“IN THE MIDST OF”
One of many unchangeable and eternal absolutes in Holy Scripture, perhaps one of the most important is God’s statute to observe the Sabbath, the 7th day, and make it holy, as well as the 7th year and the 7th x 7th year, the 49th year. The whole emphasis regarding the Sabbath is REST, because the Creator God, who is Jesus, rested on the 7th day from His 6 day (144 hours) of work making all Creation. The Creator’s 7th day Sabbath rest is a type of the believer’s rest in the finished work of Christ’s redemption purchased for us on the Cross, along with being a type of the 1,000 year Kingdom on Earth. I believe it is also God’s way of marking time, especially for the nation of Israel. Originally, God intended for all Israel to be gathered into “the House of Israel,” as one, WHOLE house of Israel. But during the reign of Solomon’s son, Rehoboam, a great apostasy took place, in 1 Kings 11-14, and the original house of Israel broke in two, away from Judah and Benjamin, led by king Rehoboam’s wicked and jealous servant, Jeroboam, which resulted in the mutiny of the 10 northern Tribes and most of the priesthood up to a new, false altar in Bethel while leaving behind the house of Judah, which is also referred in Scripture as “the house of David.” These two houses remain split until Yeshua Messiah returns to the nation of Israel at His Second Coming and repairs “the broken stick” of Ephraim in Ezekiel 37, which once again will finally restore the WHOLE house of Israel back into one. The split of the WHOLE house into two parts resulted in the establishment of Samaria as the North’s new capitol city, which is referred to in Isaiah 17:3 as “the fortress of Ephraim” which will be totally destroyed along with all of northern Israel in “the destruction of Damascus.” Because of their gross profanity of idol worship and rebellion against the Lord, He directed the northern Ten Tribes, beginning with the Reubenites and the Gadites in the first invasion to be taken into captivity by “the Assyrian,” the king of Assyria around 732 BC, in 2 Kings15:29, where they remain “until this day.” The second invasion led by the Asssyrian Shalmaneser and Sargon captured Israel’s capitol city of Samaria in 722-721 BC (2 Kings 17:5-23). In other words, national Israel has been out of the Land of Palestine since 732 BC. A humble, righteous remnant called out of the ten northern tribes (the house of Israel) by the Lord, “the work of My hands” in Isaiah 19:25, will however return back into the Land of Israel coming out of the land of Assyria at the end of the Tribulation.
I say all this to make the point that God does NOT consider the Jews of Judah or the Israelis of Israel to be in HIS Land when they are NOT in covenant with Him (Hebrews 8:8-9). This principle remains in effect thru to this very present day (Deuteronomy 28:15; 63-64; 29:25-28). All Israel has ONLY been in covenant with the Lord for relatively intermittent and short periods of time, only under the reign of a few Godly leaders and kings throughout their history. Observe carefully in Scripture, when the Holy Spirit writes about the people being in covenant with the Lord, how they would then live in the Land under great blessing. For proof of this, please carefully study Ezekiel 20, and 23 especially, which is an overall history of all Israel. Verses 33 to 43 in chapter 20 are an end-time overview of the LAST time that the Lord will ever have to deal with sin and rebellion of all Israel, which cannot take place until after His physical return to them at the close of the 7 year Tribulation, when the Land is finally purged of the wicked, AFTER He repairs the broken stick of Ephraim with Judah, in Ezekiel 37, which will restore the WHOLE house of Israel back into one forever.
Chapter 5 of Hosea talks about the “withdrawn face of Jehovah” from both Ephraim (northern Israel) and Judah. Verse 15 is a very poignant yet necessary statement from the Lord regarding His separation from them both, almost from their beginning: “I will go and return to my place, till they acknowledge their offence, and seek my face: in their affliction they will seek me early.”
God is a God of perfect order. He NEVER allows Himself or His plan to “become out of order.”
Leviticus 25 is the chapter that details the requirements for observing Israel’s year of rest, the 7th year and the 7th x 7th year, the 49th year. I believe that verse 2 of the chapter warrants our close attention: it says… “Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them: “When ye come into the land which I give you, then shall the land keep a sabbath unto the Lord.”
To the Lord, Israel’s 7th Year is a Sabbath just like His 7th Day. It NEVER becomes out of order.
Certainly the Lord recognized Israel’s 7 year cycles under the leadership of Moses and Joshua, but it can be shown from Scripture that His acceptance of all Israel waned after that, and the Lord only recognized Israel’s Sabbatical years when the whole nation was in covenant with Him. This only occurred a few times in their long history under the rule of Godly leaders and kings. But for sure, based on the verse above, the Lord has not recognized those cycles at the very least from the time the Ten Northern tribes have officially been out of the Land since 732 BC, except for the 490 year cycle of Daniel’s 70 Weeks, which can be proved to have begun around 194 years after northern Israel’s captivity in 732 BC, with the opening of Jewish 7th year that opened in 3304, beginning in the fall of Tishri 1, 458 BC. Ezra 7:7 says it was “the 7th year” of Persian king Artaxerxes, who made a decree that gave permission to Ezra, the Godly high priest with a genealogy that went back all the way to Aaron, to return back into Jerusalem in order to “restore and rebuild” the city of Jerusalem. Ezra 7:6 says that “Ezra was a ready scribe in the law of Moses, which the Lord God of Israel had given” which made him fit to teach the Law to the people. (Nehemiah did not receive any decree from the king, he only received “letters” which granted him safe passage out of Babylon through the territories back into Jerusalem, neither was he of Israel’s priesthood. He was not equipped in any way to spiritually restore the people or the city of Jerusalem. Nehemiah was only a political figure and later became the governor of Jerusalem. The only way to make the known date of Nehemiah’s return back into Jerusalem fit into Daniel’s 69 sabbatical cycles would have been to break them into fractions which some have attempted to do. That absolutely would NOT have worked. The Lord is the Master Mathematician. He meant exactly what He said and made it so graciously clear and easy for the Jews of that day (and our day) to count out the 69 “weeks” from their scrolls, which allowed some of the righteous Jews of Jesus’ day who understood their 7 year timeframes to be “in expectation” for His coming to them, as the Bible says, (even as some of the righteous of this day who want “to know” can also do.)
It is a fact that Judah went at least 10 Sabbatical cycles without observing their 7th year, outside the cycle of Daniel’s 490 years, hence the executing of Jeremiah’s prophecy of the forced 70 year exile out of the Land into Babylon, in order to give the land its rest for 10 cycles of 7 years.
Leviticus 25 is clear to explain that the principle behind the 7th year is to provide REST, PRIMARILY FOR LAND, and then for the PEOPLE. Its focus is an agricultural one. That is why God commands the 7th year to begin in the Fall, “in the seventh month” of Tishri, at the end of the agricultural year. In the Bible “the seventh month” is the month for both the Day of Atonement and the Feast of Tabernacles, which is also referred to as the feast of “Ingathering” in Exodus 23:16 and Exodus 24:32. Tabernacles is also referred to as “the end of the year in Exodus 34:22. It is the end of the agricultural year (and also the end of the Mosaic feast cycle), at which time the ingathering of Israel’s agricultural products are brought into the barn for protection from the beginning of the season of “former-early” rains and the oncoming season of winter. After the close of the 7th x 7th year, 49th year on Elul 29 at the end of summer, the trumpet of Jubilee is to be blown on “the tenth day of the seventh month” which is the Day of Atonement, which begins the first year of the next 49 years, which is called “the fiftieth year- the year of jubilee” (Leviticus 25:9-10).
Take note that according to Leviticus 25:9-13, the new year, the 50th year, (which is really Year 1 of the next 49 years) is to open on “the tenth day of the seventh month” which is Tishri 10, the Day of Atonement, when the “trumpet of Jubilee shall blow.” There are Jewish scholars that say originally in antiquity, before God changed their calendar to Spring in Exodus 12, He intended New Year’s day on the Civil calendar to open on Tishri 10, the Day of Atonement, but rabbinical law changed it to begin on Tishri 1.
It is important to understand that the Israel’s Sabbath year is not only a symbol of God’s eternal Sabbath day, but a great symbol of the Millennial Kingdom which opens on God’s creative “Seventh Day,” when ALL His precious “fruit” from the previous “Six Days” of the Adamic Age will be gathered in together into the safety of the next 1,000 years, and onward into Eternity from there.
Israel’s 7 year Sabbatical cycle will be observed from “the seventh month” to “the seventh month” forever.
By beginning the Sabbatical year in the fall, the Lord kept Daniel’s 70 7’s on the fall civil calendar which will always allow the “middle of seven” to fall in the spring, which was the beginning and the ending of Jesus’ 3 year ministry to Judah. Early Spring is the season for physical and spiritual redemption which brought rest to the believer, and release to the righteous in the Bible, for Noah’s Ark on the 17th day of the 7th spring month of Abib on the fall Civil Calendar (Genesis 1 thru Exodus 11 is dated on Israel’s Fall Civil Calendar. The Lord changed their calendar to begin in the Spring in Exodus 12 thru Revelation); from Egypt; for Israel’s first crossing over the Jordan into their Land; for Jesus’ atonement for sin, and for the Second Coming of Yeshua the Messiah back to the whole nation of Israel and the world in the first month of Abib; for all Israel’s last crossing over the Jordan with their Messiah, again in Abib, all on the Lord’s Sacred Calendar, just to name a few.
I believe the Lord’s Sacred Calendar from Spring to Spring in Exodus 12, will finally be instituted for Eternity beginning with the first year of the Messianic Kingdom.
This paper will attempt to show that the Lord will make a new year for the rise of a whole new, purified 7 year Sabbatical cycle which will arise out of “the midst of” of Israel’s present sabbatical cycle.
In the Bible the phrase “in the midst of” appears many, many times, the majority of which refer to something being “in the middle” of something else. The MIDDLE represents the position of Jesus the Creator throughout Scripture. More is said about this below.
Daniel’s 70th WEEK was cut off IN THE MIDST OF SEVEN, in the 486 ½ year of his prophecy, at which time Judah cut off Jesus, “but not for himself,” as Daniel 9:26 says, at the same time Jesus cut off Judah because of her total rejection of Him as their Messiah and their refusal to accept His atoning work of redemption on the Cross, which left only the last 3 ½ years of the 70th WEEK to FINISH!
I believe that the Lord has NOT recognized national Judah as being “in the Land” all this time based on “their wicked ways and their evil doings” which culminated with their “cut off” of their own Messiah at the Cross, based on clear inference in Ezekiel 20, verses 33 to 43 and other texts. The Lord has, however, continued to recognize Daniel’s 70 7’s all the way through its course from the beginning and will continue, of course, thru to the middle of the final 7 year cycle that will contain the LAST half of his 70th Week for its completion, which will finally end the prophecy in the middle of the 7 year Tribulation. (This is fully proved and explained below.) However, of course, the Lord has continued to accept any single Jew and Israeli from their “national” cutting off throughout their years, the last being 30 AD for Judah, who have been moved by the Holy Spirit to repent of their sins and accept Jesus Christ as their Savior and their Messiah, as their once and for all future atonement for sin under the dispensation of Law, and likewise under the dispensation of Grace, by looking backwards to the Cross.
The purging of the Jewish Tribulation remnant will take place after they are gathered in from all around the world back to “the other side of the Jordan” (Ezekiel 20:35-38; Hosea 2:14-23) at the end of the Tribulation, where they will finally recognize and accept their own dear Yeshua Messiah, after He repairs the broken stick of Ephraim which will restore the split house back once again into the WHOLE House of Israel. At that time He will take out the heart of stone of that Tribulation remnant and put in a heart of flesh and will pour out the water of the Spirit upon them (Ezekiel 37; Hosea 1 and 2), which will make them a purged and spiritually clean people, finally qualified to enter their pure, restored, eternal Land of Israel in order to join with their righteous brethren from all the ages past, at which time… WHEN Messiah Yeshua Himself will finally lead His precious WHOLE house of Israel across the Jordan River for the last time, into their perfect Beulah land, at the beginning of their Messianic Kingdom on Earth, THEN the Lord will once again accept and enjoy all of Israel’s Sabbaths throughout Eternity - the Day, the Year and the 7th x 7th Year, followed by the wonderful 50th Year of Jubilee, which is really Year 1 of the next 49 years!
According to Leviticus 25:2, that will allow the Lord to begin a whole new, holy 7 year Sabbatical cycle, one whereby He will once again gladly accept for evermore.
I believe this new 7 year cycle will originate “out of the midst of” Israel’s present 7 year cycle which will begin in the Fall after the END of the 7 years of Tribulation in the Spring, WHEN all Israel will have been brought back into their restored, pure Land by their own Messiah Yeshua, THEN the Lord will joyfully recognize and accept His new, holy 7 year cycles with His people forever.
Habakkuk 3:2: “O Lord, I have heard thy speech, and was afraid: O Lord, revive thy work in the midst of the years, in the midst of the years make known; in wrath remember mercy.”
All Scripture text used in this paper is from the King James Version of the Bible, unless otherwise indicated. All dating used is based on the Rosetta Calendar, The Comprehensive Hebrew Calendar by Arthur Spier, and Bible chronologist, Bishop James Ussher.
