All indications are that everything is gearing up for people to turn from rebellion and idolatry, and turn to the Lord. The Lord spoke of a “year of the Lord’s favor,
and the day of our God’s vengeance”.
The Spirit of the Lord God is on Me,
because the Lord has anointed Me
to bring good news to the poor.
He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted,
to proclaim liberty to the captives
and freedom to the prisoners;
2 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor,
and the day of our God’s vengeance.
The term “year of the Lord’s favor” refers to the Jubilee. Interestingly, the Jubilee cycle seems to point to 2018 as the year of the Tribulation. 2017 is 50 years (a full jubilee cycle) from 1967 (conquest of Jerusalem), 70 years (a complete generation) from 1947 (decree to reestablish Israel), 100 years ( two complete jubilee cycles) from 1917 (Balfour declaration), and 120 years (see Genesis 6:3) from 1897 (First Zionist Congress, the first Jewish government since 70 AD).
Soon the rule of the earth will return to Jesus Christ – to the glory of God!
Below is an article that appeared in Israel Today in March of 2008 that supports an impending End Time:
Some 800 years ago in Germany, Rabbi Judah Ben Samuel was a top Talmudic scholar with an inclination for the mystical. Before he died in the year 1217, he prophesied that the Ottoman Turks would conquer Jerusalem and rule the Holy City for “eight jubilee years.” A biblical jubilee year consists of 50 years. Fifty multiplied by eight equals 400 years. Afterwards, according to Ben Samuel, the Ottomans would be driven out of Jerusalem, which would remain no-man’s land for one jubilee year. In the tenth jubilee year, Jerusalem would return to the Jewish people and then the Messianic end times would begin. This came to pass 300 years after Ben Samuel’s death. He could not have based this prophecy on events that could be foreseen, but only on the results of his study of the Bible. According to Leviticus 25, the nation is reunited with its land in the year of Jubilee. Therefore, the Jubilee year plays an important role in Israel’s history. In this case, the Jubilee began with the defeat and conquest of the Mamluks in Jerusalem by the Ottoman Kingdom in 1517. The Turks reigned over Jerusalem until the British General Edmund Allenby defeated them exactly eight Jubilee years later, in 1917.
Ben Samuel’s prophecy was fulfilled precisely because 1517 to 1917 is exactly 400 years. Afterward, Jerusalem was no-man’s land for 50 years during the time of the British Mandate (1917-1947) and the time of Jordanian rule (1947-1967), another jubilee year. During the Six Day War in 1967, Israel captured Jerusalem from Jordan and the city returned to the Jewish people after nearly two millennia of exile. After that, the countdown for the Messianic age began.
It wasn’t only mystics who predicted these events, but also secular Jews like the journalist and visionary of the Jewish state Theodor Herzl. He predicted at the First Zionist Congress in Switzerland in 1897 that within 50 years the Jewish state would exist. This came to pass: 50 years after Herzl’s prediction, the jubilee year of the British Mandate was over and in 1947 the United Nations voted for the establishment of a Jewish state in the Land of Israel.
According to this timeline, it is possible that 2017 or 2018 will be a decisive year for Israel because it will be 70 years after 1947, the UN decision for the establishment of Israel, and 50 years after the unification of Jerusalem. We are now exactly between these two numbers with the 60th anniversary of the creation of the Jewish state. All three of these numbers have Biblical significance: 50 is the number of unification (for example between Passover and Pentecost) and 70, according to Daniel 9, is the number of fulfillment. So 50 and 70 represent the beginning and the end.
Interestingly, the Psalms, which are in the 19th book of the Bible, have a prophetic significance dealing with Israel for each year in the 1900s, carrying over into the 2000s. For example, Psalm 17 points to 1917, Psalm 48 points to 1948, and so on.
Psalm 117 (2017) gives a final praise. It is a victory hymn of Israel and the saints. Psalm 117 is in the middle of your Bible, and is also the shortest book.
Universal Call to Praise
1 Praise the Lord, all nations!
Glorify Him, all peoples!
2 For His faithful love to us is great;
the Lord’s faithfulness endures forever.
Psalm 118 is a beautiful Psalm of praise and is the one Jesus and the disciples sang at Passover and the night before the arrest and the crucifixion. This Psalm would correlate to 2018, seventy years after Israel’s rebirth and a harbinger of the Rapture.
Psalm 118 is placed in between the shortest and the longest Psalm, making it stand out from all others. It is a picture of Christ as the beginning and the end. It is the last Hallel Psalm, and also contains the middle verse of the Bible: verse 8.
There are 1189 books in the Bible, 594 chapters before Psalm 118:8 and 594 after. If you add 594+594 you get 1188, the chapter and verse of the middle verse in the Bible: “It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man.“
Psalm 118 depicts the Ezekiel invasion, with Israel being surrounded on all sides. Verses 10-14:
“All nations surrounded me, but in the name of the LORD I will destroy them. They surrounded me, yes, they surrounded me; but in the name of the LORD I will destroy them. They surrounded me like bees; they were quenched like a fire of thorns; for in the name of the LORD I will destroy them. You pushed me violently, that I might fall, but the LORD helped me. The LORD is my strength and song, and He has become my salvation.”
