Jesus, the Way, the Truth, and the Life

Apology Note: I am so sorry readers. Please forgive me for my boo-boo. I found this in que and evidently didn’t upload it when I completed it. So not only am I late for you guys, it’s out of sequence. No excuse, just blew it. I am sorry gang.

Part 1: Daniel’s Seventy-Sevens

I could be wrong, but the best place to start a story is probably at the beginning. Therefore, let us turn back not only time but a few pages. First off, let me confess up front, I am not a prophet, but I know how to read. I have not only read the Bible through several times but have studied it many times over the course of my 77 years here on earth [1].

The study of eschatology is incomplete without looking at the Old Testament prophet, Daniel, and his visions. In fact, it is necessary to do so, in closing out the church age. I am, of course, speaking of his vision of the 70 weeks [2]. That said, let us begin.

Daniel is probably most remembered as the man who King Darius threw into the lion’s den, but the Lord quieted them and shut their mouth. Shortly thereafter, Daniel began having dreams and visions. During one such dream, the Archangel Gabriel told Daniel that the Lord had answered his prayer as he prayed it and decreed seventy-sevens [3] for the people to finish their rebellion, putting an end to their sin [4].

v27 And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate. [Daniel 9:27 KJV]

This speaks to the seven-year period where the first three and a half years is the great falling away [5]. The second three and a half years is the great tribulation [6], starting with the Abomination of Desolation [7]. However, we will continue our study next week, where the subject will be the 70th week, the rapture of the church, and the Wrath of God. Matthew 24 will be our text.

Our gracious heavenly Father, I come to you with a thankful heart thanking you for your Word that guides us throughout our life. It warns us of things to come so we can prepare. It shows us how to love one another and how to even love our enemies. Your Word shows us how to adjust our lives and what we must do to please you. Thank you, Lord, for the many blessings your Word incurs in us as we read its pages. But mostly, Father, your Word tells us all about Jesus Christ, your Son, and our soon coming husband. Thank you, Jesus, for your propitiatory sacrifice on the Cross. Thank you for redeeming us and paying the price of Mohar. Thank you for offering the gift of salvation and eternal life with you. I give you thanks, praise, honor, and glory in the name that is above every name, Jesus Christ.

We await your return, Jesus!When will Christ come for us?

Note: The Mohar is the Jewish price paid by the groom for the Bride. It was to be high to show the value that the groom placed on the bride to be.

[1] This is my sixth year in reading the Bible through cover to cover with countless study sessions alone with the Lord. If I did not have such an old brain, I would probably remember more of it. LOL.
[2] Seventy Sevens
[3] The word week refers to seven years, which in this case, is 490 years (seventy-sevens). It was 490 years from the time of this vision to the death of Jesus. But we’ll go over this next week.
[4] Daniel 9:24-27
[5] 2 Thessalonians 2:3
[6] Matthew 24:21
[7] Matthew 24:15

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