Through the first 9 chapters thus far we have mostly covered the part Islam plays in end times Bible prophecy. Because Islam is so tightly woven into Bible prophecy, you have not heard the end of it yet, but the remaining chapters will mostly pertain to the return of our Lord Jesus Christ. Just as the Bible focuses on our Lord Jesus Christ who is the Word of God, so does Bible prophecy. Our Lord commanded us to “watch” many times, and it is Bible prophecy that tells us what to watch for. There are many that take His warning to “watch” to mean that we must be attentive to our works and to make sure that we are Holy even as He is Holy. While there is nothing wrong with this and it is extremely advisable, it is not what our Lord meant when He told us to “watch.”
According to Strong’s Greek Dictionary the Greek word used for watch is “grēgoreō.” It is the very same word used for “to be vigilant.” In Greek, not only are the words “watch” and “vigilant” interchangeable, but the meaning remains the same in both the literal and figurative definitions. According to Webster’s 1913 Unabridged English Dictionary vigilant means “Attentive to discover and avoid danger.” This is one command our Lord gave us that we will be sorry we did not pay more attention to.
This is why we will be exploring the 70 Weeks of Daniel 9. The common interpretation of this prophecy has continued to take us down the wrong road and has really messed up many followers of Jesus Christ. What is being taught today is so distorted that what today’s disciple of Jesus Christ believes about Bible Prophecy is the exact opposite of what the Word of God actually says. Today’s prophecy teaching is so out of phase that Christendom is looking for things that will never be and thus our Lord will come upon them as “a thief in the night.” So little attention has been paid to Bible Prophecy that today’s Christian is not aware that it is the “dead church” that He will come upon as a thief. Neither do they know that because of this the church of today is going to miss the Rapture of His saints. This will probably not sound right to you, but this will be very thoroughly proven in this books commentary on Matthew 24 and Matthew 25.
End Times Bible Prophecy
One of the ways to verify the interpretation of End Times Bible Prophecy is to know and decipher the prophecies of time. Before we can even attempt to decipher these prophecies we need to know the length of the periods of time each prophecy is referring to. Knowing what space of time is meant by 1260 days, 42 months, a year, an hour, and even “about the space of half an hour,” is a necessity when studying Bible prophecy. Without knowing how to decipher the different measurements of time the scriptures are referring to, you cannot confirm your understanding of Bible Prophecy is correct. Conversely, if you do know these time values and are able to match the dates with the events you will then know that both your time values and interpretations are correct. However, it must work consistently with all the prophecies of time throughout the Bible, and not just here or there. If it does not, your time key is wrong, your interpretation of events is wrong, or both are wrong. Our omniscient God has provided us with a self-checking mechanism that is built right into His Word. You may or may not have noticed that most or the periods of time are used more than one time in Word of God. He uses the “time, times, and dividing of time” in both Daniel and Revelation. He uses 1260 days in both Revelation 11 and Revelation 12. He uses the 42 month period in both Revelation 11 and Revelation 13. Like everything else in the Word of God, there is a very good reason for this. They serve as a second witness to both your understanding and accuracy of the time calculation.
Even though these exact periods of time are used more than once, they do not speak to, nor do they reveal the same events. In other words, the 42 month period of time used in Revelation 11 is not the same 42 month period of time used in Revelation 12. By making the time periods the same but the events of the time periods different, our Lord has provided us with a second witness so that we are able to confirm both our time period and our understanding of the text are correct. However, that does not mean it is not possible to connect a period of time to a beginning and ending event that seem to be correct but are not. In fact, this is what has been happening for hundreds of years in Christendom. We have come up with prophetic interpretations that sound very good and are accepted by the vast majority of Christians, but they are completely wrong. Remember, all the dates must fit together correctly and fit history correctly or there is an error in the interpretation.
A premier example of what is meant by this can be found in the widely accepted theory of a supposedly coming 7 year tribulation period at the end of time. An overwhelming majority of our present day Bible teachers and books on Bible prophecy proclaim this 7 year tribulation period which is divided into two 3½ year periods. The first 3½ years is a period of tribulation with the second 3½ years being a time of “great” tribulation. This false interpretation is based on Daniel’s 70 weeks, which is further endorsed by an incorrect interpretation of the first three verses of Revelation 11. They take the 1260 days of Revelation 11 and make that 3½ years of tribulation and the 42 months of Revelation 11 to be the other 3½ years of tribulation. There are a whole lot of problems with this interpretation that needs to be understood correctly or you will be looking for things that will never happen, even though our Lord has furnished us with everything we need to know regarding the correct interpretation.
