Book of Daniel Bible Study Chapter 9 Part 3
Daniel 9: Daniel's 70 Weeks
by I Gordon
 ↩ Ever watched the last part of a basketball game? I watched one the other day. I turned on the TV and saw that there was only 10 minutes to go in the game so I thought I would sit down and watch the remaining 10 minutes. Well, 20 minutes later I was still watching that same game! How does that work? Well, as things get down to the nitty-gritty the coaches tend to use quite a few 'timeouts'. This is especially true if the game is close. What that means is that even though there may be only 5 minutes left on the official clock the coach can call a time out and the time is stopped. They can then discuss the next play with the team and then the team will go back on the court and the time will be started again.
God's prophetic time clock stopped after Jesus rode into Jerusalem. That was the end of the 69th 'seven' and Jesus told them in Luke 19:39 that they had missed the time of their visitation and that judgment now lay ahead for that nation. God stopped Israel's prophetic time clock. He introduced the church so that the gospel could go to all nations. But there is still time to be run on Israel's clock! There is one 'seven' that still remains (7 years) in which God will again deal specifically with the nation of Israel to fulfill all that He has promised them in this Daniel 9 prophecy and in many other prophecies. But that time is going to be the most difficult time ever known to the Jewish nation (and they have known a lot of hard times!) Jeremiah called it 'the day of Jacob's trouble... but he will be saved out of it' (Jer 30:7)
 ↩ The Bible Knowledge Commentary states:
'According to Dan_9:26 the Anointed One was not 'cut off' in the 70th 'seven'; He was cut off after the 7 and 62 'sevens' had run their course. This means that there is an interval between the 69th and 70th 'sevens.' Christ's crucifixion, then, was in that interval, right after His Triumphal Entry, which concluded the 69th 'seven.' This interval was anticipated by Christ when He prophesied the establishing of the church (Mat_16:18). This necessitated the setting aside of the nation Israel for a season in order that His new program for the church might be instituted. Christ predicted the setting aside of the nation (Mat_21:42-43). The present Church Age is the interval between the 69th and 70th 'sevens.'
Amillenarians teach that Christ's First Advent ministry was in the 70th 'seven,' that there was no interval between the 69th and 70th 'sevens,' and that the six actions predicted in Dan_9:24 are being fulfilled today in the church. This view, however, (a) ignores the fact that Dan_9:26 says 'after the 62 'sevens,'' not 'in the 70th 'seven,'' (b) overlooks the fact that Christ's ministry on earth was three and one-half years in length, not seven, and (c) ignores the fact that God's six actions pertain to Daniel's 'people' (Israel) and His 'Holy City' (Jerusalem), not the church.'
 ↩ Several amazing events are recorded in the Jewish Talmud that tell us that the Jewish leaders knew for 40 years before the destruction that the temple was going to be destroyed. Several supernatural events occurred that pointed and spelt out the coming doom for the city and the temple. One example concerning the temple doors opening of their own accord is recorded below:
'The next miracle, which the Jewish authorities acknowledged, was that the Temple doors swung open every night of their own accord. This too occurred for forty years, beginning in 30 CE. The leading Jewish authority of that time, Yohanan ben Zakkai, declared that this was a sign of impending doom, that the Temple itself would be destroyed. The Jerusalem Talmud states:
''Said Rabban Yohanan Ben Zakkai to the Temple, 'O Temple, why do you frighten us? We know that you will end up destroyed. For it has been said, 'Open your doors, O Lebanon, that the fire may devour your cedars' '' (Zechariah 11:1)' (Sota 6:3).
Please read the entire document here: http://www.windowview.org/hmny/pgs/talmuds.30ce.html
 ↩ In 66 AD the Jews revolted against the Roman reign and took Jerusalem. Titus then lay siege against the city to cut off all food and water. Josephus, the Jewish historian of the time, was used as a mediator. He records that 1,100,000 Jews died through starvation and war during this siege. The Roman army broke through in 70AD and burned the city and temple to the ground. It was reported that later Titus refused to accept a wreath of victory for his 'achievement' saying that 'there is no merit in vanquishing a people forsaken by their God'.
 ↩ This ruler or prince is the coming antichrist. He will come from the area of the Roman Empire. We generally think of the Roman Empire as Western Europe today but it should be noted that historically the Roman Empire had both a western and eastern leg. The eastern leg comprised of countries now known as Iraq and Syria. Sorry to throw that extra spanner in the works!
 ↩ Of course, Jesus said the same thing. In Luke 19:20-22 He said 'When you see Jerusalem being surrounded by armies, you will know that its desolation is near. Then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains, let those in the city get out, and let those in the country not enter the city. For this is the time of punishment in fulfillment of all that has been written . How dreadful it will be in those days for pregnant women and nursing mothers! There will be great distress in the land and wrath against this people. They will fall by the sword and will be taken as prisoners to all the nations. Jerusalem will be trampled on by the Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled. '
 ↩ And a place will be setup for the Jews to flee to. This is recorded in Rev 12:6 where it says 'The woman (Israel) fled into the desert to a place prepared for her by God, where she might be taken care of for 1,260 days (3 â years - the second half of Daniel's 70th week).
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