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Pamphlet 5059 KC Daniel 26-3

Prophecies concerning God's children, the children of light, are given in solar terms
while prophecies concerning Satan and the children of darkness are given in lunar terminology.

So let us return to Daniel who has now been standing by the river Hiddekel, which is the Tigris River, since Dan. 10:4.

He has just been told to seal the book for the time of the end, the time for which it was written, and now he sees two other angels standing, one on each side of the banks of the river!

Dan 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.
These angels are not identified, but do not be surprised if they turn out to be those two angels of the churches of Philadelphia and Smyrna in Revelation chapters 3 and 2 respectively, whose members are the sons and daughters of Acts chapter 2, even the watchmen of these last days who would "see" (understand) the visions of the prophets and teach them to their brothers and sisters and whosoever will open his or her eyes and ears to see and hear.
[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?
To be clothed in linen is to be clothed with righteousness (Rev. 19:8) which tells us something about this one standing upon, or rather above, the river.

Now notice that this first of two questions asked to the angel standing upon (above) the waters of the river is,
"How long shall it be to the end of these wonders", which would better be translated, "How long will these wonders continue?"

It is important to remember that the "wonders" Daniel is asking about go the whole way back to the expository begun by the angel in chapter 10!

[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.
First of all, a "time" is one solar year or 360 days.

So a time (1) and times (2) and an half (1/2) would be 360 + 720 + 180 = 1260 days or three and one half years.

Now pay close attention to the answer given by the man clothed in righteousness because after he stated with certitude that it would be for a time, times, and half a time, he then said "and when" he (the little horn, the sperious messiah) shall have accomplished to scatter the power of the holy people, all these things shall be finished.

When does the power of the holy people get scattered?

During that "shortened period of time" when the abomination of desolation comes and stands in the holy place claiming to be God and plucks up the power of all nations under his supernatural control and that of his 10 kings!

Now let's recap what we learned back in Daniel 9:27 concerning the 70th week of Daniel and put all this into perspective, keeping in mind what Christ said in Mat. 24:22 concerning the time change of antichrist's defacto stand in the holy place.

Daniel 9:27
And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.
The one-world system, the first beast of Rev. 13, the New World Order, continues for a time, times, and an half, until it comes into "full bloom" at the entering in of the false christ who causes the sacrifice and the daily oblation to cease.

In Revelation we read about this same time period concerning the first beast.

Rev. 13:5
And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months.
Prophecies concerning God's children, the children of light, are given in solar terms while prophecies concerning Satan and the children of darkness are given in lunar terminology.

Nevertheless, this is talking about the same 3 1/2 year period of the beast system (42 months x 30 days in a month = 1260 days).

Notice that this is the same period of time the angel in Daniel 12:7 gave in answer to the question,
"How long shall these wonders continue?"

And how long do the two witnesses (two chief bruisers) prophesy (kick dragon) at the end?

Rev. 11:3
And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth.
Again we have the same period of 1260 days.

And how long is the woman nourished in the wilderness?

Rev. 12:14
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.
For the same time, times, and half a time... i.e. 1260 days!

Amazing, isn't it?

However, Daniel "heard" what the angel said but he didn't quite understand the "how long", so he now asks "what" shall be the end of these things.

Daniel 12:8
And I heard, but I understood not: then said I, O my Lord, what shall be the end of these things?
Before the angel gives answer to this question, he again informs Daniel that the words given unto him concerning the wondrous things that would happen were not for his time, but rather for the time of the end.
[9] And he said, Go thy way, Daniel: for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end.
The words are given for the time of the 6th Trump, the time of testing, the great tribulation, "the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth (Rev. 3:10)."
[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.
Many shall be purified and made white by overcoming the wicked one for they who are "wise" know that the spiritual fiery furnace of the king of Babylon will not harm those who have the gospel armor on and in place.

You "see", fire purifies gold and silver while at the same time it consumes and turns to ashes that which is stubble!

Now let's consider the age-old questions asked by men and women of God throughout recorded history.

It was just asked by Daniel the prophet in verse 8 and it was asked by the disciples of Jesus in Matthew 24, Mark 13 and Luke 21.

The questions are "When" and "What?"

Mark 13:4
"Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign when all these things shall be fulfilled?",
One of the signs Jesus gave us in His answer concerned the appearance of the little horn, the false christ.
Mark 13:14
But when ye shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing where it ought not, (let him that readeth understand,) then let them that be in Judaea flee to the mountains: ...
If you have followed with us in this Book of Daniel to this point, then you should have no doubts about who the "abomination of desolation" is.

It is an entity, not a thing, who comes and stands where "he" ought not (as Dr. Moffat translates it).

