Bible: Daniel 11:36-12:13
11:36 “Then the king 1 will do as he pleases. He will exalt and magnify himself above every deity and he will utter presumptuous things against the God of gods. He will succeed until the time of 2 wrath is completed, for what has been decreed must occur. 3 11:37 He will not respect 4 the gods of his fathers – not even the god loved by women. 5 He will not respect any god; he will elevate himself above them all. 11:38 What he will honor is a god of fortresses – a god his fathers did not acknowledge he will honor with gold, silver, valuable stones, and treasured commodities. 11:39 He will attack 6 mighty fortresses, aided by 7 a foreign deity. To those who recognize him he will grant considerable honor. He will place them in authority over many people, and he will parcel out land for a price. 8
11:40 “At the time of the end the king of the south will attack 9 him. Then the king of the north will storm against him 10 with chariots, horsemen, and a large armada of ships. 11 He 12 will invade lands, passing through them like an overflowing river. 13 11:41 Then he will enter the beautiful land. 14 Many 15 will fall, but these will escape: 16 Edom, Moab, and the Ammonite leadership. 11:42 He will extend his power 17 against other lands; the land of Egypt will not escape. 11:43 He will have control over the hidden stores of gold and silver, as well as all the treasures of Egypt. Libyans and Ethiopians 18 will submit to him. 19 11:44 But reports will trouble him from the east and north, and he will set out in a tremendous rage to destroy and wipe out many. 11:45 He will pitch his royal tents between the seas 20 toward the beautiful holy mountain. But he will come to his end, with no one to help him.
12:1 “At that time Michael,
the great prince who watches over your people, 21
will arise. 22
There will be a time of distress
unlike any other from the nation’s beginning 23
up to that time.
But at that time your own people,
all those whose names are 24 found written in the book,
12:2 Many of those who sleep
in the dusty ground will awake –
some to everlasting life,
and others to shame and everlasting abhorrence. 25
12:3 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.
12:4 “But you, Daniel, close up these words and seal the book until the time of the end. Many will dash about, 26 and knowledge will increase.”
12:5 I, Daniel, watched as two others stood there, one on each side of the river. 27 12:6 One said to the man clothed in linen who was above the waters of the river, “When will the end of these wondrous events occur?” 12:7 Then I heard the man clothed in linen who was over the waters of the river as he raised both his right and left hands to the sky 28 and made an oath by the one who lives forever: “It is for a time, times, and half a time. Then, when the power of the one who shatters 29 the holy people has been exhausted, all these things will be finished.”
12:8 I heard, but I did not understand. So I said, “Sir, 30 what will happen after these things?” 12:9 He said, “Go, Daniel. For these matters are closed and sealed until the time of the end. 12:10 Many will be purified, made clean, and refined, but the wicked will go on being wicked. None of the wicked will understand, though the wise will understand. 12:11 From the time that the daily sacrifice is removed and the abomination that causes desolation is set in place, 31 there are 1,290 days. 12:12 Blessed is the one who waits and attains to the 1,335 days. 12:13 But you should go your way 32 until the end. 33 You will rest and then at the end of the days you will arise to receive 34 what you have been allotted.” 35