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- "Remember the former things of old: for I am El, and there is none else; I am Elohiym, and there is none like me,"
- "Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure:"
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Daniy'el Chapter 12
THE CLOSING SCENES IN Earth'S FINAL HOURS
And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book."
A definite time is introduced in this verse, not a time revealed in names or figures which specify any particular year or month or day, but a time made definite by the occurrence of a certain event with which it stands connected. "At that time."What time? The time to which we are brought by the closing verse of the preceding chapter, the time when the king of the north shall plant the tabernacles of his palace in the glorious holy mountain; or, in other words, when the Papacy shall hastily make Yerushalayim his temporary seat of government. The time when the Papacy's control of the church is almost absolute. The standing up of Michael, or the beginning of the reign of Messiah, and his coming in the clouds of heaven. It is not reasonable to suppose that any great amount of time will elapse between these events.
But who, is Michael? and what is his standing up? Michael is called, in Jude 9, the "archAngel." This means the chief Angel, or the head over the Angels. There is but one. Who is he? He is the one whose voice is heard from heaven when the dead are raised. 1 Thessalonians4:16. And whose voice is heard in connection with that event? The voice of our Master YaHuWshuaH the Messiah. John 5:28.
Tracing back the evidence with this fact as a basis, we reach the following conclusions: The voice of the Son of Elohiym is the voice of the archAngel; the archAngel, then, is the Son of Elohiym, but the archAngel is Michael; hence also Michael is the Son of Elohiym. The expression of Daniy'el, "The great prince which standeth for the children of thy people," is alone sufficient to identify the one here spoken of as the Saviour of men. He is the Prince of life (Acts 3:15); and Elohiym hath exalted him to be a "Prince and a Saviour." Acts 5:31. He is the great Prince. There is no one greater, save the sovereign Father.
And he "standeth for the children of thy people." He condescends to take the servants of Elohiym in this poor mortal state, and redeem them for the subjects of his future kingdom. He stands for us. His people are essential to his future purposes, an inseparable part of the purchased inheritance; and they are to be the chief agents of that joy in view of which Messiah endured all the sacrifice and suffering which have marked his intervention in behalf of the fallen race. Amazing honor! Be everlasting gratitude repaid him for his condescension and mercy unto us! Be his the kingdom, power, and glory, forever and ever!
We now come to the second question, What is the standing up of Michael? The key to the interpretation of this expression is furnished us in verses 2 and 3 of chapter 11: "There shall stand up yet three kings in Persia;" "A mighty king shall stand up, that shall rule with great dominion." There can be no doubt as to the meaning of these expressions in these instances. They signify to take the kingdom, to reign. The same expression in the verse under consideration must mean the same. At that time, Michael shall stand up, shall take the kingdom, shall commence to reign.
But is not Messiah reigning now? Yes, associated with his Father on the throne of universal dominion. Ephesians1:20-22; Revelation 3:21. But this throne, or kingdom, he gives up at the end of this dispensation (1 Corinthians 15:24); and then he commences his reign brought to view in the text, when he stands up, or takes his own kingdom, the long-promised throne of his father David, and establishes a dominion of which there shall be no end. Luke 1:32,33.
An examination of all the events that constitute, or are inseparably connected with, this change in the position of our Master, does not come within the scope of this page. Suffice it to say that then the kingdoms of this world become the kingdom "of YaHuWaH and of his Messiah." His priestly robes are laid aside for royal vesture. The work of mercy is done, and the probation of our race is ended. Then he that is filthy is beyond hope of recovery; and he that is holy is beyond the danger of falling. All cases are decided. And from that time on, till the terrified nations behold the majestic form of their insulted King in the clouds of heaven, the nations are broken as with a rod of iron, and dashed in pieces like a potter's vessel, by a time of trouble such as never was, a series of judgments unparalleled in the world's history, culminating in the revelation of the Master YaHuWshuaH Messiah from heaven in flaming fire, to take vengeance on them that know not Elohiym, and obey not the gospel. 2 Thessalonians 1:7,8; Revelation 11:15; 22:11,12.
