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The Fourth Portion: Jacob’s Ladder – One Step Short

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Daniel 9:25-26


Daniel 9:25-26

. . . and sixty-two ‘sevens.’ It will be rebuilt with streets and a trench, but in times of trouble. After the sixty-two ‘sevens,’ the Anointed One will be put to death and will have nothing.

Ten men are working on a one construction site. Let us suppose that they are working for one whole week, and the project will be completed in this one week. Ten men work one week to complete this one project. If you please, keep this thought in mind.

When understanding Daniel’s sixty-two “sevens”, these numbers are added with another seven “sevens” and a one “seven” to mean, “seventy-sevens” in the scripture. These numbers when multiplied “seventy times seven” equal a number of four hundred and ninety. This multiplication of these numbers often set the theological direction of what the numbers mean and represent. These numbers are also assumed to be years which would mean four hundred and ninety years. The number four hundred and ninety years is then placed into various “end times or prophetic” systems that set up or point out some prophetic future event or events.

Returning to the example of the men working, the word “sevens” in the Hebrew can also mean “weeks”. If we took the sixty-two as persons who work a week, there would be sixty-two persons working one week, but there are actually seven weeks. If look from a different perspective at the sixty- two “sevens”, seven “sevens” and one “seven”, we may not see seven weeks for the sixty-two workers. In the case of seven “sevens”, we could logically assume “seven workers” work “seven weeks”. We could also logically assume “one worker” works “one week”. This logic does not at this point solve “sixty-two workers” working “seven weeks”. In this essay, one goal is to see, understand and identify sixty-two persons working a seven weeks. The sixty-two persons represent “Israel” who has to work these seven “weeks”. How we arrive at the “seven weeks” will be handled with each specific story which are also understood as “weeks”. We will be looking at seven different stories. There are many other ways to figure out how Israel works only “seven weeks”. Walking through the specific stories should enlighten one’s viewpoint to seeing the “seven weeks”.

This essay is mainly help identify the seven weeks or stories that Israel has to fulfil with sixty-two workers.

Weeks are essentially seven important Biblical stories. They are called weeks based on the “format” that they follow in terms of identifying them. They are also called week because weeks have specific objectives to complete and fulfil. In the case of Israel, all of Israel’s weeks follow a 42 to 42 in structure and format meaning 42 hours to 42 hours. These numbers are about specific amount of time needed to complete the week and not about numerology. The important aspect is the value of the “hour” to help read and understand the week. For example, an hour can be equal to a “year” or maybe a “generation”. In one case, an hour is a station or place where Israel visits. The value of the hour is found by "the time period of the story divided by eighty four will give the hour structure of the week. The eighty four is split into two parts to better understand and read the week. The week has certain events that help to identify the week. These important events are: (1) begin event, (2) middle event (3) end event and when possible, (4) interval events. Israel has seven weeks and sixty-two workers. When looking at a normal week, the understanding of the week is based on the day. A day has twelve hours. Half a week, three and half day, has forty two hours. The other half has another forty two hours. This is how a week has a time line of 42 to 42 hours.

Jacob’s Ladder and Trouble - readings: Genesis 28 / Genesis 34; Jeremiah 30:7; Daniel 12:1

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There are only seven steps. Jacob needs an eighth step. Steps are troublesome.

Metaphorically, Jacob (Israel) has built seven steps. Jacob (Israel) needs an "Eighth Step". Jacob (Israel) endures lots of “trouble” seven times to build the seven steps. The steps are stories which are better understood as “weeks”. The weeks are real bloody stories. All of these stories or weeks are “troublesome” for Jacob. The missing “Eighth Step” is also a problem and trouble for Jacob because without the “Eighth Step”, Jacob cannot step into heaven.

The “Eighth Step” is still missing so long the builder does not build it. Only one other builder can build this “Eighth Step”. The “Eighth Step” is also a very troublesome story and week. Will this other person build the “Eighth Step”? We do not know at this time, and it has not been built. We will not know discuss the “Eighth Step” in this essay, but we will identify and survey Jacob’s seven steps (weeks and stories).

