Daniel’s 70th Week

There is a deception that weaves its way through our churches and the hearts of most followers of Christ. And, this deception is deadly, especially in these dark times. It grants permission for men and women to add to the Bible, man-made ideas. It distorts our view of Jesus Christ and our understanding of the Last Days. It plays a part in putting brothers and sisters in Christ, to sleep.

Even clear-thinking brothers and sisters have fallen prey to this deception. And, I find myself extremely annoyed, every time that I hear it. And, it’s high time that we stopped this foolishness.

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There are few things worse than deliberately corrupting the Bible. And, the two scariest verses in the Bible should give you an idea of how serious Bible corruption is:

For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:

And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.

– Revelation 22:18-19

Yes, I know that it is referring to the Book of Revelation, but it’s also a reflection of how God views the words that HE gave to YOU. If you insert YOUR words and change the meaning of what God said, you are in serious trouble. And, if you teach this to others…

…woe unto you!

This is especially true if what you teach, modifies the Book of Revelation. And, there are far too many false teachers that proclaim that Daniel’s 70th week occurs during the time of Revelation. And THAT will cause you to suffer, as Revelation 22:18 states.

You do NOT want that!

Worse, the sin of being a false teacher will do far more than just cause you to suffer in this life. It will have eternal consequences. I would not want to be in YOUR shoes, when you stand before God, after this life is over – assuming that you are a false teacher. You might not suffer the punishment of Hell, but you will suffer a great loss of reward.

Please understand that there is nothing, in any place in the Bible, that gives us permission to insert something that is not there. NOTHING. Yet, there are false teacher who insert a two thousand year gap between week 69 and week 70, in Daniel’s prophecy of the coming of the Messiah. Please understand that Daniel 9 is about the coming of the Messiah.

Why don’t people understand that?

The coming of the Messiah is the CONTEXT of Daniel 9. And, that thought alone should be enough to help people understand that inserting a ‘gap’ is wrong. And, I am appalled that people feel that they have permission to corrupt the Bible in this way. But, there’s far more than mere context involved here.

When you read the passage about Daniel’s 70 Weeks, it should be very clear that there is no gap. So, let’s do that.

The 70 Weeks

Here is the full passage:

24 Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy.

25 Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times.

26 And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined.

27 And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.

– Daniel 9:24-27

According to verse 24, during this seventy weeks, the following was going to happen:

  • finish the transgression
  • make an end of sins
  • make reconciliation for iniquity
  • bring in everlasting righteousness
  • seal up the vision and prophecy
  • anoint the most Holy.

And, when those 490 years (each week is seven days, each day is a year) were completed, all of the above would have happened, and did happen. All of it. And, it happened exactly as prophesied.

Is there anything in that list that applies to the Last Days?

NO!! NOTHING!

Jesus Fulfilled All Of That – Including The 70th Week

Transgression was finished. Sins were ended. Reconciliation was accomplished. Everlasting righteousness was brought in. Vision and prophecy were sealed up. And, the Most Holy in heaven was definitely anointed with the Blood of Jesus. To say otherwise, is to not understand what Jesus did on the cross, in the grave and in heaven when he rose and went to the temple in heaven.

To say otherwise is to deny what Jesus did, two thousand years ago.

Don’t people know that Satan has ALREADY BEEN DEFEATED?

Satan lost, when Christ died of our sins, rose from the grave and poured out his blood upon the alter in heaven. And, I am astounded that so few seem to understand that.

Yet, they persist in saying that verse 27 has not happened yet.

How can this be?

Well, I know the answer. False teachers have been tricked into believing lies that were written into books by corrupt writers. And, they wrote with such force and self-assurance, the people believed them.

Looking More Closely For That ‘Gap’

So, let’s look at verse 26 and 27 more closely, because THAT is where the two thousand year gap is. And, while we do that, remember the purpose of this prophecy that was laid out at the beginning of this passage.

