The End of the Matter

The Woman, the Beast, and the Harlot

Part 1


Ephesians 1:9-10

Having made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure which He purposed in Himself, that in the dispensation of the fullness of the times He might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven and which are on earth in Him.”



This is part one of the second installment of my series entitled The End of the Matter. The objective of these articles is to answer two questions which the disciples asked Yahoshua {Jesus}?


Matthew 24:3:

“Now as He sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, ‘Tell us, when will these things be? And what will be the sign of Your comingand of the end of the age?’”


They are actually asking him three questions, but we’re only going to deal with the two which are highlighted.  What will be the sign of His coming and the end of the age?  We will be going through the prophecies of Daniel, Ezekiel, and the book of Revelations, to learn what the Holy Scriptures has to say about these questions.


Before I begin I would like to take a moment to ensure all who may read these articles that I am not predicting the hour, the date, the month, or the year when these events will take place.  I am simply putting the sequence of events together which the Bible says are the events that lead up to the the coming of Yahoshua{Jesus}, and the time of the end.  Only the Father knows the specific dates and times when these events will take place.


In the first installment of this series entitled “The Churches of Revelation”, I covered Revelations from chapters’ one through chapter eleven.  It is my intent in this installment to show that the rest of the book of Revelations is simply the same story being repeated, only with a different emphasis and narrative, but before we begin let us get a little background on this wondrous work known as Revelations.


The first three verses of the book give us all the information we need to understand its purpose.  The first verse explains the purpose of this book.  It is a revelation of the things which will soon take place.  Yahoshua{Jesus}, who is the High Priest of the church, {Rev. 3:1} received it from His Father.  Yahoshua was then to take this revelation and show it to His servants.  He sent an angel to the Apostle John for this very purpose. 


Revelation 1:1:

The Revelation of Yahoshua {Jesus Christ}, which God gave Him to show His servants things which must shortly take place. And He sent and signified it by His angel to His servant John….”


John was to be the witness of these visions, and he accomplished this by writing down the things which he saw.


Revelation 1:2:

Who bore witness to the word of God, and to the testimony of Yahoshua {Jesus Christ}, to all things that he saw.”


The third verse is a blessing to those who read, hear, and keep the things which are written in this prophecy. The reason being; “The the time is near!”


Revelation 1:3:

Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written in it; for the time is near.”


John, in the beginning of verse four lets us know to whom he is sending this revelation.


Revelation 1:4:

John, to the seven churches which are in Asia…”


He is letting us know that he is writing to the seven churches which are in Asia.  This does not mean these are the only ones who will understand or receive this revelation.  It is simply to whom he is writing.


John begins his writings by letting all who read or hear these prophecies know that it is coming from the Father, His Holy Spirits, and His son Yahoshua.


Revelation 1:4-5:

Grace to you and peace from Him who is and who was and who is to come…”    The Father


 “And from the seven Spirits who are before His throne…”      His Holy Spirits


 And from Yahoshua {Jesus Christ}, the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler over the kings of the earth.”      His Son


John lets us know in verse six the blessings that will be received by those who read, here, or keep the prophecies of this revelation.

And has made us kings and priests to His God and Father, to Him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.”


John then tells us the end of the story.  Spoiler alert, if you do not wish to know the end of the story do not read the following verses.


Revelation 1:4-5:

Behold, He is coming with clouds, and every eye will see Him, even they who pierced Him. And all the tribes of the earth will mourn because of Him. Even so, Amen; ‘I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End,’ says the Lord ‘Who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.’ ”


Please understand, the book of Revelations is not just about the return of Yahoshua {Jesus Christ}, although since He is the Son of the Most High and High Priest to the church, He is a major participant in these events.  The book of Revelations is a revelation of events that will begin with the birth and crucifixion of Yahoshua and continue until “The time of the end”; or a better way to put it is, “The end of time.”


In Rev 1:10-11 John begins to describe his vision.  Rev 1: 12-17 is where he describes the Being who ordered it shone to him, he then concludes chapter one with verses 18-20 by once more telling us what he was to do with the things that he saw.  Chapter two is where He begins describing the events which each church will have to endure.  Each of the seven churches were on earth at the time John records the visions, but it must be understood that each church also represents a church in a specific time period.  It begins with the churches that were on earth during his lifetime, and and continues through to the church that will exist at the end of time.  For a better understanding refer back to my first installment of this series entitled “The Churches of Revelation”.


