Anticipated Prophetic Events: Delayed 1-3 Years?
The signs in the anticipated prophetic events section of my “End of the Age: 2020?” commentary did not take place in my hypothesized time frame. Had my basic assumptions been correct, it seems that those events should have occurred during Passover week: April 10-18, 2017.
My hypothesis was that the European Neighbourhood Instrument (ENI) was the 7-year agreement of
The following two events, prophesied by Jesus, presumably will make international news soon after they happen at the beginning of the Great Tribulation period:
Since those and other anticipated prophetic events did not take place in 2017, it may be that the European Neighbourhood Instrument (ENI) is not the prophesied 7-year agreement of Daniel 9:27a. In that case, I do believe that there will be a 7-year agreement, fulfilling this prophecy, at some point in the future.
However, there may yet be a another possibility. Conceivably, the final half of Daniel’s prophecied 70th Week could begin in 2018, 2019 or 2020, rather than in 2017. If so, the end of the age and Jesus’ return to earth to rule and reign, being delayed 1-3 years, would take place in 2021, 2022 or 2023. An explanation is in order.
final 7 years
First, consider the prophesied 70 weeks of years, described by the angel Gabriel to the prophet Daniel almost 6 centuries B.C. This prophecy applied to Daniel’s holy people, Israel, and their holy city, Jerusalem
A common assumption has been that the final (70th) week of the prophesied 70 weeks of years would be equivalent to the week of 7 years that begin with the confirmation of a covenant (involving Israel and other nations) for one week of years:
Then he shall confirm a covenant with many for one week....However, what if the two 7-year periods do not coincide precisely? That is, perhaps it is possible that the following two 7-year periods are not identical, even though they probably will overlap:
Many would consider this speculation to be implausible and improbable. Yet, it is a fact that Satan counterfeits countless things of God to mislead people and to throw them off-track. Thus, it seems reasonable to contemplate the possibility that Satan might try to confuse the timing of the final 7 years of this age so that it would be less likely for people to know when this time period has begun and is transpiring.
Presumably, it is the satanically-inspired Antichrist—that is, the man of lawlesssness who will oppose and will exalt himself over everything that is called God or is worshiped
God’s timetable vs. man’s schedule
Events on God’s timetable typically take place later than events on man’s presumed schedule. Here are a handful of examples:
God’s calendar vs. man’s calendar
God’s Hebraic calendar is based on specific Spring and Fall festivals and holy days that take place each year. He does not abide by a human-made Gregorian annual calendar, which runs from January 1 to December 31.
Thus, the 7-year span of the artificial, man-made European Neighbourhood Instrument (ENI), running from January 1, 2014, to December 31, 2020, does not synchronize or harmonize with God’s calendar of Hebraic feast and holy days. Since the beginning, God has used lights in the sky (including the sun and the moon) as signs to mark seasons, days and years
It seems noteworthy that in the Spring and Fall of 2014 and 2015, several lunar and solar eclipses took place on Hebraic feast and holy days, which is a very rare occurrence in two consecutive years (see “Blood Moons” on Hebraic Feast and Holy Days):Lunar and Solar Eclipses: 2014 & 2015
The man-ordained European Neighbourhood Instrument (ENI) began on January 1, 2014. Perhaps the the God-ordained 70th Week of years also began in 2014, but God delayed its onset to fit into His holy calendar.
I am absolutely convinced that Jesus will return to earth on a future Yom Kippur, which always is in the Fall of the year. Thus, it seems logical that the commencement of the final 7 years prior to His return also would be in the Fall of the year, perhaps at the time of the total lunar eclipse on Sukkot = Feast of Tabernacles in 2014.
middle vs. midst
In most Bible versions, Daniel 9:27 states that it is in the middle of the period launched by the 7-year agreement when sacrifice and offering will be put to an end:
He will confirm a covenant with many for one “seven,” but in the middle of that “seven” he will put an end to sacrifice and offering. And one who causes desolation will place abominations on a wing until the end that is decreed is poured out on him.However, there also are Bible versions stating that it is in the midst of the 7-year agreement period when this occurs:
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.So, what if “midst” is the more accurate translation? It would seem to leave open the possibility that the sacrifice and offering being stopped could be at some point within the 7-year agreement period but not necessarily in the exact middle (or middle year) of that period.
