The interpretation of Daniel 12

The interpretation of Daniel 12

Daniel was told to “shut up the words, and seal the book until the time of the end” (Daniel 12:4). The time of the end is the period of the opening and unsealing of the words of the books; so that it may speak intelligibly to the “wise”. The opening and unsealing is effected by the events of the time begin an unmistakable fulfilment of what is written, so that every one of the “wise” cannot fail to understand and requires the qualification of “wisdom” to elucidate the hidden meaning.

We would also quote words of similar purport occurring in the Apocalypse: “Here is wisdom; let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast”; showing that the matter as presented was an enigma requiring to be unlocked by the keys of knowledge.

A statement in Daniel 12:4 seems to indicate that it is in our own times more particularly that the prophetic visions are to be understood, both as regards their events and times: “But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book even to the time of the end….” There is a reason why the words may be understood at the time of the end. In “the words” are prophetically delineated historical events extending over centuries, and at the time of the end, we have the facts of accomplished history as the infallible interpreters of these words. By the aid of those facts, we are enabled to comprehend the prophetic scheme, both as regards its events and times, and so to gauge our position as to determine where we stand in relation to the wonderful consummation of the end itself. The prophetic periods of Daniel are fixed, is evident from a well-known case in which his prediction of time has been historically verified.

The final section of Daniel chapter 11:40-45 predicts dramatic events during the “time of the end”.

The “time of the end” is a period clearly defined by the prophet as the epoch in which a period that has a beginning and an end, and which will consummate in the return of the Lord Jesus to establish upon earth his kingdom and to reign.

In Daniel 11:40, at that time, the Ottoman Empire (Turkey) controlled most of the Middle East including Jerusalem and Palestine. But in 1917, Britain “pushed at the Ottoman Empire (Turkey)” from Egypt, driving her from Jerusalem and Palestine. As a result, the Jews were invited to return to Palestine.

As we shall show, the partial fulfillment of Daniel 11:40 resulted in a remarkable step towards the consummation of the purpose of God which clearly shows that we are in “the time of the end.”

This does not mean that what is described in Daniel 12:1 happened immediately after what the events in Daniel 11:40.

I believe that the theme of Daniel 12 speak of the re-emergence of Israel as a nation has always been seen as key to the events leading up to the second return of Christ. The return of the Jews to Israel in 1945 and the events that preceded that have often been used by Christadelphians as proof that validates their interpretations of scripture.

John Thomas wrote in Elpis Israel, “There is, then, a partial and primary restoration of Jews before the manifestation, which is to serve as the nucleus, or basis, of future operations in the restoration of the rest of the tribes after he has appeared in the kingdom.”

State of Israel is declared – 14 May 1948

The return of Israel to their ancient land and the establishment of the state of Israel is the first step in a sequence of events which will culminate to prepare for the unparalleled time of trouble begins at Christ returns, the resurrection, Armageddon, and to establish the millennial kingdom on earth. 

Daniel Chapter 12 provide us with an interesting days counts.

In fact that the 1260, 1290, and 1335 days will end at differing dates and each of unique importance. And also the 1260, 1290, and 1335 days on Daniel 12 is not in chronological order.

Let’s find out what happened during those 1,260, 1,290, and 1,335 Days of Daniel’s Prophecy?


Daniel 12:7– “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.”

A time, times, and half a time is 1260 years.

Rotherham renders this: “When the dispersion of a part of the holy people is brought to an end”.

When the dispersions of the Jews shall be ended, then the most remarkable events contained in this prophecy shall be fulfilled. The restoration of the Jewish nation is foretold by the prophets, as one of those signal events to be brought to pass in the latter days!

The Historical Significance of A.D. 685 and 1945

1945 AD – 1260 = 685 AD.

What happened in the year 685 and 1945?

685 AD – After Muslims took control of Jerusalem in AD 637, Islamic leaders commissioned the building of the Dome of the Rock in AD 685.

The building which was erected in his honor and for his worship on the site of the ancient Temple is also an abomination to Yahweh.  This abomination which is the Dome of the Rock causes desolation for the worshippers of the true Elohim.  To this very day, 1337 some odd years since the beginning of its construction, none of the true worshippers of Yahweh are allowed to walk in the abominable Dome, which is built on the site of the ancient temple.

The Jewish population suffered great hardship during the tumultuous years of different Gentiles’ rule, even the city of Jerusalem.

Before at the end of the 1260 years, the Jewish people historically defined themselves as the Jewish Diaspora, a group of people living in exile. Jews emigrated at various time periods throughout the centuries and went to many different countries.

In 1945, that year was the end of World War 2. Jews were no more scattered. Jews began to slowly emigrate back to Palestine (Israel) until it became an independent state in 1948. The resurrection of national Israel would introduce the conclusion of all the “wonders” (Dan. 12:6) and the return of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Bro. John Thomas commented: “It was at this time that the abomination of desolation established itself as the normal condition of things in the Holy Land. Subsequent humiliation gripped the “holy people” until a ray of home was permitted when the cause of Jewry was revived 1260 years later.”


Daniel 12:11 – “And from the time that the daily is taken away, and the abomination of desolation is set up, there shall be one thousand two hundred and ninety days.”

Bro. John Thomas translates this verse: “And from AFTER the time the daily shall be removed even for to set up an abomination making desolate….”

The “daily sacrifice” refers to the Mosaic constitution of daily offerings which was taken away in the dissolution of the nation by Roman armies in A.D. 70.

