When is the Antichrist revealed?

When is the Abomination of Desolation?

Daniel 9:27 tells us that the abomination of desolation happens halfway through a 7-year treaty.

And he shall make a strong covenant with many for one week, and for half of the week he shall put an end to sacrifice and offering. And on the wing of abominations shall come one who makes desolate, until the decreed end is poured out on the desolator. (Daniel 9:27)

Who makes the covenant? The verse before us tells us that the person who makes the covenant will be from the same group of people who destroyed the temple and the city of Jerusalem. Since these people were the Romans, the person who makes this contract is a “Roman” as well. This makes sense, since Daniel 7 teaches us that the final ruler of the Roman Empire will be the Antichrist.

Who are the parties to the covenant? The whole prophecy of the 70 weeks is “decreed about your people and your holy city.” Since the entire prophecy is about the Jews and Jerusalem, theologians have interpreted Israel to be the main party to this contract, in addition to the Roman ruler. However, the passage does say he makes the covenant with “many.” Therefore, it is possible that other countries are included in this agreement as well.

Furthermore, Daniel 9:24 tells us the criteria that must be met in order for the final “week” of years to come to an end.

Seventy weeks are decreed about your people and your holy city, to finish the transgression, to put an end to sin, and to atone for iniquity, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal both vision and prophet, and to anoint a most holy place. (Daniel 9:24)

This makes clear that the temple will be rededicated by the end of the 7-years. Therefore, Jesus’ reign in Jerusalem begins by the end of the 7-years.

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