Daniel's Seventy Weeks
Gary DeMar quotes dispensationalist A. J. McClain to stress the importance which dispensationalists place on Daniel's Seventy Weeks: "For the dispensationalist, 'Probably no single prophetic utterance is more crucial in the fields of Bibical Interpretation, Apologetics, and Eschatology' than the seventy-weeks prophecy of Daniel 9:24-27" (DeMar, Last Days Madness, 329).
Even though Gary DeMar thinks that he has the expertise to criticize the interpretation of the Seventy Weeks put forth by dispensationalists he proves that he does not even understand the most basic things in regard to this prophecy. He writes:
"Exactly 490 years were to pass for Daniel's people and the Holy City before the Messiah would appear (9: 24). Those living in Jesus' day had made the calculations and were expecting 'Messiah the Prince' to appear (9:25)" [emphasis mine] (Ibid., 343).
Despite Gary DeMar's assertion that the Messiah would not appear until 490 years the prophecy plainly declares the period "unto Messiah the Prince" is to be 69 weeks of years, and not 70 weeks (490 years):
"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" (Dan.9:25).
This verse demonstrates that from the commandment to restore Jerusalem "unto the Messiah" will be "seven" weeks and "threescore and two" weeks...a total of sixty nine weeks or exactly 483 years. How can we expect Gary DeMar to have any understanding of this prophecy if he does not even understand the most basic things revealed by the Scriptures?
To add to the confusion Gary DeMar first quotes J. Barton Payne saying that the conversation of Paul probably marked the end of the 70th week, and his conversation came three years after the Crucifixion: "Verses 26 and 27 then describe how, in the midst of the final week (that is, of the last seven year period, and therefore in the spring of A.D. 30), He would bring to an end the Old Testament economy by His death...The 490 years then conclude with the three and a half years that remained, during which period the testament was to be confirmed to Israel (cf. Acts 2:38). It terminated in A.D. 33, which is the probable date for the conversion of Paul" [emphasis mine] (Ibid., 327).
Immediately after quoting these words Gary DeMar contradicts what he just quoted:
"Stephen was probably martyred the same year Jesus was crucified and Paul was converted"; (Ibid.).
At one place he quotes Payne saying that Paul was converted three and one half years after the crucifixion and then he turns around and says that Paul was converted the same year of the crucifixion!