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    The 7 Year Period of Tribulation is a FALLACY!

    The 7 Year Period of Tribulation is a FALLACY!

    The one source for any evidence of a 7-year period which many say is the “great tribulation” Jesus was speaking of in Matthew 24, is found in Daniel 9 as they “interpret” Daniel’s 70th week as being long separated from the 69 weeks of Daniel. I believe that these verses are MISINTERPRETED by taking them out of their CONTEXT.

    Let's take a look first at those verses in question that most point to in referring to the 7-year period of tribulation in Daniel 9, shall we...
    27 Then he shall CONFIRM a covenant with many for one week; But in the middle of the week He shall bring an end to sacrifice and offering...(Daniel 9:27 NKJV)
    I use the KJV or the NKJV but never the others except when they agree with each other. I can express my reasons another time. Here is how the NASB reads this:

    And he will MAKE a firm covenant with the many for one week, but in the middle of the week he will put a stop to sacrifice and grain offering (Daniel 9:27 NASB)

    And the ESV:
    27 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. (Daniel 9:27 ESV)

    Notice the difference? In only the KJV and NKJV and sometimes the NIV will state "CONFIRM" a covenant. I will look at the ESV's link to the Hebrew in the Strong's dictionary to see if the word translated to "make" is true to the Hebrew:

    h1396. גָּבַר g̱âḇar; a primitive root; to be strong; by implication, to prevail, act insolently: — exceed, confirm, be great, be mighty, prevail, put to more ( strength), strengthen, be stronger, be valiant.

    AV ( 25)- prevail 14, strengthen 3, great 2, confirm 1, exceeded 1, mighty 1, put 1, stronger 1, valiant 1; to prevail, have strength, be strong, be powerful, be mighty, be great (STRONG)

    It appears that the same Hebrew word that is translated to "make" is no different than the same word translated "confirm" in the KJV/NKJV. Now, I ask anyone, are you able to see this word being translated to "make" as being accurate? It actually changes the message through this incorrect translation. This is critical to understanding the whole passage because the 7-year tribulation teachers, whether "pre-mid-post tribulation" rely on this inaccurate translation to prove their perspective. So we MUST get this right. Agreed?

    Either this "prince" is "confirming a covenant with many for a week" or "making a covenant with many for a week". It cannot be both.


    Whenever we read scripture, we MUST view what is being said within its CONTEXT. Any scripture can be "pulled" out of context and mean something entirely different. For instance, If am talking about the sun rising in the east and setting in the west but someone intent on misinterpretation will state only a portion of what I said and claim I am saying the sun is in the east and the west WITHOUT the context of my statement, wrong conclusions can easily be drawn.

    So let's look at the context of Daniel 9:

    In verses 18-19, Daniel is making intercession to God on behalf of Israel. In verse 21, the angel Gabriel comes to give God's answer to Daniel. Then the angel Gabriel opens his answer in this manner:
    24 “ Seventy weeks are determined For your people and for your holy city, To finish the transgression, To make an end of sins, To make reconciliation for iniquity, To bring in everlasting righteousness, To seal up vision and prophecy, And to anoint the Most Holy. (Daniel 9:24 NKJV)
    This verse gives the "outline" of God's answer to Daniel and everything afterward, the detail is given. In this verse, we can see which direction this response is heading. Literally, this verse gives the "heart" of the matter to Daniel from God.

    The key points are:

    70 WEEKS (this is 70 x 7=490 days) Since a day equals a year in prophetic language as shown in Ezekiel 4:4, it is fair to assume that this was not going to be "literal" weeks but 490 years from the time outlined in verse 25. This, as it turned out, was found true both prophetically and historically. So we see the working out of the prophetic language of days to mean years.

    FINISH THE TRANSGRESSION-Because the children of Israel ignored God's law regarding the resting of the land every 7 years, God has brought judgment against them based upon the length of time they ignored His law.

    MAKE AN END OF SINS and make reconciliation for iniquity, bring in everlasting righteousness, seal up vision and prophecy and anoint the Most Holy. These can be lumped together as being fulfilled in the coming of Messiah, His suffering, death and resurrection as each of these have their fulfillment in Christ.

