Clothesline Theory


Background: According to Chuck Missler, rabbis view prophecy as patterns of a repetitive sort. I like to describe it as a clothesline with three posts. The middle post is planted in the immediate time frame the prophet is living in. But the cord continues on into the future where a third post is planted. It also runs back to the first post, which was established by the time of the pre-Fall Garden.

    So any given scripture points forward and backward in time. Since I’m suggesting the script was written and even “acted out” in heaven, it’s a given that one post would be rooted here, before time began. What’s fun is reading the bible and asking the question, “Is this verse pointing to end times...Day of the Lord...Millennium...heaven-future...heaven-past?”

Story: A good example of the clothesline (which simply says history (His story) repeats itself) is Numbers 21, where Moses raises the bronze snake up on a pole. The people are to look at this snake to obtain a healing. The third pole of this clothesline is found in the gospel accounts of Jesus dying on the Cross, as Jesus himself explained in John 3:14. The motions, movements, even the words of all those involved were the same, I believe.

    Here’s another example. Let’s start by lining up a prophetic verse in Daniel with a passage that’s not overtly so.

Daniel 9:27 speaks of the “70th week,” a 7-year period in the future which has more written about it than any other time in the bible. Many people believe this 7-year period will begin with a peace treaty being signed by a false Messiah (Antichrist). Half-way through–that is, 3.5 years later–a terrible desecration of the newly built Temple in Jerusalem will occur (“Abomination of Desolation”). That will touch off the “Great Tribulation” of the Jews for the final 3.5 years, with a bloody persecution that will make the Holocaust seem like child’s play in comparison. Finally, all nations will come against Israel to destroy it. Jesus steps in miraculously and delivers Israel. He sets up his world rulership from David’s throne in Jerusalem and the 1000-year Millennium clock starts ticking.

    There are some patterns embedded in this scenario: Seven years–half-way into seven. Jesus absent–Jesus present. No persecution–awful persecution.

    When I was reading John 7, similar patterns caught my eye. Does the third clothesline point to events future and give us clues as to what will happen during the 70th week?

First, what’s being described is the Feast of Tabernacles, which is a seven-day fall festival. Seven days = seven years.

Second, John 7:14 says it was “halfway through the Feast” Jesus finally appeared in public.

Third, John 8:1 says the next event following the Feast has Jesus going to the Mount of Olives. The prophet Zechariah says (14:4), “On that day his feet will stand on the Mount of Olives,” meaning the Day of the Lord when Armageddon happens.

    These three markers are very intriguing. Does that mean the story’s other details are relevant?

  1. For example, are the worldly attitudes held by Jesus’ brothers in verses 1-6 of John 7 (“No one who wants to become a public figure acts in secret.”) the same attitudes that will be vocalized just before Jesus comes back again?

  2. “For even his own brothers did not believe in him.” Does this mean in the end times very few christians will embrace the supernatural Jesus?

  3. Look what happens next. “After his brothers had left for the Feast, he went also, not publicly, but in secret.” Does this mean Jesus makes definitive last days moves on earth in dimensions we’re unaware of? (Discredited date-setters like Jehovah Witnesses and Harold Camping fall back on the invisible return of Jesus.)

  4. The reaction of the crowd to Jesus are instructive. “Demon-possessed.” “Good man.” “Deceives.” “We know where this man is from; when the Christ comes, no one will know where he is from.” “The Prophet.” “The Christ.” Obviously, there’s a lot of confusion surrounding his very existence and identity.

  5. Notice the dimensional aspects. “They tried to seize him, but no one laid a hand on him...” A paralysis between brain and body is imposed and “free will” is subverted.

  6. Finally, on the seventh and final day of the Feast, “Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, ‘If anyone is thirsty let him come to me and drink.’” (verse 37) Does this parallel the start of the Millennium?

Comments: If I’m right about the patterns of John 7 and Daniel 9 aligning, the third clothesline pointing to the future suggests there may be more confusion and mystery involved in the 70th week than seems apparent at first glance.

It’s curious the disciples are no where to be seen. Does that mean the church will be raptured out before the 70th week begins?

    The Feast of Tabernacles occurs in the Fall. Observant Jews build temporary shelters in their backyard with lots of empty space in the walls and roof so the wind blows through. It’s to remind them of their grim wanderings in the wilderness. Given that the three Fall festivals are commonly associated with the second coming of Jesus and given that John 7 points to that very event, could this mean the very laws of physics will change? Transitioning from matter being mostly empty space to no particulate matter at all? Everything becomes light?

Look Up:

Traveling to other universes

How I Got Kicked Out:

A Sort-of Cult

Once Before Time:

A Story You’ll Never Forget

Entangled Up in You:

The Quantum Secret


My Spiritual Biography

Clothesline Theory:

The Future Hangs On It

Bible Codes and DNA:

Life is a Strand

The Perfect Church:

I Can Always Dream

Falling in Love:

God and Betty

Bubble Boy:

Free will is a joke

Look! The Cross:

It’s Everywhere

Cross Shopping:

When Satan almost fooled Jesus


Power Meal

A Quick Look at Eternity:

The Big Picture

Take Me Home:

Home Page


Let’s Talk

Life’s a Script:

Book of Life


The UFO Connection

Jesus, this hurts!