Read 267.) Daniel 10:1 thru 12:13. Daniel was taken to Babylon by Nebuchadnezzar in 605 BC as a youth. He likely died there, probably well in his 80’s. He lived thru the fall of Babylon to the Medes and Persians, and served world empire leaders. He may have shown Cyrus the very prophecies in Isaiah about him by name, that caused Cyrus to set captive Israel free, 70 years after they were expelled from out of their Promised Land, also as prophesied! Now, in his final days, and having been a faithful prophet of the Lord all his adult life, Daniel receives final words from God more than 2,500 years ago, that were preserved, and we read them today. With these, we say goodbye to Daniel, only to see him one day in glory, when true believers get there. He’s my favorite OT writer.
Chapter 10 opens with our time clue, it’s in a 536 to 532 BC time window, and Daniel has a vision. It is an amazing picture, if you will meditate upon it, and it is only the opening for what will come in chapter 11. Note that 11:1 mentions Darius, whereas 10:1 spoke of Cyrus. Again, it is believed that Darius took Babylon under and for Cyrus, and that their reigns were tied very closely together. The entire detailed, and rather complex prophecy that is chapter 11, is almost certainly, and without a doubt, related to the same person of 9:26b+27. This person is Antiochus Epiphanes of the Inter-Testamental period which spans 425 BC to 5 BC, between the Old and New Testaments. And, more specifically, he lived and ruled during the period of 175 to 164 BC from Syria, against Egypt in his day. Because Israel lay in-between Syria and Egypt, and he hated Judaism, we read of those atrocities he committed against Israel and the Jews toward the end of this chapter. The reason for the length and detail likely has to do with the idea that Antiochus pre-figures the End-Time ruler, we know as Anti-Christ, who will do many of the very same things against Israel in his day to come. Verses 31 to the end, appear to depict details of the feats of Anti-Christ in the last half of the 7-Year Tribulation period.
Chapter 12 closes out this vision, the book, and of Daniel’s life of incredible faithfulness and service. It is obvious that this does relate to the time of the very end, because we are told that it does! It goes right to the Final Judgment of Revelation 20:11 thru 15, with verses 2 and 3! And, if anything, verse 7 speaks to the final 3 1/2-year period of The Great Tribulation for Israel, of which the Anti-Christ will be a principal actor, and do incredible harm to Israel in the end… just before Jesus Returns to deliver a surviving remnant of Israel and take the reins of the earth to establish His own everlasting Kingdom; just as was prophesied in Daniel chapter 2, and told us, by Nebuchadnezzar in chapter 4, and Darius in chapter 6! That verse 9 says these things would be sealed up until the time of the end, and that we now understand them, gives us all cause to ask… Just what time is it? It’s what the Book is all about!
Harold F Crowell