    SO, the context appears to be speaking about the coming of Messiah and what He will accomplish. Nothing here about the "beast" or "antichrist".
    25 “ Know therefore and understand, That from the going forth of the command To restore and build Jerusalem Until MESSIAH THE PRINCE, There shall be seven weeks and sixty-two weeks; The street shall be built again, and the wall, Even in troublesome times.26 “And after the sixty- two weeks MESSIAH WILL BE CUT OFF, BUT NOT FOR HIMSELF; And the people of the prince who is to come (Romans & Titus-notice, this is not the beast of Revelations) Shall destroy the city and the sanctuary. The end of it shall be with a flood, And till the end of the war desolations are determined. (Daniel 9:25-26 NKJV)
    In these verses, the particulars of the summary in verse 24 are given. Again, this is about the coming of Messiah and not speaking of the beast or antichrist or the false prophet.

    The term "cut off" is always used in scripture to denote "judgment".
    Numbers 15:30 New King James Version (NKJV 30 ‘But the person who does anything presumptuously, whether he is native-born or a stranger, that one brings reproach on the Lord, and he shall be CUT OFF from among his people.

    This translation has been incorrectly translated "and have nothing" by all the other translations except for the KJV and NKJV. This translation speaks about Jesus being judged and executed while INNOCENT for He had not sinned. The judgment of God against sin is death and because Jesus did not sin Himself, He was wrongfully judged by men.

    So, we are still speaking about the Messiah in these two verses, according to its context as outlined in verse 24.

    Also, notice the chronology. In verse 25: “Until MESSIAH THE PRINCE, There shall be SEVEN weeks and SIXTY- TWO weeks;” And later in the next verse, “And after the sixty-two weeks”. The first 7 week period is not mentioned. If we follow the chronology, this means that the “seven weeks” had already been past and THEN the sixty-two weeks, which means, the Messiah will be “cut-off” during the course of the 70th week, which follows immediately AFTER the 69th week. Some actually place that first seven weeks AFTER the 62nd week for some future date but this is ridiculous because the angel Gabriel clearly does not delineate the 70 weeks into two sections where the 69 weeks are fulfilled and two millennia later, the last week is to be fulfilled. If this were true, why not make this clear at the time Gabriel was informing Daniel what was to transpire? God is very specific. Only men who are bent on their own interpretations, like forcing a square peg into a round hole, insistent on being right, they become foolish.

    Now comes the most critical part of the 7 year tribulation doctrine.
    27 Then he shall confirm a covenant with many for one week; But in the middle of the week He shall bring an end to sacrifice and offering. And on the wing of abominations shall be one who makes desolate, Even until the consummation, which is determined, Is poured out on the desolate. (Daniel 9:27 NKJV)
    Now, is the angel Gabriel changing his context here or is he still speaking about the coming Messiah? It appears that Gabriel is "continuing" his narrative of the Messiah by saying "THEN". Now, this is where most stumble in their trying to prove their 7 year period of tribulation.

    Then "HE". Who IS this "HE" Gabriel is referring to? In the previous verse, Gabriel spoke of a prince to come but that prince destroyed the temple and more than a million Jews perished in his onslaught of the city in fulfillment of what Jesus prophesied that not one stone would be upon another. Was THIS the focus of the "HE" in this verse? Apparently, both prophetically and historically, if Gabriel was referring to the "beast" of Revelations, then the 7 year period of tribulation would have begun to take place, UNLESS this is not the "beast" or the "antichrist" or the "false prophet" as depicted in Revelations. It also cannot be because Revelations was written AFTER 70 AD when these events took place.

    So, who is the "HE" Gabriel is referring to in verse 27? Looking at the CONTEXT, could it be that Gabriel is STILL speaking regard the coming Messiah?

    Let us "assume" the "HE" being referred to IS the Messiah. So, Jesus came to "CONFIRM" a covenant with many for one prophetic week (seven years) but in the MIDDLE of that week, in just 3 1/2 years, Jesus put an end to all sacrifice and offerings. We all know that Jesus' ministry lasted a scant 3 1/2 years because He was put to death as an innocent man but took upon Himself the sins of the whole world. As a result of this sacrifice, no other sacrifice would ever be able to satisfy God as Jesus became that FINAL SACRIFICE to end all sacrifices.

