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Daniel's Seventy Weeks Part 2

End Times

Daniel's Seventy Weeks Part 2

Bob Yandian

I. The Two Comings

A. The Rapture

There are two “comings” mentioned in the Word of God. The first “coming” is when Jesus comes for the Church at the rapture. The epistles tell us about this event. We, as believers, are waiting in anticipation for that day. It seems that almost daily we are hearing about earthquakes, wars, and rumors of wars. The whole earth is reeling and shaking, waiting for its redemption. But that redemption will not occur until the Church has been redeemed! We have not been appointed to wrath and we will miss the day of violence because during the seven years of the Tribulation we will be in heaven with Jesus. During that time, we will be going before the Judgement Seat of Christ. We will not be judged because we are born again and have escaped judgement. Instead, we will be rewarded for the deeds we have done in the flesh.

B. The Second Advent

After the Tribulation, we will return with Jesus Christ. The first “coming” is for us; the second “coming” is with us. The Second Coming of the Lord is well prophesied in the Old Testament and in the four Gospels. The Second Advent deals mainly with Jerusalem and the Jews. God’s prophetic timepiece is Israel.

II. Daniel’s Seventy Weeks

Daniel 9

vs. 24 “Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people…”

“Seventy weeks” is equivalent to 490 years. The Hebrew for “seventy weeks” literally says, “seventy segments of seven. ” Those segments of seven were weeks of seven years. They are sabbatical weeks. Every seven years the Jews were supposed to let the land rest. For 490 years the Jews ignored this command. Because of disobedience they went into Babylonian captivity for seventy years. During their seventy years of captivity, the seventy sabbaths that the Jews had ignored were given back to the land. After the captivity, seventy more sabbaths were determined on the people, or seventy segments of seven years. So, 490 more years were determined upon the people of Israel.

Notice this verse says, “…are determined upon thy people”. The “thy people” being referred to are the Jews.

“…and upon thy holy city.”  Jerusalem is the “holy city”. This scripture is not referring to the church.  It is a reference to the Jews and specifically those in Jerusalem. This prophecy is dealing with the nation of Israel. If you want to know what is happening in prophecy, do not look to the United States, or Europe, or South America; study Israel. The nation of Israel is God’s prophetic timepiece.

After seventy weeks, or 490 years, six things are going to happen:

1.      …to finish the transgression.

2.      …to make an end of sins.

3.      …to make reconciliation for iniquity.

4.      …to bring in everlasting righteousness.

5.      …to seal up the vision and prophecy.

6.      …to anoint the most Holy.

Each of these events will occur at the millennial reign of the Lord Jesus Christ.

vs. 25 “Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks:”

“Seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks” is nothing more than seven weeks plus sixty-two weeks. Seven plus sixty-two equals sixty-nine. This verse is saying that from the time that the decree was given to rebuild the city of Jerusalem will take seven weeks, which is forty-nine years. From the time the city was rebuilt until “Messiah the Prince” will be sixty-two more weeks, which is 434 years. If you add forty-nine and 434, the total is 483 years. From the going forth of the decree in Nehemiah 2:1-8 until Jesus Christ came into Jerusalem and presented Himself as the Messiah, 483 years had passed.

III. The Sixty-Ninth Week

The sixty-nine weeks ended when Jesus Christ rode into Jerusalem on a donkey. He came through and presented Himself as Messiah the Prince, and all of the people began to shout, “Hosanna, blessed is He that cometh in the name of the Lord.” They shouted, “Here’s the King!” Before this time, Jesus never wanted the people to know He was the King. He never told them He was the Messiah. In fact, if they discovered it He would instruct them, “Don’t tell anybody.” He wanted His works to prove He was the Messiah; He wanted His miracles to prove it. He wanted signs, wonders, and ministry to prove the prophecies. He did not want to tell people He was the Messiah; He wanted to show them. But on the day He rode into Jerusalem on a donkey, He wanted the people to know who He was. He would not let the mouths be stopped. In fact, the Pharisees said to Him, “Why don’t You command Your disciples to be quiet?” Jesus responded, “If they remain quiet, even the rocks and stones will dry out!” Jesus knew the significance of that day because it was on that day that Daniel’s sixty-ninth week came to an end.

vs. 26 “And after the streets shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times.”

