The 42 Months of Revelation 11
Revelation 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.”
The Dome of the Rock is a Gentile structure in the court that was left out. This verse says that the city of Jerusalem would be under Gentile control for 42 months. Could those 42 months be months of days that should be considered as years?
To find out we will need a beginning date and an ending date. But first, let’s check out the 42 months of days. Remember, the Hebrew calendar has 30 days per month, but the solar calendar of the Christian Era has 30.44 days per month. So let’s put our calculator to work again:
42 months x 30.44 days = 1278.5 days, OR, 1278.5 years using the day for a year principle.
Now looking for a starting date, let’s take the date of the Dome of the Rock — 688.5 AD.
1278.5 + 688.5 we get a figure of . . . 1967
1967— On the 6th day of June, 1967, at the end of what has been called the Six-day War, General Moshe Dayan and a tough, battle-hardened contingent of Israeli commandos stood before a wall of ancient stones—tears streamed down their faces. They were at the Wailing Wall in East Jerusalem, that Holy Place from which they had been exiled so many centuries before. They were crying thanks unto God for restoring their ancient city to them. There they solemnly swore: “Never again shall we be driven from this place.” For the first time, in 2573 years, the Jews were again in control of their beloved Jerusalem—the Holy City. Could that touching moment be the historic end of the prophecy which said, “and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months”?
There we have it! In the 1290 days prophecy of Daniel 12, the Lord took us from 583 BC and the suspending of the daily sacrifice to the “abomination that makes desolate,” the Dome of the Rock in 688 AD; and from there, when the Gentiles would tread the Holy City under foot for 42 months, until Jerusalem was restored to the Jews in 1967. Not only does this prophecy work out by the numbers, but look how it fits every word of scripture:
1) Sacrifice abolished.
2) Abomination of desolation set up.
3) Leaving out the court for the Gentiles.
4) The Holy city tread under foot for 42 months.
Is all of this just coincidence? A statistical analysis would prove it about impossible without God’s hand in it.