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UPDATE: An event on VE Day (Victory in Europe Day) 2015, that I anticipated would be fulfilled on did not work out as I had speculated. I had thought that an evil end-time political “Tyre”, otherwise known as the Beast of Daniel and Revelation would begin its rise to power after a 70 year recess. I now believe that the prophecy of Isaiah 23 is not very likely to be dual in any way. It only refers to the ancient Phonecian Tyre that is currently buried under waves and dirt, as predicted.

MY INITIAL EXPLANATION:

Chapter 23 Preview: There is a lot to know about the Beast of Daniel and Revelation. This chapter presents evidence that may unlock the mystery of the exact dates of the fulfillment of these prophecies. Does prophecy reveal a precise date for when the one who will become the “Abomination of Desolation”, or “the Beast”, will actually come to power over the ten kings (“toes” of Daniel 2)? The main purpose of this chapter is to show that “Tyre” is equivalent to “Babylon” in prophecy, and that the date of its resurrection appears to follow another prophesied event, now past, by exactly seventy years, as determined from Isaiah 23! The final countdown is almost complete! It’s the end time equivalent of Hitler coming into power, only much bigger.

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In Isaiah there is a remarkable prophecy that is boldly stated; yet virtually no one has commented the countdown:

Isaiah 23:15-17 At that time Tyre will be forgotten for seventy years, the span of a king’s life. At the end of seventy years, Tyre’s destiny is as in the song of the prostitute: 16 “Take a harp and ‘strut’ around the city, you forgotten prostitute. Play a sweet melody. Sing many songs, so you’ll be remembered.” 17 Then when the seventy years have passed, Yehovah will revive [Barnes] Tyre, and she’ll return to her hire as a prostitute with all the kingdoms on the face of the earth.

This is an incredible and unmistakable prophetic event that will begin to take place seventy years after an earlier prophesied event. When translated correctly, the phrase “giver of crowns”, rather than “the crowning city”, indicates that the great city will actually delegate which men and nations will make up the Beast:

Isaiah 23:8 Who has planned this against Tyre, the bestower of crowns, whose merchants are princes, whose importers are among the honored people on earth. —The Gabriel Bible

When it says “the span of a king’s life”, the indication is that it is referring to seventy literal years, if not to even a particular King’s actual life span.

Isaiah 23 is exactly parallel to Revelation 18, and Jeremiah 50 and 51; the notorious rise and fall of Babylon. There are several significant details unique to these chapters:

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Revelation 18:3 & 23-24 EVERY NATION has drunk the wine of her rage, and the kings of the earth have participated in her prostitution. The merchants of the earth have become rich by her lust for power.” ... 23 The light of a lamp will never shine in you again, nor will the voices of a bride or groom be heard in you. Your merchants were the most influential men on earth, and every nation was seduced by your sorcery. 24 The blood of prophets, the kadishea, and everyone who has been murdered on the earth was found in her.”

While many acknowledge that the axis powers were the last political/military aspect of the beast, I can find nothing anywhere on the net pinning the 70 year countdown to Mussolini. It is the tyrant Mussolini who I believe turned this prophecy into a time bomb!

 
 
 
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With a literal expectation of the events of Isaiah 23, added to a basic understanding of the four Babylonian beast/kings of Daniel 7, we have two dates to work with—the date when Tyre is forgotten, and the date when she comes back for a smashing encore. It is not likely that you ever read all of these chapters in the same sitting. It is essential that you have a basic awareness of these chapters before you read on. For your convenience, I have included the entire text of the pertinent Biblical chapters at the end of this chapter. You will notice that Isaiah’s Tyre has many parallels elsewhere in prophecy.

Before going further, I would like to explain that the pagan empires that have fought with (and will fight) the twelve tribes of Israel are all viewed as animals (beasts) by Yehovah (God). We use the same terminology today when someone refers to a man as an “animal”.

Political entities that oppose the truth are also likened to Sodom. There are over two dozen references to “Sodom” used to compare other evil kingdoms or cities to that of the city/state already destroyed by Yehovah. Even Jerusalem “is called Sodom and Egypt, where our Master was also crucified.” When Isaiah spoke of the “revelation [not oracle] concerning Tyre” (Isaiah 23:1) he was really saying: “Consider the land of the Chaldeans” (v.13) (another name for Babylon). Ancient Tyre is presently under water, so prophecies for our last generation can not reasonably be mistaken for ancient Tyre, the former island fortress! Tyre, or Modern Babylon or the modern Roman Empire is part of the same type of political system instituted by Nimrod to oppose Yehovah.

