Scripture References: Daniel 12:9-12; Daniel 12:1; Genesis 7:11
The comment from Oliver a few weeks ago about the seventh day sabbath reminded me that I need to pay closer attention to time keeping. When I hit a road block in studying a matter, I usually stop dwelling on the topic for awhile until the subject resurfaces. That’s how it was with the study of the sabbath time keeping. I am learning that nothing happens by chance, and it is becoming obvious that the Spirit is directing many people’s study and commentary at this time. So thanks Oliver whoever and wherever you are! Here’s the latest insight that was shown to me because of his comment.
Lunar Calendar and Passover 2016
I’m really not obsessed with the moon-I promise you, and I do not worship the moon. I just want to get that straight. However, I believe that the moon is used to reckon the seventh day sabbaths as well as the appointed feast days. Most people can agree that the feast days are reckoned using a lunar based calendar, and many of the followers of Judaism have already set the dates for the next feast day which is Passover. While I believe that the beginning of the year is determined by the observance of Abib barley and the new moon, the predetermined dates and the ones set by the barley sighting in Israel may just coincide for the upcoming Passover and Feast of Unleavened Bread.
Lunar Calendar and the 1290 Days of Daniel 12
If I had not been watching for the new moon to determine sabbaths and feast days, I would not have noticed that this year is a special one. The report from Israel indicated that the 12th month or moon sighting was seen last Tuesday 9 February 2016. According to the Judaism calendars, Passover 2016 is 22 April 2016. This leaves an extra month between the 12th month and the 1st month of the new year. Before the first month of Abib begins, there will be a 13th month. It is similar to this year’s February 29th leap year; it’s a leap month if you will. This is significant because of the scriptures in Daniel 12 that pertain to the gathering of the saints. Let’s look at the referenced passage.
9 And he said , Go thy way , Daniel: for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end.
10 Many shall be purified , and made white , and tried ; but the wicked shall do wickedly : and none of the wicked shall understand ; but the wise shall understand .
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. Daniel 12:9-12
The context of this scripture represents the time when Michael the angelic prince has to stand up and rescue his people from a time of unparalleled trouble. (see – Daniel 12:1). Daniel is wise enough to ask about the timing of the event, and he is given a cryptic answer. I am not saying that I know when this event will happen, but the number of days is special because 1290 days is 3.5 years plus one month exactly. It appears that the time of the persecution of the Israelites and the testimony of the two witnesses of 3.5 years is followed by an extra 30 days. This indicates that the event will occur during a year with a leap month just like the one we are experiencing right now.
As in the Days of Noah
Another curious feature of this scripture passage is the 1335 days. 1335 days minus 1290 days equals 45 days that the saints must wait after the sighting of the abomination that makes desolate. If one counts 45 days from the beginning of the Hebrew new year, the date falls just two days prior to the anniversary of the breaking up of the earth’s deep fountains of water and the opening of heaven that sent the deluge on the 17th day of the second month (see- Genesis 7:11). The flood in Noah’s day was a means of rescue for the righteous but judgement for everybody else. I’m sure that we will see a similar pattern emerge during these end times.
Shalom in the Master!