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for the Start of Daniel's 70th Week



Our Holy Scriptures define the appointed times and ways to watch for the return of Messiah, the one promised to raise a generation ready to rule with him and bring about the desire of mankind, the golden age of peace.

The Father Almighty created the sun, moon and stars to mark and measure the appointed times. At the same time, the Father warned not to worship these objects of His creation, but rather to honor, respect and listen to the brother He has anointed to be our Lord and God. He has anointed Jesus to be our heavenly king and eventually our earthly king, but our rebellious and selfish attitudes have brought about the need for object lessons to help us grow, mature and finally break out of our cycles of destruction.

Holy Scripture defines 3 main perspectives of how to keep watch for the prophetic fulfillment of the culmination of the appointed times, the Day of the Lord:

Human recorded civilization has risen and fallen before our current commonly accepted start around 4,000 BC with the Sumerian culture. Ancient records from the Egyptian, Hopi, Mayan and Aztec people tell of several other worlds before our current one. So after the judgment and destruction of the previous world, the Bible picks up the story from about 4,000 BC, matching our human perspective for most of the last 6,000 years, yet still containing coded information about our true origin. (For more detail, see Composite of Cultural Calendars.)

The primary perspective of the Bible is that God is declaring and allocating 7,000 years for our current cycle, a grand Sabbath Week in which the Almighty promises to guide us to maturity. If we learn from our past and choose to follow His Way, we will finally get past the point where our focus on technology for selfish purposes brings about our destruction for we develop it faster than our spirituality, thereby lacking the wisdom to properly prepare ourselves for the cycles of our solar system.

The next perspective is the generation that shall not pass away before the return of our Lord. This generation began in 1948 with the creation and resurrection of the nation of Israel, so this perspective remains for about 120 years.

The final perspective is Daniel’s 70th Week, which Jesus said to keep watch for by referring to the “desolating abomination”. Daniel is a complex prophecy that points back to God’s Holy Calendar because it contains God’s plan for our development. (For greater detail, see The Keys Of Daniel.)

God’s Holy Calendar not only defines the appointed times, but by faithfully observing one’s covenant appointments, one finds the Way to inner peace, balance, maturity and ultimately the power to be sons and daughters of the Most High.

The core of one’s covenant commitment is the observance of the Daily Sacrifice. Our Father expects us to approach, through prayer, His anointed son as our heavenly king and High Priest. In learning about ancient Israel, the role of the earthly high priest in the Hebrew Scripture is an object lesson designed to give us a perspective of our heavenly high priest. Through daily communion with our High Priest we continue the process of getting the “leaven” out and thereby prepare our houses to be temples of the Holy Spirit. This path to maturity involves a commitment to tithing, confession, repentance, self-discipline and service to mankind.

From this core we hallow the Sabbath. The Lord calls us to rest and to gather together in praise and fellowship. This weekly rest includes the animals, and is designed to foster love and respect for all of God’s creations and to encourage us to take time to understand the needs, joys, burdens and triumphs of our fellow human beings.

The Sabbath is a concept that encompasses multiple perspectives of time. Depending upon the context, the sabbath can refer to the 7th day, the 7th year, or the 7th millennium. From it we derive God’s master plan of 7,000 years for our redemption.

The seventh year is a sabbatical year and has special laws we our committed by covenant to observe. It is a year of rest for the land, emphasizing the Father’s call to respect all of His creation. Yet even more deeply, and often ignored, is the call to help one’s brothers and sisters. For every 7 years the faithful are called to release their fellow believers from debt and the bondage that comes from completely losing one’s home. We are called to extend this hand with compassion, yet so many pass judgment and find reasons without proper witnessing to simply turn their backs.

This is actually the reason why the people of Israel lost their nation. Most Israelites refused to help their own brothers out of debt-slavery, so eventually they became slaves to the king of Babylon. The Israelites were warned about the penalty for being prideful and selfish. The Lord’s Holy Calendar and Feast Days are reminders that God is the source of any wealth and abundance we have and the covenant requires that the FIRST tenth belongs to him and should be given in offering to one’s local house of worship for the purpose of helping local people, where one can take the time to personally understand the issues involved.

God turned Israel’s fall into a giant object lesson. Babylon was the first of four beasts described by Daniel in chapter 7. From the perspective of the world at large (macrocosm), they represent the oppressive types of government that arise when the head is not led by the spirit of God. This prophecy was fulfilled through the kingdoms of Babylon, Persia, Greece and Rome. On the personal level, the world within (microcosm), they represent the beasts we become when we walk the path of rebellion and don’t learn to practice discipline and balance in the 4 major aspects of ourselves: our physical, emotional, mental and spiritual bodies.

When Israel was taken into Babylonian captivity, God sentenced them for 70 years; one year for each year they violated the 7-year sabbatical laws during the 490 years within which God was attempting to perfect a people. After bringing about the nation and giving them the land he had promised, and while being led by God’s anointed judges, the people demanded to have an earthly king like the other nations around them.

