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A. Y. Collins on Daniel 8

January 4, 2015 Comments off

In her book “Cosmology and Eschatology in Jewish and Christian Apoocalypticism”  Adela Yarbro Collins wrote referring to Daniel chapter 8:

[BRILL, 2000
https://books.google.ca/books?id=eZv1JZAHdg0C
p. 59-60.]

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E. R. Bevan on Antiochus IV and the Jews

December 26, 2014 Comments off

The following is part of E. R. Bevan’s account of the history of Antiochus IV, and of his influence upon the Jews in the second century BC.

Bevan, Edwyn Robert, 1902.
The House of Seleucus, Vol II

Edward Arnold, London

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Ben Vandergugten on The Waters Above the Firmament

December 16, 2014 Comments off

One of the most dark, and hidden subjects related to the Scriptures is the meaning of the firmament of Genesis 1, and of the waters that are said to be above the heavens. The apostle Peter said: “We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts: Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.” (2 Peter 1:19-210)

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Denis O. Lamoureux on the firmament and waters above

December 9, 2014 Comments off

Denis O. Lamoureux is the author of “Lessons from the Heavens: On Scripture, Science and Inerrancy.” [Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith, Volume 59, Number 1, March 2007.]
https://www.ualberta.ca/~dlamoure/p_heavens.pdf

The article focuses upon concordism as an interpretive approach to biblical cosmology in contrast to what he calls a modern phenomenological perspective. Lamoureux included the following discussion of the firmament:

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Nicholas of Cusa and Daniel’s 2,300 days

November 27, 2014 Comments off

The following is LeRoy Froom’s discussion of Nicholas of Cusa’s interpretation of the 2,300 days of Daniel 8:13-14, which he correctly explained as representing 2,300 years, that began in the third year of Belshazzar, the date of the vision (c. 550 B.C.), [Dan. 8:1] and ended about 1750 A.D.

The PROPHETIC FAITH OF OUR FATHERS
The Historical Development of Prophetic Interpretation
by Le Roy Edwin Froom
VOLUME II. REVIEW AND HERALD. 1948
pp. 124-137.

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The waters above the heavens

November 23, 2014 Comments off

The following is a brief account of the history of the notion of “waters above the heavens” that followed from the identification of the ‘raqia’ or ‘firmament’ made on the second day with heaven, by the insertion of “And God called the firmament Heaven,” [Gen. 1:8] one of the key changes implemented by Antiochus IV and his agents in the second century BC. Since the ‘raqia’ was a solid layer formed in the midst of the primeval waters, that separated the upper from the lower waters, identifying it with heaven implies waters above the heavens. For centuries, theologians and astronomers struggled to understand these mysterious upper waters.

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Francis Bacon and the firmament

November 16, 2014 Comments off

The scientific revolution in astronomy that occurred about 1750 AD fulfilled the prophecy of Daniel 8:13-14, when an angelic messenger or saint answered the question, “How long shall be the vision concerning the tamiyd [continual] and the transgression of desolation, to give both the sanctuary and the host to be trodden under foot?” The answer came: “And he said unto me, Unto two thousand and three hundred days; then shall the sanctuary be cleansed.” Read more…

Did the sun stand still?

November 9, 2014 Comments off

Martin Luther reportedly denounced Copernicus and declared, “I believe the Holy Scriptures, for Joshua commanded the sun to stand still, not the earth” (Luther, Table Talk, pp. 358-59)

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Eudoxus and Ezekiel’s wheel theophany

November 4, 2014 Comments off

Ezekiel’s description of the firmament in Ezekiel 1 is similar in some respects to Exodus 24:9-11. In both the Ex. 24 account and in Ezekiel, the firmament is likened to a sapphire stone, with God above, like Zeus seated above the rigid heaven.

