End of These Things Daniel 12:1-2

When will end of the world take place? Men have been asking this question for hundreds of years. Christ's disciples asked this same question in Matthew 24:3. In recent times, the motion picture industry has produced movies concerning this very subject. Some suggest that the world will end in 2012. Will the earth be totally destroyed in some cataclysmic event? Will man be totally annihilated? Daniel wanted answers to these questions. In Daniel 12: 8 he asked this question, “ What shall be the end of these things." Daniel wanted to know what will happen and when will it happen. He wanted to know what circumstances will surround the end time and what events will have to take place before the end of times can come to completion? In Daniel 12:1-2 we are told, 3 events will take place before the end of this age.

1. Michael will stand up for the nation of Israel.

Michael is a mighty angel, who watches over Israel’s affairs. Angles such as Michael fight battles in heaven. Michael will again defend Israel in the last days. Dan 10:12-21, Rev. 12:7-12

2. It will be a time of trouble such as never was since there was a nation.

The end times will be characterized as tribulation not seen since the beginning of the world nor shall it be seen again. Matt. 24:21-22, Jer. 30:7

3. Everyone found written in the book shall be delivered.

This passage states those written in the book shall be delivered. Delivered from what? Shall they be delivered from the tribulation itself, the grave, or eternal judgment?  Many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake. Some shall awake to everlasting life and some to shame and everlasting contempt. Rev. 20:1-15,  Dan 12:13

So before the “end of these things” can come, Michael must fight a final battle, the Great Tribulation will be ushered in, and the dead shall rise from their graves and be judged. Where will the christians be when these 3 events take place? Will all the dead be raised to life at the same time? The Bible addresses these questions.

When Will These Things Take Place  Matthew 24:3

Matthew 24:3 And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? And what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?

As said in an earlier post, the disciples may have thought the destruction of the temple, the return of Christ, and the end of this age would all take place simultaneously. Christ knew the temple would be destroyed hundreds of years before the “end of the world." Thus, he answers their question with 18 signs. These are signs, which tell his disciples “when” the destruction of the temple would take place, when he would return, and when Gentile domination over Israel would end. Do all 18 signs refer to the destruction of the temple, or do all 18 signs refer to the time Christ returns back to earth? I have come to believe the answer to these two questions is yes. We have a distinct advantage over the disciples. We know the temple was destroyed in 70 AD, and we also know that Christ did not return at that time. Thus, we can presume that the 18 signs which follow, either refers to just one of the events, all the events, or some of the signs refer to one, and some of the signs refer to another. However, maybe there is another alternative explanation. Research the 18 events, and decide which sign refers to what event.

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3 Events of the End Time

As Jesus was leaving the temple, the said this to his disciples, “See ye not all these things? verily I say unto you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.” Christ was taking about the destruction of the Jewish temple. Believe me, this got their attention.

Pay close attention to the three questions these disciples asked.

  1. When shall these things be?
  2. What shall be the sign of thy coming,
  3. What shall be the sign of the end of the world?

In the verses which follow, it would seem probable that Christ gave an answer to each of these three questions. Therefore, read this answers in Matthew and determine what verses apply to which question. For instance, in verse 5 he said, “For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.”   Does this verse refer to the time when the temple was destroyed, the sign of his coming, or a sign of the end of the world? Or does it apply to all three?





Will the World Come to an End Soon

Matthew 24:3 And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? And what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?

The word  world is the greek word Aion- meaning age. This word is best  understood as a period of time in history. It is like when we today refer to the Dark Ages. That was a period in time marked by ignorance, poverty, death, an religious domination. The disciples were not asking when is the world going to be  destroyed? No. What they were asking is this. When will you return and be king over the  nation of Israel and end  Gentile rulership.

Since childhood these men had been taught by the scribes that when the Messiah returns he would restore the nation of Israel. So, had the scribes been teaching propaganda? No. When Christ returns the second time, he will restore the nation of Israel  to a place of honor, and this present age will come to an end. The world will no longer be dominated by self-centered  politicians, godless dictators, ruthless tyrants. There will no longer be famine, and poverty. This age will end as we know it. This new age is referred to as the Millennium.


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