This was a transgression against the Father and His anointed son, our heavenly king. But the Father gave them what they wanted. After their first king, Saul, failed to carry the burden of leadership, David was anointed king and, along with his son Solomon, brought the nation to the height of its power. At one point, King David decided to replace the tabernacle, the original house of God, with a temple. God never asked for this, yet David and Solomon built the temple. However, in the process they altered God’s plan slightly by not following the original plans precisely.

This was the beginning of rebellion in the house of God, the seeds of antichrist that would eventually lead to its full manifestation. By altering God’s plan enough, we affected our own development and created the conditions that would eventually allow the domination of Antichrist over this world.

The 70 Weeks prophecy of Daniel chapters 9 and 12 is a complex prophecy about the coming of Messiah, the coming of Antichrist, the building of God’s house and the way to restore God’s true covenant and path to maturity.

When the Israelites did not heed God’s dire warning to NOT seek after other gods, the Baals and Asherahs, even while in Babylonian captivity, their penalty became multiplied by 7 times (7 x 70 = 490 years). In the ancient Middle East, worship of the Moon-god was prominent. One of his popular names was “Sin”, another was Tammuz. In Aram and Canaan, his wife was the sun-goddess and the stars their daughters. The supreme daughter was Ishtar (Asherah), the fertility goddess (Asherah poles), who is also known as the “Queen of Heaven” and the evening star, and is associated with the planet Venus. Baal, the son of El, was the principal god of the Canaanites.

Babylon was a world power for 70 years but then was laid low by Persia. The kings of Persia issued several decrees allowing the Jews to return to their homeland and rebuild their temple. King Darius even issued an everlasting edict that the temple be built in Jerusalem and any king or people which would attempt to destroy it be overthrown by God (Erza 6:11-12).

God had now allocated 70 weeks of years, another 490 years, to complete the process of rebuilding the house of God as the Father had intended. This would end up being a multi-step process with 2 physical houses to be built while the Lord is calling the faithful into a more perfect union with Jesus as the Capstone of God’s Holy Temple, our High Priest. The true temple of the Lord is when the faithful commit to being led by the spirit of God by inviting the Holy Spirit into their hearts. A physical true temple will also be consecrated when our heavenly king comes to be our earthly king and establishes true sacrifices in the House of the Lord.

When the Israelites returned to their land by permission of the king of Persia, the first step was to rebuild the city walls. This protection was needed before they could complete the House of God. Daniel’s prophecy specifically states the walls are to be established, so we count from Artaxerxes’ decree that included the walls: 444 BC forward 69 weeks brings us to 33 AD. And so we see fulfillment of the first 69 weeks in that the prophecy brings us precisely to the point when the Messiah was cut off. (See bottom of: The Hebrew Word Shabua) Yet, there is still one week remaining to be fulfilled, the 70th Week.

Scripture tells us that when the Israelites were carried off to Babylon, the land enjoyed its sabbath rests each year, so the counting of sabbatical years stopped when there was no one to work the land. The count would not resume again until the walls of protection had been established. This is indicated by the separation of 7 from 62 in the first 69 of the 70 weeks prophecy, for the first 7 weeks of years is 49 years which points to the first Jubilee cycle. After the people returned to work the land and the walls were established, then the sabbatical count resumed and so after the first 7 weeks of years came the first jubilee year. The entire period of 490 years encompasses 10 jubilee cycles.

When Israel was scattered in 70 AD by the Romans, the same rules apply. The sabbatical count has stopped and can’t begin again until God’s covenant people return to the land and the walls of protection are established. Well, God’s people began to return in 1948 AD and recently a new wall around Jerusalem has been completed, so the preconditions are now set for the resumption of the counting and the start of the 70th week, the final shabua. When this final 7 years complete, this will finish the last set of 7 ‘sevens’ (7 weeks of years = 49 years) and usher in the 10th Jubilee, the Grand Jubilee trumpeting the return of Messiah.

This means Daniels’ 70th Week can begin any year now!

From my understanding of the Bible, no other prophetic events need to be fulfilled prior to this event. This event is prophesied to occur in the days of the 10 toes from the vision of the statue in Daniel chapter 2. Some would argue that we have not yet seen the resurrected fourth beast from Daniel, which precedes the time of the 10 toes. A very popular interpretation of prophecy is to call the resurrected fourth beast the “Revived Roman Empire” because the original fourth beast was the Roman Empire. However, the Roman Empire split into 2 “legs” and this thinking focuses on following the western leg only, centered in Rome. This is a western cultural bias and reflects a blinding from having the mark of the beast, elements of non-biblical theology.

As explained in great detail in The Keys of Daniel web page, the resurrected 4th beast already occurred in the past and could be seen only if one followed the eastern leg of the old empire that moved to Constantinople and eventually became the Ottoman Empire. We entered the time of the “10 toes” after World War I when the descendants of the western empire carved up the Middle East into new kingdoms. In keeping with the territorial integrity of the book of Daniel, history indicates 9 nations came out of that process: 9 toes of the statue from Daniel chapter 2.

