Daniel’s 70 weeks prophecy – Is it fulfilled?

Introduction

At the outset of my attempt to exegete this passage of scripture, I would like to submit that it is a daunting task, one which I believe to be very difficult. Additionally, I do not attempt to state that this writing will contain anything new. Volume after volume has been written concerning this, and I am sure that I have found nothing here that has not already been expounded in some form. It is my opinion that no interpretation will be able to completely stand the test of thorough grammatical criticism. This is due to the fact that there are many different renderings, many translations which contain variations on the wording and words, which are difficult even though we can refer back to the original languages. Add to this that within the original languages, the key words have more than one meaning. For example, in English, the word “order” has over 20 meanings. It is the same with the key words in this passage. In many cases, more than one meaning is available. Because of this and other factors, there are several ways in which many have interpreted this passage.

Now you might be wondering, why would someone go to so much trouble to explain a passage in the book of Daniel? That’s a good question.

For many years I believed the dispensational system of scripture interpretation. But in time, I have found myself questioning some of the things presented. It just seemed to raise other questions. One of these questions was; why at the end of this passage is there a gap of an undetermined time that is still not fulfilled? Why was this prophecy talking about the things which Christ would fulfill, and then all of a sudden switch gears and begin talking about Antichrist? Am I missing something here?

Since this prophecy in Daniel is one of the most important passages in the entire Bible, I have been particularly interested in it. It is vitally important to understand because if it indeed does speak of the future recognition of the Antichrist, then I want to be able to fully understand it.

Having said that, it is well founded that the best way to exegete a passage of scripture is to first of all, view it in its context. We must ask the question, what was this intended to mean to those to whom it was written? Second, since this is a difficult passage, we must use the principle of sola scriptura (Scripture alone), which has come to mean “scripture interprets scripture”. Since we are Christians, we must always view Old Testament passages in the light of New Testament interpretation. It is with these considerations that I submit the following. (Note, since this document is so long, please look at it in PDF form.) Is the 70th week of Daniel Fulfilled

Goodbye Last Days. Hello New Day!

This Sermon by Levi Crawford of Fountain of Faith Church highlights the power of Jesus words spoken in Matthew 24.

This was a very important message which was given directly to His disciples. This was Jesus audience, not us 2000 years later!

Notice how powerfully this is pointed out in this Sermon.

The Israel of God – Part 1

This Series contributed by Jim Mates (an Ordained Minister from Rochester New York)

“The Israel of God”-Introduction

Our title is taken from the pen of Paul in Gal 6:15&16. These verses read: “For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision avails anything, but a new creation. And as many as walk according to this rule, peace and mercy be upon them, and upon the Israel of God.” (NKJV) Therefore, “the Israel of God”, in conjunction with the covenants that God has made with her, will be the foundation upon which this study is built. This is because an understanding of God’s dealings with Israel is paramount in gaining a proper perspective of His plan for the ages.

Many books have been written on the subject of eschatology (the study of future things).
So, why this study? Continue reading The Israel of God – Part 1

What is Eschatology?

From Wikipedia we see that the word eschatology originates from the Greek ἔσχατος/ἐσχάτη/ἔσχατον, eschatos/eschatē/eschaton meaning “last” and -logy meaning “the study of”. Therefore, it means study of last things. In reference to Biblical events, generally speaking it relates to the “end of the age.” The phrase “last days” occurs between 4 and 7 times (depending on your translation) in the New Testament. For example, using the Contemporary English Version we see 7 incidences of this phrase. They are as follows:

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A new Reformation? Maybe it’s Time!

Jesus said: “Which one of you convicts me of sin? If I tell the truth, why do you not believe me?” John 8:46
Jesus was speaking to the Pharisees here, but we need to ask ourselves, “Do we believe Him?” Are we willing to believe His prophecies came about as He said they would, or do we try to put words in his mouth to make them fit our theology? Perhaps its time we, who have put our faith in Him, actually believe what He said would happen actually happened!

On his website: http://www.prophecyrefi.org, John Noe has posted something called “The 9.5 Theses for the next Reformation.”

Perhaps something like this is needed. John Noe gives us much to think about here. Check it out at:

http://www.prophecyrefi.org/release_95-theses.htm

The Blood Moons – Do I need to be worried?

Now that the first in a series of 4 Blood Moons has happened, as promulgated by famous prophecy pundit John Hagee, many are worried. He is the founder and Senior Pastor of Cornerstone Church in San Antonio. But is Hagee telling us the truth about these blood moons? Is this really something to be worried about? Are all the claims made by Hagee concerning this factual? I found this message that was given recently by Pastor David Curtis at the Berean Bible Church in Virginia Beach to be very revealing. Click on the link below to listen.

http://www.bereanbiblechurch.org/transcripts/acts/02_14-21_four-blood-moons_video.php

The Olivet Discourse

The term “Olivet Discourse” is a reference to the discourse Jesus gave to his disciples in the three synoptic Gospels which include Matthew 24, Mark 13, and Luke 21. This thesis will focus on Matthew 24:1-25:46 from the viewpoint known as preterism. With this thesis, I intend to show that the fulfillment of Jesus words spoken here were fulfilled. The term preterism means “past” or finished. This view of the Olivet discourse is that what Jesus was describing in these chapters, specifically here, Matt: 24:1-25:46 did not refer to some future event as promulgated by Premillenialists (both Historic and Dispensational), and Amillenialists, but in fact referred to events leading up to the destruction of Jerusalem in AD70. The Partial Preterist view is that Jesus switches in Matthew 24:36 – 25:46 to a time yet to be determined in the future. Both of these positions will be analyzed in this thesis. Since this thesis is long, I have provided a link to a PDF at the end of this section.

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