Dear Christian Brothers and Sisters:
For those who cannot see the lateness of the hour in which we live as it relates to the program of God for His treasured possession, Israel, I felt led to write this article.
THE 70TH WEEK OF DANIEL
Many have a theory as to when the 70th week of Daniel’s prophecy will take place. It ranges all over the place, between now and 2018 and even 2020. There is no biblical evidence for this position. There is, however, Biblical evidence for the following. I can quote chapter and verse, and will do so here. I would personally, rather have a position with Bible backing any time than to have one without backing, wouldn’t you?
THE SIGN OF NOAH
In answer to a recent post asking just how long it took Noah to construct the ark, the Bible does not say how long. It says only that God said to Noah, “My Spirit will not always strive with man, in that his days will be 120 years” (Gen 6:3). This is followed by God’s instruction that an ark be built. The presumption is that it took 120 years to build the ark, but probably it really did not. No matter, for now, to the meat of the “sign of Noah”. Jesus Christ said “And as it was in the days of Noah, so shall it also be in the days of the coming of the Son of man” (Matt 24:37). I reasoned one day that if God gave man only 120 years back then, perhaps that would apply to man today. And if He did, what man would it apply to? And, from when and on whose account? It turns out not to be a man at all.
ISRAEL IS GOD’S TIME CLOCK
We gentiles are incidental to the chosen people, the Jews, in God’s eyes. He began with them to the EXCLUSION of the other nations (gentiles). The Jews are the chosen people, not us. We benefited only because of their fall. In the book of Romans, the Apostle Paul makes this very, very clear. “I say then, Hath God cast away his people? God forbid. For I also am an Israelite of the seed of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin. God hath not cast away his people whom He foreknew. Know ye not what the scripture saith of Elijah? How he maketh intercession to God against Israel saying, Lord, they have killed thy prophets, and digged down thine altars; and I am left alone, and they seek my life. But what saith the answer of God unto him? I have reserved to Myself seven thousand men who have not bowed the knee to the image of Baal. Even so, then, at this present time also there is a remnant according to the election of grace. And if by grace, then it is no more of works; otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then is it no more grace; otherwise work is no more work.” Romans 11:1-6. This is saying that NOT ALL Israel is blind, but most are. God is STILL watching over His people Israel, however they have fallen from the lofty position He had planned for them. Their fall was capped when the Temple was destroyed in 70 A. D. and the great diaspora occurred wherein they were scattered all over the world.
ISRAEL HAD TO FALL OR THE CHURCH WOULD NOT BE
“God hath given them (Israel) the spirit of slumber, eyes that they should not see, and ears that they should not hear unto this day.” (Romans 11:8). This JUDICIAL blinding was done to them because they rejected their Messiah, and killed Him when they had every reason to accept Him, but would not.
Verse 11 of Romans continues with “I say then, Have they stumbled that they should fall? God forbid; but rather THROUGH THEIR FALL SALVATION IS COME UNTO THE GENTILES, to provoke them to jealousy”. (caps mine).
Get the picture. Israel has to be re-gathered in order for the prophecy of Paul here to be fulfilled. “For if the casting away of them (Israel) be the reconciling of the world, what shall the RECEIVING OF THEM BE, BUT LIFE FROM THE DEAD?” (caps mine) Romans 11:15.
If they had not fallen, we, you and I, would not be saved. We would probably never have been born, as a matter of fact. This age of grace would not have been, had they accepted their Messiah back then instead of crucifying Him. They would have gone into their Kingdom Age. But, God’s omniscience knew beforehand the outcome and He planned for it, ALL PRAISES TO HIS NAME FOR OUR SALAVATION. But, of a truth I tell you, we gentiles must not be conceited on account of it. Listen to Paul’s further words:
“And if some of the branches be broken off, and thou, being a wild olive tree, wert grafted in among them, and with them partakest of the root and fatness of the olive tree, Boast not against the branches. But if thou boast, thou bearest not the root, but the root thee”. (Romans 11:17-18).
