The Hundred-Year Extension of Captivity
Jul 09, 2018
When Jerusalem was captured in 604 B.C., it started a 70-year captivity to Babylon that finally ended in 534 B.C. with the decree of Cyrus that allowed the people to return to the old land.
However, it took another 76 years for the second decree—this time by Artaxerxes in 458 B.C.—to cleanse Jerusalem and to put the city on Blessed Time. That is when Daniel’s 70 Weeks began (Daniel 9:24), and this was the countdown toward Jesus’ crucifixion in 33 A.D.
The significance of Daniel’s 70 Weeks is that it represented the restart of the prophetic calendar after the captivity had interrupted it. While in captivity the Sabbath rest-years and Jubilees did not count against them, because they were already under divine judgment and could not enter God’s rest as a nation.
But when they returned, things began to change. Even so, God still required them to undergo a further cleansing period (76 years) before they could fully enter Blessed Time. Recall that to go from Cursed Time (414) to Blessed Time (490) requires an additional 76 years.
The prophetic Jubilee calendar, then, restarted in 458 B.C., which was the seventh year of Artaxerxes king of Persia (Ezra 7:7, 11). As I showed in an earlier study, this calendar was just seven years off from the original Creation Jubilee calendar. The rest years lined up, but the Jubilees were still seven years off.
This situation was not corrected for another 50 Jubilees (1993-1994). It was corrected by the Hezekiah Factor, which was revealed in October 1994 and applied in 1996. There the calendar was legally reversed 10 years, as if God had again turned the clock back (2 Kings 20:11). When 1996 became 1986, prophetically speaking, the previous calendar was changed.
The year 1993-1994 was the 40th Jubilee of the church (since 33 A.D.), but that was the final Jubilee applicable to the church. The same date was also 50 Jubilees since the start of Daniel’s 70 Weeks.
Just as we saw a 50-Jubilee cycle from Adam to Moses—specifically to the day that the 12 spies gave their report—so also did it take another 50 Jubilees to bring us to the edge of the Promised Land. This cycle is a Jubilee of Jubilees.
Background to Russia’s 70-Year Captivity
The captivity of Jerusalem in 604 B.C. was more than just 70 years. The 70 years that the people spent in Babylon was only the first phase of that a much longer captivity. Jeremiah saw only the Babylonian captivity, though occasionally he received pieces of revelation that hinted of other nations that were involved. Still, it took Daniel to reveal more fully the long captivity that included Persia, Greece, Rome, and the little-horn extension of Rome which came to be called the Roman church.
These nations were revealed in Daniel 2 as portions of a great image, each made of a different metal—gold, silver, bronze, and iron. They were again revealed in Daniel 7 as various “beasts”—winged lion, bear, leopard, and nameless beast with iron teeth and feet. For my own purposes, I refer to these nations as “beast nations.”
They were given a 2,520 year contract to rule and to bring judgment upon Jerusalem (and the world in general). The law expresses it in terms of “seven times” (Leviticus 26:18), which is more specifically defined later as 7 x 360 years, or 2,520 years.
The point is that from the year Jerusalem was captured in 604 B.C. to the year 1917 A.D. was precisely 2,520 years. This seemed to end the captivity of Jerusalem, because that is the year that British general Allenby took Jerusalem toward the end of World War 1. At the time, many alert prophecy teachers such as H. Gratton Guiness foresaw Jerusalem’s liberation from the Ottoman Empire in 1917.
However, at the time, they were just looking at the 2,520 year cycle without factoring in the century in which Jerusalem was ruled by the Hasmonean priests in an independent Jerusalem from 163-63 B.C. The third beast, then, was deprived of 100 years of its contract to rule, so this had to be added at the end in 1917.
This took us to the year 2017, at which time we now are seeing the full collapse of the rule of the beasts. Beasts, however, do not give up power without a fight, for they always disagree with God when it does not go their way. Nonetheless, power is being wrenched from their hands forcibly, most notably by hidden powers backing President Donald Trump.
The important thing to note is the importance of both 1917 and 2017 in prophecy. The extension of beast rule for that century was clearly an add-on, since Jerusalem was indeed taken back in 1917. But the Kingdom did not begin at that time, as many expected at the time. The Jehovah’s Witnesses believe that the resurrection of the dead was to take place in 1914. When they saw no actual evidence of this in 1914 they shifted their view to a spiritual (and hidden) resurrection, for they were unable to admit error and certainly did not understand the additional century.
The Khazarian Captivity
The year 1917 saw the so-called “Russian” Revolution. It was not a revolution by Russians but was actually a Khazarian Revolution in Russia that created the Soviet Union. To understand it, one would have to go back in history a thousand years or more to the great Khazar Empire that spanned more than a million square miles, separating East from West. They controlled a very important trade route, charging a 10 percent tax on all goods passing through their land.
The Khazars were a Turkish tribe who converted to Judaism, more than a thousand years ago. According to the Jewish Encyclopedia, “the conversion took place in 620; according to others in 740.”
So the lead-in statement of the Jewish Encyclopedia says under the heading, Chazars: “A people of Turkish origin whose life and history are interwoven with the very beginnings of the history of the Jews of Russia.” The fact is that Eastern European Jews are largely Chazarian converts to Judaism about 1200-1400 years ago. Their ancestors did not come from Judah or Israel.
Much could be said about this, of course, as this historical fact raises many interesting prophetic questions. However, we must focus on a narrow path. The Chazars, or Khazars, were gradually conquered and absorbed by the Rus, or Russians, who came down from the north. Hence, the Chazars came to be known as the Ashkenazim—the main branch of world Jewry. About 80% of Israeli Jews are Ashkenazi. Arab countries know this history, and so they object to the Jewish claim on the land of Palestine. If their claim is based on race, then they have a point. But if conversion to Judaism truly makes one Jewish, then the Ashkenazi Jews are indeed Jews.
The Khazarian Invasion
The Ashkenazi invasion of Palestine is foretold in Scripture, though few know enough history to recognize it. As I showed in chapter 15 of my book, The Struggle for the Birthright, in 960 A.D. King Joseph of the Khazars wrote a letter to a Spanish Jew as a response to his inquiry about the Jewish Kingdom. Joseph traced the genealogy of the Khazars to the seventh son of Togarma.
Togarmah’s children are not recorded in Genesis 10, but we are told that he was the son of Gomer, whose brothers were Magog, Madai, Javan, Tubal, Meshech, and Tiras (Genesis 10:2). These are a virtual Who’s Who of Ezekiel 38 and 39 in the prophecy of Magog’s invasion of Israel. (See Ezekiel 38:2, 3; 39:1.)
Most prophecy teachers claim that this speaks of a Russian invasion of Israel, but it is really a Chazar invasion that has already taken place. The Israeli state is the fulfillment of that prophecy. By misnaming their state Israel, they tricked Christians into supporting the great invasion prophesied in Ezekiel 38 and 39. This could not have happened, of course, had not God blinded the eyes of the church.
Keep in mind, of course, that Khazars (as with anyone) have the right to opt out of the prophecies that the group/nation is fulfilling. By coming to Christ, they become new creatures in Him and are no longer bound to the fate of their ethnic or national identity.
The Russian Captivity
As I said earlier, the Russians conquered the Jewish Chazarians many centuries ago. But in 1917 the Jewish Chazarians overthrew the Russians in a political coup known as the Russian Revolution. It was accomplished by the Communist/Socialist theories of Karl Marx, the son of a rabbi. His full name was Karl Heinrich Mordecai Levy. Most of the revolutionary leaders were Jewish. In fact, the first 258 commissars after the 1917 revolution came from the Lower East Side of New York City. Almost all of them were New York Jews. This was fully investigated in The Overman Report of 1919, headed by US Senator Overman.
A more detailed outline of the Jewish rulers under Communism is found in the 1952 book by Frank L. Britton, Behind Communism.
You might say that the Russians had put the Chazars into captivity more than a thousand years ago, and in 1917 that captivity was reversed when the Russians were put into captivity to the Chazars for 70 years. The Russian captivity began to come to an end in 1987 when President Gorbachev gave his famous speech on the 70th anniversary of the revolution.
That speech brought about a new policy of glasnost and perestroika, marking the beginning of the end. The Soviet Union thereafter began to implode, ending in the early 1990’s with the break up of the Soviet Union. Russia then emerged as a new nation, and after struggling for a few years, they finally gained independence under Putin.
The 76-Year Cleansing Cycle
The 70-year captivity extended from 1917-1987, much like Jerusalem’s 70-year captivity in Babylon. A 76-year cleansing cycle also occurred, but it was unlike what we saw with Jerusalem (534-458 B.C.). Instead, Russia’s 70 years and the 76-year cleansing cycle had the same beginning point in 1917. They ran at the same time, rather than one after the other.
Hence, the 76-year cycle of cleansing was from 1917-1993, ending at the 40th Jubilee of the church (and the end of the reign of “Saul”).
By making the 70- and 76-year cycles run at the same time, God shortened the time for the sake of the elect (Matthew 24:22), so that we would not have to wait for an extra 76-year time of cleansing (1987-2063). As I showed in Secrets of Time, God has done this in other ways as well. For example, he caused the Jubilee year (50th year) to run at the same time as the first year of the next cycle. Hence, ten Jubilees is not 500 years but just 490.
In this way God has also packed 6,000 years of legal time into just 5,880 years of actual chronological time. (This is a period of 120 Jubilees.)
Prophetically speaking, Russia has been a pivotal nation for the past century, though not in the way the church normally believes. Russia is not making ready to invade Israel. Russia is ordained by God to help overthrow the beast power whose time is ending. In this century-long extension of beast rule (1917-2017), Russia was put under an iron yoke, known to historians as “the iron curtain.” The rest of us served out our captivity under a wooden yoke (since president Woodrow Wilson, who signed the Federal Reserve Act).
Russia suffered far more than Europe and America, but both captivities began to come to an end at the same time. By the end of 1993, Russia’s 76-year cleansing cycle had ended, the church’s 40 Jubilee reign of Saul had ended, and the 50 Jubilees from the decree of Artaxerxes had ended. That was when we were led to begin our Jubilee Prayer Campaign (November 1993).
And the rest is history.
Dr. Stephen Jones