The Seventieth Seven (Daniel 9:27)

I. Video. 

A. Video Title. What does Daniel 9:27 tell us about when the Messiah would come?

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

II. Introduction. The  Seventieth Seven. Dr. John F. Walvoord (A.B., M.A., Th. B., Th. M., Th. D., D.D., Litt. D., 1910-2002)

A. Daniel 9:27 (NASB). “And he will make a firm 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 one who makes desolate, even until a complete destruction, one that is decreed, is poured out on the one who makes desolate.”

B. It may be concluded that Daniel’s great prophecy of the seventy sevens comprehends the total history of Israel from the time of Nehemiah in 445 B.C. until the second coming of Jesus Christ. In the first period of seven sevens, the city and the streets are rebuilt. In the second period of sixty-two sevens which follows, the Messiah appears and is living at the conclusion of the period. In the parenthesis between the sixty-ninth seven and the seventieth seven, at least two major events take place: the cutting off of the Messiah (the death of Christ) and the destruction of Jerusalem in a.d. 70. Actually, the whole present age intervenes.

C. The final period of seven years begins with the introduction of a covenant relationship between the future “prince that shall come” and “the many,” the people of Israel. This covenant is observed for the first half of the future seven-year period; then the special liberties and protections granted Israel are taken away; and Israel becomes persecuted in their time of great tribulation. The beginning of the last three and one-half years of the seventy sevens of Daniel is marked by the desecration of the future temple, the stopping of the sacrifices, and the desolation of the Jewish religion. It is this period referred to by Christ as the great tribulation inMatthew 24:15-26.

D. The culmination of the entire prophecy of the seventy weeks is the second advent of Jesus Christ which closes the seventieth seventh of Israel as well as the times of the Gentiles pictured in Daniel’s prophecies of the four great world empires. For most of the period, the two great lines of prophecy relating to the Gentiles and Israel run concurrently, and both end with the same major event—the second advent of Jesus Christ, when oppressed Israel is delivered and the oppressor, the Gentile, is judged. With Israel today back in the land, the fulfillment of these prophecies may not be too long distant.

III. Verse examination (Daniel 9:27). Ryrie Study Bible, 1986, Dr. Charles C. Ryrie, Th. M., Th. D., Ph. D., Litt. D., 1925-2016).

A. “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 the covenant and desecrate the Temple by demanding worship of himself. (See Ryrie notes on 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]).  

B. Ryrie notes Matt 24:15, 2 Thes 2:4, Rev 19:20.

1. Matt 24:15. “Abomination Of Desolation.” This is the man of sin (2 Thes 2:4), who at this midpoint in the Tribulation breaks the covenant he made with the Jewish people at the beginning of the Tribulation (Dan 9:27 ) and demands that they, and the world, worship him. Those who resist will be persecuted, and many will be martyred; that is the reason for the urgency of the instructions in vs 16-22.

2. 2 Thes 2:4. “takes his seat in the temple of God.” At the midpoint in the tribulation period the Antichrist will desecrate the rebuilt Jewish Temple in Jerusalem by placing himself there to be worshiped (Re: Matt 24:15). This is the climax of man’s great sin of self-deification, in open defiance of God.

3. Rev 19:20. The beast and his false prophet will be the first occupants of the “lake of fire;” other unbelievers, now in hades, will join them at the end of the Millennium (20:14). 

C. Other Ryrie related notes. 

1. Matt 24:3. “The Mount of Olives,” just E of Jerusalem across the Kidron Valley. “the disciples.”  Only Peter, James, John, and Andrew (Mk 13:3). Jesus answers,”what will be the sign of Your coming.” In verses 29-31, He speaks of the signs of the end of the age in verses 4-28. Verses 4-14 list the characteristics of the first half of the tribulation period, whereas verses 15-28 deal with the second half.

2. Matt 24:16-22.. 

a. 24:16: those who are in Judea must flee to the mountains.

b. 24:18. pray that your flight will not be in the winter, or on a Sabbath.

c. 24:21. then, there will be a great tribulation, such as has not occurred since the beginning of the world until now, nor ever will. 

d. 24:22. “the elect.” Jews, Deu 7:6, 14:3; Isa 43:10;

3. God causes the Tribulation judgments to fall on the unbelievers of the earth.

a. Seal judgments. Rev 6:1; 3, 5, 7, 9, 12, 8:1.

b. Trumpet judgments. Rev 8:7-13; 9:1-21; 11:15-19.

c. Bowl judgments. Rev 16:1-21.

4. My note. Notice that the time of the Tribulation is planned by God, and carried out by Jesus, God’s angels, and agents of God. By reading of the severity of the judgments, it is easy to see that the world is not in God’s tribulation now. The Tribulation will commence only upon God’s decision.

IV. Summary. Holman Christian Standard Bible. Michael Rydelnik (Th. M., D. Miss).

A. Daniel wrote his book with two purposes in mind. First, he wanted to assert that the God of Israel was sovereign, even over the powerful nations that surrounded His people. God’s chosen nation had been conquered and dispersed by a mighty empire that did not acknowledge God. What would happen now? Would Babylon’s yoke remain forever on Israel’s shoulders? Would God’s people never see their homeland again? Had God forgotten His promises? Daniel’s answer was that Babylon would fall to another empire, which in turn would fall to yet another great kingdom. History would continue in this pattern until God judged all Gentile nations and established His everlasting rule. Daniel’s message was obviously meant to uplift and encourage the weary hearts of the exiled Jews.

B. Yet Daniel also looked forward to the day when God would restore and reward Israel. Israel was suffering punishment for its disobedience; but when would the punishment end? Daniel’s message was both discouraging and encouraging. He predicted trouble ahead; Israel would suffer under Gentile powers for many years. But the encouraging news was that the time of trials would also pass away. The time was coming when God would gather His children to Him again. He would establish His messianic kingdom which would last forever. The God who directs the forces of history has not deserted His people. They must continue to trust Him. His promises of preservation and ultimate restoration are sure.

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The Church is the Church, and Israel is Israel. The Church did not replace Israel, and is not spiritual Israel. In the New Testament, “church” and “Israel” are mentioned as being separate entities. In the New Testament “church” is mentioned 112 times; Israel is mentioned 79 times; both are mentioned as being separate entities The Kingdom “has not yet come,” and will not come until the Jewish bloodline of Israel accepts God’s chosen king (Deuteronomy 17:15), which will take place at the end of the Tribulation when the nation of Israel faces decimation and calls on Messiah, Christ, in faith, to save them (Zechariah 12:10). Individual salvation is of the Jews (John 4:22), and comes through Christ (John 14:6). Things are discussed in this website that relate to God’s creation, from “eternity to eternity,” and all that is addressed within those parameters. Consider Isaiah 43:13, “Even from eternity I am He, And there is no one who can rescue from My hand; I act, and who can reverse it?” The Moody Study Bible adds a comment: “God is the ruler of all, and there is nothing that can stand against Him. His will is irresistible. The Bible Knowledge Commentary adds this thought: “No one can reverse what God puts into action or thwart His plans.” The articles that are found in this site may relate to anything that is found in the Bible, from Genesis 1:1 to Revelation22.21, as well as anything else that may relate to the Bible.

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