"Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the Most Holy. Know, therefore, and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem [457BC]unto the Messiah, the Prince, [Jesus]shall be seven weeks threescore and two weeks; the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times. And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah [Jesus]be cut off, but not for Himself; and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary, and the end of it shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined. And He [Jesus] shall confirm the Covenant with many for one week; and in the midst of the week He [Jesus] shall cause the sacrifice and oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abomination he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate" (Dan. 9:24-27).
This prophecy is the "70 Weeks of Daniel." It was written as 70 weeks, which is 490 days. As it turns out, however, the time period covered does not match 490 days, but fits perfectly into 490 years. This is called the, "day-for-a-year" prophecy interpretation. There’s not time and space here to completely cover this prophecy but let’s quickly look at highlights. The event marking the beginning of the prophecy is the, "commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem" (Vs.25). This command was given in 457 BC. Exactly 490 years later brings us to 34 AD. Did a significant event occur in 34 AD concerning Jesus and His Gospel? An extremely significant event occurred. Stephen, one of the original deacons in the founding Church in Jerusalem, was stoned by the Jewish leaders. This blatant evil deed caused the early Church to scatter and, in so doing, the Gospel became completely opened to the Gentiles. Daniel prophesied that much would be accomplished during the last week of the 70-weeks. The words in his prophecy correspond to Jesus` baptism, His Last Supper, His confirmation of the New Covenant, His death, and the end of the sacrificial system. Daniel's prophecy also marked the end of the Jews being the nation God would use to deliver the Gospel to the rest of the World.
"Messiah the Prince"
"Know, therefore, and understand that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah, the Prince, shall be seven weeks threescore and two weeks" (Vs.25). Seven weeks threescore and two weeks is 69 weeks, or 483 days. Convert these 483 days to 483 years and we have an exact fit. Starting at 457 BC and counting exactly 483 years brings us to 27 AD, the exact year Jesus was baptized and started His ministry.
"Anoint the Most Holy"
This is one of the events that was to happen at some time before the end of the 70 Week Prophecy. This event actually happened at the beginning of the 70th Week of Daniel's Prophecy. When Jesus was Baptized, as He came up out of the water, "the heavens were opened unto Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a Dove, and lighting upon Him. And, lo, a voice from heaven, saying, This is My Beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased" (Matt.3:16-17).
"He Shall Confirm The Covenant"
"He shall confirm the Covenant with many for one week" (Dan.9:27).
Underscore the words "Covenant" and "many." Now let's look at the following from Jesus at His Last Supper: "This is My blood of the New Covenant which is shed for many for the remission of sins" (Matt.26:28). Jesus' words are almost a quote from Daniel’s Prophecy. This is important! Pre-Trib removes Jesus from fulfilling this prophecy and replaces Him with Antichrist!! Not only is such a thing incorrect, it is... well, let's continue and let our Readers decide! Let's see if Jesus or Antichrist fits the Prophecy:
Did Jesus Confirm a Covenant?
And if so, did He "Confirm a Covenant for a WEEK?" He Did ABSOLUTELY! For exactly 7 years (7 prophetic days), Jesus did everything possible to confirm His New Covenant with the Nation of Israel. The 7 years started with His Baptism and ended 7 years later when the Jewish leaders stoned Stephen. The first half of the 7 years, 3 ½ years, Jesus personally conducted His attempts to, "Confirm His New Covenant" with the Jews. The second 3 1/2 years of that 7 year time period, the Disciples followed Christ's command to take the Gospel to the "Jews first" (Rm.1:16). The stoning of Stephen marked the end of the 70th week. So, the 70th Week started with Jesus' Baptism, His "Anointing," and ended when the Jews officially cast away their last opportunity to take part in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The official leaders of the Jews called a meeting of the Sanhedrin in the Synagogue in order to put Stephen the Deacon on trial. Stephen's face shown as if he were an Angel as he addressed them, giving them an inspired speech, warning them that they were forever casting themselves away from being God's chosen people. Steven was stoned 3 1/2 years after Jesus was crucified, and his death caused the Gospel to be scattered "unto the uttermost parts of the earth" (Acts 1:8; See also Matt.10:6; Lk.24:47; Rom.2:9-10) (See Acts 8:1 for Biblical documentation of Stephen’s death causing the Gospel to be "scattered abroad").
Is it Jesus or Antichrist?
Let's stop here and look at something very important. Pre-Trib says that, instead of Jesus making a Covenant for a week, Antichrist will make a future Covenant with the Jews for a prophetic week, which is 7 years. They arrive at this interpretation by moving the 70th week of Daniel from Jesus' time, and placing it to "End-Times." More on this in a moment. If the 70th Week of Daniel's prophecy fits perfectly into the time frame starting at Jesus' baptism and ending when Stephen was stoned, a VERY important event must happen in the "Midst" (middle) of that week. DID IT?
