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Chapter 2


Tim McHyde, author of Know the Future , wrote: "To understand Bible prophecy is a worthy, rewarding goal full of benefits. The Bible even boldly promises to let us know the future (Rev 1:1-3). But it never promises that it will be easy to understand. Instead, it says in several places that it will take rare wisdom and righteousness to achieve (Dan 12:10; Rev 13:18; Mt 24:15).

Jesus was not kidding when he warned us that many would come in his name deceiving many. Sadly, Christians unknowingly deceive their fellow Christians more than any secular skeptic could.

Apart from dispensationalism, much of the confusion of end-of-age events begins with a misinterpretation of Dan 9:24 and 27. This misinterpretation has been common of our greast biblical forefathers and today's evangelical eschatologist as well.

From a casual reading of Dan 9:24-27 one would assume the "70th Week" and the "7-year Covenant" are the same time period. Many noted theologians and schools have made this natural, but erroneous conjecture.

Dan 9:24-27; [539 BCE]

24 "Seventy 'sevens' [weeks of years], are decreed for your people and your holy city to finish transgression, to put an end to sin, to atone for wickedness, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal up vision and prophecy and to anoint the most holy.

25 "Know and understand this: From the issuing of the decree to restore and rebuild Jerusalem until the Anointed One [Jesus], the ruler, comes, there will be seven 'sevens,' and sixty-two 'sevens.' It will be rebuilt with streets and a trench, but in times of trouble. 26 After the sixty-two 'sevens,' the Anointed One will be cut off and will have nothing. The people [Islamist] of the ruler who will come [See Daniel 8, Matthew 24 and Revelation 13] will destroy the city and the sanctuary. The end will come like a flood: War will continue until the end, and desolations have been decreed. 27 He will confirm a covenant [A Mideast peace treaty, which has been news headlines since Israel became a nation again in 1948, but which now seems imminent] with many for one 'seven.' In the middle of the 'seven' he will put an end to sacrifice and offering. And on a wing [of the temple], he will set up an abomination that causes desolation, until the end that is decreed is poured out on him."

Dan 9:24-26 tells us there is one 7-year period left to fulfill the 70 "7-year periods" decreed in verse 24. Dan 9:27 tells us about a 7-year contract with the "ruler who will come," which seems to be a further explanation or amplification of the one 7-year period left to complete the decree of Dan 9:24.

However, a little reading, hermeneutics and logic will quickly show that Dan 9:24 and 9:27 are indeed not synonymous; and an in-depth study of hermeneutical scripture with that conjecture will reveal conflicts and impossibilities of logic; Hermeneutics will then lead one to properly understand the matter. Erroneously assuming that the two 7-year periods mentioned in Dan 9:24 & 27 are synonymous, and illogically trying to put the Day of the Lord or Time of Wrath inside the 7-year covenant in order to have one 7-year period is what has led to mass confusion and differences of opinion about the chronology of end-of-age events.

Hermeneutically, let us construct a grammatically historic time line to sort out any conflicts and logical impossibilities: In Daniel 9:27 an angel is speaking to Daniel in response to his prayer about his people, Israel. Now, contrary to the teachings of dispensationalism, the fact that Israel is the subject does not eliminate the church as dispensationalism would have you believe. Keep in mind, that at this point in time (about 539 BC) there is no church apart from Israel. Moreover, it is not about Antiochus Epiphenies because Jesus gave Daniel as a reference for understanding the end of the age in his mini-apocalypse at Matthew 24, See vv. 15. Now back to our time line: The angel is recorded by Daniel as having said, ". . . He will confirm a covenant with many for one `seven.' In the middle of the `seven' he will put an end to sacrifice and offering. And on a wing of the temple he will set up an abomination that causes desolation, until the end that is decreed is poured out on him."

Now let me ask you:

What is the event in the beginning and the subject matter?    Answer:   A major treaty.

What is the event in the middle?     Answer:   The abolishment of sacrifice and offering.

What is the remaining event?     Answer:   The setting up of the abomination of desolation

What is the subject?     Time of tribulation OR time of a treaty?

Now, let me ask you again:  "What three events in Daniel 9:27 above does this separate?     Answer:   The beginning, middle and ending of the 7-year covenant .

Now, if we know the subject and the three events of Daniel 9:27, and we know the duration of those three events in total and the middle then we can draw the following time line.

