1948, 1967, 1978
predicted in Book of Daniel!!
Simply, and clear as day!!
(The three most important years in Israel's modern history. And proof of the supernatural.)
Also predicted is June 7 2020, and 2024
UPDATE: Genesis 1:14 tells us that the lights in the sky are primarily for signs.
The "great sign" in Chapter 12 of the book of Revelation describes a celestial alignment of the stars and planets in the sky. An alignment of the stars and planets on September 23, 2017 precisely matched the description in verses 1 and 2 of this 2000 year old prophecy in Revelation chapter 12. The details of this are explained further down this page. Astronomy software (which anyone can download for free) confirms that this precise alignment only occurs once in human history.
Verses 1 through 5 of Revelation chapter 12 describe the Rapture sign in the night sky. Many passages in the Bible speak of the Rapture event, which is the disappearance of Jesus' faithful disciples that have already overcome this world, before the beginning of the End Times tribulation period that precedes the Messianic Age in the autumn of 2024 - when Jesus begins his rule from Jerusalem in the age of peace on earth. (Most Christians are living lives barely indistinguishable from non-believers and will not be raptured.) 50 days after the Revelation 12 Rapture Sign on September 13th 2017 there was an exceedingly rare Jupiter Venus conjunction with a closeness and brightness that was in the same league as the one in the year 2 BC. Which many believe was part of the Star of Bethlehem sign. (Astronomy software now reveals to us what the Star of Bethlehem was, and this is also explained further down this page). This Jupiter Venus conjunction on November 13th 2017 symbolized verse 5 of Revelation 12 - which describes the Rapture event. This Jupiter Venus conjunction occurred 50 days after the Revelation 12 Rapture Sign, and 50 days hints at the Rapture being on Pentecost (Pentecost means 50th).
Through astonishing day count connections that could only have been procured by God these signs, and many more, in turn pointed to December 21st and the massively prophetic UN vote to condemn Jerusalem as Israel's capital. Through this historic vote in the world's court, the world officially and formally condemned God's word, and God. Through prophets 2 and a half thousand years ago God said the world would come against Israel and Jerusalem and divide it in the last days. God will soon officially and formally begin judgment on the world for trying to divide His promised land.
Since December 20th, 2017, God has provided a series of stunning prophetic signs and clues that has revealed His timing for the Rapture and the beginning of the End Times period before Christ's return to rule from Jerusalem. Overwhelming evidence points to June 7th, 2020. Pentecost. Through the Lord's precise trail of End Times signs He has revealed astounding, overwhelming, and incontrovertible evidence that has undeniably revealed June 7th, 2020 Pentecost as the day the End Times begins.
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334 BCE + 2,300 years = 1967
(there is no year zero when passing from BCE to CE, so a year must be added when making this calculation.)
1967 = second most important year in modern Israel’s history
How is this derived? It couldn't be more simple and straightforward...
Daniel chapter 8
Daniel receives a vision of the future in two parts. The first part is of the battle between the ram and the goat, and the second part concerns disturbing events that will occur in the temple sanctuary (The ancient Jewish Temple in Jerusalem).
After the vision, Archangel Gabriel interprets the vision for Daniel. He tells Daniel that “the ram that you saw… these are the kings of Media and Persia”, and that “the goat is the king of Greece” (Daniel 8:20-21). Gabriel also tells Daniel that the second part of his vision that concerned the disturbing events in the temple sanctuary “will happen later in the time of wrath, because the vision concerns the appointed time of the end" (Daniel 8:19).
Shortly after Alexander the Great came to power, he sought to conquer the Persians, and remove their influence from Greece. His first momentous, and very important battle in this conquest was the Battle of Granicus in 334 BCE.
In Jewish context, the significance of this battle and defeat of the Persians to the Greeks marked the passing from Medo-Persian rule to Hellenistic rule over Israel and Judah.
Before explaining the addition of 2,300 years to 334 BCE, which equals 1967, it’s worth pointing out a few of the many very interesting prophetic details in this prophecy. Because of these amazing accuracies, secular scholars had previously been confused regarding the period the book of Daniel was written. On my website, clearlywritten.net, in the Additional Resources section, I have linked to an academic article regarding the recently published evidence derived from the Dead Sea Scrolls that prove the Book of Daniel was not written in the second century BCE as many scholars had previously hypothesized.
1) Daniel 8:5: “A male goat came from the west across the whole face of the earth, without touching the ground.”. Alexander and the Greeks came from the west into Anatolia (present day Turkey) to battle the Persians. Alexander's army was the first in history to rely on horse cavalry, hence why the goat traveled "across the whole face of the earth, without touching the ground."
2) In the vision the goat representing Greece, defeats the ram representing Media-Persia, just as Alexander defeated the Persians at Granicus. Daniel 8:7: “And the ram had no power to stand before him [the goat], but he [the goat] cast him down to the ground and trampled on him [the ram]”.
3) Daniel 8:21: “And the goat is the king of Greece. And the great horn between his eyes is the first king [Alexander The Great]. As for the horn that was broken, in place of which four others arose, four kingdoms shall arise from his nation, but not with his power.” Centuries after this was written in the book of Daniel, upon Alexander the Great's death, his kingdom was divided into four Hellenistic kingdoms that did not retain the first kingdom's power. Alexander's four generals were each given a kingdom to rule.
4) In the vision Daniel sees that the ram “had two horns, and both horns were high, but one was higher than the other, and the higher one came up last.” The ram is noted for having two horns because they represented the two kings of the united Media and Persian Empires. These empires united in 550 BCE when the dominant Persian empire defeated the Median Empire. The reason one horn was higher than the other is because the two kings were not equal rulers, and the Persian Empire was more dominant. The reason the “higher” horn "came up last", was because the Persian Empire was younger than the Median Empire.
5) Daniel 8:6: "It [the goat] came toward the ram with the two horns that had been standing beside the river, and it ran at it with savage force." The Persians underestimated Alexander and waited for the Greeks on the banks of the Granicus River, which disabled their best weapon, their chariots. Upon arrival Alexander's generals advised him to stop and camp before attacking, but Alexander rejected their advise and led his army straight into battle, charging through the river "with savage force".
Regarding the second part of the vision that Gabriel says “will happen later in the time of wrath, because the vision concerns the appointed time of the end” (Daniel 8:19). Daniel is given a disturbing description of the ruler to arise during the time of wrath, and also a description of end times events that will happen on the Jewish Temple. Gabriel is asked, "‘How long will it take for the vision to be fulfilled – the vision concerning the daily sacrifice [a daily Temple ritual], the rebellion that causes desolation [a reference to an end times event on the Temple], the surrender of the sanctuary [the Temple] and the trampling underfoot of the Lord’s people?’" (Daniel 8:13). To which Gabriel replies, "‘It will take 2,300 evenings and mornings; then the sanctuary will be restored to its rightful state.’" (Daniel 8:14). Also, the last thing Gabriel tells Daniel at the end of this chapter is that "the vision of the evenings and the mornings that has been told is true..." Therefore the point of this entire chapter is the significance of the evenings and mornings, and the point of this description of this Battle of Granicus in such detail is for the purpose of adding the 2,300 number to the date of this battle. "..[B]ut seal up the vision, for it concerns the time of the distant future.” (Daniel 8:26). (Therefore, the understanding of the vision is 'unsealed' now close to the time of the end.)
The widely understood day-for-a-year prophecy rule makes 2,300 days = 2,300 years.
(Numbers 14:34) "According to the number of the days in which you spied out the land, forty days, a year for each day, you shall bear your iniquity forty years".
(Ezekiel 4:5) "For I assign to you a number of days, 390 days, equal to the number of years."
(Ezekiel 4:6) "Forty days I assign you. A day for each year."
-334 + 2300 = 1967
(because there is no year zero the calculation requires the addition of 1)
To summarize, Daniel receives from Archangel Gabriel a clearly interpreted vision of the Battle of Granicus in 334 BCE. In reference to the question of when the End Times events on the Temple will take place, Archangel Gabriel tells Daniel to add 2,300 years, which gives us 1967.
1967 is the year that Jerusalem came under Jewish control for the first time since the time that Daniel lived during the Babylonian Exile of the Jews! It is the second most important year in Israel's modern history. It is the year of the 6 Day War, when East Jerusalem (the Old City, and ancient capital) and the Temple Mount grounds were brought under Jewish control for the first time in 19 centuries. Thus, bringing the Temple reconstruction closer at hand, when the "sanctuary will be restored to its rightful state" (Daniel 8:14). Which will fulfill many other prophecies concerning its reconstruction in the time of the end. For example, Ezekiel chapters 40 - 48, Zechariah 14:21, Daniel 12:11. Isaiah 2:2. The Jewish Temple is the holiest site in Judaism, and the remains of the ancient Temple lie directly underneath the Dome of the Rock, on the Temple Mount complex. Today Orthodox Jews pray at the remains of the Western Wall of the ancient complex, and are looking forward to the day they can rebuild the Temple.
1967, the second most important year in modern Israel's history, clear as day, in the Bible! This should have your attention, as it is indisputable evidence of the supernatural! Also getting 1967 in context of the Jewish Bible, is evidence that demonstrates that prophecy in the Bible is divinely inspired! There is no other rational explanation. It is not possible to calculate the odds of getting 1967 in the Jewish Bible, along with a prophetic description of the Temple in the last days. Therefore, it cannot be a coincidence. Therefore, if rational reasoning is maintained, one will be obliged to reconsider their worldview. 1967 is a number. Numbers are objective, and are not subject to alternate interpretations. This is why Gabriel gives this number to us through Daniel. If however, due to the implications for one's worldview; if one's preconceived biases about this life and the world prevent clear, intellectually honest thinking, and you are one of those that conclude this is convoluted to fit a preconceived agenda, or that this is numerology, then you do not know what numerology is, and I strongly suggest you carefully read this again. In fact, it is so simple and straightforward that a child can understand it. To think this is convoluted is foolish, and is willful blindness. Our culture currently has an overwhelming predisposition against the supernatural, and so I realize many people will not know what to think yet regarding this information. However, it only gets more interesting...
1948 and 1978 in the Bible!
(As well as 2017 and 2023)
688 + 1,290 years = 1978
688 + 1,335 years = 2023
Revelation 11 and Daniel 12
688 + 1,260 years = 1948
How are these derived? Again, it couldn't be more simple and straightforward...
Daniel chapter 12
First, Archangel Michael tells Daniel that concerning his vision about "the time of the end" in this chapter, "none of the wicked shall understand, but those who are wise shall understand" (12:10). "Many shall go to and fro" - a reference to our modern age of travel, "and knowledge shall increase" - a reference to our information age, and our present ability to understand end time prophecy. Michael says that the knowledge of the time of the end is "shut up, and sealed until the time of the end" (verse 4, and emphasized again in verse 9). Therefore, this knowledge is 'unsealed' in the time of the end. Which is why, if we are "wise" (and not "wicked"), you and I are able to read and understand this - the significance of 1948, 1967, 1978. One reason it was sealed is because appreciating these dates was not possible prior to the 20th century.
Getting 688 CE:
In the 1967 prophecy, Gabriel gives 334 BCE as the starting year, from which to add the 2300 years. The 1948, 1978, and 2023 prophecies also have a starting year, from which to add their numbers of years. These three prophecies use the same starting year - 688 CE. As we see from Daniel chapter 8, and the 1967 prophecy, the Jewish Temple sanctuary is key. Likewise, in the 1948, 1978, and 2023 prophecy passages we also find references to the Jewish Temple sanctuary, along with additional descriptions of disturbing future end time events regarding the Temple - after it is rebuilt. These references and end days descriptions, tell us that the starting year with which to add the numbers of years is somehow related to the Temple - in a negative way.
The Dome of The Rock, the third holiest site in Islam, began to be constructed in 688 CE. It currently sits directly atop the ruins of the old Temple, on the Temple Mount grounds in Jerusalem. And it is what currently prevents the Temple sanctuary from being rebuilt, and the daily temple rituals from restarting. Which will then inaugurate the end days period. Therefore, because the Dome of The Rock is preventing the end times period from starting, and is preventing end times prophecy from being fulfilled, the year it began to be constructed is extremely relevant. Prophecy scholars have wondered for a long time, from which year to start adding the three numbers of years. It is now clear, and the proof is that the results couldn’t be more profound.
Here are two verses with numbers of years given, along with disturbing references to the Temple in the end times period. Daniel 12:6: “How long shall it be till the end of these wonders?" Daniel 12:11: "The [end] time [when] the regular burnt offering is taken away, and the abomination that makes desolate is set up, there shall be 1,290 days". Revelation 11:1-2: "Rise and measure the temple of God and the altar,... but do not measure the outside temple, leave that out, for it is given over to the nations, and they will trample the holy city for 1,260 days".
Another 1,260 days: In reply to the question of how long will it be until the end times period in Daniel 12:6, “How long shall it be till the end of these wonders?", Archangel Michael tells Daniel it will be 1,260 days. Daniel 12:7: ”He raised his right hand and his left hand toward heaven and swore by him who lives forever that it would be for a time, times, and half a time... [until it] comes to an end [and] all these things would be finished." In ancient Hebrew a time refers to 1 year; times = 2 years; half a time = 0.5 years. So 3.5 years. Until the 8th century BCE, all ancient cultures used 360-day calendars (the reason the ellipse is divided into 360 degrees), so 3.5 years = 1,260 days. Another way we know that 3.5 years is 1,260 days is because in parallel passages the same time period is referred to as being 42 months in Revelation 11:2, and Revelation 13:5. 42 x 30 day months equals 1,260 days. In the books of Daniel and Revelation there are a total of 7 passages that reference 1,260 days. Take note of this 1,260 number, as it is key later on in this writing as well.
688 + 1,260 years = 1948
688 + 1,290 years = 1978
1948, May 14th, is the year and day of the rebirth of Israel after 19 centuries. Fulfilling the 'myriad' of prophecies regarding a final regathering of the Jewish people and rebirth of Israel. Including Isaiah's prophecy: "can a country be born in a day, can a nation be brought forth in a moment?" (Isaiah 66:8). Israel was born in a day. It had its government, army, and police force officially formed in one day. One day it was not a nation, then Britain left Palestine literally overnight, and the next day it was recognized internationally as a nation. No nation ever came into being in a day the way Israel did. The regathering and rebirth of Israel also fulfilled the incredible Second Exodus prophecy of Jeremiah 16. Here are verses 14-21: “Therefore, behold, the days are coming, declares the Lord, when it shall no longer be said, ‘As the Lord lives who brought up the people of Israel out of the land of Egypt,’ but ‘As the Lord lives who brought up the people of Israel out of the north country and out of all the countries where he had driven them.’ For I will bring them back to their own land that I gave to their fathers." Also, Amos 9:15: "'I will plant Israel in their own land, never again to be uprooted from the land I have given them', says the Lord your God". Isaiah 11:11-12: "In that day the Lord will reach out his hand a second time to reclaim the remnant that is left of his people... He [the Lord] will raise a banner for the nations and gather the exiles of Israel; he will assemble the scattered people of Judah from the four corners of the earth."... The "banner" raised "for the nations" reads: 'God Keeps His Covenants'. Jewish people were assembled from over 100 countries, and the "four corners of the earth" throughout the 20th century. To describe the fascinating full history of how all this happened - including the 1948 war with the Arabs, that the Jews most certainly should have lost, that had them cornered, and Britain aiding the Arabs - as being miraculous, is not at all irrational. Not to mention the fact that Jewish people remained a distinct people throughout all this time. No other ancient people remain as a people. Even the Hebrew language, which was dead, has been brought back to life. "‘He who scattered Israel will gather him, and will keep him as a shepherd keeps his flock'" (Jeremiah 31:10). “Therefore say to the Israelites, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: It is not for your sake, people of Israel, that I am going to do these things, but for the sake of my holy name, which you have profaned among the nations where you have gone. I will show the holiness of my great name, which has been profaned among the nations, the name you have profaned among them. Then the nations will know that I am the Lord, declares the Sovereign Lord, when I am proved holy through you before their eyes. For I will take you out of the nations; I will gather you from all the countries and bring you back into your own land.'" (Ezekiel 36:22-24)
There are many more prophecies like this that have been fulfilled, with accurate descriptions of the final regathering in general. Yet there are also many detailed predictions, like for example how centuries before the modern scientific breakthroughs that made it possible, the barren desert that was the land in Israel would be turned into the modern agricultural miracle it is today (Isaiah 35:1). Also, Micah 4:1: "In the last days the mountain of the Lord's temple will be established as chief among the mountains; it will be raised above the hills, and peoples will stream to it." Today, people are literally "streaming" to Jerusalem, the city "raised above the hills". No other city is the religious focal point, to as many people, the way Jerusalem is today.
(On my website, clearlywritten.net, there is a link to a short video that illustrates another truly astounding and exceedingly simple way the spring of 1948 (1948.4 to be precise) is found. I highly recommend watching this short video! It is the first link in the Additional Resources section.)
1978 is the third most significant year in modern Jewish history, when Israel gave the Sinai Peninsula to Egypt in exchange for peace as part of the Camp David Peace Accord. Thus beginning the current 'land-for-peace process'.
To be clear, the abomination that causes desolation event Michael describes to Daniel did not occur in 1978 (nor in 688), but will occur in the last days/end times. Neither did the last days events on the temple described in the other passages happen in 1967, or 1948. They are all last days events. This is a 3,500 year perspective, and these three most significant years in Israel's modern history, given to Daniel and John, 2,700 and 1,900 years ago, are simply proofs for us. They prove the prophecy, and point us to the general time leading up to the last days events concerning the Temple. These three most important years in Israel's modern history demonstrate that the general time leading up to the last days events concerning the Temple, is naturally, the regathering of Jewish people to Israel.
688 + 1,335 years = 2023.
2023 - The last year given to Daniel is 2023. Given in the very last verses of the whole book of Daniel - an intense prophetic book concerning the End Times, that comes before a new age for our world. Archangel Michael tells Daniel, "go your way till the end, And you shall rest, and then rise to receive your allotted place at the end of days" (Daniel 12:13). That day at the "end of days", is "The Day of The Lord" - the climax of the appointed time of the end (Zechariah chapter 14). "Blessed is he who waits and arrives at the 1,335 days." (Daniel 12:12). There is no question that Michael is referring to The Day of The Lord here, with this revealing of the number 1,335 to Daniel in the very last verses of the book. Getting 2023 from the 1,335 is also confirmed logically by the fact that the other two numbers in Daniel 12 reveal the first and third most important years in Israel's history.
688 + 1,335 years = 2023
For those that have limited knowledge regarding the Bible and the End Times I will explain later on, what the Day of The Lord is, and how it is the climax of the "appointed time of the end", or End Times.
It's very interesting that not only do we derive 1948 from the 1,260 in Daniel, but also from Revelation. Revelation is the last book in the New Testament, and like Daniel, it also concerns the time of the end. It is indisputable evidence that the book of Revelation was also divinely inspired. Let me just explain that the odds of this are incalculable, and therefore it is impossible that this is a coincidence. There simply is no other rational conclusion for getting 1948 from Revelation; simply, clearly, and logically. I will explain the meaning of all of this in a minute.
Why are these dates in the Bible? One third of the Bible is prophecy for the purpose of God revealing and proving Himself. He also loves using numbers to communicate and demonstrate Himself. As numbers are objective, and not subjective. There is no mistaking that only God could have put these numbers in the Bible, that add up to 1967, 1948, and 1978. The three most important years in modern Israel's history, that prove the theme of the Bible, which is the prophetic restoration of Israel before the end of the age, and beginning of the new age.
2017 IS AN EXTREMELY IMPORTANT YEAR for Israel, and the world!
The year 2017 is clear as day in the Bible. Also, I will show clearly the precise date that is very likely 'the' important day in 2017!!!
I will now describe 7 truly astonishing things. In the 7th one I will show how 2017 is very simply, and straightforwardly found in the Bible. Showing how 2017 is found in the Bible, I guarantee will be by far, the most interesting thing you have ever learned. After that, I will then show which precise date in 2017 is very likely 'the' important day of this year. This date is also found extremely clearly in the Bible. What is important about finding this date in the Bible is its implications for the world. You will be shocked!
There are also links to more information on all of the following astounding things on my website, in the Additional Resources section. Also, if you find this information interesting, please be sure to pass the link to this site on to others!...
If you don't know who Nostradamus is you must be new to Western culture. Five hundred years ago this man wrote some six thousand predictions for the future in the form of quatrains. In the following quatrain he very clearly describes the current pope. Nostradamus' prophecies don't at all compare with the writings of Daniel, because Nostradamus' predictions are derived from a method of divination, and also he often used cryptic wording, therefore many of his quatrains seem either cloudy or nonsense. Although, Nostradamus did make a number of incredibly accurate predictions. Including this remarkable one:
Century 6 - Quatrain 25 (1)
By March (2) will be thwarted the monarchy
Of the great fisherman (3) will be in ruinous trouble:
Young (4) black (5) red (6) will seize the hierarchy (7),
The producers will act on a day of drizzle (8)
1 - Nostradamus lived in the 16th century, and so Century 6 is the 21st century.
2 - Francis was elected Pope on March 13, 2013.
3 - The Monarchy of The Great Fisherman is the nickname of the Pope's rule.
4 - This is perhaps debatable, but one could argue he is young compared to his two predecessors, but more importantly many Catholics regard him as youthful, refreshing, and as revitalizing for the Catholic Church.
5 - He is the first Jesuit to become Pope. He was a Provincial Superior of the Jesuits. Nicknamed "blackrobes", Jesuits are known for their distinctive and identifiable black garb. Leaders of this order receive from the media the derogatory nickname of "Black Pope".
6 - Red is the usual color of Cardinals' dress, and Francis was a Cardinal before becoming Pope.
7 - Hierarchy, word of Greek origin: Hierarchia ἱεραρχία, "rule of high priest", from ἱεράρχης hierarkhes, "leader of sacred rites".
8 - The producers (cardinals) elected the new Pope on a drizzly rainy day (in March).
Besides Nostradamus' prediction being remarkable, and likely proof of the supernatural, what is particularly interesting are the descriptive verbs he used for why this pope is of importance. He says this pope "'thwarted' the monarchy of the Great Fisherman", and will "'seize' the hierarchy". He says the monarchy of the great fisherman (the papacy and Catholic Church) will be in "ruinous" trouble. When this prophecy is considered in conjunction with St. Malachy's well known Prophecy of the Popes that predict this current pope is the last pope, it becomes even much more interesting.
2. The Prophecies of the Popes - written by Saint Malachy
Written by Saint Malachy, a 12th-century Archbishop of Armagh, Ireland, The Prophecies of the Popes is a series of 112 short, cryptic phrases in Latin which purport to predict every Roman Catholic Pope since the 12th century. For example, Pope John Paul II was the 110th pope, and was described as "Of the eclipse of the sun" (Bander 1969, p 95). The significance is found in the occurrence of solar eclipses on the dates of John Paul II's birth (18 May, 1920) and funeral (8 April, 2005). After John Paul II, the 111th of the 112 popes in the prophecy was described as the “The glory of the olive”. Saint Malachy's Prophecies of the Popes is widely known, and because the end of the Roman Catholic Church is predicted to come with the 112th pope, before selecting the 111th pope the cardinals were instructed not to pick anyone that had anything to do with an olive. Joseph Ratzinger was elected to replace John Paul II, and I guess he didn't get the message, because afterward he took the name Benedict XVI. Saint Benedict was a powerful man in the 6th century, who gave birth to the Benedictine order. The Benedictine Order has been powerful in the Roman Catholic Church for many centuries, and it has a symbol - the olive. Members of the order are called olivetans, and the leader of the order is called "glory of the olive".
