Updated: Jun 12, 2020
There is much speculation that the prophetic time periods in Daniel and Revelation namely the 1260, 1290 and 1335 days are to be fulfilled some time in the future. The futurist proponents discard the year / day principle of interpreting the prophetic periods in favour of LITERAL time fulfilment - that the 1260, 1290 and 1335 days do not represent years but literal days e.g. 1260 days are 3.5 literal years to be fulfilled at some future time.
Two prophetic time periods in Daniel 12 are connected with the taking away of the "daily" of Daniel 11:31. The taking away of the "daily" has been fulfilled in the past and cannot be reapplied to any future event. The 1290 days & 1335 days, therefore, concern the prophecy of Daniel 11 and marks the very beginnings of Papal Rome. In fact the "Daily" of Daniel 11:31 had to be taken away in order for Papal Rome to appear.
1 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.
2 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.
3 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.
4 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.
5 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.
6 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?
7 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.
8 And I heard, but I understood not: then said I, O my Lord, what [shall be] the end of these [things]?
9 And he said, Go thy way, Daniel: for the words [are] closed up and sealed till the time of the end.
10 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 [sacri- fice] shall be taken away, and the abomination that maketh desolate set up, [there shall be] a thousand two hundred and ninety days.
12 Blessed [is] he that waiteth, and cometh to the thousand three hundred and five and thirty days.
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.
Daniel 12:1-3 continues the prophecy of Daniel 11. During the final events of Daniel 11, Christ will deliver His people. Daniel 12:5-13 gives further detaIls of the prophecy of chapter 11, and additional prophetic periods are attached to the taking away of the “daily” mentioned in Daniel 11:31.
verse 1 Michael rises to deliver His people, every one found written in the book.
Verses 1-3 continue on from the end of chapter 11. When the king of the north rises to destroy the saints there will be a time of trouble such as never was (Matt 24:21). Michael will rise to deliver His people, all who are “found” written in the book of life at the end of the Investigative Judgment (cf. Dan 7:9-10; Exo 32:32; Php 4:3; Rev 13:8; 20:15; 21:27; 22:19).
Michael is another name for the uncreated eternal Son of God. See Appendix. See Appendix on the “Time of Trouble.”
verse 2 Many shall awake in a special resurrection This resurrection contains both saints and sinners. It cannot be the first resurrection
at the Second Coming because ALL who rise in the first resurrection are blessed & holy (Rev 20:6; John 5:28-29; 1Thess 4:16; Matt 24:30-31; 1Cor 15:22-23).
It cannot be the Second resurrection at the end of the 1000 years as ALL who rise in the second resurrection are damned (Rev 20:5).
Dan 12:2 therefore refers to a special resurrection. Those who died in the faith since the beginning of the third angelʼs message, along with those who crucified Christ, will be resurrected to see Christ return (Rev 14:13; Rev 1:7; Matt 26:64).
verse 3 They that be wise shall shine
The margin reads, “they that be TEACHERS shall shine...they that turn many to righteousness...” We should all be sharing the truth according to our abilities.
verse 4 Shut up till the time of the end
Not all of Danielʼs book was shut up. Several things had already been explained. (Dan 2:38; 8:20-21; Matt 24:15). However those parts of Danielʼs book relat- ing to the “time of the end,” such as the 2300 days (Dan 8:17), were closed up so that they could not to be understood until the time of the end.
verse 4 The Time of the end
Verse 4 refers to the “time of the end” mentioned in Dan 11:35. In Dan 11:30-35 the period of Papal supremacy is described as lasting “even to the time of the end.” As the Papal supremancy ended in 1798, the time of the end began in 1798.
Since 1798 the book of Daniel has been unsealed, and knowledge of the prophecies has increased. By the increase of knowledge a people will be prepared to stand in the latter days.
In the time of the end not only has the knowledge of the prophecies increased but the late 1700s & early 1800s also saw a dramatic increase of knowledge in communications, technology and transport. These advances in the Industrial Revolution helped to spread the knowledge that resulted from Danielʼs book opening to menʼs understanding. Knowing that Danielʼs prophecies were to be opened in 1798 Satan redoubled His efforts to oppose the Scriptures. In the 1790s France was thrown into revolution as a result of apostate and corrupt Christianity crushing out reforms that could have averted the uprising. Rome had long misrepresented the character of God, and the people, thinking Romanism was Christianity, rejected both the Bible and its Author. In rejecting Roman Catholicism as a deception the French were led by Satan to regard all religion as a deception and atheism spread. The Bible was abolished for several years in France and the atheistic ideas which then arose paved the way for humanism and evolution which affect much of the world today and have turned many away from the Bible. See on Rev 11.
verses 6-8 How long till the end of these wonders...the end of these things?
