THE 70th WEEK OF DANIEL
Larry T. Smith
© 2002 Copyright Rightly Dividing the Word
SETTING OF THIS PROPHECY
REASON FOR THE DESOLATION
Daniel is seeking God for direction because he knows that the seventy prophesied years are about up, and that means it is about time for his people to be returned to their land. God then reveals to Daniel that there are seventy more sevens determined for his people and that during that time they would commit an even greater sin then they had done in the past by cutting cut off their Messiah. This transgression, God explained, would bring about the destruction of their city and their sanctuary.
This salutation is very similar to the one the same angel Gabriel gave to Mary when he announced she would be the vessel through which God would bring forth the messiah.
Daniel’s prophecy revealed the exact number of years it would be until the Messiah came and was cut off by His people. This time frame became the key to the future of Israel. For us to see if this time frame is now past or a coming, we simply have to see if all six points of Daniel 9:24 have come to pass. If they have, then we can know that not only are the first 69 weeks past, but also the all important 70th week is now history as well.
Strong’s Concordance WEEKS - 7620. shabuwa', shaw-boo'-ah; or shabua', shaw-boo'-ah; also (fem.) shebu'ah, sheb-oo-aw'; prop. pass. part. of H7650 as a denom. of H7651; lit. sevened, i.e. a week (spec. of years):--seven, week.
A biblical example of this is found in Genesis 29.
CONCLUSION OF VERSE 24 – (parenthesis mine)
Not one of these six things was fulfilled during the first 69 weeks, so that means they must all be fulfilled during the 70th week. That is why it is set aside as a separate week, because during that the week Messiah would come and fulfill all 6 of these points by being cut off in the midst of the week. This would bring about the Abomination of Desolation which would end in the destruction of the city (Jerusalem) and the sanctuary (Temple). This judgment all took place within the generation after the death of Jesus just as He predicted in Matthew 23 & 24.
Some in an effort to deceive the Church and create seven more years of law keeping created a 2000-year gap theory and said all these things are yet future and are to be fulfilled when the Lord comes the second time. This teaching is known as Dispensational Theology. This theory began in 1830, and gained popularity in the 1900’s by the printing of the Scofield Bible that featured Dispensational footnotes and the writings of Clarence Larkin.
There is never any mention of this so called gap in the Bible, nor to my knowledge, are there any references to it in history before that time. Dispensationalists then placed a rapture in front of this week to give their teaching some type of substance, and then make the seven years a future tribulation period dealing with a covenant of antichrist instead of Jesus Christ. They make this covenant change when they teach that there will be a future return to law keeping and animal sacrifices for salvation. The scriptures of the New Testament deny that salvation according to the law covenant can ever happen again after Christ came and made one sacrifice for the sins of mankind forever.
Now we have all kinds of theories that have come from this teaching (pre, mid, and post tribulation, and pre-wrath), and all these are based on the false teaching that the 70th week is a future tribulation, where God will turn back to the natural Jew. Where you put this week is the most important teaching of Bible prophecy.
KEY POINTS TO KEEP IN MIND
· The Bible says nothing about an Antichrist in Daniel 9. Men have added this idea to the Scriptures.
· The Bible does not say anything about a gap between the 69th and 70th week of Daniel. This gap thinking contradicts the consistency of the scriptures that deal with Israel’s 70 years of captivity in Babylon, of which Daniel used to determine the timeframe for his people’s freedom.
· There is not one scripture that teaches the Lord God will ever reject grace and Jesus’ blood and return to His Law and animal sacrifices for the atonement for men’s sin. The Bible teaches in Galatians 3:19 that the Law was given because of transgressions till the seed [Christ] could come to whom the promise was made. This shows that the Law would was the parenthesis in God’s plan for man, and not Jesus’ New Covenant.
· There is not one scripture in the Bible for a pre-tribulation rapture of the church. The Bible teaches a last day resurrection. The question then becomes, if there is not one scripture for it, why are we teaching it? Dispensationalists needed this teaching to get men to accept this idea to support an endtime change of covenants.
