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The Truth About The Last Days, Antichrist, The Rapture, More.

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  • ==== ====The Truth About The Last Days, Antichrist, The Rapture, More.http://www.teachingfaith.com/content.cfm?id=304==== ====Did you know that the non-Messianic Jews, who this 70 weeks prophecy of Daniel is partly about,actually leave it well alone? Why? Because they believe it to be cursed, and these Jews areknown to have actually put curses on people who do choose to study the 70 weeks prophecy. Theunfortunate thing is, if these Jews had studied and understood the seventy weeks of Daniel, thenthey would have known exactly who Christ Jesus was.So what did the 70 weeks of Daniel foretell? There are 3 important truths revealed in thisprophecy.1. The end of the Jewish Nation as the special chosen nation of God.2. The first coming of the Messiah, Christ Jesus.3. The destruction of Jerusalem in AD70.So if we take a look at the key verses from Daniel 9, we will see these truths revealed. But beforewe take a look at this, I would like to make a point about something Daniel did before he receivedthe 70 weeks prophecy. In Daniel 9 verses 3-4, you will see that Daniel prayed to God. But thiswasnt an ordinary prayer, no, Daniel prayed with fasting and sackcloth and ashes. Meaning thathe was so sorrowful for the sins of the people (he included himself) that he did not eat, and hetruly humbled himself before God in prayer. If only us professing Christians would start praying thisway, rather than the casual vain prayers we tend to pray. We really should follow Daniels examplein praying. Now lets look at this 70 weeks prophecy:1. Daniel 9:24.....Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finishthe transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bringin everlasting righteousness.So these 70 weeks of Daniel were given to the Jews to put an end to their sins. If you read throughthe Old Testament, you will find that the Jews kept falling into apostasy, they kept disobeying God,not trusting in Him. Now this shows how loving and merciful God is. He gives His people plenty ofwarning and time to put an end to their evil ways and to turn fully to Him. What would happen atthe end of the 70 weeks if they didnt end their sins and turn to God? They would no longer be thechosen people of God, which Romans 9 and Galatians 3 confirms.But what are the 70 weeks of Daniel? Are they literal weeks, as in 70 lots of 7 days? No, they areprophetic weeks, whereas the days equal years. If you take a look at Ezekiel 4:6, you will see thatGod appointed a year for each day, so the 70 weeks are in fact 70 lots of years, or 490 years to beprecise. Also it could not be 490 days because nothing significant happened 490 days from the
  • starting point of this prophecy. It has to be 490 years, which you will see further on in this article.So what is the starting point? In Daniel 9:25, God said the starting point of the seventy weekswould be at the decree to rebuild Jerusalem. Now in 457 BC, King Artaxerxes gave the decree torebuild the city. so it is in 457 BC that the 490 year countdown begins.2. Daniel 9:25.....from the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah thePrince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks.So we have seven weeks plus threescore and two weeks, which comes to 69 weeks, untilMessiah the Prince. But as we learned the weeks are lots of 7 years, so this time period is 69 lotsof 7 years, which equates to 483 years. Now what happened 483 years after the command torestore Jerusalem in 457 BC? Well, if we work it out, it comes to 27 AD. What happened in 27AD? Christ was baptized in the river and the voice of God came down from Heaven saying "THISIS MY SON", and revealed Jesus as the Messiah!!But why was this part of the time prophecy split into two time periods? We have (7 weeks) and(threescore and two weeks, which is 62 weeks). So we have two time periods of 7x7 = 49 yearsand 62x7 = 434 years. Is this significant? Yes! What happened 49 years after the decree to rebuildJerusalem in 457 BC? The restoration of the city! It was complete, in 408 BC. And then 434 yearsfrom 408 is 27AD, Christs baptism! The prophecies from God are always fulfilled exactly to theletter, and this 70 weeks of Daniel is no exception!Now weve had 69 weeks of this 70 weeks of Daniel so far, and there is one week left to fulfill.Now many Christians take this last week and place it in the future from us. But this 70 weeksprophecy of Daniel is a continuous timeline and there is no scripture whatsoever that suggests thelast week is to be taken away from the 70 weeks and placed in the future. Daniel 9:26-27 confirmsfor us what this last week is. It says that He (Jesus) would confirm the covenant for one week, thelast week (7 years). This is the new covenant which Jesus did confirm. Now it says in Daniel 9:26-27 that in the middle of the last week, 3.5 years after Jesus baptism, He would cause the sacrificeto cease. Did Jesus do this? Of course He did, on the cross of Calvary in 31AD. But whoconfirmed the covenant for the last 3.5 years (the last half of the last week)? His disciples did!!And this brings us to the end of the 70 weeks of Daniel, when Stephen was stoned by the Jews,which happened 3.5 years after the cross of Jesus. Stephen preached to the Jewish leaders, butthey "stopped their ears" and finally rejected the gospel message, and forsook their special statusas being Gods chosen people.3. Daniel 9:26.....and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and thesanctuary.Finally, the 70 weeks of Daniel confirmed that the city of Jerusalem would be destroyed. It didntconfirm the date of the destruction in the prophecy, but gave a warning for it. The Jews rejectedChrist as the Messiah, they didnt put an end to their sins as God warned in the seventy weeksprophecy, and therefore lost their right as the chosen nation of God. And as a result the belovedcity of the Jews was also destroyed by the Roman army, and over 1 Million Jews lost their lives inthe seige. If only the Jews studied and understood this prophecy of Daniel, they would haveremained as Gods chosen people and all this desolation would not have come upon them.Is Bible prophecy important? I believe it is very important for us to study and understand, and this
  • 70 weeks of Daniel has great lessons for us all to learn.Mark WBible Student and Website ownerEnglandhttp://www.endtimes-bibleprophecy.comhttp://www.secondcomingofchristjesus.netArticle Source:http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Mark_T_Wells==== ====The Truth About The Last Days, Antichrist, The Rapture, More.http://www.teachingfaith.com/content.cfm?id=304==== ====