I don't know about any of you, but for weeks I've been feeling quite burdened, tired, and beaten down by all the negativity and evil in this world. Perhaps the reason is due to the fact that there are those who are trying to open the "gateways to the gods" and allowing these dark, spiritual forces through to wreak havoc. In any event, I noticed that as I ramped up my work here, that's precisely when our common enemy unleashed some fierce spiritual attacks on me that continue to this day.
In fact, I had people very near-and-dear to me tell me to my face they think I'm weird for studying prophecy all these years, and they even openly questioned whether or not I get any enjoyment out of life (and enjoy my time spent with them and others) if I'm constantly watching and interpreting news headlines through my "prophecy goggles." Shocked, defensive, saddened, worried about them. That was my immediate reaction. Needless to say, it's been a challenging time to say the least.
However, I come to you today victorious and renewed in my effort to shout from the rooftops all the wisdom and knowledge that our Lord has led me to in my desire to get to know Him, His Word, and His prophecies better. What I mean to say is that in His mercy and grace He has answered my prayers to "help me better understand" by leading me to the work that was done by others in Christ. It is on their shoulders that I stand, ready to share their findings with the rest of you today. As you'll soon see, this is truth that needs to be shared with ANYONE AND EVERYONE before it's too late.
The answer to my prayer was in the form of a study that another did on the Book of Daniel. I was first told about this unique perspective from a few people months ago, but for whatever reason just filed this away in the "I'll-Definitely-Get-To-That-Later" file of things to do.
As with most things these days, I now know why I didn't feel a pressing need to examine and review this presentation until now. Simply put, we needed to advance a little farther along God's prophetic timeline before certain things asserted in this series made better sense. What I'm trying to say is that when God reveals things to His people it's funny how EVERYTHING just seems to fall into place, and all we have to do is watch and get out of the way. That's why I believe the "Ceres of Events" series we just looked at this week was important and necessary (part of our Lord's perfect timing) BEFORE we could add this piece of the puzzle to the mix.
Why is that? BECAUSE BOTH STUDIES INDICATE THAT THE FINAL 7 YEARS (DANIEL'S WEEK) ARE ABOUT TO BEGIN IN 2009/2010!!!
Now, before you write this off as just more "date-setting" I implore you to please take the time to review this for yourself before you automatically dismiss it because it is intensely profound. As Christians expecting His return, we have a responsibility to study such a claim to see if it can be verified.
The following is Part 1 of a 2 part series. My goal will be to summarize that ministry's findings here for you so that it's all in one place. In Part 2, I'll include the actual video lecture in case you prefer to listen to it instead of reading about it. Besides, the video presentation makes a much more compelling case since it includes so much more information and visual aids that I couldn't quite possibly do justice to here in this limited space. Either way, pull up a chair, pour yourself a cup of coffee, and find a place where you won't be interrupted because this demands our full attention.
GETTING STARTED - WHAT IS THIS "DISCOVERY" THAT YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT?
In all honestly, it's not really a "discovery" per se at all, but more or less just a case of us applying what the Scriptures tell us quite plainly. I like to think of this as more proof of the "unsealing" that God told us about in the Book of Daniel in Daniel 12:4.
It's called "Daniel's Timeline" and it's a presentation that boldly proclaims that we can know the EXACT years of the Great Tribulation. Wow! The word "bold" doesn't seem to cut it, huh? Still, I was intrigued that I was drawn to revisit this subject now when I was just about to sit down and write a new commentary on the Seven Seals, Seven Trumpets, and Seven Bowl Judgments of the Tribulation. It was at that moment that I thought, "Wait a minute! I still haven't looked at that Daniel's Timeline thing! Maybe there's something there that I need to see to help me better understand what I'm trying to work out and understand here on my own."
Sure enough, as always, our God demonstrated to me once more (as if I needed further proof) that He is omnipotent and truly amazing with a capital "A," which sadly doesn't even begin to describe how great He really is.
The entire journey of discovery begins by reminding us of three very important pieces of Scripture:
Ephesians 5:6 - - "Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience."
Luke 12:56 - - "Ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky and of the earth; but how is it that ye do not discern this time?"
Hosea 4:6 - - "My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children."
The full claim of this approach is that "Daniel's end time prophecies, Daniel's 70th Week, the Jubilee years, the Feasts of the LORD, The vision of Revelation 12, the 1290 and 1335 day counts, the Parable of the Fig Tree, the altar shut down, the abomination that makes Jerusalem desolate, and much more is explained showing how they all fit together revealing the exact years of the Great Tribulation. When the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob reveals His Truth, all the prophecy pieces just fall into place on their own..."
