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A Secret Rapture?
Seventy - Sevens
The END of Daniel’s 70th Week
What is finished?
compiled by Rachel Cory-Kuehl, 2016
Most recent edit: November 22, 2021
Scripture is from The NKJV unless otherwise noted
I’ve been writing Scripture studies for some 38 years now, but I’ve been reluctant to address the prophecy of the “seventy sevens” on this website. The prophecy was given for “the time of the end.” According to Daniel 12:4, it will remain sealed until that time. If I say that I understand everything but the starting point (the specific day/month/year) then I’m saying we are standing on the brink of that time.
I want to make a few things clear. I have not been visited by an angel - at least not one I could see with my naked eyes. I have not heard a mysterious voice giving me the interpretation of these things. I’m just a student of the Word, and I share with you those things that make sense to me.
Daniel 9:24 “Seventy weeks (sevens) 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.”
In this study I will compare the wording of phrases from the prophecy of the “seventy sevens”, to words found in the instructions spoken to Moses, concerning the ceremonies to be performed on the Day of Atonement. Each ceremony was a prophecy - concerning God’s plan of redemption. I personally believe the prophecy of the “seventy sevens” will bring us to judgment day for planet earth - the fulfillment of the Day of Atonement/Yom Kippur prophecy.
THINGS TO BE ACCOMPLISHED
1. To finish (consume) the transgression (of desolation)
2. To make an end of sins
3. To make (the final) reconciliation for iniquity
4. To bring in everlasting righteousness (or justice)
5. To seal up vision and prophecy
6. To anoint the Most Holy (Place)
Leviticus 16:9-17 [the Day of Atonement] “Then Aaron shall offer the goat on which the lot for the LORD fell, and make it a sin offering. 10 But the goat on which the lot for the scapegoat fell shall be presented alive before the LORD, to make atonement upon it, to send it into the wilderness as the scapegoat. 11 Then Aaron shall offer the bull of the sin offering (1st sacrifice) which is for himself and make atonement for himself and for his household, and he shall slaughter the bull of the sin offering which is for himself. 12 He shall take a firepan full of coals of fire from upon the altar before the LORD and two handfuls of finely ground sweet incense, and bring it inside the veil. 13 He shall put the incense on the fire before the LORD, that the cloud of incense may cover the mercy seat that is on the ark of the testimony, otherwise he will die. 14 Moreover, he shall take some of the blood of the bull and sprinkle it with his finger on the mercy seat on the east side; also in front of the mercy seat he shall sprinkle some of the blood with his finger seven times. 15 Then he shall slaughter the goat of the sin offering which is for the people (2nd sacrifice), and bring its blood inside the veil and do with its blood as he did with the blood of the bull, and sprinkle it on the mercy seat and in front of the mercy seat. 16 He shall make atonement for the holy place, because of the impurities of the sons of Israel and because of their transgressions in regard to all their sins; and thus he shall do for the tent of meeting which abides with them in the midst of their impurities. 17 When he goes in to make atonement in the holy place, no one shall be in the tent of meeting until he comes out, that he may make atonement for himself and for his household and for all the assembly of Israel.” (NAU)
The High Priest anointed the Most Holy Place (within the veil) on the Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur). He sprinkled the blood of the “Lord’s goat” on the Veil, on the Mercy Seat of the Ark, and on the ground in front of the Ark. In so doing he made atonement (reconciliation) for the confessed sins of Israel.
Leviticus 16:20-22 [The scapegoat] “When he has finished atoning for the holy place and the tent of meeting and the altar, he shall present the live goat (the scapegoat or Azazel goat). 21 Then Aaron shall lay both his hands on the head of the live goat, and confess over it all the iniquities of the people of Israel, and all their transgressions, all their sins, putting them on the head of the goat, and sending it away into the wilderness (the uninhabited place) by means of someone designated for the task (a “fit man”). 22 The goat shall bear on itself all their iniquities to a barren region; and the goat shall be set free in the wilderness.” (NRS)
I have explained in other studies that I believe the ancient Feasts and ceremonies of Israel centered in the wilderness Tabernacle, were given by the LORD as acted prophecy. They lay out God’s plan of redemption.
Please see the study “An Ancient Prophecy.”
