Comment by Wickus:
This is a lengthy post, but please read and comment on it. I also hope that the message will be clear as my English is not always up to standard:
Dan 9:24 Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy.
At the end of the 70 weeks transgression has to be finish and there has to be an end of sin. Prophecy and vision will also end. Clearly this cannot happen at the Lord’s return as there will still be sin in the millennium Kingdom. (Thanks to Mr Baldy for pointing this out). The 70th week may only end at the end of the millennium Kingdom when everything is made new and sin and death will be no more.
Dan 9:25 Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times.
This count for a total of 69 weeks from the commandment to restore Jerusalem unto the Messiah who shall come.
Dan 9:26 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.
After 62 weeks, the Messiah shall be cut of or killed, but not for Himself, but for us. Please note the importance of “AFTER”. It does not say that the Messiah will be cut off at the end of the 62 weeks, but AFTER the 62nd week is complete. Now let’s speculate a bit. Let’s say Jesus was born in the 64th week. Let’s say he lived his first 30 years in the 5 year weeks ending at the 69th week. When He started His ministry with His baptism, it marked the beginning of the 70th week.
His ministry lasted for 3.5 years, and then He was cut off/crucified.
Now read the following verse in the light of the above mentioned.
Dan 9:27 And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.
Can the covenant spoken of be the promised New Covenant between man and God, sealed by the Blood of Jesus? Did Jesus cause sacrifice and oblation to cease in the midst of the week? Let the Bible answer:
Heb 10:8-18 Above when he said, Sacrifice and offering and burnt offerings and offering for sin thou wouldest not, neither hadst pleasure therein; which are offered by the law; Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God. He taketh away the first, that he may establish the second. By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins: But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God; From henceforth expecting till his enemies be made his footstool. For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified. Whereof the Holy Ghost also is a witness to us: for after that he had said before, This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them; And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more. Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin.
So can it be that Jesus fulfilled the first part of Dan 9:27 and we will wait in vain for a stopping of sacrifice in the last days? If we read this Scriptures at face value, it is what is said.
But it does seem that Dan 9:27 has a dual fulfilment. Jesus Himself pointed to the second half of this verse:
Mat 24:15-16 When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand) Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains:
Mar 13:14 But when ye shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing where it ought not, (let him that readeth understand,) then let them that be in Judaea flee to the mountains:
Luk 21:20-21 And when ye shall see Jerusalem compassed with armies, then know that the desolation thereof is nigh. Then let them which are in Judaea flee to the mountains; and let them which are in the midst of it depart out; and let not them that are in the countries enter thereinto.
So it seems like the clock of the 70th week was stopped when Messiah was cut off and made an end to sacrific0e after 3.5 years. Now the big sign for us to watch is the AoD that will start the last 3.5 years in the prophetic 70th week clock again. It was always strange to me why Jesus never mentioned rebuild temples, 7 year peace treaties that got broken or a stopping of sacrifice as signs to watch. Maybe they were never meant as signs, but are teachings in error. We are in a very late hour prophetically, and many Christians do not want to listen to the warnings as they are looking for rebuild temples, 7 year peace treaties and stopping of sacrifice. The end may overcome them like a flood because they are looking for things that will never happen.
Now I know many will say that according to Paul, the Antichrist will sit in the temple of God and for that the temple needs to be rebuilt. Here is the verse in question:
2Th 2:4 Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple (G3485) of God, shewing himself that he is God.
The word for temple in this verse is the following from Strong’s:
Ναός naos nah-os’
From a primary word ναίω naiō (to dwell); a fane, shrine, temple: – shrine, temple.
The word used for the temple in Jerusalem throughout the New Testament is the following from Strong’s:
ἱερόν hieron hee-er-on’
Neuter of G2413; a sacred place, that is, the entire precincts (whereas G3485 denotes the central sanctuary itself) of the Temple (at Jerusalem or elsewhere): – temple.
Here is what Paul says about the Christian:
1Co 3:16-17 Know ye not that ye are the temple (G3485) of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.
The word for temple used by Paul is the same word used for the temple the antichrist will exalt himself in. Clearly then the antichrist will not sit in the Jerusalem temple (G2411), but will rather look to defile the real temple of God, the true Christian (G3485).
Now were does the 7 year ENP fit into all of this? Well, I still see it as an important marker for pointing us to the antichrist and the time we live in. The ENP did not start the 70th week. I do believe that Dan 9:27 has a duel fulfilment that points us to a 7 year treaty by the man of sin. He will only show his true colours when he gets power to continue for 42 months. 42 months is all that remain in the 70th week. Before the time he will remain hidden. I also think that we will only know for sure at the AoD event, when Israel is surrounded by the armies and he pitches his tents in Israel.
I am no scholar and I am open to correction. These are only my humble understanding of the Scriptures.