Monday, April 28, 2008

False Ideas (8) - The Seventy Weeks

Daniel 9:24-27 is often misunderstood. It is used to justify the belief that there will be a seven year tribulation, just prior to Christ’s second coming. Those with this view see the passage as a description of the activities of the anti-christ. To get this result they have to insert a gap before the last week. There is not justification of this trick.

Careful study will be necessary to clarify its true meaning. Like Matthew 24, it is really a prophecy of the destruction of Jerusalem. The seventy weeks were fulfilled in Jesus time.

Read here for an interpretation that does not need a gap.

1 comment:

KM said...

Seventh-day Adventism has always taught that there is no gap in Daniel 9 and that the 490 represents the Jewish dispensation. But you are correct: that idea is not spoken of as loudly or widely as is the Left Behind timeline and franchise.