End of the Age: 2018?
Those who believe that the Bible is the inspired Word of God have wondered, for centuries, when prominent end-time prophecies would be fulfilled. People in virtually every generation have seen and experienced events making them think and feel that the end of the age was very near. So far, of course, this has not been the case.
Most people did not fully comprehend the events in Jesus’ first coming before they took place. Likewise, any attempt to identify the timing and sequence of prophetic end-time events related to His second coming only can be speculative and provisional. Many things we have learned in church and elsewhere—pertaining to things such as the Rapture, the Daniel 9:27 prophecy, a third temple, and other things—most likely will not take place the way we’ve always thought they would.
Notwithstanding this, there seem to be indicators now that could be signaling that the Great Tribulation, the return of Jesus, and the final Kingdom of God on earth
The angel Gabriel told Daniel that, pertaining to Daniel’s people (Israel) and his holy city (Jerusalem), seventy “sevens” or “weeks” of years were decreed for the completion of specific events
Most Bible scholars have felt that the 70th Week would commence with a covenant or accord involving many, including Israel, and would include other important events:
He will confirm a covenant with many for one “seven” [week of seven years], but in the middle [or midst] of that “seven” [week of seven years] he will put an end to sacrifice and offering. And one who causes desolation will place abominations on a wing of the temple until the end that is decreed is poured out on himA few years ago, many felt that a particular seven-year accord, as part of the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) and including Israel, could have been the prophesied 70th Week accord of
European Neighbourhood Policy
In 2006, the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) was established. Besides several European nations, many other nations signed onto the ENP; and Israel was the first non-European nation to sign on:
The European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument for Israel (ENPI: Israel) was established on October 24, 2006. It covered the seven-year interval 2007 through 2013.
provisions for “peace”Furthermore, it has been felt, by many, that the prophesied 70th Week accord or covenant would involve some type of provisions for “peace” (albeit failed), involving Israel. Indeed, Israel’s ENPI document does contain peace-related phrases such as the following:
Some feel that God’s “sanctuary” or “dwelling place”
Furthermore, it seems exceedingly implausible that orthodox Jews would be able to construct a third temple on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, which is under the control and authority of Islam. One of the ultimate goals of radical Islam is the destruction of Jerusalem. Most likely, then, if even one stone of a Jewish temple’s foundation were laid there, it probably would spark an immediate firestorm of controversy and a violent backlash by Islam against the Jews in Jerusalem and Judea.
Some will point to Jesus’ reference to the “holy place”
However, in the latter two verses, a more precise translation of that word, from the Greek, is “shrine.” The Islamic Dome of the Rock is a shrine, and it very likely stands where the first two temples stood. Although the Dome of the Rock certainly would not be considered by God to be a “holy building,” the place where it stands on the Temple Mount still would be a holy place to God, as it has been ever since Solomon’s temple stood there
Perhaps, then, the abomination that causes desolation of which Jesus spoke
anticipated prophetic events
There are distinctive events that must take place just prior to the onset of the Great Tribulation period, presumably during Passover week of an unspecified year:
Had the ENPI: Israel been the prophesied seven-year agreement, in accordance with
However, over the past few years, another possibility has been suggested: a five-year “gap” between the first half and the second half of the 70th Week. In case this hypothesis happens to pan out, the six anticipated events listed above may happen during Passover week, April 4-11, 2015.
Maybe the prophesied seven-year period does not consist of seven consecutive, uninterrupted years, as virtually everyone always has assumed would be the case. Perhaps there is a “gap” of unspecified time, “wedged” into the 70th Week of years. God always does things His way, and His thoughts and ways are far above ours
There was a gap of several centuries between the time of the ancient prophets in Israel, predicting the coming of the Messiah, and the first coming of Jesus Christ. Presumably, there is a gap of almost two thousand years between the
If we consider the seven annual Hebraic feasts, festivals, and holy days, we know that they do not all take place at the same time of year. Three are clumped together in the month of Aviv or Nisan, with the fourth one seven weeks later in the month of Sivan, all in the Spring of the year (and were fulfilled by Jesus at His first coming). The remaining three take place in the month of Tishri, which is in the Fall of the year (and will be fulfulled by Jesus at His second coming). Thus, there is a lengthy gap between the first three and the fourth, as well as between the fourth and the last three. So “gaps” are not unusual in God’s overall plan of the ages.
Interestingly, this separation is reflected in a standard menorah, which has three candles, plus half of the middle candle, on either side. This could be an example of the separation of the first 3½ years and the last 3½ years of the prophesied seven-year period, with an indeterminate gap between them. This would be similar to how a football game consists of two halves, with a half-time break in the middle. Moreover, in a football game, the conflict typically peaks during the second half, during which both sides have the greatest anticipation and expectation of winning.
