BIBLE STUDY SERIES #644, 645 and 646

28 March, 2004

LET THERE BE LIGHT - PART XVIII

By Douglas C. Nesbit, B.A.

On our last several programmes we have been considering matters of a somewhat longer perspective in the concourse of history. We had seen how The Almighty has inserted within His Creation a design pattern such that certain time periods of great significance, but quite outside the control of mere man, have set the stage for acceptance of God's supremacy. Today we will continue our study by picking up something more of our subject, from the book by Howard B. Rand, from which we drew in our last Study, and we will again reference the patterns with which we are concerned. We have been looking at a chapter called "The Seventy Weeks" in that book "Study in Daniel."

We had set the stage with a theme quotation from the former chapters of Daniel, and it might be well to read this again to grasp the import of our discourse. With Daniel's people in their time of greatest distress, Daniel 12:1 had begun our discussion, with these words:

1. And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book.

Picking up the text of the chapter titled "The Seventy Weeks" from the point where we left off in the last Study, we shall need to review briefly the theme being introduced as we closed that last Study in order to learn the sense of what follows.

The Angel Gabriel has been giving Daniel a prophetic message, which presents time-measures of great symbolic meaning. Many today have missed some vital points which Howard B. Rand, in writing this book back in the immediate post-World War II period, was sharp enough and well enough informed in Biblical studies, to understand. Loss of some of these carefully presented guidelines has permitted many, who present the futurist school of interpretation, to wander into prophetic prognostications which mislead their flocks, and I might use some of today's Study to elaborate on that question. Chief among these prognostications is the confusion which results when such Christian shepherds totally lose sight of the immensely important truths contained in the following statements:

Most of the actual descendants of the Patriarch, Jacob-Israel, are not now, nor have they ever been, "Jews." True Israel's descendants today, as we of the British-Israel-World Federation continually assert, in fact constitute the vast bulk of the traditional populations of the nations of North-Western Europe, divided into the many prophesied nations of Genesis 48-49, and others who are kindred folk. These arrived in North-Western Europe as Anglo-Saxon, Celtic, and kindred peoples, moving from the east in huge tribal migrations from their Assyrian captivity when that Empire was broken by the Babylonian conquests. Their descendants have spilled over, in more recent centuries, to other lands across the ocean, likewise populated by their offspring. Evidence for this is found in numerous clues, Scriptural and historic, which it has been our purpose to reveal for the benefit of those people desirous to know of their heritage and consequent obligations to The Almighty God. It is with their God, whose name they learned as "Yahweh", the all-time existent one, and Whom we know as Jesus Christ, that they had a Contract or Covenant at Mount Sinai, which Covenant they eventually broke. For this, their Sinai "marriage contract", (See Jeremiah 3:14 "Turn, O backsliding children, saith the LORD; for I am married unto you.") was turned into a divorce. (See Jeremiah 3:8 "And I saw, when for all the causes whereby backsliding Israel committed adultery I had put her away, and given her a bill of divorce; yet her treacherous sister Judah feared not, but went and played the harlot also.") God gave a prophetic promise of a later re-establishment of a re-marriage to their descendants, upon national repentance, (Revelation 19:7 "Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready.") Such a re-marriage seems impossible when the Law in Deuteronomy 24:4 states "Her former husband, which sent her away, may not take her again to be his wife, after that she is defiled; for that is abomination before the LORD: and thou shalt not cause the land to sin, which the LORD thy God giveth thee for an inheritance." It was to effect such a re-union lawfully that Jesus Christ, their "husband" of Sinai must die in order to evade the consequence of that Law found in Deuteronomy which barred such a re-union so long as the husband remained alive. This situation explains the significance of the passage in Romans 7:2 "For the woman which hath an husband is bound by the law to her husband so long as he liveth; but if the husband be dead, she is loosed from the law of her husband.", and Christ's words to the Canaanite woman in Matthew 15:24 "But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel." By way of explanation, I might add that the Church is stated to represent Christ's body, not His wife.

