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Daniel 12. 1-13: “1 And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book. 2 And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt. 3 And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever. 4 But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased. 5 Then I Daniel looked, and, behold, there stood other two, the one on this side of the bank of the river, and the other on that side of the bank of the river. 6 And one said to the man clothed in linen, which was upon the waters of the river, How long shall it be to the end of these wonders? 7 And I heard the man clothed in linen, which was upon the waters of the river, when he held up his right hand and his left hand unto heaven, and sware by him that liveth for ever that it shall be for a time, times, and an half; and when he shall have accomplished to scatter the power of the holy people, all these things shall be finished. 8 And I heard, but I understood not: then said I, O my Lord, what shall be the end of these things? 9 And he said, Go thy way, Daniel: for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end. 10 Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand. 11 And from the time that the daily sacrifice [or offering] shall be taken away, and the abomination that maketh desolate set up, there shall be a thousand two hundred and ninety days. {Lit. from the time of taking away the daily offering and of the placing of abomination [filth] which makes [renders] desolate [or appalling] there shall be .... } 12 Blessed is he that waiteth, and cometh to the thousand three hundred and five and thirty days. 13 But go thou thy way till the end be: for thou shalt rest, and stand in thy lot at the end of the days. ”

Example of a Prophetic Period (p)
Measured by Julian Days (n)

For Julian Day reckonings of Biblical Prophecies involving intervals of Jewish Days (sunset to sunset): n is the number of Julian Days. Julian Days enumerate the days and fraction which have elapsed since the start of the Julian Era, which is defined as beginning at noon GMT on Monday, 1st January of year 4713 B.C. in the Julian calendar. (Note: the “Julian calendar” and “Julian Days” are named after two different men called Julius, and are two different things.) Days in the Julian and Gregorian calendars begin at midnight, which is half-way through a Julian Day. Therefore days in history are denoted by a Julian Day number followed by “.5” (half-way through the Julian Day, that is, midnight, 00.00 hrs.) Thus, the historical day, Friday 3 April AD 33 (Julian calendar), running from 00.00 hrs. (midnight) 3 April to 00.00 (midnight) 4 April, is described as Julian Day number 1733203.5, meaning it commenced at midnight (00.00 hrs.), half-way between the Julian Day 1733203 which commenced at noon 2 April AD 33 and the next Julian Day 1733204 which commenced at noon 3 April AD 33. Sunset, therefore, is represented here as .25 (18.00 hrs. GMT), though in actual fact it varies according to the time of the year and the location of the observer. Jewish Days, by contrast, run from sunset of one day to sunset of the next. The interval is p Jewish Days, the starting point of the interval is ps (sunset 18.00 hrs. GMT, at .25 of any given Julian Day), the first completed Jewish Day of the interval is pa, and the end of it is pz.

If pz falls between Julian Days ny and nz, then ps is at n = ny – p and pa is at n = nz – p.

In the example tabulated left, ny = 7.5, nz = 8.5, p = 5, ps is at n = ny – p = 7.5 – 5 = 2.5, and pa is at n = nz – p = 8.5 – 5 = 3.5.

In the case infra ny = 2438089.5 (1 March 1963 = Julian Day 2438089.5) and nz = 2438090.5 (2 March 1963 = Julian Day 2438090.5), p = 691200 (= 1920 [630 + 1290] prophetic years of 360 days each), therefore ps is at n = 2438089.5 – 691200 = 1746889.5 = 22 September 70 and pa is at n = 2438090.5 – 691200 = 1746890.5 = 23 September 70.


The Sign of the Son of Man appeared at sunset 28 February 1963 on Sunset Mountain near Tucson Arizona USA. This is the Jewish Day sunset 28 February to sunset 1 March 1963. Therefore ny = 2438089.5 = 00.00 hrs., 1 March 1963, and nz = 2438090.5 = 00.00 hrs., 2 March 1963, and between ny and nz at sunset falls pz, i.e. in this case the end of the 1290 prophetic years (called “days” in the prophecy, each prophetic year being 360 days long) of Daniel 12. 11. The last Jewish Day of the 1290 prophetic years = 2438089.25 (sunset 28 February 1963) to 2438090.25 (sunset 1 March 1963).


