This Sabbath I thought we might reflect on the potential fulfilment of prophecy in the period that lies ahead of us concerning most importantly the Coming of the Messiah and the Witnesses.
We have looked at the time frame to the next Jubilee year in 2027, the 120th jubilee since the closure of Eden and the beginning of the 120 jubilees or 6000-year rule and judgment of Satan and the Host. We will examine the sequence of the 21 years that lead up to the jubilee in 2027. Shortly we will put out the papers that deal with the actual conflict over the period until the return of the Messiah and the way that Messiah will deal with the planet. There are at least two ways of looking at the problem posed by the application of God’s Calendar to the time ahead.
God does things in sequence and in order according to His calendar and His plan and timetable. The calendar is in fact a reflection of the plan. Let us go back to the beginning. Adam was created in 4004 and lived for 130 years and had Seth. Seth lived 105 years and had Enosh. Enosh lived 90 years and had Kenan. Kenan lived 70 years and had Mahalael. Mahalael lived 65 years and had Jared. Jared lived 162 years and had Enoch. Enoch lived 65 years and had Methuselah. Methuselah was born in the Seventh year of the 14th Jubilee cycle Enoch lived a further 300 years “and he was not” for God took him. He did not die but rather God removed him as he also removed Elijah.
Adam died in the jubilee year of 3074 BCE, 18 jubilees after the closure of Eden 900 years previously in 3974 BCE. Enoch was born in 3382 BCE, which was the 622nd year of Adams life on the first year of the second Sabbath cycle of the 12th Jubilee. Adam was obviously alive when Enoch was born and lived for another 308 years. 365 years later God took Enoch for another purpose.
Adam was 687 when Methuselah was born in 3317 BCE. He was 874 when Lamech was born in 3130 BCE. He lived for 56 years more and died. Noah was born in 2948 BCE and was 600 years old at the time of the flood.
Enoch was taken in the year 3017 BCE, which was the first Sabbath year of the cycle of the new jubilee, which was the 20th jubilee cycle since the closure of Eden in the jubilee year of the old Eden system under the rule of God. The first year of the first jubilee under Satan began in the sacred year 3973/2 BCE, after the closure of Eden in the year 3974/3 BCE. Thus the first jubilee year of Satan’s rule was 3924/3 BCE. Adam was 30 years old when Eden was closed (probably from Atonement 3974 BCE). The six thousand years of Satan’s rule is complete 120 Jubilees later in 2027.
Seth was born in the second jubilee year of Satan’s Rule in 3874/3 BCE. The lineage was recommenced uncorrupted after two jubilees. Enosh, son of Seth was born in the Fifth year of the Fifth jubilee of Satan’s rule, which was the sequence of Grace. God showed His direction and the identification of the line that would lead to Noah and then to Messiah.
Enoch was taken as the first of the righteous men to judge the earth (see the
paper The Witnesses (No. 135)).
Methuselah was 300 years old when God took His father Enoch in the Sabbath Year
of 3017. Methuselah lived a further 669 years and the year he died God sent
the flood. That was in 2348 BCE. The world was not destroyed in his lifetime
for the righteousness of Enoch his father. The Flood occurred in the Twenty-sixth
year of the Thirty-third Jubilee cycle of the Rule of Satan. The Exodus was
to occur exactly 18 jubilees later in the 26th year of the 51st Jubilee in 1448/7
BCE. These time sequences are not accidental.
Enoch was taken six jubilees or 300 years after the birth of Methuselah. Noah lived for 600 years or twelve jubilees and the flood occurred on the death of Methuselah.
From the birth of Noah it was twelve jubilee equivalents to the Flood and from the Flood it was 18 jubilee equivalents or 900 years to the Exodus. From the Exodus it was ten jubilee equivalents or 500 years to the completion of the Temple at Jerusalem and the houses of administration (see the paper Rule of the Kings Part III: Solomon and the Key of David (No. 298C)).
