Daniel 12:6 Index
"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.'"
Research Material

"...one said to the man clothed in linen..."

  • Daniel had seen this heavenly Being at the beginning of his vision (Daniel 10:5 and Daniel 10:6).... The casualness with which Daniel refers to "the river" (Daniel 12:5) and "the man clothed in linen," without making fuller identification strongly suggests that Daniel 10, where these both are introduced, is a part of this same vision. (4BC 879-880)

"...how long shall it be..."

  • The angel here states the unexpressed question that must have been uppermost in Daniel's mind. The prophet's great burden was for the speedy and complete restoration of the Jews (Daniel 10:2). True, the decree of Cyrus had already been passed (Ezra 1:1; Daniel 10:1), but much remained to be done. After the long, intricate recital of future events under which the people of God were to suffer, the prophet was naturally anxious to know how long "these wonders" would continue, and when the promise that "thy people shall be delivered' (Daniel 12:1), would be fulfilled. Daniel did not fully understand the relationship of what he had seen [of] the future. A portion of the prophecy was sealed and would be understood only at "the time of the end" (Daniel 12:4). (4BC 880)

"...the end of these wonders."

  • The term "...wonders..." therefore, refers to the events mentioned in Daniel 12:1-3 (the time of trouble, the Second Coming of Christ, the resurrection of the righteous and the deliverance of the saints.) (KC 145)
  • The question, "How long shall it be to the end of these wonders?" undoubtedly has reference to all that has previously been mentioned, including the standing up of Michael, the time of trouble, the deliverance of God's people, and the special resurrection of Daniel 12:2. The answer seems to be given in two divisions:
    • First, a specific prophetic period is marked off, and then an indefinite period follows before the conclusion of all these things is reached, just as we have it in Daniel 8:13 and Daniel 8:14. When the question was asked, "How long... the vision... to give both the sanctuary and the host to be trodden underfoot?" the answer mentioned a definite period of 2300 days, followed by an indefinite period in the cleansing of the sanctuary. So in the test before us, there is given the period of a time, times, and a half, or 1260 years, and then an indefinite period for the continuance of the scattering of the power of the holy people, before the consummation. (US 320)