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The 70th Week (5 of 6)
How Prophecy is Fulfilled
Daniel 9:26-27; 2 Thessalonians 2:3-4, 7-8; Revelation 11:1-3, 13:4-6
Look again at Daniel 9:
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. 27 Then he shall confirm a covenant with many for one week; But in the middle of the week He shall bring an end to sacrifice and offering. And on the wing of abominations shall be one who makes desolate, Even until the consummation, which is determined, Is poured out on the desolate."
The 62 weeks comes after the 7 weeks in verse 25. 69 weeks have passed leaving the 70th week to be fulfilled after Messiah arrives. Let's take some time to look at the significance of the last week. Those who believe that Jesus' triumphant entry is the fulfillment usually believe that the final week is the tribulation period spoken of in the book of Revelation. This viewpoint believes that verse 27 above refers to the anti-Christ. The anti-Christ will make a firm covenant with Israel as a sign that the Tribulation Period has begun. During the middle of the week (or 3 1/2 years), he will break the covenant by ending Israel's sacrifices. The abomination will be a polluted sacrifice (probably a pig) in the temple and then will be rejected by the people. He will then make all-out war against Israel marking the second half of the Tribulation Period. This requires a temple in Israel; therefore many believe that the temple will be rebuilt. Add to this Amos 9:11 which says that the tabernacle will be rebuilt as in the days of old.
The second view takes Jesus' baptism as the starting point. Jesus served for 3 1/2 years and was cut off. In Daniel 9:26 we are told that after 62 weeks, Messiah shall be cut off. Instead of meaning that Messiah was cut off immediately after ...
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