With the advent of exceptional events that are taking place in September 2015, there are many people who are writing about the return of Jesus and the beginning of the seven year tribulation.
New author, Phil Richardson has made a noble attempt at deciphering the events of September 2015, while missing the fundamental essentials for a good exegesis of the material.
I attempted to register for Phil’s site and leave a few observations, but I was not able to complete the process as there seems to be some kind of technical problem with the registration process on his site.
I did not read the author’s book, nor did I take the necessary time to read all of the articles that are on his web site. I was stopped very early in my observations of the material by three fundamental errors that I noted in the author’s theories.
One: UNSC Resolution #2178, that Mr. Richardson claims, is the fulfillment of Daniel 9:27, is not the “covenant” of Daniel 9:27 that is signed for one week (seven years). The primary reason that this resolution fails as the covenant, is that Daniel’s prophecy is specifically directed at the Jews and Jerusalem; concerning the events that God will fulfill that concern the completion of all of the prophecies of the Messiah, Jesus. UNSC Resolution #2178, is not specific to Israel, but concerns FTF’s, Foreign Terrorist Fighter. The Covenant described by Daniel must include particular language that grants Israel a seven year period of peace with the surrounding Arab nations and allows the building of the third Temple.
“Seventy weeks are determined For your people (the Jews) and for your holy city (Jerusalem), To finish the transgression, To make an end of sins, To make reconciliation for iniquity, To bring in everlasting righteousness, To seal up vision and prophecy, And to anoint the Most Holy. Daniel 9:23-24
The seven year Tribulation begins with Revelation, chapter 6:1-2. The first white horse bears the antichrist, carrying a bow in his hand but no arrows, symbolic of peace. This is in contrast to Revelation 19, where Jesus return to earth on a white horse and is called “Faithful and True.” The rider of the first white horse in Revelation 6:1-2 brings a false peace that he breaks after only 3 1/2 years.
The second 3 1/2 years; called “The Great Tribulation,” begins at Revelation 6:3, with the second horse and bears a rider who takes peace from the earth. The third rider brings famine, the fourth death. All these are the results of the antichrist ceasing the counterfeit seven year peace plan and the arrival of war on the earth. These verses work in parallel with Daniel 9:27, “a covenant of peace for one week.”
In Daniel 9:25, the Lord is giving Israel the precise day that the Messiah will come to Jerusalem. First, a command will be given. Then “seven weeks” and “sixty two weeks…until the Messiah the Prince will come.”
In the first seven weeks (49 years), the second Temple will be rebuilt at Jerusalem (fulfilled).
In the second sixty-two weeks (434 years), the Messiah will arrive (fulfilled).
In the future last week (70th week of Daniel), the third Temple will be rebuilt, at the beginning of the week (unfulfilled).
During the beginning of 70th week of Daniel, the Temple must be built. We know that this is true, because Daniel describes the antichrist bringing to end, the sacrifices and offering that have begun once again at this new Temple
Then he shall confirm a covenant with many for one week; But in the middle of the week He shall bring an end to sacrifice and offering. Daniel 9:27
The resolution that Phil lists as the fulfillment of this covenant is not specific to Israel, nor does it grant the nation a firm peace treaty for seven years. The antichrist cannot appear on the scene until this specific agreement is signed, nor can the Jews receive permission to rebuild their third temple on the Temple Mount, until this covenant is signed. The temple must be built during the beginning of the first year, as it takes three years to complete. At the 3 1/2 year mark of the seven year Tribulation, according to Jesus in Matthew 24:15, and 2 Thessalonians 2:3, the antichrist will enter the Holy Place and command the world to worship him as God. This is the “Abomination of Desolation.” This event begins the last 3 1/2 year, called “The Great Tribulation,” marked by the Book of Revelation, chapter 6, verse 3, the opening of the second seal.
This resolution that Phil asserts as the seven year covenant of Daniel, began a year ago, yet the Temple still has not been started.
For this reason, resolution 2178, cannot be the “covenant” that is described by Daniel 9.
Resolution 2178 requires countries to take certain steps to address the FTF threat, including to prevent suspected FTFs from entering or transiting their territories and to implement legislation to prosecute FTFs. It also calls on states to undertake various steps to improve international cooperation in this field, such as by sharing information on criminal investigations, interdictions and prosecutions. In this resolution, for the first time ever, the Council underscores that Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) is an essential element of an effective response to the FTF phenomenon. Resolution 2178 also focuses existing UN counterterrorism bodies on the FTF threat, providing a framework for long-term monitoring and assistance to countries in their efforts to address this threat.
Two: Clearly President Obama does not fit the criteria for the antichrist (Revelation chapter 13). He has failed miserably as the American president and there is absolutely no chance that the world would follow after him and proclaim: “who is like unto the beast” (Revelation13:4). The antichrist is described as a great military genius in Daniel 11:38, Obama is perhaps the worst military leader the U.S. has ever seen. A more likely candidate at this point would be Donald Trump, who has met the criteria detailed by Daniel’s descriptions of the beast.
Three: Phil is making a common error of assuming that Jesus church must undergo some type of purification process by going through “at least one year of the tribulation period.” This is Biblically inaccurate. In the same contest that Paul told the church of Thessalonica that the Lord would descend from heaven and raise the deceased believers in Him, while simultaneously raising and transforming those who are alive, he said that we “are not appointed to any wrath by the Lord.” The reader should understand that the time of tribulation is “the wrath of the Lamb,” and this time of judgement is for Israel and the world, not for the church. Jesus church does not require any purification as all those who believe upon Jesus death and resurrection for their sins, are perfect, holy, and complete, the day they believe.
Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, And to present you faultless Before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy, Jude 24
and you are complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power. Colossians 2:10
1 Thessalonians 4:15-16, description of the Rapture
1 Thessalonians 5:4 But you, brethren, are not in darkness, so that this Day should overtake you as a thief.
1 Thessalonians 5:9, a promise to keep the church from this time of tribulation
For God did not appoint us to wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, 1Thessalonians 5:9
Chapters 4 and 5 of the book of Revelation reveals the church already in heaven, wearing the white garments of redemption, singing a song that only the church can sing: “You have redeemed us to God by your blood, out of every tribe, tongue, nation, and people…”
Chapter 6, the opening of the seven seals, the beginning of the seven year tribulation. The church is not seen or mentioned in Revelation, from chapters 6-18, until she returns to the earth with Jesus, in Revelation chapter 19.
Clearly, the church is not present when the Tribulation begins.
If the church were to go through the tribulation then they would be looking for the appearance of the antichrist, instead of what Paul told Titus that the church should be watching for: “The glorious appearing of Jesus.”
…looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, Titus 2:13
Jesus promised the church of Philadelphia, the true church, that because they have kept His word, have a little strength, and have not denied His name, He will keep them from the hour of trial that will come upon the whole world, clearly the tribulation period.
I know your works. See, I have set before you an open door, and no one can shut it; for you have a little strength, have kept My word, and have not denied My name. Indeed I will make those of the synagogue of Satan, who say they are Jews and are not, but lie—indeed I will make them come and worship before your feet, and to know that I have loved you. Because you have kept My command to persevere, I also will keep you from the hour of trial which shall come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth. Revelation 3:8-10
These are three fundamental errors that cloud the entire premise of Phil’s theories that are described in his book and web site.
It is not my intention to disparage Phil or hurt a fellow brother in Christ, at all. The problem is that the message that is being given to many, many people on his website, is a misrepresentation of what the Bible really teaches concerning the coming of Jesus for His church, and the beginning of the seven year tribulation period. It would have been wise to consult with some of the men who have spent their lives studying the Bible, and have a certain understanding of the events Phil writes about, before he endeavored to posit these ideas and write a book. It is my hope that the Lord will appear over the earth at this time and bring to a finality; all the events that are described in the prophecies of the last days.