Gary studies the Word of God and shares what he learns freely. He has a Ph.D. from the Bible University of Canada.
Israel God's Time Piece
Introduction to Israel is God’s timepiece
There is no question in my mind that Israel is God’s timepiece. As you recall, we last were in Daniel chapter nine and will continue with Daniel 9.26. In looking at verse 25: (the sixty-nine weeks, seven plus sixty-two), with verse 27 being the 70th week, yet future. Verse 26 being the interval at the end of the sixty-two weeks, which means after the sixty-nine, and yet prior to the seventieth.
In this interval, at least two huge events will occur –
- the Messiah will be cut off (karat, executed) and
- the city and sanctuary will be destroyed.
So, if one was looking for the Messiah, you would look for someone presenting themselves on a donkey to Jerusalem prior to the destruction of the city of Jerusalem in 70 A.D. And, of course, we have a great candidate in mind.
Now the final week of the 70th week of Daniel’s prophecy, “And he will make a firm covenant with the many for one week, but in the middle of the week he will put a stop to sacrifice and grain offering; and on the wing of abominations will come one who makes desolate, even until a complete destruction, one that is decreed, is poured out on the one who makes desolate.” (Daniel 9.27)
They Saw the God of Israel
God's wrath is an event you do not want to be around for at any time. It is characterized by a coming world leader who is enforcing a covenant for seven years. But in the middle of the seven years, he establishes an idol in the Holy of Holies in the Temple of God; this is called the Abomination of Desolation. It will be a major pollical event worldwide covered by all the networks.
The last half of the seven-year period is labeled by our Lord Jesus Christ as “The Great Tribulation.” He was quoting from Daniel chapter 12 in his briefing to His disciples. If one checks one will find this is the most documented period of time in the entire Bible.
"The Great Tribulation" will bring about the greatest time of trouble ever to come upon mankind. I have written extensively on this period of time known as “the last days,” or “the end time.” (2 Timothy 3:1; Daniel 12:4, New American Bible) It will be “tribulation such as has not occurred from the beginning of the creation that God created until that time, and will not occur again.” (Mark 13:19; Daniel 12:1; Matthew 24:21, 22)
It is spoken of in many places as a seven-year period, the two haves as three and a half-year each, each half is also called forty-two months or 1,260 days. Obviously, it’s very literal and very climatic because it ends with the Second Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ. Get ready.
In a sense, Israel’s timepiece has been stopped. It was stopped by Jesus Christ in Luke 19 explicitly. The clock has one seven-year period left to be a runoff. If one studies the Scriptures carefully, it would seem that there are many more and more reasons to suspect that the seven-year period is NOT so far away.
We Are Living in the Last Days
The 490 Year Period of Israel
Something worth noting is that the “seventy-sevens” is the fourth 490-year period in Israel’s history regardless of what you may have heard otherwise. It seems if you take the calendar years and subtract the time Israel is out of favor, you always end up with a 490-year period.
When we were in Genesis and Exodus and looked at the period from Abraham to the Exodus, which was 505 years, until you subtract the fifteen years of Ismael as an implicit usurper, then you have 490 years. From Exodus to the Temple is 601 years. But the six servitudes in Judges add up to 111 years.
Take the 111 years from the 601 years and again you get 490 years. From the Temple to the Decree of Artaxerxes is 560 years, but you subtract the seventy years of captivity you again get 490 years. When Jesus Christ instructed His disciples to forgive “seventy times seven” it may have been more than a figure of speech – that was an apparent threshold in Israel’s own history!
End Times Chart
Daniel chapter 10 through 12
Daniel 10 is a very provocative chapter in the Bible. Anyone who thinks differently has not read the chapter. Daniel had fasted for twenty-one days (not recommended for anyone) and at the end of that period an angel appeared who apparently had been dispatched twenty-one days earlier, but for twenty-one days had been withstood by someone called “the Prince of the Kingdom of Persia.”
This wasn’t the literal king of Persia, but was a demonic presence of some kind for twenty-one days he was fighting with him until Michael came to join him; Michael is called “the Chief Prince.”
The term “prince” here is a term for angels. He explained to Daniel that he was held up for these twenty-one days. He told him “As soon as I give you these visions, I’ve got to go back and deal with the Prince of the Power of Greece.”
Before Michael leaves, he gives Daniel what we call Daniel chapters 11 and 12 which are rather complex. They include a detailed profile of the subsequent kings of both the Seleucid and Ptolemaic Dynasties which are warring with each other over several centuries.
The prophecies are so precise that critics have tried to late-date Daniel to the first or second century B.C. which is pure nonsense since it was translated into Greek in the third century B.C. It also contains a rather complete series of glimpse regarding the final world ruler that will prevail until the end, interrupted by the Second Coming of Jesus Christ.
End Time Prophecy
The Messiah and Israel's Future
My passion is Prophecy. The Scriptures are prophetic. J. Barton Payne wrote the Encyclopedia of Biblical Prophecy and according to it, there are over 8.352 verses in the Bible making over 1,800 predictions on over 737 separate matters. The main theme of Bible prophecy is obviously the Messiah, but there are other themes, too. Israel is the subject of all kinds of major predictions. Israel’s entire future is laid out in advance.
I Challenge You!
Just a few major themes of prophecies that have/are/will be emerging:
- The city of Babylon or systems of Babylon is the subject of some prophecies;
- Russia’s invasion of the Middle East is a major topic found in Ezekiel.
- The rise of China as a superpower is in the Scripture,
- As well as the emergence of a European Super State.
- The movement toward an ecumenical religion at the Last Days,
- The trend towards a global government
- And the rise of the occult is all predicted.
I believe we are being plunged into a period of time about which the Bible says more than it does about any other time in history, including the time Jesus Christ walked the Shores of Galilee or climbed the Mountains of Judea.
It is essential for you to challenge this preposterous statement by finding out what the Bible says about all these things and then carefully find out what is actually going on. It is the ultimate adventure!
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