Jesus Explains End Times Protocol, Pt 10

May 3, 2014 at 8:19 AM

We are coming to a close on this series. Last time we were discussing verses 25 – 27 of Daniel 9. In this article, I want to take a closer look at verse 27 and also discuss the incidents of the use of the pronoun “he” in these verses as well.

Daniel 9:25-27 states:

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.”

We’ve gone over most of this section. Certainly, we can add a great deal more detail, but we encourage the reader to do their own additional research. Many fine and very valuable commentaries have been written on the book of Daniel. Don’t simply stick to authors with which you might agree either. Study a wider spectrum of authors to gain an understanding of how they view the text. You’ll find that some allegorize the text, while others do their best to remain as true to the literal framework of the text.

I want to focus on verse 27. Last time, we highlighted how the first seven and sixty-two “sevens” came into play, when the time period actually began and when the sixty-second “seven” ended (with the Triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem).

We also noted that when the sixty-two “sevens” ended, there were several things that were supposed to occur according to the angel (many believe him to be Gabriel). In fact, there were five things, including Jesus’ crucifixion, the destruction of Jerusalem and the Jewish Temple (sanctuary), which occurred in AD 70, and then a general description regarding the fact that war would continue to the end (when Jesus returns) and desolations specifically referring to what takes place on the Temple Mount, which is the holiest place on the earth, as far as God is concerned. It was where Abraham nearly sacrificed Isaac (as a type of Christ) and where Jesus Himself was sacrificed as a propitiation for our sin.

Verse 27 tells us that “He will confirm a covenant with many for one ‘seven.” This is telling us when the final “seven” will begin.

In our last article, we touched on the fact that once the sixty-two “sevens” ended, there was a gap. The angel specifically stated “After…” meaning, after the end of the sixty-two “sevens,” several things would occur. This effectively put the timetable on hold. It created a gap or break in the “sevens,” which had run concurrently prior to that.

seventy_sevens_chartIt is clear from verse 27 that the final week does not begin until “he” confirms a covenant with the many for one “seven.” What is this covenant? We are not sure exactly what the covenant is, but we are sure that it entails a form of peace for Israel. The fact that it is one “seven” in length tells us that it is the final seven years of this age, just prior to and leading up to the physical return of Jesus.

Please refer to the chart above. You’ll note that the first set of “sevens” (7 sevens = 49 years) and the second set of “sevens” (62 sevens = 434 years) together equals 483 years total. They run concurrently, one right after the other without a break at all.

The actual break happens at the end of the sixty-two “sevens” as can be seen in the chart. The time starts again when the last “seven” (7 years) begins and that begins when the “he” in verse 27 brokers a peace deal with Israel and the surrounding nations.

Why does this event begin the Tribulation? Because in essence, Israel will be signing on the dotted line with Satan himself. Satan – who will fully empower the Antichrist – enters into a deal with Israel’s leaders. Instead of trusting God, they sign on the dotted line approving this covenant, and without realizing it, have signed an agreement with the devil.

It is because of this that we can say with the utmost confidence that the Tribulation has NOT begun yet. There are people like Ron Weinland, Steve Fletcher, and others who firmly believe the Tribulation began. They can only arrive at these conclusions by allegorizing Scripture to make it say something other than what it actually means. My advice is to ignore them completely because they are 100% wrong. Because they are wrong, they are false teachers/prophets and should be shunned.

The Tribulation is in front of us. It has not begun yet. No part of the 7 seals, trumpets, or bowls has been opened yet. What this world is experiencing since WWI & WWII has been the beginning of birth pangs. While we are certainly moving toward the Tribulation, we are not there yet.

Some ask, “When will the Rapture occur?” I’m not even dealing with the Rapture at all in this series, because we are simply focusing on the Tribulation, the return of Jesus and the events that lead up to those things. We may deal with the Rapture in another article or short series, but not here.

The world will know when the Tribulation begins because a man (fully empowered by Satan) will accomplish what no other human being has ever accomplished. He will broker a peace deal with Israel for the final “seven,” or seven years. Once that occurs, imagine the global celebrations that will take place?

However, as verse 27 also states, in the middle of the “seven” (seven years), “he will put an end to the sacrifice and offering.” How will he do this? Exactly the way Antiochus IV (Epiphanes) did in 168 BC.

This coming Antichrist will walk into the rebuilt Jewish Temple and will desecrate it by going into the Holy of Holies and, as Paul says, will declare himself to be God (cf. 2 Thessalonians 2:3-4).

Let no one in any way deceive you, for it will not come unless the apostasy comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction, 4 who opposes and exalts himself above every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, displaying himself as being God.

I’ve bolded the last portion to emphasize this fact. Antichrist is the “man of lawlessness” who, by this act of going inside the Jewish Temple and declaring himself to be God, will be revealed to all Christians (and the Jewish Remnant) as the final ruler who opposes God Himself.

This event occurs in the middle of the week or three and a half years into the Tribulation period. Once this happens, Jews will flee to the mountains and God Himself will protect them. Because Antichrist cannot get to these Jews, he then turns his attention to Christians living during the Tribulation. This second part of the Tribulation is what Jesus referred to as the “great Tribulation” in Matthew 24:21. In other words, as bad as the first half of the Tribulation will be, the second half will be tragically and dramatically worse.

We will finish this series up with an explanation of the pronoun usage (he) in this section of Scripture next time.

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