Daniel Chapter 12
Before we get started on Daniel 12, we must first examine other Scriptures which will give us a foundation on which to build. “Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holy day [Feast Day, Amplified Version] or of the new moon [a New Moon celebration, NIV], or of the Sabbath days [Sabbath day, NIV]: which are a shadow of things to come” (Colossians 2:16-17, emphasis added). Even though it
clearly states “let no man therefore judge you” concerning those things mentioned, yet that is what people do when they hear people talking about Feast Days and New Moon Days.
The language used in Colossians 2 tells us that these “are a shadow of things to come.” They are not in the past and have not been done away with, as many have assumed and taught. The use of the word “are” indicates they are still in play. A shadow is cast from the object from which it originates. We know that Jesus was the substance of what the Spring Feast Days foreshadowed. He was the Passover Lamb that was sacrificed on “the preparation day of the Passover” (John 19:14). And He was the “first fruit” offered on the sixteenth day of the first month (1 Corinthians 15:23; Leviticus 23:10-12) when He was resurrected.
In Leviticus 23 it is said, “concerning the feasts of the LORD, which ye shall proclaim to be holy convocations, even these are My feasts” (Leviticus 23:2). Three times we are told “it shall be a statute forever in all your dwellings throughout your generations” (Leviticus 23:21, 31, 41). This is talking about three different feast days or holy convocations (Leviticus 23:4) when God would and still does meet with His people, and we can see from Colossians 2:16-17 that they “are a shadow of things to come.” These include the Feast of Passover (Leviticus 23:5), Feast of Unleavened Bread with the wave sheaf offering (Leviticus 23:6-15), Pentecost (Leviticus 23:16-21), Feast of Trumpets (Leviticus 23:24-25), Day of Atonement (Leviticus 23:27-32), and the Feast of Tabernacles (Leviticus 23:34-36). These “are shadows of things to come.” We will examine these “shadows of things to come” in our study of Daniel 12. There is ample evidence that the disciples observed the Biblical weekly and annual feast days during their lifetime and when Easter was being promoted in the second centruy there were many that stood stiffly for the observance of the Passover which Easter was seeking to replace.
Before the eight-day weekly Julian calendar came into existence, that was the predecessor of the seven-day Roman Calendar which was the predecessor of the Gregorian calendar, there was what is commonly referred to today as the Lunar-solar calendar based on the phases of the moon and the rotation of the earth around the sun and the rotation of the moon around the earth. The yearly feasts of the Bible were determined by this calendar, specifically by the new moon (Psalm 104:19) which included how the weekly Sabbath was determined (Leviticus 23:2-3, Psalm 104:19).
The Biblical calendar established by the LORD at Creation in Genesis 1:14 was the method used to determine the specific times the feast days were to be observed by God’s people. Passover occurred on the fourteenth day of the first month. The Feast of Unleavened Bread occurred on the fifteenth day of the first month and lasted seven days. The Wave Sheaf Offering occurred on the sixteenth day of the first month or the day following the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread which was also a weekly Sabbath. The Feast of Trumpets occurred on the first day of the seventh month. The Day of Atonement occurred on the tenth day of the seventh month. And finally the Feast of Tabernacles occurred on the fifteenth day of the seventh month and lasted for seven days. See Leviticus chapter 23. The months and days of these feast days are determined by the new moon; specifically the Full Moon. The pagan nations surrounding Israel used the counterfeit new moon using the first visible crescent. The goddess Semiramis from ancient Babylon appears with the crescent moon and is worshipped by the pagans.
“He [God] appointed the moon for seasons [mow’ed]” (Psalm 104:19). “And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, seasons [mow’ed], and for days and years” (Genesis 1:14). “Concerning the feasts [mow’ed] of the LORD which ye shall proclaim to be holy convocations, even these are My feasts [mow’ed]” (Leviticus 23:2). In Genesis the only feast day (mow’ed) that was in existence at that time was the weekly Sabbath (Leviticus 23:3).
The Lunar-solar year, which begins in the spring of the year (Exodus 12:2), has twelve and sometimes thirteen months in a year. The Metonic Cycle, which repeats itself every nineteen years, includes twelve twelve-month years and seven thirteen-month years. There are astronomically speaking, six twenty-nine day months and six thirty day months in a twelve month year for a total of approximately 354 days. In a thirteen month year there are approximately 384 days. There is some variation within the years because every other month is not twenty-nine or thirty days. Occasionally, there are two and sometimes three months in a row that have either twenty-nine or thirty days.
