Daniel

gods_promiseWho Confirms the Covenant?

We shall now turn our attention to the covenant mentioned in Dan. 9:27 which reads as follows: "And He shall confirm the covenant with many for one week." Most premillennialists and all dispensationalists introduce the anti-christ into the prophecy at this point and contend that it is he who will make a covenant with the Jews in Jerusalem during the 70th week in the future. The anti-christ is portrayed as a "prince, a king, as God and as Lucifer, as a beast and as a man." See Blackstone's Jesus is Coming, pp. 108, 109. The only place in the Bible where the anti-christ is mentioned is 1st and 2nd John. These books were written 600 years after Daniel. There is no mention of the anti-christ in Daniel at all; nor for that matter in the entire Old Testament. It seems inconsistent, therefore, to relate the pronoun "he" of Daniel 9:27 to the anti-christ who is first introduced 600 years later.

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seventyThe Prophecy Stated

The prophecy we are considering is found in Daniel 9:24-27, and reads as follows : "Seventy weeks are deter-mined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the trans-gression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy. Know there-fore 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 ; the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times. And after three-score 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. And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week ; and 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." The entire chapter should be carefully read in connection with this study.

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babylon_hanging_gardensIn Daniel 7, The Lord gives Daniel the same dream that Nebuchadnezzar had in Chapter four, but with more details.

In the dream he saw four world kingdoms that would rise in history.

Each kingdom had the symbol of an animal (beast). Accord-ing to the dream, God would send the Son of Man to the earth during the rule of the fourth kingdom (Rome).

This Messiah would set up an everlasting kingdom, which would break every other kingdom into pieces.

He also saw, during the same rule of Rome a fourth beast (king) who would make war with the saints and prevail against them for a time and times and the dividing of time. (1,260 years).

He would change times (calendars) and laws (doctrines), but after the 1,260 years the saints would take away his dominion (political power) and then he would slowly lose his spiritual power until he was completely destroyed at Christ's Second Coming.

After the 1,260 years the kingdom and power would be given back to the people of the saints of the Most High.

The first of the four kingdoms Daniel saw were Babylon (606 BC) the kingdom Daniel lived in; Medo-Persian (538 BC); Greek Empire (334 BC) and the Roman Empire (31 BC).

According to (Daniel 7:7-8) the fourth kingdom was greater and different than all of the other beasts, because it had 10 horns. (Kings)

When Daniel looked at the horns, another little horn came up in the place where three of the first horns had been plucked up.

This "little horn" had the eyes of a man and a mouth that spoke great things.

In verses 20-22 Daniel asks to know more about the "little horn," whose look was more stout than his fellows.

The scriptures tell us that the "Little Hom" made war with the saints of God and prevailed against them; until the Ancient of Days came and judgement was given to the saints of the most High; and the time came that the saints possessed the kingdom.

The fulfillment of Daniel's prophecy is proven by history.

Ten nations were formed during the 6th century of the Roman Empire and there were three states (three horns) that were overcome by Imperial Rome.

The Vandals of Corsica and Sardenia, the Ostrogoths of Central Italy and the Lombards.of Northern Italy.

In 752 AD Pope Stephen II with the help of the King of Germany, Charlemagne, became a temporal (King/Bishop) and the Kings of Europe conferred on him what is known as the "Pat-rimony of St. Peter" meaning the office, estate and authority inherited from St. Peter.

The states he controlled were known as the "10 Papal states"

and he held political and spiritual power over Europe until the time of the French Revolution when God judged him and his political power was taken from him.

The beautiful thing about Daniels' prophecy is that Daniel knew about the Antichrist 400 years before Christ was born.

Daniel said the Antichrist would rise up and take political power over the 10 nations of the Western Roman Empire.

It would last over 1,200 years and he would try to destroy the saints (the true believers) by making spiritual war, as well as political war, against them.

Over 50 million believers were martyred during this period because they refused to bow to the Pope's authority.

But, God promised to bring judgement on the Antichrist and he lost his political power. (The French Revolution)

This Antichrist (Pope) changed the Jewish calendar of Christ's time to the Pagan calendar of Rome. He renamed the months, calling them after the names of Pagan Gods, such as Janus. (January)

The Antichrist was able to rule for 1,260 years because of the succession of Popes and the political power they had over nations.

Daniel said the Antichrist would also change laws and in that way come "against" the Most High.

Pagan practices were allowed into the true church. Statues of Pagan gods were given names of saints and bowed down in worship.

They taught that sinners would have a second chance to redeem themselves in a place called Purgatory after they died

They taught that Mary was the only human person ever born without sin and that Christians could pray to her, because she would understand their human feelings.

