The Golden Thread – A Short Executive Overview of Revelation

The Old Testament commences with Israel’s enslavement in Egypt.  Enslavement was symbolic of the struggle between all constructive and destructive forces, in all circumstances, in all ages.   The scribes commenced writing their spirited message within the parameters of their masculine dominated God-fearing illiterate society.  Their society was jarred – Adam’s rib cage, male and female, was where Eve was drawn out of – Eve, ongoing, life-giver.

Simply the scribes determined “to make” a written message.  “To make” they started to write metaphorically of ascent out of unconscionable deterministic.  God was at Rest and the scribes accepted the onus to run the race.  They had to employ their society’s objective modes as a descriptive of their subject-abstract potentialities.  To image aright their soul-temple they selected their Temple and its contents.  This striving to construct was the underlay of the book of Exodus.  Ten “laws” out of over six hundred were given to conform with hierarchal norms.  But beneath the words are clearly spelt out the true ten commands “to make”.   Possession (Cain) dominated the philanthropic Abel.   All was described as “me” and “mine”.  So “to make” was a symbol of resistance.  “To make” is not vicariously bequeathed.  It requires sacrifice.  We are all borne with a so-called innate spiritual body.  However, it is our travelling to fulfillment that matters.

The ten laws of sin, so dominating Christian theology, bonds mankind, shackling each’s full potential. Mankind is never born in sin or with sin.  We are pure, naked, from the start – possessing likeness, consciousness overwhelmed by a mysterious mighty presence.  We are each bequeathed three score and ten years.  Forty active years, to do so.  After the first five books of the OT, Torah, the Ancient scribes wrote of great friendship, in the short book of Ruth (after Joshua (Jesus) and Judges (both male and female).  Love sets the course for something anew, revival.  Be very attentive for the old forms discard as we go forward.  Woman, Naomi asked Ruth to be called Mara as “the Almighty hath dwelt very bitterly with me”.   Joseph meaning increase (patriarchal possessiveness) had vexed their community with perennial violent belligerence.  There was discord between Adam (structure) and Eve (life giver).  The scribes set about “making” a metaphoric story of endless conflict of good versus bad.  They white anted from within given parameters.

After the telling of Samuel (heard from God), who persuaded Israel to abandon idolatry (all forms), the scribes’ pre-chronical oral recollection is of the reign of each king recorded in the books of Kings and Chronicles – two witnesses, duplicated.  They described such masculine era as a period of great decline, post their community rule of mixed Judges.  Saul was described as a lion (“eagle wings”, “wings plucked”, “lifted up from the earth”, “stand upon the feet as a man” and “a man’s heart was given to it”.  David was described as a bear (“raised up itself on one side”. “three ribs in its mouth (Moabites, Syrians and Edomites) and devoured much flesh – conquered Philistia).  Solomon was pictured like a leopard – “four heads”, “four wings” and “six hundred and sixty-six” – representing wisdom, riches and speed.  Animal likeness is stunningly illustrative of disequilibrium disturbance.

The scribes were rapidly moving from the local to state to national expansion.  Next, they recorded the schism between Israel and Judah.  Combined these kingdoms are the diverse beast.  Israel – with ten horns and ten crowns representing Israel’s ten tribes before Assyrian conquest under Sennacherib.   At that time Israel (almah – virgin without God) was conquered.  Then came the great saviour, Wonderful, Counsellor Hezekiah of Judah (man-child – Immanuel) who rebuilt the Temple – from being “almah” without God, Judah became virgin “bethulah” with God.  Virgin always relates the condition of the holy city, in all instances – check concordance.  Isiaih records this transition.  However, after Hezekiah, decline set in.  In all ascent life is ever circular.  Seven corrupting heads followed Hezekiah – the seven kings of Judah before Babylonian captivity (Josiah initiated minor reforms but these were not accepted) – captivity again resulted.

Daniel 7:24 looking back states that “Another shall arise after them (Israel’s tribes) and subdue three kings”.  Three kings (Asher, Zebulon and Manasseh) were subdued at the time of Israel’s capture and Hezekiah’s appointment as king of Judah.  There is no doubt that the seven heads of Judah post-Hezekiah were the seven kings of Judah with one of these seven being “wounded” maimed to death (thanatos) – “made deadly silent”.  But his “deadly wound was healed” – Rev. 13:3.   This was Jehoiachin who was imprisoned by Evilmeridach but later was brought forth out of prison.  Daniel recalled this prejudicial era of male overlordship.  All of Daniel’s chapters are clearly identified within prior books.  Daniel recorded these objective lessons for subjective application.  Even today children are taught by past lessons.  There is nothing new under the sun – except what Christianity’s blindness does not envisage.

