Excerpt from: "Swarms of Locusts," Bunker, Michael, Refugio Publishers, Smyer, Texas, Copyright 2002, pp. 52, 53
In the early 1590's, Jacobus Arminius had become an acquaintance and some would say an admirer and friend of a Jesuit named Cardinal Robert Bellarmine. Bellarmine was engaged in one of the other battlefronts of the war against the Reformation.
At the time, one of the biggest battlefields for the Jesuit army was in the area of eschatology (end things). As Christians around the world began to read the Bible for themselves, it became evident to many of them that the Catholic Church figured prominently in prophecy. The teaching that the Mystery, Babylon the Great, Mother of Harlots of Revelation 17:5 was actually the papist Church of Rome was gaining steam.
In 1590, a Jesuit named Francisco Ribera (1537-1591) had begun to write commentaries explaining away those scriptures that plainly taught of the Catholic Church as an element of the Antichrist system. Specifically, Ribera wrote a commentary in 1590 that placed a whole new spin on Daniel 9:27. Ribera became the first theologian in over 1500 years to teach that the he in Daniel 9:27 who confirmed the covenant and put an end to sacrifice was actually antichrist and not the Messiah.
It had been the uniform teaching of the church since the death of Christ that the he who had put an end to all sacrifices on the Cross was Jesus Christ. But the Jesuits needed to create a NEW concept of antichrist, one that was not so easily identified with Rome. By creating the concept of a seven year tribulation, transported way into the future, Ribera was able to divert attention from the most blatant antichrist that had his seat in Papal Rome [George E. Ladd, The Blessed Hope (Grand Rapids: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1956), pp. 37-38.]
Ribera's primary apparatus was the seventy weeks. He taught that Daniel's 70th week was still in the future Does this supposition sound familiar? This is exactly the scenario used by Hal Lindsey and a multitude of other current prophecy teachers. (Robert Caringola, Seventy Weeks: The Historical Alternative, Abundant Life Ministries Reformed Press. 1991. p. 35).
Francisco Ribera (1537–1591) a Spanish Jesuit theologian
DANIEL 9:20-27: THE PROPER FOUNDATION FOR A BIBLICAL VIEW OF “JACOB’S TROUBLE” OR THE DAY OF THE LORD (pdf.)
By Paul J. Wickliffe, Day of the LORD Publications
There are only 3.5 years until the trumpet and vial judgments of God descend upon an unbelieving world.
And whiles I was speaking, and praying, and confessing my sin and the sin of my people Israel, and presenting my supplication before the LORD my God for the holy mountain of my God; 21 Yea, whiles I was speaking in prayer, even the man Gabriel, whom I had seen in the vision at the beginning, being caused to fly swiftly, touched me about the time of the evening oblation. 22 And he informed me, and talked with me, and said, O Daniel, I am now come forth to give thee skill and understanding. 23 At the beginning of thy supplications the commandment came forth, and I am come to shew thee; for thou art greatly beloved:therefore understand the matter, and consider the vision. 24 Seventy weeks are determined upon thy peopleand 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. 25 Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times. 26 And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself:and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined. 27 And heshall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week heshall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations heshall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.