Turning the World Upside Down

By: Dr. Dillon Burroughs

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1 Who are “the elect” referred to in Matthew 24:31?

Dr. Renald Showers: The question here is this: “Who are the elect that he gathers with a great sound of a trumpet from the four winds of heaven? Are they the Church saints?” I’m convinced that they are not. Let me tell you why. For one thing, if you’re going to say these are Church saints, you’re overlooking some extensive revelation that’s given to us in the Old Testament. What kind of revelation? There are passages in the Old Testament where God calls the whole nation of Israel “His chosen,” literally “His Elect.”
Then there are prophetic promise passages in the Old Testament to the effect that in the end times He would gather together His chosen ones, His elect, particularly the believing remnant of Israel from all corners of the earth, gather them together even from the four winds, gather them together again so that they could go into the Millennial Kingdom with the Messiah whenever He reigns.

 

Let me read to you a fascinating promise that God delivered to Israel through the prophet Isaiah in Isaiah 27:12-13: “O ye children of Israel, and it shall come to pass in that day that the great trumpet shall be blown and they shall come which were ready to perish in the land of Assyria and the outcasts in the land of Egypt and shall worship the Lord in the holy mount of Jerusalem.” God here was promising toward the end times if you read the whole context that He’s going to re-gather His scattered people of Israel from many different places around the world and He will do that in conjunction with the blowing of the great trumpet. Matthew 24:31: “He shall send his angels with the sound of a great trumpet and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds from one end of heaven to the other.”

In light of those Old Testament parallels, I’m convinced that the elect here in Matthew 24:31 are not Church saints but the people of Israel who have been scattered throughout the world, perhaps even more specifically the faithful remnant of Jews who have become believers in the Lord during the seven year Tribulation period and are still alive on the face of the earth at His glorious second coming back to the earth immediately after the Tribulation period. He will gather together this faithful remnant of Jews from all over the world back to the land of Israel with the sound of a great trumpet.

Now, there’s a second reason I’m convinced this is referring to the elect of Israel and not to the Church elect or Church saints. The whole context of Matthew 24 is a Jewish context, not a Church context. Jesus, as we saw in verse 15, speaking ahead of time to Jews of that future Tribulation period, said, “When you see the abomination of desolation spoken of by Daniel the prophet standing in your holy place.” Well, who had the holy place? The Gentiles? No, the people of Israel did. That’s a reference to a temple of God in Israel, “standing in your holy place, then let them which be in Judea [these are Jews living in their own land of Israel] flee unto the mountains. Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take anything out of his house,” etc., and then He says to them that they really ought to be concerned that their flight not be on the sabbath day, verse 20, “but pray that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day.” He’s talking here about Jews and how this will affect Jews. The whole context is a Jewish context. And so I take it that the elect here are Jewish people whom He will gather together through His holy angels from the four winds, really the idea is from all four directions, under the heavens here on planet Earth back to their homeland of Israel in conjunction with His second coming.

4. When Jesus comes in relation to the tribulation indicates two events

  • Rapture: Jesus comes to rescue Christians before the hour of trial
  • Second Coming: Jesus will come after the Tribulation to rule the world.

Dr. David Breese: Well, the Bible teaches that Christ is coming at the end of the age (that’s at the end of the Tribulation) “in power and great glory” and He’s coming with “ten thousands of His saints.” And that will be the great denouement of history whereby He establishes His Kingdom. But the Scripture then teaches that preceding that glorious return of Christ there will be a seven-year period called “The Tribulation,” but it’s about the Tribulation the Scripture says to Christians: “…because you have kept the word of my patience, I will keep you from that hour of trial [temptation, tribulation] that will come upon the whole world to try them that dwell on the earth.” Therefore, we see in Scripture that the Bible says that Christ will come for His saints before the beginning of the Tribulation and take all believing Christians up to be with Him in Heaven. Spoken of in 1 Thessalonians 4, “The Lord Himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, the voice of the archangel, the trump of God: the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord” [1 Thess. 4:16-17].

