Daniel – 2300 vs. 2520 days
Daniel’s last week lasts 7 years. We understand what happens for 3 ½ years, as Jacob’s trouble is defined as that length of time.
But, what about the rest of it? Is anything going on?
From Revelation, we have a fairly good picture of the 7 seals, 7 trumpets, and 7 vials.
The 7 seals, in my opinion, seem to portray the tribulation period, and the trumpets and vials seem to describe the time of wrath against the wicked, after the righteous are removed.
This is what I think lasts the 3 ½ years, or 1260-90 days.
Daniel discusses the time of Jacob’s trouble from Chapters 8-13.
(1) Usual view:
This is what most people discuss when referring to the timeline for the last days. This comes from Daniel 9 & 12:
I am listing the references, but will not put the entire passage, so I can be brief:
Daniel 9: 24 – 70 weeks total (70 x 7 = 490 years total)
Daniel 9: 26 – Messiah is cut off after 62+ 7 weeks
Daniel 9: 24 – one week left (7 years)
Daniel 12: 7 – Jacob’s trouble is only 3 ½ years, or 1260 days – for a time, times, and an half
Daniel 12: 11 – from the time [that] the daily [sacrifice] shall be taken away, and the abomination that makes desolate set up, [there shall be] a thousand two hundred and ninety days. So, here 1290.
So 1290 days of abomination, meaning 30 days before Jacob’s trouble, the temple becomes defiled. This is the warning for sign Jews to flee Jerusalem, as described in Rev 12.
Daniel 12:12- Blessed [is] he that waits, and cometh to the thousand three hundred and five and thirty days. (1335)
This indicates, possibly, a 45 day period for the temple to be cleansed.
1290 + 45 = 1335.
(2) Insight from Daniel 11:
Dan 11:31 And arms shall stand on his part, and they shall
(1) pollute the sanctuary of strength, and
(2) shall take away the daily [sacrifice], and
(3) they shall place the abomination that makes desolate.
This is what is occurring during the 30 days before Jacob’s trouble. Not everything happens on the same day, and it takes 30 days to accomplish this.
Daniel 11 also describes conflicts between the “fierce leader,” and the kings of the north and south.
So there is local activity occurring before the “peaceful” occupation of Israel. The kingdom is seized by intrigue.
Possibly, this leader comes in as a “savior” for Israel, then betrays it.
(3) The vision of the goat and the ram adds extra insight:
However, in Daniel 8, it also mentions the vision of the goat and the ram, and that 2300 days are to be considered as well:
Dan 8:13 ¶ Then I heard one saint speaking, and another saint said unto that certain [saint] which spoke, How long [shall be] the vision [concerning] the daily [sacrifice], and the transgression of desolation, to give both the sanctuary and the host to be trodden under foot?
Dan 8:14 And he said unto me, Unto two thousand and three hundred days; then shall the sanctuary be cleansed.
The angel Gabriel indicates that this vision is also for the time of the end:
Dan 8:17 So he came near where I stood: and when he came, I was afraid, and fell upon my face: but he said unto me, Understand, O son of man: for at the time of the end [shall be] the vision.
A closer look:
This antichrist is a supernatural being who can cast the host of heaven down.
Daniel 8:10 [the goat] waxed great, [even] to the host of heaven; and it cast down [some] of the host and of the stars to the ground, and stamped upon them.
Daniel 8:11 – recalls:
First – the daily sacrifice is taken away
Second – the sanctuary is “cast down.”
Daniel 8:13 – the question – how long does this take – How long [shall be] the vision [concerning] the daily [sacrifice], and the transgression of desolation, to give both the sanctuary and the host to be trodden under foot?
Daniel 8:14 – the answer – Unto two thousand and three hundred (2300) days; then shall the sanctuary be cleansed.
Conclusion from Daniel 8:
So, even though Jacob’s trouble only lasts about 1260 days, the time of removing of the daily sacrifice occurs before that.
The taking away of the sacrifice and the abomination occurs at about 30 days before Jacob’s trouble, as indicated above, but this occurs only after “the host to be trodden under foot.”
So it appears there is a time of false peace (2300 – 1260 days) with a fake savior, local conflict and warfare that occurs and affects Israel, before the actual defilement of the temple.
So how does this fit into the first diagram?
Here, we see that there is a period of 1040 days that occur before the 3 ½ years, which is part of the 2300 days.
This is the time of local conflict that leads up to the abomination.
There is also 220 days, or about 7 months, that appear to be a “quiet period” at the beginning of the 7 years.
Hopefully, this is a time when there should be “signals” that all is not well, and warfare is about to happen. Temple sacrifices should be occurring then.
It may be something like the current Iran- Israel tension over Iran’s nuclear development, and impending threat of nuclear attack by one against the other.
Once the “quiet period” is over, the antichrist comes in by intrigue, according to Daniel 11, and sets up his base there, with continued conflicts with the kings of the north and south.
(4) A final composite proposed for the entire 7 years:
1. 220 days (7.33 months) of quiet – temple sacrifices are practiced
2. 1010 days (33.66 months) – antichrist enters by intrigue and false peace. Occupies Israel as false savior, and has regional conflicts with the kings of north and south.
3. close to midpoint of the 7 years – 30 days – of removing daily sacrifices, and setting up abomination.
4. The Jews will flee from Jerusalem in horror, after being betrayed at this point.
5. Jacob’s trouble begins, 3 ½ years. The 6 seals of Rev occur. Righteous Jews are sealed for their protection. This includes untried Christians who will be left behind, to be tested.
6. This culminates in the battle of Armageddon and defeat of the antichrist.
7. Israel takes 45 days to cleanse the temple and restore service.
***special note on 9-22-11. The 220 days may NOT be quiet. The 6 seals may precede Jacob’s trouble, and the world may be in turmoil. An unusual eclipse of the sun is due on Yom Kippur 2012, which will be accompanied by a great shaking. This may the the moment of the last trumpet, when saints are called home.
*** note on 7-8-13 The sacrifices do not have to start during the 220 days. They may only be in effect for a short time, before they are stopped. so anytime before the first 1260 days are up, there could be sacrifices. So far, I do not see this.
1. There first has to be a temple to be defiled.
2. Israel’s alliance with America will change, which would allow for its “peaceful” invasion. Possibilities:
a. America cannot help Israel due to national problems
b. America is “gone.”
c. The American president is the one who comes in as a false savior, setting up bases in Israel, then betraying Israel.
Israel would automatically allow the USA to come in, because of past alliances.
This would be the worst thing to happen.
I hope this is not the case, because it would definitely bring the destruction of America.
This would then make it the spiritual Babylon who was responsible for the death of the saints.