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70th Week of Daniel....What Not to Watch for in the End Times

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This article was written by Nelson Walters. You can read more of his articles in....."The Gospel in the End Times"

What not to Watch for

If I were to ask 100 Christians who are actively “watching” for the return of Jesus what sign they are watching for, I bet 90% would say the Antichrist’s peace treaty with Israel. The vast majority of Christians think this is “the sign” that the 70th Week of Daniel, or the seven year “Tribulation,” has begun. But what if this is not correct? What if the final seven-year period doesn’t start with that event? What if the peace treaty is signed 3 to 4 years earlier than that period? Might this actually lull these Christians to sleep when they don’t see everything else happening according to their 1260-day chronologies? “Where is the promise of his coming?” (2 Pet. 3: 4) they might ask.

The reason I mention this is when the disciples asked Jesus what the sign of his coming and the end of the age would be, he did not mention a 7-year peace treaty directly. If we were to watch for a covenant you would think Jesus would say, “When you see the Covenant with the Many,” but he didn’t. He said, “When you see the Abomination of Desolation.” Perhaps we should even question whether the “Covenant with the Many” in Dan. 9:27 even applies to the Antichrist.

If this covenant is the primary sign that 90% of the church is looking for, we really, really need to know if this is something to watch for or what not to watch for. Is it the sign of the 70th Week or not?

Dan. 9:27

A good place to start in examining the primary passage that most people associate with this covenant:

And he shall make a strong covenant with many for one week, and for half of the week he shall put an end to sacrifice and offering. And on the wing of abominations shall come one who makes desolate, until the decreed end is poured out on the desolator. (Dan. 9:27)

The word “he” in the first sentence of this verse has traditionally been applied to the Antichrist by most prophecy scholars. But let’s examine this in detail and see if that makes sense. When a pronoun like “he” or “she” is used it always has an antecedent, that is it always refers back to a clearly identified name earlier in the text. And it’s always the last name mentioned. So let’s look at the text right before this passage.

And after the sixty-two weeks, an anointed one shall be cut off and shall have nothing. And the people of the prince who is to come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary. Its[end shall come with a flood, and to the end there shall be war. Desolations are decreed. (Dan. 9:26)

This is the verse right before the famous Dan. 9:27. There are two characters in this verse, the Messiah (the anointed one) and the prince who is to come. So “he” has to refer to one of these characters. Because the prince who is to come is mentioned last (closest to “he”), most scholars have attributed “he” to this coming prince (probably the Antichrist). But is this proper grammar? Actually, it isn’t. “People” is the subject of the second sentence, not the prince, it’s “people of the prince who is to come.” So proper grammar demands we go back one character further and attribute “he” to the Messiah.

There is even further evidence in Dan. 9:27:

And he shall make a strong covenant with many for one week, and for half of the week he shall put an end to sacrifice and offering. And on the wing of abominations shall come one who makes desolate, until the decreed end is poured out on the desolator. (Dan. 9:27)

What isn’t frequently noticed in this verse is that there are two characters in this verse as well! The “he” who makes the covenant and ends the sacrifice and then “one” who is coming (as in the prince who is to come) to make desolate. This precludes the “he” from being the same as the “one who makes desolate” (the Antichrist).

Additionally, the word “make” in the first sentence of 9:27 is actually garbar in the Hebrew which means “strengthen.” If this were the Antichrist strengthening a covenant for all seven years, then couldn’t “break” the covenant at the midpoint. He can make a covenant for 7 years and then break it, but he can’t strengthen it for all seven years and stop. This is a subtle but important difference. The text clearly states he strengthens the covenant for all 7 years.

What is the Covenant?

Have we gotten Dan. 9:27 all wrong? Maybe we have. So if “he” is Jesus, how does Jesus strengthen a covenant for all seven years (and only for seven years)? What is this all about?

What it is not, is what some preterists and historicists claim, that this is Jesus strengthening the Mosaic Covenant by establishing the New Covenant at his first coming. Jesus did not establish the New Covenant until he died on the cross.  Most preterists agree that in their theory, this would be the “midpoint” where the sacrifice is eliminated. But this verse says the covenant is strengthened earlier than that. AND it says it is only for 7 years. Obviously, the New Covenant is an everlasting covenant. So the preterist ideas are not accurate.

But what covenant is Daniel talking about? IMO, it is the Abrahamic Covenant that is strengthened for the Jews by Jesus for all 7 years. How does he do this?

And it shall come to pass afterward that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, and your young men shall see visions. (Joel 2:28)

Jesus is going to fill the unsaved Jewish remnant with his Holy Spirit during the 70th Week. And he is going to pour out his spirit on the unsaved gentiles as well so they are all receptive to the Gospel. He will also fill Christians with his Spirit (there is a difference between simply having the indwelling Spirit and being filled with the Spirit), allowing them to be strong and testify during this challenging time. So it is probably the New Covenant that is “strengthened” as well.

