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Daniel’s Timeline – Part 5
Part 5 – Confirming the Covenant and a Counting of Days
Seventy weeks are determined upon your people and upon your 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, and 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 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: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even unto the consummation and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.
This portion from Daniel is one of the most misunderstood portions in all of Scripture. What I have to present here goes against the grain of the general understanding that Daniel’s 70th week is yet to occur (a supposed 7 year tribulation to precede the return of Moshiach). Many who hold to this belief also adhere to the notion that a great number of believers will be “raptured away” before the final 7 years begins. Two words in this above portion unlock the mystery; the word for confirm and the word for in the midst. But, before all of that, understand that this prophecy contains both the first and second appearance of Moshiach. This is known because of the dual meaning of the word for weeks, the word shavua, which was previously covered in Part 2.
Seventy weeks is seventy 7 year periods (490 years). [Nehemiah Chapter 2 gives the account of the rebuilding of the temple…the starting of the count being the year 444BCE].
Seventy weeks is 70 years.
It is also thought that Seventy weeks is literally seventy weeks, which was possibly the length of Y’shua’s earth ministry. (Discussion for this is outside the scope of this teaching).
The traditional view is that only 69 weeks (483 years) have passed and the 70th week begins with the anti-Messiah making a covenant for 7 years. But, the prophecy does not say that the covenant will last for 7 years. Instead, it tells us that it will take 7 years to confirm that covenant (and not necessarily a consecutive 7 years, but one split up at some point in time for the total 7 years to occur at two different times in history).
And what is The Covenant ? This is not a covenant, but The Covenant; the very Covenant that HaShem has made with His people and the only Covenant spoken of in the book of Daniel.
And I prayed unto YHWH my Elohim, and made my confession, and said, O YHWH, the great and dreadful Elohim, keeping the covenant and mercy to them that love him, and to them that keep his commandments.
Daniel 9:27 tells us “he will confirm the covenant”. The word for confirm is the Hebrew word higber, which means to strengthen, NOT create. The word for create or make is not even used in Daniel chapter 9. So, whoever the “he” is, he will strengthen the already existing covenant with HaShem’s people. There is a difference between making and strengthening a covenant.
If the “he” is the anti-messiah here, how and why would he strengthen HaShem’s covenant with Israel? And how would the anti-Messiah be strengthening a covenant for 7 years if in the midst of it, he breaks it?
Strengthening The Covenant is something that the true Moshiach would do. So, how does Moshiach begin to strengthen the covenant with Israel? By bringing us back to Torah obedience! Our part of The Covenant is to love and obey!
And by this we know that we love the children of Elohim, when we love Elohim and follow His Commandments. For this is the love of Elohim, that we keep His Commandments: and His Commandments are not burdensome.
[1 John 5:2-3]
HaShem wants to strengthen the covenant by calling us back to it, and getting us to obey it! Strengthening of the covenant takes place for a total of one 7 starting with Y’shua’s ministry on earth (whether 70 weeks or 3 ½ years long). Y’shua’s earth walk was the beginning of Daniel’s 70th week. That week was split in the midst. The phrase in the midst is the word chatzi which means dividing in two or to make separate and not necessarily in equal portions. It is critical that we understand that verse 26 of Daniel 9 is an overview containing a time frame of 2,000 years. Verse 27 picks up with the beginning of Moshiach’s earth ministry. The “he” in 9:27a is the true Moshiach, but the “he” in 9:27b cannot be Moshiach, but is referring to the anti-Moshiach….”the one who makes desolate.”
In our time, we are seeing a massive return to Torah. It is a strengthening of The Covenant once again. This Torah awakening among HaShem’s people is an unprecedented event in the entire history of the world. Moshiach is finishing his work among His people in our day! The 7 years of strengthening The Covenant began with Moshiach’s earth walk, then was split somewhere in the middle when His earth walk was completed, and He is finishing that work among His people now! Daniel’s 70th week began 2,000 years ago, was suspended when it was split in the midst and is now being completed before the second coming!
