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”
Verse 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 were determined”
“After that period of sixty-two sets of seven the anointed one will be killed, appearing to have accomplished nothing…” TLB
Looking at the above, it is self-evident, that the one that was killed, is Christ, and that was after the 69 weeks. Which would have been placed somewhere, in the midst of the 70th week, and that must be about 31/32years afterward i.e., from the 69th week, when He was crucified and giving His soul as a ransom for many (Isaiah 53)
This shows that Jesus spent the first-half of the 70th week in the ministry.
WHO ARE THE PEOPLE OF THE PRINCE? (Verse 26)
“… 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”
It is obvious, that what Daniel saw and wrote about (Chapter 9), was what was going to happen to the people of Daniel “the Jews” and “His” holy city, Jerusalem. And it is this fact that the writers of the Gospels referred to e.g., Matthew 24:15.
But, it is unfortunate that all through the centuries of church history, a lot of concepts, human
philosophies of the events of the end time, have been woven into this chapter 9 of Daniel, from the original message, thereby distorting what the man Gabriel said to Daniel.
One of the major facts of this passage is the WAR that the Jews and Jerusalem will be involved
in, wherein complete desolations were determined or predicted.
In verse 26 of this chapter, two Princes are mentioned, one is for the people of Daniel who was cut off, THE PRINCE OF PEACE; the second is called.
“The people of the Prince” who were to be involved in the destruction of the city. History identifies him to be General Titus, the Roman; whose soldiers are called the “people of the prince”.
And let me mention without reservation here that, what Daniel wrote about which Jesus confirmed in Matthew 24, all took place in AD 70 and have nothing to do in any way with a universal “tribulation” that will affect the whole world and humanity at large, through the instrumentality of an individual called “the Anti-Christ” or “man-of-sin”
.Jesus told His disciples in Matthew 24:15, when they tried to show Him the beauty of the Temple in verse 1-3, He said;
“When ye therefore shall see the abomination of DESOLATION spoken of by DANIEL THE PROPHET, stand in the holy place. Whoso readeth, let him understand, then let them which be in Judea flee into the mountains, let him which is on the house-top not come down to take anything out of the house…”
Now, many people have run off the line with the message of the Anti-Christ on reading about the “abomination of desolation” as if that is what Matthew was talking about. But Luke writing on the same issue said;
“And when ye shall see Jerusalem compassed with armies, then know that the desolation thereof is nigh” Luke 21: 20.
Which army is here being referred to? It is the Roman armies, nothing whatsoever in scripture here is referring to the anti-Christ.
Let us stop being childish in anticipation and interpretations. For the pagan Rome to come close to the land of Jerusalem “the holy land” that itself was an abomination. Not to talk of entering the Temple itself.
This great tribulation that men have ascribed to the coming Antichrist is false, baseless, non-scriptural, and has no foundation. After all it is said that through much TRIBULATION shall we enter into the kingdom of God..
Next will be “CONFIRMING THE COVENANT WITH MANY FOR ONE WEEK”
To be continued…