These ancient writers quickly moved on with new books, new formats and themes in Ecclesiastes, the preacher – a book about egotistic vanity at all levels and The Song of Solomon (erotic love).  This was refreshing as they were “making” a new song from old rigidity.  Eve was then present. Necessarily they wrote the “historical” works of Isaiah, Jeremiah and Ezekiel covering their Jewish inheritance.  Isaiah ends with the taking the sayings to the Gentiles, another theme replicated over and over especially in the writings of Paul (representing the “little” suppressed under the horrendous rule of the Pharisees and Sadducees).  The scribes’ writings are always about their security, their governance and a longing to maintain balance – maturing of their soul – where the constructive would outlast destructiveness right up unto a universal application.  The terrestrial was to be likened to the order of the inherited equanimity of cosmological.

Daniel was the great writing interconnecting all the previous writings of the scribes.  Christian cults prophecy that Daniel 2 points conclusively to Christ and Roman imperialism.  But the scribes were looking back, commentating on their oral recollections, remembering their past, for their pedagogical reference.  Daniel 2 was recalling Judas Maccabees, their Rock who established an everlasting kingdom.  In Jewish parlance there was to be no further kingdom, such was the conquering victory over Antiochus.  It absolutely never, nor ever, pointed to a Messiah to come.  Lessons of imprisonment had been learnt.  All had been accomplished in two witness periods – two olive branches.  Christianity’s centric always wants the old testament to be confirmation of their centric new.   Until we overturn such falsehood, a barrow egotistic despair, as enunciated by institutional expositors, we can never restore justice, love, ethics and morality.  There is no morality in deception no matter how well the intention.  Daniel’s 7-9 coverage is of pre-exilic and post-exilic Israel only.  Nowhere is Rome.  Christianity had to reject this everlasting kingdom.  It was not the kingdom they wanted.

Daniel is the critical juncture, the glue, before the soul temple can be reconstituted – before resurrection – where pseudo western chirping dialogue between Christianity and atheism ends.  Understanding Daniel enables higher ground – heaved up things – heaven’s wings and a prayer.

In summary Daniel’s 9:24-27 70 weeks prophecy is, as expositors claim, a symbolic period of 490 years (year-for-day principle-philosophy).  Gabriel was teaching Daniel interpretation.  The mystery is revealed by understanding the pivotal role of the Temple is Jewish folklore history.  The scribes writing, just as we do, associated objective reality to their subjective/abstract potentiality, our unsearchable, the undefinable Almighty being.  The Temple was the object for symbolisation.  The order to build was given by David.   It was constructed under Solomon and pillaged after “49 years”, in “sacred pre-chonological” year terminology, allegedly by Shishak from Egypt.  There were 434 years following (recorded in both the books of Kings and Chronicles) to the end of Babylonian captivity in 538 BC – 483 out of 490 years.   This was when, in Jewish chronological history, Cyrus the Persian, the anointed the Messiah, came and freed the Jewish populace from Babylonian captivity but “not for himself” – Dan. 9:26 – for the Jewish nation.  The Temple could then be rebuilt symbolising an elevation of their soul-temple.

Daniel recalled the patriarchal kingly beasts of Saul (Lion), David (Bear) and Solomon (Lion) and the diverse beast that of the kingdoms of Israel and Judah in Dan. 7-9.  These beasts are combined, in reverse order, symbolically in the apocalyptic beast of Rev. 13 -17.  In Revelation the scribes looked backwards to look forward.  In Revelation the beast has the same form as the dragon of Rev. 12.  Combined it has almighty strength, practically insurmountable, having existed now for over two thousand years.  John of Patmos saw the coming destruction of Jerusalem and a pending long dark era of institutional churches, pictured in Asia’s demised seven churches – “I too have something against you” is the saying.

