DANIEL’S EXTRA DAYS
THERE MUST BE A REASON
If we believe in the divine inspiration of the Word of God, and we do, there must be a reason for everything that is contained within the sacred page. During the early 1970s, something in the prophet Daniel’s writings was noted and has been a puzzle ever since. In all our books and booklets, conclusions reached have been presented. A website is less permanent and this is a perfect vehicle for teasing out mysteries and turning conjecture into something more definite. “DANIEL’S EXTRA DAYS”, is a case in point.
DANIEL, A PROPHET PAR EXCELLENCE
Few men who ever inhabited our earth came near him, either in piety or prophetic revelation. Some of his visions were of such a nature that, if you will pardon the expression, “they knocked the legs from under him”. He testified to the fact that after one such revelation, I Daniel fainted, was sick certain days and I was astonished, further, As for me Daniel my cogitations much troubled me and my countenance changed in me. It’s no easy job being a prophet for, I saw this great vision and there remained no strength in me; For my comeliness was turned into corruption, and I retained in strength. But who else was ever addressed from heaven like this.
10 v 19
man greatly beloved, fear not: peace be unto
thee; be strong, yea, be strong….
He was a man greatly beloved indeed and with good reason.
A VISION SHUT UP, A BOOK SEALED
8 v 26
…shut thou up the vision, for it shall
be for many days.
DANIEL 12 v 24
…shut up the words seal the book, even
to the time of the end.
So, we are to understand that both the understanding and the fulfilment of the visions were for the end days. Much was sealed in Daniel’s day and the interpretation hidden, even from him. In many respects, we are living in the time of the end, when the vision is shut up no longer and the sealed book is being, and will be opened, seal by seal. Amazingly, in these end days, we are actually seeing vision fulfilling events that must have been a mystery to Daniel’s coming to pass before our very eyes and with more to come.
A FOUNDATION LAID
Having laid a little foundation, let us turn our attention to the sealed vision of Daniel’s twelfth chapter. Many, so Daniel tells us, will travel to and fro, both physically and virtually, as we do today. Words penned travel in all directions in a moment of time and are read in every corner of the globe. Daniel both warns and encourages us that knowledge will increase. May God grant us that true wisdom that comes from above as we consider the deepest things of both the Word and of the Spirit.
A TIME, TIMES AND A HALF
Most commentators of our persuasion agree that the period of the above is A TIME (one year) TIMES (two years) AND AN HALF (six months) and is the second half of the tribulation period. By now, Antichrist dominates, and the only worship must be of him and of his image. This period is also presented as forty two months and a thousand, two hundred and threescore days in the Book of Revelation. Daniel adds an extra 30 days in DANIEL 12 v 11 and a further 45 days in v 12. These extra days are the puzzle that have occupied us these forty years. We believe the scripture is inspired, so why are these extra days present and what could be contained within them?
A POSSIBLE ANSWER TO THE MYSTERY
In the eight subjects considered thus far, we have endeavoured to establish the following fundamentals.
1. THE CHURCH IS PRESENT THROUGHOUT THE TRIBULATION PERIOD.
2. THE LORD REAPS HIS HARVEST (THE TRUE CHURCH) TO THE CLOUDS VIA SIMULTANEOUS RESURRECTION AND RAPTURE.
3. SATAN, ANTICHRIST AND THE FALSE PROPHET ARE GATHERING THEIR MULTI-NATIONAL ARMIES TO ARMAGEDDON.
So, the Lord has his raptured and resurrected people with Him in the heavenly regions where we now suggest that certain events take place in this post rapture period. These events will all happen prior to the setting up of Christ’s millennial Kingdom. These events will fill the vacant days which we have described as DANIEL’S EXTRA DAYS.
THE MARRIAGE OF THE LAMB IS COME
There is so much, both of glory and consequence, contained in this awesome event that we must devote time to it later. For now, we must keep within the confines of our theme. Ponder upon this:
19 v 6 – 9
I heard as it were the voice of a great
multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and
as the voice of mighty thunderings, saying,
Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth.
us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him:
for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his
wife hath made herself ready.
to her was granted that she should be arrayed in
fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen
is the righteousness of saints.
he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which
are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb.
