Daniel and Revelation

Defended The West Bank of the Jordan, which it did successfully. (Tim L. 2 )

There was one exception: the British-trained and British-officered Arab Legion, under the command of King Abdullah of Jordan. But it was constrained financially and politically by the British-dominated King, who had already colluded with the Jewish leaders on territorial matters and who had ambitions in Palestine.
The Arab Legion, therefore, was restricted to defending territory in and around East Jerusalem and the Old City and on the West Bank of the Jordan, which it did successfully.

Applying the date of 688 A.D. to Daniel

And from the time that the daily sacrifice shall be taken away, and the abomination that maketh desolate set up, there shall be 1290 days. Daniel 12:11

Blessed is he that waiteth and cometh to the 1335 days. 12:12

Biblical scholars acknowledge the words of Ezekiel who wrote 30 years before Daniel. “I have appointed thee each day for a year”. Using each day for a year,

And from the time that the daily sacrifice shall be taken away, and the abomination that maketh desolate set up in 688 A.D., there shall be 1290 years. Daniel 12:11

Blessed is he that waiteth for the Messiah and cometh to the 1335 years or 2023. 12:12

Revelation Chapter 11, verse 2&3 confirms this date.

But the court which is without the Temple leave out and measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles: and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months (1279 days).  And I will give power to my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a 1260 days, clothed in sackcloth. Revelation 11:2&3

These two verses appear to be talking about the same time scale and the same event. But only if we assume an average month is thirty days – then forty-two months = 1260 days. An “average month” does not account for the extra day for a leap year.  Using the reckonings from the Julian calendar and the extra day, the period of forty-two months is 1279 not 1260 days.

We also know verse 1 refers to the area outside the temple as being in the hands of the Gentiles (non Jews) as well as the holy city of Jerusalem for 1279 years (“each day for a year”.); and in verse 2 the two witnesses of God the Jewish people, the Houses of Judah and Israel, will prophesy or preach for a similar 1260 years  “clothed in sackcloth”. Sackcloth is symbolic of regret, repentance and mourning.

What these two verses are saying is that the Jewish people will lose their place of worship including the city of Jerusalem; it will be given over to non Jewish people until 1967 and the Jewish people will be in mourning for the loss of their homeland until 1948.

On May 14th 1948  (688 A.D. + 1260) the British Mandate for Palestine ended and the State of Israel was created.  For the first time since 688 A.D. the Jewish faith once again had a Homeland but did not control East Jerusalem or the Temple Mount until June 5th 1967 (688 A.D. + 1279).

In the first few hours of the 1967 six-day war for the first time since the capture of Jerusalem and destruction of the temple by Titus in 70 A.D. the people of Israel not only had their own state they once again controlled “the most holy place” in Jerusalem.


About ronaldswenson

James Fitzsimmons, PhD, is a visiting fellow at the University of Haifa, Israel in the department of Middle East Studies and International Politics. The particular focus of his research is on how political and strategic culture affects the security of nations in the Middle East.
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