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April 22, 1999

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Q/A: -70th week

Q.
could you please explain to me the 70th week,what exactaly does it mean?

A.
"Seventy weeks are decreed as to your people (Israel) and as to your holy city, to finish the transgression and to make an end of sins, and to make atonement for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the Most Holy." (Dan9:24)

The following verses show how these "weeks" are seven-year-periods. If you read Dave Hunt's book "How Close Are We?" in the chapter, "Forget Good Friday" [Read it] he documents how "Messiah shall be cut off" (crucifixion) occurred to-the-day at the end of the 69th week. Then, the passage talks about Israel's dispersion by the Romans. (vs26) And then there is the "one week". (vs27) If 69 weeks have passed, and there were supposed to be "70" (vs24), that week has to be the "70th week". As the others were, it is a seven-year period of time. That verse also speaks of the "midst of the week" which also conforms to mentions in the book of "The Revelation" of periods of 3 1/2 years, 42 months, etc.

This period of time is that in which God's wrath is poured out upon the earth to destroy wickedness and satan's rule. It is also a time of purifying Israel. (vs24,Mal3:3) And at the end of it, Messiah will return to Israel, to the Mt.Olives to set up His rule from Jerusalem. (vs24, zech12:10,14:4, Acts1:11)

This seven-year period I have begun to call the "70th week" for purposes of clarity. Many call it "the tribulation". However, because of so many errant doctrines, and teachings that the "church" must go through "tribulation" because they confuse the "tribulation" (Jn16:33) that the Church has experienced for 2000 years with the "great tribulation" (Mt24:21, Rev3:10,7:14); and then, if one were to call it "God's Wrath" (Rom1:18,Rev6:17) there are other errant doctrines about the Rapture happening in the middle of the seven year period, or just prior to the one-or-two month period of time of Dan12:12.

The one thing that is very clear about the seven-year period is that it -is- the 70th week of Daniel's prophecy. So, if a person speaks of the "70th week" it is clear that we are speaking of the -whole- 'seven-year' period of time. So, if we speak of pre-70th week Rapture, we know that it is not "pre-wrath", "post-trib", or just prior to that month-or-two interval of Dan12:12, etc.etc.

Another thing that Daniel makes clear is that it is a time when God's focus is back on Israel again. (vs24) Daniel's people and the "holy City" (Jerusalem), when there are "sacrifices" (vs27) This is NOT a period of time for the "Church". The Church does not have a holy city, nor does it offer sacrifices and offerings.

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