Daniel 12:1-3: Asleep in the Dust -- By: Carl Armerding

Journal: Bibliotheca Sacra
Volume: BSAC 121:482 (Apr 1964)
Article: Daniel 12:1-3: Asleep in the Dust
Author: Carl Armerding

Daniel 12:1-3:
Asleep in the Dust

Carl Armerding

The renascence of Israel, as a nation, is bound to be of deep interest to every student of the Word of God. Recent developments in the land of Israel have caused even non-Christians to take notice of this people whose life and history have affected, in one way or another, every important nation in the world. By its declaration of statehood, Israel caused many Christians to examine again the prophetic Scriptures which deal with the future of the ancient people of God. Such passages as Ezekiel 37 and Hosea 6 take on fresh meaning in the light of recent events. When one considers the low estate to which Israel was brought as a result of repeated persecutions, it must be admitted that her recovery is nothing short of a miracle, comparable to a resurrection.

That there will be a resurrection of the nation as such is clearly taught in Romans 11:15 where we read: “If the casting away of them be the reconciling of the world, what shall the receiving of them be, but life from the dead?” And that agrees with Ezekiel 37:12–14 where the Lord says: “Behold, O my people, I will open your graves, and cause you to come up out of your graves, and bring you into the land of Israel. And ye shall know that I am the LORD, when I have opened your graves, O my people, and brought you up out of your graves, and shall put my Spirit in you, and ye shall live, and I shall place you in your own land.” The divine explanation of this is found in verse 21 of the same chapter, where the Lord says: “Behold, I will take the children of Israel from among the heathen, whither they be gone, and will gather them on every side, and bring them into their own land.”

In Hosea 6:1–3 we hear Israel herself responding to that saying: “Come, and let us return unto the LORD: for he hath torn, and he will heal us; he hath smitten, and he will bind us up. After two days will he revive us: in the third day he will raise us up, and we shall live in his sight. Then shall we know, if we follow on to know the LORD: his going forth is prepared as the morning; and he shall come unto us as the rain, as the latter and former rain unto the earth.”

Interesting as the present movement in Israel may be, it is not the fulfillment of these prophecies. According to Daniel 12:1, the time for that will come when Michael, the great prince who represents the n...

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