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A Prophecy of Time for Israel's Salvation

By Donald P. Moss

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Series Introduction

Foreshadows Introduction

Volume 1 - THE BEGINNING - A Foreshadow of the Christian's Birth

Volume 2 - NEW BEGINNING AND NEW WORLD ENVIRONMENT

Volume 3 - JOSEPH, EPHRAIM AND MANASSEH - A Foreshadow of God's Agenda for Jew and Gentile

Volume 4  - CROSSING THE JORDAN RIVER - A Foreshadow of Salvation for Jew and Gentile

Volume 5 - THE BOOK OF REVELATION - God's Agenda for the End Time

Volume 6 - THE SEVEN LETTERS TO THE SEVEN CHURCHES

Volume 7  - CHRIST IN THE TABERNACLE - A Foreshadow of Redemption

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Bible Lessons

This study is a copy of chapter one of the foreshadow in Volume 4 - CROSSING THE JORDAN RIVER - A Prophetic Foreshadow of Salvation for Jew and Gentile. This web page is presented for ease of printing or sending to a friend vial email.

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Introduction - Forming an Interpretative Framework for Understanding the Foreshadow of "Crossing Over".

The prophet Daniel was given a vision during the Babylonian captivity concering the future of Israel, such as -

His vision of a Ram and a Goat (Chapter 8); HIs vision of the 70 "Sevens" (490 years); and prophecies concerning Persia, Greece, Egypt, Syria and the antichrist (Chapter 11).

Daniel's Prophecy of Seventy Weeks

Most teachings using the text of the book of Daniel are associated with revelations about Daniel's vision concerning the end time period. Daniel's text is most important when understanding the prophetic nature of Old Testament scriptures. An integral part of Daniel's vision is the seventy week time period concerning the Jewish. The seventy weeks should be seen as God's time allocated for Israel's acceptance of Jesus as their long awaited Messiah coming to save Israel from their spiritual adversary.  

Daniel 9: 24-27 (KJV) -

Verse 24 - "Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophesy and to anoint the most holy."

Verse 24 (Con't) - "Seventy weeks" - This established time period for the nation of Israel must be completed in order to fulfill Daniel's prophecy. Each week represents seven years. This is determined by studying verse 25.

Verse 24 (Con't) - "Finish transgression" - The meaning of this phrase is to repent and make an end of sin. At the time of Daniel's prophecy, Israel was in Babylonian exile. The northern kingdom was exiled in 2 Kings 17: 7-23 and the southern kingdom was exiled in 2 Kings 24: 1-21. In 586 BC Jerusalem fell into Babylonian captivity. In 538 BC the first group of Israelites returned to Jerusalem under the leadership of Zerubbabel. In 432 BC the third and final group of Israelites returned under the leadership of Nehemiah. From 432 BC to 5 BC was the time interval between the Old Testament and the New Testament. It was during this time that the Law and decrees, as recorded by Moses, were refined by the Jews in an effort to put an end to sin. But, in their zeal to become more holy by expanding the law to include minute elements of daily life, they failed to bring in everlasting righteousness or put an end to sin. Jesus' statements to the Pharisees and Sadducees in Matthew 23:24 points to their failed effort to achieve a greater form of righteousness by refining the Law.. Matthew 23:24 (KJV) - Ye blind guides, which strain at a gnat, and swallow a camel.

To put an end to sin is to accept everlasting righteousness from God through the blood sacrifice of God's Son instead of relying on the blood sacrifice of animals for the atonement of sin, as provided under the Mosaic Law (righteousness by observing the Law). Since Israel has not yet accepted the blood sacrifice of God (the Messiah), then an end to transgression has not yet occurred. When Israel accepts the Messiah, then their sins will be remitted and transgression will be completed. Therefore, since Israel has not yet accepted the Messiah's blood sacrifice, then Daniel's seventy weeks of time is not yet been completely fulfilled for the Jews. Daniel's prophecy has been fulfilled through the sixty-ninth week, but the seventieth week remains unfulfilled (more information on this subject discussed later in this study).

Verse 24 (Con't) - "Reconciliation for iniquity" - Reconciliation for sin is available only through the sacrificial blood of Christ. When Israel accepts Jesus as the Sacrificial Lamb of God, their sins will be remitted they will be reconciled to God.

Verse 24 (Con't) - Everlasting righteousness" - Is the Jew's righteousness everlasting or temporal?

Deuteronomy 6:25 - And it shall be our righteousness, if we observe to do all these commandments before the Lord our God, as he hath commanded us.