· There is not one scripture in the Bible for a future seven-year tribulation period, yet this period is the basis for most of the manmade teachings of prophecy today. This time was created by putting a gap between the 69th and 70th weeks of Daniel’s prophecy and claiming it applies to a future time period of Law keeping.
The following question is the key in determining the difference between the historical and futurist viewpoints: Is the covenant spoken of in Daniel 9:27 confirmed by Jesus Christ (Messiah the Prince), or is it confirmed by a future Anti-christ? The best way to determine who in Daniel this scripture is referring is to look at related scriptures in the Bible.
The scriptures do not teach that this covenant is a 7-year covenant. The scriptures say that the prince will confirm the covenant to the Jews for one week, which is showing this will happen during the final week of the 70-week prophecy. The covenant itself could be an everlasting covenant, which is exactly what the scriptures declare it to be. If the scriptures bear this out, then we know the prince in this scripture would be Messiah the Prince, which was cut off in the midst of the week causing the sacrifice and the oblation (animal sacrifices to no longer be accepted by God) to cease.
I will come back to the six points of verse 24 a little later, and take them one at time, and prove that they were all fulfilled by Jesus during the 70th week without a gap or break in the number of years that God spoke to Daniel. Let's glean through the next three verses first.
490 YEARS DIVIDED INTO THREE PARTS
62 WEEKS – From then to Messiah—Explained in Daniel 11. There is not 400 years of silence as some men teach, because these years are explained in Daniel chapter 11 (which I will briefly cover later in this lesson), and in 1st and 2nd Maccabees (which is at least a historical account of this time).
1 WEEK – Set aside for the Messiah—Cut off in the Midst—Stopping the sacrifice—Fulfilling all of verse 24—Causing the destruction of the Temple and the City before that generation passed away. (40 Years—one 40-year generation—70 AD. This was fulfilled to the letter for Jesus was born in 4 BC, He was crucified in 30 AD, and His ministry lasted 3½ years, and 40 years after His crucifixion the Temple and city were destroyed.)
Who gave the command is certain, because it was prophesied approximately 200 years before he was born and he was called by name in the prophesy and told what he was supposed to do.
The fulfillment of this is found in Daniel 5:6, 28.
The Fulfillment of this came 200 years later, and is recorded in II Chronicles 36:21-23 and Ezra 1:1-4.
2 Chronicles 36:21-23
From the time that Cyrus gave the command to rebuild, until Messiah the Prince was revealed to Israel and began to confirm the New Covenant with them during the final week, would be 483 years. This Messiah the Prince would cause the sacrifice and the oblation [animal sacrifices] to cease in the midst of the week, because his blood, being shed for the sins of Israel, would replace animal sacrifices forever. This would then officially bring in the new covenant, though the actual offering of it did not stop till 70 AD. This Covenant was prophesied in various scriptures in the Old Testament, especially in Jeremiah 31:31-34, and quoted in Hebrews 8:8-13. There the writer of Hebrews described this as being the New Covenant that had replaced the Old Covenant. Clarence Larkin claims in his book Dispensational Truth that this Covenant has nothing to do with the Church, but, he says, it applies only to Israel in the Millennium, the New Heaven, and the New Earth. Larkin’s statement is in direct contradiction to those of the Book of Hebrews and to those found in the rest of the New Testament, yet some men still claim that their Dispensational doctrines are biblical truths.
"AFTER" NOT "AT"
Notice that this does not say “AT” but “AFTER” the 69 weeks that Messiah will be cut off. What is after 69? 70! This shows that this occurrence had to take place during the 70th week. Scriptures and history agree with that for they show that Jesus was crucified after 31/2 years of ministry. That would have made Him cut off in the midst of the 70th week.