The number of days, approximately 164, between the Passover and the Feast of Trumpets have slight variations depending upon how many of the months contain twenty-nine days and how many contain thirty days between the first month and the sixth month.
A twelve-month year of 354 days and two thirteen-month years of 384 days each, equals 1,122 days. Add the 164 days between the Feast of Passover and the Feast of Trumpets to the 1,122 days and we have 1,286 days. Add to that number the ten days between the Feast of Trumpets and the Day of Atonement and you have 1,296 days. Add five days between the Day of Atonement and the Feast of Tabernacles and you have 1,301 days. Now add the possibility of four more days that could be picked up over a three-and-a-half year period for abnormalities (there can be two or three months in succession containing 29 or 30 days) in the months and you come up with 1290 days, 1300 days, and 1305 days. Please take note of these numbers as we will be looking at them throughout this study.
The number of the days falling between the fall feast days is always constant; ten days are between the Feast of Trumpets and the Day of Atonement, and five days are between the Day of Atonement and the Feast of Tabernacles.
Astronomically, a lunar month contains 29.5 days. Theoretically, that would make every other month either 29 days or 30 days long, but it does not always work that way depending on variations in the orbit of the moon around the earth. As I stated earlier, there can be two or even three months in a row that can contain 29 days or 30 days. I personally have seen three months in a row which have contained 29 days or 30 days. So picking up 4 days over a three-and-half year period is very possible. I ask for your patience as we look at this, as I am trying to lay the ground work before we begin looking at Daniel 12.
We read in Daniel 8:19, “And he said, Behold, I will make thee know what shall be in the last end of the indignation: for at the time appointed the end shall be.” Daniel 8:17 reads, “For at the time of the end shall be the vision.” While Daniel 8 is describing events leading up to the time of the end, its main focus is about “the time of the end.” The chapter starts out with the Medes and the Persians and then the Greeks and then leap-frogs into the future with the “little horn” who was identified as “the king of fierce countenance.” Under the description of what takes place during the time of that king, a scenario is described in Daniel 8:9-14. Based on what we discovered in Daniel 8, these verses deal with “the time of the end” when this “king of fierce countenance” is on earth and not about some event in the past. Context must be maintained as we study these chapters. This king of fierce countenance is not the papacy; it is Satan who appears on the earth at the "time of the end."
The phrase “daily sacrifice” is used in verses 11 through 13. The word “sacrifice” is always in italics which indicates that the word is not in the original Hebrew context and was added by the translators. Those verses should read “daily” and not “daily sacrifice.” In verse 8:14, “daily” is not used. When it reads “unto two thousand and three hundred days” in the King James Version, all other translations read “unto two thousand and three hundred evenings and mornings.” “Evenings and mornings” is the proper translation, and you will see why this is important.
What is the “daily” and when and where did it take place? “And thou shall make an altar to burn incense upon: of shittim wood shalt thou make it . . . And thou shalt overlay it with pure gold . . . And thou shalt put it before the veil that is by the ark of the testimony, before the mercy seat that is over the testimony, where I will meet with thee. And Aaron shall burn thereon sweet incense every morning: when he dresses the lamps, he shall burn incense upon it. And when Aaron lights the lamps at even, he shall burn incense upon it” (Exodus 30:1-8, emphasis added).
The ministration of the sanctuary consisted of two divisions: a daily, which we just read about in the above verses, and a yearly service. The “daily” service was performed at the altar of incense in the holy place in the morning and evening as we just saw in the above verses.
The yearly service was on the Day of Atonement. So even though the word “daily” is not used in verse 14, the words “evening and morning” put it in the same light, for it was the “daily” which occurred in the “evening and morning” at the golden altar of incense. Incense was burned in the morning and in the evening on a “daily” basis at the golden altar of incense along with the lamps being trimmed and kept burning.
Daniel 12 is a continuation of the scenario begun in Daniel 8:9-14, and a further commentary on the subject of the “daily,” for in Daniel 12:11, “daily” is once more brought into the discussion and will explain to us what is going to take place at “the time of the end.” In the interpretation of the vision given to us in Daniel 8:20-25, no understanding of what is shown in the vision pertaining to the “daily” is given. Explanations have been given concerning the Medes and Persians and the Greeks but nothing is given about the daily as to what it means and what will occur at “the time of the end.” There has been much speculation, but no explanation from the Scriptures is given which we must have if it is going to carry any validity. We must have our explanations given to us from the Scriptures because there is no private interpretations of the prophecies as stated in 2 Peter 1:20.
