Tuesday, 22 October 2013

The Days of the Second Coming of Jesus Christ


Prophecies About the End Time in the Bible


Seventy seven years in the Bible (Dan 9:24-27, 538 B.C)
Daniel 9:24-27 ““Seventy ‘sevens’ are decreed for your people and your holy city to finish transgression, to put an end to sin, to atone for wickedness, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal up vision and prophecy and to anoint the Most Holy Place.
   “Know and understand this: From the time the word goes out to restore and rebuild Jerusalem until the Anointed One, the ruler, comes, there will be seven ‘sevens,’ and sixty-two ‘sevens.’ It will be rebuilt with streets and a trench, but in times of trouble. After the sixty-two ‘sevens,’ the Anointed One will be put to death and will have nothing. The people of the ruler who will come will destroy the city and the sanctuary. The end will come like a flood: War will continue until the end, and desolations have been decreed. He will confirm a covenant with many for one ‘seven.’ In the middle of the ‘seven’ he will put an end to sacrifice and offering. And at the temple he will set up an abomination that causes desolation, until the end that is decreed is poured out on him.””

There are four phases in seventy seven years:

1.       First: 7X7=49, 9:25, from the time Jerusalem is rebuilt to the completion. (444B.C, in the twentieth year of King Artaxerxes – 395B.C, the completion of the Holy Temple.)
2.       Second: 62X7=434, 9:26, to the crucifixion of Jesus. A ruler will destroy the Holy Temple and the sanctuary. (70 A.D, Roman general Titus)
3.       Third, the era of church; the end times; from the crucifixion of Jesus to the beginning of the last seven years.
4.       Fourth: 1X7=7, 9:27, in the last seven years before the second coming of Jesus, the antichrist begins to show up to deceive and reign for seven years. Calamities will never end in the seven years. It will be separated as first 3 and half years and the last 3 and half years. 



The above mentioned years are according to the Jewish lunar calendar, which has 360 days in each year (Gen. 7:11, 7:24, 8:3, 8:4)
There are sixty nine sevens (seven sevens and sixty two sevens), which are 483 Jewish years. For 360 days in a year, there will be 173880 days (69X7X360= 173880)

Therefore, according to the book of Nehemiah, the beginning of seventy sevens should be the first day in the month of Nisan in the twentieth year of King Artaxerxes. The first day in the month of Nisan is the first day of the first month of Jewish calendar. If we turn the lunar calendar into the solar calendar, we will get March 5, 444 B.C.

Let’s study in the New Testament that which day the anointed king will come up. The LORD has shown up in public only once, and he has formally recognized Himself as the Messiah of Israel. That’s the day when He entered Jerusalem by riding the donkey, and it is also called Palm Sunday.

Which day is Palm Sunday? Luke told us that Jesus began to work in the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar (Luk 3:1). The history tells that the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar is 30 A.D. In the month of Nisan of that year is the first Passover during the period that Jesus worked at. After three Passovers, the LORD was crucified, and that’s the Passover in 33 A.D (the fourteenth day of the month of Nisan). According to the Bible, the tradition of Israelites, and the recording of Romano-Jewish historian Josephus, the LORD arrived at Bethany on the previous Friday (the eighth day of the month of Nisan) before the Passover. (Jhn. 11:15-12:1)

On Saturday, He spent the Sabbath in Bethany (the ninth day of the month of Nisan), and the next day is the tenth day of the month of Nisan which is Sunday, and the LORD entered Jerusalem, and Jews took palm branches to welcome Him. If we turn the tenth day of the month of Nisan into the solar calendar, we will get March 30, 33 A.D. How many days will it be from March 5, 444 B.C. to March 30, 33 A.D.?

There are 365 days in the solar calendar.
444 B.C. to A.D. 33 = 444 + 33 – 1 = 476 (years)
(There’s only one year between 1 B.C. and 1 A.D.)
476 X 365 (days) = 173740 days
We have to add on the days of the leap years = (476/4)days – 4 days + 1 day = 119 days – 3 days = 116 days
(The formula: there will be a leap year in four years. The one hundredth year will not be the leap year. And the four hundredth year will be the leap year.)
We add on 24 days which are from March 5 to March 30.
173740 days + 116 days + 24 days = 173880 days, this is completely matched with the Jewish calendar. The prophecy is indeed fulfilled.

