2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018      4      7     10      4      7     10      4      7     10      4      7     10      4      7     10      4      7     10      4      7     10 “The 70th Seven” (Daniel’s final week) Tetrad of Blood Moons Illustration of Daniel’s 70th Week, including the blood moons                                                             and anniversaries      4      7     10 2019 Illustration of the 70th Seven with the blood moons and anniversaries Illustration of the 70th Seven with the blood moons and anniversaries        The 70th Seven / Daniel’s Final Week              (Approximate Rapture Timing)  Daniel 9:27 He will confirm a covenant with many for one 'seven.'  In the middle of the 'seven', he will put an end to sacrifice and offering.  And on a wing of the temple, he will set up an abomination that causes desolation  until the end that is decreed is poured out on him. Introduction:     In a nutshell, the 70th Seven is important because it’s the only verse in the Bible  that contains a time reference ‘before’ the “abomination that causes desolation”.  Since the abomination happens in the middle of the 70th Seven, and that’s when the rapture happens too (see Matthew 24), then there has to be a ‘3 ½-year gap’ between the “confirmation of a covenant” and the rapture. (The 2300-days in Daniel 8 are after  the abomination so they are not the same thing, as illustrated by the chart on the left.)      The problem has always been identifying which ‘covenant’ this verse is refering to. The word “covenant” just means “agreement or promise” so it does not automatically mean Israel.  One party is the ‘final empire’ because the “end that is decreed” is poured out on him” (the ‘Bowls’ in Revelation).  As I explained in Daniel 11:21,  the ‘root’ of the final empire was the Islamic Revolution in Iran, 1979, which gave the Shiites a position of power again.  That’s what I was writing about when I discovered the ‘second party’ in the covenant, by sheer accident.  I wasn’t interested in that because I didn’t want anyone to accuse me of trying to set a date for the rapture.   After all, if a person watches the ‘signs’ in Daniel 11, then a ‘date’ is not needed.    Yet, the clues just fell in my lap so I couldn’t ignore them because that would be like ignoring God.  Besides, matching both chapters 9 & 11, together, with the same current events would confirm their relationship in the Bible, which was good because they contain the same “abomination that causes desolation”.   Background: What is a Seven?        Before I go any farther, let me explain that a “seven” is 7-years rather than anything else.  In case you are not familiar, this verse is called the “70th seven” because there are sixty-nine others preceding it.  The others are not connected chronologically but they are useful in proving a measure of time.  Daniel 9:25 says, “Know and understand this: From the issuing of the decree to restore and rebuild Jerusalem until the Anointed One, the ruler, comes, there will be seven ‘sevens’ and sixty-two ‘sevens’.”  The decree to rebuild Jerusalem (not the temple) was issued by King Artaxerxes of Persia, in the seventh year of his reign (458 BC, according to the NIV study notes for Ezra 7).  It is not apparent to me why God separates the sevens but the total is 483 years (69 times 7).  That puts the 483d year around 25ad, which is very close to when Jesus started his ministry (the Anointed One) because He was not born in year ‘zero’.  He was born in the time of King Herod (Matt. 2:1) and Herod died in 4 BC.  Also, before he died, Herod ordered all Hebrew males, two years old and younger, to be killed so Jesus was probably about one.  Since He started His ministry at age 30 (Luke 3:23), it would have been around 25 AD or the 483rd year.  The dates may not be exact but the illustration is sufficient to show that a “seven” is “7-years” rather than something else.   Chart showing offset click to enlarge
Timeline of end times according to the abomination in Daniel
How this discovery came to me: “iron & clay”       In 2010, I was trying to lengthen my original book on Daniel 11 and the Middle East. I was working long-hours on research and organization so I decided to take a break on the 4th of July.  In the spirit of the holiday, I began watching a documentary on the History Channel about the United States.  It just so happens that they were up to WWII.  They explained how America developed the atomic bomb and how Russia stole the technology a few years later.  Then, America developed the more-powerful hydrogen bomb but Russia stole that technology too.  To make a long story short, the Cold War struggle between the United States and Russia, which lasted 40+ years, reminded me of Solomon’s struggles, when God vowed to split the kingdom but not in Solomon’s lifetime.  Even though God vowed to wait, He still planned ahead and raised three adversaries to Solomon, one of which inherited the northern kingdom years later.  Likewise, if the United States was going to lose influence in the Middle East, as verse 22 implied, then someone was going to pick up the slack.  Given Russia’s long history as America’s adversary, they seemed to be the logical choice.      It stayed on my mind so that evening, I checked the Middle Eastern news, as I usually did, and Russia was in the headlines.  In brief, the former Russian President, Medvedev, decided to halt weapon sells to Iran because a forth round of sanctions had just passed the U.N. on 6-9-2010.  