Sunday, March 13, 2016
Daniel’s 70-Week Vision Series #22 – Part 98 of Riddles, Enigmas & Esoteric Imagery of Revelation
In the last blog (#21) we began to correlate other scriptures with the events of Dan. 9:27 – the 70th week of Daniel’s vision, confirming the fulfillment of his prophecy. Commander Titus is the Prince who established a covenant with Israel, but they rejected it, so war continued.
And from the time of the removal of the perpetual sacrifice, when the abomination of desolation shall be set up, there shall be a thousand two hundred and ninety days…Dan. 12:11 Septuagint. This verse describes the same event described in Dan. 9:27…in the midst of the week my sacrifice and drink offering shall be taken away – but gives us a time frame for its fulfillment. From the day the perpetual sacrifice is removed, until the abomination is set up, will be 1290 days.
The angel gives to Daniel a very clear, unambiguous numerical calculation of 1290 days as the exact amount of time, set by God. The time between the last day the daily sacrifice was performed, to the time when the abomination of desolation is set up is 1290 days – 3.7 years.
Jesus warned His apostles about this time and told them how to recognize the signs that will precede the appearance of the abomination of desolation so they could escape, when He said…therefore when you see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place (whoever reads, let him understand), then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains…Matt. 24:15-16.
Jesus said…whoever reads, let him understand. We can understand clearly when we read historical documentation regarding the fulfillment of this event. Regarding this event Jesus said…for there will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, nor ever shall be. What does this mean?
God created this nation as His chosen people – an example to other nations of how He will treat anyone who choses to trust in Him. For many centuries His relationship with His chosen people was often strained – they sinned – He punished – they returned their allegiance to Him once again. Daniel’s 70-week vision revealed events that would take place over several centuries, culminating with the annihilation of this nation.
He raised Israel up – His chosen people – and closed them down. There has been no war like 70 A.D…nor ever shall be. This war describes the Wrath of the Lamb against Israel for rejecting Jesus Christ as the final sacrifice for their sins…Rev. 6:16. Once the Wrath of the Lamb is executed there will be no need to do it again. As a nation, Israel will no longer be a blip on the radar.
So what is the perpetual sacrifice that will be removed during the War of 70 A.D? The perpetual sacrifice describes the continual sacrifice that was ordained at Mount Sinai. Two unblemished lambs were offered to the Lord continually, one in the morning and one in the evening with oil. But on the Sabbath, wine is mingled with the oil as a drink offering. Once every year the kid of a goat – the scapegoat – is offered to the Lord for the sins of the people…Lev. 28:1-15.
After Jesus Christ became the blood sacrifice for the sins of all mankind, the animal sacrifice was supposed to cease…but it didn’t. God gave Israel 40 years to repent and accept Jesus Christ as their Savior – but they didn’t. Remember, 40 means a probationary period of time. During the great tribulation – War of 70 A.D. – God will make sure the perpetual animal sacrifice will cease. – by force. God is not mocked…Gal 6:7.
The final week – 70th – of Daniel’s vision was fulfilled between 63 A.D. and 70 A.D. When General Vespasian arrived in 66 A.D. he cut off Jerusalem from the outside world. After a few months of confinement all food supplies were eaten, including animals for sacrifice, wine, oil and all food…in the midst of the week my sacrifice and drink-offering shall be taken away…Dan. 9:27. This is the beginning of the 1290-day countdown…Dan. 12:11.
After the animal sacrifice ceased, Commander Titus arrived in 68 A.D. offering a covenant to preserve them, their city, and their temple from any further damage – but they refused protection from their enemy. See Blog #18 for details.
Their refusal of Commander Titus’ covenant leaves him with one alternative – what was it? Stay tuned…
God’s sheep question the doctrines of men…sheeple follow without question~~~