Why did Paul say this? Let him tell us why. “Well, because of unbelief they were broken off, and thou standest by faith. Be not highminded, but fear; For if God spared not the natural branches, take heed lest he also spare not thee. Behold, therefore, the goodness and severity of God: on them who fell, severity; but toward thee, goodness, if thou continue in His goodness; otherwise thou also shalt be cut off”. (Romans 11:20-22).
Thus it is clear in verses 25 and 26 what all this means. “For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits: THAT BLINDNESS IN PART IS HAPPENED TO ISRAEL UNTIL THE FULLNESS OF THE GENTILES BE COME IN”. Why is this so important? Because it is by the very skin of our teeth that gentiles are saved. (I Peter 4:18) says “And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?”
THE FULLNESS OF THE GENTILES IS NEARLY HERE
Now, remember that Israel is God’s timepiece for the end times. If it can be shown that a “coincidence” of magnitude 1,000,000 is in the scriptures that bear directly on where we are in the time line of prophecy, that directly relates to Paul’s message in chapter 11 of Romans, would you likely accept it? I would and I do. And I say it again, as I said it in a previous post, that I am amazed that others more learned than I will not accept it, especially when it is proven by other scriptures and mathematics.
So what is it? Simply this. In Genesis 6:3, we read: “And the LORD said, My Spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years”. We know that the earth was perfect in those days being not too far from creation. God had cursed it but it still had not rained upon the earth. It was different from that we see today. One difference is that it had a perfect 360 days year. The orbit was not elongated to create 365.2421986 days per year until at least, the flood of Noah’s day. Thus, a simple calculation will give us the days in the “sign of Noah” that Jesus spoke of in Matthew 24:37-39. “But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark, And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away. So shall the coming of the Son of man be”. I know that one of the signs is the 120 years count. Thus:
120 years times 360 days per year equals 43,200 days.
Using this count and applying it to REGATHERED Israel in our times works out to a startling conclusion. In the book of Romans, citied above, the Apostle Paul wrote: “I say then, Have they (Israel) stumbled that they should fall? God forbid; but RATHER THROUGH THEIR FALL, SALVATION HAS COME TO THE GENTILES”. Romans 11:11.
The receiving back of them, Paul went on to say “SHALL BE LIFE FROM THE DEAD”. Vs 15.
This regathering after “many days”, that is over 1,800 years, began on August 31, 1897 under Theodor Herzel, a Jewish statesman of that time. I have written on this extensively in other posts giving the details of the (re)birth of Israel in 1948. The important thing in this post is the START DATE above. Add to that 43,200 days and the arrival time is December 7, 2015. NO LATER. It is biblically based proof that we are in the 70th week of Daniel’s prophecy by nearly 3 years now.
This means that the entire time count of Daniel and Revelation is dated and is included in three periods of time. They are:
1,260 days of tribulation comprising the first ½ of the 70th week.
1,260 days of GREAT tribulation comprising the last ½ of the 70th week.
75 additional days identified in Daniel chapter 12, making the last ½ extend to 1,335 days.
The start date of the first ½ was October 29/30, 2008.
The start date of the second ½ will be April 11/12, 2012
The end date of the 70th week will be September 23/24, 2015
The end of the entire period will be December 7/8, 2015.
The first ½ of the week is the birth pangs ever increasing. It is co-incidental with the world wide economic downturn of 2008. (Read James, chapter 5) Ever since then the economy has worsened along with many natural phenomenen occurring, including the appearance of heavenly bodies. The birth pangs are evident everywhere.
The second ½ of the week is the GREAT tribulation, also called THE WRATH OF GOD. It is extremely destructive and will end at Armageddon in a war against Jesus Christ and the angels of heaven. It will be a time of great horror. It appears that the “Destroyer” may be inbound that will carry out this task on orders of God Almighty.
The third time is 75 additional days after Armageddon to set up the Kingdom Age. It will be done by Jesus Christ finally elevating the nation Israel to its promised Kingdom, promised to Abraham.
This, as I said, at the beginning, this is backed by a Bible formula that can hardly be dismissed as a coincidence. I pray God’s blessing on all the Christian brethren, and especially of my fellow prophecy watchers.