Notice the second word. For many years I missed that little word “after”. I had always believed that the sixty-nine weeks ended at the cross, but I found out that the cross was after the sixty-nine weeks.

“And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself.”

“…but not for himself.”

Jesus went to the cross and was cut off, but not for Himself.

Isaiah 53

vs. 4 “Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.”

IV. The People of the Prince

“And the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined.

After threescore and two weeks, or sixty-nine weeks, Messiah will be cut off and then Jerusalem will be destroyed, and it will be destroyed by “the people of the prince” that is to come.  Notice “prince” begins with a lower-case “p.”  The “prince” is the Antichrist. He is prophesied about here as the “prince” that is to come. After threescore and two weeks, or after the sum total of seven plus sixty-two, or after the sixty-ninth week, “the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary.” They will destroy it. If you put parenthesis around “of the prince that shall come”, it reads, “…the people shall destroy the city and the sanctuary”.

The prince does not destroy the city and the sanctuary, the people do. Who are these people? Immediately we have an identification of who they are. They are the Romans and “the prince that is yet to come” is the dictator of the revived Roman Empire. The Antichrist will come up out of the revived Roman Empire.

vs. 27 “And he shall confirm the covenant with many…”

The “he” being referred to is “the prince that shall come”—the Antichrist.

“…for one week”

One week is seven years.

“and in the midst (middle) of the week…”

The week is divided into two sections. Since it is divided in the middle of the week, the seven-year period is divided into two three and one-half year periods.

“…he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease.”

The “oblation” is the offering of praise.

He will destroy it; he will take away the sacrifices. “Until the consummation” refers to the fact that the real power of Antichrist will begin in the middle of the Tribulation and will last for three and a half years, up until the “consummation.”  The event that will occur at the time of the “consummation” is the Second Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ. The Antichrist will be replaced with the genuine Christ!

V. Israel’s Captivities

There is a war at the end of verse 26 and there is a war at the end of verse twenty-seven.  There is a curse built into Deuteronomy 28, but we do not like to dwell on the curses, even though they are clearly described. We are no longer under the curse if we are living for the Lord. We do not have to walk in fear of any of the curses mentioned. However, many people have their necks bowed against God. They have set themselves against the Almighty: to continue in that condition results in destruction. That is what God is saying to Israel.

Deuteronomy begins with God saying, “Listen to Me and all these blessings will come upon you. Keep My commandments and you will be the greatest nation in the world. But if you turn from Me, then these curses are going to come on you.” Unfortunately, this happened twice in Israel’s history. First, they were carried away into Babylonian captivity. Daniel was writing while in captivity in Babylon. Israel had turned from God and He had sent prophet after prophet after prophet to warn them. Isaiah warned them. Jeremiah warned them. But instead of heeding the prophets, they killed them and continued to serve idols, commit fornication, and go the way of the heathen. God had gone as far as He could. He forgave them seventy times seven, (490 years) and finally He said, “That’s it! That is all that I can go!” God allowed them to be taken into captivity for seventy years.

When the seventy years had passed, the 490 years began again. After being released from captivity, the nation of Israel began by serving God, but by the time Jesus Christ came into the earth, the entire nation had once again had turned from the true worship of God and had become outwardly religious. These same men crucified the Son of God. From that time, the nation of Israel has been scattered around the world. But since Israel became a nation again, the Jews have been returning to their homeland. This is a signal that the time of the Gentiles is about to be fulfilled and the earth will return to Jewish time for the completion of Daniel’s seventieth week.

Deuteronomy 28

vs. 49 “The Lord shall bring a nation against thee from far, from the end of the earth, as swift as the eagle flieth; a nation whose tongue thou shalt not understand;”

This happened two times. First, with Babylon and secondly, with Rome.

vs. 50 “A nation of fierce countenance, which shall no regard the person of old, nor show favour to the young;”

vs. 52 “And he shall besiege thee in all thy gates, until thy high and fenced walls come down, wherein thou trustedst, throughout all thy land: and he shall besiege thee in all thy gates throughout all thy land, which the Lord thy God hath given thee.”

This scripture was literally fulfilled in 586 B.C. when Israel was carried away into captivity. Daniel also began to write his prophecy at this time. In verse 64 God gives them another command.

vs. 64 “And the Lord shall scatter thee among all people, from the one end of the earth even unto the other; and there thou shalt serve other gods, which neither thou nor thy fathers have known, even wood and stone.

vs. 68 “And the Lord shall bring thee into Egypt again with ships, by the way whereof I spake unto thee, Thou shalt see is no more again: and there ye shall be sold unto your enemies for bondmen and bondwomen, and no man shall buy you.”

“Egypt” refers to bondage, captivity, and slavery. This verse is indicating that this would be the final outcome for Israel if they repeatedly refused to hear the Lord. God does not bring curse or bondage, but He will not violate our will and cannot stop the
curses if we continue to oppose Him and His will. He cannot stop Satan if we willfully continue to oppose Him. The city of Jerusalem was besieged in 70 A.D. because access was given to Satan by the will of the people. From that time on the children of Israel have been scattered around the world.

VII. Rise and Fall of Nations: Based on the Treatment of the Jews

God gave a commandment in Genesis 15, “I’ll bless them that bless you and I’ll curse them that curse you.” He was referring to Abraham and his offspring. Nations are blessed when they bless the Jews and cursed when they curse them. Germany lost the power it gained during Hitler’s time because of their treatment of the Jew. It was not natural but supernatural involvement that caused Germany to fall in the Second World War.

Those nations that come against Israel today, experience famine, persecution, and hardship. America will be blessed as long as they stand beside Israel. Russia’s doom is prophesied in the Bible for no other reason than it will come against the nation of Israel and try to destroy it. God will rise up in fury and five-sixths of the population of Russia is going to wiped out!

VIII. The Four Beasts

Daniel 9

vs. 26 “And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary.”

Two events will take place: The Messiah will be cut off, and the nation of Israel will be scattered throughout the world. Jerusalem will be trodden down and the temple will be destroyed.

In verse 27, the Antichrist comes and again, he is referred to as “the prince that is to come.”

Daniel 7

vs. 1 “In the first year of Belshazzar king of Babylon Daniel had a dream and visions of his head upon his bed: then he wrote the dream, and told the sum of the matters.”

vs. 2 “Daniel spake and said, I saw in my vision by night, and, behold, the four winds of the heaven strove upon the great sea.”

The “four winds” indicates the four directions: north, south, east, and west. The “great sea” is referring to the multitudes of people who are on the face of the earth. It is not a reference to actual water, but to people.

vs. 4 “The first was like a lion, and had eagle’s wings: I beheld till the wings there of were plucked, and it was lifted up from the earth, and made stand upon the feet as a man, and a man’s heart was given to it.”

The first beast represented the nation of Babylon, where Daniel was currently in captivity.

vs. 5 “And behold another beast, a second, like to a bear, and it raised up itself on one side, and it had three ribs in the mouth of it between the teeth of it: and they said thus unto it, Arise, devour much flesh.”

The bear represents the next kingdom and power that would come; the nation of Media-Persia.

vs. 6 “After this I beheld, and lo another, like a leopard, which had upon the back of it four wings of a fowl; the beast had also four heads; and dominion was given to it.”

The third nation, described as a leopard, is the nation of Greece. It was the next world empire that rose to power. The leopard is an extremely fast creature, and Alexander the Great conquered most of the known world more rapidly than anyone ever had in the past.

vs. 7 “After this I saw in the night visions, and behold a fourth beast, dreadful and terrible, and strong exceedingly; and it had great iron teeth: it devoured and brake in pieces, and stamped the residue with the feet of it: and it was diverse from all the beasts that were before it; and it had ten horns.”

The fourth beast was difficult for Daniel to describe because he had never seen anything like it before. He simply called it a “beast.”  This beast represents the nation of Rome, which was in power at the time the Jews were dispersed. Rome was also
responsible for the destruction of Jerusalem. It is the nation of Rome that will rise again in the last days. Notice, Daniel described the beast as having ten horns. The nation of Rome, the revived Roman Empire is a nation comprised of ten kingdoms, each one represented by a horn.

