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The Second Christmas – Part 4

“THE SECOND CHRISTMAS – Pt. 4”

REVIEW/INTRO: The most common end-time view: Rapture -> 7-year tribulation -> 2nd Coming.

The facts & Where this view came from:

Does this teaching hold up to reasonable biblical scrutiny?

How would you view the future if the tribulation had already happened (Matt. 24:9, 21, 34; Rev. 1:1a, 3, 9a; 22:10, 12a, 20)?

THE ANGEL GABRIEL APPEARS TO DANIEL (vv. 20-23).

  1. Gabriel told Daniel that he had been sent to give him skill to understand the vision which would follow.

THE 70-WEEK (490 years) VISION REGARDING THE JEWS & JERUSALEM (vv. 24-27).

  1. There would be a 490 year period in which the Messiah would come to make a sacrifice for sin which would bring forgiveness and righteousness (v. 24).
  2. This started with Artaxerxes’ command to rebuild Jerusalem (Neh. 2; Ezra 7; 457 B.C.), taking the first 49 years, and would lead to the manifestation of the Messiah 434 years later (v. 25). Fulfilled by Jesus!
  3. The Messiah’s life would end shortly after the 483 years and some time later Jerusalem and its temple would be destroyed (which happened in 70 A.D.) (v. 26).
  4. The Messiah will confirm the New Covenant during a 7-year period, bringing an end to animal sacrifices by His own death after 3 ½ years. In the remaining 3 ½ years the gospel continued to be offered to the Jews, after which it went to the Gentiles (Acts 10; 13:46) (v. 27).

CONCLUSION: Jesus perfectly fulfilled the work of the Messiah as prophesied in Daniel 9:20-27! Rather than focusing on a future antichrist or 7-year period of tribulation, focus on the present reign of the resurrected, glorified King Jesus in your life & in fulfilling The Great Commission! Jesus is coming! Be ready! Be victorious! Be ready for a pre-trib rapture, but don’t count on it!