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
Updated 5-01-2017 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, after that, 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 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 savior, 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 root.  “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 - 2017   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. 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.”    Introduction   Both Daniel 11:31 and Daniel 9:27 contain the ‘abomination that causes desolation’ so they must correspond to each other.  Daniel 11 is a list of events, leading to the abomination, but there is no time-frame.  Daniel 9:27 gives a time-frame before the abomination (3.5 years) but it’s difficult to figure out who makes the ‘confirmation of a covenant’, which is just an agreement or promise, to start the time.  Since we have arrived at the abomination in Daniel 11:31, there are a couple of possibilities for the confirmation of a covenant, 3.5 years ago.  “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 Muhammad’s original vision in 610 AD.  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.   (more on 666 page   Granted, the rapture didn’t happen in 2016 but a lot did, not only in Daniel 11 (as you can see below), but also in world events such as Brexit, Trump, and increased terror attacks around the world.  Even though the rapture didn’t happen in 2016, I still think we are very close but it will ultimately come down to what happens at the Western Wall, which is the “temple fortress” in Daniel 11:31.  (see abomination page)   Below is a summary of the last 100 years in Daniel 11.  Prior verses are generally a century or more apart. (see more on condensed commentary) Chart below #1 - Israeli platform for non-orthodox Jews (many) at Robinson’s Arch (Western Wall)   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.    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.  The final plan was supposed to accommodate 1200 people and have a shared entrance with the Kotel so worshipers could easily choose which direction to go.  It was supposed to be state-staffed, with amenities such as Torah scrolls and other ritual objects, as found in the men’s section.    August 27, 2013 -  Naftali Bennett, Israel’s religious services minister, unveiled a 4,800 sq ft ‘temporary’ platform for egalitarian prayer at Robinson’s Arch.  The gesture was received as a small step forward but most said it was inadequate for the long term.  Nevertheless, the platform represented a ‘confirmation’ of the original promise from Sharansky to make an egalitarian prayer space, for non-orthodox groups, at Robinson’s Arch.    According to Daniel 9:27, the ‘confirmation of a covenant’ will start a ‘70th seven’ and the abomination will be set up in the middle, which would imply a 3.5 year difference   August 27, 2013 + 3.5 years = February 27, 2017, which was the start of a lunar month. Note: I’m not trying to pick a date for the rapture because I’ve always said that the middle of a seven-year period cannot be restricted to just one-day.  Jesus could come at any time.  Note: Even though 2-27-17 has past, it could still be the ‘middle’ of the 70th Seven because the Parable of the Ten Virgins says, “The Bridegroom was a long time in coming.” (Matthew 25:5)   Summary Daniel 11:19 – (1919) WWI ended the Ottoman Empire’s reign in the Middle East. Daniel 11:20 – (1919-1948) British Mandate governed while oil became valuable and       Israel was established. Daniel 11:21 – (1979) Islamic Revolution in Iran re-established the Shiites as a regional power.  Daniel 11:22 – (2003) US defeated Saddam Hussein, Iran’s closest enemy.  Daniel 11:22 – (2011) US pulled all troops out of Iraq, as directed by an earlier deal. Daniel 11:22 – (Sept 2013) US did not fire missiles at Assad but opted to let Russia       dismantle chemical weapons instead. Daniel 11:23 – (Nov 2013) Interim nuclear deal, a historic agreement, was signed with Iran.  Daniel 11:24 – (June 2014) ISIS invaded northern Iraq and declared a caliphate. Daniel 11:25 – (March 2015) Saudi Arabia declared war on Yemen because they said       Iran was involved, and the Houthis were winning the civil war. Daniel 11:26 – (July 2016) Attempted coup in Turkey turned Erdogan away from Saudi Arabia       and more towards Russia, Iran, and Assad.  Daniel 11:27 – (Sept 2016) G20 summit: Erdogan still sat with the Deputy Crown Prince       from Saudi Arabia, Muhammad bin Salman. Daniel 11:28 – (Sept 2016) It was the first meeting of the UN General Assembly since       Iran satisfied the nuclear deal requirements and they complained that       America wasn’t holding up their end of the bargain. Daniel 11:29 – (Sept 2016) Houthis began a new offensive into southern Saudi Arabia. Daniel 11:30 - (Oct 2016) US Navy fired 3 missiles and destroyed Houthi radar sites on       the Red Sea coast.  