Prophetic Update - #1
Dene McGriff and Doug Krieger
There comes a time when up-to-date prophetic briefings are mandatory – this is one of those times. We will continue to expand our series on the Sacred Numbers of the Book of Revelation, along with general commentary of the Apocalypse; however, a fast-moving series of “prophetic overviews” have been requested by numerous viewers – so here goes….oh, incidentally, this may be written in a somewhat "folksy manner" - only the more to entice you to appreciate these apparently peculiar prospects which strike at the core of today's maladies....
Oracle of Damascus – Oracle of Egypt – The Mystery Nation – Isaiah 17, 19, and 18.
Our recent article on the Oracle of Egypt has, for the last couple of weeks, overwhelmed the Oracle of Damascus. The series of ORACLES found in Isaiah 13-34 appear to be the ramblings of a mad prophet—but they are not!
Commencing with the Oracle of Babylon in Isaiah 13 a prophetic projectile is launched at PROPHETIC BABYLON unto the FINAL BABYLON of the end of days – that Babylon the Great of the Revelation of John, the Beloved and which we affirm to be none other than the 800-lb. gorilla known as these United States of America!
Wail, for the day of the LORD is at hand! It will come as destruction from the Almighty…Behold, the day of the LORD comes, cruel, with both wrath and fierce anger, to lay the land desolate; and He will destroy its sinners from it. For the stars of heaven and their constellations will not give their light; the sun will be darkened in its going forth, and the moon will not cause its light to shine…I will punish the world for its evil, and the wicked for their iniquity…Therefore I will shake the heavens, and the earth will move out of her place, in the wrath of the LORD of hosts and in the day of His fierce anger...(Excerpts from Isaiah 13).
Is this not that final conclusion of the matter? This is not simply a veiled allusion to ancient Babylon’s demise by the Medes – but of that future and FINAL BABYLON (whoops, another shameless plug for our book) forecasted by John in Revelation:
And I looked when He opened the sixth seal and behold, there was a great earthquake and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became like blood. And the stars of heaven fell to the earth, as a fig tree drops its late figs when it is shaken by a mighty wind. Then the sky receded as a scroll when it is rolled up, and every mountain and island was moved out of its place…For the GREAT DAY OF HIS WRATH has come and who is able to stand? (Revelation 6:8-17)
And there were noises and thundering and lightnings; and there was a great earthquake, such a mighty and great earthquake as had not occurred since men were on the earth. Now the GREAT CITY was divided into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell. And GREAT BABYLON was remembered before God, to give her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of His wrath…Thus with violence the GREAT CITY BABYLON shall be thrown down, and shall not be found anymore…Babylon is FALLEN is FALLEN that Great City…Babylon the Great is FALLEN, is FALLEN and has become a dwelling place of demons a prison for every foul spirit, and a cage for every unclean and hated bird! (Revelation 16:18-19; 18:21; 14:8; 18:2)
Isaiah 13 speaks in cosmic terms of that final Day of Judgment – whereof the ORACLE OF BABYLON is grossly afflicted by the Wrath of God and the Lamb. So, let’s get one thing straight here: Isaiah foresaw the FINAL BABYLON in no uncertain terms. Be it altogether imperative – all that follows the Oracle of Babylon is naught but the lead up to the JUDGMENT of that Great City from whom the merchants of the earth lived luxuriously off her merchandising.
THE FALL OF LUCIFER
Is it, therefore, no small thing that the very fall of Lucifer, the enemy of our souls, follows the Oracle of Babylon? For at the heart of that Great City is the one who built the thing in the first place! Let us rehearse his destruction and take up with Isaiah THIS PROVERB AGAINST THE KING OF BABYLON:
How the oppressor has ceased, the golden city ceased! The LORD has broken the staff of the wicked, the scepter of the rulers; He who struck the people in wrath with a continual stroke, he who ruled the nations in anger, is persecuted and no one hinders…the whole earth is at rest and quiet; they break forth into singing…HELL FROM BENEATH IS EXCITED ABOUT YOU (i.e., the King of Babylon will be greeted by those in the pit) to meet you at your coming; it stirs up the dead for you, all the chief ones of the earth; it has raised up from their thrones all the kings of the nations…your pomp is brought down to Sheol, and the sound of your stringed instruments; the maggot is spread under you, and worms cover you…How you are fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! … Yet you are brought down to Sheol, to the lowest depths of the Pit…But you are cast out of your grave like an abominable branch …I will rise up against them, says the LORD of hosts, and cut off from Babylon the name and remnant … I will break the ASSYRIAN (aka the Antichrist) in My land …This is the purpose that is purposed against the whole earth, and this is the hand that is stretched out over all the nations (Excerpts from Isaiah 14).
