|Daniel 12 |
1 "And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince who stands for the children of your people; and there shall be a time of trouble, such as there never was since there was a nation even to that same time; and at that time your people shall be delivered, everyone who shall be found written in the book.
2 And many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt. [Some to shame and everlasting contempt is not everyone else who did not awaken to everlasting life. The Lord says a perpetual shame and everlasting approach applies to the false prophets, Jer 23:30-40, which would include the preachers of Christianity not called by the Lord, not taught by the Lord, not perfected by the Lord, not authorized by the Lord, not sent by the Lord, not speaking with words heard from the Lord immediately before speaking, and not doing only what the Lord shows them to do. Everyone who fails to learn how to live soberly, righteously, and godly in this present world, will meet His fury, (but not forever and accompanied by His compassion).
3 And those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the firmament; and those who turn many to righteousness like the stars forever and ever.
4 But you, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end. Many shall run to and fro, and knowledge of God's plan shall be increased."
5 Then I Daniel looked, and, behold, there stood two others, the one on this side of the bank of the river, and the other on that side of the bank of the river.
6 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?"
7 And I heard the man clothed in linen, who was upon the waters of the river, when he held up his right hand and his left hand to heaven, and swore by him that lives forever that it shall be for a time, times, and a half [3.5 x 360 days/ year=1260 days, or if years, 1260 years]; and when he shall have accomplished to scatter the power of the holy people, all these things shall be finished.1
8 And I heard, but I did not understand. Then said I, "O my Lord, what shall be the end of these things?"
9 And he said, "Go your way, Daniel for the words are closed up and sealed until the time of the end.
10 Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly. And none of the wicked shall understand, but the wise shall understand.2
11 And from the time that the daily sacrifice shall be taken away, and the abomination that makes desolate set up, there shall be a thousand two hundred and ninety days.
12 Blessed is he that waits, and comes to the thousand three hundred and five and thirty days.3
13 But go your way until the end for you shall rest and stand in your lot at the end of the days."
1 it shall be for a time, times, and a half [3.5 x 360 days/ year=1260 days, or if years, 1260 years]; and when he shall have accomplished to scatter the power of the holy people, all these things shall be finished. This is the time that the false Christian church of Babylon ruled, beginning around 388 A. D., when the true church had been stamped out by the Roman Empire's official Roman Catholic religion, and ending when George Fox's entered the kingdom sometime in 1648. The year 388 A. D. results from 1648 - 1260 = 388 years. Stephen Crisp wrote of this time in his DESTROYING THE ARGUMENTS THAT SIN CANNOT BE CONQUERED IN THIS LIFE:
But alas! What do you think, you who read with understanding, was the state of the world in those days? Was it not high time that plagues, indignation, and vengeance should be poured out upon this bloody whore, and upon the seat of the beast upon which she did ride, and upon the whole earth, which had committed fornication with her? Is it not high time that the carpenters should come, Zec 1:21, to cut off these horns? For at that time the power of darkness was spread over all, and the will of the devil was done, and his one thousand two hundred and sixty years, were prosperous to his kingdom, and he did what he pleased. If any spoke against him, and against his kingdom, he would have them killed, and then his whore would drink the blood of such; and there was none left, neither great nor small, neither bond nor free, high or low, neither young nor old, but they had submitted themselves all of them, and said, who is like him? None are able to overcome him.
The devil's unchallenged rule in Christianity was finished when George Fox entered the kingdom sometime in 1648.
2 Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly. And none of the wicked shall understand, but the wise shall understand. The wicked, those still sinning, think to be purified is impossible (who can overcome the beast); so they will continue to sin and none of them will understand. But those who believe in the true gospel will seek to listen to and obey the Lord's voice, they will be tried by fiery ordeals, they will be purified or made white, and they will understand all things.
