What’s Up With The Rev 12 Dates?

By Daniel Valles, Posted to Editor's Blog: 04/17/2014
 

For those who have been following the signs in the heavens detailed in Rev 12 (via our resources, and many others on the internet), you knew that the general consensus seems to indicate that the sign is the midpoint of the tribulation, and that (therefore) there must be 1,260 days prior to this event. With a quick date calculator, we know that 1,260 prior to Sept 23, 2017 would have been April 12th or 13th (depending if you count the 23rd in the count). Sooo, the question at this post-date time is: what are we missing?

Here’s some of my musings from reviewing the data, and looking at different possibilities:

     
  • I have seen nothing that would even slightly negate the validity of the Rev 12 signs in the heaven, and that they happen on Sept 23, 2017.
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  • The sign seems to mark when Satan makes his move against Israel in the midst of the Tribulation (Dan 9:27, Rev 12:6).
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  • It appears strongly that the two witnesses’ time of 1,260 days is in the first half of the Tribulation (Rev 11).
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  • The Rev 12 sign (in context) is witnessed before Satan makes war in heaven, is kicked out of heaven, and makes his move against Israel.
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  • The two witnesses seem to be killed around the same time when Satan makes his moves against Israel, and sets up the abomination.
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  • Rev 11:8 tells us: that the Antichrist "shall make war against them, and shall overcome them, and kill them." The strong language indicates that the struggle will be more than just walking up and killing them. It is implied that this is quite an effort involved, and it would be assumed that this might not be over in a day. (I am doing some additional research that may bolster this further).

So, what we don’t know 100%, and is educated guess and speculation at this point, is: Does the 1,260 days for the witnesses overlaps the Rev 12 sign by a few days, and place the final days (including battle, and laying dead in the streets for three and a half days) of the witnesses in Satan’s attacks on Israel - post-Rev12 sign. If so, then an unknown offset of days (but small) seems to enters the equation. In short, Satan makes his move against Israel (and the two witnesses) in "the midst" of the tribulation, but it starts to take place over a few days before the 1,260 days of Israel’s protection (Rev 12:6). The Rev 12 signs seems to be the flag announcing the shift, not necessarily the exact midpoint, but very, very close; a few quick events take place just prior to Israel’s 1,260 days in the latter half.

With all of the signs pointing to this time in history, along with the other current signs in the moon, sun, etc. I feel it is safe to say that the Rev 12 sign is still valid, and that there seems to be reasonable evidence to indicate the possibility of several days offset from April 12th. (Again, I would recommend you print out these thoughts, and place it with your resources. Continue to keep me in prayer as I study this more. And, with all of this in mind, occupy till He comes, and keep on watching and living in light of His return. Maranatha!

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