So, here are verses 26 and 27, but this time I have added a little transliteration, from the original Hebrew:

VERSE 26 – And after sixty and two weeks will Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and a people of a prince that shall come and destroy the city and the holy place, and its end in the overflow, and to an end war is desolations determined.

VERSE 27 – And, a covenant shall be confirmed to many, for one week. And, [at] half of the week, there is a ceasing of sacrifice and offering. And, to the wing of abominations, devastation – until completeness and destruction is poured on [the] devastated.

– Daniel 9:26-27, JLV (John Little Version)

Verse 25 speaks of a seven week period to build the city, and then – after 62 weeks – Messiah will be cut off. How much after? Well the clue is in verse 27, where He makes sacrifice and offering to cease. Of course, in the physical world, sacrifices and offerings continued, but they had as much significance as the offerings made to the demon in the temple that is just a few feet from where I write this, here in Tainan.

In the eyes of God, the sacrifices were over. Done. Finished. Of no value, whatsoever. But, verse 26 speaks about a prince. And, a people. And, the destruction of the city. And, remember that the focus is NOT on the temple, but on Jerusalem.

Who destroyed Jerusalem?

The Romans.

When?

AD 70.

Are we inserting extra time, here?

No, the Bible is making a side point. It is describing what will happen as a result of their rejection of Jesus. And, you will notice that the Jews chose the leader of an insurrection, over that of Jesus. That was a very prophetic choice, since it was the insurrection of the Jews that caused the fall of Jerusalem.

Yes, I know that God could have made this ‘side point’ at the end of this prophecy, but the consequences of the rejection of Messiah is a valid point. And, remember again the rule set out in verse 24. Verse 24 does not allow you to insert extra time. It described the time frame very concisely. It’s seventy weeks, and that’s it. There’s no, 69 weeks plus 2000 years plus one week.

No, it said 70 weeks.

But, what about the ‘abomination of desolation’ that Jesus spoke of?

Didn’t Daniel speak of abominations and desolations in Daniel 9?

Daniel 8 Is About The Antichrist

Yes, but not THE ‘abomination of desolation’ (singular). Here are the verses where Jesus speaks of this:

When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:)

– Matthew 24:15

But when ye shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing where it ought not, (let him that readeth understand,) then let them that be in Judaea flee to the mountains:

– Mark 13:14

Jesus was not talking about Daniel 9. If you need more of a clue, Jerusalem isn’t destroyed by the Antichrist in Revelation. But, Daniel speaks of Jerusalem being destroyed by a people of a prince in chapter 9. Furthermore, the prince himself doesn’t need to show up in Daniel 9. A PEOPLE of a prince are the ones who destroy Jerusalem.

So, where in Daniel, is Jesus referring to?

Well, it’s in chapter 8, BEFORE Daniel 9. And, this is the verse:

Then I heard one saint speaking, and another saint said unto that certain saint which spake, How long shall be the vision concerning the daily sacrifice, and the transgression of desolation, to give both the sanctuary and the host to be trodden under foot?

– Daniel 8:13

I know that it’s the ‘transgression of desolation’ and not ‘abomination of desolation’. But, that shouldn’t trip you up. We are talking about a verse that was translated from Hebrew to Greek and then to English. And, ‘transgression’ and ‘abomination’ are the same in the eyes of God. Every transgression is an abomination.

Also, Jesus makes it very clear that we can be tripped up by what He said. And, He lets us know this by including the phrase, “(let him that readeth understand,).” That should make you stop and think before jumping in with a two thousand year gap because you don’t understand what Jesus did on the Cross and in Heaven.

Again, it is Daniel 8 that talks about the Antichrist. Not Daniel 9. Furthermore, Daniel talks about how long the Antichrist will have control of Jerusalem in this verse:

And he said unto me, Unto two thousand and three hundred days; then shall the sanctuary be cleansed.

