Sunday, January 31, 2016
Daniel’s 70-Week Vision Series #16 – Part 92 of Riddles, Enigmas & Esoteric Imagery of Revelation
There is so much historical documentation for us to research for Daniel’s 70-Week vision, making this series very long, but hopefully it is answering questions you have pondered for years. When we were last together I had just begun to reveal the multiple warning signs God had provided Israel before His judgment fell on them for rejecting Jesus Christ as their Messiah.
As we explained in the last blog many of these supernatural signs occurred during the Feast of Unleavened Bread. The eastern gate of the inner court was made of brass and iron. It was so heavy it required 20 men to open and shut it. At the 6th hour, on the day of the feast, this gate opened of its own accord. What makes this supernatural event so significant?
When Jesus was dying on the cross, darkness covered the land at the 6th hour, lasting until the 9th hour of His death…Matt. 27:45. This darkness symbolized error, revealing that a specific miscalculation had been perpetrated by the religious leaders of Israel, when they rejected Jesus as their Messiah – resulting in His death.
Because the horrible suffering – beating/torture – of Jesus precipitated His 6th-hour darkness, then death, the priests of the temple were given a 6th-hour sign to let them know that the same darkness of suffering and 9th hour death will enter their inner court, resulting in their own horrific death during the “great tribulation” that Jesus Christ warned them was coming during the 70th week of Daniel’s vision.
Another phenomenon occurred during the Feast of Unleavened Bread. About the time of dusk, a menacing sign was seen in the sky. Eyewitnesses to this heavenly event reported seeing apparitions – ghostly figures – in the form of chariots and armed troops high in the sky, interacting with each other in the midst of the fluffy clouds over Jerusalem, and surrounding cities…II Kings 6:17.
These savvy temple priests must have known that this supernatural revelation in the sky was a portent of war. Collectively, all of the omens and supernatural signs were a forewarning to the priests that they were no longer secure in their temple. The citizens must have been frightened, because they received no answers to their questions about these ominous signs from the silent religious hierarchy. There is no evidence the priests warned the populous, nor did they explain these omens.
Did Jesus warn Israel about the events of the 70th week of Daniel’s vision? Luke, who was a physician and disciple of the Lord, recorded in his gospel what sign they should watch for that would prompt them to flee Jerusalem before the “great tribulation” descends upon them.
Luke recorded…when you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, then know that its desolation is near…then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains, let those who are in the midst of her depart, and let not those who are in the country enter her…for these are the days of vengeance, that all things which are written may be fulfilled…Luke 21:20-22.
Luke describes the coming war as the days of vengeance, which means there will be retribution against Israel for rejecting her Messiah. Jerusalem surrounded by armies will fulfill the first objective in Daniel 9:26 – He shall destroy the city and the sanctuary with the prince that is coming.
God will destroy Jerusalem and the temple with the prince that is coming – Commander Titus Vespasian – a prince of Rome.
The second objective in Daniel 9:26 – and they shall be cut off with a flood – describes how Commander Titus and his army of 6,000 men will surround Jerusalem and cut them off from the outside world – no escape from the Wrath of the Lamb…Rev. 6:16
The third objective in Daniel 9:26 – he shall appoint the city to desolation – was accomplished by Commander Titus. As the war was ebbing, Commander Titus ordered what was left of the city to be destroyed by his army.
How do we know that Titus is the fulfillment of the predictions in the 70th week of Daniel’s vision? We have the personal testimony of Titus himself as he fulfills all of Daniel 9:27. Stay tuned…
God’s sheep question the doctrines of men…sheeple follow without question~~~