And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings
THE CONFLICT TO
END ALL CONFLICTS
Now we come back to the conflict to end all conflicts,
following hard on the heels of the Marriage
Supper of the Lamb.
REVELATION 19 v 11, 14, 15 and 19 – 21
I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse;
and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and
True, and in righteousness he doth judge and
the armies which were in heaven followed him
upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white
out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with
it he should smite the nations: and he shall
rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth
the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of
I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and
their armies, gather together to make war
against him that sat on the horse, and against
the beast was taken and with him the false
prophet that wrought miracles before him, with
which he had deceived them that had received the
mark of the beast, and them that worship his
image. These both were cast alive into a lake of
fire burning with brimstone.
the remnant were slain with the sword of him
that sat upon the horse, which sword proceeded
out of his mouth: and all the fowls were filled
with their flesh.
So, the second event to fill DANIEL’S EXTRA DAYS is the
complete and utter destruction of the armies of
Antichrist. The people of God have left the
heavenly sphere where the marriage supper took
place, have been part of the army of destruction
of all the forces of darkness. They are now on
the earth with their beloved Lord, the Messiah
Jesus. The beast and the false prophet have been
consigned to the lake of fire, and Satan himself
has been bound in the bottomless pit for the
thousand year period of Christ’s millennial
reign (REVELATION 20 v 1 – 3). There is one
further matter to address.
THE JUDGMENT SEAT
QUESTION. When does the judgment seat of Christ take
We know that it is where every true believer is judged.
2 CORINTHIANS 5 v 10
we must all appear before the JUDGMENT seat of
Christ; that every one may receive the things
done in his body, according to that he hath
done, whether it be good or bad.
No true believer is judged at the “Judgment of the Great White Throne” which takes place after the millennial thousand year reign of Christ, REVELATION 20 v 11 – 15 refers. The judgment seat of Christ is often referred to as the “Bema”, from the Greek word for JUDGMENT seat. This Greek word has the force of a tribunal which should stop the hearer in their tracks, but as it is so rarely preached on in these days, stops almost no-one. After forty or more years of puzzling over the time of this judgment seat of Christ, it still remains an uncertainty, for this man at least. We discuss it now, almost certainly out of its true chronology, because of doubts surrounding its timing.
TWO POSSIBILITIES PRESENTED
There seems to be two most likely timings of the judgment seat of Christ. It is most solemn. It is of the most far reaching of consequences for the believer. It is rarely ministered upon as it does not make for preaching popularity, and certainly, if presented with biblical truth, would not make comfortable hearing for the masses of “comfort zone” believers who sadly dominate the church. It is at this “Bema” tribunal that the believers’ rewards and position in the Kingdom are decided. In fact, it is here that it is decided “by the revealing by fire whether the one standing before the all seeing, all knowing judge, will have “right of access” into that Kingdom glory.
THE FIRST POSSIBILITY
We know that at death the true believer is absent from the body to be present with the Lord. So there must be a possibility that for each individual believer, the judgment seat of Christ takes place at death, where the issues just mentioned, are then decided. Do ponder upon 1 CORINTHIANS 3 v 11 – 16 once more. This suggestion as to timing is given some weight by the fact that absent from the body to be present with the Lord is in the context of our quoted scripture we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, which occurs just two verses later.
THE SECOND POSSIBILITY
The Church has been harvested and raptured to the skies. Likewise, the dead in Christ have been simultaneously resurrected and caught up with them, both groups to be forever with their beloved Lord. Our readers recall that it has been suggested two events take place between the rapture and the millennium. The first of these being the marriage supper of the Lamb and the second, the destruction of Antichrist and his armies at Armageddon. Could there be a third event in DANIEL’S EXTRA DAYS? Could, during those extra days, the judgment seat of Christ take place? Have any of our “loggers on” picked up any biblical clues as to the Bema, JUDGMENT seat timings? If so, do please get in touch.
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