The prophecies conclude with a pope identified as the 112th and last pope. The last pope in the prophecy is given more than a short epithet. This last pope is given a description of how his pontificacy will allegedly coincide the destruction of the city of Rome. (The book of Revelation also singles out Rome and describes its destruction in the end times.) According to the Prophecies of the Popes, Pope Francis is the last pope. According to the Nostradamus prophecy, we are told that the current Pope is not such a good guy, and "the Monarchy of The Great Fisherman will be in ruinous trouble". Nostradamus' words, "ruinous trouble", are interesting in light of Malachy's prophecy of Rome's destruction. In any case, it is interesting to consider the reason why there might not be any more popes in the future, if The Day of The Lord is soon.
"Unless you people see signs and wonders, you will never believe." John 4:48
3. The Shemitah
The number 7 is the biblical number of completion, perfection, or specifically divine authorship. Over 500 times in the Bible the number 7 is used to show the divine touch of God or divinity upon something. (For interest sake, there are 7 colors in a rainbow; 7 notes in a musical scale; 7 levels in the periodic table of elements; 7 continents; 7 objects in our solar system that are visible to the naked eye; 7 stars in the big dipper that point to the north star, used for navigation for centuries; it is proven that 7 digits is the average limit of memory for most human beings, thus our 7 digit phone numbers; 7 metals of antiquity on which civilization was based; and on and on...)
The sabbath year (shemita Hebrew: שמיטה, literally "release") also called the sabbatical year or sheviit (Hebrew: שביעית, literally "seventh") is the seventh year of the seven-year agricultural cycle mandated by the Torah for the Land of Israel. It is a year of rest or release. If however, God's mandated rest and His commands were not observed, it turned into a year of judgement, signifying fall or collapse. On the last day of this seven year cycle, all debts are mandated to be wiped clean; effecting financial remission and nullification. This once every seven years 'wipeout' day occurs on the last day of the Jewish calendar year, which is the 29th day of the month of Elul. It is still observed in contemporary Orthodox Judaism.
September 17th, 2001, was the day that the stock market first re-opened after 9/11. This day was also the exact last day of the 7 year shemitah cycle, Elul 29. The Dow had its biggest one day loss in history in terms of points lost, and it equaled 7%.
September 29, 2008, was the following shemitah cycle's last day, or wipeout day. That morning, for the first and only time in history, the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange strangely did not ring at all. (I have a CNBC video clip of this on my website, clearlywritten.net, under Additional Resources.) That day the stock market again had its biggest one day loss in history, in terms of points lost. On this day the Dow lost exactly 777.7 points, and another 7%.
To be clear, the odds of this occurring, on back to back shemitah wipeout days, are incalculable and therefore cannot be a coincidence. To conclude that this is a coincidence would be seriously irrational, and would be the result of deeply entrenched bias on the subject of God's existence. If in fact, these biggest in history one day losses on wipeout days -- Elul 29 in the 7 year shemitah cycle -- imply the touch of God, then it also implies God has the ability to influence billions of trading transactions, and also that the timing of 9/11 was planned by God. It would also mean that these are warning signs, or harbingers, for us. As the shemitah not only signifies release (of financial debts), but also of fall or collapse. I will elaborate more on this a little later, and I guarantee you will find it extremely interesting.
I've now described the events on the last days of the shemitah cycle (Elul 29 wipeout days) of 2008, and 2001. I'm saving the descriptions of the extremely interesting, and significant events that occurred in the shemitah years of 1994, and 1987 for just a bit later. However I'll briefly mention here that 1987 saw the biggest one day stock market crash in history in terms of percentage lost. In one day it lost 22% -- almost double that of the next biggest one day percentage loss in 1929 of 12%. The infamous Black Monday in 1987 coincided with Elul 29 -- the wipeout day. Also, the shemitah year of 1973 was the 7th biggest bear market and economic reversal in US history. This bear market was compounded by the 1973 oil crisis that was the result of the Yom Kipur War in Israel. It was regarded as the first discrete event since the Great Depression to have a persistent effect on the US economy.
If the fact that these crashes that coincide with shemitahs and their wipeout days, imply biblical disfavor, then it's interesting that they got progressively worse over time, and parallel what some would argue is the progressive decline of our culture post the 1960's Baby Boomer, counter cultural revolution. Also, if the shemitah signifies collapse, was the collapsing of the World Trade Center Twin Towers on 9/11 -- which occurred at the peak of the shemitah cycle in 2001 -- in anyway a sign? I have more truly astounding things to show regarding 9/11 in a little bit.
What major, significant event took place on the last day of the shemitah cycle in 2015? It is one key to understanding what is really going on in our world, and I will explain this in a minute as well. First...
4. The Jubilee Year
The jubilee (Hebrew יובל yūḇāl) year is the year at the end of seven cycles of shemitah years. In other words, a jubilee year occurs once every 49 years. It could be referred to as the 'super shemitah'. According to Biblical regulations the jubilee year had a special impact on the ownership and management of land in the Land of Israel. Jubilee deals largely with land, property, and property rights; and returning to one's land and clan. This can be confirmed on wikipedia, and also from the following passages:
Leviticus 25:8 “'You shall count seven weeks of years, seven times seven years, so that the time of the seven weeks of years shall give you forty-nine years."
Leviticus 25:10 "And you shall consecrate the fiftieth year, and proclaim liberty throughout the land to all its inhabitants. It shall be a jubilee for you, when each of you shall return to his property and each of you shall return to his clan."
The book of Ezekiel speaks of the jubilee year during which property is returned to the original owner (or their heirs).
In the Jewish calendar, 1917 - 1918 was a jubilee year. It began on September 4, 1917 in the Gregorian calendar. In November of 1917 World War I ended, and Great Britain received the mandate from the League of Nations to oversee the Palestine territory, after the defeat of the Ottoman Empire. Also in November of 1917, the Balfour Declaration was written by British Foreign Secretary Arthur James Balfour. Which, for the first time in 19 centuries, established "a national home for the Jewish people". As a result of the Balfour Declaration, there has been a succession of major waves of Jewish people moving to Israel, with the first one being in 1917.
It is quite amazing that the historic Balfour Declaration occurred in a jubilee year! Given that the biblical jubilee deals with land and property rights. As well as being the year for coming home to one's original land (or their heirs), and their clan. Yet it becomes even more interesting because the same pattern occurred the following jubilee year.
The jubilee year is also the first year of the following 49 year super shemitah cycle, so 48 additional years added to the 1917-1918 jubilee year, equals 1965-1966, which thus ended the cycle. The following year, the fiftieth year, of 1966-1967 was the jubilee year. This was the year of the 6-Day War, in which Israel regained possession of their ancient capital of East Jerusalem - the Old City. Their ancient capital came into Jewish national possession for the first time in 19 centuries. That this also occurred in a jubilee year is astonishing! The odds that the ancient Jewish people survived as a people, when no other ancient people has survived, and came back to Israel as promised, is one thing in itself. But for this to coincide with a jubilee year, twice, makes the odds incalculable.
If this pattern were to continue it would mean that the Temple Mount would come under Jewish control in the following jubilee year. As the pattern is demonstrating a three step process, to the fulfillment of prophecy regarding the Jewish people's regathering to the land and Israel's restoration. First, to the land in Israel (jubilee of 1917-1918). Second, to their ancient capital city of Jerusalem (jubilee of 1966-1967). Third, to their Temple Mount grounds and the reconsecration of their Temple (the jubilee of jubilee years 2016-2017?). The jubilee year after 1966-1967 is September 13, 2015 to October 3, 2016. However, the year of 2014-2015 was not only the last year of a 49 year jubilee cycle, it was the exact last year of 70 jubilee cycles since Joshua and Caleb entered the Promised Land for the first time. (This is supported by solid archaeological evidence, and an article that documents this can be found on my website in the additional resources section.) Thus, because 70 jubilees are completed for Israel, it is a jubilee of jubilees, and it requires an extra jubilee year, October 4, 2016 - September 22, 2017. The time of this writing is May, 2016. Currently, the Temple Mount complex grounds are controlled by the Jerusalem Islamic Wafq, with custodianship to Jordan. Non-Muslims are only allowed onto the grounds for one hour, twice a day; and Jews, including Israeli citizens, are not allowed onto the grounds at all. All holy sites of other religions in Israel are open to everyone, all day long.
5. The Blood Moons
"Unless you people see signs and wonders, you will never believe." John 4:48
"...in those days... I will show wonders in the heavens above and signs on the earth below.... The sun will be turned to darkness, and the moon to blood, before the coming of the great and glorious day of the Lord." Joel 2:30 and Acts 2:19
A total lunar eclipse, almost always produces an effect which makes the moon appear red. The red color is caused by Rayleigh scattering of sunlight through the Earth's atmosphere - the same effect that causes sunsets to appear red. In astronomy, a tetrad is a set of four total lunar eclipses within two years, with no intervening partial lunar eclipses. The lunar eclipses in a tetrad are called "blood moons", when all four lunar eclipses within the two years coincide with Jewish holiday feast days.
A series of blood moons began on April 15, 2014, and ended on September 28, 2015. The ones in the spring occurred on the Jewish Passovers, and the ones in the fall occurred on the Feasts of Tabernacle. This was the ninth time in 2000 years that a tetrad coincided with Jewish Feast holy days, and the next one will be more than 500 years from now. It is the first time in 2000 years that two of the blood moons occurred in a shemitah year. The last of these recent blood moons was on September 28, 2015, and it was also a rarer "supermoon", when the moon is at its closest to the Earth. This last of these blood moons was visible in Israel.
What is extremely interesting is that each of the previous 8 blood moons tetrads in history, coincided with significant events that are related to the theme of this writing. Without going into the history of each one though, the last two blood moons tetrads couldn't be more interesting. There hadn't been a blood moons tetrad in almost 500 years by the time a blood moons tetrad coincided with the Arab-Israeli War and the birth of Israel in 1948. Incredibly, the following blood moons tetrad coincided with the 6-Day War and the ancient capital of East Jerusalem coming into the possession of the Jewish nation in 1967.
Similar to the three-step pattern of prophecy fulfillment with the jubilee cycle, this blood moons pattern indicates that this recent blood moons tetrad of 2014-2015 will coincide with the Jewish Temple coming into possession of the Jewish nation. Similar to the jubilee pattern of land, capital city, Temple Mount -- first the national birth in 1948, second the capital Jerusalem in 1967, third the Temple Mount in 2017? (The blood moons of 2014-2015 unmistakably point to a particular date in 2017. I will explain this in a bit in this writing, and I promise you will be amazed!). The 1948 blood moons, coincided with a war that Israel was forced into, and as result the nation was born. The 1967 blood moons, also coincided with a war that Israel was forced into, and as a result the ancient capital in Jerusalem came into their possession. Could Israel be forced into a war that results in Israel controlling the Temple Mount this year?
I mentioned earlier that there was a significant event that occurred on the last day (wipeout day) of the 7 year shemitah cycle in 2015. On this day, September 13, 2015 (Elul 29), Israeli Security forces clashed with masked Arab youths on the Temple Mount. Intelligence information gathered discovered a plan for an organized riot on the Temple Mount, with protesters stockpiling rocks and firecrackers as well as a barricade at an entrance to the al-Aqsa mosque. Pipe bombs were also confirmed to be discovered. The intention of the demonstrators was to upset the movements of Jewish visitors in the compound ahead of the Rosh Hashanah holiday, which is the Jewish New Year and the day after Elul 29. Arab youths were trying to create an international uproar over the Temple Mount, which they succeeded in doing. Arab countries decried the Israeli Security Forces incursion on the Temple Mount, and it was the beginning of the current wave of terrorism in Israel. As a result, the Israeli Public Security Minister has begun to question the current "status quo arrangement" regarding the Temple Mount. It's interesting to consider whether these events will escalate into something bigger. Especially given that this occurred on the day of the shemitah, and on the eve of the jubilee year, and in light of the three-step jubilee and blood moons patterns, as well as 2017 being found in the Bible - which I will show in a moment. (I highly recommend reading how 2017 is found in the Bible!!! -- #7 in this writing -- It is the most interesting thing you will ever read.)
(Update July, 2016 - as predicted, the violence on the Temple Mount is escalating. You can read this important news article on my website, clearlywritten.net, in the Additional Resources section..)
6. The Mystery of the 9th of Av
The official beginning of the Nazi "Final Solution" for the Jewish population was the Ghettoization Policy in Poland. On August 2, 1941, Hinrich Lohse, the Reichskommisar Ostland, formally introduced a draft of “temporary guidelines for treatment of the Jews.” Jews were to be cleared from the countryside and concentrated in those sections of cities where the predominate portion of the Jewish population already resided. “There ghettos were to be created” and those Jews capable of work were to be put to forced labor as needed. This was the first order in what became the "Final Solution" and the Holocaust.
August 2, 1941 was the 9th day of the month of Av in the Jewish calendar. It was the beginning of one of the biggest calamities in Jewish history. In the following years the Jews of Europe were rounded up, their possessions and identities taken away, and 2 out of 3 Jews In Europe were killed.
A year later on July 22, 1942 began the secretive Nazi operation called Grossaktion or Gross-Aktion Warsaw. During the Grossaktion Jews were terrorized in daily round-ups, marched through the ghetto, and assembled at the Umschlagplatz station square for the so-called "resettlement to the East" (Umsiedlung). From there, they were sent aboard overcrowded Holocaust trains to the extermination camp in Treblinka. July 22, 1942 was the beginning of the death camps and the Holocaust, and it was the 9th of Av in the Jewish calendar.
Germany entered WWI on August 1, 1914, when it declared war on Russia. Without getting into great historic detail, WWI caused massive upheaval for European and Russian Jewry, and it resulted in rising Anti-Semitism, and severe pogroms following the war. August 1 was the 9th of Av in the Jewish calendar. WWI also led to WWII, and the Holocaust.
A golden age of Jewish culture in Spain coincided with the Middle Ages in Europe. Jews were generally accepted in society and Jewish religious, cultural, and economic life blossomed. Jews contributed to, and affected Spanish culture. Anti-Semitism had emerged by the time the Kingdoms of Aragon and Castile came together with the marriage of Ferdinand and Isabella in 1469. The uniting of these kingdoms was seen as the unification of Spain, and under them the peak phase of the Reconquista took place. Ferdinand and Isabella also helped to introduce the Spanish Inquisition. The inquisition was largely against Jews who were pressured to convert to Catholicism, but who were afterwards accused of still secretly practicing Judaism. They were arrested, interrogated, tortured, and sometimes killed. Finally in 1492 Ferdinand and Isabella issued the Alhambra Decree, giving Jews in Spain four months to convert to Catholicism, flee Spain, or be killed.
The date was set for July 31st, but it was extended a few days to August 2. On this day multitudes of Jews filled the harbors of Spain and emigrated elsewhere in the Mediterranean. As a result, many died in numerous ways, at sea and in different lands. The age of Spain as a great homeland for the Jewish people was over. The expulsion is recorded as one the greatest calamities of Jewish history in the last 2000 years, and Spanish Jewry never recovered. The date of August 2, 1492, was also the 9th of Av in the Jewish calendar.
It's interesting to note that Christopher Columbus set sail for his discovery of the New World the following day. The irony is that out of this tragedy, the next day was the beginning of the greatest safe haven for Jews - the Americas. His very first entry in his diary recorded passing ships with Jews fleeing Spain.
Here are some more interesting facts about Columbus: Scholars are now convinced that Columbus was a Marranos - a Jew that feigned conversion, practicing Catholicism outwardly while covertly practicing Judaism. I have a CNN article about this on my website, clearlywritten.net, in the Additional Resources section. Also, it is a misconception that Ferdinand and Isabella financed his voyage. The loan for his voyage was advanced by Luis de Santangel, chancellor of the Royal household, and Gabriel Sanchez, high treasurer of Aragon. Both were born into Jewish Converso families. (Conversos were Jews that had converted.) Support also came from Alfonso de la Caballeria vice-chancellor of Aragon and also of converso descent. Scholars now know that Columbus was deeply religious, and like many Jews is his day, he was passionate about liberating Jerusalem from the Muslims. The motivation for his expedition was to find gold for the cause of liberating Jerusalem, and to find a safe haven for Jews. It's also interesting that he was supposed to set sail on August 2, but postponed it a day out of superstition, because it was the 9th of Av (by 1492 many other historical Jewish calamities had already occurred on the 9th of Av).
Something else of interest coincided with this great calamity for Jews in 1492. The expulsion, and the following calamity they faced in the lands they fled to, coincidentally coincided with one of the rare blood moon tetrads in the last 2000 years. This particular blood moons tetrad is the one I mentioned that came 500 years before the blood moons tetrad that coincided with the 1948 Arab-Israeli War. Like the blood moons pattern of 1948 and 1967, Columbus’s discovery of what would ultimately become safe haven land for Jews, came about through tragedy after the blood moons of 1492.
There are many examples of momentous calamities for Jews, mysteriously occurring on the 9th of Av. I am only referencing a few of the major ones.
The same pattern that occurred in Spain occurred in France in 1306. There was a turning against the Jews, and against those that had converted to Catholicism, but were suspected of keeping Jewish customs. By the middle of 1306 the royal treasury of France was nearly bankrupt. King Phillip the 'Fair", decided to banish the Jews and in the process take all of their possessions and sell them at an auction and take the money for himself. The Jews were again uprooted, and wrested from their possessions and property, in what is called The Great Exile of 1306. The day the orders were carried out and the Jews were arrested was July 22, 1306 and it was the 9th of Av in the Jewish calendar.
The same pattern occurred in England. King Edward issued the Edict of Expulsion on July 18, 1290. Which was the 9th of Av. It was the first nationwide expulsion of Jews.
The First Crusade was called for by Pope Urban, in response to the request of the Byzantine emperor. The goal was to drive back the Turks, and in the process take the Holy Land. The knights and peasants of Western Europe marched to Jerusalem and massacred Muslims, Jews, and other Christians. But it wasn't just in Jerusalem. The Jews were also massacred in Europe by the crusading armies. In the first month alone 10,000 Jews were killed and Jewish communities were destroyed. The First Crusade set a dangerous precedent -- the rise of organized, popular, anti-Jewish uprisings. The official start date of the First Crusade was set as August 15, 1096. Which was also the 9th of Av.
The Bar Kokhba revolt
The Bar Kokhba revolt was a rebellion of the Jews of the Roman province of Judea against the Roman Empire. Led by Simon bar Kokhba, who the Jews took for the Messiah. On July 4, 135 CE the rebellion was eventually crushed with the destruction of the city of Betar, which was Bar Kokhba's last fortress. Some scholars describe the event as genocide, and it is estimated that 100,00 to 500,000 Jews were killed. Many more died of hunger and disease, while those who survived were sold into slavery. July 4, 135 CE was the 9th of Av.
The Bar Kokhba revolt enraged Roman emperor Hadrian, and he became determined to erase Judaism from the province. Circumcision was forbidden, Judah province was renamed Syria Palaestina (which is where we get Palestine and Palestinian from), and Jews were expelled from the city. Until the 7th century Jews were prohibited from entering the city on penalty of death, except for one day each year, during the holiday of Tisha B'Av - the 9th of Av. Jerusalem was renamed Aelia Capitolina, named after the god Jupiter Capitolinus. Hadrian leveled the the Temple Mount area and covered the remains of the old Jewish Temple. On top he constructed a temple to Jupiter, which was later incorporated into the Dome of The Rock and Al Aqsa Mosque.
What is the origin of the mystery of the 9th of Av? Where does it all begin?
The First Temple
The First Temple (the focal point of Judaism) built by King Solomon, and the Kingdom of Judah were destroyed by the Babylonians led by Nebuchadnezzar in 586 BCE. The Judeans were taken into Babylonian exile for 70 years. According to the Talmud in tractate Ta'anit, the destruction of the First Temple began on the Ninth of Av and the Temple continued to burn throughout the Tenth of Av.
The Second Temple
The Second Temple built by Ezra and Nehemiah, and later renovated by Herod, was destroyed by the Romans in August 70 CE on the Ninth of Av. The people of Judea were scattered, commencing the Jewish exile from the Holy Land to the "ends of the earth" that would last 2000 years. It also marked the end of biblical Judaism, which was replaced with rabbinic Judaism. Since then it is has been tradition on Passover to recite, "next year in Jerusalem".
The destruction of the First and Second Temples, and the aftermaths for the Jewish people, rank with the Holocaust in terms of degree of calamity for the Jewish people.
There is a clear pattern here. The 9th of Av is a day of calamity for the Jewish people. But a particular kind of calamity. The Jewish people are expelled from foreign lands throughout the centuries, yet the tragedy and suffering all begins when they are expelled from their own land in 70 AD. It's as if, for 2000 years of history the Jewish people are reliving, and are being reminded of the exile from their own land.
The following passages become very interesting, in light of the mystery of the Ninth of Av.
14 "If you don't obey me, and do not carry out all these commandments, if instead you reject my statutes, if your soul abhors my ordinances, so that you will not carry out all my commandments, and you break my covenant... 17 I will set my face against you so you'll be struck down before your enemies. Those who hate you will rule over you and you will flee when no one is pursuing... 25 I will bring upon you a sword which will execute vengeance for the covenant and when you gather together in your cities I will send pestilence among you. You will be delivered into your enemies’ hands .. 31 I will lay waste to your cities, I will make your sanctuaries desolate. And I myself will devastate the land, so that your enemies who settle in it shall be appalled at it. You however I will scatter among the nations, and I will set a sword after you, as your land becomes desolate [it has been proven with cave stalactites that precipitation levels in Israel dropped dramatically in the latter half of the first century CE, and began rising significantly in the 20th century], and your cities become waste,.. 36 And as for those of you who are left, I will bring weakness into their hearts in the lands of their enemies, and the sound of a driven leaf will chase them... you will have no strength to stand before your enemies."
Deuteronomy 28 - Moses' admonition before entering Promised Land
"All these things will come upon you, because you would not obey the Lord your God... 63 ...you will be torn from your land, that you are now entering to take possession of. 64 And the Lord will scatter you among all peoples, from one end of the earth to the other. 65 And among those nations you will find no rest. And there will be no resting place for the sole of your foot. For there the Lord will give you a trembling heart, and failing eyes, and despairing soul. 66 Your life will hang in doubt before you. You will be in fear night and day and have no assurance of your life. 67 In the morning you will say I wish it were evening, and in the evening you will say I wish it were day because of the dread your heart will have."
This was written long before the destruction of Solomon's Temple. It all came true. It would mean that Israel turned from God. But the biggest fulfillment of these passages of exile was not in 586 BCE, because although Israel was exiled for 70 years in Babylon, that was nothing compared to what happened in 70 CE. In 70 CE the Jewish people were not taken to Babylon for 70 years, they were taken to the ends of earth for 2000 years. Whatever error or turning from God that the Jewish people committed leading up to 70 CE had to have been bigger than in 586 BCE. Yet in 586 BCE they were worshiping false pagan gods and idols, and lifting up their children on altars to kill them. So what error could have possibly been committed by the Jews in the years leading up to 70 CE, that would warrant this punishment?! Did the Jews reject God in a manner that was somehow greater, or more personal, than their rebellion in 586 BCE?. And did anyone significant in the years leading up to 70 CE predict that the destruction of the Temple and Jerusalem would come soon?
#7 (Part A). 2017
It is extremely interesting how 2017 is derived from the Bible, and it couldn't be more simple and straightforward. To begin with, I need to introduce the most astounding "70 Weeks Prophecy" in the 9th chapter of the book of Daniel.
Daniel chapter 9
The 70 Weeks Prophecy
"Seventy weeks are decreed about your people and your holy city". (Daniel 9:24)
In chapter 9, Daniel receives knowledge from Archangel Gabriel concerning 70 Weeks. Here is verse 9:25: "Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the command to restore and build Jerusalem until an anointed one, a prince, there shall be 7 weeks and 62 weeks; the streets shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublesome times."
