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Daniel’s 70th Week – Revisited

 Daniel’s 70th Week – Revisited

Hi Steve,

You just wrote this to me: “To answer your question as to if the return is after the 69 weeks or the 70… I believe it will be after the 70.  The 70 has to be completed …

 

Dan. 9:24  “Seventy ‘sevens’ are decreed for your people and your holy city to finish transgression, to put an end to sin, to atone for wickedness, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal up vision and prophecy and to anoint the most holy.

 

I lean to seeing Yahshua showing up during or right at the end of the 70th week. If Yahshua returns during the 70th week, at any time during that 70th week, by our understanding of reckoning parts of time as a whole time, the whole 70th week will be fulfilled. My understanding is that Yahshua was crucified 14 days AFTER the end of the 69th week, or 483 years, thus leaving the last 7 years. Daniel 9:26 (NKJV) And after the sixty-two weeks Messiah shall be cut off, but not for Himself. . .” So, technically, that 14 days in the new year could be a reckoned part of the 70th week. We know the last 3 ½ years of the tribulation will be exactly numbered days, like 42 months, 1260 days, etc., but the first 3 ½ years may be an approximation, due simply to the month of the crucifixion!

 

You also wrote: “I also lean to Yeshua fulfilling the first half of the 7 years with His ministry.  Thus we are only waiting for the last 3 1/2 years.

 

Daniel 9:27 (NKJV) “Then he shall confirm a covenant with many for one week. . .” Daniel indicates that a full one week, or 7 years by most interpretations, is separated from the first 69 weeks. It may be a tough haul to place the first 3 ½ years of the 70th week 2,000 years ago as Yahshua’s ministry time. Also, Yahshua seems to show two levels of tribulation in Matthew 24:9 (NKJV) Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake.” and verse 21, “For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be.” By what Yahshua says about the abomination of desolation, in direct reference to Daniel’s prophecy, most believe the abomination of desolation by the Antichrist in the Temple is what kicks off the last half of tribulation, known as Great Tribulation. Daniel 9:27 (NKJV) “Then 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.” A new temple is built, the Jews begin sacrificing again, the Antichrist stops the sacrifices and desolates/desecrates the Temple. I can’t wait for the consummation!!

 

What you do have in your favor for the 3 ½ years of Yahshua’s ministry being counted as the first 3 ½ years of the 70th week, is that many scholars believe the 483 years began with an effective decree made by Artaxerxes I Longimanus in 458 or 457 BCE (Ezra 7), which gives you about 487 years up to Yahshua’s crucifixion. The only problem, that wasn’t the effective decree by a Persian king. Most believe the effective decree was 13 years later, given to Nehemiah (Neh. 2), in 444 BCE. This is a huge can of worms in the sacred chronology sphere. I have yet to find one sacred chronologist who meets Daniel’s prophecy to my satisfaction. Some do believe the problem lies with Persian history, not Scripture, which is the way I lean. The effective decree may have been the one by King Cyrus II (Ezra 1; 6:3-5). If King Cyrus made his decree in 458/457 BCE, then we know for sure Persian history is messed up! Martin Anstey believed this. There were 4 decrees by Persian kings, the other one by Darius I, Hystaspes, about 520 BCE, Ezra 6:6-12. You just have to pick which decree you believe set off Daniel’s 490 year prophecy. I take holy Scripture history over profane Persian history any day.

 

Bless you all,

Gene Benjamin II

April 27, 2013 CE

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Feast of Weeks and Jubilee

Hello Steve,

I just want you to know that your tenacious love for Yahweh’s word thrills my heart. You don’t find too many believers today who love getting into His word. It’s a blessing just to know you all are looking into the truth.

Here’s what you just wrote to me: “As I’ve stated before, I am currently trying to update the end of Days series.

I’m in agreement with what you mention here except for one point.  Please be open here….I don’t see a need of having to start counting from 1949 but rather 1948.  The feast of weeks does not last for 50 days.  It’s a one day feast that happens 50 days after First Fruits.  

