The Decimation 6
The Great Tribulation pertains to Israel and not the Church
Proponents: Preterists, Pre-Tribers, Mid-Tribers and any who support Post-Tribulation doctrines. The A-Millennial viewpoint ignores the above proposition considering it moot.
According to proponents the Body of Christ (the Church) will not be subject to the Tribulation Period because the “Church” is exempt from the Judgment rendered during the Great Tribulation and this Judgment because it is the Wrath of God (1 Thessalonians 5:9).
Proponents consent to the idea the Body of Christ took over where Israel failed God in His plans for humanity; therefore, it is Israel and not the Body of Christ who is subject to the coming Wrath of God (which is taught to take place during the Great Tribulation). The Saints are anticipated to be exempt because the Body of Christ has been set free from the Laws of Sin and Death and Israel has not accepted Christ’s sacrifice for sin.
- According to proponents Israel and the Church hold different offices, which is true.
- But the question is whether or not Israel failed God in His plan for humanity’s salvation?
- And the answer to that question is no! Israel did not fail to meet God’s plan for Israel!
While it is true Israel and the Body of Christ are separate and distinct in God’s plan for humanity’s salvation… it IS NOT true Israel failed.
Israel accomplished exactly what the Father wanted them to accomplish.
The end results being…
- The linage of Christ established (Matthew chapter one)
- The Word of God was written and established
- Israel’s existence proved humans cannot live sinless lives outside of Jesus’/Christ’s sacrifice (Romans 8:1-6 & Galatians 3:1-29)
- The Word of God was made flesh (John 1:1-14)
- The Lamb of God was born (John 1:29)
- He lived a sinless life (2 Corinthians 5:21)
- He was sacrificed for the sin of the world (1 Peter 1:18-19)
- He went into Sheol the Grave and led captivity captive (Isaiah 61:1-2)
- He was resurrected and walked among His followers and many more witnesses for more than 40 days following His crucifixion and death (1 Corinthians 15:3-8)
- Jesus then ascended to the Father where He awaits the fulfillment of the Second Half of Christ’s Covenant (Acts 1:9-11)
Note: There remains two edicts from Daniel 9:24 to be fulfilled in the Second Half of Christ’s Covenant: to seal up the vision and prophecy (Luke 21:22) and to anoint the Most Holy (Isaiah 45:23; Romans 14:11-12).
Here are the mechanical elements Jesus fulfilled from the prophecy in (Daniel 9:24-27). In the process of fulfilling the “70 Weeks of Daniel Prophecy” Israel was participatory in fulfilling God’s expectations for Israel (as a Nation) as they brought forth the Messiah/Christ in His appointed time.
Fulfillment of the first segment of the prophecy is as follows, Daniel 9:24:
Seventy Weeks are determined for your people and for your holy city, to finish the transgression, to make an end of sins, to make reconciliation for iniquity, to bring in everlasting righteousness… (Daniel 9:24 NKJV)
- During a Prophetic timeline of 70 segments of 7 years
- A person of Hebrew descent fulfilled the prophecy
- In or around the city of Jerusalem
- Fulfilling the following four amazing statutes or Edicts of God.
By and through His crucifixion Jesus:
- Finished the Transgression: Jesus’ blood paid the price for any transgress of the Laws of God thereby restricting all charges of sin on any who accept said payment.
- Made an end of Sin: Jesus’ sacrifice paid the full sin debt thus abolishing sin for everyone who accepts Jesus’ sacrifice for their debt of sin.
- Made reconciliation for iniquity: for those who accept Jesus’ payment for “their” sin, item by item their every sin over the course of their life was detailed and paid in full.
- Brought in everlasting righteousness: Jesus’ actions created a perpetual state of harmony between the ‘Saved’ individual and God the Father.
Now God fulfilled this amazing prophecy during a timeline of 490 years broken up into four specific segments of time: 49 years; 434 years and 7 years divided into two 3½ year segments. The consolidation of these four segments equals the 490 years of the Prophecy.
NOW, here is a very important note: this Prophecy MUST be fulfilled during the Prophecy’s timeline (very important). In other words, everything pertaining to the Prophecy’s fulfillment… its elements or beginnings and ends to specific periods of fulfillment must be accomplished while the Prophecy’s timeline is kept intact – kept in effect. Nothing related to the Prophecy’s fulfillment can take place outside of the Prophecy’s timeline. Nothing!
Bear in mind, Israel is being used by God to bring forth the Messiah/Christ THROUGH this prophecy which will then provide Salvation to the world!
Israel’s involvement was necessary to the fulfillment of this prophecy.
The Temple’s destruction in 70 AD is a mere example of something mistakenly attributed to the fulfillment of verse 26 of the “70 Weeks of Daniel Prophecy” and Matthew 24:1-3 which CANNOT be a fulfillment of either Prophecy because the Temple destruction takes place outside of the Prophecy’s timeline (Daniel 9:24-27)! Well, that’s another issue to be addressed in another Post.
Let’s look at the Prophecy’s timeline and see how Israel is intricate to God bringing forth of the Messiah.
The first installment for the 70 Weeks of Daniel prophecy timeline spans 7 segments of 7 years equaling 49 years.
