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Daniel 12 and the Antichrist

Tuesday, October 28, 2014 12:55
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DANIEL – CHAPTER 12   PART 1

 

NOTE:  I am fully aware that the word “antichrist” only occurs in the books of 1 John and 2 John.  I use the word because it is the most popular and well known name for:  the man of sin; the son of perdition; the little horn; the beast; the abomination of desolation; and others.  Thank you, for your understanding.

(Daniel 12:1 KJV)

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.

Chapters 11 and 12 are one unit and should be viewed as a continuous narrative.  Thus, “at that time” is referring to events occurring at the end of chapter 11.  Most commentators agree that from 11:33-35, events from the Greek empire (past tense) begin to transition to events that will occur (future tense) in the antichrist (beast) empire. The beast is definitely being referred to at 11:36.

Michael is an archangel, as stated in Jude 1:9 (“Yet Michael the archangel…..”).  He is assigned by God to stand watch (Dan 12:1) over the people of Israel.  The word translated ‘stand’ or ‘stand up’ mad  aw-mad’   has several meanings.  It can mean to ‘abide’ or ‘continue’ and it can mean to ‘cease’ or ‘leave’ depending on the context.  In my opinion the word has both meanings in verse one.  The verse could be translated as:

 [And at that time shall Michael leave the people unprotected, the great prince, who’s position is to watch over the children of thy people]

If Michael will be standing up (protecting), the people at the onset of the ACs initial staging, then he will be failing his job description, for there will be an unprecedented level of trouble (or tribulation).  The angel sent to speak to Daniel in chapter 10 was delayed by the “prince of the kingdom of Persia” but was aided in his conflict by “Michael, one of the chief princes”.  Michael appears to be perfectly capable of managing the beast, but it is God’s will that he discontinues doing so when it is the time of the antichrist.

But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me one and twenty days: but, lo, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me; and I remained there with the kings of Persia.   (Daniel 10:13 KJV)

It may be that Michael has another job to do:  warring with Satan and his angelic cohorts and casting them out of heaven to the earth.

And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven.   (Revelation 12:7-8 KJV)

Many commentators view this heavenly war as occurring at creation, but there is no Biblical reason for that opinion.  This is false teaching that has developed over the centuries and just won’t go away.  It is written in the Revelation, which is a prophecy of end time events, and therefore it should be considered an end time event.  Satan does not live in hell, but has access to the earth and the throne of God as well, until he (Satan) and his minions are denied further access to the heavenly realm.

In 2 Thessalonians 2:6-7, Paul writes that the ‘man of lawlessness’  is being held back or restrained by some person or entity.  At some point the person or entity doing the restraining of the antichrist’s appearance will be taken out of service and he will cease protecting the people.

And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time. For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.   (2 Thessalonians 2:6-7 KJV)

The NET translation says it plainly.

And so you know what holds him back, so that he will be revealed in his own time. For the hidden power of lawlessness is already at work. However, the one who holds him back will do so until he is taken out of the way.   (2 Thes. 2:6-7 NET)

And so you know what holds the lawless one back, so that the man of sin will be revealed when it is his time. For the hidden power of lawlessness is already at work. However, Michael  who now holds the beast at bay will do so until he, Michael,  is taken out of the way.   (2 Thes. 2:6-7 My Translation)

Most pre-tribulationists maintain that the restrainer is the Holy Spirit.  Pre-wrath commentators assert that Michael, the archangel, the protector of God’s people, is the entity currently holding back the appearance of the beast. Many pro and con articles and books have been written on the subject of the Holy Spirit as the restrainer so I will not waste your time.  Let’s just consider that without the Holy Spirit, Christianity would come to an end and no one would be saved.  It is also the Pre-wrath understanding that the dead and alive saints (Christians) will not be called up until the 7th seal is opened,  which is the beginning of the ‘wrath of God’ fulfilled with 7 trumpet and 7 bowl judgments.

and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book

Every living Israeli, will be delivered to safely if their name is found in the book of Life.

(Daniel 12:2 KJV)

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.

At the sounding of the 7th trumpet, the living and the dead in Christ (Old and New Testament) will be raptured (latin) (caught up, gathered).  Others will endure the White Throne judgment.

Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together (Transliteration: Episunagoge) unto him,   (2 Thessalonians 2:1 KJV)

For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up (Transliteration: Harpazo) together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.   (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 KJV)

The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity; And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth. Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father…..  (Matthew 13:41-43 KJV)

 

(Daniel 12:4 KJV)

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’s prophetic words are to be sealed or kept secret until the time of the end.  The actual words have been known and available for many years but the actual meaning and understanding have been withheld until the events occur.   Although Daniel stated that he did not understand, we now are familiar with the Greek empire, and are beginning to understand the last days scenerio.  In my opinion, we have been in the end-times days for a several years and the pace is getting faster each day.  The statement that the words are closed and sealed is given to Daniel again in 12:9.