He is none other than (hang in there one last time) the king of Babylon, the little horn, the vile person, the king of fierce countenance, the wilful king, the prince that shall come, the man of sin, the son of perdition, the beast, the dragon, the serpent, Lucifer son of the morning, Satan himself, the devil.

Remember though, the wise have been given to understand and are to consider that there is a caveat, which is defined as an explanation to prevent misinterpretation, concerning the duration of time that the abominable one is given to "stand where he ought not".

That caveat is given by our Lord and Savior in Mark 13:20 and Matthew 24:22 which we read earlier.

Let's continue in Mark 13 where Jesus Christ is giving us instructions about what to do when antichrist appears and then we will see again what He said concerning the "how long" of the standing in the holy place by the abominable one.

Mark 13:15
And let him that is on the housetop not go down into the house, neither enter therein, to take any thing out of his house:

[16] And let him that is in the field not turn back again for to take up his garment.

Jesus is telling us that when we see the abomination who makes desolates standing in Jerusalem that time is short.

He is not saying it is now time to start getting your affairs in order because there is now three and one-half years to go, because there simply won't be!

In fact, there will be at most 5 months as per Rev. 9:4, so there is an urgency noted in these instructions.

Let's continue...

[17] But woe to them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days!
The Bridegroom has gone away for 2000 years and when He returns He is expecting to marry a virgin bride.

But when He returns and finds His bride-to-be nursing a child, He will know she has not faithfully waited for Him but rather has been "taken" already by another, even as the first woman taken in the field, and He surely will not be happy with her!

Would you?


[18] And pray ye that your flight be not in the winter.
This means do not be "harvested out of season" as in pray that you are not "caught in the (spiritual) storm" when Satan and his angels are cast out of heaven.
[19] For in those days shall be affliction, such as was not from the beginning of the creation which God created unto this time, neither shall be.
When the false christ and his angels are here in person there shall be great affliction and much spiritual desolation, for it will be the greatest time of apostasy ever there was.
[20] And except that the Lord had shortened those days, no flesh should be saved: but for the elect's sake, whom he hath chosen, he hath shortened the days.
What days has Christ just said would be shortened?

Again, those days when Satan stands in the holy place claiming to be God.

He has not shortened the time, times, and half a time that the beast of Rev. 13 would flourish, but if you have understanding of the reason He just gave in verse 20 and couple that with Rev. 7:1-4, you will know why?

You "see", He has actually lengthened the time of teaching by God's elect in order to seal the 144,000 and plant seeds of truth to the multitudes of Rev. 7:9 who shall come out of the great tribulation.

If it weren't for the teaching, i.e. if God's elect were not sent forth to teach the truth of His Word in these last days, then the harvest at the end of this age would be nil... as in no flesh would be saved!

In other words, no one would be spared the desolation because Satan is so good and so powerful that if one does not know ahead of time who he is, he or she will be overflown and swallowed-up by his flood of lies and deception.

[21] And then if any man shall say to you, Lo, here is Christ; or, lo, he is there; believe him not:
They will say "Isn't it wonderful that Jesus has returned?"

Remember though, you can be certain from your Father's Word that if you are still in your flesh body, the true Messiah has not returned!

Paul showed us this "mystery" in 1 Cor 15:52 where he told us that at the sound of the last (7th) trump, in a moment in the twinkling of an eye, ALL people who are alive and remain in the flesh to that time, i.e. both the (spiritually) dead and those who are Christ's at His coming, will be changed from their corruptible (flesh) bodies to their incorruptible (spirit) bodies.

[22] For false Christs and false prophets shall rise, and shall shew signs and wonders, to seduce, if it were possible, even the elect.
The spurious messiah along with his angels will shew great signs and wonders to spiritually seduce our people.

This will be of such great magnitude that without the "sealing" and the prior teaching of His Word, only God's elect, those chosen from before the foundation of the world, would remain!

So take heed!

(Note: The Greek "if it were possible" implies that it is not possible to deceive God's elect. See note in the Companion Bible.)

[23] But take ye heed: behold, I have foretold you all things.
He has foretold us all things, including the length of time of the "shortening"!

We find that in Revelation chapter 9.

Rev. 9:3-4
And there came out of the smoke locusts upon the earth: and unto them was given power, as the scorpions of the earth have power.

[4] And it was commanded them that they should not hurt the grass of the earth, neither any green thing, neither any tree; but only those men which have not the seal of God in their foreheads.

The locusts are Satan's army!

They are people... NOT giant insects.

And you can readily see from this verse that those who do not have the seal of God in their foreheads are in big trouble.

But the wise who do have understanding of their Father's Word shall not be harmed.

Rev. 9:10
And they had tails like unto scorpions, and there were stings in their tails: andtheir power was to hurt men five months.

To study the Bible is the noblest of all pursuits; to understand it, the highest of all goals.
We pray that with the guidance of the Holy Spirit, you accomplish both.

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