Verse 26 reads, “After the sixty-two “sevens,” the
Anointed One will be cut off and will have nothing.” The
Hebrew (karath) translated
“cut off” usually denotes a
violent kind of death or separation (Genesis 9:11; Psalm
37:9; Proverbs 2:23). Hence, our Passover Lamb had been
selected (cut off) on Monday. He would be violently
crucified on Friday, at the exact time the Passover lambs
were being killed at the Temple.
Ironically, (karath, cut off) is the same word
translated “made” in Genesis 15:18:
On that day the LORD made [cut] a covenant with Abram
and said, “To your descendants I give this land, from the
river of Egypt to the great river, the Euphrates.”
When the Anointed One was cut off, those promises
of the Abrahamic Covenant regarding the land were cut off
with Him until the Second Advent.
What followed Christ’s death? Except for a remnant, the
Jews lied about Him, persecuted His messengers, and
refused to acknowledge His kingship. So what happened?
The next part of Gabriel’s prophecy was fulfilled.
The people of the ruler who will come will destroy the
city and the sanctuary.
Notice that the prophecy
reads “the people of the ruler (prince) who will come.” “The people” refers to the Romans
who destroyed Jerusalem in A.D. 70. Hence, the coming
prince of the end
times appears to be Roman! Some
insist this ruler must be Jewish, saying Israel enters
into a seven-year covenant with him.
confirm a covenant with many for one “seven.” In the
middle of the “seven” he will put an end to sacrifice and
offering. And on a wing of the temple he will set up
an abomination that causes desolation, until the end
that is decreed is poured out on him.
Technically, the Hiphel perfect of (gabar)
indicates that the covenant is confirmed or
strengthened by this prince “with many.” Israel might
not even enter into its negotiation. Although current
events show that Israel appears willing to enter into
peace agreements with those opposed to its existence,
we cannot assume it is party to this covenant. That
the coming ruler must be Jewish is a mute issue. The
coming prince is “the little horn” of Daniel 7:8, “the
stern-faced king” in 8:23, and “the king who does as
he pleases” in 11:36. See
Daniel 11 for details.
In A.D. 70, the Romans under Titus fulfilled the
prediction of the destruction of the city and
sanctuary. According to, eleven hundred thousand Jews
perished in the siege of Jerusalem, and ninety-seven
thousand were sold for slaves (The Works of Josephus: War
of the Jews, 6:9:3). This prophecy was atrociously
fulfilled! Gabriel and Jesus were correct.
They will fall by the sword and will be taken as prisoners
to all the nations. Jerusalem will be trampled on by
the Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are
fulfilled (Luke 21:24).
pateo) indicates Jerusalem would be treated with
insult, contempt and be desecrated. John Wesley describes
the trampling of A.D. 70.
The land was sold,
and no Jew suffered even to come within sight of
Jerusalem. The very foundations of the city were ploughed
up, and a heathen temple built where the temple of God
had stood (Notes on the Old and New Testaments, Luke
In Luke 21:24, Jesus introduced new
terminology, “the times of the Gentiles,” to cover the
predictions in the book of Daniel. The times of the Gentiles run
from the Fall of Jerusalem in 586 B.C. to the Fall of
Babylon the Great at the end of the Tribulation.
The surviving Jews were scattered among the nations in
A.D. 70. Not only had the nation “cut off” Jesus
Christ, He had “cut off” fruitless Israel and they
would not become a sovereign nation until May 14, 1948.
Additionally, the prophecy of the seventy sevens
reveals what it will be like during the times of the
The end will come like a flood: War will
continue until the end, and desolations have been
The world is not going to improve during
the Church age—anything but! There will be wars and
rumors of war on earth among men until the Lord
returns (cf. Matthew 24:6). There will be no permanent
peace until the Prince of Peace arrives. Desolations
(ravages) have been decreed— whether we like it or
not—God has spoken!
Gabriel’s prediction contains
an unstated time of turmoil, especially for the Jews,
between the sixty-ninth and seventieth seven. When Israel
crucified the Messiah, the “prophetic clock” stopped
ticking. It will begin ticking again when the ruler
who will come (the Antichrist) confirms a covenant
with many for one seven. Jesus predicts that the Jews will
be deceived by the Antichrist.
I have come in
my Father's name, and you do not accept me; but if
someone else comes in his own name, you will accept him
Between the death of Christ and
the Antichrist’s confirmation of this covenant
stretches the entire Church Age. There is “a great
parenthesis” or “a gap” in God’s program for Israel.
