CHAPTER 12 - verses 12-13

Verse 12: “Blessed are those who wait and arrive at one thousand three hundred and thirty-five days.”

Blessed: Happy

Wait: Endure – Waiting with expectation.

One thousand three hundred and thirty-five days: There are an additional 45 days after that 30-day mourning period (1260+30+45=1335), or a period of 75 days after the initial 1260 days.

Note 1: Biblically, 75 is an important number. It is a number that represents people. 75 people went into exile (Acts 7:14) -an experience of death, so to speak. God took the people into bondage in order that they could receive the gospel and experience redemption. If they had never gone down into Egypt they would have never known their need for redemption. In Luke 3:23-38 there are 75 men mentioned between Yeshua and God the Father. Messiah was born into this world so that, through redemption, He could eternally reverse exile.

Note 2: There are exactly 75 days from Yom Kippur (a day of judgement, a day of remembrance of God’s provision of mercy/atonement) to Hanukkah (“dedication”) – through that victory of Hanukkah the Jewish people no longer had to submit to the Greek Empire but were free to worship God.

Note 3: On the day of Yom Kippur, Jewish people immerse (baptise) themselves to rid themselves of sin and impurity. During that time of Yeshua’s return a fountain will spring forth to do this exact thing for the people (Zechariah 13:1-2). The people are going to be baptized around the time of Yeshua’s return – a National Day of immersion, as they remember the death, burial and
resurrection of Messiah Yeshua.

Note 4: After the people recognise and receive Yeshua as Messiah, and after their baptism, there is going to be a dedication of the Millennial temple (This is going to happen exactly 1335 days after the removal of the daily sacrifices and abomination of desolation at the third temple. If the repentance and baptism took place on the day of Yom Kippur then this 1335 day will fall on the eve of Hannukah – the festival of dedication) On the Biblical calendar there are always 75 days between Yom Kippur and Hanukkah (From the washing away of sins until the Day of Dedication).

Note 5: We learnt in the book of Haggai (see Haggai study guide) that Hanukkah is, in some way, connected to the last days (Haggai 2:18 &20-23). We are going to briefly explore this statement. How is it connected to the last days?

In John 10:22 Yeshua went up to Jerusalem for the Feast of Dedication (also called Hannukah). It was wintertime, and Yeshua paced back and forth (that is the implication of the grammar) in a place that King Solomon built when he built the first temple (John 10:23). This place was the last one a person could go into before entering sacred territory, and it was the closest an unauthorised person could get to the Holy of Holies. This is where Yeshua was.

When Yeshua was in that location, and at that specific time, the leaders gathered around Him and asked Him to tell them plainly whether He was the Messiah or not (John 10:24). They did not want a word; they wanted an action/evidence. It is believed that, on one Hanukkah, Messiah (who we know is Yeshua) is going to enter into the Holy of Holies.

When He sits on the mercy seat (between the two cherubim, where the very presence of God dwelt) the Kingdom of God is going to be inaugurated, dedicated (The antichrist, the false messiah, is going to attempt to do this very thing – sit in the Holy of Holies and declare that he is God). The purpose of the first coming of Messiah was not to inaugurate the Kingdom, but this will be the purpose of His second coming.

Hanukkah is a very important day Biblically. It is a day that we should learn about, that we should mark, that we should use as a testimony concerning the promises of God to shake this earth, to destroy the wicked empires of the nations, and to replace them with His Kingdom. On that 24th day of the 9th month God is going to lay the foundation of His Kingdom -Messiah Yeshua (Haggai 2:18). Yeshua is going to rule as King, Messiah, forever and ever. For those one thousand years of the millennial Kingdom, He is going to reign from the Holy of Holies.

Verse 13: “But you, go your way until the end. For you shall rest, and you will stand to your inheritance at the end of days.”

But you: The angel is still speaking to Daniel.

You shall rest: Daniel’s job was done. He was ready to enter into his rest (to be in the right location, faithfully doing the right thing).

Stand to your inheritance at the end of days: Daniel will receive his inheritance/reward at the end of days – together with us (Hebrews 11:39-40)

Like Daniel, may we be found to be faithful individuals – understanding the general events of what will take place at the end so that we can be those who do the things that we are called to do in our generation. We need to be people who rest in the L-rd – trusting Him, being faithful to Him and realizing that when that final end is established there will be a portion (a reward) for us who have lived in a way that is pleasing to God.


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