The Confirmation                                       Sacrifice                                     Abomination of
of the Covenant                                         Abolished                                           Desolation

I------------------------------------------------------I---------------------------------------------------I
                                                                7-years

Now, refer to Daniel 11:31-36 where the essence of the dialog is continued.

His armed forces will rise up to desecrate the temple fortress and will abolish the daily sacrifice. Then they will set up the abomination that causes desolation.

With flattery he will corrupt those who have violated the covenant, but the people who know their God will firmly resist him." "Those who are wise will instruct many, though for a time they will fall by the sword or be burned or captured or plundered.

When they fall, they will receive a little help, and many who are not sincere will join them. Some of the wise will stumble, so that they may be refined, purified and made spotless until the time of the end, for it will come at the appointed time." [Notice that the Redeemed are still here and what we will endure] The king will do as he pleases. He will exalt and magnify himself above every god and will say unheard-of things against the God of gods." He will be successful until the time of wrath is completed, for what has been determined must take place. [1260 days or 42 months or 3.5 years AFTER the Abomination of Desolation, which occurs AT THE END OF THE 7-YEAR COVENANT, See also Revelation 11:2&3; 12:6&14; 13:5],


More on the 1260 day time-of-wrath:

Study will confirm that these 1260 days are the same period spoken of in the following passages from Revelation and is a literal time period due to 3 different synonymous syntaxes:

Revelation 11:1-4 [After the Rapture (described at Revelation 6:12-7:17 under the Sixth Seal), and then after the 5th trumpet under the Seventh Seal and first "Woe," e.g., the second from last event of the Time of Wrath] I was given a reed like a measuring rod and was told, "Go and measure the temple of God and the altar, and count the worshipers there. But exclude the outer court; do not measure it, because it has been given to the Gentiles. They will trample on the holy city for 42 months. And I will give power to my two witnesses, and they will prophesy for 1,260 days, clothed in sackcloth. These are the two olive trees and the two lampstands that stand before the Lord of the earth.

It's clear here that the 1260 days is a separate period, after the rapture. The preceding scripture is like a side vision. It looks at the 1260 days following the rapture, telling us how long they will testify, and then the scripture below looks at the events which transpire during their 1260 day testimony, then the reader is brought up to date in the telling, letting him know that the finish of the 1260 days is at the second woe or 6thTrumpet of the Seventh Seal or just before the one last final event of God's wrath

Revelation 11:5-14:

If anyone tries to harm them, fire comes from their mouths and devours their enemies. This is how anyone who wants to harm them must die. These men have power to shut up the sky so that it will not rain during the time they are prophesying; and they have power to turn the waters into blood and to strike the earth with every kind of plague as often as they want.

Now when they have finished their testimony, the beast that comes up from the Abyss will attack them, and overpower and kill them. Their bodies will lie in the street of the great city, which is figuratively called Sodom and Egypt, where also their Lord was crucified. For three and a half days men from every people, tribe, language and nation will gaze on their bodies and refuse them burial. The inhabitants of the earth will gloat over them and will celebrate by sending each other gifts, because these two prophets had tormented those who live on the earth.

But after the three and a half days a breath of life from God entered them, and they stood on their feet, and terror struck those who saw them. Then they heard a loud voice from heaven saying to them, "Come up here." And they went up to heaven in a cloud, while their enemies looked on.

At that very hour there was a severe earthquake and a tenth of the city collapsed. Seven thousand people were killed in the earthquake, and the survivors were terrified and gave glory to the God of heaven.

The second woe has passed; the third woe is coming soon.

Revelation 12:14:

"The woman [Israel] was given the two wings [common military usage "A large compliment of aircraft"] of a great eagle [the U.S.], so that she might fly to the place prepared for her in the desert, where she would be taken care of for a time, times and a half a time . . . [1x + 2x + .5x = 3.5x. Taken in context with Revelation 12:6 we know that 'x' = years. It is a retelling with a mystery for emphasis and clarification of actual 24 hour days.] proud words and blasphemies and to exercise his authority for forty-two months [1260 days or 3.5 yrs beginning with the abomination of desolation at the end of the 7 year peace treaty of Dan 9:27] He opened his mouth to blaspheme God, and to slander his name and his dwelling place and those who live in Heaven. He was given power to make war against the saints and to conquer them. All inhabitants of the earth will worship the beast -- all whose names have not been written in the book of life belonging to the Lamb that was slain from the creation of the world. He who has an ear, let him hear. If anyone is to go into captivity, into captivity he will go. If anyone is to be killed with the sword, with the sword he will be killed. This calls for patient endurance on the part of the saints."

