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07-10-2010, 01:44 AM
RE: End of the Times of the Gentiles
One thing that is so important to remember and be mindful of--is that many prophecies have multiple fulfillments.
For example, the time period of 3 and 1/2 years is a prophetic period that repeats in Biblical history and future prophecy. There was a 3 and 1/2 year time period during the work of the prophet Elijah, in which there was no dew nor rain, John the Baptist had a 3 and 1/2 year ministry, the Messiah's ministry here on earth was 3 and 1/2 years, John, the Revelator, speaks of the woman fleeing into the wilderness for 1260 days, that is 3 and 1/2 years, the beast has power for that same time period that God's people flee to the wilderness, spoken of as 42 months, which is 3 and 1/2 years again.
Likewise, Daniel's prophetic period of 2300 days has more than one fulfillment, beginning with the going forth of the commandiment to "restore and build Jerusalem" in 457 BCE in this first fulfillment. The "times of the Jews" ended at the culmination of the first 70 weeks (prophetic time-a day for a year in this fulfillment) of this 2300 day period. As this period of 2300 days pointed to the time of the cleansing of the sanctuary, it must end on a Day of Atonement as that was the day that the sanctuary was cleansed.
Think about this--
On Friday, June 27, 1980, a commandment to "restore and build" Jerusalem "went forth" to the entire world via Reuters International News Agency and was picked up the same day by many other news services and was broadcast all day. 2300 days later,the count ended on a Day of Atonement, October 13, 1986, a Sabbatical year, one year before the Biblical Jubile.
Continuing the parallel, 70 weeks into the beginning of this period of 2300 days, brings us to October 29, 1981.
On that day, amateur archeologist, Tom Crotser, from Winfield, Kansas, found, but did not disturb, the sacred Ark of the Covenant containing the ten commandments. Tom Crotser, led by the information in 2 Maccabees 2 searched for the Ark on Mt. Pisgah, where Moses went up to see the inheritance of God.
2 Maccabees 2:4-8
“4 It was also contained in the in the same writing (of Jeremiah) ,how the prophet (Jeremiah), being warned by God, commanded that tabernacle and the ark should accompany him, till he come forth to the mountain where Moses went up and saw the inheritance of God.
5 And when Jeremiah came thither he found a hollow cave: and he carried in thither the tabernacle and the ark and the altar of incense and so stopped the door.
6 Then some of them that followed him came up to mark the place: but they could not find it.
7 And when Jeremiah perceived it, he blamed them, saying: The place shall be unknown till God gather together the congregation of the people and receive them to mercy.
8 And then the Lord will shew these things : and the majesty of the Lord shall appear and there shall be a cloud, as it was also shewed to Moses, and he shewed it when Solomon prayed that the place might be sanctified to the great God.” 2 Maccabees 2:4-8[i][b]
With his three companions, Tom camped near this peak when during the night, he was given a dream. In the dream he could see through the top of the mountain and was shown the location of the Ark of the Covenant. He woke and informed his three companions of what God had just shown him. They then all immediately went to the spot pointed out in the dream and went to work. After some difficult digging within the tombs, through several passages identified in the dream, they finally broke through into the last room and found the Ark of the Covenant just as the dream had showed. They took some pictures but did not touch or disturb anything they found.
There is quite a story behind this discovery, which many readers may wish to investigate further, as we will not relate all the details here.
The government of Jordan resealed the entrance to these tombs and posted guards to prevent any further investigation of the site. This event marks the end of the seventy weeks which were allotted to the Gentile churches. (The laodicean Church was spewed out)
“To finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness...” Daniel 9:24.
Did this fulfillment of the 2300 days include one fulfillment of the "end of the times of the Gentiles"???
In Revelation, John writes of the future final judgment in which the people of God are first to be judged, and the court that is without was given unto the Gentiles and the Holy City they would tread underfoot for 42 months--3 and 1/2 years. This would indicate a still future fulfillment of the "times of the Gentiles" and, consequently, the surrounding prophecies, as well. (See Revelation 11:1,2)
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RE: End of the Times of the Gentiles - JOHNN - 07-10-2010 01:44 AM
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