As the Queen of Heaven and the "Mother of God" she could go to her son for you and tell Him your need.

Rome teaches that a person can pray to dead saints and even the unrighteous who have gone to Purgatory and they will help you.

The Pope declared he received his authority as head of the Church of Jesus Christ from God and he was infallible in 607 AD.

By 709 AD people began kissing his toe

In 1,000 AD the Pope declared that only Roman Catholic priests had the authority and power to change the bread and wine of the communion into the literal body and blood of Christ and that by eating it sins could be forgiven.

In 1015 AD the Pope declared that clergy could no longer marry.

In 1109AD the church taught that loved ones could get out of purgatory faster if money was given to the church and they obeyed what the church told them to do.(Indulgences)

In 1204 AD the Pope set up the Inquisition that arrested, tortured and killed all who would not submit to his authority.

By 1215 AD he instituted the confessional and told all Christians that they had to confess their sins to the priest or they couldn't be forgiven.

In 1222 AD the Pope had bread and wine of the communion proclaimed to be the "host" or presence of the living Christ.

The host (a wafer) was elevated to a box placed on the high altar of each Roman Catholic church after it was consecrated by the priest.

In July 2007 the Pope once again declared himself the representative of Christ on the earth and reaffirmed that a person can only be saved if he/she is a baptized member of the Roman Catholic Church.

Jesus

Chapter 9 starts with Daniel reading from the book of Jeremiah where he learns that the Jews' 70 years of captivity in Babylon are almost over.

He is concerned about the sins of Israel and how they have offended God. He prays and fasts and asks God to forgive Israel and tell him what His plan is for Israel once their captivity is over.

The angel Gabriel comes personally to Daniel and opens his understanding.

Verse 24— Gabriel tells Daniel that the next thing God has planned for the Jews is the coming of the Messiah who will fulfill God's promises of a New Covenant with them. (Jeremiah 31:31-36)

It will take 70 prophetic weeks to complete and most Bible scholars agree that the 70 weeks are measured according to God's time, which is a year for a day.

"After the number of days in which ye searched out the land, even 40 days, each day for a year, shall ye bear your iniquities, even 40 years and ye shall know my breach of promise." (Numbers 14:34) (Ezekiel 4:6)

When God determines time in prophecy he calls a day a year.

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Reformation and Counter Reformation in Europe....

The Jesuits

The Jesuits are a religious order of the Roman Catholic church. Their proper title is the "Society of Jesus." Originally they were called Compania de Jesus, which is Spanish for "(military) company of Jesus." They were founded (1534-39) by Ignatius of Loyola. He drafted the rules that still govern the society. The training of a Jesuit is long and rigorous. Though not often taught, they were basically founded to combat the Reformation. Jesuit leaders played a major role in Rome's Counter-Reformation. In the 16th and 17th century, this corps labored with measured success in reconverting Protestant areas in South and West Germany, Hungary, France and Poland. They also made several aggressive attempts to reconvert England.

The Christian Church is basically unaware that the futurist school came from this society's scholars. Jesuit priests have been known throughout history as the most wicked political arm of the Roman Catholic church. Edmond Paris, in his scholarly work, The Secret History of the Jesuits, reveals and documents much of this information. Their political intrigue has caused them to be banned from several nations throughout the course of their dubious history. Here is a brief list of nations, and provinces with the dates they expelled the Jesuit order: Portugal al 1759, France 1764, Spain 1767, Naples 1767, Parma and Russia 1820. Several of these nations have once again allowed them entrance. The popes themselves know how wicked this order is. There is much evidence to implicate them in the death of Pope Clement XIV, who was poisoned in 1773.

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Notice to Readers

In an attempt to provide a wide range of opinions and applications within the bounds of the Historicist interpretation of Bible prophecy, we have utilized the research and writings of a variety of scholars and historians. Being that the material found on this website has been written over a period of several hundred years, there will naturally be a difference of opinions and interpretations on various prophecies. This is due to the experience and knowledge along with the political and religious conditions which existed during the life time of each respective writer. For example; the perspective of John Wycliffe of the 14th century in England as opposed to the perspective of a 21st century writer in North America may somewhat differ on the same prophecy due to their respective vantage points of time, location and development of historical events.

These differences by no means invalidate the truthfulness of the Historicist approach to the all-important subject of Bible prophecy. Even though some teachers and writers may differ on some major beliefs such as the rapture, the nature of the Second Coming of Christ, the identification of Israel, or the modern Zionist state of Israeli, each writer sets forth a traditional Protestant view of Bible prophecy that has been unfolding in fulfillment throughout time extending from the Apostolic age until our present age.

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