Then I was given a measuring rod like a staff, and I was told, “Rise and measure the temple of God and the altar and those who worship there, but do not measure the court outside the temple; leave that out, for it is given over to the nations, and they will trample the holy city for forty-two months.” Revelation 11:1-2
As far as measuring the temple and those who worship there, historicists believe this refers to the exact and precise searching of the Scriptures, and defining the Christian faith, which followed the opening of the little scroll, the Bible, in Revelation 10.
This is exactly what the Protestants did; every doctrine of the Roman Church was examined in light of Scripture, and every doctrine, every practice of worship, which arose among the Protestants was likewise measured with precision.
The opening of the little scroll began in 1455 with the printing of the Gutenberg Bible, just two years following the end of the sixth trumpet, or the fall of Constantinople to the Turks in 1453. It again took another leap forward in 1516 with Erasmus publishing the Greek New Testament. The symbol of the little scroll probably ended in 1611 with the King James Translation. By this time the Bible had been translated into all the languages of Europe.
But beginning in 1517, with Martin Luther nailing his 95 Theses to the door of Wittenburg Church, the measuring of the temple and those who worship there, started. Thus we see, the opening of the little scroll first, next the measuring of the temple, before the end of the 1260 years and the humiliation of the two witnesses.
I note from Revelation 11:2 that the measuring of the temple occurs during the 1260 years, so we have one clue; that the span of history which includes the Protestant Reformation is encompassed by the 1260 years.
To be continued …
Update: continued in Revelation 11: identity of the two witnesses