(Sermon Notes) Daniel 12 - Unveiled Ending

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by: Billy Dalton

05/15/2022

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Daniel 12 - Unveiled Ending


The book of Daniel and this chapter in particular shows us that the world is profoundly broken and cannot be fixed. It must be made new. One of the main purposes of this chapter and all the Book of Daniel is to help us find purpose in the pain, not dull it or avoid it. 


V.1 - “At that time” is linked to the previous passage. This is part of the vision from chapters 10 and 11. Which book contains the names of the people who will be delivered? This seems to be the Book of Life.


Revelation 3:5–6 (ESV): 5 The one who conquers will be clothed thus in white garments, and I will never blot his name out of the book of life. I will confess his name before my Father and before his angels. 6 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.’ 


Revelation 13:5–9 (ESV): 5 And the beast was given a mouth uttering haughty and blasphemous words, and it was allowed to exercise authority for forty-two months. 6 It opened its mouth to utter blasphemies against God, blaspheming his name and his dwelling, that is, those who dwell in heaven. 7 Also it was allowed to make war on the saints and to conquer them. And authority was given it over every tribe and people and language and nation, 8 and all who dwell on earth will worship it, everyone whose name has not been written before the foundation of the world in the book of life of the Lamb who was slain. 9 If anyone has an ear, let him hear: 


Revelation 17:7–8 (ESV): 7 But the angel said to me, “Why do you marvel? I will tell you the mystery of the woman, and of the beast with seven heads and ten horns that carries her. 8 The beast that you saw was, and is not, and is about to rise from the bottomless pit and go to destruction. And the dwellers on earth whose names have not been written in the book of life from the foundation of the world will marvel to see the beast, because it was and is not and is to come


Revelation 20:11–15 (ESV): 11 Then I saw a great white throne and him who was seated on it. From his presence earth and sky fled away, and no place was found for them. 12 And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Then another book was opened, which is the book of life. And the dead were judged by what was written in the books, according to what they had done. 13 And the sea gave up the dead who were in it, Death and Hades gave up the dead who were in them, and they were judged, each one of them, according to what they had done. 14 Then Death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire. 15 And if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire. 


Revelation 21:22–27 (ESV): 22 And I saw no temple in the city, for its temple is the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb. 23 And the city has no need of sun or moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and its lamp is the Lamb. 24 By its light will the nations walk, and the kings of the earth will bring their glory into it, 25 and its gates will never be shut by day—and there will be no night there. 26 They will bring into it the glory and the honor of the nations. 27 But nothing unclean will ever enter it, nor anyone who does what is detestable or false, but only those who are written in the Lamb’s book of life. 


Luke 10:17–20 (ESV): 17 The seventy-two returned with joy, saying, “Lord, even the demons are subject to us in your name!” 18 And he said to them, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. 19 Behold, I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall hurt you. 20 Nevertheless, do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.” 


V. 2 - This is the clearest teaching in the Old Testament about the resurrection from the dead. Notice the emphasis on “everlasting” in this verse. This must make us focus on Gospel proclamation. 


V. 3 - This verse is like the Great Commission of the Old Testament. If you’re not sure of your purpose in life, this verse helps. “Shine” has an idea of clear and transparent. Christ shining through you. You are to be the light forever and ever. 


V. 4 - “Seal up (keep/protect/preserve) the words of this book, Daniel, for future generations. Save it for them for times they will need it.” They are for us. We must go to the source of what God has preserved for us. 


Vv. 5-7 - Two angels are with Daniel and ask a question that we all would want to ask if we were there. They long to understand the things of redemption. 


1 Peter 1:10–12 (ESV): 10 Concerning this salvation, the prophets who prophesied about the grace that was to be yours searched and inquired carefully, 11 inquiring what person or time the Spirit of Christ in them was indicating when he predicted the sufferings of Christ and the subsequent glories. 12 It was revealed to them that they were serving not themselves but you, in the things that have now been announced to you through those who preached the good news to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven, things into which angels long to look. 


Both hands are raised to show a more sure guarantee. This will go on until God’s people’s strength is broken. The phrasing about time, times, and half a time could refer to 3 1/2 years as noted earlier in Daniel. The point is that the suffering is limited by God and is short. 


V. 8 - Daniel doesn’t really understand and asks another (similar) question to get more clarity. 


V. 9 - Daniel is to focus on his role and his own faithfulness. The things written are for a time coming and are being preserved for that time. 


