Keith C (23 Dec 2010)
"Problem with 1260 days, 42 months, 3&1/2 years"

Something has been bothering me.

Rev 11:2  But the court which is without the temple leave out, and measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles: and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months.

Rev 11:3  And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth.

I have always ASSUMED that this was simply two ways of indicating the same thing period of time – namely, three and a half years.

42 months of 30 days is 1260 days.  That’s fine - in theory.


I made an Excel spreadsheet that simply lists day after day, from today until January 1, 2040.

Then using Hebcal, I added to it all of the Jewish months / days.


I then counted the number of days in each set of 42 Jewish months.


What I found is that there are no consecutive periods of 42 Jewish months that add to 1260.

(None in the next 30 years anyway.)


Each set of 42 consecutive months totaled between 1239 to 1242 days – fully 3 weeks shy of 1260 days.


(I can’t help but think of Daniels angelic visitor…)  

Dan 10:12  Then said he unto me, Fear not, Daniel: for from the first day that thou didst set thine heart to understand, and to chasten thyself before thy God, thy words were heard, and I am come for thy words.

Dan 10:13  But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me one and twenty days: but, lo, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me; and I remained there with the kings of Persia.

I realize that this is a seemingly minor detail, yet it has evaded my awareness until now.

(Frankly, it irritates me that I’ve read it a hundred times, and never caught it before.)

I believe what He says, and I believe He says precisely what He means.  God is NOT a God of confusion.

I reject the idea that He was simply “throwing out” an approximation, in months, to 1260 days.  43 months would have been substantially more accurate, while still not precise.

And the fact that they are consecutive verses – it would have been more economical to combine both verses, with a single time frame – either 42 months, 3&1/2 years, or 1260 days.


The two periods may overlap, certainly.

My point is, the two time frames do not appear to be synonymous.

The same thing happens again shortly thereafter (albeit in a recursive section of scripture): 

Rev 12:6  And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days. 

Rev 13:5  And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months.

Would love some thoughtful feedback.