The word "righteousness", as used in this scripture, is taken from the Hebrew word "Tsdaqah" which means "moderately right". At the time of Moses' giving of the law to Israel, their obedience to the law would be moderate righteousness until the time everlasting righteousness would come through the sacrificial blood of Christ Jesus. In other words, the Jews literally saw their obedience to the law as permanent righteousness. If permanent then there was no need to be re-born or saved under the covering of a New Blood Covenant (God's blood). So, their hearts was harden to the idea they needed to be saved in order to receive everlasting righteousness. Moses' instructions that "and it shall be our righteousness, if we observe to do all these commandments" became the central focus of their religion. Their righteousness was based on their obedience to the law. Righteousness was a matter of "do this" and "don't do this". Unwittingly, the Jews relied on their works of obedience and became self-righteous. Therefore they were blind to the free gift of righteousness by the mercy and grace of God under the New Blood Covenant (forgiveness of sin and reconciliation to God). The apostle Paul uses the words "blindness in part" (Romans 11:25) to describe the moderate righteousness of Israel.

"Blindness" is taken from the Greek word "porosis" (Strong's Concordance - Greek) #4457 - stupidity or callousness.

Used in the KJV to mean blindness or hardness.

The hardness of Israel's heart is seen in Mark 3:2-6 (KJV) - And they (Pharisees) watched him, whether he would heal him on the Sabbath day, that they might accuse him. (3) And he saith unto the man which had the withered hand, Stand forth. (4) And he saith unto them, "Is it lawful to do good on the Sabbath days, or to do evil? To save life, or to kill?". But they held their peace. (5) And when he had looked round about on them with anger, being grieved for the hardness of their hearts, he saith unto the man, Stretch forth thine hand. And he stretched it out: and his hand was restored whole as the other. (6) And the Pharisees went forth, and straightway took counsel with the Herodians against him, how they might destroy him.

The hardness of their hearts is due to the Jews' reliance on observing the Law for their right standing with God. The Pharisees wanted to accuse Jesus of breaking the law of the Sabbath because he was healing a certain man on the Sabbath day. The hardness of their hearts prevented them from seeing the grace of God's working through Jesus.

Since the Jew believes he is righteous before God by observing the Law, he is blinded (hardness of heart) and he can not see the need for salvation because atonement for sin is under the Law through the sacrificial blood of animals. He does not realize everlasting righteousness is not earned by deeds of observing the Law, but rather is a free gift of God through their Messiah's death on the cross.

But, this temporal righteousness by obedience to the law was imparted to Israel under Moses and was to suffice until the coming of Messiah. Everlasting righteousness is available only under the blood covering of God's Sacrificial Lamb, Jesus. So, Daniel's prophecy to "bring in everlasting righteousness" definitely points to the salvation of Israel. Thus, the seventy weeks is an allotted time God has established for Israel's salvation.

Note: Everlasting righteousness is available only by faith in Jesus Christ, Messiah. Jesus states in Matthew 5:20 (KJV) - ....That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven. Jesus' statement is an indictment against legalism and works of righteousness based on performance and good deeds.

Verse 24 (Con't) - "Seal up the vision and prophecy" -

When the Seventy Weeks are fulfilled vision and prophecy will cease.

"Vision" is taken from the Hebrew root word "chazah" which means to gaze, (mentally) to perceive, to have a vision of.

"Prophecy" is taken from the Hebrew root word "naba" which means to speak by inspiration.

Paul wrote in I Corinthians 13: 8-10 (KJV) - Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail, whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part. But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.

Daniel's sealing of the scroll makes this declaration - When Jesus Christ (that which is perfect) comes then prophecies and visions will be put away.

Note: To date, Christ has come and Israel has rejected him as the Messiah. However, prophesies, visions and other gifts of the Holy Spirit are in effect until the second coming of Christ, which is the end of Daniel's seventy week period. So, when Israel does accept Jesus as the Messiah in the 70th week then prophecies will cease, as well as other gifts of the Holy Spirit because Christ (that which is perfect) has come. Gifts of the Spirit are given to the church to continue the works of Christ in the world until He returns. At which time the gifts will no longer be needed.

Verse 24 (Con't) - "Anoint the Most Holy"-

The law required that all the articles used in the Tabernacle and the Levitical priesthood were to be anointed with the sacred anointing oil - Exodus 30: 22-30. This ritual of anointing included the Most Holy Place and the Ark of the Covenant, upon which was the mercy seat of God.

