maandag 31 december 2018
A possible course of the 70th Yearweek of Daniel 9
Half ) Suggested
First of all, see Daniel 9:24-27, in order to get an idea of the great value of the so called Annual Weeks Prophecy. Below -incidentally, subject to a lot of reservations – we give the reader an idea how the course of the Last Week, the 70th, of that important prophecy could be.
It is therefore quite possible that the way in which the 70th Week will be manifested, as outlined below, will turn out wrong; yes, erroneous! The more so because YHWH Elohim himself told Daniel the following: And as for you, Daniel, make the words secret and seal the book until the time of [the] end. Many will go back and forth, and the [true] knowledge will become abundant.
Nevertheless, studying the arguments presented can provide the willing reader with food for thought and give him more insight into the biblical issues involved in such a study.
Based on the biblical chronology, this study assumes the following data:
The first man, Adam, was created in the year 4007/4006 before Chr., apparently in our autumn.
For that reason, the Anno Mundi time account (AM) runs from autumn to autumn. The year 4007/4006 BC. is therefore the first Anno Mundi year.
Further, on that basis
- the fall of the city of Jerusalem - including the destruction of the First temple – occurred in 3420 AM, corresponding to 587/586 BC.
- the year 6023 AM corresponds to 2017/2018 AD; 6024 AM to 2018/2019 AD; 6025 AM to 2019/2020 AD;
6026 AM to 2020/2021 AD; 6027 AM to 2021/2022 AD; 6028 AM to 2022/2023 AD; 6029 AM to 2023/2024 AD; and 6030 AM with 2024/2025 AD.
In this way of reasoning the Millennium Kingdom of the Messiah could start in 6031 AM.
To the above, the remarkable fact can be added that the gematria value 4038, the year of Jesus' sacrifice (32/33 AD), is found in a verse that does mention that event very specifically, Mark 15:37 > > But Jesus gave a loud cry and gave up the ghost.
As is often the case with the chapters in which the book of Genesis is divided, chapter 38 can also be associated with the spoke number to which book 38 belongs. In this case Spoke 16, which is formed by the books Nehemiah (16) Zechariah (38) and One Peter (60).
Moreover, it can certainly not be a coincidence that, on the basis of Nehemiah 2, we can determine from which point in time the 70 Yearweeks had to be counted.
Apparently, this means that we have to look at the 70th Week especially in the light of the Book of Esther. Thus Esther 9:15 describes the result of the battle in which the Jews were allowed to defend themselves against their many enemies:
The Jews who were in Shushan also gathered themselves together on the fourteenth day of the month Adar, and they killed three hundred men in Shushan; but they did not lay their hand on the spoil.
The NV (numerical value) of this verse is 6030, which apparently may be taken as a divine reference to the year of the future in which the 'Haman' of the End Times - the sinister, anti-messianic figure - will command Satan's gangs to attack the then restored Israel.
That vision, as we believe, is supported by the fact that Esther 10:2 has the same numerical value as Daniel 9:27, in which, in a unique way, the course of the last Yearweek is painted.
By the way, Esther 10:2, and in particular verse 3, seem to be typical of the Millennium situation, especially the way in which God's royal power will be exercised during that glorious era: Yeshua Mashiach directly functioning alongside YHWH, the almighty Elohim >>
All the acts of his power and of his might, and the full account of the greatness of Mordecai, whereunto the king advanced him, aren’t they written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Media and Persia? For Mordecai the Jew was next to king Ahasuerus, and great among the Jews, and accepted of the multitude of his brothers, seeking the good of his people, and speaking peace to all his seed.
Incidentally, on what grounds do we arrive at 21-3-2019 as the possible starting date of the 70th Annual Week? The answer to that question is directly related to the central point of this Study, namely the suggested date on which, as we expect, the second Half of the 70th Week will start.
From Ez 8:1 we learn that the date 5 Elul must be important. Why? Because on exact that day the prophet Ezekiel received a very special, apparently far-reaching vision. By God's spirit he was actually transferred to Jerusalem:
And it came to pass in the sixth year, in the sixth [month], on the fifth [day] of the month [5 Elul ], as I sat in my house, and the elders of Judah sat before me, when the hand of the Lord YHWH there fell on me ... Then the spirit lifted me up between the earth and the heavens, and in the visions of God he brought me to Jerusalem, to the entrance of the gate of the innermost [court] that looks toward the North, where was the seat of the idol of jealousy, which provokes to jealousy ... He said to me: Son of man, turn your gaze to the North! Then I turned my eyes toward the North, and, to the north of the gate at the altar, at the entrance that idol of jealousy.
