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"I make all things new."
The Lord Jesus Christ
We are on the verge of the Great Tribulation. Let me tell you something. The mark of the beast does not come until almost the very end. It is not a microchip or some other implant, it is what the Bible says it is, a literal mark. It will be a loyalty mark pushed by the antichrist as an act of desperation. The antichrist, like hitler, will be in his bunker, afraid of the two witnessess, afraid of the world that has collapsed on him. The mark will be his last obscene act prior to Armageddon.
The Bible tells us of two witnesses and 144,000 missionaries. The two witnesses will spend the three and a half years of the tribulation chasing the antichrist, fighting him, and beating the hell out of him. If time could be extended beyond the three and a half years, and they were not allowed to be killed at the end, they would overthrow him. But history will be at its end, the biosphere will be collapsing, and there will be no society, no earth, left to save.
The humiliation of the antichrist and the false prophet will cause many to be less likely to put their faith in satan. The 144,000 will succeed in winning literally billions to Christ. The tribulation will be the greatest period of revival in all human history.
Dictatorial technocracy is on the rise and forming the basis of the Beast system. We are losing our ability to resist. google, facebook, facial recognition cameras, satelites, the internet of things are turning us into constantly monitored slaves.
Meanwhile, the three great powers, the USSA, Russia, and China may go to war - a contrived war that is stopped before the world is destroyed, but not before many lesser nations, nations that one small middle eastern country wants destroyed, and maybe even some American cities, are sacrificed - to shock the masses into complete total submission. The Whore of Babylon has its satanic tentacles in all three great powers. America is ruled by the whore. Russia lets the whore attack Syria with impunity. Saudi arabia is friends with the whore. Even China is friends with the whore. This Whore of Babylon is pushing for war on the mass of mankind. The world is not safe.
trump has gone full zionist with the appointment of lunatics pompeo and bolton, his unjust attacks on Syria, and his upcoming attack on Iran and maybe North Korea and Venezuela.
The White-hating leftist barry soetero dressed up as the satanic baphomet - obummer also served the zionists through the creation of isis and his attacks on the enemies of "israel".
whoregay bush, like soetero, is a practicing homosexual - whoregay kisses head of homosexual prostitute jeff gannon. As we all know, whoregay and his boss, dick cheney, were behind 911, which was pulled off for the benefit of "israel".
Who is the final antichrist and when will the Great Tribulation begin? To my knowledge, God hasn't told any of us. But I'm guessing that it commences soon - shockingly soon. trump's foolish war on Iran and other "disposable" nations may kick off a fake and contrived world war. Then all hell breaks loose.
Here is a thought - Rothschild puppet Hitler was used to lead Germany into disaster and demonize German nationalism. Maybe trump is being used in a similar fashion to demonize American conservatives. But then again, with knuckleheads like false prophet mark taylor crowing that trump is the messiah, maybe trump is the antichrist.
Billboard in St. Louis County, Missouri verges on calling
trump the new christ
Here is a follow up thought - conservatives are as stupid as liberals. Why? Because they have been duped into believing that support of bolshevik "israel" is somehow a mark of conservatism and pro-Americanism. Many "conservatives" believe the lie that it is "racist" for a white person to have healthy self-respect, and that failure to worship "israel" is "anti-semitic". So-called conservatives also deny the reality global environmental collapse.
A note to you who call yourselves Christians: There are not two Second Comings. Don't expect a pre-tribulation Rapture. Some of you will escape to the wilderness (Revelation 12:6). Those of you who worship "israel" will not escape. You will be put to the test and forced to make a choice. The two witnesses and 144,000 will explain to you what that choice is.
There is a prophetic deadline. Many believe that world events will continue to move forward generation after generation just as they have since the time of John on Patmos. Peter spoke of these people:
Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation. (2 Peter 3:3-4)
These scoffers include many prominent "Christians". But is there any way that man can go on generation after generation without destroying himself?
- Technology has far exceeded man's moral capacity to handle wisely. Giving man nuclear weapons, biological weapons, artificial intelligence, quantum computers, weather modification technology, etc., is akin to giving a two-year old a loaded gun.
- Man is poisoning his own nest. The environment is collapsing from decades of reckless industry, nuclear testing, Fukushima, and geoengineering. (Sorry to break it to the "conservatives" who believe that all is fine with the earth, but global environmental collapse is real.)
- The planet is ruled by zionist psychopaths.
