Prophecy and You!
The Scope of Daniel 11:40-45
Daniel 11 - Part 1
“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.” Daniel 12:1
“We are living in the time of the end. The fast-fulfilling signs of the times declare that the coming of Christ is near at hand. The days in which we live are solemn and important. The Spirit of God is gradually but surely being withdrawn from the earth. Plagues and judgments are already falling upon the despisers of the grace of God. The calamities by land and sea, the unsettled state of society, the alarms of war, are portentous. They forecast approaching events of the greatest magnitude.
“The agencies of evil are combining their forces and consolidating. They are strengthening for the last great crisis. Great changes are soon to take place in our world, and the final movements will be rapid ones.
“The condition of things in the world shows that troublous times are right upon us. The daily papers are full of indications of a terrible conflict in the near future. Bold robberies are of frequent occurrence. Strikes are common. Thefts and murders are committed on every hand. Men possessed of demons are taking the lives of men, women, and little children. Men have become infatuated with vice, and every species of evil prevails…
“There are not many, even among educators and statesmen, who comprehend the causes that underlie the present state of society. Those who hold the reins of government are not able to solve the problem of moral corruption, poverty, pauperism, and increasing crime. They are struggling in vain to place business operations on a more secure basis. If men would give more heed to the teaching of God's word, they would find a solution of the problems that perplex them…
“The world is stirred with the spirit of war. The prophecy of the eleventh chapter of Daniel has nearly reached its complete fulfillment. Soon the scenes of trouble spoken of in the prophecies will take place.” 9 Testimonies 11-14
In the divine setting in the Spirit of Prophecy, she places the final aspects of the prophecy of Daniel 11, into a very clear, last day setting: it is very, very clear. One of the things she says here gives us an understanding of how Daniel 11:40-45 is progressive in nature. There are many people that believe that at a specific point in time the Holy Spirit will be withdrawn from the earth. They believe that when probation closes, that’s when the Holy Spirit is withdrawn; but the Bible prophecy says very clearly that the Spirit of God is gradually but surely being withdrawn from the earth; it shows progression.
What we are going to see in Daniel 11, is that it develops progressively; the Sunday Law is progressive in nature; the withdrawal of the Holy Spirit is progressive in nature; the judgments and the Close of Probation are progressive in nature.
The Agencies of Evil
This is in reference to the statement of how the agencies of evil are consolidating and combining their forces: what are the agencies of evil?
“And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed. 16 And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: 17 And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.” Revelation 13:15-17
1) Military – the causing
2) Economic – can’t buy or sell
Religious – the Mark of the Beast
Verse 15 says he will cause them to worship the beast or kill them; this illustrates Military Power. Verse 16 talks about receiving the mark of the beast; this illustrates religious power. Verse 17 says if they don’t worship the beast they can’t buy or sell; this is economic power. But something we need to understand more fully is in Revelation 16 where it talks about these same three agencies of evil but it gives a different name: C
“And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet. 14 For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty.”
19 “And the great city was divided into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell: and great Babylon came in remembrance before God, to give unto her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of his wrath.” Revelation 16:13, 14, 19. 13
Bible Prophecy lets us know that Babylon, the Great City, comes in three parts: The Dragon, the Beast and the False Prophet. How are the Dragon, the Beast and the False Prophet equal to the military, economic and religious structures of the world? The Bible gives us the understanding in Revelation 13 that the United States is the muscle or the military force that’s going to be pushing this thing upon the world.
Military – the causing: United States—False Prophet
The economics, according to Daniel 11:43 come under the Dragon power.
Economic – can’t buy or sell: United Nations—Dragon Power
The religious is coming from the Papacy.
Religious – the Mark of the Beast: Papacy—Beast power
These structures are coming together and consolidating; and we see this transpiring in Daniel 11:40-45. Here you have these different powers that are struggling for the supremacy of the world; one is moved through different stages and becomes the ultimate leader at the end.
Daniel 11:40-45, “And at the time of the end shall the king of the south push at him: and the king of the north shall come against him like a whirlwind, with chariots, and with horsemen, and with many ships; and he shall enter into the countries, and shall overflow and pass over.”
