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Sacred Chronology – Version 7.7.7

SACRED CHRONOLOGY

VERSION 7.7.7

 

 

For the Scriptures to be of practical value and meaningful, they must be understood in the context of the history in which they were written. The Scriptures out of context are just a pretext. Yahweh’s Sacred Chronology allows us to see the Scriptures through the eyes and lives of the great men and women of faith who lived during Bible times. It is time to write up my Scripture chronology research of the last five and one half years. In Version 7.7.7 of my Sacred Chronology spreadsheet, I believe I’ve covered every major anchor date needed to follow Yahweh’s Scriptural chronology through the dimension of time. My humble work stands on the shoulders of some of the greatest chronology researchers and scholars in Christian history. The Scriptures are the inerrant Word of Yahweh and provide a unique chronology of human history unparalleled in the secular realm of literature. No other book on earth declares the truth of the future from the factual truth of the past. The Scriptures are the ultimate authority for faith and practice, including chronological truth. All other profane, pagan, or secular chronologies must submit to the authority of the Scriptures. If there is a conflict of dates between the profane and the sacred chronologies, the profane must submit and come into alignment with dates in the Holy Scriptures.

 

One thing you will notice in the Sacred Chronology, the Scriptures speak of a span of time to the end of 7,000 years of history on earth. Yahweh has divided man’s history into lengthy blocks of time, beginning with blocks of approximately 2,000 years each. 2,000 years from Adam’s creation to Abram, the age of the Patriarchs. About 2,000 years of the tribes or nation of Israel to our Master Yeshua’s life. About 2,000 years to the beginning of the Millennial reign of the Messiah on earth, known as the Christian or Gentile dispensation or age. Our history on earth ends with the 1,000 year Millennial reign of Yeshua HaMashiach, Jesus Christ, from Jerusalem. After about 7,000 years of human history, Yahweh promises a New Heavens and a New Earth.

 

So, let’s start at the beginning, the Book of Genesis, with the creation of the first Adam, in creation year 1, to the Flood of Noah in creation year 1657. The early genealogies are found in Genesis chapter five. Let us keep in mind that the Bible deals only with completed years and not with fractions of years. Also, there is no such thing as a year zero in any calendar system, neither at the creation nor between BCE and CE years. Most scholars from Archbishop Ussher forward add up the patriarch’s age at the birth of their son to come up with the Flood occurring in 1656. In order for their chronology to appear to work, they must make a creation year 0 equal Adam’s year 1, which breaks a basic principle of calendars, no year zero. I declare that we cannot make Adam 1 year old until year 2 of creation. See my spreadsheet, year 1, for further explanation of birthdays, but for now let me tell you why. If you make creation year 1 equal Adam’s year 1, and continue that method with each of the early patriarchs, where Seth’s birth year equals his 1st year, etc., on through Noah, this method fails in that Methuselah ends up dying 2 years AFTER the Flood, instead of in the year of the Flood!! Also, using this faulty concept results in the Flood occurring in the year 1647. One way to FORCE the Flood to occur in 1656 is to make a creation year 0 equal Adam’s year 1, but then for the other early patriarchs, revert to them turning 1 year old in the year AFTER their birth year, which apparently is the method used by Ussher, which again, breaks the principle of no year zero. I’ve pressed for consistency in my application of creation and birth years for the early patriarchs; they all turn 1 year old in the year after their creation/birth. Using this logical and consistent method, the Flood naturally occurs in 1657, without twisting or forcing the Scriptures to say something they don’t actually say. Let’s show a little chart to demonstrate the difference between Archbishop Ussher’s method versus my method:

 

PATRIARCH

USSHER’S CREATION YEAR

PER USSHER, PATRIARCH’S AGE AT SON’S BIRTH

GENE’S CEATION SOLAR YEAR

PER GENE, PATRIARCH’S AGE AT SON’S BIRTH

ADAM CREATED

0

1

ADAM

130

130

131

130

SETH

235

105

236

105

ENOSH

325

90

326

90

CAINAN

395

70

396

70

MAHALALEL

460

65

461

65

JARED

622

162

623

162

ENOCH

687

65

688

65

METHUSELAH

874

187

875

187

LAMECH

1056

182

1057

182

NOAH’S AGE AT FLOOD

1656

600

1657

600

     YEAR OF FLOOD

1656

1656

1657

1656

 

Ok, so we’ve made it to the Flood of Noah without twisting Scripture or breaking basic principles. Noah was in the big boat for 1 year, taking us to 1658. Then, we must consider when Shem’s son Arphaxad was born. Arphaxad was born when Shem was 100 years old, Genesis 11:10, “This is the genealogy of Shem: Shem was one hundred years old, and begot Arphaxad two years after the flood.” Eugene Faulstich interpreted Genesis 11:10 to mean two years after the Flood ended. I agree with the logic of Mr. Faulstich, because the Bible deals with completed years only, meaning the Flood ended in 1658, so Arphaxad was born in 1660 and turned 1 year old in 1661.

 

May I insert another interesting anchor date here? Adam turned 930 years old in creation year 931. 931 divided by 49 = 19 Jubilee Years. Adam died in the 19th Jubilee Year from his creation! Was Adam’s life prophetic? Yes.

 

The next major step in the Sacred Chronology is getting to Abram’s birth year from two years after the Flood ended in 1658. To do that we simply continue the genealogy of Shem, found in Genesis 11:10 and following. Here’s a little chart to bring us to Abram’s birth:

 

PATRIARCH

GENE’S CEATION SOLAR YEAR

PER GENE, PATRIARCH’S AGE AT SON’S BIRTH

ARPHAXAD BORN

1660

35

SALAH

1695

30

EBER

1725

34

PELEG

1759

30

REU

1789

32

SERUG

1821

30

NAHOR

1851

29

TERAH

1880

130

ABRAM

2010

     YEARS

2010

350

 

Notice, we show Terah is 130 years old at Abram’s birth. Uh oh, what does Genesis 11:26 say? “Now Terah lived seventy years, and begot Abram, Nahor, and Haran.” How do we come up with 130 years of age for Terah when Abram is born when the Scriptures clearly show he was only 70? Well, that is Archbishop Ussher’s greatest contribution to Sacred Chronology. You must read and understand Genesis 11:30 – 12:4 as one contiguous story, “But Sarai was barren; she had no child. 31And Terah took his son Abram and his grandson Lot, the son of Haran, and his daughter-in-law Sarai, his son Abram’s wife, and they went out with them from Ur of the Chaldeans to go to the land of Canaan; and they came to Haran and dwelt there. 32So the days of Terah were two hundred and five years, and Terah died in Haran. 1Now Yahweh had said to Abram: “Get out of your country, from your family and from your father’s house, to a land that I will show you. 2I will make you a great nation; I will bless you and make your name great; and you shall be a blessing. 3I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse him who curses you; and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” 4So Abram departed as Yahweh had spoken to him, and Lot went with him. And Abram was seventy-five years old when he departed from Haran.” If Abram was 75 when his dad Terah died at the age of 205, then Terah was 130 when Abram was born. One of Abram’s brothers was born when Terah was 70, just not Abram. For further confirmation of this, read Stephen’s sermon in Acts 7:2-4, “And he said, “Brethren and fathers, listen: The Mighty One of glory appeared to our father Abraham when he was in Mesopotamia, before he dwelt in Haran, 3and said to him, ‘Get out of your country and from your relatives, and come to a land that I will show you.’ 4Then he came out of the land of the Chaldeans and dwelt in Haran. And from there, when his father was dead, He moved him to this land in which you now dwell.” Now we are 2010 years into the Sacred Chronology, without twisting or misinterpreting the Scriptures, but only rightly dividing the Word of Truth. Abram’s birth year is another anchor date in Sacred Chronology. Abram was born after 2009 completed creation years. 2009 divided by 49 = 41 Jubilees. Was Abram’s life prophetic? Yes!

 

Now, we must follow the Hebrew history from Abram to the Exodus, the next major anchor date in Sacred Chronology. Many believe that we should count the 430 years to the Exodus and Mosaic covenant from Abram’s 75th year when Yahweh promised him the land. But I disagree. Yahweh had made promises to Abram in Genesis 12. Abram obeyed Yahweh and even built altars to Yahweh and called on His name, but ABRAM WAS NOT YET IN KINGDOM FAITH with Yahweh. You don’t see Abram’s faith exhibited until Genesis 15, when the Abrahamic covenant was truly instituted, and Abram was declared righteous by Yahweh. So, Abram was 85 years old in Genesis 15 when he finally believed Yahweh! In Genesis 15, Yahweh DID NOT cut the covenant of blood with Abram, until Abram believed in Him. Verse 6, “And he believed in Yahweh, and He accounted it to him for righteousness.” How do we know Abram was 85 when the blood Covenant was cut by Yahweh? Just follow the redemption story to Genesis 16:3, “Then Sarai, Abram’s wife, took Hagar her maid, the Egyptian, and gave her to her husband Abram to be his wife, after Abram had dwelt ten years in the land of Canaan.” Abram left Haran when he was 75, sojourned in Canaan for 10 years, then Yahweh cut the blood Covenant with Abram, then Abram impregnated Hagar in his 85th year. Ishmael was then born in his 86th year, per Genesis 16:16, “Abram was eighty-six years old when Hagar bore Ishmael to Abram.” Since the Kingdom life is by faith and the covenant with Yahweh is by faith, this is when I begin the 430-year countdown to the Exodus, Abram’s 85th year. Galatians 3:17, “And this I say, that the law, which was four hundred and thirty years later, cannot annul the covenant that was confirmed before by Yahweh in Messiah, that it should make the promise of no effect.” The promises of Yahweh do you no good if you don’t believe Him and believe in His Son, Yeshua, the Messiah. Exodus 12:40-41, “Now the sojourn of the children of Israel who lived (sojourned) in (Canaan and) Egypt was four hundred and thirty years. 41And it came to pass at the end of the four hundred and thirty years—on that very same day—it came to pass that all the armies of Yahweh went out from the land of Egypt.” As clarified in the Septuagint, the sojourn of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the land of Canaan is included in the 430 years sojourning of the children of Israel to the Exodus.

 

Is there a way to confirm the year of the Exodus? Yes, there is. Read Genesis 15:13, “Then He said to Abram: “Know certainly that your descendants will be strangers in a land that is not theirs, and will serve them, and they will afflict them four hundred years.” Again, what did Stephen add to this? Acts 7:6, “But Yahweh spoke in this way: that his descendants would dwell in a foreign land, and that they would bring them into bondage and oppress them four hundred years.” How do we know when this 400-year period should start? Abram was born in creation year 2010, plus 85 years to the faith covenant, plus 430 years sojourn to the Exodus, brings us to creation year 2525 as the year of the Exodus. 2525 minus 400 years takes us back to 2125, when Abraham was 115 and Isaac was 15 years old. Why is this year of 2125 important? Read Genesis 22, Abraham’s test of faith when he “sacrificed” Isaac!! Isaac was a young man, strong enough to carry the wood for the burnt offering. Both Abraham and Isaac exhibited faith that day! Since the 430 and 400 years must end at the Exodus, we see that the Genesis 22 story of sacrificial covenant faith fits the Sacred Chronology perfectly! Many thanks to Noel Rude, for his insight regarding where the 400 years of affliction enter into Sacred Chronology. Now, we have arrived at the Exodus in creation year 2525, one of the most argued over anchor dates in Sacred Chronology. And guess what, 2525, the year of the Exodus, just “happens” to be a year 1 in the Sabbatical year cycles. Coincidence? I don’t believe so. We simply rightly divided the Word of Truth.

 

What is the significance of 2525 being a year 1 in the known Sabbatical year cycles? Well, I’ve built many chronology spreadsheets over the last five years and one of the greatest stumbling blocks I’ve had was what year did the children of Israel celebrate the first Sabbatical year in the Promised Land? Most chronologists’ timelines just did not offer an adequate year for the first Sabbatical year in the Land, according to Leviticus 25:1-4, “And Yahweh spoke to Moses on Mount Sinai, saying, 2“Speak to the children of Israel, and say to them: ‘When you come into the land which I give you, then the land shall keep a sabbath to Yahweh. 3Six years you shall sow your field, and six years you shall prune your vineyard, and gather its fruit; 4but in the seventh year there shall be a sabbath of solemn rest for the land, a sabbath to Yahweh. You shall neither sow your field nor prune your vineyard.” Well, in Joshua 14:10 we see that Caleb turned 85 years old in the 7th year in the land, “And now, behold, Yahweh has kept me alive, as He said, these forty-five years, ever since Yahweh spoke this word to Moses while Israel wandered in the wilderness; and now, here I am this day, eighty-five years old.” What this tells us is that the first 6 to 7 years in the Land were spent in warfare, not agricultural activity. But, just two years later, during which there was plenty of time to build houses and organize and clear some farmland, we come to the 49th year after the Exodus, the FIRST Jubilee after the Exodus!! That year I declare would be the most logical 7th year Sabbatical rest year in the land, which of course was also the first Jubilee Year, from which to begin counting official Sabbatical Year cycles. It would be very unlikely for the Israelites to have produced food for 6 years before that first Jubilee after the Exodus, because of warfare while conquering Canaan. Year 1 of the first recognized and observed Sabbatical cycle would logically begin the year AFTER this FIRST Jubilee Year! It would have been a simple matter to count 49 years from the Exodus, so the Israelites would have known which year was the FIRST Jubilee year. The 7th year, which was also the FIRST Jubilee after the Exodus, would not qualify as the first Sabbatical year, according to the Torah teaching of Leviticus 25, because they had not produced crops for the previous 6 years, but they certainly would have begun counting Sabbatical years the year AFTER that FIRST Jubilee! Does that not make sense? And we do not have to force the Scriptures or the timeline for this to naturally occur. Seven years after that first Jubilee from the Exodus would then be the first officially observed Sabbatical year. This is the first timeline that I have built that naturally and logically fulfills the requirements of Leviticus 25.

