A cure for preterism
The chart below combines the four periods of seven times in Leviticus 26, the 70 weeks of Daniel 9, the 2,300 days, and several other time periods mentioned in prophecy.
The 2,300 days of Daniel 8:14 extend from the date the prophecy was given, as no other start date is mentioned. They extend for 23 centuries, ending with the scientific revolution in the mid eighteenth century, when a great change in man’s view of the nature of the heavens occurred. The old view of a rigid firmament revolving around the earth was abandoned and the diurnal rotation was assigned to the earth.
The graphic also shows the extent of Jesus’ generation. Since Jesus rose from the grave, his generation spans the whole time since he was born, and even extends beyond the scope of the 70 weeks. Understanding this is potentially a cure for preterism, which says the prophecies of Jesus all ended in the first century, ignoring the fact that Jesus remains alive.
The correspondence between the three sections of the 70 weeks and the last three of four periods of seven times in Leviticus 26 precludes any gaps in the 70 weeks. The first of the four periods of seven times corresponds to the exile in Babylon. No gap is shown between the exile and the beginning of the 70 weeks. Any gap would imply a lapse in the curse and a restoration of blessings to Israel, but of course that has not happened.
In the last half of the 70th week, several events are included and marked in the chart. The destruction of Jerusalem, when the sacrifices and oblations ceased, was followed by the beginning of the 1,290 days, which corresponds to the abomination of desolation. Since Jerusalem and the temple were already destroyed, that must refer to a desolation of the spiritual temple, the church. The antichrist spirit was established early in the church’s history, after most of the apostles had died. It is revealed in John’s epistles.
The 1,260 days corresponds to the duration of the ministry of the two witnesses, and the period when the church is nourished in the wilderness. [Revelation 12:6] In Revelation 11, John depicts the church as a temple, and its court is given to the Gentiles. Then he says the holy city is trampled by them for 42 months. The church was dominated by the little horn, with eyes like the eyes of a man, representing a human point of view as opposed to a divine one. This was to continue to the end of the age.
The last three days and a half, which is the time when the two witnesses lie as corpses in the street, characterizes the end of the age. Eventually, they revive, which is followed by the seventh trumpet, and the resurrection, when the mystery of God is finished, and the time of judgment.
- The one week covenant (creationconcept.wordpress.com)
- The exodus theme in Daniel 9 (creationconcept.wordpress.com)
- Daniel’s 70 weeks and the church’s covenant (creationconcept.wordpress.com)
- How were Daniel’s prophecies sealed? (creationconcept.wordpress.com)
- Belshazzar’s feast and Daniel’s 70 weeks (creationconcept.wordpress.com)
- Cyrus and the 70 Weeks (creationconcept.wordpress.com)
- The cup of the covenant (creationconcept.wordpress.com)