The Cyrus Deception – Political Zionism is Born

Further Judgment: Seven Times of the Gentiles

Spring 537 BCE to the Time of the End

By:

Michael Craig Clark

Compiled from His 1984 and Ongoing Lectures

Edited and Published with His Permission

By:

Paul Melvin Detmer

 

Section IV

 

As we have clarified in Section I, II, and III previously:

 

Daniel, in light of Daniel 2 through to chapter 8 inclusive, the dreams and visions, as well the 70 years, probationary judgment of the Babylonian Captivity according to Leviticus 26:14-17, Jeremiah 25:1-11, and Jeremiah 29:10-14 coming to its end, sought an answer from God in spring of 539 BCE, two years before that end. Seeing Leviticus 26:18-39 looming in light of his concern in Daniel 9:1-23 and verse 13 in particular, where he states Israel was in no condition to receive deliverance in such a return, he received an answer called the Prophecy of Daniel’s 70 Weeks in Daniel 9:24-27 which we found, rightly interpreted by Michael, started with the Decree under Ezra, as given in Ezra 7 supported by Psalms 122. This occurred in 458 BCE and fulfilled 69 Weeks or 483 years by the fall of 26 CE when Christ started his public ministry at age 30, which was the beginning of the 70th Week or Confirmation Week, confirming the Covenant of God with Israel under the Law of Moses.  At 3 and ½ years or in the midst of that 70th Week, Messiah was cut off and desolation ensued until the time of end when the Times of the Gentiles, of Leviticus 26:18-39, Luke 21:24 and Romans 11:25-26 which began in spring of 537 BCE, were completed and finished with the return of Messiah. From that point would be the fulfillment through to the finish of the Last 3 and ½ years of the 70th Week, confirming the full 70th Week and Covenant of God with Israel upon which the blessing of Daniel 9:24 was contingent. After that Last Half of the confirmation of 3 and ½ years or “time times and the dividing of time” according to Daniel 7:24-27 and Daniel 12:7, events would transpire that would consume that which was hindering the truth and bring blessing to the world beginning with Daniel’s people, Israel according to Daniel 12:1-13, Luke 21:24 and Romans 11:25-26. That consummation and finish of Daniel’s full 70th Week would involve entering the 3rd Overturning and loss of Jerusalem, and specifically the Holy / Temple Mount, first bringing great tribulation upon the nation of Israel within their Zionist League with the Revived Rome / UN leading to a repudiation of that government and league in exchange for a government that has “he whose right it is” at its head according to Ezekiel 21:24-27. From that change, the rest of the world will go into great tribulation that brings resurrection and turning every man to righteousness through the increase in the knowledge of God and Divine Truth when Michael the Great Prince stands with that deliverance, according to Daniel 12:1-7 and Isaiah 29:11-24.

 

Best Guess: A Miss Is as Good as a Mile

 

However, there have been many interpretations, at best theories, by those guessing at the sealed book of Daniel which have caused much confusion in Christianity and also Judaism.  Having handled in detail the main ones and their errors in Sections I, II, and III, at this time we will now, extensively address the first “guess” or rather unauthorized intrusion into this prophecy of Daniel 9 which occurred right after it was given to Daniel. Without waiting for Daniel to receive further understanding or respecting his guidance to Israel as God’s Prophet for that time, Zionists eager to return, whether or not the conditions of the Law of Moses were met, came up with their own interpretation of Daniel’s 70 Weeks Prophecy.

 

Understanding What Happened in Daniel’s Lifetime

Is Key to Understanding What Has Transpired Today

 

Zionists Then and Zionists Now

 

We will now show how the mindset of Adam in self-destiny manifested in Israel, as we made clear in Section III, evolves into Political Zionism in this move behind THE CYRUS DECEPTION in 539 BCE. It is even more engrained and is evident again at the time of Messiah, foretold in Daniel 11, bringing his cutting off in 30 CE and the rejection of his ministry and that of his Apostles as well, leading the nation of Israel to the destruction of 70 CE. Here in the time of the end, a third crop of Zionists have come to harvest, bringing the final conflict over which Messiah and the faithful will be triumphant at last.

 

Three Overturnings of Jerusalem and the Holy Mount

 

Three overturnings of the government of Jerusalem, manifested physically in the loss of the Holy Mount originally purchased by David, according to II Samuel 24:20-25 and I Chronicles 21:21-26, upon which the ancient temple was established, according to II Chronicles 3:1-2, are foretold in Ezekiel 21:25-27. The first was Nebuchadnezzar’s Babylonian destruction of 586 BCE, the second was Titus’ Roman destruction in 70 CE and the last overturning has been “prepared.” Marked clearly in legislation of the United Nations General Assembly Resolution 67/19, Thursday, between 4-5 pm EST, 11-12 pm Jerusalem time, November 29, 2012, the Holy Mount and the Old City of Jerusalem are now OFFICIALLY located legislatively in the newly declared Palestinian State. The importance many may miss is that this legislation recognized Palestine, not only as an observer nation to the UN with hope of a future full membership in that body, but also it gave international, world recognition officially that Palestine was a full nation PERIOD. This action is a necessary step to remove mainly the Holy Mount from the rebellious Zionist hands that acted against the Law of Moses and the times and laws specified therein, in the 1967 CE 6-Day-War, having already violated the standard in the 1948 establishment of the Zionist State in the first place. In that Palestine is a full nation, the door has been officially opened for UN recognized borders, as well as participation and aid from the Arab nations already in the UN. From here, an understanding and firm deal can be mandated upon the Zionist State, supported by the UN and chief constituent the USA, to establish those borders. This opens the additional door for the possibility to establish the original plan of UNGA Resolution 181 that brought about the Zionist State in 1947, which states that Jerusalem is to be under a separate regime altogether, other than the new 2012 Palestinian State and the 1947/48 recognized Zionist State, removing Jerusalem from the control of both parties. As we have stated, more will be given about this in due time in later sections. As we will also reveal, either case will remove it from Zionist control and ruin any façade of that State being the Israel of God in finality.

