How long shall it be?
After studying Kevin Heckle’s post of (25 Apr 2011) "Consider” I broke the problem down into a mathematic equation and this is what I came up with.
“How long shall it be to the end of these wonders?” This question is answered but not completely understood by Daniel, except that the time appointed was long. The answer is in the very next verse: “it shall be for a time, times and a half; and when he shall have accomplished to scatter the power of the holy people, all of these things shall be finished.” – Dan 12:7 KJV. The word here interpreted “time” is the Hebrew word “Mo’ed” meaning appointed time. The appointed times given in the bible are the 7 annual feasts, the Sabbath year count of 7 years, and the Jubilee year count of 49 or 50 years. This is how the algebraic equation of time, times, and half a time can be written: (X + (X*X) + (X*.5)); so, using factors of 7, 49, and 50 I ran the equation using the third year of Cyrus 536 BC as the starting point. Here are three possible solutions I got:
(7*7) + (7*7*7*7) + (7* .5) - 536 = 1917.5
(50) + (49*50) + (7* .5) – 536 = 1967.5
(49) + (50*50) + (7* .5) – 536 = 2016.5
Daniel’s prophecy points to the last three Jubilee cycles in which we saw Jerusalem restored to the Jews. There are other solutions but they give dates that are either long past or far into the future. The three and one half years (7* .5) at the end of the third equation is most likely a reference to the great tribulation. I feel these date markers are exactly what the prophecy intended to reveal in the last days. …………… ybic Oliver Thomas