Thus, it remains possible that the European Neighbourhood Instrument (ENI) is the 7-year agreement of Daniel 9:27a. If so, since none of the anticipated prophetic events took place during Passover week of 2017, then perhaps they might occur in 2018 or in one of the remaining years spanned by the ENI agreement.
dates in upcoming years
In my significant dates section, I noted how I am convinced that the return of Jesus back to earth will take place on a Yom Kippur = Day of Atonement. I also noted how I believe that the second half of the 70th Week will be 1,260 days
I feel very strongly that the anticipated prophetic events, initiating the Great Tribulation period, will take place during a Passover week. In the chart above, it can be seen in each of the remaining years while the European Neighbourhood Instrument is in effect—2018, 2019 & 2020—that the events commencing the final 3˝ years of this age potentially could begin in one of those years.
season of Teshuvah
Teshuvah, meaning “return” or “repentance,” is a 40-day season each year on the Hebrew calendar. This probably was the period of forty days and forty nights when Jesus was tempted in the desert by the devil, yet He resisted every temptation (Matthew 4:1-11).
During the month of Elul, one is to examine one’s life, to repent and turn from one’s sins, and to restore broken relationships with others and with God, knowing that the “Day of Judgment” (Rosh haShanah) is approaching. On each day of Elul, a shofar (horn or trumpet) is blown, reminding everyone to repent because Rosh haShanah is drawing near.
Psalm 27, and often Ezekiel 33:1-7, are read. Psalm 27 states that the Lord is our “salvation” when our “enemies attack” us, “sheltering” us and keeping us “safe” in the “day of trouble”
In 2017, a significant total solar eclipse, with the zone of totality observable only in the United States, took place on Av 29 (August 21). On that day, the
total solar eclipse: August 21, 2017
On August 21, 2017, a total solar eclipse crossed the entire United States, from Oregon to South Carolina. The U.S. was the only country that was on the eclipse’s path of totality, which was seen by observers in 12 states (and maybe a tiny portion of 2 other states).
The last total eclipse that crossed the U.S., from coast to coast, was in 1918. However, the August 21, 2017 eclipse was the first total eclipse that was exclusive only to the U.S. in the nation’s history. These two videos provide more information:
sign of Jonah
Jesus spoke about the sign of the prophet Jonah. Just as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of a huge fish or whale
Interestingly, ancient cuneiform tablets, discovered in the 19th century, describe events in ancient Nineveh. One event was the Bur-Sagale or Assyrian total eclipse, which has been verified by NASA as taking place in 763 B.C.
Evidently, the eclipse passed directly over Nineveh just before Jonah arrived. This very likely was a primary reason why the people of Nineveh were ready and willing to repent when God sent Jonah there to warn them that they had only forty days left to repent
Not only are Americans deeply divided in their pro-God vs. anti-God views, they also are deeply divided in other ways, such as conservativism vs. liberalism, lawfulness vs. lawlessness, and along racial lines. As such, what Jesus said about division becomes very concerning:
Every kingdom divided against itself will be ruined, and every city or household divided against itself will not stand.Ancient Israel is an example to all the nations of the world, including the USA. The Israelites gradually began transgressing against God’s covenantal laws, and then they started embracing and worhiping gods other than the one, true God. God’s compassion and mercy lasted for quite awhile; His desire was for the people to repent and turn back to Him.
However in due time, when they did not repent of their ways, His harsh judgment fell upon them
Following the total solar eclipse that “sliced America in half,” further stark warnings seem to have occurred, perhaps portending the beginning of God’s pronounced and perilous judgment on the U.S., along with other nations such as neighboring Mexico. Possible warnings may include the following disasters, all of which took place or commenced within a month of the solar eclipse of August 21:
Then on Oct. 1, the day following the final day of the season of Teshuvah (Sep. 30), there was a horrendous, unprecedented, record-breaking shooting attack in the U.S.:
In time, it could be that the U.S. might become proccupied with innumerable problems and hardships. This might prevent the U.S. from aiding and protecting Israel in an upcoming attack.
Within the final “ten days of awe” during the season of Teshuvah, it seems that God had prepared yet another amazing sign in the sky on September 23, 2017. Potentially, this was another manifest warning by God.
sign in the sky: September 23, 2017
A great and wondrous sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet and a crown of twelve stars on her head. She was pregnant and cried out in pain as she was about to give birth.The 9 stars of Leo (the “lion”) plus the 3 planets Venus, Mars and Mercury appeared to form the 12 stars of a “crown” above the head of Virgo (the “virgin”). From our perspective on earth, the sun appeared to be near her head with the new moon near her feet.
