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Israel’s Future was put on hold when she rejected her Messiah King at the 70th Week

Dr. Mike Johnston

Daniel is the Rosetta Stone for prophetic understanding; especially the Olivet Discourse and the book of Revelation. Therefore the significance of the seventy weeks from Daniel 9:24-27 mustn’t be understated because it predicted the rejection of Christ to the day which immediately stopped the 70 week prophecy clock and allowed for the mystery to be revealed through Paul (Rom. 16:25). We are here by God’s grace, but only for a time. We have NOT replaced Israel, we are here to provoke her to jealousy leading to the fulfillment of Daniel’s prophecy of the tribulation. That prophecy was at the heart of the Olivet Discourse (Matt. 24-25; Mark 13; Luke 21). Let’s go back for a quick refresher.

 

When interpreted in their proper context, the Gospels through the crucifixion are actually a continuation of the OT narrative (see Heb. 9:15-16). Matthew’s Gospel was written to convince Jews that Christ was the long awaited Messiah who had come to set up His kingdom of heaven[1] on earth. Luke further documents that Christ was heir to the Davidic throne in Jerusalem (Luke 1:32-33) and as such would convene the covenant. Therefore, Jesus and John the Baptist both heralded His arrival with a crystal clear invitation to Israel: Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand (Matthew 3:2; 4:17). The King, of course validated His presence with many miraculous signs. However, after 40 months of confirming His ministry to the Jews, when He entered Jerusalem to present Himself as their long awaited Messiah, He was cut off and crucified at the beginning of the 70th week just as Daniel predicted. [2]

 

Please keep in mind, this one final week Daniel prophesied for Israel- is still out there, unfulfilled. Dispensational Bible scholars believe the rapture will trigger God moving from mystery back to prophecy with the Day of the Lord [3] – which includes the tribulation – soon to follow. Messiah, according to the prophet Isaiah, will return after God deals with Israel and the Gentile nations during this frightening future hour (Isa. 26:16-21).

 

While Christ’s offer had been rejected and Himself crucified, the glorious resurrection offered new hope to His followers who were still committed to establishing the Kingdom. At the end of His earthly pilgrimage- just prior to the ascension- they asked: Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel? (Acts 1:6). He told them to wait for the enabling power from on high (Acts 1:8) to carry the kingdom message to the world (Matt. 28:19-20).

 

Ten days later on Pentecost, Joel’s prophecy to Israel [4] was fulfilled in Jerusalem (Joel 2:28-32; Acts 2:17-21) signaling the last days had begun. With the kingdom message fresh on his heart, and overflowing with the fire of the Holy Spirit, Peter preached a soul-stirring message to the Jews: Ye men of Judaea, and all ye that dwell at Jerusalem (Acts 2:14) highlighting prophecies regarding the Messiah King Christ in OT history. While some repented, the leaders did not and hope for ratifying the covenant of the Davidic Kingdom was once again set aside. God later sent Paul to try again to convert the Jews and usher in the kingdom, but that effort also proved fruitless (Acts 20:25-26; 28:23-24). This final act of corporate rejection by Israel produced spiritual blindness (Acts 28:26-28; Rom. 9-11; 2 Tim. 1:11) while halting the 70 week prophetic calendar abruptly after the 69th week [with one week left to be fulfilled]. In this, God temporarily turned from the Jews and Peter’s gospel of circumcision to the Gentiles and Paul’s gospel of the uncircumcision (Gal. 2:7), not by means of prophecy, but totally from the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began (Rom. 16:25).

[1] Mentioned 32 times- only in Matthew: 3:2; 4:17; 5:3, 10, 19, 20; 7:21; 8:11; 10:7; 11:11, 12; 3:11, 24, 31, 33, 44, 45, 47, 52; 16:19; 18:1,3, 4, 23; 19:12, 14, 23; 20:1; 22:2; 23:13; 25:1, 14.

[2] Calculated by Sir Robert Anderson, former director of the Scotland Yard.

[3] Isaiah 2:12; 13:6,9; 34:8; Jeremiah 46:10; Lamentations 2:22; Ezekiel 13:5; 30:3; Joel 1:15; 2:1,11,31; 3:14; Amos 5:18,20; Obadiah 1:15; Zephaniah 1:7,8,14,18; 2:2,3; Zechariah 14:1; Malachi 4:5

[4] Pentecostal Charismatics wrongly assign this to the church under our new dispensation which has resulted in many heresies, including the Latter Rain Manifest Sons of God blasphemies. Request Latter Rain booklet explaining this.

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