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Re-discovering
Israel
in Bible Prophecy


The Christan Response
to Christian Zionism

By
Gary Cutler

© Copyright 2018 by Gary L. Cutler. All Rights Reserved.

 

Beyond the Chaos: Our Blessed Hope

Wesleyan educator Gary Cutler is a forty-year veteran in writing on the subject of end-time Bible prophecy. His all new ground-breaking Wesleyan end-time Bible prophecy study guide, presented here in full, takes you beyond the highly prejudicial circle of the familiar Christian Zionist Dispensational Premillennial theory of our modern day to a more orthodox understanding of what the Bible says will happen to the State of Israel, to the Church, and to the world at the approaching end of time.

Here our integrated scholarly interpretation of Daniel’s famous prophecy of the Seventy Weeks leads you to discover the long-awaited secret--the unveiled mystery, if you will--of Christ’s promised Second Coming--our blessed hope.

Here is your encouraging reminder that beyond the gathering clouds of this world’s present turmoil the sun is shining. Beyond Armageddon chaos--yes, beyond the God-sent Christian Zionist Dispensational Premillennial strong delusion of II Thessalonians 2:11--this present great apostasy--Jesus will come. And He’s coming for true Israel--the purified Church, awakened, prepared, and looking for His return!

For those not so dispensationally brainwashed, who care, and who are truly interested, here are awesome insights--truths with eye-popping relevance to everyone still looking for the near coming of the Lord.

Forward in Faith: A Disclaimer

This manuscript is not for the spiritually immature or for the emotionally obsessed. It is for mature Christians--rational thinkers. So open your mind now to the true end-time Bible prophecy teacher, the Holy Spirit, and let Him be your guide, as together we unveil the age-long biblical secret of when Christ comes again.

Let it be crystal clear at the onset: this manuscript offers you a comprehensive education. We have the right to educate. And you deserve this education. So here it is. Enjoy.

Apocalyptic Mysteries
Of The Present Age Unsealed

It is said that Adam Clarke believed the key to interpreting the Book of Revelation would be discovered by the year 2,000. That discovery has indeed been made right on time, and is now being shared with you in this manuscript.

We introduce this discovery--this marvelous secret to end-time Bible prophecy unveiling, if you will--by beginning with Jesus Christ as the divinely-intended covenant-maker of Daniel’s 70th week. This is what Adam Clarke himself believed and taught. It is also the same interpretation held by nearly all the standard commentators on the Bible from ancient times until the mid-Nineteenth Century.

Today, by contrast, most American evangelical Christians accept the notion that some yet future personal one-world-government leader, called the Antichrist, is the central figure in Daniel 9:27.

The idea that Antichrist, instead of Jesus Christ, is the covenant-maker of Daniel’s 70th week is part of a larger theory of end-time prophecy interpretation called Dispensational Premillennialism. The creator of Dispensational Premillennialism was a Nineteenth Century Anglican preacher named John Nelson Darby. Darby built his new prophetic system upon a completely novel approach to Daniel’s prophecy of the Seventy Weeks invented by his fellow English Plymouth Brethren cohort, Sir Robert Anderson. It was Sir Robert Anderson who first published the strange idea of some future Roman Antichrist as the supposed covenant-maker of Daniel 9:27.

Why is this dispute important? Well, it’s not for those who don’t care about objective biblical truth. But for those who do care, this issue becomes a watershed. Obviously, both Christ and Antichrist cannot stand, logically speaking, in the same interpretative place and space at the same time and both be right. So what is the truth here?

Having done firsthand our homework on this question, we know that Adam Clarke and the traditional view of Church history is right, and that Sir Robert Anderson has told the modern world a big fat lie. (For a mind-awakening, explosive demonstration of the technical academic fallacies that are inherent in Sir Robert Anderson's legendary theory, please see our book: The Seventy Weeks: Sir Robert Anderson’s Private Interpretation Refuted, which you may obtain from this web site by clicking here.) This issue behind us, we now begin to unfold the following amazing truth.

The Beginning of the Seventy Weeks

The most obvious and most natural place to begin the chronology of Daniel's Seventy Weeks is with the year 538 B.C., when the new Persian King Cyrus issued his famous proclamation allowing the Jews to return to Palestine following the 70 years of the Babylonian Captivity. Cyrus’ proclamation is recorded in II Chronicles 36:22-23 and Ezra 1:1-4. The prophet Isaiah, nearly a century and a half earlier, had mentioned Cyrus by name as the one who would cause the city of Jerusalem and the temple to be rebuilt (Isaiah 44:28-45:13). In response to Cyrus’ proclamation about 50,000 Jews under the leadership of Sheshbazzar (Ezra 1:8) left Babylon for Jerusalem in the year 536 B.C.

Bible scholars, typically, have rejected the proclamation of Cyrus in 538 B.C. as the beginning of the 70 weeks because of the difficulty involved in linking those weeks to the coming of the Messiah. The year 538 B.C., minus the 490 years of the 70 weeks, obviously falls short of the First Advent of Jesus Christ. Here, perhaps for the first time, you are being introduced to an awesome new academic solution to this age-old intellectual problem. Allow me to present it briefly as follows:

The First Seven Weeks

According to Daniel 9:25 sixty-nine weeks were to elapse between the enabling proclamation of Cyrus and the appearing of the Messiah: "Know therefore, and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem, unto Messiah the Prince, shall be . . . sixty-nine weeks." The original word for weeks in this prophecy is sevens, which scholars understand to be a period of seven years. So the 69 weeks refers to 69 sevens, or a period of 483 years (69 weeks x 7 years = 483 years). The first 7 weeks, or 49 years, was the period especially given to reconstruction: "the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times" (Daniel 7:25). First the street, then the wall, was to be constructed in that order. The street included the city and the temple; the wall represented both the city's physical and spiritual defenses.

We should note here that the weeks in Daniel's prophecy of the 70 Weeks refer to prophetic years of 360 days each, and not our Gregorian solar-calendar years of 365.2422 days each. The seven weeks, or 49 years allotted for this dual reconstruction activity, then, are actually only 48 years long (49 years x 360 = 1,7640 days / 365.2422 = 48.3 years rounded back to 48 years). The first street period of reconstruction activity, which was allotted for the rebuilding of the city and temple, lasted from the start of the project at the command of Cyrus in 538 B.C. until the new temple was completed and dedicated on March 12, 515 B.C.1 This was 23 years (538 B.C. - 515 B.C. = 23 years).

The second wall period of reconstruction activity, which was allotted for the rebuilding of the city’s physical and spiritual defenses, began with Ezra’s journey to Jerusalem in 458 B.C., as recorded in Ezra 7:6-10. It lasted until national reform had been fully implemented by the renewal of the covenant in the year 433 B.C., as recorded in Nehemiah chapters 9-10. We get this latter date by understanding that the renewal of the covenant was 12 years after Persian King Artaxerxes I Longimanus had given Nehemiah permission to go repair the wall of Jerusalem in 445 B.C. (see Nehemiah 2:6; 5:14; and 13:6). So 445 B.C. minus 12 years equals 433 B.C. This second reconstruction period, then, which involved the repair of the physical and spiritual defenses of Jerusalem and its people, lasted 25 years (458 B.C. - 433 B.C. = 25 years).

Now we can figure, in cumulative time, the first seven weeks of this prophecy. The first reconstruction period of 23 years, added to the second reconstruction period of 25 years, accounts for the total 48 solar years, or the 49 prophetic years of the first seven weeks allotted for reconstruction.

The 62 Weeks

The second remaining segment of the 62 weeks began where the first seven weeks ended, that is, with the renewal of the covenant in 433 B.C. These 62 prophetic weeks must also be converted into our Gregorian calendar time frame. This is accomplished as follows: 62 weeks x 7 years = 343 years x 360 = 156,240 days / 365.2422 = 427.8 years, rounded up to 428 years. Four-hundred and twenty-eight years subtracted from 433 B.C. brings us to 5 B.C. as the birth of Jesus of Nazareth the Messiah (433 B.C. - 428 years = 5 B.C.).

Scholars agree that King Herod the Great died in the spring of 4 B.C. So the birth of Jesus Christ had to have occurred before King Herod's death, for it was Herod who sought to kill Jesus after the visit of the Wise Men from the East. He did, in fact, slaughter the children in Bethlehem and its environs up to two years old, based on the calculation of the first appearance of the guiding star, as the Magi had related it to him (Matthew 2:7).

For a more precise, detailed account of the above general chronology please see our book mentioned earlier above. In this book, written in the early 1990's, we calculated the exact date for the birth of Jesus Christ to be July 13, 5 B.C. This was done by using the same basic outline here pressed out into its more precisely-calculated formularies.

For simplicity sake, and for all practical purposes, dating the birth of Jesus Christ in the year 5 B.C. is close enough. Please see Appendix Four of The Century of the New Testament, by E. M. Blaiklock for the merits of dating the nativity of Jesus in the year 5 B.C. The significance of all of the above rather technical and somewhat tedious discussion is that it provides the long-sought-for academic solution to the beginning the 70 Weeks where that beginning most naturally belongs--at the proclamation of Cyrus in 538 B.C.

Why Is This Technicality So Important?

The alleviation of the cognitive difficulties here--difficulties that have historically adhered to the attempt to begin the 70 Weeks at the monarchy of Cyrus in 538 B.C.--is a game-changer that is absolutely stunning. Scholars who know the history of Christian thought on the interpretation of Daniel's prophecy of the 70 Weeks will easily recognize this reality, for it is indeed the logical set-up to all that follows. And what logically follows is the complete rational overthrow of, and biblical replacement to, that classic modern heretical world-view mind set called Christian Zionist Scofield Darbyism.

What sold Darby's Dispensational theory to the public, or what captured the imagination of the masses one-hundred years ago, was Sir Robert Anderson's seeming precision-quality solution to the chronology of the the first 69 weeks of Daniel's prophecy of the 70 Weeks. Coming at a time when many American fundamental Christian denominations were seeking refuge from the destabilizing influence of liberal's onslaught, as shown through its promotion of biblical relativism, SRA's literalist solution to a major interpretational prophetic problem became an intellectual bulwark and bastion for the professed fundamentalist's trust. SRA's confidence-building theory was thus held out to a beleaguered fundamentalism as the only viable alternative and counter to liberalism.

Fundamentalism, by definition, demands a "we have the answer and this is it" mind set. The only problem with that fundamentalist mind set here, however, is that SRA's theory is a provable academic fraud. So American biblical fundamentalism, in the early decades of the past Twentieth Century, began to put its emotional trust in an intellectual hoax. The shift was seismic, and as a consequence, the entire paradigm of biblical prophetic interpretation began to change. With this change a new gospel emerged. Today that new gospel is called Dispensational Premillennial Christian Zionism.

Coming logically full circle, our far better solution to the same problem of the chronology of the 69 weeks now offers, for the same literalizing reasons, the rightful fundamentalist replacement to Sir Robert Anderson’s faulty exegesis and misguided dogmatism. So the important question before us now is this: can the imaginations of the masses be so captured, once again, by our proposal--by our re-directing and more enlightening dogmatism--as it once was by his?

You, and readers like you, hold the answer to this question in your own hands. Now, given the ground-breaking material being presented here, just how honest and how open-minded do we really want to be?

