The Prince of Persia

October 15, 2020

Daniel 10:11-14

11And he said to me, “O Daniel, man greatly loved, understand the words that I speak to you, and stand upright, for now I have been sent to you.” And when he had spoken this word to me, I stood up trembling. 12Then he said to me, “Fear not, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your heart to understand and humbled yourself before your God, your words have been heard, and I have come because of your words.

13The prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me twenty-one days, but Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, for I was left there with the kings of Persia,14and came to make you understand what is to happen to your people in the latter days. For the vision is for days yet to come.”

The book of Daniel is a literary marvel. The ideas expressed and the information given by the angel Gabriel while the archangel Michael stood watch are the most intriguing display of prophesy in the old testament. Evidently, Satan did not want these things to be made public, therefore he fought against the messenger Gabriel to keep these things from being revealed to Daniel.

The enemies here are identified as “princes” a term which denotes authority but retain submission to an ultimate king. The prince of Persia and the prince of Greece are spiritual authorities who direct the activities of human kings in their own particular region. I think we can assume there are “princes” in all regions of the earth, Rome, Egypt, Syria, perhaps the isles of Britton and even the United States.

These fallen angels who rebelled against God, who have declared Satan as their leader have established themselves in territories of the earth. The prince of Persia was particularly powerful, as he was able to resist the messenger of God for 21 days. It was only after he was overcome by the archangel Michael that Daniel received his message.

Ephesians 6:12

For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.

Paul wrote this passage under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit and it tells us that the cosmic powers and spiritual forces are still very much in play today. As the people of God we have a common enemy who would have us direct our attention towards other people and material things and even our own comfort so that we will be unprepared to deal with the spiritual battle taking place.

In the political world of today, we can see evil forces at work all around us. When the apostle Paul tells us to pray for those who have authority over us, our leaders, he knew about the spiritual powers who were working to subvert and control them for their own evil purposes. How does he suggest we combat these forces? Pray. Our political leaders are very susceptible to the influence of power exhibited by the spiritual authorities in the present darkness. We need to continually pray for them.

God allowed these princes to have power over the kings of the earth. The prince of Persia is still active in the world today, he is still exerting power and control over the leaders of Iran, Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and all the countries in that region. It is no coincidence that this region of the world has been a problem for mankind for the entirety of human history.

Gabriel tells Daniel that the prince of Greece is coming into Daniel’s territory and will soon exhibit his control over the nations of the world through the man Alexander the Great. We know from history he will die of malaria and alcoholism at the age of 32 and his kingdom will be divided among four generals.  Humans come and go but spiritual wickedness in high places continues.

The moment Gabriel reveals these prophesies to Daniel we understand that nothing can be done from a human perspective to change history. These things will come to pass. Terrible events are about to happen and there is no satisfaction in knowing what will take place. God is in charge, both in the things he has purposed and in the things he allows. Our job is to keep ourselves in fellowship with God through Jesus Christ so that we can pull people from the fire and Jude tells us in the New testament. Our job is to share the gospel with as many people as we can, knowing that or time is short. Our job is to pray. 



Final Vision

October 14, 2020

Daniel 10:1–14

1In the third year of Cyrus king of Persia a word was revealed to Daniel, who was named Belteshazzar. And the word was true, and it was a great conflict. And he understood the word and had understanding of the vision. 2In those days I, Daniel, was mourning for three weeks.

3I ate no delicacies, no meat or wine entered my mouth, nor did I anoint myself at all, for the full three weeks. 4On the twenty-fourth day of the first month, as I was standing on the bank of the great river (that is, the Tigris) 5I lifted up my eyes and looked, and behold, a man clothed in linen, with a belt of fine gold from Uphaz around his waist. 

6His body was like beryl, his face like the appearance of lightning, his eyes like flaming torches, his arms and legs like the gleam of burnished bronze, and the sound of his words like the sound of a multitude.

