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Tuesday, December 30, 2008

The Order of Daniel

Prayer Alert Update: January 2, 2020

A couple of years ago I shared some thoughts with a key proponent of the so-called "EU beast" revived Roman Empire theology. This man has sold millions of books.

The EU Beast confusion is one of several story lines that miss the markers embedded in the book of Daniel. One problem is that modern prophecy teachers have proposed their teachings based on a premise that the vortex of the Bible has shifted west, but it has not. God's eyes remain on Jerusalem.

The thoughts here are for those who seek Biblical interpretation of prophecy. There is no goal here to sell a tradition or convince anyone of anything other than providing some basic information for those who like me are seeking truth from the Bible with an eye on the Promised Land.

Following the establishment of Israel in 1948 and the restoration of Jerusalem and the Temple Mount in 1967, many common sense people have realized that the geography of the Bible and its prophecies never changed. Like the Ten Commandments, God's words are set in stone and like Jerusalem, prophecy has not moved to Rome.

After the horrors hit home on 9/11, there has been a wake up call on this side of the globe that has turned a prophetic lens on radical Islam and Ishmael's wild donkey declaration from The LORD in Genesis 16:12:
"He shall be a wild donkey of a man,
his hand against everyone
and everyone's hand against him,
and he shall dwell over against all his kinsmen.”  
Ishmael's beast is from the Middle East and his kinsman is Isaac.

In regard to the book of Daniel, a key to understanding it's unique timeline prophecies is to realize that we have to study the Word of God just as Daniel did. He read the Bible looking for promises from "The Prophets" that declare the voice of God. Daniel knew the word of Amos 3:7 that was written 250 years before Daniel's exile to Babylon. He read and knew the words of his peer Jeremiah too.

We need to know the messages of these prophets because the secrets of Israel are not written in a New York Times best seller, they are already declared by the prophets of God's Word:
"Surely the Lord GOD will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets."
Our job is to connect the jots and tittles.

This was true for Daniel and it's true for you, so be a Berean and study the Word of God. Daniel was studying the scroll of Jeremiah when he read about the sevens, the Shemittah and its prophetic link to the seventy year exile. He was connecting God's word to his own geo-political reality in Babylon.

Daniel knew God gives us instruction about appointed times because The LORD loves us and He wants those that seek truth to understand His plan for the redemption of mankind and the demise of evil.

Daniel also knew it's the original message of the deceiver to fall for the idea that God does not mean what He says or that He changes His mind. Don't listen to that message any longer. It is a lie from the pit.

The western news media seeks to sanitize truth, so much so, few people realize that we have seen the precipice of the greatest persecution in history.

The Holocaust was unimaginable. Six million Jews were murdered and sixty million others died during World War II. Fifty-nine million died 40 years earlier during World War I.

Today, persecution is ramping up again from the dark side of radical Islamic Jihad emanating from the Middle East. The chaos of vicious attacks are emanating from extreme radical Islam in the name of Allah. That persecution comes directly out of the Koran, the Suras and the Hadiths.

The Bible has always focused light on the Promised Land and the nations of peoples surrounding Jerusalem. The Bible tells us God's eye is on the Temple Mount, it's the place of God chose to put His name. This isn't just a Jewish understanding. Gentile kings by the names of Cyrus, Darius and Artaxerxes understood this. You can read what they had to say in the record of Ezra. Check it out for yourself.

Jumping back to my brief exchange with the famous, best-selling author, I expressed concern for the teaching he presented to the planet that is based on perceptions of the books of Daniel and Revelation that need some adjustment. I told him I was concerned that he inserted his theology that the Pope is the antichrist and perhaps worst of all that "the Church" as he defines it is a replacement for Israel's promises and the Jewish people.

His "best seller" may have made him rich and famous, but perhaps unwittingly he has added to and taken away from Scripture in direct opposition to Deuteronomy 12:32.

Although some may be startled by the thought of it, we must "re-consider" the words of Daniel just as they are written and with Daniel's focus on Jerusalem.

We have to if we are to ever understand the prophetic messages revealed in the book of Daniel and this big promise:
“Go your way, Daniel, for these words are concealed and sealed up until the end time." Daniel 12:9
I am certainly not saying I am unsealing the words given to Daniel, but we must realize that Jesus (Yeshua) taught constantly from Daniel whether we realize it or not because Yeshua's Son of Man preaching was focused on the gospel of the Kingdom promises outlined in Daniel 7. Not only that, when the disciples asked Yeshua about the timing of latter day things to come as they stood at the Temple Mount as both Matthew 24:15 and Mark 13:14 confirm... this is what He told them:
“Therefore when you see the abomination of desolation which was spoken of through Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place…”
Yeshua is telling us Daniel's vision is VERY important to us, the holy place we know as the Temple Mount is critical to the plan of God and the abomination of desolation there needs to be understood.

Perhaps the most understood prophecies are about the “abomination of desolation” and it is referenced by Jesus in Matthew 24 because Yeshua validates the words in Daniel 9:27; Daniel 11:31 and Daniel 12:11. Without hesitation, Yeshua-Jesus points all disciples to these prophetic warnings because He wants His sheep to be ready for the shepherd.

When we realize that the Temple Solomon built was destroyed by Nebuchadnezzar in 586BC and the cycle of an “abomination of desolation” returned in 167 BC, we have to look to Jerusalem today to understand Yeshua's words not Rome.

When Antiochus IV Epiphanes arrived in Jerusalem he brought desolation. His original name was not Antiochus IV Epiphanes, it wa Mithradates, meaning "gift of Mithra." There's your first clue because the mythic false-god Mithra was the Persian god of light. The old myth of Mithra says that the Persian god of light was born under a so-called sacred tree with a torch and sword in his hands.

After the defeat of the Persians by Alexander the Great, the ancient religion of Mithraism spread from today's Iran and Syria and infused the western Roman Empire. The cult of Mithra, like a disease was spread by the soldiers of the Roman Empire everywhere they went.

Mithra's legend soon morphed like a virus against God and humanity as the Greek sun god, Helios, and the Roman sun god, Sol Invictus but they are all the same, just different names for different languages and cultures.

Back in 167 BC, Antiochus aka "god manifest" as it translates sent his armies to Jerusalem to tear apart the city with 22,000 men. They attacked on the Sabbath, killing most of the Jewish men in the old city as they enslaved thousands of Jewish women and children as their sex and labor slaves.  Jerusalem’s walls tht had been restored by Ezra and Nehemiah were demolished and Antiochus set up a Seleucid military garrison that was stationed immediately south of the Temple.

The Torah was outlawed by Antiochus resulting in the cessation of the tamid daily sacrifice as Antiochus ordered that an altar to Zeus be erected over the Altar of burnt offerings, and the abominable worship of Zeus (the master of the earth) was instituted on the Temple Mount. On December 25, 167 BC a pig was sacrificed on the Zeus altar to the pagan god of Olympus, eventually causing the Maccabees to revolt and fight back against Antiochus.

Antiochus foreshadowed the Muslim invasion led by Caliph Omar of the Umayyad Dynasty as he entered Jerusalem in 661 AD. Jerusalem was ruled under the Umayyad Dynasty until 750 AD. In 691 AD the Dome of the Rock was built on Temple Mount site and it has remained an abomination to prayer until today as the Temple Mount is under the rule of the Muslim Waqf.

Prophecy cycles but its geography doesn't move an inch.

These Temple Mount facts foreshadow the final end time “abomination that causes desolation” that Yeshua spoke that point back to the fourth beast vision and the conclusion of Daniel 7:21-22:
"As I looked, this horn made war with the saints and prevailed over them, until the Ancient of Days came, and judgment was given for the saints of the Most High, and the time came when the saints possessed the kingdom."
The thing to remember is that Jesus described the events of the latter days and the “abomination that causes desolation” some 200 years after Antiochus marched into Jerusalem. By that simple fact we can see the statue of Zeus points us to a future problem.

To gain a better understanding of the meaning of abomination, read the Bible and like any book just start in the beginning. There you will find the things that Almighty God calls an abomination.

These include the things that have happened and are again as surely as the world turns. The abominations include:
  • Homosexuality (Leviticus 18:22)
  • Idol worship (Deuteronomy 7:25-26)
  • Serving false gods (Deuteronomy 13:12-14
  • Cross dressing (Deuteronomy 22:5)
  • Harlotry (Deuteronomy 23:16) 
  • Sinning against the Promised Land (Deuteronomy 23:4)
Each of these point back toward both Antiochus and Caliph Omar. They both brought in false-gods to Jerusalem and by doing so committed acts of spiritual homosexuality and harlotry against the Almighty God of Israel.

They both sinned against the Promised Land and its people at the very place God chose to put His name, His reputation and His House of Prayer for all nations (see Deuteronomy 12:5; 1Kings 11:13, 1Kings 11:32-36; Psalms 132:13 and  2Chronicles 6:6 as well as many others).

The cycle of history and prophecy with its vortex on Jerusalem gives Daniel's prophetic message great weight - so read the book of Daniel. Let the scroll speak for itself as you read allow Scripture to define itself and history to validate it. Allow the other prophets of the Bible to back up the words as a second witness and pray that the Spirit of God will teach and unseal the prophetic book now as knowledge increases exponentially.

Jesus gives us further clues to look for before His return as King. One sounds much like the sign of the Star of Bethlehem, an extraordinary celestial event that was seen before his humble birth as described in Matthew 2:1-12. No one really knows what that star was. Some think it was a great comet, others a conjunction of the great planet Jupiter with Regulus. Still other believe it may have been a Supernova star explosion.

The Supernova star theory seems very likely if you ask me, the thing is, a Supernova is the result of star that explodes into a super-bright runaway explosion that occurs only after the last stage of a star's existence.

NASA/JPL-Caltech: Cassiopeia A - Supernova Remnant
A star's Supernova state is triggered by what is thought to be a nuclear fusion explosive as its nuclear power is compressed and the star's core falls into collapse. Supernovas are cataclysmic explosions of and they can be so bright that it can make it very difficult to see other stars. The blast is so large and bright they can shine more brightly than an entire galaxy.

Perhaps, the most likely future Supernova candidate is the super red giant pulsating star we know as Betelgeuse. Or maybe not, no astronomer is sure, but you should look up!

Call me an odd ball, but I've thought that this giant red star star may provide a potential answer to the Isaiah 7:11 challenge and point to the second arrival described in Matthew 24:30, 1Corinthians 15:41.

The thing that is so curious to me about Matthew's Greek verse in 24:30 is that the words καί αὐτῆς translated as "and the stars" is kai astēr, that seems to me to literally be "and the star" or "then the star."

According to Strong's Greek lexicon the word astēr (αὐτῆς) is singular a star. That's how it is rendered in translations of Matthew 2:2, Revelation 8:10, Revelation 2:28 and Revelation 22:16.

Here's what Jesus said will happen before His return as another celestial sign:
“Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken. Then will appear in heaven the sign of the Son of Man, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory." Matthew 24:29-30
As already noted, this commentary does not offer a resolution to unsealing all the mysteries of the visions of Daniel, but it demonstrates why we must continue to study the Scriptures and keep an eye on history, the Middle East and Jerusalem as well as the heavens because that's where "the sign" will appear.

This requires continuous prayer for discernment. By the way, Betelgeuse means “the coming of the branch” and the constellation that it resides it is Orion and it is mentioned twice in the book of Job and once in the prophecy of Amos. Orion means “coming forth as light.”

So, take note of Daniel's prayer and learn from it, the prayer is there for a reason. His prayer contains confession, humility, worship and a call for obedience and a plea for mercy, not conjecture without a Biblical basis.

If we too will pray Daniel's prayer (Daniel 9:4-19) we get to participate in its fulfillment:
“O Lord, the great and awesome God, who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, we have sinned and done wrong and acted wickedly and rebelled, turning aside from your commandments and rules. 
We have not listened to your servants the prophets, who spoke in your name to our kings, our princes, and our fathers, and to all the people of the land. 
To you, O Lord, belongs righteousness, but to us open shame, as at this day, to the men of Judah, to the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and to all Israel, those who are near and those who are far away, in all the lands to which you have driven them, because of the treachery that they have committed against you. To us, O LORD, belongs open shame, to our kings, to our princes, and to our fathers, because we have sinned against you. 
To the Lord our God belong mercy and forgiveness, for we have rebelled against him and have not obeyed the voice of the LORD our God by walking in his laws, which he set before us by his servants the prophets. All Israel has transgressed your law and turned aside, refusing to obey your voice. And the curse and oath that are written in the Law of Moses the servant of God have been poured out upon us, because we have sinned against him. He has confirmed his words, which he spoke against us and against our rulers who ruled us, by bringing upon us a great calamity. For under the whole heaven there has not been done anything like what has been done against Jerusalem. 
As it is written in the Law of Moses, all this calamity has come upon us; yet we have not entreated the favor of the LORD our God, turning from our iniquities and gaining insight by your truth. Therefore the LORD has kept ready the calamity and has brought it upon us, for the LORD our God is righteous in all the works that he has done, and we have not obeyed his voice. And now, O Lord our God, who brought your people out of the land of Egypt with a mighty hand, and have made a name for yourself, as at this day, we have sinned, we have done wickedly. 
“O Lord, according to all your righteous acts, let your anger and your wrath turn away from your city Jerusalem, your holy hill, because for our sins, and for the iniquities of our fathers, Jerusalem and your people have become a byword among all who are around us. 
Now therefore, O our God, listen to the prayer of your servant and to his pleas for mercy, and for your own sake, O Lord, make your face to shine upon your sanctuary, which is desolate. O my God, incline your ear and hear. Open your eyes and see our desolations, and the city that is called by your name. 
For we do not present our pleas before you because of our righteousness, but because of your great mercy. O Lord, hear; O Lord, forgive. O Lord, pay attention and act. Delay not, for your own sake, O my God, because your city and your people are called by your name.”
We can also study to understand the diary-like information given by Daniel in the prologue of each "chapter." Bible publishers have numbered them, but this can dull a clearer understanding of the words of Daniel or for that matter, other words of the Bible whether from Daniel or any other book, chapter or verse.

