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Across The River

Some Prophets saw much of their Prophecy happen in their own time. For example, Jeremiah (see Jeremiah and Baruch) personally witnessed the fall of Jerusalem to the Babylonians (see also Raiders Of The Lost Ark), after warning the people of The Southern Kingdom of Judah to repent before it was too late (obviously, they refused to heed the warnings). Jeremiah was given other prophecies of a latter time as well, but for the most part, they were fulfilled during his own lifetime - and he fully understood what all of it meant, not the least reason of which was that he personally lived through it.

The Prophet Daniel also saw some of the prophecies that he was given to deliver happen in his own lifetime (e.g. the famous "handwriting on the wall" incident with Belshazzar; see the notes for Daniel 5), but for the most part, although Daniel is one of the greatest of the prophets, the prophecy that he was shown by The Lord is prescribed to happen in the end time, not back in Daniel's time of then. In fact, Daniel did not even understand the meaning of some of his own prophecies, but the end-time people to whom the knowledge is given will understand i.e. Daniel said "I heard, but I understood not" (Daniel 12:8 KJV), but The Lord replied that in the latter time "the wise shall understand" (Daniel 12:10 KJV). They will understand because they will be living through it.

"Go thy way, Daniel: for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end"

The prophetic book of Daniel (see notes for Daniel 1-3, Daniel 4-6, Daniel 7-9 and Daniel 10-12) concludes with the prophet standing on the bank of the river, "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" - which may be at least partly symbolic of the prophetic time divide between then and the day of Christ's return when Daniel will "stand in thy lot at the end of the days" (see When Will You Be Judged?).

Rivers Of Babylon

"12:1 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 [see Never Before, Never Again]: and at that time thy people shall be delivered [see Deliverance], every one that shall be found written in the book.

12:2 And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake [see What Happens When You Die?, Resurrections and Born Again, How and When?], some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt. 12:3 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.

12:4 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.

12:5 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.

12:6 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?

12:7 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."

12:8 And I heard, but I understood not: then said I, O my Lord, what shall be the end of these things?

12:9 And he said, Go thy way, Daniel: for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end. 12:10 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.

12:11 And from the time that the daily sacrifice shall be taken away, and the abomination that maketh desolate set up [see Abomination of Desolation - Where?], there shall be a thousand two hundred and ninety days. 12:12 Blessed is he that waiteth, and cometh to the thousand three hundred and five and thirty days.

12:13 But go thou thy way till the end be: for thou shalt rest, and stand in thy lot at the end of the days [see To Meet The Lord In The Air]" (Daniel 12:1-13 KJV)

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