The head of gold represents the Babylonian Empire. (“You, O king,” said Daniel, “are the head of gold.”) Over the centuries three successive kingdoms, each inferior) to the ones before it—the one of silver, the one of bronze, and the one of iron that would finally be mixed with clay (Daniel 2:37-43). History confirms Daniel’s interpretation. Three empires succeeded Babylon in world domination: Media-Persia, Greece, and then Rome. Each successive government, however, survived for more years.

Nebuchadnezzar was a man/beast:

Daniel 4:16 His mind will be changed from that of a man, and an animal’s mind will be given to him, till seven seasons pass by for him.

All of the prophetic beasts were cut from the same Babylonian mold. Whether it was called Babylon or Media-Greece or Greece or Rome, or any of the smaller look-a-likes they are all part of a religious/political system soon to become obsolete.

Luke 4:5-7 Then Satan then took Him to a high mountain and showed Him ALL THE KINGDOMS OF THE WORLD in an instant. 6 And the Accuser told Him, “I’ll GIVE YOU THIS ENTIRE DOMINION, AND IT’S SPLENDOR, BECAUSE IT HAS BEEN ENTRUSTED TO ME. I can give it to anyone I want to. 7 So if you worship me, it’s all Yours.”

The Eastern Orthodox connection to the two legs of the man/beast is the reason for this revision. It is commonly understood that the Roman Empire represents the two legs of iron of Daniel’s vision, however the simple idea that the two legs represent THE TWO HALVES of the Holy Roman Empire and their remnants in the form of the Roman Catholic Church and the Eastern Orthodox is very rarely considered. Once the idea occurred to me, I did find one article on a Google search that had also put 2 and 2 together, in part, as commented on below.

The historical aspects of the Beast are well understood, but the prophetic aspects are all but unknown.

Here is what Wikipedia has to say about the historic political division of the Roman Empire:

Diocletian divided the Roman Empire in 286 AD. The Western Roman Empire existed intermittently in several periods between the 3rd Century and the 5th Century, after Diocletian’s Tetrarchy and the reunifications associated with Constantine the Great. Theodosius the Great was the last Roman Emperor to rule both east and west. He died in 395 AD. After him the Roman Empire was quite divided and the Western Roman Empire ended with the abdication of Romulus Augustus under pressure by the Germanic chieftain Odoacer on September 4, 476 AD.

Despite brief periods of reconquest by its counterpart, the Eastern Roman Empire (also called Byzantine Empire), the Western Roman Empire would never rise again. The Eastern Roman Empire would survive for another millennium.

As the Western Roman Empire fell, a new era in western European history began: the Middle Ages.

Influenced by the last remnant of the Western Roman Empire, the Roman Catholic Church, the new war-like “barbarian kingdoms” would rise from the ashes of Western Roman Empire and would eventually adopt roman culture and roman law. Increasingly, these “barbarians” also saw themselves more and more as the “true heirs” of Rome.

Here is Wikipedia’s equally succinct summation of the division of the religious legacy of the divided Roman Empire.

“The East-West Schism, known also as the Great Schism (though this latter term sometimes refers to the later Western Schism), was the event that divided Chalcedonian Christianity into Western Catholicism and Eastern Orthodoxy. Though normally dated to 1054, when Pope Leo IX and Patriarch Michael I excommunicated each other, the East-West Schism was actually the result of an extended period of estrangement between the two Churches. The primary causes of the Schism were disputes over papal authority-the Pope claimed he held authority over the four Eastern patriarchs, while the four eastern patriarchs claimed that the primacy of the Patriarch of Rome was only honorary, and thus he had authority only over Western Christians—and over the insertion of the filioque clause into the Nicene Creed. There were other, less significant catalysts for the Schism, including variance over liturgical practices and conflicting claims of jurisdiction.”

(Wikipedia) “The Church split along doctrinal, theological, linguistic, political, and geographic lines, and the fundamental breach has never been healed. It might be alleged that the two churches actually reunited in 1274 (by the Second Council of Lyons) and in 1439 (by the Council of Basel), but in each case the councils were repudiated by the Orthodox as a whole, given that the hierarchies had overstepped their authority in consenting to these so-called “unions”. Further attempts to reconcile the two bodies have failed; however, several ecclesiastical communities that originally sided with the East changed their loyalties, and are now called Eastern Rite Catholic Churches. For the most part, however, the Western and the Eastern Churches are separate. Each takes the view that it is the “One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church”, implying that the other group left the true church during the Schism”.

