Daniel’s Prophecy Of 70 Weeks.

I. Video. What happens during the 7 year tribulation or the 70th week of Daniel?

II. Video Data. The Tribulation or 70 week period of Daniel 9. Dr. Renald Showers, Th. M., Th., D. 1935-2019.

III. Introduction. The Book of Daniel is one of the most important books of the Bible. From Daniel’s ninth chapter prophecy in the Old Testament, you will find prophetic relevance to the following New Testament books and Chapters: Matt 5, 24; Mark 9, 13; Luke 1, 19, 21, 24; Acts 1; Revelation 19. You will find literal prophetic connection from Daniel’s Old Testament to its New Testament fulfillment. It is important for everyone to have a good understanding of the prophecy of Daniel’s 70 Weeks. By having such knowledge it will help us to provide Biblical answers to those who want to put the church in the Tribulation, which distorts scripture and frightens many people.

IV About my sources of information. Please note that my sources draw conclusions; I do not draw a conclusion, except to restate such a conclusion that has already been made by one of my references. 

V. Explanation of Daniel 9:1-2.

A. The Seventy Years of the Desolations of Jerusalem

9:1-2 In the first year of Darius the son of Ahasuerus, of the seed of the Medes, which was made king over the realm of the Chaldeans; In the first year of his reign I Daniel understood by books the number of the years, whereof the word of the Lord came to Jeremiah the prophet, that he would accomplish seventy years in the desolations of Jerusalem.

1. According to the opening verse of chapter 9, the third vision of Daniel occurred “In the first year of Darius the son of Ahasuerus, of the seed of the Medes.” In other words, the events of Belshazzar’s feast in chapter 5 occurred between the visions of chapters 8 and 9. It is not clear where chapter 6 fits into this order of events, but it also may well have occurred in the first year of the reign of Darius, either immediately before or immediately after the events of chapter 9. If Daniel’s experience at Belshazzar’s feast as well as his deliverance from the lions had already been experienced, these significant evidences of the sovereignty and power of God may well have constituted a divine preparation for the tremendous revelation now about to unfold.

2. The immediate occasion of this chapter, however, was the discovery by Daniel in the prophecy of Jeremiah that the desolations of Jerusalem would be fulfilled in seventy years. The expression by books may be understood to mean “in books.” Jeremiah the prophet, in addition to his oral prophetic announcements, had written his prophecies in the closing days of Jerusalem before its destruction at the hand of the Babylonians. Although the first record of Jeremiah had been destroyed (Jer 36:23), Jeremiah rewrote it, acting on instructions from the Lord (Jer 36:28) Jeremiah himself had been taken captive by Jews rebelling against Nebuchadnezzar and had been carried off to Egypt against his will to be buried in a strange land in a nameless grave, but the timeless Scriptures which he wrote found their way across desert and mountain to far away Babylon and fell into the hands of Daniel. How long Daniel had been in possession of these prophecies is not known, but the implication is that Daniel had now come into the full comprehension of Jeremiah’s prediction and realized that the seventy years prophesied had about run their course. The time of the vision recorded in Daniel 9 was 538 B.C., about 67 years after Jerusalem had first been captured and Daniel carried off to Babylon (605 B.C.).

3, Jeremiah had prophesied, “This whole land shall be a desolation, and an astonishment; and these nations shall serve the king of Babylon seventy years. And it shall come to pass, when seventy years are accomplished, that I will punish the king of Babylon, and that nation, saith the Lord, for their iniquity, and the land of the Chaldeans, and will make it perpetual desolations” (Jer 25:11-12). Later, Jeremiah added to this prophecy, “For thus saith the Lord, that after seventy years be accomplished at Babylon I will visit you, and perform my good word toward you, in causing you to return to this place. For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you. And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart. And I will be found of you, saith the Lord: and I will turn away your captivity, and I will gather you from all the nations and from all the places whither I have driven you, saith the Lord; and I will bring you again into the place whence I caused you to be carried away captive”{Jer 29:10-14).

4. On the basis of these remarkable prophecies, Daniel was encouraged to pray for the restoration of Jerusalem and the regathering of the people of Israel. Daniel, although too old and probably too infirm to return to Jerusalem himself, lived long enough to see the first expedition of pilgrims return. This occurred in “the first year of Cyrus king of Persia”(Ezra 1:1), and Daniel lived at least until “the third year of Cyrus king of Persia”(Daniel 10:1) and probably some years longer.

5. As brought out in the earlier discussion of chapter 6 relative to Darius the Mede, Darius had been appointed by Cyrus as king of Babylon. The assertion of Daniel 9:1, that Darius “was made king over the realm of the Chaldeans,” indicates that he was invested with the kingship by some higher authority. This well agrees with the supposition that he Was installed as viceroy in Babylonia by Cyrus the Great. This appointment is confirmed by the verb “was made king” (Hebrew homlak) which does not seem a proper reference to Cyrus himself. In this connection, it is of interest that in the Behistun Inscription, Darius I refers to his father, Hystaspes, as having been made king in a similar way.

