This third interlude (Rev 12:1 - Rev 13:18)
seemingly refers to historical events, such as Jesus' birth and resurrection, predating the onset of God's eschatological judgment,
which prompts the question: why is it here? Why not place the third interlude earlier in the Revelation's narrative when it might
be easier to understand its chronology easier?
With references to Daniel's 69th week, it appears that this interlude chronologically locates Revelation (see
How does Daniel's 70th week correspond to Revelation?)
and its location serves two significant purposes:
1. It provides a sense of what is happening to Believers during the first 3-1/2 years of Daniel's 70th week.
2. It introduces the Antichrist and ushers in his reign for this latter half of Daniel's 70th week.