Copyright © 2010 by John M. Poirier                         ISBN: 978-1-936447-90-9 All rights reserved. No part of this b...
TABLE OF CONTENTSPreface .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  ....
PREFACEThe information in this book is not a complete study of prophecy containedin the Bible. I say that from my understa...
John M. Poirierby the Holy Spirit. Also, it is my earnest desire that this book enhances andenables you to use your gift t...
John M. PoirierThe Bible is the most incredible book ever written, and it was not only a pre-cise historical account as we...
John M. PoirierIt is God’s intent that we do know these things before they happen. To allothers I simply refer to Matthew ...
John M. Poirier                                                                                                           ...
4 THE MORE SURE WORD“For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we madeknown to you the power and coming of o...
John M. Poirier                                                                                                           ...
John M. Poirierare not necessarily contradictions, as we shall see.The problem is usually the paradigm from which you begi...
John M. Poirier                                                                                                           ...
John M. Poirier                                                                                                           ...
6 THE 2300 THEORYIn the last chapter we looked at how the prophecy of Daniel Chapter 8 has atime frame that it must fit, a...
John M. Poirier                                                                                                           ...
7 THE JUBILEEPreviously I have mentioned that there is a common date shared in proph-ecy: the Day of the Lord.I have asked...
John M. Poirier                                                                                                           ...
8 THE FEASTS OF THE LORDThe feasts of the Lord are prophetic, and from the past fulfilled prophe-cies, we can see that the...
John M. Poirier                                                                                                           ...
John M. Poirier                                                                                                           ...
John M. Poirier                               9 THE COUNTING OF WEEKS                   “Seventy weeks are determined upon...
John M. Poirier                                                                                                           ...
John M. Poirier                                                                                                           ...
10 JESUS SPEAKSTo be in true faith we must believe the Lord’s words. There is no decision tobe made about what we believe ...
John M. Poirier                                                                                                           ...
Yahuwshua Files -- Prophecy: Hidden In Plain Sight
Yahuwshua Files -- Prophecy: Hidden In Plain Sight
Yahuwshua Files -- Prophecy: Hidden In Plain Sight
Yahuwshua Files -- Prophecy: Hidden In Plain Sight
Yahuwshua Files -- Prophecy: Hidden In Plain Sight
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  2. 2. Copyright © 2010 by John M. Poirier ISBN: 978-1-936447-90-9 All rights reserved. No part of this book may be reproduced in any form or by any electronic or mechanical means, including information storage andretrieval systems, without permission in writing from the author, except by a reviewer, who may quote brief passages in review. Designed by Maine Authors Publishing, Rockland, Maine Maine Authors Publishing.com Printed in the United States of America
  3. 3. TABLE OF CONTENTSPreface . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3Chapter 1: Thy Word Is Truth . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5Chapter 2: History Is Prophecy Revealed . . . . . . . . . . 7Chapter 3: They Know My Voice . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9Chapter 4: The More Sure Word . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13Chapter 5: Knock, Seek, and Ask . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17Chapter 6: The 2300 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23Chapter 7: The Jubilee . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27Chapter 8: The Feasts of the Lord . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31Chapter 9: The Counting of Weeks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37Chapter 10: Jesus Speaks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43Chapter 11: Conclusion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51 1
  4. 4. PREFACEThe information in this book is not a complete study of prophecy containedin the Bible. I say that from my understanding of the many gifts within thebody of Christ, and with the certainty that no one individual is given theentire understanding of prophecy.In 1st Corinthians Chapter 12, verses 4-11, we are taught that there arevarious kinds of gifts from the same Spirit. And there are different admin-istrations, but the same Lord. The gifts are given to us by the Holy Spirit forthe benefit of all. The list of some of these gifts starts in verse 8. The giftsmentioned are as follows:1. The word of wisdom 5. The working of miracles2. The word of knowledge 6. Prophecy3. Faith 7. Discerning of spirits4. Healing 8. Different kinds of tongues (languages)I feel it necessary to clarify something, and that is, even though the HolySpirit gives gifts to us as He will, there is no guarantee that we will use or de-velop them for the purposes they were given for. Ephesians 2:10: “For weare His Workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which Godhath before Ordained, that we should walk in them.” (King James Version)It may help if we look at the gift as an ability to easily learn the gift. For ex-ample, say I have the gift of music. If I never take the time to learn to playan instrument or develop my voice, then my gift is worthless, that is, I willnever be able to use it to benefit anyone, including myself. Almost alwaysthere is an effort required for skillful and productive use of the gift given.That being said, my intent is to share with you the gift of prophecy given me 3
  5. 5. John M. Poirierby the Holy Spirit. Also, it is my earnest desire that this book enhances andenables you to use your gift to help prepare the brethren for the days aheadand to bring increase to our Lord’s kingdom.We need to heed the words of Jesus when he said that “many will be de-ceived” (Matthew 24:5), and, having been deceived, that they “shall deceivemany.” Jesus said this in reference to the three questions the disciples askedhim in Matthew Chapter 24 before answering those questions about theend and the timing of the end. He revealed to us that within the professing 1 THY WORD IS TRUTHchurch there would be false teachers who had been taught things that werenot scriptural and that they were deceived and would deceive many. There John Chapter 1 describes Jesus as the Word of God and says that all thingsare several things that these teachers and the deceived have in common: were created by Him and through Him, and nothing that was created, wasFirst, they don’t know that they are deceived; second, they do not have the created without Him. Therefore we must agree as Christians that the WordHoly Spirit; and third, they have not diligently studied the subjects in scrip- of God is perfect.ture as the Bereans did, when Paul approached them with what was a newrevelation of who Christ was. (Acts 17:11). In any case, they have been de- It is important that we measure every doctrine or proclaimed truth withceived, and propagate those deceptions through non scriptural teachings. the only known perfect truth: the Bible. Anyone who does not believe that the Bible is truth will err concerning faith as they accept the traditions ofI am not going to cover the counterfeit teachings in detail, but what the men, logic, and wisdom apart from God’s word. Proverbs 21:30: “There isWord of God really says concerning the time of the end, and specifically no wisdom nor understanding nor counsel against the Lord.”that there is a counting of days in prophecy that is neglected by religiousteachers today. God’s word clearly points out that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of all wisdom and knowledge. Proverbs 1:7: “The fear of the Lord is the begin-To begin this study we must shift our paradigm to a Jewish perspective be- ning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.” If there iscause those of us who are not Jews by birth or culture may not understand any wisdom that is not in the Word of God, it is earthly, sensual, or demonic.the simplest things in plain sight. From this point forward accept no teaching in Christianity that is not proven out in scripture. The doctrines of the church concerning the return of the Lord must be examined from the Biblical perspective. If you have been per- suaded that the Lord comes upon the church as a thief in the night, I chal- lenge you to read this scripture: Revelation 3:3: “Remember therefore how you have received and heard, and hold fast, and repent. If therefore you shall not watch, I will come on you as a thief, and you shall not know the hour I will come on you.” Throughout history men have tried to search out God’s hidden message about when Jesus will return. In Daniel Chapter 12: 9, the angel tells Daniel that the visions are sealed until the time of the end – so until the time of the end they could not be understood. Amos 3:7 says: “Surely the Lord God shall do nothing, he but reveal His secret unto His servants the prophets.” This includes anyone with the Holy Spirit who is diligently seeking the truth in God’s word.4 5