Summary of 1260 days:

Therefore, to suppose, as many pre-tribulation rapturist do, that the 1260 days or 3.5 years of Great Tribulation or Wrath occurs within the 7 year covenant period, if it doesn't begin until the end of the 7-year covenant period, is a totally illogical effort to make the time periods of Dan 9:24 and Dan 9:27 synonymous, which they are not! Daniel 9 speaks of two (2) different 7-year periods. Dan 9:27 begins with the 7-year Covenant. The other, Daniel's 70th Week, begins at the mid-point of the 7-year covenant and extends through the Abomination of Desolation, The Rapture of the Church, The Marriage Supper of the Lamb and the Return of the Church with Christ to establish his Millennial Reign.

The 1260 day "Time of Wrath" or "Great Tribulation" is clearly a period beyond the seven year peace treaty of Daniel 9:27 and not within it. Moreover, we know that this period is "the Time of Wrath," and we know from the previous quotes from Revelation that it is a period of 1260 days or 3.5 years. We can also know from the tenses of the language that the church is still on earth at the onset of this period following the abomination of desolation, and the mark of the beast, which occur at the end of the 7 year covenant, which is almost unanimously interpreted as a "Mideast Peace Treaty."

You notice, no doubt, that all five of the Revelation quotes concerning the Time of Wrath equal exactly 1260 days. It is therefore clear that the 1260 days is not synonymous with the number of days given for the other two periods of the 7-year peace treaty, namely 1230 or 1290 days. But when one examines the content of activity within each period, which activity for the 1260 days is recapitulated over 4 chapters in Revelation, namely, chapters 8-11, it becomes unequivocally clear this is indeed a separate period of time, transpiring after the abomination of desolation, the event that ends the seven year peace treaty referred to in Daniel 9:27.

The events of Rev 8-11, the 1260 days, are described in Revelation as "the seventh seal." This "seventh seal" time period begins in Revelation after the abomination of desolation and the rapture, and the 1260 days continue until the very end of the age. The seventh seal [Rev 8:1-6] consists of and is broken down into seven trumpet judgments that occur during this 1260 days or 42 months or 3.5 years of the Time of Wrath, or The Day of the LORD, or the Great-tribulation. The use of "seals," "trumpets" and "woes" are obviously literary devices to insure our understanding of sequential events in a set; particularly in this beginning-to-end elaboration, which is repetitiously enlarged and expounded upon in whole and in part in succeeding chapters of Revelation.

Therefore, accordingly, the 1260 day period follows the 7 year peace treaty described in Daniel 9:27 and is a distinct time period unto itself. Therefore, our time line can now be extended 1260 days or 3.5 years to encompass the Time of Wrath, which is also referred to as Great Tribulation, The Day of the Lord, etc., and is the only biblical reference to a specific time period characterized as a time of tribulation. Contrary to almost universal belief about a 7-year tribulation period, there is no reference in the bible to a 7-yr tribulation period; it's pure heresy. That is not to say that there won't be increasing tribulation during that 7-year period, I am reasonably confident there will be, but the only distinct period the bible refers to as a "period of tribulation" in the end times is the Great Tribulation, a period of 3.5 years beginning after the ending event of the seven year covenant," e.g., the abomination of desolation. (Dan 12:11).

Our time line can now be extended to look like this:

The Confirmation                 Sacrifice                         Abomination of
of the Covenant                    Abolished                         Desolation

I-------------------------------------I--------------------------------I-----------------------------------I
       1230 days by deduction                  1290 Days                    1260 Days; Time of Wrath

I---------------------------------------10.5 years by addition -----------------------------------------I


The character of the Time of Wrath is poetically captured by Zephaniah 1:14-18:


The great day of the LORD is near-
near and coming quickly.
Listen! The cry on the day of the LORD will be bitter,
the shouting of the warrior there.
That day will be a day of wrath,
a day of distress and anguish,
a day of trouble and ruin,
a day of darkness and gloom,
a day of clouds and blackness,
a day of trumpet and battle cry
against the fortified cities
and against the corner towers.
I will bring distress on the people
and they will walk like blind men,
because they have sinned against the LORD.
Their blood will be poured out like dust
and their entrails like filth.
Neither their silver nor their gold
will be able to save them
on the day of the LORD's wrath.
In the fire of his jealousy
the whole world will be consumed,
for he will make a sudden end
of all who live in the earth.