After the sixty nine sevens, Roman General Titus occupied Jerusalem in 70 A.D, and the Holy Temple was destroyed. This obviously fulfilled the partial prophecy. What is written in Dan. 9:27 was not fulfilled on Titus. Instead it would be like what Jesus says in Mat. 24:15, He cited Dan. 8:9-24 that “So when you see standing in the holy place ‘the abomination that causes desolation,’ spoken of through the prophet Daniel.” What the Scripture says is about the antichrist shown up in the big disaster of the end days. It is also the ruler mentioned in Dan. 7:23-26, and the man of lawlessness in 2 Thessalonians 2:3-9. If the antichrist wants to stop sacrifice and offering, the mandatory condition is that the Holy Temple must exist. However the Holy Temple in the prophecy has been destroyed, so it is not possible that the seventieth seven is right next to the sixty ninth seven.

Nevertheless, if the seventieth seven is closely next to the sixty ninth seven, the prophecy in the Scripture to put an end to sin, to atone for wickedness, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal up vision and prophecy and to anoint the Most Holy Place. should have been fulfilled. However, in reality, Israel has not been redeemed, and Jesus Christ also has not been anointed as the formal King Messiah. This will be not fulfilled until His second coming.

The best explanation is that it is the era of grace of church between the sixty ninth seven and the seventieth seven. It is the mystery of God which is unknown to the Saints and prophets in the Old Testament, because the mystery has been kept hidden to them.

The antichrist will covenant with many nations for one seven. In the middle of the seven, the antichrist will tear the covenant and stand in the holy place to curse God and to torture Israelites. In the middle of the seven, is coincident with a time, times and half a time, in Dan. 7:25, and 42 months 1260 days in Rev. 11:2-3.

The Prophecy of the End Times.


Mat. 24:32-34
(Jesus says)
““Now learn this lesson from the fig tree: As soon as its twigs get tender and its leaves come out, you know that summer is near. Even so, when you see all these things, you know that it is near, right at the door. Truly I tell you, this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened.

Psm 90:10
Our days may come to seventy years,
   or eighty, if our strength endures;
yet the best of them are but trouble and sorrow,
   for they quickly pass, and we fly away.

Keep Watch for His Coming
Here, we don’t discuss to mainly estimate the date of the second coming of Jesus, instead, we want to make people know the date is near, right at the door, so that we can keep watch for His coming. (Jas. 5:7-8)
(Mat. 24:42-44)“Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come. But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming, he would have kept watch and would not have let his house be broken into. So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him."


(1 Thessalonians 5:1-4)
Now, brothers and sisters, about times and dates we do not need to write to you, for you know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. While people are saying, “Peace and safety,” destruction will come on them suddenly, as labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape.  But you, brothers and sisters, are not in darkness so that this day should surprise you like a thief.”

Paul says, I do not need to write to you, for you know very well the day (the season). (We do not know in which year and on which date.) However we know in which season.
 

In Revelation, John writes to the church in Sardis, saying "Remember, therefore, what you have received and heard; obey it, and repent. But if you do not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what time I will come to you." (Rev. 3:3)
John reminds us that we should keep watch. Only people who don’t keep watch would feel the LORD’s coming like a thief.

We can understand much more from the English version Bible that people who do not know the second coming of Jesus are those who do not keep watch . Only people who don’t keep watch will not know the time.

“Misunderstanding and discussion about the second coming of Jesus” can be read in the article “
The Salvation of Israel and the Second Coming of Jesus

(Mat. 24:36) But about that day or hour no one knows,…
 


What do we not know about? What must we know about?
"Now, brothers and sisters, about times and dates we do not need to write to you, or you know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. While people are saying, “Peace and safety,” destruction will come on them suddenly, as labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape. But you, brothers and sisters, are not in darkness so that this day should surprise you like a thief. "

We don’t know: the specific date and time. Anyone who predicts the specific date and time is from the spirit of the antichrist and the false prophet.
We must know: The times and dates of the LORD’s coming, because:
We are all children of the light (1Ts. 5:5)
So that we won’t suffer a loss (spiritual loss, 1Ts. 5:3-4)

What should we keep watch for: our time (self-control), and our life.

Samuel Lamb said: “We should study every truth in the Bible. We cannot lay particularly stress only on one side: only prophecy, no life; or only life, no prophecy. We must speak of “the way, the truth, and the life,” all of them.”
 