Since then, Houthis have lost ground and started asking       for a peace settlement. Daniel 11:30 - (Dec 2016) UN approved resolution 2334 that condemned Israeli settlements,       and demanded that all building stop, thus forsaking the holy covenant.   As you can see, the verses go from decades apart, to years, to months, which is what you’d expect from the only chapter in the Bible that was ‘sealed until the time of the end’.      If the trend holds, which I believe it will, the abomination that causes desolation should be just months away, if not sooner.  However, only God knows when the appointed time will be.    That’s why I’ve always said that it’s best to watch for the signs from Daniel 11, like Jesus said, rather than picking a date from mathematics, astronomy, astrology, or anything else.   It’s not hard to see that a lot happened in 2016, which is not surprising because 2016 is on God’s timeline of 37’s, which serves as proof to God’s riddle of 666. 2017 – The Pentecost of Years   By now, most people know that 2017 is the 50th anniversary of the 6-day war, in 1967, where Israel took control of the West Bank and East Jerusalem including the Western Wall.  People are calling 2017 a “Jubilee Year”, even though the Israelites don’t practice the Jubilee principles. (Lev 25)  Just the same, 2017 could be significant but I’ll explain in Christian terms.    There are two important Christian holidays that are based on original Jewish holidays, Easter and Pentecost, which are defined as being 50 days apart. (text below)  The resurrection of Jesus took place on the ‘day after the Sabbath’ (Sunday), during Passover week, which God originally called First fruits.  The Holy Spirit arrived on Pentecost, 50 days later, which God originally called the Feast of Weeks.  In other words, long before the Israelites ever took the Promised Land, God defined two special days to commemorate Jesus and the Holy Spirit.  Strangely enough, the Jews have been celebrating Christian holidays, from the very beginning.  It’s the symbolism of these holidays that I think the 50th anniversary is significant (and perhaps Jubilee also). Leviticus 23:5-6  [Passover and the 7-day Feast of Unleavened Bread]  5 The LORD's Passover begins at twilight on the fourteenth day of the first month. 6 On the fifteenth day of that month the LORD's Feast of Unleavened Bread begins; for seven days you must eat bread made without yeast. Leviticus 23:10-12  [First fruits –during Passover week (Easter Sunday)]  … bring to the priest a sheaf of the first grain you harvest. 11 He is to wave the sheaf before the LORD so it will be accepted on your behalf; the priest is to wave it on the  day after the Sabbath. 12 On the day you wave the sheaf, you must sacrifice as a burnt offering to the LORD a lamb a year old without defect. Leviticus 23:15-16; 18,19  [Feast of Weeks– 50 days after Easter (Pentecost)]  15 "'From the day after the Sabbath, the day you brought the sheaf of the wave offering, count off seven full weeks. 16 Count off fifty days up to the day after the seventh Sabbath, and then present an offering of new grain to the LORD. … 18 Present with this bread seven male lambs, each a year old and without defect, one young bull and two rams. They will be a burnt offering to the LORD … 19 Then sacrifice one male goat for a sin offering and two lambs, each a year old, for a fellowship offering.     The 50th day was obviously a huge day for sacrificing, far more than any day during Passover.  Likewise, the Jubilee Year (50th year) was far bigger than any normal Sabbath Year. (Lev 25)  Therefore, God puts a major significance on the 50th day, as well as the 50th year, so could that transfer to 1967 and 2017?  Considering the verse we are currently on in Daniel 11 and what Easter and Pentecost represent, I think it could.  Gay Marriage    Jesus said, “As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.  For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.” (Matthew 24:37-39)  I have said for years that this reference to ‘celebration and marriage’ was Jesus’ end time prophecy about gay marriage.  The ‘flood’ could literally be a tsunami from the earthquake in the 6th Seal. (see Matt 24 page)   When you think about it, gay marriage doesn’t have to be legalized to fulfill the above prophecy because gay marriage is recognized in Israel, if the ceremony is performed legally elsewhere.  Thus, symbolic ceremonies have been performed in Israel before, in Tel Aviv, during gay-pride week, which is the 2nd week in June   Update: The 2017 LGBT festivities in Jerusalem are being promoted as the biggest yet.  For the first time ever, the Jerusalem gay-pride parade is being held on the day before the Tel Aviv gay-pride parade, June 8-9, with the slogan: “Protest in Jerusalem — celebrate in Tel Aviv.”  