Blueprint Of The Times Of The Gentiles
Dr. Joe Temple

Introduction

Will you open your Bibles, please, to the book of Daniel, chapter 9. We will read the paragraph which begins with verse 23:

Daniel 9:

23 At the beginning of thy supplications the commandment came forth, and I am come to shew thee; for thou art greatly beloved: therefore understand the matter, and consider the vision.
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.
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.
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.
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.

Shall we bow our heads together for prayer: Our Father, we are grateful that we have another opportunity to look into Thy Word. We feel very much our need of Thee, and we do ask, our Father, that Thou wouldst speak to our hearts through the Word of God, that the truth of Thy Word may be revealed and received. Grant, our Father, that as we are able to see what Thou hast planned for the future, our hearts may be encouraged, and that we may look up and know that our redemption drawth nigh. For we pray in Jesus' name and for His sake. Amen.

God's Plan For Return To Jerusalem

You will remember that we looked at the first part of this chapter, and that we found that Daniel had been studying the Word of God, principally the books of Jeremiah and Isaiah. In this study of those particular books he found that the children of Israel were to be in the Babylonian captivity, of which he was a part, for seventy years. We began to do a little calculating, and we discovered that the seventy years were very nearly gone, and that nobody was particularly interested in going back to rebuild the city of Jerusalem or to rebuild the temple and to made a nation for themselves once again.

Because he was greatly burdened and mystified by their attitude, Daniel began to pray. He began to ask the Lord for understanding. He began to ask the Lord for wisdom. He wanted to know exactly what God was going to do with his people, and he wanted to know exactly what response the people were going to have toward God.

Daniel Receives Understanding

We pointed out to you that in all probability, in addition to the reading of the Word to which we have just referred, Daniel had a vision which indicated to him that God had something more for the children of Israel than even he had been able to ascertain by his study of the Word of God. As he waited upon the Lord for an explanation, you will remember, the angel Gabriel was sent, and he interrupted Daniel's prayer. As we noticed in verse 23, Gabriel said, “I have come to give you understanding about the things about which you are concerned,” and he began to give that understanding in a special statement in verse 24:

Daniel 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.

This is a very special verse; there is a lot in it. We need to pause long enough to understand exactly what we have read in this one brief verse of Scripture. I am going to suggest that we look at the word determined . The first thing we notice in this verse is that seventy weeks are determined upon the people of Israel.

A Time Cut Out To Accomplish God's Purpose

Daniel had been thinking in terms of seventy years. The angel said, “No, Daniel, not seventy years, but seventy weeks are determined upon thy people.” Now this word determined comes from the Hebrew word khaw-thak , and it is a word which elsewhere in the Scriptures is translated ”cut off” or ”cut out.” It was just as though the angel were saying to Daniel, “Daniel, out of all the years that are related to the people of Israel—out of all the years that are related to the world, as a matter of fact—God has cut out a certain number of years to accomplish a certain purpose in connection with your people and in connection with your city.” It is very important for us to recognize that because we will not be able to interpret this prophecy unless we do.

So will you glance again at verse 24 and notice the statement, “Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon they holy city.” Now the angel did not say that seventy weeks are cut out of all time in relation to the whole world, but he said, “Seventy weeks are cut out of all time in relation to your people and in relation to your city.” The phrase which I have repeated several times and which you find in verse 24 intrigues us because we are thinking about a period of time.

That period of time is designated here in verse 24 by the term “seventy weeks.” That term is misleading because when you think about seventy weeks, you think about a period of nearly a year and a half, and you know that that certainly could not have been what was in the mind of the prophet when this revelation was given to him.

Seventy Sevens

When we recognize that this could not have been the case and we begin to search out the Scriptures to find its exact meaning, we notice that the word weeks comes from the Hebrew word shib-aw , which is translated ”seven”; it is never translated ”weeks” literally. What we are reading about here is seventy sevens. Now we learned that the Hebrew word shib-aw , which is translated “seven” was used in the same manner among the Hebrews as we use the word dozen today. For example, if we were to go into a doughnut shop, we would not always say, “Give us a dozen doughnuts.” We would say, “Give us a dozen,” and they would know to give us doughnuts because we are in a doughnut shop. If we were to go into the bolt department of a hardware store where the bolts are very plainly visible, we would not necessarily say, “Give us a dozen bolts.” We are in a bolt department, and we would say, “Give us a dozen.” They would pick up a dozen bolts and let us have them because our use of the word dozen is in reference to the thing under consideration.

