Fast Approaching Sign of the Times… (Daniel 9:25-27)

The time has come for us to be very sober and vigilant concerning the sign of the times of Christ’s return and the nefarious program of the antichrist’s progressive program.

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Daniel 9:25-27 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.

“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.

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.”

Many recognize the above passage of as a corner stone of understanding the New Testament’s prophecy concerning the events of the beginning of sorrows and tribulation, the in-gathering of the saints (the rapture of the Church), God’s wrath poured out, and Christ’s millennial reign. Understanding the last unfulfilled week of what is called Daniel’s 70 weeks is the genesis of much debate.

Before we get to events surrounding the last of the 70 weeks (or 70 weeks which are seven years a piece), it is important to deal with the context and content before that last week.

Daniel 9:25 reveals both the 62 weeks and 7 weeks prior to the 62 weeks. Those 49 years began to countdown from 457 BC , when Israel returned from Babylonian captivity, to begin rebuilding the Temple, which again was completed in 408 BC.

The 62 weeks, or 434 years (a week equals 7 years), began to countdown from the completion of the rebuilding of the temple in Jerusalem, in 408 BC. The end of this countdown is 27 AD, when Messiah, Jesus Christ, was “cut off” in His death.

In total, 483 years lines up with our previous calculations. O, the amazing the accuracy of God’s word.

This timing lines up perfectly with the life and death of Herod the Great (he died in 4 BC), who attempted to kill the infant Christ and with Quirinius, who was governor of Syria at the time of the census (between 6 and 5 BC), which led to Joseph and Mary traveling to Bethlehem, where Christ was born (Luke 2:1-2).

The last week of 7 years has yet to be fulfilled (verse 27). In outline…

  1. The prince of verse 26 will make a covenant with many for one week (or seven years), which includes the Jewish people and a third temple.
  2. Halfway into the last week of seven years, the prince, or antichrist, will break his covenant, by what is referred to as the abomination of desolation. II Thessalonians 2 gives us more insight, as does Matthew 24.

2 Thessalonians 2:3-4  Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition,  who 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.

Matthew 24:15-16 15 “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.

Interestingly, to those present when Christ spoke in Matthew 24, they would have known of a first fulfillment and may have been alive for a potential second fulfillment of this prophecy.

In 167 BC Antiochus Epiphanes, the ruler of Syria sacrificed a pig on a alter of Zeus, he erected in the temple. Despite, this “abomination of desolation”, the Lord Jesus Christ would tell them they would see it again.

In AD 70 Roman general Titus destroyed the temple, set up and image of Jupiter (Roman version of Zeus) and had an orgy in the temple area before destroying the center of Jewish worship.

Yet both the first and second times were only partial fulfillments. In the first place, Jesus mentions it again, after the first fulfilment and secondly with Antiochus Epiphanes and Titus there was no seven-year covenant.

Therefore, that which we read of the “abomination of desolation” from Matthew 24 and II Thessalonians 2:3-4, will be fulfilled in the very near future, which means a third Jewish Temple must be built in Jerusalem, as a condition of a seven year covenant the antichrist makes with many.

Recent events have us rolling towards fulfillment of this last seven-year week. Let me share some troubling realities.

A Potential Covenant with Many is Potentially Very Close

In the last three months (June 2023 to September 2023), there has been a movement between Israel and Saudi Arabia, through normalizing relationship between these two opposing nations, for the purpose of bringing peace to the middle east. More specifically Saudi Arabia is being seen as necessary to achieving a lasting peace, because of its relationship to key regional powers, like Jordon, and its opposition of Iran, which funds terrorist groups backing the Palestinian State against Israeli national security.

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More specially, Saudi Arabia is aligning itself to be the chief Islamic nation in influence over the Temple Mount, in Jerusalem, which Jordan has held for decades. With many leading Muslims now acknowledging the Jewish temple preceded the Al Aksa Mosque, on the Temple Mount, this development is very interesting.

The reason is that next week at the United Nations in New York City, Saudi Arabia, on behalf of the precursor one world government of the United Nations, is co-hosting a U.N. event, entitled Peace Day Effort for Middle East Peace.

This conference is designed to push the peace process in Israel. This is significant for the many nations involved in that process. Remember from Daniel 9:27 where “he (the prince who is antichrist) will confirm a covenant for one week.

