Where are we in the prophecy timeline? That is a very good question, and the answer may startle some of you. The end times prophecy timeline all hinges on the chronological placement of the sign of the woman clothed with the sun, which occurs on 9/23/2017. (Note: For a full explanation of the sign see the post; The Sign of the Woman Clothed with the Sun in 2017.)
Before we discuss this chronology let’s first examine what God says about the sign in Revelation 12;
1 And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars:
2 And she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered.
3 And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads.
4 And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born.
5 And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and to his throne.
6 And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days.
The first time, or second time as some claim, this sign appeared it was followed by the birth, death, and resurrection, of the Lord Jesus Christ, which is symbolically described in verses 2-5. Notice in verse 6, that after the sign, the woman—Israel flees into the wilderness for 1260 days or 3.5 years. This is also echoed in verse 14 in which we are told Israel will flee for “time, times and half a time,” which equals the same 3.5 years.
14 And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent.
Since Israel did not flee into the wilderness for 3.5 years after the birth or resurrection of Christ, this implies that Israel will flee into the wilderness for 3.5 years after the next time the sign appears.
This fleeing into the wilderness is as a result of war being waged against Israel by the antichrist, who rules the world for the last 42 months/1260 days/3.5 years.
This 3.5 year reign, as indicated in the verses below, is concurrent with his war against Israel and her fleeing into the wilderness, and thus both occur after the sign of the woman clothed with the sun and after the midpoint.
5 And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months.
6 And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven.
7 And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations. Rev 13:5-7.
This fact may be surprising to some, because many have been erroneously taught that the antichrist rules during the first half of the 70th week. But scripture makes it clear that this rule is during the last 3.5 years, because after his 3.5 year reign is over, he is thrown into the pit when Jesus returns at Armageddon.
19 And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army.
20 And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone. Rev 19:19,20.
Knowing that the sign appears on 9/23/17 and that Israel flees into the wilderness sometime after the sign appears leads one to conclude that the antichrist will also take over the world, and wage his war of persecution after this sign occurs. Now the question is; how soon after?
I see two chronological possibilities for the 2017 sign, the fleeing, and the 3.5 year rule of the antichrist;
1. The sign of the woman clothed with the sun marks the midpoint of the 70th week. Immediately after which the antichrist will take over the world, wage his war of persecution, and Israel will flee into the wilderness. (Note: With 9/23/17 as the midpoint/day 1260, that would place the beginning of the 70th Week at 5/13/14.)
2. The sign of the woman clothed with the sun marks the beginning of the 70th Week and the antichrist will take over the world, wage his war of persecution, and Israel will flee into the wilderness 3.5 years later in early 2021.
I could be wrong, but in light of the way things are shaping up in the world, if I had to pick one, I would pick the first one. And if the first one is the correct scenario, here is what we can expect to take place in the next year to fourteen months.
A general increase in earthquakes, floods, major storms, volcanic eruptions, signs in the heavens, riots, terrorist actions, wars, etc. Note: One of the events preceding the appearance of the antichrist will be the antichrist birthing ritual—the destruction of the Hoover Dam. Another event signaled to occur before the antichrist takes over the world is the destruction of NYC. These verses from Luke sum up what will occur leading up to and after the midpoint.
10 Then said he unto them, Nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom:
11 And great earthquakes shall be in divers places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven…
25 And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring;
26 Men's hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken. Luke 21
As we get closer to the midpoint, in a 91 day period preceding the “coming onto the scene” of the antichrist, Seals 1-4 will be unleashed upon mankind by the evil forces aligned with the devil as recorded in Revelation 6.
Seal 1: Conquering world force.
1 And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals, and I heard, as it were the noise of thunder, one of the four beasts saying, Come and see.
2 And I saw, and behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer.
Seal 2: WW3
3 And when he had opened the second seal, I heard the second beast say, Come and see.
4 And there went out another horse that was red: and power was given to him that sat thereon to take peace from the earth, and that they should kill one another: and there was given unto him a great sword.
Seal 3: Economic collapse, famine.
5 And when he had opened the third seal, I heard the third beast say, Come and see. And I beheld, and lo a black horse; and he that sat on him had a pair of balances in his hand.
6 And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts say, A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny; and see thou hurt not the oil and the wine.
Seal 4: Death of ¼ of the world’s population.
7 And when he had opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth beast say, Come and see.
8 And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth.
After the demise of Seals 1-4, which will be unleashed upon mankind by the evil forces aligned with satan, the world will be begging for “a savior” from all its problems. Then at the precise moment, which could align with or shortly follow the sign of the woman clothed with the sun, the antichrist UFO space man will come onto the scene with the answers to all man’s problems. And as a result of his great deceptions the world will fall for his trap and hail him king of the world.
His takeover of the world, dedication of the one world religious center on the Temple mount, and subsequent performing of the abomination of desolation would quickly follow. After the abomination of desolation Israel will recognize his true identity and will flee into the wilderness. This is also when the antichrist will establish the mark of the beast digital world financial system in which no one can buy or sell without the mark—his war against Jews and saints.
7 And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations.
16 And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:
17 And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. Rev 13
17 And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ. Rev12
These persecution events against Jews and Christians are what occur after Seal 5 is opened.
9 And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held:
10 And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth?
11 And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellow servants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled. Rev 6
After these horrific events, comes our deliverance! At the opening of Seal 6 the Lord Jesus comes to rescue the saints from the persecution of the antichrist. Jesus appears in the sky for all the world to see, the rapture occurs, and the men of the earth hide from His face because they know God’s wrath will begin. The events of Seal 6 also closely match what some believe will occur during a Nibiru/ Planet X passage.
12 And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood;
13 And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind.
14 And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places.
15 And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains;
16 And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb:
17 For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand? Rev 6
As stated in verse 17, after the opening of Seal 6, God’s wrath will then begin and will be poured out in Seal 7, Trumpets 1-7, and Bowls 1-7. For an explanation of those events see this post; End Times Synopsis.
So to answer the question; where are we in the end times prophecy timeline? The way I see it, 9/23/2017 and the sign of the woman clothed with the sun will either mark the beginning or the midpoint of the 70th Week. I could be wrong, but the way things are shaping up in the world, the sign may mark the midpoint. And if it is the midpoint, then we are very close to seeing some very bad things occur on the Earth.
When will we know for sure? I would say if you see the antichrist birthing ritual/destruction of the Hoover dam, or WW3 before 9/23/2017, then 9/23/2017 will be the midpoint. BTW; the date of the sign of the Woman clothed with the sun is also encoded on the dollar bill.
If 9/23/17 does indeed turn out to be the midpoint, are you prepared spiritually, mentally, and physically for that possibility?
A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself: but the simple pass on, and are punished. Proverbs 22:3
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