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Jesus on His Way Up to Jerusalem
and the Cross
PART II

What Jesus Prophesied Walking​​ to Calvary.

By Jan Lilleby

 

If​​ you already read the first article, you may have noticed that I left out those​​ details where Jesus spoke​​ to the onlookers/multitudes​​ watching the Roman executioners escorting Jesus up to Calvary.​​ And what Jesus spoke to Pilate.

Therefore I wrote this​​ PART II​​ to fill in those details with my comments and thoughts.

I find it proper to use John 19:1-11 to lead us into this​​ crucifixion drama, and with more details than in the first article.​​ (Ampl. Bible, I may drop some of the clambers though)​​ 

 

So then Pilate took Jesus and scourged Him. 2: And the soldiers, having twisted together a crown of thorns, put it on His head, and threw a purple cloak around Him. 3: And they kept coming to Him and saying, Hail, King of the Jews! And they struck Him with the palms of their hands. 4: Then Pilate went out again and said to them, See, I bring Him out to you, so that you may know that I find no fault in Him. 5: So Jesus came out wearing​​ the thorny crown and purple cloak, and​​ Pilate said to them, See, (here​​ is) the Man! 6: When the chief priests and attendants saw Him, they cried out, Crucify Him! Pilate said to them, Take Him yourselves and crucify Him, for I find no fault (crime) in Him. 7:​​ The Jews answered him, We have a law, and according to that law He should die, because He has claimed and made Himself out to be the Son of God. 8: So, When Pilate heard this said, he was more alarmed and awestricken and afraid than before. 9: He went into the judgement hall again and said to Jesus, Where are You from? But Jesus did not answer him. 10: So Pilate said to Him, will you not speak to me? Do you not know that I have power to release you and I have power to crucify You? 11: Jesus answered, You would not have any power or authority whatsoever against​​ Me if it were not given you from above. For this reason the sin and guilt of the one who delivered Me over to you is greater.”

Jesus, the defendant and Pilate, the Judge

 

Can a Judge – in any civilized society – just have a defendant beaten and flogged, like we just read above? Or, perhaps even worse: Have his police/court attendants mock the ‘perpetrator’ and slapping his face or any other insults they would like to utter? Of course not!

Wouldn’t a Judge in our time rather follow all the correct procedures, hearing the prosecutor reading what the defendant is accused of, and then having the defense​​ lawyer oppose it, trying​​ to tackle​​ the accusations?​​ We have all seen this over and over again as most of us have watched TV-series and Police shows – taking us through many court-scenes, and well-rehearsed actors playing their parts as if it all were real-life stories.

But with Jesus it was the other way around, - He was the​​ only​​ innocent SINLESS person not only in the court rooms of Pilate, but in the entire world.

However,​​ Pilate,​​ he​​ was a corrupted governor and his ‘police-force’​​ a gang of hoodlums and brutal thugs clad in the standard uniforms of the Emperor’s army.

He was also totally ignorant of whom he was charging, but he could obviously feel​​ something was wrong​​ with the whole set-up…and Pilate got ‘cold feet’ – he tried to back out, pushing this delicate matter back into the hands of the Jewish priesthood and counsel who had brought Jesus there. He knew that he​​ was being manipulated by that​​ slick religious flock, as they wanted Rome to take the blame for executing Jesus.

Verse 8​​ tells us that they wanted Him dead, since He said of Himself that He was the​​ Son of God, and because of this we find that Pilate got scared and shaky. (Is Jesus a God-person?? ​​ He healed a lot of sick people, the rumor​​ goes)​​ – remember, Pilate was part of a civilization which had several false idols, inherited from Greek Mythology. And much superstition had its grasp on them.

In addition to this, Pilates’​​ wife told him she had dreamt of Jesus and warned him against any actions in that regard (Mat. 27:19) – she said that Jesus was innocent and upright.

Here it is nice to know that we – in the Biblical history – have the well-known words of Peter telling us whom​​ (among humankind)​​ to blame for the crucifixion of Jesus,​​ - even knowing that the whole drama was​​ planned and orchestrated​​ by God Almighty,

Acts 2:23 –​​ This Jesus, when delivered up according to the definite and fixed purpose and settled plan and foreknowledge of God,​​ you (Jews)​​ crucified and put out of the way (killing Him) by​​ the hands of lawless and wicked men.”

Peter spelled it out for them, didn’t he?

So Jesus knew this fact, and therefore spoke it straight forward to Pilate, like we read in John 19:11 – Rome had​​ no power to decide anything​​ in regard to Jesus being crucified or not – Pilate had only so much power as God Almighty saw fit to allow Rome taking these actions. In other words, Rome was entirely in the hands of God, and could not do anything about it. Rome had to do what pleased God, period. I recommend​​ Rom. 13​​ to you, and Paul’s teaching on​​ authorities and rulers (Rom. 13:1-7). This sort of rule shall come back and will be exercised as the Great Tribulation comes upon Israel in the end times.

Jesus prophesying​​ to those who stood by the path to Calvary

 

Some believers have the idea​​ that the Great Tribulation described in Revelation​​ (and also in Mat. 24)​​ will come upon the entire world. And that thought may have emerged from out of​​ bad translations of the Bible.​​ Especially this goes for the Revelation Book.

In Rev. 13 we find expressions like​​ “…all inhabitants of the earth will fall down in adoration and​​ pay him (Anti-Christ, the beast) homage.”

But this is simply not true. Only the inhabitants of Israel in the time of Anti-Christ’s rule in the time of the Great Tribulation, will be such ones who will fall down and adore him, a false Messiah.​​ 

That is why it is convenient to learn what Jesus said of this. He told the people along the pathway to Calvary of whom those would be – suffering the Great Tribulation. His words are entirely in accordance to what we find in Rev. 6:16 – of horrified Jews calling out to the mountains to hide them from God’s punishing wrath.

Luke 23:27-31 say,

“And there accompanied (Jesus) a great multitude​​ of the people, (including) women who bewailed and lamented Him. 28: But Jesus, turning toward them,​​ said, Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me, but weep for yourselves and for your children. 29: For behold,​​ the days are coming​​ during which they will say, Blessed are the barren, and the wombs that have not borne, and the breasts that have never nursed (babies). 30:​​ Then they will begin to say to the mountains, Fall on us! and to the hills, Cover us!

