SYNOPSIS: An analysis of the final week of the “Seventy Weeks” prophecy – Daniel 9:26-27.
We now reach the end of the “Seventy Weeks” prophecy, its final or so-called seventieth “week” (Daniel 9:26-27). This passage describes a set of events for which the preceding sixty-nine “weeks” have prepared. The text says nothing about the destruction of the city or the Temple. Instead, in this final “week,” the people of the city are “corrupted,” and the Sanctuary is defiled by the “abomination that desolates. Continue reading Seventy Weeks – The Final Week
SYNOPSIS: The Angel divides the first sixty-nine “weeks” into two divisions, one numbering seven and the other sixty-two “weeks” – Daniel 9:24-25.
The first sixty-nine “weeks” of the predicted period is presented in Daniel 9:24-25. The angel declared the “Seventy Weeks” would be “divided” into three segments, then listed six redemptive events that would be achieved before the restoration of Jerusalem. Continue reading Seventy Weeks – The First Sixty-Nine
SYNOPSIS – Daniel received the interpretation of the vision of the “ram” being overthrown by the “goat,” and of the image of the “little horn” – Daniel 8:15-27.
In the vision of the “four beasts from the sea,” only the first “beast,” the winged lion, could be identified with certainty – Babylon. Not one of the four “kingdoms” was explicitly named. In contrast, in the interpretation of the “ram and the goat,” two of the previous four kingdoms are identified by name – the kingdom of the “Medes and Persians,” and “Greece” – (Daniel 7:1-8, 8:20-21).
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Daniel received a vision of a “ram” that was overthrown by a “goat” with a prominent horn, representing Greece – Daniel 8:1-14.
In the third year of Belshazzar, Daniel received a vision of a “ram” and “goat,” with the ram representing the “Medes and Persians,” and the goat representing Greece and its first great king. The vision is followed by its interpretation by an angelic figure. The focus of the vision is the “little horn,” which symbolizes a malevolent king who would descend from Greece and persecute the saints.
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When disciples see the “abomination of desolation standing where it ought not,” they must flee Jerusalem without delay – Matthew 24:15-22.
According to Jesus, the “abomination of desolation” will appear in the city of Jerusalem. It will be a local event, not global. Likewise, His admonition for his disciples to flee was applicable only to Jerusalem and the immediate vicinity. Disciples remaining in the city must flee to the hills to escape the calamity portended by the appearance of the “abomination of desolation.”
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When he left the Temple for the last time, Jesus pronounced its coming desolation to his opponents.
Before his final departure from the Temple, Jesus fielded challenges from the “scribes and Pharisees,” the main Jewish sects of his time. These amounted to confrontations that helped set the stage for his arrest and trial and his execution at the hands of the Romans. As he left the building for the final time, he pronounced its impending judgment.
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