And I heard, but I understood not: then said I, O my Lord, what shall be the end of these things? And he said, Go thy way, Daniel: for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end.   (Daniel 12:8-9 KJV)

Various shades of meaning have been applied to “many shall run to and fro”, but the plain and simple understanding is the best:  Many will rush around and travel – more vehicles means more movement.

Knowledge will increase or be multiplied (YLT).  What type of knowledge will increase?  Actually, more information is available today than any other time in history in the form of computers and internet in addition to printed documents.  The increase of knowledge and the volume of moving people are likely connected.

What about prophetic biblical knowledge?  Viewing the complete verse 4, prophetic understanding has been basically sealed until the present end-time days.  It is my belief that accurate eschatological comprehension is more obtainable today than in the past.  However, a word of caution:  there are innumerable individuals spewing trash, garbage, and false teaching today than ever before.  Of course, false teachers and false prophets, during the last days, have been written about numerous times in scripture.  The Christian truth seeker must be extremely careful.  It is too easy to get sidetracked and rabbit holed. 

My recommended reading:

Dr. Charles Cooper  http://prewrathrapture.com/blog/

            Contains a list of books, and blog articles

Chris White  http://bibleprophecytalk.com/

            Books:            False Christ:  Will The Antichrist Claim to be the Jewish Messiah

                                                Also available for Kindle

                                    Mystery Babylon:  When Jerusalem Embraces the Antichrist

                                                Also available for Kindle

Revelation Commentary  http://revelationcommentary.org/

            Download a free copy of their Revelation Commentary

                                   

 

 

 

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  • Michael

    Your ‘translation’ is not merely wrong, it is wrong in a way too BIZARRE to even attempt to argue.

    The Michael mentioned in Daniel 12:1 is NOT any “archangel” because of the Hebrew verb root used there (echoing the Hebrew verb root in Isaiah 26:19, figuratively describing the revelation of the memories of previous lives); which can only refer to a PERSON. (“Archangels” are NOT ‘raised from the dead’.) Rather, he is the same Michael–an “apostle of Allah”–referred to in Sura 2:98 of the Quran.

    In any case, I have already described the “continuous narrative” between Daniel 11:40-45 and Chapter 12 in the note entitled “If Putin Fails: the Prophecy of Daniel 11:40-45.

    Michael

    • Pharisees.org

      Another freak of Hell convert to Pharisee doctrine, the Quran. The Quran is a most pathetic evil doctrine, not quite on par with Pharisee’s gospel of Paul on the level of evilness and deceitfulness. The Quran is a freaking joke upon examination, so dark and evil it is a wonder anyone goes for it. The gospel of Paul has more love speak, more deceitful but the dark sentences are there. But the Quran is NOTHING BUT DARK SENTENCES.

      Daniel 12:1 At that time Michael shall stand up, the great prince which stands for the children of your people

      Michael is a mighty angel of God DANIEL 10:13 The prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me for twenty one days, but lo Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, and I remained there with the kings of Persia

      HERE IS THE ONE WHO MICHAEL CAME TO HIS AID, showing that Michael is an Angel of the Lord:

      Daniel 10:5:6 then I lifted up my eyes and behold a certain man clothed in linen … HIS BODY WAS LIKE BERYL AND HIS FACE AS THE APPEARANCE OF LIGHTNING AND HIS EYES AS LAMPS OF FIRE … AND THE VOICE OF HIS WORDS LIKE THE VOICE OF A MULTITUDE

      The figure described above in Daniel 5:6 WAS HELPED BY MICHAEL

      You freaking Quran converts are dogs, there ain’t a scrap of anything about the Quran to delight in. Paul converts are just as bad, ignoring Christ but claiming to be of Christ. Trusting in a man instead of Christ.

      NO WAY would Christ condemn anyone who said, I rejected Paul because, Christ, I did not true a man’s words, only your words. At most one can plead they did not believe on Paul’s gospel before Christ, and say to Christ, but I believed in your words.

      Matthew 7:22-23 MANY shall say to me in that day, but Lord Lord we did many wonderful works in your name … And I will tell them, I NEVER KNEW YOU. Depart from me, workers of lawlessness

      Romans 6:14 We are not under the law, we are under grace

      • Michael

        The figure mentioned in Chapter 10:6 refers to the Vision of the “Son of man”. The Michael mentioned in Chapter 10:21 is an “angel”, but the precise meaning of that term must be deciphered (“These words will remain secret and sealed until the time of the End”.) The Michael mentioned in Chapter 12 of the Revelation of John is not any “archangel”; rather the phrase “Michael AND his angels” has a specific meaning in terms of the conflict at the level of consciousness. In any case, the Quran cannot be “Pharisaical”, because Mohammed was Elijah and John the Baptist ‘raised from the dead’, whereas the “Night Journey” refers to the Vision of the “Son of man”–BOTH of which Revelations were disregarded, denied and contradicted by the Pharisees.

        You are conjecturing about things of which you have NO Knowledge; just like the monotheistic religious ‘authorities’.