7And I, Daniel, alone saw the vision, for the men who were with me did not see the vision, but a great trembling fell upon them, and they fled to hide themselves. 8So I was left alone and saw this great vision, and no strength was left in me. My radiant appearance was fearfully changed, and I retained no strength.

9Then I heard the sound of his words, and as I heard the sound of his words, I fell on my face in deep sleep with my face to the ground. 10And behold, a hand touched me and set me trembling on my hands and knees.

11And he said to me, “O Daniel, man greatly loved, understand the words that I speak to you, and stand upright, for now I have been sent to you.” And when he had spoken this word to me, I stood up trembling. 12Then he said to me, “Fear not, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your heart to understand and humbled yourself before your God, your words have been heard, and I have come because of your words.

13The prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me twenty-one days, but Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, for I was left there with the kings of Persia,

14and came to make you understand what is to happen to your people in the latter days. For the vision is for days yet to come.”

Daniel tells us that in the third year of Cyrus king of Persia a word was revealed to him.  He understood the word to be true, but it caused him great conflict, so much so that he fasted for 3 weeks following this vision. He had asked God to give him greater understanding of the word as he had done in other visions, but no communication followed.

Finally, on the 24th day, as he was standing by the Tigris river he saw a man whom he described in verses 5 and 6. Daniel’s companions did not see the man, but evidently saw the brightness of his glory and were frightened enough to run away.

Daniel falls to his knees in fear and finally, face down, he falls into a sleep until the messenger angel Gabriel touches him and speaks to him. So, are there two angels? One who stands by the river and one who speaks? If the one doing the talking is Gabriel, who is the other?

I believe the answer comes in verse 13 where he tells Daniel that he tried to come to him but was opposed by the prince of Persia for 21 days. God sent Michael, one of the chief princes to overcome him so the message could be delivered to Daniel.

Some think Daniel saw the preincarnate Christ by the river because of the similarity to the description John gives of Christ in chapter 1 of Revelation. But there is a problem with that because if it were Jesus, he would not have had a problem delivering the message, nor would he have been delayed. 

I think this is Michael the archangel, the chief prince of the armies of God Daniel sees by the river. This whole story gives us insight into the mysterious power of Satan and his fallen angels who control the earth we live on. But we can rest assured that God will overcome this enemy, and that is what he has come to tell Daniel.



Abominations

October 13, 2020 

Daniel 9:27 

27 And he shall make a strong covenant with many for one week, and for half of the week he shall put an end to sacrifice and offering. And on the wing of abominations shall come one who makes desolate, until the decreed end is poured out on the desolator.” 

After this ruler gains worldwide political power, he will assume power in the religious realm as well and will cause the world to worship him. 

2 Thessalonians 2:3-4

3 Let no one deceive you in any way. For that day will not come, unless the rebellion comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction, 4 who opposes and exalts himself against every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, proclaiming himself to be God. 

Revelation 13:5-8

5 And the beast was given a mouth uttering haughty and blasphemous words, and it was allowed to exercise authority for forty-two months. 6 It opened its mouth to utter blasphemies against God, blaspheming his name and his dwelling, that is, those who dwell in heaven. 7 Also it was allowed to make war on the saints and to conquer them.  And authority was given it over every tribe and people and language and nation, 8 and all who dwell on earth will worship it, everyone whose name has not been written before the foundation of the world in the book of life of the Lamb who was slain. 

To receive such worship, he will terminate all organized religions. Posing as the world’s rightful king and god and as Israel’s prince of peace, he will then turn against Israel and become her destroyer and defiler. 

Daniel was told that “the ruler who will come” (v. 26) will place abominations on a wing of the temple. Christ referred to this incident: 

Matthew 24:15

15 “So when you see the abomination of desolation spoken of by the prophet Daniel, standing in the holy place (let the reader understand), 16 then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. 

