Saturday, October 3, 2009

"42 Months" of Revelation

Let’s examine the “42 months” which John speaks in Revelation.
Revelation 13:2 “And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his [Daniel’s beast is “his”] feet were as [the feet] of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority.”

Revelation 13:5 “And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty [and] two months.”

There are an average of 30.44 days in a month.

30.44 x 42 months = 1278.5 days (as years) 1278.5 years.

1967 – 1278.5 = 688.5 AD which is the founding of the Dome of the Rock.

The Islamic Leopard – Bear – Lion Beast of Revelation 13 had political and religious control “continued” in Jerusalem until 1967 when the Israelis regained Jerusalem taking control of the city and the temple mount.

The Leopard – Bear – Lion beast had exerted control through “jizya” a humiliating tax on the enslaved non Muslim people. Islam is symbolically marked by the founding year of the Dome of the Rock.

Daniel defined the figurative language of a “beast” in the context of Daniel 7:23.
Daniel 7:23 “Then he said, ‘The fourth beast shall be the fourth kingdom in the earth, which shall be unlike to all the kingdoms, and shall devour the whole earth, and shall tread it down and break it in pieces.” (Geneva Bible).

Hence, in the figurative language of a dream of vision “beast” = “kingdom.”

On page 321 of Paul Johnson’s book “A History of the Jews” he declares:
"Between 1827 and 1839, largely through British efforts, the population of Jerusalem rose from 550 to 5,500 and in all Palestine it topped 10,000 - the real beginning of the Jewish return to the Promised Land. In 1838, Palmerston appointed the first western vice-consul in Jerusalem, W.T. Young, and told him 'to afford protection to the Jews generally'."

From Revelation 13:2 we understand “the dragon [Satan] gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority.”

It is Satan who gives the Leopard – Bear – Lion beast the power of which is spoken in Revelation 13:5

The kingdom beasts of the Lion, Bear, and Leopard of Daniel’s prophecy are recognized as Babylon, Medo-Persia, and Greece. Hence, the Lion, Bear, and Leopard in Daniel’s prophecy are the composite beast / kingdom found in Revelation chapter 13.

The nations of Iraq, Iran, and Syria/Lebanon are the same geographic regions of the Lion, Bear, and Leopard. There is a measure of national autonomy between the various Islamic sects who war with each other.

They are united through their false prophet Mohammed and the spirit of antichrist.

Matthew 24 confirms the “Dome of the Rock” – the “abomination of desolation” fits the terms used to describe the abomination. It was ‘set up,’ and ‘stands,’ ‘where it ought not’, ‘in’ the ‘holy place’. Matthew and Mark instruct us to “understand” this principle.

The transfer of wealth from the Western nations to the Middle Eastern Islamic nations happened through the purchase of oil. The purchase of oil was the means to “heal the wound” of the Leopard Bear Lion beast. It was the purchase of oil by Western nations which finances the 2nd Jihad. Consequently, the second Jihad is a “likeness” of the first jihad. Therefore, it is an ‘image’ of the first jihad. The ‘image’ of the beast may also be in the Kaaba which contains the Black Stone. Muslims bowed to the Kaaba which once contained over 360 idols in Mecca.

Daniel's "1335 days"

Daniel 12:12 “Blessed [is] he that waiteth, and cometh to the thousand three hundred and five and thirty days.”

Tanach: Daniel 12:12 “Fortunate is he who waits and reaches days of one thousand, three hundred, and thirty five.”

360 / 365.24 = .9857

1335 x .9857 (Old Testament prophetic year “language” conversion) = 1315.9

1315.9 - 583 BC (sacrifices were abolished in Jerusalem) = 732.9 AD

732 AD was the year Charles “Martel” (the hammer) defeated the Islamic army at the Battle of Tours in France. This very historically significant battle occurred 100 years after the death of Mohammed. It has been considered the most important battle of the whole Christian era. Martel stopped the First Islamic Jihad which sought to conquer Europe.

Hence, the Scriptures are clearly accurate when they declare “Blessed [is] he that waiteth…”and survives the First Islamic Jihad without denying the Lord Jesus Christ by converting to Islam.

The “Battle of Tours” was the high water mark of the Islamic invasion of Europe. Charles Martel delivered the mortal wound which halted the Islamic forces and literally killing Emir Abd er Rahman the head of the Islamic forces.
"Without his leadership and guidance, the other commanders were unable to even agree on a commander to lead them back into battle the following morning. The effect of the death of Abdul Rahman on both Islamic and world history was profound."