When the nation of Palestine is created from the disputed territories around Israel and the status of Jerusalem is determined, this one single act will fulfill 2 major prophecies: the start of the 70th Week from Daniel chapter 9 and the creation of the 10th Toe from the statue in chapter 2!

When the state of Palestine is created, it will fulfill 2 prophetic events at once:

1. The start of Daniel’s 70th Week
2. The creation of the 10th Toe of Nebuchadnezzar's statue


This should also create the conditions needed to bring about the next temple, the next House of God in Jerusalem.

“… for my house will be called a house of prayer for all nations.” Isaiah 56:7


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The final step in keeping watch for the start of Daniel’s 70th Week is to discern the alignment of this week of years with God’s Holy Feast Days.

This web site proposes the alignment of:

The Day of Atonement w/ the End of Daniel’s 70th Week


The reasons for this particular alignment are explained in Composite of End-Time Prophecy Using God’s Feast Days. This development also results in the understanding that the timepiece in Daniel chapter 12 begins at the midpoint of the 70th Week and thereby extends 75 days past the end of the 70th Week. We then conclude that the 70th Week does not bring us to the Second Coming of Christ but to the perfecting of the 144,000 faithful. However, with the end of the 70th Week aligned with the Day of Atonement, 75 days later always falls on the start of Hanukkah!

Therefore the final sign of the coming of the Day of the Lord, the sun, moon and stars going dark, will occur at the start of Hanukkah. The lights going out is very symbolic, for it means that the Sun and Moon gods (and any other gods) have been vanquished, the primary competitors to Jesus as Lord. It also means our Messiah will return during the Feast of Lights, but which day? How many days of total darkness will there be?

The final clue is given in the final trumpet. Hanukkah is the fulfillment of the 2300 evenings and mornings prophecy of Daniel chapter 8. However, it was not defined in the Law so there is no direct call for a trumpet to be blown for this feast. Yet there is an existing trumpet call that falls during Hanukkah. Since this feast begins on the 25th and last for 8 days, it will always contain a new moon for a new month. So, it appears to me that no one will know the final day and hour of our Lord’s return until the day of the dark new moon would be witnessed, but there will be no light to track the crescent the day before, so we doubly won’t know. But the Father knows and so when the new month begins, the heavenly trumpet will sound and our Lord will appear for the entire world to see.

Based upon this alignment, there is only one day each year that will properly align with the Day of Atonement seven years into the future. Therefore keeping watch means knowing how to make this calculation so as to know which time of the year the potential for fulfillment arises. This calculation is summarized in the following chart:

YS = Year Start: Start year for Daniel’s 70th Week
YE = Year End: Last year for Daniel’s 70th Week
DoA = Day of Atonement in the last year of the 70th Week (YE)


How to Calculate
If the Start of Daniel's 70th Week Would Occur in the Year: YS



Description

Days from
Start of 70th
Days from
Midpoint of 70th

Date
Start of Daniel's 70th Week - Late Fall
A strong covenant involving many nations to determine status of Israel & Jerusalem.
Feast Day: None
0
- 1260
DoA - 2520
Latter Rain: Outpouring of Holy Spirit - Next Spring after Start of 70th Week
In the light of Daniel, 7 days represents 7 years.
Feast Day: Feast of Unleavened Bread
?
?
Feast of
Unleavened
Bread
Midpoint of Daniel's 70th Week - Spring
The daily sacrifice is removed.
Feast Day:  None
1260
0
DoA - 1260
End of Daniel's 70th Week - Fall
Probation ends - Jesus leaves sanctuary. Announce coming Jubilee year.
Feast Day:  Day of Atonement
2520
1260
DoA
Abomination of Desolation
Antichrist sits in temple and declares himself God.
Feast Day:  False one declared by Antichrist
2550
1290
DoA + 30
The final sign, the 6th seal, the sun, moon & stars go dark,
just before Messiah comes to be the light of the world.
Feast Day:  Hanukkah - Feast of Lights
2595
1335
DoA + 75
First Day of the New Year of the Great Jubilee!
Trumpet announces coming of Messiah as Lion, Judge & King.
Feast Day: Rosh Hashanah (Ex 12:2)
?
?
New moon
during
Hanukkah
Note: Biblical day begins at sundown the night before dates shown below.


For YS = 2009, the Day of Atonement in YE = 2016 is October 10.

Oct. 10, 2016 minus 2520 days puts the potential start of the 70th Week on:  Nov. 17, 2009


If an event appears to fulfill the start of Daniel's 70th Week, the prophecy will be confirmed if it is followed by the outpouring of the Holy Spirit at the appointed time of the Latter Rain. This is the promised refreshing that will strengthen and enable the faithful to make it through the tribulation. Therefore, we should look earnestly to the time of the appointed Feast of Unleavened Bread, preparing our hearts first to not be weighed down by the cares of the world so that we may be ready to be sealed for service and witness for the Most High.