 

The next major step in the Sacred Chronology of redemption takes us from the Exodus in 2525 to the building of Solomon’s Temple, our next anchor date. 1 Kings 6:1, “And it came to pass in the four hundred and eightieth year after the children of Israel had come out of the land of Egypt, in the fourth year of Solomon’s reign over Israel, in the month of Ziv, which is the second month, that he began to build the house (Temple) of Yahweh.” Inside that 480 year period, you must have 40 years in the wilderness after the Exodus, 6 or 7 years of Joshua and Israel conquering Canaan, and then about 450 years of judges, including elders that ruled Israel right after Joshua died plus all the judges including 20 years of Samson, 40 years of Eli, and up to 20 years of Samuel, not to mention 40 years of Saul, 40 years of David, and 3 years of Solomon, to get to Solomon’s 4th year, when he laid the foundation of the Temple of Yahweh. Paul explained the 450 years in Acts 13:17-20, “The Mighty One of this people Israel chose our fathers, and exalted the people when they dwelt as strangers in the land of Egypt, and with an uplifted arm He brought them out of it. 18Now for a time of about forty years He put up with their ways in the wilderness. 19And when He had destroyed seven nations in the land of Canaan, He distributed their land to them by allotment. 20After that He gave them judges for about four hundred and fifty years, until Samuel the prophet.” Obviously, 480 solar years is not enough time for all that Israeli history to happen. Here’s a little chart to show you how I arrive at the 4th year of Solomon:

 

NAME OF JUDGE

RECKONED JUDGE YEARS

UNRECKONED YEARS

SUM OF SOLAR YEARS

EXODUS IS YEAR 1

MOSES

40

40

JOSHUA (WARS & INHERITANCE)

25

65

ELDERS’ RULE

17

82

Cushan-Rishathaim

8

90

OTHNIEL

40

130

EGLON/MOABITES

18

148

EHUD

80

228

JABIN/CANAANITES

20

248

DEBORAH/BARAK

40

288

MIDIANITES

7

295

GIDEON

40

335

USURPER ABIMELECH

3

338

TOLA

23

361

JAIR

22

383

AMMONITES

18

401

JEPHTHAH

6

407

IBZAN

7

414

ELON

10

424

ABDON

8

432

PHILISTINES includes Samson 20

40

472

SAMSON (DURING PHILISTINES)

0

472

ELI

40

512

SAMUEL and SAUL (until Samuel died)

38

550

SAUL (first 18 years overlapping in Samuel)

22

572

DAVID 40 1/2 YEARS

40

612

SOLOMON

4

616

     TOTALS

480

136

616

 

Apparently, Yahweh did not count years to Israel unless they were in submission to Him in faith. Remember, the Covenant is by faith through grace. Faith exhibited by Yahweh’s people seems to be the thread that binds the redemption story together. So, if we add 616 solar years onto creation year 2525, we arrive at creation year 3141, as the 4th year of Solomon’s Temple construction start date. 3141 is another solid anchor date in the Sacred Chronology. And guess what? Solomon laid the Temple foundation during a Sabbatical year (3140-3141), when many agriculturally bound Israelis were freed up to help with construction projects! Logical right? And without compressing events or forcing the Scriptures at all.

 

Now, we need to back up just a bit to discover the gem found in Ezekiel’s prophecy in 4:1-8, “You also, son of man, take a clay tablet and lay it before you, and portray on it a city, Jerusalem. 2Lay siege against it, build a siege wall against it, and heap up a mound against it; set camps against it also, and place battering rams against it all around. 3Moreover take for yourself an iron plate, and set it as an iron wall between you and the city. Set your face against it, and it shall be besieged, and you shall lay siege against it. This will be a sign to the house of Israel. 4“Lie also on your left side, and lay the iniquity of the house of Israel upon it. According to the number of the days that you lie on it, you shall bear their iniquity. 5For I have laid on you the years of their iniquity, according to the number of the days, three hundred and ninety days; so you shall bear the iniquity of the house of Israel. 6And when you have completed them, lie again on your right side; then you shall bear the iniquity of the house of Judah forty days. I have laid on you a day for each year. 7“Therefore you shall set your face toward the siege of Jerusalem; your arm shall be uncovered, and you shall prophesy against it. 8And surely I will restrain you so that you cannot turn from one side to another till you have ended the days of your siege.” In this prophecy of Ezekiel, we see 390 years of iniquity for the house of Israel, as opposed to the 40 years of iniquity for the house of Judah. When did this 390 years of iniquity begin? Read 1 Samuel 8-10, when Israel rejected Yahweh as their King and decided they wanted a human flesh king, like all the other nations around them. 1 Samuel 8:7, “And Yahweh said to Samuel, “Heed the voice of the people in all that they say to you; for they have not rejected you, but they have rejected Me, that I should not reign over them.” So Samuel anointed Saul as the first king of Israel. Well, guess what happened after 390 years of Israel’s iniquity? Right, Assyria captured Samaria and carried off the 10 northern tribes of Israel! So, if we back up to Saul’s 1st regnal year, creation year 3058 and add 390 years, we arrive at creation year 3448, another significant anchor date in Israel’s redemption story found in our Sacred Chronology.

 

In 2 Kings we learn what year it was in King Hezekiah’s reign when Yahweh destroyed the 10 northern tribes of Israel, 18:10-11, “And at the end of three years they took it. In the sixth year of Hezekiah, that is, the ninth year of Hoshea king of Israel, Samaria was taken. 11Then the king of Assyria carried Israel away captive to Assyria, and put them in Halah and by the Habor, the River of Gozan, and in the cities of the Medes.”  So now we know that creation year 3448 is equal to Hezekiah’s 6th year. I bring this into our Sacred Chronology essay to arrive at another anchor date found in the Scriptures. When we add 8 years to Hezekiah’s 6th year in 3448 we arrive at creation year 3456, Hezekiah’s 14th year, when Isaiah prophesied to Hezekiah, during the attack by Assyrian Tartan Sennacherib, declaring that year was a Jubilee Year! Isaiah 37:30, “This shall be a sign to you: You shall eat this year such as grows of itself, and the second year what springs from the same; also in the third year sow and reap, plant vineyards and eat the fruit of them.” Hezekiah knew that the year 3455-3456 was a Jubilee year, but we would not have known this if Isaiah had not declared that to us through his message to Hezekiah, king of Judah. It just so “happens” that this 49th year Jubilee (which is also a 7th year Sabbatical year) perfectly synchronizes with all other known Sabbatical years discovered in the Scriptures and profane records! Coincidence, absolutely not, Yahweh’s sovereign plan, absolutely.

 

Now all we have to do is add up the years of the remaining Kings of Judah to arrive at the next major anchor date in our Sacred Chronology. We know Hezekiah was sick during his 14th year, but Yahweh healed him and awarded him another 15 years of life. So we add up the regnal years of the final kings of Judah, and we arrive at creation year 3583, the fall of Judah and Jerusalem and the destruction of Solomon’s Temple! Here’s a chart to show how we calculated the final years of Judah:

 

JUDAH’S FINAL KINGS  
HEZEKIAH (last 15 years)

15

MANASSEH

55

AMON

2

JOSIAH

31

JEHOAHAZ

1

JEHOIAKIM

11

JEHOIACHIN / JEHOIAKIN

1

ZEDEKIAH

11

     TOTAL YEARS

127

 

Creation year 3456 + 127 years = creation year 3583. 2 Kings 25:8-10, “And in the fifth month, on the seventh day of the month (which was the nineteenth year of King Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon [Hebrew reckoning]), Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard, a servant of the king of Babylon, came to Jerusalem. 9He burned the house of Yahweh and the king’s house; all the houses of Jerusalem, that is, all the houses of the great, he burned with fire. 10And all the army of the Chaldeans who were with the captain of the guard broke down the walls of Jerusalem all around.” We have arrived at year 3583, the fall of Judah and the first Temple’s destruction, without twisting or misinterpreting any Scriptures and have seen several significant anchor dates revealed in the Scriptures. So, now we know that creation year 3583 equals Zedekiah’s 11th year, which equals Nebuchadnezzar’s 19th year (Hebrew reckoning, 18th year Babylonian reckoning).

 

Beginning with Nebuchadnezzar’s 1st year, in Jehoiakim’s 4th year, we find the redemption story in Scripture synchronized with the reigns of pagan kings. Jeremiah 25:1, “The word that came to Jeremiah concerning all the people of Judah, in the fourth year of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah, king of Judah (which was the first year of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon [1st year per Hebrew reckoning, accession year per Babylonian reckoning]),” From creation year 3583 we can add on the years of Nebuchadnezzar, until his insanity in 3597, which became Belshazzar’s 1st year (Daniel 4 and 7:1). Belshazzar was slain in 3600, his 4th year (Daniel 5:30-31), which became Darius the Mede’s 1st year (Daniel 9:1-2). So, now we know creation year 3600 equals Nebuchadnezzar’s 36th year (Hebrew reckoning), Belshazzar’s 4th and final year, and Darius the Mede’s 1st year.

 

Now we add 24 years of Darius the Mede, until Cyrus the Great conquered Media and deposed Darius the Mede, Cyrus’ grandfather, which brings us to creation year 3623. Creation year 3623 is the year Cyrus became king of both Persia and Media, so this is considered his first year, as far as our Sacred Chronology is concerned. What did Cyrus do in his first year? Ezra 1:1-4, “Now in the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, that the word of Yahweh by the mouth of Jeremiah might be fulfilled, Yahweh stirred up the spirit of Cyrus king of Persia, so that he made a proclamation throughout all his kingdom, and also put it in writing, saying, 2Thus says Cyrus king of Persia: All the kingdoms of the earth Yahweh Mighty One of heaven has given me. And He has commanded me to build Him a house (Temple) at Jerusalem which is in Judah. 3Who is among you of all His people? May his Mighty One be with him, and let him go up to Jerusalem which is in Judah, and build the house (Temple) of Yahweh Mighty One of Israel (He is Almighty), which is in Jerusalem. 4And whoever is left in any place where he dwells, let the men of his place help him with silver and gold, with goods and livestock, besides the freewill offerings for the house (Temple) of Yahweh which is in Jerusalem.” We know Isaiah prophesied of this day about 250 years before Cyrus’ first year. Isaiah 44:28, “Who says of Cyrus, ‘He is My shepherd, and he shall perform all My pleasure, saying to Jerusalem, “You shall be built,” and to the temple, “Your foundation shall be laid.”’”

 

Now we come to the greatest chronological link to the future through the 70-weeks prophecy of Daniel 9:24-27. Virtually all Scripture scholars and students of Bible prophecy believe Daniel’s 70 weeks comprise 490 years of human history. This is because Daniel 9 relates how Daniel prayed concerning the 70-years captivity of Judah in Babylon. The 70-year captivity resulted from Israel and Judah not observing 70 of the 7th year Sabbatical rest years for the land during the previous 1,000 years. We believe that since Daniel is talking about the 7th year Sabbatical, 70 sevens, or shabuas, is talking about 70 X 7 year Sabbatical cycles = 490 solar years. From this first year of Cyrus, Yahweh gave Israel another 490 years to believe Him and follow the Sabbatical rest year law. Never say that you cannot find grace in the Old Testament.

 

Let’s digress just a little and take a look at a piece of Daniel’s 70 weeks prophecy. Daniel 9:25, “Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the command to restore and build Jerusalem until Messiah the Prince, there shall be seven weeks and sixty-two weeks; the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublesome times.” Well guess what happened after Daniel’s first 7 weeks, after 49 years in his prophetic timeline? Nehemiah was commissioned in the 20th year of Persian King Darius I Hystaspes, Artaxerxes, in Nehemiah 2, to go to Jerusalem to rebuild the wall! Creation year 3623 + 49 years = creation year 3672, Darius I’s 20th year, another solid anchor date that just flows in the Sacred Chronology of Yahweh’s rightly divided Word of Truth.

 

Well, amazingly, we can now add 490 years to creation year 3623 and arrive at creation year 4112. We count inclusively, because Cyrus’ first-year DECREE starts 70 7-year Sabbatical cycles, the 490th year ending in 4112. Well, guess what year 4112 is on our Sacred Chronology, in terms of our Common Era? It is the year 33 CE! Depending on which year you believe Yeshua was crucified, He was either crucified in 33 CE during the last year of the 490 years, or in 30 CE, in the midst of Daniel’s 70th Week, according to Daniel 9:26-27, “And after the sixty-two weeks Messiah shall be cut off, but not for Himself; and the people of the prince who is to come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary. The end of it shall be with a flood, and till the end of the war desolations are determined. 27Then he shall confirm a covenant with many for one week; but in the middle of the week He shall bring an end to sacrifice and offering. And on the wing of abominations shall be one who makes desolate, even until the consummation, which is determined, is poured out on the desolate.” We understand that the 62 weeks comes after the first 7 weeks, making Yeshua’s crucifixion happen during Daniel’s 70th week, either in the middle or at the end of his final week. Yeshua’s crucifixion is the ultimate anchor date in Sacred Chronology.

 

Personally, I believe He died and was raised and ascended in 30 CE. The reason I say that is because Yeshua was baptized just after the close of Daniel’s 69th week, in 27 CE. 27 CE was the first year in Daniel’s final 7 years of his 490-year prophecy, year 484 if you will. After John’s first Passover in John 2:13 in the spring of 28 CE, around Pentecost, Yeshua made His famous statement about four months until harvest in John 4:35. That statement only makes sense in the context of 28 CE being a Sabbatical year, which it was, from the fall of 27 CE to the fall of 28 CE. The Israelis had fields white unto harvest, but they could not harvest them, because it was the Sabbatical year! The disciples knew exactly what Yeshua was talking about. Yeshua was using the physical example of the ripened wheat fields to get across His point about soul-winning. Yeshua was then condemned and crucified right in the middle of Daniel’s 70th week, in 30 CE, year 487 of Daniel’s timeline. At Pentecost 30 CE, the Messianic Jewish Church was born of the Holy Spirit. Cornelius, the first Gentile believer, was converted in 33 CE, the 490th year of Daniel’s 70 weeks. Thus the Gentile Christian Church was born, and, as we say in chronology, the rest is history. . . Some believe Daniel’s 70th week may have a dual fulfillment, being completely fulfilled during a 7-year tribulation period in the end times. We’ll just have to wait and see about that.

 

And speaking of history, look at 70 CE and the destruction of the 2nd Temple in Jerusalem. That happened during a Sabbatical year, which synchronizes with all other known Sabbatical years. Talk about the sovereignty of Yahweh, Ezekiel’s prophecy in 4:1-8 included 40 years of iniquity for Judah also. That prophecy may have had a dual fulfillment also, once with the destruction of the 1st Temple in Ezekiel’s day, 40 years after Hilkiah the priest found the Book of the Law in Josiah’s 18th year. According to Jeremiah, even though Josiah brought about a great revival beginning in his 18th year, Yahweh was still determined to destroy Judah 40 years later, because of the sins of King Manasseh. The second fulfillment could have occurred in 70 CE, with the destruction of the 2nd Temple, 40 years after Judah rejected their Messiah! The parallels are too significant to be mere coincidence. Yahweh is in total control of human history . . . including ours.

