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The anointing of Daniel 9:24-27

January 11, 2014 2 comments

In the prophecy of the 70 weeks, an anointing of the most holy is mentioned in Daniel 9:24, and something “determined” is poured out on the desolate in verse 27. These are connected, and are crucial to understanding Daniel’s prophecy. Like the 70 years of Jeremiah’s prophecy, mentioned in verse 2, the 70 weeks refer to the duration of the desolations of Jerusalem. But before the 70 weeks are fulfilled, in the midst of the 70th week, a profound change in the status of Jerusalem occurred. The first two sections of the 70 weeks and three and a half years of the third section apply to the earthly Jerusalem, but the last half of the 70th week applies to the heavenly city.

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The last time

January 4, 2014 4 comments

In Daniel 12:7, a swearing angel standing upon the waters of a river declared that the period represented by ‘a time, times and a half,’ in which all Daniel’s prophecies would be fulfilled, will continue to the end of the age, when the resurrection described in Dan. 12:1 occurs. “And I heard the man clothed in linen, which was upon the waters of the river, when he held up his right hand and his left hand unto heaven, and sware by him that liveth for ever that it shall be for a time, times, and an half; and when he shall have accomplished to scatter the power of the holy people, all these things shall be finished.” [Dan. 12:7] The “holy people” in the prophecy are the saints, as we can see in chapter 7, and in Dan. 12:1. They are those whose names are in the book of life.

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Cosmology and Daniel’s 2,300 days

October 18, 2013 Comments off

The prophecy of the 2,300 days in Daniel 8:14 outlines the history of the geocentric cosmology of the hellenistic age, which became prominent in the centuries after Daniel, and persisted for 23 centuries after Daniel’s vision.

In the image below the 70 weeks prophecy of Daniel 9:24-27 and the 2,300 days of Daniel 8:14 are compared.

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The desert will blossom as the rose

October 2, 2013 Comments off

Prophecies in this category apply to the church at the end of the age when the holy Spirit is poured out on the Church.

In these prophecies, the wilderness represents the Church’s spiritual environment. As the children of Israel who came out of Egypt dwelt in the wilderness en route to the promised land, the church has also been in a wilderness since the time of the apostles, according to Rev. 12:6 & 14.

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An interactive 70 weeks chart

September 27, 2013 Comments off

My Interactive 70 Weeks Chart page allows construction of a colorful chart like the one below with only a few clicks of the mouse.

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The second woe and the 1,260 days

September 5, 2013 Comments off

Some of the parables of Jesus about the kingdom of heaven provide clues that help us to understand and properly interpret the prophecies in Revelation.

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Who are Daniel’s people in Daniel 9:24?

November 27, 2012 Comments off

Dispensationalists say that the 70 weeks prophecy in Daniel 9:24-27 applies to Jews, not the church, because the prophecy says “Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city,” in Daniel 9:24.

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The 70 weeks and 2,300 days

October 21, 2012 6 comments

The chart below shows the relation between the 70 weeks, and the 2,300 days, and “this generation,” which is the generation Jesus represents. It runs off the chart at the right, because it continues forever.

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The 70 weeks unsealed

October 15, 2012 8 comments

The following chart identifies ten time periods from the prophecies of Daniel, and Revelation, and the words of Jesus. These prophetic periods are all connected to one another. Three of them began in the lifetime of Daniel, and two were associated with the king Belshazzar. The duration of another is given in terms of units corresponding to the age of Darius when he was made king of Babylon. One key period, illustrated in bright yellow in the chart, is “this generation,” a period that extends from the birth of Jesus, to the end of time, because Jesus was raised from his grave, and lives and reigns forever, and he represents the generation in which he lived.

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The time, times, and a half, and Christian unity

October 11, 2012 Comments off

One of the most contentious issues in prophecy has been understanding the prophetic time periods, which are important, but widely misunderstood. Since there are many interpretations that tend to scatter and separate Christian believers from one another, an interpretation is required that will tend to unify, and bring together the saints who are scattered.