This paper is written in the spirit of the prayer of Moses who prayed:
“So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom. Return, O Lord, how long?”
For a number of years from my own Bible study, I have come to see and believe that Jesus Christ, the Messiah of Israel fulfilled the first 3.5 years (the first half) of Daniel’s “70th Week” by completely satisfying His Father’s six requirements, as listed at the very beginning of the prophecy, in verse 24 of Daniel 9, which was directed to Daniel’s “thy people” and “thy holy city.” These very particular people were the Jews of the tribes of Judah and Benjamin, living mainly in and around Jerusalem, their capitol city. The Ten Northern Tribes of national Israel had been removed out the Land of Israel by the Lord because of their gross idolatry and sheer rebellion against God, by “the Assyrian” and taken into captivity into Assyria almost 200 years before, in 732 BC, before this Seventy Weeks prophecy was given to Daniel in 538 BC, (which was the year of Cyrus’ decree that gave permission for the return of the first exiles of Judah back into their land from the 70 year captivity in Babylon. The spring of 538 BC fell in the midst of that particular 7 year Sabbatical cycle from 534 BC to 541 BC).
538 BC to 70 AD is called “The Second Temple Period”.
Jesus fulfilled His Father’s six requirements which were: “to finish the transgression, to make an end of sins, to make reconciliation for iniquity, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal up the vision and prophecy and to anoint the most holy.” He accomplished this task with His earthly ministry to the Jews of that day which culminated in His death, burial and resurrection, as the once-and-for all sacrifice for sin, known as “the FINISHED work of Christ” on the Cross.
God is a God of perfect order. Verses 24 thru the first part of verse 26 of Daniel 9 all take place in the FIRST half of Daniel’s 70th WEEK.
The Jewish year that opened Daniel’s Seventy Sevens was new Jewish Sabbatical year 3304, in 458 BC, which opened in the FALL on Tishri 1, on Monday, according to the Rosetta Calendar.
The decree that was given to Ezra which enabled him to begin to fulfill the Seventy Weeks was issued by the Persian king of Babylon, Artaxerxes 1 Longimanus. Ezra 7:7 says that command was given in “the seventh year of the king.” History tells us that the king’s accession to his throne was in the FALL of Tishri, 465 BC, which was Jewish year 3297. 7 years later was 458 BC, Jewish year 3304, according to the Rosetta Calendar.
Both Jewish years 3297 and 3304 divide equally by 7 as all Jewish Sabbatical years do.
Daniel’s Seventy Weeks BEGAN in a Jewish 7th year (a sabbatical year) and the full ‘seventy sevens’ – the 490th year, MUST end in a Jewish 7th year.
(The Jewish Civil New Year begins in the Fall on Tishri 1, September / October and ends the following year at the end of Summer on Elul 29, in August/September.)
Ezra 7 says that Ezra left Babylon for Jerusalem in the SPRING, “on the first day of the first month,” which was a Sabbath, on Abib 1, 457 BC, however it was still Jewish year 3304, according to the Rosetta Calendar.
Ezra arrived in Jerusalem 5 months later… “on the first day of the
fifth month,” in the SUMMER, which was Friday, Av 1, 3304, 457 BC, according to the Rosetta Calendar.
From the spring of 457 BC to the end of summer on Sunday, Elul 29, 26 AD = 483 years or 69 weeks of years. The next day, Monday, Tishri 1, 26 AD opened a new Jewish 7 year cycle, beginning with Jewish Year, 3787, according to the Rosetta Calendar, which divides equally by 7, proving it was a Sabbatical year.
JEWISH YEAR 3787 OPENED the 70th WEEK of Daniel.
Jewish year 3304 to Jewish year 3787 = 483 years or 69 “weeks” of years.
*Important point: There was NO PAUSE between the CLOSE of the “69 weeks” on Sunday, Elul 29, 3786, 26 AD and the OPENING of Daniel’s 70th WEEK on Monday, Tishri 1, 3787, 26 AD, which was the opening of the next 7 year Jewish Sabbatical cycle of Daniel’s 70th WEEK.
Jesus arrived in Judah in the Spring of 27 AD which was still Jewish year 3787, the beginning year of the 70th WEEK!
Daniel 9:25-26 says “…after seven weeks and threescore and two weeks (7x7 = 49 years + 434 years total 483 years / 69 “weeks” of years) shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself…..”
AND Jesus WAS… Four “springs” LATER…from the spring of 27 AD thru the spring of 30 AD, the first half of Daniel’s 70th WEEK was officially accomplished and “cut off” at the Cross, by Jesus and by Judah, IN THE MIDDLE OF the 70TH WEEK, 3.5 years after its opening in the fall of 26 AD, to the spring of 30 AD, in the month of Abib, as evidenced in the first part of verse 26, where “Messiah is cut off but not for himself” at the end of Jesus’ earthly ministry.
Judah cut Jesus off during His 3 year ministry to them (Daniel 9:26), and Jesus cut off national Judah officially after His work of Redemption because of the nation of Judah’s unbelief in Him.
Micah 5:3 (written to Judah says): “Therefore will he give them
up, until the time that she which travaileth hath brought forth: then the remnant of his brethren shall return unto the children of Israel.”
The “woman” Judah, who was Mary, from the Tribe of Judah, FIRST travailed with birth pangs for the physical birth of Jesus Christ. The “woman” Judah will again travail with birth pangs for the LAST time when she will spiritually birth her Manchild up to His father’s Throne on the 1260th day of the 7 year Tribulation in order to begin (Revelation 12:5-6), the Messianic Kingdom of David on His Father’s throne, which will open first, in Heaven, after which He will bring down with Him at His Second Coming back to Earth.
The “return” of His “Tribulation brethren” does NOT take place with the Old Testament Jews—“the children of Israel” until AFTER that remnant’s judgment, AFTER repentance, AFTER their reconciliation and final acceptance of their Messiah Yeshua at the end of the Tribulation AFTER He comes back to Earth with all the Old Testament saints for their uniting all together.
The Lord’s “brethren” are the Jews of the Tribe of Judah, which is also called “the house of David,” in the first sense, as well as the Israelis of the Ten Northern Tribes (called Ephraim and Joseph) in the second sense.
Daniel’s 70th WEEK was cut off by the Lord “in the midst of” its 7 year sabbatical cycle, in the Spring of 30 AD, at the end of its first 3.5th year, which period of time is always referred to in the Bible as “time, times and half a time” (Tishri 1, 26 AD to Abib 1, 30 AD is 3.5 years, in the middle of 7.)
The Book of Revelation was written and meant to be understood in
unfolding, progressive ORDER, with each new event following after the last one other than for a couple of exceptions, that being the ‘parentheticals’ which do not advance the narrative, which only provide an overview of events. The proper understanding of the unfolding of a scroll and the opening of its subsequent, 7 consecutive seals is a requirement for the proper exegesis and the “rightly dividing” of this book! This scroll was a “roll” according to Ezekiel 2:9-10, which is “written within and without, containing lamentations, warnings and woe.” It contains seven individual “parts” to it, each of which are sealed.
Remember what Jesus told Daniel in chapter 12, verses 9-10: “Go thy
way, Daniel, for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end…none of the wicked shall understand, but the wise shall understand.”
Chapters 4 to 13:1 of Revelation all take place in the LAST half of Daniel’s 70th WEEK, which will conclude in the FIRST half of the 7 year Tribulation.
The CLOSE of the Church Age/the Age of Grace will take place with OUR resurrection/rapture as the Body-Bride of Christ, God’s TRUE Church, at the opening of the Feast of Firstfruits, immediately before the OPENING of the LAST half of Daniel’s 70th WEEK, which will coincide with the IMMEDIATE opening of the 7 years of Tribulation, which will refocus the Lord’s attention BACK to Judah and ALL things JEWISH once again, including the whole Land of Israel--- exactly where He cut Judah off with the completion of His work of Redemption at His resurrection at the opening of the Feast of Firstfruits in 30 AD.
God is a God of PERFECT ORDER! Remember that Paul our apostle to the Church told us in Romans 1:16 “…the gospel of Christ was to the Jew first, and also to the Greek” and he said in Romans 2:9-10 … “But glory, honour, and peace, to every man that worketh good, to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile”
The timeframes given in Chapters 10, 11, except verses 1-2, 12 and 13:1 of Revelation ALL take place in the EXACT MIDDLE of the 7 year Tribulation, from the 1260th day to the 1263.5th day, in order TO FINISH the LAST half of Daniel’s 70th WEEK which will complete the 490th year.
The 1290th day and the 1335th day of the Tribulation of which Jesus spoke in Daniel 12, will complete and finish 30 days and 45 days respectively AFTER the 1260th / 1263 ½ day (Daniel 12: 11-12), after the close of the 70th WEEK.
With the remembrance of the MOST important principle of orderly,
progressive unfolding of the text in the Book of Revelation and Daniel 9 and 12, all begins to fall into place and its proper sequence.
The Holy Spirit aids the reader in study of Book of Revelation with His important and crucial placement of the simple phrases, “after this” and “after these things.” There are 10 of these phrases strategically placed between chapter 1 thru chapter 19, to help the reader correctly discern the unfolding progressive chronology of the text. In the KJV, they are found in the following passages:
1. 1:19: “things which shall be hereafter”
2. 4:1 “After this”
3. 4:1 “things which must be hereafter”
4. 7:1 “And after these things”
5. 7:9 “After this”
6. 9:12 “hereafter”
7. 11:11 “And after three days and a half”
8. 15:5 “And after that”
9. 18:1 “And after these things”
10. 19:1 “And after these things”
*Note that Revelation 11:11 is IN THE MIDST OF the seven “afters” which form a 7-branch ‘menorah’ pattern after Revelation 4:1, with 11:11 in the middle in the “Servant Candle” position. According to the orderly chronology of Revelation, 11:11 takes place on the 1263 ½ day of the Tribulation, which is really the most important day of the entire 7 year Tribulation. It is the day the Two Witnesses are resurrected and immediately ascend up to Heaven. This is followed by the completion of the “the second woe” which involves a huge earthquake in Jerusalem, in verse 13. Most importantly of all, verse 15 of chapter 11 says this: “And the seventh angel sounded; (the final trumpet of the 7 years of Tribulation) and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become (2nd aorist tense: present tense, are becoming into existence) the kingdoms of our Lord, and of His Christ; and He shall reign for ever and ever.”
The LAST half of Daniel’s 70th WEEK closes there on the 1263 ½ day, in the MIDDLE OF THE 7 YEARS OF THE TRIBULATION, at the sounding of the 7th and last trump of the Tribulation, after Jesus, the Manchild of Judah, “is caught up unto God and His throne,” after being delivered out of “the woman” (Judah) on the 1260th day of the Tribulation, in chapter 12:5-6.) Chapter 11, verse 17 goes on to say: “And the four and twenty elders (representing the Church) which sat before God on their seats, fell upon their faces and worshipped God, Saying, We give thee thanks, O Lord God Almighty, which art, and wast, and art to come; because THOU HAST TAKEN TO THEE THY GREAT POWER, AND HAST REIGNED.” The Messianic Kingdom of David opens at that very point… first, in Heaven, at the close of Daniel’s Seventy Sevens, in the 490th year, in the MIDDLE of the 7 years of Tribulation. The 70th WEEK of Daniel is FINISHED” in the MIDDLE of 7, because the LORD is FINISHED with His plan of choosing out His future JEWISH (and Gentile) Tribulation remnant prior to the opening of the His earthly Kingdom, upon the CLOSE of the Testimony of the Two Witnesses. The remnant of Judah flees to their place of protection on the 1260th day (Revelation 12:6). The Two Witnesses are resurrected at the end of the last half of Daniel’s 70th week, and raised up into Heaven on the 1263 ½ day, and Jesus the Messiah is obviously crowned King of kings and Lord of lords and begins to take His power and full authority and assumes His royal throne on the 1263 ½ day as the nation of Israel’s eternal King, as “the Son of David” upon the sounding of the final, 7th trumpet of the Tribulation, all taking place at “time, times and half a time,” at the CLOSE of the first half of the Tribulation, after which the LAST half of the Tribulation will open immediately.
Thereafter, the Judean remnant will flee to their place of safety on the
1290th day, Daniel 12:11, Matthew 24:15-20, (after they view the Beast committing the “abomination of desolation,” after the close of the 70th Week, just after the beginning of the last half of the Tribulation). The Great and Terrible Day of the Lord which is the outpouring of God’s full unrestrained wrath and vengeance upon the wholly wicked that still remain by this time will also begin on that very day, the 1263 ½ day, in the MIDDLE of seven, according to Revelation 11:18-19. This will officially begin the “authority of the Beast,” for the last 42 months of the Tribulation, (Revelation 11:2 and 13:5), and will begin to bring a final completion to “the times of the Gentiles.”
The last after in Revelation occurs with the Second Coming of Christ in chapter 19.
The exact middle verse (verse 202) of Revelation’s 404 verses is verse 12:8:
Revelation 12:7: “And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels.
Revelation 12: “And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven.”