Don’t think for one moment that Isaiah’s prophetic outburst against Lucifer, SON OF THE MORNING – GREAT COUNTERFEIT OF THE AGES – the ASSYRIAN himself, the Antichrist, the Willful King of Daniel 11 was not heard by John on that day whereof he bore witness to Isaiah’s judgment upon the King of Babylon:
Then the BEAST was captured, and with him the false prophet who worked signs in the presence, by which he deceived those who received the mark of the beast, and those who worshiped his image. These two were cast alive into the lake of fire burning with brimstone…Then I saw an angel coming down from heaven, having the key to the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. He laid hold of the dragon, that serpent of old, who is the Devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years; and he cast him into the bottomless pit, and SHUT HIM UP, and set a seal on him, so that he should deceive the nations no more till the thousand years were finished…. (Revelation 20:1-3a).
Oh, yes, we’re talking of the same nefarious culprit, “lord of the flies” – Beelzebub – whose bed is MAGGOTS and who’s covered in WORMS! Kind of hard to see him at times...but there he is!
Movin’ On the “Oracle Express” in Isaiah
Much can be said of Philistia’s destruction and that of Moab’s end-time demise (Isaiah 14:28-32; Isaiah 15-16) … for there is much more here than meets the casual glance of these ancient enemies of Israel, for embedded within their ultimate destruction are the sins of Lot who compromised his inheritance and wrought evil in the sight of the Lord …for judgment must begin at the House of God FIRST!
But we move on to familiar turf wherein the lead up to Babylon’s ultimate demise and her administrative king, the King of Babylon, is deliberately sequenced by Isaiah’s additional oracles designed to enrich our prophetic insights as to “how all this will come down” upon the King of Babylon on that day!
Yes – THE ORACLE OF DAMASCUS is unfolding front and center upon the world stage as we write this tome. We unite with Isaiah – how brazen of us – and declare: BEHOLD, DAMASCUS WILL CEASE FROM BEING A CITY, and it will be a ruinous heap! (Isaiah 17:1)
Is this not what is happening in Syria today? Many years ago we announced the ruination of Damascus and warned that they who knew of this should flee her environs. We were denounced by Syrians themselves that such “hate-speak” would not be tolerated – our response: Take it up with God Almighty and convince Him otherwise…if I were you, I’d get out of Dodge while the getting’s good! But no, they stayed and now they weep…AND THERE IS NO END IN SIGHT…this is the Seventh Phase of the Arab-Israeli Conflict (1948, 1956, 1967, 1973, 1982, 2006) and now THIS!
The latest statistics do not tell the depth of the sorrow and implosion of the once beautiful City of Damascus and the tragic civil war that cannot but end in the utter ruination of this oldest inhabited city on the earth.
The UK’s Telegraph provokes outrage – Assad is now gassing the “enemy” as in “children” – “Red Lines” announced by the “Leadership from Behind” (the USA) apparently mean nothing while the militarily toothless French and their Euro buddies prattle about WE’RE NOT GOING TO TAKE THIS ANY LONGER! The whole thing is named after the French MIRAGE … their threats cannot be heard over the cries of the children! Sorry, the vortex of this war is pulling in what’s left of the super powers of the earth. Alas! Bashar al-Assad is the champion of the Christian minority in Syria…while radical Islam is supplied by Saudi Arabia and the Gulf States. Indeed, THE CITY OF CONFUSION reigns – a classic case of the “lesser of two evils” and nobody is winning! Millions are displaced with 7,000 dead every month and the toll way over 100,000.