PEOPLE OF THE PRINCE THAT SHALL COME SHALL
Most prophecy teachers, both Preterists and Futurists, agree that the last part of this verse is a prophecy of the Roman army attacking Jerusalem between 67 AD and 70 AD, because the Jews that lived during that time were the generation that had "finished the transgression" by killing their Messiah. This occurrence was the Great Tribulation and the Abomination of Desolation, which are both found in Matthew 24, Luke 21, and Daniel 9:27.
THE END OF THE WAR
Daniel is saying that there would be a war that would not end until there was a destruction of the city and the Temple, and it happened just as he prophesied. Jesus confirmed Daniel’s words in Matthew 23 and 24, and He confirmed in these chapters of Matthew and the parallel chapter of Luke 21 that this time that Daniel spoke of would all be fulfilled before the generation to whom He spoke ended. He gave the House of Israel one generation, from 30 A. D. to 70 A.D., to decide if they were going to accept or reject His new covenant. The ones that accepted it fled Jerusalem before its destruction. The remainder were either killed or taken captive when the city and the Temple were destroyed in the 3 ½ year seize on Jerusalem.
THE BIG DIFFERENCE IS IN THE IDENTITY
OF THE PRINCE OF VERSE 26 AND VERSE 27
Is the prince spoken of in verse 26 and 27 the same prince found in 27? Some say verse 27’s prince is speaking of Messiah the Prince (which was cut off in the midst of the week), or of Titus (who was to come and lead the Roman siege), or is it speaking of some future anti-Christ (a yet unnamed, leader who is not found in scripture)? Those who claim this verse is dealing with the later future antichrist also say this scripture is dealing with a future destruction of a rebuilt Temple in our day, rather than the 70 AD destruction of Jerusalem, which followed the cutting off of the Messiah mentioned in the first part of this verse. This future Temple teaching was subtly put into the Church to make the saints and the world believe that the rebuilding of a third Temple is prophesied in the Bible. This has helped shift the focus of the Church and the world to Natural Israel and away from God’s true people who are the Spiritual Israel of God—Jew and Gentile in one body of Christ!
Remember, these scriptures in Daniel 9 DO NOT mention a future 7-year tribulation time period, a future Antichrist, or a future third Jewish Temple, and neither does any other scriptures in the Bible! None of these happenings are mentioned in Daniel 9:24-27. The scriptures that men usually quote as proof of this referring to these occurrences are Matthew 24:15 (the abomination of desolation), 2 Thessalonians 2:3-9 (the man of sin sitting in the Temple of God), Revelation 13:3-15 (the beast that persecutes the church for 3 ½ years), Daniel 11:9-39 (the vile person that arises to oppose the covenant and the people), and the parallel of Daniel 11’s same event Daniel 8:9-14 (the little horn that arises to take away the daily sacrifice, fights against the people of God, and brings about the transgression of desolation, by treading the people of God under foot).
Time limitations will not allow me to spend a great deal of time on these, so let me touch on each of them briefly. In order to avoid repeating myself, I will save the explanations of Matthew 24:15, and Daniel Chapters 11 and 8 until I began my explanations of the next verse in Daniel 9:27.
II THESSALONIANS 2:3-9—THE MAN OF SIN
Because of the preconceived ideas of Dispensationalism, most teach this to be the future antichrist that was supposedly spoken of in Daniel. The word antichrist is not found in this scripture. It is found in 1 John 2:18, 2:22, 4:3, and 2 John 1:7. In those scriptures John said he knew it was then the “last days” because many anti-Christ’s had already come. He also said that they 9the antichrists) went out from us because they were not of us. John was clearly referring to the Christians of the early Church leaving Christianity to go back into the Law keeping and Judaism. This is return is exactly what Dispensationalists teach will happen in the “last days.” That makes you wonder what kind of spirit would be behind that type of deceptive unscriptural teaching. In reference to the Christians wanting to return to the works of the Law, Paul said, “If I build again the things that I destroyed, I make myself a transgressor.” Yet that is exactly what the original teachings of Dispensationalism says will take place during a supposed future seven-year period.
