There’s no doubt about it, the 2017-2024 Tribulation timeline theory simply doesn’t line up with the traditional, widely held, Pretribulationalism, Dispensationalism, or Premillennialism. In part 1, I proposed the possibility that the 2017 Feast of Trumpets/Yom Teruah marked the starting point to the final 7 years of this age. Additionally, these final 7 years could also be referred to as the “70th week” or final week (7 years) of Daniel’s 70 Week Prophecy (Dan.9:24-27).
Daniel’s 70th Week Distinctives:
(1) Traditional Viewpoint:
(2) 2017-2024 Tribulation Timeline Theory:
Those of the traditional camp dismiss the possibility of the 2017-2024 Trib. timeline due to the fact that the Rapture remains a future event. In their blueprint, it’s the “covenant with many” that starts Daniel’s 70th Week, with the Rapture event preceding it. Could they be right? Absolutely. However, the question that keeps running through my head is this — Was the Rev.12 Sign simply a marker in time announcing that the Rapture and the final 1260 days of Great Tribulation will soon be upon us?, or did it actually point to the very starting point of Daniel’s 70th Week? … I do not know with certainty.
Keep in mind that at Christ’s First Coming most got it wrong, that is, those who were in the traditonal camp, the view that was widely accepted. Although this reality doesn’t necessarily mean that it must repeat itself at Christ’s Second Coming, I point it out simply to say that it’s wise to allow for other possibilities. The Scriptures that address the issue of Daniel’s 70th Week are much deeper and profound than many are lead to believe. In other words, I don’t believe the traditionalist’s viewpoint is necessarily “set in stone”. Sir Isaac Newton, the greatest scientific mind that the world has ever witnessed, began his study of the book of Daniel at the age of 12, and continued with it throughout his lifetime, attested not only of it’s great importance, but to it’s incredible depth. When asked about the future fulfillment of Daniel’s 70th Week, he responded by saying,”I make no comment on these unfulfilled prophecies. They appear to apply to the end of this present dispensation, and only the future can reveal their deep meaning”.
It would be foolishness for me to claim that I have come close to solving all the complexities pertaining to the 70th Week. However, there are some elements within it’s puzzle that I’d like to put out there for your consideration:
(1) Sept 21/22, 2017 + 1290 days (Dan.12:11) = Apr. 3, 2021 (7th day of Passover, a very significant date in Israel’s history).
(2) Sept. 21/22, 2017 + 1335 days (Dan.12:12) = May 18, 2021 (Pentecost/Shavout, begins on the eve of May 17, 2021, another very significant date in Israel’s history).
These dates are based upon the Torah calendar, which I believe will be very instrumental in the fulfillment of end times events. God’s astronomical signs of the 4 Blood Moons of the 2014-2015 Tetrad, as well as the Rev.12 Sign fell on Torah calendar dates.
The 1290 days of Dan.12:11:
Dan.12:11, “And from the time the daily [sacrifice] shall be taken away, and the abomination that maketh desolate set up, there shall be a thousand two hundred and ninety days.”
The term “sacrifice” is put in brackets to highlight the fact the the translators of the original language of the Bible have added it, it simply doesn’t appear in the original Greek text (refer to the Greek Interlinear Bible).
The term “daily” is Strong’s Greek word “tamid” #G8548, translated as “continuity”.
The question now becomes,”if Daniel’s 70th Week began on The 2017 Feast of Trumpets/Yom Teruah, how has the “continuity” been “taken away”? In other words, the continuity of what? Perhaps it’s speaking of the (continuing) time period that began with the earthly ministry of Christ when He confirmed the “covenant with many” of Dan.9:27(a), (the Abrahamic Covenant – Rom.15:18). Therefore, it very well may be referring to the ending of one (continuing) period of time, and the beginning of another… the final 7 years of the age.
A Mirroring of Daniel’s 70 Weeks:
Daniel Matson, at Watchfortheday.org, wrote an excellent article pertaining to the potential connection between the 69 weeks of Daniel’s 70 Weeks Prophecy (Dan.9:25), and the 2017-2024 Tribulation Timeline Theory. These 69 weeks of Dan.9:25 are composed of two distinct time segments: 7 weeks or 49 years, and 62 weeks or 434 years, totaling 483 years.
It appears to me that Daniel Matson’s observations (of above charts) merit serious consideration; “Therefore, it appears that history is repeating itself to highlight the placement of the final seven years that were put on hold when the mystery of the Church was inserted at Pentecost. Of course, it would actually be the work of God to demonstrate a similar pattern in the final countdown.With this understanding, it would seem to indicate that the fall feasts in the 483rd year (69 weeks) would occur in the year 2017. Therefore, each 70th Week component of each calculation runs from 2017 to 2024 making them run in parallel. While the primary meaning of Daniel’s 70 Weeks is suspended at 69 weeks, the secondary application of Suleiman’s Decree seems to be the marker to identify the placement of the 70th Week”…
“It seems reasonable then that God has chosen the 70 Weeks of Daniel to narrow down the time to both Advents of Christ. With the Decree of Suleiman the Magnificent in 1535, it would seem that a secondary application of the prophecy may indeed fit. The odds of a 434 year gap between decrees to rebuild Jerusalem are indeed fairly slim. The other indicators point to 2017 and 2024 also seem to lend support to this theory that the 70th Week runs between those years. If this secondary application is true, it is then a monumental indicator that time is indeed very short and that 2017 is the likely looming year in the initiation of the 70th Week. We shall soon see…” (keep in mind that Daniel Matson wrote this article way back in 2011).
In the end, the legitimacy of a 2017-2024 Tribulation timeline neither stands or falls with this mirroring of Daniel’s 70 Weeks theory; but I for one, find it to be very fascinating…you decide.