This time line, no doubt, is a shock to the collective consciousness of the Church in which Dispensationalism and 7-years of tribulation is embedded, and, therefore, hard to accept. However, in addition to the abundant evidence already presented, here is the cap stone:

Daniel 8:13-18: Then I heard a holy one speaking, and another holy one said to him, "How long will it take for the vision to be fulfilled-the vision concerning the daily sacrifice, the rebellion that causes desolation, and the surrender of the sanctuary and of the host that will be trampled underfoot?" He said to me, "It will take 2,300 evenings and mornings; then the sanctuary will be reconsecrated." While I, Daniel, was watching the vision and trying to understand it, there before me stood one who looked like a man. And I heard a man's voice from the Ulai calling, "Gabriel, tell this man the meaning of the vision." As he came near the place where I was standing, I was terrified and fell prostrate. "Son of man," he said to me, "understand that the vision concerns the time of the end."

While he was speaking to me, I was in a deep sleep, with my face to the ground. Then he touched me and raised me to my feet.

He said: "I am going to tell you what will happen later in the time of wrath, because the vision concerns the appointed time of the end.

Now that you have a better understanding, look closely and contrast the events of Daniel's 70th Week and the 7-year Covenant. Now, you can see that the 7-year Covenant event is a predecessor to the 70th Week. The "Seventh Week" of Daniel 9:24 begins with the prohibition of sacrifice and offering, which occurs at the mid-point of the 7-year Covenant. Notice too that the 70th Week of Daniel 9:24 includes the crowning of Jesus, an event that occurs right after the rapture while the church is in heaven celebrating the "Marriage Supper of The Lamb."

Then look closely and consider and contrast the grammar between Daniel 9:24 and 9:27. The sentence at ver 27 about the 7-year Covenant modifies the "Ruler who will come." Ver. 24 is an overview of items in the 70th Week, It is just incidental that there are two different 7-year periods; one begins with the 7-year Covenant and ends with the abomination of desolation and the Mark of the Beast. The "70th Week" begins with the abolishment of restored sacrifice and offering in the middle of the 7-yr covenant and ends with the ending of the 3.5 years of "Great Tribulation / Time of Wrath / Day of the Lord" on earth, while the Church is in heaven at the Marriage Supper of the Lamb where Jesus is crowned and preparations are made to establish his 1000 year reign of righteousness. The Church then returns with Jesus to earth to finish up the time of wrath and set up his millennial reign on earth (Rev 20).

Time Line Summary

The Confirmation                 Sacrifice                         Abomination of
of the Covenant                    Abolished                         Desolation

I-------------------------------------I--------------------------------I-----------------------------------I
       1230 days by deduction                  1290 Days                    1260 Days; Time of Wrath


I------------------- 7-year Covenant (Dan 9:27) ------------------I

                                                 I-- 6.38 years until temple reconsecrated (Dan 8:13-14) ----I

                                               I----------- Daniel's 70th Wk (Dan 9:24 & 12:11)---------------I

I----------------------------------------10.5 years by addition ---------------------------------------I



The Rapture

Revelation 12:6: "And her child [by interpretation, the 144,000 firstfruits of the RAPTURE; neither Jesus nor the church are subjects in the allegory which is a recapitulation of events for Israel in the end times] was snatched up to God and to his throne. The woman [Israel], fled into the desert to a place prepared for her by God, where she might be taken care of for 1260 days." [1260 days equal 42 months or 3.5 years, it is the Period of Wrath or Great Tribulation following the 7-year peace treaty of Dan 9:27]

