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Amazing Prophecy about the Church

Unfortunately, the controversy surrounding the interpretation of Revelation 10-11 has robbed these chapters of much of their power. In reality, they provide an amazingly clear guide from God with interesting detail about our role in the church age.

Our conviction is that these words complete the prophecy given to God’s people (Daniel 10:14) by Daniel in Daniel 10-12. What was closed to Daniel (Daniel 12:4, 9) was opened to John who now completes it. A word which starts in the third year of Cyrus in 535 BC and ends at the end of the age. A word whose first half, described in Daniel, is temporarily suspended when the power of God’s people is totally shattered (Daniel 12:7) by the Roman Empire. A word whose second half is resumed when the Islamic Kingdom came to power and completed during the rest of the church age. So Revelation 11 is not a prophecy which is fulfilled in 3.5 calendar years, but rather in more than 1,200 years.

The language is clearly symbolic, but is also narrative prophecy with a literal meaning. If the prophecy was just for 3.5 calendar years, then very likely the two witnesses introduced in Revelation 11:3 are two individuals. The NIV reference to the them as men (Revelation 11:6) seems to favour this futurist perspective and perhaps reflects a translator bias. However, given that the prophecy extends for over 2,500 years and begins in 535 BC and is explicitly about God’s people then the two witnesses must be God’s people, not two individuals.

Therefore, the period of 3.5 years must be symbolic. Since the two witnesses are called to minister in the power of the Spirit for 3.5 years, then to be defeated, die, to lie dead for 3.5 days, rise again and then ascend into heaven, then they are clearly called to follow in the footsteps of Jesus, exactly as Jesus did. The allusion to the ministry of Jesus is remarkably clear and obvious.

At this point we could delve deeply into the detail of what we are called to be and to do. That would make this post incredibly long. We leave it for another time.

So these two chapters sit at the crossroads of understanding the book of Revelation. Previous chapters set the context, subsequent chapters’ flow along the direction implied by how they are interpreted.


What is different about “The Time is Near”

This post is targeted to Christians interested in the end times. We want to show why this book has a distinctly different, but highly compelling biblical view which challenges long held views. You will need to come to it with an open and prayerful mind. It exposes the current world situation like no other. It is not for the faint-in-heart. It is not a quick read, but designed as an in-depth study seeking to reveal the biblical basis in a testable, but convincing way. Its view is unique, not seen before in print.

The Time is Near gives a very different perspective on the end times. The reason for this is that it is not based on the highly uncertain and controversial interpretation of Daniel 2, 7 and 9:24-27 on which most end time theologies rely. Rather it is based on new perspectives in understanding Daniel’s final vision in Daniel 10-12. This results in the following outcomes

1. Dramatic changes to the time element. The time, times and half-a-time in Daniel 7:25, 12:7 and Revelation 12:14 are symbolically 3.5, but literally not periods of 3.5 years, but periods in excess of 1,200 years. The biblical foundation for this (discussed in volume 1, summarized in volume 2) is very strong. This conclusion strongly challenges deeply entrenched views and radically alters the end time theology.
2. The two time, times and half-a-time in the book of Daniel are two contiguous time periods, not a single concurrent period. The one in Daniel 12:7 comes chronologically first spanning the periods from the Jews return from exile to the end of the Roman Empire, the one in Daniel 7:25 follows to the end of the age. The one in Revelation 12:14 equates to the one in Daniel 7:25. This means that Daniel’s prophecies focus on the first period of time and Revelation on the second.
3. Major difference. There is no final 7 years of tribulation. Instead the tribulation spans the church age with the worst period being near the return of Jesus.
4. Key result. The book of Daniel and Revelation merge into a single prophecy from the Jewish exile beginning in 605 BC to the end of the age and beyond. Many commentaries recognize the strong allusions in the book of Revelation to Daniel, but none go anywhere near as far as this book does.
5. Key result. The chronological fulfillment of the visions in Revelation is not the same as their written order, but rather they are concurrent and in parallel like the book of Daniel. This perspective invalidates many end time interpretations and is in accord with many idealist views.
6. Key difference. The open little scroll in Revelation 10 is the Daniel 10-12 vision which Daniel 12:4 says he closed and sealed and which will be opened in the time of the end and which from Daniel’s perspective begins during the Roman Empire (see volume 1). The seven thunders given to John were revelation he needed in order to be able write the book of Revelation, but are not needed by us since the fulfillment of the prophecies in recent times makes the meaning clear.
7. Key difference. The seven sealed scroll in Revelation 5 and opened by Jesus, is the content of the book of truth in Daniel 10:21 which was closed and sealed by the man in linen in Daniel 12:9. It could not be revealed to Daniel because the plan it contained was conditional on Jesus’ victory on the cross, His resurrection and His ascension.
8. Key difference. The net effect of this is that John is now equipped to prophesy again (Revelation 10:11) and reveal the rest of God’s plan. Therefore, Revelation 11 continues the rest of the plan for God’s people which began with Daniel 10-12. So Revelation 11 smoothly joins to Daniel 10-12.
9. Key difference. Revelation 11 is about God’ prophetic plan for His people (faithful Jews and Christians), who are called to witness in the power of the Spirit for a period of 3.5 years like Jesus; it is symbolically 3.5 years, but literally much longer. Then to suffer and die like Jesus. Then to rise after 3.5 days (like Jesus) and ascend to heaven like Jesus. This is an amazing prophecy which has been lost because of the controversy and confusion that surrounds the meaning of this passage.
10. Key result. The visions in Revelation 11, 12 and 13 run in parallel spanning the second time, times and half-a-time. They give different views on the way the dragon will attack God’s people, seek to destroy them and establish a world-wide civilization comprising two empires one theocratic the other democratic. The dragon (Satan) will appear to succeed for a short time, but will then be defeated.

