Sunday, March 20, 2016
Daniel’s 70-Week Vision Series #23 – Part 99 of Riddles, Enigmas & Esoteric Imagery of Revelation
When we were last together we were at the point of the 70 A.D. war that left Commander Titus with one alternative. By now, during the 70th week of Daniel’s vision, he had fulfilled two objectives of Daniel 9:27…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. What is left to be accomplished in this verse?
There are two more objectives to be accomplished in Daniel 9:27…and on the temple shall be the abomination of desolation, and at the end of the time an end shall be put to the desolation.
While fulfilling the last two objectives, Commander Titus will fulfill the three objectives in Daniel 9:26…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 – Septuagint Bible.
Since Jesus described this war as the days of vengeance, that all things which are written may be fulfilled, we understand that this is the Wrath of the Lamb upon the those who rejected Him as their Messiah. So Daniel 9:26 becomes clear that it is Jesus Christ who appointed the city and the sanctuary to be destroyed by the prince that is coming – Commander Titus – a Prince of Rome. Jerusalem had been surrounded by the Roman army since 66 A.D…they shall be cut off with a flood.
Now Commander Titus, having exhausted all attempts to end the war peacefully, was left with one alternative…he shall appoint the city to desolation. Was this war described in another chapter of Daniel?
In chapter 12 of Daniel, Michael, the great prince, appears to Daniel and explains there shall be a time of tribulation, such tribulation as has not been from the time that there was a nation on earth until that time. This is because Israel had not rejected their Messiah until this time in history. The Wrath of the Lamb will annihilate them as a nation – this has never happened in history. At that time thy people shall be delivered, even everyone that is written in the book. What does this statement mean?
The angel is telling Daniel that though this horrific war will end with the loss of life for many people, if their names are written in the Book of Life they will be delivered. Daniel and his people asleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to reproach and everlasting shame when Jesus Christ was resurrected. At that time many arose from the grave and preached in the streets of Jerusalem…Matt. 27:51-54.
And thou, Daniel, close the words, and seal the book to the time of the end; until many are taught, and knowledge is increased…Dan. 12:4. This means: at the end of the time. Time means: week – 70th week of Daniel…Dan. 9:27. At the end of Daniel’s 70 weeks (times) vision – an end shall be put to the desolation.
Before all this takes place men must be taught, and knowledge increased. What could this mean? Daniel was shown that the Anointed One will arrive and be destroyed. Israel must be taught about the coming Messiah, the truth about what the prophets have foretold, and how to prepare for His arrival. The Messiah would personally increase their knowledge, not only about His plans and purposes, but also how to understand the signs that will precede the devastating annihilation of their nation – at the end of the time – 70th week.
Daniel was instructed to close the words, and seal the book to the time of the end – end of the determination revealed in his 70-week vision. Why was this important? It would only be necessary to prepare the hearts and minds of the people who would actually experience the fulfillment of this prophecy. Near the end of the 62 weeks portion of Daniel’s vision, God sent John the Baptist to prepare the hearts of the people for the coming Messiah.
Daniel heard a conversation between angels – one asked the man clothed in linen, “When will be the end of the wonders which thou hast mentioned?” Wonders? What could that mean? Stay tuned…
God’s sheep question the doctrines of men…sheeple follow without question~~~