John wrote that the false prophet would set up an image to this ruler and that the world will be compelled to worship it (Rev. 13:14–15). But then his end will come (the end that is decreed is poured out on him). With his false prophet he will be cast into the lake of fire when Christ returns to the earth (Rev. 19:20; cf. Dan. 7:11, 26).

As stated, the Antichrist will break his covenant with Israel at the beginning of the second half of the 70th “seven,” that is, it will be broken for three and one-half years. 

This is called “a time, times, and half a time”. The fact that this is the same as the three and one-half years, which in turn are equated with 1,260 days in Revelation 11:3 and with 42 months in Revelation 11:2 means that in Jewish reckoning each month has 30 days and each year 360 days. This confirms the 360-day Jewish year used in the calculations in the chart, “The 483 Years in the Jewish and Gregorian Calendars”. 

Since the events in the 69 sevens found in Daniel 9:24–26 were fulfilled literally, the 70th “seven,” yet unfulfilled, must likewise be fulfilled literally.

 

 



He

October 12, 2020 

Daniel 9:27 

27 And he shall make a strong covenant with many for one week, and for half of the week he shall put an end to sacrifice and offering. And on the wing of abominations shall come one who makes desolate, until the decreed end is poured out on the desolator.” 

One of the most debated verses in all the Bible, verse 27 describes the mystery person who will usher in the tribulation period as “he.” 

Really? He? That’s all we get? I could use a bit more help to discover the individual who will literally bring time as we know it to a grinding halt. Every generation has looked at people in their culture and surmised them to be “he.” Froe Nero in the first century to Hitler, to Obama and now Trump. We all love to speculate. 

Gabriel reveals, not so much about who, but about what will happen. 

This verse unveils what will occur during the 70th seven year period. This seven-year period will begin when “he” makes a strong covenant with many. The 70th “seven” will continue till the return of Jesus Christ to the earth. Because Jesus said this will be a time of “great distress” this period is often called the Tribulation. 

Matthew 24:21

For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been from the beginning of the world until now, no, and never will be. 

A significant event that will mark the beginning of this seven-year period is the confirming of a covenant. This covenant will be made with many, that is, with Daniel’s people, the nation Israel. “The ruler who will come” (Dan. 9:26) will be this covenant-maker, known as he in verse 27. As a yet-future ruler he will be the final head of the fourth empire (the little horn of the fourth beast, 7:8). 

The covenant he will make will evidently be a peace covenant, in which he will guarantee Israel’s safety in the land. This suggests that Israel will be in her land but will be unable to defend herself for she will have lost any support she may have had previously. 

Therefore, she will need and welcome the peacemaking role of this head of the confederation of 10 European (Roman) nations. In offering this covenant, this ruler will pose as a prince of peace, and Israel will accept his authority. But then in the middle of that “seven,” after three and one-half years, he will break the covenant. According to 11:45, he will then move from Europe into the land of Israel. 

This ruler will end … sacrifice and offering. This expression refers to the entire Levitical system, which suggests that Israel will have restored that system in the first half of the 70th “seven.” 

Obviously, a lot has to happen to allow this scenario to take place, including the restoration of the Jewish sacrificial system and possibly the restoration of the temple in Jerusalem. While many have doubts this can happen, the Jews are today ready and waiting for this very event. The furniture for the temple has been built for years, the instruments and equipment needed are all in place. Priests have been dedicated for the events and animals have been set aside.

 Israel could literally make this happen in days, but it will also likely create WW3 unless it is “he” who includes this activity in his peace covenant. 

When will all this take place? It is all in God’s timing… waiting for “he” to be revealed.



The Destruction of the City

October 9, 2020 

Daniel 9:26–27

26 And after the sixty-two weeks, an anointed one shall be cut off and shall have nothing. And the people of the prince who is to come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary. Its end shall come with a flood, and to the end there shall be war. Desolations are decreed. 

27 And he shall make a strong covenant with many for one week, and for half of the week he shall put an end to sacrifice and offering. And on the wing of abominations shall come one who makes desolate, until the decreed end is poured out on the desolator.” 