Jesus Christ the Messenger
and Mediator of the New Covenant

Affirming Christ to be the divinely-intended covenant-maker of Daniel 9:27, we move on to the observation that the covenant of the 70th week in question is the new covenant of the whole Christian revelation. God sovereignty established the new covenant of the Christian revelation through Jesus Christ fulfilling all that was written in the Old Testament to make it happen (Romans 1:1-4).

According to the Old Testament, the mission of the promised Messiah was to establish a covenant with the people of Israel. See, for example, Isaiah 42:6; 49:8; 55:3-4; 59:20-21; 61:8-11; Jeremiah 31:31-33; Zechariah 9:11; and Malachi 2:6-7; 3:1.

Jesus the Good Shepherd came preaching the kingdom of God and peace to the lost sheep of the house of Israel (Matthew 10:6; 15:24). With the appearance of Jesus of Nazareth God had remembered His holy covenant (Luke 1:72), that is, the covenant of promise that was confirmed before of God in Christ 430 years before the giving of Moses’ Law (Galatians 3:17). As a minister of the circumcision for the truth of God, Jesus came “to confirm the promises made unto the fathers” (Romans 15:8), an obvious allusion to Daniel 9:27. Thus He is plainly declared by the New Testament to be both the messenger and the mediator of the new covenant (Matthew 26:27-28; Romans 11:27; Galatians 4:24-31; I Timothy 2:15; Hebrews 8:6-10; 9:15; 10:16, 29; 12:24; and 13:20-21).

The Centrality of the Covenant

The new covenant of the Christian revelation was established through the events of Christ’s life, death, and resurrection. In these events were fulfilled the mediatory roles of Jesus revealed as prophet, priest, and king. As prophet in His public ministry among the Jews He taught the way of true righteousness; as priest He bought true peace through the shedding of His blood at Calvary’s cross; finally, as king of life by virtue of His bodily resurrection from the dead, He wrought true deliverance and gives salvation to all who come to Him.

Jesus’ last act of prophetic fulfillment took place when He sat down on David’s promised everlasting messianic kingdom throne at the right hand of the Father, as foretold by Gabriel in Luke 1:32-33, and as accomplished at the Ascension (Psalm 24:7-10), according to Acts 2:33-36. Jesus was crowned Israel's messianic king at the time of His ascension, we repeat, and that fulfilled all that was previously promised in the great Davidic covenant (II Samuel chapter 7; I Chronicles chapter 17; Psalm 132:11; Acts 13:33-34; I Peter 3:22, and Revelation 4:1-3).

Jesus is the two-colored Stone upon the heavenly throne in the above cited passage of Revelation 4:1-3. Our divine / human Savior is that Stone cut without hands of Daniel 2:44-45--the same Stone that the builders rejected that is now made the head of the corner, and chief cornerstone of the Christian Church. This truth originates in Psalm 118:22-23, and re-occurs in the New Testament in Matthew 21:42-44; Luke 20:17; Acts 4:11; Romans 9:33; Ephesians 2:20-22; and I Peter 2:4-8. From heaven Christ reigns on earth though saving grace, now being administered by the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is thus the rod of Messiah's strength sent forth out of Zion, by which Messiah now rules and reigns in the midst of all His enemies (Psalms 110:2),

The Christian revelation was incomplete until Jesus was glorified and openly revealed as God's Anointed One. Only after Jesus was fully exalted to His kingly messianic position of honor at the right hand of the Father were the redemptive benefits of the new covenant finally operational. God raising up Christ to sit on David’s throne, therefore, was necessary for the establishment of the new covenant. Only then, after Jesus was crowned king, was the redemptive covenant of Daniel’s 70th week ready to be put in play (Acts 2:33). Only after Jesus was glorified was the Holy Spirit given (John 7:39), thus making the redeeming benefits of the new covenant universally available to all mankind (John 16:7; Acts 2:39). More about this connection later.

It is clear from the above brief outline of Old Testament messianic prophecies fulfilled in the New Testament, that, despite the darkening opinion of some modern Bible teachers, the chief business of Jesus Christ on earth 2,000 years ago was indeed to "cause to prevail a strong covenant," just as Daniel 9:27 had said He would do.

The renowned Dutch scholar Herman Ridderbos agreed with covenant-making being central to Christ’s earthly ministry when he wrote: “The entire gospel of the kingdom [which Christ preached] can be explained in the categories of the covenant promised by God.”2 John Wesley, the father of Methodism, also believed that Jesus Christ confirmed the gospel in Daniel 9:27. According to Wesley He did so in the following six ways:

27. He shall confirm. Christ confirmed the new covenant: (1) by the testimony of angels, of John the Baptist, of the wise men, of the saints then living, of Moses and Elijah. (2) By his preaching. (3) By signs and wonders. (4) By his holy life. (5) By his resurrection and ascension. (6) By his death and blood shedding.3

Why Most Modern Evangelicals Reject Jesus Christ
as the Covenant-Maker of Daniel 9:27

We stated at the beginning of this study guide that the wholesale rejection of Jesus Christ as the divinely-intended covenant-maker of Daniel’s 70th week was due primarily to the overwhelming influence of Dispensational Premillennial teachings on the evangelical fundamentalist Christian movement in America during most of the past Twentieth Century (what you are discovering here to be the end-time God-sent strong delusion of II Thessalonians 2:11). Dispensational Premillennial teachings, in turn, were based on the strange idea of some future personal end-time one-world-government leader, called the Antichrist, making and breaking a peace deal in the Middle East during a seven year Great Tribulation period that begins after the Church is raptured out. And all of this hotly debated, highly speculative end-time scenario, presumably, derives from a novel interpretation of Daniel 9:27.

Nineteenth Century cofounder and patriarch of the Dispensational theory, Sir Robert Anderson’s, inability to see Jesus Christ in any way confirming a covenant in the New Testament4 is a classic example of the amazing judicial blindness that envelops those who become infatuated with their own misguided preconceptions and the unbiblical prejudices of the times. Not only was SRA's ignorant of Christian theology, the truth is that he imported his idea of some future Roman Antichrist into the text of Daniel 9:26-27 from the broader philosophical attempt to identify the Pope of Rome with Antichrist, rather than deriving that idea from an accurate interpretation of the Daniel text itself. What SRA did not realize was that the Bible and the early Church Fathers did not tie Rome to the final manifestation of evil. The ancient belief, rather, was that the last Antichrist would arise from the East after the apocalyptic fall of Rome.

What the Church Fathers Believed
About the Identity of Antichrist

The following quotations from two prominent Church Fathers reveal the distinction between Rome and the final manifestation of evil, a distinction toward which Sir Robert Anderson and his millions of modern Dispensational followers are all ignorant, or blinded to, if you will. First, John Chrysostom (A.D. 347-407), in his Homilies on Thessalonians, makes the following statement:

“Only there is one that restrains now, until he be taken out of the way,” that is, when the Roman empire is taken out of the way, then he shall come. And naturally. For so long as the fear of this empire lasts, no one will willingly exalt himself, but when that is dissolved, he will attack the anarchy, and endeavor to seize upon the government both of man and of God. For as the kingdoms before this were destroyed, for example, that of the Medes by the Babylonians, and that of the Babylonians by the Persians, and that of the Persians by the Macedonians, and that of the Macedonians by the Romans: so will this also by the Antichrist, and he by Christ, and it will no longer withhold. And these things Daniel delivered to us with all clearness.5

Lactantius (A.D. 260-330), in The Divine Institutes, held a similar view. He depicted the downfall of the Roman world-order in the following vivid language:

For all the earth will be in a state of tumult; wars will everywhere rage; all nations will be in arms and oppose one another; neighboring states will carry on conflicts with each other, and first of all Egypt will pay the penalty for her foolish superstitions, and will be covered with blood as with a river. Then the sword shall traverse the world, mowing down everything, and lying low all things as a crop . . . the cause of the desolation and the confusion will be this; because the Roman name, by which the world is now ruled, will be taken from the earth, and the government return to Asia; and the East will again bear rule, and the West be reduced to servitude.6

Other Church Fathers making a documented distinction between Rome and the final Antichrist include Barnabas, Tertullian, Pseudo-Ephaream, Commodian, Cyril of Alexander, and Ambroaister. To summarize, Wilhelm Bousset, in his prodigious work on the Antichrist legend, affirms the following:

None the less is the conception itself a commonplace for nearly all the Fathers, beginning with Irenaeus. They hold not that the Roman Empire is the Antichrist, but that the Antichrist will appear after its fall. [Rome] . . . so far from being the Antichrist stands in the way of his coming, while he is declared to be a non-Roman ruler.7

Even the Dispensational author Walter K. Price, in his book The Coming Antichrist (pp. 19-27) admits the strength of the early non- Roman Antichrist tradition, and revealing concedes that it was only during the Protestant Reformation era that the idea of a Roman Antichrist came into any prominent focus. The Protestant Reformers rightly identified the spiritually degenerate Roman papacy of the Sixteenth Century with the spirit of Antichrist. It was only Sir Robert Anderson and the Nineteenth Century futuristic school of Dispensational Premillennial end-time prophecy teaching, however, that mistakenly tied an individual associated with Rome to some final Antichrist figure, based on a wrong interpretation of Daniel 9:27.8

The Start of Daniel’s 70th Week

The official confirmation of the new covenant with the many of Daniel 9:27 began at Pentecost. At Pentecost the Son of man came with power in His kingdom, as promised in Matthew 16:28; 26:29; Mark 9:1; Luke 9:27; John 14:14:18, 21, 23; and Acts 3:19-21.The messianic gift of the Holy Spirit imparted on that day was the seal and confirmation of the new covenant of salvation in the hearts of all who repented and were baptized in name or in the identity of Jesus the Messiah (Isaiah 44:3; 52:15; Ezekiel 36:25; Acts 2:38; I Corinthians 12:13; Ephesians 1:13-14). Water baptism in Jesus' name for the remission of sins, therefore, is that act of obedience to, and trust in, Jesus Christ that the Christian revelation now requires. So the meaning of New Testament Christian water baptism is established as the common protocol for the profession of one's faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. Justification happens by this two-fold obedience of repentance and water baptism. Regeneration happens by the baptism of the Holy Spirit that subsequently follows. This is clearly seen in the Pentecostal salvation paradigm presented in Acts 2:38-39.

Jews and Gentiles alike are now included in the new covenant plan of salvation that was realized on the Day of Pentecost (Acts 2:39; 11:14-18; Romans 15:8-12; Galatians 3:14; Ephesians 2:11-22). Both kingdom and covenant inaugurated on that day are everlasting (Hebrews 13:20; II Peter 1:11). This means that the duration of Daniel’s 70th week, wherein the covenant is being confirmed, is theoretically everlasting, too.

The Length of the 70th Week

The identity of Jesus Christ as covenant-maker of Daniel 9:27 means that the whole 70th week belongs to Him and must logically follow Him into the same orbit of time-transcendence that His own glorified personhood (by virtue of His literal bodily resurrection from the dead) has taken. Thus, Daniel's 70th week now ties to the time frame for the whole on-going ministry of Christ in dispensing the saving benefits of the new covenant (Hebrews 7:25).

Our linking of the new covenant age of the Spirit to the chronological duration of the 70th week means that the length of the week is no longer indicative of ordinarily measured time alone, or kronos time. It has now become kiros time: that is, time imbued with dynamism, elongated, extended (time-transcendent), in symmetry and in parallel with the unlimited duration of the kingdom and the covenant that it by definition both circumscribes and contains. The 70th week thus represents the age-long day of salvation extending from the first Christian Pentecost in 30 A.D. until Christ comes for the final judgment.