Satan and his dominions are thrown down and confined to little earth in the exact MIDDLE of the Tribulation, never to again be “the prince of the power of the air.”
For more proof of this, Revelation 10 is one of the most vital chapters for the Bible student to study and understand which proves that the 70th WEEK ENDS in the MIDDLE of the 7 year Tribulation. This chapter begins with the introduction of a new “little book” which is given to John by a Person whom I believe is Jesus Christ.
[Remember, that the first “book” that Jesus was given by His Father in Revelation 5, was “sealed with seven seals.” This is the very book along with Daniel’s 70 weeks prophecy of which Jesus spoke in Daniel 12:9… “for the words are closed up and sealed until the time of the end,” and then He went on to say “the wise shall understand” because “knowledge shall be increased” in 12:4, (knowledge of Godly spiritual things and God’s plan for the End of Daniel’s Seventy Weeks, NOT man’s knowledge of his own wicked technology, etc of “how to build another tower of Babel up to Heaven” like we have heard taught lo, these many years!)
That first book was a Jewish SCROLL, rolled up and sealed with 7
seals for the JEWS, in the first level of interpretation, which contains the set, chronological order of the events that will take place in the LAST half of Daniel’s 70th WEEK, which will be fulfilled in the FIRST half of the 7 year Tribulation.]
*Very important point: God’s wrath BEGINS with the SEAL Judgments, at the BEGINNING of those 7 years of Judgment. (One needs to read ALL of Ezekiel 7, “upon the mountains of Israel,” but especially verses 8,12,14-15: Note closely how He refers to His first Seal Judgments in Revelation 6: “Now will I shortly pour out my fury upon thee, and accomplish mine anger upon thee: and I will judge thee according to thy ways, and will recompense thee for all thine abominations. The time is come, the day draweth near: let not the buyer rejoice, nor the seller mourn: for wrath is upon all the multitude thereof… They have blown the trumpet, even to make all ready; but none goeth to the battle: for my wrath is upon all the multitude thereof… The sword is without, and the pestilence and the famine within: he that is in the field shall die with the sword; and he that is in the city, famine and pestilence shall devour him.”) God promised His children of Israel from the very beginning in Leviticus 26:18-26, that if they became “out of covenant with Him,” He would in His great fury, pour out His Seal judgments upon them, which He had to do repeatedly upon Israel and Judah! In Ezekiel 14:15,17,19,21, the Lord calls “noisome beasts, the sword, famine and pestilence “My four sore judgments” which sadly the Lord has had to use numerous times against Israel and Judah.
This new “little book” in chapter 10 is open (for all the wicked to be able to see during the last 42 months of the Tribulation during the reign of the Beast and “the times of the Gentiles”). Its introduction is accompanied by “the voices of the seven thunders” which must be so utterly terrible that John was ordered to “seal up their words and write them not.” Notice again to whom this new, open book is written: verse 11: “And he said unto me, Thou must prophesy again, before many peoples, and nations, and tongues and kings.” Most definitely, this is a NEW prophecy delivered TO ALL THE REMAINING GENTILE NATIONS for the LAST half of the 7 year Tribulation, during the conclusion of “the times of the Gentiles,” AFTER the close of the 70th WEEK, AFTER the opening, the fulfillment and the closure of the 7 sealed Scroll.
The most important two verses in Revelation chapter 10: Pay
special attention to the wonderful CLUES that absolutely prove that
the LAST HALF of Daniel’s 70th WEEK will be totally completed in the FIRST HALF of the 7 year Tribulation:
Verses 6-7: “And sware by him that liveth for ever and ever, who created heaven, and the things that therein are, and the earth, and the things that therein are, and the sea, and the things which are therein, that there should be time no longer: But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished, as he hath declared to his servants the prophets.”
The Greek word for ‘time’ #G5550 is “khronos”- meaning “whether long or short.” The Greek for ‘finish’ is #G5055, is “teleo” meaning “generally involving the notion of time, to perform the last act which completes a process.” “It is finished or paid, John 19:30.” The Greek word for ‘mystery’ is #G3466, “mysterion’” meaning “the secret counsels which govern God in dealing with the righteous, which are hidden from the ungodly and wicked men, but made plain to the godly.”
Again, the important points in Revelation 10 are that at the time of the blowing of the 7th trumpet…TIME SHALL BE NO MORE, AND THE MYSTERY OF GOD IS FINISHED! What time is it “that shall be no more” of which the Holy Spirit writes? What exactly is “the mystery of God” and when does the 7th and last trump of the Tribulation sound?
For the answer to these questions, the Bible reader can then turn the pages, to chapters 11, 12 and 13:1 to find the answer in the perfect order of the Book. Chapter 12 of Daniel also needs to be studied in connection with Revelation 11 and 12. It is there that the reader can finally understand what this is: The TIME involves the MIDDLE of the 7 year Tribulation, between the 1260th day to the 1263 ½ day, which will finally bring Daniel’s Seventy Weeks to a FINISH, and will FINISH the outpouring of God’s wrath and judgments upon the future righteous remnant of Judah and Israel (including all the future righteous of the Gentiles also). This includes the FINISH of the Seal Judgments, the Trumpet Judgments and the Three Woes; the change of the first Antichrist into the Beast; the FINISH of the testimony of the Two Witnesses with their death and resurrection 3 ½ days later; the delivery of the Manchild up to the throne of His Father; the war in Heaven between Michael and Satan; the FINISH of the choosing out of the future Tribulation remnant followed by the beginning deliverance of those future Tribulation remnant; the fleeing of Judah into her place of protection for the last half of the Tribulation; the sounding of the 7th Trumpet; the physical assumption of royal power and reign taken by Jesus Christ as the King of kings and Lord of lords, which opens the physical Messianic Kingdom first in Heaven (which Jesus then brings down to Earth with Him at His Second Coming in Revelation chapter 19).
The “MYSTERY OF GOD” is the FULL revelation of Jesus Christ- FIRST as the Savior/Redeemer to the Jews (and the Gentiles), LASTLY, as their Judge, Messiah of all Israel, and future eternal King, which will FINISH God’s plan of wrath and fury poured out upon the future beloved Jewish Tribulation remnant in order to purge them along with the cleansing of their Land of all sin and profanity in the last half of the Tribulation, which will THEN allow the Lord never to have to deal with the sins of all Israel ever again, and the final riddance on the whole earth of the remaining wicked while at the same time cleaning up and restoring the desolate and filthy land of Earth.
Notice, just like the first half of the 70th WEEK when the primary focus was God’s Son providing atonement and reconciliation for sin, first for the Jews and then for the Greeks, the primary focus in the last half of the 70th WEEK, will conclude when GOD’S JEWISH “TIME SHALL BE NO MORE” and “THE MYSTERY OF GOD IS FINISHED”… first for Daniel’s “THY PEOPLE” in order to prepare a righteous Jewish Tribulation remnant for entrance into the Messianic Kingdom at the end of the Age that will finally allow entrance into the perfectly restored holy city of Jerusalem, gathered together with the saints out of ALL Israel throughout the ages into the pure Land of Israel and the rest of the world.
The last “two and forty months” of the Tribulation will be finalized for the wicked Gentiles under the reign of “the prince who is to come,” the Beast, who will accomplish the final desolations: his “treading underfoot the holy city”…“until the end of war, desolation is determined” as Revelation 11:2 and Daniel 9:26 say, including the consummation of the Adamic Age upon the final closing of “the times of the Gentiles.”
The true restoration and rebuilding of the city of Jerusalem and the whole land of Israel will be finally accomplished by Yeshua the Messiah, after His return at the end of the Tribulation.
*A VERY important point: The FIRST half of the 70th WEEK of Daniel could NEVER have been accomplished under the wicked GENTILE authority of the Antichrist in the FIRST half of the Tribulation, just as the LAST half of the 70th WEEK could NEVER be fulfilled under the supremely wicked authority of the Dragon, the demonic Beast and the False Prophet in the LAST half of the 7 years of the Tribulation, which has been taught all these years by so many!
The end of 70th WEEK MUST CONCLUDE the sabbatical 490th year of the prophecy in a sabbatical year of Israel, just as the prophecy BEGAN inside Israel’s sabbatical year. By picking up the LAST half of 70th WEEK in the MIDDLE OF the 7 year sabbatical cycle in Abib, the first month of Spring on the Feast of Firstfruits, right where it left off in 30 AD, 3.5 years later would ALWAYS END the 70TH x 7th YEAR / the 490th year, in the Fall of a Jewish sabbatical year.
If this presentation is correct, as I believe all the signs that we NOW see are absolutely “screaming” for the final intervention of God Almighty in the affairs of men, the next MIDDLE of a 7 year sabbatical cycle will arrive this coming Spring, on Abib 1, 2018. Israel’s present 7 year cycle began on Thursday, Tishri 1, 2014, which opened new Jewish year 5775, (which divides equally by 7). 3.5 years later will fall on SUNDAY, ABIB/NISAN 16, APRIL 1, WHICH WILL BE THE FEAST OF FIRSTFRUITS, Jewish year 5778.
From SUNDAY, April 7, 30 AD Abib/Nisan 18, on the Feast of Firstfruits, Jewish year 3790, which was the “cutting of the Jews” and the ending of the FIRST HALF Daniel’s 70th WEEK, to SUNDAY, April 1, 2018 AD, Abib/Nisan 16, on the Feast of Firstfruits, Jewish year 5778 , the resurrection-rapture of the Church Age saints, and the beginning of the LAST HALF of Daniel’s 70th WEEK, will be 1,988 years.
These 1,988 years will turn out to have been the intervening “Church Age,” the “Age of Grace” which emphasized evangelization to the Gentiles at the same time when many Jews and Israelis also came in individually after placing their faith and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ as their true Messiah and Savior, which has made up Christ’s beloved ‘Body-Bride of Christ’ during this very strategic time in history!
Though these 1,988 years began and ended IN THE MIDDLE OF Israel’s sabbatical cycle, they still divide equally by 7. 1988 / 7 = 284.
Again, the Creator is GOD OF VERY PERFECT ORDER!
3.5 years later, from the Spring on Abib 1, 2018, Jewish year 5778, Daniel’s 490th year will close in the Fall on Tishri 9/10 in the Jewish Sabbatical year 5782, on the 1263 ½ day of the Tribulation, on the Day of Atonement, IN THE MIDDLE OF SEVEN!
By the power of the Holy Spirit, the prophet Habakkuk understood God’s end-time plan concerning the chosen-out righteous remnant in the MIDDLE of God’s 7 terrible years of the Tribulation, when he prayed: “O Lord, I have heard thy speech, and was afraid: O Lord, revive thy work in the midst of the years, in the midst of the years make known; in wrath remember mercy.”
By divine inspiration Habakkuk (3:2) comprehended the necessity of a holy God having to pour out His divine wrath at the BEGINNING of His judgments in order to purify and cleanse the future remnant of the Jewish people, the future Gentile remnant and the WHOLE land of Israel along with the entire world. He must have understood that it would be “in the midst of” those terrible seven years” when the Lord would “revive His work” by “making known” His mysterious plan first for the Jews, when “time shall be no more.” He certainly had the faith to hope for the mercy of God for the protection of the future righteous remnant inside those 7 years of “indignation and vengeance” that the Lord has harbored against the wicked of all Israel and the whole world from the very beginning of their sin.
The Holy Spirit has graciously counted out the days for the first half of the Tribulation which will be the last half of Daniel’s 70th Week, followed by the mention of the two and forty months of the Beast, for the last half of the Tribulation.
Some say the counts of days which Jesus Himself uttered in Daniel 12, about which the Holy Spirit wrote in the 4 Gospels and John wrote in Revelation 10,11,12 and 13:1 do not matter and should be ignored and not given any attention.
Nothing could be farther from the truth. That was Moses’ prayer for the children of Israel, in Psalm 90, that the Lord would teach them to count their days so they might apply their hearts unto wisdom. Many times throughout their history, the Lord had the Old Testament prophets tell the people ahead of time how long it would be until a certain prophecy would be fulfilled in order that the hearts of the righteous could be prepared and they could be in expectation, as well as being protected, by the way. These “counts of day” mentioned by the Holy Spirit establish the Divine order as to the BEGINNING, the MIDDLE and the ENDING of not only the LAST half of Daniel’s 70th week, but also the beginning, the middle and the ending of very important events taking place inside the 7 years of Tribulation as well as all prophetic events in the Bible. Ignoring the Bible’s prophetic “counts of days” leads to gross error and much confusion as to when, where and how the very important Tribulation events will occur.
Jesus will pick up and start the LAST half of the 70th WEEK
at the beginning of the 7 years of Tribulation which will open in the MIDDLE of a 7 year Sabbatical cycle, right where He cut off the FIRST half of the WEEK in the MIDDLE of that particular 7 year cycle, in the spring of 30 AD, which began on Tishri 1, 26 AD and would have ended 7 years later on Tishri 1, 33 AD, if Judah would have accepted their Messiah.
