This bit of prophecy has been talked about and talked about until you’d think we’d understand it by now! But we don’t! Just to let you know I’m not going to rehash all of it. I am, however, going to lay out some things that will take you out of sleepiness and wake you up of where and what time we are living in!
Daniel’s 70th Week of Prophecy
Daniel 9:24-27. “Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city,
to finish the transgression, and
to make an end of sins, 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 unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, (49 years) and
threescore and two weeks: (434 years) the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times. And
after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah 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 thereof shall be with a flood, and
unto the end of the war desolations are determined. And
he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: (7 years) and
in the midst of the week(3.5 years ) he shall cause the sacrifice and
the oblation to cease, and
for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.”
I have broken down this passage like this in order to let you see what is in it. However, we are going to concentrate on the last verse Daniel’s 70th week. The other verses (24-26) detail the other 483 years that end at the DBR of Christ Jesus
This whole time of Seventy Weeks has been determined by Bible Scholars to be 490 years. Therefore, that 70th week is 7 years also know as “The Time Jacob’s Trouble, (Jere. 30). The 3.5 years is known as “Great Tribulation”. (Rev. 7:14), that is half way through the Tribulation Period.
The question now is, “What happens before the 70th Week and When does it start?” Well the gap between the 483 years and Daniel’s last week of 7 years is the “Church Age”. The “Church Age” is to end with the “Rapture”, See blog on the Rapture of the Church. I believe the Rapture will happen on the Day of Pentecost, according to the Feasts of Israel and what all they represent, Lev. 23, Acts 2.
It is my opinion that the Rapture is closer than most of us think! All that needs to be accomplished is for Israel to sign a covenant giving them access to build their temple and resume their sacrifices. Our President has set our embassy in Israel’s capital and talks to make a covenant to make things safe for all.
Dan. 9:26-27, “. . . and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined. And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, . . . “
The Prince here is the Antichrist confirming the covenant with Israel. When that happens the Church will have already been caught up, perhaps May 31, 2020. It could be that quick. I know what you are going to say, “We don’t know the day or the hour”, Matt. 25:13. “Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.”. Well Friend, you have erred not rightly dividing the Word of Truth. This passage is not speaking to the Rapture, but to the Second Advent of Christ!
As we have seen, the Holy Spirit who came at Pentecost to form the “Body of Christ,” the Church, will, when the Church is complete and caught out, return with the Church to Heaven. This will leave the world without the presence of the Holy Spirit, and as no man can be “Born again” (Joh 3:3, Joh 3:5-7), or call Jesus LORD but by the Holy Ghost (1Co 12:3), the world will be in a bad plight. And as the “SALT” of “Pure Christianity” will have been removed from the earth, the earth’s “Moral Rottenness” will rapidly develop into such a state of “Putrefaction” that only the return of the Lord can stop. But we read that during this period between the “Rapture” and the “Revelation” a “great multitude” shall be saved, out of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues. Rev 7:9-17
6. THE WORK OF THE HOLY SPIRIT IN THE PARENTHETICAL DISPENSATION BETWEEN THE RAPTURE AND REVELATION Dispensational Truth VIII The Dispensational Work of the Holy Spirit by Clarence Larkin
Now how is this “great multitude” to be saved if the Holy Spirit is no longer resident on the earth, as in the form of “Born Again believers? They will be saved as the Old Testament Saints were saved, by the Holy Spirit coming to individuals and regenerating them. The work of the Holy Spirit then in the “Parenthetical Dispensation” between the “Rapture” and the “Revelation” will be individualistic only and not in a corporate manner as in the “Body of Christ”.
Rev. 12:17. And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ. Rev. 14:12. Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus. During this time of the Tribulation Period salvation is obtained by Works and Faith, see above passages. This is the way the New Testament is laid out for all to see in three parts, separated with transitional books to move from one section to another, God works in three’s.
The Gospels represents OT under the Law. The Book of Acts moving the Bible Student, from the Law into Faith alone. The Pauline Epistles, Romans through Philemon, represents the Church Age under grace through Faith alone. Hebrews, transitions the Bible Student from Faith Alone to salvation by keeping the commandments of God and having the faith of Jesus. The Tribulation Period Books are, James through Jude, with Revelation summing up events and bringing in the 2nd Advent of Christ. A broad stroke overview Gospel law /Acts/ Paul, faith /Hebrews/ Trib. Books works&faith.
This broad stroke overview has many aspects with in it concerning what one believes about Dispensations. The greatest work on Dispensations was done by Clarence Larkin, by far. If you don’t have a copy you should get one!
One of the major aspects is the matter of salvation in each of these time periods. Some would argue Salvation is Grace through Faith throughout the Bible, from Genesis to Revelation. It definitely absolutely applies to those born again in the Church Age, Pauline Epistles. Once saved always saved! I cannot confirm its the same for all dispensations. Ezekiel 18 suggests very strongly that a righteous man should he turn from his righteousness will die in his iniquity, a loss of salvation!
Ezekiel 18: 26-28. When a righteous man turneth away from his righteousness, and committeth iniquity, and dieth in them; for his iniquity that he hath done shall he die. Again, when the wicked man turneth away from his wickedness that he hath committed, and doeth that which is lawful and right, he shall save his soul alive. Because he considereth, and turneth away from all his transgressions that he hath committed, he shall surely live, he shall not die.
In the Tribulation, Daniel’s 70th Week, anyone taking the Mark of the Beast is doomed! Rev. 14: 9-11. And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb: And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name.