The Daily sacrifice was taken away to make room for this series of abominations of desolation. This was the first of the series of abominations of desolation that overspread the Holy Land.

This is the whole length of time during which the abomination was to prevail upon the land of Israel without beginning to dry up; in other words, when the 1290 ended, the drying up process would commence.

The Historical Significance of A.D. 627 and 1917

627 AD + 1290 = 1917 AD.

What happened in the year of 627?

According to the Jewish Virtual Library, In 627, Emperor Heraclius of the Byzantine Empire breaks his promise of protection to Jews, massacring any he found and forbidding them from entering Jerusalem. Hundreds of Jews were killed and thousands exiled to Egypt, ending the Jewish towns in the Galilee and Judea. Heraclius’ decree remained in effect until the Muslim conquest of Jerusalem in 636 A.D..

What happened in the year of 1917?

Bible students interpreted the drying up of the river Euphrates as the shrinking of the then powerful Turkish (Ottoman) Empire. They anticipated that this would be followed by the return of the Jews to the land of Palestine and eventually the return of the Lord Jesus to the earth. The drying up of the river was accomplished through the First World War. Britain drove the Turks out of Palestine in 1917 and this paved the way for the emergence in the Middle East of new nations, some with ancient Biblical names such as Lebanon and Syria; but most of all it allowed the setting up of the nation of Israel. In 1917 the British Foreign Secretary announced what was known as the Balfour Declaration which committed the British Government to support the idea of a national home for the Jews in Palestine. 

This desolator of the Holy Land was the Ottoman Power, a “time of the end” representative of the long prevailing abomination. The 1290 were to reach to the end when the time came to pour out upon the desolator.

Already Daniel 11:40 has had partial fulfilment in that Britain, as the king of the south, pushed at Ottoman Empire (Turkey) in 1917, driving her from off the land of Palestine as push aside temporarily in order that the “way of the Kings of the east might be prepared.”

This event commenced a domino effect of circumstances which led finally to the revival of Israel, the freeing of Jerusalem, and events preparatory to the return of Christ.


Daniel 12:12 – Blessed is he who waits, and comes to the one thousand three hundred and thirty-five days.

The 1335 year period indicates an epoch that will consummate in the great blessing of verse 13, when Daniel and all the faithful saints will be gathered together to receive their destined inheritance.

The Historical Significance of A.D. 695 and 2030

2030 AD – 1335 = 695 AD.  

What was so special about 695 AD?

In AD 695, The Dome of the Rock was completed after Muslims took control of Jerusalem in AD 637, then Islamic leaders commissioned the building of the Dome of the Rock in 685 A.D. (**The history does not specify the construction date of the Dome of the Rock, so several sources give a different estimate of the date between 685 A.D. to 695 A.D. Remind that the Bible is much more accurate on date than any history sources.). The building which was erected in his honor and for his worship on the site of the ancient Temple is also an abomination to Yahweh.  This abomination which is the Dome of the Rock causes desolation for the worshippers of the true Elohim.  After the Abomination, we must wait 1,335 more years for the blessing. By adding 1335 years to A.D. 2030, we arrive at the year 2030!

What will happen in 2030?

And at the end of these 1335 years, Daniel is told that “blessed” is the one will arise to take possession of his inheritance. This term “Blessed” evidently refers to Abraham, Daniel, and all Faithful Saints are one of the many of them that sleep in the dust of the Earth (who) will awake…. to everlasting life (Daniel 12:2) so they can receive the promise of eternal inheritance of the land of Israel. Then Daniel is told that he would “rest” (a reference to death) for now until the end of these days when he is to “arise (come back to life)”and inherit those things which were to be his.”


Today, Russia is bent upon securing her position as a dominant power, prior to seeking world domination. The outpouring of “that determined” upon the Desolator of the Holy Land, will not have reached its consummation, until Gog falls upon the mountains of Israel in the war of ARAMGEDDON; which is the great climacteric of the sixth vial. The Russia and their confederated armies, the last desolating abomination of the series that overspread the city of Jerusalem and the Holy Land, will terminate in the helpless annihilation by Jesus Christ and the Saints with an unprecedented outpouring of divine power. Jesus and the Saints will “break in pieces the oppressor”, and destroy the war-mongers, abolish the governments of men, and then establish his glorious kingdom to rule over the world from the city of Jerusalem, bringing all mankind into subjection to his wise and beneficial rule.

Yahweh’s plan of salvation has been unfolding precisely according to His timetable. Many prophecies of old have been fulfilled; most notably, the first advent of the Messiah. Other specific milestones have been declared through the words of the prophets. Time periods revealed principally unto Daniel and the Apostle John have proven to be an accurate basis for predicting interim dates of the rise and fall of world empires. The prediction of end-dates and particularly the time of our Lord’s return have invigorated the searching minds of prophecy students for many years.

The prophecy of Daniel Chapter 12 is a marvelous depiction of one aspect of the final day of the 6,000 years. It’s based on a sound study of the Scriptures and fits well into the prophetic timeline.

We are undisputedly on the verge of closing out the 6th millennial day on Earth! It is an inescapable, unavoidable fact!

Hard to believe on Year 2030? I have provided extensive Biblical evidence at my website supporting the fact to recognize the timetable of God’s 7000 years plan and when Jesus will return to Earth from the amazing prophetic parables behind the Bible stories. See the article called “Why 2020?”

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