Daniel's Prophetic Seventieth Week
By George Kirkpatrick


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As we come to the end of the age, God is revealing the hidden mysteries in His Word to those who are spending time with Him in prayer and meditation. Paul revealed to Timothy:

"Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of truth." II Timothy 2:15

Those who study to show themselves good workmen (laborers) in the vineyard will not need to be ashamed when they stand before the throne of God on the day of judgment. Paul explained these are those who rightly divide the Word of truth. The word divide means "to handle correctly."

Most who call themselves by God's name only know or accept what they hear from the pulpits - - - and those who occupy the pulpits only know what they have been taught in their denominational seminaries. Both those who occupy the pews and those who stand in the pulpits depend on teachings that have been passed down from one generation to another. So the same misunderstandings and misinterpretations are accepted as truth from generation to generation.

When new light is shed on God's Word, it is judged by those who cannot change what they have been taught and believe. Instead of checking out what has been revealed, they deny any idea that goes against what they have been taught, and they continue to teach their fallacies. One of these fallacies is the teaching of a seven year tribulation period. Other falacies will be exposed as this study continues. So how do these fallacies continue to exist, when God's Word is so plain concerning these false teachings?

The fallacy of the seven year tribulation began because of the misinterpretation of the prophecy Daniel was given concerning the end of the age.

"And I (Daniel) set my face unto the Lord, God, to seek by prayer and supplications, with fasting, and sackcloth, and ashes:

Yea, while 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.

And he informed me, and talked with me, and said, O Daniel, I am now come forth to give thee skill and understanding.

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.

Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and 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." Daniel 9:3, & 21-24

We need to understand the archangel Gabriel gave Daniel skill (insight) and understanding concerning God's people in the end of this age. When we rightly divide the Word of truth, we too can have insight and understanding of Daniel's vision.

Gabriel revealed seventy weeks to Daniel. These seventy weeks were determined (or decreed) upon God's people and the holy city. Many teach the term Thy people refers to the Jews and that the holy city refers to Jerusalem as we know it today. These are fallacies people have been led to believe. They have been taught the Jews are God's chosen people. God's chosen people are not the Jews. The Bible is clear that God's chosen people are Israel. And there is no correlation between the Jews and Israel in the Bible. The Jews follow their Jewish religion. They are not a nation of people, no more than the Catholics, Methodists, Baptists, Pentecostals, or any other religion are a nation of people.

God chose ancient Israel as His people in the Old Testament - - - and in the New Testament Paul informs us:

"For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature.  And as many as walk according to this rule, peace be on them, and mercy, and upon the Israel of God." Galatians 6:15-16

The word creature should have been translated creation. Those who walk according to this rule (standard or principle) of the new creation are the Israel of God, or Spiritual Israel. So when Gabriel proclaimed seventy weeks are determined (decreed) on His people, he is speaking of Israel, both natural and Spiritual Israel, not the Jew.

The seventy weeks is also decreed upon God's Holy City. Paul gave us an allegory of the two Jerusalems. The Webster's dictionary describes the word allegory as "a pictorial device in which each object, character, and event symbolically illustrates a religious or moral principle." Paul reveals an allegory to the churches of Galatia:

"Which things are an allegory: for these are the two covenants; the one from the Mount Sinai, which gendereth to bondage, which is Hagar. For this Hagar is Mount Sinai in Arabia, and answereth to Jerusalem which now is, and is in bondage with her children. But Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother of us all." Galatians 4:24-26

Paul speaks of the two covenants as allegories. One covenant genders to bondage. This bondage was given at Mount Sinai and answers to the Jerusalem which now is - - - or, the physical Jerusalem we can find on the map of modern day Israel. As Paul states, this Jerusalem is in bondage with her children. Those who try to please God by attempting to keep His ancient laws are indeed under bondage, and look to the Jerusalem which now is.

But the Jerusalem which is above is free - - - and is the mother of us all. The mother is the one who gives life. So the Jerusalem from above is the life-giving source for all those who are part of God's holy nation. The Jerusalem from above is Spiritual Israel. Paul explains to the church at Ephesus who make up His chosen people, Israel:

"That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world:  But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ." Ephesians 2:12-13

Those who are without Christ (the anointing) are aliens from the commonwealth of Israel. The word alien means "estranged and shut out from fellowship." The word commonwealth means (citizenship, or rights of a citizen).

