THE GREAT TRIBULATION
When is the great tribulation? Is it a future event, as popularly espoused and debated by most Christians? Or is it an event that took place at the time of the destruction of Jerusalem and the temple as espoused by preterists? Or are both of these wrong and the great tribulation has been taking place for 2,000 years? According to prevailing Christian teachings, it is a period of time that takes place after the abomination of the desolation of a literal temple in Jerusalem. But is this true? To answer these questions, there are some specific questions that must be addressed.
First though, one will not be able to approach this subject with fixed, preconceived ideas, based on what they have been taught by Christianity. As you have learned in the Remnant Bride writings, and will see here as well, the 2,000 years of Christianity are a period of great blindness. It is darkness, even hades, which means “to not see.” It is the breach when they are hidden in the cleft of the rock with Yahweh’s hand over them so they cannot see. It is the wilderness wanderings when kingdom men eat manna, or “what is it?” It is Babylon, or confusion. With this formidable obstruction, how then can they speak truth?
To begin with, let us lay out the justification that the abomination of desolation is in fact the beginning of the great tribulation. In Matthew 24:15 and 21 we read:
Therefore when you see the abomination of desolation which was spoken of through Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place (let the reader understand) …. For then there will be a great tribulation, such as has not occurred since the beginning of the world until now, nor ever will.
Thus we see that, indeed, the abomination of desolation initiates the great tribulation. But here is where diverse Christian fiction and truth separate. As you will now see, the abomination of desolation began immediately after Yahshua left this earth, returning to heaven, and there remaining until His triumphal return, the way thereof prepared by the Elijah.
In John 9:4-5 we read the words of Yahshua:
We must work the works of Him who sent Me as long as it is day; night is coming when no one can work. While I am in the world, I am the Light of the world.
Therefore, it is obvious that as soon as Yahshua left this world, light was removed and men entered into darkness. And as you will see, immediately kingdom men errored in that darkness, instantly initiating the abomination of desolation.
In order to show the clear evidence of this, we must first examine a specific point in time upon which the entirety of this hinges – the middle of the final seven years spoken of in Daniel 9:27. Let us begin by turning to those very passages to which Yahshua directed our attention when He referred to the abomination of desolation as that “which was spoken of through Daniel the prophet.”
But once again, you must escape the template of error set up by Christianity; and there is most certainly no greater evidence of this error than their translation of Daniel 9:24-27. To evidence this, we will first read these verses in the New American Standard (NAS) version. You will notice here the classic error regarding Christianity’s supposed antichrist beast man who will purportedly desolate a rebuilt temple in Jerusalem; or in the mind of some, the Romans desolated it already. As you will see here, the translators completely twisted and altered these verses to make them say what they believe, failing to present them for what they truly say. Here now is Daniel 9:24-27 as it reads in the NAS:
24. “Seventy weeks have been decreed for your people and your holy city, to finish the transgression, to make an end of sin, to make atonement for iniquity, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal up vision and prophecy and to anoint the most holy place.
25. So you are to know and discern that from the issuing of a decree to restore and rebuild Jerusalem until Messiah the Prince there will be seven weeks and sixty-two weeks; it will be built again, with plaza and moat, even in times of distress.
26. Then after the sixty-two weeks the Messiah will be cut off and have nothing, and the people of the prince who is to come will destroy the city and the sanctuary. And its end will come with a flood; even to the end there will be war; desolations are determined.
27. And he will make a firm covenant with the many for one week, but in the middle of the week he will put a stop to sacrifice and grain offering; and on the wing of abominations will come one who makes desolate, even until a complete destruction, one that is decreed, is poured out on the one who makes desolate.”
Let us deal with the first chief error in these verses. You will notice in verse 25 that the one being spoken of here is very specifically identified – Messiah the Prince. Yahshua is called “Messiah the Prince” in verse 25, and “Messiah” in the very next verse as well. But, the translators forced great error when they took the liberty to wholly depart from this clear identification and then make the “prince,” also in verse 26, into someone entirely opposite. If Messiah the Prince is the subject in verse 25; then clearly, the prince referred to in verse 26, where the Messiah is once again referred to, is none less than the Prince, the Messiah. This is especially true when the Messiah is the one who is to come, and here He is called “the Prince who is to come.” Therefore, verse 26 absolutely must read:
Then after the sixty-two weeks the Messiah will be cut off and have nothing, and the people of the Prince who is to come will destroy the city and the sanctuary.
