The remarkable thing about this prophecy is that it so long and extremely detailed. The last five verses (40-45) have been expressed about the end times, but all preceding verses are about a period that has been past. I.e. at the time that Daniel heard this prophecy, it had yet to happen, but for us that live in the end-time this is all history.
The book of Daniel is a book written for those that live in the end-time.
"But you, Daniel, close up and seal the words of the scroll until the time of the end".
Why would God give such a long and detailed prophecy about a period that will be history at the end-time?
The reliability of a prophet is measured by the coming true of the prophesy.
"You may say to yourselves, "How can we know when a message has not been spoken by the LORD?" 22 If what a prophet proclaims in the name of the LORD does not take place or come true, that is a message the LORD has not spoken. That prophet has spoken presumptuously. Do not be afraid of him".
Daniel has much prophesied about the end times. If he only would have prophesied about the end, we wouldn’t have had the opportunity to evaluate whether the prophet speaks words of God or not. Now in the prophecies of Daniel, however, large portions have come true with 100% accuracy. This shows us that this is indeed a prophet of God.
The fact that these prophecies were fulfilled literally tells a lot.
This prophecy has been literally fulfilled for e.g. 80%, meaning that what was prophesied happened as foretold. Isn’t is quite logical that the remainder will be fulfilled too?!
The extreme precision with which the Greek history was foretold and came true, guarantees that the predicted end-time will be precisely and literally come true too.
ANTHIOCHUS IV EPIFANES
This king gets the most attention in this prophecy. It is the last king of the Greek empire, and he is in many ways a type of the antichrist who will rise in the end-time. By comparison with the prophecy of Daniel 9 -the prophesy about the seventy sevens (year weeks)- it proves that the abomination of desolation, as mentioned in Daniel 11, where it is about (Anthiochus IV), is only a type of the abomination of desolation in Daniel 9:27.
"23 As soon as you began to pray, an answer was given, which I have come to tell you, for you are highly esteemed. Therefore, consider the message and understand the vision:
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.
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".
Let’s first determine what “seventy sevens” means. The King James translated those words in “seventy weeks”. Now we have to determine what that term “week” means. We have seen in previous bible studies that days are used as examples and became later years. Think about the forty days that the spies were in the land and the forty years that Israel had to go into the wilderness.
Literally, the word "weeks" means sevens. A week has seven days and is in Daniel "7 years"
(Compare also Leviticus 25:8)
To understand how the ranking of those weeks is, we must follow the prophecy.
"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".
There are seventy weeks determined to finish sin and eternal righteousness. When is that?
When did eternal justice revealed?
When Jesus came to earth and died for us.
"21 But now a righteousness from God, apart from law, has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. 22 This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference".
Those seventy weeks = year-weeks = 490 years, goes on to the time of Jesus’ death and resurrection.
When does that period of 70 weeks start?
"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".
There are, as I understand, several interpretations of these 70 weeks. We will follow one. We shall see that these dates are not so important because of what happened in that 70th week, and is still going to happen, is clearly defined. When we consult these texts we will see that the end of the first half of this last week is clearly marked. Nevertheless, to be complete, we will examen one scenario.
These seventy weeks started at “the moment when the word went out to restore Jerusalem and rebuild . . . ”
This was in 453 BC when King Artaxerxes gave Nehemiah permission to rebuild Jerusalem. The rebuilding has lasted seven (year) weeks, i.e. 49 years, so it was 404 BC.
“And sixty-two ‘sevens’ It will be rebuilt”. 62 weeks = 434 years. This is 30 AD. Thirty years after Jesus was born.
"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"".After the sixty-two 'sevens,' (i. e. after the 7 + 62 weeks) the Anointed One will be cut off and will have nothing".
Just to be clear: When we read that the Anointed One will be cut off AFTER the aforementioned 62 weeks, that in fact is AFTER 69 weeks, then that happened in the 70th week.
Who is that anointed one who has been cut off while there was nothing against him?
As far as I know there is only ever one “Messiah be cut off, but not for himself” (KJV), and that is Jesus.
Jesus died after 30 AD, to be exact 3 ½ later. He was cut off, but not for Himself.
Now the second part of this verse:
"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".
“The people of a ruler to come”. For centuries it has been assumed that this ruler was the Roman emperor, Titus. Because under his leadership, Jerusalem was destroyed, including the Temple, in 70 AD. But Titus died on September 13, 81 AD to the consequences of fever, and that had nothing to do with “flood” as mentioned in the text.
