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But you, go your way until the end; for you will rest, and then you will stand in your allotted place at the end of the days.” Bible

“go your way until the end.” The words “your way” are not in the Hebrew but are implied and thus properly supplied. “Go your way until the end” implies that Daniel would not get any more visions. By this time he was a very old man, and had accomplished much for Yahweh and stood righteous before Him his whole life. Now he would rest and await the Resurrection of the Righteous, when he would “stand” in his own allotted territory. The Old Testament has a number of verses about God raising the dead (cp. Deut. 32:39; Job. 19:25-27; Ps. 71:20; Isa. 26:19; 66:14; Ezek. 37:12-14; Dan. 12:2, 13; and Hos. 13:14). [For more on the two resurrections, see commentary on Acts 24:15].

“in your allotted place.” God had allotted territories for the twelve tribes of Israel in the Millennial Kingdom (Ezek. 47:13-48:29). Furthermore, God had said that in the resurrection of the Righteous, the first resurrection, that people would come up out of their graves and return to the land of Israel (Ezek. 37:11-14; cp. Isa. 26:19; Hos. 13:14; Dan. 12:2).

We learn from the scope of Scripture that people who have been faithful, like Daniel, will inherit a possession in the Millennial Kingdom, while those who were unfaithful to God but faithful just enough to get saved, will be in the Millennial Kingdom but will not have a land inheritance there but will be workers (cp. 1 Cor. 3:12-15). The importance of knowing about the Millennial Kingdom and rewards in the Kingdom cannot be overstated. The vague teaching that saved people “go to heaven” provides little incentive for people to make difficult choices for Christ. If people knew that they could be saved but do so little for the Lord they would have no land in the Kingdom but would just be workers there, that might motivate them to work harder to be Christlike and follow Christ.

[For more on the Millennial Kingdom of Christ, see Appendix 3, “Christ’s Future Kingdom on Earth.” For more on rewards in the coming Kingdom, see commentary on 2 Cor. 5:10, “good or worthless”].


Commentary for: Daniel 12:13