OF THE RAPTURE ?
In Daniel 9:25,
God tells Daniel, thru Gabriel, that FROM the WORD to return and build Jerusalem TO Messiah Prince there would be TWO PERIODS: one of 7 weeks (7
shemitta cycles adding up to 49 years) another of 62 weeks (shemitta cycles adding up to 434 years).
THE REASON the 69 weeks are divided into TWO periods is that there will be TWO COMINGS OF
Daniel 9:26 He indicates that the 434 year period [62 weeks] was already fulfilled in Jesus’ First Coming,
when He died and rose.
That still leaves the 49-year (7-shemitta) period to be fulfilled.
There have only been TWO decrees to return and build Jerusalem:
the first took place in 449 B.C. and the second
took place in June, 1967.
If we count 7 shemitta cycles of 49 years FROM the
first shemitta cycle after the SECOND DECREE (1967), the SECOND COMING of Christ must take place in the year
The Rapture MUST occur
approximately 3½ years PRIOR TO the end of the tribulation, which would be sometime in 2017. For a more
detailed explanation, read below:
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DANIEL PROPHECY TIMELINE:
SECOND COMING 2020
NOTICE: We provide the best, most up-to-date information
available concerning eschatological events. However,
we are human, therefore, FALLIBLE.
God Himself told Daniel that certain DETAILS would remained "SEALED" UNTIL "the
time of the end", then KNOWLEDGE of such things would increase (Daniel 12:4, 9).
closer we get to "the end" the clearer we'll see. The MAIN message remains the
same. However, we may from time to time adjust the dates slightly and incorporate certain
"refinements", as the Spirit UNSEALS more Truth. Thank you.
This is a series of messages that will reveal,
step-by-step, when the Second Coming of our Lord will take place. If you want to understand the BIBLICAL
REASONS, I suggest you follow them, and not miss a single one. It will all tie together in the end.
The Jubilee [Yovel] is part of the Hebrew Holiness Code which appears in Leviticus, chapters 17-26.
While most Messianic Jews and Christians today see the prophetic significance of the Feasts mentioned
in Leviticus 23, little if anything is said about the prophetic significance of the Yovel.
The original Hebrew text did NOT contain chapter divisions, verse numbers, or even punctuation marks.
Those were added much later, at the discretion of translators.
Leviticus was not divided into chapters 23, 24, 25, etc. It was all one long, continuous text.
Consequently, if we ascribe prophetic significance to the Feasts in Leviticus 23, the heretofore
neglected Jubilee, mentioned in Leviticus chapter 25, must ALSO have prophetic significance.
The Jubilee year would be counted from the time Israel [all 12 tribes] had entered the Promised Land [Leviticus
Because the 12 tribes are not presently in the land, Israel has not observed
the laws of Jubilee for many centuries.
Maimonides correctly taught that it would
be the Messiah who would restore the Jubilee [Isaiah 61:1,2; Luke 4:18,19].
Jubilee was the year following 7 cycles of Sabbatical years [shmita], or 49 years. Hence, every 50th year was Jubilee.
The biblical requirements for Jubilee were/are:
land must lie fallow.
2. Compulsory return of all property to the original owners,
or their heirs.
3. All loans [debts] in Israel were cancelled.
4. Slaves were set free.
5. The ram's horn
[shofar] would be blown on Yom Kippur of the 49th year, preceding the Jubilee (50th) year, proclaiming
liberty throughout the land.
So, what is the prophetic significance
As we shall see in the coming days, Messiah will
restore the Jubilee in His Second Coming.
HISTORY OF JERUSALEM
Prophecy gurus repeat ad nauseam that Israel is "God's prophetic time clock". They are wrong. His
prophetic time clock is Jerusalem.
Eschatology is inextricably
linked to what happens in and to Jerusalem [Jeremiah 3:17; Daniel 9:24-27; Joel chapter 2; Zechariah chapters 12-14;
In the 70 weeks prophecy given to Daniel, God predicted Jerusalem
would be rebuilt, destroyed again, and rebuilt again.
ALWAYS be taken IN CONTEXT.
Modern Jerusalem didn't even exist
when that prophecy was given. So it doesn't figure into the equation.
Jerusalem that existed when the prophecy was given, in the 6th century B.C., is mostly what is known today as "the
Jewish Quarter". It's also called "Zion" in the Scriptures.
God's on record saying He loves
THAT PARTICULAR PORTION OF ISRAEL, more than any other part thereof [Psalms 87:2-6].
It was pretty much shaped like a square and consisted of the lower part of Mount Moriah, where the
temples once stood, and the hill of Zion, directly west from there.
The rest of
what we call Jerusalem, even the rest of the Old City, came much later.
foretold in Daniel 9:27 and Matthew 24:2, Jerusalem was completely destroyed in 70 A.D.
It was leveled to the ground. Not one stone was left upon another, just as Jesus
predicted [Luke 19:41-44].
Sixty years later, in 130 A.D., Roman Emperor Hadrian,
felt "sympathetic" toward Jews -- some of which had managed to return and were living there in deplorable conditions
-- and decided to rebuild the city.
However, Hadrian didn't understand
the Bible, or Judaism at all: he decided to build a PAGAN city and even CHANGED ITS NAME to Aelia Capitolina.
Talk about "gentile trampling"!
Adding insult to injury, he proposed
building a temple to Jupiter at the site of the first and second temples.
top it all off, he forbade circumcision which he viewed as "mutilation".
This resulted in the Second Jewish Revolt, led by self-professed "messiah" Bar Kochba, and caused
a permanent rift between Jewish believers in the real Messiah, Jesus of Nazareth, and Jews who believed in the false messiah
That rift remains to this very day.
that revolt ended, Jews were banned from living in, or even visiting Jerusalem, except on Tisha B'av
which marks the anniversary of the destruction of both the first and second temples.
of what is known today as the Old City, with the notable exception of the Jewish Quarter, was built by Hadrian.
There are some structures, mostly churches, chapels, or mosques, that were added
later by Emperor Constantine, Crusaders, and the Ottoman Empire.
