THE PROPHECY

OF THE

70 YEARS

DANIEL 9

  

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We come here to another of the great prophetic chapters of the Word of God. Dr. Philip Newell says, This is the greatest chapter of the book and one of the greatest chapters of the entire Bible. The two main themes of this chapter are prayer and prophecy. Daniel was one of the Lord's greatest spiritual saints in God's Kingdom. His recorded life and walk with God, as found in the pages of this book, is without equal in God's Word.

     In chapter 1 ... At 17 years old (in order to remain faithful to his God) he defied the King's edict to eat unclean meats.

        In chapter 2 ... He confidently called his friends to prayer in order to receive from God the interpretation of Nebuchadnezzar's dream.

        In chapter 4 ... He fearlessly stood before Nebuchadnezzar and told him that he was about to be humbled by the true and living God by being turned into an animal to wander the fields and eat grass like an ox for 7 years.

        In chapter 5 ... He stood up to Belshazzar and preached to that strutting young peacock telling him that he was filled with ungodly pride and a worshiper of dumb idols and, therefore, the God of Heaven was going to remove him from his throne.

        In chapter 6 ... He openly continued to pray 3 times a day in defiance of Darius' ban on prayer to any gods except the king ... and was subsequently thrown alive into a den of lions.

        In chapter 7 ... In a vision, he was shown the great Gentile Kingdoms of the future and saw into Heaven on that future day when the Son of Man would receive his eternal Kingdom from the hand of the Ancient of Days.

        In chapter 9 ... The angel Gabriel told Daniel he had been sent to him because ... you are greatly loved.

I Corinthians 2:15 says,

But he who is spiritual judges all things, yet he himself is rightly judged by no one.

If you should find yourself wondering just what it means to be a spiritual person ... just think about Daniel. Here in the first part of chapter 9, I would like to explore this a bit. Just how does one become such a giant of the faith?

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9:1-2

In the first year of Darius son of Ahasuerus (a Mede by descent), who was made ruler over the Babylonian kingdom- in the first year of his reign, I, Daniel, understood from the Scriptures, according to the word of the LORD given to Jeremiah the prophet, that the desolation of Jerusalem would last seventy years.

Somehow, Daniel managed to acquire copies of the Old Testament Scriptures. And, one day as he was reading in the Word of God, he came across Jeremiah 29:10. There, he read,

This is what the LORD says: 'When seventy years are completed for Babylon, I will come to you and fulfill my gracious promise to bring you back to this place.'

No doubt, when Daniel read that, he was ecstatic. He had discovered in the Word of God that the captivity of Judah in Babylon would only last for 70 years! After reading that, don't you know that he wasted no time in getting out his calendar to determine how much longer he and his people would be there? You know it! Seventy years was, no doubt, ringing in Daniel's heart all that day long and for the days that followed. Seventy years and we are out of here! We're going home!

 

    A. The first principle of spirituality we find here is that Daniel was a reader and student of the Word of God. He found spiritual sustenance, wisdom, knowledge and fellowship with God within its pages. May I say to you, beloved ... this is the first principle of being a spiritual man or woman. The first and most vital thing that a spiritual man or woman does is to have a continuous love affair with the Word of God. You and I have a great advantage over Daniel in this regard. He only had Genesis through Malachi. We have, in our possession, so much more. Colossian 3:16 says,

 

Let the word of Christ (the entire Bible) richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God.

 

I have heard a lot of excuses for not reading the Word of God. Some have said, My eyes aren't as good as they used to be and it just too hard for me to read any more. Well, then ... go get a large print Bible. Someone might even say, I'm blind now. Then learn Braille, brother, or get the Bible on CD! Don't let anything keep you from the Book of books! Take every opportunity to immerse yourself in it. One can't even get even out of the starting blocks to spirituality without developing a love affair with the Word of God. Every time we read it, we are sitting at the feet of Jesus, you see. And he speaks to us in his Word. We speak to him in our prayers. Daniel was well steeped in both.

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9:3-6

 

So I gave my attention to the Lord God to seek Him by prayer and supplications, with fasting, sackcloth and ashes. I prayed to the LORD my God and confessed and said, 'Alas, O Lord, the great and awesome God, who keeps His covenant and lovingkindness for those who love Him and keep His commandments, we have sinned, committed iniquity, acted wickedly and rebelled, even turning aside from Your commandments and ordinances. Moreover, we have not listened to Your servants the prophets, who spoke in Your name to our kings, our princes, our fathers and all the people of the land.

