Posted by: watchmancurtis | January 19, 2010

Revelation Study Week 10

Today we looked at one of the, if not the, most amazing prophecies in the Bible.  This prophecy shows how awesome, powerful and all-knowing our God is.  It should increase your faith…I know it has mine!  It should also make you ask this question, “Am I ready and watching for the return of Christ?”  Microwave some popcorn, grab a drink and something to write on and take a look with us at the astounding prophecy of the 70 Weeks of Daniel.

Today’s study kept us in the book of Daniel for all of our time.  I felt it was imperative that we lay a foundation for what we will be looking at in the rest of Revelation.  It is very hard to study Revelation without looking closely at Daniel in the process. 

Before we get into Daniel I want to bring up a few verses in the New Testament that puzzled me for years.

  • Mark 5:42b-43- “…they were all completely astounded.  And He gave them strict orders that no one should know about this,”
  • Mark 7:35-36- “And his ears were opened, and the impediment of his tongue was removed, and he began speaking plainly.  And He gave them orders not to tell anyone;”
  • Luke 4:41- Demons also were coming out of many, shouting, “You are the Son of God!”  But rebuking them, He would not allow them to speak, because they knew Him to be the Christ.
  • Luke 5:13b-14- And immediately  the leprosy left him.  And He ordered him to tell  no one
  • Luke 8:56- Her parents were amazed; but He instructed them to tell no one what had happened.
  • John 2:3-4- When the wine ran out, the mother of Jesus said to Him, “They have no wine.”  And Jesus said to her, “Woman, what does that have to do with us?  My hour has not yet come.”

All of these verses made me wonder why Jesus did not want people to tell about who He was and what He was doing.  You would think He would want everyone telling about it.  The answer to my question was found in the book of Daniel.  In Daniel chapter 9 we find a prophecy that was given to Daniel and the Jewish people.  This prophecy not only answers my questions, but much more.

24 “Seventy weeks have been decreed for your people and your holy city, to finish the transgression, to make an end of sin, to make atonement for iniquity, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal up vision and prophecy and to anoint the most holy place.  25 “So you are to know and discern that from the issuing of a decree to restore and rebuild Jerusalem until Messiah the Prince there will be seven weeks and sixty-two weeks; it will be built again, with plaza and moat, even in times of distress.  26 “Then after the sixty-two weeks the Messiah will be cut off and have nothing, and the people of the prince who is to come will destroy the city and the sanctuary.  And its end will come with a flood; even to the end there will be war; desolations are determined.  27 “And he will make a firm covenant with the many for one week, but in the middle of the week he will put a stop to sacrifice and grain offering; and a complete destruction, one that is decreed, is poured out on the one who makes desolate.”

Ok…that is a lot to take in.  Let’s break down this prophecy into manageable parts.  The word weeks here means seven.  In this context it is referring to 70 sets of 7 years.  That is a total of 490 years.  The beginning point of this prophecy is a decree to restore and rebuild Jerusalem.  That decree can be found in Nehemiah chapter 2:1-8.  The 70 weeks are broken up into three groups.  There is seven weeks/sevens (49 years), sixty-two weeks/sevens (434 years) and one seven (7 years). 

The first week is the start of the prophecy and covers 49 years which covers the time that Jerusalem was rebuilt.

The end of the sixty-nine weeks (49+434=483 years=173,880 days) was when the Messiah was to come.  Luke 19:28-44 tell of Jesus riding in on a donkey.  As He is riding in, His disciples begin waving palm branches and declaring, “Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord; Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!”  This infuriated the Pharisees nearby because they knew that these people were declaring Jesus to be the Messiah.  They ordered Jesus to rebuke His disciples.  This day was not just any ordinary day, however.  Jesus answered, “I tell you, if these become silent, the stones will cry out!”  This was the day that had been prophecied by Daniel.  This was the day that all of Israel should have been looking and watching for.  The sad fact is they missed it.  Jesus continued on toward Jerusalem and began to weep saying, “If you had known in this day, even you, the things which make for peace!  But now they have been hidden from your eyes.”  It saddened Jesus that so very few recognized this day and recognized Him as King.  Daniel had seen to the very day when Jesus would come…how amazing!  This then, is the answer to my question.  Jesus did not want it announced that He was Messiah the King, because there was a day where that was to be done.

So we see the beginning of the prophecy and that during the time of Nehemiah Jerusalem would be rebuilt in times of distress.  We see that the very day of Jesus’ first coming was foretold.  Verse 26 says that after the first sixty-nine weeks the Messiah would be cut off and have nothing.  It was at this point that Jesus was crucified.  Verse 26 of Daniel chapter 9 goes on to say that Jerusalem and the temple would be destroyed by the people of the prince who is to come.  This prince as we will see many times in our study is the Antichrist/False messiah.  When Israel missed that special day, Jesus said that it would now be hidden from their eyes.  It was at this point that the 70 Weeks of Daniel comes to a stop until a future time.  Paul refers to this time in Romans 11 as the time of the Gentiles.  Once the time of the Gentiles finishes, Israel will recognize Jesus as their Messiah and will be saved. 

So we are now waiting for the last week (7 years) to begin.  What will start this period of time?  Verse 27 says that the prince who is to come (Antichrist) “will make a firm covenant with the many for one week (7 years), but in the middle of the week he will put a stop to sacrifice and grain offering; and on the wing of abominations will come one who makes desolate, even until a complete destruction, one that is decreed, is poured out on the one who makes desolate.”   So in the middle of this last seven (7 years) the Antichrist will break the covenant (which is most likely with Israel, since this prophecy is for the Jewish people and involves many nations) he has made and an abomination of desolation will be set up in the temple.  We will see this picture in Matthew, 2 Thessalonians and Revelation too. 

I know this has been a lot of information.  I pray that I have been able to present it in a way that is clear and understandable.  We had a great study with lots of questions.  This is kind of like the calculus of Bible study.  We are no longer adding and subtracting.  It isn’t always easy, but it is clear if you search it out.  Next week we will be looking at the seven seals in Revelation chapter 6.  This chapter, to me, is THE key to understanding the book of Revelation.  I am looking forward to delving into it and hearing what everyone has to say.  Feel free to ask questions or make comments.  If you disagree with what has been posted here, that is fine; but please do so in a gentle and loving spirit.  Be blessed today and keep watching. 

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