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Appendix E

 

How 1798 Marks
The beginning of
The end

 

The Bible identifies the existence of many time periods. And if we carefully examine them, we can find most of them in history. It is also true that God made the meaning of certain prophetic passages obscure, but we find an interesting mechanism occurring throughout recorded history. On or about the time of fulfillment, cryptic passages from the prophecy made sense just as they read.

 

Literal time begins at creation

 

The book of Genesis mentions four time units. They are: day, week, month and year. (Genesis 1:5; 2:2, 29:27; 7:11; 1:14) These units are used to describe time in two ways:

 

Time past / Time to come

 

In Genesis 2:2, the first time period reviewed in the past is the week. On the other hand, the first time period mentioned to come is the probationary 120 years before the flood. (Genesis 6:3) Just like the seven days of creation, the 120 years mentioned in Genesis 6:3 must be literal time, because Noah was 600 years old when the flood came. (Genesis 7:6) It is believed that Noah not only built the ark during the 120 years, he also warned the world of impending destruction. (Hebrews 11:7) Even more, the seven days predicted before the flood are also seven literal days. (Genesis 7:4)

 

Certainly the ages of the patriarchs are given in literal time. For example, we know that Abraham was 100 and Sarah was 90 when Isaac was born. (Genesis 17:17, 21:5) We also find that when God spoke to Abraham of time to come, He spoke of literal time. He said, “Then the LORD said to him, ‘Know for certain that your descendants will be strangers in a country not their own, and they will be enslaved and mistreated four hundred years.’”

 

(Genesis 15:13) We also find the seven years of plenty and seven years of famine in Egypt during the days of Joseph to be literal time. (Genesis 41:29,30)

 

The point here is that during the first two and a half millenniums of earth’s existence, both time periods – time past and time to come – were always reckoned in literal time. Why would it have been any other way?

 

Then came the Jubilee Calendar

 

When God took Israel out of Egypt, He created two new units of time – the week of years and the Jubilee cycle. These units of time added to the four existing units mentioned above. (The reader is referred to Appendix D for a larger discussion on the Jubilee Calendar.) The purpose of these new timing schemes is wonderful to behold. In effect, God’s purpose with the week of years was to test the faith of Israel. This was done by requiring Israel to give the land rest every seventh year. By this method, God would test them to see if they would trust enough in Him to provide for their needs. God’s purpose for the Jubilee cycle was to teach each generation of Israel that the land they had been given was not theirs. It, like salvation, was a gift. He wanted Israel to know that they were only stewards of the land, and if they failed to live up to the terms of His covenant, they would be expelled from the land. (Leviticus 26:14-46)

 

It is important to know that God synchronized the deliverance of Israel with the operation of His Jubilee calendar by establishing the first day of the month of the first year. (Exodus 12:2) From that time forward, all religious services were to be reckoned from the first day of the year. For example, the Passover began on the 14th day of the first month. (Leviticus 23:5-8)

 

Israel’s rebellion

 

God’s first demonstration of Jubilee time occurred about two years after the Exodus from Egypt. After many wonderful and marvelous demonstrations of His love for them, He had to lead Israel to the gates of the Promised Land. There, He told Moses to send spies into the Promised Land so that the people could receive a report of what the land was like. After forty days, the spies returned and ten of them spread a bad report about the land among the Israelites. (Numbers 13:32) Their contempt for God led them to criticize Him before the people and rebellion broke out in the camp. This made God very angry and He almost destroyed the whole camp. (Numbers 14:12) Moses interceded and God relented somewhat. “The Lord replied [to Moses], ‘I have forgiven them as you have asked. {21} Nevertheless, as surely as I live as surely as the glory of the Lord fills the whole earth, {22} not one of these men who saw my glory and the miraculous signs I performed in Egypt and in the desert but who disobeyed me and tested me ten times – {23} not one of them will ever see the land I promised on oath to their forefathers. No one who has treated me with contempt will ever see it.’” (Numbers 14:20-23)

 

Then the Lord sentenced the Israelites to death in the wilderness. He said, “In the desert your bodies will fall-every one of you twenty years old or more who was counted in the census and who has grumbled against me,” (Numbers 14:29) Afterwards, the Lord explained their punishment: “For forty years-one year for each of the forty days you explored the land-you will suffer for your sins and know what it is like to have me against you.” (Numbers 14:34)

 

A stand alone principle

 

Some scholars see this last verse as a stand-alone, unique implementation of the day/year principle. From this and Ezekiel 4:5,6, they claim that the day/year principle must be used throughout apocalyptic prophecy. Such a conclusion is misleading for there is nothing in Numbers 14:34 (or Ezekiel 4:5,6) that indicates that a day equals a literal year in the apocalyptic prophecies of Daniel and Revelation. Rather, these texts demonstrate that God, for a valid reason, uses the day/year principle. Se we ask, what is the reason underlying God’s use of the day/year principle? The answer: The Jubilee Calendar.

