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.”  And Jacob journeyed to Succoth, and built him a house, and made booths for his cattle; therefore the name of the place is called Succoth.” (Genesis 33:17 KJV).

Today is the last day of the Feast of Tabernacles and tonight will usher in the final feast of the month of Tishri (7th month of the Hebrew Religious calendar). The Last Great Day (Shemini Atzeret) is essentially an 8th day of celebration. Jesus’ birth on Tabernacles is a bridge connecting Israel’s history to future events.

The first recorded variation of the word Sukkot (tabernacle, tent, shelter) is in the 33rd chapter of Genesis where Jacob (Israel) left his brother Esau and journeyed to a town. There, he built a cottage and shelters for his cattle. The name of this town in Hebrew, Succoth, is translated “booths.” Booths or temporary shelters were built for Jacob’s livestock. It is providential that Jesus was wrapped in swaddling clothes and laid in a manger for livestock. It would be like God to have Israel’s and the world’s savior born on the feast day (Sukkot) bearing the same name as the city (Succoth) where Israel (Jacob) settled.

“But when the fullness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, to redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.” (Galatians 4:4-5 KJV).  

On the 8th day from His birth, our Messiah was circumcised and given the name Jesus (Luke 2:21). Circumcision was the covenant Yahweh made with Abraham (Genesis 17:9-13). The circumstances of Jesus’ birth was in accordance with the Law. Our king was born on the first day of Tabernacles as Emmanuel, God with us. He was circumcised, or set apart for God, on the 8th day (Hebrew Shemini Atzeret, the Last Great Day). Through Moses, the Lord commanded the reading of his Law to the children of Israel during the Feast of Tabernacles (Deuteronomy 31:9-13). Jesus’ birth during this feast further affirmed that it was a time of joy and hope. Jesus or Yeshua (God saves) signified that the newborn Son of God brought glory to the Father’s plan of Salvation.

In our final installment on Sukkot, we will examine the 2nd outpouring of the Holy Spirit and its connection to the Last Great Day. We will also see if this Holy Day is the day of the general resurrection of the saints. As we patiently wait for the Moadim (God’s appointed times), true believers must go into the fields and plant gospel seeds in anticipation of the last great harvest. EJ

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Sukkot (Part 1)

You shall dwell in booths (Tabernacles) for seven days. All who are native Israelites shall dwell in booths., that your generations may know that I made the children of Israel dwell in booths when I brought them out of the land of Egypt: I AM the LORD your GOD.” (Leviticus 23:42-43 NKJV).

This Sunday (September 27th) at sundown, marks the beginning of the Feast of Tabernacles. This is a 7 day celebration for all of Israel. This festive time is also known as the Feast of Ingathering (Fall Harvest). God ordained this time because it would be an everlasting reminder that God’s presence (in the Ark of the Covenant) dwelt for 40 years in the wilderness with His people. The children of Israel would build temporary shelters made from the branches of palm trees, leafy trees and willows of the brook. (Leviticus 23:40). This was one of the 3 Feast Days (Passover and Pentecost)  that all men of Israel were required to attend in Jerusalem. (Deuteronomy 16:16). The importance of this Holy Day was to remind all generations that God’s presence dwells among His people.

From the time of the Exodus, until the end of the Millennium, we will learn the role that the Feast of Tabernacles has in God’s plan of salvation. King Solomon built the first Temple and during Solomon’s dedication, fire came down from Heaven and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices. The Shekinah Glory filled the Temple. (A near fulfillment to what will happen at the end of the age.) Solomon held a celebration for 7 days and 2nd Chronicles 7:10 tells us that it was on the 23rd day of the 7th month that the children of Israel were sent home. Solomon dedicated the Temple and God graced it with HIS presence during the Feast of Tabernacles. (Days 15-22 of the 7th month of Tishri.)

As long as Israel obeyed the Lord, God’s presence would remain in the temple. Unfortunately, that did not happen and the temple would become desolate in 586 BC as the majority of Judah (the Southern Kingdom) went into exile in Babylon. The Lord would have mercy and sent a remnant back to Jerusalem to rebuild the Temple. (Fulfilling 2nd Chronicles 36:20-21).  Before the foundation of the 2nd temple was built, the exiles celebrated the Fall Holy Days and the Feast of Tabernacles was observed again. (Ezra 3:4). The importance of Sukkot was felt even during the years between the Old and New Testament. In Part 2 we will see how Sukkot influenced a new Holy Day and show why Tabernacles will be forever linked to the birth of our Savior. EJ

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” Seventy weeks are decreed for your people and your holy city: to finish the transgression, to put an end to sin, and to atone for iniquity, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal both vision and prophet, and to anoint a most holy place.” (Daniel 9:24, NRSV).

