False Prophet Ronald Weinland has kept whoever transcribes his nonsense to his blog quite busy, with his weekly posting later than normal. Here it is for your perusal and commenting.
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As this series of posts began, it was stressed that so often in life, even for those who are called into God’s Church, people tend to see their lives as routine and ordinary. By knowledge we should grasp that a “calling” from God is far from ordinary and it should never be viewed as such. That would mean we do not grasp the awesomeness of such an event and that we are not nearly as thankful for the blessings poured out upon us as we should be. We truly need to see our calling for what it is.
But far beyond just seeing the incredible calling that is given to us, we need to deeply grasp what we have experienced over an extraordinary 4 1/2 years that ended May 19th of 2013. God has long worked to fulfill what He had planned and prepared for a very special purpose at this most unique time in the entire history of 6,000 years of mankind. We have been blessed to have been called to be its primary participants.
What we have experienced as a Church all began in what God planned and purposed so long ago and then only revealed as a most basic outline of to Daniel.
As it was mentioned in an earlier post in this series, God revealed to me on that Friday evening of February 1st of 2008, that the 1335 days of Daniel were about the sealing of the 144,000. God did not reveal that this sealing would cover the complete span of time of those 1335 days. Once we had received our course correction about Christ returning on a Pentecost rather than a Trumpets, we then knew that the Feast of Trumpets of 2008 was the beginning of this 1335 days. A countdown had begun which then started on that day of September 30, 2008.
The verses in Daniel that discuss this period were never meant to be interpreted by anyone by merely reading or studying them; the meaning was fully hidden and closed to understanding until God began to reveal it. Even when God began opening it to understanding, He did not reveal all of it. To reveal everything from the beginning would have been to nullify His purpose being worked out in the Church and in the spirit realm. God’s exact manner and timing of the revelation of these verses were strategies He used to fulfill his plan in accomplishing what needed to occur in His Church, which also worked to prepare for the year of recompense that was to follow.
As we go through this in Daniel and all that is covered beyond this, it is important to remember that not only is God preparing to usher in His Kingdom to reign on this earth, but He is also bringing to an end the reign of Satan and the demonic realm in their kingdom. God is not only working to create Elohim and send His Son to be the Messiah of all mankind, but He is also righteously bringing an end to Satan’s rule within the spirit realm.
Living through end-time events is extraordinary as this is the time of the culmination of so many prophecies. These prophecies that God foretold about the end of man’s age of self-rule, the end of Satan’s rule, and the transition into a new age of God’s rule on earth reveal God’s very planning and design from the beginning to bring about Elohim. When we begin to grasp the magnitude of that, and that we are the major participants in that transition, then it is indeed powerfully humbling, sobering, and just plain awesome!
“After the daily sacrifice shall be taken away, and the abomination that is making desolate is finished (is completed), there shall be a thousand two hundred and ninety days. Blessed is he who waits, and comes to the thousand three hundred and thirty-fifth day” (Dan. 12:11-12).
These verses as they are translated into English become even more obscure than they are in Hebrew, but remember that these were not to be understood in any language. God simply told Daniel to “go his way” and that these prophecies were going to be “closed” and “sealed” until the end. As I mentioned in the sermon given in February of 2008, “This is given by prophetic revelation and by no other means.” That was in reference to what God had just revealed about the 1335 days being about the sealing of the 144,000. Everything that comes from these verses must be by prophetic revelation, and God is doing so in the “progressive manner” that He has shown to us that He has been doing through the past 6,000 years. In February of 2008, I concluded more than I should have, as I did not realize that God had much more to reveal later about these verses.
God began to reveal more about this in the recent post entitled, “Still Pentecost to Pentecost.” It is really quite profound and exciting, as this has opened a way in which God is now revealing even more to us, which has everything to do with what we have experienced over the past 4 1/2 years. These things could not be fully revealed until now, as Satan was not to know what God was going to fulfill. Neither could we know, so that this could accomplish a “work of faith” to refine, mature, and purify the Church.