First, and not most importantly, 1260 days are not 42 months. Yes, 42 months is 3½ years, but 1260 days is not. If you take 1260 days and divide it by 30 days which is an average month, you do come up with an answer of 42 months or 3½ years. While this works out in this way, do not forget we are talking specifically about a 1260 day period. There are absolutely no instances that one can count off 1260 days and come up with a value of exactly 42 months. You will be more than 2 weeks off every time you do the calculation. However one can find many instances where there are 1279 days in 42 months. So while one can assign a 30 day value to a month, one cannot assign a 1260 day period to 42 months. It simply does not work out. If our Lord meant the two periods to be the same, He would have used the 1260 days or 42 months twice. To do anything else would cause great confusion, which is what we have now because of our lack of knowledge.
A second problem with this 7 year tribulation period theory is that its foundation is nowhere in the Bible. This theory comes from Daniel chapter 9 which is the chapter of scripture concerning Daniel’s 70 weeks. They believe there is a missing week in this prophecy, so they take that week, split it in half and put it at the end of time. They then take that 7 years (1 week) and build end times Bible prophecy around it.
The problem with this is that there is not a week missing. If you read this portion of scripture closely, it does not come out and say the 70th week specifically, but it does read; “And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week.” What week? It has to be the 70th week because the previous 69 weeks were previously explained and accounted for.
The third problem with this theory is that it is not backed up by any other portion of scripture. As mentioned previously, our Lord requires more than one witness.
Matthew 18:16 (KJV)
But if he will not hear thee, then take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established.
Our Lord requires two or three witnesses for a matter to be established. Even the need for two or three witnesses is repeated a second time in II Corinthians 13:1. While the Word of God calls for a second witness to establish a matter, there is no second witness to this 7 year tribulation period found anywhere in the Bible. There is no second witness, which means there is no first witness. There is no other place in Scripture where God takes a period of time from one place and places it in another. There is no example in the Bible of the Lord working in this way.
The fourth problem with this is that if one really stops to think about it, it is ridiculous. While there are examples in the Bible of our Lord slowing down or speeding up time, there is no place in scripture where He takes a period of time from one place, and puts it in another. There are no other prophecies of time where He names a beginning time, then skips over a period of time that is not counted in with the prophecy before coming to the concluding time. If this were done it would make it nearly impossible to compute out or even hope to understand any of the prophecies of time in scripture.
To further show how ridiculous it is to take a period of time from one place and put it in another, try to do it in real life. Try it with your 60 month car loan. Don’t make your last payment. When the bank calls to find out when you will be making the payment, tell them you will be making the last month’s payment twenty years from now. You will probably get a lecture on how that is not the way a 60 month contract works. Neither is it the way God works. If the 60 month term does not end at the end of 60 months, then it is not a 60 month term. If a 70 week prophecy does not end at the end of 70 weeks, it is not a 70 week prophecy. He created everything and it’s true He can do and does what we consider impossible, but He has never given us an example such as this as being a way that He works. He uses nature. He created nature and we have a whole lot of examples of how He manipulates nature, but we have no examples of His abusing it to the degree required for this theory to be given any credence at all. It’s not that God could not act in this way, but if there is not another witness to this type of interpretation, the word of God tells us this cannot be accepted.
A fifth problem with the widely accepted interpretation of this 70th week being displaced to the end of time is the purpose of the 70 weeks. This 70 weeks was much like a trial or probation period in our judicial system. Because of Judah’s sin and rebellion against God they were sentenced to hard labor as slaves in the Babylonian Empire. While they were serving their sentence Daniel prayed and confessed their sins and asked for forgiveness. Clemency was granted and the 70 weeks prophecy was given that essentially put Judah on probation. They were given 70 weeks to put an end to their sinful and rebellious ways. If at the end of the 70 weeks they did so, their freedom as well as their kingdom would be restored to the prominence it once had. If they did not they would be returned to serve out the rest of their sentence that was spelled out previously. All probation periods are served for a specific amount of time. There would be nothing to gain by assigning a criminal 70 weeks of probation with 69 weeks to be served immediately and the last week to be served after the remainder of the sentence is carried out. Once the convicted has served the sentence, his debt is paid and his freedom granted. The need for a final week of probation does not exist and would be ridiculous.
