Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Seven Years to the Day (Part 3) - The Seventh Week of Daniel

As we read in Seven Years to the Day (Part 2), Almighty God has determined 70 Weeks or 490 years for the nation of Israel: 1) To finish the transgression; 2) To make an end of sins; 3) To make reconciliation (atonement) for iniquity. These events have been fulfilled. The remaining events which will be fulfilled in the the last week of the 70 will be; 4) To bring in everlasting righteousness; 5) To seal up the vision and prophecy; and 6) To anoint the most holy place (Daniel 9:24).

This last week of 7 years (the 70th Week of Daniel) is also called the Great Tribulation Period, the Age of Lawlessness, the Day of Wrath, and the Time of Jacob’s Trouble. Each and all of these titles do not suggest pleasant things to come. As a matter of fact, this Last Week of Daniel's 70 will be the most horrific episode ever experienced in the world since time began. Jesus said, For in those days shall be affliction, such as was not from the beginning of the creation which God created unto this time, neither shall be (Mark 13:19).

Think of how terrible The First World War was. Think about how exceedingly horrible The Second World War was. Think of the great famines, plagues, earthquakes and pestilences that have happened in earth’s history, with all their millions of casualties and devastating effects. All these events will pale in comparison to this brief time period of 7 years. Jesus said, "And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved [delivered]: but for the elect’s sake [Israel] those days shall be shortened" (Matthew 24:22). All humanity would be wiped out if Almighty God did not intervene and shorten this time. Today, we have reached a global epidemic as never seen before. Billions today reject the Word of God and the reality of their Creator. Today false and counterfeit systems of unreality and delusion dominate the philosophy and ideologies of billions. The inhabitants of the earth have violated the natural moral boundaries, and the consequences thereof have risen to a head. In this Last Week of Daniel, Almighty God cuts the leash of restraint and says, “Go ahead and do what you want!” (a paraphrase of 2 Thessalonians 2:5-7). Like a drunken, raging maniac the inhabitants of the world will hurdle to their own doom and ruin.

After the Rapture of the Church (1 Thessalonians 4:15-17), the beginning of this last prophetic week will commence with the "Confirming of the Covenant" (Daniel 9:27) between Israel and their enemies. The Anti-Christ or that Man of Sin (see 2 Thessalonians 2:3), will then be identified by his confirming (i.e., strengthening) of this covenant (i.e., agreement or treaty). Once this Covenant is signed, the Prophetic Clock of Israel will begin to tick again after 2000 years or so of being stopped. It is from this point that one can count seven years to the day (i.e., 2520 days in lunar years) for Christ to return to earth, destroy His enemies, and establish His Kingdom (see Revelation 19:11-21, 20:1-6). During this seven-year period God will be preparing His chosen people Israel for His soon coming and Kingdom reign.

The next prophetic event to occur will be the "Breaking of this Treaty" in the middle of the 7-year “week.” This is called in scripture “The Abomination of Desolation” (Matt 24:15; Mark 13:14-15). It is at this time (i.e., after 3 ½ years) that the Anti-Christ will set up his totalitarian state, initiate a global monetary takeover called the Mark of the Beast (Rev 13:16-18), and seek to establish himself as Almighty God (2 Thessalonians 2:3-4)! Then with insane, zealous fury will he go after God’s chosen people in the attempt to eradicate the nation of Israel (Revelation 12:12-17) before Christ's Kingdom can be established. The persecution of Jews under the Nazi regime will absolutely pale in comparison to this event. Millions upon millions of Jews will be wiped out (Zechariah 13:8-9). So catastrophically cataclysmic, so terribly devastating and awesomely horrible is this time that few will be left alive (Isaiah 24:17-21; Revelation 6:12-17, 16:18-21). From the time the Abomination of Desolation is set up to the return of Jesus Christ is exactly 1260 days or three and a half years. These last 3 ½ years are called the Great Tribulation (Isaiah 13:9-13)!

The Word of God gives much insight and information for this brief time period. God's Word has been preparing and warning humanity about this time since man’s fall some 6000 years ago. What is astounding is that Almighty God reaches out extensively to humanity during this time by miracles, revelation, preaching, prophecy, etc., yet humanity still refuses and rejects God's grace and love. They would rather die in their sins than believe and repent and be delivered from their fallen state. They would rather face the wrath of God and eternity in God's Hell than receive the love of God. The Bible says,

The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? I the LORD search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings (Jeremiah 17:9-10).

