Daniel the prophet experienced visions of what would take place as this creation was nearing it’s end. But Daniel was told by God to “Go thy way, Daniel: for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end.” (Daniel 12:9). Notice that the wording is not “till the end of time,” as in lasting for eternity. Rather, this information was to be revealed to us as the last period of our existence was unfolding. In the final prophetic book of the Holy Bible, Revelation, chapter 6 paints a picture of Christ removing the seals and disclosing what we are to know. Chapter 8:1 reads, “And when he had opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven about the space of half an hour.” As indicated in Part III, this half hour can be understood to be the first half of the great tribulation. And recall that we identified this time period as beginning simultaneously as the church age ended, on May 21, 1988. We can conclude, therefore, that it would have been impossible for anyone, including those in the churches, to accurately comprehend our end time situation before 1988.
Parts I, II, and III journeyed through the timeline documentation of the Bible, with everything eventually fitting together like a puzzle. But could there be an error somewhere? How could we be absolutely certain that this critical message is correct for the 7 billion people on the planet? Wonderfully, God has given us many additional proofs, so that those who are watching (studying the Bible), can be sure that all of this is indeed accurate.
Every word in the Bible has been carefully placed there by God’s direction, though all of it has been written down by men and women. Jeremiah 36:2-4 is a great example of the prophet Jeremiah receiving a message directly from God that would finally be part of the Bible: “Take thee a roll of a book, and write therein all the words that I have spoken unto thee…Then Jeremiah called Baruch the son of Neriah: and Baruch wrote from the mouth of Jeremiah all the words of the Lord, which he had spoken unto him, upon a roll of a book.” Numbers are words also, and the Bible is full of numerical sizes, quantities, times, etc. However, when we search very vigilantly, we notice that some numbers come up over and over again concerning a particular spiritual subject. We can then identify a number as possibly being a sign that we are on a path toward spiritual truth, depending on the context. Some of these number associations are as follows: 2, a figure of those bringing the gospel in whatever circumstance is being discussed; 3, a number found frequently in the Bible near the time of the cross can symbolize God’s purpose; 5 can focus on the atonement, when Jesus Christ paid for the sins of those he had planned to save by suffering and dying; 7 points toward perfection or perfect fulfillment of something; 10 or multiples of 10 refer to the completeness of what is in view; 13 is repeated in discussing the end of the world; 17 often relates to heaven itself; 23 is found many times in the Bible as an identifier of God’s wrath or judgment; 40 is placed in the Bible from time to time to stand for a period of testing; and as in number 23, the numbers 37 and 43 also reflect God’s anger or judgment upon mankind.
Additionally, God has given us various examples of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division in the Bible, giving us license to study his word employing these techniques. Furthermore, we are told in II Timothy 2:15 to “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” Truth is usually hidden in parabolic language, and we are to break down and compare the gospel message word by word. Often the various larger numbers can be reduced to their factors to supply proofs and shed spiritual insight as well. For example, as we mentioned in Part III of this discussion, the 153 fish in John 21:11 caught in the net and pulled safely to shore were a representation of all those who will be with God in heaven during the 153-day day of judgment. 153 breaks down into 3x3x17. 3 is God’s purpose, and 17 reflects those in heaven. Genesis 41:32 states a clear principle for the doubling of things in the Bible, as in the repetition of the number 3 in this case. “And for that the dream was doubled unto Pharaoh twice; it is because the thing is established by God, and God will shortly bring it to pass.” The spiritual meaning of 153 in this case, then, is: God’s established purpose (3×3) is all God’s chosen (the fish) will be in heaven (17) during this time (153 days).
As we stand on the very end of the timeline, we have the unique historical perspective of looking back over all of the previous events and comparing their intervals and durations. It’s as if God is allowing us to see His layout of the progression of our time as He would have planned it before earth’s formation even occurred. Creation in 11,013 BC to the great flood in 4990 BC spans 6000+23 years. From the flood to the death of Christ on the cross in 33 AD covers 5000+23 years (inclusively). And from creation until the end of time in 2011 is 13,000+23 years! Breaking all this down, 6 refers to the 6 days of creation, 5 identifies with the coming atonement, and 13 points to the end of the world. They are all over the completeness (1000) of their period of time, and all end in judgment (23), giving us more assurance that we have an accurate timeline.