If the Latter Rain does not occur at the appointed time, then the event thought to be the start of the 70th Week was not. And so we would reflect upon why and what we may be missing, yet continue to keep watch.


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God’s calendar has many controversies because observing it teaches us about God’s plan for our development and so darkness does its best to obscure the truth by throwing us into confusion, into "Babylon". One such controversy is whether or not Purim is a holiday inspired by God. I feel the Holy Spirit has led me to see that the source of the inspiration for the book of Esther was Ishtar of Babylon and thereby should be rejected along with Purim. (For the details to back this position please see the “Comments on Calendar Controversies” section of God’s Holy Calendar. I also wish to state that the book of Esther is the only book I reject from the NIV translation.)

Given the removal of this holiday, which marked and set the last month of the year, and knowing that the start of the year is based upon having crops from which to offer firstfruits at Passover, I propose God intended a 3 month flexibility in the start of the calendar to allow for extremes of weather, such as late rain or an unusually long winter. If the crops were late coming in, the nation could wait up to 3 months to begin the year, yet still observe all 3 national gatherings and the final local observance of the Feast of Lights before having to start the next year.

Concerning the time just before the Day of the Lord (Second Coming of Christ), the prophet Joel predicts famine so bad there are no grain or drink offerings to bring to the house of God. Therefore, we may conclude that we will likely see the maximum delay for the start of the final year leading to the return of our Lord.

The very amazing thing is that if the final year is delayed by 3 months, then that final trumpet of the new month will also be the same trumpet that heralds the first day of the new year, a Jubilee year! The Messiah will inaugurate the true Jubilee and set the captives free!

So, technically there are 4 days each year that might align with a theoretical Day of Atonement seven years into the future. [Perhaps as much as 5 if the prior year (YE – 1) is a scheduled leap year but the extra month is not needed in the rare event that the crops are ready early.]

Calculations for start of 70th Week in Winter of 2009/2010:

Use Day of Atonement in 2016  (YE = 2009 + 7)

Start of Last Year (YE) Date for Start of 70th Week
YE is Normal start:  4/7/16 Nov. 17, 2009
YE is 1 month late:  5/6/16 Dec. 16, 2009
YE is 2 months late:  6/5/16 Jan. 15, 2010
YE is 3 months late:  7/4/16 Feb. 13, 2010


As another year passes and we don’t see the start of Daniel’s 70th Week, let us strengthen each other to continue to keep watch. Perhaps the appointed time has not begun because the 144,000 are not ready. How can they be, if no one is teaching the true covenant of the Lord? Perhaps some have already found it. Maybe enough are doing the right thing through the spirit of Christ but yet they don’t feel fully grounded in the Word of God.

To help to continue to keep watch, here is the calculation for next year:

For YS = 2010, the Day of Atonement in YE = 2017 is September 29.

Sept. 29, 2017 minus 2520 days puts the potential start of the 70th Week on:  Nov. 6, 2010

This date is for a normal start of the biblical year in 2017. The next step is to redo this calculation for a late start of up to 3 months for the year 2017. [Note: Now that the calculation for the start year spills into the next year, YS refers to the year with a normal start in YE, in this case 2010.]:


Calculations for start of 70th Week in Winter of 2010/2011:

Use Day of Atonement in 2017  (YE = YS + 7 = 2010 + 7)

Start of Last Year (YE) Date for Start of 70th Week
YE is Normal start:  3/28/17 Nov. 6, 2010
YE is 1 month late:  4/26/17 Dec. 6, 2010
YE is 2 months late:  5/25/17 Jan. 4, 2011
YE is 3 months late:  6/24/17 Feb. 3, 2011

Using the warning given by the prophet Joel that there will be no crops for bringing offerings to the Lord during the tribulation, the chart for the events along Daniel's 70th Week is filled in using a 3-month late start of the year in 2017:


Here Are Calculations w/ a 3-Month Late Start
If the Start of Daniel's 70th Week Would Occur In: Winter of 2010/2011



Description

Days from
Start of 70th
Days from
Midpoint of 70th

Date
Start of Daniel's 70th Week - Late Fall / Early Winter
A strong covenant involving many nations to determine status of Israel & Jerusalem.
Feast Day: None
0
- 1260
Feb. 3, 2011,
a new moon.
Latter Rain: Outpouring of Holy Spirit - Next Spring after Start of 70th Week
In the light of Daniel, 7 days represents 7 years.
Feast Day: Feast of Unleavened Bread
?
?
Feast of
Unleavened
Bread in 2011
Midpoint of Daniel's 70th Week - Spring or Summer
The daily sacrifice is removed.
Feast Day:  None
1260
0
Jul. 17, 2014
End of Daniel's 70th Week - Late Fall / Early Winter
Probation ends - Jesus leaves sanctuary. Announce coming Jubilee year.
Feast Day:  Day of Atonement
2520
1260
Dec. 27, 2017
Abomination of Desolation - about 7 years from start of 70th week.
Antichrist sits in temple and declares himself God.
Feast Day:  False one declared by Antichrist
2550
1290
Jan. 26, 2018
The final sign, the 6th seal, the sun, moon & stars go dark,
just before Messiah comes to be the light of the world.
Feast Day:  Hanukkah - Feast of Lights
2595
1335
Mar. 11, 2018
First Day of the New Year of the Great Jubilee!
Trumpet announces coming of Messiah as Lion, Judge & King.
Feast Day: Rosh Hashanah (Ex 12:2)
?
?
New moon
during
Hanukkah:
Mar. 17, 2018,
a Sabbath.
Note: Biblical day begins at sundown the night before dates shown below. Ultimately, the dates must be verified by witness of the dark new moon.


