In order to learn the answer to these questions concerning the Tribulation we'll start with what has become one of my favorite chapters in the entire Bible.
Daniel 9 is one of the main texts for any end times study. This is just a fantastic passage of Scripture. It lays out for us a basic Chronology from 445 B.C. all the way up through and including Armageddon in just four verses.
This is the passage of Daniel’s 70 weeks. This is going to be foundational for the rest of our understanding concerning the End Times Chronology.
You cannot understand the timing of the End Times Chronology if you do not understand this passage.
Please realize that the book of Revelation does not have a monopoly on End Times doctrine.
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You have to look at this passage as a huge picture of events that covers well over two thousand years in four verses. This is just a fascinating passage of Scripture!
I tried to summarize everything on this page or group of pages, but it just didn't work. It needs to be gone through systematically in order for it to make sense. I apologize I couldn't figure out a way for it to make sense in this site.
My book walks you through this entire passage in great detail. You'll fill in almost half of the End Times Chronology from the information in these 4 verses.
I spent hours trying to get it on here, but had to settle for answering the main questions in the heading only.
Before we start with verse 27 look at the first two words of the passage...“Seventy weeks…” In Hebrew, that literally reads “Seventy sevens”.
This is a Hebrew idiom in prophetic Scriptures, and one week equals seven years.
In the book I walk you through the first 69 of Daniel's 70 weeks and it takes several pages just for that part, so I just couldn't include it here. But what you need to know for this is that the 70th week is yet in our future. 69 of the 70 weeks have been prophesied and recorded in history, but there is a gap between the 69th and 70th.
These verses tell us what will start that 70th and final week. You're going to want to understand this!
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Who is the “he”? Pronouns usually refer back to the last person described. Who is that in verse 26?...the prince who is to come.
What will the prince who is to come do? He will make a covenant with the many.
What is the duration of this covenant to be? For one week, which is how many years?...7 years. Remember that Hebrew idiom in prophetic Scripture...one week equals 7 years.
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What would the middle of the week be?...half of 7 years is 3½ years.
What happens at the 3½-year mark? Let’s let the Bible speak for itself, “he [the prince who is to come] will put a stop to sacrifice and grain offering…”
What does that imply? It implies that halfway through the 7-year covenant the prince who is to come breaks the covenant
Who is this prince who is to come? There are three common views, which have been put forth, as to who the “he” is of Daniel 9:27. I can't go through them here, but I will give you the conclusion...the "he" of Daniel 9:27 is the Antichrist.
So, the Antichrist makes a covenant with who for one week (seven years)?...the Jews. How do we know that? Well, what people group has the context been referring to?...the Jews.
Also, his breaking of the covenant involves stopping sacrifices and grain offerings. Who in this context are the only ones who make these kinds of offerings?...the Jews.
And where do they make these offerings?...in the temple. Is there a temple today that the Jews are making sacrifices in?...No. So what does that imply?...a rebuilt temple. Remember, Daniel's 70th week is yet future to us.
What will be the sign that tells us the gap has ended? After Jerusalem and the temple are destroyed in verse 26 (70 A.D. in the 69th week) what is the next event we read about in verse 27?...the prince who is to come (the Antichrist) makes a firm covenant with whom?...the Jews.
We don’t know that date, because the Bible hasn’t told us. Nevertheless, we do know what we’re looking for next now, don’t we?
We’re looking for a covenant made between the Jews and a person who we will know to be the Antichrist. And how long is the covenant for?...1 week or 7 years.
Now we know what to look for next concerning the Tribulation! When you understand these truths in the Word it will bring you certainty and security.
If this is a bit confusing for you I walk you through this entire passage step-by-step in my book and it is very helpful to fill out your own End Times Chronology as you go along which you receive when you purchase the book.
It is so exciting to see the Word lay this out right before your eyes as you fill in that End Times Chronology. When you do that it sinks in and really takes hold. These truths concerning the Tribulation are very important to understand.