With the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ 2,000 years ago the supreme event of all human history has transpired. Since then time is no longer quantity, it is also quality. Time is now quality, or kiros time, by reason of the invasion of history by a new dimension--universal redemption universally available through the universal atonement of the slain Lamb of God. Time is now quality, or kiros time, by virtue of the infusion of humanity with a new dynamic--the Holy Spirit's world-wide presence and power. Time is now quality, or kiros time, because time has now become the stage for a new drama--in short, the fulfilled time of the messianic kingdom of God on earth (Mark 1:15; 9:1).

The Midst of the Week

In the midst of the 70th week the Messiah caused the sacrifice and the oblation to cease (Daniel 9:27). This refers to Christ’s judgment on Jerusalem by means of the third-party Roman armies of Titus in 70 A.D. Throughout the Old Testament God often used surrounding heathen peoples as third-party agencies to judge Israel for her sins. Examples of the use of such third-party agencies can be found in Leviticus 26:18-39; Judges 2:11-15; 3:7-8; 4:1-2; 6:1; 10:6-7; 13:10; II Kings 21:10-14; II Chronicles 28:1-5; 33:10-11; 36:15-21; Nehemiah 9:26-30; and Jeremiah 9:11-16; 25:8-14; 50:17-20.

The prince mentioned in both Daniel 9:25 and 9:26 refers to the Messiah. The English word translated prince in both verses of the KJV is the exact same word in Hebrew. What the text is prophesying in verse 26 is that the Messiah's people, the Jews, would be responsible for their own destruction, because they would not allow their Messiah to rule over them (see Hosea 13:9 and compare that with Matthew 21:33-44; 23:34-39; and Luke 20:9-18). This fits in with the idea found elsewhere in Old Testament messianic prophecy that the Messiah was to be despised and rejected (Isaiah 53:3), pierced (Zechariah 2:10), cut off (Daniel 9:26a), and abhorred (Isaiah 49:7).

Notice the use of the word midst in the text of Daniel 9:27. It does not mean the same thing as saying “in the exact half of the week.” The phrase “in the midst of the week” may mean no more than “well into the week.” It does not designate an exact literal halfway dividing point in time for the simple reason that the whole week itself has been transliterated into an apocalyptic symbol that is now time-transcendent.

Nowhere does the New Testament, or indeed the entire Bible, ever mention the existence of any literal future seven year Great Tribulation period, per se, that can be equally divided into first half and second half compartments of 3 & ½ years each. He who thinks it does let him prove by chapter and verse where these details are, in fact, actually stated. Nobody has ever yet shown to anybody that any future seven year Great Tribulation period, per se, is anywhere mentioned in the entire Bible. Now it's time for Dispensational theorists to stop blissfully presuming, pony up, and start actually proving the exegetical legitimacy of their assumed foundational, structurally-organizing principle of the future seven years in the first place. Yes indeed, the buck stops here, where devious Dispensational judges are overthrown in stony places, and where the cunning craftiness of the human architects of this amazing God-sent strong delusion known as Scofield Darby Dispensationalism is laid permanently to rest by the sure guns of more honest and more careful analysis.

In summary, the future seven years notion, itself, is the fruitful imagination of a Dispensational mind set structurally catalyzed on a preconception, gotten solely from SRA’s Johnny-come-lately novel theory of interpreting Daniel’s prophecy of the Seventy Weeks--a preconception which is then sought to be superimposed, unilaterally and without rational or logical warrant, upon the entire New Testament. Christian Zionist Dispensational teachers should be constantly confronted with this decisive, telling reality, for--like it or not--it completely overthrows--intellectually speaking--their entire bogus system of seductive fabrication at a single stroke.

Keeping on our more positive message, the fulfillment of Jesus’ prophecy concerning the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 A.D., as it is recorded in Matthew 24, Mark 13, and Luke 21, provides indisputable proof that He is now the exalted Christ and Lord of all (Psalm 89:36-37; Matthew 24:30; 26:64). This prophesied destruction of Jerusalem and the temple in the midst of Daniel's 70th week (Daniel 9:27b) also marks the transition from a literal New Testament narrative of history into the secrets and mysteries of age-long apocalyptic time-sealing.

The Last Part of the 70th Week

We are now ready to introduce the key to interpreting the Book of Revelation that was mentioned at the beginning of this study guide. It consists of interpreting the time-indicator expressions that are used in the apocalyptic portions of Daniel and the Book of Revelation symbolically, rather than in a literal linear chronological fashion.

For example, the 1,260 days expression becomes a symbol for the last part of Daniel’s 70th week, and not a literal description of a 3 & ½ year period. Only when we discover the meaning of these apocalyptic symbols in their parabolic contexts will we learn the truth about our prophetic future. Now, let’s briefly examine these numerical time frame symbols one by one.

The 2,300 Days of Daniel 8:14

The 2,300 days of Daniel 8:14 are tied to a vision in this chapter that is said to be shut up for a long time (verse 26). Now both from the context and from the common historical interpretation of Daniel chapter eight we note that the 2,300 days of verse 14--literally evenings and mornings--began during the inter-testament era with the desecration of the Jewish temple under the Syrian tyrant Antiochus Epiphanes in December, 167 B.C.

These 2,300 evenings and mornings point to those evening and morning periods for the customary sighting of the moon, which determine the passage of time. Thus the 2,300 days here is revealing the total number of lunar cycles or months until the sanctuary would be cleansed or properly restored. Twenty-three hundred lunar cycles or months translates into 191 years and eight months. We get this by dividing 2,300 by 12. Now adding these 191 years and eight months to December 167 B.C. brings us to the year 26 A.D. and the beginning of Jesus’ public ministry among the Jews, when He began to raise up the new cleansed and restored true temple of God on earth the Christian Church. Halley’s Bible Handbook, p. 460, places Christ’s baptism as early as the Fall of 26 A.D.

The Old Testament Jerusalem temple, which was desecrated on so many occasions by both the Jews and their enemies, is replaced in this fullness of times by the New Testament Christian Church as the eternal dwelling place of God through the Holy Spirit (Zechariah 6:12-13; I Corinthians 3:16-17; 6:19; 12:13; II Corinthians 5:1; 6:16; Ephesians 2:18-22; and Hebrews 3:6).

The 1,260 Days

It is commonly assumed that the 1,260 day expression is a literal 3 & ½ years, and that this expression points to either the first or the second half of that literal seven year period that is traditionally called Daniel’s 70th week. You are seeing here now, however, that Daniel’s 70th week refers to the whole new covenant Christian age, which began on the Day of Pentecost and reaches forward through all the vicissitudes of unfolding Church history until Christ’s future Second Advent. The 1,260 days, then, logically corresponds to that latter symbolic portion of the 70th week that extends from the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 A.D. in the midst of the week unto the final judgment.

The 1,290 Days

We find the 1,260 day symbol for the second segment of Daniel’s 70th week embedded in the 1,290 days of Daniel 12:11 and in the 1,335 days of Daniel 12:12.

The extra 30 days in verse 11 points to a month of time. As we shall see later, a month in apocalyptic symbolism refers to a generation of 40 years.9 Adding these 30 days (equals one month, equals a generation, equals 40 years) to the numerical correspondent for the latter portion of Daniel’s 70th week, or the 1,260 days, equals the total 1,290 days. These days refer to the whole 70th week: the 30 days coming before 70 A.D., and the 1,260 days coming after 70 A.D.: the 1,290 days being thus a symbol for the entire Christian age between 30 A.D. and Christ’s Second Coming.

The 1,335 Days

The 1,335 day expression of Daniel 12:12 is interpreted in a similar manner. The extra 75 days added to the embedded 1,260 symbolic days in this verse represents 75 years. Those 75 years extend backward from 70 A.D. to the birth of Jesus Christ in 5 B.C. The 1,335 symbolic days of Daniel 12:12 thus expresses the total time that extends from the first appearance of the Messiah at His birth until His coming for the final judgment.

Biblical precedent for this day for a year method of prophetic interpretation can be found in Numbers 14:34 and Ezekiel 4:1-6. Also, please review our discussion on the chronology of the 69 weeks earlier in this manuscript: there we give evidence that the birth of Jesus Christ occurred in 5 B.C.

Returning to our discussion of the mysteriously encrypted "days" of Daniel 12:11-12, Daniel is told in the very next verse (the last verse of the book) that He will stand in his own resurrection lot at the end of these 1,290 and 1,335 days. Since these encrypted days of Daniel 12:11-12 are symbols for the whole Christian age--as explained above--Daniel is being pointed forward in verse 13 to the general resurrection of the dead, which is yet to happen when Christ returns.

The 1,260 Days in Revelation

The 1,260 day expression is used twice in the Book of Revelation. The first instance is found in the parable of the two witnesses in Revelation chapter 11. The second instance is found in the parable of the woman in the wilderness in chapter 12.

The two witnesses of chapter 11 are identified in verse four as “two olive trees and two candlesticks standing before the God of the earth.” Dispensational self-proclaimed literalists should now realize that the two-witnesses of Revelation chapter eleven are not people at all. They are, instead, olive trees and candlesticks, literally speaking. This proves beyond all doubt that the symbolic interpretation of this passage is, in fact, the literally-intended meaning.

The imagery of the olive trees and candlesticks in Revelation 11:4 is drawn from Zechariah chapter four, whose context relates to God’s purpose for the rebuilding of the Jerusalem temple after the return from the Babylonian Captivity, the date of Zechariah’s prophecy being about 520 B.C.

As noted earlier in regard to the 2,300 days of Daniel 8:14, God’s ultimate temple restoration agenda is revealed in the New Testament as now being realized through Christ’s building of His Church (Zechariah 6:12-13; Matthew 16:18). The imagery of the two witnesses prophesying for 1,260 days in Revelation 11:3 thus refers to the Word (symbolized by the light of the two candlesticks) and the Spirit (symbolized by the oil for the lights provided by the two olive trees), all pointing to the gospel witness of the entire true Christian Church throughout the present age.

The parable of the two witnesses in Revelation chapter 11, we repeat, is a word picture for the mission of the Christian Church continuing Christ’s own new covenant-confirming ministry during the latter part of Daniel’s 70th week, or that period between the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 A.D. and Christ’s future Second Advent. The 1,260 days mention in this context, then, is the symbolic correspondent to the latter portion of Daniel's 70th Week, as previously explained above

The “I will give power unto my two witnesses” of Revelation 11:3 reflects the “ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost has come upon you; and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth" in Acts 1:8. The number two is the lowest common denominator for the composition of any local Church (Matthew 18:16-20). This number is used symbolically in this parable to include even the smallest representation of a Christian Church, the part here standing in for the whole.

The humility and dedication of the Church is portrayed by the clothing of the two witnesses in sackcloth, as seen in verse three (compare I Peter 5:5). The authority and power of the Church is revealed by the two-witnesses’ fire-breathing and miracle-working capabilities, as described in verses 5-6 (compare Acts 2:3). This is the symbolical way of stating that the exercise of the Church’s witness to the dominion of Christ over this present age has the ability to consign men to eternal bliss or to eternal damnation (Matthew 16:19; 18:18; Mark 16:16; John 20:21-23).