Rev. 6:15, 16 - ​​ “Then the kings of the earth (read: Land, Israel) and their noblemen and their magnates and their military chiefs and the wealthy and the strong and slave or free​​ hid themselves in the caves and among the rocks of the mountains.​​ 16: and they​​ CALLED TO THE MOUNTAINS AND THE ROCKS,​​ FALL ON US​​ AND HIDE US FROM THE FACE OF HIM WHO SITS ON THE THRONE AND FROM THE DEEP-SEATED INDIGNATION AND WRATH OF​​ THE LAMB ​​​​ (JESUS).”

It was Jesus that revealed to John all​​ of​​ which is written in the Revelation Book, and He revealed to John what it would be like –​​ the very same thing He warned Israel’s people​​ of as He walked up to Calvary.

Jesus told them not to weep for Him, but for themselves AND FOR THEIR CHILDREN….and it will be their children,​​ Israel’s people in the Great Tribulation,​​ who will suffer these horrors.​​ 

Notice:​​ They confess aloud and in public that they know who is sitting at the Throne in heaven, sending those plagues and punishments: Jesus,​​ The Lamb​​ of God, He Who suffered death on the cross. But they would not repent and turn to Him in faith, as we learn from the Book of Acts. They stubbornly and rebelliously​​ refused to listen to the apostles of Jesus, and the nation fell away from God. Paul was the one who spoke that final judgement against them in Rome, Acts 28:25-28.​​ He quoted them​​ Isaiah​​ 6​​ of their spiritual blindness and deafness and lack of understanding and repentance.

So, I repeat, Jesus​​ explicitly told​​ the Jewish people, first in person as He walked up to the cross, and a few years later​​ He​​ repeated this warning by having John write it all down in his Revelation Book. Not a punishment to come upon the entire world, no, - only to come upon those who had Him crucified, namely Israel.

Verse 17 of Rev. 6 concludes why these frightened people in verses 15 and 16 took cover in the mountains,

“For the great day of His wrath has come, and who is able to stand before it?”

This is the time of the seven years of tribulation coming upon Israel in the end times. Jer. 30:7 call this day,​​ ‘the time of Jacob’s trouble’.​​ Jacob was re-named ‘Israel’ after his fight with the angel of the Lord. The Great Tribulation is​​ explicitly said to​​ come upon Israel​​ and not the entire world. This is non-negotiable Bible truth.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 




Daniel 9:24 and the Year Weeks:
Gabriel’s Lecturing of Daniel is
Pointing to the Millennia

Daniel 9:24 and the Year Weeks:

Gabriel’s Lecturing of Daniel is

Pointing to the Millennia

By Jan Lilleby

 

If one first have started to unwind such a topic as the Year Weeks in Daniel 9, it is not so easy to step on the brake pedal.

In Dan. 9:24 we find Gabriel giving Daniel a prophetic review in a rather shortened concentrated version on the future of Israel. The verse ends with Gabriel’s mention of the new Holy of Holies​​ in the new millennial temple being anointed. This shall happen at the Second Advent. ​​ Image:​​ Daniel unharmed in the lions den.

Let us look at the verse step by step. ​​​​ Amplified Bible,

“Seventy weeks (of years, or 490 years) are decreed upon your people and upon your holy city (Jerusalem), to finish and put an end to transgression, to seal up and make full the measure of sin, to purge away and make expiation and reconciliation for sin, to bring in everlasting righteousness (permanent moral and spiritual rectitude in every area and relation), to seal up vision and prophecy and prophet,​​ and to anoint a Holy of Holies.”

Seventy year weeks is same as 490 Jewish calendar years. But we know from the verses 25 and 26 that the row of details in prophecy ends with the 69th​​ year week (483 years) – and counting from king Cyrus the Great, the king of Persia in his first year (456 BC) declared the edict of the freedom for all Jews, to go home to Israel; thus we get the year of 28 AD – the year that Jesus was crucified (Dan. 9:26​​ …shall the Anointed One be cut off or killed…).​​ Then I have included the five years which the Catholic Church manipulated off. Jesus was about to reach 33 years of age in 28 AD, namely in September, NOT December.

The seventieth​​ year week has not started yet, as I write this article. But in that final year week Israel shall be brought back to God as a nation for Him, a position​​ they lost when they refused to listen to Paul in Rome, Acts 28:25-31.​​ They fell away from God after the apostles had used over thirty years to try to have the nation repent.​​ They started at Pentecost in 28 AD, when Peter, James and John were the leaders; later on Paul was given the leadership as he went to the Provinces outside Israel, to reach the Jews in the diaspora.

It is that falling away from God, which happened when Paul met with the Sanhedrin at Rome in 60 – 62 AD, that shall​​ be​​ sealed up and made full the measure of sin…God shall forgive Israel her national sin of having rejected Jesus for almost two thousand years. And this will happen due to the purging within that Great Tribulation to come. Israel will be chastised and cleansed.

Zec. 13:8 predicting one third of the population shall be saved, and two thirds will perish. The latter will not repent and receive Jesus Christ.

To bring in everlasting righteousness​​ said Gabriel – which means that Israel can be saved because of Jesus having died for them that day in Passover 28 AD. He is the Lamb of God who took upon Him all the sin and transgression.

They refused the apostles – but as they go through the Great Tribulation, they will finally come to faith. At least​​ one third​​ of them will, says Scripture.

The Book of Acts is the story of Israel’s falling away from God, and not of their salvation. I hope you are aware of that Biblical fact…? ​​ Acts 28:28,

So let it be understood by you then that (this message of) the salvation of God has been sent to the Gentiles, and they will listen to it.” (They will receive it)​​ as opposed to the Jews – who rejected Jesus Christ.

Unfortunately several of the Christian denominations in modern time have in error thought (and therefore preached it) that the mentioned​​ falling away​​ is a fall which will happen to the Christian church! ​​ That is how wrong you can be if one ignores studies in the Bible, rightly divided.

That fall has already occurred, and it was Israel that fell, NOT the church. The Church/Body of Christ​​ came as a consequence of the fall of Israel. Because of that fall, God revealed His Mystery to Paul, the dispensation of the Church and the free grace Gospel (Eph. 3:1-9).