In 597 BCE Jerusalem was destroyed and all the Jews in Judah, except a small number of poor people on the land, were deported to Babylon for seventy years. In this passage Gabriel tells Daniel that from the time of a command to rebuild Jerusalem, there will be 7 weeks and 62 weeks (69 weeks total) until an "anointed one, a prince". "From the going forth of the command to restore and build Jerusalem... the streets shall be built again, and the wall", reveals the starting point of the 70 weeks prophecy. The Bible presents four possible commands, or decrees, that might fulfill this description. Three of the four speak of rebuilding the temple, instead of specifically "Jerusalem" the city and "the wall". Nehemiah 2:1-8, is the only one of the four Bible passages that speaks of rebuilding the city and wall: King Artaxerxes made a written decree giving Nehemiah permission, safe passage and supplies to return to Jerusalem and rebuild the city and the walls in 445 BCE.
As with the previous prophecies, the day-for-a-year prophecy rule makes 70 weeks = 70 sets of 7 years. 490 years.
Besides the day-for-a-year prophecy rule, we can also know that 70 sets of 7 years is correct because the ancient Hebrew word for weeks simply refers to a unit of 7. Genesis 29:15-28 is an example of using the ancient Hebrew word (shabuwa') for both seven days and seven years in the same context. Additionally, Leviticus 25:8 is an example of God issuing commands for sabbatical years, which He treated as sets of seven years or 'weeks'. "And you shall count seven sabbaths of years for yourself, seven times seven years; and the time of the seven sabbaths of years shall be to you forty-nine years." We can also know that 70 weeks was not literal because is was simply not enough time to build the temple. Lastly, another clue is in Daniel 10:2 when he referred to a period of three weeks, and to distinguish this from the weeks referred to in the prior chapter he specifically called it "weeks of days".
Again, Daniel 9:25: "Know therefore and understand, from the going forth of the command to restore and build Jerusalem until the coming of an anointed one, a prince, there shall be 7 weeks and 62 weeks".
7 weeks of years = 49 years, to "rebuild the city and walls."
62 more weeks of years after the first 7 weeks of years (69 weeks of years total), "until the coming of the anointed one, a prince."
(In Hebrew vocabulary, prince has more the idea of a "strong, mighty ruler", than "son of a king and heir to the throne")
69 weeks of years (69 x 7) = 483 years. So, 483 years from the command until the coming of the annointed one. This is simple and straightforward.
A prophetic year
Up until the 8th century BC all ancient civilizations all over the world used 360-day calendars. It would have made sense for them to do so. Sir Isaac Newton stated "All nations, before the just length of the solar year was known, would have reckoned months by the course of the moon, and years by the return of winter and summer, spring and autumn, and in making calendars for their festivals, they reckoned thirty days for a lunar month, and twelve lunar months to a year, taking the nearest round numbers, whence came the division of the ecliptic into 360 degrees." The 360 day calendar would have been used in Babylon at the timing of Daniel's writing.
We have examples of 30-day month calendars in the Bible. The Genesis account of the flood in the days of Noah illustrated this 360-day year by recording the 150-day interval till the waters abated from the Earth. The 150 days began on the seventeenth day of the second month, and ended on the seventeenth day of the seventh month. (Genesis 7:11-24, 8:3-4). The book of Ester (1:4) indicates the same 360-day year by recording the six month long feast of Xerxes as continuing exactly 180 days.
The biblical writers used the 360-day year in the historical and predictive parts of Scripture. Daniel recorded that the time of the absolute power of the anti-messiah over the holy people will last three-and-one-half years (7:25). John in the book of Revelation described the same three-and-one-half year period (Revelation 13:5-7) as consisting of forty-two months of thirty days each, totaling 1,260 days (Revelation 11:2-3; 12:6).
Therefore (69 x 7 weeks of years = 483 years) 483 years x 360 days = 173,880 days
Artaxerxes Longimanus ascended to the throne of the Medo-Persian empire in July 465 BCE (Encyclopedia Britannica, 1990 ed.). The twentieth year of his reign began in July 446 BCE. Nehemiah 2:1 tells us that the decree occurred in the twentieth year, approximately nine months later in the month of Nisan (March/April 445 BCE on our calendar). By Hebrew tradition when the day of the month is not specifically stated (as in Artaxerxes' decree), it is given to be the first day of that month. Consequently, the very day of Artaxerxes' decree was the first day of the Hebrew month of Nisan in 445 B.C. The first day of Nisan in 445 BCE corresponds to the 14th day of March in our calendar. These dates were confirmed through astronomical calculations at the British Royal Observatory and reported by Sir Robert Anderson (Robert Anderson, "The Coming Prince", Kregel. Reprinted in 1984.).
Jesus started His ministry in the 15th year of Tiberius (Luke 3:1). Tiberius started his reign in 14 AD, so Jesus' ministry started in 29 AD. Jesus celebrated four Passovers during His ministry (John 2:13; 5:1; 6:4; 19:14). One each in 29 AD, 30 AD, 31 AD, and His final one in 32 AD.
With the help of lunar charts, we can calculate the exact date of ancient Passovers, so we can calculate the exact day of Jesus' 'Triumphal Entry' on Palm Sunday into Jerusalem as April 6, 32 AD.
From 445 BC to 32 AD there are 476 years on the Gregorian calendar (not 477 years, because there is no year zero).
476 years x 365 days = 173,740 days
Adjusting for the difference between March 14th and April 6th adds 24 days.
Adjusting for leap years over a period 476 years adds 116 days.
The total number of days from March 14th, 445 BC to April 6th, 32 AD
173,740 days + 24 + 116 = 173,880
According to his calendar, Daniel told us there would be 173,880 days between the decree and the arrival of Messiah the Prince!!! (69 x 7 years = 483 years. 483 x 360 days = 173,880 days). Again, the odds of this being a coincidence are incalculable, and therefore impossible. Gabriel gave Daniel the exact day of the crucifixion of Jesus ("an anointed one, a prince" -- the Messiah). (The term "anointed one" is a common messianic reference in the Old Testament.)
Jesus said to the Jews of this day: If you had known, even you, especially IN THIS DAY, the things that make for your peace! (Luke 19:42).
During this final Passover He is depicted as presenting Himself openly as Zion's king. The so-called Triumphal Entry recorded in each of the gospels and fulfilling Psalm 118:29 and Zechariah 9:9: "Rejoice greatly, Daughter Zion! Shout, your king comes to you, righteous and victorious, lowly and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey." The fact that this description matches Jesus' Triumphal Entry has compelled many Jewish scholars to confess that Messiah has already come.
The 70th Week
So far we have 69 weeks out of the 70 weeks prophesied. Therefore the 70th week of seven years remains. Israel has been miraculously restored after 2000 years of pause in its history, which was described as being in between the 69th and 70th week in this 70 Weeks prophecy in Daniel 9:26 ("desolations are decreed"). During these 2000 years God has chased the Jews around the world for rejecting Him in 32 AD, as predicted and described in Leviticus 26 and Deuteronomy 28. Being restored again, Israel is now in position for the resumption of the 70 Weeks prophecy, and the fulfillment of the events prophesied for the 70th week. The 70th week is the End Times period, also called the Great Tribulation, and "Time of Jacob's Distress" (Jeremiah 30:7). The End Times period is for the world, with focus on Israel, as the world seeks its destruction, before their messiah saves them at the climax of this age, and the Jews mourn for having rejected him (Zechariah 12).
As already explained, the Jewish year of 2014-2015 was a shemitah year - the last year of God's 7 year cycle. It was also the last year of a jubilee cycle of 49 years (7 x 7 years). It was also the last year of 70 jubilee cycles - jubilee of jubilees (70 x 49 years). After completing the shemitah, jubilee, and jubilee of jubilees, the following year of 2015-2016 was the first year of a new shemitah cycle of 7 years. For this reason, and many other reasons too numerous to mention in this paragraph, it is clear that Daniel's 70th week will begin sometime in this new shemitah cycle of 7 years. One obvious reason is that the last of the four years revealed in Daniel, revealed in the very last verses of the book of Daniel, is 2023.
In a minute I will explain why 2017 is an extremely important year, for Israel and the world. I will also show on which precise day of this year is almost certainly the start of the 70th week!!
Before we continue, it was verse 25 in Daniel chapter 9 that just explained the 69 weeks that started from the "command" "until the coming of the anointed one, a prince". Now let's quickly look at verse 9:24 - the prior verse. "Seventy weeks are decreed about your people and your holy city, to finish the transgression, to put an end to sin, and to atone for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal up both vision and prophet, and to anoint a most holy place. 25 Know therefore and understand, from the going forth of the command to restore and build Jerusalem until the coming of an anointed one, a prince, there shall be 7 weeks and 62 weeks". (Dan 9:24).
Keep in mind that the book of Daniel was written in the 6th century BCE, yet this sounds like Christianity. (The Dead Sea scrolls prove that the Old Testament was written before Christ.)
The "sealing up of both vision and prophet" in this 70 weeks prophecy implies a full revelation of God where visions and prophets are no longer needed afterward. In other words, it refers to the Day of The Lord. To "finish the transgression" and "bring in everlasting righteousness", literally means to establish a new order on Earth. To "put an end to sin, and to atone for iniquity" forever, literally means to have a redeemed world. To atone means to make amends, or reparation. Everlasting atonement for sin that "puts an end" to the separation that sin causes, can only be accomplished one way: Through an act of God, on our behalf. "To anoint the most holy place", taken simply, and literally, refers to a place - the most holy temple sanctuary, where He will dwell on the Day of The Lord, and into the new age... Ezekiel 48:35: "And the name of the city [Jerusalem] from that time on shall be, "THE LORD IS THERE" (the very last verse of the important, prophetic book of Ezekiel). In short, Gabriel is telling Daniel that these amazing things will happen within the course of the 70 weeks.
So, not only does the 173,880 days given to Daniel predict exactly the day of Jesus' Triumphal Entry on Pam Sunday before His crucifixion, this prediction is in context of a description of an anointed ruler that without doubt sounds like Christianity (given 700 years prior to Christianity).
Before I continue and explain the massive importance that the 70th week has for us, and also on which precise day in 2017 it very likely begins,
let's quickly take a look at another amazing Old Testament prophecy...
Here is another Old Testament prophecy that has incalculable odds of being fulfilled precisely. It is beyond words how astounding this is!
Isaiah 53 'The Suffering Servant'.
I have highlighted some verses from this chapter of Isaiah that was written seven centuries before Christ. Without first knowing that this was written by Isaiah, and that it comes from the Old Testament, the average person reading this would very confidently assume this chapter is talking about Jesus. Surveys have been conducted that show all those that read this, without knowing first that it is was written by Isaiah in the 8th century BC, confidently say it could only be speaking about Jesus. It certainly disproves the secular notion that Christianity was invented during and after Jesus' day.
Verse 1: "Who has believed what we have heard? And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?"
(The arm of the Lord is a common reference to the messiah in Old Testament prophecy. Here you have a question being asked - who has "believed" what was said about the messiah? This is Christianity.)
Verse 2 "For he grew up before him like a tender shoot, and like a root out of dry ground; [A tender shoot, and Jesse's root out of dry ground, are also clear, unmistakable references to the messiah, that recur throughout Old Testament prophecy. Including Isaiah 11:1] he had no form or majesty that we should look at him, and no beauty that we should desire him."
Verse 3 "He was despised and rejected by men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief; ... he was despised and we esteemed him not."
Verse 4 "Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted." (This is Christianity.)
Verse 5 "But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed." (There is only one man in history that fits this description! This can only be speaking of Jesus!!)
Verse 6 "All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned--every one--to his own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all." (This is pure Christianity.)
Verse 7 "He was oppressed and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth [It was recorded that Jesus was silent during his persecution.]; like a lamb that is led to the slaughter, and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent, so he opened not his mouth." (Seven centuries later, Jesus is described as the Lamb of God.)
Verse 8 "By oppression and judgement he was taken away. …[In] his generation, who considered that he was cut off out of the land of the living, stricken for the transgression of my people?"
Verse 10 "Yet it was the will of the Lord to crush him; he has put him to grief; when his soul makes an offering for guilt, he shall see his offspring; he shall prolong his days;" (His offspring is a reference to his followers/church, and his days being prolonged is a reference to the resurrection.)
Verse 11 "Out of the anguish of his soul he shall see and be satisfied; by his knowledge shall the righteous one, my servant, make many to be accounted righteous, and he shall bear their iniquities." (God being satisfied out of anguish, through His righteous servant, for the iniquities of many, IS Christianity.)
Verse 12 "...because he poured out himself to death and was numbered with the transgressors; yet he bore the sin of many, and makes intercession for the transgressors." (Baring the sin of many, and making intercession for these transgressors, is the essence of Christianity. It was also recorded in the gospel that he was "numbered with the transgressors", when he was crucified in between two robbers.)
Here are passages from Isaiah 52: (Scholars believe Isaiah 52 and 53 are actually one chapter.)
13 See, my servant will act wisely;
he will be raised and lifted up and highly exalted.
14 Just as there were many who were appalled at him—
his appearance was so disfigured beyond that of any human being
and his form marred beyond human likeness—
15 so shall he startle many nations, [On the Day of The Lord]
and kings will shut their mouths because of him.
For what they were not told, they will see,
and what they have not heard, they will understand.
10 The Lord has bared his holy arm
before the eyes of all the nations,
and all the ends of the earth shall see
the salvation of our God.
There is only one man in history that could fit this description!
Most people are unaware that the Old Testament is littered with prophecies that could only have been fulfilled by Jesus. A college professor of mathematics and science named Dr. Peter Stoner wanted to determine what the odds were that any one human being throughout history could fulfill 48 of the Messianic prophecies. So he had his students come up with very conservative estimates, and then they ran the numbers. It was calculated at 1 in 1 trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion.
Here are two more brief examples of these Old Testament prophecies.
Isaiah 9:1-2, 6-7 (7th century BC): 'For to Us a Child Is Born'
"In the future [God] will honor Galilee of the nations, by way of the Sea, beyond the Jordan--
The people walking in darkness
have seen a great light;
on those living in the land of deep darkness
a light has dawned...
For to us a child is born
to us a son is given
and the government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Of the greatness of his government and peace
there will be no end."
Whoever this person is that is being spoken of in this 9th chapter of Isaiah, he is a man from Galilee that is also called Mighty God, and Everlasting Father. There is only one person from Galilee that is said to be both God and a man.
Psalm 22: 14-19 (1000 BC): "I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint: my heart is like wax; it is melted in the midst of my bowels. My strength is dried up like a potsherd; and my tongue cleaveth to my jaws; and thou hast brought me into the dust of death. For dogs have compassed me: the assembly of the wicked have inclosed me: they pierced my hands and my feet. I may tell all my bones: they look and stare upon me. They part my garments among them, and cast lots upon my vesture."
(It was recorded that the soldiers that crucified him divided up his clothes and cast lots to see what each would get.)
Another astounding Old Testament prophecy is Micah (8th century BC) chapter 5: 'The Ruler to Be Born in Bethlehem'
Verse 2: "But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah, who are too little to be among the clans of Judah, from you shall come forth for me one who is to be ruler in Israel, whose coming forth is from of old, from ancient days." (From ancient days is a common Old Testament reference to God, and being uncreated.)
Verse 3: ..."when she who is in labor bears a son"
The rest of Micah chapter 5 speaks of the regathering of the people of Israel, and the ruler being referred to as the shepherd securing his flock on the Day of The Lord and into the Messianic Age.
Verse 3: "Therefore Israel will be abandoned until the time... [that] the rest of his brothers shall return to the people of Israel."
Verse 4: "And he shall stand and shepherd his flock in the strength of the Lord, in the majesty of the name of the Lord his God. And they shall dwell securely, for then his greatness will reach to the ends of the earth."
Verse 5: "And he shall be their peace."
Isaiah 48:16 (7th century BC). This verse clearly speaks of the Trinity, 7 centuries before Jesus. The voice speaking belongs to a being that is uncreated, yet the voice says that the Lord God sent him, and his Spirit.:
"Draw near to me, hear this:
from the beginning I have not spoken in secret,
from the time it came to be I have been there.
And now the Lord God has sent me, and his Spirit."
Proverbs 30:4 (700 B.C.): "Who hath ascended up into heaven or descended? Who hath gathered the wind in His fists? Who hath bound the waters in a garment? Who hath established all the ends of the Earth? What is His name, and what is His son's name, if thou canst tell?"
Psalm 2:11-12 (1000 B.C.): Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling. Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him. (The context of these verses is Psalm 2. Which is a chapter describing the rulers of the nations getting together and plotting to destroy Israel in the last days.)
Psalm 110:1 (1000 B.C.) "A Psalm of David. The LORD says to my Lord: 'Sit at My right hand Until I make Your enemies a footstool for Your feet.'"
The following amazing passage in Zechariah illustrates how on the Day of The Lord, when Jesus is finally revealed to the Jews in Jerusalem, Israel will be in great mourning for their blindness and rejection of Him.
Zechariah 12:9-13 (518 B.C.) "And in that day [The Day of The Lord] I will set about to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem. I will pour out on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the Spirit of grace and of supplication, so that they will look on
Me whom they have pierced; and they will mourn for Him, as one mourns for an only son, and they will weep bitterly over Him like the bitter weeping over a firstborn. On that day the weeping in Jerusalem will be as great as the weeping of Hadad Rimmon in the plain of Megiddo. The land will mourn, each clan by itself, with their wives by themselves: the clan of the house of David and their wives, the clan of the house of Nathan and their wives, the clan of the house of Levi and their wives, the clan of Shimei and their wives, and all the rest of the clans and their wives".
The New Covenant, spoken of in Jeremiah 31:31-34 (526 BC - 586 BC), describes the covenant Jesus brought.
“Behold, the days are coming, declares the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah, that is not like the covenant that I made with their fathers on the day when I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt, my covenant that they broke… For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, declares the Lord: I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts."
Speaking of clear, amazing evidence for Jesus, here are a couple more brief, but fascinating, extra-biblical examples. Most people have not taken the time to carefully evaluate the evidence available, but instead have rested on our culture's overwhelming predisposition against the supernatural. Many others that claim to hold "spiritual" beliefs have come to believe in a God that is impersonal, panthiestic, or "transcendental". Yet the scientific evidence for a personal creator being is voluminous. I will now briefly show some of the extra-biblical scientific evidences for Jesus, and then briefly some of the incredible, scientific evidences for a personal creator of the universe. Also, my website has some truly astounding information and documentary videos on this, including more follow up sources to the evidences I will now briefly show. In short though, given the evidence now available, it takes much more faith to believe there is not a Creator and designer of the universe, that is a personal being, than it does to believe there is.
The Shroud of Turin in Italy.
If you don't know what the Shroud of Turin is, it is a large cloth that showed up in medieval Europe, purporting to be the cloth that Jesus was wrapped in in his burial tomb.
In the late 19th century, shortly after the invention of photography, it was discovered that the image on the cloth was a negative image. Prior to photography no one knew what a negative image was. So if it was a medieval forgery, the question is why did the forger produce a negative image?
Scientists were first allowed to examine the cloth in 1969. Initial examinations led to the formation of an 11-member Turin Commission composed of scientists and advisers, and in 1977 the Shroud of Turin Research Project (STURP) was born.
Their findings, based on a gamut of rigorous tests, were reported in 1981, stating:
"We can conclude for now that the Shroud image is that of a real human form [a corpse] of a scourged, crucified man. It is not the product of an artist. The blood stains are composed of hemoglobin and also give a positive test for serum albumin. The image is an ongoing mystery and until further chemical studies are made, perhaps by this group of scientists, or perhaps by some scientists in the future, the problem remains unsolved."
Most interesting is how scientists are still completely baffled as to how the image was made (This is a fact). Scientists that have closely examined it and studied it, have determined that there is no possible way any type of ink or ointment was applied to the cloth to produce the image. Scientists have concluded that the most logical explanation for the image on the cloth is that it was produced by intense light radiation, but they are unsure how this light radiation would have occurred. They also know that the light source would have had to have been high frequency short wavelength, but it could not have come from within the electromagnetic spectrum as we know it.
Scientists also discovered pollen in the cloth from plants that only live in Israel, and have also concluded that the cloth was made in India - far from medieval Europe.
The radiocarbon dating that took place in 1988 has since been discounted. It was later learned that the shroud was patched up after a fire in 1532, and that the sample for radiocarbon dating was taken from a fringe portion of the shroud where this patchwork was. This explains why the scientists' results had a wide range for the dating of 1260 - 1390 AD. Normally, the dating result should have produced a range of only a few years. The original sample taken from the fringe of the shroud was cut into three pieces, and sent to three separate universities. Each university had a different date, and thus the wide range. What's interesting is that the university that had the piece closest to edge of the shroud, and therefore had the highest number of newly added patchwork fibers, had the most recent date - 1390. Whereas the university that received the piece closest to the center of the shroud, and therefore least number of added patchwork fibers, had the earliest date of 1260. (Scientists have wanted to examine and carbon date the cloth again, but the Catholic Church will not allow them to.)
I have links to articles on the Turin Shroud on my website, clearlywritten.net.
The Sudarium of Oviedo
The Sudarium of Oviedo in northern Spain, is said to be a cloth that was wrapped around Jesus' face after the crucifixion, described in the gospel of John. The evidence for this cloth being authentic is incredible. My website, clearlywritten.net, has more information, but here is an overview.
Multiple scientific studies show the cloth is consistent with someone that was crucified. Blood stains confirm the man wore a crown of thorns.
Pollen samples confirm the historical account of the cloth's passage from Jerusalem, through North Africa, into northern Spain.
Residues of myrrh and aloe were discovered, confirming the gospels.
Anthropologically, the man had Jewish features.
The really fascinating evidence comes to light when the cloth is compared to the Shroud of Turin. The blood type AB matches. The stain marks match up perfectly, including the thorn marks on the nape of the neck. The frontal side of the sudarium shows 70 points of coincidence with the shroud, and 50 points on the rear side.
The only possible conclusion is that the Oviedo Sudarium covered the same face as the Turin Shroud. The history of the Oviedo cloth is well documented, and much more straightforward than that of the Shroud. It was recorded as leaving Palestine before 614, in order to avoid destruction when Jerusalem was conquered by King Chosroes II of Persia. The rest of its journey is also well documented. Therefore the conclusions of this for the dating of the Shroud need no further comment.
If you search for all the facts on the Shroud of Turin, you'll have to look beyond the religion of atheism biased sites. There are a lot of sites though, and on my website I provide truthful links.
Can the New Testament documents be relied upon?
Yes! Contrary to popular belief, the evidence for the historical accuracy and reliability of the gospels is overwhelming. For example, the mainstream secular idea that the "historical Jesus" claimed to be someone different than what the gospels recorded, is false. Even the gospel's most well known scholar critics confirm this. This is explained on my website, along with a wealth of other reasons for why they are reliable. It is amazing, and I strongly encourage you to check it out.
Yet, regarding the commonly held notion of a supposed "historical Jesus", and that for example the resurrection was a legend that emerged long after his death, here is some evidence that shows otherwise:
One of the greatest ancient historians that ever lived, A. N. Sherwin-White of Oxford, studied the rate at which legend developed in the ancient world. He said that two generations is not enough time for legend to develop and wipe out a solid core of historical truth. Paul's letter to Corinth containing the creed that summarizes the essentials of Christianity, including the resurrection, was written in 54 AD (22 years after Jesus' death), yet the letter also states the creed had already been previously passed to them. In fact it was documented that Paul met with the apostles in Jerusalem and received the creed in the sixth year after Jesus' death. One of the great scholars in this area, historian James D. G. Dunn, says, "this tradition, we can be entirely confident, was formulated within months of Jesus' death."
Josephus Flavius (born in Jerusalem 37 A.D.), the first century Jewish general, and excellent historian wrote the following about Jesus in his Antiquities (18:63), while writing for the Romans:
About this time there lived Jesus, a wise man if indeed one ought to call him a man. For he was one who wrought surprising feats and was a teacher of such people as accept the truth gladly. He won over many Jews and many of the Greeks. He was the Messiah. When Pilate, upon hearing him accused by men of the highest standing among us, had condemned him to be crucified, those who had in the first place come to love him did not cease. On the third day he appeared to them restored to life. For the prophets of God had prophesied these and myriads of other marvelous things about him. And the tribe of the Christians, so called after him, has still up to now, not disappeared.
