Daniel 12

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This portion of scripture focuses on the last 1290 days of the 70th week of Daniel. It is also connected to Revelation 12 and there are actually many similarities between Daniel and John prophetically. They cover a lot of the same information, giving clarity to each other. That’s what this study is meant to bring to light.

Daniel 12
[Abomination of desolation]
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 was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book. [See Jeremiah 30:4-7 & Matthew 24:15-22]

[End of 70th Week]

And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt. And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever.

[Timing of this prophecy]
But thou, O Daniel ,shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased. Then I Daniel looked, and, behold, there stood other two, the one on this side of the bank of the river, and the other on that side of the bank of the river. And one said to the man clothed in linen, which was upon the waters of the river, How long shall it be to the end of these wonders? And I heard the man clothed in linen, which was upon the waters of the river, when he held up his right hand and his left hand unto heaven, and sware by him that liveth for ever that it shall be for a time, times, and an half; [3½ years] and when he shall have accomplished to scatter the power of the holy people, all these things shall be finished. And I heard, but I understood not: then said I, O my Lord, what shall be the end of these things? And he said, Go thy way, Daniel: for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end. Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand.

And from the time that the daily sacrifice shall be taken away, and the abomination that maketh desolate set up, there shall be a thousand two hundred and ninety days. Blessed is he that waiteth, and cometh to the thousand three hundred and five and thirty days. But go thou thy way till the end be: for thou shalt rest, and stand in thy lot at the end of the days.

This chapter begins with a time of unparalleled trouble in all of history. This is the “time of Jacob’s trouble” that Jeremiah and Christ spoke of. We know they are connected because each one of them makes the declaration that the time they are speaking of is so terrible that it is unrepeated in all of history. Three scriptures laying claim to an unparalleled time must connect all three of those times as the same time. If you read the time of Jacob’s trouble Bible study, you will see just how connected Jeremiah 30:4-7, Daniel 12:1, and Matthew 24:15-22 are. Another important piece of information Daniel 12:1 reveals for us is the identity of the restrainer of 2 Thessalonians 2, Michael the archangel. So in the first two verses of Daniel 12, we have an order of events.

  1. The restrainer stops restraining and antichrist is revealed. (Michael stands up to go to heaven and cast Lucifer out. Revelation 12:7-13)
  2. Time of unparalleled trouble, Jacob’s trouble, linked by Christ to the abomination of desolation.
  3. Israel is delivered out of this time. (Time cut short for the sake of the elect, those written in the book.)
  4. Resurrection from the dead takes place.

The rest of the chapter has a lot to do with understanding the framework of exact days in the final seven years of earth history before the millennium. The rest of the study takes the general order given in the first couple verses and pinpoints them with exact days between events.


The Scope of Daniel 12:11

Daniel 12:11 is a pivotal point of understanding to see how the exact day prophecies of Daniel and John create the framework of the 70th Week of Daniel. However the 1290 days specified have a beginning event, the abomination of desolation, but no ending event to say exactly what this time frame contains. So can we determine from scripture what the scope of this passage is? And what will that tell us about the future? I will address these questions in this study. So let’s get to scripture...

Daniel 12:5-13
Then I Daniel looked, and, behold, there stood other two, the one on this side of the bank of the river, and the other on that side of the bank of the river. And one said to the man clothed in linen, which was upon the waters of the river, How long shall it be to the end of these wonders? And I heard the man clothed in linen, which was upon the waters of the river, when he held up his right hand and his left hand unto heaven, and sware by him that liveth for ever that it shall be for a time, times, and an half; and when he shall have accomplished to scatter the power of the holy people, all these things shall be finished. And I heard, but I understood not: then said I, O my Lord, what shall be the end of these things? And he said, Go thy way, Daniel: for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end. Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand.

11: And from the time that the daily sacrifice shall be taken away, and the abomination that maketh desolate set up, there shall be a thousand two hundred and ninety days.

