“Times, Times and Half a Time.” Decoded?

This morning I received an interesting paper from Ray Gardner concerning some of his current thoughts on eschatology, current events and most especially, the phrase oft used in prophetic writing, ‘time, times and half a time.’  Most readers will recall that Ray is the author of the Torah Portion Study Guides hosted on this blog.

Readers that have been with me a while will also remember that we have discussed a couple interesting recent studies by Steve Moutria of Torah Family .org.  His most interesting paper, linked in the prophecy wrap up article has a fascinating discussion on how the times are shortened at the end.

Here, for your perusal, is Ray’s short paper that presents a few interesting thoughts on ‘time, times and half a time.’

Times time and half a time

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3 Responses to “Times, Times and Half a Time.” Decoded?

  1. One thing missing in this paper is the connection of the “two witnesses” of Revelation and the “two witnesses” (who also do miracles in the face of the “ruler of the world”) known as Moses and Aaron. I believe there have been other two witnesses associated with miracles and perceived a threat to the sitting earthly authorities such as Elijah and Elisha and John and Yeshua. While Moses and Aaron were not “killed”, per se, (I think they were threatened by such on some occasions), Yeshua and John, most certainly were.
    If we understand biblical occurrences to be cyclical and patterns made evident for our understanding, maybe this “wheel within a wheel” concept is worth looking into. Think of it as a mechanical clock all the various sized gears have a timing mark. All marks are aligned before the clock is started. Once the clock is started (can anyone say “Light be”?) the gears all begin to rotate as designed. During the cycle there are times when some of the marks align but not all. Think of this as hints of the full fulfillment. Every generation has these and assume they’re the generation of the big event. The problem is there are missing components of “the big one” as all the timing marks are not in alignment. Sadly, many will try to force the issue by not paying attention to the ones missing and lead many astray when things don’t come to pass as assumed. Only when all the timing marks come into alignment is the cycle finished. I believe this is what Ray was eluding to when he made the observation that all the “time, times and half a time” conclude at the same point in time. Remember, eternity has no beginning and end (outside of the counting of time). Time, however, most certainly has a beginning and end. Now back to this connection between Moses and Aaron, time, times and half a time. The two witnesses known as Moses and Aaron died in the same year. There’s some speculation what year it actually was but suffice it to say it was somewhere between 1500 – 1400 BCE. If a thousand years is as a day and a day as a thousand years adding the 2017 years we have gone so far brings us close to “three and a half days”. This also aligns with the “three days” that will end at the same time of our “sleep” before resurrection hopefully with our lamps burning bright!! One thing is for sure, unless all the timing marks are coming into alignment, we’re just going through another partial cycle to remind us to be watching and keep us on our toes. Personally, I believe we may still be 50 to 100 years away from all of them coming into alignment. Exciting times to be sure, just too many things missing from my perspective. At any rate the best advice I think we can get is from a book that speaks of the cyclic nature of all things and the closing words are to listen to the “Shepherd”:

    Ecc 12:11 The words of the wise are as goads; yea, as nails driven by the masters of collections, they are given from one Shepherd.
    Ecc 12:12 And more than these, my son, be warned: The making of many books has no end, and much study is the weariness of the flesh.
    Ecc 12:13 Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear The Elohim, and keep His commandments; for this applies to every man.
    Ecc 12:14 For The Elohim shall bring every work into judgment, with all that is hidden, whether it is good, or whether it is evil.

    Shalom

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  2. Tommy Wilson says:

    Travis I like your analogy of all the marks aligning on a mechanical clock. It gives me another picture (that I haven’t thought of before) of the concept of how everything needs to line up perfectly before He returns. Thank you for sharing!
    Concerning the “wheel within a wheel”, I have heard a teaching before that talks about how the wheel within a wheel is connected to the cycles of the feasts and appointed times, and that the inner wheel moves faster than the outer wheel. Inner wheel could be weekly shabbat, new moon, yearly feasts and the outer wheel could be shimittah, yovel (Jubilee), 1000 yr shabbat. In any case I agree that it all has to line up perfectly with no component missing. Shalom!

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    • Thanks Tommy. It’s all connected and the same thought that applies with the feast cycles applies with end time prophecies (one and the same). I might point out though that His return is part of the prophetic occurrences and by no means the end of them. The “clock” (wheel within a wheel), according to my understanding, will “stop” at the end of this age of which He returns at least 1000 years prior. Could it be the clock is restarted again for another 7000 year cycle? “Time” will tell :).

      Shalom

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