The prophecy continues with a description of the judgment that would come on the generation that rejected the Messiah. The city which contains the sanctuary, that is, Jerusalem, would be destroyed by the people of the ruler who will come. 

The ruler who will come is that final head of the Roman Empire, the little horn of 7:8. It is significant that the people of the ruler, not the ruler himself, will destroy Jerusalem. Since he will be the final Roman ruler, the people of that ruler must be the Romans themselves. This, then, is a prophecy of the destruction of Jerusalem about which Christ spoke in His ministry. 

When the leaders of the nation registered their rejection of Christ by attributing His power to Beelzebub, the prince of the demons (Matt. 12:24), Christ warned that if they persisted in that view they would be guilty of sin for which there would be no forgiveness (Matt. 12:31–32). 

He also warned the nation that Jerusalem would be destroyed by Gentiles 

Luke 21:20-24 

20 “But when you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, then know that its desolation has come near. 21 Then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains, and let those who are inside the city depart, and let not those who are out in the country enter it, 22 for these are days of vengeance, to fulfill all that is written. 23 Alas for women who are pregnant and for those who are nursing infants in those days! For there will be great distress upon the earth and wrath against this people. 24 They will fall by the edge of the sword and be led captive among all nations, and Jerusalem will be trampled underfoot by the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled. 

Matthew 23:38 

36 Truly, I say to you, all these things will come upon this generation. 37 “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it! How often would I have gathered your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you were not willing! 38 See, your house is left to you desolate. 39 For I tell you, you will not see me again, until you say, ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.’”, and that the destruction would be so complete that not one stone would be left on another. 

This destruction was accomplished by Titus in A.D. 70 when he destroyed the city of Jerusalem and killed thousands of Jews. But that invasion, awesome as it was, did not end the nation’s sufferings because Gabriel said, their war would continue until the end. 

Even though Israel was to be set aside, she would continue to suffer until the prophecies of the 70 “sevens” were completely fulfilled. Her sufferings will span the entire period from the destruction of Jerusalem in A.D. 70 to Jerusalem’s deliverance from Gentile dominion at the Second Advent of Christ.



The Cutting Off

October 8, 2020

Daniel 9:24–27

24“Seventy weeks are decreed about your people and your holy city, to finish the transgression, to put an end to sin, and to atone for iniquity, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal both vision and prophet, and to anoint a most holy place.

25Know therefore and understand that from the going out of the word to restore and build Jerusalem to the coming of an anointed one, a prince, there shall be seven weeks. Then for sixty-two weeks it shall be built again with squares and moat, but in a troubled time.

26 And after the sixty-two weeks, an anointed one shall be cut off and shall have nothing. And the people of the prince who is to come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary. Its end shall come with a flood, and to the end there shall be war. Desolations are decreed.

27 And he shall make a strong covenant with many for one week, and for half of the week he shall put an end to sacrifice and offering. And on the wing of abominations shall come one who makes desolate, until the decreed end is poured out on the desolator.”

According to Daniel 9:26 the Anointed One was not “cut off” in the 70th “seven”; He was cut off after the 7 and 62 “sevens” had run their course. This means that there is a time period between the 69th and 70th “sevens.” Christ’s crucifixion, then, was in that interval, right after His Triumphal Entry, which concluded the 69th “seven.”

This interval was anticipated by Christ when He prophesied the establishing of the church (Matt. 16:18). This necessitated the setting aside of the nation Israel for a season in order that His new program for the church might be instituted. Christ predicted the setting aside of the nation

Matthew 21:42-43

42 Jesus said to them, “Have you never read in the Scriptures:

“‘The stone that the builders rejected

    has become the cornerstone;

this was the Lord’s doing,

and it is marvelous in our eyes’?

43 Therefore I tell you, the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people producing its fruits.

The present Church Age is the interval between the 69th and 70th “sevens.”

