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26And after the sixty-two weeks

Messiah shall be cut off, but not for Himself;

And the people of the prince who is to come

Shall destroy the city and the sanctuary.

The end of it shall be with a flood,

And till the end of the war desolations are determined.”

26b And the people of the prince who is to come

Shall destroy the city and the sanctuary.

The end of it shall be with a flood,

And till the end of the war desolations are determined.

And after the sixty-two weeks

Messiah shall be cut off, but not for Himself;

And the people of the prince who is to come

Shall destroy the city and the sanctuary.

The end of it shall be with a flood,

And till the end of the war desolations are determined.”

 

26b And the people of the prince who is to come

Shall destroy the city and the sanctuary.

The end of it shall be with a flood,

And till the end of the war desolations are determined.

The “prince who is to come” is not the Messiah. The destruction of “the city and the sanctuary” occurred in A.D. 70 when the Roman general Titus destroyed Jerusalem. The “people” are Romans.

Titus carried out the initial destruction of Jerusalem in A.D. 70. Gabriel said, however, that war would continue until “the end.” Israel will suffer until the completion of the 70th seven, that is, the Tribulation.

This verse in Daniel depicts the judgment that will come on the generation that rejects the Messiah and anticipates the “prince” or the Antichrist to come who will “destroy the city and the sanctuary,” that is, Jerusalem and the Temple.

PRINCIPLE:

The Romans under Titus will be dually fulfilled in the coming Revived Roman Empire and her dictator, the Antichrist.

APPLICATION:

The destruction of Jerusalem in A.D. 70 anticipates the Revived Roman Empire and the “prince” is the dictator of the Revived Roman Empire. Titus anticipates the Antichrist. Titus did not make a covenant with the Jews (v.27). Titus did what the Antichrist will do. Jerusalem did not end “with a flood” in Titus’ time. Jesus speaks of this in Matthew:

Mt 24:14Therefore when you see the ‘abomination of desolation,’ spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place” (whoever reads, let him understand), 16then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. 17Let him who is on the housetop not go down to take anything out of his house. 18And let him who is in the field not go back to get his clothes. 19 “But woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing babies in those days! 20And pray that your flight may not be in winter or on the Sabbath. 21For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be. 22And unless those days were shortened, no flesh would be saved; but for the elect’s sake those days will be shortened.”

The Antichrist is the little horn of Daniel 7:8. This is the destruction of Jerusalem, which Jesus referred in His ministry. When Israel’s leaders attributed to Jesus’ ministry the work of the devil (Mt 12:24), Jesus warned that this is the unpardonable sin. He also warned that because of that sin, the Gentiles would destroy Jerusalem.

Mt 12:31Therefore I say to you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven men, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven men. 32Anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man, it will be forgiven him; but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit, it will not be forgiven him, either in this age or in the age to come.”

Mt 23:37O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the one who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing! 38See! Your house is left to you desolate; 39 “for I say to you, you shall see Me no more till you say, ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!’ ”

Lu 21:24And they will fall by the edge of the sword, and be led away captive into all nations. And Jerusalem will be trampled by Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.”

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