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Related page: Man of Lawlessness (2 Thess. 2: 1-12) © Copyright 2010 - 2018   All rights reserved. Daniel 11 Explained (condensed ‘one page’ commentary) ‘Matthew 24’ Explained (must match Revelation) The ‘Seals’ Explained (Revelation timeline revealed) Seven Churches Explained (Past & Present Church Prophecy) Note: ‘Sitemap’ shows a complete list of all pages (by category). ‘Homepage’ gives 3 simple steps + timelines + summary. Current Events from Daniel 11 (matching the Middle East) The Abomination (Daniel 11:31) done Recent Events ISIS - Saudi - Turkey (Daniel 11: 24-27) Final Events to the Abomination (Daniel 11: 28-30) Shiites re-take Persia + America’s Role Begins (Daniel 11: 21-23) soon done done Related page: Matthew 24 Explained (Must match Revelation)  Rapture 2018    Possible Rapture by June 30th, 2018, *or sooner  Introduction / summary   I know it’s crazy to pick a date for the rapture, even an approximate one, but this is different because I used only the Bible, rather than astronomy or numerology, like others have done.  To tell the truth, the last thing I wanted to do was pick a date for the rapture because this website has always been about watching the ‘signs’, from Daniel 11, not a particular date.  However, I was inspired to re-read the small prophets, earlier this year, which led to this discovery.  Once I saw it, I knew I had to tell (or warn) others because that’s what Christians are supposed to do: share knowledge.  Besides, Jesus’ return is not an occasion for dread, but rather for joy, which all Christians should be hoping for, so this is a good thing.   As simply as I can explain, the date is based on the following: 1. 2018 is the 70th anniversary of Israel’s independence and there are at least three other 70-periods in the Bible, almost a fourth. (listed below)  Particularly, there are two 70-year periods in the Seals (which most people don’t know), so if the rapture was in 2018, then there would be a third 70-year period in the Seals because the rapture is the 6th Seal.  2. Zechariah 14:16-19 explains that the Feast of Tabernacles is celebrated after Armageddon, and throughout Jesus’ 1000-year reign on earth. (text below)  The Feast of Tabernacles is extremely important because the outsider nations must go to Jerusalem to celebrate, and worship Jesus, or they will get no rain and get plagues instead.  3. Daniel 8:13-14 explains that there are 2300-days between the ‘abomination that causes desolation’ (which is when the rapture will happen) and the ‘re-consecration of the sanctuary’.  Of course, the sanctuary must be re-consecrated, following Armageddon, before anyone can celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles.  Therefore, the June 30th date is found by subtracting 2300- days from the start of the Feast of Tabernacles, 2024.  That year was chosen because it makes the subtraction land in 2018, which will complete the additional 70-year period in the Seals.    Plus: The subtraction happened to land on the 17th of Tammuz (Hebrew calendar), which is the anniversary of God’s appearance on Mt. Sinai (Exodus 19), and a day that the Israelites consider a day of mourning.  Due to the Hebrew calendar being on the Meton cycle, the subtraction of 2300-days only lands on that particular day about 20% of the time.    Note: I’m not trying to pick an exact date because I actually think the rapture could be earlier, since that would give the 144,000 priests more time to prepare for the Feast of Tabernacles.  There are Biblical precedents where the 2nd Temple and wall around Jerusalem was completed 40-days and 19-days before Passover and the Feast of Tabernacles, respectively. (Ezra 6:15 & Neh 6:15)  Nevertheless, the date serves as a cut-off because if the rapture happened later than June 30th, 2018, then the 2300th day would exceed the start of the Feast of Tabernacles, 2024.  In that case, people would have to wait until the following year to worship Jesus, which seems unlikely since their rainfall depends on it.  4. Daniel 11:31, which contains the abomination, is the next verse to take place in the chronology of Daniel 11, which is the only chapter in the Bible that was ‘sealed until the time of the end’ and dubbed God’s “Book of Truth.”  Current events in the Middle East, particularly those concerning Israel, Iran, and the Palestinians, indicate that conditions are ripe for Daniel 11:31 to be fulfilled.  The rapture will only take place if that critical ingredient is added, but a person can’t wait until they actually see the abomination, to be saved, because the rapture will happen almost immediately, so it will be too late.  