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The Two Witnesses are Key! Where Do the Two Witnesses Fit into Daniel 9:27? - David Pepe -
My dear friends, no doubt that such a thought on this "established" topic is bound for harsh criticism by those who hold strongly to their Daniel 9:27 position... but... here we go.... My dear friends, the key to understanding Daniel 9:27 is found in the 1260 day ministry of the Two Witnesses, which takes place in the first half of the seven year tribulation (Rev. 11:1-13). Leave these Two out or diminish them at all and the whole prophetic text of Daniel 9:27 falls apart. Many fine biblical scholars throughout the years have suggested in this passage that it will be the anti-Messiah - who will make a covenant with the many (an abundance) - which also includes the nation of Israel and will bring shalom and security to the nation of Israel by adding his mighty strength (gabar) to it (Ezek. 38: 38:8,11, 12, 14, 39:26, Dan. 9:27).
In this text it never refers to Daniel's people or to the nation of Israel. It just points out that his covenant will be with an abundance of peoples (Dan. 9). These scholars have also believed that it will be through this covenant with the Anti- Messiah that the Jews in Israel will be able to rebuild a temple on the Temple Mount, which is at present one of the greatest holy sites in the Islamic world (Dan. 9:27). The Jews WILL indeed rebuild the temple at this time, but not in light of any treaty or covenant made with the anti-Messiah. It will be the Two Witnesses who will begin the re-institution of the daily scarifies and oblations, which will cease after their ministry for 1290 days because of Satan's Anti-Christ (Dan. 9:27, 12:11, Matt, 24:15, 2 Thess. 2:3-4, Rev. 11:1-2) and then begin again under the Messiah for a thousand years in the Kingdom Age (Ezek. 40-48); which will also point back to Messiah's perfect atoning work. These also through those sacrifices will begin to teach secular Israel their desperate need for repentance, propitiation and salvation dressed in sackcloth and that the returning King of Israel and Savior of the world is now at hand (Isa. 53, Dan. 2: 44-45, 7:13-14, 9:27, 12:11, Matt. 24:15, Mark 13:14, John 1:29, Rom. 10:2-4, 2 Thess. 2:4, 1 John 4:10, Rev. 11:1-2)!
Dear friends, I would like for you to hear me out on before you cast me aside as an apostate. Read this post in its entirety and looked at the Scripture references and see for yourself how absolutely crucial it is to NOT explain away or neglect the place of position that the Two Witnesses have in the first half of the seven year tribulation (Rev. 11).
In the Daniel 9:27 "covenant" it is suggested by many that the anti - Messiah will broker a "sound peace deal" on Israel's behalf and will be able to totally stop all Islamic and world aggressions against her. Many have taken great liberties on this Bible verse over the years, even to the point of leaving out or theorizing around the fact that the world at this time will be experiencing HORRIFIC EXPONENTIAL desolation via the Seal and Trumpet Judgments (Dan. 9:27, Matt. 24:4-8, Mark 13:5-8, Luke 21:8-11, Rev. 6-9). These preach that the anti-Christ during this first half (3 1/2 years) of the tribulation will be fully able to override such EXPONENTIAL Divine judgments and still have power to protect Israel from all harm; even to the point that Israel's cites dwell without walls and in total safety (Ezek. 38:8,11, 12, 14, 39:26, Dan. 9:27). My friends, such thoughts and theories now in the light of our EXPONENTIAL technological day with the world's GREAT weapons of mass destruction cannot hold any water. This Daniel 9:27 theory has been the standard template of many fine biblical scholars for a very long time. I totally believe the key to seeing Daniel 9:27 righty is found in rightly understanding the Two Witnesses earthly ministry which takes place in the first 1260 days of the seven year tribulation (Rev. 11:1-13). What is absolutely amazing to me is how little is stated about these Two MIGHTY Witnesses of Almighty God and their TOTAL AUTHORITY and POWER over ALL nations during the first half of the seven year tribulation (Rev. 11:3-13).
