Tribulation Is Shortened

Daniel 12:11,12; Matthew 24:22: 

"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" (3 years and 7 months.) (11).

Blessed is he that waiteth, and cometh to the THOUSAND THREE HUNDRED and FIVE and THIRTY days" (3 years, 8 months, 15 days) (12).

 “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)

Many have questions about this portion of Scripture. It is referring to the “days” of the Tribulation Period, and its total length. Commentaries don’t agree with each other, and neither do pastors.

There is another giving of time recorded in Daniel 8:13,14, which also applies to the same period of time as Daniel 12:11,12. From the context, all have to do with length of the time of the Tribulation Period of seven (7) years following the Rapture.

 “Then I heard one saint speaking, and another saint said unto that certain saint which spake, How long shall be the vision concerning the daily sacrifice, and the transgression of desolation, to give both the sanctuary and the host to be trodden under foot? (13).And he said unto me, Unto two thousand and three hundred days; then shall the sanctuary be cleansed. Daniel 8:14” (Daniel 8:13-14).

The following is a brief outline concerning the number of days, in reference to the Tribulation Period, as recorded in Daniel 8:13, 14 and Daniel 12:11,12.

We do know that the Antichrist makes a covenant with Israel in the first part of the Tribulation, allowing the Israel to worship in their Temple, and offering them perpetual peace (Daniel 9:27). In the middle of the Tribulation, after three-and-a-half-years, he breaks the covenant with Israel and seeks to destroy them all. This is the “Abomination of Desolation” spoken of in Daniel 9:27, and amplified upon in Matthew 24:15-22. The verses we are reviewing in Daniel, Chapter 8 and Chapter 12, are in reference to the last three-and-a-half-years of the 7-year Tribulation Period, known as The GREAT Tribulation.

The following Diagram on Page 329, with its explanation, should illuminate these verses in their proper context. In Daniel 12:11 we are told that:

"…from the time that the daily sacrifice shall be taken away..."

 Since the daily sacrifice is taken away by the Antichrist in the middle of the Tribulation Period, after three-and-a-half-years, we know these Scriptures are dealing with the last three-and-a-half-years of the Tribulation Period. The same is true in Daniel 8:13,

" …concerning the daily sacrifice and the host (Israel) to be trodden underfoot.”

In Daniel 8:14, we find the answer to verse 13, by recording a number of days concerning the last half of the Tribulation Period. Here is the record:

"And he said unto me, unto two thousand and three hundred days, then shall the sanctuary be cleansed." 

The Sanctuary will be cleansed by the coming of Christ at the end of the Tribulation Period.  (Revelation 19:11-19). After the Antichrist breaks his covenant with Israel, in the middle of the Tribulation Period, he goes into the Temple and declares himself to be God (2 Thessalonians 2:3,4), and demands all to worship him by taking his Mark,"666" (Revelation 13:16-18). When Christ returns, He will chain Satan for 1,000 years. (Revelation 20:2,3) Christ will, then, sit on the Throne, and reign as King of Kings for a 1,000 years, after which He will create New Heavens and a New Earth.

Notice, in Verse 14, the word “days” should not appear in the Majority Text. The Hebrew is rendered by two words, “bōqer” meaning “evenings,” and “ʿereb” meaning “mornings,” instead of “days.” Therefore, the verse reads this way:

"And he said unto me, unto two thousand and three hundred [evenings and mornings], then shall the sanctuary be cleansed." 

This is referring to the sacrifices offered—one in the evening, and one in the morning.

 “The one lamb thou shalt offer in the morning; and the other lamb thou shalt offer at even”(Exodus 29:39).

The evening and morning sacrifices constituted one day. Therefore, having 2,300 evening and morning sacrifices would constitute 1150 days, which equates to 3 years, 2 months, and 10 days. Remember, in prophecy we always figure 30 days to a month—as in the Jewish calendar. 

Now, let us go to Daniel12:11, 12.

“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" (3 years and 7 months.) (11).Blessed is he that waiteth, and cometh to the THOUSAND THREE HUNDRED and FIVE and THIRTY days” (3 years, 8 months, 15 days). (12).

A. Explanation of the “Diagram: The Shortening of the Days of the Tribulation.

1.    Here are the three sets of figures Daniel gives:
  1. Daniel 8:14 :3 years, 2 months, 10 days -"Then shall the sanctuary be cleansed."
  2. Daniel 12:11: 3 years, 7 months. Length of time from the "Abomination."
  3. Daniel 12:12: 3 years, 8 months, 15 days "Blessed is he that waiteth..."


Since all figures are referring to the last half of the Tribulation Period, there must be a reason why they all differ. If we subtract the 3 years, 2 months, and 10 days, in Daniel 8:14, from the 3 years, 7 months, in Daniel 12:11, this would account for the time being shortened, as promised, in Matthew 24:21,22. Matthew is speaking of the same period of time (the Tribulation Period) as Daniel. Therefore, the Tribulation Period will be shortened by 4 months and 20 days.

If we compare Daniel 12:11 (3 years, 7 months) with Daniel 12:12 (3 years, 8 months, 15 days), we see an extended length of time of 45 days. This can be accounted for, as there are several things that transpire at Christ’s Return to establish the Kingdom.

