“Seventy ‘sevens’ are decreed for your people and your holy city to finish transgression, to put an end to sin, to atone for wickedness, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal up vision and prophecy and to anoint the most holy.
25 “Know and understand this: From the issuing of the decree to restore and rebuild Jerusalem until the Anointed One, the ruler, comes, there will be seven ‘sevens,’ and sixty-two ‘sevens.’ It will be rebuilt with streets and a trench, but in times of trouble. 26 After the sixty-two ‘sevens,’ the Anointed One will be cut off and will have nothing. The people of the ruler who will come will destroy the city and the sanctuary. The end will come like a flood: War will continue until the end, and desolations have been decreed. 27 He will confirm a covenant with many for one ‘seven.’ In the middle of the ‘seven’ he will put an end to sacrifice and offering. And on a wing of the Temple he will set up an abomination that causes desolation, until the end that is decreed is poured out on him.” (NIV84)
This is one of the most specific prophecies recorded in the Bible. This passage here was why people were expecting the Christ to show up when he did. Let me explain…
The first thing to understand regarding this passage is the use of the word translated ‘sevens.’ The NIV translators put the word in quotes to tell us that there really is no equivalent English word for the time duration found in this prophecy. A ‘seven’ is a seven-year period that is reckoned as a ‘seven’ in the same way that we would think of ten years as being a decade. Within the Law, many of the things revolved around seven-year periods.
- Israel had a seven day week, which had a special Sabbath day on the seventh day.
- Every seventh year was a year of rest during which the land was not to be farmed.
- Any Hebrew servants that they had purchased had to be released in the seventh year.
- After every seven seven-year periods, there would be a special extra year of rest called the Jubliee.
- And many other examples.
The point is that decades had no meaning to them; everything revolved around seven-year periods, that the NIV translators simply called a ‘seven.’
So, we see in Daniel that seventy ‘sevens’ were decreed for the Israelites, and that’s 490 years. The 490 years begins with the issuing of the Decree to restore and rebuild Jerusalem, which we can see in [Ezra 1:1–4], and by Bible-reckoning that would have been on about 410 BC or about seventy years after the Babylonian captivity. Friends, I am not an archeologist and have no real way of determining the exact year of biblical events. However, I do know what the Bible says, and I always try to stay within the Spirit of the Bible, that is, the Spirit of Christ.
Please take the time to prayerfully consider what happens to the Israelites after the 490 years are over (verse 24 above.) It’s pretty astonishing.
- Finish transgression.
- Put an end to sin.
- Atone for wickedness.
- Bring in everlasting righteousness.
- Seal up vision and prophecy.
- Anoint the most holy.
It’s pretty obvious that this Scripture prophecy has not been fulfilled. I want to point out that this prophecy speaks about Daniel’s people, the Israelites, and not the Church, not that it is fulfilled with the Church either. This passage is talking about the Israelites during the Millennial Kingdom Age.
Starting in verse 25 above, we see that the beginning of the 490 years begins with a ‘seven’ followed by sixty-two ‘sevens,’ at which time the Anointed One would come; that’s Jesus Christ. The word Christ is Greek for the Anointed One, which is also the Messiah in Hebrew. Look very carefully at what it says in the next verse concerning the Anointed One. It says that he will be cut-off and have nothing, which is very clearly a reference to Jesus’ crucifixion. Verse 25 goes on to say that it would take seven ‘sevens’ or 49 years to restore and rebuild Jerusalem and then a further sixty-two ‘sevens’ or 434 years before the Christ would come. This time points to Jesus’ Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem as recorded in [Matthew 21:1-11] [Mark 11:1-10] [Luke 19:28-44] [John 12:12-16].
