606 B.C.   TO   2018 A.D.  with Signs of the End Times                                                  .

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Welcome to FeastsoftheLord.net website presentation.  The hermeneutical foundation of 70 years as the symbol of completion is a based upon the following: 

  • Jeremiah’s prophecy declared 70 years of Babylonian captivity.  The first for the 10 Northern tribes starting in 606 BC and ending in 536 BC, and then the 2 Southern tribes of Benjamin and Judah, whose captivity began in 586 BC to 516 BC. 
  • This resulted in the 10 Northern tribes being in captivity for 70 years until they were released to return to Jerusalem for the purpose of rebuilding the temple under Ezra and Zerubbabel in 536 BC.   Consequently, Judah was in captivity for only 50 years, but then it took them another 20 years to rebuild the temple, completing construction in 516 BC.
  • 70 years as the symbol of completion is further supported by Daniel’s “70 week prophecy”, seen in Dan. 9:24-25 where the prophecy of 69 periods of 7 would occur after the order was given to rebuild Jerusalem until the coming of Messiah the Prince.  This was initiated when King Artexerxes gave the order to Nehemiah to rebuild Jerusalem in 445 BC, as noted in Nehemiah 8:1-8.
  • The 69 periods of 7 result is 483 prophetic years at 360 days per year, which is equivalent to 476 solar years.  So the end date for fulfillment of the prophecy in Daniel is 30 AD.  This prophecy was fulfilled by Jesus at His first coming, which results in reliable fulfillment of prophecy for the remaining 1 period of 7 to complete the 70 periods of 7 prophecy in Dan. 9:27; which states: “He shall confirm His covenant for 1 period of 7 with the people (Israel) and the Holy City (Jerusalem).
  • 70 years represents 1 generation, as stated in Ps. 90:10.
  • Jesus’ statement,  in response to the apostles’ question, “Lord, what will be the signs of the end of the age and the sign of Your Return?” was that when the fig tree (meaning Israel) exists, “this generation will by no means pass away until all these things take place”. (Matthew 24:32-34)

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  • Dan. 9:24 makes it clear that God has determined / covenanted 70 periods of 7 with Israel and Jerusalem for the purposes of bringing in everlasting righteousness.  The first coming of the Lord provides for forgiveness of sins and the 2nd coming of Christ an end of sin following the time known as the “Tribulation Period” for the remaining 1 period of 7.  Daniel 9:27 states, “(and He God) shall confirm the covenant of 70 periods of 7 for the remaining 1 period of 7.
  • Note that the word covenant is beriyth in Hebrew, the same word used to express the Abrahamic Covenant.  Furthermore, the word confirm infers a previous covenant, which is now being recognized.
  • We shall also see the original Hebrew text and meanings for the words sacrifice and oblation.  There are 2 basic meanings to each of these words; one refers to blood sacrifices for forgiveness of sin & 2nd meaning expressed here, refers to sacrifices of thanksgiving, praise & commitment to God.
           Some believe the abomination will be a physical act or event; however, as we shall see,
        apostasy is the abomination that results in desolation of the spirit bringing God’s wrath upon the unrepentant.

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This English grammar sentence diagram provides a clear and unequivocal structure of Scripture, laying the foundation for accurate interpretation.  Note how the first part of the graph at the top of the page clarifies that a full 70 periods of 7 are covenanted by God to both Israel and Jerusalem.
 
The middle of the graph expresses the prophecy of Jesus the Messiah’s First Coming after 69 periods of 7. 
 
The last portion of the chart shows the remaining 1 period of 7 as integrally connected to the full 70 periods of 7.
 
It is important to recognize here that God is promising to confirm His covenant of 1 period of 7 with Israel and Jerusalem.  It should be obvious that Israel and Jerusalem must exist in order to fulfill this remaining portion of prophecy.
 
Clearly, the original Hebrew word ‘gabar’ should be translated as confirm rather than ‘make’ in reference to the covenant made with Israel and Jerusalem.

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The Hebrew verb form for the word gabar expressed in the Hebrew as higbir clearly specifies the Hifil form of the verb.  This means to confirm, to strengthen or to give strength with inference to a covenant.  The Hebrew verb gabar has the basic meaning “to be strong, to strengthen, to give strength, or to make strong”.  In its Hifil form higbir, used in Scripture, means to ‘confirm’.  

