Chart showing offset between 70th Seven and 2300-day tribulation click to enlarge
Updated: 12-11-2017  “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)    Q & A:  People have asked why the Bible goes from vague descriptions of time, such as a ‘seven’, a ‘time’, and an ‘hour’, to exact numbers, such as 1260, 1290, 1335, and 2300 days?    Answer:  All the vague references are before the rapture and the exact ones are after.    That is so the rapture will be a surprise, but once that happens, the ‘set times’ don’t need to be hidden any more.  Not even the antichrist can do anything to change the ‘set times’. (Dan. 7:25)  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 many things, but since it was in the parable, it was bound to happen.  People shouldn’t be discouraged because someone picked a wrong date or time, in the past, because Jesus will eventually come.  When you think about it, someone must figure out the real signs, from the Bible, eventually, because regardless of being too early, the ten virgins weren’t that far off.  The ‘second alert’ was accurate and the Bridegroom arrived.  Who do the Ten Virgins represent?    Personally, I think the term ‘virgins’ could represent ‘new’ believers, such as those called in the eleventh hour, in the Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard (Matthew 20: 1-16).  Those who accepted the call received the same reward as everyone else, (but they had to finish the hour).  On the other hand, the foolish virgins could be anyone who is watching the signs, out of curiosity, but doesn’t really know Jesus, as the parable says.  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 root.  “They believed for a while, but in times of testing [or waiting], they fell away.” (Luke 8:13 [For more about the ‘seed parable’, see ‘salvation to maturity’.]   Don’t be like the foolish virgins.  There’s plenty of evidence to show that the Bible is real, so don’t wait until the last minute to accept Jesus.  © Copyright 2010 - 2018   All rights reserved. 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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”.  The abomination is important because that’s the event that Jesus specifically pointed to in Matthew 24:15-31, as happening in conjunction with the rapture. (see Matthew 24 page Of course, the exact timing of the rapture is God’s well-kept secret but He has provided clues in the Bible so people can watch the signs and know that the time is near.  Jesus said, “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)  As you can see, there’s a special reward for servants who are watching, when Jesus comes, so there must be specific clues or ‘signs’ in the Bible to indicate the general time to watch.  Yet, God never said the signs would be easy to decipher.  Solomon said, “It is the glory of God to conceal a matter; to search out a matter is the glory of kings.” (Proverbs 25:2)    I’ve always said that it’s more important to watch the ‘signs’ (or verses) from Daniel 11 that lead to the abomination, as Jesus said to do, than to watch for a specific date.  Nevertheless, God included Daniel 9:27 as a clue, which includes the abomination, so it shouldn’t be ignored.  From the basic wording, the abomination happens in the ‘middle of the 70th Seven’, so the “confirmation of a covenant” must happen approximately 3.5 years before the abomination. (chart left)  Unfortunately, that confirmation is rather vague, because a ‘covenant’ is just an agreement or promise.  If a person could figure out the correct agreement, then they could add 3.5 years and have an approximate time for the rapture, but identifying the agreement or starting point is difficult to do.  Background: What is a Seven?   Before I go any farther, let me show that a “seven” is 7-years, rather than something else.  In case you’re not familiar, this verse is called the “70th seven” because there are sixty-nine other sevens that precede it.  The others are not connected chronologically, but they are useful in proving the 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, which was 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.  Plus, before Herod died, he 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 25AD 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.   Past Interpretations of the “Confirmation of a covenant”   In the past, many people have interpreted Daniel 9:27 to be a peace treaty between Israel and the antichrist but that’s not necessarily the case.  Indeed, the first party, “he”, could pertain somewhat to the antichrist because “the end that is decreed is poured out on him.”  Yet, I’ve found that the same pronoun in Daniel 11 often refers to empires, not specific people.  Thus, “he” could pertain to many groups associated with the empire of the antichrist, which is being led by Iran (starting in Daniel 11:21).  The second party, referred to as “many”, could be Israel, but it could also be many other groups.  I would not cling to the past interpretation as a hard and fast rule.    Besides, the people who say that the ‘confirmation of a covenant’ is a peace treaty with Israel are the same people who say that the 70th Seven is the same as a ‘7-year tribulation’, which is just not true.  