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Thought-Sherds (It's a play on words, you know, "potsherds'' the little Earthenware fragments that Archaeologists find, with scriptures, notes, and things written on them,.... well if you have to explain it...... it's not so funny anymore)
Thoughtsherds: [thot '- surdz ] too small to be an article, but maybe big enough to make a difference.
Why is there a King of the North and a King of the South ?
been mentioned several times on this Website; Satan will often
give you two opposing choices, Both
of Which are Wrong.
As the End Process of this World gets under way, apparently a "Polarized World" will come into play. With a Dominant, more overtly Evil, "King of the North". And a soon-to-be Underdog "King of the South". Persons living then will feel that there are two choices. However, the 'Third Position', the one not offered, is what True Christians will have to find: The Path of Personal Integrity. AKA "The Narrow and Cramped Road".
Which takes us to the next "Thoughtsherd".
Who are the Four Horsemen, Specifically the rider of the White horse ?
The last three Horses/Riders are easy:
Horse/Rider Number 2 Red Horse/Rider with Great sword; War all over the Earth.
Horse/Rider Number 3 Black Horse/Rider with Scales; Famine/Global food shortages.
Horse/Rider Number 4 Pale Horse/Rider named Death; Enormous World-Wide Deaths (possible 25%)
(Actually, it's a Yellow-Green Horse, ick)
Each of those Horse-Rider combinations represents a Earth-Wide, Global Condition. In no case is a Specific Person indicated or implied. It is in all three cases a Global situation.
So, working backwards from Horses/Riders 2, 3, &4, and applying the same principles of description to Horse/Rider Number 1, it is logical to conclude that the White Horse/Rider with Bow is also a Global situation/condition and not a person.
From the time that the End of this World starts in dead earnest, it will be a Global challenge for all True Christians to keep Integrity and Conquer the World as Jesus, (who also rides a white horse, rev 19:11,14) did, which is the whole point of the the Tribulation/Endtimes ennyhoo. (John 16:33, see also Dan 7:21)
So, It's not Jesus, and it's not the Anti-Christ:
It's the Severe Global Challenge in the Endtimes for all Christians to keep Integrity and "Conquer" the World as Jesus did.
Kinda Obvious oncet yah seez it, huh ?
Why is Israel where Israel is ?
Location, location, location.
Looking at a Globe, the two largest land-masses on Earth; Africa & Eurasia, are only connected by one teeny-tiny bit of land, yup, the Sinai peninsula.
The cross-roads of the Ancient World.
All major trade routes funneled through there. And if you were in Eurasia and wanted to conquer Egypt/Africa or vice-versa you had to go through Israel. Interestingly the ultimate "choke-point" was the valley plain of Megiddo, yes, that Megiddo, as in Har-Magedon. (Ironically on Israel Highway 66.....)
And if you wanted a "Road-side Stand" to spread ideas from, Israel would have been the best spot on Earth.
In our world the "Gold Standard" of thinking is 'Analytical Thinking'. Few intellectual complements are regarded higher than to say that someone is an 'Analytical Thinker'.
But let's do some Analytical Thinking about Analytical Thinking. Analytical thinking, i.e. analysis, is the process of reducing or de-structuring something into it's elemental or fundamental parts. In other words, it is a destructive process. For example; if you were to analyze the construction of a large beautiful building by disassembly you may rightly conclude that the fundamental component of that building is a brick. And you would be right.
But it's just a Brick.
The opposite of Analytical Thinking would be "Synthelytical Thinking". A word that apparently doesn't exist (Googled it, nuttin', the exact antonym for analytical doesn't exist. Funny Huh ? ). Synthelytical Thinking is constructive thinking, it takes 'bricks' and creates Beautiful Homes.
God is a Synthelytical Thinker, thus; a Creator.
Satan is an Analytical Thinker, thus; a destroyer.
The highest form of thinking in Satan's world is Analytical, thus; destructive.
Analytical thinking has it's place, but it's not the "Gold Standard" of thinking.