Paul expands on this a little bit in 1 Corinthians 15 saying to the Corinthians, he says, “Behold, I show you a mystery: we will not all sleep, but we shall all be changed in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye at the last trump: the trumpet shall sound, the dead shall be raised incorruptible and we shall be changed.” So we can assure every believer within the sound of this voice that there’s coming a moment when they will be caught up in their physical bodies into the presence of Jesus Christ so as to ever be with the Lord. Perhaps in short we might say that Christ is coming at the end of the Tribulation with His saints but before that He is coming for His saints. We will then be formed into that army that shall return with Him to the conquest of earth.

12 Comments

  1. DAVID m STEWART on October 6, 2020 at 2:41 am

    the elect are those who have been justified in christ

    it does not matter that they are jew or gentile

    they are transformed in a twinkling of an eye through his grace, nothing else

    • Kevin on November 7, 2021 at 8:26 am

      It DOES mean that (at times), but it does not ALWAYS refer to that group, no. “ELECT” in o/words is not a technical word, and it it’s CONTEXT in Matt 24, it clearly refers to the Jews who come to faith, in advance of His 2nd coming.

  2. Henrietta on November 7, 2020 at 2:53 am

    Thank you for this teaching God bless

  3. kevin on January 10, 2021 at 7:08 pm

    The context helps to understand that they’re Jews. When it’s noted that they’re gathered “from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.”, it’s clear this is a prophetic fulfillment of Isaiah 43:5,6 where it says…

    “Fear not: for I am with thee: I will bring thy seed from the *EAST* and gather thee from the *WEST;* I will say to the *NORTH* give up; and to the *SOUTH,* Keep not back: bring my sons from *FAR,* and my daughters from the *ENDS OF THE EARTH”*

  4. Paul on August 3, 2021 at 12:01 pm

    The rapture is an event that both my wife and I look forward to each day. Our church is quite small with only 12-15 members, however, we all believe in the rapture of the (Church), the bride of Christ. This world is quickly erasing God from our lives, with advertisements such as “worshiping yourself as opposed to worshiping God. It is as though God need not exist as we are sufficient for all needs. The problem is none of us are that self-sufficient., we are however self-centered. The rapture is a gift, not a threat. We pray for all, in preparation for this extraordinary event. We pray for and love as best we know how, each and everyone. May God bless and keep you.

  5. Anton Liebenberg on September 28, 2021 at 8:34 am

    There is confusion regarding whom the “elect,” or also translated as “chosen,” of God is. There are those, such as Dr Thomas Ice, who say the Lord Jesus addressed His disciples in Matthew 24, who were Jews, therefore He does not address Christians in this chapter. From this premise, Dr Ice argues that when the Lord Jesus says in Matthew 24:31 that He will gather His elect after the Great Tribulation described by Him in Matthew 24:15-30, it does not apply to Christians. He argues the Lord Jesus will Rapture Christians before the start of the last one “seven” of Daniel and will therefore not go through the Tribulation, while not providing Biblical proof to support his argument.
    Dr Ice’s arguments that the Lord Jesus was addressing Jews must be scrutinised. Though the disciples were Jews (like the Lord Jesus), they were all Christians. However, the Bible will reveal the truth.
    In Matthew 24:22, 24, the words “the elect” appear, while verse 31 contains “his elect.” It is the Greek word “eklektos,” which means, “select, or (by implication) favorite.” Other translations render it, “chosen.” Verse 31 relates to when the Lord Jesus sends His angels to gather, “His elect.” All three are the same word, used 23 times in the New Testament, in books ranging from the Gospels, the Epistles and Revelation. The context of all of these verses is the elect people of God or the Lord Jesus, except two verses. One is First Timothy 5:21, which talks of “the elect angels” and the second is First Peter 2:6, which uses the word in the context of the Lord Jesus as the elect cornerstone, quoting from Isaiah 28:16. Therefore, from the wide use of the word throughout the New Testament, it can already be seen it applies to all those who believe in the Lord Jesus as Saviour and have a loving relationship with Him. Peter uses the word when writing to those Christians that were scattered throughout much of Asia Minor—Jew and Gentile alike.
    1Pet 2:9 But you are a chosen [eklektos] people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.
    Hence, it can be concluded that it denotes all the people with whom God, the Lord Jesus and the Holy Spirit (being one) have a loving relationship, whom they elect as their favourites.
    Matt 24:30 “Then will appear the sign of the Son of Man in heaven. And then all the peoples of the earth will mourn when they see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven, with power and great glory. 31 And he will send his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect [eklektos] from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other.”
    As a result, Dr Ice’s statement is rejected, as well as those who argue the Lord Jesus addressed only Jews in Matthew 24, while not presenting any Biblical evidence. The chapter includes Christians. “The elect” will also include those Old Testament Jews elected by God, such as Abraham, Moses and Daniel.