Blessed is he that waiteth, and cometh to the thousand three hundred and five and thirty days. But go thou thy way till the end be: for thou shalt rest, and stand in thy lot at the end of the days.

I believe the words are unsealed now as I believe we are in the end-times. We can understand a great deal more now than before and so our understanding of the mysteries of God are more revealed than they were in Daniel’s time. We know several things that must be taken into account with this verse.

  1. The beast gets his power at the abomination of desolation. Revelation 12:13-17 | Revelation 13:2-4
  2. The beast has this power for 42 months (1260 days). Revelation 13:4-5
  3. The beast’s power is taken away upon Christ’s return in glory when he and the false prophet are thrown in the lake of fire. Therefore, Christ returns in glory 1260 days after the abomination of desolation. Revelation 19:20
  4. Daniel 12:1 starts the chapter at the abomination of desolation and marks the beginning of the “time of Jacob’s trouble.” Matthew 24:15-22 | Jeremiah 30:4-7
  5. Israel is protected from the dragon for 1260 days. Revelation 12:14

This eliminates some possibilities for Daniel 12:11 and clarifies many things. There are 1290 days from the abomination of desolation to when? We know the abomination of desolation is “in the midst” of the week according to Daniel 9:27. 1260 days is the exact middle of 2,520 days. (360 x 7) However, scripture places it at 1290 days, or 30 days before the exact middle.

Also, taking into account those times listed above, in order for scripture to not contradict itself, the 1290 days must mark the time from the abomination of desolation to the end of the week because the dragon gets power for 1260 days and Israel is protected from the dragon for 1260 days. We know that the dragon, through the beast, does get Israel for a short time.

Revelation 12:13-16
And when the dragon saw that he was cast unto the earth, he persecuted the woman which brought forth the man child. And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent. And the serpent cast out of his mouth water as a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away of the flood. And the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed up the flood which the dragon cast out of his mouth.

The only way to remedy this apparent contradiction is with the understanding Daniel 12:11 brings, the abomination of desolation and stopping of the daily sacrifice occurs 30 days before the exact middle. This leaves, at most, 30 days from the abomination of desolation for Israel to be attacked by the dragon as prophesied, yet still be protected from him for 1260 days in the wilderness. In this way, the whole council of God is in agreement and there are no contradictions. 2/3 of Israel is killed, Zechariah 13:8-9, and yet 1/3 remnant is still protected. Revelation 12:14

Since Israel’s protection began after the start of the reign of the man of sin and extends for 1260 days, Israel will remain in the wilderness for a short time after Christ has defeated the armies at His return. Since the 70th week of Daniel revolves around God dealing with Israel, it cannot be over until the decreed times are completed meaning that the 1290 days that begins at the abomination of desolation ends marking the end of the 70th week of Daniel and the completion of God’s redemption as Israel is brought out of the wilderness.

Daniel 12:12 gives an additional 45 day period after the 1290 days attached with a blessing. Revelation 19:7-9 I believe that is the marriage supper of the Lamb, where God presents His bride to the guests. Read the study on the ancient Jewish wedding tradition and see how that lines up with Matthew 25:1-13. This timing would be 45 days after the end of the 70th week, providing time for the newly resurrected from Revelation 20:4-5 to attend the marriage supper of the Lamb and meet the bride of Christ when she is presented there according to tradition.

Knowing the facts from scripture above and understanding the abomination of desolation is in the midst of the week, I believe it’s pretty clear that the timeframe is from the abomination of desolation to the end of the 70th week as Daniel 12:11 lays out:

1290 & 1335

We’re given two times in Daniel 12:11, and we must understand Daniel 12’s relationship to Revelation 12 and Daniel 7:25.

Daniel 7:25
And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time.

The 1260 days coincides with the time period that the beast is given his power. It goes from the abomination of desolation to Christ’s return in glory. However, the first 30 days of this 1260 days is specifically for Israel, it is the time of Jacob’s trouble and what Christ was talking about in Matthew 24:15-22, referencing Jeremiah 30:4-7 and Daniel 12:1. We know this because of Revelation 12.