The events which the churches would have to go through begin in Chapters 2 and ends in chapter 11.  Please remember the time frame of the events described. They begin soon after the crucifixion of Yahoshua {Jesus} and ends with the temple of God opening in heaven, the Ark of the Covenant being visible, and noises and earthquakes.  This is describing the time of the end; the end of time.  This is where the story will end.


Revelation 11:19:

Then the temple of God was opened in heaven and the ark of His covenant was seen in His templeAnd there were lightingsnoisesthunderingsan earthquakeand great hail.”


Let us compare this verse with Revelation 16:17-18:

“Then the seventh angel poured out his bowl into the air, and a loud voice came out of the temple of heaven, from the throne, saying, “It is done!” And there were noises and thunderings and lightningsand there was a great earthquake, such a mighty and great earthquake as had not occurred since men were on the earth.”


They say almost exactly the same thing because they are describing the exact same event.  There’s one major difference in these two verses; three little words spoken in Revelation 16: 17.  A voice came out of the temple saying “It is done!!!”


Revelation 16:17:

“Then the seventh angel poured out his bowl into the air, and a loud voice came out of the temple of heaven, from the throne, saying, “It is done!!!” 


During the 1000 year reign of Christ the temple will be rebuilt in Israel; in the city of Jerusalem. We know this because in chapter 11 John is told to measure the temple, but not to measure the outside of the temple which is the court, because it has been given to the Gentiles. 


Revelation 11:1-2:

 “Then I was given a reed like a measuring rod. And the angel stood, saying, ‘Rise and measure the temple of God, the altar, and those who worship there. But leave out the court which is outside the temple, and do not measure it, for it has been given to the Gentiles. And they will tread the holy city underfoot for forty-two months.’ “

Prior to the death of the two witnesses there is a temple on earth, and people are, and have been, worshiping there; it is a physical temple. There is no temple in the city of Jerusalem at the time of the end because the Father and the Son will be their temple.


Revelation 21:22:

But I saw no temple in itfor the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple.”


There will also be no need for the Sun or the Moon.


Revelation 21:23:

The city had no need of the sun or of the moon to shine in itfor the glory of God illuminated itThe Lamb is its light.”


This is a very big clue as to the time these events are taking place. One of the reasons the Creators gave us the Sun and the Moon is to keep time.  We are to use the movement of the sun to keep the seconds, minutes, and hours of the day.  We are to use the Moon to keep track of the days, months, and the Holy Feasts.  

For more information on this subject go to The True Calendar of Israel, simply follow the link.


 If there is no need for the physical Sun or the physical Moon, then there is no need to keep track of time.  Time will cease to exist; hence the expression “The time of the end”, or “The end of time”.

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his brings us to chapter 12.  It is the same story being told over again; only instead of the events being described as specific to the churches, they will be described, in a more symbolic fashion.  We will not have to interpret these symbols because the Bible interprets its own symbols. It is just a matter of finding the interpretations and seeing what they are, but it will be the same players and the same events; only they will be described in a different manner with different emphasis.


Let us begin!!


Revelation 12:1:

Now a great sign appeared in heavena woman clothed with the sunwith the moon under her feetand on her head a garland of twelve stars.”

As you can see this time the story begins with a woman.  Who is this woman?  It does not say, but it describes her as being clothed with the Sun, the Moon is under her feet, and around her head are twelve stars.  It is this description, this symbolism which will help identify her.  Please remember the Bible interprets its own symbols; we should never have to guess as to their meaning.  So in order to identify who or what this woman is we must first understand the symbolism surrounding her.

I wrote earlier that one of the reasons the Creators gave us the Sun and the Moon was to help us keep track of time, but there are other reasons for the lights in the heavens.  Let us see what the bible says about these lights.


Genesis 1:14-15:

“Then God said, ‘Let there be lights in the firmament of the heavens to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs and seasons, and for days and years;  and let them be for lights in the firmament of the heavens to give light on the earth’; and it was so.”


The word seasons in this verse is translated from the Hebrew word moed.  The definition is below.

moed(mo-ade'):

 Appointed time, place, or meeting, appointed feast, appointed feasts, appointed festival



It does not mean a season such as Spring, Summer, Winter, or Autumn, but an appointed time, specifically to celebrate the Holy Feast days.  The Creators determined that they needed lights in the heavens for the purposes of signs, to keep Their Holy Feasts, and to keep time on the earth.  To achieve this they made three things.


