Gerlinda (14 Jan 2012)
"Michael shall refrain"


 
This may surprise many but it may be the very thing that we are seeing in these days,  "Progressive Prophecy".   It seems to answer many other questions we are asking.  gerlinda
 
The following is from www.Zionshope.org
 
Getting back to Daniel we read some more information. In Daniel 12: 1 “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.

The twelfth chapter of Daniel opens with this bold assertion: “And at that time shall Michael stand up.” It is extremely important to understand when these events will occur. That will become conspicuous later in this article. The expression “and at that time” in Daniel 12:1 is a reference to the starting point of the Great Tribulation which commences at the midpoint of Daniel’s seventieth week. Evidence for that assessment is based on the following salient facts:
First, the angelic messenger said to Daniel, “Now I am come to make thee understand what shall befall thy people in the latter days: for yet the vision is for many days” (Dan. 10:14). And Daniel is specifically told that these events will occur “at the time of the end” (Dan. 11:40). “The latter days” and “the time of the end” are terms for the end of the age, not some earlier time in history.
Second, the immediate context (Dan. 11:36-45) describes the activity of Antichrist at the end of the age, including his making Jerusalem his headquarters. The angel said, “And he shall plant the tabernacles of his palace between the seas in the glorious holy mountain [Jerusalem]; yet he shall come to his end, and none shall help him” (Dan. 11:45). The Lord, in referring specifically to Daniel’s prophecy, places the Great Tribulation at the midpoint of Daniel’s seventieth week (Mt. 24:15, 21).
Third, Daniel refers to a three-and-one-half-year time period when the events described would occur (Dan. 12:7). This same time frame is mentioned in the Book of Revelation in connection with events that will occur at the end of the age (Rev. 11:3; 12:6; 13:5).  The angelic messenger said to Daniel, “And at that time shall Michael stand up.” The Michael in view is, of course, the angel Michael. In the same discourse he had been spoken of as “Michael, one of the chief princes” (Dan. 10:13); and again, in reference to Daniel and his people, as “Michael your prince” (Dan. 10:21). In the Book of Jude he is referred to as “Michael the archangel” (Jude 9). And it is undoubtedly Michael who is called the archangel in his association with the Lord at His second coming (1 Th. 4:16).
No other angelic being - not even Gabriel - is designated an archangel in Scripture. It may well be that Michael the archangel is the most exultant and powerful being ever created by God. Even Satan will be defeated by him in a war that will take place in heaven (Rev. 12:7-10). Therefore, when Michael is brought into clear focus in the prophetic Scriptures, careful attention should be given to the role he fulfills.
Daniel was told that at the beginning of the Great Tribulation Michael would “stand up.” But what is meant by “stand up”? Major prophetic portions of Scripture like 2 Thessalonians 2 and Revelation 12 and 13 are greatly impacted by the answer given. The overwhelming majority of commentators suggest that “stand up” means that Michael, in “standing up,” will come to Israel’s defence. It is usually understood that the one against whom this defence will be made is the Antichrist, who oppresses Israel during the Great Tribulation.
A highly respected prophetic scholar commenting on Daniel 12:1 states the view this way: “In their distress, the children of Israel are especially aided by Michael, the archangel (Jude 9). As the head of the holy angels, Michael is given the special responsibility of protecting the children of Israel” (See Daniel: The Key to Prophetic Revelation by John Walvoord, p. 283).  According to this widely held view then, to “stand up” means that Michael will come to Israel’s defence while she is experiencing the Great Tribulation.
With respect for those who champion this position, I nonetheless strongly suggest that the text is teaching precisely the exact opposite. Michael does not “stand up” to help Daniel’s people during the Great Tribulation. He “stands still” or “desists” from his normal role as defender of Israel, thus permitting the Great Tribulation to occur.
In other words, the Great Tribulation is not the cause for Michael to come to Israel’s defence. Rather, it is because he desists from defending her that the Great Tribulation occurs.
The expression “stand up” is the translation of the Hebrew word amad. Amad simply means to “stand.” It does not mean to “stand up,” and it does not mean to “stand still.” It simply means to “stand.” If a man seated and inactive were said to amad, he would “stand up.” However, if a man already standing and active were said to amad, he would “stand still,” or desist, in his activity.