This above passage is known as the Testimonium Flavianum. The "Testimonium" is found in every copy of Josephus in existence.
In Book 20 there is what could be called a passing reference to Jesus in a paragraph describing the murder of Jesus' brother, James, at the hands of Ananus, the High Priest.
But the younger Ananus who, as we said, received the high priesthood, was of a bold disposition and exceptionally daring; he followed the party of the Sadducees, who are severe in judgment above all the Jews, as we have already shown. As therefore Ananus was of such a disposition, he thought he had now a good opportunity, as Festus was now dead, and Albinus was still on the road; so he assembled a council of judges, and brought before it the brother of Jesus the so-called Christ, whose name was James, together with some others, and having accused them as lawbreakers, he delivered them over to be stoned.
Near Death Experiences
In recent decades, advances in medicine and technology have led to a dramatic increase in the number of people being brought back to life, after having been clinically dead. 1 in 25 Americans have had a near death experience (NDE). Studying NDEs has become a respected field of science, and there are a number of books written by doctors and scientists on the subject. Contrary to the mechanical materialist explanation, those that are having these experiencing are not having hallucinations produced by some sort of unknown chemical reaction in their dead brain. Interestingly, their experiences share a similar pattern. One of the more interesting aspects, is that most often the experiencers are able to recount details in the surrounding environment during the time that they were clinically dead. Details that they in no way should have been able to know. They observe these details while being out of their bodies, in the environment close to where they died.
How are NDEs evidence of Christ? I will explain in a minute. It is extremely fascinating how it is that those NDEs that do not have Judeo-Christian type experience, are nonetheless amazing evidence for Christ. It is also extremely important to understand the reasons.
The 70th Week
The 70th week prophesied in Daniel chapter 9 is the seven years leading up to the Day of The Lord. It is the End Times, or Great Tribulation, and also specifically referred to as Jacob's Hour of Trouble in the Old Testament. It is the resumption of the 70 weeks that were prophesied, after 19 centuries of pause in Israel's history. The first 69 weeks of the prophecy were completed on the exact day of Jesus' Triumphal Entry on Palm Sunday before Passover in 32 AD. Subsequently, after rejecting their messiah and their God, the Temple was destroyed in 70 AD, and the Jews were chased all over the world for 2000 years, as prophesied in Leviticus and Deuteronomy. However, the Lord keeps His promises. God's purpose and plan for Israel, his promise to Abraham and the forefathers of Israel, has not been completed, and Israel is being miraculously restored for this completion and the 70th week.
In the remainder of this writing I have a few more extremely fascinating subjects and evidences to present. Much different than the topics presented already. They will build upon each other, and become even more interesting as you read on. I will also explain the exact day that the Great Tribulation/End Times almost certainly begins. Before I describe these amazing things, I have a few extremely important paragraphs of commentary - the point of this writing. After this commentary, I will briefly share the explanation on NDEs, as well as briefly share some astounding, solid, scientific evidence for God as a personal being that will change your worldview. I will then present a few incredible, shocking subjects that will build upon each other. I guarantee that you will be amazed!
What is the big deal about believing in Jesus anyway??
I have many more incredible things and proofs to share!! You will be amazed. However one more comment needs to be made here first. Philosophers use the terms postmodern and nihilistic to describe our current Western culture. Multiculturalism, and liberal values have incrementally compelled our culture to acquire an ethos of extreme egalitarianism, and intolerance of intolerance. As a result, truth is no longer deemed a worthwhile pursuit. (In actuality, it is essential). At worst, believing in a truth over others' truths, in a pluralistic world, is derogatorily considered "absolutism" and an affront to our politically correct sensibilities. Yet the fact still remains that there is a truth. Either one of the world's worldviews has the truth, or none of them do.
In reaction to our pluralistic world that seems to necessitate this political correctness, a worldview has evolved that says that all of the worldviews contain elements of the truth, or contain authentic expressions of the truth. That everything is "interconnected", and that all paths ultimately lead to the same goal. Yet this is in actuality an Eastern worldview, and a 'particular' worldview in itself. It's origins were formed mostly from Eastern philosophy and ideas, and by a variety of Western philosophers and intellectuals in the first half of the 20th century. Today, the wide array of views within this worldview are collectively referred to as the New Age or New Spirituality movement. Social historians refer to it as the Consciousness Revolution -- The West's most recent religious awakening/revolution that took hold in the 1960's.
Yet, the fact remains that there can only be one truth, and basic understanding of religions and philosophy makes it obvious that the differing worldviews fundamentally conflict. The fact that there are differing worldviews in our world, does not mean that there is no truth, and neither does it mean that all worldviews are somehow true. It also does not necessarily imply that the truth in unknowable. In fact, the logical tree diagram breakdown of the question of whether one of the worldviews is the truth and whether it is knowable, is quite simple and straightforward. First, either there is a God /supernatural consciousness Creator, or there isn't. Second, if there is a God, He is either a personal being, or an impersonal being. He cannot be both. The monotheistic view and the pantheistic view fundamentally conflict. Either God is a personal being Creator, outside of time and space, or the concept of God is altogether different and this universal consciousness exists in everything and is everywhere. So, either the Abrahamic religions' monotheistic view is true, or the Eastern religions' and New Age view is true. They cannot both be true, as they are fundamentally different. If the truth is that there is a personal being Creator outside of time and space, and He is directly concerned about the affairs of mankind, then it would therefore be likely that He would want to let Himself be known, and provide direct, universally understandable, clear guidance for His creation. Therefore, if God is a personal being, and He has chosen to reveal Himself to the world, the question then is which of the three monotheistic traditions is true.
How is Biblical Christianity unique?
All of the world's religions and philosophies have some form of method or way of reaching and connecting with God and Heaven. Whether it be counter-balancing one's sins with a greater amount of good deeds in order to get to heaven; in addition to unbiblical, superstitious ritual activities -- as in the case of Islam, modern rabbinic Judaism, and Catholicism. Whether it is the self-denying, but self-absorbed methods of reaching "self-realization" and "enlightenment" in Eastern religious philosophies. Or whether it is the narcissistic pursuit of experience, power (including healing power), and self-development/spiritual development in order to connect with the "god within" or the "higher-self", within the New Age movement, and the occult religions. (The irony in Eastern religions is that the supposed pursuit of losing the ego, in order to realize one is God, is the most egoic pursuit; and would no doubt be the height of arrogancy in the eyes of a personal being Creator.)
Biblical Christianity on the other hand, stands alone as the only worldview that recognizes and concedes that we are all hopeless sinners, and that there is no possible way or method to get to, or connect with God. That even our best deeds are filthy, and filled with vanity, in comparison to a holy, pure, and righteous God. To believe there is something one can do or perform, or that a certain amount of good deeds can outweigh one's sins, is the height of folly, arrogance, and pride in the Biblical Christian worldview. In Biblical Christianity, pride is considered the essence of all evil, and Biblical Christianity is the only worldview that requires this recognition, and it's implied humility, and humbling. (An ethos of humility and is of course the antithesis of today's self absorbed culture.) Yet the Biblical Christian worldview is the only worldview, wherein because the individual cannot get to Heaven or reach God on one's own merit, God thereby sacrificially comes down to the individual, and offers saving grace.
In Old Testament prophecy, believing in Jesus is repeatedly described as the test. The "tested stone", "The Cornerstone", and the "plumb-line of righteousness" (Isaiah ch. 28). Here is the definition of what a plumb-line is from wikipedia: "A plumb bob or a plummet is a weight, usually with a pointed tip on the bottom, that is suspended from a string and used as a vertical reference line, or plumb-line. It is essentially the vertical equivalent of a 'water level'". The reason Jesus is the straight and narrow test, or "the plumb-line of righteousness", is because believing who He was and what He accomplished implies humility, humbling, and honest recognition of who oneself truly is -- a depraved sinner, that even in their best state is filled with vanity, and completely dependent on God's grace. The individual's lifetime is a test that concerns the individual's response to this Truth of righteousness.
This world and life has been designed to challenge us, and seduce us. So that we may grow through adversity, because without adversity there is no growth or learning. It has been designed to test us, and it is designed for us to make a decision. Whether we will succumb to the worries and pleasures of life and focus on the world, or instead focus on the eternal - God and the promised coming kingdom of heaven. To determine whether we will choose to see through and beyond this world of seeing is believing, and instead believe without seeing first. God has masterfully designed this life to see who will choose Him, over themselves and the world -- without first having God's full self-revelation. This life is His way of separating the goats -- that go their own way, from the sheep -- that choose to follow the shepherd home. Once you understand that this life is a test, everything else falls into place. You will understand for example why God has only partially revealed Himself, progressively over time. The type of evidence like the Turin Shroud as just an example, was never supposed to be blatantly obvious. Therefore, it is no wonder that it won't be carbon dated again, correctly. It is for those with eyes to see.
God desires us to seek Him, come to Him, and get to know Him as He truly is. Which is more than just love and “oneness”. His other attributes include holy, just, and righteous. He desires a relationship with us. Yet, in Biblical Christianity this is not truly possible until there is reconciliation. Through the choosing and molding of a people, the Jews, as recorded in the Bible, he has demonstrated that there is standard, and that sin and pride are what separates us from a true relationship with Him. When two friends or family members have a falling out, the only true way to restore the relationship is through reconciliation. The same is true for us and God. In order to have a true relationship, we must reconcile our differences, which is sin and pride. We do this by recognizing who we truly are, and repenting. This is the only way. People of other faiths or worldviews may presume to have a close relationship with God, but in fact they do not. Their presumption, based on whatever method or way their man made cultural tradition claims, is in fact pride. God may still offer common grace to unrepentant individuals, but this is not the same as saving grace. Neither is it a deep relationship. In order to have a right relationship with God, one needs to know who God is, and who they are in relation to God. And this understanding of who God truly is, and who we truly are, naturally produces genuine repentance and a repentant lifestyle, if they are truly sorry and grateful.
There is also a powerful spiritual adversary that counterfeits and deceives many into thinking they have a relationship with God (or Gaia, or "Universe"), when in reality they have been purposefully deceived because they refused to believe the truth about who they really are.
In this life He desires us to truthfully love Him, and not the world (this life etc), of our own free will. To recognize and confess our true nature, of our own free will. He seeks for us to lose our pride and replace it with humility, without being forced to. He has desired to create a creature that loves Him, yet love is not something that can be forced. This is why He has hidden Himself, and progressively revealed Himself and the Truth, at appropriate moments in human history. This is why once there is God's full self-revelation, whether upon death, or The Day of The Lord, it is then too late for the individual. As this opportunity to choose to wake up and love Him under one's own free will is lost. The repentance and humbling would then be forced and not out of love... It is a beautiful design.
Why did Jesus say that He was the way, the truth, and the life? That He was the door and gate for the sheep? That no one comes to the Father, but by and through Him? Jesus is the free gift that God is offering to make reconciliation. In the garden of Gethsemane, Jesus, through His infinite nature, experienced all the sins ever committed, in a moment. And then paid the price for it all in one moment on the cross. Having experienced our lives entirely, and all our sins first hand, and through knowing us better than we know ourselves, He is now able to perfectly mediate on our behalf. Why did Jesus say that "whoever eats My flesh and drinks My blood, will have eternal life and I will raise that person on the last day"? And, "whoever feeds on my flesh and drinks my blood abides in me, and I in him"? (John 6:54-56). Why did He say, "in that day you will know that I am in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you"? (John 14:20). God is too pure, too holy, and too bright, for us to withstand His immediate presence on our own. We need to be in Christ. Yet His design is such that He cannot force us to accept Him in us. We need to invite Him in.
It is for good reason that Jesus said the path to salvation and the Kingdom of Heaven is narrow, but that the road to destruction is wide. Most people willnot choose to love the truth, but instead their lives, the world, their tribe, their cultural beliefs, and their own truth, false truth, and false spiritual progress". In short, "in the last days... men will be lovers of themselves" (2 Timothy 3:2). It is also for good reason that Jesus said “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me." "Make every effort to enter through the narrow door. For many, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able." (Luke 13:24). Contrary to what New Age philosophers would like to think, Jesus was not saying he was an "enlightened master trying to teach about the supposed God nature within ourselves. He said He was the ONLY way. His political incorrectness would surely have brought Him persecution in our time as well. Today He and His followers are increasingly being persecuted through the legal system, and in many countries many, many Christians are being murdered for their faith. Jesus specifically said he came, not to unite people, but to divide people (the goats from the sheep). "Do you think that I have come to bring peace to the earth? No, I tell you, but division" (Luke 12:51). There is nothing as divisive in our world as the Biblical Christian worldview, because of the effect of it being contrary to people's pride and lusts. Just as nothing is as divisive in our world as the existence of the tiny nation the size of New Jersey called Israel.
2 Peter 3:3-4 "You must understand that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires. 'Where is the promise of His coming?' they will ask. 'Ever since our fathers fell asleep, everything continues as it has from the beginning of creation.'"
If one stumbling block for you is a leftist political view regarding Israel, first be aware that the conflict can only be truly understood from a spiritual perspective. Therefore there is a force that is against the fulfillment of prophecy regarding Israel, and has been against Jews for 3500 years. Which is why for example, the thing that the demonically influenced Nazis are most famous for - trying to exterminate the Jews - ultimately led to the creation of Israel. Also, in the unfolding of God's plan, how things turn out are not necessarily how they ought to be. Another spiritual plan at work here is the bringing back together, and ultimate reconciliation between Isaac and his jealous, indignant brother Ishmael - Abraham's two sons, and the patriarch fathers of Jews and Arabs. In the Bible and in the Quran, Jews descended from Isaac, and Arabs descended from Ishmael. I have a very interesting video regarding this mystery of Isaac and Ishmael on my website, in the additional resources.
Also, because of this spiritual force that is against Israel, there are lies and misinformation in the left leaning media and left leaning academic world. Generally, all too often the problem with the Left is they are more concerned with powerful vs weak, instead of wrong vs right and truth. That's not to say by any means that Israel is by default always right, but the conflict and its history is poorly understood by the left that has made it their pet project. Their dogmatic ideology of powerful vs weak also makes their politics of emotions suitable for our modern age of news sound bites. Furthermore, God does not care for our modern left leaning politically correct sensibilities (not that Israel's right to exist as a Jewish nation is or should be politically incorrect). God has a foreign policy, and it revolves around Israel: "I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all nations on earth will be blessed through you" (Genesis 12:3). God has the last word on this conflict. And it is a watershed issue with spiritual roots, that is purposefully designed to divide people and nations. In the same way the question of Jesus is designed to divide individuals -- the sheep from the goats. I recommend being very cautious about which side of the issue you choose on these two questions…...
As an example of God's foreign policy, one of numerous examples, on June 3rd (this week that I write this) the peak of the epic, destructive floods in Paris coincided with the exact day of the French Peace Initiative talks (arrogantly held without Israel) in Paris. France initiated and hosted the talks. Also, the day prior, John Kerry flew from the US to France for the talks. On that day President Obama gave a graduation commencement speech at the Air Force Academy in Colorado. Moments later a USAF Thunderbird jet crashed while participating in the ceremonial flyover. The same day a Blue Angels jet crashed in Nashville. Crashes in the two elite, symbolic, precision flight squads are extremely rare, yet they both happened on this same day that Kerry flew to the cursed talks in Paris. The pilot in Nashville was from Colorado. Both pilots were flying aircraft #6 in their squads. A coincidence? A sign of impending judgment? Another example of a sign, and God's foreign policy in Genesis 12:3, was Katrina. First, the odds of a hurricane of this magnitude hitting New Orleans so precisely as to cause maximum destruction, was extremely low. What makes it tie into the Bible, and therefore communication from God, is that the hurricane hit on the very same day of the forced Israeli Gaza strip pullout. Thousands of Jews were forced to evacuate their homes and property, and Israel essentially abandoned this territory. Which is the opposite of God's will if we understand prophecy. The US had a major hand in pressuring Israel to withdraw, which is why it was cursed that same day. Incidentally, the day Katrina hit, and Israel pulled out of Gaza, was the 9th of Av.
Before briefly describing some scientific evidence for a personal being God, such as the Anthropic Principle, The Signature in The Cell, The Omega Point Cosmology, The Rare Earth Hypothesis, and why our planet was designed for discovery, I would like to also share what is a personal interest of mine -- 9/11. You will find extremely fascinating. Also before these incredible scientific evidences, I will share what I think is an extremely interesting insight regarding near death experiences. Lastly, I will explain the 70th Week and why it is the End Times period; and also the exact day this year that the 70th Week/Great Tribulation/End Times very likely begins. This part will be the most interesting thing you have ever read, I guarantee it.
9/11 is a personal interest of mine. There are profound, good reasons to believe God allowed 9/11 to happen, when it happened. First, the root word for tower in Hebrew is the word for arrogance. In this regard, I also believe that the sinking of the Titanic on its maiden voyage was also allowed by God. The ocean liner of decadence and prestige was arrogantly billed as "unsinkable". It is God's prerogative to remind those that will pay attention, that He is in control. We are just children, mistakenly filled with prideful independence. Also, both of these events serve as wake up calls. They are God's way of shaking us from our slumber regarding the truth about God.
I recently visited the 9/11 museum, and one thing that really made an impression on me was a particular photography art exhibit. All of the images in this exhibit were of people in New York and New Jersey looking up, in horror and despair. I think this really captured God's intent with this event. The entire world was fixated on this event, and was in despair on this day. Many were metaphorically looking up for answers. The purpose of 9/11 was to wake those up that would be woken up. It woke me up. The Great Tribulation and End Times period will serve the same purpose of causing people to look up, but it will be on an unimaginable scale compared to 9/11. (For one thing, the book of Revelation speaks of two asteroids hitting Earth, preceded by the raining fiery debris that precedes the objects. And this is just the beginning.) The Great Tribulation will be God's last ditch, desperate attempt to wake those up that will be woken up, before it is too late. It is too late when full self-revelation comes on the Day of The Lord at the climax of the Tribulation. Yet, at the same time, the tragedies that are coming, are an act of God's love. He desperately wants to wake people up in time, and without a shaking most people that are consumed with their secure comfortable lives and plans, will simply not wake up and make sacrifices for Him.
God left us numerous clues and signs in the event as well, to remind us He is still in control. For example, a perfectly proportioned giant cross made of steel beams, landed upright in the flattened debris field. Today this famous cross is in the 9/11 museum. Also, in the debris was found a Bible that was miraculously solidly fused with intense heat to a hunk of metal, without having been burned up. It was opened to a particularly appropriate page that the world needed at that moment. It was opened to the well known passage from the Sermon on the Mount in the book of Matthew on Retaliation. (This passage applies to the individual's response to evil, not the state's response to evil.) This Bible is also in the 9/11 museum. As illustrated already in this writing, God loves to reveal Himself through numbers. On the day of 9/11, the New York State Powerball lottery winning numbers were 911. Also the stock market on Wall Street was halted for days, and the Dow Jones remained at 9605 during this time. The 6 and 5 make 11.
What also is amazing and miraculous is "The Little Chapel that Stood". Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani called the survival of St. Paul’s one of the “miracles that help our faith to go on”, as it stayed open around the clock serving the firefighters, police officers, and construction workers. The chapel is located just steps from Ground Zero. On 9/11, all the other buildings in the area were destroyed, and yet it somehow survived without a scratch. Not even a broken window. Even the steeple remained intact. Only one tree fell – a nearly 100-year-old sycamore tree in the church yard. And it ended up serving as the chapel’s savior. According to the Associated Press, it was that tree that “prevented a huge steel beam from smashing the 235-year-old church to splinters. Uprooted by the impact, the tree paid the ultimate price.” Today there is a large bronze statue of the tree's roots where it once stood.
It's very interesting also that George Washington, immediately after being inaugurated as the first president, led his vice-president and cabinet down the street from Federal Hall in Manhattan, to this chapel at Ground Zero where he then consecrated the nation to God. He said that if the nation ever turned away from God, it would lose its blessings, prosperity, and protection. “We ought to be no less persuaded that propitious smiles from Heaven can never be expected on a nation that disregards the eternal rules of order and right, which Heaven itself has ordained.” Could the destruction at Ground Zero, the location where the nation was consecrated, be God's way of pointing to Washington’s chapel, and warning us? Could the place of the dedication of the nation be the place of the warning?
Is the date 9/11 in itself a sign?
In every one year Bible, whether Catholic or Protestant, the daily reading for September 11 includes Isaiah 9:11. Every year these verses are read on 9/11.
Before the destruction of the First Temple in Judah, Israel in the north was temporarily invaded by the Assyrians -- the ancient inventors of terrorism, and ancestors of the 9/11 attackers -- in a bloody terrifying raid that had political motives, and included mass beheadings. It was terrorism. In the Bible this is described as an event that God used to warn Israel with, but that the warning went unheeded. After the raid Israel's leaders are described as responding to it with defiant hubris. This is in chapter 9 of the book of Isaiah and it is titled Judgment on Arrogance. Isaiah 9:10 is the verse in which God quotes the leaders of Israel's hubristic response to the raid and His warning.
8 The Lord sent a word against Jacob,
and it fell on Israel;
9 and all the people knew it—
but in pride and arrogance of heart they said:
10 “The bricks have fallen,
but we will build with dressed stones;
the sycamores have been cut down,
but we will put cedars in their place.”
The following verse, Isaiah 9:11, is God's response to Israel's hubris and ambition to rebuild, without repentance. In verse 11, God declares that because Israel refused to turn from their unbelief and sin, and come back to God, through repentance, He will follow through on His final judgment on the nation. This final judgment came some years later with the invasion of Babylon, and the destruction of the Temple, and the survivors being taken captive to Babylon for 70 years.
11 So the Lord raised adversaries against them,
and stirred up their enemies,
The Isaiah 9:10 effect, is the attempt of a nation to defy the calamity, defy God, and recover and rebuild without repentance. This results in the coming of the second calamity, and the destruction of the nation. This is the reading of the rest of Isaiah chapter 9. In ancient Israel the warning was not heeded, and there was no humbling or repentance. Instead, Israel vowed to recover and become stronger than before. As a result, Israel was destroyed. The pattern has repeated itself in America. American civilization was given much light, blessings, and responsibility because from its origins it feared God and was humble, and was concerned with following His will, and its foundation was on the solid rock of God's word, as far back as the Puritans. As with Israel, much blessing and knowledge was given, and in turn much was expected from Israel and America. This is why Israel's judgment was fatal, and so will America's be. When America turned from God into unbelief and apostasy, and in effect went to war with its foundational bedrock, removing God from its government, culture, and schools, the Isaiah 9:11 warning came on 9/11 with the destruction of the building that embodied the soaring heights that American civilization had attained. Yet the warning has been ignored. Instead, America has raced even much further away from God in the last 16 years. This turning away from God has recently climaxed with a significant and symbolic apostasy and national mocking of God, that also symbolically involves the site of 9/11, which I will explain in a minute. In the OT God demonstrates He is patient, and does not bring complete destruction on a nation of people until their "cup of iniquity is full". As I will explain in a minute, symbolically, America's cup is now full. Therefore, the 9:11 second judgment and destruction of the nation is soon.
There is another scripture from the September 11 daily reading in the one year Bible, that God has paired with Isaiah 9:10-11. Here are some of the verses that are uncanny given the context of 9/11.
My thoughts trouble me and I am distraught
at the voice of the enemy...
for they bring down suffering on me and assail me in their anger.
My heart is in anguish within me;
the terrors of death surround me.
Fear and trembling have beset me;
horror has overwhelmed me.
...I see violence and strife in the city.
...Destructive forces are at work in the city
In verse 9 the word for violence in Hebrew also means "damage" and "destruction". This same word in Arabic means Islamic "fanaticism" and "zeal". This word is "hamas". The Hamas organization is linked to and born out of the same organization as Al Qaeda. "I see hamas and strife in the city."
