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All verses quoted will come from the Authorized King James Bible. We will continue to make every effort to aid all who are searching for the truth of Jesus Christ our Savior.

You may find the Greek Dictionary helpful in your studies, see left hand column.

 

Joe Biden, I would like to take one minute of your time and congratulate you on the first two years of your Presidency. Of course, we all know food prices have doubled and gas prices have gone up about 70%. What else have your policies created? let’s begin with difficult times for millions of us, especially the elderly on fixed incomes; schools are out of control; judges are out of control; violent crime is out of control, neighborhoods are out of control, drugs are out of control, illegal immigration is out of control, spending is out of control, Politicians are out of control and because of ski-rocketing cost, even the average homes is on the ragged edge. But I do want to thank you for doing your best, but it appears your best falls short by miles and miles. 

 

Hillary Clinton the overrated first woman President Wanna-Be said, “Donald Trump can be compared to Adolph Hitler.” Hmmmm! The prophetess of Doom has spoken. As far as her abortion stance, hmmmmm, “Bloody Mary.” Those who follow her, “The priests’ priestesses of the god Baal.” Her altar, “Herself!”  

 

Food for thought.

In 1973 a movie came out called Soylent Green, it stared Charlton Heston and Edward G. Robinson. In the movie there was a world-wide food shortage, so the government decided to fix the problem.

“What did they do?”

“Glad you asked.”

A government owned company, probably owned by Democrat’s began processing human bodies into food, then fed the finished product to the public. They were converting human remains into small green biscuits, but no one in the movie said if the biscuits tasted good or not!  

Headlines, September 21: Governor Gavin Newsom, Mr. sicko of California has just signed a bill to legalize the processing of human remains into compost.  Beginning in 2027, human composting, or natural organic reduction, will be another option for individuals who want a different method to honor (HONOR, HA!) their remains after death.”

Notice how these Barbarians soften the idea of “converting human remains into compost” identifying it as “Natural organic reduction.” Processing human remains into compost would be much to harsh for the public’s delicate ears, so let’s call it “natural organic reduction.” Sort of the way they softened the “killing of the unborn,” into “women’s choice” and homosexuality into “gay movement.”

I’m 85 years old; I’ve seen and heard a lot of the sick things in my life; this one takes the cake. Newsom and his people would have had a field day in Nazi Germany where hundreds even thousands of bodies were stacked one on top of another. Each bag of “organic human bodies” would put new tax dollars into their coffers. Don’t think people like Newsom are going to stop at processing human bodies into compost, it won’t! You do understand what the word genocide means? Christians will be this pagan cult burnt offing to their god. 

Here’s my warning to the Christian community, you had better get off your dead A— and start getting these people out of public office, if you don’t, you, your family and friends may become the next bag of fertilizer or the next box of Soylent Green biscuits.

Don’t laugh, the LGBTQ with many other well-funded left wing, Christian hating organizations have targeted the Christian community. Christians are the only thing standing between them and their totally insane and depraved ideas.

 

Have you considered the Environment?

As I was walking down the street, I saw a young lady and an elderly woman talking on the corner. I heard the young lady sarcastically ask the elderly woman, “did your generation ever give any consideration to the environment?

The woman said, “No!” The young twerp replied, “if you had, the environment wouldn’t be in the condition it’s in today.”

Personally, I thought young girl’s question and reply were rude and disrespectful. But her question did bring back memories of my younger days.

Grocery stores used paper bags for groceries, not plastic ones that you can see flying down the street when the wind blows or hanging on shrubs along the road. Local governments are burdened with the cost of cleaning up these messes. Mountains of plastic bags, bottles, old tires and Styrofoam products that litter our streets, highways, rivers and lakes; and let’s not forget the disposal problems they have created. 

The elderly woman apologized because she had no response for the young lady. But the little twerp had one more thing to say to her; “We have a huge environmental problem today, and old people like you have caused it. Why?  because your generation never gave any thought to the environment”

This young girl seemed to be playing peek-a-boo with her own conscience, and like any left-wing Democrat was about to prove the law of limited thinking. Besides, it appeared she was suffering from a guilty conscience.

Her last comment seemed to upset the elderly woman. The lady told her about the glass milk and pop bottles that she would purchase at the local grocery store. After the bottles were empty, they were sent back to the plant to be washed, sterilized and refilled. The same bottles were recycled over and over again. This must have been the first recycling of glass in history.

But the young lady was right; we older folks never did give much thought to the environment.

When we were at a department store or in an office building, people walked up and down stairs, because there were no escalators, or elevators. Everywhere we went, we walked, unlike today young kids who jump in their 350-horse powered automobile just to travel two blocks.

On weekends we hiked through the woods, brought picnic basket filled with food and drinks. Today, gas burning four wheelers chew up the terrain, and the young kids driving them and those accompanying them litter the area wherever they stop. Fields of grass crushed down by these vehicles, Beer bottles, Styrofoam cups, plastic spoons, forks, and paper plates litter our woods and mountain trails. But she was right; us old timers never gave the environment any thought. 

Mothers washed their children’s diapers and clothes by hand, because few owned a washing machine. Today, our dumps are filled with throw-away diapers. After cloths were washed, they were hung out to dry on cloths lines. No-one owned expensive energy gobbling dryer, like those connected to a 220 line, burning up energy like a hungry dog eating its favorite snacks. 

Oh yes, and I do remember the clothesline having shirts, trousers and dresses all blowing in the breeze, drying them with the warm sun. I guess this was the first wind and solar powered ideas used by us old timers to dry our clothes.

Our children were given hand-me-down clothes most coming from older brothers, sisters, cousins, and friends. We were not spoiled, demanding new ones for every occasion. When I was young, I owned a pair of rubber and canvas sneakers for three years, their cost, $2.00. The only reason I had to get rid of them, I couldn’t get my feet into them anymore. Today when you look up, you will see a pair of good sneakers or shoes, shoelaces tied, hanging from either a tree or power pole.

But that young lady was right; we never gave any thought to the environment!

In the old days, we had one TV; and for many of us, no TV; only a radio. For sure, no-one had a T.V. in every room.  Anyone lucky enough to own a T.V., had a very small screen, one the size of a six, by six-inch folded piece of paper, but definitely not one the size of an interior door burnig up energy. How many channels? Maybe three or four, and most programing was for 8 or 10 hours, then the stations closed down for the night.   

I remember my mother stirring food by hand because electric appliances were for the rich only. When mailing glass ware, or other breakable items, we packaged them in old newspaper to cushion them, not Styrofoam or plastic bubble wrap that can be seen piled high along the roadside, or floating on the surface of a stream, or littering the side of a river or lake.  

But the young lady was right; we old timers never gave much thought to the environment.  

We used to push our lawn mowers, unlike today’s generation that ride gasoline powered, self-propelled, leaf bagging, self-mulching, self-catching, self-dumping mower, the only thing they don’t do is self-park.

In the old days all we had were push mowers and our fathers would have to hand-filed the blades when they became dull. 

For exercise, we worked hard! Most people in our society were slim, unlike today health spas that are filled with over-weight people. And companies like weightwatchers are doing a thriving business.

Treadmills, rowing machines, trampolines, or some other complex energy guzzling machine being used to slim down an overweight society; every machine wasting precious electricity. 

Speaking of companies like weigh-watcher, they package, then ship their products to millions of homes, and each box shipped has plastic bubble wrap to protect the product in shipping. Let’s not forget the trucks that burn fuel to deliver these products to people who eat too much in the first place.  

