The Two 3-1/2 Year Periods In Revelation 12
By Ed Tarkowski
There is a huge time gap in Revelation 12 no matter how one interprets it.
Because the woman cannot flee before the Satan is cast down, scenario #2 is more logical.
1. Christ ascended 2,000 years ago (v5)
2. If the devil is cast out was when Christ ascended, then you have a 2,000 year gap to get to verses 6 (the woman flees to the wilderness in the middle of the tribulation).
3. If the devil is cast out in the middle of the tribulation, then you have a 2,000 year gap between the Child being caught up (v5) and verse 6, 13-17 (in v6, the woman flees into the wilderness BEFORE Satan is cast down).
WHY TWO PERIODS OF TIME: 1260 DAYS AND TIME, TIME AND A HALF A TIME?
What do we do with verse 6 since there can be only one period of 3-1/2 years?
Since there can ONLY be ONE period of 3-1/2 years, verse 6 must be a first mention later described in verse 15. Verse 6, then, goes with verse 5:
Verse 5 tells of the woman's Child being caught up to the throne and then, in one sentence, jumps to tell what eventually happens to the woman (v6) leaving a gap of 2,000 years. This leaves us verses 7-17.
Verses 7-17 also have the SAME gap. Verses 7-13 then go back again and describes what happened to Satan when the Child was caught up to the throne (v5):
Verses 7-13 go back to when the Child was caught up to the throne because it was then that Christ was exalted at His ascension and these four things were set in place: salvation, strength, kingdom and power and the devil was cast down.
There is then the 2,000 year gap again between v7-13 and v14-17 which points ahead to the middle of the tribulation.
The devil having but a short time seems to be a problem, but Robertson's Word Pictures says this:
"But a short time ([oligon kairon]). Accusative of extent of time, 'a little time.' The devil's departure from his warfare in the heavens reveals ([eid?s], knowing, perfect active participle) to him that his time for doing harm to men is limited, and hence his great wrath ([tumon], boiling rage)."
SHORT - It doesn't mean short so much as a sort-of-an-idea of how much time will pass, but it is a knowing that now that this happened, time is LIMITED to do anything else.