Dec 29, 2011 The Seven Year Tribulation in the Book of Daniel and in Revelation
There are two prophets that were given a vision of the end times from which we can discern the times involved. One book is in the Old Testament the other is the last book of the New Testament.
I will start with what the Bible says in Daniel from the NIV Bible
27 He will confirm a covenant with many for one ‘seven.’[h] In the middle of the ‘seven’[i] he will put an end to sacrifice and offering. And at the temple[j] he will set up an abomination that causes desolation, until the end that is decreed is poured out on him.[k]”[l]
It is clear from this verse that the covenant is with many people but in the context of chapter 9 the seventy weeks it has to be with the people of the promise which is Israel and it could include other non covenant people also. The next statement divides the seven weeks in two and at the end of the first 3 ½ years he sets up the abomination that causes desolation at the (in the wing of) temple.
At this point I want to introduce data of this Temple and my educated guess as a structural engineer with more than 40 years of design and construction experience in large building airport projects and also in major bridges for roads and rapid transit.
Concourse E at MIA took more than four years to design and about three plus years to construct. This building would be comparable in size to the Temple. I was involved in both parts. The Adrienne Arsht Center for the performing Arts of Miami Dade is another building that comes to mind that took more than four years to built and the same probably to design.
Please see the view of the Temple planned and this organization already has the drawings ready to start construction so the process is only for construction. The time frame for an accelerated pace could be around three years. If we start on the first week of 2012 it would be ready to offer sacrifices in Jan 2015, so with good timing the middle of the Tribulations can not be before the year 2015.
Now I will compare the seven of Daniel to Revelation as I see it written in scripture.
There are a total of seven seals, seven trumpets and seven vials of wrath for a total of 21 events. The 2520 days for the total has to include the 21 events, if God assigned equal time to each it would correspond to 120 days for each, but there is a clue about the time allotted for the first 1260 days and they occur up to the end of the two witnesses death at the 6th Trumpet judgment.
At this point the 7th angel sounds its trumpet and we see the famous woman clothed with the sun etc, when she gave birth she fled into the desert where she will be protected for 1260 days. If this is Israel which other scriptures say it is then this command to flee is when the abomination of desolation enters the Temple at the middle of the Tribulations which in my humble opinion has occurred after the two witnesses are killed.
Does this make sense? I believe that it does. I can not see the two witnesses giving testimony and functioning after the desecration of the Temple and all of Israel has gone to the desert.
Now there are other important factors to consider along with these facts that are in my opinion irreconcilable with a Tribulation that started in 2008.
The Psalm 83 war, The Ezekiel 38-39 war and other events that must take place also. The first four seals kill ¼th of humanity, and with this killing going on it would be difficult to built the Temple at the same time.
Although I can appreciate the effort and dedication of several doves to fit the middle of the Tribulation this coming year I think it is not possible at all physically.
My concluding thoughts are that the Tribulations have not started yet and that the numerical and astronomical signs that took us back from 2015 to 2008 where done by Christ to point to the Antichrist Mr. Obama for the Bride to watch and prepare herself and others for the time of destruction that is fast coming towards the whole world. This is the time that BO has used to prepare himself for the role that he will soon assume as the first seal is opened and he is given the crown to be a conqueror.