Paul informs us those who are without Christ are strangers from the covenant of promise, and have no hope, and are without God. This describes ancient Israel who do not recognize Christ as their Messiah, and those also who have rejected the redemptive power of the blood of Christ. These are without Christ. They have no hope and are strangers from the covenant of promise.

Then Paul continues to reveal those who are far off from the commonwealth of Israel are made nigh by the blood of Christ. Those who have Christ (the anointing) are no longer aliens. They have become citizens of the nation Israel (Spiritual Israel). As Peter describes it:

"But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of Him who hath called you out of darkness into His marvellous light:  which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy." I Peter 2:9-10

Those who were not a people, have now become the chosen people of God. These are God's chosen generation, His royal priesthood, His holy nation, and His peculiar people. These are those who have been purchased by the precious blood of Jesus and have been called out of darkness, and are now walking in His marvellous light. These are the new creation, the Israel of God.

When Gabriel revealed seventy weeks were decreed upon God's people, it now becomes clear through rightly dividing the Word of truth, he was not speaking of God's ancient people (natural Israel), but those (Spiritual Israel) who have been purchased by the blood of Jesus Christ.

Daniel's seventy weeks were also decreed upon God's Holy City. This is the Jerusalem from above. Jesus revealed the Jerusalem from above to John on the Isle of Patmos:

"And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband." Revelation 21:2

The Jerusalem from above comes down from God out of heaven (the Spiritual realm). The city is adorned as a bride for her husband. Then Jesus showed John the bride:

"And there came unto me one of the seven angels which had the seven vials full of the seven last plagues, and talked with me, saying, Come hither, I will shew thee the bride, the Lamb's wife.  And he carried me away in the Spirit to a great and high mountain, and shewed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God." Revelation 21:9-10

Those who make up the Holy City are the bride of Christ, the Lamb's wife. Gabriel gave Daniel insight of the seventy week period God has decreed to bring forth the Holy City which is His bride.

Now we need to look at the seventy weeks. These seventy weeks are seventy prophetic weeks. Prophetically speaking, a day represents a year, so the seventy weeks are 7 x 70 years - - - or four hundred and ninety years. What was to be accomplished during these four hundred and ninety years?

". . . to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for the iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most holy." Daniel 9:24b

Most would say when Jesus came He accomplished all these things for mankind. Jesus did indeed show us the way to finish the transgressions, and make an end to sin and make reconciliation for iniquity (perverseness and depravity), and He was the example of everlasting righteousness. But as we look around at mankind, certainly transgressions, sins, perverseness, depravity, and unrighteousness still exist.

Jesus showed us the way to overcome all these things. Unfortunately, the world and the worldly people have not applied this free gift to their lives.

Daniel's vision and prophecy were for another time when God's people will truly anoint the most Holy. Let's rightly divide the Word of truth to see if we can discover this time frame. As we are informed, seventy weeks are determined to accomplish all things concerning God's people. As stated before, the seventy weeks translate to four hundred and ninety prophetic 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: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times." Daniel 9:25

We are given our first clue to these four hundred and ninety prophetic years. The time was to begin when the commandment was given to restore and to rebuild Jerusalem.

Cyrus, the king of Persia, was moved on by God to rebuild the temple in Jerusalem. This was in 538 B.C, but the city itself lay in ruins. It was in the time of Artaxerxes Longimanus, King of Babylon, that the order was given to rebuild the city. This was given in the days of Nehemiah. Nehemiah was the king's butler, and he appeared before the king with a sad countenance, and the king inquired the reason for Nehemiah's sadness. Nehemiah replied:

"And said unto the king, Let the king live for ever: why should not my countenance be sad, when the city, the place of my fathers' sepulchres, lieth waste, and the gates thereof are consumed with fire? Then the king said unto me, For what dost thou make request? So I prayed to the God of heaven. And I said unto the king, If it please the king, and if thy servant have found favour in thy sight, that thou wouldest send me unto Judah, unto the city of my fathers' sepulchres, that I may build it." Nehemiah 2:3-5

The king honored Nehemiah's request and gave orders to rebuild Jerusalem. The king supplied much money and materials to accomplish this task. This order was given in 445 B.C. which was the beginning of Daniel's seventy weeks. We know by the book of Nehemiah, the city was rebuilt in troublesome times. Sanballat and Tobiah caused trouble at every turn, even at times halting the work of the rebuilding of the city.

