Kevin Heckle (11 Aug 2011)
"RE: Tracy Nordin - The END of Temple Sacrifices"

 
Temple Sacrifices
He TAKETH AWAY the first, that HE MAY ESTABLISH THE SECOND. [10] By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once [for ALL].
Tracy,
First of all, it is not just my private interpretation of Daniel 9:27.  Many of the pre-19th century commentaries by men much more pious and learned than me assigned this passage of Scripture to the Messiah confirming the (new) covenant with many, causing the sacrifice and oblations to cease.  Men like Matthew Henry, John Wesley and John Calvin (though I don't insist upon Calvinism) clearly and concisely identify Jesus-the promised Messiah as confirming the new covenant and causing the Temple system of sacrifice and oblation to cease.  More importantly, Paul expounds upon that consequence to the Jew, of Christ's sacrifice in his Hebrew letter, fulfilling the first covenant with the second, a superior covenant to the first.  You can call it replacement theology', I'd never heard the term, but Paul said that Jesus took away the first covenant so that He could establish the second.  That sounds like causing the sacrifice to cease' and confirming a covenant with many'.  Take the time to carefully consider Paul's Hebrew letter, especially chapters 8 through 10, (some is below) as he expounds at length the new covenant for the HEBREWS was fulfilled in Christ, ending the obsolete sacrificial system.  There would be no point to revert to the old system by either Jew or Gentile.
"[1] Now of the things which we have spoken [this is] the sum: We have such an high priest, who is set on the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens; [2] A minister of the sanctuary, and of the true tabernacle, which the Lord pitched, and NOT MAN. [3] For every high priest is ordained to offer gifts and sacrifices: wherefore [it is] of necessity that this man has somewhat also to offer. [4] For if he were on earth, he should not be a priest, seeing that there are priests that offer gifts according to the law: [5] Who serve unto the example and shadow of heavenly things, as Moses was admonished of God when he was about to make the tabernacle: for, See, saith he, [that] thou make all things according to the pattern shewed to thee in the mount. [6] But now hath he obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also He is the MEDIATOR OF A BETTER COVENANT, which was established upon better promises. [7] For if that first [covenant] had been faultless, then should no place have been sought for the second." - Hbr 8:1-7 KJV
"[1] For the law having a shadow of good things to come, [and] not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect. [2] For then would they not have ceased to be offered? because that the worshippers once purged should have had no more conscience of sins. [3] But in those [sacrifices there is] a remembrance again [made] of sins every year. [4] For [it is] not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins. [5] Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me: [6] In burnt offerings and [sacrifices] for sin thou hast had no pleasure. [7] Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God. [8] Above when he said, Sacrifice and offering and burnt offerings and [offering] for sin thou wouldest not, neither hadst pleasure [therein]; which are offered by the law; [9] Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God. He taketh away the first, that he may establish the second. [10] By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once [for all]. [11] And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins: [12] But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down on the right hand of God;" - Hebrews 10:1-12 KJV
The prophet Jeremiah quotes the Lord as saying the New Covenant was with the “house of Israel and with the house of Judah.