Those who say that the return of Christ is far out into the future, are in effect, atheists. They simply don't believe that God will literally intervene ever. And here's the deal – not so far out into the future, the human race will be dead. There will be nothing for Christ to return to. The scoffers should just quit playing church and admit that they're non-believers. And if they don't like that option, then they had better get their act together, or they'll end up in the Church of Laodicea, serving the antichrist.
Timeline of Events (Revelation)
The eschatological view presented is that of historic premillennialism, which is Christ-centric (not israel-centric as is heretical dispensationalism).
See notes at the very end regarding the timelines of Matthew 24, Daniel 9, and Ezekiel 36 - 48.
Revelation tells us of the final 3 ½ year-Tribulation *, the 2nd Coming of Christ, the Lord's one thousand year reign on earth, and the unveiling of the New Heaven and Earth. The Tribulation begins suddenly with the unleashing of satan's wrath, the flight of the Church of Philadelphia and other Christians into the Wilderness, and the appearance of the two witnesses. The Tribulation could begin at any time. Everything is in place. The great falling away has already occurred with once Christian Europe now militantly secular and trending moslem (with some signs of revival in Eastern Europe, but not enough to avert the disaster), and once Christian America now a combination of militant secularism and the absurd, contradictory religion of "judeo-christianity", which elevates "israel" above Christ and His Church. The beast system of God hatred and warmongering already exists. Satan is ready to attack. The Great Tribulation begins when God says so.
* The first half of Daniel's 70th week was Christ's ministry on earth. The second half is the Tribulation. See the section on Daniel 9. We have been in the last days for 2000 years.
Outline of Revelation:
Revelation 1 - 3
Seven churches which are in Asia
True church - in danger of falling (e.g. evangelicals, who are in danger of being led astray by the mega-church celebrities. The Ephesians have retained their faith, but are distracted by the siren call of the world.)
True church during the Great Tribulation - the greatest of all the seven churches
- persecuted by the Whore (* identified in note below)
- people who previously did not know Christ and missed out on the wilderness deliverance (Revelation 3:10; 12:6), but were subsequently won to Christ by the two witnesses and the 144,000 evangelists
- they pay the highest price and will receive a crown of glory for all eternity
True church - but has state-worshiping heretics that might lead them astray (These heretics are the Nicolaitans; those who participate in the anti-Christian state religion by eating things sacrificed to idols i.e. acknowledge false gods in order to receive state delivered benefits; in other words, the people who misinterpet Romans 13 to demand subservience to the police state in return for government's approval.)
True church - but has tolerated the state-worshiping heretics (Jezebel and her spawn, who will go into the Great Tribulation)
- implied that the rest will avoid the Great Tribulation
False church - once a true church, still has a few true Christians (e.g. Methodists, Anglicans, and even starting to include the once faithful Southern Baptists)
True church - will be delivered from the Great Tribulation and spend 3 ½ years in the Wilderness (Revelation 12:6). Apostate "israel" ("the synagogue of satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie") will be forced to worship at the Philadelphian's feet.
Why does the Lord say that the members of Satan's synagogue lie when they call themselves Jews? Because He does not accept these non-Hebrew "jews" as true Israel. These descendents of khazar/Slav/Germanic converts to judaism have allied themselves with Satan and become enemies of God.
Only those who have truly decided for Christ will be delivered. Most so-called evangelicals are zionist-"Christians", who have not decided whether they worship Christ or anti-Christ "israel". Zionist-"Christians" will be left behind, and forced to decide whom or what they worship.
False church - Mega-church celebrity types such as rick warren and even "pope" Frank (Christ finds these types the most disgusting of all and will violently spit them out of His mouth. They display the outward form of Christianity, and often say the right things in their doctrinal creeds. The leaders, however, approach church as a business and are chiefly concerned with self-promotion. The followers primarily want their needs met, and have many gods in place of Christ such as self, prosperity, "israel", the US government, and war.)
Revelation 4 and 5
God the Father on His throne (non-literal imagery for no one has ever seen the Father - John 1:18)
Holds the book
Only the Lamb is worthy to open the Seven Seals
Seal One - the white horse
opening the seal permits the events of Revelation to begin
the rider of the white horse is the antichrist imitating Christ. He rides a white horse, pretending to be righteous. For instance, cultural marxists present abortion, infanticide, homosexuality, trans-sexuality, and racial/ethnic destruction of Whites as moral, while portraying traditional morality as evil. As seen by the following three horsemen, this inversion of the moral order results in death.