Thus momentous are the events introduced by the standing up of Michael. And he thus stands up, or takes the kingdom, marking the introduction of this decisive period in human history, for some length of time before he returns personally to this Earth. How important, then, that we have a knowledge of his position, that we may be able to trace the progress of his work, and understand when that thrilling moment, draws near which ends his intercession in behalf of mankind, and fixes the destiny of all forever.
But how are we to know this? How are we to determine what is transpiring in the far-off heaven of heavens, in the Sanctuary above? Elohiym has been so good as to place the means of knowing this in our hands. When certain great events take place on Earth, he has told us what events synchronizing with them occur in heaven. By things which are seen, we thus learn of things that are unseen. As we "look through nature up to nature's Elohiym," so through terrestrial phenomena and events we trace great movements in the heavenly world. When the king of the north plants the tabernacles of his palace between the seas in the glorious holy mountain, a movement for which we already behold the initial steps, when Michael, our Master, stands up, or receives from his Father the kingdom, preparatory to his return to this Earth. Or it might have been expressed in words like these: Then our Master ceases his work as our great High Priest, and the probation of the world is finished. The great prophecy of the 2300 days gives us definitely the commencement of the final division of the work in the Sanctuary in heaven. The verse before us gives us data whereby we can discover approximately the time of its close.
In connection with the standing up of Michael, there occurs a time of trouble such as never was. In MattithYahuw 24:21 we read of a period of tribulation such as never was before it, nor should be after it. This tribulation, fulfilled in the oppression and slaughter of the church by the papal power, is already past; while the time of trouble of Daniy'el 12:1, is, according to the view we take, still future. How can there be two times of trouble, many years apart, each of them greater than any that had been before it, or should be after it?
To avoid difficulty here, let this distinction be carefully noticed: The tribulation spoken of in MattithYahuw is tribulation upon the church. Messiah is there speaking to his disciples, and of his disciples in coming time. They were the ones involved, and for their sake the days of tribulation were to be shortened. Verse 22. Whereas, the time of trouble mentioned in Daniy'el is not a time of religious persecution, but of national calamity. There has been nothing like it since there was not a church, but a nation. This comes upon the world. This is the last trouble to come upon the world in its present state. In MattithYahuw there is reference made to time beyond that tribulation; for after that was past, there was never to be any like it upon the people of Elohiym. But there is no reference here in Daniy'el to future time after the trouble here mentioned; for this closes up this world's history. It includes the seven last Plagues of Revelation 16, and culminates in the revelation of the Master YaHuWshuaH, coming upon his pathway of clouds in flaming fire, to visit destruction upon his enemies who would not have him to reign over them. But out of this tribulation every one shall be delivered who shall be found written in the book the book of life; "for in Mount Zion ... shall be deliverance, as YaHuWaH hath said, and in the remnant whom YaHuWaH shall call." Yahuw'el 2:32.
And many of them that sleep in the dust of the Earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.
This verse also shows how momentous is the period introduced by the standing up of Michael, or the commencement of the reign of Messiah, as set forth in the first verse of this chapter; for the event here described in explicit terms is a resurrection of the dead. Is this the general resurrection which takes place at the second coming of Messiah? or is there to intervene between Messiah's reception of the kingdom and his revelation to Earth in all his advent glory (Luke 21:27) a special resurrection answering to the description here given? One of these it must be; for every declaration of Scripture will be fulfilled.
Why may it not be the former, or the resurrection which occurs at the last trump? Answer: Because only the righteous, to the exclusion of all the wicked, have part in the resurrection. Those who sleep in Messiah then come forth; but they only, for the rest of the dead live not again for a thousand years. Revelation20:5. So, then, the general resurrection of the whole race is comprised in two grand divisions, first, of the righteous exclusively, at the coming of Messiah; secondly, of the wicked exclusively, a thousand years thereafter. The general resurrection is not a mixed resurrection. The righteous and the wicked do not come up at the same time. But each of these two classes is set off by itself, and the time which elapses between their respective resurrections is plainly stated to be a thousand years.
But in the resurrection brought to view in the verse before us, many of both righteous and wicked come up together. It cannot therefore be the first resurrection, which includes the righteous only, nor the second resurrection, which is as distinctly confined to the wicked. If the text read, 'Many of them that sleep in the dust of the Earth shall awake to everlasting life', then the "many" might be interpreted as including all the righteous, and the resurrection be that of the just at the second coming of Messiah. But the fact that some of the many are wicked, and rise to shame and everlasting contempt, bars the way to such an application.