Daniel writing after Judas Maccabees’ great victory over Antiochus Epiphanes firstly wrote of the great Rock that shattered the clay-iron feet of Greek overlordship.  Gabriel then took Daniel back in time to the pre-exilic age.  Daniel 9:24-27 was shown two witnesses verified firstly in the books of Kings and Chronicles – 483 years and the final post-exilic 7 years totalling 490 years all taken from the interlocking books of Dan, 8:14 – 2300 days, 1 Macc. 1:54-64 – 10 days and Ezekiel 39:12 – 210 days totalling 2520 days (360 X 7= 2520 days over 7 years).  Seeing, through the hole in the wall, seeing midrash enables a liberal insight into the testaments.  In Rev. 11 we have 1260 days – civil 1260 and sacred 1260 days of balance.  The golden thread can be only be seen by those willing to traverse through the needle, to see the high places corrupting interpretation of the Testaments.  Our Jerusalem can only be described as “almah” without God for its degradation promulgating unfortunate fundamentalist mindsets.  The camel, that has no pretensions, can see through the eye of the needle.  Our rich brethren certainly cannot.

After Daniel are books relating to the pre-exilic era and a bit from post-exilic era – from Hosea to Malachi – they had incorrectly been labelled “prophetic” by wishful pondering.

Now to the what is called the New Testament but is really a continuation of the Jewish recall of their society its governance under the Pharisees and Sadducees.  Rome is not the subject of the Gospels – although all academics and theologians slander Rome to justify the rise of religious institutes.  It is hard to turn our mind away from Rome – such is the depth, the breadth and height of indoctrination.  See any book.

The first thing to appreciate is that Paul’s epistles and letters came first.  Paul means “little” and represents the populace’s struggle against high places.  Many scholars have documented the abuse of society firstly under the Hasmoneans and then Herod the Great.  After the great cataclysmic traumas up to the fourth decade Paul’s message had to be taken abroad to the Gentiles.  He ended up living in Rome till the end of his days.   Paul’s epiphany, said to be on the road to Damascus, was a comprehending, an awakening the scribes’ message.  The book had been “opened” to Daniel – Dan. 7:10 but then closed again, sealed.  Daniel was said to be shown the open book by Gabriel.  Paul’s epiphany was insight into the midrash the scribes recorded after the betrayal by leaders of their nation.  In the fifth decade Peter and James openly encouraged Roman procurators to become more dominant in social life.   Most failed abysmally and had to be constantly replaced – poor administrators – Rome’s dominance was only now coming to the fore.

Revelation is more than a book.  It is an encyclopedia of midrashic ensamples from woe to go, from alpha to omega.   It begins with a plea to “open the book” which is, via midrash, “the revelation of Jesus Christ” – Rev. 1:1.  Every verse cumulates the universal Reformation to come.  All content is sourced from earlier works from the so-called old testament.  It is never old in any sense, but recurring, in new forms.  Midrash is the only way to John’s Christ.  By knowing the past, by acknowledging the ensamples, we can move to a very new apocalyptic universal application.  The writers were so skilful.  Their attention was focused on the future but acknowledging the strains swirling in very out-of-date metaphors.  These similes can never be contemporaneous for us.  They never enable love today.  We can appreciate the sagacious words as the sword for life.  One has to understand death (betrayal), mourning (time for consideration) and finally resurrection (a new birth – called man-child) – a great wonder in heaven (in churches) – “she being with child, and pained to be delivered” – Rev. 12:2.  The testimony of Christ is that a new child to be born in the apocalypse.   And only this leads to perfection “leaving the principles of Christ, let us go into perfection” Paul envisaged at Heb. 6:1.  We move beyond the Christ of Christian perception to a new-child of tomorrow.  A little controversy never goes astray.

Revelation is such a complex book traversing seven angel’s Messages, seven Seals, seven Trumpets and ends with seven Plagues (destruction of current theological dogmatic doctrine).  All images come from the old and are thrown forward into a final climatic conclusion.  There is wonder in heaven (in established denominations), a new man-child is brought forth Rev. 12:5-6, there is war in heaven (between theological doctrines), the Dragon appears ready to make war with the remnant of the woman (this is the corrupt woman), the first beast of the apocalypse appears – seven heads and ten horns “like”, reversing to go forward, a leopard (Solomon), bear (David) and lion (Saul).   It is “like” as its exact form is pending.

Then a second beast appears having “two horns as a lamb”.   The second beast references the existent Pharisees and Sadducees who always parade a façade of righteousness and civil justice implementing the complete opposite in their decrees – testified by numerous vilifications in the Gospels.   This end time “likeness” is awaited evident in the silence of all protagonists of literalism to deny this Revelation.  The saints turn on the woman throwing her into the lake of fire and brimstone.  A new marriage awaits – with a new bride and bridegroom.