Some might say, “Hey, wait a minute. Jesus isn’t the one stopping the sacrifice, the Antichrist is.” The Antichrist does physically stop the sacrifice but Jesus is permitting it. In the Septuagint, Dan. 9:26 says that the temple and the city were destroyed by Jesus and the coming prince! In the same way, Jesus is permitting the ending of the temple sacrifices.

Is there an Antichrist Covenant?

Yes, I believe there is, but this is the important point: it most likely isn’t the sign of the beginning if the 70th Week. In Isa. 28:15, this covenant is called the Covenant with Death and the Grave. In Ezek. 38:8, we see the Antichrist (Gog) invading Israel as a community of “unwalled” villages (they assume they are safe).  In Joel 3:2, God enters into judgment with the Antichrist forces because they “divided” the land.

And in Rev. 6:2, the rider of the white horse (Antichrist) is already carrying a “bow with no arrows.” I believe this is symbolic of the Covenant with Death and the Grave. But notice, he is carrying it prior to riding forth on the white horse. So in my mind, the covenant may precede the 70th Week.

So to me, although a peace treaty is something to “watch for” and be aware of, it isn’t “the” Sign that the 70th Week has begun. In fact, I don’t think there is a sign that the 70th Week has begun. Jesus gave us 3 seals that will open prior to the Abomination of Desolation at the fourth seal, and we should watch for these.

This is an incredibly important, yet subtle, prophecy nuance.

So should we keep a watch for a peace treaty with Israel? Yes.

Is it necessarily negotiated by the Antichrist himself? If “he” in Dan. 9:27 isn’t the Antichrist, he may or may not negotiate it. I think he might, but we should be very careful about drawing too many assumptions about that aspect.

We don’t identify the Antichrist by the peace treaty, we identify him when he sits in the Temple of God and acts as if he is God! And we don’t identify the beginning of the 70th Week by the peace treaty either.  The Peace treaty is a sign that the end is coming, but it isn’t THE “Sign.”

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and then there's this,  from 1 Peter:

 1 Peter 4:6-8 J.B. Phillips New Testament (PHILLIPS)
"Following Christ will mean pain

4 1-6 Since Christ had to suffer physically for you, you must fortify yourselves with the same inner attitude that he must have had. You must realise that to be dead to sin inevitably means pain, and you should not therefore spend the rest of your time here on earth indulging your physical nature, but in doing the will of God."

i.e. everyone in Christ should expect to suffer pain for being a follower of Jesus.

and then:

(notice this is IN THE FIRST CENTURY,  before the year 100a.d. )

"Your attitude in these last days

We are near the end of all things now, and you should therefore be calm, self-controlled men of prayer.

Above everything else be sure that you have real deep love for each other, remembering how ‘love will cover a multitude of sins’."

=========================================

1 Peter 4 Amplified Bible, Classic Edition (AMPC)

So, since Christ suffered in the flesh [a]for us, for you,

arm yourselves with the same thought

and purpose [patiently to suffer rather than fail to please God].

For whoever has suffered in the flesh [having [c]the mind of Christ]

is done with [intentional] sin [has stopped pleasing himself and the world,

and pleases God],

2 So that he can no longer spend the rest of his natural life living by [his] human appetites and desires,

but [he lives] for what God wills.

3 For the time that is past already suffices

for doing what the Gentiles like to do—living [as you have done] in shameless, insolent wantonness ..... " ... ... ...

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I've never understood how the death of Christ could fall outside the framework of the 70 weeks since that event is central to the prophecy.

Seventy weeks have been decreed for your people and your holy city, to finish the transgression, to make an end of sin, to make atonement for iniquity, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal up vision and prophecy and to anoint the most holy place.  Daniel 9:24

And the event that makes this possible doesn't take place during the 70 weeks?

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The 69th Week ended at Christ's death.  The "he" in. V. 27 refers to someone else besides Christ.

The 70th Week ends with Israel accepting their Messiah. Thus fulfilling v. 24. Daniel's people and Daniel's holy city.

In Christ

Montana Marv

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5 minutes ago, Montana Marv said:

The 69th Week ended at Christ's death.  The "he" in. V. 27 refers to someone else besides Christ.

The 70th Week ends with Israel accepting their Messiah. Thus fulfilling v. 24. Daniel's people and Daniel's holy city.

In Christ

Montana Marv

The part in red is an absolutely false statement.  That's not what the scriptures say.

  • Then after the sixty-two weeks the Messiah will be cut off and have nothing.  Daniel 9:26a

I really, really, really  recommend that you quit the practice of creative interpretation and adjust to the word of God.  The word of God is immutable and will never adjust to you.

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7 minutes ago, Last Daze said:

The part in red is an absolutely false statement.  That's not what the scriptures say.

  • Then after the sixty-two weeks the Messiah will be cut off and have nothing.  Daniel 9:26a

I really, really, really  recommend that you quit the practice of creative interpretation and adjust to the word of God.  The word of God is immutable and will never adjust to you.