- Note: Revelation never uses the term "the antichrist". The beast of Revelation 13 is a satanic empire, not a man. The beast is satan's empire over the ages and takes its final shape in the American-led New World Order. The term "antichrist" is used in I John 2:18. Alternatively, Paul uses the terms "man of sin" and "son of perdition" in 2 Thes. 2:3. In both cases, the antichrist and man of sin appear to be the incarnation of evil sitting within the outer court of the temple of God (the visible church), causing it to fall away.
Seal Two - the red horse
Seal Three - the black horse
poverty and hunger
the common man will be reduced to slavery - his pay will be a slave's ration of food
luxuries (oil and wine) will still be available for the corrupt elite living off the common man's misery
Seal Four - the pale horse
the rider is Death
will take the lives of ¼ of mankind
Seal Five - Christ's martyrs cry out for judgment
Seal Six - God's anger unleashed on the earth
Seal Seven - (Rev. 8) The seven angels and the seven trumpets
Revelation 7 - Sealing of the 144,000 Evangelists
There will be 12,000 symbolically chosen from each of the 12 tribes of ancient Israel. (The real number was 13, but ancient Hebrews liked the number 12. Just like the 12 Apostles; there were actually 15 Apostles including Paul, and Jesus' brothers James and Jude.) But don't expect the evangelists to be Jewish. Those who call themselves "Jews" aren't actual Hebrews; they reject Christ, and are His enemies. In fact, all 13 ancient tribes of Israel have been lost to history. None of them exist anymore. Today's Ashkenazis, who call themselves "Jews", are frauds and phonies, being Khazar, Slavic, Germanic, Turkish, etc. There aren't any real Hebrews left. Some of the Palestinians and a few others probably have traces of Hebrew blood, but that's about it.
Revelation 8 and 9
Trumpet One - hail and fire - ⅓ of trees and grass burned
Trumpet Two - burning mountain-like object cast into the sea - ⅓ of the sea becomes blood Eventually, the whole sea dies; Rev. 16:3
Trumpet Three - the star Wormwood falls to earth - ⅓ of land water becomes bitter (all of these first few trumpets may be from nuclear disaster - maybe Fukushima and other nuclear events whether from power plants or missiles)
Trumpet Four - ⅓ of the sun, moon and stars smitten (pollution haze causes the sky to become dark?)
Trumpet Five - hornets unleashed from the bottomless pit, led by the demon Apollyon, torment the unsealed for five months (All five of the first trumpets, together, seem to make up the First Woe -- the three Woes are mentioned in Rev. 9:12 and 11:14)
Some believe that these hornets are the demonic spirits of the antediluvian nephilim, who have been imprisoned since the Flood. The book of Enoch says of them:‘The giants, who are produced from the spirits and flesh, shall be called evil spirits upon the earth…Evil spirits have proceeded from their bodies; because they are born from men and from holy Watchers is their beginning and primal origin…And the spirits of the giants afflict, oppress, attack, do battle, and work destruction upon the earth…And these spirits shall rise up against the children of men and against the women, because they have proceeded from them…This shall they destroy until the day of consummation, the great judgment in which the age shall be consummated over the Watchers and the godless, yea, shall be wholly consummated. And now as to the Watchers…Say to them therefore: Ye have no peace.’
because the 144,000 were sealed in Rev. 7, they are protected from the "hornets"
can be assumed that the Church of Smyrna is also protected from these "hornets"
Trumpet Six - Unleashes the armies of the East - kill ⅓ of men
Note: Pale Horse kills ¼. Leaves 75%. Armies of the east kill ⅓;. In addition to all the other deaths, less than 50% of pre-trib population still alive.
- The armies of the east are part of a satanic war against humanity. (See comments under Revelation 16.) They join the beast to fight Christ (Rev. 19:19).
Trumpet Seven - (Rev. 11:15) The Second Coming
Mighty Angel - Christ Himself
But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished, as he hath declared to his servants the prophets.
Measuring the Temple
And there was given me a reed like unto a rod: and the angel stood, saying, Rise, and measure the temple of God, and the altar, and them that worship therein. But the court which is without the temple leave out, and measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles: and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months.
Matthew Henry provides excellent commentary:
"This prophetical passage about measuring the temple seems to refer to Ezekiel's vision. The design of this measuring seems to be the preservation of the church in times of public danger; or for its trial, or for its reformation. The worshippers must be measured; whether they make God's glory their end, and his word their rule, in all their acts of worship. Those in the outer court, worship in a false manner, or with dissembling hearts, and will be found among his enemies. God will have a temple and an altar in the world, till the end of time. He looks strictly to his temple. The holy city, the visible church, is trodden under foot; is filled with idolaters, infidels, and hypocrites. But the desolations of the church are limited, and she shall be delivered out of all her troubles."
