Daniels Vision of The Seventy Weeks

 

DANIEL’S VISION OF THE SEVENTY WEEKS

(Pastor Lee Jackson – FFWC)

1)    INTRODUCTION – DANIEL’S VISION OF THE SEVENTY WEEKS, FOUND IN DANIEL CHAPTER 9:20 ESTABLISHES THE PROPHETIC FRAMEWORK FOR GOD’S DEALINGS WITH THE NATION OF ISRAEL AND END-TIME EVENTS INCLUDING:  THE GREAT TRIBULATION, THE RISE OF THE ANTI-CHRIST AND THE SECOND COMING OF JESUS CHRIST. THE HISTORICAL SETTING FOR THE BOOK OF DANIEL BEGINS WITH NEBUCHADNEZZAR’S FIRST INVASION OF ISRAEL IN 605 BC, RECORDING EVENTS SELECTIVELY THROUGH THE THIRD YEAR OF THE REIGN OF CYRUS OF THE MEDO-PERSIAN EMPIRE IN 536 BC, SPANNING ABOUT 70 YEARS, THE APPROXIMATELY DURATION OF ISRAEL’S CAPTIVITY UNDER TWO EMPIRES.  DANIEL WAS A YOUNG JEWISH LAD WHO HAD BEEN TAKEN CAPTIVE BY THE ARMIES OF NEBUCHADNEZZAR, KING OF BABYLON IN THE FIRST 605 BC AND REMAINED FAITHFUL TO GOD THROUGHOUT HIS CAPTIVITY.  DANIEL WAS RECOGNIZED FOR HIS INTEGRITY AND ABILITY AND WAS GIVEN GREAT RESPONSIBILITY IN BOTH THE BABYLONIAN AND THE MEDO-PERSIAN EMPIRE.  NEVER THE LESS, DANIEL DID NOT FORSAKE HIS GOD.  HIS HEART WAS IN JERUSALEM.  HE LONGED FOR THE RESTORATION OF ISRAEL WHILE RECOGNIZING THAT THESE THINGS WERE A RESULT OF GOD’S JUDGEMENT FOR ISRAEL’S GREAT SIN, AS PROPHECIED BY MOSES IN DEUTERONOMY 28.  DANIEL WAS VERY AWARE OF THE PROPHECIES OF JEREMIAH (DANIEL 9:2)  CONCERNING THE DURATION OF THE CAPTIVITY, WHICH WAS TO BE SEVENTY YEARS AS PROPHECIED BY JEREMIAH.  DANIEL WAS INTERCEDING FOR HIS BELOVED NATION WHEN HE WAS INTERRUPTED BY GABRIEL, AN ARC-ANGEL, SENT FROM GOD.

THE IMPORTANCE OF THE SEVENTY WEEKS PROPHECY IS THAT IT SEALS UP (CONCLUDES, OR COMPLETES)  OTHER PROPHECIES AND PROVIDES A PRECISE TIME LINE FOR CERTAIN FUTURE EVENTS WHICH ARE OF PARAMOUNT IMPORTANCE TO GOD AND TO US.  IT IS IMPORTANT TO UNDERSTAND THAT EVEN THOUGH WE LIVE IN THE AGE OF THE CHURCH, IN WHICH THE GOSPEL IS BEING PREACHED TO ALL NATIONS; IT HAS BEEN ACCEPTED PRIMARILY AMONG THE GENTILES.  GOD TURNED TO THE GENTILES WHEN ISRAEL REJECTED JESUS CHRIST AS THEIR MESSIAH.  HOWEVER, ISRAEL IS NOT TO BE FORGOTTEN.  GOD MADE SPECIFIC PROMISES TO ABRAHAM AND THE PATRIARCHS AND KING DAVID THAT HE WILL KEEP.  THE JEWS HAVE BEEN GATHERED FROM AMONG THE NATIONS AND THE NATION OF ISRAEL HAS BEEN RE-ESTABLIBLISHED AFTER ALMOST 2000 YEARS AS GOD PROMISED. (EZE. 36:24 -28, 37:21 – 28)  ALTHOUGH ISRAEL REJECTED JESUS CHRIST AS THEIR MESSIAH AND CONTINUES TO REJECT HIM TODAY THAT WILL CHANGE DURING THE GREAT TRIBULATION, THE TIME OF JACOB’S (ISRAEL’S) TROUBLE.   TEXT: DANIEL 9:20 – 27  (THE WORD TRANSLATED SEVENS, MEANS A OF UNITS OF SEVEN YEARS) 

