“And I will grant authority to my two witnesses, and they will prophesy for twelve hundred and sixty days, clothed in sackcloth.” (Revelation 11:3)
The two witnesses in chapter 11 of Revelation represent all saints of the world who have testified for the Lord during the Millennial Jubilee.
The phrase “clothed in sackcloth” points to the sign of repentance and request for mercy from God. Was it not because the citizens of Nineveh “covered themselves with sackcloth and sat on the ashes” after they heard Jonah’s message, that they received mercy from God who indeed spared the whole city from being destroyed?
As for the number 1260 in “twelve hundred and sixty days” we can see the following result after applying to it one of the dividing principles in Theomatics:
1260 –> 1 + 2 + 6 + 0 = 9
9 is a number representing termination of everything, similar to the meaning of “conclusion” carried in “Red Sea” – “sea of reed.”
In other words, these “two witnesses” will preach the Gospel until the days of the End Point, the moment of the Lord’s coming.
Those from the peoples and tribes and tongues and nations will look at their dead bodies for three and a half days, and will not permit their dead bodies to be laid in a tomb. (Revelation 11:9)
In the above verse, Greek verbs for “look at” and “not permit” are both in the future tense as most English versions translate correctly. Do not think that once you see the “dead bodies” and then you immediately claim they are dead indeed – that is simply something for the future.
In the Bible, it is not strange to render “day” as “year” – God had once assigned Ezekiel to lie down on his sides twice “for forty days, a day for each year” (Ezekiel 4:6)
Thus we can count the “three and a half days” in the above verse as “three and half years.”
In detail, 1260 days, 42 months, and “a time and times and half a time” (or three and half years) all point to the same time period.
Therefore, we can see clearly that these “three and a half days” as “three and half years”, 1260 days, 42 months, and “a time and times and half a time” all refer to the End Stage.
The reason the worldly people “will not permit” their bodies to be laid in a tomb is because these “three and a half days” are not yet completed, nor is the testimony of the two witnesses.
“And she gave birth to a son, a male child, who is to rule all the nations with a rod of iron; and her child was caught up to God and to His throne. Then the woman fled into the wilderness where she had a place prepared by God, so that there she would be nourished for one thousand two hundred and sixty days.” (Revelation 12:5-6)
The woman’s male child not only symbolizes the Christ, but also includes all who have entered into the Lord to become members of His own body.
Therefore, the 1260 days in this verse are like the 1260 days for the two witnesses, both representing the entire era of the Millennial Jubilee.
During this entire period in the wilderness, God allows those who belong to Him to experience testing, chastening and feeding by manna so that the life in them could become more and more mature, in order to meet the requirements for being raptured into heaven.
Thus we can further understand that, not everyone is worthy to be raptured; if the fullness of the wilderness years and months is not complete, no one can enter the land of Canaan.
There was given to him a mouth speaking arrogant words and blasphemies, and authority to act for forty-two months was given to him. (Revelation 13:5)
As far as time is concerned, 1260 days, 42 months and “time, times, and half a time” are all associated with the special period of “End Stage.”
However, among these various expressions of years, months and days, only “42 months” is associated with the Beast and the Gentiles together. See here: the Beast is given the authority “to act for forty-two months” and Gentile nations are allowed to “tread under foot the holy city for forty-two months.”
Number 42 represents all kinds of difficult hardships and tests; The “moon” is associated with dark nights.
For the people of God, when the Beast and Gentile nations are in control and are doing everything as they will, those days are indeed dark all around, along with foggy bewilderment and unimaginable hardships.
For this so-called Great Tribulation, what else is more sad and dreadful than having days as nights and not being able to see with opened eyes?
Jesus says, “We must work the works of Him who sent Me, as long as it is day; night is coming, when no man can work.” (John 9:4) The meaning of these words, do they not refer to the End Stage?
* If you want to know more about numbers and their numerical roots, please check our book “Numbers & Roots of Numbers in the Bible” that has been published.
These daily devotional messages are taken from Taichuan Tongs’ new book “The Sword for the End Times (I): Dividing Truths in Daniel & Revelation”