Such was the skill of the scribes of Revelation that they began Revelation with the words “Revelation of Jesus Christ” – Rev. 1:1    Our churches have back-flipped in doctrine time and time again.  Not one has ever been even close to comprehending the book of Revelation.  Midway through the statement is given “testimony of Jesus Christ” – Rev. 12:17.   Church denominations have never had the faintest inclination of the interconnectedness of the testaments.  Denominations have failed to have the foggiest idea as to its entirety.  It ends twice referencing a Jesus “come, Lord Jesus” – “the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all” – Rev.22:20-21.  The indictment is complete.  Our Fathers have betrayed us.

Now Revelation never mentions Rome and the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 AD is not mentioned.  Many expositors correctly assert that at least the initial version of Revelation was written well before this catastrophic event.   Otherwise surely it is likely to have been mentioned therein.  Others want the gospels to have been written prior to Revelation and pluck out a much later date.  As one goes further into Revelation one gathers that every verse has a sequence grounded in the Old Testament.  That being so one concludes that this methodology was the heart and soul of the “makers” – those endeavouring to raise the standard by inkhorn.   It was the only weapon one has, ever had.  Same yesterday, same today.

In my view the scribes composed Revelation once they saw the seven Churches of Asia degrading after the catastrophic annihilation of around 33 AD – persecution and crucifixion both were rampant.  They saw the governorship of James and Peter further compromising and encouraging Rome to have greater influence in the fifth decade.  They foresaw the pending obliteration that Rome would inflict on Jerusalem.  If you can consider in detail Revelation verse by verse your whole perception of the Testaments comes as a bright light.

One reaches the conclusions that the Gospels personified Christ as the oneness evident in the population, individually and communally, against the overlordship of the Pharisees and Sadducees.   Rome is only minuscule, paraphrased in the Synoptics, rarely mentioned.  John’s fourth gospels reverts to the spirit of Paul and that of John of Patmos.  This gives credence that Revelation was written well beforehand and maybe finished before Mark’s personification gospel by the seventh decade.

The Book of Revelation was included in canon.  It has never been broached in serious fashion by academics and theologians.   Luther could not make head or tail of it.   Bertrand Russel said it was unfathomable.  The church claimed that Revelation preserved apostolic teaching, its message congruent with its teachings and had wide usage.  They agreed it had been written by apostles but its message departed somewhat.  Irenaeus used quotations from the book on key Christian beliefs:  that God was Creator and that Jesus was the Messiah whom the Testaments promised.  How he arrived at those conclusions from Revelation is up for discussion.   Eventually Revelation was accepted as normative by most Christians.  It was then left to any whimsical fundamentalist to interpret and these are multitudinous.  But the lack of a midrash interpretation continues until today.  And will continue on until we can say “Jesus comes today”.

The story is never ending.  Time to thrust in the sickle and reap. A newer harvest awaits.

 

https://maxburnett.com.au/2018/06/24/the-open-midrash-book-of-revelation-alpha-to-omega-verse-by-verse/

 

 

Thank You for Visiting and Considering

This site is out of the box.  If you have a traditional religious background such writing could appear berserk.  Slowly and step by step it shows a different golden thread running throughout the Old Testament and into the New Testament.  It explains Hebrew metaphors – unseen by orthodox Christianity and Jewish scholars alike.

People like John Shelby Spong and Alvin Boyd Kuhn have approached this methodology, without seeing inside the wall, through the needle.  I am a fellow traveller having reached similar conclusions.

It is up to each individual to know thy self by searching and finding – for yourself.  And then comes the “making” that the Ancient’s inkhorns started.

It is a never ending story.   Good luck on your journey.

Metaphor Interpretation – Oh Christianity so wrong.

Cartoon from the English satirical magazine Punch, or The London Charivari. With the Russian Bear sitting on the tail of the Persian cat while the British Lion looks on, it represents a phase of The Great Game. The caption reads: “AS BETWEEN FRIENDS. British Lion (to Russian Bear). ‘IF WE HADN’T SUCH A THOROUGH UNDERSTANDING I MIGHT ALMOST BE TEMPTED TO ASK WHAT YOU’RE DOING THERE WITH OUR LITTLE PLAYFELLOW.’”

