Jesus Foretells of Tribulation Pangs and Millennium Reign: Welcome back. We are looking closely into the prophetic passage of Daniel chapter 12 in this video. The conversation between Daniel and Jesus that started in chapter 10, continues in this chapter. Together, we will see Jesus foretell of the resurrection of saints, the Tribulation birth pangs, and the transition to His Millennial Reign.
This series of events is captured, in part, in my book, The Rapture – The Tribulation Reign of the Antichrist that is a thrilling, action-adventure. Please see that Daniel chapter 12 not only speaks of the Antichrist ushering in times of unparalleled distress, but the Two Witnesses intervening to humble Israel and all the world’s peoples, through the Trumpet/Bowl judgments. These will pummel the pride of men, until some one-third of them turn back in repentance (Zech 13:8-9). In the end, Jesus will return to the earth for His Second Coming, and will inaugurate His glorious Millennial Reign. Let’s begin.
Verse 1: Daniel foretells that with the onset of the Tribulation, times of great distress will strike both the earth and the peoples on it. During this period, many will turn back to God and His unconditional love.
Verse 2: At the front side of the Tribulation, weeks before the signing of the Treaty between the Antichrist and Israel, the Rapture will occur (Rev 4:1, 14:14-16). The Rapture will include the catching up of those who sleep in the dust of the ground, or all those who have died from Jesus’ resurrection until the Rapture. Not all the people taken up will enter into everlasting life, because all non-believers will face (olam) a long duration of contempt in Outer Darkness (Mt 8:12, 22:13. 25:30), until the Great White Throne Judgment (Rev 20:12). The support for this being a “rapture” text is found in verse one that clearly describes the Tribulation as a “time of distress such as never occurred since there was a nation…” Note Jesus’ statement in Matthew 24:21: “For then there will be a great tribulation, such as has not occurred since the beginning of the world until now, nor ever will.” As an aside, you might preview my video on Isaiah 11:11-12 also alludes to the Rapture of the saints.
Back to Daniel 12: verse 3: Those who receive the saving love of Jesus, will shine brightly as the stars, or be “transfigured” (Mt 17:2) in love. Without a doubt, the reward of Heaven is the reward of His transfiguring love.
Verse 4: Daniel is told to conceal the meaning of the visions shown him, but that the understanding of those visions would increase the closer we come to the Rapture. I personally have felt the urgings of the Spirit in putting out these videos, believing God has given increased insight into these passages.
Verse 5: Daniel sees the Two Witnesses standing on either bank of a river. Moses and Elijah are said to prophesy from Jerusalem’s Temple Court. Note also that they will protect the remnant that seeks sanctuary in the southern side of Jerusalem and Mount Zion (Joel 2:32; Zech 14:2). Therefore, it is assumed, that as Jerusalem’s water sources dry up, Moses will come to strike the Temple Rock and cause water to gush forth as a small river.
Verse 6: Either Moses or Elijah ask a Man (note 10:16,18)8/ dressed in linen, Jesus, for how long they will prophesy. Jesus answers them 3 ? years. Verse 7, Jesus reports that the pride of the Israeli people will be shattered during the second half of the Tribulation. As soon as the Jewish people humble themselves, right at the end of the Tribulation, Jesus will appear.
Verse 8: Daniel calls Jesus, my Lord, signifying that he is speaking with Jesus. Still, Daniel longs to know what will happen in the end, namely after the Tribulation. Verse 9: Jesus tells him that the revelation is concealed and sealed up until the end time, our time.
Verse 10: Jesus states that many will be purged, purified and refined during the difficult Tribulation period. However, the wicked will act out with evil intent. Jesus says “many”, or a vast multitude, will come to faith during this painful time.
Verse 11: Jesus reports that from the abomination of desolation, there will be 1,290 days, or 3 ? years. Observe that the Two Witnesses will only prophesy for 1,260 days (Rev 11:3) until they are killed (Rev 11:7), leaving 30 days as noted previously for Satan and the Antichrist to draw the armies of the world to Armageddon.
Verse 12: Jesus reports that those who trust in Him, and who wait patiently in their protected places until Armageddon plays itself out, will be greatly blessed. There will be 45 days (1,335 less 1,290) between Armageddon and Jesus’ Millennial reign. Please note that seven years from the Rapture, which will likely occur on the Feast of Trumpets, the calendar will once again come back to the Feast of Trumpets (head of the year). Jesus’ Second Coming will occur when He and the saints return to save Israel from the Antichrist at Armageddon. Of special note, this will mark the end of 6,000 years, and the start of the 1,000 year Millennial reign of Jesus on the earth. But Jesus cues Daniel in that 45 days will pass between Armageddon and the start of His millennial reign.
Verse 13: Jesus bids Daniel “to go his way to the end” of his life, at which he too will sleep in the dust of the ground. Then, at the end of the age, of the end of the Old Testament period, namely Jesus’ death and resurrection, Daniel and all the people would be raised up. This is alluded to in Matthew 27:52, that says, “The tombs were opened, and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised.” At that time, Daniel received his allotted portion, where today his new body shines forth as the stars of the sky (v.2).