Knowledge shall Increase

October 30, 2020

Daniel 12:4–9

4But you, Daniel, shut up the words and seal the book, until the time of the end. Many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall increase.”

5Then I, Daniel, looked, and behold, two others stood, one on this bank of the stream and one on that bank of the stream. 6And someone said to the man clothed in linen, who was above the waters of the stream, “How long shall it be till the end of these wonders?”

7And I heard the man clothed in linen, who was above the waters of the stream; he raised his right hand and his left hand toward heaven and swore by him who lives forever that it would be for a time, times, and half a time, and that when the shattering of the power of the holy people comes to an end all these things would be finished.

8I heard, but I did not understand. Then I said, “O my lord, what shall be the outcome of these things?”

9He said, “Go your way, Daniel, for the words are shut up and sealed until the time of the end.

The second significant sign given to Daniel is that as mankind draws close to the end time, this seventieth week, that knowledge will increase.

Yesterday I talked about the other sign which was that travel will increase. But what caused the travel to increase? It was the explosion of knowledge.

The Hebrew word for “increase” (rabah) implies not only an addition of knowledge but also a multiplication – or a knowledge that is increasing exponentially.

Think about it, from very early history man spoke to each other and traveled by foot. At some point, communication became written and man traveled by horseback. From 6000 years ago until 1830 when the first train began operation in the US man communicated through writing and traveled by horseback. Suddenly there were trains, soon after the telegraph was invented. Life as we knew it had changed.

The following comparisons were suggested by someone who believes the earth is very old and that humans have been here millions of years. Nevertheless, his stats on information doubling are fascinating.

  • It took 4 million years of human existence to arrive at the “information density” of Rome in the year 1AD.
  • 1,500 years later, in the time of Leonardo DaVinci and the Renaissance, that information density had doubled.
  • The next doubling took 250 years, as marked by the beginning of the Industrial Revolution and the birth of democracy.
  • In [only] six years from 1967 to 1973, another doubling occurred.
  • By 1998, information doubling was estimated to occur every 18 months.

Are we in the time of information explosion? I don’t know, let me google it. Almost every human today has a cell phone with the computer technology that is obsolete every 2-5 years. The internet has given rise to a worldwide explosion of information.

Is Jesus coming back soon? How much better can cell phones get? I will let you be the judge, but I think it is very soon.



To and Fro

October 29, 2020

Daniel 12:1–9

1“At that time shall arise Michael, the great prince who has charge of your people. And there shall be a time of trouble, such as never has been since there was a nation till that time. But at that time your people shall be delivered, everyone whose name shall be found written in the book.

2And many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt. 3And those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the sky above; and those who turn many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever.

4But you, Daniel, shut up the words and seal the book, until the time of the end. Many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall increase.”

5Then I, Daniel, looked, and behold, two others stood, one on this bank of the stream and one on that bank of the stream. 6And someone said to the man clothed in linen, who was above the waters of the stream, “How long shall it be till the end of these wonders?”

7And I heard the man clothed in linen, who was above the waters of the stream; he raised his right hand and his left hand toward heaven and swore by him who lives forever that it would be for a time, times, and half a time, and that when the shattering of the power of the holy people comes to an end all these things would be finished.

8I heard, but I did not understand. Then I said, “O my lord, what shall be the outcome of these things?”

9He said, “Go your way, Daniel, for the words are shut up and sealed until the time of the end.

One of significant signs in Daniels vision that regards to the timing of the events recorded as “last days” is the understanding that people will run “to and fro” and that knowledge will increase.

While we don’t have an understanding of ancient Hebrew, we probably know what “to and fro” means? The Hebrew phrase means to roam about. Another translation is “hither and thither,” I guess that’s helpful? Basically, it means people will have significant ability to move about the earth.

Covid restrictions aside, we have the ability to travel anywhere in the word we want to go. Obviously, there are places that might be off limits like North Korea or Iran, and places we may not want to go like Greenland or Antarctica, but if we had the desire we could go. Modern travel has made it possible to go “to and fro” upon the earth.
 
