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" And he will confirm a covenant with the many for one week, but in the middle of the week he will put a stop to sacrifice and grain offering; and on the wing of abominations will come the one who makes desolate, until a complete destruction, one that is decreed, gushes forth on the one who make desolate."
Daniel 9:27 ( New American Standard Bible)
"He will confirm a covenant with many for one 'seven.' In the middle of the seven he will put an end to sacrifice and offering. And at the temple he will set up an abomibation that causes desolation, until the end that is decreed is poured out on him."
Daniel 9:27 (New International Version)
Among the four seasons of time, Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter, which could be the most probable timing of the Lord's return or Christ's second coming? The Lord's return here is referred to as the time when the Lord Jesus return to earth to rule for a thousand year in His coming Millenial Kingdom.
We can deduce from Daniel 9:27, that the 'abomination that causes desolation' will take place during spring time harvest season, could be either barley harvest (Passover season) or wheat harvest ( Pentecost). For it is indicated in the passage, that in the middle of the 'seven' referring to the middle of the seven-year Tribulation Period that he, the antichrist will put an end to the sacrifice and grain offering. Grain offering takes place during the celebration of the Feast of Passover and the Feast of Pentecost. The most probable timing of this event, 'the abomination that causes desolation,' will take place during spring time either Passover or Pentecost season ( March, April, May).
It is written in Daniel 12:11,
"From the time that the daily sacrifice is abolished and the abomination that causes desolation is set up, there will be 1,290 days."
Counting 1,290 days from springtime will result to Autumn/Fall season. Thus we can infer from this that the end of the seven-year Tribulation Period and the second coming of the Lord to set up His Millenial Kingdom will fall on Autumn/Fall season. This actually coincides with the celebration of the "Feast of Tabernacles" by the Jews. At the Lord's return the "Feast of Tabernacles" will finally materialize.
The "Feast of Tabernacles" or "Sukkoth" is celebrated annually by the Jews every Fall/Autumn season(September-October) to commemorate their "pilgrim life" in temporary shelters during the time of their 40-year wandering in the wilderness when God led them out of Egypt. This 40-year wandering of the Hebrew nation may represent the 40 jubilee years from the resurrection of Christ up to His return to rule for a thousand years. Forty multiplied by 50 years yields 2000 years. The probable timing of Christ second coming could be 2000 years from the year He was resurrected up to His return to rule for a thousand years. Many scholars believed that Jesus was crucified during Passover of AD 30 or AD 33. According to Britannica.com, Jesus was born in 6 to 4 B.C. which implies that he was crucified in 27 to 29 A.D. considering that he lived his earthly life up to 33 years.
The "Feast of Tabernacles" is a foreshadow of the future when Christ will once again dwell among His people during His 1000-year reign on earth. The church, the Bride of Christ will reign with Jesus together with the Old Testament saints and the Tribulation saints in the Millenium. The church will be taken away from the world before the seven-year Tribulation Period. To reign with Christ in His Millenial Kingdom, a person must first be part of His church. One can be a part of Christ church by accepting Christ as personal Savior and surrendering one's life to His Lordship.
To accept Christ as personal Savior, we must put our faith in Christ finished work on the cross as the only acceptable sacrifice for the remission of our sin. Christ sacrifice on the cross is perfect, complete and sufficient and the only acceptable sacrifice to God. As sinners, we are destined to die but Christ gave His life on the cross that we will not be judged by God but to receive the forgiveness if sin and the gift of eternal life as it is written in Romans 6:23;
"For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus, our Lord."
This death does not simply refer to the cessation of one's earthly life but refers to the second death which is written in Revelation 21:8,
"But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars - they will be consigned to the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death."
As part of putting our faith in Christ, we have to abandon our sinful life for the Lord mentioned in the Gospel of John that He is the Light of the world and anyone who believes in Him, should not remain in darkness. If we truly believe in Christ, we will abide in His light.
As part of believing in Christ, we are admonished by the apostle Paul that we should abandon our self-centered life and should live for Him who died for us.