 

Isolating Daniel 9 for Private Interpretation

Has Been the Chief Cause of Its Misinterpretation

 

Daniel 9 has a time reference to initiate it, as does Chapter 10 and then 11. Chapter 12 is a continuation of Chapter 11 to the end of the Book of Daniel.   Daniel 9 is given as a record concerning Daniel in the first year of the Medo-Persian Empire, 539 BCE. Daniel 10 is given as a record concerning Daniel in the third year of that empire, 537 BCE. Daniel 11 returns and begins its chronicle from the first year once again. Daniel 2 through 8 shows what Daniel had seen before 539 BCE, prior to his seeking the answer in Daniel 9. Daniel 9 and 10, where he received his answers, MUST be taken together in light of all Daniel had seen previously in Daniel 2-8. Therefore, we will return to those chapters for certain key portions in our next sections following this one with a coordinating effort to enlarge in detail upon Daniel 11.  This will continue to reveal history as prophesied to Daniel that would transpire bringing Israel from the time of the Persian takeover and the failed attempt at a return under Cyrus, all the way to true deliverance AFTER the finish of that LONG period called the Times of the Gentiles, which is the “Seven Times more” judgment of Leviticus 26:18-39. Confirmed by Jesus in Luke 21:24 and the Apostle Paul in Romans 11:25-26, there would be no proper deliverance until its finish, upon which Messiah would be present to fulfill the Last Half of Daniel’s 70th Week, 3 and ½ years, called in Daniel 7:24-27, “time times and a dividing of time, and in Daniel 12:7, "time, times and a half." After that fulfillment the deliverance would come “to consume and destroy (the false dominion) unto the end” and “scatter (or broadcast) the (true) power of the holy people” respectively.

 

Daniel’s Answer and the Events Surrounding It

 

Starting with his appeal for that answer in Daniel 9 in the spring of 539 BCE and running to the spring of 537 BCE, together Daniel 9 and 10 cover the time of the following events, here put in chronological order of their occurrence. We list the time with underline and below that, indented and in italics, we have the event. Please note Hebrew calendar dates corresponding to the secular or Julian/Gregorian Calendar, with which we are most familiar, take into consideration the Genesis 1 precedent of the evening and the morning comprising a full day as we made clear in Sections II and III.  Therefore, beginning at sundown or around 6 pm in the evening we will still have 6 hours of that day on the secular calendar computed until 12 midnight when the Hebrew calendar has already started the next day as of that 6 pm, or sundown, deadline. Note also at Passover, we have given Preparation Day as well as the beginning of the Passover Week, stated as “Nisan 14&15-21”. All of these events will be given again separately, followed by narratives about these entries. Failure to consider the whole cannon of Daniel and isolating Daniel 9 is the chief error of all parties making the blunder of trying to open the sealed book ahead of time. They proceed venturing their unauthorized guesses and then garnishing same with many other scriptures that seem to support their guess or educated theory from the New Testament. As we redundantly point out, they accomplish this with little consultation back to the Law and Prophets to secure proper use of the New Testament and correct interpretation of same.

 

CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER

Spring, 1st Hebrew month, Nisan 14&15-21, Passover Week,

(April 9&10-15/16, 539 BCE)

Daniel’s prayer Daniel 9:1-19,

Gabriel’s answer Daniel 9:20-23

70 Weeks Prophecy Daniel 9:24-27 is given

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Summer, Hebrew month of Tammuz (July 539 BCE)

Medo-Persian Empire replaces Babylonian Empire

Daniel 5:30-31 Darius the Mede is the immediate

 Regent in Babylon under Cyrus of Persia

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Summer-Early Fall, 4th-6th

Hebrew months Tammuz, Av, Elul,

(July-Sept, 539 BCE)

Lion’s Den - Conspiracy fails,

Daniel prospers under Darius and Cyrus, Daniel 6

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Fall, 7th Hebrew month, Tishrei,

(October, 539 BCE)

Cyrus enters Babylon

No Biblical record, this is Archeological History

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Late Fall, 9th Hebrew month, Kislev 5 – 11,

(November 22/23-29/30, 539 BCE)

First Week of 70 literal Weeks,

First Week of Cyrus’ Decree Ezra1:1-4

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Spring, first Hebrew month, Nisan 14&15-21, Passover Week,

(March 30&31-April 5/6, 538 BCE)

Daniel’s first week of mourning,

7 total days withstood by Cyrus Messiah move,

19th Week of 70 literal Weeks

Babylonian Exodus back to Jerusalem and land.

50,000 return, dwell in their cities

By end of summer, 538 BCE, Ezra 1:5-2:70

 

Early Fall, 7th Hebrew month, Tishrei 15-21, Succoth Week,

(Sept.23/24-29/30, 538 BCE)

Daniel’s 2nd week of mourning,

14 total days withstood by Cyrus Messiah move

45th Week of 70 literal Week

 Israel sets up altar, celebrates

Feast of Tabernacles / Succoth in Jerusalem, Ezra 3:1-7.