There are also
a few buildings that were built by European nations in the 18th, 19th and 20th century.
present walls were built by Suleiman the Magnificent in the 16th century A.D. They extend much further north than in Daniel's
Jerusalem, and leave out the southern portion thereof.
None of the above
was part of 6th century B.C. Jerusalem. Consequently, none of it qualifies as "restoring and building"
Jerusalem, in the biblical context of the 70 weeks.
Hadrian built a pagan city,
and changed the name, which in God's eyes is an abomination.
The rest didn't
build the city at all, just added a few structures here and there.
Jewish Quarter, which is prophetic Jerusalem, was destroyed in 1948 during the Arab-Israeli conflict.
It remained desolate until Jews recovered East Jerusalem, 19 years later, during the 6-Day War.
Its reconstruction began in June 1969, after evacuating all Arabs, and today some
2,300 Jewish families reside there. However, THE WORD to "return and build" it was given in 1967, in the aftermath
of the Six-Day War.
All this was prophesied in the Scriptures.
It behooves all Christians to KNOW Jerusalem's history. It's IMPOSSIBLE to understand
the end times without it.
The prophecy of the 70 weeks, given in Daniel 9:24-27 is the single most important, most accurate,
TIMELINE in history.
It is so precise that people really need to be pathologically
biased in order to misunderstand it.
It's so awesomely fulfilled in Jesus
Christ that unbelieving critics have made the false claim that it wasn't written by Daniel, but by an anonymous author,
at a much later date, AFTER Jesus appeared, died and rose from the dead.
problem with their false theory is that, in the second century B.C., when the Hebrew Bible was translated
into koine Greek, the same Book of Daniel we have in our Bibles today, in its entirety (including the 70
weeks prophecy), was included in the Septuagint. THAT is undisputed.
Better luck next time.
Jews offer a different excuse. They claim
[falsely, of course] that the "anointed prince" [mashiach nagid] is Cyrus, king of Persia.
While it's true that God refers to Cyrus in Isaiah 45:1 as His "anointed", there are
a couple of problems with that view:
The prophecy states that "Messiah Prince"
[mashiach nagid] was cut off [killed] after 62 sabbatical "weeks", which is 434 years. Unless they want
to argue that Cyrus lived 500 years, it doesn't hold water.
In their blindness,
they say this refers to two anointed princes, Cyrus, who issued the decree to rebuild THE TEMPLE 7 weeks
(49 years) after the Babylonian captivity [that claim is HIGHLY debatable], and that the second prince who died after 62 weeks
[434 years] is Alexander Jannaeus, a cruel king of Judea during the Hasmonean dynasty.
To think that God would send Gabriel to deliver a special
message about that is absurd.
It also contradicts
the text, which says the command is to rebuild THE CITY, NOT the temple.
It also says that the 49 years come AFTER that decree, NOT BEFORE.
facts alone COMPLETELY DEBUNK, and RIP their theory to shreds.
There are two
princes mentioned in this passage "Messiah Prince" [Jesus] and "the prince that shall come" [Titus]
who would destroy the city and temple, period.
If the Jews' perspective were
true, you need THREE PRINCES: Cyrus, Alexander Jannaeus, and Titus.
Moreover, in the previous verse [Daniel 9:24] Gabriel specifies that the 70 weeks are to "put
an end to sin", and bring in EVERLASTING RIGHTEOUSNESS. Are they EVEN REMOTELY suggesting that Cyrus's decree
and Alexander Jannaeus's death accomplished THAT? Get real!
Their last desperate
pretext is that the Hebrew definite article ha, referring to the Messiah
does not appear in the text.
That in no way indicates that Jesus wasn't and
isn't the fulfillment of this prophecy.
The definite article doesn't appear
in verse 26 either, where it refers to Titus as another prince that would come. Does that mean Titus wasn't a
specific prince than came and destroyed the city and the temple, in 70 A.D., precisely as predicted?
Take off the blinders, Jewish friends!
admitted that this prophecy was about the Messiah. In context, IT COULDN'T BE ANYONE ELSE.
NO ONE ELSE can bring EVERLASTING RIGHTEOUSNESS.
ONE ELSE can put an end to sin.
NO ONE ELSE can seal
the vision and prophecy.
And, NO ONE ELSE can put an end to the
desolations [plural] of Jerusalem [Daniel 9:2].
told Daniel there would be 70 sabbatical weeks (shemittas) in which:
would be rebuilt. It was.
Messiah would appear. He did.
Messiah would be killed. He was.
would confirm the covenant. He did.
Then another prince would
come who'd destroy [yet again] the city and the temple. It happened.
temple site would remain desolate UNTIL "the time of the end". It has!
This was prophecy when Gabriel told Daniel.
things are now HISTORY.
YEAR OF THE
According to the Word of God, the Rapture should happen sometime
IN THE VERY NEAR FUTURE.
There are two timelines regarding the
return of Jesus: the first is the "70 weeks" given in Daniel 9:24-27. The second is Luke 21:24-36. Both
timelines concern Jerusalem.
In the latter, Jesus states that Jerusalem
will fall to Gentiles, and will be continuously trampled by Gentiles, UNTIL the "times of the
Gentiles" are fulfilled.
AFTER their "times" are fulfilled, there
will be signs in the sun moon and stars, distress of nations with perplexity, the seas and waves reverberating, men dying
of terror, the powers of heaven shaken.
And then shall
THEY see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.In verse
32 Jesus adds that THIS GENERATION, (in context, the generation after Jerusalem is recovered by Jews, and is no longer trampled
by Gentiles) WILL NOT PASS AWAY without ALL THESE THINGS happening.
We are that generation,
without a doubt.
Jerusalem returned to the Jews on June 7, 1967
during the Six-Day War, AS JESUS PREDICTED.
This happened after 1,930 years of
continuous Gentile trampling, just as Jesus predicted.
Since this happened ALMOST
50 years ago (as of 1/6/17), and a
biblical generation is 40 years
or SOMEWHAT OVER, we KNOW His return MUST BE very, very, very near.
