Q. I was browsing through another website, and the poster of the site seems to think that the “he” in Daniel 9:27 is Jesus and not the anti-Christ. Furthermore, he goes on to post, because Jesus’ earthly ministry lasted 3.5 years, the first part of the 7 year period is done. He also states: “Nowhere in the Bible is there mentioned a 7 year tribulation. Nowhere! There is mention of tribulation, great tribulation, Jacob’s trouble, judgment, wrath, etc., but not a 7 year tribulation.” What do you think?
A. The rules of grammar say a personal pronoun relates back to the nearest previous noun. This being the case, the “he” in Daniel 9:27 has to refer to the “ruler” in verse 26, not to the Messiah. As for the Lord’s ministry being the first half of the 70th week, that’s easily disproved. Gabriel told Daniel that the Messiah would be “cut off” which means to be executed, at the end of the 62 sevens, the 483rd year of the 490 year period. Since He was crucified at the end of His ministry, that means at His death 7 years were left.
He’s right about the fact that the Bible does not speak of a 7 year tribulation. In the past scholars have used that term in reference to the remaining 7 years of Daniel’s prophecy, but they didn’t get it from the Bible. The correct term is Daniel’s 70th Week.