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? 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 11 deals with these questions.

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.

Scripture reading: Daniel chapter 12
Daniel’s Account of the Coming Antichrist
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