There can be no escaping this fact.
Another item that is helpful to note is that the Hebrew word here for “week,” or “shabu,” actually means “a period of seven.” Though shabu is used to denote a week, or a period of seven days, as in the Feast of Weeks, here the actual fulfillment is periods of seven years, and would best read in its literal meaning – “period of seven.” Therefore, let us now read these same verses for what they literally say, not only correcting these two points, but others as well, staying with the original Hebrew and not yielding to the template of error of Christianity:
24. “Seventy periods of seven have been decreed for your people and your holy city: to bring to an end the transgression, to make an end of sin, to make atonement for iniquity, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal up vision and prophecy, and to anoint the holy.
25. So you are to know and discern that from the issuing of a decree to restore and rebuild Jerusalem until Messiah the Prince, there will be seven periods of seven and sixty-two periods of seven; it will be built again, with plaza and moat, even in times of distress.
26. Then after the sixty-two periods of seven the Messiah will be cut off and have no one; and the people of the Prince who shall come will destroy the city and the sanctuary, and the end will come with a flood; even to the end of the battle, desolations are determined.
27. And He [Messiah] will prevail in the covenant with the many for a period of seven, but in the middle of the period of seven, He will cause the sacrifice and the offering to cease; and for the overspreading of abominations, He will make desolate, even until the consummation, and that which is determined will be poured out upon the desolate.”
Again, the message here in its literal translation is entirely different from that which you have been taught. Up to now, you have been fed dung – the word of God taken in by carnal men, processed by their flesh, and fed to others. Let us briefly examine some of the specific items in these verses.
Adding further to what we have already noted, we read in verse 27 in the NAS the errored translation: “And he will make a firm covenant with the many for one week.” But what covenant is truly being spoken of here? As with the matter of who the Prince truly is, to answer this all one has to do is look into this chapter and see what that covenant is already stated to be. In verse 4 of the same chapter, Daniel began his supplication for those in captivity in Babylon and those disbursed abroad, as well as for Jerusalem, receiving Gabriel’s reply in verses 24-27. Here we are specifically told what that covenant is:
I prayed to Yahweh my God and confessed and said, “Alas, O Lord, the great and awesome God, who keeps His covenant and lovingkindness for those who love Him and keep His commandments, we have sinned, committed iniquity, acted wickedly and rebelled, even turning aside from Your commandments and ordinances [vss. 4 and 5].
So in verse 27 when Gabriel was giving the answer to Daniel’s prayer and supplication, he was in fact referring to the very covenant regarding which Daniel had just made supplication – Yahweh’s covenant with His people. Both are in fact the identical Hebrew word for “covenant.” Therefore, that passage must read: “And He [Messiah] will prevail in the covenant with the many [the residents of the true Jerusalem] for a period of seven.” In other words, Yahweh will fulfill His covenant with His people. As you will see, this is precisely what He has done and is doing, and in a most incredible and revealing way.
Now, let us once again remain within the message of Daniel 9 so as to better understand the relevance of Gabriel’s answer regarding another matter. In verses 26 and 27 regarding these seventy periods of seven, you will notice the following references to desolations:
26. … even to the end of the battle, desolations are determined.
27. … and for the overspreading of abominations, He will make desolate, even until the consummation, and that which is determined will be poured out upon the desolate.
What desolations then was Gabriel comparing to here? He was making reference to the desolations of Jerusalem that had been taking place for nearly seventy years. It is important to note that Daniel’s seventy periods of seven in verses 24-27, are specifically Gabriel’s answer to Daniel’s supplications in verses 1-19 for the people in their Babylonian captivity and for Jerusalem. The fact is, this desolation spoken of in verses 26-27, has a direct relationship with the seventy years of bondage that took place in the time of Daniel, evidenced once again by Daniel’s preceding supplication in verses 2, 17, and 18:
2. … in the first year of his reign, I, Daniel, observed in the books the number of the years which was revealed as the word of Yahweh to Jeremiah the prophet for the completion of the desolations of Jerusalem, namely, seventy years.