X. The Antichrist

vs. 8 “I considered the horns, and, behold, there came up among them another little horn, before whom there were three of the first horns plucked up by the roots: and, behold, in this horn were eyes like the eyes of man, and a mouth speaking great things.”

The “little horn” in this verse is a reference to the Antichrist.

vs. 24 “And the ten horns out of this kingdom are ten kings that shall arise: and another shall rise after them; and he shall be diverse from the first, and he shall subdue three kings.”

vs. 25 “And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time.”

Notice, he arises after the ten horns. The time of his reign will be seven years. Between the rising of the “ten horns” and the rising of the “little horn” will be the rapture of the church!

The Antichrist will not take full power until the middle of the seven years. During the first three and a half years, he will be revealed. During the first half of the tribulation, the Antichrist will be presenting himself as a world dictator of peace and the one the world has been waiting for. The Jews will believe he is their Messiah. Again, he is described as the “prince” with a lower case “p”, but they are waiting for the “Price” with a capital “P”!

At the beginning of the week (seven years), he will make a seven-year covenant with the Jews. It is both sealed and ratified. But in the middle of the week, after three and a half years, he cuts off the covenant. He stops all sacrifices, walks into the temple, and proclaims himself as god, blaspheming the true God.  His reign will be for “time” singular, “times” plural, “and the dividing of time”, singular. This indicates the Antichrist will reign for three and a half years.

XI. The Second Advent

Verse 26 describes what will happen at the end of the Antichrist’s reign.

vs. 26 “But the judgment shall sit, and they shall take away his dominion, to consume and to destroy it unto the end.”

vs. 27 “And the kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdom under the whole heaven, shall be given to the people of the saints of the most High, whose kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey him.”

These verses are referring to the Second Advent of the Lord. He is not coming back for us, He’s coming back with us, and we will take the kingdom of Antichrist , yank it out from under him, and rule and reign with Jesus forever and forever! The Millennium is only the first thousand years of eternity. We will continue to rule and reign with the Lord Jesus Christ throughout the ages upon ages, and even beyond that! “Whose kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey him.”

XII. Jewish Time Reactivated

Daniel 9
vs. 26 “And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself; and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined.”

Verse 26 has already been fulfilled. Jesus Christ has already been cut off at the cross. Jerusalem has already been destroyed.

vs. 27 “And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week;  but in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.”

But verse 27 is yet to come. Daniel’s seventieth week has not been fulfilled yet. The Church is presently living between verse 26 and verse 27: between Daniel’s sixty-ninth and seventieth weeks.

When Jesus rode into Jerusalem on the “foal of an ass”, Jewish time stopped. At that time, Jesus turned His attention to the Gentile nations, and until the time of the Gentiles is fulfilled, Jewish time has been suspended. The Jewish dispensation has never come to an end, it has temporarily stopped. It will not be completed until after the Church is removed at the Rapture. After the Church is removed, the earth will go back to Jewish time and Daniel’s seventieth week will begin.

“And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week…”

Many” refers to the Jews, “one week” is seven years, and “the midst of the week” is in the middle of the seven years. Verse 27 in the Amplified gives a clearer explanation.

And he shall enter into a strong and firm covenant with the many for one week (seven years). And in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and offering to cease [for the remaining three and one-half years]; and upon the wing or pinnacle of abominations[shall come] one who makes desolate, even until the full determined end is poured out upon the desolator.

The “desolator” is the Antichrist. This is literally saying, “All the wrath that the Antichrist is going to pour out on Jerusalem will come back on him at the end of that time period.”

XIII. The End of Daniel’s Sixty-Ninth Week

In Matthew 21, Jesus is coming into Jerusalem on a donkey. The people are waving palm leaves and dropping them in front of Him as He passes, shouting, “Hosanna, blessed is He that cometh in the name of the Lord!” At the beginning of Matthew 21, Daniel’s sixty-ninth week came to an end. At the end of this same chapter, Jesus enters the temple. He enters the temple immediately after arriving in Jerusalem and cleanses it. The next day He enters the temple again and is confronted with the scribes and Pharisees. In the past, Jesus had spent very limited time with them. He primarily spent his time ministering to the people and preaching the Word of God. When He had to face the Pharisees, He did. When He had to face the Sadducees and the scribes, He did. But now He lays everything aside, walks into the temple, and confronts them face- to- face. He confronts them head on, one by one gives a response to every argument, and by the end of chapter 22, we are told the religious men had no more questions to ask.