  6. Anton Liebenberg on September 28, 2021 at 9:22 am

    As to the comment of Dr David Breese on Revelation 3:10, the following:
    Rev 3:10 Since you have kept my command to endure patiently, I will also keep you from the hour of trial that is going to come on the whole world to test the inhabitants of the earth.
    How must this section be interpreted? “… I will also keep you from the hour of trial that is going to come on the whole world to test the inhabitants of the earth.” This is a very serious question and merits a proper understanding. Many modern evangelists interpret it to mean these Christians, represented by the Philadelphian church, will not go through the Great Tribulation described in the last period of one “seven” of Daniel 9:27.
    If the Lord Jesus spares the Philadelphians the Great Tribulation, then why does He not likewise spare the church in Smyrna? What did they do wrong? Nothing. They suffer persecution to the point of death. This verse applied to persecuted Christians when John received this Revelation from Jesus Christ and it equally applies to all persecuted Christians throughout the church age including today. It also applies to Christians who will go through the Great Tribulation in the time described in Daniel 9:27. Most conservative scholars support this view. One such example is in MacLaren’s Expositions. He explains the Lord Jesus does not promise He will protect us against temptation, for that is not the norm in the Bible. Rather, as in the example of when the Jewish priests stoned Stephen, the Lord Jesus kept him from his hour of trial, so that he never faltered in his faith. Paul explains in First Corinthians 10:13 that the Lord will not allow us to be tempted beyond what can be endured, and that He will provide a way out, so that we can endure it.

    • CJ on October 9, 2021 at 12:44 pm

      Your interpretation that the saints of God (the church) wi go through the tribulation is absolutely false according to Jesus own words as noted in Revelation 19: 13- 14. States the armies in Heaven clothed in fine linen white and clean (the church saints)followed him on white horses. This is at the end of the tribulation period during the great war of Armaggedon he comes back with us following him to stop the antichrist. If we return with him during this time then that means we are not in the tribulation. We can’t be in 2 places at once.

    • CLJ on January 27, 2022 at 3:58 pm

      Daniel 9 is not about end times – it has already been full filled – God didn’t take the 70th week ( 7 years and moved it to the end of time) Read below so you understand the prophesy in Daniel 9
      Daniel 9:24 – Seventy weeks are determined For your people and for your holy city, To finish the transgression, To make an end of sins, To make reconciliation for iniquity, To bring in everlasting righteousness, To seal up vision and prophecy, And to anoint the Most Holy.
      Question: Why were the 70 weeks determined?
      Answer: To accomplish the following:
      1. To finish the transgression
      2. To make an end of sins
      3. To make reconciliation for iniquity
      4. To bring in everlasting righteousness
      5. To seal up the vision and prophecy
      6. To anoint the most Holy
      Question: Who fulfilled the 6 prophecies in Daniel 9:24?
      Answer: Jesus Alone fulfilled the 6 prophecies in Daniel 9:24
      Question: How did Jesus fulfil these prophecies?
      Answer: If you read the following points carefully, you will find out that Jesus alone fulfilled them. Antichrist has no role to play in this 70 weeks prophecy.
      1. To Finish the Transgression

      This is fulfilled when Jesus gave His Life & blood on the Cross for the sins of the World.

      Isaiah 53:5 – But He was wounded for our Transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed.

      Hebrews 9:15 – And for this reason He is the Mediator of the new covenant, by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions under the first covenant, that those who are called may receive the promise of the eternal inheritance.
      2. To Make an End of Sins

      To make an end of sin-offerings, which our Lord did when he offered his spotless soul and body on the cross once for all.

      Matthew 1:21 – And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.

      Hebrews 9:26 – He then would have had to suffer often since the foundation of the world; but now, once at the end of the ages, He has appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself.
      3. To Make Reconciliation for Iniquity

      To make atonement or expiation, which he did by the ONCE offering up of himself.

      2 Corinthians 5:18 – Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation.

      2 Corinthians 5:19 – that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation.

      Romans 5:10 – For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.