From the beginning of the Rule of Satan in 3973 BCE to the Exodus was seven times plus the five years of grace; in other words it was 2525 (2520 or seven times, plus 5) years to the year that God decided to deal with Egypt and the Rule of Satan (see also Moses and the God’s of Egypt (No. 105)). The seven times of the Host ended in the Sabbath year that was the 21st year of the 51st cycle. Like all of the creation we are given our times to be dealt with in accordance with God’s Plan and according to His mercy. Satan and the Host were also given their times. The Egyptian system was dealt with over the period of the plagues, which ended with the Exodus in the fifth year of the fourth cycle. However, Satan was not judged until the jubilee year of the 80th Jubilee in 27 CE when he was confronted with Messiah. Messiah had confronted him at the Exodus but for Satan’s final judgment Christ came as a man.
Satan was given a double set of forty jubilees to implement his rule. God had selected Abraham in the Fortieth Jubilee and set him aside. Abraham was the First Elohim as replacement Covering Cherub for Satan. Moses was the second elohim to be set aside eleven jubilees later. He replaces the Aeon of the Lion headed system at the Resurrection. These are the only two referred to in the Bible as elohim until the elect are mentioned in Zechariah 12:8 and the Psalms as elohim as the Angel of the Lord at their head who is the senior elohim of the Host under God although Israel means also “he shall rule as God” (see also The Elect as Elohim (No. 001)). The demons are not judged until we succeed to them and they are placed in the Second Resurrection and judged against what we have done over our lives and what we do in the millennial system in the thousand years between 2028 and 3027.
The world was given forty jubilees also and the church was placed in the Wilderness for that period until the nations are judged and brought into subjugation by the 120th jubilee in 2027 CE.
The Babylonian or world system was also given 2520 years or “seven times.” The period ended at the end of the eighty-year sequence, from 1916, in 1996. The times of the nations ended then (see the paper The Fall of Egypt: the Prophecy of Pharaohs Broken Arms (No. 36)). The last system under Satan will emerge and be destroyed between then and 2027, which completes the thirty years of the time of the end. The last twenty-one years of that time completes the sanctification process and the subjugation of the nations (see the paper Sanctification of the Nations (No. 77)).
The Sun system in other nations.
The Sun system actually dates itself from before the Flood. The Mayan Sun system begins its Long Count in its calendar from what is generally argued to be 11 August 3114 BCE. Protagonists differ over what is officially the end of the Sun system according to the Mayans but agree on the year namely ca 2012 between the solstice on 21 December 2011 and 21 December 2012. One student of the Mayan system argues that it actually ends on October 28 2011 (C. J. Calleman, Mayan Calendar, Why Creation Cycles do not end December 21, 2012 but October 28, 2011).
In other words the Mayans understood the sequence of the Sun System to be in place exactly forty years before the death of Adam. Remember the Sun system was taken over into Babylon and carried over from the Flood and Satan’s system started again. The Mayans base their calendar of the Long Count on the solar zenith in Izapa in Southern Mexico where the Long Count was first devised. The end date of the Long Count logically falls on 21 December 2012, which is the solstice. It is the end result of the date chosen by Izapans for the beginning of the creation cycle (ibid). The date of 21 December 2012 is 4 Ahau in the tzolkin count and Calleman argues that that cannot be correct as the end date must fall on a date that is 13 Ahau in the tzolkin count. It is for that reason that Calleman, for example, argues that 28 October 2011 is the correct end date based on the Palenque inscriptions which were ca. 1000 years after the Izapan writings (ibid). For the layman the Mayan system is based on 13 cycles from 3114 BCE ending in 2012 traditionally at the solstice (or 3115- 2011 in October for those that support the views of Calleman).
We might argue that the Sun system begins forty years before the death of Adam and ends at the destruction of its system under the creation cycle of this age. The thirteen sequences should be obvious to a Bible student as the number of rebellion under the Fallen Host.
The solstice is the mark of the “invincible sun god” and the sequence of human sacrifice culminating in the so-called Christmas Festival (see the paper The Origins of Christmas and Easter (No. 235)).
However whilst Satan uses his calendar and the days of human sacrifice within them to mark events in his years, God does not do that and uses the Sacred Calendar to implement His system.
The return of God’s system
As Enoch was taken in the Sabbath year so too might we expect him, and Elijah,
to return in the Sabbath year.