Let us continue to keep watch with confidence, for the first 4 seals of the book of Revelation have been opened and the 4 horsemen are riding, as we shall see, but to see clearly, one must have the sign of God for it protects one from the rising beasts.

The truly faithful must know and understand the true covenant of the Lord, for it will lead us to peace and balance within. The Bible sternly warns against having the Mark of the Beast, so it is vitally important to accumulate enough knowledge and understanding of God's Word to be able to identify the mark. It seems clear the histories of many of our societies have lacked the knowledge of the Lord and has thereby led to all kind of imbalances in the world and in us. We have arrived at the time where no one can buy or sell without being affected by lawlessness and lack of integrity.

The book of Revelation is complex on several levels. It is written thematically and goes through the chronological sequence multiple times, each with a different emphasis. Identifying the start and end of the chronological sequences is a challenge. One way to simplify things is to understand that the 7 trumpets occur during the 7 years of Daniel’s 70th Week. The 4 horsemen come prior to this week of years and the 7 cups of God’s wrath follow after the end of the week, after the 7th trumpet.

When mankind lives outside of God’s laws for centuries, the imbalances compound and become embedded in our way of life and in aspects of our bodies. Eventually all 4 bodies, the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual get so far out of balance that we become beasts roaming the earth focused only on satisfying the cravings of our animal instincts.

Isn’t it now clear how the Bible has been warning us that allowing these beasts to run wild will only cause us all to gallop directly into the experience of the tribulation?

The four horsemen of the Apocalypse are about living in imbalance and the consequences on all aspects of our lives. As the Hebrew Scriptures so often warn about the consequences of following false idols, the 1st Horseman speaks of conquest by those in white who have authority, which is the misdirection of false prophets who have added to the confusion of the covenant over the centuries and have fractured God’s people. Jesus made clear this warning about false theology when he reviewed the 4 horsemen, which he would know from Zechariah (Zech 6:1-8; Mt 24:4-8).

The 2nd Horse is about wars, which have plagued mankind throughout our history but this speaks of a grander scale. We began to see the fulfillment of this with World Wars I and II.

The 3rd Horse is about world economic problems and would also be at a scale not seen before.

The 4th Horse speaks of famine, plague, wild beasts attacking, and Jesus adds the focus on earthquakes, which compound the famine and disease. Again, this will be on a larger scale than before.

We have now entered the time of profound fulfillment of prophecy. God is speaking to the world again. Are you listening? Do you know the Word and His language? One vehicle God speaks through is His Holy Feast days, so one should have a clear understanding of God’s Holy calendar to see and understand fulfillment.


As Passover is to the First Coming of Christ, so the Day of Atonement is to the Second Coming of Christ. The major fulfillment of the Day of Atonement will come on the day of the end of Daniel’s 70th Week, but this feast day can still play a role in emphasizing God’s message to us.


It would appear that on Sept/Oct 2008, the 3rd Seal of Revelation was opened and the 3rd Horseman, the black horse, has been unleashed upon the earth.

On the 1st Day of God’s 7th Month in 2008, 9/29/08,
on the Feast of Trumpets,
the stock market fell 777 points!

The Feast of Trumpets is a warning of the coming Day of Atonement. 777 said, are you showing the sign of observing God’s covenant? If not, then judgment.

On the 10th & 11th Days of the 7th Month in 2008, 10/8-9/08
the stock market experienced a crash over 2 days.
On 10/9/08 it lost 7.33% of its value.

This is interesting in that the Day of Atonement was 10/8/08 by God’s calendar; however, the standard Jewish calendar recons the month by the crescent, so it called the day on 10/9/08. On 10/9/08 Dylan Ratigan, then on CNBC, announced that the stock market had crashed over two days. It would appear God was making sure that by either method, one would see the connection to this feast day. Were God’s people paying attention? Since the crash occurred on the Day of Atonement, I knew it was the big one and would affect us for years to come.

If one wants to try to argue coincidence, 1 year later in the 7th month again, the frequency of significant earthquakes for the past decade more than doubled for just that month. There was a massive earthquake of 8.1 on 9/29/09 just after the Day of Atonement (again by both methods: 9/27 & 28), followed by a tsunami. Finally, there was an unusual pattern around the Feast of Tabernacles, symbolic of the time of trouble. There were massive earthquakes around Australia on days 6 and 7 of the feast (8 6’s & 2 7’s in 2 days), then none on day 8 and then more over the next 2 days. The eighth day is symbolic of God’s people coming into their sabbath rest. [Note: Data includes aftershocks and method is consistently applied. I intend to publish data in a future web page.]