Notice, further, that the parable of the two witnesses prophesying for 1,260 days in Revelation chapter 11 is sandwiched between a reference to the destruction of Jerusalem made in verses 1-2 and Christ’s future Second Coming in verses 13-19. The Rapture is portrayed by the ascension of the two witnesses to heaven, as seen in verse 12. It comes at the end of 3 & ½ days (translate years) of the Church’s self-crucifixion (a reflection of Hosea 13:9) caused by her final apostasy (II Thessalonians 2:3-4).

The Apostasy of the Church

We notice in Revelation 11:7 that this apostasy begins when the Church ceases her testimony. As long as she bears that witness she is invincible. When the witness stops or when the two witnesses have finished their testimony, then Satan, the beast ascending from the bottomless pit of verse seven, prevails over them. This unleashing of Satan from the bottomless pit is seen paralleled in Revelation 9:1-11 and 17:8 as well (more about this later). The recapitulating use of the loosing of Satan from the bottomless pit motif, before Revelation 20:7-9, clearly and effectively debunks the popular premillennial fabrication based on the mistaken organizing principle of linear time-sequencing.

The apocalyptic events in Revelation chapters 6-20 are not naturally arranged over a straight-line schedule of 1,007 years, for the simple reason that the Book of Revelation itself never mentions the existence of any future seven years in the first place. Futurism--the idea that everything between chapters 6-20 is yet future to us living at the present time--is not the method that reveals the organizational structure of the Book of Revelation; Church history, rather, is the key to understanding its teachings.

The Rise of the Apostasy

Notice in Revelation 9:1 that a fallen star begins the end-time great apostasy through a process of unleashing the demonic powers of the bottomless pit. Stars in the Book of Revelation symbolize ministers of the Gospel (Revelation 1:20). It is fallen preachers who instigate the great end-time apostasy foretold in Revelation 11:7-10. The imagery here predicts, in part, the devious results of the modern Dispensational Premillennial salvation history theory--what we saw at the beginning of this study guide as an alternative future program to the truth of Bible prophecy, and what is in effect another Christ and another gospel. The bottom line is that a Church age so-called Jesus, without a present throne or kingdom, is not the true Christ of New Testament revelation.

Methodist theologian Dr. Daniel Steele, a contemporary of John Nelson Darby, recognized in Darby’s Nineteenth Century novel Dispensational Premillennial theory what he termed “a substitute for holiness, or antinomianism revived.”10 Nazarene scholar H. Ray Dunning takes an equally unequivocal position: “All the basic theological presuppositions that inform dispensationalism,” he writes, “are antithetical to Wesleyan theology as well as sound biblical exegesis."11

Dispensational teachings are objectionable to many orthodox Christians because they do not share the original New Testament vision for the possibility of a world totally Christianized in this present age through the power of the Cross. John Wesley’s take on the Dispensational Premillennial question is very clear. According to Wesley

Christianity, as it includes the whole moral law of God both by way of injunction and promise, if we will hear him is designed of God to be the last of all his dispensations. There is no other to come after this. This is to endure to the consummation of all things. Of consequence, all such new revelations are of Satan, and not of God; and all pretenses to another more perfect dispensation fall to the ground.12

The millennial question ultimately devolves into the twin issues of what degree of redemption from sin is available to Christians in this present life? And, is that redemption now universally available to all mankind? Those who deny entire sanctification, or what Wesley termed “Christian Perfection,” will naturally hide their excuses for Christians now needing to live in sin by an appeal to some future millennial utopia wherein sin is completely done away. Biblical eschatology (the doctrine of last things) cannot be so handily divorced from biblical soteriology (the doctrine of redemption) as the antinomian (meaning lawless in their method of interpreting Scripture) Premillennialists generally imagine.

Understanding the biblical doctrine of a universal atonement and understanding the biblical doctrine of full salvation eliminates the need for any future millennial age. A biblical concept of the kingdom of Christ as righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit (Romans 14:17)--in a word, as salvation--saves us from this modern-day heresy of assuming that Jesus is coming back to set up any earthly Jewish millennial reign. That woodenly literalistic assumption collapses whenever it is closely examined.

The Nature of the Apostasy

We note, further, the nature of the apostasy, as it is described in Revelation 11:8. The text says that the two witnesses are overcome by the beast (Satan), and that their dead bodies are beheld lying unceremoniously unburied in the streets of Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified. The place referred to here is earthly Jerusalem, for that is where the crucifixion of Jesus Christ took place. The parable is forecasting the Church’s return to the ideology of a First Century Christ-rejecting Judaism as the nature of the apostasy of the very last days.

Christians are citizens of the heavenly Zion (Hebrews 12:22-24; Revelation 21:2). They have no place returning to earthly Jerusalem, which is by contrast the symbol of spiritual Babylon (Isaiah 1:21; 3:8-9; Ezekiel 16:15, 35-39; Hosea 9:17; Matthew 21:43; Galatians 4:24-31). Contemporary popular American Christian Zionism, based on Dispensational Premillennial end-time prophecy theory, is committed to the political fortune of the secular Zionist State of Israel founded by the atheist Theodor Herzl. Because it represents a logical justification for Christ-ignoring, self-righteousness Jewish racism (Romans 9:1-3), that very Christian Zionist world view mentality itself is the manifestation of the last apostasy. It is a trampling under feet of the blood of Jesus Christ that was shed for Israel's redemption, and a crucifying of Israel's Lord and Savior now afresh (Hebrews 10:29: Isaiah 63:3; Revelation 19:13; John 11:49:52; Matthew 27:25; Matthew 24:35-36; Acts 5:28; I Thessalonians 2:14-15). Thus, for one to wade back through the shed blood of Jesus Christ that now covers the whole land of the Jews (Revelation 14:19-20), in order to return to earthly Jerusalem, is to bring God’s judgment upon one’s self. The sin lies in by-passing Jesus, as revealed in the New Testament, for the sake of skewing the whole of the biblical revelation toward the end-game of revealing the man of lawlessness--the spirit of Antichrist--triumphant in the end-time churches.

Christian Zionism represents a revived First Century Christ-rejecting earthly Jerusalem now come full circle, and that, ironically, within the perimeters of what is supposed to be the Christian Church. That, for many professed evangelical Christians is simply beyond imagine. Sadly, this nonsensical, diabolical theory is still very deeply ingrained and entrenched within the pubic mind set to this very day. This eye-popping study guide is God's ideological wrecking ball to bring His people a new deliverance. Christian Zionist Scofield Darbyism once captured the imaginations of millions; now that period of captivity is over, and willing minds are being set free.

The Woman in the Wilderness

The second instance of the 1,260 day expression we find in the parable of the woman in the wilderness of Revelation chapter 12. This woman ties to the promise of Genesis 3:15, and to Israel after the flesh, which brought forth the man child, our Lord Jesus Christ (Romans 3:1-2; 9:3-5). After Christ’s resurrection and ascension the woman (Israel after the flesh) flees into the wilderness for 1,260 days. These 1,260 days, again, refer to the latter portion of Daniel’s 70th week, a symbol for the whole present new covenant Christian age that followed the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 A.D. and continues until the final judgment.

The two wings of the great eagle of Revelation 12:14 that bear the Jews into the Diaspora following the disaster of 70 A.D. is the symbol of Rome. God preserves the Jews under the Roman beast domination, even as earthly Jerusalem remains, according to the words of Jesus in Matthew 23:28-29, a desolate house. Notice the words "desolate" and "desolation" in Daniel 9:26-27: Jesus' statement in Matthew 23:28-29 is a direct reference to the fulfillment of that prophecy. Only when the Jews are willing to call Jesus “blessed” will the salvation of God restore them as His people (John 3:36). Then they will no longer be called Jews, but only Christians (Isaiah 65:15; Matthew 8:11-12; Romans 2:28-29; 9:7-8; 10:12; Galatians 3:26-29; Revelation 2:9; 3:9).

Romans 11:26 does not teach that all Jews are guaranteed to get save at some point in the future, as most Christian Zionists so blandly assume. The “and so all Israel will be saved” of this text does not mean “then, or at that time all Israel will be saved.” The phrase “and so” means, rather, that “in the same way” or “in the same manner” all the true Israel will be saved,13 as also foretold in Isaiah 45:17. That method of salvation is by faith in Jesus Christ alone. A salvation that is by faith alone can never admit of any delays, gaps, or postponements. On God’s prophetic calendar “today” is always the time of everyone’s salvation (II Corinthians 6:2). There is no warrant for reading a predestinarian bias into the Romans 11:26 passage, as Christian Zionism so obviously does.

The 42 Months

The time frame expression of the 42 months is found twice in the Book of Revelation. The references are 11:2 and 13:5. In 11:2 we read that the holy city, earthly Jerusalem, will be trodden down of the Gentiles for 42 months (note also Luke 21:24). This statement alludes to the destruction of Jerusalem by the Romans in 70 A.D. The 42 months are 42 generations of 40 years each, covering a total history of 1,680 years.14 These years extend from the abolition of the Jewish Commonwealth by the Roman Emperor Hadrian in 135 A.D.15 until the demise of the Holy Roman Empire under the career of Napoleon Bonaparte ending in 1815 (135 A.D. + 1,680 years = 1815 A.D.). Revelation 13:5 indicates that the Roman beast will have power to continue its dominance over the Jews for these 42 months or generations as well: the background to both texts, again, being Luke 21:24.

Following the Napoleonic transitional era that led to the political secularization of Europe, there began the restoration of civil liberties to the Jews,16 which eventually paved the way for the rise of World Zionism.17 Out of World Zionism sprang a revived Christ-ignoring and Christ-rejecting modern State of Israel described in Revelation 17:1-6 as Mystery Babylon.

The identity of earthly Jerusalem as Mystery Babylon is clearly revealed by noting that the woman who flees into the wilderness in Revelation chapter 12 is the same woman seen in the same wilderness riding the beast in Revelation 17:1-6. What we observe from the correlation of these two passages is the great reversal of fortunes for the Christ-rejecting Jews, or earthly Jerusalem, from the time of her destruction at the hands of the Romans in 70 A.D. until her latter day dominance over the Roman West in the garb of World Zionism, as pictured by the woman riding the beast in Revelation 17:1-6.

The Working of Satan Revealed

Next, we see that Revelation 17:8-11 reveals the seven major pagan empires that afflict the Jews in world history. The five kings or kingdoms "fallen" in Revelation 17:10 refer to Egypt, Assyrian, Babylon, Persia, and Greece; the one that "is" at the time of the writing of the Revelation was Rome; and the one that is "yet to come" is the second beast of Revelation 13:11-18, or the Anglo-American Empire of the latter days. The woman riding this seventh beast is World Zionism, otherwise called Mystery Babylon.

The “eighth” king, who “was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit and go into perdition” of Revelation 17: 8 and 11, is Satan himself, the master-mind and moving-soul behind all seven empires. In this sense--that is, in the sense of Satan being the god of this pagan world--is Satan the real power behind the throne of these pagan kingdom, Thus Satan himself is the eighth king, who is “of” the seven. Satan is the beast that “was” in the sense that he was once undisputed king of the Gentile nations. He is the beast that “is not,” in the sense that he is no longer undisputed king of the Gentiles nations, because he was bound by the victory of Christ’s First Advent. It is Jesus who is now “Lord of all” (Acts 10:36), and to whom the nations now belong as candidates for His discipleship (Matthew 28:18-20). In the latter days, however, Satan ascends out of the bottomless pit to once again deceive and usurp authority over the nations using earthly Jerusalem as his proxy.