At this point, I'll admit that I was skeptical. I mean, this wasn't the first time I read about someone who claimed to have "finally figured out" the course of end times events and the return of our Lord. However, I'm always willing to consider such things because I know that "iron sharpens iron" (Proverbs 27:17), and as someone who loves Jesus Christ with all my being, I desperately want the cares of this world to come to an end, pass away, and for Him to finally come for those of us who are "praying to be counted worthy" (Luke 21:36); those of us fervently watching for and expecting His triumphant return on a minute-by-minute, day-to-day basis.
Traditionally, the Christian community has taken themselves completely out of the loop with the following mis-quote: “no man knoweth the day or the hour of the Lord’s return, not even the angels in heaven.” However, what the Lord really says in Matthew 24:35-36, is that Heaven and Earth will pass away, but of that day and hour knoweth no man nor the angels. This is after the Lord’s return and after His thousand-year reign. So, are we supposed to know or not?
There is proof that we should know, but He is not just going to plainly spell it out lest the wicked should understand. We also know there are absolutely no idle words in the Word of God. If, therefore, it is not meant for us to understand or know the time of His coming, wouldn’t all the verses with clues pertaining to the time of His return be counted as idle words?
Precisely! As you'll see in a moment, just the fact that we're being able to understand things that have been a mystery for centuries should be a HUGE CLUE to us that time is short and approaching the moment when all things will be finished!
UNDERSTANDING 30 FOLD, 60 FOLD, AND 100 FOLD
This entire interpretation and resulting timeline hinges on a teaching from Jesus Christ that we find in the Book of Matthew. Yeshua (Jesus Christ) taught about 30-fold, 60-fold, and 100-fold (Matthew 13:8) so a brief explanation of the term "100-fold" is necessary before we can continue moving forward.
Matthew 13:8 - - "But other fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit, some an hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold."
Some brought forth fruit, some 30-fold and some 60-fold and some 100-fold. This is the same as to say: Fruit (30-fold), More Fruit (60-fold) and Much Fruit (100-fold). Another is being baptized with Water (30), with the Holy Ghost (60), and with Fire (100-fold). Also we see the same pattern in the good (30), acceptable (60), and perfect (100-fold) will of the Father being done. A major example is the Tabernacle itself: the outer court (30), the inner court (60) and the Holy of Holies (100-fold). A final example is in the spirits of just men made perfect (Heb. 11:40). There was an Elijah of old (30-fold), then we know that John the Baptist (forerunner for the Messiah) also came in the spirit of Elijah (60-fold), and there is another Elijah that must come in this same spirit (100-fold fulfillment). This latter day Elijah, will also be a forerunner for the Messiah's return, turning the hearts of the fathers to the children (Luke 1:17).
There are many such examples of these same degrees of fulfillment in prophecy as well, thus the multi-layered fulfillment of Daniel 9:25, which we'll look at in a moment.
There were no 100-fold fulfillments until the Messiah was glorified and the veil was rent that separated the inner court (60-fold) from the Holy of Holies (100-fold) allowing us, through the work of the Son, that we might come before the Throne of God, the Holy of Holies (Hebrews 4:16).
The above photo is a picture of a very important historical document that bears record to the 100-fold fulfillment of prophecy. It is a special morning edition of the Eretz Israel - Palestine daily newspaper dated 11/30/1947 announcing the UN decision (UN Resolution 181) to establish a Jewish State, which brought forth the BIRTH OF THE STATE OF ISRAEL in 1948.
The ministry says that this is one of the critical pieces (and visual proof too) to understanding the Daniel's Timeline puzzle. Interestingly enough, the ministry echoes what we've highlighted here many times before when they assert that the other critical piece of the puzzle is an understanding of the Feasts of the Lord. More on that later. To find out how this 100-fold fulfillment ties into our generation, please continue reading.
WHAT IS DANIEL'S TIMELINE?
If you're anything like me then I know you must be hopping in your seat to get started to see if there's any truth to this whatsoever or if it's just more spiritual deception in these last days. I will say that I was happy to see the way in which the study began by openly stating that,
"By no means do we believe that anyone has the authority to change one jot or tittle of the of the written Word of God, nor do we practice it here at Daniel's Timeline. If God says it, He means exactly what He said. And yes, we’ve all heard man’s version of this before, along with one inaccurate prediction after another. However, it cannot be stressed enough that Daniel’s Timeline is the understanding of the precise course of events plainly given to Daniel the prophet describing the 'when' and 'what' of the end times; not only did the Lord Himself quote Daniel, but He also gave an admonishment for not knowing these times."
