Verse 1) Also in the first year of Da-ri’-us the Mede, even I, stood to confirm and to strengthen him. This appears to be an Angel speaking. Possibly Gabriel who had given the prophecy of Daniel chapter 9 to Gods prophet Daniel.This prophecy was written in 536 B.C. This was the first year of King Darius of the Medes, who joined with the Persians, and became the Medo- Persian Empire.
Verse 2-4) And now will I shew thee the truth. Behold, there shall stand up yet three kings in Persia; and the fourth shall be far richer than they all: and by his strength through his riches he shall stir up all against the realm of Gre’- ci-a. And a mighty king shall stand up, that shall rule with great dominion, and do according to his will. And when he shall stand up, his kingdom shall be broken, and shall be divided toward the four winds of heaven; and not to his posterity, nor according to his dominion which he ruled; for his kingdom shall be plucked up, even for others beside those. The three kings in Persia were Cyrus, Cambyses, Darius,and the fourth was Xerxes, the richest and most powerful of the Persian kings. He invaded Greece but was defeated at Salamis. These prophecy’s were written over 200 years before there was a Greek Empire. The Greek Empire was founded in 331 B.C. By Alexander the Great. At his death the Greek Empire was divided up between his four main Generals. They ruled from Egypt, Assyria, Turkey, and Greece.”Not to his posterity’ refers to the fact that Alexander’s empire was not given to any of his relatives to take over, neither did he dictate who should rule after him.It has been said that Alexander the Great, when asked, Who should rule after him, he said; “Whoever is the strongest.”
Verse 5-20) And the king of the south shall be strong, and one of his princes; and he shall be strong above him, and have dominion; his dominion shall be a great dominion. And in the end of years they shall join themselves together; for the king’s daughter of the south shall come to the king of the north to make an agreement: but she shall not retain the power of the arm; neither shall he stand, nor his arm: but she shall be given up, and they that brought her, and he that begat her, and he that strengthened her in these times.But out of a branch of her roots shall one stand up in his estate, which shall come with an army, and shall enter into the fortress of the king of the north, and shall deal against them, and shall prevail: And shall also carry captives into Egypt their gods, with their princes, and with their precious vessels of silver and of gold; and he shall continue more years than the king of the north.So the king of the south shall come into his kingdom, and shall return into his own land.But his sons shall be stirred up, and shall assemble a multitude of great forces: and one shall certainly come, and overflow, and pass through: then shall he return, and be stirred up, even to his fortress.And the king of the south shall be moved with choler, and shall come forth and fight with him, even with the king of the north: and he shall set forth a great multitude; but the multitude shall be given into his hand.And when he hath taken away the multitude, his heart shall be lifted up; and he shall cast down many ten thousands: but he shall not be strengthened by it.For the king of the north shall return, and shall set forth a multitude greater than the former, and shall certainly come after certain years with a great army and with much riches.And in those times there shall many stand up against the king of the south: also the robbers of thy people shall exalt themselves to establish the vision; but they shall fall.So the king of the north shall come, and cast up a mount, and take the most fenced cities: and the arms of the south shall not withstand, neither his chosen people, neither shall there be any strength to withstand.But he that cometh against him shall do according to his own will, and none shall stand before him: and he shall stand in the glorious land, which by his hand shall be consumed.He shall also set his face to enter with the strength of his whole kingdom, and upright ones with him; thus shall he do: and he shall give him the daughter of women, corrupting her: but she shall not stand on his side, neither be for him.After this shall he turn his face unto the isles, and shall take many: but a prince for his own behalf shall cause the reproach offered by him to cease; without his own reproach he shall cause it to turn upon him.Then he shall turn his face toward the fort of his own land: but he shall stumble and fall, and not be found.Then shall stand up in his estate a raiser of taxes in the glory of the kingdom: but within few days he shall be destroyed, neither in anger, nor in battle.These verses refer to the different kings and their different actions from the remains of Alexander’s empire until the anti-christ arises.
Verse 21) And in his estate shall stand up a vile person, to whom they shall not give the honour of the kingdom: but he shall come in peaceably, and obtain the kingdom by flatteries. The anit-christ is a vile person because he is possessed by the devil himself. The anti-christ will not be given the honour of the kingdom. Could this mean he will come to power by voter fraud, or by lies and false promises, and obtain the kingdom by flatteries?