Genesis 1:16-18:

Then God made two great lights: the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night. He made the stars also. God set them in the firmament of the heavens to give light on the earth, and to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good.”


There were two great lights.  The greater of the two lights was to rule over the day.  The lesser light was to rule over the night.  They were to give light on the earth and to divide the light from the darkness.  The Creators saw that it was good.  This is their physical purpose, a purpose for all mankind to see, but do they have a spiritual purpose.  A purpose only those who have the Holy Spirit can see and understand.


John 1:1-5:

In the beginning was the Wordand the Word was with Godand the Word was God He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life and the life was the light of menAnd the light shines in the darkness and the darkness did not comprehend it.”


So this is where we find the meaning of one of the great lights. The light which was to rule over the darkness was the Word.  The Word was God and the Word was with God.  The Word was one of the Creators. 


John 1:1-5:

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Himand without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness and the darkness did not comprehend it.”


 If we can find the identity of the one they call the Word we can know the identity of the lesser of the two great lights.  In other words we can understand the symbolic meaning of the light which shines in the darkness.  In our physical world the light which shines in the darkness is the Moon but we’re looking for the spiritual not the physical meaning.


John 1:6-8:

There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. This man came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light that all through him might believe.  He was not that Lightbut was sent to bear witness of that LightThat was the true Light which gives light to every man coming into the world.


Scripture clearly tells us that a man named John came to bear witness to the light.  Who was the man that John bore witness to?


John 1:29:

“The next day John saw Yahoshua {Jesus} coming toward him, and said, “BeholdThe Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!”


John 1:32-34:

And John bore witness, saying, ‘I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and He remained upon Him. I did not know Him, but He who sent me to baptize with water said to me, ‘Upon whom you see the Spirit descending, and remaining on Him, this is He who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.’  And I have seen and testified that this is the Son of God.”


John identifies Yahoshua as the one to whom he was to bear witness, and the one to whom he was to bear witness would be the light.


John 8:12:

“Then Yahoshua {Jesus} spoke to them again, saying, ‘I am the light of the worldHe who follows Me shall not walk in darknessbut have the light of life.’ ”

Yahoshua is the light that is to shine in the darkness.  Just as the Moon shines at night to help men see in the “physical” darkness.  Yahoshua is the light that helps men see through the “spiritual” darkness.  When we see the Moon used in a symbolic fashion it represents Yahoshua. He is the son of God the Father, and High Priest of the church. He was the one with God and He is God.  But there are “two great lights” and the Moon is the lesser of the two great lights.  So there must be a greater light then the Moon.  This would mean there must be something greater than Yahoshua.

 Yahoshua represents the Moon which is the lesser of the two great lights. If we can identify who is greater than Yahoshua then we will know the symbol of the greater of the two lights.  Who does Yahoshua say is greater than Him?


John 6:44:

“No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up at the last day.”


John 5:30

I can of Myself do nothing. … because I do not seek My own will but the will of the Father who sent Me.”

John 13:16:

“… I say to you, a servant is not greater than his masternor is he who is sent greater than he who sent him.”


John 10:29:

My Father… is greater than all…”


John 14:28:

“You have heard Me say to you, ‘I am going away and coming back to you.’ If you loved Me, you would rejoice because I said. ‘I am going to the Father,’ for My Father is greater than I.”


Through His own words Yahoshua, the light that shines in the darkness, which is the Moon, speaks of someone who is greater than He.  He speaks of the One who sent Him; the One whose will He is obedient to.  He identifies this being as the Father. The Father is the greater of the two lights. The Father is the light that illuminates the day; He is symbolized by the Sun.


We have learned that the symbol for the Father is the Sun, and the symbol for Yahoshua, His Son is the Moon, but what do the stars symbolize?


Job 38:7:

“When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?

In this verse Job equates the stars with the sons of God.  He also states that the sons of God were able to present themselves to the Lord in heaven.


Job 1:6: 

“Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan also came among them.”


 Man is not able to present themselves to the Lord in His throne room.  These must be spiritual beings, especially if Satan is with them.  This next verse clearly identifies what stars symbolize.