 

Spring, 1st Hebrew month, Nisan 14&15-21, Passover Week,

(March 18&19-24/25, 537 BCE)

Daniel’s 3rd week of mourning,

21 total days withstood by Cyrus Messiah move

70th Week of 70 literal Weeks

No fulfillment of Daniel 9:24-27

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Spring, 1st Hebrew month,

Nisan 24, 3rd day after Passover Week

 (March 27/28, 537 BCE)

Daniel’s Answer, Help and Understanding

 Given By Michael, Daniel 10:4-21

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NARRATIVE

Spring, 1st Hebrew month, Nisan 14&15-21, Passover Week,

(April 9&10-15/16, 539 BCE)

Daniel’s prayer Daniel 9:1-19,

Gabriel’s answer Daniel 9:20-23

70 Weeks Prophecy Daniel 9:24-27 is given

 

In the spring of 539 BCE Daniel 9:1-19 takes place. This is just prior to the takeover by the Medo-Persian Empire conquering Babylon just a few months later as we will see in our next narrative following this one. The statement in verse one of Daniel 9, “In the first year of Darius…,” is made regarding the year as a whole. Biblically the year of the king is from spring to spring and follows the precedent in Exodus 12:1-2, Nisan being the first month which is located in the early spring of each year.

 

What Daniel Did and Did Not Understand

Prior to This Answer in Daniel 10

 

It is at this time Daniel understood according to Jeremiah 25:1-12 and Jeremiah 29:10-14 that the 70 years of the prophesied captivity were coming to an end in about two years in the spring of 537 BCE. He understood that the Law of Moses punishment had been invoked upon Israel in this 70 years prophecy according to Leviticus 26:17, as a probationary period to see if they would harken unto the Lord as stated in Leviticus 26:18 and seek the Lord with all their heart as stated in Jeremiah 29:13. He further understood according to Daniel 9:13 that they had not made their prayer unto the Lord that they might turn from their iniquities and understand God’s truth. He understood from Leviticus 26:18 that a punishment of Seven Times more, undetermined at that point as to how that was measured or transpired, would be invoked if they did not hearken unto the Lord. He understood from the king’s dream in Daniel 2 and his own visions in Daniel 7 and 8 that other kingdoms must come and go, a Medo-Persian Kingdom and a Greek Kingdom and unnamed kingdoms to follow these over a LONG period. All of this was to transpire before deliverance in God’s Everlasting Kingdom would prevail in a time represented by an image depicting these kingdoms and ending with feet and ten toes made of Iron and Clay as stated in Daniel 2:42-44 and later in Daniel 7:24-27 represented by a Beast with 10 horns on its head, three of which are plucked up by a “Little Horn” subduing three kings. He understood also that a time-period of “time times and the dividing of time” would signal this deliverance being at hand as stated in Daniel 7:24-27. He DID NOT UNDERSTAND anything other than that. This was Daniel’s mindset, disposition and demeanor as he sought an answer from the Lord and interceded for Israel to acquire mercy from the Lord in the spring of 539 BCE. When he prayed in the spring of 539 BCE, Gabriel answered him in Daniel 9:20-23 and gave Daniel a prophecy of 70 Weeks in Daniel 9:24-27. We emphasize, any insight given to the reader in our previous looks at Daniel 2, 7 and 8, in overview in Section I-III, was for the reader’s interest at the time. Daniel did NOT have that insight here in the spring, Passover Week, 539 BCE, as he makes his prayer and supplication, as recorded in Daniel 9:1-19. Again, failure to keep these previous presentations in mind and review, which were already given to Daniel when trying to understand Daniel 9, is one of the key shortcomings of those who have ventured to apply their so called “expertise” to the 70 Weeks prophecy.

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Summer, Hebrew month of Tammuz (July 539 BCE)

Medo-Persian Empire replaces Babylonian Empire

Daniel 5:30-31Darius the Mede is the immediate

 Regent in Babylon under Cyrus of Persia

 

In summer of 539 BCE the Medo-Persian Empire conquered Babylon and replaced the Babylonian Kingdom, according to Daniel 5:30-31 under Darius the Mede. He was a coregent under the chief ruler, Cyrus of Persia. Cyrus was not present when Babylon was taken by his general Gobryas, also called Gubaru, and his soldiers, without any fighting in the city of Babylon proper, according to archeological history.

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Summer-Early Fall, 4th-6th

Hebrew months Tammuz, Av, Elul,

(July-Sept, 539 BCE)

Lion’s Den - Conspiracy fails,

Daniel prospers under Darius and Cyrus, Daniel 6

 

From the summer into the early fall of 539 BCE, a conspiracy against Daniel arose and was unsuccessful, recorded in Daniel 6 and known popularly today as Daniel in the Lion’s Den.  This left Daniel in high position and esteem, prospering in the reign of Darius and Cyrus.

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Fall, 7th  Hebrew month, Tishrei,

(October, 539 BCE)

Cyrus enters Babylon

No Biblical record, this is Archeological History

 

In the fall of 539 BCE Cyrus arrives to Babylon personally, his general and army having accomplished the takeover earlier in the summer of 539 BCE.

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Late Fall, 9th Hebrew month, Kislev 5 – 11,

(November 22/23-29/30, 539 BCE)

First Week of 70 literal Weeks,

First Week of Cyrus’ Decree Ezra1:1-4

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THE CYRUS DECEPTION

FOR AN EARLY RELEASE

'Political Zionism in its infancy'

 

