This is a collection of biblical and extra biblical prophecies and supportive evidence, which suggest 2017 as possibly the beginning of the Last Week prophesied in Daniel 9:27 and support the fact that we are not in the Last Week yet. Accordingly, I assert that the return of our Messiah will not be occurring in the year 2016.
The purpose of this article is to summarize and share the information I have accumulated, so that other prophecy students can also further their study. I am not attempting to date set for the return of our Messiah. But, I am simply sharing the findings of my study, and offering my interpretation of the findings, and raising the awareness of the rapidly approaching Last Week, the time of tribulation.
I am summarizing the Prophecy of Daniel’s 70 Weeks in a nutshell below:
Dan 9:24 – An angel, actually the Messiah pre-incarnate, tells Daniel, 70 weeks times 7 (490 years) was given to his people, the Jews, until their transgression is finished, forgiven, and until the coming of the Messiah. (‘Week’ means 7 years)
Dan 9:25 – The 490-year period begins when the edict of restoring Jerusalem is released (by Artaxerxes King of Persia, 444 BC, Neh 2:1-8), and after 69 weeks (483 years), the Messiah will come . . . fulfilled in and around 30AD.
Dan 9:26 – Then, the Messiah must be “cut of,” meaning must die and leave . . . fulfilled in in and around 33AD, and the “people of the prince to come” will destroy Jerusalem and the Temple . . . fulfilled in 70AD.
That leaves 7 more years to be fulfilled, which is the “Last Week,” for which we have been waiting for 2,000 years:
Daniel 9:27 NKJV
(27) Then he shall confirm a covenant with many for one week; But in the middle of the week He shall bring an end to sacrifice and offering. And on the wing of abominations shall be one who makes desolate, Even until the consummation, which is determined, Is poured out on the desolate.”
This gap of 2,000 years was given by YHVH for the Lost Sheep of the House of Israel to be saved and regathered. I strongly recommend that you find time to read my 7-Part eBook titled, “Why Yeshua Had To Die: A Hebraic Perspective” to understand the meaning of this. This 2,000-year period is about so called “the Church Age,” but it is actually the time for the descendants of the House of Israel, who were exiled in 722BC, to be harvested from the field, which is the world. I promise that you will be blessed.
We are approaching the end of this 2,000-year gap. Rabbinical sages, many Christian biblical prophecy scholars and students, such as myself, agree that the Hebrew year 5776 (Fall 2016- Fall 2017) is the end of the last jubilee of the 120 jubilees given to man (Ge 6:3). This means that it will also be the last year of the 6,000 years before the return of our Messiah. But, will the Messiah return “at the end” of the 6,000 years as many of them claim and hope? I happen to think not. I believe there are many prophetic hints and allusions throughout the Bible that suggest that His return will be in the beginning of the Seventh Millennium.
This is how I envision the timeline of the Last Week of Daniel 9:27 : Fig. 1
When I started to participate in forums and began to research more on the Internet for my study of the prophecies, I was surprised to realize that many of the scholars and students believed and were trying to prove that the Messiah’s return will be at the “end” of this 6,000 years. This thinking would force us to predicate that the Last Week of Daniel 9:27 must start seven years before 2016, therefore; it must start in 2009. Even if you are one of those who believe that there will not be a 7-year period, but there will only be 3.5 years of Great Tribulation, it still must have started by March 2013 in order for the Great Tribulation to be completed at the estimated return of our Messiah on Yom Teruah, which is Oct 03, 2016. To accelerate their excitement, President Obama was elected in 2008 and inaugurated in 2009, causing a great buzz especially among the politically conservative prophecy students and enthusiasts, speculating that President Obama might be the biblical Anti-Christ, who was to come. His first visit to Israel as the President on March 21, 2013 also stirred up some anticipation.
As of today, July 2013, none of the signs of the time for the Last Week has been fulfilled yet, which I will show in this article later, and there is no sign which indicates that we are in the last days. In my opinion, President Obama does not meet even one of the biblical criteria to qualify as the Anti-Christ of the Bible. He is the President of the United States, not a leader of a nation that is located in Turkey/Syria area, the ancient Assyria, where the Anti-Christ is supposed to come from. Also, he is not acting as the “King of the North” in Daniel 11, who must war with the “King of the South,” Egypt, and other nations in the area. President Obama is a friend of Egypt, giving them over a billion dollars a year and fighter jets, in spite, or because (?), of the Muslim Brotherhood (a Freemason organization) dominated government at that time. Even now, as President Morsi having been ousted, our government is refusing to acknowledge the military coup and has not called off the financial aid to Egypt. On the contrary, if we are in the Last Week or at least close to it, the Anti-Christ must be bullying Egypt or even warring with them, according to Daniel 11 (see Section: Where is the Anti-Christ?). Our President certainly is not. When the real Anti-Christ appears, President Obama will probably look like a boy scout in comparison to him.
