Daniel’s 70th Week and the
Scripture reading: Daniel 9:20-27.
20 And while I was speaking, and praying, and confessing my sin and the sin of my people Israel, and presenting my supplication before the LORD my God for the holy mountain of my God;
21 Yea, whiles I was speaking in prayer, even the man Gabriel, whom I had seen in the vision at the beginning, being caused to fly swiftly, touched me about the time of the evening oblation.
22 And he informed me, and talked with me, and said, O Daniel, I am now come forth to give thee skill and understanding.
23 At the beginning of thy supplications the commandment came forth, and I am come to shew thee; for thou art greatly beloved: therefore understand the matter, and consider the vision.
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 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 desolation’s 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.
There is nothing in the world more powerful than a prophecy whose time of fulfillment has comes. There is also no greater proof of the inspiration of the Bible than fulfilled prophecy. It is the rock that breaks all the waves of unbelief and atheism, because it confirms Holy Scripture as the infallible Word of God. It also strengthens our faith and trust in these very trying times, that part of prophecy, which is about to be fulfilled in our time, God is well able to bring to pass.
We are now going to analyze one of the most interesting and profound conversations in the Book of Daniel. It is the dialogue between Daniel and the angel Gabriel and it concerned the Coming of Messiah and the consummation of the age (of the present dispensation). Gabriel revealed to Daniel that within the time periods indicating the Coming of the Messiah, there would also be hidden time measurements by which the events that will terminate the end of this dispensation could be pinpointed.
Theorization of Prophecy
The angel Gabriel said in verse 24:
“Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city” - - - - - .
This statement is short and to the point. The period here indicated for the fulfillment of the plan of God for the Jewish people is fixed and pre-determined. “seventy weeks” (sevens) are determined. No matter how we might want to change or prolong this period, the declaration stands: “seventy weeks (or sevens)”. This means four hundred and ninety years, according to the prophetic scale of one day for a year:
And when thou hast accomplished them, lie again on thy right side, and thou shalt bear the iniquity of the house of Judah forty days: I have appointed thee each day for a year.
After the numbers of the days in which ye searched the land, even forty days, each day for a year, shall ye bear your iniquities even forty years, and ye shall know my breach of promise.
The seventy weeks (sevens) commence with a “word (or decree) to restore Jerusalem”, and end before the destruction of the nation, the city and the sanctuary. It is therefore around this period and these events, we can say, that the history of the ages revolves as far as it concerns Israel and the world. The “seventieth week (seven)” ought to be the climax that separates the Old and the New Dispensations.
And yet, that generation that experienced that momentous event, was blind to its own day of visitation - (read Luke 19:44). Let us take heed that we in these last moments of this dispensation do not make the same mistake again by not knowing the Scripture, neither the power of God - (see Matthew 22:29).
After this there will be no second chance.
“Scholars of the ‘Futurist School of Interpretation’, sensing that Gabriel was telling Daniel of events to transpire at the end of the age, as well as those leading to the revelation of the Messiah, have, through failure to recognize the Race of the Book, resorted to what is known as the ‘Parenthesis or Gap Theory’. Because they have accepted the erroneous conclusion that the Jews represent all of Israel in the world today, they commence their study of the Book of Daniel with a false premise. Then, in order to reconcile Scripture teaching with their tenets of belief, the last week of the seventy weeks of Daniel is chronologically detached from the preceding 69 weeks. Between the two, they place the Christian Dispensation, comprising nearly 2000 years”, -- From: ‘Study in Daniel’ by Howard B. Rand.
They have of course no Scriptural justification for this theory.
“In order to make this theory seem more plausible, we are told by those who hold this view that prophecy stopped operating at the end of the 69 prophetic weeks and marked time for nearly 2000 years - at the end of which period they assure us, it will again resume its onward march, beginning with the events of the 70th week of Daniel.
Because of this ‘gap’ theory, these prophetic students have long been watching events in an endeavor to identify a seven year period that would correspond with their visualization of what they have presupposed would take place during a week of years at the end of the age.
There never has been a more hair-brained theorization of prophecy than that contained in the teachings of those that hold this ‘parenthesis’ or ‘gap’ theory. Instead of letting Gabriel be the instructor, they are themselves undertaking to be prophets in these prognostications which are based upon the contention that the Jews alone today represent all Israel”. (Ibid.)
The Man Gabriel Speaks
“Gabriel told Daniel - who had been praying and confessing the sins of his people - that he had been sent to him to assist him to understand. Daniel had been interceding earnestly for Jerusalem, that it might be delivered from its desolation, and Gabriel, coming to him at the command of the LORD, told him to reflect earnestly upon the information about to be revealed to him and to ponder carefully all the factors involved. This admonition to Daniel indicates in itself that, hidden in the chronological information about to be given to him, was an understanding of the future and in the solution of the problems presented was wisdom and knowledge concerning events to come” (Ibid.).
Gabriel commenced by saying to Daniel:
“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. 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.
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 (lit. unto the end wars and desolations are determined). 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 (lit. desolator)” -- (Dan. 9:24-27).
“We have in these verses one of the most remarkable prophecies in the Bible. While it is attributed to Daniel and recorded by him, actually it is made up of statements by the angel Gabriel who was specifically commissioned to give this information to Daniel”, (Ibid.).
It was so deep, and so profound in its implication, that it will never be understood by only a superficial reading. Gabriel told Daniel that he had to understand the matter, and consider the vision - (v. 23).
The Work of Messiah
Let us now examine carefully Daniel 9:24-27; verse by verse!
“Seventy weeks (lit. sevens of years) are determined (set apart) upon thy people and upon thy holy city” - verse 24.
1. To finish the transgression,
2. And to make an end of sins,
3. And to make reconciliation for iniquity,
4. And to bring in everlasting righteousness,
5. And to seal up the vision and prophecy,
6. And to anoint the most Holy
The “seventy sevens’ must be understood to signify seventy sevens of years, therefore 490 years. If “days” had been meant, it would have been so indicated as in:
I ate no pleasant bread, neither came flesh nor wine in my mouth, neither did I anoint myself at all, till three whole weeks were ful-filled.
