End Times Prophecy
Editor’s Note: It is not our intent to be completely “dogmatic” about eschatological events described on this page.
Eschatology is the study of what the Bible says is going to happen in the end times. It is important to understand that bible scholars hold many differing views regarding end times prophecy and the order of events.
It is our intent to offer scriptural based reasoning based on sound biblical doctrine and prayerful consideration.
What is going to happen according to end times prophecy?
The Bible has a lot to say about the end times. Nearly every book of the Bible contains prophecy regarding the end times. Taking all of these prophecies and organizing them can be difficult. Following is a very brief summary of what the Bible declares will happen in the end times.
Christ will remove all born-again believers from the earth in an event known as the rapture (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; 1 Corinthians 15:51-54). The rapture will occur Pre-Tribulation (Before the Seven Year Tribulation Period Begins).
At the judgment seat of Christ, these believers will be rewarded for good works and faithful service during their time on earth or will lose rewards. Importantly, they will not lose their eternal life, for lack of service and obedience (1 Corinthians 3:11-15; 2 Corinthians 5:10).
The Antichrist (the beast) will come into power and will sign a covenant with Israel for seven years (Daniel 9:27). This seven-year period of time is known as the “Tribulation.” During the Tribulation, there will be terrible wars, famines, plagues, and natural disasters. God will be pouring out His wrath against sin, evil, and wickedness. The Tribulation will include the appearance of the four horsemen of the Apocalypse, and the seven seal, trumpet, and bowl judgments.
About halfway through the seven years, the Antichrist will break the covenant with Israel and make war against it. The Antichrist will commit “the abomination of desolation” and set up an image of himself to be worshipped in the Jerusalem temple (Daniel 9:27; 2 Thessalonians 2:3-10), which will have been rebuilt. The second half of the Tribulation is known as “the Great Tribulation” (Revelation 7:14) and “the time of Jacob’s trouble” (Jeremiah 30:7).
At the end of the seven-year Tribulation, the Antichrist will launch a final attack on Jerusalem, culminating in the battle of Armageddon. Jesus Christ will return, destroy the Antichrist and his armies, and cast them into the lake of fire (Revelation 19:11-21). Christ will then bind Satan in the Abyss for 1000 years and He will rule His earthly kingdom for this thousand-year period (Revelation 20:1-6).
At the end of the thousand years, Satan will be released, defeated again, and then cast into the lake of fire (Revelation 20:7-10) for eternity. Christ then judges all unbelievers (Revelation 20:10-15) at the great white throne judgment, casting them all into the lake of fire. Christ will then usher in a new heaven and new earth and the New Jerusalem—the eternal dwelling place of believers. There will be no more sin, sorrow, or death (Revelation 21-22).
What is the Tribulation and how long will it last?
The Tribulation is a future seven-year period of time when God will finish His discipline of Israel and finalize His judgment of the unbelieving world. The church, made up of all who have trusted in the person and work of the Lord Jesus to save them from being punished for sin, will not be present during the Tribulation. The church will be removed from the earth in an event known as the rapture (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; 1 Corinthians 15:51-53). The church is saved from the wrath to come (1 Thessalonians 5:9). Throughout Scripture, the Tribulation is referred to by other names such as the Day of the Lord (Isaiah 2:12; 13:6-9; Joel 1:15; 2:1-31; 3:14; 1 Thessalonians 5:2); trouble or Tribulation (Deuteronomy 4:30; Zephaniah 1:1); the Great Tribulation, which refers to the more intense second half of the seven-year period (Matthew 24:21); time or day of trouble (Daniel 12:1; Zephaniah 1:15); time of Jacob’s trouble (Jeremiah 30:7).
An understanding of Daniel 9:24-27 is necessary in order to understand the purpose and time of the Tribulation. This passage speaks of 70 weeks that have been declared against “your people.” Daniel’s people are the Jews, the nation of Israel, and Daniel 9:24 speaks of a period of time that God has given “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.” God declares that “seventy sevens” will fulfill all these things. This is 70 sevens of years, or 490 years. (Some translations refer to 70 weeks of years.) This is confirmed by another part of this passage in Daniel. In verses 25 and 26, Daniel is told that the Messiah will be cut off after seven and sixty-two sevens (69 total), beginning with the decree to rebuild Jerusalem. In other words, 69 sevens of years (483 years) after the decree to rebuild Jerusalem, the Messiah will be cut off. Biblical historians confirm that 483 years passed from the time of the decree to rebuild Jerusalem to the time when Jesus was crucified. Most Christian scholars, regardless of their view of eschatology (future things/events), have the above understanding of Daniel’s 70 sevens.