These Two Witnesses are usually made light of and are mentioned secondary in light of the theory that the ant- Messiah will be the dominate player in the first half of the seven year tribulation period. This is a great flaw and a huge oversight with great consequences to sound prophetic truths that pertain to that Day (Rev. 6-11). It is my own personal opinion that when these Two are set aside and neglected as they often are, the whole prophetic perspective of Daniel 9:27 falls flat on its face. The anti-Christ WILL indeed make a covenant with many (an abundance) which will start the 70th week of Daniel, but I truly believe that it will be made against Israel and not for her. As we are at the end of the age we can see clearer than ever what others could not ever see. All of today's evidence shows that there is a united global effort and movement (including the USA) to use the EXPONENTIAL advances of human technology to subtly and stealthily go after Israel and annihilate her (Zech. 3:1-2, Eph. 2:1-2, 6:12). Even now Israel's back is against the wall on the world stage and without Almighty God's Divine interceding at "that moment in time" - after the Rapture of the body of Christ/Messiah - when the Daniel 9:27 covenant is strengthened by "the prince to come", Israel would indeed perish. It is my personal belief - based on sound Scripture evidence - that the Two Witnesses of Revelation will be sent to Israel as this covenant is confirmed and will then protect Israel for the first 1260 days of the seven year tribulation period (until the midst of the week) from all global satanic aggression and will preach repentance unto her (Ezek. 38: 38:8,11, 12, 14, 39:26 Rev. 11:3-13).
My dear friends, a few more key points and challenges I would like to make to Bible scholars is for them to see how many times the person of the "Anti-Christ" is found in the first half of the seven year tribulation period in comparison to the second half. The passages referring to the anti- Christ in the second half of the seven year tribulation are much more abundant and display him in a place of total global dominance and authority, while in the first half he is lightly esteemed. The Anti Christ/Messiah does NOT come to ABSOLUTE TOTAL power UNTIL AFTER the 1260 day ministry of the Two Witnesses is completed, which will start the second half of the seven year tribulation period - (Rev. 11:3-7,13:1-5); thus he will be absolutely no match for Almighty God's Two Witnesses' ministry nor the dominant man of power as many make him to be during the first half of the seven year tribulation period. There are only a few places in which we find the Anti Christ in the first half of the seven year tribulation period and in all cases it is a place of secondary standing (Dan.9:26-27, Rev. 17:8, 10, 11, 2 Thess. 2:3, 6-8).
The Two Witnesses of Almighty God - will be at this time GREAT BURNING lights of Divine REALITY and TRUTH unto Israel and the entire world (Rev. 11:3-6). In a post unregenerate church age world (Rev. 6-16) because of the Rapture of the Body of Christ - John 14:3, 1 Cor, 15:51-57, 1 Thess. 4:13-18, 2 Thess. 2:5-8, 1 John 3:1-4, Rev. 4:1), these Two will ABSOLUTELY DOMINATE the first half of the seven year tribulation period with ALL AUTHORITY, POWER, SIGNS and WONDERS (Rev. 11:3-6). In Revelation 11:3-6 we see the ABSOLUTE TREMENDOUS POWER that these Two Individuals can wield upon the godless nations of the world; including against Gog (the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal), the land of Magog and his confederacy (Ezek. 38-39). Whosoever opposes their Divine ministry for Israel and are for her total destruction will be immediately dealt with (Rev. 11:3-6). During their Divine ministry they will absolutely TORMENT the world for 1260 days and will be totally UNDEFEATABLE at this time (Rev. 11:3-10)! No wonder that after their 1260 days are fulfilled and then murdered at the hand of the beast that the satanically driven world will greatly rejoice with exceeding joy and give gifts to each other as they now proclaim in its right season (Rev. 11:7-13), "Who is like unto the beast? Who is able to make war with him (Rev. 11:7-10, 13:4)?" It will be this common bond of hatred towards Almighty God's Two Witnesses that will be the common tie that binds all nations against the established REALITY of Almighty God's RIGHTEOUS Person, His call to global repentance and the 666 alliance of desolation under the resuscitated Anti-Christ (Dan. 9:27, Matt. 24:15, Rev. 11:3-17, Rev. 13; Rev. 17:7-17).