However, there are all the indications that YHVH is setting up the stage in the Middle East surrounding Israel, gathering up full casting of the ten nations, with lights, cameras, and sound for all the heavens to witness, being poised in the heavenly director chair ready to shout “Action!” to play out the greatest and the last war in the human history. The end is at hand. It indeed feels as if the Anti-Christ can appear at any time now. The recent tumult in Egypt could be the fulfillment of the prophecy in Isaiah 19:2-4, and the conflicts in Syria and the unrest in Turkey may all be the process of the preparation for the King of the North to rise up.
But, not yet, until the 6,000 years is completed, the Last Week of Daniel 9:27 will begin. As I understand from the evidence I present here, all these things are preparation for the Last Week to begin.
We are NOT in the Last Week yet.
I am not mathematically inclined, if you know what I mean, so will not go into crunching numbers or biblical numerology. It’s just not my thing. But, first, I will list “some,” not all, of the prophecies that support that the Seventh Millennium will start with the 7 years of tribulation time, which is the Daniel’s Last Week. I said “not all,” because I have not done an exhaustive search for them, and even if I tried, there is no possibility that I would fine all the encoded and hidden prophecies, ever. However, although they are only few of many, these prophecies were enough to convince me that He will come back “not” at the end of the sixth millennium, but after the tribulation in the beginning of the Seventh Millennium. And secondly, I will list a few more pieces of evidence which support the fact that we are not in the Last Week.
The Seventh Millennium Will Begin with Tribulation
1. A Biblical Day Begins with “Evening”
(5) God called the light Day, and the darkness He called Night. So the evening and the morning were the first day.
2. Moses Reappears on the Seventh Day
(14) And he said to the elders, “Wait here for us until we come back to you. Indeed, Aaron and Hur are with you. If any man has a difficulty, let him go to them.” (15) Then Moses went up into the mountain, and a cloud covered the mountain. (16) Now the glory of the LORD rested on Mount Sinai, and the cloud covered it six days. And on the seventh day He called to Moses out of the midst of the cloud.
Moses, a type of the Messiah (the root word for both words are the same: from right to left “mem-shin-hey/chey”), goes up on Mount Sinai and be covered by the cloud for six days, and reappears on the seventh day, not at the end of the sixth day.
The prophetic comparison between Moses and Messiah is well studied and presented under the title Moses’ Prophecy of Messiah by Hebrew for Christians Ministry.
3. Jericho March
Joshua, another type of Yeshua our Messiah, led the children of Israel to conquest the land of Canaan, which was given to their fathers by their God, YHVH. After crossing the Jordan, the first city to conquer was Jericho.
Here is a quick summary of the account in Joshua 6:1-21:
With the Ark of the Covenant leading the march, they were to go around the wall once a day in silence, and the priests would blow the trumpets at the end. They were commanded to do this once a day for six days in a row. And on the seventh day, they were commanded, to go around the wall seven times in the same manner in silence, and then finally for the priests to blow all the trumpets with a loud shout by all the men. As they obeyed the command of YHVH, at the last trumpet and the shout, the wall of Jericho completely crumbled down, only to become a pile of rubble for the Israelites to climb over and flood the city.
In order to understand the prophetic meaning of this account we need to understand the following key code words and rules of prophecy study. Let us quickly review them.
It is understood by the majority of the prophecy scholars that biblical prophetic year is 360 days. The most famous example may be the case of “1260 days = 3.5 years” in Daniel 12 and Revelation 11. Similarly, it is understood that “a day” prophetically represents “a thousand years,” and vice versa, as it is written in 2 Peter 3:8: “But, beloved, do not forget this one thing, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day,” and in Psalms 90:4: “For a thousand years in Your sight Are like yesterday when it is past, And like a watch in the night.” And, lastly, in Genesis 6:3, YHVH declares that man shall have 120 jubilee years: “And the LORD said, ‘My Spirit shall not strive with man forever, for he is indeed flesh; yet his days shall be one hundred and twenty years.’” Man was given 120 jubilees (120 x 50 = 6,000 years), six millennial days, and shall not live forever in this fallen state, but after the judgment of the wicked, the elect of the people of YHVH shall enter into the Sabbath rest in the seventh millennial day, called the Millennium (Heb 4:6-9).