Do you remember what we read in Daniel 7:25? “And he shall speak great words against the most High . . . and think to change times” (emphasis added). We have a very big problem in determining what was to happen in connection with the “two thousand and three hundred days.” Just what was to happen in connection with the “two thousand and three hundred days [‘evenings and mornings’]?” “Then shall the sanctuary be cleansed” (Daniel 8:14, emphasis added). In the discussion at the beginning of this chapter we talked about 1,290 days, 1,300 days, and 1,305 days but not about 2,300 days. If the 2,300 days in Daniel 8:14 should have been 1,300 days, do you see how this fits into the scenario? Some will be upset with me for thinking to change what is written here, but I believe I am just changing it back to where it was before it was changed by someone else? Daniel 7:25 is very clear in stating that someone (the papacy) will think to change the times. Is this one of the places where this was done? Did someone else change what was written in Daniel 8:14? You be the judge, but hear the whole matter before you decide who is guilty of changing this time and see if what is being done makes sense when you see the entire picture that is presented to you in this chapter.
When was the earthly sanctuary of the earthly temple cleansed? The typical Day of Atonement occurred every year on the tenth day of the seventh month. The second of the fall feast days was when the sanctuary was cleansed.
All year long the sins that had been confessed on "a kid of the goats" (Leviticus 4:27-28) slain for a sin offering were in type transferred to the earthly sanctuary before the veil separating the holy and the holy of holies. On the Day of Atonement, sins that had been accumulating there were “cleansed” from the sanctuary and confessed over the “scapegoat,” who was led out into the wilderness to eventually die. This service, described in Leviticus 16, was the most solemn service of the yearly feast days, a day when the children of Israel were to “afflict [their] souls” (Leviticus 16:31, 23:28-32). What that service shadowed is seen in Revelation 20:1-3 when Satan is cast back into the "bottomless pit"" which will be discussed when we come to Revelation chapter 20.
The problem is that the “two thousand and three hundred days” do not fit into the scenario given in Daniel 12. Please bear with me, and you will discover a matter that will help us understand the time of the end! Let us just suppose that there is a mistake, whether intentional or unintentional, in what is written here? The Hebrew word ____ is translated as two thousand. It is correctly translated here to the best of my understanding, as it is consistently translated this way twenty-eight times in the Old Testament. However, if the __ (oxhead) was incorrectly placed there, the Hebrew word _____ would read one thousand, and thus the text would read “unto one thousand and three hundred days” instead of “unto two thousand and three hundred days.” As we have previously discussed in this chapter, the Day of Atonement would fall on the 1,300th day following the Passover three and a half years earlier. I am not saying this is the case, but if you will bear with me, I hope to show you what this does to our understanding of this and the related texts found in Daniel 12. Please remember to keep in mind what Daniel 7:25 says. “He will think to change times.” Please note that the Hebrew words would not take on this web site!
When we place the 1,300 days in the time line found in Appendix A of this book, it coincides with Revelation 11:19 which reads: “The temple of God was opened in heaven, and there was seen in His temple the ark of His testament.” The only time that “the ark of His testament” could be seen was on the Day of Atonement which if it should actually be 1,300 days instead of 2,300, agrees with other Scripture.
The rest of Revelation 11:19 matches up with the seventh last plague. “And there were lightnings, and voices, and thunderings, and an earthquake, and great hail.” “And the seventh angel poured out his vial into the air . . . and there were voices, and thunders, and lightnings; and there was a great earthquake . . . and there fell upon men a great hail out of heaven” (Revelation 16:17-21). Both of these portions of Scripture are describing the same event which occurs just prior to the return of Jesus. We all know that the seventh plague occurs just before the return of Jesus and if “the temple of God was opened in heaven,” it was opened at the time of the seventh last plague.
Now that the groundwork has been laid and your thinking has been shaken a bit or seriously challenged, we turn to Daniel 12. “And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which stands 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” (Daniel 12:1, emphasis added).
In Luke 10:20, Jesus tells His disciples, who were elated over the power that had been given them (Luke 10:17-20), “notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven” (Luke 10:20, emphasis added).
In Daniel 12:1, we are reassured that “every one that shall be found written in the book” of life “shall be delivered.” The “great prince” (Daniel 12:1) is the same “prince of the host” (Daniel 8:11) to whom the “little horn” (Daniel 8:9) “magnified himself” (Daniel 8:11), and as we saw, was identified as the “king of fierce countenance” (Daniel 8:23) who was further identified as Satan. The “prince of host,” “the great prince,” and “Michael” are the same. Jesus Christ is the “king of kings and Lord of lords” (Revelation 19:16) and also the Prince of the hosts of heaven and “Prince of the kings of the earth” (Revelation 1:5). It is interesting that Daniel 8 and 12 use the word “prince” to refer to Jesus along with having the term “daily” in common seemingly, and I believe purposefully, tying these two chapters together.