For phun Google "Synthelytical Thinking", in "quotes", this exact spelling, (which is the exact antonym) , and guess where you'll end up ?
The Flip-Side of Free-Will
If I give you a Million Dollars, I obviously have a loss of one Million Dollars.
Put another way; financially, I'm One Million Dollars poorer, and Emotionally I'm one Million Dollars Richer.
When you give something from your heart there is a loss and a gain. The Loss is real, so is the Gain.
When God decided to give man free-will he knew He would experience some real Loss. Loss of a certain amount of control, actually, He was losing some of His free-will. But the gain was in knowing that the Gift He was giving was precious, very. Do you appreciate that ?
Please Give this some serious thought, the more you think about it the more amazed you will be.
You can exercise your Free-Will, but you can't Will your Free-Will.
"People don't resist change, they resist being changed".
God, in his Great Love&Generosity, made us in his Image.
And in his Great Wisdom, made us vewy, vewy, small.
The Greatest possession you own is your Free-Will.
The Greatest possession you own is your Free-Will.
And rightly, when someone tries to take away your free-will (your most valuable possession and gift from God) you get angry. And when you try to take away someone else's free will (their most valuable possession and gift from God) they get angry.
It seems that all conflicts come from people either abusing other's free-will or having their free-will abused.
And the abuse of dignity too.
Why dignity too ?
Our Dignity comes from our sense of self-worth due to the fact that we are created in God's image.
When we hurt someones Dignity we hurt their "Godishness". (compare with Matt 5:22)
What deeper insult could there be than to imply that a person is not in God's image, or that the God that they are in the image of is is a worthless God ?
So, to take away someone's Free-Will is to take away their Greatest Gift and Possession from God, and to hurt their Dignity is to take away their sense of Worth and Who they are, that comes directly from God. (and insults God as well).
The abuse of Free-Will and Dignity would appear to be at the root of all conflict.
Kinda makes sense, huh ?
Please Take the time to think about this until you can really feel it ..... it's quite important.....MeThinks.....
The one who invented Language does NOT need to be corrected when he speaks.
And yet how often when different ones are explaining the Bible, do you see a change from the most obvious and clear meaning of the words that are right in front of you, to fit an agenda ?
We should conform our thinking to the Bible, not the Bible's thinking to ours. (Ezk 18:25)
The secret to interpreting the Bible is: Don't.
what it says..... (yes, there are exceptions, but let
them find you.
We shouldn't go looking for them.)
The simple, self-evident, principles of all honest clear communication would by logical necessity hold true for the words of the one who invented language and communication.
That seems rather clear, yes ? ........
A Time, Times, and half a Time.....
This Phrase is somewhat unique in the Bible, in that it is one of the few phrases that occurs in each of the Three languages that the Bible was written in i.e. Aramaic, Hebrew, and Greek.
The word for time(s) in Aramaic is; iddan (Dan 7:25) Strong's H5732
The word for time(s) in Hebrew is; mow'ed (Dan 12:7) Strong's H4150
The word for time(s) in Greek is; kairos (Rev 12:14) Strong's G2540
Kairos is never translated as "year".
Mow'ed is never translated as "year".
Iddan is never translated as "year".
All can be correctly translated as "Season".
Thus, in this unique phrase, the Bible actually has an internal, phrase-specific, "Rosetta Stone" that precludes the use of the word Year....
And Yet it is Universally accepted that "A Time, Times, and half a Time" is Three and One Half Years. But that's NOT what the Bible says. God certainly had access to the word "Year" if he wanted to use it.(*and see ThoughtSherd No.7)
But if you use the more correct term "Season" in all three Scriptures (Dan 7:25, Dan 12:7, & Rev 12:14), (keeping in mind that a season in the Middle East is 6 months not 3 months, only two seasons there; summer & rainy) it becomes One Year and 9 months, or, Half of Three and One Half years.
The King of the North's total world domination of a "Time, Times, and Half a Time", mentioned in Dan 7:25 can only begin after Dan 11:40 (King of the South destroyed). And the Third woe, (which IS about 3½ years; 1260 days) begins many verses earlier at Dan 11:31. So, Dan 11:40 & Dan 7:23,25 are harmonious only if the correct word "Season" is used.