    As a result of His shedding of His blood, Jesus accomplished 3 very important things.

    1-He CONFIRMED the Abrahamic covenant by shedding the blood of "GOD". If you will remember when God made covenant with Abraham, both parties were required to shed their blood, Abraham with the cutting off of his foreskin and God needed to shed His blood but not until Jesus came.

    2-Taking the punishment as the 2nd Adam (son of man), the shedding of His blood and subsequent death, satisfied the Father's justice and opened the door so that whosoever believed in Jesus will be passed from death to life.

    3-He ESTABLISHED a new and better covenant as promised in the scriptures that will result in the heart of man becoming the tabernacle of God, thus breaking with the foreshadowing of the physical temple and the Holy of Holies shown by the veil of that temple being ripped open from the top to the bottom. God with man!

    Now, how can this be speaking of the "beast" of Revelations when no mention of the beast can be found? AGAIN, if we break from the context, we can read into these verses whatever we want to but keeping with the context, the message is clear. Jesus came to confirm God's covenant with many, intended for 7 years but in the middle of those 7 years, He was judged and executed but not for His own sin but for the sins of the entire world and it was His sacrifice that put an end to all sacrifices and offerings.

    So, the question now begs...what about that "great tribulation" Jesus was speaking about? Are you ready for this? I didn't think so. That period actually lasted as long as was indicated in Revelations. 1,260 prophetic days or 42 prophetic months. Translating from 1 day equaling 1 year using prophetic interpretation established by God, then this period is not a "literal" 42 months or literal 1,260 days but prophetically speaking of 1,260 YEARS of tribulation. Historically, THAT PERIOD has already been accomplished in 1798 when the "beast" of Revelations 13 received its death blow and more recently, in modern times, this same "beast" has recovered from its death blow and is rising again to deceive the world to form a one world religion. If you haven't guessed it yet, I am speaking of the Roman Catholic church.

    Here is a great work I’ve found on the internet that says much of what I’ve shared here. I recommend reading it as well.

    The “great tribulation” is not some still future event as most are postulating today. It has already taken place and it wasn’t a scant 7-year period but a very lengthy 1,260 YEARS, just as the book of Revelations prophesied.

    The reason so many have fallen into this lie is because they refuse to allow the Holy Spirit to guide them and teach them. They attempt to understand a prophetic book LITERALLY and with their “natural or carnal” minds. All scripture cannot be understood in this manner. All those who try, WILL BE DECEIVED, just as the religious leaders of Israel MISSED their interpretations of the prophesies regarding the coming of the Messiah. They were looking for a “natural” kingdom when Jesus came to establish a “spiritual” kingdom because ONLY a Spiritual Kingdom can last forever. The natural kingdom cannot.

    All scripture can only be understood and interpreted through the Spirit of God who is the Author. Failure to recognize this and not allowing the Holy Spirit to give to us via “revelation” those truths of the kingdom of God, will result in deception 100% of the time. The entire bible shows proof of this.

    Instead of chasing after those who propagate a false doctrine, we should be reading our bibles through the help of the Holy Spirit and allow His Spirit to reveal to us the “hidden manna” of His Word. Then, and only then, will we be able to see the truth. As it is, the stage is set and Jesus could come for His Bride at any time and from what I consistently receive from the Spirit of the Lord through dreams and visions, is that many will not be ready when He comes because He is coming FAR SOONER than any are expecting! Don’t be caught like the foolish virgins of Jesus’ parable because if you are, you will not be allowed into the marriage supper of the Lamb and find yourself as those who are cast into the outer darkness where there is weeping and gnashing of teeth.

    Jerry Sundberg

    Soon after I received the Lord in 1976, I started receiving prophetic visions and warnings about the future of the church and the United States. I share my visions on my Hidden Manna websites and offer free of charge my two ebooks entitled “Hidden Manna” and “Hidden Manna 2”.

    Website: Hidden Manna

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