Note all references in parenthesis are based on my research and are educated guesses, which may or may not be correct, but are my leanings to the best of my knowledge. Note also that most historical phenomena foreshadows things to come as history tends to repeat itself.
1[1-5] In the third year of the reign of Jehoiakim Ruler of Judah, Nebuchadnezzar Ruler of Babylon came to Jerusalem, and fought it. Yahweh gave Jehoiakim Ruler of Judah into his control, along with part of the tools of the house of God; and he carried them into the land of Shinar to the house of his god and brought the tools into the treasure house of his god. The Ruler spoke to Ashpenaz the captain of his officers, and told him to bring in some of the children of Israel from the royal family and from the leaders; young people who have no deformities, but are well-liked, and very smart, with much knowledge, and understanding science, and those who had the ability to stand in the Ruler’s royal house; and that he would teach them the education and language of the Chaldeans. The Ruler set for them a daily portion of the Ruler’s finest foods, and of the wine which he drank, and that they would be taken care of for three years, so that at the end of it they could see the Ruler.
[6-9] Now among the children of Judah were Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah. The captain of the officers gave new names to them: to Daniel he gave the name Belteshazzar; and to Hananiah, Shadrach; and to Mishael, Meshach; and to Azariah, Abednego. But Daniel decided in his heart that he wouldn’t ruin himself with the Ruler’s fine foods, nor with the wine which he drank, so he asked the captain of the officers to not ruin himself. Now God showed Daniel kindness and compassion through the captain of the officers.
[10-15] The captain of the officers said to Daniel, I fear what the Ruler may say, who has set your food and your drink. Why would he see your faces looking worse than the other youths your age? So you would put my life in danger with the Ruler. Then Daniel said to the guardian whom the captain of the officers had set over Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, “I beg you, test us for ten days; and let them give us vegetables to eat, and water to drink. Then look at us, and the faces of the youths who eat the Ruler’s fine foods; and deal with us as you see fit. So he listened to them in this matter, and tested them for ten days. At the end of ten days they appeared healthier and fatter than all the youths who ate of the Ruler’s fine foods.
[1-21] So the guardian took away their fine foods, and the wine that they would drink, and gave them vegetables. Now as for these four youths, God gave them knowledge and education and wisdom and Daniel had understanding in visions and dreams. At the end of the days which the Ruler had set for bringing them in, the captain of the officers brought them in before Nebuchadnezzar. The Ruler talked with them; and no one was found among them all like Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, so they stood before the Ruler. In every matter of wisdom and understanding, which the Ruler asked of them, he found them ten times better than all the other educated ones and astrologers who were in all his realm. So Daniel continued even to the first year of Ruler Cyrus.
Daniel Interprets the Dream
2[1-4] In Nebuchadnezzar’s second year of reign, Nebuchadnezzar had dreams; and he was troubled and couldn’t sleep. Then he called all the magicians, and those who cast spells, and use secret arts, and the best educated ones, to tell him his dreams. So they came in to the Ruler. The Ruler said to them, “I’ve had a dream, and I’m troubled to know the dream.” Then the best educated ones spoke to the Ruler in the Syrian language, “O Ruler, live forever, tell us the dream, and we will tell you what it means.”
[5-9] Then the Ruler answered the best educated ones, saying, “I’ve forgotten it, but if you don’t tell me the dream and what it means, you’ll be cut in pieces, and your houses will be made a trash pile. But if you tell me the dream and what it means, you’ll get gifts and rewards and great honor from me, so tell me the dream and what it means.” They answered again and said, “Let the Ruler tell us the dream, and we will tell what it means.” Then Ruler answered, “I know for sure that you only want to stall for more time, because you see that I’ve forgotten it. But if you don’t tell me the dream, there is but one judgment for you; because you’ve planned lying and faulty words to tell me, until the time has passed, so tell me the dream, and I’ll know that you can tell me what it means.”
[10-15] The best educated ones answered the Ruler, and said, “There isn’t anyone on the earth who can tell the Ruler’s dream, because no ruler, captain, or governor, has ever asked such a thing of any magician, or one who casts spells, or educated ones. It’s a rare thing that the Ruler asks, and there is no other person who can tell you, except the gods, who aren’t with human beings. Because of this, the Ruler was very angry and furious, and ordered all the educated ones of Babylon to be killed. So the law went out, and the educated ones were to be killed; and they went to get Daniel and his friends to be killed. Then Daniel answered with wise counsel and good sense to Arioch the captain of the Ruler’s guard, who was going to kill all the educated ones of Babylon; so he asked Arioch the Ruler’s captain, “Why is the judgment so pressing from the Ruler? Then Arioch told Daniel what it was all about.
[16-19] Then Daniel went in, and asked the Ruler to appoint him a time and he would tell the Ruler the dream and what it means. Then Daniel went to his house, and asked Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, his friends, to ask for the God of Heaven’s mercies about this secret; that they and Daniel wouldn’t die with the rest of the educated ones of Babylon. The secret was revealed to Daniel in a vision of a dream. Then Daniel blessed the God of heaven.
[20-23] Daniel answered, “Blessed be the Name of God forever and ever; who has great wisdom and strength. You change the times and the seasons; You remove and set up Rulers; You give wisdom to the wise, and knowledge to those who have understanding; You reveal the deep and secret things; You know what’s in the darkness, and the light exists in You. I thank you, and praise you, you who are God of my ancestors, who has given me wisdom and strength, and have now made known to me what we asked of you; for you’ve made known to us the Ruler’s dream.”
[24-30] So Daniel went to Arioch, whom the Ruler had told to kill the educated ones of Babylon; he went and said to him, “Don’t kill the educated ones of Babylon; bring me in to the Ruler, and I’ll tell the Ruler what the dream means.” Then Arioch quickly brought in Daniel to the Ruler, and said to him, “I’ve found a man of the children of the captivity of Judah, who will make known to the Ruler what the dream means.” So the Ruler asked Daniel, whose name was Belteshazzar, “Are you able to tell me the dream which I’ve seen, and what it means?” And Daniel answered the Ruler, and said, “Neither educated ones, those who cast spells, magicians, nor fortune tellers, can tell the Ruler the secret which the Ruler has demanded of us; but there is a God in heaven who reveals secrets, and he has made known to the Ruler Nebuchadnezzar what will be in the last days. Your dream, and the visions of your head on your bed, are these: as for you, O Ruler, your thoughts came into your mind on your bed, what would happen afterwards; and the God who reveals secrets has made known to you what will happen. But as for me, this secret isn’t revealed to me for any wisdom that I have more than any other living soul, but to the intent that what it means may be made known to the Ruler, and that you may know the thoughts of your heart.