 

Here’s a little chart summarizing some of our anchor dates:

 

ANCHOR DATE SUMMARY    
       

CREATION YEAR

EVENT

YEAR

BCE/CE

1

ADAM CREATED

4079

BCE

931

ADAM DIED

3149

BCE

1657

FLOOD OF NOAH

2423

BCE

2010

ABRAM’S BIRTH

2070

BCE

2095

COVENANT IS CUT, 430 YEARS BEFORE THE EXODUS

1985

BCE

2125

ABRAHAM OFFERS ISAAC IN “SACRIFICE”, 400 YEARS BEFORE THE EXODUS

1955

BCE

2525

EXODUS

1555

BCE

2565

JOSHUA CROSSED THE JORDAN RIVER

1515

BCE

2580

FIRST OBSERVED SABBATICAL YEAR

1500

BCE

3058

SAUL IS KING: BEGIN 390 YEARS OF ISRAEL’S INIQUITY

1022

BCE

3141

BEGIN SOLOMON’S TEMPLE

939

BCE

3448

DESTRUCTION OF NORTHERN 10 TRIBES OF ISRAEL

632

BCE

3456

ISAIAH/HEZEKIAH’S JUBILEE

624

BCE

3565

NEBUCHADNEZZAR’S 1ST YEAR

515

BCE

3583

JUDAH AND JERUSALEM FALL, TEMPLE DESTROYED

497

BCE

3600

NEB’S 36TH YEAR, BELSHAZZAR SLAIN, DARIUS THE MEDE’S 1ST YEAR

480

BCE

3623

CYRUS’ 1ST YEAR DECREE TO RESTORE JERUSALEM AND TEMPLE

457

BCE

3672

Daniel’s 49th year, Nehemiah begins wall rebuild

408

BCE

4077

YESHUA BORN

3

BCE

4106

YESHUA BAPTIZED

27

CE

4107

YESHUA STATES FOUR MONTHS UNTIL HARVEST

28

CE

4109

YESHUA’S DEATH, BURIAL, RESURRECTION, ASCENSION

30

CE

4149

2ND TEMPLE DESTROYED, JUDAH DESTROYED

70

CE

4214

JERUSALEM PLOWED UP

135

CE

6027

ISRAEL BECOMES A NATION AGAIN

1948

CE

6046

ISRAEL RECAPTURES TEMPLE MOUNT

1967

CE

????

YESHUA RETURNS

????

CE

 

 

Version 7.7.7 of my Sacred Chronology spreadsheet is not perfect, but it is powerfully accurate. It is the culmination of thousands of hours of Bible study, chronology research, and spreadsheet building. Use it as a framework for your own Bible study and research. Order your copy today, while it is still free for the asking. Write to me at anapto2 at gmail dot com.

 

Blessings in Yeshua,

 

Gene Benjamin II

May 15, 2011 CE

 

 

 

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Israel Will Be Justified

ISRAEL WILL BE JUSTIFIED

 

Isaiah 45:15-25, “Truly You are Yahweh, who hide Yourself,

O Mighty One of Israel, the Savior!

16 They shall be ashamed

And also disgraced, all of them;

They shall go in confusion together,

Who are makers of idols.

17 But Israel shall be saved by Yahweh

With an everlasting salvation;

You shall not be ashamed or disgraced

Forever and ever.

18 For thus says Yahweh,

Who created the heavens,

Who is Almighty,

Who formed the earth and made it,

Who has established it,

Who did not create it in vain,

    Who formed it to be inhabited:

“I am Yahweh, and there is no other.

19 I have not spoken in secret,

In a dark place of the earth;

I did not say to the seed of Jacob,

‘Seek Me in vain’;

I, Yahweh, speak righteousness,

I declare things that are right.

20  “Assemble yourselves and come;

Draw near together,

You who have escaped from the nations.

They have no knowledge,

Who carry the wood of their carved image,

And pray to a mighty one that cannot save.

21 Tell and bring forth your case;

Yes, let them take counsel together.

Who has declared this from ancient time?

Who has told it from that time?

Have not I, Yahweh?

And there is no other Mighty One besides Me,

A just Mighty One and a Savior;

There is none besides Me.

22Look to Me, and be saved,

    All you ends of the earth!

For I am Yahweh, and there is no other.

23 I have sworn by Myself;

The word has gone out of My mouth in righteousness,

And shall not return,

That to Me every knee shall bow,

Every tongue shall take an oath.

24 He shall say,

‘Surely in Yahweh I have righteousness and strength.

To Him men shall come,

And all shall be ashamed

    Who are incensed against Him.

25 In Yahweh all the descendants of Israel

          Shall be justified, and shall glory.’”

 

Just so you know, I’m not just talking about the Jews from the tribe of Judah over in the modern State of Israel. I’m talking about the whole house of Israel, all twelve tribes, scattered throughout the earth.

 

Lots of people are noticing the disasters around the globe, and now especially in America. These disasters are NOT the wrath of Yahweh, there are just the beginnings of sorrows, or birthpangs. When Yahweh’s wrath shows up, all will know it. Whole cities and whole nations will be obliterated in an instant. He may or may not choose to use nuclear war to punish humans. Right now, Yahweh’s punishments coming on the earth in the form of natural disasters are simply to correct His children, to cause us to turn to Him in repentance and faith for salvation. Yahweh is NOT punishing individuals at this time, but He is beginning to punish nations for not turning in reliance on Him.

 

Nahum 1:2-15, “Yahweh is jealous, and Yahweh avenges;

Yahweh avenges and is furious.

Yahweh will take vengeance on His adversaries,

And He reserves wrath for His enemies;

3  Yahweh is slow to anger and great in power,

And will not at all acquit the wicked.

Yahweh has His way

In the whirlwind and in the storm (hurricanes and tornadoes),

And the clouds are the dust of His feet.

4  He rebukes the sea and makes it dry,

And dries up all the rivers.”

 

Many lakes and rivers across this earth are drying up.

 

“Bashan and Carmel wither,

And the flower of Lebanon wilts.

5  The mountains quake before Him,

The hills melt,

And the earth heaves at His presence,

Yes, the world and all who dwell in it.”

 

Have we had a few nasty earthquakes lately?

 

6 Who can stand before His indignation?

And who can endure the fierceness of His anger?

His fury is poured out like fire,

And the rocks are thrown down by Him.

7  Yahweh is good,

A stronghold in the day of trouble;

And He knows those who trust in Him.”

 

One of the keys of the kingdom is to be known BY Yahweh.

 

8 But with an overflowing flood

He will make an utter end of its place,

And darkness will pursue His enemies.”

 

Heard about the floods on the news? The mighty Mississippi River is not as mighty as He who created her.

 

9 What do you conspire against Yahweh?

He will make an utter end of it.

Affliction will not rise up a second time.

10 For while tangled like thorns,

And while drunken like drunkards,

They shall be devoured like stubble fully dried.

11 From you comes forth one

Who plots evil against Yahweh,

A wicked counselor.

12Thus says Yahweh:

“Though they are safe, and likewise many,

Yet in this manner they will be cut down

When he passes through.

Though I have afflicted you,

I will afflict you no more;

13 For now I will break off his yoke from you,

And burst your bonds apart.”

14 Yahweh has given a command concerning you:

“Your name shall be perpetuated no longer.

Out of the house of your mighty ones

I will cut off the carved image and the molded image.

I will dig your grave,

For you are vile.”

15 Behold, on the mountains

The feet of him who brings good tidings,

Who proclaims peace!

O Judah, keep your appointed feasts (includes Sabbath),

Perform your vows.

For the wicked one shall no more pass through you;

He is utterly cut off.”

 

Of course, the most vile person is Satan himself, but he works through humans and their evil civil governments. Satan is working to destroy humanity. Yahweh punishes humanity to bring us to repentance unto salvation of our souls. Many more folks are going to suffer over the next weeks, months and years, but Yahweh will finally cut off Satan and bind him for 1,000 years. Until then, we are going to have trouble, tribulation, even great tribulation. It is time for all humanity, especially Yahweh’s children, to fall down and worship Yahweh and repent and turn to Him for salvation and safety and protection. Yahweh has promised to keep his children safe during the coming Great Tribulation, Luke 21:36, Revelation 12:6, etc.

 

Today, this moment, is the Christian’s duty to humble himself before Yahweh and repent of his own sins and the sins of his people and leaders. We have sinned greatly against Yahweh. The nations of the world plot against Him. He won’t put up with it forever. There is a limit to His longsuffering with mankind.

 

Isaiah 57, “The righteous perishes,

And no man takes it to heart;

Merciful men are taken away,

While no one considers

That the righteous is taken away from evil.

2  He shall enter into peace;

They shall rest in their beds,

Each one walking in his uprightness.

3  “But come here,

You sons of the sorceress,

You offspring of the adulterer and the harlot!

4  Whom do you ridicule?

Against whom do you make a wide mouth

And stick out the tongue?

Are you not children of transgression,

Offspring of falsehood,

5  Inflaming yourselves with mighty ones under every green tree,

Slaying the children in the valleys,

Under the clefts of the rocks?

6  Among the smooth stones of the stream

Is your portion;

They, they, are your lot!

Even to them you have poured a drink offering,

You have offered a grain offering.

Should I receive comfort in these?

7  “On a lofty and high mountain

You have set your bed;

Even there you went up

To offer sacrifice.

8  Also behind the doors and their posts

You have set up your remembrance;

For you have uncovered yourself to those other than Me,

And have gone up to them;

You have enlarged your bed

And made a covenant with them;

You have loved their bed,

Where you saw their nudity.

9  You went to the king with ointment,

And increased your perfumes;

You sent your messengers far off,

And even descended to Sheol.

10 You are wearied in the length of your way;

Yet you did not say, ‘There is no hope.’

You have found the life of your hand;

Therefore you were not grieved.

11 “And of whom have you been afraid, or feared,

That you have lied

And not remembered Me,

Nor taken it to your heart?

Is it not because I have held My peace from of old

    That you do not fear Me?

12 I will declare your righteousness

And your works,

For they will not profit you.

13 When you cry out,

Let your collection of idols deliver you.

    But the wind will carry them all away,

    A breath will take them.

But he who puts his trust in Me shall possess the land,

And shall inherit My holy mountain.”

14 And one shall say,

“Heap it up! Heap it up!

Prepare the way,

Take the stumbling block out of the way of My people.”

15 For thus says the High and Lofty One

Who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy:

I dwell in the high and holy place,

    With him who has a contrite and humble spirit,

    To revive the spirit of the humble,

    And to revive the heart of the contrite ones.

16 For I will not contend forever,

Nor will I always be angry;

For the spirit would fail before Me,

And the souls which I have made.

17 For the iniquity of his covetousness

I was angry and struck him;

I hid and was angry,

And he went on backsliding in the way of his heart.

18 I have seen his ways, and will heal him;

I will also lead him,

And restore comforts to him

And to his mourners.

19 “I create the fruit of the lips:

Peace, peace to him who is far off and to him who is near,”

Says Yahweh,

“And I will heal him.”

20 But the wicked are like the troubled sea,

When it cannot rest,

Whose waters cast up mire and dirt.

21There is no peace,”

Says my Mighty One, “for the wicked.””

 

Watch and pray, repent and believe in Yeshua unto salvation. Follow only Yahweh, not yourself, your idols, or the devil. Look to Yahweh for your healing and deliverance, for there is salvation in no one else. Christian, as the world around you plunges into the darkness of paganism and occultism, this is your opportunity to rise and shine for Yahweh! Command everyone around you to repent and turn to Yahweh in faith, or they will be doomed to the same fate as Satan, burning crisply in the lake of fire for all eternity.

 

Gene Benjamin II

May 28, 2011 CE

Daniel’s Seventy Weeks – By The Book

DANIEL’S SEVENTY WEEKS

BY THE BOOK

(Use Sacred Chronology Version 6.0 for this study)

Ok, folks, Yahweh has been speaking to me today (May 3, 2011 CE) about Daniel’s 70 weeks, again. I’ve read so many teachings about this subject, my head is still spinning. Yahweh wants to straighten out our doctrine of Daniel’s 70 weeks. Most believers in the universe do not understand this doctrine. I don’t claim to know much about it either, but it is the end time and Daniel’s little book is open, per Revelation 10:2a, “He had a little book open in his hand.” As you know, Daniel was instructed to seal up his little book, but John the Revelator was told to write down everything he saw and heard, except for what the seven thunders uttered. Daniel’s little book tastes sweet when we eat it, but it does make our stomach bitter as we watch the events of Daniel and Revelation unfold before our very eyes. The Book of Revelation is the Book of Daniel unsealed. They must be studied together to be understood at all. But I’m getting ahead of myself.

Let’s recap what we know. First thing you need to know is that the words Darius, Ahasuerus, and Artaxerxes are Persian throne TITLES, not personal names. This is similar to Pharaoh being a throne title for Egyptian kings. Daniel and Ezekiel were taken captive in 599 BCE by Babylonian King Nebuchadnezzar in what has become known as the First Deportation of the Jews. Daniel was a young teenager at the time, maybe twelve to fifteen years old. Daniel quickly rose to a high governmental position in the Kingdom of Babylon. He was cheerfully serving Nebuchadnezzar until one day the King got all arrogant and went insane for seven years, starting in 577 BCE (Daniel 7:1). While Nebuchadnezzar was insane, his son Belshazzar took over the kingdom and served alongside his queenmother, while old Neb was nuts out in the fields eating grass like a j…donkey. Everyone is happy for a couple years except Nebuchadnezzar. In 575 BCE, Belshazzar’s 3rd year, Daniel 8:1, Cyaxares, king of Media, died, and Darius the Mede, Astyages, throne title of Ahasuerus, ascended the throne of Media. 575 BCE is Daniel’s 25th year in captivity, Ezekiel 40:1, “In the twenty-fifth year of our captivity (Nisan 10, 575 BCE), at the beginning of the year, on the tenth day of the month, in the fourteenth year after the city was captured (in 588 BCE).” 575 BCE is possibly the year the angel in Daniel 11:1-2 was referring to while speaking to Daniel in 549 BCE, or he may have been speaking of 574 BCE, Darius the Mede’s first regnal year over Babylon. Darius the Mede was Nebuchadnezzar’s brother-in-law. So when Belshazzar saw the writing on the wall and was slain in 574 BCE in Daniel 5, Darius the Mede, Astyages, or Ahasuerus, was given rule over Babylon by his sister, without a fight, because Nebuchadnezzar was still insane. Read the book. This was Daniel’s introduction to the Medes. Read Daniel 6 to see how well that went. So everyone except Nebuchadnezzar was happy for a couple more years. Nebuchadnezzar humbled himself and regained his Kingdom from Darius the Mede in 571 BCE, and then wrote Daniel 4. Per Josephus, Daniel then went to Media to serve Darius the Mede. By the way, Darius the Mede, Astyages, or Ahasuerus, married Esther in 568 BCE in his 7th year, Esther 2:16. Read her book.

Now we come to the story of prophesied Cyrus. Darius the Mede was old when he married Esther, they apparently did not have any male children together, but for a few years they did raise Cyrus (the Great) beginning about 565 BCE. Cyrus was the grandson of Darius the Mede by Darius’ daughter Mandane, married to Cambyses II, Cyrus’ dad. As you know, about 250 years before he was born, Cyrus was named and called by Yahweh through the prophet Isaiah, Isaiah 44:28, “Who says of Cyrus, ‘He is My shepherd, and he shall perform all My pleasure, saying to Jerusalem, “You shall be built,” and to the temple, “Your foundation shall be laid.”’” Read Isaiah 45 also to find out more of what Yahweh had to say about Cyrus. Either Esther or Daniel, or both, must have read Isaiah 44 and 45 to Cyrus, probably more than once. So, by the time Cyrus gained the throne of Medo-Persia, he already knew what his calling was.

