We are without doubt the generation Jesus had in mind when he discussed the end times with His disciples in Matthew 24, Luke 21 and Mark 13. A good example is in Matt 24:21; For at that time there will be great tribulation, unmatched from the beginning of the world until now, and never to be seen again. 22 If those days had not been cut short, nobody would be saved. But for the sake of the elect, those days will be cut short. “Nobody would be saved?” Now, our military has a term for that scenario: it's called “MAD” or Mutual Assured Destruction. Yes, we could have a situation here in our generation with the threat of everyone on the planet in danger of being killed and is termed “MAD” by the powers that be. So as you can see, Jesus was right on the money in Matt 24:21. Never before in history has it been possible to kill everyone on the planet until now, so it’s safe to assume He was talking about us.
Another prophecy regarding “our” generation is mentioned in Daniel 12:4; “But you, Daniel, keep this prophecy a secret; seal up the book until the “time of the end,” when many will rush here and there, and knowledge will increase.” Rush here and there is a reference to how this generation can travel around the globe so easily and talk to each other globally on the “WorldWideWeb.” And not just our planet: if you consider, the first people to fly a plane were the Wright brothers in 1903, just 66 years later man had landed on the moon and just 100 years after that historic flight a spacecraft had visited every planet in our Solar System. As for knowledge increasing… The technology explosion has been insane. A guy called Buckminster Fuller created something called the Knowledge Doubling Curve. He noticed that until 1900 human knowledge doubled approximately every century but by the end of World War II, knowledge was doubling every 25 years. We are now doubling our knowledge in less than a year but, according to IBM, the tech company, we will soon be doubling our knowledge every 12 hours.
Jesus was indeed talking about “our generation in Luke 21: 10-11 he prophesied; 10 Then he said to them: “Nation will rise against nation and kingdom against kingdom. 11 There will be great earthquakes, famines and pestilences in various places, and fearful events and great signs from heaven. Great earthquakes and fearful events and great signs from heaven both happened together in that prophetic year of 1957. On a global level, nations have been rising against nations since 1914, as have famines and pestilences too.
Below is a prophecy from the Book of Daniel which according to The Jehovah’s Witness Organisation they can link prophecy to October 1914. They claim Daniel’s prophecy is the key’ to the beginning of Jesus Christ's everlasting Kingdom which they believe, [the Jehovah’s Witnesses] began in October 1914 just 3 months after WWI broke out and His reign will last for 1,000 years, His Millennial Reign. (Here, I must point out that the Jehovah’s Witnesses have made many prophecies which have fallen well short of the mark many times, however, this one is, nevertheless, astonishingly close to the mark), let me explain:
In the book of Daniel, Chapter 4, King Nebuchadnezzar, the King of Babylon had a prophetic dream and he asked Daniel, a captured Jew to interpret the dream for him. In chapter four of the book of Daniel, Daniel explains the dream:
The king dreamed of an immense tree that was chopped down. Its stump was prevented from regrowing for a period of “seven times,” after which the tree would be allowed to grow again. This great tree, Daniel explains, represented King Nebuchadnezzar himself. The great tree was chopped down, the tree, metaphorically, was the King who would later lose his sanity for “seven years,” living as a bull in the wild and losing the throne of his kingdom for the seven-year period, (seven times). Daniel explained further, after seven years, God restored King Nebuchadnezzar’s sanity and his crown. After hearing Daniel's interpretation of the dream, Nebuchadnezzar acknowledged Jehovah as King of the highest and Ruler in the kingdom of mankind. As often is the case, however, the dream and prophecy had a double meaning.
The dream’s deeper meaning.
But the dream had another, deeper meaning. God would Himself set up His own Kingdom (a “great tree” which represents “Israel”) this tree will never be destroyed. God had built His own Kingdom here on earth (the tree) when he brought Moses and the Jews out of captivity from Egypt and brought them to the promised land where Israel and Judah grew into two great nations. After hundreds of years, however, God lost patience with the Jews who had become ungrateful, sinful and worshipped false gods. He finally turned his back on them and handed them over to the Babylonians in “October 607 BC” when Jerusalem fell to the Chaldeans.
