Complied by Daniel Lane from the writings of Father David
THE NINTH CHAPTER OF DANIEL IS ONE OF THE MOST ASTOUNDINGLY DEFINITE‚ LITERAL TIME PROPHECIES GIVEN IN THE ENTIRE BIBLE, giving the exact times for both the first and second comings of Jesus Christ!
THE CHAPTER OPENS WITH DANIEL DESPERATELY CALLING OUT TO GOD on the behalf of his people Israel, who at this time were captive slaves of the Persian Empire —see verses 1-19).
DANIEL is in BABYLON BECAUSE THE JEWS WERE TAKEN CAPTIVE, Because of their many many hundreds‚ thousands of years of sins! God finally got fed up & In 586 B.C. , Nebuchadnezzar decided that was enough of those damn stubborn rebellious Jews! So he just came down & had his army tear down the walls, wreck the city & destroy the Temple completely, & he figured they’d never have the nerve to build it again. Well, if it hadn’t been for the Lord‚ they probably wouldn’t have.
BUT GOD HAD PREDICTED THEIR CAPTIVITY & RETURN THROUGH THE MOUTH OF JEREMIAH THE PROPHET. (Jer.25:11; 29:10) When their destruction & the destruction of Jerusalem & their going away as prisoners was predicted, how long did He tell Jeremiah it would last? (70 years.)
They went into captivity in 586 B.C., & you actually take away 70 years to find out what year it was when they were returned. In B.C., years before Christ, you’re figuring down the years until the coming of Christ.. So 586 B.C. take away 70 years is 516 B.C. —Exactly‚ according to actual history, they were released in 516 B.C. by Cyrus, exactly 70 years just like the Lord had told the Prophets!
AND DANIEL SAYS HERE HE UNDERSTOOD THE PROPHECY OF JEREMIAH. He understood from what Jeremiah said that it meant 70 years. He was interpreting prophecy here & predicting when they were going to be released, because he was understanding the number of the years so that he could encourage & assure the Jews that they were going to be released soon. (Dan.9:2)
“And whiles I was speaking, and praying, THE MAN GABRIEL being caused to fly swiftly, TOUCHED ME about the time of the evening oblation (worship). And he informed me and said, O Daniel, I AM NOW COME FORTH TO GIVE THEE SKILL AND UNDERSTANDING.” (Dan.9:20–22)
Daniel had been praying for God to save His city (Jerusalem) and His people (verse 19). THE ANGEL NOW APPEARS TO TELL DANIEL WHEN AND HOW GOD IS GOING TO SAVE THEM. “Therefore” he says, “understand the matter, and consider the vision.” (verse 23)
THE ACTUAL PREDICTION BEGINS IN THE 24TH VERSE AND CONTINUES TO THE END OF THE CHAPTER, VERSE 27. As in the other Daniel prophecies, we will first give the prediction and follow it with the interpretation.
VISION: “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.” (Dan.9:24)
INTERPRETATION: THIS WORD THAT’S TRANSLATED “WEEKS” here in the King James Bible IS THE HEBREW WORD “SHABUA”, which literally means “SEVEN“. Therefore, a little better translation of this would be “seventy seven’s“, instead of “seventy weeks”.
As we proceed to read and understand the prophecy and its fulfillment‚ it becomes evident that THESE SEVENTY SEVENS ARE SEVENTY SEVENS OF YEARS, with each “week” representing a period of seven years.
SO, SEVENTY SEVENS OF YEARS, ACTUALLY, “ARE DETERMINED UPON THY PEOPLE & UPON THY HOLY CITY.” How long is that, 70 times 7 years is 490 years.
“Thy people”, Daniel’s people, were God’s people. So he says that AS FAR AS THE HISTORY OF GOD’S PEOPLE IS CONCERNED‚ THEY’VE GOT SEVENTY SEVENS YET TO GO to finish the transgression, make an end of sins‚ etc. As we proceed we will find exactly how this was to be fulfilled in seventy sevens.
“SEVENTY WEEKS (490 YEARS) ARE DETERMINED UPON THY PEOPLE & UPON THY HOLY CITY, to finish the transgression & to make an end of sins, & to make reconciliation for iniquity & to bring in everlasting righteousness, & to seal up the vision & prophecy & to anoint the most holy.”
“TO BRING AN END OF SINS.” I’ve heard preachers & Bible teachers explain that this was all fulfilled at the death of Jesus. Was it really? Did that bring an end of sin? If so, what’s this Hell all over the World I read about in the paper every day?
“TO MAKE RECONCILIATION FOR INIQUITY.” Well, within that period‚ yes, Jesus made reconciliation, but not everybody’s reconciled yet. “To bring in everlasting righteousness.”—Well, yes‚ for some. Jesus at His death brought everlasting righteousness to some, but there sure is an awful lot of Hell going on that is not righteous & it seems to me a lot of even the righteousness of the church hasn’t been very everlasting! So if He’s talking about ever since Jesus, it doesn’t look to me like the picture was very well fulfilled. Now get this!
“TO SEAL UP THE VISION!”—WHAT DOES THAT MEAN? fulfil it, completely finish it‚ the whole total 490 years, the complete end. “And the prophecy, & to anoint the most Holy.” Who’s the most Holy? It’s talking about Jesus, of course.—In fact, Yeshua ha Messiah, or the word “Christ” in Greek, literally means “the anointed one” or “the Messiah.” He was anointed in a sense spiritually to be King of kings, Lord of lords, King of the Jews, by God the Father before the World began!
BUT WHEN’S IT GOING TO HAPPEN? Did it happen at His crucifixion? Did He become King of kings then? Well‚ He became King of kings before the Creation, but that is in the spirit & the mind of God & the future is already settled, already here. But it isn’t going to actually be fulfilled & come to pass, all that’s predicted there about the 490 years is not going to happen until when? It’s not going to be totally fulfilled until when?—Partially fulfilled, yes, spiritually fulfilled‚ yes, in the spiritual Kingdom of God in us on Earth now. Jesus was right when He was saying, “The Kingdom of God is within you.” (Luk.17:21) It certainly wasn’t outside in the Roman Empire!
