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Daniel’s 70th Week: Another Prophetic Dilemma! May 27, 2010

Posted by Henry in Eschatology & End Times.
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The “traditional” view to interpreting Daniel’s 70th week also suggests that this “week” marks the 7 year tribulation reign of the anti-christ. In this regard it is believed that the anti-christ will make a covenant with Israel at the start of the “week” and that in the middle of the “week” (or 3.5 years later – 1260 days) the anti-christ will break the covenant and cause the sacrifice and oblation to cease by setting up the abomination of desolation. Israel will then flee into the “wilderness” (Rev 12:6) as a result for the remaining 3.5 years or 1260 days, until Christ returns. In looking at Daniel 9 (see below) this seems a reasonable conclusion but is this really so?

 Dan 9

26And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined. 27And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.

 Of course one of the main problems with this view is that one would be able to accurately predict when Jesus Christ would return if they knew when the anti-christ came to power. However, in spite of the fact that Jesus knew that Daniel was already written and available to us He made clear that no one knew the day nor the hour when He should return (Matt 24:36). To confound the matter further there is a portion of scripture in Daniel 12, which is overlooked when interpreting Daniel 9:

 Dan 12

10Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand. 11And from the time that the daily sacrifice shall be taken away, and the abomination that maketh desolate set up, there shall be a thousand two hundred and ninety days. 12Blessed is he that waiteth, and cometh to the thousand three hundred and five and thirty days. 13But go thou thy way till the end be: for thou shalt rest, and stand in thy lot at the end of the days.

 Here, the scripture says that from the time that the daily sacrifice is taken away through to the time when the abomination which makes desolate is set up, will be 1290 days. Now this surely does put a spanner in the works where modern eschatology is concerned. Assuming that the traditional view is correct and that the anti-christ did break the covenant in the middle of the 70th week (7 year tribulation period) then according to Dan 12:11 the abomination of desolation would not be set up until a further 1290 days had expired. Obviously the math does not add up here because the fleeing into the wilderness does not occur until after the abomination of desolation is set up (Matt 24:15-20). Going by the traditional view therefore we would have the abomination of desolation being set up 30 days after Jesus was due to return (according to some) at the end of the second half of the 70th week (1260 days).

 To summarise the timeline in accordance with the traditional view then and to factor in the account of Daniel 12, we would have:

 –         At start of 70th week anti-christ confirms a covenant with “the many” ( assumed to be Israel) (Dan 9:27)

–          In the middle of the week or after 1260 days anti-christ breaks the covenant and causes the sacrifice and oblation to cease (Dan 9:27)

–          After a further 1290 days abomination of desolation is set up (Dan 12:11)

–          Israel then flees into the wilderness for a further 1260 days from the setting up of the abomination (Matt 24:15-20, Rev 12:6)

–          Jesus due to return after the completion of the 1260 days of Israel in the wilderness?

 So then what we have chronologically speaking is not 7 years or 2520 days but 3810 days in total to mark the period of the “tribulation”. The dilemma for interpreters therefore is how do you factor in the 1290 days which spans the time from the taking away of the sacrifice through to setting up the abomination of desolation?



1. Andre Hendricks - May 28, 2010

Greetings in the name of Yeshua

It seems there are certainly some “through a mirror” interpretations of scripture, and giving my two cents may not provide concrete answers…

.. but here goes…

I believe scripture, and if it says 1290 days, that is what it is. But I do suspect any apparent indifference has to do with how accurate the starting point of this time frame is, as well as the length of an actual day AFTER something like a meteor were to hit earth, blocking the sun’s rays thus shortening the actual time of the day.

Thus the scripture that says “If God did not shorten the time…” may refer to God using this prophetic and future event (Wormwood) to accomplish this.

With all this in the pipeline, the rapture event is certainly more imminent than ever! And it certainly seems that many are eagerly anticipating this great event – including myself!

I’ve recently completed a video project spanning 3H45M
covering this topic in great length, and in the light of recent discoveries, it seems 1 Thess. 5 is now true more than ever. (But ye brethren are not in darkness that this day should overtake you as a thief in the night”

It is true that no man knows the day or the hour, but when you understand that Jesus who was a Jew, spoke to a Jewish audience, and made a statement

pertaining to Jewish customs when He said “no man know the day nor the hour”, you’ll understand that He was first of all relating to a Jewish Wedding and secondly a Jewish Feast Day, thus TELLING us the season in which to expect His return.

I have a short video clip on my site at http://www.preparethebride.com/ about
this, but in essence, Jesus was first of all referencing a Jewish Wedding Term.

Let me elaborate – In Jewish customs, the father (parents) arranges the marriage for the son. The son had to “go and prepare a place” for his bride and only when the father gave his approval to the prepared place, did the father
release the son to “go get” his bride.

The problem is if they wanted to make any arrangements like the calendar, bookings, RSVP’s etc. they had a problem as to the wedding date. When asking the young man when his wedding was, he would always reply – ” only my father knows” because the father was the only one who knew the date he would release his son
to go get his bride.

So this statement by Jesus was referring to HIS future wedding date that only His father knew off. Second, the Jews celebrate a holy feast known as the Feast Of Trumpets – This is celebrated on the NEW MOON on the first day of the seventh month of Tishiri on the Jewish Calendar.

This feast is synonymous with the rapture event, and the very name of the feast says what it’s all about – it’s about the blowing of trumpets. Not only that – 1 Thess 4 vs 16-18 and 1 Cor 15:51-53 talks about a LAST TRUMP being blown and then describes the rapture event in the same passage.

In the Jewish Wedding Custom, when the bridegroom was ready to go get his bride, it was always announced with the blow of a trumpet – known as the last trump.