The sixth problem with today’s interpretation of this last 7 year period before “time shall be no more” is something that needs to be made perfectly clear. This is not written to confuse you so please pay attention because the following statement could be confusing to you.
There is a seven year period set aside at the end of time, just before our Lord returns. However, it is not same period that is taught today, and the last week of Daniels 70 weeks can be used as a second witness to this last 7 year period, but it is not the same period expressed in Daniels 70 weeks. Because this 70 weeks prophecy was a covenant that would have ended time as we know it had Israel not rejected Christ, so will it be at the end of time just before Christ returns. As will be explained later, had Israel accepted Christ as the Messiah, He would have returned at the end of the 70th week and restored Israel and performed all the acts He will perform when He does return.
There is a 1 week (7 year) period at the end of time, but it is not Daniels 70th week. Instead it comes from the two 3½ day periods found in Revelation 11 of the previous chapter you just read. The tribulation experience of this 7 year period is just the opposite of what todays Christian has been taught and has swallowed. Today’s Christian believes the first 3½ years to be the tribulation period and the second 3½ years to be a period of “great tribulation.” First, this is not the correct order the Bible teaches. Revelation 11:9 says the first 3 ½ years is the time of greater tribulation as this is the time that ISIS was slaughtering every Christian and Jew He could find in His domain and left their dead bodies to rot in the streets. Not to mention the Christians and Jews his followers killed in the rest of the world. It is the second 3½ years where the tribulation falls off because ISIS goes into perdition which means they are destroyed but not completely destroyed. This is the period of time in Revelation 6:11, Revelation 11:11 and Revelation 17:11. (Notice how they are all found in the 11th verse!) So the first 3½ years is the period of the “greater” tribulation.
It also should be pointed out that both Revelation 9:5 and Matthew 24:15-21 tell us that the greatest time of tribulation His saints ever was experienced was from the time the “Dome of the Rock” was set up in 688 A.D.; and lasted for 5 months (150 years) until 838 A.D..
The seventh problem with this widely accepted 70 weeks 7 year tribulation period interpretation is the interpretation itself. It has evolved from a complete misinterpretation of this portion of scripture. The main purpose of this portion of scripture is the conclusion and termination of the first covenant. It proclaims the coming of the Messiah and the important events during His life; but because this scripture includes prophecy concerning the antichrist, errors have been made by attributing too much of its content to the antichrist. These errors come into play beginning with verse 27 where the last week is separated from the previous 69 weeks, which somehow makes its way to the end of time. Let’s take a look at this portion of scripture and introduce you to a slightly different interpretation of these verses. This interpretation not only makes better sense than the common interpretation, but it is actually validated by looking at the meanings of the words and by the history that has already happened!
Let’s take a look at this prophecy and do a verse by verse explanation of its interpretation.
Daniel 9:24 (KJV)
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.
–Seventy weeks are determined— Because of the widespread misinterpretation of this portion of scripture, the most important of these 4 words is “determined.” In Strong’s Greek and Hebrew Dictionary it is word #2852 ḥātak which means to “cut off,” which tells us this 70 week period is cut off from another period of time. This may just be referring to the standard timeline but it probably is referring to the end of the first covenant. If the 70 weeks were divided into a 69 week period and a 1 week period, it would not be said these periods were being “cut off,” from a timeline, but rather they were being “cut out” of the timeline; which is the Hebrew word #1505 “gezar.”
The duration of this time period that is being cut off will be 490 years from beginning to end. Bible prophecy is based on a 1 day = 1 year equation; making a 7 day week equal to 7 years. Since there are 70 weeks in this prophecy the equation will be 70 x 7 years which equals 490 years. If the last week of 7 years is interpreted as being the tribulation period and placed at the end of time, 70 weeks are not cut off. (Determined) If one believes this last week comes at the end of time there will never be an amount of time that can be determined until everything is finished. That would make this prophecy closer to 357 weeks determined so far and growing. So why was 70 weeks chosen as the amount of time to be determined here?
The duration of this time period that is being cut off will be 490 years from beginning to end. Bible prophecy is based on a 1 day = 1 year equation; making a 7 day week equal to 7 years. Since there are 70 weeks in this prophecy the equation will be 70 x 7 years which equals 490 years. If the last week of 7 years is interpreted as being the tribulation period and placed at the end of time, 70 weeks are not cut off. (Determined) If one believes this last week comes at the end of time there will never be an amount of time that can be determined until everything is finished. That would make this prophecy closer to 357 weeks determined so far and growing. What would be the point of giving us a prophecy that could not be known until it’s too late to be of any benefit to us? So why was 70 weeks chosen as the amount of time to be determined here?
