Daniel 12:8 Index
"And I heard, but I understood not: then said I, 'O my Lord, what shall be the end of these things?'"
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"...but I understood not..."

  • Daniel did not understand what the angel was saying and asked, "What shall be the end of these things?" (Daniel 12:7). He cannot be saying that he did not understand the "...time, times, and half of time..." (Daniel 7), for he understood this prophecy (Daniel 10:1). (KC 146-147)
  • The angel put the second "...time, times, and a half time..." (Daniel 12:7) [or 1260 days] in a different time context which Daniel did not understand; however, he was given the assurance that it wold be understood during the "...Time of the End..." (Daniel 12:4), or after 1798. This is one of the things that makes this part of Daniel 12 so difficult to understand, Even Daniel did not understand. (KC 147)
  • In the introductory verse of this vision (Daniel 10:1) Daniel states that he "had understanding of the vision." In the course of the vision the prophet was assured by the angel that he had come make him "understand" (Daniel 10:14). The revelation that followed was given in literal language. Now after the time element of 1260 years had been introduced in answer to the question, "how long?" Daniel confessed, "I understood not." The part of this vision that Daniel did not understand, then, would seem to be the time element. He was praying for the speedy restoration of the Temple (Daniel 10:2) -- an immediate problem. He seemed unable to fit the time element into his conception of an early deliverance for his people. (4BC 880)

"...what shall be the end of these things."

  • Though he had already been commanded to seal this part of the revelation (Daniel 12:4), the aged prophet still desired to know more of its meaning. (4BC 880)