This will allow the LAST half of the 70th WEEK to “FINISH” in the MIDDLE of the 7 year Tribulation, at the Biblically appointed time of “time, times and half a time” just as Jesus told Daniel when “the other two” asked the question in Daniel 12:6: “How long shall it be until the end of these wonders?” Jesus answered them in verse 7, saying “it shall be for a time, times and an half” (which are the first 1260 days of the total 2,520 Jewish days of the Tribulation), which surely is referring to the MIDDLE -- the first half of the Tribulation. Daniel still does not understand and he asks the Lord “what shall be the end of these things?” Jesus tells him “Go thy way, Daniel…for the words are closed up sealed until the time of the end,” in Daniel 12:9. Jesus then tells him in verses 10-13 that “none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand.” After revealing the middle of the Tribulation (which will be the close of the 70th WEEK), Jesus begins again to pick up the count of days in order again, beginning with a thousand two hundred and ninety days, the 1290th day which will be 30 days beyond the close of the 70th Week, and is the day the second group of remnant, the Israeli remnant who are living in Judea, will flee to the Judean mountains because they have viewed “the abomination of desolation.” (Remember that Judah has already fled to their wilderness, 30 days before on the 1260th day.) This Israeli Judean remnant is the smaller of the two future remnants, because they represent the small number of the northern Ten Tribes that have been out of the Land due to their captivity into Assyria around 732 BC, from which some have migrated back into the Land over the years not only from Assyria, but Jews and Israelis from various places around the world. Matthew 24:15-20 is the more detailed description of the 1290th day.
*An important point: Note especially verse 21 of Matthew 24, AFTER the Judean flight into the Judean mountains in verse 20, Jesus then immediately refers to the BEGINNING of the GREAT and TERRIBLE Day of the Lord (Joel 2:21), which is the last 3 ½ years of the Tribulation, because Matthew 24 unfolds in progressive order just like all the rest of the Bible does. There are Bible teachers who attempt to attach the 1290th and the 1335th days onto the END of the 2,520 days at the end of the 7 years of Tribulation in Daniel 12. THAT is plainly wrong when one compares the texts of Daniel 12:11-12 (the abomination of desolation on the 1290th day) with the clear unfolding and meaning of Matthew 24: 21-31, and understands the definition and placement of “the great and terrible day of the Lord” which begins the LAST half of the Tribulation. The “abomination” clearly is one of the results of the Beast “breaking the 7 year covenant” in the MIDDLE OF SEVEN, not at the end of seven!
Jesus STOPS the counts of days at “the thousand three hundred and five and thirty days,” 1,335 days in Daniel 12. (This number is 72-75 days beyond the close of Daniel’s 70th Week in the MIDDLE of the Tribulation on the 1260th to the 1263 ½ days.) Not much is said about these 75 days but there might be a hint about this horrible time period in Daniel 11, verses 32-35, where it seems to indicate there are some very committed Jewish believers who do not choose to flee for their own protection but stay behind in an attempt to perhaps help some of the rest of the Jews come to faith, about which nothing is said of any one coming to faith in their Messiah during that time or anytime during the last 3 ½ years of the Tribulation. Instead it says in Revelation 9:20-21, and 16:9,11...“they repented not.” But as the Bible states, these brave Jewish believers suffer immense persecution and awful death for at least trying, and most likely, these brave, faithful souls are the recipients of the horrible martyrdom spoken of elsewhere in Scripture. The last half of the Tribulation will be “under the mark of the Beast,” as that is not implemented by the first Antichrist in his first 3 ½ years but waits until the rise of the Beast and his False Prophet, AFTER the close of the 70th Week. Notice though that the number 1,335 is a cut off number as Jesus ends His counts saying “blessed is he that waiteth and cometh…” to that day, in verse 12 of Daniel 12, notice the 1,335th day comes 45 days AFTER the abomination of desolation is committed on the 1290th day, NOT tacked on to the end of the 2,520 days (7 Jewish years) of the Tribulation.
One last VERY important point about “the counts of days” in both Daniel’s 70th Week and the 7 years of Tribulation:
God is a God of perfect order! He counts out His days, His months, His agricultural crops, His seasons, including the seasons of rain- the former-early rain (in the fall) and the latter-late rain (in the spring), and He also counts out the days in His festivals. ALL these that are mentioned in connection with end-time prophecy take place IN GOD’S PERFECT ORDER!
The counts of days cannot begin, fall out or end in just ANY season or on just ANY day or on just any feast day, for that matter. This is a most important point. The Tribulation MUST begin in early Spring, on the Feast of Firstfruits, beginning with the BARLEY harvest, in order that the 1260th day lands in the 7th month, after a Sabbath (in order that Judah will be able to flee AFTER the Sabbath, as to observe the Law), and the 1263 ½ day will later land in the 7th month of Tishri on the Day of Atonement, between Sunday and Wednesday / Thursday, (except in a year of perfect order when the Day of Atonement falls on Monday). The Day of Atonement on Tishri 9-10 will play a huge part in the MIDDLE of the Tribulation. That is the ONLY DAY that all national Israel as a whole can be saved and accepted by the Lord, according to Judaism and the Bible. See Leviticus 16, especially verse 34. Of course He accepts repentance by individual souls anytime during the year. But Judaism teaches that “the Gate of Heaven” CLOSES nationally at Sundown on Tishri 10, which was the ONLY day in the Bible when the high priest was allowed to enter the Holy of Holies in order to appear before “the Mercy Seat” between the two cherubims of gold where he could meet before the Lord. Regarding the “gate of Heaven closing” on national Judah at the end of the Day of Atonement on the 1263 ½ day of the Tribulation: It is on that very day that the final 7th Trumpet sounds when the Lord Jesus takes His great power and begins to reign as King of kings and Lord of lords… “And the nations were angry, and thy wrath is come…and the TEMPLE OF GOD WAS OPENED IN HEAVEN…” in verses 15-19 of Revelation 11. This is the actual start of the GREAT AND TERRIBLE DAY OF THE LORD. Compare this text with Revelation chapter 15 which is the beginning of God’s full, unrestrained out pouring of great wrath, fury and vengeance upon the remaining wicked of the whole world, with the raining down of His full, unrestrained indignation upon the wicked in the form of the last, terrible 7 vial or bowel judgments. Notice in 15: verses 5-8 “…the temple of the tabernacle of the testimony in heaven was opened…” then verse 8 says this: “And the temple was filled with smoke from the glory of God, and from his power; AND NO MAN WAS ABLE TO ENTER INTO THE TEMPLE, TILL THE SEVEN PLAGUES OF THE SEVEN ANGLES WERE FULFILLED.” The pouring out of the final 7th Vial (16:17-21) results in the greatest earthquake since the beginning of man, and the total eternal destruction of the city of Babylon, after which “…there came a great voice out of the throne, saying, IT IS DONE.”
I believe the Temple in Heaven must be open for any soul to be able to receive God’s salvation. However, the Bible says “no man can enter” the open Temple while the terrible last 7 judgments are taking place in the last half of Tribulation. This is another way of saying… “the gate of Heaven is closed” to national Judah and Israel (and to all the wicked) in order to gain salvation in the last half of the Tribulation. By that time, “the dye has been cast,” as the wicked have been “totally given over to a reprobate mind” for the last half of the Tribulation as they “repented not.” The “gate of Heaven” is CLOSED to ALL nations and to all the wicked during the last 3 ½ years of the Tribulation. The Bible never mentions even one soul coming to faith in the Lord during the LAST half of the Tribulation.
An EXTREMELY important point: It is absolutely vital for the 1263 ½ day of the 7 year Tribulation to fall on Tishri 9-10 on the Day of Atonement, IN THE MIDDLE of the 7 day WEEK, on Wednesday/ Thursday IN THE MIDDLE of the 7 YEARS of the Tribulation for three reasons:
1) Tishri 9-10, the Day of Atonement, will close Daniel’s Seventy Sevens, at the end of the 70th WEEK, at the close of the 490th YEAR of the prophecy at the time of:
2) The sounding of the 7th Trumpet, in the MIDDLE of the 7 year Tribulation WHEN the resurrection of the Two Witnesses takes place, along with the royal accession of the Lord of lords and the King of kings up to His Eternal Throne, in the historic royal month of Tishri at which time all the kings of Judah have ascended up to their royal thrones, as well as Tishri being the month WHEN THE KINGS OF JUDAH WENT TO WAR, according to the exhaustive research done by Dr. Edwin R. Thiele, written about in his book, The Mysterious Numbers of the Hebrew Kings, in 1983. The 1263 ½ day will be THE BEGINNING OF the Great and Terrible Day of the Lord when the Lord will be at war with all the tattered remnant of nations which will still barely remain at that time, filled with raging anger and contempt toward God Almighty, which will finally culminate in ‘the Battle of Armageddon’ at the end of the Tribulation!
3) The 1263 ½ day, Tishri 9-10, will be the cut-off day of national Judah and Israel and all the Gentiles from being able to obtain salvation in the last half of the Tribulation, at the sounding of the Seventh Trumpet.
When one begins DAY 1 of the count of the next 2,520 days of the 7 year Tribulation on the Feast of Firstfruits, (except in a year of perfect order when it falls on Sunday/Monday), the 9th-10th of Tishri will ALWAYS fall on Wednesday / Thursday, as that is ALWAYS the 1263 ½ day in the MIDDLE of SEVEN. (Abib 1 in 2021, does NOT begin a ‘year of perfect order’ neither does Abib 1 in 2025.) Tishri 1 in 2021 will however, open the next Jewish Sabbatical year of 5782, which divides equally by 7.
When one begins the counts of days, say on Ascension Day or Pentecost, the MIDDLE OF THE TRIB completely bypasses the royal month of Tishri, landing late in the next month of Heshvan! This absolutely cannot be! Furthermore, a late start date always allows the 1290th day to fall in WINTER, which completely ignores Jesus’ gentle command to the fleeing Judean remnant into the Judean Mountains… “Pray that your flight not be in winter!” He meant exactly what He said, in Matthew 24:15-21, as it would be a huge hardship for that remnant to reach the safety of the snow-covered mountains of Judea in winter! Remember Jesus’ especially kind admonition to the Judean remnant when He said in Matthew 24:19: “Woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days.” Just imagine what a horribly frightening time that will be for pregnant women and mothers of small children even before they can even reach their prepared place of safety at the time the Beast, indwelt by the ancient spirit of the world’s first wicked king Nimrod, will have entered into “the secret chambers” (Matthew 24:26) in order to attempt to elevate himself above ALL gods, especially the ONE, TRUE GOD!
Day 1 of the Tribulation must begin on the Feast of Firstfruits, immediately after the resurrection/rapture of the Body of Christ. God will be on a perfectly timed, counted-out, well planned, tight schedule marking the beginning, middle and ending of the upcoming 7 years of the Tribulation. The Two Witnesses will have immediately arrived in Judah on that day, coming down as we are going up, in order to begin their ministry to Judah for the next 1260 days. Their testimony will end with their death on the 1260th day, (Revelation 11:3,7) at the end of Sabbath/beginning of Sunday, and they will be raised 3 ½ days later on Wednesday/Thursday, Tishri 9/10, on the Day of Atonement (Revelation 11:11).
Beginning the count of the first 1260 days of the Tribulation on the Feast of Firstfruits makes the 1260th day fall at the END of Sabbath/the beginning of Sunday, on Tishri 6, at which time “the woman, Judah, will flee to her place that has been prepared for her” without breaking the Law for travel on the Sabbath, for the last “time, times and half a time” – the last 3 ½ years of the Tribulation (Revelation 12:14). 3 ½ days later, Tishri 9/10, will be the Day of Atonement.
In Genesis 1, the Holy Spirit reveals His perfect order for His BEGINNING and for His ENDING of His prophetic Plan.
The 3rd word in Genesis 1:1, is “beginning.” That word in Hebrew is #H7225, ‘reshiyth.’ It is a feminine noun which means “first, beginning, best, chief, choice part, first fruits.” These are all the words used both in Hebrew and Greek to describe all of the Lord’s precious agricultural first fruits of every crop and farm animals, including the wool of the sheep, and the processed ingredients like flour for dough and pressed-out oil, as well as His human “first fruits” including Himself as “the FIRST of the first fruits,” secondly for us, the Body of Christ, and the third and last group of “the first fruits of God and the Lamb” which are the precious Jewish 144,000 saints during the first half of the Tribulation. God’s prophetic plan begins with Israel’s FIRST agricultural product which is BARLEY, which ripens in the early Spring, usually after the season of “the latter rain.” Reshiyth is the single, FIRST sheaf of the first fruits of the Barley harvest which is cut in the early Spring, by the Husbandman on the day of the Feast of Firstfruits. That single sheath was then taken in and presented to the high priest in the Tabernacle/Temple for a blessing. It is a pure symbol of Jesus Christ, being the FIRST of the Firstfruits. However, because the Bride of Christ is referred to in a feminine noun, and we are also the BODY OF CHRIST, this beginning feminine ‘reshiyth’ ALSO represents the BODY-BRIDE OF CHRIST.
