Daniel’s 70th Week

Every time I hear a pastor mention the 70th Week of Daniel’s prophecy, I cringe.

Every single pastor that I’ve ever heard, has proven that they missed the point of Daniel 9. I understand why they get it wrong, so I try not to jump up and yell when I hear them say that the 70th week is all about the Antichrist and the Great Tribulation. They were taught this in seminary, and they don’t know enough Hebrew to see it differently. And, I wouldn’t actually say anything about this, except that these teachers are attacking two very important points:

The perfect, eternal work of Jesus Christ

The timeline of the Last Days

Defiling The Perfect Work Of Christ

When Jesus sacrificed Himself on the Cross, He ended all need for sacrifices and offerings, for all eternity. There will never be sacrifices for sin, ever again. Yet, there are some who claim that they will return, who are also claiming by implication that Jesus is not enough.

Furthermore, by distorting Daniel 9, in the way that they are doing, they are attributing to the Antichrist, that which was accomplished by Jesus. For all eternity. And THAT is a foul thing to do, even though they don’t understand that they are doing it.

Please, encourage our brothers and sisters to stop doing this. It harms the message of our Lord and Savior, distorts the message of salvation and then, obscures the timeline of the Last Days.

Distorting The Timeline Of The Last Days

Dispensationalists have twisted Daniel 9 because their views require that the Jews to build the Third Temple for their theology to work. So, they will jump at any opportunity to promote the idea of the return of sacrifices and offerings. In fact, some dispensationalists have gone as far as to claim that the sacrifice of Jesus on the Cross was not eternal, and not for everyone.

John Hagee has said that the Jews don’t need Jesus to be saved, that He was not the Messiah for the Jews. Some would claim that this is just ‘hyper-dispensationalism’, but is it really? All that Hagee is doing is to expose the underlying problems of a non-Biblical view.

Since they could not understand why Jesus would cause sacrifices and offerings to cease, they were unable to see what Christ actually did. Therefore, they attribute finished work of Jesus, to the Antichrist. And, their distorted endtimes timeline becomes even more distorted because they claim that Daniel’s 70th week will not be complete until the Antichrist comes.

The Antichrist Is Nowhere In Daniel 9

So, let’s get something clear from the very beginning:

There is NOTHING about the Antichrist in Daniel 9.

And, I can prove it.

In fact, when you are done seeing the evidence of that truth, you will be as upset as I am that pastors keep sharing this lie. You will have absolute and conclusive proof that not one word of that chapter has anything to do with the Man of Lawlessness. You might even be angry that theologians have attributed to the Antichrist, what is actually about Jesus.

Daniel 9 is about the coming of our Lord and Savior.

NOT THE ANTICHRIST!!

To attribute to a minion of Satan, that which is about Jesus, is an abomination. But, you might not feel the way that I do, at least, not yet. But, when you’re done seeing the evidence, you will be.

Daniel 9

So, let’s look at what Daniel 9 is all about. This chapter occurs in a completely different moment and frame of reference than the previous chapter – Daniel 8. It is a completely different setting.

In chapter 9, Daniel is pouring out his heart towards God, admitting the sins of his people and begging God for forgiveness. And, Gabriel arrives yet again to give Daniel another glimpse of the future – but not the one of Daniel 8.

In the previous chapter, Daniel sees a vision, but it’s an out-of-the-blue surprise. He wasn’t expecting it, in any way. He was just sitting there, minding his own business, not bothering anyone, when… BOOM …vision.

Chapter 9 is radically different. This vision is in response to Daniel’s pleading with God for the redemption of his people. He wasn’t asking for clarification on eschatology. He wasn’t trying to figure out what Isaiah 17 meant. He was pleading for something very simple, yet utterly profound:

The Return of Jacob

He had been reading the Book of Jeremiah – either Jeremiah 25 or Jeremiah 29, or both. And, when you read the Book of Jeremiah, it is abundantly clear that Jerusalem was destroyed because of sin. And, it would not be rebuilt until that sin was forgiven.

