WHEN DO THE 1260 DAYS BEGIN AND END (Da 7:25, Da 12:7, Rev 11:2, 3, Rev 13:5)?

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During the 1800’s the Watchtower claimed this was prophetic of 1260 years. Now it is said to be a period of days that correspond approximately to 1260 literal days.

There have been at least 11 teachings, spanning 9 different periods of time.

Source Begins Ends Duration
Zion’s Watch Tower Apr 1880 538 AD 2/15/1798 AD 1260 years
Zion’s Watch Tower 1898 Sep 1 and 15 539 AD 1799 AD 1260 years
Zion’s Watch Tower 1915 Aug 1 325 AD or 539 AD 1585 AD or 1799 AD 1260 years
Watchtower 1929 Dec 15 1 Oct 1914 1 Apr 1918 1278 days
Light 1 (1930) 7 Nov 1914 7 May 1918 1277 days
Watchtower 1951 1 Oct 1914 1 Apr 1918 1278 days
Finished Mystery (1969) 4 Oct 1914 26 Mar 1918 1269 days
Incoming World Government (1977) 28 Dec 1914 21 Jun 1918 1271 days
Revelation Climax (1988) 28 Jul 1914 Early 1918
Watchtower 1993 Nov 1 pp.9-10 Dec 1914 21 June 1918
Kingdom Ministry Sep 2006 p.5 Dec 1914 Jun 1918

As the 1260 days do not line up exactly with any relevant, literal time period of importance to the Watchtower, numerous adjustments have been made, most not even 1260 days. These have related to:

  • Papal Rule
  • World War One
  • The End of the Gentile Times
  • The arrest of Rutherford
  • The sentencing of Rutherford

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