There are prophecies with literal time elements that need to be understood specifically associated with the final events leading up to the second coming of Jesus.
“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” (Daniel 12:4, emphasis added). There have been many interpretations of the phrase “run to and fro.” It is a Hebrew idiom; something not to be taken literally. We have many idioms in the English language. “I have time on my hands” is one of them. This has nothing to do with having time on a hand. We all know what this means because it is a widely used idiom today. “Run to and fro,” in Daniel’s time, meant “thinking upon time,” and connected with that idiom is the statement “and knowledge shall be increased.” From “thinking upon time” we should expect that knowledge regarding the time elements mentioned in Daniel 8 and 12 should be increased. Furthermore, Daniel’s words were to be closed to our understanding until we reach “the time of the end.” As we approach “the time of the end,” our understanding of time will be increased. But what time is this referring to? I suggest to you the times mentioned in Daniel 8:14 and Daniel 12. Daniel 12:9 tells us, “And he said, Go thy way, Daniel: for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end” (emphasis added). Are we in the “last days,” or as it says in Daniel 8:17, 12:4, 9: “the time of the end?”
If we are in “the time of the end,” should we expect those times to be opening up to our understanding? “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” (Daniel 12:10, emphasis added). God does not sprinkle fairy dust over us to magically enable us to understand what is written; we are admonished to “study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth” (2 Timothy 2:15), and the Spirit of God will be guiding us into the truth and showing us things to come (John 16:13). We are to seek approval from God and not the approval of man. Too many want the respect of their fellow man more than they want God’s approval and go along with interpretations that have been handed down through time but are not in harmony with what the Word of God and the Spirit of God teach.
Do you want to be in the wise or the wicked group? If you are in the wise group and do your homework, you will understand, for God’s Spirit will guide you as you hunger and thirst for truth (John 16:13). If you are content with what you understand then you will go away empty. Many are fearful of questioning what they have been taught and refuse to listen to anything contrary to what they have been taught. Many will be surprised when the scenario of last day events they have been taught does not happen in the sequence they have expected to see. The promise to the hungry is, “He hath filled the hungry with good things; and the rich He hath sent empty away” (Luke 1:53) will be realized. Those who think that they are “rich and increased with goods and have need of nothing” (Revelation 3:17) will not understand. As stated earlier: God works on a need-to-know basis, and previous generations did not need to know what the books of Daniel and Revelation were saying to their generations because what was shown to Daniel and John will be taking place during our lifetime at “the time of the end.” We are told "For verily I say unto you, That many prophets and righteous men have desired to see those things which you see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which you hear, and have not heard them" (Matthew 13:17).
God has promised in John 16:13 to give us His Spirit to guide us into all the “present truth” for the times in which we are living and to show us things to come. Jesus asked this question found in Matthew 24:45: "Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his Lord hath made ruler over His household, to give them meat in due season?" We need to be faithful in doing what Jesus asks us to do; "to give them meat in due season." If Jesus gives us a task we need to be faithful in doing it. Is He not faithful to do as He has promised? “God is not a man, that He should lie; neither the son of man, that He should repent: hath He said, and shall He not do it? Or hath He spoken and shall He not make it good?” (Numbers 23:19). The "meat in due season" is truth that is relevant for the present time; "present truth" (2 Peter 1:12). There are many precious truths found in the Word of God, but in every generation there is "present truth."
Deuteronomy 23:21-23 tells us it is better to not make a vow than to make a vow and not fulfill it and we must “keep and perform it.” If God expects this of His children, we have the assurance He will do as He has promised: “For He is faithful that promised” (Hebrews 10:23) and is not a hypocrite Who tells us to do one thing, and then He does just the opposite. He holds Himself to the same standard as He holds us to.
In the coming conflict we are about to enter or may have already entered, depending on when you are reading this book, you will need an unshakeable confidence in God! It is not so much what we know, as Who we know that will carry us through “the time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation” (Daniel 12:1). Knowing that God is completely dependable and can be trusted fully is a must if we are to go through to the end.
The only thing worse than the forthcoming “time of trouble” was the flood at the time of Noah. We have no known history of the earth before the flood other than what the Bible tells us, but “nations,” as mentioned in Daniel 12:1 came about after the flood and after the time of the tower of Babel. In Revelation 14, mention was made of Babylon, and as we study further in Revelation, Babylon will become a subject of deep interest.
