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Wednesday, December 23 2015
Daniel 12: Sealed Till The Time Of The End
"Go thy way, Daniel: for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end"
The prophet Daniel's ministry began in the time of King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon (see Daniel's Knowledge Of Wisdom And Science and Nebuchadnezzar's Dream Of The World To Come). He continued through the reigns of the last kings of Babylon (see The Fiery Furnace Of The Head Of Gold and What Part Of The Bible Was Written By A Babylonian King?) until the Babylonian Empire fell to the Persian Empire (see The Hand Writing On The Wall and The Beasts And The Little Big Horn.)
Daniel then continued as a servant of the LORD (see The Identity Of The LORD God and The LORD God Our Saviour) into the Persian Empire (Persia is known today as Iran; see Daniel In The Den Of Lions and The Ram And He Goat Of Persia And Greece and The Seventy Sevens In History And Prophecy).
The Book of Daniel was completed with the prophecies of the historic and end-time "king of the north" and "king of the south." That specific prophecy spanned chapter 10 (see Daniel's Latter Days Vision), chapter 11 (see The Abominations Of Desolations By The Kings Of The North And South) and chapter 12, as covered below.
There is no doubt what-so-ever that the prophecy ends in the yet-future because it describes the coming resurrections of the dead.
"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: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book [see What Happened When The Messiah Arrived In Heaven? and What Happens After The Messiah Returns?].
The 42-month / 3 ½ year "end time" was also further explained to Daniel, just as it was later to the apostle John, centuries later, in the Book of Revelation (see The Battle Of The End-Time Prophets).
"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 [see also Linen In History And Prophecy], which was upon the waters of the river, How long shall it be to the end of these wonders?
With his work completed, Daniel was told to "Go thy way, Daniel: for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end" (see The Seals Of Prophecy).
"12:8 And I heard, but I understood not: then said I, O my Lord, what shall be the end of these things?
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This Day In History, December 23
484: Huneric, king of the Vandals, died. The Vandals were a Germanic tribe; their practice of destroying and looting is the origin of the term "vandalism." He was succeeded by his nephew Gunthamund (see also The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).
962: During the Byzantine-Arab Wars, Byzantine troops under the command of the future Emperor Nicephorus Phocas captured the city of Aleppo.
1569: Philip of Moscow was martyred by Ivan the Terrible.
1672: Giovanni Cassini discovered Rhea, a moon of Saturn.
1688: During the "Glorious Revolution," King James II fled England to Paris after being deposed by his nephew, William of Orange and his daughter Mary.
1690: John Flamsteed observed Uranus without realizing that the 7th planet was not yet officially discovered (see also What Can You See In The Firmament Of The Heavens?).
1823: A Visit from St. Nicholas, also known as The Night Before Christmas, was published (see Could Santa Claus Have Become The Pope?).
1861: The Danubian Principalities of Wallachia and Moldavia were formally united as Romania.
1909: King Leopold II of Belgium died.
1919: Britain instituted a new constitution for India.
1920: Ireland was divided.
1933: Marinus van der Lubbe was found guilty and sentenced to death for setting fire to the Reichstag (the German Parliament Building) earlier in the year. The Reichstag fire was Germany's "9-11" that was used by Adolf Hitler as the excuse to turn Germany into a lawless police state (see Law-Abiding Criminals and Why Does Satan Love Liars?) i.e. the infamous Gestapo were the state police in charge of "security of the fatherland" (see also Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion).
1947: The transistor was invented by Bardeen, Brattain and Shockley at Bell Labs.
1948: Hideki Tojo, Japanese soldier, Prime Minister when Japan attacked Pearl Harbor, was executed as a war criminal along with 6 others. Among the court-specified war crimes, for which they were ordered hung by U.S. judges, was the waterboarding torture of prisoners.
1964: Over 2,000 people were killed by a cyclone in Ceylon (known today as Sri Lanka).
1972: A massive earthquake struck Managua, Nicaragua, causing the deaths of approximately 7,000 people.
1973: 6 Persian Gulf nations doubled their oil prices.
1979: Soviet forces occupied the capital city of Kabul after the communist USSR invaded Afghanistan. The Taliban defense forces (U.S. President Ronald Reagan called them "freedom fighters" and "the moral equivalent of America's founding fathers" when he welcomed some of their leaders in the Oval Office) were trained and armed primarily by the U.S. The same Taliban are today fighting against the U.S. after the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan.
1997: A U.S. jury found Terry Nichols guilty of involvement with Timothy McVeigh in the terrorist bombing of the Federal Building in Oklahoma City - up to that time the worst act of terrorism in the U.S.