70 Weeks of Daniel 4
70 Weeks of Daniel 4 is a continuation of the previous blog.
In previous blogs we have touched upon scriptures which confirm portions of the End Times message were withheld until the Latter Days were upon the world (Daniel 12:4 and 9 and Revelation 10). A partial blinding in part until the Time of the End was upon the world. This area presents just such information.
Based on the verbiage in Daniel 9:25, which states, “… That from the going forth of the command to restore and build Jerusalem until the Messiah the Prince, there shall be seven weeks and sixty-two weeks …”. Today, it should be obvious to scholars that King Cyrus issued this prophetic command. The prophecy in Isaiah 44:28 through 45:1–13 specifically points to King Cyrus as the one who would issue the command. However, because of what appears to be a scattershot approach of the 101 years between King Cyrus’ command and the completion of the wall in 437 BC, scholars shied away from investigating or acknowledging the start date of 538 BC. Frankly, with the explanation now forthcoming, it should now be much easier to understand the fulfillment of this segment of the prophecy.
Before God removed the blinders in 2006 the following information was not available to the world short of divine revelation. The following information could not be substantiated through conventional means because God was continuing to withhold the revelation until its appropriate time of release as determined by the Lord. Though I personally received the revelation in 1985 and then applied myself to the two years of research it required, the case was still difficult to prove or confirm as an objective truth and I had zero idea I would one day need the research for writing book. I refer specifically to the concept of 101 chronological years equaling forty-nine nonconsecutive years. With this in mind, know the sequence of events and following testimonial, information and explanation are true and presented to the best of my ability.
Long before I began to write, “This Side of the Whirlwind, The Coming Apocalypse” the Lord introduced me to the concept of consolidating all the years and months the Israelites worked to restore Jerusalem, the Temple and its walls. Here is that “True Life” story.
One night after church in 1985, I learned current End Times doctrines failed to accurately develop a reliable starting or stopping point for the seven weeks segment of the Seventy Weeks of Daniel prophecy. Most current and accepted doctrines tended to place the seven weeks starting point following Artaxerxes’ decree of 445 BC. As will soon be obvious the Artaxerxes’ time line cannot work.
On my way home from church that evening, God once again imparted a revelation in the form of a question. The Lord asked, “Wouldn’t it be amazing if the forty-nine years of the seven weeks [segment] were just a consolidation of all the years and months the Israelites actually worked on [restoring] the city and the walls?” I immediately realized the question was more than my own ruminations. As a result of hearing the Lord’s question, I began examining time related resources within Ezra and Nehemiah to find answers. Nearly two years later, after researching the Bible and a variety of other theological resources, data revealed a period spanning between forty-eight or fifty-two years for which the Israelites had actually labored to restore Jerusalem, the temple, and the wall. From 536 BC until the wall’s completion in 437 BC, numerous interruptions, including minor wars, skirmishes, and raiding parties from surrounding tribes, caused temporary and long-term work delays to Jerusalem’s reconstruction (Ezra 4:1–24). I pursued an exhaustive chronological search, which revealed the consolidated number of years for the Israelite’s reconstruction. The reports of Israel’s forced delays and repeated interruptions are well-documented. For nearly one-hundred years, the Israelites worked sporadically. Due to the aforementioned issues, the Israelites placed half their workforce on guard duty, sword in hand, while the other half labored toward Jerusalem’s reconstruction (Nehemiah 4:8–23). Obviously, splitting their workforce would cause additional delays. According to Josephus, the walls were finally completed near 437 BC.
With all research and data compiled there was a deviation of only two to three years based on information approximately twenty-six hundred years old. Bear in mind, when God first placed this thought in my mind, the likelihood of Jerusalem’s reconstruction project spanning just forty-nine years out of 101 years was “to me” a monumental long shot.
The seven weeks segment of the prophecy began with King Cyrus’s decree and ended with the completion of Jerusalem’s wall. With the entire project spanning 101 years what were the odds the Israelites period of labor would collectively span forty-nine years? Pretty slim, I thought.