The Lateran Treaties essentially created a resurrection of the Roman Empire between Mussolini and the Pope. Adolph Hitler, the other part of the evil axis also negotiated political deals with the Vatican.

Wikipedia used to say (it changes daily):

After Hitler came to power in January 1933, he made the concordat negotiations with [Pope] Pacelli a priority. The negotiations proceeded over six months with constant shuttle diplomacy between the Vatican and Berlin. Hitler spent more time on this treaty than on any other item of foreign diplomacy during his dictatorship.”

The last political/religious resurrection of the Roman Empire—both east and west—ended in 1945. This marked the beginning of the 70 years of the Beast being forgotten as a frightening military force. Yet despite the history I DO NOT BELIEVE THAT THE COMING BEAST WILL BE A CATHOLIC! The reason why is that the next Beast’s religion will apparently be a mutated politically correct composite of several of the saviors of the world’s “great religions”. The last Beast may claim to be the Messiah to Christians and Jews, the Maharishi of India, and possibly even the Mahdi for the Muslims, etc. all rolled up into one person, however since a major opponent, the Kingdom of the South, will be a Muslim kingdom, the Beast might not compete for that title. There may well be a supernaturally impressive “mahdi” there uniting the southern nations.

Notice what the Scriptures say about the Beast’s religion:

Daniel 11:36-41 The king will do whatever he wants to, he’ll exalt himself, and magnify himself above every god, and say astonishing things against the El [God] of elim [elohim], and he’ll succeed until the wrath is finished, because what has been determined must be done. 37 He won’t take into consideration the gods of his ancestors, or the desire of women [or desire wives?], or regard any other god, because he’ll consider himself greater than any of these. 38 Instead of these he’ll honor the god of fortresses, and he’ll honor a god that his ancestors never knew, honoring him with gold, silver, precious stones, and costly gifts. 39 He’ll deal with the strongest fortresses ‘claiming’ the help of a foreign god, greatly honoring those who acknowledge him. He’ll make them to rule over many people, and divide the land for a price. 40 At the time of the end the King of the South will wage war with him, and the King of the North will storm against him with chariots, and horsemen, and many ships, and he’ll invade the countries, and overwhelm them like a flood and pass thru their land. 41 He’ll also invade the beautiful Land, and many countries will be overthrown, but these will be rescued from his grasp: Edom, Moab, and most of the descendants of Ammon.

While viewing a political leader as a god seems inconceivable to us today, it was historically quite prevalent. Not just Roman Emperors but even until Japan’s Hirohito—who was a major reason for the last world war. Throw in a bag of supernatural tricks and some deadly coercion, and the false god notion will make a dramatic comeback!

[1/18/13 Note: In 1825, Adam Clark’s Commentary predicted that the Roman Catholic Church, as we know it, would end in 2015, but not in the way I expect. Here is a short excerpt from his commentary on Daniel 7:25:

“If the papal power, as a horn or temporal power, be intended here, which is most likely, (and we know that that power was given in 755 to Pope Stephen II. by Pepin, king of France), counting one thousand two hundred and sixty years from that, we are brought to a.d. 2015, about one hundred and ninety years from the present...” more.]

Satan, “the King of Tyre”, will literally posses a human king!

Ezekiel 28:11-15 The Word of Yehovah came to me. He said, 12 “Human son, raise a lamentation for the king of Tyre, and tell him: The Sovereign Yehovah says: You were the seal of perfection, full of wisdom and perfect beauty. 13 You were in Eden, Elohim’s paradise. You were adorned with every kind of precious stone: ruby, topaz, diamond, beryl, onyx, jasper, sapphire, turquoise, and emerald. Your tambourines and mountings were crafted in gold. They were prepared on the day you were created. 14 You were the anointed cherub I appointed to overshadow. You were on the kadosh mountain of Elohim, you walked among the fiery stones. 15 You were blameless in your ways from the day that you were created, until violence was discovered in you.