Regarding Isaiah chapter 9 and verse 9:11, there are 9 uncanny parallels between ancient Israel and America. For example, in ancient Israel they replaced the clay bricks with "hewn stones". In Hebrew the word for hewn is gazeet, which means cut or quarried. Coming back stronger than before with big quarried stones to replace clay bricks is essentially an act of defiance, when there is no humbling or repentance. Incredibly, America replicated this sentiment of defiance soon after 9/11. A 20 ton rock was quarried from the nearby Adirondack Mountains and brought to Ground Zero. There they had a ceremony to dedicate the symbolic stone, and Governor Pataki amazingly pronounced that, "we the heirs of that revolutionary spirit of defiance, lay this cornerstone". Not only is the hewn stone a direct parallel, but also Governor Pataki's statement echoes Israel's leaders voicing their defiance in verse 9:10.
It would be one thing to have one incredible parallel like the hewn stone, but again there are 9 such parallels. I will share three more here, and the rest you can watch a video of on my website, under the Rabbi Jonathan Cahn section in the Additional Resources section. Another parallel is the rebuilding of the fallen buildings, in defiance with their own power. Just as Israel rebuilt its buildings, stronger than ever, America vowed to replace the World Trade Center Twin Towers with an even higher tower, with many national leaders calling for it be the highest building in the world. As it is, the new One World Tower is the tallest in the Western Hemisphere.
Incidentally, there is a spiritual connection in calling it the One World Tower, as it is symbolic of the story of the Tower of Babel in Genesis 11:1-9. In this story the people of the world came together as one, and arrogantly tried to build a tower to Heaven using their own might and technology. Genesis 11:9 read backwards is 9:11. Which creates an interesting connection with another relevant passage within this context of arrogance toward God. Isaiah 26:19 "They turn everything upside down. Which is more important, the potter or the clay? Can something you have made say, 'You didn't make me'? Or can it say, 'You don't know what you are doing'?" Interesting too is that a photographer had found a Bible buried in the rubble of Ground Zero. Blown apart and charred with only one page showing, it read from Genesis 11:4, "Come let us build for ourselves a tower".
The word for tower in Hebrew is from the root word for arrogance. Towers are monuments to pride. In this most hubristic of ages, where man mistakenly believes he can master anything he puts his mind to, yet the very solutions he works out become the bigger problems which he can no longer encompass (the lesson of Genesis 11), all over the world a new breed of "super tower" has emerged. If the inauguration of the Tribulation period occurs with the prophesied worldwide earthquake, it could possibly bring down all of these towers at once. Which would be appropriately symbolic.
Another uncanny parallel from Isaiah 9:10 is the sycamore trees. Psalm 78 also talks about God striking down sycamore trees as a severe sign of national judgment. It just so happens that around Ground Zero there was one little plot of land that had soil, and in it was a sycamore tree. The tree that saved Washington's chapel. A sign of national judgment just happened to be at the corner of Ground Zero. Amazingly, people turned this fallen sycamore tree into a national symbol. A sign of judgment, and national uprooting became a national symbol of pride. Also very interesting is that America's first stock market took place under a buttonwood tree, which is a type of sycamore tree. This informal stock trading outside of 68 Wall Street was later institutionalized in 1792 with the Buttonwood Agreement, and was named the New York Stock & Exchange Board. To this day the NYSE's symbol is the sycamore tree. The tree that is the symbol of Wall Street, which is the symbol of America's rise financially, was struck down in judgment. Just as the World Trade Center towers, which symbolized America's global financial preeminence, were struck down.
Israel vowed to replace the fallen sycamore trees with cedar trees. The precise Hebrew word for the type of cedar tree in this verse is the "erez" tree, or what we call a pinachia tree. With what kind of tree did they replace the fallen sycamore tree that saved the chapel? A pinachia tree -- the exact tree of the Scriptures. They then had a ceremony for this replacement pinachia tree and incredibly named this sign of judgment the Tree of Hope. Of course no one knew what they were doing, or had a hand in any of this Isaiah 9:10 fulfillment. In the Bible, cedar wood is a symbol of strength and purity (Leviticus 14:49). The cedar tree is a rugged, robust tree that does well even in harsh conditions. Yet the Tree of Hope did not prosper, and withered away. This symbol of purity could not take root in symbolically poor soil. The prophetically significant message here is that there is no hope in man's ways without God in the world, and only through Christ is there hope. God’s blessings will not take root in a people that shun him. The tree was finally unceremoniously uprooted and destroyed on Passover, April 14, 2014. This was the day of the first blood moon lunar eclipse of the recent blood moons tetrad. A date, as I will later show, that has massive symbolic significance. You need to keep reading!
Another uncanny parallel is the Isaiah 9:10 public pronouncement of the vow. For this Isaiah 9:10 harbinger fulfillment, it is the national leaders of the nation that must publicly pronounce the defiant vow, in the capital city. However, what national leader is going to want to pronounce judgment on America? On the third anniversary after 9/11, vice presidential candidate John Edwards gave a speech in Washington. Without knowing what he was doing, he actually recited Isaiah 9:10 -- an obscure passage that no one knows or ever quotes. Out of 30,000 inspiring scriptures why did he choose this particular one? He didn't realize that he was quoting this passage out of context, or that it is actually a passage about national judgement. But not only that, he builds his whole speech around this passage. Without knowing for example that there was an actual sycamore tree that was uprooted and replaced by a cedar tree. Another public pronouncement of the vow was even more incredible. On the very morning after 9/11, America was to give its formal response to the world regarding the calamity. Senate majority leader Tom Daschle was appointed to represent the nation and give the speech. At the end of his speech, he recites Isaiah 9:10, and by doing so he unknowingly links 9/11 to ancient Israel's national judgement. Then he goes on to say, "That is what we, America will do. We will rebuild, we will recover." On this day he has no idea that the sycamore tree will be found uprooted, and neither is he aware of the other harbinger parallels that confirm 9/11 as a warning of national judgment. Amazingly, both John Edwards and Tom Daschle fell into public shame and disgrace shortly after their pronouncements, and Tom Daschle was not able to serve in Obama's administration.
Yet another public pronouncement of the Isaiah 9:10 defiant vow came after the second stage of financial calamity and judgment on America in the autumn of 2008. After being elected on a platform of "hope", in February 2009 President Obama gave his first State of The Union speech, which was naturally a response to the financial crisis. The next day the major newspapers all around the world ran the headline: "We Will Rebuild". If you had to summarize Isaiah 9:10, this would be it. But what does this statement have to do with an economic speech? He also said, "we will emerge stronger than before". Obama has yet to fall into public disgrace like Edwards and Daschle. I personally believe that his disgrace will be on a much higher level than that of the senators', and will come at the end of the Tribulation. The explanation for this is beyond the scope of this writing.
The final public pronouncement of the Isaiah 9:10 vow to rebuild came in 2012. The president of the United States returned to Ground Zero, the site of the judgment warning, and ceremoniously wrote a message on a steel beam that was hoisted and placed at the very top of the tower. In other words, as symbolically close to God as it gets. On this beam Obama wrote: "We remember, We rebuild, We come back stronger!". This time the pronouncement of the vow was in the present tense, instead of the future tense, thus completing the act of defiance 11 years after 9/11. There were 8 words in his pronouncement. In Hebrew, Isaiah 9:10 also has 8 words. The middle word (the fourth word) in both Obama's pronouncement and Isaiah 9:10 in Hebrew is the same -- rebuild.
This defiant pronouncement on the highest beam for God to see, was not the final symbolic chapter in this Isaiah 9:10 Judgment on Arrogance. Although all of the harbingers and parallels with defiant ancient Israel had been symbolically completed with the placement of this beam, America needed to further symbolically mock God as well. America needed to symbolically end its Christian heritage, and symbolically begin its prophesied persecution of believers. This came on June 26th, 2015 with the Supreme Court's decision to legalize gay marriage. Every single member of the 4 dissenting Supreme Court justices sounded an alarm in that ruling that believers will be persecuted as a result of the ruling. America has officially decided to celebrate what the Bible calls evil, and go its own way apart from God.
In the Bible, homosexuality is the symbolic sin of rebellion. Not only is homosexuality NOT just another sin, it serves in the Bible, from Genesis to Revelation, as the primary symbol of end-stage, extreme rebellion against God triggering the outpouring of His wrath on a people or nation. From the homosexual culture preceding Noah's flood, to Sodom and Gomorrah, to the Canaanites, to King Solomon, right through the NT, the Bible singles out homosexuality as the symbolic sin and key marker of extreme rebellion before God's wrath.
(Incidentally, it is absurd propaganda that people are born with their sexual orientation. I have two simple points for countering this. First, that would therefore mean that people are born pedophiles and bestiophiles. Second, if homosexuality is genetic and not cultural, then why is it that for example in Vietnam where it is culturally unaccepted there is virtually none, yet across the border in Thailand where it is culturally accepted homosexuality is widespread. Or why is that in America, among millennials homosexuality is now far more prevalent than it is among the baby boomer generation, and is even less prevalent among the GI generation? The truth is that although the human brain is a highly complex, malleable organ, and human sexuality is adaptable, there is also a spirit of rebellion against God's created order in sexual perversion. And the taboo of the sexual perversion, whether it be an affair, homosexuality, or something else, is part of the excitement for those that indulge in it.)
There is an unseen spiritual aspect to everything, and it is no coincidence that the LGBT movement uses the rainbow as their symbol. It is God's symbol of authority. It is His sign of mercy and covenant in the face of judgment on the earth, revealed to Noah and his sons after the flood. In Ezekiel the Lord's surrounding radiance is described as being a rainbow, and in Revelation a rainbow emanates from His throne. Yet, in Revelation the symbolic image of the Antichrist that John sees is revealed to be holding a rainbow in his hand. The Tribulation Kingdom of the Antichrist will be defined by homosexuality and a New Age “religious pluralism”. In fact, the Antichrist spirit is here now, as attested to by Google's doodle winner for 2016/2017. Not only is this image the perfect embodiment of the spirit of Antichrist, but Google will surely play a key role in the Antichrist system, as it censors Christian "hate", and informs the government of true bible believing Christian (not Catholic or liberal Christian) activity.
Here is perhaps a useful metaphor that I discovered while watching a documentary called the Rise of Animals, by David Attenborough. I learned that in order for mammals to have their young develop inside the mother's body, mammals required a solution to the issue of the mother's DNA rejecting the offspring's DNA. The genius solution was the placenta. Without it, the mother's body would reject the foreign cells of the offspring. The placenta works because 50% of the DNA of the placenta's tissues are from the mother, and 50% of the DNA is from the offspring. I find this a fitting metaphor for how Jesus, who is both God and a man, is God's genius solution so that we can be in His presence, and come to know Him personally.
It also must be mentioned that there is a spiritual law to the universe. This law is that there is a price for sin. It cannot go unpunished. Hitler does not get off the hook. God would not be righteous or just without this spiritual law of physics, and its enforcement. Also, one's sin is multiplied, like a ripple in a pond, as those who one sins against, or potential for good that is unfulfilled, in turn affect others as a result. Or in the case of sin against oneself, one’s potential is not fulfilled, at a loss to oneself and others. Also, understanding properly what sin is, is critical. It's more than the obvious. There are layers, under layers, of ego and vanity. It's not possible for any of us to commit one act holy enough for God. Even our best deeds are tainted with selfishness and ego. It should be made clear however that eternal hell is not biblical, but "paying every last penny" for every sin is biblical. Once these sins are paid then there is a "second death" for this individual, and they cease to exist (Revelation 21:8). God is offering you a free gift, but you must be willing to receive it by overcoming one’s arrogant independence (independence from God is the root of sin), and humbling yourself, and recognizing your sins through asking for forgiveness.
I will share what I believe is perhaps a very useful insight and metaphor that came to me. Books like Rare Earth, and Privileged Planet, demonstrate the most recent scientific thinking in astrophysics. The Rare Earth hypothesis argues that the evolution of biological complexity requires a host of fortuitous circumstances, that cumulatively are so improbable, that it is likely Earth is the only planet in the entire universe with evolved, complex, intelligent life. (I discuss this hypothesis more in the Scientific Evidence part of this writing.) If this is the case, and that the creation of the vast lifeless universe was necessary in order for God to produce one Earth, then therefore Earth is exceedingly special to God, and the rest of the planets are a necessary byproduct. In this same way, in order for God to produce a creature with free will that would choose to love Him, it was also therefore necessary for God to create creatures that would not choose Him. It is like an immutable law of physics that cannot be changed. Creatures that don't choose Him, and ultimately pay the price for their sin, are an unfortunate but necessary part of creating a creature that chooses to love Him of their own free will. This answers the question of how could a loving God create a creature He would punish. The answer is that it was necessary, in order to achieve His desire to have a creature that loves Him of their own free will.
The entire world has now had a chance to hear the gospel, which God, in His grace, has provided. (For those that think Christianity is a Western, or "white man's religion", Christianity is for example exploding in China today, and there are over 30 million Christians in India.) Yet even those that never heard the gospel, or lived before the gospel, and did not receive this special revelation, are without excuse. The general revelation evidence for a Creator is all around us in the Creation, and the law has been written on our hearts. After birth, one's culture certainly darkens the truth, and sin hardens the heart, but they still knew they sinned. And there was still an opportunity for those that sought God and truth, to recognize one's true nature, and God's true nature. Naturally though, those that were born into present day Protestant societies, with relatively more light, revelation, and resources available, will be judged more harshly than those in societies that had less light revealed.
God's full divine self-revelation is soon. The Day of The Lord and Judgment Day is very soon. (You also could die at any moment). If you have been on the fence regarding the question of Jesus, now is the time (ideally before the upcoming date in 2017 -- I will explain what I mean in a minute) to get over your pride and make a decision. If these proofs have been intriguing, but you feel you need more evidence, I implore you to continue looking into this diligently and urgently. All questions have answers, and we live in the age of information. After these next few paragraphs I will show and describe some incredible scientific proofs. As well, more detailed explanations and additional links to other incredible sources and astounding evidences, on a wide range of subjects - many not discussed here, are on on my website, in the Additional Resources section. I can't recommend enough checking them out! One thing you can also experiment with, is talking to Jesus. Sincerely ask Him to show Himself to you. Invite Him in. Countless people have come to the Truth not by convincing their minds through intellectual evidence like prophecy, but through supernatural experiences. Each individual will be presented a way for them to come to the Truth, if they have the will. Also, be mindful of unconscious spiritual resistance, rooted in a force that is trying to prevent you from recognizing and coming to the truth. Many people are in spiritual bondage to a host of different things, and will simply not want to change themselves, no matter how much light and truth is provided.
Although, in my opinion, getting 1948, 1967, and 1978 from the Bible is case closed, as far as evidence. In my opinion, any other interpretation than the Bible and Bible prophecy being divinely inspired, is not logical or rational. And neither is it rational to interpret Bible prophecy through the lens of another worldview, like Islam or the New Age. That is completely irrational as well, given that the prophecy concerns Israel, and the coming Messianic Kingdom and “thousand years of peace” on Earth in the Messianic Age. It does not prove Islam, nor is it an authentic expression of the truth that can be found among all religions. If your current worldview leaves you not knowing what to think regarding these dates being found in the Bible, and you have questions that still need to be answered, then in my opinion you should feel obliged to use this rock solid prophetic proof of Biblical Christianity as a base, and work backwards from there and find the necessary answers you need. As I have done. In my opinion it should be the number one priority in your life right now! If for some reason you do not understand that these dates are obvious and straightforward, and wish to believe they are hokum, I have included many other indisputable evidences in this writing to back it up. There is no denying that Israel was restored in jubilee years; there is no denying that ALL of the major calamities in Jewish history occurred on the 9th ov Av. The Old Testament passages for example are undeniably about Jesus. If you are/were an atheist, stay tuned for the incredible scientific evidence in this writing.
The fact that 1948 is found in Revelation, the last book in the New Testament, and like Daniel also concerns the time of the end, is very interesting. To say the least! It is indisputable evidence that the book of Revelation was also divinely inspired! If you're not understanding this yet, let me just explain that the odds of this are incalculable, and therefore it is impossible that this is a coincidence. There simply is no other rational conclusion for getting 1948 from Revelation; simply, clearly, and logically; other than Messiah will be revealed to the world soon! The book of Revelation is God's final revelation book, and it climaxes in the The Day of The Lord, and Messiah's return and rule as King of Kings and Prince of Peace from the Temple. It is the conclusion of the entire Bible. The Bible is a cohesive story, with a beginning and ending, of essentially God's progressive divine self-revelation to the world. It had a starting point for this revelation into the world - through the choosing of a meek people at the crossroads of the ancient world. And it leads up to and points to this climactic conclusion of God's full revelation to the world, and divine intervention in the world, at a moment when Israel and humanity require it. From the beginning, God has setup His moment of full self-revelation and divine intervention to be essentially 7 years from now, as He knew our time required it (not least because of the technology for destruction humans have procured). However, I realize this is a shock for many people that have a different worldview; as it was for myself as well at one point. So for interest sake, let's look at a few more extra-biblical incredible things.
One last comment here. The End Times or Great Tribulation is going to be an extremely difficult and terrible time for humanity. Yet, it is designed by God, and is an act of God's love. It is His last ditch attempt to wake people up before it is too late. Those that would not be woken up otherwise, because they are living their secure and comfortable lives. 9/11 was a miniature wake up call, and it served to wake many people up, myself included. The End Times will be many times the scale of 9/11. It is too late to wake up after the The Day of The Lord, and God's full divine self-revelation. This is why the End Times/Great Tribulation/Jacob's Hour of Trouble precedes it.
Another last comment here. God has placed an adversary in this world, in order to test us. 2 Thessalonians 2:9-12:
“The coming of the lawless one is by the activity of Satan with all power and false signs and wonders, and with all wicked deception for those who are perishing, because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. Therefore God sends them a strong delusion, so that they may believe what is false, in order that all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.”
Being in the world, but not of the world
The deception an individual receives has been customized according to the falsehood the individual is following. The individual receives the deception they are asking for. For some, the deception is false religion/spirituality in its many forms, and for others it is the pursuit of worldly things. Anything placed ahead of God is a false idol, and for most people in our culture this often comes in the form of pursuing a “good life”. This can include the pursuit of material wealth, but also includes deriving one's meaning in life through an ethos of "living the good life", “living life to the fullest”, “celebrating life”, or “getting the most out of life”. Pursuing worldly things, or a "good life", as one's meaning in life can include education and career. Family can also be placed ahead of God, as one's partner, or children, or grandchildren replace God as one's meaning in life. Worldly pursuits are numerous, and can also include hobbies, traveling, the pursuit of women, an extensive social circle, partying, being popular on social media, food, alcohol, marijuana, fitness, health, entertainment, art, music, politics, the environment, nationalism, etc, etc. All of these pursuits explain why the modern individual is way too busy to really, truly care about the meaning of life, or God, or the contents of this writing. And why they have chosen to follow the crowd and its willful dismissal of the overwhelming evidence for the supernatural, God, Jesus, and the Truth. They are making their choice regarding the question of who they really are, and what is important. They have been seduced by the world, and are easy prey for the Adversary. At the same time, the evidence and revelation that has been provided in our time is voluminous, and this is why they are without excuse, and are already condemned. Jesus said in John 15:25: "Whoever loves his life will lose it, but whoever hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life."
Other individuals pursue what can be called spirituality, but do not find the truth. Many find false religion in one form or another, whether it is organized religion or new age spirituality. For example a Muslim, or Catholic, or Eastern Orthodox, or Jew, or Hindu, or Buddhist, that follows their faith, because they were born into it, is typically not following this faith after a rigorous pursuit of the evidence, or religious comparative study. They are typically not interested in the truth. They are simply following the faith of their tribe, and this tribalism therefore becomes their worldly false idol, and they receive the deception they asked for.
Organized Religion and Catholicism
To illustrate this, please allow me to talk about Catholicism for a couple minutes before continuing briefly with new age spirituality, and then other truly amazing things. Catholicism is instructive of the bigger picture in general. Many Catholics for example, by following the false man made Catholic system, have been led to believe that they are “in”, simply because they are Catholic, and by being a “good” person. And because of the false Catholic system, they are led to believe they don't need to seek understanding of the gospel, or even read the Bible, or be "born again" as Jesus said. They have truly asked for their deception, because of their lack of yearning for the truth, and their pride and presumtuousness. If I had more space I could explain more in detail, but the corrupted, paganization of the gospels, that is the Catholic Church system, is a prime example and expression of man made religion, and what man really is without God. Also, found throughout Catholicism are prime examples of the Adversary’s strategy of counterfeiting and inverting. No one believes an outright lie, so the father of lies cleverly provides truth mixed in with lies, in order to corrupt the truth. "A little yeast leavens the whole batch of dough" (1 Corinthians 5:6).
One major example of counterfeiting and inverting truth in Catholicism is prayer to/the worship of Mary as co-intercessor, or "mediatrix". Catholics will say the unbiblical doctrine of Mary isn't against the first commandment of idolatry, and that they are not worshiping Mary, but rather they are "venerating" her, because they claim she too was sinless like Jesus. That when they place their prayer "requests" with Mary, because she is the "Queen of Heaven" (which is man made theology and not biblical), and mother of Jesus, God is more likely to grant their requests. Exchanging the word worship with venerate, and claiming it is not the same thing is dishonest, and to believe otherwise is to be deceived. Mary's supposed sinlessness isn't biblical, and the reason why Jesus was sinless was because He is God - as a man. Sin is what separates man from God, but God can't be separated from Himself, which is why Jesus is sinless. Not only does making Mary sinless take away from who Jesus is, but it makes Mary part deity as well. Which is why they pray to her to intercede for them. A tour through any museum with medieval art will undeniably demonstrate Mary depicted as a deity, and much more important than the baby Jesus figure that is often with Mary. In fact, Jesus is quite often a side note in the Catholic religion. For example, the subtitle to the website Catholic Bible 101 is: "21st century Catholic Answers for Mary's Spiritual Warriors". Also, it seems that people have a natural inclination to want to worship the female, and most pagan cultures had some version of a fertility goddess. For example, Aphrodite, Venus, Ishtar, Isis, Baal. Mary is simply an incarnation of this desire to worship the female, and fertility.
A couple other examples in a long list of examples that are directly counter to biblical principles are confessing sins to a priest or "father" instead of God; and belief in salvation through works and not through faith alone. Which as I explained earlier, believing that doing something merits good standing with God, is pride and sin - the antithesis of the required humility that is naturally derived from recognizing the significance and sufficiency of Jesus - because there is nothing one can 'do' to get to God. A belief in any works for salvation negates a true humbling belief in the necessity of Christ, and therefore negates the individual's salvation. An example of salvation through works is the Catholic requirement to take the wafer at mass (transubstantiation), ordained prayers, and infant baptism, and among many things, including what are called indulgences. Incredibly, a Catholic believes that they can receive forgiveness of their sins through doing things the Pope says, like make a pilgrimage to a statue of Mary. Other examples of Satan's counterfeiting and inverting of the gospel are having spiritual teachers and calling them all fathers, when Jesus said to call no one your teacher or father; prayer to/the worship of what the pope officially decides are "saints"; the office of pope/papacy itself; and creating graven images. Although the second commandment instructs us not to create graven images, the Catholic Church is awash with images of Christ, angels, supposed saints, and relics - that Catholics pray to.
There are many more examples of deception that are contrary to biblical principles within Catholicism, but one last major example is misinterpreting the gospel, and promoting what is called the social gospel, or social justice gospel. Catholics are persuaded that engaging in social reform and liberal left wing causes are a key to being a good Catholic, and therefore their salvation. This stems from their unbiblical view of salvation through works, and not through faith alone. They incorrectly interpret the passages in Matthew 25 on Judgment Day to support this. Yet, rather than being judged by how we treat the poor, it is clear in these passages that Jesus is referring to judgment according to how his messengers of the gospel have been treated. What He calls his "brothers and sisters" in this passage are His true followers and messengers, not the poor. Furthermore, Jesus didn't come to change the world, or reform institutions. He came to bring light into a dark world, and to save souls. This Catholic social justice gospel will undoubtedly be a catalyst for the world government order the pope would like to bring in, and will bring in in the End Times. There is a spirit of Antichrist in the political left, and I have no doubt the Catholic Church will play a major role for the Adversary and the Antichrist system in the End Times. It is very clear from Daniel chapter 7 and 9, as well as Revelation chapter 13, that the Pope is the Antichrist; and that from Revelation chapter 18 "Mystery Babylon" is the Roman Catholic Church. (For Catholics and those interested, I have put up an article on my website explaining why Matthew 25 Judgment Day does not infer a gospel of social justice.)