Tomorrow evening at sunset begins the most solemn day of the Hebrew calendar, Yom Kippur. The Day of Atonement is a Sabbath, where no work is done and the streets of Jerusalem are empty. Even non-religious individuals observe this day. It is so holy that many schools in the United States with a high Jewish population will be closed on Wednesday. Although there is no temple to observe this special day with animal sacrifices, many Jewish men and women have been repenting and asking God for forgiveness since Rosh Hashanah (Feast of Trumpets.) God, in his mercy, covers the sins of the Jewish nation for another year.

For a true believer in Jesus, our sins were atoned during the preparation day of Passover. When Jesus was crucified, all sins: past, present and future were paid for. However, because the Jewish nation rejected Jesus as their king, God sent a hardening over part of Israel (Jewish people) until the times of Gentiles are fulfilled. (cf: Romans 11:25 and Luke 21:24). God accounted for this in His master plan of salvation and therefore instituted the Day of Atonement as a holy day for Israel to observe. (Leviticus 16). So, when will Yom Kippur be fulfilled? Daniel 9:24 holds the key.

70 weeks of years ( 70, 7 year periods) were decreed for Daniel, his people (Judah and Israel) and Jerusalem. We know that the sins of Judah  will be put to an end and the iniquity of the Hebrew people will be atoned for. (Ezekiel 36:25-38). The only way atonement can be made is when one accepts Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. Will Israel do this? This is what Zechariah 13:1 tells us: “On that day a fountain shall be opened for the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, to cleanse them from sin and impurity.”

The prophets are in agreement that there will be a day where the sins of Israel will be atoned for. This fulfillment will happen on Yom Kippur. Then the remnant of the 12 tribes will be gathered to Jesus and He will cleanse them before they enter the Millennium. (Zechariah 8:23). Ezekiel 45:18-25 shows the Feast Days Israel will observe in the Millennium. They are Passover (days of Unleavened Bread), Pentecost (Spring Harvest) and Sukkot (Fall Harvest). Yom Kippur is not necessary anymore after Israel turns to Jesus.

What does that mean for us? Well, if we know that the Day of Atonement ends the 70th week, then we can know that the  final 7 year period will end in late September or early October. (That is when Yom Kippur is observed). We can count back 2520 days to determine that the beginning of the 70th week will commence sometime during the end of October. God has given us clues in His Word so that his magi can figure out future events. Will you be prepared? EJ

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“You yourselves have seen what I did to Egypt, and how I carried you on eagle’s wings and brought you to myself. Now if you obey me fully and keep my covenant, then out of all nations you will be my treasured possession. Although the whole earth is mine, you will be for me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation…”
The people all responded together, “We will do everything the LORD has said.” (Exodus 19:4-6a, 8a
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Many possess land handed down through a line of ancestors. Property that has long been in the family is not uncommon. Ownership took place long ago. A deal was struck. A deed or title followed. All parties, descendants included, became bound to an agreement. So it is with God’s people, the Israelites.

With Moses as the go-between, the Lord met his people at Sinai. A conditional agreement was made. If the people obeyed God fully and kept his covenant, they would be favored above all others on the face of the earth. They would be the Lord’s treasured possession. Though everyone belonged to Him, Jacob’s offspring would be a kingdom of priests and a holy nation. This is the inheritance of Israel.

With the terms of God’s covenant clearly spelled out, the gathered children of Abraham voiced their agreement. The people responded together, “We will do everything the LORD has said.” (Exodus 19:6a) In what language did Moses communicate God’s terms? In what language did the descendants of the Patriarchs promise their faithfulness to the Lord’s covenant? They spoke in an ancient Hebrew tongue we know today as Paleo-Hebrew.

Did the Lord renege on his commitment? “Is God a man that he should lie or a son of man that he should change his mind?” (Numbers 23:19) The question is rhetorical. Of course, he has not–and never will. The Lord will have a people who keep their covenant of obedience. An outpouring of the Holy Spirit (Pentcost Redux) is all that’s necessary to reveal the chosen or elect of God. This anointing from on high will not fall upon individuals scattered here and there, but, as in Acts 2, on gathered saints (cf. Hebrews 10:25).