[31-36] You, O Ruler, saw a great statue. This statue, which was very large, and very bright, stood before you; and the appearance of it was awesome. As for this statue, its head was of fine gold, its breast and its arms of silver, its belly and its thighs of brass, its legs of iron, its feet part of iron, and part of clay. You saw a stone that was cut out without hands, which struck the statue on its feet that were of iron and clay, and broke them in pieces. Then the iron, clay, brass, silver, and gold, were broken in pieces together, and became like the chaff of the summer threshing floors; and the wind carried them away, so that no place was found for them, and the stone that struck the statue became a great mountain, and filled the whole earth. This is the dream; and we will tell you what it means, now.
[37-43] You, O Ruler, are a ruler of rulers, to whom the God of Heaven has given the power, strength, and fame to rule the world; and wherever the children of humanity lives, God has given you control of the creatures of the field and the birds of the sky, and has made you to rule over them all, so you are the head of gold. Then after you, another will come to power to rule the world, who won’t be as great as you; and then a third one will come to power, which is of brass, which will rule the world. The fourth one will be as strong as iron, because iron breaks in pieces and controls everything; and as iron that crushes everything, it will break in pieces and crush everything. As you saw the feet and toes, part of potters’ clay, and part of iron, it will be a divided realm; but there will be in it of the strength of iron, because you saw the iron mixed with earthen clay. As the toes of the feet were part of iron, and part of clay, the realm will be partly strong, and partly broken. As you saw the iron mixed with earthen clay, they’ll have agreements between themselves; but they’ll not form a union, even as iron does not mix with clay.
[44-49] In the days of those Rulers, the God of heaven will set up a Realm which will never be destroyed, nor will it’s authority be given to another people; but it will break in pieces and have control over all these Realms, and it will stand forever. Because you saw that a stone was cut out of the mountain without hands, and that it broke in pieces the iron, brass, clay, silver, and gold; the great God has made known to the Ruler what will happen after your time and the dream is sure to happen, and what it means is true. Then the Ruler Nebuchadnezzar fell on his face, and worshiped Daniel, and ordered them to make an offering of sweet spices to him. Then the Ruler answered Daniel, and said, Truly, your God is the God of gods, and the Ruler of rulers, and makes secrets known, seeing that you’ve been able to make known this secret. Then the Ruler made Daniel great, and gave him many great gifts, and made him ruler over the whole province of Babylon, and to be leading governor over all the educated ones of Babylon. Then Daniel asked the Ruler, and he set Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, over the affairs of the province of Babylon, but Daniel was the greatest in the court of the Ruler.
The Golden Statue and the Hot Furnace
3[1-6] Nebuchadnezzar the Ruler made a statue of gold, whose height was 90 feet high, and the breadth was 9 feet wide. He set it up in the plain of Dura, in the province of Babylon. Then Nebuchadnezzar, the Ruler, sent to gather together all the governors, deputy-governors, captains, judges, treasurers, counselors, police chiefs, and all the rulers of the provinces, to come to the dedication of the statue which Nebuchadnezzar the Ruler had set up. Then the governors, deputy-governors, captains, judges, treasurers, counselors, police chiefs, and all the rulers of the provinces, were gathered together to the dedication of the statue that Nebuchadnezzar the Ruler had set up; and they stood before the statue that Nebuchadnezzar had set up. Then the herald called out, I command you, peoples and nations of every language, that whenever you hear the sound of the horn, flute, zither, lyre, harp, pipes, and all kinds of music, to fall down and worship the golden statue that I, Nebuchadnezzar, the Ruler, has set up; and whoever doesn’t fall down and worship will at that very time be thrown into the middle of a burning hot furnace.
[7-12] So at that time, when all the peoples heard the sound of the horn, flute, zither, lyre, harp, pipe, and all kinds of music, all the peoples and nations of every language, fell down and worshiped the golden statue that Nebuchadnezzar the Ruler had set up. So at that time some of the best educated ones came and accused the Jews. They said to Nebuchadnezzar, the Ruler, “O Ruler, live for ever. You, O Ruler, have made a law, that everyone who hears the sound of the horn, flute, zither, lyre, harp, pipe, and all kinds of music, should fall down and worship the golden statue; and whoever doesn’t fall down and worship will be thrown into the middle of a burning hot furnace. There are some Jews whom you’ve set over the affairs of the province of Babylon, namely Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, O Ruler, who haven’t obeyed you and won’t serve your gods, nor worship the golden statue which you’ve set up.”
[13-15] Then Nebuchadnezzar in his rage and anger ordered Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego to be brought. Then they brought these men to the Ruler. Nebuchadnezzar asked them, “Is it true, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, that you don’t serve my god, nor worship the golden statue which I’ve set up? Now if you’re ready, whenever you hear the sound of the horn, flute, zither, lyre, harp, pipe, and all kinds of music to fall down and worship the statue which I’ve made, well; but if you don’t worship it, you’ll be thrown at that time into the middle of a burning hot furnace; and who is that god who will free you from my power?”
[16-21] Then Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego answered the Ruler, Nebuchadnezzar, saying, “We don’t need to answer to you in this matter. If you insist on this, our God, whom we serve, is able to free us from the burning hot furnace; and will free us from your power, O Ruler. But even if not, be it known to you, O Ruler, that we won’t serve your gods, nor worship the golden statue which you’ve set up. Then Nebuchadnezzar was very angry, and the look on his face frowned against Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, and so he ordered them to heat the furnace seven times hotter than usual. He ordered some very strong men who were in his army to tie up Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, and to throw them into the burning hot furnace.
[21-25] Then these men were tied up in their coats, their pants, and their scarves, and their other things, and were thrown into the middle of the burning hot furnace. So because the Ruler’s commandment was pressing and the furnace very hot, the flame of the fire killed the men who threw in Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. The three men, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, fell down tied up into the middle of the burning hot furnace. Then Nebuchadnezzar the Ruler was shocked, and jumped up quickly, and asked his counselors, “Didn’t we throw three men tied up into the middle of the fire?” And they answered the Ruler, “True, O Ruler.” And he answered, “Look, I see four men loose and walking around in the middle of the fire, and they aren’t hurt at all; and the fourth one looks like an Angel of God.