As stated in this post, “The Feast of Trumpets 2008 was the day for the beginning of the final sealing for those who would be included in the final count of the 144,000 who will come with Jesus Christ to set up the reign of the Kingdom of God on earth.”
“This process of sealing all those remaining who would be added in order to fulfill the complete count of 144,000 began on that Trumpets of 2008, but was not completed until Pentecost of 2012. Some were sealed on that day of Trumpets 2008, while others were sealed throughout the following 1335 days, including the very last day. During that period of time and into the period of “final witness,” some would still be tried and tested to determine the final individuals who were yet to be added to this specific count of those who would reign with Christ.”
Those verses in Daniel 12 are indeed “obscure” until God gives His spirit to communicate its truth to the mind of those whom He will. Before more is given concerning what God is now continuing to reveal in what these mean, I think it is important to share with you my own excitement and thankfulness for what I am experiencing as I have been writing this post and even more so concerning these verses. I have not experienced this to the degree of this manner since I wrote 2008 – God’s Final Witness, when God revealed what was to be written as I was writing. The same is true now, and in the same manner as it was then, when I thought I knew what was going to be addressed next in writing, but God simply led me into what I did not know and had not known of what He wanted written. There is no easy way to explain this, but it is exciting and inspiring when the mind is suddenly shown things of God that have not been known before.
The verse, “After the daily sacrifice shall be taken away” is about the fulfillment of how the true sacrifice of our Passover works in our lives on a daily basis through repentance and the forgiveness of sins. “In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sin” (Col. 1:14). For those who came to a moment in time that they were sealed as one of the 144,000, the work of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ had accomplished “its work” in them. How? As a person repents of sin and is able to be forgiven through the blood of the Passover sacrifice, then God and Christ will continue working in them to transform them. Once this complete transformation process had been completed and they could be sealed, then the work that the daily sacrifice was doing had fulfilled its purpose in their life and the person was “set” in character and conviction – readied for the change to Elohim. The fact that it shall be taken away as a “saving” process in their life is absolute – it is done, for they are sealed. This does not mean that such a person will no longer sin, for they will, but their sealing process is complete and they are at a stage of spiritual maturity that they will always repent and always be forgiven.
This beginning phase in verse 11 is about the 144,000 who are sealed throughout the 1335 days that began on Trumpets of 2008. God is making it clear that this is first in importance, just as it is given first in these final verses of Daniel concerning the final events that must be fulfilled in the end-time so that all can then be “finished” – completed in order to usher in the Millennium. This had to be fulfilled to complete God’s government that will reign under Christ during that time. The complete sealing was fulfilled by Pentecost, May 27, 2012. This had completed a process revealing God’s greatest power of creation. This was in the creation of Elohim – the first great phase in that which is revealed in the firstfruits. It was a creation of 6,000 years in the making. This is truly awesome!
As it has been covered before concerning the counting recorded in these verses of Daniel, the 1335 days is followed by a second count of 1290 days, with both ending at the same time on May 27, 2012. This marked the opening of the final seal – the Seventh Seal of Revelation. It is apropos that this period is tied directly into the final 1260 days of witness by a prophetic period of “silence” in heaven. This is an interesting word in Greek as it has to do with an expression “to hiss” as in trying to quiet everyone to listen to something special that is about to be given.
God is revealing that these 1290 days are about Satan and the demonic world. Although it is not revealed to the angelic realm what this period was all about as it began, God gave them a “sense of knowing” that this period of silence was an incredibly important moment in time that would lead up to the final time of witness in the “1260-day count” that would follow 30 days later.
The time of final witness was about “testimony” that would be established as a matter of God’s righteous judgment of the world. This 3 1/2 year period was about final testimony of what this world has been like for 6,000 years, as God and His ways have continually been rejected by mankind, and that the Church and those specifically sent by God into the world have always been hated, rejected, and persecuted. In a world of modern technology, that witness was powerfully and firmly established.
Once the final witness was established, the world received its final judgment that God will bring upon it when the physical manifestation of all seven trumpets will be revealed in the final prophetic “Day of the Eternal.”