Revelation 1:20:

The mystery of the seven stars…. The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches.”


We see that in the Bible angels are represented as stars, Yahoshua is represented as the Moon, and God the Father is represented as the Sun.


This woman being described in Chapter 12 is covered with the power of the God the Father, has the power of Yahoshua under her feet, and on her head is the power of the angels.   Remember the Bible is speaking symbolically; this is not a physical woman, but whatever this woman is supposed to represent is shrouded in God’s Glory, and surrounded by the Power of God; which is His Holy Spirit.


Does the Bible say anything else about this woman which might give us a little more insight into what she represents?


Revelation 12:3-4:

“And another sign appeared in heaven: behold, a great fiery red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven diadems on his heads. His tail drew a third of the stars of heaven and threw them to the earth…”


Beginning in verse three, and a part of verse four, a new character is introduced.  It is a dragon having seven heads, 10 horns, and seven diadems on his head. A diadem is a jeweled crown or headband worn as a symbol of sovereignty.


 di•a•dem (ˈdīəˌdem/} a jeweled crown or headband worn as a symbol of sovereignty.{ Definition by Google}


This dragon is wearing seven crowns symbolizing Kings or kingdoms.

The next question must be what does this dragon represents and what does it have to do with the woman?  We have learned that the stars symbolize the angels and somehow the tail of this dragon caused a third of the stars or angels to fall to earth, but what does this dragon have to do with the woman?


If we continue reading, the Bible answers these questions for us; we do not need to guess.  Starting with the rest of the verse four we read:


Revelation 12:4:

And the dragon stood before the woman who was ready to give birthto devour her Child as soon as it was born.”


We now learn the woman is pregnant and that this dragon, which caused a third of the angels to be thrown to earth, is waiting to destroy the child the moment it is born.  In verse five we learn the identity of the child.


Revelation 12:5:

“She bore a male Child who was to rule all nations with a rod of ironAnd her Child was caught up to God and His throne.”


Who does the bible say shall be born to rule the nation with a rod of iron?  We can find the answer in the book of Psalms.


Psalm 2:6-9: 

“’Yet I have set My King on My holy hill of Zion I will declare the decree: The Lord has said to Me, ‘You are My SonToday I have begotten You. Ask of Me, and I will give You the nations for Your inheritance, And the ends of the earth for Your possession. You shall break them with a rod of iron; You shall dash them to pieces like a potter’s vessel.’”


This scripture is a prophecy about the destiny of our Savior Yahoshua.  It is He who shall rule the nation’s with a rod of iron.  Yahoshua is the male child, but remember The woman is symbolic. Revelation 12:4 is not speaking of Mary, the physical mother of Yahoshua, but of a spiritual woman shrouded in the Holy Spirit.  Mary in a physical sense does represent this woman being spoken of in Revelation, but it is a spiritual meaning which we seek.


So the logical question to ask is what spiritual entity has the Creators’ Holy Spirit, and symbolically gives birth to the Messiah?


Acts 2:1-4:

When the Day of Pentecost had fully comethey were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind…..And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.”


After the death and resurrection of the Messiah His disciples were together in a room; where on the day of Pentecost they were filled with the Holy Spirit.  What does the bible call these people once they are filled with the Holy Spirit?


Acts 2:47:

“…And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved.”


It must be understood that the church as defined by the bible is not a building.  It is the people themselves, those who possess the Holy Spirit.  The Greek word for church is “ekklésia” it is defined as:


Ekklésia (ek-klay-see'-ah)assembly, congregation, church; the Church, the whole body of Christian believers


It is the church which symbolically gives birth to our Savior Yahoshua.  Once we receive the Holy Spirit we become His church, His body, over which He is the head.  The church essentially becomes Yahoshua in spirit, in other words the church gives birth to our Savior.


Ephesians 5:23:

“…as also Christ is head of the church; and He is the Savior of the body.”


Ephesians 5:30:

For we are members of His body, of His flesh and of His bones.”


Colossians 1:24:

“I now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up in my flesh what is lacking in the afflictions of Christ, for the sake of His bodywhich is the church…”


Colossians 1:18:

“And He is the head of the bodythe church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence.”

Through scripture we can clearly see that the woman in verse one is the church. The child which the woman, or the church, gave birth to is our Savior Yahoshua. Then we must ask: “What does the dragon that stood before the woman represent?”


