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Wordsworth on the two witnesses

August 12, 2012 Comments off

Christopher Wordsworth, (1807-1885) was a nephew of po­et Will­iam Words­worth, and the author of several theological works, including a Bible commentary, and 50 hymns. He was head­mas­ter of Har­row Boys School (1836-1850), and Vi­car at Stan­ford-in-the-Vale, Berk­shire (1850-1869), and Arch­dea­con of West­min­ster, and be­came Bi­shop of Lin­coln in 1868.

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Jesus and the two witnesses

July 31, 2012 2 comments

There are several parallels between the ministry of Jesus, and that of the two witnesses.

The two witnesses prophesy for 1,260 days, the time that the woman is nourished in the wilderness in Revelation 12:6, and Jesus also ministered for about three and a half years. In my view the 1,260 days is symbolic of the remaining time of the church in this present age, from the time the last of the New Testament books were written.

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Richard Bauckham and the 3 ½ years

July 8, 2012 1 comment

David, Isaiah, Daniel, and other prophets asked God, “how long?” They looked for a time when God will no longer hide, [Psalm 13:1; 89:46] when the adversary would no longer reproach the saints, [Psalm 74:10], when God would turn away his anger, [Psalm 79:5] when the wicked would not triumph, [Psalm 94:3-4] when the land would no longer mourn, [Jeremiah 12:4] when the time periods of prophecy would be fulfilled, [Daniel 12:6] when God would save his people, [Habakkuk 1:2] and avenge the blood of the martyrs. [Revelation 6:10]

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Exploring the mountains of prophecy

June 30, 2012 Comments off

Isaiah wrote about making a highway in the wilderness, and mountains being made low.

Isaiah 40:3-5
The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low: and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough places plain: And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together: for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it.

Interpreting the encoded message of prophecy correctly reveals the glory of God. In Isaiah’s prophecy the mountains are symbols of the prophecies and promises of scripture. Those who investigate Bible prophecy are a lot like explorers or mountaineers seeking a way through unexplored, rugged country.

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The great chain of prophecy

May 15, 2012 Comments off

Revelation 20:1-2
And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand.
And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years.

The chain in the hand of the angel in Revelation 20:1 is used to bind Satan for a thousand years. Obviously the chain is a spiritual one, not a literal chain. It is associated with time, and so this chain may be connected to the time prophecies in Daniel 7–12. Time is like a chain, in that it is continuous; each year is linked to the one before, and the one following. Similarly, each day is linked to the one before, and to the one following. Read more…

Daniel’s time, times and a half and the river metaphor

May 4, 2012 Comments off

Daniel 12:5-6 describes two angels, one on each side of a river, and another one, clothed in linen, who stood upon the waters of the river. In the New Testament, Jesus is described walking upon the water of the sea of Galilee. Linen clothing is connected with the righteousness of the saints, given to them by Christ, in Revelation 19:8. Perhaps, Christ is the one who Daniel saw standing on the water, clothed in linen.

The message given in Daniel 12:7 is connected with the river mentioned in the previous two verses. Perhaps there is a connection between this river and other rivers that are mentioned in other prophecies. The river in Ezekiel 47 is spiritual in nature, and represents the message of the gospel, and the Spirit, that flows from the temple of God into the desert towards the sea throughout the present age. Daniel’s prophecy is about the duration of the present age. Read more…

On the times of the antichrist in Daniel 7

April 17, 2012 Comments off

In every generation since the first century, Jesus confirms the covenant, and the promise of God to Abraham, that in his seed all nations will be blessed. Paul called this promise the gospel, in Galatians 3:8. Throughout all the time since he ascended to heaven, after the crucifixion, and his resurrection from the grave, Jesus has been building his church, which is the heavenly Jerusalem. It is the subject of many prophecies, including the prophecy of Daniel 7, where Christians are referred to as the saints of the most high.

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On the spiritual view of prophecy

April 6, 2012 Comments off

The prophecies of Daniel 7 and 8 each describe a little horn. The horn in each chapter appears in different beasts; the fourth beast in chapter 7 has ten horns, and is identified with the Roman empire; the male goat in chapter 8 has four horns that represent the hellenistic Greek kingdoms established after the conquests of Alexander. In both chapters the little horn is not numbered with the initial horns. The little horn that grows very tall in chapter 8 is connected with the Seleucid kingdom at Antioch, in Syria. Read more…

David C. Pack and the 3 ½ years

April 3, 2012 3 comments

In the prophecy of Zechariah 14, Jerusalem is described as under siege; all nations come against it. In prophecy, after Jesus ascended to heaven, Jerusalem is the heavenly city, the church. Isaiah said Jerusalem, and the mountain of the Lord’s house, would be established “in the tops of the mountains,” and “exulted above the hills,” and the New Testament shows Isaiah’s prophecy was fulfilled. Read more…

The units of ‘time’ in the time, times and a half

February 15, 2012 Comments off

The phrase “a time, times and a half” defines a pattern with three components. The phrase occurs twice in Daniel, and once in Revelation. In the final verses of Daniel 12, it is described in terms of days. Two numbers are mentioned; 1,290 days, and 1,335 days. Since two numbers are given for it, the phrase could not mean a natural time period of years, or days, because a natural time period can not be equated with two different numbers of days; that would make no sense.

