Daniel 12. A Year For A Day?

Q. I have a question concerning the mention of 1290 days and the mention of 1335 days in Daniel chapter 12. Are we talking literal days in the tribulation or is Daniel referring to days meaning years. Between the time of the Muslims not allowing the Jews to sacrifice ( prayer ) at the wall and resuming after the 1967 six day war was approximately 1290 years. If you add 45 days ( years ) to that, one would come up with the year 2012 when the abomination that causes desolation is set up and sacrifice is removed again. In your opinion – is there any merit to this idea? I just heard this theory but I can’t quite justify it in my mind yet. This theory also sets up the rapture to take place after the tribulation starts. That would also mean that the peace agreement would be signed fairly soon — like this year.

A. Daniel 12:1 says, “At that time Michael, the great prince who protects your people, will arise. There will be a time of distress such as has not happened from the beginning of nations until then.” Jesus used the exact same words in describing the Great Tribulation in Matt. 24:21. Then in verse 2 Daniel described the resurrection of believing Jews at the end of the Great Tribulation. So the context of Daniel 12 is the Great Tribulation and the time immediately thereafter. Therefore, there’s no justification for applying the year for a day formula.

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