Daniel 12:13 Index
"But go thou thy way till the end be: for thou shalt rest, and stand in thy lot at the end of the days."
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"...for thou shalt rest..."

  • #6 FAITH BULDER: Faith is believing in what God has done. Daniel could see clearly how God had led his life in the past. His prayers had been answered; some of the prophecies had already been fulfilled. God's Word was true; he had a solid foundation upon which to build his faith. Faith is also believing in what God can do. Daniel was praying and working for the restoration of the Jewish people. Cyrus had already made a decree letting the children of Israel go back to Jerusalem. There were difficulties with the Samaritans but the Lord had assured Daniel He was working in their behalf. Faith is believing in what God is going to do. Now Daniel could rest in the Lord, knowing the people of God would be cared for, and all would rejoice together at the resurrection. (KC 156)
  • Daniel lived a wonderful life. He served as prime minister [to] two countries. But most importantly, he had a close relationship with his Lord. Now the time had come for him to rest. He simply closed his eyes in the sleep of death and will rest until the end of days. It will have seemed but a moment when he will awake at the end of time to see his Savior and receive his inheritance. (KC 157)

"...stand in thy lot at the end of days."

  • The fulfilment of Daniel's prophecies would reach many years into the future. Daniel was to rest in the grave but "at the end of the days" -- in the closing period of this world's history -- he [Daniel] would again be permitted to "stand in his lot" and place. (PK 547). (4BC 881)
  • Two more questions remain to be noticed briefly:
    • 1) What days referred to in Daniel 12:13? (US 332)
      • Those who claim that the days are the 1335, are led to that application by looking back no further than to [Daniel 12:12], where the 1335 days are mentioned; whereas, in making an application of these days so indefinitely introduced, the whole scope of the prophecy should certainly be taken in from Daniel 8. Daniel 9, Daniel 10, Daniel 11, and Daniel 12 are clearly a continuation and explanation of the vision of Daniel 8; hence we may say that in the vision of Daniel 8, as carried out and explained, there are four prophetic periods: the 2300, 1260, 1290, and 1335 days. The first is the principal and longest period; the others are but intermediate parts and subdivisions of this. Now, when the angel tells Daniel at the conclusion of his instructions that he shall stand in his lot at the end of the days, without specifying which period was meant, would not Daniel's mind naturally turn to the principle and longest period, the 2300 days, rather than to any of its subdivisions? (US 332-333)
    • 2) What is meant by Daniel's standing in his lot? (US 332)
      • The 2300 days, as has been already shown, terminated in 1844, and brought us to the cleansing of the sanctuary. How did Daniel at that time stand in his lot? In the person of his Advocate, our great High Priest, as He presents the cases of the righteous for acceptance to His Father. The word here translated "lot" does not mean a piece of real estate, a "lot" of land, but the "decisions of chance" or the "determinations of Providence." At the end of the days, the lot, so to speak, was to be cast. In other words, a determination was to be made in reference to those who should be accounted worthy of a possession in the heavenly inheritance. When Daniel's case come up for examination, he is found righteous, stands in his lot, is assigned a place in the heavenly Canaan. (US 333)
      • When Israel was about to enter into the Promise Land, the lot was cast, and the possession of each tribe was assigned. The tribes thus stood in their respective "lots" long before they entered upon the actual possession of the land. The time of the cleansing of the sanctuary corresponds to this period of Israel's history. We now stand upon the borders of the heavenly Canaan, and decisions are being made, assigning to some of place in the eternal kingdom, and barring others forever. In the decision of his case, Daniel's portion in the celestial inheritance will be made sure to him. With him all the faithful will also stand. When this devoted servant of God, who filled up a long life with the noblest deeds of service to his Maker, though cumbered with the weightiest cares of this life, shall enter upon his reward for well-doing, we too may enter with him into rest. (US 333-334)
  • We draw the study of this prophecy to a close, with the remark that it has been with no small degree of satisfaction that we have spent what time and study we have on this wonderful prophecy, and in contemplating the character of this most beloved of men and most illustrious of prophets. God is not respecter of persons, and a reproduction of Daniel's character will secure the divine favor as signally even now. Let us emulate his virtues, that we, like him, may have the approbation of God while here, and dwell amid the creations of His infinite glory in the long hereafter. (US 334)