One more point I would like to write about and it is about is the nation of Israel during this time. The nation of Israel WILL dwell in total safety and unwalled villages during the 1260 day ministry of Almighty God's Two Witnesses unto the point that all manner of national security, technological and armed forces will not be needed (Ezek. 38:8,11, 12, 14, 39:26, Matt. 24:15-20, Mark 13:14-18, Luke 21:20-24, Rev. 11:3-6). Israel during this first half of the seven year tribulation will dwell in complete safety and in unwalled villages (Ezek. 38:8,11, 12, 14, 39:26) because of the Divine protection of Almighty God's Two Witnesses (Rev. 11:2-6). With the Two Witnesses of Revelation's POWERFUL Divine ministry, why would Israel ever need the Pre-Revelation 13 anti- Messiah of the Daniel 9:27 theory to bring them security, peace and safety? No human or even the devil himself can bring about that type of protection from the godless driven nations of the world as history has overwhelmingly proven. The Almighty ABSOLUTELY REIGNS in the affairs of fallen man and the devil must always submit to Almighty God's ETERNAL plan and purpose for all nations. At this time Almighty God's ETERNAL plan and good purpose will be to protect unbelieving Israel and seek her to repent to the saving knowledge of the Lamb of God via His Two Witnesses (Ex. 19:5, Job 1:6-12, Psalm 75:6-7, 103:19, Dan. 2:37, 4:17, 25, 32, 5:21, Zech. 3:2, Matt. 28:18-20, Rom. 13:1-5, 1 Peter 5:11, Rev. 4, Rev. 5, Rev. 6:1, 17:17). It will be during this time that Israeli hating nations, their possessions of GREAT weapons of mass destruction, their super abounding technological advances and Satan's 24/7/365 media machine cannot over ride nor tear down Almighty God's Divine hedge of protection for Israel while the Two Witnesses' ministry is reigning supreme (Rev. 11:3-6).
It will be under the Divine protective hedge of Almighty God's Two Witnesses that Israel will thrive (Ezek. 38:10-13) while the gentile nations and world are absolutely ravished by the Seal and Trumpet Judgments (Matt 24:4-8, Mark 13:5-8, Luke 21:8-11, Rev. 6-9). All these EXPONENTIAL evils upon the gentile nations in the first half of the seven year tribulation period are called the birth pangs by Jesus and he mentions to Israelis who dwell in TOTAL security at this time that they will "hear" of these horrific events but the end is not yet (Matt. 24:6, Mark 13:7, Luke 21:7)! However, what is most horrifically tragic at this time will be Israel's heart while under Almighty God's Divine protective hedge. Tragically the overwhelming majority of Jews WILL REJECT the Two Witnesses' (Moses and Elijah) Divine call to repentance unto Yeshua, the Lamb of God, Savior and Messiah, the King of Israel (Deut. 4:30, 31:29, Ezek. 39:26, Rev. 11:8, 12:17).
The heart of Jerusalem at the end of the Two Witnesses' 1260 day ministry will be totally exposed and identified as rebellious, hard hearted, unrepentant and described as spiritual Sodom and Egypt (Rev. 11:8); now totally ready and ripe for Almighty God's Divine judgment and the prophetic fulfillment of Jacob's Trouble (Deut. 4:30, 31:29, Jer. 30:18, Ezek 39:26, Dan. 9:27, 11: 45, 12:1, 11, Zech 13:8-9, 14:1-2, Matt. 24:15-19, Mark 13:14-19, Luke 21:20-24, Rev. 12, Rev. 13).. The same Bible text also points out that this same city - when Almighty God sent His own people His dearly beloved Son, crucified Him and rejected Him; Who was their Messiah, Savior and King and - i.e. the ETERNAL Son of Almighty God (Isa. 52:13-15, 53, Matt. 21:33-45, 23:37-39, 27: 24-25, 27:1-54, Luke:13:33, John 1:10-12). Just with that perspective given by the Holy Spirit we can totally see that under the Two Witnesses' (i.e. God's Candlesticks) ministry that they will find GREAT hostility by Israeli leadership and the people of the land as the Messiah did who is the TRUE Light of the world when He came to Israel 2000 years ago (Matt. 12:39, 27:18-25, Acts 2:22-36). It will be at the end of the Two Witnesses 1260 day ministry that the unbelieving masses of Jews will side with the Beast and partake in his false victory over these Two Messengers (Rev. 11:7-13). He will be received as a great liberator but little does godless Israel know that Almighty God's protective hedge is now removed and like Samson of old (Judges 16:20) they are now open for Satan's Beast to decimate Israel and bring about the HORRIFIC time of Jacob's trouble spoken of by the prophets and the risen King of Israel (Deut. 4:30, 31:29, Jer. 30:18, Ezek 39:26, Dan. 9:27, 11: 45, 12:1, 11, Zech 13:8-9, 14:1-2, Matt. 24:15-19, Mark 13:14-19, Luke 21:20-24, Rev. 12, Rev. 13).