Josephus dated the completion of Jerusalem’s wall near 437 BC, with a start date of the overall project somewhere between 538 BC to 536 BC. Research resulted in a consolidated number of years for Israel’s labors between forty-eight and fifty-two years. Who besides God could have known?
Should completion of the wall have been calculated from 436 BC, instead of 437 BC, and with a start date between 538 BC to 536 BC, the consolidated number of years spanned would have totaled between fifty and fifty-two years. The variance in these two outcomes is derived from the ambiguities in data between the books of Ezra and Nehemiah as well as additional historic texts.
With an inflexible target number of forty-nine years (or seven segments of seven years) and the outcome extremes, resulting between forty-eight and fifty-two years, it is reasonable to accept the target number of forty-nine years and declare the matter chiefly resolved. It truly is the closet set available historically for the “Seven segments of Seven Weeks.” With the lesser discrepancy of minus one year or the greater discrepancy of plus two years, I attributed and accepted time line inaccuracies to a lack of precise researchable materials and an event which took place nearly twenty-six hundred years ago.
Even without exacting historical data, I, a layman, was able to reach a reasonably close, near perfect, time frame for the seven weeks segment. In my opinion, a discrepancy of only minus one year or plus two years requires a small leap of faith, especially when the event took place so many centuries ago.
Therefore, I made this leap of faith and accept the seven weeks segment as being fulfilled during the one-hundred-and-one-year period between 538 BC and 437 BC. Based on the 437 BC starting point for the sixty-two weeks segment, the time line strikes a perfectly aligned time frame with the Seventy Weeks of Daniel prophecy. No strings needed to be pulled, twisted, or fabricated! Just a slight leap of faith derived from the most precise data available.
If the “Seven segments of Seven” could have been calculated from more precise resources maybe someone could have achieved a more perfect number. As always, things related to the Lord and prophecy require at least a small leap of faith.
Faith, the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
In other words…
Stepping out on nothing until it becomes something because you trust the Lord.
God never fails us.
We just sometimes have different expectations than God’s will affords for our lives.
Until next time.
 The definition used for the word weeks, as found in Daniel 9:24 is numerically located in the Hebrew and Chaldean sections of the dictionary under the alphanumeric H7620, meaning to be sevened [ASECB].
 Abingdon’s Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible
 Isaiah 44:28 through 45:1–13.
 A person who studies and writes the biographies of saints or ecclesiastical individuals of note.
 Referencing the King James Version of the text.
This is just a teaser before the up and coming Seventy Weeks of Daniel prophecy breakdown. This is one of the more fascinating and most powerful prophecies within the entire Bible/Word of God.
This is going to be fun for those who enjoy getting into the MEAT of the Word.
Better get your “This Side of the Whirlwind” study-guides out and ready, for the heavy hitting soon begins! Yeah! I love this stuff! Hey knock it off with the exclamation points, will ya!
The Seventy Weeks of Daniel (Just Four Verses change the world from beginning to end, wow!)
Seventy weeks are determined for your people and for your holy city, to finish the transgression, to make an end of sins, to make reconciliation for iniquity, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal up vision and prophecy, and to anoint the Most Holy.
Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the command to restore and build Jerusalem until Messiah the Prince, there shall be seven weeks and sixty-two weeks; the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublesome times.
And after the sixty-two weeks Messiah shall be cut off, but not for Himself and the people of the prince who is to come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary. The end of it shall be with a flood, and till the end of the war desolations are determined.
Then he shall confirm a covenant with many for one week; but in the middle of the week He shall bring an end to sacrifice and offering. And on the wing of abominations shall be one who makes desolate, even until the consummation, which is determined, is poured out on the desolate. (Daniel 9:24–27 NKJV emphasis added)
The volume and complexity of information found in this prophecy make comprehension of its verses difficult at best. Bear in mind, God withheld much of this information until the time of the Latter Days. Couple these difficulties with its prophetic nature, split-versing, and the involvement of time limitations, and the need for the Holy Spirit’s interpretation becomes quite obvious. Only with prayer and careful examination of the text can the mysteries within be revealed.