When I think about the changes my grandfather experienced in his lifetime, it brings the realization that these things have happened rather quickly. Arthur C, Butler was born in 1895 and lived until 1996. He was born before cars were invented and he died during an age of space travel. The transition from horses to supersonic flight was less than 60 years for him.

Daniel was told to seal up the prophesy until the time of the end, a time when people will be running to and fro. I think we are there? How much greater will technology lead us in the area of newer and faster transportation equipment? In the 60’s people were predicting that by the turn of the century we would be flying our cars rather than driving them, but that hasn’t happened, much to my dismay. Still, compared to the early days of Mr. Butler we are an advanced civilization, moving about the earth in rapid fashion… wherever we have it in our heart to go.

In 1948 Israel became a nation again. In 1967 Jerusalem was recaptured during the 6 day war and became the capital of Israel once again. It had not been in their control since 70 AD. In 1969 man not only landed on the moon, but walked on the moon. Talk about to and fro! Now Elon Musk wants to send people to the moon to live there, and eventually to Mars. If you want to look at a time where real prophesies are being fulfilled, we are in that time. Could this be the “End Times?” We have to ask ourselves that question.



Rise Up

October 28, 2020 

Daniel 12:1–9

1“At that time shall arise Michael, the great prince who has charge of your people. And there shall be a time of trouble, such as never has been since there was a nation till that time. But at that time your people shall be delivered, everyone whose name shall be found written in the book. 

2And many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt. 3And those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the sky above; and those who turn many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever. 

4But you, Daniel, shut up the words and seal the book, until the time of the end. Many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall increase.” 

5Then I, Daniel, looked, and behold, two others stood, one on this bank of the stream and one on that bank of the stream. 6And someone said to the man clothed in linen, who was above the waters of the stream, “How long shall it be till the end of these wonders?” 

7And I heard the man clothed in linen, who was above the waters of the stream; he raised his right hand and his left hand toward heaven and swore by him who lives forever that it would be for a time, times, and half a time, and that when the shattering of the power of the holy people comes to an end all these things would be finished.

8I heard, but I did not understand. Then I said, “O my lord, what shall be the outcome of these things?” 

9He said, “Go your way, Daniel, for the words are shut up and sealed until the time of the end. 

Daniel is not going to live to see any of these prophesies carried out. Daniel is 81 years old now and close to the end of his life. But because of his relationship with God, the fact that he is beloved of God, Daniel has been told of all these things to come. 

Daniel has seen terrifying things, distress and trouble for Israel coming their way in the future. It must have broken Daniel’s heart to hear of the distress and trouble for his nation Israel. But in chapter 12 Daniel is given some comfort. Just when things look like Israel is about to be destroyed by the coming king, the antichrist of Revelation, God sends Michael to protect the nation. 

I like how he is presented; he shall rise up. Like a sleeping lion, held at bay by God’s timetable Michael is released into action just in time to save Israel. He is called the great Prince in charge of the nation of Israel. He delivers Israel from the hand of the antichrist in a very physical way, but God has even greater plans for the people of Israel. As the people of Israel see the signs of Christ returning, they will turn to him as their savior. Millions upon millions of Jewish men women and children will trust in their redeemer Jesus Christ and they will not only be saved physically but they will be given eternal life and their names will be written into the lamb’s book of life. 

Daniel must have been incredibly pleased to hear of all this, but then God reveals something even more incredible: 

2And many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt. 3And those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the sky above; and those who turn many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever. 

Daniel himself will rise up. At the end of Israel’s great conflict Daniel will once again walk the face of the earth and rejoice with the nation of Israel and the other believers who have died in Christ Jesus. 

If the Lord’s coming is delayed beyond our lifetime, as believers, we too will walk the earth with Daniel. We will see with our own eyes, in resurrected bodied the nation of Israel as they rejoice at the coming of their King – the Lord Jesus Christ.



The King

October 27, 2020

Daniel 11:36–39

36“And the king shall do as he wills. He shall exalt himself and magnify himself above every god, and shall speak astonishing things against the God of gods. He shall prosper till the indignation is accomplished; for what is decreed shall be done.