My personal thoughts regarding the Catholic Church, is that the Catholic system is exactly what one might expect from the Deceiver. In a world that requires him to battle the gospel, it is masterful deception to cunningly steer people away from the truth by using a counterfeit system that is cloaked in the gospel. A wolf is sheep's clothing. It is clever because the lies corrupt the truth, and prevent the gospel from being properly understood.
Typically, any counterfeit system reinforces itself among its members through a special, 'new' (man made) doctrine that outwardly differentiates themselves from other groups. It is the hallmark of a cult. Some form of 'works' or method that is required for salvation, that makes them superior to the rest - which is more pride, and another trap of the Deceiver's. In the case of Catholics it is taking the wafer at mass. If one does not take it, they are not part of the body of Christ and are not saved. In the case of Seventh Day Adventists, it is worshiping on Saturdays instead of Sundays. In the case of Islam it is praying to Mecca 5 times a day. Again though, in Biblical Christianity this is recognized as folly, and pride. It misses the mark. Which is the definition of sin, and goal of the Deceiver, and why Jesus said the path to salvation is narrow.
The counterfeit system also requires a hierarchy to interpret the Bible for them. Elders that discourage its adherents from thinking for themselves. This is not only the case with Catholicism, but also with the other anti-biblical forms of Christianity, including Mormonism, Jehovah's Witnesses, and Seventh Day Adventists. In this respect, Catholics justify their anti-biblical principles with their belief that their church is the first, true church, whose leaders have been entrusted by God with special man-made doctrinal authority. It took the invention of the printing press, and people reading the Bible for themselves, for people to understood that the Catholic Church system was in direct opposition to biblical principles. This led to the Reformation. If only Catholics understood that the point of God revealing Himself to the world, was to get man away from man made religion, and to know Him personally through true repentance and a repentant lifestyle.
(Update: This weekend Pope Francis officially declared Mother Teresa a saint, after confirming the two required healing miracles Catholics have arbitrarily determined are necessary for "sainthood". These healing miracles occurred after Teresa died, when women in India, and a woman in Brazil, prayed to Teresa for miraculous healing through relics they had of hers. I don't doubt that miraculous healing occurred, but was this healing due to prayers to Teresa in Heaven, or was it customized deception because they worshiped false idols? How many Catholics will now be praying to Teresa?) (Speaking of demonic deception within Catholicism, I believe there will be a powerful demonic manifestation of Mary once the end times Tribulation period begins. Similar to other demonic manifestations in history, like Guadalupe and Fatima. This will fool many into following the Pope.)
The beliefs that Catholics hold regarding counter-balancing one’s sins, against a greater number of good deeds, combined with superstitious rituals and traditions, is the same deception that deceives Muslims, Jews, and many Eastern Orthodox. People also become attached to the tribe they are born into, and their tradition's beliefs and customs, and their love for their tribe and its traditions replaces love of the truth, and the truth about God. They are not willing to seriously question whether the religion they were born into is the truth about God. Which is why He detests these superstitious customs. Again, “they refused to love the truth and so be saved.” In reality, these methods of reaching Heaven are arrogance and pride, and it is partly rooted in their pride for their tribal affiliation. This arrogance and pride prevents them from recognizing who they truly are - a hopeless, depraved sinner in need of God’s saving grace. By choosing to believe their false beliefs, and practicing their superstitious rituals and customs, they do not truly love God because they have not sought what he desires, which is a relationship, through true reconciliation. They have not sought to learn about his nature, and therefore their own true nature. Mostly, they are simply superstitious about their faith, which is why their faith is false, worldly, man made religion. (I highly recommend checking out the resources and links in the additional resources section, on Catholicism, Judaism, and Islam.)
New Age Spirituality and Eastern Religion
The original sin, is the sin of independence. Trying to be like God, without God. The New Ager’s pursuit of experience, power (including healing power), self-development, and false divine knowledge is what brings them their deception. Even though these are so called spiritual pursuits, New Agers are nonetheless driven by self interest and their ego, and what they pursue are false idols. New Agers are typically not interested in truth, but rather what is “true for themselves”, and what will benefit themselves or their “spiritual progression”. God really detests false idolatrous worship and false spiritual practices and calls them abominations. He has allowed these practices to be an invitation for “strong delusion” from adversarial spirits, that the New Ager has invited into their life.
Many New Agers have “progressed” far enough to be in communication with their “spirit guides”, which are in reality “by the activity of Satan”. Other newbies to the New Age are currently entering it through the massively popular yoga trend. Without going into the subject deeply, yoga is not exercise, it is a spiritual practice (from Hinduism). And every woman that does yoga knows this, and keeps coming back for its spiritual benefits. They keep coming back, typically for greater amounts of yoga, because it is an example of spiritual bondage, and it is similar to drug addiction. They experience highs, and then lower lows, which causes them to need more to feel good again. And the more into it they get, the more pronounced this cycle becomes. (I have powerful, must watch, personal testimony videos on yoga on my website, clearlywritten.com, in the Additional Resources section.) The word yoga itself means to “yoke” with the gods. The stretching poses that were designed to emulate the different gods; the breathing exercises; and the OM chanting; are spiritual practices. They are designed to assist the practitioner to let go and yield to spiritual forces - which they naively assume are benevolent. There are tons of ways to "exercise", so why has this one become the sweeping craze in our time? As of 2015 one study showed that 62% of American women are into yoga. If the Biblical Christian worldview is true, it means that women in America are being spiritually primed to accept and connect with the Antichrist. Which would be in line with prophecy for our time. (I 'highly' recommend checking out the section on Spiritual Warfare on this website. It is exceedingly interesting.)
New Agers, Catholics, and the Emergent Church (a new, massive, liberal, and heretical movement out of the Protestant line) have a lot in common, and in the Tribulation they will ultimately come together in the new world religion that is emerging in the West. (Atheism will be become patently untrue in the Tribulation, as the supernatural becomes obvious.) Together, their new "enlightened" regime will severely persecute those that stand in the way of "peace". Those that are not into “love and oneness”, but rather “fear and separation”. In other words the politically incorrect remnant of people that still believe the Bible to be literally true. Jews will also be persecuted, again.
On the night of June 26th, 2015, after the Supreme Court decision was made, the highest house in the land, representing American government, was bathed in colors not of the American flag, but of another flag representing what the Bible calls evil. That same night the top of the One World Tower was also bathed in rainbow colors. Where the public vow of defiance resides symbolically closest to God, on top of the monument of defiance, at the site of judgment warning, God was mocked. The judgment and destruction of the nation should be soon.
This day, June 26th, 2015, was a very interesting day in the Jewish calendar. It was the 9th day of the month of Tammuz. A day that was commemorated with fasting in ancient Israel, as it is the anniversary of the day that King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon breached the wall of Old Jerusalem and within 4 weeks Jerusalem and the Temple were destroyed, and the Jews taken captive to Babylon. This US Supreme Court ruling symbolizes the enemy having now breached the protective wall of America, and therefore America's destruction is soon.
Like Israel, the judgement will be commensurate with the amount of light, blessing, and responsibility America was given. The same is true for the individual. Those Americans and Westerners that have had all the access in the world to the Truth, and still ignored it, will be judged more harshly on Judgment Day, compared with those in countries with little or no access to the Truth.
Near Death Experiences (NDE) - proof of Christ
Modern medical technology today has resulted in a flood of NDEs being reported. Studying them has also become a respected science. These near death experiencers are experiencing the same patterns. The question is how does religion fit into these patterns?
The accounts of NDEs can be divided into two categories: Pleasant and unpleasant. The most unpleasant experiences reported are various types of hellish experiences. I have links to people’s incredible hellish NDE accounts on my website, in the Additional Resources section. Not only do I think they are fascinating, I think they are important to know about and appreciate, for a complete, clear worldview. It would be foolish to ignore them.
Believe it or not, all of the reports from non Western cultures are unpleasant. Does this count as evidence for the Christian worldview? Of course it does.
The following are two examples of Indian NDE accounts from a NDE researchers’ site that promotes reincarnation and a New Age philosophical worldview. To remain unbiased, I have simply copied and pasted the first two NDE reports from their website, which are all quite unpleasant to say the least. I have this link on my website, clearlywritten.net, under the Additional Resources section, where you can read the other example NDEs they recorded.
1. Vasudev Pandey's Near-Death Experience
Vasudev Pandey was interviewed in 1975 and again in 1976. He was born in 1921 and had nearly died in his home of what he described as "paratyphoid disease" when he was about 10 years old. Vasudev had been considered dead and his body had actually been taken to the cremation ground. However, some indications of life aroused attention, and Vasudev was removed to the hospital where doctors tried to revive him, using "injections," with eventual success. He remained unconscious for 3 days and then became able to describe the following experience (as narrated to us in 1975):
Two persons caught me and took me with them. I felt tired after walking some distance; they started to drag me. My feet became useless. There was a man sitting up. He looked dreadful and was all black. He was not wearing any clothes. He said in a rage to the attendants [who brought Vasudev there]:
"I had asked you to bring Vasudev the gardener. Our garden is drying up. You have brought Vasudev the student."
When I regained consciousness, Vasudev the gardener was standing in front of me [apparently in the crowd of family and servants who had gathered around the bed of the ostensibly dead Vasudev]. He was hale and hearty. People started teasing him saying, "Now it is your turn." He seemed to sleep well in the night, but the next morning he was dead."
In reply to questions about details, Vasudev said that the "black man" had a club and used foul language. Vasudev identified him as Yamraj, the Hindu god of the dead. He said that he was "brought back" by the same two men who had taken him to Yamraj in the first place. Vasudev's mother, who died before the time of the interview, was a pious woman who read scriptures which included descriptions of Yamraj. Vasudev, even as a boy before his near-death experience, was quite familiar with Yamraj.
2. Durga Jatav's Near-Death Experience
Durga Jatav, a man approximately 50 years old, was interviewed in November, 1979, and again 3 months later. About 30 years before, he had been ill for several weeks, suffering from what had been diagnosed as typhoid. When his body "became cold" for a couple of hours, his family thought he had died. He revived, however, and on the third day following this he told his family he had been taken to another place by 10 people. He tried to escape, but they cut off his legs at the knees to prevent his escape. He was taken to a place where there were tables and chairs and 40 or 50 people sitting. He recognized no one. They looked at his "papers," saw that his name was not on their list, and said, "Why have you brought him here? Take him back." To this Durga had replied, "How can I go back? I don't have feet." He was then shown several pairs of legs, he recognized his own, and they were somehow reattached. He was then sent back with the instructions not to "stretch" (bend?) his knees so that they could mend. Durga's older sister, who was also interviewed, corroborated his account of his apparent death and revival.
A few days after Durga revived, his sister and a neighbor noticed marks on Durga's knees which had not been there before. These folds - or deep fissures - which appeared on his skin in front of his knees were still visible in 1979. There was no bleeding or pain in his knees other than the discomfort engendered by Durga following the "instructions" to keep his knees in a fixed position. X-ray photographs we took in 1981 showed no abnormality below the surface of the skin.
Durga had not heard of such experiences until his own near-death experience. He did not see his physical body from some other position in space. He said afterward the experience seemed like a dream; nevertheless, he claimed it strengthened his faith in God.
One informant for this case was the headman of the village where Durga lived who said at the time of Durga's experience, another person by the same name had died in Agra about 30 km away; however, neither Durga nor his older sister were able to confirm this statement.
The pattern of being taken away, by malevolent people or entities, is occurring all over the world. Many accounts also go further than the initial stage of being taken away, into deeper realms of hellish experience.
On the other hand, the pleasant experiences being reported in the West most often involve meeting deceased family members who told them to go back, or say they came back because of ties of love and duty with living persons, or say they were told it was not their time to die. This is never the experience of Indian Hindu NDEs. These Western experiences also sometimes go further into deeper realms of heavenly experience. Sometimes, people also experience angels, and Jesus.
The last unique type of NDE account is extremely interesting. This last type is rare. They are the unpleasant/pleasant experiences of some Westerners that describe an experience that is in line with a New Age philosophical worldview. Typically these experiencers come back to the world on a mission to spread their knowledge and wisdom. They come back to teach -- us that are supposedly less enlightened -- about what life is really all about. One of the most famous near death experiencers that has come back to teach us is Eben Alexander. A neurosurgeon, and former atheist (before his NDE), turned New Age lecturer.
In his lecture about his NDE, he describes some very interesting things. Of note, his experience starts off unpleasant. No Christian’s experience ever begins this way. After this initial unpleasant period, he encounters an angel that imparts to him all the insights and wisdom to life. And just like in the experiences of the other near death experiencers that have come back as wise New Age teachers, the angel that gives the wisdom is female. This is actually a clue for discerning Christians, because biblically all angels are male. Angels don’t sexually reproduce, so there is no need for female angels.
What is most interesting of all is what Alexander says are the two most important things the angel told him for us to know. First, “we have nothing to worry about”. This is essentially because life is a classroom in which we get to come back again and continue our learning. Second, “we can do no wrong”. And the reasoning for this is the same. As we can see, these two pieces of wisdom are the exact opposite of biblical Truth. So, one of these worldviews must be wrong. Either we need to be concerned about our eternity, and we can do wrong; or we don’t need to worry, and we can do no wrong. The dichotomy couldn’t clearer. (This inversion of the truth that is the handiwork of the adversary couldn't be clearer.)
The other aspect of the New Age near death experiencer's message is that God is love, and all we need it love. It is true that God is love, but he is also other things; including righteous, and holy, and just. Any religion or philosophy that says all we need is love, is opposed to Biblical Christianity. This includes present day liberal mainline denominations of Christianity.
In regards to this question of whether we have nothing to worry about, and we can do no wrong, the New Age perspective views the Biblical Christian worldview as ancient, oppressive, and unenlightened. Whereas the Biblical Christian perspective views the New Age perspective, as immature, narcissistic, and naive. The New Age perspective doesn’t have a good explanation for hellish or Christian NDEs, however the Christian perspective can certainly explain the New Ager’s NDE. New Agers do not think there is evil. Usually the most they will admit to is that some form of malevolent beings may exist. Which they claim to be able to avoid because they think of themselves as wise and enlightened, or filled with light. Yet the Christian understands that this arrogance is exactly why they are susceptible to evil deception, and the demonic beings that appear to them as beings of light. In the Biblical Christian perspective, the New Ager is essentially like a proud child, seeking independence from their parent, without any accountability but to themself. As a result, they invite satanic deception into their lives.
This explanation for New Age NDEs, is really the underlying explanation to all false religion and spiritual deception in our world. This illustration and example demonstrates what is called spiritual warfare. The material world is simply the surface layer, or the visible tip of the iceberg. There is a spiritual realm behind everything. I could write many pages on this subject, but I only have space for this one topic of NDEs, to try to illustrate this understanding of spiritual warfare. There are forces counterfeiting and inverting the truth, whose goal is to try and steer those susceptible away from the truth and salvation. These forces are often extremely cunning, and many times smarter than we are. God has placed deception and evil in the world to test us, and see whether we will overcome it and see through it; or be weak, or foolish, or proud, or wicked, and fall for the deception.
2 Thessalonians 2:11: “Therefore God sends them a strong delusion, so that they may believe what is false, 12 in order that all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.”
When someone is involved in spiritual deception, they become bonded to it, and it is difficult for them to see through it and leave it. It is spiritual bondage. Like a drug addict that can’t stop, so too is the case with someone involved with a form of spiritual deception. Like drugs, they get a high, but then later get a lower low, or a crash. Which, like drugs, causes them to come back for a larger dose. With spiritual bondage, the high comes in the forms of increased inner peaceful feelings, increased inner energy, increased knowledge, or increased psychic abilities. A few of the more popular forms of this in our culture are yoga, horoscopes, astrology, any form of divination - eg. tarot cards, any form of spiritual healing power, psychotropic drugs, and dancing to hypnotic music for hours.
The intensity of this spiritual warfare battle will be increased dramatically during the End Times Tribulation period. The supernatural will become so obvious that atheism will disappear altogether. Susceptibility to satanic spiritual deception in our world today, has been rising proportionately with our culture’s departure from Judeo-Christian values, and especially so in these last years. Today, people are being primed for the arrival and acceptance of the Antichrist. As an example, I cited earlier the study showing the percentage of Americans that are into yoga today. Again, I highly recommend watching the powerful testimony videos of a yogi in the additional resources section. You will get an excellent idea of how demonic forces incrementally lay claim on practitioners of yoga, and other false spiritual practices. As the West further departs from the God of Israel, the more it receives judgement in the form of false religion, and false politics. The West is being spiritually primed for the Antichrist’s arrival soon. The followers of false religion and politics will feel connected to this leader, and will gladly follow him.
Other Scientific Evidences for a Creator that is a personal being
In general, the amount of evidence for a Creator that is a personal being, and evidence for Christ, is so great that it is embarrassing. Yet those that have not taken the time to look into it are unaware. Most people have not carefully evaluated the evidence. Many have either rested on our culture's overwhelming predisposition against the supernatural, or have preferred to believe in an impersonal, transcendental, panthiestic God, that is not directly intervening in the affairs of mankind. Atheists are truthfully not open to any evidence, because Atheism is a firm fixed belief system, as dogmatic as any religion. This is why when one questions an atheist what evidence for a monotheistic God would they require to be satisfied, they without exception have no answer for this.
I have compiled on my website many explanations of some of the best evidences, and links to some of the best resources; including some truly fascinating documentaries. No matter what your worldview is, I'm confident you will be amazed. The following incredible explanations of scientific evidences are brief, for the sake of space. In depth explanations, along with supporting sources and videos are on my website. You need to check out my website!
The Signature in The Cell
The Signature in The Cell, is the name of the famous book by Dr. Stephen Meyer, who received his PhD from University of Cambridge in philosophy of science. "The discovery of information bearing properties of DNA and RNA is a fundamental challenge to all materialistic theories of the origin of life. Neo-Darwinism and its associated theories of chemical evolution and the like will not be able to survive the biology of the information age, the biology of the 21st century." Scientists have discovered that DNA is essentially a software program, only more complex than any ever devised. "The most fundamental question in biology today is "where did information come from?" How did these complex software programs originate in the first single cell organisms? Saying it arose from chemical processes is like saying that the information in a newspaper arose from the physical and chemical processes of ink bonding to paper. Like all information, is must come from intelligence. There is more proof of the designer within the cell on my website.
The Anthropic Principle is the Law of Human Existence.
It is well known that our existence in this universe depends on numerous cosmological constants and parameters whose numerical values must fall within a very narrow range of values. If even a single variable were off, even slightly, we would not exist. The extreme improbability that so many variables would align so auspiciously in our favor merely by chance has led some scientists and philosophers to propose instead that it was God who providentially engineered the universe to suit our specific needs. This is the Anthropic Principle: that the universe appears to have been fine-tuned for our existence.
Consider protons, for example. Protons are the positively charged subatomic particles which (along with neutrons) form the nucleus of an atom (around which negatively charged electrons orbit). Whether by providence or fortuitous luck (depending on your perspective), protons just happen to be 1,836 times larger than electrons. If they were a little bigger or a little smaller, we would not exist (because atoms could not form the molecules we require). So how did protons end up being 1,836 times larger than electrons? Why not 100 times larger or 100,000 times? Why not smaller? Of all the possible variables, how did protons end up being just the right size? Was it luck or contrivance?
Or how is it that protons carry a positive electrical charge equal to that of the negatively charged electrons? If protons did not balance electrons and vice versa, we would not exist. They are not comparable in size, yet they are perfectly balanced. Did nature just stumble upon such a propitious relationship, or did God ordain it for our sakes?
Another illustration of the universe's fine tuning in order for life to exist is gravitational force. Imagine a ruler in one inch increments, stretched across the entire universe, some 14 billion light years long. The ruler represents the possible range for gravity. In other words the setting for the strength of gravity could have been set anywhere along the length of the ruler, but it just happens to be situated in exactly the right place so that life is possible. If you were to change the force of gravity by moving the setting just one inch as compared to the entire width of the universe, the effect on life would be catastrophic.
This dial setting doesn't only apply to gravitational force, it applies to all the known laws of physics.
The list of these extremely finely tuned variables is quite lengthy. A more extensive list is on my website. You will be amazed.
The Omega Point Cosmology
The Omega Point is a term [Frank J.] Tipler uses to describe a cosmological state in the distant proper-time future of the universe that he maintains is required by the known physical laws. According to this cosmology, it is required for the known laws of physics to be mutually consistent that intelligent life take over all matter in the universe and eventually force its collapse. During that collapse, the computational capacity of the universe diverges to infinity and environments emulated with that computational capacity last for an infinite duration as the universe attains a solitary-point cosmological singularity. This singularity is Tipler's Omega Point. With computational resources diverging to infinity, Tipler states that a society far in the future would be able to resurrect the dead by emulating all alternative universes of our universe from its start at the Big Bang. Tipler identifies the Omega Point with God [especially the Judeo-Christian God], since, in his view, the Omega Point has all the properties claimed for God.] Also the resurrection of the dead at the end of time is a central idea in the Judeo-Christian view of God.]
His book is titled the Physics of Immortality. Interestingly, he points out the correct translation, included in most Bibles' footnotes, for God's reply to Moses' question on top of Mount Sinai, regarding God's name. Instead of "I Am, What I Am", the footnoted translation is, "I Will Be, What I Will Be". In this case, God is alluding to His future tense, as Omega - the infinite singularity at the end on time and space after the Big Crunch (the opposite of the Big Bang). Also, Jesus often referred to the Kingdom of God in the future tense, as in the coming Kingdom of God.
(This concept of the resurrection of the dead at the end of time, that Tipler claims is evidenced from mathematical quantum physics, is not compatible with a worldview that claims reincarnation. So how is that some people swear they have past life memories? How is it that some young kids claim past lives? As I explained earlier, the answer is "strong delusion", because of "refusal to love the truth". Even the most well known reincarnation research scientist, Dr. Ian Stevenson - who admits to having a personal bias toward Eastern spirituality - does not rule this hypothesis out. He claims that spiritual deception could in fact be one conclusion of his research.)
Our world and universe seems to have been designed for our scientific discovery
The rare things that life needs in a planetary environment, also setup the best conditions overall for scientific discovery. Here are some examples of this correlation.
Earth's life sustaining - transparent atmosphere, that allows us to study the universe. It didn't have to be this way. (Incidentally, almost half of all cosmologists believe in a personal being Creator - due to studying their field.)
The sun is four hundred times further away from us than the moon, but it is also four hundred times larger than the moon (secular scientists call this a "grand coincidence"). The Earth's precise distance from the sun, the size of its moon and its home star, are factors that not only control our planet's temperature, axial tilt, and the movement of its tides; they also ensure perfect solar eclipses. Phenomena that have provided scientists with invaluable data about the composition of stars and the properties of light.
The Earth is positioned in our galaxy in between two spiral arms, in a relatively small region where life is possible. As a result, we enjoy an excellent platform for clear unimpeded views of our galaxy and the rest of our cosmos.
It seems God intentionally created a habitat for us, that allows us the find Him through the creation that He has left behind. Our habitat is conducive for us to be able to do scientific research, and again it didn't have to be that way.
Rare Earth Hypothesis
In planetary astronomy and astrobiology, the Rare Earth Hypothesis argues that the origin of life and the evolution of biological complexity such as sexually reproducing, multicellular organisms on Earth (and, subsequently, human intelligence) required an improbable combination of astrophysical and geological events and circumstances. The hypothesis argues that complex extraterrestrial life is a very improbable phenomenon and likely to be extremely rare. The term "Rare Earth" originates from Rare Earth: Why Complex Life Is Uncommon in the Universe (2000), a book by Peter Ward, a geologist and paleontologist, and Donald E. Brownlee, an astronomer and astrobiologist, both faculty members at the University of Washington.
