 1e2 to show oneself pure, just, kind. [9]
    • “Barar” can describe a sifting or sorting out (sifting - Jer 4:11to describe the "sifting" produced by the Babylonian invasion), which is exactly what the time of Jacob's distress (Heb = tsarah = tightness, trouble, root deals with harassment and torment engendered by an enemy, intense inner turmoil; same word used in Da 12:1 "time of distress") (Jer 30:7-note) will accomplish among the Jews. This pressure filled time of distress will produce a separation of the repentant and regenerate from the unrepentant, unregenerate.   [10]


11 “And from the time that the daily sacrifice is taken away, and the abomination of desolation is set up,

there shall be one thousand two hundred and ninety days.

1260 + 30 days



12 Blessed is he who waits,

and comes to the one thousand three hundred and thirty-five days.


1335 Days?



13 “But you, go your way till the end;

for you shall rest, and will arise to your inheritance at the end of the days.


2 Peter 3:1–9

1 Beloved, I now write to you this second epistle (in both of which I stir up your pure minds by way of reminder),

2 that you may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us, the apostles of the Lord and Savior,

3 knowing this first: that scoffers will come in the last days, walking according to their own lusts,

4 and saying, “Where is the promise of His coming? For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of creation.”

5 For this they willfully forget: that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of water and in the water,

6 by which the world that then existed perished, being flooded with water.

7 But the heavens and the earth which are now preserved by the same word, are reserved for fire until the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.

8 But, beloved, do not forget this one thing, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.

9 The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.





Eighteen Events of the Seventy-five Days:


  1. The battle of Armageddon (Joel 3; Zech. 14; Rev. 19:11-21)


  1. Burial of the dead begun (Ezek. 39:8-22)


  1. Great earthquake and splitting of the Mt. of Olives (Zech. 14:1-5)


  1. Rounding up of the prisoners of the armies of Antichrist and disposition of them (Ezek. 39:2)


  1. Rounding up and casting of Satan and every demon and fallen angel into the abyss (Isa. 24:21-22; Rev. 20:1-3)


  1. Gathering of Israel by the angels (Isa. 11:10-12; Mt. 24:31)


  1. Gathering of the nations to judgment (Mt. 25:31-46)


  1. Separation of the tares and wheat (Mt. 13:39-50)


  1. Cleansing Jerusalem and beginning its rebuilding for the eternal kingdom (Ezek. 48)


  1. Rounding up of all beast worshipers and all who have the mark of the beast to be sent to hell (Rev. 14:9-11)


  1. Erection of the Millennial temple (Ezek. 40-46; Zech. 6:12-13)


  1. Sending out the resurrected saints as the new earth rulers to take over every inhabited part of the earth (Dan. 7:18,27; 1Cor. 6:2; Rev. 5:10; 11:15; 22:4-5)


  1. Sending out missionaries from Jerusalem to evangelize the nations (Isa. 2:2-4; 11:9; 52:7; Zech. 8:23)


  1. Establishing government offices in every part of the earth and publishing the new laws of the kingdom of heaven on earth (Isa. 2:2-4)


  1. Division of the promised land into 12 strips and the settlement of the 12 tribes in their portions (Ezek. 48)


  1. Settling of the nations in their own portions of the earth (Dt. 32:8; Acts 17:26)


  1. Opening of the earth and starting of the Millennial river (Ezek. 47)


  1. All necessary work in making the deserts blossom as a rose, waters to spring forth in the deserts, changing the animals, regulating the solar system as it was before the fall, and many other events that will continue throughout the Millennium and new earth forever, as listed in Fifty Facts about the Millennium.

Dake's Annotated Reference Bible: Containing the Old and New Testaments of the Authorized or King James Version Text.


[1] Warren W. Wiersbe, Be Resolute, “Be” Commentary Series (Colorado Springs, CO: Victor, 2000), 146.

[2] Stephen R. Miller, Daniel, vol. 18, The New American Commentary (Nashville: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 1994), 321–322.

[3] Jeremiah, david with C.C. Carlson, THE HANDWRITING ON THE WALL, pp. 242-243.

[4] Stephen R. Miller, Daniel, vol. 18, The New American Commentary (Nashville: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 1994), 322.


[6] James Strong, Enhanced Strong’s Lexicon (Woodside Bible Fellowship, 1995).

[7] James Strong, Enhanced Strong’s Lexicon (Woodside Bible Fellowship, 1995).


[9] James Strong, Enhanced Strong’s Lexicon (Woodside Bible Fellowship, 1995).