Part I of this series showed that the spirits we are to test are the ideas, words, and teachings of men. Part II of this series showed that the Bible never teaches the idea of an end of ALL time, nor an end of the world, cosmos destroying event. That idea is false, and does not originate from God’s word.
Therefore, all of the theologies that have been built around the concept of one end-of-the-world judgment day are all derived from the imaginations of men, and are all false and must be discarded. Any of the commentaries that build upon this false concept are also false, and must be weeded out. Any of the books that include this false concept, such as the Book of Enoch must also be discarded.
Testing the spirits requires strict discipline to abide only within God’s word. It requires that we do not read into the text any preconceived ideas of our own. And, as there are so many preconceived ideas we have all been taught through traditional institutional churches, this is a very hard thing to overcome.
There are questions that we must now ask to be able to come back to what God said. As “the end” spoken of in the Bible is not speaking about the end of all time, nor the end of the physical cosmos, then when was Daniel to stand in his lot?
“But go thou thy way till the end be: for thou shalt rest, and stand in thy lot at the end of the days.” (Dan. 12:13, KJV)
“And thou, go on to the end, then thou dost rest, and dost stand in thy lot at the end of the days.'” (Dan. 12:13, YLT)
“But you, go your way until the end comes. Then you will rest and rise for your reward, at the end of days.” (Dan. 12:13, CJB)
Remembering from Part II that we always have to ask “the end of what?,” then this verse cannot stand on its own. It is part of the prophesy that began in Dan. chap. 9 when Gabriel came to answer Daniel’s prayer. Daniel had been asking when the 70 years would be finished for their return from Babylon to rebuild Jerusalem as he had found in the books of Jeremiah 25:12 and 29:10.
But, Daniel made an assumption that the return from Babylon would be the end of the desolations of Jerusalem. And, he expressed his prayer with that assumption.
“15 “Now, Adonai our God, who brought your people out of the land of Egypt with a strong hand, thereby winning renown for yourself, as is the case today — we sinned, we acted wickedly. 16 Adonai, in keeping with all your justice, please allow your anger and fury to be turned away from your city Yerushalayim, your holy mountain; because it is due to our sins and the wrongdoings of our ancestors that Yerushalayim and your people have become objects of scorn among everyone around us. 17 Therefore, our God, listen to the prayer and pleadings of your servant; and cause your face to shine on your desolated sanctuary, for your own sake. 18 My God, turn your ear, and hear; open your eyes and see how desolated we are, as well as the city which bears your name. For we plead with you not because of our own righteousness, but because of your compassion. 19 Adonai, hear! Adonai, forgive! Adonai, pay attention, and don’t delay action — for your own sake, my God, because your city and your people bear your name!”“ (Dan. 9:15-20, CJB)
From the beginning of the chapter, Daniel was assuming that the return to Jerusalem after the 70 years would be the end of the transgressions and the end of the desolations of Jerusalem.
Gabriel’s opening statement is by way of correcting Daniel’s assumption – not 70 years Daniel, but 70 sevens of years – because God was answering the actual question Daniel had asked for the end of the desolations of Jerusalem.
“`Seventy weeks are determined for thy people, and for thy holy city, to shut up the transgression, and to seal up sins, and to cover iniquity, and to bring in righteousness age-during, and to seal up vision and prophet, and to anoint the holy of holies.” (Dan. 9:24, YLT)
The backdrop is the prophesy from Jeremiah for the 70 years. The word “weeks” is Strong’s Heb 7620 “shabua”, a period of sevens. It can be translated as weeks, or years, or days. (Source: https://biblehub.com/hebrew/7620.htm) So the context has to rule, and in this prophesy it is 70 sevens of years, or 490 years.
Without going through the entirety of this prophesy (1) (2), then when were the end of the days of Dan. 12:13 going to be? At the end of the 490 years that were specified at the beginning of the prophesy in Dan. 9:24.
The “end of days”, or the “end of the days” of this prophesy was the end of the 490 years that were given for the end of the transgressions, and the end of the desolations of Daniel’s people and Daniel’s holy city, Jerusalem.
The end of the desolations of Jerusalem was not the return from Babylon at the end of the 70 years, but the fall of that temple in Jerusalem at the hands of the Romans in AD 70. That was when Christ came in judgment, his second appearance in that generation (Heb. 9:28) for the deliverance of His saints out of the hands of the tyrants of the Sanhedrin and the Romans who had crucified Him.