Amen! Surely, this demanded a closer look and that's just what I did although I wasn't ready to be blown away by this particular analysis and interpretation. I probably should have expected it though given the constant "Daniel's-Week-And-The-Tribulation-Is-Near!!!" theme that kept presenting itself this week no matter which direction I looked.
What is Daniel's Timeline? In the simplest terms, the prophecies in Daniel give the EXACT year sequence of Tribulation. Applying the other prophecy reveals the years. Daniel’s Seven Year Prophetic Week begins in 2010, the Midst of the Week is in the Spring of 2013, and the end of the week is in the fall of 2016 at the Feast of Trumpets, the Last Trump.
As mentioned, as with most new revelations being "unsealed" in these last days, this one is also intricately connected to an understanding of the Feasts of the Lord.
Daniel 9:23 - - "At the beginning of thy supplications the commandment came forth, and I am come to shew thee; for thou art greatly beloved: therefore understand the matter, and consider the vision."
The Daniel's Timeline ministry writes this on their website: "The simplicity is astonishing. We are going to read it just like it literally is presented, and apply it to a graph. Beginning with Daniel 9:24 we will plot each verse individually. Daniel is now told that 70 weeks are given to make an end of sin and to anoint the most Holy. With both accomplished, (1) no sin and (2) the Most Holy anointed, it can only mean one thing; from some type of a starting point there is a 70 week period until God’s rest starts."
And so we have a formulaic description of their approach to this study, which reveals some unbelievably eye-opening discoveries!
Daniel 9:24 - - "Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy."
Verse 24 may be one of the most sought after verses to understand in the Scriptures. Men have tried to apply this in all kind of ways hoping that it would reveal its secret. Maybe it just wasn’t in God’s timing for it to be understood before now, because the literal understanding of what it really describes is very plain. The word "weeks" was translated from the Hebrew word Shabuwa meaning "a period of Seven" and also "Feast of Weeks," one of the seven Feasts of the Lord:
SHABUWA (shaw-boo'-ah); Noun Masculine, Strong #: 7620: seven, period of seven (days or years), heptad, week; Feast of Weeks (Shavuot)
In the original Hebrew, Shabuwa is in plural form; meaning FeastS of Weeks rather than only one Feast of Weeks. This verse reads: “Seventy Shabuwas or Shavuots are determined.” Shavuot is one of the Feasts called “The Feast of Weeks” (known as Pentecost in the Christian churches). There is only one “Feast of Weeks” per year. To extend the clarity to the fullness of the verse, it literally reads, “Seventy Feasts of Weeks” (or 70 Years) are determined from some starting point unto God’s Rest.
Now that we have verse 24 plotted correctly, we simply continue to the next verses in the Daniel sequence and plot all of them all to understand. In verse 25 we are told that from the going forth of a commandment to restore will be seven week, threescore and two (69 Years) unto the Messiah. Now God has now revealed the starting point is a commandment to restore Jerusalem. From the time this commandment is given to restore until the Messiah’s return will be a total of 69 years:
Daniel 9:25 - - "Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times."
Next, in verse 26, Daniel is told from this same starting point (commandment to restore) the years will come and go until 3 score and 2 weeks have passed (62 years). Sometime after this 62 year period has passed, the sanctuary will be destroyed by the prince of the people (the Antichrist). Notice the period left from the 62 year marker to the 69 year marker just happens to leave a remaining 7-year period!
Daniel 9:26 - - "And AFTER threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined."
This means the difference between the 62 year prophecy and the 69 year prophecy shows us the beginning of a 7 year period that is known as Daniel’s prophetic week. In the midst of this prophetic week (7 year period) two major things happen as recorded in verse 27 below; he, the Antichrist, will cause the altar to be shut down and the abomination that makes Jerusalem desolate:
Daniel 9:27 - - "And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate."
Thus, the Temple DOES NOT have to be completely rebuilt to fulfill the Daniel 9:27 prophecy. If a corner stone is set, the court can be measured to establish the location of the altar. Then, with the altar up and operating, this prophecy is satisfied. This was the same procedure used to rebuild the Temple in ancient times too! The walls were restored AFTER the altar was operating!