Our Gospel according to Paul​​ is an international Gospel for the whole world to believe on. But the​​ gospel in the times of the Acts​​ was a​​ gospel only regarding the earthly millennial kingdom in​​ Israel.​​ It had nothing to do with the Church.

This new​​ Grace Gospel given Paul for us​​ can only be found in the Epistles​​ to the Ephesians and to the Colossians. The Gospel is weaved into these Epistles and we read it as a​​ summary of what Paul taught in them.

Paul’s doctrine of faith for the Church dispensation​​ was already spread widely into the civilized world, the early Christianity by Paul and his staff of helpers​​ long before the four Gospels​​ had​​ been issued and could be bought and read.

Matthew came in 80 AD, Luke was published at the earliest, 62 AD but most scholars say 73 AD. Mark came in 83 AD and John a few years later. So, Paul’s Grace Gospel according to his doctrine in Ephesians and Colossians were a​​ dominant factor, several years before anyone could read any of the four Gospel stories. These stories were NEVER meant to be faith doctrine to the Church dispensation. Can you get this, all you pastors and preachers out there?

Gabriel’s expression –​​ to seal up vision and prophecy and prophet –​​ has to do with the fact​​ that by the​​ fulfillment of the different prophesies on Jesus, His birth, His ministry and miracle healings, His crucifixion, His resurrection, His ascension – all things have been fulfilled and verified as true. The Jews will have to​​ confess​​ that the prophets spoke the truth, for they will witness everything come to an end during the Great Tribulation, the Seventieth​​ Year Week. They shall see Jesus descending from heaven, and this will end Jewry’s long dreary Jesus-rejecting.​​ 

We have a prophet-word on that issue, Hos. 5:15 – as Hosea became the Lord’s voice, saying –

“I will return to My place (heaven)​​ until they​​ acknowledge their offense and feel their guilt and seek My face; in their affliction and distress (Great Tribulation)​​ they will seek, inquire for, and require Me earnestly, saying….”

If anybody have thought that the Jews​​ suffering in the world has been as innocents, that they are victims of the unjust world – but themselves have clean hands, - then we can learn here that this is not true. They are​​ definitively guilty​​ as charged! Jesus simply demand of them to plead guilty and seeking His face (presence) before He can descend from heaven. The tribulation will have them on their knees, for sure.

Gabriel’s final point of prophesy in verse 24, is​​ …and to anoint a Holy of Holies.

In that situation the Lord has come down from heaven, the fourth temple has been built, and finally the Holy of Holies will be anointed in the presence of the Lord and King, Jesus Christ.​​ Let me just give a slight remark: It is saying in some Bible Commentaries that the​​ ‘Holy of Holies’​​ can actually be a person, Jesus Christ​​ (Messiah)​​ **.​​ - However, I think they have misunderstood some and that it really means​​ that room, the most Holy hall in the temple, into which only the High Priests could be given admittance.​​ It will be only one High Priest, Jesus Christ.​​ 

I have taken the liberty​​ to write here a list used by the website​​ versebyversecommentary.com​​ – and they call that list of six points “Purposes for these 490 years”​​ The first three have to do with the sin of Israel and the last three with the kingdom:

  • “To finish the transgression” – this will bring to end the rebellion and apostasy that sent Israel into captivity.

2“To make an end of sins” – Israel as a nation will go back into ​​ fellowship with God after the divine discipline of captivity.

3 “To make reconciliation for iniquity” – restoration will bring  ​​​​ expiation or covering of past sins through the Messiah.

4 “To bring in everlasting righteousness” – God​​ will cause the ​​​​ restoration of​​ ​​ Israel in the Millennium and will launch new norms where righteousness reigns.

5 ​​ “To seal up vision and prophesy” – God will seal this prophesy until the restoration at the Second Coming will fulfill God’s covenant for Israel.​​ (this might be in error, since this is​​ already revealed​​ – the coming Millennia with Christ as king. It is not sealed (hidden from insight).

6 ​​ “To anoint the most Holy” – God will restore the​​ Messiah​​ in the ​​ restored temple. ​​ **​​ (this might be in error)​​ 

Do your own comparison using this list of six points….it can be alright to have more than just one voice into this issue.​​ But in this case, I actually found that site and their comments to Dan. 9:24​​ after​​ that I had written this article. That is why I let you compare it, so you know that I am acting in full openness, letting you see what others might say. What I then found is that most of these points matches my own understanding of the topic, and only point 6 ​​ and perhaps​​ point 5 may differ some. The letters in red has been inserted by me​​ after​​ I read their comments of course. Just to avoid any misunderstanding.

The third temple was destroyed in the tribulation, and​​ a fourth temple – as shown in Ezec. 47​​ are​​ built to replace it. There have been written lots of material on that topic.

This new temple, in which Jesus and His priesthood (Rev. 20:4) shall have their ministry in the millennial kingdom, it says in Scripture that there will grow trees near it with leaves that bring healing from sickness. They grow along the double-creek which springs from the temple area. The special power and blessings of the coming millennia have now come into full effect, and even the biological world with plants and vegetation etc are upgraded and entirely fantastic. ​​ Heb. 6:4, 5 mention this coming power,

“..and have felt how good the Word of God is and the​​ mighty powers of the age and world to come.”

Paul obviously must have had the healings and miracles in mind as he wrote this, I believe. But it will include a changed and upgraded nature as well.

The new temple will be placed near the Mount Olives – which at the arrival of Jesus from heaven​​ will be split into a valley​​ says Zec. 14:4 – it splits toward east and west and will actually alter Mount Olives radically.

One half of the mountain leans toward north, and the other half to the south.

Jerusalem will thus be much​​ altered in her structure, road system and residential areas.

As we take time to read of Daniel and all those things the Lord revealed to him as the angel Gabriel visited him over the many years – we just have to sit in awe and admiration of our Lord Jesus Christ. This must have totally filled Daniel’s life with so many impressions as a man can take;​​ he was totally given over to God in faith and in prayer. God gave this prophet extra power to endure all those years. See Dan. 10:16-18.​​ It is among scholars held for true that the prophet died at the age of around 90 years.

 




DANIEL AND THE SEVENTY WEEKS:
Where Are We Today?