Furthermore, you can see the tremendous anguish that Daniel feels. He KNOWS that God was just in all that He did in punishing Jerusalem. So, Daniel begs for mercy, for himself, for his people and for the holy mountain God. And, God responds.

Gabriel is sent to give Daniel understanding and comfort him in his anguish. Here is the first part of the message that Gabriel conveys:

24 “Seventy weeks are determined For your people and for your holy city, To finish the transgression, To make an end of sins, To make reconciliation for iniquity, To bring in everlasting righteousness, To seal up vision and prophecy, And to anoint the Most Holy.

25 “Know therefore and understand, That from the going forth of the command To restore and build Jerusalem Until Messiah the Prince, There shall be seven weeks and sixty-two weeks; The street shall be built again, and the wall, Even in troublesome times.

 – Daniel 9:24-25 (NKJV)

The subject is Daniel’s people, Jerusalem and most of all… Messiah. And, the purpose of Messiah will be to bring in everlasting righteousness and anoint the Holy of Holies (קדש קדשים).

All of that happened, just as described. Jesus sacrificed Himself and poured out His blood in the Holy of Holies in heaven. Iniquity was reconciled. Everlasting righteousness was brought in. Sin was paid for and put to an end.

Verse 24 has been completed IN FULL.

And, Gabriel could have ended right there at verse 24, and could have returned to his fight with the prince of Persia. (Assuming that Gabriel is the angel mentioned in Daniel 10.) But, as busy as Gabriel is, he sticks around to add detail, and we need this supporting evidence.

Verse 25 describes the moment when the command to rebuild Jerusalem goes forth. After that command, there will be seven weeks (49 years) plus sixty-two weeks (434 years), for a total of 483 years (69 weeks). That’s all in verse 25.

With me so far?

Again, everything is about Messiah. The verse describing this vision, says that it’s about Messiah. And, everyone understood the timing given by Gabriel, because Jesus came, right on time.

The 70th Week

Then, after the 62 weeks, Gabriel describes the third and final segment – which is only a ‘week’ long – the 70th week. It starts here:

26 “And after the sixty-two weeks Messiah shall be cut off, but not for Himself; And the people of the prince who is to come Shall destroy the city and the sanctuary. The end of it shall be with a flood, And till the end of the war desolations are determined.

 – Daniel 9:26 (NKJV)

Gabriel explains what happens in the final ‘week’, and then inserts something that occurs long after it. And, most people understand the ‘long after it’ part, but fail to see the fact that it’s a parenthetical statement and not intended as an insertion point for a 2000 year gap. But, as always, I’m getting ahead of myself.

Verse 26 predicts the sacrifice that Jesus would make, not for Himself, but for us. I praise God for this incomprehensible sacrifice that He made for us. I am eternally grateful, and there is no amount of thankfulness that I could express that would be enough to describe how awesome the fulfillment of that prophecy is. But, Gabriel adds a discussion about ‘the prince’.

But wait…

…is this a PRINCE?

No.

The better word to use for this person who comes and destroys Jerusalem and the Temple, is ‘high level manager’. It’s not ‘the people of the prince’. It’s a people of a ‘high level manager’. The word for prince in verse 26 is not one that we would use for ‘government minister’ or even ‘son of a king’ – which is what שר (sar) means. No, the actual word is נגיד (nah-geed), which is a word that we would use for ‘managing director’, someone who rules on behalf of someone else. That נגיד was the Roman general Tiberius, who destroyed Jerusalem in AD 70 – on behalf of the general over him, Titus.

Then, insert magical 2000 year gap.

Add popsicles and fairy dust, until you see it.

Wait. You’re not trying hard enough. The words ‘2000 year gap’ are right there. It’s in verse 26.5. Concentrate more. Standing on your head might help.

(sigh)

Right. There’s no gap mentioned. Nothing like that is described, implied or even hinted. It’s. Not. There.

Correcting The Translation Of Verse 27

Part of the reason why people believe in this Gap Theory, is the fact that there isn’t a single English translation that gives the correct wording for verse 27. Every English Bible reproduces that verse so badly, that false teachers were given an easy way to direct their students away from where the Antichrist is accurately described – Daniel 8 and Daniel 11.