Be back later with the actual study. Fun, fun, fun! 🙂
If I am an expert on anything, it is waiting on the Lord.
The year was 1971 and I was 12 years old. The Lord spoke to me in Phoenix, Arizona as I came out of our Vacation Bible School class saying, “Why was Jesus’ ministry only 3½ years?”
Though I waited for the answer to that question for nearly 34 years I consistently asked Pastors, scholars and Theologians to no effect.
No one I encountered seemed to know the answer to that question until the Lord shared His answer with me shortly after I began the book, “This Side of the Whirlwind, The Coming Apocalypse.” Continue reading
Why Write This Book?
This Side of the Whirlwind was written because I must. This is not to say I did not want to write the book; rather, I felt God pressing me to do so. This was the primary reason I began this project but not the only reason. Astonished by what the Lord began to reveal, I could not keep it to myself. I was overwhelmed with a sense of purpose and duty to share the divine knowledge the Body of Christ needs for the coming storm.
“If I say, ‘I will not mention him, or speak any more in his name,’ there is in my heart as it were a burning fire, shut up in my bones, and I am weary with holding it in, and I cannot” (Jeremiah 20:9 ESV). Continue reading
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This Side of the Whirlwind, The Coming Apocalypse
This Side of the Whirlwind is a prophetic message given by God during these last days of the Church Age. Though we are not yet there, the World will soon enter a period which is most often and egregiously portrayed as the seven years of the Great Tribulation. The Great Tribulation or seven years of judgment is represented as a period solely dedicated by God for bringing judgment, God’s Wrath on a sinful and rebellious world.
This Side of the Whirlwind reveals the numerous errors in the Great Tribulation Rapture doctrines as well as negating the false teachings of Preterism, A-Millennialism. Continue reading
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The Great Consummation the Series
Get all four blogs in one with “The Great Consummation the Series.”
See the interview first if you like. 🙂 Continue reading
Center of God’s Will?
Warning, there is graphic video materials within this blog. Watch at your own risk!
Most often when Believers think of being in the center of “God’s will” we think of a picturesque and ideal scenario playing out with God using us to preach the gospel, minister in Christian music, feed the hungry, comfort the sick or any number of other ministry related endeavors.
But the question is…
Is that all there is to being in “God’s will”?
For individuals to reside in the middle of “God’s will” does not always mean we are moving in ministry, or a loving family life or even a singular walk with God.
When thinking about “God’s will,” consider how the nation of Israel actually existed in the middle of “God’s will” during their 400 year sojourn with the Egyptians beginning with the time of Joseph and extending through the days of the Israeli Exodus.
(On that note: check out this Docu/movie http://patternsofevidence.com/ which sets straight some of the erroneous data which has been circulating/perpetrated in promoting the idea Israel’s exodus from Egypt was merely or mostly a grand metaphor.) Not a real exodus; poppycock!
At first the Israelites may have been welcomed, befriended or even nurtured, but somewhere in that 400 plus year sojourn the Israelites became the subpopulation enslaved by the Egyptians in accordance with “God’s will”.
Check out this passage from Genesis 15: 13-16
Then He said to Abram: “Know certainly that your descendants will be strangers in a land that is not theirs, and will serve them, and they will afflict them four hundred years. And also the nation whom they serve I will judge; afterward they shall come out with great possessions. Now as for you, you shall go to your fathers in peace; you shall be buried at a good old age. But in the fourth generation they shall return here, for the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet complete.”
God certainly is impressive, isn’t He?
Those Israelites who lived during that period of slavery we right in the middle of God’s will. It was all in God’s plan to create a scenario where the Jews would need a Deliverer. You know, Moses.
