End of the Age: 2024?
The signs in the anticipated prophetic events section of my “End of the Age: 2020?” commentary did not take place in my suggested time frame. Had my basic assumptions been correct, it seems that those events should have occurred during Passover week: April 10-18, 2017.
My hypothesis was that the European Neighbourhood Instrument (ENI) could have been the 7-year covenant or agreement of
Many cannot believe it is possible that the final 7 years of this age could have begun without the presence of a third temple on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, if a “Pre-tribulation” Rapture has not taken place, and if the Gog/Magog hordes have not attacked Israel. I am convinced that none of these are prerequisites for the final 7 years to begin, as explained in these three sections:
The following two events, prophesied by Jesus, presumably will make international news soon after they occur in the midst of the prophesied 70th Week of years, and then the Great Tribulation period will commence:
Since those and other anticipated prophetic events did not take place in 2017, nor at any other time during the 2014-2020 time frame, it would seem to put into doubt the notion that the European Neighbourhood Instrument (ENI) was the prophesied 7-year covenant of Daniel 9:27a. Assuming that it was not, it would seem plausible that there would be a 7-year covenant or agreement, fulfilling this prophecy, at some point in the future.
Indeed, during 2020—the final year of the 7-year ENI—the European Parliament and EU Member States met several times to decide whether to extend the funding process for the European Union for another 7 years. Proposals by the European Commission were discussed during each meeting.
On November 10, 2020, an agreement was reached for the EU’s Next Long-Term Budget & NextGenerationEU. A combined package of €1.8 trillion, the largest ever financed through the EU budget, was approved for the next 7-year period of 2021-2027. Additional information can be found here: 2021-2027 long-term EU budget & Next Generation EU. Furthermore, since December 17, 2020, the European Commission has been on-board with the EU’s plan, as described here: European Commission welcomes the adoption of the EU's long-term budget for 2021-2027. Thus, it is possible that January 1, 2021 to December 31, 2027 is the final 7-year period of this age.
However, there is another possibility to consider. It still is conceivable that the final 7 years of this age, prior to Jesus’ return to earth to rule and reign, already has begun—on September 23, 2017—and that the final 3˝ years of that time period, a horrific time in human history, will commence in the Spring of 2021. Although a very lengthy explanation is in order, it still would be advisable to stock up on food and non-food supplies, which probably will become scarce as time rolls on:
final 7 years
First, consider the prophesied 70 weeks of years, described by the angel Gabriel to the prophet Daniel almost 6 centuries B.C. This prophecy applied to Daniel’s holy people, Israel, and to their holy city, Jerusalem
A common assumption, particularly among those who have studied Bible prophecy, has been that the final (70th) week of the prophesied 70 weeks of years is equivalent to the week of 7 years that begins with the confirmation of a man-made covenant (involving Israel and other nations) for one week of years:
Then he shall confirm a covenant with many for one week....However, what if those two 7-year periods do not coincide exactly? That is, perhaps the following two 7-year periods are not identical, even though they may overlap:
Many would consider this speculation—that the two 7-year periods in question might be different spans of time—to be implausible and improbable. Yet, it is a fact that Satan counterfeits countless things of God to mislead and confuse people and to throw them off-track. Thus, it seems reasonable to contemplate the possibility that Satan might try to complicate and disarrange the timing of the actual final 7 years of this age so that it would be less likely for people to know when this time period has begun and is transpiring.
Prophetically, it most commonly is assumed that the satanically-inspired Antichrist—that is, the man of lawlesssness who will oppose and will exalt himself over everything that is called God or is worshiped
However, God would be opposed to a 7-year man-ordained accord, involving Israel, because His chosen people (the Israelites) would have entered into the covenental agreement without having consulted Him and without having gained His approval. It is shown in the Old Testament book of the prophet Isaiah
God’s calendar vs. man’s calendar
God’s Hebraic calendar is based on specific Spring and Fall festivals and other holy days that take place each year. He said, “These are my appointed feasts, the appointed feasts of the LORD...”
Thus, the span of the artificial, man-made European Neighbourhood Instrument (ENI), running from January 1, 2014, to December 31, 2020 (exactly 7 years), did not synchronize or harmonize with God’s calendar of Hebraic feast and holy days. Neither does the man-made combination of agreements implemented by the European Union in 2020, which includes the EU’s Next Long-Term Budget & NextGenerationEU spanning the 7-year period January 1, 2021, to December 31, 2027.
Probably to get an idea of the actual timing of the final 7 years of this age, it is a good idea to look at the beginning. Ever since the beginning, God has used lights in the expanse of the sky—the sun, the moon and the stars—as “signs to mark seasons and days and years”
season of Teshuvah
Teshuvah, meaning “return” or “repentance,” is a 40-day season each year that fits into the Hebraic calendar. Most likely, this was the period of forty days and forty nights when Jesus was fasting in the desert, after which He was being tempted by the devil. Yet, Jesus resisted every temptation (Matthew 4:1-11), which was an example to all who believe in Him and follow Him. We are to put our heavenly Father’s desires first and our own personal desires last.
