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6 – The Simplicity of Daniel Is Also the Hub of the Controversy

Is God’s Word Taking a Back Seat to Scofield’s?

By Kathy Beardsley edited by John Beardsley – April 30, 2016 /Revised August 2018 (All Bible verse references are from the King James Version)


Daniel 9:24Seventy 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. 25 Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times. 26 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. 27 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.”

#Da 11:31 in that section of his prophecies which is generally interpreted as referring to the fearful calamities that were to fall on the Jews in the time of Antiochus Epiphanes, says, “And they shall place the abomination that maketh desolate.” Antiochus Epiphanes caused an altar to be erected on the altar of burnt-offering, on which sacrifices were offered to Jupiter Olympus. (Comp. 1 Macc. 1:57) This was the abomination of the desolation of Jerusalem. [Antiochus was also some 300+ years in Daniel’s futureThe same language is employed in #Da 9:27 comp. #Mt 24:15 where the reference is probably to the image-crowned standards which the Romans set up at the east gate of the temple (A.D. 70) and to which they paid idolatrous honours. “Almost the entire religion of the Roman camp consisted in worshiping the ensign, swearing by the ensign, and in preferring the ensign before all other gods.” These ensigns were an “abomination” to the Jews, the “abomination of desolation.” [Easton – Online Bible Edition 4.41. 01] [brackets and underline mine]

The “judgments” or “desolations” in verse 26 is generally agreed upon to be referring to Titus (A.D. 70) only. “Desolate” in verse 27 is clear that not only have the people already been subjected to judgments (chastisements), but will continue to be even until the consummation—in this context, complete destruction fulfilled by Titus. None of these verses have anything to do with the particulars of this prophecy taking place because of an Antichrist.

According to Scofield, the “he” in Dan. 9:27 refers to the Antichrist. Deeper study on this has brought me to a different conclusion.

antichrist [based on the definition from the online bible edition 5.20.00.02 – Easton] (All brackets, bold, and underline are mine. If it’s indented, it’s not me)

Definition—Against Christ, or an opposition Christ, a rival Christ. The word [antichrist] is used only by the apostle John. Referring to false teachers, he says #1 John 2:18, 22; 4:3; 2 John 1:7 “Even now are there many antichrists.”

See definition for ψευδόχριστος 5580

5580 – ψευδόχριστος means a false Christ, a pretended Messiah, who sets himself up instead of Christ, proclaiming that he is Christ. [There have been several throughout biblical and current history]

See definition for ἀντίχριστος 500

Some have given about the same meaning to 500 – ἀντίχριστος. But it is much more probable that it means one diametrically opposed to Christ, one who sets himself up against Christ, proclaiming that there is no Christ. [atheists, etc.]

Now read these verses with the correct definition saying what’s in the brackets instead of “antichrist.”

[A.D. 90] 

1 John 2:18 Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that [false teachingantichrist shall come, even now are there many [false teachers] antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time.” 22 Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is [against Christantichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son.”

4:3 And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of [opposing Christantichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.”

2 John 1:7 For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an [rival of Christantichrist.

These four verses are the only ones in which you will find the word antichrist. This word is used five times and not once is it capitalized. This tells us they are not proper nouns and therefore, are not referring to one particular person. John uses this word to speak of a single false teaching and several false teachers, or antichrists (plural), but not one all-powerful Antichrist. Remember, Rome is the beast. It produced Antiochus Epiphanes, Herod, and Titus. Workers of Satan; who controls the beast.

  1. This name has been applied to the “little horn” of the “king of fierce countenance” [Antiochus Epiphanes—the little horn IS the king of fierce countenance] #Dan 7:24, 25; 8:23-25

[B.C. 555] 

Daniel 7:24band another shall rise after them; and he shall be diverse from the first, and he shall subdue three kings. 25 And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time. “

[B.C. 553]

