It's been quite a year, hasn't it? And I'm not just talking about the murder hornets, nunchuck bears, and shark-snatching eagles. I'm talking about events that have changed our world forever and shaken the majority of mankind out of its perpetual sense of normalcy, like a global pandemic and lockdown, worldwide riots, and the march toward what looks like the most likely mark of the beast candidate we've ever seen. The 2020 genie is never going back in the bottle.
It's been 10 years this month that the watchmen at Unsealed have been sounding the prophetic alarm, warning as many as would hear that the signs foretold in the Bible preluding the return of Christ have converged in such a perfect way that no other generation in history could say the same. We've shown that God's word—particularly in regard to end-times prophecy—is supremely unique and completely trustworthy. The prophecies of Christ's first coming were literal and faithfully fulfilled to the letter. The prophecies of Christ's second coming and the events leading up to it should be treated no differently. There's no warrant for allegorizing or dismissing what God has plainly said.
You don't even have to believe in God or regard Him to recognize that what we see in the world matches what was written in Scripture. Whether it be the signs leading up to the rapture, the general end-of-the-age setting portrayed in the Bible, the rebirth of Israel, the Revelation 12 Sign, or the major prophetic milestones we've all witnessed of late, it is clear that what the world calls an antiquated, dusty book, is actually the most relevant [and accurate] book in the world right now. You should believe it, and, more importantly, believe in the One it is written about.
Time will tell, but this may be the year that the prophets and apostles of old were pointing to—the year that God takes a people out of the nations to Himself before turning His focus back to Jacob to fulfill all of His promises to the elect of Israel (Acts 15:12–18; Deut. 32:21–25; Rm. 10:19–21; Jer. 30:4–9; cf. Jn. 14:1–3; 1 Thess. 4:13–5:11; Rev. 3:10; Isa. 26:17–21; Zeph. 1:14–2:3).
After the Revelation 12 Sign passed, I had my sights somewhat set on 2018, but overall I thought 2021 would be the next major “watch” year. Boy have my views changed since then. Beginning last November I began to think 2020 could be the year of years. And then by mid-January of this year—before the peace plan was revealed, before Brexit, before the global pandemic, before global riots, before this present march of a new world order and what appears to be direct conditioning for and development of the mark of the beast—I was blown away by how quickly the dominoes fell starting on New Year's Day itself. It was like a divine gunshot went off on New Year's and the world was off to the proverbial (and prophetic) races. I thought 2017 was big and, at the time, couldn't foresee how the world could get any more “pregnant” in terms of the fulfillment of prophecy. 2020 is on a whole other level. Things have progressed so rapidly across the globe, and in such unprecedented fashion, that to many it may seem as if the Tribulation has already begun. Indeed, it hasn't begun, but we are frighteningly close. As crazy and apocalyptic as 2020 may seem, there will be no mistaking the seals, trumpets, and vials when these judgments of God are unleashed on the world. This is just a foretaste and a gracious final warning to wake up.
I often offer my pleading as winsomely as I can, but today I feel compelled to shoot straight: get your head out of the frickin' sand, gird your loins, and board the Ark. This is happening whether you believe it will or not—or whether you are ready for it or not. I'm talking real apocalyptic stuff here, my friends.
There are a few fleeting moments left to cling to the Cross as if your life depended on it (it does). Don't bet your future on anything except Christ and Him crucified.
We are nearing what is routinely the highest-watch time of the year around the late Summer and Fall period—the time of the Feast of Trumpets (Yom Teruah), Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur), and Feast of Tabernacles (Sukkot). The Lord Jesus clearly and unequivocally fulfilled the first four biblical festivals at His first coming when He died for our atonement on Passover, was buried on Unleavened Bread, rose again on First Fruits, and sent His Spirit to birth [or conceive] the Church on Pentecost, but the Fall festivals await their ultimate fulfillment. In light of the convergence of signs on earth, the signs in the heavens, and The Parable of the Fig Tree in relation to Israel's current age, this Summer and Fall could be go time.
