6. THE SEVENTY "WEEKS" OF DANIEL (Daniel 9:24 - 27).
Daniel 9: 24 Seventy weeks are determined upon your people and upon your holy city, to finish the rebellion, 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.
It is generally accepted in most Christian churches that the “seventy weeks’ mentioned here, is a period of seventy weeks of seven years. 70 X 7 years = 490 years. Because I have studied and searched the Scriptures to see if this is so, I can say, yes the seventy weeks mention in the vision and prophecy do cover a period of 490 years. However as we look more closely at this vision and prophecy, comparing it with history and other visions and prophecies, we will discover that it also includes both a gap period of 38 years and a breach period of nearly 2,000 years and still increasing.
Daniel 9: 25 Know therefore and understand, from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the 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.
This verse tell us, from the time the command to restore and build Jerusalem is given, until the coming of the Messiah the Prince (who is Jesus Christ the King of the Jews), there will be 7 weeks of seven years, plus 62 weeks of seven years. In other words, there will be 483 years from the command to restore Jerusalem, until the coming of Jesus Christ.
7 X 7 = 49 years
62 X 7 = 434 years
49 + 434 = 483 years
The following is fact to the best of my knowledge, and widely agreed on in Christian circles. In 538 B.C., king Cyrus decrees that the temple in Jerusalem should be rebuilt. But while work on the temple began at this time, it was not until 445 B.C., that king Artaxerxes decreed that Jerusalem and its walls should be rebuilt. 476 of our calendar years later or 483 lunar years later, to the day, Jesus Christ rode into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday 32 A.D.
On this day, there were many reasons why the crowds welcomed Jesus Christ as the King of the Jews, the Messiah. Not just because Jesus had done mighty works among them, or because he was the Son of David, but also because Jesus Christ fulfilled what the prophets had said about the coming Messiah, including the writings of Daniel, which prophesied that the Messiah would come on this day. (Ezra 1:2; Nehemiah 2:7 - 8; Luke 19:37 - 38; Mark 11:8 - 10; & Zechariah 9:9)
Matthew 21:4 All this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying: 5 “Tell the daughter of Zion, look and see, your King is coming to you, humble and sitting upon a donkey, a colt, the foal of a donkey.
The first seven weeks was followed by the sixty-two weeks, and at the end of the sixty-two weeks Jesus Christ the Messiah comes riding upon a donkey. The Messiah having come, we then enter into the gap period.
Daniel 9:26 Then after the sixty two weeks Messiah shall be killed, but not for himself: and the people of the prince who is to come, shall destroy the city and the sanctuary.
There are seven events prophesied in verses 26 & 27 of Daniel chapter 9. The first two happened during the gap period. The first happening just after we entered the gap period, the second happening 38 years later, just before we stepped out of the gap period and into the breach period. The third also started just before we stepped into the breach and will continue over the breach period and into the last 10½ years. The other four events will happen during the last 10½ years.
The “Messiah shall be killed, but not for Himself.” This happened a few days after Jesus Christ arrived in Jerusalem, when Jesus Christ was killed upon the cross, not for himself, but for sinners.
Jesus said of his sacrifice on the cross;
Matthew 26:28 “For this is my blood of the new covenant, which is poured forth for many for the remission of sins.”
When we turn from our sin to righteousness, accepting that Jesus Christ poured forth His blood for the remission (the casting away) of our sins, we lay hold of what Jesus Christ achieved on the cross. Just some of what Jesus achieved on the cross for us is mentioned in verse 24 of Daniel chapter 9.
1: He finished my rebellion.
God no longer sees me as a transgressor or a rebel.
2: He made an end to my sins.
God can no longer count my sins against me, because He has cast them all away.
3: He brought me everlasting righteousness.
I am now clothed in the everlasting righteousness of Jesus Christ.
It was to achieve all this and more that Jesus Christ died on the cross for all mankind. Jesus achieved all he went to the cross achieve. That is why Jesus, with his dying breath declared, “It is finished.” (John 19:30)
However for the Jews, who are living in rebellion against God, and have rejected the blood sacrifice of Jesus Christ upon the cross for their sins; these things will not be fulfilled until approximately two years after the great tribulation. Only then will the Jews repent of their rebellion against God and accept Jesus Christ has their Lord and Deliverer.