Almost all Bible scholars explain “the flood” as an event at the end of time, either just before, or when Jesus returns.
There is another reason that Titus (or Rome) is not meant to be the ruler to come. We can see that clearly when we see that Jesus, in Matthew 24, shows that the abomination of desolation is a person who will set himself in the temple. Paul shows that the abomination of desolation sets himself in the temple in order to show that he is a god. Titus never did this.
That ruler who will come is not Titus, but who will it be?
We need to read that sentence good. These are the people of a ruler who shall come in the end. But the Romans destroyed Jerusalem and the temple, didn’t they?
We know It was Titus who besieged Jerusalem, but in fact it were his soldiers. And those soldiers did not come from Europe. Titus came with four legions into Judea:
The 10th Legion (Fretensis),
The 15th Legion (Appolinaris),
the 12th legion (Fulminata),
and the fifth legion (Macedonia).
All these legions took part in the destruction of Jerusalem, but it was the 10th legion that broke through the wall and burned the temple.
Each legion consisted of several cohorts. The tenth legion was composed of soldiers who came from Syria, Turkey and Arabia. And those are exactly the people that Jesus, at his return, will fight. From those people the Antichrist will come forward. More on this later.
Again the text:
"The people of the ruler who will come".
That ruler comes in the end time. But the people from which the ruler comes, are those who destroyed in 70 AD. Jerusalem and the temple. They were the Turks, Syrians and Arabs. And those people again will wage war against Jerusalem
"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".
This text is generally interpreted as meaning that the person who will confirm the covenant with many for one (year)week will be the Antichrist.
There is general agreement that the one who will “set up an abomination that causes desolation” is the Antichrist. When we read Matthew 24:15 and 2 Thessalonians 2:4, we see clearly that he indeed is the Antichrist.
Prophecies have often double layers of fulfilling. Here in Daniel 9:27 I see that too. The first layer is fulfilled by Jesus and the second layer will be fulfilled by the anti-Jesus, or as we call him: the Antichrist.
In Daniel 9:26 we read that the Messiah, or Anointed One, will be cut off after the 69 year-weeks, so that is in the seventieth week. Those are the last seven years of the seventy sevens (=490 years) which are decreed by God to finish transgression.
In verse 27 we see that “in the middle of the ‘seven’ he will put an end to sacrifice and offering.”
Generally it is thought that here is spoken of the Antichrist, but I think there are two layers in this prophecy.
The first layer is fulfilled at the end of the first 3½ years of that 70th year-week when Jesus died. At that time the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. Jesus was the ultimate sacrifice, the sacrifices in the Temple were no longer needed.
The second layer will be fulfilled when the Antichrist will put an end to sacrifice and offering.
When we think of who that person will be, who will set up an abomination in the temple and will put an end to sacrifice and offering, then we see that he is doing those things in the middle of the last seven years before Jesus comes back.
In other words, he will do that in beginning of the last 3½ years of the time appointed by God (490 years).
A quick reminder about those 490 years.
We’ve seen that they started when King Artaxerxes gave Nehemiah permission to rebuild Jerusalem in 453 BC.
At the time Jesus died 483½ years past, so the time remained was 3½ years. And those 3½ years, as we’ve seen, end when Jesus comes back.
Those 3½ years are mentioned in Revelation 12 and 13. We see that the Antichrist will make it very difficult for the people of Israel and for all who hold to the testimony of Jesus. That is the time of the great tribulation.
Jesus had a public ministry that lasted 3½ years. When Jesus died He fulfilled, in a way, Daniel 9:27. But the second layer of fulfillment will be when the Antichrist will put an end to sacrifices and offering. Which means that there must be a temple where sacrifices and offerings will be brought.
However, there are Bible scholars who say that this text can not be explained in a way that Jesus ended the sacrifices. I doubt it, because it is very remarkable that in a supernatural way it was made clear that the sacrifices were no longer needed because the curtain of the temple tore from top to bottom at the time the ultimate sacrifice died at the cross.
The last year-week (7 years) is divided in two times 3½ years.
The first 3½ years were during Jesus’ ministry on earth until his death, the Antichrist will fulfill the last 3½ years.
