If the author (I wish he’d give us his/her name besides “Christconnection.net. I’ll call him/her CCN.) CCN says, It's NOT the Antichrist who "confirms the covenant", it's Jesus who already confirmed it "in the midst of the (70th) week", when He caused the sacrifice [meat offering] and oblation [grain offering] to CEASE.
I HAVE ISSUES.
(1) If CCN believes the angel is talking to Daniel and telling him it is Messiah who confirms the covenant with many, then the angel gives Jesus two different names: The angel calls him the Anointed One in one sentence, and “the ruler (not capitalized)” in the next sentence. [He] will confirm a covenant with many, and [he] will set up an abomination that causes desolation. The Anointed One and “the ruler” cannot be the same person. This is not addressed in CCN’s hypothesis.
(2) How did JESUS set up an abomination that causes desolation? That is another issue that CCN did not address.
(3) WHO destroyed the temple the second time? “The PEOPLE of the RULER WHO WILL COME will destroy the city and the sanctuary.” Daniel 9:26 If Jesus is the “ruler who will come”, who are “his people” who will destroy Jerusalem and the temple (in 70 A.D.)? Jesus was a JEW; did the JEWS destroy Jerusalem and their temple? No. Are the “people of Jesus” the people who became Christians after His resurrection the ones who destroyed Jerusalem and the temple? I don’t think so. That is another unresolved question.
(4) Jerusalem was destroyed and the temple torn down in 70 AD (so that not one stone was left standing upon the other), by the Roman soldiers under Titus. At that time, soldiers in the Roman army from that region were conscripted from the Middle East, out of the region that is modern-day Syria, Iraq, and Iran. Hence, those were MUSLIMS. This strongly suggests that the antichrist (the ruler who is to come, who makes the covenant with many, and the ruler who sets up the abomination that causes desolation) is a Muslim. [Reference: “The Islamic Antichrist” by Joel Richardson]
(5) If it was Jesus who established the last 7th week as His “Covenant with many”, that says that Jesus’s work – His covenant with mankind – ends at the end of the last 3 ½ years of Tribulation (the end of the 7th week), when He returns to establish His kingdom on earth in the Millennium. The way I understand it, this is not a covenant that can be broken. Jesus said “Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.” Jesus brought salvation to mankind through His death on the cross and resurrection. After the Millennial reign begins, the inhabitants of the world will be required to come to Jerusalem to worship Jesus, affirming His deity and His sacrifice. At the end of the one thousand years, Satan will lead mankind in another rebellion, which will be put down, forever.
So, the author is separating the 7 year tribulation with Daniel’s 70th week? I just want to understand what he is saying. So, the tribulation will begin – possibly this year, which I believe, too – but the antichrist will not appear for another 3 ½ years? Well…. I’m not in agreement with that.
Whoever this “ruler” is (and I’ll call him the antichrist) must be a strong, well-known political figure who is alive and well in the world today, to have this kind of influence and power. He cannot rise now out of obscurity. Will he be a reincarnation of Alexander the Great? Alexander was Greek (Macedonian), not Muslim from the Middle East.
At this point my brain just could not process any more of this and I stopped reading. I have too many unresolved questions that cast a lot of doubt in my mind.
I welcome comments on this.
He wrote: Daniel 9:27 then tells us Messiah would CONFIRM the covenant, and cause the sacrifice and oblation to cease "IN THE MIDST [middle] OF THE WEEK"...
But “George” left out: “And on a wing of the temple he will set up an abomination that causes desolation, until the end that is decreed is poured out on him.” Pray tell me, how did Jesus set up an abomination that causes desolation? He didn’t mention that.