Jesus told us that in this world would be tribulation but to be of good cheer for he had overcome the world (John 16: 33). The Bible also speaks of great tribulation but there is no place in scripture that says that there will be a seven-year tribulation period. But it has been invented and added to scripture by men and ignorantly millions believe this message. People are looking for a seven year peace treaty in the middle east and all sorts of things because of what has been taught. It is false.
John Darby, C.I. Scofield, Clarence Larkin who through the help of Oxford University and Dallas theological University and the Scofield Bibles has corrupted much of the Church. John Hagee, Jerry Falwell, Pat Robertson along with thousands of teachers and preachers who believe their messages have spread a false doctrine that has been accepted by 95% of the Evangelical Churches in America. It grieves my heart that I accepted their teachings as well.
I am not going to try and correct every false thing that they taught in this message, but I do hope to help change the way the Church thinks on their teachings. This teaching is to focus on the seventy weeks that were determined on Israel found in the 9th chapter of Daniel. Most of this study will be found in Daniel 9: 24-27.
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.
Let us start with the first part of this verse: “Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city.” “Seventy weeks” in reality is 70 sevens or 70 weeks of years. It is an allegory in prophetic language speaking of a time period that would last 490 years. This verse goes on to say that this is the amount of time that God had “determined” for Israel and the city of Jerusalem. The word determined in this verse means “to reach a decision or to resolve”. This then means that God was giving Israel and Jerusalem a probation period of 490 years.
God allowed Israel after 70 years of captivity and chastisement to leave Babylon and go back to the Promised Land without their true repentance. Daniel and the other prophets realized this and made intercession for Israel (Daniel 9: 3-23). God heard their prayers and showed mercy to many of the Jews in Babylon and allowed them to come back to the Promised Land. But it was conditional in the sense that they were put on probation for 490 years until they could learn to be faithful to him. If they failed in this probation period they would be judged for all of their sins and the sins of their fathers before them. They would be cast out of the Promised Land, Jerusalem and the Temple would be completely destroyed.
To finish the transgression in verse 24 was speaking of Israel’s transgressing to the full measure. Like filling up the cup with their rebellion against God.
Matthew 23: 31: Wherefore ye be witnesses unto yourselves, that ye are the children of them which killed the prophets.
32: Fill ye up then the measure of your fathers.
33: Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell?
34: Wherefore, behold, I send unto you prophets, and wise men, and scribes: and some of them ye shall kill and crucify; and some of them shall ye scourge in your synagogues, and persecute them from city to city:
35: That upon you may come all the righteous blood shed upon the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel unto the blood of Zacharias son of Barachias, whom ye slew between the temple and the altar.
36: Verily I say unto you, All these things shall come upon this generation.
37: O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which 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 you desolate.
At the end of this probation period of 490 years Israel would fail their test and God would bring wrath and destruction upon Jerusalem and their entire nation.
Daniel 9: 24........To finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity.
This is a very important verse because it speaks of several different things. John Wesley in his commentary pointed out the three words that spoke of sin: they were transgression, sin and iniquity. The type of sins that Christ would free us from by his full redemption. All of these words were very expressive in the original Hebrew and was meant to show pardon, to blot out, and to destroy. This would be Israel's opportunity to find forgiveness with God. But Israel’s blindness would lead to it's fullness of sin and transgression, like a cup being filled to the brim. If they had accepted Jesus they would have had all their sins and transgressions forgiven. But they refused to believe, which would bring about the failure of their probation period with God. It would be the cause of their destruction and judgement.
“To bring in everlasting righteousness”, this part of the verse is speaking of the atonement work of Christ on the cross, what he did for the whole world. Jesus finalized this by bringing in everlasting righteousness by the free grace of God in Christ. This was accomplished by his merit, his Gospel declaring it and by faith applying it being sealed by the Holy Ghost.
“To seal up the vision and Prophecy”, the prophecy was sealed up or given the seal of confirmation when Jesus came and finalized, completed, or confirmed all that was given to Daniel in the vision and prophecy concerning the Messiah and Israel.
“And to anoint the most Holy”, at the Baptism of Jesus he was anointed as Prophet (Isaiah 61:1), Priest (Psalms 110: 4) and King (Matthew 2: 2). After this anointing Christ went out in the power of the Holy Ghost to fulfill his mission.
In Daniel 9: 25 we see in the last part of this verse that the wall and the street would be built in a time of trouble. This was speaking of the time of Ezra and Nehemiah in the time of the rebuilding of the temple.The scriptures tell us that they worked with their trowel in one hand and the their sword in the other to defend themselves from their enemies. This occurred as the people were returning from captivity in Babylon. The truth that is in this prophecy is probably one of the most clear and distinct prophecies concerning the coming of the Messiah to be found in the Old Testament. He was telling Daniel that at the end of 483 years Jesus the Messiah would make his appearance. This takes us to the time that Jesus was Baptized by John the Baptist. At that very time he was anointed by the Holy Ghost and the Father him openly declared him to be his only begotten Son. Three and a half years later Jesus would be crucified.
Daniel 9: 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.
We now we have some interesting facts that are to follow in verse 26.
26: And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: ...........
