Daniel 12:11 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.
12 Blessed is he that waiteth, and cometh to the thousand three hundred and five and thirty days.
Matthew 24:11 And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.
12 And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.
13 But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.
14 And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.
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:
I’m really afraid that we Seventh-day Adventists have not been progressing at all in our understanding of prophecy. Yes, William Miller was led of God, but remember, he had to have everything finished by 1843! This too was of God, to get the people to turn to their Bibles and study deeply, like their lives depended on it – which it did. And i posit, that it does for us today too, yet just about all we hear and study, is that basically everything is already over except for the Sunday Law, Loud Cry, Time of Trouble, Close of Probation, Time of Jacob’s Trouble, and the Second Coming.
I humbly urge that we take our self-satisfied blinders off, and re-read the Bible for what it says.
In Daniel 12, is the Abomination of Desolation before or after the 1290 days? This is so obvious, why has most everyone overlooked this, or explained it away from its obvious meaning? Now the important dates in SDA prophetic history are usually said to be 457BC, 31AD, 34, 508, 538, 1798, and 1843(4). The only 1290 year period here is the one from 508 to 1798. But as far as i know, no one is teaching that the Abomination of Desolation was erected in 1798. It defies common sense. One other major setback for the theory that the AOD is in the past, is that after the AOD is set up, those who come to the 1335 are blessed – but the only 1335 according to these dates would be 508 – 1843. Now there is no BC/AD one year miss here, as both of these dates are AD. Who was “blessed” in 1843? Let’s be honest with ourselves – no one.
We have seen just from a very short look at Daniel, that the AOD must be in the future, but what about looking at Matthew 24? Isn’t Jesus talking about the end of the world? Almost every SDA i’ve ever talked to will agree that it is. Then please read Matthew 24 verse by verse. What happens? – many false Christs arise. Has that occurred yet? A little bit perhaps, but not “many”. Then, verse 14 says that the gospel shall be preached in all the world, and THEN shall the end come. Has that happened yet? Almost, but not yet. Then what is the next verse – 15? Beware this Abomination of Desolation! It did NOT happen in 1798. In fact, it has never happened.
I studied this with my Brother in Zurich last week, and he was amazed, and gave this text as another showing what is involved with the AOD:
2Thessalonians 2:3 Let no one deceive you* by any means, because [that Day will not come] unless the apostasy comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of destruction [or, the one destined to be lost],
4 the one being in opposition [or, being hostile] and puffing himself up with pride over every [thing] being called god or [every] object of worship, with the result that he sits down in the sanctuary of God as God, displaying himself that he is God.
Who else can this be, except Satan himself? He will appear as god, and will deceive the whole world, except for the elect. The time he is allowed to work, looks to be 1,260 days. Doesn’t that fit in with the same time frame in Revelation 11 & 12? And isn’t the 3 1/2 years of Elijah’s ministry, and even Jesus’ period of working — doesn’t that have a direct bearing for the 144,000? How can these times be exactly the same, and then mentioned exactly again in Revelation, and we throw them away in the “historical fulfilment” trash heap?
I sure don’t have all the answers, but i’m getting more and more light by studying and reading the Bible for what it says. Isn’t it time we all put more energy into studying the prophecies, and coming together on the truths that will lead us thru the end times?