17. So now, our God, listen to the prayer of Your servant and to his supplications, and for Your sake, O Lord, let Your face shine on Your desolate sanctuary.
18. O my God, incline Your ear and hear! Open Your eyes and see our desolations and the city which is called by Your name; for we are not presenting our supplications before You on account of any merits of our own, but on account of Your great compassion.
Let us now examine these subject seventy periods of seven years. To begin with, Daniel 9:25 sets forth:
So you are to know and discern that from the issuing of a decree to restore and rebuild Jerusalem until Messiah the Prince, there will be seven periods of seven and sixty-two periods of seven; it will be built again, with plaza and moat, even in times of distress.
What decree was being spoken of here? As addressed in the book, The Curse of 1920, Appendix Ten, that decree was the decree of Artaxerxes in 458 B.C., sending Ezra to Jerusalem to “establish the law of your God,” an act that would “adorn the house of Yahweh” (Ezra 7:25–27). Most notably, that decree was at the completion of the seventieth Jubilee waiting period from the fall of Adam, or 70 x 49, or 3,430 years. As we have seen, this Jubilee waiting period count in reckoning time is critical to the works and order of Yahweh.
The decree of Artaxerxes was the legal decree spoken of in Daniel 9:25 – “a decree to restore and rebuild Jerusalem.” But as you will now see, it is not literal Jerusalem that is being spoken of here, but looks to the rebuilding of Jerusalem above, beginning with the completion of 120 Jubilee waiting periods from Adam’s fall, that completion being in 1993. Yahweh’s Jubilee therefore began in 1994. Natural Jerusalem has always only been a type, a shadow – a natural testimony that could be referred to in order to prophesy concerning the true fulfillment. This fulfillment is the Jerusalem seen by John in Revelation 21:10-27 – Jerusalem above. And this is the Jerusalem spoken of here in Daniel 9:25.
With these facts in mind, let us now lay out these seventy periods of seven years spoken of here. And in order to be complete, we will restate verse 27:
And He [Messiah] will prevail in the covenant with the many for a period of seven, but in the middle of the period of seven, He will cause the sacrifice and the offering to cease ….
Therefore, we see the timing:
Periods of Seven
Number of Years
Years in History
Seven periods of seven
7 x 7 years = 49 years
458 B.C. – 409 B.C.
Sixty-two periods of seven
62 x 7 years = 434 years
409 B.C. – 26 A.D.
One period of seven
1 x 7 years = 7 years
26 A.D. – 33 A.D.
And most notably, we find that Yahshua was crucified at the end of the eightieth Jubilee waiting period, or in 33 A.D.
The reality of this specific fulfillment is glaringly undeniable. One cannot argue with history or time, and both of these very clearly point to the certainty of this truth. Add to this the confirmation of the seventieth and the eightieth Jubilee waiting periods, this is rock solid undeniable evidence. Let us now examine the final period of seven and consider the statement – “and in the middle of the period of seven, He [Yahshua] will cause the sacrifice and the offering to cease.”
How long was Yahshua’s ministry period? It was for three-and-a-half years. His ministry began with His baptism by John on Atonement, 29 A.D., and He was crucified three-and-a-half years later on Passover, 33 A.D. Therefore, you see that indeed He came specifically in the middle of the final seven-year period. How was it then that His baptism effected the cessation of the sacrifice and offering?
Legally, once Yahshua presented Himself to Yahweh on Atonement as the sacrifice for man’s sins and was baptized into death by John, all other offerings were of none effect. Yahshua’s baptism legally effected the true fulfillment of the sacrifice for atonement, and no longer were the old animal sacrifices necessary. At that moment He “caused the sacrifice and the offering to cease”; and with the invasion of Rome in 70 A.D., Yahweh put an end to that which He legally ceased at Yahshua’s baptism. The temple was torn down and never rebuilt, and never will be rebuilt. Its prophetic testimony was finished. The true sacrifice was presented to Yahweh, and the only temple to be built now is that one that is made with living stones.
In verse 26 we read:
Then after the sixty-two periods of seven the Messiah will be cut off and have no one; and the people of the Prince who shall come will destroy the city and the sanctuary ….
