The Prophecy of the Messiah’s Coming
The two main time periods in the Book of Revelation are the time, times and half a time, and the one thousand year reign of the saints with Christ. We understand these two time periods from the prophecy of the Messiah’s coming.
Daniel prophesied that the Messiah would come after 69 weeks, that is 483 days.
From the going forth of the command
To restore and rebuild Jerusalem
Until the Messiah the Prince
There shall be seven weeks and sixty-two weeks
From the going forth of the command recorded in Ezra 7, until the Messiah came, was not 483 days, but 483 years. From here, we understand, that Daniel’s days are years.
Time, Times and Half a Time
Daniel said that the saints would be given into the hands of the Antichrist for time, times and half a time, “year, plus two years, plus a half a year,” – three and a half years.
The Book of Revelation interpreted these three and a half years as 42 months, or 1,260 days. That is 42 months of 30 days, on the solar calendar of the Romans.
But the Book of Daniel explained them as 43 months of 30 days, on the Jewish lunar calendar, giving us 1,290 days, “from the time that the daily sacrifice is taken away, and the abomination of desolation is set up.”
In Daniel 12, verse 9, the Angel raised His right hand and his left, and swore by Him who lives forever, that it shall be for “time, times and half a time.” The exact number of days in three and half years is 1278.
In Chapter 8, we learned about the sin that caused desolation. The Bishop of Rome did this in 193 AD, when he exalted himself as high as the Captain of the Armies, as high as Christ, when he wrote letters of excommunication to the Churches of Asia, because they disagreed with his doctrine of Easter Sunday.
The Bishop of Rome made himself the new “Lord” of the Church, and the Spirit of truth, the Spirit of God was taken away. The “place of his sanctuary was cast to the ground,” and the “daily sacrifice was taken away.” Without the evidence of the Holy Spirit, the Church no longer had the authority to remit sins through baptism.
In 1471 AD, after 1278 years, the Moravian Church broke free from his power.
The Angel concluded Daniel’s Book, saying, “blessed is he waits and comes to 1335 days.” Exactly 45 days, or rather 45 years later, Martin Luther began his reformation. Martin Luther and the Lutheran Church recognized his first attack on the Papacy in 1516, as the fulfilment of another prophecy by Johann Hilten. He said that in the year 1516, “a man against the monastery” would reform the Church.
The One Thousand Years
In Chapter 8, Daniel told us that the Sanctuary would be cleansed after 2,300 days.
This 2,300 days, less the 1,290 days in Chapter 12, gives us the two time periods of Daniel and Revelation, “time, times and half a time,” and the one-thousand-year reign of Christ. One thousand years is just 2,300 days less 1,290 days.
The Hours of Revelation
The Book of Revelation also describes three “hours,” of 500 years, representing 1/12 of the human clock of 6,000 years, and a “half an hour” of silence in heaven.
The Greek expression “hora” or “hour” was used 7 times in the Book of Revelation, to describe these four time periods.
The first hour is in Chapter 17. John said that Ten Kings reigned with the beast as for “one hour.” This hour began with the East-West Schism of 1054 AD, and ended in the Reformation of the 16th Century. 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”; “in one hour she has been laid waste.”
In Revelation 11, we are told that 1/10 of the Great City died in the next hour. These were the religious wars that plagued Europe after the Reformation.
But in Revelation 8:1, we are told that there was “silence in heaven for a half an hour. This was the silence of the martyrs from the end of the Reformation wars in 1648, until the second outpouring of the Holy Spirit after 1900 AD.
The final period of 500 years is “the Hour of God’s Judgment,” announced in Revelation 14:6.
These “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.