How many Israelites lived extremely difficult lives while they were perfectly in the center of God’s plans for the Israelites? True answer… many, many and many!
Now, let’s look to King David. Here is a person who spent many challenging years even while living most of his life following God. Scripture says he was a man after God’s own heart.
And afterward they asked for a king; so God gave them Saul the son of Kish, a man of the tribe of Benjamin, for forty years. 22 And when He had removed him, He raised up for them David as king, to whom also He gave testimony and said, ‘I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after My own heart, who will do all My will. (Acts 13:21-22 NKJV)
David spent a great deal of time being pursued by King Saul. I’m not sure of the exact timeline but it was substantial. Do you think the future King David felt he was being blessed for walking in “God’s will”? Off and on I’d imagine, he was not sure but walked in faith.
And let us not forget the Apostle Paul. Wow, that man’s life was riddled with challenges as he brought the salvation message to the Gentiles. Paul said in 2 Corinthians 11:23-29:
I am more: in labors more abundant, in stripes above measure, in prisons more frequently, in deaths often. From the Jews five times I received forty stripes minus one. Three times I was beaten with rods; once I was stoned; three times I was shipwrecked; a night and a day I have been in the deep; in journeys often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils of my own countrymen, in perils of the Gentiles, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren; in weariness and toil, in sleeplessness often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness— besides the other things, what comes upon me daily: my deep concern for all the churches. Who is weak, and I am not weak? Who is made to stumble, and I do not burn with indignation? (NKJV)
Lastly I’ll bring up the Jews of the Holocaust of WWII. What needs to be said there is this…
WARNING — WARNING — WARNING
The following video contains “Graphic Material!”
Watch at your own risk!
WARNING — WARNING — WARNING
The Holocaust of WWII was the prophetic fulfillment of Jacob’s Trouble written about in Jeremiah 30:1-24. There is no doubt! Every element was fulfilled in gruesome detail and is still being fulfilled at this very moment. For a more detailed explanation of Jacob’s Trouble and its fulfillment check out, “This Side of the Whirlwind, The Coming Apocalypse,” chapters 12 and 14. Both sections provide enough information and evidence to confirm that the Holocaust was Jacob’s Trouble. By the way, the prophecy will continue its fulfillment into the Millennial Reign.
Okay, here is why I bring up these not so friendly topics.
We are living in the Latter Days. This is not in question. Israel has been/is repeatedly prophesied to reemerge as a sovereign state on the lands of their forefathers and with its religious identity intact following Jacob’s Trouble. Bingo! This is what has happened.
“We know” from prophecies fulfilled that we are in the Latter Days and during the Great Consummation nearly two-thirds of all Christians will be killed or martyred.
“We know” the Parable of the Fig Tree found in Matthew 24, Mark 13 and Luke 21 takes place during the Latter Days when Israel is reborn as a nation and begins to grow into the nation it has and is becoming today.
“We know” the generation of the Latter Days will usher in the fulfillment of the last half of the Seventieth Week of the Seventy Weeks of Daniel prophecy found in Daniel 9:24-27.
“We know” the Great Tribulation or more appropriately the Great Consummation will span 3½ years and bring to fulfillment the Second half of Christ’s Covenant and the separation and Judgment portions of the covenant. Read the book, “This Side of the Whirlwind, The Coming Apocalypse” for more details.
“We know” from the Parable of the Fig Tree that the Latter Days generation as a whole cannot die off before all End Times prophecies have been completed and Christ returns for the Body of Christ.
“We know” the Mark of the Beast already exists and is being deployed throughout this world. How long before it becomes mandatory only God knows.
I could go on and on with the things “We know” are taking place and fulfilling prophecies and bringing the Time of the Gentiles or Church Age to its close.
So we are in the Latter Days and about to face global persecution of Christians everywhere.
We are about to be forced to “Receive or Reject” the Mark of the Beast one way or another.
