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The 1260 Days
Dan. 11:45 And he [the King of the North] shall
(1) plant the tents of his pavilion between the seas at the glorious holy mountain… 12:1 And at that time…there shall be
(2) a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation unto that same time…
Matt. 24:15 Therefore when you see
(1) the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in a holy place… 21 …then shall be
(2) great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world until this time…
2 Thes 2:3 …the man of sin, the Son of Perdition, 4 who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called a god or that is worshiped…
(1) sits as a god in the naos/sanctuary/holy place of God, exhibiting himself that he is a god.
These verses describe the events that lead up to an unprecedented “time of trouble/great tribulation,” which is ultimately caused by the placing of an abomination of desolation (idolatrous image or person) upon Jerusalemʼs holy mountain.
The passages below describe the time period that follows, in which both a persecution and an escape of Godʼs peoples occur, which must be endured for 1260 days.
Dan. 12:6 Until when the end/fulfillment of these wonders?
1) 7 …unto a time, times, and a half [= 3½ times/1260 days]; and when
2) the hand/power of the holy people has been completely shattered/scattered, all these things shall be finished.
Dan. 7:25 And he [the Little Horn] shall speak great words against the most High, and shall afflict the saints of the most High, and intend to change times and law: and they [the saints/holy people] shall be given into his hand
1) until a time and times and the dividing of time [= 3½ times/1260 days]. … 21 I was watching, and
2) the same horn was making war against the saints, and prevailing against them…
Rev. 13:5 And there was given to it [the Beast] a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and authority was given to him [the Mouth/Spokesman] to act
1) forty-two months [= 3½ times/1260 days]. 6 And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God…
2) 7 And it was given to him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them…
We see above that the persecution of the saints on earth shall be for 1260 days. This period seemingly begins with the Great Tribulation, commencing right after the placing of the Abomination of Desolation, but possibly begins some number of days later.
The Relationship of the 1260 and the 1290 Days
Standard translation of Daniel 12:11-12
Dan. 12:11 And from the time that the daily/continual service shall be taken away, and an abomination of desolation is set up, there shall be 1290 days. 12 Blessed is he who waits, and comes to the 1335 days.
Literal translation of Daniel 12:11-12
And from the time the daily/continual service has been caused to be taken away and/even to the placing of an abomination of desolation: 1290 days. Blessed/happy is the one who earnestly waits, and comes/attains to 1335 days.
The standard translation suggests that the 1290 days follow the Abomination of Desolation, and therefore apparently include the 1260 days in some way. But this translation completely ignores the “to the” in the literal text, and misinterprets the infinitive “placing.”
The literal translation indicates that the 1290 days precede the Abomination of Desolation. In contrast, the 1260 days until “the end of these wonders,” during which period “the hand [power] of the holy people [shall be] completely shattered/scattered,” does not begin until their flight into the wilderness, which occurs after the Abomination of Desolation. Dan. 12:1; Matt. 24:15-16, 21
Both the wilderness escape and the 1260 days are found in Revelation 12:
Rev. 12:5 Then the Woman fled into the wilderness, where she has there a place having been prepared from/apo God, that they should
1) feed her there for 1260 days. …
2) 14 And to the Woman was given two wings of the great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness into her place, where she is nourished for a time and times and a half time away from/apo the face of the serpent.
This period was foreshadowed in type during the Exodus. On the first Passover, the LORD sent the Destroyer to defile Egyptʼs temples with the corpses of Egyptʼs slain firstborn. These included Pharaohʼs firstborn son, worshiped as the god Horus, and the Apis bull-calf, another firstborn and god. See Ex. 12:12, 23, 29. Immediately afterward, all the Israelites fled into the wilderness, during which escape the LORD “bore [them] on eaglesʼ wings” (Ex. 19:4), and fed them with manna. Compare Rev. 12:14 above.
