The 70th week prophesied in Daniel 9 has caused tremendous controversy in interpretation. For the pretrib camp it is important to them to take this week and place it nearly 2000 plus years in the future.
Verse 27 is where the problem lies. The previous verses are clearly about the cross of Christ and His perfected work there, and to this end most are in agreement that this is what it is referring too. Verse 27 states:
Then he shall confirm a covenant with many for one week. But in the middle of the week he shall bring and end to sacrifice and offering. And on the wings of abominations shall be one who makes desolate, Even until the consummation, which is determined, poured out on the desolate.
There are many historical accounts that disagree with each other concerning the 69weeks prior to this week. Many say this week concluded at 33 AD. Others say this week is yet to be concluded. This verse makes it plain what the results are for this time period. The daily sacrifices end and the place is left desolate.
Jesus Himself put an end to the daily sacrifices by becoming that sacrifice once and for all time. Although the daily sacrifices continued for a couple of decade after the crucifixion, Jesus made these sacrifices of no effect. When the daily sacrifices were ended in the temple in Jerusalem the temple was burnt down and every stone removed to recover the gold that melted between the stones. The temple and the city was left desolate by the Roman conquerors. Thus verse 27 has obvious fulfillment of prophesy.
Why then is it needed so desperately for the pretrib doctrine to detach from the sequential order the 70th week and placed nearly 2000 years in the future by the pretrib doctrine? We know that the devil is a counterfiter. In the future he will have his own anti-christ and his own redemption for sin. Who’s doctrine does the pretrib doctrine belong to then? Christ who has already fulfilled the 70th week or Satan who has a plan to fulfill it sometime in the future?