Did you know that there is no ‘he’ in verse 27?

Nope. There isn’t. There isn’t even a verb form that implies it. It’s just not there. In fact, let me show you. Here is how the KJV renders verse 27:

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 until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.

 – Daniel 9:27 (KJV)

I have highlighted all the words that the King James Version gets wrong. And yes, the KJV makes translation mistakes, and this isn’t even the worst example. The biggest mistake made by the KJV is inserting ‘he‘ into that verse. It’s not there. Not anywhere in that verse. And, Hebrew is pretty specific about such things.

Then, the KJV makes probably the worst mistake of all by saying ‘he shall cause the‘. It doesn’t say that at all. The KJV makes you think that ‘The Prince’ makes the sacrifices stop. But, the Hebrew actually says something very different:

‘there is a ceasing of sacrifice and offering’

No one stops the sacrifice and offering. They. Just. Stop. And, from the perspective of Gabriel, there would be no need at all for ANY sacrifice or offering after Jesus died and rose again.

Then, the KJV says ‘for the overspreading‘, which isn’t correct. The proper word is literally ‘on a wing‘. That’s not a serious error. But, the next one is really bad.

The Hebrew does NOT say ‘he shall make it desolate, even‘. Again, there is no ‘he’ in that sentence. The Hebrew just says one word – devastation. That’s it. ‘The Prince’ is NOT in there.

The next error is a bit incomprehensible. They said ‘and that determined shall be‘ when the Hebrew just says, ‘and destruction’.

Here’s the corrected version:

And, a covenant shall be confirmed to many, for one week. And, [at] half of the week, there is a ceasing of sacrifice and offering. And, on a wing of abominations, devastation – until completeness and destruction is poured on [the] devastated.

 – Daniel 9:27 (JLV – John Little Version)

Jesus, after His three and a half year ministry, confirmed His covenant for one week. Christ’s sacrifice was in the midst of that week causing sacrifices and offerings to no longer have any effect whatsoever. After all of that – almost 40 years after – Tiberius would come and destroy Jerusalem.

The Wycliffe Bible actually comes the closest to getting it right, but 14th century English is even harder to comprehend than what the KJV gave us. And, since John Wycliffe was translating from a translation – from the Latin Vulgate – I’m surprised that he got so close to what the original Hebrew said.

Again, where is the Antichrist in that verse?

It’s not there, but that hasn’t stopped translators from inserting the Antichrist into Daniel 9:27. And, this demonstration of an appalling lack of ability makes me hopping mad. There’s no excuse for translators to have such a poor understanding of Hebrew.

Furthermore, unlike chapters 8, 10, 11 and 12, Daniel seems to understand what he’s hearing in chapter 9. There is every indication that Gabriel was successful in helping Daniel understand. And, history tells us that Jesus actually came, preached and died exactly as described in Daniel 9.

Getting Mark 13:14 Really Wrong

But wait…

…why do Bible commentaries claim that Daniel 9:27 is the fulfillment of what Jesus said in Mark 13:14?

Unfortunately, the answer is that Bible commenters are almost universally incompetent in Hebrew, and that’s a crime. Writing a commentary about any book of the Old Testament, without knowing Hebrew, is like driving a car with your eyes closed.

So, let’s look at the relevant words of Jesus:

But when ye shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing where it ought not, (let him that readeth understand,) then let them that be in Judaea flee to the mountains:

 – Mark 13:14 (KJV)

When Jesus said, “let him that readeth understand,” He was indicating that this was a difficult thing to understand. In fact, it should have been a clue that YOU NEEDED TO LEARN HEBREW to understand that passage!

Daniel 9:27 does NOT say the ‘abomination of desolation’. Nor does it say that it is standing ANYWHERE. It says ‘on a wing of abomination, devastation’:

ועל כנף שקוצים משמם

(v’ahl k’naph shee-koots-eem meh-shoh-mahm).

Jesus did NOT say ‘wing of abomination’. He said the ‘abomination of desolation’ would stand somewhere, and that phrase is actually in Daniel 11:31 (and even Daniel 8:13). BUT, NOT DANIEL 9:27!!!