Back to the King's dream.
The mighty tree in Nebuchadnezzar’s dream also represented God’s Kingdom and Jesus Christ, His son was the one legally authorized to receive this everlasting kingdom from His father Jehovah God. (Luke 1:30-33).
But the tree as you may recall was chopped down, which interpreted an
interruption in the King’s rulership for “seven times” (seven years) according to Daniel. The interruption also represented a pause in God’s Kingdom (the Jews) here on earth; He turned His back on the Jewish people who were supposed to represent Jehovah on “His earthly throne” but incredibly they had turned away from God and had become great sinners.
The seven times in Daniel’s prophecy began in October 607 BC when Jerusalem was destroyed by the Babylonians. God turned away from His earthly throne (the Jews) the people who represented His earthly kingdom and allowed the Babylonians to destroy the sacred city Jerusalem. The “seven times” represent the period during which God allowed Gentile, (non-Jewish) nations to rule over the earth without interference from any kingdom that He had set up.
How long are the seven times? Well, clearly not “literally seven years” as in Nebuchadnezzar’s case because many many years later after Babylon had destroyed Jerusalem, the city was sacked once again by the Romans in 70 AD, which Jesus had warned the Jews of in, Luke 21:24: “They will fall by the sword and will be taken as prisoners to all the nations.
Jerusalem will be trampled on by the Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.”
The times of the Gentiles will be fulfilled when Jesus begins “His rulership” here on earth, (the 1,000 year Millenium Kingdom), so the “seven-times” must be much, much longer than seven years and were still unfulfilled when Jesus was here on Earth almost 2,000 years ago.
As always, we can find the answer in the Bible.
The “day-year principle” or the “year-for-a-day principle” is a method of interpretation of Bible prophecy in which the word “day” in prophecy is considered to be symbolic of “a year of actual time.” So what do the “seven times' ' mean in Nebuchadnezzar’s prophetic dream and how long are the “seven times?” In Revelation 12:14, we are given a clue, we are told that “a time,” plus times, plus half a time” is 3-1/2 days, or years or, 1,260 days or years. However, in Nebuchadnezzar’s dream “seven times,” or, “ a time, times 7” are spoken of, so if we double a time, times and a half a time, we come to our “seven times” mentioned in Daniel which would be 2,520 days or years. Using the Bible’s prophetic rule, “a day for a year” we have a period of 2,520 years. If we take 607 BC, which is the date Jehovah turned his back on the Jewish nation allowing Babylon to conquer Jerusalem, and add 1 year back, because AD started at year 1 and not 0, we arrive at the year “October 1914.”Just 3 months after the beginning of WWI! Did God’s rulership and Jesus Christ His Son, the King of Kings, begin preparing for their everlasting Kingdom in October 1914? It fits in perfectly with Jesus’s warnings in Matthew 24 and Luke 21 and what happened in 1914! 2,520-607=1913 +1=1914.
Another Bible scholar, Mr Herbert Armstrong believes he has found the answer of Daniel’s 7 times prophecy. “He believes the seven times prophecy in Daniel chapter 4 is an indication of the rise of UK and American power, (the West, or Anglo-American) which was promised to Abraham by Jehovah. Actually, the 'nations' are not Gentile nations, but the nations of faith in accord with the promises made to Abraham, Gen 17:5,"I have made you a father of many nations". These “many nations” promised to Abraham are thought to be the “10 lost tribes” of Israel. Mr Armstrong writes; Seven prophetic times, which is 2,520 years, went by from the time of “Samaria's fall”, (the capital of Israel “in the north”), which happened in “721 BC, which was “114 years earlier” than when Jerusalem fell to the Babylonians in the Jehovah's Witness prophecy above! ” So, 2,520 years from the year “721 BC” brings us to “1800 AD” and the very time according to scripture, Abraham's descendants the Ten Lost Tribes of Israel would begin coming into “the possession of the birthright promises.” Mr Armstrong claims the remarkable story of English speaking nations that unfolded after 1800 is quite frankly astounding.