THE ORACLE OF EGYPT –
Let us skip over the MYSTERY NATION (which is really no mystery, if you remove the French, British and outraged UN-EURO farce out of the way to see whose leading from behind)…
Guess who’s backing the Egyptian military? Israel – Sheba/Dedan (aka Saudi Arabia and the Gulf States) to the tune of $13Billion. Don't tell the Egyptian military brass that crime don't pay! Our little $1.3Bn is a drop in the bucket. And, furthermore, why would our fearless leadership be backing the Muslim Brotherhood? Whoops – what is it about our fascination for all things having to do with the ongoing Nazi war against the Jews?
First, under Operation Paper Clip we bring in all these Nazi scientists and then unite behind the old Muslim-Nazi Brotherhood big time. Well, let’s not be sore losers here – after all, the real enemy of my enemy is my friend and anyone who hates the communists and their counterparts, like Putin et al, must be my friend. And there, dear friends, is the geopolitical analysis of analyses…it’s just that simple!
What’s weird about America’s bizarre behavior in Egypt in backing the Nazis (tellin’ it like it is) is this: Doesn’t that put us on the side of the Jihadists, as in RADICAL ISLAM – after all, aren’t we supporting the Jihadists in Syria against the Russian-backed Assad regime? Hey, by now you must be confused. Why? Because the Saudis are backing the same guys we are in Syria: The Sunni Jihadists while (at the same time) the Saudis are backing the Egyptian military big time. So, while we’re backing the Muslim Brotherhood the Saudis are backing the Egyptian Military. Yeah, at least we’re consistently backing the Jihadists…then again, aren’t we at war with radical Islam, or are we? The CITY OF CONFUSION will eventually be broken down – but we’ll get to the ORACLE OF THE EARTH later (Isaiah 24:10). Guess the biggie question is: WHO'S ON FIRST AND WHAT'S ON SECOND?
Egypt is about to spin completely out of control – it’s being set up as the KING OF THE SOUTH who will eventually come up against Israel and against the one who’s been backing the Muslim Brotherhood (can’t imagine who that could be)…the Egyptians, according to Isaiah 19 await “…the hand of a cruel master, and a fierce king will rule over them” – doesn’t sound good, does it? Don’t think so…but the Egyptians have always cried out for a Pharaoh; thus, the CRUEL MASTER – THE FIERCE KING awaits his chance to “rule over them” once again…and that’s going to happen real soon!
THE MYSTERY NATION – Isaiah 18
Again, don’t think for one New York minute that Isaiah 18 is talking about ancient Ethiopia in the midst of the Oracle of Damascus and Egypt. If you do, then we’ve got a bridge in Brooklyn we’ll sell you on the cheap.
You’ll have to go to an “ancient document” that we wrote nearly 10 years ago to figure out if you should pick up stones and deal with false prophets! But, alas, we live to fight another day…therefore, is it not surprising that the “mystery nation” betwixt and between Syria and Egypt …
Sends ambassadors by sea … saying…’Go, swift messengers, to a nation tall and smooth of skin, to a people terrible from their beginning onward, a nation power and treading down, whose land the rivers divide (lit. “whose land is sectioned off” as when a surveyor like George Washington measured off in sections on behalf of the British the New World’s prize possession) (Isaiah 18 excerpts).
Now, think of it, here’s Secretary of State John Kerry willy-nilly running about as Ambassador-at-Large in the midst of this seething caldron of anxiety, war, strife and what not, trying to resolve the REAL PROBLEM in the region: ISRAEL! After all, isn’t Israel the one causing the strife in Syria, Egypt, Lebanon, Iraq, Iran, Yemen and on and on – well, of course, she is? After a while the blame game gets a bit ridiculous. But if we can just get a lid on “the problem” – then everything else will be resolved in time. Eventually, and it would be exciting to know the depth of the meaning that this “mystery nation” will one day bring a “present … to the LORD of hosts … to the place of the name of the LORD of hosts, to Mount Zion” (Isaiah 18:7). That’s a fine “how-do-you-do” of sorts in that our hot shot ambassadorial efforts seem, as normal, to be going nowhere … so it sounds like that when the dust clears in the Middle East, we’ll just have to get in line and truck with all the other nations up to Jerusalem to celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles on that day (Zechariah 14:16-21).
