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Introduction Revelation Commmentary

Introduction Revelation Commmentary

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Published by Sandra Crosnoe
Introduction - The Revelation of Jesus Christ, A Layman's Commentary
Written by Jesse C. Jones (shared by Sandra Crosnoe on Scribd upon the author's request and with his permission):

Background and timing of significant events.
Introduction - The Revelation of Jesus Christ, A Layman's Commentary
Written by Jesse C. Jones (shared by Sandra Crosnoe on Scribd upon the author's request and with his permission):

Background and timing of significant events.

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 To understand the timing of the events that occur during the last days, asdescribed in the book of Revelation, it is important to start with the vision giv-en to Daniel some six centuries before Christ. In Daniel 9:24 NIV, Daniel wasinformed by the angel Gabriel that,
“Seventy `sevens` are decreed for your people and your holy city to fin-ish transgression, to put an end to sin, to atone for wickedness, to bringin everlasting righteousness, to seal up vision and prophecy and toanoint the most holy”.
  The “
” referred to in this vision are widely understood to mean “weeksof years”. In other words, one of Daniel’s weeks corresponds to a period of time equal to seven years. Thus, Daniel was told that in a period of 490 years(not necessarily concurrent), that the transgression of mankind would be com-pleted, that sin would be brought to an end, that wickedness would be re-dressed, that everlasting righteousness would be introduced, that vision andprophesy would be brought to an end, and that Christ would be anointed asking on earth. The time that has expired since the vision was given to Daniel must approx-imate some 2600 years: Daniel received the vision about 600 years beforeChrist, and we have just entered the 21st century (~2000 years after Christ). To understand the apparent discrepancy in time (2600 years versus 490
years), we must continue reading the passage in Daniel through Chapter 9.Daniel 9:25-27 NIV says,
“Know and understand this: from the issuing of the decree to restoreand rebuild Jerusalem until the Anointed One, the ruler comes, therewill be seven `sevens` and sixty-two `sevens`. It will be rebuilt withstreets and a trench, but in times of trouble. After the sixty-two `sev-ens` the Anointed One will be cut off and will have nothing. The peopleof the ruler who will come will destroy the city and the sanctuary. Theend will come like a flood: War will continue until the end, and desola-tions have been decreed. He will confirm a covenant with many for one`seven`. In the middle of the `seven,` he will put an end to sacrificeand offering. And on a wing of the temple, he will set up an abomina-tion that causes desolation, until the end that is decreed is poured out on him.” 
Daniel was a prophet during the Babylonian captivity of the Jews (606 - 536BC). Nebuchadnezzar took Daniel and other promising young men o Jerusalem to Babylon in 606 BC. During the following year Nebuchadnezzarascended to the throne of Babylon. Daniel was about eighteen years old whentaken captive and could not have been much younger than Nebuchadnezzarhimself. Thus, Daniel lived through the entire period of the captivity of the Jews, and was an elderly man when placed in a high position in the PersianEmpire after Cyrus conquered Babylon in 540 BC. It was about this time thatDaniel received the vision and prophecy described above. Artaxerxes I
reigned in Persia from 464 to 424 BC, but in 474 BC he was appointed viceroyto his Father Xerxes, and essentially became ruler. He commissioned Nehemi-ah to rebuild Jerusalem in the twentieth year of his reign (Ne. 2:1-8): if we as-sume that the period of Artaxerxes’ reign included his time as viceroy thiswould have occurred in 454 BC. This is thought by many expositors of theword to be the decree referred to in Daniel’s vision. If this is the case, the ex-act year for the start of the all the events referred to in Daniel’s vision wouldbe 454 BC. Seven ’sevens’ corresponds to 49 years, which gives 405 BC asthe year in which the rebuilding of Jerusalem was considered complete. Thisdate seems late, for the scripture mentions several events related to work onthe restored temple that had been completed prior at this time. Nevertheless,if we accept Artaxerxes decree as the one referred to in Daniel’s vision, thenthe date that Jerusalem was considered “
rebuilt with streets and a trench
” wasin 405 BC. That the rebuilding work was accomplished during a “
time of trou-ble
” is without question. Samaritan people in the area around Jerusalem ha-rassed the Jews working on the restoration project to such an extent that thelaborers had to work with one arm and carry a weapon with the other. To continue with our analysis of Daniel’s vision, we note that after 62 addi-tional "
(434 years), the Anointed One will “
”. Zechariah 9:9 in-dicates that the king (Anointed One), who is just and lowly will “
to Jerusalem riding upon the foal of an ass. Christians recognize this as describ-ing Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, before He was cruci-fied on the day of preparation for the Passover, later that week. Jesus was

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