Further research revealed that Russia had been selling weapons to Iran since 2001, starting just 3-weeks after the World Trade Center attack.  (It seems that neither Iran nor Russia was very happy about the United States being in Afghanistan.)  That made me remember another article that I had printed out concerning Russia’s vote on the sanctions.  In that article, one Russian expert defended Russia’s “yes” vote by saying that Russia had never trusted Iran.  That struck me as strange, since they had been selling weapons to Iran for nine years, but never trusted them?  That reminded me of the “empire of iron and clay”, from Daniel 2, because the two countries were “different” but “together”.   Daniel 2: 40-43  “Finally, there will be a fourth kingdom, strong as iron—for iron breaks and smashes everything—and as iron breaks things to pieces, so it will crush and break all the others.  Just as you saw that the feet and toes were partly of baked clay and partly of iron, so this will be a divided kingdom; yet it will have some of the strength of iron in it, even as you saw iron mixed with clay.  As the toes were partly iron and partly clay, so this kingdom will be partly strong and partly brittle.  And just as you saw the iron mixed with baked clay, so the people will be a mixture and will not remain united, any more than iron mixes with clay.”        For full disclosure, I must say that the NIV study notes say that the forth kingdom was the Romans but that does not explain the clay, nor does it explain the last kingdom either.    The next verse goes on to say, “In the time of those kings, the God of heaven will set up a kingdom that will never be destroyed nor will it be left to another people.  It will crush all those kingdoms and bring them to an end but it will, itself, endure forever.” (Daniel 2:44)    Obviously, that is speaking of Jesus’ kingdom but supporters of the Roman theory would say that it represents a spiritual kingdom, not physical.  I disagree because the Romans were not “crushed” or “brought to an end” by the spiritual kingdom.   A more logical explanation is that Jesus will crush the final empire (literally with hailstones), at Armageddon, and set up His own kingdom for a thousand years. (Rev. 20)       In other words, the forth kingdom of “iron and clay”, in Daniel 2, is the same as the final empire, in Daniel 11.  The two make the ‘confirmation’ in Daniel 9 to start the 70th Seven.  That leads to the ‘middle’, which is the ‘abomination’, which is the specific event that Jesus said to watch for, which will occur at the rapture.  That leads back to the real events, happening right now in the Middle East, matching Daniel 11, verse-by-verse, because those are the signs that Jesus was talking about.  Everything ties together and makes perfect sense.  (Note: The other two chapters of Daniel, which contain the abomination, namely 8 & 12, give lengths of time ‘after’ the abomination, so they are for ‘post-rapture’ purposes.) Updated 7-03-2016 Chart below “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.” (Luke 12:37)  Page available for printing on PDF.   Q & A:  People have asked why the Bible goes from vague descriptions of time, such as a ‘seven’, a ‘time’, or an ‘hour’, to exact numbers, such as 1260, 1290, 1335, and 2300 days?    Answer:  It all depends on whether the reference is before or after the rapture.     Once the rapture happens, the days are exact because nothing needs to be hidden anymore.      In other words, there’s nothing anyone can do to change the ‘set times’, after that. (Dan. 7:25)   Note: Russia is a Christian  nation, very different from Islam.  Nevertheless, they will stay together, at least until after the rapture.    I’m not sure how long they will stay together, after that, especially when the antichrist takes over. Parable of the Ten Virgins  (full text - Matthew 25:1-12)     I’ve been asked about the Parable of the Ten Virgins, in a couple of different ways.  Of course, parables can be lessons but they can also be prophecies.  One person thought that a “long time in coming” meant that Jesus was delayed (because humans weren’t ready), but that can’t be the case Jesus will come at the appointed time; nothing on earth can delay Him.  The people in the parable just went out too early.  That could be due to my mistake or due to others, in the past, but I encourage everyone to keep watching the ‘signs’ in Daniel 11, not a date    Nevertheless, if the parable indicated that people went out too early, then it was bound to happen In my own defence, I’ve always been aware of God’s instructions to Ezekiel about ‘warning people’  so their blood would be on ‘their own hands’.  However, if he ‘didn’t warn them’, their blood would be on ‘his hands’. (Ezekiel 3:18-21)  Thus, even though I only gave a ‘season’, not a date, I would rather be too early, and risk being laughed at, than take a chance on being too late, and disappointing God. So who do the Ten Virgins represent?    Personally, I think the term ‘virgins’ represents ‘new believers’, such as those in the Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard (Matthew 20: 1-16), who are called in the eleventh hour, but receive the same reward as everyone else.  That would be indicative of the ‘wise virgins’ but there must be others who are watching the same signs, yet never accept Jesus as their personal saviour, at least not seriously, which would be the foolish virgins.  