Deut. 16:16  Three times a year all your men must appear before the LORD your God at the place he will choose: at the Feast of Unleavened Bread, theFeast of Weeks and the Feast of Tabernacles. No man should appear before the LORD empty-handed:”

Gene: So why is it called the Feast of Weeks and not the Feast of Week, or the Feast of One Day? To break the 50th day away from the seven complete Sabbaths, or the 49 day count, is to break the symmetry of the Feast. It is a 50 day Feast, beginning with the first of the First Fruits wave offering on the day after the Sabbath during Unleavened Bread and ending with the two wave loaves offering on the 50th day. Otherwise, it’s like having a Temple without Jerusalem, or the crown without the King, or the King without a kingdom, or the arrival of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost, Day FIFTY, without first having the Resurrection of Yahshua on day ONE!! You end up with a piece of a Feast, but not the whole that I believe Yahweh wants us to have and learn from. We certainly wouldn’t want to miss the promise of Yahshua’s Advent 2.0 made on day FORTY, His Ascension day. At the very least, the 49 days represents the harvest season, with the celebration of that harvest on the 50th day. It’s a picture of the Jubilee, Yahshua’s Advent 2.0 and all of redemption! The two loaves wave offering is the final First Fruits offering, per Leviticus 23:17 (NKJV) You shall bring from your dwellings two wave loaves of two-tenths of an ephah. They shall be of fine flour; they shall be baked with leaven. They are the firstfruits to Yahweh.”

As a side note: You probably already know this, that in Matthew 28:1, and other places in the NT, the word is weeks, not week. The two Marys went to the tomb sometime during that first week of the Feast of Weeks in 30 CE, not necessarily on a Sunday.

Of course, you can begin counting Daniel’s 70 Feasts of Weeks in whichever year you believe is correct.

Steve: “Thus, the first Feast of weeks that should be counted is the one immediately after them becoming a nation in 1948.  This would take us all the way to 2017 to total the 70.  If this is the case, this would mean that the 3 1/2 years would start in 2014 around passover.  The time the blood moons tetrads begin.  Which kind of makes sense since the last ones that happened there was war too.   Also, this keeps the 50 year cycle intact from the 6 day war in ’67.  Maintaining that the land is returned sometime in the 50th year.  Otherwise, it would seem that the 50 years is meaningless.

Gene: 1967 was an interesting year. On Ezekiel’s Jubilee calendar, 1967 was the 7th year of the 6th Septennate, or the 42nd year, SEVEN years BEFORE an Ezekiel Jubilee Year would have been announced! I could be mistaken in that, but I still have much work to do just on the Ezekiel Jubilee.

If we choose to declare that the 6 Day War occurred during a Jubilee year, then that Jubilee year began either on Tishri 10, 1966, or on Nisan 1, 1967, depending on which scholar’s Jubilee teaching you follow. That means we began counting the current Jubilee cycle in 1966/1967, year One, because according to the biblical and historical pattern of Jubilee, the 50th year is tucked inside of the 49 year cycle as the first year of the next Jubilee cycle. This means that our next Jubilee would be announced on Tishri 10 of the 49th year, which will be in 2014 CE! The Jubilee Year, or 50th year then begins either on Tishri 10, 2014, or Nisan 1, 2015 and thus ends in 2016 CE! At least one school of thought states that the 49th year IS the Jubilee year, thus 2014/2015 will be the Jubilee year! This current Jubilee cycle never reaches to 2017 or 2018, unless you move to a straight 50 year Jubilee cycle, which breaks the symmetry taught in Scripture, of seven seven day periods, or seven seven year periods. Yahweh’s Feasts are pretty amazing and will take an eternity to learn all that He wants us to learn. The 50 years is never meaningless, we just have to get inside Yahweh’s great mind to learn the significance of 49 and 50 years! It really is the whole story of redemption taught over and over again for all eternity!

