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WHAT IS THIS WEBSITE'S APPROACH
TO THE INTERPRETATION OF PROPHECY?

This page on BIBLE PROPHECY consists primarily of Biblical "Timelines" and charts that have been developed over many years of inductive study of the Scriptures dealing with eschatology (Greek eschatos [word study] meaning "last"). The literal approach  to interpretation is emphasized throughout this website.

For example if God says "1000" and "1000" makes good sense in context, then the interpretation in these notes is that God means "1000". (see The Millennium 1, The Millennium 2, The Millennium 3)

Allegorical, figurative, spiritualizing approaches to interpretation will be assiduously avoided.

My approach will be to allow God (His Spirit [Jn 14:16, cf 1Cor 2:10-16] and the Scriptures) to "speak for Himself" (i.e., to read the text for its Literal sense) and avoid ingenious, imaginative interpretations (i.e., an allegorical approach) that are not compatible with the plain sense of the passage and the Scriptural context. For example, if you are looking for "dogmatic" interpretation of the locusts unleashed when the fifth angel sounds his trumpet in Revelation 9 (Re 9:3-note, Re 9:7-note) you will probably be disappointed in the offering on this website. Although there will likely be some attempt to correlate Biblical events with current world events, that will not be the major focus. God's prophetic Word sovereignly determines world events, not the converse, so it behooves us to keep our focus on God's Word, looking expectantly for our Bridegroom (Re 19:7-note) Christ rather than for the "Antichrist" (cf 1Jn 3:2, 3-note, Titus 2:12-note, Titus 2:13-note; Php 3:20, 21-note).

God's Plan for the Ages

The goal of the charts and notes on prophecy found on this website is to present a "Bibliocentric" overview of "God's Plan for the Ages" in such a way the reader is motivated to

deny ungodliness and worldly desires and to live sensibly, righteously and godly in the present age looking for the blessed hope (see study of "HOPE") and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus (Titus 2:11, 12, 13, 14-notes on Ti 2:11, 12, 13, 14  cf 2Pe 3:10, 11, 12, 13, 14 - notes on 2P 3:10, 11-13, 14).

I am a retired physician who specialized in pathology and received training in the importance of careful observation. I fully understand the relationship between accurate interpretation and correct treatment of patients and it is this same "life and death" mindset that will guide all observations and Interpretations of Biblical Prophecy on this website.

Approximately 25% or one quarter of the Bible was prophecy at the time it was written. Dr John Walvoord adds that...

The revelation of prophecy in Scripture serves as an important evidence that the Scriptures are accurate in their interpretation of the future. Because approximately half (50%) of the prophecies of the Bible have already been fulfilled in a literal way, it gives a proper intellectual basis for assuming that prophecy yet to be fulfilled will likewise have a literal fulfillment. At the same time it justifies the conclusion that the Bible is inspired of the Holy Spirit and that prophecy which goes far beyond any scheme of man is instead a revelation by God of that which is certain to come to pass. The fact that prophecy has been fulfilled serves as a guide to interpret the prophecies which are yet ahead. (The Prophecy Knowledge Handbook- All the Prophecies of Scripture Explained in One Volume)

And so fulfilled prophecy is now history, but there is clearly much exciting prophecy that remains to be fulfilled to the letter (Nu 23:19). Remember however that prophecy was not written to satisfy our curiosity about how the world will end or to make us "smarter sinners", but to cause us to discipline ourselves for godliness (1Ti 4:7, 8-note, 1Ti 4:9, 10, 11-note) so that we are being conformed by the Holy Spirit (Ro 8:29-note, Ro 12:2-note, 1Ti 6:3, 1Pe 1:14-note) more and more into the glory of our  Lord and Savior (2Co 3:18-note).

May our study of God's prophetic plan for the ages edify and equip us so that we are motivated and empowered to

walk (doxa-word study) in a manner worthy (axios-word) of the God who calls (us) into His own kingdom and glory (doxa-word study) (1Th 2:12-note).

MARANATHA!
(See In Depth Study of Maranatha)
OUR LORD, COME!
(1Cor 16:22)

 

OTHER PROPHETIC CHARTS

THE THREE DIVINE DAYS Of The Lord, Of Christ, Of God
THE END TIME JUDGMENTS Of Christ,  Sheep & Goats, Israel, the Great White Throne
EZEKIEL TIMELINE Ezekiel's prophecy in context of Israel's history
GLORY OF THE LORD Depicts departure of God's glory and His return to the Temple
GOD'S PLAN FOR THE AGES God's Eye Overview from the first Adam to the last Adam
GOD'S PLAN FOR JERUSALEM Timeline chart of the "five" prophetic peaks of Jerusalem
DANIEL'S SEVENTIETH WEEK Detailed Scripturally reference timeline chart on Daniel 9:27
REVELATION CHARTED OUT Allows quick comparison of events/timing in Revelation 4-22
THE REVELATION Conservative resources
DANIEL Conservative resources

