So, we left off with King Cyrus giving the decree; then the Israelites begin construction and it becomes troublous or troubled times; a consolidated period in which the Israelites actually worked on Jerusalem for approximately 101 years; construction of Jerusalem, the Temple and the wall spanned approximately 49 years or 7 segments of seven. The wall was then finished circa 437 BC when the 62 weeks segment began and running for 434 years until approximately 3 BC. And THEN… Jesus the Messiah was born – yeah baby! Now one segment remains to be fulfilled in the Seventy Weeks of Daniel. Let’s see how that pans out…
In the post, This Side of the Whirlwind: 70 Weeks Unveiled 2, we looked over Daniel 9:24, breaking down the pieces of the verse and the Edicts of the prophecy.
In the post This Side of the Whirlwind: 70 Weeks Exposed, we looked over Daniel 9:25.
Now, before we go over verses 26 and 27 we need to discuss an interesting interpretive development in the Word. We will call this “Split Versing.”
Split-versing is not common within the Word. In fact, I had not heard of split versing until the Lord brought it to my attention in 2006. I don’t even know if God has revealed this technique to anyone else since much of the End Times information was concealed until recently. It may be a tool God used to conceal the Latter Days message until the proper time.
Let’s take a moment to consider this interesting mechanism within scripture. God purposed certain sections of scripture to reference more than one time period within the same verse or section of text. God shared this revelation with me at nearly the same moment He revealed certain hidden aspects of the Seventy Weeks of Daniel prophecy. Split-versing is a necessary component to understanding the Seventy Weeks of Daniel prophecy. When God first revealed this information, He began by using Isaiah 61:1–2 thereby demonstrating the split-versing nature contained within verse two.
According to revelation, Isaiah 61:2 relates to both the ministry of Jesus Christ and the Great Consummation period of the Latter Days. In essence, as with this verse, a split verse is any verse or group of verses whose fulfillment requires two or more completely different time periods. Luke 4:16–30 relates to one of these time periods, the story of Jesus being baptized and then anointed.
After Jesus’ baptism, He suffered a period of trial and temptation in the wilderness. Following this time of trouble, Jesus returned home, entered His home synagogue in Nazareth, and on the Sabbath day, read from Isaiah 61:1–2.
During Jesus’s day, it was expected for any person reading the text to completely finish the section of scripture before expounding upon the chosen script. Contrary to this norm of the day, Jesus did not adhere to the traditional standards. Defying the customs Jesus stopped mid-thought and mid-text, closed up the scroll, and sat down. Jesus then proclaimed to the crowd that He was/is the fulfillment of this Messianic passage of prophecy.
To aid in understanding this significant event and the Lord’s actions, recognize Jesus was reading in His home church where He unexpectedly declared Himself to be the Messiah and God of everyone there. Jesus was telling His family and His friends that He was their Creator and ultimately the fulfillment of every Messianic prophecy for which they had been waiting their entire lives. To the Hebrew people of that day, Jesus was committing a blasphemous act worthy of death. When Jesus made this statement, He openly committed public and personal suicide, according to Hebrew laws and traditions. Confirming this truth, the crowd, the good people of Nazareth seized Jesus and forced Him from the synagogue toward the nearest cliff where they intended to kill Him. Fortunately, because He is the Son of God, He chose to escape and not be murdered (Luke 4:16–30).
Regarding the issue of split-versing, when Jesus read Isaiah 61:1–2a, He initiated the first half of the covenant. In verse 2, Jesus “… proclaimed (sic) the acceptable year of the Lord” and then declared to everyone in the synagogue He was the prophecy’s fulfillment. Only God, as Messiah, could legitimately make that claim and live to fulfill it. Fulfilling “the acceptable year of the Lord” required Jesus to validate the covenant in Daniel 9:27a, with many, for three and a half years. It was not an accident Jesus stopped reading after the first sentence. In fact, if Jesus had continued to read Isaiah 61:2, He would have also declared “… the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all that mourn.” Had He read those words, Jesus would have immediately obligated Himself to spend the second three and a half years fulfilling the balance of the prophecy before its appointed time (Isaiah 61:1–2a; Daniel 9:27a). Such an act would have been a monumental tragedy.
It is not, cannot be a coincidence Christ’s ministry spanned just three and a half years. Rather, it was a necessity of prophetic fulfillment. Jesus obviously knew what He was reading and why. The Lord likely knew He was reading a split verse and understood the next line of the text related to the Great Consummation and not His current period of ministry.
Jesus’s ministry took place somewhere between 28 BC and 31 BC. The Great Consummation is scheduled to begin sometime before the end of AD 2028. The split-versing of Isaiah 61:2 consists of two three-and-a-half-year time frames separated by nearly 2,100 years. On that famous day Jesus read the following section of Isaiah before His family and friends in Nazareth.
The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me; because the Lord hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the broken hearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound; 2, To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord … (Isaiah 61:1–2a KJV)
Jesus fulfilled the first half of Christ’s Covenant. A covenant required to span seven years but be divided by two-three and a half year segments. When the first half of the covenant was ordained to come to an end, the sacrifices and offerings of the Temple were required to cease or stop. Appropriately, when Jesus died on the cross, the veil of the Temple was torn in two resulting in the Most Holy Place being exposed to the Inner Court. Immediately the sacrifices and offering were required to stop. The first three and a half years of the covenant were complete.
What we are talking about is the first three and a half years of the seventieth week from the Seventy Weeks of Daniel prophecy, the seven years covenant in the last week (Daniel 9:27).
We will continue this discussion in This Side of the Whirlwind: 70 Weeks Unveiled 4.
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