This line of Kings eventually terminated with the destruction of Jerusalem in 607 B.C.E. by the Babylonians. After this time no other human King was annointed or approved by God to rule over his people.
God was now allowing rulership amoung the people of the earth to progress according to their own desire. No direct interferance from God. What we need to do is determine how long this time will be.
During this time one of the most powerfull Kings was Nebuchadnezzar who let his power go to his head. He was eventually humiliated by God. From this lesson he concluded that the success of his rulership was not due to anything special in his own power but that he was just being allowed to rule by God. See Daniel Ch4
If you carefully contemplate this it should occur to you that national governments today will also eventually be humiliated and have to come to a similar conclusion. (Isaiah 2:4)
This is something I am really looking forward to, especially considering the circumstance the world is in today.
You must now carefully read and contemplate Daniel 4:23
Daniel 4 :23 - NIV "You, O king, saw a messenger, a holy one, coming down from heaven and saying, 'Cut down the tree and destroy it, but leave the stump, bound with iron and bronze, in the grass of the field, while its roots remain in the ground. Let him be drenched with the dew of heaven; let him live like the wild animals, until seven times pass by for him.'
The tree being chopped down is not completely killed but terminated (banded) for a period of 7 times. That this verse is in regards to rulership is discerned by reading it in context.
The period of 7 times is significant in that the actual period of time could not be determined as it was not properly understood how long 'a time' was until the Apostle John revealed this many hundreds of years later.
As this was revealed long after King Nebuchadnezzar's rule it must be that it had some other significance for the time period after the first century when John wrote the Book of Revelation.
Therefore by measuring 7 times after the destruction of Jerusalem and the end of the last of its Kings in 607 B.C.E. we should be able to determine when a God appointed King would once again begin to rule.
It is easily rationalised that this King would be Jesus Christ because it is after his resurrection that we find out what 'a time' is.
There is a scriptural connection however, to Jesus Christ in this prophecy which, occurs a few verses later while Daniel interprets the dream as follows:
24this is the interpretation, O king: It is a decree of the Most High, which has come upon my lord the king, 25that you shall be driven from among men, and your dwelling shall be with the beasts of the field. You shall be made to eat grass like an ox, and you shall be wet with the dew of heaven, and seven periods of time shall pass over you, till you know that the Most High rules the kingdom of men and gives it to whom he will.
So who does God want to give this Kingdom to?
One of Daniel's contemporaries reveals who this is in the following scripture:
Ezekiel 21:27The scripture above also speaks of the removal of Gods approved or annointed kings until he comes whose (legal) right it is. This is the one who God wants to give the kingdom to. Jesus Christ who was the only perfect man to live and die on this earth. Earning the legal right to replace what Adam lost and rule mankind.
25"Now to you, O profane, wicked prince of Israel, whose day has come, whose iniquity shall end, 26thus says the Lord GOD: "Remove the turban, and take off the crown; Nothing shall remain the same. Exalt the humble, and humble the exalted. 27Overthrown, overthrown, I will make it overthrown! It shall be no longer, Until He comes whose right it is, And I will give it to Him."'
So now, how long is 'a time' so that we can calculate when Jesus will begin his rulership?
Revelation 12:6 "The woman fled into the desert to a place prepared for her by God, where she might be taken care of for 1,260 days."
Revelation 12:14 "The woman was given the two wings of a great eagle, so that she might fly to the place prepared for her in the desert, where she would be taken care of for a time, times and half a time, out of the serpent's reach."Therefore:
time, times and half a time = 1260 days
That times must equal 2 times is a rationale whose conclusion must be carefully contemplated.
If you try to make times equal to anything else but 2 times it does not seem to make sense.
time(1) + times(2) + half a time(1/2) = 3 1/2 times
7 times = 1260 x 2 = 2520 days.
If you now add 2520 days to 607 B.C.E. you end up nowhere special.
Also you end up in a period well before Jesus's birth as well as before the time that the Apostle John wrote the Book of Revelation which is where we find what a "time" was in the first place.
So now what ?
There are some scriptural precedents set which indicate that a day can be represented in prophetic terms as a year.
This is revealed in the following verses:
Numbers 14:34 "For forty years-one year for each of the forty days you explored the land-you will suffer for your sins and know what it is like to have me against you."
Ezekiel 4:6 "After you have finished this, lie down again, this time on your right side, and bear the sin of the house of Judah. I have assigned you 40 days, a day for each year."Now if 2520 years are added to 607 B.C.E. you will arrive at the year 1914.
I think you will agree that this year is significant as it was the start of WW1 and is completely in line with what Jesus said to expect during the end of the age in Matthew chapter 24.
Matthew 24:6 "You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. 7Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places."This calculation is not anything new.
To the best of my own knowledge it was undertaken almost 100 years ago by some very serious bible students.
I have used this knowledge to look for the extraordinary manifestation of lightning which we should expect immediately before Jesus coming to power as a king. (Luke 10:18)
The discovery made in the following blog link makes the calculation above, incontrovertable:
Search for biblical lightning which should be immediately prior to 1914
I think you will agree the lightning reported by the Tunguska witnessess fully meets both the physical and chronological expectation derived from examining the scriptures.
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