The Week of Daniel
( lesson three )

 

The previous two lessons have laid the foundation for what we are going to look at in this lesson. The period known as "The EndTime" is much broader than just a few years and events, but for most the important part is the final "week" of Daniel, that last seven years of man's history just prior to the return to earth of Jesus Christ. And due to the importance of this time we will be limiting our study to pay particular attention to this last seven year period. The Bible has dedicated quite a bit of material covering this time frame, so it must be important.

Also , we have seen in the previous lessons, that Jesus Himself placed the time frame of the "abomination of desolation" into a futurist event. It had not yet been fulfilled, but we have the Word of the Son of God on it that it would. It bears to note again that at the end of this last and 70th "week" found in the prophecy of Daniel that we would have "everlasting righteousness" , an "end of sins", and that we would see the "anointing of the Holy" (Jesus coming into His right as King of kings and Lord of lords to rule the world).

" 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." ( Daniel 9:27 ). We have seen in the previous lesson that this "week" represents a period of seven years, so, we are looking at a "covenant " being established for a seven year period, broken in two parts . In the first half we see the "covenant" being respected, but then half way through it is broken.

" And from the time that the daily sacrifice shall be taken away, and the abomination that maketh desolate set up, there shall be a thousand two hundred and ninety days." ( Da 12:11) Ok, we know that the period we are dealing with is for seven years that will broken in the middle, "in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice to cease". Here we see it in a number of days, 1290 days. 1290 divided by 365 days per year=3.5. This is a simplification of the mathematics for illustration purposes. In another place it will refer to 1260 days. This is due to the solar year and the prophetic year as used in these predictions differ by a few days.

And now lets look at some text from Daniel chapter 12. Just previous to this Daniel was told that the prophecy he'd just recieved was for "the time of the end". ( V 4 ) " And one said to the man clothed in linen, which was upon the waters of the river, How long shall it be to the end of these wonders? And I heard the man clothed in linen, which was upon the waters of the river, when he held up his right hand and his left hand unto heaven, and sware by him that liveth for ever that it shall be for a time, times, and an half; and when he shall have accomplished to scatter the power of the holy people, all these things shall be finished." ( Da 12:6-7) Time (a year), times (two years), and a half. Total 3 1/2 and then we shall be at "the end of these wonders" !

The period referred to above as " when he shall have accomplished to scatter the power of the holy people" is the same time frame that Jesus said, " For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be." (Mt 24:21) This will be a time of great persecution to all who profess faith, " And they that understand among the people shall instruct many: yet they shall fall by the sword, and by flame, by captivity, and by spoil, many days. Now when they shall fall, they shall be holpen with a little help: but many shall cleave to them with flatteries. And some of them of understanding shall fall, to try them, and to purge, and to make them white, even to the time of the end: because it is yet for a time appointed. And the king shall do according to his will; and he shall exalt himself, and magnify himself above every god, and shall speak marvellous things against the God of gods, and shall prosper till the indignation be accomplished: for that that is determined shall be done. Neither shall he regard the God of his fathers, nor the desire of women, nor regard any god: for he shall magnify himself above all." ( Da 11:33-37) This "king" referred to here is speaking of the upcoming Anti-Christ, a world dictator who will set himself up as God to the nations.

The whole purpose of this time of "Tribulation" is for Christians ; "to try, to purge, and to make them white, even to the time of the end". If we are not supposed to go through the tribulation, as some have taught, then what is this all about ??? It clearly says "them of understanding". The worldy people don't "understand", that is why "they that understand among the people shall instruct many" . It will be up to us who understand what is going on to serve as instructors and teachers to those who don't understand what is happening and hopefully lead them to accepting Christ into their lives before His return, which will be imminent at this point.

***This concludes lesson three. In reviewing the three lessons we have seen so far be sure to understand them well before proceeding on to lesson four.***

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