When the Anointed One would be cut off, Daniel was told, he would have nothing. The word translated “cut off” is used of executing the death penalty on a criminal. The prophecy clearly points to the crucifixion of Christ. At His crucifixion He would “have nothing” in the sense that Israel had rejected him and the kingdom could not be instituted at that time. Therefore, He did not then receive the royal glory as the King on David’s throne over Israel.

If you remember in our study of John, there is a discussion of that very event where God turned from the Jewish nation and began his work of the church, calling all people of every nation to believe in Jesus, which is the good news (gospel) of faith in Jesus Christ.

John 1:11

11 He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. 12 But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.



69 Weeks

October 7, 2020 

Daniel 9:24–25

24“Seventy weeks are decreed about your people and your holy city, to finish the transgression, to put an end to sin, and to atone for iniquity, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal both vision and prophet, and to anoint a most holy place. 

25Know therefore and understand that from the going out of the word to restore and build Jerusalem to the coming of an anointed one, a prince, there shall be seven weeks. Then for sixty-two weeks it shall be built again with squares and moat, but in a troubled time. 

Gabriel now turns his attention to the timing of all these events. The seventy weeks of years are divided into 3 sections. The first week of years is 49 years, the second division is 62 weeks or 432 years and then the final week of 7 years will bring in the millennial kingdom. 

The 70 “sevens” would begin, Gabriel said, with the issuing of the decree to restore and rebuild Jerusalem. The Bible records 4 decrees, beginning with the decree of Cyrus to rebuild the temple, but the decree Gabriel speaks of will actually be the fourth decree. The first two decrees pertain to the rebuilding of the temple in Jerusalem and the third relates to finances for animal sacrifices at the temple. These three say nothing about the rebuilding of the city itself. 

The fourth decree was also by Artaxerxes Longimanus, issued on March 5, 444 B.C. (Neh. 2:1–8). On that occasion Artaxerxes granted the Jews permission to rebuild Jerusalem’s city walls. This decree is the one referred to in Daniel 9:25. 

The end or goal of the prophecy is the appearance of the Anointed One, the Ruler. This refers to Christ Himself. God the Father anointed Christ with the Spirit at the time of His water baptism (Acts 10:38), but the anointing referred to here is the anointing of Christ as the Ruler in His kingdom (cf. comments on “anoint the Most Holy” in Dan. 9:24). 

This prophecy of the 70 sevens, then, ends not with the First Advent of Christ, as some suggest, but rather with the Second Advent and the establishing of the millennial kingdom. 

The first period of 49 years may refer to the time in which the rebuilding of the city of Jerusalem, permitted by Artexerxes’ decree, was completed (444–395 B.C.). Though Nehemiah’s wall construction project took only 52 days, many years may have been needed to remove the city’s debris (after being desolate for many decades), to build adequate housing, and to rebuild the streets and a trench. 

The 62 “sevens”. (434 years) extend up to the introduction of the Messiah to the nation Israel. 

This second period concluded on the day of the Triumphal Entry just before Christ was cut off, that is, crucified. In His Triumphal Entry, Christ, in fulfillment of Zechariah 9:9, officially presented Himself to the nation of Israel as the Messiah. 

Jesus was evidently familiar with Daniel’s prophecy when on that occasion He said, 

Luke 19:42.

“If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace—but now it is hidden from your eyes” 

483 years from the decree to rebuild Jerusalem, to the day, Jesus came into Jerusalem to the shouts of hosanna and praise. They welcomed him as messiah, but they rejected him. A week later he was crucified, cut off from the living. 69 weeks of years had been fulfilled.



Anointing Messiah

October 6, 2020

Daniel 9:24

24“Seventy weeks are decreed about your people and your holy city, to finish the transgression, to put an end to sin, and to atone for iniquity, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal both vision and prophet, and to anoint a most holy place.

The sixth event Gabriel predicts is “to anoint a most holy place.”

