– “forty and two months”
– “a thousand two hundred threescore days”
– “Time, and times, and half a time”
There are six (6) references to a period of three-and one-half years in the Bible, and each refers to the same period of time, the last half of Daniel’s 70th week. The six references are concurrent and NOT consecutive:
• 3 ½ years are NOT additive, They are CONCURRENT.
o – Revelation 13:5 “forty and two months” (3 ½ years) — “The beast’s rules.
o – Revelation 11:3 “for a thousand two hundred threescore days” (3 ½ years). The Two Witness prophesize. The same time the beast power rules—At the completion of their testimony
Revelation 11:7. After 3 ½ days they ascend which brings on the 3rd WOE: The WRATH of God!
Revelation 11:15 “And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever.”
o – Revelation 12:14 “Time, and times, and half a time” (3 ½ years) – The woman, remnant of Israel, flees into the wilderness during the last 3 ½ years.
Revelation 12:14 “Time, and times, and half a time”(3 ½ years) – The woman, remnant of Israel, flees into the wilderness during the last 3 ½ years of Daniel’s 70th week and the preaching of the Two Witnesses. Their death marks the END of this system and the end of the 2nd Woe (Rev 11:140). The 3rd Woe, 7th Trumpet, verse 11:15, all “The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever.” (Daniel 7:9-14)
o – Revelation 12:6 “a thousand two hundred threescore days (3 ½ years)”
This to me is a prolepsis of both chronology and rhetoric. There is only “one” woman and she is Israel. The scriptures tell us that the dragon was prepared to devour her Child as soon as He was born (Herod and the massacre in Bethlehem). However, this is NOT when the “woman” fled into the wilderness. This is yet to happen (verse 14) in the “Last Days” coming soon.
o – Daniel 7:25 “a time and times and the dividing of time” (3 ½ years)
o – Daniel 12:7 “for a time, times, and half a time” (3 ½ years) – and all these things shall be finished.
Revelation 10:6-7, “no more delay” – time no longer”
“And sware by him that liveth for ever and ever, who created heaven, and the things that therein are, and the earth, and the things that therein are, and the sea, and the things which are therein, that there should be time no longer: 7 But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished, as he hath declared to his servants the prophets.”
NOTE: This was published as an outline without much detail.
All of the references to 3 1/2 years refer to the LAST 3 1/2 years. The beast power is sitting in the temple proclaiming to be god. The deceived masses are following him as they are under strong delusion caused by their unbelief in the true God. The honeymoon, so to speak, is over. The peace treaty is broken and Israel is being persecuted, slated for destruction. The Two-Witnesses are proclaiming the gospel of God which is irritating the inhabitants of the Earth. Six of the Trumpets have sounded and the seventh is about to blast. It will bring on the final wrath of God, the 3rd Woe, the 7 bowls or vials.
Some claim that the two witnesses lie in the street for 3 1/2 years. That interpretation fails on several points. One is that decay, dogs, and time would have long dispersed them. Another is that if 1260 days represents 3 1/2 years, then (in the same chapter) 3 1/2 days cannot represent 3 1/2 years. That is simply inconsistent with all rules of interpretation.
YES! it matters~it really does!