And, contrary to popular belief, gentiles don’t likely get a second chance, after the rapture, to be saved during tribulation.  What about a guarantee?   I’ve been asked if I can “guarantee” that the rapture will happen on or before June 30th Of course, no human can guarantee that God will do something before a certain date.  God does as He pleases.  Yet, He has been known to follow certain patterns, such as the 70-years, and the rest is based on Biblical evidence.  I have 100% faith in the Bible, but it remains to be seen if I have interpreted the Bible correctly.  Moses said that the only way to tell if a message was from God or not was to wait and see if it comes true. (Deut 18:22)  I’ve given my evidence as clearly as I know how, so the only way to know if I’m correct or not is to wait and see.  Like I said, I use only the Bible, rather than astronomy or numerology, as others have done, so it’s wrong to automatically assume I’m wrong, based on past failures from others.    Plus, judging every prediction as false, just because Jesus said ‘no one knows the day or hour’, is also wrong because Jesus was speaking in the present tense, and I’m not trying to pick the exact day or hour, since I said it could be early.  I just ended up with a certain ‘cut-off date’ because the Feast of Tabernacles starts on a certain date, thus subtracting 2300-days landed on a certain date.  It’s still just estimate, but there are verses in the Bible that indicate that Christians will know the general time of the rapture, and not be surprised like those in the dark.  1 Thessalonians 5:4-5 “But you, brothers, are not in darkness so that this day should surprise you like a thief.  You are all sons of the light and sons of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness. Amos 3:7 “Surely the Sovereign Lord does nothing without revealing His plan to His servants the prophets.”  Luke 12:37 “It will be good for those servants whose master finds them watching when he comes I tell you the truth, he will dress himself to serve, will have them recline at the table and will come and wait on them.”   As you can see, there’s a special reward for servants who are “watching” for the rapture, so it stands to reason that God would put clues in the Bible for people to find, at the proper time.  Jesus said to pay attention to the ‘abomination’, from the Book of Daniel (Matt 24:15), so unlike others, I did what Jesus said to do and focused on the events of Daniel 11.  It’s been a long road, but now that we have arrived at verse 31, I think God purposely revealed more clues from Zechariah 14, so His servants could watch and not be surprised.    Details of the above evidence, and more, are explained below.  Full moons in the Bible   God defined the original Passover, in Egypt, as the 14th of the 1st lunar month (Exodus 12:6).  The next day, the Feast of Unleavened Bread starts on the 15th.  That’s a full moon because a lunar month averages 29.5 days, and starts on a new moon.  Before that, the flood started on the 17th of the 2nd month (Gen 7:11), and the ark came to rest on Mt. Ararat on the 17th of the 7th month, both of which are near a full moon.  Purim also falls on a full moon because the Israeli victory over the Persians, for which it represents, happened on the 13th/14th of the lunar month (Esther 9:1-19).  God also defined the Feast of Tabernacles (Sukkot) to start on the 15th of the month (Leviticus 23:34).  Of course, since Jesus was crucified and resurrected during Passover, that also happened during a full moon, from the 15th to the 17th.  Thus, at least five major events, in the Bible, occurred on or near full moons, so the chances of the rapture happening on or near a full moon is always a little higher in my book.  Related page: The Seals & Revelation (A chapter-by-chapter summary, including tribulation) Tools I used: 1. Jewish Calendar  (for solar to lunar date comparison) 2. Time and Date  (for adding and subtracting days) The Infamous 17th of Tammuz   According to multiple Jewish sources, the 17th of Tammuz begins a 3-week period of fasting and mourning for the Israelites because it commemorates five tragic events that occurred on that date.  The first was obviously the most significant, and God picked the same day for the rest, to make a point.  1. Moses broke God’s Ten Commandants, when he saw the Israelites worshipping the golden calf.  Note: I double checked the Bible, and disagree with the Jewish sources.  The 17th of Tammuz was the day that God appeared on Mt. Sinai, with fire and a thunderous voice, which is when they asked Moses to speak to God, and relay future messages, because they were afraid. (Exodus 19:1 & 16)  Thus, it was the day Moses went ‘up’ the mountain, where he stayed 40-days (Exodus 24:18), not the day he came back down.  