That’s the long and short of it regarding the “Woe to the land shadowed with buzzing wings, which is beyond the rivers of Cush” (Isaiah 18:1).
Meanwhile, before we get back to the “Fall of Babylon” – Isaiah gets naked to illustrate a point to the Commander-in-Chief of Ashdod – you know, that incessant thorn in the side of Israel, known as the Philistines. Man, we can’t imagine walking barefoot and naked for THREE YEARS to prove a point to Egypt and the “Ethiopians” (Sounds real suspicious here that we’re talking about Cush or is it the “land of buzzing wings” – those “ambassadors” – aka, the tall guys who are clean shaven?).
And don’t you just love the KJV? Case in point in speaking of what’s going down for the Egyptians and the Cushites:
“So shall the king of Assyria lead away the Egyptians as prisoners and the Ethiopians as captives, young and old, naked and barefoot, with their buttocks uncovered, to the shame of Egypt” (Isaiah 20:4).
Yes, it’s historical, but imagine it’s found smack dab in the middle of all this relevance of the end of days? Ah, could it be that the KING OF ASSYRIA is naught but a veiled allusion to THE ASSYRIAN and that this has something to do with Antichrist? Oh, it’s not difficult at all to make this connection; especially, given what goes down against Egypt in Daniel 11:42-43.
But we digress – not really – but, nevertheless, we move on to Babylon’s Fall, the “Burden Against the Valley of Visions” – the Judgments on Shebna, the infamous Oracle of Tyre and the final Judgment of the Earth … oh, yes, there’s much more to come – some old, some new but never boring.
To be continued….but first...where are we in the Prophetic Time-Line??
In case you're not aware - and don't give us this business that it doesn't really matter: IT DOES! Time is winding down…so first the TIME-LINE to refresh our memories…and we mean TIME-LINE since Adam onward….
Our latest 6,000-year chronology of the Bible’s timeline is just about over with less than five years before the anticipated 2018, which is the most likely commencement of the prophetically-impacted 70th Week of Daniel.
That’s right – call us the most up-to-date Harold Campings of the prophetic circuit. We’ve calculated the Bible’s creation of Adam to be 3,975 B.C. (Bishop James Ussher’s 1600’s date of creation was 4,004 B.C. with Jesus being born on 4 B.C. - wouldn't you know it - "born before He was born?").
Our calculations, like nearly all chronologists, configure 1,558 years from Adam’s creation until the birth of Shem, Noah’s firstborn son. Then, according to Genesis 6:3 there would be BOTH 120 Jubilee Cycles of 50 years each or 120 X 50 = 6,000 years and then: TIME’S UP ... and 5 sets of 490 year epics of "chosen history" from Shem to Messiah the Prince with the final 7 years at the end of the age.
But in Gen. 6:3 there’s much more there – read our article FROM ADAM TO THE SECOND COMING – 6,000 Years of Biblical History…It’s Closer Than You Think. From the Hebrew we discovered that the Jubilee Cycle or the Sabbatical Calendar of the Israelites was based on 49 years + 1 year is equal to 50 years with the 50th Year being the Year of Jubilee. Through a somewhat fascinating journey we discovered that there were 5 sets of 490-year epics from Shem to “Messiah the Prince” (i.e., the crucifixion of Jesus) – with a “duplicate set” of the last 7 or 8 years extended to the end of the 6,000 years.
This meant that there are 5 X 490 Years is equal to 2,450 years + 1,558 years is equal to 4,008 years (from Adam's Creation to the Cross of Christ). Since 33 A.D. until 2013 A.D. (this year) we’ve had an additional 1,980 years – so now 4,008 years + 1,980 years is equal to 5,988 years, which leaves us 12 years short of 6,000 years.
Therefore, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 (4 more years) brings us to the brink of 2018. So Passover, 2018 commences the 70th Week of Daniel and 250 days later will be the Feast of Dedication with a full-blown BULL’S EYE BLOOD MOON over Israel on 27 July 2018 – 120 days from Passover telling us that the 120-Jubilee Cycles is on target!