See also Leviticus 25:8;
And thou shalt number seven sabbaths of years unto thee, seven times seven years; and the space of the seven sabbats of years shall be unto thee forty and nine years.
Furthermore, “years” was also the subject of Daniels prayer, see – (Dan. 9:2).
Daniel was thus informed that within a period of 490 years, all the above mentioned events would come to pass, and Israel’s sins be atoned for. Just before Gabriel appeared to him, Daniel was busy confessing Israel’s sins, all Israel, those that were near, and those that were far off - (v. 7); both the Ten Tribes (who were far off) and the Two Tribes (who were near), had broken the Covenant. He then received the glorious assurance that those transgressions would be wiped out.
Judah and Benjamin would return to Palestine (representatively of course), and during the succeeding 490 years, the above mentioned purposes of God would be fulfilled. In the fullness of time every one of these were made good when Jesus the Christ died upon the Cross and arose again on the third day to redeem Israel and liberate all mankind from the consequences of sin.
(1) To Finish Transgression (v. 24)
The Prophet Isaiah saw the Lord Jesus Christ in a vision when he wrote about 700 years B.C.:
In Iasaih 53:5-8:
5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities- - - - - - - - -.
8 - - - - - - - -for the transgression of my people (Israel) was he stricken.
The Hebrew word for transgression is “pesha” and it means “rebellion”.
It also occurs in:
I have blotted out, as a thick cloud, thy transgressions, and, as a cloud, thy sins: return unto me; for I have redeemed thee.
This is very clearly addressed to Israel - (v, 21).
Transgression is more than sin; it is the willful breaking of a known law, it is rebellion, it is revolt. The only people, who had received the LAW under the Mosaic Dispensation, were the Israel nation. They were therefore the transgressors of the Law, and for this transgression they were later on sent into two different captivities. By his crucifixion, death and resurrection the Lord Jesus Christ, Israel’s Messiah, paid in full for their transgression, and thus made reconciliation for them as a people, and so finished their transgression.
(2) To make an end of sins - (v. 24)
What a wonderful promise! We may rejoice in the glorious assurance that all our sins have been forgiven, because our Lord Jesus, the Christ (Messiah) had, on the Cross-, not only borne the transgression of the “my people” (Israel), but also our sins!
We read in:
- - - - - - but now once in the end of the world (consummation of the ages) hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself.
“Through this highest offer, namely that of himself, He nailed sin to the cross, ‘He made an end of sins”.
The angel said to Joseph: “And thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins - (Matthew 1:21).
Sin is missing the mark, coming short, and we have all come short of the glory of God - (Romans 3:23) except the Lord Jesus Christ himself.
Let us thank the Lord that all who truly believe on the Christ, may receive the benefit of His atoning death, and will not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life - (John 5:24). There is only one sin that will stand between God and man, and that is the sin of UNBELIEF, the rejection of the Lord Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit has been sent into the world to reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgement:
“Of sin, because they believe not on me;” - (John 16:9).
Christ “has made an end of sins” so that all who will accept the salvation He offers, may not come into condemnation, but might receive eternal life, which is the gift of God - (1 John 5:11-12).
(3) To make reconciliation for iniquity - (v. 24).
Here the angel speaks of iniquity that has to be reconciled, and not of transgression, therefore the entire human race is included.
The Apostle Paul writes to the Corinthians:
“To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation” - (2 Cor. 5:19).
Not only Israel who has transgressed the Law, but also all who had not had the Law, but who had nevertheless committed iniquity, was to be reconciled to God. All were therefore to be given the opportunity to hear the Shepherd’s voice, so that those who are of his sheep could answer. See John 10:26-27; Mark 16:15-16.
All, who would be reconciled to God, must come to him through Jesus the Christ.
(4) And to bring in everlasting righteousness - (v. 24)
In his outstanding book “The Prophecies of Daniel in the Light of History” the Reverend Alban Heath writes as follows:
“At the end of the seventy weeks God would bring in an abiding Atonement for all sin. Hitherto there had been an annual day of Atonement, but the mere fact of repetition stamped it as temporary. A permanent Atonement would be instituted.
6 - - - - - - - - but my salvation shall be for ever, and my righteousness shall not be abolished.
8 - - - - - - - but my righteousness shall be for ever, and my salvation from generation to generation.
“- - - - - - - - there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins”, - (Heb. 10:26).
The final fulfillment, when the people of God will undergo their national conversion in the coming crisis, will come when the LORD will put his laws in their inward parts, and write it upon their hearts. God’s law is a law of Righteousness. That will come to pass when Messiah will have taken the Government upon His shoulders - (Isaiah 9:6) and sit upon the throne of his father David - (Luke 1:31-33).
(5) To seal up the vision and prophecy - (v. 24)
The Lord Jesus the Christ did not come to destroy the law, or the prophets, but to fulfill or complete them - (Matt. 5:17-19), and to usher in the New Dispensation of Grace.
“For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John” - (Matt. 11:13).
“The law and the prophets testified of the Lord Jesus” - (Luke 24:25-27; Luke 44-47).
And He said unto the Jews:
Search the Scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me - (John 5:39).
In his address in the temple the Apostle Peter said:
But those things, which God before had shewed by the mouth of all his prophets, that Christ should suffer, he hath so fulfilled.
The full aspect, however, of the fulfillment of this revelation of the future, and the completion of this prophecy, will not come to its final unfolding before the triumphant return of our Lord Jesus at the end of the age. Through the rejection of Jesus Christ the day of the restoration of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began, has been left in abeyance.
Peter, in referring to the rejected Messiah, said:
“Whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution (restoration) of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began”, - (Acts 3:21).
(6) And to anoint the Most Holy - (v. 24)
The Hebrew word Messiah means – “Anointed”. By comparing this phrase with verse 25, we can determine the meaning of the term “unto the Messiah the Prince - - - -” - (v. 25) -a person who was to be anointed with the Holy Spirit, far above any of those who had been before him; He would present the truth of God on a far higher plane, and in a much more sanctified and clearer way than any of the prophets who had been before him.
