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.

The Mathematics of Daniel’s Amazing 70 Weeks Vision of Governance (Christianity has never understood the Book of Daniel)

The Mathematics of Daniel’s Amazing 70 Weeks Vision of Governance (Christianity has never understood the Book of Daniel)

Here is the mathematics of Daniel’s amazing vision of 70 weeks of Daniel 9:24-27.  This vision is broken into 483 years (49 years + 434 years) and a final 7 years period (49 + 434 + 7 = 490 after applying the well-recognized day-for- a-year principle).  Daniel was writing after the downfall of Antiochus Epiphanes and had two witnesses of Jewish governance, having been plundered, the nation mourning and reconstituting itself.  The first was in Ceremonial times ((Pre-exilic times, pre-Babylonian captivity, pre-chronological) and the second in Chronological time (Post-exilic, post-Babylonian captivity).  Daniel brings these two traumatic experiences together into 70 weeks (three score and ten) representing each individual’s chance to develop their full sentient potential and be in likeness.

This 70 symbol follows on from Nebuchadnezzar’s dream image of Babylon (Head), Media-Persia (Belly and Thighs), Legs (Ptolemaic), Feet (Antiochus Epiphanes) and Rock (Judas Maccabees) of Daniel 2.  And it also follows the images of the kingly beasts Saul (Lion), David (Leopard), Solomon (Leopard) and the diverse beast (kingdoms of Israel and Judah) of Daniel 7.  The 70 weeks was a culminating image and a major transition, using human form, to explain governance’s animalistic characteristics. It is very a very realistic colorful and numerical transitional pedagogical philosophy far beyond the surreal and especially Grecian mysticism.  It was the first governmental philosophy contrasted to the cosmological evolutionary creativeness from which consciousness had been drawn and nurtured.

Daniel’s vision is really the epitome, a stepping stone, of Jewish philosophy and distinguished the Hebrew community from the barbarity of surrounding nations and their chaotic attempts at waffle philosophies singing of numerous gods of all kinds. It also defined democracy in terms of freedom from being bonded from ritualistic ceremonial.  It is the first attempt to synchronize logos and mythos, object to subject (the very real and at times abstract), to figuratively use numbers to portray governance that oscillated from encouraging empowerment of the human spirit to regressing back to bonding and enslavement.   Reality of ceremonial times was being orally recalled and recorded in chronological time – objective recall projecting an abstract for the subjective application.

So let’s examine Daniel’s amazing confluence of numbers, governance and distinguished insight.

Pre-exilic Ceremonial Time

The record of Kings and Chronicles is in the texts of King and Chronicles. The 483 years of Daniel’s vision is as below.

Let’s count the years of kings recorded from David decree to construct the Temple: 49 ( -5) + 17 + 3 + 41 + 25 + 8 + 1 + 6 + 40 + 29 +52 + 16 + 16 + 29 + 55 + 2 + 31 +1/4 + 11 +1/4 + 11 years + 50 years of captivity = 483

The (-5) is because Shishak pillage the Temple 5 years into Rehoboam’s 17 year reign. And the 49 years (first break of Daniel 9:24-27) occurred at that time of the pillage as the first failure in governance following David’s decree.

1021 – 483 = 538 Ceremonial Years (not Chronological) when form against the warrior classes was being established in written word as a combative pedagogical weapon of an evolving society.

69 weeks = 483 years (69 X 7).

The book of Daniel is not a prophecy but a recording of the 1st Temple and 2nd Temple eras. The final 1 week of Daniel 9:24-27 is 2520 days over a seven year period  (360 X 7) made up of 2300 + 10 + 210 – outline below.

Here is the absolute proof from the Testament – the Word.

Ceremonial Years and Dates of Kings of Judah from KJV
Pre-exilic: First Testament of Old Testament

69 Weeks = 483 years (Day/Year Principle)

483 Ceremonial Years (Not Chronological time)

1021 David’s command to restore and build Jerusalem 49 years (D/Y principle) 7 weeks = 49 days 1021 BC to 972 BC according to Daniel 9:24.  David was said to have reigned 40 years.

