...I have been thinking a LOT about the seven year time period and wanting the events laid out on a timeline, but I guess so many are going on at the same time and overlapping that they are really on their own timelines.
Well said. This is exactly what I am saying.
As for the timing of the Two Witnesses and antichrist, it is possibly true what you said, and they are two things to look for (though I am not convinced if the two witnesses are literal or figurative --- my feeling is that it is both) ---- but as you yourself said, "but I guess so many (events) are going on at the same time and overlapping that they are really on their own timelines."
And so this may be the case with the Two Witnesses, and my guess is that they (antichrist and the witnesses) will be on two separate tracks of time, interweaving with each other into lesser biblical numeric patterns---and there are many examples of this in past history that can demonstrate this. One simple example that comes to mind is the 1290 of Daniel, which is 430 x 3 of Ezekiel, and the 1150 of Daniel 8, which is also 720 (360 x 2 "a times")
+ 430 = 1150, and/or 70 + 360 x 3. All these have clear parallels already existing in the history of Israel as years and as days. (See bible-numbers web site).
So I am saying that the lesser patterns are numbers like 70, 390, 430, 720 (390 of Ezek. 4 is 360 with a leap month, so that 1290 is simply 1260 also with a leap month, that is, with one of its 3.5 years as 390 days long) --- and the major time frames would be 1150, (2300) 1260, 1290, and 1335. Even the 490 works within itself as 490 + 770 = 1260, or, 483 + 777 = 1260 --- all these are biblical time frames (Dan. 9, and see Jesus statement about the 7 times, 77 times, or 70 x 7 times that we are to forgive --- ).
So, it is possible that say the two witnesses begin to witness 430 days before the antichrist sits himself up in the temple, so that 430 x 2 days more = 1290 days, and the two witnesses die, with 430 more days till antichrist dies and completes his 1290 days. (as for the difference between 1260 and 1290, the difference is that of 430 + 430 + 430 = 1290
, or as 400
+ 430 + 430 = 1260
The two witnesses die after 1260 days, but it may well be 1290 in some way too!
But one does not have to look very far to see this exact pattern:
Israel goes into Egypt "400" years as said to Abraham
, but it turned out to be an exact 430 years instead, (and 390 years to when Moses fled into Midian 40-years before the Exodus --- compare with Ezek. 4.). From the exodus to the fall of Jerusalem are another 430 x 2 years to 586 BC. Thus we have 1260 or 1290 years from the time Israel entered Egypt (1876 BC) to the time Israel (Judah) entered Egypt again along with Jeremiah the prophet (and into Babylon as well). And when the two witnesses die, what have we, a great earthquake and the city of Jerusalem falls. And at the end of the said 1260 or 1290 years from 1876 to 586 BC Jerusalem also falls. Etc., (The 1260 days is simple half of a seven-year period,
which is fairly well excepted among prophecy scholars.)
And as for days intersecting years, well, Israel entered Egypt during the seven-year famine
of Joseph (1878-1871 BC), and Ezekiel laid on his side 430 days to symbolically siege Jerusalem which fell --- you guessed it, exactly seven years
later! (593 - 586 BC).
The 1150 from 1876 BC lands us during the time the northern kingdom of Israel went into exile (725 -721).
After 1335 years "blessed is he who waits and reaches till 1335 days) --- is when Judah comes back up out of Babylonian captivity (539 to 536 BC.) These time frames are exact to the day, but those details are too vast to delve into now.
The point is that one can see from the past that our future will be both simple and complex numerically. ---And isn't that just like God!
And if that were not enough, the total siege times that Ezekiel symbolically
besieged Jerusalem on behalf of Israel was 390 days, but the literal siege time for Jerusalem literally
lasted 945 days (930 on the 360 calendar). (945 + 390 = 1335). This means that there was 1260 days from the end of the symbolic siege of Ezekiel to the start of the literal one. And 2300 days till the arrival of the first refugee as detailed in the book of Ezekiel. And thus, Jerusalem symbolically fell at the end of Ezekiel laying on His side. And then Ezekiel rose up from laying down as if dead, unable to move from side to side, when the city fell -- at least symbolically (for he rose up at the end of the symbolic siege.) Thus, Ezekiel was a type of the two witnesses, once for Judah and once for Israel, and then the city fell, the same pattern as in Rev. 12, and the 3.5 days is precise since the week that Ezekiel sat astonished at the vision of God on His chariot (chapter 1-2) is seven years to when the city fell, the night of Tammuz 9, 586 BC, and thus 3.5 days forward and back ward yields Tammuz 5-12, which is the anniversary that Ezekiel had his vision of the chariot of God, as said, which was seven-years earlier (593 BC). So we have a literal 1290 + 1260 + 3.5 days!
from when Ezekiel received his priestly call at age 30 (and was told to symbolically besiege Jerusalem) until the fulfillment of the symbolic
siege of Jerusalem by the literal
fall of Jerusalem! (With the week of Ezekiel's call, in turn, symbolizing seven years, 'a day for each year', in agreement with what God said to Ezekiel, "Lay on your side 390 + 40 days, "A Day for each year of the sins of Israel (and Judah)."
God is soooooooooo awesome!
And the very days are all important and have significance on their own and interweave with this whole outline. And this whole complex web of numbers repeat themselves again as in a mirror back unto itself, and so forth and so on.
So, if the past was complex, so with the future be! We do no one a favor by oversimplification. We see the 1260 and 1335, yes, but people should be aware of a vast underlying complexity that may through a wrench into many end-time theories.
Better to just enjoy the ride and say, "That's my God talking!" "He has it all under control!" "Go ahead, kill the body, but you cannot touch my soul!"
I could go on forever, literally, on just this one pattern. But I know I have your head spinning so I will cease!
And to think that all this numeric dove-tales into the bible codes using the same numeric sequences so that one picture bible code overlaps another telling His story line upon line!
For an actual
example of the above scenarios that happened exactly
(to the hour) one week after this was written, click here!
Update: The 483 and 490-day pattern came together exactly and perfectly with the Alpha and Beta named storms.
Also see http://www.bible-cod...-bible-code.htm
Also see this other article
about the complexity of the "time, times, and half a time." That article was posted Sept. 27, 2005.