The public and official anointing of the Christ did not occur on the Cross, but at his baptism. Immediately after He had been baptized in the Holy Ghost, Jesus went into the synagogue of Nasareth and read to them this portion from:
“THE Spirit of the Lord God is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek - - - - -”
Read Luke 4:17-21;
21 And he began to say unto them, This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears.
In this way the Lord Jesus fulfilled hundreds of prophecies concerning himself in the Old Testament (thus sealing and confirming them), and could He also say to the sinner, “thy sins are forgiven thee”.
But there is also a deeper meaning. The word “most Holy” at the end of verse 24, is often used in connection with the Tabernacle and its furniture, and also of the Temple of Solomon, and the Temple which Ezekiel saw in a vision. It signifies the holy of holies, that is, the sanctuary of the innermost of the two compartments of the Tabernacle or Temple. But this description also applied to the Ark, the Altars and the other furniture; also to the sacrifices, incense, offerings, showbread and every consecrated thing. Both the Tabernacle and Aaron were anointed by Moses. It is not mentioned anywhere that the Temple had ever been anointed. The Temple was a continuation in permanent form of the temporary Tabernacle. Kings and Priests were the only officials who had been anointed in the Old Testament. It was therefore fitting that the Messiah was anointed, seeing that He was both King and Priest.
Terms that were exclusively used for the holy anti types of figures of Christ could therefore also be applied to Christ himself. This phrase “to anoint the most Holy” used by Daniel, is therefore explained by these words of our Lord, namely:
19 “ - - - - - Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.
21 But he spoke of the temple of his body” - (John 2:19, 21).
The Greek word here for “temple” is “naos” which signified the sanctuary of His body. Thus our Lord was “anointed” from heaven after his baptism, and entered the heavenly sanctuary after his sacrificial death on the Cross, there to appear for us before the Father.
Read Hebrews 9:11-24, and Hebrews 10:19.
The Going Forth of the Commandment to
Restore and to Build Jerusalem
Daniel must have earnestly longed to know when this time of unsurpassed grace, forgiveness and blessing for Israel, would commence. When would these “seventy sevens” of years of restoration for his people start? It was as if the angel Gabriel knew what Daniel had been thinking, when he answered as follows:
“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 - - - - - - - - ” - (Daniel 9:25).
Expressed in easy terms, this means that from the going forth of a certain decree to rebuild Jerusalem, until the time of the Coming of Messiah (meaning Anointed), would be 7 plus 62, therefore 69, sevens of years, or a total of 483 years. (In prophecy the scale of a day for a year is often used, for instance Ezekiel 4:6).
Now all we have to do is to ascertain which decree was issued about the return of the Jews from Babylon. (The term “Jew” is the name they are called by from the day they came up from Babylon, which is taken from the tribe of Judah, which came first to these places, and hence both they and the country gained that appellation - from “Josephus Antiq. Bk. 11’ 5, 7”).
Both the Prophets Ezra and Nehemiah describe these years of reconstruction and restoration for us. Ezra 1:3 and Ezra 6:7 name two decrees of the kings of the Medes and the Persians, allowing the then Jews to return to rebuild the Temple, namely the years 536 and 521 BC respectively. The aim of the returned captives was to rebuild the Temple, but the decree from which the - 70 sevens of years - had to take their commencement, had to be “to restore and to build Jerusalem” - Daniel 9:25).
Bible students date the commencement of the ‘70 sevens’ of Daniel from the decree that was issued by the king of the Medes and the Persians in Ezra 7:11, 13;
11 Now this is the copy of the letter that the king Artaxerxes gave unto Ezra - - - - - - -.
13 I make a decree, that all they of the people of Israel - - - - - in my realm, which are minded of their own free will to go up to Jerusalem, go with thee.
This decree was issued in the year 457 BC, Gabriel therefore told Daniel that Messiah would come ‘69 sevens of years’, or 483 years from this date. When we therefore add 483 years to the year 457 BC, and add another one year for the transition from the before Christ to the after Christ Period, we arrive at the year 27 AD. And it was in precisely this year that Christ started his ministry in Palestine. Christ was then 30 years old, as He was born in the year 4 BC.
We read in Luke 3:22-23;
22 And the Holy Ghost descended in a bodily shape like a dove upon him - - - -
23 And Jesus himself began to be about thirty years of age - - - - - -,
It was therefore in the year 27 AD, being precisely ‘69 sevens’ of years, that is 483 years, from the decree of Artaxerxes that we read:
“Now after that John was put in prison, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, - - - - - - - And saying, The time is fulfilled - - - - - - - -” - (Mark 1:14,15).
Which time was fulfilled?
The time for the fulfillment of all the promises set out in Daniel’s 70th ‘week of seven years’, namely “to finish transgression, and to make an end of sins”, etc. In his ministry the Lord Jesus Christ therefore fulfilled the prophecy given by the angel to Daniel, namely that within the 490 years of the period of restoration, these great blessings would come to Daniel’s people. This actually came to pass, and precisely on time as indicated. Amazing!
Messiah to Be Cut Off
Christ could say: “thy sins are forgiven thee”, because He knew that He was shortly to pay the price with his life for the national and individual sins of Israel, for which the penalty was death. This highest price for eternal salvation and redemption was very clearly given to Daniel in prophecy, for we read:
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: - - - - - - ”.
The ‘69 sevens’ of years was divided into two periods, namely 7 and 62, seeing that the city had been actually rebuilt during the first 7 x 7 = 49 years, but under very difficult circumstances of opposition (“in troublous times” as foretold in Daniel 9:25) by surrounding nations.
The Prophet Nehemiah describes these “troublous times” as follows in Nehemiah 4:17-18;
17 They which builded on the wall, and they that bare burdens, with those that laded, every one with one of his hands wrought in the work, and with the other hand held a weapon.
18 For the builders, every one had his sword girded by his side, and so builded. And he that sounded the trumpet was by me.