An alternative view point was argued by Carl Sagan and Frank Drake, among others. It holds that Earth is a typical rocky planet in a typical planetary system, located in a non-exceptional region of a common barred-spiral galaxy. Given the principle of mediocrity (in the same vein as the Copernican principle), it is probable that the universe teems with complex life. Ward and Brownlee argue to the contrary: that planets, planetary systems, and galactic regions that are as friendly to complex life as are the Earth, the Solar System, and our region of the Milky Way are extremely rare.
The Rare Earth hypothesis argues that the evolution of biological complexity requires a host of fortuitous circumstances, such as a galactic habitable zone, a central star and planetary system having the requisite character, the circumstellar habitable zone, a right sized terrestrial planet, the advantage of a gas giant guardian like Jupiter and a large natural satellite [our moon], conditions needed to ensure the planet has a magnetosphere and plate tectonics, the chemistry of the lithosphere, atmosphere, and oceans, the role of "evolutionary pumps" such as massive glaciation and rare bolide impacts, and whatever led to the appearance of the eukaryote cell, sexual reproduction and the Cambrian explosion of animal, plant, and fungi phyla. The evolution of human intelligence may have required yet further events, which are extremely unlikely to have happened were it not for the Cretaceous–Paleogene extinction event 66 million years ago which saw the decline of dinosaurs as the dominant terrestrial vertebrates.
In order for a small rocky planet to support complex life, Ward and Brownlee argue, the values of several variables must fall within narrow ranges.
In fact, Ward and Brownlee go on to calculate that the required fortuitous circumstances, suggest that it is very possible our Earth is the only planet in the universe that has been able to evolve intelligent life. Richards and Gonzalez come to the same conclusion in their book, The Privileged Planet: How Our Place in the Cosmos is Designed for Discovery.
Is it egocentric to think that one will live in the "End Times"?
Not at all! Due to the population explosion, half of the total number of all the humans that have ever lived, are alive today. If God had something momentous in store for humanity, now would be a good time. In Scripture, the End Times is described as being an "overripe harvest of the earth". Also, given the technological explosion that includes the technology for destruction, it could be that divine intervention is required at this time. As well, postmodern and nihilistic values have decayed our culture substantially within three generations. For numerous reasons Western Civilization is paralleling the final days of Roman Civilization. The foundation that propelled Western Civilization, especially Protestant countries (the success of Protestant countries is in itself evidence for Christianity), has been removed. This civilization is out of gas, running on fumes, and it is drifting toward the shock that will cause an overnight decline. And in general, divine self-revelation and intervention at this time would solve a lot of problems in the world.
The precise date of the beginning of Jacob's hour of trouble/The Great Tribulation/End Times...
Before I get to the precise day of this year, 2017, that is the beginning of the Great Tribulation, I would like to very briefly present some truly amazing signs/proofs that show the Tribulation will begin in this current 7 year shemitah cycle, and for 2017 being the year it begins. Again, this new 7 year shemitah period started September 14, 2015, after the end of the last shemitah, jubilee, and jubilee of jubilees. You will find this extremely fascinating!
Jesus said to him, "Unless you people see signs and wonders, you will never believe." John 4:48.
Holy Cow!! - The Mystery of The 7 Cows
In the autumn of 2014 the Associated Press (not a Christian news media outlet) sent forth an image to America and the world of a cow with a number 7 on its head.
The biblical basis is when God warned Egypt of the coming 7 years of famine. In genesis the pharaoh has a dream of two sets of 7 cows. The meaning is given to Joseph through God, and he interprets the dream for him. Each cow represents a year. The first 7 cows represent 7 years of prosperity for Egypt, and the second set of sickly cows, represent 7 years of coming famine. The key cow is the last cow in the first set of 7 cows. This represents the last year of the 7 year shemitah cycle that is described earlier in my writing. It also represents the turning point from prosperity to famine.
On what day does the AP (secular press) release this uncanny image of this cow with the number 7 on its head?! The very opening day of the last year of the 7 year shemitah cycle! The Jewish New Year's Day, September 25, 2014. The biblical symbol of the 7th year is released to the public on the first day of the shemitah year.
The cow was named Benjamin, which is linked to Joseph. The cow was born near Pittsburgh, and so people saw this "weird" cow as an omen that number 7 Ben Roethlisberger would lead the Pittsburgh Steelers to a Super Bowl victory. Which is a picture of America currently - to miss the sign and relate it to pleasure, entertainment, or sports. Just like missing the harbingers in 9/11.
It gets more interesting. Upon learning of this cow, a farmer couple from Texas realized their records showed that they had a calf born with a number 7 on its head on the same day, September 25, 2014.
First, Deuteronomy 19:15, "one witness is not enough to convict anyone [in a matter of judgement]." The two calves serve as two witnesses. Also, in pharaoh's dream there were 14 cows - two sets of 7. The calves are different types of cows; and one is male, the other is female. Also if you look at the first cow's 7 it looks like a fancy type writer 7, which would parallel the first 7 cows representing abundance. The second cow's 7 looks like a no frills dabbed Passover (blood of lamb over doorway) 7. Which parallels the famine in the dream, and coming judgement.
The 7th cow represents the warning of turning from abundance to judgment for America, and the timing coincides prophetically with this current 7 years shemitah cycle containing the beginning of the Great Tribulation/End Times period.
Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9
"Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night, and let them be for signs and for seasons and for days and years." Genesis 1:14
"Unless you people see signs and wonders, you will never believe." John 4:48
Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 is another sure sign and proof that the Tribulation will commence during this current 7 year shemitah cycle. Comet Shoemaker–Levy 9 was a comet that broke apart in July 1992 and collided with Jupiter in July 1994, providing the first direct observation of an extraterrestrial collision of Solar System objects. This generated a large amount of coverage in the popular media, and the comet was closely observed by astronomers worldwide. The collision provided new information about Jupiter and highlighted its role in reducing space debris in the inner Solar System.
On July 16, 1994 the first fragment hit Jupiter, and over the next six days, 21 distinct impacts were observed, with the largest coming on July 18 at 07:33 UTC when fragment G struck Jupiter. This impact created a giant dark spot over 12,000 km across, and was estimated to have released an energy equivalent to 6,000,000 megatons of TNT (600 times the world's nuclear arsenal). Two impacts 12 hours apart on July 19 created impact marks of similar size to that caused by fragment G, and impacts continued until July 22, when fragment W struck the planet.
Despite published predictions, astronomers had not expected to see the fireballs from the impacts, and did not have any idea in advance how visible the other atmospheric effects of the impacts would be from Earth. Observers soon saw a huge dark spot after the first impact. The spot was visible even in very small telescopes, and was about 6,000 km (3,700 mi) (one Earth radius) across.
1994 was a shemitah year. July 16, 1994 was the also 9th day of Av in the Jewish calendar -- the day of Jewish calamity in history. The comet hit in the 7th month, and lasted 7 days. If 21 distinct fragments and impacts symbolizes 21 years, or three shemitah cycles of 7 years, then this points to the shemitah year of 2014-2015. 2014-2015 is also the year of the blood moons, eclipses, and importantly the event that occurred on the wipeout day and last day of that year -- Elul 29/Sep 13, 2015 - also the last day of the jubilee, and jubilee of jubilees. September 13, 2015 was the day of a solar eclipse and the Israeli Security Forces incursion on the Temple Mount, which I will explain more about in a minute. This comet impact, on the planet that has been known from ages-old as the King Planet, is just one more sign of many that points to transition times, and the Tribulation beginning in this current shemitah cycle. Also, the significance of this occurring on the 9th of Av implies calamity for Israel in this next 7 year shemitah cycle. Which is in line with biblical prophecy concerning 7 years of Tribulation for Israel; which speaks about the world ganging up on Israel and Jews. Which is certainly also in line with the direction of current world events regarding Israel and Jews.
"...in those days...I will show wonders in the heavens above and signs on the earth below... The sun will be turned to darkness, and the moon to blood, before the coming of the great and glorious day of the Lord." Joel 2:30 and Act 2:19
“There will be signs in the sun, moon and stars” Luke 21:25
It's worth reminding at this point that it's very interesting that the sun is 400 times larger than the moon, and is also 400 times further away, ensuring perfect solar eclipses. Phenomena that have provided scientists with invaluable data about the composition of stars and the properties of light. Scientists call this the "Grand Coincidence."
Besides the blood moons, another very interesting astronomical phenomenon occurred during this last shemitah year of 2014-2015. The Spring (Vernal) Equinox is the exact moment when day and night are the same length everywhere on the planet. This occurred on March 20, 2015 at 22:45 UT. On this day as well, a total solar eclipse peaked at 9:45 UT.
Also on March 20th at sundown was the first day of the Jewish ecclesiastical year - the 1st day of the month of Nissan, which is a holy day. Which is also the precise split, or halfway point, of the Jewish calendar year. So not only did March 20th mark the exact split of day and night on Earth, it also precisely split the Jewish shemitah year. It also occurred in between the blood moons of 2014 and the blood moons of 2015, thereby splitting them.
What is perhaps most interesting, is the path that the shadow of the total solar eclipse traced on the surface of the Earth. Its path exactly split the Old World from the New World. I have watched a NASA computer simulated video of this, and it is uncanny how precise the splitting on the map is! Also, the peak of the eclipse at 9:45 UT is the peak of the splitting on the map. You have to view the video to see what I mean, and you can see it on my website, clearlywritten.net, in the Additional Resources section. Some eschatologists deduce that the symbolic meaning of this geographical splitting infers that in this new shemitah cycle, there will be a dramatic shifting of power from the New World, back to the Old World, which would be in line with end times biblical prophecy, and the many signs of impending wrath and judgement that have been given to America. Including 9/11, and the shemitah wipeout days of 1987, 2001, and 2008. Another way in which this symbolic splitting is a divine warning is related to the world's current attempt to split Israel. Which Bible prophecy predicts will happen in these last days.
Although solar eclipses are not tied to lunar eclipses, a second solar eclipse occurred in the shemitah year of 2015 - the second year of the blood moons tetrad that has lunar eclipses on Jewish Feast days. Incredibly, it occurred on September 13, the wipeout day of the shemitah - Elul 29, the last day of the 7 year shemitah cycle, and completion of the jubilee and jubilee of jubilees. This was the day of the symbolic incursion on the Temple Mount by Israeli Security Forces, and the beginning of the recent spate of terrorism in Israel. Also, it was the eve before the new jubilee year of 2015-2016 and a symbolic sign of what is to come regarding Jewish control of the Temple Mount. Also on this day, Germany closed its border with Austria for the first time in the EU era (along with other EU countries closing their borders) due to the migrant crisis. Which was a telling blow to the open travel border and the two decade long Schengen system itself. It could likely be a sign of things to come for the EU. The shemitah day is about collapse if in disfavor, and this could symbolically point to a collapse or splitting of the current EU system soon. (Noteworthy, is that in this shemitah year both solar eclipses and both blood moons lunar eclipses, occurred on important Jewish calendar days. Another improbable coincidence.)
In the shemitah year of 1987, an annular solar eclipse (a total eclipse, but with a ring of light) occurred on September 23. September 23, 1987 was the once every seven years day of the shemitah, or the wipeout day - Elul 29 in the Jewish calendar. A few days later panic struck on what became known as Black Monday, and the Dow had its biggest one day percentage loss in history. It lost 22% in one day, which nearly doubled that of the next biggest one day percentage loss in history of 12% that occurred in 1929. Recall also that the two biggest stock market crashes in history in terms of points lost (2001, 2008) occurred precisely on shemitah wipeout days!
The Great American Eclipse
If you haven't heard yet, the coming total eclipse this year in America will be the most talked about, most focused on by the media, and most watched, in history. Its path will cut across the entire US from coast to coast, going through ten states, from Oregon the South Carolina, effectively dividing America exactly in half. On a map, its path is uncanny. It will also be the first total eclipse in US history to only touch US territory and no other country. Everyone in the US will see at least a partial eclipse.
The date of this eclipse is very interesting. It occurs on August 21, 2017, and is Elul 1 in the Jewish calendar. The beginning of the season of forgiveness and repentance, that climaxes 40 days later on the Day of Atonement. If the eclipse is a warning from the God of Israel to repent, its date is perfectly timed. The eclipse could also be interpreted as a warning about dividing land. Specifically the land of Israel. Joel 3:1-2 "For then, in those days and at that time, when I restore the fortunes of Judah and Jerusalem, I will gather all the nations and bring them down to the valley of Jehoshaphat, and I will enter into judgment with them there, on account of my people and my heritage Israel, because they have scattered them among the nations. They have divided my land..."
The Second Great American Eclipse
What makes the Great American Eclipse in 2017 even more fascinating, is that another one occurs 7 years later, on the Feast of Passover in 2024 (April 8). This time the eclipse goes from south to north. Placing both eclipses' paths over the US on a map creates an X pattern. It's also very interesting that the point on the map where they cross is coincidentally where the first eclipse's peak is. It may also be where the second eclipse peaks as well, but I don't have this information.
Where the paths cross, and where the first eclipse peaks, happens to be at the very epicenter of the New Madrid fault line earthquake zone. Many people claim to have had dreams of a future where America is geographically divided (split) in two by an ocean inlet from the Gulf to the Great Lakes along this fault line. If their dreams are prophetic, it could be judgement for dividing Israel. And if so, and if like I am about to demonstrate in a minute, 2017 is the beginning of the Tribulation, the timing of the second eclipse being 7 years after the first one would align with Daniel's 70th week, of 7 years.
Eclipses 6, 7, 8, and 9
God's Partition Plan
“To your descendants I have given this land, from the river of Egypt to the great river, the River Euphrates." Genesis 15:18
Four total eclipses have, or will occur next to Israel. Here are their paths.
Not only is Israel in the middle of the area demarcated by their paths, but there is also a middle point in their timing. The exact midpoint between the first and last of the four eclipses is November 29, 2016. This is the exact date of the 69th anniversary of the passing of the United Nations Partition Plan for Mandatory Palestine in 1947. Thus the beginning of the 70th year. The autumn feasts of 2017 fall within this 70th year. Does the 70th week in Daniel begin the 70th year of this Partition Plan, in 2017? Which is not only 70 years from the UN plan to divide the land, but 120 years from first Zionist Conference, 100 years from the Balfour Declaration for a Jewish homeland, and 50 years from the 6-Day War and capture of East Jerusalem and the Temple Mount.
The United Nations Partition Plan for Palestine was a proposal by the United Nations, which recommended a partition of Mandatory Palestine at the end of the British Mandate. On 29 November 1947, the UN General Assembly adopted the Plan as Resolution 181(II). The resolution recommended the creation of independent Arab and Jewish States and a Special International Regime for the city of Jerusalem. The Partition Plan, a four-part document attached to the resolution, provided for the termination of the Mandate, the progressive withdrawal of British armed forces and the delineation of boundaries between the two States and Jerusalem. Part I of the Plan stipulated that the Mandate would be terminated as soon as possible and the United Kingdom would withdraw no later than 1 August 1948. The new states would come into existence two months after the withdrawal, but no later than 1 October 1948. The Plan sought to address the conflicting objectives and claims of two competing movements, Palestinian nationalism and Jewish nationalism, or Zionism. The Plan was accepted by the Jewish Agency for Palestine, despite its perceived limitations. Arab leaders and governments rejected it and indicated an unwillingness to accept any form of territorial division. Immediately after adoption of the Resolution by the General Assembly, a civil war broke out and the plan was not implemented. To this day most Arabs will not accept Jews in what they perceive as Muslim land, or accept a tiny Jewish state, and the world is still trying to force a division of this land and make Jerusalem an international city. Yet, God has the last word in the Middle East.
Jewish year 5777
It is interesting that in the Jewish calendar, the year 2017 is the year 5777. As described earlier, the number 7 is God's number. It symbolizes the touch of God, of perfection, and of completion. When writing out the year, Jews often leave out the 5, and simply write the last three numbers. So it is year 777. The year of completion. In the Bible, the number 5 is the number of God's grace. So the number 5777 is the completion of God's grace. If 2017 is the beginning of the Great Tribulation, then it is the completion of the Church Age. I will explain this in a minute, but this lines up with symbolism in the year 5777.
More symbolism is contained in the year 2017 through its significant milestone anniversaries. It is the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, 120 years since the first Zionist Conference, 100 years from the Balfour Declaration for a Jewish homeland, 70 years from the UN Partition Plan, and 50 years from the 6-Day War and capture of East Jerusalem and the Temple Mount.
2017 (Part B) - The Exact Day of the beginning of the Tribulation/End Times
KEEP READING, as it is about to get extremely interesting! More interesting as you read on!
As we can see from the mystery of the 9th of Av, the restoration of Israel in jubilee years, and the economic collapses on Elul 29 - the wipeout day, that God has a calendar. It is the Hebrew calendar. The Jewish feasts are God's divine appointments in His calendar of redeeming grace (Leviticus 23). The feasts are a type, which means they are symbolic, prophetic foreshadows. God loves using types and symbols in revealing Himself, and the Bible is filled with them.
The seven holy feasts have prophetically foreshadowed things to come. Here are the three 'types' the symbolic feasts have foreshadowed:
Israel - corporately the Jews and their nation
Jesus - Jesus' time on earth
Individual - an individual's path of redemption
In order to demonstrate this, let's look at the first four spring feasts, before looking at the other three autumn feasts. These four spring feasts coincided with the exact days of important events in Jesus' first coming and earthly ministry.
Feast of Passover - blood of lamb
Israel - the sign of blood of a lamb over Hebrews' house entrances, first dealing of God with the Hebrews/Israel as a corpus, and deliverance from Egypt. Moses is the deliverer.
(Incidentally, Moses the deliverer is a type for Jesus the deliverer; Egypt is a type for the world; the Jews' slavery is a type for a sinner's bondage to the world through sin; Pharaoh is a type for Satan; the Holy Spirit passing over the Hebrews' houses with the blood of the sacrificed lamb on the doorway and sparing their first born, is a type for the wrath of God passing over those that have accepted the blood of Jesus and His sacrifice at Calvary.)
Messiah - our Passover lamb and deliverer. Jesus was crucified during a Passover festival, and the world was delivered.
Individual - when a non-believer is first saved by recognizing Jesus and what was accomplished on the cross. The individual's deliverance.
Feast of Unleavened Bread - transformational - the leaven in bread symbolizes sin
Israel - the Hebrews in the desert for 40 years is Israel in a womb of transformative development, being taught by God, through Moses, and purged of sin. (The manna bread from Heaven is a type for the spiritual food we receive when we learn about God, His will, and His word.)
Messiah - Jesus, in the tomb during the days of this feast, before His resurrection and transformation to His resurrection body.
Individual - after recognizing Jesus, and one's sinful nature, one naturally begins to purge themselves of sin.
Feast of First Fruits - the first manifestations
Israel - Joshua and the Hebrews coming into the Promised Land, the birth of Israel.
Messiah - the first to be resurrected and overcome death, on the day of this feast. He is called the firstborn.
Individual - the regenerating believer's life begins to show the first outward signs of change - good fruit (Luke 6:43).
Feast of Pentecost - establishment - the Holy Spirit
Israel - the establishment of the Judges period and then the first kings. The establishment of Israel.
Messiah - Jesus' Church was established on the day of this feast when the Holy Spirit was poured out on the disciples and 3,000 Jews responded to Peter's first sermon and proclamation of the gospel.
Individual - the established redeemed individual begins receiving gifts of the Holy Spirit.
These are the spring feasts, which symbolize Jesus' first appearance on earth as the humble shepherd.
Given that these spring feasts are a type for Jesus' first earthly ministry, and the timing of these feasts corresponded exactly to the day with the significant events of His first ministry, it is very logical to assume that the timing of the autumn feasts will also correspond exactly with the prophetic days of His Second Coming as King of Kings and ruler of nations. Therefore the calendar days of the following three autumn feasts should coincide with the following Second Coming events:
The Feast of Trumpets - The Rapture of the Church (true followers of Christ), before the Tribulation
The Feast of Trumpets is also the beginning of the "Ten Days of Awe and Repentance" in the Jewish calendar, which are a type for the Great Tribulation/End Times/Jacob's Hour of Trouble. The Feast of Trumpets is also known as Rosh Hashanah, Yom Teruah (the awakening blast), the Day of Shouting, the Day of the Resurrection, Coronation Day, and the Last Trump.
The Feast of Atonement - The Day of The Lord
The Feast of Tabernacles - The annual festival during the Millennial Kingdom of Christ, when all the nations make pilgrimage to the Temple in Jerusalem to tabernacle with the Lord (Zechariah).
The Feast of Trumpets - The Rapture
1 Corinthians 51 Listen, I will tell you a mystery! We will not all die, but we will all be changed, 52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. 53 For this perishable body must put on imperishability, and this mortal body must put on immortality.
The Feast of Trumpets (Rosh Hashanah/Yom Teruah) is the feast that marks the Jewish calendar New Year. It is also the warning, and inauguration of the season of atonement and the Ten Days of Awe and Repentance, that lead up to the Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur). It was the time of the "Great Assembly" when Israel was gathered to the Temple to hear the king read from the holy Torah, and 100 shofar blasts were sounded, with the last long blast named the "last trump". The start of the new year, and the start of the feast, wasn't confirmed until the first siting of the new moon sliver was visible by the two witnesses/priests, at the time of twilight that was called the "twinkling of an eye" - the moment when the first three stars become visible in the night sky after sunset. The feast/festival was allotted two calendar days, and the festival's nickname was a Jewish idiom, "no one knows the day or the hour", because no one knew on which day or hour of the two days that the first new moon sliver would be visible. For many obvious reasons, the next prophetic event in God's redemption calendar should occur during a future Feast of Trumpets. The Rapture of God's saints to Heaven, sparing them from the ensuing Tribulation, which will be the beginning of the end times, is this next event.
The Great Assembly of the Israelites at the Temple on the Feast of Trumpets, is a type for the "great assembly" at the throne in Heaven described in the NT as being at the time of the Rapture. The Ten Days of Awe and Repentance is a type for the Tribulation. The inauguration of the Ten Days of Awe and Repentance is the The Feast of Trumpets, and is a type for the beginning of the Tribulation/End Times; the warning of the shofar blasts on the Feast of Trumpets symbolize the warning to those left behind that time is short before the Day of The Lord (for which the Day of Atonement is a type). After which it will be too late to repent.
The Feast of Trumpets - Rosh Hashanah - is September 21 - 23, 2017
The days in between the Feast of Trumpets and the Feast of Atonement are called the Days of Awe and Repentance. According to biblical prophecy, this is indeed an apt description for the seven year Tribulation!
"For the Day of The Lord of hosts shall be upon every one that is proud and lofty, and upon everyone that is lifted up; he shall be brought low." (Isaiah 2:12)
As with everything, God has a purpose. The purpose of the Days of Awe and Repentance - The Great Tribulation and the Hour of Jacob's Trouble - is to get mankind, and Israel, to wake up and to repent. It is His last call, last chance, desperate attempt to wake up those that are still asleep that will wake up before time runs out in this age of free choice. Before full divine self-revelation on the Day of The Lord. In this way, His wrath is an act of love. Similar to how 9/11 was a day of awe that woke up many people. Like 9/11, people will be looking up, in awe, except what will unfold will be many times more horrible, and worldwide.
Amos 5:18-20: Woe unto you that desire The Day of The Lord. To what end is it for you? The Day of The Lord is darkness and not light. As if a man did flee from a lion, and a bear met him; or went into the house, and leaned up against the wall and a serpent bit him. Shall not The Day of The Lord be darkness, and not light? Even very dark, and no brightness in it?
