1290 days, 1335 days (Dan. 12:10-12)
"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. And from the time that the daily sacrifice is taken away and the abomination of desolation is set up, there shall be 1290 days. Blessed is he who waits and comes to the 1335 days."
I've read a number of commentaries on the final verses of Daniel, and I haven't been satisfied with anything they've had to offer so far. I can't help but think that this prophecy refers to the close of Antiochus IV Epiphanes' reign, given the restatement of 11:31 in 12:11, and 11:35 in 12:10, as well as the "time of the end" language of 12:4, 8-9, 13 in 10:14; 11:27, 29, 35, 40 (cf. 8:17, 19, 26). However, of the commentaries I've read, the only ones that think similarly don't believe in prophecy, and think that a Hasidean in the Maccabean era wrote this final passage, and considers these two sets of days as revisions, given the delayed 'resurrection' of 12:2-3. But this, of course, is bogus and should be rejected. Daniel himself wrote this passage, and terrifyingly-accurate prophecy is real.
What I'm looking for here is some historical information. What event took place 43 months before and after Antiochus took away the daily sacrifice? Because 12:11 is an odd sentence, I can't tell if Daniel wrote 1) that there would be 1290 days between the daily sacrifice being taken away and the abomination being set up in their place, 2) that after these two horrific events there would be 1290 days until the end, or 3) that 1290 days after the persecution of the Jews begin (v.10), Antiochus would take away the daily sacrifices.
Another thought I'm playing with is that the 1290 days and 1335 days, being 30 days and 45 days beyond 1260 days, is the "time, times, and half a time" which ends with "the power of the holy people [being] completely shattered" (12:7). Let me explain: The 30 extra days (1 lunar month) is "a time", and the 45 days beyond that (1 lunar month + 0.5 lunar month) is the "times and half a time". Just a thought I had.
Anyway. I'm eager to hear what you have to say about these things, as I've been studying this final pericope in Daniel for awhile now. Thanks all.
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