In these few words, “And after ‘threescore and two weeks’ shall Messiah be cut off”, a clear picture had been given to the Prophet Daniel, of what was to happen to the Lord Jesus Christ.
“He came unto his own, and his own received him not” - (John 1:11).
Paul writes of these same Jews, and says:
“Who both killed the Lord Jesus, and their own prophets - - - - - - ” –
(1 Thess. 2:14-15).
The prophet Isaiah is even more explicit, and cries out:
“ - - - - - for he was cut off out of the land of the living - - - - - -” (Isaiah 53:8).
This is identical to the description of Christ’s (the Anointed, or Messiah) death as described by Daniel:
“And after ‘threescore and two weeks’ shall Messiah (the Anointed) be cut off” – v.26.
The word cut off is certainly very descriptive of the untimely death of Christ on the cross.
The phrase “but not for himself” describes exactly his sacrificial death on behalf of others.
John the Baptist immediately recognized the suffering Messiah when He appeared at the river Jordan:
“Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world” –
Those true Israelites who stood there, knew that all the sacrifices which they had brought since the days of their forefathers, did not take away their sins, but only covered them until the coming of the Lamb which God had promised to provide. He would take away their sins!
But now John points to JESUS, and cries out:
“There is THE LAMB WHICH GOD WOULD PROVIDE”. He thereby declared to Israel that in the death of Messiah, God would forgive all those who believed on him.
The City and the Sanctuary Destroyed
In his message to Daniel the angel Gabriel continued to say to him that after the Messiah had been killed, the people of a prince would come and destroy the city and the sanctuary (the Temple):
“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”. - (Daniel 9:26).
There is no doubt whatsoever that Christ understood the prophecies concerning himself, the Jews and Jerusalem, very well. He fully realized that when the Jews rejected his message, the end of their 490 years of grace would soon commence; that unless they accepted him as their Messiah, they would be scattered again.
Only a few days before his crucifixion, Jesus, because he knew that his “cutting off” - (v. 26) would lead to the next steps in Daniel's prophecy, said the following words:
37 O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them that are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!
38 Behold your house is left unto your desolate.
39 For I say unto you, Ye shall not see me henceforth, till ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.
By this the Lord Jesus withdrew himself and distanced himself from the Temple, and anyone who has visited any present day Jewish synagogue, can testify of a sense of spiritual forlornness, and will understand these words of our Lord:
“Behold, your house is left unto your desolate!” - (Matt. 23:38).
What a pity that the Jews did not recognize their Messiah, as was prophesied to them by the Prophet Daniel. One of the main reasons was that by this time they had already been infiltrated and dominated by foreign elements not of Israel origin, as explained in my book “The Lost Ten Tribes of Israel”.
Another reason why they persist in this blindness is given by the Rev. P. Cachemaille in his book: “The Seventy Weeks and the Messiah”, p. 25:
“It is an interesting fact that even unto today several verses from Daniel’s confession of the sins of his people are recited every Monday and Thursday by the Jews; but that the last part of Daniel 9, which speaks so clearly of the sufferings of Messiah, is never read. As a matter of fact the Rabbis pronounced a terrible curse over anyone that should study the Prophecy of the Seventy Weeks.
They say: “Let the bones rot of those who calculate the time of the end”.
Just before his prediction of the destruction of Jerusalem - (Matt. 23:37-39), because they would not accept him, the Lord Jesus said:
“Verily I say unto you, All these things shall come upon this generation” - (Matt. 23:36).
He referred to that generation who rejected him. It is generally accepted by Bible students that a Bible generation is 40 years (cp. - Ps. 95:10). As a matter of fact, we read in the very next chapter:
1 AND Jesus went out, and departed from the temple: and his disciples came to him for to shew him the buildings of the temple.
2 And Jesus said unto them, See ye not all these things? verily I say unto you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.
It happened exactly that way, for exactly forty years after our Lord Jesus had spoken these words in the year 30 AD the temple was broken down right to the ground. War broke out between the Jews and Rome in the year 66 AD. In 70 AD, Titus, the son of the Roman Caeser Vespasian (and therefore the “prince” of - Dan. 9:26) marched against Jerusalem from Egypt, and besieged it for five months, thus cutting it off from the outside world completely.
His soldiers set the Temple on fire, contrary to the orders of Titus, thus fulfilling the words of Daniel literally, where it is written: “and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary” - (Dan. 9:26). The gold of the Temple melted and filled the crevices between the stones with which the Temple had been built. The Roman soldiers broke down these stones layer by layer to get hold of the gold.
In this way the words of our Lord Jesus were fulfilled literally, where He had said:
“ - - - - - - - - There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down” - (Matt. 24:2).
Eventually the place where the Temple had stood was ploughed over, and over one million Jews were killed in Jerusalem, and thousands more were banished to other countries as captives. That “generation” paid a grievous price for their unbelief. We are living in the last generation before the second coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. He also said in this same prophetic discourse and which He had so accurately foretold the destruction of Jerusalem, that He would come again in the time of the generation that would witness the ultimate and final return of the Jews to Palestine.
The Second Coming of the Messiah
This return started in an organized way in the year 1917 after the liberation of Jerusalem on the 11th December, by the allied forces under General Allenby. This was after precisely 2520 years, or seven times - a time equals 360 years of Gentile domination since Nebuchadnezzar captured Jerusalem in the year 604 BC.
Our Lord Jesus said:
“ - - - - - and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled” - (Luke 21:24).
On 16 May 1948 with the founding of the modern Israeli State, this return reached a very important and significant stage in the fulfillment of prophecy.
In Luke 21:29-33; our Lord Jesus said further:
29 And he spake to them a parable; Behold the fig tree, and all the trees;
30 When they now shoot forth, ye see and know of your own selves that summer is now nigh at hand.
31 So likewise ye, when see these things come to pass, know ye that the kingdom of God is nigh at hand.
32 Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass away, till all be fulfilled.
33 Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away.