If we began counting the current Jubilee cycle in 1967/1968, as year ONE, the year AFTER the Jubilee year of 1967, then the next Jubilee will be announced on Tishri 10 of 2015 and the 50th year will begin on either Tishri 10, 2015 or Nisan 1, 2016, thus ending in 2017! Hebrews will be arguing these points until Yahshua returns and straightens us out. Actually, Moses and Elijah as the two witnesses may be the ones to get us straightened out before our King returns. That would be a great help and much less embarassing for us on Coronation Day, or at Yahshua’s Advent 2.0.

Whenever Yahshua announces the next Jubilee, we know we Hebrews will be allowed to return to our own land possessions, wherever we are in the world at the time. Personally, I’m looking forward to regaining my Grandpa’s two farms for my family and my cousins. Will that occur in the 2000 teens, twenties, or thirties? I don’t know yet. Well, now you have my thoughts, use as you see fit.

Yahweh is impressing me to share another thought on the Feast of Weeks. Look at Leviticus 23:15 (NKJV) “And you shall count for yourselves from the day after the Sabbath, from the day that you brought the sheaf of the wave offering: seven Sabbaths shall be completed.” Yahweh is into completeness, wholeness, that is His nature. The fiftieth day completes the forty nine day count. The Feast of Shavuot on the 50th day would not be a complete Feast of Yahweh without the counting of each of the 49 days and 7 COMPLETE Sabbaths. That word complete is Strong’s number 8549, tamiym, meaning entire, integrity, truth, whole, sound, healthful. Not an insignificant word to Yahweh. Israel’s declaration of independence cut into the middle of the Feast of Weeks in 1948. That is why I started the Daniel 70 Weeks count in 1949, just to begin with a complete Feast. But, Yahweh may have allowed Israel’s declaration in 1948 just to get our attention on 1948!! Many scholars believe Yahweh and the ancient Hebrews always spoke and understood in terms of whole days, months, and years. If a king reigned for only part of a year, that whole year was reckoned to his total years of monarchy. So, using this logic, you are correct, and I stand corrected! Because modern Israel began in the midst of the Feast of Weeks in 1948, we must reckon it as a whole Feast!! Just like we are reckoned righteous, even though we still carry our sin nature with us. Now you’re getting into heavy theology!!

 

This is why we look forward to the final seven year tribulation, the end of man’s rule on earth! The 50th year BEGINS our new experience with Yahshua reigning on earth, and the real end to our sin nature at our resurrection or rapture.

 

There is nothing trivial in any of Yahweh’s Feasts or Torah teachings. Thanks for causing me to look a little more into this. Now, does the King return after 69 weeks or 70 weeks? Daniel 9:25 (NKJV) 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.” Ummmm.

Blessings to all of you,

Gene Benjamin II

April 26, 2013 CE

Spiritual Awakening Coming Soon

Spiritual Awakening Coming Soon

 

Ezekiel 36:24-28 (NKJV) “For I will take you from among the nations, gather you out of all countries, and bring you into your own land. 25Then I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you shall be clean; I will cleanse you from all your filthiness and from all your idols. 26I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. 27I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will keep My judgments and do them. 28Then you shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers; you shall be My people, and I will be your Mighty One.”

 

First, we all need to know what the PURPOSE of being Spirit filled or spiritually awakened really means. It does not mean we all babble in unknown gibberish. It does not mean we hop on the prosperity bandwagon and make lots of money. It does not mean we build pretty stained glass buildings and slap each other on the back telling each other how great we are. It does not mean our secular humanist communist governments will straighten up and follow Yahweh. A spiritual revival, a spiritual awakening, or being baptized in the Holy Spirit, means you now have the power to WALK IN YAHWEH’S STATUTES AND KEEP YAHWEH’S JUDGEMENTS AND DO HIS COMMANDMENTS!! Do you hear any greasy grace preachers preaching that doctrine? I didn’t think so.

 

Ezekiel 39:29 (NKJV) “And I will not hide My face from them anymore; for I shall have poured out My Spirit on the house of Israel,’ says Sovereign Yahweh.” By the end of the seven year tribulation, there will have been a Great Spiritual Awakening among Yahweh’s people. This sounds like a fulfillment of Joel 2. Let’s take another look.

 

Reading Joel 2:1-11 we see a great army. It is Yahweh’s army mopping up the worldly forces assembled for the coming Battle of Armageddon, verse 11, “Yahweh gives voice before His army, for His camp is very great; for strong is the One who executes His word. For the day of Yahweh is great and very terrible; who can endure it?” And what will usher in this Great Awakening? Repentance by Yahweh’s people, Joel 2:12-14 (NKJV) “Now, therefore,” says Yahweh, “Turn to Me with all your heart, with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning.” 13So rend your heart, and not your garments; return to Yahweh your Mighty One, for He is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness; and He relents from doing harm. 14Who knows if He will turn and relent, and leave a blessing behind Him– a grain offering and a drink offering for Yahweh your Mighty One?”

 

Now listen to the Last Trumpet at Yahshua’s Advent 2.0, Joel 2:15-16 (NKJV) “Blow the trumpet in Zion, consecrate a fast, call a sacred assembly; 16Gather the people, sanctify the congregation, assemble the elders, gather the children and nursing babes; let the bridegroom go out from his chamber, and the bride from her dressing room.” Here the returning Bridegroom is our Redeemer Yahshua and the Bride is the five wise virgins who have prepared themselves for Yahshua’s Advent 2.0. And what is it that the five wise virgins have that the others do not? The Holy Spirit Who CAUSES THEM TO FOLLOW THE WHOLE COUNSEL OF YAHWEH, both the First and the Renewed Covenants. These two verses are a picture of the Yahshua Advent 2.0, the resurrection and the rapture, all wrapped up in one glorious gathering!

 

In verses 17-27, as Yahweh’s people repent of their sins, Yahweh, through His mighty army of the hosts of heaven, delivers, fills and blesses His people Israel. Notice this occurs AFTER the return of Yahshua and the resurrection and rapture of the saints, but BEFORE final Judgment Day, Joel 2:28-31 (NKJV) “And it shall come to pass afterward that I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh; Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, Your old men shall dream dreams, Your young men shall see visions. 29And also on My menservants and on My maidservants I will pour out My Spirit in those days. 30And I will show wonders in the heavens and in the earth: Blood and fire and pillars of smoke. 31The sun shall be turned into darkness, And the moon into blood, Before the coming of the great and awesome day of Yahweh.” This appears to be after the Feast of Trumpets on a soon coming Tishri 1, at Yahshua’s Advent 2.0, but before Judgment Day on that Yom Kippur. Ten days of the greatest spiritual awakening the earth has ever seen, right in the midst of the wrath of Yahweh being poured out on the wicked. This is the exact picture we also see in the Book of Revelation.

 

Joel 2:32 (NKJV) “And it shall come to pass that whoever calls on the name of Yahweh shall be saved. For in Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there shall be deliverance, As Yahweh has said, among the remnant whom Yahweh calls.” Notice that deliverance is not in Washington D.C., Berlin, Moscow, or Beijing. Is this not also a picture of Renewed Covenant grace? Acts 2:21 (NKJV) And it shall come to pass that whoever calls on the name of Yahweh shall be saved.Acts 15:11 (NKJV) “But we believe that through the grace of the Master Yahshua Messiah we shall be saved in the same manner as they.” Romans 5:9-11 (NKJV) “Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him. 10For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to Yahweh through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life. 11And not only that, but we also rejoice in Yahweh through our Master Yahshua Messiah, through whom we have now received the reconciliation.” Romans 10:13 (NKJV) “For “whoever calls on the name of Yahweh shall be saved.”

 

It’s a pretty simple process, repent of our sins, get filled with His Holy Spirit, follow Yahweh and His Law. It’s not about invading demonic UFOs, demonic aliens or demonic zombies. It’s about following Yahweh and His Word, always has been, always will be. At least one of the coming wars will be a supernatural war like we’ve never seen before. I pray you all are ready for it.