Contrary to the real interpretation, and later fulfillment of Daniel's 70 Weeks prophecy being weeks of years or 70 times 7 equaling 490 years, some of those in captivity decided to approach this new king with the idea that he was the long-sought deliverer, prophesied some 150 plus years previous by the Prophet Isaiah, to open the doors of their release. Therefore, they relayed to Cyrus, King of the Persian Empire, their version: 70 times seven, 24-hour days or 70 literal weeks. Contrary to the soon-ending, then current, 70-year judgment imposed and the conditions to be met nationally by Israel, as stated earlier by Jeremiah, they proceeded to convince Cyrus of his alleged messianic destiny for this purpose. This put Daniel on a path of direct opposition to their endeavors. By this action, they attempted to change the times and laws delineated earlier by their Prophet Moses, in Leviticus 26, which required their national repentance before any real release and blessing in the land could come, as stated in Leviticus 26:40-42. This shows why the prince of Persia (Cyrus) was ‘withstanding’ the true understanding of this prophecy, as stated in Daniel 10:13, causing many to be caught up in this lie, created by a handful of conspirators in this early move of Zionism. Certainly, Daniel was opposed to such a tactic, because he did not see the required, national repentance as outlined in Leviticus 26. Therefore Cyrus made his decree accordingly, relative to their misinterpretation to him of Isaiah 44:28 and 45:1, beginning the 70 Weeks literal countdown in late fall 539 BCE. Following this thought on through Daniel 12, Daniel’s position on the matter, and his concerns for this blatant error, Daniel was given the assurance, in Daniel 12:13, that he was holding to the truth as shown, and would be justified or “stand in thy (his) lot,” in his position of truth, at the time when Prince Michael stands up at the end of days.

 

Leviticus 26:40-42

“If they shall confess their iniquity,

And the INIQUITY OF THEIR FATHERS…”

 

Although many have, erroneously, held to this lie created due to the  misinterpretation of the record of Isaiah, and followed up, much later, with historical allegiance as recorded in II Chronicles 36: 22-23 and Ezra 1: 1-4, it remains quite obvious that the references and proposals offered in Isaiah 44 and 45 match only those of the TRUE MESSIAH, spoken of and clearly defined elsewhere throughout the Bible. The same can be said of statements made about Eliakim the son of Hilkiah in Isaiah 22, Zerubbabel in Haggai 2 and Joshua the son Josedech in Zechariah 6.  Until Israel, as a nation, repents and admits to THIS sin of their fathers: Running, in impatience, with an interpretation that suits their designs before they get a confident and clear confirmation by alignment with all the Law and the Prophets have mandated, they will never be delivered with Blessing. In fact, without such, they will remain a curse, not a blessing to the rest of the world, and without understanding of the Script, just as they have been, until their final deliverance now imminent before us.

 

Another Product of the Original Root

 

As we revealed in Section III, this type of interpretive intrusion upon the written Word of the Law and the Prophets is but another manifestation of the Golden Calf mindset to channel God through the works of their hands and imagination of their minds. By believing they can enter His presence by convincing themselves these interpretations are THAT channel showing they understand the dark sentences of the Holy Writ, they greatly err not being the designated party, as was Moses, to hear from God and lead. As with Aaron’s declaration carried forth as a “feast to the Lord” using the Golden Calf on the 32nd and 33rd day since their Exodus from Egypt in 1495 BCE, here in Daniel’s day, 539 – 537 BCE, this mindset manifests again as a fabricated Persian-King-Messiah decreeing a return to Jerusalem clearly out of sync with the Law and Prophets and rejected by Israel’s divinely approved Prophet – Daniel, even as the Golden Calf was rejected by Moses. We will find as we move on in the history of Israel, how in our day as we write these pages, the Zionist State in league with Revived Rome / UN and its control over the Arab nations between the rivers Nile and Euphrates of the Holy land, since 1948/1967, is established as the modern Golden Calf whereby the world is deceived to believe “surely this is the promised and positive return of the Israel of God in fulfillment of the same Holy Writ.” Only upon its rejection by Messiah in the end time, the judgment rendered upon it, and its removal for proper government bringing repentance under Messiah honoring the Sovereignty of God, will the blessing come for which Daniel and the faithful remnant stood and awaited.

 

Not Tears and Davening (Praying) at the Wailing Wall.

What Will Constitute Israel’s “Repentance” Before God?

 

Israel's repentance will be manifested by their adherence to their Covenant with God under Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob as delineated in the Law and the Prophets, and returning to rely upon the Sovereignty of God, offered to them in the Exodus from Egypt, before the Law of Moses in the second set of stone tablets entered the picture, rather than their own manipulations according to self-destiny displayed in the worship of the Golden Calf. This will be manifested in recognizing the Time of their redemption and the deliverance of the Holy Mount and Jerusalem from the hands of the nations by Messiah, with exactly what they need for that deliverance in the end time now upon us. From this point of their fullness, which Paul says in Romans 11:15 is their receiving, which is "life from the dead," or THE RESURRECTION, all nations will also be blessed according to Isaiah 2:1-4, Micah 4:1-4, Zechariah 14:9-21, and Daniel 12:1-4. Mankind will THEN come to know the Lord from the least to the greatest. We will have our immature and shortsighted views, whereby peace has been taken from the earth, causing us to hate and kill one another, REMOVED! These views, interpretations, religions, and beliefs foundationally center in self-determination, freewill, and choice will be swallowed up in that greater understanding disseminated from Mount Zion in Jerusalem to the end of the world.

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Spring, first Hebrew month, Nisan 14&15-21, Passover Week,

(March 30&31-April 5/6, 538 BCE)

Daniel’s first week of mourning,

7 total days withstood by Cyrus Messiah move,

19th Week of 70 literal Weeks

Babylonian Exodus back to Jerusalem and land.

50,000 return, dwell in their cities

By end of summer, 538 BCE, Ezra 1:5-2:70

 

Early Fall, 7th Hebrew month, Tishrei 15-21, Succoth Week,

(Sept. 23/24-29/30, 538 BCE)

Daniel’s 2nd week of mourning,

14 total days withstood by Cyrus Messiah move

45th Week of 70 literal Week

 Israel sets up altar, celebrates

Feast of Tabernacles / Succoth in Jerusalem, Ezra 3:1-7.