Ok, so old Nebuchadnezzar died in 563 BCE. Read Esther 3:7, they cast Pur that Nisan in 563 BCE to see what time the Medes could kill the Jews. Of course they hung Haman for his plot against the Jews, and in the spring of 562 BCE, the Jews whipped up on their enemies all over the kingdom of Media. About 10 days after the first Feast of Purim in 562 BCE, Esther and/or Daniel and Mordecai obtained the release of Judah’s last imprisoned King Jehoiachin, in the first regnal year of Evil-Merodach, King of Babylon (Jer. 52:31). I hope you are taking note of the fact that all these events occurred during the 70-year Babylonian captivity of the Jews. Jeremiah 27:7, “So all nations shall serve him (Nebuchadnezzar) and his son (Belshazzar) and his son’s son (Evil-Merodach), until the time of his land comes; and then many nations and great kings shall make him serve them.”

In 560 BCE, Cambyses II, king of Persia, died. He was the father of Cyrus the Great. Cyrus (the Great) ascended the throne of Persia in Anshan. Daniel, Esther, and Mordecai only had a few years to mentor and disciple Cyrus the Great, but it did pay off. In 551 BCE, Cyrus the Great conquered Media and deposed his grandpa, Darius the Mede, but he did let Darius live with him in the palace in Persia until his death in 540 BCE. Daniel retired from political life in 551 BCE, Daniel 1:21, “Thus Daniel continued until the first year of King Cyrus (the Great).” Now Daniel could focus even more on his spiritual life and write his little book. So what grabbed Daniel’s attention again in 551 BCE? For one, Cyrus was now king of Medo-Persia. Second, Cyrus made his famous decree to let the Jews return to Judea and Jerusalem and rebuild the broken city and Temple, exactly as Isaiah had prophesied. Third, Daniel remembered from his vision in 574 BCE (Daniel 9), Jeremiah had stated 70 years, not 16 years in 574 BCE, or 39 years in 551 BCE, for the length of the Jewish captivity.

My friends, please read the entire chapter 9 of Daniel to get the context. Try to answer some questions: Why was Daniel confused and perplexed in 574 BCE and possibly again in 551 BCE? What period, timeline, prophecy of 70 (________) was Daniel concerned with? Which vision was Gabriel commanded from Yahweh Himself to give Daniel understanding of? Did Daniel know which vision Gabriel was speaking of? Would Yahweh through Gabriel deliberately try to confuse Daniel with a new vision, while Daniel was specifically praying about Jeremiah’s 70-years of punishment prophecy?

Daniel 9, “In the first year (574 BCE) of Darius (the Mede) the son of Ahasuerus (Cyaxares I), of the lineage of the Medes, who was made king over the realm of the Chaldeans (in 574 BCE)—2in the first year of his (Darius the Mede’s) reign I, Daniel, understood by the books the number of the years specified by the word of Yahweh through Jeremiah the prophet, that He would accomplish seventy years in the desolations of Jerusalem.

3Then I set my face toward Yahweh Almighty to make request by prayer and supplications, with fasting, sackcloth, and ashes. 4And I prayed to Yahweh my Mighty One, and made confession, and said, “O Yahweh, great and awesome Mighty One, who keeps His covenant and mercy with those who love Him, and with those who keep His commandments, 5we have sinned and committed iniquity, we have done wickedly and rebelled, even by departing from Your precepts and Your judgments. 6Neither have we heeded Your servants the prophets, who spoke in Your name to our kings and our princes, to our fathers and all the people of the land. 7O Yahweh, righteousness belongs to You, but to us shame of face, as it is this day—to the men of Judah, to the inhabitants of Jerusalem and all Israel, those near and those far off in all the countries to which You have driven them, because of the unfaithfulness which they have committed against You.

8“O Yahweh, to us belongs shame of face, to our kings, our princes, and our fathers, because we have sinned against You. 9To Yahweh our Mighty One belong mercy and forgiveness, though we have rebelled against Him. 10We have not obeyed the voice of Yahweh our Mighty One, to walk in His laws, which He set before us by His servants the prophets. 11Yes, all Israel has transgressed Your Torah, and has departed so as not to obey Your voice; therefore the curse and the oath written in the Torah of Moses the servant of the Mighty One have been poured out on us, because we have sinned against Him. 12And He has confirmed His words, which He spoke against us and against our judges who judged us, by bringing upon us a great disaster; for under the whole heaven such has never been done as what has been done to Jerusalem.

13“As it is written in the Torah of Moses, all this disaster has come upon us; yet we have not made our prayer before Yahweh our Mighty One, that we might turn from our iniquities and understand Your truth. 14Therefore Yahweh has kept the disaster in mind, and brought it upon us; for Yahweh our Mighty One is righteous in all the works which He does, though we have not obeyed His voice. 15And now, O Yahweh our Mighty One, who brought Your people out of the land of Egypt with a mighty hand, and made Yourself a name, as it is this day—we have sinned, we have done wickedly!

16“O Yahweh, according to all Your righteousness, I pray, let Your anger and Your fury be turned away from Your city Jerusalem, Your holy mountain; because for our sins, and for the iniquities of our fathers, Jerusalem and Your people are a reproach to all those around us. 17Now therefore, our Mighty One, hear the prayer of Your servant, and his supplications, and for Yahweh’s sake cause Your face to shine on Your sanctuary, which is desolate. 18O my Mighty One, incline Your ear and hear; open Your eyes and see our desolations, and the city which is called by Your name; for we do not present our supplications before You because of our righteous deeds, but because of Your great mercies. 19O Yahweh, hear! O Yahweh, forgive! O Yahweh, listen and act! Do not delay for Your own sake, my Mighty One, for Your city and Your people are called by Your name.”

20Now while I was speaking, praying, and confessing my sin and the sin of my people Israel, and presenting my supplication before Yahweh my Mighty One for the holy mountain of my Mighty One, 21yes, while I was speaking in prayer, the man Gabriel, whom I had seen in the vision at the beginning, being caused to fly swiftly, reached me about the time of the evening offering (the twice-daily oblation). 22And he informed me, and talked with me, and said, “O Daniel, I have now come forth to give you skill to understand. 23At the beginning of your supplications the command went out, and I have come to tell you, for you are greatly beloved; therefore consider the matter, and understand the vision:

24  “Seventy weeks are determined (decreed)

For your people and for your holy city,

To finish the transgression,

To make an end of sins,

To make reconciliation for iniquity,

To bring in everlasting righteousness,

To seal up vision and prophecy,

And to anoint the Most Holy (Place).

25 “Know therefore and understand,

That from the going forth of the command

To restore and build Jerusalem (Cyrus’ decree in 551 BCE)

Until Messiah the Prince,

There shall be seven weeks (shabuas) and sixty-two weeks (shabuas);

The street shall be built again, and the wall,

Even in troublesome times.

26 “And after the sixty-two weeks (shabuas)

Messiah shall be cut off, but not for Himself;

And the people of the prince who is to come

Shall destroy the city and the sanctuary.

The end of it shall be with a flood,

And till the end of the war desolations are determined.

27 Then he shall confirm a covenant with many for one week (shabua);

But in the middle of the week (shabua)

He shall bring an end to sacrifice and offering.

And on the wing of abominations shall be one who makes desolate,

Even until the consummation, which is determined, is poured out on the desolate.””

Why was Daniel confused and perplexed in 574 BCE and possibly again in 551 BCE? Because he knew that the Jews were supposed to remain in captivity for 70 years, according to Jeremiah’s famous 70-year prophecy. Cyrus made his decree in 551 BCE and Nebuchadnezzar had begun his final siege on Jerusalem in 590 BCE; the Jews were hemmed in until the final destruction of Jerusalem in 588 BCE. 590 BCE to 574 BCE is only 16 years into the 70 years physical captivity. I would have been confused and perplexed also, how about you? Even if you went clear back to Nebuchadnezzar’s 1st year (per Hebrew reckoning) in 606 BCE, Jer. 25:1, when he whipped Pharaoh Necho of Egypt at Carchemish, Jer. 46:2, you still would only be 55 years into any kind of captivity under the Babylonians when Cyrus made his decree. Nebuchadnezzar didn’t even enter Judah until 605 BCE, the 5th year of Jehoiakim, when he was busy burning the Torah scroll, Jer. 36. Daniel needed understanding regarding Jeremiah’s 70-year prophecy, not some end-time conspiracy theory about an unknown 7-year tribulation, or some 490-year unheard of Messianic prophecy. Daniel was praying concerning Jeremiah’s 70-year prophetic vision of Israeli captivity. In Daniel 9:23, the angel Gabriel was referring to Jeremiah’s 70-year prophetic vision of Israeli captivity. He was NOT giving Daniel some new end-time vision. He was causing Daniel to understand Jeremiah’s 70-year prophecy. That is the context of Daniel 9, take it or leave it, believe it or not. Make no mistake, Daniel was perplexed by the fact that when Gabriel visited him in 574 BCE (Daniel 9), Judah was only 16 years into the 70 years of Jeremiah’s prophecy, and then again in 551 BCE, when Cyrus made his decree, Judah was only 39 years into the 70-year captivity.

The common, ordinary, everyday Jew and Joe knew nothing about our wild 21st century end-time prophecy scenarios. But they did know what a Shabua was. It meant a couple different time periods that were commonly known to all Jews and Israelis. The first common shabua was the normal everyday 7-day week. Work 6 days for self and take the 7th day Sabbath off and go to Temple or synagogue and worship Yahweh. They practiced this shabua everyday, weekly, their whole life. If Daniel had meant 70 of these shabuas, that would only total up to about a year and a half (70 X 7 days in a week = 490 days), not (70 X 7 years = ) 490 years, not (70 X 49 = ) 3,430 years. If Daniel had meant 70 weeks of years, don’t you think the Holy Spirit would have inspired him to write “seventy shabuas of years”? It’s a tragic mistake to force the Scriptures to say what you want them to say. But what DID the Holy Spirit inspire Daniel to write? “Seventy shabuas”. So Yahweh either meant 70 weekly Sabbaths, which equal 490 solar days, OR, He meant something else. Remember, the context of Daniel 9 is Daniel earnestly seeking Yahweh specifically for understanding of Jeremiah’s seventy years of captivity prophecy. So, did Yahweh send the mighty angel Gabriel to Daniel to confuse him more, or to deceive him? I don’t think so. Yahweh sent Gabriel specifically to give Daniel understanding regarding Jeremiah’s 70-year captivity prophecy.

So what did the Holy Spirit mean by “seventy shabuas”? The other commonly known shabua to the Jews was a period of time they recognized, and celebrated every year, their whole lives. It is known as the Feast of Weeks, the Feast of Shavuot, the Feast of Pentecost. It is a seven-week celebration that ends on the Day of Pentecost every year. It begins on the Feast of FirstFruits, the Sunday after the Sabbath that occurs during the Feast of Unleavened Bread, every year since the Exodus. The Hebrews know what it is, the Israelis know what it is, the Jews know what it is. When a Hebrew spoke the word shabua, singular, all other Hebrews knew the person was speaking about the weekly Sabbath and its 7-day cycle. When a Hebrew spoke the word shabuas, plural weeks, all other Hebrews knew that the person was speaking about the Feast of Weeks, the seven week spring Harvest festival, ending on Pentecost. Maybe we wacked out western mindset Gentile believers need to learn what the Hebrews mean. If you add 50 days to the Sabbath day that occurs during the shabua of Unleavened Bread, you come to a Sunday, seven Sabbaths after Passover. That is the day of Pentecost, the Feast of Shavuot, a holy convocation day. This is a 7-week celebration of the spring wheat harvest, capped off with a day of special offerings to Yahweh, including the two-loaf wave offering. The Hebrews celebrate it as the day Yahweh gave us the 10 commandments. Read Leviticus 23 and chapter 2, Exodus 23 and 34, Num. 18 and 28, Deut. 18 and 26, to gain a little understanding of this Feast of Shabuas, the spring Feast of Harvest.

So, did Daniel mean 70 Feasts of Weeks of the spring harvest? In context, I do believe that is exactly what Daniel meant. That would represent 70 solar years, or 70 spring harvests, or 70 Feasts of Shavuot, or Pentecost, or 70 FirstFruits offerings during Unleavened Bread shabua, or 70 wave loaf offerings on Pentecost, 50 days after the FirstFruits offerings, or the whole seven week celebration. So, what was Yahweh’s judgment on Judah spoken through Jeremiah? 70 solar years of captivity outside the land of Israel.

What did the Hebrew historian write about the destruction of Jerusalem in 588 BCE? 2 Chronicles 36:17-23, “Therefore He brought against them the king of the Chaldeans, who killed their young men with the sword in the house of their sanctuary, and had no compassion on young man or virgin, on the aged or the weak; He gave them all into his hand. 18And all the articles from the house of Yahweh, great and small, the treasures of the house of Yahweh, and the treasures of the king and of his leaders, all these he took to Babylon. 19Then they burned the house (Solomon’s Temple) of Yahweh, broke down the wall of Jerusalem, burned all its palaces with fire, and destroyed all its precious possessions. 20And those who escaped from the sword he carried away to Babylon, where they became servants to him and his sons until the rule of the kingdom of Persia, 21to fulfill the word of Yahweh by the mouth of Jeremiah, until the land had enjoyed her Sabbaths. As long as she lay desolate she kept Sabbath, to fulfill seventy years. 22Now in the first year of Cyrus king of Persia (551 BCE), that the word of Yahweh by the mouth of Jeremiah might be fulfilled, Yahweh stirred up the spirit of Cyrus king of Persia, so that he made a proclamation throughout all his kingdom, and also put it in writing, saying, 23Thus says Cyrus king of Persia:  All the kingdoms of the earth Yahweh Almighty of heaven has given me. And He has commanded me to build Him a house (second Temple) at Jerusalem which is in Judah. Who is among you of all His people? May Yahweh his Mighty One be with him, and let him go up!”

Notice the word used twice in verse 21. It’s the word Sabbath, the Hebrew word Shabbath, not shabua. What Sabbath of the land is Yahweh talking about? The 7-year sabbatical year, the 7th year of rest for the land of Isreal, which was to be observed every 7th year in the Land, from Joshua’s day forward. Apparently, the Hebrews were being punished with 70 years in captivity in Babylon, one year for each 7th year Sabbath of the Land of Israel that they HAD NOT OBSERVED out of the last 1,000 years up to Daniel’s day. Read Leviticus 25 to understand the commandment concerning the Land rest years, the Sabbath sabbatons, rest years. But Cyrus gave his decree of release about 30 years before the 70 years were up. So what gives? What’s Yahweh up to? Golly, is it possible our loving heavenly Father is relenting and having mercy on his children, Israel? Sometime in late 588 BCE or in 587 BCE, Yahweh spoke through Jeremiah in 42:10, “‘If you will still remain in this land, then I will build you and not pull you down, and I will plant you and not pluck you up. For I relent concerning the disaster that I have brought upon you.” Who would have ever thought that our Mighty King should be so gracious!

