Sunday, February 14, 2016
Daniel’s 70-Week Vision Series #18 – Part 94 of Riddles, Enigmas & Esoteric Imagery of Revelation
The modern end time doctrine of mainline denominations, established by Cyrus Scofield in his study Bible published in 1909, insists that Daniel’s 70-week vision has not been completely fulfilled. But historical documentation refutes Mr. Scofield’s assumption. Most readers of my blog have never read the historical facts that I have delineated. Once someone has read the facts they can reject them and continue to embrace Mr. Scofield’s false doctrine, but at least the facts have been presented.
And one week shall establish the covenant with many: and in the midst of the week my sacrifice and drink-offering shall be taken away: and on the temple shall be the abomination of desolations; and at the end of the time an end shall be put to the desolation…Dan. 9:27 Septuagint translation.
The Septuagint Bible is the Greek translation of the Old Testament. Septuagint means 70. Because of its accuracy, this is the translation used primarily by early historians like Eusebius Pamphilus, Bishop of Cesarea, and Flavius Josephus, a Priest of Jerusalem. It was first translated and published in Alexandria, Egypt in 285-247 B.C., by 70 Jewish scholars according to Josephus. Along with the Hebrew and Aramaic it was also accepted and read by Jesus, the apostles and early Christians.
Before we dissect Daniel 9:27, I want to draw your attention to a very clear verse in this translation, that is ambiguous in the modern English translations. The last portion of Daniel 9:27 says…and at the end of the time an end shall be put to the desolation. This clearly explains that at the end of the time an end shall be put to the desolation. At the end of the Roman army attack on Jerusalem – abomination of desolation – an end shall be put to the desolation. As we will see in our study, historical documentation confirms this truth.
There are four objectives in Daniel 9:27 that were accomplished during the 70th week of Daniel’s vision described as one week. These four objectives were completely fulfilled in 63-70 A.D.
1. One week shall establish the covenant with many.
2. In the midst of the week my sacrifice and drink-offering shall be taken away.
3. On the temple shall be the abomination of desolations.
4. At the end of the time, an end shall be put to the desolation.
In blog #17 we found out that historical documentation reveals Commander Titus as the prince that is coming…Dan. 9:26. As a Prince of Rome, He is the one who established a covenant with the citizens of Jerusalem. What was the covenant offered by him?
The covenant offered by Commander Titus was his solemn promise to preserve them, their city, and their temple. Have you ever heard about this covenant made by Titus? If I hadn’t studied historical documentation recorded by the historian Josephus, I wouldn’t have known either. Commander Titus did say that his covenant came with one condition. What was his one condition? He asked the citizens of Israel to stop their insurrection against Rome.
During the 70th week of Daniel’s vision, God in His infinite mercy was offering Israel protection and preservation via her enemy – Rome. The covenant offered to the Jewish people by Commander Titus is the fulfillment of the first objective in Daniel 9:27 – one week shall establish the covenant with many.
The religious leaders of Israel had already refused the new covenant of salvation offered by Jesus Christ, signed by His blood. But God, who is long-suffering, provided an opportunity to at least save their physical lives, by using Israel’s nemesis to offer a covenant that would preserve them, their city, and their temple. But, they flatly refused the covenant offered by Commander Titus.
Without the eyewitness account of the historian Josephus, we would not have been privy to this very serious covenant offered by Commander Titus who did not want to destroy the revered temple or the city of Jerusalem, proving the fulfillment of the 70th week of Daniel’s vision. But there is more – so much more. Stay tuned…
God’s sheep question the doctrines of men…sheeple follow without question~~~