Salvation from sin and death is only possible by grace alone, through faith alone, in the person of Jesus Christ alone. Period. First things must come first. That said, the purpose of this ministry is to proclaim the soon return of Jesus Christ upon an unsuspecting world. It is also to encourage the true Church in these final days, to admonish the unrepentant sinner, and to guide those seeking answers following the mass disappearance of millions.
To lay the groundwork, we first turn to the book of Daniel, chapter 9 (NIV).
24 “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 Place.
25 “Know and understand this: From the time the word goes out 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 put to death 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 at the temple he will set up an abomination that causes desolation, until the end that is decreed is poured out on him."
The Anointed One is Yeshua HaMashiach, Jesus the Christ, who was crucified as the ultimate and final sacrifice to save all those who would believe in Him from the consequences of sin, which are death and hell. The precise historical fulfillment of Daniel's prophecy has been described by others (https://christinprophecy.org/articles/daniels-70-weeks-of-years/).
An alternative interpretation was put forth by Sir Isaac Newton. Newton said there was no linguistic basis for adding the separate seven and sixty-two weeks of years (or 49 and 434 years, respectively). Rather, he concluded these two separate time periods referred to the second and first advents of the Messiah. Newton believed the 62 weeks (or 434-year part) was fulfilled at the First Coming, and the seven weeks (or 49-year part) would apply to the Second Coming.
The final week of years is commonly referred to as Daniel's 70th week. Daniel provides more information about this final week in chapter 12 (NIV).
11 “From the time that the daily sacrifice is abolished and the abomination that causes desolation is set up, there will be 1,290 days.12 Blessed is the one who waits for and reaches the end of the 1,335 days."
Newton's assertion would mean the final sequence of "weeks" would be 7 + 1, or 49 years + 7 years. So why was this prophecy delivered in such terms? The most likely answer can be found in the book of Leviticus, chapter 25 (NIV):
8 “Count off seven sabbath years—seven times seven years—so that the seven sabbath years amount to a period of forty-nine years. 9 Then have the trumpet sounded everywhere on the tenth day of the seventh month; on the Day of Atonement sound the trumpet throughout your land. 10 Consecrate the fiftieth year and proclaim liberty throughout the land to all its inhabitants. It shall be a jubilee for you; each of you is to return to your family property and to your own clan. 11 The fiftieth year shall be a jubilee for you; do not sow and do not reap what grows of itself or harvest the untended vines. 12 For it is a jubilee and is to be holy for you; eat only what is taken directly from the fields. 13 In this Year of Jubilee everyone is to return to their own property."
When applied to Daniel's prophecy, these verses imply that Daniel's 70th week is in fact a jubilee. In particular it is the Final Jubilee prior to the Second Coming of Christ. So why should the Final Jubilee last seven years, when a typical jubilee observance only lasts one?
Returning to Leviticus, chapter 26 (NIV):
27 “‘If in spite of this you still do not listen to me but continue to be hostile toward me,28 then in my anger I will be hostile toward you, and I myself will punish you for your sins seven times over. 29 You will eat the flesh of your sons and the flesh of your daughters. 30 I will destroy your high places,cut down your incense altars and pile your dead bodies on the lifeless forms of your idols, and I will abhor you. 31 I will turn your cities into ruins and lay waste your sanctuaries,and I will take no delight in the pleasing aroma of your offerings. 32 I myself will lay waste the land, so that your enemies who live there will be appalled.33 I will scatter you among the nations and will draw out my sword and pursue you. Your land will be laid waste,and your cities will lie in ruins.34 Then the land will enjoy its sabbath years all the time that it lies desolate and you are in the country of your enemies; then the land will rest and enjoy its sabbaths.35 All the time that it lies desolate, the land will have the rest it did not have during the sabbaths you lived in it."
An example of fulfillment of this was the Babylonian captivity, during which Daniel lived and was given his prophecy. The captivity lasted 70 years, and the land saw its sabbath rests (or Shemitah years) during the captivity.
What YHWH intends as a blessing, if not properly observed, becomes a curse. The Jubilee year is then multiplied seven times, and becomes a curse: Daniel's 70th week, the Great Tribulation, the Time of Jacob's (Israel's) Trouble. John's Revelation further details the events of the Great Tribulation.
The jubilee observance was unique. During the jubilee regular work was not done. Slaves were released. Land was returned to the original owners. This implies that the regular temple activities were also suspended. Could Daniel's phrase "from the time that the daily sacrifice is abolished" be a veiled reference to the jubilee observance? If so, it would establish a specific time frame of 1290 days from onset of the Final Jubilee until the midpoint of the 70th week, an event described as the Abomination of Desolation.
Jesus' reference to this event was given in Matthew 24 (NIV).
15 “So when you see standing in the holy place ‘the abomination that causes desolation,’ spoken of through the prophet Daniel—let the reader understand— 16 then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. 17 Let no one on the housetop go down to take anything out of the house. 18 Let no one in the field go back to get their cloak. 19 How dreadful it will be in those days for pregnant women and nursing mothers! 20 Pray that your flight will not take place in winter or on the Sabbath. 21 For then there will be great distress, unequaled from the beginning of the world until now—and never to be equaled again.
22 “If those days had not been cut short, no one would survive, but for the sake of the elect those days will be shortened. 23 At that time if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Messiah!’ or, ‘There he is!’ do not believe it. 24 For false messiahs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect. 25 See, I have told you ahead of time."
So how did a jubilee observance begin? For information on this we return to Leviticus 25 (NIV).
8 “‘Count off seven sabbath years—seven times seven years—so that the seven sabbath years amount to a period of forty-nine years.9 Then have the trumpet sounded everywhere on the tenth day of the seventh month;on the Day of Atonement sound the trumpet throughout your land."
Next time, we will explore further the implications of this concept.