The leader of Saudi Arabia is crown prince Mohammed bin Salman.

In a vacuum, this would not ruffle many feathers but behave as something with limited prophetic potential, such as most other peace efforts, between Israel and the Palestinian puppet government. The Palestinian sham state was planted by Muslim nations of the middle east to continue the war lost to Israel when they regained control of the promised land in 1967.

The “Peace Day Effort for Middle East Peace” is not occurring in a vacuum, but as a sidebar event to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal Summit for Agenda 2030 occurring at the same time (September 18 and 19).

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The point of this S.D.G. Summit for the United Nations will be a “negotiated political declaration” among the nations represented. This declaration will push a seven-year agreement to achieve Agenda 2030 sustainable development goals.
These goals, include…

  • The weakening national sovereignty of individual nations, which means governments will allow U.N. agreements to supersede national constitutions and law.
  • Radical measures of population control (population reduction) and poverty (like vaccines which assure sterility, abortion, restrictions on childbearing, food grown only with genetically modified seeds or cultured meat).
  • A movement toward smart cities where A.I. watches and controls every aspect of human life.
  • The ending of conflicts and war, beginning with the one place in the world, which in every generation, is a focus of conflict… Israel and more specifically Jerusalem.
  • To push for equal distribution of wealth, through a digital sovereign digital currency.

Is it not significant that during the United Nations Summit to push a seven-year plan, which will move much of the world into a one world sovereign government (with a one world currency), has a side bar one day conference pushing peace in the between Israel and its neighbors, which is something Daniel speaks of?

In lieu of that question, remember that the Temple Institute in Israel has been and is currently preparing for the building of a third temple. They even now have red heifers to reinstate the sin offering. Note what the Temple Institute declares about a third temple.

“Every prophet of Israel, without exception, prophesied that the Temple would be rebuilt, ushering in a new era of universal harmony and peace unparalleled in the history of man. Thus, the “movement” to rebuild the Holy Temple is not new. It was born almost 2,000 years ago, at the moment of the Second Temple’s destruction. For when the Holy Temple stood in Jerusalem, it was the soul of Jewish people… and the entire world… as we believe it will be once again.”

Is it difficult to see a third temple will be a condition of a new peace deal with Israel and has been a chief sticking point since nations have attempted to make peace between Israel and its neighbors since its return as a nation in 1948.

It must be noted that one of the legitimizing acts of the early United Nations was resolution 181, which effectively gave Israel nation status, albeit in a limited fashion. Not only was President Truman a catalyst for this event, but also the cry “never again”, concerning the holocaust of WWII.

Do not be surprised if in the 6 to months to come there is some terrible attack on Israel, which pushes all parties to grant the Temple Mount to Israel for the construction of a third temple.

To the United Nations the temple is a giant middle finger to YHWH because they are all at war with Him and His Christ, and His death and resurrection made the temple obsolete.

Psalms 2:1-5  Why do the nations rage, and the people plot a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD and against His Anointed, saying, “Let us break Their bonds in pieces and cast away Their cords from us. “He who sits in the heavens shall laugh; The Lord shall hold them in derision. Then He shall speak to them in His wrath, And distress them in His deep displeasure:

The United Nations are intentional in their hatred of YHWH, His Messiah and Messiah’s people. Consider that these wicked leaders push the ridiculous notion that one day soon, we can download our conscience into artificial intelligence, in computers or robotics and “live forever”.

The purpose of my writing to inform of what is likely on the horizon, so we can walk righteously, holy and in faith, as tribulation with much persecution will roll over the church worldwide, as these events come to pass.

I do realize that it may still be a considerable amount of time, perhaps a year or years, until these situations come to prophetic fulfillment, but the Hebrews calendar of years suggest we are at the door.

Lift up your heads, for our salvation is nearer then when we first believed.

About Michael J Erdel

Mike is a pastor with The Assembly of God Fellowship. He is the lead pastor at Encounter Church in Fostoria Ohio. His desire is to encourage the Church of Jesus Christ, and declare God's hope through His Son Jesus, to a world which is long on excuses and short on hope. Mike has experienced the truth that when we kneel before Christ, surrendering to Him as Savior and LORD, being led and empowered by His Spirit. To Jesus Christ be all glory and honor.
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