      Hebrews 2:17 – Therefore, in all things He had to be made like His brethren, that He might be a merciful and faithful High Priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people.
      4. To Bring in Everlasting Righteousness

      Jesus did bring Everlasting Righteousness through his sacrifice.

      Matthew 3:15 – But Jesus answered and said to him, Permit it to be so now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness. Then he allowed Him.

      2 Corinthians 5:21 – For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.

      1 Corinthians 1:30-31 – But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God–and righteousness and sanctification and redemption – that, as it is written, He who glories, let him glory in the Lord.

      Jeremiah 23:5 – Behold, the days are coming, says the Lord, That I will raise to David a Branch of righteousness; A King shall reign and prosper, And execute judgment and righteousness in the earth.

      Jeremiah 23:6 – In His days Judah will be saved, And Israel will dwell safely; Now this is His name by which He will be called: THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.
      5. To Seal Up Vision and Prophecy

      Isaiah 29:10 – For the Lord has poured out on you The spirit of deep sleep, And has closed your eyes, namely, the prophets; And He has covered your heads, namely, the seers.

      Isaiah 29:11 – he whole vision has become to you like the words of a book that is sealed, which men deliver to one who is literate, saying, Read this, please. And he says, I cannot, for it is sealed.

      2 Corinthians 3:14 – But their minds were blinded. For until this day the same veil remains unlifted in the reading of the Old Testament, because the veil is taken away in Christ.

      2 Corinthians 3:15 – But even to this day, when Moses is read, a veil lies on their heart.

      2 Corinthians 3:16 – Nevertheless when one turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away.
      6. To Anoint the Most Holy

      Luke 1:35 – And the angel answered and said to her, The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you; therefore, also, that Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God.

      Luke 4:18 – The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, Because He has anointed Me To preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives And recovery of sight to the blind, To set at liberty those who are oppressed;

      Acts 10:38 – how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.
      As seen above, Jesus alone fulfilled the 6 prophecies in Daniel 9:24

      Daniel 9:25 – Know therefore and understand, That from the going forth of the command To restore and build Jerusalem Until Messiah the Prince, There shall be seven weeks and sixty-two weeks; The street shall be built again, and the wall, Even in troublesome times.

      Let’s consider the decree in the book of Ezra. We need to look for a decree to Restore and to rebuild Jerusalem.
      The decree of Artaxerxes recorded in Ezra 7:11-26

      Ezra 7:11 – This is a copy of the letter that King Artaxerxes gave Ezra the priest, the scribe, expert in the words of the commandments of the Lord, and of His statutes to Israel

      Ezra 7:12 – Artaxerxes, king of kings, To Ezra the priest, a scribe of the Law of the God of heaven: Perfect peace, and so forth.

      Ezra 7:13 – I issue a decree that all those of the people of Israel and the priests and Levites in my realm, who volunteer to go up to Jerusalem, may go with you.

      Ezra 7:25 – And you, Ezra, according to your God-given wisdom, set magistrates and judges who may judge all the people who are in the region beyond the River, all such as know the laws of your God; and teach those who do not know them.

      But in the decree of Artaxerxes, recorded in Ezra 7, provision is made for the complete restoration of the Jewish state, including the right to appoint magistrates and judges, hold trials, and pass and execute sentence upon violators of their own national laws. This was clearly understood to be an authorization for the full reestablishment of Jerusalem and the Jewish nation;

      The decree which most correctly answers to the specifications of Daniel 9:25 was the decree of Artaxerxes to Ezra, recorded in Ezra chapter 7. We should therefore date the beginning of the 70 week prophecy of Daniel 9 from the time of that command.

      This decree was issued in the year 457 BC
      457 BC + 483 years (69 weeks) = 27 AD

      Did Jesus appear in the year 27 AD?
      Jesus was born in 4 BC and in 27 AD. He was 30 years of age (Luke 3:23). Jesus was anointed (baptized) and announced as Messiah by John the Baptist in 27 AD.

      Luke 3:23 – Now Jesus Himself began His ministry at about thirty years of age.

      According to Daniel 9:25, it would take 483 years (69 weeks) from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince. This commandment of Artaxerxes fulfils this verse as Messiah the Price appeared in 27 AD.