6. In studying Daniel 9:2 with its reference to “the desolations of Jerusalem,” Sir Robert Anderson distinguishes the duration of the captivity from the duration of the desolations of Jerusalem. Anderson states, “The failure to distinguish between the several judgments of the Servitude, the Captivity and the Desolations, is a fruitful source of error in the study of Daniel and the historical books of Scripture.”

7. Anderson goes on to explain that Israel’s servitude and captivity began much earlier than the destruction of the temple. Although Anderson’s dates are not according to current archeological findings (606 b.c. instead of 605 for the captivity, 589 b.c. instead of 586 for the desolation of the temple, and his date for the decree of Cyrus 536 B.C. instead of 538), in general, his approach to the fulfillment of Jeremiah’s prophecy is worthy of consideration. As previously discussed in the exposition of chapter 1, the captivity probably began in the fall of 605 B.C. at which time a few, such as Daniel and his companions and other of the royal children, were carried off to Babylon as hostages. The major deportation did not take place until about seven years later. According to Donald J. Wiseman, the exact date of the first major deportation was March 16, 597 b.c, after the fall of Jerusalem following a brief revolt against Babylonian rule. About 60,000 were carried away at that time.

8. Jerusalem itself was finally destroyed in 586 b.c, and this, according to Anderson, began the desolations of Jerusalem, the specific prophecy of Jeremiah 25:11, also mentioned in 2 Chronicles 36:21 and in Daniel 9:2.

9. The precise prophecy of Jeremiah 25:11-12 predicts that the king of Babylon would be punished at the end of seventy years. Jeremiah 29:10 predicted the return to the land after seventy years. For these reasons, it is doubtful whether Anderson’s evaluation of Daniel 9:2 as referring to the destruction of the temple itself is valid. The judgment on Babylon and the return to the land of course took place about twenty years before the temple itself was rebuilt and was approximately seventy years after captivity beginning in 605 b.c. Probably the best interpretation, accordingly, is to consider the expression the desolations of Jerusalem, in Daniel 9:2 , as referring to the period 605 B.C. to 539 B.C. for the judgment on Babylon, and the date of 538 b.c for the return to the land.

10. This definition of the expression the desolations of Jerusalem (Daniel 9:2) is supported by the word for “desolations” ( h£orbo‚t)which is a plural apparently including the environs of Jerusalem. The same expression is translated “all her waste places” in Isaiah 5:1-3(cf. 52:9). Actually the destruction of territory formerly under Jerusalem control even predated the 605 date for Jerusalem’s fall.

11. Although it is preferred to consider Daniel 9:2 as the period 605 b.c.-539 b.c, Anderson may be right in distinguishing as he does the period of Israel’s captivity from the period of Jerusalem’s destruction. Zechariah 1:12, referring to God’s destruction of the cities of Judah for three score years and ten, may extend to the time when the temple was rebuilt. This is brought out in Zechariah 1:16 where it is stated, “Therefore thus saith the Lord; I am returned to Jerusalem with mercies: my house shall be built in it, saith the Lord of hosts, and a line shall be stretched forth upon Jerusalem.” It is most significant that the return took place approximately seventy years after the capture of Jerusalem in 605 b.c, and the restoration of the temple (515 b.c) took place approximately seventy years after the destruction of the temple (586 b.c), the latter period being about twenty years later than the former. In both cases, however, the fulfillment does not have the meticulous accuracy of falling on the very day, as Anderson attempts to prove. It seems to be an approximate number as one would expect by a round number of seventy. Hence, the period between 605 b.c and 538 b.c would be approximately sixty-seven years; and the rededication of the temple in March of 515 b.c, would be less than seventy-one years from the destruction of the temple in August of 586 b.c

12. What is intended, accordingly, in the statement in Daniel 9:2is that Daniel realized that the time was approaching when the children of Israel could return. The seventy years of the captivity were about ended. Once the children of Israel were back in the land, they were providentially hindered in fulfilling the rebuilding of the temple until seventy years after the destruction of the temple had also elapsed.

13. Several principles emerge from Daniel’s reference to Jeremiah’s prophecy. First, Daniel took the seventy years literally and believed that there would be literal fulfillment. Even though Daniel was fully acquainted with the symbolic form of revelation which God sometimes used to portray panoramic prophetic events, his interpretation of Jeremiah was literal and he expected God to fulfill His word.

14. Second, Daniel realized that the Word of God would be fulfilled only on the basis of prayer, and this occasioned his fervent plea as recorded in this chapter. On the one hand, Daniel recognized the certainty of divine purposes and the sovereignty of God which will surely fulfill the prophetic word. On the other hand, he recognized human agency, the necessity of faith and prayer, and the urgency to respond to human responsibility as it relates to the divine program. His custom of praying three times a day with his windows open to Jerusalem still in desolation revealed his own heart for the things of God and his concern for the city of Jerusalem.

15. Third, he recognized the need for confession of sin as a prelude to restoration. With this rich background of the prophetic program revealed through Jeremiah, Daniel’s own prayer life, and his concern for the city of Jerusalem as the religious center of the nation of Israel, Daniel approaches the task of expressing his confession and intercession to the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.

16. Because Daniel, for the first time, used the word Lord or Jehovah in Daniel 9:2, repeating the expression in verses 4, 10, 13, 14, and 20, critics have used this as an argument against the authenticity of this passage and the prayer which follows.

B. Notes come from Bible.Org., Dr. John F. Walvoord (A.B., M.A., Th. B., Th.M., Th.D., D.D., Litt. D.. 1910-2002). John was a member of the Dallas Theological Seminary faculty for 50 years, from 1936 to 1986. He served as president of Dallas Seminary from 1952 to 1986, and as chancellor until 2001. He continued to teach and preach until a few weeks before his death at the age of 92.

VI. Summary. 

A. Introduction.  The “seventy weeks” prophecy is one of the most significant and detailed Messianic prophecies of the Old Testament. It is found in Daniel 9. The chapter begins with Daniel praying for Israel, acknowledging the nation’s sins against God and asking for God’s mercy. As Daniel prayed, the angel Gabriel appeared to him and gave him a vision of Israel’s future.

1. The Divisions of the 70 Weeks.

a. In verse 24, Gabriel says, “Seventy ‘sevens’ are decreed for your people and your holy city.” Almost all commentators agree that the seventy “sevens” should be understood as seventy “weeks” of years, in other words, a period of 490 years. These verses provide a sort of “clock” that gives an idea of when the Messiah would come and some of the events that would accompany His appearance.

b. The prophecy goes on to divide the 490 years into three smaller units: one of 49 years, one of 434 years, and one 7 years. The final “week” of 7 years is further divided in half. Verse 25 says, “From the time the word goes out to restore and rebuild Jerusalem until the Anointed One, the ruler, comes, there will be seven ‘sevens,’ and sixty-two ‘sevens.’” Seven “sevens” is 49 years, and sixty-two “sevens” is another 434 years:

c. 49 years + 434 years = 483 years

2. The Purpose of the 70 Weeks

a. The prophecy contains a statement concerning God’s six-fold purpose in bringing these events to pass. Verse 24 says this purpose is 1) “to finish transgression,” 2) “to put an end to sin,” 3) “to atone for wickedness,” 4) “to bring in everlasting righteousness,” 5) “to seal up vision and prophecy,” and 6) “to anoint the most holy.”

b. Notice that these results concern the total eradication of sin and the establishing of righteousness. The prophecy of the 70 weeks summarizes what happens before Jesus sets up His millennial kingdom. Of special note is the third in the list of results: “to atone for wickedness.” Jesus accomplished the atonement for sin by His death on the cross (Romans 3:25Hebrews 2:17).

3. The Fulfillment of the 70 Weeks

a. Gabriel said the prophetic clock would start at the time that a decree was issued to rebuild Jerusalem. From the date of that decree to the time of the Messiah would be 483 years. We know from history that the command to “restore and rebuild Jerusalem” was given by King Artaxerxes of Persia c. 444 B.C. (see Nehemiah 2:1-8).

b. The first unit of 49 years (seven “sevens”) covers the time that it took to rebuild Jerusalem, “with streets and a trench, but in times of trouble” (Daniel 9:25). This rebuilding is chronicled in the book of Nehemiah.

c. Converting the 360-day year used by the ancient Jews, 483 years becomes 476 years on our solar calendar. Adjusting for the switch from B.C. to A.D., 476 years after 444 B.C. places us at A.D. 33, which would coincide with Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem (Matthew 21:1–9). The prophecy in Daniel 9 specifies that, after the completion of the 483 years, “the Anointed One will be cut off” (verse 26). This was fulfilled when Jesus was crucified.

d. Daniel 9:26 continues with a prediction that, after the Messiah is killed, “the people of the ruler who will come will destroy the city and the sanctuary.” This was fulfilled with the destruction of Jerusalem in A.D. 70. The “ruler who will come” is a reference to the Antichrist, who, it seems, will have some connection with Rome, since it was the Romans who destroyed Jerusalem.

4. The Final Week of the 70 Weeks

a. Of the 70 “sevens,” 69 have been fulfilled in history. This leaves one more “seven” yet to be fulfilled. Most scholars believe that we are now living in a huge gap between the 69th week and the 70th week. The prophetic clock has been paused, as it were. The final “seven” of Daniel is what we usually call the tribulation period.

b. Daniel’s prophecy reveals some of the actions of the Antichrist, the “ruler who will come.” Verse 27 says, “He will confirm a covenant with many for one ‘seven.’” However, “in the middle of the ‘seven,’ . . . he will set up an abomination that causes desolation” in the temple. Jesus warned of this event in Matthew 24:15. After the Antichrist breaks the covenant with Israel, a time of “great tribulation” begins (Matthew 24:21, NKJV).

c. Daniel also predicts that the Antichrist will face judgment. He only rules “until the end that is decreed is poured out on him” (Daniel 9:27). God will only allow evil to go so far, and the judgment the Antichrist will face has already been planned out.

5. Conclusion

The prophecy of the 70 weeks is complex and amazingly detailed, and much has been written about it. Of course, there are various interpretations, but what we have presented here is the dispensational, premillennial view. One thing is certain: God has a time table, and He is keeping things on schedule. He knows the end from the beginning (Isaiah 46:10), and we should always be looking for the triumphant return of our Lord (Revelation 22:7).