Why 2012? The year is a Sabbath year in the sacred calendar and the 35th year of the 120th Jubilee. When viewed against the sacred yearly calendar we see the 21 days of both the First and Seventh Months as pivotal and reflecting the story of the activities of Messiah as both spirit being and as the Son of God. There is no doubt that Christ told us that unless he returns to save those who eagerly await him there would be no flesh saved alive. The end is a disaster in any language.
Matthew, chapter 241-51
1: Jesus left the temple and was going away, when his disciples came to point out to him the buildings of the temple. 2: But he answered them, "You see all these, do you not? Truly, I say to you, there will not be left here one stone upon another, that will not be thrown down." 3: As he sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately, saying, "Tell us, when will this be, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the close of the age?"4: And Jesus answered them, "Take heed that no one leads you astray. 5: For many will come in my name, saying, `I am the Christ,' and they will lead many astray. 6: And you will hear of wars and rumours of wars; see that you are not alarmed; for this must take place, but the end is not yet. 7: For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines and earthquakes in various places: 8: all this is but the beginning of the birth-pangs. 9: "Then they will deliver you up to tribulation, and put you to death; and you will be hated by all nations for my name's sake. 10: And then many will fall away, and betray one another, and hate one another. 11: And many false prophets will arise and lead many astray. 12: And because wickedness is multiplied, most men's love will grow cold. 13: But he who endures to the end will be saved. 14: And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached throughout the whole world, as a testimony to all nations; and then the end will come. 15: "So when you see the desolating sacrilege spoken of by the prophet Daniel, standing in the holy place (let the reader understand), 16: then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains; 17: let him who is on the housetop not go down to take what is in his house; 18: and let him who is in the field not turn back to take his mantle. 19: And alas for those who are with child and for those who give suck in those days! 20: Pray that your flight may not be in winter or on a Sabbath. 21: For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been from the beginning of the world until now, no, and never will be. 22: And if those days had not been shortened, no human being would be saved; but for the sake of the elect those days will be shortened. 23: Then if any one says to you, `Lo, here is the Christ!' or `There he is!' do not believe it. 24: For false Christs and false prophets will arise and show great signs and wonders, so as to lead astray, if possible, even the elect. 25: Lo, I have told you beforehand. 26: So, if they say to you, `Lo, he is in the wilderness,' do not go out; if they say, `Lo, he is in the inner rooms,' do not believe it. 27: For as the lightning comes from the east and shines as far as the west, so will be the coming of the Son of man. 28: Wherever the body is, there the eagles will be gathered together. 29: "Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken; 30: then will appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory; 31: and he will send out his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other. 32: "From the fig tree learn its lesson: as soon as its branch becomes tender and puts forth its leaves, you know that summer is near. 33: So also, when you see all these things, you know that he is near, at the very gates. 34: Truly, I say to you, this generation will not pass away till all these things take place. 35: Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away. 36: "But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father only. 37: As were the days of Noah, so will be the coming of the Son of man. 38: For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day when Noah entered the ark, 39: and they did not know until the flood came and swept them all away, so will be the coming of the Son of man. 40: Then two men will be in the field; one is taken and one is left. 41: Two women will be grinding at the mill; one is taken and one is left. 42: Watch therefore, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming. 43: But know this, that if the householder had known in what part of the night the thief was coming, he would have watched and would not have let his house be broken into. 44: Therefore you also must be ready; for the Son of man is coming at an hour you do not expect. 45: "Who then is the faithful and wise servant, whom his master has set over his household, to give them their food at the proper time? 46: Blessed is that servant whom his master when he comes will find so doing. 47: Truly, I say to you, he will set him over all his possessions. 48: But if that wicked servant says to himself, `My master is delayed,' 49: and begins to beat his fellow servants, and eats and drinks with the drunken, 50: the master of that servant will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he does not know,
51: and will punish him, and put him with the hypocrites; there men will weep and gnash their teeth.