But that still doesn't tell us the year.
The next three messages will.
TIMES OF GENTILES
Romans, Persians, Byzantines,
Armenians, Turks, Crusaders,
Mamelukes, Ottoman Empire, the British, Jordan
70 A.D. 1,930 YEARS
The 70 weeks of Daniel chapter 9 gives us the timeline for Jesus' First and Second Comings.
Verse 25 says "from the commandment to restore and build Jerusalem to Moschiach Nagid
[Messiah Prince] there will be 7 weeks, and 62 weeks".
With the benefit of hindsight we know, beyond any doubt, they were sabbatical "weeks" (shemittas)
of 7 years each.
He said there would be two periods
from the commandment to restore and build Jerusalem to Messiah Prince: one would be 7 shemitta weeks of 49 years, the other
would be 62 shemitta weeks of 434 years, totaling 69 weeks or 483 years.
decree to restore and build Jerusalem was given by Artaxerxes Longanimus of Persia in the 20th year of his reign, which was
March of 449 B.C. (Nehemiah 2:1).
From that time, there would be 69 (7+62)
sabbatical weeks (shemitas, of 7 years each) until Messiah would appear.
weeks = 483 years.
483 years from 449
B.C. takes us to 34 A.D. - 4 = 30 A.D.
(Since Jewish religious hierarchy
took off 5 years
from the B.C. calendar ON PURPOSE in a desperate attempt to confuse the time of Jesus' birth and ministry
and make it APPEAR as though He did not fulfill this marvelous prophecy). Keep reading for more details.
The autumn of 30 A.D. is when Jesus the Messiah began His public ministry
(Luke 3:1,21) in
PRECISE fulfillment of this prophecy.
He died and rose
from the dead 3½ years later in the spring of 38 A.D. - 4 = 34 A.D. Daniel 9:26 specifies that it's AFTER the final 62-week period of this prophecy that Messiah
would be killed.
Therefore, the 62-week portion of the 69 weeks has been
completely fulfilled, since Jesus already died, rose, and won't be dying any more (Romans 6:9).
That still leaves the first 7 weeks of the timeline.
Although the 7 WEEKS are INCLUDED IN the countdown to Jesus'
FIRST COMING which culminated in His death and Resurrection, Daniel 9:26 goes out of its way to tell us it's
AFTER the 62 week portion that Messiah's death would occur. Therefore, there's
likewise A SIGNIFICANT EVENT (His SECOND COMING) THAT MUST HAPPEN AFTER the 7-week period.
The 70 weeks, in fact,
MUST END WITH His Second Coming (Daniel 9:24).
Messiah Prince would confirm the covenant by dying for our sins AFTER the final 62-week period of
the 69 weeks, "in the middle of" the (70th) week (Daniel 9:27).
happened, right on cue, 3½ years later, RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF THE 70TH WEEK, on Passover, Aviv 15,
34 A.D., when Jesus was crucified, then resurrected.
So, this part of the timeline, which pointed to Jesus First Coming, already took place exactly as predicted.
IN THE MIDDLE of the 70th week
(Daniel 9:27), at 69½ weeks, Jesus died
and rose, THEREBY CONFIRMING the eternal Abrahamic-Davidic covenant (Galatians 3:17).
leaves HALF A WEEK (3½ years) of the 70 weeks, still in our "future", which will be the last 3½ years
of tribulation, and the reign of Antichrist.
The last 3½ years
of the tribulation will complete the 70th week, which MUST END
WITH THE SECOND COMING.
Because the last half of
Daniel's 70th week begins with the reign of Antichrist and ends with the return of Christ, the 70 weeks timeline
IS NOT COMPLETE -- and CANNOT END WITHOUT -- the Second Coming.
stands to reason, therefore, that if Gabriel gave Daniel the exact year of His First Coming, he'd also
give him the exact year of His Second Coming.
did. It's been in the Bible for 2,500 years.
Praise Jesus for evermore!
Why are the 69 weeks that led to the first appearance of Messiah divided
into TWO sections?
Why divide them into TWO periods of 7 weeks
and 62 weeks, respectively? Why not simply say "69 weeks"?
years I've read and heard all the SPECULATION about how the 7 weeks [49 years] marked the time it took Nehemiah to rebuild
the city. Baloney! There's no historic evidence of that anywhere.
temple had already been rebuilt, and it took them only 52 days to rebuild the wall (Nehemiah 6:15). WHY
would it take all those years to rebuild the TINY, TINY city INSIDE those walls?
Even if Israeli builders had all suffered from acute rheumatoid arthritis, it wouldn't have taken ANYWHERE CLOSE
TO 49 years: 1-3 years TOPS.
Matter of fact, Nehemiah 13:6 clearly says that 12 years later Nehemiah
HAD ALREADY RETURNED TO Artaxerxes in Susa, and by then Jerusalem had been rebuilt, repopulated, and Nehemiah had been governor
SEVERAL years. So, this Scripture PROVES that there's NO WAY the 49 years can be the time it took
to rebuild Jerusalem.
To be fair, God did tell Daniel these things would
be "sealed" UNTIL the time of the end. In other words, they wouldn't be understood UNTIL
The other conjectural view is that 49 years is the time that
elapsed between the commandment by Cyrus to rebuild THE TEMPLE (not the city) in 535 B.C. and the decree of Artaxerxes to
rebuild THE CITY in 449 B.C.
There are two problems with that theory: 1) There's
NO WAY to get 49 years between those two dates, which are 86 years apart. And 2) the 70 weeks prophecy doesn't
mention any decree to rebuild the temple, ONLY to rebuild THE CITY.
what's the answer?
The reason there's a division of TWO
distinct time periods in the "69 weeks" is that there will be TWO COMINGS OF MESSIAH PRINCE.
Keeping in mind that the original Hebrew text contained no paragraphs
and no punctuation marks, but was all one long, CONTINUOUS text:
the word [dabar] to return [lehashiv] and build Jerusalem TO Messiah Prince SHALL BE 7 weeks"...