After the war of the roses which ended in 1485, a stable government was formed under the Tudor dynasty of Henry VII who ruled England and brought them out of the dark ages. Elizabeth I was Queen of England and Ireland from 17 November 1558 until her death in 1603. The Virgin Queen, Elizabeth was the last of the five monarchs of the House of Tudor and was, without doubt, the inspirational figurehead in building the British Empire when she totally destroyed the so-called invincible, mighty Spanish Armada in a very unlikely victory off the coast of France in July 1588. Over the next century, the tiny nation began to develop into a sea power. By the end of the 1800s, Great Britain had amassed the biggest empire ever known. The small British Islands ruled over a quarter of the world's land, "the sun never sets on her Empire" was the legend back in the late 1800s. The most powerful company of nations, the British Empire and the greatest single nation, the US, emerged right on schedule fulfilling God's prophecy to Abraham. With Australia, New Zealand and Canada Great Britain came into possession of some of the richest agricultural land on earth.
But… None of this is mentioned in the Bible?
Well, yes it is, all of it is.
The United States and Great Britain in Prophecy
The story begins around 4,000 years ago when a man called Jacob was born, the grandson of Abraham. He was later given the name Israel and is regarded as a Patriarch of the Israelites. The story of Jacob first appears in the Book of Genesis, he was the son of Isaac and Rebecca, the grandson of Abraham, Sarah and Bethuel, the nephew of Ishmael. Jacob is said to have had twelve sons by four women, his wives, Leah and Rachel, and his concubines, Bilhah and Zilpah, The sons' names were, Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Judah, Dan, Naphtali, Gad, Asher, Issachar, Zebulun, Joseph, and Benjamin, all of whom became the heads of their own family groups, later known as the Twelve Tribes of Israel. When the Jews entered the Promised Land, the 12 tribes settled in different regions and eventually the Jews split into two kingdoms. The southern kingdom was called Judah and consisted of two tribes, Judah and Benjamin with the capital being Jerusalem. The remaining 10 tribes formed the northern kingdom and were called Israel and the capital being Samaria. As we saw in Mr Herbert Armstong’s prophecy, in 721 BC, the Assyrians conquered Israel, the northern kingdom and deported the Israelites to an area north of the Euphrates River between the Black and Caspian Seas. (2 Kings 17). The Ten tribes who were deported “never returned” to the northern nation of Israel after their captivity.
The Lost Ten Tribes Of Israel
According to Mr Armstrong, The knowledge and identity of the descendants of ancient Israel are revealed by a close examination of scripture and secular history. Are the ten lost tribes of Israel linked to the UK, US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand? Ezekial was commissioned by God to be "the watchman" for the house of Israel. (Ezekiel 2:3; 33:7). However, Ezekiel's commission was not to be the watchman of his own people and his generation, which was the house of Judah, the southern kingdom, or the northern ten tribes of Israel which had been conquered by the Assyrians 120 years earlier, no, Ezekiel's commission was not for Israel of “his day” but for the ten lost tribes of the north and “their future.” God wanted Ezekiel to sound the alarm, to warn the lost tribes of “future calamities'' which would take over them and they would be unaware of their fate. Jehovah takes no pleasure in the death of the wicked, no he wanted to warn them, giving them the responsibility of their own fate, (Ezekiel 33: 9-16). Ezekiel's warning was for end-time Israel. (Ezekiel 4: 3). In fact, we are told that the warnings were for the “time near the Day Of The Lord, once again, our generation. (Ezekiel 7:19;13:5; 30:1-3; 38: 1-29).
Tarshish and the young lions
The prophecy in the book of Ezekiel, Chapter 38, is an actual warning of an attack on Israel in the future, from a group of nations led by someone called Gog, who comes from Magog. Magog is said to be North West of the Caspian Sea, if you check in your atlas, there are just two countries North West of the Caspian Sea, Kazakhstan and Russia. Gog is the head chieftain, (leader) of Meshech and Tubal which according to Wikipedia is a Japhetite tribe (one of the ten lost tribes of Israel). However, the Indo-European group is no longer known as "Japhetite", the Hamitic group is now recognized as paraphyletic within the Afro-Asiatic family. Among “Muslim” historians, Japheth is usually regarded as the ancestor of the Gog and Magog tribes. According to Delilah Ann Gill, Ghayin, (a Hebrew expert) Gog, later shortened to G, is a twisted rope or a twisted dark goat horn thus it is Gog: “Dark and Twisted.”