I was in Vietnam between October 1968 and June 1970. Everyone I knew who was there had a short-timer’s calendar; you were assigned for one year to Vietnam unless you were as stupid as I was and volunteered to extend that time. I did that so I could get out of the service five months early. My base where I was stationed was very secure, and I always knew how many days I had left “in country” unless I was seriously wounded or killed. Most of us eagerly looked forward to getting out of Vietnam. I sometimes wonder if we are as eager to leave this sin-ridden world where Satan rules to the extent permitted by God, or have we become so accustomed to living our lives here that we do not realize something is wrong here and that there is something infinitely better awaiting us?
Can you see how this applies to us living in the last days? Vietnam was a “walk in the park” compared to what we will be facing at the time of the end, but knowing the length of time left until the return of Jesus to rescue us will encourage us on our way and not give rise to false expectations.
I had the most gnarly drill sergeant when I went through basic training. Upon graduation, some of us visited with him, and he said if he had not been so hard on us, we would not have had a chance if we went to Vietnam. We were undisciplined and unaccustomed to hardship and ignorant about what we would face there. He had tried to prepare us to come home alive; that threw a new light on “basic training.”
God has been preparing many of us through life’s experiences in order that we might fight the good fight of faith and be rescued in the end. The Bible talks about “our light affliction, which is but for a moment [in time], works for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory” (2 Corinthians 4:17). We should embrace trials, not shun them, for they will make our future trials much less severe.
The Bible talks about our feet becoming like “hind’s [a deer which lives in mountainous terrain] feet.” “The LORD God is my strength and He will make my feet like hind’s feet, and He will make me to walk upon mine high places” (Habakkuk 3:19). God has high goals, expectations, and desires for us, and if we can endure the discipline, we shall reach His desire for us.
Certain events are connected with the time prophecies of Daniel 8 and 12. In Daniel 12:7, we read, “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 swore by Him that lives forever that it shall be for a time [360 days], times [720 days], and a half [180 days]; and when he shall have accomplished to scatter the power of the holy people, all these things shall be finished” (emphasis added).
In Daniel 8:24, the “little horn” was identified as Satan who “shall destroy the mighty and the holy people.” When Satan does so “all these things shall be finished.” When and how this takes place is described in Revelation 11:7.
Some have said that this time period mentioned in Daniel 12:7 ended in 1798, but can this be true? What takes place at the end of the 1260 days (“time, times, and an half”) mentioned in Daniel 12:7? Satan “destroys the mighty and the holy people” (Daniel 8:24). “He shall have accomplished to scatter the power of the holy people, all these things shall be finished” (Daniel 12:7). This did not happen in 1798, did it? Were “all these things . . . finished” in 1798? The Word of God was only beginning to be circulated in an unprecedented manner at that time, and the Church of God was experiencing liberties and freedom that were unknown before to proclaim the truths of the Bible . Satan was not scattering “the power of the holy people” in 1798, but he will at the end of time, after the literal 1260 days from the first global earthquake.
“And from the time that the daily sacrifice shall be taken away, and [until] the abomination that makes desolate set up, there shall be a thousand two hundred and ninety days” (Daniel 12:11). We asked earlier: what is the “daily?” The Bible mentions “daily sacrifice” and it was shown that the word “sacrifice” is in italics and is not in the original manuscripts translated from. Where does the “daily” take place? When does it take place? “And thou shall make an altar to burn incense upon: of shittim wood shalt thou make it . . . And thou shalt overlay it with pure gold . . . And thou shalt put it before the veil that is by the ark of the testimony, before the mercy seat that is over the testimony, where I will meet with thee. And Aaron shall burn thereon sweet incense every morning: When he dresses the lamps, he shall burn incense upon it. And when Aaron lights the lamps at even, he shall burn incense upon it” (Exodus 30:1-8).
The "daily" took place at the golden altar of incense in the holy place in the morning and in the evening. The earthly sanctuary was made after the pattern of the heavenly sanctuary (Hebrews 8:5). Can we discover when the heavenly “daily” is taken away? We saw in Daniel 7:26 that a heavenly event was accompanied by an earthly event. “But the judgment shall sit [the heavenly event], and they shall take away his dominion” [an earthly event] – taking away the papacy’s power when the pope was imprisoned by the French army in AD 1798. When this occurred, it signaled that the judgment of mankind had begun in heaven in AD 1798.