DANIEL AND THE SEVENTY​​ WEEKS:

Where Are We Today?

 

A separate section concluding this Article

​​ has interesting dates of Eschatological value

 

By Jan Lilleby

 

About twenty years ago​​ I had a radio-series on ‘Daniel’s Seventy Weeks’ which was broadcasted over FM-band in the greater Oslo area. I actually had a huge number of programs in which I was teaching various prophetic topics in The Holy Bible. Also, we​​ distributed – at a fair price – cassette tape books on all the topics, which were​​ sold throughout Norway. The programs got very popular.

I love​​ the Word of God​​ and of having the​​ possibility​​ to preach it and teach it to all who will like to learn. Of course, I​​ also​​ love to hear (or to read) fellow believers as they lay out the precious Word of God and of Christ.​​ 

I worked this radio-ministry​​ for​​ about five years.​​ 

The audio​​ tracks from that time are gone, so for this article I had to read up in the topic all over again.

Quite a number of theologians​​ and Bible teachers have had the prophesy of the​​ seven weeks in Daniel 9​​ published in magazines, books,​​ -​​ and many have put the topic in their​​ TV-medias and so on. ​​ Perhaps the most profiled​​ Bible Expositor in the topic was​​ Sir Robert Anderson, and his book “The Coming Prince” has become a standard work for all Bible students.​​ 

(His book has been published in Pdf file format on the net, and can be read freely. ​​ But, you can also buy it from one of the big internet book stores).

In my fresh study in this topic, I found supportive material and helpful Bible systematics with​​ versebyverseministry.org​​ – particularly in Bible facts and​​ historic. The website has made a fine concentrate of facts, set forth in layman terms.

Where are we​​ – the Church of Christ, the Body of Christ – today in regard to the time aspect of Daniel and the seventy year-weeks? Can we learn anything from the ancient prophesy?

I shall have a look at that, and I hope the reader can draw useful​​ knowledge from this.

THE PROPHESIES OF THE FIRST ADVENT OF JESUS

 

Daniel, as most of the Bible students know, had​​ repeatedly visits by Gabriel​​ the archangel of God.​​ He explained the many visions Daniel had seen.​​ 

The angel explained to Daniel these visions​​ in​​ terms of time-related​​ facts;​​ future happenings that would include the coming of Jesus Christ (called a Prince). This gave the readers of the prophesies​​ knowledge beyond regular schooling: One could learn the​​ exact day or year​​ for when the Messiah of God should appear in Israel, and the circumstances of His death, etc.​​ Daniel saw the future in regard to his own people, Israel.

That is how it is with Daniel 9 and the seventy weeks. However, we shall notice that Daniel in chapter 8 had​​ multiple futuristic visions, of which he already had been lectured by Archangel Gabriel. Chapter 8 focuses on the coming Anti-Christ and the catastrophic influence he would have on Israel in the end times. Thus Dan 9 and the year weeks is a​​ more detailed explanation​​ over the same theme. The main issue in Dan 9 is that it gives us​​ exact time and place​​ for important events in regard to Israel in the future.​​ Seven year weeks, that is the same as 490 years – and,​​ mind you, but we – the Body of Christ, are hidden inside that time-stretch.​​ 

For as the final year arrives, that will be when Jesus is back in Israel as their King of kings and Lord of lords, and the new Temple in Jerusalem is established. But, we will learn that there is a time-gap between the 69th​​ week and the seventieth, - and​​ that is the​​ 2000 years in which the dispensation of the Church is found​​ – minus the 30-some years when the apostles offered to Israel the New Covenant and the imminent coming of Christ if Israel first repented. The Book of Acts tells us all about that. Israel fell away from God!

The same, as we all know, is the fact of the Revelation book. The two have a lot in common. Daniel’s book is God’s messages concerning Jesus Christ coming, and Revelation is a book in which John received visions​​ from​​ Jesus Christ on His Second Advent and all that which will take place when it happens.​​ And more – because we find the Great Tribulation with all details of punishments and horrors which will fall on Israel.

Gabriel’s lecturing​​ of​​ Daniel is a perfect and​​ accurate time-setting​​ for certain events in the future. My quotes are from Amplified Bible unless otherwise noted.

Dan 9:19 gives us the end of Daniel’s prayer to God, of his worries regarding Jerusalem, and the people of Israel in exile. He prayed every day with his face toward west – the land of Israel – with longing​​ and pain:

Oh Lord, hear! ​​ Oh Lord, forgive! Oh Lord, give heed and act! Do not delay, for your own sake, Oh my God, because Your city and Your people are called by Your name.”

Daniel appealed to the mercy of God and His great compassion (v. 17-18) – and Daniel got shaken, for all of a sudden the angel Gabriel came into his room,

Dan 9:21-23, ​​ “Yes, while I was speaking in prayer, the man Gabriel, whom I had seen in the former vision, being caused to fly swiftly, came near to me and touched me about the time of the evening sacrifice. ​​ 22: He instructed me and made me understand; he talked with me and said, O Daniel, I am now come forth to give you skill and wisdom and understanding. 23: At the beginning of your prayers, the word (giving an answer) went forth, and I have come to tell you, for you are greatly beloved. Therefore consider the matter and understanding the vision.”

Gabriel tells him of​​ two future persons​​ who shall come.​​ One will be Messiah (the Anointed One, v. 25) and the other, he who would destroy Israel (a Prince, v. 26), and he was​​ Emperor Vespasian, who let his son Titus lead the Roman army which destroyed Israel in the years 66-70 AD. The angel told Daniel that Messiah should come to a nation which had rebuilt walls and restored, like we read in verse 25,

“Know therefore and understand that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem until (the coming of) Anointed One (Jesus), a Prince,​​ shall be seven weeks​​ (of years) and sixty-two weeks (of years); it shall be built again with (city) square and moat, but in troublous times.”

Here we are given info on the First Advent of Christ. He shall arrive in a Jerusalem fully restored, after it has passed a total of 69​​ year-weeks, which is same as 483​​ Jewish calendar years of 360 days each. Mention of seven weeks​​ first (49 calendar years) has to do with the time it takes to restore Jerusalem and its walls – counted​​ from the year​​ that an edict/proclamation of freedom for the exile Jews is announced, to let them go home to their land. This took place under Nehemiah​​ and Ezra, it took three so-called ‘Ahliah’​​ ​​ - homecomings – over the years. But only ten percent of the exile Jews went home.