The Lion (Saul), Bear (David) and Leopard (Solomon) are today used as types usually in many different ways. Many say USA is one, some say Germany of yesteryear is one. Did Daniel have such a massive vision? When it came to the Diverse beast many devolving Christians made this image Rome with the three animals Africa, Media-Persian, Greece (forgetting the Egyptian intervention) as just one of the many attempts to justify their Rock (which was and is to the Jewish nation Judas Maccabees – maybe Aussies would say converting to Rome is harassment). That’s the problem with metaphors – art of all types – take it as you please. Was it the leopard tank that indicated it must be Germany? Folly.

No Sin – We are All to “Make” – Be Constructive

Make means “to give”, “to form”, “to set up”, “to build”, “to constitute”, “to hew”.

The words “made”,”make” are a most often used metaphor. Scribes made a written philosophic metaphoric theology – cf “mine” “my”.

The ten commandments were always “to make”. The commandments are constructive against destruction. No sin ever, never.

– “the token of the covenant which I make” – Gen. 9:12
– “a fat

– “the token of the covenant which I make” – Gen. 9:12
– “a father of many nations have I made” – Gen. 17:5
– “the rib … made he a woman (matriarchy)” – Gen. 2:22
– “he hath made me an empty vessel” – Jer. 51:34

There are thousands of examples stressing the words “make” and “made”. Overwhelming. This is in contrast to the words “my” and “mine” – possessiveness. Consult any lexicon.

The church’s foundation has been built on sin. John Shelby Spong casts briquettes on the laws of sin’s subjection in “Unbelievable”.

Then the scribes listed ten commandments. There was never any sinful commandments. Commandments are positive psychology.

The ten making commandments:

The Ten Commandments

I
— “make an ark of shittim wood” (Exod. 25:10–22)
II
— “make a mercy seat of pure gold” (Exod. 25:17–22)
III
— “make a table of shittim wood” (Exod. 25:23–30)
IV
— “make a candlestick of pure gold” (Exod. 25:31–40)
V
— “make ten curtains of fine twined linen for walls” (Exod. 26:1–6) “and curtains of goat’s hair for covering” (Exod. 26:7–13)
VI
— “And thou shall make a covering for the tent of ram’s skins dyed red and a covering above of badgers’ skins” (Exod. 26:1)
VII
— “make boards for the tabernacle of shittim wood standing up” (Exod. 26:15) “and make bars of shittim wood” (Exod. 26:26)

VIII
— “make a vail.… Hang up the vail under the taches.… Bring in thither within the vail the ark of the testimony: and the vail shall divide unto you between the holy place and the most holy.… And thou shalt set the table without the vail, and the candlestick” (Exod. 26:31–37)
IX
— “make an altar of shittim wood” (Exod. 27:1–8). In archetype the court and its trimmings are “without the temple, leave out, measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles” (Rev. 11:2)
X
— “make an atonement” (Exod. 30:6–8, 10)

Ten “Days” of Desolate Abomination

It is a grave error not to be able to see that Daniel’s 2,300 days were a part of 2,520 days interconnecting three books regarding the post-exilic era. It was the second witness fulfilling the 490 years (70 weeks). Daniel was an eye witness. Why has Christianity warped the entire history of civilization?

Post-exilic — Second Testament of Old Testament

1 Week =7 Days = 7 Years (Day/Year Principle) = 2,520

Days

  1. 2,300 days — “in the midst of the week” — plunder (Dan. 8:14)
    2. 10 days — of intense persecution — mourning (1 Macc. 1:54–64)
    3. 210 days — of burying dead — reconstitution (Ezek. 39:12)
    Total 2,520 days (2,300 + 10 +210)

“In those days there went out of Israel wicked men … let us make a covenant with heathen … this device pleased them well … they went to the king who gave them licence … built a palace of exercise at Jerusalem according to the custom of the heathen” – 1 Macc.1:10-14. … set up the “abomination of desolation … burnt incense … hanged infants … rifled houses … ” – from “fifteenth day” (1:54) to “five and twenty day” (1:59) – 10 “days”. Speaking of the post-exilic era Daniel recalled these “ten days” of abomination – part of the 2520 days – 2,300 + 10 + 210. Its the last week of the 70 weeks (490 years) of Dan. 9 (1 week = 7 years = 360 X 7 = 2520 days). Let us not understand this atrocity. Too, too much for our Fathers (Jewish rabbi included).