So think with me. Daniel had been praying about a number of years—seventy years, as a matter of fact—and he was greatly concerned that the people in the land of Babylon were not at all interested in the fact that the seventy years of captivity were going to come to an end. Yet Daniel had very plainly seen in the Word of God that God was dealing with the nation of Israel on the basis of seventy years.

Now the angel had come to give Daniel understanding, and the angel said to him. “Really, Daniel, we're not thinking about seventy years; we're thinking about seventy sevens of years. Really, Daniel, God has not determined seventy years to accomplish His purpose with the nation of Israel. He has determined seventy sevens of years to accomplish His purpose with the nation of Israel.” In the light of what we have said in relation to the meaning of the word determined , God had cut out of all the history of time seventy sevens of years to accomplish a specific purpose with the nation of Israel.

Other Periods Of Four Hundred Ninety Years

Seventy sevens of years would be four hundred and ninety years. That might not mean very much to you, but I am quite sure that it meant a great deal to Daniel. As we pointed out to you, Daniel was very familiar with the history of his people, and Daniel knew that God was in the habit of dealing with his people on the basis of four hundred and ninety years at a time. For example, the period in history from Abraham, when God began the nation of Israel, until the time when Abraham's descendants entered into the land of Canaan, was four hundred and ninety years. Joshua led them into the land of Canaan, you will remember, and from that time until their first king sat upon his throne, was four hundred and ninety years. You will remember that the kings displeased God—the entire nation displeased God—to such an extent that He permitted the nation of Israel to be taken into captivity. From the time when King Saul first sat upon the throne of Israel until the time when Nebuchadnezzar came in and took the nation of Israel captive, was exactly four hundred and ninety years.

Six Things That Were Intended To Happen

Now the angel is saying to Daniel by way of helping him to understand what he has been talking about, “Daniel, four hundred and ninety more years are determined for God to deal with the nation of Israel in a specific way.” He means specific because in this 24th verse there are six things which Gabriel said to Daniel would be accomplished during this four hundred and ninety year period. Let us look at them. This is verse 24 of chapter 9:

Daniel 9:

24 Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, [1] to finish the transgression, [2] and to make an end of sins, [3] and to make reconciliation for iniquity, [4] and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and [5] to seal up the vision and prophecy, [6] and to anoint the most Holy.

Six distinct things were to be accomplished in this four hundred and ninety year period. What is meant by these statements? Let's glance at them again.

To Finish The Transgression

Number 2, “to finish the transgression.” There is one transgression above all others of which the nation of Israel has been guilty, and that is the rejection of their Messiah. When we read here, “to finish the transgression,” we are reading about completing all the details in relation to acknowledging the transgression of which they are guilty. Isaiah 53 will give you the kind of prayer they will pray when the prophecy, “to finish the transgression,” is brought to completion.

To Make An End Of Sins

Notice the second statement, “to make an end of sins”. Four hundred and ninety years will be necessary before sin is completely removed from the nation of Israel and the nation of Israel will be a nation converted and holy and set apart to God.

To Make Reconciliation For Iniquity

Number three, “to make reconciliation for iniquity.” The word reconciliation comes from the Hebrew word kaw-far , which everywhere else is translated ”atonement.” The suggestion is not reconciliation so much as it is atonement. Four hundred and ninety years are going to transpire before atonement for iniquity is made by these individuals.

Now will you keep in mind that we are not saying that four hundred and ninety years are going to pass before these things occur. We are saying that four hundred and ninety years is the period of time in which these things will come to pass. Some of them may have come to pass; others of them may not have. But when the four hundred and ninety years are completed, they will have come to pass.

To Bring In Everlasting Righteousness

Will you notice, then, number four, “to bring in everlasting righteousness.” This is a phrase which describes what we commonly refer to as the millennial kingdom, a thousand year reign of righteousness about which the Bible speaks.

