Revelation: The Fuel Project Guide Part 18 – Jacob’s Trouble
The Fuel Project study guide to the Book of Revelation.
In this video Mark discusses the Abomination of Desolation, the 70th week of Daniel, and the Time of Jacob’s Trouble.
Mark’s explanations of the Abomination of Desolation, the 70th week of Daniel and the Time of Jacob’s Trouble are biblically and historically inaccurate.
In this study you will learn that the true historical fulfillment of the 70th week of Daniel was fulfilled from 27 – 34 A.D., when Jesus and His disciples offered the Jews the New Covenant, which would cover their sins and transgressions, and give those Jews who accepted Him as their Messiah, everlasting righteousness.
But for the Jews who rejected Messiah the Prince, came the Time of Jacob’s Trouble, which was fulfilled during the 3 1/2 years from 66 A.D., when the Roman army (the people of the prince) surrounded the city of Jerusalem; to 70 A.D., when they flooded the city and desolated it. It represents a time of Great Tribulation when 1.1 million Jews died from famine, pestilence, infighting, crucifixion and by the Roman sword.
We’ll show you the proper Biblical explanation of those prophetic terms, and then show you a timeline to see how they were fulfilled.
Let’s start with the 70 weeks of Daniel prophecy.
Read Daniel 9 and you will see that Daniel was praying about his people, the Jews, who he knew were about to be released from their 70 year captivity in Babylon.
The 70 weeks of Daniel is about the Jewish people being set free from Babylon, and returning to rebuild Jerusalem to prepare for the Messiah. It has nothing to do with the end times.
The angel Gabriel told Daniel what would happen during these 70 weeks.
Daniel 9:24 says, “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.”
Mark says that because the Jews did not fulfill these commands, then the 70th week has not been fulfilled.
Friend, let’s be really clear about something. When God gives a 490 year prophecy, it ends on time, no matter what the Jews did.
Think about it. Mark is telling you that 483 years were fulfilled. Then a 1,987+ year time gap occurs. And then the 7 years of the 70th week of Daniel will be fulfilled. So that would mean that God’s 490 prophecy has taken at least 2,477 years to fulfill. That’s ridiculous!
Do you really think that the Jews, or any people group, could make an end of sins, especially after all of their failures that caused God to send the Assyrians and then the Babylonians against them to punish them? Only God could do that.
Do you really think that the Jews, or any people group, could bring in everlasting righteousness? Only God could do that.
Do you really think that they had the power to seal up the vision and prophecy? Only God could do that.
The angel Gabriel is telling Daniel what would happen to the Jews after they’re released from their 70 years of captivity in Babylon.
- During the first 49 years, they would rebuild the city and the temple;
- After 483 years, their Messiah would appear and be anointed;
- He would confirm the covenant made with Abraham, by the shedding of His blood;
- His sacrifice would atone for their transgressions;
- He would provide reconciliation for their sins;
- He would bear their iniquities when He would be cut off and sacrificed for their sake;
- He would fulfill the law and the prophets, bringing an end to sacrifice and offering;
- Those who believe in Him as their Messiah would have everlasting righteousness;
- And those who reject Him would be desolated, and their city and temple destroyed.
Isaiah 53 describes their coming Messiah. Daniel would have known this, and he used similar words to describe how Jesus would fulfill the 70th week of Daniel.
Daniel 9:24 To finish the transgression:
But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; v5
For the transgressions of My people He was stricken. v8
Daniel 9:24 To make an end of sins:
And He bore the sin of many, And made intercession for the transgressors. v12
Daniel 9:24 To make reconciliation for iniquity:
And the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all. v6
For He shall bear their iniquities. v11
Daniel 9:26 Messiah shall be cut off:
For He was cut off from the land of the living; v8
Daniel 9:27 Then he shall confirm a covenant with many for one week;
By His knowledge My righteous Servant shall justify many, v11
And He bore the sin of many. v12
Now let’s look at Matthew 26:28 to see how Jesus fulfilled the prophecy:
‘And He(Jesus) said to them, “For this is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.” Matthew 26:28
In these words we find four things which agree with the prophecy of Daniel 9:27.
- “the One” who was to confirm the covenant, Jesus the Messiah;
- “the covenant” itself;
- that which “confirmed” the covenant, the blood of Christ;
- those who receive the benefits of the covenant, the “many” who believe in Him as their Messiah.