[26-30] Then Nebuchadnezzar came near to the door of the burning hot furnace and said, “Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, you who serve the Most High God, come out here. Then Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego came out of the middle of the fire. The governors, the deputy-governors, and the captains, and the Ruler’s counselors, being gathered together, saw these men, and that the fire had not burned their bodies, nor was the hair of their head singed, neither were their clothes changed, nor had even the smell of fire gotten on them. Then Nebuchadnezzar spoke and said, “Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, who has sent an Angel of God, and freed the workers who trusted in God, and have changed the Ruler’s word, and have offered their bodies, that they might not serve nor worship any god, except their own God. So I make a new law, that every people and nation of every language, which speak anything evil against the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, will be cut in pieces, and their houses will be made a trash pile; because there is no other god who is able to free a person in this way. Then the Ruler promoted Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego in the province of Babylon.
4[1-3] From Nebuchadnezzar the Ruler, to all the peoples and nations of every language, who live in all the earth, may you have great peace. It seems good to me to tell you the signs and amazing things that the Most High God has showed me. How great are the signs of God! and how very great are the amazing things God does! God’s realm is an everlasting realm, and God’s power is shown to every generation.
[4-9] I, Nebuchadnezzar, was at rest in my house, and living well in my royal house. I saw a dream which scared me; and my thoughts as I lay on my bed and the visions of my head troubled me. So I made an order to bring in all the educated ones of Babylon before me, that they might make known to me what the dream meant. Then the magicians came, the ones who cast spells, the best educated ones, and the fortune tellers; and I told them the dream; but they couldn’t make known to me what it meant. But at last Daniel came in to me, whose name was Belteshazzar, according to the name of my god, and in whom is the Spirit of the Holy God and I told the dream to him, saying, “Belteshazzar, master of the magicians, because I know that the Spirit of the Holy God is in you, and no secret troubles you, tell me the visions of my dream that I’ve seen, and what it means.”
[10-18] And these were the visions of my head on my bed: I looked and saw a tree in the middle of the earth, which was very tall. The tree grew, and was strong, and its height reached to the sky, and it was seen to the ends of the earth. Its leaves were beautiful, and it had much fruit, and it fed everything and all the creatures of the field rested under its shade, and the birds of the sky lived in its branches, and everything was fed from it. Then I looked and saw in the visions of my head on my bed, and an angel and a Holy One came down from heaven, who cried out, and said, “Cut down the tree, and cut off its branches, shake off its leaves, and scatter its fruit; Let the creatures get out from under it, and the birds fly from its branches. But leave the stump of its roots in the earth, with a band of iron and brass around it, in the tender grass of the field; and let it be wet with the dew of the sky and let him live with the creatures in the grass of the earth. Let his heart be changed from a human’s, and let an creature’s heart be given to him; and let seven years pass over him. The judgment is given by the angels, and the order by the Word of the Holy One; so that the living may know that the Most High God rules in the realm of humanity, and gives power to whomever God wants, and sets up over it the lowest of human beings.” This dream I, Ruler Nebuchadnezzar, have seen; and you, Belteshazzar, tell what it means, because all the educated ones of my Realm are not able to make known to me what it means; but you are able; for the Spirit of the Holy God is in you.
[19-27] Then Daniel, whose name was Belteshazzar, couldn’t speak for a while, and his thoughts troubled him. So I said, “Belteshazzar, don’t let the dream, or what it means, trouble you.” Then Belteshazzar answered, “My captain, the dream is for those who hate you, and what it means will benefit your enemies. The tree that you saw, which grew, and was strong, whose height reached to the sky, and was seen in all the earth; whose leaves were beautiful, and which had much fruit, and in it was food for all; under which the creatures of the field lived, and on whose branches the birds of the sky lived. It’s you, O Ruler, that are grown and become strong; for your greatness is grown, and reaches to the sky, and your power reaches to the ends of the earth. And when the Ruler saw an angel and a Holy One coming down from heaven, and saying, “Cut down the tree, and destroy it; but leave the stump of its roots in the earth, with a band of iron and brass around it, in the tender grass of the field, and let it be wet with the dew of the sky, and let him live with the creatures of the field, until seven years pass over him; this is what it means, O Ruler. It’s the judgment of the Most High God, which is come on you, that you’ll be driven from humanity, and you will live with the creatures of the field, and you’ll eat grass like a cow, and will be wet with the dew of the sky, and seven years will pass over you; until you know that the Most High God rules in the realm of men, and gives it to whomever God wants. And when they said to leave the stump of the roots of the tree; your Realm will be saved for you, after you know that the God of Heaven rules. So, O Ruler, please listen to my counsel, and stop your sins by doing good, and your evil by having mercy on the poor; that your peace may last a little longer.”
[28-32] And all this came on the Ruler Nebuchadnezzar. At the end of a year, I was walking in the royal house of Babylon. I spoke and said, “Isn’t this Babylon great, which I’ve built for the royal living place, by the strength of my power and for the fame of my honor?” While these words were still in my mouth, there came a voice from heaven, saying, “O Ruler Nebuchadnezzar, to you it’s spoken: The Realm is taken from you and you’ll be driven from humanity; and you’ll live with the creatures of the field; you’ll be made to eat grass like a cow; and seven years will pass over you; until you know that the Most High God rules in the Realm of human beings, and gives it to whomever God wants.”
[33-37] At that very time, it was fulfilled on Nebuchadnezzar and I was driven from humanity, and ate grass like a cow, and my body was wet with the dew of the sky, until my hair was grown like eagles’ feathers, and my nails were like birds’ claws. At the end of these days I, Nebuchadnezzar, lifted up my eyes to heaven, and my understanding came backed to me, and I blessed the Most High God, and I praised and honored the One Who Lives Forever; whose power is an everlasting power, and whose Realm is from generation to generation. All the people of the earth are nothing; and God does whatever God wants to in the forces of heaven, and among the people of the earth; and no one can stop God’s power, or ask God, “What are you doing?” At the same time that my understanding came back to me; and for the fame of my Realm, my honor and my personhood came back to me; and my counselors and my captains came to me; and I was set back over my Realm, and I became even more great. Now I, Nebuchadnezzar, praise, worship, and honor the Ruler of heaven; for all Gods works are truth, and God’s ways are justice; and God is able to bring down those who walk in pride.