Is there, then, any place for a special or limited resurrection, or elsewhere any intimation of such an event, before the Master appears? The resurrection here predicted takes place when Elohiym's people are delivered from the great time of trouble with which the history of this world terminates; and it seems from Revelation 22:11 that this deliverance is given before the Master appears. The awful moment arrives when he that is filthy and unjust is pronounced unjust still, and he that is righteous and holy is pronounced holy still. Then the cases of all are forever decided. And when this sentence is pronounced upon the righteous, it must be deliverance to them; for then they are placed beyond all reach of danger or fear of evil. But the Master has not at that time made his appearance; for he immediately adds, "And, behold, I come quickly."
The utterance of this solemn fiat which seals the righteous to everlasting life, and the wicked to eternal death, is supposed to be synchronous with the great voice which is heard from the throne in the temple of heaven, saying, "It is done!" Revelation16:17. And this is evidently the voice of Elohiym, so often alluded to in descriptions of the scenes connected with the last day. Joel speaks of it, and says (chapter 3:16): "The Master also shall roar out of Zion, and utter his voice from Yerushalayim; and the heavens and the Earth shall shake: but the Master will be the hope of his people, and the strength of the children of Israel." The margin reads instead of "hope," "place of repair, or harbor." Then at this time, when Elohiym's voice is heard from heaven just previous to the coming of the Son of man, Elohiym is a harbor for his people, or, which is the same thing, provides them deliverance. Here, then, at the voice of Elohiym, when the decisions of eternity are pronounced upon the race, and the last stupendous scene is just to open upon a doomed world, Elohiym gives to the astonished nations another evidence and pledge of his power, and raises from the dead a multitude who have long slept in the dust of the Earth
Thus we see that there is a time and place for the resurrection of Daniy'el 12:2. We now add that a passage in the book of Revelation makes it necessary to suppose a resurrection of this kind to take place.
Revelation1:7 reads: "Behold, he cometh with clouds [this is unquestionably the second advent]; and every eye shall see him [of the nations then living on the Earth], and they also which pierced him [those who took an active part in the terrible work of his crucifixion]; and all kindreds of the Earth shall wail because of him.
Those who crucified the Master, would, unless there was an exception made in their cases, remain in their graves till the end of the thousand years, and come up in the general assembly of the wicked at that time. But here it is stated that they behold the Master at his second advent. They must therefore have a special resurrection for that purpose.
And it is certainly most appropriate that some who were eminent in holiness, who labored and suffered for their hope of a coming Saviour, but died without the sight, should be raised a little before, to witness the scenes attending his glorious epiphany; as, in like manner, a goodly company came out of their graves at his resurrection to behold his risen glory (MattithYahuw 27:52,53), and to escort him in triumph to the right hand of the throne of the majesty on high (Ephesians4:8, margin); and also that some, eminent in wickedness, who have done most to reproach the name of the Messiah and injure his cause, and especially those who secured his cruel death upon the Cross, and mocked and derided him in his dying agonies, should be raised, as part of their judicial punishment, to behold his return in the clouds of heaven, a celestial victor, in, to them, unendurable majesty and splendor.
One more remark upon this text before passing on. What is here said is supposed by some to furnish good evidence of the eternal conscious suffering of the wicked, because those of this character who are spoken of come forth to shame and everlasting contempt. How can they forever suffer these, unless they are forever conscious? It has already been stated that shame implies their consciousness; but it will be noticed that this is not said to be everlasting. This qualifying word is not inserted till we come to the contempt, which is an emotion felt by others toward the guilty parties, and does not render necessary the consciousness of those against whom it is directed. And so some read the passage: "Some to shame, and the everlasting contempt of their companions." And so it will be. Shame for their wickedness and corruption will burn into their very souls, so long as they have conscious being. And when they pass away, consumed for their iniquities, their loathsome characters and their guilty deeds excite only contempt on the part of all the righteous, unmodified and unabated so long as they hold them in remembrance at all. The text therefore furnishes no proof of the eternal suffering of the wicked.
And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the Firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars forever and ever.
