David Blackman (25 May 2014)
"Question: Pastor Bob (18 May 2014) ""Standing in the Gap - 5"""

Hi Pastor Bob,

Thanks for all of your posts.  I look forward to reading what you have to say, and encourage you to continue writing.  I do enjoy learning about the history of the church.

Ok, You said "whose people destroy Jerusalem. Note that the verse is really emphasizing the fact that it is the people, not the prince, who destroys Jerusalem", I thought about the last time that Jerusalem of Daniel's time was destroyed.  The following is snippet from the site http://www.palestinefacts.org/pf_1948to1967_holysites.php

After the Jewish Quarter of Jerusalem was captured, the destruction, desecration and systematic looting of Jewish sites began and continued. 57 ancient synagogues(the oldest dated to the 13th century), libraries and centers of religious study were ransacked and 12 were totally and deliberately destroyed. Those that remained standing were defaced, used for housing of both people and animals. The city's foremost Jewish shrine, the Western Wall, became a slum. Appeals were made to the United Nations and in the international community to declare the Old City to be an 'open city' and stop this destruction, but there was no response. This condition continued until Jordan lost control of Jerusalem in June 1967.

On the Mount of Olives, the Jordanian Arabs removed 38,000 tombstones from the ancient cemetery and used them as paving stones for roads and as construction material in Jordanian Army camps, including use as latrines. When the area was recaptured by Israel in 1967, graves were found open with the bones scattered. Parts of the cemetery were converted into parking lots, a filling station, and an asphalt road was built to cut through it. The Intercontinental Hotel was built at the top of the cemetery. Sadar Khalil, appointed by the Jordanian government as the official caretaker of the cemetery, built his home on the grounds using the stones robbed from graves. In 1967, the press published extensive photos documenting that Jewish gravestones were found in Jordanian Army camps, such as El Azariya, as well as in Palestinian walkways, steps, bathrooms, and pavement.

The Hurva Synagogue, attributed to Rabbi Moses Ben Nahman (Ramban), was the main synagogue in Jerusalem in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries (and possibly much earlier), until the Ottomans closed it in 1589 because of Muslim incitement. It was burned by Arabs in 1721 (Hurva = destruction in Hebrew), but again rebuilt by Zionists in the 19th century, becoming the most prominent synagogue on the Jerusalem skyline. For that reason, when it was captured by the Arab Legion during the battle for Old Jerusalem in 1948, they dynamited it to show that they controlled the Jewish Quarter. When the Jews in New Jerusalem saw the Hurva burning, they knew that Jewish life in the Quarter had ended (again).  

Here it shows that the Jewish Quarter ended.  Ok, My question is could this be the fulfillment of the prophecy in Daniel 9 of Jerusalem and the sanctuary?  Pointing to the prince to come?  

I understand that the temple was destroyed in 70AD and was the fulfillment of Jesus's prophecy of the temple destruction.  Does the fulfillment of the prophecy in Daniel 9 have to be in 70AD as well?  Is sanctuary and temple the same?  Just a thought!

David Blackman,