Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Daniel's 70 Weeks

Daniel, in the ninth chapter of the book that bears his name, gives us a vision of 70 weeks. 
Seventy weeks are determined For your people and for your holy city, To finish the transgression, To make an end of sins, To make reconciliation for iniquity, To bring in everlasting righteousness, To seal up vision and prophecy, And to anoint the Most Holy. (Daniel 9:24)
70 weeks is literally in the Hebrew 70 7’s (or 70 sets of 7). These are 70 weeks of years. You can read from this verse, without getting into too much detail, that 70 weeks are determined for the end of time.
Know therefore and understand, That from the going forth of the command To restore and build Jerusalem Until Messiah the Prince, There shall be seven weeks and sixty-two weeks; The street shall be built again, and the wall, Even in troublesome times.(Daniel 9:25)
From the time of the command to restore Jerusalem (2 Chron. 36:21-22) until the Messiah (Jesus) there will be 69 weeks of years. This, of course, was fulfilled just has it was fortold to happen.
And after the sixty-two weeks Messiah shall be cut off, but not for Himself; And the people of the prince who is to come Shall destroy the city and the sanctuary. The end of it shall be with a flood, And till the end of the war desolations are determined. (Daniel 9:26)
The Messiah being cut off is foretelling of Christ's Crucifixion. The prince that shall come is Titus, the Roman general, whose armies destroyed the city of Jerusalem and its temple in 70 a.d. This of course was fulfilled just as it was written. This gives so much credibility to Scripture!
Then he shall confirm a covenant with many for one week; But in the middle of the week He shall bring an end to sacrifice and offering. And on the wing of abominations shall be one who makes desolate, Even until the consummation, which is determined, Is poured out on the desolate. (Daniel 9:27)
This he is referring back to the Messiah, Jesus Christ. His covenant is the Gospel age we are in now. This is the covenant of the New Testament and Christ’s first advent. Remember this is talking about the 70th week. In the middle of the week He (Jesus) brings the end to sacrifice and offering. Jesus ministry was a physical/literal 3 ½ years (the first part of the week) then he was crucified. At his Crucifixion Christ brought and end to sacrificial offerings. In other words those offerings no longer held any power to cleans sin. Now we are in the spiritual/symbolic 3 ½ years. We are currently in the 42 months, times time and half a time, 1260 days, and 1000 years spoken of throughout Revelation. We are currently in this Gospel age (the Kingdom of Heaven).

Now we see that sometime during this Gospel age of a figurative 3 ½ years we will see the abomination of desolation (the antichrist) appear. That is the one who makes desolate that is talked about in this verse. Christ called it the abomination of desolation in Matthew 24. He is also the beast and false prophet in Revelation and the man of sin / son of perdition in 2nd Thessalonians.

The problem we see with the dispensational and pretribulation view is they strip this whole last week and postpone it to the end-times. They stop the prophetic clock so to speak. Nowhere in the context of these verses would lead us to believe that there is a gap of some 2000+ years between the 69th and 70th week. The clock is still ticking. We just happen to be in the second part of the 70th week now and have been since Christ’s death, burial, and Resurrection. Nowhere in the New Testament or Revelation ever mentions a future 7 year tribulation.

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