Two years ago (2019), I began a study on End time events sequence.
I wanted to search out several scriptures on end time events while trying to arrange the sequence of events as presented to us from numerous scriptures.
In today’s post I want to share one aspect of what I discovered concerning the destruction of Jerusalem in AD 70 and the future desecration of the Temple during the Great tribulation or Daniel’s 70th week.
Background reference scripture is presented below.
9:24 Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, 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, and to anoint the most Holy.
9:25 Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times.
9:26 And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: 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.
9:27 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.
To the Jews, a week of years is 7 years just like a decade is 10 years to us.
Daniel was told that 70 weeks have been appointed for the Jews.
He was given a timeline that after the command to rebuild Jerusalem (which includes the Temple) is given to the time Jerusalem will be destroyed by the people of the Prince that shall come it will be 69 weeks (i.e 69×7 years = 469 years ).
Notice that it is not the Prince that shall come that will destroy the Temple after 69 weeks in AD 70 but it was his people.
So the Antichrist is not going to destroy the Temple.
This event of the people of the Prince that shall come destroying the Temple happened beginning in AD 70 When the Romans invaded and destroyed Jerusalem, destroyed the Temple and crushed all resistance of the Jews within a period of about 3 years according to history.
Daniel was also specifically told that from the time the command to rebuild Jerusalem (including the Temple that will be destroyed in AD 70) is given to the time of the Messiah it will be 62 weeks (62×7 years =434 years).
These are very accurate dates that played out just as God’s word said they would happen.
The Temple was rebuilt by Ezra and from that time till when the Messiah was cut off it was 62 weeks or 434 years as God said it will be.
From the time the Messiah was cut off in AD 30 to AD 73 when the last Jewish resistance were crushed we have 43 years equivalent to 6 weeks 1 year. Thus the 7th week after the Messiah already started before the complete crushing of the Jews and removal of the temple stones by the Romans.
This completed the 69 weeks.
After this 69th week, we have one week or 7 years left out of the 70 weeks or 490 years.
What we notice is a gap.
The times of the Gentiles (Luke 21:24 ) began in AD 30 after Jesus died and took full force in AD 73 after the Jews were displaced and will continue till the 70th week of the Jews begins just before the great tribulation is to start.
The 70th week is the last 7 years before Jesus returns to earth with the Saints to crush the Antichrist.
We are told the Antichrist will make a peace treaty or Covenant with the Jews at the beginning of the 70th week (the last 7 years if the 490 years) but will break this covenant in the middle of the week (after 3 and half years) and then declare himself as God in the Temple in Jerusalem which by then would have been rebuilt.
While doing my study, I tried to place events Jesus related in Matthew 24, side by side with those of Luke 17, Luke 21 and Mark 13.
The first thing we must establish is that Jesus was answering three questions:
- When will the Temple built by Ezra standing in Jesus day be destroyed and no stone will be left one upon another.
- When will Jesus return.
- When will be the time of the end of the world.
Looking at Matthew 24, Luke 17, Luke 21 and Mark 13 it seems the first question was not answered as many of us usually attach the destruction of Jerusalem to the time of the Antichrist in the future.
What I saw was that Matthew 24 and Mark 13 described the abomination of desolation which happens in the Temple when the Antichrist declares himself as God.
This is in the future during the great tribulation.
We are specifically told it will be a time of tribulation like the world has never known.
This means what happened in AD 70-73 is nothing to compare to this that will happen during the 70th week in the future.
However Luke 21 described the surrounding of Jerusalem by Armies and the destruction.
It doesn’t mention anything about the desecration of the Temple.
It also doesn’t say it will be the worse time ever because the future desecration of the Temple during the great tribulation is still ahead.
Luke 21 also mentions the beginning of the times of the Gentiles which is put between the 69th week and the 70th week of the Jews.
We are presently in the times of the Gentiles.
In describing the event of AD 70,
Jesus said when you see Jerusalem surrounded by Armies then run away.
Don’t wait for them to enter the city or even desecrate the Temple.
Run for your life.
However when describing the event of the abomination of desolation that will happen during the 70th week during the great tribulation, Jesus said wait to see the abomination of desolation that will happen inside the Temple before you run away.
The two events are very similar and will involve persecution but the timing and description of both events and what we are to look forward to are different.
In one we are to look forward to see Jerusalem surrounded by Armies and this will lead to the destruction of the rebuilt Temple by Ezra standing in Jesus time.
We don’t need to see the abomination of desolation in the Temple in this first event.
As events played out in AD 70, there was no desecration of the Temple such as the Antichrist declaring himself as God.
The Temple was only destroyed.
In the second event we are to look forward to seeing the Antichrist declare himself as God in the Temple to be rebuilt in the future.
This is not the same temple rebuilt by Ezra and destroyed in AD 70 but the one to be rebuilt in the future by the Jews.
Thereafter the great tribulation begins in the middle of the 70th week.
I hope this clears up things for you as it did for me.
In all of these we are to always watch and be ready.
The redemption of our bodies draws high.
Come quickly Lord Jesus.
I pray that God will grant us grace to faithfully finish strong in Jesus name amen.