With 483 years having passed from the decree to rebuild Jerusalem to the cutting off of the Messiah, this leaves one seven-year period to be fulfilled in terms of Daniel 9:24: “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.” This final seven-year period is known as the Tribulation period—it is a time when God finishes judging Israel for its sin.
Daniel 9:27 gives a few highlights of the seven-year Tribulation period: “He will confirm a covenant with many for one ‘seven.’ In the middle of the ‘seven’ he will put an end to sacrifice and offering. And on a wing of the temple he will set up an abomination that causes desolation, until the end that is decreed is poured out on him.” The person of whom this verse speaks is the person Jesus calls the “abomination that causes desolation” (Matthew 24:15) and is called “the beast” in Revelation 13. Daniel 9:27 says that the beast will make a covenant for seven years, but in the middle of this week (3 1/2 years into the Tribulation), he will break the covenant, putting a stop to sacrifice. Revelation 13 explains that the beast will place an image of himself in the temple and require the world to worship him. Revelation 13:5 says that this will go on for 42 months, which is 3 1/2 years. Since Daniel 9:27 says that this will happen in the middle of the week, and Revelation 13:5 says that the beast will do this for a period of 42 months, it is easy to see that the total length of time is 84 months or seven years. Also see Daniel 7:25, where the “time, times, and half a time” (time=1 year; times=2 years; half a time=1/2 year; total of 3 1/2 years) also refers to “Great Tribulation,” the last half of the seven-year Tribulation period when the beast will be in power.
For further references about the Tribulation, see Revelation 11:2-3, which speaks of 1260 days and 42 months, and Daniel 12:11-12, which speaks of 1290 days and 1335 days. These days have a reference to the midpoint of the Tribulation. The additional days in Daniel 12 may include the time at the end for the judgment of the nations (Matthew 25:31-46) and time for the setting up of Christ’s millennial kingdom (Revelation 20:4-6).
In summary, the Tribulation is the 7-year time period in the end times in which humanity’s decadence and depravity will reach its fullness, with God judging accordingly.
What is the mark of the beast?
The main passage in the Bible that mentions the “mark of the beast” is Revelation 13:15-18. Other references can be found in Revelation 14:9, 11, 15:2, 16:2, 19:20, and 20:4. This mark acts as a seal for the followers of Antichrist and the false prophet (the spokesperson for the Antichrist). The false prophet (the second beast) is the one who causes people to take this mark. The mark is literally placed in the hand or forehead and is not simply a card someone carries.
The recent breakthroughs in medical implant chip and RFID technologies have increased interest in the mark of the beast spoken of in Revelation chapter 13. It is possible that the technology we are seeing today represents the beginning stages of what may eventually be used as the mark of the beast. It is important to realize that a medical implant chip is not the mark of the beast. The mark of the beast will be something given only to those who worship the Antichrist. Having a medical or financial microchip inserted into your right hand or forehead is not the mark of the beast. The mark of the beast will be an end-times identification required by the Antichrist in order to buy or sell, and it will be given only to those who worship the Antichrist.
Many good expositors of Revelation differ widely as to the exact nature of the mark of the beast. Besides the implanted chip view, other speculations include an ID card, a microchip, a barcode that is tattooed into the skin, or simply a mark that identifies someone as being faithful to the Antichrist’s kingdom. This last view requires the least speculation, since it does not add any more information to what the Bible gives us. In other words, any of these things are possible, but at the same time they are all speculations. We should not spend a lot of time speculating on the precise details.