Unmistakably, after the sixty-two periods, Yahshua was cut off in the concluding covenant period, and indeed He had no one. He came early, before the time, and the first resurrection that would take a people to heaven to receive immortal incorruptible bodies, could not come for 2,000 years. Kingdom men lay in the grave. His true and perfect kingdom on earth would have to equally wait; for as He declared, darkness came and no man could work (John 9:4-5).
As foretold in Daniel 9:26-27, what took place after Yahshua left this earth to not return for 2,000 years? Precisely what we read here:
The people of the Prince have destroyed the kingdom Yahshua came to establish, just as He foretold in similar manner in Matthew 13:24-33. In like testimonies of its desolation, He plainly said that the kingdom of heaven would become a field corrupted by tares. It would become an overgrown tree where the demonic spirits, the birds of the air, would nest in it. It would become entirely leavened.
This now brings us to a very important, revealing, and confirming point. The book of Daniel closes with a clear definitive statement. In Daniel 12:11-12 we read:
11. “From the time that the regular sacrifice is abolished and the abomination of desolation is established, there will be 1,290 days.
12. How blessed is he who keeps waiting and attains to the 1,335 days!”
We see here that when the time of the regular sacrifice is abolished, 1,290 days later the abomination of desolation is established. We now know when the regular sacrifice was abolished – when Yahshua was baptized by John on Atonement in 29 A.D. So, to know when the abomination of desolation was established, all we have to do is count 1,290 days from then. Where does that take us? There are 354 days in a lunar calendar year. Three years would equal 3 x 354, or 1,062 days to Atonement in 32 A.D. The next closest event to this 1,290 day count would be Pentecost, 33 A.D. From Atonement to Pentecost is 232 days, for a total of 1,294 days. Therefore, whatever began the abomination of desolation, took place four days before Pentecost, the 1,290th day. What was it? Yahweh did not leave us without understanding.
We saw in The New Millennial Calendar, page 10, that Pentecost was on the eleventh day of the third month. We also saw in the next page of that writing that Yahshua departed from them by ascending alive on the twenty-eighth day of the second month. This would have meant that Yahshua would have been gone for ten days, with Pentecost coming on the eleventh day since His departure. So what could have taken place on the day that was four days prior to Pentecost? Though the Scriptures do not give us the exact day of the event, its relevance is tellingly obvious.
In Acts 1, just before Pentecost, verses 15-26 record that highly impacting event – the abomination of desolation, beginning the great tribulation. Yahshua had been among them for forty days. When He left, darkness came, and it took no time at all for them to stumble in darkness. What was that desolating event? When the disciples made the grave error of seeking to establish a man to replace Judas!
Were the disciples right when they quoted from Psalm 109:8 – “Let another take his office”? Indeed they were. But, they were acting both prematurely and presumptuously, for that office was not to go to a man for 2,000 years. They acted in complete error when they cast lots in selecting Matthias, corrupting the government Yahshua set up. Quite fittingly, on the seventh day after Yahshua had left, the apostles committed this error. The number seven has been the mark of the beast. In like manner, it was also in the seventh year that Adam and Eve sinned, bringing a like abomination of desolation to the Garden. In fact, even as Eve ate from the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil and gave that fruit to Adam, so the first Remnant ate from the same fruit and gave it to the body of Christ. Also attesting to this abomination on the seventh, the apostles equally failed to do what was right when they chose seven men to wait tables, whereupon shortly thereafter Stephen was stoned. Yahshua had called the apostles to serve (Mark 9:35).
If it had been time to establish that required apostle, then Yahshua would have done so Himself when He was among them for forty days – but He did not! Yahshua had clearly told them, “You did not choose Me but I chose you, and appointed you …” (John 15:16). He alone had the right to establish His apostles, not them, not any man. But the apostles elected to stand in His place and do what He alone could do – choose that twelfth apostle. They possessed neither the right nor the authority to do so, and it was totally out of season for that fulfillment to take place. That place belonged to the fulfilling Elijah, and they did not see that.
Yahshua had already made the choice for Judas’ immediate successor, and had already forthrightly declared it, once again affirming His place alone to do so. The one to immediately replace Judas was not a mere man. That fulfillment would not come for 2,000 years. Until then, Yahshua’s choice was clearly set forth – “Did I Myself not choose you, the twelve, and one of you is the devil?” (John 6:70).
