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 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.

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

There is NOTHING about the Antichrist in Daniel 9.

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!!

How dare they do that. How despicable. How vile. To attribute to a minion of Satan, that which is about Jesus, is more than I can bear. It’s 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 chapter 8, 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. The vision is in response to Daniel’s pleading with God for the redemption of his people. Here are the first of the four key verses that we need to talk about:

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 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, there will be seven weeks (49 years) and sixty-two weeks (434 years), for a total of 483 years (69 weeks).

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.

Then, the third and final segment begins. The 70th and final week 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)

This verse predicts the sacrifice that Jesus would make, not for Himself, but for us. Then, at some point after that sacrifice, a people of a ‘high level manager’ comes and destroys Jerusalem and the Temple. 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.

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:

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)

You will not find that translation anywhere, because they all get it wrong. Every. Single. One. Which is why I had to do it myself.

Again, where is the Antichrist in that verse?

It’s not there, but that hasn’t stopped translators from inserting that idea 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.

But wait…

…why do Bible commenters 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 passage. 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’ is standing ANYWHERE. It says ‘on a wing of abomination, devastation’:

ועל כנף שקוצים משמם

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

Jesus did NOT say ‘wing of abomination’. He said ‘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.

Unfortunately, a correct translation of Daniel 9:27 gets in the way of certain agendas that some people have. They are desperate to avoid embracing the difficult times described in those passages about the Last Days.

Unfortunately, they forgot to consider what God promised to do to those who corrupt the Bible. And, the two scariest verses in the Bible on this subject should give you an idea of how serious this is:

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 you insert YOUR words and change the meaning of what God said, you are in serious trouble. And, if you teach this to others…

…woe unto you!

This is especially true if what you teach, modifies the Book of Revelation. And, there are far too many false teachers that proclaim that Daniel’s 70th week occurs during the time of Revelation. And THAT will cause you to suffer, as Revelation 22:18 states.

You do NOT want that!

Worse, the sin of being a false teacher will do far more than just cause you to suffer in this life. It will have eternal consequences. I would not want to be in YOUR shoes, when you stand before God, after this life is over – assuming that you are a false teacher. You might not suffer the punishment of Hell, but you will suffer a great loss of reward.

Please understand that there is nothing, in any place in the Bible, that gives us permission to insert something that is not there. NOTHING. Yet, there are false teacher who insert a two thousand year gap between week 69 and week 70, in Daniel’s prophecy of the coming of the Messiah. Please understand that Daniel 9 is about the coming of the Messiah.

Why don’t people understand that?

The coming of Jesus Christ is the REASON 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 vision 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.

Why?

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 this message, without realizing the 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 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, even though these expressions are 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 Army Of The Antichrist
https://whenjacobreturns.com/core-chapters/the-army-of-the-antichrist/