Dan 7:25 And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time.
The little horn power shall persecute the saints for a time, times and the dividing of time. What does the word time mean here.
The same word time is used in Daniel chapter 4 to refer one year.
Dan 4:32 And they shall drive thee from men, and thy dwelling shall be with the beasts of the field: they shall make thee to eat grass as oxen, and seven times shall pass over thee, until thou know that the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will.
If the time refer to one year then time, times and the dividing of time is 3 1/2 years.
This same prophecy of Daniel is also mentioned in its twin book revelation of the new testament.
Dan 12:7 And I heard the man clothed in linen, which was upon the waters of the river, when he held up his right hand and his left hand unto heaven, and sware by him that liveth for ever that it shall be for a time, times, and an half; and when he shall have accomplished to scatter the power of the holy people, all these things shall be finished.
Rev 12:14 And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time , from the face of the serpent.
Did the little horn rule for 3 1/2 years. We see in this prophecy of human history that the reign of little horn is between the rule of Rome and the judgement and even the second coming. So is it a literal 3 1/2 years.
In the book of Daniel and Revelation the objects mentioned in the prophecies do not represent the literal thing. For example an animal or beast represents kingdom. A horn represents king or kingdom. Could there be a prophetical meaning for the time or the year. Especially when this prophecy of little horn being stretching from 4th century to this day.
Is there a key in Bible which tells that a year could be a longer duration in the prophetical sense.
Ezek 4:6 And when thou hast accomplished them, lie again on thy right side, and thou shalt bear the iniquity of the house of Judah forty days: I have appointed thee each day for a year.
Num 14:34 After the number of the days in which ye searched the land, even forty days, each day for a year , shall ye bear your iniquities, even forty years, and ye shall know my breach of promise.
Is it possible that a prophetical day could be representing a year. So the 3 1/2 years is actually 1260 years. (A year in biblical time is 360 days)
In the messanic prophecy of Daniel 9, a day is used to represent a year in the life of Jesus.
And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, Dan 9. 27 (marginal)
Here the prophecy says Jesus will do the ministry for 3 1/2 years i.e., in the middle of the prophetical week he will cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease by offering himself as the true sacrifice. All the sacrifices of the old Testament are symbols of Jesus. When Jesus died there was no more need of sacrifice. He made the sacrificial system ‘to cease’.
So the papacy in the literal sense persecuted the saints for 1260 years.
The prophecy can be found in the book of Revelation
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.
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.
42 months x 30 days = 1260.
The prophecy uses three different names to refer to the same period of the papal rule.
3 1/2 years
Was this fulfilled in history. Did papacy ruled after the roman empire for 1260 years.
It is, therefore, by a particular decree of Divine Providence that, at the fall of the Roman Empire and its partition into separate kingdoms, the Roman Pontiff, whom Christ made the head and center of his entire Church, acquired civil power. − Pope Pius IX, Apostolic Letter Cum Catholica Ecclesia, March 26, 1860
“Vigilius…ascended the papal chair (538 A.D .) under the military protection of Belisarius.” History of the Christian Church, Vol. 3, p. 327
1260 years from 538 A.D comes to 1798 AD. What happened in 1798.
In 1798 General Berthier made his entrance into Rome, abolished the papal government , and established a secular one. -Encyclopedia Britannica 1941 edition.