Trees symbolize nations in prophecy, and thus the fig tree represents the house of Judah. The Jews of today, even though very impure, are still the official representatives of the House of Judah. Since the end of World War 2 in 1945 there has been a very strong revival of nationalism among the smaller a under developed nations of the world, so much so, that the Afro-Asiatic Block today controls the United Nations Organization. These are the “trees” that are now sprouting that our Lord Jesus mentioned in – (Luke 21:29-30. Among them is also the fig tree, which received its official recognition of the world in 1948 on the 16th of May. (There are however many of the prophecies concealed this date that cannot be elaborated on in this writing).
If we add a Bible generation of 40 years to this period 1945-1948, we come to the years 1985-1988. Our Lord Jesus himself said that this generation would definitely not pass away till all have been fulfilled. We do not know the day or the hour of his Second Coming, but Scripture gives us many indications by which we can know the “times and the seasons” in which He will come.
Read Matthew 24, Mark 13, Luke 21, Acts 1:7; 1 Thess. 5:1-3.
We also deal with the great events in our booklets: “The Great Tribulation”, “The Rapture”, “The Book of Joel, His Prophetic Message and Warning”, “Russia in Prophecy”, “The Book of Revelation”.
(Remark: This booklet was written in 1968 in Afrikaans. It is now 1992, 24 years later, and Christ has not come yet. But we must be blind indeed if we cannot see that the world has been in turmoil since 1988. Are the judgements that are to precede the Second Coming a prolonged event, or has the Lord allowed a time of tarrying – (see Matt 25:5), to give us an opportunity to get ready? )
And He shall Confirm the Covenant
With Many for One Week
This last verse of Daniel 9 refers to the work of Christ and the purpose of his first coming.
“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 - - - - - -” - (Dan. 9:27).
This “He” is still the “Anointed” or the Messiah of verses 25 and 26.
(The dispensationalists, who place a gap of 2000 years between the 69th and the 70th ‘seven’ (or week), make the “he” in – “And he shall confirm the covenant” in verse 27, to refer to the prince of verse 26, who is prince Titus. If that is so, then the “he” of verse 27, must refer to Prince Titus and not to the prince of a revived Roman Empire, as taught by the dispensationalists). But the word “confirm” means that there is already an existing covenant which He came to confirm. This is also the interpretation of all the old Reformers.
What is this “COVENANT” here referred to, which Messiah would come and “confirm” or “fulfill” or put into practical operation during the last of the ‘70th seven year’ period of Daniel’s prophecy? There is but one and only one covenant which God had promised that He would make with all Israel, and which awaited fulfillment.
That is the “NEW COVENANT” as promised in:
Jeremiah 31:31-34; (in the year 606 BC)
31 Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will make a NEW COVENANT with the House of Israel - - - -
(the literal people, not the Church) ,
- - - - and with the House of Judah (Do.):
32 Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, saith the LORD:
33 But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the House of Israel; - - - - - -
(The omission of the House of Judah in this repetition is highly significant, compare Matt. 21:43);
- - - - After those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people.
34 - - - - - - I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.
During the Last Supper, which Jesus kept with his disciples, He pointed to this covenant which was promised in Jeremiah. Mark, Luke and Paul tell how that Jesus had taken a cup of wine and asked his disciples to drink it in commemoration of his death which was at hand and of the forgiveness of sins which was promised in the New Covenant.
27 And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it;
28 For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.
1 Corinthians 11:23-25;
23 For I have received of the Lord that which I also delivered unto you, That the Lord Jesus the same night in which he was betrayed took bread:
24 And when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, Take, eat: This is my body, which is broken for you, this do in remembrance of me.
25 After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament (covenant) in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me!
When we realize that the ultimate purpose of the Covenant is to establish the Kingdom of God on earth according to the Lord’s Prayer - (Matt. 6:9-13), 1 we will also understand the word NEW so much better in the following Scriptures:
“For I say unto you, I will not drink of the fruit of the vine, until kingdom of God shall come” - (Luke 22: 18).
“But I say unto you, I will not drink henceforth of this fruit of the vine, until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom" - (Matt. 26:29).
“And it shall come to pass in that day, that the mountains shall drop down new wine, and the hills shall flow with milk - - -” - (JoeI 3:18).
13 Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that the plowman shall overtake the reaper, and the treader of grapes him that soweth seed; and the mountains shall drop sweet wine - - - -
(Freshly pressed out grape juice),
- - - - and all hills shall melt.
14 And I will bring again the captivity of my people of Israel, they shall build the waste cities, and inhabit them, and they shall plant vineyards, and drink the wine thereof; they shall also make gardens, and eat the fruit of them.
25 And I will make with them a covenant of peace, and will cause the evil beasts to cease out of the land: and they shall dwell safely in the wilderness, and sleep in the woods.
26 And I will make them and the places round about my hill a blessing; and I will cause the shower come down in his season; there shall be showers of blessing.
27 And the tree the field shall yield her fruit, and the earth shall yield her increase, and they shall be safe in their land, and shall know that I am the LORD, when I have broken the bands of their yoke, and delivered them out of the hand of those that served themselves of them.
28 And they shall no more be a prey to the heathen, neither shall the beast of the land devour them; and they shall dwell safely, and none, shall make them afraid.
Later on, Ezekiel refers again to this “Covenant of Peace”, and says: Ezekiel 37:26-28;
26 Moreover, I will make a covenant of peace with them; it shall be an everlasting covenant with them: and I will place them, and multiply them, and will set my sanctuary in the midst of them for evermore.
27 My tabernacle also shall be with them: yea, I will be their God, and they shall be my people.
28 And the heathen shall know that I the LORD do sanctify Israel when my sanctuary shall be in the midst of them for evermore.
The Covenant Confirmed
In Daniel 9:27 we read: “And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week - - - - - - -”.
The Hebrew word is “Gabar” and according to ‘Young’s Analytical Concordance’ it means to strengthen.
The ‘New Bible Commentary (Revised)’, Intervarsity Press, in its commentary on this verse, says the following:
“Better translated “he shall cause the covenant to prevail”.
The Hebrew words are significant (exceptional). They are sometimes interpreted as simply meaning – “to make a covenant”. Such an interpretation is actually incorrect, for it does not do justice to the original, which can only mean to let a covenant prevail or to make the covenant strong and sure.
