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 three 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.
|Month||27 CE||28 CE||29 CE||30 CE||31 CE||Total|
|1st||30||30||30||14th day of Nisan or Passover Day|
|7th||Last Great Day – 8 days left in the month||30||30||30|
|Totals||155 days||383 days||354 days||354 days||14 days||1260 days|
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.