Zechariah describes for us the history of the nation of Israel subsequent to AD 70 as a history of refinement and testing which will culminate with them "calling on my name" -
And it will come about in all the
land, declares Yahweh,
In view of this scenario Daniel provides us with some very
And then verse 11:33, indicates a leap
beyond the Maccabeans by introducing a NEW and different group of people.
"And the wise ones among the people -
This is fulfilled by the ministry of the church which is summarized at Acts 1:8. "Giving understanding," is the proclamation of the gospel which results in a large group of Jewish converts during the years between 30 and 70 AD.
Continuing at Daniel 11:33, we see a smooth progression and a clear reference to the fall of the nation in 70 AD.
"and they (Israel) will fall by sword
and by flame,
(Just as Jesus taught at Luke 21:24 - -
"And Jerusalem shall be trampled under
foot by the Gentiles
An important point for proper interpretation here, is to
determine whether the "destruction" language at verse 33 can properly
refer to the condition of Israel during and/or after the Maccabean revival,
or must look to a more complete destruction by the Romans in 70 AD.
Hosea 5:14, "I even I will tear to pieces and
Since the language at verse 33 refers to 70 AD, then verses 34-35 must refer to events after 70 AD and which culminate in the purification of Israel at the time of the end, that is, during the great tribulation and just prior to the Day of the LORD.
So according to a very common practice in the OT prophets, the writer jumps the centuries of history after 70 AD and picks up at "the end time," after an unknown amount of time between 70 AD and the beginning of the 70th week.
"And when they (Israel) fall (world-wide
The Jews are dispersed (under the disciplinary
wrath of Luke 21:23) to this very day.
In her fallen condition, since the Roman dispersion, Israel has come under many and varied attacks without much reprieve. But there will come a time when she shall be given a little help.
This is best defined as the covenant that is made by the
world ruler of the ten-nation confederacy which will give Israel the religious
freedom she needs to build a temple (or at least, a functional sanctuary)
and reinstitute its sacrificial system.
However, for Israel to enter into such a covenant will amount to serious compromise on her part and should be viewed as "hypocrisy" since it undermines their devotion to God and their ancient heritage.
It is called "a little help" because the Middle East Peace and Tolerance Accord (M.E.P.T.A.) of Dan. 9:27 is only a temporary covenant that provides only a temporary peace and security, since it will be broken just 3 1/2 years after its confirmation. The reason this can be identified with the "peace" covenant mentioned at Daniel 9:27 is because of the phrase, "and many will join with them in hypocrisy." In order for their to be religious toleration in the Middle East, all parties involved must compromise and share "the Holy Place" of Mount Moriah where presently rests the Muslim temple, the Mosque of Omar, and where the Jewish temple must reside. The compromise will consist of allowing the two structures to exist side by side and worship to be expressed without interference or censor.
But this joining of "many" (national Israel)
in the hypocrisy of the covenant with the beast is a great national apostasy
or falling away, for it is a covenant that compromises age old values and
traditions in order to have what they think to be God's will for them.
Once the covenant is broken and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the severity of their compromise will be exposed. The beast will take his stand in the sanctuary and institute "beast worship." He will forbid the sacrifices permitted by M.E.P.T.A. and set himself up as God (2 Thes. 2:4). This begins the GREAT TRIBULATION period (Mat. 24:15-21) and it is at this time that those of the nation who are faithful to "orthodox Judaism" will flee Jerusalem and be protected in the wilderness from the great oppression by the beast that takes place at this time (Revelation 12:14-16). But there will still be many Jews who will associate with the beast and perpetuate the national apostasy further by acknowledging him as God.
Returning to Daniel 11:35,
"And some from among the wise ones
(the Messiah worshipers of the church)
1. And some from among the wise ones
(the Messiah worshipers of the church).
This is exactly what Matthew 24:14 has in mind,
"And this gospel of the kingdom shall
be proclaimed in the whole world
It is the testimony of the true Messiah worshipers (the
church), even in the midst of extreme persecution, (the 5th seal of Revelation
6:9-11) that will produce a conviction (refinement) that will move these people
to SEEK THE LORD.
And those who heed the message of the church
and the two witnesses will recognize that Jesus is the promised Messiah and will
begin to seek His face.
So it will be that when Jesus arrives in the clouds of the sky, there will be a large group of Jews who have been seeking the Lord, and will trust in Jesus as the Savior (make them white). (Revelation 7:1-8)
At the midpoint of the 70th week, there will
also be an evangelistic outreach by the two witnesses of
Rev. 11:3-13. Elijah as one of these witnesses
will have the ministry of restoring "the hearts of the fathers to the children
and the hearts of the children to the fathers." Mal. 4:6.
3. Until the time period of the end: This is at
and after the arrival of Jesus and the rapture of the church. During the day of
the Lord judgments which follow the arrival of Jesus, the purification ministry
will continue through the two witnesses (until the end of the week) and through
the evangelistic ministry of the newly converted 144k
Jewish bond servants. The "purification" process will culminate after Armageddon with "all
Israel being saved (Romans 11:25-27)" and entering into Messiah's kingdom to
reign with Him.
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