The implication is that the covenant already exists, and that its terms and conditions are now to be made effective. Who is this one who is going to confirm the covenant, or make it prevail? Many find the subject in “the prince that shall come” - (v. 26), and would then refer to either Antiochus, or to a Roman ruler of a future revived Roman Empire. The word “prince” is here however in a subordinate position, and it is most unlikely that this word in verse 27 would be the subject. It is better to make the Messiah the subject, seeing that He is the most prominent Person in this section.
"The covenant that is now to prevail is the covenant of grace where Messiah through his life, death and resurrection would accomplish the salvation of his people. The ‘seventieth seven’ (a symbolic number) therefore points to the earthly life of our Lord. In the midst of this seven, Messiah causes, by his death, the Jewish sacrifices to cease.
(Compare Hebrew 8:13).
Christ therefore confirmed the New Covenant by becoming himself the sacrifice for sin by which Israel could receive forgiveness of sins. The Apostle Paul in his epistle to the Romans emphasizes this great fact:
“Now I say that Jesus Christ was a minister of the circumcision for the truth of God, to confirm the promises made unto the fathers” - (Romans 15:8).
The Scripture therefore makes it very clear that the covenant referred to here, be the NEW COVENANT, and that it was CHRIST, the MESSIAH, who had come to confirm it.
He Shall Cause the Sacrifice
Oblation to Cease - (v. 27).
The angel Gabriel also said to Daniel,
“in the midst of the week (the 70th) he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease” - (v. 27).
The ministry of the Lord Jesus Christ lasted for about 3 years, then He was crucified in the year 30 AD exactly, as it had been foretold – “ in the midst of the week”.
In the Temple there was a thick veil between the holy place and the holiest of holies. Only the High Priest was allowed behind the veil in the Holiest of Holies, and that only once a year and “not without blood”. It is said that this veil was so thick (about 4 inches or 10 centimeters) that it would have taken a span of oxen on each side to tear it. To emphasize the fact however, that the time had come for the sacrifice and the oblation to cease - (verse 27) , something very unusual happened during the crucifixion, for we read:
50 Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost.
51 And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent”. - (Matt. 27:50, 51).
Please note that the veil was rent “FROM THE TOP TO THE BOTTOM”, human hands had not done that, and it’s a clear sign. If we want to rend a hanging veil, we would tear it from the bottom to the top, exactly the opposite to what happened to the veil in the temple.
What does it mean?
The answer is that God gave a super-natural demonstration in the Temple that the time had arrived both in prophecy and in history for “the sacrifice and the oblation to cease” – (Dan. 9:27).
From this time on the believer would no longer need an earthly High Priest to act as mediator between him and God. God had provided “one mediator between God and man, the man Christ Jesus” - (1 Tim. 2:5).
Amazing as it might sound, the Jews tried to stitch the veil together again, but all to no avail. Blindly they tried to re-institute the sacrifices of the Old Testament again, but it had no significance anymore. Only a short distance from there God had been waiting already to bless 120 believers with the Baptism in the Holy Spirit, and to equip them to go and preach the forgiveness of sins through the blood of Christ on the cross to the lost sheep of the House of Israel - (Matt. 10:5-8; 15:24). Even although the Jews had continued with their sacrifices, as far as God was concerned, they had ceased.
Likewise the Epistle to the Hebrews clearly teaches that it was Christ who had made the sacrifices of the “old covenant” to cease, and made it worthless through the sacrifice of his own body:
“For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified” - (Heb. 10:14).
4 For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and goats should take away sins (i.e. permanently).
5 Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me:
6 In burnt-offerings and sacrifices for sin thou hast no pleasure.
7 Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God.
(In this way then, Christ became the Lamb of God).
9 - - - - - He taketh away the first, - - - -
(that is the Old Covenant)
- - - - that he may establish the second
(that is the New Covenant).
Instead of them accepting the forgiveness which God continued to offer to them, and to acknowledge their sins - (Matt. 23:37), the Jews rather conspired to put Christ to death in the most cruel way.
The End of the 70th Week
We have seen that the Lord Jesus Christ started his ministry in the year 27 AD and that “in the midst of the week He caused the sacrifice and the oblation to cease” - (Dan. 9:27), which took place with his crucifixion about three years later.
Now we ask the question, which event made the Ministry of the SEVEN YEARS (the full last week) to the “SEVENTY WEEK NATION” to cease?
The highly significant answer is the following:
IN THE FIRST HALF OF THE WEEK THE JEWS REJECTED THE LORD JESUS CHRIST, AND HAD HIM PUT TO DEATH. IN THE SECOND HALF OF THAT WEEK THEY REJECTED THE HOLY SPIRIT, AND PUT STEPHEN TO DEATH.
Stephen’s life was a beautiful life, and his death as a martyr was a worthy milestone which marked the end of the SEVEN YEARS in which Jesus CONFIRMED the COVENANT:
8 And Stephen, full of faith and power, did great wonders and miracles among the people.
9 Then there arose certain of the synagogue, which is called the synagogue of the Libertines, and Cyrenians, and Alexandrians, and of them of Cilicia and of Asia, disputing with Stephen.
10 And they were not able to resist the wisdom and the spirit by which he spoke.
11 Then they suborned men, which said, We have heard him speak blasphemous words against Moses, and against God.
12 And they stirred up the people, and the elders, and the scribes, and came upon him, and caught him, and brought him to the council.
It is very essential that we should realize the importance of this Council meeting, and how precisely this trial of Stephen resembled that of our Lord Jesus:
(1) Stephen had a super-natural ministry,
(2) he was irresistible in his speech,
(3) false witnesses were brought in against him,
(4) he was brought in before the Council,
(5) he was killed.
As the CRUCIFIXION of the Lord Jesus completed the first half of the week, so the STONING of Stephen completed the second half of the week. And because Stephen was brought before the official Council of the Jews (which included not only the Palestinian Jews, but also those of Cilicia and Asia), it is clear that what was decided here, was to be REPRESENTATIVE OF THE WHOLE JEWISH NATION.