 

Spring, 1st Hebrew month, Nisan 14&15-21, Passover Week,

(March 18&19-24/25, 537 BCE)

Daniel’s 3rd week of mourning,

21 total days withstood by Cyrus Messiah move

70th Week of 70 literal Weeks

No fulfillment of Daniel 9:24-27

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Yearly Expectation of Deliverance

 Spring and Fall Holy Days

 

According to Israel’s history two major events occurred: One at the time of the spring Passover Week and another at the time of the fall Feast of Tabernacles Week. In the spring, there was the Exodus from Egypt recorded in Exodus 12 which week resulted in Israel separated from Pharaoh and Egypt, he and his armies’ dead in the Red Sea crossing, which ended in Marah finishing that week where, for that whole week they ate unleavened bread in 1495 BCE. The temple finished in building in 1023 BCE, in 1024 BCE, 8 years after the foundation of the temple was laid in the fourth year of the reign of Solomon in 1016 BCE, which was within the 480th year since the Exodus in 1495 BCE, according to a full reading of I Kings 6-8, there was the dedication of the temple under Solomon and the celebration afterward during that Tabernacles Week also called Succoth, recorded in II Chronicles 5 through 7:10, verse 10 showing this was indeed done in the 7th month, Tishrei, the fall of the Hebrew year. Joel’s prophecy, centuries before the time of Daniel, in the Book of Joel, specifically Joel 2:23, promises Israel’s greatest blessing and deliverance would come at the time of the former, or spring rains associated with the spring harvest which is the same time as Passover, and the latter, or fall rains, which is the same time Solomon had the dedication of the temple.  Therefore, traditionally, Messianic deliverance, as understood by Jews, is expected or looked for, at these two major times during each year. In the spring, in the first month, there is the Passover week. This is the 15th of the first month until the 21st day inclusive. In the fall in the seventh month, there is the Week of Succoth, called also the Feast of Booths or Tabernacles. This is the 15th of the seventh month until the 21st day inclusive. Both of these are feasts of the Lord prescribed by the Law of Moses to be kept according to Leviticus 23. 

 

Daniel . . . the Odd Man Out

 

During the spring Passover week, 538 BCE, when the Zionists acted to return on Cyrus’ Decree, followed by the fall Week of Tabernacles that same year, and finally the spring Passover week of 537 BCE, Daniel remained in mourning for the three holy weeks during this period, according to Daniel 10:2. This was the same time of the year, in the spring of 539 BCE two years earlier, when he had first sought and received his answer of the 70 Weeks Prophecy recorded in Daniel 9:24-27. He also characterizes these three weeks additionally in Daniel 10:13 as, “the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me one and twenty days.”

 

3 Separate Weeks Spring – Fall – Spring

 

Many, in brief consideration of Daniel 10, have erred believing this fast is a 21-day-long, continued fast with no breaks. Such is not the case, whereby those of familiarity with what has been stated above in the previous paragraph, primarily Jews and secondarily Gentiles who have rightly studied the Law and the Prophets in depth, will not make that blunder. They know it is the Feasts of the Lord as recorded in Leviticus 23 and the weeks associated with the spring and the fall Holy Days respectively that bring understanding to Daniel’s mourning and fast as recorded in Daniel 10. 

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Spring, 1st Hebrew month,

Nisan 24, 3rd day after Passover Week

 (March 27/28, 537 BCE)

Daniel’s Answer, Help and Understanding

 Given By Michael, Daniel 10:4-21

 

This is our last entry here of our chronological order above. This is two full days after the 70 Weeks literal attempt by the Zionists using Cyrus as their Messianic figure, has failed, not producing Daniel 9:24, “finish the transgression, and to make an end to 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.” This is not to mention that as far as any rebuilding of anything, they had only managed to build an altar. According to Ezra 3:8, in the second month of 537 BCE, it was only AFTER their interpretation of the prophecy of Daniel 9:24-27 had failed, did they start any serious building.  Any building after that was fraught with constant delays, and even a cessation of building altogether as seen in the Books of Ezra and Nehemiah. This was certainly not the Exodus that was promised in Jeremiah 23:2-8 whereby the Exodus under Moses is stated to be so eclipsed that Israel would no longer hold to the Moses Exodus as supreme, due to the deliverance given that was to come with the final Exodus and return in the end time of Israel’s rebirth. Therefore, on the third day, after the last or 70th literal week had ended, and on the 24th day of the first month in spring of 537 BCE, Nisan 24, according to Daniel 10:4-21, Daniel is brought an answer, help and understanding by Michael, as stated in verse 13, “Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me.” This is the same day as in the original Exodus from Egypt when Moses ascended into Mt. Sinai, just before sundown, to receive from God on Nisan 24, the 10th day out from Egypt,

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Replacing Pronouns with Nouns

Unraveling the Maze of Daniel 10 and 11

 

We will now begin to unravel, as given by Michael, the maze of pronouns here in Chapter 10 and later in Sections, Chapter 11 in particular.  Here we will quote the biblical passage in italics and then in normal print, bold-face, within parenthesis clarify it with an actual subject or comment. Any long comments will be presented in a separate paragraph in regular print.

 

10:1 In the third year of Cyrus king of Persia (537 BCE early in that year by less than a month) a thing was revealed unto Daniel, whose name was Belteshazzar; and the thing was true, and it was concerning great trouble:

 

This “trouble” was twofold: First, there was the move by the Zionists to literally interpret 70 Weeks of 24-hour days using Cyrus as the Messiah to decree a return to Jerusalem. Second, there was Daniel’s concern for understanding of all that had gone before. This included the 70 years coming to an end, and the 7 Times now being enforced of Leviticus 26:18. Additionally, there was the dream of Nebuchadnezzar of Daniel Chapter 2, and Daniel’s visions of Chapters 7 and 8.  All this was in combination with the recent takeover of Babylon by the Persian Empire. Finally, there was the consideration of the TRUE meaning of the 70 Weeks Prophecy, and by whom, at what time, and how Israel’s final deliverance would come, called among other terms, “The Redemption.”