Gabriel’s prophesy on this edict – a word that should go forth – was fulfilled as Cyrus the Great, king of Persia in the year of ​​ A) 456 BC, ​​ or B) 538 BC…a difference of 82 years between the two alternate years, - gave his proclamation of freedom.

To cut this off at the bone:​​ It is the​​ Biblical chronology​​ which is the one that was fulfilled, the year 456 BC. Alternative B, the year 538 was based on​​ Claudio Ptolemais’​​ calculations (he was born in 70 AD and died in 161 AD). An Egyptian Astronomer​​ and Scientist. It is his ancient calendar and notifications on the orders/systems of the world that our ancient calendar on​​ rulers and kingdoms was based, unfortunately. He placed the Earth in the center of this system. See the image​​ here.

Dr. David Cooper, among others,​​ turns him down, not the least because the Persian national history kept in Firdusi (Iran) confirms the timeline of the Bible. The same is a fact concerning Jewish national history kept in Cedar Olam, and also the writings of Josephus. Ptolemais calendar system differed from Biblical Jewish system. But Christianity has not had any power or willfulness to conduct any thorough public reproving of Ptolemais’ works.

It is in the 2 Chron ​​ 36:22, 23 we find the edict/proclamation of Cyrus the Great, as he took the Persian throne in the year 456 BC,

“Now in the first year of Cyrus king of Persia,​​ that the word of the Lord by the mouth of Jeremiah​​ might be accomplished, the Lord stirred up the spirit of Cyrus the king of Persia so that he made a proclamation throughout all his kingdom and also put it in writing: ​​ Thus says Cyrus king of Persia: All the kingdoms of the earth the Lord, the God of heaven, has given me,​​ and He has charged me to build Him a house in Jerusalem, which is in Judah. Whoever there is among you of all His people, may the Lord his God be with him, and let him go up to Jerusalem.”

If we also add the words of Isaiah in Is 44:28 – then we can be a hundred percent certain of Cyrus’ proclamation in 456 BC which fulfilled this prophesy, of having Jerusalem restored,

“Who says of Cyrus, he is My shepherd (ruler), and he shall perform all My pleasure and fulfill all My purpose – even saying of Jerusalem, she shall (again) be built, and of the temple, Your foundation shall (again) be laid.”

​​ Most Christians​​ are aware that the diverse dates sat for the birth of Jesus ​​ etc. are not correct​​ to say the least. Our Bibles have​​ been edited by human hands – and that​​ made error in the time-line.

The early Catholic Church and popes/bishops decided to put the birth of Jesus to December 24, but in the real history His birth was in late September. Just a little side remark.

The​​ population-counting order of Augustus Cesar did not happen in year 1 – but rather in year 4 or 5​​ BC​​ – Roman annals has it written down.

When counting​​ the​​ years from Cyrus’ first year of rule, 456 BC, we arrive at the 14th​​ of Nisan in 28 AD – Passover – and the very day that Jesus died on the cross. This 14th​​ Nisan fell on Wednesday the 28th​​ of April. Gabriel said of Jesus (the Anointed One) that he would die in that year, thus we have no other men in history of the Jews who could be the rightful Messiah of God, than Jesus!

Daniel’s prophesy confirms that​​ only one person fits the bill​​ within the 70 Year Week prophesy: Jesus of Nazareth. ​​ But the Pharisees were blind and deaf and could not see this simple fact, see Is. 6. ​​ See Acts 28:25-28.

The closest other 14th​​ Nisan falling on a Wednesday, was in year 31 AD, but it will not fit the timeline, since Jesus would then have been 36-37 years old. The gospels say​​ He had three years in ministry, starting when He was around 30.

This leaves us ONLY Wednesday 28th​​ April AD 28. Fully in correspondence with Dan 9 and the 70 weeks.

Dan 9:26 reads,

And after the 62 weeks (coming after the first 7 weeks) shall the Anointed One be cut off​​ or killed and shall have nothing belonging to Him. And the people of the other prince (Vespasian Cesar) who will come will destroy the city (Jerusalem) and the sanctuary (temple). Its end shall come with a flood; and even to the end there shall be war, and desolations are decreed.”

In Dan 9:27​​ Gabriel takes a leap to the end time, in which we Christians today live, when we take into consideration​​ that the Church dispensation has been lasting for almost 2000 years. If we split those into 20 parts of 100 year each – I dare suggest that we in these days are living in the​​ twentieth part, that is – the last 100 years, before the seventieth year-week kicks in with the Great Tribulation in Israel and the coming of Jesus Christ. And if we then split up that​​ twentieth part, 100 years, into four parts of 25 years each, then I will say boldly that we are​​ just about to enter​​ or have already​​ entered​​ into that last 25 years​​ on earth with the Church dispensation. Think of it. Some believers thinks we may be here for 50 more years, some believe 100 more years. But friends, I think (based on diverse reasoning from the Bible on time aspect, see below) we​​ have a little over​​ a​​ decade if calculations below are correct, and God shall send the Great Tribulation upon Israel. The day we will read in the news that Israel has started the​​ Third-Temple Building Project​​ – then we will know more certain that the Church dispensation is about to be concluded.​​ Searching internet, I found reports of importance:​​ The Altar for the Third Temple​​ has​​ already been built, and is stored​​ in a warehouse ready to install in the coming temple. Check it out on the net!

However, my saying on​​ time-aspects​​ here must NOT​​ be taken for​​ prophesy! I just have my​​ opinion in this matter, but my opinion is based upon what the Bible has to say on the time aspect. That’s all.​​ I shall come back to this, shortly.

In the interim between the crucifixion of Jesus, then being raised from the dead, and then ascended to heaven – until the seventy year-week starts ticking, we find a​​ time-vacuum​​ – of which Gabriel told Daniel nothing. It was kept secret, or hidden from the prophet.

