The prophetic is usually written in the form of chiastic structures. This means that there are general matching themes repeated twice, but they're not necessarily the same events. The first half of Daniel is an example of a chiastic structure.
A1 – Dream of statue with four parts
B1 - Daniel and friends in fiery furnace
C1 - Humbling of Nebuchadnezzar
C2 - Humbling of Belshazzar
B2 - Daniel and friends in lion's den
A2 – Dream of four beasts
Daniel and his friends refused to obey the king of Babylon, and so they were punished. First in a fiery furnace (B1) and then in a den of lions (B2). These are matching themes, but different events. Also the 2 kings who were humbled are matching themes, but two different events.
My take on this is that since the first two examples are not the same events, we should also assume that the prophecies of A1 and A2 are not the same event. Partly because these 3 matching themes are in the same chiastic structure, but also because in the prophetic there is always a micro and a macro fulfillment. So since the two dreams of 4 kingdoms are prophetic, I would argue that this has to refer to two separate events. One will be in the nearer future and the other in the farther future.
It is also indicated in Daniel 7:12, 17, and 23 that the four beasts come after the four kingdoms of the statue:
12 The other beasts had been stripped of their authority, but were allowed to live for a period of time.
17 The four great beasts are four kings that will rise from the earth.
23 The fourth beast is a fourth kingdom that will appear on earth.
So, I have come to the conclusion that prophetic chiastic structures are matching themes, but not the same event. And also that we have to look for a double fulfillment of all the prophecies, even if they're not in a chiastic structure. I could be wrong, but this seems to be logical and I've seen this pattern everywhere in the prophetic—A near fulfillment and a far fulfillment.
This is very important to understand, because the 1260 years in the wilderness in Revelation 12 would then also not be the same event as the "times, time and half a time". I think that you can see that this is not the same event repeated, partly because of the fact that it's worded differently, and partly because of the added mention of the eagle's wings this second time. And I think that we also have history to prove it:
For 3.5 years, prior to God's judgment on Jerusalem, the Christians were persecuted by Nero. And as it were, it was mainly by being thrown to the lions and by being burned alive. (This is like the lions and fire punishment of Daniel and his friends). This is not a coincidence. But here I want to focus on what happened after the 3.5 years of persecution under Nero.
Just before the destruction of the temple, Nero died. So the siege was paused while Vespasian went to Rome to claim the Caesarship. (It was Vespasian who was in charge of the siege). The Christians remembered the prophecies Jesus had given them about fleeing to the mountains when they see the armies surround the city, and so they now took the chance to flee. And they fled to Pella in the Jordanian mountains and stayed there for 3.5 years.
The fleeing to Pella is the 1260 days and the micro fulfillment of the prophecy.
I'm sure that the macro fulfillment of the prophecies of Jesus will have a similar pattern, and we also know that the "times, time and half a time" is in fact the same length as the 1260 days—3.5 years.
So why is it worded differently as "times, time and half a time" the second time? Because the first 1260 days is for any 3,5 years, but in the last days it will be 3.5 years that coincide with the moedim of the Biblical feasts.
And why does it say that they will flee on eagles wings this second time? This is just like it was also worded in Exodus 19.
4 You yourselves have seen what I did to Egypt, and how I carried you on eagles’ wings and brought you to myself.
14 The woman was given the two wings of a great eagle, so that she might fly to the place prepared for her in the wilderness, where she would be taken care of for a time, times and half a time, out of the serpent’s reach.
I think that the symbolism of eagle's wings means that God will lead them out with miracles, just like he did in the exodus. And I think that it also makes it clear that this 3.5 year period called "times, time and half a time" will be the second exodus.
I think that the woman will flee the second time when the Antichrist enters the most holy place of the temple, and there will be an earthquake like in the days of Uzziah (like there was an earthquake when he entered the most holy place). Then the mount of Olives will split from north to south, and the woman will flee through the valley that is formed (Zech 14:4-5), to stay away for "times, time and half a time" (Rev 12:14). And the Antichrist will order an army to overtake her, but the earth will swallow the army up (Rev 12:15-16). Just like the waters drowned the Egyptian army in the first exodus.
I've noticed that Messiah 2030 seems to think that God just repeats the same thing twice about the woman in the wilderness, but I don’t think that's the case at all, based on what I've written here. I think that the prophetic chiastic structures always show that there is a double fulfillment of the prophecy. There is always a near fulfillment, like 70 AD was, and then a far fulfillment, like it will be in the last days before Jesus returns to rule for 1000 years.
The near/micro fulfillment happened 70 AD, 40 years after the death of Jesus (if he died 30 AD). And many say that a generation is 40 years. This is based on the fact that the Hebrews wandered in the wilderness for 40 years till that generation had died out. And so when Jesus said "this generation will not pass till all these things are fulfilled" (Mat 24:34), some think that this means that it would happen within 40 years. And 70 AD happened 40 years after Jesus died (if he died 30 AD).
And Jesus also said that some of them would still be alive when they saw him coming in the (spiritual) kingdom of heaven (Mat 16:28). I think that this is referring to 70 AD when people said they saw God's army in the clouds. (Maybe they even saw Jesus). It was the day of visitation in judgment on unbelieving Judah. This is when the old covenant was considered obsolete and the new spiritual kingdom of heaven would come (and last for about 2000 years).
This spiritual kingdom, when Christians don’t have a country on earth, but only in heaven, will last till Jesus returns to set up a physical kingdom on the earth that will last for 1000 years.
We are now waiting for the macro fulfillment of the prophecies of Jesus, and I think that we can learn how things will happen by looking at what happened in the past micro fulfillment, because:
"What has been will be again, and what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun". (Ecclesiastes 1:9)
I should also mention that I think that the first micro fulfillment is 10% in the physical, and 90% in a spiritual/symbolic sense. And that the second macro fulfillment will be 100% in the physical. This is based on the cyclical nature of things according to the Bible and numerology. In numerology you go from 1-9 and then back to 1 again, but add one zero this time, making a 10, as in 10 %. And the second time around you add another zero making 100, as in 100%. And after twice around you're at 100% so you stop there. This might seem far fetched, but I think that also this hints toward a double fulfillment.
So those who claim that everything was fulfilled 70 AD are right. It was, but only 10% in the physical, and the rest in a spiritual/symbolic sense. But they usually fail to understand that it will all happen again, but this time 100% in the physical.
I hope this will help others in the study of the prophetic.
May God's peace be with you!