4. Egyptian time, e.g.: http://curious.astro.cornell.edu/question.php?number=594
The Bible teaches that Jesus is destined to be King, not just of the Jews, not just
of the Earth, but of the entire Universe. Whilst He is King in the lives of many
individuals, as we look around, read our newspaper or watch the news, He is clearly
not King over the Earth right now? The next question we will address is: When will
His reign begin?
Currently about a third of the population of theworld (2.1 Billion) nominally are
classified as Christian1, although less than 20% of these could be regarded as committed.
At this point, the world is largely ruled and controlled by Satan the prince of darkness.
The majority of people are disobedient to God and have rejected His offer of salvation,
allowing themselves to come under Satan’s dominion. ‘Wherein in time past ye walked
according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the
air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience’ (Ephesians 2:2)
2000 years ago, after living about 30 years on Earth as a relatively ordinary human
being, Jesus was about to begin a ministry that would demonstrate the Kingdom of
God. He gave a foretaste of what things will be like when He reigns. People were
delivered from demonic oppression, sickness and death were subservient to His command.
But He was not at that time about to become King of an Earthly kingdom. At His inaugural
sermon in a synagogue Jesus made a declaration: ‘And there was delivered unto him
the book of the prophet Isaiah. And when he had opened the book, he found the place
where it was written, ‘The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed
me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the broken-hearted,
to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set
at liberty them that are bruised, To preach the acceptable year of the Lord’. And
he closed the book, and he gave it again to the minister, and sat down. And the eyes
of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on him. And he began to say
unto them, This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears’. (Luke 4:17-21)
Jesus was reading from Isaiah 61 and He stopped right in mid sentence. Isaiah continues,
‘and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn; To appoint unto
them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning,
the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees
of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified. And they
shall build the old wastes, they shall raise up the former desolations, and they
shall repair the waste cities, the desolations of many generations.’ (Isaiah 61:3-4)
Jesus declares to his Jewish audience that the Spirit has anointed Him for the ministries
for which He is so well known, but He stops between the words ‘the acceptable year
of the Lord’, which can also be translated as the ‘year of the Lord’s favour’ and
‘the day of vengeance of our God’. Jesus breaks off at that point because there is
to be a pause in the entire flow of history. It is very important that we recognise
that that which was supposed to occur after that point has not yet happened. The
mourning have not been comforted, ashes have not been replaced by beauty, a garment
of praise has not taken the spirit of heaviness. Desolate places and cities are yet
to be rebuilt. As far as the Jews are concerned they have never had it easy. Throughout
history, their very right to exist has been challenged by many leaders from the Roman
Emperor Nero to Adolph Hitler and modern day Arab leaders. The Day of Vengeance of
our God speaks of a time when God will exact retribution on the enemies of Israel,
but He is holding it back for some reason. God is merciful and wants men everywhere
to repent and turn to Him. The last thing he wants is to punish and destroy.
We see this demonstrated in the flood in Noah’s day, when one of his ancestors was
still alive, whose name was Methuselah. Hebrew names have a meaning and this name
translates ‘It will come’. Prophetically his father named him in preparation for
the flood that would destroy the Earth. Methuselah lived for nearly a thousand years
(969), demonstrating God’s patience with mankind before He was forced to destroy
Here in Jesus ministry we see the year of the Lord’s favour beginning and being extended
and extended as God waits for as many as possible to repent before the Day of Vengeance.
That ‘year’ has now been extended to nearly 2000 years! In the meantime Jewish history
has been put on hold.
We have discussed previously the text in Daniel 9 which says ‘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.
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.
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’ (Daniel 9:24-26)
In the prophecy given to Daniel by the Angel Gabriel, from the edict to rebuild Jerusalem,
it would be 69 weeks of years until Messiah is cut off.
So we have the following scenario. At the appointed time, Jesus begins His ministry
of healing and deliverance from Satan’s kingdom. As prophesied 483 years after the
decree to rebuild Jerusalem, He is hailed as King, riding into Jerusalem on a donkey.
A few days later He is cut off, by being nailed to a cross and dying. In AD 70 Jerusalem
and the temple were totally destroyed and the Jews dispersed across the world. The
land was renamed Philistine or Palestine as the Roman general Titus made it impossible
for any Jew to ever live there again. The land remained derelict for nearly 2000
years, but now it is being reclaimed and repopulated in preparation for something.
So what has happened to the seventieth week of seven years? According to the prophecy,
Israel will have to get to the end of the final week to complete reconciliation for
their sin after which everlasting righteousness will be established.
So at the moment we are in the period of time between week 69 and 70, which has been
frozen for nearly 2000 years!
At week 69 a mystery was unveiled that is only hinted at throughout the entire Old
Testament. It is that the good news of God’s mercy is to be extended to the entire
world of non-Jews, the so-called Gentiles. As Messiah was cut off God opened a door
of opportunity to include everyone. The Jews as a nation, were unable to see or understand
this. God deliberately closed the eyes and minds of the Jewish nation to this possibility
and has held open the offer of repentance and salvation to everyone. At this juncture,
there is no distinction between Jew and Gentile. Any individual who believes can
be saved, but the time is limited.
Paul expresses it thus: ‘For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of
this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part
is happened to Israel, until the fullness of the Gentiles be come in. And so all
Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Zion the Deliverer,
and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob: For this is my covenant unto them, when
I shall take away their sins. As concerning the gospel, they are enemies for your
sakes: but as touching the election, they are beloved for the fathers' sakes. For
the gifts and calling of God are without repentance’. Romans 11:25-29
Paul is saying that Israel is partially and temporarily blinded to God’s grace until
the fullness of Gentiles is come in, after which their eyes will be opened to the
truth. Only God knows what the fullness means. Is it a certain number of people or
a specific time? We do not know, but it is clear that it will not go on indefinitely.
The Jews have appeared all along to be enemies of the gospel of Jesus, but we now
see it is a deliberate part of God’s plan for universal salvation. The Jews have
been chosen to bring salvation to the world, which is what is meant by election.
When God makes a promise, a calling or a gift, He does not renege on it. His 4000
year-old promises still stand and will be fulfilled.
Jesus came from God to bring a taster of the Kingdom of God into this world. His
life and the miracles he did showed us what the Earth should be like if we had followed
We have world-wide famine and hunger, but Jesus fed 5000 people with five loaves
and two fish.
We have increasingly wild weather patterns, but Jesus stilled the storm with mere
verbal command, like talking to a dog. ‘Be still’
We are battling with increasingly virulent and incurable diseases, but Jesus healed
all who came to Him to ask for healing.
We are seeing increases in all kinds of satanic activity, like high school massacres,
child abuse, violent crime and so on, but Jesus came to destroy the work of the devil.
If we all were to follow the example and teaching of Jesus, demonstrating compassion,
love, forgiveness, generosity and honesty; that would be like Heaven on Earth.
We still have the opportunity to change. If we did, not only would the world be a
wonderful place to live in, but also the door of opportunity for the Gentiles or
non-Christian world would remain open for a longer period, allowing more and more
to hear the Gospel message and enter into new life with Jesus. However, at present
there seems little sign of that taking place.
So what happens when the fullness of the Gentiles is complete? At that point, the
pause button that has been on for nearly 2000 years, will be pressed and Jewish history
will recommence. The 70th week, a seven year period, is still to happen at which
time there will be a dramatic turn of events.