Liberal scholars and amillennialists insist there
is no gap in the seventy sevens, which can only mean
that Jerusalem should have been destroyed by A.D. 35,
instead of A.D. 70. That one detail alone demands a gap
between the 69th and 70th sevens. And certainly, the
end has not come like a flood to this day.
Biblical prophecy contains many gaps that are not always
obvious. For instance, Jesus read the prophecy of
Isaiah 61:1-2 and said, “Today this scripture is
fulfilled in your hearing” (Luke 4:16-20). However, Jesus
finished reading the prophecy in the middle of a
sentence and rolled up the scroll. Why did He stop so
abruptly? Why did He not continue to read “the day of
vengeance of our God”? Those words belong to His second
coming. Hence, there is a gap of almost two thousand
or more years in Isaiah’s prophecy. This gap
could not be recognized until the first part of the
prophecy was fulfilled. The very same principle is true of
the seventy sevens. Another familiar prophecy that has
a gap between the first and second advents of Christ
is Isaiah 9:6.
Many read this passage every December and think little of
it. Little wonder that the apostle wrote:
Concerning this salvation, the prophets, who spoke of the
grace that was to come to you, searched intently and
with the greatest care, trying to find out the time
and circumstances to which the Spirit of Christ in
them was pointing when he predicted the sufferings of
Christ and the glories that would follow (1 Peter
All prophecy that sees together what
history must unfold as separate is complex. Here
history has unfolded, separating the seventieth seven from
the sixty-ninth seven.
The time marker for
when the seventieth seven starts is given as “he will
confirm a covenant with many for one “seven.” Nothing in
history remotely resembles such a covenant. Certainly,
“he” does not refer to the Messiah as some suggest
from Galatians 3:15-18. Furthermore, Jesus never sat
on David’s throne and He was not received by His own
“Many” appears to indicate more than
Israel will enter into a covenant with the coming
prince. Most likely, this covenant looms as an intricate
part of the Antichrist’s peaceful rise to power
(Revelation 6:2). The “many” of this covenant could
refer to the ten nations of the Revived
especially, since the term “confirm” (rbg gabar)
denotes “to strengthen.” If so, the coming Roman
prince will strengthen the European Union or some
other confederation of ten nations when he rises to
On the other hand, there is a prediction in
Isaiah that is remarkably similar to the seventy
So this is what the Sovereign LORD says:
“See, I lay a stone in Zion, a tested stone, a
precious cornerstone for a sure foundation; the one
who trusts will never be dismayed. I will make justice the
measuring line and righteousness the plumb-line; hail
will sweep away your refuge, the lie, and water will overflow
your hiding-place. Your covenant with death will be
annulled; your agreement with the grave will not
stand. When the overwhelming scourge sweeps by, you
will be beaten down by it (Isaiah 28:16-18).
prophecy contains three sections: (1) Christ the tested
stone is crucified and resurrected; (2) desolations
upon Israel follow; and (3) the arrival of the
covenant with death, which appears to leap into the
distant future to the time when apostate Israel enters
into the seven-year covenant with the Antichrist, who
breaks it halfway through the Tribulation Period.
The seventieth seven of Gabriel’s prophecy is known as the
Tribulation Period, or the Time of Jacob’s Trouble.
Revelation 6-19 describes it in detail. Gabriel
assigned a time marker that divides the seventieth seven;
the second half is known as “the Great Tribulation.”
In the middle of the “seven” he will put an end to
sacrifice and offering. And on a wing of the temple he
will set up an abomination that causes desolation,
until the end that is decreed is poured out on him.
Many assume that three and one-half years into the
covenant, the coming Roman prince breaks the covenant.
That is true only if the covenant involves Israel.
“The temple” is properly supplied in the NIV
translation in light of Jesus’ interpretation of this
prediction in Matthew 24:15 and the Septuagint’s
translation “upon the temple.” Christ places “the
abomination that causes desolation” at the end of the
age just prior to His return in power and glory (Matthew
24:15-30). Daniel 9:24 predicts great blessings that
will come after the seventy sevens, specifically “to
bring everlasting righteousness” and “to anoint the
most holy.” The latter most likely refers to the
dedication of the Millennial Temple (Ezekiel 40-44).
The Antichrist will stop all worship at Israel’s
Temple when he exalts himself “above” or “over” (epi epi) everything that is called God (2
Thessalonians 2:4) and forces the world to worship him and
his image. The abomination that causes desolation will
end when Christ returns to earth to meet the rebel
armies at Armageddon and defeat them (Revelation