Does the 70 Day Countdown to 2012 Doomsday begin on Saturday, October 13, 2012 ? |
There are some Christian organizations proclaiming that interpretations of the Bible’s book of Daniel predict that the date for the final battle between good and evil (Armageddon), will be in 2012. Others more specifically have marked Saturday, October 13, 2012 as the start of a 70 day countdown to "Doomsday," December 21, 2012. But, is there any logical basis for these biblical predictions?
Daniel's 70 "Sevens" & the End Time Calendar (Daniel 9:24-27)
Some Bible scholars believe that the prophet Daniel accurately predicted the First Coming of Christ as a political leader when he (Jesus) the Anointed One rode into Jerusalem on a donkey in 33 A.D. (Matthew 21: 1-4). They believe that the "decree to restore and rebuild Jerusalem," occurred in 445 B.C. when the edict decree of Artaxerxes Longimanus was issued (Nehemiah 20), and that this event started the "7 'sevens,' and 62 'sevens" or 69 sevens (483 biblical years). They believe that 69 of the 70 Sevens terminated when (Jesus) the Anointed One rode into Jerusalem on a donkey in 33 A.D. (Matthew 21: 1-4), predicting the First Coming of Christ as a political leader.
Some Bible scholars also believe that Daniel has predicted the Second Coming of Christ in the Bible’s book of Daniel chapter 9 verses 24 - 27. They interpret the "decree to restore and rebuild Jerusalem," as occurring in 1948, when the modern nation of Israel was formed, and Jerusalem could again be rebuilt. With the threat of Terrorism affecting Israel and the whole world, they believe that Daniel's "time of trouble" has already arrived, but it will not fully manifest itself until the 7 year period of Tribulation begins (Daniel 12:1). When applied as years, the final 70 years in Daniel's 7 “Seventies” - yields the date: 2011 AD: (1948 + 70 = 2018 minus the 7 years of tribulation = 2011). Some consider adding approximately 12 months for the tribulation to begin to estimate the Second Coming of Christ as a political leader as being sometime in the year 2012.
Time - A Perfect Circle (Biblical Years)
In contrast to our calendar, a biblical or prophetic year is made up of 12 months each comprising 30 days to make a total of 360 days - the number of degrees in a circle. This biblical time system represents the mechanics of a perfect solar system. The earth revolves around the sun every 360 days and the moon revolves around the sun every 30 days. Biblical time is laid out for us in beauty and truth according to the mathematics and geometry of a Holy God (Genesis 7 & 8, and Revelation 12). Both the ancient Hebrews to whom Daniel was writing and the ancient Babylonians used a 360-day year calendar.
The Number “7” and the Year of Jubilee
In Hebrew Scriptures, the number 7 represents perfection and completeness; 7 X 70 equals 490-a number depicting "ultimate completion." It must be remembered that the entire Jewish system was designed under a system of sevens. There were seven days in a week, the seventh day being the Sabbath. Every seventh year was to be a Sabbath year when no crops were to be planted or harvested. After 7 sets of seven years (or 7 Sabbath years) the Israelites were to celebrate The Year of Jubilee.
Some bible scholars believe that the Year of Jubilee is also a prophetic appointed future time for the Messiah to return and take control of the earth. Some have calculated that the 7th Millennium or tenth Jubilee technically began on June 7, 1967, the day that modern day Israel recaptured Jerusalem and the Temple Mount. This was the first time since the time of Christ that both were transferred back into the hands of the original owners, the people of Israel. Since the Jubilee begins on the fiftieth year, when you take 1967 and add 49 Biblical years (of 360 days each) they determined that the next Jubilee landed on the Day of Atonement in 2015. Considering the 7 Years of Great Tribulation (Daniel 9:27, Matthew 24:21), and taking the pinpointed Day of Atonement in 2015 and deducting exactly 1260 days (3 and 1/2 years) it leads to 2012.
When some take into consideration the accuracy of Daniel’s prediction of the First Coming of Christ and calculating biblical years and the significance of the number “7” and the year of Jubilee in Hebrew scriptures, it appears that some believe that they have a logical basis for these biblical predictions. Others, however may have an inability to question their religious leaders and may be suffering from the following symptoms of religious addiction.
Symptoms of Religious Addiction
1. Inability to think, doubt, or question religious information and/or Church authority 2. Shame-based belief that you aren’t good enough or you aren’t “doing it right” 3. Magical thinking that God will fix you/ do it all, without serious work on your part 4. Rigid obsessive adherence to rules, codes of ethics, or guidelines (Can’t miss a Sunday) 5. Compulsive or obsessive praying, going to church or crusades, quoting scripture 6. Unrealistic financial contributions (Tithing before paying your bills) 7. Believing that sex is dirty; believing our bodies or physical pleasures are evil
With the soon approach of December 21, 2012, some religious people have already started doing bizarre things such as building compounds, hoarding food, and stock piling weapons. In an effort to assist those that may be developing the maladaptive symptoms and behaviors of religious addiction, Clinical Psychological Services, LLC is offering a free e-book, “Hidden Bible Taboos Forbidden by Organized Christianity.”
Dr. Slobodzien is a licensed Clinical Psychologist and Certified Substance Abuse Counselor, and his credentials include a Doctorate of Psychology in Clinical Psychology. In addition, he holds a Doctorate of Ministry degree, and has over 25 years of public service and mental health experience primarily working in the fields of alcohol, substance abuse and "Poly-behavioral" addictions in hospital, court and correctional settings.
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