None of the prophets in O.T. and none of the apostles except Paul​​ had anything revealed to them. Verse 26 shows us a total destruction of Israel…there shall be war, and desolation is decreed…”.​​ Israel was destroyed the 10th​​ of September in 70 AD. See the parable of the kings messengers in Mat 22:7 – the Romans were used by God as His army to revenge the evil deeds of the Pharisees and Sadducees for their murdering of the Lord’s believers and apostles. Jerusalem was burnt and the temple laid flat to the ground. Israel was given 30 years to repent to Jesus as the apostles preached​​ to Israel, see the Book of Acts.​​ Israel could have repented, but they refused. So God sent destruction.

THE SEVENTIETH YEAR-WEEK, ISRAELS TRIBULATION

 

As mentioned above,​​ Dan 9:27​​ takes us to the time of Israel’s end time tribulation and the appearing of the Anti-Christ,

“And he (Anti-Christ) shall enter into a strong and firm covenant with the many for one week (seven years). And in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and offering to cease (for the remaining three and one-half years); and upon the wing or pinnacle of abominations (shall come) one who makes desolate, until the full determined end is poured out on the desolator.”

The expression here,​​ “..in the midst of THE WEEK..”​​ – is that otherwise undescribed​​ final seventieth week​​ which still has not kicked in.​​ 

As opposed to the earlier mention of the seven weeks, and then the sixty​​ two weeks, total of sixty nine weeks, here we all of a sudden find that last seventieth week​​ mentioned all alone, by itself.

Just as suddenly it is also that Gabriel, without saying any name or title, present for Daniel he who is the Anti-Christ to come….HE​​ SHALL CAUSE the sacrifice and offering to cease…”.​​ But Gabriel gives this person a nickname, ..”one who makes desolate..” – in my Norwegian Bible it is translated as “The destroyer”.​​ John called him for the Anti-Christ, Jesus called him “One who comes in his own name”, and Paul called him​​ “Man of Lawlessness, Son of Perdition”, and in Revelation “The Beast”.

I remind the reader that Gabriel in Dan 9 spoke to the prophet​​ being aware​​ that he regarded Gabriel as one who related these explanations Daniel had seen in chapter 8. Thus we can look upon Chapter 9 as a continuation of Chapter 8. They belong together.

In the verse above (27) – we see the same as described in Rev 11 with the two prophets (they are Elijah and Moses!) – after the 1260 days of their prophesying​​ their ministry comes to an abrupt end. Time is up and God allows the Anti-Christ to kill them (v. 7-8). It is these killings that​​ triggers Anti-Christ’s​​ murder-spree against all those who refuses to take on them the logo of the Beast, in their right hand or their foreheads, see Rev 13.​​ 

This is when he shall steal his way into the Third Temple, demanding to be hailed as their God and Messiah. See 2 Thes 2:4. We learn from Dan 9:27 that he first enters a covenant with Israel, but after three and one-half years (in the midst of the seventieth year week)​​ - then he starts his breaking the covenant, as he interferes with the offer rituals in the Third Temple, thus earning the nickname “The Destroyer” – as well as topping it all off by having an image of himself raised there, which the false Prophet shall by​​ satanic sorcery​​ give it the ability to speak. See Rev 13:14, 15.​​ 

This final half of the seventieth year-week​​ is called for 42 months in Rev 11:2 and Jerusalem shall be downtrodden it says. This is when the Great Tribulation rages at its most terrible ways. Jesus prophesied in Mat 24:22 that nobody could be saved unless He comes from heaven and stop the murders. Israel would be entirely extinguished if not for the return of Christ!

Let me throw in a side remark here:

The tribulation time is said to be 7 Jewish years. This can also be understood, that it is a ‘frame’ – within this time-frame the tribulation will exist. But it does​​ not necessarily mean 7 full years. Why? Because Jesus will come as soon as He sees that it is about to turn into a​​ full extinction​​ of the people. So He cut the tribulation off, with perhaps a few weeks, maybe a few months. It remains to be seen.

But there is​​ a special thing that actually defends such an idea, and that is what Jesus said to the people: ‘Hereafter you shall not see Me again, before you say​​ ‘Blessed is He Who comes in the name of the Lord’.​​ 

The thing is, this is a​​ text-line from the Psalm 118:26​​ which the Jews​​ sing​​ each year at Passover. The Psalm is a substantial song, and​​ of course the quote is but a small part of the text. This was the Psalm Jesus and the twelve sung during the Last Supper​​ ​​ see​​ Mark 14:26.

Put in simple terms: It seem to be that Jesus will come from heaven at the time of Passover – and the whole people shall join together and sing from their hearts​​ ‘Blessed is He Who comes in the name of the Lord’. Jesus will be saluted by the people in this way.​​ One of the prophets actually say​​ they will look up to Him, wailing with tears, like a mother of her son….so they will sing Psalm 118 with tears flowing – in sincere regrets over once having crucified Jesus. They fulfill thus the words of Hos 5:15 – Jesus will stay in heaven until​​ ‘they acknowledge their offence​​ and feel their guilt and seek My face’.

This terrible seventieth year-week in Dan 9 is called by Jer 30:7 for,

“..it will be the time of Jacob’s trouble.”

In Hos 5:15 that year-week is mentioned,

“…in their affliction and distress, they will seek, inquire for, and require Me​​ earnestly…”.

In Deut 28:62 Moses prophesied of this terrible time for end time Israel,

“And you shall be left few in number, whereas you had been as the stars of the heavens for multitude, because you would not obey the voice of the Lord your God.”

Zech 13:8 gives a more detailed count as for the disasters effect on Israel’s population (Israel are around 9 mill inhabitants as I write this 2021),

“And in all the land, says the Lord, two-thirds shall be cut off and perish, but one-third shall be left alive.” ​​​​ 

The context is the day of the Lord, see chapter​​ 12 and the opening verses of chapter 13.​​ “In that day”.

 

THE CHURCH IN THE TIME RIGHT BEFORE SEVENTIETH WEEK

 

I have ‘leaked’ above my idea of the​​ time-aspect being just around slightly above​​ a​​ decade​​ before that week kicks in. But you cannot take my word for this as if it is a prophesy. I am only making a guess​​ or opinion​​ based on my understanding of Scripture.​​ It is however not a wild guess!​​ Don’t fall out of your chair, mind you!!​​ I have the impression of which day in history that Israel died as a nation: It has to be the day in 70 AD when Rome destroyed them and flattened their temple to the ground! It simply leaves us no better alternative.

