Posted by Elfriede Copple
Today I am going to post a short Bible study Mike and I did on Daniel 9:21-27.
Yes, while I was speaking in prayer, the man Gabriel, whom I had seen in the vision at the beginning, being caused to fly swiftly, reached me about the time of the evening offering. And he informed me, and talked with me, and said, “O Daniel, I have now come forth to give you skill to understand. At the beginning of your supplications the command went out, and I have come to tell you, for you are greatly beloved; therefore consider the matter, and understand the vision:
Daniel did not understand the vision he had prophesied. He prayed for help and God sent Gabriel the angel to give understanding to Daniel what the prophecy was saying.
“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.
Warren Henderson explains in his book Infidelity and Loyalty pg 391: “The Hebrew word shabua is translated “week,” but literally means “seven,” much like our English word dozen means twelve of something. The “something” is determined by the context. … Based on how the final week is described elsewhere in Scripture, we are able to conclude that a week is speaking of seven years”.
So the first phrase Seventy Weeks are determined is actually 7 x 70 which equals 490 years. The first 483 of the 490 years began when Nehemiah started re-building the wall of Jerusalem, and ended at Christ’s crucifixion.
The rest of verse 24 explains the same thing Romans 3:21-22 reveals that when Christ is believed upon the believers will have the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ. The anointing of the Most Holy means that the Father commissioned the Son to shed His blood and die for the sins of the world.
“Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the command to restore and build Jerusalem Until Messiah the Prince, there shall be seven weeks and sixty-two weeks; the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublesome times. “And after the sixty-two weeks Messiah shall be cut off, but not for Himself; 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.
Gabriel explains that Nehemiah’s rebuilding of Jerusalem shall be 7 weeks or 49 years, and then 62 more weeks or 434 more years until the crucifixion of Christ. 49 years plus 434 years totals 483 years. The prince who is to come will happen at a presently undetermined time. He is the Antichrist. In AD70 Nehemiah’s work was destroyed. And till the end: means the end of the Church Age—time of the Gentiles—rapture of the church—time that only the Father knows (Matthew 24:36).
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. And on the wind of abominations shall be one who makes desolate, even until the consummation, which is determined, is poured out on the desolate.”
Then means after that—the rapture—he—the Antichrist—shall confirm a covenant—make a peace treaty—with many—all those who are left behind—for one week—seven years—the beginning of the Tribulation period. But in the middle of the week—three-and-a-half years—the Great Tribulation begins. Ezekiel Chapters 38 + 39 prophesy the war of Armageddon at the end of the seven-year Tribulation which matches what is coming in the Revelation of Jesus Christ (Revelation 19:13-16).
William MacDonald says: “Gabriel gave Daniel an outline for Israel’s future” (Daniel 9:21-27). God’s Word also gives us a prescription for eternal life.
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