I've been quiet the past few weeks as my mind has swelled with thoughts regarding all we see before us. It's been altogether overwhelming and I've tried to string it together somehow, suffice to say, I don't want to stew forever. I'm just going to share these rambling thoughts, but I'll connect the dots in a big way at the end. Find your comfy spot and have your caffeine of choice handy. You'll want your eyes wide open for this one.
The Year of Years?
As I mentioned earlier, before the peace plan was unveiled, before Brexit, before Coronavirus, and everything further that has transpired during this apocalyptic year, I was already stunned. The year quite literally began with a bang as Iranian proxies attacked the Green Zone in Baghdad initiating what would become days of near-open war between the United States and Iran. Just three days after the attack, U.S. forces assassinated the top military leader of Iran, General Qassim Soleimani, triggering major reprisal attacks in Kenya and Iraq over the course of the next five days. On January 8th Iran launched dozens of ballistic missiles at U.S. and Iraqi forces, even inadvertently downing a passenger jet—killing all 176 aboard.
The very next day Popocatépetl Volcano near Mexico City had a major eruption sending ash two miles into the air. That same day, Israel, already experiencing record flooding, had the most rainfall in the northern part of the country in 51 years. In the southern half, a 76-year record was broken. Two days after this, massive protests erupted in Iran adding to the burgeoning global riots, which seems reminiscent of the end-of-the-age lawlessness that will usher in the Antichrist himself (2 Thess. 2:3–12; 2 Tim. 3:1–5; cf. Dn. 8:23).
A day later, Taal Volcano near Manila, the capital of the Philippines, had a massive eruption—its first eruption since 1977. Ash reached over nine miles into the sky. Metro Manila is the 7th most populous metro area in the world and the area around the earlier Popocatépetl Volcano is the 11th. Tens of millions of people were in danger from these apocalyptic “shots across the bow.” Another two days transpired and record Australian bush fires had burned an area the size of England, Wales, and Northern Ireland combined. The wildfires were perhaps the fifth-largest in recorded world history.
The next day, on January 15th, the entire Russian government under Vladimir Putin resigned paving the way for Putin to make sweeping constitutional changes on his march to absolute dictator. And a day later, articles of impeachment were formally sent to the U.S. Senate, initiating the impeachment trial of Donald Trump. In Russia, Mikhail Mishustin was appointed as the new prime minister. And in a report just then released, it was expected that 40% of the world's countries would experience significant social unrest in 2020, demonstrating that the prophetic Global Spring would only grow.
That was just the first two or so weeks of the year! Two weeks later the United Kingdom became the first nation to secede from the European Union. Brexit finally happened. And far more importantly, three days before Brexit, Donald Trump and Benjamin Netanyahu unveiled the land-dividing, covenant-breaking Deal of the Century to the world. The very hour they unveiled it a 7.7 magnitude earthquake shook Trump's personal residence of Mar-a-Lago. It is still the largest earthquake thus far this year (source).
So much more has happened this year that time doesn't permit me. From Venus-Pleiades and the morning star sign in the horns of Taurus to the spectacular Comet Neowise that caught everyone by surprise. And from burgeoning riots in the United States and around the world to record-breaking floods in China with fears surrounding the stability of the Three Gorges Dam. So much more has happened, and is happening.
But all of these things pale in comparison to the global pandemic that is COVID-19. While certainly over-hyped to some extent, the world has been forever changed because of Coronavirus. Lockdowns and quarantines are worldwide. Economies are on the verge of collapse. And in many areas people can't buy or sell without a mask. How hard then is it to picture a time coming soon when people will be unable to buy or sell without a mark? How about a mark that is a vaccine passport, digital ID, and payment system all-in-one? It's coming just as Bible prophecy foretold and I'm grateful that I've already boarded the Ark, so that I don't have to stick around to make the eternal life or death decision that is taking the mark or not (Rev. 13:15–18; 14:9–11; 16:2). While we've seen the convergence of end-time signs growing—especially over the past decade—with increasing frequency (almost as if labor pains), times of peace and seeming normalcy would always bisect the proverbial contractions. Not so in 2020. This year has been one long stretch of increasing craziness. Like the transition before the real labor pains hit.