Simultaneously, at the moment of Jesus' death on the cross the veil between the Most Holy Place and the Holy Place was torn in two. After His resurrection the Levitical priesthood was abolished and Jesus was made the High Priest of the New Blood Covenant. After Jesus' ascension, the anointing oil symbolically represents the anointing of God through the Holy Spirit, which was imparted to the royal priesthood of believers (disciples of Christ) on Pentecost Sabbath.

Jesus became the High Priest of the New Blood Covenant and sat down at the right hand of God, interceding for those who are under the covenant (Hebrews 1-14).

"Christ" (Strong's Concordance / Greek) #5547 Christos (khris-tos'); from #5548; anointed, i.e. the Messiah, an epithet of Jesus.

#5548 - chrio (khree'-o); to smear or rub with oil, i.e. (by implication) to consecrate to an office or religious service.

So, Israel's "anointing of the Most Holy" is to accept Messiah (the Anointed One) as the only High Priest. Thus, the temporary Levitical priesthood was set aside for the permanent royal priesthood of the Messiah -

Hebrews 7:22-27 (NIV) - Because of this oath, Jesus has become the guarantee of a better covenant. (23) Now there have been many of those priests, since death prevented them from continuing in office; (24) but because Jesus lives forever, he has a permanent priesthood. (25) Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them. (26) Such a high priest meets our need-- one who is holy, blameless, pure, set apart from sinners, exalted above the heavens. (27) Unlike the other high priests, he does not need to offer sacrifices day after day, first for his own sins, and then for the sins of the people. He sacrificed for their sins once for all when he offered himself.

Israel will anoint the Most Holy when the gospel of Christ is accepted and by faith Israel accepts Jesus as the true Messiah and Sacrificial Lamb. Jesus is anointed by the faith of the Jews.

The seventy weeks God established for the salvation of Israel comes to an end during the seven year end time tribulation. The end time seven year tribulation period is concerned with Israel's salvation.

The apostle John's vision of the throne room at the beginning of the seven year tribulation (Daniel's seventieth week) - Revelation 5:5-9 (NIV) - Then one of the elders said to me, "Do not weep! See, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has triumphed. He is able to open the scroll and its seven seals." (6) Then I saw a Lamb, looking as if it had been slain, standing in the center of the throne, encircled by the four living creatures and the elders. He had seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God sent out into all the earth. (7) He came and took the scroll from the right hand of him who sat on the throne. (8) And when he had taken it, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb. Each one had a harp and they were holding golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints. (9) And they sang a new song: "You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals, because you were slain, and with your blood you purchased men for God from every tribe and language and people and nation.

"Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David" - This description is an Old Testament Messianic description and most meaningful to the Jew.

"Has triumphed" - Messiah has triumphed over death.

"Able to open the scroll and its seven seals" - Messiah is able to open the seven seal of Daniel's scroll because His death and blood shed for the forgiveness of sin provides reconciliation to God.

"I saw a Lamb, looking as if it had been slain, standing in the center of the throne" - This phrase presents a picture of Messiah Jesus appearing as a slain Lamb. This picture will overlay Old Testament sacrificial lambs (as required by the law for the atonement of sin) to God's Sacrificial Lamb for the remission of sin. To the Jew this will be a great revelation of Jesus as their Savior and Messiah.

"You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals, because you were slain, and with your blood you purchased men for God" - Messiah Jesus is worthy because only through Him can the Jew be saved from their sin.

This is a very important revelation of God's end time agenda - Prior to the opening of the first of seven seals, Christ is revealing to the apostle John in his vision that the time for the salvation of the Jews is at hand. Therefore, Daniel's scroll and the salvation of the Jews is unquestionably linked together in the scriptures.

Remember this - Understanding Daniel's prophetic revelation of Israel's salvation is paramount in establishing a proper perspective for interpreting the Book of Revelation.

Daniel 9 (Con't) - The Historical Beginning of the Seventy Weeks Time Period

Verse 25 - Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks; the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times.

From the time that King Darius issued the decree to rebuild the temple and the walls around Jerusalem, until the time that Jesus was crucified was seven, threescore and two weeks or a total of sixty-nine weeks. Each day represents one year. This is a total of 483 years. King Artaxerxes issued the decree to rebuild Jerusalem in approximately 458 BC - 445 BC.

Ezra 7:11 (KJV) - Now this is the copy of the letter that the king Artaxerxes gave unto Ezra the priest, the scribe, even a scribe of the words of the commandments of the LORD, and of his statutes to Israel.