Most commentators see this as a reference to the rededication of the Jerusalem Temple, which was actually accomplished by Judas Maccabee late in 164 BC but which was still awaited when this passage was written. The idea that the rededication should involve anointing is inferred from the anointing of the tent of meeting and of the tabernacle in Exodus 30:26.

25 And you shall make of these a sacred anointing oil blended as by the perfumer; it shall be a holy anointing oil. 26 With it you shall anoint the tent of meeting and the ark of the testimony, 27 and the table and all its utensils, and the lampstand and its utensils, and the altar of incense, 28 and the altar of burnt offering with all its utensils and the basin and its stand.

But there is also a long-lived tradition that sees an allusion to the messiah here. The Jewish interpretation understands the messiah as the Holy of Holies. He was the mercy seat where the blood was sprinkled. Messianic interpretation was thought to be the central issue in the interpretation of Dan 9:24–27 but is today abandoned by all but the most conservative interpreters.

One of the things I have learned over the years is when you become confused as to the meaning of a scripture, you should always take a Christ centered approach to understanding God’s word. Jesus said to the teachers of the law,

John 5:39

You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that bear witness about me.

I believe this verse tells us something about the messiah Jesus Christ. If we follow the same rules of interpretation, the same pattern we followed for the other 5 events, we can see that this too was completed in the first 69 weeks with the ministry of Jesus. When Jesus began his ministry after his baptism by John, he went to his home town of Nazareth and read these words from the prophet Isaiah:

Luke 4:18

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”

The people wanted to throw him off a nearby cliff because they understood this passage to be the anointing of the messiah, the most holy one of God. Little did they know that the prophesy of Isaiah and Daniel had just been fulfilled before their eyes and they had missed it.

Jesus was “the most holy place” he was the holy of holies, the place where we meet God and receive atonement for our sin. He alone was the mercy seat, the place where grace and truth come together in everlasting righteousness. Everything in the temple pointed to him, embraced him and told us something about his nature and his character.

People failed to see him for who he was when he appeared the first time, but when he returns at the end of the 70th week every eye will see him, every knee will bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord.



Sealing the Vision

October 5, 2020 

Daniel 9:24–27

24“Seventy weeks are decreed about your people and your holy city, to finish the transgression, to put an end to sin, and to atone for iniquity, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal both vision and prophet, and to anoint a most holy place. 

25Know therefore and understand that from the going out of the word to restore and build Jerusalem to the coming of an anointed one, a prince, there shall be seven weeks. Then for sixty-two weeks it shall be built again with squares and moat, but in a troubled time. 

26And after the sixty-two weeks, an anointed one shall be cut off and shall have nothing. And the people of the prince who is to come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary. Its end shall come with a flood, and to the end there shall be war. Desolations are decreed. 

27And he shall make a strong covenant with many for one week, and for half of the week he shall put an end to sacrifice and offering. And on the wing of abominations shall come one who makes desolate, until the decreed end is poured out on the desolator.” 

The fifth event Gabriel predicts is “to seal both vision and prophet.” The verb used here translated seal is the same verb used in the second event translated finish in “to finish the transgression.” If you remember, there was picture of sealing something up in view of a later judgement… not forgetting the transgression but putting off the judgement for a later date. In the case of vision and prophet something been put off that will be brought to pass. Gabriel is telling Daniel that his vision will indeed come to pass. 

All the visions and the prophets will who have spoken for God will have fulfillment. When God makes a promise, it will be fulfilled. As we saw last week, many of these events were fulfilled in the appearance of the messiah, Jesus Christ. The promise to Adam and Eve that the seed of the woman would crush the serpent was accomplished when Jesus defeated death, hell and the grave. The promise to Abraham that God would provide himself a sacrifice was also completed with the death of Jesus. 

But many other promises and prophesies have not yet been fulfilled. Israel has never received the entire land that God described to Moses. David was told his son would sit on the throne of his father David and rule the earth in everlasting righteousness, but that has never been completely fulfilled. Gabriel is telling Daniel that because God has revealed it, because his prophets have spoken, it will come to pass. 

