2 But [kai] the court [aule] which [ho] is without [exothen][esothen] the temple [naos] leave [ekballo] out, [exo] and [kai] measure [metreo] it [autos] not; [me] for [hoti] it is given [didomi] unto the Gentiles: [ethnos] and [kai] the holy [hagios] city [polis] shall they
tread under foot [pateo] forty [tessarakonta] and two [duo] months. [men] KJV-Interlinear
"And leave out the court which is outside the temple, and do not measure
it, for it has been given to the nations; and they will tread under foot the holy city for forty-two months. NASB
Only during the
dispensation of the Age of Israel, is there a distinction made between Jews and
Gentiles. During our dispensation, the Church Age, that distinction is removed,
being neither Jews nor Gentile during our era, Col. 3:11.
The Church Age terminates
when the Rapture occurs. All believers who have lived during our era, which has
lasted for over 1900 years and still counting, will be removed in a twinkling
of an eye, up into the clouds where we will meet Christ, and then whisked off
Those left behind on the
earth will all be unbelievers at that moment in time. The Age of Israel, which
our dispensation interrupted, will resume with seven years remaining in its
era. The seven year period is called the Tribulation.
The first half of that
seven year period (forty-two months) is called Satan’s failed utopia. The last
half of that seven year period (forty-two months) is called the Great
At the mid-point in the
seven year period, the anti-christ will desolate the
newly rebuilt Temple during its dedication. This mid-point event will mark that
mid-point in the Tribulation, leaving forty-two months remaining.By this act, people will know the amount of
But remember that during
the first half of the Tribulation, a huge number of people will die (one-fourth
of the world) at the hands of the anti-christs failed
policies. There will be many devastating disasters. It would easily be possible
that folks may actually lose track of time on the calendar because of all of those
But when the temple is
dedicated and the anti-christ desolates it, then
people will know with certainty exactly where they are during these last years
of that era. The desecration is described by Jesus in Matt. 24:15-20.
And now, John records the
measuring of the temple, Christ’s accounting of those who belong to Him, as
opposed to those (unbelievers) who will refuse to believe.
The outer court was the
area outside of the Temple proper. Unbelievers, described as gentiles, were
forbidden to enter into the Temple. Only those who have believed in Christ may
enter into a relationship with God.
forbidden to enter into the temple and were restricted to the areas outside of
the temple, indicating their refusal to believe in Christ. Their efforts and
ideas and inventions of truth were never allowed to mix with truth.
So, in these verses, John
indicates that Christ is now clarifying who has believed, or will believe, and
separating them out from those who will never believe.
We have had the seven
seals broken revealing all that has been written, will come into being.
We have had six of the
seven trumpets announcing that the time of the end is approaching, fast approaching.
There is a pause between
the sixth and the seventh trumpet wherein Christ is now revealing the battle
lines and who is on which side.
At the mid-point of the
Tribulation, the anti-christ will desolate the
temple, and that will mark the time for the next forty-two months when evil
will trample the temple, the Jews, and the peoples of the world, especially
In times past in history,
the Jews have been the target of horrendous atrocities, however during these
forty-two months, the last half of the Tribulation, the atrocities brought
against the Jews will be the worst ever in all of human history.
The word for tread under
foot, ‘pateo,’ means to literally stamp or pound into
dust or nothingness, to destroy, to obliterate such that, what was before, will
be totally unrecognizable and unidentifiable.