Other people have speculated that Titus, the Roman commander whose
forces besieged Jerusalem in 70 AD, was the “prince who is to
come.” Logically, this is impossible for three reasons. First,
the passage tells us that the “prince who is to come” confirms
a covenant after the Temple is destroyed. In the middle of the ‘one
week’ period of that covenant (after half a ‘week,’
which is 1,260 days, or about 3 years and 5½ months, from the time he
confirms the covenant), he puts an end to sacrifice and offering.
And the people of
the prince who is to come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary.
The end of it shall be with a flood, and till the end of the war
desolations are determined. Then he shall confirm a covenant
with many for one week; but in the middle of the week he shall bring
an end to sacrifice and offering...
It would have been impossible for Titus to have made a covenant after
the Temple was destroyed, and then in the middle of the ‘week’
of that covenant (after 1260 days--about 3 years and 5½ months) to have
put an end to sacrifice and offering. This is because after the Temple
was destroyed there was no sacrifice and offering to abolish since there
was no Temple.
The second reason Titus could not have been the “prince who
is to come” is that Jesus prophesied that “the
abomination that causes desolation, spoken of through the prophet Daniel,”
will happen after the gospel has been preached to all nations, at the
time of the end.
And this gospel of
the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to
all nations, and then the end will come. So when you see
standing in the holy place the abomination that causes desolation,
spoken of through the prophet Daniel...
The third reason that Titus could not have been the “prince
who is to come” is that at the end of the 70th ‘week’of
Daniel, all of the following conditions must be met, which was not the
case after the time of Titus:
Seventy weeks are
determined for your people and for your holy city, to finish the
transgression, to make an end of sins, to make reconciliation for
iniquity, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal up vision
and prophecy, and to anoint the Most Holy.
Based on a logical analysis of the chronology of Daniel’s prophecy,
the “prince who is to come” has not yet come. It is important
to note this, because Daniel chapter 9, using a minimum number of words,
tells us that a future Temple will be standing in Jerusalem at the time
of this “prince.” †