Soon enough the Beast/Anti-Christ will launch a global war on Christianity and the Jews.
When “The Mark” is in full swing Christians “will not” be able to purchase anything for survival or otherwise, period!
The system will change in such a way as to exclude anyone without “The Mark.”
And I tell you this… These things will happen while we are living in the middle, the center of God’s awesome and deliberate WILL.
Why? Because we are living during the completion or fulfillment of Christ’s Covenant found in Daniel 9:24-27.
This is why the scripture tells us repeatedly, more than 10 times:
THEY THAT OVERCOME TO THE END SHALL BE SAVED!
So hang in there, trust God’s plan. It will get tough but God has a reason for everything we must enjoy and endure.
Refuse any technology which even resembles the idea of the Mark of the Beast.
Remain faithful in the Lord and prepare to take flight to some wilderness, forested weigh-station, bugout point where you can live out as many days here on earth serving our God and fellow Believers as possible.
Remain faithful while you prepare for your wilderness journey.
Hey, if Moses and his people could do it without all the tech and knowledge we have today it should be a breeze for us modern Christians.
Hang in there and trust the Lord knows what He is doing and why!
Brother in Christ, preparing, Steve
Longsuffering Produces Faith
Oh, how I love Jesus!
Hey, before we get started I wanted to mention I may have written this article before. I found it among my drafts and could not find a counterpart or completed version. So if I’ve repeated this article you or someone you know likely needed to read it again. Enjoy! Steve (That’s my story and I’m sticking to it!)
I am one of those “oh too fortunate” believers who has known Jesus my entire life. More blessed still, I am a child of God who has heard the Lord’s voice several hundred times with confirmations and 95% fulfillment of all the Lord has shared with others through my life.
The Lord has privileged me with seeing the greater picture (the grand scheme) if you will and I have seldom been in those situations where I lacked the faith to trust the Lord.
This does not mean I have not endured suffering in my life, for who has not? I broke my neck and was bed ridden in 1990, could not hold my own head up for sometime. I live with excessive levels of physical pain and physical issues not worth mentioning.
However, none of these things prepared me to watch my children go through those things our God allows in our lives so they too can learn and grow and rise from glory to glory in the process which grows faithful men and women of God.
In 2002ish the Lord gave me a vision relating to my daughter’s soon coming marriage. It was a horrible vision containing six profound truths which would destroy her marriage.
I shared this vision along with a Word of Knowledge which said my daughter would suffer a dark and difficult period for nearly three years after her divorce. I remember telling them both they did not have to get married; but I knew at that time, sadly I knew they would still push through, because, as they put it, we are in love….
Sure enough, the prophecy came to pass even as the Lord revealed it. The pains of watching my little girl go through these life lessons was considerable.
I watched my daughter and son-in-law withdraw from one another, and then I watched the whole process rip apart my daughter’s longstanding faith.
Knowing the final outcome does not always justify or appease the pain. Trust me when I write, “Hearing from God is often difficult and painful to your life and the lives of those with which you are required to share God’s Word.”
I knew my daughter would recover and yet, her mother and I hurt for her every day during the destruction of her great and joyful hope in her God and her marriage. She too had to find real peace and learn to trust her Savior, Jesus her friend.
After all, trusting the Lord is the only place real-genuine-longstanding peace comes from. (By the way, real and genuine peace are separate and distinct.)
True peace comes from knowing and trusting that Jesus loves you and keeps you and causes ALL things great and small to work together for good to those who love the Lord and are called according to His (God’s) purpose.
My daughter needed to re-learn this principle. Quite often head-knowledge is insufficient and requires us to grow in heart knowledge; that place in your being that knows beyond question something is true.
My son went through a similar learning process -though it was over very different means- just two years ago.
Unfortunately, some believers need to endure this process repeatedly because they mistakenly believe Christians are not to endure great suffering; foolish I know. Fortunately this does not appear to be the case with my children.