However, before that physical manifestation of final judgment could begin, there was also another great judgment that had to be established as the result of God’s final witness through His two witnesses and the Church concerning Satan and the demonic realm. Not only must the rule of mankind be righteously brought to an end, but Satan’s rule must also be brought to an end before the Millennium can be established. During that final witness of 3 1/2 years, God established His final testimony and the setting of His righteous judgment against Satan and the demons that will begin to be carried out at the return of Jesus Christ as King of kings.
God began with the revelation of the meaning of the 1335 days for the work of completing the full count of the 144,000 who will be in God’s government that will be established at Christ’s return. The 1260 days was a time of witness to bring an end to man’s self-rule. But the 1290 days is about a count that results in Satan’s final judgment as his government is brought to an end at the same time that man’s self-rule is brought to an end and God’s government is established.
At this point, I am going to return to that sermon of February 2, 2008. There is another statement that needs to be quoted here. It is about those verses in Daniel 12, but this time it is in reference to the 1290 days: “We have 45 days (from the beginning of the 1335 days) before the work of the abomination of desolation will be ended.”
It was clear that the 1290 days was about the abomination of desolation. As many of us in early 2008 had gone through the experience of the 1994 Apostasy, we knew that it was about the abomination that desolated the Church. Jesus had told us about the commission of Herbert W. Armstrong (which Mr. Armstrong knew was about himself and the Church) that was recorded in Matthew 24:14 of the gospel (good news) “going into all the world as a witness unto all nations.” After that was accomplished, then Christ explained that the end-time would come and that we would then see the abomination of desolation stand in the holy place (the Church).
Our understanding of truth to that moment in time (Feb. 2008 and even to now) was Truth #25: “The Abomination of Desolation is about what Joseph Tkach did in the Church.” There is more that now needs to be added to that understanding.
The Abomination of Desolation
The Abomination of Desolation is indeed about what Joseph Tkach, Sr. did in the Church. An “abomination” in the Greek is that which is “detested and abhorred,” specifically concerning idolatry. Due to his giving that infamous sermon of December 17, 1994, Joseph Tkach did become the prophesied “man of sin” and “son of perdition” of 2 Thessalonians 2. In a detestable and most abhorrent act, he turned against God and Christ by seeking to destroy the most basic doctrines of God’s Church and sought to replace them with the false doctrines of “traditional Christianity.” On the day that sermon was given, Jesus Christ opened the First Seal of Revelation. This began with Satan’s attempt to destroy God’s Church.
Desolation did come upon God’s Church that had grown spiritually weak and lukewarm. But God’s Church was not destroyed, as a remnant was quickly brought to repentance and restored. God allowed this event of an apostasy to occur in His Church as part of His purpose to teach some of the greatest lessons yet concerning His purpose and means of creating Elohim.
The actions of Joseph Tkach were an abomination before God and His Church, and those actions did bring horrible desolation upon the Church; but the one behind it all was the Adversary of God, the true Destroyer and Desolator, the teacher of abominations – Satan. Paul was inspired to write of this “man of sin”: “whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power, signs, and lying wonders” (2 Thes. 2:9). Christ warned about an “Abomination of Desolation spoken of by Daniel the prophet” that would “stand in the holy place” in the end-time. This is about Satan who was made to stand in the midst of God’s own Church once Joseph Tkach gave that sermon which quickly resulted in a third of the Church receiving and accepting that abhorrent sermon. Another third simply gave up on any kind of “religion” altogether.
It was an abomination that wreaked havoc and devastation upon God’s Church, but it is Satan who is the father of abominations and “his way” is desolation and destruction. Daniel’s prophecy of the 1290 days is about Satan and how God righteously established the completion of Satan’s final judgment during the period of God’s final witness.
There is so much more that God will give to us concerning what He gave to be recorded in the final chapters of Daniel. These chapters are about the means and process whereby God will usher in a time of righteous rule upon the earth through His Son. At the same time, this is about God bringing an end to Satan’s rule. God is beginning to give us a “thumbnail overview” of what all this in Daniel entails, and he will then later reveal the complete picture as He fills in the details of the rest of the pieces.