Now, let us go to the Diagram where we see what occurs during the 45 days. Under that we see 30 days with the Letters A, B, C, D, and the 15 days with the Numbers 1, 2, 3. The Tribulation Period is now ended with Christ’s Return, and this is what He accomplishes in the first 45 days after His arrival as King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

2.    30 days with Letters A, B, C, D.
  1. Battle of Armageddon :(Revelation 14:14-20; 16:10-16; 19:11-16;  Joel 3:1-4,9-16 ).
  2. Judgment of Nations: (Matthew 24:30, 40, 41; Matthew 25:31-34, 41; 2 Tim. 4: 1.).
  3. Saints Receive Resurrected Bodies: (Daniel 12:2; John 6:39,40; Revelation 20:4,6.).
  4. Chaining of Satan: (Revelation 20:1-3.)
3.    15 Days with Numbers 1, 2, 3.
  1. 7-1, or the Seventh Month, First Day: Feast of Trumpets to Regather Israel. Israel was to sound the trumpets: (Leviticus 23:23-25).

       This is how they were used in the Old Testament concerning Israel. As, we have said previously, the Temple Institute already has silver and gold shofars and trumpets ready for these special days.

  1. To assemble the people with two trumpets. (Numbers 10:2,3).
  2. To gather the leaders of Israel with one trumpet. (Numbers 10:4).
  3. To "Forward March!" (Numbers 10:5,6).
  4. To go to war. (Numbers 10:9).
  5. Blown at the solemn feasts. (Numbers 10:10).

       In Matthew 24:30, 31, the sound of a trumpet will be heard to summon the saved in Heaven, those awaiting their resurrected bodies to accompany His return. The saved of Israel will be re-gathered—those in Heaven, and those alive at the end of the Tribulation—and the Kingdom will be established. Israel's land—promised to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, will now be occupied and enjoyed. (Ezekiel, Chapter 48)

  1. 7-10, or the Seventh Month, Tenth Day: The Feast of Atonement. Israel's sins will be forgiven.

       (Romans 11:26,27; Leviticus 23:27).

       During the last 3 ½ years of the Tribulation, two-thirds of all the Jews in Palestine will be killed by the Antichrist (Zechariah 13:8,9). In the rest of the world, outside of Palestine, only one out of ten Jews will survive. (Isaiah 6:11-13 and Amos 5:1-3) After all of Israel's persecution for disobedience, at last God says,

“They shall call on my name, and I will hear them. I will say, It is my people; and they shall say, The LORD is my God” (Zechariah 13:9).

  1. 7-15, or the Seventh Month, 15th Day: The Feast of Tabernacles (Booths).The Millennium.

       (Leviticus 23:33-44; Zechariah 14:16-19).

   This feast was celebrated as a remembrance of Israel’s wilderness journey, and God’s miraculous protection and preservation for 40 years. It will be observed, throughout the Millennium, as a reminder of God’s providential care, protection, and preservation, since they were formed as God’s chosen people. Their unfaithfulness, throughout the millenniums, could never make God become unfaithful to His promises concerning them.

B. Summary: The Tribulation Will Be Cut Short by 4 Months and 20 Days.

  1. The Tribulation will be cut short by 4 months, and 20 days. In Daniel 12:11, we have 3 years, 7 months. In Daniel 8:14, we have 3 years, 2 months, 10 days. Since both are in reference to the last 3 l/2 years of the Tribulation Period, we can see a difference of 4 months, 20 days; thus, illuminating Matthew 24:21, 22.

 “For then shall be (the) great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. (V. 21)

And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake (i.e., the saved of Israel) these days shall be shortened.” (V. 22).

  1. Comparing Daniel 12:11 with Daniel 12:12, we have the difference of 45 days, or a month-and-a-half. The reason we divided this into 30 days and 15 days is because of the three feast days, which, prophetically, have not yet been fulfilled; whereas the first four have been fulfilled. These seven feasts, as recorded in Leviticus 23 and elsewhere, are types of future fulfillments.
  2. The Feast of Passover (Exodus 12) is fulfilled in Christ’s Crucifixion. 1 Corinthians 5:7 states,

“For even Christ our passover is sanctified for us.”

  1. The Feast of Unleavened Bread, fulfilled in Christ’s sinless life and enjoins the Christian to lead a clean life as stated in I Corinthians 5:7a,

“Purge out therefore the old leaven that ye may be a new lump…”

Even Judas said in Matthew 27:4,

“ I have sinned in that I have betrayed innocent blood.”

  1. The Feast of First Fruits is fulfilled by Christ’s Resurrection as stated in I Corinthians 15:20,23. 

“But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the first fruits of them that slept.”

  1. The Feast of Pentecost, fulfilled fifty days after Christ’s Resurrection by the giving of the Holy Spirit. “Pentecost” means Fifty, as the Holy Spirit came exactly as promised—fifty days after His Resurrection. (Acts 1:3,4),

This, therefore, leaves the last three feasts of “Trumpets,” “Atonement,” and “Tabernacles” to be fulfilled in type, as shown on our diagram. These three feasts cover a period of 15 days.

  1. The Feast of Trumpets, beginning the 1st Day of the 7th Month (Leviticus 23:23-25);
  2. The Feast of Atonement, beginning the 10th Day of the 7th Month (Leviticus 23:27); and the...
  3. Feast of Tabernacles, beginning on the 15th Day of the 7th Month, making a total of 15 days. The Feast of Tabernacles will continue on, once a year, into and throughout the Millennium (Zechariah 14:16-19).

      After Christ’s victory in the Armageddon battle, the remainder of the 30 days will be occupied with Christ judging the Nations in preparation for His Kingdom Reign, the Old Testament Saints receiving their resurrected bodies, and Christ chaining Satan for a 1,000 years.

      Why does Daniel say, “Blessed is he that waiteth, and cometh to the THOUSAND THREE HUNDRED and FIVE and THIRTY days”? After the chaos of the Tribulation Period, a Thousand Years of peace on earth with the Prince of Peace on the throne is about to begin.

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