Here we have the struggle between the Papacy and Atheism, which transfers to communism. The United States is the one who comes together with the Papacy to put down Communism, or Atheism. So there you see the Beast power.
41 “He shall enter also into the glorious land, and many countries shall be overthrown: but these shall escape out of his hand, even Edom, and Moab, and the chief of the children of Ammon.”
The Glorious Land here is United States of America, the False Prophet.
42 “He shall stretch forth his hand also upon the countries: and the land of Egypt shall not escape. 43 But he shall have power over the treasures of gold and of silver, and over all the precious things of Egypt: and the Libyans and the Ethiopians shall be at his steps.”
Now here you have Egypt which is the Dragon Power. When we look in the Bible, in Ezekiel 29:3, we see that Egypt is called the Dragon, so we know that Egypt represents the world, the United Nations, the Dragon Power. These powers are coming together towards the End of the World.
44 “But tidings out of the east and out of the north shall trouble him: therefore he shall go forth with great fury to destroy, and utterly to make away many. 45 And he shall plant the tabernacles of his palace between the seas in the glorious holy mountain; yet he shall come to his end, and none shall help him.”
The last 6 verses of Daniel 11 give us a sequential history, event after event leading to the close of human probation. Verses 40-45 are the events connected with the Close of Probation which are clearly presented, but multitudes have no more understanding than if they had never been revealed. When Michael stands up, that is the close of human probation.
Daniel 12:1-4 “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. 2 And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt. 3 And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever. 4 But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.”
“I was shown a bright light, given by God to guide all who would walk in the way of salvation, and also to serve as a warning to the sinner to flee from the wrath of God, and yield a willing obedience to his claims. While this light continued there was hope. But there was a period when this light would cease.”
Now some might say that light is the Midnight Cry, but if you remember Sister White’s first vision, that light shown all along the path, the Midnight Cry brought the Second Angel’s Message into clarity which gives force to the Third. I want to suggest that the “Bright Light” that goes until probation closes is the Third Angel’s Message, which is put in very clear tones in Daniel 11:40-45. While this message is going forward, there is hope, but when it comes to its end, the light will cease.
“When he that is holy will remain holy forever, and when he that is filthy will remain filthy forever. When Jesus stands up; when his work is finished in the Most Holy, when there will be not another ray of light to be imparted to the sinner.
“But Satan flatters some, through his chosen servants, as he flattered Eve in Eden. Thou shalt not surely die, and tells them there will be a season for repentance, a time of probation, when the filthy can be made pure. The co-workers with Satan and his angels carry the light into the future age, teaching probation after the advent of Christ, which deludes the sinner, and leads the cold-hearted professor to carnal security. He is careless and indifferent, and walks stumblingly over the hours of his probation. The light is made to reach far ahead, where all is total darkness. Michael stands up. Instead of mercy, the deluded sinner feels wrath unmixed with mercy. And they awake too late to this fatal deception. This plan was studied by Satan, and is carried out by ministers who turn the truth of God into a lie.” 2 Spiritual Gifts 276
I have not heard taught in Adventism that there is a second chance after probation closes; but there is a similar teaching in Adventism having to do with the overcoming of sin and the righteousness of Christ that somehow we’ll have a second chance and you don’t need to overcome sin. Somehow God will change our character when He comes. No! When the hours of probation cease, it’s done, and Daniel 11:40-45 gives us the evidence of what transpires leading up to this happening.
These verses are also expounded upon in Revelation 13 thru 18, and they show how the papacy’s deadly wound was inflicted and will be healed, it’s ascension to regain the throne of the world, and how it comes to its end.
Plainly Revealed Events We Must Know
“…in the prophecies the future is opened before us as plainly as it was opened to the disciples by the words of Christ. The events connected with the close of probation and the work of preparation for the time of trouble, are clearly presented. But multitudes have no more understanding of these important truths than if they had never been revealed. Satan watches to catch away every impression that would make them wise unto salvation, and the time of trouble will find them unready.” GC 594
“All that God has in prophetic history specified to be fulfilled in the past has been, and all that is yet to come in its order will be. Daniel, God's prophet, stands in his place. John stands in his place. In the Revelation the Lion of the tribe of Judah has opened to the students of prophecy the book of Daniel, and thus is Daniel standing in his place. He bears his testimony, that which the Lord revealed to him in vision of the great and solemn events which we must know as we stand on the very threshold of their fulfillment.” 2SM 109
If we are standing on the threshold it means we are right there, we are at the door, we are about to cross over. But if we do not understand these events which we must know, we’ll be taken off guard when probation closes.
