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The Last Day

Daniel 12:1-13, Revelation 20:11-21:8, 2 Thessalonians 2:1-12, John 5:24-29, Andrew Love, October 28, 2018

Sermon Notes:


  • Come to chapter 12
  • Skipped over chapter 11 - better to look at in a Bible Study
  • Some difficulties in chapter 12
    • Unusual numbers
    • Perhaps we are not meant to know what it means
    • Daniel - the wisest man on the earth did not understand it (v8)
    • There are some things only to be revealed at the end (v9)
    • The numbers have significance
      • Close to numbers given in Revelation
    • We are to try and decipher these numbers
    • We are to look at plain and sobering things
      • Your eternal destiny
      • The day of final judgment
      • The day of heaven and hell
  • The bible gives details of the end times
    • Including a great hope for those who believe
    • Daniel has hope (v13)
    • Hope for all who trust in Jesus Christ
  • Overview:
    • v1-3: Protection and deliverance (v1), The final day (v2), A word of hope (v3)
    • Deliverance from tribulation (v1)
    • The resurrection (v2)
    • The glorious promise  (v3)

Deliverance from tribulation (v1)

  • This passage speaks of terrible tribulation
  • God's people have always been a suffering people
    • Example of Abraham, Joseph, Daniel, Paul
    • Many have experienced remarkable deliverance in the midst of tribulation
  • The archangel Michael
    • He stands over the people
    • We had previously how Michael overcame the prince of persia
    • v1 - The archangel will deliver God's people
    • The psalms speak of angels that protect us
      • Example of Elisha's Servant
    • God has His servants
  • Tribulation at the end of the World
    • Not the times of tribulation faced by the Jews
    • God's people suffer terrible tribulation
    • Talking about the final time of tribulation 
  • The final tribulation
    • The antichrist will come
    • Such an awful time that God has to shorten it, for the sake of the elect
    • Many false prophets will arise
    • Reading 2 Thess 2:1-12 & Comment
      • Christ will come and in a moment will destroy the lawless one
    • We will be delivered by Christ
  • We should take encouragement that no matter what we go through - God is for us
    • If God is for us, who can be against us?
  • The Book of Life
    • Phil 4:3
    • Jesus spoke of names written in heaven
    • Rev 20:12,15
    • The elect of God
  • Are we the elect of God?
    • Have we trusted in Jesus Christ
    • If so, there is a promise that we are safe in Him and no-one can pluck us from the Father's hand

The resurrection (v2)

  • A promise of judgment
    • Some ridicule the resurrection
    • v2 - The doctrine of the resurrection
  • When we die:
    • Our spirits go to God and we are judged immediately - a temporal judgment
    • Our bodies decay in the ground
  • God knows our DNA, our blueprint
    • Our bodies renew (every 7 years) yet we remain the same
    • God is able to resurrect us
  • Scripture teaches there will be a general resurrection when our bodies will be united with our souls
    • There will be a judgment and some will go to a place of bliss and others to a place of torment
    • There will be a new body like Jesus
      • Jesus is the first fruits
      • It will happen at the Second Coming
    • Reading John 5:24-29 & Comment
    • Reading Rev 20:11-15 & Comment
    • A day of separation - the sheep and the goats, the saved and the unsaved
  • When considering the last day
    • Are we in the faith?
    • Make your calling and election sure
    • You know - if you trust and believe in the Lord Jesus Christ

The glorious promise (v3)

  • A promise to the wise
    • To shine like the stars
    • Personal example
    • God's people will shine forever like the stars
    • Example of Daniel's wisdom
  • What do we live for?
    • For Daniel there will be no regrets (v13)
    • He will be forever with the Lord
    • May we have this deep assurance

About Andrew Love: Pastor at Tabor Church

Sermon Passage:

Daniel 12:1-13

1And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book. 2And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt. 3And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever. 4But 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. 5Then 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. 6And 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? 7And 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. 8And I heard, but I understood not: then said I, O my Lord, what shall be the end of these things? 9And he said, Go thy way, Daniel: for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end. 10Many 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. 11And 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. 12Blessed is he that waiteth, and cometh to the thousand three hundred and five and thirty days. 13But go thou thy way till the end be: for thou shalt rest, and stand in thy lot at the end of the days. (KJV)

Revelation 20:11-21:8

11And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them. 12And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. 13And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. 14And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. 15And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire. 21:1 And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. 2And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 3And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. 4And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. 5And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful. 6And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely. 7He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son. 8But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death. (KJV)

2 Thessalonians 2:1-12

1Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him, 2That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand. 3Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; 4Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God. 5Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things? 6And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time. 7For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way. 8And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: 9Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, 10And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. 11And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: 12That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness. (KJV)

John 5:24-29

24Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life. 25Verily, verily, I say unto you, The hour is coming, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God: and they that hear shall live. 26For as the Father hath life in himself; so hath he given to the Son to have life in himself; 27And hath given him authority to execute judgment also, because he is the Son of man. 28Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, 29And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation. (KJV)

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