The deeply challenging prophecy of Daniel’s 70th week is, I dare say, a leading factor in the amount of misunderstanding in circulation today. A foundation of sound eschatology would rest upon a simple but broad and solid fact, which almost every single last-days “expert” overlooks time and time again.
Concerning the scriptures of Daniel’s 70th week, Daniel 9:27 is the deepest one to wade through, where many bible students and scholars get in way over their heads.
While you could jump in with a blog or web search and find a plethora of reading material that leads you straight into a whole gamut of apocalyptic events, I would encourage a more shallow and easy-going approach: in fact, right now there is only one fact that needs taken from Daniel 9:27, one that most “bible experts” do not yet see.
“And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week…” [Daniel 9:27].
What good you might get from other resources is a beautiful explanation how a “week” in this prophecy represents seven years. You also might find one that eloquently describes how the “covenant” is one of peace.
But stop right there! Do not even concern yourself with the “he” and definitely do not go deeper yet into what “he” will do relative to that peace covenant, for there is only one fact at this point which must be realized, and it is this: PEACE SHALL BE CONFIRMED FOR SEVEN YEARS—PERIOD!
Let that sink in, and I mean really sink in, for until it does, you cannot proceed with any accuracy in your prospective last-days theories.
This does not mean world leaders will get together at the end of the War on Terror and say, “Hmmm, let us make a seven year peace covenant.” Rather, it means that many in the world will be convinced for the length of seven years that the peace they are experiencing in that time is in fact real.
The world would have to be grossly, terribly, and incompetently gullible to be convinced of that if in fact their peace was “false” or that something called the great tribulation, foretold to be the worst suffering in human history, was taking place at the same time.
Let the chastisement of the world’s seven years of peace be upon us, but let us not rain on their parade, calling their peace “false” or crying from the rooftops to beware seven years of “great tribulation,” or just half of that length of time: for if we decry the truth of their peace, which would not be possible without heaven’s consent, and is laid out in black and white in the scriptures, then we probably deserve every bit of fury that the inevitable storm will unleash upon our faiths.
[Christian Beware, Christian Prepare!] Peace shall be confirmed with many, but not all.
There is a set of prophecies related to the 70th week, or seven years of peace, that tell of forty-two months (three and a half years), wherein “he”—again, it is far too soon to really worry about this pronoun—he will “wear out the saints” and will “change times and laws” [Daniel 7:25], and he will “scatter the power of the holy people” [Daniel 12:7], and he will make war with and overcome the saints (Revelation 13:5-7).
The power(s) that be will succeed, regardless of what we do to prevent it, at pushing us further and further from their society. I liken this time period, during the second half of their seven year peace, as a storm upon our faiths, the Jewish and Christian faiths.
From a place of relative peace and safety, many in the world will watch this storm with respect, learning to fear the growing power of the new world authority, while we become more and more marginalized.
What the 42 month storm is:
A biblically prophesied period of 42 months wherein people of faith, (especially Christians and Jews), will face increasing pressures to abandon their faith.
Scriptures tell us that we are heading for a time of serious religious persecution.
“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” [Daniel 7:25]. A time is one year, times is two years, and half a time is half a year for a total of three and a half years. It is the same as forty-two months.
“And I heard the man clothed in linen, which was upon the waters of the river, when he held up his right hand and his left hand unto heaven, and sware by him that liveth forever that it shall be for a time, times, and an half; and when he shall have accomplished to scatter the power of the holy people, all these things shall be finished” [Daniel 12:7].
“And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months. And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven. And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations” [Revelation 13:5-7].
What the 42 month storm is not:
A mythical period of three and a half years of great tribulation, which is an unfortunately widespread idea within Christianity.
I do not disagree with the concept of a ‘great tribulation’ but I believe it shall only last a matter of weeks, not months or years, and I can support this stance with Scriptures.
I realize that those who would strongly disagree would also claim to base their stance on Scriptures; so, that leaves us in an unproductive situation where we cannot listen to one another or really consider the logic or rationale of theories that contradict our own.
Perhaps this is why Hollywood is so successful with apocalyptic stories, no matter how far-fetched, [the more off-the-wall the better?], and why Christendom, taking the subject so seriously, appears divided on the matter.
The forty-two months of religious persecution is not the same as great tribulation, and while we are suffering that storm, the world will yet continue in the belief that they are experiencing a bona fide peace.