The Writing on the Wall
5[1-5] Belshazzar the Ruler made a great feast to a thousand of his captains, and drank wine with them. Belshazzar, while he tasted the wine, ordered the workers to bring the golden and silver cups which Nebuchadnezzar his father had taken out of the temple which was in Jerusalem; that the Ruler and his captains, his wives and his mistresses, might drink from them. Then they brought the golden cups that were taken out of the temple of the house of God which was at Jerusalem; and the Ruler and his captains, his wives and his mistresses, drank from them. As they drank the wine, they praised the gods of gold, silver, brass, iron, wood, and stone. At that time, the fingers of a man’s hand came, and wrote on the plaster of the wall next to the lampstand of the Ruler’s royal house and the Ruler saw only the part of the hand that wrote.
[6-9] Then the Ruler’s face frowned, and his thoughts troubled him; and the joints of his thighs shook, and his knees knocked together. Then the Ruler cried out to bring in those who cast spells, the best educated ones, and the fortune tellers. The Ruler spoke and said to the educated ones of Babylon, “Whoever will read this writing, and tell me what it means, will be clothed with purple, and have a chain of gold hung around their neck, and will be the third ruler in the Realm. Then all the Ruler’s educated ones came in; but they couldn’t read the writing, nor make known to the Ruler what it meant. Then the Ruler Belshazzar was greatly troubled, and his face frowned, and his captains were confused.
[10-12] Now the queen by reason of the words of the Ruler and his captains came into the feast house and the queen spoke and said, “O Ruler, live forever; don’t let your thoughts trouble you, nor let your face frown. There is a man in your Realm, in whom is the Spirit of the Holy God; and in the days of your father he had light, understanding, and wisdom, like the wisdom of God; and your father, the Ruler Nebuchadnezzar, I say, your father, made him master of the magicians, those who cast spells, the best educated ones, and the fortune tellers; because he had a great spirit, with knowledge, understanding, interpreting of dreams, and answering of questions, and dissolving of doubts, being found in this same Daniel, whom the Ruler called Belteshazzar. Now let Daniel be called, and he’ll tell you what it means.”
[13-16] Then Daniel was brought in to the Ruler. The Ruler spoke and said to Daniel, “Are you that Daniel, who is of the children of the captivity of Judah, whom the Ruler my father brought out of Judah? I’ve heard that the Spirit of God is in you, and that you have light, understanding, and great wisdom. Now the educated ones and those who casts spells, have been brought in to me to read this writing, and to make known to me what it means; but they couldn’t tell what it meant. But I’ve heard of you, that you can give interpretations, and dissolve doubts; so now if you can read this writing, and make known to me what it means, you’ll be clothed with purple, and have a chain of gold about your neck, and will be the third ruler in the Realm.
[17-21] Then Daniel answered the Ruler, “Keep your gifts to yourself, and give your rewards to someone else, but I’ll read the writing to the Ruler, and make known to you what it means. O Ruler, the Most High God gave Nebuchadnezzar, your father, the Realm, and greatness, fame, and honor. And because of the greatness that God gave him, all the peoples and nations of every language trembled in fear of him. Whoever he wanted to, he killed, and whoever he wanted to, he kept alive; and whoever he wanted to, he raised up, and whoever he wanted to, he put down. But when his heart was proud, and his spirit was hardened so that he acted very proudly, he was removed from his royal throne, and they took his honor from him, and he was driven from humanity, and his heart was made like an creatures’ heart, and he lived with the wild donkeys; he was fed with grass like a cow, and his body was wet with the dew of the sky; until he knew that the Most High God rules in the Realm of human beings, and that God sets up over it whoever God wants to.
[22-24] You his son, Belshazzar, haven’t humbled your heart, though you knew all this, but have lifted up yourself against Yahweh, the God of Heaven; and they have brought the cups of God’s house to you, and you and your captains, your wives and your mistresses, have drunk wine from them; and you’ve praised the gods of silver, gold, brass, iron, wood, and stone, which don’t even see or hear, nor know anything; and the God in whose power your very breath is, and in whose power are all your ways, you’ve not praised at all. Then the part of the hand was sent from God, and this writing was written.
[25-31] This is the writing that was written MENE, MENE, TEKEL, UPHARSIN. This is what it means, MENE; God has numbered your Realm, and brought it to an end; TEKEL; you are weighed in the balances, and are found wanting. PERES; your Realm is divided, and given to Media and Persia. Then Belshazzar ordered them to clothe Daniel with purple, and put a chain of gold about his neck, and proclaimed that he would be the third ruler in the Realm. In that very night Belshazzar, the Chaldean Ruler was killed and Darius the Mede took the Realm, being about sixty-two years old.
Daniel in the Lion’s Den
6[1-5] Darius set over the Realm 120 governors, who would govern the whole Realm; and over them three overseers, of whom Daniel was one; that these governors might give account to them, and that the Ruler would have no damage. Then this Daniel was recognized above all the overseers and the governors, because a great spirit was in him; and the Ruler thought to set him over the whole realm. Then the overseers and the governors tried to find an occasion against Daniel as about the Realm; but they couldn’t find any occasion or fault, because he was faithful. Nor could they find any error or fault in him at all. Then these men said, “We won’t find any occasion against this Daniel, unless we find it against him about the law of his God.”
[6-9] Then these overseers and governors went together to the Ruler, and said to him, “Ruler Darius, live forever. All the overseers of the Realm, the deputy-governors and the governors, the counselors and the police chiefs, have consulted together to make a royal law, and to make a firm judgment, that whoever will ask a request of any god or man for thirty days, except of you, O Ruler, he’ll be thrown into the den of lions. Now, O Ruler, make this judgment, and sign this writing, so that it can’t be changed, according to the law of the Medes and Persians, which doesn’t change. So Ruler Darius signed the writing and the judgment.
[10-13] When Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went into his house (now the windows in his room were open toward Jerusalem) and he kneeled on his knees three times a day, and prayed, and gave thanks before his God, just as he did before. Then these men gathered together, and found Daniel making requests and asking favor of his God. Then they came and spoke to the Ruler about the Ruler’s judgment, saying, “Haven’t you signed a judgment, that every man who makes a request to any god or man within thirty days, except to you, O Ruler, will be thrown into the den of lions?” The Ruler answered, “Yes, that’s true, according to the law of the Medes and Persians, which doesn’t change.” Then they answered and said to the Ruler, “That Daniel, who is of the children of the captivity of Judah, doesn’t respect you, O Ruler, nor the judgment that you’ve signed, but makes his request three times a day.”