So from the time the order was given to rebuild Jerusalem, until Messiah, the Prince, was sixty - nine weeks - - - or four hundred and eighty-three weeks. With these calculations, we find Messiah the Prince (Jesus Christ) was born sixty-nine weeks after the order was given to rebuild the city. This leaves a period of one week or seven years that must be explained:

"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." Daniel 9:26

Daniel prophesied after threescore and two weeks, the Messiah would be cut off. This was a prophesy of Jesus' death. As Daniel proclaimed, " . . . but not for Himself. . ." Jesus did not die because of His sin, Jesus died for the sins of the whole world.

Then Daniel prophesied, ". . . and the people of the prince . . ." The word people means "nation" of the prince. The prince who would come to destroy the city was Titus the Roman. He was the son of Caesar. He destroyed the temple in Jerusalem and the city in 70 A.D. This was prophesied by Jesus in Matthew 24:

"And Jesus went out, and departed from the temple: and His disciples came to Him for to shew Him the buildings of the temple. And Jesus said unto them, See ye not all these things? Verily I say unto you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down." Matthew 24:1-2

This was the temple Herod had built. This conflict lasted for some time and the city and the temple were totally destroyed.

Up to this time, our attention has been on the coming of the Messiah. It is at this point of Daniel's prophecy the confusion concerning the seven year tribulation period exists. Daniel recorded:

"And He shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week He shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations He shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate." Daniel 9:27

Daniel related ". . . and He shall confirm the covenant with many for one week . . ." Over the centuries, many have tried to explain that Daniel 9:27 somehow or another changed its focus from Jesus the Messiah to that of the antichrist who would make a covenant with Israel. This theory states that in this last hour of time, the antichrist would make a covenant with Israel for seven years, and in the midst of those seven years, or after three and one-half years of the seven years, the antichrist would break this covenant and would attempt to annihilate Israel. This is also where the false teaching of a seven year tribulation period comes from. We will cover the tribulation period later in this study.

It is hard to understand how some attempt to teach Daniel 9:27as the antichrist, when this Scripture starts with the word AND which means it is a continuation of the preceeding Scripture. Let's take a closer look at Daniel 9:27 and rightly divide the Word of truth with Spiritual understanding:

"And He shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week He shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations He shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate." Daniel 9:27

This seven years is Daniel's seventieth week. This seven years is the covenant Jesus Christ made with His people. Matthew records Jesus' words:

"For this is My blood of the New Testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins." Matthew 26:28

The word testament is the same word as covenant. Jesus stated, " . . . the blood of the New Testament is shed for many for the remission of sins." And as Daniel also related: " . . . Messiah shall be cut off, but not for Himself." Jesus' blood was shed that all may have life.  Unfortunately all have not taken advantage of this free gift. Paul writes to the Hebrews about this new covenant:

"And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel." Hebrews 12:24

Jesus was the one who made the covenant with His people for seven years. Paul continued:

"Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that Great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant." Hebrews 13:20

The covenant Jesus made was an everlasting covenant with mankind. Jesus Christ is the only one who made a covenant with His people. And the covenant was made for one week, or seven years.

Now in the midst of the week, He was cut off, or killed. Jesus' ministry was for three and one-half years. Or, Jesus died in the sixty-ninth and one-half year of Daniel's seventy week prophecy. This leaves three and one-half days of the seventh week yet to be fulfilled.

As Daniel related ". . . in the middle of the week He shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease." As Daniel proclaimed, the one who made the covenant would cause the sacrifice and oblation to cease. As we look to the meaning of what Daniel was speaking, we know God gave ancient Israel laws concerning sacrifices and oblations (offerings).

