Monday, November 28, 2016


[24] 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.
[25] 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.
[26] 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.
[27] 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.
Verse 24 - Seventy weeks = seventy periods of seven or a total of 490 years.  The "commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem" was given by Artaxerxes (465 BC to 424 BC) in the twentieth year of his reign, to Nehemiah (Neh. 2:1-11).
Verse 25 - Seven weeks = seven periods of seven or 49 years.
Verses 25-26 - Three score and two weeks = sixty-two periods of seven or 434 years.  Total from verses 25-26 = 483 years.  That leaves one "week" yet to be fulfilled.  It will be known as "Daniel's Seventieth Week" (Dan. 9:27), "The Time of Jacob's Trouble" (Jer. 30:7), and "The Tribulation" (Mt. 24:1-29; Rev. Ch. 6-19).
Verse 27 - This last period of seven =  is seven years. This "week" is divided "in the midst" making two halves of 3 1/2 years each.  To prove the "weeks" are years, these two halves are defined as being 1260 days long (Rev. 11:3; 12:6); 42 months long (Rev. 11:2; 13:5); "a time, times, and a half a time," with a "time" being one year long (Dan. 7:25; 12:7).
Between Daniel's Sixty-ninth Week and his "Seventieth Week," is a parenthetical period of time, known as the Church Age.  The Church, a mystery to the nation of Israel (Rom. 11:25; 16:25; Eph. 5:32; Col. 1:26-27) was "born" on the Day of Pentecost (Acts 2:1-47), and will continue until Christ returns for us (Jn. 14:1-6; 1 Cor. 15:48-54; 1 Th. 4:13-18; etc.).  Following the removal of the Church by means of the Rapture (the Church being "caught-up" or better yet, "snatched-up"), the Beast of Revelation 13 (the Antichrist) will agree with Israel to enforce a seven-year covenant.  Thank God, the Church will be in heaven with Jesus during what the Word calls the "day of God's wrath" (Rom. 2:5; 1 Th. 5:9; and the absence of the Church being mentioned between Rev. 4-19)!
Maranatha!  Come Lord Jesus!

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