I tried to find someone else who had come to the same conclusion as I did about the future Tyre, so I did a Google search for the words: “Tyre will be forgotten seventy years” and “Mussolini.” While most searches yield hundreds or thousands of matches this only yielded one article cited by two sources. (In January, 2006 substituting Hitler also yielded nothing.) This lone article about Tyre (culminating with Mussolini) turned out to be very informative and contains a great deal of relevant information about Tyre’s long history and was right on target until it got to the concluding 70 years. The article then claims that the 70 years of being “forgotten” ended with Mussolini rather than beginning the countdown with his defeat and that Mussolini fulfilled the prophecy of the world ruling empire! As might be expected, the article also concluded that the Catholic remnant of the Roman Empire alone (no mention of the Eastern Orthodox Empire) has apparently fulfilled both legs of Daniel’s prophecy. Still I highly recommend reading their PART 3: Ancient and Modern “Tyre” in Prophecy. You will need to scroll down just over half way thru this multi part article to find PART 3. One other comment is that they rightly identified the King of Tyre as Satan, but when it got to the part where he dies they switch off and say that only the human counterpart can die—believing that Satan will never die. (Have you read my Disclaimer?) You might also want to read about Satan’s Second Death.

Whether “Babylon” is called Chaldea or Tyre or Rome or Sodom, the conclusion is the same; she'll be a temple prostitute that defiles the earth.

Revelation 18:2-3 He shouted with a mighty voice: “Fallen, fallen is Babylon the Great. She has become a cavern of demons and a haunt for every unclean spirit, a haunt of every ‘unkosher’ and abominable bird, and the haunt of every ‘unkosher’ and abominable predatory beast. 3 EVERY NATION has drunk the wine of her rage, and the kings of the earth have participated in her PROSTITUTION. The merchants of the earth have become rich by her lust for power.”

There is an important aspect concerning the Babylonian type beast of prophecy that is imperative to understanding end time prophecy. We must know that the beastly Babylonian empire turned Media—Persia turned Greece turned Roman Empire, opposed to the people of Israel was divided into two empires (“two legs” in Daniel 2) While Israel occupied Jerusalem and the Promised Land, the beasts came to them there. Then when the twelve tribes of Israel went into Diaspora (exile), the beasts have come to wherever they were (and are).

While the east—west division of the Roman Empire by Diocletian in 286 AD is extremely well documented in history, as summarized by my first Wikipedia link—the two legs of the beast aspect of Daniel’s prophecy is usually overlooked even by those teaching the prophecy!

It might also seem strange, on first reading the book of Ezekiel, to find that he spent so much time telling about the defeat of the nation of Israel while they were already defeated and slaves of Babylon. It is apparent that he was referring to unfulfilled events yet to happen! We understand that the Babylon of Revelation is the same as the Roman Empire. The context within and surrounding these chapters places the timing well within the end time—however the Isaiah 23 account apparently DATES the interval between TWO HOLOCAUSTS! Seventy years after the defeat of “Tyre” the whore will come back! (Isaiah 23:16) Notice also that Tyre considered herself a “virgin daughter of Sidon.” And she was of “the land of the Chaldeans”. (Isaiah 23:12-13) Babylon also considered herself a “virgin daughter” and a “daughter of the Chaldeans” (Isaiah 47:1). The coming “Fourth Reich” will be built on the foundation of the ancient Babylonian Mystery.

What does this mean? If indeed these are parallel accounts, then we now know that the exact interval between these two theocratic empires is “seventy years!” If we plug in dates, we have the defeat of the whore sponsored Axis powers on V.E. Day, 1945. Add seventy years and you end up with V.E Day [May 8, or the Biblical Calendar equivalent], 2015. This marks the BEGINNING of the ten horned kingdom. For entirely different reasons, I believe that the final Jubilee of this age begins in the spring of 2028 AD—which is also the year long “Day of Yehovah” (“the Lord”). Counting backwards for the 3˝ year duration of the Great Tribulation takes us to the fall of 2024, when the armies gather at Armageddon. Following the “Day of Yehovah,” the Everlasting Kingdom begins. 2029, the year following the Jubilee, is the first year of the Seventh Millennium!

Revelation 18:16-18 and saying, ‘How terrible, how terrible it is for the great city! She wore fine linen, purple and scarlet stuff, and gilded with gold, gemstones and pearls, 17 and in one hour all of this wealth has been destroyed’. Every captain and every navigator sailing anywhere, mariners, anyone making their living from the sea stood in the distance. 18 When they saw the plumes of smoke rising from her flames, they cried, ‘What other city is like this great city?’