Remember Matthew 18:21 where Peter is asking our Lord if he should forgive someone who sins against him seven times? Our Lords answer to Peter is not only seven times, but seventy times seven.
In a way this is our Lord doing what He always does; He is practicing what He preaches. This 70 week prophecy comes while Daniel is praying to the Lord, confessing and asking forgiveness for both his sins and the sins of his people. The result is our Lord showing mercy to Daniel and Judah with this 70 x 7 prophecy. He is granting Judah another opportunity to stop their rebelling and sinning against Him. Here He is willing to forgive them their sins and redeem them and set up His everlasting kingdom here on Earth. (All this because of the prayers of one righteous man.)
Another reason for this 70 (7 x10) weeks prophecy is the number itself. In the Bible seven is the number of completeness which is demonstrated by this verse saying “to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins.” Ten is the number of testing and trials which is exactly what this 490 year period is. It is very important to see this as a trial or probation period. It is a final chance our Lord is giving His chosen people. This prophecy concerns the coming of the Messiah and the great things He would accomplish. However, what the Messiah would do at the end of the 70 weeks was totally dependent upon His acceptance or rejection by His chosen people..
—Upon thy people and upon thy holy city— Note that this period of mercy and testing was not only for Daniels people, the Jews of Judah, but also for Jerusalem. These 70 weeks prophecy involved both the Jews and Jerusalem. They failed the test and not only were the Jewish people scattered among the nations, but the city of Jerusalem was destroyed. Note that it says “upon thy people;” and not “upon my people;” making it obvious that Judah was not in good standing with the Lord at the time of Daniel’s prayer.
—To finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins— One of the purposes of this 70 week (490 year) period would be to end Judah’s persistent rebellion against God and to blot out sin once and for all.
—And to make reconciliation for iniquity— This is a direct reference to Christ’s death on the cross, the only sacrifice there could be to make complete reconciliation and forgiveness of sin.
—And to bring in everlasting righteousness— If at the end of this 70 weeks the Jewish people would have accepted Christ as their Messiah, Christ would have returned to earth, set up His eternal kingdom, and restored Israel to the prominence she once had. The restoring of Israel to her former place of prominence is a prophecy and promise from the book of Hosea that the Jews have been hoping for since well before the time of Christ. Even His disciples questioned Him on this point in the first chapter of Acts:
Acts 1:6 (KJV)
When they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel?
—And to seal up the vision and prophecy— To “seal up” is to “make an end,” meaning the 70 weeks would be the termination point of this prophecy and the completion of the trial period for the Jewish people.
—And to anoint the most Holy—The anointing of Jesus Christ (Christ means Messiah) will take place during this 70 weeks. Without the anointing of the Messiah the making an end of sins, forgiveness of sin and the bringing in of everlasting righteousness would not be possible.
Daniel 9:25 (KJV)
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.
—Know therefore and understand— Read closely, pay attention to every word and make sure you understand. (Because if you don’t it will completely mess up your interpretation of Bible prophecy.)
—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. — From the time the word goes out to restore and build Jerusalem until the time of the “anointed one” the prince it will be seven weeks (49 years) and sixty-two weeks (434) years. When added together they account for 483 years (49+434) of the 490 years. In other words, 483 years after the order to rebuild Jerusalem goes out the Messiah will be anointed; this points to the baptism of Jesus Christ and the beginning of His ministry. During this 483 year period Jerusalem and its walls were restored.
Daniel 9:26 (KJV)
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.
—And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off— Previously in verse 24, you saw the Hebrew word #2852 ḥātak that means “cut off” is translated to the English word “determined.” Here we have another Hebrew word #3772 karat where the English translation is to “cut off,” but in this case a more accurate translation would be “to make a covenant.” Here is what Strong’s Hebrew Dictionary says:
If you have any doubt as to the proper translation of this “cut off” to be “to make a covenant,” all you have to do is read the first 6 words of the next verse (9:27) “And he shall confirm the covenant.” What is the “covenant” it is referring to? This is the covenant that is made during the 70th week. It begins with the anointing and baptism of Jesus Christ and ends when Stephen is stoned.