The margin reads "teachers" in place of "wise." And they that be teachers shall shine as the brightness of the Firmament; that is, of course, those who teach the truth, and lead others to a knowledge of it, just previous to the time when the events recorded in the foregoing verses are to be fulfilled. And as the world estimates profit and loss, it costs something to be teachers of these things in these days.
It costs reputation, ease, comfort, and often property; it involves labors, crosses, sacrifices, loss of friendship, ridicule, and, not infrequently, persecution. And the question is often asked, How can you afford it? How can you afford to keep the Sabbath, and perhaps lose a situation, reduce your income, or it may be even hazard your means of support? O blind, deluded, sordid question! O what shortsightedness, to make obedience to what Elohiym requires a matter of pecuniary consideration! How unlike is this to the noble martyrs, who loved not their lives unto the death! No; the affording is all on the other side. When Elohiym commands, we cannot afford to disobey.
And if we are asked, How can you afford to keep the Sabbath, and do other duties involved in rendering obedience to the truth? we have only to ask in reply, How can you afford not to do them? And in the coming day, when those who have sought to save their lives shall lose them, and those who have been willing to hazard all for the sake of the truth and its divine Master, shall receive the glorious reward promised in the text, and be raised up to shine as the Firmament, and as the imperishable stars forever and ever, it will then be seen who have been wise, and who, on the contrary, have made the choice of blindness and folly. The wicked and worldly now look upon Natsariym (Natsarene) as fools and madmen, and congratulate themselves upon their superior shrewdness in shunning what they call their folly, and avoiding their losses. We need make no response; for those who now render this decision will soon themselves reverse it, and that with terrible though unavailing earnestness.
Meanwhile, it is the Natsar's or Natsarene's privilege to revel in the consolations of this marvelous promise. A conception of its magnitude can be gathered only from the stellar worlds themselves. What are these stars, in the likeness of which the teachers of righteousness are to shine forever and ever? How much of brightness, and majesty, and length of days, is involved in this comparison?
The sun of our own solar system is one of these stars. If we compare it with this globe upon which we live (our handiest standard of measurement, we find it an orb of no small magnitude and magnificence. Our Earth is 8,000 miles in diameter; but the sun's diameter is 885,680 miles. In size it is one and a half million times larger than our globe; and in the matter of its substance, it would balance three hundred and fifty-two thousand worlds like ours. What immensity is this!
Yet this is far from being the largest or the brightest of the orbs which drive their shining chariots in myriads through the heavens. His proximity (he being only some ninety-five million miles from us) gives him with us a controlling presence and influence. But far away in the depths of space, so far that they appear like mere points of light, blaze other orbs of vaster size and greater glory. The nearest fixed star, Alpha Centauri, in the southern hemisphere, is found, by the accuracy and efficiency of modern instruments, to be nineteen thousand million miles away; but the pole-star system is fifteen times as remote, or two hundred and eighty-five thousand million miles; and it shines with a luster equal to that of eighty-six of our suns; others are still larger, as, for instance, Vega, which emits the light of three hundred and forty-four of our suns; Capella, four hundred and thirty; Arcturus, five hundred and sixteen; and so on, till at last we reach the great star Alcyone, in the constellation of the Pleiades, which floods the celestial spaces with a brilliancy twelve thousand times that of the ponders orb which lights and controls our solar system!
Why, then, does it not appear more luminous to us? Ah! its distance is twenty-five million diameters of the Earth's orbit; and the latter is one hundred and ninety million miles! Figures are weak to express such distances. It will be sufficient to say that its glowing light must traverse space as only light travels, 192,000 miles a second, for a period of more than seven hundred years, before it reaches this distant world of ours! Some of these monarchs of the skies rule singly, like our own sun. Some are double; that is, what appears to us like one star is found to consist of two stars two suns with their retinue of worlds, revolving around each other; others are triple, some are quadruple; and one, at least, is sextuple.
Besides this, they show all the colors of the rainbow. Some systems are white, some blue, some red, some yellow, some green; and this means different-colored days for the worlds of those systems. Castor gives his worlds green days. The double pole-star gives his yellow. In some, the different suns belonging to the same system are variously colored. Says Dr. Burr, in his Ecce Coelum, p.136; "And, as if to make that Southern Cross the fairest object in all the heavens, we find in it a group of more than a hundred variously colored red, green, blue, and bluish- green suns, so closely thronged together as to appear in a powerful telescope like a superb bouquet, or piece of fancy jewelry."