The Rapture (Christianity's most preposterous, but true, belief)
We are told in Scripture that those already following Christ, will not need to endure the wrath. To be a true follower of Christ means to be born again, a disciple, and to serve the Lord. It is not enough to simply believe, as do nominal cultural "Christians". It means to be a faithful, uncompromising overcomer of the world, and be living for the future heavenly Kingdom. To be born again in a sense, means the death of the old self. It means to receive the regenerating, transformative Holy Spirit; that engenders a new creature with new desires; that produces outwardly visible "fruit". It means to walk with the Lord, constantly, and to know Him. This is all scriptural, and the depth of all of this is learned when the individual begins to read the gospels and the New Testament. The individual will also increasingly experience this, as they mature as a disciple.
The ancient Jewish betrothal process symbolizes the Rapture of the Church (those in the body of Christ) in many ways. Jesus referred to His Church as His Bride and referenced the traditional Jewish betrothal process to describe the union of Himself and His Bride. In the traditional Jewish betrothal process, after proposing, the bridegroom would leave the bride and return to His father's house and prepare a room for His bride.
John 14:1 Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in me. 2 In my Father’s house there are many dwelling places. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, so that where I am, there you may be also.
The timing of the bridegroom's return for his bride would be left a surprise. The occasion of his return was a loud celebration of joyous shouts and rams horns blowing, which is another reason for knowing that the Feast of Trumpets is a type for the Rapture. Also, the bridegroom would typically return at night, and so oil lamps were lit by the bride in waiting. This parallels the oil lamps of the virgins in waiting in Jesus' Ten Virgins parable. After the bridegroom's return he would then take her to the bridal chamber for the consummation of the marriage. This is a type for the end the Church Age, when the raptured believers, and those that have died before, are resurrected and changed into their immortal bodies. Afterward, the wedding banquet feast would typically last seven days. This is a type for the Wedding Banquet in Heaven with those that are raptured and resurrected. The seven days symbolize the seven years that the Church will be hidden in their heavenly bridal chambers while the inhabitants of the earth experience God's indignation. As described in the following Old Testament passage.
But your dead will live, Lord;
their bodies will rise--
let those who dwell in the dust
wake up and shout for joy--
your dew is like dew of the morning;
the earth will give birth to her dead.
Come my people, enter your chambers [reference to bridal chamber in ancient Jewish bethrothal process]
and shut the doors behind you;
hide yourselves for a little while
until the wrath has passed by.
See, the Lord is coming out of his dwelling
to punish the people of the Earth for their sins.
The Earth will disclose the blood shed on it;
the Earth will conceal its slain no longer.
The other two fall feasts are the Feast of Atonement, and the Feast of Tabernacles. The Feast of Atonement should be the Day of The Lord. The Day of the Lord's Second Coming, along with His saints that were raptured and resurrected before the Tribulation 7 years. This day will see the destruction of Antichrist, and the nations that are gathered to destroy Israel. As well, it is the day when the Jewish remnant "look upon Him whom they have pierced", repent for their sins, and finally receive Him as their Messiah.
Zechariah 12:10: (520 BC) And I will pour out on the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem a spirit of grace and supplication. They will look on me, the one they have pierced, and they will mourn for him as one mourns for an only child, and grieve bitterly for him as one grieves for a firstborn son. On that day the weeping in Jerusalem will be as great as the weeping of Hadad Rimmon in the plain of Megiddo. The land will mourn, each clan by itself, with their wives by themselves: the clan of the house of David and their wives, the clan of the house of Nathan and their wives, the clan of the house of Levi and their wives, the clan of Shimei and their wives, and all the rest of the clans and their wives.
The Feast of Booths/Tabernacles symbolizes a time of renewed fellowship with God. The Feast of Tabernacles shadows the time when He will once again "tabernacle" with His people as He reigns over all the world - His kingdom - in the Messianic Age (Micah 4:1-7).
Zechariah 14:16-19: The survivors from all the nations that have attacked Jerusalem will go up year after year to worship the King, the Lord Almighty, and to celebrate the Festival of Tabernacles. If any of the peoples of the earth do not go up to Jerusalem to worship the King, the Lord Almighty, they will have no rain. If the Egyptian people do not go up and take part, they will have no rain. The Lord will bring on them the plague he inflicts on the nations that do not go up to celebrate the Festival of Tabernacles. This will be the punishment of all the nations that do not go up to celebrate the Festival of Tabernacles.
The Star of Bethlehem
The heavens declare the glory of God,
and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.
Day to day pours out speech,
and night to night reveals knowledge. Psalm 19:1-2
Recently, it has come to light that the Star of Bethlehem was an actual real astronomical event. Why was it not known before? First, we couldn't have known what the stars in the ancient sky looked like, until we discovered the math behind the movements of the solar system. The laws and math that Johannes Kepler discovered in the 1600's are the same laws and math that NASA uses today. NASA is able to launch a rocket and reach a celestial body because the mathematics are precise, and the celestial movements are extremely regular, like a clock. Now, with modern software, in an instant, we can view what the night sky looked like at any point in history, and we can also animate the sky.
Is looking for signs in the heavens astrology?
Biblically, the practice of astrology is considered to be witchcraft. However, there is a distinction between looking for signs in the stars, and thinking they run your life.
Job 9:9 [Job speaking] He is the Maker of the Bear and Orion, the Pleiades and the constellations of the south.
Job 38:31-32 [God speaking] “Can you bind the chains of the Pleiades? Can you loosen Orion’s belt? Can you bring forth the constellations in their seasons..."
Isaiah 40:26 Lift up your eyes and look to the heavens: Who created all these? He who brings out the starry host one by one and calls forth each of them by name. Because of his great power and mighty strength, not one of them is missing.
Psalm 19:1-4 The heavens declare the glory of God;
the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
Day after day they pour forth speech;
night after night they reveal knowledge.
They have no speech, they use no words;
no sound is heard from them.
Yet their voice goes out into all the earth,
their words to the ends of the world.
David uses verb after verb to say that the stars communicate.
In the book of Romans, Paul is asking the rhetorical question, did the Jews know the messiah had come. Romans 10:17-18 "Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ. But I ask: Did they [the Jews] not hear? Of course they did: "Their voice has gone out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world."" He quotes David! He's saying his people, the Jews, knew because the stars told them.
Jesus - Luke 21:25 "There will be signs in the sun, moon, and stars..."
The Magi (Three Wise Men) and the 9 clues in the book of Matthew
A lawyer named Robert Larson looked into the Star of Bethlehem mystery, and determined that there are 9 clues contained within the gospel of Matthew, that should align with whatever the star was. Without going into too much detail, I will cover some main points. Ancient historical records from the library of Alexandria tell us the eastern school of magi in Babylon were the protoscientists of their day. They were probably Jews, descended from Jews like Daniel that stayed behind after the Babylonian captivity ended. The prophecy in the book of Daniel chapter 9 regarding the coming Messiah after the 173,880 days from Artaxerxes' decree in 445 BC, as discussed earlier in this writing, had the Magi looking in the sky at this time for three things: birth; Jewish nation; and kingship.
This theory of the Magi explains why they were excited to travel 700 miles and worship the Jewish king. This also explains why Herod and everyone else were shocked and unaware of the star/sign. Herod also asked for the exact timing of the star/sign, even though in those days there was no light pollution, and people often slept outside on top of their roofs, under the stars. If it were obvious, like a comet, everyone would have known about it. From Matthew we know that Herod then directed the Magi to Bethlehem, because of the prophecy in the book of Micah regarding the Messiah being born there. The one possibility for the star that the Magi saw, but others missed, are the wandering stars. Planets - from the Greek to wander.
Might Jupiter, the star known as the "King Star" from ages old, be the Star of Bethlehem? (Jupiter was known by the Jews as the planet of the Messiah.)
It turns out that in the autumn of 3 BC, the year the star/sign should have occurred (using a correct dating of Herod's death in 1 BC, derived from copies of Flavius Josephus predating the 16th century), Jupiter's movements fulfilled all 9 required clues in Matthew. First, Jupiter, the king planet, did a triple conjunction with the king star, Regulus, due to retrograde motion. Behavior that had the appearance of tracing out a halo or crown over Regulus, as Jupiter passed by three times. An extremely rare occurrence. This is the kingship the Magi were looking for.
From Genesis 49:9-10 we are told that of the 12 tribes of Israel, the Messiah would come from the tribe of Judah. We are also told the symbol for the tribe of Judah is the lion, and that the Messiah would be like a lion. Regulus, the king star, is in the constellation of Leo the lion. Jupiter's triple conjunction, and crowning of Regulus was in Leo. This is the Jewish nation sign the Magi were looking for.
In Jewish culture life begins at conception. The crowning of the king sign, was the conception sign. Nine months later, in June 2 BC, the two brightest stars in the sky, Jupiter and the woman planet, Venus, conjoined. In this conjunction they stacked together and added to each other's light to form the brightest star anyone had ever seen. Astronomers know it was the brightest ever from the math - Kepler's math. From Babylon, this conjunction occurred in the western sky, right over Jerusalem as the sun set. This was the birth sign the Magi were looking for.
The last clue in Matthew is that the star was in the south by the time the Magi got to Jerusalem. Bethlehem is 5 miles south of Jerusalem. Sure enough, Jupiter was in the southern sky by December 2 BC, and over Bethlehem as they looked south from Jerusalem. But how did it stop over Bethlehem? Retrograde motion explains this. Amazingly, Jupiter stopped and reversed course over Bethlehem on December 25th, 2 BC. December 25th was not the date of birth of Jesus, but it quite likely was the date of the first Christmas.
The Revelation 12 Sign - A Great Sign in Heaven
Revelation 12:1-2 And a great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars. She was pregnant and was crying out in birth pains and the agony of giving birth.
No other sign in the Bible is called a "great sign". Signs are portents, and thus they symbolize something. Obviously, this passage is filled symbolism, and is not be interpreted literally. Given that there is mention of the moon, sun, and stars, this sign that appears in heaven is a sign that appears in the night sky. Similar to the Star of Bethlehem, this sign must be some type of alignment of the celestial bodies mentioned. What celestial alignment could explain this sign? And what is its significance?
After the discovery of the Star of Bethlehem came out in 2007, this insight led others to look into other heavenly signs described in the Bible. Using widely available astronomy software, what has been discovered regarding this sign is truly astonishing! First, what does it mean?
Revelation 12:4-6 And the dragon stood before the woman who was about to give birth, so that when she bore her child he might devour it. She gave birth to a man child, one who is to rule all the nations with a rod of iron, but her child was caught up to God and to his throne, and the woman fled into the wilderness, where she has a place prepared by God, in which she is to be nourished for 1,260 days.
Without getting into too much end time eschatological detail and scriptural references, we know that the woman corporately represents Israel. We also know that the dragon corporately represents the Antichrist's system that persecutes Israel in the last days. We know for example that at the mid point of the Tribulation (1,260 days), many Christ believing Jews will flee Jerusalem into the wilderness, probably to Petra. If the woman and dragon are symbols for corporate bodies, therefore the "man child" is also a symbol for something corporate. Therefore the man child doesn't only symbolize Christ, but also his body - The Church. Proper understanding of Scripture also informs us that Christ will not be ruling "the nations with a rod of iron" by Himself, but will be ruling with His body - The Church - in the Messianic Age.
"...her child was caught up to God and to his throne..."
The word used for "caught up" in the Greek manuscripts is harpazo. Harpazo does not mean ascended, but rather it has an aggressive, violent meaning, more like to snatch away, or to yank something out of something. When translating the Greek Septuagint into Latin, Saint Jerome used the word rapio. From which we get the English word rapture. Also, in this passage, the word harpazo is used in a rescue context. So, this passage is a Rapture passage. And this sign is the Rapture sign! The understanding that this a Rapture sign is not new among theologians, and it dates back centuries. What is recent, is the understanding of what the sign itself actually is. So, if it is a sign in the night sky, when does it occur?
The Revelation 12 sign occurs this year... on the Feast of Trumpets!!!
"...a woman clothed with the sun..."
The sign of Revelation 12 has many details that are common, but uncommon when all put together. How uncommon? It appears only once in all of human history! Again, we know this from Kepler's math and modern software. The woman is represented by Virgo--the virgin. The first part of the sign is the woman clothed with the sun. This happens every year, but it narrows the time down to one month around the autumnal equinox. She is clothed by the sun from mid-September to early October. September 23, 2017 meets these requirements.
"...with the moon under her feet..."
The next requirement is that the moon must be under the feet of Virgo. With the sun in Virgo and her feet to the east, the moon must be at new moon. The Hebrew Calendar is lunar and the Feast of Trumpets (sunset September 21 to sunset September 23, 2017) is on the new moon. The Feast of Trumpet's new moon aligning directly under Virgo's feet happens most years, as long as the new moon did not occur too early or too late in relation to the equinox, which would put the sun too high or low in Virgo. Astronomy software shows us that the moon will be directly under Virgo's feet on September 23, 2017. The requirement of the moon and sun narrows it down to a few days of the year. The rest of the parts of the sign must then coincide with this time if we are able to observe this sign.
"...and on her head a crown of twelve stars..."
On September 23, 2017 there are four planets in the vicinity that complete the sign and its ultimate uniqueness. Mercury, Venus, Mars, and Jupiter play their parts. Above the head of Virgo is the constellation Leo. In Leo at this time there will be Mars, Venus, and Mercury. With Leo being a constellation of nine principle stars, the three wandering stars make it twelve at this time. Thus the crown of twelve stars on the head of the woman. For three planets to be in Leo at this time with all of the other preconditions makes this extremely rare. Combined with the final piece of the picture below is what makes this sign occur once in history.
"She was pregnant and was crying out in birth pains and the agony of giving birth... She gave birth to a man child...."
The final piece of the sign is Jupiter. Jupiter was known by the Jews as the planet of the Messiah. Jupiter goes through the constellation Virgo about every 12 years. What is special about this time is the exceedingly rare retrograde action it does inside the womb of Virgo. The lines connect the stars of Virgo to form a quadrangle - her abdomen/womb. Not only is it amazing that this retrograde motion keeps Jupiter inside her womb, but it stays in her womb for between 9 and 10 months (depending on which stars are connected to make the abdomen/womb), which is a healthy human gestation period. Incredibly, Jupiter exits Virgo's abdomen a few days before The Feast of Trumpets, which lends more evidence to this being the birth sign. It is the birth of the matured Church into Heaven after 2000 years of gestation.
The Second Sign in Revelation 12
“Then another sign appeared in heaven: and behold, a great red dragon having seven heads and ten horns, and on his heads were seven diadems. And his tail swept away a third of the stars of heaven and threw them to the earth. And the dragon stood before the woman who was about to give birth, so that when she gave birth he might devour her child.” Revelation 12:3-4
By arguing that the first sign is clearly one shown in the heavens, that would mean this sign is also to be seen in the night sky, and is not simply figurative language. Rising in the night sky right after Virgo, is the constellation Draco. One of the 48 constellations listed by 2nd-century astronomer Ptolemy, and one of the 88 modern constellations. Draco is Latin for dragon.
“...a great red dragon having seven heads…”
In Draco’s head four stars are visible, but three of those stars are binary, which results in seven stars. The brightest star in the constellation is Ethanin, which in the Hebrew means “the long serpent or dragon”. It is located in the head. Ethanin is a red giant star giving the definition of red to the dragon.
“...and ten horns…”
Above the head of Draco is the constellation Bootes. One of the 48 constellations listed by 2nd-century astronomer Ptolemy, and one of the 88 modern constellations. Bootes is in the shape of a horn, and it has 10 stars, which represent the ten horns in this signs.
“...and on his heads were seven diadems…”
Right next to Bootes, above the head of Draco, is the constellation Corona Borealis. One of the 48 constellations listed by 2nd-century astronomer Ptolemy, and one of the 88 modern constellations. Corona Borealis in Latin means "the northern crown.” Wikipedia’s definition for diadem is “a jeweled crown or headband worn as a symbol of sovereignty”
“And his tail swept away a third of the stars of heaven and threw them to the earth.”
The details of the sign described thus far exist in the heavens at any given time. This sign is different from the Woman since there are no time markers such as the positioning of the sun, moon, or planets. However, this sign is to be paired with the sign of the Woman, which does place this at a specific time. As a sign in heaven, all it then needs is a meteor shower coming from the Dragon–Draco.
There is a meteor shower called the Draconids that occurs every year on October 7-9th as the earth passes through the orbit trail of Comet 21P/Giacobini-Zinner that has an orbital period of 6.6 years (EarthSky). The falling stars appear to come out of Draco and the showers of 1933 and 1946 were some of the biggest of last century. There were bursts in 2005, 2011, and 2012.
“And the dragon stood before the woman who was about to give birth, so that when she gave birth he might devour her child.”
The position of Draco and its head is perfectly placed to appear to be waiting for the birth of the man child sign in Revelation 12:2. Draco here represents the kingdom of the Antichrist empowered by the dragon, the serpent of old--Satan.
UN Resolution 2334
If the Feast of Trumpets on September 23, 2017 is the birth of the Church, and Jupiter's pattern inside the womb of Virgo represents this, then it becomes extremely interesting that exactly 9 months (human gestation period) before on December 23, 2016, UN Resolution 2334 passed, condemning Israel's rights to their land, including their capital East Jerusalem. It was the first such condemnation that was not vetoed by the United States. Barack Obama finally showed his true colors on his way out, and orchestrated the resolution behind the scenes to be passed on the eve of Christmas to reduce media attention.
The Great American Eclipse
It needs to be mentioned again here, that the Great American Eclipse will take place 30 days before the Feast of Trumpets this year. Again, it is the beginning of the season of repentance. It is a good place for God to position a warning.
Blood Moons Tetrad of 2014 - 2015 points to Feast of Trumpets 2017
“And I will show wonders in the heavens... The sun shall be turned to darkness, and the moon to blood, before the great and awesome day of the Lord comes." (Joel 2:30-32)
What is the significance of these blood moons? If you recall, at the beginning of this writing I said to take note of the number 1,260. This was after demonstrating that the year 1948, the year Israel was born, is clearly in the Bible by adding 1,260 years to 688 AD, which is the year the Dome of The Rock began to be constructed, and what is preventing the End Times from starting. There are 7 passages in Daniel and Revelation containing 1,260. One of the significances of this tetrad, is that the first one on April 15, 2014 comes exactly 1,260 days before the Feast of Trumpets on September 23, 2017! There are many more amazing numerical relationships between the blood moons tetrads, and I have links to these on the my website in the additional resources section.
The 153 Fish
"So Simon Peter went aboard and hauled the net ashore, full of large fish, 153 of them. And although there were so many, the net was not torn." (John 21:11)
John 21 is one of the richest passages in all of Scripture. Filled with symbolism, its theme is that of redemption. In scripture fish symbolize believers. Four of the disciples were fishermen, and Jesus told his disciples that they would be fishers of men. Jesus began his ministry in AD 28 and therefore began his efforts in fishing for men. After his time on earth, the twelve disciples become the twelve apostles and were sent to spread the gospel. The apostles trained others and those others have passed this understanding down to us. Jesus said that "this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come." This time of preaching the gospel, and fishing of men, is the age of the Church, and is also known as the age of the fish. The gospel has now gone around the world, and even remote tribes deep in the Amazon have now heard it. Therefore, the end of the Church age is soon.
As one of Jesus’ last and most mysterious miracles, this would seem to support the theme of fishing for men until the time of the harvest of fish. Is the Feast of Trumpets 2017 the time of that harvest?
What do the 153 fish symbolize?
Of all of the symbolism in this chapter, none has been as intriguing as to what the significance of such a distinct number might be. Now we have a good answer. Jesus started His ministry in 28 AD. Him, plus his twelve disciples equals 13. From AD 28 until 2017 is 1989 years, which is exactly 13 times 153 years. At such a large increment of 153, it is probably not a coincidence that 2017 is such a direct hit. But not only does 2017 hit the increment of 153 years from AD 28, it hits it at 13 increments, just like the number of disciples plus Jesus in the beginning.
I mentioned earlier that 7 is God's number, indicating the touch of God, and completion. For what it's worth, on Inauguration Day, Donald Trump was exactly 70 years, 7 months, and 7 days old. On the day he was elected, Benjamin Netanyahu had been in office as prime minister of Israel for exactly 7 years, 7 months, and 7 days. Speaking of Inauguration Day, during his speech a very light rain shower came down. Just enough rain to get some of those seated around him to get out their umbrellas. It stopped before his speech was over. Reverend Franklin Graham spoke to the crowd shortly after and pointed out that "in the Bible, rain is a sign of God's blessing." Speaking of Trump, it is interesting that Trump became president in the year of the Rapture that occurs at the "last trump" (1 Corinthians 15:52).
Daniel's 70 Weeks Revisited
I wrote about this prophecy in Daniel chapter 9 earlier in this writing. Here is an extremely interesting addition to this prophecy.
Daniel 9:24-25 “Seventy ‘sevens’ are decreed for your people and your holy city to finish transgression, to put an end to sin, to atone for wickedness, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal up vision and prophecy and to anoint the Most Holy Place. Know and understand this: From the time the word goes out to restore and rebuild Jerusalem until the Messiah, the ruler, comes, there will be seven ‘sevens,’ and sixty-two ‘sevens.’ It will be rebuilt with a broad wall, but in times of trouble."
Again, "there will be seven ‘sevens,’ and sixty-two ‘sevens" = 69 x 7 years = 483 years
March 14, 445 BC, Artaxerxes Longimanus issues the decree to rebuild Jerusalem and its walls.
Palm Sunday, April 6, 32 AD, Jesus presents Himself as the Prince at the Triumphal Entry.
March 14, 445 BC to Palm Sunday, April 6, 32 AD is 173,880 days = 483 x 360-day years = 69 x 7 years
Gabriel said to Daniel: "After the 62 weeks [plus prior 7 weeks = 69 weeks], Messiah shall be cut off..."
1465 years after Jesus was crucified and Jerusalem and the Temple were destroyed in 70 AD, in 1535 AD, Suleiman the Magnificent decreed to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem.
Then in 1969 AD on Passover, the Knesset in Israel founded the JQDC to rebuild war torn Jerusalem.
1535 AD to 1969 AD is 434 years... 62 x 7 years
49 years from 1969 is 2017... 7 x 7 years
1535 AD to 2017 AD is 483 years = 69 x 7 years
Therefore Daniel's 70th week of 7 years is 2017 to 2024.
If you have found this information to be convincing and true, and you have not already received the Lord Jesus Christ as your lord and savior, the next step is to receive the gift of grace. Saving faith comes through conviction of sin, and that Jesus paid for this sin on the cross. Saving faith is humbly recognizing that we are all goats that have gone our own way. Saving faith comes through a truly contrite heart with a desire to follow the Shepherd, our Creator, home. God will begin to transform your heart through the work of His Holy Spirit inside you. Through believing in Jesus' death and resurrection, as God's own substitution for our sin, this powerful grace accomplished. To begin this relationship with God, I can suggest starting with a prayer. A prayer recognizing you are a desperate sinner in need of Him and His grace. Repentance implies a sincere desire to turn from one's former ways, and a renewed desire to seek God's ways. A desire to make Him your master, instead of the things of the world. One is justified through saving faith, and one is regenerated through a repentant lifestyle. Through a repentant lifestyle one's temple (body) is cleansed. God desires to dwell in our bodies, but sin prevents this. A repentant lifestyle that places Jesus and one's Lord engenders the death of the old self and a rebirth. This is what is called being born again. Jesus speaks of bearing one's cross, and hating this life. He speaks of sacrifice. Not sacrifice to make this world a better place, but sacrifice for Him, His Church, and the Kingdom. I suggest as a next step that you read the gospels in the New Testament. Read the books of Matthew and John. God is seeking a "peculiar" people for His own, that seek Him, and the truth about Him and His ways, and love Him more than anything in this world. Ask Him to lead you into learning more about Him. You need to believe that God became one with humanity through Jesus. That through His death and resurrection, we can now overcome the sin that separates us from God, if we choose to accept His gift of grace. Then, He wants you to tell others.
You should also be with other born again believers for encouragement, by attending a born again church.
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