Numbered chapters and verses are good in that they can be used to get everyone on the same page in the scrolls, but they can also can divert the theme and flow of the depth of the messages and limit our understanding.

Remember, the Bible is comprised of scrolls, they unwind and are revealed by holding onto and unrolling the whole scroll. You can't just turn a page and jump around the text, you have to study the flow of the scrolls. In addition to understanding this, we need to seek the plain truth and not be dogmatic concerning "hidden" or "mysterious" interpretations of Scripture that come from taking a snippet out of its context.

The message of Daniel recorded circa 586 BC - 536 BC can be seen more clearly if we look carefully at the words and the chronology of the timelines recorded by the prophet as chronological markers. We also need to re-consider the places, the people and the linear lines of prophecy taught by so many today regarding the expectation of latter-day events and conflicts found in Daniel in the visions recorded in chapters 7-12 that don't align with the chaistic structure of the book of Daniel.

Daniel's visions have a series of embedded clues to help us along the way.

Perhaps if we re-read the chapters with the historic order recorded by Daniel, then our understanding of the cycle of fulfillment of their prophetic words can be improved. Most importantly, if we step back and study the prophecies within the text that are supported by historic events that tie to the balance of the Bible, then the prophetic messages of Daniel will begin to unlock its seal.

God promises to "open up" the words of Daniel in the latter days by declaring knowledge will increase. In other words, history, the Torah and the prophets will unveil them. The story of Daniel is a history lesson for the future and it points to the need for history to unfold for us to understand the scroll as it unrolls.

If we speculate with a near-sighted view of history, we inadvertently try to pry the prophetic words to fit our perception and expectation without a foundation. So, keep in mind, this commentary does not purport to give all the answers, just some hints.

We have to remember too, that prophecy is like a season, it cycles like a chaism. If we don't understand that, then we may miss the Messiah Prince in Daniel's messages and confuse Him with another.

Start by looking at the order of Daniel, the timeline and sequence of events and visions revealed in the chapters. It's like learning to count. You can't count until you know the value of each number and you certainly can't divide. Rightly dividing the Word of God is critical to know the sum (2Timothy 2:15).

A scroll is like a garment, it holds the body of the word of God given to mankind as an instruction manual, so consider what Yeshua prayed:
“Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing.” And they cast lots, dividing up His garments among themselves." Luke 23:34
If we divide, we won't know the answer, we have to see the whole scroll, the big picture.

With that in mind, let's take a closer look at Daniel 9. Many Christians say that Daniel's prophecy here only deals with the timing of Messiah's crucifixion and the subsequent destruction of Jerusalem that came about by Roman military leadership and their assembly of Legions comprised of the foot soldiers and horsemen of the Decuriones, Praefectus and the Centurions.

For critical insight on just "who" these "Legions" of men were, we have to consider the truth embedded in Roman history because it will help define the people, the events to come and the geography of the cycle of the prophecies described by Daniel in the latter days that link to the location and the kings that Daniel describes.

The truth is, if we do some homework, we can quickly find that while the people who made up the command of the "Legions" some 2,000 years ago were led by Roman officers, but the Legions they led that attacked and destroyed Jerusalem some 40 years after Messiah's ministry began at His mikvah in the Jordan were not just Roman soldiers. This is critical!

In facts are that the "Legions" were descendants of the ancient enemies of Israel, they were from the same people groups that Joshua was told to drive out of the Promised Land, but he did not complete the task, so they remain. The Legions included local warrior tribesmen, descendants of Ishmael and Esau recruited by the Romans from native people in the lands of the Middle East that surrounded Judea and Samaria in 70 AD. They are still there today, demanding division and a Palestinian State.

Today, like the days of antiquity, they pollute the land with false-god worship and rocket fire from Gaza. They do not follow Y-H-V-H, but a false god, an counterfeit with another name... Allah.

Understanding this is critical if we are to know the identity of "the beast," the fanatical ideology and religious government of chaos, the last empire of divided toes of the latter days that has been reborn divided as Sunni and Shi'ite from the beast of the Ottoman Empire.

This Shi'ite toes of the beast have emerged around Israel like an ancient enemy before our post 9/11 eyes with a wild ram's goal, to wipe Israel and its people off the map.

This beast does not follow The God of Israel nor the right of the Jewish people to pray at the Temple Mount in Jerusalem so there is a desolation of prayer to the God of Israel at the very place He chose to put His name. The beast does not recognize Judea and Samaria or the Golan Heights either. In fact, they reject all of the land grant promised to Abraham and his descendants as they fire their rockets at Israel to prove it.

Botton line, they are the same people named in Genesis 15:18-21.

They are from the tribes of Edom, the Ishmaelites, Moab, and the Hagarenes, Gebal, Ammon, Amalek; the Philistines with the inhabitants of Tyre and Assur.

By their anti-semite service 2,000 years ago in the Roman military, the same "Legion" recruits were given Roman citizenship for their service.  There are many other sources of this truth about the Legions and their proxy kingdoms.

You can find them on your own if you just look, they weren't regular troops, they were local mercenaries.

The realms of so-called "client kings" were largely seen as an extended part of the Roman empire. Very often these royal houses owed their position to Rome. As part of the arrangement between Rome and the client kingdoms, the kings had to provide troops for Roman campaigns. It was therefore not uncommon for the troops of such kings to fight alongside Roman forces in battle against the enemy.

For example Titus' army in Judaea was accompanied by forces of Agrippa II (Palestine), Sohaemus (Emesa) and Antiochus IV (Commagene) in AD 70. Some of the troops from these client kingdoms were even trained in a fashion similar to that of Romans in order to be more effective on the battlefield when working in union with real Roman forces.

The annexation of Galatia as a Roman province brought the thirty cohorts of King Deiotarus under Roman command and saw them formed into a Roman legion (Legion XXII). Though this was clearly an exception. The vast majority of troops from annexed client kingdoms became auxiliary forces.

So, with that jolt to your sense of the Roman Legions that once warred in the Middle East, take a another look at Daniel 9. Start there because at the end of the chapter, we will find the words cited by many of today's "prophecy" teachers handing our mis-information related to a proposed end-time global "peace treaty" led by a so-called EU anti-christ from Rome...

It's time to wipe our itchy ear opinions and study Roman "Legion" history and then re-read Daniel asking what is the real "covenant"?
“And he will confirm the covenant with many for one week:” Daniel 9:27
I’d like to ask you to consider something very important about God’s word… God's “covenants” are always made with people by The Almighty God of Israel.

As you ponder that, keep in mind the Hebrew or Jewish tradition of asking a question to seek the truth, is it possible for you to reconsider the "covenant" and the "week" of Daniel 9?

Might we reconsider that Daniel describes the very same covenant he mentions just a few verses earlier?

Go back and look at the beginning:
“And I prayed unto the LORD my God, and made my confession, and said, O Lord, the great and dreadful God, keeping the covenant and mercy to them that love him, and to them that keep his commandments” Daniel 9:4
Daniel is talking about the "covenant" of lovingkindness, mercy found in the Torah given to Israel in the wilderness from the fire and cloud at the Sinai mountaintop. You remember Mount Sinai, God describes his character there.

Daniel's reference to covenant is: "the covenant of the LORD God of their fathers, which God made with them when He brought them forth out of the land of Egypt."

Daniel is writing about the eternal covenant of lovingkindness, mercy and forgiveness given at Mount Sinai to the people Israel after they broke the first covenant by worshipping the Egyptian golden calf!

He is referencing the reason Judah was tossed into exile too. Daniel gives no reference to a misguided, Torah-less opinion of an end time peace treaty with an EU Papal anti-christ. Daniel writes about what he knew to be true.

Before we dig in further, let's go back to the beginning of Daniel and look at it with an eye on historic fact. Daniel chapters 1-4 deal with the reign of the historic head of gold, Babylon's king Nebuchadnezzar.

These four chapters clearly look to be written and numbered by publishers in sequential order according to the documented history of Nebuchadnezzar during Judah's exile following Jerusalem's destruction. This is seen in Daniel's dairy-like time-frame, and following these opening chapters, Daniel writes of the other rulers and kings and their time lines can seem a bit confusing, after all that was a long time ago.

Let's look at the introduction and sequencing of these subsequent "chapters" to orient ourselves with Daniel.

First, we have to consider what we know, Daniel did not write in a codex or book of contiguous "chapters" as we do today. In fact, Daniel did not write a "book" at all, he wrote his accounts and visions on scrolls. His words were penned continuously but at different time periods, like flashbacks in a movie as noted by the kingly reigns he introduces as a time marker.

Remember, if Daniel were with us today and he wanted to gather up all his writings to review them with us, Daniel would not have a chapter and verse numbered "book" to read. Instead, he would have a set of scrolls.

So, it appears the proper way to discern the historic order of each message in the scrolls means we have to consider the dating shown at the beginning of each vision just as Daniel described.

His accounts are marked by the time periods of rulers as dutifully recorded in each scroll. Logically, one would think that Daniel put these time markers in for good reason, a God reason. Otherwise, perhaps no one but Daniel would discern the order in which each prophetic vision was to unfold.

So, as we look at the opening words of each chapter and reconsider them, keep in mind Daniel provided no verse or chapter number as we separate the messages today. Daniel had no publisher or book editor. Daniel recorded his experiences and visions over many years and not only that, he even recorded his writings in two different languages. None of it was written in Latin, Greek or English.

Some chapters are written in Aramaic and the others in Hebrew. Chapter 1 to Daniel 2:4 are in Hebrew. Chapters 2:5 to 7:28 are recorded in Chaldee Aramaic, that's just over half of the book.

Daniel chapters 2-7 are linked to the storyline of Daniel's life and times and the times of the Gentiles that are referenced some 600 years later by Jesus (Luke 21:24) and Paul (Romans 11:25). After chapter 7, the scroll shifts from Aramaic back to Hebrew for the remainder of the visions and prophecies experienced by Daniel through chapter 12.

Why is that?

Aramaic was a bridge language, a dialect used by those in both the Gentile Babylonian and Persian Empires, Hebrew was and is the language of the Hebrew people and its focus is on the God of Israel and the Jewish people. Hebrew was once a lost language but with the revival of Israel in 1948 it now lives again as the national language of Israel fulfilling the prophecy of Zephaniah 3:9.

Scholars used to say that Daniel was a forgery written after the fact around 165BC. Fortunately, as a historic validation, eight (8) sets of the scrolls of Daniel have been found along the Dead Sea within the caves of Qumran, Israel since 1947. The Dead Sea scrolls were discovered by accident by two Bedouin shepherds. Their names are Jum'a and Muhammed ed-Dib. They found them just as the Hebrew language was coming back to life again as promised by Zephaniah at the same time the Jewish people were being restored to the Promised Land of Israel.

The Qumran discoveries have destroyed the doubting words of earlier so-called Biblical scholars before the 1950's that said the prophetic timelines of Daniel regarding the Prince and the Messiah to come was too accurate to be true, too precise to be written some 500 years before Jesus the Jew walked and talked Torah every Sabbath in the Promised Land.

Before Qumran's discoveries, the naysayers based their false assumptions on doubt, claiming that the author could not have possibly known such precise details. These were people that claimed the words of Daniel "had to be" written after the fact.

Guess what... the Bible experts are all proven dead wrong that claimed that the prophetic time lines of Daniel could not have been recorded at the time stamps that Daniel provides.

Believe it or not, those scholars mistakenly gave weight to the mixture of Aramaic and Hebrew as  proof of a forgery. They did not believe in the timelines or what Aramaic can teach us about the Gentiles messages for Babylon and Persia, or what Hebrew can teaches us about the message for the Jewish people of Israel.

Thanks to the ancient discoveries at the caves of Qumran, these men have all been found to be false teachers and false prophets. Other witnesses prove Daniel's writing were well-known long before the first century. Both 1st Maccabees (2:59) and Baruch (1:15-3:3) allude to the scrolls of Daniel.

Daniel's famous 70-week prophecy gives the exact timing of the first coming of Messiah Yeshua followed by the destruction of Jerusalem and The Temple sanctuary given to Daniel that was fulfilled precisely to the Gabriel timeline given to Daniel:
"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 9:25-26
As noted, the scrolls of Qumran also show Daniel's message was not written in a single common language. Aramaic is a little-understood language today, as you have seen, it is actually ancient Chaldean, yet it survives. So do the Chaldean people. Believe it or not, the largest Gentile group of people that still use this language are based in Sweden of all places.

There are Aramaean Syriac churches all across Sweden as a witness to this fact. The Swedish Language Council says Sweden has one of the largest exile communities of Assyrian and Syriac Christians (also known as Chaldeans) with a population of around 100,000. Södertälje, which has the largest group of Assyrians, more than any other city in Europe, is home to 22,000 Assyrians.

Some 40,000 live in Stockholm County today. This website link provides a global population breakdown: A total of 550,000 Assyrians live in Europe now with about the same count in the U.S.

The largest Assyrian-Chaldean diaspora communities today are those of Södertälje, Sweden as well as Chicago and Detroit, our own motor city.

Before the discoveries of the scrolls at Qumran, there were no Hebrew or Aramaic manuscripts of Daniel that were dated earlier than the late tenth-century A.D. Yet, the eight (8) Dead Sea manuscripts, remnant copies of Daniel's original scrolls are very consistent, containing few variations.