Now all of that is very easy to read and understand, but what comes next takes some thought and consideration. We see next, “The people of the ruler who will come will destroy the city and the sanctuary. The end will come like a flood: War will continue until the end, and desolations have been decreed.” Looking at this, we see another reference to a ruler, but this is not the same ruler referred to in verse 25. The first ruler was Jesus Christ, the King of kings, but this second ruler is from the people that will come and destroy the city and the sanctuary, that is the Roman’s. The Roman army destroyed the city of Jerusalem and the Temple in the year 70 AD. Look and see that this verse is talking about the ruler that will come and not about the Roman people themselves. I would also like you to see that the last part of this verse 26 is pretty vague about time. The important thing here is that this verse is talking about a future ruler, the Antichrist, that will come from the same people that destroyed the city and sanctuary in 70 AD.
Now for the Last Verse of This Prophecy, Verse 27
He will confirm a covenant with many for one ‘seven.’ In the middle of the ‘seven’ he will put an end to sacrifice and offering. And on a wing of the Temple he will set up an abomination that causes desolation, until the end that is decreed is poured out on him.” (NIV84)
This Is the Most Important Verse for Us Today
The person referred to in this verse is the Antichrist. The Antichrist is the “He” that confirms a covenant with many for one ‘seven.’ This is a very important sign that you must not miss. It marks the beginning of the seven years of Tribulation, as recorded in the book of Revelation. When you see, if you are alive at the time of this verse’s fulfillment, the man from the fourth kingdom, the Roman Empire, the leader of present-day unified Europe, sign a seven-year treaty (modern word of a covenant), you can understand that the last ‘seven’ has begun. You can also understand that all hell is literally going to erupt around the whole world. It is my opinion that this signing of the treaty sign will be preceded by severe years-long worldwide depression, but that is not supported by Scripture. I believe it so because I believe that world war II was a mini version of what’s coming. And Adolf Hitler is a little foretaste of the Antichrist. The only thing is is that this time no one will be able to defeat and stop the Antichrist except Jesus Christ, and he does just that at the end of the ‘seven,’ after he has destroyed most of the world.
The Abomination That Causes Desolation
See also that in the middle of the week, the Antichrist is going to set up an abomination that causes desolation, which is a key event in the end times scenario. This exact phrase, “abomination that causes desolation,” occurs five times in the Bible, and each time you see it, you can know exactly when it happens, that is, in the middle of the seven-year time of trial. That is to say, 1260 days after the treaty is signed, or three and a half years after, or 42 months after; they all mean the same thing and are each used in the Scriptures.
The New Temple
It is very important that at this point to consider what this means. For the Antichrist to set up an image in the Temple, there must be a Temple. I believe, but I can’t prove it in the Scriptures, but it seems to fit all of the available information, that the seven-year treaty that the Antichrist signs with the many in Isreal is a treaty that promises military protection for Isreal from its surrounding nations so that the Jews can rebuild the Temple.
Antichrist Name Meaning
The name Antichrist means one who denies that Jesus is the Christ [1 John 2:22]. The Bible giving this guy that name means that this is a platform statement that identifies this European leader. In the past, no political leader could have ever gotten elected in Europe on a platform of denying that Jesus is Christ, but the world is becoming more and more rebellious, and this man will be known for this belief; hence the name Antichrist.
What I see going on here is that the Antichrist secretly wants himself to be declared the Christ, and this is his motivation behind backing Israel in the rebuilding of the Temple. He never tells the Jews this, because they would never go along with the idea of the Christ being a non-Jew. So the Antichrist keeps this a secret, and he tells the Jews that they are right in thinking that Jesus is not the Christ and that they should rebuild the Temple so that God can send the real Christ. And so the many in Israel sign the seven-year treaty and rebuild the Temple.
Now, the Temple must be rebuilt because the Scriptures must be fulfilled, and there is no possibility that the Temple will not be rebuilt, and so it’s built. But God knows (clearly) what the Antichrist has planned, and so the Two Witnesses warn the people of Israel concerning him. This is what makes the Two Witnesses so unpopular to the Antichrist. The Two Witnesses are unpopular to the many in Israel also because they all want the Temple to be rebuilt. In the mind of the Jews, they must have a Temple so that they can fulfill the requirements of the Law