Here’s what Jeremiah prophesied back in 606 BCE: Jeremiah 25:8-14, ““Therefore thus says Yahweh of hosts: ‘Because you have not heard My words (regarding the 7th-year land rest years, the Sabbath sabbatons), 9behold, I will send and take all the families of the north,’ says Yahweh, ‘and Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon, My servant, and will bring them against this land, against its inhabitants, and against these nations all around, and will utterly destroy them, and make them an astonishment, a hissing, and perpetual desolations. 10Moreover I will take from them the voice of mirth and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom and the voice of the bride, the sound of the millstones and the light of the lamp. 11And this whole land shall be a desolation and an astonishment, and these nations shall serve the king of Babylon seventy years. 12‘Then it will come to pass, when seventy years are completed, that I will punish the king of Babylon and that nation, the land of the Chaldeans, for their iniquity,’ says Yahweh; ‘and I will make it a perpetual desolation. 13So I will bring on that land all My words which I have pronounced against it, all that is written in this book, which Jeremiah has prophesied concerning all the nations. 14(For many nations and great kings shall be served by them also; and I will repay them according to their deeds and according to the works of their own hands.)’””

And again Jeremiah prophesies: Jeremiah 29:10-14, “For thus says Yahweh: After seventy years are completed at Babylon, I will visit you and perform My good word toward you, and cause you to return to this place. 11For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says Yahweh, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. 12Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. 13And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart. 14I will be found by you, says Yahweh, and I will bring you back from your captivity; I will gather you from all the nations and from all the places where I have driven you, says Yahweh, and I will bring you to the place from which I cause you to be carried away captive.”

See Zechariah chapters 1 and 7 for more about the 70-year captivity.

Yahweh promised destruction for disobedience, then restoration for those who would seek Him with all their hearts. That is what Daniel was doing in 574 BCE, fasting, praying, seeking Yahweh with his whole heart. So much so, that he received a visitation from Gabriel himself. So what was Daniel’s 70 shabuas about? If Yahweh had used the term 70 Sabbath sabbatons, we would know He meant 70 X 7 years, or 490 years, but Yahweh did not say Sabbath sabbatons. The Jews were suffering a year of punishment for each Sabbath sabbaton they had missed since Joshua led them in conquest of the Promised Land. Get that in your heads, a year for a year, not 7 years for a year, or a year for 7 years,  and not a day for a year, so the day equals a year principle does not apply here. So, in the context of Daniel 9 and in the context of the living history of Daniel’s experience, Daniel’s 70 Weeks can only mean 70 shabuas, or 70 Feasts of Weeks, occurring over 70 consecutive solar years in exile. Think of the 70 shabuas as cogs in a wheel of time that Yahweh was using to mark off the 70 years of punishment against His children. A 70-year wheel, not a 490-year or a 3,430-year wheel, and no missing cogs, NO GAPS, no missing years.

Remember, the Israeli men were commanded to go to Jerusalem three times a year for three of the major Feasts. Unleavened Bread, Feast of Weeks (on Pentecost), and Tabernacles. They were judged so that most Jews missed 70 of these commanded Feasts of the spring harvest during the 70-year Babylonian captivity. Because of their rebellion and disobedience, most of the Israelis were made to be lawbreakers for 70 years so Yahweh could observe 70 years of land rest for His Land, one year for each Sabbath sabbaton that his children HAD NOT OBSERVED over the course of the previous 1,000 years. Daddy wanted some peace and quiet in His Land.

Ok, so here’s what Yahweh just showed me while I was typing this up, expecting Him to give me revelation on this matter. Even after the Temple was destroyed in 588 BCE, apparently the Jews could still go up to Jerusalem to bring offerings to the remnant of priests and to Yahweh, until the 23rd year of Nebuchadnezzar, Hebrew reckoning. Does anyone recall what happened during Nebuchadnezzar’s 23rd year? That’s right, the THIRD DEPORTATION OF THE JEWS from Jerusalem, including the last of all the officials and priests. There was now no more purified priests to receive offerings from the children of Israel!!! Jeremiah 52:30, “in the twenty-third year of Nebuchadnezzar, Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard carried away captive of the Jews seven hundred and forty-five persons. All the persons were four thousand six hundred.” Friends, this is the STOPPING OF THE OBLATIONS that Daniel speaks of in Daniel 12:11, “And from the time that the daily sacrifice is taken away, and the abomination of desolation is set up, there shall be one thousand two hundred and ninety days.” Folks, 1290 prophetic years from 584 BCE, Nebuchadnezzar’s 23rd year per Hebrew reckoning, is 688 CE, the year the Muslims began building the Dome of the Rock on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem!!! The abomination of desolation is an it, not a he, check it out in Mark 13:14. Nebuchadnezzar took away the daily oblations, in 584 BCE, which of course means no more Feasts of Weeks celebrations in Jerusalem, then 1290 prophetic years later, the Muslims do their abomination of desolation thing. Then 690 CE, the year of completion of the Dome of the Rock, begins the TIMES OF THE GENTILES!!! to June 7, 1967, when Israel recaptured their Temple Mount!!! 690 CE plus 1260 prophetic years, 42 prophetic months, or three and one half prophetic time, times and a half, equal 1967. Kudos to Joseph Cortes of www.teachingfaith.com for teaching us the simple conversion factor between Daniel’s prophetic 360-day years and our solar years. 360 / 365.24219 = .9856. Of course, I have this stuff laid out on my latest Sacred Chronology spreadsheet, version 6.0.

So, what else can we learn from Daniel’s 70 Shabuas? Here’s what Yahweh has shown me this morning, May 4, 2011 CE, as I’ve been meditating on this passage again. Yahweh’s kingdom is upside down from our world of physical understanding. Yahweh declares the end from the beginning. Look at Daniel 9:24 where Gabriel lists six things Yahweh is going to accomplish in Daniel’s 70 shabuas. What is the last thing that He will accomplish? He’s going to anoint the Most Holy Place. While Gabriel is speaking, Jerusalem and the Temple Mount were lying in desolation. No anointing there. Look at Daniel 9:17 and 18, Daniel knew that Jerusalem and the Temple Mount were desolate in 574 BCE, “. . . for Yahweh’s sake cause Your face to shine on Your sanctuary, which is desolate. 18O my Mighty One, incline Your ear and hear; open Your eyes and see our desolations, and the city which is called by Your name. . .” Jeremiah gives evidence of a time after the burning of the Temple in the summer of 588 BCE, when offerings were still being given to Yahweh, in Jeremiah 41:4-5, “And it happened, on the second day after he had killed Gedaliah (made governor of Judah by the Babylonians), when as yet no one knew it, 5that certain men came from Shechem, from Shiloh, and from Samaria, eighty men with their beards shaved and their clothes torn, having cut themselves, with offerings and incense in their hand, to bring them to the house of Yahweh.” See, they were still making offerings and daily oblations on the Temple Mount for a time after the Temple was destroyed! Read the story in Jeremiah, it’s a great one! So my friends, we have evidence of the fact that the Jews, even after King Nebuchadnezzar had destroyed their city and their sanctuary in his nineteenth year, Hebrew reckoning, in 588 BCE, (2 Kings 25:8-10), were still allowed to make offerings on the Temple Mount, possibly through covenant or agreement with Nebuchadnezzar! Look again at Daniel 9:27, the desolator made a treaty with the Jews to allow them to continue to make offerings for one shabua. I propose to you that Nebuchadnezzar is the desolator being spoken of in verse 27, and the one shabua spoken of in verse 27 is the FIRST shabua of Daniel’s 70, 584 BCE, the year when Nebuchadnezzar, in his 23rd year, Hebrew reckoning, STOPPED THE DAILY! Yahweh declared to Daniel the end from the beginning. I propose to you that Nebuchadnezzar stopped the daily in 584 BCE right in the middle of the seven week Feast of Shavuot celebration, 25 days into counting the Omer. Yahweh had promised in Jeremiah’s prophecy to punish Nebuchadnezzar for harming Judah and STOPPING THE DAILY OBLATIONS! Nebuchadnezzar sealed his fate and the fate of his nation in 584 BCE when he STOPPED THE DAILY OBLATIONS from being offered to Yahweh.

Ok, so Daniel’s 1 of 70 shabuas is taken care of, we know it was the year 584 BCE. So, let’s count down 7 more shabuas to 577 BCE, Daniel’s 8th shabua year. What happened that year? Nebuchadnezzar went insane, which directly led to his salvation. Read Daniel chapter 4. That 7 years of insanity finished Nebuchadnezzar’s transgressions, ended his life of sin, reconciled him to Yahweh, made him eternally righteous, and sealed up the visions and prophecies he had personally received. Nebuchadnezzar’s 7 years of insanity set up the circumstances that led directly to the future anointing of Israel’s Most Holy Place.

Ok, so Daniel’s first 8 shabuas are taken care of. Let’s now count down the final 62 shabuas. When does that take us to? You guessed it, the construction of the second Temple was finished in Daniel’s 70th shabua year, 515 BCE! Ezra described the event in Ezra 6:14-15, “So the elders of the Jews built, and they prospered through the prophesying of Haggai the prophet and Zechariah the son of Iddo. And they built and finished it, according to the commandment of the Mighty One of Israel, and according to the command of Cyrus, and Darius (I, Hystaspes), even (namely, or i.e.,) Artaxerxes king of Persia. 15Now the temple was finished on the third day of the month of Adar, which was in the sixth year of the reign of King Darius (I).” Adar 3 in 515 BCE was February 3, 515 BCE, still in Darius I’s 6th year. The Most Holy Place, the second Temple, was dedicated and anointed in 515 BCE, Daniel’s 70th shabua!! All of Daniel’s 70 shabuas are accounted for. And what’s the plus?

Guess who was the anointed prince of Judah who showed up in 515 BCE to cut a covenant with Israel, per Daniel 9:26, after the final 62 shabuas? Ezra was commissioned by Darius I, Hystaspes, and came to Jerusalem from Persia in the summer of 515 BCE, Darius’ 7th year, beginning on Nisan 1, 515 BCE. Ezra 7:7-9, “Some of the children of Israel, the priests, the Levites, the singers, the gatekeepers, and the Nethinim came up to Jerusalem in the seventh year of King Artaxerxes (Darius I, Hystaspes). 8And Ezra came to Jerusalem in the fifth month, which was in the seventh year of the king. 9On the first day of the first month he began his journey from Babylon, and on the first day of the fifth month he came to Jerusalem, according to the good hand of his Mighty One upon him.” Darius I’s decree in Ezra 7 was the third decree of a Persian king regarding the restoration of Judah and Jerusalem.

The first decree of a Persian king was by Cyrus the Great, in his first year as king over Persia and Media, in 551 BCE, to restore and rebuild Jerusalem and the Temple, Ezra 1 and quoted again in Ezra 6:3-5. Remember the story, read it in the book of Ezra/Nehemiah (the Hebrews wrote it as one book) the Temple construction was halted for many years, almost an entire generation! Then the second decree by a Persian king was by Darius I, Hystaspes, in his second year in 520/519 BCE to re-start the Temple construction project, Ezra 6:6-12. We just wrote about the third decree by a Persian king, written by Darius I in 515 BCE in his seventh year, which allowed Ezra to return to Judah to begin a great revival of Judaism, Ezra 7. The fourth decree by a Persian king was again by Darius I, in 502 BCE, in his 20th year, ordering Nehemiah to go to Jerusalem to rebuild the wall around Jerusalem, Nehemiah 2.

This was a phenomenal time in Israeli history. Daniel’s 70 shabuas were tied directly to Jeremiah’s 70 years of punishment by the angel Gabriel, sent straight from the throne of Yahweh. Gabriel was ordered to go to Daniel, who was specifically praying to understand Jeremiah’s prophecy, to give Daniel understanding of Jeremiah’s vision, not to give Daniel a new vision that future wacked out western mindset Gentiles could twist into some false Messianic prophecy. By the way, 490 years from 551 BCE only brings you to 61 BCE, the accession year of Julius Ceasar, not Yeshua’s birth, baptism, ministry, or crucifixion. Sorry.

Now we could go one step further and distinguish the physical captivity of Judah, from 590 BCE, Nebuchadnezzar’s siege of Jerusalem to 520 BCE when Darius I, Hystaspes, allowed the Jews to restart the Temple construction project, from the spiritual captivity of Judah, from the stopping of the oblation offerings in 584 BCE to the completion, dedication, and anointing of the Temple in 515 BCE. But check out the separation of years 590 to 584 BCE inclusive reckoning is 7 years, one Sabbath sabbaton! Does Yahweh have a sense of humor or what? Please know, my friends, that it is a dangerous thing to twist Yahweh’s word to make it say strange things that it doesn’t say, just so you can sell books and DVDs. We all need to repent and prepare to meet our Maker.

We’ll have to take this up again later; I’ve stated enough for this post. I pray that the angel Gabriel comes to each of us to give us understanding of Daniel’s 70 shabuas.

Yahweh bless you to understand the single focused vision of Daniel 9,

Gene Benjamin II

May 4, 2011

Yahweh Invades Judah From Heaven

YAHWEH INVADES JUDAH FROM HEAVEN

Isaiah 2, “The word that Isaiah the son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem.”

Notice Isaiah 2:1, Isaiah saw the word, he saw Yeshua! This word came to Isaiah in the Person of Yeshua HaMashiach Himself. That’s a living vision! Also, notice that this vision is specifically about Judah and Jerusalem. Judah is the Jews occupying the modern State of Israel. This vision is not talking about the lost 10 tribes or the rest of the nation of Israel. This vision is not about Ephraim (Great Britain, et al) or Manasseh (America).

2 Now it shall come to pass in the latter days (today, in the 21st century)

That the mountain (ziggurat) of Yahweh’s house (Temple)

    Shall be established on the top of the mountains,

And shall be exalted above the hills;

And all nations shall flow to it.”