SO WHEN IS THIS GOING TO BE FULFILLED? When He takes over the World as its King, King of kings, to be anointed the Most Holy & bring in everlasting righteousness & all the rest? It isn’t completely fulfilled at the Second Coming. He only rescues some of the people at the Second Coming, & He doesn’t take over the World, it’s still in a Hell of a mess! In fact, it’s Hell on Earth after that! It reaps the very judgements of God & the Wrath of God after that. That’s not very holy! Well, it might be holy but it’s pretty much of a mess!
ALL OF THIS IS NOT REALLY COMPLETELY FULFILLED BOTH SPIRITUALLY & LITERALLY UNTIL THE MILLENNIUM! At the end of The Battle of Armageddon (Rev. 20:4). When we come down & take over & the Kingdom is delivered, oddly enough, it says into our hands, unto us. What happens at the Battle of Armageddon? The King of kings takes over His Kingdom & gives it to you! Isn’t that marvellous! He gives you the Kingdom! Isn’t that wonderful? We’re always talking about God’s Kingdom, the Kingdom of Heaven, the Kingdom of God on Earth & Kingdom of Jesus Christ, the King of kings, etc.‚ but it’s not only His Kingdom. Yes, it’s His Kingdom, but He gives it to you! (Dan.7:22,27)
VISION: “Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks and threescore and two weeks (or 69 sevens): the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times. And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for Himself.” (Dan.9:25, 26a)
INTERPRETATION: IN 454 B.C., ARTAXERXES LONGIMANUS, KING OF THE MEDES AND PERSIANS, GAVE NEHEMIAH THE COMMANDMENT TO GO FORTH AND REBUILD JERUSALEM (Neh. 2:5). There were several other proclamations made by Persian kings to release the Jews from captivity and let them return to Israel to rebuild the temple‚ but the principle proclamation to rebuild the city of Jerusalem itself was made in 454 B.C.
CYRUS HAD TOLD THEM THEY COULD GO AHEAD & REBUILD THE TEMPLE, but Artaxerxes told them they could rebuild the city including the wall (Neh. 2:5), which the other dictators had refused because they were afraid they might rebel again. But as long as the walls were down flat they knew they couldn’t defend themselves & they couldn’t be troublemakers any more. The Jews’ Temple had been left flattened till this point because they figured it must be their religion that makes them cause so much trouble!
WELL, THEY FINALLY LET’M REBUILD THE TEMPLE BUT THEY LEFT THE CITY FLAT & THE WALLS FLAT, & they figured, “We’re doing you a favour even to let you go home.” They weren’t allowed to rebuild the city or the wall, etc., until later.—Until who finally issued the commandment? (King Artaxerxes.)—Or also called Ahasuerus. And he was the husband of Esther. So apparently Esther had a pretty good effect on him! She must have persuaded him to finally let the people go home & rebuild their city & wall.
THE ONLY REASON THEY EMPHASISED THE SEVEN WEEKS OR THE 49 YEARS WAS BECAUSE IT WAS VERY IMPORTANT TO THEM, this rebuilding of the city itself & the wall for their self-defence. So the Lord is merely foretelling the future & predicting that it is going to take them 49 years to rebuild the city & the wall. And then after that it will be another 62 times seven, or a total of 69 seven’s, which is 483 years until the crucifixion of Christ.
FROM THE TIME OF THAT PROCLAMATION UNTO MESSIAH THE PRINCE SHALL BE—HOW LONG? 69 SEVENS OF YEARS, or 69 times seven years, which is exactly 483 years. From 454 B.C., this would bring us to exactly 30 A.D., the very year of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ!
Jesus was 33 years old when He died, & He was born in 4 B.C.—So He died in 30 A.D.
Therefore‚ Jesus actually began His ministry at 30 years of age (LK. 3:23), in the year 27 A.D., and was crucified, as we said before, in 30 A.D.
Now from 454 B.C. to 30 A.D. is exactly 483 years (69 Weeks) you don’t count the 454. You take from 454, So the first year into the command was 453 B.C., On a calculator you would go -454 add 483 years brings you to 29 A.D., Now you have to add 1 year because there was no year 0, Going from -454 B.C. the calculator would count the year 0, But the calendar actually went 1 B.C. to 1 A.D. no year 0, So -454 + 483 (69 Weeks) = 29 + 1 = 30 A.D. !
EXACTLY WHAT THE PROPHET DANIEL SAID‚ IT WOULD TAKE from the commandment to go back & rebuild the city of Jerusalem, all the way to the crucifixion of Jesus in His 33rd year in A.D. 30. From 454 to A.D. 30 is 483 years & that’s an exact time prophecy giving the exact length of time from the issuing of the edict to go & rebuild the city & then to the time of Christ, until He was crucified. And he even threw in a little extra there telling them it would take them 49 years to rebuild the city, seven sevens, plus the other all the way to the time of Christ.
Jesus was crucified within 30 A.D., about in April‚ probably, according to the moon & the Sabbath & all that. OK, Remember‚ we’re not dealing with just full years‚ but these things happened sometime during the year, & Christ was crucified somewhere during His 34th year.
SO YOU CAN’T GO BY EXACT, CERTAIN DAYS OF THE YEAR IN THIS CASE OR EVEN MONTHS, I think it suffices to say that it was close enough that it was exactly 483 years later, or within the 483rd year. I think that’s pretty good prophecy anyhow, that it was that close, no matter how you figure it, Remember The Angel was not talking in days but years! Don’t try to be too technical. I mean‚ let’s figure pretty much in round numbers, that the edict was made somewhere around 454 B.C.‚ Maybe the Lord didn’t make it so exact & so specific to the very day so they wouldn’t even know, it was good security.—And so the people who didn’t have the faith to take it as it says wouldn’t believe it. They don’t deserve to believe it. If you can’t trust God’s Word, you don’t deserve to know it anyhow.
So don’t try to get so technical & split hairs! My Lord‚ that’s where the church went wrong, when it got more interested in splitting hairs over theological doctrines & building church buildings instead of evangelising the World! So don’t try to pin things down to try to be so exact about some things except where the Bible gives you the exact amount of actual days. You can’t make a mistake about that. But when it just gives you a general figure of years, a lot depends on what time in the year it happened‚ what time in the year it was fulfilled & how long the months, etc.
