Jerusalem in the Prophecy

End, a Great City




Since the city of Jerusalem in this prophecy spans a period of 3,450 yrs
it does not represent any of the historic constructions of this city.


Therefore, Jerusalem in this prophecy is SYMBOLIC.


Being symbolic, Jerusalem in this prophecy may either portray;

                  A)  the Old Covenant faith 


              or  B)  the entire Covenant Work of God,
                      both the Old and New Covenants.


NATURE OF SYMBOLIC JERUSALEM


The seventy weeks prophecy mentions that it applies to Daniel's
people and holy city, but it is not clear if this should be limited
to those of the Jewish faith or whether it can be extended to
incorporate all people of Godly faith (ie both Jews and Christians).

The answer to this dilemma can be found through the consideration of
New Testament prophecy.


Note that the Daniel 9:24-27 prophecy presents a number of thoughts
in relation to this symbolic Jerusalem;

             - a ruler and his people approaching the city
               to destroy it

             - the ceasing of sacrifice and offering

             - a following period of abomination and desolations.


All these notions are presented in the texts of Matthew 24, Mark 13
and Luke 21.


    Luke  21:20  But when you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies,
                 then know that its desolation is near.

    Matt  24:15  Therefore when you see the 'abomination of
                 desolation,' spoken of by Daniel the prophet,
                 standing in the holy place" ...

                 Mark 13:14 adds 'standing where he ought not'.
                   
                 [ NB: It is this presence which stops continued
                       'sacrifice and offering'. ]

    Matt  24:21  For then there will be great tribulation, ...
            :22  And unless those days were shortened, no flesh
                 would be saved; ...


In the gospel accounts the object of this tribulation is repeatedly
described as being 'Judea', refer Matt 24:16, Mark 13:14, Luke 21:21.


To clearly show that this 'great tribulation' is directed at those
of the 'house of Judah' the texts advise where one should travel to
escape, 'flee to the mountains' (Matt 24:16, Mark 13:14, Luke 21:21). 


The mountains of Ephraim in the land of the 'house of Israel' are
located to the north of Judea. So the reference to these mountains
tends to confirm that the prophesied 'great tribulation' would be
directed toward the 'house of Judah.


This therefore indicates that the symbolic Jerusalem being referred
in the prophecy is the Old Covenant faith. That this prophecy is
depicting the final removal of this people, and their form of worship,
from the work of God.
This being the reason why they are being instructed to enter the
'mountains of Ephraim', that is the mountains of Christianity, so
that they may remain within the work of God. 
  


TWO BUILDINGS - TWO JERUSALEMS!


It is not immediately apparent, but two building constructions are
alluded to in this prophecy.


The first;

    Dan    9:25  Know then and understand from the issuing of the
                 word to turn and build Jerusalem, ...


The second;

    Dan    9:25  ... Again she will be built broad and golden
                 even in times of distress.


The initial Jerusalem is the entity to which the bulk of this prophecy
refers.

The second form of Jerusalem represents what is described in the
Book of Revelation as 'New Jerusalem'. 


In accordance with the inference of verse 27, God after the passing
of the 'week' will confirm His covenant with Abraham and give, as a
spiritual wife, the promised New Jerusalem.

    Heb   11:8   By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go
                 out ...
            :10  for he waited for the city which has foundations,
                 whose builder and maker is God.


FIRST JERUSALEM - FAILS


The central theme of this prophecy is the impending judgment of the first
Jerusalem, the Old Covenant faith.


While verse 24 requires this city and its people to accomplish six tasks
before the expiration of the 70 'weeks', other verses assume failure and
proceed to predict the destruction of the city.


The city and its people can only accomplish the six tasks by listening
to the end-time anointed one. However, as rebellion is predicted,
verse 26 depicts the anointed one separated from the city immediately
prior to the destruction of the city.


DESTRUCTION OF JERUSALEM


Jerusalem and its sanctuary are destroyed immediately upon the expiry
of the 70 'weeks'. This is also when the 62 'weeks' and the 69 'weeks'
terminate. It is also marks the expiry of the first half of the verse
27 'week'.


At this time the God raised "anointed one, a ruler" arrives on the
scene. It is when this ruler and his people cut off 'sacrifice and
offering'.  


DESOLATIONS - NEW JERUSALEM BUILT


Following the destruction of Jerusalem desolations continue during the
2nd half of the verse 27 'week'.

It is during this time of distress that New Jerusalem is built.

    Dan    9:25  ... Again she will be built broad and golden
                 even in times of distress.


Upon the expiry of the 'week' judgment is poured out on the desolating
ruler and the great Abrahamic covenant is established. 




Introduction
to
Daniel 9:24-27
Daniel 9:24-27
Revised
Translation
The
Missing
One
'weeks'
Seventy
Weeks
Milestone
Events
The 'week'
of
verse 27



Time
Chart
Summary
Text
Meaning
Summary
The
70 Weeks
Warning
Summary


* OTHER ASPECTS *

Review of
Traditional
Perspective

Symbolic
Jerusalem

History
of Literal
Jerusalem
The
'70 Years'
of
Jeremiah


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