—But not for himself:– These are four most important words because they prove the covenant just mentioned was not that of the so called “antichrist” making a seven year peace deal that he will break in the “midst of the week;” but this is Jesus Christ the Messiah making a new covenant with His people. Most Christians would say He came and suffered and died for us to pay the penalty of our sin which is true, but not the real reason why our Lord came down to earth for that most important 70th week. You may disagree with this interpretation, but his coming is totally tied to this prophecy. Matthew 15:24 confirms the “real” reason our Lord did all this: “But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel.”
—And the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary— The city and the sanctuary or temple was destroyed after the 490 years, but the fate of the city and the temple were determined by how the Jews responded to the Messiah and the new covenant put forth by this 70 week prophecy.
This phrase DOES NOT refer to Rome or the Roman Empire! “The PEOPLE of the prince that shall come” refers to the nationality of the PEOPLE that destroyed the temple; not the Nation these people were serving at the time the temple was destroyed. According to Wikipedia It was the Legio X Fretensis which translates to the Roman 10th Legion called “Fretensis” that served the Roman Empire from 41 to 410 A.D. It was sent from Antioch and positioned on the Mount of Olives when they destroyed the 2nd Temple. The “people” that comprised this legion were primarily Assyrians and Arabs.
NOTE: The “prince that shall come” is speaking of the “Man of Sin” and the “Lawless One.” He is the very evil being which most refer to as the “antichrist.” In the Bible he is called the “Assyrian” and “The King of Babylon.” It was the King of Babylon that destroyed the first Temple and here our Lord tells us it will be the Assyrians that destroy the second Temple.
—And the end thereof shall be with a flood— This is not talking about the end of time, which may be part of the reason why so many want to put this 70th week at the end of time. This is saying the end result of this prophecy will be the destruction of the temple and the Jews being dispersed throughout the nations. A “flood” being a metaphor for the dispersing of a great many people from their land or home to another location, just as a flood occurs when a great deal of water overflows its riverbanks. The Jews were dispersed when the first temple was destroyed by the Babylonians. This prophecy foretells them being dispersed after the second Jewish temple is destroyed by the Assyrians.
—And unto the end of the war desolations are determined— This does take us outside the 490 weeks revealed in Daniel 9. The important words here are “end of the war” and “desolations,” and “determined.”
The Hebrew word for “war” used here is “milḥāmâ.” According to Vine’s Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words this is defined as a “confrontation between two opposing forces.” The “war” could simply be referring to the war between good and evil or the war between Israel and the mixed peoples that has been going on ever since the times of Isaac and Ishmael and Jacob and Esau. This essentially means that “unto the end” there will be war. This could be prophecy hinting at the coming of Islam which by their own beliefs is in a perpetual state of war with the rest of mankind or it could be referring to the “war” Paul tells us about in his writings to the Ephesians:
Ephesians 6:12 (KJV)
For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
The word “desolations” here is important, but the original Hebrew word used here is difficult even for the linguistic experts to explain. Vine’s Expository Dictionary of Old Testament and New Testament Words state’s this about the meaning of “shāmēm.”
Just how the meanings “be desolate,” “be astonished,” and “be appalled” are to be connected with each other is not clear. In some instances, the translator must make a subjective choice. For example, after being raped by her half-brother, Tamar is said to have remained in her brother Absalom’s house, “desolate” (2 Sam. 13:20). However, she surely was “appalled” at what Amnon had done. Also, the traditional expression, “to be desolated,” sometimes means much the same as “to be destroyed”
Since the words “desolations” and “determined” are used together, here is what Strong’s Hebrew Dictionary shows as to the ways the Hebrew words shāmēm and ḥāras are used throughout the Bible.
To understand what “desolations are determined” means, it must be kept in mind that the antichrist is Islam. We also know that the “Man of Sin” and “Son of Perdition” is called “Apollyon” and “Abaddon” which both mean “destroyer” or “destroying angel.” Destruction has always been connected with Islam. Wherever Islam conquered there were many types of destruction involved. The destruction was both physical and spiritual. The whole world saw this with ISIS. Knowing this means that one can make the case that either meanings you apply to the words for “desolations” will have merit.
If you interpret “desolations are determined” as meaning destruction’s or devastation’s are decreed until the end of the war; you have a good case because the past 1400 years of Islamic conquest prove it.
If you interpret “desolations are determined” as meaning there will be amazement or astonishment or people feeling destroyed, a good case for this can also be made in every location and every being where Islam is present.