I’ve often wondered in recent years (when considering end-time events recorded in Daniel) why God was not revealing more to us about things like the king of the south and the king of the north. There have been many interpretations of such things, as people have sought to fit in ideas about Europe, the Middle East, the United States, as well as Russia and China into possible scenarios. But these prophecies have a different purpose and meaning. Much of the context of Chapter 9 in Daniel is about God raising up the Messiah who will be given the reign of God’s new government once He brings Satan’s rule over the earth to an end. The dialogue through all this is about wars (spiritual) that build up to the final end of Satan’s rule and the establishment of the Kingdom of God to rule.
From the beginning of the Book of Daniel to the dream he interpreted for Nebuchadnezzar, this Book works forward to the time of the end (the end of man’s self-rule under the overall reign of Satan) when the great transition of this earth’s government will occur: “Then was the iron, the clay, the brass, the silver, and the gold, broken to pieces together, and became like the chaff of the summer threshing floor; and the wind carried them away, that no place was found for them: and the stone that smote (struck hard) the image became a great mountain, and filled the whole earth” (Dan. 2:35).
“And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed, and the kingdom shall not be left to others, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand forever” (Dan. 2:44).
Satan’s Judgment Set
Satan’s rule “has been brought” to an end. As far as God’s judgment and its reality, it is over! We are now in a final transition from that rule being brought to an end to that of God’s government being established. All that remains is the humbling of mankind as the Trumpets of Revelation are fulfilled. All that is remaining is the “physical manifestation” of this transition in government on the earth.
That which is recorded in the final chapters of Daniel is incredible and has been hidden – closed and sealed – since Daniel recorded it. These chapters contain some of the most awesome, astounding, and truly exciting revelation of prophecy yet. It hasn’t been long since God gave to us much clearer insight and understanding into the Seventy Weeks Prophecy about Christ in Daniel 9. The last verse, in the context of the transition of earth’s government, is truly revealing, but not in most translations. I’m going to quote that verse as given from the translation contained in the margin of a King James Version:
“He shall confirm the covenant with many for one week and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblations to cease, and upon the battlements (highest strongholds of war) shall be the idols of the Desolator with the (his) abominable armies, even until the consummation (completion, fulfillment, conclusion) and that determined shall be poured upon the Desolator” (Dan. 9:27).
Satan is the great Desolator who seeks only to lay waste what God has created. His way is to put everything into a ruinous state of confusion and destruction. Part of the origin of the Hebrew word used to describe this final period of Satan’s judgment of his “ways” of an abomination of “desolation” comes from a meaning similar to “zero” in count or “nothingness” in existence. This word in Hebrew is known for its contrast to a word used to describe God’s creative power of “something,” meaning the creation of “something from nothing.” Yet Satan’s reference of “his ways,” and the only result of “his power,” is to bring “something to nothing.”
During the period of witness of the 1260 days, God provided a final witness that established a final righteous judgment upon mankind. God knew what man would do with the technology and scientific advancements He would give them. God knew what Ephraim and Manasseh would do with their inheritance of promise of the greatest portions of the earth’s wealth in the end of the age. God foretold about such events as these, but the time for final judgment to be righteously established was to be done toward the very end of 6,000 years for a specific period of 1260 days. That period of time is even broken down into stages of judgment based on a measure of “merciful judgment” over 280 days, hence the past knowledge of time, times and half a time. It was in this final period of 1260 days that God gave His two witnesses (and the Church who lived it) to be instrumental in bringing out the true spirit, attitude, and responding actions that are witness against mankind and against Satan and his demonic realm.