Hebrew is VERY specific and not so hard that you cannot see what is being said here. So, I just don’t understand why translators refuse to translate Daniel 9:27 properly. Except, maybe we can understand.

A correct translation of Daniel 9:27 gets in the way of certain agendas that some people have. Those who are desperate to avoid acknowleding the difficult times ahead will do their best to use wording that deflects attention from what they do not want you to see. Of course, that’s assuming that this was a deliberate error, instead of an example of criminal incompetence.

Again, let me remind everyone of the two scariest verses in the Bible on this subject:

18 For I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds to these things, God will add to him the plagues that are written in this book; 19 and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part from the Book of Life, from the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.

Revelation 22:18-19 (NKJV)

Yes, I know that it is referring to the Book of Revelation, but it’s also a reflection of how God views the words that HE gave to YOU. If we insert OUR words and change the meaning of what God said, we are in serious trouble. And, if we teach this to others…

…woe unto us!

I do not want anyone to suffer an eternal loss of reward. And, that will happen if we persist in corrupting what the Bible says. So please…

…STOP INSERTING THE 2000 YEAR GAP!

Daniel’s 70th Week was fulfilled right after the 69th. There is no gap. There is nothing about the Antichrist in Daniel 9.

The message of the coming of Jesus Christ was the the purpose for Daniel 9. And, that thought alone should be enough to help people understand that inserting a ‘gap’ is wrong. And, I am appalled that people feel that they have permission to corrupt the Bible in this way.

The Mission Of Jesus Fulfilled

Let’s look at the purpose of this message from Gabriel again:

24 “Seventy weeks are determined For your people and for your holy city, To finish the transgression, To make an end of sins, To make reconciliation for iniquity, To bring in everlasting righteousness, To seal up vision and prophecy, And to anoint the Most Holy.

 – Daniel 9:24 (NKJV)

Here is what Gabriel said that Jesus would do:

  • finish the transgression
  • make an end of sins
  • make reconciliation for iniquity
  • bring in everlasting righteousness
  • seal up the vision and prophecy
  • anoint the most Holy.

Jesus. Did. All. Of. That. Almost 2000 years ago. He sacrificed His life on the cross to pay for our sins. He went to heaven and anointed the Holy of Holies with His blood. He ended the penalty of sin for His people, forever. He brought in ETERNAL righteousness. HE. DID. IT. ALL.

Yet, there are those who persist in saying that Jesus did not.

The sacrifice of Jesus was FOREVER. Because of what He did on the cross, there will never ever need to be another sacrifice for sin, ever again. It was done. It was finished.

Yet, there are those who persist in preaching the need for a Third Temple and sacrifices for sin.

In my 25 years in Asia, I have run into countless numbers of people who proclaim the 2000 year gap and the need for the Temple to be rebuil, without realizing that it is an implicit denial of Jesus. They wear prayer shawls. They have menorahs. They blow ram’s horns. They talk excitedly about the fringe Jewish group that calls itself The Sanhedrin. They give millions of dollars to the Temple Institute – a group that despises Christians, but loves their money.

Please, stop that.

No one loves the Jewish people more than I do. I lived in Jerusalem for 15 years. There is no other place on earth that I would rather be. But, Judaizing Christianity is not the way to do the one thing that will bless the Jews more than anything else – sharing the Gospel.

I know, from absolute, practical experience that using Judaic symbolism will not make the Gospel easier for the Jews to receive. Wearing a kippah, sewing on tzitzim and observing Shabbat will NOT do anything to further the message of Christ.

Again, I understand that people who do this are acting out of love for the Jewish people. I celebrate that desire, even though they are horribly misguided.

The bottom line is this:

Daniel’s 70th Week was fulfilled by Jesus almost 2000 years ago.

There is no Antichrist in Daniel 9. There never was. If you want to see a good description of the Antichrist and what he will do, read Daniel 8 and Daniel 11. And, I talk about that, here:

The Antichrist In Daniel
https://whenjacobreturns.com/core-chapters/the-antichrist-in-daniel/

 

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