[14-18] Then the Ruler, when he heard these words, was very displeased, and set his heart to save Daniel; and he worked until sunset to find a way to save him. Then these men gathered together to the Ruler, and said to him, “Know, O Ruler, that it’s a law of the Medes and Persians, that no judgment, nor law, which the Ruler makes may be changed.” Then the Ruler ordered, and they brought Daniel, and threw him into the den of lions. Now the Ruler spoke and said to Daniel, “Your God, whom you always serve, will save you.” A stone was brought, and put on the door of the den; and the Ruler sealed it with his own signet ring, and with the signet of his captains; that nothing would be changed about Daniel. Then the Ruler went back to his royal house, and passed the night going without food; nor were instruments of music brought before him and he couldn’t sleep.
[19-23] Then the Ruler got up very early in the morning, and quickly went to the den of lions. When he came to the den to Daniel, he cried out with a regrettable voice; the Ruler spoke and said to Daniel, “Daniel, worker of the living God, is your God, whom you always serve, able to save you from the lions?” Then Daniel said to the Ruler, “O Ruler, live forever. My God has sent an angel, and has shut the lions’ mouths, and they haven’t hurt me at all; because I was innocent in God’s eyes; and also to you, O Ruler, I haven’t done any harm. Then the Ruler was very glad, and ordered them to take Daniel up out of the den. So Daniel was taken up out of the den, and he wasn’t hurt at all, because he had trusted in his God.
[24-28] Then the Ruler ordered, and they brought those men who had accused Daniel, and they threw them into the den of lions, with their wives and children; and the lions killed them, and broke all their bones in pieces, until they fell to the bottom of the den. Then Ruler Darius wrote to all the peoples and nations of every language, who live in all the earth, saying, “May you have great peace. I make a law, that in all the power of my Realm everyone is to tremble and fear the God of Daniel; which is the living God, and faithful forever, whose Realm won’t ever come to an end; and whose power will last to the very end. God saves and rescues, and works signs and amazing things in heaven and in earth, who has saved Daniel from the power of the lions. So this Daniel did well in the reign of Darius, and in the reign of Cyrus the Persian.
Daniel’s Dream of the Four Creatures
7[1-3] In the first year of Belshazzar, Ruler of Babylon, Daniel had a dream and visions of his head on his bed, then he wrote the dream and told what it meant. Daniel spoke and said, “I saw in my vision by night, and, see, the four winds of the sky blew on the great sea. Four great creatures came up from the sea, which were different from one another.
[4-8] The first (Babylon) was like a lion, and had eagle’s wings and I saw until its wings were plucked, and it was lifted up from the earth, and made to stand on two feet like a human; and a human’s heart was given to it. Then another creature came, a second (Medo-Persia), like a bear; and it was raised up on one side, and three ribs were in its mouth between its teeth, and they said to it, “Get up, destroy many people.” After this I saw, and see, a third (Alexander, Greece), like a leopard, which had on its back four wings of a bird; the creature also had four heads; and it was given great power. After this I saw in the night visions, and, then a fourth creature (Rome), awesome and powerful, and very strong with great iron teeth; and it ate and broke in pieces, and stamped what was left with its feet, and it was different from all the creatures that were before it; and it had ten horns. And I thought about the horns, and then another horn came up among them, a little one, before which three of the first horns were plucked up by the roots. And this horn had eyes like the eyes of a human, and a mouth that spoke great things.
[9-14] I saw until they all lost their power, and the One who was the Ancient of Days (God) sat on the throne, whose clothing was as white as snow, and whose hair was like pure white wool; whose throne had fiery flames, and its wheels burned with fire and a stream of fire came out from it. Thousands of thousands ministered to God, and hundreds of thousands stood before God, who was ready to judge them, and the books were opened. I saw this at that time because of the voice of the great words which the horn spoke; I watched until the creature was destroyed, and its body killed, and it was burned with fire. As for the rest of the creatures, their power was taken away, yet their lives were prolonged for a little while. I saw in the night visions, and see, there came with the clouds of heaven One like a Human Being (Christ), who came to the Ancient of Days, who they brought to God and who was given power, fame, and a Realm, that all the peoples and nations of every language would serve God, whose power is an everlasting power, which won’t come to an end, and whose Realm won’t be destroyed.
[15-18] As for me, Daniel, my spirit was grieved in my body, and the visions of my head troubled me. I came near to one of those who stood by, and asked the truth about all this. So the angel told me, and made me know what these things meant. These great creatures, which are four, are four Rulers (Babylon, Medo-Persia, Greece, and Rome), who will arise out of the earth. But the saints of the Most High God will be given the Realm, and will have it forever and ever.
[19-22] Then I wanted to know the truth about the fourth creature, which was different from all of the rest, very terrible, whose teeth were of iron, and its nails of brass; which ate, broke in pieces, and stamped what was left with its feet; and about the ten horns that were on its head, and the other horn which came up, and before which three fell, even that horn that had eyes, and a mouth that spoke great things, who looked stronger than the others. I saw, and the same horn made war with the saints, and won control over them; until the Ancient of Days came, and judgment was given to the saints of the Most High God, and the time came that the saints would have the Realm.
[23-26] So the angel said, “The fourth creature will be a fourth Realm on earth, which will be different from all the other Realms, and will eat up the whole earth, and will stamp it down, and break it in pieces. As for the ten horns, out of this Realm, ten rulers will come up and then another will come up after them; who’ll be different from the first ones, and who’ll take down three of the first rulers. This one will speak words against the Most High God, and will wear out the saints of the Most High God; and will think to change the times and the law; and they’ll be given into this one’s control for three and a half years. But the judgment will be set, and they’ll take the realm, to destroy it and to kill it to the very end.
[27-28] The Realm and the power, and the greatness of the Realms under the whole sky, will be given to the people of the saints of the Most High God, whose Realm is an everlasting Realm, and who all powers will serve and obey. This is the end of the dream. As for me, Daniel, my thoughts troubled me greatly, and my face frowned, but I kept it all in my heart.
Daniel’s Second Vision: The Ram and the Goat
8[1-4] In the third year of the reign of Ruler Belshazzar a vision appeared to me, Daniel, after the first one that appeared to me. I saw in this vision; now it was so, that when I saw the vision, I was in the city of Susa, which is in the province of Elam; and I saw in this vision that I was by the river Ulai. Then I looked and saw, and a ram which had two horns (Medo-Persia) stood there by the river and the two horns were high; but one was higher than the other, and the higher came up last. I saw the ram pushing westward, and northward, and southward; and no others could stand against him, nor was there any others who could save any out of his control; but he did whatever he wanted, and made himself great.
