Monday, May 09, 2005


Seven Years To Go, Part 2

The final seven years from Daniel’s enduring prophecy involves “he”, the Antichrist, who makes a seven year covenant ((9:27), breaks the covenant after three and a half years and stops sacrifices in the temple. Daniel received this same time span from a vision in Daniel 12:7, confirming “the time that the daily sacrifice is abolished and the abomination that causes desolation is set up” is smack in the middle of the final seven years. (12:11) I will briefly mention, this “abomination”, which is to be “set up” in the temple is Antichrist himself as told in Revelation 13:14-15 and in 2 Thess. 2:4. “He opposes and exalts himself over everything that is called God or is worshiped, and even sets himself up in God’s temple, proclaiming himself to be God.”
Daniel’s Seventy Sevens covers from the time of Nehemiah (444 B.C.) until the Second Coming of Christ, which, by the way, is the event that is to mark the finale, when seven years are passed. You know the routine, if this is your thing…”NO! Jesus is coming before the Tribulation!” Or in the middle…Um…He’s coming. That’s all that matters. Endure to the end, overcomers. That is the mission. If you can’t figure how the interpreters throw in a big, unexplained gap in the middle of the Seventy Sevens, Walvoord teaches the importance of harmonizing any other biblical prophecies of the end time, as Crystal so kindly commented on Part 1. He also talks about how old testament visions often exposed the first and second coming of Christ as the same event and did not really consider a period of time between the two events. To interpose the present Church Age in between is something only New Testament writers and current interpreters could do, after Christ’s first appearance and His promise to return.
Daniel’s visions must have left him depressed. But God gave him inklings of hope. In Daniel 7:13-14, “One like a son of man…is given authority, glory and sovereign power; all peoples, nations, and men of every language worshiped Him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion that will not pass away and His kingdom is one that will never be destroyed.” Daniel received his own personal promise too: “and then at the end of the days, you will rise to receive your allotted inheritance.” (12:13) Glory be to God, the Name above all names.

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