Daniel 7:23 also lends support that the "Time, Times, and Half a Time" is after total ("Whole") world domination is achieved, thus, after Dan 11:40.
So, The "Time, Times, and Half a Time" of Dan 7:25 & Dan 12:7 refer to the LAST half of the third woe. (Note: In the Vision, it is after Michael stands up to protect Israel that "The Man in Linen" is asked 'For How much longer?', and he then says 'for a time, times, and half a time'.)
And "The Time, Times, and Half a Time" of Rev 12:14 refers to the FIRST half of the third woe:
The Woman, (She would appear to be Israel, as she produces the Messiah, and Satan pursues her seed, both Natural and Christian. Really, who else could it be?) , is away from the face of the Serpent for the first half of the 1260 days that she is fed in the wilderness, But Michael has to stand and protect her from the face of Serpent for the last half of the 1260 days (Dan 12: 1).
Yes, She is Fed in the Wilderness for the full 1260 days, but She is only "away from the face of the Serpent" for the first half of that time, Her "Feeding" continues under Michael's protection for the last half of the 1260 days, or stated differently; For the next 3½ seasons .
This would seem to indicate that the "Tribulatio Magna" will be about One Year and 9 months. (actually one year and 10 months. see #9 below)
(Oooh.... Me head Hurts, I have to stop now.... There will be a longer article later... ooooh, my head ....)
* See Lu 4:25 & Jas 5:17; when God wants to say three and one half years, He says what he means, Clearly.
are the Biblical words for Year
Hebrew Shawnah H8141, Aramaic Shenah H8140, Greek Etos G2094 & Eniautos G1763)
see below too......
Who'd A-thunk it ?
Once you see that the "Time, Times, and Half a Time" is referring to Seasons, and not years, you can make an interesting discovery.... or should it be said "A Very Interesting Discovery" ?
(simplified version April 30, 2012) :
Starting with 'The time that the Daily Sacrifice is Removed' (Dan 12:11, 12) and using the 1335 day limit shown in verse 12, you simply combine some very well-known Bible/Spiritual principles with the Idea of the Three and One Half Seasons.
First: Subtract 40 Days, using the Principle of a 40 Day/Year intro to any Major Biblical "sea-change", to mark the Beginning of the Mid-Week of Daniel Chapter 9 (3rd Woe), thus; 1335-40(inclusive) = 1296 Days
Second: Using the "Three and One Half SEASON" Principle, (thus, Half of Three and One Half years[1260 days], hence; 630 days.) Subtract 630 days from 1296 days = 666 days....
"Calculation" of "The Man's Number" (Rev 13:18)
i.e. 666, would appear to
refer to his Name,
but to the Length,
of his Absolute and Total Global Reign of Terror.
Seeing his Total power begin at the mid-point of the Third Woe will be a clue for alert Christians that his 666 day TOTAL rule has begun. (Daniel 11:40-43)
So, His Number is 666, and his Days are numbered.
"But wait", you say, how can people have or wear "The Number" if this is true ?
Well, when any World-Altering event happens, it becomes a Marked Date, i.e. 9/11, The Fourth of July, etc.etc.
The exact day that the Beast/King of the North Establishes Total World Domination will truly be a Marked date. "A Day that Will live Forever in Infamy", to steal a phrase. As such, it will become a Great part of popular Culture. That people will acknowledge and display that Date should come as no surprise. It is a normal pattern for all such events. And to accept, and/or wear or display that Number will be be tantamount to honouring Satan/The Beast's Global reign of Terror.
So, for the world in general, the Number will be the Beginning Date.
But, for Alert Christians, the Calculated Number (rev 13:18) will reveal the 666 days, and thus reveal the End Date.
2034 is my current best calculation)
Hence, It's the Two Ends (book-ends) of the Same Number.
(Prov 25:2 "It is the glory of God to conceal a matter" NKJV)
If true, how 'velly cleva' of God.