From other Scriptures we know
• that under the imperious guidance of the (still to appear) Antichristian power, the Pseudomessiah - to whom the majority of the End Times Jews will give their devotion - a third temple will be established;
• that, initially, in that Third Temple the Jewish worship will be resumed according to Mosaic law;
• that at the half of the Yearweek that unlawful sacrificial cult for God will be taken away and instead the devastating abomination will manifest itself as 'god' in that 'sanctuary', so that one can venerate 'god' directly (Rev 13:11-13).
Because of all these developments, the evils announced for the 70th Week will naturally increase considerably, entirely in accordance with what was prophetically announced by Daniel in Dn 9:27 as part of the so-called Year- Weeks Prophecy:
And to many he will make a firm covenant for one week. And at the half of the week he shall cause to cease the sacrifice and the meal offering. And on the wing of abominations a destroyer and to the full end what is firmly determined shall be poured out on the destroyer.
In his end-time speech, Messiah Yeshua himself referred to that (still) prophetic event, thus underlining the danger of it. In his speech about the last days, he referred to that Yearweeks prophecy, specifically to that same verse 27, with the words: When you see the abomination of desolation spoken of by Daniel the prophet in a holy place, let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains (Matth 24:15-16).
But for us it is also important that from the course of that 24th chapter of the Matthew Gospel we can deduce that Jesus' thoughts must have lingered on the half of that 70th Week when he made mention of that abomination of desolation.
However..., a lot of more things can be expected: At the half of that last decisive Yearweek, the Davidic kingdom will be set up, with Yeshua Mashiach on the throne (Psalm 2).
In Rev 11:15-17 we read about that glorious event in advance:
The seventh angel sounded, and great voices in heaven followed, saying, “The kingdom of the world has becomethe Kingdom of our Lord, and of his Christ. He will reign forever and ever!”
The twenty-four elders, who sit on their thrones before God’s throne, fell on their faces and worshiped God, saying: “We give you thanks, Lord God, the Almighty, the one who is and who was; because you have taken your great power, and reigned.”
That event will also bring to an end the Seven Times of (7 x 600) 4200 years that (apparently) started in 1827 AM, at the Confusion of tongues.
However, the establishment of that Messianic Kingdom will also be a reason for:
* the preaching of that restored kingdom of God, as indicated by Jesus himself in his End-time speech (Mt 24:14). See also Isaiah 9, especially from verse 5.
* warfare in heaven, as a result of which Satan and his angels will be thrown down on the earth.
The earthly part of the 'Woman' will then flee to the wilderness, where she will be fed - from the face of the Serpent - for 1260 days; so the full second half of the Week (Rev 12:5-14 and 13:5-7).
On the Half of the Week, however, not only the Kingdom will be established, but YHWH Elohim will also renew the MarriageCovenant with Israel. In the Song of Solomon 6:3, that renewal is beautifully expressed by the Bride (Israel): I am my beloved, and my beloved is mine. He browses among the lilies.
And that in contrast to S of S 2:16, where the intimacy is an initiative of the Bridegroom, according to context 2:10-14 >> My beloved is mine, and I am his. He browses among the lilies.
YHWH Elohim renews then his relationship with his Old Covenant people on the basis of the superior conditions of the New Covenant. They leave their error and sin behind, and He no longer remembers them. On the contrary, he favours them with unprecedented new opportunities: For I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more (Jer 31:31-34).
See: The New Covenant
Suggested End: 11 February 2026 ≈ 24 Shebat 6031 AM.
That date is of course achieved by simply counting 1260 days from the Half of the Week (1 September 2022).
Below we mention what Zechariah, on that calendar date (24 Shebat), got to see in a 'night vision' >>
On the twenty-fourth day of the eleventh month, which is the month Shebat, in the second year of Darius, the word of YHWH came to Zechariah the son of Berechiah, the son of Iddo, the prophet, saying, I had a vision in the night, and, behold, a man riding on a red horse, and he stood among the myrtle trees that were in a ravine; and behind him there were red, brown, and white horses. Then I asked, My lord, what are these?
The angel who talked with me said to me, I will show you what these are.
The man who stood among the myrtle trees answered, “They are the ones YHWH has sent to go back and forth through the earth.”
They reported to the angel of YHWH who stood among the myrtle trees, and said, “We have walked back and forth through the earth, and, behold, all the earth is at rest and in peace.”
Then the angel of YHWH replied, “O Yahweh of Armies, how long will you not have mercy on Jerusalem and on the cities of Judah, against which you have had indignation these seventy years?”
YHWH answered the angel who talked with me with kind and comforting words.
So the angel who talked with me said to me, Proclaim, saying, Thus says YHWH of Armies:
“I am jealous for Jerusalem and for Zion with a great jealousy.
I am very angry with the nations that are at ease; for I was but a little displeased, but they added to the calamity.”
Therefore thus says YHWH:
“I have returned to Jerusalem with mercy. My house shall be built in it,” says Yahweh of Armies, “and a line shall be stretched forth over Jerusalem.”
