Rev. E. Anderson
THE END TIMES
This is a simple outline for you to think about and meditate on. The introduction, main thoughts and conclusion need further material to be added. It is an outline for you to expand, develop more fully and fill in to spiritual profit and inspiration.
Daniel 11 & 12
This is a passage that is not easy to understand and interpret. Even Daniel had difficulty with it – 12:8. The wise are offered assurance that they will be assisted on this front – v10. In chapter 11 there is a revelation of a history that has been of great conflict and of the arising of a man and monarch of evil magnitude that desolates the divine Sanctuary. He seems to be a prophetic figure of one who is to enter human history in the end time on an even greater scale and cause enormous problems for God’s Chosen People. Christ does refer to the fact in His teaching of the end times – Matthew 24: 14,15; Mark 13:14. It would indicate this event is yet to be. What had occurred previously was but a forerunner of something more evil and sinister. It is possible to see what will be current in the final days.
1/. THEY WILL BE DAYS OF GREAT TRIBULATION -12:1
The forecast is not very good as to what is to be. There is going to be a situation where evil and wickedness is to be intensified to a pitch and point that violence etc., will be on a scale previously unknown. Christ uttered the same – Matthew 24:21,22. It is called the ‘the time of Jacob’s trouble’.
2/. THEY WILL BE DAYS OF BRISK TRAVEL – 12: 4
One of the signs is that of the matter of transportation in terms of quickness. The coming and going throughout the earth will be quite staggering. The last century saw this factor really speeded up. The rate of travel has upped considerably.
3/. THEY WILL BE DAYS OF INCREASED/INTENSIFIED LEARNING – 12:4
It is very difficult to keep abreast with technological expertise that has increased the capacity of human tuition and erudition. We live in a mind-blowing society whose skills on the natural front have simply escalated. The facility to learn has rapidly grown and many are honed in to this factor.
4/. THEY WILL BE DAYS THAT WILL BE NUMBERED – 12: 6—12
There is a time fixture for these days especially in the light of the trials and tribulation. Christ gives the reason for this in His exposition – Matthew 24:22. It does reveal that God has His hands on the time-clock and of human destiny.
5/. THEY WILL BE DAYS OF GREAT PURIFICATION AND WISDOM – 12: 10
Whilst there is a lot of doom and gloom, there are those who come good in this period. The trials have a means of drawing them nearer to God and of making them greater in faith and experience – 11:32. They do not wane but wax strong.
There is to be resurrection as the great climax to the just and wicked and Daniel is assured he will rest in peace until his personal rising. He is assured of an inheritance in that day that has been set aside -12: 2,3,13.