 

OTHER RESOURCES
RELATED TO PROPHECY

The Millennium 1
The Millennium 2
The Millennium 3

Table comparing Rapture vs Second Coming

Timing - Pre-  Mid- or Post-Tribulation

Rapture - the Greek word harpazo

Prophecy, Messianic

Interpretation of Prophecy - multiple resources

Prophecy Primer: Brief and Simple: basic guidelines for interpreting prophecy

The Day of the LORD

Time gaps in interpretation of prophecy

Inductive Bible Study - Guidelines to Assure Accurate Interpretation

Inductive Bible Study Interpretation of Prophetic Scripture

Interpretative Views of the Revelation of Jesus Christ

Allegorical Interpretation - Tony Garland

Interpreting Symbols - Tony Garland

Basic Considerations in Interpreting Prophecy - John Walvoord


Revelation of Jesus Christ

Revelation Commentary by Tony Garland A Testimony of Jesus Christ - Recommended!

(In my opinion this is the single best literal commentary currently available on the book of Revelation - don't be misled by the fact that it is freely available online!)

 

Resurrection:

The Two Resurrections - "First" and "Second" - on a timeline
Seven Resurrections in Scripture

Resurrection - Is it Taught in the Old Testament?


Christ's Resurrection Prophesied in the Old Testament...

First Fruits as a prophetic picture of Christ's Resurrection
The Sign of Jonah  as a prophecy of Christ's Resurrection
The "Third Day" in Hosea - Does it predict Christ's Resurrection?
Resurrection in the Old Testament

 

Miscellaneous Verse by Verse Commentaries related to prophecy
By Bruce Hurt, MD

Isaiah 2:2-4 Commentary - Summarizes the Conditions At the Second Coming

Micah 4:1-4 Commentary - Summarizes the Conditions At the Second Coming

Isaiah 63:1-6 Commentary - To Where Does Christ Return at His Second Coming

Habakkuk 3 Commentary

Malachi 4 Commentary

Ezekiel 36 Commentary

Ezekiel 37 Commentary

 

BOOK OF DANIEL
STUDIES

 

Daniel Commentaries - General Listing of Multiple Generally Literal Commentaries


ON SITE DANIEL
VERSE BY VERSE COMMENTARIES
By Bruce Hurt, MD

Daniel 1 Commentary                                           
Daniel 2:1-23 Commentary
Daniel 2:24-49 Commentary
Daniel 3 Commentary
Daniel 4 Commentary
Daniel 5 Commentary
Daniel 6 Commentary

Daniel 71-6 Commentary
Daniel 7:7-14 Commentary
Daniel 7:15-28 Commentary

Daniel 8 Commentary

Daniel 9:1-23 Commentary

Daniel 9:24 Commentary

Daniel 9:25 Commentary

Daniel 9:26 Commentary

Daniel 9:27 Commentary
Daniel 10 Commentary
Daniel 11:1-19 Commentary
Daniel 11:20-45 Commentary

Daniel 12 Commentary  

OTHER STUDIES
RELATED TO DANIEL 9

By Bruce Hurt, MD
 

Daniel 9:24-27: Introductory Comments

Brief  "Prophecy Primer" why interpret Daniel 9:24-27 and other prophecy literally?
Why Daniel 9:24-27 Is One of Most Significant Passages in Scripture

Daniel Commentaries grouped by interpretative approach to Daniel 9:24-27
Anecdotal Stories and Daniel 9:24-27
Evidence Supporting Unit of Time in Daniel 9:24-27 as Years
Daniel Commentaries from a literal, usually futuristic perspective

Additional Notes on Daniel 9:24-25
Additional Notes on Daniel 9:26-27
Summary Chart of Daniel's Seventieth Week
Daniel's Seventieth Week Charted in parallel with Daniel's other prophecies

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Lectures by Kay Arthur on Daniel 9:24-27: Lec 14, Lec15, Lec 16

 

                                                          

                                                                                                                            

Return of King
of kings in Glory

Rev 19:11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21,17:14
Mt 24:30, 25:31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46

PLIGHT

PASSION PRESENT AGE

PERSECUTION

PEACE

7OTH Wk of Daniel
Click for chart

Millennial Reign of Christ
Re 20:1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

"The Tribulation"

Rev 6-19
Da 9:24, 25, 26, 27

Jewish Temple
Rebuilt
Rev 11:1,2
2Th 2:3,4

Last 3.5 Yr
Great Tribulation
Mt 24:15, 21
Jer 30:7


1000 YEARS

 
PUNISHMENT
 

 
 