 

Under the Jubilee Calendar, a week of seven days represents seven years. The number of days the spies spent investigating the Promised Land was forty. So when the spies returned and cast contempt upon God by giving a bad report, they violated God’s covenant to give them the Promised Land. (See Numbers 14:23) Because God’s covenant is directly connected to His plan of salvation, and because God’s covenant is directly connected to the Jubilee calendar (Leviticus 26:15-35), Israel was punished accordingly. The point here is that God did not create the day/year principle just to punish the children of Israel. Rather, He used the existing day/year principle that had been given to Israel through the Jubilee Calendar.

 

But we must ask, how can we tell when the day/year principle is to be used?

 

Seven times for Nebuchadnezzar

 

In Daniel 4, a vision was given to Nebuchadnezzar. This vision, like others recorded in Daniel, was symbolic in nature. Daniel was summoned to explain the mysterious vision and Daniel told the king that he was a great tree in the vision that he was to be cut down. Daniel explained that the vision was going to be implemented because the king had become too haughty and arrogant. Daniel also suggested that the king repent of his ways so the judgment could be stayed.

 

The vision specified that the king was to be punished for seven times.  Sure enough, twelve months later, the predicted judgment fell upon the king and he was removed from the throne. According to verse 34, the time predicted had passed and the king’s sanity and his throne were returned to him.

 

Now three points have to be made. First, this event occurred around 575 B.C., well after the Jubilee Calendar had been implemented. Secondly, most expositors of prophecy, except Jehovah’s Witnesses, are convinced that the period of times called, “seven times,” refers to seven literal years. The first century historian Flavious Josephus also supports this understanding in Antiquity of the Jews, book 10, chapter 10, and section 6. But, the point can be made from Scripture that the time period was fulfilled during the life of the king, for “at the end of the time,” his sanity returned to him. (Daniel 4:34) Lastly, the Chaldean word, ‘iddan from which the word “times” is translated (see Strong’s Hebrew word 5732) means a year, as in “one time around the sun,” So, seven times means seven years. This point can be supported by comparing Revelation 12:6 with 12:14.

 

Now the question: What excludes the seven times of Nebuchadnezzar from the day/year principle? Answer: Time periods mentioned in the 17 apocalyptic prophecies occurring under the operation of the Jubilee Calendar must be interpreted as literal units of time. Therefore, Nebuchadnezzar’s time period is to be interpreted as literal rime for it is not part of an apocalyptic prophecy.

 

Jeremiah’s prophecy

 

Jeremiah predicted that Israel would go into Babylonian captivity for seventy years. “This whole country will be a desolate wasteland, and these nations will serve the king of Babylon seventy years.” (Jeremiah 25:11) This prophecy was given around 700 B.C. Further, we know that the Jubilee calendar is in effect because Isaiah himself predicted the bounty of the coming Jubilee year (702 B.C.) would serve as a sign to Hezekiah. (Isaiah 37:30, Leviticus 25: 21,22) We know from numerous historical sources that the Babylonian captivity of the Jews began with Nebuchadnezzar’s first siege in 605 B.C. We also find that Daniel, toward the end of his life, understood that the seventy years predicted by Jeremiah was about to end and he prayed for deliverance of his people, (Daniel 9:2-20) When we add these items together, we find the following: the seventy years of Jeremiah are literal because they are not within any of the 17 apocalyptic structures in Daniel and Revelation. We also find that Daniel, who was contemporary at the time, understood the prophecy to cover seventy literal years.