Immediately on learning in Jeremiah of the 70 year duration of their captivity, Daniel went to his knees. Dr. Gaebelein, the Hebrew scholar, says that it takes three minutes to read Daniel's prayer here in the Hebrew. Daniel was very thorough when he prayed. He had a tender heart toward his God and toward God's people. His people had completely turned away from their God and, as a result, they were now scattered across Asia Minor, having been driven out of their homeland by the very God who had put them there in the first place. Did you notice how Daniel included himself as a transgressor ... along with the rest of his people?

    B. The second principle of spirituality we find here can be summed up in 3 words ... TALK TO GOD. Daniel says I gave my attention to the Lord God to seek Him by prayer. We need to ask ourselves, Have I been giving my attention to the Lord God to seek Him by prayer? How serious a matter is prayer in my life? Where is talking to God on my priority list? Is it somewhere down at the bottom of page 19, just below cleaning out the garage? To those who are spiritual giants ... like Daniel ... prayer is a serious business. Back in chapter 6, we read ...he kneeled upon his knees three times a day and prayed, and gave thanks before his God. God's Word to you and me in I Thessalonians 5:17 is,

...pray without ceasing..

Can we receive it? I was thinking about this a while back and it came to me that prayer is more of a portal than it is a door. Because, you see, the portal to our Lord's throne has no door. It is always open. A good deal of what it means to abide in Christ ... as found in John 15 ... is realized by prayer. That's why we believers are told to pray without ceasing. You and I can have a continuous dialog with our Lord ... from any place and at any time. There are a couple of specifics here in Daniel's prayer that I believe are helpful concerning this. Let me list them.

            1. Get serious. Did you notice how far Daniel went in this regard in verse 3? It says that he sought the Lord with fasting, sackcloth and ashes. Do you think ... when this great man of God was sitting in prayer ... in sackcloth, dust and ashes ... that it caught God's eye? Have you ever cared that deeply about something? The Word of Christ to us in James 5:16b, comes to mind.

...the effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.

            2. Get honest. Spiritual people are ones whose lives are an "open book" before their God. King David said in Psalm 51:6-7,

Surely you desire truth in the inner parts; you teach me wisdom in the inmost place. Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.

When Daniel prayed, he was brutally honest with God. He told it like it was. The sooner a child of God learns to come before their Lord and "call a spade a spade" ... the more firmly their feet will be planted in true spirituality. I John 1:9, comes in here. It is the Christian's "bar of soap." Keep in mind, this verse has nothing to do with one's salvation. That's a done deal. First John 1:9, has to do with our fellowship with the living God.

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.

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9:7-19

Lord, you are righteous, but this day we are covered with shame―the men of Judah and people of Jerusalem and all Israel, both near and far, in all the countries where you have scattered us because of our unfaithfulness to you. O LORD, we and our kings, our princes and our fathers are covered with shame because we have sinned against you. The Lord our God is merciful and forgiving, even though we have rebelled against him; we have not obeyed the LORD our God or kept the laws he gave us through his servants the prophets. All Israel has transgressed your law and turned away, refusing to obey you.

Therefore the curses and sworn judgments written in the Law of Moses, the servant of God, have been poured out on us, because we have sinned against you. You have fulfilled the words spoken against us and against our rulers by bringing upon us great disaster. Under the whole heaven nothing has ever been done like what has been done to Jerusalem. Just as it is written in the Law of Moses, all this disaster has come upon us, yet we have not sought the favor of the LORD our God by turning from our sins and giving attention to your truth.  The LORD did not hesitate to bring the disaster upon us, for the LORD our God is righteous in everything he does; yet we have not obeyed him.

Now, O Lord our God, who brought your people out of Egypt with a mighty hand and who made for yourself a name that endures to this day, we have sinned, we have done wrong. O Lord, in keeping with all your righteous acts, turn away your anger and your wrath from Jerusalem, your city, your holy hill. Our sins and the iniquities of our fathers have made Jerusalem and your people an object of scorn to all those around us.