V. 10 - Verse 10 again contrasts the wicked and the righteous. Those who understand wisdom (believe in God and His promises) shall be purified to look more like Christ. Those who do not (the wicked) will search for answers everywhere, but will not find them. 


Amos 8:11–12 (ESV): 11  “Behold, the days are coming,” declares the Lord God, “when I will send a famine on the land not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the Lord. 12  They shall wander from sea to sea, and from north to east; they shall run to and fro, to seek the word of the Lord, 

but they shall not find it. 


V. 11 - The angel explains in more detail about the “times” coming. 1,290 days is about 3 1/2 years, as is 1,335 days. These events did happen in the time of Antiochus Epiphanies, but seem to be pointing to another person that will do the same. This could be Titus, who also led the destruction of the temple, but even he seems to be a “type” of one “Man of Lawlessness” that is coming. The point of this verse is to call God’s people in all times to endure suffering no matter how great the evil. Even if the suffering seems too much and you are at your end, you are blessed to endure. The days of suffering are limited and numbered. 


V. 12 - Daniel’s is told again (and by extension, us too) to be obedient to what God has called us to. We will find our place with Him and we will find our rest in the end. 



• God raises up nations and puts down nations. This is all heading to fulfill God’s purposes. 

• Pride is at the root of evil and we must ask God to kill it in us. 

• Although at times it looks like that evil is winning and God’s people are not, the Book of Daniel reminds us that evil is limited and being used for God’s purposes. 

• Our call is to endure suffering and persecution until the end. 

• Through suffering and persecution, God is with us and is refining us to look more like His beautiful Son.  

• We are to shine Christ to the world and hopefully others to wisdom, which is knowledge and belief in Christ.

• Rejoice! Your name is written in the Book of Life.

• Be faithful until you die or Jesus comes back. 

• Look forward to the rest that is coming and your place with Him forever.

• Jesus wins.



Acknowledgements 

This sermon and/or the entire sermon series were influenced and impacted by the following commentaries, Bibles, books, teachings and sermons. I am so very grateful for the insight and ministries of those involved with each. Likewise, I am thankful for the insights and input from those who attend the sermon preparation time at FBCCK. 


Commentaries/Books

NIV Compact Bible Commentary - John Sailhammer

The Preacher’s Commentary (Daniel) - Sinclair Ferguson

Life Change Series (Daniel) - NavPress 

Tyndale Old Testament Commentaries (Daniel) - Joyce G. Baldwin

The Message of the New Testament (Daniel) - Mark Dever

The Bible Exposition Commentary (Daniel) - Warren W. Wiersbe

Reformed Expository Commentary (Daniel) - Iain M. Duguid

Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary (Vol. 4) - John H. Walton

Word Biblical Commentary (Daniel) - John Goldingay  

The Message of the Prophets - J. Daniel Hays and Temper Longman III

Matthew Henry’s Commentary on the Whole Bible - Matthew Henry

Thru the Bible (Vol. 3) - J Vernon McGee

Expository Sermons on the Book of Daniel - W.A. Criswell

A Case for Amillennialism - Kim Riddlebarger 


Study Bibles

ESV Study Bible

HCSB Study Bible 


Teachings and Sermons

The Last Days According to Jesus - R.C. Sproul

Agents of Babylon (Daniel) - David Jeremiah

Daniel: When Babylon is Home - Bryan Chapell

Daniel 9:24-27 - 70 Weeks - Steve Gregg

EPS 2010 Lectures on Apocalyptic Literature - D.A. Carson

The End Times According to Daniel - Jeff Durbin 

Daniel’s 70 Weeks - Ken Gentry

End Times Teachings - John MacArthur


Topics for the Prayer Time

*Those who have yet to believe in Jesus

*The unreached peoples of the earth

*Missionaries around the world and for more to go

*The spiritual growth of other believers and churches

*That you would have more spiritual gifts

*That Christians would remain faithful under persecution

*Those who are sick

*Those who have lost loved-ones

*Those traveling

*Our nation, leaders, military, and civil servants

*Pray for the health and salvation of the unborn babies in our church

*Pray against the evils of abortion and human trafficking

*Pray for the University of Florida international students 

*Pray God would bless our efforts to in evangelism and discipleship

*Pray God would bless our community

*Pray God would bless the churches of those visiting us  


Daniel 12 - Unveiled Ending


The book of Daniel and this chapter in particular shows us that the world is profoundly broken and cannot be fixed. It must be made new. One of the main purposes of this chapter and all the Book of Daniel is to help us find purpose in the pain, not dull it or avoid it. 