Now put those together and here’s the fulfillment of the 70th week of Daniel:
Messiah the Prince (Jesus) arrived after 483 years. He was anointed when He was baptized and the Spirit descended upon Him.
He (Jesus) came to confirm the New Covenant with the Jews for 7 years, but He was cut off (crucified) after 3 1/2 years (the middle of the week).
When Jesus died on the cross, He paid the price for their transgressions and all their sins, and provided the way for their reconciliation.
Jesus fulfilled the law and prophets, which sealed up the vision and prophecies which had been given to the Israelites, and it caused the need for temple sacrifices to end (He shall bring an end to sacrifice and offering).
Jesus’ death was not for Himself , it was to pay the price for the sins of mankind.
After Jesus death, He commanded His disciples to preach salvation through the New Covenant only to the Jews. (to the Jew first, then the Gentile)
When the Jews killed Stephen 3 1/2 years later, it marked their final rejection of Jesus New Covenant, and the message was then preached to the Gentiles. This ended the 7 year period of offering the New Covenant primarily to the Jews.
Jesus New Covenant brought in everlasting righteousness to the Jews who believed in Him as the Messiah and in His atoning work, by faith.
Messiah the Prince (Jesus) would send the Roman army (the people of the prince) to desolate the unbelieving Jews (1.1 million Jews died during the 3 1/2 years from 66 – 70 A.D.), and to destroy their city and the temple.
Can you now see how Jesus fulfilled the 70 weeks of Daniel prophecy?
Since the 70th week of Daniel was fulfilled by Jesus and His disciples offering the New Covenant to the Jews, this invalidates that the prophecy is about an end times antichrist offering a peace agreement with the modern state of Israel.
And in fact, it invalidates that there is a 7-year tribulation period, since that concept was built on the false premise of the antichrist creating the covenant.
Jesus was confirming the covenant that was made with Abraham, of salvation by faith. That covenant demanded a blood sacrifice. Jesus fulfilled it with his shed blood on the cross of Calvary.
The prophecy of the 70th week of Daniel has nothing to do with an end-times antichrist, and to say so is blasphemous!
In fact, the deception of an end-times 70th week of Daniel came from the antichrist Jesuits of the Roman Catholic Church, so when Pastors teach these concepts, they are teaching deceptions from the antichrist. Read End Times Antichrist Deception
To see more proof that the 70th week of Daniel is not about an end-times antichrist.
Mark’s explanation of the Abomination of Desolation is biblically inaccurate.
Mark cites Luke 21 and says that it refers to the end times, but Luke is clearly telling us that it relates to the desolation of Jerusalem and the Jews in 70 A.D.
Matthew 24:15-16 says, “Therefore when you see the ‘abomination of desolation,’ standing in the holy place”, then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains.”
Luke 21:20-21 says, “But when you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, then know that its desolation is near. Then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains.”
Now when you put those two witness accounts together, you get:
But when you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, which is the abomination of desolation, then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains.
All of that matches what Jesus told the Jews in Luke 19:42-44
“If you had known, even you, especially in this your day, the things that make for your peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes. For days will come upon you when your enemies will build an embankment around you, surround you and close you in on every side, and level you, and your children within you, to the ground; and they will not leave in you one stone upon another, because you did not know the time of your visitation.”
So here’s the fulfillment of that prophecy.
The Romans were the enemy of the Jews, and their pagan ways were an abomination to them.
Jesus (Messiah the prince) sent the Roman army (the people of the prince) to desolate the Jews, because they rejected Him as their Messiah and they killed the prophets and disciples.
The first division of the Roman army surrounded Jerusalem (standing in the Holy place) in 66 A.D., so when the disciples saw this they knew to look for a way of escape.
Jesus caused the Roman army to suddenly retreat for no apparent reason, and the disciples fled to the mountains, just as Jesus told them to.
Then another Roman unit surrounded the city and stayed there for 3 1/2 years until 70 A.D.
Can you see how Jesus’ warning to the disciples was fulfilled and how they were allowed to escape?
Mark’s explanation of an end-times Time of Jacob’s Trouble is inaccurate.
Mark cites Jeremiah 30:7, saying that the Time of Jacob’s Trouble is fulfilled in the end times, but that’s not the context at all.