Daniel had just been told by the angel who was sharing this prophetic vision with him that Michael was actively involved in the defence of Daniel’s people. The angel said to Daniel, “But the prince [a fallen angel] of the kingdom of Persia withstood me one and twenty days: but, lo, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me” (Dan. 10:13). Michael was actively engaged in helping Israel. And once again the angel said to Daniel, “But I will shew thee that which is noted in the scripture of truth: and there is none that holdeth with me in these things, but Michael your prince” (Dan. 10:21).
What does the word “holdeth” (Hebrew, chazaq) mean? According to Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible, holdeth can mean “to bind” or “restrain.” That means, in context, that the archangel Michael already had a hindering or restraining ministry against the forces of Satan on Israel’s behalf. So when it is said that Michael will “stand,” it means he will “stand still,” “desist,” or “cease” from defending Israel.
This, of course, would be in dramatic contrast to Michael’s normal activity described in the words “which standeth [a present, continuous action] for the children of thy people” (Dan. 12:1). In other words, just prior to the Great Tribulation the archangel Michael will cease or desist from what was his historically ongoing responsibility of defending Israel.
It would make little sense to tell Daniel that Michael was defending his people in Chapter 12 when he had already clearly told him that fact, not once but twice, in Daniel, Chapter 10.

Rashi, one of Israel’s greatest teachers, and a man whose Hebrew scholarship is unexcelled, understood “stand up” (Hebrew, amad) to literally mean “stand still” in Daniel 12:1. He wrote: “The Holy One [a Jewish designation for God], Blessed be He, said to Michael, ‘You are silent? You do not defend my children.’”
Young’s Analytical Concordance to the Bible says that amad means “to stand, stand still or fast.” And Strong’s Concordance cites one of the root meanings of amad as “cease,” and one of its definitions as “stand still.” A biblical illustration of amad meaning “to be still or desist is, “they…stood still [desisted], and answered no more” (Job 32:16).
The Book of Revelation describes a war that will take place in heaven. The main combatants of the conflict are the archangel Michael and Satan. The time can be clearly identified as the midpoint of Daniel’s seventieth week when the time of trouble (Great Tribulation) is to begin. The account is recorded this way: “And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon [identified as Satan]; and the dragon fought and his [fallen] angels, And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven. And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him” (Rev. 12:7-9).
It is at this precise point, when cast out of heaven and no longer restrained by Michael, that it is said of Satan: “And when the dragon saw that he was cast unto the earth, he persecuted the woman [Israel] which brought forth the man child [Christ]” (Rev. 12:13). He could do so unhindered because Michael, at that time, had ceased his restraining ministry.
In the very next chapter, Satan - cast out of heaven to the earth and no longer restrained by Michael - will empower his progeny, the Antichrist, for precisely three and one-half years. The Bible records that event this way:  “And they [the unsaved world] worshipped the dragon [Satan] which gave power unto the beast [Antichrist]: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him? [The answer to the rhetorical question, “Who is able to make war with him?” is, “No one,” because the archangel Michael has ceased his restraining work.] And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great [wicked] things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months [three and one-half years]” (Rev. 13:4-5). At the return of Christ, Antichrist will be thrown into the abyss forever (Rev. 19), and Satan will be bound for a thousand years.

The question may be raised, Why would Michael, whose normal activity was to restrain satanic attacks against Israel, cease his restraining work? The Word of God gives specific reason for the cessation of the restrainers’ work at precisely that point in time.  Since Israel refused God’s truth and rejected her true Christ, God will send on them strong delusion so that they will believe the lie. The lie in view is that Antichrist is the Messiah and Deliverer. Paul put it this way: “They received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe [the] lie, that they all might be [judged] who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness” (2 Th. 2:10-12).  The strong delusion comes from God. It is His purifying judgment on Israel. That is why Michael will no longer hinder or hold down the wicked one. My people have rejected the Son of God for two thousand years. And not only so, but they have severely and unjustly persecuted those from among their own flock who have seen in Jesus the one of whom Moses and the prophets of Israel wrote. Their God, in what can only be described as “holy love,” will give them an unhindered dose of Antichrist. As a result - on their backs, cut off, with no human deliverance possible - they will at last look up, and they will see - in the altogether lovely face of Jesus - their long-rejected Messiah.
This observation provides perfect logic for the view that on this occasion and for this purpose Michael will “stand still” - he will abstain, he will not fight for Israel. When Michael ceases to defend Israel, “the time of Jacob’s troubles” or the “Great Tribulation” will commence.  Daniel wrote of Michael, the restrainer, this way: “And at that time shall Michael stand up [literally, stand still or desist from helping Israel], the great prince which standeth [whose normal and continued ministry had been to help Israel]” (Dan. 12:1); and Paul wrote of the restrainer this way: “He who now letteth [restrains] will let [continue his normal restraining ministry], until he be taken out of the way [ceases his normal ministry of restraining]” (2 Th. 2:7). The parallel between the two is conspicuous.
The apostle Paul clearly had Daniel 12:1 in mind when he wrote 2 Thessalonians 2:7. The clear and compelling allusion to Daniel 12 would indicate that the restrainer is the archangel Michael.1
Daniel was told, “And at that time [the midpoint of Daniel’s seventieth week] shall Michael stand up [cease or desist from defending Israel], the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people [whose normal activity had been to defend them]: and [as a direct result of Michael’s lack of restraint] there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time” (Dan. 12:1).
The “time of trouble” to which the angel refers is elsewhere called “the time of Jacob’s [Israel’s] troubles.”
Jeremiah describes that period of time this way: “Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob’s trouble; but he shall be saved out of it” (Jer. 30:7).
The Lord Jesus Christ, in speaking of the same time frame and same event, called it “the Great Tribulation.” He warned, “For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. And except those days should be shortened [”amputated” or lessened in duration], there should no flesh [in context, believing flesh] be saved [i.e., delivered]: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened” (Mt. 24:21-22).
Daniel is then told that, “at that time thy people shall be delivered.” “That time” has already been identified as the Great Tribulation which commences at the midpoint of Daniel’s seventieth week. Exactly how long the Great Tribulation will last we are not told. But we are told by the Lord that it will be “cut short” or “amputated” (Mt. 24:21-22). It is less than three and one-half years in duration and corresponds to the fifth seal of Revelation 6:9-11. (This is what we showed you in last weeks News Letter. The Fifth seal, which is the martyrdom of the Saints takes place at the beginning of the Tribulation which is at Passover. This is why Satan has all the Israelites brought back to the land, so he can kill them.)  t is clear that the seventieth week of Daniel is not shortened - it is “determined” (Dan. 9:24); and the last three and one-half years is not shortened - its duration is referred to repeatedly (Rev. 11:3; 12:6; 13:5). What is shortened is the Great Tribulation.
The sixth seal depicts cosmic disturbance (Rev. 6:12-17). It immediately follows the Great Tribulation and is the prelude to “the Day of the Lord” when the righteous will be delivered and the judgment of the wicked will commence.
The angelic messenger, however, is careful to note that not all will be delivered. There is a clear caveat. He qualifies his statement concerning deliverance by restricting it to “every one that shall be found written in the book” (Dan. 12:1). “The book” is evidently a reference to the “book of life” (Mal. 3:16-17; Phil. 4:3; Rev. 20:12; Rev. 21:27).
It is important to note the repeated theme of “deliverance” out of the Great Tribulation.
Jeremiah wrote: “Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob’s trouble; but he shall be saved [delivered] out of it” (Jer. 30:7 - italics added).
Daniel was told, “There shall be a time of trouble…and at that time thy people shall be delivered” (Dan. 12:1 - italics added).  The Lord taught: “Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect [for deliverance] from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other” (Mt. 24:29-31 - italics added).

John testified that: “After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands;…And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, What [better, “Who”] are these which are arrayed in white robes? and whence came they? And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation [deliverance], and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb” (Rev. 7:9; 13-14 - italics added).
Ezekiel, Daniel, the Lord, and John each stated that deliverance follows the Great Tribulation.
The angelic messenger concludes his lengthy message to Daniel with these words: “And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever” (Dan. 12:3).  The Hebrew word for wise is sâkal. It means to be circumspect, to possess understanding. In context, it is speaking of understanding in the last days, of understanding what is going on when Antichrist steps onto the stage of history. Of such men and women it is said that they “shall shine as the brightness of the firmament” - that is, they will shine like the visible expanse of the sky.  However, understanding requires action. And so the angel promises, “And they that turn many to righteousness [will shine] as the stars for ever and ever.”
This was taken from http://www.zionshope.org/ZH_zionsfire.aspx
gerlinda