In the last days, the people Peter described in 1 Peter 2:9 will gather in fellowship communities by necessity. (Think of the animals that arrived two by two in ordered to be gathered into Noah’s ark.) One tongue, uttered by God’s people, will mark believers and fortify their unity. Because of language difficulties, the wicked from the nations will stumble in confusion, or–and this will be a false sign or wonder–a counterfeit Pentecost from Satan could occur.

Our brother Elijah commented on the “Pentecost Redux, Part 1” post. He pointed out that a major key to understanding tongues in prophecy is Genesis 11:1-9. Realizing that confusing language to scatter people was God’s judgment on covenant-breakers, we can easily see how reuniting the covenant keepers from among the nations will be a common tongue. Revelation 7:9-10 is evidence. Languages may not cease. Nations will be present in the Millennium, but God’s people won’t need translators. In the way Arabic and Mecca unites Muslims around the world, Paleo-Hebrew will be spoken by the saints who look to Zion as God’s Holy Hill.

In conclusion: The Israelites stood at Sinai and made a sacred vow. They spoke as one and promised God their obedience. They failed to keep their word, but their descendants who call on the Lord, will fulfill their covenant. As one people with one tongue, saints will gather around the Temple and our High Priest Jesus. There we will pledge our faithfulness to the God who saves. The difference between Mount Sinai and Mount Zion will be Pentecost Redux.

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Pentecost

“…this is what was spoken of by the Prophet Joel, ‘In the last days I will pour out my Spirit on all people… I will show wonders in the heaven above and signs on the earth below, blood and fire and billows of smoke. The sun will be turned to darkness and the moon to blood before the coming of the great and glorious day of the Lord. And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.’ ” (Acts 2:16-17a, 19-21 NIV)

On the Feast of Pentecost, as Peter explained to the Jews what they were seeing and hearing, he offered an example of the near/far prophetic. Among the major rules for Bible interpretation is this: “Look for the near/far in prophecy.” (See Book Excerpts menu above, “Rules of Interpretation”).

Applying the rules, the only way the Apostle’s words, in Acts 2:16-21, are accurately understood necessitates viewing the Holy Spirit’s power on Jesus’ disciples as historical (near), yet prophetical as well. I argue the sign of tongues in Acts 2 is a shape, shadow or pattern of a future (far) last-days’ event. What Acts gives, particularly in Chapter 2, is a description of events as they unfolded, but also a preview of signs and wonders to come.

Charismatics and Pentecostals would argue that tongues-speaking reappeared more than a century ago, or since a famous meeting in 1903 on Los Angeles’ Azusa Street. I do not dispute the charismatic experiences of my fellow believers; I do contend, however, that any claim that what we have seen in recent times fulfills Joel’s prophecy lacks Biblical support.

For instance, with the tongues of the past, has there been blood, fire and billows of smoke? Some may say “Yes, they saw all that?” Okay, perhaps, but did witnesses see the sun turned to darkness and the moon to blood before the coming of the great and glorious day of the Lord (Acts 2:20-21, cf. Joel 2:31)? Come let us reason together. The celestial signs associated with Christ’s return and the Day of the Lord have not been seen. We must conclude that the tongues we may have heard was something other than what the prophets, Joel and Peter, described.

The Acts 2 harvest of souls is a type of what we’ll see, but with a phenomenal twist.

Peter alerts God’s people who are living in the last days to prepare for another, greater in-gathering (Pentecost Redux) at the fall harvest. The Acts 2 harvest of souls is a type of what we’ll see, but with a phenomenal twist. In Acts, the Spirit fell like tongues of fire on the assembled Jewish disciples, but it was during the Spring harvest festival. Christ’s followers obediently waited in Jerusalem for the Father’s promise. When they received the Spirit (Acts 1:8), they uttered the languages of all nations (Acts 2:5), for we read every people group on earth was represented. Jewish witnesses to Jesus’ death, resurrection and ascension were in that moment empowered and equipped to take the Gospel out from Jerusalem and all Judea to all nations (Matthew 28:18-20). Witnesses in the last days will be gathered from these nations (Matthew 24:14).

Speaking through the Prophet Joel, God said that in the last days his people will rejoice in the autumn rain. Abundant showers will produce full threshing floors (Joel 2:22-24). If we believe the Word, the next abundant in-gathering will be among all nations, but during the fall festival.