The Antichrist will enter into a covenant with, most likely, the Jews. The covenant will be for seven years. (Daniel 9:27)
The first 3½ years of that covenant are no part of Gods time-line (70 year-weeks=490 years), the second part fits in the last year-week of Daniel.
In the first 3½ years, of the covenant that the Antichrist entered with many, there will be peace and very likely at that time the temple will be rebuilt. But around the mid-seven-year alliance the Antichrist will set himself in the temple proclaiming himself to be god. If he does, he will cease sacrifices. From that moment on, God’s history with Israel will continue and the second half of the last year-week of Daniel begins. So it runs parallel with the second half of the covenant that the Antichrist has concluded with the Jews. Then we will see that the Antichrist will not comply with the covenant of peace, and the great tribulation begins. (See the diagram).
All prophecies concerning Jesus’ coming, His work and His Kingship skip the era of the church. See for example Isaiah 9:6-7 and Zechariah 9:9-10
In the same way we see that in Daniel 9:27.
The time that Israel is temporarily set aside, that is the time between Jesus' death and His return, is not mentioned by God in prophecy. The time between Jesus’ death and His return is temporarily set aside for Israel. In this prophesy as well.
Without an interruption the prophecy goes on to:
“. . . And on a wing [ of the temple ] (this is not in the Hebrew text - it is: And on a wing as abominations. . . ) he will set up an abomination that causes desolation, until the end that is decreed is poured out on him. . . ”.
That desolator will cease the restored sacrifices. This is the fulfillment of this prophecy of the second layer.
(Remember: the first layer of fulfillment was when Jesus died and the veil tore).
This destroyer will be there until the end of times. Both Jesus as Paul speak of that destroyer. The destroyer, who will set himself in the temple of God. From the relevant parts of the Bible it shows that this destroyer comes just before Jesus returns.
"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,. . . ".
"4He will oppose and will exalt himself over everything that is called God or is worshiped, so that he sets himself up in God's temple, proclaiming himself to be God".
This Temple will be rebuilt before Jesus returns. And they will set the sacrifices again, because they do not recognize the sacrifice of Jesus. They will, as they did once, put their trust not in the Lord their God, but in a foreign power. In this case not Egypt, but the ruler of a country North of Israel.
They will put their faith in the foolish shepherd.
"15 Then the LORD said to me, "Take again the equipment of a foolish shepherd. 16 For I am going to raise up a shepherd over the land who will not care for the lost, or seek the young, or heal the injured, or feed the healthy, but will eat the meat of the choice sheep, tearing off their hoofs.
17 "Woe to the worthless shepherd, who deserts the flock!May the sword strike his arm and his right eye!
May his arm be completely withered, his right eye totally blinded!""
You might wonder how it is certain that the temple will be rebuilt? This is the conclusion on reading the aforementioned texts from Matthew and 2 Thessalonians. Jesus speaks of the abomination of desolation that will stand in the holy place. Paul talks about the same person, saying that he will set himself up in the temple of God. If the man of lawlessness, that is the son of perdition, or the abomination of desolation, will set himself up in the temple of God, it is not difficult to conclude that there will be a temple. Attempts by some people to place this event to the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 AD leads nowhere on the following arguments.
Daniel 8:11 is interesting in this context. Antiochus is again a type of the antichrist.
“It set itself up to be as great as the Prince of the host; it took away the daily sacrifice from him, and the place of his sanctuary was brought low”.
From another part of the Bible, we know that the abomination of desolation, the Antichrist, will do his work 1260 days. Yet Daniel 12:11 refers to 1290 days. I think it is suggested here that the Antichrist will sit in the temple 30 days, where one will believe that he is God, the awaited Messiah. He will sit there before the persecutions will begin against the saints that have the testimony of Jesus. It’s just a thought till I understand what it really means.
As previously mentioned, Antiochus IV, is a type of Antichrist. Antiochus put an end to the temple service by setting up a statue of his god (Zeus) in the temple, and by letting himself being worshiped as a god. The Antichrist sets himself in the temple. He is the image of his father, the devil. He also wants to be worshiped as a god. As in the days of Antiochus likewise in the days of the Antichrist there will be “wise” who “will bring many to understand”, but they will suffer persecution. It will be a time of distress like there never was.
And what is being said about Antiochus in Daniel 11:36, will be said about the Antichrist. "The king will do as he pleases. He will exalt and magnify himself above every god and will say unheard-of things against the God of gods. He will be successful until the time of wrath is completed, for what has been determined must take place".