Daniel 9:25 – The Jewish Interpretation – Christianity’s Grave Error

The Mathematics of Daniel’s Post-exilic Recall1 Week =7 Days = 7 Years (Day/Year Principle) = 2,520 (360 X 7)  Days
1. 2,300 days — “in the midst of the week” — plunder (Dan. 8:14)
2.      10 days — of intense persecution — mourning (1 Macc. 1:54–64)
3.     210 days — of burying dead — reconstitution (Ezek. 39:12)
Total 2,520 days (2,300 + 10 +210)

 

The content of this type comes from two books in existence when Daniel was written. It also is proof beyond all doubt that the center of focus of the OT was on the events of the two temple eras — and no later era. Daniel 8:14 recorded the 2,300 days. Daniel 8 was speaking about the period initially of Media-Persia (the ram; Dan. 8:3) and then, in Dan. 8:5, Greece (the he goat), and Gabriel was to tell the interpretation (Dan. 8:16).

All of these books interlock even if blocks are moved around. The universe was holistic; the writers were in unison. The ten days of mourning symbol (15th -25th of Casleu) is given in 1 Maccabees 1:54. The book of 1 Maccabees concerns the reign of Alexander, son of Philip, the Macedonian, who reigned after the Persians and Medes and who was the first to reign over Greece. The final portion, the 210 days (30 X 7), or 7 months, of reconstitution, was a symbol of restitution, as recorded in Ezekiel 39. The writers never were going to spell out this mystery in one book alone. “Seek and find” was the message they conveyed. Detail is the key for a complete vision. It has eluded our Christian brothers and sisters, and was never in the same orbit with our fathers who establish content for the void.  We investigate below each of these three events in depth to inaugurate the awesome connection and show that the book of Daniel was written after the books of Maccabees and that Daniel had a full grasp of both temple periods.

To reiterate, after the exposition of the first 69 of the 70 weeks, Daniel covers the second post-exilic age of the OT, explaining the final week. Form changes from the first pre-exilic to the second post-exilic period, as it is the essence of form to accommodate the variation in circumstances. The 1 week, or 7 days, represents 7 years under a “day-for-a-year” principle, which is commonly accepted by exegetes. Over 7 years, this comprises 2,520 days. This is a transposition to “day-for-a-year”, as we are now in post-exilic times covering the mandatory final 1 week period of the available 70 weeks which. What these ancient writers were doing was looking at their yearly cycles over a seven-year period. That is 360 X 7 = 2,520 days. The final week of the 70-week period is a type within a larger type, a wheel within a wheel, integrally sized. It’s also integrated with the concept of the civil and sacred, recognizing both equally but separate and apart. Recall that half of this time is another type — that is: 1,260 (180 X 7), or 42 months, 3 1/2 years. Here, we are encountering another type of 2,520 days (360 X 7) in chronological times. There are types within types and wheels within wheels. It’s very inspirational once you get your head around it. Look and see what you can find. It is a small test. The question faced was, how could humankind advance society in heroic eras of conflagration between warring factions?  The writers turned to symbols and metaphors reflecting on the governance of their society.

At the same time, the writers sought to recognize a cosmic creativeness that had permeated all, both physical and cerebral. How were different eras to be interconnected? They questioned how to bring to the fore the sacred-civil connection. With the large parameters repeating — plunder, mourning, and reconstitution — Daniel’s seventy-year all-encompassing lifetime model, three score and ten, allowed two witnesses to be similarly inscribed. Ingenious planning must have gone into this formation. That is why the sacred-year-dates cannot be taken as chronological linear time. The sacred was enhancing mythos for gratification and incorporating logos into the same concept. Gabriel had to explain carefully to Daniel these creative types within types.

After the first pre-exilic period, dominated by kings and kingdoms, the second post-exilic period was very different, but types repeat, though in different ways, and individual situations have their own style. Form variation had to be established and gel as one. And one needs two witnesses, two testaments, two olive branches for verification. Of course, three is even better. The third had to wait as we build the contents of the ark.

The book of Daniel noted the ram (Media-Persia) and the he goat (Grecia) as very relevant in the post-exilic era. The renegade Jews who joined with the Greek Seleucid king Antiochus Epiphanies was a parallel of ancient Israel’s and Judah’s demise, duplicity, hypocrisy, and ubiquitous deception. The true king of both apostate Jews and the Seleucid soldiers was Antiochus Epiphanies. Revelation 9:11 speaking (archetypically) of the Greek destroyer says, “And they had a king over them, which is the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in the Hebrew tongue is Abaddon, but in the Greek tongue hath his name Apollyon.”

