Pastor Jim Hammond| May 15, 2022
Daniel chapter 9 splits into two parts. First, we read about Daniel’s prayer for his people. He steps into the position of intercessor for the Jewish people, asking God for His mercy despite Israel’s sins. It wasn’t because of anyone’s righteousness, but because of God’s goodness and so God could receive the glory.
The second part of the chapter is an incredibly precise angelic visitation that has provided us with information on what will take place on earth before Jesus returns a second time.
We will not be able to pinpoint the exact day of Jesus’ return to earth, but we can know the season in which it will take place. How? By studying the prophetic Scriptures. One key item is over in Daniel chapter 9. Take a minute to read through verses 24–27 and you’ll see the term “seventy weeks.” These weeks are not literal weeks, but weeks of years.
Verse 25 shows us that the first 69 weeks have already been accomplished. How do we know that? First, we have to realize that the Bible was written with years of 360 days in mind, not 365 days. We also have to consider leap years! Scholars have researched this, and one scholar came up with an estimate based on this scripture that shows we are in the 70th week of this prophecy Daniel received.
In verse 25, it says that the 69 weeks starts at the “going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem.” Studies show that is when Nehemiah received the command to rebuild Jerusalem. Prior to that date, the Israelites had received commands to rebuild the temple. This was the only time when they were instructed to rebuild Jerusalem.
Secondly, the 69 weeks will end on the day the Messiah is called Prince. When was the Messiah called the coming Prince? We have record of people calling Him prince earlier in the Gospels, but Jesus disappeared from that crowd because He knew the timing wasn’t right. On Palm Sunday, however, Jesus allowed the praise of the people and the announcement that He was the coming King. The distance between the decree to rebuild Jerusalem and Palm Sunday is exactly 69 weeks of years.
What happens in the seventieth week? That’s what Pastor Jim will talk about next week! If you want a preview, read through Daniel 9:26–27.
Read About It:
Daniel 9:1–27 KJV
In the first year of Darius the son of Ahasuerus, of the seed of the Medes, which was made king over the realm of the Chaldeans; in the first year of his reign I Daniel understood by books the number of the years, whereof the word of the Lord came to Jeremiah the prophet, that he would accomplish seventy years in the desolations of Jerusalem.
And I set my face unto the Lord God, to seek by prayer and supplications, with fasting, and sackcloth, and ashes: and I prayed unto the Lord my God, and made my confession, and said, O Lord, the great and dreadful God, keeping the covenant and mercy to them that love him, and to them that keep his commandments; we have sinned, and have committed iniquity, and have done wickedly, and have rebelled, even by departing from thy precepts and from thy judgments: neither have we hearkened unto thy servants the prophets, which spake in thy name to our kings, our princes, and our fathers, and to all the people of the land.
O Lord, righteousness belongeth unto thee, but unto us confusion of faces, as at this day; to the men of Judah, and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and unto all Israel, that are near, and that are far off, through all the countries whither thou hast driven them, because of their trespass that they have trespassed against thee.
O Lord, to us belongeth confusion of face, to our kings, to our princes, and to our fathers, because we have sinned against thee. To the Lord our God belong mercies and forgivenesses, though we have rebelled against him; neither have we obeyed the voice of the Lord our God, to walk in his laws, which he set before us by his servants the prophets.
Yea, all Israel have transgressed thy law, even by departing, that they might not obey thy voice; therefore the curse is poured upon us, and the oath that is written in the law of Moses the servant of God, because we have sinned against him. And he hath confirmed his words, which he spake against us, and against our judges that judged us, by bringing upon us a great evil: for under the whole heaven hath not been done as hath been done upon Jerusalem.
As it is written in the law of Moses, all this evil is come upon us: yet made we not our prayer before the Lord our God, that we might turn from our iniquities, and understand thy truth. Therefore hath the Lord watched upon the evil, and brought it upon us: for the Lord our God is righteous in all his works which he doeth: for we obeyed not his voice. And now, O Lord our God, that hast brought thy people forth out of the land of Egypt with a mighty hand, and hast gotten thee renown, as at this day; we have sinned, we have done wickedly.
O Lord, according to all thy righteousness, I beseech thee, let thine anger and thy fury be turned away from thy city Jerusalem, thy holy mountain: because for our sins, and for the iniquities of our fathers, Jerusalem and thy people are become a reproach to all that are about us. Now therefore, O our God, hear the prayer of thy servant, and his supplications, and cause thy face to shine upon thy sanctuary that is desolate, for the Lord’s sake.
O my God, incline thine ear, and hear; open thine eyes, and behold our desolations, and the city which is called by thy name: for we do not present our supplications before thee for our righteousnesses, but for thy great mercies. O Lord, hear; O Lord, forgive; O Lord, hearken and do; defer not, for thine own sake, O my God: for thy city and thy people are called by thy name.
And whiles I was speaking, and praying, and confessing my sin and the sin of my people Israel, and presenting my supplication before the Lord my God for the holy mountain of my God; yea, whiles I was speaking in prayer, even the man Gabriel, whom I had seen in the vision at the beginning, being caused to fly swiftly, touched me about the time of the evening oblation. And he informed me, and talked with me, and said, O Daniel, I am now come forth to give thee skill and understanding. At the beginning of thy supplications the commandment came forth, and I am come to shew thee; for thou art greatly beloved: therefore understand the matter, and consider the vision.
Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy. Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times.
And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined. And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.
1. Have you ever interceded on someone’s behalf?
2. Who can you pray for today and ask God for His mercy to be shown in their life?
3. What does it mean to see such a precise prophecy in the Bible that was fulfilled down to the very day?