It is often difficult to remember when we come across these values 1,260, 42 months and “time, times, half a time” to which part of the 7 year period of the Tribulation they are referring.
1. The 1260 days always refers to the first half of the 70th week (Revelation 11:3; 12:6)
Revelation 11:3 And I will give to My two witnesses, and they will prophesy one thousand two hundred and sixty days clothed in mohair.”
Revelation 12:6 And the woman escaped into the wilderness where she has a place there having been prepared from God (so that they may be nourishing her there) a thousand two hundred sixty days.
2. The terms “42 months” and “a time, times, half a time” always refer to the last half of the 70th week (Revelation 11:2,12:14; 13:5; Daniel 7:25, 12:7)
Revelation 11:2 And exclude the court outside the Temple. You should not measure it because it was given to the Gentiles (they will also trample the holy city forty two months).
Revelation 12:14 And two wings of a great eagle were given to the woman, so that she might fly to the wilderness to her place, where she is nourished there a time, times, and half a time from before the snake.
Revelation 13:5 And a mouth was given to it, speaking great things and blasphemies. And it was given authority to act for forty two months
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.
Daniel 12:7 Then I heard the man clothed in linen, who was above the waters of the river, when he held up his right hand and his left hand to heaven, and swore by Him who lives forever, that it shall be for a time, times, and half a time; and when the power of the holy people has been completely shattered, all these things shall be finished.
- 1,260 days always refers to the first half of the tribulation.
- 42 Months and a time, times and half a time always refer to the last half of the tribulation.