Revelation 12:14: "The woman [Israel] was given the two wings [common military usage "A large compliment of aircraft"] of a great eagle [the U.S.], so that she might fly to the place prepared for her in the desert, where she would be taken care of for a time, times and a half a time . . . [1x + 2x + .5x = 3.5x. Taken in context with Revelation 12:6 we know that 'x' = years. It is a retelling with a mystery for emphasis and clarification of actual 24 hour days.] proud words and blasphemies and to exercise his authority for forty-two months [1260 days or 3.5 yrs beginning with the abomination of desolation at the end of the 7 year peace treaty of Dan 9:27] He opened his mouth to blaspheme God, and to slander his name and his dwelling place and those who live in Heaven. He was given power to make war against the saints and to conquer them. [From the setting up of the abomination of desolation until the rapture, about 45 days (Dan 12:11)] All inhabitants of the earth will worship the beast -- all whose names have not been written in the book of life belonging to the Lamb that was slain from the creation of the world. He who has an ear, let him hear. If anyone is to go into captivity, into captivity he will go. If anyone is to be killed with the sword, with the sword he will be killed. This calls for patient endurance on the part of the saints." [Note that in the context of "time-in-mind" of this prophesy the antichrist has been revealed, the abomination of desolation has occurred, but the saints are still here. However, they cannot buy or sell due to their refusal to take the mark of the beast. However, as per Daniel 12:11-12 they will be here for only 45 days after the abomination of desolation.)]


Now, Daniel 12:1, 2 Thessalonians 2, and Daniel 12:12 make more sense or: "Makes it Clear:"

Daniel 12:1: 1 "At that time [when used in prophecy at the beginning of a sentance it generally means: "The Day of The LORD," the time or Great Tribulation] shall Michael stand up, the great prince who stands for the children of your people; and there shall be a time of trouble [tribulation], such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time [The Day of The LORD] your people shall be delivered, everyone who shall be found written in the book. [e.g., the rapture will be during the Great Tribulation and it is implied, near the beginning]

2 Thessalonians 2:1-12: 1 Now, brothers, concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and our gathering together to him [the rapture], we ask you 2 not to be quickly shaken in your mind, nor yet be troubled, either by spirit, or by word, or by letter as from us, saying that the day of Christ had come. 3 Let no one deceive you in any way. For it will not be, unless the departure [the great falling away (being fulfilled in the 21st Century)] comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of destruction, 4 he who opposes and exalts himself against all that is called God or that is worshiped; so that he sits as God in the temple of God, setting himself up as God [e.g. it won't occur until the "abomination of desolation" at the end of the 7-year Covnant of Daniel 9:27]. 5 Don't you remember that, when I was still with you, I told you these things? 6 . . . 10 and with all deception of wickedness for those who are being lost, because they didn't receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved. 11 Because of this, God sends them a working of error, that they should believe a lie; 12 that they all might be judged who didn't believe the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

Daniel 12:11-12: 11 From the time that the continual burnt offering shall be taken away, and the abomination that makes desolate set up, there shall be one thousand two hundred ninety days. 12 Blessed is he who waits, and comes to the one thousand three hundred thirty-five days [45 days after the abomination of desolation].



"I am God, and there is none like me, Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure" (Isaiah 46:9-10).



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NOTE:  The Chapter Titles and Subtitles are HyperLinks to the Web Page for that Chapter



  1. DanielsProphecy Home Page  "Major Error in Generally Held Biblical End-of-Age Prophetic Interpretations"  Foreword   (Back to Top)  (Specific Chapter Links are Provided on Each Web Page near the bottom)


  2. Chapter 1, "Pre-Trib Rapture Theory"


  3. Chapter 2, "Major Error in End-Of-Age Prophetic Interpretations"

  4. Chapter 3, "The Rapture of the Sanctified"


  5. Chapter 4, "The Book of Revelation and the Rapture"


  6. Chapter 5, "Summary of End-Times Events from Covenant to Rapture"


  7. To Be Determined (TBD)


  8. To Be Determined (TBD)


  9. To Be Determined (TBD)


  10. To Be Determined (TBD)



Hyperlinks to Other Websites of Interest:

  1. Documentary movie on the timing of the Rapture


  2. WatchmanBibleStudy.com/Articles/1948 Prophecies Fulfilled - 10 Prophecies fulfilled in 1948 when Israel became a nation again after its annialation in 70 A.D.


  3. The Word -- FREE Computerized Study Bible with exhaustive concordance, commentaries, etc.


  4. Near-Death Experiences


  5. www.templeinstitute.org - Reinstitution of Jewish Temple Worship




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