Updated: 9-23-2018  “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. 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 Page available for printing on PDF. The 70th Seven / Daniel’s Final Week 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”.  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.  - 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: This half is also 1st part of ‘Tribulation (includes Trumpet plagues) Start End Middle      4      7     10 2021 Updated: 9-23-2018 The 2300-day ‘Tribulation’ continues with the Bowl plagues Possible “Start” of the 70th Seven [Final nuclear agreement signed or “confirmed” on July 15, 2015 Chart showing the offset between 70th Seven and 2300-day Tribulation click to enlarge Comparison of 70th Seven and the 2300-dayTribulation Most likely interpretation for the 70th Seven      In addition to Daniel 11 giving the most detailed list of events, before the abomination, Daniel 9:27 also gives a vague indication of the timing before the abomination.  I prefer to watch the signs in Daniel 11, not a date, but the two prophecies must match, so I find myself repeatedly drawn back to Daniel 9:27, for the sake of showing consistency in God’s prophecies.  Daniel 9:27 (NIV)  “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.”   Basically, the “confirmation of a covenant” starts a 7-year period in which the abomination happens in the ‘middle’, or about 3.5 years after the confirmation.  [Note: Daniel 9:27 cannot be used to pick an exact day for the abomination, because the ‘middle’ of a 7-year-period is a ‘range of time’ that only God knows.  Besides, the KJV interprets that phrase to be ‘midst’ of the seven, which is the same but a little vaguer.]  Contrary to popular belief, the word ‘covenant’ does not automatically imply Israel.  On the contrary, it appears as though the same “he” (nation or person) who “confirms a covenant with many” is the same one who attacks and sets up the abomination, because “the end that is decreed is poured out on him.”   Personally, I think it’s referring to a ‘nation’, where the antichrist comes from, rather than the actual person.  A covenant just means ‘agreement or promise’, so the most difficult part of this prophecy is determining which agreement that it’s referring to.  I’ve had a few ideas, over the years, but the most viable possibility is the nuclear agreement between Iran and the P5+1 (many).    Iran is the most viable candidate because the Iranian Revolution of 1979 started the final empire, in Daniel 11:21, and every verse after that has somehow aided in their rise to power.  Not only are they the current North, in Daniel 11, but they are also Israel’s arch-enemy, who is encroaching ever closer to their border, so it makes perfect sense.  Jesus said, “When you see Jerusalem being surrounded by armies, you will know that its desolation is near.”  (Luke 21:20)    Iran’s ‘interim nuclear agreement’ with the P5+1 (many), in Nov-2013, was a historic agreement, which fulfilled Daniel 11:23.  Thus, the ‘final nuclear agreement’, which was signed or “confirmed” on July 14, 2015, would satisfy the “confirmation of a covenant with many.”   Since the abomination is in the ‘middle of the seven’, 3.5-years must be added to the confirmation, which leads to January 14, 2019.  That would still be in the 70th anniversary of Israel, which started on May 14, 2018, so it would still create another 70-year period in the Seals, since the ‘rapture’ (immediately after the abomination) is the 6th Seal. (see Matt 24 page In fact, if the rapture comes any time before May 14, 2019, it would still be in the 70th anniversary and create another 70-year period in the Seals.  Also, February 11, 2019, is the 40th anniversary of Iran, which falls within the same time-frame.  Like I said, I’m not trying to pick an exact day for the rapture; I’m just trying to show that the ‘events or verses’ of Daniel 11 must somehow correspond to the ‘confirmation and timing’ of Daniel 9:27, since there’s only one abomination.    I’ve been aware for a long time that the nuclear agreement fits the description for the confirmation, but I didn’t say anything because I don’t like to project too far into the future.  In my opinion, that can cause people to become too complacent, or procrastinate before accepting Jesus, which can have a catastrophic result.  In my opinion, that is the main problem or danger with the post-trib, false prophets, so I don’t want any part of that.  Of course, early-2019 is no longer that far in the distant future, so I feel this is the right time to point out this possibility.  However, I don’t want people to wait until 2019 to get to know Jesus, because like I said: the ‘middle’ is not exact, so Jesus could come back at any time.  