Q. I was just wondering what biblical evidence (implicit or explicit) there is that the different events in Revelation will actually happen during the 70th week of Daniel. Are there any measurements of time stated in Revelation that state how long the judgments will last? Why do the judgments have to happen in the 70th week? Am I missing something?
A. As you know there’s a seven year period missing from the end of Daniel’s 70 weeks. From Daniel 9:27 we learn this period will commence with a covenant that results in a rebuilt Temple and includes the official introduction of the anti-Christ, the desecration of the Temple, and the destiny that is decreed for the anti-Christ.
From Revelation 6 we learn that there will be an end times leader who will come in the name of peace but whose real intent is war. In Rev. 11 we see a working temple in Israel before the beginning of the Great Tribulation that isn’t there now. It’s outer courts and the Holy City will be trampled on by the Gentiles for 42 months.
Daniel 9:27 says the temple will be desecrated by an abomination that causes desolation in the middle of the last seven years. Jesus said this event will mark the beginning of the Great Tribulation (Matt. 24:15-21).
In Rev. 12 we see a dragon representing Satan pursuing a woman representing Israel who flees into the desert for protection. There God will protect her for 1260 days, which is the same length of time as 42 months. Jesus also said the woman’s flight would happen at the outset of the Great Tribulation (Matt. 24:15-21).
Rev. 13 begins with the introduction of the anti-Christ in his final form, being empowered by Satan (Rev. 13:4). Rev. 19:19-20 shows the Lord coming to defeat His enemies and the final disposition of the anti-Christ. This is the destiny decreed for him spoken of in Daniel 9:27. Rev. 20 marks the beginning of the Millennium.
From this we can surmise that the period described from Rev. 6 thru Rev. 19 is the missing seven years from Daniel’s prophecy. During this time there will be three known cycles of judgment and perhaps one unknown cycle (Rev. 10:3-4). Of these, only the third known cycle will occur during the last three and one half years following the anti-Christ’s introduction. The others will take place during the first three and one half years but the duration of each is not revealed.