NIV Study Bible Notes on Ezra 7:11 - Many regard the letter of Artaxerxes I as the beginning point of Daniel's first 69 "sevens" (Daniel 9:24-27). Others regard the commission of Nehemiah by the same king as the starting point of this prophecy (Nehemiah.1:1, 11; 2:1-8). By using either a solar calendar with the former date (458 BC) or a lunar calendar with the latter date (445 BC), one can arrive remarkably close to the date of Jesus' public ministry.

So, Daniel's prophecy is accurate. The wall was rebuilt in times of trouble in Nehemiah chapter 4 and completed in Nehemiah 6:15 (NIV) - So the wall was completed on the twenty-fifth of Elul, in fifty-two days (445 BC).

Daniel 9 (Con't) - Completion of the First 69 Weeks - A Milestone Historically and Spiritually

Verse 26 - And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself; and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined.

"Threescore and two weeks" - Sixty nine weeks or 483 years.

"Cut off"- (Strong's Concordance - Hebrew) #3772 - karath (kaw-rath'); a primitive root; to cut (off, down or asunder); by implication, to destroy or consume; specifically, to covenant (i.e. make an alliance or bargain, originally by cutting flesh and passing between the pieces).

Jesus' crucifixion marks the end of the sixty-ninth week when He was "cut off" (crucified), but not for himself - Daniel 9:26. The covenant God made with Abraham "that all peoples on earth will be blessed through him" was completed through God's sacrificial blood, as Jesus spoke these covenant words on the cross, "It is finished". Even as an animal was sacrificed and used to form a blood covenant or alliance between men (cutting flesh and passing between the pieces), Jesus was sacrificed to form a new blood covenant between God and man. The covenant sacrifice was complete when God shed His blood through His Son.

"Not for himself" - His death was for the redemption of men, not for his own benefit.

"People of the prince that shall come and destroy the city and the sanctuary" - This was the destruction of Jerusalem and the temple in 70 AD by Titus the Roman.

So, in hindsight we can see Jesus' crucifixion (Israel's Messiah) as the fulfillment of the sixty-ninth week. The next question is "When will the seventieth week be fulfilled?" Why is there a pause in time between the sixty-ninth and seventieth week? This gap in time is a relevant link between Daniel's prophecy of seventy weeks and Joshua's crossing of the Jordan river as a foreshadow of Israel's salvation.

Daniel 9 (Con't) - The Seventieth Week

Verse 27 - And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week; and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.

"One week" - This is the seventieth week and brings an end to the time God has established for the salvation of Israel. But, this week has not yet taken place because Israel is still following the Law of Moses and Jesus has not been accepted as the Messiah (anointed as the Most Holy). So, between verse 26 and 27 there is a gap in time between the sixty-ninth week and the seventieth week. This gap of time cannot be understood through a literal interpretation of Daniel's scriptures, but is made apparent in the foreshadow.

Surely, we know God had a purpose for including this space of time in the fulfillment of Daniel's prophecy. God is not idle during this time period. It is apparent that during this time God is working with all the other nations outside Israel. This is the "times of the Gentiles" (those outside the nation of Israel). God engrafts the Gentiles into His agenda for Israel's covenant salvation. Therefore, it was required that God provided a time slot for this engrafting to take place in Daniel's prophecy. Remember, in John 4:22 Jesus told the Samaritan woman "...salvation is from the Jews". So, it is scriptural prudent to see the time for the Gentile's salvation included in the time God has appointed for the salvation of Israel.

Romans 11:25-27 (KJV) - For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fullness of the Gentiles be come in. (26) And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob: (27) For this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins.

Why wasn't there an explanation for this space of time revealed in Daniel's text?

Note: Neither Daniel nor Joshua knew about the "times of the Gentiles", known as the mystery of God because it was kept secret by God. The time for the salvation of the Gentiles was not revealed until after Jesus died for the sins of mankind, giving birth to Gentile converts (the church). After the sin debt was paid by Christ Jesus, the times of the Gentiles was revealed to the apostle Paul. Daniel and Joshua knew about the Messiah, but they did not know about the church's birth through His death and resurrection.

Messiah had to be "cut off" at the end of the sixty-ninth week before there could be a time for the Gentiles. 1 Corinthians 2:7-8 (NIV) - No, we speak of God's secret wisdom, a wisdom that has been hidden and that God destined for our glory before time began. (8) None of the rulers of this age understood it, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.