But the young lady was right, we old timers never had to give any thought to the environment!

If out shopping and when thirsty, we drank from fountains instead of drinking water packaged in plastic throw away bottles. 

Our writing pens were refillable, instead of having to purchase new pens every time the old ones ran dry. Men used straight razors to shave with, each man having a leather strap to sharpen the blade when it became dull.

Today we throw away razors as soon as they become dull. Billions of plastic bottles, pens, and razors fill our dumps. 

But we old people never did consider the environment back then!

In the old days, if we didn’t walk, we rode our bikes, but never did we turn our parents into a taxi service. In every home today, how many electric outlets do you see in a room? usually two or three on every wall.  In the old days, we had one electrical outlet in each room, not an entire bank of them powering a dozen appliances.

We walked to the nearest school, local bank, barber shop, hairdresser and grocery store for bread, milk or other necessities. On weekends we went to our local theater to watch the latest movie. Every Sunday morning, we walked to our local churches as a family to worship.

But isn’t it sad how this current generation laments, and complains about us old timers who never gave the environment any thought; yet they refuse to look into a mirror at themselves and examine their own lifestyle?

Go into any big Democratic run city and take a close look at their alleys and streets. They’re filled with homeless people, broken bottles, cardboard boxes, aluminum cans needles, syringes and even human waste. Burned out or abandoned buildings line the streets, old couches, recliners, refrigerators, washers, dryers and stoves are piled in huge heaps.

Private Jets, private boats, cruise ships three football fields long, aircraft zigzagging across the oceans, filling both air and water with toxic gases and pollutants. The youth of today are far more responsible for littering and polluting the environment then ten older people ever were.

For most of those who preach to others about a clean environment, there lies nestled between their words, a mountain of trash!

Phillip LaSpino 

 

My comment: They had a photo of the VPes house in the background. I would estimate it to be a least 6000 sq. feet and looks as if 40 migrants could be set up comfortably in it, their used to sleeping 3 or more in one room. If a reporter should ever ask Harris about that, my guess her comment would go something like this, “I believe they will feel more at home sleeping in the streets, they’re not used to clean sheets,”  

 

Headline today, September 19th: In 1960, two out of every 100 births to white mothers were illegitimate: In 1990, 21 births out of every 100 were illegitimate: Today, 30 out of every 100 births to white women are illegitimate. Hmmm!

Today, 3 out of every 4 children born to African American mothers are born out of wedlock. Now think about that, 75 of every 100 babies born in this so-called Christian nation are born out of wedlock. Last year, 1.6 million live births were to unmarried women. Startling, Isn’t it?  

This year nearly 2 million illegal immigrants have crossed our border. I read this morning, a few of them were complaining because the bus trip from Florida to Martha’s Vineyard was uncomfortable for them. Wow! talk about ingratitude; I’ve never been offered a free bus ride anywhere, how about you? I’ve been thinking, if we rid ourselves of every politician in this country, I believe America would be far better off. 90% of them are nothing but a bunch of sneaking, lying, corrupt overeducated, overpaid thieves, and that number will most likely jump to 92% by next year. 

 

The following article is long; it concerns Daniel’s prophesies found in Chapters nine and twelve and the prophesies of Hosea. What I have attempted to do is establish a solid foundation upon which the prophesies fall into place naturally, and not have to be forced it. Concerning dates, I have used every precaution to establish the correct historical dates. 

We will begin in the year 606 B.C. when Nebuchadnezzar with his father co-ruled the Babylonian empire. It was the year Daniel the prophet and others were taken from their home in Israel to Babylon. In 605 B.C. the father dies, and Nebuchadnezzar is left sole ruler over the empire.  

The resurrection power and foreknowledge of God is the focus, the fulcrum and hub upon which all things rest and upon which all things turn, including time itself.

Again, I will attempt to lay a strong foundation before I get to the actual prophesies.

Time:

There were different systems among the ancient peoples to demarcate time, some by the solar calendars, others lunar. At the time of Jesus there was a lunar year, or 354 days. But the lunar year has the serious disadvantage of being some 11 days behind the solar year, which quickly causes a discrepancy between the months and the seasons. So, the differences had to be “caught up,” otherwise what was to be declared the summer months would eventually have opened in mid-winter.

Today we use the Gregorian calendar which had its beginning in 1592 A.D. It has been designed to reflect the duration of a solar year as accurately as possible. The solar year is approximately 365.242189 days long on average. The length of a year is defined by the time it takes the earth to complete a full orbit around the Sun. And because a common year has 365 days, a leap day is regularly added to bring it into sync with the solar year.

What’s important is, it’s the LORD who establishes the cycles of years and seasons. He controls history, declares kings, nations and empires,

Daniel 2:21, “And he (God) changes the times and the seasons: he removes kings and sets up kings:”

Now the question concerning Bible prophesy; “which of the calendar years are we to use when calculating end time prophesy?” If it’s one of Daniel’s prophesies, do we use the form of time keeping the Babylonians and Persians used?

Or do we reconcile time as it was in Jesus’ lifetime? Or because it concerns “End time” prophesies, are we to use today’s method for keeping time? Personally, because the LORD knows all things from beginning to end, the way we calculate time today would not have caught Him by surprise, therefore I believe the later would be correct. Therefore, all my calculations, both past, present and future will be based upon today’s keeping of time.

Concerning God, time and man there is another consideration that must be included in our calculations.

Scriptures tell us, Psalm 90:4, “For a thousand years in your (God’s) sight are but as yesterday when it is past, and as a watch in the night.”

2 Peter 3:8, “that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.”

God sees all things from the beginning to the end, because there is nothing to make the LORD either hurry or delay the end. The LORD’S eternal-ages differ completely from our ways of keeping time, and certainly, He is not regulated by heavenly bodies.              

Hosea: Following is a good example of the above; we read in Hosea 6:2, “After two days will he (the LORD) revive us: in the third day he will raise us up,” If one would consider the context, there is no way a day here can mean a literal 24-hour day.

Now let’s apply Psalms 90:4, and 2 Peter 3:8 to Hosea’s prophesy of 2 days followed by a third day? some may say this verse has nothing to do with end time prophesy, but I say, “it does.” Hosea 5:15 holds the key to understanding Hosea 6:2.

The LORD said, “I will go and return to my place, till they (the Jews) acknowledge (confess) their offense and seek my face: in their affliction they will seek me early (meaning diligently).

So, the question is, when did the Lord return to his place in heaven? In the days of Hosea to this very day, God has been displeased with the Jews; and so he said, he would return to the place from which he came; that place? heaven.

The Lord Jesus came to us from above, Ephesians 4:10, “He (Jesus) that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens,”

After 33 ½ years here on earth, he would return to his place in heaven, Jesus said in John 16:16, “I go to the Father.” He went because his work here on earth was finished, and so was the nation of Israel.

Acts 1:9, “And when he (Jesus) had spoken these things, while they (his disciples) beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud (of angels) received him out of their sight.”

Colossians 3:1, “seek these things which are above, where Christ sits on the right hand of God (His Father).”

It appears Hosea was speaking of the Lord Jesus returning to his place in heaven and sitting at the right hand of His Father.   

Question, “Will the Jews ever seek the face of the Lord Jesus again?” Yes! it will be in the days of Jacob’s trouble, speaking of the great tribulation. For 3 ½ years the Jews will be confronted with a formidable foe, the antichrist. Antichrist will make the Jews an offer; receive my mark and live or reject my mark and die.

