I was never a big supporter of the idea that Jesus fulfilled the first half of the 70th week, but after I’ve read Passerby’s post of the 20th, I started to investigate the idea. I am not dogmatic about it and are more than willing to discuss it. I just want to share some thoughts with you all.
After reading and re-reading Dan 9:26 and 27, some of the old gray matter started to send sparks in my head.
Daniel 9:26 (KJV)
And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined.
The key to my thinking is the word “after”. Synonyms for “after” will be afterwards, succeeding, thereafter, later, next. Definition for “after” according to the dictionary is “following a time or event”. Now read the verse again with the synonyms replacing “after”. It does change the meaning, doesn’t it?
Is there maybe a clue in it for us? You see, the verse does not say that at the end of the 69th week Messiah will be cut of, but afterwards or succeeding the 69th week. Now can it be that the 70th week did start with the ministry of Jesus at the end of the 69th week? Maybe there was no gap between week 69 and 70. His ministry was only for 3.5 years or 42 months according to history . If seen in this way it does clarify why Scripture does not say too much about the first 42 months of the 70th week but mostly focus on the last 42 months. So if my gray matter is not having a malfunction, there is a possibility that the 70th week was stopped after it started with the ministry of Jesus and Him being cut off after 3.5 years.
Now verse 27 explains the 7 year covenant with many that most prophecy teachers (yours truly included) are trying to link with the start of the 70th week. This is where it is getting interesting. Is the covenant with many really the 70th week or only a marker that we are approaching the last 42 months of the 70th week? We are currently in the time of a 7 year covenant with many nations known as the European Neighbourhood Policy (Instrument) or ENP(I). We have passed the midpoint roughly in June/July 2010. Many who were watching it unfold got discouraged when no stopping of sacrifice or anything of significance happened.
I feel it is important that we must keep the ENP(I) in mind. Its time will run out in Dec 2013. If the 7 year covenant is separate from the 70th week, and we only have 42 months left in the 70th week, we might be very close to the AoD event that according to me will be the start of the 42 months.