The meaning of 666 is a mystery as well. Some speculated that there was a connection to June 6, 2006—06/06/06. However, in Revelation chapter 13, the number 666 identifies a person, not a date. Revelation 13:18 tells us, “This calls for wisdom. If anyone has insight, let him calculate the number of the beast, for it is man’s number. His number is 666.” Somehow, the number 666 will identify the Antichrist. For centuries Bible interpreters have been trying to identify certain individuals with 666. Nothing is conclusive. That is why Revelation 13:18 says the number requires wisdom. When the Antichrist is revealed (2 Thessalonians 2:3-4), it will be clear who he is and how the number 666 identifies him.
Who are the two witnesses in the book of Revelation?
Several bible scholars believe that the two witnesses mentioned in the book of Revelation are Moses and Elijah. However, the bible does not answer this question directly. There are three primary viewpoints on the identity of the two witnesses in Revelation 11:3-12: (1) Moses and Elijah, (2) Enoch and Elijah and (3) two unknown believers whom God calls to be His witnesses in the end times.
Let examine all three viewpoints:
(1) Moses and Elijah are seen as possibilities for the two witnesses due to the witnesses’ power to turn water into blood (Revelation 11:6), which Moses is known for (Exodus Chapter 7), and their power to destroy people with fire (Revelation 11:5), which Elijah is known for (2 Kings Chapter 1). Also giving strength to this view is the fact that Moses and Elijah appeared with Jesus at the transfiguration (Matthew 17:3-4). Further, Jewish tradition expected Moses and Elijah to return in the future. Malachi 4:5 predicted the return of Elijah, and the Jews believed that God’s promise to raise up a prophet like Moses (Deuteronomy 18:15, 18) necessitated his return.
(2) Enoch and Elijah are seen as possibilities for the two witnesses because they are the two individuals whom God has taken to heaven apart from experiencing death (Genesis 5:23; 2 Kings 2:11). The fact that neither Enoch nor Elijah have experienced death seems to qualify them to experience death and resurrection, as the two witnesses experience (Revelation 11:7-12). Proponents of this view claim that Hebrews 9:27 (all men die once) disqualifies Moses from being one of the two witnesses, as Moses has died once already (Deuteronomy 34:5). However, there are several others in the Bible who died twice—e.g., Lazarus, Dorcas, and the daughter of the synagogue ruler—so there is really no reason why Moses should be eliminated on this basis.
View (3) essentially argues that Revelation chapter 11 does not attach any famous identity to the two witnesses. If their identities were Moses and Elijah, or Enoch and Elijah, why would Scripture be silent about this? God is perfectly capable of taking two “ordinary” believers and enabling them to perform the same signs and wonders that Moses and Elijah did. There is nothing in Revelation 11 that requires us to assume a “famous” identity for the two witnesses.
Which view is correct? The possible weakness of (1) is that Moses has already died once, and therefore could not be one of the two witnesses, who die, which would make Moses a contradiction of Hebrews 9:27. Proponents of (1) will argue that all of the people who were miraculously resurrected in the Bible (e.g., Lazarus) later died again. Hebrews 9:27 is viewed, then, as a “general rule,” not a universal principle. There are no clear weaknesses to view (2), as it solves the “die once” problem, and it makes sense that if God took two people to heaven without dying, Enoch and Elijah, it was to prepare them for a special purpose. There are also no clear weaknesses to view (3). All three views are valid and plausible interpretations that Christians can have. The identities of the two witnesses is an issue Christians should not be dogmatic about.
What is the Battle of Armageddon?
The Battle of Armageddon will take place in Israel, in the prophesied Valley of Megiddo. It will occur after the Great Tribulation Period, at the Second Coming of Jesus Christ, when He returns to set up His Kingdom on earth. There are several Bible passages which refer to the same event, but which do not use the term “Armageddon,” including the Supper of the Great God (Revelation 19:17), the Valley of Jehoshaphat (Joel 3:2), the Valley of Decision (Joel 3: 13-14), and the Battle of that Great Day of God Almighty (Revelation 16:14).
Revelation chapters 14, 16, 17 and 19 describe Armageddon as a place of great slaughter where troops will be gathered, assembled and pressed together. At Armageddon Christ will come in all of His wrath and glory with His army following Him on white horses. Jesus is pictured here as a man of war, judging in righteousness with the sword of His mouth. Jesus will deliver Israel from destruction by the Antichrist. Nations will be punished for their sins. Those who have received the Mark of the Beast will be judged. And Jesus will take authority over the earth and remove the kingdom and reign of the Antichrist.