There will be a small remanent of Jews who will reject the antichrist’s mark of 666. Making that decision, they will have brought upon themselves a death sentence. In their affliction, they “will seek (His) face;” meaning they will earnestly seek him, but they will be beheaded. The good news, they will be raised up again to be with the Lord.

Revelation 20:4, for those who “had not worshiped the beast, neither received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.”

Hosea 6:1, the LORD “has torn:”

The year, 70 A.D., the place Jerusalem; the Lord sends the Roman army under the command of Titus to fulfill His will. Over a million inhabitants of the city were killed, tens of thousands taken into captivity, Jerusalem destroyed, and Herod’s temple leveled to the ground. From that day forward, and for the past 2000 years, the Jews have suffered at the hands of the Gentile nations. And so, it can be said, “He has torn.”

But Hosea also wrote, the LORD will one day heal the Jews, and raise up for himself a nation that will live in His sight.

Zechariah 8:23, “Thus said the LORD of hosts; in these days it shall come to pass, that ten men shall take hold out of all languages of the (gentile) nations, even shall take hold of the skirt (sleeve) of him that is a Jew, saying, we will go with you: for we have heard that God is with you.”   

If the above is correct, Hosea is speaking of 2000 years (represented as two days) followed by a one-thousand-year period (it represented by one day).

It will be 2000 years in October of 2027 when the Lord was baptized and recognized as the Messiah.

It will be 2000 years in April of 2031 when the Lord will have been raised from the dead and then returned to his place in heaven. I believe these are very important clues to the possible return of the Lord. I will show how other prophesies support the above.

We have determined time is a necessary precondition for us because people, places and things change, and change is a sufficient condition to establish the passage of time, and at the end of all time, we will find the Lord.                                                                                  

Language of the Bible:

The second thing that must be examined closely is the language in which we find Daniel’s prophesies written. Daniel at an early age had been brought into captivity by the Babylonians in 606 B.C. He lived to be about 90 years of age under Persian rule; never to return to Israel.

In the book of Daniel from chapter 2 the fourth verse to chapter 8, Daniel wrote in the Chaldee dialect. And to the end of the book, he wrote in the ancient Hebrew language. The Chaldee dialect was also used by other writers, Ezra, 4:8, 6:18, 7:12-26, and in, Jeremiah 10:11.

Ancient Hebrew, also known as classical or Biblical Hebrew, differs noticeably from modern Hebrew. The differences are mainly in the areas of grammar, phonology, and vocabulary. With that said, certain words that Daniel uses may not mean exactly what we think they mean in today’s vernacular.

And because of these differences, certain words need to be examined closely in order to stay the course. There are words Daniel uses that are not found anywhere else in Scripture, so we need to pay close attention to their true meaning. We will examine a few later in the article.                                                         

The fall:

My understanding is, before the fall, Adam and Eve were to live forever with the LORD in paradise. But when they fell after taking from the forbidden tree, the two were cursed, as were all future generations. And so, the LORD “drove out the man.” I believe this is when time as we know and understand it began.

And so, Adam took that first step into the wilderness where the ground would yield its fruit within the thorns and thistles of the land, and where the beasts of the field hunted their pray and men became hunters of both beasts and man. It has been calculated by several notable chronologist that Adam’s departure from the garden occurred in October 23ed of 4004 B.C. This month and year will give a great deal of support to both Hosea and Daniel’s prophesies.                                        

 

Daniel’s prophesies concern long periods of time:

It must be clearly understood that Daniel’s prophesies beginning with Nebuchadnezzar’s dream until “the end of the days,” thus, they concern long periods of time. Nebuchadnezzar’s dream of an image of a man in Daniel 2 deals with the rise and fall of empires. From the head of gold to the feet and toes of iron and miry clay, some 2628 years have passed to this day; yet Nebuchadnezzar image stands.  

Note, in the King James Bible when Daniel interprets the meaning of the king’s image of a man, he mentions two types of clay. Daniel 2:34 speaks of a mixture of both, “iron and clay.” The Hebrew here refers to a potter’s clay, a usable clay mixed with the iron. These two elements form the legs and feet of the image. Potters clay is both strong and tough, whereas miry clay found in Daniel 2:43 is a dirty, muddy unusable form of clay.

And so, the nations of the world including Israel in these last days will be of no value to the Lord, as miry clay is to a potter. It will be a time when both the political and religious communities will be weakened by the filth of false religions and corrupt governments.

The number ten in scripture is viewed as a complete and perfect number. But in this case, the ten toes of the image may represent a perfect group of nations that will bow a knee to their god, the coming antichrist. These ten will bring us to the doorstep of the great tribulation.

Before the time of Jacob’s trouble, all men will have made their decision as to whom they will follow. It will be either the testimony of Jesus Christ, or that of the antichrist.

Jeremiah said of a corrupt Israel, Jeremiah 4, the whole earth, “is plundered:” — for the people are foolish, they have not known me: they are (stupid, meaning foolish) children, and they have no understanding: they are wise to do evil, but to do good they have no knowledge. I beheld the earth, and, lo, it was without form, and void: and the heavens, and they had no light.”

This brings to light the condition of the earth in Genesis 1:2, it being “without form, and void;” that is, until the LORD said, “Let there be light:”                                                                                 

Toes of iron and miry clay:

The nations of Italy, Britain, Spain, France and Germany, all once world powers having their roots in ancient Rome; but today their gasping for air. Most Arab nations have been built on the foundation of ancient Rome; some had developed into world powers, but as they grew in age, they began losing their balance and now stumble around like old men on weakened legs.  

Most all Middle Eastern nations have turned to the religion of Mohomet, no longer worshipping the God of their father’s Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. For you who are not familiar with religious history, the religion of Islam came along some 500 years after the death of Jesus Christ. Islam is not established on the Rock, Jesus Christ, but on the feet and toes of a man called Mohamed.  

The nations of Ethiopia, Turkey, Syria, Iraq, Sudan, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Jordan and Lebanon all once part of ancient Rome, all having had a taste of Christianity, but now overcome and intoxicated with a false religion. These false religious beliefs have driven them into a continual religious war with both Christians and Jews, a war they cannot win.  

America has been settled by many of the people of the above nations, and with them, they brought their religion and politics. Strange ways and strange beliefs, the words and phrases having been interwoven in with the word of God. Many of the Bibles on the market today have been intentionally corrupted, corrupted so they would agree with corrupt teachings.  

Daniel 2:43, speaks of feet and toes consisting of both an iron and miry clay compound. As stated above, miry clay is a dirty, muddy form of clay, it cannot be turned into a glasslike substance whereas, potters clay can. From the daily headlines we can see the world we live in has been weakened by this contaminated combination of elements.       

Nebuchadnezzar’s dream:

The LORD’S dream given to Nebuchadnezzar began with the Babylonian empire, the “head of gold.” Babylon would eventually be overthrown in 536 B.C. by the Medes and Persians. These two great powers would be overthrown by the Alexander the Great about 333 B.C. The Greeks would be overrun by the Romans and pushed back to their original boundaries in 64 B.C., and so ended the Seleucid Empire.

The Roman empire would be divided, East and West, it would also have a divided church. The Roman Catholic church in the west, and the Eastern, or Greek Orthodox church in the East. Eventually Rome would be suppressed by the barbarian tribes which came from Asia and Europe in the 5th century. The chiefs of these tribes were fascinated with the culture and lifestyle of the Romans so they adopted it, as well as the Christian religion. The more powerful and influential of these chiefs would support both financially and militarily the new upstart, the Roman Catholic church.  