Ezekiel goes on to say Persia, Ethiopia and Put are among the coalition with Magog, Persia is today, modern-day Iran, (Iran's leaders despise Israel and would dearly love to wipe it off the map) and Put, which is thought to be Libya. In verse 8, Ezekiel mentions the fact that after many years of being left desolated, the inhabitants of the land (Jews) have been restored to Israel and will be living in peace and security at the time of the attack from Magog and her allies. Part of this prophecy was established in 1948 when the Jews regained their land after they had lost it 2,000 years earlier, however, they are obviously not living in peace and security at the moment, but, in 2020 a surprising peace deal has been reached between Israel and the United Arab Emirates, who became the third Arab country to make peace after Egypt and Jordan, other Arab nations have followed suit.
In Ezekiel 38:11, he claims, the coalition will invade the land (Israel) of unprotected settlements to take much spoil and plunder. Ezekiel 13 claims, Sheba and Dedan and the merchants of Tarshish and its "young lions," (this phrase is a Hebrew idiom meaning the nations that have come out of Tarshish) will say to (Gog), "are you invading to get much spoil and plunder?" " Have you assembled your armies to carry off silver and gold? Sheba and Dedan are what's now called Saudi Arabia and they are allies in all but name of Israel and are close allies of the US and UK.
Tarshish and its young lions.
Tarshish is almost certainly the UK and was mentioned in the Bible as far back as Genesis 10. Tarshish translates to the "Tin Isles." Tin was needed in ancient times to make bronze and tin have been mined in Britain for thousands of years, something not mined in great quantities anywhere else in Europe in fact. The “merchants of Tarshish and the young lions thereof” are the offshoots of Britain from their Empire days, the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand are the young lions. Britain ruled the oceans and used its ships to connect the world with ocean shipping roots which are exploited today by its "young lions, " The mighty US as well as Canada, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.
Why do I think Tarshis is The British Isles?
Tarshish is mentioned in the prophecies of Scripture as having an important role in the last days. Usually, reference is made to “the ships of Tarshish” or the “merchants of Tarshish”. If we can locate Tarshish in the ancient world we can identify Tarshish in the last-day prophecies, our generation or the last generation.
Psalm 72: 10. The kings of Tarshish and of the isles shall bring presents: the kings of Sheba and Seba shall offer gifts. Ancient Britain was ruled by many kingdoms. In September 2019, scientists made a breakthrough discovery by identifying tin ingots found in Israel as being originally from Cornwall (once, the tin mining capital of Europe. The ingots, which date back to around 1,300BC, were discovered at shipwreck sites and a sunken village off the coast of Israel from a time when Phoenician ships dominated the Mediterranean.
Others have also pointed to the role Britain had in aiding the return of the Jewish people to their historic homeland in 1948: “Surely the coastlands shall wait for Me; And the ships of Tarshish will come first, To bring your sons from afar, Their silver and their gold with them, To the name of the Lord your God, And to the Holy One of Israel Because He has glorified you.” (Isaiah 60:9).
A promise to Abraham
In Genesis 12: 2-3 God promises Abraham a great nation and tells him he will have a great name and he will be blessed. God also told Abraham, I will make your descendants as the dust of the earth, Genesis 13:14-16. And in Genesis 15, Abraham's descendants would be like the number of the stars. Abraham would go on to have two sons, his first son Ishmael was born from his maidservant Hagar and the Arab nations take their origin from Ismael's sons. Abraham then had a child from his own wife Sarah and they called him Isaac. Many years after Jehovah's promise to Abraham he reconfirmed them to his son Isaac.
