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Daniel’s 70 Weeks Prophecy and the 1260 DAYS

05 Mar

Daniel 12:1 tells of a war and a time of trouble like no other period in human history. Perhaps deep down we have the desire to live in this critical time period about which the Scriptures write, or maybe we just imagine, because we are so far advanced scientifically, that these terrible times MUST be in or near our day. Daniel 12:7 says this critical period will last for a time (1 year), times (two additional years) and a half a time (or half a year), in other words 3 ½ years in all. If we would imagine a period in human history when evil is or was so great, it is singled out in Scripture as a time like no other since there was a nation, when would that be? Would it be the time at the end of our present age? We certainly live in perilous times, but wouldn’t the most evil and terrible time of human history be when we crucified our Savior? Think about it. Jesus came to save us, and we killed him. If God didn’t resurrect him and forgive us, we would have no hope—not a snowball’s chance in the hell-fire!

Consider what the Scriptures say about this period. It is a time when “everyone found written in the book” will be delivered (Daniel 12:1). It was a time when the righteous would turn many to righteousness (Daniel 12:3). Didn’t the apostles do this and don’t their writings continue to do so even today? And, when did Jesus deliver us? Wasn’t it when he was crucified, and doesn’t his life dwelling within us today guarantee our eternal salvation? Is there anything that needs to be added to what Jesus had done to complete the work of salvation or was it finished long ago? I hope we can agree that Jesus’ work is complete. Nothing can be added to it to make our future more certain, nor can anything be taken from it to put our salvation in jeopardy.

The same time of which Daniel writes is referred to again in Revelation 11:3, concerning the period of the ministry of the Two Witnesses and is stated there said to be 1260 days or 3 ½ prophetic years. Revelation 12:6 also shows this time period is 1260 days and reveals it to be a time of war when Michael casts the dragon (Satan, the devil) out of heaven (cp. Luke 10:18). This period is also a time when God’s people are protected. When Jesus prayed to his Father in John 17:12, he said that he kept everyone safe that he was given (cp. John 18:9). No one was lost except Judas that the Scriptures might be fulfilled.

The problem concerning any prophecy like this one is in knowing when to begin counting the days. I could say I found the answer to this particular problem quite by accident, but I was praying about these matters, so I don’t really believe I came by this understanding by accident! God helped me to see that there are exactly 1260 days counting from one of the autumn Jewish Holy Days found in Leviticus chapter 23 to the Passover day thre and one half years later, and the very day upon which Jesus was crucified. I counted 1260 days from the Last Great Day (22nd of the 7th month of the Jewish calendar), 27 CE, near the beginning of Christ’s ministry to his crucifixion on Passover Day, the 14th of Nisan 31 CE. The Last Great Day was the day on which he was accused of casting out demons by Beelzebub (Matthew 12:24), and when Jesus refuted their claims, they sought a sign (Matthew 12:38). Nevertheless, Jesus told them no sign would be given but the sign of the prophet, Jonah. Just as he was in the belly of the whale for three days and three nights, so too would Jesus be dead for the same period of time, but would rise again to complete the sign (Matthew 12:39-40).

Daniel 9:27 says the Messiah would confirm the (New) Covenant for one week (of years), but he would be cut off in the midst of that week (of years). In other words he would die 3 ½ years into the 70th week of Daniel’s 70 Weeks Prophecy. Jesus confirmed the covenant for 1260 days from the Last Great Day—the 22nd of the 7th month, 27 CE to Passover Day—the 14th of the 1st month, 31 CE. Concerning the remainder of the week, it can be found HERE. but for now anyone who wishes to count the days against the Jewish calendar may do so in the graph provided below. May God open our hearts and minds to his holy word and give us understanding as we consider these things that point to Jesus and our salvation.

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Month 27 CE 28 CE 29 CE 30 CE 31 CE Total
1st 30 30 30 14th day of Nisan or Passover Day
2nd 29 29 29
3rd 30 30 30
4th 29 29 29
5th 30 30 30
6th 29 29 29
7th Last Great Day – 8 days left in the month 30 30 30
8th 29 29 29 29
9th 30 30 30 30
10th 29 29 29 29
11th 30 30 30 30
12th 29 29 29 29
13th 29
Totals 155 days 383 days 354 days 354 days 14 days 1260 days

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The 1260 days begin with Jesus accused of being a servant of Satan, just as the people began to recognize him as their Messiah (Matthew 12:23-24). Jesus denied the charge (Matthew 12:25-37), but when certain of the scribes and Pharisees desired a sign. Jesus had already given several “signs” of his office as Messiah, but the Jewish leaders wanted a “sign” of their choosing. Jesus, however, would not dance to their tune and said no sign would be given to that evil generation but that of the prophet Jonah. This sign pertained to this death and the length of time he would be in the tomb. The 1260 days count from the Last Great Day of the Feast of Tabernacles (22nd day of the 7th month) 27 CE to Passover day (14th day of the first month) 31 CE when Jesus was crucified.