Accordingly, the following is a very simple summary of the account in a table:
Day 1: 1 full circle = 360° —–→ 1000 years
Day 2: 1 full circle = 360° —–→ 1000 years
Day 3: 1 full circle = 360° —–→ 1000 years
Day 4: 1 full circle = 360° —–→ 1000 years
Day 5: 1 full circle = 360° —–→ 1000 years
Day 6: 1 full circle = 360° —–→ 1000 years
= = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = End of the Time of Man
Day 7: 7 full circles = 360° x 7 = 2520 (days) —–→ 7 years of Tribulation
Please visually imagine one circle for each day, going around Jericho, and 7 circles on ONE DAY on the 7th day. And, the wall of Jericho came crumbling down at the end of the last round with a “war” cry, alluding to the annihilation of the enemies of the Nation of Israel at His return after the Great Tribulation.
This suggests at least three things in terms of the timing of the Last Week of Daniel 9:27:
1. The Millennium will begin “after” the 120 jubilees are completed.
2. The Millennium will begin with the Tribulation.
3. The Tribulation period will be full 7 years (2520 days); not 3½ years.
1. I recommend the article written by Tim Warner for the detailed scriptural study on this topic: The Millenniul Week Calendar According to Scripture.
4. The Day of the LORD
What is “the Day of the LORD (YHVH)?” and when will it be?
a. I believe that the scripture defines “the Day of the LORD” is the Sabbath and the Seventh Millennium of rest. It is a holy day unto YHVH, you are to rest on that day, and afflict your soul:
Exodus 20:8, 11
(8) “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. … (11) For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it.
(2) “Work shall be done for six days, but the seventh day shall be a holy day for you, a Sabbath of rest to the LORD. Whoever does any work on it shall be put to death.
(31) “It is a Sabbath of solemn rest for you, and you shall afflict your souls. It is a statute forever.
And, it is “His” day, and it is to be honored:
(3) ‘Six days shall work be done, but the seventh day is a Sabbath of solemn rest, a holy convocation. You shall do no work on it; it is the Sabbath of the LORD in all your dwellings.
(14) but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the LORD your God. In it you shall do no work: you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your ox, nor your donkey, nor any of your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates, that your male servant and your female servant may rest as well as you.
(13) “If you turn away your foot from the Sabbath, From doing your pleasure on My holy day, And call the Sabbath a delight, The holy day of the LORD honorable, And shall honor Him, not doing your own ways, Nor finding your own pleasure, Nor speaking your own words,
Apostle John called it “the Lord’s Day”:
(10) I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s Day, and I heard behind me a loud voice, as of a trumpet,
|So, we can safely say that “the Day of the LORD” is the Sabbath, as well as the Seventh Millennium. Actually, the Sabbath is the prophetic picture of the Millennium.|
b. The Scripture also says that the Day of the LORD will come as “destruction from the Almighty”:
(6) Wail, for the day of the LORD is at hand! It will come as destruction from the Almighty. (7) Therefore all hands will be limp, Every man’s heart will melt, (8) And they will be afraid. Pangs and sorrows will take hold of them; They will be in pain as a woman in childbirth; They will be amazed at one another; Their faces will be like flames. (9) Behold, the day of the LORD comes, Cruel, with both wrath and fierce anger, To lay the land desolate; And He will destroy its sinners from it.
The Day of the LORD comes WITH the Wrath and anger to DESTROY SINNERS. It will be after the elect are gone. Again, the Wrath that comes with the Day of the LORD is to destroy the sinners, which means “Judgment,” not “Tribulation.” Tribulation is trouble, tests, and trials, not judgment. so the Great Tribulation is not the same as the Wrath.
And, who is going to bring the Wrath of God?
(15) Now out of His mouth goes a sharp sword, that with it He should strike the nations. And He Himself will rule them with a rod of iron. He Himself treads the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.
Revelation 19 is all about the return of our Messiah, Yeshua. Yes. He is the One who will bring the Wrath of God and destroy the sinners.
The following are “some” of the Scriptural support for the above statement:
Romans 1:18; 2:5-8; 3:5
1 Thessalonians 5:9
c. The Day of the LORD will come “after” the Great Tribulation:
The Great Tribulation
(11) Wail, you inhabitants of Maktesh*! For all the merchant people are cut down; All those who handle money** are cut off. (12) “And it shall come to pass at that time That I will search Jerusalem with lamps, And punish the men Who are settled in complacency, Who say in their heart, ‘The LORD will not do good, Nor will He do evil.’ (13) Therefore their goods shall become booty, And their houses a desolation; They shall build houses, but not inhabit them; They shall plant vineyards, but not drink their wine.”
* “Maktesh” <H4389>= “a mortar” or “deep hollow”; a hollow or valley evidently in the greater Jerusalem area.