Nevertheless, it was an important day. 2. The Jews were forced to stop the daily sacrifice, due to lack of sheep, during the Babylonian siege of Jerusalem, which lasted over 2.5 years.  Note: The Jerusalem Talmud says that the Babylonians also breached the walls of Jerusalem, on the 17th  of Tammuz, on their way to destroying the first Temple.  However, Jeremiah 52:6 says that it was the 9th of Tammuz (4th month), which I tend to believe, but it’s not a big deal. 3. An idol was placed in the Holy Temple, during the 1st Temple period.  4. The Romans breached the walls of Jerusalem, during the 1st Jewish revolt, on their way to destroying the 1st Temple, 3-weeks later. 5. The Roman military leader, Apostomos, burned the holy Torah (Sefer Torah), prior to the 3rd Jewish revolt, which caused the Jews to be totally exiled from Palestine.   The main point I’m making is that the 17th of Tammuz has been re-used several times in history, so it could happen again because the rapture will be a terrible day for Jews. God is very traditional, which is why so many calamities fell on the anniversary of His appearance on Mt. Sinai (or golden calf as the Jews think).  Quick Summary of the Tribulation   As I said, the rapture will be a terrible day for Jews.  They will see Jesus in the sky “with power and great glory” (Matt 24:30), but they will not be taken in the rapture, as Christians will be.  On the contrary, they will mourn because they will realize that Jesus (the Lamb) was indeed their Messiah, but they rejected Him. (Rev 6:16)  In fact, the abomination and rapture will start the single worse distress in Israel’s history, “never to be equaled again.” (Matt 24:21)    A big part of that distress will be kicked off by the earthquake of the 6th Seal (Rev 6:12), which causes a tsunami, which is why Jesus tells Judea to flee to the mountains when they see the abomination. (Matt 24:15-18)  Nonetheless, the earthquake and tsunami could kill as many as two-thirds of Israelites (Zechariah 13:8), who don’t flee to higher ground quite fast enough.  I know two-thirds is a lot, but that’s what the Bible says (click verse).  The 144,000 will be amongst the surviving third, and they will be protected by the two witnesses, who will prophesy in Jerusalem for 1260-days.  During that time, the two witnesses will oversee the building of the 3rd Temple, because no one can stop them.  Near the end of the 1260-days, during the 6th Trumpet war (Rev 9:13-19), the antichrist will invade Israel (Rev 13:7 & Daniel 11:41), killing the two witnesses (Rev 11:7), and “setting himself up in God’s Temple, proclaiming himself to be God.” (2 Thess 2:4)  That’s why Jesus must “re-consecrate the sanctuary,” after defeating the beast at Armageddon, at the end of 2300-days. (Daniel 8:14) Is 2018 any different from future years? (Metonic cycle)   That’s a good question.  I asked myself the same thing because, if 2300-days is an even 78-months, then wouldn’t the subtraction land on the same date almost every time?  I say “almost” because I knew that the Jewish calendar adds an extra month, periodically, which might change certain years, so I had to test my theory to see how rare it was.  First, I tested forward, and then backwards, but to my surprise; the subtraction only landed on the 17th of Tammuz in 2018.  That was puzzling.  The other years, both forward and backwards, were off by one month.  For my own curiosity, I had to figure out why, which was challenging, but I finally did.  The answer lies in the formula they use to add the extra months.    The Jews use a ‘luni-solar’ calendar, which means that they follow the lunar months, but add an extra month, periodically, so the holidays fall in the same general season each year.  Note, many other cultures do the same thing, such as Buddhists and Hindi, but Muslims use a pure lunar calendar, which means that their holidays rotate throughout the entire year.    Anyway, there’s a particular formula for adding the extra months, called the Metonic cycle, which was introduced to the West by the Greek astronomer, Meton, in the 5th century BC, but the concept had previously been used by the Babylonians.  It’s based on the fact that it takes 19 solar-years to approximately equal an even number of lunar months.  Since 12 lunar months is about 354-days, instead of 365-days, then 7 lunar months are added every 19-year cycle, which makes it pretty accurate (1-day every 219 years).    