“Miraculous Numbers, Samuel Lamb” has spoken of the dates of the second coming of the LORD
https://www.dropbox.com/l/vTKFhlBVM7EBQlGtSetCBd

Chapter IV “The Date” and “This Generation”
Let’s now talk about “dates” in the Bible.
I. 2520 years :this is the greatest prophesied time period
1.    Israeli dates :
The Israelites entered the Promised Land (Israel) in 1450 B.C. From that time until the destruction of Jerusalem in A. D. 70, the Israelites were scattered all over the world: 1450+70 is equivalent to 1520 whole years.
The Millenial years will be headed up by Israel. It will be their years.
1520+1000=2520
2.    From the total destruction of Israel to the rebirth of Israel as a nation there are 2520 Israeli years. (Refer to Chapter 1:3-5).
3.    Cleansing of the temple:
After the return of the Jews from captivity (536 B. C.) and the beginning of the building of the second temple (520 B.C.) (Ha 1:4, 8; 2:18-19) to A. D. 0, there were 520 years.
From A. D. 0 to A. D. 2000, there were 2520 years.


II. The Date of the Gentiles (Luke 21:24)
1.    From Judah’s return from captivity (536 B. C.) to the rebirth of the country Israel in 1948, there were:
536+1948=2484 years, which is equivalent to 2520 Israeli years (refer to chapter 1:3-5). Then we see 2520 again!
2.    From the prophecy of Nebuchadnezzar having had to experience “seven periods of time” (Dan 4:25) : the “seven periods” refers to 7 years, i. e., 2520 days. This shows that the time of the Gentiles is 2520 Israeli years.
2520 years when converted to solar years is 2484 solar years.
From the time that Judah was captured (606 B. C.) to winter, A. D. 1878, there were 2484 years.
2484 – 606 = 1878 winter
That is to say, the time of the Gentiles should have come to an end in winter 1878. But God prolonged the time, just as God extended 120 years for people in Noah’s time (Gen 6:3).
The Flood symbolised the 7 years Tribulation. God extended 120 years (Gen 6:3). 120 Bible years = 118.3 solar years.
3.    “......this generation shall in no wise pass away until all come to pass.” (Luke 21:32)
What Jesus meant was this generation would not have finished before He comes back. So how long will “this generation” be ?
1).     Some think that “this generation” refers to the whole: “Grace Dispensation” period which is the time between Christ’s resurrection to His return. But here it was not dispensation or century, it was generation that was mentioned.
Generation refers to one particular generation. From Adam to Noah, there were 10 generations. At that time, one generation could be over 100 years or a few hundred years. But at Jesus’ time, one generation was a few decades. In our time, “one generation” is also a few decades. This generation should be translated specifically referring to one particular generation, And that generation is a few decades.
So when should “this generation” be counted from?  Actually Jesus was talking about “fig-tree. ......   its branch becomes tender and produces leaves” (Matt 24:32) and “this generation” will come after   that, i. e., “this generation” is the generation after Israel’s rebirth as a nation.

2).     There are 3 kinds of “generation” in Israel: the 40 years’ generation, the 50 years’ generation     and the 70 years’ generation.
a).     The 40 years’ generation:
The Bible talked about 40 years for over 10 times (Deut 8:2 etc.), also over 10 times it talked about 40 days.
The especially obvious ones being:
“Where your fathers tempted [me], by proving [me], and saw my works forty years.       Wherefore I was wroth with this generation,” (Heb 3: 9-10). Please note, it mentioned “40 years” and immediately it talked about “this generation” afterwards. Therefore it should be understood that their generation was only a few decades and not be more than a thousand years (refer to Luke 17:25).
But from Israel’s rebirth as a nation there are more than 40 years now. This confirms that Jesus would not be referring to the 40 years’ generation.
 Now let’s look at the “50 years” generation:

b).     The 50 years’ “generation”
Israel has been restored as a nation for over “40 years” now. Therefore it would not be  the “40 years” generation. In Israel every 50 years, it is a Jubilee: “And thou shalt count seven sabbaths of years, seven times seven years; so that the days of seven sabbsaths of years be unto thee forty-nine years. ...... And ye shall hallow the year of the fiftieth year, and proclaim liberty in the land unto all the inhabitants thereof; a [year of] jubilee shall it be unto you, and ye shall return every man unto his possession, and ye shall return every    man unto his family; a year of jubilee shall that fiftieth year unto you......” ( Lev 25:8-13; 8:-12: )
The 50th year is the “jubilee” (10-11), It symbolised the “Millennial year” in future. God created the heaven and earth in 6 days, and on the 7th day He rested (Gen 1:-2:3). God also formulated Law and the Israelites were told to till their land for 6 years and on the 7th year, they should rest for sabbath (Lev 25:4), it was a Sabbath year. God told them to keep the 50th year 7 sabbath years (i. e. 9 years) as “jubilee”. During the jubilee year, land should be returned to its owners (v10) and land should rest (v11), also debts should be cancelled and slaves should be set free.
Israeli males retire at the age of 50, i. e., 50 years is their retirement year.
Israel was restored in 1948.
So in May 14, 1998, Israel was the 50th Anniversary of its restoraion as a country.