As the “Lord’s goat” Jesus bore our sins. He “carried them.” He will carry them UNTIL the court of Heaven hands down it’s judgment (Daniel 7:9-14, 22-27). Satan will then be found responsible for all the sins of God’s people. He was the instigator of rebellion. He started the war. He tempted and lured human beings into sin. The sins of the redeemed will be “placed upon the head” of Satan. Jesus - acting as our High Priest, will transfer the guilt of those sins to Satan. Then, as the “fit man” of the prophecy, He will cast Satan into the “bottomless pit” - the “without form and void” - the “uninhabited place.”
Once dominion of earth is given to “the Son of Man” (Daniel 7:14 & 24), Christ Jesus will execute the judgment of the Heavenly Court. He will bind Satan to “the uninhabited place” for 1000 years. It is possible “the uninhabited place” will be this earth - left desolate and devoid of life by the last plagues. See my study “Millennium.”
Now - with the commands concerning the Day of Atonement as our guide, let’s take another look at the prophecy of the seventy-sevens.
Daniel 9:24 “Seventy weeks (sevens) 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.”
1. To finish (or consume) the transgression (of desolation)
2. To make an end (a final end) of the sins of God’s people
3. To make reconciliation (or atonement) for iniquity
4. To bring in everlasting righteousness (or justice)
5. To seal up vision and prophecy (to set God’s seal, to make certain)
6. To anoint the Most Holy (Place)
Three of the things to be accomplished, can definitely be linked to the Day of Atonement. The High Priest made “atonement” for the congregation of Israel on Yom Kippur. He made an “end of sins” by confessing them over the head of the scapegoat, transferring them to the Azazel goat which then carried those sins away from Israel forever.
The High Priest “cleansed” the record of those sins from the Tabernacle through the anointing performed with the blood of the Lord’s goat. “Almost all things are cleansed with blood” (Hebrews 9:22).
The Hebrew word kaphar (#03722) translated as “reconciliation” (as in “reconciliation for iniquity”) can legitimately be translated as “atonement.” To “make reconciliation” is to “make atonement.” Christ is now acting as our High Priest in Heaven - the “true Tabernacle” (Heb. 8:2). He will make the final reconciliation for our iniquities.
Only the confessed sins of the congregation of Israel were atoned for on the Day of Atonement. But not to worry. Those who have embraced Christ was their sacrifice, are “grafted in” to the Olive Tree of Israel (Romans Cpt 11). They are part of “the congregation.”
Any sin for which “atonement” had not been made prior to the Day of Atonement (through confession and a blood sacrifice at the Temple) would be left upon the head of the sinner. That sin would not be transferred to the head of the scapegoat. That Israelite would be “cut off from the people” in the eyes of God (Lev. 23:29). No further confession or sacrifice could be offered by that individual, after the High Priest entered the Most Holy Place on this day.
A trumpet was sounded each day for the 10 days leading up to the Day of Atonement - warning the people that this day was approaching. It was time to get right with God.
Was Jesus alluding to the prophecy of Daniel Cpt 9, when he told Peter to forgive the brother who sins against him “up to seventy times seven” (Matthew 18:21)? The end of the “seventy sevens” would represent the end of forgiving.
Each yearly round of prophetic ceremonies and holy days, told the story of God’s plan for our redemption. It is important to understand that the sinner would not receive final atonement for the year, until the High Priest cleansed the record of his sins from the Temple, and transferred his sins to the scapegoat. Also I would note that the sinner did not receive this atonement when the “Lord’s goat” was killed. He did not receive final atonement until his sins were transferred to the head of the scapegoat. Just so - in God’s plan for mankind - sinners who have confessed and embraced Christ as Lord, will not receive final atonement until Satan is found guilty by the Heavenly “court.” Yes - final atonement is promised. But it is not yet accomplished fact. Those who say that God forgave all the sins - of all men - for all time, when Jesus died, must ignore the prophecies of the Tabernacle.
TO FINISH THE TRANSGRESSION
What is “the transgression” to be “finished” by the end of the seventy-sevens? Was it the execution of God’s son? Possibly. Jesus did cry out, “It is finished!” But I would like to suggest another possibility. The end of the seventy-sevens will see the “finish” of “the transgression of desolation” - the Beast with his little horn, and his image set up in the Temple (Dan. 8:13).
Daniel 8:13 “Then I heard a holy one speaking; and another holy one said to that certain one who was speaking, ‘How long will the vision be, concerning the daily sacrifices and the transgression of desolation, the giving of both the sanctuary and the host to be trampled under foot?’”