 

Gene Benjamin II

April 16, 2013 CE

 

The Placement of Ezekiel 40:1 in the Scriptural Record

The Placement of Ezekiel 40:1 in the Scriptural Record

 

To gain some background for today’s post, you may want to go to Tim McHyde’s website at www.escapeallthesethings.com and find his study on Ezekiel 38 and 39. From Tim we learn that Ezekiel 38 will occur about 1,000 years from now, or around 3020-3030 CE. Ezekiel 39 will occur just about any year now in our time. Let’s look at a couple Scriptures to understand why this is so. 1 Kings 4:25 (NKJV) “And Judah and Israel dwelt safely, each man under his vine and his fig tree, from Dan as far as Beersheba, all the days of Solomon.” This golden period of Israel’s history is the “when” referenced in Ezekiel 39:25-26 (NKJV) “Therefore thus says Sovereign Yahweh: ‘Now I will bring back the captives of Jacob, and have mercy on the whole house of Israel; and I will be jealous for My holy name– 26after they have borne their shame, and all their unfaithfulness in which they were unfaithful to Me, when they dwelt safely in their own land and no one made them afraid.” Modern Israel today does not dwell safely like they did in Solomon’s day, but the regathering is slowly taking place and will speed up once modern Israel allows Christians and Messianic believers to return to our homeland of Israel. So the “now” of Ezekiel 39:25 refers to today’s timeframe, while the “now” of Ezekiel 38:8 refers to about 1,000 years from today. Ezekiel 38:8 (NKJV) “After many days you will be visited. In the latter years you will come into the land of those brought back from the sword and gathered from many people on the mountains of Israel, which had long been desolate; they were brought out of the nations, and now all of them dwell safely.”

 

Ezekiel helps us understand the truth of Tim’s revelation in Ezekiel 39:9 (NKJV) “Then those who dwell in the cities of Israel will go out and set on fire and burn the weapons, both the shields and bucklers, the bows and arrows, the javelins and spears; and they will make fires with them for seven years.” This seven years is an obvious reference to Daniel’s 70th week, the soon coming seven Tribulation years of our modern end times that we live in today. We know Yahshua returns at the end of the seven year period, at the end of the three and one half year Great Tribulation. So the Gog Magog war of Ezekiel 39 happens soon, which basically introduces us to the seven year Tribulation period, followed by Yahshua’s return. Yahshua’s Advent 2.0 then brings us to Ezekiel 40:1.

 

Ezekiel 40:1 (NKJV) “In the twenty-fifth year of our captivity, at the beginning of the year, on the tenth day of the month, in the fourteenth year after the city was captured, on the very same day the hand of Yahweh was upon me; and He took me there.” As we’ve learned in previous posts, the phrase “at the beginning of the year” is the words Rosh Hashanah in the Hebrew, meaning Ezekiel is declaring the Year of Jubilee on the Day of Atonement, or Yom Kippur, on the tenth day of the seventh month. Because for 48 years Rosh Hashanah is on the first day of the seventh month, we know this is the Jubilee Year declaration being made on the tenth day of the seventh month. From the context of Ezekiel 39, we now know this declaration of the Jubilee Year will be made at the end of the seven year Tribulation. Our soon coming King and Redeemer, Yahshua HaMashiach, will personally make this declaration from the Temple Mount in Jerusalem.

 

It is no accident that Yahweh had Ezekiel write down his Jubilee experience in 40:1 right AFTER the Gog Magog war and seven year Tribulation of Ezekiel 39. What was seemingly just a historical recording for Ezekiel becomes a prophecy for us!! Israel could not celebrate the Jubilee Year in 576 BCE, because the Kingdom of Judah was no more, the Temple having been destroyed fourteen years before this prophecy. Most Israelites had been exiled to Babylon or murdered, thus they were no longer in the Promised Land. Therefore, Israel could not observe Yahweh’s Jubilee Commandment from Leviticus 25. But none of the anguished history of Israel of that period invalidates the fact and truth that the Jubilee Year was scheduled on Yahweh’s calendar! Just the fact that Ezekiel was able to maintain Yahweh’s sacred calendar while in captivity in Babylon is miraculous.