These ”wonders” (Heb. pala) refers back tothe events described in Dan 11 such as the “marvellous (Heb. pala) things” spoken “against the God of gods.” Dan 11:36. “These things” also refers back to the
saints falling by the sword, flame and captivity many days. (Dan 11:33). This scattering of the holy people is the same as the persecution of the saints in Dan 7:25, which lasted for 3 1⁄2 “times.”
verses 7-8 Time, times, and an half
An angel said that the wonders would end after a period of 3 1/2 “times,” “AND” after an indefinite scattering period.
The fundamental principles that “scripture interprets scripture” and that Daniel is written using a “repeat and enlarge pattern,” indicates that these 3 1/2 “times” of Daniel 12:7 are the same 3 1/2 “times” of Daniel 7:25. As seen in Daniel 7:25 the 3 1/2 times = 1260 days symbolizing 1260 years. This period began in 538 and ended in 1798.
This pattern of a definite period followed by an indefinite period is seen in Daniel 8:13-14
PATTERN SHOWS THAT THE 3 1/2 times, 1290 and 1335 DAYS REFER TO THE PROPHECY OF DANIEL 11 TO DANIEL 12:4.
In Daniel, the prophetic time periods are given at the end of their related prophecies as a kind of appendix:
Daniel 7: The Prophecy is given in verses 2-14. The time period follows in verse 25 (3 1/2 times)
Daniel 8: The Prophecy is given in verses 2-12. The time period follows in verse 14. (2300 days)
Daniel 11: The Prophecy is given in Daniel 11:2 - Daniel 12:4 The time periods follow in Daniel 12:7, 11, 12. (3 1/2 times, 1290, 1335 days)
This pattern confirms that the 1260, 1290 and 1335 day periods are related to the prophecy of Daniel 11. Further proof showing that the 1290 days & 1335 days concern the prophecy of Daniel 11 is that the 1290 and 1335 days of Daniel 12:11 are said to begin with the taking away of the “daily”, an event described in Daniel 11:31 which resulted in the setting up and reign of Papal Rome. These time prophecies, therefore, cannot be moved from their fulfillments and thrust into the future. They belong to Daniel 11 and not to some future time.
There the question was asked “How long shall be the vision,” and the answer was “Unto 2300 days then shall the sanctuary be cleansed.” A specific period, 2300 days, AND an indefinite cleansing period.
verses 9-10 Sealed up till the time of the end
Those parts of Danielʼs book that related to the time of the end could not be understood till then. Only when the 1260 year reign of the Papal power came to an end could men calculate back to find out when the "daily" had been taken away. In this way God used the fulfilment of one prophecy as a lock to understanding other prophecies.
verse 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.
A prophetic period of 1290 “days” is attached to the taking away of the “daily,” mentioned in Dan 8:11-12, Dan 11:31. As the “daily” was taken away BEFORE the time of the end (See Dan 11:31-35) the 1290 began BEFORE the time of the end.
As the daily was taken away BEFORE the setting up of the “abomination that maketh desolate” - the Papal power (Dan 11:31- 35), the 1290 began BEFORE 538 when the Papal power was set up.
verse 11 The 1290
The “daily” was taken away “TO SET UP” the abomination of desolation - the Papacy (Dan 12:11 margin). As the 1290 days began with events to SET UP the Papacy, the 1290 “days” would apparently end with the ABOLISHING of the Papacy which occurred in 1798.
In order to reach from before the Papacy was set up to its abolition in 1798 the 1290 “days” must represent years, as “days” do in many other prophetic periods in Daniel. See (Eze 4:6; Num 14:34; “Time periods” in this bookʼs Introduction).
Work backward 1290 years from 1798, when the reign of the Papacy ended, we see that the 1290 must have begun in 508. (AD508 + 1290 years = 1798).
In AD508 “arms” (armies) supporting the Papacy took away pagan and Arian anti-papal resistance and helped clear the way for the self-exalting power of the Papacy, here called the “abomination that maketh desolate.”
verse 12 The 1335 days
Another prophetic time period is given. The faithful would need to “wait” till the end of the 1335. “Waiteth” indicates that the 1335 extended beyond the end of the 1290.
