We're told that the purpose of ALL of the 70
seven-year periods in Daniel 9 are for this reason:
נֶחְתַּךְ עַל-עַמְּךָ וְעַל-עִיר קָדְשֶׁךָ, לְכַלֵּא הַפֶּשַׁע ולחתם
(וּלְהָתֵם) חטאות (חַטָּאת) וּלְכַפֵּר עָוֹן, וּלְהָבִיא, צֶדֶק עֹלָמִים;
וְלַחְתֹּם חָזוֹן וְנָבִיא, וְלִמְשֹׁחַ קֹדֶשׁ קָדָשִׁים.
|24 Seventy weeks are decreed upon thy people and upon thy holy
city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sin, and to
forgive iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal
vision and prophet, and to anoint the most holy
There's multiple reasons given, but
essentially, we can say that all of them involve God's dealings with the nation
of Israel. It has nothing to do with God and His dealings with America,
Canada, or other nations.
While the book of Revelation may include
references to God dealing with Israel, it was written to 7 Gentile Churches and
describes what will happen in the end times. There's no mention of a 7
year period anywhere in Revelation, or any hint that the various 3.5 year
periods it does mention have to fit into a single 7 year window as is commonly
taught. If we try to assembly the timing of the book of Revelation,
knowing that the 7 years of Dan 9:27 could fit into anyplace in the book of
Revelation, we will find that the timing of the book makes a lot more
I think the 7 years of Dan 9:27 will end at
Revelation 12:1, largely because Mathew 24 seems to tie them together that
way. Maybe it ends earlier, but certainly not later.
But we're told that the 3 Woes of Rev 8:13
must occur in chronological order because we're told:
is past; behold, there come two woes more
hereafter." (Rev 9:12)
woe is past; behold, the third woe cometh quickly. "
It's as if God put this in here because he
knew what error would come about and He wanted to make certain no one tried to
shoehorn these 3 woes into a 7 year window by telling us, specifically, that
they occure in chronological sequence. We have some timing information,
but it is incomplete.
Woe 1: (Rev
8:13-9:11) Rev 9:10 says at least 5 months.
Woe 2: (Rev
9:13-11:13) 1/3 of mankind destroyed, the 7 thunders, and 42 months of the two
Woe 3: (Rev
11:15 onward) Final 42 months before Messiah returns.
Now these 3 Woes are trumpets 5-7, so let's
backtrack this whole thing:
- Trumpet #1: (Rev 8:7 no timing clues) 1/3 of earth
destroyed by hail and fire
Trumpet #2: (Rev 8:8 no timing clues) 1/3
of sea creatures die, 1/3 of ships destroyed.
Trumpet #3: (Rev 8:10) Wormwood causes
Trumpet #4: (Rev 8:12) 1/3 of sun / stars
Trumpet #5: (announces Woe #1) - At least
- Trumpet #6: (announces Woe #2) - At least 42
- Trumpet #7: (announces Woe #3) - 42
We have some minimum timing clues on the
last 3 trumpets. I think the 7 years of Daniel 9:27 ends at the end of
Trumpet 6 and Trumpet 7 is after the abomination of desolation is set up.
Donna mentioned that there has to be time between trumpet 1 and 5 for grass to
grown back. Well, we're not given a whle lot of detail and if trumpet 1
only scorched the earth so as to leave the roots of the blades intact it could
grow back rather fast in the summer, but then not grow much at all in the
winter. Either the north or the southern hemisphere will be waiting
several months for it to grow back. But that might be irrelevant compared
to the fact that it would probably take longer to destroy 1/3 of the earth by
hail and fire than for it to grow back in the summer time under best case
conditions. A lot of United States forest land has been burned up by
wildfires this year. A lot in Russia has burned up as well.
However, Trumpet #5 announces the FIRST Woe,
not the third one. There's a trumpet that announces EACH of the 3
woes. So the whole issue of grass growing back only covers the time
between the 5 trumpets that don't give a period of months for some other reason
We don't know how long the first 4 trumpets
last. Could trumpets 1-6 fit into a 7 year period? Maybe. But
maybe it's longer than 7 years. Maybe it's shorter. I've heard some
people try to claim that trumpets 1-3 have been unfolding over the years, we
just haven't noticed. For example, 1/3 of the ships were destroyed in WW
II or WW I or maybe both combined. "Chernobyl" means "Wormwood" in
Russian, but I doubt that was trumpet #4. However, it may have been a
foreshadowing of what trumpet #4 will be about.
But it's no stretch to say that all of this
is going to take at least 8 years or more.