Revelation 12:4:

And the dragon stood before the woman who was ready to give birthto devour her Child as soon as it was born.”


Revelation 12:9:

So the great dragon was cast outthat serpent of oldcalled the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.”


As I have constantly stated; the bible interprets its own symbols.  We can clearly see that the dragon represents Satan.  Satan has been trying to destroy our Savior from the day of His birth.  Let us now continue with Revelation 12 : 5.  We have already discussed the first part of verse five when we showed that it was Yahoshua who would rule the nation with a rod of iron.


Revelation 12:5:

She bore a male Child who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron.”

It is on the second part of this verse I wish to concentrate.


Revelation 12:5:

And her Child was caught up to God and His throne.”


It is here we must stop for a minute.  This is where things can get a little confusing.

 Revelation 12:1-5 speaks of the period of time which spans from the birth of our Savior to His death.  It is after His death, as we read in the book of Acts, that the church is formed.  Just as in Revelation chapter two, the story begins with the church; so also does Revelation chapter 12 begin with the church.  It is just put in a more symbolic and descriptive way.  Whereas in Revelation chapter two the churches are told the tribulations they will be going through, Revelation 12 does not say what will happen to the church, it simply describe the church in a symbolic way.  Let us now look at Revelation 12:6


Revelation 12:6:

Then the woman fled into the wilderness, where she has a place prepared by God that they should feed her there one thousand two hundred and sixty days.”


It is with this verse things may get a little confusing.  It must be understood that there is a large time gap between verses five and verse six.  Revelation 12:1-5 simply describes the church itself through the birth and death of our savior.  It does not tell of the things that will happen to each specific church while on earth. It is not until verse six that we begin to deal with a specific church, the last church, the Laodicean Church.


Revelation 12:6:

Then the woman fled into the wildernesswhere she has a place prepared by God …”


So when does this event take place?  We have a clue in the second part of verse five and the second part of verse six.


Revelation 12:5:

And her Child was caught up to God and His throne.”


Revelation 12:6

“…that they should feed her there one thousand two hundred and sixty days.”

We know because of Revelations 12:5 that the fleeing of the church into the wilderness takes place after the resurrection of Yahoshua.  Revelations 12:6 tells us that the church shall be in the wilderness for 1260 days. If we can find an event that last 1260 days we can be relatively sure that is the event that causes the woman to flee into the wilderness, and it should give us a clue as to when this event will take place.


Revelation 11:2-3:

But leave out the court which is outside the temple, and do not measure it, for it has been given to the GentilesAnd they will tread the holy city underfoot for forty-two months. And I will give power to my two witnessesand they will prophesy one thousand two hundred and sixty days, clothed in sackcloth.”


Here we find that same time period.  The first part of the verse says that the gentiles shall have siege over Jerusalem for 42 months.  The True Calendar of Israel, the calendar which God ordained Israel to use is a lunar calendar; it is based on the cycles of the Moon.  There are 12 months in a year, some with 30 days in the month and some with 29 days in the month. The next part of the verse says that the two witnesses will prophesy for the same amount of time, 1260 days.  If we take the 42 months, which the gentiles have siege over Jerusalem and give each month a 30 day time period it will come up to 1260 days.  The exact same amount of time when the two witnesses shall be prophesying in Jerusalem and the exact same amount of time that the church will be hidden in the wilderness.  It is this siege of Jerusalem by the gentiles, this imminent danger to God’s Church, the Laodicean church; it is for this reason that He sends His church into the wilderness for safety.  This takes place right before the time of the end.  Long after Yahoshua has returned and set up his 1000 year kingdom.  For better understanding and more thorough explanation refer back to the previous series The Churches of Revelation.


This brings us to the rest of the chapter which is simply the retelling of Revelation 12:1 - 6.  It is broken down into two parts. Revelation 12:7- 12 tells the story from the side of Satan, and why he attacks the church. Revelation 12: 13 - 17 takes it from the point of view of the church.  


Revelation 12:7-9:

And war broke out in heaven: Michael and his angels fought with the dragon; and the dragon and his angels foughtbut they did not prevail, nor was a place found for them in heaven any longer. So the great dragon was cast outthat serpent of oldcalled the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast to the earthand his angels were cast out with him.”