Looking at the facts, the abomination is in the ‘middle’ of the 70th Seven, not the beginning.  Secondly, the abomination begins a 2300-day period, in Daniel 8:14, where Jesus re-consecrates the sanctuary at the end.  So, there are actually 2300-days between the abomination and Armageddon, which is the length of tribulation (Trumpet and Bowl plagues in Revelation).  Therefore, the 70th Seven can’t be the same as the 2300-days because 1. they are different lengths of time and 2. the abomination ‘starts’ the 2300-days, but it’s the ‘middle’ of the 7th Seven. [see chart left] Not picking an exact day ... but picking the right way   As I said, I never wanted to pick a certain date for the rapture because Jesus directed people to watch for the abomination, which involves signs, not a date.  Nevertheless, I’ve been drawn back to Daniel 9:27, over-and-over, because my desire is to show that all end time prophecies fit together and make sense.  In other words, since all the verses of Daniel 11 have arguably taken place, up to the abomination in verse 31, then the agreement in Daniel 9:27 must have taken place approximately 3.5 years ago.  I say “approximately” because I don’t expect the middle of a 7-year period to be restricted to just one day.  It could be anything from one day to several months.  Therefore, in my quest to figure out the agreement that started the 70th Seven, I’m still not picking the exact day.    That being said, people who picked dates in the past were wrong because they used various methods such as astronomy, numerology, and pagan calendars.  None tried to decipher the abomination from the Book of Daniel, which Jesus specifically mentioned as the last sign before the rapture.  First and foremost, I knew that Daniel 11 had to be interpreted correctly because it contained the most detailed list of events leading to the abomination.  I knew that the previous interpretations were wrong because they put the abomination in the past.  The most common one, which was in my NIV Study Bible, put the abomination before Jesus, which was obviously false because Jesus spoke of it in the future.  Therefore, I searched, and waited for over a decade, before I finally put all the verses of Daniel 11 together with history.  At the time, in 2009, we were only on Daniel 11:22, but since then, all the verses through Daniel 11:30 have taken place.  Moses said that the only way to tell if a message was from God or not was to wait and see if it came true. (Deut. 18:22)  Well, I think my general interpretation of Daniel 11 has proven itself and we have arrived at Daniel 11:31, which contains the abomination   Like I said, that means the ‘confirmation of a covenant’ must have been approximately 3.5 years ago, but God purposely made it vague, so humans wouldn’t figure it out too early.  Yet, He wouldn’t make it impossible to figure out early, at all, because in the Parable of the Ten Virgins, the “cry rang out” to alert the ten virgins (Matt 25:6), but the five foolish virgins still had time to go back to town before the “Bridegroom arrived” (Matt 25:10).  Therefore, even though the ten virgins went out too early, and fell asleep waiting, whoever was crying out at midnight was very nearly correct.  That being said, I think I’ve finally figured out the start of the 70th Seven.  Yet, like I said, the middle of a seven is not just one day; it could be a range of time, so it’s important not give up like the five foolish virgins. (Matt 25:1-12)  No one can predict the exact day for Jesus’ arrival, but all signs in the Bible indicate that the time for the Bridegroom is very close.  Updated: 12-11-2017 - The Start and ‘Middle’ of the 70th Seven   Without a doubt, the ISIS invasion of Mosul, Iraq, on June 10, 2014, was a huge turning point in the Middle East.  The leader, al-Baghdadi, announced the beginning of an Islamic caliphate, on July 4, 2014, from a mosque in Mosul.  Prior to that, ISIS was part of Al Qaeda or Jabhat al-Nusra, which was Al Qaeda’s branch in Syria, and funded in part by Saudi Arabia as part of their proxy force to unseat Assad.  That funding stopped, when al-Baghdadi declared a caliphate, because that essentially put him over every Muslim leader in the world, including Saudi Arabia.  At that point, the funding didn’t matter because ISIS looted millions from Mosul banks and funded themselves by selling oil at discounted rates through Turkey.  For a time, they were the richest terrorist organization in the world.  Without a doubt, their wealth and declaration of a caliphate fulfilled Daniel 11:24, which was a huge event.  The Shiite reaction to that event was the start of the 70th Seven.   Almost immediately, Iran took action to save Baghdad, and the rest of Iraq from falling.  Iran was already helping Assad, but the invasion of Mosul was a wakeup call to the Shiites that they had to do more to stave off the Sunni terrorists, backed by Saudi Arabia.  Iran already had some Shia militias, but a desperate call by Ayatollah Sistani, from Iraq, created many more, which came to be known as the Popular Mobilization Units (PMU).  The invasion of Mosul gave Iran a legitimate reason to be militarily involved in Iraq (because they were invited by the president), which gave them more access to help in Syria.  