However, some misinterpret gabar to have the meaning of ‘make’ rather than confirm.  The Hebrew word for ‘to make’ is different and is not synonymous with the word confirm.  The NAS Bible, stemming from the Schofield Bible, which was developed to support a new theology, originally expressed by John Darby in the 1850s.  The NASB mistranslates the Piel form of the verb, which basically means ‘to make strong or to strengthen’, i.e. to strengthen a covenant.  ‘To make a strong covenant or to make a covenant”, changing the emphasis from confirming or strengthening a covenant to making a covenant.  It should therefore be clear that this is an incorrect interpretation used to support John Darby’s theology that “the antichrist will ‘make’ a covenant with Israel”.

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This slide examines sacrifices and oblations.

  • As we shall we on the next slide, the original Hebrew words used in context for this verse refer to sacrifices of righteousness, thank offerings, gifts, presents to God and include an offering of grain, money, burnt offerings or meat offerings.  In other words, they are sacrifices of praise and commitment to God, not blood sacrifices for atonement of sin.  Therefore, the context of this verse in Daniel, the sacrifices and oblations that are caused to cease are a result of apostasy, turning from that which was once believed toward salvation and turning toward something else.  This act is an abomination to God resulting in desolation of the spirit and therefore shall incur the consequences of God wrath which will be poured out on the desolate for their unrepentant.  This is the context of Dan. 9:27.

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As you can see, the Hebrew equivalents of zabach and other Hebrew words used are not related to blood sacrifices for sin, but rather praise to God as a free will offering.  This verse and others are used by some to misinterpret Daniel 9:24-27 to say that the antichrist will first ‘make’ a covenant with Israel and must therefore allow rebuilding of the physical temple because he later causes these so called blood sacrifices to cease.

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This slide puts into context the literal Hebrew transliteration of English equivalents.  Note that the word ‘he’ in the grammatical structure is not in the original text but in fact infers more that the subjects are the offerings of praise to God which are taken away.  This cessation of sacrifices of praise to God become most evident in the midst of the 7-year period termed the Tribulation Period.  This is shown by abominable detestable things make wasted desolate as a result of apostasy by the unrepentant.  Consequently God has decreed destruction by His wrath will be poured out on the unrepentant.
 

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Careful consideration to the actual transliteration of the literal Hebrew words into English places special emphasis upon the general sense or meaning of the word from the synonyms provided by Strong’s references.  For example, the first two words, gabar and beriyth have a general sense of confirming or strengthening the covenant between God and man.  After 3.5 years of the 7, sacrifices of righteousness (zabach) and praise offerings (minchah) are caused to cease to the extremities of the earth.  This is all by abominable detestable things that make waste or make desolate to accomplish complete destruction to mutilate.  These abominations are followed the outpouring of by God’s decreed wrath to destroy.

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With this literal Hebrew transliteration in mind, the full sense of the context of the meaning of each word in verse 27 is more clearly described:

  • God shall confirm His covenant
  • For 1 period of 7
  • At the middle of the 7-year Tribulation Period
  • Thanksgiving and praise to God will cease
  • Abomination to the ends of the earth
  • Detestable things make waste and desolate

God decreed to accomplish complete destruction, poured out His anger/wrath

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An expanded amplified translation:

Note how because it is God confirming His covenant with Israel and Jerusalem.  The very existence of Israel and Jerusalem are a fulfillment of God’s covenant to them for the remaining 1 period of 7 to complete His covenant with them to make an end of sin and bring everlasting righteousness. 

  • God’s permissive will allows satan to cause temptations for people to turn from that which they once believed unto salvation and to become desolate - if they fail to repent and turn back to God.  Consequently the “Day of the Lord” and His wrath will be poured out upon them. 

Jesus expressed these trials, testings and tribulations as “the beginning of sorrows” prior to the middle of the 7-year period.  These trials and testings are expressed as the first 4 Seals of Rev. chapter 6 and expressed in the Greek word pierasmos. Then following the abomination, the antichrist’s activities of making desolate, Jesus said that then there would be great tribulation expressed in the Greek as thlupsis.  The Great Tribulation is then followed by the 6th Sign or Seal of the sun and moon turning dark, which is a sign of Jesus’ Return to deliver the saints from the wrath that He is about to pour out upon the unrepentant.  This is expressed by the breaking of the 7th seal on the scroll, which describes the 7 trumpets & 7 bowls of God’s wrath upon the unrepentant.

