The topic of the essay at the above link is extremely important for Christians to understand. If you do not “see” this break in the seventieth week, nothing you conclude about Revelation will be correct, and it leads to all sorts of error about the rapture. Including the idea that only a partial rapture will take place. There is so much about Bible Prophecy that has not been taught in church and in the absence of that solid teaching, much error has sprung up, and is robbing Christians of their blessed hope. The church is NOT appointed unto wrath. There is no partial rapture! (Although 2 Corinthians 13:5 does warn us thusly:
Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?
There are many who name the name of Christ who will hear “depart, I knew you not”, and the term “Christian” is used very loosely. The rapture is not a reward. It is the end of an age and a pivoting of God’s attention back to His dealings with the Jewish nation.
I touched on this topic in a recent post entitled Secrets and Mysteries Revealed It is really important for Christians to understand that God’s Covenant with Abraham is permanent and that Gods intent was to “make both one” (Jew and Gentile), but the “program” for Israel and the “program” for the church are distinct one from the other. Israel has not accepted their Messiah yet. They will after the church is removed, during the “seventieth week”, which will resume after the rapture. The seventy weeks were interrupted when Messiah (unrecognized as such by the Jews at that time) was cut off. At that time, God instated the church age program, to call out a people out of the Gentile nations of the whole world. God knows every last person who will be in that number, and when that last person is saved, He will remove the Bride of Christ out of this world, at which point His focus will return to the nation of Israel, the Jewish people. They ultimately will recognize their Messiah, whom they have pierced, and will mourn as one mourns an only son. The seventy weeks of God’s plan/program with the Israel were interrupted at the 69th week. “Seventy weeks” or 70 periods of 7 equaling 490 ( 70 x 7). The word for week in Hebrew means seven. The Age of Grace/Church Age/Age of the Gentiles began when Messiah was rejected by Israel, and cut off. We are living right now in the gap between the sixty-ninth and seventieth week. This gap in time is also seen in Zechariah 9:9 and 9:10. Verse 9 has Messiah entering Jerusalem on a Donkey and verse 10 has Messiah ruling over the nations. This is called Prophetic Compression. We see this again in Isaiah 9:6 and 9:7. Messiah is born in verse 6 and then ruling on David’s throne over the earth in verse 7. InDaniel 9:26 Messiah is cut off and the prophetic clock stops with one seven-year period yet to be accomplished. Daniel 9:27, tells us the circumstances surrounding this 70th Week
Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy. And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined. And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate. Daniel 9:26-28
For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us; Ephesians 2:14
And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn. Zechariah 12:10 and also see John 19:37, which underscores the fact that the “blindness in part”* that happened to Israel was part of God’s plan all along. *Romans 11:25 For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in.
I grew up in a Presbyterian Church and was taught (wrongly) that the New Covenant voided the old (Abrahamic) covenant and that the church is “the Israel of today”. Not so, and do not confuse the Mosaic Covenant with the Abrahamic Covenant. The Mosaic covenant (law) was conditional. Christ fulfilled that law for us because we could not. This is the whole reason that we keep our eyes on Israel as God’s “prophetic time piece”. Things are lined up for the events of Daniel’s seventieth week. If we can see those events on the horizon, we can only conclude that the church age is very, very near its end, indeed. It is so important to tell your friends and loved ones that Jesus is the way, the truth, and the Life and no man cometh unto the Father but by Him. He is our peace! He is our reconciliation with our Creator. The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob is the Christian God. Jesus is the Messiah the Jews have awaited. They did not recognize Him the first time He came, but He is coming again. This time they will. At the end of the Seventieth Week! Praise God! Even so, come Lord Jesus. And the spirit and the bride say come……..
It won’t be long before Serve Him in the Waiting becomes Waiting No More!