- The Church is the true Temple of God (Hebrews 12:22, Revelation 3:12), not a building in Jerusalem. Nor is Jerusalem the holy city, it is unholy Babylon (* identified in note below). Part of the true Church (Philadelphia) will be preserved in the Wilderness, while Smyrna must persevere through the Great Tribulation. The false church (Laodicea) will be given over to the heathen for 42 months.
The Apostle Paul wrote in 2 Thes.2:4 regarding antichrist, "Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God."
A rebuilt satanic temple in Jerusalem, where "priests" despise Christ and slit the throats of animals, is not the "temple of God". Paul's prophecy may be fulfilled when antichrist declares himself/itself to be messiah to the "outer court" of the temple, which would be the Church of Laodicea. The false prophet rick warren's laudatory prayer to what's-its-face in January 2009 seems to fit the pattern and serve as a prelude.
The Two Witnesses (The Second Woe)
- Testify for 1260 days (The 3 ½ years leading to the Second Coming)
The two witnesses are not Elijah and Moses or Elijah and Enoch. As John the Baptist was the Elijah of the First Coming, so two men of this era will be the Elijah of the Second Coming. They may or may not yet be aware of those roles. Neither one is Jewish. (There are no true Hebrew Jews left and the religion of judaism is antichrist.) Expect there to be many false witnesses. The true witnesses will stand in unholy Jerusalem (Sodom), and will be empowered by God the Holy Spirit to wreak havoc.
The two witnesses will be the two most hated men in human history. "israel" will label them as Hitlers for speaking truth to the Jews. Making it worse, the "israeli" army will be powerless to dislodge them from Jerusalem. "israel" will be embarrassed, horrified, and enraged. The United States Beast will blame them for destroying the Western economy, wrecking the stock market, and bringing poverty. The US military will be impotent against them. The judeo-christians will hate them for speaking out against the Whore. The apostate church will claim that the Witnesses are empowered by Satan. All the while, they will just be two average guys with a voice, not supermen.
At the end of their testimony, they lay down their lives. The witnesses are murdered by the Beast and lie dead in the streets of Jerusalem/Sodom/Babylon for 3.5 days. Their Master, Christ the Lord, raises them from the dead. Their resurrection is part of the Rapture of the Church, which is phase I of the Second Coming. (There is no pre-tribulation Rapture. The Rapture is the Second Coming.)
Mary - symbol of the Church
Michael fights Satan
Michael expels Satan from Heaven
Satan goes into a fierce rage
Satan attacks Mary
Mary delivered to the Wilderness for 1260 days (The 3 ½ years leading to the Second Coming). Why does satan attack Mary with such rage? Because Mary includes those Christians that the devil sees as the most dangerous to his rule, in particular, the two witnesses, the 144,000 evangelists, and anyone associated with them, such as their families. The two witnesses and the 144,000 evangelists, however, will leave the rest of Mary and go into the world to do battle.
The first beast
The beast is not a man, but the empire of Satan. The beast has seven heads because the beast has expressed itself as seven different kingdoms. Since the geography of the Bible is Israel-centric, these kingdoms are those that ruled over the tribes of Israel or the land of Israel during Biblical times. For instance, the Ottoman Empire ruled over the Middle East and those Khazar fake Jews living there, but did not rule over real Hebrews during the Biblical era. Hence, it cannot be one of the seven heads. Moreover, the Biblical era is not limited to the times of Moses, the Prophets, and the Apostles. The 21st Century AD Great Tribulation is also part of the Biblical era. Therefore, the seven heads or kingdoms of the beast are these: Egypt (which ruled the Hebrews prior to the exodus and which ruled the lowlands of Canaan during the period of the Judges), Assyria (which conquered northern Israel and dominated southern Israel), Babylon, Persia, Greece, Rome, and the United States/New World Order (which is financially and militarily intermingled with "israel" - America finances and dominates "israel", while khazar fake jew billionaires/maybe trillionaires finance and dominate American politicians).
Revelation 13:16 "And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:"
Mark in their right hand or in their foreheads: The mark will be a sign of loyalty to the beast system. It is this author's belief that the mark is demanded at near the very end in an act of desperation by the antichrist whose empire is in a state of collapse.
