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Daniel’s 70th Half-week May 8, 2014

Posted by stevekerp in End Times.
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It hasn’t been until recently that I started seeing all these end-times scenarios that are based on the idea that Daniel’s final week is already half completed. A simple reading of the text should dispel this incorrect (and unnecessary) notion.

The scripture text is Daniel 9:24-27 and the passage is clearly chronological. Daniel breaks the 70 weeks into three pieces: seven weeks, sixty-two weeks, and one week. It is not seven weeks, sixty-two 1/2 weeks and then a half-week. Messiah was cut off after the sixty-two week piece was completed. Since the text states this was “after” the sixty-two weeks, and subsequently states the final week does not begin until after the city and sanctuary are destroyed, a period of time must exist between the end of the 69th week and the beginning of the 70th.

In verse 27 Daniel has no trouble identifying the “end to sacrifice and offering” as being “in the middle of the week” and had he intended to communicate that Jesus was cut off in the middle of the week, he could have said so. However, we read “after the sixty-two weeks Messiah shall be cut off.” It does NOT say “after sixty-two and a half weeks”.

Further, we read in Daniel that after the Messiah is cut off, the city and sanctuary are destroyed. After the city and sanctuary are destroyed, the covenant is confirmed and the final week begins. There is no way around it. Messiah was cut off in about 32 AD and Jerusalem was destroyed in 70 AD. The confirmation of the covenant has to take place after 70 AD and there is neither reason nor scriptural evidence that there is a time delay or gap within the final week.

This is NOT to say that if the covenant is confirmed on this coming Pentecost, that Jesus won’t return until 2021. There is nothing in the prophecy that says Jesus will not return until the final seven years are completed. Rather, there are solid Scriptural reasons for believing Jesus will return in 2017 and will be here on the planet supervising the restoration of all things. In other words, the period of strife, testing and judgment we anticipate will not last seven years. It might be only half of that. Review the “agenda items” in Daniel 9:24 and you will see what needs to be completed in the final seven years. Obviously, these things have not been accomplished, and I think it’s equally obvious that if the final week is simply one of disasters, judgment and wrath, by the time the dust settled on the final day of the 70th week, those things would still be unfinished.

For us, it’s academic. As I’ve said, “we’ve got dinner plans.”

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1. Chris - May 12, 2014

Steve,
appreciate your site and have been checking in every now and then for quite some time. It should be noted that a handful of prominent bible commentators interpreted the 70th week as at least partially complete, including Matthew Henry. The key is interpreting the “he” in Daniel 9:27 as being the Messiah himself who confirmed the covenant with many, who initiated the 70th week at his baptism, and was cut off in the “midst of the week” after approximately 3.5 years of ministry. The bottom line is that we need to realize our own blindspots and preconceived notions and understand that things may play out in a way contrary to our own biases and “inside the box thinking”. We need to be especially careful on letting scripture interpret scripture: in this case there is nowhere in scripture that spells out a 7 year tribulation although we hear it ad naseum/ad infinitum from so-called prophetic teachers out there. There are other issues with Sir Robert Anderson’s calcs/number gymnastics as well if you look into them.

I would highly recommend the following book by Jerome Gerbasi: “The Prophetic Harmony of the Lamp of God” which discusses this at length and also blends it with the past and future fulfillment of God’s feast days, of which I know you’re aware. It is available in pdf format on his webpage here and I promise you and your readers they will NOT be disappointed.
http:// sonshiny7.yolasite.com
http:// sonshiny7.yolasite.com/resources/The%20Prophetic%20Harmony%20of%20the%20Lamp%20of%20God…and%20the%2070th%20Week%20of%20Daniel%20(2nd%20Edition).pdf

Of course, in reality when all is said and done, our speculation on these matters will hardly compare to our other instructions to 1) Love God and 2) Love our neighbor as ourselves, and take the Gospel message to all nations. Let us all run the race with perseverance, encouraging one another to carry on regardless of setbacks, disappointments, our own “blindspots” and struggles. Best regards always my brother. Humbly, -C

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stevekerp - May 12, 2014

Dear Chris –

Thanks for your comments. As you have no doubt noticed, I have been straighforward and unequivocal in insisting that the “He” in Daniel 9:27 is the Messiah. That’s not a problem. The problem I see is the violation of Daniel’s chronology; that is, Daniel has the confirmation of the covenant occurring after the city and sanctuary are destroyed. Another minor point is that Jesus nowhere referred to His baptism as “the confirmation of the covenant”, nor did Paul or any of the other NT writers. One would properly expect that, had Jesus fulfilled this key prophetic expectation, that it would have been stated. Matthew marked a number of prophetic fulfillments and Matthew documented Jesus’ baptism (Matthew 3:13 ff). I admit that an argument from silence is a weak argument.

In any event, perhaps Mr. Gerbasi can explain it to me. Or, if it’s as late on the prophetic clock as we think it is, I can just wait a few more weeks and then we will all know.

Thanks again. Hope to see you soon on the mezzanine.

Very best,

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