3 Blessed is he that waits, and comes to the thousand three hundred and five and thirty days. Steven Crisp in his DESTROYING THE ARGUMENTS THAT SIN CANNOT BE CONQUERED IN THIS LIFE again writes of when the abomination of desolation was set up:
There is yet another prophecy of Christ, when he said, "When you see the abomination of desolation standing in the holy place, where it ought not, then let not him who is in Judea flee unto the mountain; nor he that is in the field, go back to fetch his clothes; nor he that is on the house-top, come down to take anything out of his house, .." Mat 24:15. He further said in verse 23, 24, "Then if any man shall say unto you, 'Lo, here is Christ' or 'there,' believe him not," etc. signifying plainly, that when the abomination of desolation should be set up, that the people would still want many sorts of teachers of the name of Christ. What were they made desolate of, by the setting up of this abomination, seeing they were not desolate of a profession of Christ in many manners? They were desolate of the power and presence of God in all their holy places, (as they called them), where this abomination was set up; even as Christ said to the Jews, when they had made the house of prayer to be a den of thieves. Then said he, "Your house is left unto you desolate." Mark, it was not then desolate of people, of congregations, of religions and worship; but it was desolate of the presence of God; for that was not to be found there. So that abomination makes people desolate of the power of God, by which they should have power over their sin and lusts, and which makes the ministers and teachers desolate of the spirit of God, by which they should have been led to preach the gospel.
Now the abomination of desolation was not set up in the time of Christ; for, said he, when you shall see it set up,... speaking as of a thing that was not yet come to pass; and the apostle said, "There shall come an apostasy from the faith;" that shows, that it had not yet come, neither did it come till several hundreds of years after; for the true Christians suffered many cruel and grievous deaths for the Christian faith. So that they did not fall away, but endured to the end, and were saved, and the earth was not desolate for a long time. But when that faith was lost, which did support in sufferings, and that the Christian religion, (which was the holy place), came to be corrupted by pride, covetousness, persecution and worldly pleasures, ease, and the delights and honors of this world; then the abomination was set up, that made the earth desolate. Reckon from that time, one thousand two hundred and sixty years, and add to it these thirty years, of which the angel spoke to Daniel, Dan. 12:11, and see whether we are not within the forty-five years, of which there is made mention in the twelfth verse, where the angel having spoken of the one thousand two hundred and ninety years, adds, "Blessed is he that waits, and comes to the thousand three hundred and thirty-five days;" signifying plainly, that there must be a time of patience, and waiting for the blessed restoration, which was promised; and that that time of waiting should continue from the one thousand two hundred and ninety, till one thousand three hundred and thirty five, which are forty-five days or years.
Crisp doesn't disclose the years precisely. The 1260 year time is 1648, when George Fox entered the kingdom.
The 30 additional years brings us to the year of 1678, the beginning of the restoration, which evidently was the beginning of the spread of the Quaker faith across the world, beyond England into America and Continental Europe.
The next 45 years brings us to the year of 1723, when the restoration was complete. What exactly constituted the completion of the restoration is not revealed, but this is very close to when all imprisoning of Quakers for failure to swear and pay tithes in England had finally ceased; so it is possible this is the time that the devil's power to imprison and kill the saints had been finally stopped. The early Quakers sufferings, imprisonments, complete losses of property, deaths, and banishment from their home country, caused the consciences' of the Christ-professing people of England to be finally sufficiently pricked that they sympathized with Christ's true sheep, who by tens of thousands had lost their properties and had gone to prison, where close to one thousand had died while praying for their persecutors. There were other early Quakers who died after being attacked in their silent meetings by Christian mobs; the wolves in sheep's clothing killed the true sheep of Christ, who prayed for their persecutors. Whatever defines the completion of the restoration, the early Quakers left their clear record of the hope: to be free of sin, to be in union with Christ and God, and to be translated into the kingdom of God while alive on earth and then forever; that in itself is a great restoration.
These dates have validity because in his writing, A Looking Glass for the Jews, George Fox wrote that the dates proved that the Early Quakers were partakers of the restoration's time of blessing:
"In Dan 12:11-12, ‘And from the time that the daily sacrifice is taken away [34 A.D.], and the abomination of desolation is set up, there shall be one thousand two hundred and ninety days. Blessed is he who waits, and comes to the one thousand three hundred and thirty-five days.’ Now number you this time when it began, and when it ended; and see that you may be partakers of this blessing."
Realize that all of Christendom's Bible experts are teaching us to look for the restoration of the Jewish physical temple and sacrifice, signaling the imminent return of Christ to rule the world; but neither will ever happen.
Christendom is lost in the physical, ignoring the spiritual; from the Word of the Lord within: "they live in the physical, hoping to illustrate the spiritual." Christendom has not found the superior, new life of God because they have not lost their worldly life, their fleshly life, their pleasures, their lusts, their pride, their anger, and their carnal minds, with which they walk according to their own imagination, thoughts, words, and deeds; so they are lost in the physical world, and despite their hoping to illustrate the spiritual to others, their total immersion in the world only portrays hypocrisy and thus scatters the elect.