Most are now aware of the considerations regarding the year of 2012 and its possible outcomes. I saw the movie too and wrote in several media about the Mayan inclusion regarding the “end of humanity” as foretold by their Long Count calendar (Hamilton, 16). Terrible devastation upon the earth I recall. Some others including myself have additionally considered the option that perhaps the desolation might originate with the sun. Although the Maya did not specify the method of humanities’ destruction, they did however, elaborate that “something” would occur. I went back to the prophets for some additional insight and found among the prophecies of Daniel a very interesting calculation that may offer some thought regarding the year of 2011-2012. Using a postulation that we have been given what may occur though implicit comparisons and mime throughout history from individuals that were given such authority by God, I offer the idea that Nebuchadnezzar’s son Belshazzar may have shown us this time line.
Many are familiar with the phrase, “the handwriting on the wall” yet perhaps they are not aware of its meaning. That significance is the crux of this postulation. Belshazzar’s father Nebuchadnezzar, had stolen the temple of Jerusalem’s holy gold and silver vessels and now, Belshazzar was using them to drink from at one of his “bashes.” He, his concubines, children and wives were having a great time blaspheming God and there in the midst of his pagan festivities worship of everything except God, there appeared a hand which started to write upon the palace wall (Daniel 5:3,5). Belshazzar felt like defecating and not knowing what just occurred, called all his astrologers, wise men and soothsayers to tell him what just happened and what the apparition and its writing meant. None could, even with the promise, that who so ever did, would be the number three man to rule. Belshazzar was told that his father had a man that was holy and possessed the Holy Spirit of God who could decipher the meaning. That man was called Daniel. Daniel was brought forth and told Belshazzar to keep his ill-gotten evil treasure yet, he would relate the meaning nevertheless. Of the three words wrote the first was Mene and that word meant the present gentile kingdom had been numbered as to its day and that God would end it at this time. The second scripted word was again Mene. This word represented the fact that God had numbered the future kingdoms of the gentile and they too would end at a specific count. The third word, Tekel meant that God had passed judgement on the leader and leaders of this and those future kingdoms and they had and will fail. The last word written was Peres and that the present kingdom will be divided and passed to the Meads and Persians (present day Iran). Here is the interesting part. Belshazzar died that night and his kingdom was possessed by Darius the Median (Daniel 5:25-31) to eventually be succeeded by the kingdom of Cyrus of Persia (Hamilton, 139).
Belshazzar died in 539 B.C. The numerical count of Mene, Mene, Tekel, Peres is the equivalent of 2520 years. Many subscribe to the 2520 years ending about 1844 A.D. however, I have a different understanding of this. The 2520 year is a derivation in meaning regarding days into years and as a day of the lord is one thousand years, therefore a connection is drawn between each day and the years of God as an equivalent. An additional element in the 2520 number is derived from the Jewish calendar. The Hebrew year is only 360 days because the year is based upon a lunar period and not a solar period. Because “seven times” is called for in Daniel 4:16 to pass over the transition from man’s kingdom (Nebuchadnezzar) to a beast (gentile) before the kingdom is once again acceptable to God (Christ’s kingdom of one thousand years), a time of 360 X 7 days of years will be consumed. Thus was the “tree” of Nebuchadnezzar’s kingdom ended or cut down with his son Belshazzar in 539 B.C. Nebuchadnezzar mimed this in Daniel 4:33 as is applied to that age until now. He was healed and returned to God in the end. The great kingdoms of the earth are now as the beast is and that beast walks among us with dedication to spiritually incite and influence mankind. Secularism is rampant. Man’s freedoms are being pleaded away as bargaining chips to socialistic, dictatorial, totalitarian programs and harsh religious order. Our world is as the great tree stump bound with iron and brass until the end of 2520 years when according to this interpretation of Daniel’s prophetic vison some form of great healing will take place.
How will this healing take place? Through a cataclysm but not necessarily via destruction as the “movie” portrayed. It may take place by the removal of the beast himself. The eighth head of revelation, the little horn, a man from the tribe of Dan, a Hebrew that will be the antithesis of the Lord Christ. Jacob agrees with this by stating that “Dan” will be a serpent on the ground biting at the horse’s heel (Prophecy, 7). Considering the tribe of Dan, these were Ionians that eventually migrated to an area of Phoenicia which today is Southern Lebanon (Prophecy, 6). It would not be a stretch to see a leader from the Iranian, Lebanon regions come forth in the United Nations to start this process. Let us see together how this will play. Christ was about 30 years old when he began his ministry.
Therefore, by association the anti-Christ will also begin his short reign. Therefore to conclude that the man of perdition’s process will commence to establish his presence, 30 years must be applied to the date of his birth to start the healing process. If I establish that the year 539 B.C. was the starting point and count 2520 years then the date of 1982 is arrived at. This would be the birth year of the anti-Christ or process commencement. Because Jesus began his ministry about 30 B.C., he would have been about 30-32 when he started his preaching. If 30 years is applied to the year of 1982, representing the first appearance into Jerusalem at about 30 B.C., then the year when we will most likely ascertain the presence of the beast process entering our world view will be in about the year 2012. This is not all. Emulations from God are exploited all the time to demonstrate in theater and event what will transpire at a later date. Jesus entered on Palm Sunday and died prior to the next Sunday so he had to be taken down from the cross before that day (Passover). He was in hades for three and one half days and returned as the resurrected Christ. He was healed after three and one half days from a deadly wound. Revelation states that the beast-process will be around affecting wondrous things (Jesus did wondrous things also)and make a peace agreement for three and one half years prior to a deadly wound. At this time the real beast (anti-Christ) rises as healed from that wound (anti-resurrection) and at that time brings the wrath of God to this planet for another three and one half years. When Jesus came back after three and one half days to us . . . he brought a new kingdom with him, (a kingdom that is now available to us after our physical death) one in which he is King. When the anti-Christ arrives, another kingdom will arise and only this kingdom (Bad) will be of horrors after three and one half years. Just as Jesus came to save us from ourselves, the anti-Christ-process will also be presented to save us. Perhaps the first part of the process will commence as an individual representing those on this planet who are in need of a special man that can solve finance, war, education, agricultural issue, famine, flooding . . . the list for such a man to “solve” our issues is wide indeed. Many of the saved rely on Christ to show them the way, the followers of the beast and that process will only follow an individual that offers them a solution because they are indeed like him or the process itself.
Will 2012 be the termination of humanity? The end of mankind as we know it? Will the year 2012 initiate the removal of those believers of Christ leaving just those individuals that would follow the beast process anyway and not the way of Christ? Did the Maya mean a removal of humanity depicted by kindness, compassion, charity, the image of God or as the physical removal of those that believe in Christ which would take those attributes with them? Did the Maya mean the start of the end of humanity? Revelation 13:3 mirrors Daniel in that it states also the beast’s wound is healed. Revelation 13:8 reminds us that those who follow this man (anti-Christ) are not written in the book of life and when that second new beast (anti-Christ) comes forth, he will cause requirements of “marked” authority in which all who have that mark (government ID?) can purchase while those that do not will perish? Could the deadly wound be economic while the healing is a regulatory earth system? We are again prompted that the next event is very close at hand and perhaps 2012 will have a meaning for all of us in a very short time from now. Jesus was two people also…the first as doing great wonders in the flesh, the second upon his return after a deadly wound, as a new king of a completely different kingdom (Good). Too many similar but opposite (anti) items not to think about.
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