When Jesus died, He was the sacrifice for sin. Through His death He was the end of the old Mosaic Law. Paul explained this in his letter to the church at Rome:

"For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth." Romans 10:4

Jesus brought the sacrifices and offerings of the law to an end. Paul went to great lengths to explain this change to the Hebrews:

"In this He saith, A new covenant, He hath made the first old. Now that which decayeth and waxeth old is ready to vanish away." Hebrews 8:13

When Jesus made the New Covenant by shedding His own blood for the sins of all mankind, He made the first covenant (the law) God made with His people Israel old. And that law decayed (became ancient) and waxed old, and was ready to vanish away (disappear).  So it was the sacrifice of Jesus that caused the old sacrifices and offerings of the ancient law to cease. God made a promise to all who would believe:

"This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put My laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them; And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more. Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin." Hebrews 10:16-18

So when Jesus was cut off in the midst of the sixty-ninth week of Daniel's prophecy, He brought the ancient law with its sacrifices and offerings to an end. Then Daniel continued his prophecy:

". . . and for the overspreading of consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate." Daniel 9:27

We need to recognize these last three and one-half years Daniel speaks of will be the time when Christ will destroy the overspreading of abominations, even until the consummation.

The word consummation means "complete destruction, consumption, and annihilation." This part of Daniel's prophecy has yet to be fulfilled in the last three and one-half years when God pours out His wrath upon a godless world.

Some teach the antichrist will make a covenant with Israel for seven years, and in the midst of these seven years he will break his covenant and turn against Israel. These would have us believe God's time of the Great Tribulation is seven years. But not one Scripture in the Bible speaks of a seven year tribulation.

Some try to use the Scripture about Jacob's trouble to prove the seven year tribulation. Let's look at that Scripture:

"Alas! For that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob's trouble; but he shall be saved out of it." Jeremiah 30:7

It is obvious, Jacob's trouble speaks of the time of God's Great Tribulation, but nothing in this Scripture, or those before it, or those after it, says anything about it being seven years. So what is the length of God's great tribulation? God showed Daniel the length of time for His great tribulation:

"Then I Daniel looked, and, behold, there stood other two, the one on this side of the bank of the river, and the other on that side of the bank of the river.

And one said to the man clothed in linen, which was upon the waters of the river, How long shall it be to the end of these wonders?"

And I heard the man clothed in linen, which was upon the waters of the river, when He held up His right hand and His left hand unto heaven, and sware by Him that liveth for ever that it shall be for a time, times, and an half; and when He shall have accomplished to scatter the power of the holy people, all these things shall be finished." Daniel 12:5-7

Daniel wanted to know how long it would be to the end of these wonders (God's acts of judgment and redemption). Daniel was shown this would be for a time (one year), times (two years) and half a time (six months) - - - or a total of three and one-half years. Then Daniel stated:

"And I heard, but I understood not: then said I, O my Lord, what shall be the end of these things? And He said, Go thy way, Daniel: for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end." Daniel 12:8-9

Daniel did not understand the things he was shown. And the Scripture says Daniel's words were closed up and sealed until the time of the end. This is why God has broken the seals now, because we are at the time of the end. Now is the time God is giving us understanding of what Daniel has written. Jesus also showed John this same period of time when John was exiled on the Isle of Patmos:

"But the court which is without the temple leave out, and measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles: and the holy city shall they tread under forty and two months. And I will give power unto My two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth." Revelation 11:2-3

The two witnesses will prophesy for forty-two months or 1260 days or three and one-half years while God pours out His plagues (wrath) upon the earth. Jesus gave us another example:

"And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days." Revelation 12:6

The woman who was clothed with the sun and the moon under her feet and a crown of twelve stars (the true church) will flee into the wilderness where she will be cared for during the 1260 days or the three and one-half year period of God's wrath. Again Jesus showed John this period of time:

"And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent." Revelation 12:14

Again it will be for a time, times, and half a time or three and one-half years God is going to take care of His people in the wilderness.  This is the same time the great man of sin will rule over the whole world with his one world government.

"And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months." Revelation 13:5

Again this time is forty-two months, the same time frame as three and one-half years. Looking back at Daniel 9:27:

". . . and for the overspreading of abominations He shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate." Daniel 9:27

Abominations are the things God hates. And since Jesus left the earth, abominations have spread all over the earth, until man has become vile, desolate, and without hope.

Man is filled with fear and disease. They are appalled when they witness crime, corruption, and moral degeneracy like no other time in history. They live in a world where the threat of nuclear war hangs over their heads. Global warming is bringing devastation. Meteorites, larger than the earth, are threatening to crash upon the earth and eliminate much of the population. Frail eco-systems are being threatened by unwise and unbiblical agricultural practices. The list of desolations seems endless. We know these will continue until the consummation, or the time of the end, when God is going to pour out His wrath upon the desolate.

