The following is an open letter that I composed and sent to a number of high profile ministries that deal with eschatological issues. My aim is to get this information out to as many readers as possible; anyone who is willing to read it. So, please read and consider. Thank you.
To whom it may concern: My name is Joshua Elsom, I am an acquaintance of Mark Biltz and on occasion attend his congregation. I am writing to tell you about a very recent discovery I have made. It is largely related to the discoveries made by Pastor Biltz. Let me explain; as you know Pastor Biltz' discoveries have been based primarily on two scriptures, Joel 2 and Daniel 9. He builds his case off of Issac Newton's* suggestion that the divided 69 weeks (62 weeks/7 weeks) were representative of Christ's first and second coming, respectively. Pastor Biltz applies the 7 weeks to the recapturing of Jerusalem in 1967. This is where he came up with the date September 28, 2015. This is, I think, a very interesting fact; especially considering that September 28, 2015 is Yom Kippur.
While the preceding does show possible evidence for Christ's return in 2015, I have found something that I believe might clinch it. Over the years as I have studied the prophecies of Daniel chapter 9, I have never understood nor heard a compelling explanation of why Gabriel would have divided the 69 weeks up. I even emailed Pastor Biltz to ask him what he thought. He suggested a guess, that there could have been possible double fulfillments of the prophecy back then. Needless to say this has remained a monkey on my back. Especially regarding Pastor Biltz' suggestion that the 7 weeks are related to Jerusalem in 1967.
Tuesday (July 15th) I had an epiphany; I thought if God is using the 7 weeks of Daniel, applied to June 7, 1967, to mark his second coming then there must be some relevant event occurring 62 weeks prior to 1967. So I did the quick math and came up with a date of 1538*. I then did a search on Google for "Jerusalem 1538" and could hardly believe my eyes. The very first hit that came up was a Wikipedia article that spoke of an Ottoman Sultan named Suleiman the Magnificent. Do you know what Suleiman did between 1535-1541*? He rebuilt the walls of Jerusalem! That means the very event that started the clock turning for Jesus' 1st coming also started the clock for His 2nd! The Holy Spirit, I believe, has led me to the discovery of why Gabriel split the 69 weeks. It was done to help us recognize these last days.August 25th, 1539 (Rebuilding of the wall) + 62 weeks = June 7, 1967 (Capture of Jerusalem)
June 7th, 1967 (Jerusalem becomes the capitol of Israel for the first time in 1900 years) + 7 weeks = September 28th, 2015 (Yom Kippur)September 28th, 2015 (The return of King Jesus)
Eclipses:I also considered that if there were eclipses marking the Feast days in 2014/15 then there may be something going on in 1539. There were 4 solar and 5 lunar eclipses occurring over the years 1539/40*. Four of these eclipses, I believe, are very significant. April 3rd, 1539 there was a lunar eclipse that fell on Passover; April 27th, 1539 there was a lunar eclipse that fell on the Feast of Tabernacles; March 22, 1540 there was a lunar eclipse that fell on Passover; September 16th, 1540 there was a lunar eclipse that fell on the Feast of Tabernacles. Now when you lay this information next to Mark Biltz' discoveries you see some striking similarities.
1539 Apr 03 = (Passover) - 2014 Apr 15 = (Passover)
1539 Sep 27 = (Feast of Tabernacles) - 2014 Oct 8 = (Feast of Tabernacles)
1540 Mar 22 = (Passover) - 2015 Apr 4 = (Passover)1540 Sep 16 = (Feast of Tabernacles) - 2015 Sep 28 = (Feast of Tabernacles)
I think this is fascinating and I also believe that it supports and confirms what Pastor Biltz has discovered.Other issues to consider:
Concerning Suleiman the Magnificent it is curious that his name is a transliteration of Solomon. The reason I find this as a point of interest is that King Solomon was the first person who initiated the construction of a major wall around Jerusalem.*If you look at August 25th, 1539 on the Hebrew calendar you will find that it fell between Elul 11th and Elul 12th. To this point in my research I have yet to find any relevant historical events occurring on Elul 11th or 12th in Jewish history. However, I do have one suggestion that might make this period at least interesting. Nehemiah 6:15 says that the wall of Jerusalem was completed by Nehemiah on Elul 25th and we later see that it was completed just prior to the Feast of Tabernacles.* August 25th, 1539 falls 14 days from Elul 25th and 32 days before the Feast of Tabernacles. So it is at least in the range of possibility that August 25th, 1539 may mark some significant date that falls around the completion of the wall of Nehemiah. As of this point I do not have access to a Hebrew calender that provides dates farther back then 2000 years. It is possible then that the 11th or 12th day of Elul in 445 BC might reveal something.