Even the apostles’ means of making that choice revealed their error – by casting lots! This was the same means whereby Haman determined when to destroy the Jews (Esther 9:24), costing him his own life. This was the same means whereby Achan’s sin was revealed when he kept some of the devoted things from Jericho, costing him his life as well (Joshua 7:16-21). And this was the same means whereby the sailors revealed Jonah’s own error, whereupon he was cast into the sea and remained in the belly of the great fish for three days and three nights (Jonah 1:7). Thus, the same fate came upon the church when the apostles cast lots for Judas’ replacement, bringing for it death, even three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.
Therefore, we see that when Yahshua left and darkness came, the apostles quickly fell into error, and the abomination that makes the kingdom of heaven desolate immediately came about. And quite fittingly, they erred pertaining to the very office whereby its true occupant would ensure the kingdom’s continuing desolation and the great tribulation – Satan! For 2,000 years, Satan would stand in that office and continue to deceive the church and effect great affliction upon it – the great tribulation! The kingdom of heaven would be trodden down by the nations. Satan would dearth the kingdom. And as already evidenced by the apostles on the seventh day since Yahshua’s departure, the people of the Prince would “destroy the city and the sanctuary.” The prophesied “overspreading of abominations” began, and all one has to do today is to look back at church history and see the raw truth of this ill fate.
And frankly, this pattern will be repeated. In The New Millennial Calendar, page 13, we noted that Yahshua will come in the Millennial reign, build the temple of Yahweh, and ascend back to the Father at the end of the Millennium. Once again, as soon as He leaves, what do we see will happen? Precisely what we saw happen when He left once before – another abomination of desolation by Satan. In Revelation 20:7-8 we read:
When the thousand years are completed, Satan will be released from his prison, and will come out to deceive the nations which are in the four corners of the earth ….
Thus we see the repeated pattern – Yahshua leaves to go to the Father, and Satan immediately goes to work, effecting an abomination of desolation. This enduring desolation certainly was the case when Yahshua left the first time. Satan deceived the apostles, even as he will deceive the nations. But we are told in verse 3 that he will not succeed long this second time, for his release will be for only a short time, whereupon he will be thrown into the lake of fire.
Often truth is revealed in obscurity, and this is certainly the case with the events that both began this prophesied 1,290 days, as well as concluded them. The immense impact of Yahshua’s baptism was most certainly obscure – the cessation of sacrifices and offerings – taking place with no one’s notice until much later. But in the sight of Yahweh God, that event was pivotal. In like regard, 1,290 days later when the apostles sought to stand in the place of Yahshua and made that grave error of seeking to fill that critical office, they likewise performed an act that was obscure. But once again, this was not so in the sight of Yahweh God; and its effects were highly impacting and destructive, with its immense significance not being known until now. That event was equally pivotal, as it began the abomination of the desolation of the kingdom of heaven, the Jerusalem, beginning the great tribulation.
Truly, in every regard the apostles sought to stand in the place of Yahshua, effecting that which He alone had the right to carry out. Thus we find written in Matthew and Mark affirming evidence of the beginning of the abomination of desolation at this earliest point in the church. In Matthew 24:15 we read:
Therefore when you see the abomination of desolation which was spoken of through Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place (let the reader understand) ….
And in the like passage in Mark 13:14 we read:
But when you see the abomination of desolation standing where it should not be (let the reader understand) ….
Revealingly, this statement is not found in second Remnant Luke. Why? Because in the time of the second Remnant, it is indeed legally time for Judas’ replacement to stand in that place; and instead of bringing the desolation of the kingdom, it brings the restoration of all things and Yahshua’s much needed return. But for the Matthew first Remnant apostles to seek for someone to stand in that place, or for Mark Christianity to seek to do likewise by trying to place Paul in that office, both of these works effected and advanced the desolation of the kingdom.
And recognize here that in both cases Yahshua’s reference to this is specifically – that “which was spoken through Daniel.” And there is no more direct or clearer passage regarding the identification of the abomination of desolation than this passage in Daniel 12:11:
“From the time that the regular sacrifice is abolished and the abomination of desolation is established, there will be 1,290 days.”