Might this represent the entire life span of the last resurrection of the Roman Empire?

Here is more important information on dating the arrival of the next Super Power.

Daniel 9:27 He [the desolator] will make a firm contract [covenant] with many for one period of seven. Then in the middle of the period of seven he’ll stop the zebakim and the offerings. The desolator will introduce abominations [or idols] thru a wing of the Temple [[JFB commentary], until the predetermined end time, when wrath will be poured out on the awestruck.’”

The meaning of this has been thought by some to be another proof text concerning Yeshua’s (Jesus’) Wednesday death. But this is referring to the next Hitler, not Yeshua! Yeshua did not stop any ze’bakim (sacrifices)! Decades after the book of Hebrews was written, zebakim were still being offered. Paul said of his time that:

Hebrews 8:3 Every high priest is required to give meal offerings and ze’bakim [sacrifices], and it was necessary for this One to have something to offer as well.

On a millennial scale (The 7000 year plan), that is, using seven days to represent seven one thousand year periods, Yeshua came as the Anointed One at the close of the Fourth Millennium. The beginning of His ministry marked the last Jubilee of the fourth millennium. And while His death occurred in the middle of the 69th (seven year long) “week”, it isn’t the same mid week as the Beast’s middle of the 70th (seven year long) week of Daniel, nor does it have anything to do with a Wednesday.

Continuing into The Mysterious Seventy “Weeks” Prophecy of Daniel: “... and the people of the coming leader will destroy the city and the Temple [70 AD was a “trial run” of the event to come], and its end will be with a flood, and all the way to the end there will be war, desolation is determined.” (Daniel 9:26). Toward the end of the coming conflict, Yeshua will defend Jerusalem (Isaiah 31:4-5), but not before a lot of sorrow! The very next words in Daniel are: “He’ll make a firm contract with many for one period of seven. Then in the middle of the period of seven [years] he’ll stop the ze’bakim [sacrifices] and the offerings. ...” This is the Scripture that some claim means that the Great Tribulation will last for seven years, using the day for a year principle. Close but no cookie.

Daniel 9:27 ... The desolator will bring loathsome things [or idols] thru a wing of the Temple [JFB commentary], until the predetermined end time, when wrath will be poured out on the awestruck.

This exact date is also determined, not capricious! The logical understanding of this passage is found by comparing it to the almost identical use of these words, used just two and three chapters ahead.

Daniel 11:31 Armed forces will rise up, and they’ll defile the Temple refuge, and put a stop to the daily burnt zebakim, and they’ll set up an appalling detestable idol [KJV, abomination of desolation].

(The “appalling detestable idol” is known as “the abomination that causes desolation” in Daniel 9 and Matthew 24:15; “Antichrist”; “the man of sin” in 2 Thessalonians 2:3–10, (but the codices Sinaiticus and Vaticanus correctly read “the Man of Lawlessness” [Torahlessness]); “the little horn” in Daniel 7:8-24 and 8:9; “The King of Babylon” and “the Oppressor” in Isaiah 14:4; “the Assyrian” in Isaiah 10:24-26, Isaiah 30:27-33, 31:8 and Micah 5; the “King of Assyria” in Isaiah 10:12; “the Prince of Tyre” in Ezekiel 28:1-10; “the King of the North” in Daniel 11; “the Beast” in Revelation 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 19 & 20. He is the associate of “the false prophet” of Revelation 16:13, 19:20 and 20:10.)

The following chapter dates the time when “the sacrifice and the offering [will] cease”:

Daniel 12:1 AT THAT TIME, Michael will take a stand, the great leader who stands for your ‘countrymen’, and there will be a time of trouble [the great Tribulation], such as there has never been since the first nation up until that time, AND AT THAT TIME [during the “time of the end!”] your people will be rescued, everyone whose names are still found {niphal} recorded in the Book [of Life].

The explanation for these verses is that the “king” who is to become the Abomination will “cut a deal” (“confirm a covenant”) with “many” nations that will last “week.” (Again, as explained in Jubilee 2028 AD.) Part of that deal is that Jews, probably descendants of Zadok, can begin offering ze’bakim (sacrifices) exactly seven years before the Day of Yehovah. Then half way thru Satan’s final seven year “week”, (in the middle of the week) “he”, according to plan, will double cross Israel and “bring an end to zebakim and offerings.” This amazing Scripture reveals the seven year count down to when Yehovah first intervenes! This is the “missing week” in The Mysterious Seventy “Weeks” Prophecy that Daniel just described! This “week” begins with “desolations are determined” and ends with the Resurrection and the Trumpet plagues! This is connected to the Latter Temple described in Ezekiel 40 thru 48!

