20. The Chronology of Daniel’s Final or 70th Week -Revisited Again
Most prophecy writing that I have read divide the final week of Daniel- 7 Biblical years of 360 days/year into two equal portions of 1260 days each. I suspect they are wrong. Instead, the final week of Daniel works like this. Daniel’s 70th week ends on Hanukkah, an 8- day Hebrew feast. Daniel 12:11 notes there will be 1290 days from the time the daily sacrifice is taken away and the abomination of desolation is set up. Now this is a problem as Daniel 7:25 & 12:7 as well as Revelation 12:6, 14 & 13:5 indicate the anti-Christ has 1260 days, the Great Tribulation, and he is toast. But it takes 30 days to rededicate a desecrated Temple according to my readings, hence the extra days. Daniel 9:24 indicates the final event of the seventy weeks is to anoint the Most Holy, which my readings indicate is a place. I believe that 30 days after the Great Tribulation ends would be the earliest end to the final week of Daniel. Therefore, Daniel’s 70th week could not be divided into two equal 1260 day periods. It must be something else, but Daniel continues as below:
Daniel 12:12 Blessed is he who waits and comes to the 1,335 days. Why an additional 45 days? I strongly suspect the Great Tribulation will end on Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, when I believe Christ will return to destroy His enemies and reign on the earth. The eight-day Hebrew Feast of Hanukkah is always 74 to 75 days after Yom Kippur. It celebrated the removal of the first abomination of desolation in the second century BC. I strongly suspect it will celebrate the removal of the soon to come second abomination of desolation as well, and end Daniel’s 70th week.
This means the final week of Daniel is divided into three unequal pieces. By my beliefs, the middle piece of Daniel’s final week of 2,520 days would be the Great Tribulation of 1260 days ending on 10 Tishri on the Jewish calendar, or Yom Kippur, the holiest day in Judaism. The third piece would be 75 to 82 days as Hanukkah is an eight-day feast. Will the LORD be crowned on the first or eighth day or somewhere in between? I don’t know. This feast is also known as the Rededication of the Temple. I suspect the Jerusalem Temple will be rededicated at this time. In 1 Corinthians 6:19, the Christians are told they are the Temple of the Holy Spirit. Hanukkah is also known as the Feast of Lights. Christ was the Light of the world when He was living in the world (John 8:12); His church (Matthew 5:14), when He left. All of His church will be with Him for this celebration of the Feast of Lights with Christ as the greatest Light by far.
The first piece of Daniel’s final week would be 1,260 days less 75 to 82 days, or 1,178 to 1,185 days long. This begins Daniel’s final week of seven Biblical years of 360 days per year or 2,520 days total. The anti-Christ of Europe confirms a treaty of seven years with the many, generally considered to be Israel, to begin this week per Daniel 9:27.
Daniel 8:13 Then I (Daniel) heard a holy one speaking; and another holy one said to that certain one who was speaking, “How long will the vision be, concerning the daily sacrifices and the transgression of desolation, the giving of both the sanctuary and the host to be trampled underfoot?”
Daniel 8:14 And he said to me, “For 2,300 mornings and evenings; then the sanctuary will be cleansed.”
I believe these two verses represent a double prophecy referring not only to Antiochus Epiphanes in the second century BC, but also Daniel’s final week. Revelation 11:2 indicates the holy city will be trampled underfoot for 42 months or 1,260 days. I believe this refers to Jerusalem and its people or host being under a pact making at least Jerusalem an international city under the anti-Christ, who must control at least the city to put up the abomination of desolation in the Temple to begin the Great Tribulation’s 1260 days. If I am correct, then the Great Tribulation and the 2300 days both end on the same day- Yom Kippur, or 10 Tishri. Why Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, the holiest day in Israel’s calendar? Christ is fulfilling the seven Feasts of the LORD given in the Torah, the first five books of the Bible. Christ was the Passover Lamb of Feast #1 on 14 Nisan in the spring. The next day begins the one-week Feast of Unleavened Bread (UB), Feast #2. He was in the tomb the first 3 days, but His body did not decay per Psalm 16:10. Within UB is the one-day Feast of Firstfruits. Christ was the Firstfruit of the grave. Firstfruits is the day after the regular Jewish Sabbath within UB (Leviticus 23:11). As Jewish days begin at sunset, it would always be on Saturday at sunset to Sunday at sunset. The fourth Jewish feast is also always on Saturday at sunset to Sunday at sunset 50 days after Firstfruits, which is day #1 of the fifty. It is Weeks or Shavuot to the Jew. To the Christian, it is Pentecost, when the church was born. The Roman Catholic Church made sure the dates of Passover and the crucifixion were different, though close, and Pentecost as well. This concludes the spring feasts.