Israel's seven weeks are like the seven days in the Passion Week. If Jesus walked through the seven days and there was no "Eighth Day", Jesus would not have risen from the dead. These seven weeks or stories are very important to the "Eighth Week" or story. The seven weeks and the Eighth week are dependent of each other.

Jacob is named Israel after wrestling with God. (Genesis 32) In the year 1948 Israel, all of Israel's seven weeks have been fulfilled. Jacob's ladder is still one step short of stepping into heaven.




It's easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to make a blues record. Hugh Laurie

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Week 1. Joseph in Egypt – The eldest dies. Reading: Genesis 37; Genesis 39 thru 41:1-46

Every bad situation is a blues song waiting to happen. Amy Winehouse

Joseph, a teenager, has fourteen years of living out one blues song after another. For one, his brothers take away his special “coat of many colours”. He then lands in the pit. When a merchant caravan passes their way, they sell him into slavery. He is bought by Potifer in Egypt. While as a slave, he is accused by his slave owner’s wife for making advances to her. As he ran from her, she rips his clothing, and he ran off naked. This lands him in prison. While in prison, he helps out a baker and a cupbearer who then forget about him when they get out of prison. Joseph spends time in prison until he is called to interpret pharaoh’s dream.

This story creates one beautiful week which is called “Joseph in Egypt”. The action and purpose of this week is “the eldest dies” which fulfills the first part of Joshua 6:26. Joseph is sparred from dying and being the sacrifice. The baker performs the duty and sacrifice, and is hung on a tree. This week is fourteen years long. In looking at “Israel’s week format”, it is 42 to 42 hours with an hour equal to two months. This is Israel’s first week. The three main points of interest to follow in the story begins with one, the coat of many colours. Two, Joseph loses his clothing when he runs from Potifer’s wife. When Joseph is given the leadership position of Egypt where he is second only to Pharoah, he becomes, point three, new clothing of a leader. This is the "Joseph in Egypt Week", week one of Israel's seven weeks, and is fulfilled. The intention of this week is “the eldest dies”.

Climate change is like seven ugly and gaunt cows eating seven sleek, fat cows.

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Week 2. Simeon and the Famine – The land dies. - – Genesis 41:47 thru Genesis 47:27

The Simeon and the Famine week time line is fourteen years. Seven years will be of great abundance. Seven years will be famine. Simeon has two meanings “hearing” and “there is sin”. “There is sin” reflects two different situations. The first is the reality that the brothers are confronted with their sin against their brother, Joseph, who is a ruler in Egypt. The other reason is “the sin” Simeon and Levi committed when they killed the men in Shechem. The Shechem incident will be a dark reminding cloud throughout the whole of Israel’s story especially when they are “working” any of the seven weeks.


The land plays a very important part to Israel’s being. The land is a promise that goes hand and hand with the promise of Israel becoming a great nation of people. In this case, the land dies. The promise of the promise land dies. When the land dies, there is no chance of “fulfilling the promise of many children”. The understanding of the land and its connection with the Israel people is the whole of the Bible story. There is great tension over this land of promise to this peculiar people. Israel is again in the “promised” land, and the tension over this land continues today.

This week is 7 years and 7year years with an hour being two months. In terms of hours, the week is a 42 to 42 hour week. The fact that they bring their youngest brother plays an important part to understanding the second half of Joshua 6:26 where the gate is set up with the death of the youngest.

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The week sputters out with no real “fulfilled element” in the end except that they survive the famine by moving to Egypt and Joseph. The workers needed for this week is twelve workers which are the twelve brothers. This is the “Simeon and the Famine week” which is week two of Israel’s seven weeks and is fulfilled. The intention of this week is “the land dies”.