In the 5th century, the church of Rome led by the Popes of Rome would hold all the cards, a Royal Flush! And so, the time came when kings bowed before the throne of the Popes.

From the Roman root came the nations of Italy, Germany, France, Spain, Portugal, Great Brittan and others. Diverse America has adopted much of the culture, politics and religions of the ancient world.

Today in the climate of Hollywood, the entertainment industry, the internet and so on, we are witnessing the spread and acceptance of nasty sexual thinking and perverse sexual behavior, the blasphemous sins of the ancient world. The results, millions, especially children are being indoctrinated in our public schools with this evil and spoiled with drugs and liquor.   

A warning from the Lord’s own mouth has been sent out for all to heed.  

Matthew 18:6-7, “Whosoever (shall cause to sin) one of these little ones which believe in me, it was better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.”

After examining all of Daniel’s prophesies as well as Hosea’s prophesy, it can be determined that long periods of time would have to pass, time measured in years and centuries, not days, weeks or months. Let me clarify, I am not speaking of the prophesies found in the book of Revelation, most do concern shorter periods of time.                                                                                            

Daniel’s prophesy, 9:24.  

The first prophesy we will examine is Daniel 9:24; we will then move on to verses 25-26-27. When finished, Daniel 12:11-12, and their connection with Hosea 5 and 6. Also that moment in time when Adam and Eve were evicted from the garden. We will have to establish certain key players who took part in fulfilling the prophesies. One more point; common sense and an open mind will help in this investigation.

Seventy years of captivity:

The Jews were to serve out a period of 70 years in captivity, Jeremiah 25:11, “And the whole land shall be a desolation, and an astonishment; and these nations shall serve the king of Babylon seventy years. And — when seventy years are accomplished, that I will punish the king of Babylon,”

When Daniel and others were taken captive by Nebuchadnezzar, the seventy years of captivity began, the year, 606 B.C. The seventy years ended in, 536 B.C. two years after Darius the Mede took the kingdom of Babylon from Belshazzar in 538 B.C.

After the fall of Babylon, we find Cyrus the Great, ruled the Mede and Persian empire from 559 to 539 B.C. During his reign as king, he had decreed the release of all Jews from their captivity. We find it in,

Ezra 1:2-3, “he (God) has charged me to build him a house at Jerusalem, which is in Judah. — let him (the Jews) go up to Jerusalem, which is in Judah, and build the house of the LORD God of Israel, (he is the God) which is in Jerusalem.”

Cyrus’s decree would include all 127 provinces under his rule, this would have included any and all Jews born of the ten Northern tribes. Any Jew who wished to return to Jerusalem could; the year, 536 B.C. God’s curse was now ended, the 70 years fulfilled.   

The first caravan back to the promised land was led by Zerubbabel. Those who returned with Zerubbabel were Jeshua, a grandson of the high-priest Jozadak, and ten of the principal elders, all having prepared themselves for the four-month long journey home. The number with them is estimated to have been 50,000, including 7,337 male and female servants. 

It is certain that a portion of the ten Northern tribes had returned with Zerubbabel, their history of later periods mentions them as settling in Galilee and Perea long before the time of Christ. At that time, many from the ten Northern tribes had connected themselves with the tribe of Judah, eventually losing the name of Israelites. From then forward, all 12 tribes have been indiscriminately designated as Jews.

Many of the Israelites from the ten Northern tribes had migrated South to Judea after being overrun by the Assyrians, this between the years, 721 and 719 B.C.

The cults teach that the ten Northern tribes are lost. Absolutely not! Read what the LORD had to say about that, Ezekiel 20:32-44.    

When the returning Jews began to work on the city and temple, their adversaries used every means to deter and discourage them. For many years to follow they gave the Jews a great deal of trouble in the rebuilding of the temple and Jerusalem. Why did they hinder the Jews?

The Samaritans offered to help the Jews rebuild, but were rejected, thus was laid the foundation of hatred between the two nations. The Samaritans were the colonists whom the Assyrian kings had planted in the land of Israel. The Samaritans intermarried with Jews who had remained in the land after the Assyrian captivity

And so, the work was suspended. Ezra 4:24, “Then ceased the work of the house of God (the temple) which is at Jerusalem. So, it ceased unto the second year of the reign of Darius king of Persia,” the year, 520 B.C.                                                                              

Darius:

Years later when Darius the Great searched the “house of rolls,” and found the rolls Cyrus his father had written, permitted the Jews to return to their land and begin rebuilding the house of God.

Prior to this, Darius had made immense preparations for renewing the war with Egypt and Greece. The fourth Egyptian revolt would cause Darius to divide his army, half to act against the Greeks, the other against Egypt. But just when preparations were completed, Darius died, the year 487 B.C.

As the rendezvous of the army in this expedition against Egypt were in the neighborhood of the territory of Israel, it is likely the Jews were obliged to participate in either its operation; or possibly they may have obtained an exemption from personal service on condition they would help supply Xerxes army with provisions.                                                                                                 

Xerxes:

Xerxes the Great came to the throne in 487 B.C., having succeeded in bringing Egypt under the Persian yoke. His resources had been taxed to the uttermost, so there is no reason to suppose the Jews were able to avoid contributing toward this vast undertaking.                                                                 

Queen Esther and Xerxes:

Esther was taken by Xerxes the Great who was also known as Ahasuerus as his wife and queen. She appears to have remained sitting on the throne after Xerxes son Artaxerxes Longimanus had been crowned king. There is no record of the year of the queen’s death.

We find Esther seated on the throne beside her (stepson) in Nehemiah 2:6, “And the king (Artaxerxes) said unto (Nehemiah), the queen also sitting by him,)”

Xerxes took Esther as his queen at a very young age, some 4 or 5 years after being crowned king. Let’s assume she was between 16 and 20 years of age. When the king died, Esther would have been about 35 years old. She would remain by her step-son Artaxerxes Longimanus side; how long is unknown. But the king did have another queen, Damaspia the mother of Xerxes 2ed. When the king died in 425 B.C., it’s said, she died.

Why is this information concerning Esther important? Queen Esther most likely had a great deal of influence with Xerxes, Esther 2:17, “And the king loved Esther above all the women, and she obtained grace and favor in his sight — so he sat the royal crown upon her head and made her queen —.”

After the king’s death, she most likely remained on the throne as queen in the reign of her stepson, Artaxerxes Longimanus.

She was to complete her ultimate mission for the LORD. That mission was to influence both Xerxes and Artaxerxes into letting the Jews return to Zion in order to rebuild the city and the temple, thus fulfilling all the ancient prophesies.

It would be no stretch to claim that Artaxerxes sympathy and consideration for the Jews probably had a great deal to do with the queen’s witness, her influence, loyalty and uprightness to both him and his father.   

Throughout the Old Testament, we can witness this pattern; a pattern in which the LORD knowingly would choose a woman to be instrumental in accomplishing his purposes: examples are, Sarah, Rebekah, Miriam, Deborah, Jael, and others.

Considering all the players, and the historical perspective, it would be easy to make the case that there was far more to Queen Esther’s mission than the initial saving of the Jews from the villain, Haman. Her obedience to the LORD laid a great deal of the framework for the eventual restoration of Jerusalem, the wall, street and Temple.                                                     

The crowning of a new king in the Persian empire:

An uncertain amount of time had to pass before Artaxerxes took the throne. It was on August 11th 465 B.C., his father Xerxes was assassinated by one of his ministers, Artabanus, the commander of the royal bodyguard and most powerful official in the Persian court.

After killing the king, Artabanus went to Artaxerxes and told him, “Your brother Darius murdered the king.” Artaxerxes then went and murdered his brother Darius. But later, when the truth was found out, he had Artabanus and his sons arrested and killed. It appears many months had passed after the death of his father Xerxes.   

As for the coronation, Artaxerxes was required to go to the ancient capital of Pasargadae for his coronation ceremony. Once there, he entered a temple to a warlike goddess whose name is unknown. He would remove his own robe and substitute it with the robe worn by Cyrus 1st at his crowning. These ceremonies would have taken time to prepare and complete.

Considering all the above, we can safely say Artaxerxes could not have been officially crowned king until late in the year 464 B.C.                                                                                                      

Ezra 4:6, “And in the reign of Ahasuerus (Xerxes), in the beginning of his reign, wrote they (the Samaritans) unto him an accusation against the inhabitants of Judah and Jerusalem.”

This written accusation by the Samaritans to Xerxes is not referred to anywhere else in Scripture. When his son Artaxerxes became aware of this document, he would confirm every particular his father had made concerning the Jews. See Josephus, Antiquities 9:4-8, 11, 5:1.

After several years had passed, Artaxerxes would receive a letter from the leaders of the Samaritans who wrote negatively to him concerning the Jews in Jerusalem. Here’s how the letter reads,

Ezra 4:12-13, “the Jews which came up from you to us are come into Jerusalem, building the rebellious and the bad city, and have set up the walls thereof, and joined the foundations. Be it know now unto the king, that, if this city be build, and the walls set up again, then will they not pay toll, tribute, and custom, and so you shall endamage the revenue of the king.”

And so, the Jews were stopped in their work by an order of the king, in consequence of this letter of complaint from the Samaritan officers, who described Jerusalem as, “a rebellious and bad city;” and also warned the king, if the city were to be rebuilt and fortified, the inhabitants would surely prove seditious as in former times and most likely cause trouble, and endanger the Persian dominion in that part of their kingdom.

The king would consult the ancient records and found the facts to be true. The king would then send a letter to the Samaritan chiefs to stop the work until further orders. The opposition of the Samaritans was remarkably well-timed, and hence, in all probability had its success.

The following date is of extreme importance in order to solve the mysteries hidden in Daniel’s prophesies. Now in the seventh year of Artaxerxes reign, 457 B.C., the king indicated his knowledge of the decrees made by both Cyrus and Darius years before.

He was therefore willing to enforce these decrees by authorizing “Ezra the priest, and a scribe of the Law of the God of Heaven” to return to Jerusalem “to beautify the house of Jehovah,” and to establish the ecclesiastical and civil institutions with greater firmness and order than they had already acquired.

Ezra 7:13, the king said, “I make a decree, that all they of the people of Israel, and of his priests and Levites, in my realm, which are minded of their own freewill to go up to Jerusalem, go with thee.” “To go up” not in altitude, but higher because Jerusalem belongs to the LORD.                                                                                 

When Ezra arrives in Jerusalem, the treasures they brought with them were given to the priests and Levites who then brought them to the temple. At that time Ezra arrived, the people of Israel, the priests and the Levites had been intermingling with the gentiles, committing many abominations with them.

It also appears the king had given Ezra further instructions that were not recorded in Ezra 7:13 to 26. In verse 21 we read what the king did decree privately to Ezra,  

“I Artaxerxes the king, do make a decree to all the treasures which are beyond the river, that whatsoever Ezra the priest, and the scribe of the law of the God of heaven, shall require of you, it be done speedily.”

And so, Ezra was made governor of Judea, and begins a reform in 456 B.C.                                                                                                                    

What was Ezra’s plan? He wrote in Ezra 9:9, the king of Persia had given “us a reviving, to set up the house of our God, and to repair the desolations thereof, and to give us a wall in Judah and in Jerusalem.”

Two separate items mentioned in this verse are of extreme importance, 1. “repair the desolations,” and 2. “give us a wall.” The ancient wall around the city was to be repaired in order to protect it from their enemies.  

So how do the orders we read about in Ezra line up with Daniel’s prophesies?  

 

Ezra 9:9 the word “desolations” speaks of “dry places or places laid waste.” In the same verse he also speaks of repairing a wall. Ezra’s wall in verse 9 speaks not directly to the wall, but to THE PLACE that has walls. It appears obvious, repairing the desolations and repairing or rebuilding the wall speak of two different projects.

Daniel for the word wall uses the Hebrew word which speaks not of a wall above the ground, but that of the walls of moat dug into the ground. Before the Jews were removed from the land there had already been a moat around the city, a moat most likely in dire need of repair.                                                                       

 

Daniel 9:25, “Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and build Jerusalem unto (until) the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks (49 years), and threescore and two weeks (434 years): the street shall be built again, and the wall (moat), even in troubled times.”

Forty-nine years, or one week of years had already passed. The decree of Artaxerxes went out in 457 B.C., a full 49 years later would take us to the end of the writings of the Old Testament, 408 B.C., Malachi being the last Old Testament prophet.                                                                                           

Daniel 9:26, “And after threescore and two weeks (62 weeks of years or 434 years) shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined.”

Several events over a period of time are mentioned in the above verse.

The Messiah would be cut off after a full four hundred thirty-four years from the close of the Old Testament. This would bring us to the year 27 A.D. This was the year Jesus was baptized by John and the Holy Spirit as Messiah.

Is there any other evidence to prove the above? Jesus was born in October of 4 B.C. Luke 3:23 tells us he was thirty in that year when baptized.  

Daniel also prophesied the destruction of Jerusalem as well as the Temple by the people of the prince, this happened in 70 A.D.

“Unto the end of the war desolations,” wars against the Jews continue to this very day.

 

Daniel 9:27, “And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the middle of the week, he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.”

Again, several events were to take place over a period of time. Questions:  

  1. When Jesus was speaking of an unknown person he referred to him as “he” So who is this “he?”
  2. Who is it that is to confirm this new covenant? And what covenant is Daniel speaking of?”
  3. Who is it that caused the blood “sacrifices and oblations (gift offerings) to cease?”

At that time, the Jews were doing the works of the devil, therefore, they had to be punished. Sin had alienated the Jews from God, thus provoking Him against them. Jesus original commission was to “seek and to save the lost sheep of the house of Israel,” but they rejected him from the beginning of his ministry.

And because of Israel’s great sins against the Lord, some 40 years after His death, He would send the Roman armies led by Titus to destroy the city and the sanctuary.

Throughout Jewish history, Israel’s enemies had been sent by the LORD to fulfill His will in order to punish the people of Israel for their sins. The destruction of the ten Northern Tribes followed by the destruction of the two Southern tribes had been prophesied years before these events occurred.

Concerning the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 A.D., and the dispersion of the Jewish people throughout the Gentile lands, He would send the Roman legions.  

The LORD sent Sargon the second and his son and successor, Sennacherib to destroy the ten Northern tribes: He sent Nebuchadnezzar to sack the Temple treasures in 598 B.C., then to destroy Jerusalem and the Temple in 586. He sent Cyrus to defeat the Babylonians in 538 B.C., and Alexander the Great to defeat the Syrians.

And so, we can conclude it was the Lord who sent in the people of Rome led by Titus to inflict the punishment they deserved. So, Titus is not the “he” Daniel spoke of. Why not Titus?

