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Originally published in "The Lord's Coming Herald & Wesleyan Bible Prophecy Advocate," Spring Edition 2000

Daniel's 70th Week: The New Age Of Redemption

"He shall confirm the covenant with many for one week" (Dan. 9:27). Here we have a prophecy of the mission of the Messiah in his role as messenger and mediator of the new covenant of full salvation.

Two hundred years previous to Daniel 9:27 Isaiah had penned these inspiring words of messianic promise: "I the Lord have called thee in righteousness, and will hold thine hand, and will keep thee, and give thee for a covenant of the people, for a light of the Gentiles. To open the blind eyes, to bring out the prisoners from the prison, and them that sit in darkness out of the prison house" (42:6-7).

And again we read, "Thus saith the Lord, In an acceptable time have I heard the, and in the day of salvation have I helped thee: and I will preserve the, and give thee for a covenant of the people, to establish the earth, to cause to inherit the desolate heritages" (49:8).

God ordained through Isaiah's writings that the Messiah would be given for "a covenant of the people." From the whole tenor of progressive revelation we gather that this "people" was to include the Gentiles, as well as the Jews. The Gentiles, too, are to glorify God for his mercy, because their offering to the Lord is now accepted, being sanctified by the Holy Ghost (Rom. 15:16).

Yes, the same God that gave the Jews the messianic gift of the Holy Ghost at Pentecost (Acts 2), gave also the Gentiles that same messianic gift at Casarea, as well (Acts 10). In the messianic age that dawned with the first advent of Jesus Christ, God has now put "no difference" between Jews and Gentiles "purifying their hearts" alike "by faith" (Acts 15:8-9). Thus, we can see clearly that within the evangelical experience of heart holiness, or entire sanctification, God 's true messianic kingdom of righteousness, and peace, and joy has now arrived, and been set up (Rom. 14:17).

In the first three-and-a-half years of Daniel's 70th week Christ came as a minister of the circumcision for the truth of God to "confirm" the promises made unto the Fathers (Rom. 15:8). Notice especially the words "covenant" in Isaiah 42:6-7; 49:8, and the word "confirm" in Romans 15:8. Notice also that the new covenant was couched in the Old Testament in the form of "promises,"--promises made unto the fathers that Christ had now come to actualize, or confirm, to Jews and Gentiles alike, as stated by Paul in Romans 15:8ff.

These direct clear witnesses from Isaiah and Romans are God's own beautiful commentary on the true identification of both the covenant-maker, and the covenant-making, in Daniel 9:27. What further evidence need we?

Calvary in the middle of Daniel's 70th week broke down forever the middle wall of partition separating Jews and Gentiles (Eph. 2:11-18). Now, since the resurrection of Jesus Christ--also in the middle of Daniel's 70th week--redemption's wondrous stream has evermore flown down equally to all mankind.

The atonement of Mount Calvary, we repeat, was a universal "new covenant" instituting phenomenon (Matt. 26:27-28; Jn. 3:16; I Cor. 5:14). The logic of this historical fact clearly obliterates all tribal and racial distinctions, that might otherwise be thought obligatory, based on the now-obsolete old covenant transitional value of Jewish exclusiveness. The covenant of Daniel 9:27 is made, it is said, with "many," and this "many," the New Testament further explains, includes the Gentiles, too (Acts 2:39). Thus, the new covenant concept of a universal atonement eliminates, at a stroke, the need for Jewish racial exclusiveness regarding the Daniel 9:27 text to be held to by anyone any longer.

Full salvation and a universal atonement: there are the twin pillars of progressive revelation that completely demolish modern popular dispensational premillennialism's hyper-Calvinistically-oriented salvation history/end-time Bible prophecy system of human fabrication.

Understanding the above way of thinking is why it is proper to suggest that the second, or last, half of Daniel's 70th week now includes the entire present age of the calling of the Gentiles.

It's a profoundly revolutionary concept, this seed being planted.

Let it grow.

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