Since there is a need for a second fulfillment of the 70 week prophecy, “To seal up the vision and the prophet” – could this be also related to the end time Eliakim described as the “nail in a sure place” as stated in Isaiah 22:23-25 during the second fulfillment of the 70 week prophecy? Let us first consider this:
In the first fulfillment of the 70 weeks prophecy (a day for a year), it started with the physical restoration of God’s physical temple in Jerusalem in preparation for Christ FIRST COMING as GOD IN THE FLESH in His PHYSICAL TEMPLE, and it culminated with God giving His Holy Spirit to those chosen people who were BORN OF WATER (Acts 1:5, 2:1-4; John 3:5) to become GOD’S SPIRITUAL TEMPLE ON EARTH as GOD’S CHURCH with Christ in their midst. (1 Pet. 2:4-5; 1 Cor. 3:16-17; Rev. 2 and 3)
Mr. Armstrong said that Christ has completed His earthly ministry but He just laid the foundations – it is not finished yet.
Completion of Jesus’ Earthly Ministry
By the end of his earthly ministry, Jesus had completed preparations for founding his Church. He had finished the work he, as a human had come to do. Then he gave his life on the cross. He took on himself our human guilt for our sins…
The foundation for the Church of God had been laid.
Christ himself is the Head and chief cornerstone—the main foundation. His apostles, with the prophets, formed the remainder of the foundation. The apostles were chafing at the bit to get started—to
go forth proclaiming the gospel message. But God has wisely used restraint, with patience, taking a proper step at a time. So Jesus cautioned his apostles to wait! “Tarry ye,” he commanded (Luke 24:49), “in the city of Jerusalem, UNTIL ye be endued with power from on high.”
Ten days later came the annual Day of Pentecost, originally named the Feast of Firstfruits (Numbers 28:26). On that day the Holy Spirit came! On that day the Church was founded! That day symbolized the very firstfruits for God’s kingdom. God’s feast days picture God’s spiritual harvest. The very first portion of God’s spiritual harvest of humans finally to be born of God—made God Beings—is the Church! (Mystery of the Ages, pp. 180-181)
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Mr. Armstrong said that Christ has completed His earthly ministry, but notice that He just laid the foundations – it is not finished yet. There is where the second fulfillment of the 70 week prophecy comes in – for God’s Church to become a HOLY TEMPLE. As Mr. Armstrong wrote in his book, Mystery of the Ages:
“The Church, then, is to grow into a HOLY TEMPLE – the spiritual temple to which Christ shall come” (pp. 190)
But first, just like the former 70 week prophecy, God has to “finish the transgression; make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity” AGAIN. Why? Because as prophesied in Ezekiel 4:4-6, the son of man (Mr. Flurry) bore the iniquity of the house of Israel (Laodiceans) and the iniquity of Judah (Philadelphians). And how will God intend to fulfill it? – He will have to “to seal up the vision and the prophet” AGAIN.
“Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God, Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment. And this will we do, if God permit. For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come, If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame.” (Heb. 6:1-6)
But do we want to crucify Christ again because of our sins? It will put Him to an open shame! So God has designed this second 70 week prophecy to be fulfilled with Christ coming in the flesh through His last end Apostle to die instead:
“And I will fasten him as a nail in a sure place; and he shall be for a glorious throne to his father’s house. And they shall hang upon him all the glory of his father’s house, the offspring and the issue, all vessels of small quantity, from the vessels of cups, even to all the vessels of flagons. In that day, saith the LORD of hosts, shall the nail that is fastened in the sure place be removed, and be cut down, and fall; and the burden that was upon it shall be cut off: for the LORD hath spoken it.” (Isa. 22:23-25)
Mr. Flurry, just like Mr. Armstrong, shall be “removed and be cut down” by God as indicated in verse 25: “In that day, saith the LORD of hosts, shall the nail that is fastened in the sure place be removed, and be cut down, and fall.”
The Hebrew word for “remove” is muwsh, which means – cease, depart, remove, take away. While the word “cut down” is gada’, which according to Strong’s Concordance: a prim. root; TO FELL A TREE; gen. to destroy anything:–cut (asunder, in sunder, down, off), hew down.
The “nail that is fastened in the sure place” refers to the last end Eliakim. And as the Hebrew words suggest that that “nail in a sure place” shall be REMOVED – TAKEN AWAY, and CUT DOWN as TO FELL A TREE. So the last end Eliakim SHALL BE REMOVED just like Mr. Armstrong!
And just like what God has done to Mr. Armstrong, so will He do to Mr. Flurry – take him out of the way! (2 Thes. 2:7; Ezek. 24:24) And notice that the context of the removal of the NAIL is all about an archeological dig! (Isa. 22:24)
Do you now see why God called Mr. Flurry as THE NAIL THAT IS FASTENED IN THE SURE PLACE? Because Christ is coming in his flesh. And just as Christ bore the sins of the world, Mr. Flurry has to bear the iniquities of both the house of Israel (Laodiceans) and the house of Judah (Philadelphians). (Ezek. 4:5-6) – the reason there is a need for the second fulfillment of the 70 week prophecy. God has yet to “finish the transgression, make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity” in order to bring in everlasting righteousness through the spiritual birth of God’s Church to God’s Family. Again, let us KNOW and UNDERSTAND:
“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.” (Dan. 9:24)
Take note that an appointed time is DETERMINED – i.e., 70 weeks. We ought to KNOW and UNDERSTAND! We must know and understand what would be the end result of this 70 weeks prophecy – “to anoint the most Holy.” God’s Church is the most Holy, so we ought to really become HOLY – without spot or any spiritual blemish. But before God can do that, first, He has to fulfill what is DETERMINED for His people: “to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to seal up the vision and prophet” for the second time, so He can “anoint the most Holy” to be able “to bring in everlasting righteousness.” Again consider this for emphasis:
In the first fulfillment of 70 weeks prophecy of Daniel 9 (a day for a year), it started with the physical restoration of God’s physical temple in Jerusalem in preparation for Christ FIRST COMING as GOD IN THE FLESH in His PHYSICAL TEMPLE, and it culminated with God giving His Holy Spirit to those chosen people who were BORN OF WATER (Acts 1:5, 2:1-4; John 3:5) to become GOD’S SPIRITUAL TEMPLE ON EARTH as GOD’S CHURCH with Christ in their midst. (1 Pet. 2:4-5; 1 Cor. 3:16-17; Rev. 2 and 3)
In the second fulfillment of the 70 weeks prophecy (literal days) in this last end, it started with the spiritual restoration of God’s spiritual temple in spiritual Jerusalem through the Book of Remembrance to prepare for Christ SECOND COMING as the GLORIFIED CHRIST to His SPIRITUAL TEMPLE, and it will culminate with God’s Church to be BORN OF THE SPIRIT (John 3:6; Isa. 66:8) to become GOD’S SPIRITUAL TEMPLE IN HEAVEN as CHRIST’S WIFE to come down to this earth with Him. (Rev. 11:19; 12:1; 19:7-16).
Now if this vision has not stirred you well enough, I don’t know what else can. This vision of the the 70 weeks prophecy of Daniel 9 has even made Christ stood up from His throne when it was first consummated. Now, what do you think will He do next when He sees the duality of that the 70 weeks prophecy being finally consummated?
Well, this prophecy definitely is quite a dumbfounding, mind-numbing and thought provoking vision that came straight from our loving and ever merciful Heavenly Father through His Son Jesus Christ who eagerly awaits the birth of their most Holy nation! (Isa. 66:1-24)