When the measure is full of God's wrath, he will pour his wrath on this earth at "the great and dreadful day of the Lord".
Fortunately, we don't have to be scared about all this, "For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ. He died for us . ". (1 Thessalonians 5:9)
We will leave Daniel 11 and the part about the abomination of desolation in Daniel 9.
COMMENTS ON TEXT SHEET 2a
"its legs of iron, its feet partly of iron and partly of baked clay".
The image which Nebuchadnezzar saw had two legs of iron. The various parts of the body depict kingdoms. These legs are a picture of the fourth kingdom.
"Finally, there will be a fourth kingdom, strong as iron-for iron breaks and smashes everything-and as iron breaks things to pieces, so it will crush and break all the others".
The first was the Babylonian or Chaldean empire. The second empire was of the Medes and Persians. The third empire was the empire of the Greeks. The fourth empire is that of the Romans, but as we saw earlier, it is about the eastern part of the Roman Empire with its capital in Constantinople. The empire gradually became an Islamic empire.
We have seen how Daniel explains the dream to Nebuchadnezzar. The statue shows four different, successive kingdoms. Later, Daniel sees himself a vision (in Daniel 7). We saw earlier that those animals in that vision correspond with the parts of the statue. Every animal represents, like every part of the statue, a kingdom. The fourth beast will be a special animal. Just like the legs, feet and toes of the statue, represent the fourth empire, similarly, the fourth beast is a picture of the fourth empire.
"7 After that, in my vision at night I looked, and there before me was a fourth beast-terrifying and frightening and very powerful. It had large iron teeth; it crushed and devoured its victims and trampled underfoot whatever was left. It was different from all the former beasts, and it had ten horns".
"It was different from all the former beasts, and it had ten horns".
The ten horns represent the ten toes of the image that Nebuchadnezzar saw in his dream. That it was different from all previous ones is striking. The first empires were empires lead by kings or emperors. This fourth kingdom is different. Initially it is hard as iron and crushed everything, but in second instance it is a composite empire, although it has something of the hardness of the first period that it reigned, but it is different. It has ten toes, according to statue, ten horns, according to the fourth beast.
"23 He gave me this explanation: 'The fourth beast is a fourth kingdom that will appear on earth. It will be different from all the other kingdoms and will devour the whole earth, trampling it down and crushing it".
This verse clearly says that the fourth animal is the fourth kingdom. It will be a world power. Verse 7b. says that this animal had 10 horns.
Verse 24 explains what those ten horns mean "The ten horns are ten kings who will come from this kingdom".
These ten kings come from that fourth empire. They are also part of that fourth empire, as toes are part of the feet, and horns of the beast.
There are commentators that claim that these ten kings are ten successive governments. In a way one king follows the previous one after the other king ceased his reign.
That interpretation is incorrect, for two reasons:
The first reason:
"8 While I was thinking about the horns, there before me was another horn, a little one, which came up among them; and three of the first horns were uprooted before it. This horn had eyes like the eyes of a man and a mouth that spoke boastfully".
Daniel saw ten horns, between which another little horn rose. Three of the 10 horns were uprooted to make way to that little horn".
24 The ten horns are ten kings who will come from this kingdom. After them another king will arise, different from the earlier ones; he will subdue three kings".
There will arise a new king (the little horn), who will subdue three kings. In a series of successive kings a new king can only subdue the last king, and not the last three.
The second reason that this is not a series of successive kings, we will now discuss. Revelation speaks of a beast with seven heads and ten horns. Revelation 13:1 (See Text Sheet 2b block E)Revelation 13:1
"1 And I saw a beast coming out of the sea. He had ten horns and seven heads, with ten crowns on his horns, and on each head a blasphemous name "
(see text-sheet 2b Section E)
"3 Then the angel carried me away in the Spirit into a desert. There I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast that was covered with blasphemous names and had seven heads and ten horns".
12 The ten horns you saw are ten kings who have not yet received a kingdom, but who for one hour will receive authority as kings along with the beast. 13 They have one purpose and will give their power and authority to the beast".
These horns are ten kings who didn’t receive kingship yet, but they will get authority together with the Antichrist (which is the eleventh horn). Only when ten kings are king simultaneously, they can reign with the Antichrist.
Back to the description of the fourth beast. This beast has ten horns.
(see text-sheet 2b Last column)
"24The ten horns are ten kings who will come from this kingdom. After them another king will arise, different from the earlier ones; he will subdue three kings".
