Where did the “7 year great tribulation” phrase come from?
Daniel receive a word from the angel Gabriel about the 70 weeks. In it, he received 62 weeks plus 7 weeks which adds up to 69 weeks.
The last week is 70. Obviously.
But it’s the last week that we’re concerned about.
Normally, it takes 7 days to make up a week.
This is somewhat a very difficult passage in Daniel 9 because when you’re dealing with the events of time and the events that gives us signals, we try to identify where we are based on these two things.
When we see an event, we establish a date, and then we look for a Scripture that foretold us as to when it was prophesied so we can see that it was God telling us in advance.
Therefore, when it comes to the last week (70 week), this what we should be focused on.
The symbology of the last week evidently speaks of the last seven years. Also remember that there’s 1,260 days, 42 months, 1,290 days 1,235 days, also time, times, and half a time.
The consensus is that this is 3.5 years.
Why is there a difference in days? Remember, the Lord desires for us to be ready.
It keeps us honest.
He said that He comes as a thief in the night. He will choose a day and hour that we don’t know. Just like thieves. You don’t know when the thief will come, because if you knew, you would……….
Why is there such confusion about 7 years?
A lack of gleaning from the Scriptures themselves. The whole counsel of God.
Usually, what people do is mutilate the Scriptures to make a narrative work. Leaving out key passages of Scripture in hopes to make a personal pet narrative work.
But the true Bible student will pour over passages. They will labor in prayer to get understanding. And they’re prepared to declare that they were wrong.
It takes a proud man to stay on a bucking horse. It takes a humble man to let go.
When the prophets foretold of the birth of Christ, there were various places and times recorded in the Scriptures. There were obvious signals and subtle signals.
So it is in these last days.
Many people scoff at the rapture but a true Bible student would BE READY!!!!
And a true Bible student will keep searching and not be quick to throw away a passage because of a lack of honest understanding.
Key Scriptures will add to our understanding and may act as a hidden nugget until it’s time for the understanding from the Holy Spirit. Incubating until it’s time for the understanding be released.
It’s best to be patient, humble, and prayerful.
That’s why we pray and ask the Lord for understanding so we won’t quickly write them off.
It’s ok to say “I don’t know.” It’s ok to say “I’ve missed it.”
It’s ok to ask the Lord and keep asking until you understand. It worked for Daniel where God permitted Daniel to get the understanding. And where we don’t have an understanding, we need to admit to people that we don’t have the understanding.
And then, should we stumble on understanding, we run it by seasoned believers that know the Scriptures better than you do (see Galatians 2:1-10).
Daniel 12:11-13 (NKJV)
“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.”
You see, from the time that the beast sets up the “abomination of desolation” to the time of the Second Coming (not rapture) of Christ is 3.5 years.
This is called the “middle of the week.”
Remember, one week is considered 7 days, which is symbolic for 7 years.
Daniel 9:26-27 (NKJV)
“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.”
There’s been many interpretations about verse 26, but because I and many others lack understanding about this, it’s best to leave this Scripture and go to the next until there’s understanding.
Verse 27 is plain to see.
In the middle of the week (3.5 years), the abomination of desolation takes place.
So Daniel 9:27 answers the 7 year great tribulation period or the 70th week.
It will not be a satisfactory answer for those that believe that it’s only 3.5 years. There’s nothing much that you can do about it, except to pray for understanding.
How long was the Israeli exile in Babylon?
After 70 years, Israel was allowed to go back to Jerusalem and rebuild the temple to worship God. Just thought I’d add this for good measure.