The important fact to remember about BARLEY is that it is considered a universal grain, growing in all areas of the world in all different climes at different elevations, which is representative of all people around the world. It was called “slaves bread” in Jesus day. In the Bible it was a ‘humble’ grain eaten by the poor people as a whole. Today it is considered food for stock. Jesus fed the 5,000 with “barley loaves and two fishes” (John 6:9-10). Barley is a pure symbol of all the different ethnic groups of people that make up the whole world’s population, out of which emerge the humble believers in the Body of Christ.
Paul said in Ephesians 2:5-6: “Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (which is #G5656: the Aorist tense: “simple past tense in most translations”) (by grace ye are saved;) And hath raised us up together, (which is #G5656: the Aorist tense: simple past tense in most translations) and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: (which is #G5656: the Aorist tense: simple past tense in most translations).
Colossians 3:1 says: “If ye then be risen (Aorist #5681, past tense) with Christ, seek (present tense #5720) those things which are above, where Christ sitteth (present tense #5748, #5740) on the right hand of God.”
In Greek, Ephesians 2:5-6 and Colossians 3:1 are to be correctly understood as an action taken together with Christ, sometime in the past! When exactly would that past action have taken place in order for us to have risen together with Christ? The only answer to that question is: On that Day of Resurrection at the opening of Sunday which was the Feast of Firstfruits, when Jesus Christ’s OWN BODY, which spiritually included all the future true believers in the Church Age, were spiritually raised from the dead TOGETHER WITH HIM and came out of the tomb WITH HIM AS ONE. The future remnant of God’s TRUE Church were spiritually resurrected with Christ at that very time and we were immediately seated in heavenly places spiritually with Him on that very Day of Resurrection. The ONLY day for the Bride-Body of Christ to be physically resurrected will be on that very same day, at the very same time, in the very same way as our SPIRITUAL RESURRECTION, on another Jewish opening of Sunday, the day of Resurrection, at the opening of the Feast of Firstfruits, AT THE BEGINNING of national Israel’s FIRST agricultural harvest. It will take place at the end of Sabbath, at twilight, during that little, indeterminate window of time when one Jewish day changes into the next Jewish day. Genesis 1:5 says: “…the evening and the morning were the first day.” The NEW Jewish day begins sometime during the “twinkling of an eye” when the evening of the prior day is changing into the beginning of the new day! The time of sunset in Biblical Hebrew is referred to as: the even, eventide and evening and are #6153, ereb: (when Isaac first met Rebekah in Genesis 24:63, referred to as (evening) ‘twilight’ 11 times in the NAS. The Jewish day begins after the sun sets, in that little indeterminate window during twilight, sometime between 6-12 degrees after sunset below a flat horizon. Thick darkness arrives after sunset 18 degrees below a flat horizon. 18 degrees after sunset is known as Dusk:
A more technical name for ‘twilight’ is dusk: “The time of dusk is the moment at the very end of astronomical twilight, just before total darkness or night, or may be thought of as the darkest part of twilight.
- Civil twilight, the first phase of twilight, ends when the sun is 6 degrees below the horizon in the evening. At this time objects are still distinguishable and depending on weather conditions some stars and planets may start to become visible to the naked eye.
- Nautical twilight, the second phase of twilight, ends when the sun is 12 degrees below the horizon in the evening. At this time, objects are less distinguishable, and stars and planets are becoming more brilliant.
- Astronomical twilight, the final phase of twilight, ends when the sun is 18 degrees below the horizon in the evening. At this time the sun no longer illuminates the sky, and thus no longer interferes with astronomical observations.
Jeremiah 13:16-17: (To the tribe of Judah, Jeremiah writes:) “Give glory to the Lord your God before He brings darkness and before your feet stumble upon the dark and twilit mountains, and [before], while you are looking for light, He turns it into the shadow of death and makes it thick darkness. But if you will not hear and obey, I will weep in secret for your pride; my eyes will weep bitterly and run down with tears, because the Lord’s flock has been taken captive.”
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The Day of the Lord will begin immediately after the removal of God’s TRUE Church with the setting aside of the Restrainer’s power. The Lord Himself is in total control of the 7 years of the Tribulation. IF the Day of the Lord did not begin immediately after the removal of the Restrainer’s power, just think what all of the nation of Israel’s present enemies would be free to do to her! The ONLY reason this has not already happened is because of the Holy Spirit’s continual restraint. But He will step-aside from that restraint with the removal of the Church to Heaven. The Two Witnesses will act as a type of God’s “restraining” toward Judah’s arch enemies during the LAST half of Daniel’s 70th WEEK, in the FIRST half of the Tribulation. After their departure back to Heaven and after the fleeing of the future righteous remnants of Judah and Judea, along with remnant of Gentiles into their prepared places for God’s protection during the LAST half of the Tribulation, THEN the Lord will allow ALL HELL TO BREAK LOOSE all over the world, but mostly in the Land of Israel for the full, last 3 ½ years of the Tribulation.
I have a firm belief in what I present in this paper where I’ve
attempted to present clear proof of these facts from the Bible itself, and that 30 AD to 2018 AD (1,988 years) will turn out to be THE COMPLETION OF “the Age of Grace” / “the Church Age,” IF this, in fact, is God’s plan after all.
It was in the plan of God that national Judaism would turn their back on Jesus Christ as their Messiah at the end of His ministry to them. This allowed the Lord to turn His full attention to His plan of evangelization and calling out a remnant from among the Gentiles with the institution of the “Church Age” and the “Age of Grace,” which will continue until the resurrection-rapture of the Body-Bride of Christ, which will abruptly close the “Church Age,” in order for the Lord to again to fully focus back on the world’s wicked and the future Tribulation remnant during the last half of Daniel’s 70th WEEK during the first half of the 7 year Tribulation.
After His TRUE Church is removed, the 7 years of
Tribulation will BEGIN immediately in the MIDDLE of Israel’s present 7 year Sabbatical cycle, which opened in the Fall of 2014 on Tishri 1, Jewish year 5775.
From Tishri 1, 5775 + 3.5 years will be the Spring of Jewish year 5778, beginning on Abib 1, 2018, which is the exact MIDDDLE of Israel’s present 7 year Sabbatical cycle.
The LAST HALF of the 70th WEEK, will be “picked up” again with NO PAUSE, IN THE SPRING OF 2018, in the MIDDLE of the present Jewish Sabbatical cycle, (right in the same position where it was cut off in 30 AD), because only 3.5 years of Daniel’s prophetic 490 years yet remain to be fulfilled which will end on the Day of Atonement, Tishri 9/10 in the Fall of 2021, inside the Jewish sabbatical year.
3 ½ years later from that point forward, the 7 year Tribulation will END in the MIDDLE of the next Jewish Sabbatical cycle in the early Spring of 2025, in Jewish Year 5785.
In a most important chapter in Ezekiel, Ezekiel 20, Jehovah soundly rebukes Israel and Judah for “greatly polluting My Sabbaths” because of their ongoing rebellion against Him, in verses 13,16,21,23 and 22:8, and Matthew 12:5. Both the 7th year, and the 7th x 7th year are considered ‘Sabbaths’ to the Lord.
One could wonder if perhaps at the end, the Lord is truly looking to begin a whole new holy and eternal Sabbatical cycle by beginning His new holy 7 year cycle in the MIDDLE of, out from “the midst of” Israel’s original cycle still beginning in the Fall, which would again continue from that point forward throughout Eternity.
The Lord’s list in many texts in the Old Testament of things that Judah and Israel have “profaned and polluted” almost from their very beginning throughout their years includes the following: “the house of the Lord, the altar, the sanctuary, the priesthood, the sacrifices, the table of the Lord, the Land, my inheritance, my Name, the people, your rest, Jerusalem and My Sabbaths.” It will be necessary for Him to cleanse and make all things new, including very likely a new sabbatical cycle originating out of the MIDDLE of Israel’s present cycle…but still cycling from Fall to Fall.
Beginning the 7 year TRIBULATION and Daniel’s LAST half of the
70th WEEK in the MIDDLE of Israel’s present Sabbatical cycle, guarantees that Daniel’s 490th year will end in the next, new Jewish 7th year of 5782 in the fall of 2021.
Daniel’s 70 7’s began inside a Jewish Sabbatical year and they must end inside a Jewish Sabbatical year.
The ending year of Daniel’s “Seventy Sevens” will be Jewish year 5782. 5782 minus the beginning Jewish year 3304 of the “Seventy Sevens” = 2,478 intervening years, which divide equally by 7, totaling 354 Sabbatical cycles overall.
*What is very interesting about the number 354:
*Important: The number of days in the Jewish lunar year are 354, 11 days short of the Gregorian solar calendar. Hence, the need for the wonderful 19 year Metonic cyle that the Lord revealed in 432 BC, which perfectly reconciles the Jewish calendar with the Gregorian calendar.
One could say that as the Lord sees things: He could view the beginning to the overall ending of Daniel’s Seventy Sevens as “ONE JEWISH YEAR,” just as He sees “a thousand years as one day” according to what Peter tells us in 2 Peter 3:8 and also mentioned in Psalm 90:4. Talk about the Creator’s ‘perfect order.
In the Bible, a very important phrase occurs many times: the Hebrew word for “midst of” is taw-vek, Strong’s # H8432, which means “middle” in 1a) and in 1d) it is “between (of things
arranged by twos). The same word in Greek is mesoo Strong’s
#G3322, which means “to be in the middle or midway.”
We can know from study of the Bible and Judaism, about the golden candlestick that was in the Tabernacle and the Temple:
Exodus 25:31-33: “And thou shalt make a candlestick of pure gold: of beaten work shall the candlestick be made: his shaft, and his branches, his bowls, his knops, and his flowers, shall be of the same. And six branches shall come out of the sides of it; three branches of the candlestick out of the one side, and three branches of the candlestick out of the other side: …so in the six branches that come out of the candlestick.”
Exodus 39:37: “…the pure candlestick, with the lamps thereof, even with the lamps to be set in order, and all the vessels thereof, and the oil for light.”
This candlestick was one of the most holy pieces of furniture in the Tabernacle/Temple. Its lamp or bowl rose up higher than the other six lamps. It is to burn before the Lord continually, according to Leviticus 24:4. It provided the only light inside the Holy place. The candlestick’s MIDDLE lamp, known as “the Servant Candle” was filled with oil and when Israel was “in covenant” with the Lord, its oil “served” to fill the other 6 bowels with oil so the priests never had to refill them. When Israel was “out of covenant” with the Lord, the center lamp immediately stopped “serving” the other six lamps with oil. This MIDDLE “Servant Candle” was and surely is a type of Israel’s ‘Yeshua Messiah,” Jesus Christ. According to Josephus’ Jewish history, on the afternoon of the Crucifixion the MIDDLE candlestick in the Second Temple went dark and remained dark for the next 40 years. Until the destruction of the Temple by the Romans in 69-70 AD, the middle lamp never “served” the other six lamps again, and each had to be filled and lit individually daily by the priests.
Unsaved Jews have yet to come to the realization that the middle lamp, as the ‘Servant Candle,’ is Hashem’s representation to them of His Son, Jesus, on Earth, who was born “the Light of the World” and the Savior of the World.
This candlestick is again seen in Revelation 1:12-13, this time seven in number, which represent “the seven churches” of Revelation 2-3. This time, Jesus is found standing “in the midst of” … in the middle… of these seven candlesticks of the seven churches, a position where He should ALWAYS be, “in the midst of” His TRUE church. The first representation in the Bible of Jesus Christ being “in the midst of” is in Genesis 2:9, as “the Tree of Life” standing in the middle of the Garden of Eden. Immediately after the sin of Adam and Eve, Jesus the Creator sent in… “Cherubim and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life… “lest (Adam) put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live forever” (in his sin) Genesis 3:22,24. This “tree of life” returns again on Revelation 2:7: “He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God.” Revelation 22:2,14 say: “In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations”… “Blessed are they that do his commandments that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.” Jesus’ eternal position is in the middle of everything in Holy Scripture…as seen in the Trinity; even the Romans erected His cross in the middle of three, unknowingly. The Creator of the Universe, is in the CENTER of all His Creation!
Ezekiel 38 and 39 take place AFTER the 1,000 year confinement of Satan in the abyss AFTER he is released for “a little season,” Revelation 20:7, for the Gog and Magog “war.” In Ezekiel 38: verses 11-12, the Holy Spirit is revealing Satan-Gog’s boast about his 8 point plan concerning his puny, last-ditch attempt to finally overtake and destroy the nation of Israel who are now living under Messiah’s rule in the midst of His wonderful Kingdom blessings. In the KJV, note the last phrase of verse 12: “…to turn thine hand upon the desolate places that are now inhabited, and upon the people that are gathered out of the nations, which have gotten cattle and goods, that dwell in the midst of the land.” Verse 12 in the Authorized Standard Version (ASV) of the Bible renders: “that dwell in the middle of the earth” with a footnote (a) which says: Hebrew: “in the navel of the earth.” The Amplified Classic Edition says: “…that dwell in the center of the world.” The Holman Christian Standard says: “…that dwell in the center of the world.” The Wycliffe translation says… “…that dwell in the center of the world,” as well as Young’s Literal translation says: “…that dwell at the centre of the world.”
According to this text, the Lord considers the land of Israel (Palestine) to be IN THE MIDST OF, IN THE MIDDLE of the whole earth. The Lord considers the land of Israel to be…the navel of the whole earth!