It eventually gave them a land connection all the way to Hezbollah in Lebanon.  Therefore, the invasion of Mosul was perhaps the single most important event that allowed Iran to become the official ‘king of the north’, because a presence in ancient Mesopotamia (Iraq and Syria) is critical to that designation in Daniel 11.  The fact that the Shiites, led by Iran, have been triumphant over the Sunni rebels, backed by Saudi Arabia (king of the south), is prophecy fulfilled because the ‘North’ is supposed to take authority during end times in Daniel 11.   After Iran officially declared victory over ISIS, on November 21, 2017, I realized that the position they took to ‘pull the Shiites together’ was the ‘confirmation of a covenant’, with ‘many’, because there was exactly 1260-days (half-a-seven) between the Mosul invasion and the declaration of victory. [see calculation]  At first, I wasn’t 100% positive because there was no formal agreement, but a ‘covenant’ or ‘promise’ doesn’t have to be written.  After all, God’s covenant with Abraham wasn’t written, for several generations, until Moses wrote the first 5 books of the Bible.  I recently became more positive that this answer was correct, when God added another confirmation to Iran’s declaration, for a total of three.  1. Mosul invasion (6-10-14) to Iraq’s victory in Mosul (7-10-17) = 37 months 2. Mosul invasion (6-10-14) to Iran’s official victory over ISIS (11-21-17) = 1260 days 3. Mosul invasion (6-10-14) to Iraq’s complete victory in Iraq (12-9-17) = 3.5 years    In my book, that’s a triple confirmation that Iran’s efforts to ‘unite the Shiites’ to fight ISIS, after Mosul’s invasion, was the ‘king of the north confirming a covenant with many’.  Plus, Trump made a declaration that Jerusalem was the capital of Israel, on 12-6-17, which started riots among the Palestinians, which could develop into the uprising, in Daniel 11:31, which precedes the abomination.  I think the riots make a quadruple confirmation because that would put the abomination in the approximate middle of the 70th Seven, just as the Bible indicates.  As I said, I’m not picking an exact date, but the triple confirmation, along with the riots in Jerusalem, indicate that we have at least ‘started the middle’, which would be a ‘range’ of time.  Hopefully, the Bridegroom will not be long now. (relatively speaking)   Note 1: “37” is the solution to God’s riddle of “666” because: 666 / (6+6+6) = 37.  God has proved a complete timeline of 37’s (events separated by multiples of 37-years) for proof.  One important fact is that the Islamic Revolution of Iran, in 1979, is separated from Muhammad’s original Islamic vision, in 610AD, by exactly “37 x 37” years.  Given the significance of Mosul’s invasion, ISIS’s occupation of exactly 37-months seems important.    Note 2: “1260-days” is half-a-seven because: 42 x 30-days = 1260-days (42-months).  That period is mentioned in Revelation more than once (Rev 11:3 and 12:6) both referring to the 2nd half of the 70th Seven, when the two witnesses and antichrist will be active, which is the 1st half of tribulation (during the Trumpet plagues).  [once again, refer to chart]   One reason that Iran’s official declaration caught my attention, besides the length of time, was General Soleimani’s quote in the Tehran Times, where he’s thanking “many.” (below) “Soleimani praised the steadfastness of the Iraqi and Syrian nations, governments, armies and popular forces throughout the counter-terrorism battles, paying special homage to the endeavors and struggles of Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Units, better known as Hashd al-Sha’abi, in the offensive to annihilate Daesh.  The general also thanked Lebanon’s Hezbollah resistance movement for its “powerful presence” and the pivotal role it played on the battlefield against terrorists in Syria.”   Note 3: The date of Iraqi President Abadi’s declaration would have been exactly 3.5 years, except 2016 was a leap-year and added an extra day. 2022 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018      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 blood moons                                                             and anniversaries      4      7     10 2019 2020 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] Note: only the 1st half of ‘tribulation’ (Trumpet plagues) Start End Middle      4      7     10 2021 Nov 21, 2017- Iran declared victory over ISIS, 1260-days  after the invasion of Mosul.  Dec 9, 2017 - Iraq declared  victory over ISIS in Iraq, 3.5 years after invasion of Mosul. Dec 6, 2017 - Trump declared  Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, sparking riots. ISIS invaded Mosul, June 10, 2014, which fulfilled Daniel 11:24, & the Shiites united to fight. Chart showing offset between 70th Seven and 2300-day tribulation click to enlarge Timeline of end times according to Daniel and the abomination Re-written: 12-11-2017 Updated below: Chart showing offset between 70th Seven and 2300-day tribulation click to enlarge Timeline of end times according to Daniel and the abomination ‘Tribulation’ continues with Bowl plagues