1 Corinthians 15:20-23
John Lennox “Against the Flow”
“Note the question was not about whether these things would happen or when they would happen, but HOW LONG SHALL IT BE TILL THE END OF THESE WONDERS? That is, how long would the final period of horror for Daniel’s nation last? The answer is given in a dramatic and solemn fashion. The man above the river raises both hands to heaven and swears a solemn oath that it would be limited to ‘a time, times, and half a time.’
Daniel heard what was said but confessed that he didn’t understand.
There remained much that Daniel did not understand, as there remains much that we do not understand. It is sealed until the time comes when it will be needed. In the meantime, Daniel went on his way until this life from him came to an end. But that would not be his ultimate destiny. He would rest in the sleep of death, but he will stand up again in resurrection.
Daniel survived Babylon, the survived Medo-Persia, and he will eventually survive death itself.”
Arnold Fruchtenbaum “The Footsteps of the Messiah” (1982)
“The millennium will not begin the day immediately following the last day of the great tribulation, because there will be a 75 day interval. During this time between the great tribulation and the start of the Messianic Age, a number of events will occur. The existence of this interval is demonstrated in Daniel 12:11-12: And from the time that the regular burnt offering is taken away and the abomination that makes desolate is set up, there shall be 1,290 days. Blessed is he who waits and arrives at the 1,335 days.The event that will signal the beginning of the second half of the Great Tribulation will be the Antichrist’s takeover of the Jewish temple from which he will declare himself to be the almighty God. He will then have the False Prophet set up his image in the temple and thus commits the abomination of desolation. The antichrist will retain control for 1,260 days after which he will be killed. But the image which had been made alive will be allowed to continue another thirty days as Daniel 12:11 states.”
“All the Gentiles will be gathered in the Valley of Jehoshaphat for the judgment. The very place where the Campaign of Armageddon will end is the same place where the Gentiles will be judged. Each Gentile living at that time will be judged on the basis of his participation or his refusal to participate in those deeds Joel mentions. The Judge will be none other than the Lord Jesus Christ who will sit on a throne encompassed by His glory in the Valley of Jehoshaphat. All the Gentiles who helped the Jews and the tribulation saints during the Great Tribulation will be allowed to enter the messianic kingdom. They will attain the 1,335th day and will be the ones who will populate Gentile nations in the messianic kingdom.”
“After declaring that a resurrection of the righteous will occur, Paul states that the righteous will be resurrected each in his own order (verse 23). The word translated ORDER is a military term used for sequence of troops of soldiers marching in a procession or in battle. There is one troop division first followed by another troop division and so on. The point is that all the righteous will not be resurrected at the same time but rather in a definite sequential order. The first of these orders was the resurrection of Jesus Christ. He is the firstfruits of the first resurrection. The second is the resurrection of the church saints at the Rapture of the church (1 Thessalonians 4:16). Then will come the Old Testament saints during the seventy-five day interval after the tribulation (Daniel 12:2), and the tribulation saints completes the first resurrection. These are the events of the seventy-five day interval leading up towards that long, special period of history the faithful look forward to – the millennium or the Messianic Age.