Sunday, March 27, 2016
Daniel’s 70-Week Vision Series #24 – Part 100 of Riddles, Enigmas & Esoteric Imagery of Revelation
When we were last together we were studying Daniel chapter 12 where Daniel heard a conversation between angels regarding the end of the time – end of the great tribulation. Daniel heard an angel ask the man clothed in linen…when will be the end of the wonders which thou hast mentioned?…Dan. 12:6. Wonders – what does this mean?
The word wonders means: miracle – an event distinguished from all others. The word miracle means: a sign. This particular wonder or sign – great tribulation – is an event distinguished from all others, and was permitted by God. How is this wonder distinguished from all others?
Jesus distinguished this event – wonder – when He said…there shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world…Matt. 24:21. While tribulation will be experienced throughout the ages, this horrific tribulation is distinguished because it is vengeance upon Israel for rejecting their Messiah. It is the Wrath of the Lamb executed upon them for rejecting Him…Rev. 6:16.
Israel was never annihilated until this time. This wonder is an event distinguished from all others. Once the Wrath of the Lamb is satisfied, this event will never occur again just as Jesus promised.
In this vision Daniel…heard the man clothed in linen, who was over the water of the river, and he lifted up his right hand and his left hand to Heaven, and sware by him that lives forever, that it should be for a time of times and half a time, when the dispersion is ended they shall know these things…Dan. 12:7. What does dispersion mean?
Beginning with Nero’s persecution of Jewish Christians, and during the time of the Roman siege, beginning in 66 A.D., many fled for their lives into many nations during these dark days of evil. This was the beginning of the dispersion. By dispersing survivors into many nations, God will preserve the progeny of Abraham, who will be witnesses to the salvation of the Lord Jesus Christ. God will protect the holy nation He promised to Abraham…I Pet. 2:9
Many must be tested and thoroughly whitened, and tried with fire and sanctified…Dan:12:10. During this persecution the followers of Christ will be purified – allegiance to Christ must be confirmed during this period of time – a time of times and a half time. What is the translation of this metaphorical language?
We find the answer in the same angelic conversation overhead by Daniel…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. I described the removal of the perpetual sacrifice in Blog #22. What is the abomination of desolation?
In Daniel’s 70-week vision he was shown…on the temple shall be the abomination of desolation…Dan. 9:27. Jesus confirmed Daniel…when you see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place…Matt. 24:15. We can see clearly now how these references are all referring to one event.
As the war was drawing to a close, Commander Titus Vespasian and his pagan army finally took possession of the city, after his pleas for surrender fell on deaf ears. His men brought their ensigns to the burned temple and set them against the eastern gate. At this time, they offered sacrifices to their heathen gods, while designating Titus as Imperator – on the temple shall be the abomination of desolation.
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.
During this final week of Daniel’s vision – 70th – Commander Titus fulfilled the first 3 objectives in this prophecy: 1) established a covenant 2) sacrifice taken away 3) abomination of desolation of desolation on the temple. At the end of the war of 70 A.D. an end shall be put to the desolation. How does Titus accomplish the 4th objective? Stay tuned…
God’s sheep question the doctrines of men…sheeple follow without question~~~