Daniel 9:27 (KJV)
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:– The 70th week, which immediately followed the 69th week, was the most important week (7 years) in all human history. This week began with the baptism of Jesus Christ in 27A.D. and was immediately followed by 3½ years of ministry in which He made the conditions of the covenant clear. Oddly enough, this is the very same week that most of Christendom is still looking for because they wrongly believe it is the week of the 7 year tribulation period that they place at the end of time. What follows next also shows this belief to be in error!
—And in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease— In the midst of what week? The 70th and last week of this prophecy of course! Immediately following the Baptism (anointing) of Jesus Christ which was the beginning point of the 70th week, He had a ministry of 3½ years which takes us to the “midst of the week.” It should be obvious that this is referring to the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ. When Christ shed His blood on the cross to pay the penalty for sin, He was the ultimate sacrifice. His was the perfect sacrifice as He was without sin. After His sacrifice there was and is no sacrifice for sin that could or would be acceptable to our Heavenly Father, thus making any other sacrifice unworthy, unnecessary and unacceptable before God. This caused “the sacrifice and the oblation to cease.” The “sacrifice” refers to the animal offerings and the “oblation” refers to the other required offerings that were bloodless.
—And for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate— When one reads this, it is very hard to make any sense of, unless you pay close attention to everything that is happening in this verse. You also need to go back to the original meanings of the words used and connect the passage with other verses in God’s word that use the same words. The two most important words in this phrase are “overspreading” and “abominations.”
As you can see by the definition given by Strong’s, the word “overspreading” is referring to a physical location; but the location of what? The definition seems to hint at the location of a building, but how can that be further substantiated?
This phrase begins with the words “and for,” which means it is directly connected to “he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease.” Where were these sacrifices and oblations that were caused to cease offered? In the Jewish Temple! That means this overspreading of abominations is somehow connected with the Jewish Temple; but how?
As you read previously, there is a building our Lord refers to as the “abomination of desolation” and we find both these words used in this sentence. In the Old Testament God called the buildings that were built on top of hills by both the heathens and the Israelis “abominations.” He called them this because these buildings were built for the purpose of worshiping false gods. (Satan) The building referred to here is the Moslem temple “Dome of the Rock” which according to this verse will be setting on a wing, edge, border, or corner of God’s rebuilt temple; which just happens to be the temple where He caused the sacrifice and oblation to cease. In this short phrase our Lord is telling us that because this temple of Satan is sitting on a wing or corner of the location where His temple once was, He is going to make the area desolate. This is exactly what happened after the construction of the “Dome of the Rock” was initiated in 688 A.D. The area became dry and desolate with little vegetation and the people began leaving. The area was of little value to anyone until the Jews started returning and the land began to blossom once again.
—Even until the consummation— By using the word “even” it gives the phrase a quality that suggests this desolation goes beyond the end of this 70 weeks prophecy and the “until the consummation” confirms this. The Hebrew word used here is “kālâ” and it can mean completion or destruction as in “utter completion” or “utter destruction.”
It is interesting that the King James Bible chose to use the word “consummation” to refer to the end, as this word is usually thought of or used in connection with a wedding. According to God’s calendar as revealed in the book of Revelation, it is between the Rapture of His Saints, also known as the “Wedding of the Lamb” and the Second Coming of Jesus Christ that the vials of the wrath of God are poured out. This would be the time between the Feast of Trumpets which is Tishri 1 and 2; and the Feast of Atonement which is the Second Coming of Christ on Tishri 10 of the Jewish calendar.
—And that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.–What did our Lord tell us would be poured out at the time of the end?
Revelation 16:1 (KJV)
And I heard a great voice out of the temple saying to the seven angels, Go your ways, and pour out the vials of the wrath of God upon the earth.
Now that you have finished reading another interpretation of Daniel’s 70 weeks, here is what the graphic timeline of what you just read would look like. It is extremely difficult if not impossible to be absolutely sure of the exact starting and ending dates since there was no universal or widely accepted time keeping system in place until long after God’s written word was revealed to us. However, even if the starting date is off by a year, you can still see that this interpretation is an excellent fit, and makes much more sense than taking the week and trying to put it at the end of time.
This first graph displays the present day teaching of Daniel’s 70 weeks. The second graph display the interpretation presented here. You can see that when it comes to the last week, the only thing these two graphs have in common are the colors used to design them. (Sorry, they had to be converted to black and white for the book!) The 70th week is wrongly separated from the previous 69 weeks in the present day teaching, while the 70 week prophecy remains completely intact if correctly interpreted.