What are the Bible Prophecies to be fulfilled within the seven years prior to the Battle of Armageddon?
- The final seven years will begin when the Antichrist and the International Community give their support to Israel’s right to exist in the land promised to Abraham by God. The Antichrist will come into power and sign a covenant with Israel for seven years (Daniel 9:27). This seven-year period of time is known as the “Tribulation.” This is called the “Confirmation of the Covenant” (Daniel 9:27; Genesis 15:18).
- A war will begin from the vicinity of the Euphrates River (Revelation 9:13-16). The Euphrates River starts in Turkey and passes through Syria and Iraq. Then it converges with the Tigris River, which borders Iran, and empties into the Persian Gulf. 4,486 American soldiers were killed during the Iraq War. The “Arab Spring,” occurring in North Africa (Egypt, Libya, and Tunisia, all around to Syria) is toppling governments and keeping the Middle East in constant upheaval. The presence of radical Shia and Sunni Muslims throughout this region assures that hostilities will continue to increase.
- The West Bank (Judea) in Israel will become a place of great tribulation (Matthew 24:15-21). Ever since the United Nations recognized a Palestinian state within pre-1967 borders, Israel has been considered an occupying power by the world community. The creation of a Palestinian state will leave about 100,000 to 200,000 Jews living in land transferred to Palestinian control. However, many of the West Bank Jews say they are not leaving their homes.
- The Temple Mount in Jerusalem will be placed under a sharing arrangement between Jew and Gentile (Revelation 11:1-2). A law was introduced in the Israeli Knesset on November 1, 2013, to place the Temple Mount under a sharing arrangement so that both Jews and Muslims can worship there.
- The Jewish temple will be built on the Temple Mount (Revelation 11:1-2; 2 Thessalonians 2:3-4). Israel has been subsidizing nonprofit organizations that advocate the building of the Third Temple, and Israel Minister of Housing and Construction Uri Ariel has expressed his wish to see the future construction of a “Third Temple” in the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound on the Temple Mount. Meanwhile, the Temple Institute has created authentic vessels and garments for use in the Third Temple, made according to the exact requirements and specifications of Biblical law.
- The Temple Mount will be placed under the supervision of the world community, and the leader of the world community, which will at that time be the Antichrist. He will stand on the Temple Mount claiming to be God (2 Thessalonians 2:3-4). Currently, Jordan administrates the Temple Mount holy places through the WAQF (Islamic trust). This arrangement enjoys an international consensus, according to the Jordanian foreign minister.
- A world government will dominate the world for three and one-half years prior to Armageddon (Daniel 7:23; Revelation 13:7). The nations of the world are increasingly recognizing the authority of international law. We now have the World Bank, the World Trade Organization, the World Health Organization and the World Court just to name a few. We have a World Court to adjudicate the international laws of the emerging world government.
- Each person on earth will be required to have a mark or a number in order to buy or sell (Revelation 13:16-18). On May 11, 2005, President Bush signed the Real ID Act. Enforcement will be carried out in four stages, beginning in April, 2014. REAL ID mandates that Americans produce federally approved identification cards (compliant driver’s licenses or state-issued ID cards) upon demand. It compels every citizen to share personal information and unique biometric identifiers in a nationwide database. Even after several deadline extensions, many states continue to object to its costs, and civil rights groups oppose it as an invasion of privacy. Nevertheless, REAL ID is a precursor to the global identification system which will be used to track and control everyone. Without proper identification, subjects of the Antichrist’s New World Order will not be able to hold a job, open a bank account, or receive healthcare or food.
- The world community, led by Russia and Iran, will invade the nation of Israel (Zechariah 14:2-3, Ezekiel Ch. 38 and 39). Iran (Ancient Persia) and Russia (Meshech, the root word for Moscovi or Moscow) are now in alliance. Iran is the leading advocate of “wiping Israel off the map.” It is important to note that the the timing of Ezekiel’s battle of Gog and Magog is not exactly clear. Some bible prophecy scholars believe that this war will occur shortly before the tribulation period begins. Other bible scholars believe that the battle of Gog and Magog will occur in the tribulation period, more specifically in the first 3 1/2 years. See question directly below for more information.
