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Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society.  Used by permission of Zondervan Publishing House. © Copyright 2010 - 2017   All rights reserved. Daniel 11 Explained (condensed ‘one page’ commentary) ‘Matthew 24’ Explained (must match Revelation) The ‘Seals’ Explained (Revelation timeline revealed) Seven Churches Explained (Past & Present Church Prophecy) Note: ‘Sitemap’ shows a complete list of all pages (by category). ‘Homepage’ gives 3 simple steps + timelines + summary. Current Events from Daniel 11 (matching the Middle East) The Abomination (Daniel 11:31) done Recent Events ISIS - Saudi - Turkey (Daniel 11: 24-27) Final Events to the Abomination (Daniel 11: 28-30) Shiites re-take Persia + America’s Role Begins (Daniel 11: 21-23) soon done done Comparison of 70th Seven and 2300 days in Daniel and Revelation Timing of Daniel 12   Although Daniel 12 is discussing end times, it’s not exactly chronological with Daniel 11.  Simply put, it backtracks to the abomination and rapture at Daniel 11:31.  There are several indications that support this interpretation.   First of all, Daniel 11 makes a complete timeline of its own.  The chapter is called the “Book of Truth”, which highlights empires controlling the Middle East, from Daniel’s time until Armageddon.  It parallels Revelation and obviously has a clear ending, which says, “He will pitch his royal tents between the seas at the beautiful holy mountain.  Yet, he will come to his end, and no one will help him.” (Daniel 11:45)   The above verse is speaking of Armageddon, when Jesus defeats the ‘kingdom of the beast’ (Rev 16 & 19), which is also the final empire from the North in Daniel 11.  The 1000-year reign of Jesus starts after Armageddon so Daniel 12 couldn’t possibility follow Daniel 11:45.    Next, it’s clear from the first verse of Daniel 12 that the timing backs up to the abomination and rapture because it mentions the “unequalled distress”, which matches Matthew 24:21.  Daniel 12:1 “At that time Michael, the great prince who protects your people, will arise. There will be a time of distress such as has not happened from the beginning of nations until then. But at that time your people-everyone whose name is found written in the book-will be delivered.” Matthew 24:21  [*following the abomination] “For then there will be great distress, unequaled from the beginning of the world until now-and never to be equaled again.”   Additionally, Daniel 12:1 confirms that the rapture happens at the abomination because it mentions that those whose names are written in the Book of Life will be delivered, at that time.  In general, Daniel 12 is addressing the Jews because Gabriel makes reference to “your people” and he’s speaking to Daniel.  However, many Jews, over the last 2000-years, have accepted Jesus as the Son of God and become Christian.  That’s the only way for a person to get their name in the Book of Life.  Thus, even though Gabriel is referring to Daniel’s own people, he’s talking about the Christian rapture, which happens at the 6th Seal (Rev 6) and produces the “multitude from every nation”, in Revelation 7:9.   *Daniel 12:2-3 is also referring to the rapture but they are addressed at the end of the page.    The next verse that discusses the timing of Daniel 12 is verse 7 (below), which indicates that the “power of the holy people” will be broken after 3.5 years (a time, times, and half a time).  Daniel 12:7 The man clothed in linen, who was above the waters of the river, lifted his right hand and his left hand toward heaven, and I heard him swear by him who lives forever, saying, "It will be for a time, times and half a time. When the power of the holy people has been finally broken, all these things will be completed."   In general, the above is talking about the end of the 70th Seven, or approximate ‘middle’ of tribulation (chart left), when the two witnesses will finish their testimony and are killed by the antichrist.   The two witnesses prophesy in Jerusalem for 1260 days, which is 42-months or 3.5 years.  Basically, their ascension, which corresponds with the 7th Trumpet, removes them as protectors of Jerusalem and the 144,000, so the rest of God’s prophecy can be completed.    As I’ve said on other pages, the antichrist is apparently injured, during the 7th Trumpet earthquake, after killing the two witnesses (Rev 11), because the false prophet takes over and does everything on his behalf, or in his honor. (Rev 13)  The false prophet is the one who tricks everyone with miraculous signs and forces everyone to receive the mark of the beast or they can’t buy and sell.  It apparently takes a period of 30-days, after the death of the two witnesses, for the false prophet to perform his miracles and enact the mark of the beast because Daniel 12 gives two distinctive milestones in the Jewish timeline.  Daniel 12:11-12 "From the time that the daily sacrifice is abolished and the abomination that causes desolation is set up, there will be 1,290 days.  Blessed is the one who waits for and reaches the end of the 1,335 days.   From the above, you can tell that something significant happens between the 1290 and 1335 days, and the ones who reach the end of that time will be blessed.  I think that’s referring to the mark of the beast, which gets enacted 30-days after the two witnesses are killed.  