LET'S TAKE THINGS A STEP FURTHER...
My mind is still numb from this latest find, but my eyes widened and I lost my breath for a moment when I continued with their presentation.
Now that we have the whole Daniel “Week” prophecies plotted in a chart form, all that is necessary is to discern what the starting point is. Jesus Christ referred to Daniel concerning the latter days. He said when we see the abomination of spoken by Daniel, for those who are in Judea to flee into the mounts, for then shall be Great Tribulation (Matthew 24:15-16; Matthew 24:20-21).
Jesus spoke of the Fig Tree Parable and a generation that will not pass. Most everyone on this planet who dabbles with end times prophecy just a bit knows the fig tree is Israel. The proponents of this eye-opening interpretation hold that one generation is an average of 70 years, and not 40 years as is erroneously believed. They point out that it's because the average age of those who were afraid to go to war and take the Promised Land was about 30 years old, plus 40 more years for that generation to die in the wilderness, which obviously equals 70 years (Matthew 24:32-34).
We take that info and apply it to what we already looked at. Remember our look at the teaching of 30-fold, 60-fold, and 100-fold? If we apply this teaching to this point of the study, then just as written in Daniel 9:25, it's the SPOKEN commandment that starts the 70 year count! In that sense, that verse was actually fulfilled of God on November 29, 1947 when the UN declared (UN Resolution No. 181) that the fig tree nation, Israel, was to be restored as a nation again, which eventually came to pass in 1948. Now just fill in the years:
Remember that image included in this column of that newspaper article announcing the UN Resolution that God would use to establish the nation of Israel? This is a VERY IMPORTANT historical document that bears record to the 100-fold fulfillment of Daniel 9:25, saying "from the going forth of the commandment (NOTE: the spoken word, not when it physically occured in 1948) to restore Jerusalem, unto the Messiah, shall be seven weeks threescore and 2 weeks (NOTE: 69 years)"; and also the Parable of the Fig Tree spoken of by our Lord in Matthew 24:32-34 saying "this generation will not pass till all be fulfilled."
The ministry does a fantastic job of using the Bible to prove the Bible. To illustrate another example, just turn to Ezekiel. He was commanded by God to lie on his side for 390 days (one day for each year pertaining to the exile of Israel). God said He would give Israel 7 times punishment if they refused to obey. This gives a total of 2730 years (390 x 7). Israel was carried away captive to Assyria in 720 BCE. From 720 BCE, to 2730 years later, brings us right back to the year 2010 as shown on the Daniels Timeline!!!
Want more? Consider the Jubilee years (one Jubilee = 50 yrs). God said in Genesis that He would not strive with man forever because he is yet flesh, saying that man’s days shall be 120 years. (One Jubilee X 120 Jubilees = 6000 years). From Adam (around 4000 BC) to the present day (2000 AD) also equals 6000 years! God told us in Psalms and in Peter that one day is as 1000 years. God creating everything in six days and resting on the seventh day, it is the same as to say, after six-1000 year days (or 6000 years), He will also rest on the 7th-1000 year day (1000 years) - - called the Millennium Rest!
The last three Jubilees were...
1867: The final emancipation of the Jews in Austria and Hungry
1917: The 400 year Ottoman rule ended - - Balfour Declaration
1967: The Six Day War - - Jerusalem was re-united
It's pretty easy to figure out the next Jubilee year (1967 + 50yrs = 2017!!!). Surprise, surprise as this matches perfectly to what we looked at about how to interpret the timeline given to us in the Book of Daniel! We are at this threshold today, approaching the 120th Jubilee year (6000 years), the time of the restitution of all things.
Acts 3:19-21 - - "Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord. And he shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you: Whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began."
Remarkably, this is only the tip of the iceberg! The next part of this series will provide you with the full video presentation, which should help to crystallize all of this for you. I'll admit that I'm still trying to verify every single aspect of it for myself (because of what it could mean for us), but I've verified enough to know that this was something that had to be shared with all of you right away.
OTHER RECENT DISCOVERIES SEEM TO SUPPORT THIS FINDING!
Let's be honest for a moment. Trying to force the prophecy pieces into place ALWAYS leaves one with loose ends that NEVER really fit. When God reveals His truth to us, ALL THE PIECES just seem to fall into place all on their own! That being said, I think it should be clear that that's what we're dealing with and experiencing here. Again, if I didn't do a good enough job trying to summarize it all here in written form I strongly encourage you to at least watch the video presentation in Part 2 before you make a final judgment.