Verse 22) And with the arms of a flood shall they be overflown from before him, and shall be broken; yea, also the prince of the Covenant. The anti-christ will have great armies to take over those who oppose him and even the prince of the Covenant. This could be talking about the one who wrote the covenant that he confirmed in Daniel 9:27, which starts the last seven years.” With the arms of a flood”, sounds like great armies. “The sorrows of death compassed me,and the floods of ungodly men made me afraid.” (Psalms 18:4).
Verse 23) And after the league made with him he shall work deceitfully; for he shall come up, and shall become strong with a small people. He works his way in with deceit through minority’s.
Verse 24) He shall enter peaceably even upon the fattest places of the province; and he shall do that which his fathers have not done, nor his fathers fathers; he shall scatter among them the prey, and spoil , and riches: yea, and he shall forecast his devices against the strong holds, even for a time. He will come in deceitfully even on the most wealthy country and countries, not like previous dictators who came in and took power by force. He shall use socialism and distribute the riches to the poor, and give out ultimatums for a time.
Verse 25) And he shall stir up his power and his courage against the king of the south with a great army; and the king of the south shall be stirred up to do battle with a very great and mighty army; but he shall not stand: for they shall forecast devices against him. There will be nations that war against the anti-christ and his armies. These “devices” could be spiritual such as witchcraft, or electronic magnetic pulses (E.M.P’s) which will knock out electronics and computers,and cause cyber warfare, causing great confusion, and chaos, and collapse of whole nations and economies,and armies. The Great Confusion.
Verse 26) Yea, they that feed of the portion of his meat shall destroy him, and his army shall overflow: and many shall fall down slain. This could be referring to betrayals which will take place by nations who supported and helped him to power.
Verse 27) And both these kings hearts shall be to do mischief, and they shall speak lies at one table; but it shall not prosper: for yet the end shall be at the time appointed. This sounds like the United Nations, speaking lies that do not prosper at one table. This verse also shows us how that ultimately God is in control, and has an appointed time for the end.
Verse 28)Then shall he return into his own land with great riches; and his heart shall be against the holy covenant; and he shall do exploits, and return to his own land. The anti-christ will do great exploits and conquer many, and in his heart he is against the covenant, because he wants to proclaim himself as God.
Verse 29-30) At the time appointed he shall return, and come toward the south; but it shall not be as the former, or as the latter. For the ships of Chit’-tim shall come against him: therefore he shall be grieved, and return, and have indignation against the holy covenant; so shall he do; he shall even return, and have intelligence with them that forsake the holy covenant. The ships of Chit’-tim refers to Britain who will send their ships, and possibly air ships also against the anti-christ. He will conspire and have intelligence with them that are against the covenant and the Jewish daily sacrifices. Possibly the Muslims.
Verse 31) And arms shall stand on his part, and they shall pollute the sanctuary of strength, and shall take away the daily sacrifice, and they shall place the abomination that maketh desolate. The anti-christ will have the force of his armies on his side and he will make the Jews stop their daily sacrifices and he will place the ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION. This event will start the last three and one half years,The Great Tribulation period. (See our class on Matthew 24).
Verse 32) And such as do wickedly against the covenant shall he corrupt by flatteries: but the people that do know their God shall be strong and do exploits. He will lie and flatter and corrupt the people who are also against the covenant and the Jewish sacrifices in the Temple. The people who know Jesus will be doing mighty miracles and leading many to the Lord.
Verse 33) And they that understand among the people shall instruct many: yet they shall fall by the sword, and by flame, by captivity, and by spoil, many days. For 1,260 days the Christians will be under heavy persecution while they witness to the world about what is going on.
Verse 34) Now when they shall fall, they shall be holpen with a little help: but many shall cleave to them with flatteries. The Holy Spirit will help the saved through these times, and the Lord will raise up people to help us, and many will come to the saved believers for help, but be careful that they aren’t spy’s seeking a reward for turning you in.
Verse 35) And some of them of understanding shall fall, to try them, and to purge, and to make them white, even to the time of the end: because it is yet for a time appointed. Many believers will be killed, to try, and to purge, and to prepare us to meet the Lord.
