By: John Cunningham
and Jerry Warrington
Jer 30:7 [Regarding The Day of the Lord]:
How awful that day will be!
None will be like it.
It will be a time of trouble for Jacob,[Israel]
but he will be saved out of it.
The eighth chapter of Daniel records the activities of a little horn. Daniel 8 is usually regarded by so called pre- tribulation rapturist as a prophecy of Antiochus Epiphanies fulfilled in 167 BC, because they cannot make it fit with the time periods as they suppose them. John Cunningham, a leading eschatologist of the Church of God had this to say:
Since these events are to take place in the last days, historicist interpretations of the 2300 days of Dan 8:14 are ruled out of the question. But what period is actually indicated by this expression? We have to confess that we have the greatest difficulty in reconciling this period with the other time-periods under consideration. The expression translated "days" is "evenings, mornings" and most take this to refer to days. On this view the whole period lasts for a little over six years. [from the abolishment of sacrifice and offering at the middle of the 7-year Covenant thru the 1260 days of Wrath or Day of the Lord, the Great Tribulation]
Despite the opinion of some eschatologist several verses in this chapter show that the prophecy is about the end of the age. "The vision belongs to the time of the end" (v. 17). "I will make you know what shall be in the latter time of the indignation, [e.g., abomination of desolation]; for at the time appointed the end shall be" (v. 19). "And in the latter time of their Kingdom when the transgressors are come to the full" (v. 23). "Shut up the vision for it belongs to many days to come" (v. 26).
The identity of the little horn of chapter seven with the little horn of chapter eight has been recognized by a number of writers. Both horns exist at the same time, the end of the age. Both speak blasphemies against God and persecute God's people. Both overthrow divine laws, the little horn of chapter 7 "thinking to change times and laws," while the little horn of chapter 8 takes away the daily sacrifice and defiles the sanctuary by means of the "abomination of desolation." The career of both is terminated by the arrival of the Kingdom of God. One writer who advocated the identity of these two horns was S. P. Tregelles who wrote: "The non-identity of the two would involve difficulties of the greatest magnitude - so great that the supposition may be regarded as a moral impossibility." In other words, they are one and the same.
Many eschatologist and linquist are of the opinion that Daniel 8 and 9 are all prophecies fulfilled by Antiochus Epiphanies (circa 165 B.C.). Moreover, they are of the opinion that phrases like ". . . time of the end" refer not to the end-of-the-age, but to the end of the event or an era or culmination of event horizon. However, as most eschatologist will agree, many prophesies were dual in nature having a near term and long term prophetic fullfillment. No doubt, the current case is one of those. Let's suppose that Daniel 8 and 9 was fullfilled by Antiochus Epiphanies and then consider the weight of eschatalogical thought on the prophecy of Daniel 10, 11 and 12. Most eschatologist agree than somewhere between Daniel 11:30 and 11:40 the focus moves past the events horizon of Daniel 8 and 9 when speaking of the "end" and truly focuses on End-of-Age events. Even so, nothing changes. Daniel 12:11:12 repeats Daniel 9:27. Moreover, Jesus is quoted in the mini apacalypse at Matthew 24:15, in answer to the direct question: "Tell us, when will these things be? What is the sign of your coming, and of the end of the age?":
"Be careful that no one leads you astray. 5 For many will come in my name, saying, 'I am the Christ,' and will lead many astray. 6 You will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you aren't troubled, for all this must happen, but the end is not yet. 7 For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom; and there will be famines, plagues, and earthquakes in various places. 8 But all these things are the beginning of birth pains. 9 Then they will deliver you up to oppression, and will kill you. You will be hated by all of the nations for my name's sake. 10 Then many will stumble, and will deliver up one another, and will hate one another. 11 Many false prophets will arise, and will lead many astray. 12 Because iniquity will be multiplied, the love of many will grow cold. 13 But he who endures to the end, the same will be saved. 14 This Good News of the Kingdom will be preached in the whole world for a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come.
15 "When, therefore, you see the abomination of desolation, which was spoken of through Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place (let the reader understand) . . ."
Would Jesus be referring his deciples of the next 2000 years to a prophecy fulfilled in 165 B.C. prophecy? I think not.
