February 28, 2021

Daniel’s “Time of Trouble”

Jonathan Kleck says that in Daniel 12:1, the “time of trouble” pertains to “a female rival.” What does that mean?

First, let’s read Daniel 12:1 (1599 Geneva Bible) – “And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince, which standeth for the children of thy people, and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there began to be a nation unto that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, everyone that shall be found written in the book.” [emphasis added]

If we were to examine the original Hebrew of “trouble” (H6869) this is exactly what eSword translates for us:


Feminine of H6862; tightness (that is, figuratively trouble); transitively a female rival: – adversary, adversity, affliction, anguish, distress, tribulation, trouble.

As I understand punctuations, “trouble” (Hebrew tsaw-raw) is first translated as tightness, that is figuratively trouble. The semi-colon separates two independent yet related/definitive statements, i.e. “transitively a female rival” would be what defines the “tightness” or “figuratively trouble.” The next colon, again a separation, more specifically defines what comprises the “female rival.”

So, the focal point of this translation becomes “transitively a female rival” that is an “adversary, adversity, affliction, anguish, distress, tribulation, trouble,” that is “transitively a female rival.” So, what is “transitively a female rival?

Let’s look at transitively. Dictionary dot com describes transitively this way: “adjective. Grammar. having the nature of a transitive verb. characterized by or involving transition; transitional; intermediate. passing over to or affecting something else; transeunt.”

The “trouble” therefore is transitioning into a “female rival.” So what is a female rival? Wikipedia describes “female rival” as: Female intrasexual competition [rival] is when females compete with each other over a potential mate. Such behaviour might include self-promotion tactics and competitor derogation (direct and indirect forms of aggression) towards other females. Variables that influence female intrasexual competition include: genetic quality of males, ovarian hormones and hormonal variations and interpersonal dynamics.

“There are two modes of sexual selection: intersexual selection and intrasexual selection. Intersexual selection is where members of a competitive sex appear to show off desirable characteristics in order to get the attention of a potential mate, increasing their chances of being selected as a mate. Intrasexual selection is when members of the same sex compete with each other over a potential mate.”

I would guess that such “rivalry” is not confined to just two or more female parties seeking a sexual partner. Such rival can and is involved in every aspect of our lives…is it not?

What is Daniel 12:1 telling us? It looks to me as though this “time of trouble” can be recognized as a take over by females in just about every aspect of life, and this takeover isn’t going to be very pretty. Can we honestly admit that this takeover is well under way?

Or we can settle for the old interpretation that things are just going to get bad. It might help people to better recognize just what in the world is going on and how much time we have left.

If the “time of trouble” ushers in the Great Tribulation, then things about to become interesting.

Get ready.