 2)    SEVENTY SEVENS DECREED TO DANIEL’S PEOPLE AND THE HOLY CITY (JERUSALEM)  490 YEARS TO:

a)    FINISH THE TRANSGRESSION & TO BRING AN END TO SINS (JER 33:7-8, EZE 37:21-23)

b)    ATONE FOR WICKEDNESS (THE ATONING SACRIFICE OF CHRIST)

c)    BRING IN EVERLASTING RIGHTEOUSNESS (ISA 59:2-21, JER 31:31-34)

d)    SEAL UP THE VISION AND THE PROPHECY

e)    AND TO ANOINT THE MOST HOLY (CHRIST THE SON OF GOD)

3)    AFTER KING ARTAXERXES ISSUES THE DECREE TO BUILD JERUSALEM (NEH. 2:1)

a)    UNTIL THE ANOINTED ONE, THE RULER, COMES WILL BE 69 SEVENS (483 YEARS)

b)    JERUSALEM WILL BE REBUILT IN TROUBLED TIMES (NEHEMIAH 2 PROVIDES THE INFORMATION TO ESTABLISH DATE, 445 BC)

c)    THE ANOINTED ONE WILL BE CUT OFF

d)    THE PEOPLE OF THE RULER TO COME (ROMAN ARMIES UNDER TITUS) WILL DESTROY THE CITY AND THE SANCTUARY (TEMPLE)

e)    THE END (OF THE JEWISH NATION) WILL COME LIKE A FLOOD

f)     WAR WILL BE DECREED UNTIL THE TIME OF THE END

4)    HE (ANTICHRIST) WILL

a)    CONFIRM A COVENANT WITH THE JEWS (IN THE LAST WEEK) (VS 27)

b)    IN THE MIDDLE OF THE WEEK HE WILL PUT AND END TO SACRIFICE (BREAKING HIS COVENANT WITH THE JEWS)

c)    HE WILL SET UP THE AN ABOMINATION THAT CAUSES DESOLATION UNTIL THE END IS DECREED UPON HIM

d)    THE ABOMINATION THAT CAUSES DESOLATION WILL BEGIN A 3 ½ YEAR COUNTDOWN TO THE COMING OF CHRIST TO CONFRONT THE ARMIES OF THE ANTICHRIST

5)    CHRIST’S REFERENCE TO DANIEL’S PROPHECY (MATT 24:14-15)

 6)     PORTRAIT OF THE ANTICHRIST, THE MAN OF LAWLESSNESS REVEALED (2THESS 2:1-12)

a)    MAN OF LAWLESS TO BE REVEALED – VS 3

b)    WILL OPPOSE EVERYTHING THAT IS CALLED GOD – VS 4

c)    HE WILL PROCLAIM HIMSELF TO BE GOD – VS 4

d)    SECRET POWER OF LAWLESSNESS ALREADY AT WORK – VS 7

e)    SPIRIT OF LAWLESSNESS RESTRAINED – VS 7

f)     RESTRAINT TO BE LIFTED, MAN OF LAWLESSNESS REVEALED – VS 8

g)    THE LORD JESUS WILL OVERTHROW HIM – VS 8

h)    HE WILL BE IN ACCORD WITH SATAN – VS 9

i)      SATAN WILL GIVE HIM POWER TO PERFORM COUNTERFEIT

j)      MIRACLES, SIGNS & WONDERS AND EVERY SORT OF EVIL – VS 9

k)    HE WILL DECEIVE THOSE WHO ARE PERISHING; THEY ARE

l)      DECEIVED BECAUSE THEY REFUSED TO LOVE THE TRUTH – VS 10

m)  THEY BELIEVED NOT THE TRUTH BUT DELIGHTED IN WICKEDNESS

n)    AND ARE CONDEMNED – VS 12

 

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