B. Author identity.

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Daniel ‘s Prophecy Of Seventy Weeks Of Years.

I. Video. Does Prophetic Information from Daniel compare to what is happening in our world today?

II. Video Data. John Ankerberg Show. Drs: John Ankerberg (M. Div., D. Min.),  Jimmy DeYoung  (M. Div., Ph. D., 1940-2021).

III. Video Context. As is discussed in the video, things are lining up in the middle east that may relate to the events of the “yet future” tribulation. However, it is important to understand that God is not an observing deity, but it is He who makes plans for the time of “eternity to eternity.” God has made a plan for the time and events of the Tribulation; they are not things “that just happen.” Everything that is discussed in the Book of Daniel, as well as the other Old Testament books of prophecy, relate to the things that God has planned for the redemption of the nation of Israel, for the saving of a multitude of  “unsaved” Jews and Gentiles during the tribulation, for Jesus to destroy all Gentile world empires so that He might rule the nations Himself (Zech 14:1-5, 9); and for the destruction of the heavens and the earth (2:Peter 3:10-12) and the creation of the new heavens and new earth (2 Peter 3:13; Revelation 21:1), with “the day of the Lord” beginning unexpectedly at the beginning of the Tribulation (“like a thief in the night” 1 Thes 5:2, Joel Introduction) and end at the conclusion of the Millennium with the destruction of the heavens and the earth (Rev 21:1); with the new Jerusalem coming down out of heaven from God made ready as a bride adorned for her husband (Rev 21:2). (These notes come from the Ryrie Study Bible, 1986, Dr. Charles C. Ryrie, Th. M., Th. D., Ph. D., Litt. D., 1925-2016).

IV. Article Introduction. This area of the Bible is one of the most important ones that discuss God’s plan for the ages. I am planning on spending enough time on this ninth chapter of Daniel that is necessary to show the love of God for His chosen people, Israel (Deu 14:2), and the measures that He takes to restore their Kingdom on earth to them (2 Sam 7:10, 12, 13, 16). In this series of articles we will also discuss the differences between “antichrists” and “the antichrist.”

V. Article Details.

A. The third vision of Daniel the prophet, following the two preceding visions of chapters 7 and 8, concerns the program of God for Israel culminating in the coming of their Messiah to the earth to reign. Although other major prophets received detailed information concerning the nations and God’s program for salvation, Daniel alone was given the comprehensive program for both the Gentiles, as revealed to Daniel in preceding chapters, and for Israel, as recorded in Daniel 9:24-27. Because of the comprehensive and structural nature of Daniel’s prophecies, both for the Gentiles and for Israel, the study of Daniel, and especially this chapter, is the key to understanding the prophetic Scriptures. Of the four major programs revealed in the Bible—for the angels, the Gentiles, Israel, and the church, Daniel had the privilege of being the channel of revelation for the second and third of these programs in the Old Testament.

B. This chapter begins with Jeremiah’s prophecy of seventy years of the desolations of Jerusalem and is advanced by the intercessory prayer of Daniel. The chapter concludes with the third vision of Daniel, given through the agency of the angel Gabriel, which provides one of the most important keys to understanding the Scriptures as a whole. In many respects, this is the high point of the book of Daniel. Although previously Gentile history and prophecy recorded in Daniel was related to the people of Israel, the ninth chapter specifically takes up prophecy as it applies to the chosen people.

VI. Notes come from Bible.Org., Dr. John F. Walvoord (A.B., M.A., Th. B., Th.M., Th.D., D.D., Litt. D.. 1910-2002). John was a member of the Dallas Theological Seminary faculty for 50 years, from 1936 to 1986. He served as president of Dallas Seminary from 1952 to 1986, and as chancellor until 2001. He continued to teach and preach until a few weeks before his death at the age of 92.

Daniel Fulfillment – Daniel’s Vision Of The Ram, Goat, and Small Horn

I. Video. Will Christians be able to identify the Anti-Christ before the rapture?

II Video Data. John Ankerberg Show. Drs. John Ankerberg (M. Div., D. Min.), Ron Rhodes (Th. M., Th. D.),  Ed Hindson (Th. M., Th. D., D. Min. Ph. D.), Mark Hitchcock (Th. M., J. D., Ph. D.).

III. Daniel Chapter 8. Verses pasted from Bible Gateway, NASB 1995. https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=daniel+8&version=NASB1995

A. Date, 553 B.C. (Scofield Study Bible, 1909). 

B. Notes, from Ryrie Study Bible, 1986. (Dr. Charles C. Ryrie, Th. M., Th. D., Ph. D., Litt. D., 1925-2016)

C. The Vision. 

1. Verses. Daniel 8 1-14.

2. Verses examined. 

a. 8:1. “third year.”551. B.C., two years after the vision of chap.  7, and before the fall of Babylon in 539. “a vision” concerning the second third world empires — Medo-Persia (vv. 3-4, 20) and Greece (vv. 5-7, 21). 

b. 8:2. About 250 mi (400 km) E of Babylon. 

