Is the Tribulation Seven years long? What about the absolute reign of the antichrist? What about the passage in Revelation 17:11, where there are seven kings?
One man recently wrote to us, giving us a link to a site which he believed was the correct interpretation-- proposing that it was "Jesus who made the Temple desolate and broke the covenant," according to Daniel 9 and that the Seven-year Tribulation period is not in the Bible and that all the things of Revelation already happened. This, of course is gross error, and after he read our response, he thanked us for our response and said that he would do more studying on the matter.
For our readers who confuse Daniel 9:26-27, Revelation 13, and Revelation 17:10, here is our response:
The Messiah did not destroy the city, nor make anything desolate. He was cut off before the desolation was to take place. The literal is below:
Daniel 9:26-27 And after the sixty and two weeks, cut off is Messiah [Jesus], and the city and the holy place are not his, the Leader who hath come doth destroy the people; and its end is with a flood, and till the end is war, determined are desolations. And he hath strengthened a covenant with many--one week, and in the midst of the week he causeth sacrifice and present to cease, and by the wing of abominations he is making desolate, even till the consummation, and that which is determined is poured on the desolate one.'
Jesus, (Yeshua) the Jewish Messiah, would never ever commit "wing of abominations." He was holy and blameless. (Isaiah 53:9). In Isaiah 52:8, it says, "for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken." This correlates with Daniel 9 verse 26. (see Isaiah 53.) He died for the sins of the people, was buried and rose again and ascended back to Heaven, awaiting the day when His enemies are made His footstool. (Psalm 110:1.) He will return back to earth when His Jewish people cry out to Him to save them, (Matthew 23:39) at the end of the Tribulation period.
But before Christ's Second coming, there is great tribulation prophesied for the world. In the future, there will be a Jewish Temple built in Israel, and in the last half of Daniels Seventieth "week," Jerusalem will be treaded down for 42 months (Revelation 11:2) by the Gentiles. This time period takes place just before Christ's literal return back to earth, when He rescues the Jewish people at the Battle of Armageddon (Zechariah 12).
Matthew 24:14-16 And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come. When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:) Then let them which be in Judea flee into the mountains...
Jesus predicted a desecration of the temple in Matthew 24 and this prophecy is yet to be fulfilled for it is concerning "THE END." Those who say this was already fulfilled, obviously did not read it thoroughly. Israel was dispersed in 70AD and was not yet a nation until 1948. So every commentary before 1948 would not have the right focus. The Bible has to do with the nation of Israel and the perspective is always with this in mind. The Tribulation is the time of "Jacob's Trouble," as prophesied by Jeremiah in chapter 30 and verse 7.
There is one more Roman emperor who will rule over the Jewish nation, as evidenced by the passage in Rev. 17:10. (After the Diaspora, the land of Israel was no longer considered a Jewish nation, until the regathering of the Jews and the nation of Israel re-established in 1948.) So the next Roman leader to rule over them, will be the final leader.
Rev 17:10 And there are seven kings: five are fallen, and one is, and the other is not yet come; and when he cometh, he must continue a short space.
We must always remember something: that God gave the land of Israel to the seed of Jacob; and Bible prophecy's focal point in the Tribulation has to do with the Jews, as a whole, WHEN they are in THAT land. "Five are fallen"-- has to do with the five Roman Emperors who ruled "Palestine" or Israel when the Jews, as a whole, were in Israel. "One is"-- that was the Caesar during the time of John's writing, when Jews still lived in Israel. And then the Diaspora occurred-- which scattered the Jewish people until their regathering...therefore all the Roman Caesars after the Diaspora do not count because the Jews were scattered. It only counts when THE JEWS ARE IN THEIR LAND..."the other is not yet come; and when he cometh, he must continue a short space" is the antichrist. The Jews are being regathered today, in Israel-- therefore, there is now one more Roman leader [out of the EU] scheduled to appear and he will be the final world leader.
The 10 King Beast world government reigns literally 42 months, as is confirmed by Daniel and Revelation. There will be leader of this world government [known as the antichrist], who will confirm some kind of covenant with the Jewish people (and with many others) for 7 years and breaks it in the middle of the week and that is where Revelation 13 picks up. The antichrist reigns [in full power] 42 months with the "ten kings" giving their power to him.