The word “kalah” (#03615) translated “finish” in Daniel 9:24, is elsewhere translated as “consume” (57 times) and “end” (44 times), according to Strong’s. The “transgression causing desolation” would therefore be consumed, or come to it’s end, or come to the end of it’s power, at the completion of the seventy-sevens.
This fits with my understanding of what Jesus will do when He returns. I believe that Jesus’ return for judgment (of Satan and all who serve him) will fulfill the ancient Day of Atonement prophecy.
Daniel 7:26 “But the court shall be seated, And they shall take away his dominion (rulership), to consume and destroy it forever.”
When Jesus returns, multitudes who “sleep in the dust of the earth will arise, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting condemnation” (Daniel 12:1-3). This is judgment day! Satan will be cast into the bottomless pit - and imprisoned there for a thousand years. The Beast and the False Prophet (Satan’s arms of power) will be cast into the lake of fire and brimstone on THIS DAY! (Rev. 19:20) This day will see the END of Satan’s dominion.
TO BRING IN EVERLASTING RIGHTEOUSNESS
The word here translated as “righteousness” is elsewhere translated as “justice.” At the end of the seventy-sevens, God will “bring in everlasting justice” or “vindication.” The word is tsedaqah (Strong’s # 06666). This suggests the Heavenly “court” will hand down a final verdict. Christ will be vindicated, and He will then carry out the judgment of the court against Satan, his Beast empire, and against the “little horn” who rules it. Christ will meet out “justice.” Those who serve Him will be rewarded and those who fight against Him will be destroyed. When the 7th Trumpet sounds, all of Heaven will celebrate the final judgment by the “court.”
Revelation 11:15-18 “The seventh angel sounded his trumpet, and there were loud voices in heaven, which said: ‘The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Messiah, and he will reign for ever and ever.’ 16 And the twenty-four elders, who were seated on their thrones before God, fell on their faces and worshiped God, 17 saying: ‘We give thanks to you, Lord God Almighty, the One who is and who was, because you have taken your great power and have begun to reign. 18 The nations were angry, and your wrath has come. The time has come (1) for judging the dead, and for (2) rewarding your servants the prophets and your people who revere your name, both great and small-- and for (3) destroying those who destroy the earth.’” (NIV)
It’s JUDGMENT DAY! It’s reward day!
Daniel 7:9-10, 13-14 “I watched till thrones were put in place, and the Ancient of Days was seated: . . . The court was seated and the books were opened.” v.13 “I was watching in the night visions, And behold, One like the Son of Man, Coming with the clouds of heaven! He came to the Ancient of Days, And they brought Him near before Him.” v.14 “Then to Him was given dominion and glory and a kingdom, that all peoples, nations, and languages should serve Him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, And His kingdom the one which shall not be destroyed.”
The Son of Man comes before the Ancient of Days in Heaven, just as the High Priest of Israel came before the LORD in the Most Holy Place of the Tabernacle on the Day of Atonement. This did not happen just after Jesus ascended to Heaven 40 days following His resurrection. No! He did not receive the dominion at that time. Look at the context of the “court” scene in Daniel Chapter 7. Daniel looks from earth to the events happening in Heaven. On earth, the “little horn” is speaking pompous words and persecuting the saints of God. In fact the saints are “given into his hand” for three and a half terrible years, leading up to this “court” scene.
Daniel 7:21-22 “I was watching; and the same horn was making war against the saints, and prevailing against them, until the Ancient of Days came, and a judgment was made in favor of the saints of the Most High, and the time came for the saints to possess the kingdom.” NOTE: The saints have not yet taken possession of the kingdom.
Daniel 7:25-27 “He shall speak pompous words against the Most High, shall persecute the saints of the Most High, and shall intend to change times and law. Then the saints shall be given into his hand for a time and times and half a time. But the court shall be seated, And they shall take away his dominion, to consume and destroy it forever. Then the kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdoms under the whole heaven, shall be given to the people, the saints of the Most High.”
The prophecy of Daniel seven is absolutely for the last days!!
It would not even be understood until that time.
Daniel 12:4 “But you, Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book until the time of the end; many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall increase.”
In Daniel 9:27, the “prince to come” will “bring an end to sacrifice and offering.” In Daniel 8:9-11 “the little horn” will “take away the daily” (the daily sacrifices). Ending “sacrifice and offering” is taking away the “daily” sacrifices!
Daniel was clearly told that the vision of Chapter 8 “refers to the time of the end” (Dan. 8:17), and “the latter time of the indignation” (Dan. 8:19). The “little horn” is therefore an END TIME actor. His forces “will take away the daily sacrifices and place there the abomination that causes desolation” (Dan. 11:30).