He (Moses) took us 40 years through the desert in order to bring us to the one spot in the Middle East that has no oil! Golda Meir

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Week 3. Levi and the Desert- The priests die. Reading: Exodus 12 thru Joshua 6

In the story of the wilderness, Israel spent forty years wandering with the lead of God. These forty years become a standard of time “to measure” the life period of a generation. This means that a generation is measured by forty years. A generation enters and dies in the wilderness. A generation lives and leaves the wilderness. This is important to understand. It is more important to understand the three priests die, Mariam, Aaron and Moses die with this generation who does not enter the “promised land”. They do not enter Jericho. Interestingly, Israel visits forty two stations while wandering the desert. The time line is forty years, but to measure the week is set in the stations. The week format is set in the places visited which when split in two, 21 and 21 stations. Every two hours is one station if one is looking for a time line to follow, but Israel does not stay the same amount of time at each of the different stations. The hard task of breaking down the names helps to understand this week because some of the station’s names mirror the meaning of the day’s name. For instance, the first station is “Raamses” which means “the god, Re, has begotten him”. The name of the first day in looking at a week’s format is “Reuben” which means “behold a son”.


The “middle of the week” which is the “the lifting of the bronze snake” does not fall in the middle. The middle of the week event falls closer to the end of the week by Zalmonah station. To refresh this story, the Israelites are bitten by snakes. To be healed, all they had to do in faith was look at the bronze snake that was lifted up on the pole. Jesus refers to himself in his time as “the snake being lifted up” in reference to the cross.

The priests, Moses, Aaron and Mariam, die in the wilderness; the priests die. The name of the week is “Levi” which means “joined to”. This whole story has a lot to do with Moses being “joined to” God or actually being like god. Aaron was his mouth piece meaning Aaron spoke for god. The objective of the week is “the priests die”. There are forty two stations or locations that Israel visits while wandering in the wilderness. The time period is forty years.

The week ends when Jericho falls. The workers needed for this week is twelve workers which are the twelve brothers or in this case, twelve tribes to represent “twelve workers”. This is the “Levi and the Desert Week” which is week three of Israel’s seven weeks and is fulfilled. The intention of the week is “the priests die”.

And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH. Revelation 17:5

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Week 4. Judah and Babylon – The king dies. Reading: 2 Kings 22 thru Ezra 4 – Jeremiah thru Daniel

The Judah exiled in Babylon week is interesting because it is postponed and prophesized in the time of Hezekiah (2 Kings 20). The begin event for this week is Josiah is crowned king. The fall of Jerusalem, destruction of the temple and disposal of Zedekiah with his eyes gouged out are the middle event of the week. The end of the week event sputters out with Zerubbabel and exiles returning to Jerusalem. This is a 42 to 42 hours week with an hour equal to a year. The week is 42 years to 42 years.

Judah means “praise”, but there is no praise for this week. The line of kings under the tribe of Judah ends here although a succession of possible kings continues with each generation until child is born with the couple, Joseph and Mary. The next succession of kings of Israel is picked up in the time of the Maccabees. The Maccabees are not from the tribe of Judah. They are from the tribe of Levi. A priest should not be king. When Jesus is born, the sitting king is from the tribe of Levi.

The week officially ends when the second half of the forty two years comes to an end.. The workers needed for this week is twelve workers which are the twelve brothers or the twelve tribes. Each tribe represents “one worker”. This is the “Judah and Babylon Week” which is week four of Israel’s seven weeks and is fulfilled. The intention of this week is “the king dies”.


he that is an hireling, and not the shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, seeth the wolf coming, and leaveth the sheep, and fleeth: and the wolf catcheth them,

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Week 5. Issachar and Jerusalem 70 AD –The hired man dies. - Readings: Luke 21:5-38 / Mark 13:1-2

Some of his disciples were remarking about how the temple was adorned with beautiful stones and with gifts dedicated to God. But Jesus said, “As for what you see here, the time will come when not one stone will be left on another; every one of them will be thrown down.”
Luke 21:5-38 (NIV)

As Jesus was leaving the temple, one of his disciples said to him, “Look, Teacher! What massive stones! What magnificent buildings!”

“Do you see all these great buildings?” replied Jesus. “Not one stone here will be left on another; every one will be thrown down.”
Mark 13: 1-2 (NIV)


Other Readings: Antiquities of the Jews - Of the War — Book VI by Flavius Josephus / Annals by Tacitus / Letters of Pliny the Younger and the Emperor Trajan 112 AD


This week, Issachar the hired man, has only two scriptural references which are Mark 13:1-2 and Luke 21:5-38. To actually follow this week, the writings of Josephus, Tacitus and Pliny have to be read. The story jumps out of the scripture and into the perspective of historical writers. God might have wanted this story to be told from the historical perspective. The Issachar is told from a historical perspective from historical writers and letters.