ISN’T IT ENOUGH FOR YOU THAT IT WAS APPROXIMATELY THAT LONG?—483 years‚ isn’t that close enough? For God’s sake, that’s close enough for me!—That this prediction was that accurate, that when the edict was made, it was about 483 years later when Jesus was crucified, because that’s what happened, that’s what it says!
IT SAYS, “MESSIAH SHALL BE CUT OFF, BUT NOT FOR HIMSELF”. Isaiah, in another prophecy‚ tells why the Messiah was to be “cut off”. “For He was CUT OFF out of the land of the living: FOR THE TRANSGRESSION OF MY PEOPLE WAS HE STRICKEN… when thou shalt make His soul an offering for sin my righteous servant shall justify many; for He shall bear their iniquities.” (Isa 53:8,10,11—750 B.C.) HE DIED FOR US—NOT FOR HIMSELF, but for the transgression of the whole world—for our sins.
WHEN JESUS DIED ON THE CROSS IN 30 A.D. HE ACCOMPLISHED IN HIMSELF THE PROMISES OF THAT 24th VERSE: He finished the transgression, made an end of sins‚ and made reconciliation for iniquity, etc. As the Apostle Paul said, “We were reconciled to God by the death of His Son”, (Rm. 5:10) And “He appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself.” (Heb 9:26) He brought in “everlasting righteousness” through salvation. (Rm. 10:4)
THOUGH JESUS ACCOMPLISHED ALL THESE PROMISES IN HIMSELF, WE AS BELIEVERS IN HIM DO NOT FULLY POSSESS THEM YET: We only have them now by faith‚ in the realm of the Spirit, and we will not possess them literally until Jesus returns.
For instance, it says that AFTER “SEVENTY WEEKS” the “vision and PROPHECY” will be “SEALED UP”, or completed. Paul said that now “we PROPHESY IN PART. But when that which is PERFECT IS COME (JESUS), then that which is in PART SHALL BE DONE AWAY.” (I Cor. 13:9, 10)
THEREFORE‚ WE KNOW THAT THIS SEVENTIETH WEEK HAS NOT HAPPENED YET‚ BECAUSE WHEN IT ENDS IT WILL USHER IN PERFECTION UPON GOD’S PEOPLE, which can happen only with the return of Christ! So this seventieth week is still in the future!
VISION: “Messiah shall 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.” (Dan.9:26b)
INTERPRETATION: After Jesus was crucified‚ do you know what happened to Jerusalem (“The city”) and the Temple (“the sanctuary”)? In 70 A.D. the Roman Legions came and burned Jerusalem to the ground, took the Temple down, and destroyed it. Over one million Jews were slain and 95,000 were taken as slaves!
Micah 5:2, Isaiah 7:14 and 9:6 (750 B.C.) foretold that the Messiah was to be born in Bethlehem of a virgin, and was to be called “the Prince of Peace” Who had been in existence “from everlasting”. His betrayal by Judas is seen in Zechariah 11:12, 13 (500 B.C.) for “thirty pieces of silver”; His crucifixion in Psalm 22:16‚ 18 (1000 B.C.)—”pierced my hands and my feet”; and resurrection in Psalm 16:10—”will not leave my soul in hell.”
WE HOPE THAT YOU HAVE ACCEPTED JESUS AS THE MESSIAH because we still have that seventieth week yet to go, which, as we said, will end with the second coming of Jesus Christ—this time not as a sacrificial lamb, but as a roaring lion to take over the world and rule it with a rod of iron. You’d better be ready!
THIS PROPHECY SHOWS THAT THE MESSIAH WOULD COME BEFORE THE DESTRUCTION OF THE TEMPLE AND THE CITY in 70 A.D.—40 years after Jesus’ death! This is only one of over 300 prophecies fulfilled in Jesus of Nazareth, all written 4 to 15 centuries before His birth!
“AND THE PEOPLE OF THE PRINCE THAT SHALL COME”—now it doesn’t say the prince that shall come, but what does it say? “The people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city & the sanctuary; & the end thereof shall be with a flood, & unto the end of the war desolations are determined. And he…” You get the connection? First He talks about the prince that shall come. “And the people”—the Romans!—What a prophecy!
I’VE HEARD THIS EXPLAINED EVERY KIND OF WAY YOU CAN POSSIBLY IMAGINE! We know what people actually came later even after the Temple was rebuilt & the city & the wall rebuilt & all that, who later completely destroyed & flattened the city & the temple & the works. Who was that? (The Romans.) The people, the armies of Emperor Vespasian, under General Titus, came & destroyed the city.
“AND THE END THEREOF.” EVER SINCE THEN IT HAS SUFFERED NOTHING BUT FLOODS OF TROUBLE, WARS & DESOLATIONS. In fact, they have never rebuilt the Temple since the Romans destroyed it, & much of the city is still ruins outside the present old city, outside even where it used to be, just ruins, continuous desolations, continuous war after war after war which Jerusalem has been through, just floods of trouble ever since then.
EVER SINCE THE PEOPLE THAT DESTROYED THE CITY, THERE HAS BEEN EXACTLY WHAT HE PREDICTED HERE, FLOODS OF TROUBLE, DESOLATION & WAR! Jerusalem has known very little peace, it’s just been trouble‚ trouble, trouble! In fact‚ at that time the Romans drove most of the Jews completely out of Israel!—Slaughtered millions of them & drove out the rest & they got scattered all over the World, called the great Diaspora, or the Dispersion‚ the Jews call it. We call it Dispersion, they call it the Diaspora‚ which is a Greek word for the same thing. That’s their official word for the scattering of the Jews throughout all the World.
THEY HAVE BEEN SCATTERED EVER SINCE THEN & JERUSALEM HAS HAD NOTHING BUT TROUBLE EVER SINCE THEN‚ & even since they have been collected back in Israel again In 1948, Jerusalem is still in trouble, still at war, still in desolation & still without a Messiah ever since then, exactly as He said!—Until something. You’re going to catch on the point, I hope.