c).     The 70 years’ “generation”:
There were many 70 years in the Bible. 70 years is also a generation in Israel. Moses  said, “The days of our years are three score years and ten; and if, by reason of strength, they be fourscore years,” (Ps 90:10).
The Jews were captured to Babylon for 70 years (606-536 B. C.): “And this whole land shall become a waste, an astonishment; and these nations shall serve the King of Babylon seventy years.” (Jer 25:11, refer to 29:10).
When the Jews were captured to Babylon, the land of Judah laid barren for 70 years (590-520 B. C.) : “I Daniel understood by the books that the number of the years, whereof the word of Jehovah came to Jeremiah the prophet, for the accomplishment of the desolations of Jerusalem, was seventy years.” (Dan 9:2, Jer 25:11).
When the Jews returned to their own country after captivity (536 B. C.), they built their second temple after 21 years (515 B.C.): “And this house was finished on the third day of the month Adar, which was in the sixth year of the reign of King Darius.” (Ez 6:15)·
From the building of the second temple (515 B. C.) to King Artaxerxes’ ordering of the rebuilding the Jerusalem wall (445 B. C.) (Neh 2:1), there were 70 years:
515 – 445 = 70

If there were more 50 years (1998) and Jesus had not returned, it could be the 70 years’ generation that Jesus was meaning : from 1948 to 2018 (2018 – 1948 = 70 ).
Jesus said, “This generation will not have passed away until all these things shall have taken place.” (Matt 24:34).
“These things” refers to the Middle East especially after the rebirth of Israel as a nation. “These things shall have taken place” and the Lord will return.
Please note, Jesus did not say, “This generation comes to an end”, but “This generation will not have passed away”, that is to say, after the rebirth of Israel as a nation from 51 to 69 years (1999 – 2017), i. e., the 70 years’ generation “will not have passed away”.



So, it would be either 51 years (1999), 52 years (2000), or 69 years (2017). Before a generation – 70 years has not passed, Jesus is possible to return in any year.
But, these few decades are very important. Many theologians now believe in the imminent return of our Lord!
I say again, we cannot say when Christ will come back, any person who dates the Lord’s return will be preaching heresy: “But of that day and no one knows, not even the angels of the heavens, but [my] Father alone.” (Matt 24:36).
The Bible had much explanation on numbers. But what we mentioned were all connected with the return of Christ. From the miraculous numbers in the Bible, it proves to us that the Bible is “God-breathed”. It also proves that Christ is coming back soon.
To take a step backward, if the Bible was written in 1940, it is also wonderful. If there is a prediction that on 14th May 1948, Israel would be restored as a nation in 1940, it is already miraculous! Moreover, the Bible was not written in 1940, it was written for over 2000 years, and God inspired men to write out events that were to take place in 1948!
Friends, if you have not yet believed in Jesus, please read this booklet a few times over and you will believe that there is a true God, and you will also believe that the Bible is all God-inspired.
For those of us who have already believed in Christ, please read this booklet again and again and try to strengthen our faith. We should have faith not only in the miraculous Bible but also in the fact that Christ will come back soon.
The day of our Lord’s return is near, we should be alert and wait for His coming back (Ja 5:7-8)!

See from solar eclipse, lunar eclipse, and the feasts of Israel
 
Please read our article: “Jewish Feasts of Leviticus

14 Then God said, “Let there be [s]lights in the [t]expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night, and let them be for signs and for seasons and for days and years; (Gen 1:14,NASB)

English “sign” in Hebrews is “אוֹת” which pronounces ”ot.” Its word root “strong # 226” means “signal.”  “Let them be for signs…” Sometimes God wants to give us a signal, a sign, or a reminder through astronomical objects God creates. He reminds us things He wants to do, the schedule of God, or the nearness of the second coming of Jesus.

English “season” in Hebrews is “מוֹעֵד” which pronounces “moed.” Its word root “strong # 4150” means “appointed time.” Season in Hebrews means the appointed time of God.  “Let them be for seasons…”  The vision in heaven becomes a sign of the appointed time of God. We can see from the Scriptures about the end times that there will be a great amount of astronomical phenomena or visions, because astronomical phenomena and visions also work for God and are signals for God to appoint times. We usually read in the Bible “The LORD has done it this very day.” There will be enormous amount of natural signals and celestial visions on the appointed date of the LORD. First of all, solar eclipses and lunar eclipses are signs God sets up. Everyone is able to see the signal which God wants to do a big thing, and which God’s appointed time is about to come.
 