 

and he (Daniel) understood the thing, and had understanding of the vision.

 

This statement is AFTER the answer, help and understanding came via Michael. What follows is the account of the giving of that answer, help, and understanding by Michael to Daniel. That account starts here with verse 2.

 

10:2 In those days I Daniel was mourning three full weeks (Passover Week, spring 538 BCE, Tabernacles Week, fall 538 BCE and Passover Week, spring 537 BCE).

 

10:3 I ate no pleasant bread, neither came flesh nor wine in my mouth, neither did I anoint myself at all, till three whole weeks were fulfilled.

 

10:4 And in the four and twentieth day of the first month (on the third day, and two days after, 70 literal weeks ended with Passover Week, spring 537 BCE, the same day in the original Exodus that Moses ascended Mt. Sinai to receive instruction directly from God), as I (Daniel) was by the side of the great river, which is Hiddekel;

 

10:5 Then I lifted up mine eyes, and looked, and behold a certain man (Michael) clothed in linen, whose loins were girded with fine gold of Uphaz:

 

10:6 His body also was like the beryl, and his face as the appearance of lightning, and his eyes as lamps of fire, and his arms and his feet like in colour to polished brass, and the voice of his words like the voice of a multitude (Same person described in Revelation 1:13-15).

 

10:7 And I Daniel alone saw the vision: for the men that were with me saw not the vision; but a great quaking fell upon them, so that they fled to hide themselves. (Notice this experience of Daniel as compared to Saul’s Damascus Road experience in Acts 9. It is the same person that spoke to Saul (Apostle Paul). The person is called “Lord” and identifies himself as “Jesus.” For further consideration of this identification one can consult the following compilation of verses from the Bible and the comments of those who understood this subject in the 1600’s PRIOR to the many commentaries submitted to the public from those who ventured into Daniel in the 1800’s with their guesses and unauthorized teachings.)

 

10:8 Therefore I (Daniel) was left alone, and saw this great vision, and there remained no strength in me: for my comeliness was turned in me into corruption, and I (Daniel) retained no strength.

 

10:9 Yet heard I (Daniel) the voice of his words: and when I (Daniel) heard the voice of his words, then was I (Daniel) in a deep sleep on my face, and my face toward the ground.

 

10:10 And, behold, an hand touched me, which set me upon my knees and upon the palms of my hands.

 

10:11 And he (Michael) said unto me (Daniel), O Daniel, a man greatly beloved, understand the words that I (Michael) speak unto thee (Daniel) and stand upright: for unto thee (Daniel) am I (Michael) now sent. And when he (Michael) had spoken this word unto me (Daniel), I stood trembling.

 

10:12 Then said he (Michael) unto me, Fear not, Daniel: for from the first day (This was the first day of his mourning, beginning the first day of the Passover Week, Nisan 15, in the spring of 538 BCE) that thou didst set thine heart to understand, and to chasten thyself before thy God, thy words were heard, and I (Michael) am come for thy words.

 

10:13 But the prince (Cyrus) of the kingdom of Persia withstood me (Daniel) one and twenty days (These were the three weeks of mourning, spring 538, fall 538, spring 537, waiting for the 70 literal Weeks fulfillment to be proven in error as Daniel already knew, personally, it definitely was.): but, lo, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me (Daniel); and I (Daniel) remained there with the kings of Persia. (The words “remained with the kings of Persia” is Daniel’s statement to the effect that he did not go in the Exodus from Babylon to Jerusalem, knowing this move was in error.)

 

          We pause here, to interject the exposure of another error made by those who intruded into this particular chapter, Daniel 10, before the time in order to render their unauthorized interpretations. Verse 13 as to the pronoun “me,” in its first occurrence has been assumed to mean, Michael, and not Daniel. Also “the prince of the kingdom of Persia” has been interpreted to mean some spook or demonic representation of Satan, leaving the word “withstood” to be interpreted as a preposterous battle or struggle in ethereal realms of a supposed, unseen dimension or world. This is an excellent example of turning the spiritual truth of the Bible and God into a lie and foolishness according to Romans 1:25 and I Corinthians 2:14. In truth, it was the rebellious move of the Zionists opposing Daniel, as they interpreted and ran with a false view of the 70 Weeks Prophecy, against Daniel’s understanding. Thus, they supported Cyrus as the Messiah which withstood Daniel and his knowledge that it was in error, in the wrong attitude lacking repentance and full understanding, and needed further answer from God before they could proceed as they did.

 

10:14 Now I (Daniel) am come to make thee (Israel) understand what shall befall thy people (Israel) in the latter days: for yet the vision is for many days.

 

10:15 And when he (Michael) had spoken such words (the “such words” that cause Daniel’s repulsion and weakness are what Michael revealed which Daniel summed up in the statement to Israel “for yet the vision is for MANY days”) unto me (Daniel), I set my face toward the ground, and I (Daniel) became dumb.

 

10:16 And, behold, one like the similitude of the sons of men touched my lips: then I (Daniel) opened my mouth, and spake, and said unto him (Michael) that stood before me (Daniel), O my lord (Michael), by the vision my (Daniel) sorrows are turned upon me, and I (Daniel) have retained no strength.

 

10:17 For how can the servant of this my lord (Michael) talk with this my lord (Michael)?  for as for me (Daniel), straightway there remained no strength in me, neither is there breath left in me.

 

10:18 Then there came again and touched me one like the appearance of a man, and he strengthened me,

 

10:19 And said, O man (Daniel) greatly beloved, fear not: peace be unto thee, be strong, yea, be strong. And when he (Michael ) had spoken unto me, I (Daniel) was strengthened, and said, Let my lord speak; for thou (Michael) hast strengthened me (Daniel).

 

10:20 Then said he (Michael), Knowest thou (Daniel) wherefore I (Michael) come unto thee (Daniel)?