SCRIPTURES declare that a peace shall be confirmed with many for a period of seven years, (The term week in Daniel 9:27 refers to a week of years or seven years). It is surprising that so many overlook the premise of this peace: that they will call the whole peace “false” and expect “seven years of great tribulation,” or they say the peace shall be interrupted in the middle and turn into three and a half years of great tribulation. Both of these perspectives fall dangerously short of the truth.
Granted, the peace is confirmed with many, not all.
The “he” in these verses (Daniel 7:25, 12:7, and Revelation 13:5-7), is most often assumed to be the AntiChrist. While “he” will eventually be revealed in one man, “he” may for a while be a multi-headed beast, may for a while be the Devil working through an international coalition of leaders to change times and laws, to overcome the godly and the righteous, especially in the realms of Christianity and Judaism.
At the end of the forty-two months, which also coincides with the end of seven years of peace, then “all these things shall be finished.” When it is finished, and the godly have been suppressed to the BEAST’s liking, then it is time for a very brief but very great transition (i.e. the great tribulation).
“All nations” will come under the thumb of the BEAST. Yes, even America will submit, where the divorce of religious freedoms from our basic rights seems impossible but is in a lot more danger than we realize.
The predominant thinking around the end of the War on Terror will ensure, for the sake of peace, that never again will a major world religion bring us to the brink of a global war. Thus, while Islam shall suffer toward the end of the War on Terror, Judaism and Christianity shall begin to suffer in the midst of the peace that follows it.
After roughly three and a half years of genuine peace, an international coalition of leaders, (the Beast in its debut), assert their authority on the scene, interfering with the religious rites of a sovereign nation—Israel—putting a stop to their daily sacrifice at a recently dedicated altar in the Jews’ new temple area.
Those with no reason to deeply study the subject will assume that the Beast is ready at the same time to set up the abomination of desolation, the trigger of the great tribulation, the climax of the story. But nothing could be further from the truth, and nothing could be further from a natural flow of cause and effect.
The great tribulation, the great transition, is when the Beast delivers the coup-de gras against Judaism and Christianity, but the removal of the daily sacrifice is merely a test of the BEAST’s authority to transcend international borders and impose its will upon the world.
After a brief pause to gauge worldwide reaction to their test in Jerusalem’s temple area, they will begin earnestly passing and enforcing laws meant to depose Christians and Jews from positions of power; meanwhile, the world at large will continue experiencing a time of ‘peace and safety’ as they stand aloof from the storm.
It will take forty-two months for the Anti-Christian and Anti-Jewish agenda to take full effect. Only then will they be ready to do away with us once and for all. Only then will the world be ready—as if it ever can be—for the great tribulation.
The removal of the daily sacrifice in the middle of the ‘seven year peace’ is not the icing on the cake of religious oppression, rather, it is the pre-heating of the oven to bake that cake.
The storm is foretold to overcome the godly. No amount of unison on our part shall prevent it, and no amount of resistance on our part will hinder it. Yet some must resist. Likewise, some must avoid the storm as much as possible.
There are pros and cons to standing with the public church or synagogue, and there are also pros and cons to taking our faiths into the closet and into ‘underground’ meetings. With each choice there are the good, the bad, and the ugly possibilities.
Foresight will help us to more often avoid the undesirable; it is in large measure up to us how we get from point A to point B, (see “The Eye of the Storm”).
New laws will be passed and enforced in a way to depose Christians and Jews from their positions of power in the world. Some will need to resist these laws through various means, but if we all begin resisting all the laws in all manner of ways, then the storm is only going to gain strength and momentum that much faster.
Thinking of it in terms of a strength-training regimen for the BEAST, it is resistance that will give it what strength and power it wants. Passive non-resistance may be the most challenging fight of all, for it would in some respects entail what some could mistake as an apathetic view of the storm.
“He that observeth the wind shall not sow; and he that regardeth the clouds shall not reap” [Ecclesiastes 11:4].
Our current events may inevitably contribute to what we would more definitively call The Last Days. The best way to carry on with some semblance of a normal life and to do those things which ought to be done is to be aware of what is coming, instead of being surprised upon its arrival.
Should the 42 month storm catch us off-guard and unprepared, our natural reaction will be to stand in amazement and watch distractedly. In contrast, should we see it coming and accurately predict its timing, neither greatly overestimating nor greatly underestimating its severity, then we can brace ourselves and take steps to best deal with it, according to our various circumstances.