Daniel 8:23 And in the latter time of their kingdom, when the transgressors are come to the full, a king of fierce countenance, and understanding dark sentences, shall stand up. 24 And his power shall be mighty, but not by his own power: and he shall destroy wonderfully, and shall prosper, and practise, and shall destroy the mighty and the holy people. 25 And through his policy also he shall cause craft to prosper in his hand; and he shall magnify himself in his heart, and by peace shall destroy many: he shall also stand up against the Prince of princes [Michael Dan. 12:1]; but he shall be broken without hand.” [Antiochus died of a loathsome disease. He is who rises to power that both chapter 7 & 8 foretell the coming of]

  1. It has been applied also to the “false Christs” spoken of by our Lord #Mt 24:5, 23, 24

5580 ψευδόχριστος pseudochristos psyoo-dokh’-ris-tos from 5571 and 5547; n m; AV-false Christ 2; 2. (1) a false Christ (or Messiah)

(2) one who falsely lays claim to the name and office of the Messiah

Our Lord warned his disciples that they would arise #Mt 24:24. It is said that no fewer than twenty-four persons have at different times appeared (the last in 1682) pretending to be the Messiah of the prophets.

[A.D. 33]

Matthew 24:For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.”

23 “Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not. 24 For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.”

The verses in Matt. 24 are in context with the Lord’s forewarning his apostles of Titus, and who they need to beware of.

  1. To the “man of sin” described by Paul #2 Thess. 2:3, 4, 8-10

[A.D. 54]

2 Thessalonians 2:Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.”

8 And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, 10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.”

According to the definition (following) “that man of sin—the son of perdition” in verse three above fits very well with the Lord’s forewarning of complete and utter destruction by Titus sixteen years from this point in time. This definition doesn’t apply to one man only.

684 ἀπώλεια apoleia ap-o’-li-a from a presumed derivative of 622; n f; TDNT-1:396,67; {See TDNT 86}

AV-perdition 8, destruction 5, waste 2, damnable 1, to die + 1519 1, perish + 1498 + 1519 1, pernicious 1; 20

1) destroying, utter destruction

1a) of vessels

2) a perishing, ruin, destruction

2a) of money

2b) the destruction which consists of eternal misery in hell

4. And to the “beast from the sea” #Re 13:1 17:1-18 [refer again to the bottom of page 59.]

Now that we have established the he in Dan. 9:27 cannot be the Antichrist, who else could it be but God himself? More detail on that in the next few pages.

The sacrifices and oblations did indeed cease when Jesus died on the cross, and regardless of what one chooses to believe, the sacrifices will not be reinstated in the future, nor will a physical third temple be built—at least not by a true Christian, because he or she will understand the significance of the following: Jesus is the personification of the rent veil. Hebrews 10:20 By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh;”

The physical veil that was rent (torn; Matthew 27:51) separated the Holy of Holies from the rest of the temple. This was for the sole purpose of communication with God, and to be carried out by the High Priest only.

Hebrews 9:6 Now when these things were thus ordained, the priests went always into the first tabernacle, accomplishing the service of God. 7 But into the second went the high priest alone once every year, not without blood, which he offered for himself, and for the errors of the people: 8 The Holy Ghost this signifying, that the way into the holiest of all was not yet made manifest, while as the first tabernacle was yet standing: Which was a figure for the time then present, in which were offered both gifts and sacrifices, that could not make him that did the service perfect, as pertaining to the conscience; 10 Which stood only in meats and drinks, and divers washings, and carnal ordinances, imposed on them until the time of reformation.”

Direct communication with God the Father through prayer was made possible when Jesus, the final perfect sacrifice paid our debt in full on the cross. To say sacrifices will need to be once again reinstated is to say His sacrifice wasn’t good enough!

Hebrews 9:11 But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building; 12 Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us. 13 For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh: 14 How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?”

Because of this we should not be participating in the act of building a third temple and reintroducing sacrifices, nor should we support in any way those who are trying to bring it about—the perfect sacrifice has been made. The physical died with Christ; the spiritual lives on until his return. The church—the body of believers IS the third temple. 1 Corinthians 3:17 If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.”

If there must be “a—singular” Antichrist, spiritually speaking, what makes more sense than Satan. To anyone paying attention, he has succeeded in setting himself up in the temple (church; individual believers and the whole) as if he is God. After all, he was already booted out of Heaven for thinking he was God’s equal or better.

