Bible: Daniel 11-12

11:1 And in the first year of Darius the Mede, I 1  stood to strengthen him and to provide protection for him.) 11:2 Now I will tell you the truth.

The Angel Gives a Message to Daniel

“Three 2  more kings will arise for Persia. Then a fourth 3  king will be unusually rich, 4  more so than all who preceded him. When he has amassed power through his riches, he will stir up everyone against 5  the kingdom of Greece. 11:3 Then a powerful king 6  will arise, exercising great authority and doing as he pleases. 11:4 Shortly after his rise to power, 7  his kingdom will be broken up and distributed toward the four winds of the sky 8 but not to his posterity or with the authority he exercised, for his kingdom will be uprooted and distributed to others besides these.

11:5Then the king of the south 9  and one of his subordinates 10  will grow strong. His subordinate 11  will resist 12  him and will rule a kingdom greater than his. 13  11:6 After some years have passed, they 14  will form an alliance. Then the daughter 15  of the king of the south will come to the king of the north to make an agreement, but she will not retain her power, 16  nor will he continue 17  in his strength. 18  She, together with the one who brought her, her child, 19  and her benefactor will all be delivered over at that time. 20 

11:7There will arise in his 21  place one from her family line 22  who will come against their army and will enter the stronghold of the king of the north and will move against them successfully. 23  11:8 He will also take their gods into captivity to Egypt, along with their cast images and prized utensils of silver and gold. Then he will withdraw for some years from 24  the king of the north. 11:9 Then the king of the north 25  will advance against the empire of the king of the south, but will withdraw to his own land. 11:10 His sons 26  will wage war, mustering a large army which will advance like an overflowing river and carrying the battle all the way to the enemy’s 27  fortress. 28 

11:11Then the king of the south 29  will be enraged and will march out to fight against the king of the north, who will also muster a large army, but that army will be delivered into his hand. 11:12 When the army is taken away, the king of the south will become arrogant. 30  He will be responsible for the death 31  of thousands and thousands of people, 32  but he will not continue to prevail. 11:13 For the king of the north will again muster an army, one larger than before. At the end of some years he will advance with a huge army and enormous supplies.

11:14In those times many will oppose 33  the king of the south. 34  Those who are violent 35  among your own people will rise up in confirmation of 36  the vision, but they will falter. 11:15 Then the king of the north will advance and will build siege mounds and capture a well-fortified city. 37  The forces of the south will not prevail, not even his finest contingents. 38  They will have no strength to prevail. 11:16 The one advancing against him will do as he pleases, and no one will be able to stand before him. He will prevail in the beautiful land, and its annihilation will be within his power. 39  11:17 His intention 40  will be to come with the strength of his entire kingdom, and he will form alliances. 41  He will give the king of the south 42  a daughter 43  in marriage in order to destroy the kingdom, but it will not turn out to his advantage. 11:18 Then he will turn his attention 44  to the coastal regions and will capture many of them. But a commander 45  will bring his shameful conduct to a halt; in addition, 46  he will make him pay for his shameful conduct. 47  11:19 He will then turn his attention to the fortresses of his own land, but he will stumble and fall, not to be found again. 11:20 There will arise after him 48  one 49  who will send out an exactor 50  of tribute to enhance the splendor of the kingdom, but after a few days he will be destroyed, 51  though not in anger or battle.

11:21Then there will arise in his place a despicable person 52  to whom the royal honor has not been rightfully conferred. He will come on the scene in a time of prosperity and will seize the kingdom through deceit. 11:22 Armies 53  will be suddenly 54  swept away in defeat 55  before him; both they and a covenant leader 56  will be destroyed. 57  11:23 After 58  entering into an alliance with him, he will behave treacherously; he will ascend to power with only a small force. 59  11:24 In a time of prosperity for the most productive areas of the province he will come and accomplish what neither his fathers nor their fathers accomplished. He will distribute loot, spoils, and property to his followers, and he will devise plans against fortified cities, but not for long. 60  11:25 He will rouse his strength and enthusiasm 61  against the king of the south 62  with a large army. The king of the south will wage war with a large and very powerful army, but he will not be able to prevail because of the plans devised against him. 11:26 Those who share the king’s fine food will attempt to destroy him, and his army will be swept away; 63  many will be killed in battle. 11:27 These two kings, their minds 64  filled with evil intentions, will trade 65  lies with one another at the same table. But it will not succeed, for there is still an end at the appointed time. 11:28 Then the king of the north 66  will return to his own land with much property. His mind will be set against the holy covenant. He will take action, and then return to his own land. 11:29 At an appointed time he will again invade the south, but this latter visit will not turn out the way the former one did. 11:30 The ships of Kittim 67  will come against him, leaving him disheartened. 68  He will turn back and direct his indignation against the holy covenant. He will return and honor 69  those who forsake the holy covenant. 11:31 His forces 70  will rise up and profane the fortified sanctuary, 71  stopping the daily sacrifice. In its place they will set up 72  the abomination that causes desolation. 11:32 Then with smooth words he will defile 73  those who have rejected 74  the covenant. But the people who are loyal to 75  their God will act valiantly. 76  11:33 These who are wise among the people will teach the masses. 77  However, they will fall 78  by the sword and by the flame, 79  and they will be imprisoned and plundered for some time. 80  11:34 When they stumble, they will be granted some help. But many will unite with them deceitfully. 11:35 Even some of the wise will stumble, resulting in their refinement, purification, and cleansing until the time of the end, for it is still for the appointed time.

11:36Then the king 81  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 82  wrath is completed, for what has been decreed must occur. 83  11:37 He will not respect 84  the gods of his fathers – not even the god loved by women. 85  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 86  mighty fortresses, aided by 87  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. 88 

11:40At the time of the end the king of the south will attack 89  him. Then the king of the north will storm against him 90  with chariots, horsemen, and a large armada of ships. 91  He 92  will invade lands, passing through them like an overflowing river. 93  11:41 Then he will enter the beautiful land. 94  Many 95  will fall, but these will escape: 96  Edom, Moab, and the Ammonite leadership. 11:42 He will extend his power 97  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 98  will submit to him. 99  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 100  toward the beautiful holy mountain. But he will come to his end, with no one to help him.

12:1At that time Michael,

the great prince who watches over your people, 101 

will arise. 102 

There will be a time of distress

unlike any other from the nation’s beginning 103 

up to that time.

But at that time your own people,

all those whose names are 104  found written in the book,

will escape.

12:2 Many of those who sleep

in the dusty ground will awake

some to everlasting life,

and others to shame and everlasting abhorrence. 105 

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.

12:4But you, Daniel, close up these words and seal the book until the time of the end. Many will dash about, 106  and knowledge will increase.”

12:5 I, Daniel, watched as two others stood there, one on each side of the river. 107  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 108  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 109  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, 110  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, 111  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 112  until the end. 113  You will rest and then at the end of the days you will arise to receive 114  what you have been allotted.” 115 

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