That is very good news and it means that we have solid proof of a faithful record of the prophecies and timelines revealed to Daniel over 25 centuries ago. So, let's get moving and consider more on the order of Daniel. For reference, we will look at the assembly of the chapter and verse numbering of the scrolls from the translators and publishers.

Chapter 9 is the focus of many prophecy students, so let's go ahead and look there first at the historic datestamp given in Daniel 9:1:
"In the first year of Darius the son of Ahasuerus, of the seed of the Medes, which was made king over the realm of the Chaldeans"
Chapter 7 is another chapter that has the focus of many serious prophecy students, so let's look at Daniel 7:1 where we see another date stamp as a chronological marker:
"In the first year of Belshazzar king of Babylon Daniel had a dream and visions of his head upon his bed: then he wrote the dream, [and] told the sum of the matters."
Belshazzar was the grandson of Nebuchadnezzar and the last king of Babylon at the time of its fall to the Medes. Other sources for information on the reign of Belshazzar have been discovered in the Nabonidus Chronicle, the Cyrus Cylinder, and the Account of Nabonidus that was commissioned by the Persian king Cyrus the Great.

Daniel interpreted the writing on the wall for Belshazzar and then the Medes crossed the river and killed king Belshazzar. This momentous event is recorded in Daniel 5 as Nebuchadnezzar's dream of of the statute with the head of gold shifted to the silver chest of the Medes of Persia as Darius the Mede takes the kingdom.

Well... did you notice the order?

Belshazzar was killed in chapter 5, but there he is again in chapter 7. This is a chaism that works like  a flashback. Let's look at this. Besides his return in Daniel 7, Belshazzar is noted in these verses: Daniel 5:1, Daniel 5:22 and Daniel 5:30 as well as Daniel 8:1.

Let's take a look at them:
Daniel 5:1 Belshazzar the king made a great feast to a thousand of his lords, and drank wine before the thousand.

Daniel 5:22 And thou his son, O Belshazzar, hast not humbled thine heart, though thou knewest all this;

Daniel 5:30 In that night was Belshazzar the king of the Chaldeans slain.

Daniel 8:1 In the third year of the reign of king Belshazzar a vision appeared unto me, [even unto] me Daniel, after that which appeared unto me at the first.
Now, if we roll the scroll forward to Daniel chapter 9 and check it out, we find Darius the Mede the man that placed Daniel in the lion's den. The scroll tells us the date stamp of Darius the Mede in the first verse. Darius was the king that took control of Babylon after Belshazzar was killed.

We might know that Daniel put these names in his scrolls so that we could follow the prophetic story along a timeline tracking the sequence of future events in the places he describes. This is important to consider the future of the Middle East where prophecy unfolds.

Daniel tells us Darius the Mede ruled Babylon. Other verses that Daniel wrote of Darius the Mede other than chapter 9 include:
Daniel 6:1 It pleased Darius to set over the kingdom a hundred and twenty princes, which should be over the whole kingdom;

Daniel 6:28 So this Daniel prospered in the reign of Darius, and in the reign of Cyrus the Persian.

Daniel 11:1 Also I in the first year of Darius the Mede, [even] I, stood to confirm and to strengthen him.
By the way, history tells us Cyrus the Persian ruled Babylon after Darius.

Let's consider the possibility of a flashback in Daniel since Belshazzar was "killed" in chapter 5, why do we see him "alive" in later chapters of the book of Daniel?

He's there in chapters 6, 7 and 8 as well as chapters 9 and 11.

Each chapter speaks of Darius running the show in Babylon. The prophetic message of this flashback then is most likely that events in Babylon were important for Israel 2,500 years ago and they will be important in Israel's future. What we need is an "increase of knowledge" in the latter days to understand God's word from the beginning and Daniel was given that very promise.

Amazingly, the eyes of many Bible students turned back to Babylon after 9/11. It may have a slightly different label (Iraq) but the ancient sovereign nations that were front and center in Daniel's day have returned to center stage as the seal on the book of Daniel was broken in on May 14, 1948.

Today, the U.S. has built its largest, most expensive and heavily fortified embassy on the planet in Iraq along the Tigris River after the demise of Saddam Hussein who had years previous battled with Persia (Iran).

Saddam Hussein was captured hiding in a hole in the ground. A few years later, he was hung on the gallows just like Haman.

For knowledge to increase about the prophecies of Daniel and its focus on Daniel's prayer about returning to the Temple Mount (Mount Moriah) and Jerusalem by the Jewish people, we have to understand history and consider the strange the abomination of desolation that Yeshua referred to and the last empire of feet of iron and clay of Nebuchadnezzar's dream and the beasts of Daniel's visions and meanings of them recorded in the book.

They all point toward the time of the end Judah's conflict with Ishmael's descendants when the Messiah returns to defeat and judge the enemies of Israel to establish God’s Kingdom in Jerusalem.

The book of Daniel is a bit confusing due to the chapter breaks that appear to separate time. For example, chapter 10 is a continuation of the Ram and Goat battle vision shown in chapter 8 that set Daniel trembling on his hands and knees when one who "resembled a human" dressed in linen with a golden belt arrived from Persia on the twenty-fourth day of the first month (Nisan) which was ten days after Passover's evening on the 14th day of the first month (Nissan/Abib) and said this:
"I have come to give you an understanding of what will happen to your people in the latter days, for the vision pertains to the days yet future.”
This Heavenly messenger is the same one dressed in linen with a golden belt that John describes in Revelation 1. This fact links John's visions and timelines to Daniel's. In fact, the same thing happened to John just as it happened to Daniel some 600 years earlier. When John saw him, like Daniel - he fell down at His feet like a dead man.

Read Daniel 10 and Revelation 1 if you have not done so.

Notice Daniel chapter 10 speaks of king Cyrus, and there's not a word about Darius. It's seems as if chapter 10 is out of order as chapter 9 links directly to chapter 11 and chapter 10 point toward a latter-day conflict involving Persia and Greece described in chapter 8.

Also note, chapter 12 points like a flashback to chapter 2, describing the marriage and divorce of the end time iron and clay feet... of Sunni and Shia Islam stating: "a time of distress such as never occurred since there was a nation until that time; and at that time your people, everyone who is found written in the book, will be rescued." Daniel 12:1

Paul alluded to this when he wrote in Romans 11:26-27 "And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob: 27 For this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins."

In the 1980s, Islam and its Shi'ite and Sunni disparity like iron and clay fractured along a traditional and revolutionary striation that morphed into today's radical religious terrorism. The 1979, the revolution in Iran galvanized radical Islamists across the Middle East throughout the 1980s and 1990s as Islamic militancy pursued religious and political goals increased in terrorism. Before that time, jihad had largely gone silent since 1917 when the Ottoman Empire was slain with a significant, prophetic exception: Israel.

When we look at Daniel chapter 10, we see "Cyrus the Great." He was the righteous Persian ruler that was ordained by God's decree that the Jewish people could end their exile, return to Jerusalem and restore it. Cyrus opened the door to Jerusalem and it led to the rebuilding of the Temple and the walls of the city that had been ransacked by Nebuchadnezzar.

Other details of the account of Cyrus the Great are given in 2 Chronicles 36, Ezra 1:1-4 and Ezra 6:3. The timeline of Daniel's account in chapter 10 is at the end of 70 years of Judgment declared in Jeremiah 25 for the first exile that separated the people of Judah from Jerusalem and God's House of Prayer.

Today, "the Quartet" mandate seeks to divide Jerusalem as well as Judea and Samaria (aka God's land allotment). They forget, Jerusalem is in Judah's promised land, that's the end of story shown to us in Daniel chapter 12 "and at that time... then you will enter into rest and rise again for your allotted portion at the end of the age." (Daniel 12:13).

The nations that will participate in the ancient plan to divide Israel's Promised Land have a big problem ahead according to the word of God given to Zechariah, another prophet who was shown a glimpse of the end time battle in the Middle East against the Jewish State and Jerusalem:
The burden of the word of the LORD concerning a battle for Jerusalem: 
Thus declares the LORD who stretches out the heavens, lays the foundation of the earth, and forms the spirit of man within him, “Behold, I am going to make Jerusalem a cup that causes reeling to all the peoples around; and when the siege is against Jerusalem, it will also be against Judah. 
It will come about in that day that I will make Jerusalem a heavy stone for all the peoples; all who lift it will be severely injured. And all the nations of the earth will be gathered against it.  Zechariah 12:1-3

And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem.  Zechariah 12:9 
It's critical to know that Daniel shows us Cyrus is important and so is the number 70. In a few years, Israel will celebrate its 70th modern anniversary. After that, we need tp watch for the battle of the goat and the ram at the time that nations seek to divide Judah and take Jerusalem for the last time.

Speaking of important numbers, Ezra 2:64 and Nehemiah 7:66 tell us that 42,360 exiles returned to Jerusalem from Babylon in addition to their servants to begin the restoration, but despite the scholarly opinions, perhaps the Cyrus decree is not THE "decree" of the count down to Messiah.

The decree that was given to Daniel is seven, sixty-two and seven weeks.

Cyrus is important, but the decree that counts is Almighty God's, not a man's.

Today's disaster creates a manmade measuring line in Jerusalem that does not align with the Torah and the boundary of the city that bears His name.

Today, men have marked an imaginary Green Line.

It's the center of debate that divides the city between the Muslim Quarter of East Jerusalem and Jewish West Jerusalem.

You can read more about the decree and the measuring line in Zechariah and it ties to the promise of the decree given to Daniel that is recorded in Chronicles.
Then the angel of the LORD said, “O LORD of hosts, how long will You have no compassion for Jerusalem and the cities of Judah, with which You have been indignant these seventy years?” The LORD answered the angel who was speaking with me with gracious words, comforting words. So the angel who was speaking with me said to me, 
“Proclaim, saying, ‘Thus says the LORD of hosts, “I am exceedingly jealous for Jerusalem and Zion. But I am very angry with the nations who are at ease; for while I was only a little angry, they furthered the disaster.” 
Therefore thus says the LORD, “I will return to Jerusalem with compassion; My house will be built in it,” declares the LORD of hosts, “and a measuring line will be stretched over Jerusalem.” Zechariah 1:12-16
Regarding the decree and timeline given to Daniel, it is tied to the word of Almighty God. His decree is noted by Zechariah and it contains a measuring line, this measuring line is the time line that points to Messiah's first coming:
Therefore thus says the LORD, “I will return to Jerusalem with compassion; My house will be built in it,” declares the LORD of hosts, “and a measuring line will be stretched over Jerusalem.” Zechariah 1:16
Daniel 9:26 links to these words as the base line of the decree that counts, not that of Cyrus although he is a part of the big picture.

Daniel writes:
"Then after the sixty-two weeks the Messiah will be cut off..."
Cyrus' decree isn't the only one to focus on although everyone seems to think so. Cyrus is like a base runner and he is still a big deal in the Bible, yet he only a base runner for the ONE at bat ready to hit the grand slam.

It is God's decree that scores on Daniel's timeline on Messiah's Passover trial.

Cyrus deserves much credit, he showered great favor on the Jewish people and he ended the Babylon exile from Jerusalem after 70 years. He's so important that beleive it or not, Isaiah wrote of Cyrus by name at least 150 years before Cyrus the Great was born.

Earlier, we noted the fact that Biblical prophecy is dimensional and it repeats in cycles just as history repeats. In keeping with creation, prophetic cycles run in sevens, so Daniel was given the message about seventy sevens ( 70 Shemittah ) that can be misunderstood.

The order of Daniel can seem confusing, especially if we ignore God's command. Not only that, the order of the Christian canon of the Bible we read today causes confusion because it does not align with the order of the Hebrew Scriptures that Yeshua read.

The countdown to Messiah's first trip to the planet can be confusing because we rely only on the decree of a man, not Elohim God. The Creator's decree was promised to Daniel, but it can be missed due to the order of modern Christian canon adopted by the Catholic Church at the Council of Trent between 1545 and 1563.

To understand, we have to rely on the Bible Jesus read. Its the order of the Hebrew Bible Jesus taught every Sabbath (see Luke 4:14-16). Believe it or not, the order of the Bible Jesus read and taught is the same order of the Bible the Jewish people have remained faithful to every Sabbath for thousands of years.

That makes sense, after all Jesus is a Jew.

The record of the book of Luke tells us it was Yeshua's "custom" to attend synagogue on every Sabbath. This is recorded in Luke 4:16.

In the order of the Bible Jesus read and taught each Sabbath, the scroll of Chronicles was located at the end of the Hebrew Scriptures, not Malachi. The order of the last three scrolls includes the book of Daniel and it wraps up like this:
  1. Daniel
  2. Ezra-Nehemiah
  3. Chronicles
There's a good reason for this, a God reason. These books, read in their proper order point toward the time line and the family line of Messiah - so let's take a look at that.

Chronicles is now divided into two books. It starts out by chronicling the Bible's storyline with a long list of important Biblical genealogies. That same list is summarized in an outline of three sets of 14 notable generations that are listed in Matthew 1.

Like Matthew's list, the purpose of Chronicles is to give us hope in God’s eternal promise given to David by Nathan for a king, a new Jerusalem and a restored Israel.

Nathan gave his prophecies long "before" David had triumphed over the Philistines and that fact alone is prophetic of Messiah second coming in defense of Israel from today's Philistines, Amorites, Canaanites, Girgashites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites that rose up against Israel from the beginning.

Prophecy repeats so their descendants still be in the battle in the end over the land promised to Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and their descendants in faith.

Genesis 17:20 tells us that the descendants of Ishmael were named as twelve princes, a great nation. Genesis 25:16 repeats this. They are named according to their generations in Genesis 25:13-15 as:

Nebajoth, Kedar, Adbeel and Mibsam,
Mishma, Dumah, Massa, Hadar
Tema, Jetur, Naphish and Kedemah

Nebajoth was the firstborn. His name means "heights." His descendants were the Nabateans. Their capital was Petra. They carved out the famous sandstone rock cliffs along the valley of the mountain now called Jabal Al-Madbah in today's southern Jordan. Jabal Al-Madbah means mountain of the altar. Petra resides in the valley called Wadi Musa, meaning valley of Moses.