Proclaim further, saying, Thus says Yahweh of Armies:
“My cities will again overflow with prosperity, and YHWH will again comfort Zion, and will again choose Jerusalem.”
It is clear: Zechariah's curiosity about the meaning of this unusual scene was awakened. The 'man' who, riding a red horse, stood still between the myrtle trees in the depth, can be identified as the angel of YHWH, so none but God's principal Son, Mashiach Yeshua. From Genesis 16:7 in Scriptures we see him acting on behalf of YHWH Elohim regularly for the benefit of the patriarchs and their offspring, Abraham's "seed", the people of Israel. In that position he represents his Father so directly that he is sometimes referred to as YHWH himself. Compare Genesis 18.
Myrtle trees express hope and expectation in the Bible. As far as Israel is concerned, they refer to recovery and a glorious future. See Js 55:13 >> Instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle tree: and it shall be to YHWH for a name, for an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off.
But here, at Zechariah, they stand in the deep, indicating Israel's then low situation in the world, vassals of the powerful Persian empire. But that YHWH's angel stood still in the depths between those myrtles, visionary indicates that he is with and among his own people. In addition, there are other angelic powers with him, depicted by the red, brown and white horses.
And that they say to YHWH's angel here: We have walked back and forth through the earth, and, behold, all the earth is at rest and in peace apparently must be understood in the sense that they are bringing a report. About what? About the situation that prevails outside of Israel in the world.
And what is YHWH’s reaction? Answer: I am jealous for Jerusalem and for Zion with a great jealousy.
I am very angry with the nations that are at ease; for I was but a little displeased, but they added to the calamity.
That statement certainly does little good for the current nations of the world who constantly believe that Israel should be rightly pointed out; who continually submit motions of disapproval to Israel within the UN!
However, those Gentile peoples [the Goyim] misses what the Psalmist predicted a long time ago for the current Middle East situation:
My feet were almost gone. My steps had nearly slipped. For I was envious of the arrogant, when I saw the prosperity of the wicked... I worried about it to understand this, it was a torment in my eyes, until I entered God's sanctuary because I wanted to discern their future.
You put them on a slippery bottom. You make them collapse into debris. How in an instant they become an object of dismay, they reach their end, perished by sudden horrors (Psalm 73).
Recovery is coming for Israel! YHWH Elohim will return to Jerusalem with mercies. In addition to many other prophecies of restoration, Isaiah 40 will also be fulfilled:
Comfort you, comfort you my people, says your God. Speak comfortably to Jerusalem; and cry to her, that her warfare is accomplished, that her iniquity is pardoned, that she has received of YHWH’s hand double for all her sins.
Plus 30 days: 13 March 2026 ≈ 24 Adar 6031 AM
Plus 45 days: 27 April 2026 ≈ 10 Iyyar 6031 AM
God's Word shows us further that during the 75 days that follow after the End of the Week a number of very important events will take place. First of all, we think of what - according to Yeshua - would follow immediately after the end of the 3½-year Great Tribulation, in the form of judgment:
Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will fall from the heavens, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken. And then the sign of the Son of the man shall appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will strike themselves, and they shall see the Son of the man coming upon the clouds of the heaven with power and much glory (Mt 24:29-30).
In Daniel, chapter 12, the prophet wrote what would happen from the middle of the week, so after the first 1260 days:
And from the time that the daily [sacrifice] is taken away and is set up the abomination of desolation [there shall be] 1290 days. Blessed he who waits and comes to 1335 days! But you [Daniel] go until the end. For you shall rest and will arise to your inheritance at the end of the days.
Here, two things come to our attention:
First the hopeful perspectives for Daniel personally. He would complete his career as God's prophet in faithfulness. Then he would rest in death until the time that the resurrection would come for him. But after that YHWH Elohim would use him again, and this witin a destination reserved for him in advance!
Of course, that divine promise applies not only to Daniel, but also to the many other faithful men and women of old times, just as we are also assured in Hb 11:39-40 >>
And all these, although they had witness borne to them through their faith, did not receive the promise, because God foresaw something better about us, in order that they might not be perfected apart from us.
And secondly, to us, the current readers of these closing verses in the Book of Daniel, is revealed that the end of the mentioned prophetic 1335 days is then precisely achieved. So at the time of the resurrection of those former faithful ones! But that expectation can logically only be related to the perspectives that the Bible evokes in connection with the restored Davidic kingdom of a thousand years!
Compare Revelation 20:11-15.
In other words: The 1335 days apparently reach their end at the transition to the Millennium. Logically in the Anno Mundi year 6031 AM. Calculated from the beginning of the Yearweek, a total of 2595 days will then have expired.
Under Suggested Start we saw that the start of the 70th Annual Week may be expected on 21 March 2019 (14 Ve-Adar 6024 AM) at the latest. Whether the Rapture of Yeshua's Congregational Body will take place soon after that date, we will have to await!