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Lesson # Dan. 12:2-3
Study Material - Dan. 12:2-3
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2 'And many of those who sleep in the dust of the ground will awake, these to everlasting life, but the others to disgrace and everlasting contempt. 3 'And those who have insight will shine brightly like the brightness of the expanse of heaven, and those who lead the many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever.
A second promise that should be known to all, but is here written for those who are caught up in this last and greatest battle of civilization. There will be a resurrection and rest assured, that any who dies, having believed in Christ, will indeed rise again with a resurrection body indestructible and eternal.
But a further warning. Times are rough to be sure in this last few days of the Tribulation, and there is certain death waiting for any and all (no exceptions) who do not believe in Christ. There is only one guarantee given at this particular time in history. Those who believe in Christ during this lull in the battle, those who have believed, will be rescued. That promise is given in our previous verse. But know further, that when Christ returns in all His glory, then all, again no exceptions, all unbelievers will die immediately. They will drop in their tracks right where they stand, sit or lay. It will take six months to bury the dead, and were it not for the birds called to the feast of the dead, then it would take much longer. But the birds will help in the clean up of those that died in disgrace (unbelievers).
There are three promises given in these verses. Or maybe we should say that there are three categories of believers. First there are all believers. Anyone and everyone who has believed in Christ, immature and mature (alive and breathing of course). Second there are those who have advanced in their spiritual life (against great odds obviously during these last seven years of the Tribulation). And third there are those who taught others, those who aided against tremendous odds for their own persecution and personal safety. Anyone who teaches doctrine could easily be turned in to those in authority by anyone pretending to listen to their teachings. So the risks will be great during the Tribulation.
In those last years, remember that people who are still alive have been through seven of the greatest years of turmoil in the history of mankind. First, they were all unbelievers. All believers will be removed from the earth in the Rapture. Only unbelievers will remain on earth and the Tribulation will begin in that fashion. Many will see the Rapture and recognize it, kick themselves, and believe. Others will not recognize it, but will eventually believe in Christ, at some point, during those seven years. All who remain alive at the end will have gone through all the various pressures described in the Scrolls in the book of Revelation. We have already covered that topic extensively in our previous study in Revelation.
But briefly those people will have seen the total breakdown of society, crime run rampant, gangs, inflation, unbelievable famine, tremendous government corruption, injustices beyond belief, persecutions and prejudices to beyond the maximums if that is possible. And, as if this is not enough, much of the population of the world has already died from these disasters and atrocities. Now there is war and bullets flying in all directions. The standing order of the day is, 'Keep your head down. Grab your ... a ... chair, and pray!'
Remember all you have been taught even in those times of great adversity, and trust in God. That is the greatest test of faith. The Israelites had to do this in the Exodus. Then they were in a similar situation. Their back was to the Sea. Not a sword nor even a minute of military training among them, and the greatest army in the world, Egypt, was advancing down on them with the intentions of totally slaughtering them all - men, women, and children. They were helpless.
But God intervened and placed a pillar of fire between the two. God delivered the Israelites and destroyed the Egyptians, totally.
Now, in that day, there will be another intervention, only this time it will be total supernatural darkness (just like the supernatural darkness that shrouded the Cross during those three hours in which Christ was judged) immediately preceding the Second Advent of Christ. These are the only two instances of a supernatural darkness in history.
The enemy that remains is the Western Power and the Eastern Power, both rapidly advancing on the Middle East, still in the fury of destroying the Northern Power and whatever else is in their way, and to their own destruction.
There is absolutely nothing that anyone, who is let alive, can do. So the command is to wait. See verse 12. God will do the fighting.
Now is the time to post a prayer.
End Of Lesson
Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.
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