Months, Days and Hours

One Thousand Years

John said that the martyrs who did not worship the beast would rise and reign with Christ for 1,000 years.

It seems that some might have already understood that the return of Christ was at least 1,000 years away. Peter said, “Do not let this one fact escape your notice. With the Lord, a day is as a thousand years … the Lord is not slow about His promise.”

This “thousand years” came from the Book of Daniel.

In Daniel 12, an angel described the corruption of the Kingdom of Heaven over “a time, times, and half a time.” In Verse 11, this was explained as 1,290 days. That is 43 months of 30 days on the Jewish lunar calendar, from the time that the abomination of desolation was set up.

In Daniel 8, an angel described the sin that caused desolation. In Verse 13, another angel, a holy one, asked, “‘How long will the vision be concerning the daily sacrifice and the transgression of desolation, and the giving of both the sanctuary and the host to be trampled underfoot?”

The angel said to Daniel, “For 2,300 days, then the sanctuary will be cleansed.”

The corruption of 1,290 days and the cleansing of the sanctuary after 2,300 days are the two time periods described in the Book of Revelation.

Deducting 1,290 days from 2,300 days gives 1,010 days. These are the 1,000 years when the martyrs reign with Christ, as described in Revelation 20. The blood of the martyrs speaks for the truth and cleanses the Kingdom of Heaven for 1,000 years.

The same time periods were explained by the prophet Zechariah. He said, “Half of the city will go into captivity.” We know that the saints were in captivity for 1,290 days. These represent half of the days of the Kingdom of Heaven. There were 162 “days” before the 2,300 days, and John said there will be 150 days after the city is cleansed. In total, the saints were in captivity for half of these days.

The Four Hours of Revelation

The Bible describes a day as a thousand years and an hour as 500 years.

Jesus described the life of man and the work of the saints by saying “Are there not 12 hours in a day?” and “I must work for the night is coming.” The Book of Revelation describes four “hours,” each representing about 1/12 of the human clock of 6,000 years, or 500 years.

The first hour was foretold in Revelation 17. John said that the ten kings, the ten states of Europe would reign with the beast for “one hour.” This hour was described three times in Chapter 18: “In one hour your judgment has come,” “In one hour such great wealth has been laid waste,” and “In one hour she has been laid waste.” This hour began with the East–West Schism of 1054, when the churches of the East separated from the churches of the West. The reign of the ten kings with the beast ended in the Reformation, in the 16th century.

The second hour is in Revelation 11. In that hour, a tenth of the city fell in an earthquake. The Earth represents the people, and a quake is their shaking in war. In the Reformation, religious wars killed a tenth of the people in Europe.

In Revelation 8:1, we read, “There was silence in heaven for half an hour.” In 1648, the Reformation wars were ended by the Thirty Years War, and the martyrs ceased crying out. Half an hour, or about 250 years, brings us to 1917, “the hour of God’s judgment,” when “fire was poured out from the altar” and there was another “earthquake.”

The final hour is the “hour to reap … the harvest,” as described in Revelation 14:15.

These four hours, the “time, times, and half a time,” and the “1,000-year reign of Christ” give us a great overview of the Book of Revelation.