37He shall pay no attention to the gods of his fathers, or to the one beloved by women. He shall not pay attention to any other god, for he shall magnify himself above all.

38He shall honor the god of fortresses instead of these. A god whom his fathers did not know he shall honor with gold and silver, with precious stones and costly gifts.

39He shall deal with the strongest fortresses with the help of a foreign god. Those who acknowledge him he shall load with honor. He shall make them rulers over many and shall divide the land for a price.

A leader is described who is introduced simply as “the king.” Some suggest that this is Antiochus IV Epiphanes and that the verses describe additional incursions of his into Israel. However, the details given in these verses were not fulfilled by Antiochus. True, Antiochus was a foreshadowing of a king who will come, but the two are not the same. One is past and the other is future.

What did Antiochus Epiphanes do in Israel? His actions will be very important to understand as he is revealing what the future antichrist will do as well.

Antiochus sent his general Apollonius with 22,000 soldiers into Jerusalem on what was purported to be a peace mission. But they attacked Jerusalem on the Sabbath, killed many people, took many women and children as slaves, and plundered and burned the city.

In seeking to exterminate Judaism and to Hellenize the Jews, he forbade the Jews to follow their religious practices (including their festivals and circumcision), and commanded that copies of the Law be burned. Then he set up the abomination that causes desolation. In this culminating act he erected on December 16, 167 b.c. an altar to Zeus on the altar of burnt offering outside the temple, and had a pig offered on the altar. The Jews were then compelled to offer a pig on the 25th of each month to celebrate Antiochus Epiphanes’ birthday.

Antiochus promised Jews who went along with his madness great reward if they would set aside the God of Israel and worship Zeus, the god of Greece. Many in Israel were persuaded by his promises (flattery) and worshiped the false god. However, a small remnant remained faithful to God, refusing to engage in those abominable practices. Antiochus IV died insane in Persia in 163 BC.

The King in verse 36 will act in a similar way, talking peace and using flattery to gain his way into Israel. He will use tremendous wealth to bribe and influence other leaders until he has gained power. He will speak of peace but like Antiochus Epiphanes he will eventually turn on the nation of Israel and seek to destroy them.

This king is the beast of Revelation 13 who will rise to power at the beginning of the last week of years. His peace treaty with Israel will be tested when the king of the south attacks Israel. The antichrist then comes down to Israel and defeats the southern army and sets himself up in Jerusalem as the savior of Israel. He then reveals himself as the messiah and demands to be worshiped. This likely occurs in the middle of the tribulation period.

How close are we to these events? I believe we are very close. The united states is in turmoil today in ways we have never seen. Even our politicians are calling for the overthrow of our constitution, and looking to replace it with a document that pleases them. There are people who are looking to destroy our country and replace it with something that will give them ultimate power and control.

The United States will have to decline in order for the antichrist to have control. Could the issue of global warming be the vehicle that delivers the US to the one world government the antichrist represents?

Watch and listen and by all means, vote. Most of all, pray that our leaders not to give in to these pressures, and keep sharing the truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ. We are subject to God’s timetable and he will give us the grace to deal with everything that is coming our way.



The Illustrious One

October 26, 2020

Daniel 11:21–31

21In his place shall arise a contemptible person to whom royal majesty has not been given. He shall come in without warning and obtain the kingdom by flatteries.

22Armies shall be utterly swept away before him and broken, even the prince of the covenant. 23And from the time that an alliance is made with him he shall act deceitfully, and he shall become strong with a small people. 24Without warning he shall come into the richest parts of the province, and he shall do what neither his fathers nor his fathers’ fathers have done, scattering among them plunder, spoil, and goods. He shall devise plans against strongholds, but only for a time.

25And he shall stir up his power and his heart against the king of the south with a great army. And the king of the south shall wage war with an exceedingly great and mighty army, but he shall not stand, for plots shall be devised against him. 26Even those who eat his food shall break him. His army shall be swept away, and many shall fall down slain. 27And as for the two kings, their hearts shall be bent on doing evil. They shall speak lies at the same table, but to no avail, for the end is yet to be at the time appointed.