So God inspired that His two witnesses and the Church should know that this final process began on December 14, 2008, and that it would end by Pentecost of May 27, 2012. It was taken by me, as an apostle, that this could only mean (because of the truth we had to that time) that Jesus Christ was returning on that Pentecost of 2012. I was wrong. My conclusion was in great error. However, God could have given more (revealed more) at any time, for we can only know what we are given by Him. God knew what I would do and what His Church would do with such knowledge “to that time.” We knew the job of the two witnesses was to begin and the countdown of the 1335 and 1290 days had begun. We knew Christ would return on a Pentecost. There was even more “present truth” this was based upon, but never-the-less, the stage was set.
God’s Church did not know about two periods of time concerning the “Day of the Eternal” that also were to be fulfilled before Christ’s return. So God let us experience (by design and purpose) something that no one else ever before has, and it was conducted by most of God’s people in spirit and in truth of an absolute living faith. This entire process of the full 4 1/2 years worked to produce an accelerated spiritual growth and maturing transformation never lived (experienced) before in God’s Church.
Because of all that had been written and the full expectation of a published date for Christ’s return, this period of final witness of the 1260 days also amplified the true response of mankind and Satan toward God’s people – toward God. Thus their judgment was quickly established and righteously set by God. In man’s world and Satan’s world, this period of 1260 days promoted an accelerated response of hate and mockery toward God’s people (toward God) that established a clear witness against Satan and mankind and of the judgment that would follow. For the Church however, it accelerated spiritual transformation, spiritual growth, and highly matured faith over a very short period of time.
Although God is revealing so very much right now, you will not (none of you) be able to grasp it fully by one (or even a few) readings of this post. Once you return again, even if in a couple of weeks from now, you will be able to see more. The importance and magnitude of what God’s Church experienced and witnessed during the 1260 days of “final witness” is far beyond the basics of it that God revealed to us quite some time after we had already entered into that final period. It was given to us that this witness of 3 1/2 years was a final one upon which God would establish His final judgment upon mankind. We understood that this judgment would be executed in the fulfilling of the Trumpets of Revelation.
God just revealed before this past Pentecost of 2013 that He used this time of 3 1/2 years to try and test His Church as He simultaneously worked (in His creating of Elohim) to accelerate the molding and transformation of a maturing faith, godly character, conviction, resolve, and spiritual strength within us. This experience we have lived cannot even be fully put into words to describe how extraordinary this has been in all the experiences of mankind over the past 6,000 years!
Finally, God is also revealing to us and the spirit realm how the 3 1/2 years of witness was also about establishing His final righteous judgment upon Satan and the demons by their own actions (works) during that period. They were given final judgment that has already begun to be carried out, starting on the first Day of the Eternal. Their power to cause (or persuade) any meaningful abomination within God’s Church has been made impotent. The next phase of the judgment to be carried out against them is their confinement of 1,000 years and complete removal from all of God’s created life once Christ returns. Judgment was foretold and determined long ago, but it was righteously established during that 1260 days of final witness. God inspired Daniel to record that Satan and his abominable armies would continue to uphold their own strong idols in spiritual wars, “even until the consummation (the completion, fulfillment, conclusion) and that determined (decreed, judgment established) shall be poured upon the Desolator (Satan)” (Dan. 9:27).
God has only now (in this Pt. 4 of this series) been revealing all that is written in Daniel concerning these greater matters of judgment that are about Satan and the demons. Little did I know of the far greater magnitude of what God inspired to be written in a recent post:
“Another purpose for God revealing things to us as He does is because of what He is working out in order to bring Satan and the demons to a time of great judgment upon them (concerning that 1260 days), and because of the spiritual wars that are part of this process that include strategies and timing that are critical in great wars” (Post – “Timing and Our Commission”).
A Time to Finish All
All that we have covered about Satan’s time for judgment in Daniel adds even greater strength, meaning, and purpose to the very unique timing God gave His Church that identifies an end to Satan’s power upon the Church. It is this timing that started a count from the opening of the First Seal when the Apostasy occurred on December 17, 1994, to Pentecost on May 27, 2012. That was a time span that identified Satan (13 being a number for “rebellion and apostasy”) and his influence of power exerted upon God’s Church until God brought him to the time of the execution of His Judgment. We had earlier believed that this would occur when Christ returned and executed the first phase of judgment of 1,000 years confinement, but that 6,370 days (7 x 70 x 13) was about God’s complete (7 being a number for completeness) plan to bring Satan to the time of his final judgment, with the execution of it to quickly follow.