"[31] Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah: [32] Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day [that] I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, saith the LORD: [33] But this [shall be] the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people. [34] And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the LORD: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the LORD: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more. - Jer 31:31-34 KJV
To quote you, “You have to separate Israel from the Church.  The first church was Israeli.  All the disciples were Jewish.  To be genetically Hebrew carries no special weight with God.  To be the seed of Abraham is through FAITH.  There are many atheist persons of Hebrew blood, even more of those who reject the true Christ.  "For the promise, that he should be the heir of the world, [was] not to Abraham, or to his seed, through the law, but through the righteousness of faith.  For if they which are of the law [be] heirs, faith is made void, and the promise made of none effect:" - Rom 4:13-14 KJV
Paul goes on in Chapter 9 of Romans
"[7] Neither, because they are the seed of Abraham, [are they] all children: but, In Isaac shall thy seed be called. [8] That is, They which are the children of the flesh, these [are] not the children of God: but the children of the promise are counted for the seed." - Rom 9:7-8 KJV
Seven Year Tribulation
As for a 7 year tribulation, that notion didn't arise until John Darby popularized it in the 19th century, along with Scofield and was reintroduced by Hal Lindsay in the 1970's.  Most Christians today believe the seven year tribulation, but cannot cite a particular Scripture that clearly states it.  Christ's ministry on Earth can be plainly established as a 3.5 year ministry between his 30th and 34th year.  Any passage specifically describing a timeframe for the Tribulation is generally 3.5 years (1240 days or 42 months, 1260 days, 1290 days and 1335 days).  I believe the rapture will occur at the beginning of this general 3.5 year timeframe, though I don't insist we will not experience some of the Great Tribulation.  However, God's Children are not given to His wrath.  As I've given my testimony here before, Hal Lindsay's book was instrumental in leading me to the Lord way back then, but I do not believe the Late Great Planet Earth' is accurate on every point of prophecy.  7 years is an assumption purely based on Daniel 9:27 as describing the antichrist. 
The Timing of the First Half-Week
From the decree (described in Daniel 9:25) until the crucifixion of Christ were 69.5 heptads (weeks of years), fulfilling the purposes of the 70 weeks for the most part.  3.5 years remain, the Great Tribulation, which will complete the prophecies and promises given by Christ.  Calculating the total value of 69 weeks of years is 483 years.  If we add 483 years to Artaxerxes second decree in 444 BC, places the crucifixion far too late at 38-39 AD as we know Pontius Pilate was procurator of Judea from AD 26-36.  The crucifixion date must fall between 26 and 36 AD.  If we use the first decree of Artaxerxes in 457 BC, adding the 483 years takes us to 25 AD, which is slightly short of Pontius Pilate, but close.  However, this date is only 30 years past the birth date of Jesus (6BC, two years before Herod's death in 4BC).  Spectacularly, this matches Luke 3:23 where the Bible says Jesus is about thirty'!  This marks the beginning of Jesus' ministry (confirming the covenant with many) at His baptism.  God declares Him: Thou art my beloved Son; in thee I am well pleased.  69 weeks to the Messiah is fulfilled!!!!    The half week added (Jesus confirming the covenant putting an end to sin) or 69.5 weeks is 69.5 x 7 = 486.5 years of 364 days, the average civil year in use during the Second Temple period.  John documents in chapters 2, 6 and 13 at least three different Passovers, during Jesus' ministry.  Consequently, that places Jesus between 33 to 34 years old at his Crucifixion and Resurrection.  Passover in 29 AD fits the narrative and history, falling within the reign of Pilate.  Friday April 15, 29 AD (Julian day 1731756.5) minus 486.5 years (69 weeks plus the half week is 177086 days) yields 1554670.5 OR June 457 BC, the year of Artaxerxes first decree!  Daniel's prophecy of the 70 weeks and the timing of the 69 weeks (483 years) to the anointing of Christ at His baptism is spectacular!  Is it only coincidence then, that 3.5 years after the baptism when His ministry began, Christ was on the cross causing the Temple sacrifices and oblations to cease?  What was the purpose of the cross? Its promise was given as the same PURPOSE OF THE 70 WEEKS!
"[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." - Dan 9:24 KJV
Did Jesus do those things for you?  He did for me.  I'm a child of God by adoption through Christ.  Jesus spent 3.5 years teaching, proving, healing and establishing a new covenant with the Hebrew people FIRST, and then His Jewish disciples to the Gentile.
A NEW COVENANT FROM THE WORDS OF JESUS the last night!
"[28] For this is my blood of the NEW TESTAMENT, which is shed for many for the remission of sins." - Mat 26:28 KJV
Testament  (Strong's G1242) diatheke = covenant, testament, a compact
Here at the end of the 3.5 years of Christ mediating the new covenant, He institutes the Lord's Supper, symbolizing the old sacrifices being fulfilled in Him.
In Christ,
Kevin Heckle