I’ve been away from my blog for a week now, as I spent much of that time visiting my daughter, then my college friends in CA. It was a joy to see her and them as we shared many wonderful moments together.
When I asked my daughter what she thought of my blog, she told me that one of the most valuable aspects of it is when I explain how so much of what has traditionally defined the greatness of our country–which seems to be disappearing before her eyes–was prophesied to be occurring in these latter days. Knowing this, she doesn’t have to like it, but it gives her hope for the future, with the understanding that these world events aren’t just random acts smashing into one another without rhyme or reason.
As I thought about it, I concluded that today’s post will focus on exactly that. The world she grew up in was already very different than the one that I knew, but things are changing so rapidly now, it seems like our world will soon become unrecognizable. There is no doubt that our nation, our culture and our liberties are all under attack.
Crime is rampant. Illegal immigration continues with no end in sight. Patriotism is no longer celebrated. Elected officials lie to our faces and break their promises on their first day in office. Sanctuary cities ignore federal law and act as confederate locales, lawlessly rejecting our Constitution with impunity. Churches water-down their doctrine so they don’t offend potential new members. Life itself no longer is sacred, as we pretend to be “tolerant” of practitioners of Sharia Law, and we look the other way when young girls are killed for their family’s “honor” when the innocent young lady herself was the victim of a brutal rape.
What used to be common sense is now mocked as being a [fill-in-the-blank]-phobe. The pejorative attack silences those traditional beliefs and these changes continue steamrolling down the road. Can any of these sudden and radical changes be explained in the Bible? Yes, almost down to the month and year. Once you understand what is happening and why it’s happening, it will give you the peace of mind to know that Yahweh is in charge and he is purposely directing these world events to coincide with his plan and with prophecy. John told us that THIS is one of the primary reasons that we’ve been given prophecy in the first place.
John 16:33–“These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.”
Here is what John means. As Yahshua was conducting his ministry, he spoke of things that would occur in the latter generation, or OUR generation, so that when it happens we can rest assured that it is not the world spinning out of control. Rather, it is a heavenly, supernatural hand which is causing these events to happen precisely how, when, where and why they were foretold to happen. The first thing we must understand is that nearly all prophecy is a repeat of past events in some degree.
Eccl. 1:9–“The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun.”
Eccl. 3:15–“That which hath been is now; and that which is to be hath already been; and Elohim requireth that which is past.”
Isa. 41:22–“ Let them bring them forth, and shew us what shall happen: let them shew the former things, what they be, that we may consider them, and know the latter end of them; or declare us things for to come.”
As Isaiah said, in order to consider what will happen in the future, we need to look at the past. The trick is–what part of the past can we look at to explain the upheaval in our world today? Or more specifically, in these latter days, is there any parallel in the Bible that we can learn from?
In an earlier post, I described how this particular generation is unique. Instead of the normal 40-year generation, ours will only be 33 1/2 years long and it acts as a connecting generation than spans the gap between the 6,000 years of man’s rule on earth and Yahshua’s 1,000 year millennial rule.
Matt. 24.22–“And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened.” If this generation were permitted to last for the full 40 years of a normal generation, mankind would totally destroy himself.
The 6,000 years are now over and our current generation is the one that will witness all of the remaining Bible’s prophecies being fulfilled. THAT generation began on Sept. 11, 1998. See previous post here: https://theologywithoutthepedigree.wordpress.com/2017/06/07/we-are-living-in-the-end-times-and-i-can-prove-it-part-2/
And, since this generation will exist for only 33 1/2 years, are there any portions of the Bible that may have any significance with the number 33 1/2? Again, yes–and we have to look no further than the New Testament itself for the answer.
If we were to count the number of books in the New Testament from Matthew to Revelation, we would find 27 books. However, there is something very important about the book of Revelation and the number 7. We find descriptions of the 7 churches, 7 candlesticks, 7 stars, 7 seals, 7 lamps, 7 horns, 7 eyes, 7 trumpets, 7 thunders, 7 heads, 7 crowns, 7 plagues, and more. In fact, there are so many prophecies that include the number 7, one could almost call the entire book of Revelation the book of “SEVENS”.
Doing so, the New Testament would have 26 books plus one book of “sevens”. Thus, 26 + “seven” = 33. But, how do the books of the New Testament tell us anything about our modern decline and the massive shift of the world’s attention suddenly being focused on Middle East countries such as Israel, Iran, Iraq, Syria and others? To see the parallels in scripture with today’s events, we must first place the New Testament books back into their proper manuscript order as they previously were arranged while they were safely stored in the Temple. The correct order would be as follows.