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Daniel 9:24, 27           

70 Year completion in 2018:

One of the major prophecies of Jesus’ Return during the 1 period of 7 to complete the 70 periods of 7 prophecy given to Daniel is emphasized by verses 24 and 27, where God has determined the total of 70 periods of 7 upon both Israel and Jerusalem.

  • Applying the 70 years as a symbol of completion, to Israel as having been reborn as a nation in 1948, brings us to the period of 2018 as the ‘completion’ of one generation.
  • This is combined with Jerusalem being recaptured in 1967.  Jesus stated that Jerusalem would be trodden down by the Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles would be fulfilled.  Adding 50 years on to 1967 when Jerusalem was recaptured brings us to a completion date of 2018.
     
  • 2018 is also the start of the 70th 50-year Jubilee, a significant symbol of completion.
  • The Year of Jubilee symbolizes the concept that all that is God’s is ultimately returned free of debts to its original owner, God.

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Daniel 9:24, 27            2018 completion (continued)

To reiterate, God’s confirming covenant with Israel and Jerusalem for the last 7-year period known as the ‘Tribulation Period’, ends at a completion date of 2018.

  • 2018 is established as the end of the 70 years ‘generation’ from the time Israel became a nation.
  • 70 years as a symbol of completion is confirmed by Scripture by Jeremiah, Daniel and Jesus Himself.
  • 2018 is prophecy fulfilled of Daniel 9:24, 27
  • The one period of 7 culminates with the Millennial Kingdom, known as the 70th year of Jubilee from when the Hebrews crossed the Jordan River into the Promised Land.

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                                Ten Years – Feast of Trumpets to Feast of Atonement
  • Jesus fulfilled the first 4 feasts typologically in His First Coming.
  • The Feasts of Trumpets, Atonement and Jubilee are the typological events that precede and include His Return.
  • God has stated that He has appointed 1 day as a year, when applied to prophecy.
  • Scripture states that “one day with the Lord is as 1000 years”.
  • The Feast of Trumpets is on the first day of the 7th month; a call to repentance for 10 days.
  • The Feast of Atonement is on the 10th day of the 7th month; a time of judgment.
  • The Year of Jubilee is on the 11th day of the 7th month; in other words, the day following judgment, is followed by the Millennial Kingdom.
  • 50 years is symbolic of the Year of Jubilee, where all that is God’s gets returned to God, which also symbolizes the Millennial Kingdom.
  • 2018 is the 70th year and culminates at the Feast of Atonement, or judgment.
  • The Feast of Atonement is preceded by the Feast of Trumpets, 10 days or 10 years, in other words 2008, which initiated the period of a call to repentance prior to judgment.
  • The 7-year Tribulation Period is the 7th sabbatical year of 7 years, culminating with a Year of Jubilee every 50 years.  This last sabbatical year of 7 years, known as the Tribulation Period, is initiated in October of 2011 and culminates in October of 2018.
  • The Year of Jubilee, known as the Millennial Kingdom, is initiated upon completion of the Feast of Atonement, or Judgment.
  • The first 7 years of the 10-years’ call to repentance between the Feast of Trumpets and the Feast of Atonement are known as the ‘Days of Noah’.  God told Noah to go into the ark, then to close the doors of the ark after 7 days, when God poured out His wrath upon the unrepentant.

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                                                            The Seven-Year Tribulation Period

The 7th sabbatical year of 7 years leading to the 70th Year of Jubilee culminates in 2018 and is initiated in 10-2011.

  • 10/2011 initiates the 7-year Tribulation Period
  • In the midst of the 7-year period, the Abomination of Desolation may occur in April or May of 2015 at the Feast of Passover, which initiates the Great Tribulation.
  • September-October of 2015 at the Feast of Atonement may be the completion of the Great Tribulation.
  • The 6th Seal of Revelation Chapter 6 expressed by Jesus in Matt. 24:29-31 states that the sun and moon will turn dark and the stars will fall from heaven before the great and dreadful Day of the Lord and His wrath.
  • Jesus stated that He will gather together His elect upon the sign of the 6th Seal.
  • Revelation shows that it is only the Lamb of God Who is able to break the 7th Seal that opens the scroll which contains God’s wrath, symbolized by “the 7 trumpets and 7 bowls of God’s wrath”.
  • Upon the completion of God’s wrath at Revelation 16, Revelation 17 through 19 express God’s judgment as symbolized by the Feast of Atonement.
  • This is followed by the Year of Jubilee, known as the Millennial Kingdom, shown in Revelation 19:5.