In contrast to natural time periods, a figurative time may be equated with two or more different numbers of days, where the days are symbolic. This is what the numbers mentioned in Daniel 12:11-12 represent. They fit the pattern of “a time, two times and a half,” where “time” is a variable that takes different units. This period extends to the end of the age, and so John referred to it as “the last time.” [1 John 2:18] Notice what Daniel says. Read more…

E. L. Martin’s doomsday predictions

January 2, 2012 Comments off

In 1993, Ernest L. Martin of The Associates for Scriptural Knowledge published an article in which he described destruction of the world because of an impact with a comet, or an asteroid. He wrote: [1] Read more…

Times and seasons in the sayings of Jesus

November 16, 2011 Comments off

In Revelation 19:10, the angel said to John, “For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.” What do his sayings recorded in the Gospel accounts reveal about the times and seasons? Do they support the idea that prophetic times, and units of time, should always be understood literally? Some sayings of Jesus concerning time are examined below. Read more…

Pierre Jurieu on the 1,260 days

October 20, 2011 Comments off

Pierre Jurieu (1637–1713) was professor of theology and Hebrew in the Huguenot academy of Sedan in northern France, which was closed down in 1681 by Louis XIV. Jurieu took refuge in Rotterdam, where he became a pastor in the Flemish Walloon Church. While in Rotterdam Jurieu wrote a book in which he applied the prophecies of Revelation to the troubles of the French Protestants.

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Charles H. H. Wright on “The Antichrist”

October 5, 2011 Comments off

Charles H. H. Wright (1836-1909) wrote commentaries on Daniel, and on Zechariah, in which he opposed both the views of critical scholars, and the extreme claims of the futurists. He stated:

“The sober-minded theologian who compares Scripture with Scripture will find many a gap in Scripture revelation which he will not venture to fill up dogmatically from his own reasonings. If desirous to speculate on the subject he will modestly advance his opinions as speculations, and nothing more.” Dr. C. H. H. Wright. [1]

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Babylonian astronomy and the 70 weeks

September 25, 2011 Comments off

The wise men of ancient Babylon made very accurate observations of the positions of the sun and the moon over several centuries. Their observations revealed that the motions of the sun and moon relative to the earth followed a cycle of 19 years.

It is likely that this would have been known to Daniel, as according to Daniel 2:48, king Nebuchadnezzar made Daniel “chief of the governors over all the wise men of Babylon.”

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The woman’s second flight to the wilderness in Revelation 12

September 22, 2011 Comments off

In Revelation 12, John describes the woman (who represents the saints) fleeing to the wilderness twice, first in verse 6, and again in verse 14. In both verses, she has a place prepared for her by God. In both verses, she is nourished. In the woman’s first flight to the wilderness, she stays in the wilderness for 1,260 days, corresponding to the time of the ministry of the two witnesses in the previous chapter. Elsewhere these time periods of Revelation are shown to be symbolic. For example, see the post Does John interpret Daniel’s 70 weeks prophecy?

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The time periods of prophecy

September 13, 2011 Comments off

This post consists of a table listing some of the time periods of prophecy, with scripture references.

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Which temple is meant in Daniel 9:26-27?

September 11, 2011 Comments off

In the New Testament, the Jerusalem temple was a type and shadow of heavenly or spiritual things. Jesus identified himself with the temple. The apostle Paul wrote to the Corinthian church, “Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?” [1 Corinthians 3:16] And similarly, he said, “What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?” [1 Corinthians 6:19]

When we consider Daniel’s 70 weeks prophecy in the light of the gospel, the question arises, which temple is made desolate, the earthly one made with hands, or the heavenly, spiritual one that Paul referred to? The heavenly one is the church.

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Does John interpret Daniel’s 70 weeks prophecy?

September 6, 2011 Comments off

Several elements of the prophecy of the 70 weeks, in Daniel 9:24-27, are also evident in Revelation 12, which suggests that John’s prophecy interprets and explains several aspects of Daniel’s prophecy, especially the things pertaining to the 70th week. Common elements in the two prophecies are listed in the following table.

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The 70th week and the mount of Olives

September 5, 2011 Comments off

The prophet Ezekiel made several references to the mount of Olives, some explicit, and some implied. He said the glory of the Lord went from the midst of Jerusalem and stood upon the mount of Olives. [Ezekiel 11:23] Later, he said the glory of the Lord came by way of the east, and filled the house of the Lord. [Ezekiel 43:5] The river which flowed from out of the temple was only ankle deep, near the city of Jerusalem, but it became a river that was too deep to cross about a mile to the east, which is the site of the mount of Olives. [Ezekiel 47:5]

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