In the chapter before this, Paul wrote, “it is a righteous thing with God to recompense tribulation to them that trouble you.” (II Thessalonians 1:6) He wrote this as though he expected God was coming soon to pour out His wrath on the people that were persecuting the Church at that time; he did not write it as though it would take place some 2000 years in the future. Paul went on to say that there had to be “an apostasy first” and “the man of sin be revealed, who would sit in the Temple of God showing himself that he is God.” The phrase “at hand” here does not mean “soon to come,” but it comes from the Greek word “enistemi” which means already “present.” There was a perfect historical fulfillment of this writing which took place during the 3 ½ year seize of Jerusalem.
JOHN LEVI OF GISCHALA
REVELATION 13:3-13—THE BEAST
THAT PERSECUTES THE CHURCH
THE PRINCE OF VERSES 26 AND 27
The original 1611 edition of the KJV version of the Bible has capital letter “P” for the word “Prince” in verse 26. This would make it a reference to the same Prince as the “Messiah the Prince” of verse 25, which was a reference to this Prince—the promised Messiah Jesus.
In order for this to be speaking of Jesus the Prince, God would have to be looking prophetically at the Roman Army as being God’s Army. This would be the same view He had when He saw Cyrus as His anointed one as found in Isaiah 45:1. Jesus confirms this in the parables found in Matthew 21 and 22. There Jesus was describing how He was going to bring judgment on the Jews who had rejected His New Covenant message. The following two verses are a description of the Roman Army that He would send to destroy them and their city.
In these passages, Jesus refers to the Roman Army as His army since they were doing what He prophesied would come to pass.
This would make Jesus the only Prince spoken of in Daniel 9:25-27, and would be the Prince that confirms the New Covenant of verse 27, which was already spoken of by the prophets. Even if the prince in verse 26 was speaking of Titus, it still could not be used as an insert scripture about some future prince sent specifically to destroy the city and Temple.
I believe the "HE" in Daniel 9:27 is Jesus and not Titus, but either way you see this, it would still be history to us. Verse 26 is used as an insert about the future destruction of Jerusalem in 70 AD, but verse 27 goes right back to talking about the Messiah from verse 25, the first part of verse 26, and telling of what would happen during the 70th week.
Notice it says He shall "CONFIRM THE COVENANT WITH MANY FOR ONE WEEK." This does not mean that the covenant was just seven years long, but it is dealing with the one week that is left of the 70 weeks in which the Messiah will confirm the covenant with many. This week had to begin with Messiah the prince being anointed at His baptism. This was verse 24’s anointing of the most holy. This fulfilled one of the 6 requirements of the 70th week. Let’s now look at some scriptures that refer to His confirming this covenant.
Malachi declared that Christ, not some Antichrist, was to be "the messenger of the Covenant."
THE ANOINTING OF JESUS OFFICIALLY STARTED HIS
Notice Jesus was quoting from Isaiah 61:
Dispensationalists say that the Church is not the plan, yet here Isaiah says that we are! In the entirety of the Bible there is not one scripture that shows that there were to be two churches, one Jewish and one Gentile. Rather the scriptures all agree that the Church would be made up of both Jew and Gentile together in one body!
This was the covenant that the Lord began confirming to the people, but then he was cut off in the midst of the week and that caused the sacrifice and the oblation (old covenant animal sacrifices) to cease to be accepted by God even though they continued to be offered until the Temple was destroyed by the Roman army in 70 AD when God poured out His vengeance on those Jews who refused His New Covenant. This successfully brought an end to the Jewish age of Law keeping and animal sacrifice.
Let’s now look at the latter part of Daniel 9:27. This is where many try to use to prove that the Abomination of Desolation is an antichrist is in some future Temple taking away animal sacrifices.
24:15—THE ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION
The easiest way to understand this is to look at the parallel account of this that is found in the book of Luke. There Luke inserted the exact explanation of this event when he said, “And when you shall see Jerusalem compassed with armies, then know that the desolation thereof is nigh.” Luke interpreted this as being the Roman armies coming to destroy Jerusalem, and mentions nothing about a future antichrist taking away animal sacrifices in a future Jewish Temple.