But thou, O Daniy'el, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.
The "words" and "book" here spoken of doubtless refer to the things which had been revealed to Daniy'el in this prophecy. These things were to be shut up and sealed until the time of the end; that is, they were not to be specially studied, or to any great extent understood, till that time. The time of the end, as has already been shown, commenced in 1798. As the book was closed up and sealed to that time, the plain inference is that at that time, or from that point, the book would be unsealed; that is, people would be better able to understand it, and would have their attention specially called to this part of the inspired word.
Of what has been done on the subject of prophecy since that time, it is unnecessary to remind the reader. The prophecies, especially Daniy'el's prophecy, have been under examination by all students of the word wherever civilization has spread abroad its light upon the Earth. And so the remainder of the verse, being a prediction of what should take place after the time of the end commenced, says, "Many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be "increased." Whether this running to and fro refers to the passing of people from place to place, and the great improvements in the facilities for transportation and travel made within the present century, or whether it means, as some understand it, a turning to and fro in the prophecies, that is, a diligent and earnest search into prophetic truth, the fulfillment is certainly and surely before our eyes. It must have its application in one of these two ways; and in both of these directions the present age is very strongly marked.
So of the increase of knowledge. It must refer either to the increase of knowledge in general, the development of the arts and sciences, or an increase of knowledge in reference to those things revealed to Daniy'el, which were closed up and sealed to the time of the end. Here, again, apply it which way we will, the fulfillment is most marked and complete. Look at the marvelous achievements of the human mind, and the cunning works of men's hands, rivaling the magician's wildest dreams, which have been accomplished within the last hundred years. The Scientific American has stated that within this time more advancement has been made in all scientific attainments, and more progress in all that tends to domestic transmission of intelligence from one to another, and the means of rapid transit from place to place and even from continent to continent, than all that was done for three thousand years previous, put together.
By a series of graphics, some of the most wonderful discoveries and marvelous scientific and mechanical achievements of the present age, beginning in 1800
They are as experienced by Elder Uriah Smith in the 1800s, and, as to us today:
The Suspension Bridge:
The first suspension bridge of note in this country was built across the Niagara River in 1855. The Brooklyn bridge was completed in 1883.
This system of lighting was perfected and brought into use within the last twenty years of the nineteenth century. Only two electric lighting exhibits were to be seen at the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia in 1876. At the Paris Exposition, twenty-four years later, there were two hundred such exhibits.
At Sandy Hook, guarding the entrance to New York harbor, is a monster breech-loading cannon 49 feet in length, weighing 130 tons, capable of throwing a projectile, over five feet in length and weighing 2,400 pounds, a distance of twenty miles. Modern Artillery pack such ferocious firepower that their approach in any theater of war, evokes the most dread in the opposing camp. The lighter, more mobile and fire heavier rounds over hundreds of miles. Able to fire more rounds in hour than ancient Canons can manage in a year!
Only a few years (decades) ago this machine was entirely unknown. Now automobiles are common in every nook of the world. and has almost entirely superseded the horse carriage and Donkeys, as a personal means of locomotion. Read, in connection with descriptions of the automobile and the railway train, in the prophecy of Nahum 2:3,4. Today the Automobile has even flying variants and self-driving cars, electric cars, hybrid engines, etc. We are experiencing and explosion of knowledge in deed.
The Modern Printing-press:
Presses now used in the large newspaper offices consume in an hour 280 miles of paper of newspaper width, and turn out in the same time 96,000 papers of 16 pages, folded, pasted, and counted. Contrast this with the hand printing-press of Benjamin Franklin.
This was first put into operation in 1844.
The Trolley Car:
The first practicable electric railway line was constructed and operated at the Berlin International Exposition in 1879. Inter-urban travel by trolley cars in many places now nearly equals in speed and excels in comfort the best steam railway service. It is generally believed in fact, that electricity is about to conquer steam on all railway lines, (as per Elder Uriah Smith). For us, we have been in those electric trains, bullet trains, levitating trains. Some exceeding 300 Kilometers and hour! Most of them so luxurious we can all be seen as kings who ride in such comforts. Ancient Kings never imagined anything like these.