Another mistake frequently made by misinformed pastors of God's flock is their incorrect assumption regarding those many people today whom they assume to be descendants of Jacob-Israel and hence "Jews." These are, in most cases, genealogically derived out of the great Khazar Kingdom of central Asia, whose ancestors adopted the religion of Judaism about 740 A.D. according to The Encyclopaedia Judaica. Such people were not present at the Crucifixion of Our Lord, and hence they are not directly connected to the events of those days of Christ's First Advent, save by self-imputation of cultural derivatives. Some whose ancestors were present during those First Advent times were, in fact, descendants of Esau, and should rightly claim their Greek title of Idumaeans. Of such was Herod the Great, half Idumaean and half Samaritan. Such details of history are passed off as inconsequential by misinformed pastors, whereas God spoke His prophetic statements, as always, with genealogical exactitude. Mis-application of God's prophecies to such non-Israel folk leads to attempts to "force" prophetic statements onto incorrect players on history's stage in our own time. It will not "work" and only leads to angry and restless recriminations and attempts to suppress "terrorism" where God's truth must warn His people to desist in their ignorant presumptions. Only tragedy on all sides will be the consequence of such mis-alignment with God's true prophetic words in the Scriptures. Let us now take the remaining minutes of this Study to look at some of the words by Howard B. Rand.

God's Word Confirmed
There is, in Howard Rand's next chapter "The Seventy Weeks", a matter of such importance that we ought today, to at least have a start at introducing the matters covered. He writes:

We are now to investigate one of the most interesting discourses recorded in the Book of Daniel. It took place between Daniel and the angel Gabriel and was concerned with the coming of the Messiah and the end of the age. Gabriel not only pointed out significant chronological terminal periods having to do with the manifestation of the Messiah but he also made it clear that, hidden in these time measures, are the dates and events which will bring the present age to its close.

Theorization of Prophecy
Scholars of the futurist school of interpretation, sensing that Gabriel was telling Daniel of events to transpire at the end of the age, as well as those leading to revelation of the Messiah, have, through failure to recognize the Race of the Book, resorted to what is known as the "parenthesis" or "gap" theory. Because they have accepted the erroneous conclusion that the Jews represent all of Israel in the world today, they commence their study of the Book of Daniel with a false premise. Then, in order to reconcile Scriptural teaching with their tenets of belief, the last week of the seventy weeks of Daniel is chronologically detached from the preceding 69 weeks. Between the two they place the Christian Dispensation, comprising nearly 2,000 years. In order to make this theory seem more plausible, we are told by those who hold this view that prophecy stopped operating at the end of the 69 prophetic weeks and marked time for nearly 2,000 years - at the end of which period they assure us it will again resume its onward march, beginning with the events of the 70th week of Daniel.

Because of this "gap" theory, these prophetic students have long been watching events in an endeavor to identify a seven-year period that would correspond with their visualization of what they have pre-supposed would take place during a week of years at the end of the age. There has never been a more hair-brained theorization of prophecy than that contained in the teachings of those who hold this "parenthesis" or "gap" theory. Instead of letting Gabriel be the instructor, they are themselves undertaking to be prophets in these prognostications which are based upon the contention that the Jews alone today represent all Israel.

We shall pick up further on this subject on the next Bible Study.

4 April, 2004

LET THERE BE LIGHT - PART XIX

By Douglas C. Nesbit, B.A.

On our last several programmes we have been considering matters of a somewhat longer perspective in the concourse of history. We had seen how The Almighty has inserted within His Creation a design pattern such that certain time periods of great significance, but quite outside the control of mere man, have set the stage for acceptance of God's supremacy. Today we will continue our study by picking up something more of our subject, from the book by Howard B. Rand, from which we drew in our last Study, and we will again reference the patterns with which we are concerned. We have been looking at a chapter called "The Seventy Weeks" in that book "Study in Daniel."

We had set the stage with a theme quotation from the former chapters of Daniel, and it might be well to read this again to grasp the import of our discourse. With Daniel's people in their time of greatest distress, Daniel 12:1 had begun our discussion, with these words:

1. And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book.

Picking up the text of the chapter titled "The Seventy Weeks" from the point where we left off in the last Study, we shall need to review briefly the theme being introduced as we closed that last Study in order to learn the sense of what follows.

