As promised, here’s my brief take on Daniel Chapters Eleven and Twelve.
I have done some research and others have done a very good job on this. There is much about history that is contained in the prophecy concerning the Promised Land. I encourage anyone interested in theses rulers and how they gained control to do a Google search or the like. It’s fascinating.
It’s especially fascinating in the context of Daniel Chapter 11. It’s all there; from the time of Captivity until the the First Century AD. Who says the Bible isn’t historically accurate? Others have done a better job than I at explaining this and anyway to write it here would be too much for a blog post. It could be argued (and it has been) that, again, Chapters Eleven and Twelve are fulfilled just as Chapters Nine and Ten are. Most of the events have indeed taken place including the abomination that makes desolate (or abomination of desolation).
It’s said that history, in this case, is a mere example of what the end times will look like; a precursor, if you will. Perhaps the historical figures were a ruse to confuse the faithful? I don’t know. But the ruler who took control of Jerusalem after Alexander the Great was a wicked man and seems like a type of anti-Christ. But he did not die “between the sea and the glorious mountain” (Daniel 11:45). Another flag that tells us that it’s not all over is Jesus reference to this prophecy in Matthew 24:
“So when you see the abomination of desolation spoken of by the prophet Daniel, standing in the holy place (let the reader understand),then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. Let the one who is on the housetop not go down to take what is in his house, and let the one who is in the field not turn back to take his cloak. And alas for women who are pregnant and for those who are nursing infants in those days!Pray that your flight may not be in winter or on a Sabbath. For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been from the beginning of the world until now, no, and never will be. (Matthew 24:15-21, ESV)”
The abomination of desolation is a reference to Daniel 11:31 and since Jesus is speaking of a future time, this cannot have been fulfilled before then and He says that it will be a sign of His coming at the end of the age:
As he sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things be, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?” (Matthew 24:3, ESV)
Like I said, Jesus references Daniel as he answers His disciples so He had this prophesy in mind as He spoke to them. His thoughts are not our thoughts, though. Notice, Jesus does not talk of particular wars and rulers and who is who. No. Jesus is concerned about His Bride, the Church. More than that, however, he is concerned about the individuals that make up the Church. He speaks of wars and rumors of wars but also the famines that result. He does not name rulers or nations but warns believers that:
“…they will deliver you up to tribulation and put you to death, and you will be hated by all nations for my name’s sake. And then many will fall away and betray one another and hate one another. “(Matthew 24:9-10, ESV)
His concern, in other words are for people who will suffer because of the lawless and hard times ahead. Jesus then expounds on what He just said. (This is when He mentions the abomination of desolation of Daniel 11:31.) In conclusion, He tells His disciples who will be the founding leaders of His Church about the time of His second coming to earth:
“Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken. Then will appear in heaven the sign of the Son of Man, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And he will send out his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds,from one end of heaven to the other.” (Matthew 24:29-31, ESV)
Jesus’ words, “immediately after the tribulation of those days,” is a resounding denunciation of the pre-tribulation theory as is His promise to the faithful that, “the one who endures to the end will be saved.”
Ironically, to follow Jesus and to apply His advice to our lives during these times that could be nearing the end of the age, we are to be aware of the prophesies in Daniel but not to be overly concerned about them. (Are those who are deeply involved in prophesies examples of the false prophets that Jesus warns us of in Matthew 24:11?) What we need to be concerned about is our walk with Him; that is our faith. I submit that the “one who endures to the end” is saved because of his or her faith. After all another prophet tells us that “the righteous shall live by his faith.” (Habakkuk 2:4, ESV). So, that must be our watch word during the tribulation that is to come: Have Faith.
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- Revelation 2: Testing the Faithful (christophercrandolph.wordpress.com)
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