c. 8:3. “ram.. Medo-Persia (v. 20). “the longer one coming up last. Though Persia was the younger kingdom, under Cyrus it became the dominant one in 550 B.C.

d. 8:5. “goat.” Greece. “a conspicuous horn. Alexander the Great, whose army swept through Asia Minor, Syria, Egypt, and Mesopotamia from 334-331 B.C.

e. 8:8. “the large horn was broken.” The death of Alexander at age 32, after which his kingdom was divided among his four generals. Cassander took Macedonia; Thrace and much of Asia Minor went to Lysimachus; Seleucus took Syria; and Ptolemy claimed Egypt.

f. 8:9. “small horn.” Not the same as the horn of 7:8, which will arise out of the restored Roman Empire. This little horn came out of Greece and refers to Antiochus Epiphanes, who came to the throne in 175 B.C., and plundered the Temple in Jerusalem, desecrating it by offering pig’s flesh on the altar. “the Beautiful Land.” I.e., Israel.

g. 8:10-11. “the host of heaven.” God’s people, the Jews, who were terribly persecuted by Antiochus. The “Commander” is God.

h. 8:14. Antiochus’s persecution of the Jews would last for 2300 days, the period from 171 B.C.(when peaceful relations between Antiochus and the Jews came to an end) to Dec 25. 165 B.C. (when Judas Maccabeus restored the Temple for its proper worship).

D. The interpretation, 8:15-27.

1. The ram, 8:15-20. 

2. 8:16. “Gabriel.” An angel, whose name means “hero of God” and who often brought important messages to various individuals (9:21; Luke 1:19, 26). The only other good angel mentioned by name in the Bible is Michael (see 10:13; Jude 9).  

E. The goat. 8:21-22. The kingdom of Greece.

F. The small horn, 8:23-25. These verses give added details concerning Antiochus and his persecution of the Jews. 

IV. References.

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Daniel Prophecy Fulfillment (Statement of Updates)

If Jesus is the “Son of Man” of Daniel 7, what does that mean for us today? John Ankerberg Show. Drs. John Ankerberg (M. Div., D. Min.); and Walter Kaiser, Jr.(B.A., B.D., M.A, Ph. D.)

The book of Daniel is one of the most important books of the Bible. The prophecies of Daniel tell of the Tribulation of Matthew 24 and Rev 6-19, and of the Kingdom Age of Matthew 25 and Rev 20. Other Old Testament books of prophecy also find common ground with Daniel’s prophecies, and the fulfillment of such prophecies that are written in Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, and many other prophetic books that are the inspired word of God and were written to the Jews of the nation of Israel by those Jewish prophets.

The most knowledge that is understood by most people of the Book of Daniel, relates to two key portions of the book, e.g., “the deliverance of Daniel’s three friends from the fiery furnace (Daniel 3), and Daniel’s deliverance from the lion’s den (Daniel 6). These two incidents, as important as they are in relation to God’s watch care over His people, do not make known the prophecies that relate to the end times of Israel, or of the Gentiles who will be present with the Jews in those latter days.

I once followed a Daniel teaching by a well known pastor, who has a following of “thousands of people around the world,” and has great offerings to his ministry. Yet, in that pastor’s teaching sessions, his subjects dealt only with the faithfulness of the prophet Daniel, and did not move into any direction of last days prophecy of God’s chosen people (Den 14:2).

As I have recently noticed, about my own writings of Daniel, there was needed more ease of reading, and deeper clarification in two recent articles. Therefore, I have updated part 2 of Daniel, and will update part 3 within the next few days. If you will click on the link that takes you to this website, you will find the changed part 2. I will advise you of the update of part 3 as soon as that has been completed.

I will have have to thank one of this site’s followers who brought the need for clarification to Daniel to my attention. I always appreciate constructive criticism, and am always open to it.

Daniel Fulfillment – The End Of The Gentile World. 3 (Updated)

I . Video. Why will the coalition mentioned in Ezekiel 38 come together to attack Israel?

II. Video Data. John Ankerberg Show.    John Ankerberg Show. Dr. John Ankerberg,  (M. Div., D. Min.),  Dr. Mark Hitchcock (Th. M., J.D. Ph. D.)

III. The Vision Of The End Of The End Of The Gentile World.

A. Scripture. Daniel 7:1-22. Link Pasted From Bible Gateway.

B. Notes. Ryrie Study Bible. Dr. Charles C. Ryrie (Th. M., Th. D., Ph. D.; Littt. D. 1925-2016),

1. 7:1. 553 B.C., 14 years before the fall of Babylon described in Chapter 5.

2. 7:3. “four great beasts.” Representing the rulers of the four world empires previously described in Nebuchadnezzar’s dream in chap 2 (cf 7:17).

3. 7:4. “like a lion … eagle.” Both symbols (of strength and speed, respectively) were used of Babylon (Jer 4:7, 13).

4. “resembling a bear.” Symbol of the Medo-Persian Empire, known for its strength and fierceness in battle (cf Isa 13:17-18). “raised up on one side” indicates the superiority of the Persians in the empire. “three ribs” may represent three major conquests : Lydia (546), Babylon (539), and Egypt (525).

