In all prophecy, the most elusive element is the time dimension. The events surrounding the Eagle and the Bear were foretold thousands of years ago, by at least five different prophets, but have remained locked in the treasuries of God until our day. The who, what, where, how and why were opened well over a decade ago, yet the all-important question when remained shrouded. The only certain time cue was that the Eagle’s feathers would be plucked shortly before the ribs were torn out by the Bear. Once we see the feathers plucked then we can know the Bear-Eagle conflict is at hand and to take whatever final precautions we are able with all speed.
There are reasons to expect, even hope, that the terrible events of Dan 7:4-5 will happen around Passover, in the spring. With faith in the mercy of God, we can hope that the nuclear devastation of 3 major US cities, which must come, would happen with the warm weather of spring and summer on the doorstep. As many survivors from surrounding regions will have to flee and many supply lines will be cut off, let it not be in winter.
Now, an amazing new key, recently revealed, unlocks the timing of the season of these events with astonishing precision! Isaiah has been telling us plainly all along:
12 Woe to the multitude of many people who make a noise like the roar of the seas,
And to the rushing of nations that make a rushing like the rushing of mighty waters!
13 The nations will rush like the rushing of many waters;
But God will rebuke them and they will flee far away,
And be chased like the chaff of the mountains before the wind,
Like a rolling thing before the whirlwind.
14 Then behold, at eventide, trouble!
And before the morning, he is no more.
This is the portion of those who plunder us, and the lot of those who rob us [Ephraim].
This chapter is intrinsic to the modern Ephraim revelations. Speaking of the very climax of these events, the Word reveals a great, coordinated and fearsome assault, by multiple nations, that falls flat and ends in disaster for the invaders. Isaiah tells us of a spectacular deliverance that will astonish world and destroy the whole camp of Ephraim’s adversaries. With a definitive timing seldom found in prophecy we’re even given the times of day for this great vanquishing by the mighty hand of God Himself.
At eventide (evening) the crisis comes to a point of no return. All chance of rescue, apart from God Himself, is lost. ‘Trouble’ is a typically compact way for the Word to describe a truly dire situation. This dramatic precipice is reached at evening and yet is completely and miraculously resolved by the very next morning! God Himself rebukes, chases and wipes out the plunderers. What ancient Biblical shadow casts its timeless pointer through history directly to these words?
Yes, this is nothing less than a full scale, latter day fulfillment of Israel’s deliverance from Pharaoh’s army at the Red Sea! It was evening when Pharaoh arrived to find Israel trapped at the edge of the Red Sea with no visible means of escape and all hope lost. Then, in an astounding turn of events, God parted the Red Sea and stood as a pillar simultaneously blocking Pharaoh’s way and giving light to Israel. All night Israel walked by that light, on dry ground though the sea, to the safety of the opposite shore. By the time the pre-dawn light appeared Israel was out of reach and Pharaoh’s way to the sea was opened. They rushed in with the roar of victory in their mouths until God snatched it from them in the time it took for towering walls of water to come crashing down. This same crushing defeat awaits the vultures that will gather to pillage the fallen Eagle!
16 So let no one judge you in food or in drink, or regarding a festival or a new moon or sabbaths,
17 which are a shadow of things to come, but the substance is of Christ.
With the illuminating story of Passover and its fiery Author to guide us, we can now know the very day of this approaching event! The feasts of the Lord are shadows of things to come and this shadow has a date. The grand Red Sea finale capped the miracles of the first Passover week on the seventh and final day of Passover, known as the seventh day of unleavened bread, which falls on Abib/Nisan 21 in the Biblical calendar. While we still don’t know the year with certainty, we can have all confidence that the culmination of the Bear-Eagle events, the miraculous deliverance from invasion and ruin, will come on Abib/Nisan 21. In 2017, that falls on on Apr 18 according the modern Jewish calendar, possibly Apr 17 by the observed New Moon calendar (to be determined when the new moon is sighted in Jerusalem).
Knowing the end date for these awesome events, we can work backwards now to see how the whole sequence of events (feathers, Damascus, ribs, two invasions and deliverance) fits into the panorama of Passover. That will be the subject of the next post.
Although I heard, I did not understand.
Then I said, “My lord, what shall be the end of these things?”
And he said, “Go your way, Daniel, for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end.
Many shall be purified, made white, and refined,
but the wicked shall do wickedly; and none of the wicked shall understand,
but the wise shall understand.