The season of Teshuvah begins on Av 30 (at sunset following Av 29), thirty days before the Feast of Trumpets / Rosh haShanah begins on Tishri 1 (at sunset following Elul 29), and ends on the Day of Atonement / Yom Kippur (Tishri 10). The season of Teshuvah always begins on a new moon, which is an example of how God uses lights in the sky (particularly the sun and the moon) as “signs to mark seasons and days and years”
During the month of Elul, one is to examine one’s life, to repent and turn from one’s sins, and to restore broken relationships with others and with God, knowing that the “Day of Judgment” (Rosh haShanah) is approaching. On each day of Elul, a shofar (horn or trumpet) is blown, reminding everyone to repent because the Feast of Trumpets / Rosh haShanah is drawing near.
Psalm 27, and often Ezekiel 33:1-7, are read. Psalm 27 states that the Lord is our “salvation” when our “enemies attack” us, “sheltering” us and keeping us “safe” in the “day of trouble”
In August 2017, a significant total solar eclipse, with the zone of totality observable only in the United States, took place on Av 29 (August 21). It ushered in the
total solar eclipse: August 21, 2017
On August 21, 2017, a total solar eclipse crossed the entire United States, from Oregon to South Carolina. The U.S. was the only country that was on the eclipse’s path of totality, which was seen by observers in 12 states (and maybe in a tiny portion of 2 other states).
The last total eclipse that crossed the U.S., from coast to coast, was in 1918. However, the August 21, 2017 eclipse was the first total eclipse that was exclusive only to the U.S. in the nation’s history. These two videos provide more information:
sign of Jonah
Jesus spoke about the sign of the prophet Jonah. Just as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of a huge fish or whale
Interestingly, ancient cuneiform tablets, discovered in the 19th century, describe events in ancient Nineveh. One event was the Bur-Sagale or Assyrian total eclipse, which has been verified by NASA as having taken place in 763 B.C.
Evidently, the eclipse passed directly over Nineveh just before Jonah arrived. This very likely was a primary reason why the people of Nineveh were ready and willing to repent when God sent Jonah there to warn them that they had only forty days left to repent
Not only are Americans deeply divided in their pro-God vs. anti-God views, they also are deeply divided in other ways, such as conservativism vs. liberalism, lawfulness vs. lawlessness, legal vs. illegal immigration, females vs. males, and along racial lines. All of these divisions increased considerably and substantially during the presidential election year of 2020, which also was the first year of the terrible and dreadful COVID-19 worldwide pandemic.
Every kingdom divided against itself will be ruined, and every city or household divided against itself will not stand.Ancient Israel is an example to all the nations of the world, including the USA. In ancient Israel, many of the leaders and the people gradually began transgressing against God’s covenantal laws, and then they started embracing and worhiping gods other than the one, true God. God’s compassion and mercy lasted for quite awhile; His desire was for the people to repent and turn back to Him.
However in due time, when they did not repent of their ways, His benevolent mercy changed to harsh judgment, which fell upon them
Following the total solar eclipse that essentially “sliced America in half,” further stark warnings seem to have occurred, perhaps portending the beginning of God’s pronounced and perilous judgment on the U.S., along with other nations such as neighboring Mexico. Possible warnings may have included the following disasters, all of which took place or commenced within a month of the solar eclipse of August 21:
Then on Oct. 1—the day following the final day of the season of Teshuvah, Sep. 30, which was the last day available for large-scale repentance—there was a horrendous, unprecedented, record-breaking shooting attack in the U.S.:
In 2020, there were several record-breaking disasters in many parts of the world and in the U.S. These resulted in countless injuries and deaths, starvation, economic collapses and other catastrophes. Here are just a few of them:
sign in the sky: September 23, 2017
Within the final ten “Days of Awe” during the season of Teshuvah in 2017, it seems that God had prepared another extremely amazing sign in the sky
On September 23, 2017, there was a combination of two constellations, stars, planets, the sun and the moon, and other signs in the sky. It appeared very likely that this was another example of how God uses lights in the expanse of the sky—the sun, the moon and the stars—as “signs to mark seasons and days and years”
This wondrous display in the sky happened to take place on the Saturday (Sabbath Day) between the Feast of Trumpets / Rosh haShanah and the Day of Atonement / Yom Kippur. That day was Shabbat Shuvah—a day of notable significance during the season of Teshuvah.
