Q. I know that the Rapture could occur before I finish typing. That said, (1) According to your chronology, it appears that the Rapture could occur as late as after Psalm 83 and Isaiah 17, but it will occur before Ezekiel 38-39. Is my understanding of your position correct? And (2) Do I understand correctly that the 70th week begins with the appearance of the AC at some unknown time after Ezekiel 38-39?
A. Yes, I think the rapture will precede Ezekiel’s battle. The 70th Week will begin when Israel officially acknowledges God again and the Old Covenant is reinstated. For reasons of his own the anti-Christ will assist in this, but it’s the reinstatement of the covenant that begins the 70th week. This could happen either before or after the Temple is rebuilt, but I don’t think it will happen before Ezekiel’s battle.
For example, there’s a current news story about an 18th century rabbinical prophecy predicting that when the Hurva synagogue in Jerusalem has been rebuilt for the 3rd time, work on the Temple will begin. The third rebuilding of the Hurva synagogue is underway now, with a scheduled completion date of March 15, 2010. Some have taken this as a sign that work on the Temple will begin the very next day. Even if that happens, which I doubt, it won’t herald the beginning of Daniel’s 70th week unless Israel also announces a national return to the Mosaic covenant and reinstatement of Levitical worship.