What’s up with time during the Tribulation?

Have you ever read the following versus in the bible and wondered ‘what’s up with that?

And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened. Matthew 24:22 KJV

And the fourth angel sounded, and the third part of the sun was smitten, and the third part of the moon, and the third part of the stars; so as the third part of them was darkened, and the day shone not for a third part of it, and the night likewise. Revelation 8:12 KJV

Time is a very important element in the upcoming Tribulation which the bible has referred to in several different fashions.  The Prophet Daniel was told the period would last for a period of one seven, (Hebrew – ‘shabua – Daniel 9:27), and also ‘time, times and half a time’, (Daniel 12:7).  John the Revelator was told the period would be broken into two halves of 1,260 days, (Revelation 11:3), and 1,260 days, (Revelation 12-6), with the last half of 42 months being the period when the Antichrist will be given all power, (Revelation 13:5).

All of the above time frames equate to the same thing if you work on God’s calendar of 12 months with 30 days per month, (the Hebrew calendar which observes the moon, not the sun).  The shabua equals a period of seven years consisting of 12 months of 30 day months, or a total of 2,520 days, (1,260 days + 1,260 days).  With time, times and half a time working out to 360 + 720 + 180 = 1,260 days, (the Time of Jacobs Trouble – The last half of the Tribulation).  Bible prophecy is clear that the Tribulation will last for the entire period of days indicated in these calculations.  So how then do we apply the pesky versus above which tell us that time will be shortened?

Before we answer that question, keep in mind that God has played a couple tricks with time in the past.  God gave King Hezekiah a sign that he would add years to his life.  That sign was a movement backwards on the sun dial by 10 degrees, (Isaiah 38:8).  And let’s not forget Joshua’s extra-long day, (perhaps 48 hours), with which the armies of Israel used to defeat the Amorites, (Joshua 10:13).  There are in fact historical worldwide ancient traditions which tell of an extra-long day.  Remember, God lives outside of time, (which he created for our benefit), so it would be no problem for him to once again play with time in the future.

So, how might God decide to mess with our time?  Here’s what we know:  There are some upcoming events that will pummel this old earth during the coming Tribulation.  We are told of massive earthquake that will flatten mountains and sink islands, (Revelation 16), and some sort of celestial body impacting earth destroying upwards of a third of the planet, (Revelation 8).  These horrendous events might mean one of two things:  Either the collision with earth of a very large asteroid, or a near earth visitation by some sort of wayward planet with a tremendous gravitational pull, (Nibiru??).  Whichever way it happens, it would appear that God is going to give the earth a giant smack which will speed up earth’s rotation.  To the point where there will be one third less daylight and one third less night.  In other words a 16 hour day instead of a 24 hour day.

There’s an interesting prophecy in the book of Amos which might be authenticating this speeding up of time and confirming the words of Jesus when he said that time would be shortened at the end of days, (Matthew 24:22).  Amos recorded the following:

And it shall come to pass in that day, saith the Lord GOD, that I will cause the sun to go down at noon, and I will darken the earth in the clear day: Amos 8:9 KJV

There is also a prophecy from Islam which talks about the contraction of time as a sign of the end:

Abû Hurayrah said: "The Prophet - sallallâhu ’alayhi wa sallam - said: 'The Hour will not come until time passes so quickly that a year will be like a month, a month like a week, a week like a day, a day like an hour, and an hour like the time it takes for a palm-leaf to burn'." (Ahmad)

Interesting isn’t it that the Hebrew Old Testament, the Christian New Testament and the traditions of Islam all seem to indicate a messing with time in the last days? Now can you imagine the carnage, not to mention the sheer panic, of having to deal with a 16 hour day?  Considering the average person sleeps for 8 hours a day and works for 8 hours a day, there would be no time for anything else.  With a 16 hour day, there would now be 548 days in the year rather than 365.  Would that mean additional months added to the calendar?  Would a week still be 7 days or become 10 or 11 days?  All times and laws would have to be adjusted to reflect the new reality.  Oh, now there’s a thought!!  Something would have to be done with the times and laws.  Who gets to decide all that?  Well, it just so happens that bible prophecy might have something to say about the issue.  Daniel the Prophet was told that a future and final world ruler would intend to change things up:

And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time. Daniel 7:25 KJV

There have been many interpretations as to just what is meant by the changing of ‘times and law’, (new dates on the calendar for worship of the Antichrist for instance).  But how about the obvious?  If indeed the days became shorter, then in would be incumbent upon somebody to deal with the new paradigm.  New days, weeks and months would be required to be added to the year, (changing of times), and nearly every law on the books related to time, (your work day for instance), would have to be altered, (changing of laws).

How then do we keeps the number of days constant for the entire length of the Tribulation, (2,520 or 1,260 + 1,260), but still shorten the time frame?  Here’s a little math for you:  Suppose that God choose to change up the time right at the start of the Tribulation.  We would have 2,520 days at 16 hours each day equally a total of 40,320 hours.  A normal solar year with normal days of 24 hours each day equals 8,760 hours.  If we multiply that by 7 years, then we arrive at 61,320 hours.  Thus, the entire length of the Tribulation could be shortened by some 21,000 hours or 2.4 solar years.  That would make the Tribulation not 7 years in length, but rather 4.6 years in length.

I can hear the hollering now; Hold it there mister, the bible says the Tribulation is 7 years in length.  Ah, no it doesn’t actually.  It says the Tribulation will be 1 shabua, (1 seven), in length.  And as we have already learned, God calculates time, not by the Sun but by the Moon.  So long as the proper number of evenings and mornings, (1 day according to Genesis 1:5), and months calculated at 30 days each, (regardless if the day is 16 hours or 24 hours), passes then we would achieve 1 shabua, (2,520 days), in less than 7 solar years.   Of course, the shortening of days will very likely not occur until well into the Tribulation period, making the Tribulation longer than 4.6 solar years but less than 7 solar years.  Still with me??

Can’t say for sure that this is way things will play out.  We admit, there are holes in the theory, (one being the new moon cycle which is the basis of the Hebrew calendar would change). However the thoughts here do tie many things together into one somewhat logical scenario.  It reconciles Jesus’s warning of the days being shortened, the Apostles John’s vision of a day consisting of 1/3 less day and 1/3 less night, and Daniel being informed that a future world leader would have intentions to change the times and laws.

In any event, the future Tribulation period is not something you want to be part of, (and no, we don’t believe the church goes through it – that’s a discussion for another day).  In fact, you want to be ready and waiting for the blast of the shofar, (last trumpet), as we the church are called to meet the bridegroom in the air, to be whisked off where time will be no more.  

When the trumpet of the Lord shall sound, and time shall be no more,
And the morning breaks, eternal, bright and fair;
When the saved of earth shall gather over on the other shore,
And the roll is called up yonder, I’ll be there.

(From “When the Roll is Called up Yonder”)


  1. This remind me of a dream someone saw on 1997 about earth being moved from its axis. U can read it on visions from God - heaven net. It's titled THE END


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