Time Between The Second Coming And The Millennial Reign

Prophecy of Daniel 12

Daniel 12:11-12 gives indication that there will be a period of seventy-five days between the second coming of Christ and the millennial reign.

“And 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. Blessed is he that waiteth, and cometh to the thousand three hundred and five and thirty days” (Daniel 12:11-12).

The entire chapter 12 of Daniel gives three specific time accountings: Number one, in verse 7 the time is referred to as a time, times, and a half, meaning three and one-half years or one thousand two hundred and sixty days; Number two, verse 11, there shall be a thousand two hundred and ninety days; Number three, verse 12, thousand three hundred and five and thirty days. The difference of time between the three and a half years (twelve hundred sixty days) and the thirteen hundred thirty-five days is seventy-five days.

Dr. H. A. Ironside in his commentary on the book of DANIEL gives the following explanation for the seventy-five days of Daniel 12:

“. . . the tribulation is to last for a time, times, and a half; equivalent to three and a half years, or twelve hundred and sixty days [Matthew 24; Daniel 12:7). But in Daniel 12:11 we learn that from the beginning of this tribulation, there shall be a thousand two hundred and ninety days. The extra thirty days will, doubtless, be devoted to the purging out of the kingdom of all things that offend and do iniquity, though the Lord will appear, on behalf of the remnant and for the destruction of the Beast and Antichrist, at the expiration of the twelve hundred and sixty days. A longer period yet is given [in Daniel 12:12]: Blessed is he that waiteth, and cometh to the thousand three hundred and five and thirty days. Some have suggested that this would carry on the time to the celebration of the first millennial feast of the tabernacles, as in Zechariah, chapter 14. At any rate it clearly points us to the full establishment of the kingdom in power and glory (pp. 235-235).”

In the LIBERTY BIBLE COMMENTARY, Volume I, the book of Daniel, we find the following explanation for the seventy-five days:

The twelve hundred ninety days mentioned [in Daniel 12:11] probably refer to the last three and one-half years of the tribulation period, plus an additional thirty days to be used in judging the qualifications of those who will enter the millennium (Matthew 25:31-46).

The thousand three hundred thirty-five days perhaps signify an additional forty-five days before the actual beginning of the millennium that may be required . . . for setting up the governmental machinery of the millennial period. All new governments require a transition period; and the saints who will rule and reign with Christ (Daniel 7:27; Revelation 20:4) must be given their assignments and instructions as to how to operate during the new age (p. 1659).

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Dr. Elmer Towns is a college and seminary professor, an author of popular and scholarly works (the editor of two encyclopedias), a popular seminar lecturer, and dedicated worker in Sunday school, and has developed over 20 resource packets for leadership education.His personal education includes a B.S. from Northwestern College in Minneapolis, Minnesota, a M.A. from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, a Th.M. from Dallas Theological Seminary also in Dallas, a MRE from Garrett Theological Seminary in Evanston, Illinois, and a D.Min. from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California.He is co-founder of Liberty University, with Jerry Falwell, in 1971, and was the only full-time teacher in the first year of Liberty’s existence. Today, the University has over 11,400 students on campus with 39,000 in the Distance Learning Program (now Liberty University Online), and he is the Dean of the School of Religion.Dr. Towns has given theological lectures and taught intensive seminars at over 50 theological seminaries in America and abroad. He holds visiting professorship rank in five seminaries. He has written over 2,000 reference and/or popular articles and received six honorary doctoral degrees. Four doctoral dissertations have analyzed his contribution to religious education and evangelism.

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