What is the significance that time is mentioned as singular, plural, and fractional forms in Daniel 7:25
Apart from the fact that it is generally accepted that - time, times and half a time - is equal to 3 and one 1/2 years, or even 1260 years, if you apply the day for a year biblical rule, one probably should be asking the less than obvious '3-way split' question. That question being:- "Why, in Dan 7:25, is the apparent numeric figure, of 1260, expressed in such an obscure way"? The answer may lie in the fact that Daniel needed to differentiate from one 3 and one 1/2 year period, the 360 x 720 x 180 = 1260 day period and the other 3 and one 1/2 year period, the 365 x 730 x 182 and one 1/2 = 1277.5 day period. In other words he needed to differentiate from the time honored, 360 day year, and the solar, which deals in the 365 day year.
For the purposes of this argument, one needs to consider the possibility that a biblical 'time' may not necessarily mean: one 360 day year and that it could possibly mean: one 365.2422 day year. On this basis, let's consider the possibility that Dan 7:25 may actually be relating to a 1260 year period, made up of 365.2422 day years.
In Dan 7:23, we see that Daniel is referring to 'the fourth beast', widely accepted as being a reference to the Roman Empire. In Dan 7:24, he is referring to the 10 kingdoms that will arise thereafter (not to be confused with the much later 10 kingdoms of Revelation) and yet one more kingdom after those, who will subdue three kings. Theories abound as to who these three kings were, let alone who the 10 kingdoms were exactly. However, the Heruli, Ostrogoths and Vandals were defeated in the time of the Emperor Justinian of the remaining Eastern Roman Empire, the last of the three in 534 AD. It was in 538 AD however, when Justinian, now being the possible subject of Dan 7:25, proved responsible for the transition from Pagan Roman Empire to Holy Roman Empire and the start of Papal-Caesarism, which was to last until 1798 AD, whereupon Napoleon brought an end to this aggrandizing paradigm. The time in between being 1260 solar years, or a, time, times and half a time. Justinian was well known for changing times and laws ad hoc, with little regard for well established religious doctrine. Thus, it could be said of him that, he spoke out against the Most High and subsequently wore down the saints of the Highest One.
Dan 7:25 [NASB}...And he will speak out against the Most High and wear down the saints of the Highest One, and he will intend to make alterations in times and in law; and they will be given into his hand for a time, times and half a time.
NB: It should be interesting to note that in 898 AD, Pope John IX, ended the bizarre trial of a former dead Pope (Formosa), who was exhumed in order to stand on trial, which came to be known as the Cadaver Synod. This being 360 years (1 time) after 538 AD.
It may also be interesting to note that in 1618 AD, it was the start of the 30 Years War, the war between Catholic and Protestant states of the Holy Roman Empire. This being another 720 years (2 times) after 538 AD.
The end of the period, in 1798 AD, was another 180 years (half a time).
How's that for significance.