In the margin of Daniel 9:27, the translators of the 1611 edition of the King James Bible placed added this alternative rendering, “or with the abominable armies.” This means even the scholars that translated the original 1611 King James Version of the Bible believed Daniel 9:27 referred to an army that would make Jerusalem desolate. Most scholars taught this same doctrine for nearly 1800 years, then the theory of Dispensationalism came along and it became distorted.
When Darby first introduced Dispensationalism he claimed, “This teaching will bring the church back to Judaism.” He was quite right because it has been very successful plan.
The SEPTUAGINT says “And on the Temple shall be the abomination of desolations.” Jesus quoted this in Matthew 24.
Luke revealed that the Abomination of Desolation was the Roman army sent to destroy Jerusalem and the Temple.
GLEAN DANIEL 8, 11 & 12
SIX POINTS OF VERSE 24 WERE FULFILLED
Dispensational Theology began in 1830 and gained popularity in the 1900’s with the printing of the Scofield Bible and its Dispensational footnotes. This theory stands or falls on whether or not there is a gap between the 69th and 70th weeks of Daniel 9:24-27. The timeframe of when this 70th week is to occur can be surmised by knowing when the 6 points found in Daniel 9:24 are fulfilled. If these 6 points are yet unfulfilled, as Dispensationalists claim, then there has to be a gap of time to allow them time to take place. But if they have already taken place, then there would be no scriptural reason for a gap, which would mean Daniel’s 70th week is now a past event. This shows why the placement of this week is so important to properly understand Bible prophecy.
In his book, Daniel’s Prophecy of the 70 Weeks, Alva J. McClain states, “The fulfillment of the tremendous events in (Daniel 9) verse 24 cannot be found anywhere in known history.” By saying this, Mr. McClain is showing that Dispensationalists, of which McClain is one, believe that not one of the six points found in verse 24 were fulfilled during the first 69 weeks, but were all to be fulfilled during the final 70th week. While it is true that all six points would be fulfilled in the 70th week, McClain is incorrect that this is not history. In the midst of the 70th week the Messiah would appear and be cut off, which would fulfill all six points as found in verse 24, and this 70th week occurred consecutively after the 69th week. This same cutting off would bring about the abomination of desolation which would end in the destruction of the city (Jerusalem) and the sanctuary (Temple) as revealed in the remaining verses of Daniel 9.
THE SIX POINTS OF VERSE 24
Let’s now look and see what these 6 points are. I have added some wording and numbering for clarity.
These are the 6 points that Daniel said would be fulfill during this 70 weeks. Again, you must remember, most [if not all] men agree that these 6 points were never fulfilled during the first 69 weeks, so they were to be fulfilled during the 70th week, which is why the 70th week was set aside from the other 69. The key question now is whether these 6 points of Daniel 9:24 are already fulfilled, or if they are yet to be fulfilled sometime in the future. The only trusted source to answer this all-important question is the Bible itself. There we find that not only were all these 6 points fulfilled by Jesus, but they were fulfilled in the generation that Jesus said would see the fulfillment of the remaining verses of Daniel 9’s prophecy.
1. To Finish the Transgression
The Old Testament repeatedly deals with Israel’s transgression of the Law of God. Their past transgressions are what Daniel was praying about when the angel revealed that there would be 490 more years until the people of Israel would commit their greatest transgression—the killing of their Messiah. This great sin would finish the transgressions of Israel and make their city (Jerusalem) and their sanctuary (Temple) desolate. Jesus confirmed this coming destruction in Matthew 23, where He forewarned the Jews of His day that destruction would come against those who rebelled against His New Covenant.
Notice that Jesus said, “All these things shall come upon THIS generation.” This shows He was referring to the generation He was speaking to at that time. He confirmed this again in Matthew 24:34.
The Apostle Paul also said this coming wrath would be upon the Jews of his generation.
