The Seventieth Week of Daniel
Prophetic Timeline During and After 70th Week
This period of time which we call the seventieth week or the seven year covenant of antichrist includes the the opening of the Seven Seals, The Abomination of Desolation, The Persecution of the Saints also known as The Great Tribulation, The Rapture, The Seven Trumpet Judgments of God, and the completion of Daniel’s Seventieth Week. The primary purpose of this time is to reveal the ultimate struggle of Satan against God which drags the entire population of earth into a cosmic chess game with eternal stakes. The end game is what Daniel 9 refers to as “the consummation”.
The Seventieth Week – Daniel 9:26b-27
During this period of time we can ascertain from Daniel 9:26-27 that “…the people of the ruler (Antichrist) who will come will destroy the city (Jerusalem) and the sanctuary (The Jewish Temple). The end (of the seven years) will come like a flood: War will continue until the end(of the seven years), and desolations have been decreed.27 And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: in the middle of the ‘week’ he will put an end to sacrifice and offering. And on a wing (of the temple) he will set up an abomination that causes desolation, until the end that is decreed is poured out on him”. (Emphasis mine).
This entire event has associations with scriptures such as the Ezekiel 38 Gog – Magog invasion, the Matthew 24 “abomination of desolation”, and several other prophetic references in God’s Word. We will explore this in greater detail later on in the book.
In the meantime we must discuss the details of the covenant which is confirmed by the antichrist.
The beginning of Daniel’s seventieth week is signified by a covenant made by antichrist with “the many” for seven years. This is noted in Daniel 9:27
“27 And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week:”
Confirming the Covenant – What Covenant?
The word “confirm” used in this phrase is Gabar (gaw-bar) Verb, Strong’s #1396. The word means, “to prevail, have strength, strengthen, be strong, be powerful, be mighty, be great”.
The word “covenant” used in this phrase is Bariyth (ber-eeth); Noun Feminine, Strong’s #1285. The word means, “covenant, alliance, pledge, treaty, league, constitution, ordinance, or agreement”.
The definition of this word “confirm” seems to illustrate a requirement that it should “strengthen” something that already exists, but what covenant already exists that can possibly be confirmed and strengthened by the antichrist?
The Mid-Point of Daniel’s Seventieth Week
It is appropriate to take a pause here and reflect on the details of what happens at the mid-point of Daniel’s Seventieth Week. Jesus gives us an indication about the events we should be expecting to see as a clear confirmation that God’s prophetic calendar is in full swing.
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The Great Tribulation begins when antichrist stands in the temple noted as the “Abomination of Desolation” in Daniel 9 and Matthew 24 while at the same time Jerusalem is surrounded by armies as told by Jesus in Luke 21.
We are about to look at scripture and connect two events that create a perfect picture of the time and season which Jesus calls “great distress” or “great tribulation”. This is a critical element of prophetic scripture from the mouth of Jesus which defines the timing of the “great tribulation”.
Many students of prophecy have been taught a “pre-tribulation rapture” view which in essence declares that the “tribulation” is a period of time that lasts seven years, or the entire seventieth week and that believers will be removed from the scene before the seven year period even begins. To assert such an idea as fact goes against scripture itself, inserting into scripture a false premise, a premise on which false doctrine has been built.
Within the seven year period there are distinct seasons of affliction from Satan via antichrist which are very different in purpose and scope from God’s wrath. Jesus distinguishes between satanic persecution by antichrist of Christians and the wrath of God to which believers are not appointed.
While it cannot be denied that there are plenty of legitimate believing saints that hold the erroneous doctrinal position of a “pre-seventieth week” rapture, it might come as quite a surprise to many believers how dramatically a change in this position will affect their outlook on life and doctrine.
The major issue with a “pre-trib” or more correctly stated “pre-seventieth week” rapture is that many believers will not understand why they are seeing antichrist come onto the world stage while they are still here on earth. This will cause many to fall away who were expecting to be out of the way before any serious persecution of the church saints comes to their doorstep.
It is certain that God already knows who are His and who will fall away when their faith is tested and tried, but it is paramount to the journey of some believers to be prepared for the last days, that they may be a light in the darkness and a supplier of instruction and wisdom when the dark times come. The primary error of the “pre-tribulation rapture” interpretation becomes apparent when we deal with the following two scriptures. Luke 21:20-24 and Matthew 24:15-21
The Desolation of Jerusalem – Luke 21
“20 ‘When you see Jerusalem being surrounded by armies, you will know that its desolation is near. 21 Then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains, let those in the city get out, and let those in the country not enter the city. 22 For this is the time of punishment in fulfillment of all that has been written. 23 How dreadful it will be in those days for pregnant women and nursing mothers! There will be great distress in the land and wrath against this people. 24 They will fall by the sword and will be taken as prisoners to all the nations. Jerusalem will be trampled on by the Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.’”
It’s interesting to note that even though this event is happening at the midpoint of the seven years which you will see illustrated below with agreement in scripture and that the event is involving Jerusalem that it talks about the times of the Gentiles as not yet being fulfilled. Stick with me as we continue.
The Abomination of Desolation – Matthew 24
Matthew 24: 15-21
“15 ’So when you see standing in the holy place ‘the abomination that causes desolation,’ spoken of through the prophet Daniel—let the reader understand— 16 then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. 17 Let no one on the roof of his house go down to take anything out of the house. 18 Let no one in the field go back to get his cloak. 19 How dreadful it will be in those days for pregnant women and nursing mothers! 20 Pray that your flight will not take place in winter or on the Sabbath. 21 For then there will be great distress, unequaled from the beginning of the world until now—and never to be equaled again.”
What these scriptures show us is one distinct event (the beginning of the great tribulation) which includes Jerusalem being surrounded by armies (when its desolation is nigh) and the antichrist standing in the temple proclaiming himself to be God.
The beginning of the Great Tribulation is shown to happen at the midpoint of the seven years. This demonstrable fact of scripture shows that this period of great tribulation is most certainly not the entire duration of the last seven years.
In both scriptures Jesus says, “then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains…for then there will be great distress.” This pinpoints and connects these two events together. This is a critical portion of scriptures in agreement that indicate a more robust picture of when the great tribulation begins. We will continue to explore the details of the great tribulation. Read on.
In particular the reference in Luke 21 also gives us a brand new understanding of what is happening in Israel at this time. We will see later how this “Jerusalem surrounded by armies” relates to other prophetic scriptures, primarily Ezekiel 38’s Gog and Magog invasion. Let’s get back to the roadmap of the seven seals.
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