For this prophecy to be true, THERE MUST BE a 7-shemitta week (49 year)
period from an order to restore and build Jerusalem to Messiah Prince. There's NO WAY
OF GETTING AROUND that.
There have been only TWO DECREES IN HISTORY to "return and rebuild" Jerusalem.
The first was Artaxerxes' decree in 449 B.C., mentioned above.
second decree came sometime after June 7, 1967
and NO LATER THAN
1969 when Jews recovered
Jerusalem in the Six-Day war, after 1,930 years on UNINTERRUPTED Gentile trampling.
Then Prime Minister
Levi Eshkol spoke of rebuilding and resettling
Jews in the Jewish Quarter as early as June 8,
1967 (the day after its recapture by Jews).
There was a subsequent vote
on April 1, 1969 (14 Aviv 2759, Passover Eve) by the Knesset to restore and rebuild Jerusalem, i.e., "bring
the Jewish Quarter to life again", which led to the ACTUAL RECONSTRUCTION of the Quarter.
Knesset act created the Company for the Reconstruction and Development of the Jewish Quarter of Jerusalem", a/k/a Jewish
Quarter Development Company.
The JQDC is also in charge of ALL building projects
in the Old City.
What we presently call "the Jewish Quarter",
plus the Southern part of Mt. Moriah, is the Jerusalem that EXISTED at the time that prophecy was given.
It's the Jerusalem Daniel knew as a youth, before being deported to Babylon, the one he loved
and was interceding for when he received the message from Gabriel.
portions of the Old City were added much later.
The second temple, which
occupied Southern Mount Moriah, had ALREADY been rebuilt by 516 B.C.
the ONLY "Jerusalem", EXISTING AT THAT TIME (5th century B.C.), that remained in need to
be rebuilt is what we presently know as the "Jewish Quarter". Hence, it's the
"Jerusalem" to which the 70 weeks prophecy applies.
Quarter was decimated during the 1948 Arab-Israeli War. Jews were besieged, evicted en masse, denied
access, their property confiscated, their synagogues desecrated, their homes turned to rubble.
The Jordanian commander who led the operation boasted to his superiors "For the first time in
1,000 years, NOT A SINGLE JEW REMAINS in the Jewish Quarter. Not a single building remains intact. This makes the Jews'
return here IMPOSSIBLE".
Guess again, Bubba.
The reason there's a division in the "69 weeks" is that it reveals the timing
of both the First and Second Comings of our Lord. Praise His lovely Name!
always reveals THE END from the beginning.
Daniel 9:26 is careful to point out
that it's after the last 62-week portion, during His First Coming, that Messiah would be killed.
If the 62-week portion led to His first coming, the 7-week portion MUST lead us to His Second Coming.
The question is
WHEN DID THE FIRST SHEMITTA BEGIN following
the order given in 1967-1969 to "return and build"?
7 shemitta weeks (49 years) is the time that will transpire from the first shemitta year following
the SECOND decree to rebuild Jerusalem (1967) to His SECOND coming.
Shemittas are 7-year cycles that begin and end
on Sukkot (Deuteronomy 31:10),
possibilities for the fulfillment of this
awesome prophecy ARE FINITE:
the first shemitta after the “word” was given
ran from 1970-71, then FIRST SEVEN is 77-78,
SECOND SEVEN 84-85, THIRD SEVEN 91-92, FOURTH
SEVEN 98-99, FIFTH SEVEN 2005-2006, SIXTH
SEVEN 2012-2013, AND SEVENTH SEVEN 2019-2020.
If the first shemitta ran from 1970-71, the
Second Coming would be in 2020 and the Rapture
would occur 3½ years earlier, in the spring
(Aviv) of 2017.
If the first shemitta ran from 1971-72 then ADD A YEAR to the
previous “sevens”, and Jesus would return on
Sukkot 2021 and we’d be raptured in spring of
NEXT year (2018), and so on:
The area in GREEN is the Jerusalem
in Daniel's time, BEFORE the Babylonian
The Knesset vote to "restore and rebuild Jerusalem" came on Passover Eve, 4/1/69.
However the actual COMMAND [dabar, word] to RETURN and build came in June 1967.
Within days of recovering Jerusalem, as early as June 19, 1967, Arabs were being evicted
from the Jewish Quarter and rubble was being removed to clear the streets and provide access.
basic living conditions (water, sewage, electricity, broken windows, and doors) were being restored and Jews were MOVING IN.
The "word" had been given, from the top, to "RETURN AND BUILD".
Prime Minister Levi Eshkol's government, with the backing of the Knesset, extended Israeli law, jurisdiction,
and administration to the eastern part of Jerusalem, including the Rova, on June 27, 1967.
By October 10, 1967 - Plans for the reconstruction of the Jewish quarter of the Old City of
Jerusalem had been presented to Mayor Teddy Kollek and to the Jerusalem Planning Board.
These are documented, historical FACTS.
The work was supervised
by a team of Jewish architects, in coordination with a team of archeologists, so as not to disturb any valuable archeological
Before actual construction could begin, what was left of decimated structures had to be bulldozed, and
all the ensuing debris, plus the existing rubble, had to be cleared.
had to decide which sites were "safe" to build on, and which sites would be designated for archeological digs.
So, THE WORD to "return and build" was given in 1967, while MAJOR reconstruction
began in 1969.
cycles from 1967-1969
woulf take us to the
Battle of Armageddon,
and Jesus' Second Coming.
When Armageddon is over, the
Judgment of Nations will be completed, the tribulation will officially end,and the TRUMPET SHALL SOUND (7th
trumpet in Revelation, Revelation 10:6,7; 11:15) proclaiming the Lord's Jubilee, which is the 50th year (2020-2021?).
According to Leviticus chapter 25, Jews were to count 7 sabbatical weeks of 49 years
(the EXACT terminology used in Daniel 9:25) and then the 50th year would be the Year of Jubilee, when LIBERTY would be proclaimed
throughout the land, everyone returned to his property, ALL debt was cancelled, even slaves were set free.
