When Is the End?
David Brandt Berg
In the book of Daniel chapter 12, the 6th verse, Daniel asks a question: “How long shall it be to the end of these wonders?” He’s just described the Antichrist and the Tribulation, and he wants to know when the end is going to be, the end of the world, the same question the disciples asked in Matthew 24. The end of the world as it now is, in other words, man’s world. The Millennium is going to be God’s world, Christ’s world. Man and the Devil are ruling and reigning today, and even though God is letting them, the world really belongs to the Lord. It should be the kingdom of God.
The cataclysmic event that ends man’s world is Armageddon, and even the world talks about Armageddon. Daniel had been shown all these wonders right up to the end of the world, man’s world, and he said, “How long is it going to be to the end?” Verse 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”—one year—“times”—two years—“and a half a time.”
Here’s that three and a half years that the Bible speaks of so often! This word “time” here would have been better translated as a year, two years, and half a year, because in the Hebrew, “time” also meant more specifically a year. It’s a little unfortunate it was translated this way in Daniel because it’s not as clear. But we know that’s what it means by all the other prophecies about the three and a half years. He’s obviously referring to the Tribulation because he’s been talking about the horrible events of the time of the Tribulation and the Antichrist. So how long will it be to the end of these things? He says it’ll be three and a half years.
“And when he shall have accomplished to scatter the power of the holy people, all these things shall be finished.” He doesn’t say completely kill all the holy people, he doesn’t say completely abolish them, but to scatter their power. Their power is going to be scattered by the Antichrist. It’s not going to be completely abolished, but they’re going to be scattered.
The power of the Holy Ghost is being scattered all over the world today, praise God! “But tarry ye in Jerusalem until ye be endued with power from on high, and ye shall be witnesses unto Me, in Judaea and Samaria and all the earth” (Luke 24:49; Acts 1:8). The Antichrist is going to scatter the temporal power of the churches and the good people, the church people, the more or less righteous people, the religious people. When the Antichrist has accomplished to scatter the power of the holy people, “all these things shall be finished.” That will be the end of man’s world!
Somebody asked me about the people living on earth during the Wrath of God, why God is going to punish them like that. “Why are they going to suffer like that?” Maybe that’s the “few stripes” that they’re going to receive for their sins (Luke 12:48). But just as the Lord takes care of His people during the Tribulation, God’s going to have to take care of them during the Wrath, and they’re not going to suffer as much as the wicked.
All the Antichrist’s people are going to be wiped out—the bad people, the worst people—but some people are going to be spared and live into the Millennium. Daniel even calls them “blessed” in verse 12: “Blessed is he that waiteth, and cometh to the thousand three hundred and five and thirty days.”
In Daniel 12:8, Daniel writes, “And I heard, but I understood not. Then said I, O my Lord, what shall be the end of these things?” In verse 9, the Lord tells Daniel, “Go thy way, Daniel, for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end.” He says, “Daniel, I don’t expect you to understand. Although I revealed a lot of things to you, a lot of it you’re not even going to understand and they’re going to be closed up, even your book of Daniel, closed up to the time of the end.” To Daniel himself it was sealed. “Go thy way. Don’t worry about it, Daniel. Don’t try to understand it all.”
Verse 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.” The wise are going to be purified, made white, and tried. The believers have to go through persecution, trials, tribulations, troubles, the Tribulation! God’s Word specifically says in the 11th chapter that we will be purged and made white (Daniel 11:35). Trouble purifies you! Trouble gets you down to business and makes you serious about things.
Daniel still doesn’t know what God’s talking about, even though the Lord spells it out for him and gives him so many days. He told him ahead of time, “You still won’t understand, Daniel! But for the sake of the people who someday are going to understand what I’m talking about, I’m going to tell you.”
Verse 11: “From the time the daily sacrifice shall be taken away and the abomination that maketh desolate set up”—at the breaking of the Covenant in the middle of the seven-year reign of the Antichrist at the beginning of the three and a half years of the Tribulation. He says from that time, when you see the daily sacrifice taken away—the reinstituted sacrifice in front of the rebuilt Jewish Temple—and the Abomination of Desolation is set up, there’s a specific number of days. “It’ll be a thousand, two hundred and ninety days”—1290 days.
I’ve been teaching you about the 1260 days till the Rapture, the end of the Tribulation, but here’s another month tacked on. Does that mean, perhaps, that the Battle of Armageddon is going to occur just 30 days after the Rapture? Does that mean the Wrath of God is only going to last a month? Subtracting 1260 from 1290 leaves 30 days. Daniel wanted to know when the end of all this is going to be, and God says 1290 days. We know that the Rapture is going to occur at the end of 1260 days, so what’s with this 30 days after the Rapture?
Verse 12: “Blessed is he that waiteth, and cometh to the thousand three hundred and five and thirty days”—1335 days. That’s 45 days more after the 1290! But tack on the 30 and you’ve got 75 days! We do not know any better than Daniel exactly what the distinction is between the 30 and the 45 and the total 75, except “Blessed is he that cometh to the thousand, three hundred and thirty-five days.”
Blessed is he who survives and lives through everything that’s going to happen after the Rapture, another 75 days. He is going to be blessed! If you come through the Wrath of God and live through the Battle of Armageddon, and you come out on the other side when the forces of God have taken over and are now ruling the earth, wouldn’t you feel like you were blessed?
Do you know how long it’s going to take just to bury the dead? Seven months (Ezekiel 39:12). It’s going to take seven months in Israel to bury the dead. That’s one hell of a battle! God’s got to even invite the birds of the air and the beasts of the forest to come and feed on the dead to try to get rid of all the dead. God’s Word says they’re going to be like dung on the earth (Jeremiah 25:33), and they’re going to stink so bad that the people that pass by are going to have to hold their noses (Ezekiel 39:11). Probably everybody’s going to have to wear those white masks to keep from being contaminated.
Seven months for the people to go to work and just bury the dead! In fact, seven months to bury the dead in Israel alone—the dead from the Battle of Armageddon in the Valley of Megiddo, from Megiddo to Jerusalem. There are going to be so many killed that the blood in some places in the Valley of Megiddo is going to run clear up to the horses’ bridles (Revelation 14:20). You wonder what the Millennium is for, what do we need a thousand years for? The world’s going to be pretty much in a mess when man gets through with it. It’s going to be a wreck and it’s going to take years to direct the people of the world to clean it up. It’s going to take months to bury the dead in one little country and years to clean up the mess!
God speaks of this time and time again throughout the Bible. And the martyrs under the altar cry, “How long, O Lord, till You’re going to take vengeance upon our enemies? How long are You going to let us suffer all these things and our people suffer all these things before You take vengeance for the blood they’ve shed?” (Revelation 6:10). It’s going to be hell on earth! But it’s going to be heaven let loose, not hell let loose. Heaven let loose to create hell on earth for those that belong in hell, and wipe out all the wicked Antichrist forces, the Mark-of-the-Beast people during the Battle of Armageddon.
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