We thus present a fully testable, modern perspective unlike any other, with very compelling biblical authority. It challenges every existing view. In terms of common terminology of views on the book of Revelation, it is a historicist with recapitulation, a-millennial view.

The Time is Near Volume 2

After one and a half years, I am excited to announce that volume 2 of this two-part series has now been published and is available from Balboa Press and all major online bookshops including Amazon and can be ordered from any bookshop. Currently (June 2016), the e-book is available from Amazon at $US5.90 and the softcover for $US37.99.


Taking 812 pages, volume 2 is slightly longer than volume 1. It is not a quick read, but a serious study and reference book. It is a theological work which gives insight into history, God’s nature, plan and purpose and whose outcomes seriously impact our lives. It supplies a radically new, and complete end time theology completing what was started in Volume 1 by a thorough examination of the book of Revelation. Everything is laid out carefully and in detail, so that the understanding can be tested and the fundamental assumptions examined. The goal is to understand God and His ways as accurately as possible.

Volume 2 is complete in itself as it contains a summary of the findings in volume 1. However, you will need volume 1 if you want to thoroughly explore the reasons behind the conclusions that have been made for the interpretation of Daniel and how this harmonises with the teachings of Jesus and Paul in the New Testament.

The introduction to volume 2 summarizes the end time position in 32 statements which we have called theses. The first 8 statements are derived from volume 1. The rest focus on the book of Revelation. This book structure will enable the reader to quickly ascertain the end time position supported in these books. However, if you want to explore the reasons for this position then you will have to go to the details explained in the rest of the book.

Structured this way the reader can go through the book in order from the beginning to the end, but you can also go directly to the details of specific portions. In this way you can treat it as a book to read through or as a reference.

Building logically on the conclusions made for the interpretation of the book of Daniel leads to some unique perspectives on end time theology. We argue that the book of Daniel and Revelation are intentionally structured in a similar way and must integrate together to form a comprehensive prophetic picture of God’s plan from the exile of God’s people in the Promised Land in 605 BC to the completion of the formation of the eternal kingdom. This leads to the book of Revelation containing visions in symbolic form, but whose interpretation reveal history in chronologically parallel visions like the book of Daniel. The parallel vision structure has much in common with the idealist view of the book of Revelation, but the overall result is a historicist perspective with recapitulation which in our knowledge has not been seen before. In the past, historicist views have been rightly criticised because of the lack of compelling reasons to be sure that a particular historical association is a valid way to interpret the symbolic language of the book of Revelation. This is not true in this book, because the strong integration with the book of Daniel compels only a single, possible interpretation of the book of Revelation. This leads to many new insights as well as affirming some of the older ones.

So we would encourage readers to obtain this book to test both existing end time theologies and the new one presented here. We argue that most existing end time theologies rest on very shaky, biblical foundations. We argue that just as the view presented in these two volumes needs to be rigorously tested, so should the existing ones. We are open to be challenged with what we have written, but also sense that most existing end time theologies would not stand under careful biblical examination. Our burden is to see biblical teaching on the end times converge and the huge confusion and contradiction removed.