On a more personal note, I have been praying for quite some time that God would complete the work He began in my life. A few weeks ago a pastor emailed me out of the blue, without any knowledge of my prayer, the following:
Thanks be to GOD who granted you the power to finish the work that God Himself gave you. God bless you in Jesus' name.
I have recently finished this groundbreaking Bible translation and am nearing the point at which I feel that what I needed to share with the world through Unsealed has been shared. Now don't get me wrong: as long as I have breath in my lungs I will continue to share with you the great hope that I have and will continue blasting my trumpet from the rampart, but I believe our time here is nearing its close. Time to say those last prayers.
Is it any wonder that such end-time harvest names like Billy Graham, Reinhard Bonnke, and Ravi Zacharias have recently passed away, having completed the monumental tasks given to them in these last of the last days? And some of the most well-known watchmen who sounded the alarm about the imminent appearing of our Lord for a whole generation have recently gone to be with Him. It's as if their task is done. Chuck Missler, Jack Van Impe, Dwight Pentecost, Grant Jeffrey, Tim LaHaye, and Chuck Smith are just a few of these names.
I've had other friends who have had recent significant transitions and changes that they felt might be signals that God is drawing their time here to a close. Could it be?
Connecting the Dots: 2020 to 2027?
You will never find me predicting the day or hour of the rapture—misconstrued as those words are—as I simply think it's unwise, but given the repeated biblical commands to watch and be ready, along with the obvious convergence of signs foretold in holy writ, it is incumbent upon us to consider the possibility that this could in fact be the year in which Daniel's 70th Week, also known as The Time of Jacob's Trouble, commences. This timing is speculative, never “Thus saith the LORD,” but consider these things very soberly.
Is it sensible to believe the rapture of Christ's Church could occur this year with the Tribulation beginning shortly thereafter? Do the dots connect? Is there greater strength for a 2020–2027 timeline compared to previous speculation? Consider some salient points:
1. The Parable of the Fig Tree. This prophetic parable of Christ in which He proclaimed to His disciples that all the events of the Tribulation (including His own return) would transpire within one generation of the proverbial fig tree putting forth leaves (Mt. 24:29–34) is a powerful testimony to the possibility that we are exceedingly close, and that 2020 might even be the year that the end-of-the-age events kick off.
For starters, the fig tree was a clear symbol of the nation of Israel (see #4 here). This is confirmed by both biblical and early extra-biblical sources. Secondly, Psalm 90:10 gives us the only clear definition of a generation (“...seventy years, and if, by reason of might, eighty years...”; LSV). If the rebirth of Israel in 1948 represents the putting forth of leaves of the withered fig tree, then 2028, 80 years later, could be an upper limit. I won't put God in a box, but this is a strong possibility. Israel became a nation on May 14th, in the Spring of 1948. Given that Christ has already fulfilled the first four festivals of the biblical calendar, which all occur in the Spring, there has been widespread consensus among biblical literalists that Christ will return in the Fall to fulfill the Fall festivals. There is even agreement regardless of one's take on the timing of the rapture. This means that a rapture in the Fall of 2021 (or in the Spring of 2021, for that matter) could be too late. For all things to be fulfilled within a maximum of 80 years from the rebirth of Israel, the Tribulation might indeed need to begin this Fall of necessity, with its conclusion in the Fall of 2027.
Side note: It just so happens that this past decade was the first time in thousands of years that worldwide life expectancy fell in the range of 70–80 years. Just think of it! To top it off, the fig tree of Israel is governed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Reuven Rivlin. Netanyahu is 70 years old and Rivlin is 80. This strange “coincidence” will only persist until this Fall.
