Q. I have a few questions about Daniel 12. The one prophecy that seems to create more confusion than clarity among our group is the 75 day period between the end of the great tribulation to the 1335th day. As you know 1260 days equals 42 months or 3-1/2 years, the last time period on the great tribulation. From Daniel 12:11-12 there seems to be 30 days missing. 1290-1260 = 30 days. Then there’s a 45 day period between the end of the 1290 days to the 1335 days. Can you help us understand this?
A. Daniel 12:11-12 says,
“From the time that the daily sacrifice is abolished and the abomination that causes desolation is set up, there will be 1,290 days. Blessed is the one who waits for and reaches the end of the 1,335 days.”
Since the Great Tribulation is clearly 1260 days long (Rev. 12:6), some scholars speculate that some of the “missing” days between 1260 and 1290 will be consumed with waiting for the Lord to appear. Matt. 24:42-44, 50, Matt. 25:13 all say they won’t know the day or hour of His return after the Great Tribulation ends. After He does appear He’ll conduct the 2nd Coming judgments for Israel and the surviving Gentiles. They’re mentioned in Joel 3:1-3 and described in Matt. 24:45-51 (Faithful Servant) Matt. 25:14-30 (Talents) and Matt. 25:31-46 (Sheep and goats). These judgments will consume the rest of the days between 1260 and 1290.
I believe the remaining 45 days will be necessary to cleanse the Temple for use in the Millennium and set up the administrative workings of the Kingdom. Those who make it through these two periods to see the arrival of the Kingdom Age will be truly blessed as Daniel 12:12 promised.