It is our conviction that a large number of end time theologies rest on highly controversial and rather doubtful interpretations of the book of Daniel and Jesus teaching in the Sermon on the Mount. In contrast, the interpretation presented in this book, rests on a far more compelling, but different interpretation of the book of Daniel. This leads to an integration of Daniel and Revelation not seen in the modern era. The two books merge together structurally and in content so that a single, unified prophecy emerges. This integration also overcomes ambiguities in the interpretation of the book of Revelation and also leads to a unique historicist perspective where the visions recapitulate like they do in the book of Daniel and in idealist views of the book of Revelation.

The Time is Near Volume 1

I am excited to announce that this book has now been published and is available as an eBook and in soft copy from all major online bookshops including Amazon and can be ordered by any bookshop. Published by Balboa Press it is available on their website as an eBook for $US9.99 and in softcover for $US33.99.


Taking 686 pages, it is not a quick read, but a serious study and reference book. It is a theological work which gives insight into history, God’s nature, plan and purpose and whose outcomes seriously impact our lives. It supplies a radically new perspective and if read carefully will challenge aspects of every existing work on the book of Daniel. Everything is laid out carefully and in detail, so that the understanding can be tested and the fundamental assumptions examined. The goal is to understand God and His ways as accurately as possible.

Some of the posts on this website already present aspects contained in the book. However, the book will give you a comprehensive understanding of the root ideas in those posts. You will see the rise and fall of five civilisations who had authority over Jerusalem for substantial periods of time, but also see that the nation of Israelites, although small, survives them all sometimes through periods of suffering even until the present day just as Jeremiah had prophesied in his chapters 30-31.

You will see how Daniel’s understanding grew as his life unfolded and how influential he was in the courts of both the Babylonian and Persian Empires. You will see how prophecies he received about his own time were gradually fulfilled and therefore the prophecies he received about the future even until the end of the age carry compelling authority. You will see the precision in his understanding and how all the visions he received were anchored in the present that he knew. It is a book that gives remarkable insight into those ancient times.

Then you will see how Jesus understood the book of Daniel and how this understanding informed His prophetic words in the New Testament. Then you will glimpse how The apostle Paul was informed by Daniel too. To appreciate how Daniel influenced the book of Revelation you will have to wait for Volume 2, but this website does give snippets of understanding.

If you have studied the book of Daniel, you will be familiar with the phrase a “time, times and half a time” which occurs in Daniel 7:25 and 12:7 and also in Revelation 12:14. As well as being a symbolic phrase meaning 3.5 and a period of time which is trying to complete by reaching 7, but is cut short, it is almost universally believed to be 3.5 years. The conviction that it is 3.5 years is so entrenched in our thinking, but rarely questioned. We show that the two “time, times and half a time” in Daniel are two consecutive periods of time forming a symbolic complete period of 7 and that both are literally in excess of 1200 years in a way which we believe will be very hard to refute. When combined together they span the whole of history from the return from exile to the end of the age. This perspective devastates existing end time theologies as strongly as Copernicus devastated the idea that the earth was flat and revealed how the earth moved around the Sun about 500 years ago.

Overall, one of my goals is to see end time confusion in the world wide church resolved. Since that confusion correlates with the ambiguities in the Hebrew text and English translations of Daniel 9:24-27, the famous seventy sevens prophecy I have hope. This is because this book shows how the better foundation for end times understanding is in Daniel’s final vision in his last two chapters. This final vision is narrative prophecy and is so historically accurate that some scholars believe that it must have been written after the events described. This book shows why this is not possible. The beauty of basing our end time understanding on this vision is that it is not hard to understand like his earlier visions which are written in an apocalyptic style, and so should have fewer interpretive difficulties.

Israel’s Independance Part 2

This post updates the post of 28 May 2013. It repeats some of the things said there, then tracks the changes since then and corrects, refines and evaluates what was said.

The nation of Israel is in a very unique, but fragile position. It is a very powerful nation for its size surrounded by other nation’s which are jealous of its prosperity, hate its presence and would destroy it if possible. These other nations will form alliances with it if that is advantageous to them, but there is no certainty that these alliances will continue long term. These nations will also tolerate peace treaties if necessary. But underlying all this is a jealous hatred and a deep rooted anger. In fact all the nations of the earth harbour deep wounds that go back 1,000’s of years. Even within the nations around Israel, there is anger against the corruption of wealthy rulers and fears because of the economic insecurity of the future which led to the rebellion as witnessed by the current conflict in Syria and the Arab Spring uprisings of the last few years. But there are bigger forces at work. Powers external to Syria are seeking to capitalise on the Syrian conflict to gain advantage for themselves as a greater priority than peace. To add to the complexity, the Syrian conflict is now adding a Sunni verses Shiite flavour.

