In Zechariah chapter 14, an interesting prophecy appears regarding the millennial reign of Christ (NIV):

16 "Then the survivors from all the nations that have attacked Jerusalem will go up year after year to worship the King,the Lord Almighty, and to celebrate the Festival of Tabernacles.17 If any of the peoples of the earth do not go up to Jerusalem to worship the King, the Lord Almighty, they will have no rain.18 If the Egyptian people do not go up and take part, they will have no rain. The Lord will bring on them the plague he inflicts on the nations that do not go up to celebrate the Festival of Tabernacles.19 This will be the punishment of Egypt and the punishment of all the nations that do not go up to celebrate the Festival of Tabernacles."

The order of annual festivals is:

  1. Passover

  2. Unleavened Bread

  3. Firsts Fruits

  4. Pentecost

  5. Trumpets

  6. Atonement

  7. Tabernacles

It is interesting that only Tabernacles is specifically mentioned as being observed during the millennial reign. This would imply that all of the other festivals have had their ultimate fulfillment. Passover, Unleavened Bread, and First Fruits were fulfilled by the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Pentecost was partially fulfilled via the indwelling of the Church by the Holy Spirit. It's final fulfillment may still be pending. This leaves Trumpets and Atonement.

If Daniel's 70th week is the Final Jubilee, then it would begin with Trumpets, and end on Atonement. In other words, an extended 10-day Trumpets would conclude on the usual day for Atonement observance, and begin the jubilee observance. The Final Jubilee would then conclude with the Second Coming on the final Day of Atonement. Tabernacles would then be celebrated annually during the millennial reign of Christ. This would permit sequential precise fulfillment of all of the remaining festivals.

Daniel gives us precise numbers regarding the 70th week in Chapter 12:

9 "He replied, “Go your way, Daniel, because the words are rolled up and sealed until the time of the end. 10 Many will be purified, made spotless and refined, but the wicked will continue to be wicked. None of the wicked will understand, but those who are wise will understand.

11 “From the time that the daily sacrifice is abolished and the abomination that causes desolation is set up, there will be 1,290 days. 12 Blessed is the one who waits for and reaches the end of the 1,335 days."

Adding 1290 days to 1335 days yields 2625 days. To divide this further:

Trumpets begins

10 Days of Awe

Final Jubilee begins

30 days until Two Witnesses ministry begins

1260 days until Abomination of Desolation

1250 days until final Day of Atonement and the Second Coming

75 days until Tabernacles and the beginning of the millennial reign of Christ

Adding 10 + 30 + 1260 + 1250 + 75 = 2625.

Returning to Matthew 24, Jesus said “If those days had not been cut short, no one would survive, but for the sake of the elect those days will be shortened." Could this refer to the shortening of the final "time, times and half a time" by 10 days? This is the Time of Jacob's Trouble, during which YHWH will protect the remnant of Israel.

The beginning of this sequence depends upon the timing of the Festival of Trumpets? So when is Trumpets? We will address this further next time.

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