Note that the end generation will not pass away until all these things are accomplished. A generation is 40 years. The worst time of the flight in this sequence is in the northern winter and on a Sabbath. Thus we might expect the greatest of the disasters to occur on the period of human sacrifice, perhaps when the solstice occurs on a Sabbath. Certainly the worst of the disaster and destruction occurs in winter on a Sabbath. 21 Dec 2012 is a Friday. The Sabbath begins that evening. The winter solstice in 2013 is a Sabbath. The solstice in 2011 is on a Wednesday. The next Solstice after that on a Sabbath is 2019 and 2025. The winter solstice in 2007 is on a Friday and 2008 is on a Sunday. These variations will emerge as we progress. At any rate it will certainly not be pleasant after the event. Our flight will be possible before hand.
Satan’s time has to be cut short. His full period was the six working days of the creation of this age. One might argue that was from the creation of Adam and thus ended in 1997. However there were thirty years at the beginning where Adam was under the protection of the Host in Eden and Adam could not be brought into judgment until he had thirty years on earth, which was at the jubilee of 3974 BCE. Christ could not begin to teach until he was over thirty and eligible to teach as an elder (see the paper Christ’s Age at Baptism and the Duration of His Ministry (No. 19)). Satan was able to interfere with the Garden over the thirty years before his full period of rule and thus there is a period also at the end where the thirty years mark the transition back to the conditions of Eden in the Millennium. This is represented by the period called the Mourning for Moses of Israel in the Wilderness before they entered the Promised Land (see the Last Thirty Years: The Final Struggle (No. 219)).
Satan is also given a period back at the end of the millennial system to deal wiht the earth again and expose the self-righteousness and the weakness of the human condition in the rebellion of the end also. Thus the Messiah will arrive before 2027. The question is how much will he cut the period short.
Hence also we can expect to see the drama of the Last Days play out over the last thirty years. The Sabbath years see the Reading of the Law taken on and the procedure of the Restoration covers the 1260 days of the Witnesses and the advent of the Messiah and the subjugation of the nations. These times and procedures are given as Scripture and Scripture cannot be broken (cf., Jn 10:34-35).
Let us examine now the alternatives for the final phase of the end of this age.
If Enoch and Elijah arrive in 2012 and are indeed the witnesses it will be
5028 years since he was taken (see the paper The
Witnesses (No. 135)). Elijah was taken by chariot into the future at about
half that interval. Scripture is clear that Elijah will be sent to us before
the great and terrible day of the Lord (cf Mal. 4:1-6).
1: "For behold, the day comes, burning like an oven, when all the arrogant and all evildoers will be stubble; the day that comes shall burn them up, says the LORD of hosts, so that it will leave them neither root nor branch. 2: But for you who fear my name the sun of righteousness shall rise, with healing in its wings. You shall go forth leaping like calves from the stall. 3: And you shall tread down the wicked, for they will be ashes under the soles of your feet, on the day when I act, says the LORD of hosts. 4: "Remember the law of my servant Moses, the statutes and ordinances that I commanded him at Horeb for all Israel. 5: "Behold, I will send you Eli'jah the prophet before the great and terrible day of the LORD comes. 6: And he will turn the hearts of fathers to their children and the hearts of children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the land with a curse."
Thus the Scriptures ended with the promise of Elijah. John the Baptist came
in the Spirit of Elijah but so also shall Elijah come in the last days as Christ
stated in Mathew 17:10-13 (cf. Mk. 9:11-13).
10: And the disciples asked him, "Then why do the scribes say that first Eli'jah must come?" 11: He replied, "Eli'jah does come, and he is to restore all things; 12: but I tell you that Eli'jah has already come, and they did not know him, but did to him whatever they pleased. So also the Son of man will suffer at their hands." 13: Then the disciples understood that he was speaking to them of John the Baptist.
Thus Elijah takes part in the Restoration and restores “all things”. The final thing to be restored is the nexus of the law. The Witnesses restore the nexus of the law by tying the rainfall on the planet to the law of God and withholding the rains for 1260 days of the prophecy. The plagues of Egypt are also tied to the nexus and irrigation will not save anyone that does not keep the laws of God. That period is before Christ comes to save the elect.