Revelation 12:13
And when the dragon saw that he was cast unto the earth, he persecuted the woman which brought forth the man child.

When the dragon first realizes he’s cast out, who does he go after? The Christians? No, he goes after the woman who bore the man-child.

Revelation 12:14-16
And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent. And the serpent cast out of his mouth water as a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away of the flood. And the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed up the flood which the dragon cast out of his mouth.

Then the woman is protected for 1260 days. Even in her escape, the dragon is focused on the woman. It isn’t until he can no longer get her that his attention turns elsewhere. The first month of the antichrist’s rule is spent trying to wipe out Israel as he’s been trying to do since the beginning.

Revelation 12:17
And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.

30 days after the abomination of desolation, the antichrist can no longer get the woman so his attention turns to the remnant of Israel that wasn’t in Judea to be taken into the wilderness and anyone who holds the testimony of Christ. This is the great tribulation that the church of Thyatira is thrown into. Revelation 2:22 The final 1230 days of the antichrist’s rule is the great tribulation for those who weren’t protected in the wilderness who are Jewish and those who hold the testimony of Christ.

The great tribulation Christ spoke of in Matthew 24:15-22 ends 1260 days before the end of the 70th week because it is specifically for Israel and Israel is protected for the final 1260 days of the 70th week. Revelation 12:14

Daniel 12:6-7 presents a question/answer:
Question:How long shall it be to the end of these wonders?
Answer:...it shall be for a time, times, and an half; and when he shall have accomplished to scatter the power of the holy people, all these things shall be finished.
The power of the holy people is scattered within 1260 days. (Daniel 7:25) This is the same time period of the antichrists reign before Christ’s return in glory. From the AoD to Christ’s return, the power of the holy people will be scattered. The antichrist is given power over everyone on the earth who isn’t taken before God’s wrath.

 

Daniel 12:8-11
Question:And I heard, but I understood not: then said I, O my Lord, what shall be the end of these things?
Answer: And from the time that the daily sacrifice shall be taken away, and the abomination that maketh desolate set up, there shall be a thousand two hundred and ninety days.
From the AoD to the end is 1290 days. The question is about the end of these things and the answer is given in the number of days from the AoD. That means the end is 1290 days after the AoD. This is all centered, not on the scattering of the holy people, but an event in which the antichrist reveals himself. 2 Thessalonians 2:1-4 When does this time period end? 1290 days after the AoD.

There are two time periods with different subjects attached to them. Daniel 9:24 gives us the scope of the 70 weeks prophecy. In that time, one of the conditions to the completion of the 70th week is “to seal up the vision and prophecy.” This means the fulfillment of Bible prophecy in Christ’s return, the resurrection of Revelation 20:4-5 and the sealing of Satan for the millennium. If this is sealing up the vision and prophecy and finishing the 70th week, then the end of the wonders in Daniel 12 would be that same finishing point when prophecy is sealed up, completed.

I also believe that verse 13, “But go thou thy way till the end be: for thou shalt rest, and stand in thy lot at the end of the days.” may suggest the resurrection of Revelation 20:4-5 when all the dead in Christ who were not caught up will be resurrected and standing in their lot. I believe the first resurrection of Revelation 20:4,5 is the last day of the 70th week. The transition of God dealing with Israel as a nation will end at the point when all true Israel is resurrected and alive for the millennium.

I also think this may be a very Jewish promise to “stand in thy lot” since Israel was promised the Promised Land and during the millennium, that promise will be fulfilled completely. The bride of Christ and Gentiles in general aren’t promised earthly land as Israel. I think the Bible is pretty clear on this and when taken into account with everything else, it still fits. Rather than having no framework defining the end of the 1290 day period, I believe the end-time is marked by the subject of the whole last days, the 70th week of Daniel. That’s when I believe the 1290 days ends.