Hello Rabbi Davis,
I am going to a messianic congregation in Tampa, Fl called biet Tahila. I have found your article concerning God’s 7000 yrs redemption plan. Your article is very interesting to me as I am doing a study of this subject.
I found it interesting that because of Israel unbelief to take the Temple Mount in 1967, G-d punished them for 40 yrs. Just curious if you still believe the tribulation will still occur in the year 2007? If so, can you provide me with some more information as I would like to present this to my congregation.
In reference to your e-mail. You asked if I still believed that the commencement of the Tribulation would begin in 2007. At this time, I am not adamant as to that date. The reason is that we have no certainty that a biblical generation is 40 years for in some places in the Scriptures it appears to be 60 or even 80. Therefore, we have a time length of between 40-80 years. In the article I may have used 40 as the parameter, but normally use a disclaimer because of the uncertainty of the length of a generation, depending on when I wrote the article. Understanding is ever evolving. My personal belief is that the Ezekiel 38 war will signal the beginning of the Tribulation. World events are shaping up for that scenario to occur, and it could very well occur by 2007. Old time allies have now become less than friendly, and I refer to Germany, France and recently, Russia (now an ally). These nations have formed a political block against the US, and will be part of the confederation of the Ezekiel 38 war as identified by their ancient biblical names. Israel just a few days ago bombed a terrorist training camp in Syria, which is also a feature of the Ezekiel 38 scenario. There has been no hostile action with Syria since the Yom Kippur war, and the Bible tells us that Damascus has to be destroyed and uninhabitable in the end times. All this seems to be shaping up for such an event. I might add that Iraq a long time ally with Russia is also a part of that confederation that descends upon Israel. This seems to be the only anomaly since we are supposed to be democratizing Iraq. The political climate in this country obviously wants us to vacate Iraq and if there is a change in leadership this next election, I foresee that happening, leaving Iraq subject to her biblical future. The Bible tells us that Russia will descend with her allies Iraq and Iran along with all or part of the other nations and other named nations upon Israel and be defeated. This will be the first of three wars mentioned in the Bible for the end times, and it is my personal belief that this will trigger the Tribulation. The geopolitical configuration of these nations and our own unsettled political future infers this is an ideal time for all this to come together and take place.