Shuvah means “Return!” It is a special day for people to be encouraged to turn from their wayward paths, remember God’s holy covenant, return to Him, and obey His precepts and ordinances. (Incidentally, it seems that the Shabbat Shuvah of September 26, 2020, as well, was an extremely significant day.) It could have been God’s final urging and warning for the U.S. to begin a process of reunification, repentance and turning back to Him—which, unfortunately, does not appear to have happened.
A great and wondrous sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet and a crown of twelve stars on her head. She was pregnant and cried out in pain as she was about to give birth.The 9 stars of Leo (the “lion”), plus the 3 planets Venus, Mars and Mercury (resembling 3 stars), appeared to form the 12 stars of a “crown” above the head of Virgo (the “virgin”). From our perspective on earth, the sun (during the day) appeared to be near her head with the tiny sliver of a new moon (during the night) near her feet.
Also, from our perspective, the planet Jupiter was in apparent retrograde motion, which is the perceived, limited reversal of the motion of a planet as seen from Earth. Jupiter appeared to be moving back and forth in the “womb” of Virgo (the virgin), for nine months, as if “she” were pregnant.
There are many “cyclical” prophecies in the Bible, meaning that God can cause prophecies to have mutiple fulfillments, on different levels. So, among other things, Virgo could represent Israel and also the Israeli virgin Mary, the mother of Jesus
As stated before, God uses lights in the sky (particularly the sun and the moon) as “signs to mark seasons and days and years”
The prophecy describes another sign to appear:
Then another sign appeared in heaven: an enormous red dragon with seven heads and ten horns and seven crowns on his heads. His tail swept a third of the stars out of the sky and flung them to the earth. The dragon stood in front of the woman who was about to give birth, so that he might devour her child the moment it was born.In the time of Yeshua/Jesus (the son of Mary), Satan looked for ways to kill Him. Eventually, Satan influenced Judas to betray Jesus. Then Jesus was interrogated, humiliated, flogged and crucified on Passover. It seemed that Satan had won.
However, after three days, Jesus was resurrected from the dead on the Feast of Firstfruits (commonly known as “Easter Sunday”). For forty days, Jesus appeared to apostles and to others, proving that He was alive
Others have said it was Nibiru or Planet X which, allegedly, it is a large planet with a very long elliptical orbit around the sun. They claim that at some point, it supposedly will pass near the earth—or even crash into the earth—causing untold destruction.
For a few years in various places of the world, there have been bright flashes of light (seen only at night), followed immediately by mysterious loud booms and then brief shakings. Their frequency escalated in the U.S. in 2017, especially during the final few months of the year. These included booms/shakings in San Diego, CA & Bridgewater, NJ, in Centreville, AL, and in Denver, CO, as well as in numerous other locations. The mystery flashes of light, booms and shakings continued after 2017. For instance, in early 2019 they happened in various places across the United States, from Arizona to Rhode Island, including Louisville, Kentucky. There were several in 2020, including in Oswego County, NY on December 7 and across the Ohio Valley on December 11.
It has been suggested that many of these booms were and are caused by supernatural beings being flung out of the sky by Satan
war in heaven
It should be noted that
And there was war in heaven. Michael and his angels fought against the dragon, and the dragon and his angels fought back. But he was not strong enough, and they lost their place in heaven. The great dragon was hurled down—that ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, who leads the whole world astray. He was hurled to the earth, and his angels with him.
This will take place immediately after many in Judea and Jerusalem flee to a desert region, where they will be taken care of by God for 1,260 days
A time of woe can be expected on the earth and the sea because the devil, filled with fury, will know that his time is short
If the United States—the main protector of Israel—were to be preoccupied with or to have its main attention directed toward its own natural, human-caused and/or socioeconomic disasters, this potentially could open the door for Israel to be attacked by its enemies. Whenever this happens, Jerusalem will be surrounded by armies, and people will flee (perhaps to a mountainous desert area like Petra), thus fulfilling
So during the final 3˝ years of this age, Satan and his evil angelic host will wreak immeasurable and unprecedented havoc in the world. Most of this will take place during the Great Tribulation period and will continue into the day of vengeance period. Fortunately, Jesus will return physically to the earth, at the end of that final 3˝-year period, to rule and reign over the whole world—in perfect righteousness, justice, lawfullness, peace and love—during the Millennium.
first 3˝ years
It is conceivable, then, that the first 3˝ years of the final 7 years of this age began back on September 23, 2017, with constellations Virgo and Leo being the “great and wondrous sign” in the sky of
This event took place on Shabbat Shuvah, which always is the Saturday/Sabbath between the Feast of Trumpets / Rosh haShanah and the Day of Atonement / Yom Kippur. Each year, it is the main Sabbath of repentance and return. It is a special day for people to be encouraged to turn from their wayward paths, return to God, obey God’s precepts and ordinances, and remember God’s holy covenant.
confirming a covenant
There are many references to God’s holy covenant in the Bible. A major one is included in King David’s psalm of thanks:
O descendants of Israel his servant, O sons of Jacob, his chosen ones. He is the LORD our God; his judgments are in all the earth. He remembers his covenant forever, the word he commanded, for a thousand generations, the covenant he made with Abraham, the oath he swore to Isaac. He confirmed it to Jacob as a decree, to Israel as an everlasting covenant: "To you I will give the land of Canaan as the portion you will inherit."
