Timeline and Symbolism of Revelation


time, times and half a time the judgment of Babylon
the woman fled into the wilderness, Rev 12 by the Angels, Rev 14
the beast, Rev 13 by the Kings, Rev 17
the two witnesses, Rev 11 by the White horse, Rev 19
by the Martyrs, Rev 20
seven trumpets, Rev 8-9
seven bowls of wrath, Rev 15-16

The Two Main Time Periods of Revelation

The two main time periods in Revelation are the “time, times and half a time,” that the saints were given into the hands of the beast; and the 1,000 year rule of the martyrs with Christ.

The “time, time and half a times” is 42 months (12+24+6), 1278 days, called 1260 days by John and 1290 days by Daniel. It began in 193 AD, when the Bishop of Rome exerted his supremacy over the saints, and ended exactly 1278 years later, in 1471 AD, when the first Protestant church broke free from the Papacy.

Daniel’s statement “blessed is he who waits and comes to 1335 days,” (Daniel 12:12) refers to Martin Luther, who was not brutally murdered like his predecessor Jan Huss.

The 1,000 rule of the martyrs began when the “stone” hit the statue. This is described in Daniel 2. The rock, which is Christ, grew into a “great mountain.”  The 1,000 years, is the 2,300 days in Daniel 8:14, less the 1,290 days in Daniel 12:11.

The Prophecy of the Messiah’s Coming

Daniel’s prophecy of the Messiah’s coming, after 69 weeks (483 days), is exact to the year, as 483 years, from 457 BC, until 27 AD. This helps us to understand that Daniel’s days are really years. A day as a year can also be found in Numbers 14:34 and Ezekiel 4:6. We can also understand a day as a year from the prophecy of the ten-year great persecution in Revelation 2:10, “you will have tribulation 10 days.”

Time, Times and Half a Time in the Hands of the Beast

The prophecies of the bondage of God’s people have always been exact, even to the day: 400 years in Egypt, 70 years in Babylon, and in Daniel’s prophecy, the Angel raised His right hand and swore by God in heaven, that it would be “for time, times and half a time.” And indeed, the saints were given into the hands for the beast for exactly 42 months (1278 years).

Is the 1,000 years really 1,000 years?

The Angel raised His hand and swore by God that the time would be for “time, times, and half a time,” and it was until the very day, year, (1278 years). But there is no guarantee that the 1,000 year prophecy will be exactly 1,000 years. Peter likely had this 1,000 years in mind, when he said:

“But do not let this one fact escape your notice, beloved, that with the Lord one day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years like one day. The Lord is not slow about His promise…” (2 Peter 3:8-9)


The Book of Revelation is filled with symbolism, most of which is used in other parts of the Bible. Understanding the meaning of the symbolism, is the key to understanding the message!

Below are some of the most common metaphors used:

Sun (God, and the glory of God); Moon (Christ, as reflecting God’s glory); Stars (Angels); Earth (People); Grass (All Flesh, All Men); Trees (those in the Kingdom of Heaven); Sea (Salvation); Hailstones (attack from heaven); Thunder (voices from heaven); Harps (Speaking in tongues); Great Mountain (the Body of Christ); Fire (Power of the Holy Spirit); Springs and Rivers (Spirits, and comfort of the Holy Spirit); Earthquake (War); Days (Years); Month (30 Years); Red Dragon (Roman Empire); The Dragon (Satan, the Antichrist); The Bride (The Sanctified Church); Birds, Eagles (the end time Saints); Mid Heaven (filled with the Holy Spirit); Lampstands (Churches)

New Jerusalem, the Holy City, the New Covenant saints

Babylon, the Great City, the Harlot, the Kingdom of the Beast

The Beast, the false Lord, false Christ, who corrupted the truth for 42 months, in days as years, as compared to Christ who preached the truth for 42 months.