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The Daily Word of Righteousness
The Clock Starts Ticking Again
Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy. (Daniel 9:24)
The ninth chapter of the Book of Daniel informs us that seventy prophetic weeks must elapse before sin is brought to an end and everlasting righteousness enters the creation of God. The crucifixion of Christ marked the completion of the sixty-ninth week. Then the clock stopped ticking while the Body of Christ is being formed.
Seven weeks (49 years—one day for a year) were occupied with the rebuilding of Jerusalem (Daniel 9:25). An additional sixty-two weeks (434 years) brought us to the crucifixion of Christ (verse 26). This accounts for 69 weeks.
Then, it appears, the prophetic clock, the clock marking the movement toward the Kingdom of Christ, stopped ticking.
But what about the seventieth week? The seventieth week is mentioned in verse 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 the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate. (Daniel 9:27)
It is our opinion that the eleventh chapter of the Book of Revelation describes the seventieth week, the time when the clock once again moves toward the establishing of the Kingdom of God on the earth.
The first half of the seventieth week will consist of the latter-rain, double-portion revival that is prophesied in the Old Testament. The last half of the week will include the reign of Antichrist and the great tribulation, which also are prophesied in the Old Testament. As we understand the Scriptures, the saints will testify during the first half and be kept safe in God throughout the second half.
But why would God stop the prophetic clock at the time of the crucifixion of Christ and then wait for nearly two thousand years to elapse before starting it again? Why could the revival and the tribulation not have occurred immediately after the resurrection? What has been the purpose of the intervening nineteen hundred years?
The answer is found in Micah 5:2,3:
But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he [Jesus] come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting. Therefore will he [Jesus] give them [the children of Israel] up, until the time that she [the Christian Church] which travaileth hath brought forth [Christ in the members of His Body]: then the remnant of his brothers [the saints] shall return unto the children of Israel. (Micah 5:2,3)
Christ cannot return until the Christian Church has brought forth Christ in the members of His Body. Christ must be formed in us.
The purpose for the period of time from the crucifixion to the beginning of the seventieth week has been the forming of the Body of Christ, the Bride of the Lamb, the brothers of Christ, the "Deliverer" who shall come "out of Zion," the second "lampstand" of the eleventh chapter of Revelation.
To be continued.