1 Thessalonians 2:14-16
These are just a few of many scriptures that show this point, but they are sufficient enough evidence to prove that the Jewish non-believers of Jesus’ day finished the transgression of Daniel 9:24 by killing their Messiah. This transgression resulted in desolation coming to those who refused the New Covenant message of Jesus.
2. To Make an End of Sin
During Moses’ first Passover, the same sacrificial lamb that brought judgments against God’s enemies also brought protection to God’s covenant people. It was very similar here as well except this time the sacrifice came in the form of a man named Jesus, and His sacrifice was not temporary, but forever brought redemption for mankind’s sin.
How anyone could ignore these, or any of the other scriptures that clearly show Jesus’ sacrifice was God’s perfect and final sacrifice for man’s sins, is beyond me, but Dispensationalists must, otherwise they couldn’t create their needed gap. I would rather believe what the Bible says about the work of the cross and the sufficiency of Jesus’ blood, than to believe what some man’s study notes say the blood of bulls and goats will do during a covenant of which the Bible speaks nothing.
3. To Make Reconciliation for Iniquity
Some scholars feel this word “reconciliation” should have been “atonement” instead. That really doesn’t matter since they both mean “to bring into agreement or harmony; make compatible or consistent.” Since the fall of Adam, mankind has been born into this world with a sin nature. This made him a natural-born enemy with his Creator. To change this status and to regain a close relationship with their Creator, mankind needed an atonement that could reconcile their nature back with God’s. The blood of Jesus was that atoning sacrifice that brought mankind that opportunity, for His sacrifice brought to man a new nature that was not born after their natural father Adam, but rather one born after their heavenly Father Jesus!
Notice in these verses how “atonement” and “reconciliation” are spoken of as taking place at Calvary, and was then made available to all through the gospel message.
Colossians 1:20, 21
2 Corinthians 5:17-20
It is easy to see this point is not referring to a coming 7-year tribulation where the breaking of a covenant by some antichrist causes animal sacrifices to cease, but is instead referring to Jesus Christ’s death on Calvary, which satisfied man’s payment for sin and offered him a way to walk in close fellowship with God. Jesus’ sacrifice stopped animal sacrifices from being acceptable to God, since there is now no scriptural reason for them to ever occur again. His sacrifice also occurred 3½ years into His ministry, which fits perfectly the description of the cutting off in the midst of Daniel’s final 70th week [See Daniel 9:27].
4. To Bring in Everlasting Righteousness
Webster’s 1828 dictionary defines righteousness as, “Purity of heart and rectitude of life; conformity of heart and life to the divine law. Righteousness, as used in Scripture and theology, in which it is chiefly used, is nearly equivalent to holiness, comprehending holy principles and affections of heart, and conformity of life to the divine law. It includes all we call justice, honesty and virtue, with holy affections; in short, it is true religion.” Without being led by the Spirit of Christ, no one would be able to live up to this definition. Webster also described righteousness as, “The active and passive obedience of Christ, by which the law of God is fulfilled. Daniel 9.” Even Webster connected the work of Christ to Daniel 9, because he also recognized that Jesus was the one who ushered in everlasting righteousness for mankind, and thereby fulfilled this 4th point. These next scriptures help to show why this is true.
Romans 5:17, 18
Romans 9:30, 31
The Bible shows the righteousness of God never could come through the Law, so this 4th point could not be referring to a future time of Law-keeping. Jesus said, “Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” He referred to righteousness as being available now. Paul “amen’d” that when he said, “For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost. [Romans 14:17] This was Paul’s way of saying God’s righteousness does not come not through man’s religion of works, but through man’s faith in Jesus’ works.
5. To Seal Up the Vision and the Prophecy
This prophecy seems to carry a two-fold meaning. One interpretation says it fulfills and completes the prophecy concerning Jesus’ coming during the time of the 490 years, and was not totally completed until the conclusion of the 70th week. Another interpretation suggests the word translated “seal” deals with the blindness that is put on Israel because of their rebellion. This blindness made them unable to see the prophecy fulfillment happening around them. Regardless which of these may be the better interpretation, they both end with judgment coming against Israel coming because of her rejection of the New Covenant.