VISION: He shall CONFIRM the COVENANT with many for ONE WEEK (7 years): and in the MIDST of the week he shall cause the SACRIFICE and 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.” (Dan.9:27)
INTERPRETATION: Now we have that week that was left over, that seventieth week—which will be the last seven years of history!
IT SAYS “THE PEOPLE OF THE PRINCE THAT SHALL COME…AND HE SHALL CONFIRM THE COVENANT WITH MANY FOR ONE SEVEN OF YEARS.” So this “prince that shall come” back here is not actually talking about one of the Caesars, not about Vespasian, not about any of those that succeeded him then or for almost another two thousand years. But who is this prince that shall come? (The Antichrist!)
“AND HE SHALL CONFIRM.” THIS IS A RELATIVE PRONOUN REFERRING TO SOME FORMER SUBJECT! Who is the former subject? The only one it could possibly be is the prince that shall come. “He shall confirm.” So therefore that prince that shall come is referring to the Antichrist, because we know that he’s the one that shall confirm the Covenant with many for seven years. He makes the Covenant for seven years.
THIS “HE” THAT CONFIRMS THE COVENANT IS THE “PRINCE THAT SHALL COME”, of verse 26. His PEOPLE, the Romans, destroyed Jerusalem. They were “the people of the prince that SHALL come”, who is the Antichrist‚ whose empire, according to other prophecies in Daniel 2 and 7, will be a revival of and continuation of the old Roman Empire—in spirit and so forth!
So once again in the mind of God & in the Scripture the Antichrist is the Emperor of what Empire? (Rome!)—The final emperor of the Roman Empire! So as far as God’s concerned, the Roman Empire extends all the way from old Rome to the present & right clear up to the Antichrist, & he is just the final revival of the old Roman Empire & its final emperor! It couldn’t be any more exact, could it? “The people”—the Romans—”of the prince that shall come”—the Antichrist. So he is the final Emperor of Rome!
DOESN’T HIS HORN SPROUT OUT OF THE HEAD OF THE ROMAN BEAST? So isn’t he a king of Rome?—Along with ten other kings, three of whom he overthrows. The old Roman Empire covered mostly what part of the World today? (Europe.)—Mostly Europe & some of the Mideast, but mostly it was Europe. (Dan. 7:8;24)
THE 70TH WEEK!
NOW HERE IS SOMETHING THAT YOU’VE REALLY GOT TO GET! We have dealt with all the other weeks‚ haven’t we? “What ever happened to that 70th week‚ You’ve got all this business about 483 years‚ 69 weeks‚ right from the issuing of the edict up to the death of Jesus.
HOW COME GOD LEFT THAT LAST WEEK HANGING & DANGLING UNTIL THE VERY END, THE VERY LAST SEVEN YEARS OF WORLD HISTORY? Why did He divide the 70th week from the 69? Why has there been nearly 2000 years since the 69th week to the 70th week? Why? Why did He leave that hanging? Why did He put off the 70th seven years to the very end?
WELL, LET ME TELL YOU! This big gap is between the time the Jews killed their King & therefore God was through with them as a nation, until the time they are restored as a nation & guaranteed peace & are building the Temple, & Israel really becomes the Empire of Israel again under their Emperor, the one whom they consider their own messiah. Israel really comes into full strength in history as a strong nation with its own Emperor, literally the Emperor of Rome‚ showing where Israel’s at.
BUT WHEN THEY KILLED JESUS THEY CUT OFF THEIR OWN HEAD & THEIR OWN HISTORY, & ISRAEL, IN THE SIGHT OF GOD, CEASED TO BE ISRAEL. It ceased to be His people, it ceased to be His country, it ceased to be a nation in the eyes of God! But the false messiah comes along & literally recreates Israel into a World power with security, guarantees, Covenant, promises, restoration of the Temple & resumption of sacrifices. Israel has never been fully restored. Even though they declared their independence in ’48, they will not consider themselves fully restored until they have the Temple & sacrificial services are resumed. Then once again you have Israel’s history continued, Israel again in full bloom‚ Israel restored by the Antichrist, the last week‚ the last seven years.
IT IS AS THOUGH GOD SUSPENDED ISRAEL’S HISTORY WHEN THEY KILLED HIS SON, & He’s not going to allow it to be restored until the very end of the World, Man’s World, & then restored by the Devil himself, by the king that they worship & the king that they wanted. Their real King was crucified at the end of God’s history for Israel as far as He’s concerned, but He allows them to restore themselves to full power under the false messiah‚ the false king, the Antichrist, in the last 7 years! Do you get it?
GOD has told you through His Own Word & through the mouth of His Apostles of the Early Church, Whether you be Jew or Gentile or Greek or Black or White or male or female, it no longer makes any difference. There’s now no longer any Jew nor Gentile in Christ Jesus. No male or female‚ no Black or White, for all are one in Christ Jesus. We are all of just one nation now‚ the Kingdom of God, the Kingdom of Jesus Christ. (Ga.3:28)
JESUS SAID‚ “THE TIME IS COMING & NOW IS WHEN YE SHALL WORSHIP GOD NEITHER HERE UPON THIS MOUNTAIN NOR IN JERUSALEM, but he that pleases God shall worship God in Spirit”—in (heart)—“& in Truth”—(Bible), in here, His Word. “For,” He said, “God seeketh such to worship Him. He that worships God shall worship Him in Spirit & in Truth.” (Jn.4:21-24)
IN OTHER WORDS, THE TEMPLE MEANT NOTHING TO GOD ANY MORE! The Temple is dead & gone & has been for 2000 years! They’ve never had religious sacrificial Temple worship since then!
NOT ANOTHER SACRIFICE AFTER THE MOMENT JESUS DIED ON THE CROSS MEANT A THING! Not another animal slain upon that altar before the Temple for another almost 40 years after Jesus was killed, not another one of those sacrifices for 40 years meant a thing to God! Because the final ultimate Lamb of God had been slain & shed His blood already as a sacrifice for you & me upon the cross of Calvary! There is no other sacrifice! All other sacrifices were merely a type & a foreshadowing, a prophecy of the coming sacrifice of Jesus Christ & His blood on the cross for our sins.