In Daniel 9:26, the evil “prince who is to come, will destroy the city and the Sanctuary.”
Daniel 9:26-27 “Then after the sixty-two weeks the Messiah (anointed one) will be cut off and have nothing, and the people of the prince who is to come will destroy the city and the sanctuary. And its end will come with a flood; even to the end there will be war; desolations are determined.”
Notice. - there’s a BREAK HERE. The same “evil prince” who once destroyed the Temple of Yahweh, will come back - at the end. When he returns he will “make a firm covenant with many for one week” (one seven - 7 years). Then, in the middle of the week he will put a stop to sacrifice and grain offering. (He will probably break the firm covenant he made with the State of Israel.) In other words, “he will take away the daily.”
In place of the daily he will set up the abomination that causes desolation. This “abomination will be “set up” in the Temple. (The “image of the Beast” is set up in the Temple.) This “evil prince” will be Satan himself - most probably in human form, or channeling through a man. He is “the one who makes desolate.”
27 “Then he will make a firm covenant with the many for one week, but in the middle of the week he will put a stop to sacrifice and grain offering; and on the wing of abominations will come one who makes desolate, even until a complete destruction, one that is decreed, is poured out on the one who makes desolate.”
This is “the abomination of desolation.” (See also Numbers 24:24. Many believe the “one who makes desolate” will be a descendant of Amalek.)
This “one week” is the last week of the “seventy-weeks.”
The one who makes a covenant with many for “one seven” will “put a stop to sacrifice and grain offering” at the Temple of Yahweh. Putting a stop to all sacrifice and grain offering will definitely put a stop to the “daily” or “continual” morning and evening sacrifices.
(Please see “A Secret Rapture - Part II“ pg 7, for an explanation of “the daily.”)
Daniel 11:31 “Forces sent by him shall occupy and profane the Temple and fortress (the walled courtyard around the Temple). They shall abolish the regular burnt offering and set up the abomination that makes desolate.” (NRS)
2 Thessalonians 2:4 [The coming son of perdition] “opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God.”
In place of the “daily” or “regular burnt offering” he will set up “the abomination that makes desolate” in the Temple. He will demand worship. He will threaten anyone who refuses - with death (Rev. 13:15). He “sits as God in the Temple of God, showing himself that he is God” (2Thess. 2:4). Only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life will refuse to serve the imposter (Rev. 13:8).
This is “the abomination causing desolation.” All those who worship this imposter will be “cut off” from God. They will suffer the judgment of the last plagues (Rev. 14:9-10). Those plagues will cause the complete devastation of this earth - leaving it desolate, and a fit place for Satan to be imprisoned.
TO SEAL UP BOTH VISION AND PROPHET (NRS)
A prophet of God was validated or vindicated in the eyes of the people when his prophecy came to pass. The people would view him as having the “seal of God.” But for Daniel, the fulfillment of the prophecies was far in the future, beyond the lifetime of the prophet. Was the LORD telling Daniel that he would not be vindicated until the very end of time? I believe so. God would set His “seal” on both the vision and the prophet himself.
Daniel 12:9-13 “And he said, ‘Go your way, Daniel, for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end. . . . None of the wicked shall understand, but the wise shall understand. And from the time that the daily sacrifice is taken away, and the abomination of desolation is set up, there shall be one thousand two hundred and ninety days. Blessed is he who waits, and comes to the one thousand three hundred and thirty-five days. But you, go your way till the end; for you shall rest, and will arise to your inheritance at the end of the days.’”
I have a few more ideas about the 1290 and the 1335. I will share those with you - one day soon.
Even if my interpretation of the seventy-sevens prophecy is correct, we still cannot pinpoint the exact starting date for the fulfillment - the day, month, and year. We will see it only when a command is issued to restore and to rebuild Jerusalem and the Temple.
I believe it very possible that the Old City of Jerusalem, (including the structures currently standing on the Temple Mount) will be destroyed, probably in a Middle East war. This will necessitate a rebuilding. The “seventy-sevens” (70 weeks) will begin with the “command to restore and to rebuild Jerusalem.”
We pray this study will prove a blessing.
This study is Part Four, in a series on The Secret Rapture.
Go to Part I - Two Words - Two Comings.
Go to Part II - History and Pillars - of the Rapture Teaching.
Go to Part III - The Beast Rules
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