MK 13:5 And Jesus, answering them, began to say: “Take heed that no one deceives you.
We read passages like this all the time, warning us not to be deceived by the doctrines of man …but to adhere to the doctrines of Jesus (The Word) Himself.
We are living in a time when false teachers are a dime a dozen, and yet another ‘prophet’ has set a date for the return of Jesus; and the Dispensationalist ‘Rapture’ pundits are warning all of a seven year peace plan between the anti-Christ and Israel; which will be broken in the middle; their entire treatise on this theory is grounded on an inaccurate interpretation of Dan 9;27. Please bear with me, and judge for yourself what the truth really is; only the Holy Spirit of God can guide you in the truth…not me
It all starts with a vision Daniel received…
Dan 9:21 yes, while I was speaking in prayer, the man Gabriel, whom I had seen in the vision at the beginning, being caused to fly swiftly, reached me about the time of the evening offering.
9:22 And he informed me, and talked with me, and said, “O Daniel, I have now come forth to give you skill to understand.
9:23 “At the beginning of your supplications the command went out, and I have come to tell you, for you are greatly beloved; therefore consider the matter, and understand the vision:
Daniel had been confused by a vision…and in answer to prayer God sent Gabriel to explain things to him…
9:24 “Seventy weeks are determined
For your people and for your 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 vision and prophecy,
And to anoint the Most Holy.
In Exodus 23:10-11 we find a Sabbatical command concerning the nation’s land. The Israelites were to work their land for six years and then let it rest for one year. They ended up going for a period of 490 years without letting the land rest; as a result of this, God allowed Israel to be led into Babylonian captivity for 70 years (Jeremiah 25:7-13), thus letting the land obtain its due Sabbatical rests (490 divided by 7 is 70; see Leviticus 26:33-35).
9:25 “Know therefore and understand,
That from the going forth of the command
To restore and build Jerusalem
Until Messiah the Prince,
There shall be seven weeks and sixty-two weeks;
The street shall be built again, and the wall,
Even in troublesome times.
Here we see two time periods one of 7 weeks… then followed by 62 weeks…
Please understand Weeks H 7620 translates as seven and as there are 7 days in a week it doubles as ‘week’…so 7 weeks here translates as 7×7 =49…or 49 years
Space prohibits us from doing a full study on Daniel; but safe to say the first command went out and Jerusalem and its wall were rebuilt in 49 years under Ezra and Nehemiah.
There is another command given, and this is the command to rebuild the Temple, the two commands do not run concurrently but each after their own command.
9:26 “And after the sixty-two weeks
Messiah shall be cut off, but not for Himself;
And the people of the prince who is to come
Shall destroy the city and the sanctuary.
The end of it shall be with a flood,
And till the end of the war desolations are determined.
Now after a period of 63×7 = 441years Jesus the Messiah (Christ) will be cut off; i.e. will be crucified, not for Himself but for mankind. The Jerusalem and the Temple will be destroyed… its end does not come with a literal water flood.( sudden; catastrophic)
Now comes the bombshell that has confused scholars since Daniel put quill to papyrus…who is this prince to come?… one does not have to have a doctorate in Theology to see that Daniel first refers to the Messiah as a prince; ‘Until Messiah the Prince’. And understanding that when Daniel wrote this that this same prince was ‘still to come’ ‘And the people H 5971 ( A TRIBE) of the prince who is to come’ …. Now ask yourself the simple question “Did this prince, the Messiah who was to come, have people of His own, a tribe of his own? JN 1:11 He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him. Of course He did He was from the tribe of Judah… And that is exactly how it happened, although the Jews never actually physically destroyed the Temple the original Holy of Holies was not used again, it had been damaged in the earthquake as well; the Sanhedrin was in disarray and rebellion started in the ranks. Remember who the Jews had chosen in place of Jesus to be released? …Barabbas the ‘Terrorist’ MK 15:7 And there was one named Barabbas, who was chained with his fellow rebels; they had committed murder in the rebellion.
9:27 Then he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week;
But in the middle of the week
He shall bring an end to sacrifice and offering.
And on the wing of abominations shall be one who makes desolate,
Even until the consummation, which is determined,
Is poured out on the desolate.”