The kingdom was coming, and would be fully implemented when that temple fell. Matt. chap. 25 is part of the prophesy of Matt. 24 for the fall of the Jerusalem temple. That was also when He told His disciples that He would open the gates of the grave (Hades / Sheol) and separate out all of the “nations,” the sheep to His right and the goats to His left (Matt. 25:31-33). Christ had the keys (Rev. 1:18). The grave (Hades) would not prevail against His church.
That means that as His church, His assembly of all those who are in Christ is in existence today, and has been since the day of Pentecost in approx. AD 30-31, then the grave (Hades/Hell) did not prevail.
“`And I also say to thee, that thou art a rock, and upon this rock I will build my assembly, and gates of Hades shall not prevail against it;” (Matt. 16:18, YLT)
Prevail – Strong’s Gr. 2729 “katischuo” – to overcome, to overpower, to be stronger than. (Source: https://biblehub.com/greek/2729.htm)
The grave is not holding any of God’s people any more, and has not since that temple fell in AD 70. That is when Daniel stood in his lot, when all of those in the grave were taken out, the righteous to be taken home to heaven, and the wicked to be cast out. (Matt. 8:12; 22:13; 25:30).
The end of those days of the 490 years was the fall of that temple in Jerusalem in AD 70, and the end of the Mosaic sacrificial covenant. At that time, Daniel stood in his lot, in his order, when all of those righteous who had died from the generations before were gathered into heaven from Adam, to Abraham, to Isaac, to Moses, to Elijah, to Samuel, to Ezekiel, and on.
“and as it is laid up to men once to die, and after this — judgment,” (Heb. 9:27, YLT)
The judgment of each man and woman happens at their death, as it always has (Luke 16:19-31). This pattern has not changed (3). The place of the holding of the dead – the prison of the grave – has changed. Christ opened that prison, that holding place, took everyone out of it (Matt. 25:31-46) and then threw it into the lake of fire after the temple fell in AD 70 (Rev. 20:14).
As Daniel has already stood in his lot at the resurrection out of Hades in AD 70, and as the grave has already been destroyed, then there is no future resurrection from Hades / Hell. It has already been done (4).
Today, as each of us dies, those who are clothed in Jesus’ righteousness are gathered into heaven (1 Thess. 4;17). The wicked who refuse(d) Christ’s salvation sacrifice are cast out into the mist of darkness (2 Pet. 2:17). Judgment is an hourly and daily on-going process (Rev. 14:13) that is part of Christ’s priestly rule at the right hand of the Father (Heb. 7: 22-26). Therefore, there is no future end-of-time, final day of judgment.
Please be clothed in Christ’s righteousness (Rom. 13:14; Col. 3:9-12). Be immersed (baptized) in water, going under and rising back up, buried into His sacrifice and His resurrection for the forgiveness of your sins (Mark 16:16; Acts 2:38; Rom. 6:3; Gal. 3:27).
We only have this moment in time in this realm. We are not guaranteed tomorrow in this flesh (Luke 13:4) . Once our fleshly body dies, our opportunity to answer His call closes (Heb. 9:27). We must be ready to meet our Savior at any moment. (5) (6) (7)
See these previous posts at the right margin for the supporting scriptures:
1) Daniel and The End Times (https://shreddingtheveil.org/2017/05/09/daniel-and-the-end-times/)
2) Seventy Weeks of Daniel Chap. 9 (https://shreddingtheveil.org/2015/09/09/seventy-weeks-of-daniel-chap-9/)
3) The Gathering of The Elect (https://shreddingtheveil.org/2017/07/30/the-gathering-of-the-elect/)
4) The Signs of Revelation – Part VI: Judgment Day, Chapter 20 (https://shreddingtheveil.org/2017/03/23/the-signs-of-revelation-part-vi-the-judgment-day-chapter-20/)
5) Crossing Over (https://shreddingtheveil.org/2019/05/25/crossing-over/)
6) Lies of the Roman Catholic Church – Part III: Baptism is NOT Sprinkling (https://shreddingtheveil.org/2015/08/13/lies-of-the-roman-catholic-church-part-iii-baptism-is-not-sprinking/)
7) The Thief on The Cross (https://shreddingtheveil.org/2019/01/23/the-thief-on-the-cross/)
8) Do You Need to Be Baptized to Be Saved? (https://shreddingtheveil.org/2016/11/05/do-you-need-to-be-baptized-to-be-saved/)