 

Ezekiel’s experience

 

In Appendix D, we examined the operation of the Jubilee Calendar as it pertained to the 70 years of Babylonian captivity. We found that Ezekiel had to lay on his left and right sides for a total of 430 days. The Lord said to Ezekiel, “Then lie on your left side and put the sin of the house of Israel upon yourself. You are to bear their sin for the number of days you lie on your side. {5} I have assigned you the same number of days as the years of their sin. So for 390 days you will bear the sin for the house of Israel. {6} ‘After you have finished this, lie down again, this time on your right side, and bear the sin of the house of Judah. I have assigned you 40 days, a day for each year.’” (Ezekiel 4:4-6)

 

Again, the point is made that a number of scholars try to demonstrate from these verses that in apocalyptic prophecy, a day always equals a year. Again, I say, this event has nothing to do with apocalyptic prophecies of Daniel and Revelation! Rather, this text reveals that God is punishing Judah and Israel with 70 years of Babylonian captivity because they violated 70 sabbatical years. Thus, the 70 years of captivity in Babylon is not a random number of years. It is a fulfillment of His covenant with them. Notice what the covenant says: “I will scatter you among the nations and will draw out my sword and pursue you. Your land will be laid waste, and your cities will lie in ruins. {34} Then the land will enjoy its Sabbath years all the time that it lies desolate and you are in the country of your enemies; then the land will rest and enjoy its Sabbaths.”

(Leviticus 26:33,34) The Jews knew why they were in Babylonian captivity. God made sure of the fact. Notice how the Bible confirms the relationship between the covenant and its fulfillment: “The land enjoyed its Sabbath rests; all the time of its desolation it rested, until the seventy years were completed in fulfillment of the word of the Lord spoken by Jeremiah.” (2 Chronicles 36:21)

 

 

 

The little horn power

 

In Daniel 7:25 we read, “He will speak against the Most High and oppress his saints and try to change the set times and the laws. The saints will be handed over to him for a time, times and a half a time.” The time period in this prophecy refers to three and a half times “around the sun.” This time period is given in literal units, but it is to be interpreted in Jubilee units, that is, a day equals a year. In other words, this time period satisfies both elements of the rule. First. It occurs during the operation of the Jubilee cycles and secondly, it is located within the 17 apocalyptic prophecies. Furthermore, this prophecy can be historically verified as having been fulfilled!

 

An important point must be brought up. The Chaldean word ‘iddan is used both in Daniel 4:16 and in Daniel 7:25. In the first case it represents literal time (seven years) and in the second, it represents Jubilee time (1,260 years). How can the same word have two different applications? Simple. It depends on the action of the rule of interpretation. This should not be too hard to understand. Think of it this way. The word “yes” can have many different applications. Its application depends on the questions.

 

Lunar months-solar years

 

The ancients used the sun and moon for timing cycles. This works well for days and weeks, but the monthly and yearly cycles cannot be measured in full days or weeks. A lunar month (one complete orbit of the moon around the earth) is 29.53 days and a solar year (one complete orbit of the earth around the sun) is 365.242 days. The ancients must have recognized that a lunar month is a little less than 30 days, but they apparently regarded the monthly cycle as having 30 days anyway and marked the passage of the month by new moons. The point here can be demonstrated from Genesis 7 & 8. In verse 3, we learn that the waters of the flood dissipated after 150 days after the rain began. In verse 4, the ark rests on mountains of Ararat on the 17th day of the seventh month. In Genesis 7:11 we learned that the flood began on the 17th day of the second month and the 17th day of the second month and the 17th day of the seventh month is five months. Therefore, each month has 30 days. This calculation agrees with verse 3 that says the total elapsed time is 150 days.     

 

The ancients approximated the length of a solar year by dividing the year into twelve months. In fact we find mention of the 12th month both in 2 Kings 25:27 and Esther 2:12. But, a problem still remains. A lunar year (12 orbits of the moon) is about 10 days shorter than a solar year. So, the cycles of the moon rarely synchronize with the beginning of a new year. To compensate for this problem, the Jews, after their Babylonian captivity, apparently inserted a 13th month into the cycles of years to keep the solar year and the lunar year reasonably synchronized This adjustment amounted to seven intercalary months every 19 years so that spring harvest synchronized with Pentecost.)

 

 

Where did the 360-day year come from?

 

How does the three and half times equal 1,260 years? Where does the 360-day year come from? Some scholars speculate that it came from the ancient Egyptians. But, the Egyptian calendar contained 12 months of 30 days and a 13th month of 5 days called Epagomenae. Others believe that the Babylonians may have maintained a “business” calendar of 360 days that they used for the sake of consistent dating. And, since Daniel was in Babylon when this vision was given, God may have used such a calendar in the vision. But, no such calendar has been found. In fact, no 360-day calendar from the ancient civilization has even been found. So, there must be another reason why God used the term that reckoned a year as having 360 days even though He created a year to have 365.242 days.