Because Titus was neither a prince or king, but a General of the legions of Rome. Titus would be crowned king some nine years later in 79 A.D.

So, to conclude, the “he” is Jesus Christ: Psalms 24:1, “The earth is the LORD’S, and the fullness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein.”                                              

 

Who confirms covenants?

The LORD alone makes covenants and he alone confirms covenants, especially with the people of Israel. Believing Gentiles (wild olive tree branches) are grafted into the promises made to the Jews who are (the natural branches of an olive tree). See Romans 11:17-24.

Hebrews 8:8-10, The following was written by Jeremiah some 600 years before the birth of Christ, he wrote,

”Behold, the days come, said the LORD, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah: Verse 10, “For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel. After those days, said the LORD; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people:” The last part of this verse (underlined) has yet to be accomplished.

The LORD severed His relationship and communication with the Jews several times in Jewish history. When I say severed all communications with him, what I mean is, the priests of the temple and the people would have no means of communicating with God and no way of cleansing themselves of sin.                                                                                             

 

Concerning Nebuchadnezzar in 598 B.C. He was allowed by the LORD to enter the Temple and remove the vessels in the Holy place.

1 Kings 2:24:13, what they did was, “carry “out thence all the treasures of the house of the LORD,” — they (the Babylonian’s) “cut in pieces all the vessels of gold which Solomon king of Israel had made in the temple of the LORD,” The Temple and the city remained, but, the Ark and Mercy seat were never seen again.

When the Ark of the Covenant which held the golden bowl that once held the manner from heaven; the two broken tablets of the law and Arron’s rod that budded as well as the mercy seat overlaid with gold were taken, the Jews were left with no means of communicating with God, thus, the daily sacrifice was taken away, not by men, but by the LORD. God alone allows these things; men are the vessels sent to fulfill His will; they have no power over these things unless He allows it.                           

The third question: “Who caused the blood sacrifices and oblations (gift offerings) to cease?”

When the people rejected Jesus Christ as the “Lamb of God,” no further sacrifices would be accepted by God, in other word, “they blew it!”

What was the daily sacrifice Daniel is speaking of in 9:11, and Daniel 12:11?

The daily sacrifice is when the Jewish people as a nation were to offer two lambs each day; one in the morning and one in the evening, this in order to cover their nations’ iniquity. Since sacrifices can only be performed within the Temple of God, the LORD’S mandate for this particular sacrifice was to be a permanent statute which is to be observed throughout all generations.

But when Nebuchadnezzar took the Ark, mercy seat and other vessels from the Temple, the priests of the Temple were left without any means of communicating with God. So, who was it that was going to stand in for the sacrificial Lambs? It was to be the Son of God, Jesus Christ; who was ordained to be the Lamb of God, a Lamb without spot or blemish.

Jesus is also our High Priest and minister of the sanctuary, not after the order of the Levites, but of Melchizedek?

Hebrews 7:17, “Thou (Jesus) art a priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek.”

Hebrews 8:1-2, speaking of Jesus, “We have such an High Priest, who is set on the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens; A minister of the sanctuary.”

Can the golden pot that held the manna, the broken tablets having the law written on them and Aaron’s rod that budded along with the mercy seat ever be replaced in order for the people of Israel to once again be cleansed of their sins?

Yes! all of the above had been replaced by the Lord Jesus. Every aspect of the working of the temple had been fulfilled in the Jesus.

Isaiah 42:21, “The LORD is well pleased for His righteousness’ (Son’s) sake; He will magnify the law, and make it honorable.” “Task accomplished.”

Romans 8:3-4, “For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: that the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.”

Concerning the golden pot that held the manna:

John ties it all together for us: John 6:49-50, Jesus is speaking, “I am the bread of life. Your fathers did eat manna in the wilderness, and are dead. This is the bread which came down from heaven, that a man may eat thereof, and not die.”

John 6:33, Jesus said, “the bread of God is he which comes down from heaven, and gives life unto the world.” Verse 35, Jesus said, “I am the bread of life: he that comes to me shall never hunger;”  

Concerning Aaron’s missing rod that budded:

The symbolism of Aaron’s Rod which miraculously budded, blossomed and bore almonds, is shown to have foreshadowed the resurrection of the Lord as the resurrection and the life, the Stem out of Jesse, who showed Himself after His resurrection by many proofs.

Concerning the missing Mercy seat:

Romans 3:25-26, “Whom God (the Father) hath set forth to be a propitiation (mercy seat) through faith in His blood, to declare His (Jesus) righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;” And so Christ is our mercy seat.

And so, with the new covenant Jesus brought to us and by his representation of the missing vessels of the Temple, and finished work, the door to the Father’s thrown was thrown open for all men to enter.  

Matthew 3:15, “Who fulfils all righteousness that He (Jesus) will magnify the law, and make it honorable.” And so, the new covenant was born in Christ Jesus.

Isaiah 42:6-21, “I the LORD (the Father) have called thee (His Son) in righteousness, and will hold thine hand, and will keep thee, and give thee for a covenant of the people (the Jews), for a light of the Gentiles.”

What about the veil of the temple that was rent (torn) in half from the top to the bottom? The veil of the Temple was for concealment; it was a high crime punishable by death for anyone to see the things which were within the Holy of Holies except for the High Priest, and this, only once each year.

But after Christ’s death, all things were laid open, the mysteries were now unveiled and anyone who receives the Lord could enter into the Holy place, including Gentiles.

John mirror’s this in Revelation when he wrote, Revelation 4:1, “I looked, and behold, a door was opened in heaven:” Verse 2, “immediately I (John) was in the spirit: and behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne.”

What John saw after passing through the door in heaven, which represents the finished work of the cross, opened the door through Jesus Christ to said, “I am the way.” And, what John saw was the throne of God radiating with the glory of the Father.   

Two more questions: Daniel wrote, “unto Messiah.” Meaning, when was Jesus recognized as the Messiah by his people? And, when was he was “cut off?” Meaning, when did he cut himself off from the people he came to save?

Let’s begin with this, exactly four thousand years after the fall in October of 4004 B.C., the Lord was born. The time was in late October of 4 B.C., then baptized at the age of 30. So, the month and year of his baptism would have been sometime in October of 27 A.D. We will come back to the above-mentioned dates and tie them in with Daniel’s prophesy later.

When was he recognized as the Messiah?

First recognized by John the Baptist, then by Andrew and Peter, and also by the devil himself when he tempted the Lord in the wilderness. These events occurred sometime in late October and early November of 27 A.D., this after the Lord turned 30.

Luke 3:23, “Jesus himself began to be about thirty years of age,”

John 1:35, “the next day after John (the Baptist) stood, and two of his disciples; and looking upon Jesus as he walked, he said, behold the Lamb of God!”

John 1:41, “He (Andrew) first finds his own brother Simon (Peter) and said unto him, we have found the Messiah,” this soon after his baptism.

What had been one of Jesus many missions? Jesus said to the Canaanite woman,

Matthew 15:24, “I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel.”

This was a strict commission from the Father to his beloved Son. But, the Jews, the “lost sheep” rejected him. Let’s go back to the time Jesus went to John to be Baptized. John had already confronted the religious leaders who came to his baptism from Jerusalem.

In Matthew 3:7-10, he calls the religious leaders vipers, “who has warned you to flee from the wrath to come?”

As their fathers were, so were they, children of the wicked one. These men were the seed of serpents, who should bruise the head of the woman’s seed.