The Metonic cycle designates that the extra month is added on years 3, 6, 8, 11, 14, 17, and 19 (same as 0), so that consecutive years are never used.  The years that get an extra month are called ‘leap-years’.  The Hebrew calendar currently has 2017 being ‘year-1’ of a new cycle, which means that an extra month will be added in the early-spring of 2019(3), 2022(6), 2024(8), 2027(11), 2030(14), 2033(17), 2035(19), 2038(3), and so on.    The reason years 2024, 2027, 2035, and 2038 are highlighted is that only 4 times in the 19 year cycle does the 2300-day span manage to include 3 extra months.  That’s what makes the subtraction land on the 17th of Tammuz.  For example, June-2018 to Oct-2024 contains 3 extra months, as does June-2021 to Oct-2027.  All other 6-year combinations contain 2 extra months.  It’s a little hard to explain, but it’s due to years 8-11 and 17-19 only skipping two years, and the extra month being added in the early-spring, before June.  Anyway, it occurs 4 of 19 or 21% of the time, which is moderately rare.    Thus, there was a 21% chance that the subtraction landed on the 17th of Tammuz, for 2018, which is the 70th anniversary of Israel.  Granted, the same thing will be true for 2021, but that will be the 73rd anniversary of Israel, which doesn’t have the same ring to it.  As I said above, God is traditional, which is why calamities keep happening to the Jews on the 17th of Tammuz, in the first place.  There are also three other 70-year periods in Jewish history (below), which shows another of God’s traditions.  Thus, since the abomination is already due, according to Daniel 11, then there’s a good chance it could be set up near the 17th of Tammuz, in 2018, completing another 70-year period, and making the 2300th day land near the Feast of Tabernacles in 2024. God’s 3 appointed feasts ... connecting past and future   God appointed 3 main feasts for the Israelites to appear before Him: 1. Feast of Unleavened Bread, which starts on the 15th of the 1st month (the day after Passover).  2. Feast of Harvest, otherwise known as the Feast of Weeks or Pentecost, which is 50-days after Passover Sabbath.  3. Feast of Ingathering, otherwise known as the Feast of Tabernacles, which starts on the 15th of the 7th month, or exactly 6-months after the Feast of Unleavened Bread. (Ex 23:14-17; Ex 34:18-24; Lev 23:4-44)   God re-used the first two when Jesus was crucified on Passover (but arose on the 3rd day), and the Holy Spirit arrived on the 50th day, which was Pentecost, making Passover and Pentecost into Christian holidays, also.  Additionally, God plans to re-use the Feast of Tabernacles, during Jesus’ 1000-year reign on earth, after Armageddon. (Zechariah 14:16-19)  It’s interesting that Noah’s ark came to rest on Mt. Ararat, on the 17th of the 7th month (Gen 8:4), which later coincided with the Feast of Tabernacles.  When you think about it, the ark coming to rest was the start of a new era, just like Jesus’ 1000-year reign, each happening around the Feast of Tabernacles.  Thus, God has been re-using His appointed feast-times, even before they were considered a feast.   Then, there’s the 17th of Tammuz (17th of the 4th month), which is always about half-way between Passover and the Feast of Tabernacles because we’re talking about the middle (full moons) of the 1st, 4th, and 7th months.  Yet, only the 17th of Tammuz in 2018 will result in the 2300th day landing on the Feast of Tabernacles in 2024, due to catching 3 extra months.    My point is: If the abomination and rapture are going to happen during the 70th anniv. of Israel, for which there’s an excellent chance because there are three other 70-year periods in Jewish history [see below], then they would need to happen by June 30, 2018, or sooner, to make the 2300th day ‘re-consecration of the sanctuary’ (Dan 8:13-14) before the Feast of Tabernacles. (Zech 14:16)   I know it’s not good to pick a date for the rapture, because only God knows, but I’m just saying that the abomination is most likely to happen in the 90-day range between Passover and the 17th of Tammuz, because God has re-used those dates before, and it would correspond to Israel’s 70th anniversary and the Feast of Tabernacles-2024.  It’s just a theory, so people can judge for themselves, but at least it’s based on Biblical facts, not astronomy or numerology.    Personally, I used to not even pay attention to the appointed feasts, because Jesus said to watch for the abomination, from the Book of Daniel, which doesn’t involve feasts.  Yet, since all the verses in Daniel 11 have been fulfilled, up to verse 31, making the abomination due next, then the fact that God re-uses the feasts, even during the 1000-year reign, seems to be the next clue on which to focus.  