1,290 Days
(March 20, 2000)

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I received several responses to my question, raised last week, that asked, Are We In The Great Tribulation?

Perhaps the strongest objections raised along biblical grounds were raised by my good friend Art Cormier of Gainesville, FL. Art referenced Revelation 11:1 where "the angel stood, saying Rise, and measure the temple of God, and the altar, and them that worship therein." Art's point is that it is difficult to accept that this could be fulfilled in any other way than by the construction and measuring of a new temple. Since we see no evidence of construction of a temple on the temple mount as of today, Art argues that we cannot be in the Great Tribulation.

This is what I wrote last week concerning the covenant among many and the Great Tribulation:

Briefly, we are in the seventh year of a seven year covenant with many. Daniel 9:27 has very possibly been fulfilled. Since the covenant was confirmed with Rabin, and his name, in the Hebrew means "many", the covenant was confirmed with many. This covenant was confirmed on the White House lawn on September 13, 1993 in front of 3000 witnesses (obvious 3rd day symbolism-a day to the Lord is as a thousand years, etc.).

Jim Searcy went to the absolute mid point of this seven year treaty, which is set to expire on September 13, 2000. He researched the events of that day, that mid point day of March 13, 1997. What Jim knew was that if this treaty is THE DANIEL TREATY, then the great tribulation started on that day, March 13, 1997. What did Jim find?

Two Jews (of the temple mount faithful) had been going to the top of the temple mount to pray every morning and evening. On that day, they were stopped by (order of) Yassar Arafat. They have not been allowed to do this since that date. Now I note in my trusted KJV that what is stopped is a "daily". The word sacrifice is in italics, which means it is not present in the underlying Hebrew. Could this seemingly insignificant act of the stopping of two temple mount faithful in their customary morning and evening prayers be the fulfillment of Daniel 12:11, 8:12 and 9:27?

If this is true, we are in THE GREAT TRIBULATION.

Daniel 12:11 says that the antichrist sets up the image 1290 days after the "daily" is taken away. That would be September 23, 2000, if this is true.

And now, for this week's comments.

Other dates mentioned in scripture are the 1,260 days that the Gentiles tread on the holy city in Revelation 11:2. 1,260 days from March 13, 1997 is August 24, 2000. The two witnesses prophesy for 1,260 days, clothed in sackcloth. The woman who has fled to the wilderness where God feeds her is cared for there for 1,260 day. One other date is mentioned by Daniel: 1,335 days. 1,335 days from March 13, 1997 is November 7, 2000.

Will these dates prove to be biblical fulfillments? Regarding the sending of Elijah, scripture sets a precedent that these words may be fulfilled in spirit, not in the temporal. Note that John himself denied that he was Elijah in John 1:21. Since most prophecy students identify the two witnesses as being Moses and Elijah, there is biblical precedence that the prophesying of the two witnesses could be fulfilled in spirit. It is difficult to accept, however, that the prophecies of their murder in Jerusalem and subsequent resurrection 3 1/2 days later could be fulfilled in spirit.

There is also biblical precedence regarding prophecies of the future of the temple. Jesus spoke in John 2:19 "Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up." The scripture reveals that Jesus was talking about the temple of his body, not the Jerusalem temple, but the Pharisees who heard him were tricked: they thought he was referring to the Jerusalem temple. Their eyes were on the physical and the natural---Jesus' focus was on the spirit.

I have no word from the Lord on this. I am still seeking him for light and guidance. My purpose is to promote awareness and awakeness. Today, I noted that God seems to be using the Gregorian, rather than the Hebrew, calendar. The Greek word "Gregorio", means "to watch". It is certainly a time to be very watchful.

Today, China released threats against Taiwan which included a threat to attack Taiwan with Neutron Bombs and that America would risk losing 200 million lives if she intervened. These are serious, credible threats. China apparently already possesses 24 nuclear missiles, each with metropolis busting capability. The thought of America's 24 largest metropolitan centers lying in rubble is almost unthinkable, yet that is what we have been threatened with today.

I am further alerted by the fact that the 1260th day from the treaty mid point of March 13, 1997 is August 24. August 24 marks the date of Hurricane Andrew. I published a prophecy concerning Andrew on 7/13/92. In that prophecy, I warned that "God is using the name of Andrew to mark judgement in this generation". I also gave a warning for the date August 24, in the same prophecy. I was not given a limiting year of 1992, so that August 24 warning continues in effect for America. Andrew will continue to mark judgement in this generation.

I was not made aware that Andrew would be a hurricane. Therefore, my prophesying was in part.

Will August 24, September 23 and November 7 prove to be prophetically important dates? I don't know. They do not appear to line up with any fall festival Jewish holidays. We don't see two witnesses calling fire down from heaven. We don't see a rebuilt temple. Everything we have always been told by the prophecy teachers is still being looked for.

One thing I am sure that I do see is the Apostasy, or the falling away. I proclaim as a prophet that what we see today is the fulfillment of 2 Thessalonians 2:3. We now wait for the man of sin to be revealed. Will he be revealed this fall?

Let's keep watching and praying "that we may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man." (Luke 21:36)

"And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch." (Mark 13:37) I note that word "watch" is capitalized in the Greek. Since the scripture is without error, this cannot be a grammatical error, since it falls at the end of a sentence. I have always taken it as a personal exhortation to me to fulfill my ministry, because that capitalized Greek letter is a "Gamma". God is the one who called me to be a Gammadim. (Ezekiel 27:11) I'm just trying to do my job.

I welcome inputs and comments from those who read these words. I do not write from a perspective of having figured everything out. That is prideful and self righteous. The more I learn, the more questions I have. Praise the Lord!

Stephen L. Bening

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