The armies of Israel with Moses in the lead had four key battles during the Exodus. They fought four times and won each of them against the Amalekites, Canaanites, the Amorites and Bashan and finally the Midianites.

Afterward, Joshua led the armies of Israel. In the two generations following 1948, Israel has been attacked repeatedly by an Arab League confederacy, most notably three times in 1948, 1967 and 1973. Many believe the final battle is described in the last generation of the descendants of Ishmael.

The last generation is listed in Psalm 83. They are named as the tabernacles of Edom, the Ishmaelites, Moab. They include the Hagarenes, Gebal, Ammon, Amalek, the Philistines with the inhabitants of Tyre and Assur.

They will consult together with one consent: they will confederate against God's covenant land promise. Today, we can see the prophecy of the the Bible in the headlines as the Ishmaelites of Islam and Esau surround tiny Israel. They are still confounded and troubled over the land. Take note too that Bashan is also named. Bashan is located in the land of king Og and he lost his confederate battle with Moses.

Today, we call it the Golan Heights. There's good reason for the name, Golan was the capital of Bashan.

Nathan's words provide the Messianic prophecy about the Kingom promise:
"When your days are complete and you lie down with your fathers, I will raise up your descendant after you, who will come forth from you, and I will establish his kingdom. He shall build a house for My name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever. 
I will be a father to him and he will be a son to Me..." 2 Samuel 7:12-14 
"Your house and your kingdom shall endure before Me forever; your throne shall be established forever.” 
In accordance with all these words and all this vision, so Nathan spoke to David. 2 Samuel 7:17 
The end time battle of Messiah will mirror those of Moses in the beginning, and the conflict will again be about the land and God's chosen. You can read about some of them here:
  • 2 Kings 3 Israel and Judah vs Moab. Moab lost.
  • 2 Kings 14 Judah vs Edom. Edom lost.
  • 2 Kings 18 Judah vs Philistines, Philistines lost.
  • 2 Chronicles 20 Judah vs Moabites, Ammonites, and Meunites. Judah won.
  • 2 Chronicles 26 Judah vs Philistines, Meunites, Ammonites. Judah Won.
There's another battle raging today and it's reported in the Bible.

Long before the church decided to reorder the canon of the Hebrew Bible (Tanach), many Christians unwittingly began to believe Replacement theology and that the front of the book of life was old and done away with. For that reason, the heritage of Messiah is hidden and not heard in some pulpits connecting the ancestry listed in Chronicles.

Chronicles is the last book of the Tanach, and it is the book before the record of Matthew.

Take note, the conclusion of the book of Chronicles is laser focused on David's future successor and God’s covenant promise that Messiah King that will come to the Promised Land. That is why the book of Chronicles is the perfect fit flowing straight into Matthew's lineage because the focus of the list of the people named in Chronicles points us to God’s Messianic promise given to David that was delivered by Nathan for the everlasting King.

Nathan revealed the same promise of the one that is first seen in Genesis 3:15 and Genesis 22:18 that would come through David's family line of Judah.

When you read the last portion of the scroll in 2Chronicles 36 you’ll even see the connection to the timeline of the 70 year exile because the Shemittah (7th year) rest of the land was not honored:
Then they burned the house of God and broke down the wall of Jerusalem, and burned all its fortified buildings with fire and destroyed all its valuable articles. Those who had escaped from the sword he carried away to Babylon; and they were servants to him and to his sons until the rule of the kingdom of Persia, to fulfill the word of the LORD by the mouth of Jeremiah, until the land had enjoyed its sabbaths. All the days of its desolation it kept sabbath until seventy years were complete. 2 Chronicles 36:19-21
Chronicles refers to Jeremiah 25:1-14 and those are the very words that Daniel believed:
The word that came to Jeremiah concerning all the people of Judah, in the fourth year of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah, king of Judah (that was the first year of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon), which Jeremiah the prophet spoke to all the people of Judah and all the inhabitants of Jerusalem:   
“For twenty-three years, from the thirteenth year of Josiah the son of Amon, king of Judah, to this day, the word of the LORD has come to me, and I have spoken persistently to you, but you have not listened.  You have neither listened nor inclined your ears to hear, although the LORD persistently sent to you all his servants the prophets,  saying, ‘Turn now, every one of you, from his evil way and evil deeds, and dwell upon the land that the LORD has given to you and your fathers from of old and forever.   
Do not go after other gods to serve and worship them, or provoke me to anger with the work of your hands. Then I will do you no harm.’  Yet you have not listened to me, declares the LORD, that you might provoke me to anger with the work of your hands to your own harm. 
“Therefore thus says the LORD of hosts: Because you have not obeyed my words,  behold, I will send for all the tribes of the north, declares the LORD, and for Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon, my servant, and I will bring them against this land and its inhabitants, and against all these surrounding nations. 
I will devote them to destruction, and make them a horror, a hissing, and an everlasting desolation. Moreover, I will banish from them the voice of mirth and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom and the voice of the bride, the grinding of the millstones and the light of the lamp.   
This whole land shall become a ruin and a waste, and these nations shall serve the king of Babylon seventy years.   
Then after seventy years are completed, I will punish the king of Babylon and that nation, the land of the Chaldeans, for their iniquity, declares the LORD, making the land an everlasting waste.  I will bring upon that land all the words that I have uttered against it, everything written in this book, which Jeremiah prophesied against all the nations. For many nations and great kings shall make slaves even of them, and I will recompense them according to their deeds and the work of their hands.”
The 70 years of exile from the land were completed, and this is tied to the timing of Israel’s 490 year history from king David's reign up to their exile to Babylon. The Babylonian exile lasted 70 years, one year for each dishonored Shemittah year (70 x 7= 490).

So, the God of the Universe made a decree for a restoration to occur in Jerusalem at the end of the 70 years. Not only that, Messiah's arrival would be marked by the announcement of a future prophecy fulfilled from Isaiah by none other than Yeshua of Nazareth in a synagogue on the Sabbath.

Read Luke 4 and you will see the haftorah reading of Isaiah and the proclamation of the favorable year of The Lord.

Let's get back to Cyrus, he is a big deal. His famous proclamation was stirred by God's Spirit of love for the Jewish people and it is recorded in none other than Chronicles:
"Now in the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, that the word of the LORD by the mouth of Jeremiah might be fulfilled, the LORD stirred up the spirit of Cyrus king of Persia, so that he made a proclamation throughout all his kingdom and also put it in writing: 
“Thus says Cyrus king of Persia, ‘The LORD, the God of heaven, has given me all the kingdoms of the earth, and he has charged me to build him a house at Jerusalem, which is in Judah. Whoever is among you of all his people, may the LORD his God be with him. Let him go up.’” 2 Chronicles 36:22-23
When we dig in and study we can see it may not be Cyrus that connects the timeline for the arrival of Messiah, as so many Christians assume. If we look closely, it is the voice of Almighty Elohim, the God of Israel that triggered the prophetic timeline given to Daniel and we will find that proclamation recorded in Zechariah.

Here it is:
"Therefore thus says the LORD, 'I will return to Jerusalem with compassion; My house will be built in it,' declares the LORD of hosts, 'and a measuring line will be stretched over Jerusalem.'” Zechariah 1:16
Open Daniel 9 and as you read it, imagine that you can see Daniel kneeling and praying in Babylon after reading the scroll of Jeremiah, which reveals the end of the 70-year exile. While praying, the messenger of God appears to Daniel with the Shemittah count of Jeremiah that is connected to but not seen in Zechariah 1.

"I, Daniel, observed in the books the number of the years which was revealed as the word of the LORD to Jeremiah the prophet for the completion of the desolations of Jerusalem..."
"Know therefore and understand that from the going out of the word to restore and build Jerusalem to the coming of an anointed one, a prince, there shall be seven weeks. Then for sixty-two weeks it shall be built again with squares and moat, but in a troubled time. And after the sixty-two weeks, an anointed one shall be cut off and shall have nothing.
And the people of the prince who is to come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary. Its end shall come with a flood, and to the end there shall be war. Desolations are decreed." Daniel 9:25-26
Daniel was told there are a series of Shemittah weeks before the Messiah of the Kingdom of God was to come and be cut off at the cross. Daniel was also told that Jerusalem will see destruction once again and that Judah will go into dispersion once again, and that during that time more desolations are decreed.

That exile would last until the time just before Messiah's return and the ultimate redemption when the Messiah of Israel calls out for the King to restore the desolation in Jerusalem and restore the House of Prayer for all nations once and for all.

Why two trips for Messiah?

Prophecy cycles and one answer to this great mystery can be seen in king David and Absalom's story that is described in the book of Samuel.

It goes like this: King David fled Jerusalem when Absalom was chosen by others just as in conspiracy, by darkened hearts Barabbas was chosen instead of Yeshua as described in Matthew 27, but OPEN your eyes, David came back. He returned and he was restored as king and so will Yeshua. The King of the Jews is coming back just like David!

The fact is Yeshua ascended the Mount of Olives just a David did and like David, Yeshua faced his conspirator Judas there with the Roman soldiers just as David faced Shimei, the son of Gera:
And the men of Judah came, and there they anointed David king over the house of Judah. 2Samuel 2:4
And David knew that the LORD had established him king over Israel, and that he had exalted his kingdom for the sake of his people Israel. 2Samuel 5:12 
But Absalom sent secret messengers throughout all the tribes of Israel, saying, “As soon as you hear the sound of the trumpet, then say, ‘Absalom is king at Hebron!’” 
With Absalom went two hundred men from Jerusalem who were invited guests, and they went in their innocence and knew nothing. And while Absalom was offering the sacrifices, he sent for Ahithophel the Gilonite, David’s counselor, from his city Giloh. 
And the conspiracy grew strong, and the people with Absalom kept increasing. And a messenger came to David, saying, “The hearts of the men of Israel have gone after Absalom.” 
Then David said to all his servants who were with him at Jerusalem, “Arise, and let us flee, or else there will be no escape for us from Absalom. Go quickly, lest he overtake us quickly and bring down ruin on us and strike the city with the edge of the sword. 2Samuel 15:10-14
When King David came to Bahurim, there came out a man of the family of the house of Saul, whose name was Shimei, the son of Gera, and as he came he cursed continually. And he threw stones at David and at all the servants of King David, and all the people and all the mighty men were on his right hand and on his left. And Shimei said as he cursed, “Get out, get out, you man of blood, you worthless man! 2Samuel 16:5-7 
And behold, the Cushite came, and the Cushite said, “Good news for my lord the king! For the LORD has delivered you this day from the hand of all who rose up against you.” 
The king said to the Cushite, “Is it well with the young man Absalom?” And the Cushite answered, “May the enemies of my lord the king and all who rise up against you for evil be like that young man.” And the king was deeply moved and went up to the chamber over the gate and wept. And as he went, he said, “O my son Absalom, my son, my son Absalom! Would I had died instead of you, O Absalom, my son, my son!” 2 Samuel 18:31-33

Now Israel had fled every man to his own home. 
And all the people were arguing throughout all the tribes of Israel, saying, “The king delivered us from the hand of our enemies and saved us from the hand of the Philistines, and now he has fled out of the land from Absalom. But Absalom, whom we anointed over us, is dead in battle. Now therefore why do you say nothing about bringing the king back?” 
And King David sent this message to Zadok and Abiathar the priests: “Say to the elders of Judah, ‘Why should you be the last to bring the king back to his house, when the word of all Israel has come to the king? 
You are my brothers; you are my bone and my flesh. Why then should you be the last to bring back the king?’ And say to Amasa, ‘Are you not my bone and my flesh? God do so to me and more also, if you are not commander of my army from now on in place of Joab.’” 
And he swayed the heart of all the men of Judah as one man, so that they sent word to the king, “Return, both you and all your servants.” So the king came back to the Jordan, and Judah came to Gilgal to meet the king and to bring the king over the Jordan.

And Shimei the son of Gera, the Benjaminite, from Bahurim, hurried to come down with the men of Judah to meet King David. And with him were a thousand men from Benjamin. And Ziba the servant of the house of Saul, with his fifteen sons and his twenty servants, rushed down to the Jordan before the king, and they crossed the ford to bring over the king’s household and to do his pleasure. 
And Shimei the son of Gera fell down before the king, as he was about to cross the Jordan, and said to the king, “Let not my lord hold me guilty or remember how your servant did wrong on the day my lord the king left Jerusalem. Do not let the king take it to heart. 2Samuel 19:8-18
Not only did Yeshua come from the family line of David, Yeshua began to fulfill the fallen tabernacle prophecy of Amos with His resurrection:
"In that day will I raise up the tabernacle of David that is fallen, and close up the breaches thereof; and I will raise up his ruins..." Amos 9:11
If you don't think that God uses the word tabernacle to represent the body, think again back to what you may have already seen. Remember and read Psalm 83. It describes the tabernacle of Moab, that tabernacle of Moab is - its people.

When we make the connection that with the trial led by Ponitus Pilate, when Barabbas was chosen to live in place of Jesus the Jew, we can a fallen tabernacle of people that will be restored just as Yeshua was resurrected. The Jewish people had another round of exile ahead of them before the kingdom of God is restored when King Messiah Yeshua returns like David and like the Jewish people.

Today, Jewish people have returned to the Promised Land and many more are coming each day. There is a good reason, God chose them to prepare it, to make it ready for the Messiah, the lion of the tribe of Judah.