[5-8] And as I was thinking, see, a male goat came from the west (Greece) over the surface of the whole earth, and didn’t even touch the ground. And this goat had a notable horn (Alexander the Great) between his eyes. He came to the ram that had the two horns, which I saw standing by the river, and ran at him in the fury of his power. I saw him come close to the ram, and he was moved with anger against him, and struck the ram, and broke his two horns; and the ram had no power to stand against him; but he threw him down to the ground, and trampled on him; and there was no one who could save the ram out of his control. The male goat made himself great and when he was strong, the great horn was broken; and then four notable horns (Alexander’s Generals- Antigonus, Cassander, Ptolemy, Lysimachus) came up instead of it toward the four directions of the sky.
[9-14] Out of one of them came forth a little horn (Antiochus Epiphanes), which grew very great, toward the south, and toward the east, and toward the beautiful land of Israel. It grew great, even to the Realm of Heaven; and some of the angels and of the stars (people of Israel) it threw down to the ground, and trampled on them. Yes, it made itself great, even to the Ruler of the Angels; and it took away the continual burnt offering, and the place of worship was ruined (Antiochus pollution of the Temple). Through disobedience, an army was given to it to take away the continual burnt offering; and it threw the Law in the dust, and it did what it wanted and succeeded. Then I heard an angel speaking; and another angel said to the first one who spoke, “How long will the vision last about the continual burnt offering, and the disobedience that ruins, to give both the place of worship and the people to be trampled under foot? He said to me, For 2,300 full days; then the place of worship will be cleansed (Maccabean Revolt).
[15-22] Then when I, Daniel, had seen the vision, I tried to understand it; and see, someone stood before me like the appearance of a human. I heard a man’s voice between the banks of the Ulai, which called, and said, “Gabriel, make this man understand the vision. So he came near where I stood; and when he came, I was scared, and fell on my face, but he said to me, “Understand, human being; that the vision is of the time of the end. Now as he was speaking with me, I fell into a deep sleep with my face toward the ground; but he touched me, and set me upright. He said, “See, I’ll make you know what will be in the latter time of God’s great anger; for the end will come at the set time. The ram which you saw, that had the two horns, they are the Rulers of Media and Persia. The rough male goat is the Ruler of Greece and the great horn that is between his eyes is the first Ruler (Alexander). As for the horn which was broken, in the place where four stood up, four Realms (Alexander’s Generals) comes up out of that one nation, but not with its power.
[23-27] In the latter time of that Realm, when the sins of the Jews are at their worst, a fierce Ruler (Antiochus Ephanes) will come, who understands difficult questions. He’ll have very great power, but not by his own power; and he’ll destroy everything, and will succeed and do whatever he wants to; and he’ll kill many people along with God’s people. Through his lies he’ll cause untruth to succeed under his control; and he’ll make himself great in his own heart, and he’ll kill many when they least expect it. He’ll also stand up against the Ruler of all rulers; but he’ll die without human power. The vision of the full days which has been told is true, but seal up the vision; for it won’t happen for many days to come. Then I, Daniel, fainted, and was sick a few days; then I rose up, and did the Ruler’s work and I wondered about the vision, but didn’t understand it.
The 70 Years Interpreted
9[1-6] In the first year of Darius (539 B.C.), the son of Ahasuerus (Xerxes), of the people of the Medes, who was made Ruler over the realm of the Chaldeans, in the first year of his reign I, Daniel, understood by the Scriptures the number of years about which the word of Yahweh came to Jeremiah the great preacher, for the fulfillment of the destruction of Jerusalem (586 B.C.), which was 70 years (Jeremiah 25:11,12; 29:10-14). So I turned to Yahweh God, by prayer and requests, going without food, and wearing clothing made of grain sacks and putting ashes on my head. I prayed to Yahweh my God, and confessed, saying, “Oh, Yahweh, the great and awesome God, who keeps the promised agreement and is loving and kind to those who love You and keep Your Laws, we’ve sinned, and have done wrong, and have done evil things, and have rebelled, turning aside from Your Laws and from Your rules; neither have we listened to Your workers the great preachers, who spoke in Your Name to our Rulers, captains, ancestors, and to all the people of the land.
[7-10] Yahweh, goodness is Yours, but we’re confused, as at this day; Yes, the people of Judah, the people of Jerusalem, and all Israel, who are near, and who are far off, through all the countries where you’ve driven them, because of their sins that they have sinned against You. Yahweh, we deserve confusion, yes, our rulers, our leaders, and our ancestors, because we’ve sinned against You. Yahweh our God, mercies and forgiveness are Yours to give; for we’ve rebelled against You; neither have we obeyed the voice of Yahweh our God, to walk in Your Laws, which You set before us by Your workers, the great preachers.
[11-14] Yes, all Israel has sinned against Your law, turning away, and not obeying Your voice, so the punishment has come down on us, the promise that is written in the Law of Moses, the worker of God; for we’ve sinned against You. You have confirmed Your words, which You spoke against us, and against our judges who judged us, by bringing on us a great evil; for nothing has been done on earth as has been done on Jerusalem. As it’s written in the Law of Moses, all this evil has come down on us, yet we haven’t asked the forgiveness of Yahweh our God, so that we would turn from our sins, and understand Your truth. So Yahweh, You’ve watched over the evil, and brought it back on us; for You, Yahweh, our God are good in all Your works which You do, and we haven’t obeyed Your voice.
[15-19] Now, Yahweh our God, who has brought your people out of the land of Egypt with great power, and have made Yourself a Name, as at this day; We’ve sinned, and done evil. Yahweh, according to all your goodness, please let Your anger and rage turn away from Your city Jerusalem, Your holy mountain; because for our sins, and for the sins of our ancestors, Jerusalem and Your people have become a shame to all those around us. So God, listen to the prayer of Your worker, and to my requests, and look on your place of worship that is in ruins, for Your sake, Yahweh. My God, listen and hear; look and see, our destruction, and the city which is called by Your name, because we don’t make our requests to You for any goodness of ours, but for your great mercies’ sake. Yahweh, hear; Yahweh, forgive; Yahweh, listen and act; don’t wait, for Your own sake, my God, because Your city and Your people are called by Your Name.”
[20-23] While I was speaking, and praying, and confessing my sin and the sin of my people Israel, and making my requests to Yahweh my God, and for the holy mountain of my God; yes, while I was still speaking in prayer, the angel Gabriel, whom I’d seen in the vision at the first, being caused to fly swiftly, touched me about the time of the evening offering. He taught me, and talked with me, and said, “Daniel, I’ve now come to give you wisdom and understanding. When you first made your requests the order was given, and I am now come to tell you; for you’re greatly loved, so think about it, and understand the vision.