So, It Prolly goes like This:
1. Absolute Total Global Power Begins After/At Dan 11:40 (King of South Gone/Occupied, this is the mid-point of Woe 3. The Beginning of the 666 days)
2. Disturbing Reports from North and East heard at about day 630 (End of the second 3½ Seasons) (Resurrection of Ancient Christians Begins ?)
3. During the next 30 Days forces are Gathered to Har-Magedon
4. As per 1 Thess 4:16,17 Christ's Bride taken to Heaven somewhere about Day 660, don't know exact “day or hour” (the 1290th day of Dan 12:11)
5. False Christians/Religions DO NOT ascend to Heaven, which makes them look really really Stupid, and as a consequence nobody fears them anymore, any control and power they have is gone, G-O-N-E. Thus the nations, without fear, turn on Them/Her. It is Fierce and fast and they Get Killed in "One Hour", as per Rev 18:9. It's prolly a 6 day event, or less. It is led by Man of Lawlessness/Beast as the last act of His Reign of Terror. This is the Destruction of Babylon the Great. It will be a whoreable event for Her.
6. Consequentially, a declaration of "Peace and Security" is made,(1Thess 5:1-3).... And thus concludes His/AntiChrist's/Man of Lawlessness's Rule.
P.S. Very Simplified Version:
the 3½ Days that the Two Witnesses lay in the Street After
the end of The second Woe, (Rev 11:7-10) from the
Beginning of the Third Woe. Start your removal
of the constant feature there, at the beginning of the Third Woe (Dan
12:12, 1335 days), and divide the remaining 1332 days in half using
the Three and one Half SEASON principle; Volla.... 666 days. And
Remember it Ends at Tisha B'Av (2034)
So, there are Two 666 Day periods. The first 666 Days are GENERAL World Domination by "The Beast", and the Second 666 Days are Absolute/Total World Domination. Thus the Mid-week of Dan Chapt 9:27 begins at the beginning of the third Woe. And half-way through the third Woe the 666 Days of Total World Domination Begin.
'anyone with intelligence can interpret the number of the beast' -rev 13:18 see njb and any interlinear
Anything Truly New, Learned for the First Time, is Learned Slowly.......
A Little Riddle
Many higher critics of the Bible jump on any apparent inconsistencies in the Bible so as to prove that the Bible is not really "God-Breathed".
An example of this is the first part of Genesis. Because of what appears at first to be a cobbled-together narrative, these Bible Critics have claimed that there are multiple sources/authors to Genesis.
And actually, at first glance they seem to be correct.
Read Genesis Chapter 1 through Chapter 2 verse 7. Verses 5 and 6 seem to Pop out of nowhere as a true Non-sequitur. Go ahead and read those verses, I'll just wait right here.
Funny huh ? It really doesn't make sense does it?
So, a person that was looking for a flaw in the Scriptures would seem to have found one.
But let's look at it in context.
Moses had just finished telling the story of Creation to Israel, an agrarian people. Now a city person would think that the story was over, but to Ag people he had raised some questions. Farmers know that many agricultural products just don't exist in wild forms.
Wheat, rice, chickens, sheep, etc. etc. as farmed, don't exist, and generally can't survive or be found in their cultivated form in the wild. Farmers know this.
So, Moses was simply anticipating what he knew would be their next question.
Read carefully verse 5: 'There was yet no plant of the FIELD.' 'There was no Man to Cultivate the ground'.
A very dear friend who was a Professor of Agriculture once said, "There is no Agricultural product that can achieve the level of quality or variety in it's wild form as it can under the cultivation of Man".
Now if you don't mind, please read Verses 7-9, &15 with special note of verse 15.
So, Gen 2:5-6 is not out of sequence, and Gen 2:7-9, &15 is not out of sequence.
Gen 2:5,6 simply acknowledges that the plants etc., in the cultivated form that the Israelites were farming, as field plants, did not begin to exist until the end of the 6th day.
And Gen 2:7-9 &15 clearly describes the creation and placing of the Cultivator (Adam) in a God-designed Garden/Field laboratory (vs8), who then began, under God's gentle teaching, to produce Cultigens, etc. etc.
