Explains Calvin: "This passage without doubt…treats of the period after the destruction of the temple…. The time now treated…, begins at the last destruction of the temple. That devastation happened — as soon as the Gospel began to be promulgated.
"I have no hesitation in referring this language…to that profanation of the temple which happened after the manifestation of Christ when sacrifices ceased…. ‘From that period, there
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shall be 1290 days.’" Here, God "purposely puts ‘days’ for years…. That time may seem immeasurably prolonged, and may frighten us by its duration…. Yet it must be endured!" Thus Calvin.
So, ‘three and a half times’ (or year-days) alias forty-two months (of year-days), here means 1260 years. Apparently, they start with the Roman destruction of the Jerusalem temple in A.D. 70 — and they peter out 1260 years later in A.D. 1330f. Daniel 12:1b,4,7,11f.
It was precisely that year A.D. 1330 when God’s powerful plague swept through the corrupted ‘Christian World.’ This plague — called the ‘Black Death’ — raged across from the Mid-East, throughout Boccaccio’s Papal Italy, and even into Western Europe. That pestilence soon wiped out perhaps three-quarters2 of all Europeans and Asians. Compare the outlook for our modern plague called ‘AIDS.’ See Revelation 9:20f; 16:1,10; 22:18.
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However, in Daniel 12:7-11 there follows a prediction of an extra three decades from the 1260 till the end of "1290" day-years. Compare Daniel 7:23-25f. These three decades are subsequent to the 1260 day-years which stretch first from the 70 A.D. Roman destruction of the Jewish temple, and then from the subsequent progressive pollution of the temple of the Christian Church. The three decades thus start with the ‘Black Death’ of 1330f A.D.
During those subsequent thirty years — from A.D. 1330 to 1360 — God would raise up and prepare the Proto-Protestant Reformers. Thus, John Wycliffe would then challenge3 the centuries-long pollution of the temple of the Christian Church.
The latter had been soiled by the priestcraft of the Romish Papacy. For the popes had denied complete redemption by the blood of Christ alone. They had erected the blasphemous doctrine of transubstantiation. They had obscured the completed canon of Holy Scripture.
In Daniel 12:11, "the time that the daily sacrifice shall be taken away" refers to the A.D. 70 Roman destruction of the Jerusalem temple. Thereafter, "the abomination that astonishes" would be "set up." This is seen in the later Romish pollutions of the New Testament temple of the Christian Church. Second Thessalonians 2:3-8.
All of this would last for "a thousand two hundred and ninety days" — that is, for 1290 year-days after 70 A.D. The ‘abomination’ would thus continue — until 1360f A.D.
Then Wycliffe would start his Early-Protestant Reformation against that Roman-Romish desolation. Daniel 12:11. Thus, many would be "purified." Daniel 12:10. For then, the recovered Gospel would ripen — through Protestantism, and into Puritanism. Daniel 12:12f.
Wycliffe’s testimony in England from 1360 A.D. onward, would bear fruit especially in Bohemia. There, it would blossom — some forty-five years later. Thus, Daniel 12:12 adds: "Blessed is he who waits — and comes to the thousand three hundred and thirty-five days!" That is, blessed is he who comes 1335 year-days after 70 A.D.
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So Daniel 12:12 predicts the arrival, in A.D. 1405 — exactly forty-five years after Wycliffe — of the further testimony of the Bohemian Wycliffites. These included the Early-Protestant martyrs like John Huss and Jerome of Prague. They, in turn, were the great forerunners of Martin Luther — and the great Protestant Reformation of 1517f A.D. See: Revelation 11:2-3; 12:13f; 13:5,11f; 14:6-8f; 15:1-4; 16:1,10,13f; 17:8-17; 18:1-4,21; & 19:10-21.