In the Bible we turned to the Book of Daniel chapters 10-12 to find the most detailed account of the
coming Antichrist. We also found one of the most dramatic accounts of angels, both hindering and
helping God’s people.

We would now consider the first subject. What about the future satanic superman, known as the
Antichrist? How does he come into power? What will be his background? What will be his religion?
When will he rule? How long will he rule? What terrible things will he do? Where will he establish his
kingdom? Who will eventually destroy him? Daniel chapter deals with these questions. For example,
"But in his estate shall he honor the God of forces: and a god whom his fathers new not shall he honor
with gold, and silver, and with precious stones, and pleasant things" (Dan. 11:36-38).

And now the second subject. How do the elect angels help mankind and how do the evil angels hinder
mankind? Daniel chapters 10 and 12 clarify these matters for us. His final question to God is:
“O my Lord, what shall be the end of these things?” God’s final words to Daniel are: “Go thy way,
Daniel: for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end” (12:8-9)

Do you know the staggering significance of these words? They mean that believers living today can
understand more about the Book of Daniel than did the prophet himself. The reason?  Because we live
in (or near) “the time of the end.”

Thank God that Daniel’s prophecy did not end with chapter 11:45; it would be wonderful, but incomplete.
Chapter 12 continues the thought begun in Chapters 10-11. After the briefest mention of a time of great
trouble (the Great Tribulation) during which Michael, the arch-angel, will take Israel’s part, and achieve
the deliverance of his people of only those whose names shall be found written in the book of life. The
crowning jewel is added to the Daniel’s prophecy (12:1-2). The angel reveals to Daniel that for his
people, there is going to be a great resurrection program. It will be in two parts: (1) some to everlasting
life and (2) some to shame and everlasting contempt.

We must always realize in dealing with the prophecy of Daniel that it was given to a prophet of Israel
and primarily concerns God’s dealings as they relate to Israel. Therefore, the things in Daniel’s
prophecy do not relate to the church and its program at all. This is important because though the two
resurrections mentioned in verse 2 appear in close juxtaposition to one another they pertain to Israel
and are not to be confused with the Rapture of the Church. The two events are actually separated by
1000 years. The resurrection to life occurs at the beginning of the Millennium. At that time, all of the Old
Testament saints will be raised from the dead. Abraham will realize all of the promises given him and
will actually see the nation that God promised him on this earth (Gen. 12:1-3). Moses will see that Israel
has actually been given all of the land from the great river in Egypt to the great River Euphrates (Deut.
30:1-8). David would see his Son, Jesus, reigning on his throne over his people (Sam. 7:17-16). Jeremiah
will see the nation re-gathered, cleansed of its sins, and nationally regenerated (Jer. 31:321-33). Every
promise ever given to Israel or to any Old Testament saint will be completely and utterly fulfilled. What
a glorious day the resurrection unto life will be for Israel and all the Old Testament saints who died
having “received not the promise” (Heb. 11:39).

In John chapter 5:28-29, Jesus mentioned these two resurrections. Paul gave us some supplementary
revelation concerning the first resurrection in 1 Corinthians 15:22-23 and lets us know that the first
resurrection actually consists of three parts (1) the resurrection of Christ, (2) the resurrection and
Rapture of the saints of the Church Age, and (3) the resurrection of the Old Testament saints. Only this
last one is in view in Daniel’s prophecy.

But what of the second resurrection? It will take place at the end of the Millennium and will involve all
the unbelieving dead from Cain down to the last unbeliever to die, Jew or Gentile. It is described in
Revelation 20:11-15 in which those participating in this resurrection stand before God for the Great
White Throne judgment and “whosoever was not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake
of fire” to be forever separated from God and His attributes.

Putting together this brief survey of what the Scripture teaches concerning these two resurrections we
can see that it is not a question of whether one is going to be raised from the dead; it is a question of
when—the first resurrection, the resurrection to life, or the second resurrection, the resurrection to
death. If one should be in doubt he or she can settle the question at any time he or she wishes. All one
has to do is to believe in Jesus who loved him and gave Himself for him. For one who will do that, his
sins will be forgiven and he will be given the righteousness of Christ as he continues in his deeds of
faith. If he should die physically before Jesus comes in the air to receive His Church to Himself, he will
be a part of that Rapture unto life (1 Thess. 4:13-18).

Understandably, Daniel wondered about all of the things that he had learned. When he asked about them
he was told that these words “are closed up and sealed till the time of the end” (Dan. 12:9). Those days
are on us as those words have now been unsealed and revealed to us by The Lord Jesus Christ in the
New Testament.

Scripture reading: Daniel chapters 11 and 12.
Daniel’s Account of the Coming Antichrist
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