Verse 10 is explained in the New Testament as being Israel’s blindness during the earthly ministry of Christ.
Matthew 13:14, 15
This sealing of the vision seems to be part of God’s judgment against Israel, and her main city Jerusalem, because of her rejection of Isaiah 28 and 29’s chief cornerstone. Isaiah 28:9-12 is also an area that prophesies of the coming New Covenant Holy Ghost outpouring.
Isaiah goes on to show how those to whom this covenant would come would trust in the Law and reject God’s cornerstone for their lives.
Isaiah 29 then talks about God’s reason for the destruction of Jerusalem, and gives a hint as to how it will come.
Either of these interpretations ends with the same result, which is that they were both fulfilled during the timeframe of the 70th week, and during the time of Jesus’ ministry. Both of these also show that generation’s rejection of Jesus’ New Covenant culminated with the destruction of Jerusalem, before that generation ended in 70 AD.
6. To Anoint the Most Holy
Dispensationalists claim this refers to a future Jewish Temple. That could not be the case since there is not one scripture that says God will ever again have another physical Temple built, nor is there any that says He will ever again use its sacrificial system. Besides that, God never really wanted a dwelling place built by hands, and will never choose to return to one. Acts 7:49 supports this when it asks, “Heaven is my throne, and earth is my footstool: what house will ye build me? saith the Lord: or what is the place of my rest?”
These truths show that this “anointing of the most high” must be referring to something greater than a building…something greater like the most Holy ONE—Jesus. He was the One who was called “Emmanuel,” which the Bible says is interpreted, “God with us.” Jesus’ coming allowed God’s presence to dwell—tabernacle—with man. The anointing of significance that could fulfill this point from Daniel 9:24 happened at Jesus’ baptism. The scripture says John did not even know Jesus was the One to come until he saw the Spirit of God descend and remain on Jesus at His baptism. That anointing was the inauguration of Jesus’ ministry for it manifested Him as the Messiah of God and ushered in the beginning of Daniel’s 70th week. Jesus went from this anointing and began systematically fulfilling all the Messianic signs of Isaiah 61.
Isn’t it ironic that the apostle Peter, just like dispensationalists of today, was at one time confused about God’s desire for a manmade physical dwelling place for His Spirit? Peter was the apostle that suggested building Moses, Elijah, and Jesus a physical dwelling place on the Mount of Transfiguration. [See Mark 9:5] Later, after receiving the Spirit of Truth, Peter testified to the Jews [See Acts 2] and to the Gentiles [See Acts 10] that Jesus’ body was the true anointed dwelling place of God. Peter also explained that John’s baptism of Jesus began the fulfillment of the six points of Daniel 9:24, and launched the beginning of the 70th week of Daniel. Peter did this when he told his listeners that Jesus would make them His earthly abode after they obeyed the New Covenant command to be born again!
Jesus was the anointed Temple of God while He was here on earth. He came to usher in a New Covenant whereby He could dwell in the hearts of men. This brought the Kingdom of God to man and made the Church His Temple of God in the earth.
Malachi also prophesied of this event. He told of the one who was to “prepare the way” for the coming Lord. The Bible shows that John the Baptist was the one that this idiom describes. [See Isaiah 40:3, Luke 1:76, and Matthew 3:3] But also notice that Malachi calls the coming Lord “the messenger of the Covenant.” This confirms that the coming Messiah would be the One who would proclaim the covenant with His people.
As a person searches the Bible without the aids of Dispensational study notes, they soon discover they cannot find any mention of a gap for Daniel’s prophecy, and to my knowledge, there were not any references to this supposed gap even in study notes before the time of Dispensational Theology. All these teachings about a pre, mid, post, or pre-wrath tribulation are based on a false teaching of a future seven-year tribulation that was created by claiming the points of Daniel 9:24 are yet unfulfilled and are for a future time. By saying this, this doctrine has changed Daniel 9’s covenant of Jesus Christ into a covenant of antichrist. This was done by satan to make the Church believe that there is still seven-years remaining of law-keeping, and that God’s eye is on the Natural Jew because of race, instead of on the Church (Jew and Gentile) because of grace.