The 5 Months (5th Trumpet Sounding)

The expression "five months" is used twice in the Book of Revelation. These five months cover the period of the fifth trumpet sounding described in Revelation 9:1-11. There, we see demonic hordes being unleashed from the bottomless pit, which have power to torment the unsaved world of mankind with moral chaos for a period of five months (verses 5 and 10).

These five months are five generations of 40 years each, or the 200 years between 1815 and 2015. During this recent past era of the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries the spread of the humanistic philosophy of evolution, plus the rise of many new demonically-inspired cults of false doctrine within western Romanized society, led to a great falling away from the true Christian faith. Dispensational Premillennialism was one such cult of false teaching, whose result was to infiltrate and politicize American evangelical churches with the godless, secular trends of emerging World Zionism. The major sign of the culmination of this demonic activity came in 2015, the year in which the Zionist-controlled United States Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage for all 50 states. For true Christians living in the presumed heartland of biblical evangelical fundamentalism that should have been a wake-up call, for it was, indeed, a transitional act for us, marking “Mystery Babylon” degeneration in our own nation at its peak. Morally speaking, our road from here on out can only be downhill.

The Mark of the Beast

The same five month period that symbolized the 200 years between 1815 and 2015 also ushered in the final seventh beast kingdom of Revelation 17:10: that was the second beast arising out of the earth in Revelation 13:11; both refer to the Anglo-American Empire.

The dazzlingly technologies that were developed in this two-hundred year period led even further away from the primitive Christian faith to radical humanization, to secularism, and to the paganizing of vast segments of Western culture. The “mark of the beast” was, and still is, the enforcement of these anti-Christian values through the spread of cultural relativism around the world, when, in fact, the Bible so clearly says that Christians are not to be conformed to this present world (Romans 12:1-2).

While the Anglo American Empire professed to be Christian in name (hence its appearance as a gentle lamb in Revelation 13:11), its fruit was still being shaped by the voice of the dragon, emblematic of the very great deception that was to adhere to this last beast empire age. It was to be a return to the dominance of the paganism of ancient Rome. To take the mark of the beast, who is Satan himself, then, means to live as a pagan. Look around you. Do you not see vast multitudes of professed Christians now living in the same antinomianism, or lawlessness, as the pagan world? Multitudes of professed Christians taking the mark of the beast would be central to the fulfilling of Bible prophecy, and a part of the last great “falling away” that must happen before Christ returns (II Thessalonians 2). To put this all in prophetic context, wherein the true Christian gospel has been maligned by Scofield Darby Christian Zionism and other doctrinal heresies, please review our section on “The Apostasy” just covered.

The Time, Times, and a Half

Now we turn to the sealed “time, times, and a half“ formula of Daniel 7:25; 12:7; and Revelation 12:14. The unsealing of this time frame expression proceeds as follows:

First, the time (singular) here refers to a generation of forty years. Second, the times (plural) part of the formula stipulates the total number of the generations involved in the time being considered.18

The discovery of the number of the times of generations is found within in the ancient Jewish tradition of the 49 year cycles, followed by the 50th year of Jubilee (Leviticus 25:10-54). Jesus brought the spiritual fulfillment of the Jubilee release to Israel during His First Advent. His rejection by the leadership of the nation left her without further hope of Jubilee. Now she has only those basic historical cycles, back to back, of the 49 years, generation after generation, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled. The times segment of the formula, then, is 49 generations of 40 years each making a total of 1,960 prophetic years (40 x 49 = 1,960).

Now we convert these 1,960 prophetic years of 360 days each to our current solar calendar years of 365.2422 days each, which equals 1,931 years. Adding these 1,931 years to the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 A.D. brings us to 2001, the seminal event of our time, and what the 911 investigative journalist Christopher Bollyn calls the deception that changed the modern world. See bollyn.com for the shocking truth about the deep state Zionist involvement in what really happen on September 11, 2001.

The easiest way for the American government to allay suspicions about what really happened on that fateful day is to release to the public, now, and in full, the seized photos and other classified documents that are related to the entire incident. The claim that this material must remain classified in order to protect the on-going war on terror is a crock, necessary to maintain the sinister bureaucratic cover-up to what really happened. Nine-eleven was pre-designed to advance the agenda of the Anglo-American Empire’s hegemony over the Middle East, by jump-starting the so-called War on Terror. But it has not turned out to be as it was originally planned. God was in control, instead, to bend the outcome of world history to His own sovereign blueprint, contrary to sinful man’s desires. The real conspiracy theory has been the government’s official version of events. Ironically, Israel’s true God knew--and foretold by means of an encrypted formula vouched to the prophet Daniel--the timing of all this conspiratorial doing from very long ago. Man proposes, God disposes. How amazing is Bible prophecy!

Getting back on point, the additional half a time, or the last part in the formula “time, times, and a half,” refers to half of another generation or 20 years. These 20 years (after the conversion from the biblical prophetic time frame of the 360 day year to the Gregorian solar calendar time frame of the 365.2422 day year has been made) equals a little over 19 years. Nineteen years added to 2001 brings us to the end of the whole formula in about 2020-2021. This, we submit, is the time frame in which the apocalyptic fall of Mystery Babylon--Armageddon--happens.

The Times of the Gentiles Fulfilled

Further, the entire length of the times of the Gentiles we find couched in the previously examined ambiguous days of Daniel 12:11-12. Here, now, is a second, confirmatory way of unsealing of this age-long mystery and secret of encryption.

The symbolic 1,290 days of Daniel 12:11 plus the symbolic 1,335 days of Daniel 12:12 equals a total of 2,625 days. Translating those days as years, the times of the Gentiles lasts 2,625 years (1,290 + 1335 = 2,625).19 Adding these years to the rise of the Babylonian Empire in 605 B.C. comes to the same year--2020--as the time of the return of Jesus Christ for the general resurrection and the universal judgment (605 B.C. + 2,625 years = 2020-2021). We note that this calculation, belonging to the times of the Gentiles, is not couched in the same prophetic calendar time frame as those relating to the Jews. Jew and Gentile apocalyptic prophetic disclosures, thought mostly overlapping, still run on separate calendar tracks.

The times of the Gentiles prophetic formula, as it is explained above, allows no room for any re-gathering of the Jews as a God-approved nation after 70 A.D. The New Testament clearly teaches, instead, that all those who belong to God are now being gathered only in Christ’s Church (Matthew 3:9-10; 8:11-12; 21:43; 24:31; John 10:52; Ephesians 1:10). The recent re-gathering of the Jews to Palestine in unbelief of Jesus of Nazareth as their promised Messiah, therefore, is not a signal work of God, as is mistakenly assumed by Dispensational Premillennial Christian Zionism. It is the working of Satan, rather, in preparation for the end-time manifestation of Mystery Babylon, and for the final wrap-up to the times of the Gentiles being fulfilled.

The reality is that Jerusalem is still being trodden down of the Gentiles yet today, and will be so trodden down of the Gentiles until the end of time, as per Luke 21:24; Matthew 23:37-39; and Daniel 9:26-27. According to this latter passage the desolation pronounced on Christ-rejecting Jews are promised to continue until "the end of the war." That war between God and Satan is, in fact, age-long ongoing. This consistency of thought leads us to the conclusion that the professed Jews who now inhabit the land of Palestine are not true Jews at all, according to God’s definition of a Jew in Romans 2:28-29; 9:7-8; Revelation 2:9 and 3:9.

The times of the Gentiles means the same thing as the full number of the Gentiles to come in of Romans 11:25. According to this verse blindness (but only in part) will continue among the Jews until this full number of the Gentiles has been achieved, or until the end of time, when the times of the Gentiles has been fulfilled. Not all Jews, historically-speaking, were blinded to the true identity of Jesus of Nazareth as the promised Messiah, only some of them were. Many had gotten their eyes open to this reality in the First Century A.D., and they were called Christians. Were these First Century Jewish Christians dispensationally premature in seeing Jesus as the promised Messiah? Or is not rather Nineteenth Century Dispensationalism heretical in its attempt to re-erect that middle wall of partition between Jews and Gentiles that was long ago abolished in the cross of Christ (Ephesians 2:13-16)?

Bible prophecy establishes the fact that the full number of the saved includes both Jews and Gentiles--there is no difference, for all enter the kingdom of God on equal footing, or they do not enter it at all (Acts 15:8-9; Romans 10:12; 11:32; I Corinthians 12:13; Galatians 3:27-29). Christian theology establishes the fact that only the saved ones, or Christians, are the chosen people of God. There is no remnant of unbelieving Jews that inherits any promise of the Father (II Corinthians 1:20), for the disobedient are never called a remnant anywhere in the Bible. Rather, the true remnant of physical Israel are now the obedient to Jesus Christ (Romans 9:6; 11:5). Jews outside of Christ are still living under the wrath of God (John 3:36), and without any covenantal relationship to their Creator, seeing that the old one has now completely passed away (Hebrews 8:13). New Israel is true Israel (Galatians 6:16). And that new, true Israel is only those, Jews and Gentiles alike, who are now being gathered into Christ (Ephesians 1:10). Now you will see exactly what that full number of true Israel is in just a moment.

The Budding of the Fig Tree

Jesus said that the generation of His contemporaries would not pass till all Old Testament prophecies regarding the nation of Israel were fulfilled (Matthew 24:34).

In the immediately preceding parable of the budding of the fig tree (verses 32-33) Jesus likened the appearance of the buds on the fig tree to those signs of the coming destruction of Jerusalem that he had previously mentioned in verses 15-31. As the budding of the fig tree marked the change of climate from early spring to the long summer growing season, so, according to the parable, the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 A.D. would mark a dramatic change of season, as well. Seventy A.D. was not the Second Coming of Jesus Christ, or the end of the world in terms of the expansion of God’s kingdom, as modern radical Preterits fictitiously teach. It was simply, rather, a climate change that introduced the summer growing season. The spring time of the Apostolic age, or the first part of Daniel’s 70th week, gave place, at the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 A.D., to that latter part of Daniel’s 70th week--the long summer growing season of the world-wide Christian witness, which is destined to reach unto the fall harvest, when Christ returns for the final judgment.

The Literal 70th Week

Some may reject the truths revealed in this study guide by claiming that our symbolic interpretations are only coincidental and not real, because they are not literal. It is a mistake to assume, however, that only the material world is literal. Things spiritual and things metaphysical, including ideas, are literal, too. The reality is that no Antichrist figure literally exists at all in the text of Daniel 9:26-27. No utterly baseless foreshadowing argument can legitimately establish credibility for some future end-time Antichrist figure to be inserted arbitrarily between Daniel 9:26 and 27. Neither is any future seven year Great Tribulation period ever literally mentioned anywhere in the Seventy Weeks, or for that matter, in the entire Bible. These facts prove that Dispensationalism itself is based on a very non-literal method of interpreting Scripture, despite all claims to the contrary. (Those interested please see our other writings for a more finely-detailed description of how SRA falsely inserted some future Roman Antichrist idea into the text of Daniel 9:26-27.)

When the Holy Spirit opens our eyes to see the fact that no Antichrist figure exists in Daniel 9:26-27, and that nowhere does the Bible mention any future seven year time frame, called the Great Tribulation period, then we begin to realize that these Dispensational Premillennial fantasies are like the proverbial emperor that, astonishingly, has no clothes. Dispensationalists continually parrot the future seven year Great Tribulation period as a foregone conclusion. But when forced to clearly demonstrate the legitimacy of that assumption from the Bible cognitive dissonance, of necessity, sets in.