It is not difficult to see that Isaiah is talking to the age of the last generation, those of us alive today in the 21st century. What is going to happen in our day? Yahweh is going to invade Judah form Heaven by bringing His throne down to sit atop of the Temple Mount. Of course, He’s not just bringing down His Temple, He’s bringing down His whole ziggurat mountain that is about 1,379 miles square at its base, so the major part of the Middle East is going to be covered with the mountain of Yahweh! Revelation 3:7-12, “And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write, ‘These things says He who is holy, He who is true, “He who has the key of David, He who opens and no one shuts, and shuts and no one opens”: 8“I know your works. See, I have set before you an open door, and no one can shut it; for you have a little strength, have kept My word, and have not denied My name. 9Indeed I will make those of the synagogue of Satan, who say they are Jews and are not, but lie—indeed I will make them come and worship before your feet, and to know that I have loved you. 10Because you have kept My command to persevere, I also will keep you from the hour of trial which shall come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth. 11Behold, I am coming quickly! Hold fast what you have, that no one may take your crown. 12He who overcomes, I will make him a pillar in the temple of My Mighty One, and he shall go out no more. I will write on him the name of My Mighty One and the name of the city of My Mighty One, the New Jerusalem, which comes down out of heaven from My Mighty One. And I will write on him My new name.” Revelation 21:1-4, “Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. Also there was no more sea. 2Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from Yahweh, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 3And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of Yahweh is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. Yahweh Himself will be with them and be their Mighty One. 4And Yahweh will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.”” Isaiah 65:17-19, “For behold, I create new heavens and a new earth; and the former shall not be remembered or come to mind. 18But be glad and rejoice forever in what I create; for behold, I create Jerusalem as a rejoicing, and her people a joy. 19I will rejoice in Jerusalem, and joy in My people; the voice of weeping shall no longer be heard in her, nor the voice of crying.” Isaiah 66:18-23, “For I know their works and their thoughts. It shall be that I will gather all nations and tongues; and they shall come and see My glory. 19I will set a sign among them; and those among them who escape I will send to the nations: to Tarshish and Pul and Lud, who draw the bow, and Tubal and Javan, to the coastlands afar off who have not heard My fame nor seen My glory. And they shall declare My glory among the Gentiles. 20Then they shall bring all your brethren for an offering to Yahweh out of all nations, on horses and in chariots and in litters, on mules and on camels, to My holy mountain Jerusalem,” says Yahweh, “as the children of Israel bring an offering in a clean vessel into the house (Temple) of Yahweh. 21And I will also take some of them for priests and Levites,” says Yahweh. 22“For as the new heavens and the new earth which I will make shall remain before Me,” says Yahweh, “So shall your descendants and your name remain. 23And it shall come to pass that from one New Moon to another, and from one Sabbath to another, all flesh shall come to worship before Me,” says Yahweh.” 2 Peter 3:10-13, “But the (judgment) day of Yahweh will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up. 11Therefore, since all these things will be dissolved, what manner of persons ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness, 12looking for and hastening the coming of the (judgment) day of Yahweh, because of which the heavens will be dissolved, being on fire, and the elements will melt with fervent heat? 13Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.”

Wow, Isaiah says that in the last days, Judah will be invaded from Heaven. John in Revelation makes it pretty clear that the New Jerusalem will come down AFTER the 1,000-year millennial reign of Yeshua on earth. What I believe these scriptures are showing us is that for us, once Yeshua shows up on earth, our time clock stops. To us, just like to Yahweh and Yeshua, the 1,000 years will pass like one day. One day Yeshua returns to earth, the next day Yahweh burns up the old heavens and earth and recreates a new heavens and earth and brings down the New Jerusalem from Heaven! In earth time, 1,000 years will pass between Yeshua’s return to earth and Yahweh’s invasion from Heaven, but in Kingdom time, there will only be one day between the two events! In other words, Yeshua’s Judgment Day happens around 6001 and Yahweh’s Great White Throne Judgment Day continues the next day around 7001. Judgment Day is just one event; on the first day of Judgment Day, Yeshua judges. On the second day of Judgment Day, Yahweh judges. With an earthbound mindset, these events seem to be two different Judgment Days separated by a long span of time, but with a Kingdom mindset, these are the same event, Judge Yeshua presides on the first day, Judge Yahweh presides on the second day.

3 Many people shall come and say,

“Come, and let us go up to the mountain of Yahweh,

To the house (Temple) of the Mighty One of Jacob;

He will teach us His ways,

And we shall walk in His paths.”

For out of Zion shall go forth the Torah,

And the word of Yahweh from Jerusalem.

4  He shall judge (Judgment Day is almost here) between the nations,

And rebuke many people;

They shall beat their swords into plowshares,

And their spears into pruning hooks;

Nation shall not lift up sword against nation,

Neither shall they learn war anymore.”

This Judgment Day occurs upon Yeshua’s return to earth, when He crushes all nations, so as to establish His Kingdom on earth. There are demons, powers and principalities, over these nations, so this judgment describes Yeshua destroying His demonic enemies, the fallen angels. The Book of Revelation makes this pretty clear, and so does Daniel 2:34-35 & 44-45, “You watched while a stone was cut out without hands, which struck the image on its feet of iron and clay, and broke them in pieces. 35Then the iron, the clay, the bronze, the silver, and the gold were crushed together, and became like chaff from the summer threshing floors; the wind carried them away so that no trace of them was found. And the stone that struck the image became a great mountain and filled the whole earth. . . 44And in the days of these kings the Mighty One of heaven will set up a kingdom which shall never be destroyed; and the kingdom shall not be left to other people; it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand forever. 45Inasmuch as you saw that the stone was cut out of the mountain without hands, and that it broke in pieces the iron, the bronze, the clay, the silver, and the gold—the great Mighty One has made known to the king what will come to pass after this. The dream is certain, and its interpretation is sure.”

Daniel declares quite clearly that Yeshua’s kingdom destroys all the kingdoms of the earth and then lasts forever, on earth. Notice that Daniel states in verses 35 and 44 that all these kingdoms are alive and well at the same time when Yeshua crushes them, so much for the old theory of first the Babylonians, then the Persians, then the Greeks, and then the Romans. Daniel 2:28 made this explicitly clear, “But there is a Mighty One in heaven who reveals secrets, and He has made known to King Nebuchadnezzar what will be in the latter days.” Daniel 2 is a second coming chapter, period.

5 O house of Jacob, come and let us walk

In the light of Yahweh.

6  For You have forsaken Your people, the house of Jacob,

Because they are filled with eastern ways;

They are soothsayers like the Philistines,

And they are pleased with the children of foreigners.

7  Their land is also full of silver and gold,

And there is no end to their treasures;

Their land is also full of horses,

And there is no end to their chariots.

8  Their land is also full of idols;

They worship the work of their own hands,

That which their own fingers have made.

9  People bow down,

And each man humbles himself;

Therefore do not forgive them.”

Look at Isaiah’s condemnation of Judah, Yahweh don’t forgive them because they’re idolaters! Ouch.

10Enter into the rock, and hide in the dust,

From the terror of Yahweh

And the glory of His majesty.

11 The lofty looks of man shall be humbled,

The haughtiness of men shall be bowed down,

And Yahweh alone shall be exalted in that (judgment) day.

12 For the (judgment) day of Yahweh of hosts

Shall come upon everything proud and lofty,

Upon everything lifted up—

And it shall be brought low—

13 Upon all the cedars of Lebanon that are high and lifted up,

And upon all the oaks of Bashan;

14 Upon all the high mountains,

And upon all the hills that are lifted up;

15 Upon every high tower,

And upon every fortified wall;

16 Upon all the ships of Tarshish,

And upon all the beautiful sloops (pictures).

17 The loftiness of man shall be bowed down,

And the haughtiness of men shall be brought low;

Yahweh alone will be exalted in that (judgment) day,

18 But the idols He shall utterly abolish.

19 They shall go into the holes of the rocks,

And into the caves of the earth,

From the terror of Yahweh

And the glory of His majesty,

When He arises to shake the earth mightily.

20 In that day a man will cast away his idols of silver

And his idols of gold,

Which they made, each for himself to worship,

To the moles and bats,

21 To go into the clefts of the rocks,

And into the crags of the rugged rocks,

From the terror of Yahweh

And the glory of His majesty,

When He arises to shake the earth mightily.

22 Sever yourselves from such a man,

Whose breath is in his nostrils;

For of what account is he?”

Do these verses sound familiar? Of course, they are second coming, Judgment Day, scriptures. Revelation 6:12-17, “I looked when He opened the sixth seal, and behold, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became like blood. 13And the stars of heaven fell to the earth, as a fig tree (Israel is the fig tree of prophecy) drops its late figs when it is shaken by a mighty wind. 14Then the sky receded as a scroll when it is rolled up, and every mountain and island was moved out of its place. 15And the kings of the earth, the great men, the rich men, the commanders, the mighty men, every slave and every free man, hid themselves in the caves and in the rocks of the mountains, 16and said to the mountains and rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the face of Him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb! 17For the great (judgment) day of His wrath has come, and who is able to stand?””

Judgment Day is coming. Yeshua is coming with the sword of His Word to instruct us in His ways. Yahweh is coming with His throne, which is a throne of judgment. When Yeshua Yahweh shows up, it’s Judgment Day. Isaiah saw the Judge about 2800 years ago, Daniel saw the Judge about 2600 years ago. We’re on the Court Docket to stand before the Judge NOW. It will not be a video conference court, it will be face to face. I pray we are all ready to meet the Judge of all the earth. Good luck on that standing thing. My knees are knocking just thinking about meeting Him face to face.

Blessings,

Gene Benjamin II

May 25, 2011

As It Was In The Days Of Lot

AS IT WAS IN THE DAYS OF LOT

Luke 17:28-30, “Likewise as it was also in the days of Lot: They ate, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they built; 29but on the day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven and destroyed them all. 30Even so will it be in the day when the Son of Man is revealed.” So how was it in the days of Lot? Well, homosexuality and all its deviant perversions had taken over the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah. So what perverse movement is taking over politics, education, religion, the military, family life, the judicial system, and the workplace like the homosexual movement? No other movement has made such gains in these arenas in Jewish Israel, Great Britain, and America as has the homosexual movement. Not even the black or Islamic movements have made such gains. What the homosexual movement has done to our Israelite nations is not good. Yahweh is about to judge our nations, as He had to judge Sodom and Gomorrah. Matthew 10:15, “Assuredly, I say to you, it will be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah in the day of judgment than for that city!” We will be destroyed by fire. Only a small percentage of our city populations will survive. Amos 4:11-12, ““I overthrew some of you, as Yahweh overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah, and you were like a firebrand plucked from the burning; yet you have not returned to Me,” says Yahweh. 12“Therefore thus will I do to you, O Israel (modern Jewish Israel, Great Britain, America); because I will do this to you, prepare to meet your Mighty One, O Israel (Jewish Israel, Great Britain, America)!””

Yahweh does not just indiscriminately destroy humans. Our mass destructions are most often the judgment of Yahweh. Remember the story of Sodom and Gomorrah. Abraham interceded with Yahweh Yeshua, Who had come down to visit Abraham, trying to save those cities, for the sake of the few righteous residents, Genesis 18:16ff. Lot and his wife and two daughters were the only ones saved out of the two wicked cities. Genesis 19:23-29, “The sun had risen upon the earth when Lot entered Zoar. 24Then Yahweh (Yeshua on earth) rained brimstone and fire on Sodom and Gomorrah, from Yahweh (the Father) out of the heavens. 25So He overthrew those cities, all the plain, all the inhabitants of the cities, and what grew on the ground. 26But his wife looked back behind him, and she became a pillar of salt. 27And Abraham went early in the morning to the place where he had stood before Yahweh (Yeshua on earth). 28Then he looked toward Sodom and Gomorrah, and toward all the land of the plain; and he saw, and behold, the smoke of the land which went up like the smoke of a furnace. 29And it came to pass, when Yahweh destroyed the cities of the plain, that Yahweh remembered Abraham, and sent Lot out of the midst of the overthrow, when He overthrew the cities in which Lot had dwelt.” Friends, unless the Israelite nations of Jewish Israel, Great Britain, and America repent of their sins, including homosexuality, we will be destroyed just like Sodom and Gomorrah. This time, unfortunately for us, Yahweh may choose to use nuclear war to destroy us. Fire is fire.

Yahweh does not want to destroy us. He wants us to repent and turn to Him for salvation of our miserable souls. Look at Matthew 10:15 again, “Assuredly, I say to you, it will be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah in the day of judgment than for that city!” Yahweh is going to call up the dead residents of Sodom and Gomorrah on the Day of Judgment. He will introduce Himself personally to them and more than likely preach the Gospel of Yeshua to them at the judgment seat. It sounds like Yahweh will have more mercy on Sodom and Gomorrah than He will have on some other wicked cities. What other wicked cities? I propose that Yahweh is talking about our wicked end-time cities today. We sin more, more often, on a larger scale, because our cities are much more populous than ancient Sodom and Gomorrah. Is it possible that Yahweh will be more lenient with Sodom and Gomorrah than He will be with our modern Israelite cities in Jewish Israel, Great Britain, and America? Yes, I believe that is exactly what the Scriptures reveal in the words of Yeshua Himself. Today is the day to repent and find salvation in Yeshua HaMashiach. Tomorrow is Judgment Day.

Joel 3:1-4, “For behold, in those days and at that time, when I bring back the captives of Judah and Jerusalem, 2I will also gather all nations, and bring them down to the Valley of Jehoshaphat; and I will enter into judgment with them there on account of My people, My heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations; They have also divided up My land. 3They have cast lots for My people, have given a boy as payment for a harlot, and sold a girl for wine, that they may drink. 4“Indeed, what have you to do with Me, O Tyre and Sidon, and all the coasts of Philistia? Will you retaliate against Me? But if you retaliate against Me, swiftly and speedily I will return your retaliation upon your own head;” If you think Yahweh hasn’t noticed, or is happy, that the nations of the world continue to try to divide His Land, think again. As these nations of the world continue to turn on Israel, trying to divide Yahweh’s Land, the more our nations will be destroyed. Right now, as our foolish national leadership pressures Israel with the fantasy to give up land for peace, the great flood of the mighty Mississippi River is dividing America. If you are still alive in America, I highly recommend, no, I command you in Yeshua’s name, to repent and turn to Him for salvation. Pray for our nations. Yahweh is in the mode of disciplining His children, the nations of Israel today, Jewish Israel, Great Britain (including all their old Commonwealth nations), and America, for our salvation, for our good. His plan is to bring us all back to His Land. Unfortunately, He will have to destroy the Gentile nations of the world to pave the way for our return to the Land. Read Ezekiel 39 and Revelation 19. It is about time for the first Gog, Magog war. The second Gog, Magog war takes place about a thousand years from now, see Ezekiel 38 and Revelation 20.