But overall, Israel is a nation whose security is at high risk. This risk has been present since its nation formation in 1948. Although there are strong, sympathetic elements within some outside countries, especially the U.S., ultimately they will make decisions to support Israel only if it continues to be advantageous for them to do so. Overall, the U.S. support for Israel since the Second World War has been huge and there is a substantial community within the U.S., largely Christian as well as Jewish who favour Israel. However, especially in the last few years, the U.S. economic and political strength has deteriorated and in recent months there is evidence of a huge reluctance by the U.S. for continued military involvement in the Middle East which would be expensive, cause substantial loss of life and whose successful outcomes are doubtful.

So overall, the trends of the last few months, would suggest power realignments in favour of Iran, Syria and Hizbollah backed by Russia and a decline of the influence of nations backed by the U.S. This is especially evident in Egypt whose internal dysfunction and the possibility of huge economic disaster looms. Turkey’s relationship with Israel remains ambivalent and the rest of the Middle East except Jordan appears aloof. What will happen to Syria’s relationship to Israel remains unclear, but it seems likely that the rebel forces in Syria are a mixed bag of disunited groups some of doubtful genre so that their ability to unite and form a new government in Syria is highly questionable. However, the forces arraigned against Israel are slowly increasing and it would seem that they could rain huge numbers of missiles on Israel with uncertain results.

Quite mysterious is the continued reluctance of Western powers to support peace in Syria with Assad retaining authority. As a result, external powers continue to support both sides of the opposing powers so that the tragic, ongoing loss of life and internal terrible suffering continues. Political factors seem to have greater priority than stopping the continued tragic suffering of the Syrian people. And today the internal conflict in Syria has stalemated, but now Assad seems to be slowly gaining the ascendancy and the human tragedy grows as external powers selfishly try to protect their own agenda. As much as we abhor the use of chemical weapons, the achievement of an agreement on their use is really a sideshow as almost all of the suffering is due to conventional weapons about which no treaty seems near.

We continue to watch for a treaty involving many nations in the Middle East which will have major worldwide significance and signal the beginning of the end times as suggested by the end of the age scenario in Daniel 9:27. We considered whether the UN resolution on the dismantling of chemical weapons in Syria would have that stature, but consider that very unlikely. Currently, Russia and the U.S. have called for the Geneva 2 peace conference on Syria in November 2013 involving all participants without preconditions. If this was successful, it may have the required stature. We will wait and see what happens.

One gets the feeling that the U.S. is publicly trying to preserve its original status in the world, but secretly working towards a political solution to bring peace while trying to minimise the cost to its political status in the Middle East. To many, this will look like a continuation of its double standards. In this ambivalent situation, Turkey lies in a strange position and it’s unclear where its loyalties truly lie as it probably is genuinely uncertain. It has strong ties to the U.S., wants better relations with Russia and Iran and is perhaps superficially on the same side as Israel in a fragile relationship more dictated by pressure from the U.S. than anything else.

For Israel, it would seem its security in the Middle East is declining. The U.S. while still strongly supporting Israel, is seeking a solution involving a measure of peace with Israel’s strongest opponents. Thus the forces threatening Israel’s survival are growing in strength whereas those supporting her survival are weakening. Thus Israel is increasingly being isolated. So Israel will retain its independence to the extent necessary for its survival, even if it receives enormous help from the U.S. The hint that Israel might be talking with Saudi Arabia and other gulf states is interesting as also Netanyahu’s word to the UN that it might be willing to go it alone against Iran’s ongoing nuclear development. The huge instability in the Middle East continues with oscillation between near major military conflict and the hope of peace.

Given the Bible’s forecasts that there will be one more successful invasion of Israel, we infer that there will come a time when the U.S. will not be able to provide the support that Israel needs. Extrapolating from the current situation, this most likely will occur because of economic weakness. It already seems apparent that the U.S. is reluctant to directly involve itself in Syria and the internal position is now strongly favouring Assad’s survival, primarily because of the support from Iran, Hizbollah and Russia. China also seems to favour Assad although it is unclear whether this is more than words. At the same time, the U.S., Turkey, Jordan and perhaps Saudi Arabia have backed down from the level of support they were giving to the rebels. Perhaps because some of the rebels are terrorist organisations. So Russia is gaining influence and the U.S. seems to be losing it.

In the end, it would seem that Israel will have to defend itself from its own resources. It will have to fight alone against the might of the surrounding nations. In the end, the U.S. is likely to lose its influence in the Middle East and Saudi Arabia and other oil rich nations in the Middle East will not be supplying oil to the West. The West’s economy will decline so that their focus will be on maintaining their internal condition. Although internally still powerful, they will not be able to project their military power into the Middle East. Israel will be isolated. This will set up the conditions in the Bible for the final invasion of Israel. The end time picture in the Bible could be arrived at in many ways and the Bible does not give us a lot of detail, however, the above scenario seems to be one plausible way that picture could be reached.