      27 AD is the public entrance of the Messiah on the work of the ministry. Our Lord says, “The law and the prophets were until John” – Luke 16:16. From his first public preaching, the Kingdom of Heaven commenced.

      Mark 1:15 – and saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel.

      In the above verse, Jesus mentions that the time of 69 weeks (483 years) mentioned in Daniel 9:25 is FULFILLED. Jews too knew that Messiah had to appear in 27 AD based on Daniel’s prophecy and that’s why they questioned John the Baptist whether he is the Messiah (John 1:19-23).
      Daniel 9:26 – And after the sixty-two weeks Messiah shall be cut off, but not for Himself; And the people of the prince who is to come Shall destroy the city and the sanctuary. The end of it shall be with a flood, And till the end of the war desolations are determined.

      Messiah (Jesus) was cut off at 69.5 weeks in 30 AD after 3.5 years of ministry.

      Isaiah 53:8 – …For He was cut off from the land of the living; For the transgressions of My people He was stricken.
      Question: Who is this prince that shall come that shall destroy the city and the sanctuary?
      Answer: It is Titus who destroyed Jerusalem and the Temple in 70 AD. Since Titus is the son of King Vespasian (Caesar), he is aptly portrayed as the prince.
      Question: Does this prince refer to the Antichrist?
      Answer: Antichrist is consistently identified as the Little Horn in the book of Daniel. This prince is a prince who will destroy the city and the temple. This prince is not the antichrist.
      Question: What desolations are determined?
      Answer: Jesus warned of desolations when Jews rejected Him

      Matthew 23:37 – O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the one who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing!

      Matthew 23:38 – See! Your house is left to you desolate
      Daniel 9:27 – Then he shall confirm a covenant with many for one week; But in the middle of the week He shall bring an end to sacrifice and offering. And on the wing of abominations shall be one who makes desolate, Even until the consummation, which is determined, Is poured out on the desolate.
      Question: Who confirms the covenant for one week?
      Answer: It is Jesus who confirmed the New Covenant. It is not the Antichrist.

      Galatians 3:17 – And this I say, that the law, which was four hundred and thirty years later, cannot annul the covenant that was confirmed before by God in Christ, that it should make the promise of no effect.

      Matthew 26:28 – For this is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.

      Jeremiah 31:31 – Behold, the days are coming, says the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah.

      Hebrews 8:8 – Because finding fault with them, He says: “Behold, the days are coming, says the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah

      Hebrews 8:13 – In that He says, A new covenant, He has made the first obsolete. Now what is becoming obsolete and growing old is ready to vanish away.

      The word COVENANT is Messianic, and always applies to the Messiah, not the antichrist.
      Question: Who will cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease in the midst of the week?
      Answer: After exactly 3.5 years of holy ministry, Jesus died on the cross, in the midst of the week [in the middle of the last seven years]

      At the exact moment of His death, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom… (Matthew 27:51). This act of God signified that all animal sacrifices at that moment ceased to be of value. Why? Because the Perfect Sacrifice had been offered!

      Matthew 27:51 – Then, behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; and the earth quaked, and the rocks were split

      Hebrews 10:19-20 – Therefore, brethren, having boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way which He consecrated for us, through the veil, that is, His flesh.
      Question: Why would Jesus cause the sacrifice to cease?
      Answer: When the Messiah is Sacrificed ONCE, there is no need for daily sacrifice to continue.

      Hebrews 9:12 – Not with the blood of goats and calves, but with His own blood He entered the Most Holy Place ONCE for all, having obtained eternal redemption.

      Hebrews 9:25 – Not that He should offer Himself often, as the high priest enters the Most Holy Place every year with blood of another

      Hebrews 9:26 – He then would have had to suffer often since the foundation of the world; but now, ONCE at the end of the ages, He has appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself.

      Hebrews 9:28 – so Christ was offered ONCE to bear the sins of many. To those who eagerly wait for Him He will appear a second time, apart from sin, for salvation.

      Hebrews 10:10 – By that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ ONCE for all.

      Hebrews 10:12 – But this Man, after He had offered ONE Sacrifice for sins forever, sat down at the right hand of God

      Hebrews 10:14 – For by ONE Offering He has perfected forever those who are being sanctified.