Jesus came to John from the Gentile city of Galilee in order to be baptized. This was Galilee of the Gentiles.

After he left the wilderness, he learns John had been arrested and cast into prison. So instead of going to Jerusalem he departed and returned to Capernaum and then back to Galilee, both gentile cities. Here he finds Andrew and Peter.

The first time we find Jesus in Jerusalem was during the Passover, this had to be in April of 28 A.D., six months from his baptism. He goes into the temple and finds “money changers, traders selling oxen, sheep and doves to Pilgrims who carried all sorts of currencies, but brought with them no animals for temple sacrifice.

He made a scourge, then drove them from the temple. He would then be confronted by the Jews, John 2:23-24. Though many (Jews) believed in him, he “did not commit himself unto them, because he knew all men,” in other words, He would not entrust his fate to their hands because he knew their hearts.

Throughout his ministry, he endured the contradiction of the Jews against himself, living in poverty and disgrace.

When He went to the synagogue in Nazareth a Jewish city on the sabbath, he read from the book of Isaiah. When finished reading, he said to the people, “this day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears.”  Soon after,

Luke 4:28, “all they in the synagogue, when they heard these things were filled with wrath (rage), And rose up, and thrust him out of the city, and led him unto the brow of the hill whereon their city was built, that they might cast him down headlong.” He then headed back to Capernaum, a Gentile city.

At his trial and before the crucifixion, he was crowned with thrones; then they bowed before him, mocking him, spit upon him, struck him with a reed on the head.

The Jewish people cried out to Pilate, Luke 23:21, “Crucify him, crucify him.” Pilate then said to the people,

John 19:15, “Shall I crucify your King? The chief priests answered, we have no king but Caesar.”

Matthew 27:25, at the cross, the people cried out, “let his blood be on us, and on our children.” He was then led away to be crucified.

In Acts 2:15, we are told of the number of disciples who remained loyal to the Lord even after the resurrection were 120, this out of a population of thousands and thousands.  

So, the answer to the question, “when was Messiah cut off? “It was soon after he began his ministry in the later months of 27 A.D. From this time to his death, he walked through the many cities and streets in Israel confirming his new covenant with words, deeds and miracles for 3 ½ years.

Concerning his disciples, Matthew 10:5, Jesus “commanded them, saying, go not into the way of the Gentiles, and into any city of the Samaritans enter you not: but go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” Verse 16, “I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves:”

Now we have enough evidence to determine when Jesus was cut himself from those he came to save. They had rejected him from the day of his baptism.

A second question needs to be answered. We know, the confirming of His new covenant was to be for 7 years. Even though he cut himself off from the people and religious leaders, he continued to confirm his covenant with his people before being put to death.

But Daniel wrote, Daniel 9:27, “he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week (7 years):”

After the devil left him, Jesus heard John had been cast into prison, so he departed to Galilee. Galilee is some 40 miles from Jerusalem. 

So, what about the remaining 3 ½ years? Who will finish confirming this new covenant Jesus brought with him? And, when will this happen?

For the answer, let’s go to Revelation 11. Before the tribulation begins, there will be two men anointed of God, dressed in sackcloth preparing to accomplish this most important mission. Who they are? no one knows.

Soon after the rapture (catching away) of the bride of Christ, the world will see the two of them standing somewhere near where both Solomon and Herod’s Temple once stood, and where the abomination of desolation now stands.

Every news network world-wide will be focused on them. They will finish confirming the Lord’s new covenant for 3 ½ years, then murdered by the antichrist, who will himself receive a deadly wound to his head by the two.

Revelation 5:5, “If any man will hurt them, —- he must in this manner be killed.” And the warning from the Lord in the context of this verse, “he that kills with the sword must be killed with the sword.”

At the time of the first beast (antichrist) anyone who defied was to have their heads cut off.

And because he killed the two witnesses, most likely by the sword, it was by the same means he would receive a deadly wound to his head.

Now because of the power given to the second beast of Revelation 13, his deadly wound was healed, Revelation 13:12, “whose deadly wound was healed  

The dead bodies of the two witnesses will lie in the street for 3 ½ days, while the people of the earth will, “rejoice over them, and make merry, — because these two prophets tormented them that dwell on the earth.”

 After this, the Spirit of God will enter them, they will stand on their feet, then a voice will be heard from heaven saying, “Come up hither.” They will be taken up with a cloud of angels as the nation’s watch in awe.  

So, the answer to our two questions,

  1. When was Messiah cut off? Answer, soon after he had been baptized by John and the Holy Spirit.
  2. Who will finish confirming the last 3 ½ years of the new covenant? Answer, the two witnesses of Revelation 11.

Last question, “who caused the blood sacrifices and oblations (gift offerings) to cease in the middle of the 7-years?”

The blood sacrifices and oblations ceased twice in Jewish history: Let’s return to the days of king Nebuchadnezzar and Daniel. At that time, the law allowed animal sacrifices in the Temple as long as the Jews honored the LORD and kept the Levitical laws. But when the Jews fell into blasphemes sin, the LORD sent Nebuchadnezzar to remove all the vessels of the temple including the Ark of the Covenant and the Mercy seat.

And so, all communications with the LORD ceased, and any further daily sacrifices made by the priests of the temple would be rejected, that is until Christ came.   

When Jesus began his ministry, he brought himself to the people of Israel as the Lamb of God having neither spot or blemish. But the priests of the temple and the people rejected him as God’s sacrificial Lamb.

And so, the Lord cut himself off from the people and returned to the cities of the gentiles. And for a second time, the Jews were without a daily sacrifice having no means of communicating with God.   

Jesus Christ is the great sacrifice, by which atonement is made for all sins, and so, reconciled to the Father in heaven.

Jesus said, John 14:6, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man comes unto the Father, but by me.  

Jesus chose to allude to the lambs that were offered with a special reference to the daily sacrifice, which was offered in the temple every morning and evening, and the sacrifices were always lambs. The blood of the animals offered in the temple looked forward in time to the true sacrifice.

The Passover observed after Jesus was crucified, should have been the last act concerning Jewish temple worship involving animal sacrifices. The only lawful sacrifice offered after that should have been the once and for all time offering of the body and blood of Christ.

Let’s summarize the above: from the time the command went out to restore and build Jerusalem, the street and wall until Messiah would be 483 years.

The command by Artaxerxes in the 7th year of his reign, 457 B.C., less 483 years takes us to the year Jesus was baptized and recognized as the Messiah, 27 A.D: It was also the year he began his ministry and the same year he was rejected, or “cut off.” Not that the people cut him off, but because they refused to acknowledge who he was and his mission, they were cut off from him.

Daniel wrote, to restore and build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince.

What is the Hebrew meaning of the word restore?  It means to return concerning the Jews it meant they were now free to return to their homeland.  

Now the word, “build,” in the Hebrew means to construct, repair, raise up and reestablish. So, the Jews were given permission from the king to return to Israel and to “build” or repair and reestablish their city, the wall, moat and street.

Our 3ed word is “street. This would be the open square in Jerusalem that was also in need of repair.

The 4th word is of the most importance. It’s the one word that distinguishes Nehemiah’s wall with the wall Daniel speaks of in Daniel 9:25.

Does Nehemiah’s wall fulfill Daniel’s prophesy of a future wall?”