Furthermore, it is with great meaning that this message was to be hidden and would not be discerned until the one to whom that office belonged came and would see its truth. This is what you are reading now, and only now can the passage be fulfilled – “let the reader understand.”
Before concluding this first point, one other matter must be addressed. We noted that Daniel’s seventy periods of seven in verses 24-27, are specifically Gabriel’s answer to Daniel’s supplications in verses 1-19 regarding the people in their Babylonian captivity and for Jerusalem. We see that this desolation spoken of in verses 26-27 has a direct relationship with the seventy periods of bondage that took place in the time of Daniel, evidenced once again by Daniel’s preceding supplication in verses 2, 17, and 18 – “see our desolations.”
What we find is that the seventy years of literal Babylonian captivity, are a type of the like Babylonian captivity that would take place in the church from the time of the abomination of desolation four days before Pentecost, 33 A.D., to Yahweh’s Jubilee. That Jubilee would undoubtedly have legal marks, as well as fulfillments. Two evident marks are the Jubilee of 1994, as well as the Jubilee on Trumpets, October 25, 2007. But it is important to note that the seventy years of Babylonian captivity are fulfilled in the 2,000 year period of the church, which is mystery Babylon. Daniel repented for the ills of the people of Jerusalem which placed them in Babylonian captivity for seventy years. Then seventy periods of seven years later, the true Jerusalem, the kingdom of heaven, went into Babylonian captivity for twenty-eight periods of seventy years.
In conclusion, on the day of Pentecost, the priest stood before Yahweh to wave before Him two loaves of leavened bread. Only four days before that day, the apostles added the leaven to the kingdom, insuring that the next 2,000 years would be the two loaves of leavened bread. By standing in the place of Yahshua, seeking to fill the office of the twelfth apostle, they leavened the kingdom of heaven! And as Yahshua foretold, all three measures were guaranteed to be leavened (Matthew 13:33).
Thus we have our first great evidence that the abomination of desolation and the great tribulation are relative to the 2,000 year period of the church, the kingdom of heaven on earth, the Jerusalem that would be plundered and trodden under foot by the nations, even the people of the Prince who “destroy the city and the sanctuary”:
1. Daniel 12:11 tells us that the abomination of desolation occurred 1,290 days after the regular sacrifice was abolished – on the seventh day after Yahshua departed, the apostles stood in His place and cast lots for Judas’ replacement.
How blessed is he who keeps waiting and attains to the 1,335 days!
The count of 1,335 days in relation to the abomination of desolation at day 1,290, would mean that forty-five days later some event took place that attested to that blessing (1,335 – 1,290 = 45). What could that event have been? We do not have a specific accounting of the days following Pentecost, which we noted took place four days following the abomination of desolation. We are told in Acts 2:46 that “day by day” they were “continuing with one mind in the temple,” and that Yahweh was “adding to their number day by day.” But we do find an event taking place that certainly would have fulfilled, but even moreso foreshadowed, that promised blessing.
In Acts 3:1 and following, we read that ”at the ninth hour, the hour of prayer,” Peter and John healed a man in Yahshua’s name who was lame from his mother’s womb. We read in verse 11 that “all the people ran together to them at the so-called portico of Solomon, full of amazement.” Peter then delivered his second recorded sermon, and Acts 4:4 tells us that “many of those who had heard the message believed; and the number of the men came to be about five thousand.” Peter and John were taken into custody that day, and the next day were released. Acts 4:31 then tells us: “And when they had prayed, the place where they had gathered together was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak the word of God with boldness.” There seems little doubt that this was in fact the very event spoken of in Daniel 12:12 – “blessed is he who keeps waiting and attains to the 1,335 days!”
But what can this mean for us today? You will see that, more importantly, this event is highly prophetic. What we find in these opening chapters of Acts are two separate testimonies that are uniquely connected – one being an account of the actual former rain in Acts 2 that came on the first Remnant, and this second account in Acts 3-4 attesting to the latter rain that comes on the second Remnant. This is what the passage in Daniel 12:12 actually looks to – blessed is he who attains to the latter rain, evidenced by what took place on this 1,335th day. Let us examine some of these attesting items in Acts 3-4.