The understanding as to when this will take place is still up for debate. Because of the language used, because he used the word for seal rather than for fulfill, I believe it is referring again to the first coming of Jesus. Jesus was the fulfillment of prophesy and he was the last prophet. He made prophesies concerning the destruction of the temple and of Jerusalem which found their fulfillment in 70AD. He appeared to John on the Isle of Patmos and gave him a vision of these end time events. 

The time of the prophets ended with Jesus. The time of visions ended with the disciple whom Jesus loved. With the death of the apostles both vision and prophet have been sealed up… waiting for their final fulfillment. No more visions, no more prophets, but the things they promised will surely come to pass. 

As we get into the 70 weeks, we will see that 69 weeks have already been accomplished, but there is one more week yet to come. The book of Revelation describes that week in vivid detail and it too will happen at the end of our current age. How close are we to this final 7 years? As we see the signs fulfilled, we understand these things to be close at hand. Israel became a nation again in 1948, that was a significant sign. Jerusalem was recaptured in 1967, that was another significant sign. Jerusalem became the recognized capital in 2017 and many Biblical scholars consider that event to be another significant sign. 

God has sealed up visions and prophesies and all will be revealed in the final week.



Righteousness

October 2, 2020

Daniel 9:24–27

24“Seventy weeks are decreed about your people and your holy city, to finish the transgression, to put an end to sin, and to atone for iniquity, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal both vision and prophet, and to anoint a most holy place.

25Know therefore and understand that from the going out of the word to restore and build Jerusalem to the coming of an anointed one, a prince, there shall be seven weeks. Then for sixty-two weeks it shall be built again with squares and moat, but in a troubled time.

26And after the sixty-two weeks, an anointed one shall be cut off and shall have nothing. And the people of the prince who is to come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary. Its end shall come with a flood, and to the end there shall be war. Desolations are decreed.

27And he shall make a strong covenant with many for one week, and for half of the week he shall put an end to sacrifice and offering. And on the wing of abominations shall come one who makes desolate, until the decreed end is poured out on the desolator.”

The fourth event Gabriel predicts is “to bring in everlasting righteousness.” As we have said before, the first three had to do with the negative, the effects and remedy for sin. But with this event we begin to see some things that we might not have expected God to do. These are incredibly positive affirmations of the love God has for us.

The phrase “to bring in” literally means “to cause to happen.” God will cause to happen an age of righteousness that will never end. Of course, we understand this age to begin with the millennial reign of Jesus Christ but is it even more detailed than that? I believe this age of righteousness began on the day of Pentecost when the Holy Spirit was sent and we , as believers were sealed and placed into Christ. Here is a verse from the Amplified Bible which shows the fourfold nature of God’s plan of salvation:

1 Corinthians 1:30

But it is from Him that you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God [revealing His plan of salvation], and righteousness [making us acceptable to God], and sanctification [making us holy and setting us apart for God], and redemption [providing our ransom from the penalty for sin]

Wisdom, righteousness, sanctification and redemption. God brings all these things into being through his son Jesus Christ.

We live in what could be called a transitory time period in God’s plan. It is called the age of the gentiles or the church age. It is a time period where God has set aside the promises he has made to Israel as a nation to be fulfilled at a time in the future. But now he has turned his attention to the salvation of as many people who will turn to the savior Jesus Christ. He is building his church, made up of both Jews and gentiles, rich and poor, free and slave… people of every nation and this will continue until Christ returns.

We have forgiveness of sins through faith in Jesus, but God has given us something unexpected as well. He has given us the righteousness of Christ, it has been imputed to us, an accounting term meaning “credited to our account.” We are not just forgiven, we are righteous before God.

This is an eternal righteousness and cannot be lost. We are living in an age of righteousness that will continue forever. This is what Gabriel declares, this is what Christ has accomplished… we are NOW the sons of God through faith.



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