2. The decree to restore and rebuild Jerusalem. In Daniel 9 the angel Gabriel delivers the clearest prophetic timeline in the Bible to the prophet Daniel. He tells Daniel that 70 weeks of years (490 years) have been established by God until the full restoration and reconciliation of Israel. The weeks of years begin with a decree to “restore and rebuild Jerusalem” (v. 25) and end with Israel's sins atoned for and continual righteousness brought into the holy city (v. 24). However, Gabriel introduces a gap between the 69th and 70th weeks of years. We are told that the Messiah would be cut off as a substitutionary sacrifice after the 69th week and this would be followed by the Roman sacking of Jerusalem and the Second Temple (v. 26).
From history we know that Christ, the Messiah, was crucified in one of the years between 30–33 AD and that Jerusalem was destroyed in 70 AD. This is why literalists recognize a clear gap between the 69th and 70th weeks of Daniel. And the gap makes dispensational sense, as well. Christ's death and resurrection in circa 30–33 AD marked the end of the dispensation of law and the beginning of the dispensation of grace (contrary to what some are beginning to say). Jesus' own people had Him killed. And weeks after His death the Church was formed on Pentecost marking a clear shift from Israel to the predominantly Gentile Church. The Church Age is like a divine pause button, which God pressed until the resumption of time when He shifts His attention back to Israel after the Church is removed (Acts 15:14–17). When He presses play again the rapture will have served the added purpose of provoking Israel to jealousy (Deut. 32:21; Rm. 10:18–19; 11:11–32). The 70 weeks of years are a time clearly demarcated for Israel and Israel's holy city Jerusalem—not a time for the Gentiles or the Church.
Now how is this relevant to 2020? It all has to do with when the decree was given, which started the clock, and when Messiah actually became the “Anointed One.” Usually the date used in calculations is 445 or 444 BC, which marked a decree issued by Artaxerxes Longimanus to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem. And those calculations lead to the years of either 32 or 33 AD as the point at which Christ is anointed and cut off.
To decipher this mystery, I've discovered that precision is key. While several prophecies in Daniel and Revelation somewhat hint at 360-day years—the length of a year used by most in these calculations—we know that the various calendars in use at the time of Christ, as well as at the time of Daniel's prophecy, had mechanisms in place to align their years with the seasons. This means that while some years in the ancient Babylonian and Hebrew calendars were composed of 360 days or even fewer, they had years with extra months for intercalation. In other words, their years averaged out to approximately the same length as our Julian/Gregorian years. The modern Jewish calendar functions similarly, cycling through 19-year periods in which are 12 years of 12 months each and seven years containing 13 months. This is key, and is often overlooked.
So the existing calculations are made by assuming a type of prophetic calendar that is misaligned with the seasons and the actual solar year. The one making the calculation will then multiply 69 and seven (69 weeks of years), resulting in 483 years, multiply that by the 360 days in a theorized prophetic year, and then divide the resulting number of days by the length of the solar year. The conversion makes 483 “prophetic years” into approximately 476 actual, solar years. 476 years from 445 BC falls in 32 AD and the same from the alternative 444 BC date falls in 33 AD.
The termination point of the 69 weeks of years is thought to be Christ's Triumphal Entry, shortly after He was anointed with perfume at Bethany (Mt. 26:6–13). This is key in terms of Daniel's prophecy because we are told that Jesus would become the Anointed One at the end of the 69th week (Dan. 9:25), but He would be cut off as an atoning sacrifice for others after the 69th week (Dan. 9:26), which would be during the gap of time in which God hit pause. While the dispensation of grace is clearly part of the pause, the prophecy tells us that the exact moment of pause is not when Christ was cut off (v. 26), but when He became the Anointed One (v. 25). It makes sense that Christ may have become the One anointed by God to die for the sins of the world at Bethany when a woman poured perfume on Him for His burial. I assumed the same for a long time without questioning this common assumption, but my view recently changed.