There are NOT 66 books of the Bible
Just a pet peeve here: But, there are NOT 66 books of the Bible !
First off, doesn't that just sound wrong ? 66? sounds too much like 666.
And, in fact, there are not 66 books of the Bible, There are 70. Very easy to prove....
the Superscriptions at:
The Beginning of The Psalms, It says; Book One; Psalms 1-41
At Psalms 42 the Superscription says; Book Two; Psalms 42-72
At Psalms 73 the Superscription says; Book Three; Psalms 73-89
At Psalms 90 the Superscription says; Book Four; Psalms 90-106
At Psalms 107 the Superscription says; Book Five; Psalms 107-150
So, there are FIVE Books of Psalms, not One, By the Bible's own counting .
By counting The Five books of Psalms, instead of just One, you get 70 Books of the Bible. A much more correct and Biblically complete sounding number, don't you think ?
The Point ?
Well none really, but we should pay attention to details...... as they say, "God is in the details".....
Also, you might consider this:
The number 6 is an uncomplete spiritual number, it's usually the opening phase of a spiritual process. (see) As in the creation on Earth etc. And Seven (7) is the full accomplishment of that event.
If there were actually 66 books of the Bible, that might cause some persons to think that it is an incomplete Spiritual Compendium. That is not the Case. By being 70 Little Books (7 x 10) it would seem to signify that it is in fact a complete Library (2 Tim 3:16,17). (Seven (7) being Spiritual completeness and Ten (10) being Earthly Completeness.)
And if nothing else, you can win some bets.....
At some point in many people's progress towards Faith, an ugly little "Bugaboo" rears it's ugly little head:
"How can you know for an Absolute certainty", or "You can't Prove that!", or "You can't prove creation!" or other challenges of the nature: 'You can't provide Absolute proof'.
And that's true, you can't.
And for many persons, at this point, they "Go off the Rails", and growth towards Faith ends.
But perhaps we can help 'Re-Rail' the 'De-Railed' ?
In real life, "Absolute Proof" is simply never used:
When you eat, do you require "Absolute Proof" that there is really nutrition in that bite ? No.
When you drive your car do you require "Absolute Proof" that when you turn your steering-wheel to the left that your car will go left ? No.
But What is Required ?
That it's "ESTABLISHED BEYOND REASONABLE DOUBT", NOT "Absolute Proof"
Why should we hold the Bible, a book about real life, to a standard that does not exist in real life ?
Many truths in the Bible, as well as the Bible itself, can be well Established Beyond Reasonable Doubt ..... Which is all anybody ever really requires of anything......
OKay, "Up yah Go"..... back on those Rails...... Ahhhh...... much better.....
Why did Jesus have to put up with Judas ?
Jesus Pictured God while he was on Earth.
God has to deal with Satan on a regular basis.
So, Jesus had to have a Satan-like person to deal with on a regular basis to illustrate how God, in heaven, deals with an intimate associate who's a pill.
A Relationship with God
If you find yourself having trouble with your view of God, or developing a Relationship with God, consider this:
Compare your view of God with your View of your Real Father (or lack thereof) and it's usually surprisingly similar.
How to Fix ?
Most things in this world can't be completely repaired, BUT they can be IMPROVED.
Generally, a simple awareness that you're projecting a flawed view of your human Dad onto God helps. Also, talk to people that you know that have a very good relationship with their human Dad, and see how they view God, You'll find it very interesting.
God vs. Satan
God promotes Pleasure.... Satan promotes Pleasure...
God promotes Wealth.... Satan promotes Wealth...
God approves of sex.... Satan approves of sex...
God promotes good food.... Satan promotes good food....
Just about everything God Approves of.... Satan Approves of.
So, what's the difference ?
God Promotes "Big picture Thinking". i.e. considering not just what you're doing, but the long-term broad effects of what you're doing, and it's beneficial or deleterious effects on others and yourself. (see: "everything you need to know about life" on this website)
Satan Promotes immediate short-term self-centered benefits with no true consideration of others.