 

The Jews, Egyptians and Babylonians have calendars of slightly different lengths because no one knew that the length of a solar year was 365 days, 5 hours, 48 minutes and 46 seconds. In fact, archeology shows that prior to the time of Julius Caesar, there were many different calendars. Some started in the fall. Others started in the spring. And, Julius Caesar tried to eliminate the never-ending confusion between calendars by installing his own on January 1, 45 B.C. But, God knew that when the time period predicted in Daniel 7 would become important, intimate knowledge of ancient calendars would be lost or at best, very obscure. So, why did He use a 360-day year?

 

The answer may be very simple. In fact, God may have used a measurement that was as true then as it is today. And the neat thing about this measurement is that the Egyptians, Babylonians and Jews knew this truth long before Daniel received the vision. The truth is that a circle contains exactly 360 degrees.

 

Ancient mathematicians believed the orbit of the sun about the earth was circular instead of elliptical. (Remember, they believed the sun circled the earth.) So, the word translated, “a time,” refers to one time around the earth. Indeed, this is the root meaning of the Chaldean word ‘iddan from which we get the word “time.”

 

So, the representation of time by geometry may solve the problem. In other words, since a circle has 360 degrees, a truth that was well known, then the orbit of the sun about the earth must also be 360 degrees. Thus, the word, ‘iddan represents one orbit of the sun (a solar year) and not the number of literal days in a year. Evidence has been found showing that the ancients knew the length of a solar year was one complete time around the sun. So, a common, although inaccurate 360 day year is not far fetched when you consider that traders of the ancient world did not have to keep up with the idiosyncrasies of each nation’s calendar as they traveled between countries. One “time” was one year. Just like one moon represented one month, more or less, to American Indians.

 

Before the reader think the use of 360 days to represent a year is quite strange, consider that we do the same thing today. When someone asks how far you live from the grocery store, do you say “4.172 miles” or would you say, “about 4 miles?”

 

 

Whatever the reason that God chose to represent these things to Daniel, this fact is known: The time period of a time, times and half a time represents 1,260 days. This point is proven in Revelation 12:6 and 12:14 where John interchanges the two terms. Knowing that 1,260 days and three and a half are interchangeable, we conclude that the three and a half times of Daniel 7:25 represent 1,260 years because the rule says it must be interpreted in Jubilee time units.

 

Other time periods

 

The book of Daniel mentions six time periods that have to do with apocalyptic prophecy. They are:

 

1,260 days Daniel 7:25

2,300 days Daniel 8:14

70 weeks Daniel 9:24

1,260 days Daniel 12:7

1,290 days Daniel 12:12

1,335 days Daniel 12:13

 

For reasons covered in Appendix D, this author understands the first three time periods to fall within the operation of the rule. Therefore, the first three time periods are interpreted in day/year units. The last three units of time are literal because they occur after 1994.

 

Time of the end

 

The Bible speaks of a specific time period that exists at the end of the world. Throughout the Bible, it is called “the Great Day of the Lord.” In most cases, this term refers to a time period when the authority and glory of Almighty God shall be revealed. In the book of Daniel, this time period is also called “the appointed time of the end.” Notice these texts (emphasis mine)

 

Daniel 8:17 As he [Gabriel] came near the place where I was standing. I was terrified and fell prostrate. “Son of man,” he said to me, understand that the vision concerns the time of the end.

 

Daniel 8:19 He said: “I am going to tell you what will happen later in the time of wrath, because the vision concerns the appointed time of the end.”

 

Daniel 11:35 Some of the wise will stumble, so that they may be refined, purified and made spotless until the time of the end, for it will still come at the appointed time.

 

Daniel 11:36 The king [of the North] will do as he pleases. He will exalt and magnify himself above every god and will say unheard of things against the God of gods. He will be successful until the time of wrath is completed, for what has been determined must take place.

 

Daniel 11:40 At the time of the end the king of the South will engage him [the king of the North] in battle, and the king of the North will storm out against him with chariots and cavalry and a great fleet of ships. He will invade many countries and sweep through them like a flood.

 

Daniel 12:9 He replied, “Go your way, Daniel because the words [of this prophecy] are closed up and sealed until the time of the end.

 

These six verses clearly reveal that God, long ago, determined when the end should come. This is the good news. God never sleeps even though we may think the hour is late or overdue.