It matches PERFECTLY with the 70 weeks chronology:
our Jubilee, will return 7 shemitta cycles or weeks (49 years) after the 1967 order to rebuild Jerusalem, defeat Antichrist,
save all Israel, restore the 12 tribes to their former possessions in Eretz Israel and proclaim liberty not only in the Holy
Land, but throughout ALL the earth.
We know that Jesus' ministry
began on a shemitta year, and ENDED with His Crucifixion, Resurrection and Ascension in the "middle of" a shemitta
cycle (Daniel 9:25,27).
The countdown, therefore, begins with the first shemitta
cycle AFTER the 1967 order to return and build.
The tribulation begins
IN THE MIDDLE OF that
7th and FINAL shemitta cycle, 3½ years PRIOR
TO the END OF the last shemitta (70th week).
a 7-year period that PRECEDES the Millennium. Contrary to conventional teaching, that 7 year period is NOT all
tribulation. The first 3½ years consist of "birthpangs", described by Jesus in Matthew
24:4-8, followed by, and ENDING WITH, the 3½-year tribulation (Daniel 12:7).
must begin his reign 42-months PRIOR TO the Second Coming (Daniel 7:25; Revelation 13:5).
He must appear PRIOR
TO his reign, reintroduce himself to the world, gain popular support, form a coalition, and put together an
army (Revelation 13:3,4).
We know, according to Daniel chapter 8, that he engages in war against Iran.
And we know that the 6 trumpet judgments mentioned in Revelation chapters 8 & 9 MUST TAKE PLACE just before
or concurrent with his appearing.
This means the Rapture SHOULD (underline "SHOULD")
take place sometime in
did Jordanians know, back in 1948, when they destroyed the Jewish Quarter, thinking their act would prevent Jews from ever
returning, that THEY WERE PAVING THE WAY FOR THE FULFILLMENT of this GREAT prophecy. Is God amazing, or what?
Little did the Israelis know when they recovered the Old City in 1967, or the Knesset when they
voted on April 1, 1969, or when major reconstruction began in June 1969, that they were fulfilling Daniel's 70 weeks prophecy
and paving the way for the return of Him, whom they rejected.
Jeremiah predicted this portion
of Jerusalem would be rebuilt and never again destroyed [Jeremiah 31:38-40].
This rebuilding project was also foretold is Psalms 102:16: "when the Lord shall BUILD
UP Zion, He shall appear in His glory".
A gazillion "Amens".
Lord Jesus!!! SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2013
Jewish Quarter, 1948
Jewish Quarter Today
Prophecy teachers emphasize
that the Hebrew calendar is lunar and consists of only 360 days. I've been guilty of this myself.
On most years that is essentially correct.
the Hebrew calendar is actually luni-solar.
Jews add A LEAP MONTH (Adar
I) every two or three years to compensate for the approximate 11-day deficit. So, it AVERAGES OUT to virtually the same as
the solar 365-day calendar.
Although the Bible doesn't specifically
mention this, if they had NOT ADDED the leap month since ancient times, their spring Feasts (Passover, etc.) would have eventually
been celebrated in winter.
Consequently, the 360-day calculation works fairly
well with SHORT periods of time (like the 3½ year trib), but DOES NOT WORK as well over LONG periods of time.
And the "70 weeks" prophecy is A LONG PERIOD OF TIME, 490 YEARS TO BE EXACT.
Truth is: The B.C. calendar is OFF by
why some scholars place Jesus' Birth around 4-6 B.C.
Jews KNOW THIS.
It's PART OF how they INTENTIONALLY screwed up THEIR OWN calendar (which is ALSO missing somewhere between
122 and 165 years) in order to OBSCURE the 70 weeks prophecy which points to Jesus.
always wondered how Josephus, who's SO ACCURATE about everything else, said that Herod died in 4 B.C. right after
a lunar eclipse that took place shortly before Passover.
the modern (Gregorian) calendar is DIVIDED into B.C. and A.D. based on Jesus' birth, and we know from the Gospels
that Herod died some time AFTER Jesus was born.
So, if the Gregorian
calendar is based on Jesus' birth -- how could it be OFF by SO MUCH?
mean, 4-6 YEARS!!!
The Julian calendar was only off by 11 days.
They would have been better off sticking to the Julian calendar!!!
Problem is, Josephus wrote late in the first century A.D. (around the same year John wrote the Revelation).
Being Jewish, he would have based his dates on Jewish reckoning of time and
by then, they'd ALREADY DOCTORED THEIR OWN CALENDAR ON PURPOSE TO MAKE IT APPEAR "IMPOSSIBLE" FOR JESUS TO HAVE
FULFILLED Daniel 9:25-27.
By the end of the first century Jews had CUT OFF
FIVE YEARS FROM THEIR OWN CALENDAR. We "gave back" ONE year by having a "year ZERO" in the Greogorian
calendar, making the deficit 4 years.
Josephus, therefore, -- late in the first
century A.D. (A WHOLE CENTURY LATER) -- gives the year as 4 B.C. which is "THEIR" date.
The Jewish leadership of the day (chief priests, Pharisees, Sadducees) REFUSED TO ACCEPT Jesus as the Messiah.
Therefore, after His Resurrection they plotted to alter the calendar
to make it APPEAR as though He didn't fulfill Daniel's 70-week prophecy which called for Him to APPEAR in
30 A.D., 483 years AFTER Artaxerxes' decree to "return and build" Jerusalem.
It also called for Him to DIE for the sins of others at 486½, in the "middle of" the FINAL
(70th week) (Daniel 9:27) thus putting an end to daily offerings (korbanot).
TO PROVE that THEY KNOW this, in 1996 they CELEBRATED "Jerusalem 3000", marking the 3,000th anniversary
of its founding as Israel's capital by King David which took place in 1,000 B.C.
their dates are accurate, then why not wait 'til the year 2,000 to celebrate it? Why were they celebrating it 4 YEARS
Because, although they won't openly talk about it,
THEY KNOW WHAT THEIR RELIGIOUS LEADERS DID.