To Seal Up The Vision And Prophecy

Then will you notice the fifth thing that is to be done, “to seal up the vision and prophecy.” That is, to bring prophecy to a complete end because there will be no more need for it. To illustrate how this is related to the future, I would like for you to turn with me to the New Testament and notice I Corinthians 13:8:

I Corinthians 13:

8 Charity never faileth: [that is, love never faileth]but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.

What that verse of Scripture says is that there will never be a time when love will not be in existence. But there will come a time when there will no longer be any prophecies; there will come a time when the gift of tongues will no longer be in use; there will come a time when knowledge, as such—learning, as such—will cease to be. For in verse 9 we read:

I Corinthians 13:

9 For we know in part, and we prophesy in part.
10 But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.
11 When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.
12 For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.
13 And now abideth faith, hope, charity [love], these three; but the greatest of these is charity [love].

Did you notice when prophecy is going to cease? Did you notice when tongues are going to cease? Did you notice when knowledge will no longer be needed? It will be when that which is perfect is come, and not until then. “When that which is perfect is come” refers to the day when the Lord Jesus Christ will be on this earth and perfection will be all about us, and it will not be until that day. Prophecy will be needed until that day.

And so as we go back to Daniel 9 we are reminded that by the time these four hundred and ninety years have been used up, prophecy will be sealed up.

To Anoint The Most Holy

Then you will notice in the last part of verse 24 the sixth thing that is to occur by the time of the completion of these four hundred and ninety years: “to anoint the most Holy.” Literally, that is “to anoint the most holy place.” The word used for holy here is not a word that is ever used in the Scripture in relation to persons; it is used only in relation to places. And so the sixth thing that will have come to pass when these four hundred and ninety years have been completed is that the most holy place will be anointed.

Now if I should make that statement and leave it without explanation, I would have to presuppose on your part a knowledge of the Word of God that many people do not have. We do not have time to go into it in detail, but let me suggest that you read carefully the book of Ezekiel, chapters 41 and 42. When you read those chapters, you will discover that when the Jews have returned to the land of Palestine in the future, they are going to build a temple again.

You will find also that when the Lord Jesus Christ returns to this earth to establish His millennial reign upon the earth, there will be constructed what is known as the millennial temple. Just as the temple in the Old Testament had to be anointed in the sense of dedication after it was built, so this temple which will be built will be anointed in the sense of dedication at that future date. So when we talk about anointing the most holy place, we are talking about a temple which will be built at a future day, to be used for specific purposes.

So you see, in explanation to Daniel's following his great prayer, the angel Gabriel said, “Daniel, four hundred and ninety years have been carved out of time in which God is going to deal again with the nation of Israel in a very special way.”

Form Of The Four Hundred Ninety Years

If we are as interested as was Daniel in this period of time, we will all want to know exactly what form this time is going to take. Daniel was interested and he indicated his interest, and the angel revealed to him the form which this four hundred and ninety years will take. Will you notice verse 25:

Daniel 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.
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.
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…

We are going to stop our reading right there. If you are thinking with us, you realize that this four hundred and ninety years is divided into three distinct periods of time.

The Three Divisions Of The Period

The first period which is brought to our attention is seven weeks, or seven sevens, or forty-nine years. The second period of time which is brought to our attention is sixty-two weeks, or four hundred and thirty-four years. Added to forty-nine years, that makes a total of four hundred and eighty-three years. Then in verse 27 there is brought to our attention a final seven year period, which makes four hundred and ninety years in entirety. First, there will be a period of forty-nine years, then a period of four hundred and thirty-four years, and then a period of seven years.

The Four Hundred Ninety Years Still Not Completed

If we could make some references to history and know exactly when this period of time began, perhaps we could tell how much of this four hundred and ninety year period has gone by. Will you notice what I said—how much; for if you accept what I have said in relation to verse 14, you are aware that not all of the four hundred and ninety years have gone by. Everlasting righteousness has not been brought in. The nation of Israel has not been converted. She has not acknowledged her transgression. The millennial temple has not been built, and hence has not been anointed. So we know that the four hundred and ninety years has not transpired in its entirety. But I repeat, if we can discover exactly when this period began, perhaps we will be able to find out how much of the four hundred and ninety years has already gone by.