[24-29] Your people will suffer 70 weeks(490 years) of punishment along with your holy city, to finish your disobedience, and to end your sins, and to cover your sins, and to bring in everlasting goodness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the Most Holy One. So know and understand, that from the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem (445 B.C.) to the Anointed Messiah, the Christ, will be 7 weeks, and 62 weeks (483 years) and it will be built again, with street and moat, even in troubled times. After the 62 weeks the Anointed Messiah will be killed without any sin debt, and then the people of the ruler (Antiochus historically) who will come will destroy the city (A.D. 70) and the place of worship; and its end will come as a flood, and destruction and war will come to the end. He’ll (antichrist?) make a firm promised agreement with many for one week and in the middle of the week he’ll cause the sacrifice and the offering to cease; and then the horrifying evil thing (antichrist) will come and spread evil; even to the very end, and what punishment is determined will be poured out on those to be destroyed.
Daniel and the Angel
10[1-6] In the third year of Cyrus (536 B.C.) Ruler of Persia something was revealed to Daniel, whose name was called Belteshazzar; and it was true, a great warfare, and he understood it, and knew what the vision meant. In those days, I, Daniel, was in mourning three whole weeks. I ate no sweet bread, meat, nor wine, nor did I anoint myself at all, until three whole weeks were finished. In the 24th day of the first month, as I was by the side of the great river, which is the Tigris, I raised my eyes, and looked, and see, someone clothed in linen, whose thighs were belted with the pure gold of Uphaz, whose body also was like the yellow jasper, and whose face was as bright as a flash of lightning, and whose eyes were as flaming torches, and whose arms and feet were like burnished brass, and the sound of whose words were like the sound of a great number of people (Gabriel, Christ?).
[7-10] I, Daniel, alone saw the vision; for those who were with me didn’t see the vision; but they were shaking with fear, and ran to hide themselves. So I was left alone, and saw this great vision, and I had no strength; for my energy and strength was gone. Yet I heard the sound of the angels’ words; and when I heard them, then I fell into a deep sleep on my face, with my face toward the ground. And then a hand touched me, which set me on my knees and on the palms of my hands.
[11-15] The angel said to me, “Daniel, you are greatly loved, understand the words that I speak to you, and stand up because I am now sent to you.” When the angel had spoken these words to me, I stood shaking. Then the angel said to me, “Don’t be afraid, Daniel, because from the first day that you set your heart to understand, and to trouble yourself before your God, your words were heard and I am come for your words’ sake. But the ruler of the Realm of Persia withstood me 21 days; but, you see, Michael, one of the leading angels, came to help me and I stayed there with the Rulers of Persia. Now I’ve come to make you understand what will happen to your people in the latter days; for the vision is for many days to come.” And when the angel had spoken to me these words, I turned toward the ground, and couldn’t speak.
[16-21] See, one in the likeness of a human being touched my lips and then I opened my mouth, and spoke and said to the one who stood before me, “Because of the vision my sorrows are turned on me, and I don’t have any strength. How can I talk with you? As for me, from the minute I saw you, I had no strength in me, and I had no breath. Then another one who looked like a human being touched me again, and gave me strength and said, “You are greatly loved, so don’t be afraid! Have peace and be strong, yes, be strong.” And when the angel spoke to me, I was strengthened, and said, “Speak; for you’ve strengthened me.” Then the angel asked, “Do you know why I’ve come to you? Now I’ll come back to fight with the ruler of Persia. When I go there, you see, the ruler of Greece will come. But I’ll tell you that which is written in the writing of truth; and there is no one who fights with me against them, but Michael, your ruler.”
Historical Foreshadowing of the Antichrist
11[1-4] “As for me, in the first year of Darius the Mede (539B.C.), I stood up to confirm and strengthen him. Now I’ll tell you the truth. See, three Rulers will come in Persia (Darius I, Cambysus, Gaumata); and the fourth (Xerxes) will be far richer than all the rest, and when he has grown strong through his riches, he’ll stir up all against the realm of Greece. A very great Ruler (Alexander the Great) will come up, who will have great power, and do whatever he wants to. But when he comes up, his Realm will be broken, and will be divided into four parts, but not to his children, nor according to the boundaries which he ruled; for his Realm will be divided up to others (Antigonus, Cassander, Ptolemy, Lysimachus) besides them.
[5-9] The Ruler of the South (Ptolemy I Soter, Egypt) will be strong, along with one of his captains (Seleucus Nicator); and he’ll be stronger than him, and take control; and his realm will be a great realm. At the end of their years they’ll join themselves together; and the daughter (Berenice) of the Ruler of the South (Ptolemy Philadelphus, Egypt) will come to the Ruler of the North (Antiochus II, Syria) to make an agreement but she’ll not retain the strength of her power; neither will he stand, nor his power; but she’ll be given up, along with those who brought her, and he who was her father, and he who gave her power in those times. But out of a branch from her roots (Ptolemy III Euergetes – Berenice’s brother) will one stand up in his place, who will come to the army, and will enter into the fortress of the Ruler of the North (Seleucus Callinus, Syria), and will fight against them, and will win control. Also their gods, with their metal statues, and with their best tools of silver and of gold, he’ll take into Egypt; and he’ll leave from the Ruler of the North (Seleucus Callinus, Syria) for some years. He’ll come into the realm of the Ruler of the South, but he’ll go back into his own land.
[10-14] Then his sons (Seleucus III Ceraunus, Antiochus III the Great) will go to war, and will gather together a great number of forces, which will come, and overwhelm them and pass on; and they’ll come back and go to war, all the way back to his fortress. Then the Ruler of the South (Ptolemy IV Philopater) will be moved with anger, and will come and fight with the Ruler of the North (Antiochus III the Great); and he’ll send a great number of forces, who will be under his control. When the forces are taken away, he’ll think himself better than others; and he’ll destroy tens of thousands of people, but he won’t win. The Ruler of the North (Antiochus III the Great, Syria) will come back, and will send more forces than the first time; and he’ll come to power at the end of this time, and of these years with a great army and with a great amount of weapons. In those times, many will stand up against the Ruler of the South (Ptolemy V Epiphanes, Egypt), along with the violent among the Jews, who will lift themselves up to fulfill the vision; but they’ll fall.