The Jews in the early Christian centuries and subsequently used the Era of Destruction of the Second Temple for chronological purposes. Eras are reckoned in Tishri-to-Tishri years. The Second Temple was destroyed on 9 Av (= sunset 4 to sunset 5 August [Julian]) AD 70, within the Jewish year which ran from 1 Tishri AD 69 to 30 Elul AD 70 (a Tishri-to-Tishri year). For chronological purposes years are reckoned pars pro toto. Therefore the first year of the Era of Destruction (a pars pro toto first year) began on 5 August AD 70 and was completed on 30 Elul AD 70 = sunset 23 September to sunset 24 September AD 70. The prophecy of Daniel 12. 11-12 delineates a period of 1290 and 1335 “days” (= prophetic years) which runs from the “time [or, period] of the taking away of the daily offering and of placing abomination which makes desolate [i.e. filth on the desolate site of the Temple].” The daily offering was removed by the Romans in AD 70, but filth CONTINUED to be placed on the Temple site (particularly after Constantine claimed “conversion”) till the time the Dome of the Rock was built on the Temple Site in the Muslim year AH 72 = AD 691/692.

A copy of the Inscription in the Dome of the Rock dating its construction
to Year 72 = AD 691/692. It reads as follows:

This dome was built by the servant of God, Abd[allah-el-Imam-al-Mamûn, E]mir
of the Faithful, in the Year Seventy-Two. May God be well pleased, and be satisfied with him. Amen”

(The square brackets mark where the original builder’s name, Abd-al-Malik, was erased and replaced by that of the later Emir al-Mamûn in a different style, but the original year-date of the construction, Year 72, was left unaltered.)

Though the Othmanic Muslims intended to clean up the filth by building their shrine, they merely added the final “standing” filth to the site, by the construction of a heathen sanctuary inscribed all round with blasphemous verses of the Othmanic Quran denying God has a Son. This was the point in Daniel’s prophecy referred to by Jesus in Matthew 24. 15-16 “15 When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:) 16 Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains .... etc.” Jesus Himself referred to the abomination of desolation as a future event. It has nothing to do, therefore, with the desecration of the Temple by Antiochus Epiphanes, which occurred long before the time of Jesus. At this point in AD 691/692 the time of “placing abomination which makes desolate” was fulfilled, the abomination “stood” permanently on the site, and from that point Daniel prophesied it would be 1290 days. Since it is the desolation of the Second Temple which is in view here, the era is the Jewish Era of Destruction, the first year of which was completed on 30 Elul AD 70. Being a divine prophecy each year is called a day, and is reckoned as 360 Jewish days in length (not 365¼ as in the modern calendar). From 30 Elul AD 70 began the “time [period] of the taking away of the daily offering and of placing abomination which makes desolate,” measured in “days” (360-day years). That ran for 630 “days” till 3 September AD 691. 630 “days” happens to be precisely half the commonly attested prophetic period of 1260 “days”. Then the time of placing abomination was completed. From that point Daniel prophesied 1290 days till the time the secrets sealed up in the Book would be revealed. 1290 “days” from 3 September AD 691 ends on the day sunset 28 February to sunset 1 March AD 1963, when 7 Angels appeared to Brother William Branham on Sunset Mountain near Tucson Arizona and commissioned him to expound the mysteries of the Seven Seals, which Jesus would open up to him.

A) For the beginning of the Era of Destruction END of Year 1 (a pars pro toto first year) = 30th Elul AD 70 (the last day of the old year before the new year for eras at 1 Tishri) = sunset 23 September 70 to sunset 24 September 70 = Julian Day 1746891.25 to 1746892.25. The MARKER is the END-POINT of that year (marking the first completed year, in this instance pars pro toto). Similarly for the beginning of the era of 691200 Jewish Days till sunset 1 March 1963, the MARKER of the first day is the END-POINT of that day (marking the first completed day) which falls at 1746891.25 (sunset 23 September 70). TOTAL of prophetic years of 360 Jewish Days each = 1920 (630 + 1290) = 691200 Jewish Days. I.e. nz = 2438090.5, p = 691200, pa is at n = nz – p = 1746890.5

B) For the beginning of the era of 1290 prophetic years (= 464400 Jewish Days) till sunset 1 March 1963, the MARKER of the first day is the END-POINT of that day (marking the first completed day) which falls at Julian Day 1973691.25 = sunset 3 September AD 691 (= 3 Rabi’ath-Thani AH [Anno Hegirae] 72 [running from 4 June 691 to 22 May 692] in the Muslim Calendar, this Muslim year witnessing the construction of the Dome of the Rock). I.e. nz = 2438090.5, p = 464400, pa is at n = nz – p = 1973690.5.

C) For the beginning of the era of 630 prophetic years (= 226800 Jewish Days, comprising half the commonly attested period of 1260 prophetic years) of the placing of abomination-filth on the Temple site after removal of the daily offering, till sunset 3 September 691, the MARKER of the first day is the END-POINT of that day (marking the first completed day) which falls at Julian Day 1746891.25 = sunset 23 September AD 70. I.e. nz = 1973690.5, p = 226800, pa is at n = nz – p = 1746890.5.