LET’S GO CHERRY PICKING

Dan. 9:26 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.”

The phrase in verse 26 and the end thereof shall be with a floodis metaphorically speaking of Titus’ army flooding in to put an end to the war—end in this verse is commonly taken out of context to mean the end of the world. It is in fact connected to the next phrase which is continuing the subject, and unto [or until] the end of the war desolations [or chastisements] are determined.” The ultimate end, the destruction by Titus, was spoken of first in the first phrase followed by a comma, and continued by what was going to be happening in the meantime.

Scofield says in his notes on pg. 914, “”unto the end” is a period of time not fixed but has already lasted 2000 years.” Am I missing something? Scofield cherry-picked three words out of a sentence and manipulated the meaning to them. The sentence is: “unto the end of the war desolations are determined.” Sounds like a fixed time to me. These particular desolations are clearly speaking about Titus’ war. There is nothing in these verses to show future tense beyond A.D. 70. Therefore, since the sentences in verse 27 are connected, and refer to the same person, “he” is not the Antichrist, but God the Father. This example of Scofield’s “cherry-picking” of words and assigning false meanings to them is only one of many, and yet it is preached from the pulpit time and again.

When I read what Noah Webster said I had to quote him because that summed up what I am still learning—that is, a misplaced confidence. For me, though, it was not so much because of studying Scofield’s notes because I did not own a Scofield Bible, but rather, it was a matter of unquestioningly accepting what I was being taught since I was eight years old. That’s not to say that the intentions of any of the people in my life who had a part in teaching me this belief weren’t for the best. That said, I have come to the realization that they and the teachers they learned this theory from were also unwittingly deceived, and I still find myself having to make a course correction—steering away from the points of interest on Scofield’s map through Scripture so I can follow the straight and narrow path of God’s Word.

Here is another example:

While reading through Daniel 9:24-27 a simple truth was revealed. It was the final piece of the puzzle that slipped right into place and completed the whole picture regarding the seventy weeks. I have said, “unless I am shown in Scripture otherwise, I believe the 3½ years in the book of Revelation are the second half of the seventieth week yet to be fulfilled (the first half being Jesus’ three-and-a-half-year ministry which ended on the cross).” Now I know that is not the case, and in fact those 3½ years in the book of Revelation have nothing to do with the seventieth week. They do have a very strong resemblance to Daniel chapters 7, 8, 10-12—recalling the events concerning Antiochus Epiphanes. But that’s another study. This is proof to myself that I continue to relate certain passages to a particular ideology just because that is what I was taught for so long.

FYI—FOR YOUR INFORMATION

An important fact to consider. As time has gone on, much of the original references, dates, and translator notes (which are literal translations of certain Hebrew or Greek words) in the margins have been left out which robs the studying process of necessary information. Because of the decrease in reference material, and the fact we read the books of the Bible in the order of placement, we have come to believe that is also the order of events. Many of the books are not in chronological order, and so, it is very important to know and keep in mind that all of the New Testament books except for 1-3 John and Revelation were written before the war of Titus in A.D. 70. That does not mean that all of the content in those books specifically refer to Titus and the events foretold to occur up to that point in time, but when you look at the whole picture, much of it does.

Jesus’ forewarning in Matthew 24:4-21 of what was to come was, I imagine, heart-wrenching to hear. As the signs of Jesus’ prophecy started to reveal themselves, and because they believed Jesus was the Messiah, that was enough for the apostles to willingly suffer whatever was necessary while they fulfilled their commission to spread the gospel of Christ during that thirty-seven years. Think about it; if you knew the physical and eternal welfare of so many hung in the balance, and the destruction of your home city was going to happen preceded by many trials, deceivers, and various perils, wouldn’t you do everything you could including bearing whatever persecution came your way in order to save as many as possible?

As you read the New Testament, you are reading the apostle’s stories of that time frame until God’s timing was complete and his plan for Titus to destroy the city was carried out. In light of this, let me show you how I came to the conclusion of the seventy weeks. Daniel 9:24 is the list (below) of what is to be accomplished within the seventy weeks.