The first patent on the telephone was granted to Alexander Graham Bell in 1876. See how the telephone has grown it such ubiquity.
The Steam Railway:
The first American-built locomotive was made in Philadelphia in 1832. The use of the Steam Engine for locomotion has made it possible to travel around the world in about forty days. Today, the locomotive has evolved into a luxury transport, some of which travel as such stupendous speeds, you might as well be flying when in one of them. The Japanese Bullet Trains which today is a levitating phenomenon, the French TGV, etc. All exceeding speeds of 300 Kilometers and hour!
Early in the last century the application of steam power to ships revolutionized ocean travel. Ships are now built which Cross the ocean in four days, supply every luxury to be found in the finest hotels, and in size far outrank the famous Great Eastern.
Modern Battleships. A single battleship of the present day could easily overcome the combined naval fleets of the world as they were at the middle of the last century.They Aircraft Carriers, Battleships, Cruisers, Frigates, Submarines, some of them Nuclear powered and have such awesome power they modern day tools of national power projection. A Cruise ship today is the epitome of luxury.
The first model of the modern typewriter was put on the market in 1874. Today, who remembers the humble Typewriter? We are playing with and enjoying cheap and fantastic Laser Printers in both Color and black and white. We have 3-D Printers to print whatever kind of shape we may wish, not just on paper, but detached and useful spares parts of very high sophistication.
The Combination Reaper and Thresher. Compare the harvesting methods of the present day, when grain is not only cut and gathered, but at the same time threshed and collected in bags ready for the market, by one machine, with the old method of hand reaping, which was in use in the days of our grandfathers. Todays Combines or Harvesters do even more.
The Type-setting Machine:
This machine has worked a revolution in the art of printing. The first Mergenthaler machine was made in 1884. Today, the Printing Press is Computer controlled and cheap ink-based. Workers in ancient Presses would die young due to inhalation of all kinds of toxic fumes! Today's Presses hold no such threat to anyone. They are faster, neater, cheaper and have incredible capacities.
Oil Wells. The discovery of petroleum in the last century revolutionized domestic lighting, also affording such indispensable products as benzene and gasoline. That was then, in Elder Smith's day. Today, we drill for Crude Oil in dozens of kilometers under the worlds Oceans. We produce all kinds of Fuels of automotive use, Aviation, Aerospace, Marine Fuels, not to mention that Kerosene is become a thing of the past for domestic use. Homes are Gas-fired for heating and cooking. What a revolution.
The first Edison phonograph was constructed in 1877. It was modernized in all kinds of ways over a million into the mid twentieth Century. Today it is found in museums. We are regaled with music played on MP3, Blu-ray and other exotic audio and video formats. It is astonishing!
The Photographic Camera:
The first sunlight picture of a human face was made by Professor Draper of New York in 1840. It was a Pin-hole Camera. Today, the Film has been replaced by chips. Where a photograph to make ten photos a day in Elder Smith's day, the photographer today can shoot millions of shots in a day and digitally store, process and distribute them in ways unimagined by Elder Smith.
The first apparatus capable of transmitting wireless messages over long distances was made by Marconi in 1896. Almost every large steamship is now provided with this apparatus, and conversations can be carried on by people on the Ocean hundreds of miles apart. A daily paper is published on transatlantic liners, giving each day's news of world events, sent out by wireless telegraphy to the ship from the shores of America or of Europe. Today, we are communicating across the entire world wirelessly by space-based systems complimented by terrestrial systems. All news from around the world reaches every interested person in the world instantaneously.
The conquest of the air which has been achieved by the aeroplane, is one of the most noteworthy triumphs of any age. It is now possible to travel through the air from one city to another, hundreds of miles away, without a stop, and at a speed of over sixty miles an hour. Dirigible airships also have been constructed which can carry a score of passengers at a time, over long distances at the speed of the average railway train. This was then. Today, we are preparing for hypersonic flights having conquered and surpassed supersonic flying. Todays Airplanes carry hundreds of passengers to and from all parts of the world non-stop in many cases, at almost 1000 Kilometers an hour for commercial civil aviation. Military Airplanes boast of reaching beyond 2000 kilometers an hour.