Here’s what this section of the prophecy says:
Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the command to restore and build Jerusalem “Until Messiah the Prince, there shall be seven weeks and sixty-two weeks; the street shall be built again and the wall even in troublesome times. (Daniel 9:25 NKJV)
Israel worked on restoring Jerusalem, its walls and the Temple between 536 BC and 437 BC. The fulfillment of 7 Weeks segment is tabulated from the actual months and years between 536 BC and 437 BC in which Israel physically worked on the restoration of Jerusalem, the wall and the Temple for a collective timeframe of 49 years. By the way, the project for Jerusalem’s restoration took place during a period universally synonymous with “troublesome times”.
And just so you know, I know this information to be accurate because I literally put in the time (2 years) to research each chronological detail. If you’d like more evidence and details to this claim… check out chapter 6 “Understanding the Weeks” in, “This Side of the Whirlwind, The Coming Apocalypse”.
Step two: (seven weeks and sixty-two weeks) after the 7 weeks segment was completed in 437 BC the 62 weeks segment began and ran uninterrupted for 434 years. Now, if you take 437 BC and subtract 434 years you’ll arrive at 3 BC. Imagine that…! 3 BC is the best estimate of when Jesus was born! Why is that significant? Here’s why…
The Prophecy in verse 25 says, “…from the going forth of the command to restore and build Jerusalem “Until Messiah the Prince, there shall be seven weeks and sixty-two weeks…”
“Until Messiah the Prince” there will take place 7 Weeks (49 years) and 62 Weeks (434 years). At the end of the 7 and 62 weeks segments Messiah was to come on the scene AND SO HE DID! Jesus was born in 3 BC.
So, from the going forth of the command to restore and build Jerusalem “Until Messiah the Prince… 7 and 62 weeks took place and Jesus was born.
Israel brought forth the Messiah right on the Prophecy’s timeline to the tick! Does that seem like they failed?
Let’s take the next step…
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. (Daniel 9:26 NKJV)
Let’s make the balance of this quick.
- The word “after” here means – sometime thereafter and not immediately after. Jesus was crucified 30 years after the 7 and 62 weeks were past.
- The Hebrew words “cut off” means a sacrifice or blood sacrifice would take place.
- The phrase, “But not for Himself…” is indicative of Jesus not being crucified for Himself because He died for our sin.
- And the people of the Prince that shall come: that’s us, the Saints of God, will destroy the city and the sanctuary
- When we return with Christ a year after the Rapture – at the Second Advent.
- And the End shall be with a flood and until the end of the war desolation will be determined.
Okay, I imagine you’re looking for some proof?
Check it out! Though some teach the pronoun “He” in verse 27 refers to the Beast; HAW! Check this out. There is zero evidence the pronoun in Daniel 9:27 relates to the Beast/Anti-Christ and an abundance of evidence Jesus is the “he” to which the pronoun applies. For volumes of evidence on the subject see, “This Side of the Whirlwind’s” chapter 7’s, subsections “Daniel’s People of the Prince” and “He shall confirm a Covenant” for a great deal of evidence Jesus is the “he” of the pronoun.
Jesus is the fulfillment of verse 27a
And he (Jesus) shall confirm (strongly establish) a covenant (blood covenant) with many (not everyone because: Matthew 7:13-14; narrow path to salvation) for one week (7 years) but in the midst of the week (or middle = 3½ year mark) he (Jesus) shall cause the sacrifice and oblations to cease (stop).
Jesus fulfilled the first half of verse 27 even to the point of causing the sacrifice and offerings to cease (renting the veil of the Temple). The second half of the verse applies to the second half of the covenant which should be called the Great Consummation but is most commonly referred to as the Great Tribulation.
Well, that’s information found in another blog which was already written: https://thissideofthewhirlwind.wordpress.com/2017/06/23/the-great-consummation-the-series/
So, guess what…
Israel did not fail God!
Israel did its job by bringing the Word made Flesh, the Lamb of God slain from the foundations of the world also called the Lion of the Tribe of Judah – to the Cross of Redemption.
That’s right, Jesus is the fulfillment of all Israel was supposed to produce.
It’s also true that Israel will remain here on earth during God’s Wrath. Yep, the Body of Christ will enjoy the Resurrection and Rapture at the end of the Tribulation Period BUT ONLY AFTER the Saints have played their part in God’s plan for the Great Consummation/Great Completion of God’s program for these Latter Days.
Following Israel completing their tasks… Christianity and the Body of Christ became God’s purposed next stage in HIS plan for the world’s salvation.
Better than that, every Christian alive and well today represents those who will enter the Tribulation Period of the Great Consummation. We are the Bride who will make herself ready (Revelation 19:7).
The Tribulation Period of the Great Consummation is what most Christians mistakenly refer to as “The Great Tribulation”. This period was misunderstood because its tenets were concealed by God UNTIL the time of the End (Daniel 8:11-26; 12:4-9; Revelation 10:1-7).
If you are not sure of God’s purpose for the Great Tribulation then check out “The Decimation 1” https://thissideofthewhirlwind.wordpress.com/2019/02/21/the-decimation-1-this-side-of-the-whirlwind/
You should be aware that WE are at the END of the Time of the Gentiles also known as the Church Age. We (the Body of Christ) are exactly where we are supposed to be in God’s amazing plan for the salvation of Humanity; i.e., God’s creation of divine Sons and Daughters!
Israel is also where they are supposed to be in God’s plan. Need more info? Then check out “Israel, God’s Not Finished”: https://thissideofthewhirlwind.wordpress.com/2018/07/02/israel-gods-not-finished/
Wow, there is so much more we could cover.
Gotta stop somewhere so here…