The Four Hundred Ninety Years Begin

So will you notice verse 25 with me again: “know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem… Let us stop right there. Gabriel said to Daniel, “A commandment is going to be given by and by, for the Jews to return to the land and rebuild the city. When that commandment is given, then the four hundred and ninety year period will begin.”

If you are familiar with history, or are even familiar with your Bibles, you know that there were four distinct decrees that were given in relation to the children of Israel's returning to the land of Palestine after the Babylonian captivity. All we will have time to do now is to mention them, and we trust you will be interested enough to pursue the study on your own.

Four Commandments To Return And Rebuild Jerusalem

So let me suggest that the first decree was given by Cyrus in 536 B.C. The record of that decree is found in the book of Ezra, chapter 1, verses 1-4. Cyrus gave a decree that the children of Israel who wanted to could go back to the land and begin to straighten things out and build the temple.

Another decree was given by Darius in 519 B.C. That is recorded in the book of Ezra, chapter 6. I refer to it as another decree, but if you read carefully, you will find that actually it was not another one; it was a re-emphasis of the one that Cyrus had given. Some of the enemies of Israel were questioning the right of the Israelites to be doing what they were doing, and the Israelites said, “Cyrus gave us permission to do it. He wrote down a decree to this effect.” Their enemies said, “We don't believe you. You just stop what you're doing until we send back to headquarters and find a copy of the decree.” Well, they found a copy of the decree, and Darius issued a decree reiterating and re-emphasizing the things that Cyrus had said, adding certain penalties.

The third decree was given by Artaxerxes in 458 B.C. It was a decree whereby the children of Israel could go back to the land. He even gave them money to buy animals to be used in the sacrifices on the altar of the temple which they had been building (Ezra 7).

The last decree was given by Artaxerxes Longimanus. He was so called because his hands reached down to his knees, and the word Longimanus means “long hand”. In the book of Nehemiah, chapter 2, verses 1-9, the record is given of how Nehemiah, the cup bearer to the king, was greatly concerned about the children of Israel and the fact that they were having a hard time getting the city rebuilt. Such a little dribble of them had gone back that Nehemiah asked Artaxerxes Longimanus for permission to go back and rebuild the walls of the city, and that permission was given in 445 B.C., and the city was built.

The Decree Which Resulted In Rebuilding Jerusalem

I have referred you to all of these decrees because they are related to the subject at hand and because Bible scholars find it difficult to determine which one of these decrees was the starting point for this four hundred and ninety year period. Personally, I am of the opinion that it was the decree given by Artaxerxes Longimanus in 445 B.C. because even though the other decrees were related to the children of Israel's going back to the land of Palestine, none of them was related to the children of Israel's going back to the land of Palestine, none of them was related to the actual rebuilding of the city. The only decree that was related to the actual rebuilding of the city was the one given to Nehemiah in 445 B.C.

Those of you who know me personally know that I am not good at figures; my head just gets in a whirl when I try to figure out anything mathematically. But individuals who are adept at that sort of thing have taken these dates and have figured chronologically the passing of the years so that there is no question in the minds of the majority of them that the decree issued to Nehemiah was the decree with which the four hundred and ninety year period began.

Forty Nine Years to Rebuild Walls Of Jerusalem

Now will you notice. We said that the four hundred and ninety year period was divided into three periods, the first being a period of seven weeks, or seven sevens, or forty-nine years. If we take the decree that was given to Nehemiah and compare it with Scripture and with history, we find that the walls of the city of Jerusalem were completed exactly forty-nine years after this particular decree was given.

A Period Ending With The Death Of Jesus

The second period in this four hundred and ninety years is a period of three score and two weeks—that is, four hundred and thirty-four years—which, added to forty-nine years, completes the 2nd period. In verse 26 we read that the second period is finished when the Messiah is cut off, but not for Himself. The Messiah, of course, is none other than the Lord Jesus Christ, the Messiah of Israel. He was cut off exactly four hundred and eighty-three years after the decree which was given to Nehemiah.

Some chronologists have figured this out so exactly by noticing how the month Nisan is used, if you were to refer to the book of Nehemiah, that they believe the date of the crucifixion of the Lord Jesus Christ was the last day of this four hundred and eighty-three year period. We have no reason to question their judgment. So this four hundred and eighty-three year period has come and gone.

The End Of Four Hundred Eighty-Three Years

Will you notice what follows immediately after that four hundred and eighty-three year period. In verse 26 we read:

Daniel 9:

26 …the people of the prince [literally, this is the people of the other prince] that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary…

The people who destroyed the city of Jerusalem, the Lord Jesus Christ declared, and history verifies, were the Romans, led into the city by Titus in 70 A.D. The city and the sanctuary were destroyed.

Then you will notice this rather complicated statement at the end of verse 26:

Daniel 9:

26…and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined.

The phrase, “the end thereof shall be with a flood,” refers to the destruction of the city of Jerusalem. It was sudden, as a flood would come suddenly upon an unsuspecting populace. Then for the last part of that statement, “unto the end of the war desolations are determined.” Unto the end of this four hundred and ninety year period the whole earth is going to be rocked and torn by wars and by desolations; you will notice that the four hundred and ninety year period has not come to an end.

You may be thinking, “Well, historically, if we glance at our calendar, more than four hundred and ninety years has transpired. Where are the last seven years of this four hundred and ninety year period?” Our answer is found in the manner in which God portrays the truth related to prophecy.

Time Out

Will you remember that this four hundred and ninety year period was determined upon the people and upon the holy city. This means simply that this four hundred and ninety year period would begin when the children of Israel returned to the holy city, and it would be ticking off so long as they were in possession of the holy city. But you will remember that when the Lord Jesus Christ was rejected, or was cut off, as the prophecy is made in verse 26, He turned to the city of Jerusalem and said, “Behold, your house, (the temple), is left unto you desolate” (Luke 13:35). And He said, “The city of Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled” (Luke 21:24). In 70 A.D. the Jews were removed by Titus from the city of Jerusalem, and Jerusalem has been in hands other than of the Jews ever since that time. When they were removed from the city, the stop watch related to the four hundred and ninety year period stopped, much as time is taken out at some athletic competitions. Things have been going on just as things go on during time out in any kind of contest. The things that have been going on have not been related to the nation of Israel. But one of these days the nation of Israel is going to occupy the city of Jerusalem again, and when she does, God is going to start the clock, and the last seven years of this four hundred and ninety year period will begin to tick off again.

So may I remind you that between verses 26 and 27 there is an intermission. Between verses 26 and 27 there is a gap of time in which the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ is marching across the stage of the world, and the nation of Israel is in the wings. But there will come a time when the nation of Israel will come out on the stage again, and when she does, God's clock will begin to tick once more and the days of the last seven years will transpire.

God's Plan For The Last Seven Years

That last seven year period is described in verse 27:

Daniel 9:

27 And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week[for a period of seven years] : and in the midst of the week [in the middle of that seven year period] 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.

Who is this individual to whom the pronoun “he” refers? Well, glance back at verse 26 and there you read, “the people of the prince (the other prince) that shall come.” Well, who is the “other prince” who is always contrasted with Messiah the Prince? We have already learned. He is the Antichrist, the little horn of Daniel 8. In Daniel 8 we learned he is going to be a Greek. In Daniel 9 we learned he is going to be a Roman. There is no contradiction. Remember, the last kingdom that is to march across the stage of this world is going to cover the territory which the Roman Empire once covered, and the Antichrist is to come from that area.

A Treaty With The Jews

Will you notice that the Antichrist will make a treaty with the many—that is, with the Jews who are in the land of Palestine—for seven years. This treaty, we learned from other Scripture, is a treaty which will guarantee them protection as a nation. Are you thinking? Are you saying to yourself, “When is this last seven years of the four hundred and ninety years to begin?” I believe I can say to you without contradiction that the beginning of it cannot be very far off, because the nation of Israel is in the land of Palestine today as a nation. She is not occupying the city of Jerusalem—that is, the old city that Daniel had in mind—but all that separates her from the full occupation of that city is a barbed wire that could be cut down at any moment.