28And he shall return to his land with great wealth, but his heart shall be set against the holy covenant. And he shall work his will and return to his own land. 29“At the time appointed he shall return and come into the south, but it shall not be this time as it was before. 30For ships of Kittim shall come against him, and he shall be afraid and withdraw, and shall turn back and be enraged and take action against the holy covenant. He shall turn back and pay attention to those who forsake the holy covenant.

31Forces from him shall appear and profane the temple and fortress, and shall take away the regular burnt offering. And they shall set up the abomination that makes desolate.

As we said when we started chapter 11, this is the most detailed prophesy ever recorded, which covers the rise of Alexander the Great and his demise, the dividing of the kingdom between his 3 generals and finally the desecration of the temple by a descendant of Antiochus III the Great.

Today we are highlighting a particular ruler, his son Antiochus IV who is introduced as a contemptible person. He took to himself the name Epiphanes which means “the Illustrious One.” But he was considered so untrustworthy that he was nicknamed Epimanes which means “the Madman.” The throne rightly belonged to Demetrius Soter, but Antiochus IV Epiphanes seized the throne and had himself proclaimed king. Thus he did not come to the throne by rightful succession; he seized it through intrigue.

Most scholars believe him to be a “type” of the future antichrist. He certainly had the same animosity towards the people of God and towards his temple, but this was not the time of the end. But he gives us a picture of the future world leader, both in the way he acquires power and in the way he “turns” on the Nation of Israel.

After Antiochus consolidated his kingdom, he moved against Egypt, the king of the South, in 170. Antiochus was able to move his army from his homeland to the very border of Egypt before he was met by the Egyptian army at Pelusium near the Nile Delta. In this battle the Egyptians had a large … army but were defeated and Antiochus professed friendship with Egypt. The victor and the vanquished sat at a table together as though friendship had been established, but the goal of both to establish peace was never realized for they both were deceptive.

Antiochus carried great wealth back to his homeland from his conquest. On his return he passed through the land of Israel. After his disappointment in Egypt (he had hoped to take all of Egypt but failed) he took out his frustrations on the Jews by desecrating the temple in Jerusalem.



Dating the Book

October 16, 2020

 Daniel 11:1–9

1“And as for me, in the first year of Darius the Mede, I stood up to confirm and strengthen him. 

2“And now I will show you the truth. Behold, three more kings shall arise in Persia, and a fourth shall be far richer than all of them. And when he has become strong through his riches, he shall stir up all against the kingdom of Greece. 3Then a mighty king shall arise, who shall rule with great dominion and do as he wills. 

4And as soon as he has arisen, his kingdom shall be broken and divided toward the four winds of heaven, but not to his posterity, nor according to the authority with which he ruled, for his kingdom shall be plucked up and go to others besides these. 5“Then the king of the south shall be strong, but one of his princes shall be stronger than he and shall rule, and his authority shall be a great authority.

 6After some years they shall make an alliance, and the daughter of the king of the south shall come to the king of the north to make an agreement. But she shall not retain the strength of her arm, and he and his arm shall not endure, but she shall be given up, and her attendants, he who fathered her, and he who supported her in those times. 

7“And from a branch from her roots one shall arise in his place. He shall come against the army and enter the fortress of the king of the north, and he shall deal with them and shall prevail. 8He shall also carry off to Egypt their gods with their metal images and their precious vessels of silver and gold, and for some years he shall refrain from attacking the king of the north.

The prophesy of Daniel 11:1-35 is the most detailed account of the history of Israel and the Greek Empire, their successors and leaders as they waged war, suppressed the religion of Israel, and finally polluted the temple in Jerusalem. But here is the problem for unbelievers: it was written BEFORE it ever happened. 

Liberal scholars for years claimed that the book of Daniel was written at the time of the Maccabean revolt because “no one” could have predicted these events so accurately before the events happened. The details were too complicated and the change of power from king to king created too many variables to comprehend, therefore they concluded this book could only have been written after the fact. 

But now, that argument has all but been discredited. The time period in which the book of Daniel was written, 6th century BCE, had a very distinct textural style in the way they expressed the Hebrew language. It was vastly different in form to the linguistic style of the Maccabean era. Every serious Biblical scholar and linguist represent this view and conclude a 600-500 BCE time period for the writings. 

