Tribulation Prophecies And Doctrine 15 – The 70th Week 7 – 538 B.C.

I. Message Text.

Daniel 9:27 – New American Standard 2000

27 And he will confirm a covenant with the many for one week, but in the middle of the week he will put a stop to sacrifice and grain offering; and on the wing of abominations will come the one who makes desolate, until a complete destruction, one that is decreed, gushes forth on the one who makes desolate.”

II. Ryrie Study Bible Notes.

Daniel 9:27. “he.” The prince of verse 26 , the Antichrist previously introduced in 7:8, 24-26, who will make a pact with “many” (of the Jewish people) at the beginning of the tribulation period. But, “in the middle of the week,” i.e., 3 1/2 years later) Antichrist will break his covenant and desecrate the temple by demanding worship of himself in it. See Matt 24:15 and 2 Thes 2:4. At Christ’s second coming, Antichrist and his false prophet will be cast into the lake of fire (Rev 19:20).

III. Scofield Study Bible Notes.

Daniel 9:27. The main events of the final “one week” are as follows: There is a seven-year “covenant” made by the future Roman prince (the little horn of 7:8) with the Jews. In the middle of the week there is a forcible interruption of the Jewish ritual of worship by the Roman prince who introduces “abominations” that tender the sanctuary desolate. At the same time, he launches persecution against the Jews. At the end of the 70th week brings judgment upon the desolator and also brings “everything righteous” (vs 24-that is, the blessings of the Messianic kingdom).

IV. The Beginning Of The 70th Week.

A. Daniel 9:27 shows that the 70th week begins with a covenant that will be made with “many” for one week, or for seven years. This period of “one week,” following the method of interpretation that has been established for the 69 weeks, demonstrates the fact that the period, in question will be for a duration of seven years. The question that must be determined is the identity of the one who actually makes the covenant that begins this period of seven years. Daniel identified the person as “he” in verse 27 of Chapter 9, which must refer back to “the prince that shall come” in the prior verse.

B. There are two different princes that are mentioned. First, “Messiah the Prince;” second, “the prince that shall come.” The expression, “prince that shall come,” can not refer to “Messiah the Prince;” the reason is that it would be “the people of the prince that shall come” that would destroy Jerusalem after the death of the Messiah. Because it is now a matter of history that Jerusalem was destroyed in 70 A.D. by the Roman people, and not by the Jewish people, it follows that “the prince that shall come” can not be the Jewish Messiah, but is some great prince who will arise out of the Roman Empire.

C. Out of the Roman Empire, there shall arise in the future, a prince. This prince, or chief of the fourth empire, is identical with the little horn of Daniel 7. He is further to be identified with the “king of fierce countenance” of Dan 8:23, with the “willful king” of Dan 11:36, with the “man of sin” of 2 Thes 2, and with the “beast of the sea” of Rev 13:10. In as much as all the covenants made by Messiah with Israel are eternal covenants, Messiah can not be the one making the covenant, as it will be temporary. This covenant, which will guarantee Israel the possession of their own land and the restoration of their religious and political autonomy, is to be viewed as a false fulfillment of the Abrahamic covenant. This covenant deceives many in Israel into believing that this “man of sin” is God (2 Thes 2:3). It is the proclamation of this false covenant that makes the beginning of the 70th week.

V. The Objectives Of The 70th Week.

A. The 70th week is a period of seven years which lies prophetically between the translation of the church, and the return of Christ in glory.

B. This 70th week also provides the exact chronological framework for the great events recorded in chapters 6-19 of the Book of Revelation.

C. The 70th week will begin with the making of a “firm covenant” between the coming Roman prince and the Jewish people.

D. In the middle of the 70th Week, the Roman prince will suddenly reverse his friendly attitude toward the Jews, and “cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease.”

E. The breaking of the “firm covenant” between the Jews and the Roman prince will mark the beginning of a period of unparalleled “desolations” for the Jewish people.

F. The end of this final seven-year period will bring to its close the entire series of the 70 Weeks, and therefore usher in the great blessings promised to Israel in Dan 9:24.

VI. References.

Paragraphs IV and V. J. Dwight Pentecost, Th. D., Things To Come, Zondervan, 1958, pp 249-250.

VII. My Bucket List.

My Bucket List shows the references, of people and documents. that I use to write my articles.

VIII. My Websites to follow. Equipping The Saints Web Site Israel Web Site Israel, History And Prophecy Eternity


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