From the preceeding evidence and a life long study of it, I think the arch angel was giving Daniel enough information to write his account for the benefit of the LORD's sanctified in all ages to come, and gave it in such a way that it pertained for us to both a past and a future fullfillment, in such a way that the scoffer may find reason to discount it and the belivers may find hope and assurance. For it is written:
Regardless of how one gets there, the only way the scriptures fit is as follows:
Things Discovered To Be Remembered
- Daniel's 70th week of Dan 9:24 and Daniel's Peace Treaty of Dan 9:27 are not synonymous. The beginning of Daniel's 70th Week at Dan 9:24 is not detailed but the end is. The beginning and ending of the 7-year Covenant is revealed. Moreover, the ending of Daniel's 70th week of Dan 9:24, includes the Marriage Supper of the Lamb, an event after the rapture that takes place in heaven, ending the 70th week. Therefore, one may backtrack to its beginning at the midpoint of the 7-year covenant.
- There is no mention in the bible of 7-years of tribulation. NONE! Nowhere in the bible is the Seven Year Covenant of Daniel 9:27 referred to as a time of Tribulation.
- There are four (4) revelations of the Rapture in Revelation: Rev 7: 9, Rev 12:10-12, Rev 14: 14-16, Between Rev 18:24 and Rev 19:1, all follow the rapture of the "144,000 firstfruits" which distinguish it as "the rapture of the Church" not some "left behind" late converts. Revelation's format is repetition and enlargement; they all correspond with the series of events detailed in Matthew 24, Mark 13 and Luke 21. There is one rapture, it is described therein; Jesus point to Daniel as the chronology.
- The "great tribulation," "The day of God's wrath," "The Day of the Lord," "Jacob's trouble," is one distinct time period of 1260 days, or 3½ years that follows the 7-year peace treaty of Daniel 9:27, which 7-year treaty culminates with the abomination of desolation. See Matthew 24:15; Dan 9:27 is not about Antiochus Epiphanies! Also see 2 Thessalonians 2:3-4.
- The Rapture occurs 45-days after the abomination of desolation and into the 3½ year period of Wrath or Day of the Lord or time of Great-Tribulation Daniel 12:1 & 12:11-12.
- There are no converts after the rapture until the end of the great tribulation: Rev. 15:8-9; 16:21 & 11:13.
- The only end-of-age time period spoken of in the bible as a time of tribulation is the Great Tribulation, a period of 3.5 years that begins not with the "seven year Covenant [Mideast peace treaty]" of Daniel 9:27, but after AFTER THE END of the "seven year peace treaty," which peace treaty ends with the abomination of desolation and begins 3.5 years of Great Ttribulation, which the church will be raptured out of after 45 days. The "Treaty" has not yet occurred, but seems imminent (Daniel 12:1 and 12:11-12)
- Dan 8: tells us about the antichrist. Dan 8:11&12 tells us he will abolish the continual Burnt Offering. That presupposes there must be a restored temple.
- Dan 8:13&14 tell us it will be 2300 days or 6.3 years before the temple is re-consecrated.
- Dan 9:24-26 tells us the last "week," the 70th week, ends with the end of the age.
- Dan 9:27 Tells us there will be a Seven Year Covenant, that sacrifice and offering will be abolished in the middle and sometime later will come one who makes desolate and insinuates a period of time beyond to the "full end." We can now deduce that if the "last week" begins in the middle of the Seven Year Covenant and continues for 6.3 years extending thru the remaining 1290 days, or about 3.5 years, of the Seven Year Covenant period and then thru the 1260 days of the Great Tribulation. So, now, the framework has been established, we can start drawing time lines and look for further enlargement.
- Dan 11 is more information (enlargement) on the antichrist and Great Tribulation. Rev 11:4 gives us more info on the Great Tribulation period and a time frame of 42 months or 3.5 years.
- Dan 12: 1 (a continuation of the revelation) Begins with "At that time . . ." which is a hermeneutic synonym for "The Day of the LORD," or "Time of Great Tribulation" or "Day of the LORD'S Wrath" which is also a contraction or summary looking back at Dan 11 on the antichrist. The verse tells us unequivocally that the Rapture will occur in this period. There are several other references to the saved, being saved out of the Great Tribulation.
- Dan 12:11-13 Tells us that the Abomination of Desolation occurs at 3.5 years after the Abolishment of Sacrifice and Offering. So, when we recall the information from Dan 8 & 9 above we now know unequivocally that the Abomination of Desolation comes at the END of the Seven Year Covenant.