The first piece of evidence that began to shift my perspective on this is that Jesus was already called Christ (“Anointed One”) before He was anointed at Bethany! The scriptural evidence is incontrovertible (Mt. 16:16–20; Jn. 1:41; 4:24–26). Thinking through this, I was left with the nagging question: did the woman in Bethany make Jesus the Christ or did God make Him the Christ? Did her anointing of Him make Him the Anointed One or did God anoint Him in some other way?
The second bit of evidence seems clear: Jesus became the Anointed One at His baptism when God literally anointed Him with the Holy Spirit. This pivotal event marked the beginning of Christ's ministry. And the Scriptures seem to agree:
And it came to pass, in all the people being immersed, Jesus also being immersed, and praying, Heaven was opened, and the Holy Spirit came down in a bodily appearance, as if a dove, on Him, and a voice came out of Heaven, saying, “You are My Son, the Beloved, in You I delighted.” (Lk. 3:21–22, LSV)
The Spirit of the LORD [is] on Me, || Because He anointed Me; To proclaim good news to the poor, || Sent Me to heal the broken of heart, || To proclaim to captives deliverance, || And to blind receiving of sight, || To send the bruised away with deliverance, || To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD. (Lk. 4:18–19, LSV)
...you have known the word that came throughout all Judea, having begun from Galilee, after the immersion that John preached; Jesus who [is] from Nazareth—how God anointed Him with the Holy Spirit and power; who went through, doing good, and healing all those oppressed by the Devil, because God was with Him... (Acts 10:37–38, LSV)
So it was God who anointed Jesus and He anointed Him with the Holy Spirit. The testimony of the Psalms and Prophets is in agreement (Ps. 2; Isa. 42:1).
Now if Jesus became the Anointed One at His baptism, which was the commencement of His public ministry, we have a problem because His ministry would have begun in one of the years between 26 and 29 AD. 476 solar years from Artaxerxes' decree of 445/444 BC simply doesn't fit. However, we have a solution and it fits simply and beautifully. As mentioned before, precision is key. As it turns out, there were actually several decrees that have been offered as the starting point. Was the 445/444 BC decree the right one? Remember, Gabriel explicitly told Daniel that the relevant decree would be to “restore and rebuild Jerusalem”—a general rather than specific purpose.
First decree: issued by Cyrus, it was explicitly given for rebuilding the Temple in Jerusalem (2 Chron. 36:22–23; Ezra 1:1–4; 5:13). This occurred around 538 BC.
Second decree: issued by Darius, it was a confirmation of Cyrus' decree. The purpose was the same (Ezra 6:1, 6–12). This occurred in about 520 BC.
Third decree: issued by Artaxerxes, this was Artaxerses first decree. In it he decrees that Ezra and any remaining Israelites in the Persian Empire could go to Jerusalem with loads of resources to establish law in Judea and the holy city, resupply and improve the Temple, and then do whatever they willed with the remaining treasure (Ezra 7:11–26). This was the longest of the decrees given and the only one of the four decrees that pertained to restoring Jerusalem, which didn't have a specific purpose. You might say it was the general decree to restore and rebuild—both infrastructure, as well as municipal and religious law. This was issued in 457 BC.
Fourth decree: issued by Artaxerxes, this was his second decree, and essentially a confirmation of his first decree from 457 BC. While the scriptural context of the decree is clearly rebuilding, the focus was narrowed to the gates and city wall (Neh. 2). This decree was given in 445 or 444 BC.
Given that either Artaxerxes first or second decree could reasonably be the decree mentioned in Daniel 9, Rick Lanser, MDiv, makes the argument that Nehemiah 2 only tells us when Nehemiah was given the king's letter and not when the decree itself was issued. He argues that the letter Nehemiah was given in 445 or 444 BC was likely a copy of the decree that had already been issued in 457 BC that applied to Ezra and all the Israelites (source).