 

Great White

Throne

Judgment

Rev 20:11, 12, 13, 14, 15

 


 

 

Sin enters the world & death through sin

Ge 3:1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15

Ro 5:12-note

Ro 3:10-note

Ro 3:23-note

 
John 3:16
1Pe 2:24, 25
2Co 5:21
Ro 5:1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11

Jn 19:30

 
 
 
 

The Present Age
Titus 2:12-
note, Mk 10:45,
Gal 1:4

 

 PAST     30-33AD    

PRESENT                      

            FUTURE     

 


GOD'S PLAN FOR JERUSALEM
FIVE PROPHETIC PEAKS
"O LORD, revive Thy work in the midst of the years.
In the midst of the years make it known.
In wrath remember mercy
"
 

SEGMENTS OF TIME

AT LEAST 2000 YEARS

SEVEN YEARS

1000 YEARS

?
FOREVER
 
PROPHETIC
PEAK #1

Jerusalem destroyed by Babylon 586bc
PROPHETIC
PEAK #2

Jerusalem destroyed
by Rome 70ad
PROPHETIC
PEAK #3

Jerusalem sacked by Gentiles/Saved by Messiah
@ end of Daniel's 70th Week
PROPHETIC PEAK #4
Jerusalem surrounded by Nations
@ end of 1000 years
No place found for earth & heaven
Re 20:11-note
PEAK #5
New Jerusalem
After all passes away
 

THE CHURCH AGE

Daniel's 70th Wk
"The Tribulation"   misnomer b/c term not used in Scripture specifically for this 7yr period
(
click here for detailed chart on this week)

Great Tribulation ends w return of Messiah as King of kings &  defeat of antichrist who is cast into Lake of fire at beginning of 1000 yr reign

 

All things new
Re 21:5-note

Begins: Pentecost
Ends: Rapture of church

When is Rapture?
Most likely prior to Daniel's 70th Wk
1Th 4:13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18 - notes

Antichrist makes firm
 covenant w Israel for 7 years -
Temple rebuilt
Antichrist breaks covenant after 3.5 yr

Antichrist desecrates Holy Place in Temple - Abomination of desolation initiates 3.5 yr
"Great Tribulation"
"Time of Jacob's Distress" Je 30:7

Christ reigns from Jerusalem
David reigns over Israel
Saints reign with Christ

Heaven & earth passed away
Re 20:11-
note

New heavens
& New earth
Re 21:1-note,

Babylon
605-538bc
Medo Persia
538-333
Greece
333-63bc
Rome
63bc until
ca 476ad
Revived Roman Empire
(What is it? Can't be dogmatic - many favor European Union when composed of 10 nations)
Messiah Reigns
1000 Years
Great White Throne Jdgmt
Re 20:11-15

Eternity
Righteousness dwells
2Pe 3:13-note

THE TIMES OF THE GENTILES
Begins = Babylon tramples Jerusalem underfoot
Ends =Jesus the Stone of Daniel 2 crushes Antichrist and all the Gentile powers at end of Daniel's 70th Week (Da 2:34-35, 45)
Time that parallels Times of Gentiles = This Age -Mt 24:3, 13:39-40,49, 28:20, Da12:13
Next Age = 1000 year reign = "Messianic Age" =
Millennium

Satan bound 1000 yr but released & deceives countless Gentiles to rebel one last time against the beloved city - devoured by fire & Satan cast into Lake of fire

Heavens pass away w roar & elements  destroyed w intense heat & earth & works burned up

New Jerusalem
Comes down from God

Made ready as a bride adorned for her husband
Re 21:2-
note
 

 

THE LAST DAYS
Begins: Jesus' first appearance He1:2-note,
2Ti 3:1-
note
1Pe 1:20-
note
Ends: Jesus returns

Main point:
We are living in the
Last Days

   

Unbelievers cast into Lake of fire

 

BELOVED OF GOD, WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING FOR
IT WILL DETERMINE WHAT ARE YOU LIVING FOR!

