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Daniel 9:20-27

Study of the Book of Daniel:

The Seventy Weeks of God’s Calendar

Life B-P Church Worship I & II, 28th May 2017

Text: Daniel 9:20-27

 

The Background – Daniel’s Prayer (538 BC)

·         From Jeremiah 29:10, Daniel understood that the Jews may return home soon,
and so he began to pray. The two petitions in his prayer:

o    V.16– “Let Thine anger and Thy fury be turned away from Thy city.”

o    V. 17– “Cause Thy face to shine upon Thy sanctuary.”

·         The answer came through the angel Gabriel (vv.21-23).

 

The Vision – The Seventy ‘Weeks’

·         It would take another 70 x 7 years for the petitions to be granted (v.24, cf. v.2).

·         Six things that will happen within this time frame:

o    Finish the transgression; Make an end of sins.

o    Make reconciliation for iniquity; Bring in everlasting righteousness.

o    Seal up the vision and prophecy; Anoint the Most Holy.

 

1. The First Segment – Seven ‘weeks’ (v.25)

·         It began with a decree issued by King Artaxerxes to the Jews (458 BC).

·         It ended with the completion of the restoration of Jerusalem (408 BC).

 

2. The Second Segment – Sixty-two ‘weeks’ (vv.25,26)

·         It ended in AD 26 when Jesus (‘the Messiah the Prince’) began His public ministry.

·         In AD 30 Jesus died on the Cross (“cut off, but not for Himself”).

·         In AD 70 the Romans destroyed Jerusalem and the Temple.

 

3. The Third Segment – the Seventieth ‘week’ (v.27)

·         The ‘prince that shall come’ is the ‘little horn’ of Daniel 7:8 (the Antichrist).

·         He will make a covenant that allows the Jews to reinstate the OT sacrifices for seven years. But he will revoke it in the middle of that period.

·         He will set up the ‘abomination of desolation’ (cf. Matthew 24:15).

·         The Jews will go through great tribulation and will turn to Christ when He returns.

 

The Gap between the Second and Third Segments

·         Many prophecies also have unspecified time gaps (e.g. Isaiah 9:6).

·         In this gap God’s focus is on the Gentiles (cf. Romans 11:11,25).

·         In the 70th week God turns His focus back to Israel.

·         The stage is already being set for this to happen.

 

Questions for Personal Reflection:

1. What should you do when things don’t happen according to your timing and plans?

2. What should you be doing now as the time of Christ’s return draws nearer?

 

3. What do you think will happen if we knew every detail about His return beforehand?

Vision & Mission

 

To build a united church family that is committed to making disciples through Salvation, Sanctification and Service, to the glory of God.

Verse for the Week

October 15 & 22 - The Cost of Discipleship

For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it. Matthew 16:25