Robert who was raised in Hawaii lives out in the countryside of Augsburg, Germany today. He loves sharing the Passion Paradigm.
Daniel 7:25 NIV
He will speak against the Most High and oppress his holy people and try to change the set times and the laws. The holy people will be delivered into his hands for a time, times and half a time.
Daniel 12:7 NIV
The man clothed in linen, who was above the waters of the river, lifted his right hand and his left hand toward heaven, and I heard him swear by him who lives forever, saying, “It will be for a time, times and half a time. When the power of the holy people has been finally broken, all these things will be completed.”
Revelation 12:14 NIV
The woman was given the two wings of a great eagle, so that she might fly to the place prepared for her in the wilderness, where she would be taken care of for a time, times and half a time, out of the serpent’s reach.
Tick Tock, Tick Tock
Is "time, times and half a time" only about three and half years?
"Time, times and half a time" actually presents itself in fifteen different time lines with specific events that unfold the revelation, redemption, reconciliation, resurrection and kingdom story. Unloading and explaining how each of the words, “time”, “times” and “half a time" should be used in a week opens up a whole new way of looking at "time, times and half a time" in a week. This insight should help to understand how "specific stories" are weeks. The Passion Week will be used as the lead pattern and is the paradigm week.
What does “time” mean?
Time is the entire duration of time necessary to complete the whole of the story or the whole “week”. Time plans for how much time will be needed to fulfil this story or “week”. The fifteen weeks do not have the “same” amount of time given to fulfil a week. There is only one week that actually has an hour as an hour. This week is the Passion Week. Time is set within the begin event A to the end event B. If one knows the begin event and the end event, one can know how much time will be needed to fulfil the story or week assuming the “time given for the hour” is known. For example, if an hour is a month, a story or week will be seven years. Transitioning from story to “week”, the Passion Week is one week with a Eighth Day.
The Passion Week begins with a “king” (begin event A) entering Jerusalem on a colt. On the Eighth Day, the “king” (end event B) rises from the dead. Jesus enters Jerusalem as the king in the flesh. On the Eighth Day, Jesus is the transformed resurrected eternal king. The Passion Week has a normal week with an Eighth Day to fulfil the “fullness of time” needed for this “specific week”. Understanding the “similarities of the begin event A with the begin event B is extremely important to understand when trying to understand and identify any of the fifteen weeks. In someway, the end event will mirror the begin event in a new and transformed manner. Time, simply, is the period of time, the time line, from A to B or from the First Day to the Eighth Day in this case. In looking at weeks, only three weeks have the “Eight Day” format. These weeks are (1) Genesis Week, (10) Passion Week and (13) First Resurrection Week.
What does “times” mean?
“Times” is the end and begin event with all the intervals or “events”that are part of the “time” line. A week has seven main events. A week has seven days. These events or days have names. Leah’s children’s names in meaning and birth order give meaning to the event or the specific day. When looking at the Passion Week, there is shift in the week. Even with the shift, the names and events still move the week forward from the First Day to the Eighth Day.
When Jesus enters Jerusalem, the name of the day is Reuben, “behold a son”. On the second day, Jesus cleanses the temple, the name of the day is Simeon which means hearing” or “there is sin”. The third day, the religious leaders question Jesus on where does he get his authority. The day is called, Levi, “joined to”. Now, the fourth goes silent, and Jesus spends the day with a dead man in Bethany. The fifth day takes over being the fourth day. Jesus celebrates the Passover and the Last Supper. The day is named after the fourth son, Judah. Judah means “praise”. On Good Friday, Jesus dies on the cross. This day is named, respectfully, after Leah’s fifth son, Issachar, “the hired man”. Jesus is placed in a tomb after he is taken down from the cross. As Jesus rests in the tomb the next day, this day is named Zebulun, “the glorious dwelling place” who is Leah's sixth son.
On the Eighth Day, the day has two names, Dinah which means “vindicated” and Shechem which means “back or shoulders”. Dinah is Leah's only daughter. Dinah is connected to Shechem who raped her in Genesis 34. The incident in Shechem plays an important part in understanding these names and their relationship to weeks. One reason is “the sin which Shechem committed against Dinah”. The second reason is the action that Simeon and Levi take against the men of Shechem. Read prayerfully when reading the incident in Shechem (Genesis 34) because the incident in Shechem is a major key to understanding weeks. The Eighth Day event is the resurrection; Jesus rises from the dead. The week is fulfilled. “Times” simply is each day of the week.
Half a Time
What does "half a time" mean?
“Half a time” is the middle of the week. Sometimes, it is the “middle of the week”. In the case of the Passion Week, the middle of the week event is actually Jesus on the cross. The day of the cross is not the middle. The middle of the week went silent. In many Christian traditions, the middle, Wednesday, is called “Silent Wednesday”. Ironically, Jesus is betrayed by Judas whose name has the same meaning as “Judah”, “Praise”. There was no praise. To add to the irony, Jesus is with a dead man, Lazerus, in Bethany. The “half a time” is best identified with "sacrifice". All fifteen weeks have a sacrifice. Identify the sacrifice, this is the middle of the week. In this case, this is the cross is the middle of the week. The sacrifice began at the “Last Supper”, and when Jesus left the building to go to the garden to pray, Jesus entered the “mouth of the whale”.
The middle of the week is the cross. Most of the time, the middle of the week event happens in the middle of the week. In this case, the middle of the week happens on “Good Friday”. “Half a time” is the middle of the week and the middle of the week event.
Where do we go?
A week is just a story.
WHere do we go? Thousand years has passed since the resurrection and the upper room. Is there a week that the Christians have to fulfill? Do Christians get a free ticket out of a week? Israel has fulfilled seven weeks and they are: (1) Joseph in egypt, (2) Simeon and the famine, (3) Levi and the desert, (4) Judah and Babylon, (5) Issachar and 70 AD Jerusalem, (6) Zebulun and the Holocaust and (7) Benjamin and the death of Rachel's children. Benjamin was fulfilled in Israel, 1948. Something is missing in Israel's seven weeks because Israel's week deal in death. There has to be an eightn week. Who will be tasked with the eighth week? Will it be the Jews or the Christians? Could the eighth week be, the First Resurrection Week, the seven year week with a Eighth Day? Are we living this day in this seven year week with a Eighth Day?
The equation “1+2+0.5=3.5” will not help find a week. At best, the equation might find half a week. Two weeks are given, the Genesis Week and the Passion Week. Study can be done with this two weeks to get a feel to how to read a week. With the help of understanding the working of the week in terms of “time, times and half a time”, searching for all fifteen weeks may be much easier to accomplish. Looking for Jesus in the Bible will definitely help to uncovering the weeks. Reading the Bible and getting a feel for the story is most important. A week is just a story.