- Dan 12:12 coupled with Dan 12:1 gives us a strong indication that the Rapture occurs 45 days into the Great Tribulation which follows the Seven Year Covenant. Moreover:
- 2 Thes 2:1-5 Tells us that the Rapture will not occur until After the Abomination of Desolation, which occurs at the End of the Seven Year Covenant, which so-called "pre-tribbers" erroneously call The Seven Year Tribulation Period.
- Matt 24:15:24-31 tells us that the Raptures will not occur until After the Abomination of Desolation, which occurs at the End of the Seven Year Covenant.
- Mark 13:14-27 Tells us that the Rapture will not occur until After the Abomination of Desolation, which occurs at the End of the Seven Year Covenant.
- Luke 21:20-28 Tells us that the Rapture will occur After the Desolation of Jerusalem, giving us more synchronization.
- There are four (4) revelations of the Rapture in Revelation: Rev 7: 9, Rev 12:10-12, Rev 14: 14-16, Between Rev 18:24 and Rev 19:1, all follow the rapture of the "144,000 firstfruits" which distinguish it as "the rapture of the Church." Revelation's format is repetition and enlargement; they all correspond with the series of events detailed in Daniel 12, Matthew 24, Mark 13 and Luke 21.
- The "great tribulation," "The day of God's wrath," "The Day of the Lord," "Jacob's trouble," is one distinct time period of 1260 days, or 3½ years that follows the Seven Year Covenant (Mideast peace treaty) of Daniel 9:27, which 7-year treaty ends with the abomination of desolation. See Matthew 24:15; therefore, Dan 9:27 is not about Antiochus Epiphanies of 164 B.C! Also see 2 Thessalonians 2:3-4.
- The Rapture occurs 45-days after the abomination of desolation and into the 3½ year Day of the Lord or time of Great-Tribulation, Dan 12:1,11,12.
- There are no converts after the rapture until the end of the great tribulation: Rev. 15:8-9; 16:21 & 11:13. The salvation of multitudes during the Great Tribulation is not scriptural!
- In the book of Revelation, the term "tribulation" or "great tribulation" does not appear in the opening of the scroll with seven seals, which is the outline for end of age events, until Revelation 7:14, when the saints are in heaven. The term does not appear again in scripture; but the Wrath of God takes over, appearing thirteen times from Revelation 6:16 to Revelation 19:15, during which time "they repented not" is repeated three times.
The Wrath of God is a distinct time period. It is also referred to as the Great Tribulation and the Day of the Lord. The bible says we are born unto tribulation. During this time God chastens, permits afflictions, persecutions, and tribulations to, try, purge, and make white, even as silver is refined in the furnace, but, we are instructed to "wait for His Son from Heaven . . . even Jesus, which hath delivered us from the wrath to come." I Thessalonians 1:10. The term "delivered" in Greek is rhuomai, meaning "to rescue." His coming is therefore "to rescue: us from the wrath to come;- Mary Stewart Relfe, PhD, "When Your Money Fails"
"I am God, and there is none like me, Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure" (Isaiah 46:9-10).
Table of Contents
NOTE: The Chapter Titles and Subtitles are HyperLinks to the Web Page for that Chapter
- DanielsProphecy Home Page "Major Error in Generally Held Biblical End-of-Age Prophetic Interpretations" Foreword (Back to Top) (Specific Chapter Links are Provided on Each Web Page near the bottom)
- Chapter 1, "Pre-Trib Rapture Theory"
- Chapter 2, "Major Error in End-Of-Age Prophetic Interpretations"
- Chapter 3, "The Rapture of the Sanctified"
- Chapter 4, "The Book of Revelation and the Rapture"
- Chapter 5, "Summary of End-Times Events from Covenant to Rapture"
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Hyperlinks to Other Websites of Interest:
- Documentary movie on the timing of the Rapture
- WatchmanBibleStudy.com/Articles/1948 Prophecies Fulfilled - 10 Prophecies fulfilled in 1948 when Israel became a nation again after its annialation in 70 A.D.
- The Word -- FREE Computerized Study Bible with exhaustive concordance, commentaries, etc.
- Near-Death Experiences
- www.templeinstitute.org - Reinstitution of Jewish Temple Worship