The Events During, and the Fulfillment of, the 1260 Days
This will be a turbulent time on earth, with much going on. The first Six Seals of Revelation will be rapidly fulfilled, as they were in type during the Exodus. From the Passover escape unto the LORDʼs descent upon Mount Sinai, when He called up Moses and Joshua into His Presence, only 53 days elapsed. The Latter Day escape, up to the day when Jesus descends in clouds to call up the elect into His Presence, will apparently be just 45 days. (Explained in The 1290 and 1335 Days of Daniel 12:11-12.)
At Mount Sinai, none of the fearful, weak-spirited Israelites and mixed multitude among them were able to approach the LORD. Likewise in the End Times, all of the fearful and weak-spirited Christians and Jews will “turn away from Him who speaks from heaven,” Jesus. Heb. 12:25 These, like the earlier Israelites, will be tested and purged of their world-loving ways during the remainder of the 1260 days.
Those days will include Revelationʼs Seventh Seal and the immediately-following Seven Trumpets. All throughout this period, the Two Witnesses of Revelation 11 –
Rev. 11:3 1) …will prophesy 1260 days, having been clothed in sackcloth. …
2) 5 And if anyone wants to harm them, fire proceeds out of their mouth and devours their enemies. … 6 These have power to shut heaven, so that no rain falls in the days of their prophecy; and they have power over waters to turn them to blood, and to strike the earth with all plagues as often as they may choose.
The same types of miracles were performed in the Exodus era by Godʼs two witnesses of that day, Moses and Aaron.
As shown in the first section above, 1260 days will also be the length of the depredations of Daniel 7ʼs Little Horn = Revelation 13ʼs Mouth/Spokesman of the Beast.
Dan. 7:26 But the heavenly court shall be seated, and they shall take away his dominion, to consume and destroy it forever. 27 Then the kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdoms under the whole heaven, shall be given to the people of the saints of the Most High. … 13 I was watching in the night visions, and behold, one like a son of a mortal, coming with the clouds of heaven! He came to the Ancient of Days, and they brought Him near before Him. 14 Then to Him was given dominion and glory and a kingdom, that all peoples, nations, and languages should serve Him.
These events are the same ones foretold to take place at the Seventh Trumpet:
Rev. 11:15 Then the seventh angel sounded, and there were loud voices in heaven, saying, “The kingdom of this world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ, and He shall reign forever and ever!” … 17 …You have taken Your great power and reigned. 18 …And the time…came to reward Your servants the prophets and the saints…”
A comparable Divine judgment and then immediate establishment of Godʼs earthly rule took place during the Exodus. That event, Korahʼs rebellion and the consequences thereof, took place over a period of four days. Four days will likewise cover the length of time from the assassination of the Two Witnesses up through their subsequent resurrection and exaltation. See Numbers 16-17 and Revelation 11:7-13.
Although the Kingdom of God will thereafter be “on earth as it is in heaven” among the remnant of His earthly saints, much of the earth will still be enthralled by the Beast. The worldwide establishment of the Kingdom will not come until well after the 1260 days and the Seventh Trumpet. That final judgment and ultimate establishment of Divine order upon earth will take place at the Seventh Bowl.
The same sequence can be seen in the Exodus. There was a long period, a generation, that needed to pass before the LORD was able to whip the Israelites into shape well enough to battle, with the LORDʼs active help, the assembled kings gathered together against them on ʻJoshuaʼs Long Day.ʼ Josh. 10
A similar long period will pass before a comparable alliance of kings will gather against Latter Day Israel. That concluding battle, on another long day when “at evening time…it shall be light” (Zech. 14:7), will be fought at the Seventh Bowl judgment: ʻthe Battle of Armageddon.ʼ At that time, Israel will again fight against an assembly of kings, again with the LORDʼs active help.
Exactly the same sequence of End Time events is allegorically portrayed elsewhere in Israelite history: see The Kingdoms of Solomon and Jesus Christ.