In Revelation 8:2-5, we read, “And I saw the seven angels which stood before God; and to them were given seven trumpets. And another angel came and stood at the altar, having a golden censer; and there was given unto him much incense, that he should offer it with the prayers of all saints upon the golden altar which was before the throne. And the smoke of the incense, which came with the prayers of the saints, ascended up before God out of the angel’s hand. And the angel took the censer, and filled it with fire of the altar, and cast it unto the earth: and there were voices, and thunderings, and lightnings, and an earthquake” (emphasis added).
We saw in Exodus 30:1-8 the “daily” took place at the golden altar just as we see this angel with the golden censer standing at the golden altar. What is the significance of his casting the golden censer down to the earth? Is the “daily” being taken away as mentioned in Daniel 12:11? If that is true, then the global earthquake that is accompanied by “voices, thunderings and lightnings,” is the earthly event that signifies that the “daily” has been taken away, the heavenly event. We can follow what is going on in heaven by witnessing events taking place here on the earth!
The 144,000 have been sealed or will be sealed at this time and will receive the “latter rain” power of Spirit of God. This earthquake will occur on the preparation day of the Passover (John 19:14) which occurred in the first month of the Biblical calendar. “Be glad then, ye children of Zion, and rejoice in the LORD your God: for He hath given you the former rain moderately, and He will cause to come down for you the rain, the former rain, and the latter in the first month” (Joel 2:23, emphasis added). The “former rain” fell at the beginning of the planting and the “latter rain” fell at the harvest time to bring the crops to ripeness. We are at the end of this earth’s history when the wheat and tares will reach peak ripeness before they are harvested as shown in Revelation 14:14-20.
The starting point (event) for the 1290 days is the first global earthquake, and the ending event is “the abomination that makes desolate set up” (Daniel 12:11). Twelve hundred and ninety days after the first global earthquake until the abomination that makes desolate lands on the Feast of Trumpets which occurs on the first day of the seventh month. This is also the starting point for the "time, times, and a half" of Daniel 12:7.
The starting point for the 2,300 days (which I believe should be 1,300 days) is the same global earthquake which is accompanied by “voices, thunderings and lightnings.” And 1,300 days from the preparation day for the Feast of Passover (John 19:14), when the first global earthquake occurs, will fall on the Day of Atonement, approximately three and a half years later on the tenth day of the seventh month according to the Biblical calendar, when the sanctuary is to be cleansed. This will occur ten days after the "abomination of desolation."
The starting event for 1335 days mentioned in Daniel 12:12 is also the first global earthquake. Here is a second problem I would like you to consider with me. Again, remember what Daniel 7:25 stated. He shall think to change “times.” What if the Hebrew word ____ for “thirty” should not be there? Again, I am not saying it should or that it should not be, but when you see what is about to occur when we use 1,305 days instead of 1,335, you will see where I am going with this and why. Please note the Hebrew word would not take on this webn site.
As discussed earlier in this chapter, the fall feast days occur on specific days of the Biblical calendar which are determined by the moon. The fall feast days occur on the first, the tenth, and the fifteenth day of the seventh month. When you take the preparation day for the Feast of the Passover (John 19:14), on the thirteenth day of the first month as the starting point, when the first global earthquake occurs, for the 1,290, 1,300, and 1,305 days and use the Metonic cycle as discussed earlier in this chapter, the fall feast days approximately three and a half years later are 1,290 days for the Feast of Trumpets (when the “abomination of desolation" occurs), 1,300 days for the Day of Atonement (when the sanctuary is cleansed), and 1,305 days for the Feast of Tabernacles (when I believe the special resurrection mentioned in Daniel 12:2 will occur).
I do not know if this is compelling evidence for challenging what is written in the Bible about the 2,300 days and 1,335 days, but it certainly makes one think, especially when Daniel 7:25 is taken into consideration. If your thinking has not been seriously challenged up to this point in our study together of Daniel and Revelation, this certainly will. The conclusions of what occurs when these changes are made are compelling, but only time will determine whether there is any merit to this. When you put these dates into the timeline in Appendix A, they fit like a glove. If the global earthquake, signaling the end of the “daily” occurs on the Feast of the Passover (actually on the preparation day for the Passover [John 19:14]), I can guarantee the events connected to the 1,290 days, 1,300 days, and 1,305 days are correct as well.