Like the 1290 the “days” must symbolize years (Eze 4:6; Num 14:34). Beginning with the taking away of the daily in AD508, the 1335 extended to the year 1843/44. In that very year the proclamation was given that “the hour of Godʼs judgment is come.” See on Rev 14:7; Dan 8:14.
The fact that the 1290 and 1335 both reach significant events if begun in AD508 helps confirm that AD508 is the correct date for the taking away of the daily.
verse 12 The blessing at the end of the 1335The end of the 1335 would see a blessing. Jesus said to the early church, “blessed [are] your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear.” (Matt 13:16-17). As a revelation of a new truth was a blessing to the early church, so those who witnessed the end of the 1335 were also blessed with the revelation of a new truth. The message that the hour of Godʼs Judgment had come was first given in 1843-44 (Rev 14:7), and was a blessing to those who saw and proclaimed it (cf. Rev 14:13).
“Christ said, “Blessed are your eyes, for they see; and your ears, for they hear. For verily I say unto you, That many prophets and righteous men have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them” [Matt. 13:16, 17]. BLESSED are the eyes which saw the things that were seen in 1843 and 1844.” E.G. White, Manuscript Release Vol. 21, p437.
The end of the prophetic periods.
In answer to the question, “How long,” (v 6) Jesus raised His hands, swore by Him that liveth forever and ever and gave three prophetic periods: 1260, 1290, 1335, and Daniel wrote them in his little book.
In Rev 10 John was permitted to behold the end of these periods. He saw Christ with the little book of Daniel open in one hand, raising the other hand, and swear- ing by Him that liveth forever and ever that there should be “time no longer.” The parallels clearly show that this refers to the end of the prophetic periods given to Daniel. See chart.
"The prophecies present a succession of events leading down to the opening of the judgment. This is especially true of the book of Daniel. But that part of his prophecy which related to the last days, Daniel was bidden to close up and seal “to the time of the end.” Not till we reach this time could a message concerning the judgment be proclaimed, based on the fulfillment of these prophecies. But at the time of the end, says the prophet, “many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.” Daniel 12:4." GC 355.3
Again and again have I been warned in regard to time setting. There will never again be a message for the people of God that will be based on time. We are not to know the definite time either for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit or for the coming of Christ. 1SM 188.1
Then I saw in relation to the “daily” (Daniel 8:12) that the word “sacrifice” was supplied by man's wisdom, and does not belong to the text, and that the Lord gave the correct view of it to those who gave the judgment hour cry. When union existed, before 1844, nearly all were united on the correct view of the “daily”; but in the confusion since 1844, other views have been embraced, and darkness and confusion have followed. Time has not been a test since 1844, and it will never again be a test. EW 74.2
The longest time prophecy ended in 1844. There are still some prophetic periods to be fulfilled but none give definite dates (eg the 1000 years of Rev 20; the “one hour” and “one day” of Rev 16, 17, 18).
The day=year principle still exists. The “day” in which Babylon suffers a famine (Rev 18:8) is obviously symbolic. The people of God will not have another message which specifies a definite date.
verse 13 Rest and stand in thy lot
Daniel died and rests in the grave. Today, in his open book, he stands in his lot, bearing his testimony which was opened to our understanding at the end of the days. The days are ended. We live in "the time of the end."
WHAT CAN WE LEARN?
1. History Repeats
As the “arms” of the Franks (French), helped remove anti-papal resistance (the daily”) and brought the Papacy to power, so the “arms” of Apostate Protestant America are taking away anti-papal resistance (Communism, Islam etc.) and setting the stage for a second Papal supremacy.
2. The last scenes are upon us
We are living in the fulfillment of the final scenes of Dan 11. All the players are in place.
3. Prophetic escalation
As France, one of the ten horns, gave its power and strength to the Papacy before turning and abolishing it in 1798, so the 10 horns of Revelation 17 will give their power and strength to the Papacy for one prophetic hour, before all ten turn and destroy- ing it in one hour (See Rev 17:12; 18:10).
The Papacy counterfeits Christ
508 - 538 is THIRTY YEARS. Christ was born in the days of Herod the king but did not begin His ministry until He “began to be about THIRTY YEARS of age...” Luke 3:23.
The Papacy was ʻbornʼ in 508AD but did not begin itʼs ministry until it “began to be about THIRTY YEARS of age.”
