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A MESSAGE OF HOPE FROM DR.
JACK VAN IMPE
Final Mysteries Unsealed
What we have referred to as the "fourth"
vision of Daniel that began in chapter ten, now reaches its
grand climax in chapter twelve with its prophecies about the
Great Tribulation, the resurrection of Old Testament saints, the
sealing of prophecy until the time of the end, and the
abomination of desolation. Everything we have studied to this
point has been prologue to the magnificent conclusion of
Daniel's prophecy. We begin chapter twelve with references to
Daniel's people-the Jews-and to the archangel Michael, the
protector of the nation of Israel-an assignment that has already
been a full-time job for him throughout the ages and, in some
ways, has only just begun.
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.
of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to
everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.
that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and
they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and
While Michael has been the protective
overseer of the Jews throughout their history, his work will
become even more critical in the days ahead. The end-time
reality for the Jews, according to prophecy, will deteriorate
into something worse than anything anyone has ever witnessed in
world history. Therefore, when you and I think we have it
difficult at any given moment, we must remember that the pain
and sorrow we may be suffering will pale into insignificance
when compared with the trials and tribulations yet to come to so
many. Jeremiah 30:7 says:
for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the
time of Jacob's trouble; but he shall be saved out of it."
Jesus confirmed Jeremiah's prophecy in
Matthew 24:21 when He said,
shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning
of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be."
However, Jesus says that Michael the
protector will also be there on the scene, doing battle with
Satan in the heavenlies (Revelation 12:7-8). In Daniel 12:1 we
see Michael "standing for the people of Israel." Why
will Michael be there? So that the Jews might be saved
physically. That's Michael's job, and the Jews-at the time of
the end-will never need his assistance more than during this
time of "Jacob's trouble"-that period during the Tribulation
hour when Russia marches down to the Middle East after the
Antichrist has broken his peace contract with Israel-forty-two
months after the contract has been in effect.
Everything will be relatively smooth
sailing up to that time, the epitome of economic and political
sweetness and light, and then Bam! Everything is smashed to
pieces at the midpoint of the Tribulation period (Daniel 9:27)
as Russia goes up against "the land of unwalled villages ...
to them that are at rest, that dwell safely, all of them
dwelling without walls, and having neither bars nor gates"
(Ezekiel 38:11). This is the beginning of the time of great
persecution for the Jews as Satan is cast out of heaven, with
his primary assignment to obliterate the Jewish people from the
face of the earth (Revelation 12:13). For all these reasons,
Michael will be there to stand up for his people, as revealed to
Daniel in the first verse of chapter twelve.
Those Who Sleep Will Awake
If you are a Jewish person, I want you
to know that your Old Testament teaches the promise of a
resurrection, and that there will be life beyond the grave.
Unfortunately, many Jews do not know that Daniel 12:2 is in the
Bible. This end-time event is something one should look forward
to if one has come to recognize that the expected Messiah is the
Lord Jesus Christ and has received Him as a personal Savior. If
you are a Gentile who loves the Jewish people, it is paramount
that you share this text with your Jewish friends and encourage
them to understand that there will also be a place for them
during these end-time events. Here's the scenario-and it is a
critical one for us to understand in some detail. It all begins
with the resurrection of the righteous at the time of the
We read in John 5:28-29,
not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are
in the graves shall hear his voice, And shall come forth; they
that have done good, unto the resurrection of life."
That is the Rapture. Then
that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation,"
That is when the lost are raised at the
conclusion of the thousand years-to stand before Jesus Christ at
the Great White Throne judgment (Revelation 20:11-15).
Revelation 4:1 says,
this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the
first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking
with me; which said, Come up hither, and I will show thee things
which must be hereafter."
At this juncture, we who are believers
are gone-caught away to be with Christ. This is confirmed in 1
Thessalonians 4:16 which says,
Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the
voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead
in Christ shall rise first." Then, we who are alive and remain
shall be caught up together with them-the dead-in the clouds to
meet the Lord in the air.
Not a Pretty Sight
At this point, the horrible Tribulation
hour begins to unfold. To those who may disagree with what I'm
about to write, I would like to say this: I am only the
messenger of what is stated categorically in God's Word. These
are not my thoughts, but rather the words of God taken from holy
Scripture. So during this time of Tribulation, great numbers of
both Jews and Gentiles will be killed for refusing to receive
the mark of the beast (Revelation 13:15). Revelation 20:4 adds:
saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto
them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the
witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not
worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received
his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived
and reigned with Christ a thousand years."
This is the resurrection for those who
endured the Great Tribulation hour- those who were saved through
the preaching of the 144,000 converted Jews of Revelation 7:4-8.
Because of these faithful servants, millions of people-Jews and
Gentiles alike-invite Christ into their lives as Savior and
Lord. These are the ones who've come out of the Tribulation and
who have washed their robes, making them white in the blood of
the Lamb. Millions will physically survive the seven-year
Tribulation period and will also be saved spiritually.
In Matthew 25:31-46, Christ returns to
judge the nations and to begin His thousand-year reign, allowing
those who survived the 2,520-day period to enter the millennium
in their natural bodies. At this point, the previously raptured
saints return with Christ (Jude 14). That's the moment when He
returns as King of Kings and Lord of Lords (Revelation 19:16).
The armies of heaven follow Him to the descending Holy City-the
new Jerusalem which hovers above the earthly Jerusalem-for one
This city, containing twelve gates,
honors each of the twelve Jewish patriarchs of the Old Testament
by inscribing their names on the gates. How do the Jews arrive
in this scenario? Simply answered-the resurrection of Jewish
believers in this chapter, verse 2. Millions who died during the
Tribulation hour, of both Jews and Gentiles, plus all believing
Old Testament Jews covering a period of four thousand years, are
raised to live with Christ for one thousand years, at this
juncture, when our Savior returns as King of Kings and Lord of
Lords (Revelation 19:16; 20:4). These Old Testament Jews
strongly believed in and looked forward to Messiah's first and
second coming and founded their faith in Him as their
redeemer-based on Isaiah 53 and Psalm 22.
These resurrected Jews who lived a holy
life, such as Daniel, receive rewards just as the Church did at
the judgment seat of Christ (2 Corinthians 5:10; Romans
14:10; 2 Timothy 4:7-8; Revelation 4:10-11). So whether we are
Jews or Gentile believers, there will be rewards for all the
faithful. Remember that all these saints assemble at this time
for one reason only: to live and reign with Christ for one
thousand years. If you do not believe that Jews and Christians
rule equally in Christ's kingdom on earth, I urge you to
re-study Ephesians 2:14-22 and Revelation chapters twenty-one
and twenty-two, the basis for this glorious promise. All
this-although not in such detail-is what Daniel is being told in
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Until Next Time
Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world
gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled,
neither let it be afraid.
Romans 10:8-11: "The word is near you; it is in your mouth and
in your heart,"
that is, the word of faith we are proclaiming:
That if you confess
with your mouth, "Jesus is LORD,"
in your heart that God raised him from the dead,
you will be saved.
For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified,
and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.
As the Scripture says, "Anyone who
trusts in Him will never be put to shame." (NIV)