Revelation 11 pt 4

Revelation 11 pt 4

Continuing our study of Revelation 11

Revelation 11:2  ‘But exclude the outer court, do not measure it, because it has been given to the Gentiles. They will trample on the holy city for 42 months. 

Brace yourself for some biblical mathematics!

Daniel describes a seven year period of tribulation. In the middle, after three-and-a-half years, the end-time beast will move to desecrate the Third Temple. 

Daniel 9:27  ‘In the middle of the ‘seven’ he will put an end to sacrifice and offering.’ 

Half of seven years is a three-and-a-half year period which is also described as time, times and half a time. 

A ‘time’ is one year, a times is two years and half a time is half a year which makes three-and-a-half years altogether!

Daniel 12:7a  ‘It will be for a time, times and half time. When the power of the holy people has finally been broken, all these things will be completed.’

The same expression is used by John in Revelation:

Revelation 12:14  ‘The woman was given the two wings of a great eagle, so that she might fly to the place prepared for her in the desert where she would be taken care of for a time, times and half a time.’

And again by Daniel:

Daniel 7:25  ‘He will speak against the Most High and oppress the saints and try to change the set times and the laws. The saints will be handed over to him for a time, times and half a time.’

This three-and-a half-year period, otherwise known as ‘time, times and half a time’, also equals 42 months which can be found in Revelation:

Revelation 11:2  ‘But exclude the outer court, do not measure it, because it has been given to the Gentiles. They will trample on the holy city for 42 months. 

Revelation 13:5  ‘The beast was given a mouth to utter proud words and blasphemies and to exercise his authority for 42 months.’

Now, bear with, 42 months equals 1260 days, which we also find in scripture.

Revelation 11:3  ‘And I will give power to my two witnesses and they will prophesy for 1,260 days clothed in sackcloth.’

Revelation 12:6  ‘The woman fled into the desert to a place prepared for her by God, where she might be taken care of for 1,260 days.

I hope you have held on. I am mathematically challenged too! Like me, you might have to read it through three-and-a-half times to grasp it!

The second half of the seven year tribulation will be the most exacting in the history of mankind. Ground-breaking events will be happening daily. Everything will be at stake.

This common denominator of time unites these precious and revealing verses in Daniel and Revelation, and for me, they speak of their importance and actuality. 

We must understand Daniel before we can understand Revelation and vice-versa. Scripture is interweaving with essential truths here.

The different expressions for the same period of time would also show that they are actual measurements of time that are not to be spiritualised into something of our own making. This period of time will actually happen!

It will be the final three-and-a-half years before Christ Jesus returns in power and glory!

Thank you for reading this.

and previously:

  • Revelation 16:1 Painful Sores
    And so we enter into a grim and melancholy chapter. There is little cheer to be found here. Those who have taken the mark of the beast, hoping to find some form of reward or relief, and having surrendered their soul to the worship of the beast in some shape or form, now find themselves reaping a bitter harvest of ugly and painful sores. 
  • Revelation 15:8 Holiness
    Please click image and scroll down to see full picture. Once again, these precious verses remind us that God moves in heavenly righteousness. The seven angels are dressed in robes of perfect holiness and they carry the seven plagues that will purge and cleanse this corrupted world. The temple is filled with the glory of God as He brings perfect holiness and righteousness to bear down on this earth. 
  • Revelation 15:3 A Deeper Understanding
    Please click image to reaf full post and scroll down. If you struggle with the horror of Revelation then you are certainly not alone. The absolute horror reflects the weight of sin that has corrupted man to the core.  But as we embrace these sacred truths, they will bring us deeper, far deeper than ever before, into an understanding of the heart, into an understanding of the perfect holiness of God. 
  • Revelation 15:3 Moses and Jesus
    Please tap image to see full post The mention of both Moses and Jesus the Lamb in the same sentence strengthens the idea that Jesus will be the perfect Moses, who will deliver Israel, imprisoned or exiled by the antichrist and lead them victoriously back to Jerusalem. 
  • Revelation 15:1 Glass and Fire
    The bitterness of martyrdom gives way to eternal celebration. Their victory has always been dependent upon the strength that God provides and this is reflected in the harps given to them by God.  And what a glorious celebration. The enemy has been defeated and the bowls of wrath will bring this evil age to a conclusion. The joy of eternity awaits! 

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