      Hebrews 10:18 – Now where there is remission of these, there is no longer an offering for sin.
      Question: For the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate?
      Answer: Jesus reminded the Jews of Daniel’s prophecy on abomination of desolation. This was fulfilled in 70 AD when Romans destroyed the temple and built altars for heathen abominable gods on the temple mount.

      Matthew 24:15-16 – Therefore when you see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place” (whoever reads, let him understand) then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains.

      In a parallel text to Matthew 24:15, Jesus told His disciples, When you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies [Roman armies led by Prince Titus], then know that its desolation is near (Luke 21:20). The disciples did SEE those very events

      Luke 21:20 – But when you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, then know that its desolation is near.

      Jesus told them, SEE! Your house is left to you desolate (Matthew 23:38). Thus Gabriel’s statement in Daniel 9:27 about Jerusalem becoming desolate was perfectly fulfilled in 70 A.D.
      Jesus fulfilled All the Prophecies in the 70 Week Prophecy. There is no place for Antichrist in this prophecy.

      The End of the 70th Week
      The 70 weeks ended in the year 34 AD

      Gabriel said that the 70-week prophecy specifically applied to the Jewish people (see Daniel 9:24). During the Lord’s public ministry of 3.5 years, the Master’s focus was largely upon the lost sheep of the house of Israel (Matthew 10:6). After His resurrection and then for another 3.5 years, His disciples preached only to Jews (Acts 1-6).

      At the end of that second 3.5 year period, in 34 A.D., the bold Stephen was stoned by the Jewish Sanhedrin (Acts 7). This infamous deed marked the then ruling Jewish leaders’ final, official rejection of the gospel of our Savior. Then the gospel went to the Gentiles.

      In Acts 9, Saul became Paul, the Apostle to the Gentiles (Romans 11:13). In Acts 10, God gave Peter a vision revealing it was now time to preach to the Gentiles (see Acts 10:1-28). Read also Acts 13:46. Thus approximately 3.5 years after the crucifixion— and at the end of the 70-week prophecy given for the Jewish people—the gospel shifted to the Gentiles exactly as predicted in Bible prophecy.

      The 70 weeks were determined only for the Jews as mentioned in Daniel 9:24. Even though Jesus commanded the apostles to preach throughout the world (Matt 28:19), the apostles preached only within Israel for 3.5 years as they knew that the Gospel has to be preached FIRST to the Jews until the end of 70 weeks ie. 34 AD.

      Jesus explained ALL the prophecies concerning him to the two disciples going to Emmaus.

      Luke 24:27 – And beginning at Moses and all the Prophets, He expounded to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself.

      Romans 1:16 – For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek.

      Acts 13:46 – Then Paul and Barnabas grew bold and said, It was necessary that the word of God should be spoken to you first; but since you reject it, and judge yourselves unworthy of everlasting life, behold, we turn to the Gentiles.

      The 70th week ended with the stoning of Stephen (Acts 7:51-59) and this happened exactly 3.5 years after the Messiah’s earthly ministry ended. This incident signalled the end of 70 weeks and hence the Apostles were free to preach to the gentiles starting from Samaria.

      Acts 8:5 – Then Philip went down to the city of Samaria and preached Christ to them.

      Acts 8:14 – Now when the apostles who were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent Peter and John to them.

      Peter goes to Cornelius house in Acts chapter 10
      Daniel 70th Week = 27 AD to 34 AD
      70 Weeks = 457 BC to 34 AD = 490 years

      1. Logic requires that 70 weeks refer to one consecutive block of time, in other words, to seventy straight sequential weeks. There is no example in Scripture of a stated time period starting, stopping, and then starting again.

      All biblical references to time are consecutive: 40 days and 40 nights (Genesis 7:4), 400 years in Egypt (Genesis 15:13), 70 years of captivity (Daniel 9:2), etc.

      2. Logic also requires that the 70th week follow immediately after the 69th week. If it doesn’t, then it cannot properly be called the 70th week!

      3. It is illogical to insert a 2,000-year gap between the 69th and 70th week. No hint of a gap is found in the prophecy itself. There is no gap between the first seven weeks and the following sixty-two weeks, so why insert one between the 69th and 70th week?