Daniel's prayer is unfolding and it started with the restoration of the land of Israel in 1948 and it grew with the restoration of Jerusalem in 1967. Yet, the Temple Mount still remains desolate of prayer to the God of Israel because of the tabernacle of Ismaelites is there today, but their allotted time of trampling is limited:
“O Lord, according to all Your righteousness, I pray, let Your anger and Your fury be turned away from Your city Jerusalem, Your holy mountain; because for our sins, and for the iniquities of our fathers, Jerusalem and Your people are a reproach to all those around us. 
Now therefore, our God, hear the prayer of Your servant, and his supplications, and for the Lord’s sake cause Your face to shine on Your sanctuary, which is desolate. 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 do not present our supplications before You because of our righteous deeds, but because of Your great mercies. 
O Lord, hear! O Lord, forgive! O Lord, listen and act! 
Do not delay for Your own sake, my God, for Your city and Your people are called by Your name.” Daniel 9:16-19
The rejection of the Messiah King will soon end, its almost time for Messiah to return, O Lord, hear! O Lord, forgive! O Lord, listen and act!

Daniel was honored with this great promise, but there's more trouble to come to wake people up:
“At that time Michael shall stand up,
​​The great prince who stands watch over the sons of your people;
​​And there shall be a time of trouble,
​​Such as never was since there was a nation,
​​Even to that time. 
​​And at that time your people shall be delivered,
​​Every one who is found written in the book. 
And many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake,
​​Some to everlasting life,
​​Some to shame and everlasting contempt.
Those who are wise shall shine
​​Like the brightness of the firmament,
​​And those who turn many to righteousness
​​Like the stars forever and ever.

“But you, Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book until the time of the end; many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall increase. Daniel 12:1-4
In regard to Messiah's promise of return, we have to know Israel was restored as a latter day nation in 1948 because God's word is powerful and it impacts world history. It reveals the cycle of prophecy in advance.

There's a lot more to this, so let's go back to Daniel and ask, why is Darius mentioned in chapter 11?

Shouldn't Cyrus the Great appear on the scene as leader after Darius the Mede? Perhaps there's something going on in the chronology of the chapters and how that might tie into future events.

Let's look at chapter 10:
In the third year of Cyrus king of Persia a thing was revealed unto Daniel, whose name was called Belteshazzar; and the thing [was] true, but the time appointed [was] long: and he understood the thing, and had understanding of the vision. Daniel 10:1
Perhaps due to what appears as a cycle of prophetic flashbacks, Daniel's chapters may seem to be a bit out of order if we use the names of the kings and rulers of Babylon, (today's Iraq) as our time sequence markers... why is this?

Perhaps we might we learn more if we realign history with the storyline and the kings names given by Daniel. Remember, the chapter numbers don't really exist in the scroll of Daniel. So if we review what we see, this might help us "unseal" the end-time message in the scroll which is about the return of Messiah The Prince.

Let's start be taking a look to see where the scroll that was found at Qumran (Daniel chapter 12) might fit into Daniel's prophetic storyline of the end time days...

Remember Daniel chapter 10 is synced with the Persian King Cyrus and the end of 10th chapter speaks of Michael "your prince."

Michael, or Miyka'el means "who is like God." Here we see that the messenger "who is like God" gives Daniel the promise of a prophetic latter-day rescue for Israel as Persia (Iran and Syria) threatens their survival:
"Then said he, Knowest thou wherefore I come unto thee? and now will I return to fight with the prince of Persia: and when I am gone forth, lo, the prince of Grecia shall come. But I will shew thee that which is noted in the scripture of truth: and [there is] none that holdeth with me in these things, but Michael your prince." Daniel 10:20-21
Before we unroll the scroll to chapter 12, take a minute to think about what Daniel hears as Gabriel is speaking of the "one" that helps him, the "great prince" who is "like" God.

Names are important in the Bible and since "Michael" literally means "who is like God". The great prince "who is like God" is THE FOCUS of Daniel's message.

If you someone asked you today… "who is like God", what would be the name you would give?

Think about that, what's your answer... would it be Jesus, aka Yeshua the Messiah?

Michael is a Biblical clue, a shadow picture of Messiah "who is like God."

Now, if you look logically, you will notice chapter 11 and 12 continues in the theme where chapter 10 left off regarding Michael ("who is like God") when it states:
And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation [even] to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book.

And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame [and] everlasting contempt. Daniel 12:1-2
This is the same resurrection hope of being born again that Yeshua explained to Nicodemus (John 3:1-21) and its the same promise that is found in the book of Revelation 20:6.

Daniel 11 and Daniel 12 describes that the king of the north (Shia: Iran, Syria and Turkey) in the north will clash with the king of the south (Sunni: Saudi Arabia) and make a move to desecrate Jerusalem and the Temple Mount for the last time in the prophetic cycle of prophecy before Messiah returns to defend Israel.

This is part of a prophetic cycle, it will be a virtual re-run of Antiochus' battle with the Maccabees and the desolation brought on Jerusalem during the 637 AD Siege of Jerusalem that was part of the conflict between the Byzantine Empire and the Rashidun Caliphate. It ended when Caliph Umar traveled to Jerusalem to take the city.

The kingdoms of the north are presented as a confrontation of religious ideals described in Daniel 11 as... "kings shall arise in Persia."

This can be plainly seen today as the the Islamic Middle East is divided between a northern Shi’ite kingdom of the north and a Sunni kingdom of the south with tiny Israel wedged against the Mediterranean Sea.

Islam is divided and splinted today exactly as Daniel described it would be as toes of iron and clay that do not mix. This points to the Muslim mixture of Shi'ite and Sunni over their vastly different interpretations and aspirations for leadership of an Islamic world. At the epicenter of their conflict is an end-game objective for religious and government ideology to be revived as a Caliphate under the rule of Sharia law with the end goal to wipe the Jewish people and Jerusalem off their map. Islam is divided by Sunni and Shi'ite and every kingdom that will be divided against itself shall not stand, that looks to be the end-time meaning of Nebuchadnezzar’s dream:
"And as you saw the feet and toes, partly of potter's clay and partly of iron, it shall be a divided kingdom, but some of the firmness of iron shall be in it, just as you saw iron mixed with the soft clay. And as the toes of the feet were partly iron and partly clay, so the kingdom shall be partly strong and partly brittle. As you saw the iron mixed with soft clay, so they will mix with one another in marriage, but they will not hold together, just as iron does not mix with clay." Daniel 2:41-43
It's destruction was verified by Yeshua:
"Knowing their thoughts, he said to them, “Every kingdom divided against itself is laid waste, and no city or house divided against itself will stand. And if Satan casts out Satan, he is divided against himself. How then will his kingdom stand? " ‘Matthew 12:25-26
Today's north-south split among Ishmael's remnant of nations is led by a Sunni Arab majority and a Shia Persian minority.

Iran and its proxies seek Israel's destruction, the proxies include Hamas in Gaza as well as Hezbollah in Lebanon and other jihadist terror groups funded by Iran.

Of the total Muslim population in the Middle East today, about 15% are Persian Shiite and 85% are Arab Sunni. So, let's look again at the vision of Daniel: "Then the king of the south, moved with rage, shall come out and fight against the king of the north."

Now check this out from Daniel 11:30 because it engages a cruiser navy with the code name Kittim.

Kittim is first seen in Genesis 10:4 as the great grandson of Noah: "The sons of Javan: Elishah, Tarshish, Kittim, and Dodanim."

"Javan" means Greece, "Kittim" means bruisers.

Kittim aka the "bruisers" will be brought front and center into Islam's empire conflict against the holy land covenant given to Abraham and the descendants of Isaac and Jacob for land possession to prepare it and set it apart for Messiah. Satan wants to prevent His return:
"For ships of Kittim shall come against him, and he shall be afraid and withdraw, and shall turn back and be enraged and take action against the holy covenant. He shall turn back and pay attention to those who forsake the holy covenant."
Did you see the holy covenant?

This was nothing new for Daniel. He knew the Torah and that means he also knew the prophecy about this end-time conflict first described in Numbers 24:24 revealed in Balaam's prophecy over Israel:
“Alas, who shall live when God does this?
But ships shall come from Kittim
and shall afflict Asshur and Eber;
and he too shall come to utter destruction.”
Asshur was the grandson of Noah's son Shem, the ancestor of the Assyrians. The divided kingdom of toes tie back to Eber's son Peleg:
"To Eber were born two sons: the name of the one was Peleg, for in his days the earth was divided, and his brother’s name was Joktan." Genesis 10:25
Here's the thing: ships need a sea to go to battle and today, the most contentious sea on the planet is the Persian Gulf... and don't forget there's that prophecy Daniel was given and it promises: "knowledge shall increase."

That increase in knowledge is not just modern information or data as we call it today, it's about the Torah conflict that has been coming into focus as knowledge of the ancient conflict described by Daniel has hit the headlines since 1948 that was redirected to Shi'ite Iran in 1979 when the Iranian Revolution that put the radical Ayatollahs in charge.

Many confuse the covenant Daniel wrote about, but we need to remember it is called the holy covenant for a reason. The covenant Daniel mentions is the same one that started with Abraham, that set apart the Holy Land for his descendants.

We've seen now that the book of Daniel actually quotes Balaam's ancient prophecy in reference to the ships of Kittim in the latter days. This is nothing new, it comes from the third prophetic oracle of Balaam in the book of Exodus. It was given when Balaam lifted up his eyes and saw Israel encamped. The Spirit of Elohim came upon him, and he said this to Balak:
"Come, I will let you know what this people will do to your people in the latter days.”
Numbers 24:14
“Alas, who shall live when Elohim does this? 
But ships shall come from Kittim
and shall afflict Asshur and Eber;
and he too shall come to utter destruction.” Numbers 24:24
The name "Balak" translates as devastator, he was the king of Moab (the firstborn son of Lot's incest) he hired Balaam to curse Israel, but Balaam tells king Balak that he is only declaring what Y-H-V-H has told him to say, nothing more and nothing less.

The ships from Kittim (the West) will afflict damage and today's Asshur and Eber are still known as the location of settlement of Ishmael's descendants, the Muslim people across Iran and northern Iraq where their leaders live in aggression against the Sunni Muslim people of Saudi Arabia and the camp of Israel and the sojourners with them that joined themselves to The Lord when they all walked out of Egypt together.

We've seen the Hebrew word כִּתִּים Kittim translates as "bruisers." Is it a coincidence that during his deployment in Iraq (Babyon) in 2006, the nickname of one of the famous US Navy SEAL Team 3 in the famous Battle of Ramadi (the center of the insurgency in Iraq) was known as Task Unit Bruiser?

You tell me. Most will agree we are living in the latter days, so pay attention...

It was only a few years ago in 2003, when the Iraq war, also called the Second "Persian Gulf" War, broke out as an armed conflict with the invasion of Iraq by a United States led coalition that overthrew the government of Saddam Hussein and devastated his country, but the troops withdrew leaving Saddam Hussein's dictatorship bruised and beaten and many insurgents including Saddam Hussein went into hiding.

When the U.S. and British brought their coalition across the sea they poured into to Iraq just two years after 9/11 everyone was driven by the fear of weapons of mass destruction, yet oddly, the coalition troops were just a fraction of the number deployed in 1991 to defend Kuwait, but why so few?

There is a reason, this time Kittim relied on overwhelming military technology from the "realm of Greece."

Iraq fell. Saddam Hussein tried to restore Babylon but he died. It's as if the Daniel 2 prophecy of the dream of Nebuchadnezzar is coming back to our reality. The gold has fallen. Iraq, aka Babylon has been taken down again in the Gulf Wars.

According to the intrepretation of the dream, the silver Persians aka Iran are next.

Today, the Shi’ite leaders of Iran are the craftsmen of chaos leading a powerful Islamic nation that boasts nothing but terror for Israel fulfilling the prophecy of a stubborn donkey-like aggression of the tribes of Ishmael's descendants (see Genesis 16:12).

Jihadist aggression is led in the north by Iran with Syria and even Lebanon since that once peaceful nation has been infiltrated and infused by Hezbollah as a militant proxy of Iran.

Not only that, since the revolution in 1979, the Islamic Republic of Iran has been led by two Supreme Leaders, two Grand Ayatollahs. They are just like Balak. Their names are Ali Khamenei and his predecessor was Ruhollah Khomeini.

Iran's supreme leader is the highest ranking political and religious authority of Iran and he leads the armed forces including Iran's elite military unit, the Revolutionary Guards and its clandestine operations Quds Force Division, both led since 1998 by General Qassem Soleimani as well as Iran's navy in the Persian Gulf.

Not only that, the Iranian judicial system, education and media are all under the Supreme Leader's control.

In Iran, only the Supreme Leader, the Grand Ayatollah, the Persian king of the north can declare war or peace. The Grand Ayatollah's authority describes old king Balak.

Daniel 11:2 states: "And now I will tell you the truth. Behold, three more kings are going to arise in Persia. Then a fourth will gain far more riches than all of them; as soon as he becomes strong through his riches, he will arouse the whole empire against the realm of Greece."

If this speaks of Iran's leaders as well as Saddam Hussein or perhaps Syria's Bashar al-Assad or even Turkey's own Tayyip Erdoğan, then we are very close to Daniel's prophecy that points toward that fourth fierce ruler.

Ruhollah Khomeini and Saddam Hussein are no longer with us, so Shi'ite Supreme Ali Khamenei has led Iran since 1989, and his tenure into 2008 is naturally approaching its latter days. After all, he will turn 70 in six months.

Here's the question: Is it possible there is just one more to Supreme Leader to take charge in Iran before the words of Daniel 11:3 ring true - - "he will rule with great authority and do as he pleases."

Could "doing as he pleases" include obtaining the means of obtaining the globally feared weapons of mass destruction aka nuclear weapon capabilities?