5. “like a leopard.” Represents the Greek Empire under Alexander the Great. After his death the empire had “four heads;” i.e., Asia Minor, Syria, Egypt, and Macedonia (cf 8:8). 

6. “a fourth beast.” Rome. The 10 horns are explained in verse 24, and the little horn (Antichrist) in verses 24-25.

7. 7:9. “Ancient of Days.” A reference to God as Judge (cf Isa 57:15). 

8. 7:13-14. This is the first reference to Messiah as “Son of Man,” a title our Lord used of Himself often. See note on Matt 8:20. At His second coming He will have “dominion” over this world. 

9. 7:18. These “saints” probably include believers of all ages, and possibly angels.

IV. The End Of Gentile World Power.

A. Scripture. Daniel 7:24-28. Link Pasted From Bible Gateway.

B. Notes. Ryrie Study Bible.  Dr. Charles C. Ryrie (Th. M., Th. D., Ph. D.; Littt. D. 1925-2016),

1. 7:24-27. Antichrist will march to power by subduing thee of the 10 nations (v 24), will blaspheme God (v 25), will try in some way to change times and laws in order to promote his anti-Christian  program (v 25), and will persecute God’s saints (v 25) for the last 3 1/2 years of the Tribulation. 

2. 7:24. The final form of the Roman world power will be a confederation of 10 nations, who will arise simultaneously in the tribulation days.

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VII. In my previous article, Daniel Fulfillment – A Vision Of The World Empires. 2, Paragraphs XV and XVI have been ADDED. It is important for you to go back to that article and read the information that was added.

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Daniel Fulfillment -A Vision Of The World Empires. 2 (Updated).

I. Video. What nations will be involved in the Ezekiel 38 War?

II. Video details.   John Ankerberg Show. Dr. John Ankerberg,  (M. Div., D. Min.), Dr. Ron Rhodes (Th.M., Th. D.),  Dr. Mark Hitchcock (Th. M., J.D. Ph. D.)

III. Daniel 2:31-35. The Great Image/Statue. Scofield note.

A. Verses. NASB 1995, pasted from Bible Gateway.

B. Scripture identification; Scofield notes.

1.2:31-35. The dream: the great image. (Nebuchadnezzar’s dream).

2. The monarchy-vision. Nebuchadnezzar’s dream, as interpreted by Daniel, gives the course and end of “the times of the Gentiles” Luke 21:24(See Scofield “Luke 21:24- :“) that is, of Gentile world-empire. The four metals composing the image are explained as symbolizing Daniel 2:38-40 four empires, not necessarily possessing the inhabited earth, but able to do so (Daniel 2:38), and fulfilled in Babylon, Media-Persia, Greece (under Alexander), and Rome. The latter power is seen divided, first into two (the legs), fulfilled in the Eastern and Western Roman empires, and then into ten (the toes) See Scofield “Daniel 2:38- :. As a whole, the image gives the imposing outward greatness and splendor of the Gentile world-power.

3. The smiting Stone Daniel 2:34Daniel 2:35 destroys the Gentile world-system (in its final form) by a sudden and irremediable blow, not by the gradual processes of conversion and assimilation; and then, and not before, does the Stone become a mountain which fills “the whole earth.” (Cf. Daniel 7:26Daniel 7:27). Such a destruction of the Gentile monarchy-system did not occur at the first advent of Christ. On the contrary, He was put to death by the sentence of an officer of the fourth empire, which was then at the zenith of its power. Since the crucifixion the Roman empire has followed the course marked out in the vision, but Gentile world dominion still continues, and the crushing blow is still suspended. The detail of the end-time is given in Daniel 7:1-28Daniel 7:1-28 and Re 13.-19. It is important to see

a. that Gentile world-power is to end in a sudden catastrophic judgment (see “Armageddon,” Revelation 16:14Revelation 19:21).

b. that it is immediately followed by the kingdom of heaven, and that the God of the heavens does not set up His kingdom till after the destruction of the Gentile world- system. It is noteworthy that Gentile world-dominion begins and ends with a great image. Daniel 2:31Revelation 13:14Revelation 13:15.

IV. Daniel 2:36-38. The first world empire, Babylon under Nebuchadnezzar (cp. 7:4).

A. Verses. NASB 1995, pasted from Bible Gateway.

B. Scripture identification; Scofield notes.

1. The interpretation; first world empire. Babylon under Nebuchadnezzar (cp. 7:4).

2. 2:38. “wherever they dwell.” Universal dominion is indicated. It was never fully realized, but divine authority was given for it. See v 31 note (The dream: the great image, which shows the vision of the world empires).

V. Daniel 2:39. The second and third world empires.

A. Verse. NASB 1995, pasted from Bible Gateway.

“After you there will arise another kingdom inferior to you, then another third kingdom of bronze, which will rule over all the earth.”