Whatever transpires, Israel must track its own unique path. It cannot yield on Jerusalem. It will not yield on the West Bank or Gaza unless its security can be guaranteed. Eventually, the surrounding nations will try to impose their favoured solution on Israel. The conditions are heading towards those that the Bible describes, especially in Ezekiel 38 and 39.

Is “Peak Oil” Dead?

In recent times, discussions on “peak oil” on the internet have substantially decreased as though the belief in an impending crisis due to a decline in oil production is no longer there. This has come about in part because of substantially increased production of shale gas and tight oil in the US and perhaps due to a decreasing demand for oil in developed countries to try and counter its high price. As a result some are saying “peak oil” is dead and we have enough fossil fuel to meet our energy needs perhaps for another 100 years and the US will regain energy Independence. Unfortunately, this thinking grossly overstates the truth as the new publication “Snake Oil” by Richard Heinberg makes clear.

For the past 200 years, the increasingly available, cheap coal and then oil and natural gas has “fuelled” our modern, global civilisation to heights never experienced before in history.and probably never to be experienced again. However, research clearly shows, that there are limited quantities of these fossil fuels and as these riches deplete they become increasingly expensive and less profitable to extract. “Peak oil” is the term that has been coined to identify when the quantity of oil produced reaches its maximum. The fact that there will be a point of maximum is undisputed. What is disputed is how soon that will occur. The recent production growth of shale gas and tight oil has made some believe that “peak oil” is now a long time in the future. However, recent research reflected in Richard Heinberg’s new book argues compellingly, that the the new sources of growth will maximise and decline quickly so that “peak oil” has only been postponed for a few years.

So in reality, the situation has not changed very much. The collapse of our modern, global civilisation is still certain, only it has probably been delayed just a few years. This gives us perhaps a few more years to ramp up alternate energy sources, but the eventual economic decline is still certain, “peak oil” is still very much alive. Crude oil production is still sitting on the production plateau that began in 2005 and costs are continuing to slowly increase as the slight production growth is relatively expensive. Economic growth no longer seems possible in a long term sense although we may see local growth for short periods. The developed world remains challenged by increasing debt propped up by money creation to keep the GDP climbing.

So we are living on borrowed time, sustained by human ingenuity, but rapidly approaching the point of no return. In some ways, the world has never had it so good as our average lifespan is so long and worldwide interconnection for many purposes is amazing. In other ways, it has never been so bad with 1 billion people living in poverty and some nations on the edge of collapse and with many people, especially those living in the very volatile Middle East, suffering tremendously. If war broke out in the Middle East in a scope that would severely curtail oil supply, this would have very immediate and severe economic consequences world wide. We are still living on the edge.

My conviction remains that the coming collapse of our modern civilisation is certain and likely within the next few years although human ingenuity could delay it, but human injustice precipitate it. In fact, it might be argued that collapse has already begun, although I’m sure many would dispute this and say growth will recover. It’s a bit like the long running dispute about global warming being anthropomorphic in that it takes a long time for the emerging trends to show a clear pattern.

My conviction as a Christian is that this coming economic collapse, water and food supply crises, global warming and the emerging military conflict in the Middle East are the beginning of the end time trouble that the Bible predicts. What is about to happen is irreversible and will ultimately lead to the return of Jesus.

To me, this is not a “doom and gloom” perspective. I look forward to the return of Jesus and to the end of human suffering and the proper dealing of the enormous injustices propagated throughout history. I also realise that those living unrighteously will fight very hard to protect their investments into wealth and position, leading to severe conflict for a short time.

Everyone without exception can find protection from this coming trouble by sincerely calling out to God for help. Although the church is far from perfect with many within not truly following Jesus, there remains a substantial core within the church that love Jesus and are living in the joy of God’s presence. Seek them out for they can really help to guide you to find God and are seeing amazing miracles of provision, protection and healing. At the same time, the prophetic sense I have is that there will be a major shift towards greater trouble around 2015 to 2016. Now is the time to prepare.

The Structure is Key Part 2

This is the second of what was going to be six posts on the structure of the book of Daniel and Revelation and continues the post written for Christians interested in end times theology.

Instead of completing this content as six separate posts, the whole content is now available as a single PDF file on the download page of this website. The reason for this change is its technical complexity and some difficulties in formatting some of its content.