What Is a "Time"?
But now did you notice we said that a prophetic "time" is a 360 day year?
Why not a year of 365¼ days?
Why not a solar year?
In ancient biblical times, a solar year was figured on basis of twelve 30-day months.
Notice Genesis 7:11: "In the
six hundredth year of Noah's life,
in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month,
the same day were all the fountains of the great deep broken up,
and the windows of heaven were opened."
Now verse 24: "And the waters
prevailed upon the earth an hundred and fifty days."
Next, Genesis 8:3-4: "And the waters returned from off the earth continually:
and after the end of the hundred and fifty days the waters were abated.
And the ark rested in the seventh month,
on the seventeenth day of the month, upon the mountains of Ararat."
notice-the Flood started on the 17th day of the second month.
At the end of 150 days, the ark came to rest on Mount Ararat,
on the 17th day of the 7th month.
was five months to the day.
Five 30-day months are 150 days.
We find it definitely figured this way in both Daniel and Revelation.
In Revelation 13:5 a period of
1,260 days being
fulfilled in 1,260 solar years (A.D. 554-1814) is spoken of as "forty and two months."
Now 42 calendar months,
according to the calendar now in use, would not be 1,260 days,
but 1,277 days-or, if no leap year occurred,
1,276. Or, if the extra half-year happened to be the last half of the year,
it would be 1,278,1,279 or 1,280 days.
So the 42 months were 30-day months.
In Revelation 12:6, a prophecy of an event which in actual history
did last 1,260 solar years (A.D. 325-1585)
is spoken of as "a thousand two hundred and threescore days."
So here, again, we see that a prophetic day was a year in fulfillment.
The 42 months mentioned in Revelation
is the same amount of time (referring to a different event but the same amount of time)
as the 1,260 days mentioned in Revelation 12:6.
The same amount of days is spoken
of in still different language in Revelation 12:14.
Here it is described as "a time, and times, and half a time."
By comparing Daniel 9:27 and
12:7 with this verse,
we learn that a "time" is one prophetic year; the "times," two more prophetic years; and the whole expression is 3½ prophetic "times,"
which is a literal 1,260 days-or 3½ years of thirty day months.Seven of these "times" then would be 2,520 days-and on a day-for-a-year basis, 2,520 years!
"seven times" bring us to the year A.D. 1800.
What happened in AD.1800!
Read on! We'll explain! in pamphlet #7066
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