If it is true that the weeks in Daniel’s seventy weeks are feasts of weeks (70 yrs) as stated on this blog then there is still one more question that needs to be answered: What does it mean when Daniel writes “after threescore and two years the Messiah is cut off” (Dan 9:26)? In the explanation of Daniel’s Seventy Weeks provided by Sir Robert Anderson the chosen meaning is to kill but when accepting that the seventy weeks are seventy years this meaning has to be adjusted to one or more of the other meanings because it is certain that Jesus is not going to literally die in these last days.
Daniel 9:26-27—And after threescore (60) and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off…And he (Antichrist) shall confirm the covenant with many for one week…
The words cut off are from a primitive root of the Hebrew language: karath meaning to be cut down, eliminated, killed, to cut or make a covenant, to destroy, to take away, permit to perish.
Where do we find corresponding verses to Daniel 9:26-27? They are found in 2Th.2:3 and 2Th. 2:7-8
2 Thessalonians 2:3—Let no man deceive you by any means: for [that day shall not come], except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition.
2 Th.2:7-8—For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth (withholds) [will let (withhold)], until he be taken out of the way. And then shall that Wicked be revealed...
The falling away is defined as apostisia a Greek word meaning defection or to forsake. It is described by Thayer’s Lexicon as turning away from the true faith: the truth of Jesus and that he is the only way to heaven. When someone who once believed in Jesus turns away from Him that person has in effect eliminated Him (cut Him off) from their life and forsaken (fell away/departed from) His truth. Did you notice in our definitions of cut off that one of the meanings is take away? The word “taken” as used in 2 Th. 2:8 comes from the primary root word airo of the Greek text meaning to be removed, to move from its place, or cause to cease just as the word karath (Hebrew) also means to take away or permit to perish. So when we look at these three verses we see that they say basically the same thing: He (Jesus: the truth) is taken out of the way (removed, cut off) and then the Wicked (lawless one) is revealed.
Paul describes the falling away/Christ being cut off in first and second Timothy.
1 Timothy 4:1—Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;
2 Timothy 4:3-4—For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; and they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.
I hope that you the reader can see that it is evident that Daniel 9:26-27 iterates the same message as 2 Th. 2:3, and verses 7-8. The Messiah is cut off (the falling away happens) and then he confirms a covenant (son of perdition is revealed).
To those who believe that "the day that shall not come" is the day of the Antichrist:
Contrary to the pre-tribulation rapture belief the subject of 2 Th.2 is the coming of the Lord and our gathering together unto him. It is not centered on the anti-Christ. Although there is a great deal of information about the son of perdition in the chapter that doesn’t change what Paul was concerned with. His main objective was that the people around him understood that the day of Christ was not at hand. He divulged that Jesus was not coming at any moment and then explained how they could be certain of that fact. He informed them of two things that have to happen before Jesus would return and gather His people unto him: (1) the falling away and (2) the man of perdition is revealed.
2 Th. 2:2—That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand.