23 “This is what he told me: ‘The fourth beast means that there will be a fourth kingdom on earth that will differ from all the other kingdoms. It will devour all the earth and will trample and crush it. 24 The 10 horns mean that 10 kings will arise from that kingdom. Another king will arise after them, but he will be different from the earlier ones. He will humiliate three kings. 25 He will speak words against the Most High. He will harass the holy ones of the Most High continually. His intention will be to change times established by law. The holy ones will be delivered into his hand for a time, times, and half a time. 26 But the court will convene, and his ruling authority will be removed—destroyed and abolished forever! 27 Then the kingdom, authority, and greatness of the kingdoms under the whole heaven will be delivered to the people of the holy ones of the Most High. His kingdom is an eternal kingdom; all authorities will serve him and obey him.’
4 Now the dragon’s tail swept away a third of the stars in heaven and hurled them to the earth. Then the dragon stood before the woman who was about to give birth, so that he might devour her child as soon as it was born. 5 So the woman gave birth to a son, a male child, who is going to rule over all the nations with an iron rod. Her child was suddenly caught up to God and to his throne, 6 and she fled into the wilderness where a place had been prepared for her by God, so she could be taken care of for 1,260 days. 7 Then war broke out in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon, and the dragon and his angels fought back. 8 But the dragon was not strong enough to prevail, so there was no longer any place left in heaven for him and his angels.
Notes and References
"... Somewhat surprisingly, this section is dominated by verbs in the past tense, as if it were a narrative of a past sequence of events. The statement that the two prophets were lying dead in the public square for three and one-half days suggests a partial parallel to the three-day period between the death and resurrection of Jesus, while three and one-half days is also reminiscent of the Danielic phrase “time, times, and half a time,” or “year, two years, and half a year” (Daniel 7:25; 12:7; cf. Revelation 12:14), which are variants of the forty-two months of Rev 11:2 (and Rev 13:5) and the 1,260 days of Rev 11:3 (and Rev 12:6). Three striking events follow in quick succession. First, the resurrection of the two prophets results in great fear on the part of those who had rejoiced over their deaths (a stereotypical reaction). Second, the summons of the heavenly voice, followed by the ascension of the two prophets to heaven, produces astonishment in their enemies (another stereotypical reaction) ..."
Aune, David Word Biblical Commentary: Revelation 6-16 (p. 520) Zondervan, 2017
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