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The seven year covenant

September 17, 2012 4 comments

The land of Canaan was a type and a shadow of better land, to which Christians have come, as taught in the New Testament. [Heb. 11:16; 12:22] Paul said that the experiences of the Israelites recorded in the Old Testament were written for our examples, and for our admonition. Peter said the prophets ministered, not to themselves, but unto us, that is, the saints, or the New Testament church. The prophets, he said, wrote about the gospel, (they “prophesied of the grace that should come unto you”) and they wrote by the spirit of Christ which was in them. [1 Peter 1:9-12]

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The continuity of Daniel’s time prophecies

July 8, 2012 1 comment

The continuity of Daniel’s time prophecies is illustrated when the prophecies of Daniel 2, 7 and 9 are compared. The image representing successive kingdoms in the prophecy of chapter 2 is continuous. The four periods of seven times mentioned in Leviticus 26 also represent a continuous time of punishment for Israel. In the table below Daniel’s prophecies are compared with the four periods of seven times of Leviticus 26.

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Prophetic mountains and time

July 7, 2012 1 comment

How prophetic mountains are perceived

Commentators have long claimed that mountains in prophecy represent nations or kingdoms, and it is true that God’s kingdom is often represented by a mountain. However, scripture supports a more fundamental interpretation of the mountains; they represent God’s blessings, and covenants, and promises.

Natural mountains may appear differently, when viewed from various directions, and prophecy is similar. Promises of blessing, and covenants, may be represented by mountains, which are prominent parts of the promised land. The kingdom of God is a prophecy, and a promise of blessing, and so it can be represented by a mountain.

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Natural and spiritual light and time

July 6, 2012 Comments off

Scripture refers to light metaphorically, to represent spiritual knowledge and understanding. Darkness represents misinformation, superstition, delusion, or ignorance. Belief in the gospel is light, and unbelief is darkness.

John said, “God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.” [1 John 1:5] Knowing the truth corresponds to day, and ignorance to darkness or night. Christ “lighteth every man that cometh into the world.” [John 1:9] He said, “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” [Matthew 5:16]

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Kenneth Gentry and the seventy weeks

July 2, 2012 Comments off

Kenneth L. Gentry, Jr. has discussed the dispensational interpretation of Daniel’s 70 weeks prophecy in a series of blog posts. In Dispensationalism’s difficulty with Daniel he points out that dispensational theology is dependent upon its position on the 70 weeks, which introduces uncertainty because Daniel’s 70 weeks prophecy is notoriously difficult to interpret.

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Exploring the mountains of prophecy

June 30, 2012 Comments off

Isaiah wrote about making a highway in the wilderness, and mountains being made low.

Isaiah 40:3-5
The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low: and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough places plain: And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together: for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it.

Interpreting the encoded message of prophecy correctly reveals the glory of God. In Isaiah’s prophecy the mountains are symbols of the prophecies and promises of scripture. Those who investigate Bible prophecy are a lot like explorers or mountaineers seeking a way through unexplored, rugged country.

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Daniel’s time, times and a half and the river metaphor

May 4, 2012 Comments off

Daniel 12:5-6 describes two angels, one on each side of a river, and another one, clothed in linen, who stood upon the waters of the river. In the New Testament, Jesus is described walking upon the water of the sea of Galilee. Linen clothing is connected with the righteousness of the saints, given to them by Christ, in Revelation 19:8. Perhaps, Christ is the one who Daniel saw standing on the water, clothed in linen.

The message given in Daniel 12:7 is connected with the river mentioned in the previous two verses. Perhaps there is a connection between this river and other rivers that are mentioned in other prophecies. The river in Ezekiel 47 is spiritual in nature, and represents the message of the gospel, and the Spirit, that flows from the temple of God into the desert towards the sea throughout the present age. Daniel’s prophecy is about the duration of the present age. Read more…

On the times of the antichrist in Daniel 7

April 17, 2012 Comments off

In every generation since the first century, Jesus confirms the covenant, and the promise of God to Abraham, that in his seed all nations will be blessed. Paul called this promise the gospel, in Galatians 3:8. Throughout all the time since he ascended to heaven, after the crucifixion, and his resurrection from the grave, Jesus has been building his church, which is the heavenly Jerusalem. It is the subject of many prophecies, including the prophecy of Daniel 7, where Christians are referred to as the saints of the most high.

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Preterism and Daniel’s 70th week

April 2, 2012 5 comments

In his article on Daniel’s Seventy Weeks, preterist Kenneth L. Gentry, Jr. refers to the statement in Daniel 9:27, “he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week.” Read more…

The church and Leviticus 26

February 13, 2012 Comments off

William D. Barrick, Professor of Old Testament at The Master’s Seminary, is the author of an article on The Eschatological Significance of Leviticus 26. [1] He says in the abstract, “Though the NT has only one direct reference to Leviticus 26, application of the chapter to believers of every era is obvious: faith is the binding requirement for anyone to have a relationship to the God of Abraham.” Read more…