 

To hear that his fears were confirmed, “by the vision my sorrows are turned upon me,” that the judgment of Leviticus 26:18 had indeed come upon Israel, or “that the vision is for MANY days,” devastated Daniel beyond physical ability to stand and continue until he was strengthened and helped by Michael telling him further information. Michael assured Daniel as we see in the end of Daniel 12 that he would stand in his lot in the last days, proven to be correct, having stood with the truth that would EVENTUALLY bring the deliverance for which he and the faithful, down through time, have awaited.  As a result, Daniel was renewed in vigor to continue to stand against the Zionists’ move behind the prince of Persia. Therefore, as stated onward from the last half of verse 20 below, Daniel then relates to Israel through this record of Daniel 11 and 12, how they would continue on, after the failed Cyrus Deception, through many centuries to come. They would come under the rule of the prince of Greece and others beyond, after Daniel’s death. Eventually their rebellion, established in the “glorious holy mountain” would come to its end in Daniel 11:45, when in Daniel 12:1 the one who had delivered this information to Daniel, Michael the Great Prince, would stand and bring the promised redemption at the time of the end, confirming all for which Daniel had stood and said in this record called “The Book of Daniel.”

 

and now will I (Daniel) return to fight with the prince of Persia:

 

Strengthened with this additional information and understanding, Daniel would then further show this move was in error, “fight with the prince of Persia” and this forced move, by giving the understanding just received from Michael, revealing the events of the LONG period of time now before Israel. The 7 Times of Leviticus 26:18, was now started and transpiring, right then during the spring of 537 BCE, when the 70 years of Leviticus 26:14-17, and Jeremiah 25:1-11 and 29:10-14 were completed. Israel had invoked this follow up judgment of the Law of Moses, by their lack of repentance and lack of understanding during the probationary period. They then topped it off in the last year, of that 70 years, spring 538 through spring 537 BCE, by this impulsive, Zionist, unauthorized return. Daniel proceeds to unfold this long period, as stated earlier “the vision is for MANY days.” He gives details of its events in Chapter 11-12, as related to him by Michael, starting back from the takeover by the Medo-Persia Empire in 539 BCE, the first year of Darius the Mede.

 

and when I (Daniel) am gone forth (have died), lo, the prince of Grecia (Greek Empire conquered City of Babylon in 333 BCE) shall come.

 

10:21 But I (Daniel) will show thee (Israel) that (the presentation in Chapter 11-12) which is noted in the scripture of truth:

 

These are the scriptures inclusive of, but not limited to, the consequences of the breach of Leviticus 26:17 and 18, Jeremiah 25:1-12, Jeremiah 29:10-14, the kingdoms and events depicted in Daniel 2, Daniel 7 and 8 as they fit with the true understanding of the 70 Weeks Prophecy of Daniel 9, and how these scriptures and events transpire in detail over the coming centuries unto the time of end, bringing understanding to all the Law and the Prophets.

 

and there is none that holds with me (Daniel) in these things, but Michael your (Israel’s) prince. (Michael is the only one authorized to give the meaning to this presentation and the scriptures of truth, even as HE was the one that delivered the same to Daniel in the first place.)

 

The Day of the Lord

 

With this answer from Michael on Nisan 24, spring of 537 BCE, after the 70 Weeks literal interpretation of 490 days had failed, Daniel was brought into the understanding as to the events called the Day of the Lord or that time in which the Lord would appear. This is very similar in nature as to the revelation as it was given to John on the Isle of Patmos.  He saw the final consummation in the Lord’s Day or Day of the Lord. Again, he was given his answer by the very party that will answer all questions and bring the peace that passes all understanding, not only to the individual, but to the entire world. One need only read the account of the person called Michael in Daniel 10 and 12 in comparison with the one speaking from among the candlesticks in Revelation 1 and standing over the river in Revelation 10, to see it is again Michael, even Jesus Christ.   So it is the same with Daniel, he is in the Spirit on the Lord’s Day or as to the Day of the Lord and the events at that time as they occur relative to the Lord’s appearing. Daniel desired answers concerning himself, his people Israel, and the practical results of the final end. He is answered by Gabriel’s words in Chapter 8 and 9. He is answered in totality of understanding, with the exception of Daniel 12:4 to the end of 12, by Michael in Daniel 10, which understanding is related by Daniel through Chapters 11 unto Chapter 12:3. In 12:4 Michael picks back up directly to finish out his discourse with Daniel, giving more information, but no clear understanding. Daniel keeps pressing him for understanding, but is told to go his way because the words are sealed until the time of the end. Regarding Daniel’s understanding of Michael’s answer to Daniel, as given in Chapter 11 through Chapter 12:3, it is clear that the pronouns and subjects are very ambiguous. So indeed, according  to Daniel 12:4, the book is still sealed and will be revealed only by the one designated to so reveal it; the only one that knows how to identify the particular subject or party to which those pronouns refer, thus clarifying the puzzle that has baffled many for centuries, Michael the Great Prince of Daniel 10:21 and 12:1-4. 

 

1984 CE and Not 1914

Counting from Persia Onward, Not from Babylon

 

On the 24th day, two days after that Passover week of 537 BCE, according to Daniel 10:4, this whole Cyrus move proving to be a colossal flop and unblessed by God,  Daniel received the vision concerning Michael and the proper outline of events depicting the mandated “Seven Times more” judgment of Leviticus 26:18.  It is clear, upon analyzing history as compared to Daniel’s delineation in Chapter 11 and 12 that those events take us well into the 20th century and time of the ten toes, ten horns, even the Arab nations between the two great rivers of the Holy Land.  Therefore we will give these statements here, and back them up further as we move on in our discourse in later Sections addressing Daniel. This “Seven Times more” is 7 x 360 years or 2520 years, beginning at the spring of 537 BCE, brought on by the rebellious move of the Zionists, and ending in the spring of 1984 CE with the coming of Michael as prophesied in the Book of Daniel.