So it would also appear that on Sept/Oct 2009 the 4th Seal of Revelation was opened and the 4th Horseman, the pale horse, has been let loose. The earthquakes will compound the famine and disease problems.

In the 7th Month of 2009, a warning was issued of the start of the time of great earth changes.


It must be noted that these very specific fulfillment patterns only align completely with God’s calendar when the new month is reckoned by the dark new moon, a vindication of the method defined at this web site. Are you keeping proper watch? (For a detailed discussion of biblical support for this method see the “Comments on Calendar Controversies” section of God’s Holy Calendar.)

It may come as a shock, but the mark of the beast does not have to be a device that is put into us in order to satisfy prophecy. Yes, it is a name of the Antichrist and will be a factor in identifying him, but it also represents 3 core alterations of the God’s true covenant that have led to all the divisions in the religions based upon the Bible. The mark of the beast is already here!


6: False understanding of blood atonement
6: False understanding of the Messiah and who we are
6: False understanding of the journey of the soul


For a short summary of these concepts, please see:

God’s Word vs. Satan’s Counterfeit

For detailed discussions of these concepts, please see:

Changes to the Word of God & The Mark of the Beast

The Temple Over The Tabernacle: The Road to the Desolating Abomination


Many people are waiting for a “Revived Roman Empire”, the decline of the United States to make way for 10 kings who will rule the world, for Sunday to be mandated by law to be the Sabbath, for the mark of the beast device to be distributed and inserted in all mankind and those who refuse to be taken off to holding camps. Or they are waiting to be taken suddenly off this planet before the time of Antichrist.

In my opinion, these are all inappropriate and incorrect interpretations of prophecy. Further, there are no more conditions to be fulfilled before the start of the 70th Week. (However, we will continue to see an increase in the elements of the 4 horsemen: terror, famine, earthquakes, disease, etc.) Once the final “week” begins, then the faithful should gather in earnest expectation at the following Feast of Unleavened Bread for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. This will be followed by the revealing of Antichrist, the building of the House of God and the appearance of the two witnesses. And then we will see the events leading to the final battle.

These misinterpretations have consequences. Concerning the forces which will come against Israel, there are those who claim to listen to the voice of God and yet oversimplify the reference to the nation “out of the extreme north” to be Russia and the “Kings of the East” to be China. I believe they are wrong in their interpretation and therefore hurt our nation by disparaging the intentions of our allies. The forces that come against Israel will be their Arab brothers aligned with Persia, as is clear to many; however, I believe the powerful help out of “the extreme north” is a coded reference to the remnant of the Nephilim (“as it was in the days of Noah”), the builders of Ninevah and Babylon, the cities that spawned the nations of Assyria and Babylon that came against Israel from the north.

There is a great deception that has come to dominate the Christian view of prophecy. Many consider the sum total understanding of the warning and call of prophecy is to wait to be suddenly taken off this planet before the formal tribulation begins. This is known as the “pre-tribulation rapture”. Here is a simple proof that the “rapture” occurs at the visible return of the Lord known as the “Second Coming” of Christ.

1 Cor 15:51-52 – The rapture occurs at the “last trumpet”
Mt 24:26-31 – The visible return of Christ is announced with a trumpet, the last trumpet.

No matter how many trumpets may precede this event, since a trumpet occurs at the Second Coming, the rapture cannot come before this event.

If it is this simple to disprove the “pre-trib rapture” theory, why have almost all TV preachers and many churches embraced this view with an attitude of certainty, often not even allowing debate? It is because they have the mark of the beast and they do not show the Sign of God nor observe Daily Sacrifice.

Perhaps you’re saying, “Daily Sacrifice? That’s Old Testament and isn’t relevant to me. Didn’t Jesus end that stuff?” Well, hold onto your Bible.

What did Jesus ask us to do in remembrance of him? It was certainly not to drink blood for that is a violation of the Law. Jesus never expected his priests to perform magic by being able to convert bread and wine into anything, certainly not blood. Martin Luther understood this very well when he protested against transubstantiation and began the Protestant Reformation. Yet many Protestants today explain the efficacy of communion via consubstantiation and proudly boast of the distinction from transubstantiation. This is a distinction without a difference, for the goal is still to magically make blood and drink it in order to have one’s sins forgiven.

This is a “Babylonian Mystery”;
and it is the first and primary aspect of the theological dimensions of the Mark of the Beast.

Even as a teenager in confirmation class I found the difference absurd, so it only left me wondering what was really going on. I honestly remember thinking but did not voice, “you have got to be kidding me, that’s the big difference with the Catholic church on Communion!?!?”.