Verse 36) And the king shall do according to his will; and he shall exalt himself, and magnify himself above every god, and shall speak marvelous things against the God of gods, and shall prosper till the indignation be accomplished: for that that is determined shall be done. “Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.” (2 Thessalonians 2:3,4)
Verse 37) Neither shall he regard the God of his fathers, nor the desire of women, nor regard any god: for he shall magnify himself above all. He doesn’t regard any god but himself, nor have a desire for women, or care about their desires.
Verse 38,39) But in his estate shall he honour the God of forces: and a god whom his fathers knew not shall he honour with gold, and silver, and with precious stones, and pleasant things. Thus shall he do in the most strong holds with a strange god, whom he shall acknowledge and increase with glory: and he shall cause them to rule over many, and shall divide the land for gain. The god of forces could be talking about nuclear power,” a god whom his fathers knew not” which he will heavily invest into and use.See our class on Revelation Chapters 8 & 9,which tells of the effects of nuclear warfare. “He shall divide the land for gain”, (spread the wealth around) to gain supporters.Sounds like Socialism ?
Verse 40) And at the time of the end shall the king of the south push at him: and the king of the north shall come against him like a whirlwind, with chariots, and with horsemen, and with many ships; and he shall enter into the countries, and shall overflow and pass over. The anit-christ will be under many attacks.
Verse 41) He shall enter also into the glorious land, and many countries shall be overthrown: but these shall escape out of his hand, even E’-dom, and Moab, and the chief of the children of Ammon. The glorious land is Israel. These Arab countries and their leader will escape out of his hand. Possibly because of being on his side against the covenant and the Jewish daily sacrifice.
Verse 42-44) He shall stretch forth his hand also upon the countries: and the land of Egypt shall not escape. But he shall have power over the treasures of gold and of silver, and over all the precious things of Egypt: and the Lib’-yans and E-thi-o’-pi-ans shall be at his steps. But tidings out of the east and out of the north shall trouble him: therefore he shall go forth with great fury to destroy, and utterly to make away many. He will subdue Egypt and take power over their wealth. With great anger and fury will he go after all who oppose him. “Woe unto the inhablitors of the earth, and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath,because he knoweth, that he hath but a short time.” ( Revelation 12:12b)
Verse 45) And he shall plant the tabernacles of his palace between the seas in the glorious holy mountain; yet he shall come to his end, and none shall help him. He will place his palace between the Mediterranean Sea and the Dead Sea and sit in the Temple proclaiming himself god and no one will be able to help him when Jesus comes.
DANIEL CHAPTER 12
Verse 1) And at that time, shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation, even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, everyone that shall be found written in the book. Michael is one of God’s main Angels, or archangels, like a top General Angel in Jesus’s army of Angels. He will stand up, and come forth and fight for God’s people, leading a great army of Angels with him against the devil and his angels and demons in the end times. Jesus said; “When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:) for then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: and then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.”( Matthew 24:15,21,29,30,31).You really need to study and have a good understanding of the Book of Revelation, and other related End Time Prophecy classes, and our class on Matthew Chapter 24, to understand the Book of Daniel. These classes can all be easily found in this web site under “Bible Prophecy”. “But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse,deceiving and being deceived.”(2 Timothy 3:13). World events will steadily get worse until the rapture of the saved, and then the seven vials of God’s wrath are poured upon the earth while the saved are in heaven at the marriage supper of the Lamb. All the saved will be delivered from the wrath of God,(BUT NOT THE GREAT TRIBULATION) and taken to Heaven. Everyone whose name is written in the Lamb’s Book of Life. The Lord keeps a record of everyone who has been saved, and a record of what we do in this life.“And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, and prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven.And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night. And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.” ( Revelation 12:7-12)
Verse 2) And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt. The Bible says, “For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the Archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.” (I Thessalonians 4:16,17).“Behold, I show you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed. In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.” (II Corinthians 15:51,52). At the seventh trumpet the rapture takes place, and the dead saved are resurrected first, and the saved which are alive are taken up to heaven before the vials of the Wrath of God are poured out upon the earth. The Rapture will take place in the twinkling of and eye. Some will be happy to see Jesus, and some will be ashamed because they didn’t serve the Lord in their time here on earth.I think all Christians who have been alive at anytime at all, have done and said things they are ashamed of. But the good news is that the blood of Jesus Christ washes away all of our sins. All we have to do is ask Jesus to forgive us and he does, and our sins are washed away forever, by faith in his blood.So have communion often as Jesus commanded us to do.