The beginning of Israel
Isaac and his wife, Rebecca had two sons, twins, Jacob and Esau. In Genesis 28:13-14, Jacob's descendants would spread abroad to the west and east and to the north and south and that Jacob's seed would be in the families of the world and they shall be blessed. We see here the inheritance God promised Jacob was to encompass more than just the lands of the middle-east but the “entire world.” Jehovah changed Jacob's name to “Israel” and he went on to have 12 sons, the original ancestors of the twelve tribes of Israel. Two kingdoms would derive from the twelve tribes of Israel, Israel in the north consisting of ten tribes and Judah in the South consisting of two tribes. Judah's descendants in the south were promised a line of Kings culminating in the King of Kings the Messiah. Joseph's descendants in the north were given the promise of “national greatness.” The US and UK are renowned for telling the world just how great they are!
As we read earlier Israel in the north was broken up by the Assyrians and its people captured and taken to a place between the Black and Caspian Seas, which was probably eastern Turkey or northern Iran. years later Judah in the South was captured and its residents took back to Babylon but some of them returned to Judah after Babylon was conquered by the Persian's, the ten tribes of the north never went back, they headed north, ultimately to northwestern Europe.
The Birthright Promises Are Fulfilled.
Mr Armstrong writes; Seven prophetic times, 2,520 years went by from the time of Samaria's fall, (the capital of Israel in the north), in 721 BC. This brings us to 1800 AD and the time according to scripture, Abraham's descendants would begin coming into the possession of the birthright promises. Mr Armstrong goes on, the remarkable story of English speaking nations that unfolded after 1800 is astounding and once again proves that Tarshish and her young lions are the UK, US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand and to an extent South Africa. Britain built the biggest Empire the world has ever seen and the US is the biggest “superpower” the world has ever seen.
As we can see, the UK is a shadow of its former self and the US is in a steep decline. Ezekiel's warning has gone unheard, God's desire for repentance, not punishment will never happen, the US and UK are morally in tatters, sin is rampant and both countries are heading for a fall, England, of course, lost her empire and America is slowly relenting power to China and even Russia, (Magog)
Two declining powers
The prophecy in the book of Ezekiel, Chapter 38, gives us actual insight into the two declining powers in the last days, the last generation. What is interesting to note here is the fact that Israel's staunch allies of today, the US and the UK appear not to be able to defend Israel from the Magog coalition who merely ask Gog in a weak response, "are you invading Israel to get much spoil and plunder?" "Have you assembled your armies to carry off silver and gold?" A polite, meek diplomatic protest rather than a threat of retaliation. The US and UK have clearly lost their "Super Power" status in the future when Gog and Magog attack the Jewish people and they can't come to the defence of Israel? Have today's problems brought the country to its knees in the near future? Ezekiel 38:13.
The 7,000-year prophecies
In the book of Jude, the last book of the Bible before, A Revelation to John, one of Enoch's many prophecies is mentioned, Enoch is also mentioned in Genesis and in Hebrews 11:15, he escaped death; It is said that by faith he was taken from this particular life so that he cannot experience the death. “He could not be found, because God had taken him away.” For before he was taken, he was commended as one who pleased God. Enoch made many prophecies that proved to be accurate about the flood which happened in Noah's time and the fire judgment which is coming and the two comings of the Messiah, the first being 2,000 years ago and the second time for the last generation. Enoch teaches us that the Messiah is the Son of God and that He will shed His blood to redeem mankind. All this was written an incredible 1,000 years before the flood and 2,500 years before Christ came as the Messiah. Jude, 1:14. Yes, the seventh one in line from Adam, Eʹnoch, also prophesied about them, (“the last generation” our generation?) when he said:14 “Look! Jehovah came with his holy myriads 15 to execute judgment against all, and to convict all the ungodly, concerning all the ungodly deeds that they did in an ungodly way, and concerning all the shocking things that ungodly sinners spoke against him.”