Therefore, I’m still watching for the abomination, but it makes sense to think that God will coordinate the event with His appointed feasts. New:  Video explanation  of this page. (33 minutes) New:  Video explanation  of this page. (33 minutes) New:  Video explanation  of this page. (33 minutes) Significant events from Passover to the 17th of Tammuz   To put it another way, the Israelites left Egypt on the original Passover, the 14th of the 1st month (Nisan), or the 1st full moon of the year, and arrived at Mt. Sinai on the 14th of the 4th month (Tammuz), or the 4th full moon of the year.  Three days later, on the 17th of the Tammuz, God appeared on Mt. Sinai in an unprecedented display of fire and thunder.  Ever since then, every example of entering, exiting, arrival, or departure, regarding God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit, or the Israelites, has happened between Passover and the 17th of Tammuz.  I don’t expect the rapture, which is Jesus’ arrival in the sky and the Christians’ departure from the earth, to be any different.    Since 2018 is the 70th anniversary of Israel, and there have been at least 3 other 70-year periods in the Bible (almost a 4th -see below), and the abomination is due in Daniel 11 (all previous verses have been fulfilled), then there is a high probability that the rapture could happen between Passover and the 17th of Tammuz - 2018 (March 30 – June 30).  I’m not trying to pick an exact day, but rather a ‘season’, based on current situations and past tendencies of God, which He is prone to repeat.  Below is an illustration from the past of the season I mean. Event    Lunar date   2018 date 1. Israelites left Egypt – Passover - 14th of Nisan – March 30  2. Israelites arrived at Mt. Sinai – 14th of Tammuz – June 27 3. God appeared on Mt. Sinai – 17th of Tammuz – June 30  4. 1st victory in Promised Land (Jericho) - 15th – 21st of Nisan - March 31 – Apr 6 5. Jesus arrived on earth (born) – 2nd week of Tammuz – June 21 -27 6. Jesus crucified – morning of Passover - 14th of Nisan – March 30 7. Jesus resurrected – Easter Sunday - 16th of Nisan – April 1 8. Jesus ascended to heaven – 40-days after resurrection – May 10 9. Holy Spirit came to disciples – Pentecost - 50-days after resurrection – May 20 10. Israelites declared a new nation (1948) – 5th of Iyar (solar -May 14) – April 20 (May 14) 11. Israelites re-unified Jerusalem (1967) – 28th of Iyar (solar -June 7) – May 13 (June 7)   Note: I just realized that 1948 and 1967 are equivalent years on the Metonic cycle (because they are 19 years apart).  That’s interesting because they were both significant Israeli victories (thus victories for God).  If you keep adding 19, to find more equivalent years (i.e. 1986, 2005, 2024), then you eventually get to 2024.  That’s interesting because 2024 is the projected year for Armageddon (if the rapture happens in 2018 -see below), which is a significant victory for Jesus, and thus God, on another Metonic cycle equivalent year.   Note: Possible 70th anniversary scenario: Abomination/rapture (2018) + 2300 days = re-consecration of the sanctuary (Daniel 8:13-14), after Armageddon (2024). - New:  Video explanation  of this page. (33 minutes) 70-year Periods in Jewish History   God has used 70-year periods in the past, at least 3 times (almost 4), to show His involvement.  1. From the destruction of the 1st Temple in 586BC (2 Kings 25:9) to the completion of the 2nd Temple in 516BC (Ezra 6:15) was 70-years.  Note: Repairs on Jerusalem’s walls were completed in 445BC (Neh 6:15), an additional 71-years, which was close.  2. From the start of the 1st Jewish revolt against the Romans (66AD) to the end of the 3rd revolt (136AD) was 70-years.  Note: The wars were prophesied in the 2nd Seal and the resulting banishment of the Jews from Palestine was necessary, so God could bring them back and fulfill another prophecy in Jeremiah 16:14-15 (#3 below).  3. From the 1st Jewish land purchase in Palestine (1878), following more than 17-centuries of banishment, to the establishment of modern Israel (1948) was 70-years.  Note: Seals 3 & 4 were directly involved in the events that fulfilled Jeremiah 16:14-15.   Notice that two 70-year periods are in the Seals, so if the rapture happens in 2018, that would be a third because the rapture is the 6th Seal.  In other words, it makes perfect sense. Precedents of being early   It’s just uncanny how everything is building around the 70th anniversary of Israel, which is about half-way between Passover and the 17th of Tammuz (God’s appearance on Mt Sinai), which is the timeframe that I mentioned in the video below.  