In Daniel 9:24, "Seventy Weeks are decreed upon thy people and upon the holy city, to finish transgression "... Sixty nine of those weeks transpired between the command to build Jerusalem and the coming of Jesus the Messiah, who was then crucified (verses 25,26). Since there were 483 years between these occurrences we know that these are sixty nine weeks of years, and each day in the week stood for one year. At the time of the Messiah the people of Daniel changed because the Jews rejected the New Covenant. This will prove to be very important concerning the sign of the seventieth week or the seven years of tribulation. Romans 9:25,26 says "...I will call that my people, which was not my people; And her beloved that was not beloved. And it shall be, that in the place where it was said unto them ye are not my people, There shall they be called sons of the living God". The Jews were broken off of the olive tree of God's Kingdom because of unbelief and we were grafted in by faith (Rom 11:19,20). When the remnant of the Jews get saved (Rom 9:27) and are grafted back in, it will be because they are believers in the New Covenant (Rom 11:23) and not sacrificers of beasts in temples made with hands! Then all Israel (all grafted in) will have been saved (Rom 11:26). It is the believers who are sons of Abraham and brothers of Daniel (Gal 3:6-10). "For he is not a Jew who is one outwardly (in flesh)...but he is a Jew who is one inwardly...in the spirit"... (Rom 2:28,29). The Lord says that Daniel's lot are those who are resurrected at the end (Dan 12:13).
Not only did Daniel's people change when the church began but the holy city changed too according to God's word (remember Dan 9:24). Paul in Gal 4: did not describe physical Jerusalem as holy (sanctified) but rather as desolate (verse 27) meaning empty or deserted by God. Jesus said the same thing in MT 23:37-39. Notice; she killed those sent to her and would not come under Christ so he left her desolate. Christ is the New Testament temple of God and no other temple will be accepted. Back in Gal 4: Paul says physical Jerusalem is in bondage with her children (verses 23,24) and could not inherit with the son of the freewoman (verse 30) which is the new Jerusalem our mother (Verse 26). The spiritual Jerusalem which is the church is now the holy city (Heb 12:18-24). Notice Heb 12:22 says "ye are come...to the heavenly Jerusalem" if you are in the church (verse 23). Some would say how could the holy city, new Jerusalem be on earth if it is coming down out of heaven after the tribulation in Rev 21:1,2,9,10? For the same reason that the church is on earth but will come down out of heaven. You will notice from these verses that the holy city is the holy people. The holy people, as far as spirit and soul are concerned, are created on earth from the word which came down out of heaven (Jn 3:3-7 Greek: born from above) but as far as the body is concerned, it will come down out of heaven (2 Cor 5:1-4). (See also Rev 22:18,19) If you have followed the word carefully you can see that 69 weeks were determined on the physical Jews and their physical city but the 70th week will be determined on the spiritual Jews (church, which includes the Jewish remnant) and their spiritual city (new Jerusalem). God has protected the Jews for the sake of the elect remnant (Rom 11:5-7) and because they are a sign of things that will happen to the church as we will see (1 Pet 1:11,12).
