A Question I Was Asked:

Is not Daniel a book sealed till the time of the end? And isn't Revelation a book opened that was intended to be sealed?

Is not Daniel a book sealed till the time of the end? And isn't Revelation a book opened that was intended to be sealed?

UK Apologetics Reply:

Okay, let us look at this.

Firstly, Daniel was indeed to be sealed, it was not for Daniel himself to understand:

8. I heard, but I did not understand. So I asked, "My lord, what will the outcome of all this be?" 9. He replied, "Go your way, Daniel, because the words are rolled up and sealed until the time of the end. 10. Many will be purified, made spotless and refined, but the wicked will continue to be wicked. None of the wicked will understand, but those who are wise will understand. (Daniel 12:8-10).

The time of the end commenced - I repeat - commenced with the coming of Christ and the Apostles. See End Times Confusion.

The expression, "....many will be purified, made spotless and refined.." is clearly a prophecy of the Church, when the Holy Spirit would be granted to true believers, so Christians can now have a good basic understanding of Daniel ever since then. It is no longer 'bound,' because we are now well into 'the time of the end.' So Daniel is not now especially difficult, only certain cults and sects have caused and increased difficulty by teaching such confusing nonsense. Okay, there remain a few verses in Daniel where one might want a little more clarity but the book as a whole is now understandable, but it was not for Daniel to understand.

Now let's look at Revelation.

Is Revelation a Book Opened That Was to be Sealed?

Again, we have some confusion here. John intended to explain, not to confuse in Revelation, the very name means 'revealing.' Why call it 'revelation,' or 'revealing' if it was intended to be sealed? It was certainly planned to cause some confusion to the persecuting Roman authorities (to avoid persecution), but not to the first Christians. John wrote in Revelation 1:1:

"The revelation from Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show his servants what must soon take place..."

Note: what must soon take place - commencing right back then in John's day.


The full meaning of Book of Daniel was to be sealed from Daniel and - presumably - from the scribes and prophets of his own day. It was intended to be revealed at 'the time of the end' - the church age. Today we can be much clearer on this book. In 'The Amazing Prophecy of Daniel 11... and How it Defies Sceptics!' I am able to go right through chapter 11 showing how it was fulfilled, and I am far from the first to do so. GO HERE for that.

Revelation, probably written circa 58-64AD, around the time of Nero, covers the approximate time period between the First and Second Comings of Christ, starting off with warnings about Nero, then continuing on; it contains seven parallel sections. GO HERE for more information on that. It was intended to be a revealing for discerning Christians, and it was so, until the foolish and silly teachings of various cults and sects got involved in the 19th century. But the apocalyptic style was intended to mask certain things from the persecuting Roman authorities of the first few centuries, until the Roman Empire accepted Christianity as its official religion in the 4th century AD.

It is often helpful to remember that the great villain of Daniel was Antiochus Epiphanes (215BC-164BC), sometimes called 'Antiochus the Mad' who offered swine's blood in the temple, and the great villain of Revelation was mainly Nero (37AD-68AD) who initiated the first great persecution of Christians. The 19th century concept that Revelation is completely 'futuristic,' that is, only concerned with events in the far distant future from when John was writing is not supported by the actual words which John used. Revelation could be considered to be an overview of the experiences of the Church until the final restoration of all things.

Robin A. Brace. January 3rd, 2018.