Between the 69th and 70th SEVENS

March 19, 2015 at 12:54 PM 1 comment

Here is an example of terrible exegesis at work. They are terribly wrong on several counts.

Here is an example of terrible exegesis at work. They are terribly wrong on several counts.

Last time, I talked briefly about the fact that – according to the Bible – the actual Tribulation has not yet begun. In fact, it won’t begin until one particular event that we learn about from the prophet Daniel as well as from the apostle Paul. Jesus refers to the event that will stop the sacrifices in the middle of the “week” too.

If we can agree that the Tribulation does not actually and officially begin until the “he” in Daniel 9:27 confirms a covenant with the “many.” The “he” referenced here is the Antichrist and the “many” represents Israel’s leaders. A number of commentators like Steve Wohlberg are mistaken when they state that all the references to “he” in Daniel 9:24-27 refer to Jesus Christ. This is easily proven to be wrong because of the rule of first antecedents. The “he” in verse 27 points back to the first closest person, obviously. The word “he” is a pronoun and takes the place of a person’s name or title.

Here’s verse 26: “Then after the sixty-two weeks the Messiah will be cut off and have nothing, and the people of the prince who is to come will destroy the city and the sanctuary.” 

I’ve emphasized two sections of the text, one with red and one in green. The first one – Messiah – clearly refers to Jesus (though when the text was originally written, Jesus was a long way off from being born. The second section – in green – refers to a “prince” who is connected to people who are going to destroy the city and sanctuary. Did Jesus do that? Surprisingly, people actually believe that this is what Jesus did…spiritually. The problem though is that we have an actual and physical event in history that took care of this part of the verse. In AD 70, an army surrounded Jerusalem, ultimately destroying the city and the sanctuary was destroyed during the same event. What happened? This was when the Roman armies decimated Jerusalem.

The verse is really telling us that a particular group of people (from which this “prince” will later come) are the ones who destroy the city and sanctuary. If the “people” here refers to Roman armies, then obviously, the “prince” being referred to here cannot be Jesus at all. It has to be another person. The text is telling us that the coming Antichrist will likely be of European origin and may also be at least part Jewish (like Herod the Great).

But ultimately, this “prince” – being different from the “Messiah” was the last person mentioned in verse 26. When we get to verse 27, the text starts with “And he will make a firm covenant with the many for one week…” (emphasis added). Based on what we know then, just exactly who is this “he” mentioned here? If we follow the rule of first antecedents, that “he” must only refer back to the very first person noted. That would be the “prince” mentioned after Messiah.

Here’s another example.

“Roy and Bill walked to Bill’s car. When they got there, he took out the keys and unlocked the doors.”

Two people are mentioned in the first sentence. Yet, in the second sentence, only a “he” is used. From that, we can rightly discern who has the keys to the car. If you said Bill, you’d be correct. It couldn’t possibly be Roy because Bill is the last person mentioned and under the rule of first antecedents, the “he” used in the second sentence automatically refers back to the last person actually mentioned, which in this case, is Bill.

The “Messiah” and the “prince” are two different people. They cannot both be the same person, therefore, the “he” used in verse 27 refers back only to the “prince” and not to both the “prince” and the “Messiah.” It is the Antichrist in view in verse 27.

Okay, so what about the 490 years that we briefly discussed in our previous article? How does that break down? The total number of years (or 70 “weeks”/sevens) breaks down into three sections:

  1. 7 “weeks” (sevens)
  2. 62 “weeks” (sevens)
  3. 1 “week” (sevens)

This is all outlined in Daniel 9:24 – 27. Take the time to read it through several times. Please note that also according to the biblical text, the 7 “weeks” occurs and it is immediately followed (without a break) by the 62 “weeks.” Once God stops the timer, so to speak, He allows it to run out until the end of the second set of “weeks,” or 62 “weeks.” This all adds up to 69 “weeks” or 483 years in total. So far, so good?

That there is a “gap” of indeterminate amount of time between the 69th “week” and the 70th “week” is a problem for many. The folks who ignore or reject this idea do so because they think that people like me have simply and arbitrarily put an artificial “gap” between those “weeks” because we felt like, because that’s how we make things work. Not so. In fact, not even close.

If we agree that there are a total of 70 “weeks” or 490 years, then at the end of the 62/69th “week,” 483 years have taken place, this leaves only one “week” or 7 years left in the entire “times of the Gentiles” time line that Gabriel tells Daniel about.

If there is NO gap at all, then obviously, ALL 70 “weeks” or 490 years have occurred. If there IS a gap of time between the 69th and 70th weeks, then we need to PROVE that it is there and IF there is any time limit to that gap.

Remember our last article when we ended on the actual amount of time that a pro basketball game is supposed to take vs. how long they often take in real-time? It is 48 minutes compared to 150 to 180 minutes. Which one is the correct version of time? They are both correct, aren’t they?

When you watch a pro basketball game, the actual amount of time the clock is counting down the minutes (and only occurs when the ball is in play) is 12 minutes per quarter for a total of 48 minutes. However, those 48 minutes are stretched out over the space of two and a half to three hours. No one complains about the alleged discrepancy either.

Every time a ref blows the whistle, the game stops and so does the timer. However, your watch doesn’t stop, does it? A regular clock on the wall does not stop just because a whistle was blown and the game timer stopped. Whether a time out has been called or a foul, the timer stops, but real-time continues. No one has any problem with that at all, but somehow when it comes to God and His prophetic timetable, people laugh, they mock, they accuse people like me of distorting the Bible to our own ends.

No, we believe we are simply understanding what the Bible actually says. If we can prove it, that should be the end of it, but the problem arises when people refuse to acknowledge that their position might be the weaker case and they cannot/will not give it up no matter how it is to be shown as inaccurate.

We’re going to end this here, but we will be back with our third (and hopefully) final part in this series where we will show that an actual GAP does exist between the 69th and 70 “weeks” and that we are STILL in that gap.

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No, the Tribulation Has Not Yet Begun, Period Does a Gap Exist Between 69th and 70th Weeks or Not?

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