In September 1990 David H. Lurie published an article in the Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society titled “A New Interpretation of Daniel’s ‘Sevens’ and the Chronology of the Seventy Weeks.” In this article Lurie described these weeks or sevens in Daniel’s prophecy as being able to be literally translated by any integral multiplier of seven. In other words, one week could be seven years, 14 years, 21 years, 28 years, 35 years, and so on indefinitely.

Lurie's purpose in his article was to demonstrate a solution to the problem of beginning the 70 Weeks at the monarchy of Cyrus in 538 B.C. By doubling the first segment in the chronology of the 69 weeks, that is, the first seven weeks, he comes to its representation as 98 years, instead of the usual 49 years. These 98 years of the first segment of the seven weeks, added to the second segment of the 62 weeks (a period of 434 years) makes 532 years as the sum of the 69 weeks (98 years + 434 years = 532 years). Subtracting these 532 years from the proclamation of Cyrus in 538 B.C., leads Lurie to posit the birth of Christ in the year 6 B.C. This is similar to our own solution to this chronological problem of the weeks discussed earlier.

Now when we apply Lurie's same multiplication concept to the length of the 70th week, we see how that week can literally signify a very long period of time, such as the entire Pentecostal age stretching between 30 A.D. and Christ’s yet future Second Advent. What, then, is that missing integral multiplier of the number seven that enables us to determine the length of this whole era?

The New Nation of God

We are told in the New Testament that as Christians we are “a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s own special people, that we should show forth the praises of him who has called us out of darkness into his marvelous light” (I Peter 2:9).

The Old Testament royal priesthood under King David was divided by lot into 24 courses of ministering hereditary praise teams, consisting of 12 persons each, for a total representation of 288 persons (I Chronicles chapter 25). This representative number of David’s royal priesthood was fulfilled in the New Testament by David’s greater Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, and in Christ’s new royal priestly nation, the Christian Church. Notice this fulfillment in the twice-mentioned number of the 144,000 in the Book of Revelation.

First, in 7:4-8 we read of 144,000 sealed ones from the 12 tribes of Israel. These represent that remnant of Jews in the First Century that mainly comprised the Apostolic Church. The other half of the new priest-nation, the Gentile portion, is pictured by the symbolism of the 144,000 redeemed ones on Mount Sion with the Lamb in 14:1-4. All of these are the first-fruits unto Christ, both Jews and Gentiles, making up the representative fullness of the world-wide Christian Church. The number for Church membership fullness is 288 to the thousandths degree (144 x 2 = 288). That magic number, 288, is also the integral multiplier of the last one seven in Daniel 9:27.20

The End of the 70th Week

Seven times 288 equals 2,016 years. Converting these prophetic years of 360 days each to our solar years of 365.2422 days each gives us 1,987 years. Now adding these 1,987 years to the beginning of the 70th week at Pentecost in 30 A.D. brings us to the year 2017 as the end of the Daniel’s 70th week of the Church's age-long witnessing period, and the start of Armageddon (30 A.D. + 1,987 years = 2017). Now adding to 2017 the 3 & ½ days (translate years) of the cumulative great apostasy we have previously described in Revelation 11:7-10, we come, once again, to the year 2020-2021 as the probable time of the return of Christ for the last judgment.

By three different methods we have arrived at the time--we are not setting a day or hour--what precise day or hour have we anywhere mentioned?--for the end of the world and the return of Jesus Christ for the long-known general resurrection and universal judgment. By the mouth of two or three witnesses every word of God is established.

The Battle of Armageddon

The much vaunted Battle of Armageddon in the Book of Revelation should be viewed primarily as the culmination of Satan's spiritual warfare against the Church. This is evident from several angles.

The unleashing of the demonic powers of the bottomless that we saw under the 5th trumpet sounding of 9:1-11 brings on the great apostasy in the Church that is described in the parable of 11:7-10. This is referred to again in chapter 17, where the beast that ascends out of the bottomless pit of verse 8 elicits the dedication of the 10 horns of verses 11-12, in order make war with the Lamb and His followers in verse 13.

The summary of this last great spiritual warfare is expressed in 20:7-10: "And when the thousand years are expired Satan shall be loosed out of his prison. And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth [the waters upon which the great whore Mystery Babylon sits of 17:15], Gog and MaGog, to gather them together to the battle: the number of whom is the sand of the sea [the same destroying horsemen as in 9:17]. And they went up on the breadth of the earth [the great river Euphrates of 16:12 being dried up to allow them to do so--the drying up of this river signifying the barriers between East and West removed] and compassed the camp of the saints about, the beloved city, and fire came down out of heaven and devoured them."

The 1,000 Years

The binding of the dragon for 1,000 years described in Revelation 20:1-6 refers to that period of Church history between the destruction of earthly Jerusalem by the Romans in 67-135 A.D. and the beginning of the Crusades by the Roman Church one-thousand years later. The purpose of the Crusades was to liberate Palestine from the Moslems, and to bring earthly Jerusalem back into the Christian fold. Though the Crusades were ultimately a failure, they did succeed in bringing into the Roman Church a revived interest in the ancient symbols of devilish Egyptian and Babylonian occult practices, through which Israel had profaned God's holy name among the heathen (Ezekiel 36:22-23), from the time of the divided kingdom right on down to the Roman judgment on Pharisaical Palestinian Judaism over nine centuries later. From that event of 70 A.D., 1,000 years later, the thread begins anew with the Knights Templer, which later morfed into the secret occult societies of Europe known as the Illuminati, and the Masonic orders. The Babylonian occult abominations of ancient earthly Jerusalem--from the time of the Crusades onward--slowly but surely began to gain dominance in the western world. The result is a modern secular world now drunk with the wine of earthly Jerusalem's morally corrupting influence--the great whore Mystery Babyon--the woman riding the beast of Revelation 17:1-6.

Ezekiel 38 and 39

Going back to the theme of Armageddon as the final spiritual conflict between the dragon, Satan, and the Lamb with His heavenly army, we go to the very misunderstood passage of Ezekiel 38-39. Gog and MaGog are, of course, mentioned prominently in both Ezekiel 38-39 and Revelation 20:7-9. This is our first clue that these passages are talking about the same event.

This great invasion of Gog and his armies takes place upon the mountains of Israel. The mountains of Israel are the high places of spiritual revelation where God was known to dwell. "Who shall ascend unto the hill of the Lord and who shall stand in his holy place?", and "I will lift up my eyes unto the hills from whence comes my help" are familiar expressions of this theme in the book of Psalms.

From Isaiah 2:2 and from Micah 4:1-2 we learn that in the last days "the mountain of the house of the Lord shall be established in the top of the mountains, and it shall be exalted above the hills; and people shall flow unto it." The last days is this present age in which God is now speaking to the world through His Son (Hebrews 1:1-2). As we saw earlier in this manuscript, it is from above the hills, or in heaven itself--from the kingdom throne in Zion--that Christ now reigns on earth through saving grace. Thus, the battle described in Ezekiel 38-39 is not a literal invasion of the land of Palestine by a great army of physical horsemen from Russia, China, or anywhere else. It is rather, the same evil forces engaged in the same spiritual warfare that we see in Revelation 9:16; 17:12-17; and 20:7-9.

Ezekiel see this final battle, called Armageddon, happening in the mountains of Israel. Revelation 20 describes it as directed against "the camp of the saint and the beloved city." The saints, in the New Testament use of the term, are not modern non-Christian racial Jews, who now inhabit the Zionist State of Israel. Nor is the beloved city Christ-rejecting earthly Jerusalem. This is, rather, the final onslaught of the dragon against Christ and His Church. And it ends, both in Ezekiel 38:22; 39:6; and in Revelation 20:9, with the divine in-breaking of apocalyptic judgment on the dragon and his duped hordes. Fire comes down from heaven and devours them. The dead corpses representative of the apostate Church that we saw in the parable of Revelation 11:7:10, we meet again in the culminating vision of Ezekiel 39:11-16. See also the eschatological summation given in Isaiah 66:22-24. As in the judgment of the flood waters, Jesus has now returned “in flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ” (II Thessalonians 2:8).

The Great Earthquake

The coming of Christ for the last judgment is accompanied by a massive earthquake (Revelation 6:6: 11:13; 16:18). This great shaking of the earth is also described in Isaiah chapter 24, and Ezekiel 38:18-23. The immediate aftermath of any major earthquake is chaos. At the end of time, because of the lies are that spoken by the dragon, the beast, and the false prophet (Revelation 16:13-14), the world descends into utter chaos, that is, it becomes sharply divided and falls radically apart--reminiscent of Jesus’ words: “a house divided against itself cannot stand.” More about this great earthquake that knocks everything down later.

The Apocalyptic Fall of Mystery Babylon

Accordingly, the great city Babylon is divided into three parts (Revelation 16:19), indicating the divisions between: (1) the woman riding the beast of Revelation 17:1-6; (2) the ten horns that hate the whore and burn her with fire of Revelation 17:16-18; and (3), the followers of Mohammad, the false prophet and major inspiration of the kings of the East, as shown in Revelation 9:14-15;16:12; and Daniel 7:11 (more about this later).

The final Armageddon chaos described in the Book of Revelation, then, is the self-destructive infighting of the enemies of God and God's Church--whose major enemies, respectively, are Zionism, secularism, and Islam. This same self-destructive infighting of the Armageddon armies of Gog and MaGog is described in Ezekiel 38:21 as well. The seven thousand slain in this earthquake mentioned in Revelation 11:3 indicates the termination completeness of Armageddon chaos. These seven thousand slain are parallel to the number seven used in Ezekiel 39:8 and 12: all of this portrays the complete and eternal destruction of true Israel's enemies at the consummation (Revelation 20:9).

The tenth part of the city that falls in Revelation 11:13 refers to one of the ten horns, England, that is particularly devastated by the final chaos. The Balfour Declaration of 1917, directed to Lord Rothschild of London, set the stage for the eventual creation of the modern Christ-ignoring Zionist State of Israel in Palestine in 1948. The Rothschild Banking cartel controls England, and the world, through the World Bank, and political think tanks scattered throughout Europe and America. The Rothschilds’s fractional-reserve world banking system has been permanently ensconced in the fledging American Republic since the War of 1812.

In the Nineteenth Century past, England became the successor to Rome and the seat of the last great anti-Christian apostasy. England gave the world Charles Darwin (evolution), John Nelson Darby (antinomianism), and Karl Marx (communism). England also served as the control center for World Zionist domination for over a century, particularly manifested through the communications arm of the British Empire, the world-wide BBC, or British Broadcasting Corporation, which serves the interest of World Zionist propaganda. The new world order is a Zionist-controlled world, wherein the Gentile masses become subservient to racist Jewish supremacy. Communism is elitist one-party dictatorship: Zionist domination, therefore, is communism without the hated name.

The BBC, in conjunction with Fox News, CBS, NBC, CNN, and NPR--all mainstream Western media--continually push the Zionist agenda for world domination through strategies that divide to conquer, or "make war by deceit," as the Israeli Mossad describes it. All of this is abetted, as well, though the layers of Masonic secret societies that permeate the West.