Let us see what happened:
Acts 7:1-2, 51-55, 58, 60;
1 THEN said the high priest, Are these things so?
2 And he (Stephen) said, Men, brethren, and fathers, hearken; The God of glory appeared unto our father Abraham, when he was in Mesopotamia, before he dwelt in Charan,
51 Ye stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, ye do always resist the Holy Ghost: as your fathers did, so do ye.
52 Which of the prophets, have not your fathers persecuted? and they have slain them which shewed before of the coming of the Just One; of whom ye have been now the betrayers and murderers:
53 Who have received the law by the disposition of angels, and have not kept it
54 When they heard these things, they were cut to the heart, and they gnashed on him with their teeth.
55 But he, being full of the Holy Ghost, looked up steadfastly into heaven, and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right hand of God. 58And cast him out of the city and stoned him: and the witnesses laid down their clothes at a young man’s feet, whose name was Saul.
60 And he kneeled down, and cried with a loud voice, Lord, lay not this sin to their charge. And when he had said this, he fell asleep.
Like Jesus prayed for his enemies before He died, and thus terminated the “first half of the week”, so Stephen, the first Christian martyr, interceded for his enemies, and thus completed in a worthy and fitting manner the “second half of the week”. It was about seven years from the baptism of our Lord Jesus, the Messiah, till the stoning of Stephen.
These were THE MOST IMPORTANT SEVEN YEARS IN THE HISTORY of THE WORLD.
Unashamed the Jews rejected their Messiah (the ANOINTED) during the FIRST HALF of the week, and deliberately they rejected the HOLY SPIRIT during the SECOND HALF.
The 70th week is thus terminated, but the promise to Daniel had been faithfully kept: “And he (Messiah) 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” - (Dan. 9:27).
Peter’s Vision and Cornelius
Now that the 70 weeks have come to an end, the apostles were allowed to also go to the heathen and the Samaritans (i.e. the gentilised Ten Tribes among the other heathen nations).
In Hosea 1: 1-12 we read that the House of Israel (ten tribes) would become -- Lo-Ammi, that is, not my people, because of their sins. But at the same time it is also said that they would be called the sons of the living God. That could only happen by accepting the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, that is they would become Christian. This was the state of these ten tribes at the end of the 70 weeks. They were like the other heathen nations among whom they dwelt.
Now we ask what sign the Lord gave the apostles to show them that the time had now come for them to go out to these people and bring them the good news that is the gospel. The answer is in the vision of Peter and his visit to Cornelius. Up till this time Peter had flatly refused to have anything to do with the heathen (gentilised Israel). But he was the proper person to open the door to these people for whom the Christ also died. It was to Peter that the Lord Jesus spoke these significant words:
18 And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
19 And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.
(Greek for church is “Ekklesia”)
Peter was the first to use the key of the gospel to unlock the door, which up till that time had kept the heathen (gentilised Israel) out of the Kingdom of God. He was the first to exercise this ministry, as in the case of Cornelius, a ministry which eventually was passed on to the other apostles as well.
Acts 10:1-20; (Read all)
1 THERE was a certain man in Caesaria called Cornelius, a centurion of the band called the Italian band.
3 He saw in a vision - - - - an angel of God coming in to him, and saying unto him, Cornelius!
5 And now send men to Joppa, and call for one Simon, whose surname is Peter:
9 On the morrow, as they went on their journey - - - - Peter went up upon the housetop to pray about the sixth hour:
10 And he became very hungry, and would have eaten: but while they made ready, he fell into a trance,
11 And saw heaven opened, and a certain vessel descending unto him, as it had been a great sheet knit at the four corners, and let down to the earth:
12 Wherein were all manner of fourfooted beasts of the earth, and wild beasts, and creeping things, and fowls of the air.
(Some of these were forbidden food to Israel).
13 And there came a voice to him, Rise, Peter; kill and eat.
14 But Peter said, Not so, lord; for I have never eaten anything that is common or unclean.
19 While Peter thought on the vision, the Spirit said unto him, Behold, three men seek thee.
20 - - - - - - -- -go with them, doubting nothing: FOR I HAVE SENT THEM.
This man Cornelius was a devout man and one that feared God with all his house, which gave much alms to the people, and prayed to God always - (Acts 10:2). He was therefore not a heathen in the sense that he did not know or serve the living God. I believe he was one of the ten tribes serving in the Italian army at that time. Conybeare and Howson in their book “The Life and Epistles of St. Paul” have this to say about Cornelius:
“Cornelius: -- No name was more honorable at Rome than that of the Cornelian House. It was the name borne by the Scipios and by Sullah In the Roman Army, the soldiers were drawn from different countries and spoke different languages, many were recruited from Syria and Judea (Josephus Ant. 14:15, 10; Wars 1:17, 1)”.
God’s clock had struck. Now that the 70 sevens (weeks) of years had expired, the time had arrived for the door to be opened to the gentilised Israelites, and Cornelius was the first to enter in.
Some teach that this Scripture signifies that the old food laws of Israel had been done away with, but Peter understood very well what this vision meant. It had absolutely nothing to do with food laws:
Acts 10-25-45; (Read all)
1 And as Peter was coming in, Cornelius met him, and fell down at his feet, and worshipped him.
26 But Peter took him up, saying, Stand up; I myself also am a man.
28 And he said unto them, Ye know how that it is an unlawful thing for a man that is a Jew to keep company, or come unto one of another nation; but God hath shewed me that I should not call any man common or unclean.
44 While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word.
45 And they of the circumcision which believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, BECAUSE THAT ON THE GENTILES ALSO WAS POURED OUT THE GIFT OF THE HOLY GHOST.
Such an event would no doubt have caused great consternation among the brethren in Jerusalem, and Peter was called in to give an account of his contact with the heathen:
“When they heard these things, they held their peace, and glorified God, saying, Then hath God also to the Gentiles granted repentance unto life” - (Acts 11:18).