God develops a picture that overlaps in timing in the book of Daniel. He began with a final 1335 days that would finish His work in the creation of the firstfruits of Elohim by Pentecost of 2012. The next great work that was to be completed was in the 1290 days that established Satan’s final judgment by Pentecost 2012, that judgment which will bring Satan’s rule to an end. To bring everything to a conclusion so that all could be finished in order for Christ to come, mankind also had to have “final judgment” established. That too was completed by Pentecost 2012, after the 1260 days of final witness.
As we have already covered, Daniel 9:27 refers to this awesomely important date of Pentecost 2012 in terms of Satan’s final judgment being established. After that judgment was “set,” it would be followed by God finishing “all things” pertaining to Satan’s removal and confinement at Christ’s return. This is described in the verse as, “even until the consummation” (Heb. – to bring to a full end, to complete and conclude, to finish). This is about the time that judgment is to be administered. This is also the reference given in Daniel 12:11 when “the abomination that is making desolate is finished (is completed).” This is after judgment has been set (established) by God once the 1290 days are concluded. It is “after that” all will be finished – with God’s judgment to be executed in order to “finish” it.
God began the first phase of the execution of His judgment against Satan during the first “Day of the Lord,” from Pentecost 2012 to Pentecost 2013.
What happened during that time? Although God’s Church had lived by faith, in truth and in spirit, Christ did not return on Pentecost 2012. In addition, I had to then go before the government for my trial in court for what was termed as “purposely evading the payment of taxes,” which quickly ended in a conviction with the guarantee of a prison sentence. Satan relished in the pickings he thought were before him. Now was his chance, as he viewed it, to again wreak total devastation upon the Church, as he had during the Apostasy. But Satan did not know what God had been molding and creating in a highly accelerated manner during the 1260 days of witness that had just ended. Those days were also evidence, in witness, to God’s incredible creative wisdom to more powerfully and more quickly than ever transform His people in greater character, oneness, and spiritually maturing faith.
The Church was not weak as it was before the Apostasy. As the “Day of the Lord” drew on, God’s people were growing even stronger. Then God challenged Satan about His people, just like what had happened to Job. Satan and his demon army were going to be released with great freedom given to them to “torment” God’s people for 5 full months in an effort to turn them against God, just as Satan attempted to do to Job. This challenge came about by design because it was part of a beginning fulfillment, yet strictly a spiritual one, of only the Fifth Trumpet (as a “type” of the actual physical fulfillment that will be made manifest after the Fourth Trumpet). But again, Satan experienced a “spiritual” punishment from this encounter, as this was part of the beginning of his punishment and of God’s avenging His Church with a just vengeance upon Satan. This punishment upon Satan and the demons was a kind of mental punishment and torment – of their spirit. The torment they desired to inflict was instead inflicted upon them. God was being magnified in glory in what He was creating in His Family – over the controversy of Zion.
This has been covered in a previous post, but we need to understand that the Church had been made to “stand” in an awesomely strong spiritual manner of faith, steadfastness, and character. The attacks from Satan and the demons have always been upon God’s people, but not in the kind of widespread manner and constant barrage as was experienced during those five months. Certainly, there are a lot of lingering after effects and other sporadic attacks that will still occur, but we have been made to stand fast. The overwhelming majority of the Body that has continued on has been positively and honorably defined. We have experienced a profound and extraordinary 4 1/2 years, and as time goes forward we will learn that this is true, even far more deeply than we can begin to grasp now.
What is Left?
My wife, Laura, was here today, and we discussed various Church matters as we always do. I shared with her the contents of this post. I’m going to tell you some of what I told her. I explained how this is one of the most exciting things I’ve ever written and that what God is revealing is so incredible as it explains so much more of what God has been doing over these past several years.
