I know we have covered Split Versing on one or more other occasions; however, the subject is significantly pertinent to the accurate interpretation of End Times prophecy. So, here is a little refresher:
(Paraphrased Excerpts taken from “This Side of the Whirlwind) Chapter 7, pages 72-75
The Theory of Split-Versing
Take a moment to consider an interesting mechanism within scripture which I call “split-versing.” God purposed certain sections of scripture to reference more than one time period within the same verse or section of text. God provided this revelation at nearly the same time He also revealed certain hidden (Daniel 12:4-11) aspects of the Seventy Weeks of Daniel prophecy (Daniel 9:24-27). Split-versing is necessary to fully understand this and several other prophecies. When God first revealed this information, He used Isaiah 61:1–2 to demonstrate the split-versing concept. He used this section of scripture because verse 2 relates specifically to both the ministry of Jesus Christ and the Great Consummation 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 segments in time. Luke 4:16–30 relates the story of Jesus being baptized and then anointed.
Following His baptisms, Jesus suffered a period of trial and temptation in the wilderness. After this time of trouble, Jesus returned home, entered His family synagogue in Nazareth, and on the Sabbath day, read from Isaiah 61:1–2. During Jesus’s day and age, it was expected for any person reading the text of the Torah to completely finish the section of scripture before expounding upon the chosen script. Contrary to His norm, this day, Jesus did not adhere to the traditional standards. Defying the customs of the day, Jesus stopped mid-thought and mid-text, closed up the scroll, and sat down. He then proclaimed or declared to the crowd that He (Jesus) was the actual fulfillment of this Messianic passage of prophecy.
To aid in understanding the significance of Jesus’s actions, realize Jesus was reading in His home church where He then declared Himself to be everyone’s Messiah and God. Jesus was telling His family and friends He was their Creator and ultimately the fulfillment of every Messianic prophecy for which they had been waiting. To the Hebrew people of that day, Jesus was committing a blasphemous act worthy of death. In making this statement, Jesus was openly committing public and personal suicide; leastwise, according to Hebrew laws and traditions. Almost immediately after His proclamation, the good people of Nazareth seized Jesus and forced Him from the synagogue toward the nearest cliff where they intended to kill Him. Fortunately, as the Son of God, Jesus chose to escape and not be murdered (Luke 4:16–30). All part of God’s plan!
Regarding the issue of split-versing, when Jesus read Isaiah 61:1–2a, He initiated the first half of the covenant which provided us salvation. In verse 2a, 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 verse two. In fact, if Jesus had continued to read Isaiah 61:2b, He would have also declared the coming of “… 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 another three and a half years fulfilling the balance of the seven year prophecy, or the Great Consummation (Isaiah 61:1–2a; Daniel 9:27a). Though you may not know why at this time, such an act would have been a monumental tragedy. For this reason, Jesus stopped reading after the first line of Isaiah 61:2.
Notice, it is not a coincidence Christ’s ministry spanned only three and a half years. Rather, it was a necessity. Jesus knew what He was reading and why. Jesus 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, a bit much for Jesus to undertake at that time. 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; 2a, To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord … 2b and the day of vengeance of our God, 2c to comfort all that mourn (Isaiah 61:1–2a,b &c KJV)
The Split-Versing of Daniel 9:26 and 27
The first sentence of Daniel 9:26 is connected with the first sentence of Daniel 9:27. Similarly, the second portion of verses 26 and 27 are also conceptually attached and related through different time frames. Compare the following sections.
Daniel 9:26a says, “… and after (sometime later) threescore and two weeks (62 weeks) shall Messiah be cut off (sacrificed), but not for himself …” As covered in previous blogs, this sentence from Daniel applies to the time of the Messiah’s birth in approximately 3 BC and His subsequent crucifixion which would take place nearly thirty years later.
Daniel 9:27a says, “And he shall confirm a covenant with many for one week, and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation (offering) to cease…” Uniquely, this first portion of verse 27 is connected to both Christ’s ministry and the Great Consummation. Each period will contain a three-and-a-half-year time frame for establishing either the blessings or curses components of the covenant. The Bible refers to the blessings component as “the Acceptable Year of the Lord.” The second three-and-a-half-year period relates to the curses or judgment component of the covenant and is termed, “the Day of Vengeance of our God” (Isaiah 61:2b). The section of the verse that refers to bringing an end to the sacrifice and oblation (offering) also applies to both the blessings and curses components of the covenant. The fulfillment of the blessings component took place during the crucifixion with the tearing asunder of the veil.
The fulfillment of the curses component will begin with the defilement of the Temple when the Beast places the Abomination of Desolation before the Holy of Holies (Matthew 27:51, Mark 15:38, and Luke 23:45).
The second half of each verse, labeled as part B, relates to the Great Consummation or second half of the covenant which will take place during the Latter Days.
Daniel 9:26b says, “…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.”
Daniel 9:27b says, “…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 concept for the Abomination of Desolation spoken of by Daniel is taken from this section of verse 27 as well as Daniel 12:11.
Daniel 9:26b and 27b both relate to the final judgment before the Millennial Reign begins. Both sections will take place during the Great Consummation, also termed, “the Day of Vengeance of our God.” Jesus will return with the Body of Christ to triumph over the Battle of Armageddon. Jesus will also conquer the Beast, the False Prophet, and the armies thereof while the people of the prince, the Body of Christ, destroy Jerusalem and the temple.
Some have asserted the verbiage of Daniel 9:26b applies to the AD 70 uprising during the Jewish-Roman war. The siege ended with Jerusalem sacked and the temple destroyed. Some theologians seem to believe the outcome reflects fulfillment of this verse. Unfortunately for their hypothesis, recent information conclusively reveals the AD 70 scenario cannot be the fulfillment of the Temple destruction. As will be shown, the people of the prince are Christians not Romans and the sacking of the city of Jerusalem must take place during the Seventy Weeks of Daniel time line—of which AD 70 is not and cannot be a part.
Keep the split-versing concept in mind as you move through this or any Biblical study. Try to catch the instances of split-versing before they are revealed. It is unknown if Bible authors were aware of the split-versing concept when they were actually writing their individual letters. Either way, the concept is intriguing.
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