of 70 weeks 69 (62+7) were executed before Jesus' baptize; there is one week
left, or the last 7 years. Further we'll see that these last 7 years will be the
years of the Antichrist's government, the years of testing of the faith before
the 2-d' coming. But
why does the Bible speak about 7 and 62 weeks instead of speaking about 69? What
event in the religious life of the Jews reflects the first 7 weeks?
The prophecy about Ram and Goat says about this event: « there stood before the river a ram which had two horns: and the two horns were high; but one was higher than the other, and the higher came up last. I saw the ram pushing .. so that no beasts might stand before him, neither was there any that could deliver out of his hand; but he did according to his will, and became great…an he goat came from the west on the face of the whole earth, and touched not the ground: and the goat had a notable horn between his eyes. And he came to the ram that had two horns, which I had seen standing before the river, and ran unto him in the fury of his power and he was moved with choler against him, and smote the ram, and brake his two horns: and there was no power in the ram to stand before him, but he cast him down to the ground, and stamped upon him: and there was none that could deliver the ram out of his hand. Therefore the he goat waxed very great: and when he was strong, the great horn was broken; and for it came up four notable ones toward the four winds of heaven. And out of one of them came forth a little horn (Vatican), which waxed exceeding great , toward the south, and toward the east, and toward the pleasant land (Catholic church). And it waxed great, even to the host of heaven* (pagan gods); and it cast down some of the host and of the stars to the ground (The Roman state church has destroyed other gods of other nation), and stamped upon them. Yea, he magnified himself even to the prince of the host, and by him the daily sacrifice was taken away, and the place of the sanctuary was cast down (Destruction of the Jerusalem temple in 70AD)... And a host was given him against the daily sacrifice by reason of transgression, and it cast down the truth to the ground; and it practiced, and prospered.
…and another saint said unto that certain saint which spoke, How long shall be the vision concerning the daily sacrifice, and the transgression of desolation, to give both the sanctuary and the host to be trodden under foot? And he said unto me, unto two thousand and three hundred (2300) evenings and mornings; then shall the sanctuary be cleansed» (Dan.8:3-14).
When Daniel was searching for a meaning of the vision, Archangel Michael explained to him: «I will make thee know what shall be in the last end of the indignation: for at the time appointed the end shall be. The ram which thou sawest having two horns are the kings of Media and Persia. And the rough goat is the king of Grecia: and the great horn that is between his eyes is the first king. Now that being broken, whereas four stood up for it, four kingdoms shall stand up out of the nation, but not in his power. And in the latter time of their kingdom, when the transgressors are come to the full, a king of fierce countenance, and understanding dark sentences, shall stand up (little horn - Vatican).. And his power shall be mighty, but not by his own power (by power of the governors of the state): and he shall destroy wonderfully, and shall prosper, and practice, and shall destroy the mighty and the holy people. And through his policy also he shall cause craft to prosper in his hand; and he shall magnify himself in his heart, and by peace shall destroy many: he shall also stand up against the Prince of princes; but he shall be broken without hand. And the vision of the evening and the morning which was told is true: wherefore shut thou up the vision; for it shall be for many days” (19-26).
we again see the 4th animal - Rome, and its small horn - Vatican. «...
but he shall be broken without hand» - means, that as
Vatican in 1849 was not smashed or destroyed physically (the fall of its
authority took place as a result of state reform), and Antichrist will be broken
not by human hands, but with Jesus' power.
There are a lot of points of view concerning 2300 evenings and mornings (=2300 days, that according to the Bible law means – 2300 years), after which the sanctuary will be cleansed. The opinions agree in one thing: in the prophecy it is said not about the sanctuary on the Earth, because at the appointed time of the Ram's government the sanctuary in Jerusalem was destroyed. The speech is about the heavenly sanctuary (Heb.8:1-5). The picture of struggle between the Ram and the goat gives us the understanding about the starting point of time (i.e. according to what terrestrial events we can know, when it happened), when the Satan and his angels began cast down the sanctuary, because people had evaded from God. The sanctuary was cleared after the heavenly war, when after the judgment («For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God» 1Pet.4:17) the angels of the Satan were thrown from the heaven.
* Compare: in the 4 King.17:16 «worshipped all the host of heaven, and served Baal»;4 King.21:5 «And he built altars for all the host of heaven”, Deu.4:19 «And lest thou lift up thine eyes unto heaven, and when thou seest the sun, and the moon, and the stars, even all the host of heaven, shouldest be driven to worship them».