That's the Difference.
Satan would have you think that God just wants to ruin your day, and that he, Satan, is the source of all Fun.
But it Just ain't so.
Just a fine point here...... but....
God always keeps His word.....
And God promised Jesus that he, God, would place Jesus's enemies, at Jesus's feet (see Psalm 110:1 'Sit at my right hand while I place your enemies at your feet').
Now, draw your attention to what seems like an anomaly here.
In verse 1, Jesus is at God's right hand, and in verse 5, God is at Jesus's right hand...... hmmmm.......
Verse 1 corresponds to Dan 7:9 & Rev 11:17 Wherein God himself begins active dynamic rulership on Earth at the beginning of the Third Woe. (note: Dan 7:9 is more towards the end of the third woe)
Appx. Three and one Half Years later God hands over a subdued Earth (at Jesus's feet) to Jesus, which would correspond to Verse 5 of Psalm 110 and Dan 7:13,14 & Rev 14:1 and the END of the Third Woe. Thus, He would give Jesus a "Turn-Key" (Ready-to-Run) Kingdom.
Note too, that it is God NOT Jesus, who "Judge[s] nations and heap[s] up dead bodies" (NIV .Psalm 110 vs 6). Jesus is left to deal with the obdurate 'leftover' nations for 'a time and a season' after the Beast and False Prophet are gone, (Dan 7:12) but they are securely 'under his Iron Rod' by that time....
By-the-Bye, there is only One Universal Kingdom; God's Kingdom, Jesus Runs it for the Thousand years and then gives it back to his Dad. (1Cor 15:24-28) And then God gives it back to Jesus, and they both run it together forever as per Rev 22:3-5
Any other kingdom(s) would be a subset, or subordinate to that Kingdom.
Hour, Day, Month, & Year... (Rev 9:12-15)
In the book of Daniel (10:13,20), it would seem to teach us that every national Group, or Nation, has an Angel (or Deamon) that acts as it's "Prince". Michael for Israel, etc. etc.
Using this same principle for the Four Angels at the River Euphrates In Revelation 9:15, , one makes an interesting Discovery: There are only Four Nations that physically touch the Euphrates River ! Turkey, Syria, Iraq, and Iran. (who knew ?)
Apparently this is describing the first Major War during the endtimes (see Timeline), and also marks the beginning of the second Woe. 200 million warriors are involved, which sounds Huge, and it is, but even WWI had appx. 65 Million troops. 1/3 of the Men are killed, which could refer to the Soldiers, or the general population. But if it's the general population that would be about 3 Billion dead ! So, if you're looking for the BIG war involving Iran, it's a looong time after the war (actually invasion) of Dan 11:13.(which Iran will prolly be involved in too)
And this Major War begins at a Specific Hour, Day, Month, & Year, i.e. The Beginning of the Second Woe. And it is also the "time" mentioned at Daniel 11:24 as well. (June 17, 2027 3 pm Jerusalem time, I think)
By-the-Bye, the Fire, Smoke, & Sulphur ?
The Bible is here simply predicting the use of Gunpowder in this coming war (with bullets/projectiles), One Thousand years before the Chinese even invented Gunpowder. Think about it; Fire, Smoke, & Sulphur. Helluuuu.....Made me feel kinda dumb once I realized it.... sometimes it's too obvious.
Note: the bible obviously does indicate you WILL know the Hour, Day, Month & year of this event. hehe
It Has Been said:
"Power tends to corrupt, and Absolute Power corrupts Absolutely"...
But the truth is:
Power tends to test Integrity, And Absolute Power is the Absolute test of Integrity....
If this is True, then by this Absolute Measure God has proved His Integrity. (see)
Mind The Gap
After Dan 11:13-19 begins PLEASE be aware that there will most likely be a substantial Gap within Dan 11:21-24 wherein the Earth enters into a period of Global "Tranquillity" (see Dan 11:21&24)
This is also the same time-period that "The Whole World is at Peace" as mentioned in Zec 1:11 that precedes the rebuilding of the Temple. Altho I'm not sure, the Temple may be built towards the end of the first 7 year period, dunno. This is NOT the "Peace and Safety(Security)" of 1 Thess 5:3, that is much later. (Note: 1Thess 5:3 is not a long State of Peace, it is a specific Announcement of "Peace" at a specific moment in time.)