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32 responses to “Daniel’s 70 Weeks Prophecy and the 1260 DAYS

  1. alan

    September 19, 2011 at 17:41

    Is the Sabbatical year the 7th year in the cycle? (27CE-34 CE, 8 years total)

    You added an intercalary month on the 2nd (28 CE), 5th (31 CE), and 7th year (3 CE, which is the Sabbatical year that you can’t add apparently) from the 1260 +1290 days, starting with 29 days as the first intercalary month. The math overall is flawed according to you description?

     
    • Ed Bromfield

      September 19, 2011 at 21:02

      What I did was show what the 70th “week” of the 70 Weeks Prophecy might look like. It was 7 years but the first year was the Sabbatical Year. From the Day of Atonement in 27 CE to the Day of Atonement in 28 CE was the Sabbatical Year. The 1290 days ended on the Day of Atonement in 34 CE which began another Sabbatical Year (7 years in all). There is no flaw as far as the comments are concerned.

       
  2. Alan

    September 19, 2011 at 11:22

    And this happened coincidentally 3 times per 7 year cycle (with interchanging 30 and 29 days to keep the holidays in season)?

     
    • alan

      September 19, 2011 at 15:59

      Let me try to clarify my question. Every 7 year cycle, 3 intercalary months were added based on the ripeness of the barley harvest. So the barley harvest was ripe 3 times in a 7 year cycle? And I don’t seem to understand how this would correlate with keeping the holidays in season…

       
    • Ed Bromfield

      September 19, 2011 at 16:29

      Actually it is 2 – 3 intercalary months — see the math in my previous comment. The barley harvest could not begin until it was blessed during the Passover season. If the harvest wasn’t ripe, it couldn’t be blessed. The Holy Days had to be kept in their season, otherwise they would travel through the seasons of the year like those of Islam. There were reasons why the Passover had to remain in the spring and Tabernacles in the Fall. They pointed to the coming of Christ.

       
    • Ed Bromfield

      September 19, 2011 at 16:11

      No, it happened perhaps 2, but up to 3 times per 7 year cycle. I believe I read, but don’t know where, that a 13th month was not added to the 7th year because no harvest was collected. So that year always had 12 months. I heard of other rules too, but some don’t make sense in light of Dr. Peter Moore’s findings. The addition of the 13th month wasn’t arbitrary; there were reasons for it.

      Lets do the math and for our example the 1st 13th month added to the calendar would be 30 days and then alternate to 29 and then 30 again as we go along. There is 11 1/4 days difference between the solar and lunar calendars. Every 3 years there would be 33 3/4 days difference. If the source I read, but can no longer find, is correct and a 13th month was never added to the sabbatical year due to the fact it wasn’t necessary, because a harvest wasn’t collected — if such a case were true, with 33 3/4 days difference between the lunar and solar years during the sabbatical year, then in the first year of the next cycle the year would be behind 45 days by the 12th month. A 13th month would certainly be applied to that year, but the year would still be 15 days behind. By the end of the 2nd year the lunar year is behind 26 1/4 days. A 13th month would most certainly be added by the end of the 3rd year, and having done so the lunar you would be 8 1/2 days behind. It would take 2 more years before the 13th month was needed again (end of the 5th year) when the lunar year would be behind the solar year by 31 days [ the 13th month was added in the 1st, 3rd and 5th years of this cycle]. The next cycle occurs and the additional month is again needed in the 1st year, but it is not needed again until the 4th year, because it had only 2 days carried over from the last cycle into the 1st year of the next cycle. By the end of the 4th year, the lunar year is behind 35 3/4 days so a 13th month is added, leaving us with 5 3/4 days difference to carry into year #5. The next 2 years (5 & 6) would make the difference 28 1/4 days, which is **probably** enough to add an additional month (29 days), but this time the lunar year is ahead of the solar year by 3/4 days, going into the sabbatical year [the 13th month was needed in the 1st, 4th and 6th years of this cycle]. By the end of the 2nd year of our third 7 year cycle we now have 33 days difference between the lunar and solar years and add an additional month, leaving the lunar year 3 days behind the solar year. An additional 13th month is not needed for another 3 years, or in the end of the 5th year when the lunar year would be behind the solar year by 36 3/4 days [this 7 year cycle the 13th month was added to the 2nd and 5th years only].

      This is the math, but the barley harvest is the real indicator. Probably it would **usually** work out according to the math, but one way or another an oddity may be thrown into the cycle — extra hot or extra cooler months previous to the new year. Eventually, the math would have to work its way to line up the lunar and solar years, but the key point is: would the harvest be ready by the Passover season?