From the fourth kingdom shall ten kings arise. We have just seen that there is no series of kings, but a group of ten kingdoms. Nebuchadnezzar’s dream, in which he saw the statue, also speaks about that group of ten kings. Nebuchadnezzar saw feet with toes. It is not written there, but feet usually have ten toes. Of these ten is said something.
(see text-sheet 2a Section E)
"41 Just as you saw that the feet and toes were partly of baked clay and partly of iron, so this will be a divided kingdom; yet it will have some of the strength of iron in it, even as you saw iron mixed with clay.
42 As the toes were partly iron and partly clay, so this kingdom will be partly strong and partly brittle.
43 And just as you saw the iron mixed with baked clay, so the people will be a mixture and will not remain united, any more than iron mixes with clay".
Iron and baked clay. Such mixing indicates that those ten kings will go together as by marriage covenant, but with each other they are not coherent.
(see text-sheet 2a Section E)
8 While I was thinking about the horns, there before me was another horn, a little one, which came up among them; and three of the first horns were uprooted before it. This horn had eyes like the eyes of a man and a mouth that spoke boastfully.
24 b. . . After them another king will arise, different from the earlier ones; he will subdue three kings.
25 He will speak against the Most High and oppress his saints and try to change the set times and the laws. The saints will be handed over to him for a time, times and half a time".
But after those ten kings are come together in a union, another will arise (the little horn) to reign (the Antichrist), he will be different than the ten kings. Three of ten kings will be overthrown by him.
We will discuss in the next part the little horn, who is an image of the Antichrist.
(See page 2 Section F)
Daniel speaks at five locations of the abomination of desolation, the antichrist.
- Daniel 7:8, 24b, 25
- Daniël 8:9-12, 24-25(here it's about Antiochus IV Epiphanes, but it is a double prophecy, according to 25b. )
- Daniel 9:26-27
- Daniel 11:31
- Daniel 12:5-13
We will compare these Bible passages and see what we can learn from it. (Most texts are also on text page 2a and 2b)
The ten horns are ten kings who will come from this kingdom. After them another king will arise, different from the earlier ones; he will subdue three kings.
25 He will speak against the Most High and oppress his saints and try to change the set times and the laws. The saints will be handed over to him for a time, times and half a time".
Ten kings will rule simultaneously. These ten kings will have power when the little horn comes up. The little horn, or the king who is imagined by the little horn, subdues three of the ten kings. He will also speak boast words against the Most High, to God. The eleventh king will fight (7:21) against the saints and even overcome them. The timetable for the eleventh king when he will do it all, will be a time, times and half a time.
Before we proceed with the study of these Bible passages that deal with the abomination of desolation, we must first talk about the following two questions.
- When is that time: a time, times and half a time?
- How long is that?
That time “a time, times and half a time” is the time that the oppressor of the saints is given, he is the ‘abomination of desolation’.
When we want to understand the time table, we have to understand who that person will be. Let’s read some bible texts about him.
The abomination of desolation in Daniel, is described by the Lord as someone who will stand at the holy place.
"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- then let those who are in Judea ...".
.When that moment arrives it’s time to rush to escape if you live in Judea.
(see text sheet 2 Section F)
"For then there will be great distress...".
Paul also speaks of this event.
"1 Concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered to him, we ask you, brothers, . . . .
3 Don't let anyone deceive you in any way, for that day will not come until the rebellion occurs and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the man doomed to destruction.
4 He will oppose and will exalt himself over everything that is called God or is worshiped, so that he sets himself up in God's temple, proclaiming himself to be God".
Paul says: before we will be united with our Lord Jesus Christ when He comes, the man of lawlessness, the son of perdition, the adversary, will rise up and set himself in the temple of God.
So the great tribulation will begin after the abomination of desolation has revealed himself in the temple. The great tribulation will be ‘a time, times and half a time’. And will be before Jesus comes back and we will be united with Him. The first question is now answered.
Daniel is not the only one who speaks about ‘a time, times and half a time’. Revelation speaks about these things too. We shall come back at Revelation more in depth and that’s why we will talk here only about the time element. Revelation 12 speaks mainly about a woman, her child and the dragon. Verse 6 says that the woman fled into the desert. Verse 14 shows that she will be taken care of for 'a time, times and half a time'.
But it all starts in verse 6.