“The people of the prince who is to come, shall destroy the city and the sanctuary.” That is, they, the people of the prince who is to come shall destroy Jerusalem and the temple. Here we are talking about what happen 38 years after Jesus Christ the Messiah the Prince had already come. Jesus Christ came on the last day of the 69th week in 32 A.D., but 38 years later, in 70 A.D. the people of another prince, who is still to come, destroyed Jerusalem and the temple.
Jesus Christ the Messiah came in 32 A.D. Then in 70 A.D., 38 years later, the soldiers of the empire, who are the people, of the prince who is to come came and destroy the city and the sanctuary.”
This part of the prophecy has also already been fulfilled, but the prince of the people who destroyed Jerusalem and the temple, has still not come. Therefore, we are still looking for a prince who is to come. So between the destruction of Jerusalem and the temple, by the people of the coming prince, and the arrival of that coming prince, we have this breach period of 2,000 years and still increasing.
Daniel 9:26 Then after the sixty two weeks Messiah shall be killed, but not for himself: and the people of the prince who is to come, shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and their end shall come as a flood, (The breach in this prophecy)
and unto the end of the war desolations are decreed. (Words in itilics added)
The end of it shall come as a flood. In 70 A.D., for Jerusalem the end came suddenly like a flood. First there was that steady build up of Roman troops, then like flood waters bursting through a dam, the Roman troops burst through the walls of Jerusalem, flooded into the city and destroyed everything. But that didn’t end the war, for the Jews are still in rebellion against God and his Son Jesus Christ, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined.
Daniel 9: 27 Then he (the prince who is to come) shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the middle of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the offering to cease, and along with the abominations shall be the one he who make it desolate, even until the completion of that which is determined has been be poured upon the desolate. (Words in italics added.)
The temple was destroyed in 70 A.D., bringing to an end the daily sacrifice and offerings. As far as the Jews are concerned, the daily sacrifices and offerings can be made nowhere else but in the grounds of the temple. Therefore, before the coming prince can bring an end to sacrifice and offering the temple in Jerusalem must first be rebuilt and the daily sacrifices and offerings recommenced. According to the teachings of Jesus Christ one of the signs the last generation will see before his return, is the appearance of the abomination of desolation (spoken of by the prophet Daniel) standing in the Holy Place (Matthew 24:15). As the Holy Place is within the temple, for this prophecy of Jesus to be fulfilled, first the temple needs to be rebuilt.
Whenever you make a breach in something, the two sides will always fit like two pieces of a jigsaw. It does not matter how far apart in time or distance the two parts become, they will always match like two pieces of jigsaw. The last thing mentioned in this prophecy, to happen before the breach, is the destruction of Jerusalem and the temple. Jesus Christ in Matthew 24:2 says of the temple not one stone shall be left upon another. Therefore before we come out of this breach, we can again expect Jerusalem to be destroyed and anything standing on the temple site destroyed and pulled down, so not one stone shall be left upon another.
The first thing mention in this prophecy, to happen after the breach, is that the prince of the people who is to come shall confirm a covenant with many for one week. Then in the middle of the week he shall bring an end to sacrifice and offering. Given that there is currently a Moslem Mosque standing on the temple sight, it would appear that in a time yet to come, before we step out of the breach, Jerusalem will again suffer massive destruction and during that time of destruction the Moslem Mosque will also be destroyed, with not one stone being left upon another. Following this destruction of the Mosque, the Jews will commence rebuilding their temple, and then the prince who is to come will make a seven-year covenant with many.
This breach of 2,000 years or more; is common to most of the dreams and visions recorded in the book of Daniel, and is also found in number of the other prophecies about Jesus Christ, including Zechariah 9:9 – 10; and Isaiah 61:1 – 2.