Looking south, the Sunni Islamic coalition is led by the kingdom of Saudi Arabia and its Sunni Arab allies include Egypt, Jordan, Algeria, Kuwait, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Tunisia, and the United Arab Emirates. Take note, these all connect as allies with the United States and they oppose Iran.

Not only that, as noted the leader of Saudi Arabia is in fact a ruling king and the nation's rule includes a number of Saudi princes much like the words of Daniel 11:5: “Then the king of the south shall be strong, but one of his princes shall be stronger than he and shall rule, and his authority shall be a great authority."

It seems that a new prince will soon arise in power in Saudi Arabia.

Meanwhile, tiny little Israel, the glorious, beautiful land stands in the middle of this chaos like a dividing line, a vortex separating those that follow the God of Israel wedged against the divided toes of the Sunni and Shia descendants of Ishmael that follow a god they call Allah.
“At the time of the end, the king of the South shall attack him, but the king of the north shall rush upon him like a whirlwind, with chariots and horsemen, and with many ships. And he shall come into countries and shall overflow and pass through. He shall come into the glorious land. And tens of thousands shall fall, but these shall be delivered out of his hand: Edom and Moab and the main part of the Ammonites." Daniel 11:40-41
An end-day battle is on the horizon, but don't forget, more importantly there is an end-time delivery, resurrection and restoration to righteousness outlined in Daniel chapter 2, 7 and 12:
"And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame [and] everlasting contempt. And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever." Daniel 12:2-3
To link the narrative in the opening of Daniel 12 to the future, consider we need to go back to Daniel 10 to link the sequence of the gospel message of "the Prince" to come that is promised in Daniel 7.

Take notice too, Daniel is told that understanding end times will come.

In today's North-South conflict of Persian Shiite and Arabic Sunni, we might see that Daniel's end time message is built by comparing one king to another from chapter 10 to chapter 12. So, as already noted, it's important to not read Daniel, but we must study the book of Daniel with not with a chapter and verse break, but we must read as it was intended as a scroll to follow the storyline of the people and events that Daniel reveals.

Because of his faithfulness and prayer, Daniel was not only told about the time line to the end of the exile of Judah in Babylon, he was also given the countdown of years to Messiah's life offering and resurrection in the Spring Feasts before the destruction of the Temple Sanctuary and the City of Jerusalem.

Look closely and you will see the prophetic cycle includes Messiah's return to defend Israel.

Daniel was shown a glimpse of Jerusalem's destruction in 70 AD by Titus' Legions in Daniel 10. Yet, when we read Daniel 12, we can see the prophecy fast forwards as Daniel is told of future events in the latter day fulfillment of the end-time trouble first noted by none other than Balaam.

We have seen that Balaam's story appears in the beginning of the exodus in Numbers 22-24. Deuteronomy 23:4 continues Balaam's story and Moses reveals that Balaam was from the city of Pethor of Mesopotamia aka Persia, modern day Iran!!

Scholars think that Pethor is the Asyrian city of Pitru, the home of Assyrian king Shalmaneser II. You remember him, he attacked and dispersed the ten lost tribes of the northern Kingdom of Israel.

Balaam gave three oracles about Israel.

Before the last prophecy was given, he told Balak: "Come, I will let you know what this people will do to your people in the latter days."

Balaam describes the same vision Daniel did a thousand years later.

That vision is that Israel will engage gentile nations, first of the east from Babylon and Persia, but in the end, other gentile nations would be friends from the West aka "the ships of Kittim."

Today, there are nations that seek to protect Israel, others still seek to divide Israel for peace while the nations of the East seek to destroy it.

It appears that Balaam was also shown the great tribulation battle of the goat and the ram that Daniel 8 gives greater details on Balaam’s seventh oracle from Numbers 24:
“Alas, who shall live when God does this?
But ships shall come from Kittim
and shall afflict Asshur and Eber;
and he too shall come to utter destruction.” 
At the end, in the time of the advent of the Star, and scepter,
All of Israel’s enemies will be utterly destroyed
in a time of tribulation so terrible, Balaam cried out...
The name Eber appears in the genealogy of Shem in Genesis 11:14-17. Some scolars have identified Eber with the inhabitants of Mesopotamia, the neighborhood of Assyria, the country beyond the Euphrates. This prophetic cycle shows us how God truly declares things not yet done in the end from the beginning just as Isaiah 46:10 declares.

Are you taking notes or just reading?

Declaring the end from the beginning meets the very definition of a cycle. That's how prophecy works.

Like Balaam, Daniel portrays the days that mark tribulation events at the time of the end of the exile and the dispersion of all Israel around the globe.

That Promised Land time marker is May 14, 1948.

But there's more, the land is being prepared by the Jewish people for Messiah.

Daniel's scroll tells us that Michael, "Who is like God" will return to Jerusalem to defend the Jewish people in the land of covenant promise. It will be like the day Jesus tossed the money changers out of the Temple look like a handshake and hug.
And making a whip of cords, he drove them all out of the temple, with the sheep and oxen. And he poured out the coins of the money-changers and overturned their tables. John 2:15
Don't make a mistake about that day, Yeshua was zealous for Zion!

Those men selling at the Temple were a den of robbers defiling the court of the Gentiles. Jesus knew Isaiah's promise: "my house shall be called a house of prayer for all peoples.” Isaiah 56:7

We can know Daniel's children of thy people prophecy speaks of the Jewish people because Daniel was a Jew and the family tribes taken to Babylon were Judah, Benjamin and Levi. Millions have now returned to Jerusalem, yet Asshur (Assyria-Iran) still threatens to wipe them off the map and push them into the sea but they are the ones who will see destruction.

Balaam only spoke the truth and Daniel was told the end would be just like it was declared in the beginning:
“Alas, who shall live when God does this?
But ships shall come from Kittim
and shall afflict Asshur and Eber;
and he too shall come to utter destruction.” Numbers 24:23-24
And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation [even] to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book. Daniel 12:1
The latter days devastation aka tribulation or Jacob's trouble will be just as it is written in the books of the Bible and it will engage the latter fulfillment of God's redemption plan by the hand of King Messiah in a salvation defense of His people.

God's latter day plan is outlined in the appointed Fall Feasts starting with the first day of Tishrei aka the Day of Trumpets and great shouting will be followed by the ten days of awe and then judgment, the Day of Atonement. That day of covering will occur before the victory celebration week of Shavuot, the Feast of Tabernacles and Ingathering just as God declared in the beginning of the exodus from Egypt.

The latter days described in Scripture are recorded by events marked in the cycle of Jewish history and they shown in the feast of Dedication known as Hanukkah after the Maccabees were emboldened by God to defeat the Syrian tyrant Antiochus IV.

Before that, on Tisha B'Av, the Temple of Solomon was destroyed in 585BC on the 9th of Av by Babylon's king Nebuchadnezzar and later the horror was repeated by Rome's Titus in 70AD and his Legions.

I wonder could the Temple be restored on Tisha B'Av and make it a day of joy?

This we must know, the prophetic, appointed cycle that the book of Daniel points us toward should not be confusing if we will just pay attention. We don't need to be confounded about the prophetic cycles or the mention of the "stars of righteousness" either.

After all, they are a prophetic picture of the same "stars" (the descendants of faith) that were revealed to Abraham by God Almighty:
"That in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which [is] upon the sea shore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies" Genesis 22:17

"And I will make thy seed to multiply as the stars of heaven, and will give unto thy seed all these countries; and in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed" Genesis 26:4
So, what will happen to the people of faith living in God's covenant land in the latter days??
Now I am come to make thee understand what shall befall thy people in the latter days: for yet the vision [is] for [many] days. Daniel 10:14
The answer goes back to the exodus beginning, to Balaam's prophecy.

The point is, if we are to ever unseal Daniel's message, we have know the Bible and history to understand the scroll of Daniel or its explanation in the book of Revelation.

By a quick reading the opening lines of each chapter of Daniel, it is easy to see that chapters 10 -12 of Daniel tell us they focus on the time of the end, the latter days of "restoration" by Messiah foretold in Daniel 7.

Yet there's an interlude provided to explain the ultimate promise. If we look closely, we can see that Daniel 9 deals with the time of the humble Messiah's life crucifixion before the last dispersion of Judah by the Temple's destruction by the armies of the Roman Legions in 70 AD. Daniel describes the end time battles that will mark His return.

We have to understand that chapters 10 and 12 are a prophetic summary of two kingdoms, two people at odds with each other and Jerusalem at the "end-time."

Today, Babylon is labeled Iraq on the map and the Medes are called the Kurds so look for them in the headlines and of course there's Iran, Syria as well as Turkey. These people are not Moab aka Arabs, but then we if we look South we can see we have Saudi Arabia and their allies.

What goes around comes around. The divided toes seen by Nebuchadnezzar are standing right now with Shi'ite and Sunni boots on the ground.

The book of Daniel has been unsealing in the Middle East headlines since and that came to focus with the Balfour Declaration followed by General Allenby liberating Jerusalem.

These events set in motion the United Nations General Assembly's UN Mandate resolution calling for the establishment of a Jewish State in the November 1947, when and the nation in a day declaration by David Ben Gurion on May 14 1948.

Since then, more of Daniel's scroll has been unsealed in a post 9/11 world as the planet has been reminded of radical Islam's dangers. Not only that American and Europe's coalition troops have been drawn back into the scrolls with Israel and the ancient people that oppose the Bible.

Balaam was a prophet from Persia and Daniel was a Jew exiled to Babylon from the promised land allotted to Judah, That is today's Israel. Balaam, Daniel John the revelator tell us that destructive chaos will break out and Messiah will stand up for His people. And if we just believe what we read, we can see ancient Persia (Iran) is now front and center with Saudi Arabia as the toes in king Nebuchadnezzar dream.

The prophecy of the iron and clay conflict between the Arab Sunni and non-Arab Shī'ah sects of Islam is unfolding and soon it will pull the ships of Kittim further into the conflict.

Today, the US Naval fleet consists of about 400 warship vessels in service from the nuclear powered Nimitz-class aircraft carriers to the Los Angeles-class nuclear submarines below the ocean.

When will the horn of the goat strike against the ram? I'm not sure.

But I do know we have seen a resurgence of the dark corners of the kingdoms of the Medes and Persians in a crude evil threatening Israel in the headlines virtually every day with extinction.

We have just touched the storyline of the 8th chapter, we have missed it altogether but we need to dig in more to understand the book of Daniel and the radical latter day kingdom that divides itself like iron and clay.

Knowledge will increase, its a promise made to Daniel.

There are some keys to be found in the words in Daniel 10. Take a look at the sequence of the battles described there. A man clothed in linen, whose loins were girded with fine gold of Uphaz tells Daniel that he is returning to fight the prince of Persia, but once he is gone - the prince of Grecia or Yavan "shall come"and this future aspect comes from the use of the Hebrew word "bow."

This has to be important because the "key" prophecy here from the messenger of heaven is found in the phrase "shall come."

Take a look at the messenger's words to Daniel at the conclusion of chapter 9 verses 25-29. Also consider that Daniel 9 deals with Messiah's crucifixion and the subsequent end of Judah's control of Jerusalem by murderous destruction that came from The Legions of Rome in 70 AD.

There is more to help us. If we know who the Legions were, we might understand much more about what 'will happen' at the end of days. The Legions were local recruits, they weren't Italians, they were local Arabs, Syrians and even Egyptians that were promised the prize of Roman citizenship to fight for the Empire. The identity of the 'Legions' is REALLY important as it will tell us more about the people that will come up again against Jerusalem.

Remember, God declares the end from the beginning (see Isaiah 46:10). Look at Daniel's words in chapter 9 with some [inserts] for "possible" discernment on the first fulfillment of Daniel's prophecy:
So you are to know and discern that from the issuing of a decree [first given by King Artaxerxes to Ezra] to restore and rebuild Jerusalem until Messiah the Prince [Yeshua-Jesus] there will be seven weeks and sixty-two weeks [weeks of years aka Shemittah equals 49 years + 434 years = 483 years]; it will be built again [the walls of Jerusalem were rebuilt by Nehemiah], with plaza and moat, even in times of distress [Sanballat the Horonite and Tobiah the Ammonite oppressed Nehemiah as he tried to complete the repairs]. Daniel 9:25-29
A "Horonite" was from the area known as Bethoron. There, the Horonites worshiped the Canaanite false-god Horon. Did you know that the two Palestinian-Muslim villages of Beit Ur al-Foqa‎, "Upper house of straw" and Beit Ur al-Tahta‎, "Lower house of straw" preserve part of the original Canaanite name for the towns Upper and Lower Bethoron?

Let's look at the text and consider an explanation:
"Then after the sixty-two weeks the Messiah will be cut off [crucifixion] and have nothing, and the people [Arabs, Syrians and Egyptians] of the prince who is to come
[Titus] will destroy the city [Jerusalem] and the sanctuary [the Temple]. And its end will come with a flood; even to the end there will be war; desolations are determined [desolations for Jerusalem and as history proves].
"And he [Yeshua-Jesus] will make a firm covenant [eternal life] with the many [believers] for one week [Passover week], but in the middle of the week [crucifixion day] he will put a stop to sacrifice and grain offering [Yeshua-Jesus is the ultimate offering. Sacrifices and offering stopped 40 years later in 70 AD with the destruction of the Temple and it altar];

And...on the wing of abominations will come one [Titus, 40 years later in 70 AD with the destruction of the Temple] who makes desolate, even until a complete destruction, one that is decreed [also prophesied by Messiah as recorded in Matthew 24] is poured out on the one who makes desolate." [Titus died at age 41, September 13, 81 AD]
God tells us that He placed His name in Jerusalem and chose The Temple Mount as His of glory on earth. For the sake of His name, He will also not let those that offend Jerusalem or trample the Temple Mount go without the judgment they bring on themselves. And keep in mind, like the Feast Days of The Lord, prophecy is cyclical. That's what declaring the end from the beginning means.