This verse is explaining that the Messiah would be cut off, this means killed. But this would not be for himself, it would be for the sins of the whole world. To be crucified was understood by the Jews as being cut off from the people. Jesus did not allow this to happen for himself but it was because of his love for sinners. This would happen after the 483 years or 69th week. This places the Messiah being cut off to sometime during the 70th week. Doesn't this make more sense? When we read in the 27th verse that in the middle of the 70th week he would cause the sacrifice and oblation to cease. After Christ was crucified, any animal sacrifice for sin would have been an abomination to God. Why? Because he just gave his only begotten Son as a lamb offering on the Cross for sin. The Veil in the Temple was rent from top to bottom and the Holy Spirit left the Temple. After this any offering would be despised by God.
Unto Messiah the prince (verse 25) and the prince that shall come (verse 26) are one and the same
The following scriptures have been perverted and explained in so many different ways, it is Satan's way of destroying the truth.
Verse 26 cont......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.
The perversion that was created here shows a terrible lack of understanding the Word of God. First it says the people of the prince to come shall destroy the city. The people of the prince was the Roman Legions, under Titus,that came and destroyed the city and the temple murdering over a million Jews, is truly understood by most. But it is the Prince to come that is misunderstood. Jesus explains this mystery in Matthew 22:4-7.
Mt:22:4: Again, he sent forth other servants, saying, Tell them which are bidden, Behold, I have prepared my dinner: my oxen and my fatlings are killed, and all things are ready: come unto the marriage.
5: But they made light of it, and went their ways, one to his farm, another to his merchandise:
6: And the remnant took his servants, and entreated them spitefully, and slew them.
7: But when the king heard thereof, he was wroth: and he sent forth his armies, and destroyed those murderers, and burned up their city.
"The Prince to come"(Daniel vs. 26) was speaking of the coming Messiah, the King of Kings. In Matthew Jesus gave us a perfect picture of this. Jesus was also describing the same event in Matthew 22: 7 as Daniel 9: 26. Even though the armies of Rome was led by Titus they still were under God's authority. Here God lay's claim to the armies of Rome clearly telling us that this event was his wrath and that he simply used the Romans to fulfill his purpose. All through the history of Israel in the Promised Land God used their enemies as an instrument to chastise the nation for it's disobedience. This time it would be much more than just chastisement.
Daniel 9: 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.
"And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week:" It is between verse 26 and 27 that Darby, Scofield, Larkin and many teachers of our time do their best to destroy what God intended to be one of the best prophecies of the coming Messiah in the whole Old Testament. These men have ignored the warning to not "add to or take away" in scripture and have determined a gap, called "the gap theory" that places the Church age between the 26th and 27th verse as a period lasting almost 2000 years or longer. In verse 27 above it says "and he", Darby and Scofield decided that the "he" in this scripture is the anti-Christ and that he is going to make a seven-year treaty with Israel. The reason for this is because they are more interested in the anti-Christ than in Jesus himself. The truth is that the "he" in this scripture is speaking of Christ himself and the preaching of the New Covenant that was confirmed through the Gospel and the miracles that he did. The thing that blinds their understanding again is from not knowing scripture. In Malachi 3:1-4 the scriptures call Jesus the messenger of the covenant, this speaks of the New Covenant through the blood of Christ.
It is true that Jesus was crucified after only three and a half years which was the middle of the 70th week of years. Question?How did Jesus confirm the covenant for the last half of this seven year period? The truth is this: God told Daniel that the probation period or what was determined on Israel and their city would last 70 weeks or 490 years. This was to be a period of uninterrupted years or God himself would have told us. After the crucifixion and resurrection, Jesus (the Spirit of Christ), continued to preach during the last 3 and a half years by the Holy Spirit through the Disciples, they themselves confirmed the covenant with signs following. (Mark:16:19-20:So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God. And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen.) They had received power to do this on the day of Pentecost. This would complete the 70th week and Israel's probation was over. After this last 3 and a half years Jesus turned from the Jew to the Gentiles. At the end of this 70 weeks or 490 years Israel had failed the probation and what was to come upon Israel would come. It was decided from that point. This was the reason that Jesus told the Disciples to begin their witnessing first in Jerusalem.
In verse 27 it also says that for the spreading of abominations that he would make it desolate. Abominations were committed when the Jews continued to offer up sacrifices and oblations after Jesus himself had become the perfect sacrifice for sin. His death put an end to this practice, but because of unbelief the priest continued to practice this abomination. Jesus himself told Israel in Matthew 23:38-39 that they would be left desolate. Their nation was destroyed and the city of Jerusalem was burned in 70 ad. Even though there were several attempts to restore the nation, it remained desolate until our present time. Oh, I suppose a person could say that they were restored in 1948. But they still do not believe in Jesus and until they accept him they will be as though they are not a nation at all. Jesus said that they would remain desolate until they say blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord. This was speaking of the Jews recognizing him as the Messiah. In Romans 9:7-8 it says that the Jews after the flesh are not the people of God.
Daniel's 70th week is the only place in the Bible that men could create a seven-year Tribulation. By doing this they have blinded the eyes of millions on the true understanding. It is true that there is an anti-Christ in fact John said that even then there were many anti-Christ but to steal the truth about Jesus and to replace him with the anti-Christ is truly sickening. Jesus said that in this world there would be tribulation and he also said "be of good cheer for I have overcome the world." With our eyes set on Israel in the middle East waiting on a seven year tribulation that may never happen one thing is for sure, Christ is coming back. Maybe we should be setting our eyes on him?
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