“But you, brethren, are not in darkness, that this day should overtake you like a thief.” 1 Thessalonians 5:4
After completing the new book, it seemed like a good opportunity to give the basic flow of events for the 70th Week of Daniel.
Event No. 1 - The Rapture
The first event on the horizon that begins the end time events is the removal of all believers in the Lord Jesus Christ. Christ returns at the Last Trump of the Feast of Trumpets (1 Corinthians 15:52) to gather his people and take them to their rooms as he promised in John 14. The believers are removed from the earth (Revelation 3:10) so that the rest of the inhabitants of the earth can go through the coming time of trial (Isaiah 26:20-21). This event is before the 70th Week (2,520 days) begins. Trumpets 2017 looks to be the most probable time.
Event No. 2 - The War to Eradicate Israel
After the Rapture, the storm clouds of war gather to wipe Israel off the face of the globe (and they may begin to gather before the Rapture). Those nations are found in Psalm 83 and Ezekiel 38-39. Psalm 83 records the nations immediately surrounding Israel, where Ezekiel focuses on the periphery. The attackers in Psalm 83 had issues with those now hidden via the Rapture, but still have issues with Israel. Those in Ezekiel see Israel as a nation that has been gathered back to the land that also has many things the attackers want to gain. Israel is also living at “peace” at that time, which can also mean that they are “dwelling over confidentially”. However, this war ends with the protective hand of God. Israel is spared, but her enemies are ruined. Even Israel’s allies in name only (i.e. The USA) suffer at the hand of God.
Event No. 3 - Confirmation of the Covenant with Israel
When God judges the attackers of Israel, the whole world, including Israel will know this was an act of God. God has confirmed His covenant with Israel. This is more likely the “confirmation of the Covenant with many” that initiates the 70th Week of Daniel. This parallels Israel spending the next seven years burning the weapons of war. For the day counts of Daniel and Revelation to work, this confirmation should occur two months after the Rapture of the Church. This looks to be the first day of the ninth month on the Hebrew Calendar 2017.
Event No. 4 - The Rise of the Ten Kings
With the destabilization and destruction of Russia, America, and many of the Islamic countries, it will create the vacuum in which the peoples of the former Roman Empire gain power to form ten kingdoms that rule the world. This is a necessary step between the war to eradicate Israel and the revelation of the Antichrist. If the Antichrist is the confirmer of the Covenant, then this step becomes hard pressed in such a short period of time. But since the Antichrist cannot be the confirmer of the Abrahamic Covenant, this means the Antichrist does not have to appear on the scene until some time before the Abomination of Desolation. Before the Antichrist comes, these ten kingdoms from the area of the former Roman Empire must come first. It may also be possible that the ten kingdoms follow the ten regions delineated by the Club of Rome. Their ten regions cover the entire globe. These ten kings precede the Antichrist.
Event No. 5 - Rebuilding the Temple
In order for the Antichrist to defile the Temple, it must be rebuilt again. The earthquake that hits Israel during the war to eradicate it will knock everything down in Jerusalem. This would naturally include the Dome of the Rock and the Al-Aqsa Mosque. Only after this will the Temple be rebuilt, otherwise it would have also fell. Since the Abomination of Desolation occurs in the middle of the seven years, at some point in the first half, the Temple will be rebuilt.
Event No. 6 - The King from Syria
To fulfill Daniel 11, the Antichrist will come from the area of the king of the North, which as part of Alexander the Great’s Empire was the region of Syria. It was the area ruled by Antiochus Epiphanes. The Antichrist picks up and overlaps where Antiochus left off in Daniel 11. The Antichrist will subdue three of the kingdoms and these ten kings will give their power to the Antichrist.
Event No. 7 - The Abomination of Desolation
Halfway through the period of 2,520 days the Abomination of Desolation occurs. At this point the Antichrist halts the sacrifices and defiles the Temple in Israel and demands to be worshipped as God. Now begins his 1,260 days of trampling Jerusalem until the return of Jesus Christ. The world will follow the Beast and all who buy or sell must have his identification. Those who do so will put their souls in jeopardy. It would appear that the Antichrist suffers an assassination attempt and receives a deadly head wound, but Satan resurrects the Antichrist by dwelling in him. Once this happens, the Antichrist demands worship of himself and defiles the Temple. This looks to coincide with the day that Christ was also raised–the day after the Sabbath that comes after Passover. This day comes 1,260 days after Kislev 1, 2017 and 1,260 days before the Day of Atonement 2024.
Event No. 8 - Fleeing to the Wilderness
Upon seeing the Abomination of Desolation, those in Judea are to immediately flee to the wilderness of present day Jordan (Matthew 24:15-21). Only this area will escape the control of the Antichrist (Daniel 11:41, Revelation 12:6). God will provide in the wilderness as He did in the Exodus.
Event No. 9 - The Temple is Brought Low
In Daniel 8, it is 2300 evenings and mornings from the time the Temple is cast down or is brought low. 1150 days will fit between the 9th of Av and the Day of Atonement (2021-2024). As both Temples were destroyed on the 9th of Av, it is likely that something significant happens to the Temple 110 days after the Abomination of Desolation.
Event No. 10 - Babylon is Rebuilt and becomes the Commerce Capital
The center of world commerce will make its way back to the plains of Shinar (Zechariah 5:5-11, Revelation 17-18). While the center of world commerce has changed, ultimately it will be back in Babylon at the return of Jesus Christ. Mystery Babylon is world commerce and world commerce is the force putting together globalism. World commerce controls the final empire, but the leaders will turn on it (Revelation 17:16).
Event No. 11 - Armageddon
The armies of the world gather at Israel to not only destroy the Jews, but to also destroy the King of the Jews who is returning. This will be an exercise of futility (Revelation 19:19).
Event No. 12 - Jesus Returns and sets up the Kingdom
On the Day of Atonement, Jesus redeems his people from the Antichrist and establishes His Kingdom. It will take 75 days to fully establish the Kingdom. Those who are mortal and make it to day 1335 will physically enter that kingdom. All of the resurrected saints will find their respective places in the reign of the Messiah for 1,000 years (Daniel 12, Revelation 20).