"In the Midst of the Week"
Did something happen 31/2 years after Jesus was Baptized? And did this event, "Confirm His Covenant" and "Cause the Sacrificial System to Cease?" Daniel Prophesied, "He shall confirm the Covenant with many for one week, and in the midst of the week He shall cause the sacrifice and oblation to cease" (Dan.9:27).
Did "Sacrifice and Oblation Cease" when Jesus Died?
At the exact moment Jesus died, a miraculous event literally stopped the sacrificial system in the Temple. Matthew records it thus: "The veil in the Temple was rent (torn) in twain from top to bottom" (Matt.27:51). God sent a direct signal to the Jewish nation that their, "sacrifices and oblations should cease" immediately! The Real Lamb had just died for humankind, thus in God's eyes, the "sacrifice and oblation" stopped, and it SHOULD have stopped for the nation of Israel and the rest of the world. The Jews may have repaired the torn veil, but it was for naught. There was, and is, to be no more sacrificing animals after Jesus died, ever! A quick note! Pre-Trib calls on an Ezekiel Prophecy to say there'll be a Temple in their so-called "Earthly Millennial Kingdom" in which there will be animal sacrificing. See Website "Ezekiel's Millennial Temple" to see 8 Un-Answerable Questions Pre-Trib faces concerning the Temple they say will be in place for a 1000 years here on earth.
Pre-Trib's 70th Week Interpretation
Pre-Trib says the, "Sacrifice and Oblation Ceasing" is yet in the future and will be fulfilled by Antichrist, not Christ! Is this a Double Error for Pre-Trib? We do not want to offend, so we will be kind and say that we respectfully disagree with the Pre-Trib interpretation. As a National News Netwoek says, "We Report - You Decide." If Daniel's Prophecy is clearly outlining Christ's Baptism, His Last Supper, His New Covenant He made with His Church, and His Death on the Cross, shouldn't we leave that Prophecy as it is? If, however, someone has attempted to remove Christ from that Prophecy and attempted to replace Christ with Antichrist, we'll let our Readers decide if this is just a little "OOPS" error, or something much, much, more serious! We said "Double Error," and later in this Website we will look at mass confusion caused by removing Jesus from this Prophecy and replacing Him with Antichrist. Every Pre-Trib Minister should re-examine this!! Pre-Trib says that, instead of the Prophecy describing the work of Jesus, it describes Antichrist making a covenant with Israel allowing them to re-build their Temple and re-establish their animal sacrificial system. Then, according to Pre-Trib, 31/2 years later, half way through Daniel's 70th Week, Antichrist breaks his Covenant, stops the Jews from sacrificing animals, and begins persecuting them. Pre-Trib says this persecution goes on for an additional 31/2 years, thus completing the Prophecy. These 2 time periods of 31/2 years, says Pre-Trib, establishes the length of the Great Tribulation as 7 years.
Seven Year Tribulation?
This mistake of cutting off the 70th week of Daniel's prophecy, substituting Antichrist for Jesus, inventing an Antichrist/Jew Covenant, moving the Prophecy from Christ's time to the End Times, is the only reason Pre-Trib promotes a Seven Year Tribulation. Actually, if we use John's information in Revelation, the Great Tribulation appears to be less than a year. See "The Great Tribulation."
What Does Scripture Really Say?
If we leave the 70th week at the time of Jesus and the Apostles, and look at what John really saw in Revelation, we see the total time of the Tribulation as probably 1 literal year. The actual time for the "Seven Last Plagues" portion of the Tribulation seems about 2 literal weeks. We arrive at this by again using the "Day for a Year" principle. Note the following: "Therefore shall her (Babylon's) plagues come in one day [1 day = 1 prophetic year], death, and morning, and famine, and she shall be utterly burned with fire; for strong is the Lord God who judgeth her" (Rev. 18:8). If the "one day" in this verse is prophetic time, "Day-for-a-Year," then the Tribulation would be 1 year. Now lets look at a prophetic "hour." John saw the "Kings of the Earth who have committed fornication with her (the Great Whore or Babylon)," "Standing afar off for the fear of her torment, saying, Alas, alas, that great city, Babylon, that mighty city! For in one hour [prophetically 2 weeks] is thy judgment come" (Rev.18:10; see also vss.17 and 19). If 1 day is a prophetic year, 1 hour would be a 24th of a year, which is approximately 2 weeks. Can we say for absolutely certainty that this "One Day" and "One Hour" interpretation is 100% correct? Maybe not, but taking into account all of the other prophecies in Revelation, it does seem to make sense.For sure we know that God will take care of His people, no matter how long the Tribulation lasts.
If the 70 Week Prophecy is about Jesus, and anyone attempts to remove Jesus and replace Him with Antichrist, such error must be corrected. If Pre-Trib decided to correct their error, a most essential pillar in Dispensational Pre-Trib would be gone. Their version of an Antichrist/Israel Covenant and a 7-Year Tribulation would have to be eliminated. Could the rest of the Pre-Trib view survive? Not likely.
