Well, we’re concluding our brief series on Daniel’s Seventy Weeks and we’ll be back in Luke next Sunday. The funny thing is when I taught Daniel’s Seventy Weeks before I did so in one sitting. I didn’t have an entire message on the Messiah being “cut off” in verse 24 (aka the Gospel on Easter Sunday), or an entire message on the ‘gap’ or Church Age or Times of the Gentiles between the 69th and 70th Week (two Sundays ago), or an entire message showing the tendency of the Jews to reject their deliverers and embrace false messiahs (last Sunday laying the foundation for this morning’s message showing the Jews embracing the Antichrist). In the past I just said, “Jesus was cut off for our sins…there’s a gap between the 69th and 70th week…and the Jews have a history of rebelliousness.”
Believe it or not even with all these extra messages there’s still so much more I’m frustrated about not covering! 2 Thessalonians 2 covers the Rapture, Antichrist and Abomination of Desolation. Revelation 12 and 13 cover the Abomination of Desolation as well as the Antichrist turning on the Jews halfway through the 7 years so they flee from him and are protected by God. The end of Romans 11 covers the Jews finally embracing Christ and I never really did those verses justice. Zechariah 12 covers the Great Tribulation, Battle of Armageddon and Second Coming (we covered Zechariah 11 on Wednesday night about the Jews rejecting the Good Shepherd [Jesus in verses 4-12] and embracing the Foolish Shepherd [Antichrist in verses 15-17] and that made me feel a little better).
All this reminds me of two things: first, the Bible is full of great stuff. One of the biggest problems you discover as a pastor is there aren’t enough Sundays (or Wednesdays) to cover everything. Second, when you see the way everything is so interrelated – even though the Bible is 66 books written by over 40 different authors over 1,500 years – you see it’s really one book written by one Author. That’s the only way to explain men like Daniel, Zechariah, Paul and John living centuries apart, but writing complimentary Scripture.
Get a study Bible. Read some each day. Read as a family. Don’t miss all this great stuff.
This past Sunday’s sermon, Daniel 9:24 & 27 Daniel’s Seventy Weeks – Part V: The Time of Jacob’s Trouble, can be found here.