Daniel's Seventieth Week & Historicism's Shaky Argument for An
Acts 7 Fulfillment of the Seventieth Week of Daniel Chapter 9
by Mark Mountjoy
Our brother Davis contacted me with questions concerning the Seventy Weeks prophecy in Daniel 9 and why and how it was fulfilled in the events in the Book of Acts chapter 7. These are some of my thoughts on it. In them, I wish to suggest that there are definite items in the Seventieth Week, but also there are other aspects of the prophecy that seem rather mysterious and what is mysterious should not be disregarded or without very strong reasons interpreted in the light of the Book of Acts, but rather in light of the Book of Revelation.
How the Diocletian Persecution Upsets Assumptions About the Timing and
the intent of the Book of Revelation, the Roman Empire, and Bible Prophecy
by Mark Mountjoy
Late, not early; far beyond the lifetime of even the Apostle John, the Emperor Diocletian’s persecution of Christians, in a number of very important ways, upsets and destroys carefully laid theories about the timing and intent of the Book of Revelation. And so much that is assumed by late date advocates about the role of the Romans comes undone precisely because it fails (rather dramatically) to parallel Revelation’s course of the judgment, loss, and downfall of an unnamed, but strongly insinuated antagonistic civilization in any way, shape or form.
Traditional interpretations emphasize the Bible’s supposed focus on the hostility of the empire against Christians in a small stretch of time from 18 July A.D.64 (under Nero), to the death of Domitian on 18 September A.D.96, but they are unwilling to also say that the Christians came out from under these hardships into a post-Apocalyptic world—as was eagerly expected (2 Peter 3:11-14). According to non-Premillennial exegetes, within these 32 years (and mainly toward the latter end) the Book of Revelation makes the best sense. Does it?
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