Remember, that in Exodus 12:1-2, the Lord changed Israel’s calendar to begin their New Year in the Spring, on Abib 1. Historically, national Israel has opened their New Year in the fall, on their Civil calendar, on Tishri 1,
as the first month which they still follow today. In the beginning, God’s
spring Sacred calendar began 6 months ahead of Israel’s fall civil calendar. Biblical dating from Genesis 1 thru Exodus 11 is dated on Israel’s fall civil calendar. All biblical dating from Exodus 12 thru Revelation 22 is dated on the Lord’s sacred spring calendar beginning on Abib/Nisan 1, as the first month. (In Leviticus 25, the Lord commands that the Sabbatical year continue to be dated beginning on “the first day of the seventh month,” Tishri 1, as well as the Jubilee year continue to begin on “the tenth day of the seventh month” which is always Tishri 10, the Day of Atonement. (There are Jewish scholars who believe that from the beginning on the civil calendar, before the Lord’s change to the Spring sacred calendar, Jewish New Year’s day was to begin on Tishri 10, not Tishri 1.)
The prophecy of Daniel 9:24 has JUDAH IN VIEW, NOT THE NORTHERN TEN TRIBES OF ISRAEL, known as “the nation of Israel” which has been absent from the Land of Israel since their captivity into Assyria beginning around 732 BC, thru to the present day, except for individual Israelis from the Ten Tribes who have migrated back into the land over the ages. (Because we are so close to the beginning of the 7 years of God’s Tribulation, I believe at the very least, the future “144,000” from every tribe except Dan as listed in Revelation 7, are now back there in the Land at this present time.) Theoretically, the name ‘JEWS’ correctly only refers to those from the Tribes of Judah and Benjamin, given to them at the end of the 70 year Babylonian exile upon their return back into Judah. But that name has since become a slang word to describe anyone of Hebrew descent. There has been no national Israel in the Land since their captivity into Assyria, only the nation of Judah which includes Benjamin.
The phrase “the times of the Gentiles” originally began with the captivity of Judah around 608 BC by Nebuchadnezzar, and has existed up until now. The Bible especially refers to the last 3 ½ years of the 7 year Tribulation as being “given to the Gentiles” (Revelation 11:2), which will finally finish the whole troublesome time of repeated wars and desolation over the centuries in the Land of Israel, which will come to a conclusion under the 3 ½ year reign of the Beast. The last righteous remnant of Jews will be chosen out in the first half of the 7 years of the Tribulation, which will be the last half of Daniel’s 70th Week. Anyone of Hebrew descent who is not chosen by the Lord to be part of His righteous remnant by the middle of the Tribulation will be considered by Him to be totally evil and pagan, and no longer considered ‘children of Abraham,’ but instead are part of a group referred to in the Bible as “a no people” which are nothing more to the Lord than mere pagan, unsaved Gentiles. (See what Moses said in Deut 32:21; what Paul said in Romans 10:11, and what Jesus said in Matt 3:8-9.) Keeping this fact in mind helps the Bible student with the correct understanding to which this particular prophecy of Daniel is directed ---THY people, Daniel. Daniel came out of the Tribe of Judah.
There are TWO classes of Jews:
“SONS” which belong to the Lord, and “unbelievers” who are considered by God to be “a no people,” which are no different than pagan Gentiles.
One of the most important prophecies in the entire Bible for the nation of
Judah and Benjamin concerning when they could expect Messiah the Prince to come to them is Daniel 9:24 thru 27. Of course this is Daniel’s “70 weeks of 7 years” i.e. Jewish sabbatical years, 70 x 7 = 490 years,
also called 69 “weeks of years” (69x7).
Daniel’s ‘Seventy Sevens” is a JEWISH prophecy, directed towards Judah and Jerusalem, regarding the rebuilding and restoring of the city of
Jerusalem, and God the Father’s 6 requirements that would accomplish that:
Verse 24 says: “Seventy weeks are determined upon thy (Daniel’s) people and upon thy (Daniel’s) holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy.”
Read verse 24 especially over and over again until the Holy Spirit helps
you to come to see that these 6 requirements could ONLY have been fulfilled by ONE PERSON, at ONLY ONE TIME in history! THAT Person is Jesus Christ the Messiah of Israel, and THAT time of fulfillment could ONLY have occurred with Jesus’ ministry of Atonement and Reconciliation from sin to all who led by the Holy Spirit, would trust and believe in Him while recognizing their own utter sin nature and dire need of a Savior. This could only have been accomplished by Jesus’ shed blood on the Cross, His burial and His resurrection, which took place INSIDE THE FIRST HALF of the final week of the prophecy, the 70th week! These 6 requirements absolutely could never have waited until the LAST HALF of the 70th week to be fulfilled.
It is the understanding of this prophecy along with the knowledge of their own sabbatical years, which allowed some Jews in Jerusalem (Judah) to be able to “count the years,” as to when they could “be in expectation” (see Luke 3:15), as to when Messiah the Prince would come to them. Additionally, the Jews knew well the Law that required a priest to be 30 years of age at the time he assumed the service of the priesthood. (see Numbers 4, especially verse 47.) Daniel obviously taught “the
astronomer/mathematicians” in Babylon about the Jewish 7th year, and how to count out 69 of them in succession (obviously beginning with a known, upcoming 7th or past 7th year for certainty), in order to teach them how to watch for and expect the sign of “Messiah the Prince,” just as some believers in Jerusalem were also able to do. Not only knowing the legal requirements of the Law for the priesthood, the adult Jews of that day also had the benefit of remembering back a short 29-30 years before, how the angels came down upon the shepherds in Bethlehem keeping watch over their sacrificial sheep for the Temple sacrifices. Surely they could remember hearing all about that wondrous event from the shepherds about how the Angel of the Lord announced… “For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord,” as the shepherds “made known abroad” as the Angel of the Lord told them to do, along with the heavenly host, in Luke 2:11.
We know for certain that every 7th year of this 490 year prophecy MUST begin in a Jewish sabbatical year, and must end at the beginning of the the next sabbatical year. The Creator made it very simple to KNOW FOR SURE what Jewish year is a 7th year, because from the very beginning, as Israel counts their years consecutively, 1-2-3-4-5-6-7, the Lord made sure each Jewish 7th year would divide equally by 7 on the Hebrew calendar. When one begins a search for any Jewish sabbatical year- in the past or in the future- by simply beginning the search with a known Jewish 7th year, either counting forward or backwards, every sabbatical year can be found for certain on the Hebrew calendar. This principle does not work for the Gregorian calendar.
The Lord has allowed Israel, the Bible student and others, to have the benefit of a wonderful online calendar conversion service, called the Rosetta Calendar. It contains the Gregorian, the Julian and the Hebrew calendar. By adjusting the BC or AD function appropriately, one can enter a known date and the other calendars will correctly adjust accordingly. (I do not use the Julian calendar as it is known not to be that closely accurate). Israel’s calendar is ‘the lunar calendar’ whereby each of their months begin and end on a new moon. The Gregorian calendar is a ‘luni-solar’ calendar. God raised up the mathematician Meton of Athens in 432 BC who discovered the 19 year ‘Metonic cycle’ which adds a ‘leap’ month, called the second Adar in the Spring, 7 times in 19 years, in years 3,6,8,11,14,17,19 of the cycle. This enables the perfect reconciling of the Hebrew lunar calendar with the Gregorian luni-solar calendar.
Here is the link for the information on the Metonic Cycle:
Here is the link for the Rosetta Calendar:
When Jesus arrived in Judah, in the spring in 27 AD, in the Jewish sabbatical year of 3787, Luke 3:23 says… “And Jesus himself began to be about thirty years of age.” We can know for sure from Scripture that Jesus was born in the Fall, during the royal month of Tishri for all the kings of Judah, during the Feast of Tabernacles, because “there was no room for Him in the inn” (Luke 2:7), as Jerusalem and the surrounding environs i.e. Bethlehem, only a scant 5 miles away from Jerusalem for example, was filled to over-flowing with pilgrims who had come up for the Great Feast. Therefore, Jesus was 6 months shy of His 30th birthday when He came to begin His earthly ministry in the first spring month of Abib/Nisan. Because the Scripture says that Jesus fulfilled every “jot and title the Law” (Matt 5:17-19), John the Baptist must have seen Him coming in from the wilderness no later than Abib 8, to begin His ministry, in John 1. (The Mosaic Law required that all the priests and Levites must be “sanctified for seven days” at the door of the Tabernacle/Temple, which always is to begin on Abib 1, in the spring, for 7 days, which made them ready for service on Abib 8 (see Leviticus 8:33-36). The Law called for the altar, the sanctuary, all the implements of Tabernacle/Temple service, as well as all the levitical priesthood to follow this qualifying, cleansing and sanctification process every year beginning on Abib 1, Ezekiel 44:18-27, and see all of Leviticus 8. In Exodus 40, Moses erected the Tabernacle on Abib 1, “the first day of the first month” which of course, would have included the yearly ordinances of purification. All these ordinances regarding the levitical priesthood and the Tabernacle/Temple laws are called “the law of the house” in Ezekiel 43:11-12; 44:4.
Jesus was about 29 years old in the Spring of the year 27 AD when He arrived in Judah, in order to be age 30 on his birthday the following Tishri, 6 months later in the Fall, as a Priest from the holy line of Melchisedec, as a fulfillment of the Law.
HOW CAN WE DISCERN THE YEAR OF THE INCARNATION AND THE BIRTH OF JESUS 9 MONTHS LATER?
Jesus arrived in Judah at the end of the 483rd year of Daniel’s prophecy… “And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off…” (Daniel 9:26) which totals 483 years, leaving the last ‘week’ of 7 years to fulfill the total of 490 years.
Ezra left for Jerusalem on Abib 1, which was “the first day of the first month,” Ezra 7:9, in the spring of 457 BC. That Jewish year was 3304, according to the Rosetta Calendar, which divides equally by 7, proving it was a Sabbatical year.
From the spring of 457 BC to the spring of 26 AD is 483 years. Tishri 1, in 26 AD, in the fall, opened Jewish year 3787, the last sabbatical cycle of the 490 years, which was the beginning of Daniel’s “70th Week!”
Jewish year 3304 + 483 years = Jewish year 3787.
From the Fall of Tishri 1, Jewish year 3787, in 26 AD + 3.5 years later was the Spring on Abib/Nisan 1, Jewish year 3790, in 30 AD, which was the year of the Cross. Those 3.5 years COMPLETED the earthly ministry of Jesus Christ, and closed the first half of Daniel’s 70th Week in the 486 ½ of the prophecy with the “the FINISHED work” of Jesus Christ’s shed blood on the Cross, followed by His burial and resurrection, which spiritually fulfilled His Father’s 6 requirements in Daniel 9, verse 24, during the Biblical season of both spiritual redemption and physical redemption-in the SPRING.
Jesus arrived in Judah in the spring of 27 AD, 3787, at the age of “about thirty.” His birthday would have been in the fall of 27 AD, which opened a new Jewish year of 3788 on Tishri 1. The Rosetta Calendar reveals that beginning in the spring, on Abib 1, 27 AD, opened “a year of perfect order.” Putting 3788 into a calculator and simply subtracting 30 years brings one to the Fall of Jewish year 3758.
The Rosetta Calendar shows that Jewish year 3758 opened on Tishri 1, in 4 BC.
(Do NOT fall for the ill-informed myth that one must add an extra year for the -0- year. The -0- year is the ‘tenth’, the ‘hundredth’, the ‘thousandth.’ It is automatically counted on one’s calculator when going back and forth between 1BC to 1AD. The world did not go from 1999 to 2001, but of course included 2000. If you are still not convinced, think about going to the bank with a $10 bill, and only receiving $9 back out of every $10 transaction.) Praise the Lord that He had the Jews count their years consecutively, beginning with 1-2-3-4-5-6-7 etc!
Jesus was born in the Fall of 4 B.C, after the beginning of new Jewish year, 3758.