The foolish virgins could also be compared to the ‘seeds that fell on rock’, in the Parable of the Seeds, which withered because they had no moisture.  “They believed for a while, but in times of testing [or waiting], they fell away.” (Luke 8:13    For more on the ‘seed parable’, see ‘salvation to maturity’ page, but don’t let that happen to you. There’s plenty of evidence to show that the ‘signs are real’, without waiting until the very last moment.  When you think about it, someone must figure out the ‘real signs’, from the Bible, because regardless of being too early, the virgins are not far off, and the ‘second alert’ is accurate.  © Copyright 2010 - 2015   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. Blood Moon confirmation?    I admit that I thought the blood moons were a confirmation for the ‘middle’ of the 70th Seven, because they were the right distance (3.5 years) from the Arab Spring, in general.  However, when I examined the actual dates, I discovered that the blood moons were well before the ‘middle’, as depicted in the graph.     Historically speaking, ‘tetrads’ of blood moons happen around important Biblical events, not directly on them.  Come to find out, God’s timeline of 37’s, as described above, is much more accurate on the actual years.  Nevertheless, if the rapture happens, and the antichrist is revealed afterwards, in 2016, the blood moons of 2014-2015 will still be in the right ballpark.     In other words, there are many signs to see in the ‘end times’, some of which are more accurate than others, none of which give the exact ‘day or hour’, but I’m finding that God is revealing the most accurate signs towards the ‘end’, which is expected. Illustration of the 70th Seven with the blood moons and anniversaries Illustration of the 70th Seven with the blood moons and anniversaries 3.5 years (to scale) [1st half] 3.5 years (to scale) [2nd half] Start ? End  Approx. Middle ? Illustration of the 70th Seven with the blood moons and anniversaries 2020      4      7   Possible ‘start and middle’ to Daniel’s 70th Seven    To make a long story short, I never wanted to write about the 70th Seven from Daniel 9:27 because I didn’t want to be seen as picking a date for the rapture; I just wanted to write about the ‘signs’ from Daniel 11 and related material for support.  However, Daniel 9:27 is related to Daniel 11:31 because they both contain the ‘abomination that causes desolation’, which is the last clue that Jesus gave to His disciples, in Matthew 24:15, concerning the events before His return.  Therefore, if Jesus’ instructions were to study the ‘abomination’, from the prophet Daniel, four different chapters of Daniel come into play, each with different info, so none can be ignored.     After becoming aware of the “iron and clay”, in Daniel 2, I naturally thought that the ‘confirmation’, in Daniel 9, had something to do with ‘them’ (Shiites and Russia), or perhaps ‘them and the UN’.  I even stumbled upon some very strong coincidences, 3.5 years apart, which looked like a logical solution.  Yet, I never picked an exact date because I always said that the ‘middle of a 7-year period’ would still just be an approximate ‘range’, perhaps several months.      In other words, no matter how strong a coincidence happened to be, I would never try to limit God to a certain time-interval.  Nevertheless, Daniel 9:27 and Daniel 11:31 have an inter-locking clue, which is the abomination that causes desolation, so they have to be related by approximately 3.5 years (give or take several months).  It’s hard to pinpoint the start of the 70th Seven because no one can be certain what the abomination is.    Plus, from Daniel 11:31 (below), I don’t think the same group that desecrates the temple fortress is necessarily the same group that sets up the ‘abomination that causes desolation’.  It could be but it doesn’t have to be.  That’s why I have two possible explanations below.  Right now, I’m leaning towards the second but I left the first, for now, which is an older discovery. Daniel 11:31  “His armed forces will rise up to desecrate the temple fortress and will abolish the daily sacrifice. Then they will set up the abomination that causes desolation. The “confirmation of a covenant” in Daniel 9:27 Daniel 9:27 “He will confirm a covenant with many for one 'seven.' In the middle of the 'seven'  he will put an end to sacrifice and offering. And on a wing [of the temple] he will set up an abomination that causes desolation, until the end that is decreed is poured out on him.”  1st possibility - the Palestinians    The first possibility is that the ‘confirmation of a covenant’ was a cease-fire with the Palestinians because a covenant is a ‘promise’ and that’s basically what a cease-fire is too: a promise not to fire.    Historically speaking, Hamas came to power in Gaza, after the Parliamentary elections in January 2006, forming a cabinet and beginning their rule on March 20, 2006.  The change was partially facilitated by Israel’s complete withdrawal from Gaza, proposed by Ariel Sharron in 2003, and completed on September 12, 2005.   After Hamas’ victory in Gaza, conflicts arose with Fatah, who was still governing the West Bank.  Conflicts also arose with Israel, eventually leading to an invasion from December 27, 2008, to January 18, 2009, called Operation Cast Lead.  After inflicting sufficient damage to Gaza, Israel declared a ‘unilateral cease-fire’ and pulled out again.     The ‘confirmation’ came years later, after another war with Gaza, which lasted 8 days, called Operation Pillar of Defense.  