Future Events Will Be Understood
Here we are laying down a broad overview; here is a beautiful promise which should encourage those who are being told that prophecy cannot be understood until the events occur; it says clearly that the Holy Spirit shows us ‘things to come’.
“Jesus said, "Howbeit, when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will show you things to come." [John 16:13] The events of the future will be discerned by prophecy, and will be understood.” 1888 1055
“The scenes connected with the working of the man of sin are the last features plainly revealed in this earth's history.” 2SM 102
Increase of Knowledge
Daniel 12:4 “But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.”
“The book that was sealed was not the book of Revelation, but that portion of the prophecy of Daniel which related to the last days. The Scripture says, "But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased" (Daniel 12:4). When the book was opened, the proclamation was made, "Time shall be no longer." (See Revelation 10:6.) The book of Daniel is now unsealed, and the revelation made by Christ to John is to come to all the inhabitants of the earth. By the increase of knowledge a people is to be prepared to stand in the latter days.
“In the first angel's message men are called upon to worship God, our Creator, who made the world and all things that are therein. They have paid homage to an institution of the Papacy, making of no effect the law of Jehovah, but there is to be an increase of knowledge on this subject. 2SM 105-106
This increase of knowledge is directly connected with the third angel’s message of Revelation 14; it is to do with the Papacy and the Sunday Law. God’s people with this increase of knowledge will be prepared to stand in the latter days. And according to Revelation 14:1-5, this message is given by a people who have experienced revival. If you look at how Revelation is written and you go to chapter 14, it’s talking about the experience of the 144,000 who have definitely experienced revival and reformation. Then you have the First, Second and Third Angel’s messages and we see that those who give these messages with power have experienced the revival the 144,000 will have.
A Great Revival
“A revival of true godliness among us is the greatest and most urgent of all our needs. To seek this should be our first work.” 1 Selected Messages 121
The most important thing for us to seek at the end of the world is revival, therefore we should ask ourselves, how does it come? There are many that study and look for revival in all the wrong places, they focus on outward reforms, the health message, or dress reform; they focus on outward reforms to bring revival. But you can show from the Bible that the way Satan works is from the outside in; while Christ works from the inside out. Revival and reformation must blend, but you cannot have true reform without revival. How does revival come?
“When the books of Daniel and Revelation are better understood, believers will have an entirely different religious experience. They will be given such glimpses of the open gates of heaven that heart and mind will be impressed with the character that all must develop in order to realize the blessedness which is to be the reward of the pure in heart. The Lord will bless all who will seek humbly and meekly to understand that which is revealed in the Revelation. This book contains so much that is large with immortality and full of glory that all who read and search it earnestly receive the blessing to those "that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein." One thing will certainly be understood from the study of Revelation—that the connection between God and His people is close and decided.
“Let us give more time to the study of the Bible. We do not understand the Word as we should. The book of Revelation opens with an injunction to us to understand the instruction that it contains. . . . When we as a people understand what this book means to us, there will be seen among us a great revival.” Faith I Live By 345
What about the people who say, “they can’t see Christ in it”? As we come to understand the things connected with Prophecy, one thing will be understood, that the connection between God and His people is close and decided. Christ is revealed in all truth; we can’t separate certain biblical things and say, “this represents Christ but this doesn’t”. Christ is the truth, He is the Word, and it has been strategically shown that revival comes through the prophetic portions of God’s Word. If we as a people do not understand the message, we can’t have that revival; if we don’t have that revival, we don’t make up that number.
The promised revival is illustrated in the history of the Millerites.
There is a Bible principle that says, “On the testimony of two a thing is established”; if you just take that one principle, it opens up greater understanding of the Word. As we come further into the End of Time events, prophetic principles are very important. It was very important in the beginning of the work to have proper principles, and in the end of the work the principles are still very important. We must not have spurious principles of prophetic interpretation.