Likewise, the historical war between the forces of good and evil will culminate during the final 3½ years of this age. As such, it is conceivable that the first 3½ years of the 70th Week have transpired, leaving the last 3½ years yet to take place after a 5-year gap of time. The final interval was referred to by Daniel and by John as “a time, times and half a time”
With all of this in mind, it may be worth contemplating some possibilities. Let us consider ancient Israel, which served and was held captive by Babylon for seventy years. While in captivity, the Jewish prophet Daniel perceived, from the writings of the prophet Jeremiah, that the captivity would last seventy years
History tends to repeat itself, and numerous prophecies in the Bible have had and will have multiple cases of fulfillment. Most would agree that “Babylon the Great” will be associated with the end-time kingdom of the Antichrist and, ultimately, will be destroyed
Now, ever since Israel became a modern nation in 1948, it generally has been a secular nation. The Jewish temple, after having been destroyed by the Romans in 70 A.D., has not been rebuilt. Moreover, as a whole, Israel has not acknowledged Jesus as God and Messiah; and the nation (and most of the world) is more under the influence of the antichrist spirit
In effect, Israel has returned to bondage under “pagan Babylon,” perhaps again for 70 years. Since
Firstly, there is no doubt in my mind that Jesus’ future fulfillment of Yom Kippur = Day of Atonement will be His second advent back to earth, in conjunction with the blowing of the Seventh Trumpet. Thus, I am convinced that the final day of the 70th Week will fall on a Yom Kippur. This was a day filled with bloody sacrifices in ancient Israel
The Yom Kippur on which Jesus returns to earth will be a bloody mess as well, with a great deal of the blood of Israel’s attackers being shed
The second half of the 70th Week will be 1,260 days
Potentially then, in view of this time frame, April 5, 2015, could mark the beginning of the Great Tribulation. With October 24, 2006 marking the establishment of the European Neighborhood and Partnership Instrument for Israel, and possibly the beginning of the 70th Week, it may have been that the first half of the 70th Week ended after 1,260 days on the Feast of Firstfruits = Resurrection Day (Easter Sunday), April 4, 2010.
Interestingly, then, it is possible that the first half ended on April 4 (of 2010) and that the second half will pick up again on April 5 (of 2015), with a five-year “half-time” span in between. For more information that may support this five-year span of time, see A 5-Year Gap? So suffice it to say that if the final 3½ years of this age begin in 2015, the six events listed in the anticipated prophetic events section should happen during the Feast of Unleavened Bread or Passover week: April 4-11, 2015.
eclipses and the Shemitah year
During 2014 and 2015, six lunar and solar eclipses will take place on significant days on the Hebraic calendar. It is very unusual for there to be even a couple of eclipses on Hebraic feast and holy days in one year, but it is quite rare for six eclipses to take place on Hebraic feast and holy days during two adjacent years. Perhaps, in the midst of these “signs” in the sky, the Great Tribulation could begin. So it might be prudent to begin accumulating items on the Adversity Supplies Basic Check List before then.Lunar and Solar Eclipses: 2014 & 2015
It has been suggested by some that the lunar eclipses will foreshadow dire events for Israel. Interestingly, the next Shmita or Shemitah (Sabbatical) year occurs from the Fall of 2014 to the Fall of 2015. Moses told the Israelites that at the end of every seven years (the Shmita or Shemitah year), debts were to be canceled
The only blood moon eclipse in 2014 and 2015 seen in Israel—as the people are outside dwelling in their booths (sukkot or sukkas)—will be on the first day of the Feast of Tabernacles, September 28, 2015. See Blood Moons on Hebraic Feast and Holy Days.
It also has been suggested that the solar eclipses, during the period of four “blood moons,” will portend calamitous events for the nations. Some are predicting the collapse of the U.S. dollar and stock market on or about September 13, 2015 (= Elul 29, 5775 on the Hebraic calendar), on which there is a partial solar eclipse. Watch a 2-minute slideshow about financial and economic crashes on Elul 29, or click on individual slides below:
day of vengeance
Now, after the prophetic Fifth Seal is opened, the souls slain for the word of God and for their testimony will cry out for God to avenge their blood
I am convinced that the Pre-wrath Rapture event
Perhaps, then, the Messiah Yeshua/Jesus will appear in the clouds of the sky to catch away His elect on September 21 or 22, 2017 (we would not know which day or hour), on the Feast of Trumpets, during the Pre-wrath Rapture. If so, about a year later on Yom Kippur, September 18 or 19, 2018, He presumably would return to earth, to rule and reign, in conjunction with the blowing of the Seventh Trumpet
final gathering of Israelites
We know that Israelites and Jews returned to Israel after the seventy-year Babylonian captivity. Likewise, whenever it is that Jesus descends to earth, He will gather Israelites and Jews, scattered throughout the earth, to Israel for the final time
Some feel that the aforementioned verses are indicative of Jews returning since 1948 to the modern-day nation of Israel. However, it is only when Israel’s Messiah returns to Jerusalem that the following things will happen; these have not yet occurred, nor will they take place until Jesus returns:
When our Lord, Savior, and Messiah will return—initially in the clouds and later back to earth—cannot be determined with relative certainty, at least until the final 3½ years of this age (that is, the second half of the 70th Week) have begun. However, with increasing anticipation and expectation, let us look forward to His return, in His perfect timing, to bring absolute righteousness and justice to the world. There is no hope for humanity other than in the only begotten Son of God, Yeshua/Jesus.
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