The Latter Half of Daniel's 70th Week

William Arnold III

(original article: The Abomination of Desolation)


Thank you very much for your prompt reply to my email.

I have a further question regarding Dan 12:11 and 12 and would appreciate your response. If you consider that the taking away of the sacrifice and the abomination are done at the same time, what happens:

(a) during the 1290 days
(b) at the end of the 1290 days
(c) between the 1290 days and the 1335 days


C. Taking your last question first, if I can be honest, I have no idea. The way that that the angel says it, it seems to be an enigmatic statement. That is, he seems to leave a mysterious element about it intentionally. To make the whole issue even more interesting, the book of Revelation routinely speaks of 1,260 days (or 42 months). So we have 1,260, 1,290 and 1,235. I could speculate (as some have done), but if I did, that's all it would be, speculation. Possibly this is the length of time for the battle of Armageddon. We simply do not have enough information to know, except that the one who keeps waiting and attains to the 1,335 days will be blessed or "happy" (Dan. 12:12).

B. Daniel 12:11 reads, "From the time that the regular sacrifice is abolished and the abomination of desolation is set up, there will be 1,290 days." I assume that the angel means 1,290 days until the end, or until the Lord returns and the persecution is over. Especially since verse 7 says that all these events would be completed in 3 1/2 years, (which is roughly equalivalent to 1,290 days). In context, both angels would seem to be refering to the same thing.

A. During this latter 3 1/2 year period will be the "Great Tribulation." At this time, the antichrist will "speak out against the Most High," "wear down the saints" and "they will be given into his hand" for 3 1/2 years (Dan. 7:25). He will "shatter the power of the saints" (Dan. 12:7), "make war against the saints and overcome them" (Rev. 13:5-7), "oppose and exalt himself above every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, displaying himself as being God" (2 Thess. 2:4) and "blaspheme God, his name and his tabernacle" (Rev. 13:6).

Jesus said that we would be "delivered to tribulation," "killed" and "hated" on account of his name (Matt. 24:9). He also said that this would be a time of "lawlessness" and so many would "fall away," their love would "grow cold" and they will even betray one another to death (Matt. 24:10-12). But he gave a ray of hope when he said, "But the one who endures to the end, he will be saved" (Matt. 24:13). He called this a time of "great tribulation, such as has not occurred since the beginning of the world until now, nor ever will" (Matt. 24:21). But it should not take us by suprise, because he said "Behold, I have told you in advance" (Matt. 24:25).

As much as I would like to believe those who teach the great escape, I simply cannot harmonize it with scripture. Believe me, I have tried! (see also my website,

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