TEMPLE WORSHIP FROM THAT TIME ON WAS IN VAIN! The Jewish Temple worship was a mockery run by the ones who had killed Christ Himself, the ones who had rejected their own Messiah the Scribes‚ the Pharisees‚ the high priests. So Jesus died there on God’s altar, the cross, represented by every crucifix in the World, believed by every Christian, trusted by every son & daughter of God who trusts Jesus Christ for their salvation & His blood shed for their sins.
THE OLD TEMPLE-WORSHIP WAS SWEPT AWAY WITH THE TEMPLE! It kept on going for another 40 years until the Roman legions came down to Jerusalem & they destroyed it! They destroyed the Temple, never left even one stone standing on another, & they crucified a hundred thousand Jews upon the hills surrounding Jerusalem, & one million Jews throughout the Holy Land.
Since then the Jews have been persecuted & hounded from one country to another throughout the entire Earth, until they have been scattered into every nation on the face of the Earth.
SO THEIR WORSHIP & THEIR TEMPLE WERE SWEPT AWAY.
SO WHO ARE ISRAEL? WHO IS ISRAEL? That’s important for you to understand, the Scripture. It’s no longer the Jews, it’s no longer the land of Israel!—You are Israel! You are the Children of God today who are believers in Jesus & have Jesus in your heart & are saved! And you are His land today! You are His kingdom! You are the Kingdom of God, for the Kingdom of God is within you! Jesus Himself said! Look it up in the Book of Luke. (Lk.17:21.) Amen? Praise God? Do you believe it?
YOU ARE ISRAEL TODAY!—NOT FLESH-&-BLOOD ISRAEL.
JESUS HIMSELF SAID THAT “HE WHO RECEIVES ME NOT, ALSO RECEIVES NOT THE FATHER.” For He said, “If they had received the Father, they would have received Me.” (Mt.10:40; Jn.14:7.)
AND THAT’S WHAT THE APOSTLES TEACH US ABOUT THE JEWS IN THE NEW TESTAMENT. That’s what the Prophets of God teach us about the Jews in the Old Testament as well!
And yet He’s allowing some of them to be gathered back to that land that they used to call Israel, which is no more Israel any more, really. We are really the Israel of God today‚ we are the only true Children of God today! Every Christian is a Child of God‚ the Children of God, the Israel of God, & ye are the land of God! You are the land of the dream!—The dream of every prophet of God!—The dream of every child of God. You are the land of Israel! You are the Kingdom of God!
THE NATURAL LAND OF ISRAEL IS MERELY A HISTORICAL PIECE OF PROPERTY STOLEN AWAY NOW BY THE UNBELIEVING ISRAELIS FROM THE CHRISTIAN ARABS to whom it belonged, to whom God had rightfully given it. Stolen away by force & violence & at the point of guns! They have driven out these Christian Arabs from their homes, from their own land to be wanderers in strange lands, like you & me. Driven out of every country on the face of this Earth, persecuted all over the World, having no home here on this Earth‚ pilgrims & strangers seeking for a City whose Builder & Maker is God! (He.11:10,13.)
When they murdered their own King! Assassinated their own Messiah! They immediately lost the Kingdom & were no longer a kingdom or a nation or a people as far as God was concerned.
ISRAEL WILL NOT BE FULLY RESTORED AS A NATION TO FULL POWER & RELIGION & THE WORKS, INCLUDING THE TEMPLE & THE SACRIFICES, UNTIL THE ANTICHRIST COMES INTO POWER. God left a gap of nearly 2000 years of World History in which Israel was obliterated as far as God was concerned. God only allows them to be restored at the very end!
WHY DO YOU SUPPOSE HE ALLOWS THEM TO KILL HIS SON, THEIR REAL KING, & THEN RE-ESTABLISH THEMSELVES UNDER A FALSE KING, a false messiah, for a total of seven years at the very end? Why did they reject Jesus? Why did they kill Jesus? Why did they accept the Antichrist & follow & worship him instead 2000 years later? Because the Antichrist will actually set up the kingdom like they’re expecting it, whereas Jesus didn’t. Why did God let it happen, To fill up their iniquity!
IF ANYTHING IS GOING TO PROVE WHO ARE NOT THE CHOSEN PEOPLE OF GOD NOR THE SAVED NOR THE CITIZENS OF THE KINGDOM, IT’S GOING TO BE THE FACT THAT THEY CHOOSE THE ANTICHRIST as their king & their emperor & they set up a reign of terror under him that will persecute & slaughter Christians!—A reign of the Devil!—A reign of Satan himself! If anything is ever going to prove [who] are anti-Christ, are fiendish devils & not the people of God, not the Kingdom of God & Israel is not the nation of God, it is going to be when they accept the Antichrist, the Devil himself as their messiah, as their king, as their emperor & worship him—Israel restored, ha ha, in power & glory, running the World again under their messiah, their emperor, their king, their “Supreme Lord” as they say!
THE HISTORY OF ISRAEL WAS CUT OFF WHEN THEY CUT OFF THEIR MESSIAH! But God allows their utter iniquity, their iniquitous natures to be totally revealed, totally exposed‚ totally identified, as, after having killed the true Messiah & ending their history as far as God was concerned, they rebuild a false nation & a false emperor & a false kingdom & a false king & a false messiah as the very last final crowning crime of their horrible criminal career!
HE ALLOWS THEM TO REALLY EXPOSE THEMSELVES WHEN THEY CHOOSE THE ANTICHRIST, THE VERY DEVIL IN PERSON, AS THEIR MESSIAH, & to restore their history & their power under the Antichrist, under the false messiah, under Satan himself as their god! You get it? Yes, that’s the 70th week‚ that’s the last seven years of Israel’s history‚ & it is going to be the last seven years, & in a sense it is a false seven, a false nation‚ a false empire with a false emperor, a false king, a false messiah! The whole thing is phoney & Satanic, diabolical, devilish, fiendish!
THE LAST WEEK OF THEIR HISTORY IS GOING TO BE THEIR FINEST HOUR, their finest, most glorious seven years when their emperor runs the World!—That is, until right in the middle! He’s still running the World, but then he starts trying to run the Jews. Up to that point they’d been running him! They got the Covenant, they got the agreement, they got permission to rebuild the Temple, restore their religion, they got possession of Israel, they got possession of Jerusalem. In a sense‚ with their “Supreme Lord,” their chosen messiah, their chosen dictator, their chosen king, they have literally become the power that rules the World! Right? Isn’t that what they’re working for right now?
THEY HAVE RESTORED THEMSELVES!—Not “God did it for us,” but “We did it ourselves with our own arms!” That’s what they said. When some Jewish public figure was thanking God for saving Israel in their wars with the Arabs, another public figure got up & announced publicly, “God didn’t save us‚ we saved ourselves!” And that’s exactly what they’re going to say at the end there when their false king is chosen & exalted & worshipped & put up as their emperor, & not only king of Israel but king of the World! Israel’s history at last restored! Israel at last restored! Israel at last a World power! Israel at last king of the World, running the rest of the World!
THAT’LL SHOW THEIR TRUE COLOURS, IF NOTHING ELSE EVER SHOWED THE CHURCH & THE CHRISTIANS—who now back Israel to the hilt & no doubt very soon will be backing the Antichrist to the hilt without even knowing it! In fact‚ they’re doing it right now! In backing Israel, they’re backing the Antichrist government! In backing the Antichrist government of the [Israelis], the church & Christians, even born-again saved Christians, are backing the Antichrist himself!—Not us, thank God! Hallelujah!
We tell the World the Truth & they hate it because they don’t want the World to know that! They’re keeping it a secret until they finally take over! Talk about secret societies, Masons & all the rest, all kinds of cabals & secret societies & everything, they’re secretly working undercover & even have all the church & the Christians fooled‚ getting them to cooperate with them, getting them to back the U.S. in backing Israel, so that Israel’s supreme power & “Supreme Lord” can be restored & they can run the World the way they’ve always wanted to run it! That’s where we are!
IN ORDER TO GET IN FIRM CONTROL & FIRM POWER‚ THE ANTICHRIST PROMISES TO INTERNATIONALISE THE CITY OF JERUSALEM, In that day Jerusalem will belong to neither the Jews nor the Arabs nor the Palestinians nor the Muslims nor the Christians but to all of them!—& most of all to the Antichrist! That’s the way he gets them all to co–operate with him. That they will all have religious freedom there & religious rights of worship & be able to restore their various temples & sanctuaries & churches, etc., & all be able to worship & all have free access to Jerusalem.—Like Rome in the time of the Roman Empire‚ of which he’s a fulfilment in a way, in which every Roman citizen throughout the entire Roman Empire regardless of his nationality or his country could travel freely from country to country & come to the city of Rome as his capital city.
ROME BELONGED TO EVERY CITIZEN OF ROME THROUGHOUT THE WORLD, SO JERUSALEM IS GOING TO BELONG TO EVERY CITIZEN OF THE ANTICHRIST EMPIRE THROUGHOUT THE WORLD. Jerusalem is going to belong to them all & they will consider it their city, internationalised, & it’s especially going to please the Christians who love Jerusalem, & the Jews who love Jerusalem, & the Muslims who love Jerusalem, all of them! How smart! What a clever guy! He finally promises them everything & eventually gives them nothing.
JERUSALEM IS ESTABLISHED AS AN INTERNATIONAL CITY BELONGING TO THE WHOLE WORLD & not just the world’s 3 major religions. It is even also made the political capital of the Antichrist World Dictator & his World Dictatorship. He gets all the world’s religions to cooperate at first by giving them all religious freedom in Jerusalem to practice all their religions.
THIS THEN FINALLY GIVES THE JEWS THEIR GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY TO REBUILD THEIR TEMPLE & RESTORE ITS SACRIFICIAL WORSHIP! They work out some kind of a compromise with the other religions‚ & this is the only way it could ever be done‚ because the Arabs would never allow it otherwise. It has to be done by a fourth party, a World political Government, to make a compromise which is generally accepted as the Covenant spoken of in the Bible prophecies of Daniel time & time again.
JERUSALEM IS ESTABLISHED AS AN INTERNATIONAL CITY BELONGING TO THE WHOLE WORLD & not just the world’s 3 major religions. It is even also made the political capital of the Antichrist World Dictator & his World Dictatorship. He gets all the world’s religions to cooperate at first by giving them all religious freedom in Jerusalem to practice all their religions.
THIS WOULD INCLUDE THE RE-ESTABLISHMENT BY THE JEWS OF SOME KIND OF A TEMPLE IN JERUSALEM!—For which they already have plans & materials!
And he (antichrist) shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: This Prince that shall come shall confirm the Covenant. This is why he is called the Prince of the Covenant, the Antichrist, as it is he who confirms the Covenant. He makes a seven-year Covenant for the reinstitution of sacrificial worship & freedom of religion in Jerusalem, an ingenious compromise between the Jews & Arabs & Christians!
A Covenant with the Jews & Christians & Muslims & all‚ that Jerusalem shall be a holy city & they can restore their sanctuaries & their worship. He’s going to give everybody religious freedom & he brags about all he’s going to do for them. He just does this to get their cooperation to help make him king, help make him the World dictator‚ the World Antichrist. So when he confirms the Covenant‚ that starts the Antichrist kingdom.
IT HAS TO BE A COVENANT TO RESTORE WORSHIP, & particularly he’s concerned about Jewish worship here, the rebuilding of the Temple & the restoration of sacrificial worship on the altar in front of the Temple. He is going to allow the Jews to rebuild the Temple, to restore the sacrificial worship & to seem to have religious freedom again, & he does this for 3 1/2 years. How do we know he does this for 3 1/2 years? Well, it tells you here & it’s more specific in other chapters to follow, & even in the Book of Revelation.
“IN THE MIDST OF THE WEEK (AT THE END OF 3 1/2 YEARS, LEAVING 3 1/2 MORE) HE SHALL CAUSE THE SACRIFICE AND OBLATION TO CEASE (in other words‚ stop religious worship), and for the overspreading of ABOMINATIONS he shall make it desolate.”
IN THE MIDDLE OF THE SEVEN YEARS, WHAT DOES HE DO? He causes the sacrifice & the oblation to cease. In the middle of seven years, At the end of 3 1/2 years he breaks the Covenant, right at the middle of the seven years the Covenant is broken, “And for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it (Sacrifice/Worship) desolate, even until the consummation.”) Even unto the consummation of the End! When that happens, there’s going to be nothing but trouble from then on! It’s going to be an “overspreading of abominations.” Now that’s virtually the same term used as the “abomination of desolation.” (Mt.24:15.)
ALL RIGHT‚ THE ANTICHRIST THEN IS GOING TO BREAK THE COVENANT & after that there’s gonna be 3 1/2 years of Great Tribulation , horror‚ the Beast, the Image of the Beast & the Mark of the Beast, all deceivableness of unrighteousness & all lying signs and wonders—Desolations & wars & overspreading of abominations! This term “overspreading of abomination” reminds you of what?—”The abomination which maketh desolate.” (Dan.11:31; 12:11.)
THIS LAST HALF OF THE SEVEN YEARS IS THE GREAT TRIBULATION, THE FIRST HALF IS WORLD PEACE. He makes the Covenant as a World Peace Treaty & everything is going fine, he’s restoring the World, he’s gonna make everybody happy & bring World peace until he’s finally got everything firmly in his grip. Therefore at the end of 3 1/2 years he breaks the Covenant, & Jesus said that he would then place the abomination of desolation in the holy place. (Mt.24:15.) And we find out that that’s an image of himself in Revelation 13th Chapter.
IN MATTHEW 24, JESUS SAYS HE’LL PLACE IT IN THE HOLY PLACE & Jesus Himself predicts then that that will begin the Great Tribulation & that it will last until He comes. (Mt.24:15,21,29-31.) And during this time people are going to be branded with the Mark of the Beast. They’re not going to be allowed to worship God or read the Bible or worship anybody but the Antichrist.
THIS CEASING OF THE “DAILY SACRIFICE” BY THE A.C. IS ALSO PREDICTED IN DANIEL CHAPTERS 8 AND 11. In Daniel 8 it says, “by him (the little horn) the daily sacrifice was taken away, and the place of his sanctuary was cast down… (by) the transgression of desolation.” (Dan.8:11-14) Daniel 11:31 says, “Arms shall stand on his part, and they… shall take away the daily sacrifice, and… place the abomination that maketh desolate.”
SO THE ANTICHRIST WON’T WANT ANYBODY TO WORSHIP ANYBODY BUT HIMSELF‚ HE WANTS TO BE GOD! He’s going to be the Antichrist. This word literally does not mean just against Christ, but in place of Christ. He wants himself to be the Messiah & be worshipped like Jesus & be the World king like Jesus is going to be, so he forbids worship except of this Image of the Beast. The Beast is the Antichrist, & they make this Image of him that talks & commands that anybody that refuses the Mark of the Beast or to worship him should be Killed!
It speaks & commands that everybody that doesn’t worship him & receive the Mark of the Beast should be Killed! & that’s in Revelation 13:15. It doesn’t happen to all of them, but he commands it. So there you are, there’s the whole outline of history from the time of Daniel through the time of Christ, right down to the very End!
NOW I CAN GIVE YOU SOME RATIONALITIES & REASONS & A LITTLE LOGIC that maybe you might understand to try to explain it. He was giving the history of what people? (The Jews.) And when did the Jews really lose their kingdom? (When they killed their King!) He didn’t just die of natural causes. When they murdered their own King! Assassinated their own Messiah! They immediately lost the Kingdom & were no longer a kingdom or a nation or a people as far as God was concerned.
BUT THERE’S GOING TO BE A SORT OF A FALSE RESTORATION OF THEIR KINGDOM & you might say their autonomy, independence, in this seven-year Covenant with the Antichrist.
SO THE POWER OF THE JEWS IS TREMENDOUSLY RESTORED & THE NATION IS MADE OFFICIAL. It will be recognised Worldwide then. It’s not recognised Worldwide today, did you know that? There are many countries who refuse of recognise the existence of Israel at all.
SO THE ANTICHRIST, AS A SMART POLITICIAN, realises that in order to stop all this bickering & arguing & in-fighting amongst the world’s 3 great religions within his One-World Government, he’s finally got to abolish all religions, & insist that there must just be one religion—his religion—the worship of him & his image!
AS THE PRINCE OF THE COVENANT, THE ANTICHRIST IS THE ONE WHO MAKES THE COVENANT‚ & therefore he has the authority to break it. He makes the promise, but he also breaks the promise. He’s the one who gives these nations & religions their freedom & authority to practise & worship in Jerusalem & set up their official Temples there, & tries to bring about a compromise between them.
OBVIOUSLY, THE COVENANT DOESN’T WORK! He tries, but probably there’s still so much fighting between them, that he cannot get the world really united as long as these religions are still fighting each other. So his idea, of course, with the seeming sensible reasoning of man & the Devil, is to abolish all other religions, & unite the world in one religion, the worship of himself, the Antichrist, which means the worship of the Devil, for he is the Devil in the flesh!—As the great English historian Toynbee said: “To unite the world, you’d have to unite its religions!”
THAT’S WHEN HE, THE PRINCE OF THE COVENANT, THE ANTICHRIST, STOPS THE SACRIFICES & BREAKS THE COVENANT THAT HE HAS MADE! He made the Covenant for 7 years, promising them all this religious freedom. Then he breaks it & says, “We’re going to put a stop to all this religious fighting now‚ & we’re going to just worship me!—And we’re just going to have One-World Religion as well as One-World Government & a One-World Dictator!—ME!
SO FINALLY THE DEVIL HAS GOT WHAT HE ALWAYS WANTED!: THE WORSHIP OF THE WHOLE WORLD WITH HIM AS ITS GOD!—”THE GOD OF THIS WORLD” (2Co.4:4.) Then comes the attempted abolition of the worship of the one true God & of Jesus Christ His Son & all other religions!
“And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations , And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world” Rev. 13:7-8
SO TO RECAP “AND HE (ANTICHRIST) SHALL CONFIRM THE COVENANT WITH MANY FOR ONE WEEK”—OR SEVEN YEARS. This Prince that shall come shall confirm the Covenant. This is why he is called the Prince of the Covenant, the Antichrist, as it is he who confirms the Covenant. He makes a seven-year Covenant for the reinstitution of sacrificial worship & freedom of religion in Jerusalem, an ingenious compromise between the Jews & Arabs!