  6. 6. John M. PoirierThe Bible is the most incredible book ever written, and it was not only a pre-cise historical account as we read it today, but was a precise foretelling ofthe history to come. Through the angels, God revealed to His prophets theevents that would take place. The renowned men of God then wrote themdown to preserve them for us. 2 Peter, 1:19--21 states: “We also have a more sure word of prophecy;whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth ina dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts: 2 HISTORY IS PROPHECY REVEALEDKnowing this, first that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private inter-pretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of men: But People have questioned whether written history is an accurate account ofholy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.” events. Most view written history has the winner’s side of the story, but there have been some objective truth seekers in the balance, people ofThe prophecies that are as yet unfulfilled speak of unrighteous dominion moral conscience who had no agenda in the events of the past or the out-in religion and politics, persecution, signs, and the coming rule of Christ come of the future. This is where we find objective truth. There are manyin the near future. The prophecies are being revealed to all that are born books that are full of opinion and suggesting the most unlikely scenarios.again who have the Holy Spirit and are diligently seeking the truth of God’s Their authors opine as if they had a crystal ball. Some critics of written his-word. Common to all these people is their faith in God’s word rather than tory are very selective in what they believe to be of value. The Bible is onethe teachings of men. of those sources of ancient writings that have been in question. Opponents of the Bible go so far as to question the very existence of Israel in the landI urge you to begin your journey, in God’s prophetic word, in prayer asking of “Palestine.” These historians reject written history and prophetic eventsGod to reveal His secrets to you. God has told us that if we seek Him we will that were fulfilled, even though there are historical writings in the secularfind Him. God loves a humble heart in those who don’t exalt themselves realm that confirm what the Bible says.over His word. Prophecy is both historical and predictive in nature. But fulfilled prophecy is impossible to authenticate in the eyes of anyone who accepts a version of history other than the one written in the Bible. The book of Daniel is an historically accurate account of the transfer of power and ruling authority from the fourth century B.C. to the twentieth century, foretold through wars and deaths. The prophecy was, and is, so accurate that the only defense against it is to claim it was written after the events happened. When people refuse to believe the accuracy of the Bible’s account of his- tory, it is impossible to make them believe the idea that the prophecies were written prior to the events. But there is a more sinister form of doubt which is my concern. That is, that people who claim faith in Jesus and claim to believe the Bible is historically accurate still don’t believe that the unful- filled prophecies are as exact as the history. In addition, they do not believe that we can know and rely on the interpretation of prophecies prior to the events happening.6 7
  7. 7. John M. PoirierIt is God’s intent that we do know these things before they happen. To allothers I simply refer to Matthew 13:10-11 and question whether you canknow these things. 3 THEY KNOW MY VOICE “Surely the Lord shall do nothing, but He revealeth His secrets unto His servants the prophets.” Amos 3:7 In the age prior to the first coming of the Lord, Christ Jesus, there was an established religious system with many doctrines. These doctrines were contrived by men from the interpretation of the Torah and the historical writings of the scribes. Jesus describes the hearts of these men as straining a gnat and swallowing a camel, or tithing the mint and cumin, but leaving out the weightier matters. They loved their preeminence among the peo- ple. It became about knowledge and power, and trying to uphold egotistic images with eloquent public prayer. I describe it as prideful Gnosticism that defends a lie for so long that they would die, or put others to death, before admitting they were wrong. Simply stated, it was pride that kept the men of that time from knowing what God intended for them. Today, people still compete with each other for money and pride in the race to write more books that try to explain the Bible. Here is man (in the universal sense) once again trying to replace God as the source of our learning. In addition to the doctrines of the law, there probably were some doc- trines concerning the 300-plus prophecies of the Messiah’s coming, much as there is today concerning the second coming. Before Yashua was born, there were some who believed that when He came, He would put the world in order and in subjection to His rule. They based this on the scriptures of Isaiah 61:1: “The spirit of the Lord God is upon me; because the Lord has anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and opening of the prison to them that are bound; to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, and [the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn].” At approximately the age of thirty, Jesus was in the temple and read from Isaiah 61:1. This is recorded in Luke 4:18, where Jesus declared that the day8 9
  8. 8. John M. Poirier PROPHECY: HIDDEN IN PLAIN SIGHThad come describing His first coming. He then stopped short of reading the and future promise as the prophecy of Jeremiah foretold. Jeremiah 31:15-whole scripture of verse 2, which spoke of the day of vengeance of God, 17: (15) “Thus saith the Lord; A voice was heard in Ramah, lamentation,and did not read the rest of the scriptures that foretold the second coming, and bitter weeping; Rachel weeping for her children refused to be com-when Jesus and all believers would rule with power and dominion here on forted for her children, because they were not. (16) Thus saith the Lord;earth. Refrain thy voice from weeping, and thine eyes from tears: for thy work shall be rewarded, saith the Lord; and they shall come again from the landNot all were blinded with greed and lust for power. There were some who, of(?) the enemy. (17) And there is hope in thine end saith the Lord: that thyhaving searched the scriptures, saw that they were, indeed, in the time children shall come again to their own border.”foretold by the prophets. In Luke 2:25, Simeon has not only read the proph-ecies concerning the signs, but in prayer was told by God that he would not God reveals the importance of showing us the fulfillment by inspiring thepass away before setting eyes on the Messiah. Simeon realized the time had writer to record it in the New Testament book of Matthew, and even refer-come, and that the Messiah had been born. Simeon went to the temple ences what would appear to be obscure prophetic passages foretelling thisceremony on the eighth day after Jesus’ birth and declared His coming was horrible event. God is encouraging us to know and use the more sure wordfulfilled. of prophecy to understand who, what, and when.Not only did the scriptures explain in detail the conditions of Jesus’ birth Throughout the chapters of this book I intend to show you what we canand lineage, but also His death and resurrection. But few people had actu- know about the Word of God in regards to prophecy, and how to properlyally read the scriptures and studied them that they might know what God walk in faith concerning the details of it.intended them to know. Religious men of that time rejected the possibilitythat they could know the timing of Christ’s coming. Many have set out to understand the fine details of prophecy, and even though they were men of God, the words were sealed until the time of theAt the beginning of the first century A.D., Rome had appointed a king over end. Paul knew that hidden within the Word of God was a prophetic storyIsrael named Herod. When he heard that the sign of the star in the east that was going to unfold in time. “Let no man therefore judge you in meat,would signal the birth of the King of the Jews, it troubled him so greatly that or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the Sab-he assembled the scribes and the priests, and asked where this king was to bath days: [Which are a shadow of the things to come]; but the body is ofbe born. They told Herod that the scriptures foretold the king of Israel was Christ.” Colossians 2:16, 17to be born in Bethlehem of Judea -- as recorded in Micah 5:2: “But thou,Bethlehem Ephrata, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, There is a pervasive teaching proclaimed in the church that you cannotyet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be the ruler in Israel; know the time of the Lord’s return. The problem with this is that it contra-whose goings forth have been from old, from everlasting.” dicts the written examples of people having read the prophetic scriptures and known about key events before they occurred, such as those describedHerod believed the written prophecy and knew that the king had been born in Micah 5:2 and Luke 2:25.who would rule over Israel. I imagine it was that fear of losing his domin-ion which caused him to decree that every male child two years of age or I will further state that no single person can have all the answers for theyounger should be killed (Matthew 2:16). church today. The Word tells us in Ephesians Chapter 4 that it is a body of gifts that work together edifying the entire body (church).The scriptures in Matthew 2:1-16 reveal that the religious men of Israelknew where the Christ was to be born, and yet they delivered every male Does a pastor of the church today replace all the gifts of the body and workchild of that region to be put to death, possibly even the Messiah. They, Like miracles? I ask you, who is your head and who is your teacher? How canHerod, didn’t want to lose their earthly dominion. you know what God has really said if you do not search out the scriptures as the Bereans did?The next few verses of Matthew 2:17-23 detail the events and the results10 11
  9. 9. 4 THE MORE SURE WORD“For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we madeknown to you the power and coming of our Lord.” 2 Peter 1:16 (KJV)“We have also a more sure word of Prophecy whereunto you do well thatyou take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the daydawn and the daystar arise in your hearts.” 2 Peter 1:19 (KJV)The Holy Scriptures in the original language are precise in word and rev-elation. God’s word grafted into your soul is able to save you. James 1:21:“Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and re-ceive the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls.” John 15 tellsus that if Jesus’ words abide in you, He abides in you. From this we can seethat those who are true believers believe in the Word of God, and that Godis able to preserve the Word and its meaning. In Luke 21:33, Jesus said that“heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.Take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be over charged withsurfeiting, and drunkenness, and the cares of this life, and so that daycome upon you unawares.”Two things can be drawn from these scriptures. First, once we hear theWord and believe, we are saved; and second, the Word brings a change inyou to be like Christ.We can assuredly accept that prophecy is an important part of our Christianknowledge. It was not intended for us to view from an historical perspectivealone, but that we might know the future and be prepared, having read itand believed. When the Lord said “My people are destroyed for a lack ofknowledge” (Hosea 4:6), the undertone is that His word is sufficient, andthat in the future there will be a famine of the hearing of it (Amos 8:11).The Word reveals that it will not be the majority of people who are listeningor seeking the truth contained in the Bible, but only Spirit-filled believerswho are called. 13
  10. 10. John M. Poirier PROPHECY: HIDDEN IN PLAIN SIGHTToday we have history that reveals the truth of prophecy past to those who Word and be part of the body of Christ.believe and are of the household of faith in Christ. All others, those who donot believe, are simply outside true faith. I am not speaking to them, for The milk of the Word is the beginning of faith. If God had not sent a preach-they cannot understand even though they hear. Those who are in Christ er to preach, then the hearer would not have heard of Christ and would notJesus will understand, because Jesus said in Matthew 13:10-17 that the have believed. As we grow in Christ, our knowledge of Christ grows. Milk ismysteries of the kingdom are revealed to them. Now you know that I’m for babies in Christ, which in times past we all were. Colossians 3:10: “Andspeaking to the Elect of God (1 Peter 1:2), who are being prepared, prepar- have put on the new man, which is renewed in the knowledge after theing, and watching for the things written in scripture. You will understand, image of him that created him.” The mature have the mind of Christ – aand many will hate and revile you for what you believe and teach. renewed mind which in time is able to understand the meat of the Word. Hebrews 5:12-14: “For in the time that you ought to be teacher, you haveI ask: Can you be a Christian and not believe that God gave us prophecy need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oraclesthat we should understand it? How foolish is it to think that God did not of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not meat. For ev-give us the means to understand it? So I suggest that for those who do not eryone that uses milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is aunderstand prophecy, it is because of these things: They are not true be- babe. But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even thoselievers even though they say they are born again and filled with the Spirit. who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good andThey have created, or simply support, doctrines that are based on other evil.”people’s studies, or esteem these people almost to the point of worship.Simply stated, they are lazy and would rather believe what they’ve been We have peace knowing that God, having foreknown His elect, is workingtaught than study for themselves what the Word of God says. in us his righteousness that we will not perish. Romans 8:29-31 says: “For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to theThe “wisdom” that comes from twisting and wresting scriptures to fit some image of his son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.scenario in part – but not in the whole of what the Bible says – is earthly, Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom hesensual, and demonic, and does not come from the Holy Spirit. called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glori- fied.” We never need to try to convince or force what we know upon others We who are of true faith are born of the Spirit and have no need that oth- once we truly understand this. God’s elect, the truly saved, will eventuallyers discern for us what the truth is, but the Holy Spirit does this for us. There come to understand the prophecy of God’s Word if they are in fact filledare three that bear witness in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy with the Holy Spirit and pursuing Christ. The others will not. Mark 13:22,Spirit, and these three are one. They are in agreement. We have the Holy 23: “For false Christs and false prophets shall rise, and shall show signsSpirit in us if we believe in our hearts on the Son of God (1 John 5:6-13). and wonders, to seduce, if it were possible the very Elect. But take heed, behold, I have foretold you all things.”Did God give us teachers? Yes, that they would speak nothing other thanscripture. These teachers teach the Word and the Spirit bears witness. The teachers who are not God’s teachers will have a few common traits:There are no antinomies in the Bible: that is, two or more apparent truths They love the preeminence in the title and positions they hold. They willthat contradict each other. Spirit-filled men of God who are led by the Holy reject any teachings that question their beliefs, before they hear them out.Spirit will never teach something that contradicts the whole of scripture They will reject God’s prophetic gifts in “their churches,” under the guise ofand prophecy. They will never tell you that you cannot know all things con- protecting the sheep. The problem is not the protecting of the sheep, buttained in scripture. This knowledge does not come to one person, but will the rejecting of the gifts by not listening to the “body,” and thereby remov-come through the many gifted parts of the body. 2 Peter 1:20: “Knowing ing the gifts.first that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.” Thescripture tells us that when He (the Holy Spirit) comes, He will teach you all Prophecy is God’s Word and should be treated as such. The messengers arethings. It is the devil and his prideful workers who tell you that you cannot God’s messengers if they speak what the Word of God says in total, withoutknow what is written. You must apply yourself to this task of studying His gaps or contradictions. What often appear to be contradictions in prophecy14 15
  11. 11. John M. Poirierare not necessarily contradictions, as we shall see.The problem is usually the paradigm from which you begin your interpre-tation. For the Elect of God, I do not need to create a systematic study toprove what the prophecies of the Bible reveal and that they are there for usto understand. They know this, and rejoice in what God is revealing to us inthese last days. 5 KNOCK, SEEK, AND ASK “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liber- ally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.” James 1:5 For 15 years I have studied the Book of Daniel and the Revelation of Jesus Christ. I was compelled to ask: Why did God give us prophecies that have a counting of days, weeks, months, and years in context to the return of the Lord? These hard-to-understand prophecies all have a few things in com- mon: They have descriptive and historically obvious events that begin the counting, and they share a common date of completion in the end. I have already covered that it is God’s intent for His elect to know prophecy and understand it. In Matthew 24:4, 5, Jesus warns us: “Take heed that no man deceive you. For many shall come in my name saying I am Christ; and deceive many. [And again in verse 11]: . . . many false prophets shall arise and shall deceive many.” Prophecy is in scripture for us so that we can pur- sue the meaning and know it, so that we will not be deceived by half-truths and partially fulfilled prophecies. What I am going to explain now is how God revealed it to me, and that He will do the same for you if you ask. Though I had read the same passages a hundred times, and I recognized that there was a counting of days to the end, I could not reconcile the teaching in mainstream churches, that “no man knows the day or hour,” as stated in Matthew 25:13. That was in total contradiction to what the Spirit was revealing to me, and what was in writ- ten scripture, and yet I knew that I could not definitively say God had told me it was July 4th or any other day. So I made a break from the traditional teachings and asked God himself to reveal the intended meaning. There is no substitute for prayer and diligently seeking the truth. His Word is truth and all else is fodder. Looking through pages of someone else’s writing is still just fodder unless you can prove it out in scripture. It is God’s intent that you get the meaning from the Word of God and the Holy Spirit will16 17
  12. 12. John M. Poirier PROPHECY: HIDDEN IN PLAIN SIGHTconfirm it. These are not cunningly devised fables. God is faithful and will 1. So also in Arrian. 7.26.3. In Book 18.1.4, Diodorus says “To the best,” agreeing with thegive you what He promises if you ask. “optimus” of Curtius 10.5.5, and the “dignissimus” of Justin 12.15.8. It is true, of course, that κράτιστος may mean “best” as well as “most powerful.” (Diodorus Siculus. Diodorus of SicilyFirst pray, and ask God to help you know the truth, that you would not be in twelve volumes with an English translation by C. H. Oldfather. Vol. 4-8. Cambridge, Mass.:deceived. Forget all things you have been taught because there is no room Harvard University Press, 1989; London: William Heinemann, Ltd., 1989.)for both God’s wisdom and man’s wisdom. The Holy Spirit is going to giveyou what you need so don’t get ahead of Him, no matter how excited you 2. Curtius 10.5.5; Arrian. 7.26.3. (Ibid.)get when you realize that God is talking to you.Pick a prophecy that contains a counting of time, and references the timeof the end. I’ve chosen Daniel Chapter 8. Open your Bible and keep your The four generals fought for the kingdom, and one of these generals, Seleu-concordance handy. Go to Daniel and read Chapter 8 all the way through a cus 1 Nicator, overcomes the remaining three – to the south, the east, andcouple of times so you are familiar with the text. the “pleasant land.” This kingdom waxed great even to the host of heav- en (God) and it cast down some of the host and some of the stars to theNow note that verses 1-22 bring you through Daniel’s vision of the four ground, and stamped on them.kingdoms of the earth until the four notable ones stand up in the place ofthe goat mentioned in verse 4. This kingdom of Seleucus 1 Nicator ended at his death, and his son became the first Roman Emperor in 283 B.C. – which would appear to fulfill theI noted earlier that we have the benefit of past prophecy fulfilled in history, prophecy in Daniel 8:11 as the one (Roman) who magnifies himself againstand that is how we will know who the characters are that are depicted. As Christ, the sacrifice, and the temple in 70 A.D. The verse that says “the oneyou read backwards from the last verse in the chapter, you will come to a who waxed great and his kingdom” is important because there is a timeplace where the return of the Lord is depicted, or the text says something frame given in context to this whole prophecy. This is one example of thelike “the end,” “the time of the end,” “in the latter time,” or “the last days counting of days I mentioned earlier.of the kingdom,” etc. When this is present in the text, we have an endingpoint. In this case, specific events are spoken of, and it is the time just prior Verse 13 begins with two saints speaking of how long this time frame shouldto the return of the Lord, as the remaining verses of the chapter reveal. be: concerning the Daily Sacrifice and the Transgression of Desolations, and to give both the Sanctuary and the Host to be trodden under foot. InHere is what historically fits this vision given to Daniel about the kingdoms the Preterist view, this has supposedly already happened, but there is aof power to come. It begins with Daniel serving the king Belshazzar. In this problem with the time frame because neither the crucifixion of Christ norvision, Daniel sees Media-Persia as the ram with two horns conquering the the destruction of the temple fits the prophetic time of 2300 days, weeks,Assyrians and becoming the dominant power of Babylon. Then Daniel sees months, or years, etc., mentioned in the verse.the rough goat with a notable horn (king) (Alexander the Great) becomegreat. He, Alexander (the great horn), is broken (dies). Four notable ones Here is the time frame in the context of this prophecy: It is 2300 evenings(his Generals) stand up in his place for the nation, but do not have his power and mornings, which is 6.4 years. In Genesis, God declared that one day(Daniel 8: 22), meaning that they do not become kings of Greece. It is re- consisted of an evening and a morning, meaning that a “day” begins in theported that when Alexander was asked by his friends, “To whom do you evening at sundown and continues to the following sundown. This is impor-leave the kingdom?” and he replied, “To the strongest,” 1 he added, and tant information and we have gone to the very beginning of the Bible to findthese were his last words, that all of his leading friends would stage a vast the explanation.contest in honour of his funeral.2 Now here is something deeper for you to consider: The 2300 evenings and mornings first mentioned are for the vision concerning the little horn that came from one of the four notable ones in Daniel 8:9.18 19
  13. 13. John M. Poirier PROPHECY: HIDDEN IN PLAIN SIGHTAs you read on, the time frame will be described, as well as the events that Verse 23 begins with “and” in the latter time of the transgressors. I believewill take place. There is a problem because the next time the 2300 is men- that this is the time prior to the end and our introduction to the man of sin/tioned in verse 14 it does not say evenings and mornings, and the Hebrew antichrist, and a description of what he does.text does not have the word “days” here. When you put the time frame of2300 days over this apparent fulfillment, it does not fulfill the prophecy, butdoes describe an historical account. There is an underlying prophecy whichmust account for the time frame in days. The time frame in verse 14 doesnot have to be days, and might indicate a second prophecy entirely. This iswhen modernist church scholars depart from true faith in what God’s Wordsays. They do not feel it is necessary to know the true meaning and howit fits in the time frame declared by God through His prophets. In a sense,they throw the baby out with the bath water. All else fits, but because theycan’t make sense of the precise time frame given, they don’t use it, or theycount it irreconcilable.I think you will see that there are two time frames here and neither ends inthe first century.It is time to knock, seek, and ask the Lord for wisdom, and we will find theanswer to the riddle that we have created in our own minds. If all prophecyhas an ending point in common, then all counting of time in these prophe-cies, whether in days, weeks, months, years, feasts, or jubilees, will perfect-ly fit together without a flaw and conclude on the same date. So, if they allstate different time periods, some of which begin in the third century B.C.,we should be able to find a date, and all descriptions of events and peoplewill fit. When the Lord reveals the truth of the Word, it is easily understoodas it was intended to be.Now that you have prayed, read verse 23 again and you will see that thetime is definitively the time of the end. Read verse 22 again and notice thatit is described in the past tense and the intent is to know that there will befour nations which stand up for it (Greece). Then it goes on to tell us thatthese four kingdoms will not stand in his (Alexander the Great’s) power. Thisis a dual prophecy, because in verses 17 and 19 the two men (saints) tellDaniel that the timing for this vision is in the end.The Preterist view of the prophecy as being fulfilled appears to be correct,whereas the four generals stood up for Greece when Alexander died, butnot in the prophetic time frame which accounts for the days/years. We canexpect that there will be a mirror fulfillment in the correct time frame in theend, as the two saints have told us.20 21
  14. 14. 6 THE 2300 THEORYIn the last chapter we looked at how the prophecy of Daniel Chapter 8 has atime frame that it must fit, and that the generally accepted interpretationsdo not fit that time frame. What follows is the result of my study along withother people’s interpretations and interjections to my study.I believe Daniel 8:14 is explaining to us that there will be a period of 2300days and the sanctuary will be cleansed. I also perceive that this 2300 pe-riod is possibly not just days but years as well. What is interesting is thatwe know that there were more than 2300 days in the time frame from Al-exander’s General Seleucus 1 Nicator to the Roman Empire’s crucifixion ofChrist, and the destruction of the temple in 70 A.D. We also know that itwas not the time of the end, and that the final “cleansing of the sanctuary”has also not happened.The word “days” in the “2300 days” of Daniel in the scripture’s original textdoes not exist. The word was added because of the reference to “eveningsand mornings” in verse 26. In this context, the word “days” can be correctlyapplied because God said the vision was true and would be 2300 eveningsand mornings. I believe this prophecy has more than one time frame. God shows us thethings to come from the things of the past, and how perfect the Word ofGod is, and the depth to which his people can trust Isaiah (46:9-12). Ac-cording to 2 Peter chapter 1, God’s prophetic word is better than Peter’seyewitness of Christ’s ascension. My point is simple: If God said that thereis a time between “this and that,” He meant it, and we should trust whatprophecy tells us.There have been numerous interpretations offered, but they are not rec-onciled with the time frames. This is where many people say that anyonecould make the prophecies fit any time in history. In fact, many have triedthis, but they fall short of making all the prophecies, time frames, and 23
  15. 15. John M. Poirier PROPHECY: HIDDEN IN PLAIN SIGHTevents fit together. 333 B.C.__________________ 2300 years________________________1967The other end-time prophecies that share these events or timelines must Any event that is claimed to have fulfilled this prophecy did not culminatefulfill both, and end on the same date, and that is the “Day of the Lord.” with the return of the Lord. Dewey Bruton also gave me another counting of days in this prophecy which is still to be proven out, namely that thereIn verse 12 we see that the sacrifice ends because of a “transgression.” The are precisely 2300 days from the Shavuot of May 2010 until the fall feastone who causes the transgression continues to practice and prosper. So of 2016, which is the beginning of the high Holy Days and the Jewish Newverses 12 and 13 are related in that they share an end date, but they also Year (2017).show elements of the duality of this prophecy. In 70 A.D., the Romans de-stroyed the temple and caused the sacrifice to cease, but they did not con-tinue to practice and prosper to the end. The time frame stated for all thisto happen is 2300, and then the sanctuary will be cleansed. This we knowdid not fulfill the prophecy, because it is not the end, the temple has notbeen cleansed, and it was not 2300 days.I believe that the “nation” spoken of is the key here. This nation is goneand so are its rulers, but the land and the descendants are still there. TheGreeks were not defeated and neither were the Romans. They died by attri-tion. This land is going to be ruled by a group of nations loosely fit togetheras represented in Daniel’s vision of the feet made of “miry clay and iron”(Daniel 2:34).So let’s apply the time in years to the one who came from the four notableones, as it states in verse 8. He is Seleucus 1 Nicator, the one who stoodup in Alexander the Great’s place, and his descendant waxed great to thesouth, to the east, and to the pleasant land. We begin the count when thegeneral died and his son became ruler in 283 B.C. Now subtract the 283years from 2300 and we have a speculative date of 2017.Having compared it to the timeline of historical accounts and the vastamount of time having passed, you can see it fulfills both the time frameand the beginning point written in the prophecy. Note: We still must matchthis end-time date with every other prophecy.283 B.C. 2300 years 2017In addition to my study, the author of the “Daniel’s Time Line” video, DeweyBruton, pointed out in a letter to me that from Alexander the Great’s rule ofthe Greek Empire, which began in 333 B.C. (presumed to be a jubilee year)to 1967 is 2300 years exactly.24 25
  16. 16. 7 THE JUBILEEPreviously I have mentioned that there is a common date shared in proph-ecy: the Day of the Lord.I have asked you to forget all that you think you know and begin building onthe Word of the Lord from a different paradigm. That paradigm is from theJewish perspective. The reasoning behind this is that we as gentiles are thewild branch grafted onto the faith of the Jews through our faith in Christ.Simply put, the gentile church that claims faith in Christ knows very littleabout the faith it claims to be part of; in fact, it still celebrates pagan holi-days thinking they are Christian. I will explain this and why it is so importantto understand prophecy of the Word as a whole, and I will remind all thosewho claim the name of Jesus to read Proverbs 18:13: “He that answereth amatter before he heareth it, it is a folly and a shame unto him.”What is a jubilee and where is it first described? In Leviticus 25:9, we seethe declaration of it by the blowing of the trumpet which happens on the10th day of the 7th month (Tishri) of every 50th year. Prior to the 50th year,there are 7 sets of 7 years to be counted and then the next year is the jubi-lee. This mirrors the six days of creation and the seventh day on which Godrested. It also is representative of the six days we labor and the seventh daythat we rest (on the Sabbath). The jubilee year is a time that the Lord has given to everyone. It is for us ablessing of liberty and freedom, that we should give every man his posses-sions, forgive debts, and set slaves free. During this year no one shall workthe fields or gather from that which sowed itself, nor gather fruit of thetrees or vines.In the 48th year God promises to bless the inhabitants of the land with anincrease – three years’ worth of food, because the 49th year is also the 7th(sabbatical) year in which God commands that all the fields go fallow, andyou may not work the fields or the vineyard. 27
  17. 17. John M. Poirier PROPHECY: HIDDEN IN PLAIN SIGHTThe jubilee can be said to be an example of God’s mercy and a requirement flood came. Where does the 120 years fit into this context of the flood? Itto trust Him during a period of time in a fallen world. It reveals many things, doesn’t!as you will discover as you think about the hidden meanings. The Word saysthat He will provide three years’ worth of food, and that it shall be enough With that said, we must look at what it really says here. Is God telling usfor the 49th, 50th, and the first year that you go back to work the fields. It is that His Spirit will not strive with man in his current state for more than aa glimpse into the future of his plan for provision, where all things are rec- hundred and twenty years? That cannot be true because more time thanonciled and all things are forgiven. that has passed, and God continues to strive with us.This example in prophecy is showing us how God will forgive His people So let’s look at the 120 years as 120 jubilees. That means that we wouldwho have faith, who believe what He has said in His Word and who practice multiply 120 by 50 years = 6000 years. Then at the time of the final Jubilee,forgiveness. God will restore all things and we shall be restored to the state prior to the fall of man. There is only one problem with this prophetic timeline: WhatWhen viewed in the prophetic context, we can see that the Jubilee of all year is a jubilee year and where do we find it in history?jubilees is the beginning of the Millennial Reign. This will happen when the6000 years from the creation of the world to the fulfillment of all things God being faithful and always fulfilling His promises, even when we are notforetold in the prophetic scriptures of the Bible come to pass. Consider this: faithful, is what I would like to show you now. If God has declared that everyA day = a thousand years, and a thousand years = a day. God created the fifty years is a restoration of all things, where in written history do we findearth in six days, and on the seventh day He rested. The Millennial Reign is this?the seventh day, or in this case, the period from the end of the 6000th yearto the end of the 7000th year. This is another example of how God’s plan is Here is a small list:going to conclude on the same date at the time of His return. 1867 The emancipation of the Jews in Hungary.Where else does God mention a time for man? In Genesis 6:1-3, God saysthat it came to pass that people began to multiply on the face of the earth, 1917 The end of Ottoman rule in Palestine.and daughters were born unto them; and further, that the sons of God sawthat the daughters of men were fair, and took them as wives. Evidently God 1967 The reunification of the Jewish people in Jerusalem.was displeased with this and said that His spirit would not strive with manforever, for he also is flesh “yet his days shall be 120 years.” I believe from this we can see that God is trying to reveal to us when a jubi- lee is, and when we will see the next one – 2017.This is a most difficult passage to understand with things like the sons ofGod and daughters of men (and even giants), but it is not really. I am not The jubilee = 50 yearsgoing to attempt to explain it here, because I used this passage simply toshow you the time frame in context regarding how long God will strive with 333 B.C.____________1867________1917_______1967______2016-2017man. Many have said that this time frame refers to the lifespan of a personin the flesh on earth, but it is not, because that contradicts Psalm 90:10,which says that a man’s years shall be 70 and 80 “strong labored.”In the previous passages, it is recorded that Noah is 500 and he then hasthree sons and builds the Ark. Noah enters the Ark at 602 and his sons areapproximately 100. The 120-year prophecy does not fit the time that it tookto build the Ark and the flood that destroyed the inhabitants of the earth,because it only took approximately 100 years to build the Ark, and then the28 29
  18. 18. 8 THE FEASTS OF THE LORDThe feasts of the Lord are prophetic, and from the past fulfilled prophe-cies, we can see that the unfulfilled prophecies will be fulfilled on the daysappointed for them. The Bible tells us that God gave us seven feasts to cel-ebrate, and that they are His feasts even Holy Convocations (Leviticus Chap-ter 23).These feasts are celebrated for both remembrance of what the Lord hasdone and for what he has promised to do. They represent His mercy, good-ness, and promises. Prophetically, the first four feasts symbolized God’sredemptive plan of the Messiah to come: His death, His burial, His resur-rection, and the gift of the Holy Spirit. The prophecies within the first fourfeasts foretold future events, and from history we can see how accuratelythese prophecies were fulfilled. Every aspect of the Lord’s feasts is prophet-ic, and the final feast will point to the same end date as all the propheciesin the Bible.The feasts of the Lord that are fulfilled:Passover: The sacrifice for sin – Jesus crucified on the cross.Unleavened Bread/purity without sin: There was no sin found in Jesus.First Fruits: The resurrection of the Lord Jesus (on the third day).Shavuot or Pentecost: The gift of God’s Spirit to those who believe.14th morning of Nisan 15th eve 16th eve 17th eve 17th morning 49 +1 =50 days|________________________________|_________|________|_________|____________________|________________|Crucifixion + buried before sundown 3 days and nights Resurrection of Christ Shavuot/Pentecost 31
  19. 19. John M. Poirier PROPHECY: HIDDEN IN PLAIN SIGHTThe first feast is Passover, which is the feast that people of faith practice in The Feast of the First Fruits is about the first harvest of barley in the spring.remembrance of God’s mercy as he passed over the first-born of Israel and It represents the bodily resurrection of Christ after having been in the tomb.killed every first-born Egyptian male in the last of the ten plagues brought He is the first fruit of many to come.upon Pharaoh. The Passover is celebrated to remind the generations tocome that God delivered the Jews from the hands of their enemies. In God’s The Feast of Weeks -- Shavuot, or Pentecost, was originally celebrated asplan to bring Israel out of Egypt, he sent a prophet named Moses to deal a reminder of the time when the Israelites waited for the Torah as Moseswith Pharaoh. As a result of Pharaoh rejecting Moses’s final plea to free the went to the mountain. It is related to the Passover by a counting of sevenpeople, God brought death upon every first-born male of Egypt. When the weeks and then, on the day following, is the day that Israel received thepeople of Israel followed the instruction to place the blood of the lamb on Torah.their door lintels, God passed over them and did not harm the first-bornmale of their houses. This is an example for us all that God is capable of From scripture we know that Jesus commanded the disciples to remain inkeeping his people from harm in the future. Jerusalem certain days (Acts 2:4). Here is the blueprint of the jubilee once again. Those certain days were to be until the gift of the Holy Spirit came,Hidden within the formal ritual of this feast is an overview of the redemp- on that day of the Feast of Weeks: Shavuot, now known to Christians astive plan of God through the sacrifice of the spotless lamb. According to Pentecost, meaning fifty. The first revelation from God was the Torah givenscripture, the feast is to begin on the eve of the 14th dayat sundown. to Moses for the people of Israel. The second was the giving of the Holy Spirit that bears witness to the Word of Truth. These two events happenedHere are two of many significant things prophetically within this feast of on the same day of the year, and it was the Shavuot/Pentecost; which is 50Passover: The first is the spotless lamb that was to be the sacrifice for sin. days from Passover.This lamb was to be without blemish and the finest lamb in the flock. Thislamb represents the Lamb of God: His son Jesus. The second is that, ac- Let us consider that the Ark of the Covenant contained the tablets of thecording to scripture, every person born of man is tainted with original sin law and the Spirit of the Lord. When the Holy Spirit came, no longer wasthrough Adam. Here is where we understand the necessity of the virgin the Ark of the Covenant the place where God’s Spirit resided, but it camebirth of Christ. The father of Jesus is the Holy Ghost and God cannot and instead to reside in every person of faith in Christ. And the law was nowdoes not pass sin on to His son. Therefore, Jesus is able to be the lamb with- written on the fleshly tablets of our hearts and minds (2 Corinthians 3:3).out blemish, and the holy sacrifice for the sins of those who believe uponthe Son of God. Again we see the spiritual significance of this feast and that the fulfillment of the hidden prophecy occurred on the very day of the feast. There is moreThe point I would like to stress is that the feast was not just representative hidden prophecy contained in the counting of days/weeks. This blueprint-of Christ’s role as the Lamb of God, or His virgin birth, but that the practice ing of things of the past is showing us things to come, and we can anticipateof the feast happened at the same time on a certain day every year based the fulfillment.on the cycle of the new moon, and the counting of 14 days from it. The ful-fillment of the prophecy in its entirety would require that it happen on the These are the three feasts that are yet to be fulfilled:very day that the feast was suppose to be celebrated. This is exactly whathappened when Jesus was killed on the cross. Feast of Trumpets: Tishri 7/1, the fall feast of harvest.The Feast of Unleavened Bread continues during the week of Passover. It Feast of Atonement (Yom Kippur): Tishri 7/10, the Day of Atonement, therepresents the need for purity as symbolized in the making and eating of judgment seat of Christ.bread without leavening (yeast). This represents the life of Christ and ourdesire and need to be like Him by removing the sin (leavening) from our Feast of Sukkoth: Tishri 7/15-21, the wedding feast for the bride of Christ.lives. The feast of unleavened bread approximately mirrors Christ’s sinlesslife, and three days in the tomb.32 33
  20. 20. John M. Poirier PROPHECY: HIDDEN IN PLAIN SIGHT2009 2013 2016 Oct 2-3 Oct 11-12 Oct 16-21 “Teshuvah,” which means to return or repent. This day in the future will be____________________________________________|_________|______|_____| a literal day when all of the righteous, the wicked, and the indeterminate The abomination of desolations will face the consequences of their decisions and actions of the past. This day will be the judgment seat of Christ.As I have said, the historical fulfillment of the first four feasts can be seen indetail though the death of Christ, His burial, His resurrection, and the day of The Feast of Sukkoth, or “Booths,” is to remind all future people of IsraelPentecost. I haven’t explained these in detail because it was my intent only that God made the early people of Israel live in booths as they wandered into show that the timing of the Feasts of the Lord in the past were all fulfilled the desert for forty years. At the end of their forty years in the wilderness,on the days that they are celebrated. the Lord brought them into the “promised land.” The Sukkoth is also known as the wedding feast, and it has been suggested that it symbolizes the wed-Many books have already been written on the Feasts of the Lord and their ding feast of the bride of Christ. The Bride of Christ is the church.hidden meanings. I am not an expert on this subject, and I suggest you re-flect on them as you study God’s Word for a more scholarly portrayal. Our *  *  *focus is on the symbolism and the timing of the feasts yet to be fulfilled. The prophecies of the first four feasts are fulfilled exactly as they were writ-The Feast of Trumpets begins with the blowing of the shofar on the evening ten. Their fulfillment on the exact dates of the feasts is remarkable. I wouldof the first sign of the new moon in the month of Tishri. The first day of the like to point out that in the video “Daniel’s Time Line,” by Dewey Bruton, hisfeast of trumpets is called Rosh Hashanah, or “the day that no man knows.” calculations are so exact that he can reveal the actual day of the week that each of the events took place.The purpose of the day is to focus on repentance. There are then ten daysof repentance concluding on Yom Kippur. These are considered the high In God’s commandment to keep the feasts, we see his intent that the Jewsholy days, also known as “the days of awe.” According to Jewish tradition and all people grafted into the Jewish faith should practice the feasts in re-in the Talmud, on Rosh Hashanah, God inscribes each person’s fate for the membrance of His past faithfulness, the future promises of forgiveness, andcoming year – the wicked, the righteous, and the undetermined – into one the redemption that is to come through Christ Jesus. I believe that it is alsoof three books. They then wait until Yom Kippur to “seal” the verdict. During to show us that we can know the timing of the return of the Lord.the days of awe, a Jew tries to make reconciliation for his or her behavior,and seeks forgiveness for wrongs done against God and against other peo- There will be seven trumps (trumpets) as described in Revelation 8:2. Theple. The evening and day of Yom Kippur are set aside for repentance done seventh trump is found in Revelation 10:7 and reads as follows: “But in theboth publicly and privately through confessions of guilt. At the end of Yom days of the seventh angle when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of GodKippur, one considers oneself absolved by God. should be finished, as he hath declared to his servants the prophets.” This is when the sign of the return of the Lord appears in the sky (1 CorinthiansThere are many beliefs associated with this feast, including that it is the be- 15:52). That day will be a great and terrible day of the Lord for some, but forginning of the creation of the world, and that it is the actual time of Christ’s the elect it will be a blessed day because we who are like Him will go withbirth. I personally feel that it is the time of Christ’s return, and that it is also Him. I believe that the seventh trumpet is the great trump, and the finalthe days in the future when all of Israel will have a literal time to repent. In trump. I also believe that this will happen after the sixth trump, as statedthe book of Revelation Chapter 11, during the time when the two witnesses in Revelation 6:12. We know the dead in Christ will rise first, and I believeare raised from the dead and ascend into Heaven, the remnant of Jerusa- that we see them in Revelation 6:9-11, receiving their white robes and be-lem will give glory to the God of Heaven. Zechariah 13:8 and 9 also testifies ing told to wait a little longer for fellow servants and brethren that shouldof Israel’s repentance in the future. be killed. I speculate that this blowing of the trumpets will coincide with the Feast of Trumpets, and will happen – just as all the other feasts did – on theThe Feast of Atonement – Yom Kippur – is the holiest day of the year for days of celebration.the Jewish people; it is a day for fasting and seeking forgiveness through34 35
  21. 21. John M. Poirier 9 THE COUNTING OF WEEKS “Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city to [restrain] the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make rec- onciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most holy. Know there- fore and understand that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the messiah the prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again and the wall even in troublous times. After threescore and two weeks the mes- siah will be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be a flood, and unto the end of war desolations are determined. And he shall confirm a covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the over spreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.” Daniel 9:24-27 The study of these few verses will open your eyes to what the whole of God’s prophecy is pointing to. At the same time it will put you on a path to be forever watching for specific events. I begin to explain this prophetic timeline of Daniel Chapter 9 with a definition of the word “weeks.” In Eng- lish Bible translations of Daniel, the writers were inspired to use the word “weeks.” This has meaning, but not in the context of actual time meaning seven days. It is prophetic and therefore can and does, in this case, have more than one meaning. The word “weeks” is translated from the Hebrew word “shabuwa,” which has a few meanings: sevens, sevened, a week of years = heptad = 7, a Feast of Weeks – Shavuot, or Pentecost. (The New Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance: Thomas Nelson Publishers, bibleinsight.com The Interlinear NIV Hebrew-English Old Testament, written by John R. Kohlenberger III.)36 37
  22. 22. John M. Poirier PROPHECY: HIDDEN IN PLAIN SIGHTThe 70 “weeks” of Daniel are 70 x 7 = a period of 490 years. Sixty-nine of the proximately within every seven years. From this we can see that the in-70 weeks of years are past fulfilled prophecy, as I will explain in part here by terpretation of the prophecy, using either the lunar calendar or the Julianusing a study by Sir Robert Anderson. calendar, does not need any adjustments. The counting of days in a lunar month begins with the two witnesses on the temple mount watching forIn the text, time frames of 7 weeks and 62 weeks are specifically stated as the new moon, and then a counting of thirty days. This keeps spring in Adarbeing separate from the 70. Separation of the weeks in this manner is a hint and fall in Tishri. Otherwise there would be a rotating of seasons, which hasthat they are separate aspects of time to be applied to this multilayered never happened.prophecy. I would suggest that it has had a different meaning for every gen-eration since it was written. Here is the second prophecy that has been partially fulfilled:When the 7 and 62 weeks are added together, they equal 69 weeks. We Daniel 9:23-24 says that when the commandment goes forth to restore Je-need to look at the partially fulfilled prophecy of Daniel Chapter 9 that ap- rusalem, there will be 70 shabuwa to the end.pears to include the crucifixion of Christ. Please note again that it didn’t happen in 32 A.D. or in 70 A.D. This proph-Sixty-nine weeks of years ecy has multiple projections and applications. They all seem to be fulfilled in part, but not in whole, where the main prophecy clearly begins with aThe time frame begins with the commandment to restore Israel. The 69 70-shabuwa period of time, with a certain event that ends the unrighteousweeks of years are past fulfilled prophecy that concluded with the crucifix- rule of Satan and his followers when the Lord returns.ion of our Lord Jesus.Here is a counting of the 69 weeks of years done by Sir Robert Anderson in The beginning of this time frame happened on November 29, 1947, whenhis book The Coming Prince: United Nations resolution #181 declared Israel to be a nation within Pal- estine. In the decree put forth by the UN, there are three parts that are“The Julian date of the first of Nisan in the 20th year of Artaxeres is the 14th pertinent to the prophecy:of March 445 B.C. Between that date from the command to restore andrebuild Jerusalem to the public advent of ‘Messiah the Prince‘ was 173,880 [1] A. SPECIAL REGIMEdays, or exactly 7 times 69 prophetic years of 360 days (483 years) from thedecree to build Jerusalem. The time must be reckoned with a lunar calendar The City of Jerusalem shall be established as a corpus separatumyear of 360 days rather than a solar year of approximately 365 1/4 days. under a special international regime and shall be administered by the United Nations. The Trusteeship Council shall be designated“The time from 445 B.C. to 32 A.D. is 476 years which = 173,740 to discharge the responsibilities of the Administering Authority ondays, but there are 116 leap-year days. From the 14th of behalf of the United Nations.March to the 6th of April is 24 days for a total of 173,880 days.“Sixty-nine weeks of years (173,880 days) = the same number of days fig- [2] Chapter I: Holy Places, Religious Buildings andured by solar years.” SitesSir Robert Anderson is correct in the time frame of approximately 69 weeks, Existing rights in respect of Holy Places and re-but his calculations, correcting the time frame based on leap years is not ligious buildings or sites shall not be denied ornecessary. The Hebrew calendar is based on the lunar cycle consisting of impaired.360 days a year, which is twelve months of 30 days each. The lunar yearis shorter than the Julian calendar year by 4.25 days. So to reconcile the In so far as Holy Places are concerned, thedifference, the Hebrew lunar calendar has a thirteenth month (2 Adar), ap- liberty of access, visit, and transit shall38 39
  23. 23. John M. Poirier PROPHECY: HIDDEN IN PLAIN SIGHT be guaranteed, in conformity with exist- in the next line speaks of the second coming and His rule to come. This is ing rights, to all residents and citizen of the a dual prophecy because it is not just stating 69 years of sevens, but also other State and of the City of Jerusalem, as states that it will be 7 and 62 shabuwa. Where it states the latter, we have well as to aliens, without distinction as to applied it to the commandment of the one world government (United Na- nationality, subject to requirements of na- tions) that restored Israel to Palestine and established Jerusalem as an in- tional security, public order and decorum. ternational city, restoring it physically and restoring access for all peoples Similarly, freedom of worship shall be guaran- in 1947. teed in conformity with existing rights, subject to the maintenance of public order and deco- Secondly, this mirrors the first fulfillment of Christ being cut off in that the rum. preaching of Jesus as the Messiah in Israel has been made illegal. [3] Governor and Administrative staff. A Governor of the City Thirdly, it speaks of an invasion in Israel by some group of people. If this is of Jerusalem shall be appointed by the Trusteeship Council following the pattern of double meanings, these invaders (as the Romans and shall be responsible to it. He shall be selected on the ba- did in 70 A.D.) will possibly come by the year 2013 or sooner, because Daniel sis of special qualifications and without regard to nationality. 9:27 says that “he will confirm a covenant with many for one week” (shabu- He shall not, however, be a citizen of either State in Palestine. wa = 7 years). And in the midst of the seven, he (the antichrist) will cause The Governor shall represent the United Nations in the City and the sacrifice to cease for an over spreading of abominations he shall make shall exercise on their behalf all powers of administration, includ- it desolate, even until the consummation and that determined (judgment) ing the conduct of external affairs. He shall be assisted by an ad- shall be poured upon the desolate. Jerusalem has not been made desolate, ministrative staff classed as international officers in the meaning and from what I understand, the wrath of God has not been poured out of Article 100 of the Charter and chosen whenever practicable onto the desolate. I would say that this prophecy is not yet fulfilled. from the residents of the city and of the rest of Palestine on a non-discriminatory basis. A detailed plan for the organization of Missing shabuwa the administration of the city shall be submitted by the Governor to the Trusteeship Council and duly approved by it. (Scanned from There is one shabuwa (period of seven) that is missing, as only 69 are ac- mideastweb.org.htm/#181.) counted for out of the 70 described above. The missing shabuwa must fit into a time line to fulfill this prophecy. I suggest it is both the last sevenIn my correspondence with Dewey Bruton, he graciously instructed me that years as stated in Daniel 9:25 and it is by definition a heptad (7 x 7 years =the counting of weeks in this prophecy began in 1947 and will conclude be- 49 years). I believe that this “missing” shabuwa begins with the 1967 war infore 70 Shavuots/Pentecosts = 70 years to the end. There will be two time Israel, and looks like this:frames that break up the 70 years, and they are stated in Daniel 9: 25 to be62 years and 7 years. The counting of 62 years from 1947 brings us to 2009 1967 War_1974_ _1981 _ 1988 _1995 _ 2002 _ 2009___2016 = 49 yearsand the last shabuwa (period of seven) brings us to 2016. The confirmation of this shabuwa as being a seven-year period is found in It is one thing to be able to add numbers and see that they fit, but what else Daniel 9:25. The time frame of seven years in this prophecy begins after theis confirming that this is the time? Remember that all things must fit the period of 62 years from the commandment to restore Israel.time and the specific events, and all prophecy must conclude at the sameend date to be correct. Note that Daniel 9:27 says that in the midst of this seven, there is a trans- gressor who causes the sacrifice and offering to cease, and a breaking of aThe scripture in Daniel 9:25 says that there will be 69 weeks (interpreted as covenant. This transgressor then sets up the abomination.sevens of years) until the Messiah comes. This, like the prophecy in IsaiahChapter 61, speaks of the first coming in one part of the paragraph, and 2009__________________ (the abomination)_______________201640 41
  24. 24. 10 JESUS SPEAKSTo be in true faith we must believe the Lord’s words. There is no decision tobe made about what we believe to be true and what is not true. The Bibleand the message is all truth or it is all lies. Do you believe in a God who cre-ated all things that exist, and yet is impotent in His ability to preserve HisWord?The focus is going to be on what Jesus said to us in Matthew Chapter 24, andhow it will bring all of the prophecies to one point in time. I will begin withMatthew 13:10-17, as stated earlier, to give us the background as to whomay understand what is written. All others are simply without, because Hissheep “know his voice and another they will not follow.” (John 10:4).V.10. and the Disciples came unto him [Jesus], [asking], “Why speakestthou unto them in parables?”11. He answered and said unto them, “Because it is given unto you toknow the mysteries of the Kingdom of Heaven, but unto them it is notgiven.12. For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have moreabundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away eventhat he hath.13. Therefore I speak to them in parables: because seeing, they see not;and hearing, they hear not, neither do they understand.14. And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah [6:9], which saith byhearing ye shall hear and shall not understand: and seeing ye shall seeand not perceive:15. for this people’s heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hear-ing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at anytime they should see with 43
  25. 25. John M. Poirier PROPHECY: HIDDEN IN PLAIN SIGHTtheir eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand with their summer is near when I see the leaves? What do leaves mean? When andheart, and should be converted, and I should heal them. what am I supposed to know, that is at the door?16. Blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear. If you are wondering why I chose this passage, it is because it will take the Holy Spirit to reveal the truth of what is contained here. God gave us power17. For verily I say unto you, That many prophets and righteous men have and authority, and we who would have will understand and instruct manydesired to see those things which you see, and have not seen them, and to in the truth.hear those things which you hear and have not heard them.” First in context to the entire passage of Matthew Chapter 24, Jesus is tellingThe key to understanding the meaning and need for this passage is multi- us about the three questions asked in the beginning of the chapter (verselayered. First, it is clear that those who have rejected Christ and faith will 3). The disciples ask:hear, but not understand spiritual things. Second, renowned men of God inthe past prophesied of Christ and the things to come, but did not get to see 1. When shall these things be?those things. Third, some who hear the words of the parables, because oftheir pride, will not understand the spiritual things contained within them. 2. And what shall be the sign of thy coming?They have become dull of hearing because they exalt themselves in theirown wisdom, and over the people as the Pharisees (unrighteous dominion). 3. And of the end of the world?A good example of this is when you are studying God’s word and the Holy The first question refers to the destruction of the temple. The second refersSpirit reveals the deeper layer of a parable concerning the future, and you to the coming of the Lord. The third refers to the end of the world as wego to your pastor excitedly and tell them about it. Their response is: “There know it.is no private interpretation of scripture. It has all been figured out long agoby greater men than you, and there is nothing you could possibly add to the Before I explain these answers using scripture, I will go to what Jesus saidunderstanding of Christianity.” first: “Take heed that no man deceives you” (Matthew 24:4). Why did He say this? I believe that He said it because He knew what was in the heart ofSo the pastor crushes your desire to believe that God speaks to you, or that man, and it was wicked and deceitful above all things. The heart of man inthe Holy Spirit can reveal spiritual things to you. They deny the power of the his natural state is to exalt themselves above God and His Word, to do whatHoly Spirit. Many a prophet has been burned at the stake for this presump- the Pharisees and the Nicolations did; that was rule over the people. Theytuous sin of new revelations. So count your blessings and seek the Lord’s made the people subject to them and their teachings. We know historicallytruth in His Word, and the Holy Spirit will teach you. that the Pharisees rejected Christ and who he was and what he taught, even though it was clearly proscribed in scripture. They did not see ChristIt is important that I back up what I say with scripture, so I will give you this for who He was.example of where Jesus told every believer to learn the parable of Matthew24:32: “Now learn this parable of the fig tree: when his branch is yet ten- God has said that if any man be a minister, he must be a servant, but this isder, and putteth forth leaves, you know the summer is nigh: So likewise contrary to the nature of man. Jesus further tells us in verses 5 and 11 thatye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the many false prophets and false Christs will arise.doors. Verily I say unto you, this generation shall not pass, till all thesethings be fulfilled. Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words shall *  *  *not pass away.” I have come to the understanding that Jesus was God because He said, “IWhat in the world was He talking about? Why should we learn this? This is am the Alpha (Greek for “first”) and the Omega (Greek for “last”), the be-a parable isn’t it? So who are the fig tree and the branch of the fig tree? The ginning and the end, the first and the last,” in Revelation 22:13. In the Old44 45