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Dividing the 70th Week of Daniel

This period will last for 7 full years. I also call it the tribulation period. It is divided into two separate parts. The first half and the second half, each half lasting 1260 days or 3½ years or 42 months. The middle is a very short span of time. It is only but a brief moment of time.

The book of Daniel and the book of Revelation give us some verses that tell us the length of the 70th week of Daniel and that will help us to understand how that period is divided into two parts.

First we will take a look at Daniel 9: 27 where it says,
"And he (the beast, the Antichrist) shall confirm the covenant with many (the Jews) for one week (a week of years): and in the midst (middle) of the week (7 years) he (the Antichrist) shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation (offering) to cease (stop), and for the overspreading of abominations he (the Antichrist) shall make it (the temple) desolate, even until the consummation (end), and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate." (Read also Rev. 11: 2 - 3, 12: 6, 14, 13: 5, Dan. 7: 25.).

Now let's look at Revelation 11: 1 - 3 where it says,
"And there was given me (John) a reed like unto a rod: and the angel stood, saying, Rise, and measure the temple of God, and the altar, and them (Jews) that worship therein."
"But the court which is without (outside) the temple leave out, and measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles: and the holy city (Jerusalem) shall they (the Gentiles) tread under foot forty and two months (42 months)."
"And I (that's God) will give power unto My two witnesses, and they (the two witnesses) shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days (1260 days), clothed in sackcloth." (This is referring to the last/second half.).

The middle of the 70th week of Daniel (Matt. 24: 15) is the dividing point of this period. The Jews are in control of the city of Jerusalem and the temple mound during the first half. So it is during the last half that the Gentiles tread under foot (Rev. 11: 1 - 2) the city of Jerusalem after the Jews flee for their lives.

In chapter 13 of Revelation the 42 months are mentioned once again, but they are referring to a different subject. This is also referring to the last half. However, the beast (that is, the first beast) of Revelation 13, which turns out to be the Antichrist, will be free to begin his reign (control) over mankind when Jesus, who is the Lamb (Rev. 5: 7 - 9), opens (breaks) the 1st seal. The Antichrist (beast), who is the false messiah, is the rider on the white horse in Revelation 6: 1 - 2 (whether it is literal or figurative, it's probably figurative). When the first seal is opened (Rev. 6: 1 - 2) this marks the beginning of Daniel's 70th week. This is when the beast (Antichrist) makes a 7 year covenant (treaty) with Israel, the Israelites (Dan. 9: 27), on the first day of those 7 years. (He will possibly make a treaty with others also.). After 3½ years the Antichrist will break that covenant (treaty) and will then claim to be God as foretold in II Thessalonians 2: 3 - 4 (Matt. 24: 15, Dan. 9: 27). Then those 42 months will begin with the opening of the 5th seal. The 5th seal will be opened right in the beginning of those last 1260 days.

By the way, in my book, I sometimes refer to the Revelation/Second Coming. This may be confusing to some individuals. The "Revelation" is that event when Jesus returns to earth in Revelation 19: 11. He will come riding on His white horse and His feet will touch down on the Mount of Olives immediately after Revelation 19: 21 is finished. The Second Coming is the same event. However, some authorities, such as Dr. Nathan M. Meyer, say the Second Coming is made up of two phases. The first phase is the Rapture and the second one is the Revelation. So, please, do not let this be confusing to you. When I refer to the Revelation/Second Coming I am referring to the same event, Jesus coming back to earth. I also refer to "the tribulation period/the 70th week of Daniel". Some individuals call the 7 years of Daniel 9: 27 "the tribulation period". And others call those 7 years "the 70th week of Daniel". In both cases it's the same event and both names are okay to use. Daniel's 70th week is "a week of years" or 7 years.

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