        And, according to the Quran, “Conjecture is no substitute for the Truth.”

        Michael

    • Ephraim

      I will pray for you – that you may acknowledge the Bible as the true Word of God and turn your back on the doctrines of demons.

      • Michael

        According to the Quran, people will be arguing about “the resurrection” until the Day of Resurrection itself. What does that mean? It means that you will deny the revelation of the memories of previous lives until you receive those memories yourself. This is what is described in Chapter 27, verses 52-53 of the Gospel of Matthew…

        But was argued against by the Pharisee-Satanist Paul in 2 Timothy 2:18.

        I suggest you read the book “Soul Survivor” about the 3-4 year old boy who remembered being a Navy pilot during World War II. And if you think that he was “possessed by demons”, I would suggest that your IQ is about the same as a pumpkin.

        His parents were Christian Fundamentalists and did not come to that conclusion.

        Michael

  • HumanBeing

    Interesting perspective re. Michael as the restrainer. But since the text doesn’t name him, we’re all basing our opinions on what we believe to be a logical conclusion. And since I don’t see Israel being ransacked and overrun until the midpoint of the tribulation (when the people of Jerusalem are told to run to “the place prepared for them, where they will be protected for a time, times, and half a time”), that would seem to me to be the most logical time for Michael to step out of the way.

    Most who identify as pre-wrath hold that God’s wrath doesn’t begin until at least the Bowl judgments. Others say the Trumpets, which really makes their view mid-trib since the end of the Trumpets is when the AC declares himself God, matching up with Daniel’s prophecy re. the midpoint of the 7 years.

    I see the wrath of God as beginning with the Seals, since God (the Lamb is God) instigates those judgments. I believe the Seals are during a time between the Rapture and the start of the Tribulation, and might possibly be “the beginning of sorrows”.

  • Pharisees.org

    Freak of Helll Pharisee Paul convert. Ever occur to you that NO WHERE in the gospel of Paul does it speak of Christ’s 1000 year reign on earth, of children being born in the kingdom of God when it comes to earth, or haven’t you heard, jerk of Hell? REPENT BECAUSE THE KINGDOM OF GOD IS AT HAND Isaiah Ch. 11 BABIES BEING BORN WHEN CHRIST REIGNS ON EARTH.

    So much for your freak of Hell master Paul who says NO FLESH AND BLOOD CAN INHERIT GOD’S KINGDOM (1 Corl. 15:50)

    NAME THE MAN, don’t lie THE VILE ONE, THE KING OF FIERCE COUNTENANCE and that is how he is identified. You and Pharisee Paul are ANTI-CHRISTS, claiming to be of Christ but you and Paul are not of Christ.

    Son of Perdition, you jerk master Paul sends you freaks on hunt for the anti-Christ and son of perdition. The freak of Hell Paul converts give lip service to Christ. If you knew Christ’s doctrine then you would know he said THE SON OF PERDITION IS JUDAS ISCARIOT: JOHN 17:12 … those you gave me I kept and none were lost except THE SON OF PERDITION

    Christianity’s days are numbered because when Christ returns there will be no church altar left on earth, no bible, no Paul convert (Matthew 13:41). Evil Pharisee Paul and those who convert to his doctrine are twice the children of Hell than Pharisees (Matthew 23:15, Acts, 23:6, Philippians 3:5). The Torah is true, the gospel of Christ is true Matthew & John but as to the 21 writings of Pharisees in the NT section of all 4 bibles, they are LIES. Pharisee Paul’s letter, and the other Pharisee writings are Mark, Luke, James, Jude and 1 & 2 Peter forgeries.

    • Michael

      Monotheism’s days are numbered when it is understood that Isaiah, Daniel, Jesus & Mohammed taught “the resurrection” as a Doctrine of ‘Rebirth’. But, to publicize that Truth now–”These words will remain secret and sealed until the time of the End”–would INTERFERE with the eruption of the “time of trouble such as never was since there was a nation”. (Daniel 12:1)

      That is the LAST thing that the “false prophet” monotheistic religious ‘authorities’ want (after all, they would lose their JOBS): to DIMINISH the bloodshed, horrors and suffering of the “time of trouble”.

      And that is why the “dragon”-media REFUSES to publicize that Truth.

      Michael

  • David Montaigne

    When the Archangel Michael, as the Restrainer, is told by God to let loose his grip and allow the Antichrist to act freely and walk into the Temple and reveal himself to all at the mid-point of the final seven years – he is not failing in any way, he will loyally do as God commands and end up leading the armies of heaven.

    Astronomical clues in the Bible confirm the timing of this day, repeatedly pointing to June 6, 2016

    If you are interested in such Bible prophecy, check out

    Antichrist 2016-2019: Mystery Babylon, Barack Obama & the Islamic Caliphate

    http://www.amazon.com/Antichrist-2016-2019-Mystery-Babylon-Caliphate/dp/1501025392

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