Enoch prophesied mankind would have 7,000 years of history but why should we believe what Enoch claims, well, because of the many prophecies he made which have all come true! His book is an ancient Jewish religious work, ascribed by tradition to Enoch, the great-grandfather of Noah and copies of his book were found in the dead sea scrolls. According to Ken Johnson, most Christian denominations and traditions may accept the Books of Enoch as having some historical or theological interest, but they generally regard the Books of Enoch as non-canonical or non-inspired religious work, however, part of Enoch's book is mentioned in detail in the penultimate book of the Bible, The Epistle Of Jude, a servant of Jesus, which would, therefore, give rise to the authenticity of Enoch's book. Enoch is also mentioned in the first book of the Bible, Genesis as well as Hebrews. The Ancient Book of Enoch contains numerous prophecies about the flood which happened in Noah's time and the fire judgment which is coming to the last generation and the two comings of the Messiah. Enoch prophesied that the Messiah is the Son of God and that He will shed His blood to redeem mankind. The Ancient Book of Enoch prophecies a window of time in which the Second Coming of the Messiah would occur, he prophesies that there will be twenty-three Israeli Prime Ministers ruling in a fifty-eight term period from AD 1948, when Israel became a nation again, to the beginning of the Tribulation period, and much more. The Ancient Book of Enoch may predate the Old Testament by an incredible 1,000 years. Ken Johnson the Biblical scholar wrote of the Ancient Book Of Enoch; "If we find it contains accurate prophecy, we must see it as a true gift from God.
Elijah, the Jewish Prophet
Elijah is thought to be the greatest of all Jewish prophets and he formed a "school of prophets." The great prophet Elijah taught the world was to exist for 7,000 years and it is thought Elijah took this information from the Ancient Book Of Enoch which teaches the same prophecy.
7,000-year prophecy of mankind.
The history of mankind will last for 7,000 but according to the Bible, 1,000 of them will come after Armageddon, when Jesus will rule Heaven and Earth for 1,000 years, after which Satan will be allowed to roam Earth once more briefly to test mankind for a short period before he is destroyed forever. Enoch prophesied mankind would have a 7,000-year history, taking away the 1,000 years for Christ’s Millennial Reign, which would leave us with 6,000 years of history since the creation of Adam and Eve, the other 1,000 coming on the other side of Armageddon. If we could come up with the exact date of creation, a simple mathematical equation adding 6,000 years onto the date of creation would give us an exact date of the return of our Lord Jesus Christ. A massive spoiler alert; let me remind you, Jesus said, not one person knows when Jehovah's day, (Armageddon) will be, only God himself. I, (especially me) and no other person knows the day or the hour when Jesus shall return.
The Date Of Creation
Let's say the day of creation was 4,000 BC, which is in the ballpark of most Bible scholars, Jesus was killed around 33 AD which was 1,987 years ago meaning the first 6,000 years history of mankind would end in the year 2033 plus 1 year because AD started at year 1 and not 0, so 2034, meaning the great tribulation prophesied in the Bible would begin sometime around 2030 which is uncomfortably close but would mean we are living in the most important decade in the history of mankind, which I mention many times in this little book.
The big problem with this prophecy is no one can agree on the exact date of creation. Many scholars have attempted to find an actual date of creation and although most come up with a ballpark figure of around 50 years or less, they all can't agree on one actual year, so, I have used two different scholars from different time periods to help me with Enoch's prophecy. ( I have no evidence whatsoever the two dates I have chosen are the correct ones).
My first choice is Martin Luther who was a German professor of theology, composer, priest, monk and a seminal figure in the Protestant Reformation, he was born in 1483 and his "estimate" of the beginning of creation was 3,961 BC.
Let's take Martin Luther's creation date of 3,961 BC, add to that 2,020 AD, plus 1, 2021 and we arrive at the scary number of 5,980, just 20 years short, of the 6,000 years prophesied by Enoch. The date of Armageddon if Martin Luther's creation date is correct, Armageddon will happen in the year 2040.
Dean Thomas Coombs
My second choice is Dean Thomas Coombs who is a Bachelor of Theology from Canada and a modern scholar, he was born in 1962 and he claims the date of creation was 3,960 BC, one year later than the great Martin Luther. Let's take Dean Thomas Coombs creation date of 3,961 BC, add to that 2,019 AD plus 1 which is where we are at today and we arrive at the scary number of 5,981, just 21 years short, of the 6,000 years prophesied by Enoch. The date of Armageddon if Dean Thomas Coombs creation date is correct, Armageddon will happen in the year 2041.
Other attempts by a scholar to arrive at the date of creation.
James Ussher (1581-1656), the famous and respected Archbishop of Ireland.