D) For the beginning of the era of 1260 prophetic years (= 453600 Jewish Days) till the Jewish Day 4/5 August (Gregorian), viz. sunset 4 August (= Julian Day 2427289.25) to sunset 5 August 1933 (= Julian Day 2427290.25), the MARKER of the first day is the END-POINT of that day (marking the first completed day) which falls at Julian Day 1973691.25 = sunset 3 September AD 691. I.e. nz = 2427290.5, p = 453600, pa is at n = nz – p = 1973690.5.

E) For the beginning of the era of 1335 prophetic years of Daniel 12. 12 till the Jewish Day sunset 7 July 2007 to sunset 8 July 2007, if the years are taken to be the usual prophetic years of 360 days each (= 480600 Jewish Days), the MARKER of the first day is the END-POINT of that day (marking the first completed day) which falls at Julian Day 1973691.25 = sunset 3 September AD 691. I.e. nz = 2454290.5, p = 480600, pa is at n = nz – p = 1973690.5. THE REFERENCE POINT on that last day is: ny = 2454289.5 = 00.00 hrs., 8 July 2007, nz = 2454290.5 = 00.00 hrs., 9 July 2007, and between these two at 2454290.25 = sunset 8 July 2007 falls the end of the last Jewish Day of the 1335 prophetic years. I.e. the last Jewish Day runs from 2454289.25 = sunset 7 July 2007 to 2454290.25 = sunset 8 July 2007. However, the number of years here (1335) is unlike the other numbers in Daniel, which relate to lunar reckoning: 1260 (three and one half years comprising 12 lunar months of 30 days each) or 1290 (1260, plus 30, representing one intercalary month of 30 days on the lunar system). The number 1335 implies the use of solar years, i.e. 1335 years of 365.25 days each, since 1335 = 365.25 × 3.6525 = 1334.075625, i.e. 1335 to the nearest whole number (reckoning pars pro toto). Therefore p = 487608.75 (= 1335 × 365.25), pa is at 1973690.5, so nz is at pa + p = 1973690.5 + 487608.75 = 2461299.25 = 15 September 2026. The final target year of the 1335 “days,” therefore, runs from 16 September AD 2025 to September 15 AD 2026, and encompasses the whole of the Jewish lunisolar year from Tishri 1 (Rosh Hashana) = 23 September 2025 to Elul 30 = 11 September 2026. This Jewish year is the 49th in the 70th Jubilee Cycle. Tishri 1 2026 is an important date, as it is the commencement of the 70th Jubilee Year since the beginning of Jubilees. The 70th Jubilee Cycle (of 49 years) runs from Tishri 1977 till Tishri 2026, — given that the first Jubilee Cycle ran from 1405 BC till 1356 BC, calculated as follows:

The Israelites went out in the Exodus from Egypt in Nisan 1446 BC, and spent 40 years in the desert till Nisan 1406 BC, when they crossed over Jordan into the Promised Land. That first year in Canaan (till Tishri 1406 BC) they ate the old corn of the land left by the previous inhabitants (Joshua 5. 11f.), then started to plant their fields and harvest them in the Tishri-to-Tishri year Tishri 1406 to Tishri 1405 BC (the first year of the first Jubilee Cycle of 49 years). The 49th year of the first Cycle was Tishri 1357 to Tishri 1356 BC, and the first Jubilee (50th) Year was Tishri 1356 BC to Tishri 1355 BC. Thus the 70th Jubilee Cycle, 70 × 49 = 3430 solar years following that point, commenced Tishri AD 1977; the 49th year of that Cycle is Tishri AD 2025 to Tishri AD 2026, and the 70th Jubilee Year since the beginning of Jubilees commences Tishri AD 2026.

These figures 1290 and 1335 are related as follows:

Taken as prophetic years of 360 days, they reach to 1963 and 2007 respectively. If, instead of 1290 (an “intercalary” number), we read the usual prophetic number of 1260 (a non‑“intercalary” number), and similarly reduce the 1335 by 30, we arrive at the dates 1933 and 1977. The latter of these is the beginning of the 70th Jubilee Cycle, which ends in 2026, and 2026 is 1335 solar, rather than 360-day, years from the commencement point of the prophecy (the time of placing abominable filth on the Temple site). Notice Jesus Himself in Matthew 24. 22 and Mark 13. 20 referred to a promised “shortening” of the “days” referred to by Daniel subsequent to the placing of the abomination of desolation (Matthew 24. 15, Mark 13. 14). He said no flesh would be saved if these days were not shortened. Within the “shortened” period of days, 1933-1977, calculated here occurred the ministry of God’s prophet-messenger, William Branham, anointed with the Spirit of Elijah, whereby salvation was offered to the last generation (Malachi 4. 6).