There is however another theory which has surfaced in the last 100 years. It is called the naturalist view. Basically, it determines the date of Daniel and other prophetic books by the “natural events” predicted in the writings. For example, this theory presupposes that it is impossible to accurately predict the future, therefore if the accuracy of the prediction is too overwhelming, the prediction must have been made post event.   

In other words, there are no such thing as miracles, prophesies nor the suspension of the natural laws of physics. It excludes the supernatural power of almighty God. 

Not sure how this theory can be an accepted method of interpreting the Bible, but that is the world we live in today. Why are people opposed to accepting the date of Daniel’s book? Because the odds of having these predictions of Daniel come true in the manner history records it are astronomical… to impossible. Only someone out of this world, someone who inhabits a place outside of our space/time contingency could make a prediction that comes true in every facet and detail. Only God can do this.



The Prince of Persia

October 15, 2020

Daniel 10:11-14

11And he said to me, “O Daniel, man greatly loved, understand the words that I speak to you, and stand upright, for now I have been sent to you.” And when he had spoken this word to me, I stood up trembling. 12Then he said to me, “Fear not, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your heart to understand and humbled yourself before your God, your words have been heard, and I have come because of your words.

13The prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me twenty-one days, but Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, for I was left there with the kings of Persia,14and came to make you understand what is to happen to your people in the latter days. For the vision is for days yet to come.”

The book of Daniel is a literary marvel. The ideas expressed and the information given by the angel Gabriel while the archangel Michael stood watch are the most intriguing display of prophesy in the old testament. Evidently, Satan did not want these things to be made public, therefore he fought against the messenger Gabriel to keep these things from being revealed to Daniel.

The enemies here are identified as “princes” a term which denotes authority but retain submission to an ultimate king. The prince of Persia and the prince of Greece are spiritual authorities who direct the activities of human kings in their own particular region. I think we can assume there are “princes” in all regions of the earth, Rome, Egypt, Syria, perhaps the isles of Britton and even the United States.

These fallen angels who rebelled against God, who have declared Satan as their leader have established themselves in territories of the earth. The prince of Persia was particularly powerful, as he was able to resist the messenger of God for 21 days. It was only after he was overcome by the archangel Michael that Daniel received his message.

Ephesians 6:12

For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.

Paul wrote this passage under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit and it tells us that the cosmic powers and spiritual forces are still very much in play today. As the people of God we have a common enemy who would have us direct our attention towards other people and material things and even our own comfort so that we will be unprepared to deal with the spiritual battle taking place.

In the political world of today, we can see evil forces at work all around us. When the apostle Paul tells us to pray for those who have authority over us, our leaders, he knew about the spiritual powers who were working to subvert and control them for their own evil purposes. How does he suggest we combat these forces? Pray. Our political leaders are very susceptible to the influence of power exhibited by the spiritual authorities in the present darkness. We need to continually pray for them.

God allowed these princes to have power over the kings of the earth. The prince of Persia is still active in the world today, he is still exerting power and control over the leaders of Iran, Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and all the countries in that region. It is no coincidence that this region of the world has been a problem for mankind for the entirety of human history.

Gabriel tells Daniel that the prince of Greece is coming into Daniel’s territory and will soon exhibit his control over the nations of the world through the man Alexander the Great. We know from history he will die of malaria and alcoholism at the age of 32 and his kingdom will be divided among four generals.  Humans come and go but spiritual wickedness in high places continues.

The moment Gabriel reveals these prophesies to Daniel we understand that nothing can be done from a human perspective to change history. These things will come to pass. Terrible events are about to happen and there is no satisfaction in knowing what will take place. God is in charge, both in the things he has purposed and in the things he allows. Our job is to keep ourselves in fellowship with God through Jesus Christ so that we can pull people from the fire and Jude tells us in the New testament. Our job is to share the gospel with as many people as we can, knowing that or time is short. Our job is to pray. 



