Summary: A study of Daniel chapter 12 revealing the 1260, 1290, and 1335 days
Daniel 12: 1 – 13
3 Those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the firmament, and those who turn many to righteousness like the stars forever and ever. 4 “But you, Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book until the time of the end; many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall increase.” 5 Then I, Daniel, looked; and there stood two others, one on this riverbank and the other on that riverbank. 6 And one said to the man clothed in linen, who was above the waters of the river, “How long shall the fulfillment of these wonders be?” 7 Then I heard the man clothed in linen, who was above the waters of the river, when he held up his right hand and his left hand to heaven, and swore by Him who lives forever, that it shall be for a time, times, and half a time; and when the power of the holy people has been completely shattered, all these things shall be finished. 8 Although I heard, I did not understand. Then I said, “My lord, what shall be the end of these things?” 9 And he said, “Go your way, Daniel, for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end. 10 Many shall be purified, made white, and refined, but the wicked shall do wickedly; and none of the wicked shall understand, but the wise shall understand. 11 “And from the time that the daily sacrifice is taken away, and the abomination of desolation is set up, there shall be one thousand two hundred and ninety days. 12 Blessed is he who waits, and comes to the one thousand three hundred and thirty-five days. 13 “But you, go your way till the end; for you shall rest, and will arise to your inheritance at the end of the days.”
In verse 8 we read “8 Although I heard, I did not understand. Then I said, “My lord, what shall be the end of these things?”
Daniel was still puzzled by it all, and no doubt concerned by the accounts of desolation and persecution. Thus he wanted to know the final results of it. What would happen to the people of God?
I find it also confusing that I cannot find anyone who can properly answer questions about the things that are going on in this chapter. I tell you something and it is this. I have a problem with all of this. I know that I am not anyone special but do you remember when our Lord said as reported in the Gospel of John chapter 15, “No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I heard from My Father I have made known to you.”
So, I am my Lord Jesus Christ’s friend for He has made known His word to me. Should I then not know or understand His Word? Should I have to guess what the books of the bible like Daniel and Revelation are all about? I have looked at all the great teachers of today and the past and they do not know the truth of the word.
The only thing our Lord Jesus said that we all will not know is this as recorded in Matthew chapter 24. It is this chapter that our Lord Jesus Christ covered the same things that we read in this chapter of Daniel. So, let’s see what it says.