Explaining Daniel 12

Q. In reading your post “Don’t believe anything I tell you”, I have a question about Daniel 12:11-12. I am doing my own research, and need help with how you get periods of 30 and 45 days here. I only see 45 days mentioned. Please explain.

A. From Daniel 12:1 we know that the angel is talking about the Great Tribulation. Jesus used these same words to describe it in Matt. 24:21. When Daniel asked how long it would last the angel said, “It will be for a time, times and half a time.” (Daniel 12:7) This same phrase is used in Rev. 12:14. It means 3 1/2 years. It’s described as 1260 days in Rev. 12:6. So the Great Tribulation is 1260 days long.

Daniel 12:11 speaks of a 1290 day period which is 30 days longer than 1260 days, and in verse 12 he promised a blessing to those who wait for and reach 1335 days. This is 45 days after 1290 days and 75 days after the end of the 1260 day Great Tribulation.

So from the end of the Great Tribulation there will be a 30 day period bringing us to 1290 days and then a 45 day period bringing us to 1335 days. The total from the end of the Great Tribulation to the Millennium is 75 days. Sometime during this period, on a day no one will know in advance, Jesus will return.

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