The seventh head, or the NWO, is wounded as unto death, but will then revive. This near death will be due to some disaster, whether military or economic, from which the NWO beast will recover. This writer believes that the near death is the coming explosion and break out of WW3 that will threaten the existence of all life on earth.
The second beast
The second beast is world religion, including a perverted form of Christianity. It's primary leader will likely be "pope" Francis (or a successor). His chief lieutenants will likely include such clowns as Rick Warren, Joel Osteen, John Hagee, various moslem imams and ayatollahs, fake Jewish rabbis, including the so-called messianic rabbis, new age goofballs, Southern Baptist goofballs (and this writer is Southern Baptist) such as little Russell Moore, the dalai lama, and so on. (Honestly, it's just plain embarrassing that anyone would follow these hucksters. People have gotten really undiscerning.)
As Matthew Henry said, "God will have a temple and an altar in the world, till the end of time... Those in the outer court, worship in a false manner, or with dissembling hearts, and will be found among his enemies."
The Lamb and the 144,000
Babylon (Jerusalem) * is fallen
Bloody war outside, but near Jerusalem
Revelation 15 and 16
Vial One - Noisome and grievous sores
Vial Two - The sea dies
Vial Three - Inland waters become blood
Vial Four - The sun scorches men with great heat (may be intense solar flares which the modern electrical/electronic infrastructure cannot withstand)
Vial Five - The kingdom of antichrist filled with darkness (the American electrical grid goes down permanently?)
Vial Six - Kings of the East - Armageddon (compare Trumpet Six)
- Revelation does not fully explain the nature of the Battle of Armageddon in terms of its causes and the motives of the combatants. There are those who believe that the "kings of the east" go to war against the antichrist in an act of rebellion (pagan China vs. pagan America). As such, Satan loses control over his kingdom. Revelation 16:13-14 seems to indicate, however, that Satan, the Beast and the False Prophet draw all these world forces together in a last stand against Christ (Rev. 19:19). Thus, the forces of the East are allied with the Western NWO against the Lord.
Vial Seven - The Final Judgment
The judgment of the Great Whore (* identified in note below)
The Beast will kill the Whore
The 17th chapter tells us, "And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast." At this point, the ten kings cannot be clearly identified.
Babylon/Jerusalem cast into the sea
Second Coming of Christ (The Third Woe). The Lord Jesus Christ returns in all His divine glory. He conquers the world and slays evil.
The Beast and the False Prophet are cast into the Lake of Fire
The Millennial Reign
Satan released and the attack by "Gog and Magog"
Satan cast into the Lake of Fire
Great White Throne Judgment
Death and Hell cast into the Lake of Fire
New Heaven and Earth
* The Great Whore, also known as Babylon, is Jerusalem and the anti-Christ Judaic system
- Revelation identifies the Great Whore as Babylon:
Revelation 17:5 And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.
- The Prophet Isaiah called Jerusalem a harlot:
Isaiah 1:20 How is the faithful city become an harlot! it was full of judgment; righteousness lodged in it; but now murderers.
- Revelation identifies the Whore and Babylon as the Great City:
Revelation 17:18 And the woman which thou sawest is that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth. (Note: Most American politicians are beholden to "israel")
- Revelation identifies the Great City as Jerusalem:
Revelation 11:8 And their dead bodies [the two witnesses] shall lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified.
- The Apostle Peter may have called Jerusalem “Babylon” (Depending on the location of writing for I Peter):
I Peter 5:13 The church that is at Babylon, elected together with you, saluteth you; and so doth Marcus my son.
Revelation describes the fate of the Whore:
Revelation 3: 9 Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee.
Why does God hate these spiritual sons of Satan who claim to be Jews? Their highest religious book, the Talmud that flows out of the traditions of the Pharisees, calls Mary a whore and claims that Jesus is burning in hell. Judaism has waged a 2000-year war against Christianity.
Revelation 11:13 And the same hour was there a great earthquake, and the tenth part of the city fell, and in the earthquake were slain of men seven thousand: and the remnant were affrighted, and gave glory to the God of heaven.
Revelation 17:16 And the ten horns which thou sawest upon the beast, these shall hate the whore, and shall make her desolate and naked, and shall eat her flesh, and burn her with fire.
Revelation 18:2 And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird.
Revelation 18:20 Rejoice over her, thou heaven, and ye holy apostles and prophets; for God hath avenged you on her.
Revelation 18:21 And a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone, and cast it into the sea, saying, Thus with violence shall that great city Babylon be thrown down, and shall be found no more at all.