After the 69 weeks in 70 A.D. the people of the prince that came destroyed the city and the sanctuary (Dan 9:26). That lets you know how holy God thought they were. Some say that this prince was Titus of the Roman Empire whose armies destroyed Jerusalem. That cannot be. In the text itself when Daniel was under the Persian king, Cyrus (Dan 10:1), the prince of Persia withstood Daniel's heavenly visitor but the prince of God, Michael, helped him (10:13). After the prince of Persia, the prince of Greece came because Greece conquered Persia (10:20,21), and then came the prophesied prince of the Roman Empire whose people, including Titus, destroyed the city. Angel princes was with demon princes (10:20,21). This is clear that the princes were demon principalities that ruled over Empires (Epe 6:12). Another proof of this is that the prince that destroyed Jerusalem in verse 26 also will make that covenant of the 70th week almost 2000 years later in verse 27, so it cannot be a man unless he is 2000 years old. We have been told that this charismatic leader called the Antichrist will make a covenant with the Jews for seven years (the 70th week). Jesus said you make of no effect the word of God by your traditions. This is the description of the letter not the truth of the spirit. The prince or Antichrist or beast is a demon principality that comes from the bottomless pit (Rev 17:8 / 11:7) and inhabits the body of all those whose spirit does not confess that Jesus is come (Greek) in their flesh (1 Jn 4:2-5 / 2 Jn 7 / Epe 3:14-19 / 4:13). Everyone who is not written in the book of life is under the beasts (prince, antichrist) authority and they worship him (Rev 13:7,8), just as we are under the authority of Christ and we worship him. He (Christ) that is in us is greater that he (antichrist) that is in the world (1 Jn 4:4). (see also The Beast) The U.N. is the only government in the world that incorporates all the people in the world. (see Fall of the U.S., Fall of the World and The Harlot and the Beast). They have made an agreement with the religions of the world effective in June of 2000. This agreement forms a U.N. of religions called United Religions (U.R.) (see The False Prophet). It will promote unity among religions and guarantee freedom of individual conscience which means members in your church will be able to believe and act as the like (see Mark W. Dream). This is contrary to church doctrine and destructive to the body (1 Cor 5:1-13 / 2 Thes 2:15 / 3:6,7,14). "And he (beast-U.N.) will make a firm covenant with many (Notice: not all, and not Jews) for one week" (Dan 9:27). This covenant will be made by the beast, but in effect it will unite the church with the harlot (apostate religion) exactly as Constantine did in the earlier Roman Empire (see The False Prophet). This covenant will unite Christians, Jews, Muslims, Hindus, etc., etc., and will give authority to a governing body (the head of the False Prophet) of evil religious leaders brought together by, and under the authority of, the U.N.. According to Dan 9:27 the beast breaks his covenant in the "the midst of the week" (seven years) with those who sacrifice to the Lord. In Rev 12:6,14 we see the church, as the woman, being protected and reeducated for the first half of the seven years. Then the beast in the midst of the week (seven years) makes war on the saints (Rev 13:5-7) because they would not take the mark of the beast (see The Mark and Image of the Beast) which is an abomination that maketh desolate (spoken of later in this writing). True Christians will ignore this covenant from the beginning, but the apostate, fruitless Christians will fall away and become desolate. Where is the supposed covenant with the Jews that is broken in the middle? God is sending a "working of error, that they should believe a lie" (2 Thes. 2:11).
The danger here is that because of the false prophets many of God's people are expecting the tribulation to begin with an all fly away rapture, and then this man called the Antichrist making a covenant with physical Israel. While they are looking for this false sign the true signs will have happened and they will be in the tribulation and not prepared. The multitudes of God's people in Jesus' day were rebuked by him for not knowing the signs of the time. History must repeat itself. They did not know about the coming of Antichrist in their day to destroy the temple and its worshippers. They were told by their false prophets that they would escape. Holiness is our escape! Come out of Babylon.