In Revelation 7:9, John’s eyes were opened to the harvest Joel spoke of and is about to happen.

In that one day, according to Acts 2:41, three-thousand Jews were completed. They believed the apostle’s Spirit-filled message about their Messiah, were baptized and, later, added to the number of Jewish disciples. In Revelation 7:9, John’s eyes were opened to the harvest Joel spoke of and is about to happen. Dressed in white and appearing like sun-ripened wheat, is an innumerable multitude. The multitude is made up of sons and daughters, old men and young men. They come from every nation, tribe, language and people, both men and women. What are they doing? It is the opposite of the first Pentecost. The nations (i.e. saved people living throughout the earth) are declaring the glories of God with one voice–and in one language! (Rev. 7:10, cf. Joel 2:25-27). It is evidence of Pentecost Redux.

In Part 2, we will provide a Scriptural-supported theory regarding what language is spoken around the Lamb’s throne. We will examine God’s purpose in a second Pentecost. We will see a bit of what it means to “Completed Christians”. Get ready!

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“Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.” (Ephesians 5:16)

Recently, family friend Carol, a retired professor, sat with my sister Marilyn and I. She described the available sources for uncovering our ancestors. This was interesting, but I realized I wasn’t there to learn about my great-great grand-uncle. God wanted me to receive an insight into prophecy.

When Carol, cautioned not to trust every leaf of information, I leaned forward. “I’ve found out the hard way people can enter wrong data,” she said. “I may practice due diligence, but that doesn’t mean everyone else does.” Her next statement startled me: “You have to develop critical thinking skills! Though a credible source may pass it on and many others accept it, it is possible that it’s not true.” Our mentor added, “Two things have served me well: I have a detective mentality plus I’m trained in history and geography.”

I was struck by the connection between ancestry and prophecy. “Critical thinking”, “due diligence”, “credible sources presenting false leads” are concepts I use to discover future events.

Most likely, we have a “doctrinal” family tree. It descends from our teachers. We may be Pre-millennial, viewing prophecy literally, because our tutor was a literalist. Perhaps our Amillennial pastor gave a convincing argument why Bible prophecy should be treated as allegory. In fact, we may have adopted their “Preterist” belief that all prophecy has been fulfilled.

Pre-Millennialism and Amillennialism cannot both be right. We must do our research. Trace your branch as far back as it will go. Regardless how esteemed our Christian mentors, only one position leads to the root of God’s Word. Amillennialism can be traced back to the notable St. Augustine. It stops with this 4th century theological giant who was sold on replacing Israel, the people, with the Church. Pre-Tribulation Rapturism’s branch (PTR) is very popular. This, despite historical evidence its leaf suddenly appears in the early 19th century. (See Lifesaver, #22, “Charge!”)

My branch is Pre-Wrath Rapture (PWR), an end-time doctrine expounded on by Van Kampen and Rosenthal. My detective work and knowledge of history and geography has removed doubts. PWR descended from the prophets and apostles. What does your research tell you?

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“This is what the LORD says—Israel’s King and Redeemer, the LORD Almighty: I am the first and I am the last; apart from me there is no God.” Isaiah 44:6 (NIV)

Thanks to the full-fledged, long-term efforts of Answers in Genesis and ministries like theirs, Christians are slowly coming around. Where churches once refused to take Genesis 1-3 literally, Creation Science is now making converts.

“Converts to what?” you ask. Converts to actually believing what is in the Bible. There is a long way to go, but, despite a constant diet of evolution propaganda, thankfully more brothers and sisters are trusting God’s account of the beginning.

Pre-wrath rapture ministries such as ours must expend similar amounts of energy persuading Christians that Jesus is coming soon. The lie that attacked Genesis—particularly the creation account—has also infected the church’s view of the end times. It is shocking how many dismiss Bible prophecy. While foretold events appear in the news, most remain stuck in a rut. A secular-influenced or non-literal view of Scripture, coupled with a mentality of escapism, will not allow some to take God’s Word seriously.

Often, when presenting Biblical support for an imminent day of disaster followed by Great Tribulation for God’s people, I’ve heard the response “I don’t believe that!” I’m sure Ken Ham at Answers in Genesis encountered the same reaction when he took his stand on a literal Adam or Noah’s Flood. Christians who think they can pick and choose what to believe in the Bible’s first book, Genesis, or in its last book, Revelation, will be in for a rude awakening.