There are two ways of viewing the last days. The period of the build up to Abib is fourteen days from the New Year on the New Moon to the Seventh of Abib, which is the Sanctification of the Simple and the Erroneous, to the Passover which commences with the Lord’s Supper on the evening of 14 Abib and the Passover meal on evening 15 Abib. The Lamb was set-aside on 10 Abib as we saw happen with Christ for the Passover in 30 CE. Passover saw mankind redeemed from sin. The Feast of Unleavened Bread represents the removal of sin from the elect of Israel. The Wave Sheaf Offering, from the first day of the week (Sunday) within the Feast of Unleavened bread, commences the Omer Count to Pentecost (counting fifty), which is the Feast of Weeks fifty days later on the first day of the week following the seventh complete Sabbath. The Feast of Weeks represents the harvest of the elect, which is symbolised as the wheat harvest whereas Christ was the Wave Sheaf of the barley harvest, which occurs at Passover.
The First Day of the Seventh Month represents the Day of Trumpets, which is
traditionally viewed as the coming of the Trumpet of the Archangel and within
the churches of God represents the return of the Messiah.
The Day of Atonement represents the reconciliation of Israel and the earth to God under Messiah.
The Feast of Tabernacles represents the millennial rule of Messiah.
We might thus argue that as Tabernacles represents the Millennium then there is only fifteen days between the coming of the Messiah and the Millennium. Thus if the Millennium is in 2027 then Messiah should be here fifteen years previously or by 2012.
For this to happen the Witnesses, who must be here 1263.5 days beforehand, must take up their position by Abib 2009 or perhaps in the year 2008 at Trumpets or even as early as 1 Abib 2008. As the Day of Trumpets represents the call of the Archangel it may be that the Witnesses could be included in this sequence and arrive as late as 2012 on Trumpets or 1 Tishri, the New Moon of the Seventh Month.
The other aspect of the Passover sequence is that Christ appeared to Joshua son of Nun as the Captain of the Host on the day following the Sanctification of Israel by their circumcision at Gilgal and issued orders for the nation to encircle Jericho over the seven days of Unleavened Bread. After seven days the trumpets blew seven times, once on each encirclement, and on the Last Holy Day of Unleavened Bread the walls of Jericho fell down and the city was destroyed. This event was to look forward to the coming of the Messiah in the subjugation of the enemies of the chosen of Israel, which also includes the Gentiles as salvation is of the Gentiles (see the paper The Fall of Jericho (No. 142)).
Thus on this view Christ would be with Israel a minimum of seven years before the subjugation of the nations. That makes the latest date 2020 from 2027, however the Jubilee has to be prepared two years in advance for the treble harvests in 2025. Thus the nations must be commenced to be subdued in 2018 by the latest. 2019 is the Reading of the Law and we would expect the system to be organised for the reading in that year under Messiah. The witnesses would be dead by the advent and so Christ must read the law with the elect in that year.
The Atonement symbolism does not fit within that cycle and precedes the seven-year period. It is symbolised as the arrival of the king on 10 Abib. We discussed that only some aspects of this prophecy were fulfilled in 30 CE (see the paper Commentary on Zechariah (No. 297)).
The feasts in Abib thus do not include the millennial system and precede it whereas those in Tishri start with the arrival and only fifteen days symbolises the fifteen years prior to the Millennium. Thus Abib symbolises the 21 years prior to the Millennium whereas Tishri does not.
The 21 years prior to the Millennium starts on 2006 with the beginning of the sanctification period on a year for a day basis.
We have identified 2012 as the equivalent of the period of the Sanctification of the Simple and the Erroneous (No. 291) in the 21 years to 2027.
The Feast of Weeks or Pentecost might also be argued to be the marker of the First Resurrection at the coming of the Messiah. This sequence cannot however be on a year for a day basis at the last days except that it represents the last jubilee from the jubilee in 1977 to the jubilee in 2027. The period represented the taking out and Measuring of the Temple (see the paper Measuring the Temple (No. 137)). The period of the Last Generation commenced from 1987 with the Measuring of the Temple. We will see the entire sequence end with the millennial system being set in place. The previous twenty years from 1967 saw the challenges to both the church as the Israel of God and to Israel the nation.
