Daniel 12 - The Destruction Of Jerusalem

Many people falsely believe that Daniel 12 is speaking about the end times. It is not. Daniel 12 is a prophecy about the destruction of Jerusalem in 70ad. Daniel 9 and the 70 week prophecy is the key. The 70th week was fulfilled from 27ad to 34 ad. The Jewish people rejecting the Messiah and killing him on the cross brought destruction upon them. Matthew 24 in the Olivet Discourse warns of this same destruction and works in conjunction with Daniel 12.

Josephus and other Jewish historians record the historical event's in which they have no vested interest in proving Bible prophecy correct against its own people. In November of 66ad the Roman army surrounded Jerusalem on every side, and this is the abomination of desolation. 1290 days later in July of 70ad, the Roman army breached the walls of Jerusalem and the daily sacrifice was taken away. 45 days later, a total of 1335 days since the abomination of desolation, in September of 70ad, the siege ended just as prophesied. The Romans originally withdrew their troops for no apparent reason in November of 66ad as the abomination of desolation. The time, times, and a half is 1260 days. This essentially told the Christians that they had 1 month or 30 days to flee to the mountains of Judea.

Daniel 12
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. Daniel 12:1 (This time of trouble was the Roman persecutions in Judea from 66ad to 70ad. God's people are saved from this as the vengeance of God is toward the Jews.)

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. Daniel 12:2 (This is not talking about the end times resurrection, but of a spiritual awakening. Jesus had shed his light of the gospel during his ministry therefore some believed and followed and some did not.)

And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever. Daniel 12:3 (God's people that believe and follow his instruction will be rewarded.)

But thou, 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 shall be increased. Daniel 12:4 (The time of the end is not talking about the end times, but of the latter days of Israel's national existence. The former days were from Jacob to Babylonian captivity. The latter days, or time of the end, is from the release of Babylonian captivity to the destruction of Jerusalem in 70ad. Knowledge increasing running to and fro is referencing the gospel being spread as Jesus gave his disciples the great commission to go and make disciples of all nations and teaching them everything he had taught them.)

Then I Daniel 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 for ever that it shall be for a time, times, and an half; and when he shall have accomplished to scatter the power of the holy people, all these things shall be finished. Daniel 12:5-7 (The time, times, and a half is referencing the literal 3.5 years of tribulation from Dec. 66 ad to July 70ad. Then the tribulation will end and the power of the Jewish people with be destroyed.)

And I heard, but I understood not: then said I, O my Lord, what shall be the end of these things? Daniel 12:8 (Daniel is asking what the end of this tribulation period looks like.)

And he said, Go thy way, Daniel: for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end. 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. Daniel 12:9-10 (The wise will understand these prophecies and be saved. They understood the time of Christ's visitation because of the 70 weeks prophecy in Daniel 9. The wicked would not understand and be destroyed. The prophecy was not to be further understood until the time of the end. This is again not talking about the end times, but the end of Israel's latter days of existence.)

And from the time that the daily sacrifice shall be taken away, and the abomination that maketh desolate set up, there shall be a thousand two hundred and ninety days. Blessed is he that waiteth, and cometh to the thousand three hundred and five and thirty days. But go thou thy way till the end be: for thou shalt rest, and stand in thy lot at the end of the days. Daniel 12:11-13 (From the time that the abomination of desolation is set up, which is the Roman army surrounding Jerusalem, to the time of the daily sacrifice taken away shall be 1290 days. Matt. 24:15-16 and Luke 21:20-21 reveal what the abomination of desolation is. The 1335 days is referencing the total number of days from the abomination of desolation to the end of the Roman siege of Jerusalem. Jewish historian Josephus records the historical record on how all this played out.)