1 “At that time Michael, the great prince who watches over your people, will arise. There will be a time of distress unlike any other from the nation’s beginning up to that time. But at that time your own people, all those whose names are found written in the book, will escape. 2 Many of those who sleep in the dusty ground will awake—some to everlasting life, and others to shame and everlasting abhorrence. 3 But the wise will shine like the brightness of the heavenly expanse. And those bringing many to righteousness will be like the stars forever and ever. 4 “But you, Daniel, close up these words and seal the book until the time of the end. Many will dash about, and knowledge will increase.”
17 Woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing their babies in those days! 18 Pray that it may not be in winter. 19 For in those days there will be suffering unlike anything that has happened from the beginning of the creation that God created until now, or ever will happen. 20 And if the Lord had not cut short those days, no one would be saved. But because of the elect, whom he chose, he has cut them short. 21 Then if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!’ or ‘Look, there he is!’ do not believe him. 22 For false messiahs and false prophets will appear and perform signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, the elect.
Notes and References
"... The phrase marks off 12:1–3 from 11:40–45 as a literary unit, while referring back to the “time of the end” (in 11:40. Consequently, 12:1–3 also refers to the “time of the end,” so that chronological overlap between 11:40–45 and 12:1–3 is possible, but any suggestion of a gap in time between 11:45 and 12:1 is unwarranted. Furthermore, in the Olivet Discourse Jesus alludes to the “time of distress” in Daniel 12:1 as occurring during the time of the destruction of the temple within his generation (Mark 13:19; Matt 24:21; Luke 21:23). Jesus’ use of Daniel 12:1 suggests that he likewise understood the events of Daniel 11:36–45 to describe the destruction of the temple ..."
Parry, Jason Thomas Desolation of the Temple and Messianic Enthronement in Daniel 11:36–12:3 (pp. 485-526) Journal for the Evangelical Society, 2011
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