Number 5 was the first to be fulfilled, followed by #6—Jesus rebukes those who were upset with the woman for, in their opinion, wasting the expensive ointment, and tells them: she is come aforehand to anoint my body to the burying.” #2-4 were simultaneously fulfilled when Jesus died on the cross—in the midst of the final/seventieth week, and finally, #1—was completed by the total destruction of the city etc.; punishment due to the disobedience of the people [Jews] of the prince [Messiah] to come.

  1. finish the transgression (wrongdoing, misbehavior, disobedience)
  2. make an end of sins
  3. make reconciliation for iniquity
  4. bring in everlasting righteousness (1-4; Is. 53:8-11; Matthew 26:28; Romans 5:19)
  5. seal up the vision and prophecy (or in Heb. prophet, Dan. 12:9)
  6. anoint the most Holy (Mark 14:8)

Note: prince in v. 26 is a common noun related to the proper noun Prince in v. 25. They are the same person. “…build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times. 26 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;” Verse 25 covers the sixty-nine weeks: “…from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem B.C. 536 unto the Messiah the Prince A.D. 29 shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: (69 weeks +) Done!

B.C. -536—-0—-+29 A.D. = 565 years. This time-frame includes the streets and wall and troublous gaps of time when the work was forcibly stopped. SRB pg 915; Scofield asserts that this timeline starts with Artaxerxes because the book of Ezra only speaks to the building of the house of God. First, the sixty-nine weeks is 483 years so this cannot be the case for the math does not add up: -445 B.C—-0—-+29 A.D. = 474 years. Second, just because the focus was the building of the house of God, this does not mean that work in restoring or building other parts of the city was not also in progress. The initial command to rebuild was given to Cyrus, not Artaxerxes. The book of Ezra concentrates on the house of God, the people involved, and other various details, while Nehemiah 1-7 focuses on the wall and the fact it was again in need of repair. The wall was completed in the year B.C. 445, the twentieth year of Artaxerxes’ reign. The people’s houses were not yet built but the houses of the priest’s and other ranking leaders were, as were assorted buildings such as the armory, towers, and so forth. All this work was already finished at this point in time so for Scofield to suggest that the building of the city was just getting started in B.C. 445 is incorrect.

Verse 26 tells us after the sixty-two weeks (the seven already being complete) Messiah will be cut off. Herod finished the restoration of the temple sometime in A.D. 29 allowing for Jesus to come to a cleansed temple in A.D. 33 at the end of his three-and-a-half-year ministry—the first three-and-a-half years of the 70th week when He is then cut off (crucified).

The rest of verse 26 and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined foretells the coming destruction by Titus—the seventieth week is now complete!

Verse 27 is simply a summarization of the one (70th ) week. “And he [God the Father with His people; not the Antichrist with the Jews] shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: [Done! Is. 42:1-6; Jer. 31:31; Malachi 3:1] and in the midst of the week he [God the Father] shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, [Done! Ending the Old Covenant in order to begin the New. Heb. 10:9, 10. Jesus was the ultimate and final sacrifice Heb. 9:14-16] and for [or because of] the overspreading of abominations [statues of false gods, unclean sacrifices, idol worship, etc.] he [God the Father] shall make it desolate, [Done! Matt. 23:38, 39] even until the consummation [in this context consummation is from the Hebrew kalah meaning complete destruction—fulfilled in A.D. 70 according to verse 26] and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate. [and it was until the end of Titus’ war; “desolations” or “judgments” since that time are not related to this prophecy]

Another revelation I discovered was my assumption that the word consummation automatically meant “end of the world.” I was wrong. When I studied the definition of the word end in its various forms, I discovered in certain key verses such as Matt. 24:3, it was defined consummation as in “end of the world”, but it is not defined that way in Matt. 24:14. There, it is the end of the seventy-week prophecy—Christ is foretelling what’s to come and at the same time he is confirming Daniel’s vision. But, I automatically assumed when I read consummation in Dan. 9:27 that it was meaning the end of the world. That is not its definition as I have just explained. As a result, my conclusion concerning the fulfillment of the seventy weeks was affirmed and solidified.

Next Chapter: 7 – Take another Look at Daniel Twelve

 

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