V.1 - “At that time” is linked to the previous passage. This is part of the vision from chapters 10 and 11. Which book contains the names of the people who will be delivered? This seems to be the Book of Life.


Revelation 3:5–6 (ESV): 5 The one who conquers will be clothed thus in white garments, and I will never blot his name out of the book of life. I will confess his name before my Father and before his angels. 6 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.’ 


Revelation 13:5–9 (ESV): 5 And the beast was given a mouth uttering haughty and blasphemous words, and it was allowed to exercise authority for forty-two months. 6 It opened its mouth to utter blasphemies against God, blaspheming his name and his dwelling, that is, those who dwell in heaven. 7 Also it was allowed to make war on the saints and to conquer them. And authority was given it over every tribe and people and language and nation, 8 and all who dwell on earth will worship it, everyone whose name has not been written before the foundation of the world in the book of life of the Lamb who was slain. 9 If anyone has an ear, let him hear: 


Revelation 17:7–8 (ESV): 7 But the angel said to me, “Why do you marvel? I will tell you the mystery of the woman, and of the beast with seven heads and ten horns that carries her. 8 The beast that you saw was, and is not, and is about to rise from the bottomless pit and go to destruction. And the dwellers on earth whose names have not been written in the book of life from the foundation of the world will marvel to see the beast, because it was and is not and is to come


Revelation 20:11–15 (ESV): 11 Then I saw a great white throne and him who was seated on it. From his presence earth and sky fled away, and no place was found for them. 12 And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Then another book was opened, which is the book of life. And the dead were judged by what was written in the books, according to what they had done. 13 And the sea gave up the dead who were in it, Death and Hades gave up the dead who were in them, and they were judged, each one of them, according to what they had done. 14 Then Death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire. 15 And if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire. 


Revelation 21:22–27 (ESV): 22 And I saw no temple in the city, for its temple is the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb. 23 And the city has no need of sun or moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and its lamp is the Lamb. 24 By its light will the nations walk, and the kings of the earth will bring their glory into it, 25 and its gates will never be shut by day—and there will be no night there. 26 They will bring into it the glory and the honor of the nations. 27 But nothing unclean will ever enter it, nor anyone who does what is detestable or false, but only those who are written in the Lamb’s book of life. 


Luke 10:17–20 (ESV): 17 The seventy-two returned with joy, saying, “Lord, even the demons are subject to us in your name!” 18 And he said to them, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. 19 Behold, I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall hurt you. 20 Nevertheless, do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.” 


V. 2 - This is the clearest teaching in the Old Testament about the resurrection from the dead. Notice the emphasis on “everlasting” in this verse. This must make us focus on Gospel proclamation. 


V. 3 - This verse is like the Great Commission of the Old Testament. If you’re not sure of your purpose in life, this verse helps. “Shine” has an idea of clear and transparent. Christ shining through you. You are to be the light forever and ever. 


V. 4 - “Seal up (keep/protect/preserve) the words of this book, Daniel, for future generations. Save it for them for times they will need it.” They are for us. We must go to the source of what God has preserved for us. 


Vv. 5-7 - Two angels are with Daniel and ask a question that we all would want to ask if we were there. They long to understand the things of redemption. 


1 Peter 1:10–12 (ESV): 10 Concerning this salvation, the prophets who prophesied about the grace that was to be yours searched and inquired carefully, 11 inquiring what person or time the Spirit of Christ in them was indicating when he predicted the sufferings of Christ and the subsequent glories. 12 It was revealed to them that they were serving not themselves but you, in the things that have now been announced to you through those who preached the good news to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven, things into which angels long to look. 


Both hands are raised to show a more sure guarantee. This will go on until God’s people’s strength is broken. The phrasing about time, times, and half a time could refer to 3 1/2 years as noted earlier in Daniel. The point is that the suffering is limited by God and is short. 


V. 8 - Daniel doesn’t really understand and asks another (similar) question to get more clarity. 


V. 9 - Daniel is to focus on his role and his own faithfulness. The things written are for a time coming and are being preserved for that time. 