The first trump was blown after the bridegroom gave his bride a betrothal contract, and only if she accepted his proposition. The last trump was blown when she was “carried away” at night by her groom and his entourage, which also included 10 virgins which carried tall poles with oil lamps on top – that’s where you get the parable of the 10 virgins from.

Incidentally while writing this comment, I just heard cars outside my home sounding their horns… because of a wedding being celebrated… (Wow…)

The horns/trumpet/ shofar is used to announce a wedding! Maybe you have the same custom (of blowing your cars horns) in your country, but it seems this not
something knew!

To further explain the term no man knows the day or the hour – because the Feast Of Trumpets are celebrated on the NEW MOON, it means two witnesses had to go and and see when the first sliver of the moon would become visible.

Once they spotted the first little sliver of the moon, they knew it was time to start the feast. They would then make fires on the mountains to let all the Jews know to start observing the feast, but because the Jewish day starts at
sunset, and because most people (just like we do) sleep at night, most Jews were not aware the feast had started until the next day.

That meant the feast could fall on either one or the other day of Rosh Hashanah (the Jewish New Year). So this was literally a feast where NO MAN KNEW THE DAY OR THE HOUR when the feast would start.

So when Jesus was saying you won’t know the day or the hour, He was identifying the exact Jewish Fest he would return on.The parable of the fig tree also captures the essence of knowing the season.

The word season in Hebrew is Mo-Ade and it means a divine appointment, as well a feast day. So Jesus was saying you must know the divine appointment on the appointed feast (Lev 23)

Now it becomes clear why Paul said in 1 Thess 5 “but ye brethren are not in darkness that this day should overtake you as a thief in the night — because you know the divine appointment and the feast!

When ever it says He comes as a thief in the night, look at who he is directing this statement and you’ll find he is NOT talking to everyone. He is making that statement to those who are NOT watching.

Matt 25 is a classical example of this where we see the 5 wise virgins enter into the marriage supper of the lamb (the event after the rapture), and scripture says after they entered, the door was SHUT – Then the other 5 foolish
virgins came knocking and he then says to THEM (the foolish virgins) – watch YE therefore, for I will come upon YOU as a thief in the night if you do not watch.

He’s not directing that statement to the wise – they were already inside — he’s talking to the foolish virgins.
Jesus fulfilled ALL of the Spring Festivals of the Jews (Passover, Unleavened Bread, First Fruits and Pentecost) TO THE DAY and He’ll fulfill ALL the FALL festivals to the day, with the next feast to prophetically be fulfilled being
the feast of trumpets!

This study is a lengthy but very interesting one, and we have captured some very surprising facts concerning the rapture in this 3H45 Min DVD at

I can’t wait to kiss the feet my Lord and savior Jesus Christ, and just to tell how much I LOVE HIM and how much I appreciate what He has done on the cross of

Now is the time to serve Him even more and to witness your socks off! and if you don’t know Jesus, Boy do you ever wanna hurry to get your affairs in order!

God bless!

Andre Hendricks

2. Henry - May 31, 2010


Welcome and greetings to you too. You have presented a very elaborate scenario which you believe to be the truth but the problem is none of what you presented is based on scripture (except for the few scripture references you worked in to try to make it fit). The main thrust of your argument that Jesus’ return will be after the patern of Jewish tradition is mere speculation based upon extra-biblical material.

The first thing you need to understand is that the “traditions and customs” of the Israelites in the first place should have been based on the Law of Moses. However at the time of Christ the Jews had long departed from the Law and were instead following the “traditions of men” (Mark 7:8). Are you therefore saying that Jesus Christ came to uphold these traditions of the Jews? Throughout the New Testament Christ tells us how His coming will be and that is all we need really. You should therefore be establishing your doctrine on the scriptures and not on extra-biblical material based on the traditions of men.

God bless you too.

3. Agaba - June 18, 2010

After the 1260 days, there’s a 30day period in which Satan loses his battle in Heaven against the Archangel Michael and is cast to the earth where, knowing his time unto his eternal destiny is short, he stages a resurrection of the false Messiah of Israel who slays the Two Witnesses and then commits the Abomination of Desolation in the newly rebuilt Jewish Temple. The Jews then plot to flee as the last 1260days of GREAT Tribulation begin to unfold. Hope this clarifies.

@HENRY, just thought I might support the message Andre has shared with us, based on your refutation, with none other than Jesus’ words Himself: Matthew 5:17-18, be blessed.

@Andre, I agree with you even though I’m lately convicted that the fulfillment of Rosh Hashanna, since the Jews celebrate it to be the New Year of their Traditional Calendar, will be the SIGNING OF THE COVENANT WITH MANY to resume Daniel’s Propchecy into the Seventieth Week of Jacob’s 7year trouble. Such that the Rapture is a number specific event which precedes Ezekiel 38 and 39 prophecy which will be the War that necessitates a Peace Treaty by a false Messiah. I’m headed to your website now, 🙂

4. Henry - June 21, 2010

Welcome. The problem with your “clarification” is that it isn’t written in scripture is it? It is merely a supposition that you no doubt heard from someone else which you believe. A lot of what is purported to be “gospel truth” in Christendom isn’t actually founded on scripture but for want of a better explanation someone concoted a theory which then gets fed to the masses. The problem with most of Daniel’s prophecy is that whilst some of the meaning was revealed to Daniel by the angel/s most of it was not revealed. Hence Daniel was told to go his way and shut the book until the time of the end. It strikes me as quite interesting therefore that today there are people who claim to know what certain prophecies mean when not even the prophet himself was made privy to the meanings.

5. andydoerksen - July 28, 2015

In context of the larger prophecy, 12:11 refers back to the same event as in 11:31, which was fulfilled under Antiochus IV. This is an indication that the “1290 days” is a symbolic period.

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