March 30 - Passover April 1st - Easter June 30  17th of Tammuz May 10  Ascension Day May 20 Pentecost May 12 - Trump’s waiver day May 14 - 70th anniversary / embassy moving day May 15 - Nabka Day / Palestinian’s final protest in “March of Return” May 16 - start of Ramadan  Anniversary of God’s appearance on Mt. Sinai approx. 40-days approx. 40-days 10-days *Drawn to scale   Note: I don’t mean that the rapture is likely in the middle of this timeline, but there is Biblical precedent for the last 40-days.  I mean, the 2nd Temple was completed on 3 Adar (12th month), which was about 40-days before Passover (14th of the 1st month). (Ezra 6:15)  However, I wouldn’t count on the rapture being exactly 40-days before June 30th, either, because the wall around Jerusalem was completed on 25 Elul (6th month), which was about 19-days before the Feast of Tabernacles (15th of the 7th month). (Nehemiah 6:15)  My point is: June 30th is 2300-days before the Feast of Tabernacles (2024), which is important because there are 2300-days between the ‘abomination’ and the ‘re-consecration of the sanctuary’. (Daniel 8:13-14)  Naturally, the sanctuary must be re-consecrated before the Feast of Tabernacles is celebrated, which happens after Armageddon. (Zech. 14:3-19)  Therefore, any length of time before June 30th would make the 2300th day that much before the Feast of Tabernacles (2024), to give the 144,000 priests more time to prepare, which is typical of Biblical precedents such as the 40-days or 19-days.  Added: 5-08-2018 So where does the June 30, 2018 come from? … Zechariah 14   The best way I know to explain something is to start at the beginning and explain how I found the information.  To make a long story short, I was re-reading the small prophets and came to Zechariah, which I already knew had some end time information, but something new came to my attention, concerning Armageddon and the start of Jesus’ 1000-year reign.   Zechariah 14:3-5  [start of Armageddon]  Then the LORD will go out and fight against those nations, as he fights in the day of battle. 4 On that day his feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, east of Jerusalem, and the Mount of Olives will be split in two from east to west, forming a great valley, with half of the mountain moving north and half moving south.  5 You will flee by my mountain valley, for it will extend to Azel. You will flee as you fled from the earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah. Then the LORD my God will come, and all the holy ones with him.”   Note: The bold reference above matches the Battle of Armageddon in Revelation 19:11-16, especially “the holy ones with Him”, in Rev 19:14, so there’s no mistake.  If you’re wondering about Zechariah 14:1-2, that’s describing the 7th Trumpet War (middle of tribulation), when Israel is invaded by the beast, and the two witnesses are killed.  That will be an especially terrible time for Israel, when the false prophet will force them to take the mark of the beast, in order to buy or sell. (Rev 13:11-17)  Shortly thereafter, the 144,000 are martyred for not taking the mark. (Rev 14)  Then, the Bowl plagues will start. (Rev 16)  Armageddon is the 7th Bowl, when Jesus will return to fight the armies of the beast, along with those Christians who are raptured and attend the 2300-day ‘Wedding Supper of the Lamb’, in heaven. (Rev 19:7)  Zechariah 14:6-15  [Armageddon concluded / start of 1000-year reign] 6 On that day there will be no light, no cold or frost. 7 It will be a unique day, without daytime or nighttime -a day known to the LORD.  When evening comes, there will be light. 8 On that day living water will flow out from Jerusalem, half to the eastern sea and half to the western sea, in summer and in winter.  9 The LORD will be king over the whole earth. On that day there will be one LORD, and his name the only name.  10 The whole land, from Geba to Rimmon, south of Jerusalem, will become like the Arabah. But Jerusalem will be raised up and remain in its place, from the Benjamin Gate to the site of the First Gate, to the Corner Gate, and from the Tower of Hananel to the royal winepresses. 11 It will be inhabited; never again will it be destroyed. Jerusalem will be secure.  12 This is the plague with which the LORD will strike all the nations that fought against Jerusalem: Their flesh will rot while they are still standing on their feet, their eyes will rot in their sockets, and their tongues will rot in their mouths. 13 On that day, men will be stricken by the LORD with great panic.  Each man will seize the hand of another, and they will attack each other. 