September 17, 2015

Did Daniel Prophesy a 7-Year Tribulation?

A WND article without a byline is headlined with the question: “Is 7-year biblical ‘Tribulation’ about to start?”

It immediately caught my eye because the “seven-year tribulation period” of which the anonymous author writes is based on faulty exegesis of Daniel 9:27.

I myself once embraced this faulty doctrine of man—even, regretfully, incorporating it in several of my books (Kissinger: Man of Destiny?, After The Omen, The Force of Star Wars....

Read the following and see the error for yourself.

The day is fast approaching when the Antichrist will be unrestrained in his lawlessness and will reveal himself to be the “abomination of desolation” (Daniel 9:27; Jesus, as quoted in Matthew 24:15) when he is given Satan’s “power, throne, and great authority” (Revelation 13:2), literally over the most powerful nation on earth, symbolically called “Babylon the Great.”This will commence the 3.5-year (42 months) second half of Daniel’s 70th Week. The first half corresponds to the 3.5 years of Christ’s ministry, from His baptism to His crucifixion. The second half will conclude with the second coming of Christ Jesus at the end of the age (2 Thessalonians 2:8; Daniel 12:10-12; Revelation 13:5).

Daniel's 70th week

“Messiah the Prince” (Jesus Christ) will be “cut off” (crucified) at the end of His 3.5-year ministry, which coincides with the end of the Old Covenant, from God’s perspective, at the conclusion of the 69th week. Jesus replaced it with the Everlasting New Covenant (Jeremiah 31:33,34; 32:38, 40; Ezekiel 36:26-27; 37:26).

The crucifixion of Messiah the Prince “put a stop to sacrifices and grain offerings” (Daniel 9:27), as they were but foreshadows of His sacrifice at the cross. It is this Everlasting New Covenant which Daniel 9:27 discloses: “he will make a firm covenant with the many for one week” [the 70th Week].

“He” is “Messiah the Prince,” the antecedent of “he.” Some see “he” to be the “prince who is to come”—the Antichrist—in verse 26, but they overlook that the subject here is “people,” not the “prince who is to come.” “People” is a plural word which would require the plural pronoun “they,” not the singular “he” that appears in verse 27. As for “of the prince who is to come,” this is a modifying phrase that gives identity to the “people.”

Those “people” in verse 26 turned out to be Roman legions who occupied Jerusalem. Titus, who later became the Roman Emperor, at the time held jurisdiction over Jerusalem. When the Jewish Zealots rebelled in 70 A.D.,

Titus sent Josephus to negotiate a truce, but the Zealots rejected this and continued their revolt. So, there was no “firm covenant” by Titus, and there is no collaborative Scripture to see a “dual fulfillment” in which the coming prince is both Titus and the Antichrist. Therefore, an Antichrist-brokered “seven-year peace treaty” is not Scriptural but speculative.

In fact, Titus and his Roman soldiers did the opposite of fomenting even a fraudulent peace with Israel: they lay siege against Jerusalem, and the city and its second temple were reduced to ruins (see verse 25).

The Bible mentions two prophesies—restraint of the Antichrist and his “standing in the holy place”—that, when fulfilled, will inaugurate the last 3.5 years of Daniel’s 70th Week, which will culminate in the second coming of Jesus Christ. For more on this subject click here.Comments? Questions? Click here to email me.In Christ,Frank Allnutt

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