This time, the cease-fire was confirmed by a formal agreement on November 21, 2012.  To be complete, there was another invasion by Israel, in 2014, called Operation Protective Edge, where Israel was forced to destroy many tunnels that were dug under the border.  That operation lasted 7 weeks, from July 8 to Aug. 26, 2014, but ended without a cease-fire agreement.  In fact, both sides accused the other of starting the confrontation and breaking the cease-fire agreement from Nov-2012   Of course, 3.5 years from Nov-2012 is approximately May-2016, which has already past.  Yet, I’ve always said that the middle of a 7-year period cannot be pinpointed to one day; it would have to be a range of time, perhaps several months.  It’s at least interesting that the approximate middle landed in 2016, which is on God’s “timeline of 37’s” (brief explanation below chart).  2nd possibility - Egalitarian Prayer at Robinson’s Arch (Western Wall)   Jewish orthodox tradition has always separated the men and women during temple services and the women are not allowed to pray aloud or wear prayer shawls like the men.  Prayer at the Western Wall (Kotel), since 1967, has always been controlled by the orthodox Jews and conducted in the same manner as a temple, with the men and women separated.  There’s a hearing planned  for November 17, 2016, to decide whether to implement a plan to create a separate area for egalitarian prayer (men and women together), controlled by non-orthodox Jews, at Robinson’s Arch.  It’s possible that this could be considered by God to be ‘desecration of the temple fortress’.  Interesting enough, there were events 3.5 years ago, which could be considered a start.   In early 2013, Netanyahu assigned Natan Sharansky, chairman of the Jewish Agency, a quasi-branch of government that handles immigration and relations with Jewish communities abroad (diaspora), to find ways of making the Western Wall more accommodating to different branches of Judaism.    On April 9, 2013, Sharansky proposed a plan to expand and improve the Robinson’s Arch area to make it more accessible to non-orthodox Jews for egalitarian prayer, which allows men and women to worship together and gives women the same rights as men, such as wearing prayer shawls and reading the Torah aloud.    On April 11, 2013, five women from the Women of the Wall group were arrested at the Western Wall for wearing prayer shawls and singing aloud.  Later that day, a magistrates’ court threw out the case and said the women were not disturbing public order, as the police had claimed.  In fact, Judge Sharon Lari-Bavli said the ones disturbing public order were the ultra-orthodox protesters who were demonstrating against the women.  Women of the Wall called the ruling “a groundbreaking precedent” but the police appealed the decision.   On April 25, 2013, the Jerusalem District Court upheld the decision of the lower court and said that the women were not contravening “local custom” or causing a public disturbance, and therefore should not be arrested.  Judge Moshe Sobell ruled that the definition of “local custom” did not automatically mean Orthodox practice.  He based his decision on several past Supreme Court opinions, particularly that of justice Shlomo Levin, who wrote in 1994 that it was the nature of customs to change with the times.  Anat Hoffman, chairwoman of Women of the Wall, said the latest ruling "liberated the Western Wall for all Jewish people."     In my opinion, it’s entirely possible that “he” is the Israeli government or court system and “many” is the Women of the Wall or non-orthodox Conservative and Reform Jews.  I mean, the actions that are now being considered by the Israeli Supreme Court, concerning the Robinson’s Arch area, were initiated by the Sharansky proposal, which was approximately 3.5 years ago, making this a middle of a ‘seven’, (as of Oct-2016).  Coincidently, in addition to the proposal, the historic ruling on women’s rights at the Western Wall was ‘confirmed’ on appeal, all in the same month.     Personally, I’m glad that the precise middle has already passed because I’m not trying to pick an exact date.  I’m trying to show that the timing of Daniel 9:27 and Daniel 11:31 must match because the abomination, which is mentioned in both verses, is the same thing.    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) in progress Current Events from Daniel 11 (matching the Middle East) done “2016” is on God’s “Timeline of 37’s”    I recently discovered that God has been using a timeline of 37’s, for certain events, starting with Muhammad’s original vision in 610 AD, including the “great schism” that divided the Church in 1054, Osman’s vision of the Ottoman Empire in 1276, and Khomeini’s Islamic Revolution in 1979.  Of course, that means that the 37th anniversary of Iran, which started on 2-11-2016, is also on the same timeline of 37’s.                666     The reason I say “37” (instead of “666”) is because of the fact that:   ------------ = “37”.           (6+6+6)    That’s what God meant by “calculate man’s number’, when He gave 666 as a clue in Revelation 13.    On top of that, Khomeini’s Islamic Revolution, in 1979, was exactly “37 x 37” years from the original vision.  In other words, 610 AD + (37 x 37) years = 1979.  That perfectly connects the beginning of Islam to the beginning of the final empire in Daniel 11:21.      (See also ‘number of the beast’ page for more info.)  Illustration of the 70th Seven with the blood moons and anniversaries