What are Gog and Magog? What is the Battle of Gog and Magog?
Historically speaking, Magog was a grandson of Noah (Genesis 10:2). The descendants of Magog settled to the far north of Israel, likely in Europe and northern Asia (Ezekiel 38:2). Magog seems to be used to refer to “northern barbarians” in general, but likely also has a connection to Magog the person. The people of Magog are described as skilled warriors (Ezekiel 38:15; 39:3-9).
Gog and Magog are referred to in Ezekiel 38-39 and in Revelation 20:7-8. While these two instances carry the same names, a close study of Scripture clearly demonstrates they do not refer to the same people and events. In Ezekiel’s prophecy, Gog will be the leader of a great army that attacks the land of Israel. Gog is described as “of the land of Magog, the prince of Rosh, Meshech, and Tubal” (Ezekiel 38:2-3).
The timing of Ezekiel’s battle of Gog and Magog is not exactly clear. Some bible prophecy scholars believe that this war will occur shortly before the tribulation period begins. Other bible scholars believe that the battle of Gog and Magog will occur in the tribulation period, more specifically in the first 3 1/2 years. The strongest evidence for this view is that the attack will come when Israel is at peace (Ezekiel 38:8, 11). The description from Ezekiel is that of a nation that has security and has laid down its defenses. Israel is definitely not at peace now, and it is inconceivable that the nation would lay down its defenses apart from some major event. When Israel’s covenant with the Beast/Antichrist is in effect at the beginning of Daniel’s 70th Week (also known as the 7-year tribulation, Daniel 9:27a), Israel will be at peace. Possibly the battle will occur just before the midpoint of the seven-year period. According to Ezekiel, Gog will be defeated by God Himself on the mountains of Israel. The slaughter will be so great it will take seven months to bury all of the dead (Ezekiel 39:11-12).
Gog and Magog are mentioned again in Revelation 20:7-8. The duplicated use of the names Gog and Magog in Revelation 20:8-9 is to show that these people demonstrate the same rebellion against God and antagonism toward God as those in Ezekiel 38-39. It is similar to someone today calling a person “the devil” because he or she is sinful and evil. We know that person is not really Satan, but because that person shares similar characteristics, he or she might be referred to as “the devil.”
The book of Revelation uses Ezekiel’s prophecy about Magog to portray a final end-times attack on the nation of Israel (Revelation 20:8-9). The result of this battle is that all are destroyed, and Satan will find his final place in the lake of fire (Revelation 20:10).
It is important to recognize that the Gog and Magog of Ezekiel 38-39 is quite different from the one in Revelation 20:7-8. Below are some of the more obvious reasons why these refer to different people and battles.
1. In the battle of Ezekiel 38-39, the armies come primarily from the north and involve only a few nations of the earth (Ezekiel 38:6, 15; 39:2). The battle in Revelation 20:7-9 will involve all nations, so armies will come from all directions, not just from the north.
2. There is no mention of Satan in the context of Ezekiel 38-39. In Revelation 20:7 the context clearly places the battle at the end of the millennium with Satan as the primary character.
3. Ezekiel 39:11-12 states that the dead will be buried for seven months. There would be no need to bury the dead if the battle in Ezekiel 38-39 is the one described in Revelation 20:8-9, for immediately following Revelation 20:8-9 is the Great White Throne judgment (20:11-15) and then the current or present heaven and earth are destroyed, replaced by a new heaven and earth (Revelation 21:1). There obviously will be a need to bury the dead if the battle takes place in the early part of the tribulation, for the land of Israel will be occupied for another 1,000 years, the length of the millennial kingdom (Revelation 20:4-6).
4. The battle in Ezekiel 38-39 is used by God to bring Israel back to Him (Ezekiel 39:21-29). In Revelation 20, Israel has been faithful to God for 1,000 years (the millennial kingdom). Those in Revelation 20:7-10 who are rebellious are destroyed without any more opportunity for repentance.
Is God rapidly bringing final fulfillment to Bible Prophecy?