It will very likely be a appx 6 to 7 Year gap.
There will be a lot of Biblical head-scratching until people realize this.
Prepare to enter into a long "Cone of Silence", Prophetically speaking.
(Dan 11:13-19 should start about 2018, 'stay tuned' for updates. Appears to have started technically July 21/22, 2018 and dynamically on Aug 31-Sept 1 2018. the "B" part of Dan 11:13, not positive, but purdy sure in full-force by spring of 2020...)
Whenever there is a Major "Sea-Change" in the Bible it is Always, Always, Always, preceded by a "40": i.e. 40 days (flood, Jesus's ministry, etc.), 40 years (entry to the promised land, first king of Israel, first king from tribe of Judah etc. etc.).
So where's the forty year preamble to the Biggest Biblical "Sea-Change" ever: "The End of the World"?
It is noteworthy that in Daniel Chapter 11 EVERY SINGLE EVENT from vs. 6 on is calibrated with direct reference to the King of the North; i.e. the Soviet Union.
And what WaterShed event relative to the Soviet Union would be the best candidate for the beginning of the Forty Year period ?
Interestingly, Revelation makes a Big Fat Hairy Deal out of the "Wild Beast" because, "One of the heads of the beast seemed to have had a fatal wound, but the fatal wound had been healed. The whole world was astonished" Rev 13:3 And the same Beast (oh yes it is) and same event is mentioned again at Rev 17:8:"The beast, which you saw, once was, now is not, and will come up out of the Abyss and go to his destruction".
This is the collapse and revival of the Soviet Union !
So there's your Marker Point. The disintegration of the Soviet Union. Which was truly & fully completed on Dec 25 1993, (see Russia's 1993 Constitutional Crisis) not Dec 1991 as all official sources state !
And from the beginning of the Second Woe until the Uber-End is the last 7 years, + some loose change (see Timeline)
So there's 15 years to go from now (Jan 2012) 'til the End starts. (Dan 11:13-19 will not be the beginning of the End per se, the Real beginning of the End will start about 7 yrs after Dan 11:13, in 2027)
So, said differently: it's years from now until the "business end" of The End begins. (Kinda makes yah wanna "frow-up", huh?)
Thus, the generation that saw the Soviet Union disintegrate will still be around when it's all over, 40 years later. Just like in the first century......
I think I'm gonna be sick........
How Long is "This Generation"?
Some would reply, "No, How Long is a China-man".
And really, is that kind of humor appropriate for a subject this serious ?
The phrase, "This (that) Generation" is used in the Bible for two (and by extension three) groups of people.
1. The "Generation" that left Egypt. = 40 yrs. Ps 95:10, Acts 13:18, Heb 3:9,10,17, (note phrase in vs 10 "this generation"),
2. The "Generation" that Jesus spoke of in the First century. = 40 yrs. Matt 24:34, Mark 13:30, & Luke 21:32
"Ummm...." you say, "I thought Jesus died in 33 AD, and the Temple was destroyed in 70 AD. That's only 37 years".
Well, actually there are TWO very well supported dates for His death; 30 AD and 33 AD.
Neither one presents a problem. Here's Why:
If He died in 30 AD, then the 40 years 'til 70 AD just pops out at you. However, if He died in 33 AD then the Generation simply started when He began His three-year ministry, again, in 30 AD. (note in Acts 13:18 Paul says, "about 40 years", so, there's a little 'wriggle-room' here too.)
3. The Current "Generation", that saw the Soviet Union disintegrate = 40 yrs. Matt 24:34, Mark 13:30, & Luke 21:32
And Just to be Very Clear: The Bible is not stating that a "Generation" is 40 years long, but it is refering to 40 years OF A GENERATION. There is a difference.
Easy, huh ?