Verse 3) 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.“The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise.” (Proverbs 11:30) So if you want to shine like the stars then win souls for Jesus Christ !
Verse 4) 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. The Angel tells Daniel just to write the book and shut it up and seal it until the time of the end when many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased. Well, this is one reason that we know it is the time of the end, because the book of Daniel has now been opened and revealed to us. Behold before your eyes and in your hearing the scriptures are being fulfilled in www.answersintheword.com as the truth of the Book of Daniel is now opened unto you ! Many are running to and fro all over the world as world travel was virtually unheard of just 100 years ago, and knowledge has been greatly increased, from letter writing to Internet, and computers, not to mention advances in science and other technology. This is another amazing sign of the Time of the end.
Verse 5-7)Then I Daniel looked, and, behold, there stood other two, 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 said to the man clothed in linen, which was upon the waters of the river, How long shall it be to the end of these wonders?And I heard the man 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; and when he shall have accomplished to scatter the power of the holy people, all these things shall be finished.This is talking about the great tribulation. For 3 1/2 years, or time, times, and a half. When the anit-christ has scattered God’s people and it looks like the end for us, then Jesus comes to rescue the saved that are still alive on earth. A time is one year. Times is two years, and a half of a time is one half of a year, equaling three and a half years. This is explained in Revelations 12:6 &14.“And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days.And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent.” 1,260 days is three and a half years in the Hebrew calendar of twelve 30 day months,or a time, times, and a half of a time.
Verse 8,9) And I 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. Daniel did not understand, and he is told to go his way, and the words would be revealed at the time of the end, as they now are to you, as you study these classes.
Verse 10) 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. The wicked unsaved who reject Jesus and the truth of his Word will not understand these prophecies. Jesus said, “Blessed are those that do hunger and thirst after righteousness for they shall be filled.” (Matthew 5:6).“and with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: that they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.” (2 Thessalonians 2:10-12)
Verse 11,12) And from the time that the daily sacrifice shall be taken away, and the abomination that maketh desolate set up there shall be 1,290 days. Blessed is he that waiteth, and cometh to the thousand three hundred and five and thirty days. These are the only two verses in the Bible that give us a time frame for the two main events that happen after the rapture. These two events are, the Marriage Supper of the Lamb, and the Seven Vials of the Wrath of God, which are poured out upon the earth, while the saved are in Heaven. We know that there are 1,260 days in the Great Tribulation, from the time that the Abomination Of Desolation is placed in the Temple, until the Rapture. 1,290 days are 30 days more past 1,260 days. Then it says, ” Blessed is he that waiteth, and cometh to the thousand three hundred and five and thirty days.” (Daniel 12:12). 1,335 days minus 1,260 days equals 75 total days for these two events, the Rapture and the Seven Vials of the Wrath of God ! Why are they blessed that wait and come to the end of these 75 days? Because that is when the Millennium begins, and the 1,000 year reign of Jesus Christ on the earth ! So this gives us a time period, of a total of 75 days past the rapture. During this 75 day period the Marriage Supper of the Lamb will occur, and also the Seven Vials of the Wrath of God will be poured out upon the earth, ending with the Seventh Vial which is the battle of Armageddon. Maybe the first 30 day period mentioned in verse 11 will be for the Marriage Supper of the Lamb, and the next 45 days may be for the Vials of Wrath to be poured out. We don’t know why the Lord broke up these time periods into 30 days and 45 days for a total of 75 days, but we will soon someday find out. This seems to be the best explanation for the 30 and 45 days so far.
Verse 13) But go thy way till the end be: for thou shalt rest and stand in thy lot at the end of the days. Even though Daniel could not understand all these prophecies because they were not for his day. He is told to just rest and don’t worry about it, because he will get his reward at the end of days.
Say this prayer to be saved: Jesus, I want to know you, and to live forever in Heaven, I know I have made mistakes and done bad things- and I am sorry. Please forgive me. I know I don’t deserve it, but I accept your love and I accept you as my Saviour. I believed you died on the cross for my sins and rose from the dead. Please come into my heart and life and fill me with your Holy Spirit and give me peace. Amen.