Many other things might be spoken of, such as submarine armor for divers, submarine boats for exploring the depths of the sea, and for use in naval warfare, power spinning-machines, and anaesthetics to prevent pain in surgery, etc., etc.
What a galaxy of wonders to originate in a single age! How marvelous the scientific attainments of the present day, upon which all these discoveries and achievements concentrate their light! Truly, viewed from this standpoint, we have reached the age of the increase of knowledge.
And to the honor of Natsariym or Natsarenity let it be noted in what lands, and by whom, all these discoveries have been made, and so much done to add to the facilities and comforts of life. It is in Natsariym or Natsarene lands, among Natsariym or Natsarene men, since the great Reformation. Not in the Dark Ages, which furnished only a travesty of Natsariym or Natsarenity; not to pagans, who in their ignorance know not Elohiym, nor to those who in Natsariym or Natsarene lands deny him, is the credit of this progress due. Indeed, it is the very spirit of equality and individual liberty inculcated in the gospel of the Messiah when preached in its purity, which unshackles human limbs, unfetters human minds, invites them to the highest use of their powers, and makes possible such an age of free thought and action, in which these wonders can be achieved.
Of the marvelous character of the present age, Victor Hugo speaks as follows:
In science it works all miracles; it makes saltpeter out of cotton, a horse out of steam, a laborer out of the voltaic pile, a courier out of the electric fluid, and a painter of the sun; it bathes itself in the subterranean waters, while it is warmed with the central fires; it opens upon the two infinities those two windows, the telescope on the infinitely great, the microscope on the infinitely little, and it finds in the first abyss the stars of heaven, and in the second abyss the insects, which prove the existence of a Elohiym. It annihilates time, it annihilates distance, it annihilates suffering; it writes a letter from Paris to London, and has the answer back in ten minutes; it cuts off the leg of a man the man sings and smiles.
But if we take the other standpoint, and refer the increase of knowledge to an increase of Biblical knowledge, we have only to look at the wonderful light which, within the past sixty years, has shone upon the Scriptures. The fulfillment of prophecy has been revealed in the light of history. The use of a better principle of interpretation has led to conclusions showing, beyond dispute, that the end of all things is near. Truly the seal has been taken from the book, and knowledge respecting what Elohiym has revealed in his word, is wonderfully increased.
We think it is in this respect that the prophecy is more especially fulfilled, but only in an age like the present could the prophecy, even in this direction, be accomplished.
That we are in the time of the end, when the book of this prophecy should be no longer sealed, but be open and understood, is shown by Revelation10:1,2, where a mighty Angel is seen to come down from heaven with a little book in his hand open. For proof that the little book, there said to be open, is the book here closed up and sealed, and that that Angel delivers his message in this generation, see on Revelation10:2.
"Then I Daniy'el looked, and, behold, there stood other two, the one on this side of the bank of the river, and the other on that side of the bank of the river.
And one said to the man clothed in linen, which was upon the waters of the river, How long shall it be to the end of these wonders?
And I heard the man clothed in linen, which was upon the waters of the river, when he held up his right hand and his left hand unto heaven, and sware by him that liveth forever that it shall be for a time, times, and a half; and when he shall have accomplished to scatter the power of the holy people, all these things shall be finished."
The prisoner of history that he was, Elder Uriah Smith could not make any accurate application of prophecy to events that were two hundred years beyond his day. He saw in prophetic future, a repetition of the events of the historic past. This mighty man of Elohiym had done his part and yes, he is blessed forever. Every student of these pages on this website cannot fail to discern the divine wisdom embedded in his work. We should meet him soon in the Kingdom. Amein.
At this point, we are bound to allow the barton of prophecy exposition to pass from Elder Uriah Smith to Sister Marian G. Berry.