** “All those who handle money” sounds a lot like the international elite bankers to me.
The Day of YHVH comes after the Great Tribulation
(14) The great day of the LORD is near; It is near and hastens quickly. The noise of the day of the LORD is bitter; There the mighty men shall cry out. (15) That day is a day of wrath, A day of trouble and distress, A day of devastation and desolation, A day of darkness and gloominess, A day of clouds and thick darkness, (16) A day of trumpet and alarm Against the fortified cities And against the high towers*. (17) “I will bring distress upon men, And they shall walk like blind men, Because they have sinned against the LORD; Their blood shall be poured out like dust, And their flesh like refuse.” (18) Neither their silver nor their gold Shall be able to deliver them In the day of the LORD’s wrath; But the whole land shall be devoured By the fire of His jealousy, For He will make speedy riddance Of all those who dwell in the land**.
* Verse 16, “A day of trumpet and alarm Against the fortified cities And against the high towers” — allusion to Joshua 6:20, when the Israelites blew the trumpets and shouted at the wall of Jericho.
** “He will make speedy riddance Of all those who dwell in the land” — this may suggest that the elect are gone by this time, either by the rapture or by captivity.
To summarize . . .
The Day of the LORD is:
1) the Sabbath and the Seventh Millennium
2) will come with “destruction from the Almighty”
5. He Will Come in the Night
It is often a contending point for the Pre-Tribulation Rapture believers that the Scripture says the Lord will come like “a thief in the night,” therefore; they say, He will come when no one knows . . . But, now, it has been debunked to the pieces. If you google search the phrase, “thief in the night pre trib,” all you find in the first two pages are the articles debunking the Pre-Trib Theory that is based on this phrase.
The fact of the matter is that, if you believe in Pre-Trib Rapture and are in darkness, He will come like a thief on you. That is what the Scripture actually says:
1 Thessalonians 5:2, 4
(2) For you yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night. … (4) But you, brethren, are not in darkness, so that this Day should overtake you as a thief.
Yeshua Himself clearly said that He would come as a thief “if you are not watching”:
(3) “Remember therefore how you have received and heard; hold fast and repent. Therefore if you will not watch, I will come upon you as a thief, and you will not know what hour I will come upon you.
(15) “Behold, I am coming as a thief. Blessed is he who watches, and keeps his garments, lest he walk naked and they see his shame.”
Now that I have gotten the Pre-Trib issue out of the way, let us get to the heart of the matter.
Coming as “a thief in the night” also means that He will come when the world is so dark and desolate, after the Great Tribulation, and He will come with “the Wrath of God,” as I established in the previous section, AND, when it is actually “dark” outside.
Yeshua told His disciples the following during the Olivet Discourse:
(29) “Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken.
This verse is a description of His Second Coming. The same and similar descriptions can be found in numerous passages in relation to the Wrath of God. For your convenience, I am including in the list the Scriptures I discuss in this section. There may be more.
Isaiah 13:10; 24:23
Joel 2:10; 3:15
Amos 5:18-20; 8:9
Mark 13:24-25, 35
2 Peter 3:10
Among these Scriptures I listed above, the following are the clearest description of the Day of the LORD, in my opinion:
(18) Woe to you who desire the day of the LORD! For what good is the day of the LORD to you? It will be darkness, and not light. (19) It will be as though a man fled from a lion*, And a bear* met him! Or as though he went into the house, Leaned his hand on the wall, And a serpent* bit him! (20) Is not the day of the LORD darkness, and not light**? Is it not very dark, with no brightness in it**?
* “Lion” “Bear” and “Serpent” are allusion to the “Beast” of Daniel 7 and Revelation 13, 17.
** And, here, the Day of the LORD is clearly defined as “darkness,” being repeated twice in a verse (20).
|The Day of the LORD is dark, night, no light, and this description perfectly matches Matthew 24:29, the description of His Second Coming, therefore; they are the same event.|
And, the following verse even indicates the time frame within the day:
(9) “And it shall come to pass in that day,” says the Lord GOD, “That I will make the sun go down at noon, And I will darken the earth in broad daylight;
Our Lord Yeshua told His Disciples the following:
(35) “Watch therefore, for you do not know when the master of the house is coming—in the evening, at midnight, at the crowing of the rooster, or in the morning–(36) “lest, coming suddenly, he find you sleeping. (37) “And what I say to you, I say to all: Watch!“
Well . . . the answer is at night, when it is dark, as “a destruction of the Almighty” (Is 13:6).
In the beginning of the Seventh Millennium, Israel and the world will go into the darkness because of the world war, plaques, chaos, and Anti-Christ’s rampage throughout the Great Tribulation, then He will come. Also, literally, the actual darkness will cover the earth, even if it is during the day; He will “make sun go down at noon” and “darken the earth in broad daylight.”