12 Now the Lord had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee: 2 And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: 3 And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.
The above scripture reveals God’s foreign policy. If you bless Israel, you will be blessed. If you curse Israel, you will be cursed!
2 “Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of drunkenness to all the surrounding peoples, when they lay siege against Judah and Jerusalem. 3 And it shall happen in that day that I will make Jerusalem a very heavy stone for all peoples; all who would heave it away will surely be cut in pieces, though all nations of the earth are gathered against it.
Shortly, after Trump was elected President, “Israel Today” published an article entitled “Trump Presidency: So far, So Good, for Israel.” Trump stated shortly after his election, “I can bring peace to Israel.” He also stated, “My son-in-law could broker Middle East peace.” One Pro-Trump Pastor stated that he “hopes Trump will usher in the end times.”
It seems as though God is putting His focus back on the land of Israel in these last days. If this is true, then we are closer to Jesus’ return than most can realize. And if we are that close to Jesus’ “Second Coming” coming, then how close are we to the rapture of the Church? God has set aside a 7 year period known as “The Time of Jacob’s Trouble” or “The 7 Year Tribulation” to save a remnant of Jews.
The prophet Daniel was given a vision of the end times told to him by the Angel Gabriel concerning the Jewish people.
It is important to note that the focus of this prophecy is the nation of Israel and the city of Jerusalem.
Daniel 9:24-27 (KJV)
24 Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy. 25 Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times. 26 And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined. 27 And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.
The Hebrew word for weeks is “shabua” which means:
- (literally) sevened.
- a week.
- (specifically) of years.
What Daniel’s prophecy is saying is that there are seventy sevens of years. There is one seven year period for each year. When you take 70 x 7 = 490 years.
The prophecy begins by stating that the following six things will be accomplished regarding the Jewish people during a period of 490 years:
- To finish the transgression, which refers to the rejection of Jesus as their Messiah.
- To make an end of sins, this period will also witness an “end of sin” for the Jews.
- To make reconciliation for iniquity, the third thing that will happen is that the Jews will accept Jesus as their Messiah.
- To bring in everlasting righteousness, this will happen when Jesus establishes His earthly Kingdom.
- To seal up vision and prophecy, the fifth achievement will be the fulfillment of all prophecy concerning the Messiah, Jesus Christ.
- And to anoint the Most Holy. The final goal to be achieved at the end of the 70 weeks of years is the anointing of the Messiah as King of Kings!
None of the things listed in Daniel 9:24 have found fulfillment in this prophecy concerning the Jewish people. Daniel’s prophecy continues in verse 25.
Daniel 9:25 (KJV)
25 Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times.
The first part of verse 25 was fulfilled when the Persian King Artaxerxes issued a decree to restore and build Jerusalem on March 14, 445 BC (Nehemiah 2:1-8).
The second part of verse 25 (Until Messiah the Prince) was fulfilled when Jesus made his triumphal entry into Jerusalem on April 6, 32 AD (Matthew 21:1-11).
From the time King Artaxerxes made the decree to restore and build Jerusalem until Messiah the Prince was seven weeks and sixty-two weeks = 69 weeks (of seven years) or 483 years.
Daniel 9:26 (KJV)
26 And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined.
Verse 26 was fulfilled when Jesus was crucified on the cross, and the Romans in 70 A.D. destroyed the 2nd temple that was prophesized to be built in verse 25.
After Christ presented Himself to Israel as their Messiah on Palm Sunday and was subsequently “cut off,” a nearly 2,000 year gap ensued.
When Christ was “cut off” the time clock for the Jewish Nation of Israel was put on pause and the Church Age began.
Then, on May 14th 1948, Israel was once again back in the land fulfilling Isaiah 66:8, essentially turning off the pause button.
That was significant because Israel had to be back in the land before the prophecy in Daniel 9:24-27 could be fulfilled.
God had dealt with Israel as a nation up to the time Messiah was cut off.
He does so again when He resumes His plan with Israel for the 70th week, the final seven years, as we read in verse 27.
Daniel 9:27 (KJV)
27 And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.
The Apostle Paul tells us what this “abominations shall be one who makes desolate” means in 2 Thessalonians 2:4.