Now, our God, hear the prayers and petitions of your servant. For your sake, O Lord, look with favor on your desolate sanctuary. Give ear, O God, and hear; open your eyes and see the desolation of the city that bears your Name. We do not make requests of you because we are righteous, but because of your great mercy. O Lord, listen! O Lord, forgive! O Lord, hear and act! For your sake, O my God, do not delay, because your city and your people bear your Name.

    C. The third principle of spirituality found here in Daniel's prayer is: Expect to find grace and mercy at the throne of God. In verse 7, Daniel prayed, O Lord, righteousness belongs to you. In verse 9, he said, To the Lord our God belongs mercies and forgiveness. So, dear saint, like Daniel, go and get it. Go and get it often. Our God is kind, forgiving, gracious and merciful beyond belief! There is nothing his children get into that he can't handle. Daniel and his people were in a mess. They had, all by themselves, created a huge spiritual disaster but their God was the God who specializes in people who make disasters! And, he hasn't changed, brother or sister. You and I require a lot of mercy and grace from the hand of our God. Am I right? Well, he's got a lot of it waiting for us. He has it by the bucket load. As the prophet Jonah learned, we serve the God of the second chance. And, I might add, the third and fourth and ...? When asked about forgiveness, Jesus told his disciples to forgive 70 time 7. If we are to do that ... what must our Lord be like in that department? Aye? I repeat, if we are to be that way ... what must our God be like? So, go to him often, beloved. Take your cup ... and lift it up ... and, ask him to fill it with grace and mercy. He will be all too glad to do so and we can be made new again in our fellowship with our God. As you have it in Hebrews 4:14-16,

Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has gone through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are―yet was without sin. Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.

And again in Philippians 3:13-14,

Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.

So then, the three major highways (and they are high ways indeed) that are basic fundamental principles of spirituality are:

    Develop a love affair with the Word of God

    Develop a love for talking to God

    Develop a willingness to ask for the grace and mercy of God. Go to him often. Get it from his hand and he will more than meet your need. Psalm 136 says,

Oh, give thanks to the LORD, for He is good!
For His mercy endures forever.
 Oh, give thanks to the God of gods!
For His mercy endures forever.
 Oh, give thanks to the Lord of lords!
For His mercy endures forever:

 To Him who alone does great wonders,
For His mercy endures forever;
 To Him who by wisdom made the heavens,
For His mercy endures forever;
 To Him who laid out the earth above the waters,
For His mercy endures forever;
 To Him who made great lights,
For His mercy endures forever―
 The sun to rule by day,
For His mercy endures forever;
 The moon and stars to rule by night,
For His mercy endures forever.

 To Him who struck Egypt in their firstborn,
For His mercy endures forever;
 And brought out Israel from among them,
For His mercy endures forever;
 With a strong hand, and with an outstretched arm,
For His mercy endures forever;
 To Him who divided the Red Sea in two,
For His mercy endures forever;
 And made Israel pass through the midst of it,
For His mercy endures forever;
 But overthrew Pharaoh and his army in the Red Sea,
For His mercy endures forever;
 To Him who led His people through the wilderness,
For His mercy endures forever;
 To Him who struck down great kings,
For His mercy endures forever;
 And slew famous kings,
For His mercy endures forever―
 Sihon king of the Amorites,
For His mercy endures forever;
 And Og king of Bashan,
For His mercy endures forever―
 And gave their land as a heritage,
For His mercy endures forever;
 A heritage to Israel His servant,
For His mercy endures forever.

 Who remembered us in our lowly state,
For His mercy endures forever;
 And rescued us from our enemies,
For His mercy endures forever;
 Who gives food to all flesh,
For His mercy endures forever.

 Oh, give thanks to the God of heaven!
For His mercy endures forever.

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9:20-23

While I was speaking and praying, confessing my sin and the sin of my people Israel and making my request to the LORD my God for his holy hill--while I was still in prayer, Gabriel, the man I had seen in the earlier vision, came to me in swift flight about the time of the evening sacrifice. He instructed me and said to me, 'Daniel, I have now come to give you insight and understanding. As soon as you began to pray, an answer was given, which I have come to tell you, for you are highly esteemed. Therefore, consider the message and understand the vision:...