The question is how was the final 2,520 days calibrated to the post-exilic era and divided into three sections of 2,300, 10, and 210 days? Unlike the pre-exilic era, where we have reigns of the kings and kingdoms and the order to build the temple, the second post-exilic recount traverses just one symbolic week. This is the culminating week, symbolized by seven days for seven years (day-year principle). It is a parallel to the last week of our lives — “three score and ten.” Remember, half the week’s being ceremonial was also used as another type — that is, 1,260 days (180 X 7 or half of 2,520 days) was always a type within a type and is expressed in certain ways such as times, times, times and a half (3.5), or 42 months.

Let’s go back to the 2,520 days or final week of the 70 weeks of Daniel 9. At first appearance, it too seems a little complex, being culturally specific. We are now going to go into the detail of this type, just as we did for the 69 weeks of the pre-exilic. It is very straightforward and easy to grasp.

2,300 Days (in the midst) of 2,520 Days in Second Temple Era

And in the “midst” of this symbolic seven-year period, “sacrifice and oblation ceased” (Dan. 9:27). The question is when did sacrifice and oblation cease in the post-exilic era? Does your theological teaching dive to this depth?

The key feature of this 2,520 day period is something happened in the “midst,” and the midst is said to be 2300 days. Gabriel was told to make Daniel understand “the vision concerning the daily sacrifice, and the transgression of desolation, to give both the sanctuary and the host to be trodden underfoot” (Dan. 8:13). Daniel, as clear as daylight, hears the answer, “Unto two thousand and three hundred days; then shall the sanctuary be cleansed” (Dan. 8:14). So Daniel identifies the midst symbolically as 2,300 days into the 2,520 days. That is easy for us. In Daniel 9:27, Gabriel is explaining to Daniel that these 2,300 days shall be in the midst of 1 week of 2,520 days of the 7-year sabbatical service.

The word midst derives from chêtsîy, meaning “half” or “middle,” with middle being a point or a period of time. The Hebrew language is transient, where time is cyclical and spiraling, never linear, and orientated to lessons. There is no mention of right being in the middle, and Gabriel marked this for us. We are forming this in the symbolic ceremonial 7-year period of 2,520 days (360 X 7) in the second post-exilic period as completion of the 70-week model. (It is best not to mix this symbol of days up with 1,260 days or half-year period of the sacred year over 7 years mentioned in the first temple era). We are now talking periods in the second Temple era. The events are being compressed for graphic description into the final week of the 70 week period. The meaning of midst is, basically, whilst something is happening or is being done with active locomotion. Timing in Hebraic thought is symbolic. Completeness and fulfillment are always paramount in transition.

The destructive prince that comes in the post-exilic age is Alexander the Great, as stated in Daniel 8. Daniel 8:20 says, “The ram which thou sawest having two horns are the kings of Media and Persia. And the rough goat is the king of Grecia: and the great horn that is between his eyes is the first king. Now that being broken four stood up for it, four kingdoms shall stand up out of the nation, but not in his power.”

And then, in Daniel 8:23, we find, “And in the latter time of their kingdom, when the transgressors (apostate Jews, Dan. 8:12) are come to the full, a king of fierce countenance, and understanding dark sentences, shall stand up.” In the margin, “are come to the full” is noted to mean “are accomplished.” Daniel 24 continues, saying, “And his power shall be mighty, but not by his own power: and he shall destroy wonderfully, and shall prosper, and practise, and shall destroy the mighty and the holy people.” The words, “not by his own power” refer to Revelation 17:17: “give their kingdom unto the beast, until the words of God shall be fulfilled.” That is fulfillment of the 2,520 ceremonial days (called ceremonial days as they are part of the 70 weeks). The king of fierce countenance is Antiochus Epiphanes, who gained the backing of many of the Jews.

Daniel 8:25 continues to cover Antiochus Epiphanies: “And through his policy also shall he cause craft to prosper in his hand; and he shall magnify himself in his heart, and by peace shall destroy many: and he shall stand up against the Prince of princes (Judas Maccabees); but he shall be broken without hand.” The words, “he shall be broken without hand” match the words of 2 Maccabees 9. Just as Antiochus Epiphanies planned to go to Jerusalem, “to make it a common burying place of the Jews” (9:4), the Lord Almighty, “smote him with an incurable and invisible plague. A pain in his bowels that was remediless came upon him, and sore torments of the inner parts” (2:5). “It came to pass that he fell down from his chariot, carried violently” (2:7), “worms rose up out of the body,” and “his flesh fell away” (2:9). “No man could endure to carry for his intolerable stink” (2:10). So “died he a miserable death in a strange country in the mountains” (2:28) without hand. He died in the midst of the holy, symbolic, ceremonial week, a period stretching from the overthrow of the Media-Persian Empire to the victory by Judas Maccabees, described as a seven-year period or 2,520 days.