What truly amazes me about all of this is the fact that this isn't the only ministry to have had the truth revealed to them in such an independently verifiable way so that anyone can test this spirit for themselves and see that it can be trusted.
I want to call your attention to a series I wrote back in November called "Rethinking The Rapture." What is especially enlightening about that series today in light of this latest revelation is that there was one major aspect of that series that independently supports these claims here.
Remember Pastor Mark Biltz? He was the one who, after reading the story published by WorldNetDaily about NASA and the Blood Red Moons, began to study whether or not an end times timeline could be established (although his focus was more on the timing of the Rapture). Simply put, Biltz discovered that sets of lunar eclipses falling on Jewish holidays spanning 600 years from 1493 to past 2100 happened only three times! They are in 1948 (the year of the physical birth of Israel as a nation again), in 1967 (when Jerusalem was captured), and they will be in 2015 (???)!
If we factor in the astronomical tetrad in the years 2014-2015 as discovered by U.S. Pastor Mark Biltz of El Shaddai Ministries (for only the third time in 2000 years, there will be a succession of total lunar eclipses on the feasts of Passover and Tabernacles in these Jewish years, including unusual solar eclipses!) then we find that it all seems to point to the same timeline with 2015/2016/2017 being very significant prophetically speaking!
In addition, I just received the book so I haven't read it yet, but some are saying that David Flynn's revolutionary new book (that claims to have deciphered Isaac Newton's Unified Field Theory of Bible prophecy!) also points to a very similar timeline except he identifies mid-July 2009 as being the start of Daniel's Week (the final 7 years), which would take us to 2016 also!!! So, we have yet another independent source that also points to the same timeframe!!!
Some will respond to this and some will not. As you decide (personally, I think it's VERY EASY to see the exciting truth in all of this), in prayerful consideration, please ask: “Why would anyone decline to know all they can about our Lord’s very near Second Coming, or worse, prevent those who do?”
CAN THIS BE TRUSTED? HOW DO WE KNOW THIS IS LEGIT?
Believe me, this is ALWAYS a major concern of mine even when I'm about to hit the "Publish" button to post one of my "off-the-wall" assessments of how I see prophecy unfolding before my very eyes. Yet, I can say with confidence that this completely struck a chord within me, and I'm feeling a full range of emotions at the thought that this general consensus that "We're-On-The-Cusp-Of-Daniel's-Week-And-The-Tribulation!" is there for this very reason - - because we are, and God wants us to be prepared, and to tell the world about it!!!
Yes, we’ve all heard man’s version of this before, along with one inaccurate prediction after another. However, it cannot be stressed enough that Daniel’s Timeline is the understanding of the precise course of events plainly given to Daniel the prophet describing the “when” and “what” of the end times; not only did the Lord Himself quote Daniel, but He also gave an admonishment for not knowing these times. We use the Bible to prove the Bible.
Let's take a quick look at the admonishment from our Lord for not seeing the obvious...
Luke 12:56 - - "Ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky and of the earth; but how is it that ye do not discern this time?"
Let's take a quick look at how God says that the secrets will be revealed, and that nothing is secret that shall not be made known...
Luke 8:17 - - "For nothing is secret, that shall not be made manifest; neither any thing hid, that shall not be known and come abroad."
Let's take a quick look at how God says that we will be shown these things before they come to pass...
Revelation 22:6 - - "And he said unto me, These sayings are faithful and true: and the Lord God of the holy prophets sent his angel to shew unto his servants the things which must shortly be done."
Amos 3:7 - - "Surely the Lord GOD will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets."
That's some compelling evidence. It also reminds me a lot of something else God told us in the Bible. And what do you know!?! It comes to us from the Book of Daniel as well:
Daniel 12:4 - - "But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased."
So, as prophecies are attached to the correct understanding of "Daniel’s Timeline," mysteries that have been hidden right out in plain sight for thousands of years start revealing themselves, and this will be a hallmark of the end times. When God reveals His truth, all the prophecy pieces just fall into place on their own.
Despite my belief that this exciting discovery can be trusted, you would be wise to take all of this in prayer to our Lord, and ask Him for the discernment on this critically important issue. In the meantime, let's also be wise to take into consideration what He already told us:
Revelation 3:3 - - "Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and repent. If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee."
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Rethinking The Rapture (Part 2)
Rethinking The Rapture (Part 3)
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