"The grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all men instructing us to deny ungodliness and worldly desires and to live sensibly, righteously and godly in the present age, looking for the Blessed Hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus Who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself a people for His own possession, zealous for good deed...Since all these things are to be destroyed in this way, what sort of people ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God...eagerly waiting for the hope of righteousness...waiting eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our body...longing to be clothed with our dwelling from heaven...for our citizenship is in heaven, from which also we eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ...from heaven, Whom (God) raised from the dead, that is Jesus, Who delivers us from the wrath to come...Therefore, beloved, since you look for these things, be diligent to be found by Him in peace, spotless and blameless...there is laid up...the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to...all who have loved His appearing." (Titus 2:11-note, Titus 2:12-note, Titus 2:13-note, Titus 2:14-note, 2Pe 3:11, 12-note, Gal 5:5, Ro 8:23-note, 2Co 5:2, Php 3:20-note, 1Th 1:10-note, 2Pe 3:14-note, 2Ti 4:8-note)

Lake of Fire
...will be tormented day and night
forever and ever
Re 19:20-note
Re 20:10, 14,15-
note

 

TIMELINE OF JEWISH & GENTILE HISTORY
ACCORDING TO DANIEL
DATES ARE ACROSS TOP ROW &
CHAPTERS
IN DANIEL ALONG LEFT COLUMN

NOTE: Chart may not maintain original proportions on different browsers

BC        626          538                      331                                            146         AD32>70  TIME GAP  ? DATE ?

           Babylon Medo-Persia           Greece                                                        Rome                                          Stone Crushes

Dan 2    Head        Chest                      Belly                                                          Legs                       TIME GAP  All Kingdoms
Aramaic      of               of                            of                                                               of                                                 10 "Toes"
             Gold         Silver                      Bronze                                                       Iron       
Da 2:31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42. 43. 44. 45

Dan 7   Lion           Bear                     Leopard                                        Dreadful & Terrifying (DT)  TIME GAP  10 Horns

Aramaic   Da 7:4        Da 7:5                       Da 7:6                                                        Da 7:7                                        "Little Horn"
                                                                                                                                                        Da 7:7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27

 Dan 8                      Ram                      Goat                                                                                                           SEE TABLE 1 BELOW

Hebrew                      Da 8:3                 One Horn

                                                   Alexander the Great                                                  

                                                            Da 8:4, 5, 6, 7, 8

 

                                                                               4 Horns                   Da 8:8
                                                                              Alexander's       Rather Small Horn
         
                                                                      Kingdom          Antiochus Epiphanes  

                                                                               Divided Into  Da 8:9, 10, 11, 12, 13,14,23-26
                                                                              4 Kingdoms             175-164 BC


 

                                                                                        DANIEL 9:24, 25, 26, 27

Dan 9                            444/445  7x7's (49yr) + 62x7's (434 yr) (Da9:25,26)=483 yr>Messiah Prince 32/33     Abomination

Hebrew                    Countdown Begins                                                                 City & Sanctuary  TIME GAP   of Desolation

                      Artaxerxes' Decree - rebuild Jerusalem Ne 2:1,2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8  Destroyed  70 AD                     Da 9:27
                                                                                  Daniel's First 69 Weeks        Lk 19:38f Blessed is the King  Daniel's 70th Wk

Dan 10-12       Xerxes I (486-465)  Alexander > 4 Generals > Antiochus Epiphanes                                        King does
(A unit)             Medo-Persia          Greece    Divide Kingdom  "Despicable person"                                     as he pleases
Hebrew                    Da11:2                  Da 11:3          Da 11:4   Da11:21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26,27-35  
TIME GAP Da 11:36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45
                                                                                                    Maccabean Revolt in 166 BC                          Time of distress 
                                                                                                      Temple Rededicated                                Everyone... rescued
                                                                                                  Dec 25, 165 BC
(Hanukah)                                Da 12:1 (Ro11:25, 26, 27)
                                                                                                                                                                    Time of Jacob's Distress Je 30:7

 

Israel Reborn
May, 1948

 

     Babylonian Exile begins TIMES OF  GENTILES (Lk21:24) ends when Messiah returns       TIME GAP          
                                                                                                                                                                               
When fulness of
                                                                                                                                                                             Gentiles comes in
                                                                                                                                                                         All Israel will be saved
                      
                                                                                                                                                Deliverer comes from Zion
                                                                                                                                     
Ro 11:25, 26, 27-notes
cf Zec 12:10, 13:8, 9       

TABLE 1
TIME PHRASES RELATED TO LAST 7 YEARS
"THE TRIBULATION"

Middle of the week     Da 9:27
Time, times and half a time Da 7:25, Da 12:7
42 months    Rev 11:2
1260 days     Rev 12:6
Time and times and half a time Rev 12:14
Great tribulation  Mt 24:21
Time of distress    Da 12:1

 

TABLE 2
PASSAGES RELATED TO
"HE" OF DANIEL 9:27

The Antichrist    1Jn 2:18, 1Jn 4:3
Abomination of Desolation Mt 24:15
Man of lawlessness 2Th 2:3, 4
The Beast Rev 11:7, Rev 13:3, 4, 18,
Rev 19:19, 20, Rev 20:10

 

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