We Are Not in the Last Week Yet
Again, surprisingly, to me at least, there are some well studied prophetic students who believe that there is no such a thing as 7-year Tribulation period. In a way, it may be a backlash from the Pre-Tribulation Theory in which the 7-year Tribulation of judgments was taught. They are supposed be raptured out before the appearance of the Anti-Christ at the beginning of this 7-year Tribulation, and they believe that all the Seven Seals, Trumpets, Bowls are “judgments” on the Jews, and towards the end on the enemies. I will write articles on the sequence of the Seals, Trumpets, and Bowls very soon, but I can tell you now that they are not judgments, but signs and warnings. The Wrath of YHVH, which Yeshua our Messiah will bring with Him, is the judgment. But, the Pre-Tribbers did not get everything wrong. There will be a total of 7-year period before the return of the Messiah, as I showed above, and will present more evidence later. But, I would not officially call it “Tribulation,” because the biblical Tribulation means the 3.5 years of Great Tribulation (Dan 12:7, Mt 24:21), and it is just too confusing when we try to discuss the topic among us. But, I would call it the “Last Week” of Daniel 9:27.
Now, for our Messiah to return at the end of the 6,000 years given to men, as many believe, which means; He is to return on Yom Teruah, the first day of Tishrei, 5777, which is Oct 03, 2016, we must be in the Last Week as of today, July 2013. We are supposed to be right in the middle of the Great Tribulation. Then, there are at least two crucial questions that need to be answered for that to be true.
1. Where is the Anti-Christ?
I do not need to biblically explain this . . . no Anti-Christ on the scene yet, period. If you believe there is one, please make sure you let me know.
But, I may need to establish that 1) the Last Week of Daniel 9:27 is a “week,” which means that it is actually a continual “seven years,” and that 2) there is an inseparable relationship between the Last Week and the Anti-Christ in the Scripture, so that this question, “Where is the Anti-Chrit?,” will be valid. That is because, according to Daniel 9:27 and Daniel 11, an evil figure called the Anti-Christ is supposed to appear in the Middle East and start warring with other nations, including Israel just about around the time this Last Week begins. And “in the middle of the week” (Dan 9:27), he will be possessed by “the beast that ascends out of the bottomless pit” (Rev 11:7), which is the same demonic spirit called Abaddon/Apollyon, which will be released from the bottomless pit (Rev 9:11). I will explain more on the Revelation part in the next section, “Where are the Two Witnesses?” But regarding the Ati-Christ, the appearance of this unmistakable figure and what he is doing in the Middle East are two of the crucial factors we need to establish in order to decide whether we are in the Last Week or not.
Let us look at the Scriptures in detail.
The passage that contains the Daniel’s 70 Week prophecy, Daniel 9:24-27, begins with the following:
(24) Seventy weeks are determined . . .
Then, the prophecy is laid out for the 490 years (10 jubilees), 70 of 7 years (= 70 weeks), for the judgment of the sin of Judah, as I summarized in the very beginning. Again, I will defer the detailed discussion of the Daniel’s Prophecy of 70 Weeks to another opportunity. But, for the purpose of this article, I would like to make a point that one week in this prophecy is 7 years. As in our Western culture we count the years in units of “decade,” 10 years, in the Hebrew culture and the Biblical prophecy, 7 years is a unit to count years, and 7 times 7 is a jubilee.
I will focus on the last of this 70 weeks: “The Last Week.” Between 69th week and the 70th week, there is a 2,000-year gap, which is about to end. And, as I have been saying over and over, the Last Week has not started yet. After Yeshua’s death and resurrection, the time was given for the Lost Sheep of the House of Israel to be found and gathered, as discussed earlier (“Why Yeshua Had To Die: A Hebraic Perspective”).
But, for now, please look at Daniel 9:26-27 with me.
(26) “And after the sixty-two weeks Messiah shall be cut off, but not for Himself; And the people of the prince who is to come Shall destroy the city and the sanctuary. The end of it shall be with a flood, And till the end of the war desolations are determined.* (27) Then he shall confirm a covenant with many for one week; But in the middle of the week He shall bring an end to sacrifice and offering. And on the wing of abominations shall be one who makes desolate, Even until the consummation, which is determined, Is poured out on the desolate.”
Let us unpack this package.
The last half of verse 26, marked with an underline and (*), “the people of the prince who is to come Shall destroy the city and the sanctuary. The end of it shall be with a flood, And till the end of the war desolations are determined” is actually a double prophecy for 1) the destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple in 70AD and 2) the destruction of Jerusalem after the middle of the Last Week, the Great Tribulation, 2,000 years later. And, in verse 27, the process and events of the Last Week are re-stated in a sequential manner, describing with more details, from the beginning point of the week, which is when “he shall confirm a covenant.”