The fall feasts begin on the first day of the seventh Jewish month-Tishri. Seven indicates completeness. The fifth Feast of the LORD is called Trumpets. All other feasts occur when the moon is full, but Trumpets is on the new or crescent moon. If the sky is overcast, and the crescent moon cannot be seen, the feast is postponed till Tishri 2. In Matthew 24:36, Christ said we would not know the day or the hour of the rapture of the church, but 1 Thessalonians 5:1-5 indicates true Christians will be aware of the approximate timing, i.e., the season, which, to me, we are in. This appears to be the best feast for the rapture of the church, but it could also be when the Russo-Muslim invasion of Ezekiel 38 & 39 is destroyed, or both, or neither. I like the eight-day Feast of Hanukkah as the second choice for the rapture, though perhaps another feast. On Trumpets, a Jew is to examine his life and sincerely repent of his sins over the next ten days.
The sixth feast is on the tenth of Tishri, Yom Kippur, the holiest day in Judaism. It is said God opens the books of the good, the bad, and the in between. The good are graciously given another year of life; the bad will lose their life the next year unless they repent during the preceding ten days. If the in between sincerely repent, they will also graciously be given another year of life. I believe Christ will return to destroy his enemies, defeat the anti-Christ, and end the Great Tribulation on Yom Kippur. The seventh Feast of the LORD is the Feast of Tabernacles, the in-gathering of the crops for the year. It begins on Tishri 15. It will be the annual feast of the Millennium per Zechariah 14:16, but I believe the end of Daniel’s final week will be on Hanukkah for reasons already given.
Revelation 11:2 But leave out the court which is outside the temple, and do not measure it, for it has been given over to the Gentiles. And they will tread the holy city underfoot for 42 months (1260 days).
This cannot be the same period as the Great Tribulation’s 1260 days because of Zechariah 14:1 Behold, the day of the LORD is coming, and your spoil will be divided in your midst. 2 For I will gather all the nations to battle against Jerusalem; the city shall be taken, the house rifled, and the women ravished. Half of the city will go into captivity, but the remnant of the people shall not be cut off from the city. 3 Then the LORD will go forth and fight against those nations, as He fights in the day of battle. If Revelation 11:2 and the Great Tribulation are the same period, the anti-Christ already holds Jerusalem. Why then would the anti-Christ come against it? Hence, the two time periods are the same length, but the times are different, though overlapping. The anti-Christ has 1260 days for the Great Tribulation, but he must be in charge of the temple and Jerusalem to put up the abomination of desolation to begin this period. Ergo, I believe this begins the 2300 days of Daniel 8:14. 42 months = 1,260 days, so now I have 1,260 X 2 = 2,520 days or 220 days too many, meaning the 220 overlap. The anti-Christ will put up his image on the fourth day of Unleavened Bread to begin the Great Tribulation. Likely, he is killed (Revelation 13:3) on Passover (anti-Christ means not only against Christ but also in place of Christ) and resurrected on the third day of Unleavened Bread. Then after 220 days, he loses Jerusalem, perhaps from Micah 5:5 …When the Assyrian comes into our land, and when he treads in our palaces, then we will raise against him 7 shepherds and 8 princely men. 6 They shall waste the land of Assyria, and the land of Nimrod at its entrances; thus He shall deliver us from the Assyrian, when he comes into our land and when he treads within our borders. This is in the future. Assyria came into the land of Israel and Judah, but they never wasted the land of Assyria. Also Isaiah 14:25 That I will break the Assyrian in My land, and on My mountains tread him underfoot. Then his yoke shall be removed from them, and his burden removed form their shoulders. This Isaiah verse did happen circa 701 BC during the days of Hezekiah when an angel of the LORD slew 185,000 Assyrians in one night before Jerusalem per 2 Kings 19:35, but the Bible has many double prophecies. Isaiah 14:25 could be another. Micah 5:5-6 is future.
There is also Revelation 17:10 “There are also seven kings. Five have fallen, one is, and the other has not yet come. And when he comes, he must continue a short time. 11 “The beast that was, and is not, is himself also the eighth, and is of the seven, and is going to perdition. One of the interpretations refers to the ancient ruling kingdoms- Egypt, then Assyria, then Babylon, then Persia, then Greece, i.e. the first five. Rome was in power at the time, and one more will come, the kingdom of the anti-Christ, revived Rome. When Revelation was written, all but one of the kingdoms or cities were still in existence. The exception was Assyria, which had been utterly destroyed in 612 BC. Many scholars considered it a myth till the ruins of Nineveh, its capital were discovered circa 1845 AD. I still believe a combined Europe will be the kingdom of the anti-Christ, but Rome at one point also controlled most of the Middle East including Mesopotamia. I also believe that Babylon will rise again to be at least one of the anti-Christ’s capitals per Zechariah 5:5-11.
