Except Those Days Be Shortened

Q. I would like to know what your thoughts are on the following…
We know that the “Great Tribulation” is 1260 days. How does this figure fit in with MATTHEW 24: 22 “And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened.”

From the above are we to conclude that the “Great Trib” will be shorter than the 1260 days, or, does the 1260 day period include what Jesus said here in Matthew?

A. In Both the Old (Dan. 7:25, 12:7) and New Testaments (Rev. 11:2, 12:6, 12:14), the Great Tribulation is described as being either 1260 days, 42 months, or 3 1/2 years long. These are all equivalent times in a 360 day year, the length of God’s original calendar.

Since the Bible cannot contradict itself, the Lord could not have been suggesting that the actual time would be something less. Therefore He must have been saying that if He allowed it to continue to its ultimate conclusion no human being would survive, but for the sake of the Elect He would bring it to an end at its appointed time, 1260 days after it begins.

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