B. Scripture identification; Scofield notes.

1. The second world empire: Medo-Persia ( cp. 7:5; 8:20).

2. The third world world empire: Greece (cp. 7:6; 8:21).

VI. Daniel 2:40-43. The fourth world empire: Rome (cp. 7:7; 9:26).

A. Verses. NASB 1995, pasted from Bible Gateway.

B. Scripture identification; Scofield notes.

1.2:41. “firmness of iron.” From the head of gold (v. 18) to the iron of the fourth kingdom (Rome) there is a deterioration in fineness, but increase in strength (v 40). Then comes the deterioration of the fourth kingdom in that very quality-strength.

a. Deterioration by division: the kingdom is divided into two, the legs (eastern and western empires), and these are again divided into kingdoms, the number of which, when the Stone strikes the image, will be ten (toes, v 42; compare 7:23-24). And,

b. “deterioration” by mixture: the iron mixed with the clay.

VII. Daniel 2:44-45. Christ’s kingdom to be established on earth (see Mt 3:2, and note).

A. Verses. NASB 1995, pasted from Bible Gateway. https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Daniel+2%3A44-45&version=NASB1995

B. Scripture identification; Scofield notes.

1. The Divine Kingdom.

2. 2:44. Scofield note.

a. The passage fixes authoritatively the time relative to other predicted events, when the kingdom of the heavens will be set up. It will be “in the days of those kings,” i.e. the days of the ten kings (cf. Daniel 7:24-27 symbolized by the toes of the image. That condition did not exist at the advent of Messiah, nor was it even possible until the dissolution of the Roman empire, and the rise of the present national world system. See “Kingdom (O.T.)” ; Genesis 1:26Zechariah 12:8 “Kingdom (N.T.)” ; Luke 1:31-331 Corinthians 15:281 Corinthians 15:28 (See Scofield “1 Corinthians 15:28- :“) note (defining “kingdom of heaven”). Verse 45 repeats the method by which the kingdom will be set up. (Cf) See Scofield “1 Corinthians 15:28- :” ; Psalms 2:5Psalms 2:6Zechariah 14:1-8Zechariah 14:9.

b. The ten toes did no exist at the advent of Messiah, nor was the federation even possible until the dissolution of the Roman Empire and the rise of the present nationalistic world system.

VIII. Matthew 3:2. The announcement of the kingdom to Israel.

A. Verse. NASB 1995, pasted from Bible Gateway.

B. Scripture. “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”

C. Scripture identification; Scofield notes.

1.The phrase, the kingdom of heaven (lit. of the heavens), is peculiar to Matthew and signifies the Messianic earth rule of Jesus Christ, the Son of David. It is called the kingdom of the heavens because it is the rule of the heavens over the earth Matthew 6:10 The phrase is derived from Daniel, where it is defined ; Daniel 2:34-36Daniel 2:44Daniel 7:23-27 as the kingdom which the God of heaven will set up after the destruction by “the stone cut out without hands,” of the Gentile world-system. It is the kingdom covenanted to David’s seed 2 Samuel 7:7-10 described in the prophets; (See Scofield “2 Samuel 7:7-10.7.10- :“) and confirmed to Jesus the Christ, the Son of Mary, through the angel Gabriel Luke 1:32Luke 1:33.

2. The kingdom of heaven has three aspects in Matthew:

1. “at hand” from the beginning of the ministry of John the Baptist Matthew 3:2 to the virtual rejection of the King, and the announcement of the new brotherhood Matthew 12:46-50

2. in seven “mysteries of the kingdom of heaven,” to be fulfilled during the present age Matthew 13:1-52 to which are to be added the parables of the kingdom of heaven which were spoken after those of Mt. 13., and which have to do with the sphere of Christian profession during this age;

3. the prophetic aspect–the kingdom to be set up after the return of the King in glory. Matthew 24:29-46Luke 19:12-19Acts 15:14-17 See “Kingdom (N.T.)” ; Luke 1:331 Corinthians 15:28 Cf. “Kingdom of God,” (See Scofield “1 Corinthians 15:28- :“) .

IX. I Corinthians 15:28. Kingdom In The New Testament, Summary.

A. Scripture. NASB 1995, pasted from Bible Gateway.

B. Verse. When all things are subjected to Him, then the Son Himself also will be subjected to the One who subjected all things to Him, so that God may be all in all.

C. Scripture identification; Scofield notes.

1. Kingdom (N.T.), Summary: See “Kingdom (O.T.)” Genesis 1:26-28(See Scofield “Genesis 1:26-1.1.28- :“) . Kingdom truth is developed in the N.T. in the following order:

a. The promise of the kingdom to David and his seed, and described in the prophets 2 Samuel 7:8-172 Samuel 7:8-17Zechariah 12:8 enters the N.T. absolutely unchanged. Luke 1:31-33. The King was born in Bethlehem ; Matthew 2:1Micah 5:2 of a virgin. ; Matthew 1:18-25Isaiah 7:14.

b. The kingdom announced as “at hand” (See Scofield “Isaiah 7:14- :“) , by John the Baptist, by the King, and by the Twelve, was rejected by the Jews, first morally, See Scofield “Isaiah 7:14- :“, and afterward officially Matthew 21:42Matthew 21:43 and the King, crowned with thorns, was crucified.

c. In anticipation of His official rejection and crucifixion, the King revealed the “mysteries” of the kingdom of heaven, (See Scofield “Matthew 21:43- :“) to be fulfilled in the interval between His rejection and His return in glory Matthew 13:1-50.

