CRUNCH TIME – TIC TOC…
By the year 476 A.D. the Roman Empire had been broken up into exactly ten kingdoms.
“The historian Machiavelli, without the slightest reference to this prophecy, gives the following list of the nations which occupied the territory of the Western Empire at the time of the fall of Romulus Augustus (476 A.D.), the last emperor of Rome: the Lombards, the Franks, the Burgundians, the Ostrogoths, the Visigoths, the Vandals, the Heruli, the Suevi, the Huns, and the Saxons: ten in all.
“They have never since the breaking up of old Rome been united into one single empire; they have never formed one whole even like the United States. No scheme of proud ambition seeking to reunite the broken fragments has ever succeeded; when such have arisen, they have been invariably dashed to pieces.”
“And the division is as apparent now as ever. Plainly and palpably inscribed on the map of Europe this day, it confronts the skeptic with its silent but conclusive testimony to the fulfillment of this great prophecy.”
“The Divine Program of the World’s History,” by H. Grattan Guenness, pgs. 318-321. (As quoted in “Bible Readings For the Home,” Review and Herald Publ. Assoc., London, MCMXLII, pgs 216,217).
WHO IS THE LITTLE HORN?
It says that the beast (little horn power) would “think to change times and laws.” Daniel 7:25.
THE “BEAST” and the “LITTLE HORN”
1) The “little horn” has the “eyes of man.” Daniel 7:8.
… The “beast” has the number of a man.” Revelation 13:18.
2) The “little horn” “wears out the saints of the Most High.” Daniel 7:35.
… The “beast” also “makes war with the saints.” Revelation 13:7.
3) The “little horn” speaks “great words against the Most High.” Daniel 7:25.
… The “beast” also “Opened his mouth in blasphemy against God.” Revelation 13:6.
4) The “little horn” comes up among the ten horns (10 divisions of Rome.) Daniel 7:8.
… The “beast” receives it’s “power, seat, and great authority” from Rome
… (after the ten divisions were formed). Revelation 13:2.
REIGN OF THE BEAST – HOW LONG WILL THIS LAST?
The 1260 Year Reign of the Beast
The seven verses mentioning the 1260 year time period are all speaking of the same power which persecutes God’s people. These texts are as follows: Revelation 13:5, Revelation 11:2, Daniel 7:25, Revelation 12:14, Revelation 11:3, Revelation 12:6 and Daniel 12:7.
The key that unlocks the time prophecies is the principle given in Ezekiel 4:6 and Numbers 14:34. These verses reveal to us that one day in prophecy equals one literal year. For this reason all time prophecies must be first broken down into days. Using this Bible “key,” time prophecies work out perfectly and become easy to understand.
A month in Bible reckoning contains 30 days. A year contains 360 days. This is the formula for understanding all prophetic time.
In Revelation 11:2 and 12:14, the time given is “time,” “times,” and “half a time.” This equals 3 1/2 times. From Daniel 4 we learn that a “time” equals one literal year. In that chapter you’ll find that King Nebuchadnezzar lost his mind as Daniel predicted, and crawled around in the field for “seven times.” He was in that condition for 7 literal years. So 3 1/2 times equals 3 1/2 years (3 1/2 years contain 1260 days).
Revelation 11:3 and 12:6 plainly give the time as 1260 days (that the beast would persecute God’s people).
Using the day for a year principle found in Ezekiel 4:6 and Numbers 14:34, we see that this power would rule for 1260 years before receiving its “deadly wound.” When we take a look at the beast power, we see that this is exactly what has happened. For God to repeat this time period seven times like this shows the importance which He places on it.
Here are the verses in sequence:
Revelation 11:2 and 13:5 describe this power as reigning for 42 months. (42 months with 30 days to a month contain 1260 days.)
Daniel 7:25 and 12:7, and Revelation 12:14 describe the beast as reigning 3 1/2 “times,” or years. (3 1/2 prophetic years also contain 1260 days.)
Revelation 11:3 and 12:6 describe this persecuting power as reigning 1260 days.
All seven texts describe this power as reigning 1260 prophetic days which is 1260 literal years.