Us Mary Daniels vision is viewed to be the ultimate historical and biblical action plan for the seventy weeks of Israel. Historically and biblically there are several events that enunciate the fulfillment of this prophetic vision. Anderson states in his book The Coming Prince, “The rebuilding by decree of Jerusalem, the triumphant entry by Jesus on the 8th of Insane into Jerusalem, Jesus’ crucifixion, and finally in DAD the destruction of the temple are all fulfillment of Daniels prophetic vision in chapter 9. 1 With further examination of this scripture there is a great pause between week 69 and week 70. If we then jump to Luke 4:17-21 there is a correspondence when taking these two passages and cross-reference them. Jesus reads the passage from Isaiah 61 when he is in the synagogue of Nazareth to the people listening saying ” ‘The Spirit of the Lord is on ambuscade he has anointed mentor proclaim good news to the poor. њHe has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind,tot set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor. Then he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant and sat down. The eyes of everyone in the synagogue were fastened on IM. He began by saying to them, ‘Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing. ‘ ” Here is where the pause in the weeks 69 and 70 are found. Here Jesus proclaims the fulfillment of scripture by his works and communicating the reconstruction of Israel as He rolls the scroll back up. The prophetic timetable within this vision is to be continued with the unveiling of the antichrist’s and the return of Christ as his triumphant second coming.
Analysis It is important to analyze each verse in order to completely allow for a total understanding of this prophecy’s intent, meaning, and purpose. When looking t Daniel 9:24 it is apparent the prophecy is presented. Following with verse 25, the first sixty-nine weeks of the seventy weeks are formally introduced to the reader. Moving on to verse 26 the details concerning the events in week’s sixty-nine and seventy are revealed. Verse 27 allows for a conclusion revealing the final events occupying the prophetic vision of Daniels.
As with any prophecy, there are many interpretations available for interview. These interpretations can be categorized into two separate categories. One category is the Chronological view and another being non-Chronological view. The non- Chronological view is the most argued view pertaining to this specific prophecy. Some debate the timeshare concerning this prophecy, verse 24 to be exact. Is this particular verse referring to weeks or months rather than literal years? Some wonder if Daniel confused the seventy years of Israel’s captivity in Egypt with the seventy sevens in Gabrielle vision.
However, Wallboard concurs, “The nature of the seventy years of Israel’s captivity, Jeremiahs prophetic encounter in 25:10-14 and 29:10, the Hebrew word Chablis in Daniel 9:2, and per the Mishmash translation the prophecy of the events sevens are in fact referring to literal years. ” 2 Daniel 9:24 says, “Seventy ‘sevens’ are decreed for your people and your holy city to finish transgression, to put an end to sin, to atone for wickedness, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal up vision and prophecy and to anoint the Most Holy Place. For the second portion of this verse it can be understood that Gabriel, is none the less, declaring that this time is set apart specifically for them. This is all in response to Daniels prayer out Of concern for the Jewish people. In verse 24 there are six goals that need to be executed and accomplished all revolving around the issue of sin and rebellion in the nation. It is sin that is holding back Israel from restoration. There are a couple views that claim to know what the exact execution plan of this passage.
One view states that it is the death and resurrection of Christ on the cross that fulfilled goals one through three. The other view leans towards the belief that the fulfillment of this passage will be complete upon His triumphant second coming. “The full 490 years are essential for the accomplishment of this prophecy,”3 Says Shoulders. He goes on the argue, “Transgression in this errs is indicative of rebellion. Israel will not turn from rebellion as understood by Zachary 12:10-13 and Romans 11:25-27. The end of sin most certainly IS in relation to trespasses made on a day-to-day basis in life.
The atonement for iniquity was paid at Calvary by Christ, however it will not granted until Jesus is viewed as the Messiah. “4 Moving on to verse 25 in Daniel chapter nine, “Know and understand this: From the time the word goes out to restore and rebuild Jerusalem until the Anointed One, the ruler, comes, there will be seven ‘sevens,’ and sixty-two ‘sevens. It will be rebuilt with streets and a wall, but in times of trouble. ” Here we see the prophecy pressing full force to its intended purpose. There are four different propositions as to the possible decree of the rebuilding of Jerusalem found throughout history.