In conclusion, I pray that this new information will serve as a catalyst to further the discoveries of Mark Biltz, upon whose shoulders and work I stand. I do make one request; that is, if you so choose to make these latest discoveries known to the public I ask that you first contact Mark Biltz. I have spoken to Pastor Biltz about what I have found and have shared in detail all of my research. However, upon writing this email I have yet to receive a confirmation of my findings by him. This, I am certain, is due to his overwhelmed inbox and many speaking engagements. While I do trust my own research, I also deeply respect and trust Pastor Biltz' unparalleled understanding of these matters. If this were not such a time sensitive issue I would wait for his blessing. However, I find myself between a rock and a hard place. I am holding on to some very important information that needs to be disseminated very quickly and I believe you are one man that can get it done. Thank you for your consideration of this email and God Bless!Even so come Lord Jesus!
Joshua Elsom"Go your way, Daniel, for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end. Many shall be purified, made white, and refined, but the wicked shall do wickedly; and none of the wicked shall understand, but the wise shall understand.
FOOTNOTES:*Isaac Newton was incorrect in his assumption. We know that the actual elapsed time was the full 69 weeks. (The Coming Prince, Sir Robert Anderson)
*The proper mathematical method delivers a date of August 25th, 1539.
August 25th, 1539 + 62 weeks (156,235 days) = June 7, 1967June 7, 1967 + 7 weeks (17645 days) = September 28, 2015
August 25th, 1539 + 69 weeks (173,880 days) = September 28, 2015 (Yom Kippur)*I found a more broad range of build dates for the wall. I found dates ranging from 1535 -1541 for reconstruction. The broadest range was from 1537-1541.
However, this quote from the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs is perhaps the most authoritative I found,"The Jaffa Gate bears the inscription of the sultan Suleiman, who ordered its construction in 1538/9 (corresponding to the Muslim year 945). The Jaffa Gate is the best known and busiest of Jerusalem's gates. It was built facing west, in the direction of the port of Jaffa."
*Solar Eclipses 1539-15401539 Apr 18 = Nissan 30 (Rosh Chodesh 1 / 15th day of the Omer) - Iyyar 1 ( Rosh Chodesh 2 / 16th day of the Omer)
1539 Oct 12 = Tishrei 30 (Rosh Chodesh 1) - Cheshvan 1 (Rosh Chodesh 2)
1540 Apr 07 = Nissan 30 (Rosh Chodesh 1) - Iyyar 1 (Rosh Chodesh 2)
1540 Sep 30 = Tishrei 29 (nothing showing) - Tishrei 30 (Rosh Chodeh 1)
Lunar Eclipses 1539-1540
1539 Apr 03 = Nissan 15 (Pesach) - Nissan 16 (Chol Hamoed 1 - 1st day of the Omer)
1539 Sep 27 = Tishrei 15 (Succot) - Tishrei 16 (Chol Homoed 1)
1539 Oct 27 = Cheshvan 8 (nothing showing) - Cheshvan 9 (nothing showing)
1540 Mar 22 = Nissan 14 (Erev Pesach / Fast of first born) - Nissan 15 (Pesach)
1540 Sep 16 = Tishrei 16 (Succot) - Tishrei 17 (Chol Hamoed 1)
Solar Eclipses 2014-20152014 Apr 29 = Nissan 29 (Yom Kippur Katan/14th day of the Omer)- Nissan 30(Rosh Chodesh 1/15th day of the Omer)
2014 Oct 23 = Cheshvan 29(nothing showing) - Cheshvan 30(Rosh Chodesh 1)
2015 Mar 20 = Adar 29(nothing showing) - Nissan 1(New Year on the Hebrew calander)
2015 Sep 13= Elul29 (Erev Rosh Hashanah) – Tishrei 1(Rosh Hashanah)
Lunar Eclipses 2014-20152014 Apr 15 = Nissan 14 (Pesach) - Nissan 15 (Chol Hamoed 1)
2014 Oct 08 = Tishrei 14 (Erev Succot) - Tishrei 15 (Succot)
2015 Apr 04 = Nissan 15 (Pesach) - Nissan 16 (Chol Hamoed1)
2015 Sep 28 = Tishrei 15 (Succot) - Tishrei 16 (Chol Hamoed1)
*1 Kings 3:1, 1 Kings 9:15*Nehemiah 8:13-18
This letter was sent out on Thursday, since then I did have the opportunity to sit down with Pastor Biltz and speak to him about what I had found. He absolutely agreed with me on the significance of the find and told me to run with it. So that is why I am posting this, to get this information out to as many people as fast as I can. I think it is exciting news and I hope that is worth your time to explore to see if these things are so.” http://www.fivedoves.com/letters/july2008/amy726.htm
My opinion: Joshua Elsom is a wonderful spirit-filled Christian man that stumbled onto the final 490 year sequence of fallen Adam [man]. When you begin with Suleiman the Magnificent sealing the Eastern Gate in 1539, then 2022 and 2029 make sense. Bless his soul!
