The Seventy Weeks of Daniel Chapter Nine
Daniel Chapter Nine Introduction
Introduction - Daniel's Beautiful Prayer
We are going to take a look at the most astonishing passage in the entire Bible. This is going to be a peak into Daniel chapter 9 for quite an exciting passage and discussion. It will turn out to be the most beneficial and confidence-building four verses in the Bible - Daniel chapter 9.
You will recall that Jesus Christ in a confidential briefing with Peter, James, John, and Andrew on the end times pointed to this very passage. (Matthew 24-25, Mark 13-14, and Luke 21) It has to be important. You will also recall the Jesus Christ ended all the debate about the book of Daniel where He attributed the verse to Daniel.
If you don’t believe Jesus Christ you have a bigger problem than whether Daniel wrote the book or not. The first nineteen verses are one of the sincerest prayers you will ever read. Daniel realized from reading Jeremiah that the Jewish seventy years of captivity In Babylon was nearing an end.
The Prayer Life of Daniel
Daniel's Beautiful Prayer
So, his prayer was directed at the entire situation surrounding the event of the Messiah presenting Himself in Jerusalem. From reading the prayer and how intense Daniel was praying to God even in the translation you can feel him tremble.
But he gets interrupted; this being known as the interrupted prayer of the entire Old Testament. It is Gabriel who interrupts Daniel in his intense prayer and gives to him the four-verse prophecy that has no equal in the complete Scripture. Daniel 9.24-27
Verse 24 “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 Place.
Verse 25 “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 open square shall be built again, and the moat,
Even in troublesome times.
Verse 26 “And after the sixty-two weeks
Messiah shall suffer the death penalty, 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.
Verse 27 Then he shall confirm a treaty with many for one week;
But in the middle of the week
He shall bring an end to sacrifice and offering.
And on the wing of abominations shall be one who makes desolate,
Even until the consummation, which is determined,
Is poured out on the desolator.”
Daniel's Beautiful Prayer
Above we have the so-called “Seventy Weeks of Daniel.” They are called weeks of years. The first of these four verses (verse 24) is the scope of the entire prophecy. Keep in mind, these events have not been completed yet. (Daniel 9.24)
- · We have NOT finished the transgressing;
- · We have NOT made an end to sins;
- · We have NOT brought in everlasting righteousness.
So, you see the scope of the prophecy is incomplete. Notice too that the focus of the prophecy is decidedly Jewish: “Seventy (sevens) weeks are determined for your people and for your holy city.” (Daniel 9.25)
Gabriel, Israel’s angelic overseer, gave Daniel a mathematical prophecy: The sixty-nine weeks of years of verse 25. Of course, we now have a starting point in the commandment "to restore and build Jerusalem.” Gabriel also interrupted Daniel’s prayer on the bank of the Euphrates River while he was in captivity in Babylon.
Several hundred ruff miles to the west Jerusalem lay in ruins but Daniel knew it would be rebuilt because of the prophecy he had read in Jeremiah’s scroll. Gabriel had told him in the scroll “There shall be seven plus sixty-two weeks.”
God Hear's Prayer
Restore and Rebuild Jerusalem
All that I am I am giving you is coming from undergrad notes. From the commandment to restore and rebuild Jerusalem to the Messiah our King the Lord Jesus will be sixty-nine weeks of years. In this, the Bible clearly uses both Genesis and in Revelation, 360-day years.
Sixty-nine weeks of 360-day years equal 173,880 days. Both Ezra and Nehemiah state they were released and had the authority to go back to rebuild the city and the Temple. That specific authority was given by Artaxerxes Longimanus on March 14, 445 B.C. That is our trigger, but when was the Messiah present as the King?
This is presented in Zechariah 9.9, “Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your King is coming to you; He is just and having salvation, Lowly and riding on a donkey, A colt, the foal of a donkey. New King James Version (NKJV)” And that is exactly what Jesus did.
Jesus allowed himself to be worshiped on that one day only as a King, and He arranged it that way. For one, He had the disciples get the donkey, and He rode the donkey from Bethany up over the Mount of Olives then down into the Valley of Kidron making His way into Jerusalem, deliberately fulfilling Zechariah 9.9.
Finally, for this one, in Psalm 118, in what is called the Hallel Palm proclaiming Jesus Christ as the Messiah: “Blessed be the King that comes in the name of the Lord, peace in Heaven and glory in the highest”. The Pharisees said, “Master, rebuke your disciples.” Why did they say that? Read on.
Because they recognized that the disciples and people were proclaiming Jesus Christ as the Meshach Nagid, the Messiah the King, and they felt they were blaspheming! And what did Jesus Christ tell them? “I tell you, if these become silent, the stone will cry out!” (Luke19.40)
That event occurred on April 6, 32 A.D., which turns out to be 173,880 days from the decree to authorize the rebuilding of Jerusalem! Do you realize the Angel Gabriel gave Daniel the Prophet a prediction of the exact day that the Messiah would present Himself as King to Jerusalem?
What makes this particularly remarkable is that the Old Testament including Daniel was translated into Greek in the third century before Christ was born. This is one of the most astonishing verifications that Jesus Christ really was the Messiah of Israel. What more does mankind need?
Thank you for reading my posts. This one was a little longer than the last few and about a prayer of Daniel's which I love and my just passed wife loved as well. I hope you enjoyed reading it and will leave some feedback here and in other posts at Hubpages as well.
I will continue to write as long as my health will permit. Again thank you for reading the posts. It is appreciated. Gary
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