"And in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease" (Dan 9:27). In Dan 11:31 12:11 and 8:11-14 he also speaks of the continual burnt offering being taken away. Since many have assumed that this covenant is with the Jews and they are not sacrificing at all then they must have started to sacrifice at the beginning of the week so they could cease in the middle. Assuming is a big problem when it comes to God's word. Since the time of Jesus there has been a continual burnt offering in the midst of God's new temple the church. The disciples are the new testament priests and they offer spiritual sacrifice that are acceptable to God says 1 Pet 2:5. Rom 12:1 says to "present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God which is your spiritual service. Some would say Jesus sacrificed his life once and for all so that we would not have to sacrifice ours. Physically speaking this is true but spiritually speaking it is not. Jesus said "If any man would come after me, let him deny himself (sacrifice self), and take up his cross (to be sacrificed on), and follow me. For whosoever would save his life shall lose it: and whosoever shall lose his life for my sake shall find it" (Mt 16:24,25). Self, the flesh, the beast must be sacrificed to have life. This is what Jesus died for, to enable us to die to sin and live to him (Rom 6:11,12). Baptism is an act of faith that reckons this as done and the rest of our life is to manifest this by letting the water of the word (Epe. 5:26) put to death our old life. You know Jn 3:16 but what about 1 Jn. 3:16? "Hereby know we love because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren". Epe. 5:1,2 teaches us to imitate the Lord and to give up self (flesh) as an offering to God for an odor of sweet smell (burnt offering). We are partakers of Christ's sufferings when we obediently go through the fiery trial and the flesh burns up leaving only the glory of Christ (1 Pet 4:12,13). The sweet smell of burning flesh or self is the acceptable sacrifice in the New Testament (Phl. 4:18). We have been lied to about 1 Cor. 3:10-15. The burning up of the wood, hay, and stubble is not in the next life, but this life as we go through the fiery trial not sparing the flesh. "If a man therefore purge himself from these he shall be a vessel unto honor, sanctified, meet for the masters use, prepared unto every good work" (2 Tim 2:20-22). This word sanctified is the same word as in Heb 12:14, "holiness without which no man shall see the Lord". God has given us the responsibility and ability as priests to make the offering of flesh. "Having therefore these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all defilement of flesh (self) and spirit (evil spirits) perfecting holiness in the fear of God" (2 Cor 7:1). Faith in the promises is our power and ability to do this (2 Pet 1:2-4). This is how we prove who the true believers are. It's not those who call Jesus Lord, it's those who make him Lord (Mt 7:19-27). As priests we are to "offer up a sacrifice of praise to God continually" (Heb 13:15) even when we don't feel like it. Praise is to boast about the Lord and his promises. "I will bless the Lord at all times: His praise shall continually be in my mouth. My soul shall make her boast in the Lord: The meek shall hear and be glad (Ps 34:1,2). Hosea 14:2 teaches us to "render as bullocks the offering of our lips". Jesus is the high priest of our confession (Heb 3:1), so we must hold fast our confession to give him a sacrifice (Heb 4:14). In Mt 10:32,33 Jesus said "Every one therefore who shall confess me before men, him will I also confess before my Father (and the angels Lk 12:8) who is in heaven. But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father (and the angels Lk 12:9) who is in heaven". The Greek word here for confess is homo-logeo, which means to speak the same as, so if we speak what he spoke, we have a sacrifice. Those who speak shall speak the oracles of God (1 Pet 4:11). Notice, to not "confess me" is to "deny me". "If we deny him, he will deny us" (2 Tim 2:12). "For by thy words thou shalt be justified (accounted righteous), and by thy words thou shalt be condemned" (Mt 12:37). Our confession brings God's salvation (Rom 10:10) into our soul, into our body (1 Pet 2:24), and into our circumstances (Gal 3:13,14). And he is not going to make a third covenant with the Jews because this covenant is eternal (Heb 13:20). The physical sacrifices are abominations to God (Isa 66:3,4 / 1:11-15).