It might be argued that the Witnesses take up their positions 1263.5 days prior to Pentecost and the Messiah comes at Trumpets five months later in 2015. However, that would mean that the Witnesses would be resurrected prior to the coming of the Messiah or distinct from the elect of the First Resurrection. The Bible is silent on such a concept but for the Witnesses to be there prior to such an event they would need to take up station by 29 November 2011. This sequence does not appear to fit with Bible prophecy.
A scenario that might work in that regard is if the Witnesses appear 1263.5
days prior to 1 Abib or even 14 Abib 2015.
Thus we might see the Witnesses take their place on 24 September three days before Trumpets on 27 September 2011. They prophesy for 1260 days and are killed 3.5 days before the New Year on 1 Abib and are resurrected with the advent on 1 Abib. Messiah deals with Jerusalem over the period of Abib and the feast to the last Holy Day of 21 Abib, which falls on 9 April. The Elect are then resurrected at Pentecost 45 days later on 5 April. Whilst such a view would accord with Daniel regarding the 45 days it does not do so for the thirty days making the 1290 days. To make that fit it would have to commence nine days earlier and Christ is not positioned according to God’s Calendar and neither are the Witnesses in that scenario.
The temptation in dealing with the 1260 days of the Witnesses is to assume that they are part of the 1290 days from the taking away of the Daily Sacrifice to the setting up of the Abomination of Desolation as spoken of by the prophet Daniel. The assumption then is that a resurrection at Pentecost is 45 days from the end of the 30 days following on from the 1260 days. The problem that entails is that the arrival of the Witnesses and the Advent of the Messiah are completely thrown out of synchronisation with God’s calendar. For example Christ might arrive on 1 Abib but there are only 21 days left to the last Holy Day of Unleavened bread and that can then only take place on a Friday to allow 45 days to Pentecost for the Resurrection. Daniel 12:11 ff must therefore place the sequence of the activities of the end there distinct from the activities of the Witnesses and located at the setting up of the Abomination of Desolation.
The taking away of the daily sacrifice to the setting up of the Abomination of Desolation is 1290 days. This is quite distinct from the witnesses and their resurrection although the periods will no doubt overlap.
The logical scenario is that the daily sacrifice is eliminated by the removal of the church as an effective force at the end. The Temple and the physical sacrifice were done away with from 66 to 70 CE as explained in the paper War with Rome and the Fall of the Temple (No. 298). That was 1936 years ago. The argument is thus advanced that the temple has to be rebuilt and the sacrifice resumed for it to be done away. That is not the case as the body of the church has constituted the daily sacrifice also since 30 CE and alone since 70 CE.
Thus for the two to be linked and that to be the answer the church has to be overcome some seven and a half days before the arrival of the Witnesses who preach for 1260 days and lie dead for three and a half days ending the sequence on 1 Abib. Messiah would thus arrive on 1 Abib with the last holy day of the feast on a Friday some 45 days before Pentecost. The Witnesses would rise but precede the general resurrection of the elect by 67 days, which is not only not as tidy as it might be, it does not fit exactly.
There does not need to be a link between the removal of the daily sacrifice and the arrival of the witnesses. There can thus be a correlation between the death of the witnesses and the setting up of the abomination at the end sequence at 1290 days but they may well all overlap and indeed the witnesses can go on after the setting up of the abomination for up to 27 days to make the Resurrection be one single event.
In the first instance the abomination that makes desolate set up in the Temple in 66-70 CE were the standards of the Roman legions that were sacrificed to at the destruction of Jerusalem. The final system is likely to be the emblems of power that epitomise the system of the Antichrist that emerges from the wars of the last days. The Nazi swastika was such an emblem in the Holocaust. It may well be a revival of that system with a modified emblem. Christ kills the leader at his coming and so his arrival is coincidental with the end of the 1335 days and not at its setting up.
This is the end of the first section. We will examine the sequences and calculations
next. The Commentary on Haggai
(No. 21) has been reissued as a 2nd edition and the tape will be reissued
to the web soon.
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