Notice that “surrounds me” is mention four times, showing the attacks from the kings of the North, South, East and West. “He has become my salvation,” is in past tense, meaning it is done! Also, Psalm 118:22 speak of the future second coming when Jesus becomes the capstone, quoted by Him in Mark 12.
“The stone which the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone.”
It looks a lot like the 7 year Tribulation starts in 2018. Let’s investigate the potential sequence of events from a Biblical perspective:
RAPTURE TO SECOND COMING
Revelation 4 – Rapture
The Throne Room of Heaven – The Throne of God appears, surrounded by twenty four thrones with Twenty-four elders seated in them. (4:1-5). The Four Living Creatures are introduced. (4:6-11). The main Rapture happens at this time.
The Lamb Takes the Scroll – A scroll, with seven seals, is presented and it is declared that the Lion of the tribe of Judah, from the “Root of David”, is the only one worthy to open this scroll. (5:1-5)
Worthy Is the Lamb – When the “Lamb having seven horns and seven eyes” took the scroll, the creatures of heaven fell down before the Lamb to give him praise, joined by myriads of angels and the creatures of the earth. (5:6-14)
First Seal: The Conqueror – A white horse appears, whose crowned rider has a bow in which to conquer. (6:1-2)
Second Seal: Conflict on Earth – A red horse appears, whose rider is granted a “great sword” to take peace from the earth. (6:3-4)
Third Seal: Scarcity on Earth – A black horse appears, whose rider has “a pair of balances in his hand”, where a voice then says, “A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny; and [see] thou hurt not the oil and the wine.” (6:5-6)
Fourth Seal: Widespread Death on Earth – A pale horse appears, whose rider is Death, and Hades follows him. Death was granted a fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, with hunger, with death, and with the beasts of the earth. (6:7-8)
Fifth Seal: The Cry of the Martyrs – “Under the altar”, appeared the souls of martyrs for the “word of God”, who cry out for vengeance. They are given white robes and told to rest until the martyrdom of their brothers is completed. (6:9-11)
Sixth Seal: Cosmic Disturbances – There occurs a great earthquake where “the sun becomes black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon like blood” (6:12). The stars of heaven fall to the earth and the sky recedes like a scroll being rolled up (6:13-14). Every mountain and island is moved out of place (6:14). The people of earth retreat to caves in the mountains (6:15). The survivors call upon the mountains and the rocks to fall on them, so as to hide them from the “wrath of the Lamb” (6:16).
The Sealed of Israel – 144,000, from the twelve “tribes of Israel”, are sealed as servants of God on their foreheads. (7:1-8)
A Multitude from the Great Tribulation – A great multitude stand before the Throne of God, who come out of the Great Tribulation, clothed with robes made “white in the blood of the Lamb” and having palm branches in their hands. This is the second harvest, or Rapture. (7:9-17)
Seventh Seal: Prelude to the Seven Trumpets – “Silence in heaven for about half an hour” (8:1). Seven angels are each given trumpets (8:2). An eighth angel takes a “golden censer”, filled with fire from the heavenly altar, and throws it to the earth (8:3-5). What follows are “peals of thunder, rumblings, flashes of lightning, and an earthquake” (8:5). After the eighth angel has devestated the earth, the seven angels introduced in verse 2 prepare to sound their trumpets (8:6).
First Trumpet: Vegetation Struck – Hail and fire, mingled with blood, are thrown to the earth burning up a third of the trees and green grass. (8:6-7)
Second Trumpet: The Seas Struck – Something that resembles a great mountain, burning with fire, falls from the sky and lands in the ocean. It kills a third of the sea creatures and destroys a third of the ships at sea. (8:8-9)
Third Trumpet: The Waters Struck – A great star, named Wormwood, falls from heaven and poisons a third of the rivers and springs of water. (8:10-11)
Fourth Trumpet: The Heavens Struck – A third of the sun, the moon, and the stars are darkened creating complete darkness for a third of the day and the night. (8:12-13)
Fifth Trumpet: The Locusts from the Bottomless Pit – The First Woe (9:1-12). A “star” falls from the sky (9:1). This “star” is given “the key to the bottomless pit” (9:1). The “star” then opens the bottomless pit. When this happens, “smoke [rises] from [the Abyss] like smoke from a gigantic furnace. The sun and sky [are] darkened by the smoke form the Abyss” (9:2). From out of the smoke, locusts who are “given power like that of scorpions of the earth” (9:3), who are commanded not to harm anyone or anything except for people who were not given the seal on their foreheads (from chapter 7) (9:4). The “locusts” are described as having a human appearance (faces and hair) but with lion’s teeth, and wearing “breastplates of iron”; the sound of their wings resembles “the thunderings of many horses and chariots rushing into battle” (9:7-9).