John Wesley, along with other Evangelical reformers from England, gave the world a great revival of the true light of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Perhaps no other region on earth has had as much gospel light as England and the United States. Now they have corrupted themselves in the face of all such light. Thus, a litany of evil influences, including the crime and cover-up of the false-flag Zionist terror operation of September 11, 2001, are bringing the world to its final destruction--to that utter moral chaos--, which is the biblical Battle of Armageddon.

Revelation teaches that in the end of time there will be a great clash of civilizations between East and West (compare Revelation 9:13-15 with 16:12ff.). Several Early Church writers clearly saw the distinction of this final East / West conflict, as we noted earlier. Europe (symbolized by the ten horns) will turn against the Anglo-American Zionist-controlled empire (symbolized by the great whore Mystery Babylon) in deference to the East. All will be brought down together in the conflagration that ensues (Revelation 16:19).

The Lesson of Armageddon

The term for Armageddon in the Book of Revelation is Har-Magedon, which points to a place called Megiddo in II Kings 23:29 and II Chronicles 25:22. It was in the valley of Megiddo that Judah's King Josiah was slain by Pharaoh-nechoh when he tried to interfere in the war between Egypt and Assyria. King Josiah tragically lost his life because he stuck his nose in a place where it did not belong. So the meaning of Armageddon is clear: as we approach the final onslaught of the powers of darkness called the Great Earthquake and the Battle of Armageddon, the lesson for Christians is this: it is to remember what happened to Josiah at ancient Megiddo, and not to get emotionally involved in this sinful world's internal conflicts. In other words, don't take sides in the affairs of a godless, worldly society influenced by demons. The Christian's job, rather, is to recognize these perilous times, and to heed Jesus' warning--given in the very face of coming Armageddon--, as stated in Revelation 16:16: "Behold I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame."

The fate of the Church that loses its testimony to Jesus Christ (as we previously saw in the parable of the two-witness of Revelation 11:7-10) is that the heathen world sees their spiritually dead corpses lying unburied in the great city Babylon (earthly Jerusalem) to the dishonor of God, and to their own everlasting shame. At a time when the Church should be standing up for Christ, standing out against sin, and standing firm for righteousness and true holiness in the earth she has been deceived by the Devil. Through the spirit of worldly compromise, and by the embrace of lawlessness, or antinomianism, she is now contributing toward the moral corruption of human society. This, again describes the apostasy of the very last days, caused mainly by the major doctrinal heresies embedded in contemporary Christian Zionism, which, in turn, is based on the sheer interpretational fantasy of Nineteenth Century British Darbyite Dispensationalism. All of this conundrum, amazingly, harks back to Sir Robert Anderson's fake theory of interpreting Daniel's Prophecy of the Seventy Weeks--the fountainhead from which the great antinomian apostasy of these last days has flown.

The irony of self-fulfilling prophecy lies in the fact that modern Christian Zionism now rabidly supports the political agenda of the woman riding the Beast, that is, the anti-Christian secular values of World Zionism that dominate the West. Little do these deceived people realize God's purpose in using the "little horn" of the Islamic power of the East to bring the world to its final state of apocalyptic destruction (Daniel 9:11). Such a scenario is possible only when the Western world has already weakened and fallen apart under the weight of its own internal divisions and corruption. What happened to the ancient Roman Empire in the fifth Christian Century, is now happening to Rome's successor, the Anglo-American Empire of our modern today. We are now witnessing world-wide unrest--the great earthquake chaos, if you will, that derives from the current political collapse of the powerful Zionist-dominated Western Alliance, known in the Book of Revelation as the great whore Mystery Babylon.

The Bible Rapture

The Rapture of the Church is portrayed by the ascension of the two witnesses to heaven in Revelation 11:11-12. The very next verse says that “in the same hour” as the Rapture happens, a great earthquake also happens. So, it appears that as the world rushes into the chaotic vortex of its own self-destruction--at the culmination of that process of self-destruction, and in conjunction with a massive physical earthquake--the true Church is being taken up--at the very same time--in the Rapture. This sets the stage for the final judgment scene that happens when Christ raises all the remaining dead at His glorious visible appearing (Revelation 11:15-19; 20:11-15; see also Matthew 25:31-46).

The phrase "the same hour" of Revelation 11:13 need not imply a literal sixty minute period. It simply means that all of these events are in very close proximity. When the stack of dominos starts to fall, it falls down to the very last one.

The Fate of the Third Part

One remaining theme in the Book of Revelation needs to be explained. That is the expression "third part," mentioned a total of 15 times: 11 times in 8:7-12; twice in 9:15, 18; once in 12:4; and once again in 16:19.

The back ground for understanding this expression comes from Ezekiel chapter 5, especially verse 12: "A third part of thee shall die with the pestilence, and with famine and they shall be consumed in the midst of thee: and a third part shall fall by the sword round about thee; and I will scatter third part into all the winds, and I will draw out a sword after them."

From the immediate context of Ezekiel chapter five, we understand that two-thirds of the Jews were to perish in the Babylonian Captivity. Among the remaining third part, that would be scattered to all the winds, a remnant would return to Palestine after the period of the Babylonian Captivity was over. The future promised to the third part of Jews that would survive the Babylonian Captivity is amplified in Isaiah 19:24-25, and in Zechariah 13:8-9.

Listen to the text of Isaiah 19:24-25: "In that day shall Israel be the third part with Egypt and with Assyria, even a blessing in the midst of the land: Whom the Lord of host shall bless, saying Blessed be Egypt my people, and Assyria the work of my hands, and Israel mine inheritance." While Premillennialists think this passage will be fulfilled in some yet future age, it is actually fulfilled in this present Christian dispensation. The three traditional enemies of Israel, Egypt, and Assyria are now privileged to be peacefully joined together in the new, one body of Jesus Christ, the Christian Church. It is in Christ that true blessing is found for both Jews and Gentiles alike. In Christ the Abrahamic promise of Genesis 12:1-2 is now abundantly realized, for Christ, alone, is the seed to whom all Israel's messianic blessings have been promised (Galatians 3:16: II Corinthians 1:20).

The later prophet, Zechariah, is even more graphic in describing the future of the Jewish remnant that survived the Babylonian Captivity. Here is what he says in 13:8-9: "And it shall come to pass that in all the land, saith the Lord, two parts therein shall be cut off and die; but the third part shall be left therein. And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried, they shall call upon my name, and I will hear them: I will say, It is my people: and they shall say, The Lord is my God." This passage is restating what God had told Ezekiel in 5:12. Zechariah then adds the prediction that God will ultimately come to sift by fire this surviving remnant of the third part, so that those who endure this sifting process can be brought into a new personal relationship with God as His saved people. That sifting by fire came under the ministries of John the Baptist and Jesus Christ, according to Matthew 3:5-12.

Those who were sifted by the Messiah into the kingdom of God became the start of the new Israel of God, the Christian Church. Those who rejected the salvation of God being brought to them by the Messiah were judged by the Messiah as becoming thenceforth a desolate house (Matthew 23:37-39), with the blood of all the righteous, including that of the Messiah, Himself, on their hands (Matthew 23:35-36; Isaiah 63:1-6; Revelation 14:18-20; cf. with Matthew 3:12; Revelation 19:13; cf. with Acts 5:28).

Trumpets 1-4

The third part expressions that we find in the Book of Revelation relate to the fate that was to befall the desolate house of Christ-rejecting Jews. The 11 times mentioning of the third part in 8:7-12 (described as the first four trumpet soundings) all point to the destruction of Jerusalem and the temple in 70 A.D. Here is the exposition of these four judgment soundings:

The first trumpet sounding of Revelation 8:7 depicts the loss of justifying faith in God that occurred among those Jews that had rejected Jesus. In the Old Testament God's holy people were described as trees of righteousness, as, for example in Psalm 1:1-3. The burning up of this special relationship of old covenant Israel, as trees of the Lord's planting, came with the judgments inflicted by the Romans in 70 A.D., just as Jesus had forewarned in Matthew 15:13. Green grass is representative of spiritual life. All green grass being burnt up signifies that all spiritual life is destroyed. The life of God's people, under the progeny of Abraham was to be a life of faith. Jesus had made it clear that if His contemporaries had the faith of Abraham they would recognize Him as their Messiah (John 8:40). Those who perished in the fiery judgment of 70 A.D., sadly, lost all connection to the soul life of God through faith. And such a faithless condition is still part of Judaism's remaining desolate house to this very day.

In the second trumpet sounding of Revelation 8:8-9 the great mountain burning with fire reminds us of Mt. Sinai all on a smoke, erupting with fire, when Moses received the law of commandments constituting the covenant through which Israel sustained her special relationship to Jehovah (Exodus chapter 19; Hebrews 12:18-21). That Mt. Sinai and the old covenant economy that it signified represented also the bondwoman Hagar, who was to be cast out in favor of the son of promise, Isaac. This Isaac in the Galatians 4:21-34 account is representative of the new covenant heirs to the Jerusalem that is above, which is free, and which is the mother of us all.

Israel had largely been dispersed into the sea of the Gentile nations at the time of the Assyrian and the Babylonian captivities. And she took with her into the Diaspora her religion based on the law of Moses given at Mt. Sinai. In the fullness of times, Jesus, the Messiah, came in fulfillment of that law. Love, Jesus taught, is the fulfilling of the law. Thus, those Jews who truly loved God at the time of Jesus' earthly ministry where able to respond positively to His revelation as their promised Messiah. Those Jews, by contrast, who did not love God--a thing that the law of Moses also had required--turned in animosity against the Savior.

The law of Moses had never been an end in itself, but only a schoolmaster to lead the Jews to Christ (Galatians 3:24). Once the law covenant had served that purpose it was then done away--cast from God in heaven back to the Jews in the sea of their dispersion. Moses' burning mountain continues to follow the Jews of the Diaspora, not to be to them the minister of life, as God intended, but to be the harbinger of their enduring death and damnation, because they fail to keep it, or to follow where it leads (John 5:45-47). Judaism to this day has the law of Moses, but no true love or peace. The ships are all destroyed, no longer fitting vessels to export the bounties of divine grace. The bloody sword has followed and has been their legacy, even as they wished (Matthew 27:25).

Just as the first trumpet sounding symbolized the demise of faith, so the second trumpet sounding of Revelation 9:8-9 apocalyptically signifies the demise of love--all of this was part of the judgment inflicted on the Christ-rejecting Jews of 70 A.D.

The demise of hope we see also in the desolations accomplished on earthly Jerusalem in 70 A.D. This is apparent in the symbolism of the third and fourth trumpet sounds of Revelation 8:10-12. Most are familiar with the icon called the Star of David. There is occult symbolism attached to these familiar double hexagonal shapes. Nevertheless, in Christian lore, the star portrays the hope that led the wise men of the East to the Christ-child (Numbers 24:17; Matthew 2:2, 7, 9; II Peter 1:19; and Revelation 22:16). The star of David, in this view, signifies hope in the Messianic promise God made to old king David, concerning his lineage, and particularly the kingdom of his anointed Son. These promises were fulfilled in Jesus Christ, who now sits on David's promised everlasting messianic kingdom throne at the right hand of the Father (Luke 1:31-33; Acts 2:22-36; 13:33-34; I Peter 3:22; and Revelation 4:1-3). Jesus Christ was born, lived, ministered, died, and lives again as king of the Jews. Thus He fulfilled the hope of David's star.

