The Meaning of Numbers: The Number 42
Forty-two is a number with a direct connection to the coming Antichrist. His evil efforts will last 42 months in the end time, and thus forty-two is firmly associated with him (Revelation 11:1 - 2).
1. Then the angel gave me a measuring rod like a staff, saying, "Arise and measure the temple of God, and the altar . . . and they shall trample upon the holy city for forty-two months."
Revelation 13 states that the end time Beast power will be so powerful that NO ONE will be able to make war with him. He will speak great boastful things and be given the authority to do so for 42 months (Revelation 13:4 - 5). Forty-two is made up of 6 and 7, showing a link between mankind and God's spirit and a link between the Antichrist and Jesus Christ.
Appearances of the number forty-two
The phrase 'little children' appears forty-two times in the Old Testament.
The tribe of Levi was given 48 cities as part of their inheritance in the land of milk and honey. Six of these cities were to be designated as special 'cities of refuge' (Numbers 6 - 7) leaving forty-two other cities.
King Ahaziah of Judah began his reign at 42 years old but was only on the throne one year (2Chronicles 22:2).
The children of Israel had 42 sojournings or wandering in the desert until they finally were given rest (Numbers 33:1 - 50).