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The Many Days of Daniel

—1290, 1335, 1260 days

We continue to look at the symbolic time spans in vision and prophecy, especially at the phrase “a time, times, and half a time”. In this lesson, we focus on the numbers of days that we find in Daniel’s prophecies.

In the Bible’s presentation of tribulation and the antichrist, I believe there are two elements woven together.

  • A general world view. The Bible describes a wicked world, exemplified by, but not unique to, the Roman worldwide empire which was the crucible of Christianity. This view addresses “the world forces of this darkness” which have polluted the whole world with wickedness throughout history (Ephesians 6:12).
  • A particular personal view. Our own individual lives are a microcosm of that world problem. Within prophecy and vision we see our own personal experience portrayed, not just the broad sweep of world history. Unfortunately, this personal focus has been lost in popular interpretation of prophecy and vision. People’s attention has been distracted toward supposed future world scenarios. People need instead to focus on their own personal struggle with Satan, through the power of Christ operating in their own daily lives.

Let me suggest an interpretation of the days at the end of Daniel (Daniel 12:7-13) which follows this line of thought and sees in these symbolic days not only the broad world view, but also sees oneself and one’s own lifetime represented.

1 The Dividing of Days


The 1290 days (Daniel 12:11) and the 1335 days (Daniel 12:12) are combinations of “a time, times, and half a time” (Daniel 12:7).

Let us take each number of days as composed of two elements

First element: 1260 days (convert to three-and-a-half symbolic years —360 symbolic days to a year).

Second element: A remainder of days (convert to symbolic months —30 symbolic days to a month).

Consider the second element in each case. From the number 1290, we have a remainder of 30 days (1290-1260=30). This is one symbolic month. From the number 1335 we have a remainder of 75 days (1335-1260=75). This is two months and half a month (75 is 2 times 30 plus a half of 30, ie 60+15=75)…


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