10 Days of Mourning in the Second Temple Era

The ten days of intense persecution are identified in 1 Maccabees 1:54–64. On the fifteenth day of Casleu, in the 145th year, “they set up the abomination of desolation upon the altar and built idol altars” throughout the cities of Judah on every side. On the five and twentieth day of Casleu “they did sacrifice upon the idol altar.” These days are symbolic of the abomination that Antiochus and the apostate Jews brought upon the Jewish people. So you can see how the Apocrypha is an important appendix to the OT. The Apocrypha’s reception has always been controversial, but it is essential to seeing Daniel’s vision, provided by Gabriel.

These mandatory ten days of mourning are equivalent to the mourning of fifty years of Babylonian captivity or the decades under Egyptian slavery.

It is no coincidence that this symbol, together with the 210 days of reconstitution and the 2,300 days of persecution, total exactly 2,520 days, the final type within the three score and ten weeks symbol. It is not just chance that the three symbols in combination match the exact days that we are looking for and are in order of persecution, mourning, and reconstitution. Would you put this down to mere coincidence? There is a skill behind every craft.

210 Days of Reconstitution in the Second Temple Era

Next let’s peruse the symbolic 210 days, or 7 months of 30 days. Here the reference is to Ezekiel 39. Ezekiel, speaking prophetically of the post-exilic days, draws the parallel to set, “thy face against Gog, the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal, and prophesy against him” (Ezek. 38:2). The recollections of the sons of Japheth were seen as troublous times that resulted from the abomination of the Grecian empire of Antiochus Epiphanes. They were all the sons of Japheth. Here, Ezekiel concentrates prophetically on the judgment upon Gog and then extensively covers the description of the temple gates, tables, chambers, porch, ornaments, altar, ordinances, priests’ chambers, and a reprove to the priests for polluting the sanctuary.

Next, go to Ezekiel 39:12: “Seven months shall the house of Israel be burying of them, that they may cleanse the land.” These seven months are the symbolic 210 days of cleansing the temple, after the 10 days of intense persecution. This is the ultimate act, “and the people of the land shall bury them; and it shall be to them a renown the day that I shall be glorified, saith the Lord God” (Ezek. 39:13). With “those that remain upon the face of the earth, to cleanse it: after the end of seven months (210 days) shall they search” (Ezek. 39:14). “Thus shall they cleanse the land” (Ezek. 39:16). Completion and fulfillment accompanied the ingathering of the righteous. The sacred ground was restored.

After 210 days, the sacrifice and oblation was to be restored with the feast of dedication, after Judas Maccabees conquered Antiochus Epiphanies (see 2 Macc. 10:5–9, Dan. 9:27). Antiochus Epiphanies and his host of apostate Jews rendered much destruction, even projecting laterally, spreading afar the idols of abominable armies. But consummation melts away the light morning dew. This was the finish of transgression, making an end of sins, making reconciliation for iniquity, bringing in everlasting righteousness, sealing up the visions and prophecy, and anointing the most Holy with the feast of dedication on the twenty-fifth day of the ninth month, Casleu (2 Macc. 10:5–9). Here is another medallion to the messianic hope. Those who were the messianic body were in principle of the same love and devotion as exuded by both Cyrus and Judas Maccabees. The more we understand of the shadows of the OT, the more we will see the flash of great light that came into the dark world.

Now go to the below URL to see all the futuristic prophecies that are deceptive of the original meaning and connection between all the OT books…from Kings, Chronicles, Maccabees, Ezekiel and Daniel had the books opened by Gabriel.  We cannot say that of all the below diagrams.

https://www.google.com.au/search?q=Daniel+8:14&client=firefox-b&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwilg7D6iInOAhVDupQKHYClDIEQsAQINQ&biw=1920&bih=971

Future articles will show how scientific the connections are between all OT books and the Apocrypha as well at NT.   Precept upon precept is the only way.