Also, from our perspective, the planet Jupiter was in apparent retrograde motion, which is the perceived, limited reversal of the motion of a planet as seen from Earth. Jupiter appeared to be moving around the “womb” of Virgo (the virgin), for nine months, as if “she” were pregnant.
There are many “cyclical” prophecies in the Bible, meaning that God can cause prophecies to have mutiple fulfillments, on different levels. So, among other things, Virgo could represent Israel and also the virgin Mary, the mother of Jesus
The prophecy describes another sign to appear:
Then another sign appeared in heaven: an enormous red dragon with seven heads and ten horns and seven crowns on his heads. His tail swept a third of the stars out of the sky and flung them to the earth. The dragon stood in front of the woman who was about to give birth, so that he might devour her child the moment it was born.In the time of Jesus, Satan looked for ways to kill Jesus. Eventually, he influenced Judas to betray Jesus. Then Jesus was interrogated, humiliated, flogged and crucified. It seemed that Satan had won.
However, after three days, Jesus was resurrected from the dead on the Feast of Firstfruits (commonly known as “Easter Sunday”). For forty days, Jesus appeared to apostles and to others, proving that He was alive
Others have said it was Nibiru or Planet X which, allegedly, it is a large planet with a very long elliptical orbit around the sun. They claim that at some point, allegedly, it will pass near the earth—or even crash into the earth—causing untold destruction.
It should be noted that Revelation 12:3,4 (shown above) is not the same event as Revelation 12:7-9:
And there was war in heaven. Michael and his angels fought against the dragon, and the dragon and his angels fought back. But he was not strong enough, and they lost their place in heaven. The great dragon was hurled down—that ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, who leads the whole world astray. He was hurled to the earth, and his angels with him.In the first passage
There have been mysterious loud booms, followed by brief shakings, in the world for a few years. However, they have been on the increase in the U.S. in 2017, especially during the final few months of the year. These include booms/shakings in San Diego, CA & Bridgewater, NJ, Centreville, AL, and Denver, CO, among other locations.
It has been suggested by some that many of these booms are caused by supernatural beings (perhaps being flung out of the sky by Satan—
If the United States—the main protector of Israel—were to be preoccupied with or to have its attention diverted toward its own natural, human-caused and/or socioeconomic disasters, this potentially could open the door for Israel to be attacked by its enemies. Then Jerusalem could be surrounded by armies, and people could flee (perhaps to a mountainous desert area like Petra), thus fulfilling
In the second passage
For 3˝ years, they will wreak immeasurable and unprecedented havoc upon the earth. Most of this will take place during the Great Tribulation period and will continue into the day of vengeance period, culminating with Jesus’ physical return to earth to rule and reign.
Next, in the prophetic vision, we see this:
She gave birth to a son, a male child, who will rule all the nations with an iron scepter. And her child was snatched up to God and to his throne.A common belief always has been that the “son, a male child, who will rule all the nations with an iron scepter”
Thus, this would seem to indicate that another “child” of the woman will be “snatched up to heaven” at some point after the sign of the woman appears in the sky. Indeed, believers in Jesus have been grafted into the “olive root” of Israel
To him who overcomes and does my will to the end, I will give authority over the nations—“He will rule them with an iron scepter; he will dash them to pieces like pottery”—just as I have received authority from my Father.If those being snatched up to heaven are believers in Jesus who have learned to overcome the world and its temptations, we might wonder when this would happen. Many believe that this points to a Pre-Tribulation Rapture. Personally, I do not believe that a Pre-Tribulation Rapture will take place, as explained in my Rapture commentary and in my Rapture Questions and Responses section.
Presumably, if a third of the Satan’s “stars” (or his evil angels) are flung to earth
The woman fled into the desert to a place prepared for her by God, where she might be taken care of for 1,260 days.This represents a remnant of Israelis escaping Judea and Jerusalem and fleeing into the desert, where they will be taken care of by God for “a time, times and half a time”
Perhaps being “snatched up to heaven”
It is possible, then, that the latter could take place for a remnant of “firstfruits” believers, perhaps on the Feast of Firstfruits = Resurrection Sunday (Easter), during the next Passover week to come: from sunset on March 30 through April 7, 2018. If so, these and other anticipated prophetic events would be expected to take place at the beginning of the Great Tribulation period: