Isaiah 7, behold, a virgin shall conceive and bear a son, Immanuel, coming disaster.

The greek Septuagint translation: παρθένος, parthenos: a maiden, a virgin

The Hebrew word  הָעַלְמָ֗ה hā-‘al-māh, is properly translated virgin, but it can also mean a young woman, which in those days meant the same thing, age is of no importance, virginity is.

Daniel 11, the great prophesy.

 

Yes, there were five kings in 303 B.C., Antigonus amassed a large army and fleet, but the other kings attacked, defeated and killed Antigonus in 301 B.C., his kingdom divided, and then there were four.

 

 

 

 

 

The rest of this prophecy is yet to be fulfilled. It is now 2250+ years later, and it seems the rest of the prophecy is to be fulfilled.

Let us take a pause and see what is happening.

Let us take a look at the people of the world, starting from Genesis.

 

Looking at the map of the Middle East today, these are the people mentioned and their original settlements.

This is where Ishmael spent his life. He helped bury Abraham. His descendants branched out  from there, mostly in the Levant.

 

Who is this King?

The one desired by women is a reference to the Messiah, Jesus Christ.

The desire of all nations is the Messiah, Jesus Christ

This king is most likely the Mahdi, yet to be revealed.

He will be joined by the forces of communism, socialism and humanism.

The prophetic clock started again with the

All this is yet to happen.

Daniel 9, Daniel’s Prayer, the seventy sevens.

 

Many are they who have tried to calculate the day of the return of Jesus Christ. The decree to rebuild Jerusalem was recorded four times in the Bible.

First in modern times to head for the hills and watch the return of Christ.

When that didn’t happen they modified the date, also at no avail.

Next came Russell, founder of Jehova’s Witnesses. He proclaimed a spiritual return (since nobody can possibly physically rise from the dead)

And there are many other, one of which was

The end of the Mayan Calendar came and went, but still no return of Christ. Last to make this ridiculous list is physicist Randall Smith, claiming the end of the world thanks to Earth colliding with a hitherto unknown planet.

Another question pops up, when did the age of Grace start?

 

At the birth of Christ the angels sang: Luke 2:14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven,
    and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”

At the start of Jesus Ministry Jesus opened the scroll of Isaiah and said: Luke 4:18 The Spirit of the Lord is on me,
    because he has anointed me
    to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners
    and recovery of sight for the blind,
to set the oppressed free,
19     to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”

20 Then he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant and sat down. The eyes of everyone in the synagogue were fastened on him. 21 He began by saying to them, “Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.”

At the Cross Jesus proclaimed : “It is finished”

At Pentecost the Holy Spirit was poured out and power was given to the Disciples.

Any clue?

At this point, I realized I had fallen into the same trap as all the previous people trying to figure out the date of Christ’s coming: The time of grace is “Today”.

This is it: We live in “Today”. Today is the day of salvation.

And then comes the tribulation.

There is one more thing: What is the meaning of “seven”? In the original text it can mean three things.

And the center of action will return to Jerusalem.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Daniel 8, Daniel’s vision of a ram and a goat.

 

The Achaemenid Empire was founded by Cyrus the great in 550 B.C.Alexander the Great conquered practically all of the Achaemenid Empire

At Alexander the Great’s death the people around him asked “To whom will you give the Empire?” His answer “To the strongest” It was, after much fighting and intrigue divided into four parts, or five if the original Greece was included.

The intertestamental  period (the gap of time between the period covered by the Hebrew Bible and the period covered by the Christian New Testament) is recorded in the Apocrypha, especially the Maccabean books.

Many prophecies have more than one fulfillment, one relatively immediate and one in the distant future. This is the case here.

 Now let us go back to verse 19.

That was then, this is now. Notice the Muslim world covers much the same area as the Achaemenid Empire and of Alexander the Great, but with expansions in Africa and South Asia. It does exclude Israel, a sore point for anybody wanting to conquer the world through Jihad.