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On the tamiyd or ‘continual’ of Daniel 8

October 31, 2014 Comments off

The prophecy of Daniel 8 reveals that cosmological corruptions in the scriptures originated during the reign of the second century BC Selucud king Antiochus IV, represented by the little horn of a goat which grows up to the sky and casts stars, the host of heaven, heaven itself, and the truth to the ground. [Dan. 8:10]

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The antichrist prophecies

March 3, 2014 3 comments

The great army of Joel 2

In Joel’s prophecy, God’s people are described under the figure of a plague of locusts. [vs. 25] The locust metaphor alludes to the Israelites in the wilderness. After the Exodus, Moses commissioned representatives from each tribe to survey the land that Israel was to inherit. When they returned after 40 days some of the spies gave an evil report, describing the people dwelling in the land as giants, and themselves as grasshoppers. People who have not entered the saints’ promised land are represented in Joel’s prophecy by locusts.

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The little horn, times, and laws

January 13, 2014 11 comments

The little horn that arose among the ten horns of the fourth beast in Daniel 7 thinks to “change times and laws.” [Dan. 7:25] It makes war with the saints, and overcomes them.

Daniel wrote:

“I considered the horns, and, behold, there came up among them another little horn, before whom there were three of the first horns plucked up by the roots: and, behold, in this horn were eyes like the eyes of man, and a mouth speaking great things.” [Dan. 7:8]

Eyes like the eyes of a man depict a fallible human viewpoint.

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The anointing of Daniel 9:24-27

January 11, 2014 2 comments

In the prophecy of the 70 weeks, an anointing of the most holy is mentioned in Daniel 9:24, and something “determined” is poured out on the desolate in verse 27. These are connected, and are crucial to understanding Daniel’s prophecy. Like the 70 years of Jeremiah’s prophecy, mentioned in verse 2, the 70 weeks refer to the duration of the desolations of Jerusalem. But before the 70 weeks are fulfilled, in the midst of the 70th week, a profound change in the status of Jerusalem occurred. The first two sections of the 70 weeks and three and a half years of the third section apply to the earthly Jerusalem, but the last half of the 70th week applies to the heavenly city.

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The last time

January 4, 2014 4 comments

In Daniel 12:7, a swearing angel standing upon the waters of a river declared that the period represented by ‘a time, times and a half,’ in which all Daniel’s prophecies would be fulfilled, will continue to the end of the age, when the resurrection described in Dan. 12:1 occurs. “And I heard the man clothed in linen, which was upon the waters of the river, when he held up his right hand and his left hand unto heaven, and sware by him that liveth for ever that it shall be for a time, times, and an half; and when he shall have accomplished to scatter the power of the holy people, all these things shall be finished.” [Dan. 12:7] The “holy people” in the prophecy are the saints, as we can see in chapter 7, and in Dan. 12:1. They are those whose names are in the book of life.

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Dispensationalism and the time, times and a half

November 21, 2013 Comments off

A great amount of misinformation has been generated about the prophetic “time, times and a half” of Daniel 7:25, and 12:7.
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Cosmology and Daniel’s 2,300 days

October 18, 2013 Comments off

The prophecy of the 2,300 days in Daniel 8:14 outlines the history of the geocentric cosmology of the hellenistic age, which became prominent in the centuries after Daniel, and persisted for 23 centuries after Daniel’s vision.

In the image below the 70 weeks prophecy of Daniel 9:24-27 and the 2,300 days of Daniel 8:14 are compared.

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Nicholas of Cusa and the 2,300 days

October 15, 2013 Comments off

The following is Leroy Froom’s account of Nicolas of Cusa and his investigations on the prophecy of 2,300 days in Daniel 8:14.

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The 3 ½ years of no rain, and the gospel age

October 4, 2013 Comments off

The three and a half years of no rain in the days of Elijah is a type and a figure representing the present age of the Church, or a portion of it. This is represented by a symbolic three years and a half, and the ‘time, times and a half’ of Daniel 7:25 and 12:7, and related prophetic time periods.

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The desert will blossom as the rose

October 2, 2013 Comments off

Prophecies in this category apply to the church at the end of the age when the holy Spirit is poured out on the Church.

In these prophecies, the wilderness represents the Church’s spiritual environment. As the children of Israel who came out of Egypt dwelt in the wilderness en route to the promised land, the church has also been in a wilderness since the time of the apostles, according to Rev. 12:6 & 14.

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An interactive 70 weeks chart

September 27, 2013 Comments off

My Interactive 70 Weeks Chart page allows construction of a colorful chart like the one below with only a few clicks of the mouse.

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