I’m only including Daniel 9 here because of some of the foolishness passed around about this chapter.
Well, Daniel 9 has been fulfilled. And yes, that means that means Daniel’s 70 weeks.
Many believe that God hit the pause button at the last week.
Hello? Pause button? Is anyone thinking in there?
God speaks NOWHERE of a pause button. The only way that you can get a pause button out of this, is to make one up yourself.
But, let’s get to the relevant verses.
Here is the point of Daniel’s vision:
24 Seventy weeks are decreed upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most holy.
Here is what happens within the 70 weeks:
- Finish transgression
- End Sins
- Make reconciliation for iniquity
- Bring in everlasting righteousness
- Seal up vision and prophecy
- Anoint the most holy
All of that was accomplished by the death and resurrection of our God, Lord, and Saviour, Jesus Christ. All of that. And yes, Jesus DID anoint the most holy in heaven with His perfect blood.
Everything that is described in the rest of this chapter is within context of verse 24. Here’s the rest of the chapter:
25 Know therefore and discern, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the anointed one, the prince, shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: it shall be built again, with street and moat, even in troublous times.
So, until Jesus comes and is anointed Messiah, will be 69 weeks.
Now, those of us who have spent time studying biblical prophecy understand that a day is a common allusion to a year. And, when you examine history, you do indeed see that 483 years after the commandment to build the city of Jerusalem, Jesus did come and was anointed.
26 And after the threescore and two weeks shall the anointed one be cut off, and shall have nothing: 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 even unto the end shall be war; desolations are determined.
This verse introduces what happens during the last week – and beyond.
27 And he shall make a firm covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease; and upon the wing of abominations shall come one that maketh desolate; and even unto the full end, and that determined, shall wrath be poured out upon the desolate.
Now, how long is this week?
How long did Jesus minister on this earth?
Three and a half years – long enough to reach the ‘midst of the week’.
How long does the Messiah confirm His covenant?
A week, or seven years – even though He dies in the midst of that week.
We understand the ‘cut off’ part. That’s Jesus’ death on the cross. What about the rest of the week?
I am sure that if we had a complete record of events during the three and a half years after Christ died, we’d see what Daniel was talking about… No, wait. We have that record. It’s called the Acts of the Apostles.
For three and a half years after the death of Christ, the covenant was confirmed with the Jews. And, I bet you, that when that three and a half years was up, salvation came to the gentiles.
What is clear is that THERE IS NO PAUSE BUTTON HERE!!
Daniel’s ’70 weeks’ has been fulfilled.
Now that we have established that, we can go on to Daniel 10.