976 Rehoboam – 17 years: 1 Kings 14:21 Rehoboam “reigned seventeen years in Jerusalem”

972 Rehoboam (Shishak, King of Egypt, against Jeroboam of Israel in 972, in fifth year of Rehoboam) Shishak pillages Temple
959 Abijah – 3 years:   2 Chron. 13:2 Abijah “reigned three years in Jerusalem”
956 Asa – 41 years:   2 Chron. 16:13 Asa “died in the one and fortieth year of his reign”
915 Jehoshaphat – 25 years:   2 Chron. 20:31 Jehoshaphat “reigned twenty and five years in Jerusalem”
889 Jehoram – 8 years:  2 Chron. 21:5 Jehoram “reigned eight years in Jerusalem”
885 Ahaziah – 1 years:   2 Chron. 22:2 Ahaziah “reigned one year in Jerusalem”
883 Athaliah – 6 years:   2 Kings 11:3, 21 Athaliah reigned for two years in Jerusalem
877 Johoash – 40 years:   2 Kings 12:1 Joash “forty years reigned he in Jerusalem”
838 Amaziah – 29 years:  2 Kings 14:2 Amaziah “reigned twenty nine years in Jerusalem”
808 Uzziah – 52 years:  2 Chron. 26.3 Uzziah “reigned fifty and two years in Jerusalem”
756 Jotham – 16 years:  2 Kings 15:33 Jotham “ reigned sixteen years in Jerusalem”
742 Ahaz – 16 years:  2 Chron. 27:8 Ahaz “reigned sixteen years in Jerusalem”
726 Hezekiah – 29 years:  2 Chron. 29:1 Hezekiah “he reigned nine and twenty years in Jerusalem”
697 Manasseh – 55 years:  2 Chron. 33:1 Manasseh “reigned fifty and five years in Jerusalem”
642 Amon – 2 years:  2 Chron. 33:21 Amon “reigned two years in Jerusalem”
640 Josiah – 31 years:  2 Chron. 34:1 Josiah “reigned in Jerusalem one and thirty years
Josiah’s good reforms, 625 BC
609 Jehoahaz – ¼ year 2 Chron. 36:2 Jehoahaz “he reigned three months in Jerusalem”
609 Jehoiakim – 11 years:   2 Chron. 36:5 Jehoiakim “he reigned eleven years in Jerusalem”
606 Captivity 70
599 Jehoiachin – ¼ year 2 Chron. 36:9 Jehoiakim “reigned three months and ten days”
599 Zedekiah – 11 years:   years:  2 Chron. 36:11 Zedekiah “and he reigned 11 years in Jerusalem”
588 Partial captivity
585 Captivity, completed by 585 BC Starting point to work backward with dating of kings’ reigns
538 Jews commence return under Zerubbabel 434 (62 X 7) years – 62 weeks = 434 days, 972 BC to 538 BC
538 Darius took the kingdom (Dan. 5:31) Total 483 Ceremonial Years according to Bible 483 (69 X 7) years – 69 weeks = 483 days (D/Y principle) 1021 BC – 538 BC
535–536 Cyrus’s (the anointed) decree (Ezra 1:1)

The book was open in the time of Daniel – Dan. 9:22, thanks to Gabriel. Daniel portrayed the transposition of natural evolvement from local, to national, but he had to complete a 1 week 7 days = 7 years according to day-for-a-year principle = 7 X 360 = 2520 days.  Daniel knew that the world was round and that the original Ancient philosophy was based on 30 days a month or 360 days a year with intercalary adjustment necessary to fully synchronize with the cosmology.  5 months of Gen. 8 had 150 days and twelve represented the diversity of life.  Dividing the year into two equal proportions of 1260 days was stating the civil had to be synchronized with the cosmological, the divine sacred that was beyond comprehension, and unnamable.  It is up to us to hold the baton from sunrise to sunset.

Post-exilic Chronological Time – Daniel’s Masterpiece Completion

So let’s finalize Daniel’s amazing confluence of numbers, governance and distinguished insight into an open book.

Daniel second recollection, of Jewish governance and the aggression of surrounding nations, was contemporary with his time.   He had the books of Maccabees and Ezekiel’s vision of the destruction of Gog and Magog, where he foresaw Israel’s enemies destroyed and a new age of peace eventually established. Ezekiel saw Israel going astray in the second Temple era when many of the Jews joined with the forces of Alexander as recorded in the books of Maccabees.  Gymnasiums were built and Greeks occupied the Temple with the consensus of many Jews.  Such compromise let to the victorious battles of Antiochus Epiphanes and not until the greater victories of Judas Maccabees could old men sit in the street and sing again.  Daniel knew all this history and had 2520 days to complete his 70 weeks or 490 years vision of life.  He had 10 days of intense persecution recorded in Maccabees, 210 days in Ezekiel’s future vision and the balance was 8,300 that he labelled “in the midst of the week”. This completed the 70 weeks of Dan.9:24 and covered plunder, mourning and exchange.  Daniel had compiled an amazing colorful histogram in numerical form and entwined it to complete his 70 weeks symbol of Dan. 9:24:

1. 2,300 days — “in the midst of the week” — plunder (Dan. 8:14, 9:27)
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)

As stated some 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 of Dan. 9:27 stating it was in the “midst of the week.” 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). Daniel had been told that the message had been understood in the time of Hezekiah (Dan. 7:10) when “judgment was set, and the book were opened.”  Daniel was supplementing with numerical accuracy, the three score and ten years of opportunity, each individual’s indispensable gift.

One could ask is 2,300 days “in the midst” of 2520 days.  To have an inkling of the meaning of “in the midst”, in Jewish language, other earlier statements of the phrase cast light:

  • “in the midst of the Red sea” – Exd. 14:29 – this never meant right in the middle
  • “in the midst of the seventh day” – Exd. 33:3 – this never meant right in the middle
  • “in the midst of Egypt” – Exd. 24:16-18 – this was a generalized descriptive
  • “midst of the land”- Deut. 19:2 – genalized descriptive
  • “in the midst of Jordan” – Josh. 4:3 – another generalized descriptive

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, redemption or release, 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 of barbarity.

To see the disgraceful interpretation of Christianity go to Wikipedia who project this vision only forward to their adorable Christ and abnegate the Ancient’s construction.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prophecy_of_Seventy_Weeks

And Google’s images are hilarious:

https://www.google.com.au/search?q=Daniel+70+weeks&client=firefox-b&biw=1920&bih=971&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiUra6_uqTQAhXCUZQKHdDHAnEQsAQINg

Fruit of the Earth

God the unsearchable, expressed in words of governance, enabled the fruit seasons to be synonymous with the sacred 1260 days (six months of over 7 years – 180 X 7) representing the potential of the civil 1260 days’ endeavour. The civic represent the product of God’s resting with the creation of thought (mankind – man (ribs) and woman (drawn from – created by ascent) – construction cf. destruction:

Jewish Month Days Nature’s Produce Commentary

1 Abib, or Nisan 30 Barley, ripe; sprouting, budding Passover, Unleavened bread
2 Iyar, or Zif 30 Barley harvest, blossom or flower month
3 Sisan, or Sivan 30 Wheat harvest Pentecost
4 Thammuz 30 Early vintage
5 Ab 30 Ripe figs
6 Elul 30 Vintage gleaning
7 Tishri, or Ethanim 30 Plowing and sowing, perennial Feast of Trumpets
8 Bul 30 Latter grapes, rain-god Atonement, Feast of Tabernacles
9 Chisleu 30 Snow hunter
10 Tebeth 30 Grass after rain, winter
11 Sebat 30 Winter figs
12 Adar 30 Almond in blossom, fire-god Purim
Total 360

“Likeness” – The Lightness of Being

Ancient scribes recycled a complex of old images when writing Revelation into a vision of an apocalyptic universal age. We are told of a futuristic beast would be like an old beast – “like a leopard and his feet were as of a bear, and his mouth of a lion” “and the dragon” gave him power, his seat, and great authority – Rev. 13.
Being “like” guaranteed continuance with differential. Using the world “like” barred room for personal prejudice in this “Revelation of Jesus Christ” – Rev. 1:1. But it provides ample room for contemplation. Many religious exegetists advocate their personal preference of exegesis guessing in the dark. The scribes of Revelation by giving the “testimony of Jesus Christ” – Rev. 12:17 shielded their words by this word “like”. No exact shape, form or time frame is downloadable. Revelation is antithetical to image making, especially graven images (anything set up, moveable work, impressed), idol, golden calf.
Revelation is entirety compiled only “like” types, antitypes and archetypes, symbols from former orally recollected fables and tales in the OT. Religiosity, structure institutional theology, rather than Christianity as such, in much later centuries, swung to a definite personal interpretation based on their wannabe of just one singular person – despite the complexity of Revelation. This waywardness immediately created bogus “history” that became rampant. The Church overly literalised much later gospels downplaying Revelation from alpha to omega.
The ancient scribes within the gospels personified oneness in a figure who had never been prophesied – the prophetic books recorded pre-exilic times and Daniel looked back to the Jewish experiences of two witnesses – one pre-chronological and one post-exilic in chronicled times. In the gospels the struggle is against the rulership of Pharisees and Sadducees, suppression of their own Jewish community. The scribes writing verifies massive individual resistance to the two horned beast (Pharisees and Sadducees) – Rev. 13:11. And there is no doubt individual stood out, many calling themselves messiah. It was a highly illiterate age apart from the top echelons and educated elite, especially the ancient scribes. Community resistance (burning of cities) proliferated against the draconian rulership evident with the Hasmoneans and intensified under the great infrastructure projects of Herod the Great. This rebellion is well documented in first three Gospels – a subjective portrayal of the objective book of Revelation.
Such later theological absolutism epitomised in the inquisition was prodigiously promulgated in religious art of the twelfth century onwards directing. Thank God we have kept these relics in galleries for our children. Such artworks are far away from the midrash story. Such scholarship denigrates the ancient way of thinking – a perception of an ever-changing creativeness – creation in likeness (1260 sacred = 1260 civil over seven years) of an inherited eternal model. Literal imaginary is the very antithesis of everything conceived by the scribes’ alpha to omega encyclopedia. Such backsliding has darkened the potential psyche of all humankind. Only Christianity claims complete authority to their very personal, non-testament interpretation.
Likeness
Now let’s look at these wheels within wheels. Revelation’s beasts are purely a replication of Dan. 7:5 – “The first like a lion … eagle’s wings … wings plucked … it were lifted up from the earth, and made to stand upon the feet as a man, and a man’s heart was given to it … And behold another beast like a bear, and it raised itself up on one side, and it had three ribs in its mouth of it between its teeth … devoured much flesh … behold another, like a leopard … upon its back four wings of a fowl … with four heads, and dominion was given to it.” Has any minister shown you this logical connection?
And Daniel’s beastly image was a replication of the earlier recalls. So we have “likeness”, precept on precept, ensample on ensample, one building block built upon an earlier foundation. This is to show likeness as the world ascends from local, to state, to nation to universal. The word “like” means “similitude”, “as these”, “resembling”, “thus”, “nearly”, “similar”, “so as”, “pattern”, “form”, “something made like”, “according to this”, “thus” and “in the same manner”. It was never intended to be about one singular event at a singular convenient point in history.
Now Daniel, thanks to Gabriel, never had any inclination for a private interpretation of his vision. The Ancient scribes constructed precept upon precept and so the lion, bear and leopard had been descriptively known in earlier embellished oral perception – from many books of consistency:
Saul like a lion:
• “Lion” had “eagle’s wings”: — In Proverbs 23:4–5, the writer narrates concerning eagle’s wings, saying, “Labour not to be rich … riches certainly make themselves wings; they fly away as an eagle towards heaven.” So this king we need to identify had riches, and this was synonymous with eagle wings. In the book of Samuel, Saul took the spoils of the Amalekites, sheep and oxen, and the chief of the things that should have been utterly destroyed. See also the stock of Saul in Chronicles. Saul’s riches transgressed the word of the Lord, with the quick destruction of the Amalekites. Saul was rich and quick-footed like a lion. Saul matches the description of eagle wings.
• “The wings thereof were plucked”: — “Plucked,” from merat, indicates “peeled,” “polished” (confident, elegant, and skilled). This is exactly how Saul was characterized. “There was a man of Benjamin, whose name was Kish … a mighty man of power (substance, wealth). And he had a son, whose name was Saul, a choice young man and a goodly: and there was not among the children of Israel a goodlier person than he” (1 Sam. 9:1–2). Saul overwhelmingly demonstrated all these superior facets. Saul matches the sophistication emanating from the word plucked.
• “Lifted up from the earth” and “stand upon the feet as a man”: — In Daniel, the lion “was lifted up from the earth, and made stand upon the feet as a man.” A lion standing upright on his hind legs would be taller than any man. Very tellingly, Saul, “from his shoulders and upward he was higher than any of the people” (1 Sam. 9:2). Every scholar knows Saul was mighty in height. Numerous times, artists have drawn Saul’s lion like stance towering over others. Only Saul could be said, in early chronicles, to be this one.
• “And a man’s heart was given to it” (the lion): — Samuel anointed Saul (1 Sam. 10:1), “And it was so, that when he (Saul) had turned his back to go from Samuel, God gave him another heart” (1 Sam. 10:9). This must have been the world’s first heart transplant. It is more than just a coincidence that Saul matches the fourth characteristic. Saul is the only grand character to be given a new heart.
David like a bear:
• “raised up itself on one side”: — “And David perceived that the Lord had established him king over Israel, and that he had exalted his kingdom for the people Israel’s sake” (2 Sam. 5:12; 2 Sam. 7:16). David’s insignia bore the establishment of a dominion. It certainly raised itself up. David’s catalog of mighty men is listed in 1 Chronicles 11. Match one for David.
• “three ribs in its mouth”: — David smote Moab but did not destroy its people; “the Moabites became David’s servants” (2 Sam. 8:2). Similarly, the same is pronounced of the Syrians in 2 Samuel 8:6 and the Edomites in 2 Samuel 8:14. The three ribs in the bear’s mouth symbolized these three pestilent nations. The bear had not devoured these three ribs or peoples. It cannot be a mere coincidence that David’s part perfectly fits all of this recollection. Match two for David.
• “devour much flesh”: — David did devour much flesh in his conquests, especially that of Philistia. This is recorded in 2 Samuel and 1 Kings. It is clearly seen that Daniel’s vision of the bear portrayed King David in every aspect. No other scriptural character matches these signs. Is this description too much to bear or just hogwash? Match three for David.
Solomon like a leopard
The third beast was “like a leopard, which had upon the back of it four wings of a fowl” (Dan. 7:6). Wings, as already stated, indicate wealth. “The beast had also “four heads,” illustrating much wisdom, as, “the wise man’s eyes are in his head” (Eccles. 2:14).
Solomon’s standout features are “four heads” and “four wings.” The Bible tells us in 1 Kings 10:23, “So King Solomon exceeded all the kings of the earth for riches and wisdom.” There are many phrases about Solomon’s wisdom in the book of 1 Kings: “He was filled with wisdom, and understanding” (7:14); “Solomon exceeded … for riches and for wisdom” (10:23); Hiram king of Tyre said, “Blessed be the Lord this day, which hath given unto David a wise son over this great people” (5:7). And in 2 Chronicles 9:23, we read, “All sought … Solomon, to hear his wisdom.” Wow, so much indisputable wisdom was cached in those four heads.
In the texts “heads” denote wisdom and “wings” riches. Solomon, increased in power and wealth, had gold in abundance, weapons of war, and a throne of ivory, built his own house, gave cities to Hiram king of Tyre and had numerous wives and concubines.
Obviously this perception makes one belong to a different planet.