 

Paul knew that the Father had appointed a time for the end: “For he set a day when he will judge the world with justice by the man [Jesus] he has appointed. He has given proof of this to all men by raising him from the dead.” (Acts 1:7)

 

Two points must be made from this text since it is widely misunderstood. First, Jesus affirms that the Father has set times and dates by His own authority. Even before sin began, the Father had already decided what the time limits of sin would be. But, the next point is more difficult to understand. Jesus told His disciples that it was not for them to know dates and times that were not relevant to them. In His statement to the disciples, Jesus did not mean that His disciples in centuries to come could not know the dates and times that were relevant to them; rather, Jesus is revealing an important principle. This principle is that on or about the time of fulfillment, specific prophecies are understood.      

 

This is a critical point. The 1,260 and 2,300 year time periods of Daniel 7 and 8 were far from fulfillment when Jesus made this statement to His disciples. He did not want them to know that the 1,260 years of Daniel 7 were yet future. He did not want them to know that the 2,300 years of Daniel 8:14 were under way either. Jesus knew that such information would have destroyed the early church before it got started. This principle helps to explain why the book of Daniel was sealed up until the time of the end because time only becomes important when the time for prophetic fulfillment arrives.

 

If I were to paraphrase the thoughts of Jesus in Acts 1:7, I would say, “My friends, it is not for you to know about specific dates and times the Father has set by His own authority until some specific date or time shall arrive. Then, the Holy Spirit will lead you to understand the timing and what is yet to come.” See John 16:13 for support of this conclusion.

 

1798 marks the beginning of the end

 

In the prophecy of Daniel 7, an apocalyptic sequence unfolds that reveals when the beginning of the end occurs. Read Daniel 7:1-11 and notice the following progression:

 

1.       Lion

2.       Bear

3.       Leopard

4.       Terrible monster

5.       Ten horns – little horn

6.       Judgment scene in heaven

7.       Beast destroyed in fire

 

According to the rules of interpretation at the end of this study, and confirmed by history these events occur in their order. According to Daniel 7:20,21 the judgment scene begins at the end of the 1,260 years of the little horn terror. The proof of this statement is found in two selections of text. First, Daniel says, “I also wanted to know about the ten horns on its head and about the other horn that came up, before which three of them fell-the horn that looked more imposing than the others and that eyes and a mouth that spoke boastfully. {21} As I watched, this horn was waging war against the saints and defeating them, {22} until the Ancient of Days came and pronounced judgment in favor of the saints of the Most High, and the time came when they possessed the kingdom.” (Daniel 7:20-22) When did the Ancient of Days come to the court described in verse 9? Also notice that this verse says persecution will resume and last until the saints possess the kingdom.

 

Secondly, Daniel says, “He [the little horn] will speak against the Most High and oppress his saints and try to change the set times and the laws. The saints will be handed over to him for a time, times and half a time. {26} But the court will sit, and his power will be taken away and completely destroyed forever.” Daniel 7:25,26. Here, the saints are handed over to the little horn until the court sits. Again we ask, when did the court sit?

 

The reader will notice from verse 21 that the little horn wages war against the saints until the Ancient of Days, the Father, came and convened the heavenly court which is described in Daniel 7:9,10. Again, in verse 25, the Bible says the saints will be persecuted for 1,260 years but the court will sit and take away the great authority of the little horn. The court brings the persecution of the little horn to an end. The point here is that the court in heaven convenes at the end of the 1,260 years. At this point in time, the Father grants a restraining order against the little horn power and the saints are freed for a season (until the deadly wound is healed). And, we know from Revelation 13, the persecution of the saints will resume when the trumpets begin. This coming persecution will last until the saints will possess the kingdom. (Revelation 13:5-7)

 

We can’t see into heaven

 

Consider this. When Jesus gave the prophecy to Daniel recorded in Daniel 7, He connected the end of the little horn’s power with the Ancient of Days convening the court scene. Knowing that human beings cannot look up into heaven and see the events taking place there, Jesus tells us to watch for certain events on earth so we can know the timing of events in heaven. Isn’t this neat?

 

Again, the point is made: The judgment scene in Daniel 7:9,10 began in 1798-at the end of the 1,260 years. The little horn power was wounded-not because 1,260 years had passed-but because the Ancient of Days pronounced a restraining judgment in favor of the saints. In other words, the papacy received a deadly wound because the Father had ordered it. The 1,260-year time period tells us when to look for the end of the papal persecution so that we can know that heaven’s court has convened.

 

Revelation helps to solve the mystery

 

If the reader will consider the possibility that the scenes in Daniel 7:9 and Revelation 4 and 5 began in 1798, two things will make a lot of sense. First, just assume that Daniel and John saw the same service. John’s attention is focused on the book sealed with seven seals and the search for someone worthy to open the book. Daniel is focused on the persecution of the saints and the court scene. Now observe how these elements are directly connected! Daniel reveals the timing of the court (at the end of the 1,260 years). Daniel also tells us that after the court convenes, the books are opened and judgment begins. (But, Daniel doesn’t say how long after the court convenes that the books are opened.)

