MP3: The Mighty Angels of Daniel 12 Continued
Hosts: Nathan Jones & Vic Batista
Prophesy 75 Extra Days
Nathan Jones: In response to God’s mighty messenger angel’s three chapter long series of prophecies, Daniel finally gets to ask his burning question in Daniel 12:8, “My lord, what shall be the end of these things?” The angel’s response in verse 9 landed like a blow to Daniel: “Go your way, Daniel, for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end.” But, the angel doesn’t leave Daniel totally hanging, for in Daniel 12:11-12, he prophesies a clue to the old prophet’s question:
“And from the time that the daily sacrifice is taken away, and the abomination of desolation is set up, there shall be 1,290 days. Blessed is he who waits, and comes to the 1,335 days.
Daniel wasn’t the only one who asked how the story would end. Two angels asked the same thing earlier in verse 7 and the messenger angel responded, “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.” God’s mighty angel answered the angels by stating the prophecies would cover 3.5 years calculated as or 42 months or 1,260 days, based on a 30-day month.
But, when Daniel asks the same “When?” question as the two angels had, then all of a sudden, the messenger angel ends his proclamation with two new time spans. He notes 1,290 days and 1,335 days. Let’s subtract these from each other, which leaves the reader with 45 days. Add in the days between 1,260 and 1,290 and we’re left with 75 days remaining beyond the 3.5 years starting with the Antichrist’s desecration of the Jewish Temple.
How puzzling! Why does the angel now answer Daniel’s question with an extra 75 days? Something big must then occur just after the Tribulation ends and which takes 75 days to accomplish.
To find out what could happen during those extra 75 days we’re given that run past the end of the Tribulation and Jesus’ Second Coming, we have to flip over to Matthew 25. Jesus in this chapter prophesied a finale to the Tribulation in a judgment called the Sheep-Goat Judgment. It takes place just after Jesus returns at His Second Coming at the end of the Tribulation and defeats His enemies — Satan, the Antichrist, and the False Prophet. He will also judge those who beat the incredible odds of remaining alive to the end of those seven horrific years of God pouring out His wrath in 21 earth crushing judgments.#Jesus returns at His #SecondComing at the end of the #Tribulation and defeats His enemies — #Satan, the #Antichrist, and the #FalseProphet. Click To Tweet
Jesus explains that those who are deemed sheep are the righteous ones. These sheep are those people left behind by the Rapture due to their unbelief, but later finally accept Christ as Savior and so become the Tribulation Saints. They pass Christ’s judgment and get to live on in their earthly bodies to populate the Millennial Kingdom. In contrast, those deemed the goats had sworn their loyalty to the Antichrist, and so will be sent to Hades/Torments to await their resurrection and final punishment which will occur at the end of the Millennial Kingdom.
I apologize if that’s a whole lot of eschatology to throw at the reader, but many prophecy scholars believe the Sheep-Goat Judgment will occur during those extra 75 days as King Jesus judges the Tribulation survivors. Once the world has been purified and the world populated by only those who have accepted His salvation, Christ will next start rebuilding the devastated planet and setting up His reign called the Millennial Kingdom. This conclusion may involve a lot of speculation, but I think it’s based on a sound study of the Scriptures and fits well into the prophetic timeline for what will happen during those extra 75 days.
The first segment of this series on the mighty angels of Daniel began with a tragic back story. In the eighty-eighth and last segment, God’s mighty messenger angel closes with a promise of an inheritance.