Wednesday, April 25, 2018
On September 23rd and 24th last year what I believe was the Great Sign of Revelation 12:1–2 appeared in the sky for all to see (who were willing to see). It happened on, or one day after, the Feast of Trumpets (a.k.a. Rosh Hashanah). Make careful note of that date.
What we commonly call the Tribulation, but more accurately called Daniel’s 70th Week, the (beginning) of the Day of the LORD, or the Time of Jacob’s Trouble, is a period of judgment on the Gentile nations and purification for Israel that lasts seven years (see Lev. 12:1–2 for an interesting parallel), hence many of us speculating that this time period may have run from September 2017 to the Fall of 2024. That date range happens to be demarcated by two total solar eclipses over the world’s most powerful and prosperous Gentile nation—the United States.
Obviously that speculation was wrong, but what seems clear is that an astronomical alignment appeared in the sky that perfectly matched the description given in the first few verses of Revelation 12 (see here and here). And it happened in a year of incredible significance (120 years from the First Zionist Congress, 100 years from the Balfour Declaration, 70 years from the U.N. mandate to establish a Jewish State, and 50 years from the Six-Day War and the conquest of East Jerusalem).
The Great Sign has already served many purposes: alerting the Church to the nearness of Christ’s imminent appearing, demarcating the near-completion of a full generation in Israel (see here and Ps. 90:10), and finally helping us to uncover the true meaning of a key passage of Scripture that for far too long had been neglected, allegorized, and relegated to unimportant status. There is a reason God drew our attention to this specific time period in history, but we won’t fully understand how all the timing fits until further events unfold (namely the rapture of the Church and commencement of Daniel’s 70th Week).
Looking now in the rear-view mirror we can see that the Great Sign occurred on September 23–24, 2017 in immediate or close proximity to the Feast of Trumpets. But looking forward, I’ve learned something quite interesting: in 2025 the Feast of Trumpets falls precisely on September 23rd on both the Hebrew calendar and the more accurate Torah Calendar. And on both calendars the holiday ends on the 24th, just as the Great Sign ended on the 24th. Seeing as the Tribulation did not begin this past Fall, I find it fascinating that its next logical ending point would be the Fall of 2025 and the next biblical festival to be fulfilled happens to land on the exact date as the Great Sign—the Church’s exit sign—appeared in 2017. Perhaps 9/23 does have a phenomenal level of significance, after all.
Could the Great Sign on 9/23/17 have served not only to wake up the Church, but also to point forward to the end-point of the woman’s/Israel’s labor? The male child of Revelation 12:5 is the Church and is born before the woman, Israel, goes into labor (Is. 66:7–9), and is taken straight to the Throne of God (1 Thess. 4:16–18; Rev. 3:21; 4:1–2; 12:5), but Israel remains behind to endure a time of troubles—the birth pangs spoken of in Jesus’ Olivet Discourse. The Sign of the Woman appeared on 9/23/17 and perhaps her pangs finally end on 9/23/25. Just speculation, of course, but the parallel is pretty striking.
And the timing fits well considering the fact that 2018 is arguably the most significant year of all in terms of modern Israeli history and The Parable of the Fig Tree—70 years exactly since the nation of Israel returned to existence.
Returning to the two total solar eclipses that crisscross the United States, what if they don’t mark the Tribulation, but instead highlight the last seven years of the United States’ existence, or perhaps the final seven years of unimpeded Gentile rule on earth? The final eclipse lands on April 8, 2024 and just five weeks later, on Israel’s 76th birthday, a sign forms in the sky that might signal the beginning of the final segment of Daniel’s 70th Week—seven angels in Heaven pouring out seven vials of wrath upon the earth. We speculated this might take only several months, but perhaps this final judgment takes a little over a year, ending in the Fall of 2025.
This timeline would see the Tribulation beginning sometime shortly after Israel’s 70th birthday and ending several months after Israel’s 77th birthday in 2025. The completion of the end of the age events could thus satisfy Jesus’ Parable of the Vineyard in conjunction with Psalm 90’s definition of a generation as being “70 or if by strength 80”. All things would be completed before Israel turns 80 years old.
If there is any merit to this timeline, that means the rapture could be coming up quickly (but of course we don’t know when). A few important dates to keep in mind:
May 14th – Israel’s 70th anniversary on the Gregorian calendar and the exact date of the LORD’s ascension if He was crucified in 33 AD
May 17th – Israel’s 70th anniversary according to Torah Calendar
May 20th, 21st, or 22nd – Pentecost
September 11th – Feast of Trumpets
September 19th – Day of Atonement
September 24th – Feast of Tabernacles
October 1st – Shemini Atzeret
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