Final Vision

October 14, 2020

Daniel 10:1–14

1In the third year of Cyrus king of Persia a word was revealed to Daniel, who was named Belteshazzar. And the word was true, and it was a great conflict. And he understood the word and had understanding of the vision. 2In those days I, Daniel, was mourning for three weeks.

3I ate no delicacies, no meat or wine entered my mouth, nor did I anoint myself at all, for the full three weeks. 4On the twenty-fourth day of the first month, as I was standing on the bank of the great river (that is, the Tigris) 5I lifted up my eyes and looked, and behold, a man clothed in linen, with a belt of fine gold from Uphaz around his waist. 

6His body was like beryl, his face like the appearance of lightning, his eyes like flaming torches, his arms and legs like the gleam of burnished bronze, and the sound of his words like the sound of a multitude.

7And I, Daniel, alone saw the vision, for the men who were with me did not see the vision, but a great trembling fell upon them, and they fled to hide themselves. 8So I was left alone and saw this great vision, and no strength was left in me. My radiant appearance was fearfully changed, and I retained no strength.

9Then I heard the sound of his words, and as I heard the sound of his words, I fell on my face in deep sleep with my face to the ground. 10And behold, a hand touched me and set me trembling on my hands and knees.

11And he said to me, “O Daniel, man greatly loved, understand the words that I speak to you, and stand upright, for now I have been sent to you.” And when he had spoken this word to me, I stood up trembling. 12Then he said to me, “Fear not, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your heart to understand and humbled yourself before your God, your words have been heard, and I have come because of your words.

13The prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me twenty-one days, but Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, for I was left there with the kings of Persia,

14and came to make you understand what is to happen to your people in the latter days. For the vision is for days yet to come.”

Daniel tells us that in the third year of Cyrus king of Persia a word was revealed to him.  He understood the word to be true, but it caused him great conflict, so much so that he fasted for 3 weeks following this vision. He had asked God to give him greater understanding of the word as he had done in other visions, but no communication followed.

Finally, on the 24th day, as he was standing by the Tigris river he saw a man whom he described in verses 5 and 6. Daniel’s companions did not see the man, but evidently saw the brightness of his glory and were frightened enough to run away.

Daniel falls to his knees in fear and finally, face down, he falls into a sleep until the messenger angel Gabriel touches him and speaks to him. So, are there two angels? One who stands by the river and one who speaks? If the one doing the talking is Gabriel, who is the other?

I believe the answer comes in verse 13 where he tells Daniel that he tried to come to him but was opposed by the prince of Persia for 21 days. God sent Michael, one of the chief princes to overcome him so the message could be delivered to Daniel.

Some think Daniel saw the preincarnate Christ by the river because of the similarity to the description John gives of Christ in chapter 1 of Revelation. But there is a problem with that because if it were Jesus, he would not have had a problem delivering the message, nor would he have been delayed. 

I think this is Michael the archangel, the chief prince of the armies of God Daniel sees by the river. This whole story gives us insight into the mysterious power of Satan and his fallen angels who control the earth we live on. But we can rest assured that God will overcome this enemy, and that is what he has come to tell Daniel.



Abominations

October 13, 2020 

Daniel 9:27 

27 And he shall make a strong covenant with many for one week, and for half of the week he shall put an end to sacrifice and offering. And on the wing of abominations shall come one who makes desolate, until the decreed end is poured out on the desolator.” 

After this ruler gains worldwide political power, he will assume power in the religious realm as well and will cause the world to worship him. 

2 Thessalonians 2:3-4

3 Let no one deceive you in any way. For that day will not come, unless the rebellion comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction, 4 who opposes and exalts himself against every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, proclaiming himself to be God. 

Revelation 13:5-8

5 And the beast was given a mouth uttering haughty and blasphemous words, and it was allowed to exercise authority for forty-two months. 6 It opened its mouth to utter blasphemies against God, blaspheming his name and his dwelling, that is, those who dwell in heaven. 7 Also it was allowed to make war on the saints and to conquer them.  And authority was given it over every tribe and people and language and nation, 8 and all who dwell on earth will worship it, everyone whose name has not been written before the foundation of the world in the book of life of the Lamb who was slain. 