V. 10 - Verse 10 again contrasts the wicked and the righteous. Those who understand wisdom (believe in God and His promises) shall be purified to look more like Christ. Those who do not (the wicked) will search for answers everywhere, but will not find them. 


Amos 8:11–12 (ESV): 11  “Behold, the days are coming,” declares the Lord God, “when I will send a famine on the land not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the Lord. 12  They shall wander from sea to sea, and from north to east; they shall run to and fro, to seek the word of the Lord, 

but they shall not find it. 


V. 11 - The angel explains in more detail about the “times” coming. 1,290 days is about 3 1/2 years, as is 1,335 days. These events did happen in the time of Antiochus Epiphanies, but seem to be pointing to another person that will do the same. This could be Titus, who also led the destruction of the temple, but even he seems to be a “type” of one “Man of Lawlessness” that is coming. The point of this verse is to call God’s people in all times to endure suffering no matter how great the evil. Even if the suffering seems too much and you are at your end, you are blessed to endure. The days of suffering are limited and numbered. 


V. 12 - Daniel’s is told again (and by extension, us too) to be obedient to what God has called us to. We will find our place with Him and we will find our rest in the end. 



• God raises up nations and puts down nations. This is all heading to fulfill God’s purposes. 

• Pride is at the root of evil and we must ask God to kill it in us. 

• Although at times it looks like that evil is winning and God’s people are not, the Book of Daniel reminds us that evil is limited and being used for God’s purposes. 

• Our call is to endure suffering and persecution until the end. 

• Through suffering and persecution, God is with us and is refining us to look more like His beautiful Son.  

• We are to shine Christ to the world and hopefully others to wisdom, which is knowledge and belief in Christ.

• Rejoice! Your name is written in the Book of Life.

• Be faithful until you die or Jesus comes back. 

• Look forward to the rest that is coming and your place with Him forever.

• Jesus wins.



Acknowledgements 

This sermon and/or the entire sermon series were influenced and impacted by the following commentaries, Bibles, books, teachings and sermons. I am so very grateful for the insight and ministries of those involved with each. Likewise, I am thankful for the insights and input from those who attend the sermon preparation time at FBCCK. 


Commentaries/Books

NIV Compact Bible Commentary - John Sailhammer

The Preacher’s Commentary (Daniel) - Sinclair Ferguson

Life Change Series (Daniel) - NavPress 

Tyndale Old Testament Commentaries (Daniel) - Joyce G. Baldwin

The Message of the New Testament (Daniel) - Mark Dever

The Bible Exposition Commentary (Daniel) - Warren W. Wiersbe

Reformed Expository Commentary (Daniel) - Iain M. Duguid

Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary (Vol. 4) - John H. Walton

Word Biblical Commentary (Daniel) - John Goldingay  

The Message of the Prophets - J. Daniel Hays and Temper Longman III

Matthew Henry’s Commentary on the Whole Bible - Matthew Henry

Thru the Bible (Vol. 3) - J Vernon McGee

Expository Sermons on the Book of Daniel - W.A. Criswell

A Case for Amillennialism - Kim Riddlebarger 


Study Bibles

ESV Study Bible

HCSB Study Bible 


Teachings and Sermons

The Last Days According to Jesus - R.C. Sproul

Agents of Babylon (Daniel) - David Jeremiah

Daniel: When Babylon is Home - Bryan Chapell

Daniel 9:24-27 - 70 Weeks - Steve Gregg

EPS 2010 Lectures on Apocalyptic Literature - D.A. Carson

The End Times According to Daniel - Jeff Durbin 

Daniel’s 70 Weeks - Ken Gentry

End Times Teachings - John MacArthur


Topics for the Prayer Time

*Those who have yet to believe in Jesus

*The unreached peoples of the earth

*Missionaries around the world and for more to go

*The spiritual growth of other believers and churches

*That you would have more spiritual gifts

*That Christians would remain faithful under persecution

*Those who are sick

*Those who have lost loved-ones

*Those traveling

*Our nation, leaders, military, and civil servants

*Pray for the health and salvation of the unborn babies in our church

*Pray against the evils of abortion and human trafficking

*Pray for the University of Florida international students 

*Pray God would bless our efforts to in evangelism and discipleship

*Pray God would bless our community

*Pray God would bless the churches of those visiting us  


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