This is taken from the rapture thread. Since the OP is no longer the topic I thought it best to have a new thread reflecting this current topic. Did you know that this view is not a new one at all, but used to be the majority view. Most commentators and writers up until about two centuries ago saw all these pronouns (or, at the very least, most) to refer to Messiah, not antichrist. Neither did they see a gap of many centuries between the 69th and 70th week. Here is a good sampling of writers, modern and not-so-modern, who believe along these lines: Barnes, Albert: Barnes Notes on the Old Testament (ca 1942) Calvin, John: Calvin's Commentaries (mid 1500's) Clarke, A: Clarke's Commentary: Daniel (ca 1850's) Gill, John: Exposition of the Old and New Testaments (ca mid-1700's) Henry, Matthew: Matthew Henry's commentary on the whole Bible (1706) Jamieson, R., Fausset, & Brown: A commentary, critical and explanatory (1871) Keil, C. F., & Delitzsch, F: Commentary on the Old Testament (1866-1891) Young, E J: The Prophecy of Daniel (1949) Geneva Study Bible: Study Notes (1599) Mauro, Philip: The Seventy Weeks and the Great Tribulation (1921) Leupold, H. C.: Exposition of Daniel (Baker Book House, 1949) Source: http://www.preceptaustin.org/daniel_924-27.htm (Note: this website goes on to defend the opposite conclusion) The above authors represent a wide range of Protestant denominations: Presbyterian, Anglican, Lutheran, Baptist, Methodist, etc. This general belief in the chronological integrity of 70 weeks, and in the Christ-centeredness of it, was widely held by a variety of Christians. The same website above also shows an even larger, but decidedly more modern, group that espouses the current line on this passage. All of this is just to show that the view has a long history to it. I would say it goes back to the Bible, but I doubt that you would grant that. Next I want to discuss the actual text of Daniel 9:24 - 27. Well, I actually did that in a series of articles I have done over the years, the most recent being this one: http://asterisktom.xanga.com/605167131/six-promises-of-christ-to-his-people-updated-2010/ But I'll see if I can't summarize all these in a little bit, reflecting your actual comments.