“And till the end of the war desolations are decreed.” (Daniel 9:26). Who is this war between? Yes there is a war between the World Empire and the Jews, both in 70 A.D. and in a time yet to come. But there is also a war going on between God’s people (the Jews) and God, for the Jews are in rebellion against God.
In the gospel of Matthew 21:33 to 22:14, Jesus Christ tell us two parables about this war. In the first, the parable of the Wicked Vinedressers (the vinedresssers, being a type picture of the chief priest and the Pharisees, and the vineyard a type picture of the kingdom of God) tells us that the leaders of Israel have beaten and killed God’s servants, and in the end, they even killed God’s own Son.
In the second parable, again they beat and killed God’s servants. For this reason God sends an army to destroy those murderers and their city. (Matthew 22:7)
Also in Luke 21:20 – 22, Jesus tells of this army God sends against the Jews.
Luke 21:20 “When you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, then know that its desolation is near. 21 Then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains, let those who are in the midst of Jerusalem depart from her, and let not those who are in the country enter into her. 22 For these are the days of vengeance, that all things which are written may be fulfilled.”
God’s people the Jews are at war against God. They beat and killed God’s servants; they even killed his only begotten Son Jesus Christ. God gave them time to repent, (38 years from the day they crucified Jesus, till the destruction of Jerusalem) but they would not repent of their rebellion against God and their rejection of Jesus Christ.
Matthew 22:7 “But when the king heard of it, he was enraged: and he sent forth his armies, destroyed those murderers, and burned up their city.”
This war between God and the Jews will continue until the Jews turn from their rebellion against God and accept Jesus Christ, God’s own Son as their Lord and Deliverer. “And till the end of the war desolations are decreed.”
It is not that God wants to destroy the Jews; it is because he wants to bring them to repentance, so that he can save as many as possible from eternal damnation. Some people would say, “How could God be so cruel to his people?” But considering how short this life is compared to eternity, it would be cruel of God not to do all he can to bring them to repentance, in order to save their eternal souls. Sometimes one has to be cruel to be kind.
Are you in rebellion against God? Is your life a mess, are things not going right for you? May be you need to repent of your rebellion against God and invite Jesus Christ to become Lord of your life. Then things will become much better for you.
It says of the prince who is to come (also known as the anti-christ). “Then he shall confirm a covenant with many for one week” (Daniel 9:27). In Revelation 17:12 – 13: We are told that ten kings will give the anti-christ (the beast) their power and authority. The covenant that the anti-christ makes with these ten kings will be for seven years, which is the 70th week of the vision.
“In the middle of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the offering to cease” (Daniel 9:27).
In Daniel 11:31 we are given more understanding on how this coming prince brings an end to sacrifice and offering.
Daniel 11:31 “Armed forces shall stand on his behalf, they shall defile the sanctuary of strength, and then they shall take away the daily sacrifice, and place there the abomination that makes desolate.”
In a time yet to come, in the middle of the anti-christ’s seven year covenant with the ten kings, the troops of the World Empire will again capture Jerusalem. But this time, instead of destroying the temple, like they did in 70 A.D., they shall defile the temple. Then they shall take away the daily sacrifices and place in the temple an image of the anti-christ. This image is the abomination of desolation.
“And along with the abominations shall be the one he who make it desolate” (Daniel 9:27).
“Along with the abominations.” Meaning, along with the abominations that defile the temple will come the one (the anti-christ) who makes desolate (who brings destruction).
So, no sooner have the troops of the World Empire, defiled the temple and placed the image of the anti-christ in the temple, the anti-christ himself comes to Jerusalem. He enters the temple, sits in front of his image, and demands that the Jews worship him as God. In this way he will reveal himself as the anti-christ. The man of sin mention in Thessalonians 2:3 – 4.
“Even until the completion of that which is determined has been poured upon the desolate” (Daniel 9:27).
This prophecy is about the Jews and their city Jerusalem. It is about their rebellion against God and of how God uses the anti-christ to pour out destruction and desolation upon Jerusalem and the other cities of Judea, until the completion of the punishment that God has determined for Jerusalem and the Jews has been poured out upon the desolate.
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