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(V) The evil character of Daniel’s ‘abomination of the desolation’ can never be Antiochus Epiphanes, the vile Syrian king -as commentaries of J.F.B. and Albert Barnes point. John Gill’s slant towards Titus Flavius Vespasianus, the tyrannic Roman emperor, cannot be favoured, in view of the chronology of the one remaining week. Matthew Poole’s attempt to substitute Emperor Titus with Jesus is a complete “No, no!” It cannot be the jihadism of Mohammedism as Adam Clarke sees it. Of the seventy weeks of prophecy, the existential incarnation of Christ saw Him leaving the earth in the sixty-ninth week. He was to “finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy,” but, just one more week the Lord left in an ascension to heaven. Why? Jesus would not perpetrate any abominable evil. The ‘body that thou hast prepared me: (Hebrews 10:5)’ is a sown seed which must be allowed to fructify: The Church.
The seventy weeks is purely soteriological, incarnational and a conscious, engendered intent to solidify the foundation for the Adamic emancipation from the destruction of the original sin. God must, ergo, be the actuating Actor of this event. It must be purely Jewish as well: for it says, “Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression (Daniel 9:24). Jesus, born a Jew, did not stay here to the end of the prophetic 70. Did He reject God’s will or did He honour it? We understand that Christ will never ever go against the Father’s will. John 10:30 “I and my Father are one.” 1John 5:7, “For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.” Jesus honoured the will of the Father by suffering the Holy Spirit’s indwelling of the born again Christian, to birth the Church, the mystical body of Christ. “And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever” [John 14:16].
Intercalation! That is what the Church age happens to be.
Seven more years to go, and, He left. What did the wisdom of God do? He paused the seventy weeks; in-between it, He wisely sandwiched the Church age. The Temple worship thus suspended, the Holy Spirit left the holy of holies. The Temple worship was essentially rendered nugatory at the ascension of Jesus Christ. It is this suspension that negates the possibility of the final taskmaster of Israel to be any of Muhammad, Titus Flavius or Antiochus Epiphanes. Jesus said, “And the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come” [Matthew 24:14]. ‘World’ in this verse, is oikoumenē (oy-kou-men’-ay) ‘the whole inhabited earth; the world; the inhabitants of the earth; men; the universe; the world.’ The word ‘nations’, ethnos (eth’-nos), is: ‘a race (as of the same habit), that is, a tribe; (specifically) a foreign (non-Jewish) one (usually by implication pagan).’
Contrary to the exposition of some commentaries, as these definitions have unraveled, the evangelism is not solely for the Jewish nation of her twelve tribes. It is for the entire races of the whole world. This evangelism is essentially the business of the born-again Christians. They will take the word of God to the whole wide world before the emergence of the Beast -son of perdition. His new world order of Nazification accounts for his bestiality. The word of God does not see him as an Adam. When the Church is translated a la rapture, the remaining seven paused years continues. So, we will not be here at all!
Pauline exaltation says, “But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul” [Hebrews 10:39]. Who do not draw into perdition? Christians! The word ‘perdition,’ used by Jesus for Judas in John 17:12, and which Paul describes the Antichrist in 2Thessalonians 2:3, is apoleia (a-pō’-lei-a), meaning: ‘total destruction, ruin or loss (physical, spiritual or eternal).’ The great tribulation can never involve true Christians. It is meant for the unbelieving Israel and the Gentile nation that spurned the gospel that was preached throughout the world.
Folks, this is why you just must be born again (John 3:7) before your earthly time is up! Pray the prayer of all prayers: the one that gets you born again. Are you ready? It must come from the core of your heart, and believing every word. Here we go; say:
Dear heavenly Father, I come to you now, in the name of Jesus Christ. I believe in my heart that Jesus is the Son of God. I believe in my heart that Jesus died for my sins. I believe that You raised Him from the dead (for my justification). I confess with my mouth that Jesus is Lord, and I receive Him as my Lord and Saviour. I give God all the glory. Amen!
. (…to be continued…)
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