So here's HOW IT WENT DOWN,
and you can see the STUNNING ACCURACY of God's prophecy given through Gabriel to Daniel:
Since 6-5 B.C. is really year zero, if we SUBTRACT (backtrack)
5 years TO BEGIN COUNTING, it fits to a "T":
Artaxerxes gave the decree NOT IN (Aviv) 445 B.C., but actually in SPRING (Aviv-
Nisan) 449 B.C.
7 weeks or 49 years from 449 B.C. would have taken us to
62 weeks or 434 years would take us to 35 A.D.
Precisely 69 weeks or 483 years AFTER the
However we must SUBTRACT the
5 year deficit from
35 A.D. SO
IT TAKES US TO fall 30 A.D.
That's when Jesus appeared (His public ministry
began): 69 weeks of 49 + 434 years after the decree, exactly as prophesied.
dies after 3½ years of public ministry, right smack in the "middle of the 70th week" (as stated in Daniel
9:27) thus putting an end to sacrifices and offerings.
That would be spring
35 A.D.: EXACTLY 486½ years from Artaxerxes' decree: EXACTLY AS PROPHESIED in Daniel 9:26-27.
Is God's Word amazing, or what?
Now Luke 3:1-3
says that John the Baptist began his ministry in the 15th year of Tiberius' reign which (in Gregorian time) would be 29
A.D. And we know that Jesus began His public ministry shortly after, in 30 A.D.
problem. ADD the
5 years they removed to 30 A.D. and you come up to 35
A.D. which is when Jesus actually
began His ministry.
Since the present calendar is 4 years "short",
in the Gregorian calendar Jesus began His ministry in the fall of 30 A.D. and died in the spring of 35 A.D.
So you see how EVERYTHING about this prophecy fits Jesus PERFECTLY.
We are living (supposedly) in Gregorian
God, we're at the SECOND PHASE of the 7-week (49-year) portion. If He kept the 483 and 486½ TO THE MONTH, and even
TO THE DAY, won't He also keep THIS small portion?
a bunch of duplicitous religious schemers plotting to OBSCURE the Truth and AMAZING ACCURACY OF GOD'S WORD CANNOT
KEEP THE TRUTH UNDER WRAPS FOREVER.
I wish the tribulation didn't
have to happen.
Unfortunately, it's THE ONLY THING that will wake some
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2011
PROPHET VS. TEACHER
Most of our readers are VERY gracious and supportive. And I want to
thank each and every one of you from the bottom of my heart.
is AN ENORMOUS AMOUNT OF CONFUSION about what a prophet is.
Most Christians HAVE NO CLUE
about what a prophet is, OR ABOUT THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN a Bible teacher and a prophet.
The Bible makes A CLEAR DISTINCTION between the two (Matthew 23:34; Luke 11:49; Acts 13:1; 1 Corinthians 12:28-29;
Most Christians love to carelessly and ignorantly label others "false prophet",
simply because THEIR TEACHING doesn't agree with their own beliefs, or simply because SOME of their TEACHING changes or
turns out to be wrong.
WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE between the two?
Bible TEACHERS base their TEACHING
SOLELY ON the WRITTEN Word of God, the Bible.
Again: Bible TEACHERS base their
TEACHING SOLELY ON the WRITTEN Word of God, the Bible.
God's Word is INERRANT. Bible teachers AREN'T.
God is ALWAYS right. God NEVER contradicts
Bible teachers DO THEIR VERY BEST to study, understand, and explain WHAT IS WRITTEN in God's Word.
We, however, ARE HUMAN.
As humans, we can be somewhat off in both our understanding of
and CALCULATIONS about certain PROPHETIC events described in the Bible.
As a matter of fact, GOD HIMSELF
is ON RECORD saying that, at the time of the end, KNOWLEDGE ABOUT HIS WORD OF PROPHECY WILL INCREASE (Daniel 12:4).
He is ALSO ON RECORD SAYING that certain SPECIFICS about His Prophetic Word will remain SEALED (unknown, secret)
UNTIL the very "time of the end" (Daniel 12:4,9).
If certain things will remain "secret"
or "sealed" until the very end, at which time, KNOWLEDGE OF THEM will INCREASE then, OBVIOUSLY, there WOULD
HAVE TO BE some UNINTENTIONAL misunderstandings, or misconceptions about them EARLIER, PRIOR TO "the time of the end".
No two ways about it.
While some of us rely VERY HEAVILY on the Holy Spirit to illuminate and reveal His written
Word, such revelation will always CONFORM TO the SCRIPTURAL TEXT.
That's what I do: I
am A TEACHER. I base my TEACHINGS on His written Word.
I have NEVER, EVER -- IN MY ENTIRE LIFE
-- called myself "a prophet".
can check every message I've preached, everything I've written... you can check this website from one end to the other...
I have NEVER CLAIMED TO BE a prophet.
I have A COUPLE OF DISCLAIMERS on the website where I SPECIFICALLY SAY that I DO NOT call myself by that presumptuous
I'm comfortable and confident
enough of Jesus' calling on my life to forgo ALL titles and worldly credentials.
I KNOW (Jesus be eternally praised) who I am IN Christ, and don't need some fancy, man-invented
religious designation to validate my ministry or calling.
now RELUCTANTLY appropriating the title "Bible teacher" simply for the sake of explaining, as clearly as possible,
what it is the Lord called me to do.
first and foremost A SOUL WINNER:
a HUMBLE Bible teacher, called personally by Jesus to minister His Word of Prophecy as "it is WRITTEN".
I TEACH what is WRITTEN IN the Bible.
While much of it relates to prophecy, I also address MANY OTHER non-prophetic biblical topics, which you've
doubtlessly read about in "Word 4 Today".
Every teaching is based on God's inerrant Word and meticulously supported by corresponding Bible
In fact, I've been accused
by more than one person of being a "Bible thumper", which I take as a great compliment.