As we have already seen, on the Day of Atonement, which occurred on the tenth day of the seventh month, the sanctuary was cleansed. As you look at the scenario just given you, the 1,300 days lands on the Day of Atonement when the sanctuary is to be cleansed (Daniel 8:14). If you use the Metonic cycle with two thirteen-month years and one twelve-month year and begin at the preparation day of the Passover (John 19:14) on the thirteenth day of the first month and approximately three and a half years later (1,300 days) you arrive at the Day of Atonement on the tenth day of the seventh month.
Remember that when the sanctuary is cleansed, the sins that had been accumulating over the previous year were removed from the sanctuary before they were placed on the scapegoat. The scapegoat is Satan, who will take the final punishment for the sins of God’s people from throughout history which have been forgiven. On this day the announcement found in Revelation 22:11 is declared: “He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still.” There is no more atonement that can be made for mankind. The atonement has been made, and it is now too late for anyone to change their mind and this takes place when the seventh last plague occurs.
In Revelation 20:1-3, Satan was confined to the “bottomless pit” by an angel; in the Old Testament, this was symbolized by the taking of the scapegoat by a strong man outside the camp to a land not inhabited, which will be the state of the earth for the one thousand years following Jesus' return. This was done in type and pictured for us in Leviticus 16:20-22. The wicked have been destroyed by the brightness of Jesus' return and the righteous have been taken to heaven, so all of the earth’s inhabitants are gone for the 1,000 years.
What is “the abomination that makes desolate?” We have discussed this previously, and we will be addressing this subject again in later chapters. The early Christians believed that they saw “the abomination that makes desolate” spoken of in Daniel 11:31 when Titus’ armies surrounded Jerusalem (Matthew 24:15; Mark 13:14), and they were then to flee from Jerusalem at their earliest possible opportunity. When they saw this fulfilled in their day, they fled, and from what we know, not one Christian was killed or captured when Jerusalem was overthrown in AD 70. This abomination that the disciples were warned of is found in Daniel 11:31 and is not the same as the one mentioned in Daniel 12:11 that we have been discussing. The "abomination that makes desolate" which we are to be concerned with is mentioned in Daniel 11:31 and is when Satan sets up his throne in Jerusalem.
The earthly “daily” was taken away on the preparation day of the Feast of Passover (see John 19:14) when Jesus was crucified. All the sacrifices which were offered in the earthly ceremonies were typical of the sacrifice Jesus would make in His atonement for sin and were patterned after the heavenly sanctuary service. The earthly sacrifices had no more merit after that Sacrifice was made because they were “shadows” of His Sacrifice. When Jesus died, an earthquake signaled His death which made void the earthly system of sacrifices which included the “daily,” just as an earthquake will occur at the time the heavenly “daily” is done away with. "And behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain [two] from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent" (Matthew 27:51, Mark 15:38, Luke 23:45). The earthly system of sacrifices and oblations was done away with at that time.
Will this earthquake mentioned in Revelation 8:5 accompanied by "voices, and thunderings and lightnings occur on a preparation day of the Passover (Daniel 12:11; Revelation 8:2-5; John 19:14)? Remember that the earthly sanctuary service was patterned after the heavenly sanctuary (Hebrews 8:5).
“Blessed is he that waits, and cometh to the thousand three hundred and five and thirty days.” (Daniel 12:12) And if it should read one thousand and three hundred and five days instead of “the thousand and three hundred and five and thirty days” as translated in the Bible, this will reach to the first day of the Feast of Tabernacles.
Those who come to that day are to be blessed. The people who died under the proclamation of the third angel’s message are also said to be blessed. Will they be blessed by the same event? “Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth” (Revelation 14:13). Those who have been put to death during the third angel’s message of Revelation 14 will be resurrected to witness the return of Jesus. The Feast of Tabernacles was a time of great rejoicing and occurred at “harvest time.” Jesus, at this time, is about to harvest the redeemed from this earth (Revelation 14:16-18).
In Daniel 12:2, we read, “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.” This is a special resurrection apart from the resurrection mentioned in 1 Thessalonians 4:13-17; only the righteous are resurrected at that resurrection. The resurrection in Daniel 12:2 has both the lost (“some to shame and everlasting contempt”) and the righteous (“some to everlasting life”) being resurrected.
In Revelation 1:7 shows that certain of the wicked are to be resurrected. “Behold He cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see Him, and they also which pierced Him” (emphasis added). God will not disappoint those who had looked forward to Jesus' return even though they are put to death for not worshipping the beast or receiving his mark during the last days. They will be resurrected to watch Him return along with certain of the wicked, especially those who crucified Him.