2 Thessalonians 2:4
4 who [the antichrist] opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God.
Jesus further expounded on what this “abominations shall be one who makes desolate” means in the scripture below.
The Great Tribulation
15 “Therefore when you see the ‘abomination of desolation,’ spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place” (whoever reads, let him understand), 16 “then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. 17 Let him who is on the housetop not go down to take anything out of his house. 18 And let him who is in the field not go back to get his clothes.
Scripture plainly tells us that when the antichrist steps into the soon to be rebuilt 3rd temple and proclaims to be God, and demands to be worshipped as God, that the Jewish people are to flee to the mountains and to do so in a hurry!
So, is God putting His focus back on Israel?
On Tuesday November 8, 2016, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told an audience celebrating Aliyah Day in Jerusalem that “we are closing fast on the historic moment when the majority of the Jewish nation will be living in Israel.”
Consider Jeremiah 30:3 below:
3 For behold, the days are coming,’ says the Lord, ‘that I will bring back from captivity My people Israel and Judah,’ says the Lord. ‘And I will cause them to return to the land that I gave to their fathers, and they shall possess it.’”
In November 2016, the Sanhedrin asks Putin and Trump to build the third Temple in Jerusalem. Cyrus sent the Jews under his rule back to Israel with a considerable sum of money with which to rebuild the Temple. The Sanhedrin is now calling on the two world leaders to take up this ancient Biblical decree and support the Jewish people in their holy mission.
Could the President Trump administration reshape the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict?
President Trump, speaking at the U.S.-Israel Policy Conference in 2016, pledged his support in backing the Jewish state. Promised that if elected President, he would veto any attempt by the U.N. to impose its will on the Jewish state. Promised to immediately meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to help bring “stability and peace” to the entire region. Further, he promised to move the American Embassy to the “eternal capital” of the Jewish people, Jerusalem. Trump and Netanyahu both said “peace and security” recently in front of world audiences fulfilling Bible prophecy as we read:
1 Thessalonians 5:3
3 For when they say, “Peace and safety!” then sudden destruction comes upon them, as labor pains upon a pregnant woman. And they shall not escape.
What is the sudden destruction mentioned in 1 Thessalonians 5:3?
There is a prophecy of future war involving Israel and the surrounding Muslim nations:
83 Do not keep silent, O God! Do not hold Your peace, And do not be still, O God! 2 For behold, Your enemies make a tumult; And those who hate You have lifted up their head. 3 They have taken crafty counsel against Your people, And consulted together against Your sheltered ones. 4 They have said, “Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation, That the name of Israel may be remembered no more.” 5 For they have consulted together with one consent; They form a confederacy against You: 6 The tents of Edom and the Ishmaelites; Moab and the Hagrites; 7 Gebal, Ammon, and Amalek; Philistia with the inhabitants of Tyre; 8 Assyria also has joined with them; They have helped the children of Lot. Selah
These are the modern day nations listed in Psalm 83 who want to “cut Israel off from being a nation:”
- Saudi Arabia
Was Psalm 83 fulfilled in 1948?
Some bible scholars believe that the Psalm 83 prophetic war was fulfilled during the 1948 Arab-Israeli “War of Independence.” This view was shared on the September 19, 2015, Understanding the Times radio show hosted by Jan Markell. Jan’s guests on the program were Pastor Jack Hibbs and Amir Tsarfati. We have great respect for Jack Hibbs and Amir Tsarfati. Therefore, it is our opinion that their viewpoints should be prayerfully considered.
Is it possible that Psalm 83 is close to finding fulfillment in Bible prophecy and along with it Isaiah 17? And is this the sudden destruction?
17 The burden against Damascus. “Behold, Damascus will cease from being a city, And it will be a ruinous heap.
14 Then behold, at eventide, trouble! And before the morning, he is no more.
This is the portion of those who plunder us, And the lot of those who rob us.
Today, more than at any time in the last 2,000 years, the Church can well expect the fulfillment of Daniel’s “70th week” prophecy, and the return of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!
The signs of Jesus’ return are so strong now and the evidence is so clear that any person willing to accept the truth can see that the end of the world, as we know it, is near.