12:1 And at that a 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) The angel here notes two things: first that
the Church will be in great affliction and trouble at Christ's coming, and
next that God will send his angel to deliver it, whom he here calls Michael,
meaning Christ, who is proclaimed by the preaching of the Gospel.
12:2 And many b
of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting
life, and some to shame [and] everlasting contempt.
(b) Meaning all will rise at the general
resurrection, which thing he here names because the faithful should always
consider that: for in the earth there will be no sure comfort.
12:3 And they that be c
wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that d
turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever.
(c) Who have kept the true fear of God and his
(d) He chiefly means the ministers of God's
word, and next all the faithful who instruct the ignorant, and bring them to
the true knowledge of God.
12:4 But thou, O Daniel, e
shut up the words, and seal the book, f
[even] to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be
(e) Even though the most part despise this
prophecy, yet make sure you keep it and esteem it as a treasure.
(f) Until the time that God has appointed for the
full revelation of these things: and then many will run to and fro to search
for the knowledge of these mysteries, which things they obtain now by the
light of the Gospel.
12:5 Then I Daniel looked, and, behold, there stood
other two, the one on this side of the bank of the g
river, and the other on that side of the bank of the river.
(g) Which was the Tigris.
12:7 And I heard the man
clothed in linen, which [was] upon the waters of the river, when he held up his h
right hand and his left hand unto heaven, and sware by him that liveth for ever
that [it shall be] for a i time, times,
and an half; and when he shall have accomplished k
to scatter the power of the holy people, all these [things] shall be finished.
(h) Which was as it were a double oath, and did
the more confirm the thing.
(i) Meaning, a long time, a longer time, and at
length a short time: signifying that their troubles would have an end.
(k) When the Church will be scattered and
diminished in such a way as it will seem to have no power.
And from the time [that] the l daily
[sacrifice] shall be taken away, and the abomination that maketh desolate set
up, [there m shall be] a thousand two
hundred and ninety days.
(l) From the time that Christ by his sacrifice
will take away the sacrifices and ceremonies of the Law.
(m) Signifying that the time will be long until
Christ's second coming, and yet the children of God ought not to be
discouraged, even though it is deferred.
12:12 Blessed [is] he that waiteth, and cometh to
the thousand three hundred and n five
and thirty days.
(n) In this number he adds a month and a half to
the former number, signifying that it is not in man to appoint the time of
Christ's coming, but that they are blessed that patiently wait for his
12:13 But go o
thou thy way till the end [be]: for thou shalt rest, and stand in thy lot at the
end of the days.
(o) The angel warns the Prophet patiently to
wait, until the time appointed comes, signifying that he should depart this
life, and rise again with the elect, when God had sufficiently humbled and
purged his Church.