The “seventy weeks” prophecy of Daniel 9:24-27 has provided an eschatological framework for a dispensational-premillennial understanding of God’s timetable for Israel. The basis for this framework stems from a perceived gap between the 69th and 70th prophetic week. Many non-dispensational scholars have accused dispensationalists of abandoning a normal-grammatical-historical interpretive methodology when interpreting Daniel 9:24-27 in order to accommodate certain a priori dispensational conclusions. Prominent reformed scholar Oswalt T. Allis has agreed “the importance of the prophecy of the Seventy Weeks in Dispensational teaching can hardly be exaggerated.”1 In 2012 noted postmillennialist, Kenneth Gentry Jr. published a series of articles2 addressing what he describes as “Dispensationalism’s Difficulty with Daniel.” Subsequently, Gentry has concluded: “Daniel’s Seventy Weeks prophecy leads dispensationalism into one of its most strained peculiarities: the doctrine of the gap theory of the Church age.”3 My paper will demonstrate that the presence of a gap is not a peculiar presupposition that dispensationalists must bring to the biblical text; moreover, a normal-grammatical-historical interpretive methodology demands a gap between the 69th and 70th week of Daniel’s Seventy Weeks Prophecy.
|Does Following a Normal-Grammatical-Historical Interpretive Methodology Demand a Gap Between the 69th and 70th Week of Daniel’s Seventy Weeks Prophecy?||Download|