So far, the organizers are purposely keeping some things “secret” from mayor of Jerusalem so their festivities “won’t be thwarted.”  One travel source even advertised symbolic wedding ceremonies in Jerusalem but the location was not given.  Tel Aviv is one of the most gay-friendly cities in the world, which also lies on the water, so a tsunami would do a lot of damage.  I don’t wish harm on anyone but if it’s going to happen, gay-pride-week seems like an appropriate time.  Plus, it’s the week of Pentecost Sunday.  I’m not making any predictions but based on the prophecy about “marrying and giving in marriage”, it’s a possibility.  We can only wait and see.  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 Blood Moon confirmation? ... not quite    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, after 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 below, could be much more accurate.  However, even 2016 has gone by.  Yet, remember that the Bridegroom was a “long time in coming.” (Matthew 25:5)  I’ve always said that it’s more important to watch the signs in Daniel 11 than to watch for a date from Daniel 9:27.  Yet, with al the signs (verses) that took place in 2016, we have actually arrived at the abomination.  2013 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 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 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] Start ? End  Approx. Middle ? Illustration of the 70th Seven with the blood moons and anniversaries      4      7     10 Iran signed the interim nuclear agreement with the P5+1 (many) on Nov. 24, 2013, which also fulfilled Daniel 11:23 Illustration of the 70th Seven with the blood moons and anniversaries 2021 Note: 2 possibilities for start: Note: Israeli Supreme Court has set a deadline of June 4, 2017  for the government to implement the ‘permanent’ space for the non-orthodox or they may force it.   Updated: 4-25-2017 Timeline of end times according to Daniel and the abomination #2 – Iranian nuclear agreement with the P5+1 (many)    As I noted on the abomination page, there’s more than one possibility for who “desecrates the temple fortress” (Western Wall) and who sets up the abomination that causes desolation, which are the two parts of Daniel 11:31.  In fact, the same group doesn’t necessarily have to do both parts, but they will likely be related because they are in the same verse.     Having said that, the interim nuclear agreement was signed between Iran and the P5+1 (many) on November 24, 2013.  It was a historic agreement because Iran had been in isolation for about 33 years, ever since their revolution and the American hostage crisis.  The agreement obviously fulfilled Daniel 11:23, especially given that Daniel 11:21 was about Iran’s revolution and Daniel 11:22 was about America’s involvement in Iraq, 2003-2013.  To tell the truth, I never thought the agreement would fulfill both Daniel 11:23 and  Daniel 9:27, because I didn’t think we would still be here in mid-2017, but here we are.  Now, it makes perfect sense for the same agreement to be featured in Daniel 11 & Daniel 9 because both chapters contain the abomination.  Therefore, that makes two things in common.       November 24, 2013 + 3.5 years = May 24, 2017    As it turns out, May 24, 2017 is the exact day that Israel is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the 6-day war, and the reunification of Jerusalem, due to the difference in the lunar calendar.   (To clarify, both May 24, 2017 and June 7, 1967 fall on 28 Iyar, from the lunar calendar.)  Israel’s main celebration will be held in Kfar Etzion, south of Jerusalem, which some consider an illegal settlement.  On top of that, Israel is reviving plans to build 15,000 settlement homes in East Jerusalem, according to the housing minister on Israel radio.  There’s a chance Israel could make an official announcement during the celebration. (Note: The same plan was postponed during the Obama administration so it depends somewhat on Trump’s reaction, who may arrive in Israel on May 22, 2017, as part of his first trip abroad.)  Per Reuters, the housing plan “extends in an arc from north to south around the eastern side of Jerusalem, forming something of a buffer with the West Bank.”  It sounds like a big deal because it would essentially put to death any hope for the Palestinians to have a capital in East Jerusalem.    As such, the celebration would be a prime-occasion for a terrorist attack, possibly to disrupt prayer at the Western Wall, which would fulfill part of Daniel 11:31.  However, I’m sure Israeli security will be on high-alert also.  Another factor is that May 27 - June 25, 2017 is Ramadan, which spurred an increase of terror attacks, last year, around the world.     See further discussion about how this relates to gay pride week on the abomination page.
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