No! Here’s why. Nehemiah’s wall was finished in the twenty and fifth day of the month of Elul,” The wall Nehemiah repaired was one of stone, one built above ground in order to protect Jerusalem. An example can be seen in what is today called the wailing wall. The wall stands some 39 feet above the ground. A wall of this height would have been a formidable task for any of Israel’s enemies to overcome. 

But Daniels prophesy concerns a different word, it concerns the walls of a moat, one dug down into the ground. And because of this, Nehemiah’s wall of stone does not fulfill Daniel’s prophesy, neither would it be the command Nehemiah received from the king in 444 B.C.  

Daniel’s wall concerned a moat cut into the ground; a moat that would help fortify the city. The moat around Jerusalem would most likely be a dry moat because of the scarcity of water, thus referred to as a dry place. Ezra wrote concerning the place as a place of desolation.

Ezra 9:9, the LORD had revived the Jews, and so they were to “Set up the house of God, and to repair the desolations (meaning dry places.)

When the Jews were taken into captivity by the Babylonians and Jerusalem and the temple destroyed in 586 B.C. until Nehemiah and Ezra’s time, about one hundred and forty years had passed. Most likely the old moat around the city collapsed in on itself, or the enemies of the Jews may have filled in many of the strategic places in order to enter the city more easily. So, when Ezra arrived, the old moat would have had to be dug out and repaired.

The climate around Jerusalem is dry, a place where little water is found. So, a moat dug out in this part of the world would be a dry. It would have been a great obstacle facing any enemy from entering the city. Usually after a moat was crossed, Israel’s enemies would have had to then climb a high wall built with stone, this would have been Nehemiah’s wall.

Recently, archologist uncovered a moat around Jerusalem that was, thirteen feet-deep, and fifty-six feet wide. It had to be dug out and repaired just as it had back in Ezra and Nehemiah’s days.

Thirteen feet deep and fifty-six feet wide would have slowed down and exposed an invading army to a great deal of danger as they attempted to climb the walls of the moat. Once they scaled the walls of the moat, they would then have had to scale a second wall, a wall of stone. They would have needed ladders to climb up the moat walls, and then bring the ladders to the stone wall in order to climb up.

To conclude, the commandment that fulfills Daniel’s prophesy was given by Artaxerxes in 457 B.C., and in “troublous times,” troubled by the Samaritans and others. The 483 years ending in 27 A.D.

This was also the time when Messiah was made known to the Jews, being announced as the one by John the Baptist, Andrew and Peter. And we know, he was rejected by the highest-ranking religious authorities as well as the general population.  

Let’s move on to Daniel 12:11-12-13, “And from the time the daily sacrifice shall be taken away, and the abomination that makes desolate set up, there shall be a thousand two hundred and ninety days. Blessed is he that waits and comes to the thousand three hundred and five and thirty days.”

Now in verse 13, Daniel is told “to go his way till the end: for you shall rest and stand in your lot at the end of the days.”

The Hebrew word “lot” is important and must be understood. It means Daniel was to wait for his portion, destiny or inheritance in the kingdom of God to be fulfilled. Daniel would not live to see the fulfillment of these prophecies but is promised that he would one day be raised from the dead to receive his reward.

Verse 13 speaks of the “end of days.” This would point to hundreds of years in the future from the time Daniel wrote this prophesy.

We have already established when the first daily sacrifice was taken away, 598 B.C. when Nebuchadnezzar removed the vessels of gold and silver Solomon had made for temple services. So, it would have been in the year 598 B.C. we may begin the countdown concerning “the abomination that makes desolate set up, there shall be a thousand two hundred and ninety days”  

Again’ these prophesies found in Daniel from chapter one through to 12 cover long periods, not days, weeks or months, but years and centuries. The daily sacrifice took place in the Holy Place within Solomon’s temple. It was conducted twice each day by the priests of the temple. Two sacrifices, one in the morning, the other in the evening. At each, a lamb would be sacrificed and offered up to the LORD. It was to be a perpetual sacrifice, but the LORD cut it off because of the sins of the people.

We know Solomon’s Temple was destroyed in 586 B.C., and Herod’s Temple in 70 A.D. It was about the year 973 during the Philistine wars when David purchased the land for the LORD’S house. This piece of real estate still belongs to the LORD, even though he threw the Jews out, had the Temple destroyed and temporally replaced them with Arabs and their own temple.

Today, the Muslim’s Dome of the Rock sits where the Temple once stood. This is the abomination that makes desolate that Daniel speaks of in, verse 11. Daniel wrote, this abomination will be “set up.” The LORD put his land under the control of the enemies of Israel, Luke 21:24, “until the time of the Gentiles be fulfilled.”

Taken in context, this abomination of desolation was allowed by the LORD to be set in the very place where His house once stood. It is written from the time the daily sacrifice was taken away, 598 B.C. until this abomination was set up would be 1290 days, speaking of years. That would bring us to the year 692 A.D. This was the very year the Dome of the Rock was completed and built where Solomon’s Temple once stood.

But Daniel also writes, for those Jews who are patient and wait for another 1335 years, these will be blessed. Now let’s take the year 692 and add another 1335 years to it. This would bring us to the year 2027, exactly 3000 years from the time David purchased this piece of real estate for the LORD in 973 B.C.

As I had written before, 2000 years from the time Jesus was baptized in 27 A.D., would bring us to the October of 2027 A.D. Two thousand years added to the time of his resurrection in April of 31 A.D. brings us to the year 2031 A.D.  

That’s it, you can weigh the evidence for yourself.

Phillip LaSpino   

The first 14 chapter of the book, “From ruin to glory” can be found in the index: 

 

Final Countdown, Chapter 3: “How Does God Keep Time?” Posted Jan. 21, 2019.  

Final Countdown, Chapter 4: “This Generation, Daniel 9:27” Posted Jan. 23, 2019.  

Final Countdown, Chapter 5: “Confirming The Covenant of Daniel 9:27.”  Posted Jan. 25th 2019.  

Final Countdown, Chapter 6: “The Decree of 457 B.C.; The Jews Return.” Posted Jan. 26th 2019.

Final Countdown, Chapter 7: “Nebuchadnezzar; His Image of a man.” Posted Jan. 26th 2019. 

Final Countdown, Chapter 8: Bad Boys of Greece and Rome. Posted Jan. 26th 2019.

Final Countdown, Chapter 9: When Was Jesus Crucified? Posted Jan. 26th 2019.

Final Countdown, Chapter 10: 2300 Days of Dan.8:14. Posted Jan. 26th 2019.

Final Countdown, Chapter 11: 6000 Years.  Posted Jan. 6th, 2019

Final Countdown, Chapter 12, 1290 and 1335 Days of Daniel 12. Posted Jan. 26th, 2019.

Final Countdown, Chapter 13, Belshazzar: Posted Jan. 26th, 2019.

Final Countdown, Chapter 14, Hosea 6:2. Posted Jan.26th  2019.

Final Countdown, Chapter 15, The Missing 30 Years. Posted Jan. 26th, 2019.  

Final Countdown, Chapter 16, The Last Temple Sacrifice. Jan. 26th, 2019.

Final Countdown, Chapter 17, God’s Two Witnesses: Posted April 6, 2018.

Final Countdown, Ch. 18: I Thessalonians 4:17-19

Final Countdown, Ch. 19: Is The Word “Rapture” Biblical?

Final Countdown, Ch. 20: Drugs: A Sign of God’s Final Countdown

Final Countdown, Ch. 21: More End Time Signs

Final Countdown, Ch. 22: Who Are The Arabs of Today?

Final Countdown, Ch. 23: A Temple Without God

 

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