The year-week will start in the same instance as Elijah (and Moses, see Rev 11) appears in Israel all of a sudden. Rev 11 tells us that they are to​​ prophesy​​ for 1260 days, which is the​​ first half of the seven years of tribulation. Which means: They are here on earth – in Israel – from ‘Day One’ in the seventieth year-week! They are the​​ generals and chiefs​​ and shall prophesy forth all the punishments and frightful signs and disasters we can read from Rev 6 and on.

I said above that I should come back to the time-aspect for this.

Gabriel brought up​​ the destruction of Israel in Dan 9:26 ​​ “..and even to the end there shall be war…” –​​ speaking of Israel’s destruction in 70 AD.​​ We actually have an​​ exact date​​ for when the destruction of Jerusalem was completed:

The Jewish historian/writer Josephus was eyewitness​​ to the burning of Jerusalem in 70 AD – he wrote that​​ “Jerusalem was burned on exactly the same day as it was burned by the Babylonians”. ​​ And Jeremiah gives the exact date of Nebuchadnezzar’s burning of the temple, as we read Jer 52:12-13,

“Now in the fifth month, in the tenth day of the month, which was the nineteenth year of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, came Nebuzaradan, captain of the guard, which served the king of Babylon, into Jerusalem, And burned the house of the Lord (temple), and the kings house​​ (king was Zedekiah ​​ 597-587 BC); and all the houses of Jerusalem, and all the houses of the great men, burned he with fire”.

This was on​​ 10 Av, which according to our calendar is the 10th of​​ September. Using the​​ Julian​​ calendar,​​ this will equal​​ Sunday 5th of August​​ (587​​ BC).

 

THE ‘HOSEA CLOCK’ OF THE THREE PROPHETIC DAYS

 

Here I will take into this equation of time-aspects, what I call the ‘Hosea Clock’ – which we find in Hos ​​ 6:2, ​​ ref. to a few translations, on the future Israel,

Amplified Bible: “After two days He will revive us; On the third day He will raise us up, that we may live before Him”.

English Standard Version ​​ - say the exact same words.

New American Standard Bible – says the same.

These three days mentioned, are actually three millennia. Peter’s words,​​ that one day in the sight of the Lord is a thousand years, and a thousand years is like one day, comes to use here.​​ 

Hosea talked of the​​ two days counting for two thousand years. It is the time-interval in which we find Israel ‘Dead as a nation’ – but she will be REVIVED AFTER these two thousand years are fulfilled. It has to be taken in exact measures, so that we understand that the final day of those​​ 2000 years may be the final day of the seventieth year week. However, it could also mean that it could be the​​ beginning of the year-week​​ as we include them inside the number of days of the 2000 years – meaning that the​​ year-week starts 1994​​ years since 70​​ AD, when Israel was destroyed (included is the 500 extra days due to Leap Years).

God shall REVIVE ISRAEL BACK TO HIMSELF as a nation for God and Christ, and He will use the seven years of tribulation to perform that ‘Reviving’, a purging and chastisement of the now worldly profane Israel, so the new Israel will come out of the tribulation as Jesus-believers.

This is how it is with the time-line in this matter:

 

The two prophetic​​ ‘days’​​ in Hos 6:2 equals 720 000 days using the Jewish calendar of 360 days a year. A​​ small correction must be made in regard to the number of leap years (every fourth year has one day more, added in February). Usually February has 28 days, but gets 29 days every fourth year. This means five hundred extra days, which is one year and 140 days.​​ The next leap year will be 2024, since I write this in April 2021.​​ 

If we now use the Gregorian calendar – which is the one we use in our time in almost the entire world, and not the ancient Julian calendar, the ‘Hosea Clock’ gives us​​ the​​ 17th​​ of November in 2041​​ as the first day in the millennial Kingdom of Israel, and the tribulation is over. Hos 6:1 says​​ “..for He has torn so that He may heal us; He has stricken so that He may bind us up.”​​ ​​ This is what the Jews​​ will need from day one as the Kingdom has been established with Jesus as their King.

But, as I mentioned above, Jesus may choose to stop the killings in the tribulation​​ earlier,​​ by coming from heaven in April instead of November 2041. And then we find that the​​ 14th​​ of Nisan (Passover) is April 15, a Monday, and the First Day of Unleavened Bread is then on the 16th, a Thuesday.​​ 

The end of the present Church dispensation will be 7 years before those two thousand years are ended, which I already noted above, - after 1994 years included the Leap Years added.​​ 

November 16th​​ in 2041 is when the tribulation​​ ends​​ at the latest alternative,​​ however it​​ may rather end in April​​ as I have shown to you;​​ so we find that it starts seven years earlier –​​ which is 2034 AD.

It is now​​ late April​​ 2021, so this tells us that we have only about 13 years left of the Church dispensation if this time-aspect is correct.​​ 

I have made my utmost efforts to try to get​​ the​​ right facts put together here, but still – it is easy to fail since I am only a regular human being. Only God has the ability of not failing, let us remember that.​​ It can seem like a very short time, and I agree. Before this present dispensation ends, the time of the Church on earth, it is to me logical that we should see evidence of the Third Temple being built. So, in spite of time-calculations, we still have to leave an ‘open door’ to make revision of this. Only God knows the time in a hundred percent accuracy, right?

Daniel,​​ by the help of God’s Archangel Gabriel,​​ was given​​ revelation of​​ certain days and years​​ and knowledge of Israel’s future, the First Advent of Christ, the destruction of Israel thereafter, and even the opening of a fourth temple as the millennial Kingdom will be established at the Second Advent of Christ.

But Hosea fills the ‘Vacuum’ between the first and second Advent – the 2000 years when Israel is laid down and ‘Dead’, and the third day – or millennium as we get to see Israel being raised up to live ​​ before the Lord, Jesus Christ, in the Kingdom.

After Israel’s destruction​​ in 70 AD​​ we have the Church dispensation and the new free Gospel of Grace from Christ, as He revealed His Mystery to Paul – see Eph 3:1-9 where the apostle explain this​​ new gospel revelation. The Church, the Body of Christ, and Christ as the Head of His body.​​ Paul also called us​​ “One new Man”.​​ The epistle to the Colossians is also a writing in which we find the same new free Gospel as in​​ Ephesians. The two epistles are the ONLY Biblical scriptures having faith doctrine for this Church dispensation. The rest of the New Testament concerns only Israel and their proselytes.