God tells us what goes around comes around. There is another abomination in Jerusalem, Yeshua warned His disciples that would happen, it's a part of the prophetic cycle but that abomination  of desolation atop the Temple Mount today that is the desolation of prayer.

For now consider The Lord's Feast Days and in the covenant instruction about them The Lord uses sevens just as He does throughout the Word of God. Many call the last Spring Feast with the Greek word "Pentecost" due to the 50th day. The Jewish people properly call it Shavuot because it concludes seven weeks of counting after Passover.

The Biblical word Shavuot has the meaning "weeks." God tells us:
"And your shall observe the feast of weeks of the first fruits of wheat harvest, and the feast of in-gathering..." Exodus 34:22
We are to observe these appointed days for good reason, they are rehearsals for the end time wheat harvest in-gathering.

If we realize that there is just one Feast "of weeks" a year, then can we observe that seventy "weeks" can be... 70 years of Shavuot feast days. With that observation, Daniel 9:24-25 might also be considered as:
Seventy weeks [Shavuot feast days] 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.
When was the last decree to restore Jerusalem?

Could there be the tie to U.N. Resolution 181?

Resolution 181 is the U.N. decree, the resolution that went forth on none other than a Sabbath day: November 29, 1947. Might we must consider that day as a part of the storyline of Daniel?

If we can count, we can add 69 more years to watch for Jerusalem in the beginning of times of trouble around Israel and that conflict might include the conflict of Shia and Sunni in the north and the south.

If correct, the time to watch is coming like a freight train. Come to think of it, that will follow an election year in the U.S. and as usual the United Nations will meet again. It will be the 70th year of the international gathering of the nations in New York at the UN.

Most Bible scholars say Daniel describes 69 weeks of years and do not connect the dots on the Shavuot possibility.

Consider, the nation of Israel was declared by the UN on November 29, 1947. Although not weeks of years, if we simply add 69 calendar years (one Shavuot per year) to that 1947 date we arrive at 2016 and it is potentially a Jubilee, a year of restoration. Perhaps as a nation, Israel will begin to see restoration in areas that have remained broken for a long time... like Jerusalem.

If we add 70 years, we arrive at the end of 2017 and the focus of conflict may well be on Jerusalem.

As we saw in Daniel 9:25, the prophet states: "the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times." The Hebrew word for "street" seen here in Daniel is "rĕchob" it actually means open place or plaza.

Do you know the location of a key plaza with a "wall" in Jerusalem today?

Do you think that people call the Kotel, the "plaza" by the Western Wall" these names by chance or coincidence?

The plaza area near the Western Wall that is considered the base of the Temple Mount.

Let that soak in.

Let's look back to the Roman destroyer Titus. He was in fact "poured out" like the prophetic description used in the book of Daniel. To understand this, we might consider what actually happened to Titus after he destroyed Jerusalem, its 600,000 citizens and the Temple where Titus in an act of abomination and desecration to God's authority he sacrificed to the Roman idol that he had placed within the Temple court just as Antiochus had done before him.

Much like Sodom and Gomorrah, destruction and desolation were "poured out" a few short years later on Rome. Here's what happened:

Titus returned to Rome in June of 71AD after he burned Jerusalem to the ground and left no stone unturned. He became Emperor after the death of his father Vespasian in 79AD. Titus finally ruled the Roman Empire, but his reign ended abruptly in fire.

Many may know the history, but many may not have put the story lines together. Here's a connection:

Everyone has heard of the famous Mount Vesuvius, it is the site of perhaps the most famous explosive volcanic eruption on Earth, and certainly the most written about. It explosively erupted in 79AD in Italy. Yes that's right, 79AD is the very year Titus became Emperor of the Roman Empire. The shaking and eruption of Mt. Vesuvius fire bombed and buried the city of Pompeii under tons of hot cinder and volcanic ash that preserved the ruins of the city and its inhabitants eternally in stone.

Coincidence or not, the last eruption there was in 1944, the same year that Adolf Hitler ordered the deportation of 600,000 Hungarian Jews in 1944 to the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp, the site of horrific mass Jewish murder not unlike the deaths in Jerusalem some 2,000 years ago in Jerusalem.

As to Emperor Titus, during his short two-year reign, the city of Rome was plagued by horrific disease, pestilence and a three-day fire that destroyed vast portions of the capitol city of the Roman Empire. Remember, in God's world, what goes around comes around.

Then, just two years later, Titus suddenly and mysteriously died in 81AD. Ironically, many historians believe Titus may have died of a disease he took on from his lover Berenice, the sister of Julius Agrippa II who was married three times prior to living with Titus outside of wedlock in Rome. Others say it was a fever, still others... brain cancer.

As Paul Harvey used to say on the radio... "now you know the rest of the story" at least about Titus.

The righteous man Daniel was shown these things about Titus and Jerusalem, but if we are to properly understand the "end times"... the misguided teachings of an EU anti-christ and the so-called revived Roman Empire theories need to vanish from our prophetic view if you are to understand king Nebuchadnezzar's dream or the the fourth beast in Daniel's visions and other prophetic cycles of the Bible.

After all, the Bible is focused on Israel, the Middle East and the people living there.

The Bible describes the nations that surround Israel, it's really not about the land of amber waves of grain and purple mountain majesties although there is an important part to play for the USA in the support of Israel and its people.

It is certainly not about Rome, the Vatican or St. Paul's Cathedral either no matter what the New York Times best sellers may say to get you to buy a book. The Bible is not about a secret escape hatch to Heaven either, but there will be a refining and tribulation.

The focus of the Bible is simple, it is about Almighty God and how He calls people out of the slavery of sin, it promises that He will restore Israel in the end as the home of The King. Always has been, always will be.

Daniel's prophecies begin with Nebuchadnezzar's dream. His vision is about "Gentile" governments that make a claim of possession and trample over Jerusalem during the course of 2,520 years from 604 BC to 1917.

Incredibly, in 1917 British General Edmund Allenby released Jerusalem. His horse mounted cavalry included Egyptian Expeditionary Forces under his command. They all fought against the Ottomans for Jerusalem during the heavy rainstorms that year. Allenby's forces were the last great mounted cavalry. They fought against the 7th and 8th Armies of the Ottoman Empire.

Under General Allenby's command, they took back the Old City of Jerusalem and ended 400 years of Ottoman control the day before the start of the festival of lights (aka Hanukkah) the very day which commemorates the release and re-dedication of the Temple by the Maccabee hammer from the Seleucid dynasty 2,000 years before. Back then, the Hasmonean's rule of Jerusalem continued until 37 BC when an Idumean, yes an Idumean known as 'Herod the Great' became ruler of Israel by the appointment of Rome.

Some think Herod the Great was a Roman,  but he wasn't, he was from Idumaea, aka Edom, aka Saudi Arabia.

Herod was an Edomite for crying out loud!

That very fact gives us a big clue on God's unusual instruction to Moses and the army of Israelites after they left Egypt. After they arrived in the wilderness, The Lord God told Moses to pass by and leave Edom alone. Had they fought Edom against God's explicit instruction, they would have utterly destroyed them and Herod would not have appeared on the scene 1,500 years later to restore the Temple in preparation for Messiah's teaching and ministry there.

Believe it or not, Herod played a critical role in the restoration of the second Temple in preparation for Yeshua's arrival. That would have not happened if Edom was destroyed during the exodus.

Think about it, Edom's "foreign hand" in Jerusalem is not unlike the Gentiles that Solomon recruited to build the first Temple and it is like the role of Cyrus the Great, the leader of the Persian Empire some 500 years before Herod that ordered to Jews to return to Jerusalem.

Like Cyrus before him, Herod the Moabite Gentile had a big part in restoring the city of Jerusalem and made the rebuilding of the Temple in Jerusalem one of his primary goals. Little did Herod know his labor was in preparation for the Messiah.

Fast forward to 1917 and we see another Gentile with Allenby's arrival in Jerusalem. His journey is captured in the historical website called Colonial Film: "The proceedings in Jerusalem were captured on film by Harold Jeapes, a cameraman working for the War Office Cinematograph Committee (WOCC) in Palestine and Egypt."

You can view the amazing 14 minute silent screen reel of history as General Allenby entered Jerusalem through the Jaffa Gate.

The prophetic and historic Jubilee year of 1917 was also marked by the Balfour Declaration "that made public the critical British Crown's support of a Jewish homeland in Palestine." This declaration was followed up by the San Remo Declaration in 1920 and then the British Mandate in 1922, that expired on May 14, 1948 and the nation state of Israel was declared by David Ben Gurion.

Since 1917, and the end of World War I, the headlines have been SUPER CHARGED with "end-time" Biblical promises that bring the prophets of the the Bible and a growing understanding of the visions and words of promise given to Daniel that race toward us like Jubilee birth pains.

We are living in Biblical times right now, they never ended. The book is not old or done away with, prophecy is in progress and the Biblical calendar embedded in the prophesies and it’s directly connected to Israel.

In 1917, when British General Allenby entered the city of Jerusalem, that newsreel scene set the world stage in motion for the return of the Jewish people to prepare Israel for Messiah's return as King. To top it off, Allenby entered the gates of the city 69 Biblical Jubilee years after the Exodus from Egypt!

That should point us to the 70th Jubilee after the Exodus.

That year was 1967, and for six days the armies of Israel fought against against Syria, Jordan and Egypt. In defense, Israel now controlled Gaza and the Sinai, Judea and Samaria, aka the West Bank, the Golan Heights. To top it off, at the conclusion of the Six Day War, the Temple Mount was reclaimed by the Jewish people for the first time since Titus and the Legions destroyed the Old City and the Temple.

Today, Jerusalem is divided by three "religions" if you will.

You may not realize it, but the "three parts" seen there today was foretold long ago in Revelation 16:19 . Today, the world seeks to geo-politically divide Jerusalem, severing it as the eternal Capitol of Israel with the establishment of a so-called Palestinian State.

If this happens in our view of prophetic history, you better be ready with plenty of oil in your proverbial lamp. It will be a time of grave darkness for the nations that divide, a time of trouble they will bring on themselves that is tied to the cycle of events that link back to the fall of Babylon:
"And the great city was divided into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell: and great Babylon came in remembrance before God, to give unto her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of his wrath." Revelation 16:19
The three "parts" dividing Jerusalem today are 1) Muslim, 2) Jewish and 3) Christian.

General Allenby even acknowledged this in his proclamation (during Hanukkah) to Jerusalem on December 11, 1917:
"To the Inhabitants of Jerusalem the Blessed and the People Dwelling in Its Vicinity:

The defeat inflicted upon the Turks by the troops under my command has resulted in the occupation of your city by my forces. I, therefore, here now proclaim it to be under martial law, under which form of administration it will remain so long as military considerations make necessary.

However, lest any of you be alarmed by reason of your experience at the hands of the enemy who has retired, I hereby inform you that it is my desire that every person pursue his lawful business without fear of interruption.

Furthermore, since your city is regarded with affection by the adherents of three of the great religions of mankind and its soil has been consecrated by the prayers and pilgrimages of multitudes of devout people of these three religions for many centuries, therefore, do I make it known to you that every sacred building, monument, holy spot, shrine, traditional site, endowment, pious bequest, or customary place of prayer of whatsoever form of the three religions will be maintained and protected according to the existing customs and beliefs of those to whose faith they are sacred.

Guardians have been established at Bethlehem and on Rachel's Tomb. The tomb at Hebron has been placed under exclusive Moslem control.

The hereditary custodians at the gates of the Holy Sepulchre have been requested to take up their accustomed duties in remembrance of the magnanimous act of the Caliph Omar, who protected that church."
Just as Revelation describes, three parts divide Jerusalem. Yet, on a modern map of the city we label the the City of God with four quarters. That can be a bit confusing and it keeps us from understanding Yeshua's revelation given to John at Patmos.

On any modern map, we see: 1) the Muslim Quarter, 2) the Jewish Quarter, 3) the Christian Quarter and 4) the Armenian Quarter.

But least we forget, the Armenians adopted "Christianity" as their official state religion back in 286AD so in reality, there are three divisions in Jerusalem today. Not only that, the Christian Armenians were nearly destroyed by radical Islam as millions were killed in the Armenian Genocide that began in 1914. That genocide was led by the Ottoman Turks, so keep a keen eye on Turkey.

Want more proof?

The Jewish Virtual Library states: "In fact, during the Camp David Summit, leaders of the Armenian church insisted the Christian and Armenian Quarters were inseparable and expressed their preference for international guarantees."

When we consider the end-time storyline of the visions of Daniel, we must remember the Redeemer Prince when we think of the role of Michael ("who is like God") in the ancient explanation of Daniel's vision.

Interestingly, among General Allenby's many medals of distinction he was awarded around the globe, he received the two that provide a parallel link to Daniel's vision: 'Grand Cross of the Order of the Redeemer' and the 'Order of Michael the Brave'!!

He played a prophetic role. We must consider the reality of these Jubilee events that point to the cycle of prophecy and the order of Daniel. Perhaps knowledge may unfold even further about Jerusalem in 2017, after all it will be 100 years (two Jubilees) from Allenby's entrance through the Jaffa Gate.

When knowledge unfolds, the "latter-day" ram and goat vision described in Daniel 8 will come into better focus because of the promise given to Daniel: "knowledge shall increase."

Joel Richardson, the author of an eye-opening book titled The Islamic Antichrist really got me to thinking about the possibility of a radical Jihad conflict that dramatically points to western engagement. It seems Daniel 8 prophetically refers to this conflict between the east and west.

Am I saying that another battle like those seen in 1948, 1967 and 1973 is what must happen?