Sixth Trumpet: The Angels from the Euphrates – The Second Woe (9:13-21). The four angels bound to the great river Euphrates are released to prepare two hundred million horsemen. These armies kill a third of mankind by use of three plagues: fire, smoke, and brimstone.
The Mighty Angel with the Little Book – An angel appears, with one foot on the sea and one foot on the land, having an opened little book in his hand. Upon the cry of the angel, seven thunders utter mysteries and secrets that are not to be written down by John.
John Eats the Little Book – John is instructed to eat the little book that happens to be sweet in his mouth, but bitter in his stomach, and to prophesy.
Revelation 11 – Last 3 1/2 years
The Two Witnesses – John is given a measuring rod to measure the temple of God, the altar, and those who worship there. Outside the temple, at the court of the holy city, it is treaded by the nations for forty-two months.
Two witnesses prophesy for one thousand two hundred and sixty days, clothed in sackcloth. (11:1-14)
The Witnesses Killed (11:7-10)
The Witnesses Resurrected (11:11-14)
Seventh Trumpet: The Kingdom Proclaimed – The Third Woe that leads into the Seven bowls (11:15-19). The temple of God opens in heaven, where the ark of His covenant can be seen. There are lightnings, noises, thunderings, an earthquake, and great hail.
Revelation 12 – Last 3 1/2 years
The Woman, the Child, and the Dragon – A woman “clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a garland of twelve stars” is in labor with a male child. (12:1-2). A great, fiery red, seven-headed dragon drags a third of the stars of heaven with his tail, and throws them to the earth. (12:3-4). The dragon waits for the birth of the child. However, when born, it is caught up to God’s throne while the woman flees into the wilderness for one thousand two hundred and sixty days. (12:5-6)
Satan Thrown Out of Heaven – War breaks out in heaven between Michael and the Dragon, identified as the Devil, Satan.(12:9) After a great fight, the Dragon and his angels are cast out of heaven for good, followed by praises of victory for God’s kingdom. (12:7-12)
The Woman Persecuted – The Dragon engages to persecute the Woman, but she is given aid to evade him. Her evasiveness enrages the Dragon, prompting him to wage war against the rest of her offspring, who keep the commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus Christ. (12:13-17)
The Beast from the Sea – A seven-headed leopard-like beast emerges from the sea, having one mortally wounded head that is then healed. By the Dragon, he is granted power and authority for forty-two months. (13:1-5). The Beast of the sea blasphemes God’s name, wages war against the Saints, and overcomes them. (13:6-10)
The Beast from the Earth – Another beast appears, but from the earth, having two horns like a lamb and speaking like a dragon. He directs people to make an image of the beast, breathing life into it, and enforcing all people to bare “the mark of the Beast”. (13:11-18)
The Lamb and the 144,000 – The Lamb stands on Mount Zion with the 144,000 “firstfruits” who are redeemed from earth. (14:1-5)
The Proclamations of Three Angels (14:6-13)
Reaping the Earth’s Harvest – One like the Son of Man reaps the earth. This is the third harvest or Rapture. (14:14-16)
Reaping the Grapes of Wrath – A second angel reaps “the vine of the earth” and throws it into “the great winepress of the wrath of God… and blood came out of the winepress… up to one thousand six hundred furlongs.” (14:17-20)
Prelude to the Bowl Judgments – The temple of the tabernacle, in heaven, is opened. (15:1-5). Seven angels are given a golden bowl, from the Four Living Creatures, that contains the wrath of God. (15:6-8)
First Bowl: Loathsome Sores – A “foul and loathsome sore” afflicts the followers of the beast. (16:1-2)
Second Bowl: The Sea Turns to Blood – The sea turns to blood and everything within it dies. (16:3)
Third Bowl: The Waters Turn to Blood – All fresh water turns to blood. (16:4-7)
Fourth Bowl: Men Are Scorched – The sun scorches the Earth with intense heat. (16:8-9)
Fifth Bowl: Darkness and Pain – There is total darkness and great pain in the Beast’s kingdom. (16:10-11)
Sixth Bowl: Euphrates Dried Up – Preparations are made for the final battle between the forces of good and evil. (16:12-16)
Seventh Bowl: The Earth Utterly Shaken – A great earthquake: “every island fled away and the mountains were not found.” (16:17-21)
The Scarlet Woman and the Scarlet Beast – The great harlot who sits on many waters: Babylon the Great. (17:1-6)
The Meaning of the Woman and the Beast (17:7-18)
The Fall of Babylon the Great (18:1-8)
The World Mourns Babylon’s Fall (18:9-19)
Finality of Babylon’s Fall (18:20-24)
Heaven Exults over Babylon (19:1-10)
Christ on a White Horse (19:9-16)
The Beast and His Armies Defeated – The beast and the false prophet are cast into the lake of fire. (19:17-21)
Very soon, the Rapture will rescue all the Christians, just like Noah and his family were rescued, just like Lot and his family were rescued!
The end is coming – sooner than we think!