– Daniel 8:14

Now, here’s where I have some trouble. That number of days – 2300 – is six years, one hundred and ten days, or 6.3 years. That doesn’t seem to fit anywhere, except that maybe – after Gog and Magog and the salvation of Israel – that MAYBE there is a period of time, in which a man rises up and takes power in Jerusalem. That man will eventually be the Antichrist, but he will have a couple of years to rise before he proclaims himself to be god. Then three and a half years of tribulation follow.

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note: But, as with anything like this, I’m giving you my own, limited view. If you have a better interpretation, please share it with us in the comment section. I’m always open to being proven wrong – assuming that you offer compelling evidence. So, be compelling, when you leave your comment.

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You can get more on how long the Tribulation is, here:

How Long is the Tribulation?
http://www.omegashock.com/2017/12/01/how-long-is-the-tribulation/

And no, the Tribulation is NOT seven years.

The bottom line is that Jesus was referring to Daniel 8 and NOT Daniel 9. Yes, Daniel 9 refers to abomination and desolations, but those words refer to more than one person! Daniel 8 – along with Matthew 24 and Mark 13 – is referring to a single, individual person. The one that we call the Antichrist. In fact, all of Daniel 8 is about the Antichrist.

The Antichrist Does Not Destroy Jerusalem But, Titus Did

Oh, and one other small, but important, point here:

All the prophesies about the Antichrist show him as keeping Jerusalem intact.

Daniel 9 refers to the destruction of Jerusalem – done by the army of Titus.

That’s enough to make you pause, just with that. The city of Jerusalem is still standing when the Antichrist rules. If nothing else, remember about the Two Witnesses that have their ministry in Jerusalem.

(Thank you, Nadine, for reminding me about Titus! – JL)

Again, Daniel 9 is about Messiah – Jesus. Daniel 8 and Daniel 9 are polar opposites. But, let’s get back to Daniel’s 70th week.

Daniel 9 Is About Redemption

Daniel 9 is about the building of Jerusalem, the coming of Messiah and then the destruction of Jerusalem by Titus. It’s also about the yearning of Daniel for the sanctification of his people. I didn’t quote the first part of that chapter nine, but it is full of regret for his sins and the sins of the Jewish people. And, he was begging God to forgive them and bring them back – to redeem them. He was earnestly – with all his heart – seeking the Redeemer.

Well, God sends His angel to answer Daniel’s prayer. And, there’s nothing about the Antichrist in that answer. God had already talked to Daniel about the Antichrist. The focus of Daniel 9 was redemption.

So, let me repeat what the prophesy of Daniel’s 70 weeks was all about.

During this seventy weeks, the following was going to happen:

  • finish the transgression
  • make an end of sins
  • make reconciliation for iniquity
  • bring in everlasting righteousness
  • seal up the vision and prophecy
  • anoint the most Holy.

And, when those 490 years were completed, all of the above was going to happen, and did happen. All of it. And, it happened exactly as prophesied. Two thousand years ago. And, you can sum it all up in one word:

REDEMPTION

The Curse for Rebelling Against God

Daniel’s 70th week was fulfilled almost two thousand years ago. Inserting a 2000 year gap between week 69 and week 70 is wrong and a sin. And, if you preach this false teaching you are causing others to sin, as well.

True, a sin in ignorance is far less than a deliberate sin, but what I am saying here should make it clear to you that a 2000 year gap cannot exist, and claiming this gap is a sinful corruption of the Bible. So, since you are no longer ignorant, you are in direct rebellion against God, if you persist in claiming that Daniel’s 70th week is in the future.

Worse, you have effectively inserted your rebellion into the Book of Revelation. And, God speaks about this, here:

For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:

– Revelation 22:18

That curse worries me greatly, since I see far too many of our brothers and sisters doing this. If you are a pretribber, this is what will happen to you. You will still go to heaven, when you die, but you will suffer greatly for your rebellion against God. And then you will stand before an angry God and answer for your rebellion.

Please stop this foolishness and accept the truth that has been so plainly described in the Bible.

 

 

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