Long ago, God engaged in a covenant with Israel. Over time, though, Israel became disobedient and unfaithful, giving their allegiance to other gods (which is true of all nations). This even was true of the great King Solomon, son of King David. As a result, Israel’s covenant with God was broken.
In time, though, their true Messiah, Yeshua/Jesus came and made a new covenant with Israel and with those who have been grafted into the “olive root” of Israel
It commonly is believed that it is the Antichrist who will confirm a covenant with many (including Israel) for one week of years (7 years); and in the middle of those 7 years (that is, after 3˝ years), he will bring an end to sacrifice and offering
Perhaps looking at the previous verse,
It would seem then, if taken literally, that the “he” who will confirm a covenant at the beginning of
It would make sense, then, that the amazing sign in the sky on September 23, 2017, was brought about by the living Jesus/God to remind Israel—His chosen nation—that He was mercifully confirming His covenant with them again. It finally was time for them to understand that He not only is their Messiah but also was their ultimate and final sacrifice for sins, over 2,000 years ago. Therefore, not only would it be unnecessary for them to perform any further sacrifices and offerings, but doing so actually would be an offense to God.
sacrifices and offerings
The Israelites continued making unnecessary blood sacrifices in their Second Temple until 70 A.D., when Jerusalem and the temple were attacked and destroyed (which Jesus told His disciples would happen in
In December 2018, a sacrificial altar built by the Sanhedrin in Jerusalem was dedicated. Their intent was to perform sacrifices and offerings as a preparatory step prior to the building of the Third Temple. Since then, sacrificial offerings have been performed on the altar, though not even one stone of a temple’s foundation has been set down.
There was a precedent for this prior to the building of the Second Temple. An altar was built, and burnt offerings—including sacrificial offerings—were offered on it
There are numerous parallels between Jesus and the Passover lamb, which most Israelites still do not recognize. He was their ultimate Passover sacrifice, and no further sacrifices are necessary, nor are the sacrifices acceptable to God. As such, it is entirely possible that Yeshua/Jesus, who is in control of all things, confirmed and renewed the broken covenant with Israel in September 2017.
However, since the nation has not recognized the renewal of their covenant with God, and has not acknowledged that Yeshua/Jesus is their true Messiah, somehow He may see to it that their continuing sacrifices and offerings in Jerusalem are brought to an end
If indeed the time of Great Tribulation does begin during that time, then about 3˝ years after that (most likely on Yom Kippur in October of 2024), Jesus can be expected to return physically to Jerusalem, set up His earthly kingdom, and rule and reign over the whole world for 1,000 years. The latter—a brilliant light at the end of a very dark tunnel—will be a magnificent and wonderful utopia never experienced before in human history.
Also in the prophetic vision, just before “the woman” flees and is protected by God for 1,260 days, we see this:
She gave birth to a son, a male child, who will rule all the nations with an iron scepter. And her child was snatched up to God and to his throne.A common view has been that the “son, a male child, who will rule all the nations with an iron scepter”
Just as “the woman” represents a number of people (not just one person) in Israel, the “child of the woman” also could represent a number of people (not just one person). Indeed, believers in Jesus have been grafted into the “olive root” of Israel
To him who overcomes and does my will to the end, I will give authority over the nations—“He will rule them with an iron scepter; he will dash them to pieces like pottery”—just as I have received authority from my Father.If those being snatched up to heaven are believers in Jesus who have learned to overcome the world and its temptations and continue to do His will, we might wonder when this would happen. Some believe that this points to a Pre-Tribulation Rapture. Personally, I am absolutely convinced that there will not be a Pre-Tribulation Rapture, as explained in my Rapture commentary and in my Rapture Questions and Responses section.
Presumably, after a third of Satan’s “stars” (or his evil angels) are flung to earth
Thus, being “snatched up to heaven”
The woman fled into the desert to a place prepared for her by God, where she might be taken care of for 1,260 days.
The latter represents a remnant of Israelis escaping Judea and Jerusalem and fleeing into the desert, where they will be taken care of by God for “a time, times and half a time”
It is conceivable, then, that a “firstfruits rapture” could take place for a remnant of “firstfruits believers,” perhaps on the Feast of Firstfruits = Resurrection Sunday (Easter), during Passover week in 2021. Furthermore, the following (and other) events would be expected to take place at about the same time: