Daniel 12:6 Index
"And one said to the man clothed in linen, which was upon the waters of the river, 'How long shall it be to the end of these wonders.'"
Research Material

"...one said to the man clothed in linen..."

  • Daniel had seen this heavenly Being at the beginning of his vision (Daniel 10:5, 6).... The casualness with which Daniel refers to "the river" (Daniel 12:5) and "the man clothed in linen," without making fuller identification strongly suggests that Daniel 10, where these both are introduced, is a part of this same vision. (4BC 879-880)

"...how long shall it be..."

  • The angel here states the unexpressed question that must have been uppermost in Daniel's mind. The prophet's great burden was for the speedy and complete restoration of the Jews (Daniel 10:2). True, the decree of Cyrus had already been passed (Ezra 1:1; Daniel 10:1), but much remained to be done. After the long, intricate recital of future events under which the people of God were to suffer, the prophet was naturally anxious to know how long "these wonders" would continue, and when the promise that "thy people shall be delivered' (Daniel 12:1), would be fulfilled. Daniel did not fully understand the relationship of what he had seen [of] the future. A portion of the prophecy was sealed and would be understood only at "the time of the end" (Daniel 12:4). (4BC 880)

"...the end of these wonders."

  • The term "...wonders..." therefore, refers to the events mentioned in Daniel 12:1-3 (the time of trouble, the Second Coming of Christ, the resurrection of the righteous and the deliverance of the saints.) (KC 145)