To make this gap work, Dispensationalists had to place a “pre-trib” rapture in front of the 70th week, even though there is not one scripture in the Bible to support it. This rapture gave them a reason for a dispensational covenant change, which Dispensationalists say will be a time when God will no longer accept the blood of Jesus for mankind’s sins, but will instead require either animal blood offered by a Jewish High Priest, or human blood that comes from being beheaded by the antichrist. This covenant change is taught in spite of the fact that the New Testament clearly teaches that Jesus Christ was the only perfect sacrifice, which brought remission for the sins of mankind forever.
McClain had asked in his book, “Where in the history of Acts, for example, can you find any finishing of Jewish transgression or an ending of Jewish sins?” Even a Sunday school child could quickly answer him by saying, “Acts 2:38!” McClain, like other Dispensationalists, confuses the plan of God when he says these scriptures in Daniel 9 were intended only for the Jews, and since the Jews have not yet responded to them, they are still not completed. That is simply not true! The Apostle Peter was a Jew, and he was preaching to his own countrymen in Acts 2. Those Jews who heeded his words were obedient to the New Covenant and were protected by Jesus’ blood. Those Jews who refused his words became disobedient to God’s New Covenant and were in danger of His coming judgment. That is why Peter warned his hearers to “Save yourselves from this untoward generation.” (Acts 2:40) This saving grace of Jesus did finish their transgression, and it did end their sentence of death, which was coming because of their sins. The untoward (perverse) generation to which Peter was referring was the same one Jesus warned would see His coming in judgment. History shows this judgment came against the disobedient in 67-70 AD just as Peter and Jesus had warned.
Dispensationalism annuls the work of the cross and distorts the true identity of the Church by saying Jesus’ sacrifice is neither sufficient nor everlasting. The Partial Preterist view, on the other hand, supports both the cross and the Church, because it teaches Jesus’ sacrifice is the final sacrifice that will ever be made or needed for mankind. Scripture supports this latter view because it confirms that neither Jew nor Gentile will ever be set free from their sin without Jesus’ New Covenant plan of salvation. This same freedom also releases the Church from the entanglements of physical temples and animal sacrifices, so they can focus on their own spiritual temples! The Partial Preterist view is also a powerful testimony since it shows that only God could give such a detailed timeframe in advance, and then fulfill it on the exact prophesied day several hundred years later in every detail. That testifies, to both the believer and the unbeliever, of the validity of the Bible, and of the omniscience of the omnipotent God; for it loudly proclaims that Jesus truly is an “on time” God!
The conclusion of this matter is the Bible shows that the prophesied 490 years of Daniel 9:24-27 were all completed in order without a gap, because all 6 points of Daniel 9:24 have already been fulfilled in perfect detail by Jesus. This makes Daniel’s 70th week history, and leaves all the Dispensational teachings about a future seven-year tribulation period without a biblical foundation. So from these 6 proofs we can clearly see that the dispensationalist’s gap is not truly between the 69th and the 70th week, as they have taught, but is instead found between their teachings and the teachings of the Bible. I say we move away from this schism and move on to truth!
The Church may still expect tribulation since in John 16:33 Jesus said, “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation.” This will be happen because Hell has always had a desire to destroy the Church. God may allow some persecution, just as He did during in the early Church, but He will never let satan’s plans succeed because the saints are promised victory in the end! We know this because Jesus went on to say, “But be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” God promises vengeance against those who persecute His people. He has avenged His elect in the past by pouring out His wrath on those who attacked His Church. He is still the same yesterday, today, and forever, so let’s not concern ourselves with the things that God has in His control, and instead strive to allow God to work through us to bring revival to our world!
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