Ussher relied solely on data from the Bible to erect his historical framework. He chose the death of King Nebuchadnezzar as reliable data upon which to anchor all the earlier biblical dates. Working meticulously backward from there, he ended up with his date for the creation of October 23, 4004 BC. His creation date would mean Armageddon would have happened in 1998, although it was a bad year for many, it didn't bring about a new heaven and earth.
The Bible Hub website, which I use a lot, has creation starting as some time before 4,000 BC so once again, they would appear to be a good 22 year off at least but like I said earlier, nobody really knows.
A dream of the 70 shepherds, Enoch's vision and another prophecy.
Enoch had a vision or a dream. He dreamt of 70 shepherds, (Jewish rulers) and these shepherds were divided into three time periods of 35 - 23 - and 12. According to Enoch, the last 12 shepherds would come during the tribulation period just before Jesus returns so “we can forget about them for now.” Now, the first 20 Jewish shepherds, or rulers, were the first twenty kings who ruled Israel after Saul, David and Solomon, starting with King Rehoboam and all the following Kings down to the 20th, which was King Zedekiah, which brings us to the year 607 BC, which was the year when God decided he had had enough with Jewish Kings representing Him because of the poor behaviour of the Jewish people and their rulers. So He allowed Jerusalem, “God's earthly throne” to be conquered by the Babylonians. So once again, using the seven times prophecy, 7x7 times, or 7 x 360 = 2,520 we arrive once more in 1914! (An easy cross-reference sum is adding 606 years (BC) and 1,914 years (AD), we get 2,520 years. If we take 2,520 away from 1914 we arrive at the year 606 B.C.E. The Common Era started at year 1, not year zero so the actual year is 607, B.C.E.) As we saw earlier in this chapter, this is how the Jehovah Witnesses arrive at their, 1914 prophecy of being the year God’s kingdom began.
After the first 20 shepherds, or rulers or kings, Enoch dreamed of a gap, of 11 rulers, this gap of 11 being the “Gentile Empires” who ruled over the Jews after the last King, Zedekiah, these empires were, Babylon, Persia, and nine Seleucid and Ptolemaic powers.
14 Maccabees shepherds and Bar Kokhba
After the gap of the 11 “Gentile empires” came a total of 14 Maccabees, “Jewish shepherds,” “rulers.” The Maccabees were a group of Jewish rebel warriors who took back control of Judea, which at the time was part of the Seleucid Empire or Ancient Greek.
After the Maccabees came another gap, of “Gentile Empire,” namely the Romans leaving one more Jewish, shepherd ruler “Bar Kokhba,” (he was a Jewish leader of what is known as the “Bar Kokhba revolt” against the Roman Empire in AD 132, establishing an independent Jewish state which he ruled for three years as Nasi ("Prince"). His state was conquered by the Romans in 135 AD following a two and half-year war, bringing the total to “35 Jewish shepherds,” (rulers). The gap of 12, or, foreign Empires is concluded and the first time period of 35 shepherds, Jewish rulers is complete. 20 Jewish Kings, 14 Maccabees and Bar Kokhba completes the first 35 Jewish leaders, Shepherds in Enoch's dream.
From 135 AD to 1948 and the Modern Israel era of 23 shepherds, rulers
In 1948 Israel was declared a nation again, which of course Enoch had prophesied incredibly before the flood of Noah!
Enoch dreamed of a further 23 shepherds, rulers, who would (pasture) rule the “new Israel” but when they completed their periods they would pasture “58 times," what could that mean? It means there will be 23 shepherds, rulers, well actually they are now not kings but prime ministers and some of them will be re-elected, so modern Israel will consist of “23 rulers in 58 governments” up to the tribulation period. Of the 23 rulers, prime ministers, Enoch prophesied for modern Israel, it has had 13 prime ministers up to the beginning of 2021. Of the 58 governments prophesied by Enoch, 35 have ruled Israel so far. We know Enoch's prophecies are accurate because he prophesied the flood, The Messiah, The Messiah would come twice, The Messiah would die for mankind's redemption and he prophesied a modern Israel, along with many more. So we know Enoch is accurate, so if we work out how many Israeli Prime Ministers have been elected and how many governments have run the country since 1948 we can work out “loosely” as to when the tribulation period will begin.