As Jesus walks into the temple in chapter 21, Jesus realizes that He is walking into a doomed building. The contract has been written after the sixty-ninth week is over, He will be cut off and the temple will be destroyed. He knows this is true because of the Word of God.

Matthew 21

vs. 23 “And when he was come into the temple, the chief priests and the elders of the people came to him as he was teaching…”

Verse 33 tells us one of the first things Jesus began to teach.

vs. 33 “Hear another parable: There was a certain householder, which planted a vineyard, and hedged it round about, and digged a winepress in it, and built a tower, and leased it out to husbandmen, and went into a far country.”

The “certain householder” is God the Father. It says He planted a vineyard, which represents the gospel. God gave the gospel to the Jews. Verse 33 goes on to say, “…and hedged it round about.”  He built protection around the Word. It also says He “digged a winepress.” The Word produces fruit and wine. Next, He “built a tower, and leased it out to husbandmen”. The “husbandmen” are the Jews. In the Old Testament, the Word of God was given to the Jewish nation and then God built a hedge around it and a tower in the middle because the Jews were to watch over and protect what God had given them.

vs. 34 “And when the time of fruit drew near, he sent his servants to the husbandmen, that they might receive the fruits of it.”

The servants that God sent were the Old Testament prophets.

vs. 35 “And the husbandmen took his servants, and beat one, and killed another, and stoned another.”

vs. 36 “Again, he sent other servants more than the first: and they did unto them likewise.”

vs. 37 “But last of all he sent them his son, saying, They will reverence my son.”

vs. 38 “But when the husbandmen saw the son, they said among themselves, This is the heir; come, let us kill him, and let us seize on his inheritance.”

vs. 39 “And they caught him, and cast him out of the vineyard, and slew him.”

The religious men were engrossed in the story Jesus was telling them when He asks them a question.

vs. 40 “When the lord therefore of the vineyard cometh, what will he do unto those husbandmen?”

vs. 41 “They say (the religious leaders) unto him, He will miserably destroy those wicked men, and will let out his vineyard unto other husbandmen, which shall render him the fruits in their seasons.”

They did not realize it, but they were referring to themselves.

vs. 42 “Jesus saith unto them, Did ye never read in the scriptures (a quote from Psalm 118:22), The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner: this is the Lord’s doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes?”

XIV The Kingdom of God: Removed from the Jews, Given to the Gentiles

vs. 43 “Therefore I say unto you, The kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof.”

Jesus now speaks prophetically in this parable, telling the religious leaders that the Kingdom of God will be removed from the Jews and given to the Gentiles.

vs. 44 “And whosoever shall fall on this stone shall be broken: but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder.”

Jesus immediately says “whosoever”, meaning that the gospel is still available to both Jews and Gentiles. In essence Jesus is saying, “Even after I am crucified and have turned to the Gentile nations, if the Jews will fall on the Rock that they have rejected, they will be broken. But if they continue to bow their neck, defile Me, and to speak against Me, there is coming a day when the Rock will return and grind them to powder.”

This is not only true for the Jews, it is true for the Gentiles as well. If you have turned your back on the Lord, if you are walking away from Him and defying Him to the face, there is coming a day when that “Rock” is going to return and grind you to powder. But if you will choose to lay your life on the “Rock” now, your life will be broken and you’ll come up resurrected with newness of life!

vs. 45 “And when the chief priests and Pharisees had heard his parables, they perceived that he spake of them.”

vs. 46 “But when they sought to lay hands on him, they feared the multitude, because they took him for a prophet.”

Matthew 22

vs. 1 “And Jesus answered and spake unto them again by parables, and said,”

vs. 2 “The kingdom of heaven is like unto a certain king, which made a marriage for his son,”

The “king” is God the Father. The “son” is Jesus Christ.

vs. 3 “And sent forth his servants to call them that were bidden to the wedding: and they would not come.”