Current Events Compared To Prophecy

Have you been reading your newspapers lately? If you have, you have been reading how various countries are signing with Israel treaties which are mutual defense pacts. The Arab nations are very much concerned, even to the extent of wanting to break diplomatic relations with nations such as West Germany because she is considering signing a pact with the nation of Israel.

Twenty-five years ago when I began to teach this passage of Scripture, I had to teach it just because it was the Word of God, and I had to wonder when it was actually going to occur. But as the years have gone by and history has progressed, we are able to see not a cloudy suggestion but a fully revealed picture of what we can expect. You can expect this world of ours to be divided into ten separate nations. Remember, we have already seen that in our study of the book of Daniel—a big five in the west and a big five in the east. Then you can expect those big ten to call to the front one individual whom they admire and to whom they are willing to sell their lives.

Prepared For The Last Days

I think it is very foolish to say that any personality presently on the stage of the world could fit into this picture. But I will say, regardless of how it may sound, and I trust you will accept it with grace, that we certainly are being educated for this sort of thing. We are living in a day when men are being foisted upon us as men who are able to do what no others can do, and if you dare to lift your voice in criticism, or if you dare to say you don't think they are quite as great as other people think they are, you are looked upon as a disloyal citizen of the United States.

Winning The Favor Of The Jews

We are being trained. We are being geared for the day when the ten nations will say to one individual whom they admire, “You take over.” When he takes over, remember, he will not be the awful person that he will later be revealed to be. He will be a very gracious person, a benevolent person, a person who seems to be interested in the underdog, in the minority, in the individual who is maltreated. Do you know what he will do? He will say, “You know, that lovely little nation of Israel over there, they are having such a hard time. The Arabs are all around them and the Moslems are within the city; I think we ought to do something for them.” He will call representatives of the nation of Israel to the central location, wherever he may be, and he will say to them, “I'm going to make a treaty with you. I'm going to guarantee that all of our forces will protect you. Now you go back home and rest easy.” They will go back home, delighted that at last someone has arisen who is going to champion their cause. Other passages of Scripture indicate that they will even be willing to claim him as their Messiah for doing this sort of thing.

Breaking The Treaty

Things will go along very well for three and one half years, according to this 27th verse. But in the middle of this seven year period, at the three and a half year point, this individual is going to break his treaty with the nation of Israel. He is going to say to them—because they will be the only nation left who worship the true God—“I want this foolishness to stop. I'm sending you an image of myself. I want it put in that temple that you have built, and I want all of you to recognize it as God. If you refuse to recognize it as God, then you will forfeit your lives.” They will say, “But what about our treaty?” He will say, as could be said about many things today, “It's not worth the paper it's written on. It lasts only as long as I want it to last, and I don't want it to last any longer. You are going to do what I say.”

Defeat Of The Desolator

In the last part of Daniel 9, in verse 27, you will notice a rather complicated sentence:

Daniel 9:

27 …and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.

You may go around in circles in trying to determine exactly what that says. But a very literal translation of that sentence, if you were to refer to the original text, would be something like this: “…and upon the wings of the abominations shall come one who makes desolate until the full deliverance is poured out in desolation upon the land.” What are we to learn from that? That upon the wings of this act of blasphemy, wheels are set in motion that bring to pass the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ at the end of this seven year period, and the Antichrist will have an opportunity to know what desolation actually means. The four hundred and ninety years will then be brought to a consummation.

A Fortunate Time To Live

This was Daniel's dream, Daniel's vision, Daniel's concern. God has been pleased to reveal it to us. I would say to those of us who are living in what I believe is a very fortunate time, that we should look up and know that our redemption draweth nigh (Luke 21:28); we should recognize that the end of this four hundred and ninety year period cannot be far off. We should recognize that the last seven of these four hundred and ninety years most certainly will come to pass, if four hundred and eighty-three years have come to pass exactly as God has said. I trust that all of us are not only looking for the coming of the lord, but are ready to meet the Lord as well.

Shall we bow our heads together for prayer: Grant, our Father, we pray Thee, joy in our hearts because we realize that the coming of the Lord draweth nigh. As we are privileged to live in a generation when history is moving rapidly, and God's clock is about ready to tick again, we pray that we may indeed recognize the seriousness of the times and know what to do. For we pray in Jesus' name and for His sake. Amen.


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