Daniel 12:1 Index
"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."
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"...at that time..."

  • It should be noted that the words "at that time" do not specify whether the events here foretold are to occur simultaneously with those of Daniel 11:45, or whether they immediately precede or follow [Daniel 11:45]. The important point is that the events of [Daniel 11:45] and those of [Daniel 12] are closely related in point of time. (4BC 878)

"...at that time shall Michael stand up..."

  • The standing up of Michael [Christ ends His work as man's intercessor in the courts of Heaven], the period of tribulation [the beginning of the time of trouble on earth], and the rasing of the dead take place... that is, when the great persecution and the power described in Daniel 11:40-45 is coming to its end. These events do not occur immediately. They occur within a brief time period. Beginning with Daniel 12:4, Daniel is given a more detailed view of these closing events on earth and the beginning of the everlasting kingdom of God. (KC 143)

"...Michael..." (Daniel 10:13)

  • Here the divine Champion in the great controversy takes action to deliver His people. (4BC 878)

"...stand up..."

  • The sense [here is that] Christ arises to deliver His people. (GC 613, 633, 641, 657) (4BC 878)

"...the great prince..." (Daniel 10:13)

"...standeth for the children of they people..."

  • or "who stands over," that is, in protection. (4BC 878)

"...there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was..."

  • When Christ's mediation ceases and God's Spirit is withdrawn from men, then all the pent-up powers of darkness descend with indescribable fury upon the world. There will be a scene of strife such as no pen can picture (GC 613-614). (4BC 878)

"...thy people shall be delivered..."

  • What a consolation that in this great controversy the outcome is not in doubt! (Daniel 7:18, 22, 27 and Daniel 10:14). (4BC 878)
  • I was pointed down to the time when the third angel's message was closing. The power of God had rested upon His people; they had accomplished their work and were prepared for the trying hour before them. They had received the latter rain, or refreshing from the presence of the Lord, and the living testimony had been revived. The last great warning had sounded everywhere, and it had stirred up and enraged the inhabitants of the earth who would not receive the message.
    • I saw angels hurrying to and fro in heaven. An angel with a writer's inkhorn by his side returned from the earth and reported to Jesus that his work was done, and the saints were numbered and sealed. Then I saw Jesus, who had been ministering before the ark containing the ten commandments, throw down the censer. He raised His hands, and with a loud voice said, “It is done.”¬†And all the angelic host laid off their crowns as Jesus made the solemn declaration, “He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still.” (Revelation 22:11)
    • Every case had been decided for life or death. While Jesus had been ministering in the sanctuary, the judgment had been going on for the righteous dead, and then for the righteous living. Christ had received His kingdom, having made the atonement for His people and blotted out their sins. The subjects of the kingdom were made up. (EW 279-280)

"...every one that shall be found written in the book."

  • That is, the book of life (Daniel 7:10; Philippians 4:3; Revelation 13:8; Revelation 20:15; Revelation 21:27; Revelation 22:19). (4BC 878)