Many things in prophecy have been sealed from understanding until the proper time for it to unfold. The idea that the anti-Moshiach is the one who makes a 7 year treaty is throwing a whole lot of people off from understanding the nearness of Moshiach’s return. In Matt. 24:15-20, Moshiach tells us to “FLEE….” yet He makes no mention of the making of a 7 year covenant. How could there be a peace treaty 3 ½ years prior to the 1260 days? There would be no surprise and a need to “FLEE” suddenly if it was based on an obvious 7 year treaty.
It is now believed by many that the 1260 days, or 3 ½ years of tribulation will begin on March 21st, 2013. This is based on an extrapolation backwards from September 1st, 2016, a day of a darkened sun due to a solar eclipse and a day of no moon. This will be the true date that begins the seventh month of Tishri, not reckoned by the Hillel 2 calendar of Judaism calculations today. That calendar has been the standard for all of Judaism for centuries, but is admittedly not perfect. This, I believe only helps to serve in keeping the day of Moshiach’s return a day of mystery. Yom Teruah/Rosh HaShana is referred to as the “day which no man know the hour or the day.” Is it possible that Y’shua was actually telling us the very day of His return when He used this Hebrew idiom?
To recap some things previously covered:
The 70 weeks are 70 shavua’s which can be 70 years. Dan. 9:25 speaks of a decree that begins the count. November 29th, 1947 the United Nations gave a decree for the rebuilding of Israel. 70 years from 1947 is 2017.
1967 was the year of the 6 day war; a great victory and a jubilee for Israel. 50 years from 1967, (the next jubilee) will also be 2017.
Both the 70 years and the 50 years end in 2017. Leviticus 25:9-10 tells us that the jubilee year begins with the blowing of the shofar on Yom Kippur. The final and greatest of all jubilees will be the establishing of Moshiach’s kingdom upon the earth. That year begins on Yom Kippur in the fall of 2016.
There will be no 7 year treaty…NO warning 3 ½ years earlier! We are told to FLEE when we see the abomination. So, what is the abomination that causes desolation?
…How long shall be the vision concerning the daily sacrifice, and the transgression of desolation, to give both the sanctuary and the host to be trodden underfoot?
The abomination that causes desolation = rebellion against HaShem
Rebellion = a willful turning away from HaShem’s ways!
Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and the man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition.
[2 Thes. 2:3]
The phrase a falling away is apostasin used only here and Acts 21:21 in the English word forsake in reference to the Torah.
Apostasin = Falling Away = to Forsake Torah = Rebellion against HaShem
And it waxed great, even to the host of heaven: and it cast down some of the host and of the stars to the ground, and stamped upon them. Yea, he magnified himself, even to the prince of the host, and by him the daily sacrifice was taken away, and the place of his sanctuary was cast down. And a host given him against the daily sacrifice by reason of transgression, and it cast down the truth to the ground; and it practiced and prospered.
From this we see the host of heaven are the believers and that the anti-Moshiach will come against them. And what is the daily sacrifice and His sanctuary? The daily sacrifice is our praise and prayers (Rom. 12:1, Heb. 13:15) and we are His sanctuary (1 Cor.3:16, 6:19, 2 Cor. 6:16, Rev. 1:20).
So, we see that worship of HaShem will be stopped (or that is, outlawed by the anti-Moshiach)!
…he shall be grieved, and return, and have indignation against the holy covenant: so shall he do; he shall even return, and have intelligence with them that forsake the holy covenant.
And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of Elohim, and have the testimony of Y’shua haMoshiach.
Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of Elohim, and the faith of Y’shua.
…and they shall pollute the sanctuary of strength, and shall take away the daily sacrifice, and they shall place the abomination that maketh desolate.
The sanctuary of strength = believers
The daily sacrifice = praise & worship to HaShem
The abomination that makes desolate = the beginning of the persecution that will cause rebellion (a falling away from Torah)
Desolation will come when the remnant will FLEE from the city. In fact, many have been hearing the call for the past decade to move out of cities everywhere. There is a movement of strategic relocation happening among believers today in preparation of the coming tribulation.