Where are the other 7 Sevens listed? Look again.  Do little math.

In Christ

Montana Marv

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Posted (edited)
On 2/20/2018 at 8:09 PM, JoeCanada said:

Might this actually lull these Christians to sleep when they don’t see everything else happening according to their 1260-day chronologies?

Hi Brother @JoeCanada, could there be a 1290 days instead of the 1260 days chronology instead? That would make our first sign to be 30 days prior to the temptation to come upon all the world of Rev 3:10. Thanks.

Dan 12:11  And from the time that the daily sacrifice shall be taken away, and the abomination that maketh desolate set up (Middle of the week), there shall be a thousand two hundred and ninety days. 
 

Edited by Larry 2

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Posted (edited)

1260 days + 30 days + 45 days

This is this last half of the tribulation period + 30 days for the battle of Armageddon + 45 days to gather all living humans for separation, some to enter the Lord's millennial kingdom as mortals and the balance to His lake of fire

Edited by Daniel 11:36

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15 hours ago, Larry 2 said:

Hi Brother @JoeCanada, could there be a 1290 days instead of the 1260 days chronology instead? That would make our first sign to be 30 days prior to the temptation to come upon all the world of Rev 3:10. Thanks.

Dan 12:11  And from the time that the daily sacrifice shall be taken away, and the abomination that maketh desolate set up (Middle of the week), there shall be a thousand two hundred and ninety days. 
 

Hi Larry.......

1260 days....42 months.....3 1/2 years....

Then the woman fled into the wilderness where she *had a place prepared by God, so that there [a]she would be nourished for one thousand two hundred and sixty days.....Rev 12:6

14 But the two wings of the great eagle were given to the woman, so that she could fly into the wilderness to her place, where she *was nourished for a time and times and half a time, from the [a]presence of the serpent......Rev 12:14

]they will be given into his hand for a [d]time, [e]times, and half a [f]time.....Dan 7:25

There was given to him a mouth speaking [a]arrogant words and blasphemies, and authority to act for forty-two months was given to him......Rev 13:5

The Bible designates these periods....1260 days, 42 months and 3 1/2 years ....all equivalent. They are all equal to the reign time of the anitchrist. This gives us a fixed point from the midpoint of the 70th week to the end of the reign of the antichrist.

Dan 12:11...This date, (related to 1290 days) is thirty days after the physical second coming, which occurs on Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement.(day 1260)

So what might occur 30 days after the physical second coming. Could  the sheep and goat judgment be the event that is foretold by the mysterious 1290 days?

Mathew 25: 31-33......

31 “But when the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the angels with Him, then He will sit on His glorious throne. 32 All the nations will be gathered before Him; and He will separate them from one another, as the shepherd separates the sheep from the goats; 33 and He will put the sheep on His right, and the goats on the left.

The unrighteous survivors of the 70th week ( the goats ) are judged along with the antichrist and false prophet and are thrown into the lake of fire.      (Matt 25:41,46).....The righteous survivors (sheep) will take shelter in King Jesus. (the Ark)

Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement)..... is Tishrei 10 (day 1260) on the Jewish calendar. Thirty days later is Cheshvan 10....which historically, is the day Noah and his family entered the Ark..........................So, the righteous survivors of the 70th week , who take shelter in the Ark (King Jesus) seems a likely fulfillment of Cheshvan 10.

In the days of Noah, the wicked and righteous were separated when God closed the door of the Ark. Noah and his family were in the ark for 1 year and 10 days.

Now, interestingly, the Rapture (and Wrath) occur at the 7th seal, in the 6th year of the 70th week of Daniel, on the feast of Yom Teruah, on the date of Tishri 1.......The second coming (physical on earth) occur at the 7th bowl, in the 7th year of the 70th week of Daniel , on the feast of You Kippur, on the date of Tishri 10......From Tishri 1 to Tishri 10 is exactly 1 year and 10 days.

Hope this all makes sense.

 

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19 hours ago, Larry 2 said:

could there be a 1290 days instead of the 1260 days chronology instead? That would make our first sign to be 30 days prior to the temptation to come upon all the world of Rev 3:10. Thanks.

Dan 12:11  And from the time that the daily sacrifice shall be taken away, and the abomination that maketh desolate set up (Middle of the week), there shall be a thousand two hundred and ninety days. 

 

2 hours ago, JoeCanada said:

Dan 12:11...This date, (related to 1290 days) is thirty days after the physical second coming, which occurs on Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement.(day 1260)

Physical coming? Are you speaking of Jesus' coming to earth in that time? I was referring to Mat 24:15  When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:) Now, just where would any holy place be on earth? A rebuilt temple? And we are talking about the middle of the week aren't we?
Mat 24:16  Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains:

Isn't this what we read of in Rev 12:5  And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and to his throne. Rev 12:6  And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days. 

Thanks
 

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