So now the final week of 2,520 days is divided thus:
Day 1 anti-Christ confirms treaty of 7 years with the many, supposedly Israel (Daniel 9:27)
Day 139-146 (I believe the final week of Daniel will end during the 8-day Feast of Hanukkah, but is it the first day or the eighth day or somewhere in between?) Beginning this day, the anti-Christ takes over Jerusalem for 42 months (1,260 days) per Revelation 11:2, and perhaps Israel as well. The 2,300-day period of Daniel 8:14 also begins.
Day 1,175-82 anti-Christ assassinated (Revelation 13:3), likely in Jerusalem on Passover.
Day 1,178-85 anti-Christ resurrected on the third day of the one-week feast of Unleavened Bread. He immediately kills the two witnesses of Revelation 11:1-11.
Day 1,179-86 anti-Christ desecrates the newly rebuilt Jewish temple, putting up the abomination of desolation, beginning the Great Tribulation’s 1260 days, “in the middle of the week”, i.e. the fourth day of the one-week feast of Unleavened Bread, a double prophecy, since it also falls in the fourth year of Daniel’s final week of Daniel 9:27. Remember 1260 days before Yom Kippur often, but not always falls on the fourth day of Unleavened Bread. Verses on the Great Tribulation include Daniel 7:25 and 12:7 plus Revelation 12:6, 14 and 13:5.
Day 1,399- 1,406- the forces of anti-Christ lose Jerusalem.
Day 2,438- 2,445 Great Tribulation ends on Yom Kippur.
Day 2,468-2,475- 30 day cleansing of temple ends.
Day 2,520- Daniel’s final week ends on first or eighth day of 8-day Feast of Hanukkah.
Likely, during the first 139-146 days, Amos 1 & 2 would occur with the utter destruction of Lebanon, Syria (Damascus is nuked per Isaiah 17:1!), Jordan, and the Gaza Strip, i.e. Shia Islam. The West Bank Palestinians will also be decimated. Iranians, the men of the east per Ezekiel 25:4, 10 will have taken over Jordan by this time. However, Israel will suffer significant damage per Amos 2:4-5. Likely, these Arab states will launch multiple missiles into Israel with Hezbollah in Lebanon having over 100,000 at present. Israel will respond with neutron bombs which kill living things but do not leave behind significant radiation for long periods. Thus, large tracts of land will be available for the returning Jews and lost tribes. Amos 1:1 notes this occurs two years before the earthquake, a likely reference to the opening of the sixth seal per Revelation 6:12-17, and likely Ezekiel 38:19- 20.
In the period between day 139-146 and 1,175-82, there are two significant events, the first being the assault on the anti-Christ in Jerusalem by the forces of Sunni Islam- the king of the north (Turkey, who will likely take over much of northern Syria) and the king of the south (Egypt) per Daniel 11:40-41. Likely this is also a reference to Ezekiel 30:5 in which black Africa, North Africa, Egypt, Turkey (Lydia), and “all the mingled people” -jihadis or holy Muslim warriors from all over, to include Europe and America, participate in this assault and are destroyed. The anti-Christ will take over Egypt per Isaiah 19. After the Egyptians rebel, he will nuke the Aswan Dam near the southern border of Egypt. Radiation will extend almost the entire length of the Nile River in Egypt. In effect, the nation will cease to exist for forty years per Ezekiel 29:12, 13. Aswan is the modern name for Syene with Migdol being near the Mediterranean Sea per verse 10.
Next will be Ezekiel 38 & 39, the destruction of Russia and the peripheral Muslim nations to include Persia (modern Iran, but I suspect the Sunni nations significantly weaken Shia Iran [Elam] before this occurs per Jeremiah 49:34-39. This will occur shortly after Amos 1 & 2, when Israel destroys the Muslim nations with contiguous borders to Israel, save Egypt.). The Russo-Muslim force will also contain black and North Africans and the remnants of Turkey. God Himself will destroy the Russo-Muslim army leaving the kings of the east and the king of the west, likely the anti-Christ of Europe. With the rapture of the church and overwhelmed by debt, America will have ceased to be a major power by this time per Amos 2:6-16.
Can we better delineate the timing of these events? Ezekiel 39:12 notes following the Russo-Muslim invasion: “For seven months the house of Israel will be burying them to cleanse the land.” I had speculated that on day 139-146 of the final week of Daniel, the 2300 days would begin, including 1040 before the anti-Christ sets up the abomination of desolation to begin the Great Tribulation. When the anti-Christ takes power and begins persecuting the Israelites, there will be no more burials from the Russo-Muslim invasion. Hence, we could knock off at least 210 days from the first 1040, leaving us with the first 830 days into the anti-Christ taking over at least Jerusalem, beginning the 2300. Amos 1:1 notes all the nations contiguous with Israel except for Egypt are destroyed 2 years before the earthquake, which I presume refers to Ezekiel 38:19. Two Biblical years would be 360 days times two or 720 days. Two Biblical years to me means more than 1 and ½ and less than 2 and ½ or 541 to 899 days, which fits in nicely with the above.