Irregularly on the Jewish calendar there are years which I call “a year of perfect order.” This type of year always occurs in the Spring, when Abib 1,/Nisan 1, opens on a Thursday. When this happens, all important Mosaic Feast days begin on their day that is shown in Scripture. For instance, Abib 10 will fall on the Sabbath (the day the Lord instructed the children of Israel to choose out a perfect lamb from their flocks, bring it into their homes for 4 days in order to inspect it for any flaws, in order for it to be a perfect sacrifice for the Feast of Passover, 4 days later, which is Abib 14, WEDNESDAY, (in Exodus 12). Sabbath, Abib 10 was the day Yeshua the Messiah rode into Jerusalem “on the colt, the foal of an ass” (in Matthew 21:5); Sabbath, Abib 10 was the day Joshua led the children of Israel over the Jordan River at the end of their 40 year wilderness trek, in Joshua 4:19), just before Passover. In this type of special year, Passover, Abib 14, will always fall on Wednesday …in the midst of…THE MIDDLE DAY of the 7 day week, when Jesus DIED ON THE CROSS. In Genesis 1:14-19, the Sun became visible hanging between Heaven and Earth, (along with the Moon and the Stars) on the 4th day of Creation, which was Wednesday. The Sun is a clear type of Jesus Christ which is “the greater light to rule the day,” in order “to give light upon the earth,” and to “divide the light from the darkness.” (Jesus meant what He said when He told His disciples He would be in the grave for … “three (full) days and three (full) nights.” He was taken down from the Cross and put in the grave BEFORE the day changed on Wednesday evening at Sundown into Abib 15, when it became the Feast of Unleavened Bread. He arose 3 full days and 3 full nights later at the END of the Sabbath on Abib 17, at the BEGINNING of “the eighth day” at the end of Sabbath night, which was the opening of Abib 18, Sunday, which fulfilled the FULL 3 days and 3 FULL nights. (The day “Good Friday” is from Roman Catholic derivation). The feast of Unleavened Bread, will fall on Thursday, Abib 15. Resurrection Day, which is the Feast of Firstfruits, always falls on the first Sunday after the Feast of Passover, no matter what type of a Jewish year it is. However, in a year of perfect order, First fruits falls at the end of the Sabbath/the beginning of the Sunday on Abib 18. The seventh day at the end of Unleavened Bread will fall on Wednesday, Abib 21, in the midst of the week. The Feast of Pentecost always falls on the 50th day after the Feast of First fruits on Sunday, no matter what type of year it is - from Sunday to Sunday, 7x7 days, equals 49 days + 1 day. That ‘50th’ day is a shadow and type of the ‘Jubilee Year’ being the 50th year after 7x7 ‘weeks’ of years (49 years) after which the ‘50th’ year is really year 1 of the next 49 years. (Actually every Sunday is a type of the 50th year, the Jubilee year, being the ‘8th’ day, the first day “of new beginnings” after 7 days.) The Feast of Trumpets, Rosh haShana, Tishri 1, will fall on Sabbath. The Day of Atonement will fall on Sunday/Monday, Tishri 9/10. The first day of the Feast of Tabernacles will fall on Sabbath, Tishri 15, and 8 days later, the Great Eighth Day that closes Tabernacles will fall on the following Sabbath, Tishri 22, in a year of perfect order.
The last year of perfect order was in 2009. The next years of perfect order will begin on Thursday, Abib 1 in 2020, Abib 1 in 2023, Abib 1 in 2026, Abib 1 in 2027 and Abib 1 in 2030.
The Spring of 4 BC, was STILL Jewish year 3757. Abib 1 opened on Thursday, making it a “year of perfect order.” As stated earlier, it is proven from Scripture that Jesus was born in the fall, in the “royal month” of Tishri, during the Feast of Tabernacles. It has been proven by history that all the kings of Judah ascended to their thrones and went to war in the month of Tishri in the Fall, hence the name, “royal month” assigned by the Jews. All the kings of Israel ascended to their thrones and went to war in the month of Abib/Nisan (2 Sam 11:1) in the Spring. Since it is true that Jesus was born during Tabernacles of 4 BC, in a year of perfect order that opened in the previous spring of 4BC, and the new Jewish year of 3758 opened on the following Tishri 1, I believe that Jesus was born in the royal month, on SABBATH, TISHRI 15, on the opening day of the Feasts of Tabernacles. 8 days later would have been SABBATH, TISHRI 22, the Great Eighth Day, on the Sabbath day of holy convocation, the day Jesus would have been circumcised, in order to be set apart unto God, as the Mosaic Law commands.
A little over 9 months preceding Tishri 15 of 4 BC, was the month of
Kislev, during “the Feast of Dedication” according to the Rosetta Calendar. Another original Jewish name for that “feast” is “The Festival of Lights,” which is today’s Hanukkah in Israel. (Jesus observed the Feast of Dedication in John 10:22-39, where He boldly asserted again… “I and the Father are One,” verse 30, “…the Father is in me, and I in Him,” verse 38.)
The 9-branch Hanukkah with its ‘Servant Candle’ ‘in the midst of’ eight candles.
Counting backwards 9 months from the beginning of Tabernacles in 4 BC brings one to the Jewish month of Kislev, which would have been in 5 BC. The month of Kislev in 5 BC was Jewish year 3757 on the Rosetta Calendar. The Rosetta Calendar shows that Abib/Nisan in the Spring of 5 BC, was Jewish year, 3756 and Nisan/Abib 1, opened on a Thursday, which also made 5 BC a “year of perfect order” (from spring to spring).
*Both 5 BC and 4 BC were ‘years of perfect order.’
The Feast of Dedication covers 8 days. From the Rosetta Calendar in 5 BC, Jewish Year 3757, the Feast of Dedication began on Sabbath, Kislev 25, Sunday, the 26th , Monday the 27th , Tuesday the 28th l Wednesday the 29th, Thursday the 30th, Friday the 1st of Tevet, Sabbath, the 2nd of Tevet, from Sabbath to Sabbath that year.
Most of the Jewish ‘Hanukkah’ candlesticks put “the Servant Candle” in the MIDDLE of 8 candles because remember that the “celebration” is a remembrance of the Festival of Lights at which time the Maccabaeans… “sought after pure olive oil to light the lamps therewith, but could not find any, except one bowl that was sealed with the signet ring of the High Priest from the days of Samuel the prophet and they knew that it was pure. There was in it [enough oil] to light [the lamps therewith] for one
day, but the God of heaven whose name dwells there put therein his blessing and they were able to light from it eight days. The typical menorah consists of eight branches with an additional visually distinct branch. The extra light, with which the others are lit, is called a Shamash (Hebrew: שמש, "attendant"), i.e. the Jewish name for ‘the Servant Candle.’
Note, that the MIDDLE of the 8 days of the Feast of Dedication
in 5 BC fell at the end of Tuesday evening, which was the beginning of “betwixt” Tuesday and Wednesday in the midst of the Feast which was “in the midst of” the 7 day week, (because the new Jewish day ends in the twilit evening, which immediately begins the next day).
Since the middle…“in the midst of” ALWAYS represents the position of Jesus, the Savior-Redeemer-King of all Israel and the world, it occurs to me that it was THAT VERY DAY while Mary of Judah “who was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, that she was found with child from the Holy Spirit,” Matthew 1:18, at which time… “The Word became Flesh,” and the “Light of the World” was conceived by the overshadowing of the Holy Spirit (Luke 1:35), “in the midst of” the Feast of Dedication, in 5 BC, Jewish year 3757, in the MIDDLE of those 8 days… “betwixt” the close of Tuesday evening and the opening of WEDNESDAY!
Another important point regarding the MIDDLE of the Feast of Dedication in year 5 BC: The nearest Sabbatical cycle to that particular feast was 2 BC to 9 BC. The exact middle of those 7 years was 5.5 BC which was the Spring of 5 BC. However, years 1 BC to 9 BC form an 8 branch candlestick, with the exact MIDDLE of those 8 years, being the winter of 5 BC, during that very Feast of Dedication in 5 BC!
It can be clearly proven from Scripture that John the Baptist was born exactly 6 months before Yeshua’s birth. John’s father, Zechariah was a Godly priest of Israel. The Bible says the priesthood was divided into 24 courses, the 8th course was Abijah’s (1 Chron 24:10). Zechariah belonged to the “8th course of “Abia” which is the Greek spelling for Abijah. The priestly courses begin on Abib 1 each year, each lasting 1 week, (for 2 courses a year), from Sabbath to Sabbath, plus 3 weeks when they all served during the festivals. Zechariah was used by God to begin His plan of redemption for all Israel (and the world). Zechariah would have returned home from serving his priestly week during the 8th Temple course, in the month of Sivan. Elizabeth became pregnant in the month of Sivan (June). The Bible says “she hid herself for five months” (this whole story is in Luke 1:5-79). In Elizabeth’s 6th month, Mary came to visit Elizabeth, after which she had just become pregnant with Jesus, as when Elizabeth saw her, her “child (John) leaped in her womb.”
6 months from the month of Sivan is the month of Kislev. This would have been in the year 5 BC, Jewish year 3757. John the Baptist was therefore born in the month of Abib, in the following spring of 4 BC, which was still Jewish year 3757, according to the Rosetta Calendar, in a year of perfect order.
Judaism teaches that John was born on Passover. That is one of the reasons they leave a place setting for him at the Passover table.
(A site that clearly explains the 24 courses of Israel’s Priesthood and how long each course served through the year.) Sample: “The Jewish calendar has only 51 weeks in a year. Each of the 24 courses therefore served twice a year, plus 3 weeks they all served, for a total of 5 weeks during the year. Every 2 or 3 years, there is a leap year which adds a leap month. It was not certain how the priests served these extra days.”)
6 months after Abib 1 in 3757, on Tishri 1, the New Jewish Year changed to 3758, but it was still 4 BC.
Ezra 7:9-10 says about Ezra: “For upon the first day of the first month (Abib 1, in the Spring) began he to go up from Babylon, and on the first day of the fifth month came he to Jerusalem (on Av 1, (July)… “for Ezra had prepared his heart to seek the law of the Lord, and to do it and to teach in Israel statutes and judgments.” God chose Ezra, who was a righteous priest of Judah who was fully qualified to teach the people back in Jerusalem, concerning His statutes and judgments required in their Mosaic law after their return from the 70 years of Babylonian exile, in 538 BC.
Remember that God’s command in Daniel 9:25 was to… “restore and rebuild” Jerusalem. The “restore” part concerned spiritual restoration to bring the people of Judah back to remembering God’s holy requirements of their precious Law. The “rebuild” part consisted of the physical rebuilding of Jerusalem because of the desolations during the Babylonian exile and afterwards.
*(Very importantly, the premier chronologist of the Bible, Bishop James Ussher, in the 1600s AD, dated the beginning of Daniel’s prophecy in Daniel 9, and Ezra’s expedition from Babylon back to Jerusalem in Ezra 7, as 457 BC, beginning on Abib 1, in the spring as the Bible says, which is New Year’s Day on the Lord’s Sacred Calendar.)
According to the Rosetta Calendar, Abib 1 in 457 BC was Jewish Year
3304. Note, that 3304 divides evenly by 7, making it a 7th year, which opened on Tishri 1, of 458 BC. Abib1, 3787 (26 AD) minus Abib 1, 3304 (457 BC) = 483 years.
Daniel’s ‘Seventy Weeks’ began in a Jewish Sabbatical year and it must end in a Jewish sabbatical year which will end the final 490th year.
Abib 1, in 457 BC, the day of the “beginning” of the prophecy when Ezra left Babylon for Jerusalem, was a SABBATH, according to the Rosetta Calendar. According to the Bible, (Ezra 7:8), Ezra arrived in Jerusalem exactly 5 months later, on Av 1, which was a Friday.
Daniel 9:25 clearly states that… “from the going forth of the commandment to restore and rebuild Jerusalem unto Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks and threescore weeks…” which totals 7 weeks (7x7 = 49 years) and sixty-two weeks (62x7 = 434 years) which total 69 Jewish weeks, or sabbatical years, 69x7 = a total of 483 years.
Tishri 1, 26 AD, new Jewish year 3787, divides equally by 7, which is considered the beginning of fall by the Jews, was the opening of the next Sabbatical year. 3787 minus 483 years – 3304.
Tishri 1, Jewish year 3787, in 26 AD, was the beginning of the LAST week of the prophecy, DANIEL’S 70th week!
(There is absolutely NO pause from the END of the ’69 weeks” on Elul 29, of 26 AD, the end of 483rd year, to the opening of Tishri 1, the next day which opened new Jewish year 3787, the opening of a new 7 year cycle), which was the beginning of the next and last sabbatical cycle of Daniel’s 70 Weeks.
483 years is the “seven weeks,” and “threescore and two weeks” (69 weeks / 483 years) in Daniel 9:25 and 26.
Jewish year 3304 (457 BC) was the first year of Daniel’s “Seventy Sevens” and can be proven to be a Jewish sabbatical year!
Carefully note that Daniel 9:26 says: “And AFTER threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself”…
And He was… He was officially fully cut off 3.5 years AFTER the beginning
of the 70th week, (beginning in the Fall of Tishri 1, 26 AD, to the Cross in the Spring of 30 AD = 3.5 years), because of the unbelief of national Judah! Matthew 27:24-25 says: “When Pilate saw that he could prevail nothing, but that rather a tumult was made, he took water, and washed his hands before the multitude, saying, I am innocent of the blood of this just person: see ye to it. Then answered all the people, and said, His blood be on us, and on our children.” Actually, Yeshua, the Messiah of all Israel was “cut off” by the leaders of Judah at the very beginning of His ministry to them. His authority over them was questioned from the start, as evidenced in the parable He related to them about “the ten servants and the ten pounds”…in Luke 19:14: “But his citizens hated him, and sent a message after him, saying, We will not have this man to reign over us.”
From the opening of the 70th Week, immediately AFTER the 483rd year
of the prophecy, Jesus began to be “cut off” beginning with His baptism, because NATIONAL Judah would not accept the Voice that came out of Heaven that said: “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased” Matthew 3:16-17, nor did they even bother to wonder about “the dove in the form of the Holy Spirit descending upon him.”