After that, the 144,000 Jews, which were sealed by God in Rev. 7, only have 45 days to avoid the mark.  At that point, they will be rounded up and beheaded. (Rev 14:18 & 20:4)  That’s what Jesus meant when He said, “If those days had not been cut short, no one would survive, but for the sake of the elect, those days will be shortened.” (Matt 24:22)    Obviously, Jesus meant ‘survive without the mark’, not survive without being killed.  Still, 45-days is not an easy task because a human being can only survive about 40-days without eating.  Therefore, when you think about it, the “power of the holy people” being “broken”, in Daniel 12:7, could be talking about the death of the two witnesses, or the breaking point of the 144,000, or both.    After that, the Bowl plagues start (Rev 16), which are far worse than the Trumpet plagues.  Notice that the 1st Bowl plague mentions those who took the mark of the beast, where the Trumpet plagues did not, which agrees with the timing of this scenario.  The Bowls last about 3-years and complete God’s wrath on earth.  Daniel 12: 2-3   I was recently asked about these verses but I don’t claim to have a sure interpretation for every verse.  Daniel 11:2-3 are obviously giving extra information about the time of the rapture but verse 2 is difficult to interpret because it mentions “everlasting contempt.”  Daniel 12:2-3 2 “Multitudes who sleep in the dust of the earth will awake: some to everlasting life, others to shame and everlasting contempt.” 3 Those who are wise will shine like the brightness of the heavens, and those who lead many to righteousness, like the stars for ever and ever.   Daniel 12:3 is pretty straight-forward because those who “lead many to righteousness” will ‘shine a little brighter’, like the seed that fell on good soil and produced a crop of 100-fold. (Luke 8:8 & 15)  Another example is the Parable of the Minas, which indicates that some who effectively use their resources are rewarded more than others. (Luke 19:12-27)    Daniel 12:2 is more difficult to explain because the rapture awakens Christians, to meet Jesus in the air, and proceed to the Wedding Supper of the Lamb, as the first part suggest.  However, those who are destined for hell stay asleep until the Great White Throne judgement, at the end of the 1000-years.  Therefore, either Gabriel is speaking in general terms, about heaven and hell, or “everlasting contempt” means something different than hell.    If I can offer one possible explanation: Just as some shine a little brighter, for leading others to righteousness, some will barely make it to heaven, for apparently spreading false information, as noted below.  1 Corinthians 3:10-15  (Paul speaking) 10 By the grace God has given me, I laid a foundation as an expert builder, and someone else is building on it. But each one should be careful how he builds. 11 For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ.  12 If any man builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw, his work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light.  It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each man's work. 14 If what he has built survives, he will receive his reward. 15 If it is burned up, he will suffer loss; he himself will be saved, but only as one escaping through the flames.   Make no mistake, ‘escaping through the flames’, to barely make it to heaven, is far better than going to hell, but I wonder if that’s what the “everlasting contempt” is talking about.  The above passage seems to be speaking of those who further the teachings of Christianity, by various methods, which could include prophecies or interpreting existing prophecies.  Believe me, I’m well aware of this passage because my interpretation of Daniel 11, the Seals,  and other things are unique, which could be considered “building.”  Yet, I’m not worried because I don’t divert from the foundation of Jesus Christ.  On the contrary, I do exactly what Jesus said to do and focus on the abomination from the Book of Daniel.  The ones who need to worry are the post-tribs who fold and over-lap Revelation because that inevitably leaves things out and thus violates God’s warning in Revelation 22:19, which is very bad.  After all, changing God’s prophecy in Revelation and teaching something different is the basic definition of a false prophet.  People in that category will be sorely disappointed. (Matthew 7:15-23)  Short of being a false prophet, people who make an honest mistake can still make it to heaven, some barely ‘escaping through the flames’.    Like I said, I’m not sure if that’s the same as ‘everlasting contempt’ but it’s a possibility.  After all, just because we receive a new body in heaven doesn’t mean we forget everything about our lives here on earth.  On the contrary, we will have the same soul (or brain) and remember everything.  That could bring tears to some people’s eyes, but God will wipe those tears away. (Rev 7:17 & 21:4)  To tell the truth, that’s why I don’t fully understand the ‘everlasting’ contempt.  I mean, ultimately there’s “no mourning or crying” in heaven, so why does the contempt last?  Like I said, I can’t explain everything and Gabriel could have just been speaking generally about heaven and hell.  In my opinion, it’s best to focus on the context of the whole passage, and the parts that can be verified with other verses, rather than micro-analyzing one word.  That’s the best I can do.