MP3: The Mighty Angels of Daniel 12 Continued
Hosts: Nathan Jones & Vic Batista
Arise to Your Inheritance
Nathan Jones: God’s mighty messenger angel ends the book of Daniel with a command in Daniel 12:13. “But you, go your way till the end; for you shall rest, and will arise to your inheritance at the end of the days.”
In verse 13, the angel revealed that Daniel would be going to his rest, in other words, he was going to die, long before the prophecies the angel relayed from God would happen. But, Daniel would one day rise to claim his inheritance at the end of days. When would that be?
This passage provides a vital clue for those who ask, “When will the Old Testament Saints be resurrected?” Those who died in faith before Christ’s sacrifice on the cross will be resurrected and given their glorified, eternal bodies at the “end of the days,” meaning at the end of the Tribulation. The angel marked 75 extra days past the Tribulation that well could contain the resurrection of the Old Testament Saints. Those Tribulation Saints who were martyred during the Tribulation are also slated to be resurrected upon Christ’s return. Both groups will be resurrected after the Tribulation and most likely during those 75 prophesied days.
Vic Batista: The resurrection of the Old Testament and Tribulation Saints is not to be confused with the Rapture and resurrection of the Church Age Saints. We learn about the Rapture in 1 Thessalonians 4 and 1 Corinthians 15. At the end of 1 Thessalonians, the passage talks about a resurrection of those who have died. First Thessalonians 4:17 says, “That we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and thus we shall always be with the Lord.” The passage then encourages, “Therefore, comfort one another with these words.” The context is the Church Age Saints, though, raptured before the Tribulation. This contrasts the Old Testament and Tribulation Saints, who as pointed out will be resurrected some seven-plus years later.That we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and thus we shall always be with the Lord. #Rapture Click To Tweet
Daniel 12:13 provides a great indicator that God’s faithful ones from the Old Testament will be resurrected. The messenger angel provides us with the timing. And, Daniel himself will be among them.
Nathan Jones: People often ask our ministry about the timing of the resurrection of the Old Testament Saints. If the New Testament Church Saints are raptured before the Tribulation, then what about the Old Testament Saints? This textual clue the angel provided indicates Daniel and his people — the faithful ones of the Old Testament — will be resurrected at the end of the Tribulation.
Vic Batista: As for their resurrected bodies, 1 Corinthians 15 describes a bit about what these eternal bodies we are going to receive will be like. Simply put — awesome!
Nathan Jones: Imagine a world that experiences no sickness, no death, no pain, no sorrow, and no tears. We could even become super-powered. I personally hope we will gain the ability to fly because, after all, Jesus ascended to Heaven. If we are made in the likeness of the Man of Heaven — Jesus Christ — then our resurrected bodies should perform like Jesus’ resurrected body. How exciting is that?
Vic Batista: That’s right! And how encouraging that those who will be resurrected into glorified bodies will finally experience rest. Back to verse 13 we read, “But you, go your way to the end; for you…” Notice the text states “shall” and not might and not could, but it clearly states, “…for you shall rest, and will arise…” Notice the promise there? The angel states something concrete that Daniel can count on. It’s a promise that he can look forward to. Daniel and the other Old Testament Saints will rest for a time in Paradise, then arise “to your inheritance at the end of the days.”
Can the Church look look forward to their hard-earned rest in Heaven as well?
Nathan Jones: That we are, that we are. I am so looking forward to that eternal rest, not just during the peaceful Millennial Kingdom that some define as a time of rest as well, but our ultimate heavenly rest.
Just think about it. No more war. No more suffering. No more tribulation. No more persecution. Just living under the peace of God. Think about a world that’s bent on destroying itself being replaced by a world that only builds and constructs and grows. Just think of the amount of learning about the Lord across the span of an eternity. Endless knowledge! I so am looking forward to God’s eternal peace.
Vic Batista: I believe that promise of peace is the hope which the Bible promises and that we Christians possess. An eternal peace is the hope that God offers to anyone who surrenders their lives to God’s Son, Jesus Christ, as their Savior.That promise of #peace is the hope which the #Bible promises and that we Christians possess. #Heaven Click To Tweet
Maybe the reader doesn’t have a saving relationship with the Lord right now. Christ wants to give you the opportunity to be able to enter into His rest. Jesus wants you to be able to experience that peace and joy He offers to those who believe in Him. Consider starting that relationship right now so that you may be able and certain you’ll be entering into the Lord’s rest.
Nathan Jones: To start a relationship with the God of the universe, you need to put your faith and trust in Him by accepting Jesus as the Son of God and Savior of the world. Approach your Maker in repentance and sorrow for your rebellion against God, swearing to turn away from a life of sin. Change your mind, reset your course; turn from a path of rebellion to one of humble service to Jesus Christ and your fellow man. Surrendering your life here and now to Jesus Christ!
Now is the time to pray from your heart something like, “Dear, Jesus, please forgive me of my sins and be my Lord and Savior.” And, Jesus promises to do just that. He will forgive you of your sins. He will take away your guilt. And, you will have the hope and the promise of a future of peace with Jesus Christ forever.
Continue to Grow
Vic Batista: We’ve finally reached the end of our study of the amazing passages found in Daniel chapters 1-12. It took us a long while to explore all of what God’s prophetic angel revealed concerning the many prophecies he relayed to the prophet Daniel in his sunset days some 2,500 years ago. Hopefully our study of Daniel will help the reader as they go on to study the book of Revelation.
What words of encouragement are we left with? How can we continue to grow in our knowledge of biblical prophecy?
Nathan Jones: Read, especially read the parts of the Bible that contain biblical prophecy. If you would like to grow in your understanding of Bible prophecy, visit Lamb & Lion Ministries’ main website at christinprophecy.org. We offer a ton of written and video material explaining the many riches of God’s prophetic word. So many Bible resources exist out there that will help you grow in your relationship with Jesus Christ.
Vic Batista: Some might ask, “Read? That’s it?” Remember what Revelation 1:3 says, “Blessed is he who reads, and those who hear the words of this prophecy and keep those things which are written in for the time is near.” Our eyes are opened by the Holy Spirit when we read the Scriptures, and we receive a blessing.Blessed is he who reads, and those who hear the words of this #prophecy and keep those things which are written in for the time is near. #Revelation Click To Tweet
Nathan Jones: What an amazing verse because it promises that if you read the prophecies found in the book of Revelation you will be blessed. The Bible promises a blessing. And, not just Revelation, but you will be blessed by reading Daniel and all 66 books of the Bible. You shall be blessed, not might, but shall be blessed from studying God’s Word.
Vic Batista: Thank you all for traveling along with us through our study of God’s prophetic messages given through His mighty messenger angel and recorded in the book of Daniel. May the Lord bless you and may His face shine upon you.