Jesus indeed confirmed the covenant with many…His Disciples…the Sanhedrin…the Pharisees…the scribes and the Remnant that knew He was their Messiah. He fulfilled the New covenant in His blood; and all the prophecies in one week (seven literal days this time) Seven days that are the most important days of all time…the week that changed the world …a week where the Lord Jesus Christ would confirm all the prophecies and the New covenant… starting with the first day of the week Sunday, when He rides into Jerusalem on a donkey …to the middle of this week (Wednesday) when He is crucified and the veil of the Temple is torn in two and all sacrifices and offerings cease…Crucified on the day before Passover, He is the Passover Lamb…killed with the Passover lambs!!!…The date of Jesus’ death and resurrection? AD 30…. And Jerusalem was destroyed 40 years later; AD 70…40 more years were given to the Jews to To make an end of sins, To make reconciliation for iniquity, But they never did and judgment was poured out on them and they were scattered worldwide…Is it a coincidence that Jesus was crucified on the remembrance day of the Egyptian Passover and that the Lord, in the Wilderness, tried to change the mindset of the Jews for 40 years? …I think not.
Then on the wing of abominations shall be one who makes desolate …none other than Titus the son of Caesar Vespasian…If ever you wish to read up on the most unbelievable horrors of our time; then read what happened in the siege of Jerusalem and it’s destruction in AD 70. It is unbelievably horrific JER 31:15 Thus says the LORD: “A voice was heard in Ramah, Lamentation and bitter weeping, Rachel weeping for her children, Refusing to be comforted for her children, Because they are no more.” The children where systematically eaten !!!!
THE WEEK THAT CHANGED THE WORD
Sunday Jesus rides into Jerusalem and is greeted by the crowds, He immediately enters the Temple and thrashes those who were desecrating it Matt21:10 And when He had come into Jerusalem, all the city was moved, saying, “Who is this?”21:11 So the multitudes said, “This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth of Galilee.” 21:12 Then Jesus went into the temple of God and drove out all those who bought and sold in the temple, and overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who sold doves.
Monday After spending the night in Bethany Jesus walks to Jerusalem , on the way cursing the Fig tree Matt 21:18 Now in the morning, as He returned to the city. And He again goes into the Temple, and again drives out those who are defiling it MK 11:12 Now the next day, when they had come out from Bethany, He was hungry.
11:13 And seeing from afar a fig tree having leaves, He went to see if perhaps He would find something on it. When He came to it, He found nothing but leaves, for it was not the season for figs.
11:14 In response Jesus said to it, “Let no one eat fruit from you ever again.” And His disciples heard it.
11:15 So they came to Jerusalem. Then Jesus went into the temple and began to drive out those who bought and sold in the temple, and overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who sold doves.
Tuesday Again they left Bethany in the morning on their way to the Temple and passed by the now ‘dead to its roots’ fig tree….This is when Jesus has his famous altercation with the Scribes and Pharisees in Matt 23. Matt 26:1 Now it came to pass, when Jesus had finished all these sayings, that He said to His disciples,
26:2 “You know that after two days is the Passover, and the Son of Man will be delivered up to be crucified.”
26:3 Then the chief priests, the scribes, and the elders of the people assembled at the palace of the high priest, who was called Caiaphas,
26:4 and plotted to take Jesus by trickery and kill Him.
26:5 But they said, “Not during the feast, lest there be an uproar among the people.”
Wednesday Jesus supposedly sends them out to prepare the Passover on the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread 26:17 Now on the first day of the Feast of the Unleavened Bread the disciples came to Jesus, saying to Him, “Where do You want us to prepare for You to eat the Passover?” …but Holy Scripture teaches that the Feast of Unleavened Bread follows the day of Passover…They eat the Passover a day early, on preparation day, the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread simply because the Pharisees in those days had joined the Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread to make it a eight days of feasting in stead of seven…and the first day of unleavened bread was the day that all leaven had to be removed from the homes and a thorough ‘spring-cleaning’ took place and this could not take place on a high Sabbath i.e. Passover, so it was done the day before on preparation day. JN 19:31 Therefore, because it was the Preparation Day, that the bodies should not remain on the cross on the Sabbath (for that Sabbath was a high day), the Jews asked Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away.
…Judas betrays Jesus and He is arrested that night in Gethsemane. Wednesday morning Jesus is tried and convicted and sent to be crucified…JESUS IS CRUCIFID IN THE MIDDLE OF THE WEEK WEDNESDAY
Thursday At the start of Thursday (Passover) Jesus is laid in the Tomb…1st full night and day
Friday In the Tomb 2nd full night and day
Saturday Sabbath in the tomb 3rd full night and day …Then, and only then, after three full days and three full nights comes the Resurrection 6PM Saturday night…after three and a half days Jesus appears to Martha in the early hours of Sunday morning.
JN 8:32 “And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”
JN 3:16 “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
There is no better time than right now to spread the Gospel; why not do it?