“Behold, I am coming soon! Blessed is he who keeps the words of the prophecy in this book.” (Revelation 22:7 NIV) “Behold, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to everyone according to what they have done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.” (Rev. 22:12-13 NIV)

Whose words are these? They belong to “the True and Faithful Witness”. We better believe them!

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Why don’t science professors insert their opinion when teaching natural law? Why don’t teachers tell their math students the area of a right triangle is calculated by taking 1/3, not 1/2 the base x height? Nobody would dare challenge the laws of science or mathematical formulas and theorems, but academics often question the Bible. While proclaiming that Scripture is God’s Law, many pastors and theologians continue to use their platforms to alter prophecy.

All Bible-centered Christians should affirm the six principles (below) as inviolable and unchanging law:
1) The 5 basic rules for interpreting the Bible are to be strictly adhered to. (See “Book Excerpts” category for these rules)

2) God does not lie (Numbers 23:19). His Word is truth. (John 14:6, 17:17-19, 18:37-38, Titus 1:2, Hebrews 6:18)

3) The Lord does not change. (Malachi 3:6, Hebrews 13:8, James 1:17)

4) The Law and the Prophets’ words MUST stand. Everything will literally be fulfilled. (Matthew 5:17, 26:54-56, Luke 24:25-27)

5) Adding to what God has decreed brings severe judgment. (Deuteronomy 4:2, Revelation 22:18)

6) Taking away from prophecy disqualifies the offender from sharing in God’s rewards. (Deuteronomy 4:2-7, Revelation 22:19)

A prime example of drawing inaccurate conclusions are the teachings of Amillennialists, those who deny, in the next age, Jesus will physically rule on earth 1000 years. This prominent “end times” Amillennialist view rejects a literal interpretation of prophecy including Revelation 20. It calls into question Isaiah 65:17-25 which supports Revelation 20. We learn from this Old Testament prophet that there will come a time when Yahweh rejoices in Jerusalem and delights in his people. No infant will die after a few years and men aged 100 will be considered youths. Humans will live extended lives similar to the days of a tree or people’s ages before the Flood. The ground will produce tremendous harvests and wolf and lamb will feed together (cf: Isaiah 11:6-9).

For those who deny a literal Millennium, yet preach from Isaiah at Christmas (Isaiah 7:14, 9:6-7) and during Holy Week (Isaiah 53) , there is a major problem: They deviate from the formula. “God does not change” and “What He says, WILL happen!” So beware Christian! Do not stray from Divine Law to endorse human ideas. The resulting answer will be false. The outcome for not following the formula is a guaranteed to be disastrous.EJ

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Within Christianity there are true God-fearing, Bible believing individuals who are ill-prepared for what soon must happen. The reason is simple: there is little understanding of prophecy. Many shy away from the prophetic by claiming that it’s too difficult to comprehend. This is a lie from Satan.

“Worship God! For the testimony of Jesus is the Spirit of prophecy.” (Rev. 19:10b NRSV).

Everything that Jesus says should be understood from a prophetic context. If it is not, than its true meaning will elude even the most devout follower. Properly interpreting prophecy becomes much easier when a person submits to the teaching of the Holy Spirit and employs “The 5 Rules of Interpretation”. (See “Rules of Interpretation” under “Book Excerpts” category).

Case in point: Jesus is carrying His cross and the women of Jerusalem are beating their breasts and wailing for Him. The King of Kings tells them to cry for themselves and their children because the time is coming where they will say: “Blessed are the barren, and the wombs that never bore, and the breasts that never nursed. Then they will begin to say to the mountains, ‘Fall on us’ and the hills, ‘Cover us.’ (Luke 23:29-30 NRSV)

History shows that in 70 AD the Roman General Titus tore down Jerusalem’s temple prompting a great exodus of the Judean people from the Holy Land. The scattering meant great hardship for pregnant women and nursing mothers. This event was a “near” fulfillment of Jesus’ prophecy in Matthew 24.

“So when you see the desolating sacrilege standing in the Holy Place, as was spoken by the prophet Daniel (let the reader understand), then those in Judea must flee to the mountains; the one on the housetop must not go down to take what is in the house; the one in the field must not turn back to get a coat. Woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing infants in those days!” (Matthew 24:15-19 NRSV).