Matthew, Mark, Luke, John and Acts. 5 books.
James, I Peter, II Peter, I John, II John, III John, Jude. 7 books.
Romans, I Corinthians, II Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, I Thessalonians, II Thessalonians, Hebrews, I Timothy, II Timothy, Titus and Philemon. 14 books.
Revelation [a.k.a.: the book of “Sevens”]
To most people familiar with the Bible, this correct manuscript order would look very confusing. But these books were not placed in the New Testament randomly. The reason that these books were originally arranged in the order above was because this was the order that Yahshua’s message was to be delivered to humanity.
The first 5 books of the New Testament, or the gospels, are a description of the life of Yahshua and his ministry on earth. And, since I pointed out in an earlier post that his actual date of birth was September and his death was in April, these 5 books actually cover a span of 5 “1/2” years.
The next 7 books of James to Jude were the first books which immediately followed the gospels. This was done, in fulfillment of the principle of teaching the gospel “to the Jew first”, as noted here:
Rom. 1:16–“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of the Anointed: for it is the power of Elohim unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.”
Rom. 2:10–“ But glory, honour, and peace, to every man that worketh good, to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile:”
These 7 books, immediately following the first 5 “1/2” books, were specifically written to the Jews, not the general population of the world. After the gospel is preached to the Jews, it must then be preached to the Gentiles and this job was assigned to the Apostle Paul, who wrote the next 14 books from Romans to Philemon.
Finally, after the Jews and the Gentiles, the book of Revelation is given to us. Using the symbolism of “7” throughout the book, it is a book of prophecy that is specifically written to the generation of the latter days, or those who will be witnesses to all of these things.
Matt. 24:34–“Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.”
Using the New Testament and the correct manuscript order of its books as our guide, we can connect these four sections of the New Testament with those four groups of years, starting in Sept., 1998.
From Sept. 1998 to April 2004, this final generation began to set prophetic events in motion in order for the following moments to occur: to the Jews first, then to the Gentiles. Since this first section of years ended in 2004, from that point forward, the Bible’s focus was to the Jews, not “western civilization” nor the United States of America. If the word was going to begin focusing on the Jews to a greater degree than it previously had, something dramatic had to occur in order to steer mankind’s attention in that direction.
It was not coincidental that this was when the attack of 9/11 happened. Being the sole remaining superpower on earth, the U.S. had a unique ability to set the wheels in motion to change the complexion of the Middle East by using her military might.
It is inarguable that since that fateful day, the entire world began paying greater attention to the Middle East than it ever had before. This fact was driven home through the lyrics in a song that Alan Jackson composed shortly after the World Trade Center attack. In it, he sang “…I’m not sure I can tell you the difference in Iraq and Iran”. No doubt, he can now, as well as every other person on earth.
The next 7 years which the Bible says were to the Jew first, were a period of time that Israel was front and center of our attention. It spanned the years April 2004 to April 2011. When this period began, the U.S. had reached the zenith of her stature and thus began her gradual decline on the world stage. The threats that Israel faced from her Arab neighbors were suddenly a serious topic of discussion throughout all of civilized society. And the rising terrorism that was growing in the region became the cause of two wars–one of which is STILL going on today.
The next section of years is also the longest, from April 2011 to April 2025. As I mentioned earlier, these 14 years are to the Gentiles–Paul’s assignment–which parallels all of the world that is NOT Jewish, including all of the Arab nations. After the first seven years, or in 2018, the “70 years of indignation” spoken of in Zech. 1:10 will finally cease.
At this point, Israel will no longer be in a constant state of worry, wondering whether a massive attack will threaten her survival. And now that a new, friendlier relationship will begin with all of her Arab neighbors, Israel will soon become the envy of the world with her economic growth and new-found respect. For the remaining 7 years of this 14-year period, Israel will prosper like no time in her history, enjoying a time of peace and prosperity.
This robust economic growth will become “a rising tide lifts all ships” moment, as many world economies will also enjoy greater prosperity. Western nations, including the U.S. will likewise experience a period of peace and prosperity, but it will be very short lived. In 2025, we’ll begin the last 7 years, or the years defined in Revelation. These years will introduce the anti messiah, the beast and the false prophet as they institute their fraudulent rule over all the earth, demanding obedience to the new religion they’ll establish. More on that in another post later.