“At that time Michael shall stand up, the great prince who stands watch over the sons of your people; and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation, even to that time. And at that time your people shall be delivered, every one who is found written in the book” (Daniel 12:1).
The events of the last verse of chapter 11 ties closely with those of chapter 12. Michael (Daniel 10:13), the divine Champion, in the great controversy takes action to deliver His people.
We know that this fearful time will strike shortly after the last crisis hits, after the mark of the beast is enforced:
“He was granted power to give breath to the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak and cause as many as would not worship the image of the beast to be killed. He causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads, and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name” (Revelation 13:15-17).
Every human being will make a final choice between the love of Jesus Christ, His everlasting gospel (Rev. 14:6), worshiping the Creator (Rev. 14:7), and keeping “the commandments of God” (Rev. 14:12), or worshiping “the beast,” “his image,” and receiving “his mark” (Rev. 14:9).
Then, Christ’s mediation will cease and heaven’s door of mercy will finally close (Revelation 22:11) shortly before Jesus Christ returns (Rev. 22:12) just like it did in Noah’s day before the flood came (Genesis 7:16; Matthew 24:37-39). God’s Spirit will be withdrawn from men.
Then all the pent-up powers of darkness will descend with indescribable fury upon the world. There will be a scene of strife such as no pen can picture. Like the ten plagues that fell upon Egypt (Exodus 7-10), the seven last plagues will fall upon the entire world prior to the visible return of Jesus Christ (Revelation 16). The period of the seven last plagues is “the time of trouble, such as never was” predicted in Daniel 12:1.
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