Thus, in the year 2025 A.D. is the anticipated Judgment of Babylon the Great – with the Church raptured and resurrected before that Judgment and with the 144,000 Jewish representatives sealed upon the Earth to escape that wrath as well (Rev. 7). So: 1558 + 2450 + 1980 + 4 equals 5992 years + 7/8 years (Daniel's 70th Week) equals 6000 years. Or put another way: 3975 B.C. (Adam's creation in 3975 B.C.) + 2025 A.D. is equal to 6,000 years.
After the commencement of Daniel's final week - the Seventieth Week - will be 40 days after Passover in 2018 (March 30/31, 2018) – during this time will be the infamous Gog-Magog War and 7 months or 210 days to buy the bodies according to Ezekiel 39:12 – then the fulfillment of the 2,300 days prophecy of Daniel 8:11-14 will take place in which the first 1,010 days will commence after the first 250 days of the 70th Week – because it will take 7 months (or 210 days) to bury the bodies of the Gog-Magog War (40 + 210 is equal to 250). After 250 days will be the Feast of Dedication (Chanukah) – December 3, 2018. (Details and references all provided in the Article Previously announced: 6000 Years, Time's Up! By the way, the article has been greatly expanded and updated.)
After the Third Temple is dedicated, the “sacrifice” will commence – and then 1,010 days later will be the Abomination of Desolation which will terminate the “sacrifice” in "the middle of the week" – this will be at the Feast of Tabernacles which will take place on 21 September 2021. A total of 1,260 days of Daniel’s 70th Week will have transpired or 40 + 210 + 1010 is equal to 1,260 days or 42 months or 3.5 years or “time, times and half a time” or 3.5 days of the 70th Week.
Then there will be 1,290 days of “desolations” in fulfillment of Daniel 12:11 bringing us initially to the end of the second half of Daniel’s 70th Week known as the “Great Tribulation” when the saints, the two witnesses, will be persecuted, many killed, but overcoming by the “blood of the Lamb and by the word of their Testimony and they loved not their lives unto the death” will be taking place throughout the world…at the end of 3.5 days, 42 months of trampling asunder of the “holy city” by the Court of the Gentiles. Yes, the 1,260 days of the reign of the Beast – there will be those who overcome the Beast (political Babylon), the worship of his Image (religious Babylon); and the Mark of the Beast (commercial Babylon) – all these will be raptured (those who “remain” and are alive) and those who have “died in the Lord” will be resurrected – this is the FIRST, SUPERIOR, BEST Resurrection mentioned in Revelation 20.
Then the REVERSAL OF THE HEBREW CALENDAR will transpire whereby the final and EIGHTH Passover of Daniel’s 70th Week will have ended (8 such Passovers from the commencement of the Week until the end of the 2,520 days or 7 years).
The Wrath of the Lamb will begin on the Day of Atonement on 10 Tishrei (Thursday, 2 October 2025), the final and 10th Day of Awe wherein the TRUMPET shall blast and for the next thirty days until 10 Cheshvan shall be the Wrath of God and the Lamb and the pouring out of the 7 bowls of judgment found in Revelation 16.
Then the Seven Bowls of the Wrath of God will be poured out between the 1,260th day and the 1,290th day – this is also called the Wrath of the Lamb and it culminates in the Battle of Armageddon found in Revelation 16. At the end of the 1,290th Day the 2,300 day prophecy will have been fulfilled – i.e. 1,010 days of “sacrifice” + 1,290 days of desolations/transgressions is equal to 2,300 days of “sacrifice and desolations.”
Then during the EIGHTH month of Cheshvan and on the 11th day (the burial day for Rachel, the Matriarch of Israel) – we’re fairly certain – as are the Rabbis of old – that the Messiah will return with “healing in His wings” – on the Gregorian Calendar it would be: Sunday, November 2, 2025 and for the next 45 days He will reveal Himself to Israel – therefore, Daniel 12:12 will be fulfilled: “Blessed is he who waits and comes to the 1,335th Day or 45 days beyond the 1,290th Day." This will bring us to Sunday, 14/15 December 2025 (Note: Sunday is the EIGHTH Day, New Beginning, Resurrection) – Feast of Dedication which shall commence the Millennial Reign of the Son of David upon the Earth from Jerusalem.
"Date setting" - guilty as charged! Yep, no man knows the day nor the hour, but the signs of the time should be duly noted just in case a tornado is coming your way!