Book of Daniel Bible Study Commentary Chapter 12
Daniel 12 How to Shine Like the Stars
by I Gordon
|True of all or some?
We all go our own way
Everyone in this world chooses the way in which they will go. For some, that way is God's way. Daniel was one of these. He could be told to go his own way because his way was God's way! Others do not walk in God's way but choose a broader wider road.
We all come to an end
Again, all of mankind reaches its end. All die (even if we sometimes think that we are bullet proof) and come to the end in this life and it normally occurs quicker than we expect!
We will all rise
Everyone will rise from the dead. For some it is a resurrection unto life. For others it is a resurrection unto judgement.
Some will enter rest
Daniel was promised that at the end of his life he would enter into rest. That is also true of all those who are 'in Christ' and have found salvation through Jesus. But to those who did not walk in God's way 'there is no rest for the wicked' as the scripture says. They will only experience the consequences of judgement for a life lived in rebellion to the provision of salvation God made available in Christ. Scary proposition.
Some receive an allotted inheritance
God's rewards and inheritance are for all those 'in Christ' but their fullness and measure is in accordance to our faithful work and dedication to God's calling in this life.
 ↩ This 'remnant' that God always has among the Jews equates to the 'All Israel' that Paul said would be saved at the end of the age after God turns again to save that nation - His covenant people. This will occur after the church is raptured I believe, when the full number of the gentiles have come into the Church. It is then that God turns again to fulfill His promises to the nation of Israel as a whole. As previously mentioned in the last study (I think!) Zechariah tells us that 1/3 of the Jews will be brought through this terrible time and are saved (Zech 13:8-9).
 ↩ Which is a good subject for a footnote don't you think? And maybe a big one at that! Since the dawn of time to the turn of the nineteenth century men and women travelled no faster than a horse could run. Sir Isaac Newton wrote in 1680 about Daniel 12:4 saying - "Personally I cannot help but believe that these refer to the end of the times. Men will travel from country to country in an unprecedented manner. There may be some inventions which will enable people to travel much more quickly than they do now." Newton even went on to say people might travel in these inventions in speeds that exceed 40 miles per hour!
80 years later, and the French Atheist philosopher Voltaire was on the scene. One day Voltaire said to a friend, "It took twelve ignorant fishermen to establish Christianity; I will show the world how one Frenchman can destroy it." Upon reading what Newton wrote, Voltaire stated: "See what a fool Christianity makes of an otherwise brilliant man! A scientist like Newton actually writes that man may travel at a rate of 40 mph, has he forgotten that if a man would travel at this rate he would be suffocated? His heart would stand still."
As a side note twenty-five years after Voltaire died, his home was purchased by the Geneva Bible Society and became a Bible storage building, and his printing press was used to print an entire edition of the Bible! Well, even Newton, as great as he was, couldn't see that one day man would fly in planes able to break the sound barrier, travel to the moon and explore the solar system. And who knows what is still to come?
 ↩ In terms of the knowledge explosion, consider the following facts. Well, they were facts... by the time you read this they will be way out of date! (2016 note - 'Myspace' below?!? In 2008 Myspace was the most visited website in the US surpassing Google. But something called Facebook was on the rise! As of April 2016 Myspace had slid to 1747 th place in the US most visited and Facebook now has a staggering 1.65 billion active user per month. If Facebook was a country it would now be the most populous nation on earth!)
:: There are 3000 new books published each day
:: It has been estimated that 1 week of the New York Times contains more information than the average person in the 18th Century would come across in their lifetime.
:: The first TXT message was sent in 1992. Today the daily messages exceed the population of the planet.
:: Google search in 2006 were 2.7 billion per month. In 2008 they were 31 billion per month.
:: If 'Myspace' was a country it would be the 5th largest in the world (Myspace has over 200 million users)
:: It has been estimated that the top 10 in demand jobs in 2010 did not exist in 2004.
:: Technical information is now doubling every 2 years. That means that for a student doing a 4 year degree, â of what they have learned by their 3rd year will be outdated.
We live in a world of change... You need to replace your old CRT television (that you had for 20 years plus but has finally died) and so you swat up on Plasma TV's. Your friend tells you that Plasma's are on their way out and that LCD is really the way to go. So you go into the shop and you find that well, really, LED TV's are better than LCD which are now on the way out. You finally make a purchase, get it home, and find that 3-D TV's are now 'the new thing'! Arrrrgh!
As someone once said, 'by the time it takes me to get to where it's at, I'm where it was.'
 ↩ See Hosea 5:14-6:2, Matt 23:37-39 The Jewish nation will be brought to the place where they will acknowledge their guilt cry out for their Messiah to return. This won't be an easy process! They are naturally very able and rely upon their own wisdom and strength to survive. But the odds at the end of the age are totally overwhelming. Every nation shall come against Israel (Zech 14:1-2) but when pushed to the very edge of their own annihilation, they shall cry out for their Messiah Jesus. And He shall come!
 ↩ Daniel is certainly not going to be the last person to be confused by the prophecies he was given! They have led to all sorts of interpretations over the years since they were given. But it is also true that in the last days knowledge will increase and as the time period spoken about comes more into view, the words of Daniel also become clearer.
 ↩ Jesus referred to this as the judgement of the sheep and the goats. See Matt 25:31-46. The same judgement is referred to by Joel in chapter 3:1-14.
 ↩ We always think of ourselves in terms of our body yet that is just the shell that contains the real person. C.S Lewis said it well when he said 'You do not have a soul. You are a soul. You have a body.'
 ↩ Do not let people try to convince you that the Bible teaches Universal salvation (that everyone gets saved in the end) or in Annihilation (that the wicked are annihilated in the lake of fire and don't exist anymore). Both theories have far more to do with what a person would like to believe than what the Bible actually teaches. Daniel talks about everlasting life and everlasting shame. The same word is used of the length of time (eternal, without end) that both experience. Jesus said the same thing in Matt 25:46. The contempt of the wicked will last just as long as the eternal life of the righteous does.
 ↩ There could well be a literal aspect to this 'shining'. When John saw Jesus in glory, he said that His face 'shone like the sun in all its strength'. Well God's glory shall shine through us as well because when we see Jesus we shall be like Him. When writing about the resurrection, Paul said that there is one glory of the sun, another of the moon and all of the stars differ in glory from each other. Then he said that this is how it is in the resurrection.