Although the seven-year European Neighbourhood Policy officially was launched January 1, 2007, technically it commenced during the week of October 17-24, 2006. This is because, as noted in Part 1, two fundamental regulations for the ENP were dated
Now, considering a Hebrew month to be 30 days in length, then 42 months (3½ years) would consist of:
42 months × 30 days/month = 1,260 days.
We know that the second half of the 70th Week will last for 42 months, or 1,260 days
Traditionally, during the week of Passover, various offerings were made in the first and second Jewish temples in Jerusalem, as ordained by God to Moses
Arguably, Jesus will return to earth upon the blowing of the Seventh Trumpet of
Now, on a Hebrew calendar, the first of each new month (also known as Rosh Chodesh), as well as of each new year (Rosh haShanah or Yom Teruah), commences with a new moon. One reason the moon was created was to “mark off the seasons”
If a Hebrew month is considered to be 30 days in length, then 84 months (7 years) would consist of:
84 months × 30 days/month = 2,520 days.So if October 22, 2006, is considered to be day #1 of the proposed 70th Week, then we should expect for day #2,520 to be a Yom Kippur. Indeed, it is. With October 22, 2006, being day #1, then day #2,520 is September 14, 2013, which happens to be Yom Kippur of that year (see Calendar of Hebrew Holy Days 2006–2014). Feast of Firstfruits 2010
From information in the Passover Week 2010 and Yom Kippur 2013 sections, let us consider the date October 22, 2006 (a new moon) to be day #1. If we count forward from this date, then day #1,260 day is April 3, 2010; and day #1 of the next 1,260-day period is April 4, 2010. The midpoint of my proposed 70th Week period will be midnight, between these two dates (which actually will be on April 4, since a Hebrew day begins at sunset). Interestingly, Jesus indicated that the Bridegroom—Jesus Himself—will come at “midnight”
Now, April 4, 2010, has significance on both the Hebrew and Christian calendars. Not only is this date the Feast of Firstfruits and the day after the weekly Jewish Sabbath (see
Referring directly to the abomination that causes desolation of
Jesus also said this:
Pray that your flight will not take place in winter or on the SabbathNot infrequently, winter weather begins in the late Fall and extends into the early Spring. Indeed, Passover Week 2010, occurring earlier than it typically does (see Calendar of Hebrew Holy Days 2006–2014), will take place in the early Spring. Furthermore, it could be that the setting up of the abomination that causes desolation will be planned for the Jewish Sabbath—Saturday, April 3, 2010; but, somehow, it will be delayed until the next day—Sunday, April 4, 2010. This is mere conjecture, but it may be plausible.
If so, the flight of those escaping Jerusalem would not be on the last day of the week, Saturday the Sabbath (according to Jesus’ wise counsel in
Feasibly, then (understanding, of course, the speculative nature of this calculation), 4 April 2010—the Hebrew Feast of Firstfruits, as well as the Christian celebration of Jesus’ Resurrection—might be a prophetically significant date for Jews and Christians, and indeed for the entire world. Although the weather might be favorable, it also could be a day of terror, especially if the Antichrist does the following (although some of the events may occur an indeterminate amount of time later):
Furthermore, it is possible that on or around April 4, 2010—the Feast of Firstfruits—a partial Mid-tribulation Rapture of “firstfruits” believers could take place (see also Is it possible that Jesus' parable about the ten virgins could indicate that there will be a Mid-tribulation Rapture?). Then the Great Tribulation will begin.
Many believe it is plausible and reasonable to suppose that, with the activation of the ENP, the 70th Week has begun. If so, we now are in the final seven-year period of this age, prior to the return of Jesus the Messiah (Christ) back to earth, as the Rider on a white horse.
If true, the world is in store for the greatest social upheavals and natural catastrophes, followed by the most intense supernatural disasters, ever to occur in the history of mankind. At the end of the seven-year period, Jesus will return to rule and reign for a period of 1,000 years: the Millennium.
My opinions about the ENP, and about whether or not we presently could be in the 70th Week, can be found in some of my email responses. Two of them are here:
I think that many who put credence in the 70th Week prophecy of
Unlike many (or maybe most) Christians, though, I feel it is quite reasonable and plausible to consider that the 70th Week has begun. The stipulations and timing of the seven-year European Neighbourhood Policy, concerning the prophecy in Daniel 9:27 and in conjunction with Israel’s involvement, seem to be extremely compelling.
For some time, I have felt that the “Intensity of Troubles” (designated by the vertical axis in my “Graph of the 70th Week”) would increase only gradually, immediately after the onset of the 70th Week, with the curve being more horizontal than vertical for the first 3½ years. However, after the midpoint (at which time I believe the Great Tribulation will begin), I have felt, and continue to feel, that the “Intensity of Troubles” will soar calamitously and cataclysmically, with the curve climbing faster vertically than horizontally. (The reader can click on the blue hyperlinks in the graph to obtain other information about those topics.)
|Second Half of the 70th Week|
|Beginning of Birth Pains||
|Revelation 6:1-6||Revelation 6:7–10:7|
The “beginning of birth pains” will consist of the appearance of false messiahs, famines, plagues, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, floods, droughts, fires, great storms, inflation, and socioeconomic decline.
|Revelation 11:1-19 (Review of the Second Half)|
at 7th Trumpet
For those anticipating a “Pre-tribulation” Rapture, to take place prior to the final seven years, regrettably they have embraced an erroneous belief. Unfortunately, this has led multitudes of well-meaning believers into a false and misguided sense of safety and security5.
The main Rapture event will take place well into the 70th Week, not prior to its beginning. Those adhering the “Pre-tribulation” view of the Rapture may have an interest in reading my lengthy commentary on The Rapture, as well as the following responses to inquiries posed to me in emails, about the Rapture and other 70th Week events:
In case the 70th Week period has begun (see the covenant and the Antichrist), I feel it is imperative for Christians and Jews not to be looking for the “imminent return” of the Messiah, in the clouds, to take them away (other than, perhaps, at a Mid-tribulation Rapture). Rather, they need to be doing these things:
Disasters and calamities, both natural and social, probably will not happen everywhere at once. Most likely, they will start earlier in some areas than in others. But it always is better to organize one’s preparedness sooner rather than later, especially before hyperinflation takes hold.
Most people of the world always are hoping for a better day, a time when peace will reign throughout the earth, forevermore. Eventually, this time is coming.
Before that can happen, however, a time of great tribulation, distress, sorrow, and suffering first must come to pass on the earth. Jesus described this terrible time as follows:
For then there will be great distress, unequaled from the beginning of the world until now—and never to be equaled againUntold billions will die. But those who survive can have the assurance that God, through the Power of Jesus and the Holy Spirit, will be with them through the most difficult of times (see repentance, endurance, and overcoming), if they put their faith in Him: the One true God.
Even if a believer is killed, he/she can have the guarantee of eternal salvation, having placed his/her faith and trust in Jesus Christ. He is the Son of God, Who died for the sins of the world and was raised from death, on our behalf.
Praise be to the Lord Jesus for His infinite grace and mercy, as well as for the better world that He will provide when He comes! He is “Faithful and True”
I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.
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