Much of Christendom believes we will see a great harvest in the end times. That harvest is described in Ezekiel 37, in Ezekiel’s vision of the valley of dry bones. Just look at verses 11-14, “Then He said to me, “Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel (includes Jewish Israel, all the former British Commonwealth [Ephraim], and America [Manasseh]). They indeed say, ‘Our bones are dry, our hope is lost, and we ourselves are cut off!’ 12Therefore prophesy and say to them, ‘Thus says Sovereign Yahweh: “Behold, O My people, I will open your graves and cause you to come up from your graves, and bring you into the land of Israel. 13Then you shall know that I am Yahweh, when I have opened your graves, O My people, and brought you up from your graves. 14I will put My Spirit in you, and you shall live, and I will place you in your own land. Then you shall know that I, Yahweh, have spoken it and performed it,” says Yahweh.’”” Folks, this harvest is Resurrection Day, Rapture Day, Judgment Day, the Day of Yahweh. We are not going to fly off somewhere into the heavens. We are going home to the Promised Land of Israel!! 1 Corinthians 15:50-54, “Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of Yahweh; nor does corruption inherit incorruption. 51Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep (in death), but we shall all be changed—52in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. 53For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. 54So when this corruptible has put on incorruption, and this mortal has put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written: “Death is swallowed up in victory.”” 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, “13But I do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who have fallen asleep (in death), lest you sorrow as others who have no hope. 14For if we believe that Yeshua died and rose again, even so Yeshua will bring with Him those who sleep (in death) in Yeshua. 15For this we say to you by the word of Yahweh, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of Yeshua will by no means precede those who are asleep (in death). 16For Yeshua Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of Yahweh. And the dead in Messiah will rise first. 17Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet Yeshua in the air. And thus we shall always be with Yeshua. 18Therefore comfort one another with these words.”

Where are we going to be with Yeshua and the Father forever? In Israel! Revelation 5:10, “And have made us kings and priests to our Mighty One; and we shall reign on the earth.” Revelation 20:4-6, “And I saw thrones, and they sat on them, and judgment was committed to them. Then I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for their witness to Yeshua and for the word of Yahweh, who had not worshiped the beast or his image, and had not received his mark on their foreheads or on their hands. And they lived and reigned with Messiah for a thousand years. 5But the rest of the dead did not live again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection. 6Blessed and holy is he who has part in the first resurrection. Over such the second death has no power, but they shall be priests of Yahweh and of Messiah, and shall reign with Him a thousand years.” So where is Yeshua going to reign from? Joel 3:16-17, “Yahweh also will roar from Zion, and utter His voice from Jerusalem; the heavens and earth will shake; but Yahweh will be a shelter for His people, and the strength of (all) the children of Israel. 17“So you shall know that I am Yahweh your Mighty One, dwelling in Zion My holy mountain. Then Jerusalem shall be holy, and no aliens shall ever pass through her again.”” Ezekiel 37:24-28, ““David (Yeshua) My servant shall be king over them, and they shall all have one shepherd (Yeshua); they shall also walk in My judgments and observe My statutes, and do them. 25Then they shall dwell in the land that I have given to Jacob My servant, where your fathers dwelt; and they shall dwell there, they, their children, and their children’s children, forever; and My servant David (Yeshua) shall be their prince forever. 26Moreover I will make a covenant of peace with them, and it shall be an everlasting covenant with them; I will establish them and multiply them, and I will set My sanctuary in their midst forevermore. 27My tabernacle also shall be with them; indeed I will be their Mighty One, and they shall be My people. 28The nations also will know that I, Yahweh, sanctify Israel, when My sanctuary is in their midst forevermore.”’” Yahweh just stated three times that His sanctuary will be with us; don’t you think He means it? He’s coming back soon, my friends, I hope you’re ready to meet Him. He wants to meet you. Read the Books  of Joel and Amos today, they will help you prepare to meet your Maker.

Gene Benjamin II

May 23, 2011 CE

All Is Not Well

ALL IS NOT WELL

In my Egypt – A Key to the End article the other day, I mentioned Revelation 7:6, where 12,000 servants of Yahweh from the tribe of Manasseh were sealed. Manasseh is America. Great Britain is represented down in verse 8, “. . . of the tribe of Joseph twelve thousand were sealed. . .” Great Britain is represented through Joseph’s son, Ephraim, the one who was to become a greater nation than Manasseh. Ephraim was to become a multitude of nations (the British Empire, now known as the Commonwealth or United Kingdom) per Jacob’s prophecy of Genesis 48:12-20, “So Joseph brought them from beside his knees, and he bowed down with his face to the earth. 13And Joseph took them both, Ephraim with his right hand toward Israel’s left hand, and Manasseh with his left hand toward Israel’s right hand, and brought them near him. 14Then Israel stretched out his right hand and laid it on Ephraim’s (Great Britain’s) head, who was the younger, and his left hand on Manasseh’s head, guiding his hands knowingly, for Manasseh (America) was the firstborn. 15And he blessed Joseph, and said: “Yahweh, before whom my fathers Abraham and Isaac walked, the Mighty One who has fed me all my life long to this day, 16The Angel who has redeemed me from all evil, Bless the lads; let my name be named upon them, and the name of my fathers Abraham and Isaac; and let them grow into a multitude in the midst of the earth.” 17Now when Joseph saw that his father laid his right hand on the head of Ephraim, it displeased him; so he took hold of his father’s hand to remove it from Ephraim’s head to Manasseh’s head. 18And Joseph said to his father, “Not so, my father, for this one is the firstborn; put your right hand on his head.” 19But his father refused and said, “I know, my son, I know. He (Manasseh, America) also shall become a people, and he also shall be great; but truly his younger brother (Ephraim, Great Britain) shall be greater than he, and his (Ephraim’s) descendants shall become a multitude of nations (the British Commonwealth of Nations).20So he blessed them that day, saying, “By you Israel will bless, saying, ‘May Yahweh make you as Ephraim (Great Britain) and as Manasseh (America)!’” And thus he set Ephraim (Great Britain) before Manasseh (America).”

This is actually good news for Great Britain and America. A remnant of Yahweh’s servants from each nation will be sealed in the end time, per Revelation 7. Yahweh made these two nations a couple of the mightiest nations to ever appear on the human scene, but today we are running away from Yahweh as fast as our ^$*(@)! leaders can take us. This is why only a remnant will be sealed in Yahweh’s Holy Spirit protection for the Great Tribulation. Look at Revelation 7:4, “And I heard the number of those who were sealed. One hundred and forty-four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel were sealed:” The phrase “all the tribes” should have included the tribe of Dan, but they were left off the list. Why wasn’t Dan listed? That’s a good question for another study, but I’m pretty sure it had something to do with idolatry. That is of interest to me, because I am Danish, kind of scary. Anyway, even though it’s just a remnant that is sealed, verses 9-11 show that it’s still a large group of worshiping saints, verse 9, “After these things I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no one could number, of all nations, tribes, peoples, and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, with palm branches in their hands.”

Now to understand this seal in Revelation 7, let’s look at Exodus 31:12-17, “And Yahweh spoke to Moses, saying, 13“Speak also to the children of Israel, saying: ‘Surely My Sabbaths (plural, includes all the Feasts of Yahweh) you shall keep, for it is a sign between Me and you throughout your generations, that you may know that I am Yahweh who sanctifies you. 14You shall keep the Sabbath, therefore, for it is holy to you. Everyone who profanes it shall surely be put to death; for whoever does any work on it, that person shall be cut off from among his people. 15Work shall be done for six days, but the seventh is the Sabbath of rest, holy to Yahweh. Whoever does any work on the Sabbath day, he shall surely be put to death. 16Therefore the children of Israel shall keep the Sabbath, to observe the Sabbath throughout their generations as a perpetual covenant. 17It is a sign between Me and the children of Israel forever; for in six days Yahweh made the heavens and the earth, and on the seventh day He rested and was refreshed.’”” The word sign is the Hebrew word oth, meaning: a signal, as a flag, beacon, monument, omen, prodigy, evidence, Strong’s number H226. It is a covenant word from which we get our word oath. See the first meaning? a signal. It relates to the word for a signet ring, a signature ring, a seal. The seal of Revelation 7 is the sign of Exodus 31, the Sabbath day, which has always been the seventh day, or Saturday. The Sabbath is an eternal oath, or covenant, between Yahweh and His people. I’m not a Seventh Day Adventist, I’m not a Church of God member, I am a Messianic believer, like Yeshua, like Paul, like Peter, James and John and all the early believers were. Some scholars believe the first church of Yeshua was Messianic Jewish for anywhere from 9 to 30 years after the resurrection and Feast of Pentecost of 30 CE. I don’t know when that Ethiopian eunuch was baptized in Acts 8. I don’t know when the Roman centurion Cornelius was filled with the Holy Spirit in Acts 10, but it was after the Feast of Pentecost of 30 CE. A few years may have passed before Yahweh commanded the Apostles to evangelize the Gentiles. Study the Renewed Covenant, Yeshua, and all the apostles observed the Sabbath and never taught anyone to observe any other sign or seal of the Sabbath covenant, other than Saturday Sabbath. The Catholic Church was in outright rebellion when they subverted Yahweh’s Covenant and switched their day of worship to sun-day. Her daughter churches for the most part are just as guilty as their mother church regarding sun-day worship. Observing Sabbath is obedience, not legalism. Observing traditions of men is legalism and rebellion against Yahweh. Yahweh gives us faith to follow Him and His Torah. We obey by faith, our obedience pleases Yahweh and proves our love for Him.

If you can’t find a good Messianic congregation to attend on Sabbath, by all means keep going to your current church. Now please don’t throw Romans 14 in my face saying you can observe Sabbath any day you wish. Romans 14 has nothing to do with the Sabbath. Paul is discussing the traditional Jewish fast days, not commanded FEAST days. The context of Romans 14 is fasting and eating, NOT SABBATH. We do not need Sabbath police. You always have a choice to make; we were chosen to choose. I pray you will choose Yahweh’s way. Today is a good day to make a choice for the Kingdom of Yahweh. You can seal your fate today by accepting the sign of the covenant, or you can wait and have your fate sealed for you in a couple days or years from now. Can anyone say RFID chip 666 times real fast?

Micah 3:1-12, “And I said: “Hear now, O heads of Jacob (modern State of Israel), and you rulers of the house of Israel (includes Great Britain and America): Is it not for you to know justice?””

These nations, out of all nations on earth, should be able to answer this question in the affirmative, but can they answer yes today? Justice is perverted at every level of our western society.

2”You who hate good and love evil; who strip the skin from My people, and the flesh from their bones; 3who also eat the flesh of My people, flay their skin from them, break their bones, and chop them in pieces like meat for the pot, like flesh in the caldron.””

That sounds more like our western democratic nations today. Notice no one in the media or governments of the world today uses the term republic? I’m not sure if anyone alive today even knows what a republic is, or what the term means. Our republic no longer exists. We are now ruled by the mob, the democratic model where the 51% majority oppresses the 49% minority.

4Then they will cry to Yahweh, but He will not hear them; He will even hide His face from them at that time

 

“At that time” in Micah’s day referred to the Assyrian invasions of Palestine in 765, 755, and 725-723 BCE, today this time will be the invasions by German (modern Assyrian) military forces.

because they have been evil in their deeds. 5Thus says Yahweh concerning the prophets who make my people stray; who chant “Peace

The word peace is from Strong’s Hebrew word # H7965, shalom: safe, that is, (figuratively) well, happy, friendly; also (abstractly) welfare, that is, health, prosperity, peace. In other words, they’re the watchmen shouting “All is well!” from the walls of Jerusalem, while the enemy is at the gates!

“while they chew with their teeth, but who prepare war against him who puts nothing into their mouths: 6“Therefore you shall have night without vision (divine revelation), and you shall have darkness without divination; the sun shall go down on the prophets, and the day (Judgment Day) shall be dark for them. 7So the seers shall be ashamed, and the diviners abashed; indeed they shall all cover their lips; for there is no answer from Yahweh.””

Yahweh has already given us the end-time answers in His prophecies of the end-times, including the words of Yeshua, who of course, is the ultimate answer to all our questions. Yeshua is the culmination of all prophecy.

8But truly I am full of power by the Spirit of Yahweh, and of justice and might, to declare to Jacob (modern Israel) his transgression and to Israel (Great Britain and America) his sin. 9Now hear this, you heads of the house of Jacob (Great Britain and America) and rulers of the house of Israel (modern Israel), who abhor justice and pervert all equity, 10who build up Zion with bloodshed and Jerusalem with iniquity: 11Her heads judge for a bribe, her priests teach for pay, and her prophets divine for money. Yet they lean on Yahweh, and say, “Is not Yahweh among us? No harm can come upon us.””

This prophecy had a partial fulfillment in the destruction of ancient Israel in 723 BCE and ancient Judah in 588 BCE, but this prophecy perfectly describes the immoral conditions that exist in modern Israel, America, and Great Britain. Have you ever heard of a judge being bought off? Sounds like a story from today’s headlines. The judges of Israel in Micah’s day were the religious judges, known as the Sanhedrin. They were just as corrupt as religious leadership is today. Yahweh’s so-called preachers today teach for pay. Ouch, that sounds like a condemning statement for today’s churches and tele-evangelists/preachers/teachers/pastors. Yahweh’s so-called prophets divine for money? Now that’s a devastating claim that separates the true from the false prophets. We are commanded to buy the truth and sell it not, so it’s ok to donate to a ministry and receive teaching products from them, but a ministry should never sell Yahweh’s truth. He takes that personally and does not like ministries’ merchandising policies. We cannot serve both Yahweh and money. So choose whom you will serve.

Notice who is to blame for the destruction of Jerusalem and Israel, “12Therefore because of you Zion shall be plowed like a field, Jerusalem shall become heaps of ruins, and the mountain of the temple like the bare hills of the forest.”

Because of the corruption of the civil and religious leadership, Israel was destroyed in ancient history, and modern Israel, to include America and Great Britain, will be destroyed soon, if they do not repent. The people follow their leaders, so sin at the top breeds sin in the street. Yeshua can only save those who repent of their sins and turn to Him in humility. So I say it again, REPENT and turn to Yeshua for salvation, before the brightness of His coming brings eternal darkness to your soul.

Friends, do you think the signing of a security agreement between Israel and Germany last week was just a coincidence of modern politics? Talk about not learning from history, Israel is jumping into a relationship with Assyria (modern Germany), their ancient arch-enemy. Less than one generation after World War II, Israel and the people of Yahweh have forgotten what Assyria (Germany) did to them. That signing could be one of the most prophetic events in the last 2,000 years. Daniel 9:27, “Then he shall confirm a covenant with many for one week (shabuwa: of seven years or seven Feast of Weeks); but in the middle of the week he shall bring an end to sacrifice and offering. And on the wing of abominations shall be one who makes desolate, even until the consummation, which is determined, is poured out on the desolate.” Human nature is to not learn from history, by forgetting regrettable and terrifying events, but we must discipline ourselves to study history and then learn from it. For the third time in less than a century, Germany (angry Assyria) is rising again to engulf the world in war. Ezekiel’s take on it in 21:14, “You therefore, son of man, prophesy, and strike your hands together. The third time let the sword do double damage. It is the sword that slays, the sword that slays the great men, that enters their private chambers.” This third time it will bring us to the point of cosmocide, and Yeshua will step in to save a remnant, meaning billions will be dead just before He shows up.