There are still three and one-half years to be fulfilled in Daniel's seventy week prophecy. Those three and one-half years lie directly ahead of us. When these three and one-half years are finished, what changes can God's people expect at the end of the seventy weeks. God has promised:

". . . 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." Daniel 9:24

Six things are going to be accomplished in God's people when these seventy weeks are complete. It will be the beginning of God's Kingdom age:

1   This will be the time when there will be an end of transgressions.

The word transgression means "the breaking of God's law." When these seventy weeks are complete man will live again by God's law (His Holy Word). Those who break God's law will have been dealt with.

2   When these seventy weeks are complete, God will make an end of sins.

This is when man will have dealt with his sinful nature and will truly be born again. John informs us of this time:

"Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God." I John 3:9

When we are born again we will have the mind of Christ. And we, as John explained, cannot sin because God's seed (His life, His divine nature) will be in us. John recorded Jesus' words concerning those who are born again:

"Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again. The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is everyone that is born of the Spirit." John 3:7-8

This gives a complete picture of those who are truly born again.

3   When these seventy weeks are complete, God will make reconciliation for iniquity.

The word iniquity means "injustice." God is going to reconcile all the injustices His people have suffered. Paul wrote to the Corinthians:

"And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to Himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;" II Corinthians 5:18

Not only is God going to reconcile all the injustices we have suffered, but He is going to give us the ministry of reconciliation - - - or we will be able to reconcile the injustices in other people's lives.

4   When Daniel's seventy weeks are complete everlasting righteousness will be established.

The word everlasting means exactly that. Isaiah knew of the time Daniel spoke of:

"With my soul have I desired Thee in the night; yea, with my spirit within me will I seek Thee early: for when Thy judgments are in the earth, the inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness." Isaiah 26:9

When God's judgments are in the earth, God's people are going to learn what God's true righteousness is all about because their minds will have been changed to reflect the righteousness of God.

5   Daniel was to seal up this vision and prophecy.

This vision has been sealed since the time God gave it to Daniel, and man has not been able to understand this vision. When was this vision to be revealed? God spoke to Daniel:

"But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased." Daniel 12:4

Daniel's vision and prophecy were to be sealed until the time of the end when man would run to and fro and knowledge would be increased. Truly man is running to and fro - - - and never before in history has knowledge increased as it has in our generation. So we know we are living in the time of the end. God continued to speak to Daniel:

"And He said, Go thy way, Daniel: for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end." Daniel 12:9

We are coming to the last half week of Daniel's seventy weeks. There is one more thing that will be accomplished at the end of Daniel's prophetic seventieth week.

6   This will be the time God will anoint the most holy.

The word most is the same word as the Hebrew word holy (qodesh) - - - or this should read, ". . . to anoint the holy, holy. The holy, holy are those who have come into the holiness of God by the Spirit.

Peter proclaimed:

"Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy." I Peter 1:16

Peter quoted what God spoke to Moses for the children of Israel:

"Speak unto all the congregation of the children of Israel, and say unto them, Ye shall be holy: for I the Lord your God am holy." Leviticus 19:2

This was spoken to all the congregation of the children of Israel. The whole congregation of the children of Israel includes Spiritual Israel, those who are the Israel of God today.

God is looking for a holy remnant who will become His inheritors when Daniel's seventy weeks are complete. And who will become God's inheritors? Jesus revealed His inheritors to John:

"He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be My son." Revelation 21:7

His inheritors are those who have overcome the old man nature, and have put on the mind of Christ, and have become His holy, holy ones. As Jesus revealed these will be His sons:

"For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God." Romans 8:19

The word manifestation means "to reveal and to appear." These sons were ordained from the foundation of the earth, and will be revealed in the last three and one-half years. As Paul related, the whole creation is waiting for the manifestation of these holy, holy who will be the anointed of God who will rule and reign with Him when Daniel's seventy weeks are complete.

When Daniel's seventy weeks are complete, this will usher in God's Kingdom Age. This is when time as we know it will exist no more.

As Gabriel proclaimed to Daniel, seventy weeks are decreed upon God's people and upon the Holy City. When these seventy weeks are finished, God's people, Spiritual Israel (His holy, holy) will become His bride, the Holy City of God. Praise the Lord!