The way we learn “longsuffering” is to suffer-long or greatly for an extended period.
So here is the big pitch to this piece:
There is a grand scheme to God’s creation and it is procreation by the Creator. We are the offspring of the Living God. Adopted for sure, nevertheless the children of the Creator! Wow, I know, that’s huge.
Here is how the grand scheme plays out in quick overview:
Lucifer and the fallen angels were created to bring balance to our universe/world so humanity could fall from innocence.
Then Adam was destined to sin so humanity would need a Savior.
Later, Moses brought the Laws of God so we could know sin, for without the law sin is dead – moot (Romans 7:8) and thus the Sabbatical Laws were born.
Based on those Sabbatical laws Israel was found guilty of sinning for 490 years by not allowing their lands their rests one year every seven; therefore, the Israelites were required to go into captivity in Babylon for seventy years to adhere to the Sabbatical requirements of that law. Of course God established these laws and allowed these circumstances to take place to serve this purpose among others.
Daniel, who has now been captive in Babylon for nearly seventy years, has learned of God’s plans visa-vi the books of Chronicles and was then given by the angel Gabriel the Seventy Weeks of Daniel prophecy. The prophecy set the stage for Christ’s seven years of covenant and included all of the elements and requirements necessary to save humanity from their natural sinful state. What an amazing prophecy, I know!
King Cyrus was called out by name through a prophecy given 174 years earlier and then gave the command for the Jews to return to the Promised Lands; then Jerusalem the Temple and the walls were rebuilt; and from BC 538 to BC 3 the 7 weeks and 62 weeks elements of the Seventy Weeks of Daniel prophecy were fulfilled. Creepy cool, I know that too!
And that… is when Jesus was born in Bethlehem; in approximately BC 3 fulfilling the prophecy and the Micah 5:1-2 prophecy which has far reaching implications.
Thirty years later the Son of God is anointed by God through John the Baptist’s ministry and Jesus then begins the first half of the seven year Covenant of Jesus Christ to save humanity. The first half equaling 3½ years.
Now, here we are, children of the Living God, waiting for the final half of the covenant which will also span 3½ years. This half of the covenant is or will be called the Great Consummation also thought of as the great completion.
And today… the world is on the threshold of entering the Great Consummation starting with the 2½ years of the Tribulation Period .
Jesus brought the first half of the covenant during His ministry of 3½ years. This first half of the covenant was the blessing half of the contract: i.e. If you obey me (God) you will receive a life filled with blessings!
The Great Consummation will be the completion of this seven year covenant spanning another 3½ years in the process.
- There will be a 2½ year Tribulation Period designed to separate True-Christians (committed Christians) from pseudo-Christians (lukewarm/non-committed Christians).
- At the end of the Tribulation Period Jesus will Rapture or resurrect the Saints of God.
- Then this 2½ year Tribulation Period will be followed by a One year period for God’s Wrath. Not something anyone wants to experience or be part of, ever!
You see, the universe is all about God’s love for His children, that’s us!
We are the nuclear family of God.
The entire process teaches us and grows us into becoming the individuals God wants us to be as adult Christians.
We are only visitor on this planet and this physical life is extremely temporary.
God loves us so much He has been working towards our gathering together to be with Him for a very, very, very-very-very long time.
And still we grow.
Get prepared folks. The Tribulation Period will be extremely difficult for Believers. We will be driven out of our homes and cities and lives into some wilderness, forested or desert areas. We need to get or be ready for that eventuality.
So, God bless you and have a prepared day!
Salvation to the World
A “forewarning” is an advanced warning of something to come. I know, duh.
Through the use of ancient scriptures, God forewarned the world many centuries in advance that He would provide salvation for both Gentiles and Israelites alike. A scriptural forewarning differs from a foreshadowing primarily in the method and purpose of delivery.
A forewarning is established by use of prophetic scriptures, whereas a foreshadowing parallels future events allegorically through events or actions in the physical world. Continue reading