 

F. Trumpets – The second coming of Christ


 
From ancient times, rabbis of Israel have already known that when solar eclipses appear on the feasts of Israel, disasters and big events will happen in the world. And when lunar eclipses appear on the feasts of Israel, disasters and big events will happen in Israel.


1948 The establishment of Israel


If the solar and lunar eclipses happen on the feasts of Israel, there must be great impact in the world. For example, in 1948 two years after the establishment of Israel, there were various battles with Arabian Union that intimidated Israel’s safety. 

The well-known Six-Day War on June 12, 1967 recaptured the control of Jerusalem.



 

  •  Two lunar eclipses in 2014 will be on Tabernacles and Passover. There will be four feasts which will have solar and lunar eclipses in 2015. That’s so quite unique.
  • On March 20, 2015 is in the spring equinox, there will be the solar eclipse in Jerusalem. And on April 4, 2015 is Passover, there will be a lunar eclipse.
  • On September 13, 2015 is the Trumpets, there will be a solar eclipse.
  • Then on September, 2015, the fourth lunar eclipse of the year will happen. That will be pretty special, because there won’t be any like that for the next 100 years after 2015.




Luke 21:24-28:
“They will fall by the sword and will be taken as prisoners to all the nations. Jerusalem will be trampled on by the Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.
    “There will be signs in the sun, moon and stars. On the earth, nations will be in anguish and perplexity at the roaring and tossing of the sea. People will faint from terror, apprehensive of what is coming on the world, for the heavenly bodies will be shaken. At that time they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. When these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.”


When you see the Holy Temple has been built up, the door of the gospel for gentiles will be closed. Pastor Sadhu


In August 2012, Pastor Sadhu held a special meeting in Los Angeles. We extract the conclusion of the article The war to divide Jerusalem is getting near.



Urgency of God
We are walking in the book of Revelation and toward the last seven in the book of Daniel. We share the sermon of Pastor Sadhu “II. The art of intercession, Part VII: Prayers that pay price.”

“When the Holy Temple is rebuilt, that will be the last sign. When you see Jews start to rebuild the third Holy Temple, that’s the last sign. If you are alive to see the temple rebuilt but do not live a holy life, you will get into trouble! When you see the temple of Israel, it will be the last moment. From then on, in three and half year, everything will be fulfilled. You will have no time to repent, because there will be no churches. No gospel meeting, no prayer meeting, how will you be saved? It is the era of grace. Now you should live righteously before God. Now is the time. If you have not given your life to Jesus; and if you miss the moment; and when you see the temple has been build up, then you will have no second opportunity. Because when you see the temple built up, the door of the gospel will be closed. All the doors will be closed, and such meeting will no longer exist. As for other Christians and those who are not reborn and those who don’t believe, is possible for them to believe Jesus? Is that possible? Yes, however, the antichrist will kill you.”





Is Pastor Sadhu biblical? Yes! We need to share some Scriptures. The recent massages of Sadhu help us understand the Bible more deeply.

I have ever taught the lesson of “The seventy sevens of Jews” for the intercessors. The lesson is based on Daniel 9:24-27, the seven seals, seven trumpets, and seven bowls in Revelation, and Matthew chapter 24. It has the schedule of the end time prophecy. In December 2011 and August 2012, Pastor Sadhu respectively received from Jesus Christ and the angel about the revelation of division of Jerusalem. According to his receiving, I can see a clearer schedule of God. There are two receiving of his which are brand new for me.
1.       In the revelation Pastor Sadhu receives, we can directly see that the peace treaty won’t be signed in a peaceful circumstance. Before that, there must a war, and the angels won’t be ordered to protect in the war, so that Israel will be damaged and loss a lot. In the Open Heavens Prophetic Conference in Jerusalem on Dec 6th 2011, Pastor Sadhu says that Jesus made him see the vision of the war, and the LORD teared down.
2.       The war that nations attack Israel is not Armageddon battle. To be specific, the Scriptures in Zechariah 14:1-2 are not about the war to divide Jerusalem, but the Scriptures in Zechariah 14:3-6 are about Armageddon battle. In other word, Zechariah chapter 14 speaks of two different wars.





The LORD’s return is so near that we should be alert.

(Ephesians 4:30) “And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.”

(2 Peter 3:9-14) “
The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything done in it will be laid bare. Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming. That day will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire, and the elements will melt in the heat. But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, where righteousness dwells. So then, dear friends, since you are looking forward to this, make every effort to be found spotless, blameless and at peace with him.”



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