ALL DATES HAVE COME AND GONE

A clue to God’s prophetic timetable According to Daniel 9, all end time events begin with what may seem an insignificant “peace” treaty. This treaty will reinstitute sacrifice on the temple mount in Jerusalem.

With the stroke of a pen the world will enter into a time of upheaval called the Tribulation, or Jacob’s Trouble. Despite the debate among Christians as to whether the whole seven year period of Daniel’s 70th Week is the Tribulation, or only the final half of the seven years, the time of God’s Wrath, should be called the Tribulation/Jacob’s Trouble, this webpage will use Tribulation to refer to the whole seven year period .

In the vast cosmos with all its billions of stars and untold myriads of worlds, Earth will be center stage as God declares judgment upon not only man, but all the rebel angels as well. Isn’t it egotistical of mankind to assume that planet Earth is the center of the universe…that our small planet is the center of attention for all of God’s creation? Why is the earth so significant? It is the very world God Himself ransomed on a cross in Jerusalem almost 2000 years ago.

Satan realizes that Israel’s existance means that “end time” prophecy is nearing fulfillment. The signing of a treaty which allows for sacrifice to resume in Jerusalem will set into motion the last efforts of Satan to “be like the most high”.

Many have discounted prophetic expectations relating to the return of Christ, claiming that warnings of an apocalypse occur at every change of century and/or millennium. This is ridiculous in light of the actual prophecy contained in the Bible. It was not valid to expect the Tribulation to occur in the year 1000, or any year between 70AD to 1948. The State of Israel did not exist. The prophecy of Daniel concerning the regular Jewish sacrifice can’t be fulfilled in any place but Jerusalem, on the temple mount. End time prophecy simply could not have been fulfilled prior to THIS GENERATION.

In Israel, preparations have already been made for the prophetic rebuilding of a Jewish temple, which has not existed for 1,926 years. Israel and the United Nations are planning a celebration in 1998 to commemorate Israel’s 50th anniversary, (Israel’s declaration as a nation was May 14th 1948). This anniversary should serve as a reminder of the religious celebration that was to take place in ancient Israel every 50 years, called the Jubilee. Scripturally, the Jubilee year was to begin on the 50th year, 49 years of 360 days after entering into the land God gave Israel. The anniversary of Israel becoming a nation is not an actual Jubilee. Judaism counts the cycle of 50 years continually from the crossing of the Jordan river into Canaan by Joshua in 1451 B.C. (Joshua 4:19) to the present day. The next Jubilee will not officially occur until the year 2000. But.. . .

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Israel had remained mostly desolate from 70 AD, to 1948. If one remembers God’s command,” When you come into the land that I give you, then shall the land keep a Sabbath unto the Lord,”a treaty instituting restoration of the temple sacrifice in the year of a celebration of restoration of Israel as a nation, in 1997, is highly significant. (Leviticus 25:8-55 NIV) “Count off seven Sabbaths of years–seven times seven years– so that the seven Sabbaths of years amount to a period of forty-nine years. Then have the trumpet sounded everywhere on the tenth day of the seventh month on the Day of Atonement sound the trumpet throughout your land. Consecrate the fiftieth year and proclaim liberty throughout the land to all its inhabitants. It shall be a jubilee for you; each one of you is to return to his family property The 50th prophetic year (of 360 days) would begin with the Jewish Religious New Year in Nisan/April 1997.

If this symbolic Jubilee were recognized, an actual declaration of a Jubilee would have to be declared 6 months later, according to Mosaic law, at the feast of Atonement, Tishri 10, (around October), in the year 1997. This symbolic Jubilee might not be recognized by religious Jews after all, but the secular Jews will surely celebrate in some way the Civil New Year in Tishri/Fall ’97–the year on the Jewish calendar which will be the 50th anniversary of Israel’s nationhood. As Israel nears this symbolic Jubilee, and the actual Grand Jubilee of the year 2000 (hyped as a big deal by even the Pope), expectations for something to occur are running high.

Look at the connotations behind the use of the term “Jubilee”. Mosaic law of the Jubilee commands cancelation of all debts, freedom for all slaves and return of property, loaned or sold, to its original owner in Israel. The most coveted and contested property in all Israel is the temple mount. In 1967 at the victorious culmination of the 6 day war, Israel captured the temple mount. For the first time in over 2,300 years, Israel again had control of the holiest site in Judaism. Despite Israel’s incredible victory of the 6 day war and their miraculous recovery of the land where the first and second temple once stood, the Israeli government turned over authority of the temple mount to the Moslems.

Will they always control it? The prophet Daniel is specific about the future of the temple mount in Jerusalem. And he shall confirm a covenant with many for one week (7 yrs) and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the offering to cease: and on a corner of the alter desolating abominations even until the end. With the Jubilee provision of returning land sold or lent to its original owners, the government of Israel could again lay claim to the temple mount. It may be that the Moslems will agree to return the temple mount to Israel, in return for some great compromise on the part of the Jews, of course.

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Some groups among religious Jews believe that the messiah himself will miraculously come and build a new temple in Jerusalem. However, the Bible points out that men will build the temple, and messiah will come soon after. Adherents to the former view are vulnerable to the lies of a false messiah. When the Antichrist makes possible the miraculous restoration of sacrifice on the temple mount, many in Israel, and the world, will view this as evidence that he is the long awaited messiah. Without faith in Jesus, many will be blinded to the facts and timing of prophecy. Israel’s 50th anniversary will occur exactly 3 and 1/2 years before the true 70th Jubilee in the year 2000.

According to the Bible, the tribulation will last 7 years. At it’s mid-point, exactly 3 and 1/2 years from it’s beginning, the Antichrist will break the treaty he signed with the Jews and move into the temple in Jerusalem. After this event, the great tribulation begins, referred by Joel the prophet as the time of Jacob’s trouble. Whether or not 1997 proves to be the significant year Daniel’s treaty is signed, the events of the end times will happen in precise order to God’s set times. These set times were taught to the Israelites as they sojourned in the Sinai desert during the Biblical exodus. They are the feast days of Israel.

( Note: I don’t quite feel so strongly that the Biblical record should be taken absolutely literally. God is not bound by what man has written…)

Dr Byron Weeks

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