The Apostle Paul understood the facts concerning Daniel’s 70th “week” and the necessity for an initial limited ministry of 7 years, and God also revealed to him his ministry, as we can see in - Acts 13:2-5.
In this way we can see the great “watershed” in Scripture and how the “middle wall of partition” between Jew and “gentile” had been broken down - (Eph. 2:14).
This powerful missionary outreach could only take place after that the Lord Jesus had completed his mission, as foretold by Daniel: “And He shall confirm the covenant with many for one week (seven years)”. That was a ministry of a full seven years to the “Seventy Weeks” nation. After the stoning of Stephen and the vision given to Peter, we find this same dispensational truth emphasized by Paul and Barnabas:
44 And the next sabbath day came almost the whole city together to hear the word of God.
45 But when the Jews saw the multitudes, they were filled with envy, and spake against those things which were spoken by Paul, contradicting and blaspheming.
46 Then Paul and Barnabas waxed bold, and said, IT WAS NECESSARY that the word of God SHOULD FIRST HAVE BEEN SPOKEN TO YOU: but seeing ye put it from you, and judge yourselves unworthy of everlasting life, lo, WE TURN TO THE GENTILES.
Why did Paul state that it was “necessary” that the word of God should first be preached to the Jews? He referred to the mission of Jesus as written down in Daniel 9. Only after the expiry of the 70th week and after the end of the covenant-confirming ministry of 7 years by Jesus and his apostles, they could go to the “heathen”. These “heathen” outside Palestine were none other than “the lost sheep of the House of Israel” who were considered heathen because they had become estranged from the law and the prophets, and also because they had lived among the proper heathen. It was therefore not strange that the Gospel had found its greatest acceptance in those areas where they lived. That is also why the Holy Spirit would not allow Paul to go further east, but called him to the west. This aspect is dealt with fully in my book “The ‘Lost’ Ten Tribes of Israel”.
“And He (Messiah) shall confirm the covenant WITH MANY FOR ONE WEEK”, that is, 7 years.
Ministry of Jesus
Ministry of the Holy Spirit
Stoning of Stephen
7 years completed
Jesus baptized in the river Jordan, and commenced his Public ministry by saying
“The time is fulfilled”, his ministry and that of his apostles were purposely limited to the Jews and the “lost sheep” in Palestine.
The Messiah rejected and crucified. Sacrifice of animals done away with for ever. “He shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease”.
“The veil was rent and,
Jesus said “It is finished”. Kingdom transferred from Judah to Israel - Matt. 21:43.
Jewish leaders reject the Holy Spirit whom Jesus sent and stoned Stephen. Vision given to Peter and keys to open the door to Cornelius, a“heathen”. Restrictions to preach in Palestine only lifted. Apostles now free to go to the “heathen”, the “Lost Sheep” of the House of Israel.
The Great Tribulation
We have now given you the Historical Interpretation of Daniel’s 70th Week, proved to you that it was fulfilled with the Baptism of Jesus, his death, resurrection and the stoning of Stephen. This interpretation of prophecy is which was held by the primitive Church, and continued until about 160 years ago, when the Plymouth Brethren took over the Futurist Interpretation from writings of the Roman Catholic Jesuit Priest Ribera who first conceived it in 1585. Since 1830 it has been widely circulated in the Protestant Churches received more publicity than any other exposition.
Men like John Wycliffe, Martin Luther, John Foxe, Johannes Calvin, J Bunyan, Charles Spurgeon, John Wesley, Dr. Grattan Guinnes, D. L. Moody, F. B. Meyer and others, all held the Historicist Interpretation.
The whole basis for the teaching that there will be a period of great tribulation is taken from Daniel 9:26-27. The term “the GREAT TRIBULATION of 7 years” has been passed on during the past 160 years from generation to generation without a proper investigation into its origin. We can now see that it completely misleading term and error, without any Scriptural foundation whatsoever.
In our two pamphlets “The Rapture” and “The Great Tribulation” we dealt with these two subjects thoroughly, and we would strongly advise you to order these two pamphlets and study them properly. Now that we have proved conclusively that the 70th week of Daniel was fulfilled continuously with previous 69 weeks, the foundation for the Futurist interpretation of the “Rapture” and the “Great Tribulation” also falls away.
The Christians had known “great tribulation” since the days of the First Church. Historians tell us that 10 million Christians died a martyr’s death during the reign of the Caesars, and that the Roman Popes martyred million Protestants during the 1260 years of Papal supremacy. Millions died cruel deaths under Communism and that’s not over yet. Go and speak to any of these victims about a coming great tribulation, and see whether you will convince them.
No, there is no revival of a Holy Roman Empire that is still to come, through whose support a so-called super dictator or Antichrist will dominate and terrorize the world. Europe has had its time, we must now watch the “King the East” of Revelation 16. Satan is the only basic Antichrist and he has already found in the heathen, the New Age Movement and Islam his final channels for the end of the age.
Do not leave the Russian Federation out of the picture. When we analyze the Gog and Magog of Ezekiel 38 and 39 (see my book “Russia in Prophecy”) we will see that it points without a doubt to the Russian Confederation and its allies, including China. It is they who will in their now imminent move against the Christian West to finally wipe out the Christian faith and its bearers, wipe out millions.
But it is also at this stage that Almighty God will intervene from heaven with his hosts of mighty angels to wipe out these evil hordes by the tens of millions until the slain of the LORD will lie from one end of the earth to the other. This is ARMAGEDDON. Somewhere in the midst of all this horror, Jesus will come in great power and glory, and all the holy angels with him. The graves will open and the FIRST RESURRECTION will take place and at the same time the TAKING UP of the still living at that time who are WORTHY (ask for my cassette THE OVER-COMERS).
The GREAT TRIBULATION therefore commenced with the termination of the 70th week, with the stoning of Stephen to be followed soon after that with the destruction of Jerusalem when over 1 million Jews were butchered by the Romans in its streets. And that was to continue until the end reaching its climax with Armageddon and the Second Coming of Christ. That is why the last verse of Daniel 9 ends with these words:
“- - - - - - - - - and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that deter-mined shall be poured upon the desolate”.