In a follow-up to one of my earlier blogs, Wendy asks this question related to the time between the Tribulation and the start of the Millennium:
Hi Bob, thank you for the sharing. I enjoyed reading it. Question for you: When I read Daniel 12:12, it mentioned the 2nd half of the Tribulation will last 1290 days, then it says in verse 12, “Blessed is the one who waits for and reaches the end of the 1335 days.” If I subtract 1290 days from 1335 days, I got 45 days. You mentioned in your article that there is 75 days between the two events. Do you mind explaining?
Many who believe in the pre-Tribulation Rapture do not even think about the fact that the Millennium will not immediately follow the Tribulation. Many think if the Tribulation ends at 4:59 PM on June 1, then the Millennium starts at 4:59 PM on June 1. Right then.
But there are many things that must happen before the Millennium starts. According to the Lord, during that interim time His angels (implied in the text) will gather all of the Gentiles who survived the Tribulation and bring them to Jerusalem to be judged by the Lord Jesus. This is called the judgment of the sheep and the goats as discussed in Matt 25:31-46.
That judgment will take time. I would guess a month. Probably well over a billion Gentiles will survive the Tribulation.
While many people think that the Judgment Seat of Christ occurs in heaven during the Tribulation, I am convinced it will occur in Jerusalem after the Tribulation. It, too, will likely take a month or so.
Now to Wendy’s question about 1290 days and 1335 days. The Tribulation is seven years in duration and is broken into two halves, each 3.5 years. The second half is called the Great Tribulation. A Biblical year is 360 days in length. So, 3.5 years is 360 plus 360 plus 360 plus 180 (half a year). That adds up to 1,260 days. Revelation 11:3 indicates that the first half is 1,260 days and Rev 12:6 shows that the second half is also 1,260 days.
So, 1,290 is not the length of the second half of the Tribulation. It is the length of the second half plus 30 days.
While I have speculated that each of the pre-Millennial judgments will last about 30 days, it is possible that both will be completed in the 30 days and the extra 45 days after that may be for other things (like casting mountains into the sea so that Jerusalem is on the highest mountain on earth, cleaning up of some of the devastation from Armageddon, organizing Jesus’ co-rulers, etc.).
Daniel 12 tells us that there will be 30 days for something after the Tribulation ends and then another 45 days after that for something else. Precisely what will be done in those 30 and 45 days remains to be seen.
I hope the numbers 1,260, 1,290, and 1,335 are all very meaningful for you. We are to be watchful for His soon return and should be well versed in those numbers.