CONFIRMING the COVENANT by AUTUMN ?
490 YEARS and 483 YEARS
In Daniel 9:24, it states that 70 “weeks” ( meaning 70 bundles of 7 years, “shabuah”) would pass before Jesus would bring in His earthly Millennial Kingdom. ( 70 x 7 = 490 years.
These were not to be consecutive years, or else Jesus would have brought in His kingdom 490 years after this prophecy was given to Daniel.
This time element given by the angel Gabriel was divided into 2 segments:
7 “weeks” ( 7 x 7 ) = 49 years until Jerusalem would have her wall rebuilt (Nehemiah ) and then
62 “weeks” ( 7 x 62 ) = 434 years until Messiah would be “cut off” (crucified).
That accounts for 483 years. That leaves 7 more years to look for.
There now remains an indeterminate GAP of years until the time line picks up again.
7 Years Divided in Half ( 3 and ½ years …a gap of time …then another 3 and ½ years )
Then the timing stops and gives no information when the countdown begins again. We can only learn that from hindsight.
It only states that “he” (antichrist) “will confirm” (renew,strengthen) “the covenant” (accords) “with many” (globally, including the Vatican).
“And in the “midst” of the “week” (somewhere between the original Accords and the renewing of the Accords, there would be an indeterminate time period, since the word ”middle” ( a fixed time) is not used, but instead the generic term “midst” is used, meaning anywhere within the time frame from point A to point B).
“ In the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease” (the Jewish ceremonial institutions).
The Scripture that follows tells of the judgment that befalls the city.
[ The Believing Remnant of Jews will be preserved for 3 ½ years, when Jerusalem is seized ; Revelation 12 : 14 ]
The given time line ends at that point.
We are now left with only Holy Ghost discernment in order to figure out the details of that last remaining “week” of 7 years for the setting up of our Lord’s Millennial Kingdom (Revelation 20:4) .
Perhaps deductive reasoning---along with Holy Ghost inspiration—will fill in the details.
Approximately a 2000 year GAP ( - and + ) between the 483 years and the 70th week of Daniel
Since the first 483 years are divided into 2 segments, then perhaps the last 70th “week” is also divided into 2 segments of years
with an indeterminate amount of years between the 2 segments.
If the last 7 years were divided in half, with each half equaling 3 ½ years, AND if there were also an indeterminate amount of years between the first 3 and ½ years and the next 3 and ½ years, then we would be following the exact pattern given for the Old Testament’s 483 years and their GAP following. We are on familiar ground.
Jacob’s Trouble (tribulation) Jeremiah 30:7
It can be discerned that the New Testament’s first segment of 3 and ½ years pertains to a covenant ( Accord) made with Israel on March 26, 1979 between them and a Gentile nation as guarantor.
It became consummated when after 3 and ½ years of Israeli military involvement with her northern neighbor Lebanon, the Accord-nation came in with her forces to act in place of Israel on exactly September 26, 1982 ( 42 months later, to the day ). We now had Israel in our keeping (ensnared ).
Israel was strictly commanded in Exodus 23:32 not to make any covenants ( treaties, accords etc. ) with any other nations.
So the first 3 and ½ years have already passed, and now there remains the final 3 and ½ years until our Lord’s Millennial reign (“to anoint the Most Holy”).
The GREAT Tribulation
UNTIL the TIMES of the GENTILES be FULFILLED Luke 21-24
We can reason that since the first segment began with making an Accord with Israel, then the 2nd segment would begin with the “confirming of the covenant” which is now being discussed by President Trump.
Mr. Trump leaves next week ( 3rd week of May 2017)
a. to meet with Saudi Arabia, (Arabs )
b. and with PM Netanyahu of Israel, (Jews)
c. and with the Vatican (Roman Catholicism )
d. and also the G7 Economic Group in Italy ( Commercial Babylon …think Rev. 13: 16-18 coming)
e. and also with NATO in Brussells. ( Who can make war with the coming beast ?)
Is Mr. Trump meeting now with the “many” who will also confirm the covenant later this year ? Mr. Trump has said that he wants a permanent peace deal as soon as possible between the Palestinians and the Israelis. I do not think he will broker that peace, nor do I believe that he is the antichrist, nor the false prophet. Just a player on the chess board.
The UN meets annually in NYC every September. Will this year bring a confirmation by the nations to the renewing of the Accords ?
Will the time line pick up again this September 2017 and keep ticking until March of 2021 ?
If you notice, the entire Book of Revelation never mentions a 7 year period at all. It only mentions segments of 3 and 1/2 years. They are found in Rev. 11:2 and in Rev. 12:14 and in Rev. 13:5. These sets of 3 and 1/2 years are all in the same time frame ( the GREAT Tribulation; please see Matthew 24:21 and Rev. 2:22 and Rev. 7:14)
May that trumpet sound soon !