Do you see the “layers” of descriptions, just like cascades? The same time period is described from different angles: First, how the Great Tribulation will be like, which is destruction of Jerusalem (vs. 26), then, second, when and how the Last Week will begin (covenant), what happens in the mid week (Abomination of Desolation), then, how it will end (consummation), which is the destruction of the Anti-Christ (vs. 27). This is how prophetic passages are structured and written in the Bible most of the time, in smaller and larger scales.
I highlighted “he” in the beginning of verse 27. It is because the question “Who this ‘he‘ might be?” often becomes a heated point of discussion among prophecy students: Is it Anti-Christ, or the Messiah? I would like to establish once and for all that the one who “confirms the covenant” is NOT the Messiah, but “the prince who is to come.” It is not talking about the Messiah’s ratifying the New Covenant. Those who believe the latter say that there will be no 7-year Tribulation because the first half was taken care of when Yeshua shed His blood and ‘confirmed” the New Covenant, therefore; the Tribulation will be just 3.5 years. Those who believe that also say that there is no mentioning of 7 years in the Book of Revelation, therefore; there will be only 3.5 years. I will prove the latter, “there is no mentioning of 7 years in Revelation,” wrong in the next section, but about “who confirms the covenant,” I will prove right now that ‘he” who does that is the Anti-Christ.
Starting with a word study, first, “confirm” as in “confirm the covenant,” in the original Hebrew text means much stronger than just “confirm,” as in our normal usage of the word, but it is more forceful and sinister. It cannot be used for the Messiah’s shedding the blood for the New Covenant; He did not force it on anyone. Second, it is a fact that “confirm” is never used to describe His ratifying the New Covenant in other parts of the Bible. And, third, according to the structure of the sentence, “he” in verse 27 is the same as “the prince who is to come,” which is the Ant-Christ, and NOT the Messiah as some believe.
I will write a separate detailed article on exegesis of the passage with more word study, but, it will suffice to show definitions of the Aramaic word that was translated as “confirm” in Daniel 9:26, in order to make the first point.
Aramaic (Brown-Driver-Briggs Hebrew Lexicon Pg. 149):
גָבַר vb. be strong, mighty (NH id. Aram. גְבַר; Ar. *(conj. I. dial.; usually in derived conj.) compel, force; *overbearing behaviour, *constraint; Eth. *: I, 1, subigere; II, 2, cogere; Syr. *play the man, is denom. fr. *man) — Qal Pf. ′ג Psalm 103: 11 +5 t.; גָבְרו Gn 7: 19 +6 t.; גָבֵרו 2 S 1: 23; Impf. יִגְבַר 1 S 2: 9; וַיִגְבְרו Gn 7: 18, 7: 24;
e.g.: Gen 7:18 The waters prevailed and greatly increased on the earth, and the ark moved about on the surface of the waters.
Hebrew (Strong’s <H1396> גָבַר)
“Confirm” is only listed as a translation of Hiphil form of the word in Strong’s, and Qal form is translated as “1) to be strong, might; 2) to prevail.
I do not know about you, but I get an impression that this word means a very forceful, coercing, and overpowering action, and implies much stronger action than normal meaning of “confirm.”
Next, in order to show structural evidence in the original text, I am posting below a detailed study of Daniel 9:26-27. I have examined the original Hebrew text and perused word by word. All the words are translated. You do not need to be familiar with Hebrew text reading. I am simply trying to point out the following:
- In Line 1, which is the beginning of verse 26, the Messiah was cut off, and gone (“there is not”).
- In Line 2, “the people of the ruler to come” is highlighted in larger blue fonts, and that is the subject of the rest of the sentence until the end of verse 27.
- In Line 4, in the beginning of verse 27, there is no new subject is introduced, because it is the same subject as the last one that was introduced in verse 26, “the people of the ruler to come,” and “he” was inserted by the English translators to make the sentence grammatically agreeable.
Please open this document.
Daniel 9:26-27 Hebrew Text and Translation:
As the text shows, he who will “confirm,” actually “compel,” the covenant is the Anti-Christ, and verse 27 is NOT talking about the Messiah’s ratifying the New Covenant with believers. The subject of the sentence does not change from the last half of verse 26 through the end of verse 27: The “he” is, for the last time, “the prince (ruler) to come.”
In addition, YHVH never split a 7-year unit in the Bible; it will be a continual 7 years.
Has there been a sinister and pompous individual in the Middle East, as Daniel 11 describes, who forced the covenant or peace treaty with Israel and has been bullying around? . . . . . No.