Several decades later, after getting lost in the Apparitions of Mary and the Catholic Church’s version of communion as the ongoing Daily Sacrifice, I finally broke free of that whole delusion when I actually read Martin Luther’s explanation of the efficacy of communion. I was very surprised that he did NOT promote consubstantiation. This makes sense to me since he took his stand against transubstantiation as a violation of Scripture, probably from the book of Hebrews, as I have also found deeper understanding as to what Jesus meant. (By the way, if you want to read Luther’s version, see the Interior Locutions of Father Gobbi, which was written during that time period.)

So what did Jesus mean by “my blood is drink indeed”? The answer lies in the Law, and while Luther’s explanation was the best and most beautiful this author had found until recently when the Holy Spirit led me to the correct understanding, unfortunately Luther did not go all the way and I suspect it was because he did not have a love for Judaism. On the other hand, I love my Father’s Law and meditate on it day and night.

Paul even predicted a blinding of the true understanding of communion. In the same part of Romans where he discusses the blinding of Judaism to seeing Jesus as Messiah, he also warned the faithful who accepted the Messiah that the table Jesus set before them would become a snare. Why? Because the faithful remained silent. The believers did not speak up and defend their brother when they were offered the Passover choice between Jesus and Barabbas. Did one think there would be no price for this silence?

Again, what did Jesus mean by “my blood is drink indeed” (John 6:55 KJV)?

Out of my love for Daniel and my earnest desire to understand prophecy, I asked the Lord for many years: if the 70th Week is when the Antichrist comes to power, why is it so important to remove the Daily Sacrifice in the middle of the Week, for that seems to be what solidifies his power? This also implied the call to the Daily Sacrifice was ongoing for all the faithful into the end-times. The Daily Sacrifice pointed to the sacrificial system and so the Holy Spirit urged me on to understand it; however, this turned out to be a very challenging task. It took many years and asking in many places before I finally cracked it and began to really get it.

What Jesus really meant at his last Passover Seder is that the next day when he would be sacrificed, his blood would be poured out like a drink offering. And more deeply, he was comparing his sacrifice to the continual burnt offering in which he was the lamb of the sin offering, his blood the drink offering and his body the grain offering. So instead of ending the sacrificial system, he was certifying it. Only now he would provide the blood for purification, once and done, and it will be applied to the horns of our heart at the time of confession of each sin.

But to fully understand how to approach, one must know the procedure of the whole order of Aaron as an object lesson of how to approach our High Priest in the heavenly sanctuary under the new order of Melchizedek. This is explained in much greater detail in The Temple Over The Tabernacle. Our primary obligation to this Daily Sacrifice, now known as Communion under the order of Melchizedek, is also captured in God’s Holy Calendar. If we do not approach with the proper understanding and follow the Law, then we are not receiving true blood atonement for our sins and therein lies the snare. One needs to understand the sacrificial system because the offerings contain the proper protocol for approaching our High Priest.

And so Jesus asked us to celebrate Communion as the spirit of observing the Daily Sacrifice.

The true way to raise and uphold Christ is to honor the spirit of the sin offering,
from confession and repentance, to proper blood atonement, and offers of apology and restitution.

This means we are still obliged to follow the spirit of the rules of the sin offering (Lev 4-7) and the book of James backs this up. The sacrificial system is God’s way to teach us balance in the 4 aspects of ourselves and to develop spiritual maturity. Why would God abandon this system? Communion is intended to follow the spirit of the system God designed for leading us in the Way to become sons and daughters of the Most High.

When one’s faith, whatever the name or variation, no longer has the proper understanding of the Lord’s call to Daily Sacrifice, this is the abomination that will led to imbalance, strife, lack of peace and eventually one’s temple will become desolate of God’s Spirit. Then one becomes a beast focused on satisfying one’s cravings. The illusion of inner peace is created by suppressing negative emotions, rather than by finding true inner peace. When the mechanisms of control break down under the very stressful conditions of today’s world, then the beast can come out suddenly and people wonder what happened. And so they serve Antichrist, yet most would insist they do not. It is the consequence of a lack of knowledge.

To offer a Communion meal without the context of the Daily Sacrifice, without the proper protocol of the sin and guilt offerings, risks bringing judgment on all who participate, for Paul sternly warns in 1 Corinthians 11:27-31 (NIV):

Therefore, whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of sinning against the body and blood of the Lord. A man ought to examine himself before he eats of the bread and drinks of the cup. For anyone who eats and drinks without recognizing the body of the Lord eats and drinks judgment on himself. That is why many among you are weak and sick, and a number of you have fallen asleep. But if we judged ourselves, we would not come under judgment.


The “pre-tribulation rapture” belief is evil because it lulls people into a false sense of security and discourages God's people, rather than encourage them to study and prepare for what is coming. God's shepherds are supposed to be the keepers of knowledge and understanding. Any who spread this lie will pay a heavy price, as Paul also warns in 2 Thess 2:10-12 (NIV):

They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. For this reason God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie and so that all will be condemned who have not believed the truth but have delighted in wickedness.

How many are actually helping those in need? Why are so many becoming homeless if the church is meeting Christ’s call to help those in need? Something is not right when there are so many alone, sick and struggling and yet there is plenty of money for Wall St.


