Daniel 12* The conclusion of the vision of the Scriptures of truth. (1-4)The times of the continuance of these events. (5-13) #1-4. Michael signifies, "Who is like God," and his name, withthe title of "the great Prince," points out the Divine Saviour.Christ stood for the children of our people in their stead as asacrifice, bore the curse for them, to bear it from them. Hestands for them in pleading for them at the throne of grace. Andafter the destruction of antichrist, the Lord Jesus shall standat the latter day upon the earth; and He shall appear for thecomplete redemption of all his people. When God worksdeliverance from persecution for them, it is as life from thedead. When his gospel is preached, many who sleep in the dust,both Jews and Gentiles, shall be awakened by it out of theirheathenism of Judaism. And in the end the multitude that sleepin the dust shall awake; many shall arise to life, and many toshame. There is glory reserved for all the saints in the futurestate, for all that are wise, wise for their souls and eternity.Those who turn many to righteousness, who turn sinners from theerrors of their ways, and help to save their souls from death,#Jas 5:20|, will share in the glory of those they have helped toheaven, which will add to their own glory.5-13 One of the angels asking how long it should be to the endof these wonders, a solemn reply is made, that it would be for atime, times, and a half, the period mentioned ch. #7:25|, and inthe Revelation. It signifies 1260 prophetic days or years,beginning from the time when the power of the holy people shouldbe scattered. The imposture of Mohammed, and the papalusurpation, began about the same time; and these were a twofoldattack upon the church of God. But all will end well at last.All opposing rule, principality, and power, shall be put down,and holiness and love will triumph, and be in honour, toeternity. The end, this end, shall come. What an amazingprophecy is this, of so many varied events, and extendingthrough so many successive ages, even to the generalresurrection! Daniel must comfort himself with the pleasingprospect of his own happiness in death, in judgment, and toeternity. It is good for us all to think much of going away fromthis world. That must be our way; but it is our comfort that weshall not go till God calls us to another world, and till he hasdone with us in this world; till he says, Go thou thy way, thouhast done thy work, therefore now, go thy way, and leave it toothers to take thy place. It was a comfort to Daniel, and is acomfort to all the saints, that whatever their lot is in thedays of their lives, they shall have a happy lot in the end ofthe days. And it ought to be the great care and concern of everyone of us to secure this. Then we may well be content with ourpresent lot, and welcome the will of God. Believers are happy atall times; they rest in God by faith now, and a rest is reservedfor them in heaven at last.
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