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Is Jesus Christ Coming Back to Earth in XXXXIII (2023)?


By Robert Singer —— Bio and Archives--March 6, 2009

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There are four stumbling blocks that have kept mankind and scholars from fully understanding the book of Revelation and the date of the 1st and 2nd Coming of the Messiah.

  1. Believers and Biblical scholars spend their time interpreting and reinterpreting the scriptures to convince themselves they either (a) get the blessings promised to Israel or (b) will be raptured right before the tribulation.
  2. The year of the 2nd Coming could not be verified until the latter half of the twentieth century.
  3. Christians incorrectly believe Mark 13, is a commandment by God that “no one is allowed to know something that “even the angels in heaven don’t know.”  God told Daniel the year, not the day or the hour.
  4. An “error” made over 1400 years ago.

An error made in the seventh century BC concerns an event that ranks as one of the most important in the history Jews, Christians and Muslims:

“The abomination of the desolation”.
And arms shall stand on his part, and they shall pollute the sanctuary of strength, and shall take away the daily sacrifice, and they shall place the abomination that maketh desolate Dan 11:31

James Hastings, M.A., D.D. in the seventh century published a dictionary of the Bible that analyzes the different interpretations of Daniel 11:31. He concludes the verse refers to “The setting up by Antiochus Epiphanies of a small idol/altar on the altar of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem in 167 BC” and the Maccabean revolution. 

Jesus contradicts this interpretation in the gospels, When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand). Mathew 24:15

But when ye shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing where it ought not, (let him that readeth understand). Mark 13:14
The two verses refer to a conversation between Jesus, Peter, James and Andrew on the Mount of Olives.  Before he mentions the abomination Jesus says the following to his disciples admiring the grandeur of the temple.

Seest thou these great buildings? There shall not be left one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down Mark 13:2

Here Jesus is prophesying an event that is to take place within the lifetime of the disciples.  August 29th in 70 A.D. (the exact same day the Babylonians burned down Solomon’s temple 657 years earlier) the Roman army razed Herod’s Temple to the ground.

As Jesus places the event of the abomination after the destruction of the temple in 70 A.D. and uses the words “when ye shall see” (Mark 13:14), he places the event in the future. 

It is impossible the abomination spoken of by Jesus could have taken place prior to 70 AD and therefore any exegesis that identifies the abomination, as 167 B.C. is the “error” made over 1400 years ago.

Jesus predicts the location of the abomination will be somewhere that is not only a “holy place”, but also a place that under normal circumstances would be forbidden.

Within the Jewish faith the biblical term “holy place” can only mean The Holy Temple in Jerusalem. After its destruction in 70 A.D. leaving only the Western or Wailing Wall, the Holy Temple was never rebuilt. The ground where the Temple stood, the Temple Mount, and the Wailing Wall is to the Jews “the most holy place” in Jerusalem.

Construction begins on the Abomination of desolation in 688 A.D.
On the death of Abu Bakr, Omar ibn al Khattab, advisor to Mohammed became the second caliph and ordered that a magnificent golden domed mosque, Islam’s third holiest shrine, be built… directly over “the most holy place” in Jerusalem.

The Mosque of Omar, The Dome of the Rock is the correct identification of the abomination of desolation.

Applying the date of 688 A.D. to Daniel
And from the time that the daily sacrifice shall be taken away, and the abomination that maketh desolate set up, there shall be 1290 days. Daniel 12:11
Blessed is he that waiteth and cometh to the 1335 days. 12:12
Biblical scholars acknowledge the words of Ezekiel who wrote 30 years before Daniel. “I have appointed thee each day for a year”. Using each day for a year,
And from the time that the daily sacrifice shall be taken away, and the abomination that maketh desolate set up in 688 A.D., there shall be 1290 years. Daniel 12:11
Blessed is he that waiteth for the Messiah and cometh to the 1335 years or 2023. 12:12
Revelation Chapter 11, verse 2&3 confirms this date.
But the court which is without the Temple leave out and measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles: and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months (1279 days).  And I will give power to my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a 1260 days, clothed in sackcloth. Revelation 11:2&3

These two verses appear to be talking about the same time scale and the same event. But only if we assume an average month is thirty days - then forty-two months = 1260 days. An “average month” does not account for the extra day for a leap year.  Using the reckonings from the Julian calendar and the extra day, the period of forty-two months is 1279 not 1260 days.

We also know verse 1 refers to the area outside the temple as being in the hands of the Gentiles (non Jews) as well as the holy city of Jerusalem for 1279 years (“each day for a year”.); and in verse 2 the two witnesses of God the Jewish people, the Houses of Judah and Israel, will prophesy or preach for a similar 1260 years “clothed in sackcloth”. Sackcloth is symbolic of regret, repentance and mourning.

What these two verses are saying is that the Jewish people will lose their place of worship including the city of Jerusalem; it will be given over to non Jewish people until the first few hours of the six-day war in 1967 (688 A.D. + 1279) when for the first time since the capture of Jerusalem and destruction of the temple by Titus in 70 A.D. the Jewish people not only had their own state May 14th 1948 (688 A.D. + 1260) they once again controlled “the most holy place” in Jerusalem.

The prophet Daniel, the book of revelation and Paracelsus in the Twenty Ninth figure of his prognostications confirms 2023.

How blessed shall be the hour, and the poverty, that will come and shall ordain each one to its meadow, not far from the year XXXXIII. 

Most of the prognostications of Paracelsus concern countries, institutions, establishments and monarchies. Figure 29 seems to refer to the individual and in particular to a state of change that each individual can reach. The date given at the end is confusing since there is no such Roman numeral. Forty-three in Roman numerals would be XLIII.

The fact that Paracelsus tells us this is a year is the clue to the correct interpretation of the figure.

Could Jesus Christ be coming back to earth in XX (20) XX (20) III (3) XXXXIII or 2023?

NOTE: Research for this article came from an out of print book by Ian Gurney, the Cassandra Prophesy published in 1999.


Robert Singer is a retired information technology professional and an environmental activist living in southern California. In 1995 he and his cousin Adam D. Singer founded IPC The Hospitalist Company, Inc., where he served as chief technology officer. Today the company manages more than 130 practice groups, providing care in some 300 medical facilities in 18 states. Prior to that he was president of Useful Software, a developer and publisher of business and consumer software for the personal computing Industry. Robert also posts to OpEdnews.com.  Robert can be reached at: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


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