Personally, I hope Jesus returns sooner, rather than later, but I’m just giving a possible interpretation of the Daniel 9:27 prophecy.    The Parable of the Ten Virgins says that the “Bridegroom was a long time in coming”, but in my opinion, it has already been a long time and we will see Him in the coming months.  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.” 2023 Approx. “middle” of the 70th Seven [“confirmation” + 3.5 years] Note: The ‘blood moon’  on January 20/21, 2019, is 3 yrs, 6 mos, and 1 week from the July 15, 2015 agreement The ‘blood moon’ on January 20/21, 2019   The blood moon on January 20/21, 2019, is particularly interesting because it is happening 3 years, 6 months, and 1 week from the Iran nuclear agreement with the P5+1 (July 15, 2015).  I’ve already said that the nuclear agreement was the most likely fulfillment of the ‘confirmation of a covenant with many’, from Daniel 9:27, which started the 70th Seven (or Daniel’s final week).  In other words, the blood moon is almost exactly in the ‘middle’ of the 70th Seven, which is when the abomination will be set up, according to Daniel 9:27, below.  Daniel 9:27 (NIV)  “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.”   Note: The ‘He’ in this verse is not God or Israel, but rather Iran (leader of the final empire), because the ‘end that is decreed is poured out on him’. (more info above chart)   Since the rapture happens almost immediately, when the abomination is set up, the blood moon is something to look forward to.  Of course, I can’t guarantee that the rapture will happen on that exact day (because God could turn the moon blood-red on any day He chooses), but the chances are a little better, since the moon will already be red, and it’s so close to the middle of the 70th Seven (as defined by the nuclear agreement).  [shown on chart]   Another factor that I noticed is the timing of the lunar eclipse, in Israel, because most end time prophecies concern the Middle East.  If you look at this NASA chart, you can see that the lunar eclipse is visible, in some places, for the whole duration, but only visible, in others, during the ‘moon rise’ or ‘moon set’.  In Israel, the moon turns red during ‘moon set’, which according to this time-and-date chart, happens at 6:41 am, local time, which is when the sun will be rising Well, that would be a proper time for God to coordinate the sun turning black, which must also happen during the 6th Seal rapture (Rev 6:12), because God prophesied through Isaiah that He would darken the ‘rising’ sun.  Isaiah 13:9-11 9 See, the day of the LORD is coming --a cruel day, with wrath and fierce anger-- to make the land desolate and destroy the sinners within it. 10 The stars of heaven and their constellations will not show their light.  The rising sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light. 11 I will punish the world for its evil, the wicked for their sins.  I will put an end to the arrogance of the haughty and will humble the pride of the ruthless.   Another factor that I noticed is that the blood moon falls on a Jewish holiday (Tu BiShvat or New Years for Trees), which has the potential to fulfill another prophecy given through Amos.  Personally, I don’t believe that the following passage indicates that the rapture must happen on a Jewish holiday, because the Jews would still be mourning whenever the next holiday rolled around, but the prophecy could be interpreted as being ‘on’ a holiday.  The fact that Tu BiShvat only dates back to 1890, thus not Biblical, is even more reason for God to choose that day, since He did not tell them to celebrate the planting of trees. [Jewish calendar for Jan-2019] Amos 8:9-10 “In that day,” declares the Sovereign LORD, “I will make the sun go down at noon and darken the earth in broad daylight.  10 I will turn your religious feasts into mourning  and all your singing into weeping.  I will make all of you wear sackcloth and shave your heads.  I will make that time like mourning for an only son and the end of it like a bitter day.   Therefore, the rapture has a better than average ‘chance’, during the blood moon on Jan 21, 2019, because it could satisfy at least three prophetic scriptures, from Daniel, Isaiah, and Amos.  Plus, blood moons always happen during full moons, which God has used before, for special days, such as Passover/crucifixion, Feast of Tabernacles, and Purim.  Even Noah’s flood was 2 days after a full moon, so it was close.  Therefore, the rapture has a good chance, but not guaranteed.    Personally, I hope it happens because I would rather be in heaven than down here on earth.  However, if it doesn’t happen, I will keep watching & waiting because Jesus is coming soon.  Updated: 12-22-2018