The reason God kept it secret is to allow the blood of Jesus, shed at the cross, to pay the sin debt for the all of mankind. God's covenant with Israel could not be completed until He had offered His only promised Son as the covenant sacrifice. "It is finished" means God has completed His covenant and the door was open for all who would believe and accept atonement for sin under His blood covering. When man is under God's blood covering, he is in God's tent, God's house. If he is in God's house, he is "in Him" - Ephesians 1:4-5 (NIV) - For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love (5) he predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will -.

The Bible is written in a way as to disclose the mystery of God to believers, but not to others. God , as Author of the bible, uses word mechanics of foreshadows, types, symbols and parables to disclose secret hidden manna to the church. The secrets of the kingdom of God are hidden in the scriptures, but are discerned (disclosed) through the power of the Holy Spirit in the gift of wisdom and knowledge.

Mark 4:11 (KJV) - And he said unto them, "Unto you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but unto them that are without, all these things are done in parables."

Symbols, patterns, people prefigurements, the Law and historical events are used in the Old Testament to foreshadow future things God kept secret. Parables are used in the New Testament to keep things secret from unbelievers.

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Is This Gap of Time Revealed in Joshua's Historical Account of Israel's Crossing the Jordan?

If the time for the Gentiles "grafting in" was included in the fulfillment of Daniel's prophecy as a gap of time between the sixty-ninth and seventieth week, then this time should also be present in Joshua's account of crossing the Jordan river if it is a legitimate foreshadow of Israel's salvation.

Joshua 3: 2-4 (KJV) - And it came to pass after three days, that the officers went through the host; And they commanded the people, saying, When ye see the ark of the covenant of the Lord your God, and the priests the Levities bearing it, then ye shall remove from your place and go after it. Yet there shall be a space between you and it, about two thousand cubits by measure: come not near unto it, that ye may know the way by which ye must go: for ye have not passed this way heretofore.

In the above scripture God provides space between the Israelites and the priests carrying the Ark of the Covenant. From the time that the waters were parted until the time that Israel will cross over, God established two thousand cubits. Again, this space of time is not easily understood through a literal interpretation of scriptures. But, it is easily understood considering this historical account as a foreshadow of Israel's salvation.

"Cubit" - (Strong's Concordance - Hebrew) #520 'ammah (am-maw'); prolonged from #517; properly, a mother (i.e. unit of measure, or the forearm (below the elbow), i.e. a cubit; also a door-base (as a bond of the entrance).

Use in KJV - cubit, measure, post.

#517 'em (ame); a primitive word; a mother (as the bond of the family); in a wide sense (both literally and figuratively).

Note: In the English vernacular we have a specific word for a unit of measurement. The English language has specific words for specific meanings. Thus, the English language has a myriad of words. Unlike the English language, the Hebrew language is composed of word pictures because of its cuneiform base. Hebrew has far less number of words, but each word is multifaceted and rich with imagery. Cubit as used in the above scripture means something special. 

Although it seems odd that the Hebrew root word for a unit of measure (length of the forearm) also means mother, this image must be considered when studying Israel's salvation. Mother means to not only to give birth, but to be the bonding catalyst in a family unit. The Hebrew language links the birth and bonding of a family to the cubit when used as a unit of measurement. This definition of "cubit" seems to be a real stretch for English speaking Christians because by default Christians think literally, because the English language consists of thousands and thousands of words with literal meanings. But, considering the Hebrew language consists of word pictures, then we should also perceive Hebrew word pictures for a deeper insight to scripture interpretation.

The cubit measurement as used in Joshua 3:2-4 is a word picture that represents God's prophetic time for giving birth. Another example of measurements representing time allocations is see in - Revelation 11:1-2 (NIV) - I was given a reed like a measuring rod and was told, "Go and measure the temple of God and the altar, and count the worshipers there. (2) But exclude the outer court; do not measure it, because it has been given to the Gentiles. They will trample on the holy city for 42 months."

"Measure the temple" - The set time has arrived to harvest the Jews.

"Count the worshippers there" - This tally will make up the number of believers to be harvested.

"Outer court" - This part of the temple courtyard is not measured because the Gentiles or non-believers will not be numbered with true worshippers.

"Trample on the holy city for 42 months" - Satan uses the non-believers to trample on the things of God for 42 months (the last half of the tribulation period of time). This is the time for the rule of the anti-christ.