Here’s another scenario interpretation, pointing to 2016-2017 CE as the climax of human history. So Israel became a nation in 1947-1948, but they did not have a capital until East Jerusalem was re-captured in June, 1967 CE. So, if you count one 49-year Jubilee cycle from 1967, you get to 2016, the 50th year then being 2017. Since they captured East Jerusalem a few weeks after the Feast of Shavuot, Pentecost, in 1967, we start the count with 1968 CE. Counting 49 years to Yom Kippur 2016, Yeshua may just return to announce the Jubilee that year, 2016-1017 then being the 50th or Jubilee year. We’ve stated before that 2016 is the 69th year of modern Israel’s nationhood, and it may be the 69th Feast of Weeks of Daniel 9:24-27; it is the 49th year after 1967 and may be the 7th year of the Great Tribulation, known as Jacob’s trouble. 2017 CE is the 70th year of Israel’s nationhood, and may be the 70th Feast of Weeks of Daniel 9:24-27; it is the 50th year after 1967 and may be Yeshua’s first year of reigning from His throne in Jerusalem, which may also be the 70th Jubilee from Joshua’s final days. It’s a possible scenario, but a whole lotta prophecy has to be fulfilled between now and then, but we see it happening by the hour today. It’s a blast from the future. Are you discerning the signs of the times?

Blessings to each of you in the blood of Yeshua,

Gene Benjamin II

February 7, 2011 CE

Ezekiel 37 – Our Dry Bones

EZEKIEL 37 – OUR DRY BONES

Ezekiel 37, “The hand of Yahweh came upon me and brought me out in the Spirit of Yahweh, and set me down in the midst of the valley; and it was full of bones. 2Then He caused me to pass by them all around, and behold, there were very many in the open valley; and indeed they were very dry. 3And He said to me, “Son of man, can these bones live?” So I answered, “O Sovereign Yahweh, You know.”

4Again He said to me, “Prophesy to these bones, and say to them, ‘O dry bones, hear the word of Yahweh! 5Thus says Sovereign Yahweh to these bones: “Surely I will cause breath to enter into you, and you shall live. 6I will put sinews on you and bring flesh upon you, cover you with skin and put breath in you; and you shall live. Then you shall know that I am Yahweh.”’”

7So I prophesied as I was commanded; and as I prophesied, there was a noise, and suddenly a rattling; and the bones came together, bone to bone. 8Indeed, as I looked, the sinews and the flesh came upon them, and the skin covered them over; but there was no breath in them.

9Also He said to me, “Prophesy to the breath (Holy Spirit), prophesy, son of man, and say to the breath, ‘Thus says Sovereign Yahweh: “Come from the four winds (the masses of Yahweh’s Spirit-filled believers all over earth and heaven), O breath (Holy Spirit), and breathe on these slain, that they may live.”’” 10So I prophesied as He commanded me, and breath came into them, and they lived, and stood upon their feet, an exceedingly great army.

11Then He said to me, “Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel. They indeed say, ‘Our bones are dry, our hope is lost, and we ourselves are cut off!’ 12Therefore prophesy and say to them, ‘Thus says Sovereign Yahweh: “Behold, O My people, I will open your graves and cause you to come up from your graves (Resurrection Day!), and bring you into the land of Israel. 13Then you shall know that I am Yahweh, when I have opened your graves, O My people, and brought you up from your graves (Resurrection Day!). 14I will put My Spirit in you, and you shall live, and I will place you in your own land. Then you shall know that I, Yahweh, have spoken it and performed it,” says Yahweh.’”

15Again the word of Yahweh came to me, saying, 16“As for you, son of man, take a stick for yourself and write on it: ‘For Judah and for the children of Israel, his companions.’ Then take another stick and write on it, ‘For Joseph, the stick of Ephraim (America), and for all the house of Israel (includes Judah and Manasseh), his companions.’ 17Then join them one to another for yourself into one stick, and they will become one in your hand.

18“And when the children of your people speak to you, saying, ‘Will you not show us what you mean by these?’—19say to them, ‘Thus says Sovereign Yahweh: “Surely I will take the stick of Joseph, which is in the hand of Ephraim (America), and the tribes of Israel, his companions; and I will join them with it, with the stick of Judah (includes the modern State of Israel), and make them one stick, and they will be one in My hand.”’ 20And the sticks on which you write will be in your hand before their eyes.

21“Then say to them, ‘Thus says Sovereign Yahweh: “Surely I will take the children of Israel from among the nations, wherever they have gone, and will gather them from every side and bring them into their own land; 22and I will make them one nation in the land, on the mountains of Israel; and one king shall be king over them all; they shall no longer be two nations, nor shall they ever be divided into two kingdoms again. 23They shall not defile themselves anymore with their idols, nor with their detestable things, nor with any of their transgressions; but I will deliver them from all their dwelling places in which they have sinned, and will cleanse them. Then they shall be My people, and I will be their Mighty One.

24“David My servant shall be king over them (under Yeshua), and they shall all have one shepherd (Yeshua); they shall also walk in My judgments and observe My statutes, and do them. 25Then they shall dwell in the land that I have given to Jacob My servant, where your fathers dwelt; and they shall dwell there, they, their children, and their children’s children, forever; and My servant David shall be their prince forever (under Yeshua). 26Moreover I will make a covenant of peace with them, and it shall be an everlasting covenant with them; I will establish them and multiply them, and I will set My sanctuary in their midst forevermore. 27My tabernacle also shall be with them; indeed I will be their Mighty One, and they shall be My people. 28The nations also will know that I, Yahweh, sanctify Israel, when My sanctuary is in their midst forevermore.”’””

Revelation 21:1-5, “Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. Also there was no more sea. 2Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from Yahweh, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 3And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of Yahweh is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. Yahweh Himself will be with them and be their Mighty One. 4And Yahweh will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.” 5Then He who sat on the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new.” And He said to me, “Write, for these words are true and faithful.””

Friends, Ezekiel 37 is an end-time prophecy. Judah, or the modern State of Israel, is spiritually dead, as is the Christian Church of Yeshua, known as Ephraim, or the companion of Israel. Sometime soon, Yahweh is going to resurrect Judah and the whole house of Israel, including the dead Christian Church, fill us all with His Holy Spirit, and lead us all back to the Promised Land. All Yahweh’s promises will be fulfilled, though, at this moment, none of them have been truly fulfilled. Currently, Yahweh’s children, His people, are scattered to the four winds of humanity, on earth and in heaven. But a day is rapidly approaching when Yahweh will gather all His children to the Land of Israel. We will all be together as one family on Daddy’s Family Farm. It will be a rather large farm, about 1,379 miles long, wide, and high, centered on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. That New Jerusalem ziggurat will cover all of Israel, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, Egypt, Cyprus, most of Iraq, and much of Turkey and Saudi Arabia. Hopefully, many of those folks will want to get saved before they get crushed.

Pray for the unification of all of Yahweh’s children. Pray for the fulfillment of Ezekiel 37. Pray for Yahweh’s Holy Spirit to come and fill all of us. Pray for the gathering. Pray for our dead churches and synagogues. Yahweh is one and He will make His people one in His hand. He sees us as a mighty army. Pray for the reality of Yahweh’s vision to get here quick. We want to see our resurrected brother David sitting on his throne in Jerusalem. We desperately need our incorruptible resurrected bodies, so we can handle living in Yahweh’s presence. We live in a dry and thirsty land (includes our body, the Temple of the Holy Spirit) today, but that will not be the case for too much longer. Hold on to your faith, dig your heels in, and spit in the devil’s eye. Yeshua’s coming back soon.

Revelation 22:21-22, “He who testifies to these things says, “Surely I am coming quickly.” Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus! 21The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.”

Gene Benjamin II

May 17, 2011CE

His Vision Will Not Fail

HIS VISION WILL NOT FAIL

Ezekiel 12:17-28, “Moreover the word of Yahweh came to me, saying, 18“Son of man, eat your bread with quaking, and drink your water with trembling and anxiety. 19And say to the people of the land, ‘Thus says Sovereign Yahweh to the inhabitants of Jerusalem and to the land of Israel (includes America as Ephraim and Great Britain as Manasseh): “They shall eat their bread with anxiety, and drink their water with dread, so that her land may be emptied of all who are in it, because of the violence of all those who dwell in it. 20Then the cities that are inhabited shall be laid waste, and the land shall become desolate; and you shall know that I am Yahweh.”’””

America is now suffering some of the natural disasters that many other nations around the world are suffering. Notice in verse 19, the reason for the suffering, because of the violence of the people of the land. America is the most violent nation on earth. We are simply reaping what we have sown. The inner cities are war zones. Abortion clinics are murder mills wiping out our future, including future taxpayers to support our evil government. Every time our evil civil government makes a policy against the nation of Israel, we the people suffer. The moment we stopped backing our ally, Israel, we sealed our fate among the nations of the world. We could demonstrate our repentance by getting some new leadership in Washington D.C. who love and support Israel and the Jewish people. Or not, it’s difficult getting the brainwashed public to do the right thing. Pray for America and Israel. Floods, earthquakes, tornadoes, Yahweh is just getting started. Tribulation is coming, no, it is here. And as Yeshua said in Matthew 24:29, the good stuff doesn’t happen until after the tribulation of those days. Hope you’re ready, because we haven’t seen anything yet.

21And the word of Yahweh came to me, saying, 22“Son of man, what is this proverb that you people have about the land of Israel (includes America as Ephraim and Great Britain as Manasseh), which says, ‘The days are prolonged, and every vision fails’? 23Tell them therefore, ‘Thus says Sovereign Yahweh: “I will lay this proverb to rest, and they shall no more use it as a proverb in Israel (includes America as Ephraim and Great Britain as Manasseh).” But say to them, “The days are at hand, and the fulfillment of every vision. 24For no more shall there be any false vision or flattering divination within the house of Israel (includes America as Ephraim and Great Britain as Manasseh). 25For I am Yahweh. I speak, and the word which I speak will come to pass; it will no more be postponed; for in your days, O rebellious house, I will say the word and perform it,” says Sovereign Yahweh.’””

Friends, we have entered the consummation of the age. All unfulfilled prophecy in the Scriptures are about to be fulfilled before our eyes, in our days, which are the last days, the end time. Yahweh has a day marked on His Divine Calendar for wrapping up human history as we know it. It won’t be according to our schedule, but according to His. We have been living in what is known as the Gentile Church Age, or the Christian Dispensaton. Some say this age ended in 1933 with the World Monetary and Economic Conference where all the nations of the world gathered in London and basically rejected Yahweh by not even recognizing Him. Some say the Times of the Gentiles ended in 1967, after Israel recaptured their Temple Mount. Could be, but if so, we’ve been living in an awfully long transition period to the end of time. Whenever Yeshua plans on coming back, know one thing for sure, it’s closer now than then. The people of Yahweh are more rebellious against Him today than in any previous generation in human history. Yahweh says He will fulfill visions and perform His word in the days of His rebellious children. That is today, folks. The Book of Revelation is unfolding right in front of our eyes, every day on television and the internet, we see the world dashing headlong to its destiny. It won’t be long now.

26Again the word of Yahweh came to me, saying, 27“Son of man, look, the house of Israel (includes America as Ephraim and Great Britain as Manasseh) is saying, ‘The vision that he sees is for many days from now, and he prophesies of times far off.’ 28Therefore say to them, ‘Thus says Sovereign Yahweh: “None of My words will be postponed any more, but the word which I speak will be done,” says Sovereign Yahweh.’””

Yahweh is very patient and longsuffering with mankind and our sins, but His patience has an end. Our cup is about full. As the Supreme Authority of the universe, He must bring about justice on this planet. He must bring His judgment and wrath to those who reject and hate Him. He plans on establishing His Kingdom on this earth when Yeshua returns as our King. If you are not resurrected or raised to an incorruptible body and clothed with a cloak of righteousness, you’re not going to get into His Kingdom. The Kingdom of Yahweh is a kingdom of faith. Unsaved Jews and Gentiles will not enter His Kingdom. It’s nice to see the physical nation of Israel return to the world scene, but until Jews turn to their Messiah Yeshua, Jesus Christ, in repentance and faith, they are just as hopeless as the most evil heathen in Bombay. Matthew 23:37-39, ““O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the one who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing! 38See! Your house is left to you desolate; 39for I say to you, you shall see Me no more till you say, ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of Yahweh!”” Israeli hearts are still desolate, until they turn from their sins and turn to Yeshua as their Savior and Master. Yeshua loves the physical land of Israel, but He plans on occupying the spiritual land of Israeli hearts. That won’t happen apart from faith in Yeshua.

Revelation 21:2-4, “Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from Yahweh, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 3And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of Yahweh is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. Yahweh Himself will be with them and be their Mighty One. 4And Yahweh will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.”” Yahweh is not all that hung up on the physical land of Israel. When the humongous New Jerusalem comes down, it will obliterate the entire Middle East. It will be a huge ziggurat, with Yahweh’s throne, or Temple, at the top. At it’s base, it is 12,000 furlongs on each of it’s four sides; that’s about 1,379 miles per side. That’s a pretty big city, about 1,901,641 square miles on the ground floor! Verses 16-17, “And he who talked with me had a gold reed to measure the city, its gates, and its wall. 16The city is laid out as a square; its length is as great as its breadth. And he measured the city with the reed: twelve thousand furlongs. Its length, breadth, and height are equal.” Only two geometric shapes can be equal in length, width, and height, a cube and a triangle, or in this case, a ziggurat. I’m sure Yahweh’s throne is large, so there will be a large level area about 1,379 miles up in space above Jerusalem, where Yahweh will reign supreme, forever. Don’t delay, get your reservation in now for your New Jerusalem condo. Your Heavenly Father is waiting to hear from you.

Who do you think inspired the construction of the great Egyptian pyramids? Why did the Assyrians and Babylonians build ziggurat temples? Why did so many tribes around the globe build their temples in the shape of a ziggurat? They are simply copies of the original in Heaven, counterfeited by Satan on earth. Yahweh will even gather a remnant out of these heathen Gentile tribes. Isaiah 19:23-25, “In that day there will be a highway from Egypt to Assyria (Germany), and the Assyrian (German) will come into Egypt and the Egyptian into Assyria (Germany), and the Egyptians will serve with the Assyrians (Germans). 24In that day Israel will be one of three with Egypt and Assyria (Germany)—a blessing in the midst of the land, 25whom Yahweh of hosts shall bless, saying, “Blessed is Egypt My people, and Assyria (Germany) the work of My hands, and Israel My inheritance.”” If Yahweh will once again bless modern or ancient Assyria and Egypt, He will bless you also. Just ask Him. Time is almost up. When time stops on earth, you are in deep trouble if you do not know Yahweh and are not known by Him. Put your trust in Him today. He believes in you, believe in Yeshua right now.

Looking forward to that day,

Gene Benjamin II

May 12, 2011