When we use 457 BC as our starting point the calculation becomes straightforward and requires no conversion whatsoever. 483 years—69 weeks of years—from 457 BC was 27 AD, a likely year for Christ's baptism and the commencement of His ministry. It was at His baptism that God Himself anointed Him! And given that Jesus proclaimed a jubilee that year (Lk. 4:19; cf. Isa. 61:2), 2027 would be the 40th jubilee from that time—the end of the age and the year that the land returns to its rightful ruler of Christ and His Church.
A comment on “prophetic years”: I think there may be some useful prophetic purpose behind the use of 360-day years in some calculations, but we are still left with three significant issues: first, even the calendars in use at the time of Daniel used intercalation. Years still had the same length as our own on average. It doesn't matter which calendar you use, be it Hebrew, Babylonian, Egyptian, or Enochian, it still had mechanisms to align with the seasons. Second, examples of the use of these purported prophetic years are only found in limited passages, specifically Genesis 7, Daniel 9, and in the book of Revelation. Even in these passages, it isn't clear that intercalation isn't being used. For example, in Daniel 12:11 we see 1,290 days used (versus 1,260 days in other passages). This may actually be a reference to a period of time that includes an intercalary month. In other words, the scant references to “times, time, and half a time” and “1,260 days” in a handful of places in Daniel and Revelation, may not be evidence for exclusively 360-day years, and simply references to relatively small periods of time without an intercalary month. Third, the Bible doesn't explicitly define a prophetic year as a period of 360 days, or call us to calculate long stretches of time using exclusively 360-day years. Even the biblical calendar itself, which begins on Nisan 1 (Abib), has to align with the seasons.
Side note about 27 AD: It just so happens that 27 AD being the likely start of Christ's ministry aligns with the first appearance of an alignment similar to the Revelation 12 Sign in 3974 BC. That would have been exactly 4,000 years prior. Could it have been the Fall of Mankind when God first gave the prophecy of a woman, a serpent, and a male child as recorded in Genesis 3:15–16? July 28, 3974 BC:
(1) Saturn (Satan) attempting to raise his throne above the stars of God (see Isa. 14:12–15; cf. Ez. 28:12–19).
(2) A crown of 12 stars.
(3) Virgo clothed in the sun.
(4) Mars (enmity, war, judgment) befalling mankind. Consider also God's judgment on Eve of painful labor! Mars may have entered Virgo's womb as the judgment was given (Gen. 3:16)!
(5) Jupiter in a similar location to September 23, 2017 following a 9–10 month retrograde within Virgo's womb, albeit with less precision than 2017.
(6) The moon is under Virgo's feet.
So in this way, 27 AD as the anointing of Christ, commencement of His ministry, and demarcation of a jubilee year, works both forwards (to 2027 AD as the return of Christ) and backwards (to the possible Fall of Mankind). 27 AD would naturally place Christ's crucifixion in 31 AD, which has growing consensus, as it is probably the prime candidate for a year in which Christ would have died on a Wednesday or Thursday. In fact, one of the strongest arguments for an April 3, 33 AD crucifixion date was the partial lunar eclipse that evening (cf. Acts 2:14–21). This had me convinced for a number of years, but further research indicates that the eclipse was unlikely to have been seen by many, if any at all, and probably wouldn't have appeared very red. However, Wednesday, April 25th of 31 AD featured a much clearer and more distinct blood moon that could have been seen over Jerusalem at about 10:00 PM—the evening of Christ's death or the night before when He was betrayed by Judas (source). It would also make the next 40 years a prophetic period of testing—counting inclusively—40 years from the beginning of the Church to the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 AD.
