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Revelation 12:6c One thousand two hundred and sixty days

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one thousand two hundred and sixty days

One thousand two hundred and sixty days (1,260 days = Rev. 12:14 “time and times and half a time”; Rev. 11:2, 3 “Forty two months”) is meant to recall the time when the two witnesses are prophesying, hence this must be the beginning of the eschatological week and not the second half. The Beast slays the two witnesses and persecutes the church from midweek onward (Dan. 7:25; 9:27; 12:7) reigning as the Big Mouth of the Beastly Confederacy of Satan for forty two months (Rev. 13:5).

Then the woman fled into the wilderness, where she has a place prepared by God, that they should feed her there one thousand two hundred and sixty days. (Rev. 12:6 NKJ)

But these times periods are symbolic, how close to actual timing will become known after they happen, hence we cannot know the day or hour (Mat. 24:36) even though scripture does gives us specific times. For example, the end time week begins when the False Christ is accepted into the apostate church condoning sin (2 Thess. 2:3-4), the apostasy removing Christendom’s “daily” sacrifices and offerings to God (Dan. 12:7, 11). But he morphs into the Beast Son of Destruction Antichrist denying the Father and the Son and in fact “all called God or worshipped” at mid week, thus ending all other sacrifices to God worldwide (Dan. 9:27).

Evidently the Antichrist requires 30 days to set up his 666 idolatrous membership only economy, 1290-1260=30. Then the great tribulation of believers martyring occurs for 45 days, so blessed is he who endures to the end and comes to 1,335 days (Dan. 12:11-12) for they will be raptured (Dan. 12:1-2a, Mat. 24:13; 1 Cor. 15:52; 1 Thess. 4:16-17; Rev. 14:14-16). Rev. 14:13 extends the open door policy to include any new believers who convert after the rapture, up until the very end time of Christ’s arrival with His holy myriads (Mat. 25:31-33) and those who participated in the first resurrection/rapture/gathering (1 Thess. 4:14; 2 Thess. 2:1; Rev. 20:4-6).

Although I believe these dates are close to the actual, the seven year end time week will be “shortened” lest no flesh be saved (Mat. 24:22; Mark 13:20). Seven symbolic years is 2,520 days long, but the angel told Daniel the church’s faith in God and His promises would be justified at 2,300 days. The usual translation of Dan. 8:14 “sanctuary will be cleansed” is chosen over a more likely meaning, “will be vindicated” because translators refuse to allow prophecy be actual foretelling of events. Rather than accepting the text as it reads, see the confusion of this interpreter:

will be purified. The Hebrew verb, weniṣdaq (the only occurrence of the niphal of ṣdq in the MT!) should mean “will be justified.” But this can hardly be said of the sanctuary. The underlying Aramaic was surely yidkê, “will be cleansed, purified,” which was corrupted into, or misread by the translator as yizkê, “will be victorious, justified.”- Hartman, L. F., & Di Lella, A. A. (2008). The Book Of Daniel: A New Translation With Notes And Commentary On Chapters 1-9 (Vol. 23, p. 227). New Haven; London: Yale University Press.

As it is the angel of God dictating the wording it is NOT unhistorical the “Temple of God” be interpreted consistent with the time the prophecy will be fulfilled (1 Cor. 3:16-17; 6:19; 2 Cor. 6:16; 2 Thess. 2:4; Eph. 2:21).

Consider, Daniel is not a scribe, God the Holy Spirit gave him insight into the most perplexing prophetic images (Dan. 5:12; 6:3). So Daniel’s confusion about this prophecy is unexpected, likely has a cause in some discordance between what the Spirit in him (1 Pet. 1:11) was indicating and familiar terms now being given hitherto unknown applications. A “temple of God” that actually wasn’t a temple but an assembly of believers; A “daily sacrifice” that didn’t employ the Temple cultus. A priesthood not composed of Levites (1 Pet. 2:5). Therefore, the argument it is unhistorical to say this Temple of God is the church in the end time, in a prophecy concerning the end time, is unsound. The text is so “out of Daniel’s historical context” that he didn’t understand it (Dan. 8:27 cp. 12:8), which he would have if the argument were sound.

Returning to the symbolic time segments in this prophecy, although I believe they are close to actual, Daniel 8:14 might indicate the final end time “Antichrist week” is 76.666 months (2300/30) rather than 84 months long (2,520/30). Then again, perhaps not if the time of the church’s vindication doesn’t dovetail with the end of the week.

In any event, a 365 day year is not 360 days long and therefore the time periods are manifestly approximations. Recall no one can know the day or hour (Mat. 24:36) regardless precise the prophecy may seem to us. That implies these times are symbolic.

However, for the temple of God to be vindicated for their faith in these prophecies they must occur as written. I am confident those alive in the end time will know when the time is near (Mat. 24:33) for the angel promised the meaning of some words would be unsealed in the end time (Dan. 12:9-10).