To receive such worship, he will terminate all organized religions. Posing as the world’s rightful king and god and as Israel’s prince of peace, he will then turn against Israel and become her destroyer and defiler. 

Daniel was told that “the ruler who will come” (v. 26) will place abominations on a wing of the temple. Christ referred to this incident: 

Matthew 24:15

15 “So when you see the abomination of desolation spoken of by the prophet Daniel, standing in the holy place (let the reader understand), 16 then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. 

John wrote that the false prophet would set up an image to this ruler and that the world will be compelled to worship it (Rev. 13:14–15). But then his end will come (the end that is decreed is poured out on him). With his false prophet he will be cast into the lake of fire when Christ returns to the earth (Rev. 19:20; cf. Dan. 7:11, 26).

As stated, the Antichrist will break his covenant with Israel at the beginning of the second half of the 70th “seven,” that is, it will be broken for three and one-half years. 

This is called “a time, times, and half a time”. The fact that this is the same as the three and one-half years, which in turn are equated with 1,260 days in Revelation 11:3 and with 42 months in Revelation 11:2 means that in Jewish reckoning each month has 30 days and each year 360 days. This confirms the 360-day Jewish year used in the calculations in the chart, “The 483 Years in the Jewish and Gregorian Calendars”. 

Since the events in the 69 sevens found in Daniel 9:24–26 were fulfilled literally, the 70th “seven,” yet unfulfilled, must likewise be fulfilled literally.

 

 



He

October 12, 2020 

Daniel 9:27 

27 And he shall make a strong covenant with many for one week, and for half of the week he shall put an end to sacrifice and offering. And on the wing of abominations shall come one who makes desolate, until the decreed end is poured out on the desolator.” 

One of the most debated verses in all the Bible, verse 27 describes the mystery person who will usher in the tribulation period as “he.” 

Really? He? That’s all we get? I could use a bit more help to discover the individual who will literally bring time as we know it to a grinding halt. Every generation has looked at people in their culture and surmised them to be “he.” Froe Nero in the first century to Hitler, to Obama and now Trump. We all love to speculate. 

Gabriel reveals, not so much about who, but about what will happen. 

This verse unveils what will occur during the 70th seven year period. This seven-year period will begin when “he” makes a strong covenant with many. The 70th “seven” will continue till the return of Jesus Christ to the earth. Because Jesus said this will be a time of “great distress” this period is often called the Tribulation. 

Matthew 24:21

For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been from the beginning of the world until now, no, and never will be. 

A significant event that will mark the beginning of this seven-year period is the confirming of a covenant. This covenant will be made with many, that is, with Daniel’s people, the nation Israel. “The ruler who will come” (Dan. 9:26) will be this covenant-maker, known as he in verse 27. As a yet-future ruler he will be the final head of the fourth empire (the little horn of the fourth beast, 7:8). 

The covenant he will make will evidently be a peace covenant, in which he will guarantee Israel’s safety in the land. This suggests that Israel will be in her land but will be unable to defend herself for she will have lost any support she may have had previously. 

Therefore, she will need and welcome the peacemaking role of this head of the confederation of 10 European (Roman) nations. In offering this covenant, this ruler will pose as a prince of peace, and Israel will accept his authority. But then in the middle of that “seven,” after three and one-half years, he will break the covenant. According to 11:45, he will then move from Europe into the land of Israel. 

This ruler will end … sacrifice and offering. This expression refers to the entire Levitical system, which suggests that Israel will have restored that system in the first half of the 70th “seven.” 

Obviously, a lot has to happen to allow this scenario to take place, including the restoration of the Jewish sacrificial system and possibly the restoration of the temple in Jerusalem. While many have doubts this can happen, the Jews are today ready and waiting for this very event. The furniture for the temple has been built for years, the instruments and equipment needed are all in place. Priests have been dedicated for the events and animals have been set aside.

 Israel could literally make this happen in days, but it will also likely create WW3 unless it is “he” who includes this activity in his peace covenant. 

When will all this take place? It is all in God’s timing… waiting for “he” to be revealed.



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