1,335 days: Symbol of the Ending of the Book of Daniel (Dan. 12:12–13)
There is an appendix to Daniel for those who want more. It is right at the end of that book. It is well worth covering just to give further insight. Daniel has a final symbol of 1,335 days at the end of the book (Dan. 12:12–13). In Isaiah, the interpreting customs are found in 28:9–10: “Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand doctrine? them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts. For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little” (see Isa. 28:10). Only once an in-depth knowledge of testaments is known does the picture come together.
So what were these 1,335 days mentioned in Daniel 12:12–13? “Blessed is he that waiteth, and cometh to the thousand three hundred and five and thirty day. But go thou way till the end be: for though shalt rest, and stand in thy lot at the end of the days.” This concatenated prophecy would stand undiscovered till “the end of the days.” These 1,335 days in the book of Daniel are a stacked type and have a prefix and suffix to the sacred year type of 1,260 days. It is like two bookends, well bounded, by Daniel a master book binder, around the iconic 1,260 days:
|1,335 days — Symbol of the Ending of the Book of Daniel (Dan. 12:12–13)|
|1.||1/10–1/15: choosing the Paschal lamb, which was killed = 5 days before sacred year|
|2.||1/15–7/15: 180 days X 7 half years (over a seven year period = 1,260 days)|
|3.||7/15–9/25 = 30 days (to Feast of Dedication) + 40 days (to Abomination of Desolation) = 70 days (after sacred year)|
|Total||1,335 days (5 + 1,260 + 70)|
This is the last great monument of Daniel (1,335 days = 5 + 1,260 + 70). You can now appreciate how all of these peculiar jigsaw pieces fuse together. Five days before a half-year period of 1,260 plus 30 days to Jeroboam’s Feast of Dedication, plus another 40 days to the Abomination of Desolation, are all great symbols of the Jewish year. Jeroboam’s celebration of idolatry was 30 days after the Feast of Tabernacles: 1,260 + 30 = 1,290 days. To this is added another 40 days to the Feast of Dedication; 40 days is again symbolic, as our active life opportunity, as is 70 of life. John 10:22 refers to the Feast of Dedication, saying, “And it was at Jerusalem the Feast of Dedication and it was winter.” If you have not seen this symbol before, it is time to reconsider every held doctrine, and deep meditation.
The writers of the book of Daniel swiftly created form. Daniel looked back to the first temple era, when the year of 360 days was divided into two halves, the sacred and the secular. The writers set out to establish a lasting, symbolic memorial. They wanted the secular to be consonant with the sacred. Their philosophy was idiosyncratic in a vacuous, barbaric void. They provided a monograph, transcribing a new written ability of the inkhorn. Form, when translated from chil, means “to bring forth (in pain),” and when translated from yatsar, means “to form, fashion, frame or constitute.” Without form, ruin and vacancy predominate. The writing of the written word, call the “Word of God” (Rev. 19:13), was brought forth in much pain and perennial struggle in each era.
Daniel frames a structure in the final verses of chapter 9. This vision of the seventy weeks (Dan. 9:24–27) hinges on Judaic notion of ever completing transient time. Any theological student must ask why such likenesses of the kingly beasts of the OT’s history were so theatrically portrayed over and over in Daniel — the same beastly symbols we will find in Revelation. All symbolization was purposely designed to bring forth, to fashion substance.