The Angel Gabriel has been giving Daniel a prophetic message, which presents time-measures of great symbolic meaning. Many today have missed some vital points which Howard B. Rand, in writing this book back in the immediate post-World War II period, was sharp enough and well enough informed in Biblical studies, to understand. Loss of some of these carefully presented guidelines has permitted many, who present the futurist school of interpretation, to wander into prophetic prognostications which mislead their flocks, as Howard Rand expressed the matter.

There is, in Howard Rand's chapter "The Seventy Weeks", a matter of such importance that we ought today, to at least have a start at introducing the matters covered. We pick up his words where we stopped reading on the last Study. He writes:

We are now to investigate one of the most interesting discourses recorded in the Book of Daniel. It took place between Daniel and the angel Gabriel and was concerned with the coming of the Messiah and the end of the age. Gabriel not only pointed out significant chronological terminal periods having to do with the manifestation of the Messiah but he also made it clear that, hidden in these time measures, are the dates and events which will bring the present age to its close. His next heading follows:

Theorization of Prophecy
Scholars of the futurist school of interpretation, sensing that Gabriel was telling Daniel of events to transpire at the end of the age, as well as those leading to revelation of the Messiah, have, through failure to recognize the Race of the Book, resorted to what is known as the "parenthesis" or "gap" theory. Because they have accepted the erroneous conclusion that the Jews represent all of Israel in the world today, they commence their study of the Book of Daniel with a false premise. Then, in order to reconcile Scriptural teaching with their tenets of belief, the last week of the seventy weeks of Daniel is chronologically detached from the preceding 69 weeks. Between the two they place the Christian Dispensation, comprising nearly 2,000 years. In order to make this theory seem more plausible, we are told by those who hold this view that prophecy stopped operating at the end of the 69 prophetic weeks and marked time for nearly 2,000 years - at the end of which period they assure us it will again resume its onward march, beginning with the events of the 70th week of Daniel.

Because of this "gap" theory, these prophetic students have long been watching events in an endeavor to identify a seven-year period that would correspond with their visualization of what they have pre-supposed would take place during a week of years at the end of the age. There has never been a more hair-brained theorization of prophecy than that contained in the teachings of those who hold this "parenthesis" or "gap" theory. Instead of letting Gabriel be the instructor, they are themselves undertaking to be prophets in these prognostications which are based upon the contention that the Jews alone today represent all Israel.

Gabriel Appears
Gabriel told Daniel - who had been praying and confessing the sins of his people - that he had been sent to him to assist him to understand. Daniel had been interceding earnestly for Jerusalem, that it might be delivered from its desolation, and Gabriel, coming to him at the command of the Lord, told him to reflect earnestly upon the information about to be revealed to him and to ponder carefully all the factors involved. This admonition to Daniel indicates in itself that, hidden in the chronological information about to be given to him, was an understanding of the future and in the solution of the problems presented was wisdom and knowledge concerning events to come. Bible students have not even scratched the surface of the facts hidden behind the meaning of the chronological time-periods recorded in Daniel's book. Gabriel commenced by saying to Daniel:

"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. Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times. And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined [lit., unto the end wars and desolations are determined]. 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' [lit., desolator]." (Dan. 9: 24-27.)

Time-Periods
We have in these verses one of the most remarkable prophecies in the Bible. While it is attributed to Daniel and recorded by him, actually it is made up of statements by the angel Gabriel who was specifically commissioned to give this information to Daniel. It is not possible to comprehend all of its implications in one or two readings, for Gabriel told Daniel it would require a great deal of reflection and study to arrive at an understanding of all that was being revealed to him. Two primary facts are set forth in this chronological timetable of coming events. The first was to point out the time when the Messiah would come and carry out His sacrificial work of atonement. The second was to give an over-all view of events from the establishment of Israel as a Kingdom to the day when all wars shall cease and the Messiah will assume the throne of His father David and reign over the House of Jacob for-ever.