Although, by His Grace, 99.9% of these teachings are correct, I'm NOT infallible and
have NEVER CLAIMED TO BE.
this is THE ONLY ministry I know of, ANYWHERE,
that has AN OPEN INVITATION for ANYONE - theologian, minister, layperson, unbeliever, or atheist - to CHALLENGE
its teachings based on the Scriptures.
said, FROM DAY ONE, that if ANYONE can DISPROVE these teachings WITH THE BIBLE, I'll retract them, issue
a public apology, and GIVE THAT INDIVIDUAL FULL CREDIT for the correction.
Of course, when someone tries to IMPOSE their beliefs, or COERCE me to change based on ANYTHING
OTHER THAN the Bible (their biased personal opinion, their denomination's biased theology, what some fallible
mortal has said or written, or some "selective" or OUT OF CONTEXT distortion of the Scriptures) their communication
will get, UNAPOLOGETICALLY, ripped to shreds.
you've witnessed with your own eyes, the TOTAL TRANSPARENCY of this ministry, and how the revelation from God's written
Word has evolved:
First, by hitting me with
the Revelation that Daniel 9:25 predicts both the first AND SECOND comings of Messiah.
Then by revealing the SECOND rebuilding of Jerusalem...
And, most recently, by REFINING IT with more specific details, and backing them up with Scripture.
TEACHERS are NOT infallible.
Repeat: TEACHERS are NOT infallible.
If I make an UNINTENTIONAL TEACHING mistake, YOU GOT NO MORE RIGHT TO CALL ME "FALSE PROPHET"
THAN YOU HAVE TO CALL YOUR 5TH GRADE TEACHER "FALSE PROPHET" for mistakenly teaching that John Tyler was the 15th
President of the United States instead of the 10th.
Humans MAKE MISTAKES.
on the other hand, PREDICT STUFF that is NOT WRITTEN IN the Bible.
Repeat: PROPHETS PREDICT things that are NOT WRITTEN IN the Bible.
Prophets are those WHO CLAIM TO have heard DIRECTLY FROM
God, and who, IN GOD'S NAME PREDICT specific, EXTRA-BIBLICAL things that are NOT WRITTEN in the Scriptures.
If someone PREDICTS that "God will destroy all homosexuals" within a certain period of time, THAT
IS PROPHESYING, since NO SUCH STATEMENT is found in Scripture.
It's also prophesying FALSELY, why?
God wants to SAVE all sinners. If He wanted to destroy us He would have done it AGES ago.
Likewise, if someone
PREDICTS in 1994 under (supposedly) "the prophetic anointing" that within TWO YEARS (1996) "God will bring
the Muslim world to its knees" and it DOESN'T HAPPEN - in fact, 9/11 happened a few years later,
and we've had FAR MORE TERRORISM THAN BEFORE -- not only was that person PROPHESYING - since NO SUCH THING is
found IN SCRIPTURE - but he prophesied FALSELY.
By the same token, if someone PROPHESIES in 2008 that
"there will be NO RECESSION" in the U.S. and the alleged "prophecy from God" IS PROVEN WRONG, since it's
followed by a long, protracted, GLOBAL recession, you know that the person in question PROPHESIED FALSELY.
And, YES, THAT is - without a doubt - PROPHESYING since there is NO VERSE IN
SCRIPTURE that says "there will not be a recession in the U.S. in 2008 or the following years".
ANYONE who CONTRADICTS God's written word is both A FALSE TEACHER and A FALSE PROPHET.
Herbert W. Armstrong was A FALSE PROPHET because he taught a whole bunch of EXTRA-BIBLICAL STUFF,
which has never and will never materialize, AND WHICH CONTRADICT THE SCRIPTURES, such a British Israelism,
such as Salvation by faith PLUS works.
The same can be said of Joseph Smith, Brigham Young, Ellen G. White, Charles
Taze Russell, Alexander Campbell, Mary Baker Eddy and Mohammed -- FOR THE VERY SAME REASONS.
TRUE PROPHETS, according to Deuteronomy 18:17-22, ALWAYS get it right.
predict stuff NOT WRITTEN in the Bible and TRUE prophets ALWAYS GET IT RIGHT.
That means, that what a TRUE PROPHET prophesies WILL ALWAYS HAPPEN EXACTLY as he
(or she) said.
Conversely, Bible teachers CAN make mistakes, not intentionally, of course, but because
we're human and our understanding of the Scriptures can get clouded and be somewhat MISCONSTRUED BY our natural minds.
So, there's a HUGE difference between TEACHING Bible
prophecy, as WRITTEN in God's Holy Word, and PROPHESYING something NOT WRITTEN in God's Word.
Bible teachers base their teaching ON THE BIBLE. PROPHETS PREDICT THINGS WHICH AREN'T
IN THE BIBLE.
True prophets NEVER contradict the Bible.
TRUE PROPHETS are INFALLIBLE.
Teachers ARE NOT.
There's A LOT
of confusion about this topic in the Body of Christ.
this will clear it up.
What I've written
or posted on this website IS NOT, repeat, IS NOT "prophesying".
I AM NOT "prophesying"
I am merely TEACHING,
to the best of my current knowledge and understanding, what God - not I - prophesied in His
You, by the way,
are NOT in any way, shape or form OBLIGATED to receive it.
You have God-given FREE WILL to accept or reject ANY of these teachings.
If you're born-again, and your spirit DOES NOT bear
witness to these teachings, BY ALL MEANS REJECT THEM.
If you find that they CONTRADICT the Scriptures IN ANY WAY,
If you have SOLID,
UNBIASED, BIBLICAL evidence to the contrary, I'd love to hear it.
And I DON'T WANT TO get emails from ANYONE saying "I quit my job", or "sold everything",
or "got rid of all my possessions" on account of this teaching, BECAUSE I HAVE NEVER TOLD ANYONE to do so.
ANYONE who quits their job in the midst of economic recession is
both, A FOOL, and TEMPTING GOD (Matthew 4:7).
fact, I've SPECIFICALLY STATED that you are to OCCUPY (Luke 19:13), and continue living your NORMAL, everyday
I HAVEN'T quit my day job,
and neither should you.