First, this event took place at the ninth hour, the very hour when the three hours of darkness were completed at Yahshua’s crucifixion – evidencing the end of the time that the church has been in darkness. Also, the man was healed, having been lame in his feet from birth. Feet speak of kingdom rights, and we see prophesied that kingdom rights are restored – which must take place today with the cessation of the period wherein the nations have ruled over the kingdom. Also, he was “more than forty years old” (4:22), the number forty representing the forty years in the wilderness – therefore equally following the wilderness period of the church. Additionally, it is very encouraging that on the next day the place where they gathered was shaken, and they were filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God with boldness. Such must take place today – an earthquake must take place in people’s lives and in their beliefs, and be filled with the Holy Spirit and speak the word of God with boldness.
But what is equally significant and revealing about this are the 3,000 and the 5,000. There are only two times when the people are numbered in the opening accounts in Acts – in Peter’s first sermon on Pentecost where 3,000 were added (Acts 2:41), and here after Peter’s second sermon when their numbers were recorded at 5,000 (4:4). Numbers recorded in the Scriptures are given as prophecy, and these two numbers are no exception.
On the day of Pentecost, 3,000 were numbered. What is the number 3,000? It is the number of years that the church was to receive. Is that good? On the one hand, considering what would happen in that period, not at all. We are told, and will examine in this writing, that if that number was not cut short, no flesh would be saved. Those 3,000 years would have been the like three hours of darkness, whereupon Yahshua cried out at the ninth hour, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?” Those 3,000 years would have been the three times in which the church would have denied Yahshua before the rooster crowed. And most significantly, they would have been the like 3,000 at Mount Sinai on the first-ever Pentecost who were slain (Exodus 32:28), even as kingdom man has died for 2,000 years, and would continue to die for the remaining 1,000 years if Yahweh did not cut this death short.
The church’s 3,000 years are equally attested with the three sons of Judah (Genesis 38). Having been given Tamar, the granddaughter of Melchizedek, the first two sons were killed by Yahweh. These three sons were mixes – their mother was a Canaanite. In like manner, kingdom man is a mix, and when given the kingdom of heaven, it equally kills him and the kingdom is corrupted. Therefore, just as Judah’s first two sons were rejected by Yahweh and He killed them, so the first 2,000 years of kingdom men are rejected and they too have died. And even as Judah realized regarding his third son, Shelah (the same name of the Pool of Siloam where Yahshua healed the blind man), if the third part of the 3,000-year church period was given to man, they too would perish! This is the church period evidenced by the 3,000 added to the kingdom on leavened Pentecost.
So what then is the significance regarding the 5,000 and its testimony as the latter rain? Even as 3,000 represents the corrupted church, 5,000 represents the wholly fulfilled church. As we have seen in other writings here, including Ascending Alive, page 12, the church is cut short from 6,000 years to 5,000 years. By doing this, Yahweh fulfills building the complete new Jerusalem, the temple with its Remnant Bride holy of holies and the body of Christ holy place – the establishment of the complete kingdom of heaven on earth. This complete temple work was also attested in this account in that they gathered in the Portico of Solomon, pointing to Yahshua building His temple in the Millennium (The New Millennial Calendar, page 12).
And very significantly, this 1,335th day is also when Peter declared:
“Moses said, ‘The Lord God will raise up for you a prophet like me from your brethren; to him you shall give heed to everything he says to you. And it will be that every soul that does not heed that prophet shall be utterly destroyed from among the people’” [3:22-23].
This is the Elijah, whose message is equally that which Peter spoke here, and whose timing and work is the hope of all mankind:
“Therefore repent and return, so that your sins may be wiped away, in order that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord; and that He may send Jesus, the Christ appointed for you, whom heaven must receive until the period of restoration of all things about which God spoke by the mouth of His holy prophets from ancient time” [3:19-21].
This spoken here by Peter on day 1,335 is the promised Elijah, the work that effects the restoration of all things and Yahshua’s return!
Therefore, this promise of “blessed is he who keeps waiting and attains to the 1,335 days!,” looks to the latter rain work in the Millennial reign, bringing the Elijah who restores all things and prepares the way for Yahshua’s return. But also, very importantly, this affords the complete fulfillment of the temple that takes place at the end of 5,000 years.
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