Gabriel not only covered the time-periods leading to the first coming of our Lord but he also extended his measured time to the Lord's triumphant return when at the consummation of the age, destruction will be poured out upon the "desolator." But this extension is not accomplished by separating the 70th week from the preceding 69 weeks; it will be understood through the realization that the scale of a week of years can be increased sevenfold to a week of weeks of years and applied to the longer time-period. The clue is given to this lengthened measure by Gabriel who separates 7 weeks from the 69 weeks, expressing it as 7 and 62 weeks. The 7 weeks are 7 weeks of years, or 49 years in all, which in turn can be used as a greater week in which each day is seven years in length. Prophetic students have completely overlooked the significance of this specific designation of 7 weeks and 62 weeks, which gives us the figures 7 and 62 to use in determining the chronological pattern of the events of the far future. This is a major factor to ponder well!

First Advent
Let us deal first with Gabriel's prophecy as it points to the first advent of the Messiah, our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Gabriel tabulates a number of measuring rods which are: 70 weeks, 7 weeks, 62 weeks, and a combination of the last two (62 + 7), making 69 weeks.

If you are interested in further pursuing the fault-lines in that Futurist theory, you will want to tune in to our next Bible Study.

11 April, 2004

LET THERE BE LIGHT - PART XX

By Douglas C. Nesbit, B.A.

On our last several programmes we have been considering matters of a somewhat longer perspective in the concourse of history. We had seen how The Almighty has inserted within His Creation a design pattern such that certain time periods of great significance, but quite outside the control of mere man, have set the stage for acceptance of God's supremacy. Today we will continue our study by picking up something more of our subject, from the book by Howard B. Rand, from which we drew in our last Study, and we will again reference the patterns with which we are concerned. We have been looking at a chapter called "The Seventy Weeks" in that book "Study in Daniel."

We had set the stage with a theme quotation from the former chapters of Daniel, and it might be well to read this again to grasp the import of our discourse. With Daniel's people in their time of greatest distress, Daniel 12:1 had begun our discussion, with these words:

1. And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book.

Picking up the text of the chapter titled "The Seventy Weeks" from the point where we left off in the last Study, we shall need to review briefly the theme being introduced as we closed that last Study in order to learn the sense of what follows.

The Angel Gabriel has been giving Daniel a prophetic message, which presents time-measures of great symbolic meaning. Many today have missed some vital points which Howard B. Rand, in writing this book back in the immediate post-World War II period, was sharp enough and well enough informed in Biblical studies, to understand. Loss of some of these carefully presented guidelines has permitted many, who present the futurist school of interpretation, to wander into prophetic prognostications which mislead their flocks. We are picking up the text of Howard B. Rand's work, published in 1948, yet still valuable for its insights. We were reading at this sub-heading:

Fourth Year of Darius
Darius Hystaspes issued his famous Decree as recorded by Ezra:

"Then Darius the king made a decree, and search was made in the house of the rolls, where the treasures were laid up in Babylon. And there was found at Achmetha, in the palace that is in the province of the Medes, a roll, and therein was a record thus written: In the first year of Cyrus the king the same Cyrus the king made a decree concerning the house of God at Jerusalem, Let the house be builded, the place where they offer sacrifices, and let the foundations thereof be strongly laid." (Ezra 6: 1-3.)

Seventy Weeks
As a result Darius confirmed the original Decree and the rebuilding of the house of the Lord at Jerusalem was undertaken. This was the fourth year of Darius Hystaspes (3487 A.M., i.e., 514-3 B.C.) and two years later the building was completed. Dating from this fourth year of Darius on the post-exilic Jubilee count, 70 weeks (490 years) later is 4026 A.M. (28 A.D.), when John the Baptist baptized Jesus and He was anointed by the Holy Spirit at that time for His mission.

Sixty-Nine Weeks
Again, 69 weeks (483 years) from the year of Ezra's mission (3543 A.M., i.e., 457-6 B.C.) gives us the very same date, 28 A.D.

Nehemiah was commissioned to return to Jerusalem and the events recorded in his book began in 3557 A.M. (443-2 B.C.). Reckoning by the lunar scale, 69 weeks of lunar years (469 solar years) later gives us the same date of 28 A.D., the year our Lord was baptized by John.

We recognize that there are more viewpoints than one where the length of the First Advent Ministry of Our Lord is considered. Howard Rand next gives some factors which would favour a one-year length for that Ministry:

Baptism of Jesus
Professor C. A. L. Totten pointed out that the baptism of Jesus actually occurred on a day corresponding with our January 8. The angel Gabriel stated "And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off." Thus, there is assigned to our Lord a little over one year of ministry before He was crucified. The above date of January 8, 28 A.D. defines the beginning of His ministry and 62 weeks later would be Thursday, March 17th, Nisan 14th of the year 4027 A.M. or 29 A.D. (see Documentary Studies, pages 442-453).

