Saturday, June 12, 2010

The Prophecy of Daniel

We have prayed before writing this article that it may be presented unto all of you in a very clear way. Let the Spirit of truth guide us into all understanding. Before reading this article, I urge you to remove from your mind whatever doctrines and teachers may have taught you about this scripture, and to look at God's Word for what it says alone. Other things that we may have come across with may disorient our minds, and let us find the simplicity that is in Christ.

Many teach that Daniel 9:27 is a tribulation and antichrist prophecy. In my personal experience, I took their word for it since they were experts, yet God has given us the minds of Christ that we may know these things. We don't need experts to tell us what it means, for God wrote this to us directly. We want to show our readers that this is not an antichrist or tribulation prophecy. Before anyone decides to shut off this website, we ask you to join us in seeking TRUTH from God's Word alone, and to hear us out.

The entire chapter 9 of Daniel is about Jerusalem. When it has become clear to Daniel what will happen to Jerusalem, He spends the chapter praying for mercy from God on their behalf. The angel Gabriel comes upon Daniel and shows him a vision from God about seventy prophetic weeks. This vision is described in Daniel 9:24-27. Let us read it together. (KJV passage below:

 "Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, 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.

Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times.

And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined.

And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate." Daniel 9:24-27

Here are our notes,

1.Seventy weeks is for- a cease to transgression, to make an end of sins, to bring a reconciliation, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal the prophecies and to anoint the most Holy.

-A cease to transgression is through the blood of Jesus, to make an end of sins is what Jesus did, to bring a reconciliation between man and God is through Jesus, to bring in everlasting righteousness is through the blood alone, to seal the prophecies and anoint the most Holy (Son of God).

2. Seven weeks is then given to restore and build Jerusalem unto "Messiah the Prince" as known as Jesus Christ.

- Seven weeks is symbolic for seven years since 1 week = 1 year. 7 weeks = 7 years.

3. In the midst of the week, Messiah is cut off (crucified and killed), not for Himself, but for us.

-Jesus' ministry lasted for 3 and a 1/2 years, exactly like the prophecy foretold ( 3 1/2 years is the middle of 7 years.) He was crucified 3 and 1/2 years after he started His ministry and was cut off in the midst of the week.. not for Himself, but for all of us.

4. "And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week.." Does confirm sound like destroy? or break? Confirm is to validate His covenant which is the new, spiritual covenant that Jesus Christ came to bring. It makes more sense that Jesus confirms His new covenant with us instead of an antichrist breaking some kind of agreement right? That is nowhere in the passage.

(Daniel is still writing about Messiah the Prince and no one else is ever introduced.)

5. "in the midst of the week, he shall cause the sacrifice and oblations to cease.." Because of what Jesus did for us in the midst of the week when he hung on the cross and shed His blood, there was no longer any need for blood sacrifice! Jesus has taken it's place! He caused the oblation to cease too (many don't know this) but oblations are charitable offerings. Jesus has fulfilled those through His death.

6. "And for the overspreading of abominations, he shall make it desolate.." There were many transgressions, sins and abominations in the world but now that we have Christ to give us salvation and forgiveness, it stopped the overspreading of abominations and made it desolate (empty, a wasteland). Why would an antichrist want to stop abominations? He wouldn't right? This is a messianic prophecy.

7. "even until the consummation.."  What Jesus did for us on the cross, he gave us everlasting righteousness, took away our transgressions, and this is good even until the consummation which is the end when He receives us as His bride at His coming. The definition for consummation is "perfection, fulfillment, an ultimate goal to an end, a completion of a marriage."

8. "And this shall be poured upon the desolate." And all this will be given to the desolate who were the (definition: "the sad, wretched condition, lost, forsaken.") This is a gift to us. I once was lost but now I am found. I was desolate but now I am redeemed.

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