Daniy'el 12: 7 - 13
Marian G. Berry
Daniy'el chapters eleven and twelve are one vision during which the Angel Gavriy'el was clear to Daniy'el that everything in the discourse would be plain and literal. And so they remained throughout Elder Smith's work until he encountered phraseology in verse 7 that he had met in chapter seven and decided to treat them as symbolic as he had done with the text in Chapter seven. Chapter seven was wholly symbolic in context and detail even as interpreted by the Angel. But the Angel was clear in chapter eleven. It will be in plain language now. No mountains, seas, horns, beasts etc. Daniy'el chapter 12 like chapter eleven is in literal language and must be treated and interpreted/applied literally. You are now ready to dig deep into this wonderful information YaHuWaH gives you to prepare you and your family for the end. Click here to open to Daniy'el 12: 6 - 7
Daniy'el 12: 7-12
THE FINAL WARNING
Let us read and study the twelfth chapter of Daniy'el. It is a WARNING that we shall all need to understand before the time of the END.
... The Man clothed in linen ... sware… that it shall be for a time, times, and an half… to scatter the power of the holy people, ... Daniy'el 12:7
“And from the time that the daily... Shall be taken away, and the abomination that maketh desolate set up, there shall be a thousand two hundred and ninety days” Daniy'el 12:11.
“Blessed is he that waiteth and cometh to the thousand, three hundred and five and thirty days” Daniy'el 12:12.
WHAT IS THE WARNING?
And from the time that the daily… shall be taken away, and the Abomination that maketh desolate set up, there shall be a thousand, two hundred and ninety days” Daniy'el 12:11
"When Ye (Disciples) therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniy'el the prophet, stand in the holy place (whoso readeth, let him understand). Then let them who are in Judea flee into the mountains ...
ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION | WHO OR WHAT?
“And when ye shall see Yerushalayim compassed with armies, then know that the desolation thereof is nigh. Then let them which are in Judea flee into the mountains.”
Whose Armies Surrounded Yerushalayim In The Apostles' Days?
- The Armies Of Rome In The Year 66 AD.
- Rome Was The Desolation In The Disciples' Day. (Daniy'el 8:13, 9:27).
- Rome Was The Desolation In The Dark Ages (AD 538 - AD 1798). Daniy'el 7:20, 21, 25; 11:31.
- Rome Will Be The Desolation That Is Ahead Of Elohiym's Church. Daniy'el 11:41-44; Revelation13:7
When Ye shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniy'el the prophet, standing in THE HOLY PLACE, ...
The Roman Armies in AD 66 surrounded Yerushalayim. What Holy Place was there around Yerushalayim?
The Holy Place in the Temple were within the City. Around Yerushalayim was a wall & entry gates. What Holy Place was there outside the wall?
The City Fathers of Yerushalayim were strict Sabbath-keepers. They made certain that the gates of Yerushalayim were locked at the beginning of the Sabbath so that no merchants or vendors could carry on business within the city during the holy Sabbath hours. Not until the Sun went down on Saturday evening did the traffic (in goods) begin. Worldly vendors liked to camp up close to the walls, spread out there wares, attract the attention of anyone on the top of the wall or near the gates or of any who might wish to enter or depart during the Sabbath hours. Therefore to remove this distraction or infringement, for several furlongs beyond the walls, there was established the “Holy Sabbath Ground” or “Holy Place” on which worldly vendors could not camp.
The Roman armies stood on that 'holy ground' by placing there idolatrous standards, flags, and symbols and banners, or jabbed them into the ground to announce the take-over by Rome! Pagan Rome was a union of Sun worship and civil authority so that the standards bore on them the symbols of the Sun and other things - Moon, stars, etc. Jesus explained to His followers, in MattithYahuw 24:15, that when they should see Rome place its MARK of authority, its symbol of Sun worship on their holy Sabbath ground, they would know that it was time for them to flee from the cities to the mountains."
Mashiach gave His disciples a sign of the ruin to come to Yerushalayim, and He told them how to escape... The Natsariym (Natsarene) obeyed the 'Warning' , and not one Natsariym or Natsarene perished in the fall of the city.
... The Man clothed in linen ... sware ... that it shall be for a time, times, and an half ... to scatter the power of the holy people, ... Daniy'el 12:7Return to Top
“And from the time that the daily... Shall be taken away, and the abomination that maketh desolate set up, there shall be a thousand two hundred and ninety days” Daniy'el 12:11.
“Blessed is he that waiteth and cometh to the thousand, three hundred and five and thirty days Daniy'el 12:12.