1. What does God say concerning the dispersion of the Jewish people among the nations of the world?
“I will persecute them with the sword, with the famine, and with the pestilence, and will deliver them to be removed to all the kingdoms of the earth,” Jeremiah 29:18.
“For, lo, I will command, and I will sift the house of Israel among all nations, like as corn is sifted in a sieve,” Amos 9:9.
2. How long a period of punishment was allotted to these people, including all the tribes of Israel?
“And if ye will not hearken unto Me [for all the previous punishment], but walk contrary unto Me; Then I will walk contrary unto you also in fury; and I, even I, will chastise you seven times for your sins,” See Leviticus 26:27, 28.
NOTE: In Ezekiel 4:5 we read, “I have laid upon thee the years of her iniquity according to the numbers of days,” This period of seven times, refers to seven years, or 2520 days. Each day for a year makes 2520 years allotted to them for dispersion and punishment. This began with the capture of Jerusalem by Nebuchadnezzar about 606 years before the birth of Christ, and therefore ended 1914.
3. What did Daniel the Prophet say about the time of deliverance of his people?
“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, everyone that shall be found written in the book,” Daniel 12:1.
4. What did he say further, as to the length of time it would be until the deliverance of His people should begin to be witnessed, and their period of chastisement end?
“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,” Daniel 12:11.
NOTE: The period of time given here by Daniel, was 1290 days or years, until deliverance would come to his people. We note in verse two of this chapter, that the next event following their deliverance is that even many that sleep in the dust of the earth shall arise, showing that the deliverance will finally be complete. This span of 1290 years begins as the verse above states, “from the time the daily sacrifice is taken away, and the abomination that maketh desolate set up,” As all Christians are to be watchful, there are none excusable for not knowing something about this prophecy, since it has a definite starting place.
5. What class of people will not understand this prophecy, and what does God say of those who do understand it? Into what distinguished class does He place them?
“The wicked shall do wickedly, and none of the wicked shall understand, but the wise shall understand,” Daniel 12:10.
6. As the commencement of the 1290 years of this prophecy starts with the taking away of the daily sacrifice, and the placing of the Abomination of Desolation, to what do these two events refer?
“But in those sacrifices there is a remembrance again made of sin every year . . . . And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifice, which can never take away sin,” Hebrews 10:3, 11.
Much is said all through the Bible about the Old Testament law for pardoning sins, which was through the blood of animals. When a person broke any one of the ten commandments, he was stoned to death, unless an animal was killed in his place. This was to impress upon them the horrors of sin. Priests stood daily offering these sacrifices, and this is the daily sacrifice that was still going on in the days of the apostle Paul 66 years after Christ, as the above scripture shows. The Jews, not believing in Christ, the Lamb of God, who came and died for all who would accept Him, went right on offering up the animal sacrifices. This ended, however, when the Mohammedans by religion, or the Turks and Arabs, took possession of Jerusalem and the Holy Land in 632 A.D.
7. Did Jesus refer to these events as signs of His second coming?
“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:) then let them which be in Judea flee into the mountains,” Matthew 24:15, 16.
NOTE: It is a fact that the year 632 marks the beginning of this period of Mohammedan conquest over Jerusalem and the Holy Land. It was this very year that Jerusalem fell, and then this desolating power STOOD there. The Jews fled to the mountains then, as they did when the Romans took Jerusalem in 70 A.D. This warning of our Savior fitted both events, and thousands now living in the low plain country of Judea will flee to the mountains again when the nations of the world gather to Palestine in the future.
8. Has there been more than one abomination in the sight of God, caused by Gentile armies coming against the Holy Land?
“And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate,” Daniel 9:27.
NOTE: We see here that there were to be a series of abominations which would cause the Holy Land to be desolate UNTIL the consummation. This agrees with the words of Jesus in the same discourse when He said Jerusalem would be trodden down by the Gentiles UNTIL the times of the Gentiles were fulfilled, Luke 21:24.
It was the year 632 when these events took place and by adding the 1290 to this date, it brings us to 1922. It was this eventful year that fifty-three nations signed that memorable agreement giving the Jewish people the Holy Land. Any late encyclopedia will tell you about this, if you will look up “The Balfour Declaration.” This was the most outstanding fulfillment of prophecy since the decree of Artaxerxes in the year 457 B.C., which pointed to the events of our Saviour’s first coming. This is no less significant, relative to His second coming.
9. Is there not another time period in connection with this prophecy, and what is said of the waiting time?
“Blessed is he that waiteth, and cometh to the thousand three hundred and five and thirty days,” Read Daniel 12:10-12.
NOTE: This waiting time is just 45 days, or just 45 years further. It reaches on from 1922 forty-five years, or to the year 1967. This goes into the kingdom, but does not give the date of Christ’s coming, for Jesus said, “And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened,” Matthew 24:22. Notice that this is during the same discourse, and just following His mention of the Abomination of Desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, therefore it is these days that He refers to. This is the waiting time, or the last generation which we are in now.
10. What further did Jesus say about His coming during the waiting time, or the generation witnessing certain events happening here on the earth?
“Behold the fig tree, and all the trees; when they now shoot forth, ye see and know of your own selves that summer is now nigh at hand. So likewise ye, when ye see these things come to pass, know ye that the kingdom of God is night at hand. Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass away till all be fulfilled,” Luke 21:29-32.
NOTE: In the verses preceding these quoted above, Jesus mentions Jerusalem being trodden down by the Gentiles with the Jews scattered among all nations UNTIL the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled. Then He speaks of distress of nations, with perplexity, and men’s hearts failing them for fear and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth. Then He compares these things to the leaves on the trees which show summer to be near at hand. When we see the leaves on the trees, He says we know of our own selves that summer is nigh at hand. “LIKEWISE YE, WHEN YE SEE THESE THINGS COME TO PASS, KNOW YE THAT THE KINGDOM OF GOD IS NIGH AT HAND.” Also that the generation living then would not pass away until ALL was fulfilled.
11. How many years is a generation according to the scriptures?
“So all the generations from Abraham to David are fourteen generations; and from David to the carrying away into Babylon are fourteen generations; and from the carrying away into Babylon unto Christ are fourteen generations.”
NOTE: Here we have three periods of fourteen generations each, from Abraham to Christ, and this includes 1900 years. See dates given at the top of your Bible (most Bibles have them) in Genesis 18th chapter. It was also at this time when Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed by fire, which were set forth as examples of those that would afterwards live ungodly. Jude 1:7 and II Peter 2:6. Anciently, fire was put on a tall watchtower as a signal of approaching danger, Jeremiah 6:1.
Dividing 1900 years by the forty-two generations from Abraham to Christ, we have approximately forty-five years to a generation. This is the exact period of the waiting time in Daniel 12:12, as previously set forth in the 1290 and 1335 year periods.
Consequently, before this generation comes to its close Jesus will appear in the clouds of heaven in majestic power and glory, as He has promised. He said this generation would not pass away until all was fulfilled, therefore, we will not reach the end of it until the kingdom is here. Those days are to be shortened for the elect’s sake.
Dear reader, we must use our life now for God, or it will be too late. We must put our means into the closing message of world-wide warning of the pending judgment. “Prepare to meet thy God, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”