In recent years there has been a revival of the observance of the yearly feast days as given in Leviticus 23, including the weekly feast day – the Lunar-solar Sabbath (Leviticus 23:3). The children of Israel were commanded to come to the three annual week long feasts each year. While I do not believe we are to go to Jerusalem to observe these feast days, I do believe we need to gather on them. The weekly and the annual feast days were set apart times for God to meet with His people, and so they still are. “Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, Concerning the feasts of the LORD, which you shall proclaim to be holy convocations, even these are My feasts . . . These are the feasts of the LORD, even holy convocations, which you shall proclaim in their seasons” (Leviticus 23: 2, 4). These are times in which God meets with His people and pours out His Spirit upon them. These are the times that He has set aside to be with His people, just as some earthly parents set aside times to be with their children.
God’s children in these last days need to gather together because of the tumultuous events which are to occur at that time. On the preparation day of the Passover, Jesus, by His sacrifice, did away with the earthly “daily” that had pointed to His sacrifice. On a preparation day of the Passover in the future, Jesus will end the heavenly “daily” marked by the first global earthquake and the countdown can begin.
On the sixteenth day of the first month, the wave sheaf offering was made; “a sheaf of the firstfruits of your harvest” (Leviticus 23:10). In 1 Corinthians 15:23 we are told that “The Messiah the first-fruits: afterward they that are Christ's at His coming.” As the “firstfruit” Yahushua ascended to heaven prior to appearing to all the apostles (John 20:17). We are told of another “first-fruits” in Revelation 14:4; the 144,000. Are the 144,000 the wave sheaf offering at the end of time and the “great multitude” the main harvest at the end of time? The 144,000 will ascend to heaven three and a half days after they are put to death and brought back to life (Revelation 11:11-12) and presented to Yahuwah as the “firstfruit” (Revelation 15:1-8).
The original feast days in the first month were all shadows of Jesus and His mission on the earth at His first Advent. When we are told in Colossians 2:16-17 that the feast days “are a shadow of things to come” do you see the relevance of what this chapter has been trying to bring out? Will the heavenly “daily be taken away” on the Passover (the preparation day of the Passover [John 19:14]) marked by the first global earthquake?
When in the future will these events occur? Can we know? Many quote the verse that says, “But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father” (Mark 13:32). Some verses mention only the day will not be known. Did Jesus mean by this to say that we will never know the day or hour? Will He never know the time of His return? For forty-four years I have heard “He is coming soon.” Sometimes we can play right into the Devil’s hands and not even know it. It is like the little boy that hollered “wolf, wolf” when there was no wolf. He hollered it so often that people eventually ignored him. Then one day the wolf showed up and when he hollered “wolf, wolf” the people ignored him to his demise. I can remember hearing one sermon some 10-15 years ago in which the minister said Jesus was coming soon, and it could be only months. That was 10-15 years ago!
I am fearful that is what is happening in the world today. People have become so accustomed to hearing the phrase “Jesus is coming soon” and are turning a deaf ear to those words. Or they have waited for so long that they may have thought themselves deceived. How long is soon? The Devil is a master at playing with our minds and deceiving us. There is a reason Revelation 12:9 tells us “the devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world.” He has many tricks that he has perfected over the 6,000 years he has been deceiving mankind. I was not going to include this portion in this book but when God disturbs your sleep to get His point across to you, I have no other choice but to follow and do what He tells me to do. When He calls we must respond to Him (Isaiah 65:12, 66:4).
I believe from my studies which can be found at the following link http://globalimpactstudies.com/jubilee-years---charts-1-and-2.html you will see there is evidence to substantiate what I am about to tell you. There is only one period of time in the near future where these days can reach their fulfillment of 1,290, 1,300, and 1,305 days on the days of the Biblical calendar and that period is AD 2027 to AD 2030. It is a seven part study with charts showing the evidence that I base these dates on. They would be difficult to include in this book. The above link is Part 1 of the seven part study and the rest of the study can be accessed at the bottom of each study. I do not like to have unrealistic expectations and I hope you do not either!.
“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 [a Jewish idiom for thinking upon time], and knowledge shall be increased” (Daniel 12:4). If the knowledge was to be sealed up until “the time of the end,” and what you have just read is true, do you think we are on the verge of seeing for ourselves all that Daniel and John in Revelation saw in vision? Go, Tell the World of Their Danger!
- 1. What event occurs when the heavenly "daily" is taken away?
- 2. What event occurs at the 1,290th day?
- 3. What events occurs at the 1,300th day?
- 4. What events occurs at the 1,305th day?
- 5. Do the yearly fest days mentioned in Leviticus chapter 23 still have meaning to us today?
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