Finally, the forces that want to control us want us to believe prophecy calls for a world government. This gives it a sense of inevitability. In my opinion, the Bible only predicts the rise of a world of lawlessness, the religion of rebellion. The 10 kings apply only to the Middle East; however, when the Antichrist is given power by the 10 kings, his influence will be worldwide, but it does not have to take the form of a formal world government.

Let’s look once more at the wording of the prophecy of the 70th Week from Daniel 9:27 (KJV):

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

There is much controversy as to who the “he” is at the start of the sentence. Who is the subject of this sentence that shall confirm the covenant? When one checks the Hebrew, there is no pronoun. The sentence begins with the Hebrew verb for “confirm”, which means one should inherit the last subject from the prior phrase and that is “the people of the prince to come”:

and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary;

So the clearest translation of Daniel 9:27 would be:

And the people of the prince to come shall confirm the covenant with many for one week:

Since the “people of the prince to come” who destroyed the city of Jerusalem and the temple sanctuary in 70 AD were soldiers of the Roman Empire, most assume that the “Revived Roman Empire” must play a role in the creation of Palestine. This is not correct. As the Keys of Daniel web page explains in great detail, the resurrected 4th beast of Daniel and the subsequent 10 toes are the Arab nations created from the remnants of the Ottoman Empire after World War I. So only the Arab nations led by the Persian alliance are needed to satisfy the participants identified as the “people of the prince to come”, the ones awaiting the return of the 12th Imam, the Mahdi, are needed to be involved in the process that creates Palestine in order to satisfy prophecy.

The U.S., E.U. or Rome don’t have to be involved to satisfy prophecy, although each one of them would have you believe they must.


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Finally, for those who are wise to the cycles of our solar system and know of an object with an orbit of many thousands of years that the Egyptians called the “winged disk” and the Sumerians called the “12th Planet”, our Bible calls this object Wormwood. It is described as “a great star, blazing like a torch, fell from the sky” (Rev 8:10-11). Wormwood is the 3rd trumpet of 7, so it appears to occur in the 1st half of the 70th Week. Perhaps it might be closer to the midpoint.

If the end of the Mayan calendar, which occurs on the Winter Solstice of 2012 or 2013, does indeed point to the passing of Wormwood close to our planet and the sudden disruption thereof, then the next year or two, or maybe three, would appear to have a very high probability of seeing the start of Daniel’s 70th Week!

For the unpleasant detail about this event and guidance on what to do,
see Isaiah 2 & 24.

Let us also note that the end of the Mayan calendar does not bring us to the Second Coming of Christ, but rather points to a specific event within Daniel’s 70th Week. This shows that the Bible has the larger perspective.

God's warning against building lofty towers takes on an added meaning in light of the coming of Wormwood. This also gives a new level of meaning to the warning and preparation given by Joseph during his time in Egypt concerning the 7 years of plenty followed by 7 years of famine. Considering that Egypt is one of the keepers of the ancient knowledge, and that this was the seminal event which brought the nation of Israel to seek safety in Egypt, this now seems to be saying to prepare and store food while we have it. It also suggests that the time period in which the earth will lose its harvest time will be 7 years. Perhaps this is exactly what is meant by the Hopi petroglyph of seven antelopes with a star at each end (See: Composite of Cultural Calendars).

One thing we know from history and the Bible, in the long run, seed time and harvest time WILL return to the earth after this event.

As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never cease.
Genesis 8:22 NIV

I would surmise that harvest time will return by the year of the Great Jubilee, so we all have offerings to present at the temple of the Lord when Messiah returns. Therefore, I would conclude at this point that the warning is to prepare for a period of severe disruption and interruption of the harvest for about 7 years.

I believe God gave us the 70th week to also give us confidence during the most difficult time in our known history. When the 70th Week begins and key events occur on God’s Holy Feast days, then this knowledge should give us confidence that the Almighty is in ultimate control, despite the outer appearance of chaos and lawlessness all around, and that He is bringing all things to His purpose.

So let us continue to keep watch. And let us heed the Lord’s call to be among the faithful who fulfill His promise by showing the sign of observing His Holy Covenant and living lives of integrity so that at least 144,000 will be ready to be sealed with the power of the Holy Spirit when the time is right for God the Father to allow the start of the final shabua of purification before the return of His glorious son.


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The Mathematics of Daniel

1 solar year = 365.25 days

1 lunar year = 360 days  = 30 days x 12 months


7 lunar years = 7 x 360 days = 2520 days = 1 week of years
7 years is one sabbatical cycle

The term "week" of years is to remind one of the several levels of meaning woven into this prophecy:
The 7th day is a Sabbath, a day of rest for God's people.
The 7th year is a Sabbath, a year of rest for God's land.
The 7th millennium is a Sabbath, 1000 years of rest for God's nation.


It is interesting to note that 7 lunar years is 98.6% of 7 solar years.



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First Posted: 5/27/06
Last Updated: 3/25/10