For those Jews of the first century who rejected Christ, however, David's star of hope was cast down from heaven as a flaming failing torch, whose brightness lasted only for a moment--a flash in the pan, as it were--that quickly turned to disillusionment, despair, and death wherever it fell. The rivers and fountains of waters that offered the sustenance of life and hope turned to bitterness, because there is none other for the Jews than Jesus. In rejecting Jesus, the star of David's messianic hope was dashed, grew dim, and disappeared. Without this hope life for the Jews was to become a parched spiritual desert, where there is no water free from bitterness to quench the thirsting soul.

Moses had cast a tree into the bitter waters of Marah and made them sweet. That tree prefigured the cross of Calvary, where Jesus sweetens all our heavy load. Judaism without its Christ has brought no spiritual life to the world, only bitterness and death. Many men died because the water were made bitter--this was to be the sequel to the Christ-rejecting Jews' desolate house since 70 A.D.

The lesson to be learned from the 4th trumpet sounding of Revelation 8:12, is that it is either Christ, the light of the world, or a world of spiritual darkness. Thus, the four trumpet soundings of Revelation chapter eight symbolically describe the end of the road for Israel after the flesh ever again being considered as God's chosen people. Natural Jews were left, thenceforth, devoid of all the promised messianic gospel blessings of faith, hope, and love. Without faith, hope, and love the future that remained to them would only be one of darkness and despair. Only in Christ could those messianic blessings, long ago once promised, ever be regained.

The Rest of the Third Part Story

Moving on, the third part expression we find twice in the symbolism of the sixth trumpet sounding of Revelation 9:15-21. This brings us to the end of world history, where revived earthly Jerusalem--as we have outlined earlier--will again face the apocalyptic judgment of God. Notice that the account of events under the sixth trumpet sounding is also parallel to the events that are attached to the outpouring of the sixth vial of wrath in Revelation 16:12-14. These corresponding events are the lead-up to the final battle, called Armageddon. Notice the details. First, there is preparation made for the destruction of the third part of men (9:15, 18). Second, this destruction originates from the great river Euphrates (9:14: 16:12). Third, the kings, or kingdoms, of the East, are identified as agents in this destruction (16:12). Fourth, at Armageddon the great city Babylon (which we have previously identified as revived earthly Jerusalem) is divided into three parts (16:19). It appears that the Jews are being particularly isolated as targets for destruction by the kings of the East in the unfolding scenario called Armageddon. Who are these kings of the East?

The Little Horn and the Kings of the East

Daniel 7:8 informs us that a little horn uproots three first horns in order to gain dominance in his competition with the Roman beast that has ten horns. These first three horns, or powers, are the three beasts that preceded the Roman beast, being thus, Babylon Persia, and Greece. The little horn is the false prophet Mohammad, whose religion, called Islam, conquered the lands of ancient Babylon, Persia, and Greece in the seventh century of Church history, Islam has remained a threat to the Roman, and subsequent Anglo-American, beast empires ever since. In the end of the world, a revival of Islam will lead to a final judgment on the rebellious third part of Christ-rejecting Jewry. All of this fits in with the larger picture that we have described throughout this manuscript, particularly in the preceding section called the apocalyptic fall of Mystery Babylon.

The Third Part of the Stars of Heaven

The remaining expression of the third part, is found in the flashback of Revelation 12:4. The dragon’s tail drawing the third part of the stars of heaven and casting them to the earth refers to the advantage that Satan had gained over the remnant of the Jews in the time preceding the First Advent of Christ. The wondrous scene of the woman in heaven of 12:1 denotes the heavenly origin of Israel’s chosen status. Her chosen-ness was not for her own self-aggrandizement, however, but in order that, ultimately, that she might bring forth the man child--Messiah Jesus--into the world. In the course of Israel’s history, because of sin, as we noted earlier, she was reduced to a third part. The third part of the stars of heaven that are cast to the earth by the dragon, then, refers to the leaders of post-exilic Jewry, that, at the time of Jesus, had fallen from grace, and were under the spell of the Evil One (Zechariah 3:1-2). The whole third part repatriates were those very lost sheep that Jesus came to save (Matthew 15:24). He came unto His own, however, but His own received Him not (John 1:11).

The Coming Last Hour

The time frame secrets of the biblical end-time were long ago sealed-up (encrypted) until the hour of their unveiling should arrive. Those mysteries are now unsealed in this study guide, proving to all honest souls that the END has finally come, and the stack of dominos representative of these very last days is starting to fall. Here is what to expect in the next 3 & ½ years:

1. A satanically-inspired, ever-intensifying war on Christianity (Ezekiel chapters 38-39; Revelation 20:7-9). This final battle is primarily against the Saints of God.

2. The end-time apostate Church, like so many stinking rotting corpses, remaining shamelessly oblivious to all moral reality (Revelation 11:7-10). Don't expect very many of the deceived ones to get woke up. Remember Jesus said "As it was in the days of Noah so shall also the coming of the Son of man be" (Matthew 24:37).

3. The way of the kings of the East slowly but surely being prepared to execute the fall of Mystery Babylon (Revelation 9:13-21; 16:12-21; and 17:12-18:24).

4. Christ coming for the final judgment on the last day (John 6:39-40, 44, 54; 11:24) and at the last trump sounding (I Corinthians 15:52; Revelation 11:14-19), just like He said. Watch and pray.

Conclusion

This ground-breaking new end-time Bible prophecy study guide has spoken to you, as Jesus often did, in parables, that seeing you may see and not believe, and hearing you may hear and not understand. When accepted at face value the knowledge contained in these pages intellectually overthrows the entire gamut of modern liberal theology at a stroke, and shakes our post-modern secular political philosophy to its core. Such a logical, rational solution to the eschatological dilemma of the failure of imminence, in regard to the historical return of Jesus Christ, as is offered here, must of necessity, then, provide the ideational foundation for a major reformation of fundamental Christianity in modern times. He that can receive it, let him receive it.

The Summarized Biblical Alternative
to Modern Scofield Darbyism

Scofield Darbyism: Future Antichrist is the covenant-maker of Daniel’s 70th week. Biblical Alternative: Jesus the Messiah is the divinely-intended person involved.

Scofield Darbyism: Daniel’s 70th week is some yet future seven year great tribulation period that begins when Antichrist orchestrates a peace deal in the Middle East. Biblical Alternative: Daniel’s 70th week is the whole Christian dispensation, or the messianic kingdom age that began on the Day of Pentecost and extends forward though time to the last judgment.

Scofield Darbyism: Jesus postponed his messianic kingdom to the Jews at the end of the first 69 weeks of Daniel’s prophecy of the 70 weeks. Biblical Alternative: God introduced His messianic kingdom of redemption on earth among the Jews at Jesus’ birth. The Incarnation of the Eternal Word of God, the Messiah, marked the end of Daniel’s first 69 weeks.

Scofield Darbyism: Jesus is coming back to set up His kingdom and reign on earth for 1,000 years. Biblical Alternative: Jesus set up His promised Messianic kingdom of redemption at the time of His First Advent. That kingdom is salvation: righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit. He is coming back to resurrect all the dead, transform the living, and judge everybody according to their works.

Scofield Darbyism: God has two separate plans for two separate peoples: one plan for the Church and another plan for national Israel. Biblical Alternative: God has only one plan for all people, which is that all should be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth--now!

Scofield Darbyism: The Jews are God’s chosen people with the unconditional promise of the land of Palestine forever granted to them. Biblical Alternative: The Church of Jesus Christ is the one and only true people of God with the inheritance of eternal life promised to them alone. Jesus owns the Land of Palestine, as He does the whole world. And He forbids true Israel now, as He did Abraham so long ago, to fight over land. Abraham looked for a Heavenly City, the new Jerusalem. True Israel still does the same.

Scofield Darbyism: Jesus could come at any moment to rapture the Church before the tribulation period. Biblical Alternative: Jesus will come for the saved after the great apostasy, and in conjunction with the apocalyptic fall of Mystery Babylon--that is, on the last day, and at the last trump sounding.

Scofield Darbyism: In the last days the world will come together under one-world government leader called the Antichrist. Biblical Alternative: At the end of time the spirit of antichrist will cause the world to be sharply divided and fall radically apart.

Scofield Darbyism: A Jewish temple must be rebuilt in order to fulfill end-time prophecy. Biblical Alternative: The bodies of Christians indwelt by the Spirit are now the only legitimate temple of God.

Footnotes

1 Jack Finegan, Light From The Ancient Past (Princeton, 1948), p.196.

2 Herman Ridderbos, The Coming of the Kingdom (Philadelphia: The Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing Co., 1962), p.201.

3 John Wesley, Commentary on the Bible (Grand Rapids: Francis Asbury Press, 1990), p. 369.

4 Sir Robert Anderson, The Coming Prince (Grand Rapids: Kregel Publications, 1975), pp. 53-54.

5 John Chrysostom, “Homilies on Thessalonians,” in A Select Library of the Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers of the Christian Church, 15 vols., ed. Philip Schaff (Grand Rapids: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1956), 13:389.

6 Lactantius, “The Divine Institutes,” in The Anti-Nicene Fathers, 10 vols., eds. Alexander Roberts and Jacob Donaldson, chron. arranged with notes and elucidations by A. Cleveland Cox (Edenburg: n.d.); reprint ed., Grand Rapids: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, n.d.), 7:212.

7 Wilhelm Bousset, The Antichrist Legend: A Chapter in Christian and Jewish Folklore (London: Hutchinson and Co., 1896), pp. 26-27.

8 Gary Cutler, The Seventy Weeks: Sir Robert Anderson’s Private Interpretation Refuted (Mt. Erie, Illinois: Wesleyan Renewal Advent Publications, 1992), pp. 17-34.

9 From the Holy Spirit, as promised of His ministry to the Christian in John 16:13: “Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak:and he will show you things to come.”

10 Daniel Steele, A Substitute for Holiness, or Antinomianism Revived: The Theology of the So-Called Plymouth Brethren Examined and Refuted, reprint ed. (Salem, Ohio, Schmul Publishing Company, 2003).

11 H. Ray Dunning, Grace, Faith & Holiness: A Wesleyan Systematic Theology (Kansas City: Beacon Hill Press, 1988), p. 585.

12 John Wesley, The Works of John Wesley, 14 vols., reprint ed. (Grand Rapids: Zondervan Publishing Company, n.d.), 5:314.

13 Everett I. Carver, When Jesus Comes Again (Philipsburg, New Jersey: Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing Company, 1979), pp.198-199.

14 “The challenge we face in regard to biblical teaching on end-time prophecy is that should not allow ourselves to become so locked into our preconceived theories that we are no longer open to the possibility of any new insight every coming along.” This statement is attributed to the late Dr. David Smith, professor of religious studies at Indian Wesleyan University, Marion, Indiana, 1982.

15 John Bright, A History of Israel, 3rd ed. (London: SCM press, 1982), p. 462. See also John B. Noss, Man’s Religions, 6th ed. (New York: Macmillan Publishing Co., 1980), pp. 396-397.

16 Ben Weider, “Napoleon and the Jews,” The Journal of the International Napoleonic Society, Vol. 1, No. 2, December 1998.

17 Walter Laqueur, A History of Zionism from the French Revolution to the Establishment of the State of Israel (New York: MJF Books, 1972).

18 The Holy Spirit, Ibid.

19 The Holy Spirit, Ibid.

20 The Holy Spirit, Ibid.

 

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