The middle of the week, the fall of Jerusalem in 70 AD, is the key to unloading this week or story. One begins from the middle and look for the beginning and the end. It is important to understand the week has a 42 to 42 hour format with an hour being one year. Count back forty two years from 70 AD, the year is 28 AD. This means that Jesus ministry begins in 28 AD. Jesus starts this week; Jesus is the “hired man” when looking at the Passion Week. When the week shifts in the Passion Week, Good Friday becomes the fifth day, Issachar, the hired man. Jesus is the “hired man” in the Passion Week. 28 AD has logical argument because of the Julian calendar which begins at 2 BC. There are good arguments that Jesus was born in the year 2 BC. The Issachar week begins in 28 AD.

The point of reference of the fall of Jerusalem 70 AD is the also the basis to preterism which is an eschatological perspective that prophecies of the scriptures events had taken place. This time line for the preterist theorists begins with Daniel to the first century at the destruction of Jerusalem 70 AD. The preterist thought is more than just a view point. The view point is viewed by some as doctrine. By taking a preterist’s view point, the concept of Israel having seven weeks or stories would be preposterous except when preterists today preach a “tribulation week”. These preterists are “partial preterists”. To argue that the preterist or preterism is wrong and that 70 AD is about a week is a waste of time. It would be like trying to force a colour blind person see other colours. The biggest problem is that whole doctrines are built on the incident on Jerusalem falling in 70 AD. Looking forward 42 years years, there is the Pliny with a question in 112 AD. The week as far as event ends anticlimactic except for the fact the Christians will be persecuted until 312 AD.

The Issachar week begins with Jesus ministry in 28 AD. The middle of the week is exactly in the middle with the Fall of Jerusalem in 70 AD. The week ends in 112 AD with a question from Pliny to the emperor which is “what to do with the Christians?” The workers needed for this week is twelve workers which are the twelve brothers or the twelve tribes. Each tribe represents “one worker”. This is the “Issachar and Jerusalem 70 AD Week” which is week five of Israel’s seven weeks and is fulfilled. The intention of this week is “the hired man dies”.

Who has believed our message and to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed? Isaiah 53:1

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Week 6. Zebulun and the Holocaust – Death in the Glorious dwelling place. Reading: Isaiah 53

Readings: Holocaust (various writings), Zionism (various writings), Israel state 1948 (various writings), UN resolution 3379, 1975 and UN Resolution 46/48 1991.


The holocaust begins with a ideology, Zionism, or maybe it begins with one person, Theodor Herzl. Zionism was around before Herzl started an important movement in the year 1897. The week is a week that Israel completes, works and fulfils. We move to a more definite visual time period which is the Holocaust which is from 1933 to 1945. Now, interestingly, 42 years forward from1897, we are in the middle of the Holocaust, 1939. This is the point of the middle of the week.

From 1933 to 1945, the Holocaust is a “hidden campaign”. Ironically, the Holocaust begins in Dachau, Germany in 1933 and finds it end in 1945 when American troops discover the camp. When the US soldiers entered this camp in 1945, a situation happened in in Dachau which became an international scandal. The week is called “Zebulun which means “glorious dwelling place”. The holocaust was in a sense a “glorious dwelling place”. It was a extreme sacrifice that can best be understood through the scriptures Isaiah 53, the suffering servant. Six million Jews died in the camps in the twelve years, the twelve hours of the week. The week sputters out with two UN resolutions one in 1975 and the other in 1991.

The Zebulun week is a 42 to 42 hour week with an hour being a year. The week begins in 1897. The most important part of identifying the week is the fourth day, the Holocaust which is a twelve hour count in twelve years. An interesting question was poised in this time which was the “Jewish Question”, what are we to about the Jews? Ironically, a somewhat similar question was asked by Pliny in 112 AD. The workers needed for this week is twelve workers which are the twelve brothers or the twelve tribes. Each tribe represents “one worker”. This is the “Zebulun and Holocaust Week” which is week six of Israel’s seven weeks and is fulfilled. The intention of this week is “death in the glorious dwelling place”.

