In the Bible we turned to the Book of Daniel chapters 10-12
to find the most detailed account of the coming Antichrist.
We also found one of the most dramatic accounts of angels,
both hindering and helping God’s people.
We would now consider the first subject. What about the
future satanic superman, known as the Antichrist? How does
he come into power? When will he rule? How long will he
rule? What terrible things will he do? Where will he
establish his kingdom? Who will eventually destroy him?
Daniel chapter 11 deals with these questions.
And now the second subject. How do the elect angels help
mankind and how do the evil angels hinder mankind? Daniel
chapters 10 and 12 clarify these matters for us. His final
question to God is:
“O my Lord, what shall be the end of these things?” God’s
final words to Daniel are: “Go thy way, Daniel: for the
words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end” (12:8-
Do you know the staggering significance of these words?
They mean that believers living today can understand more
about the Book of Daniel than did the prophet himself. The
reason? Because we live in (or near) “the time of the end.”
Thank God that Daniel’s prophecy did not end with chapter
11:45; it would be wonderful, but incomplete. Chapter 12
continues the thought begun in Chapters 10-11. After the
briefest mention of a time of great trouble (the Great
Tribulation) during which Michael, the arch-angel, will take
Israel’s part, and achieve the deliverance of his people of
only those whose names shall be found written in the book
of life. The crowning jewel is added to the Daniel’s
prophecy (12:1-2). The angel reveals to Daniel that for his
people, there is going to be a great resurrection program. It
will be in two parts: (1) some to everlasting life and (2) some
to shame and everlasting contempt.
We must always realize in dealing with the prophecy of
Daniel that it was given to a prophet of Israel and primarily
concerns God’s dealings as they relate to Israel. Therefore,
the things in Daniel’s prophecy do not relate to the church
and its program at all. This is important because though the
two resurrections mentioned in verse 2 appear in close
juxtaposition to one another they pertain to Israel and are not
to be confused with the Rapture of the Church. The two
events are actually separated by 1000 years. The resurrection
to life occurs at the beginning of the Millennium. At that
time, all of the Old Testament saints will be raised from the
dead. Abraham will realize all of the promises given him and
will actually see the nation that God promised him on this
earth (Gen. 12:1-3). Moses will .......
see that Israel has actually been given all of the land from
the great river in Egypt to the great River Euphrates (Deut.
30:1-8). David would see his Son, Jesus, reigning on his
throne over his people (Sam. 7:17-16). Jeremiah will see the
nation re-gathered, cleansed of its sins, and nationally
regenerated (Jer. 31:321-33). Every promise ever given to
Israel or to any Old Testament saint will be completely and
utterly fulfilled. What a glorious day the resurrection unto
life will be for Israel and all the Old Testament saints who
died having “received not the promise” (Heb. 11:39).
In John chapter 5:28-29, Jesus mentioned these two
resurrections. Paul gave us some supplementary revelation
concerning the first resurrection in 1 Corinthians 15:22-23
and lets us know that the first resurrection actually consists
of three parts (1) the resurrection of Christ, (2) the
resurrection and Rapture of the saints of the Church Age,
and (3) the resurrection of the Old Testament saints. Only
this last one is in view in Daniel’s prophecy.
But what of the second resurrection? It will take place at the
end of the Millennium and will involve all the unbelieving
dead from Cain down to the last unbeliever to die, Jew or
Gentile. It is described in Revelation 20:11-15 in which those
participating in this resurrection stand before God for the
Great White Throne judgment and “whosoever was not
found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of
fire” to be forever separated from God and His attributes.
Putting together this brief survey of what the Scripture
teaches concerning these two resurrections we can see that it
is not a question of whether one is going to be raised from
the dead; it is a question of when—the first resurrection, the
resurrection to life, or the second resurrection, the
resurrection to death. If one should be in doubt he or she
can settle the question at any time he or she wishes. All one
has to do is to believe in Jesus who loved him and gave
Himself for him. For one who will do that, his sins will be
forgiven and he will be given the righteousness of Christ as
he continues in his deeds of faith. If he should die physically
before Jesus comes in the air to receive His Church to
Himself, he will be a part of that Rapture unto life (1 Thess.
Understandably, Daniel wondered about all of the things that
he had learned. When he asked about them he was told that
these words “are closed up and sealed till the time of the
end” (Dan. 12:9). Those days are on us.
Scripture reading: Daniel chapter 12
Daniel’s Account of the Coming Antichrist
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