When anticipating Christ’s return, we need to bear in mind Daniel 9:25 which begins by saying, “Know therefore and understand…”
To do that we need to understand the significance of the fall feasts. I’ve tried to understand the typology of the feasts because I believe God wants us to know, understand, and be ready for Christ’s return. Many say the New Testament says we can’t know when Christ’s return will be. If we read the Scriptures carefully, we’ll see that Jesus will only come as a thief in the night to non-believers!! Believers should be ready, waiting, and watching for His return. (Matt. 25:1-13, 2 Peter 3:10-18)
Daniel 12:10 says, “Many shall be purified, made white, and refined, but the wicked shall do wickedly; and none of the wicked shall understand, but the wise shall understand.” Doesn’t this mean we should know when to expect the Lord to return? I think it does.
The last shavuah (7 years) prior to Jesus’ return should have only 86 moons in order for the feasts to line up properly and fulfill the time prophecies. The following 7 year spans have 86 moons:
- 2011-2017 (2013 and 2015 have embolismic months)
- 2014-2020 (2015 and 2018 have embolismic months)
- 2016-2022 (2018 and 2021 have embolismic months)
- 2019-2025 (2021 and 2023 have embolismic months)
- 2022-2028 (2023 and 2026 have embolismic months)
- 2024-2030 (2026 and 2029 have embolismic months)
- 2025-2031 (2026 and 2029 have embolismic months)
- 2027-2033 (2029 and 2032 have embolismic months)
The last shavuah should also end in a year of Jubilee (Lev. 25:8-55). The Jews did not always keep up with the timing of Jubilee. To get an accurate time for Jubilee we need to go to the Bible. When Jesus read Isaiah 61:1-2a in the synagogue in Nazareth, He said He had fulfilled this passage of Scripture as He read it (Luke 4:16-21). This passage is a description of Jubilee which occured every 50 years (49 years + 1 year). In other words, Jesus announced the last Jubilee recorded in the Bible. But wait, most people don’t realize what all of Isaiah 61:2 says: “To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, And the day of vengeance of our God; To comfort all who mourn…” (NKJV) The reason He didn’t finish the verse was because He is going to finish fulfilling the rest of verse 2 when He returns!
Jesus read this passage from Isaiah at the beginning of His ministry – right after His baptism and time of temptation. This was probably in the fall of 28 C.E. because according to Luke 3:1-3, John the Baptist began his ministry in the 15th year of Tiberius Caesar’s reign. Tiberius Caesar’s reign began on the 19th of August in 14 C.E. so the 15th year was 28 C.E. Jesus began his ministry later that same year.
If Jesus’ ministry began in 28 C.E around the Feast of Tabernacles and ended in 32 C.E at Passover, His ministry would’ve lasted 3 ½ years. Since Jesus announced Jubilee at the beginning of His ministry, the years September 2021 – September 2028 seem to be the most likely 7 year span for the 70th week of Daniel and the last 3 1/2 years being the tribulation.
If this speculation is correct (I’m not prophesying, just speculating.), that means:
- A peace treaty may begin on the Day of Blowing (Feast of Trumpets) = September 7, 2021 (Tishrei 1, 5782).
- April 8, 2025 (Nissan 10, 5785) is the time when the Passover Lamb is to be inspected and would be the time when final inspection of the False Prophet should take place as well.
- An abomination of desolation should be set up or be in the process thereof around April 17, 2025 (Nissan 19, 5785) which is during the Feast of Unleavened Bread.
- April 9, 2025 (Nisan 11, 5785) thru September 21, 2028 (Tishrei 1, 5789) will be 1260 days.
- Jesus should return at the last trumpet (shofar) of the Feast of Trumpets (Day of Blowing) = September 21, 2028 (Tishrei 1, 5789).
- Jubilee should take place on the Day of Atonements = September 30, 2028 (Tishrei 10, 5789).
If this is not correct, Jesus must still return in a year of Jubilee and world events must be fulfilling other aspects of prophecy. We’ll try to look at world history and current events to see where we are in another post.
Do not worry if Jesus seems delayed in coming. Don’t let it be an excuse for apostasy. Remember, there is an appointed day and time for everything. Keep looking for the fulfillment of prophecy to take place because Jesus won’t come until certain events take place. Remain faithful, watch, and be ready for Christ’s return in a year of Jubilee!
Remember, the wise will understand. For more information on how the feasts of the Lord reveal the timing of Christ’s return, please see my post on the “Metonic Cycle.”