And the rest of the men which were not killed by these plagues yet repented not of the works of their hands, that they should not worship devils, and idols of gold, and silver, and brass, and stone, and of wood: which neither can see, nor hear, nor walk: Neither repented they of their murders, nor of their sorceries, nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts (Rev 9:20-21).

And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness (2 Thessalonians 2:10-12).

It is God's absolute desire that no one should perish (eternally). Man was created to enjoy God in the beauty of righteousness, and for God to enjoy man. God has no pleasure in the death of the wicked (Ezekiel 18:23,32). God's great love is found in the Person of His Son Jesus Christ!

The Bible states, For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved (John 3:16-17).

God cares. He knows. He wants only the highest and best for humanity - which includes you! What can (and does) Almighty God do when a rebellious world and creation rejects and violates the eternal absolutes and laws of their Creator? There is only one solution left, and that is Judgment. Do you know The Lord Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior? Put your trust in Him today. Repent and ask God's Son Jesus Christ into your heart. He wants to save you! He will forgive all your trespasses (sins) and give you eternal life! Trust in Him today!

This has been just a brief study in the prophetic day coming up ahead. Even so come Lord Jesus!
A list of ordered events that will transpire during the 7-Year Tribulation period:

1. The Covenant is Confirmed to commence this 7-year period (Daniel 9:27). Christ's Return; Seven years or 2520 days to the day!
2. God's Two Witnesses testify to the world their message of repentance (turning from sin), salvation (restoration of perfect fellowship with God) and the soon coming of Christ’s Kingdom
on earth (Revelation 11:3-12).

3. Great Wars, Pestilence, Famine and Death occur on an unprecedented, global level (Rev. 6).

4. The death and resuscitation of the Anti-Christ, The Man from Europe (Daniel 9:26, Rev. 13:3, 17:8).

5. The Abomination of Desolation takes place and the Breaking of the Treaty (Matthew 24:15, Mark 13:14-15, 2 Thes. 2:3-5, Rev. 13:4). Christ's Return; Three and a half years or 1260 days to the Date!
6. Jerusalem is occupied by the Anti-Christ and his armies (Zech. 12:2-3,14:2, Rev. 11:2 ).

7. Jews must flee for their lives (Matt 24:16-21, Mark 13:14-19, Rev. 12:6,14).

8. All religious systems and philosophies are eliminated (Rev. 17:15-17) and replaced with the worship of the totalitarian global-state of the Anti-Christ and Lucifer (Rev. 13:4).

9. 144,000 Jewish believers go into the whole world and preach the Kingdom of God (Matt 24:14, Rev. 7:1-8, 14:1-5).

10. Multitudes are martyred for their belief and faith in The Messiah of Israel (Rev. 7:9-17, 12:11, 14:13).

11. Two thirds of Israel are wiped out by the persecution of the Anti-Christ (Zech. 13:2, Rev. 12:13,17).

12. The Battle of Armageddon occurs (Rev. 14:14-20, 16:16, 19:11-20, Zech. 14:1-4).

13. All "remaining" Israel will be Saved! (Zech 12:9-14, Romans 11:26,27).

14. Christ makes His glorious return to earth to destroy the armies of Anti-Christ and to deliver Israel from annihilation (Matt. 26:63-64, Rev. 1:7, 19:11, Isaiah 63:1-6 Zech 14:1-15). The Seven Years or 2520 days are fulfilled.
15. The earth’s unsaved inhabitants of earth are judged and removed and The Millennial Kingdom of Christ is established in Jerusalem (Matt. 24:37-41, 25:31-46). 75 Days after Christ's Return (Daniel 12:11,12).
16. Christ rules and reigns from His throne in Jerusalem for 1000 years! (Rev 20:4, Isaiah 11:1-9, Ezekiel 43:1-7, Zechariah 14: 16-21).

If you are one of the countless people that are left behind in that day coming up, may you not be one of the multitudes that reject the reality and revelation that is given to you by Almighty God. Christ said, Behold I come as a thief! (2 Peter 3:10, Rev 3:3 16:15). May His Glorious Second Coming catch you not oblivious in that day.

Click on the Chart link to view a brief detailed chart of this study and an outline of the Tribulation Period.

Chart Link

The Kingdom of heaven is at hand!


Part 1 Seven Years To The Day
Part 2 Seven Years To The Day

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