Then I shared with her about how I am so encouraged and inspired by all this, knowing I am John’s counterpart as both an apostle and a prophet, but even more than that, we share, as only it should be, the experience of being imprisoned by our government. Yet while imprisoned, God gave great revelations to John to record. It is here in prison that God has given me some of the greatest understanding yet about the process of the manifestation of those revelations. I am truly thankful to “share” such an experience with John – one that will be recorded with him.
So what is left? Now we are at the time when God will conclude, according to His perfect timing, the execution of all judgment that has now been righteously established. God will have His day – the final “Day of the Lord.” This will be the time of the physical manifestation of the Trumpets as well as highly increased Thunders.
There is another exciting verse in Daniel that has now been revealed more fully for what it is actually saying about the timing of all these events. The setting is one where Daniel asks one of the angelic beings a question about all that God has revealed to him, especially in the later chapters about events leading to the coming of the Messiah in God’s Kingdom and the end of man’s age. He simply asked, “How long to the end of these matters?” (Dan. 12:6). This is then followed by an astounding reply:
“And I heard the man clothed in linen, who was upon the waters of the river, when he held up his right hand and his left hand toward heaven, and declared an oath from Him who lives for ever that it shall be for a time, times, and half a time, and that when He shall have accomplished to scatter the power of the holy people, all these things shall be finished” (Dan. 12:7).
The timing concerning the “end” of these matters is answered by first stating there will be a period of time, times, and half a time, which we now know fell within the 1260 days of witness as a period that involves God’s merciful judgment.
The next to follow is what is described as a time when the “scattering of the power of the holy people” will be accomplished. What we had believed as our “present truth” of such an expression was that the “scattering” related to some phase about the physical scattering of God’s people after the Apostasy until the period of time of “time, times, and half a time.” But it is not! It is about an event that follows the 1260 days of witness. Who are the holy people at that time? We know they can only be referred to as “holy” because of God dwelling in them. These “holy people” are His Church.
This word “scatter” is like the example of pottery being dashed on the floor and scattered – dashed into pieces. The word “power” has very broad application and can fit into the expression in several ways. What power was dashed in God’s people after the 1260 days? Certainly, hopes were dashed, especially the hope of Christ’s return. But in all this, why would God allow “His power” in us to be dashed and scattered from us? It wasn’t, but our own power was. The truth and reality is that during this period, which was the “Day of the Lord” upon God’s Church, we were made much, much stronger with far greater spiritual power. It was our own power – the power of self – that Satan saw and sought to use to destroy us. Such power from self comes in the form of self-reliance, pride, vanity, the use of intellect in determining how we see things, human judgment, etc. Satan attacked us by striving to use “self” (selfish human nature) against us in a similar manner as he tried to appeal to Christ (when he was fasting), just before he began his ministry. But in attacking us in such a manner, we were actually made stronger as a result of the work God was doing in us during the time of witness. God had prepared us for this incredible event – to make us stand! This expression in Daniel is not about a negative thing that happened to the holy people, but an incredibly positive one.
As a result of God working with us over that 3 1/2 year period of final witness and then our experience of going into that prophetic day that led to a 5 month assault from Satan and the demonic world, we lived what God told Daniel in that oath (God’s promise) about being “scattered” – shattered in power. What an awesome thing to understand that it was our own selfish power that was being shattered so that God could live more fully in us in His power. It was in God’s power living more fully within us that gave us the power over Satan’s attacks: “For greater is He who is in you than he (Satan) who is in the world” (1 Jn. 4:4).
Then the last thing God “promised” by His oath through the pronouncement made by this angel was that THEN – after all this – that “all things” would be finished. All that is left is exactly where this promise comes into play. It can only be for a very specific moment in time. Now is that time – it is the time of “God’s promise” that He will fulfill. It is the time that is now before us, of all that remains, that is a matter of exercising the judgment upon this world that was “set” after the 1260 days. That which is to be finished is the physical manifestation of the Trumpets of Revelation.
God’s time is before us. The final “Day of the Eternal” is God’s promise. His promises are true!