 

On the other hand, John reveals the test of worthiness that our High Priest must pass before He can officiate on behalf of human beings. And, we know from Leviticus 16 that the High Priest had to be found worthy before he could officiate on behalf of Israel only on the Day of Atonement. In short, we can therefore say that Jesus was determined worthy to receive the book sealed with seven seals when the court convened in 1798.

 

Now, three elements come together that confirm that Daniel and John saw the same scene.

 

  1. Both prophets saw Jesus promoted and highly exalted like never before. Jesus was given sovereign power for the first time in Daniel 7:13,14, and John saw Jesus declared worthy to receive the book sealed with seven seals and the seven attributes of divine authority. (Revelation 5:7,12) Note: These powers had not been in Christ’s possession since the plan of salvation was implemented. We know from the Day of Atonement services, that worthiness of the High Priest was only an issue on the Day of Atonement.  (Leviticus 16:6, Hebrews 5:3; 7:27; 9:7) Therefore the worthiness of Jesus in Revelation 5 is directly connected to heaven’s judgment day whose services commenced in 1798. Because, after being found worthy to judge humanity in heaven’s Day of Judgment, Jesus opened the books and began to cleanse the sanctuary in 1844!
  2. As the heavenly court room service progressed, John saw Jesus begin to open the seals. (More about them in a moment.) When the third seal was opened in 1844, the judgment of human beings began. In other words, Jesus had to be found worthy to officiate as the judge of humanity shortly before 1844.
  3. Lastly, there is widely known historical evidence that demonstrates that the seven seals began opening shortly after 1798. In fact, the third seal opened right on time in 1844, and the fourth seal is about to open.

Summary

 

The seven seals bring the timing of these events into focus. They are progressive and additive in nature. Each broken seal reveals a brighter and clearer understanding of who Jesus really is and the powers that He has. The first seal reveals the salvation of Jesus. This stands in contrast to the salvation controlled by the Roman Catholic Church for 1,260 years. The opening of this seal brought a great spiritual revival to Europe and North America between 1798 and 1844. The second seal reveals the supremacy of the Bible, the Word of God, which was translated and distributed to the far corners of the earth. This stands in contrast to the ecclesiastical demands of the Church. And the formation of numerous Bible Societies between 1800 and 1844 confirm the operation of the second seal. The third seal reveals Christ’s ministry in heaven’s sanctuary. This stands in contrast to the vicarious ministry of human priests. The proclamation of the “judgment hour message” since 1844 confirms the operation of this seal. The fourth seal will reveal the authority of Jesus over all men. This seal is the next to open, perhaps in fall of 2011. The fifth seal reveals the faith of Jesus. The operation of this seal will be seen in those who die for their testimony. And the sixth seal physically reveals the King of Kings. With the opening of each seal, Jesus becomes brighter.

 

Lastly, the first six seals relate to each other in a special way. Think of the fist three seals as causes, and the next three seals are their effects. For example, the first seal describes the work of Jesus impressing upon man the need of salvation through Jesus and the sixth seal is the full realization of that salvation. The second seal describes the distribution of the Bible all over the world and the fifth seal culminates with martyrdom over Bible truth. Finally, the investigative judgment of the dead began in 1844 during the third seal will move to the living (in 2011) during the horrific destruction under the fourth seal.

 




The Four Rules of Apocalyptic Prophecy

 

1.     Each apocalyptic story is identified by the presence of a beginning point and ending point in time. Further, events within each story are given in chronological order.

 

2.     A prophecy or prophetic element is not fulfilled until all the specifications of the prophecy are met. This includes the chronology of the sequence.

 

3.     Students of prophecy cannot make up their own interpretation of symbols. If some portion of a prophecy is declared symbolic, the Bible must clearly interpret the meaning of the symbol with applicable scripture.

 

4.     The Jubilee calendar offers a simple solution to the problem of which prophecies are day/year and which are not. In essence, the calendar operates like this: if a prophetic time period falls within the time period of 70 Jubilees and that prophecy belongs to the family of the 17 apocalyptic prophecies found in Daniel and Revelation, it must be interpreted by the day/year principle. After the expiration of the Jubilee calendar, all prophetic time period are to be interpreted as literal time. Thus the 1,000 years of the millennium are literal years and not 1,000 years of day/years.    


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