III. THE PROPHECY OF THE FIRST "SEVEN"—
THE LAST WEEK OF THE SEVENTY WEEKS
A. At the Beginning
of the Seven Years of the Last Week
of the Seventy Weeks,
Antichrist Making a Firm Covenant
with Israel and Breaking the Covenant
in the Middle of the Week
At the beginning of the seven years of the last week of the seventy weeks, Antichrist will make a firm covenant with Israel; and in the middle of the week he will break the covenant. Daniel 9:27 says, "And he will make a firm covenant with the many for one week; and in the middle of the week he will cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and replace the sacrifice and the oblation with abominations of the desolator, even until the complete destruction that is determined will be poured out upon the desolator." Titus was a type of Antichrist. He destroyed, devastated, the holy city and the holy temple, and Antichrist will do the same thing. Titus killed and persecuted the holy people, and Antichrist will do the same thing. Daniel’s prophecy considers them as one. The person referred to in verse 27 is the prince in verse 26 who will destroy the city and the sanctuary. That prince was Titus. But verse 27 refers to the coming Antichrist.
1. Causing the Sacrifice
and the Oblation to Cease
In the middle of the last week of the seventy weeks, Antichrist will cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease (Dan. 12:7b, 11a).
2. Replacing the Sacrifice
and Oblation with Abominations,
i.e., Idols, of the Desolator, i.e., Antichrist
He will replace the sacrifice and oblation with abominations, idols, of the desolator, Antichrist (Dan. 12:11b; Matt. 24:15; Rev. 13:14-15; 2 Thes. 2:4). In Matthew 24:15 the Lord speaks of "the abomination of desolation spoken of through Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place." According to Revelation 13:14 and 15, the abomination of desolation is Antichrist’s image, which is set up in the temple as an idol. Then 2 Thessalonians 2:4 tells us that Antichrist will sit in the temple to claim that he is God. Daniel 9:27 refers to the "abominations [plural] of the desolator." These abominations may refer to Antichrist himself, to his image, and to idols he puts into the temple.
3. Even until the Complete
Destruction That Is Determined
Will Be Poured Out
upon the Desolator, i.e., Antichrist
These idols will remain in the holy place, in the temple, even until the complete destruction that is determined will be poured out upon the desolator, that is, Antichrist (Dan. 9:27; 2 Thes. 2:8; Rev. 17:11; 19:19-20). In other words, the idols will remain in the temple for three and a half years until Antichrist is fully destroyed by Christ. Christ will wipe him out with the appearing of His parousia, His coming.
(The Prophecy of the Four 'Sevens' in the Bible, Chapter 1, by Witness Lee)