Daniel – Chapter 12

The Bible – Old Testament



Chapter 12


1 «At that time there shall arise Michael, the great prince, guardian of your people; It shall be a time unsurpassed in distress since nations began until that time. At that time your people shall escape, everyone who is found written in the book.


2 Many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake; some shall live forever, others shall be an everlasting horror and disgrace.


But the wise shall shine brightly like the splendor of the firmament, And those who lead the many to justice shall be like the stars forever.


«As for you, Daniel, keep secret the message and seal the book until the end time; many shall fall away and evil shall increase.»


I, Daniel, looked and saw two others, one standing on either bank of the river.


One of them said to the man clothed in linen, who was upstream, «How long shall it be to the end of these appalling things?»


3 The man clothed in linen, who was upstream, lifted his right and left hands to heaven; and I heard him swear by him who lives forever that it should be for a year, two years, a half-year; and that, when the power of the destroyer of the holy people was brought to an end, all these things should end.


I heard, but I did not understand; so I asked, «My lord, what follows this?»


«Go, Daniel,» he said, «because the words are to be kept secret and sealed until the end time.


Many shall be refined, purified, and tested, but the wicked shall prove wicked; none of them shall have understanding, but the wise shall have it.


From the time that the daily sacrifice is abolished and the horrible abomination is set up, there shall be one thousand two hundred and ninety days.


Blessed is the man who has patience and perseveres until the one thousand three hundred and thirty-five days.


Go, take your rest, you shall rise for your reward at the end of days.»


1 [1] Written in the book: the book of God’s predestination.
2 [2] The first Israelites who have fallen (⇒ Daniel 11:33-35) shall awake, that is, rise to live forever. A resurrection of the wicked as in later, Christian teaching (⇒ John 5:28-29) is implied here if the others are included in the many; but cf ⇒ Isaiah 66:24.
3 [7] A year, two years, a half-year: see note on ⇒ Daniel 7:25. The author’s perspective is the end of Antiochus, and beyond, the final consummation of all things.