Jesus Explains End Times Protocol, Pt 7

April 30, 2014 at 2:28 PM 1 comment

daniel statueIn our last article, we briefly went over Daniel 9 and determined that the word “weeks” should have been more accurately translated “sevens.” We were then able to show that the total amount of time indicated by Gabriel was to be viewed in years, based on the entire context of the chapter itself. You’ll recall that Daniel had been reading Jeremiah and realized that the prophesied 70 years of captivity was almost concluded. During Daniel’s prayer, Gabriel came along and gave Daniel understanding. In essence, Gabriel told Daniel that the captivity wasn’t 70 years, but 70 “sevens” or 70 times 7 years for a total of 490 years.

The reality was that yes, the 70 years of captivity would be done, but Jerusalem (and Daniel’s people – Jews) would remain hostage to empires ruled by Gentiles even though they would be released from captivity. Previously, in Daniel 2, Daniel learned that the Times of the Gentiles began with Nebuchadnezzar, followed by the Medes-Persians, followed by Alexander the Great, followed by the Roman Empire. The Roman Empire – according to the statue of Daniel 2 – takes us all the way to the return of Jesus. This means that in some form or another, the Roman Empire would rise again even though it died. In my upcoming book – “Rome Rising” – I discuss this in detail.

I want to look specifically at several verses in this article, Daniel 9:24-27 because as important as they are, I’m amazed at how much error is associated with understanding them. People seem to be all over the board with these few verses. Let’s look, from the New International Version (NIV)

24 “Seventy ‘sevens’ are decreed for your people and your holy city to finish transgression, to put an end to sin, to atone for wickedness, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal up vision and prophecy and to anoint the Most Holy Place.

25 “Know and understand this: From the time the word goes out to restore and rebuild Jerusalem until the Anointed One, the ruler, comes, there will be seven ‘sevens,’ and sixty-two ‘sevens.’ It will be rebuilt with streets and a trench, but in times of trouble. 26 After the sixty-two ‘sevens,’ the Anointed One will be put to death and will have nothing. The people of the ruler who will come will destroy the city and the sanctuary. The end will come like a flood: War will continue until the end, and desolations have been decreed. 27 He will confirm a covenant with many for one ‘seven.’ In the middle of the ‘seven’ he will put an end to sacrifice and offering. And at the temple he will set up an abomination that causes desolation, until the end that is decreed is poured out on him.”

There’s a lot here so I want to go slowly. Gabriel first tells Daniel that seventy “sevens” are decreed for his people and his holy city. Three things stand out:

  1. 70 sevens equals 490 years in total (or 70 x 7 = 490)
  2. “your” people equals Jewish people
  3. “your” holy city equals Jerusalem

The first problem people run into is when people misinterpret what Gabriel is saying. Gabriel is talking TO Daniel ABOUT what will happen to Jews (Israel) and the holy city of Jerusalem. Gabriel is not talking about Gentiles here at all, nor is Gabriel concerned with the Church, which doesn’t even enter the picture for Daniel or Israel. Jews were being held captive by Nebuchadnezzar and under the Medes-Persians. Jews were carted off from Jerusalem to Babylon.

Daniel had been praying for “his” people – the Jews and for his nation, Israel. Gabriel came to enlighten Daniel as to what the future held for the Jews and for Jerusalem. None of this has anything to do with Gentiles. Still, people will come along and allegorize the text to mean that ultimately, Gabriel is talking about the Church. That is wrong. People do the same with the Valley of Dry Bones in Ezekiel 37. Even though in Ezekiel 37:11, the text says, “Son of man, these bones are the people of Israel,” people ignore that and say, “It ultimately means the Church.” No, it has nothing to do with the Church at all. It has only to do with the people of Israel. By ignoring the actual meaning, people wind up changing the meaning God intended and rewriting Scripture. This type of faulty reasoning is why fewer and fewer people support Israel today. But I digress.

Getting back to Daniel 9:24-27, we must understand that what Gabriel is revealing here applies to the nation of Israel. Remember, this was long before 1948 when Israel once again became a nation and the dead language of Hebrew once again lived.

Gabriel next explains why there is going to be a period of 490 years total. From verse 24, we read that it is ultimately to purify Israel and the Final Remnant and it will be done to:

  1. finish transgression
  2. to put an end to sin
  3. to atone for wickedness
  4. to bring in everlasting righteousness
  5. to seal up vision and prophecy, and
  6. to anoint the Most Holy Place

Commentators of course, disagree as to whom these six things are directed. If we stay within context, it is clear that God meant for these deliverances to take place within the nation of Israel, specifically, the Final Remnant of believing Jews who will receive Jesus as Messiah. Of course, in the long run, these six deliverances also apply to the Church because through Jesus, these things come to fruition.

But the problem with Israel is that as a nation, they continue to sin, remaining in an attitude of unbelief where Jesus is concerned. God wants to finish the transgression, put an end to sin, atone for wickedness, bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal up (or end due to lack of need) vision and prophecy and to anoint a Most Holy Place. We can honestly say that as far as the nation of Israel is concerned, none of these things are in working order. While they have been purchased by the blood of Jesus on the cross, they have not been willingly received (applied) to Israel yet. It is due to their hardheartedness as Paul discusses in Romans 9 – 11. However, the Final Remnant within the nation of Israel will come to a point in the future where these things will be the norm for them.

This is the entire reason for the 490 years and those years are set aside to deal specifically with the nation of Israel. They rejected their Messiah and in AD 70, God judged them for it by allowing the Roman armies to surround Jerusalem and sack the city. The Temple was also destroyed.

But long before the AD 70 event, God told Daniel what the program would be for Israel. He spoke of the Times of the Gentiles and how Jerusalem would be trod under foot by Gentiles for hundreds of years until those times were fulfilled.

Nebuchadnezzar reigned from 605 to 562 BC. He was included as the first “world” empire to start the Times of the Gentiles (Daniel 2). But when did the 490 years that God told Daniel about (through Gabriel) actually begin, with Nebuchadnezzar or at another place in time?

We will go over that in our next article and then move onto deal with the remaining verses from Daniel 9 that we have only introduced in this particular article.

 

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