BUT THEN HE BREAKS IT!: “In the midst of the week” or the seven years, or therefore at the end of 3 1/2 years, “he shall cause the sacrifice & the oblation to cease.” Now there is reference after reference about this event: Dan.7:25; 8:9-14; 9:27; 11:31; 12:7-11; Mt.24:15 & 21; Lk.21:20-24; Rev.11:2 & 3; & many others.—Read’m!
“HE SHALL CAUSE THE SACRIFICE & OBLATION TO CEASE (BREAK THE COVENANT), & for the overspreading of abominations (Abomination of desolation/all deceivableness of unrighteousness ) he shall make it (Sacrifice/Worship) desolate, even unto the consummation (the End), & that determined shall be poured upon the desolate”—(The wrath of God poured upon those who have rejected Jesus and worshiped the Antichrist and his image )
THE PRESENT MONEY MEDIUM WILL SOON BE REPLACED BY A NEW “MONEY” MEDIUM, A VERY REMARKABLE CREDIT SYSTEM in which every person in the world who belongs to the system will have a credit number, without which he cannot buy or sell. (Rev.13:7)
THIS NUMBER (NAME) WILL BE BRANDED ON EACH PERSON: “a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads…that no man might buy or sell‚ save he that had the mark, or the NAME of the beast, or the number of his NAME…for it is the number of a man; and his number is six hundred three score and six.” (Rev.13:16,17) Soon man will no longer fear the power of paper currency and their owners, but THEY WILL HAVE A NEW GOD, A NEW MONETARY MEDIUM, and be branded by the beast like cattle for the slaughter, and will be forced to worship the beast and this image, or be killed!
Just look at how the world is being prepared for a mechanical god‚ an electronic brain, a computer deity, which they will then be willing to worship because it is their own creation, the work of their own hands. “THEY WORSHIP THE WORKS OF THEIR OWN HANDS, that which their own fingers have made.” (Isa.2:8)
THIS IDOL OF THE ANTICHRIST, THIS ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION, WILL BE PUT RIGHT IN THE HOLY PLACE AT JERUSALEM TO MAKE THE WORLD WORSHIP IT. They will also endeavour to do so in the very hearts of the people, the true temple of God, the spiritual temple of God.
THEY WILL SUCCEED IN THOSE WHO KNEW HIM NOT and were not truly His temple, but IN HIS TRUE TEMPLE, THOSE TRUE REMAINING BELIEVERS, THEY WILL NOT set up the abomination, that worship of the Antichrist. As Jesus said, “The true worshippers shall worship the Father in Spirit and in truth”—the temple of His Spirit, not the temple “at Jerusalem”. “And they (the true worshippers) shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of My hand.” (Jn.4:21-23; 10:29)
THE FIRST THREE AND A HALF YEARS OF THIS DICTATOR’S SEEMINGLY BENIGN RULE WILL BE FOLLOWED BY THREE AND A HALF YEARS OF A REIGN OF TERROR called the Great Tribulation, under this demon dictator’s image and its false prophet‚ and an unparalleled worldwide persecution of both Jews and Christians!
According to the book of Revelation, it is during this time that the Gentiles will tread the Holy City under foot for “forty and two months”—”one thousand two hundred and threescore days”—while God’s witnesses shall prophesy in sackcloth with great power and wonders until they have finished their testimony. THEN THE BEAST SHALL MAKE WAR AGAINST THEM AND KILL THEM because their message has tormented those who dwell on the earth. (Rev.11:2-10)
THE BEAST SHALL HAVE POWER OVER ALL THE EARTH FOR THREE AND A HALF YEARS, speaking great blasphemies and doing great wonders and miracles, so that all the world shall wonder after him and worship him, saying, “Who is like unto him, and who is able to make war with him?” (Rev.13:4-8 and II Th. 2:3-12)
THE ANTICHRIST AND HIS FORCES WILL BE ALL-POWERFUL, so all-powerful they’re even going to think they can make war on God and His people—and that’s where they’re going to lose! God is going to protect us and keep us, at least a lot of us if not most of us‚ supernaturally, miraculously, powerfully in many ways, and the message will get out all the more, in spite of everything they do! Then when it looks like we’re going to be really wiped out, Jesus comes and saves us—a happy ending to the story!
THIS GREAT TRIBULATION, THEREFORE, WILL BEGIN IN THE “MIDST OF THE WEEK” and will continue throughout the remaining 3 1/2 years of the “seven year” covenant!—”Until the consummation (or completion of the seven years), “and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.”
AND “THAT DETERMINED” IS THE WRATH OF GOD which Revelation describes as seven vials poured upon the wicked, and which begins at the Second Coming of Christ to gather together or Rapture His saints. (Rev. 16)
FOR THEN, JESUS SAID “IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE TRIBULATION OF THOSE DAYS”, “THEN shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven…and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And He shall send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet and they shall gather together His elect from the four winds…from the uttermost part of the earth to the uttermost part of heaven.” (Mt.24:29-31; Mk.13:27)
HERE AT THE END OF THIS SEVENTIETH WEEK WE HAVE THE GLORIOUS SECOND COMING OF JESUS CHRIST TO “GATHER TOGETHER” HIS CHURCH—the true believers. This gathering together involves first the resurrection of those saints who have died, and then the transformation of those believers still alive at His coming, both of whom, at that time, will receive immortal bodies!
“FOR THE LORD HIMSELF SHALL DESCEND FROM HEAVEN WITH A SHOUT‚ with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God… (and) them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with Him” when He comes.
“THE DEAD IN CHRIST SHALL RISE FIRST: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so shall we ever be with the Lord.” (1Th.4:14-17)
ARE YOU PREPARED FOR THESE COMING EVENTS? If not you’d better get ready, as things are really moving! Take Jesus now! We love you!
SEE TIMELINE CHARTS BELOW (Chart 1 has been edited and updated by Daniel Lane, charts 2,3 & 4 based as from historian James Ussher 1581-1656)