The “far” fulfillment is understood in light of Daniel 9:27. In this verse we learn that the beast (anti-Christ) causes Jewish sacrifice to cease at the mid-point of the final seven years. This is the catalyst for women to say that the barren are blessed. People will be crying for the mountains to hide them. Hide them from what? Revelation 6:15-17 provides the answer. They want to hide from the One seated on the throne and from the Lamb. After the opening of the 6th seal, the year long Day of the Lord will begin.

When prophecy is properly interpreted, Christians with a true love for Jesus and the heart of an overcomer will be prepared for dark days to come. EJ

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Withitness

While taking education courses in the late 1980s, I was introduced to the term “withitness”. I learned it meant what it implied, “an aptitude for being with it”. A teacher needs to be aware of his/her environment. Educators should know the strengths and weaknesses of their students. Nothing surprises them because of vigilance and the continual pursuit of “withitness”. This concept is relevant in understanding Biblical prophecy.

An effective prophecy instructor understands Scripture as a whole, not separate parts. The mantra of a prophet is “The testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.” (Revelation 19:10). The Amplified Bible explains this by stating that the spirit of prophecy is “ the vital breath, the inspiration of Biblical preaching regarding God’s divine will and purpose for the last days. The Greek/English Lexicon defines forgiveness as not only accepting the repentance of another but remembering it no more (throw it away.) The Holy Spirit reveals truth, so different interpretations mean that someone is restraining The Advocate from making God’s Word plain. As stated in the previous post, some Bible teachers say we are not to know God’s plan for the future salvation of his people. However, Amos 3:7 proclaims the opposite. “Surely, the Sovereign Lord does NOTHING without revealing His plan to His servants, the prophets.”

When we realize the Lord wants us to know what he’s doing, then we are “with it”. We then possess the foundation to accurately handling prophecy. 

Matthew 18:21-22 gives us a great example that contrasts application with Scripture’s proper interpretation. In this account, the Apostle Peter asks Jesus a question: “ Lord, how many times should I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?”  Jesus responded, Not 7 times but seventy times seven.” The Greek/English Lexicon defines “forgiveness” as “accepting the repentance and letting the transgression go”. Notice that Jesus gave Peter a specific number. Does 70 times 7 mean we must forgive as many times as we are asked? Does it mean we forgive an infinite number of times? I heard these explanations from pulpits. Jesus desires that we always forgive out of a loving heart, but what I was taught was an application not the correct interpretation.

To understand what our Lord meant, we must look elsewhere for the term 70 times 7. We find it in Daniel 9:24. Interestingly, Jesus, the Messiah, refers to Daniel in Matthew 24:15 in the context of the sign of His coming and of the end of the age. There Jesus exhorted us, “Let the reader understand.” The disciples with him on the Mount of Olives were “hearers.” We are the readers. (This is awareness or withitness). So to grasp the full meaning of 70 times 7, then Daniel 9:24 must be studied in depth.

Daniel is pouring over the Book of Jeremiah. He seeks an answer from God on how long Judah will remain in captivity. He found that 70 years was prophesied and the time was almost up. God’s message was intended for Daniel to pass on to us, we who will be in Christ at the end of this age.

“Seventy sevens (weeks) 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 PLACE.”

This is quite a revelation.  Leviticus 25:8 refers to “weeks” as seven years. Four hundred ninety years are decreed for Daniel’s people, the Israelites, all twelve tribes. At the end of the 70 weeks, the transgressions and sins of Israel will be atoned for and remembered no more.

Yahweh, the Lord, introduced Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, to yearly cleanse his people.  Four hundred and ninety prophetic years will be how long it takes for all Israel to recognize Jesus as Savior and receive cleansing by His Blood. Then their sin will be gone forever and everlasting righteousness, JESUS HIMSELF, will be ushered in.

Yom Kippur is the ultimate fulfillment of the 70 weeks. It also indicates what day this age will end on (sp. The Day of Atonement.)

God answered Daniel in a way that informed him the captivity would soon end. On the issue of forgiveness, Jesus enlightened Peter like the angel did Daniel. Four hundred and ninety prophetic years will be necessary to forgive Peter’s people. He, too, was an Israelite and a possessor of the spirit of prophecy. In time, this disciple would know what his Lord meant by the numbers 70 times 7. So prophecy teachers must yield to the Advocate as their guide. They are duty bound to harmonize Scripture; then ultimate truth will be realized and withitness will be manifest.-EJ

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