He MUST appear in order for the Last Week to begin – I will explain why next.
So, No, the Last Week has not begun yet.
Next, I would like to list up the activities and behaviors of the Anti-Christ that are written in Daniel 11:21-45, and suggest possible key points in time in relation to the Last Week. This will show you that there will be a period of time before the Great Tribulation, during which the Anti-Christ (The King of the North) will be warring with other Middle Eastern nations and Israel, especially with Egypt (the King of the South). After verse 28, it is very likely to be a description of the entire 7-year period, or may be starting a year or two before the beginning. But, it is not my goal here to pin point the timing, but to show there is quite some time after his first attack on Israel until the “Abomination of Desolation” (Fig. 1). Since it is a long passage, I will not copy the text here, but please compare the description of his activities with your own Bible. As indicated in the beginning of this article, I am using NKJV, and the quotes from the Bible will be in Italic font.
I would like you to pay attention to the fact that the Anti-Christ will attack Israel “twice” before the point of the Abomination of Desolation, the mid pint, in Daniel 11:28 and 30. There will be some tribulation time before the Great Tribulation actually begins.
Frame by frame description of Daniel 11:21-45:
1. Dan 11:21-27 – He wars with the King of the South and his own people.
2. Dan 11:28 – And, he attacks Israel; “While returning to his land with great riches, his heart shall be moved AGAINST the holy covenant; so he shall do damage and return to his own land.”
3. Dan 11:29 – “At the appointed time,” he will go back at the South.
4. Dan 11:30 – Ships from Cyprus (Kittim) will come against him, and he attacks Israel; “he will return in rage against the holy covenant (Israel),” and “show regard for those who forsake the holy covenant“; → (Possibly Dan 9:27 “confirming the covenant“)
5. Dan 11:31: “Forces shall be mustered by him.”
– – – Beginning of the Great Tribulation – – –
(Last 3.5 years)
5. Dan 11:31 – The Abomination of Desolation (Beginning of the Great Tribulation; Dan 9:27 “in the middle of the week”; Dan 12:11; Mt 24:25; Mk 13:14).
6. Dan 11:36 – “He shall exalt and magnify himself”, “blasphemes against God of gods,” “prosper till the wrath has been accomplished”:
7. Dan 11:37-39 – Identity of the AC described, such as denying the Father and the Son and honoring the god of fortress, and diving the land and selling it for a profit.
8. Dan 11:41 – He will be “entering the glorious land” and “overthrowing many countries.”
9. Dan 11:42-43 – He will have Egypt, Libya, and Ethiopia following him.
10. Dan 11:44 – He will hear bad news from the east and the north.
– – – Beginning of the End – – –
11. Dan 11:45 – He will be “pitching his tents of palace between the sea and the holy mountain” (Megiddo?), but “yet he shall come to his end, and no one will help him” → Armageddon. (Dan 9:27 “Even until the consummation”)
As we can see from this list of his activities, when we see a powerful leader, the Anti-Christ, appearing in the Middle East, probably from Turkey/Syria area (the King of the North), and warring with other nations in the area, we are approaching the beginning of the Last Week. And, when or after he attacks Israel for the first time or the second time, that is likely the timing of “confirming the covenant.” I plan to look into this timing issue in more detail in the future.
2. Where Are The Two Witnesses?
There is a mentioning of a period of 1260 days, which is 3.5 biblical years, as a time frame before the 3.5-year Great Tribulation in the Book of Revelation. That means that there is a 7-year period in the Book: 1260 days = 3.5 years, and 3.5 + 3.5 = 7. But if you think the Two Witnesses will appear in the time period of the Great Tribulation, you will not see the 7 years. I will show you that their appearance will be before the point of the Abomination of Desolation, and NOT after.
According to Daniel 12, the “Great Tribulation” is “time, times, and half a time” (Dan 12:7), which is three and a half years. But, there will be a period of 1260 days prior to the beginning of the Great Tribulation, during which the Holy Spirit anointed Two Witnesses will be warning the people of Israel in sack clothes, witnessing to the world, and vexing the enemies (Rev 11:3-7). The Great Tribulation begins when “the beast that ascends out of the bottomless pit” (Rev 9:11; 11:7) possesses the Anti-Christ in the flesh, and kills the Two Witnesses. The beast is the demonic spirit of the Anti-Christ. That is the same point as when “the prince who is to come” (Dan 9:26), “stops the daily sacrifice” and “exalts himself as God” (Dan 9:27; 11:37; Mt 24:15).