Timeline of Events (Matthew 24)
Matthew 24 largely address the destruction of Jerusalem and was partially fulfilled in 70 AD. There is difficulty, however, in interpreting the 24th chapter of Matthew because it speaks of both the 70 AD destruction of Jerusalem and the Second Coming. The synoptic Gospels (Matthew, Mark and Luke) were written in the 50s AD. For the Jewish writers pre-70 AD, the destruction of the Temple was the end of the world. They could not distinguish the two events of which the Lord spoke. Even He did not draw a clear distinction. There was a dual fulfillment of this passage that they could not yet understand.
Jesus begins with the events of 70 AD when He says of Herod's temple, "See ye not all these things? verily I say unto you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down." (BTW, today's "Wailing Wall" is a remnant of a Roman fortress, not Herod's temple, which was annihilated.)
When Jesus spoke further:
"When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains: Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house: Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes. And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days! But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day:"
He is speaking firstly of 70 AD. The abomination of which the Lord speaks occurred under the Zealot leader John of Gischala. The Jews, themselves, defiled the Temple. The Romans would subsequently crush the Zealot rebellion and destroy Jerusalem. The Lord was warning the people to flee. Because these events would occur in 70 AD, some 40 years after Jesus made the prophecy, He could say in v. 34, "Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled."
Yet, there would be a future abomination in the temple of the Church, when organized Christianity (the church of Laodicea) would turn to antichrist (2 Thes 2:4). It would be in those latter days that "... then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened." And when Jesus said "For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be", He is speaking of His Second Coming.
Note: The term of Son of Man is a reference to Dan 7:13, which describes the Son of Man, Who is Jesus, appearing before the Ancient of Days, God the Father.
The first half of the 70th week of Daniel was the ministry of Jesus on earth. The second half is the Great Tribulation of the Book of Revelation.
During the 70th week, Christ initiated the New Covenant with many, died for our sins, and in so doing put an end to the system of temple sacrifice. The Jews rejected Him. Within one generation, the Jews, themselves, would defile the temple, and cause the destruction of Jerusalem. As punishment for rejecting Christ, the Romans were sent to destroy them. Like Matthew 24, Daniel 9 conflates events of 70 AD with the end.
Daniel 9:27 states:
And he [Jesus] shall confirm the covenant [New Testament] with many [all peoples] for one week [from the time of the announcement until the end of the age]: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease [with His final sacrifice on the Cross], and for the overspreading of abominations [committed by the Jews, themselves, when they rejected Christ, and a generation later, committed sacrilege in the Temple] he shall make it desolate [in 70 AD], even until the consummation [the end of the age], and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate [the Second Coming].
The 70 weeks of years begin in 457 BC with Artaxerxes' Commission to Ezra. The mid-point of week 70 falls about 31 AD when Jesus put an end to Temple sacrifices with His final sacrifice on the Cross. The second half of the 70th week must now be explained because there is a gap between the two halves (a gap between the Cross and the end of history). If there had been no gap, world history would have come to an end in 34 or 35 AD.
The gap between the first half of Daniel's 70th week and the second half is roughly 2000 years. As noted, the first half consisted of Jesus' ministry of 3 plus years that ended with His sacrifice on the Cross and Resurrection. The second three and ½ years of Daniel's 70th week is fulfilled during the three and ½ year Great Tribulation of Revelation (indicated by Revelation as 1260 days or 42 months).
Notice that Jesus makes the temple desolate from 70 AD until the 2nd Coming. This indicates that the "Jewish" temple is not rebuilt during the Great Tribulation. Those who say that they are Jews, but are not (khazars), will try to rebuild it. But I believe that the two witnesses will be empowered to stop them. They will stand guard on Temple Mount, and like Elijah, will have the power to rain down fire from heaven.
Refer to the following scholarly article: Daniel's Seventy Weeks and the New Exodus
Timeline of Events (Ezekiel 36 - 48)
- Ezekiel 36–37: Valley of Dry Bones Restored to Life - Fulfilled by Christ when He returns to conquer His enemies (Revelation 19) and raises the dead (Revelation 20:1-6)
- Ezekiel 38–39: Gog and Magog - Fulfilled when the enemies of God attack the peaceful people of Christ at the end of the Millennium (Revelation 20:8), and are destroyed (see Rev 20:7-15)
- Ezekiel 40–48: The New Temple - Fulfilled in the New Heaven and Earth (Revelation 21)