Looking at the number of years between many of the other important dates in the Bible, we can also see spiritual significance, as these numbers divide to tell a story. In Part III, we discovered that the duration between tribulations was in multiples of 1290 years. 1290 breaks down into 3x10x43, symbolizing that God’s purpose (3) through the completeness of this time (10) would end in judgment (43). From the time when Christ died on the cross in 33 AD until the day of judgment in 2011 is 1978 years, or 2x23x43, meaning those bringing the gospel throughout this period (2) would end up facing God’s wrath (23) and judgment (43).
The precision of the length of some eras is also worth mentioning. Israel’s exile in Egypt is described in Exodus 12:41, “And it came to pass at the end of the 430 years, even the selfsame day it came to pass, that all the hosts of the Lord went out from the land of Egypt.” Israel then wandered in the wilderness for 40 years to the day. Recall in Part III that the church age lasted exactly 1955 years from Pentecost on May 22, 33 AD to the day before Pentecost, May 21 1988. The 8400 day great tribulation is exactly 23 years, and the 153-day day of judgment is exactly 5 months long (May 21, 2011 to October 21, 2011).
The length of the various periods or eras themselves also show spiritual significance, supplying further evidence of the accuracy of earth’s calendar of events. The 430 years in Egypt is 10×43, a time ending unexpectedly in God’s complete (10) judgment (43). Israel was a nation for 1480 years, or 40×37, a period of testing (40) ending in God’s wrath (37). Also, National Israel had 3 kings representing Biblical time, then split apart, with each nation led by 20 additional kings through this era. Both divisions had a total of 23 each, and the complete total was 43, and so both numbers are telling us that they would experience God’s anger and destruction. The church age lasted for 1955 years, or 5x17x23. This is very convincing, as the atonement on the cross in 33 AD (5) would bring heaven for those he had planned to save (17) and judgment for everyone else (23). One more example is the 8400 day great tribulation, which can be reduced to 3x7x10x40. We could read this as God’s purpose (3) is the perfect (7) completion (10) of His testing program (40).
As if all this evidence wasn’t enough, there were two more proofs that really locked in the accuracy of the timeline work. These were discovered after the decades of research declared the conclusions summarized thus far, including the end dates. The first involves a series of verses in II Peter Chapter 3, “Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished: But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men. But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.” The Bible goes on to talk about the final destruction of the universe by fire. Here God is making a connection between the great flood and the day of judgment, and stressing the importance of comparing a day to a thousand years. When we review what happened in Noah’s day, we read that he was given a 7 day warning that the flood waters were coming. If we substitute a thousand years for each of Noah’s warning days, we end up with a 7,000 year warning. Noah’s flood occurred in 4990 BC, and 7000 years later is 2011, the last year of our universe! (Remember to subtract one year in going from BC to AD as there is no year zero.) The warning to the people of Noah’s day is also a warning to everyone on earth today. Genesis 7:11 states that the flood began on the 17th day of the 2nd month of the Biblical calendar of Noah’s day. In checking the Biblical (Jewish) calendar of our day, the 17th day of the 2nd month in 2011 is May 21, the first day of the day of judgment, 7000 years later to the very day!
The second proof that presented itself in the last few years has to do with number of days. There is Biblical precedence for counting days. If you recollect in Part III, Daniel declared the 1,335 days of Christ’s ministry, and we showed conclusively that this was an accurate prediction. Jesus died on the cross April 1, 33 AD. Counting inclusively from His death to the day of judgment on May 21, 2011, we get a total of 722,500 days. This breaks down to (5x10x17) x (5x10x17). This translates into the message that Christ atoned for sin on the cross (5), and then after the completion of this period of time (10) God’s people will be in heaven (17), as they receive their spiritual bodies and the salvation plan ends. This message is doubled, so it is established by God, and he will surely bring it to pass. Could this be just coincidence?
Because of God’s love for mankind, he is saving a great multitude in our day, giving us great hope for the gift of salvation. We are instructed to seek him, and we have the wonderful privilege as human beings of pleading directly to God for mercy right up until May 21. On Saturday, May 21, 2011, exactly 7,000 years after the great flood began, it will be the end of the 7 day week for the 7 billion people on earth. The rapture of God’s elect, as well as a great earthquake introducing the world to the horrors of the next 5 months, will both occur. On October 21, 2011, this 13,023 year demonstration of the glorious attributes of Almighty God will be completed.
Vince Des Roches resides in Napa Valley, California.
His website – http://www.areyouwatchingorsleeping.com/ - contains a great deal of information on history’s timeline, end times, and God’s Salvation Plan.