      4. Daniel 9:27 says NOTHING about a seven-year period of tribulation, a rebuilt Jewish temple, or any antichrist.

      5. The stated focus of this prophecy is the Messiah, not the antichrist. After the Messiah is cut off (referring to Christ’s death), the text says, “And the people of the prince who is to come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary”.

      In the past, this has been consistently applied to the destruction of Jerusalem and the second temple by Roman armies led by Prince Titus in AD 70.

      6. He shall confirm the covenant. Paul said the covenant was confirmed before by God in Christ (Galatians 3:17). Jesus Christ came to confirm the promises made to the fathers (Romans 15:8).

      In the King James Version, Daniel 9:27 doesn’t say a covenant or peace treaty, but the covenant, which applies to The New Covenant. Nowhere in the Bible does the antichrist make, confirm, or break a covenant with anyone. The word covenant is Messianic, and always applies to the Messiah, not the antichrist.

      7. He shall confirm the covenant with MANY. Jesus Christ said, This is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for MANY… (Matthew 26:28). Behold a perfect fit! Jesus was quoting Daniel 9:27 specifically.

      8. In the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease. After exactly three and a half years of holy ministry, Jesus Christ died on the cross, in the midst of the week [in the middle of the seven years].

      At the exact moment of His death, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom… (Matthew 27:51). This act of God signified that all animal sacrifices at that moment ceased to be of value. Why? Because the Perfect Sacrifice had been offered!

      9. For the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate. The abomination of desolation (Matthew 24:15) is not a simple subject, yet we know that Jesus clearly applied this event to the time when His followers were to flee from Jerusalem before the destruction of the second temple in A.D. 70.

      In a parallel text to Matthew 24:15, Jesus told His disciples, When you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies [Roman armies led by Prince Titus], then know that its desolation is near (Luke 21:20). The disciples did see those very events. Thus Gabriel’s statement in Daniel 9:27 about Jerusalem becoming desolate was perfectly fulfilled in A.D 70.

      10. Suppose you have a rod 70 inches long. From any fixed point you can lay the rod in any direction, and the points its end reaches will always be just 70 inches from the starting-point. But suppose you break off from the end of the rod one inch and then tie between the two broken ends a long piece of elastic.

      You can then stretch the broken piece away to any distance you please, but you have destroyed the measurement of 70 inches. It may now be 100 inches, or 700, or more; but no longer is it 70.
      One Prophetic day = One Year

      Numbers 14:34 – According to the number of the days in which you spied out the land, forty days, for each day you shall bear your guilt one year, namely forty years, and you shall know My rejection.

      Ezekiel 4:6 – And when you have completed them, lie again on your right side; then you shall bear the iniquity of the house of Judah forty days. I have laid on you a day for each year.

      Genesis 5:5 – So all the days that Adam lived were nine hundred and thirty years; and he died.

      Genesis 6:3 – And the Lord said, My Spirit shall not strive with man forever, for he is indeed flesh; yet his days shall be one hundred and twenty years.

      Genesis 25:7 – And these are the days of the years of Abraham’s life which he lived, an hundred threescore and fifteen years.

      Genesis 5:5, 5:8, 5:11, 5:14, 5:17, 5:20, 5:23, 5:27, 5:31, 6:3, 25:7

      Reformation scholars from the 1500’s to the 1800’s not only applied the day-for-a-year principle (Ezekiel 4:6, Numbers 14:34) to the prophecy of Daniel 9:24-27 (the time of Jesus Christ), but also to the 3.5 years of Daniel 7:25, to the time of antichrist.

      And they applied it to papal Rome.
      They interpreted the 3.5 years, 42 months, or 1,260 days as 1,260 literal years of papal rule.
      The evidence is overwhelming! Point by point the events of Daniel’s 70th week have been fulfilled in the past.
      2 Corinthians 2:11 – For we are not ignorant of his (Satan’s) devices.

      • John Gradwell on May 20, 2022 at 7:28 am

        With regard to Daniel 9:27.
        When did Jesus ever break any covenant?

  7. George Korver on January 17, 2022 at 6:27 pm

    We need help to understand the thoughts presented we need your presence within us power to discernment of truth. Help us Lord Jesus 🤼. Open our minds and look to your living word. I choose to be elected Lord make me worthy of your call Amen.

  8. Smanga on February 27, 2022 at 8:52 am

    You are wrong

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