Here is the entire chapter:

Isaiah 23: The revelation [not oracle] concerning Tyre. Wail, you ships of Tarshish! Tyre is laid waste, without house or harbor! From the land of Kittim reports have come to them. 2 Be silent, you inhabitants of the coastland, you merchants from Sidon, whose seafarers are overflowing with merchandise. 3 On ‘the Mediterranean’ the grain of the Nile came as her revenue. She was the marketplace for the nations. 4 Be ashamed, Sidon, because the sea has spoken, the stronghold of the sea, saying, “I haven’t labored, or given birth, or raised young men, or brought up virgins.” 5 When the news reaches Egypt, they’ll be in anguish over the report about Tyre. 6 Cross over to Tarshish! Wail inhabitants of the coastland! 7 Is this your blissful city founded in antiquity, whose ‘voyagers’ carried her to colonize distant lands? 8 Who has planned this against Tyre, the bestower of crowns, whose merchants are princes, whose importers are among the honored people on earth. 9 Yehovah the Commander has planned it, to humiliate the arrogant beauties and to humble all the renowned of the earth. 10 Pour over your land like the Nile, daughter of Tarshish. There is nothing left to restrain you. 11 He has stretched out His hand over the sea and made its kingdoms tremble. Yehovah has ordered the destruction of Canaan’s fortresses. 12 He said, “You will no longer celebrate, oppressed virgin maiden of Sidon.” Get up, cross over to Kittim—even there you’ll find no rest. 13 Look at the land of the Chaldeans. Their nation didn’t exist until the Assyrians founded it for the wild amimals. They set up their siege towers. They overthrew its palaces. They made it a ruin. 14 Wail, ships of Tarshish, because your fortress is destroyed! 15 At that time Tyre will be forgotten for seventy years, the span of a king’s life. At the end of seventy years, Tyre’s destiny is as in the song of the prostitute: 16 “Take a harp and ‘strut’ around the city, you forgotten prostitute. Play a sweet melody. Sing many songs, so you’ll be remembered.” 17 Then when the seventy years have passed, Yehovah will revive [Barnes] Tyre, and she’ll return to her hire as a prostitute with all the kingdoms on the face of the earth. 18 Her merchandise and her profits will be set apart for Yehovah. It won’t be stored or hoarded. Her merchandise will be for those who live in the presence of Yehovah, an abundance of food and fine clothing.

There is something that will happen after the seventy year period that will be of great significance to “the wise.” This is a dual prophecy as there are two different seventy year periods. The former seventy years began when Israel went into Babylonian captivity and ended when a remnant returned to Jerusalem to rebuild the temple. During the second seventy year period, Tyre or Babylon or the Modern Roman Empire will herself have been restrained for seventy years before making her comeback. Notice what was planned for “Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon, My servant” (v.9) after the former seventy years:

Jeremiah 25:12-14 Then when the seventy years are over, I’ll punish the king of Babylon and that nation, says Yehovah, for their wickedness, and I’ll make the land of the Chaldeans a wasteland forever. 13 I’ll bring on that land everything that I said I would, that is, everything written in this book that Jeremiah prophesied against the nations. 14 Many nations and great kings will make slaves even of them, and I’ll compensate them commensurate to the things they’ve done.

This is the same seventy year period that pertained to ancient Israel’s captivity. After a remnant of Israel returned to Zion, Yehovah punished “Babylon” “the land of the Chaldeans.” Modern Babylon, that I believe will rule until the Day of Yehovah (2028 AD), will be punished after a remnant of Israel is gathered into a “Place of Refuge”.

Jeremiah 29:10-14 This is what Yehovah says: AFTER the seventy years have passed in Babylon, I’ll come to you and fulfill the promise toward you of bringing you back to this place. 11 I know the plans that I have for you, says Yehovah, plans of peace—not harm, to give you hope and a future. 12 Then you’ll call on Me, and you’ll come and pray to Me, and I’ll listen to you. 13 You’ll search for Me, and find Me, when you search for Me with all your being. 14 I’ll allow you to find Me, says Yehovah, and I’ll bring you back from captivity, and I’ll regather you from every nation, and from every locality where I’ve banished you, says Yehovah, and I’ll bring you back to the place from where I sent you into exile.

