What’s the meaning of “a time and times and half a time”?

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By BibleAsk Team


“A Time and Times and Half a Time”

This phrase appears first in Daniel’s description of the beast power that will oppose God. “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” (Daniel 7:25). Several things need clarification here:

a-In prophetic timing, a time is a year, times is two years, and half a time is half of a year. The Amplified Bible translates it: “Three and one-half years.”

b-This same time period is mentioned seven times in the books of Daniel and Revelation (Daniel 7:25; 12:7; Revelation 11:2, 3; 12:6, 14; 13:5): three times as a “time, times, and half a time”; twice as 42 months; and twice as 1,260 days. Based on the 30-day calendar used by the Jews, these time periods are all the same amount of time: 3½ years = 42 months = 1,260 days.

c-One prophetic day equals one literal year (Ezekiel 4:6; Numbers 14:34).

d-Thus, the little horn (antichrist) was to have power over the saints for 1,260 prophetic days; that is, 1,260 literal years.

e-The rule of the papacy began in ad 538, when the last of the three opposing Arian kingdoms was uprooted. Its rule continued until 1798 when Napoleon’s general, Berthier, took the pope captive with hopes of destroying both Pope Pius VI and the political power of the papacy. This period of time is an exact fulfillment of the 1,260-year prophecy. The blow was a deadly wound for the papacy, but that wound began to heal and continues healing today.

f-This same period of persecution is recorded in Matthew 24:21 as the most horrible period of persecution God’s children went through. Verse 22 mentions it was so destructive that not one person would have survived if God had not shortened it. But God did. The persecution ended long before the pope was taken captive in 1798.

In His service,
BibleAsk Team

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