This will one of the most controversial lessons on the Gospel of the Kingdom of Heaven. I say controversial because it defies the popular theological interpretation of Daniel 9:27. Daniel 9 and more specifically Daniel 9:27 has been regulated to what theologians call the Daniel's 70 week gap theory. In this theory 69 (or 69.5) of Daniel's 70 weeks are fulfilled in the days of Christ but the fulfillment of the last week, hence the gap, is fulfilled in the final 7 (or 3.5) years before the return of Yeshua.
This one interpretation influences a large percentage of eschatological interpretation. Or the interpretation of End Times Prophecy within the Christian Church.
We will make this brief and explain the modern interpretation along side of what we believe to be the TRUE interpretation of Daniel 9:27.
24 Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy.
25 Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times.
26 And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined.
27 And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.
These 4 versus in Daniel Chapter 9 are some of the most important verses, or prophecies, in the entirety of the Holy Bible. It predicts the coming of Christ, down to the year by the way, and describes what must happen before and during the time of the Messiah's arrival on Earth.
Without making this overly complicated we will key in on Daniel 9:25 where it describes the Messiah as the "Prince". In modern Christian eschatology there is no conflict in this particular interpretation. The conflict begins in Daniel 9:26 where it describes the "people of the prince" coming to destroy the Temple and Jerusalem. In modern eschatology this prince is either a Roman Emperor, or Governor, or the antichrist figure. The Gap start at the end of the first sentence in Daniel 9:26...go 2000 plus years in the future and the gap closes and the prophecy continues.
I could never wrap my head around this interpretation, to me it made no sense what-so-ever. How could Yeshua be the Prince in verse 25 and then the Prince in verse 26 be the antichrist? The fact is, in my opinion, Matthew 23 fulfills this prophecy. The "people" of the prince are simply the Gentiles.
34 Wherefore, behold, I send unto you prophets, and wise men, and scribes: and some of them ye shall kill and crucify; and some of them shall ye scourge in your synagogues, and persecute them from city to city:
35 That upon you may come all the righteous blood shed upon the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel unto the blood of Zacharias son of Barachias, whom ye slew between the temple and the altar.
36 Verily I say unto you, All these things shall come upon this generation.
37 O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!
38 Behold, your house is left unto you desolate.
39 For I say unto you, Ye shall not see me henceforth, till ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.
31 And I will make your cities waste, and bring your sanctuaries unto desolation, and I will not smell the savour of your sweet odours.
32 And I will bring the land into desolation: and your enemies which dwell therein shall be astonished at it.
33 And I will scatter you among the heathen, and will draw out a sword after you: and your land shall be desolate, and your cities waste.
Like I stated before this is only my opinion and my interpretation. The interpretation of these scriptures will not affect your salvation, as long as you don't deny the Messiah.