Remember the context and time period in which this part of the story is being told.  This is taking place well after the return of Yahoshua, just prior to the time of the end.  Satan and his angels went to war against Michael and his angels.  Satan lost the battle, and was cast down to earth.  It is because he lost this war and was cast down to earth that Satan attacked the church.


Revelation 12:10-12:

“Then I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, ‘Now salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren, who accused them before our God day and night, has been cast down. And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death. Therefore rejoice O heavens, and you who dwell in them! Woe to the inhabitants of the earth and the seaFor the devil has come down to youhaving great wrathbecause he knows that he has a short time.’ ”


Satan is angry, he knows his time is short, therefore he will attack the church which is in Jerusalem and many shall die, but the Father has a place in the wilderness prepared for some of His people so they may be protected. The rest of this chapter comes from the point of view of the church.

Revelation 12:13:

Now when the dragon saw that he had been cast to the earth, he persecuted the woman who gave birth to the male Child. “

This is taking place after the war with Michael.  Satan has been cast out of heaven once more, and begins to attack the church.  It is at this time that God sends His people to the place He has prepared for them.


Revelation 12:14:

But the woman was given two wings of a great eagle that she might fly into the wilderness to her place


A quick note; when God led Israel out of Egypt He said that it was done by the wings of eagles.


Exodus 19:3-4:

“And Moses went up to God, and the Lord called to him from the mountain, saying, ‘Thus you shall say to the house of Jacob, and tell the children of Israel:  You have seen what I did to the Egyptiansand how I bore you on eagles’ wings and brought you to Myself.’ “


John then tells us how long the woman,the church, shall be in the wilderness.


Revelation 12:14:

“…where she is nourished for a time and times and half a time, from the presence of the serpent. 


This phrase time, times, and half a time is equivalent to 1260 days, 42 months, or 3 ½ years.  The word time in this instance comes from the Greek word kairos.  Definition is as follow:


kairos (kahee-ros'): time, season


We must remember that the original language of the New Testament was Aramaic and that it was translated into Greek. In the Old Testament, in the book of Daniel, we find the same phrase time, times, and half a time, being used in a similar context. 


Daniel 7:25:

“He shall speak pompous words against the Most High, shall persecute the saints of the Most High, and shall intend to change times and law. Then the saints shall be given into his hand for a time and times and half a time.”


This verse is speaking of the exact same event but we shall deal with Daniel in a future installment. I am simply using this verse to help us understand the meaning of this phrase and to show that we must go back to the original language for proper context.  


The word translated time in Daniel is “iddan”.


iddan(id-dawn'): time a set time; technically a year -- time.


“A year and two years and six months” (A. V. a time, and times, and half a time; cf. Winer's Grammar, § 27, 4),


The word “Time” in this context means a year.  The word “Times” means two years, and “half a time” is half a year. This gives us 3½ years.  There are 12 months in a year, 24 months in two years, and six months in ½ a year. This adds up to 42 months. Supposing each month has 30 days and we multiply that by 42 months we come up with a grand total of 1260 days, or 42 months or 3 ½ years.   It is exactly the same amount of time because it is exact same event.


The rest of this chapter, Revelations: 15-17, is simply a more descriptive way of saying that Satan attacked the church, God led part of the church to the place prepared for it in the wilderness, and seeing that he could not get to them, Satan then turned his attention to those who were still in Jerusalem.


Revelation 12:15-17:

So the serpent spewed water out of his mouth like a flood after the woman that he might cause her to be carried away by the flood.”           This is Satan attacking the church.


But the earth helped the womanand the earth opened its mouth and swallowed up the flood which the dragon had spewed out of his mouth. “    This is God protecting the church.


And the dragon was enraged with the woman and he went to make war with the rest of her offspringwho keep the commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus Christ. “

This is Satan attacking those who are left in Jerusalem.


Compare this with Revelations 3:15, the punishment on the Laodicean church for its lukewarm attitude.


Revelation 3:15-16:

 “I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot. So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot I will spew you out of My mouth.”


This is the story of the Laodicean n church.  It is the same story that was told earlier in the book.  It will be the same story we will read in part 2 of this series.  So until next time my dear readers please take care and thank you for your support.


Peace





All scripture referenced comes from The Holy BibleNew King James Version Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.  All emphasis and the name Yahoshua is added by me.


Unless noted all definitions comes from Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible copyright 1990 by Thomas Nelson Publishers