For 400 years after Christ the rabbis taught that God had given them signs of his rejection of their temple, and its sacrifices, before it was destroyed in 70 AD. This is witnessed in both the Jerusalem and Babylonian Talmuds. Let me explain these signs. On the Day of Atonement two goats were presented before the High Priest and also a container with two stone lots inside (Lev 16:5-34). One of these stones was white and called the "lot of the Lord". The other was black and called the "lot of the Scapegoat". Without looking down the High Priest would reach into the container and pull out a stone with his right hand and hold it over the right hand goat. If the stone was white ("lot of the lord"), that goat would be sacrificed and the other set free in the wilderness, symbolizing the Lord's sacrifice in our place. If the stone was black ("lot of the scapegoat"), that goat would be set free and the other would be sacrificed, symbolizing our escape from judgment. In the 3rd century BC there was a good High Priest who was called Simon the Righteous. During the 40 years of his Priesthood the "lot of the Lord" always came up in his right hand (YOMA 39b Babylonian Talmud). According to Pascal's Table of Binominal Coefficients the odds against the white stone coming up forty times in a row are 1,099,511,627,776 to one! That is far far beyond what is considered possible! Also every year for 40 years, when Simon went into the Holy of Holies, a crimson thread on his garment would turn white (Isa 1:18). The Jews began to read these signs as God's acceptance of their sacrifice (YOMA 39b). Quoting YOMA 39b "Our Rabbis taught: In the year in which Simon the Righteous died, he foretold them that he would die. They said: Whence do you know that? He replied: On every day of Atonement an old man, dressed in white, wrapped in white, would join me, entering the Holy of Holies and leaving it with me, but today (the 40th Day of Atonement when Simon was high priest) I was joined by an old man, dressed in black, who entered but did not leave with me. After the festival of Tabernacles he (Simon) was sick for 7 days and then died". For the next 200 years the lot would come up sometimes white, sometimes black, as you might expect in random chance. Also the crimson thread turned white sometimes and others not, becoming a sign to them whether God approved of their sacrifice or not. This brings us to 30 AD, the year Jesus became our sacrifice and our New Testament Temple. From this time on, for the next forty years until the destruction of the temple in 70 AD, the white stone never came up in the right hand of the high priest and the crimson thread never turned white again. This was witnessed by the Jews in their Talmud, and was a clear sign that God would accept no other sacrifice than Jesus. The chances of the black stone coming up for 40 years straight are one in 1,099,511,627,776. If you think those are fantastic odds, listen to this. For that same 40 years after Jesus' crucifixion, the Menorah's (the seven branched lamp stand in the holy place that symbolized Israel - see also Rev 1:20) western lamp would go out every night, when the temple was off limits to people. That's 365 times a year for 40 years. Somebody tell me what the chances against that are, when the priests are doing everything they can to keep it lit, including extra reservoirs of olive oil. This lamp was to never go out. It was the lamp they used to relight the lamps that were put out during the day. It was at this time scripturally that the light of Israel was put out and God turned to the Gentiles. When Jesus died the temple veil was rent from top to bottom, meaning God's plan (top) was fulfilled through man (bottom) (Acts 4:27,28). God's grace was given to man to enter the Holy of Holies. That was not easy, for that veil was 6 inches thick and it took 300 priests to carry it. The rending of that veil represented the rending of Jesus' flesh so that we might enter the Holy of Holies by the blood of Jesus (Heb 10:19,20 / 6:19,20). You will notice in these verses that Jesus was a "forerunner" and he dedicated the way for us, meaning our flesh must be rent to enter the Holy of Holies too (Mt 16:24,25 / Col 3:4-14 / 2Cor 4:16-18 / 2Pet 1:11). These verses explain our continued burnt offering. In this way we can have the closeness to God that once (in type), only the High Priest had. The Jerusalem and Babylonian Talmuds tell us also that the doors behind the veil started opening miraculously at night, (when the Temple was off limits to people) and continued for forty years. They could no longer keep God in their box. These are obvious signs of God's rejection of the Temple and its sacrifices. This was proven after 40 years when God, "who worketh all things after the counsel of his will" (Epe 1:11), destroyed the Temple by