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Post by Jeremyshall on Mon Jul 09, 2012 3:35 pm

http://www.biblestudytools.com/commentaries/gills-exposition-of-the-bible/daniel-12-2.html

Daniel 12:2 And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall
awake
Which is not to be understood in a figurative and metaphorical, sense,
as by R. Jeshuah the Jew, Porphyry the Heathen, and by some Christian
writers; neither of the deliverance of the Jews from the troubles of
Antiochus, or their present captivity; nor of the spiritual resurrection
of them, or others, from their state of infidelity to a profession of
the Gospel, which in some is real, in others only hypocritical; but, in a
literal sense, of the resurrection of the dead at the last day, which,
with respect to the righteous, will take place upon the personal
appearance of Christ at first, ( 1 Thessalonians 4:16
) , for, as death is oftentimes compared to "sleep", in which the
senses are bound up, and the body is in a state of inactivity; see ( John 11:11 ) ( 1 Corinthians 15:20 ) ( 1 Thessalonians 4:14
) , so the resurrection from the dead is expressed by awaking out of
sleep, when the body shall rise fresh and vigorous, in full health and
strength, as a man out of a comfortable sleep; see ( Psalms 17:15 ) ( Isaiah 26:19
) . The word "many" is used, either because, as all will not sleep, so
all will not be awaked; there will be some that will be alive and awake
at Christ's coming, ( 1 Corinthians 15:51 ) ( 1 Thessalonians 4:17 ) , or, as it signifies, a multitude, ( Psalms 97:1
) and so here the innumerable multitude of the dead, who are afterwards
distributively considered; and indeed the word is sometimes used for
"all"; see ( Romans 5:15 Romans 5:19 ) :

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Re: "many of them that sleep..."

Post by Jeremyshall on Mon Jul 09, 2012 3:38 pm

Daniel 12:2

Young's Literal Translation (YLT)


2 `And
the multitude of those sleeping in the dust of the ground do awake,
some to life age-during, and some to reproaches -- to abhorrence
age-during.

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Post by JoelKizz on Mon Jul 09, 2012 9:24 pm

I like the idea of the "many" as referring to a multitude. That's the only way I can see the passage as being about the final judgement (as it clearly at first brush seems to be). In way of disclosure however I have not read the passage in its context.

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Post by Spinks on Mon Jul 09, 2012 9:42 pm

Thanks Jeremy for taking the time to research the issue. I'll look deeper into your references in a bit and maybe get in on the discussion.

Thanks again, I only had time to read the next chapter while I was at work today!
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Post by jsm1874 on Tue Jul 10, 2012 9:07 pm

http://www.preceptaustin.org/daniel_12_commentary.htm. This link states that we must first understand that there are two different resurrections. Go to the link and then about a quarter of the way down the page in green capital letters you will see THE TWO GENERAL BODILY RESURRECTIONS. What do you guys think about this?

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