The Seventieth Week — from Daniel 9:27: The Tribulation

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This verse (Daniel 9:27) encapsulates the focus of the seventieth week, which will be a time of great evil known at the tribulation period.

We have been studying Daniel 9:25-27.  In these three verses is the timeline of the entire seventy week period (490 years), referred to in verse 24.  Last time we looked at verse 26.   We will pick up our study now in verse 27.

And he will make a firm covenant with the many for one week, but in the middle of the week he will put a stop to sacrifice and grain offering; and on the wing of abominations will come one who makes desolate, even until a complete destruction, one that is decreed, is poured out on the one who makes desolate.

From this verse, the holy church of Christ has just departed in the rapture and only unbelievers are left.  But in…

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To Finish the Transgression: Israel’s Rejection of Her Messiah Will Come to an End — From Daniel 9:24

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Daniel 9:24

 Seventy weekshave been decreed for your people and your holy city, to finish the transgression, to make an end of sin, to make atonement for iniquity, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal up vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most holy place. NASB

Transgression spoken of here is certainly what Daniel had prayed about in verse eleven: “Yes all Israel has transgressed Your law, and has departed so as not to obey Your voice…”  Therefore, Israel’s transgression was a blatant disobedience to God, which is rebellion against God and a rejection of His laws and teachings.

But the definite article attached to the word in verse 24—the transgression—suggests that there is a more specific transgression that Israel as a nation is guilty of.  We don’t see the definite article in verse eleven, I suppose because Daniel is not aware of any specific sin…

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Daniel 9:24: Seventy Weeks Have Been Decreed for Israel

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Daniel 9:24

Seventy weeks have been decreed for your people and your holy city, to finish the transgression, to make an end of sin, to make atonement for iniquity, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal up vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most holy place.  NASB

 

 Have been decreed forThis term may reveal more than you think.  It could either be translated as “are determined for,” “are decreed for,” or “have been decreed for.”  The preposition “for” may also be translated as “upon.”  The basic meaning of this verb is “cut” or “divide.”  According to Barns, “The meaning would seem to be, that this portion of time—the seventy weeks—was “cut off” from the whole of duration, or cut out of it, as it were, and set by itself for a definite purpose.”  Dr. Leon Wood (from Thomas Ice’s commentary) says, “The thought is that…

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How Daniel 9:24-27 Shows Us the Rapture—An Introduction

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The rapture is never mentioned in the Old Testament. It was kept a secret until the New Testament.  But through our enlightenment provided by the New Testament, we see now that Daniel 9:24-27 clearly shows both the time line and the purpose of the rapture.  Many have disagreed with this, but those who have taken the time to closely inspect this passage will have to admit that there is something to what I am saying.

 If you are at all interested in this topic, stay tuned to my next several blog posts.  But for now, for this particular post, I will just copy the text and let you read it.

 Daniel 9:24-27

“Seventy weeks have been decreed for your people and your holy city, to finish the transgression, to make an end of sin, to make atonement for iniquity, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal up vision…

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