Before we leave Revelation 10 and the little book, I would encourage you to read pastor Fred Miller’s explanation of this chapter; it is very thorough with a lot more history brought in than I have done with my posts.
Now, in Revelation 11, the second interval continues until the second woe is past, which is not until vs. 14 of this chapter.
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. And I will grant authority to my two witnesses, and they will prophesy for 1,260 days, clothed in sackcloth.” Revelation 11:1-3
Let us keep in mind the principle that one day of prophetic time equals one year of historic time, based on Daniel, where it first occured. The time period introduced here occurs throughout prophetic Scripture.
“As for the ten horns, out of this kingdom ten kings shall arise, and another shall arise after them; he shall be different from the former ones, and shall put down three kings. He shall speak words against the Most High, and shall wear out the saints of the Most High, and shall think to change the times and the law; and they shall be given into his hand for a time, times, and half a time.” Daniel 7:24-25
One time = one year; times = two years; half a time = half a year; or three and one half years, or forty- two months, or 1260 days of prophetic time, which is 1260 years of historic time.
She gave birth to a male child, one who is to rule all the nations with a rod of iron, but her child was caught up to God and to his throne, and the woman fled into the wilderness, where she has a place prepared by God, in which she is to be nourished for 1,260 days. Revelation 12:5-6
But the woman was given the two wings of the great eagle so that she might fly from the serpent into the wilderness, to the place where she is to be nourished for a time, and times, and half a time. Revelation 12:14
And the beast was given a mouth uttering haughty and blasphemous words, and it was allowed to exercise authority for forty-two months. Revelation 13:5
Most historicists agree that all these references to 1260 days are meant to equal 1260 years of historic time, and that they all speak of the same time period. The events which the prophecies describe, occur in connection to that time period of 1260 years.
So what is that time period, and what happens in it?
To be continued …
Update: continued in Revelation 11: measuring the temple