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It was a profound and complete corruption and incompetence that results from lawlessness. Sound familiar? It’s like looking at a societal reflection of what Rome was and America is becoming and we see it unfolding in all the daily news columns. Can we turn back the tide and “come back” to our senses? No. We’ve gone too far off the path. We crossed the proverbial line in the sand. America is a culture in complete decay, and while many would like to hold on to the belief that we’re somehow going to rise from the ashes again, it’s not possible. We’re not coming back. Something dreadfully new is coming to America and the world, but it is not what we hope it will be.
We then get into the “he” referenced in Daniel 9:27. Many people believe this “he” refers to Jesus Himself. Some even suggest that each incidence of “he” in this section of Scripture (verses 24 – 27) all refer to Jesus. If I understand the rules of grammar, I don’t see how that can be the case due mainly to the rule of the first antecedent.
So we know Daniel was thinking in terms of years. That is clear from the text and indisputable. When Gabriel arrives, he clarifies for Daniel that it is not seventy years, but in reality it will wind up being seventy sevens of years. Seventy sevens of years equal a total of 490 years (70 x 7). This is where the 490 years come from and provides the total number of prophetic years in which God has decreed for Israel and the Holy City. This then, is God’s timeframe; 490 years.
All of us talked about how things are going in the world and what the Bible seems to say on the subject. We also took the time to emphasize the fact that Christians need to be doing far more than just waiting and watching. We need to be working. This is something that is not emphasized enough.
It is reasonable to conclude then, that the beast that comes out of the sea – with seven heads and four horns – essentially comes from all the previous empires that existed. Here is Revelation 13:1b. “Then I saw a beast coming up out of the sea, having ten horns and seven heads, and on his horns were ten diadems, and on his heads were blasphemous names.” These seven heads really represent the previous four kingdoms of Babylon, Medo-Persian, Grecian, and Roman. Why seven heads?
We need to remember that God’s plans must come to fruition. Part of His plans allow Satan to rule over the world through his spiritual son (just prior to the return of Jesus), the Antichrist. If you stop to consider it, this will be the fulfillment (or at least the last attempt) of Satan to bring his own promises of eons ago to pass when he said he would “raise [his] throne above the stars of God, And [would] sit on the mount of assembly In the recesses of the north,” (Isaiah 14:13). “Stars of God” is most likely a reference to the angelic realm, as also used in the book of Job.
As we read through Revelation or other books of the Bible that detail the end times and how bad they will become, it appears to grow in intensity and occurrence until Jesus actually returns. I know that historically, there have been times when things are dark. The difference in those situations and the last days has to do with the fact that things will be fully global. These are the times which are here now, I believe.
So as we watch things unfolding in the current administration, we know that as bad as things get, God will only allow it to succeed to a point. Just as Babylon was ultimately overcome by the Medes-Persians, who were defeated by Alexander the Great, whose kingdom was divided up among his generals and eventually, Rome replaced it, so too will current governments exist only for as long as they play a part in God’s end time calendar. They will exist not one day more than slated to do so.
Since Daniel was thinking in terms of years, Gabriel’s words to him were almost a play on words. In effect, Gabriel was saying, “Daniel, it’s not seventy years, but seventy sevens of years.” The Hebrew word shābûá in the text literally means “sevens” or more precisely, “a period of sevens.” Had the Hebrew word meant “weeks,” (as translated) the text in the original language would have been shavuot.