A Closer Look at the Pre-Trib View
Scripture eliminates any possibility of placing Antichrist into the 70th week of Daniel's 70 Week Prophecy, but, in addition, there are some things in the Pre-Trib interpretation that just do not fit reality. Let's look at a few.
Antichrist's Focus During the Tribulation
Every Bible Prophecie about Antichrist during the Tribulation clearly show his wrath and aggression will be totally focused against God's people who are "Keeping God's Commandments" (See Rev.12:17 and 14:12) as opposed to Antichrist's "Changed Times and Laws" (See Dan.7:25). Pre-Trib agrees with this, saying these will be Jews who have converted to Christian Believers. Pre-Trib says the "Covenant" made to the Jews will include allowing them to rebuild their Temple and resume their animal sacrificing system. Anyone who has studied the Christian view of animal sacrificing knows absolutely that such practices were to be totally eliminated after Jesus died on the cross. Thus, it should be clear that any Jews that became Christian Believers would completely shun animal sacrificing, period. They'd want no part of participating in a practice that, in the Bible, in Hebrews, animal sacrificing would be a complete rejection of Jesus being the sacrifice for their sins. So, if Pre-Trib is correct about Antichrist allowing/encouraging the Jews to reconstruct their Temple and resuming animal sacrificing, he'd be very pleased with the Jews sacrificing animals because this would be a sign of their rejecting Jesus. So, instead of Antichrist aggressively making war against the animal sacrificing Jews, he'd be trying to kill those who refused the practice. So, it appears, not only has Pre-Trib attempted to reverse Christ and Antichrist here, they have this whole animal sacrificing thing reversed also.
So, does it really seem to be a good idea to rip a week out of Daniel's 70 Week prophecy and re-attach it to end-times? All of the following events establish the fact that Christ, not Antichrist, fulfilled the 70th week of Daniel's Prophecy:
Christ's Ministry was 3 1/2 years in length.
His Baptism occurred exactly 483 years after the "Command to Rebuild Jerusalem."
At His Last Supper He Established His "New Covenant."
At His death, the Temple Veil was torn, a sign the Jewish Sacrificial system should cease.
He gave the Jews an additional 3 1/2 year opportunity to be His Evangelists to the world.
We have a choice. We can accept the above facts that fit perfectly in Daniel's 70th Week, or, we can attempt to remove Jesus from the Prophecy and replace Him with Antichrist. To replace Christ with Antichrist requires a lot of speculation based entirely on a Pre-Trib Rapture Theory. The interpretation of leaving the 70th Week as covering the 31/2 years of Jesus' ministry and 31/2 years from Jesus' Death till the Stoning of Stephen, is the same as Martin Luther and many other Reformers. The accuracy of this prophecy, when properly interpreted, is flawless and has been the source of many conversions to Christianity. The interpretation offered by Pre-Trib has become popular, but it fails even the simplest investigation. As to whether or not this, "Removing Jesus from the Prophecy and replacing Him with Antichrist," is incorrect, let's just look at the facts from Scripture. Our Readers must decide for themselves. Let's Pray for God's Holy Spirit to help us know the Truth!
Scripture for "Day-for-Year"
Is there Scripture for converting prophetic days to years? The best proof is its accuracy, but there is Bible evidence. (See Eze.4:6; Num.14:34). There’s no Biblical command to apply the principle, but when the time and events fit perfectly, it’s the right thing to do. Everything in Daniel’s 70-Week prophecy, especially the 70th Week, took place exactly in order. The odds of all these things being accidental are beyond calculation. The accuracy of this prophecy is proof that the Bible can be trusted—proof that God, who knows the end from the beginning, is the actual Author of the Bible.
Stoning of Steven
Some say that ending the 70th Week of Daniel's Prophecy with the Stoning of Steven has no merit. Steven was stoned 3 1/2 years after Jesus was crucified, and his death caused the Gospel to be scattered "unto the uttermost parts of the earth" (Acts 1:8; See also Matt.10:6; Lk.24:47; Rom.2:9-10) (See Acts 8:1 for Biblical documentation of Steven’s death causing the Gospel to be "scattered abroad"). There's one more event that must be considered here as we place importance on Steven's death. There was a man holding the coats of those who killed Steven, and this holding the coats was a sign of his approval and probably a sign that he was the instigator in charge of Steven's death. Of course that was Saul who later became Paul, the Apostle to the Gentiles. Soon after he participated in Stevens murder, Saul went on his famous trip to Damascus. When the light shown, and Jesus spoke to Saul, He said, "I am Jesus. whom thou persecutest; It is hard for thee to kick against the pricks" (Acts9:5). It is apparent that, after seeing Steven being killed, and hearing him describe Jesus standing on the right hand of God, and then hearing him pray, "Lord, lay not this sin to their charge" (Ac.7:59), just before he died, Saul/Paul had this scene running through his mind, greatly disturbing his conscience. So, the stoning of Steven was a very significant event and after considering everything else in Daniel's 70 Week Prophecy, it fits perfectly.
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