Would you like to know exactly where we are in the scale of Biblical prophecy? We can determine this key information by reading in the book of Revelation. And, we receive the additional witness of Daniel that this is the correct interpretation. When we know these things we understand what is coming next, and we start to see ancient prophecies unfold, even on the front pages of our newspapers. That, my friends, is an incredible feeling!
Both John and Daniel give us some key signs to mark the rise of the anti-Christ.
In Revelation chapter 12, verse 1, ( I am using the Joseph Smith translation, because he was a Prophet of God), we read “And there appeared a great sign in heaven, in the likeness of things on the earth; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars.” On September 29th, 2011 we can see the first great sign in Heaven, in the constellation virgo. Here, we see the moon at her feet, she is clothed in the sun as it sits on her shoulder, the comet elenin makes it’s way across her head, creating a crown. Verse 2 adds another indicator, “And the woman being with child, cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered.” You will notice Venus in the belly of the woman, and we see it “delivered” on October 3rd, as the planet slips between the stars that form her legs.
We don’t have to settle for just one sign in Heaven, as John adds yet another to indicate the time of the anti-Christ has indeed come. In verse 4 we find “And there appeared another sign in heaven; and behold, a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads. And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth.” Incredibly, just 5 days after the woman delivered her baby, we see the dragon in the heavens, the constellation Draco, which is latin for dragon, and the stars in the heaven are cast to earth – but remember this is a sign in the heavens, that will have a likeness of things on earth. So, the Draconid meteor shower on October 8-9th were the part that was displayed in the heavens.
The likeness of things on earth, as applies to the woman about to give birth, will not be seen by the world. At this point, it may not be verified. The next event indicated by John, and the one we should now be looking for, is that a third of the stars of heaven are cast to the earth. This is a stunning prophecy, and I am sure that you would like some confirmation that such a thing would happen. In God’s mercy, we are given additional proof that this is something that will occur. John records in the sixth seal Revelation 6:13 And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind. This is such a remarkable occurrence that he describes that all the rich and the poor hide themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains; Isaiah provides an additional witness in his 2nd chapter, verses 17-21, where again we see that all men will hide in the crack of rocks and caves. The idols he describes as destroyed, will be pounded to dust by the stars that will fall from heaven. In addition, we find that there is at least some small notification, because the people bring their riches with them. In the end, they cast their gold and silver to the moles and the bats.
Let me emphasize, we have seen the two signs in the heavens described in Revelation 13. We are waiting for the second sign of stars falling to the earth, as a last sign that it is the time of the anti-Christ.
Daniel provides a second witness and confirmation of the timing of John and the anti-Christ. In Dan 9 verse 25 he states: from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks. This commandment was issued by the United Nations in 1947. In that proclamation they stated that Jerusalem would be built and restored beginning on October 1st, 1948. That building and restoration will continue for seven weeks and then it will be finished. There is an error in translation here, that can be readily seen when we compare verse 25 to verse 24: 24 states there of seventy weeks, upon the holy city (which is Jerusalem) to the anointing of the most Holy ( which is the Messiah). Verse 25 speaks of the same thing restoring and building Jerusalem until the time of the Messiah, but states that will happen in seven weeks. It should be seventy.
Verse 25 additionally states that threescore and two weeks (or 62 weeks that Jerusalem will bill built again. And after that 62 weeks, shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: – this is referring to the followers of Christ. They shall be cut off by the anti-Christ. Further evidence follows, when Daniel states “and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary;”
The translation of Daniel speaks of weeks, and there is some confusion as to his meaning. Many christian churches believe he is speaking of “weeks of years”. If he were speaking of weeks, it would make this ancient prophet a liar. That is not the case, and we know that the time of Christ’s coming is not going to be 490 years from the time of the restoration of Jerusalem, because of all the other signs of the times that say the time is near at hand. Therefore, we must expect that the word was mistranslated and it should be years.
That 62 years from the going forth of the command to build Jerusalem, ended on September 30, 2011. And, Daniel states that the anti-Christ will come after. This is verification of the Revelation of John which began to be fulfilled on September 29th, 2011.