When Daniel began to pray, he had come to the right place. And, the response of his Lord was immediate. Instantly, Gabriel was dispatched from before The Throne to go to Babylon and to bring further revelation to Daniel concerning his people, the Jews. Isaiah 1:18 says,

'Come now, let us reason together',  says the LORD. 'Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.'

God's response to one of his saint's prayers for forgiveness (or intercession for one of their brothers or sisters) is always the same. Yes ... yes ... yes (I John 1:9)! God can say that, by the way, because of what his Son did on the cross. As you have it in I John 1:7,

But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us (the tense of the verb here = keeps on cleansing us) from all sin.

The fact that Gabriel was immediately dispatched to Daniel, is more than sufficient evidence that Daniel's fellowship with his God was intact. And, while he was still praying, suddenly there was a hand that touched his shoulder. And, for the second time, Daniel found himself looking up into the face of that great Archangel of God named Gabriel. He says that Gabriel came to me in swift flight. This implies distance and spatial quantities between where Gabriel had been ... to where Gabriel was sent. It had taken him around 3 minutes to make his flight. Wouldn't you and I like to know just how far that distance actually was! If Gabriel had flown at the speed of light (186 282.397 miles per second in a vacuum), he traveled approximately 560,000 miles. But, I suspect that spirits have no such terrestrial limitations and that the distance was much much further. Nevertheless, it took Gabriel a good bit of time to travel from where he was ... down to where Daniel was. But, God heard Daniel the instant his lips said, O Lord. Our God is a very, very available God, beloved. He is closer than the very next breath you and I draw for his is omnipresent, you see. As the Apostle Paul put it to his audience on Mars Hill in Athens,

God did this so that men would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from each one of us. 'For in him we live and move and have our being... Acts 17:27-28a    

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9:24-27

Now, in order to "be at home" in this amazing prophecy that we find here, one needs to know a bit about and be able to explain the following:

    1. Gabriel's seventy weeks equal 490 years.

    2. The starting point of the 490 years began with the decree of Artexerxses (Nehemiah 2:12-15) to restore and rebuild Jerusalem.

    3. Gabriel's reckoning of years contained 360 days each (12 months of 30 days each).

    4. The prince in the phrase, the people of the prince that shall come, is not Messiah the Prince of verse 25, but rather the little horn of Daniel 7, the man of sin of II Thessalonians 2.

    5. There will be a time period of undetermined length between the coming of Messiah the Prince and the final 7 years in this prophecy. This we learn from the mention of:

        a.  the cross where Messiah will be cut off

        b.  the destruction of Jerusalem in AD 70

        c.  and, the covenant that the Antichrist will make with the Jews.

    6. Finally, the distinctly Jewish nature of the entire passage.

Having said all that, what we have here is probably the most amazing prophecy in all of the Bible. I have taken the liberty to insert comments within the text in order to make it more easily understandable, especially for those who might be reading it for the first time. I am also quoting it from the King James version of the Bible since it is a literal translation and therefore takes more care in attempting to give it to us word for word.

Seventy weeks (70) 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 prophesy, and to anoint the Most Holy. Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the command to restore and build Jerusalem (fulfilled by Artaxerxes in 445 BC. See Nehemiah 2:5-8) until Messiah the Prince, there shall be seven weeks and sixty-two weeks (69); the street shall be built again, and the wall (accomplished under Nehemiah), even in troublesome times. And after the sixty-two weeks, Messiah shall be cut off, (speaking of the cross) but not for himself (speaking of his death for you and me); and the people (the Romans) of the prince who is to come (Antichrist) shall destroy the city and the sanctuary (destroyed by the Roman general Titus in AD 70). The end of it shall be with a flood, and till the end of the war desolations are determined. Then he (Antichrist) shall confirm a covenant (make a treaty) with many for one week; (a 7 year treaty with the Jews at the beginning of the Tribulation) but in the middle (3 1/2 years after the treaty is signed and at the beginning of the Great Tribulation) of the week he shall bring an end to sacrifice and offering. And on the wing of abominations shall be one who makes desolate, (Antichrist’s seizing of the temple and setting up his own image and worship there) even until the consummation, which is determined, (Christ’s dealing with Antichrist at his Second Coming) is poured out on the desolate(Christ's judgment of Antichrist, casting him into the Lake of Fire).

