FEATURE SERMON

A BLUEPRINT OF TOMORROW'S HISTORY

Daniel's 70th Week

 

Few people doubt that history is moving toward some sort of CLIMACTIC CATASTROPHE!  (End of the World)

 Current events are moving toward a show-down between the major world powers of the world.

 Many experts believethat the world is headed for an all-out NUCLEAR WAR

 The only variable with most of these experts . . . is WHEN?

 All the predicted signs that set up the final times are before us ....

 We call this last 7 yrs. the TRIBULATION.

 

There is more prophecy pertaining to these seven yrs. than any other comparable time period with which the Bible deals with:

Moses,

Isaiah,

Jeremiah,

Ezekiel,

Daniel,

Zechariah,

most of Revelation.

 

It's the topic of Jesus' most extensive prophetic discussion in the New Testiment:

Matt. 24 & 25

Mark 13

Luke 21:5-36

 

This tells us how important the TRIBULATION is to God:

the sheer volume of prophecy devoted to the TRIBULATION:

 

Daniel's "70th" WEEK

The last 7 years of the prophecy . . . !

The DURATION of the TRIBULATION"

 

Daniel 9:24-27

{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.

      (490 yrs. to deal with the Jews)

(70 x 7= 490 yrs.)

  [ 360 days/yr. ] (Jewish calendar)

 

{25} Know therefore and understand, <that> from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem  (Given by King of PERSIA IN 444 BC) unto (till) the Messiah the Prince <shall be> seven weeks,(7*7=49yrs.) and threescore & two weeks: + (60*7=420yrs.) +(2*7=14yrs.)   (483yrs.) @ 360 days per year the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times.

 

{26}

And after threescore and two weeks (62*7=434yrs.)  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

or

it should read, as complete as a flood sweeping everything in it's path away), and unto the end of the war desolations are determined.

 

{27}

And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: (7 yrs) (the TRIBULATION)

                                                                                                                       (DANIEL'S 70th WEEK)

and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation (Alms Giving) 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.

 

God decreed that 70 wks. of years were allotted to the people of Israel.

1 wk. of yrs.   =   7 yrs.

70 wks of yrs.  = 490 yrs.

  Biblical yrs. were exactly 360 days each

 

Imagine that God had a great STOPWATCH with 490 yrs. on it ...

He started that stopwatch, counting down the allotted time .... begining the day the King of Persia signed the decree.  (Given by King of PERSIA IN 444 BC)

 Daniel predicted that from the giving of this decree until the appearance of the MESSIAH, the Prince, would be 69 wks. of yrs.  (483 'Biblical Years')

Scholars from ancient recordshave found that exactly 173,880 days or 483 yrs. x 360 days after the decree; Jesus of Nazareth allowed Himself, for the first time, to be PUBLICLY PROCLAIMED "MESSIAH" & HEIR OF DAVID

Luke 19:29-44

 

The prophecy then predicted that two historical events would take place after the 483 yrs.; but, before the final 7 yrs.

 

The MESSIAH would be cut off or killed and would have nothing that was due Him as heir of the throne.

 

Jesus was crucified 5 days after HE was publicly presented as MESSIAH!

 

The city and temple would be destroyed!

 

Jerusalem & the Temple were destroyed 37 yrs. later by Titus of Rome in  70 A.D.

 

God obviously stopped the "PROPHETIC STOP-WATCH" after it had ticked off 483 yrs.

 

The predicted destruction of Jerusalem happened far outside the bounds of the remaining 7 yrs. or wk. of yrs. ....

 

So the clock could not have just continued ticking.

 

Because Israel failed to accept her MESSIAH and instead, CUT HIM OFF by crucifying HIM, God stopped the  countdown 7 yrs. short of completion.

 

During the time between: God turned HIS focus to the Gentiles and created the CHURCH.

 

The CHURCH must be removed (Raptured) before the final wk. of yrs. (7yrs.).

 

The Bible clearly states that there is no distinction between the Jew & Gentile in the time of the CHURCH ....

 

Daniel 9:24-27

clearly states that the final 7 yrs. or the 70th wk.:

specifically pertains to God's unfinished business with the  Israelite people & Jerusalem

 

 It is a time in which Old Testament covenants to Israel are to be fulfilled and completed. 

 

BUT before this 70th Week.

 

He will Rapture the Church from the earth and this will begin the final 1 wk. of yrs. (7 yrs.) of the 70 wks. of Israel ...

Daniel's 70th Week . . . known as the Tribulation!

 

The final 7 yrs. or 70th wk. of Daniel begins with the signing of a protective treaty between Israel and the  Antichrist, who will likely come from the revived Roman Empire composed of ten European Nations.

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The TRIBULATION BEGINS WITH THE 1st. SEAL JUDEMENT: this unleashes the ANTI-CHRIST (the Roman Dictator).

 

The Anti-Christ is so crafty that rather than war; he makes peace and signs a covenant with Israel, guarantying  their security

 

The Anti-Christ will gain absolute control of the world by the keeping of peace and stopping war.

 

About this time, GOD will send (probably) Moses & Elijah to seal the 144,000 The first 3 1/2 yrs. of the Tribulation are of peace:(Rev. 6:3-4)

 

Second seal judgment takes Peace from the earth. 

 This signals the beginning of the worst tribulation ever seen on earth.

 1. A Pan-Arabic army attacks Israel ...

 2. USSR immediately attacks Middle East.

 3. This quickly escalutes into a Gobal Conflict (Rev. 6:5-6)

 

Third seal judgment causes worldwide economic collapse.

Oil from the Persian Gulf halted

Food will become scarce & expensive. (Rev. 6:7-8)

Fourth seal judgment causes 1/4 of mankind to perish over one billion people will perish through War, famine, epidemics, and a breakdown of society.

 

Praise God, the CHURCH, Christians has already been removed, raptured BEFORE these last 7 yrs.

 

CONCLUSION