These possibilities are as followed: The Decree of Cyrus in 445 BC The Decree of Dairies in 519 BC The Decree of Arteries in 458 BC The Decree Arteries to Anemia in 445 BC 5 The most popular view accepted by most theologians is the Decree to Anemia in 445 BC. According to Daniel 6:8-12, 15 no king has the capability o reverse any decree made previously. However Ezra 4:17-22 proves to be evidence that Arteries did in fact leave room for anything otherwise. He left the opportunity for Jews to stop working and possibility for a later decree granting the rebuilding of the walls. This specific portion of this verse has been debated to its fullest amongst many Biblical scholars concluding with a translation for the word “streets” as to “plazas” giving the definition as follows; “A conduit for water, such as an aqueduct. ” 7 Miller goes on to translate the word “walls” as “moats”. This translation is not into literal form as we understand the word ‘Wall” but rather this particular word choice for “wall” in biblical time derives from the root translation, ‘ ‘To cut or sharpen. “8 This most makes sense with the understanding that today’s modern lexicographers lay out this translation as “ditch”.
With all of this knowledge the conclusion remains that they dug ditches while waiting for it to be filled with water, in which is conducive with the arid climate of this country. 9 Daniel 9:26 reads, “After the sixty-two ‘sevens,’ the Anointed One will be put o death and will have nothing. The people of the ruler who will come will destroy the city and the sanctuary. The end will come like a flood: War will continue until the end, and desolations have been decreed. ” As for the first portion of this verse there are a couple considerable meanings. One meaning of “… Ill be put to death and will have nothing’ holds the understanding that this means, “without inheriting the messianic kingdom. ” 10 Another interpretation of this portion of the verse is, “the Messiah inherits no crown of royalty, only that of thorns will he be granted. He will hold onto only the rejection shown unto him by the people” 11 In the next portion of the verse Gabriel informs Daniel that the Prince that is to come will destroy the temple that will be rebuilt and will “destroy the city and it’s sanctuary. ” After Christ prophesied in Luke 19:44, about DAD the temple was destroyed, “not one stone remained on top of another. 12 As we turn focus to the wrath of God being poured out as a “flood” throughout the nation keep in mine the sin Jerusalem is drowning in as a result of rebellion. Miller translates “flood” as curative in the explaining of the great amount of destruction that is to come upon Jerusalem. 13 There is actual recorded evidence in the year of DAD declaring the soldiers of Jerusalem crucified about 500 people per day, and TTT is suggested that it was this specific activity that was the passing of Daniels prophecy as a result of the wrath of God. 4 Finally this verse refers to “the end” for a second time. This could mean this is the end age of destruction and wrath for Jerusalem. Verse 27 states, “He will confirm a covenant with many for one ‘seven. ‘ In he middle of the ‘seven’ he will put an end to sacrifice and offering. And at the temple he will set up an abomination that causes desolation, until the end that is decreed is poured out on him. ” Here we can see the final actions concerning Chrism’s completion of the seventieth week.
Wallboard says, “The choice is clearly between literal fulfillment, which requires a futuristic interpretation with a gap between the sixty-ninth and seventieth week, or several other options which admittedly do not provide any clear fulfillment of verse 27. “15 The finale for this prophecy is still needs for its full implosion. Gaps of time in between prophecies are not unusual within the bible, in fact Isaiah and Zachary 9:9-10 both include gaps within the prophecies as well, and they even concern the messiah.
Verse 27 begins by pointing out the who, “prince who would come”, referring to the antichrist’s in which he will make a treaty with Israel. The word “confirm” translates here as a firm agreement, in a sense of a covenant for the biblical audience being the Jewish people translating from “the many”. “This confirmation, or covenant, will result in the rebuilding of the third Jewish temple because the breaking of he covenant happens when the renewed sacrificial system is interrupted through the abomination of desolation. 16 The next part of the verse speaks of the messiah coming in the middle of week sixty-nine and seventy to be the ultimate and final sacrifice for sin. The second portion of this verse is parallel to Revelation 13 and speaks Of the ruler of the great tribulation gaining all political power and will require his citizens to participate in viewing him as God and expect worship. Moving on to Revelation 1 9 it is apparent that the
Antichrist’s and the false prophet will create mockery and condone blasphemy towards and regarding the Lord, and will also participate in it, and desolation will continue to stir up about the atmosphere until the end that is declared. Finally, the Antichrist’s and false prophet will be cast into the lake of fire as prophesied concerning them, which will complete the seventy sevens of this prophecy. All this will allow the bringing forth of the awaited second coming of Christ. He will come in his triumphant entrance and with him he will hold all of the blessings that were promised in verse 24 for Israel.