As far as specific times are concerned, this is the most amazingly precise prophecy in the entire Bible. Three key portions of it have already been fulfilled ... namely:

  • 1. The issuing of the decree to rebuild the wall at Jerusalem.
  • 2. The precise fulfillment of the exact time predicted between that decree and the first coming of Christ Jesus the Messiah.
  • 3. And, the cutting off of Messiah at the cross.

When Sir Robert Anderson calculated the time between Artaxerxes decree (445 B.C.) and the first coming of Christ to Earth, he found that it was exactly 483 years, just as Daniel had predicted it would be when he wrote ... 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 (69 weeks). Using simple mathematics, he found that Daniel's 70 weeks were periods of seven years each or prophetic weeks. Therefore, 69 of them equal 7 X 69 = 483 years. He then found that from Artaxerxes' decree in the days of Nehemiah (Neh. 2:12-15), to the exact day that Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey's colt and presented himself to Israel as their Messiah was, in fact, exactly 483 years to the day, just as the prophet Daniel had predicted. In fact, this turned out to be so precise a prediction, and such an exact fulfillment in history, that many liberal theologians began to say that the book of Daniel was not written by Daniel at all, but was written by someone else at a much later time ... who wrote it from hindsight rather than foresight! Careful study of Daniel, however, clearly proves otherwise. The historicity and date of Daniel's writings are beyond question. This is dealt with extensively by Sir Robert Anderson in his classic book, The Coming Prince (Anderson, Pickering and and Inglis, Ltd., London, 13th Edition, n.d. pp. 127 - 128).  The following is a quote from that work of Sir Robert Anderson's calculations:

In accordance with the Jewish custom, the Lord went up to Jerusalem upon the 8th of Nisan, 'six days before the passover.' But as the 14th, on which the Paschal Supper was eaten, fell that year on a Thursday, the 8th was the preceding Friday. He must have spent the Sabbath, therefore, at Bethany; and on the evening of the 9th, after the Sabbath had ended, the Super took place in Martha's house. Upon the following day, the 10th of Nisan, He entered Jerusalem as recorded in the Gospels.  The Triumphal entry, the end of the 69 sevens cf. Zech. 9:9. The Julian date of that 10th of Nisan was Sunday the 6th of April, a.d. 32. What then was the length of the period intervening between the issuing of the decree to rebuild Jerusalem and the public advent of 'Messiah the Prince,' -- between the 14th March b.c. 445, and the 6th April, a.d. 32? THE INTERVAL CONTAINED EXACTLY AND TO THE VERY DAY 173,880 DAYS, OR SEVEN TIMES SIXTY-NINE PROPHETIC YEARS OF 360 DAYS, the first sixty-nine weeks of Gabriel's prophecy.

The 1st Nisan in the 20th year of Artaxerxes (the edict to rebuild Jerusalem) was 14th March, b.c. 445.

The 10th Nisan in Passion Week (Christ's entry into Jerusalem) was 6th April, a.d. 32.

The intervening period was 476 years and 24 days (the days being reckoned inclusively, as required by the language of the prophecy, and in accordance with the Jewish practice.)

    But 476 x 365 =                                                         173,740 days

    Add (14th March to 6th April, both inclusive)               24   "

    Add for leap years                                                             116   "

                                                                                          173,880 days

Add 69 weeks of prophetic years of 360 days (or 69 x 7 x 360) = 173,880 days.

Coming back to Daniel's prophecy, this means that there remains just one week (7 years), that has not yet been fulfilled. When Messiah was cut off at the cross, Daniel's prophetic 70-week clock stopped. And, its last week was left ... yet unfulfilled. That final week will be fulfilled by the coming Tribulation Period (Revelation 6-18).

Now, in the Old Testament, the mystery of the Church and its time period (from the cross of Christ until right now), was not revealed. The Church is not found in the Old Testament at all. So, the mystery of the Church Age lies between Daniel's 69th and 70th week. When the Rapture of the Church occurs, it will signal the end of the Church Age and the beginning of Daniel's 70th week. At that time, the prophetic clock of Daniel's 70 week will begin to tick down once again ... as its final week will be fulfilled by the final days of Earth's Gentile history. When those seven years are over, all of Daniel's prophecy will have been completed and fulfilled to the letter.