It is as natural to die as to be born; and to a little infant, perhaps, the one is as painful as the other. - Francis Bacon

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Week 7. Benjamin and the Death of Rachel’s children – The youngest dies.


Readings: History of Israel after the diaspora 70 AD / History of Christianity / Maccabees

This is what the Lord says:

“A voice is heard in Ramah,

mourning and great weeping,

Rachel weeping for her children

and refusing to be comforted,

because they are no more.”
Jeremiah 31:15 (NIV)

Then what was said through the prophet Jeremiah was fulfilled:

“A voice is heard in Ramah,

weeping and great mourning,

Rachel weeping for her children

and refusing to be comforted,

because they are no more.”
Matthew 2:17_18

The Benjamin Week is Israel’s longest week. This week begins with the birth of Abraham. The middle of the week is forty two generations from Abraham’s birth. This middle of the week event is the death of Rachel’s children which happens at the time of Jesus birth. The week ends technically when Israel becomes a nation in 1948, but there remains time left to run out. Probably, there is about 150 years left or around 3 hours left on the week. If we knew the exact year Abraham was born, we could place the exact year the week would end.

A much more simple way of reading this week is to read the metaphor story which begins with Abraham thru the Isaac thru to Jacob being named Israel. (Genesis 11:26 thru Genesis 32). This week fulfils the second half of Joshua 6:26 which involve the youngest and setting the door or gate. The time line from 312 BC to 312 AD plays a larger role in understanding this week because of the Maccabees rule Jerusalem, and Herod, a “Maccabee” orders the slaughter of the babies. Constantine is on the other side of the time line where Christianity becomes a “state religion” and eventually, Christianity becomes the official religion of the Roman Empire. Abraham, Isaac and Jacob is scattered for about 2000 years. The death of “Benjamin” or Rachel’s children fulfilled the sacrifice where Israel is again on the scene in 1948.
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he workers needed for this week is one worker which are all the babies slaughter at the time of Christ birth. The babies represent “Benjamin, the youngest” who was Rachel’s child. The slaughter of the innocent represents “one worker”. This is the “Benjamin and death of Rachel’s children Week” which is week seven of Israel’s seven weeks and is fulfilled in 1948. This is Israel’s last week. The intention of this week is “the youngest dies”.

Even if there was a hand, it was the hand of God. Diego Maradona.

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The Eighth Week (The Eighth Day)

This is the day the Lord has made;
We will rejoice and be glad in it.

Psalm 118:24 (NKJV)


This essay was a brief attempt to help identify Israel’s seven weeks. These weeks are often overlooked because many have separated the old covenant and new covenant as two different ages. One is the law. The other is grace. Many who exclude Israel out of the promise because of a “New Covenant” do not understand the importance of Israel’s seven weeks. “Jacob’s ladder” is not complete until the Eight Week is fulfilled.

These seven weeks or at least, the understanding the fullness of the stories lay out the seven acts or movements before a eighth act or week or story can take place. Israel fulfilled and complete the seventh week in 1948. If the seven weeks or stories were not fulfilled and completed, there will not be a Eighth Week and the eighth week would be of no use. The weeks are hanging on each other. A comparison would be Jesus not walking through the seven days that lead up to the Eight Day. There would be no resurrection without suffering in the case of the Passion Week.

Israel’s seven weeks are very important to a future eighth week that Israel is not tasked to fulfil. The Eighth Week is called the First Resurrection Week, a seven year week with a Eighth Day, which is written about in the book of Revelation. Hopefully, with reading the scriptures and now being able to identify the weeks, the importance and significance of the seven weeks will bring new light in understanding the redemption, revelation, reconciliation, resurrection and kingdom story. When the Eight Week, First Resurrection Week, is fulfilled, the resurrection of the dead and then the living will happen on the Eighth Day.

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