Daniel 12 brings Daniel's final vision to a conclusion. Its primary emphasis is on the coming Great Tribulation, the final 3 ¬Ĺ years of Daniels 70th week (7-year period). The first 3 ¬Ĺ years are the birth pangs ("beginning of sorrows" Matt. 24:8) and the final 3 ¬Ĺ years are the Great Tribulation (Matt. 24:21). Like a woman in child birth, the final 7-year period grows in intensity and severity as it progresses.