Sealed UNTIL The Time Is At Hand

It would be VERY BENEFICIAL for those readers who come across this thread, including seasoned and stable ministers of the gospel who’s doctrine is good having secure confidence in the knowledge of God’s plan, to spend some time looking through the subjects which is opening up.

It takes considerable reading and some willingness to examine one’s thoughts with an open Bible and to be challenged.

Even so, our doctrine is that the current time and setting for mankind on earth will come to a time of great change. We have a hope in the rapture of the church – when it happens. However, we also know that no one knows the day nor hour in which that blessed hope will be fulfilled. Many have pontificated on the matter, but only those who experience that moment will know for sure what led there, and what conditions prevail.

Let me make just a few comments interspersed in the message of the angel which communicated with Daniel, from the 10th chapter of the book of Daniel

Then there came again and touched me one like the appearance of a man, and he strengthened me,

Dan 10:19 And said, O man greatly beloved, fear not: peace be unto thee, be strong, yea, be strong. And when he had spoken unto me, I was strengthened, and said, Let my lord speak; for thou hast strengthened me.

It requires strength to hear and stand in the presence of God. He will give it to those who are willing to hear and continue on.

Forward to chapter 12, a continuation of the teaching, same speaker:

Dan 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.

What a picture of the days: Mankind circling the globe without limits, knowledge overflowing our capacity to hold it!

Dan 12:5 Then I Daniel looked, and, behold, there stood other two, the one on this side of the bank of the river, and the other on that side of the bank of the river.

Dan 12:6 And one said to the man clothed in linen, which was upon the waters of the river, How long shall it be to the end of these wonders?

Dan 12:7 And I heard the man clothed in linen, which was upon the waters of the river, when he held up his right hand and his left hand unto heaven, and sware by him that liveth for ever that it shall be for a time, times, and an half; and when he shall have accomplished to scatter the power of the holy people, all these things shall be finished.

The will be an end to this phase of time. But Daniel wants to know how it ends? The angel will only generalize:

Dan 12:8 And I heard, but I understood not: then said I, O my Lord, what shall be the end of these things?

Dan 12:9 And he said, Go thy way, Daniel: for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end.

Sealed UNTIL the time is at hand. This does not mean “forever unknowable”. It means “to be known and revealed at the time of the end”, clearing referring to a moment …just before those things occur!

Dan 12:10 Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand.

Its the story of the church age, some peeling off from the natural condition of birth and being purified through the gospel, and others who are ultimately unrepentant, will do wickedly, though in their refusal of true understanding, will not see.. but the WISE WILL UNDERSTAND. We are seekers of truth, we continue to seek. Every wise person desires to be prepared for the day in which he lives – not separated from what’s real, but “occupying till He comes”

Dan 12:11 And from the time that the daily sacrifice shall be taken away, and the abomination that maketh desolate set up, there shall be a thousand two hundred and ninety days.

A period we believe is elsewhere known as “the great tribulation” immediately preceding the bodily appearance of the Lord Jesus Christ for judgement.

Re 1260,1290 and 1335

Some have construed the indicated periods as follows

• Sometime after the rapture of the church, the Antichrist enters a treaty with Israel. This begins the seven-year tribulation.

• At the midpoint of the tribulation (1,260 days later), the Antichrist breaks the treaty, desecrates the temple, and begins to persecute the Jews.

• At the end of the tribulation (1,260 days after the desecration of the temple), Jesus Christ returns to earth and defeats the forces of the Antichrist.

In these last two, mentioned by Daniel, we cannot be as certain as we can be for the 1,260, but is certainly part of the picture of things to come

• During the next 30 days (leading up to 1,290 days after the desecration of the temple), Israel is rebuilt and the earth is restored.

• During the next 45 days (leading up to 1,335 days after the desecration of the temple), the Gentile nations are judged for their treatment of Israel.

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