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Is it possible to know "what time it is" on God's prophetic calendar using the divine numerics of scripture? According to most modern bible prophecy teachers, God is using the Gregorian calendar to mark a 70 year generation from the re-birth of modern Israel in 1948 to the Second Coming of Christ as late as the year 2018. But why should God be using our modern calendar to measure his prophetic timeline? The Gregorian calendar was unknown to the early and late prophets of the Bible, and there is no instruction in God's Word saying we should use a new calendar to measure time in this way.

In this article, I want to discuss two important questions that we need to answer.

First, what is the true length of a biblical year?

And second, what exactly do we count FROM?

If God has not changed his way of measuring time, and we have no reason to believe that he has, we can rely on the prophet Daniel to give us the answer to both of these questions. 

Bible scholars agree that Daniel's 70 weeks of years are based on the lunar cycle of time measurement, alloting exactly 360 days per year in a 13-month lunar-based calendar. There is no reason to think we should be using any other method to count prophetic years on the biblical timeline. This applies just as much to the days of our Final Generation as it does to the prophecies fulfilled at the first coming of Christ 2,000 years ago.

Our second question is a little more interesting, but just as critical to our understanding of Bible prophecy.

We want to know why most bible prophecy teachers ignore the biblical principle of counting time from points of prophetic decree (as Daniel was instructed) and count instead from event to event? Or, more to the point, we want to know if counting forward in time from past prophetic DECREES will give us a greater ability to know when future EVENTS will occur.

I teach that God is counting from a point of earlier decree from which to measure the length of our Final Generation, just as he did in the book of Daniel. Based on this principle of God's Word, we derive a point of decree for the re-birth of modern Israel that precedes fulfillment by almost exactly six years to the day!

You have probably never heard of this earlier decree in modern Jewish history, as modern bible prophecy teachers seem to be unaware of it. I am referring to a date in 1942 at which Israel's first prime minister, renowned statesman David Ben-Gurion, rejected the Balfour declaration in favor of a new framework that came to be known as the "Biltmore Program." This new framework called for a Jewish commonwealth that made the birth of modern day Israel possible. This was a decidedly JEWISH declaration that was strongly opposed by the British, who had brokered the Balfour Declaration more than two decades earlier.

Even today, students of bible prophecy are taught that the Balfour Declaration was the instrument used by God to bring about the rebirth of Israel, but the truth is that it was made null and void in the Spring of 1942 and replaced with a Jewish declaration that had not previously existed!

I invite you to read my web book for more information on this pivotal event in history that remains unknown to most of today's prophecy speakers and therefore to those in the modern Church. It is the key to understanding why Jesus is coming sooner than most believe!

My objective in this article is to show how the Clock Prophecy end point in 2016 is supported by a proper count of biblical time during this Final Generation. I will do this by noting that the principles outlined above are in perfect agreement with placement of an upcoming Jewish year of great prophetic importance known as the biblical year of Jubilee. 

Keep in mind that when Jesus appeared to me in 2010 and showed me his Measure of Days, I had no knowledge of sabbatical years, jubilees, or any other Hebrew themes outside certain well-known Feast days and the lunar calendar. The Clock end date in 2016 was not a result of study, research, or calculation by me. The purpose of this discussion is to show how the year 2016 is in agreement with a purely mathematical application of biblical time counting that leads to the Clock end date I was shown.

The importance of the Jubilee is that it brings the release of all prisoners throughout the land and the alleviation of all debts to its inhabitants during the year it occurs. It occurs every 49th year and concludes one year later. While modern day Israel does not apply this instruction from the Almighty, we can expect that God will do so on behalf of his obedient children in the churches near the Lord's return.

Most of us understand the prophetic significance of the 6-day war of 1967, when Israeli forces re-captured the city of Jerusalem from the Egyptian armies during the summer of that year.  In fact, 50 years earlier in late 1917, British General Edmund Allenby was victorious in liberating Jerusalem from the Turks, bringing about the genesis of conditions necessary for the rebirth of modern Israel.

Many believe these two fifty year marks demonstrate prophetic fulfillment consistent with God's use of the Jubilee for the purpose of restoring Jerusalem to Jewish control.  If true, that means we have an important marker in time from which to count forward to the conclusion of our current Jubilee to mark the end of the Age!

Using June of 1967 as the start of a new Jubilee, we have only to count down to the next year of Jubilee using God's established count of days as found in the book of Daniel.  In other words, we must ignore the Gregorian method of counting and count a year as 360 days, just as Daniel did. 

The math for this is quite simple:

6-Day War of 1967:

June 5, 1967 + (50 x 360) = September 15, 2016

It is true, of course, that a year of Jubilee begins at year 49, and ends the following year. This current Jubilee that concludes in September of 2016 thus began in September of 2015. This does not mean that Christ must return phsyically in the year 2016, as I explain in my new book, The Clock of the Four Night Watches. 

Remember that the "shortening of days" prophesied by Jesus in Matthew 24:22 is for the purpose of preventing the destruction of all flesh, which is why the length of Daniel's 70th Week was offset by the period of the Lord's ministry to the Jews before his own own death. This is discussed at length in Chapter 4 of my book.

Whether or not our Age will conclude exactly where the Clock of the Four Night Watches comes to an end in the late summer of 2016, I don't know. I do know there will be a rare annular (not annual) exclipse on September 1, 2016, one day before the end date on the Clock.

Again, the Clock Prophecy was not a result of these calculations, it was shown to me by Jesus during a divine visitation in the Spring of 2010 when he appeared to me. You can read more about this in my book.

The end date of September 2, 2016 on the Clock prophesies the start of Armageddon and the ultimate defeat of the armies of the Beast, as recorded in Revelation 19:15. 

I realize that people are swayed by the modern teaching that a generation is equal to exactly 70 (gregorian) years, but the Psalmist had no knowledge of our modern calendar when he wrote in Psalms 90 that our days are BETWEEN 70 and 80 Hebrew years! What this means is that the length of a generation is not a fixed number and is based on the length of a biblical year, which is 360 days. Since God does not change his way of counting, we have to adjust our way of counting to match His.  

I believe the physical return of the Lord will occur between the Clock end date in 2016 and the final year of an 80-year generation, as late as the Fall of 2020.

Most people believe that our Final Generation began in 1948, the year of Israel's rebirth. While this makes sense to our natural way of thinking, it isn't how prophecy actually works. As noted above, the prophet Daniel was instructed to count from points of prophetic decree, not from points of fulfillment. Another modern church teaching is that of the "7 year Tribulation," which is based on a misquotation of Daniel 9:27, which I explain in Chapter 4 of the book.

In 2008, I was told  by an angel and later by Jesus that our end time countdown began at the point of final decree for the rebirth of Israel almost exactly six years earlier than it was fulfilled, on May 11, 1942. I had no knowledge of the Biltmore Program that was outlined that day until it was shown to me (not in a dream but during a waking visitation) by Jesus in the Spring of 2010.  I discuss this miracle of revelation in my web book and in various articles at this website, which I hope you will take time to read. (EXHIBIT)

It was only later that I came to realize the perfection of God's mathematical system for verifying every detail of His Word.  If we count as He counts, we arrive at March 17, 2021 as the latest day possible for the end of our Final Generation. 

May 11, 1942 + (80 x 360) = March 17, 2021

For a variety of reasons, I believe we can expect the Father to "shorten those days for the sake of the Elect" as Jesus prophesied (Matthew 24:22), and bring our Age to a close during Tabernacles as early as 2018.

I look forward to seeing all of you in the glorious New Jerusalem in the days just ahead!

Peter John

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