Amy VanGerpen (13 Dec 2011)
"Mathematical support for Jesus' return in 2018"

To be clear, I am not dogmatic about the following calculations as I don't rely on math or human logic in interpreting Scripture.  Both of which tend to put God in a box.   However, the following mathematical support, which I believe has more Scriptural support than some I've seen, still has me hopeful that the rapture is within the next few weeks. 

Israel became a nation in 1948.  If the life of a fig tree is 70 years, that means the 2nd Coming should be 2018.  (However, Psalm 90:10 stretches this possibility out to 2028),

Isaac Newton theorized that the 7 weeks was separate from the 62 weeks, because there would be an end times fulfillment to the 7 weeks leading up to the return on Jesus based on this passage:

Daniel 9:25 “ Know therefore and understand, That from the going forth of the command To restore and build Jerusalem Until Messiah the Prince, There shall be seven weeks and sixty-two weeks; The street shall be built again, and the wall, Even in troublesome times.

Note that the starting point should be the "command to restore and build Jerusalem", NOT the retaking of Jerusalem.  When did this happen?  In was in 1969:

1969 + 49 years = 2018

Also, as has been pointed out a few times by Benny C this week, the eclipses found by Luis Vega also point to a 7 year Tribulation.  I have checked these out on the NASA site myself to verify this pattern.  This in itself I find too incredible to be a coincidence.  Seriously, if we are still here next year I'm gonna wonder what all those verses about "signs in the sun, moon and stars" were all about.  This pattern will never be seen again in our lifetime.

I'll be honest, the mathematical "proof" being thrown out there for a 2015 return makes absolutely no sense to me.  With regard to the Jubilees and Sabbaths pointing to the year 2015, I am reminded of these passages:

Leviticus 26:33-35 I will scatter you among the nations and draw out a sword after you;
your land shall be desolate and your cities waste.Then the land shall enjoy its sabbaths as long as it lies desolate and you
are in your enemies’ land then the land shall rest and enjoy its sabbaths. As long as it lies desolate it shall rest—for the time it did not rest on your sabbaths when you dwelt in it.

Lamentations 2:6 He has done violence to His tabernacle, As if it were a garden; He has destroyed His place of assembly; The LORD has caused The appointed feasts and Sabbaths to be forgotten in Zion. In His burning indignation He has spurned the king and the priest.

If the Sabbaths, both weekly and 7th year Sabbaths, were messed up or forgotten by Israel back then, who is to say that they've got it right now?  I believe it is entirely possible that 2015 is pointing to the false "messiah", and the Jews will be using their calendar to support their decision to believe that the antichrist is the one they have been looking for.  Only the remnant will escape this deception.

John 5:43 I have come in My Father’s name, and you do not receive Me; if another comes in his own name, him you will receive.

Don't forget that the 1335 count in Daniel 12 suggests that the official end of Daniel's 70th week comes on the third day of Channukah, or 75 days after Jesus' returns.  (Why I believe Jesus will return on Atonement can be found here: ) If this 7 year period will end during Channukah, then it should begin around Channukah as well (I believe the rapture can happen at any time, though I lean toward a small gap between the two).  Many are well aware of the prophecy in Haggai 2 pointing to the eve of Channukah as the potential day of the Gog and Magog War some year, or the start of the Tribulation.  Just food for thought considering the eclipse pattern in the link above, along with all the numerous signs converging on ALL levels pointing to our soon departure.

Amy Van Gerpen