 

Ezekiel chapters 40 through 48 are our future history, describing the Millennial Temple to be built in Jerusalem on the Temple Mount during the first year or two of Yahshua’s 1,000 year reign on earth. Don’t worry if you don’t make it through the seven year Tribulation. Most, if not all, of us will not survive the Tribulation years. In fact, it may prove to be a blessing to die or get martyred early on in the Tribulation. Nonetheless, if you don’t make it, you’ll be resurrected at Yahshua’s Advent 2.0 with your immortal body! In your grave or state of death, just listen for the last trumpet!

 

Now I want you to let the following statement sink deep into your spirit. The Jubilee commandment of release and forgiveness of all kinds of debt is one of the main reasons WHY YOU WANT to live under Yahweh’s Law, His Torah, now and on into the Millennium, and then throughout eternity. Yahweh’s Law is a Law of Grace. The Jubilee levels the economic playing field every 50 years. If humans would follow Yahweh’s Jubilee Law, we would not have Great Depressions. Yahweh’s Kingdom Law is what has ruled all existence from eternity past, through all of human history, and will rule all existence throughout all future eternity. Only the ritualistic ceremonial law of Moses was done away with at the execution stake of Messiah Yahshua. We’ve looked at this understanding several times before, so I won’t elaborate the point in this post. The moral Law of Yahweh’s word can never be done away with. The moral Law is Yahweh’s nature, His righteous character. To eliminate the moral Law of Yahweh is to destroy His holy nature and character, which would eliminate life itself. You can deny Yahweh, but Yahweh can never, and never will, deny Himself. Paul stated the Law of Yahweh is holy, righteous, and good. Yahweh Himself LIVES by His holy Word!

 

2 Timothy 2:10-26 (NKJV) “Therefore I endure all things for the sake of the elect, that they also may obtain the salvation which is in Messiah Yahshua with eternal glory. 11This is a faithful saying: For if we died with Him, We shall also live with Him. 12If we endure, We shall also reign with Him. If we deny Him, He also will deny us. 13If we are faithless, He remains faithful; He cannot deny Himself. 14Remind them of these things, charging them before Yahweh not to strive about words to no profit, to the ruin of the hearers. 15Be diligent to present yourself approved to Yahweh, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. 16But shun profane and idle babblings, for they will increase to more ungodliness [Sabbath-breaking]. 17And their message will spread like cancer. Hymenaeus and Philetus are of this sort, 18who have strayed concerning the truth, saying that the resurrection is already past; and they overthrow the faith of some. 19Nevertheless the solid foundation of Yahweh stands, having this seal: “Yahweh knows those who are His,” and, “Let everyone who names the name of Messiah [His name is Yahshua.] depart from iniquity.” 20But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay, some for honor and some for dishonor. 21Therefore if anyone cleanses himself from the latter, he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified and useful for the Master, prepared for every good work. 22Flee also youthful lusts; but pursue righteousness, faith, love, peace with those who call on the Master out of a pure heart. 23But avoid foolish and ignorant disputes, knowing that they generate strife. 24And a servant of the Master must not quarrel but be gentle to all, able to teach, patient, 25in humility correcting those who are in opposition, if Yahweh perhaps will grant them repentance, so that they may know the truth, 26and that they may come to their senses and escape the snare of the devil, having been taken captive by him to do his will.”

 

Some may believe that many of my recent posts have been harsh toward believers. Well, heresies like the pre-tribulation rapture and the lunar Sabbath can destroy the faith of some, so these heresies must be severely dealt with. You would not want Yahshua or the Apostles Paul and Peter to rebuke you in these matters, so my rebukes should be a little easier to swallow. Straying from the clear teaching of Scripture leads to your captivity to the devil, so you end up doing his will instead of Yahweh’s will. That leads to spiritual death and you don’t want that.

 

I apologize for not posting over the last few weeks. We had to move our international ministry headquarters down out of the high country. Yahweh’s hand was in this move, though I didn’t always see His hand in it. Praise Yahweh, we’re moved and back online. All glory to Him forever and evermore.

 

Gene Benjamin II

April 15, 2013 CE