John the revelator was told to measure the temple because the time had come to count all those who worship God. This measuring and counting will be done just prior to the 42 month rule of the anti-christ in the last half of the great tribulation. God is counting worshipers because He is separating those who repented under the preaching of the 144,000 from those who did not repent. He will rapture the saved (the great multitude in Revelation 7:19) before the rule of the anti-christ begins at mid-tribulation. This event is a time for birthing believers into the family of God (body of Christ).

Note: See FOR THE EYES OF YOUR UNDERSTANDING - VOLUME VII, "Christ in the Tabernacle" for additional insight to measuring.

At the end of the sixty-ninth week when Jesus shed His blood on the cross, immediately the temple's veil of separation was parted in two and the way was opened for Israel's "crossing over". Israel could approach God through faith in Christ, the High Priest of the New Blood Covenant. Israel no longer needs a priest on earth, as provided in the Mosaic Law, to intercede between them and God. So the parting of the veil in the temple and the parting of the waters for Israel's crossing over to receive their promised inheritance is an important correlation of events. Joshua's account of the literal "crossing over" by Israel into the promise land parallels the spiritual "crossing over" in Daniel's seventy week prophecy of salvation. Both, Joshua's gap in time and Daniel's gap in time began when Jesus was crucified and the veil in the temple was torn in two. Both gaps in time precedes Israel's "crossing over". Both gaps should be seen as concurring narrative time periods provided for the engrafting of Gentiles into the covenant promise.

The measure of this space is two thousand cubits. So, from the time of Messiah's being cut off and the veil in the temple was parted (even as the Jordan waters were parted) to the the time of Israel's "crossing over", two thousand cubits of time will pass and then the Jews will be saved.

This is a most important correlation of scriptures and precept to meditate upon - Joshua's foreshadow establishes a specified seasonal time for Israel's salvation (two thousand cubits). Daniel's prophecy establishes the unspecified time for Israel's salvation (the seventieth week).

Christ was crucified in 30 AD. Since this study is concerned with the season and not a specific date for Israel's salvation, a specific time will not be attempted. This two thousand cubits of time is important because it is the only place in the Bible where a defined time slot for Israel's salvation is revealed.  

Are we close to the time of Israel's salvation? The way to salvation (crossing over) was parted (veil in temple was torn in two) in 30 AD. From 30 AD to the salvation of Israel (Israel's crossing over) two thousand cubits of time will pass.

Note: Of course, I have no insight for converting two thousand cubits into years, because historically, a cubit has varying lengths associated with it's use, i.e., the length of the forearm; the forearm and a handbreadth, etc.

When will the time of the Gentiles be complete? I believe Israel's crossing occurs at mid-tribulation, as discussed later in this study. Therefore, 3.5 years prior to that time is the beginning of the tribulation period, which is the season for the pre-tribulation harvest of the church. The season can get you close to the time of the harvest / rapture, but not specifically. The church needs to be ready today. Christ is coming soon, very soon!

Author's note extracted from the home page: Personally, I believe most all readers of this material will be on the earth for the harvest / rapture of the corporate church. This series of books is a most comprehensive scriptural validation for the seasonal time for the rapture of the church. I recommend completing this Volume 4 and then study Volume 5 of this series for a fresh illumination of scriptures concerning end time harvests of Christians and Jews. Scholars are invited to compare their precepts of God's end time agenda to what is revealed in this series. You will at least be challenged to seek for greater wisdom.

Daniel 9 -Verse 27 (Con't) - "Midst" - In the middle of the Daniel's seventieth week (Seven Year Tribulation) the anti-christ will put an end to daily sacrifice and offerings, and he will set up the abomination (idol) that causes desolation.

Review: Just prior to this time of desolation; the temple is measured, the worshipers are counted and the saved are harvested.

Verse 27(Con't) - "Overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate" - The false religious worship instituted by the anti-christ will cover the nation of Israel and cause Israel's desolation (separation from God), allowing for anti-christ's rule over the nation of Israel.

Verse 27 (Con't) - "Even until the consummation that is determined is poured out upon the desolate" - The anti-christ will reign over Israel until the end that has been decreed by God is poured out upon him and his followers. This occurs under the Bowls of Wrath in Revelation chapters 16-18.

Since Daniel's prophecy establishes the time frame for the salvation of Israel and Gentiles who believe, it is appropriate to look in greater detail at Israel's crossing over the Jordan for a deeper revelation and validation of the foreshadow.

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Note: Keep the word "midst" in mind as you study the remaining scriptural validations for this foreshadow in Volume 4. (Click here and go to Chapter 2 to continue this study).