Three years later, Jesus and His disciples obviously observed the Feast of Passover on Tuesday afternoon, Abib 13. A little after sundown that evening, changed into Wednesday, Abib 14, the official day of Passover. Jesus instituted the Lord’s Supper, and after Judas left to make arrangements for selling Jesus, He made some closing comments to the 11, and then they left out for the Garden of Gethsemane where Jesus suffered severe agony by Himself. This was during the night of Wednesday, the 14th. He was arrested, probably in the middle of that Wednesday night, brought before Caiaphas and the Sanhedrin where they spit in Jesus’ face and further tortured Him. He was then given over to Pilate in the judgment hall where His torture continued.
The books of Matthew, Mark and Luke are calculated on Jewish time, the book of John is calculated on Roman time. Jewish time has 3 ‘night watches,’ and Roman time has 4 ‘night watches.’ There are exactly 168 hours in a 7 day week, from the end of the Sabbath evening to the end of the next Sabbath evening, 24x7=168 hours, with Wednesday morning at 6 a.m. being the exact MIDDLE, the 3.5th position of 7 days, “in the midst of” the week, which is the 84th hour of the week.
In Roman time, “the 6th hour” of the day was 6 a.m., the exact MIDDLE hour of a 7 day week which was the 84th hour. It was during that exact MIDDLE hour of the 7 week that Pilate announced to national Judah and Benjamin: “BEHOLD YOUR KING” in the Roman “sixth hour” at 6 a.m. in John 19:14, after which the Jews cried out… “Away with him, away with him, crucify him…we have no king but Caesar.” Moreover, after the final rejection of Jesus by national Judah in the MIDDLE ON WEDNESDAY, by the Jewish authorities, Pilot wrote a title that was put on the Cross for ALL to see, in the MIDDLE of those three crosses which said “JESUS OF NAZARETH THE KING OF THE JEWS” which was written in Hebrew, Greek and Latin, John 19:20.
IN THE MIDST OF…IN THE MIDDLE… of Daniel’s “Seventieth Week,” at the END of the first half of the 70th week, upon the resurrection of God the Father’s “Savior of the World” in the 486 ½ year of the prophecy…ONLY the last 3.5 years of the ‘70th’ week yet awaited to be fulfilled. (486.5 years + 3.5 years = 490 years).
There is ONLY one time throughout all history when this most important task in all Heaven and Earth could have been accomplished: At the Cross, with Jesus’ own sacrifice of His shed blood spilt for the sin of all mankind, when that precious blood was applied to the Altar in Heaven! The accomplishment of this single, vital mission for which God’s own Son came to Earth was to be the once and for all Atonement for sin which fulfilled all 6 of those requirements…inside the FIRST half of Daniel’s “70th week.”
From the opening of the 70th week from the fall of Tishri 1, 26 AD, Jewish year 3787, to the spring of 30 AD, Jewish year 3790, is 3.5 years.
The death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ occurred in the Spring of 30 AD, AFTER the ‘69th week, the 483rd year, in the midst of the 70th week of Daniel), just like verse 26 says: “He is cut off…but not for himself.”
National Judah cut Jesus off from them… and Jesus cut Himself off from national Judah (and all Israel) IN THE MIDDLE OF Daniel’s 70th week!
According to the Rosetta Calendar, Abib 1, opened on a Thursday, which allowed the spring of 30 AD to begin a year of perfect order. This particular calendar arrangement was imperative for Christ’s work of Redemption. This type of calendar year allowed Jesus to fulfill Zechariah 9:9 “on the tenth day of the first month,” Abib 10, (Exodus 12:2-9) on a Sabbath, in order to choose out each family’s lamb for inspection, just as Exodus 12 instructed Moses, when the Lord changed His calendar…but this one time, on this singular day in all history past and future, it would be “the Lamb of God” Himself who would be riding into Jerusalem on that special prophetic colt in order to present Himself as the One and Only qualified Lamb, worthy enough to atone for the sin of all mankind if only one would willingly reach out and trust and believe in His singular sacrifice for them on that SABBATH “day of days.” That allowed Abib 14, four days later to fall on Wednesday, in the midst of the 7 day week, on the Feast of Passover, the DAY OF THE CROSS in the MIDDLE of SEVEN, the beginning of the Feast of Unleavened Bread opening at the end of the 14th / the beginning of Thursday, the 15th, to the beginning of Friday, the 16th thru to the end of the Sabbath, Abib 17 / beginning of Abib 18, Sunday, which fulfilled the “three (full) days and the three (full) nights” which began the Feast of Firstfruits, Resurrection Day, immediately upon the close of the Sabbath.
In a year of perfect order, according to the Rosetta Calendar, Resurrection Day on Abib 18, Sunday, is ALWAYS IN THE MIDST OF the 8 days of Passover week!
*A very important fact: According to the Rosetta Calendar:
There were ONLY 2 years -- from 24 AD to 37 AD that were years of perfect order: Abib 1, 27 AD, and Abib 1, 30 AD.
It was an ABSOLUTE REQUIREMENT that Jesus’ 3 years of ministry to Judah would begin and end in a year of perfect order, especially the ending, as He HAD to die ON WEDNESDAY, IN THE MIDDLE OF THE 7 DAY WEEK…when His Father’s plan for His spiritual rescue of mankind took place IN THE MIDST OF SEVEN, just as His physical rescue will begin IN THE MIDST OF OF SEVEN [not only for His TRUE Church, IN THE MIDDLE OF DANIEL’S 70TH WEEK, but also for the Tribulation remnant, both Jew and Gentile in the MIDDLE OF THE SEVEN YEARS OF TRIBULATION at the close of the LAST half of Daniel’s Week] in order that the Lord might:
“revive His work in the midst of years, in the midst of years make known”…FIRST to the Jews, and THEN to the Gentiles! By so graciously doing this, the Lord will surely remember mercy during His wrath for His own chosen remnant, just as the prophet Habakkuk prayed.
Jesus paused and put a hold on the ongoing progression of the 70th Week of Daniel in the Spring of 30 AD, after He fulfilled the first half of the “70th Week” and after His “cut off” by the majority of Jews of that day, which continues thru today. The first half of the WEEK was FINISHED by Messiah the Prince at the Cross, when He finished the Dispensation of the Law, as evidenced by His words from the Cross, “it is FINISHED.” The first half of the WEEK ended in the first part of Daniel 9:26 where it says: “And after threescore and two weeks (plus the 7 weeks in verse 25) shall Messiah be cut off but not for himself.” A period should have been put there in the KJV instead of a semicolon. Of course the “cut off” by the Jews was ordained by God so that He could begin the “Age of Grace”- the “Church Age” for the calling out of the Gentile remnant in the intervening years.
The latter part of verse 26 thru to the end of the prophecy in verse 27 in Daniel 9, concerns “the prince and the people of the prince that shall come and destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of war desolations are determined….” Of course this is speaking of the world’s LAST king, the Beast, who will be endued with power from the Dragon and filled with the most wicked, ancient spirit of Nimrod, the world’s FIRST king, just as John wrote in Revelation 17: twice in verse 8, and 10 and 11, and Nahum 1, (the prophecy against Nineveh, the capitol city of the Assyrian Empire and its king,“the wicked counselor”) in verses 9-15.
Just as the FIRST half of Daniel’s 70th WEEK was fulfilled under the rule of LAW, the LAST half of the 70th WEEK (and the whole 70 Weeks) will be fulfilled under the rule of LAW, as after the dispensation of GRACE will close with the close of the Church Age, the Lord will return back to the system of LAW for the years of the Tribulation and forward, thru to the end of 1,000 years of the Millennial Kingdom.
It will be in the MIDDLE of the 7 years of Tribulation, at the close of Daniel’s 70 Weeks that: “the mystery of God should be finished” by the FULL revelation to the righteous of Who God’s own Son, Jesus Christ truly was and is to the Jews (and the Gentiles) from the very beginning of their history: Elohim: The plural form of EL, meaning “strong one.” El Shaddaib: “God Almighty.” El Elyon: “The Most High God.” El Olam: “The Everlasting God.” Yahweh (YHWH): “God as the independent and self-existent God of revelation and redemption.” Yahweh Jireh (Yireh): “The Lord will provide.” Yahweh Nissi: “The Lord is my Banner.” Yahweh Shalom: “The Lord is Peace.” Yahweh Sabbaoth: “The Lord of Hosts.” Yahweh Maccaddeshcem: “The Lord your Sanctifier.” Yahweh Ro’i: “The Lord my Shepherd.” Yahweh Tsidkenu: “The Lord our Righteousness.” Yahweh Shammah: “The Lord is there.” Yahweh Elohim Israel: “The Lord, the God of Israel.
The Seventy Weeks of Daniel BEGAN in a Jewish sabbatical year, and they must END in a Jewish sabbatical year.
Jesus came into Israel after the 69th week of the prophecy, and fulfilled the FIRST half of the 70th WEEK of the prophecy with His death, burial and resurrection.
Judah cut off Jesus at the end of the FIRST half of the 70th WEEK, as well as Jesus cut off JUDAH at the same time, which left a 1,988 year gap in time between the fulfillment of the FIRST half of the 70th WEEK and the resumption of the LAST half of the 70th WEEK.
Daniel 9,12, and Revelation 10,11 and 12 count out the days exactly for the resumption and fulfillment of the LAST half of the 70th WEEK in the midst of a Jewish 7 year sabbatical cycle in order that the 70th WEEK can END inside another Jewish sabbatical year.
The Jewish “time shall be no more” in Revelation 10 and 11 especially, will take place at the blowing of the Seventh Trumpet in the midst of the 7 years of the Tribulation, when “time, times and half a time” will take place at the end of the Day of Atonement, in the midst of seven, at which time “the mystery of God shall be (fully) revealed” when Jewish “time shall be or more” …at the CLOSE of Daniel’s 70th WEEK, in the MIDDLE of the 7 year Tribulation, when Jesus will assume His accession to His royal Throne for evermore.
As said before, Jesus PAUSED, in the spring of 30 AD, putting “a hold” on the years for the ongoing spiritual progression of national Israel as a
whole, until He will resume His program for Judah, Israel and the whole world at the beginning of the 7 years of the Tribulation.
From 30 AD to 2018 AD is 1,988 years, which is “the Age of Grace,” / “the Church Age.
The FIRST half of Daniel’s 70th WEEK opened in the Fall of 26 AD, Jewish year 3787.
The FIRST half of Daniel’s 70th WEEK was FINISHED by Messiah the Prince at the Cross, in the Spring of 30 AD, Jewish year 3790.
The LAST half of Daniel’s 70th week will begin in the Spring of 2018 AD, Jewish year 5778, if what I am showing is correct.
The LAST half of Daniel‘s 70th Week will end in the middle of the Tribulation on the 1263 ½ day, in the Fall of 2021 AD, just after the opening of Israel’s next Sabbatical year on Tishri 1, Jewish year 5782.
Daniel 9:26 and verse 27 are absolutely referring to the THE BEGINNING OF THE MIDDLE of God’s 7 years with the pouring out of His severe, unrestrained judgment and wrath upon the remaining wicked because it is the BEAST and his people who will tread down the city of Jerusalem for the LAST 3.5 years of those 7 years, i.e. the LAST 42 months of the total of 84 months of 7 Jewish years for the Tribulation which will end in the Spring of 2025 AD, Jewish year 5785.
This is one of the most important points of this paper: that of just how a pure, holy new sabbatical cycle would emerge out of the middle of the present cycle of Israel.
Because the LAST half of Daniel's 70th Week MUST be completed in the first half of God's 7 year Tribulation, IF He begins the Tribulation this coming SPRING on April 1, 2018, on the Feast of Firstfruits, then 7 years later, the end of the Tribulation will complete in the SPRING of 2025, at which time WHEN Yeshua Messiah will be escorting His whole pure and holy Jewish remnant over the Jordan River into their pure and restored Land for the final time. That will be in the MIDDLE of Israel's present 7 year Sabbatical cycle which opened previously on Tishri 1, 2021. Because the Lord will have made all things new and holy, THEN on Tishri 1, in the FALL of 2025, He would begin His new, holy, eternal 7 year sabbatical cycle which He will be able to accept and enjoy FOREVER. 10 days later on Tishri 10, the trumpet of Jubilee will blow on the Day of Atonement, which will inaugurate the first holy Jubilee Year of the Messianic Kingdom, and continue forward from that point throughout eternity, as the 50th year after the previous 49 years, which is really Year 1 of the next 49 years.
If the Lord chooses not to begin the above pattern in this upcoming “midst of seven” this coming Spring of 2018 - 5778 for the opening of the last half of the 70th week so that 3 ½ years later will open the next sabbatical year in the Fall of 2021 – 5782, the next “midst of seven” will not be until the Spring of 2025 - 5785, when 3 ½ years later in the Fall, the next sabbatical year will open in 2028 - 5789.
“My son, eat thou honey, because it is good; and the honeycomb, which is sweet to thy taste: So shall the knowledge of wisdom be unto thy soul: when thou hast found it, then there shall be a reward, and thy expectation shall not be cut off.”