 

So again, in summary and conclusion to this portion of our discourse, we now look at the Times of the Gentiles, being 7 x 360 years or 2520 years, as the judgment against the rebellious Zionists in Israel. They had failed to fulfill the contract terms of the probationary judgment of Leviticus 26:17, Jeremiah 25:1-12 as well as Jeremiah 29:10-14, failing to repent of their iniquity and the iniquity of their fathers. That particular iniquity of their fathers was their failure to depend upon the Sovereignty of God rather than their self-determinate actions to accomplish their deliverance. This is clearly defined once again when they approached Cyrus for their early release. Therefore the further clause in the contract, Leviticus 26:18, is then invoked and executed. It ran from spring 537 BCE to spring 1984.

 

The Babylonian Empire under Nebuchadnezzar,

The Probationary Period of Leviticus 26:14-17,

Is NOT Part of the 7 Times of the Gentiles

 

Let us, as another side thought here, handle a misallocation of the puzzle pieces, in the late 1800s and early 1900s when it was devised. This view did not keep the focal point of attention between the rivers Euphrates and the Nile according to Genesis 15:18. A short view of these things left those propounding this doctrine to interpret the Times of the Gentiles as being from 607/606 BCE to 1914 or again 7 x 360 or 2520 years. They did not see Leviticus 26:17 properly as the probationary period of 70 years so qualified by Jeremiah 25 and 29. Using the king’s dream in Daniel Chapter 4 and its fulfillment, as their sole guide as to when to START the countdown of 2520, they included the Babylonian Empire as part of this countdown. THE BABYLONIAN EMPIRE IS NOT A PART OF THE TIMES OF THE GENTILES. This is clear from Daniel’s concern and answer AFTER the Babylonian Empire was taken over by the Medo-Persian Empire.

 

As additional support in the scriptures of the Prophets as to this time period, let us consider Hoses 3:4-5.

 

4 For the children of Israel shall abide many days without a king, and without a prince, and without a sacrifice, and without an image, and without an ephod, and without teraphim:

 

5 Afterward shall the children of Israel return, and seek the Lord their God, and David their king; and shall fear the Lord and his goodness in the latter days.

 

According to the words many days, of Hosea 3:4-5, which mirrors the Torah mandate of 7 Times of Leviticus 26:18, Israel would be without a King.  Babylon ruled over Israel, but Israel’s legitimate, bloodline king was still present and seated at a place of honor at the table of the King of Babylon.

 

Jeremiah 52:31-34

31 And it came to pass in the seven and thirtieth year of the captivity of Jehoiachin king of Judah, in the twelfth month, in the five and twentieth day of the month, that Evilmerodach king of Babylon in the first year of his reign lifted up the head of Jehoiachin king of Judah, and brought him forth out of prison.

 

32 And spake kindly unto him, and set his throne above the throne of the kings that were with him in Babylon,

 

33 And changed his prison garments: and he did continually eat bread before him all the days of his life.

 

34 And for his diet, there was a continual diet given him of the king of Babylon, every day a portion until the day of his death, all the days of his life.

 

Therefore, again we state the Times of the Gentiles is counted from the spring of 537 BCE. It is NOT figured from 607 BCE. It ends in 1984 and NOT 70 years earlier in 1914.

 

1984: A Point of Balance and Equal Time

 

We will continue to show the year 1984 to be indeed of great significance. Below, as seen in our diagram there, we can see from the time of the Call of Abraham in 1925 BCE unto the rejection of Christ in his 34th year, on Preparation Day, a Wednesday, Nisan 14, April 3, in the spring of 30 CE, a few hours before the Passover week began, is 1954 years. From 30 CE unto the spring of 1984 when the Times of the Gentiles were over, equals exactly 1954 years. Therefore, we can understand that 1954 years is given to the physical seed of Abraham through Israel to produce the Promised Seed, Messiah.  Exactly the same duration of time, 1954 years, is given to those not called to the Promise as a physical people, according to Romans 9-11, Ephesians 2-3, John 10:16, supported by the Prophets of  the Old Testament, and understood to be the fulfillment of Leviticus 23:22 to the strangers, Gentiles, to accept and be part of the spiritual body of that seed, even Christ the Lord, Michael, the Great Prince. We also have diagramed the 70 years of Babylonian Captivity and the Seven Times more judgment called the Times of the Gentiles.

 

Diagram: 1984 Point of Balance

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Abraham<1954yrs>Messiah Cut Off<1954yrs>End Time

1925BCE<<1954years>>30tCE <<1954years>>1984

Physical Israel 1954 Years>|<Gentile Access 1954 Years

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Diagram: Babylonian Captivity - 7 Times of Gentiles

 

Leviticus 26:14-17 Followed by Leviticus 26:18-39

607BCE<70years>537BCE<7x360 or 2520years>1984

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In Section V, we will consider our entry into Daniel Chapter 11, while returning to Daniel 2, 7, and 8 where appropriate, in order to bring enlightenment through Michael’s ministry to Israel concerning the details of the 7 Times of the Gentiles. We will consider how they have transpired with the various kingdoms and events that Daniel was given to mark the transpiration of this time through the years, even with clear demarcation of events since 1948 and 1967 CE in the Holy Land.

 

How the Gentiles were grafted into the Promise, as just mentioned above, will not be presented in depth at this time, but is reserved for part of Section VIII, leaving V-VII of immediate presentation to stay focused upon Daniel and the answer given to him concerning the children of his people, Israel, and those events as given in Daniel 11 leading up to their latter end of deliverance, blessing, and redemption concentrated in Daniel 12.

 

Section V

 

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