Gabriel’s time-prophesy stopped at the opening of the temple after the seventieth week, as in Dan 9:24 ​​ “…and to anoint a Holy of Holies”.

That is when the Fourth temple (see Ezek 45-47)​​ is​​ built AFTER the​​ seventieth week shall be over.​​ The Third temple will be destroyed in the tribulation period.

CONCLUSION: ​​ Yes, obviously we cannot believe that it will take yet 50 years, or a hundred years or more, before the Church will be taken into heaven. All historic and prophetic facts are pointing toward a​​ short time, whether 13 years, 25 years or 35 years…to experience that ONE DAY AHEAD which Paul pointed to in Eph ​​ 4:30,

“….for the DAY OF REDEMPTION”.

This day of redemption will occur same day as the seventieth year-week of Daniel 9 kicks in, and cast Israel into the Great Tribulation, the time of Jacob’s trouble.

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Special Calendar Dates of Eschatological Value

 

YEAR 28 A.D.

The end of the 69th​​ Year-Week, 14th​​ day of Nisan; our 28th​​ of April,which was a Wednesday.​​ Daniel 9:26 fulfilled:

Jesus died on the cross outside of Jerusalem.

He rose​​ from the dead 18th​​ day of Nisan; our​​ 2nd​​ of May, which was a​​ Sunday.​​ (Daniel was​​ not told of the resurrection of Christ).

God​​ sent the Holy Spirit on His Apostles the first Day of Pentecost, which was our 20th​​ of June, the seventh Sunday from Jesus’ resurrection day. ​​ See Acts 2.

YEAR 70​​ A.D.

Israel conquered and burnt by the Roman Army​​ under Emperor Vespasian’s rule. His son Titus was General of the army. Temple​​ was​​ laid​​ flat to the ground, every stone torn down.​​ 

Dan. 9:26 fulfilled: (the people of the other prince, were the Roman Army, and the prince Vespasian).

The following two years, 71-72 A.D. were the great deportation of Jews, sent to Egypt to be sold as slaves – but no one would buy. The market collapsed. Josephus reported of this – all men from 17 years of age taken prisoners of war, were sent by ships to Alexandria, and many wives of those soldiers were also sent with them.​​ Thus the old prophesy of Moses in Deu.​​ 28:68 was fulfilled.​​ Israel’s people were shipped back to Egypt as slaves! The nation was thus entirely ended and nullified.​​ 

The nation ‘Died’ but they shall be revived one day according to Hos. 6:2.

 

YEAR 2034 A.D.

Introduced​​ by me above, as the​​ possible year​​ of concluding​​ the dispensation of the Church, the Body of Christ.

 ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​​​ Paul’s reference to that day is Eph. 4:30, saying,

 “And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by Whom you were sealed for​​ the DAY of redemption”.

 ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​​​ The very same year (and day, of which we do not know) is also the start-up for the Seventieth Year-Week in Dan. 9. The time of Great Tribulation for Israel. The Church is taken into heaven supernaturally by God’s sovereign intervention; but for the fallen Israel it is the other way around: Stern punishment and disasters will fall on them, prophesied forth by the two witnesses in Rev. 11. This​​ purging​​ will result in the ‘Dead’​​ Israel coming​​ back to life, so they can live before the Lord in the coming millennial kingdom, Jesus as their King.​​ ​​ Hos. 6:2 will be fulfilled.

The 14th​​ of Nisan in that year will fall on a Sunday, and will be the 9th​​ of April in our calendar. ​​ Will the two witnesses arrive in Israel that very day? ​​ And will the Church be taken to heaven that day as well? ​​ We will have to wait and see!

YEAR 2037 A.D.

 

Here we come in as the grueling event in Jerusalem will be Anti-Christ’s ‘Take-over’ of the Third Temple, even the Holy of Holies – and demand of Israel to hail him as their God and Messiah.

This year, in June – is equal to Dan. 9:27 “And in the​​ midst of the​​ week​​ he shall cause the sacrifice and offering to cease…”

 ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​​​ It is my clear impression that this take-over will happen on a​​ Sabbath day​​ – when the people will fill the temple site. He has the choice of Saturday 6th​​ of June or Saturday 13th​​ of June. One of those Sabbaths will be when Anti-Christ takes​​ over as the​​ false messiah​​ he will be. It is exactly in the midst of the seventieth Year-Week, and the 42 months start up, when Israel will have the most destructive and frightening days in their history.

That year the 14th​​ of Nisan, the Passover, will be on our Monday​​ the 30th​​ of March.

YEAR OF 2041 A.D.

 

The exact counting of full 7 years of  ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​​​ Tribulation, will end the 16th​​ of November. But as I explained above, Jesus might shorten these last days/weeks/months due to the extreme massive killings and chaos – so He comes from heaven to stop it, and I have suggested it may be on the 14th​​ of Nisan.

Each traditional 14th​​ of Nisan, Jews have sung from the Psalm 118, and verse 26 is particularly interesting, for it says that which Jesus Himself referred to: They​​ will see Him coming to them when they salute Him with​​ ‘Blessed is​​ He Who comes in the name of the Lord’.​​ ​​ This is the Passover Psalm in Jewry. It is therefore very logical that this Psalm will be sung before Him by the survivors in Israel as the Tribulation is over!

This very Psalm is the one that also has that well known passage, which we all know,

Verses 21-22: I will confess, praise and give thanks to You, for You have heard and answered me; and You HAVE BECOME MY SALVATION AND DELIVERER. - - The stone which the builders rejected has become the chief corner stone.

Here​​ my list of days and years ends. I recommend to you to study the Bible and without fear of missing something. None of us are infallible, only God and Christ make​​ no mistakes.​​ It is a great plus and​​ to constantly keeping​​ the Bible ‘going’​​ in all what you make​​ in life. Paul exhorts us in Col. 3:1-4 – especially verse​​ 2,

“And set your minds and keep them set on what is above (the higher things), not on the things that are on the earth.”

Our calling is a heavenly one!