Sunday, January 3, 2016
Daniel’s 70-Week Vision Series #13 – Part 89 of Riddles, Enigmas & Esoteric Imagery of Revelation
So far in this study of Daniel’s vision of 70 weeks, we have defined the meaning of the weeks (times). We have also learned how and when the 7 weeks edict and the 62 weeks edict were fulfilled. Last blog we began to research the 1 week edict – the 70th week of Daniel’s vision. Yes, historical documentation proves this week has already been fulfilled.
The last portion of Daniel 9:25…and then the time shall return and the street shall be built, and the wall, and the times shall be exhausted…begins our research to understand the 70th week of Daniel’s vision. What does “time” shall return and “times” exhausted mean?
Last blog we described King Herod’s grandiose reconstruction project of Solomon’s temple and the city of Jerusalem. But he died before he completed the whole plan. What didn’t he complete? Herod did not complete the reconstruction of the wall and the street before he died in 4 B.C., neither did anyone else complete it. In fact, the wall and the street will not be built until the “time” (weeks) returns. Don’t you love a good riddle – especially one we can solve?
First let’s recap what we have learned. The 70 weeks are the measurement of an ecclesiastical indictment (edict) pronounced upon Israel. Each set of weeks (times) have been set apart as a time of specific significance to judge sin – necessitating vengeance or forgiveness – 70 x 7.
And after the sixty-two weeks the Anointed One shall be destroyed, and there is no judgment in Him: and He shall destroy the city and the sanctuary with the prince that is coming: they shall be cut off with a flood, and to the end of the war which is rapidly completed he shall appoint the city to desolation…Dan. 9:26 (Septuagint translation).
The first sentence of this text reveals – after the sixty-two weeks the Anointed One shall be destroyed. Blog 10-11 reveal that the Anointed One is Jesus Christ. The angel is telling Daniel that the culmination of the 62 weeks edict is the death of the Anointed One – Jesus Christ in 30 A.D. The text further states there is no judgment in Him because He knew no sin, so was not destroyed for Himself, but for the sins of all mankind.
The balance of our text Daniel 9:26 provides objectives that will be accomplished during the third measurement of weeks – one week – 70th week of Daniel’s vision. What are these objectives?
1. He (Jesus) shall destroy the city and the sanctuary with the prince (Titus) that is coming.
2. They (Jerusalem) shall be cut off with a flood.
3. He (Titus) shall appoint the city to desolation.
These are the players in the one week edict of Daniel’s vision – 70th and final week to be fulfilled in the war of 70 A.D.
The He that shall destroy the city and the sanctuary is Jesus. Remember, we described this action earlier in our study as the Wrath of the Lamb…Rev. 6:16. The coming war is the Lamb’s vengeance upon Israel for rejecting Him as their Messiah.
The prince that is coming is Titus, a prince of Rome, who later became emperor. Titus is the prince that Jesus Christ will use to destroy the sanctuary, and the city of Jerusalem.
The they that shall be cut off with a flood – overflowing of soldiers – are the inhabitants of the city of Jerusalem. As we will learn in our research, Titus and his army will surround the city, preventing anyone behind the walls from escaping. We will be studying the detailed accounts of this war recorded by the historian Josephus, proving how Titus knew God had appointed him as the prince that would bring the city to desolation.
The first objective to be fulfilled in Daniel 9:26 is – He (Jesus) shall destroy the city and the sanctuary with the prince (Titus) that is coming. Before Titus destroys the temple and the city of Jerusalem, Herod’s reconstruction of the street and the wall must be completed – “times” shall return. 69 weeks of Daniel’s vision was fulfilled by 30 A.D. The “weeks” shall return to fulfill the 70th week of the vision. The “time” will return on what date according to historical documentation? Stay tuned…
God’s sheep question the doctrines of men…sheeple follow without question~~~