We will pick up where we left off last time with “7 Years of Trib. Part 2.”
7 Years of Trib. Part 3
Revelation 12:6 reveals the nation of Israel received the benefit of Christ’s personal ministry for a period of three and a half years. During this brief period of nurture, Christ delivered the gospel message throughout Israel bringing the Blessing half of the Covenant of Jesus Christ for those three and a half years. In essence “the Child was born,” the child representing Christianity. Israel the Mother birthed the Body of Christ. Through this process Jesus imparted divine wisdom to the Israelites, followed by the blinding in part for reasons which are both important and profound. It is also important to recognize that 1,260 days is equal to three and a half years according to the Hebrew calendar which tabulates on a 360-day calendar year.
Then He (Jesus) shall confirm a covenant with many for one week (seven years); but in the middle of the week (three and a half years) He (Jesus) shall bring an end to sacrifice and offering (Veil rent in two defiling Holy of holies). (Daniel 9:27a–c NKJV)
So, for the first 3½ years of Covenant Jesus establishes and confirms the first half of the Covenant of Jesus Christ with many, not everyone, followed by His death which caused the renting of the veil and the Temple being defiled then bringing the resurrection and promise of new life. Oh yeah, sacrifice and offering ceased because the price for sin and death were paid in full. Let us therefore kick off our discussion here…
Jesus is the personage of the prophecy to be fulfilled with the first three and a half years representing the first half of a two part covenant spanning seven years.
And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven. And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceived the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. (Revelation 12:7–9 KJV)
The conflict between Michael and Satan mentioned in this passage of Revelation was not kept a mystery. The conflict fulfilled another aspect of God’s purpose. Jesus mentions He saw Satan fall like lightning in Luke 10:18.
As difficult as it may be for some to comprehend, even Satan unwillingly fulfills the will of God (Revelation 17:17). In the days before the fulfillment of this passage, humanity walked according to the nature of this world and, of course, as slaves to their human nature (Ephesians 2:2–10).
And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night. (Revelation 12:10 KJV)
Christ prevailed! The above verse provides a time stamp. Jesus brought salvation to the world, according to Revelation 12:10. Through the sacrifice and offering of our Savior, humans need not struggle alone.
The division between these two time stamps of the covenant and split verses are established between Revelation 12:1–10 and 11–17. The second half of the seventieth week will be completed when God is protecting the nation of Israel, as illustrated through the imagery of the woman who, “… fled into the wilderness where she hath a place prepared of/by God, that they should feed her …” The elements in verse 6 took place during the time of Christ’s ministry. God has not and will not forsake His chosen. However, the Bride must fulfill prophecy in accordance with God’s Word before Israel can be freed from the laws of sin and death (Revelation 19:7). The division in these verses takes place in the midst of the week as illustrated in chapter 12 of Revelation.
“And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death” (Revelation 12:11 KJV).
The above verse does not stipulate Christians are or will be relieved of all struggle when it comes to sin. Rather, the passage illustrates where the battle between Satan and sin comes to an end with regards to the human soul. At this point in the Bible’s End Times message, God’s plan has moved beyond the first three and a half years of Christ’s ministry. The first half of the seventieth week has elapsed, resulting in the “saved” being able to overcome sin and Satan with the help of the Holy Spirit. Christians have the blood of the Lamb and the word of their testimonies to aid in their walk with God. In fact, the Bride of Christ will be required to overcome many obstacles, especially in the Latter Days in order to endure to the end of the crucible also known as the Tribulation Period (Daniel 11:32–35, Revelation 21:7).
In the coming verses Satan will become indignant when he realizes he has lost the war and has just a short time before he will be forced into spiritual chains, locked down in the bottomless pit. For this reason, Satan desires to severely punish the Body of Christ and the nation of Israel as seen in verses 14 and 17. As previously discussed, Israel is the woman mentioned in verses 6 and 14. The Body of Christ is the remnant of the woman’s seed.
Therefore rejoice, O heavens, and you who dwell in them! Woe to the inhabitants of the earth and the sea! For the devil has come down to you, having great wrath, because he knows that he has a short time. Now when the dragon saw that he had been cast to the earth, he persecuted the woman who gave birth to the male Child. But the woman was given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness to her place, where she is nourished for a time and times and half a time, from the presence of the serpent. (Revelation 12:12–14 NKJV)
It is important to notice the phrase in verse 6, which states, “a thousand two hundred and threescore days” (which equates to 1,260 days). The total days equals three and a half years when calculated, according to the Hebrew calendar of that day. Comparatively, there is another phrase in verse 14 that states, “a time, and times, and half a time,” which can be a little more difficult to explain. It is important to understand how these two phrases are connected. Though the phrase “a time, times and half a time” may not readily appear to represent three and a half years, the 1,260 days conveys three and a half years without question. Furthermore, the two phrases are interconnected, representing the two halves of the seventieth week. Regardless of how obvious the time frame appears, below is a detailed breakdown:
- A time equals one year.
- Times equals two or more years.
- Half a time equals one half year.
- When properly added together, one year + two or more years + one half year equal a minimum of three and a half years.
The two timeframes are known to be equal as both areas of scripture are connected by another seven sections of scripture confirmed and obviously a three and a half year period.
When we come back to this discussion we’ll finish the last three verses of Revelation chapter 12.
Bear in mind, these verses are corroborated by a multitude of similarly related verses as can be proven using the chart found in, “This Side of the Whirlwind, The Coming Apocalypse,” page 252.
Though the chart may appear to be underplayed in the book its significance cannot be overstated when it comes to issues relating to the End of Days/Latter Days.
So, until next time…
Trust the Lord,
Walk in Faith,
And send me $1,000,000.00 for my birthday which is coming up soon.
Or you could just call your local bookstore and ask for:
“This Side of the Whirlwind, The Coming Apocalypse”
 Satan, as a spiritual being, will require similar chains.