No, I am not... but Daniel clearly prophesies that the west will oppose the east in the ram vs. goat vision that points to a key military strike. Many say that the prophecy is over and out and it's about Alexander the Great's conquests across the Middle East around 320 BC, but there are a couple of basic problems with Alexander being the final fulfillment of this prophecy. It seems Alexander only set the stage:
1) Alexander's troops did not come from the west "without touching the ground" like today's troops that travel exclusively by sea or air (Daniel 8:5).

2) Also... any event around the year 320 BC can't really be considered an "end time" prophecy can it?
History repeats, prophecy is a cycle.

So, it seems that Alexander's conquests and battles were a "shadow picture" of things to come at a latter time - - in the end they are just as they are declared. Let's look at Daniel 8:19 for the proof text:
"...Behold, I will make thee know what shall be in the last end of the indignation: for at the time appointed the end shall be."
That indignation is the hatred of Israel and the Jewish people that is front and center in Iran's leadership. As for Alexander, when we consider the book of Daniel, it is important that we don't plug things in to try to get the visions in the scroll to force history into the headlines or just accept a popular best selling view as the grand finale.

Instead, we must let the Scriptures speak for themselves because the Bible repeatedly says are not to add to or take away from them (see Deuteronomy 4:2; Deuteronomy 12:32; Proverbs 30:5-6; Psalms 119:160).

In the end, we must be a watchman and pray for the peace of Jerusalem.

Daniel's vision in chapter 8 is about the time appointed at the end because that's what it says. In the explanation of his vision, Daniel was told there will be three kings and the fourth shall be the richest (most powerful) and by his strength he will stir against the realm/dominion of Grecia.

Daniel tells us a fourth king will invade the glorious land, and many countries shall be overthrown before the time that Michael ("who is like God") stands up.

Isaiah ties in some of the details of just who leads the conflict:
Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD of hosts, O my people that dwellest in Zion, be not afraid of the Assyrian:

He shall smite thee with a rod, and shall lift up his staff against thee, after the manner of Egypt. For yet a very little while, and the indignation shall cease, and mine anger in their destruction.

And the LORD of hosts shall stir up a scourge for him… Behold, the Lord, the LORD of hosts, shall lop the bough with terror: and the high ones of stature shall be hewn down, and the haughty shall be humbled. And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse… Isaiah 10:24-26; 33; Isaiah 11:1
The end time strike depicted by Daniel and Isaiah seems imminent. The second vision in the third year of the last Babylonian king made Daniel sick for days as he saw glimpses of the future.

I'll try to keep you updated on why.

Prayer Alert Update: January 2, 2020:  US kills Iran’s most powerful general in Baghdad airstrike

"BAGHDAD (AP) — The United States killed Iran’s top general and the architect of Tehran’s proxy wars in the Middle East in an airstrike at Baghdad’s international airport early on Friday, an attack that threatens to dramatically ratchet up tensions in the region.

The targeted killing of Gen. Qassem Soleimani, the head of Iran’s elite Quds Force, could draw forceful Iranian retaliation against American interests in the region and spiral into a far larger conflict between the U.S. and Iran, endangering U.S. troops in Iraq, Syria and beyond."

As noted below, the President warned of this potential on October 13, 2017, as he announced the reasons for a future withdrawal of the "Iran Nuclear Deal" from the Whitehouse.

Trump forewarned the two ram horns Iranian Major-General Qasem Soleimani, head of the Quds Force, and Iraqi militia commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis.

Prayer Alert Update December 30, 2019: Press Briefing by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Secretary of Defense Mark Esper | Palm Beach, FL

"SECRETARY POMPEO:  Good evening.  Myself, with Secretary Esper, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Milley, came here to Florida today to brief the President on the activities that have taken place in the Middle East over the course of the last 72 hours.

I will leave to Secretary Esper to talk about the military activity, but I want to put it in the context of our policy with respect to the Islamic Republic of Iran.  The attacks that took place against an Iraqi facility threatened American forces.  This has been going on now for weeks and weeks and weeks.  This wasn’t the first set of attacks against this particular Iraqi facility and others where there were American lives at risk.

And today, what we did was take a decisive response that makes clear what President Trump has said for months and months and months, which is that we will not stand for the Islamic Republic of Iran to take actions that put American men and women in jeopardy."

Prayer Alert Update December 29, 2019: US strikes Iranian-backed militia in Iraq; 19 reported killed

"BAGHDAD, Iraq — The US carried out air strikes against a pro-Iran militant group in Iraq Sunday, killing 19 fighters, two days after a rocket attack that killed an American civilian contractor.

A few hours after the strikes, four rockets exploded near a base housing US troops close to Iraq’s capital without wounding anyone, an Iraqi security official told AFP."

Prayer Alert Update December 29, 2019: An American killed, 4 injured in heavy Iraqi Shiite rocket strike on US K-1 base near Kirkuk 

"At least 30 rockets launched against the US K-1 base near the oil city of Kirkuk in northern Iraq on Friday, Dec. 27, killed an American civilian contractor and injured 4 US soldiers. Some 11 to 14 exploded inside the base; the rest outside. They were fired from rocket-launching trucks parked outside the facility. The crews then abandoned the launchpads and took off in waiting getaway vehicles."

Prayer Alert Update December 24, 2019: The cruise missiles that struck IRGC Air Force HQ in Syria – a telling blow for Iran’s Mid-East plans

"The Iranian Revolutionary Guards Air Force chief, Gen. Amir-Ali Hajizadeh, escaped the fate of the “three foreigners” killed when 3-4 cruise missiles flew from warships off the Syrian coast on Sunday night, Dec. 22, and crashed into his Syrian headquarters at Agraba, south of Damascus. But the three victims were almost certainly air force officers, which sparked reports that the general was among them.

The hit clearly came a lot too close for comfort. Indicating that something important had just happened, Tehran moved fast for damage control. Within hours, Iran’s state news agency IRNA informed reporters that Gen. Hajizadeh “is in perfect health,” while also claiming that the missile attack’s targets had ranged from the tomb of the Shiite Saint Seyyeda Zeinab south of Damascus up to the big T-4 air base near Homs.

Even if the IRGC Air Force general escaped unharmed, the missiles striking his Syrian headquarters carried this message: “We know exactly where you are and are tracking your movements. Be warned.”

Prayer Alert Update: June 21, 2019: Trump orders limited strike on Iran but then calls it off

"Washington -- President Trump on Thursday ordered the U.S. military to conduct a limited strike against Iran to retaliate for the downing of a Navy surveillance drone in the Persian Gulf region, but he then called off the operation just an hour before it was to begin. The president's change of course avoided, for now, what would have been the most significant escalation of hostilities between Washington and Tehran in decades.

There was every indication the U.S. was about to launch a limited strike against Iranian surface-to-air missile sites on Thursday evening, but the military stood down at the 11th hour. More than one source confirmed this to CBS News, including two sources within the Trump administration who were familiar with the president's decision. The sources said the plan was already underway when it was called off."

Scroll of Daniel c550BC - "Out of one of them came forth a rather small horn which grew exceedingly great toward the south, toward the east, and toward the Beautiful Land." Daniel 8:9

Are these related? Only God knows until He reveals the content of the sealed scroll. Even Daniel couldn't understand what he saw.

Jerusalem Post 6/19/19 - ""I hear our neighbors from the north, south and east threatening to destroy us," he said. "I say to our enemies: The IDF has a very large power of annihilation. Do not try us."

Netanyahu’s comments came amid an increase in regional tension between the US and Iran in the Persian Gulf."

USNews 6/19/2019 - BASRA, Iraq (Reuters) - A rocket hit a site in southern Iraq used by foreign oil companies on Wednesday, including U.S. energy giant ExxonMobil, wounding three people and threatening to further escalate U.S. - Iran tensions in the region.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack near Iraq's southern city of Basra, the fourth time in a week that rockets have struck near U.S. installations. A second rocket that landed in another nearby area did not explode, one official said.

Times of Israel 6/18/19 - "The Israeli Air Force is holding a large-scale multi-day exercise simulating combat action on multiple fronts, the army said Tuesday, with the air force’s F-35s taking part for the first time.

The drill, which began Sunday and ends Wednesday, involves fighter jets, helicopters, cargo planes, drones, air defense units and ground support forces. It simulates simultaneous fighting in the Gaza Strip, Syria and Lebanon."

ABC News 6/17/19 - "The United States is sending 1,000 additional troops to the Middle East, amid rising tensions between the U.S. and Iran."

ABC News 5/4/19 - "An additional 1,500 U.S. troops and increased defensive capabilities capabilities are being sent to the Middle East to continue to help deter Iran, the Pentagon announced on Friday."

PRAYER ALERT December 28, 2017 Report: US, Israel sign secret pact to tackle Iran nuclear and missile threat

"Israel and the United States have secretly signed a far-reaching joint memorandum of understanding providing for full cooperation to deal with Iran’s nuclear drive, its missile programs and its other threatening activities, an Israeli TV report said.

The document was signed on December 12 at the White House, culminating intensive talks between representatives of the major Israeli and American intelligence and defense hierarchies, headed by the US and Israeli national security advisers, H. R. McMaster and Meir Ben-Shabbat, respectively, the Channel 10 report said Thursday."

PRAYER ALERT October 13, 2017 Transcript: Trump's Remarks On Iran Nuclear Deal

Note the KEY reference to US Embassy attacks and other Iranian proxy attacks.

In this speech, President Trump stated:

"Our policy is based on a clear-eyed assessment of the Iranian dictatorship, its sponsorship of terrorism, and its continuing aggression in the Middle East and all around the world.

Iran is under the control of a fanatical regime that seized power in 1979 and forced a proud people to submit to its extremist rule. This radical regime has raided the wealth of one of the world's oldest and most vibrant nations, and spread death, destruction, and chaos all around the globe.

Beginning in 1979, agents of the Iranian regime illegally seized the U.S. embassy in Tehran and held more than 60 Americans hostage during the 444 days of the crisis. The Iranian-backed terrorist group Hezbollah twice bombed our embassy in Lebanon — once in 1983 and again in 1984. Another Iranian-supported bombing killed 241 Americans — service members they were, in their barracks in Beirut in 1983.

In 1996, the regime directed another bombing of American military housing in Saudi Arabia, murdering 19 Americans in cold blood.

Iranian proxies provided training to operatives who were later involved in al Qaeda's bombing of the American embassies in Kenya, Tanzania, and two years later, killing 224 people, and wounding more than 4,000 others.

The regime harbored high-level terrorists in the wake of the 9/11 attacks, including Osama bin Laden's son. In Iraq and Afghanistan, groups supported by Iran have killed hundreds of American military personnel.

The Iranian dictatorship's aggression continues to this day. The regime remains the world's leading state sponsor of terrorism, and provides assistance to al Qaeda, the Taliban, Hezbollah, Hamas, and other terrorist networks. It develops, deploys, and proliferates missiles that threaten American troops and our allies. It harasses American ships and threatens freedom of navigation in the Arabian Gulf and in the Red Sea. It imprisons Americans on false charges. And it launches cyberattacks against our critical infrastructure, financial system, and military.

The United States is far from the only target of the Iranian dictatorship's long campaign of bloodshed. The regime violently suppresses its own citizens; it shot unarmed student protestors in the street during the Green Revolution.

This regime has fueled sectarian violence in Iraq, and vicious civil wars in Yemen and Syria. In Syria, the Iranian regime has supported the atrocities of Bashar al-Assad's regime and condoned Assad's use of chemical weapons against helpless civilians, including many, many children.

Given the regime's murderous past and present, we should not take lightly its sinister vision for the future. The regime's two favorite chants are "Death to America" and "Death to Israel.""

Update August 8, 2013: Here's a link to an insightful blog post by Billy Humphrey, the director of the International House of Prayer Atlanta entitled: Organizing The Book of Daniel Chronologically.

Mr. Humphrey outlines the book of Daniel in simple chronologic order and explains:

"In my owns studies I found that as I organized the book chronologically it became easier for me to understand the story line. Hopefully this will serve as a helpful tool for you as you study the Book of Daniel."

What does Daniel tell us?

Almighty God is sovereign and unchanging. He is the loving, kind, merciful, gracious forgiving Abba Father and He has provided the book of Daniel to tie future events to the Torah, the Prophets and Psalms as a road map to point the world toward the destination of life's journey which is Messiah Yeshua - Jesus.

His rule is the final order of Daniel. The King is coming!

If you have not understood this, then Almighty Elohim God is calling your name to repent and turn back to Him. He wants to offer you redemption, the purchase price of salvation from sin through forgiveness and Messiah.

You can accept His gospel promise of life in The Father's Kingdom. Consider carefully what your own life consists of, look at it and repent of any wrongdoing, immorality or transgression sin and turn back to the Bible as your guide for life.

Ask Elohim God for His grace in forgiveness and accept His gift of lovingkindness, grace and supplication through Messiah Yeshua. Then walk with Him the way He walked in God's instruction. It's not done away with, never has been never will be. The jots and tittles remain.

If you know you need to get your life right with God, don’t wait for tomorrow, start the walk on the seven-mile road with Him now and grab the robe of the resurrected Messiah.

God's Spirit will walk with you on your life's journey if you'll listen to Him, and you too can learn how the things which are written in the law of Moses, the Prophets, and the Writings are all concerning Him so that you can teach others:
"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life."
For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved." John 3:16-17
Today is the time, there's little time.

Open your eyes and recognize King Messiah.

Repent and walk with Messiah at the center of your life and study the Scriptures that He taught every Sabbath, they are filled with meaning because of Him.

His name is Yeshua. He is Jesus of Nazareth and His Hebrew name expresses both his identity and his mission to save us from sin's death grip and be blessed to walk in His way and in resurrection life.


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