[Here we should mention that there is inserted one of a number of time-line charts scattered through the book, which are useful for clarification of the pertinent details. Continuing:]

It is not our purpose here to devote space to defend the length of the ministry of our Lord, but we might add, nevertheless, that the early fathers of the Church referred to the acceptable year of our Lord and to His ministry as being approximately a year in duration. When Jesus read the scriptures in Nazareth He opened the Book of Isaiah and read statements concerning Himself, closing His reading with the quotation: "To preach the acceptable year of the Lord" (Luke 4: 19). This would conform with the time assigned by Gabriel for the length of His ministry, beginning at His Baptism and ending 62 weeks later when He was "cut off"; that is, crucified.

Work of the Messiah
Commencing with His baptism, Gabriel set forth the program the Messiah would accomplish:
1) To finish the transgression.
2) To make an end of sins.
3) To make reconciliation for iniquity.
4) To bring in everlasting righteousness.
5) To seal up the vision and prophecy.
6) To anoint the Most Holy.

To Finish the Transgression
To Daniel had been revealed the fact that the Jews had not yet received full measure for their transgressions. They finished this in the crucifixion of their Messiah, the only One who could have saved them. Peter condemned the Jews when he said:

But ye denied the holy One and the Just, and desired a murderer to be granted unto you; and killed the Prince of life, whom God hath raised from the dead; whereof we are witnesses." (Acts 3: 14-15.) As a result of this denial of their Messiah the Prince we find, as rendered in the margin of the King James version of the Bible, the following ultimatum reported to Daniel by Gabriel:

And [the Jews] they shall be no more his people: or, and the prince's [Messiah's] future people." (Dan. 9:26) History has amply verified this verdict and the full measure of transgression will not be completed upon Jewry until the age ends.

To Make and End of Sins
Jesus Christ, making an end of sins through the Crucifixion, fulfilled the requirements of the law and, therefore, a sin-offering is no longer required: "Once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself." (Heb. 9:26.)

To Make Reconciliation for Iniquity
This was accomplished through His atonement since this glorious fact was made possible as He was dying upon the cross:

"God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them." (II Cor. 5:19.)

To Bring in Everlasting Righteousness
This will not be fully accomplished until He returns, takes the Throne of His father David and establishes righteousness throughout the whole earth. But as a consequence of his death, "There remaineth no more sacrifice for sins" (Heb. 10: 26). Nevertheless, the full measure of the promise that they who hunger and thirst after righteousness shall be filled will come as the result of the faithful administration of the Law of the Lord when His Kingdom is functioning in perfection upon earth.

To Seal Up the Vision and Prophecy
With the first coming of Jesus Christ, all the Messianic prophecies were fulfilled for: "Those things, which God before had shewed by the mouth of all his prophets, that Christ should suffer, he hath so fulfilled." (Acts 3: 18.) However, the fuller aspect of the fulfillment of this vision of the future and the completion of the prophecy will not become manifest until His triumphant return at the end of the age. By the rejection of Jesus Christ, the day of the restitution of all things was postponed. Peter, speaking of Him whom they had rejected, said "Whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began." (Acts 3:21.)

Though the Messianic prophecies were fulfilled in the coming of our Lord, the great prophecies pertaining to the restitution of all things cannot be completed until the age ends with His triumphant return.

To Anoint the Most Holy
The Hebrew word translated here "most Holy" is Qodesh haq-qodashim and means Holy of holies. It refers to a place, never to a person. It definitely seems to refer to the end of the "abomination" that desolates His sanctuary. Then the land of Israel will again be blessed and will be anointed as the Holy of holies by our Lord at His second coming (See Zech. 14: 20-21). It has already been pointed out that the process of the cleansing of the Sanctuary began in 1844 A.D., when the Decree of religious Tolerance was wrung from the Porte. That cleansing will not become a completed fact until the "abomination" has been removed from the land and the "desolator" destroyed.

We shall continue next week.

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