You may be wondering how or why the determination can be made that this 490 year prophecy terminates with the stoning of Stephen and not crucifixion of Christ. The Lord provided this explanation which should go a long way to convince you that this is the correct interpretation of Daniel’s 70 weeks. However, like His parables, He did not just come out and tell us; you have to pay close attention to His Word by reading the small print and by doing some reading between the lines.
Beginning is Acts 6:8 it is made clear that Stephen is truly a man of God:
Acts 6:8 (KJV)
And Stephen, full of faith and power, did great wonders and miracles among the people.
Next we are told that there arose some out of the synagogue that disputed with Stephens words, but were not able to withstand his words because of “the wisdom and the spirit by which he spake.” Because of this they resorted to lying about what he was saying to stir up the people against him in order to bring him up before council of religious leaders. We are then told that as he sat before the council “all that sat in the council, looking steadfastly on him, saw his face as it had been the face of an angel.”
Stephen then testifies against them by going through their history starting with Abraham leading up to the present. He reminds them of their constant turning away from God and chasing after the false gods of the heavens. He then rebukes the Jews for their rebellion and murder of the “Just One” Jesus Christ, whose coming was foretold by the prophets, just as it was in this prophecy of the 70 weeks.
Acts 7:51-53 (KJV)
Ye stiff necked 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.
As you can see the subject matter here is the same as Daniel’s 70 weeks, but the real proof can be ascertained by what Stephen says next.
Acts 7:55-56 (KJV)
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, 56 and said, Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of man standing on the right hand of God.
In all other such examples Christ is always “sitting at the right hand of God;” but in these two verses Christ is “standing on the right hand of God.” Also, please notice His standing is repeated twice and it is in two consecutive verses. Does not this suggest there is something going on here He wants us to look into deeper?
It should be obvious that He wants us to question why He is standing here but sitting in all other such scriptures.
He is standing here because Stephen’s dissertation is the endpoint of the 70 weeks. Also take note that Stephen’s dissertation is being given in a courtroom setting, a place of trial and judgement. This is the very last chance His chosen people have to repent of their ways and accept Christ as their Messiah. Christ is standing because what happens next will determine what He will do. Christ is “standing” because if they should repent and turn to Him as their Messiah, He stands ready to return to earth, set up His kingdom, and return Israel to the prominence she once enjoyed as is promised in prophecy.
He was ready to “seal up the vision and prophecy.” He had already fulfilled the Feast of Passover when He shed His blood on the cross. He fulfilled the Feast of Unleavened Bread when he died and was placed in the tomb. He fulfilled the Feast of Firstfruits when He arose from the dead. He fulfilled the Feast of Pentecost when He gave us the Holy Ghost to be our guide. If the Jews would have realized their mistake and repented instead of killing Stephen, He would have returned right then and sealed up the prophecy by fulfilling the “Fall Feasts of the Lord,” thus fulfilling every jot and tittle of the Law; doing all that He said He would do.
The Sign of the Son of Man &
The Appointed Time of Christ’s Return
Book Introduction (Read for more info contained in the book)
- The REAL 4th Kingdom of Nebuchadnezzar’s Dream (Daniel 2)
- The REAL King of Babylon (Isaiah 14)
- The REAL Key to Deciphering Time Prophecy
- The REAL Secret Prophecy of Daniel 4
- The REAL Beast of Revelation 13
- The REAL Beast that was and is not; And the Great Whore (Revelation 17)
- The REAL 4 Horsemen of the Apocalypse (Revelation 6)
- The REAL First 4 Trumpets of Revelation 8
- The REAL 4 Angels of Revelation 9 And the Plague of Islam
- The REAL Woman, Dragon and Flood of Revelation 12
- The REAL 2 Witnesses of Revelation 11
- The REAL 70 Weeks of Daniel 9
- The FEASTS OF THE LORD; The Appointed Time of Christ’s Return
- The REAL Sign of the Son of Man; and Signs of the End (Matthew 24)
- The REAL Parable of the 10 Virgins (Matthew 25)
- The Fall Feast Days as Revealed in the Book of Revelation (Revelation 6,7,8,11)
- The REAL Warning to the Church of Laodicea; the Church of Today (Revelation 3)
- Closing Thoughts & the REAL Day of the Resurrection of Our Lord