[15-19] So the Ruler of the North (Antiochus III the Great, Syria) will come, and build up a mound, and take a well-fortified city (Sidon) and the forces of the South (Egypt) will fall, along with his chosen people, nor will there be any strength left to fight. But he who comes against him will do whatever he wants to, and no one will be able to fight him; and he’ll come to Israel, and he’ll destroy whatever he wants to. He’ll decide to come with the strength of his whole Realm, and bring with him fair conditions; and he’ll do them and give him (Ptolemy V Epiphanes) a daughter (Cleopatra) in marriage, to destroy it; but she won’t do it, nor take his side. After this he’ll turn to the coast lands (Asia Minor), and will take many, but a captain (Lucius Cornelius Scipio, Roman) will stop him and then turn on him. Then he’ll turn toward the fortresses of his own land; but he’ll fall, and be defeated and killed.
[20-24] Then someone (Seleucus IV Philopater) comes up in his place who will cause a tax collector to pass through the Realm to tax Israel; but within few days he’ll be killed, neither in anger, nor in battle. In his place will come up an evil person (Antiochus IV Epiphanes), to whom they hadn’t given the honor of the Realm, but he’ll come in time of safety, and will get control of the Realm through his lies. The forces will be overwhelmed from before him, and will be broken; yes, and also the leader who makes the agreement with him (Onias III, High Priest in Jerusalem). After the agreement is made with him, he’ll act falsely; and he’ll come to power, and become strong, with only a few people. In a time of safety he’ll come even to the best places of the province; and he’ll do what his ancestors haven’t done; he’ll spread out the wealth to the people, yes, he’ll make plans against the strongholds, but only for a short time.
[25-28] He’ll stir up his power and his courage against the Ruler of the South with a great army; and the Ruler of the South (Ptolemy Philometor, Egypt) will war in battle with a very great and very powerful army; but he’ll not stand; for they’ll make plans against him. Yes, they who eat of his fine foods will kill him, and his army will be overwhelmed; and many will fall down and be killed. As for both these Rulers, their hearts will be set to do evil, and they’ll speak lies at the same table but it won’t succeed; for the end won’t come until the set time. Then he’ll (Antiochus, Syria) go back into his own land with great substance; and his heart will be against the holy promised agreement (looted the temple in Jerusalem); and he’ll do whatever he wants to, and go back to his own land.
[29-35] At the time set he’ll come back, and come into Egypt; but this time it won’t be as it was the first time. For ships of Cyprus (Rome) will come against him; so he’ll be upset, and will come back, and have great anger against the holy promised agreement (Israel), and will do whatever he wants to, he’ll come back, and give respect to those who forsake the holy promised agreement (apostate Jews). He’ll gather his forces, and they’ll make the place of worship unfit, overwhelming the fortress, and will take away the continual burnt offering, and put the horrifying evil thing (Statue of Zeus 167 B.C., future antichrist) into its place. Those who do evil against the promised agreement he’ll mislead by lies; but the people who really know their God will be strong, and do great things (Maccabean Revolt 160-63 B.C.). Those who understand among the people (of God) will teach many; yet they’ll fall by war, by fire, by captivity, and by thievery, for many days. Now when they fall, they’ll be given a little help; but many will join them falsely. Some of those who understand will fall, to perfect them, and to make them fit, and to make them shine, even to the time of the end; because the end won’t come until the set time.
[36-39] The next Ruler (Rome, historically possibly Octavian Augustus “the Holy”, Chief Priest and Emperor of Rome, 29 B.C.?) will do whatever he wants to; and he’ll exalt himself, and magnify himself above every god, and will speak marvelous things against the God of gods; and he’ll succeed until the prophecy is fulfilled; for that which is decided will be done. He won’t give respect to the gods of his ancestors, nor will he want a women, nor any god; for he’ll magnify himself above all gods. But in his place he’ll honor the god of power (first beast of Revelation, Rome?); and he’ll honor with gold, silver, precious stones, and other good things a god whom his ancestors didn’t know. He’ll beat the strongest powers by the help of this false god and whoever acknowledges him, he’ll greatly honor; and he’ll cause them to rule over many, and will divide the land for a price.
[40-45] At the end of this time the Ruler of the South (Egypt) will fight with him (Rome); and the Ruler of the North (Syria) will come against him like a hurricane, with armored vehicles, and with men, and with many ships; and he’ll (Rome) enter into the countries, and will overwhelm them and pass on. He’ll enter also into Israel, and many countries will be overthrown; but Edom, and Moab, and most of the children of Ammon (Jordon) will be freed from his control. He’ll take control of the countries; and the land of Egypt won’t escape. But he’ll have control over the treasures of gold and of silver, and over all the valuable things of Egypt; and the Libyans and the Ethiopians will follow him. But news out of the east (Asia) and out of the North (Russia?) will trouble him; and he’ll go forth with great fury to kill and utterly destroy many. He’ll put his royal house between the seas and the holy mountain (Rome, Palatial Hill?); yet he’ll come to his end, and no one will help him.
A Time of Trouble
12[1-4] “At that time Michael comes up, the great angel who stands for the children of your people; and there will be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time; and at that time your people will be saved, that is, everyone who’s name is found written in the book. Many of those who are dead from the earth will awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting punishment. Those who understand will shine as the brightness of the sky; and those who turn many to goodness will shine as the stars forever and ever. But you, Daniel, close the words in the book and seal it shut, even to the end of time, when many will be traveling all over the world, and many will be greatly educated.”
[5-8] Then I, Daniel, looked, and see, there stood two others, the one on the brink of the river on this side, and the other on the brink of the river on that side. One said to the angel clothed in linen, who was above the waters of the river, “How long will it be till these things end?” Then I heard the angel clothed in linen, who was above the waters of the river, when he held up his hands to heaven, and swore by the One Who Lives Forever that it will be for a time, times, and a half (3 ½ years); and when they have finished breaking the power of the holy people, all these things will be finished. I heard, but I didn’t understand, then I said, “How will these things turn out?”
[9-13] He said, “Go home, Daniel; for the words are closed up and sealed shut until the end of time. Many will make themselves fit, and make themselves shining white when they are tested; but the evil will do evil; and none of the evil will understand; but those who are wise will understand. From the time that the burnt offerings are stopped, and the horrifying evil thing comes to power (Titus 70 A.D.?), there will be 1,290 days. Blessed is he who waits, and comes to the 1,335 thirty-five days. But go home until the end comes; because you’ll rest and take your place at the end of days.
- Esther (gofishministries.wordpress.com)