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Originally published in "The Lord's Coming Herald & Wesleyan Bible Prophecy Advocate," Fall Edition 1995

Daniel's 70th Week: Future Tribulation Or Present Messianic Age?

Modern dispensational premillennial end-time Bible prophecy theorists imagine that Daniel's 70th week describes some future "seven year Great Tribulation period" that is supposed to happen after the Church is secretly raptured. Even though the New Testament itself, including the Book of Revelation, says absolutely nothing about any future "seven year" period of time, these unilaterally maintain that all of the apocalyptic materials of Scripture must somehow—surely somehow!--be structured upon, or organized around, that magic seven years.

Dispensational Premillennialists claim Biblical support for the idea of a future seven year Great Tribulation period based on Daniel's Prophecy of the Seventy Weeks. Since the truth is that Christ, not Antichrist, is the divinely intended "covenant-maker" of Daniel 9:27, however, the first half of Daniel's 70th week has already been fulfilled in the three-and-a-half year public ministry of Jesus two thousand years ago. Thus, no future "seven year" Great Tribulation period, based on Daniel 9:27, exists with which to start!

Messiah is the covenant-maker of Daniel 9:27, and the "covenant" is the "new covenant" of the Christian gospel. The text is talking about Christ preaching the gospel and establishing Christianity with "the many" for the period of time called one week. Christ began to do that, when He was here on earth two thousand years ago, but can we honestly say that His vested interested in the gospel mission has ever ceased?

The resurrection of Jesus Christ logically necessitates the elongation in perpetuity of the second half of Daniel's 70th week. He lives! And because He lives, He still causes all the glorious provisions of the new covenant of full salvation to prevail. Yes, the fact of your salvation and mine—if, indeed, we do possess regenerating and sanctifying grace—is proof that Christ is still "confirming" the gospel covenant, both by the Holy Spirit, and through the messengers of salvation He has chosen.

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