“Alas! For that day is great, So that none is like it; And it is the time of Jacob’s trouble, But he shall be saved out of it.“
It matches Daniel 12:1, “…there shall be a time of trouble, Such as never was since there was a nation, Even to that time. And at that time your people shall be delivered, Every one who is found written in the book.”
And both of those verses line up perfectly with Jesus words in Matthew 24:21, “For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be.”
All of those passages are telling you that the Jews would be desolated during a time of Great Tribulation; but those who accept Jesus as their Messiah, the true Israelites, would be saved.
The context of Daniel 12 is that he was distraught because Gabriel had told him that his people (the Jews) and Jerusalem would be desolated, because they would deliver the Messiah up to be killed; so Gabriel returned to give him more information about the fulfillment of the 70 weeks of Daniel prophecy.
So let’s see how that was fulfilled and you will see how terrible the Time of Jacob’s Trouble was, and how it fulfilled Jesus parables against the Jews:
After the followers of Christ escaped, the next division of the Roman Army (led by Titus) surrounded the city in 66 A.D., where they camped out for 3 1/2 years.
This effectively cut off the food supplies going into the city, which led to Jews dying from famine.
Infighting amongst the different factions caused Jews to be killed.
Nobody dared bury the dead, for fear of being killed themselves, so bodies lied out in the open. This led to pestilence and more deaths.
When the Jews tried to sneak out of the city at night to find food, the Romans captured them and crucified them. The Romans didn’t take them down, so thousands of bodies hung on trees around the city.
The result was that hundreds of thousands of dead bodies filled the city, including in the temple.
Then after 3 1/2 years in 70 A.D., the Roman army flooded the city, and killed hundreds of thousands of people by the sword.
This desolation is what Daniel spoke about in Daniel 9:26 “And the people of the prince who is to come Shall destroy the city and the sanctuary. The end of it shall be with a flood.”
And the temple was destroyed just like Jesus prophesied, which was the context of the Olivet Discourse.
And no doubt they placed their pagan Roman banner (flag) on the temple mount as a sign of their victory.
Some were taken captive and sold as slaves, fulfilling Luke 21:24, “And they will fall by the edge of the sword, and be led away captive into all nations.”
In all, the historian Josephus recorded that 1.1 million Jews were killed.
As you can see, there would have been 1.1 million dead bodies in and around the city of Jerusalem. Indeed it was a time of Great Tribulation, that had never been seen before.
To read a more detailed about that explains the 1,260; the 1,290; and the 1,335 days of Daniel 12, click on Daniel 12 Is Not About The Antichrist Or The End Times
The Time of Jacob’s Trouble was fulfilled when Jesus sent the Roman army to desolate the Jews because they rejected Him as their Messiah, and they killed His prophets.
This fulfilled the Parable of the Wicked Vinedressers” where the wicked tenants (the Jews) killed the son (Jesus) of the vineyard owner.
“But when the vinedressers saw him, they reasoned among themselves, saying, ‘This is the heir. Come, let us kill him, that the inheritance may be ours.’ So they cast him out of the vineyard and killed him. Therefore what will the owner of the vineyard do to them? He will come and destroy those vinedressers and give the vineyard to others.” Luke 20:14-15
This fulfilled Jesus words of Woe to the scribes and the Pharisees.
“Therefore, indeed, I send you prophets, wise men, and scribes: some of them you will kill and crucify, and some of them you will scourge in your synagogues and persecute from city to city, that on you may come all the righteous blood shed on the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel to the blood of Zechariah, son of Berechiah, whom you murdered between the temple and the altar. Assuredly, I say to you, all these things will come upon this generation.” Matthew 23:34-36
This fulfilled Jesus’ parable of the Wedding Feast, as the Jews rejected Jesus as their husband.
“But when the king heard about it, he was furious. And he sent out his armies, destroyed those murderers, and burned up their city.” Matthew 22:7
Can you now see how the prophecies were fulfilled in Jesus words and in Jesus sending the Roman army to desolate the Jews?
Can you now see that they don’t apply to an end-times tribulation period like Mark teaches?
To see how the Revelation seal, trumpet and bowl judgments all fit together, and to see where we’re at on the timeline today, click on Revelation Fulfillment Timeline.
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