The rulership of the Pharisees and Sadducees was so diabolical that John in Revelation recalled the period as seven plagues. John projected these plagues forward in kind to a futuristic, universal, application at the “end days” – the end time, a time of release, from great deception (woman on beast of Rev. 17). Rulership had betrayed, delayed, the transition to liberty so many times. All these transgressions had been recorded time and time again by inkhorn, by humanity having been handed consciousness, God’s rod.
Initially the judges had done well but with the appointment of kingships – Saul (lion), David (bear) and Solomon (leopard) and then the kingdoms of Israel – 10 horns (tribes), and Judah – 7 heads (7 last kings), being the diverse beast recorded by Daniel, transgressed and splintered the unity of the cosmological and terrestrial unity. David decreed the construction of their Tempe, to right all wrongs. To the scribes the Temple became highly symbolical – an object for subjective understanding, application. The kings’ reigns of years, a record of non-chronological times, were imprinted twice, in parallel, in the books of Kings and Chronicles. Daniel’s first period of Dan. 9:24-27, 7 weeks or 49 years was the time recorded in Kings and Chronicles from David’s decree to the invasion by Shishak – 1021 – 972 BC. The invasion was in the fifth year of Rehoboam’s reign. To the scribes the Temple represented the temple of humankind – freedom of consciousness – and it was always necessary to have ordered construction of contents (these are the ten commands “to make” – there was no sin). The second period of Daniel – 62 weeks or 434 years stretched from 972 to 538 BC when post non-chronological times began – actual recorded history.
The first plague of modernity is that we have no appreciation of how the ancient scribes constructed their reality. Time was indefinite, infinite movement, but the reign of kings gave substance to the events on earth as compared to the depths of the unknown seas (floods) of time. Life had ascended from the abyss and in accordance with the great positivity emanating from the mores of cosmological constructiveness.
One of the issues why we have not unraveled the scribes’ ancient message is that Hebrew had ceased to be an everyday spoken language somewhere between 200 and 400 CE. It had declined ever since the aftermath of the Bar Kokhba revolt. According to Wikipedia “Aramaic and to a lesser extent Greek were already in use as international languages, especially among elites and immigrants. It survived into the medieval period as the language of Jewish liturgy, rabbinic literature, intra-Jewish commerce, and poetry. Then, in the 19th century, it was revived as a spoken and literary language. It became the lingua franca of Palestine’s Jews, and subsequently of the State of Israel.”
Before enlightening Christ’s Testimonial of Revelation 13, predating the personification of the gospels, the seven plagues need to be covered – grievous body sores, leprosy, blood of the dead, rivers of blood, scorching fire, darkness, blasphemy, unclean frogs out of the mouth of the dragon, beasts and false prophet. At the end of the seventh plague, the end of plagues, “It is done”. A great call goes out to “Come out of her”.
See article the Mathematics of Daniel 9:24-27 for more information on non-chronological time and the portrayal of our lifespan – three score and ten – Daniel’s vision of 70 years.