Returning again to the decree to restore and rebuild Jerusalem, it has been noted for the past two years or so that the decree doesn't explicitly tell us if the reference is to the Messiah's first or second arrival. Could it be both? A dual prophecy of sorts? What we are given is a period of 69 weeks of years from the decree to the Messiah's arrival and a final week of years at the end. Because the final week of years concludes with continual righteousness brought into Jerusalem and the sealing of all prophecy, that period must be the same in both instances.
A possible starting point for a second count could be the decree given by Suleiman the Magnificent somewhere between 1535 and 1537 AD to also restore and rebuild Jerusalem. The current walls of the Old City of Jerusalem were built because of this very decree. 69 weeks of years later lands in either 2018, 2019, or this very year—2020. Some sources pinpoint 1535 as the decree and others 1537. I've researched this myself, and there is scant evidence either way, but we do know beyond a shadow of a doubt that construction on the walls themselves began in 1537.
Consider that the first decree was counting to Jesus Himself arriving as Messiah at His baptism when the Holy Spirit came down from Heaven to anoint Him. Perhaps the second decree is counting to the body of Messiah (the Church) being taken up along with the Holy Spirit (1 Thess. 4:13–18; 2 Thess. 2:3, 7) to meet the Lord in the air. This is when we become one with Christ corporately—the body joined to the Head.
3. Heavenly signs mark the possible midpoint and end of the Tribulation. Back in 2017 many thought that the Great American Solar Eclipse might have been a warning that the Tribulation could begin that Fall, while the 2024 total solar eclipse might mark the final months before the end. Clearly that was not the case, but interestingly, the April 2024 eclipse falls within a couple of weeks from Passover in the middle of the Tribulation if the Tribulation begins this Fall. The 'x' over the greatest Gentile nation on earth will finally be completed, having crossed the path of the 2017 eclipse. Could it point to the judgment on all nations and the final three and a half years of the Tribulation as God's angels begin to pour out their bowls of wrath?
Even more amazingly, on August 2, 2027 AD, a mere month or two before Christ might actually set foot on the Mount of Olives (Acts 1:7–12; cf. Zech. 14:1–5), a total solar eclipse will cross through the Middle East and North Africa. It will go directly over Egypt. Even more amazingly, this eclipse is the second-longest total solar eclipse this entire century. From any particular observer's perspective, the sun will be darkened over Egypt for approximately six and a half minutes—over twice as long as what was experienced during the Great American Solar Eclipse. Remember, the second-to-last plague during the exodus was darkness over the whole land of Egypt and out of the 21 judgments in Revelation, the 19th is also darkness! Six and a half minutes of darkness over Egypt and other locales in the Middle East certainly doesn't constitute the fifth bowl judgment, but it could be pointing to it. As above, so below. God made the sun, moon, and stars for signs (Gen. 1:14; Ps. 19:1–4).
As I pointed out in my recent video series on biblical astronomy, the heavens began telling a story in 2016, the pinnacle of which was the Great Sign in September of 2017, but the heavenly story continues and appears to conclude in the Fall of 2027. Jupiter entered the first or alpha constellation in the biblical Mazzaroth (Virgo) in 2016 and transits around the whole ecliptic, entering the final or omega constellation (Leo) in the Summer-Fall timeframe of 2027. The end-of-the-age story of redemption, told in the stars, might then be complete.
4. The convergence of signs appears to be complete. What more could possibly need to happen at this point? Israel is advanced in years, we're closing in on three years transpiring since the Church's exit sign in the form of the Great Sign of Revelation 12, everything is ready and prepared for construction of the Third Temple (including the priests themselves who will serve in it), and now the world is racing at breakneck speed toward the mark of the beast as Bill Gates, the GAVI vaccine alliance, Trust Stamp, and Mastercard are joining together to combine a vaccine passport, unique ID, and payment system all in one that will be pushed on the entire world population (source). As I've said throughout the year, I've seen seeming prophetic “contractions” come and go with increasing frequency over the past decade, but this is the first year that seems to be one big unrelenting push. The baby is almost here.