Other references to the 7 year Tribulation come from several scriptures that mention its two 3 ½ year segments. The last 3 ½ years is called the Great Tribulation. Here is a list of these scriptures. You can draw your own conclusions about them.

    1. Revelation 11:3, says that God's two witnesses will prophesy at Jerusalem for one thousand two hundred and sixty days (1260 divided by 360 = 3 1/2 years).

    2. Revelation 12:6, says that the woman, Israel, will be hidden in the wilderness for one thousand two hundred and sixty days (1260 divided by 360 = 3 1/2 years).

    3. Revelation 13:5, says that the beast with the big mouth (Antichrist) was granted to continue for forty-two months (42 divided by 12 = 3 1/2 years)

    4. Daniel 7:25, says that the saints will be given into the hands of the little horn (Antichrist) for a time and times and half a time (a Jewish idiomatic expression where the term, time, means one year) (1 + 2 + 1/2 = 3 1/2 years)

    5. Daniel 12:11, says that from the time that the sacrifice is caused to cease and the abomination of desolation is set up (until the end) will be one thousand two hundred and ninety days (1290 divided by 360 = 3 1/2 years + an extra 30 days) We don't know what that extra 30 days is all about. It is still a mystery.

    6. Daniel 12:12, says that there will be one thousand three hundred and thirty five days until a day when all who arrive in Israel will be called blessed (1335 divided by 360 = 3 1/2 years + an extra 75 days) Probably this is referring to a particular red letter day that will occur in the Millennial Kingdom of Christ calculated from the day that the sacrifice was stopped by Antichrist at the middle of the Tribulation.

So, Daniel 9:24-27, is the prophecy where the foundation for the seven year Tribulation is well laid. It’s already fulfilled predictions and time periods are precise beyond question. There is only one piece of the puzzle that is yet to be fulfilled, namely, its last 7 year week. In addition, there are the other scriptures above that predict its three and a half year segments. Together, these scriptures clearly show that the length of the Tribulation will be seven years.

Just a couple more comments before we leave this chapter. According to this prophecy, these 70 prophetic years are required to:

    1. ...finish the transgression. I believe this refers to the transgression of the Jew's continuous rejection of their God. Throughout history, that has been their Achilles heal. For example, of the 2 million plus Jews that God delivered from Egypt, only 3 people entered the Promised Land. The Old Testament is the history of the people of Israel's repeated transgressions and rejections of their God. As Stephen put it to them so directly in Acts 7:51-53 (just before they stoned him to death),

You stiff-necked people, with uncircumcised hearts and ears! You are just like your fathers: You always resist the Holy Spirit! Was there ever a prophet your fathers did not persecute? They even killed those who predicted the coming of the Righteous One. And now you have betrayed and murdered him―

    2. ...to make an end of sins and to make reconciliation for iniquities. These statements are a clear references to the cross-work of Christ ... wherein the sin problem and the estrangement between God and man was forever settled. As you have it in I John 2:2,

He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.

And again, in II Corinthians 5:18-19,

All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting men's sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. 
 

    3. ...to bring in everlasting righteousness. This is a clear reference to Christ's Kingdom on Earth ... that yet future time when righteousness will cover the earth like the waters that cover the sea. That will occur when Christ sets up his earthly Kingdom at the end of the Tribulation Period ... at the last "tick" of Daniel's prophetic 70 weeks. As you have it in Isaiah 1:26-27,

 

I will restore your judges as in days of old, your counselors as at the beginning. Afterward you will be called the City of Righteousness, the Faithful City. Zion will be redeemed with justice, her penitent ones with righteousness.

     4. ...to seal up vision and prophecy. In other words, after the 70 prophetic weeks are come and gone, there will never again be need for visions or prophecies.

    5. ...and to anoint the Most Holy. This is a reference to that most holy sanctum, called The Holy of Holies, that will be inside of Christ's literal temple on Earth. It will exist on the earth all during his Millennial (1000 year) reign. Ezekiel 41-46, gives us its exact specifications and dimensions, by the way. And, the Jews, to this day, don't know what to make of it!

Another amazing thing about this prophecy is that it was written 550 years before Christ was born!

 

Scripture taken from the New King James Version. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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