"The repeated efforts to find new dates for the beginning and close of the prophetic periods, and the unsound reasoning necessary to sustain these positions, not only lead minds away from the present truth, but throw contempt upon all efforts to explain the prophecies. The more frequently a definite time is set for the second advent, and the more widely it is taught, the better it suits the purposes of Satan. After the time has passed, he excites ridicule and contempt of its advocates, and thus casts reproach upon the great Advent movement of 1843 and 1844. Those who persist in this error will at last fix upon a date too far in the future for the coming of Christ. Thus they will be led to rest in a false security, and many will not be undeceived until it is too late." GC88 456.2
Q: ARE THE TIME PERIODS IN DANIEL 12:5-13 TO OCCUR IN THE FUTURE?
A: NO, FOR THE FOLLOWING REASONS:
1. Structure of the vision:
The vision introduced in Daniel 10 covers Daniel 11:1 to 12:4, and ends with a conclusion, Daniel 12:5-13. The introduction consists of a conversation between Daniel and two heavenly beings. The conclusion to the vision describes the same conversation between Daniel and two heavenly beings. The conclusion mentions many of the things described in the body of the vision (daily being taken away, the papal supremacy etc.). It is a single literary unit. The 1290 & 1335 day periods therefore refer to the content of the vision and begin specifically with the taking away of the daily mentioned in Daniel 11:31. Remember the chapter breaks were inserted by man and not through inspiration. Hence the time prophecies occur after the prophetic vision of Daniel 11 as in chapters 7 and 8.
2. Location of the time periods:
The time periods in Daniel's prophecies are located at the end of the visions:
Vision mentioned in verses 1-14. Time period is given in verse 25.
Vision mentioned in verses 8:1-12. Time period is given in verse 14.
Vision mentioned in Daniel 8 (cf. Dan 9:23). Time period is given in Daniel 9:24
This pattern implies that the time periods in Daniel 12:5-13 are directly related to the vision in Daniel 11. As the 1290 & 1335 begin with the taking away of the daily in Daniel 11:31 which precedes the setting up of the Papal power in 538, the time periods are therefore ENDED.
3. Daniel 7 and the 1260 days:
The three and a half times/1260-day prophetic period is introduced for the first time in Daniel 7:25, in a context that is clearly symbolic. The Biblical principle of studying line upon line indicates that these two references refer to the same period. There is therefore no reason to interpret the same prophetic period literally in Daniel chapter 12:7. Such an approach invalidates the line upon line method of study because of the lack of consistency in its application. Besides, in Daniel 12:7 the time period during which God's enemy persecutes the "holy people" perfectly parallels Daniel 7.
4. Linguistic connections between Daniel 11 and 12: The phrase “ How long [shall it be to] the end of these wonders [Heb. pele from the root pala]?” (Dan. 12:6) refers back to Daniel 11:36, where the same Hebrew root, pala, is used to describe the words of the enemy spoken against God (cf. Daniel 8:24 “...he shall destroy wonderfully [pala], and shall prosper, and practise, and shall destroy the mighty and the holy people.”).
Both passages indicate that this evil power will be successful for a period of time. Daniel 11 deals with the specific time during which this phenomenon takes place and points out that it will come to an end after the enemy breaks the power of "the holy people" (Daniel. 12:7). This same event is described in Daniel 7:25 and 8:24, where the same terminology designates God's servants. Other connections include references to "the wicked" (Daniel 11:32; 12:10), the verbs "to understand" (Daniel 11:33; 12:10), "to refine," "to purify," and "to make spotless" (Daniel 11:35; 12:10).
In Daniel 11:31 and 12:11 the word "daily" is used together with the verb "to abolish/remove." They both use the phrase "the abomination that causes desolation" in conjunction with the verb "to set up." The Biblical principle of studying “line upon line” indicates that they are the same event. There is no ground to argue that these two passages are dealing with different events. By using the same terminology the writer is telling us that the reference is to the same event. Therefore, the time periods mentioned in Daniel 12:11,12 (1290 days and 1335 days) are to be applied to the events described in Daniel 11:31. Daniel 12:7 describes the time of persecution mentioned in chapter 11:32-35.
Defining the historical fulfillment of the 1290 days and the 1335 days is not difficult. First, the 1290 days are associated with the work of God's enemy, mentioned elsewhere. Daniel 7 and Revelation 13:3 indicate that the control exercised by that religious/political power (Papal Rome) over God's people came to an end when Papal Rome received its deadly wound in 1798. That date provides the end for the 1290 years; its starting point would then be A.D. 508, when the Franks defeated the Arian Visigoths. Second, the 1335 days are an extension of the 1290 days, thus indicating that they start at the same time. This means that the 1335 years ended in 1843 /1844.
5. Is a Jesuit futuristic counter-reformation interpretation.
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