(see text sheet 2 Section F)
"6 The woman fled into the desert to a place prepared for her by God, where she might be taken care of for 1,260 days".
So the woman would be maintained by God for 1260 days. After verse 6 we see that the devil is cast out of heaven. And then we read:Revelation 12:13
"When the dragon (i.e. The devil-vs. 9) saw that he had been hurled to the earth, he pursued the woman who had given birth to the male child".
Verse 14 tells essentially the same as verse 6.Revelation 12:14
"The woman was given the two wings of a great eagle, so that she might fly to the place prepared for her in the desert, where she would be taken care of for a time, times and half a time, out of the serpent's reach".
As already said, verse 6 and 14 tell the same story as far as we speak about the time element. In verse 6 that period is: 1260 days. And in verse 14 is that: a time, times and half a time.
A time, times and half a time equals 1260 days. This is a period of 3½ year. The time is : 1 year, times: 2 years, and half a time: a half year.
The time that the Antichrist would do his destructive work is limited to 3½ year. This is reflected in Revelation 13, but we shall come back to it. The Antichrist shall at the end of those 3½ years be slain by Jesus.2 Thessalonians 2:8
8 And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus will overthrow with the breath of his mouth and destroy by the splendor of his coming".
We have thus established where the Antichrist would be revealed, namely “. . . in the temple of God” (2 Thessalonians 2:4)
And how long he will perform his reign of terror:
“. . . a time, times and half a time”. I. e. 3½ years. And we determined when that will be: from the start of those 3½ years to the return of Jesus and our union with Him. So the conclusion is, we will, when we are still alive, experience the great tribulation. Personally I expect that the great tribulation will be mainly centered in the Middle east, but other parts of the world where Muslims are can be terrorized by them as well. Why the Middle East? Because Jerusalem is always the center point of the Bible.
Let us, now we know the Antichrist will reveal himself in the coming time, look into this subject more deeply to understand who he is and what he will do. Not because it is so nice to keep us busy with him, but to expose him as the Antichrist when he reveals himself.
Jesus puts the activities of the Antichrist, when he shows he is a god, at the beginning of the great tribulation. What is written in Matthew 24 about the great tribulation is said too in Luke 21. The same things are described here. Only there is an addition in verse 20:
"When you see Jerusalem being surrounded by armies, you will know that its desolation is near".
Verse 21 goes on:
"Then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains".
The same is said in Matthew 24 except what is written in Luke 21:20.Matthew 24:15,16 and 20
"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.
. . . 20 Pray that your flight will not take place in winter or on the Sabbath".
These passages, together with Luke 21, shows that Jerusalem will be surrounded by armies and that the abomination of desolation, the Antichrist, sets himself in the temple "showing himself he is god".
The Antichrist sets himself in the temple. He will show himself as a god. Everything which has been prophesied in Daniel 8:10-12 and 24-25 will be fulfilled.
(You can read the texts at text-sheet 2- column F and G.)
The texts at text sheet 2a in sections F and G, give a good picture of the Antichrist.
This Antichrist will. . .Daniel 7:8
... have a mouth that speaks boastfully7:21
... waging war against the saints and defeating them.7:24b
... subdue three kings.7:25b
... try to change the set times and the laws.8:11
... take away the daily sacrifice from God.8:24
... become very strong,…and will succeed in whatever he does.8:25
... cause deceit to prosper8:25
... consider himself superior.Matthew 24:21
... be the great oppressor.2Thessalonians 2:4
... proclaiming himself to be God.Revelation 13:4
... get his authority from the dragon (devil).
But, as we saw earlier, the power given to him lasts only 3½ years, and then he will be slain by the breath of Jesus.
Jesus is the true Messiah. He is the true Christ. Antichrist can not stand against him, even though he is the son of perdition.
In part 3 we will talk about Revelation 12
8 Count off seven sabbaths of years-seven times seven years-so that the seven sabbaths of years amount to a period of forty-nine years
6 For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, 7 Of the increase of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David's throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the LORD Almighty
9 Rejoice greatly, O Daughter of Zion!
Shout, Daughter of Jerusalem!
See, your king comes to you,
righteous and having salvation,
gentle and riding on a donkey,
10 I will take away the chariots from Ephraim
and the war-horses from Jerusalem,
and the battle bow will be broken.
He will proclaim peace to the nations.
His rule will extend from sea to sea.