the hands of the Roman army. God will accept no sacrifice but that of Jesus and those who come to him through the blood of Jesus. In the "midst of the week" (tribulation) the crowns will be taken from the heads, and given to the horns and the government of the beast will no longer be Democratic (Rev 12:3 / 13:1). The beast will demand that Christians submit to his authority, and man made religious abomination, or else (Rev 13:6-10,15). The lukewarm and apostate will submit at this time, accepting a convenient lie. If because of fear of the loss of this life (Mt 16:25), we submit to the lordship of the beast, whether the individual beast of our own flesh, or the corporate beast of this world, then we permit the beast to "cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease". This is an "abomination that maketh desolate" (Dan 9:27 / 12:11). Dan 8:9-14 is a type of the end. In verses 10-12 we see that through transgression the continual burnt offering is taken away from Jesus. Our sacrifice of the old man ceases when we obey him. Sin is submitting to the beast as lord instead of Jesus and it is giving up the crucified life, our continual burnt offering. You will also notice in 10-13 that some of the host, the stars, and the sanctuary are cast down and trodden under foot through transgression. These 3 terms are synonymous in the New Testament. The stars are some of the seed of Abraham (Gen 22:17 / 15:5 / Dan 12:3 / Phl 2:15), the Christians (Gal 3:6-8), who lose their position of being seated with Christ (sun) in the heavenlies (Epe 2:6 / 2Thes 2:3), and are cast down because they refuse to manifest any maturity (Rev 6:13 / Mt 24:29), through transgression. In Rev 12:3 the dragons tail casts down 1/3 of the stars, who are the falling away, the lukewarm, and the deceived, because the corporate false prophet who teaches lies is the tail (Isa 9:15). In Rev 13:5-7 for 42 months (3 1/2 years) the beast blasphemes God's "name and his tabernacles (sanctuary), them that tabernacle in the heaven". Notice that God's tabernacle is those that tabernacle in the heaven (stars). The beast also makes war on the saints and overcomes them for this 42 months. Overcome here can mean only overcoming their body through death, or for some it will mean overcoming their soul through deception and corruption, which is the stars falling (cast down) to earth. In Rev 11:1 we see that "the temple of God, and the altar, and them that worship therein" are spared being trodden under foot. These are the first fruits who are in the house of the Lord (Ex 23:16,19 / Rev 14:1-5 / 3:12). In Rev 11:2 those outside the Temple, but inside the holy city (for they are not as close to God as the others), will be trodden under foot 42 months (3 1/2 years) (Mt 5:13,14). These are two witnesses who minister 3 1/2 years (verse 3) and the beast will make war with them and overcome them (verse 7), exactly what Rev 13:7 says will happen to the saints, for the two witnesses are the saints, who have the anointing of Moses and Elijah (see the Two Witnesses). Some will turn back and take the mark because of this persecution. They will give up the continual burnt offering and their place as God's sanctuary and be cast down (Dan 8:11,13). This abomination committed by many will cause them as a temple to be desolate (Dan 8:13). Dan 8:9-14 literally was speaking of Antiochus Epiphanes, who after causing the sacrifice to cease, set up a statue of Jupiter (Image of Beast) in the holy place. When the beast of the world, or the beast of our own flesh, rules in our holy place, that is an abomination that maketh desolate. Esau became desolate because he followed after flesh (for one mess of meat) and sold his birthright (position with Christ in the heavenlies) and was rejected (Greek: reprobated) (Heb 12:16,17). The corporate temple, the church, has been ruled by many false prophets, many abominations that will ultimately make it desolate. Notice in Dan 9:27 that "upon the pinnacle of abominations (at the height of many abominations) shall come one (abomination) (the mark and Image of the beast) that maketh desolate (empty, deserted by God), and even unto the full end, and that determined, shall wrath be poured out upon the desolate". Notice what is desolate are people, not a building. The Jews already desolated their temple (Mt 23:38,39). In Rev 17:16 the beast "shall hate the harlot, and shall make her desolate" because her cup is full of abominations (verse 4).She is called the harlot because she is supposed to love God but instead she loves the world and self. God's people must come out of the harlot system or become desolate (Rev 18:4) in the hour (Rev 18:19) of the beast (17:12) which is 42 months or the last 3 1/2 years. God bless you and give you eyes to see and ears to hear for strong delusion will get worse.