Can't be any clearer...
As usual [this has been our policy since day one], I welcome ANYONE,
theologian, minister or layperson, to challenge this timeline. If ANYONE can disprove it, BASED ON THE SCRIPTURES,
I will retract it, recant, and issue a public apology.
of the PRE-TRIB RAPTURE
scroll down JUST A BIT.
TO STONE THROWERS
Before you fire off some stupid email calling
me “false prophet” or asking “WHAT IF the Rapture doesn’t happen
in this time period"? DO US BOTH A FAVOR, and TAKE A DEEP BREATH.
A. I have NEVER
called myself “prophet”. NEVER!!!
B. This ISN’T
some whimsical prediction. It’s NOT my opinion, it’s NOT speculation. This teaching is SOLIDLY based on
the INFALLIBLE, Holy Word of God.
You’re WASTING YOUR TIME asking me, hypothetically, to “consider” OTHER “possible” scenarios. There
God CANNOT lie. And I WILL NOT consider anything
THAT CONTRADICTS His Holy, inerrant Word.
C. If you THINK this teaching is SCRIPTURALLY
INCORRECT, you’re more than welcome to debunk it with the Scriptures.
If you can provide SOLID
BIBLE PROOF that it’s in error, I will IMMEDIATELY change it, repent, and ISSUE A PUBLIC
ANYTHING short of SOLID
BIBLE PROOF is an exercise in futility on your part.
D. I’m NOT INTERESTED IN YOUR OPINION; I’m ONLY interested in WHAT GOD SAID. Here’s
your chance: PUT UP or SHUT UP.
PROOF OF THE PRE-TRIB RAPTURE
is positively, absolutely, unequivocally, pre-trib.
In Revelation 7:9 there is an
innumerable multitude which appears, suddenly in heaven, before God's Throne.
Prophecy gurus erroneously teach these are the "tribulation martyrs":
Only problem with their theory is that's impossible, because:
tribulation JUDGMENTS haven't even started.
begins, as the Rapture takes place, in Revelation 6:12, when Jesus opens THE 6TH SEAL. Tribulation JUDGMENTS don't begin until the 7TH SEAL
is opened, in chapter 8:1.
Nowhere in this passage does it state these people have died.
it [even remotely] indicate these are martyrs.
Except for some isolated
incident, there are no "martyrs" in the first half [3½ years] of tribulation [Revelation
9:20,21]. Many will die during that time as a result of the judgments being poured out on the earth,
but not for their faith.
For one thing, Christians will
be gone. Those who remain on earth, after the Rapture, are all non-Christian.
another thing, people don't die for their faith until the second half [last 3½ years] of the tribulation
C. The "tribulation martyrs" aren't taken to heaven
at all. They are resurrected at the end of the tribulation and rule and reign with Jesus here
on earth, during the millennium [Revelation 20:4].
This "martyr myth" is total fabrication, which shouldn't surprise you by now
since, as I've demonstrated time and again, most of what passes as "Bible prophecy" today is pure myth.
So, who are these people? This great multitude? If you want to know, you're in good company.
The apostle John saw them, and also wanted to know.
Verse 14 tells us "These
are they which came out of THE great tribulation".
There's ONLY ONE WAY to "come out of" the
great tribulation, and that is to be raptured, as the tribulation begins.
That's exactly what has taken place here. These are the raptured saints
which, collectively, make up Christ's Body, the Church.
the sequence of events given in Revelation:
6:9 as Jesus opens the 5th seal, John sees under the altar [in heaven] the souls
of them that were slain for the Word of God.
At that point, he sees only
In Revelation 6:12, WHEN JESUS OPENS THE
6TH SEAL, a huge earthquake takes place, the sun becomes black and the moon red as blood. This is the
universal sign that the Tribulation is about to begin, and the Rapture is about to occur, given
in all three of the synoptic gospels [Matthew, Mark and Luke], and also the book of Joel.
In Revelation 6:15,16 the church is Raptured, Jesus appears in the sky, those
left on the earth try to hide.
Revelation 7:9 this
great, innumerable multitude of "All nations, kindreds, people and languages" appears
suddenly, out of nowhere, before God's Throne, and before the Lamb.
moment ago, they weren't there.
All of a sudden, instantly,
they show up. This is what prompts one of the elders to ask "Wait a minute, who are these ? Where
did they come from?" [like, how come they're here now,
and they weren't here a moment ago?].
In previous chapters [4,5 and
6], when John's spirit goes up to heaven, he sees God on his Throne, he sees souls, he sees 24 elders, he sees the "seven
spirits of God", the 4 cherubim [living creatures"], and many angels, but no "multitude"
[which implies people].
multitude, WHICH SHOWS UP IN HEAVEN SUDDENLY, IN AN INSTANT, is "clothed in white robes, and [has]
palms in their hands".
Hello! They got
hands! Physical hands.
got hands, they gotta also have arms, chests, legs... Bodies!
Revelation 6:9 John sees only souls under the heavenly altar. In Revelation
7:9 he sees bodies. Human bodies, standing in white robes before God's Throne.
Glorified, resurrected, immortal bodies, as evidenced by the
fact that, in verse 16, they "hunger no more, neither shall the sun light on them, or any heat".
Their new, transformed, immortal, glorified bodies are immune to hunger, heat or
It's at the Rapture that "the dead in Christ shall
[their bodies] rise first", then we who are alive and remain are "caught up" [Raptured] with
them in the clouds.
It's at the Rapture that we don't die but
are transformed [our bodies are transformed], "in a moment in the blink of an eye" from corruptible to incorruptible,
from mortal to immortal.
To sum up, this innumerable MULTITUDE [the raptured Church] appears suddenly
in heaven under the 6th SEAL. Tribulation JUDGMENTS don't begin until, chapter 8:1,
WHEN THE 7TH SEAL IS OPENED.
Therefore, THERE'S NO WAY the Church
is going thru the tribulation. It's IRONCLAD.
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