Update 2015: Independent corroboration of the import of Josh Elsom’s findings: http://www.ldolphin.org/Setterfield_study.html
In like fashion, it is of exceptional rarity for total Solar eclipses to occur every year or so. That has only occurred consistently in the 1500's. The occasions were January 3rd and December 24th 1535; December 13th 1536; April 28th 1538; April 18th 1539; April 7th 1540; August 11th, 1542. These Solar events were complimented by 4 total Lunar eclipses on 24th May and 17th November 1537, plus 12th March and 5th September 1541. What was happening during that period? That was the precise period in which the Wall was being built which currently surrounds Old Jerusalem. You can read about the significance of the building of Jerusalem's Wall and its possible link to the Messiah’s Return in this link (Source Larry Dolphin): http://www.setterfield.org/Jerusalem_Wall.html
In the sixteenth century, Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent ruled the Ottoman (a Muslim) Empire. The Ottoman Empire included Turkey, the Middle East, and some of southern Europe. In 1517 the Ottoman Turks under Suleiman’s father, Selim I, gained control over Jerusalem. Suleiman, however, respected the Jewish people and made a Jew, the Duke of Naxos, his Foreign Affairs Minister. Over 15 years after his accession, Suleiman records that he was troubled by a series of dreams. In these dreams he was being chased by lions who seemed intent on devouring him. In one dream he finally stopped running and faced the lions, asking what he should do to save his life. He was told he should build the wall of Jerusalem. Wondering about this, he asked the only deity he knew, the Muslim Allah, for guidance. The response came in a dream which was recorded as follows:
“... the Prophet appeared to him in a ‘blessed night’ and told him: ‘Oh, Sulaiman, you will have the rulership for forty-six years and will make many conquests. Your offspring will not die out to the end of time. My kindness will always extend to you. You should spend these spoils on embellishing Mecca and Medina, and for the fortification of the citadel of Jerusalem, in order to repulse the unbelievers, when they attempt to take possession of Jerusalem during the reigns of your followers. You should also embellish its sanctuary with water basins and offer annual money gifts to the Dervishes there, and also embellish the Rock of Allah and rebuild Jerusalem.’ Such being the order of the Prophet, Sulaiman Khan rose at once from his sleep and sent from his spoils one thousand purses to Medina and another thousand purses to Jerusalem (Auld and Hillenbrand 2000 p.353).” Notice that the terms of the arrangement were that Jerusalem was to be rebuilt, along with the Wall or fortifications, and that water dispensers or basins or fountains were to be provided. The wall that Suleiman built is the wall which currently surrounds Old Jerusalem, and the Lions Gate commemorates the lions in his dream. If the first rebuilding of Jerusalem's walls in Nehemiah's time testified to the first coming of Messiah and was still standing when Jesus rode in on the donkey in fulfillment of Zechariah 9:9, then perhaps the second rebuilding of the Wall might announce a similar prophetic program relating to the Second Coming of Christ. Here is what I have been able to ascertain.
The building period for the Wall is generally given as being from 1535/1536 until the end of 1541 or beginning of 1542; that is a total of 7 years. It seems that the 4 fountains or water dispensers or basins were built first. This was, presumably, so that the workers on the wall could be refreshed and have an assured supply of water for the Wall’s construction. The various dates are as follows:
The fountain (or Sabil) on the SW side of the Jaffa Gate - 29th June 1536.
The fountain 10 meters West of St. Stephen's Gate (Lion's Gate) - 29th June 1536.
The fountain Sabil al Wad - 14th December 1536.
The fountain or Sabil at the Al Nazir Gate - February 12th, 1537.
The North Wall - 1537.
Jaffa Gate - 1538.
Damascus Gate - 1538.
Lion's Gate - 1538-1539.
Herod's Gate - 1539.
South Wall - 1540.
Completion of construction - end 1541. (Source: Barry Setterfield 2011, 2012)