Revelation 11:3 “And I will give power to my two witnesses, and they will prophesy 1,260 days, clothed in sackcloth.” Then they will be killed after causing devastating drought and plagues. On to verse 11 “Now after 3 ½ days the breath of life entered them, and they stood on their feet, and great fear fell on those who saw them. 12 And they heard a loud voice from heaven saying to them, ‘Come up here.’ And they ascended to heaven in a cloud, and their enemies saw them.”
Now why are they resurrected after 3 ½ days? I had thought they would be killed on Passover and resurrected on the fourth day of Unleavened Bread the year or two or three after the abomination of desolation was put up also on the fourth day of Unleavened Bread as a sign to the people of Israel that God was still in control. This may indeed occur, but there seems to be a problem in Revelation 11:7 “When they finish their testimony , the beast that ascends out of the bottomless pit will make war against them, overcome them, and kill them. 8 And their dead bodies will lie in the street of the great city which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our LORD was crucified.” Clearly, their bodies lie in the street of Jerusalem, which the anti-Christ lost 220 days after beginning the Great Tribulation, i.e. before the next Passover.
In Revelation 9:1 a star (often referring to an angel) falls from heaven to the earth and to him is given a key to the bottomless pit. He opens the bottomless pit releasing demon locusts to sting all the inhabitants of the earth who do not have the seal of God on their foreheads. In Rev 9:11, the locusts have a king over them called Abbadon in Hebrew but Apollyon in Greek. In Revelation 11:7 the beast from the bottomless pit will make war against the two witnesses, overcome them and kill them ending their ministry of 1260 days per verse 3. This could be a reference to Apollyon, but more likely to the angel who opened the bottomless pit and who will reside there till the end of Christ’s Millennium, i.e. Satan (Luke 10:18 And He [Christ] said to them, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven.”) In other words, the anti-Christ is killed on Passover, resurrected on the third day of Unleavened Bread (UB) and kills the two witnesses, who are hated by almost the entire world, on that same day. “Who is like the beast?” per Revelation 13:4. The next day, the fourth day of UB, he begins the Great Tribulation. If this scenario is correct, I would expect the two witnesses to be resurrected on most likely the seventh day of UB, though perhaps the sixth, three and one-half days after their deaths. I strongly suspect this would be the day after the Jewish Sabbath on the Feast of Firstfruits within UB.
The rabbis say that a solar eclipse is bad for the Gentiles, and a lunar eclipse is bad for the Jews. On Aug 21, 2017, a solar eclipse encompassed the entire mainland of the US, beginning in Portland, Oregon, a godless city on the Left Coast, to Charleston, S.C. where the Civil War began according to many. This was followed by three category 4 or 5 hurricanes, with Harvey being the #1 loss of money when it reached Houston on Aug 25- 31, 2017 and dropped over 52 inches of rain, killing 89 with $125 billion in property damage. This was followed by Irma which swept up the west coast of Florida on Sept 6- 12 killing 97 and doing $50 billion in property damage, followed by Maria on Sept 19- 21 which heavily damaged the electric grid in Puerto Rico with almost half the island without electricity for almost 6 months. It also did $90 billion in property damage.
There was a total eclipse over Israel and the surrounding nations on the night of July 27 to 28, 2018. Mars, the ancient god of war, was nearby. According to Google, it was the longest lunar eclipse of the 21st century. Are these harbingers of things soon to come, i.e. Amos 1 & 2?
Feast of Trumpets begins sunset in Jerusalem 1. On 29 Sept in 2019, 2. On 18 Sept in 2020.
Hanukkah (8 days) begins at sunset in Jerusalem 1. On 22 Dec in 2019, 2. On 10 Dec in 2020.
PS: Passover is listed in 2023 at sunset 5 to sunset 6 April. If the two witnesses are killed 3 days later on 8 to 9 April, 2023, by my calculations, the two witnesses would come forth between sunset 26 to sunset 27 October, 2019 Jerusalem time, 1260 days earlier. Passover in 2024 is April 23 to 24, sunset to sunset. If the two witnesses are killed 3 days later on 26 to 27 April, by my calculations, they would begin their ministry sunset 13 to sunset 14 Nov, 2020 Jerusalem time. I urge anyone who reads this to do their own calculations.