Daniel’s visions     the daily sacrifice is taken away…a changeling in its place

 

     Daniel the prophet was Ezekiel’s contemporary, although he was just a teenager at the time of the Kingdom of Judah’s captivity. Daniel’s name translates as “whom the Lord rules”, i.e. judges. This prophet sat high up in Babylon’s government, an unusual position for a man of Elohim YHVH (God) but despite some very severe trials of faith, he was a gifted, wise individual who gained favor among all who dealt with him. His inner strength was tested however, by some of his own visions. While he could readily interpret those visions pertaining to near-future events, the end-time visions eluded him probably because so much history that he could never witness during his brief lifetime would need to transpire before the latter days.

 

     Repeatedly throughout Daniel’s writings, the phrase abomination of desolation or “abomination that causes desolation” pops up in connection where the daily sacrifice is said to be taken away  from its rightful place as found in passages Dan 8:11 and Dan 11:31.

 

Critical Note: This taking away of the daily sacrifice by antichrist is not  the same as in Dan 9:27 where the Messiah, that is,  Jesus of Nazareth  causes the sacrifice and the oblation to cease”. Dan 9:26-27 as pertains to Christ =>

 

     v.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.”

 

     Messiah would be cut-off (Strong's OT #3772, karath). This phrase “cut-off” can mean to form a covenant (which He did); however, since the phrase “but not for himself” follows “cut-off” this verifies what the Lord told His disciples many times - that He would be killed for us as a sacrifice. This verse prophesied also that “the people of the prince” (Titus and his Romans) would destroy Jerusalem with the final blow occurring from Titus in 70 a.d. The next verse is one on which many have stumbled =>

 

     v.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 (because of) the overspreading of abominations, He shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.”

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     The word "for" in the phrase "for one week" was inserted by English translaters. It was never in the text and in fact, would have made more sense to have inserted the  word "in" as "in one week" which precedes "in the midst of the week." It pays to read the interlinear text otherwise, all sorts of agendas contrary to God's word creep in and fool the reader.

 

     This prophecy foretold that the Lord would cause the daily temple sacrifices of animals to cease (offering Himself as a one-time sacrifice). This word cease in Hebrew is Strong's OT #7673 Shabat meaning to repose, i.e. desist from exertion; used in many implied relations (causative, figurative or specific): KJV - cease, sit still, loss of time. Same word as for Sabbath. This Shabat or sabbath is an entirely different word apart from Dan chapters 8, 11 & 12  where antichrists of all sorts “take away” the daily sacrifice. That word for take away  is Strong's OT #5494 cuwr (soor); turned off, i.e. deteriorated: KJV - degenerate, (read: perverted). There is grammar as well to consider. “He” confirms the covenant with many for one week. 

   

     He in v.27 is the Messiah (not the prince of the Romans) since this verse parallels v.26 and continues with the antecedant, i.e. the Messiah is the subject in v.26. The “people of the prince” is the secondary actor in the verse. The “prince” doesn't have either the primary or secondary role there. The “people” have a secondary role. Finally, later Jerusalem became desolate because of the Romans' abominations until its end was determined by Elohim YHVH (our Lord). Jerusalem was made desolate beginning in 37-39 a.d. & finally destroyed in 70 a.d. 

(See the essay "70 times 7" published on this site for a more complete explanation).

 

     This information must be mentioned since there crept in false interpretations concerning Dan chapter 9 passages in order to support a “7 year covenant of antichrist” agenda as part of false dispensationalist theology embraced by fundamentalist and some evangelical mainstream denominations (J.N. Darby, Scofield and others). Prior to the 1830's it was well known that Daniel 9:25-27 pertains to the YHVH's Christ and His plan.

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