This is where the modern day “seventy years” gets interesting.

There are many parallels between the “latter temple” and “Joshua and Zerubbabel” also referring to the “Two Witnesses” bringing a remnant of Israel together after the scattering. I believe that the first period began due to the sins of Israel, but that the final seventy year period pertains to the sins of Babylon first and Yehovah’s blessing of the remnant of Israel after the seventy years, when Tyre is forgotten.

Daniel 9:1-3,14 It was the first year of Darius the son of Ahasuerus, of Median descent, who had been appointed king over the Chaldean empire. 2 In the first year of his reign, I, Daniel, learned from the Scriptures (according to the Word of Yehovah given to the prophet Jeremiah) that Jerusalem was to lie in ruins for seventy years. 3 So I turned my attention to Yehovah Elohim in prayer and petitions, with fasting, sackcloth and ashes. ... 14 So Yehovah kept the disaster in mind and brought it about, because Yehovah our Elohim is righteous in everything He has done, but we haven’t obeyed what He said.

Zechariah lamented the insincerity of the religious people of his day. And as it was then, when the religious community really decides to seek Elohim it will be too late. Israel had to, and will again learn the hard way.

Zechariah 7 In the fourth year of the reign of King Darius, the Word of Yehovah came to Zechariah on the fourth day of the ninth month, the month of Chislev. 2 The people of Bethel had sent Sharezer and Regem Melech and their men to seek Yehovah’s favor, 3 by asking the priests of the Temple of Yehovah the Commander, and to the prophets, “Should we cry in the fifth month, and ‘fast’, as we’ve done for so many years?”

4 Then the Word of Yehovah the Commander came to me: 5 Ask all the people of the land, and the priests, “When you fasted and cried in the fifth and in the seventh months for these seventy years, was it really for Me that you fasted? 6 And when you eat and drink, aren’t you eating and drinking for yourselves? 7 Aren’t these the words that Yehovah proclaimed thru the former prophets, when Jerusalem and its surrounding towns were inhabited and prosperous, and the Negev and the foothills were still inhabited?”ť 8 The Word of Yehovah came to Zechariah: 9 “This is what Yehovah the Commander has said: minister true justice, and show kindness and compassion to each other. 10 Don’t oppress widows, orphans, aliens, or the poor, and none of you should even think of plotting evil against each other.” 11 But they refused to pay attention and turned a stubborn shoulder and covered their ears so they wouldn’t hear. 12 They made their ‘attitudes’ as hard as flint, so as not to hear the Torah and the words that Yehovah the Commander had sent by His spirit thru the former prophets. So great wrath came from Yehovah the Commander. 13 Just as He called, and they refused to listen, so they’ll call, and I won’t listen, says Yehovah the Commander, 14 but I scattered them like a tornado among all the nations that they were unfamiliar with. The land they left was so desolate that no one even traveled thru it, because they ruined the pleasant land.

The time will come when our own leaders will sell us—literally. Preparations for the sale are already underway!

Zechariah 11:4-10 This is what Yehovah my Elohim says: Shepherd the flock doomed for slaughter. 5 Their buyers slaughter them, and go unpunished. Those who sell them say, “Praise Yehovah, I’ve become rich,” while their own shepherds have no pity on them. 6 Yehovah declares “I’ll no longer pity the inhabitants of the land. I’ll cause each of them to fall into the hands of their neighbors, and each into the hands of their king. They’ll devastate the land, and I won’t rescue anyone from their hands.”

7 So I became the shepherd of the flock doomed to be slaughtered, especially the afflicted of the flock. And I took for myself two staffs: one I called Favor and the other I called Union, and I shepherded the flock. 8 I annihilated the three shepherds in one month. I became impatient with ‘the sheep’ and they loathed Me. 9 Then I said, “I won’t be your shepherd. What is to die should die, and what is to be destroyed should be destroyed. Let those who are left eat each other. 10 I took My staff called Favor, and cut it in two, so that I could break the covenant I had made with all the nations.