“Then they will set up the abomination that causes desolation” is only 3 Hebrew words.
Natenu = to give, put, set
shiqqutz = abomination
meshimen = to be desolate, appalled
The setting up of the abomination IS the persecution of believers, and we are to FLEE and not look back.
MUSLIM END TIME PROPHECY
Muslims believe in a “prophecy” that Aisa (Y’shua) will come and create the army for the Mahdi to conquer the infidels (everyone who opposes Islam).
And such as do wickedly against the covenant shall he corrupt by flatteries: but the people that do know their Elohim shall be strong and do exploits. And they that understand among the people shall instruct many: yet they shall fall by the sword, and by flame, by captivity, and by spoil, many days. Now when they shall fall, they shall be helped with a little help: but many shall cleave to them with flatteries. And some of them of understanding shall fall, to try them, and to pourge, and to make them white, even to the time of the end: because it is yet for a time appointed.
Rev. 12:6, 13-17 shows that those who strive to keep the covenant today will be taken and kept safe. They are a different group from the persecuted.
If Y’shua’s ministry was in fact only 70 weeks, it is interesting to note that the remainder of 7 years would have begun January 22nd, 2011. (This is based upon an extrapolation from September 1st, 2016, a day of a darkened sun due to a solar eclipse and a day of no moon, as prophecied in Matt. 24:29). This very well may have been when the confirming of the covenant resumed. Matt. 24:6, Luke 21:9 speak of birth pangs preceding the tribulation. 3 days after that date was January 25th,20121, the day of the uprising that took place in Egypt. Could this have possibly been the resuming of the 70th week, the rest of the 7 years to strengthen the covenant?
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Let’s recap once again some confirming witnesses.
- Ancient times showing things yet to come (IS 46:9-10)
- Shavua as years gives a 70 year timeline
- 1947 decree went forth to rebuild and restore
- 70 year count is up in 2017
- Creation week is a blueprint for the 6,000 years time of man
- 120 Jubilees equal to 6,000 years
- 1967 determined a Jubilee by calculating backwards
- 2017 is the 120th Jubilee calculating forward, and it will begin in the fall of 2016 on the day of Yom Kippur that precedes it.
- Fig Tree budding marks us as the final generation
Consider the profound similarities of the following chart;
…………………………………….70AD[____________1947yrs__________]2017AD ……………………………….Temple destroyed
Adam[_____50 Jubilees________]Exodus[_____________70 Jubilees_______]2017AD
Returning to the book of Daniel, we see another counting of days. These are literal days and not years and match up with what we know from Revelation concerning the second half of the 7 years of tribulation.
And from the time that which is continual is taken away, and the abomination that lays waste is set up, is one thousand two hundred and ninety days. Blessed is he who is waiting earnestly, and comes to the one thousand and three hundred and thirty-five days.
And I shall give unto My two witnesses, and they shall prophecy one thousand two hundred and sixty days….
And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she has a place prepared by Elohim, to be nourished there one thousand two hundred and sixty days.
We are given three sets of time lengths in these above verses. 1260 days is exactly 3 1/2 years. This is the time of tribulation that precedes the Second Coming.
A Pashat (Literal) Scenario:
30 days prior to the tribulation, sacrifices could be reinstated in Jerusalem. Imagine the world-wide protest from animal activists if the newly formed priesthood of the ultra-orthodox is finally allowed to begin the daily sacrifices. That newly formed priesthood would not need to have the Temple in place to begin the morning and evening sacrifices. All they would need is an altar while construction for the actual Temple is underway or in the planning stages. Then, one month later, to the relief of the masses world-wide, the anti-messiah stops the sacrifices and erects the abomination of desolation. This will usher in the great tribulation for the next 1260 days. At the end of the 1260 days (3 ½ years), there will be a period of 45 days to follow. Those who live to see that 1335th day are called “blessed” by the prophet Daniel. What is so significant about that 1335th day?
[___30 days__][___________________1260 days_________________][___45 days___]
[________________________________1290 days_________________][__45 days___]
The annual Feasts hold the key to this understanding. What they prophetically represent unfolds the mystery.