14 Judah too will fight at Jerusalem. The wealth of all the surrounding nations will be collected -great quantities of gold and silver and clothing. 15 A similar plague will strike the horses and mules, the camels and donkeys, and all the animals in those camps. Zechariah 14:16-19  [Activities during the 1000-years] 16 Then 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 Feast of Tabernacles. 17 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. 18 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 Feast of Tabernacles. 19 This will be the punishment of Egypt and the punishment of all the nations that do not go up to celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles.   As you can see, the ‘outsiders in the nations’ (Rev 22:15) will be forced to worship Jesus, once a year, in Jerusalem, and celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles (Sukkot), or get no rain and be inflicted with the hideous plague in verse 12, which no one wants.  Therefore, since the Feast of Tabernacles (Sukkot) will be the one and only mandatory worship day, during the 1000-years, as opposed to 3-times-a-year during ancient times (Exodus 23:14-16), then I figure that Armageddon and the “re-consecration of the sanctuary” (see verse below) must happen on or before Sukkot, so the tradition can start right away, in the first year.  In other words, Armageddon and the re-consecration would likely take place sometime before the Feast of Tabernacles, but not after, because then they would have to wait almost a year to start their worship.  Essentially, God would be giving them the first year’s rain for free, with no worship.  I know God is generous, but given the time, place, and circumstances, I don’t think He would let the outsiders slide, for a whole year, before they worship Jesus.  The 2300-days Daniel 8:13-14 13 Then I heard a holy one speaking, and another holy one said to him, "How long will it take for the vision to be fulfilled-the vision concerning the daily sacrifice, the rebellion that causes desolation, and the surrender of the sanctuary and of the host that will be trampled underfoot?"  14 He said to me, "It will take 2,300 evenings and mornings; then the sanctuary will be re-consecrated."   As you can see, the above verse mentions an entire timeline concerning ‘tribulation’, from beginning, middle, to end, which takes a total of 2300-days.  The uprising (rebellion) that halts the daily sacrifice (prayer at the Western Wall), along with ‘setting up the abomination that causes desolation’ (Daniel 11:31) is at the beginning of tribulation (during the rapture).  The ‘sanctuary is surrendered’ in the middle of tribulation, during the 6th Trumpet War, when the two witnesses are killed, after prophesying for 1260-days.  The ‘host’ (many armies of the beast) are trampled underfoot at the end of tribulation, during Armageddon, which is when the sanctuary will be re-consecrated.  Thus, there are a total of 2300-days between the ‘abomination’ (rapture) and the ‘re-consecration of the sanctuary’, following Armageddon.    Since 2018 is the 70th anniversary of Israel, and there have been three other 70-year periods in Jewish history (listed below), then I went forward to the Feast of Tabernacles that takes place 2300-days after 2018, which happened to be in October-2024.  I already knew that Sukkot always starts on a full moon (Leviticus 23:34), and 2300-days is almost exactly 78 lunar months (78 x 29.5 = 2301), so I knew if I subtracted 2300-days from the Feast of Tabernacles, then it would also land on or near a full moon. (see full moon section below)  To be honest, the calculation didn’t land where I though it might, or hoped it would (it was months later), but when I saw the result, it made perfect sense.  It landed on the 17th of Tammuz.   Subtraction: Oct 16, 2024 [Eve of Sukkot] – 2300 days = June 30, 2018 (17th of Tammuz)    Note: The Feast of Tabernacles (Sukkot) is 7-days, but I took the ‘eve of the 1st day’ for three reasons: 1. It starts on a full moon.  2. The re-consecration of the sanctuary would probably be before the Feast of Tabernacles started.  3. Jews consider 6pm as the end of one day and start of another.  That’s why Daniel 8:14 refers to a ‘day’ as an “evening and morning.”  Zechariah 14:7 talks about Armageddon being a ‘unique day’ (without light), but “when evening comes, there will be light.”  Thus, there seems to be something special about the ‘evening’, possibly the re-consecration of the sanctuary.  That’s why I took the ‘eve of the 1st day’, and that’s when the calculation landed on the 17th of Tammuz (June 30, 2018).  Intro re-written: 6-1-2018
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