Many people respond to anyone who would dare ask “when”, concerning end time prophecies, that we can not know, citing their favorite “thief in the night” verse such as Matthew 24:42-43. The envoys (apostles) thought that Yeshua would come in their lifetime. Surely at that time no one knew “when”. Perhaps only a few in this last generation will have sufficient information to understand “when”. The key to understanding the end time time line is knowing when the next Jubilee is! We are told to “watch”. Today, if you are watching, you might see something! This is the generation that needs to know! There is one “thief” verse that should be carefully underlined:

1 Thessalonians 5:1-6 But Friends, concerning the time periods and the appointed times of crisis, it is unnecessary for me write to you, 2 because you know for certain that the Day of YHVH will come like a thieving false “minister” in the time of moral stupidity and darkness [1]. 3 When people are saying, “Peace and tranquility”, then suddenly destruction will overtake them like the labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they won’t escape. 4 But you, Friends, aren’t in darkness. That Day won’t catch you off guard like a thieving false “minister”, 5 because you are all sons of the light, and sons of the day. You aren’t sons of the night or sons of darkness. 6 So let’s not sleep like everyone else does, but let’s stay awake and be sober.

[1] or “like a thief in the night”

Then there is the “Behold, I am coming as a thief” warning that follows the sixth trumpet plague! (Revelation 16:15) Some people, even during the trumpet plagues won’t know when or even if Yeshua will arrive until they see Him! “The day” underscored above is the Day of Yehovah, the year of Elohim’s intervention. On the Feast of Trumpets, of the next Jubilee year, at exactly the 12th hour of the day, Satan’s rule will be “cut ... short!” The twelfth hour approximates our 6:00 P.M. at sunset (Matthew 20:6-8,12). Only in this way can people in all 24 time zones hear the trumpets on the same day!

Romans 9:26-28 And in the very place [Hosea 1:5-11] where they were told, ‘You are not My people’, there they’ll be called ‘the children of the living Aloha.’” 27 Isaiah proclaimed about the descendants of Israel, “Though the number of the descendants of Israel will be like grains of sand on the seashore, only a few survivors will be left behind [root word].” 28 YHVH has completed the mandate, and will perform it quickly on the earth.

There will be no postponements. Plan on a long event filled evening! (Zechariah 14:7) Start preparing for a wonderful future. I hope to see you there!

The End

This article hopefully answers the “who” and the “when” of the Babylon prophecies. The Biblical chapters in Addendum #4 address the rest of the story. I am not saying that this is the only possible fulfillment of the Beast’s seventy weeks of being forgotten. I just can’t think of another likely scenario. One factor that does not fit is that if this is a part of a 70 year cycle then it is not the same 70 year cycle as the 7 X 70 year cycle of Daniel 9. There will not be another presumed Biblical 70th year until 2064 AD, and 1994 was not too exciting either. But then I suppose that Satan is surely on a different page.

Lon Martin, lonwmartin@yahoo.com
6/15/2000

[12/19/14 note: It has been over fourteen years since I wrote this article, and no one has suggested any alternative explanation to me as to when the “seventy years” might have begun. In 2015 the “seventy years” countdown will end, as I understand it. I am not a prophet, and I could be in error about the exact event and date that initiated the Biblical seventy years countdown. If I am in error, we’ll soon know.]

[2/14/15: Due to the commerce comments emphasized in the Tyre account, I anticipate that many of the world’s currencies will collapse, with many countries outside of the beastly real going completely bankrupt, with paper money becoming worthless once the beastly financial colossus has arisen sufficiently. The stage is already being set with the Russian Ruble losing half of it’s value in the last year and the US about to follow suit!

A popular and relatively new alternative explanation about the Antichrist being a Muslim is found here. It seems really compelling, but then some really good debunking of this concept can be found here and here. (I can’t believe I just posted a link to a site called Rapture Ready!) Anyway the rebuttal that stood out the most to me in the second link is the fact that “the Assyrian invasion” really does happen in the millennium. I was surprised that a rapturist picked up on that. Most would settle for that happening any time between 1948 and the end of this age. There is also some info on the second link on the 10 European kings that was very surprising to me. Need info on Assyria? Assyria plays a major role in the coming beastly superpower struggle.]

[April 4, 2015 footnote. The major players to keep an eye on next month: Prince Charles, the German government and the Vatican... as the US continues it’s downward spiral to oblivion. Gold should make a huge comeback—until it too becomes worthless in the famine.]

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The Antichrist and a Cup of Tea—Tim Cohen

The Antichrist and a Cup of Tea (Amazon.com) will answer your questions about who the Antichrist may likely be. How literally should you take Elohim’s written word? Is it literal even to the point of its apocalyptic symbolism?

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