It will be Israel's unrepentant heart and hostility against Almighty God's SUPER ABOUNDING mercy and grace (Ezek. 39:26, Matt. 22:1-13, 24:51, Luke 14:15-27, Rev. 11:8) that will then allow and open the HORRIFIC door of GREAT tribulation and Jacob's trouble (Jer. 30:18, Ezek 39:26, Dan. 9:27, 11: 45, 12:1, 11, Zech. 13:8-9, 14:1-2, Matt. 24:15-19, Mark 13:14-19, Luke 21:20-24, Rev. 12, Rev. 13). It will be after the death, resuscitation and ascension of the Two Witnesses of Almighty God that Almighty God's Divine hedge protecting Israel will be removed and GREAT HORRIFIC persecution (Demonic and human) will now take place against her (Jer. 30:1-8, Dan. 12:1, Zech. 13:8-9, 14:-2, Matt. 24:15-22, Mark 13:14-20, Luke 21:20-24, Rev. 12:12-17).
The resuscitation and ascension of Almighty God's Two Witnesses before a globally ravished - gleeful, demonically driven, godless world and Israel (Rev. 11:7-12) will validate without a shadow of doubt ALL of their Divine words of TRUTH from their 1260 day ministry and ETERNALLY confirm that indeed, "The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall REIGN for EVER and EVER - Rev. 11:15"! All of the Two Witnesses Words have now been absolutely validated and WILL come to pass and no godless world, the beast or Satan himself can and will EVER stop Messiah's coming reign and their ETERNAL demise (2 Thess. 2:8-12, Rev. 14:9-11, Rev. 19:11-21)!
It will be NOW during this last EXPONENTIALLY HORRIFIC "time, times and half a time/forty two months/1260 days (Dan.12:7, Rev. 12:14, Rev. 13:5) that Satan, his beast and the nations of the world will seek the absolute eradication of Israel, but most specifically the remnant of Israel and gentile converts who have received the Messiah under the Two Witnesses ministry (Jer. 30:4-8, Dan. 12:1,7, Zech. 13:8-9, 14:1-2, Matt. 24:15-22, Rev. 7, Rev. 14, Rev. 12:5-17). Israel, because of their FULL rejection of the POWERFUL ministry of Israel's Moses and Elijah (Almighty God's Two Witnesses) will be now given over to GREAT TRIBULATION and to their reprobate mind (Deut. 4:30, Jer. 30:4-7, Ezek. 39:26, Dan. 9:27, 12:1, Rom. 1:18-32, Rev. 11:2, 8)!
During this post Two Witness world, the forty two month Satanic global reign of terror against Israel and the redeemed of the nations will be HORRIFIC (Jer. 30:4-7, Zech. 14:1-2, Matt. 24:9-22, Rev. 11:2, 12:13-17)! These forty two months will seem like decades as Israelis seek to survive this HORRIFIC global purge. For those who were able to flee to the wilderness, they will be SUPER NATURALLY protected and nourished for this time (Rev. 12:14). It will be during this time of Divine protection (Rev. 12:13-17) that those who are Israel's remnant at this place of protection will be nourished in the TRUTHS they have heard from the Two Witnesses of Almighty God and consider their words and ministry. However it will not be until those who are left of the nation Israel see the second Coming of the Messiah from Heaven's glory that they will NOW truly comprehend ALL the words of Almighty God's Two Witnesses and then with GREAT contrition, repentance and weeping receive Him as their Lamb, Savior and King (Isa. 45:17, 59:20, Jer. 30:4-8, 31:33, Dan. 2:43-44, 7:13-1, Joel 2:32, Zech. 12:10-14, 13:8-9, Mal. 4:4-6, Matt. 17:11, 23:39, 26:63-64, Mark 9:12, 14:62, Rom. 11:26, Rev. 1:7, 19:11-21).
My dear friends in conclusion we have tried to point out through many Bible verses that the Two Witnesses (who are Moses and Elijah) are absolute crucial in understanding end time prophecy. Leave these Two out and many prophetic theories will collapse including Daniel 9:27. The seven year tribulation is all about Almighty God dealing with Israel (Dan. 9) and restoring that nation to their Divine purpose and covenant promises Almighty God made with their Fathers (Abraham, Isaac and Jacob/Israel). It will be these Two Witnesses who arrive after the Rapture of the Body of Christ, that will be used greatly by the ETERNAL Holy Spirit of Almighty God to tell an EXPONENTIAL godless, technological and lawless world that the Day of the Lord is now here and the Kingdom of Heaven is indeed at hand! (Zech. 4:1-6, John 16:8-12, Rev. 11:4)
The Kingdom of Heaven is at hand!