So he came near where I stood. And when he came, I was frightened, and fell on my face. But he said to me, “Understand, O son of man, that the vision belongs to the time of the end.” Bible

“the time of the end.” This phrase has been the cause of much scholarly debate. There are a few major positions possible. One is that “the time of the end” refers to the end of the time of the prophetic picture being presented, not “the end” of time before the Millennial Kingdom of Christ. Scholars have shown that “the end” is used in many ways besides the end days; and similarly, the “last days” have been occurring now for many centuries. Another is that “the time of the end” refers to the time of the Antichrist in Revelation. In that case, Daniel 8:23-26 refers to the Antichrist, not Antiochus Epiphanes. Still another position is that this prophecy is one with a double fulfillment and thus while it was fulfilled by Antiochus, it will be again fulfilled in many ways by the Antichrist. This is the safest conclusion. Usually when “the time of the end” is mentioned, it does refer to the time before the Millennial Kingdom. Furthermore, the parallel between Antiochus and the Antichrist is so close that in seeing Antiochus and his activities we are in fact seeing the time of the End, and the person and actions of the Antichrist.

Commentary for: Daniel 8:17