Israeli Prime Ministers since 1948
Since 1948 - Israel has had “19 Prime Ministers” of the prophesied “23 shepherds or rulers” and “35 governments” (including coalitions). The halfway point of this prophecy would be roughly around the time of when Yitzhak Shamir was Prime Minister, he being the 11th Prime Minister of modern Israel in March 2001 when his Likud party became the 29th government of Israel. So if 2001 is “loosely” the half-way-point of Enoch's prophecy, from 1948 to 2001=53 years, double that and we arrive at 106, add 53 to 2001 or 106 to 1948 and we arrive at 2054, the tribulation period would begin roughly then bringing in the final 12 shepherds, rulers of Israel.
However, Enoch's prophecy could be broken down another way, 4 of the Prime Ministers have sat double terms, meaning we find the halfway-point would be around Ehud Olmert, he ended his term of office in 2009. We use the same simple sum, 1948 to 2009 = 61 halfway double the number 122. 1948 + 122 = the year 2070 would then become the beginning of the Tribulation Period.
A third way would be at the moment there have been 35 Israeli governments, including coalitions and 18 Prime Ministers, halfway would have been the 29th government of Ariel Sharon, his last year in office being 2006, we do the simple equation, 1948 to 2006 = 58, double it we come to 116, 1948 + 116 = 2064. Now we have three dates for the beginning of the Tribulation period 2054, 2070 and 2064, the average for these three years would be 2064 but remember, God has said he would shorten the days near the end so it could be earlier. So if we believe Enoch and we have no reason not to, the Great Tribulation mentioned in the Bible will begin sometime around 2064. When a further 12 Jewish Prime Ministers will run a term of office.
Bible prophecy points at the beginning of pangs of distress for our planet (End Times) started in 1914.
According to The Ancient Book Of Enoch, the beginning of Great Tribulation Will Begin sometime around 2060.
Nebuchadnezzar's other dream
Nebuchadnezzar had another dream and once again Daniel was summoned to explain the dream to the King. Nebuchadnezzar dreamed of an enormous statue with a head of gold, the statue's chest and arms were made of silver, its stomach and thighs were made of copper, its legs were of iron and its feet were mixed with iron and clay. God cut a huge stone from a mountain, which he threw and it struck the feet of the statue. The statue was crushed into powder and blew away in the wind, and the stone became a large mountain, and it filled the earth. Daniel explained the dream to King Nebuchadnezzar: Your kingdom is the head of gold, the silver chest and arms is a kingdom that will come after you and rule the world, then there will be another nation, one like copper, which will rule over the whole earth, the next kingdom will be strong like iron and will rule the world, finally, there will be a divided kingdom with some parts strong like iron and some parts weak like clay. The stone that becomes a mountain is God’s Kingdom and will crush all these kingdoms and will last forever.
5 Great Empires
Nebuchadnezzar's reign as King was the golden head of the statue which was followed by a silver chest and arms, this was Cyrus, King of the Medo Persian Empire, the copper stomach and thighs was the empire of Alexander the great, the legs of iron was the Roman Empire, the final empire would rise from a kingdom captured by the Romans and that was the British Empire, the biggest empire ever seen, one in four people were under British rule at the turn of the 20th century.
"But by 1914 the British Empire was strained, nations under the rule of Britain were fighting for independence and by WWII it was almost gone, although many scholars believe the empire is still represented today by an Anglo American Empire, Tarshish and her young lions? So we are down to iron feet mixed with clay and teetering on the brink and waiting for God's huge stone to smash the fragile statue ending this lousy system of things.
The feet of clay and iron is not yet clearly understood, some believe it refers to Western Democracy and constant fighting between Left and Right-wing ideals, another belief is the West's immigration policies allowing ethnic populations to mix and dilute their countries into a mixed diverse populace, or the best yet, in my humble opinion anyway, clay, being “humans” and iron, being “technology” ie, electronics and transhumanism. Electronic technology embedded into a human form, a mix that is surely doomed to failure.