       
  3. Alan

    September 19, 2011 at 10:01

    Thanks for the insight. So what you’re saying is there is absolutely no way in proving the placement of your intercalary months is wrong? And how did the Jews determine when a new year would start if NASA can’t determine it?

     
    • Ed Bromfield

      September 19, 2011 at 10:57

      All NASA is able to do is tell you what the heaves looked like at any given time. The Jews determined when the new year began by looking at the barley harvest. If the fields showed the harvest was ripe enough to begin harvesting about the time of Passover, the year closed with having only 12 months. On the other hand, since the lunar years is only 354 days after 2-3 years the barley fields would be so “green” that it would be evident that an additional month was required if harvesting would begin during the Passover Festival. In that case a 13th month was added and the “New Year was delayed for another 29 to 30 days.

       
  4. alan

    September 18, 2011 at 22:25

    I apologize if my comments are frustrating. I have been raising all these questions because I want to be in fully agreement with your chart and your theory that the 1260,1290, and 1335 days are indeed the last 7 years and that hopefully any questions and doubt to be answered.

    There are a couple questions that still are concerning me and feel free to not answer them.
    If I went to NASA for example and had them trace the position of the moon (which they are quite accurate at doing) all the way back to 27-34 CE, and found that 28 CE had 30 days in it rather than 29 days like you assumed, that would throw off the entire calculation. Or if the intercalary months were in the wrong positions based on the position of the moon and/or 27-34 CE was not in its own 7 year cycle. If this is know to be a indisputable fact that this was so, that would leave that 3.5 years with 1261 days, not 1260 like the Bible said. This would in turn make 1260, 1290, and 1335 be about something else and not about the final 7 years of the 70th week. How would you explain this?
    2) There is no way mathematically that the 1290 days are 3.5 in prophetic years if 1260 is exactly 3.5. I see how you can get 3.5 years from just looking at the Hebrew calendar but not the prophetic one. Can you please explain?

    I also apologize if my questions seem repetitious but i just don’t understand some stuff. I just want to believe this is true without a reasonable doubt. But I feel I need to work all the kinks out first.

     
    • Ed Bromfield

      September 19, 2011 at 06:10

      While you could go to NASA to find the position of the moon at any given point in time, they would not be able to help you in so far as the calendar is concerned. For example, whether or not an intercalary month was added depended upon the ripeness of the barley plant in the spring. Dr. Peter Moore has an excellent article concerning when a 13th month was added to the calendar, and you can find it HERE. So, unless NASA offers a method of understanding when the barley harvest could begin, you may have all the correct dates of the new moons etc. but lack the evidence of knowing when the new year would begin. Moreover, when the Jews would add a 29 or 30 day month would be dependent upon how many days the last intercalary month had. In addition to this, **if** the Jews had a relatively accurate method of measuring the solar year, they would have to make one 30 day intercalary month 29 every 34 or so years to keep the solar and lunar years in sync. Would they do this? I don’t know, and I don’t think NASA would be able to tell you.

      You can learn only so much about God and the Bible through logical and mathematical calculation. FAITH must enter at some point. I know and have proven that it is possible for the 70th year of Daniel’s prophecy to work out as shown. I trust that the Bible is correct in all its calculations. People were looking for the Messiah during the days of Jesus. They didn’t look for him before Jesus’ days, only afterward. Why? Isn’t it because the Jews knew when Daniel’s prophecy was coming due? The New Testament shows that some Jews received Jesus as the Messiah, not only because it was evident he was sent from God, but they were living in the days in which the Messiah was predicted to come. Therefore, I trust — believe — have faith in the fact that the 70 Weeks Prophecy began on the Feast of Trumpets when the Altar of Burnt Sacrifice was rebuilt and the Daily Sacrifice was reinstituted. I have proved that our own methods of knowing ancient facts are wrong because they are dependent upon the errors of Claudius Ptolemy. If one’s math is built upon an erroneous foundation, one cannot come to an accurate conclusion. I have no real method at hand to **find out** mathematically when these years began. Too many errors have been made. Therefore, I trust that the Bible — the New Testament — is telling us that the time of the coming of the Messiah is at hand when Jesus comes on the scene. Therefore, the 483 years are either complete or near completion at the very least. This I take on faith. Once I recognize how the 70th year fits into Jesus life by using the Holy Days, which can be reasonably verified in the New Testament, then I can say that I accept by faith that Jesus began his ministry on the Feast of Trumpets 483 years after the Jews rebuilt the Altar of Burnt Sacrifice.

      I can do no more. If you think that NASA can solve your problem, by all means go to them, but know this: what I have found, though logically and mathematically correct, is founded upon trust — FAITH — that what the Bible is telling me is correct. NASA won’t show that to you, but go to them if you wish.

       

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