Many believe that the Two Witnesses’ mission will be during the Great Tribulation, and when the Two Witnesses are killed, resurrected, and caught up, the Lord will return. They arrive to this conclusion probably because the Kingdom of God is declared in revelation 11:17, and Seals, Trumpets, and Bowls are considered to be linear in terms of time sequence. That is a mistake. Those events are not written in a simple linear pattern, but in “layers” or in “cascade” patterns. I am working on an article on the time sequence of the Last Week, which is soon to be published, to show that the 7th Seal, Trumpet, and Bowl all end at the same time: At the return of the Messiah and the Wrath (so, please be sure to subscribe). But, for now, I will point out that the timing of the appearance of “the beast that ascends out of the bottomless pit” (Rev 9:11; 11:7) is at the mid point, which is “in the middle of the week” in Daniel 9:27, and at the same timing as “the angel of the bottomless pit” is released from the bottomless pit (Rev 9:11, at the 5th Trumpet). The sequence of the 7 Trumpets “roughly” expands over the 7-year period, although the 1st Trumpet may occur before the appearance of the Anti-Christ. And, this demonic spirit that comes out of the bottomless pit (Rev 9:11; 11:7) is the same spirit of the Anti-Christ, which possessed the Nebuchadnezzar, King of Assyria, Haman, Antiochus Epiphanes IV, and Adolf Hitler in the past. They are the types of Anti-Christ, who is to come, and were controlled by the same spirit, also known as Abaddon/Apollyon (Rev 9:11), which YHVH releases from the pit according to his plan.
The Two Witnesses must be in the scene in the beginning of the 7-year period, the Daniel’s Last Week (Dan 9:27), because they are a major sign of the Last Days, and they represent the “One New Man,” which is the reunion of the House of Israel and the House of Judah, the two olive trees. And their death for 3.5 days prophetically represents the coming 3.5-year Great Tribulation, during which Israel, the House of Jacob, will be as dead. And, as the Two Witnesses are resurrected, so will Israel be 3.5 years later. Their appearance cannot be after the Abomination of Desolation point, because 1) they are the sign and prophecy for the Great Tribulation to come, 2) they are the warning to the people of Israel and the enemies, for the Great Tribulation and 3) after that point, Jerusalem will be trampled down by the army of the Anti-Christ as “with a flood” (Dan 9:26), and some will be killed or taken captive (Zec 13:8-9; Amo 9:9-10), and there will be no one to warn. It will be too late. This 3.5 years (42 months) of the Great Tribulation period is “given to the gentiles” and “They will tread the holy city underfoot” (Rev 11:2).
We will not miss them, especially if you are a student of biblical end-time prophecies. When the Two Witnesses begin their mission, believe me, YHVH will make sure the world knows about them. And, I hope you will be ready to accept them even if they are not Elijah and Moses, or Enoch, whomever you believe them to be now. Because, I believe the Two Witnesses will not be any of them, but are two individuals alive today on earth and each represent the House of Israel and the House of Judah.
Please read the section of The Two Witnesses of my eBook for the detailed discussion on the topic. For deeper understanding of the meaning of “One New Man,” I recommend that you read the entire Part 5 in one sitting at our convenient time.
As of this day, as I am publishing this article, we have not heard anything about the appearance of two brave servants of YHVH preaching, fighting with the enemy of Israel with fire blowing out of their mouths, and holding up the rain to vex them anywhere in Jerusalem or in Israel.
Before this article turns into a book, I would like to wrap it up for a conclusion.
There are many more biblical and extra-biblical pieces of evidence which suggest that the beginning of the Seventh Millennium on the earth is coming very soon. It is also evident that the 6,000 years before the coming of the Messiah is ending soon. I did not go into extra-biblical evidence, but I will mention a couple of them here: The Blood Moon Tetrads that are occurring exactly on the Feast Days in 2014-2015 (Dates with Images; Table of Dates from NASA), which concludes the a menorah formation of the Tetrads that began after 1967, the beginning of this jubilee; and the Prophecy of Rabbi Judah ben Samuel, who had predicted the end of Ottoman Empire’s rule over Israel 300 years before it happened, also predicts the end of the Messianic era in 2016. I strongly recommend that you check the references out through the links provided (I may be able to summarize them in near future). They all suggest the end of an extremely meaningful, important, and prophetic era in 2016.
Nevertheless, the evidence I presented in this article is more than adequate to support the following conclusions about the Last Week of Daniel 9:27:
1) It will be a 7-year period.
2) It has not begun yet.
3) But, it will probably begin with a dark and tumultuous time soon after the Fall of 2016.
Update: I am happy to announce that, since I published this article in July 2013, I have published 2 more articles that are related to this topic. In them, I look at the same time period from different angles and study different scriptures. They mainly focus on the prophecies in the Book of Revelation. All these studies are related and complement each other. Hope they will further help your prophecy study.
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