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Is the Tribulation Period Seen in Daniel Chapter 12?

I believe the tribulation period can be clearly seen in Daniel 12: 1, 7, 11 and 12. The rest of the passage tells us things that apply to what will happen before the tribulation period (the 70th week of Daniel). Some things will take place after that period.

"And at that time (the tribulation period) shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble (Jer. 30: 7), such as never was since there was a nation..."

This is probably referring to Israel being a nation. Even from the time that Israel became a nation to the present there would not be a time of trouble as there will be "...even to that same time:..." (Dan. 12: 1), during the middle of the 70th week of Daniel (the tribulation period).

"...and at that time thy (Daniel's) people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book." (Dan. 12: 1)

The Israelites (144,000) will be delivered during the middle of the 70th week of Daniel (the tribulation period) and also on into the beginning of the last 3½ years. Some of the Jew's deliverance may happen toward the end of the tribulation period as well. In any case, God will deliver them as He said He would.

Daniel 12: 1 is referring to the tribulation period (the 70th week of Daniel). That Scripture mainly applies to the middle of the 70th week and on into the end of it (the tribulation period). I say that because the Jews/Israelites will have to flee for their lives in the middle of that period and on into the end of it, from the Antichrist and his helpers (Rev. 13), and from the devil too (Rev. 12). The Lord is going to preserve a portion of Jacob's seed by hiding them in the wilderness. (The 144,000 of Revelation 7. Some of the remnant, who are Jews/Israelites of Revelation 12, will escape the Antichrist as well.).

I guess it is the same angel that was speaking in Daniel 10: 21 and 11: 1 that is now talking to Daniel about another subject which takes place in the future.

"And many of them that sleep (the sleep of death, they have died and are buried in the ground) in the dust of the earth shall awake (will be resurrected), some to everlasting life (the saved), and some to shame and everlasting contempt (the unsaved)." (Dan. 12: 2)

This is not suggesting that there will be a resurrection of the saved and the unsaved at the same time. There are various resurrections. They do not happen at the same time.

  1. The raptured newly resurrected New Testament saints (the Bride of Christ, the four and twenty elders) in Revelation 4: 1 (I Thes. 4: 17 - 18).
  2. The tribulation martyrs of Revelation 7: 9 - 17. I do not know if this is just their souls and spirits taken up (raptured) or if it is their glorified bodies as well. If it is their souls and spirits only, then their bodies will probably be resurrected in Revelation 11: 18 along with the Old Testament saints. Of this I am not sure. I do know they are taken up into Heaven with the Lord in Revelation 7.
  3. The resurrection of the Old Testament saints and prophets takes place in Revelation 11: 18.

    Note: There is no resurrection at the time of the Second Coming of Christ (the Second Advent) (before, during, or after). The sheep and goat judgment is referring to the tribulation saints (the sheep) who are alive, and to the unsaved people (the goats) of the tribulation period who are alive and rejected the Lord.

  4. The Bible does not tell us about the resurrection of the millennial saints, though I am sure there will be one shortly after it is over.
  5. The resurrection of the lost (unsaved). This would be every person from Cain to the last person who is lost (unsaved) here on earth. This resurrection will happen at the time of the end of the world (Rev. 20: 11) which is seen as "the day of the Lord" and "the day of God" in Second Peter, chapter three. Revelation 20: 11 - 15 tell us about the heaven and earth fleeing from the One who is seated on the throne (somewhere out in space, in the second heaven). The Scripture also tells us of their (the unsaved people's) judgment and destruction. (You can read II Peter 3: 7, 10, 12 as well.).

"And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever." (Dan. 12: 3)

Now, let's take a look at these end time prophecies that will happen before the tribulation period.

"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." (Dan. 12: 4)

Speed: First, men rode their horses. In later years, horse and buggy became a convenient way of moving about. Somewhere a long the line, man invented rowboats, sailboats, and eventually, the steamboat too. A slow moving car was first made. Eventually, men made them go faster and faster. The train allowed man to carry cargo and later passengers. Its speed also increased more and more. Then planes came along. Later on jets and, in due time, the space shuttle.

Knowledge: Some men had wisdom from time to time in history but not as we had in the 20th century to the present. Men invented a small computer. They could store information on it. Eventually, men made computers bigger and faster. Then more compact (smaller), with fast processors for speed, and smaller hard drives with the capacity to store enormous amounts of data, which allowed them to save a lot of data and calculate with accuracy. This also allowed men to build buildings, boats, cars, trains, etc... which were bigger, faster, and more sufficient. Speed increased greatly! Men can travel from one end of the earth even to the other. Now that speed and knowledge have increased they can even go to the moon and back. That's what the Bible was referring to, speed and knowledge increasing (Dan. 12: 4).

Now Daniel begins to speak. This is what Daniel saw, but the prophecy is concerning the future.

And Daniel says,
"Then I Daniel looked, and, behold, there stood other two (these are angels), the one on this side of the bank of the river, and the other on that side of the bank of the river."
"And one (angel) said to the man (angel) clothed in linen, which was upon the waters of the river, How long shall it be to the end of these wonders?"
"And I (Daniel) heard the man (angel) clothed in linen, which was upon the waters of the river, when he held up his right hand and his left hand unto heaven, and sware by him that liveth for ever that it shall be for a time, times, and an half;...". (Dan. 12: 5 - 7)

It seems that the scene has moved ahead in time, to the original topic (Dan. 12: 1), the tribulation period, the 70th week of Daniel. Nowhere in Scripture have I ever read anything that talked about "...a time, times, and an half..." which did not refer to the tribulation period. This is referring to the last half (3½ years) of the tribulation period (the 70th week of Daniel).

Daniel heard the angel say,
"...a time, times, and an half;..." (Dan. 12: 7) (3½ years, 42 months)

I believe the Scripture given below is referring to the middle of the 70th week of Daniel (the tribulation period) and on into the beginning of the last half for a short time. (The last 3½ years or 42 months.).

"...and when he (I believe that this is referring to the Antichrist.) shall have accomplished to scatter (the Jews, Hebrews, their fleeing) the power of the holy people (the Israelites), all these things shall be finished." (Dan. 12: 7)

The above passage would also apply to the sacrifices and offerings being stopped by the Antichrist.

"And I (Daniel) 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."
"Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand." (Dan. 12: 8 - 10)

The believers in the end times will understand the prophecies if they study the Scripture.

The verses given below are referring to end time prophecy, after the tribulation period, the 70th week of Daniel. (One week, week of years, 7 years, referred to in Daniel 9: 27.). After the tribulation period, there will be an additional 30 days.

"And from the time that the daily sacrifice shall be taken away, and the abomination that maketh desolate (the image of the Antichrist) [is] set up, there shall be a thousand two hundred and ninety (1290) days." (Dan. 12: 11) (1260 + 30 = 1290 days)

When those 30 days are completed there will follow an additional 45 days.

"Blessed is he that waiteth, and cometh to the thousand three hundred and five and thirty days (1335)." (Dan. 12: 12) (1260 + 30 + 45 = 1335 days)

"But go thou thy way till the end be: for thou shalt rest, and stand in thy lot at the end of the days." (Dan. 12: 13)

For what takes place during those 30 days and 45 days you can read, "What About Those 30 Days and 45 Days of Daniel 12: 11 and 12?" in the book called "Sequence Of Prophecy". Starting on page 131.

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