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Revelation Answer to Question #3


3. What about the seven years' tribulation?

Nowhere does the Book of Revelation talk about seven years of anything. However, it does talk about 1260 days—which would only equal three and one half literal years (3.5 x 360 = 1260).

But then are we seeing two periods of three and one half years? No.

In time prophecy, a "day" equals a year.   (Ezekiel 4:6)

Daniel talks about a "little horn" coming out of the Fourth Universal Empire "beast" which was Rome (Daniel 7:8, 20-26). This little horn persecuted the saints for 1260 symbolic days from 539 A.D. until CE 1799, when Napoleon broke the persecuting power of papacy.

In Revelation this little horn is described also as a beast in its own right with "a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies" for the same period of time (42 "months" x 30 = 1260 symbolic days) (Revelation 13:1-7). The 1260 years are already fulfilled! There is only one period of three and one half years.



Babylonian Empire
Medo-Persian Empire
Grecian Empire
Pagan Roman Empire
Holy Roman Empire
Persecuted Saints for 1260 Years
(539 A.D. to 1799 A.D.)


In reality, the concept of "seven years" is borrowed from a combined prophecy of Daniel 8 and 9 concerning the cleansing of the sanctuary and a   prophecy about Jesus Christ's first advent.

The Vision of the Twenty-Three Hundred Days [Years]

Daniel 8:13-16 tells of a vision of "2300 days" which Daniel did not understand. The angel Gabriel was commissioned to explain it to him, but the chapter ends with Daniel saying:

"And I Daniel fainted, and was sick certain days; afterward I rose up, and did the king's business; and I was astonished at the vision, but none understood it" (Daniel 8:27).

Neither Daniel nor his associates were able to understand this vision. In Daniel the ninth chapter we learn that Daniel went back to Jeremiah's writings concerning the seventy years of desolation. He apparently was wondering if, after the seventy years spent in Babylon, Israel might be restored to its own land. Danielís main interest was in Israel. Gabriel's message left him rather limp, perhaps believing that the sanctuary of the literal temple would remain defiled until the end of "2300 days [years]."

Fearing such a long wait, Daniel then prayed to God confessing Israel's sins and seeking God's mercy. Finally, in Daniel 9:21-27 Gabriel was sent the second time to explain the vision. The only vision that needed explaining at the moment was the vision of the "2300 days." The reason it could not be understood was that the angel had not given a starting date or a closing date. Without some point to measure from, Daniel had a "2300 days" yardstick, but no point to measure from.

Gabriel then made a second attempt to explain the vision of the "2300 days" by adding another vision of "70 weeks [of years]" that would be "determined [literally, are "divided" or "cut off from" the 2300 days] upon thy people and upon thy holy city" (Daniel 9:24). In other words, Gabriel told Daniel that four hundred and ninety years would be divided or cut off from the twenty-three hundred years. Gabriel also provided a time from which to start both the 2300 years and the 490 years. He said:

"Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks (69 weeks): the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times" (Daniel 9:25).

The wall was rebuilt in fifty-two days (Nehemiah 6:15) in 454 BCE. To illustrate:

<----------------------------------------2300 years--------------------------------------->

<--483 yrs--> <--7 yrs--> <--------1810 yrs remaining of the 2300 yrs-------->

< 454 BCE---------------------------------------------------------------------1846 CE >

You cannot remove seven years from the 2300 years and still have 2300 nor can you remove seven years from the 490 historical years and still have 490. To take seven years of history and transplant it into the future is untenable. No explanation is adequate and none has been given. Darby just did it. There is no prophecy that says the "Great Tribulation" is seven years. Seven years was stolen from Daniel disannulling history.

After 69 "weeks," Messiah would come, but he would be "cut off" in death in the middle of the last "week." (Again, a "day" equals a year.)

So after Jesus' ministry of three and one half years—in the "midst of the [last] week"—he would make the Temple sacrifices obsolete...and therefore abominable to God. Still, favor continued another three and one half years to the Jewish people until the first Gentile convert, Cornelius. These seven years of the last "week" were thus fulfilled.



7 "Weeks"
(49 Years)
62 "Weeks"
(434 Years)
1 "Week"
(7 Years)
Building Jerusalem Waiting Messiah
     69th 70th
Last 1 "Week"
3-1/2 Years 3-1/2 Years
"Cut off in
midst of week"


Therefore, there is no justification for snatching this last "week" from the seventy weeks by moving it—after a large gap of time—to the second advent.


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