".... according to one unidentified Arab, 'That army went through all places like a desolating storm.' sacking and capturing the city of Bordeaux, and then defeating the army of Duke Odo of Aquitaine at the Battle of the River Garonne — where the western chroniclers state, 'God alone knows the number of the slain'—[3] and Odo fled to Charles Martel, seeking help."

"1260 days"

Revelation 12:6 (KJV): And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred [and] threescore days.

Most Biblical scholars agree that the “woman” referred to in Revelation 12:6 is “Israel” in the context of this verse.
Ezekiel 20:35 “And I will bring you into the wilderness of the people, and there will I plead with you face to face.”

At the end of the 1260 “days” which equal years; Israel came out of the “wilderness” “of the people” and from being scattered among the nations. They returned home declaring their independence in 1948.
Ezekiel 4:6: "And when thou hast accomplished them, lie again on thy right side, and thou shalt bear the iniquity of the house of Judah forty days: I have appointed thee each day for a year."

1948 – 1260 (“each day for a year”) = 688AD

Here are the founding Islamic verses of the Dome of the Rock
"O you People of the Book, overstep not bounds in your religion, and of God speak only the truth. The Messiah, Jesus, son of Mary, is only an apostle of God, and his Word which he conveyed unto Mary, and a Spirit proceeding from him. Believe therefore in God and his apostles, and say not Three. It will be better for you. God is only one God. Far be it from His transcendent majesty that he should have a son."

"42 Months"

The prophecies of the “42 months” and the “1260 days” begin from 583 BC, the date when the daily sacrifice ended in Jerusalem.
Revelation 11:2 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 two months.”

“Leave out the court…it has been given to the Gentiles.”

Jerusalem, the holy city shall be “tread under foot forty two months.”

I will be consistent to principle which I introduced to you.

A prophetic day = a year.

A solar year is 365.24 days. There are 12 months in a year.

365.24 divided by 12 = 30.44 average days in a month.

Revelation 11:2 speaks of 42 months.

Hence, 42 months x 30.44 days = 1278.5 days as years.

The city of Jerusalem was “under foot” of the Gentiles until it was taken by the Israelis in 1967.

June 6, 1967 at the end of the Six Days War, General Moshe Dayan led a contingent of Israeli commandos that stood before a wall of ancient stones in the holy city of Jerusalem. They were standing at the Wailing Wall in East Jerusalem swearing an oath: “Never again shall be we driven from this place.”

For the first time in 2573 years (606BC to 1967 AD) the Jewish people were in control of the Holy City.

1967 AD – 1278.5 = 688.5 AD (The Dome of the Rock)

Evidently, it is very possible that this event was the fulfillment of the prophecy concerning 42 months.

Solomon built the temple over a threshing floor which his father David purchased from Ornan the Jebusite. The threshing floor was the bedrock on which the Ark of the Covenant stood in the Holy of Holies.

The popular assumption is the Dome of the Rock is the site of the location where the Arc stood. If one carefully examines the stone beneath the Dome of the Rock; it becomes apparent that a farmer could never thresh grain upon this stone. Threshing and recovering the grain is impossible on the rock beneath the Dome. But there is bed rock which flat and smooth 330 feet northwest of the memorial to the false prophet.

The Old Testament principle – day = year “language” is suggested in the Genesis’ account of the flood; a thirty day month indicating a 360 day prophetic year. Consequently, each prophetic year is equal to .9857 solar year.

360 / 365.24 = .9857
1290 x .9857 = 1271.5
1271.5 – 583 (date of the abolition of the sacrifice in Jerusalem) = 688.5 AD

1271.5 solar years.

The “Dome of the Tablets” also known as the “Dome of the Spirits” is a cupola covering the smooth flat threshing floor at the site of Solomon’s temple.

The Eastern Gate aligns perfectly with the “Dome of the Tablets”. The Court of the Gentiles, an area where unwashed slaves were permitted, is the location of where the Dome of the Rock now stands. Consequently, the “Dome of the Rock” was built in the court outside of Solomon’s magnificent temple. The Moslems built the Dome of the Rock over the wrong rock!

There is a 2-3 year latitude in the historic Babylonian dating period. Therefore the "zero year" between 1 BC and 1 AD is rendered unimportant. It is likely the Lord allowed the calculation to remain simple.

Although Daniel and John’s prophecies were written over 500 years apart; their prophecies coordinate with precise mathematics. Both John and Daniel’s prophecies establish 688 AD. The explanation is indicated to Daniel when he is given the following instructions.
Daniel 12:4 But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, [even] to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.

Daniel 12:9 And he said, Go thy way, Daniel: for the words [are] closed up and sealed till the time of the end.

Consequently, we would not understand the book of Daniel and Revelation until the ‘time of the end.”