Those originally “bidden” to the wedding were the Jews. The gospel was first given to the Jews and then it was given to the Gentiles.

vs. 4 “Again, he sent forth other servants, saying, Tell them which are bidden, Behold, I have prepared my dinner: my oxen and my fatlings are killed, and all things are ready: come unto the marriage.”

vs. 5 “But they made light of it, and went their ways, one to his farm, another to his merchandise:”

vs. 6 “And the remnant took his servants, and entreated them spitefully, and slew them.”

The “remnant” were those who did not go to the farm and those who did not go to the merchandise.

vs. 7 “But when the kind heard thereof, he was wroth: and he sent forth his armies, and destroyed those murderers, and burned up their city.”

This literally came to pass just as Jesus said it would. The temple was destroyed and Jerusalem was burned to the ground in 70 A.D.

vs. 8 “Then saith he to his servants, The wedding is ready, but they which were bidden were not worthy.”

vs. 9 “Go ye therefore into the highways, and as many as ye shall find, bid to the marriage.”

vs. 10 “So those servants went out into the highways, and gathered together all as many as they found, both bad and good: and the wedding was furnished with guests.”

This verse is speaking of the Church age that was to come. The old servants, the Old Testament prophets, bid the Jews to come. Now Jesus Christ was preparing to send the new prophets out to the Church; these new prophets included Peter, Paul, James, and the prophets that existed who were bidding the people to come to the marriage supper of the Lamb.

Notice it says, “both bad and good.”  This is still a reference to the Jews and Gentiles. The Pharisees considered themselves the “good” and the Gentiles the “bad.”  But everyone was bidden to come.

vs. 11 “And when the king came to see the guests, he saw there a man which had not on a wedding garment:”

vs. 12 “And he saith unto him, Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding garment? And he was speechless.”

vs. 13 “Then said the king to the servants, Bind him hand an foot, and take him away, and cast him into outer darkness; there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”

Jesus is emphasizing that when He returns and the time for the marriage supper has arrived, anyone who has not accepted Him as Lord and Savior will be ground to “powder”. They have entered without a wedding garment and they will be cast into outer darkness.

XV. Jesus in the Temple

Throughout chapter 21, Jesus was in the temple. Throughout chapter 22, He was still in the temple. By the time He was finished with the parables in chapter 22, the closing verse says of religious leaders, “And no man was able to answer him a word, neither durst any man from that day forth ask him any more questions.”

In chapter 23, after all the questions stopped, Jesus began taking the axe to the root of the tree. In chapter 23, Jesus called them exactly what they were—scribes, Pharisees, and hypocrites. He said, “You desecrate the women’s houses. You go in for a pretense and make long prayers. You are blind guides who strain out gnats and swallow camels. You cause men to go out and become twofold more the child of hell than you are yourself.” Jesus called religion what it was. He called them the religious leaders blinded. He called them whitewashed tombstones. “On the outside you’re pretty and white, but on the inside you are full of dead men’s bones.” That is religion. It puts on a good façade, but it is dead inside. Jesus said, “You need to start by cleaning up the inside, then the outside will become clean”.

vs. 37 “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!”

Jesus was still in the temple. Israel stoned the servants that were sent. They killed the servants who went into the vineyard and the servants who were sent to invite them to the wedding.

vs. 38 “Behold, your house is left unto you desolate.”

The “house” to which Jesus is referring is the temple. The temple will be destroyed and Jesus is saying, “As far as I’m concerned, it is desolate.”

vs. 39 “For I say unto you, Ye shall not see me henceforth, till ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.”

This is the same thing the people shouted when Jesus rode into Jerusalem, from Psalm 118:26 but notice, they only quoted the first half of the verse. The verse says, “Blessed be he that cometh in the name of the Lord.” Daniel’s sixty-ninth week came to an end, and they stopped in the middle of this verse without quoting, “we have blessed you out of the house of the Lord..” But there is a day coming, after the seventieth week has ended, that the people will quote this entire verse because the house of the Lord will be rebuilt, Jesus will be returning and they will declare, “Blessed is He that cometh in the name of the Lord. We have worshiped thee out of thy house.”

When Jesus Christ returns, the house that is destroyed will be rebuilt, and it will be the millennial temple of the Lord Jesus Christ!

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