The 1260 Year Reign of the Beast
The seven verses mentioning the 1260 year time period are all speaking of the same power which persecutes God's people. These texts are as follows: Revelation 13:5, Revelation 11:2, Daniel 7:25, Revelation 12:14, Revelation 11:3, Revelation 12:6 and Daniel 12:7.
The key that unlocks the time prophecies is the principle given in Ezekiel 4:6 and Numbers 14:34. These verses reveal to us that one day in prophecy equals one literal year. For this reason all time prophecies must be first broken down into days. Using this Bible "key," time prophecies work out perfectly and become easy to understand.
A month in Bible reckoning contains 30 days. A year contains 360 days. This is the formula for understanding all prophetic time.
In Revelation 11:2 and 12:14, the time given is "time," "times," and "half a time." This equals 3-1/2 times. From Daniel 4 we learn that a "time" equals one literal year. In that chapter you'll find that King Nebuchadnezzar lost his mind as Daniel predicted, and crawled around in the field for "seven times." He was in that condition for 7 literal years. So 3-1/2 times equals 3-1/2 years (3-1/2 years contain 1260 days).
Revelation 11:3 and 12:6 plainly give the time as 1260 days (that the beast would persecute God's people).
Using the day for a year principle found in Ezekiel 4:6 and Numbers 14:34, we see that this power would rule for 1260 years before receiving its "deadly wound." When we take a look at the beast power, we see that this is exactly what has happened. For God to repeat this time period seven times like this, shows the importance which He places on it.
Here are the verses in sequence:
Revelation 11:2 and 13:5 describe this power as reigning for 42 months - (42 months with 30 days to a month contain 1260 days.) Daniel 7:25 and 12:7, and Revelation 12:14 describe the beast as reigning 3-1/2 "times," or years - (3-1/2 prophetic years also contain 1260 days.) Revelation 11:3 and 12:6 describe this persecuting power as reigning 1260 days.
All seven texts describe this power as reigning 1260 prophetic days which is 1260 literal years.
The great time prophecies of the Bible have all been fulfilled on schedule. Thus the accuracy and dependability of God's word are firmly established.
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