THE KING OF NORTH AND THE KING OF SOUTH (Part 14)
“During that time Michael will stand up, the great prince who is standing in behalf of your people. And there will occur a time of distress such as has not occurred since there came to be a nation until that time. And during that time your people will escape, everyone who is found written down in the book” (Daniel 12: 1)
“During that time”, mentioned in the prophecy, seems to begin at the time when the king of the south behaves extremely destructive, written in verse 11:44. This “time” began, therefore, in early 1991, at the time of the first Gulf War (Operation Desert Storm), and will end at the great tribulation, written in Daniel 12:1. The people of God that will escape this great distress are described in the book of Revelation, as being the great crowd: “After this I saw, and look! a great crowd, which no man was able to number, out of all nations and tribes and peoples and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, dressed in white robes; and there were palm branches in their hands. (…) So right away I said to him: “My lord, you are the one who knows.” And he said to me: “These are the ones who come out of the great tribulation, and they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb”” (Revelation 7:9–17).
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