d. Afterward He announced His purpose to “build” His church Matthew 16:18 another “mystery” revealed through Paul which is being fulfilled contemporaneously with the mysteries of the kingdom. The “mysteries of the kingdom of heaven” and the “mystery” of the church Ephesians 3:9-11 occupy, historically, the same period, i.e, this present age.

e. The mysteries of the kingdom will be brought to an end by “the harvest” Matthew 13:39-43Matthew 13:49Matthew 13:50 at the return of the King in glory, the church having previously been caught up to meet Him in the air 1 Thessalonians 4:14-17.

f. Upon His return the King will restore the Davidic monarchy in His own person, re- gather dispersed Israel, establish His power over all the earth, and reign one thousand years Matthew 24:27-30Luke 1:31-33Acts 15:14-17Revelation 20:1-10.

g. The kingdom of heaven (See Scofield “Revelation 20:1-66.20.10- :“) thus established under David’s divine Son, has for its object the restoration of the divine authority in the earth, which may be regarded as a revolted province of the great kingdom of God See Scofield “Revelation 20:1-66.20.10- :“. When this is done (1 Corinthians 14:241 Corinthians 14:25) the Son will deliver up the kingdom (of heaven), Matthew 3:2 to “God, even the Father,” that “God” (i.e. the triune God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) “may be all in all” (1 Corinthians 14:28). The eternal throne is that “of God, and of the Lamb” Revelation 22:1. The kingdom-age constitutes the seventh Dispensation, See Scofield “Revelation 22:1- :“.

2. Then, finally, when he delivers up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he has done away with every rule, and every authority and power (for he must reign till he has put all enemies under his feet), the last enemy, death, is destroyed.

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XII. Scriptures are from the New American Standard Bible 1995, and are pasted from Bible Gateway.

XIII. Scofield notes come from the reference notes of Dr. C.I. Scofield, and the Scofield Study Bible.

XIV. The listed world empires are those which are mentioned in Daniel 2:36-45, and follow in succeeding order until the future time, following the Tribulation, in which Christ sets up His millennial Kingdom on earth (603 B.C., Scofield Study Bible note).


XV. In reference to para VIII, B, (2), (b). “The mysteries of the kingdom of heaven to be fulfilled during the present age.” The source of the following information is shown in para XVI.

A. The period of time between the rejection of Israel in Matt 12:24, and the acceptance of Jesus as King at the end of the Tribulation (Zech 12:10), is an Interim Age (due to Israel’s rejection of the kingdom offer, resulting in the messianic kingdom’s postponement, Matt 23:37-39). Christ began to explain the spiritual conditions that would prevail during the kingdom’s absence. This interim program includes Christ’s revelation of the kingdom mysteries (Matt 13) and the church (Mat 16:18). A New Testament mystery is not a matter of confusion, but information that was not revealed in the Old Testament until God revealed its understanding. In the context of the revelation coming, it came through Jesus in the Gospels, and through other New Testament writers (such as Paul, Rom 16:25). (p 78, 80).

B. Deuteronomy 17:14-15 states that Israel must accept God’s chosen king. The rejection of Jesus as God’s appointed king, resulted in the interim age of mysteries that Jesus discussed in the parables of Matthew 13, and shows what the heirs of the Kingdom will have to endure until Jesus returns from Heaven and sets up His earthly kingdom, which takes place in Matthew 24: 29-30, Zech 14:1-5, 9, and Revelation 19:11-20:5, with the redeemed of Christ coming with Him, at the end of the Tribulation (p 100).

C. Though the present, interim age, came about as a consequence of Israel’s rejection of the kingdom offer, in no way implies that it is an afterthought or less important in God’s mind in comparison to His program with national Israel. On the contrary, per Ephesians 3:11, the church was “in accordance” with God’s “eternal promise.” In other words, God always knew and purposed that He would create and work through the church. Although Israel’s program is revealed in the Old Testament, the church’s program is unrevealed. However, this distinction does not mean that God’s unrevealed program for the church is of less importance than God’s revealed program for Israel. Furthermore, although the church represents an interruption or parenthesis between God’s past and future dealings with Israel, this in no way implies that the church is of lesser importance than God’s past of future dealings with national Israel. The dictionary definition of a parenthesis simply conveys the idea of an interval rather than something of less importance. Thus, understanding that the church as a parenthetical break in this manner in no way suggests that the church represents “Plan B” in relation to God’s purpose for Israel ( p 100)

D. In summary, Israel’s rejection of the kingdom offer has led to a genuine new age of time between Christ’s two advents. This intervening age is something that was never before disclosed up until Christ’s teaching in Matthew 13. Although this new age represents an important time period when God is clearly and authentically at work, it should not be confused with the David Kingdom. Its source is Christ’s present session at the Father’s right hand where He functions in His role as Melchizedekian priest (Hebrews 7:1-3) rather than as Davidic King (p 101).

XVI. (Above ) ADDED. (per “The Coming Kingdom,” Dr. Andy Woods, Th. M.; J. D.; Ph. D.)

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