Q. In Daniel 12:7 after the prophet is shown some of the events of the End-times, Daniel asked a question of the “Man clothed in linen who was above the waters of the river …” Daniel wanted to know, “How long will it be before these astonishing things are fulfilled?” The angel (I presume) answered, “When the power of the holy people has finally been broken, all these things will be completed.” Is “the power of the holy people” a reference to the Holy Spirit and the restraining influence he holds over the evil that will be released once the church is taken into heaven?
A. Daniel 12:7 concerns Israel, not the Church, and also contains the phrase time, times, and half a time. This is a way of saying 3 1/2 years and is a reference to the Great Tribulation (Daniel 12:1). The Great Tribulation is the time during which the self-reliance of the Jewish people will finally be broken and they’ll turn to the Lord once again (Hosea 6:1-3). When they do the Lord will open their eyes to the Messiah and they’ll be saved (Zech. 12:10-13:2).