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Prophesies of Daniel - Chapter Nine

Post by larry » Fri Apr 17, 2009 11:27 pm

Prophesies of Daniel - Chapter Nine

by Gene Hawkins

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Daniel 9:1. "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." Now remember that Daniel's last vision was in the third year of Belshazzar's reign, if it was it would have been the year that Babylon fell because right after the handwriting on the wall Belshazzar was killed that very night, and that means that the Medo-Persian Empire is now in power. Daniel 5:30-31 shows us where Nebuchadnezzar was told that "Thy kingdom is departed from thee." Now we see that Darius the Mede was the one that took over whenever he deposed Belshazzar and he "Was made king over the realm of the Chaldeans." Now remember this is one of those that we talked about last week that was split into four and all of this, and now then he is coming over to the realm of the Chaldeans.

Daniel 9:2. "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 this is what I mean when I say we must put ourselves in Daniel's situation because he knew from reading the scripture that the seventy year captivity was just about over. Now he begins to see all these different visions and as we pointed out last week, the things that he saw he recognized that there is no way we're going to put all of this into these maybe few days or even months before the captivity is over. He knew that when Babylon fell the seventy years captivity of the Jews was supposed to be over, however he does not understand or know the things that are yet to happen next or even future to our day. This is why we read this in Daniel 8:27, "And I Daniel fainted and was sick certain days." We brought out last week that this vision is not going to be for many days, and in short Daniel knows that the trouble for his people is not over. Daniel realizes that the seventy year captivity is over but he wants to know what is going to happen now, what else remains here, and he was actually sick about the matter as we see here in Verse 27 where he says "I was astonished at the vision" That means that this situation just put him in such a state of confusion he did not know what was going to happen. So now then we come down to the first year of Darius the Mede. Now we've already stated when God deals with the Gentiles He deals in symbolic terms, but when God deals with the Jews He deals in exact terms and Daniel knows that the exact seventy have just about come to an end, and he also understood by "The word of the LORD came to Jeremiah the prophet, that he would accomplish seventy years in the desolations of Jerusalem."

Daniel 9:3. "And I set my face unto the Lord God, to seek by prayer and supplications, with fasting, and sackcloth, and ashes." Now again Daniel knew the Jews captivity was ending and he prayed it would come to pass and that Israel will be restored. What else is there if the captivity and desolation of the Jews is over but for Israel to return to their land and be blessed? Daniel still doesn't know how many years may come to pass exactly because he was astonished and as he said he said in this vision, it shall be for many days and that's not what he was counting on. He wanted this thing to be over when the sanctuary would be restored, that's what they were talking about in Chapter 8, and when was this going to be? It's going to be "Unto two thousand three hundred days" or 2300 days before the sanctuary is restored. Well Daniel knows he doesn't have any 2300 days before the captivity is to end, so he's confused. When is the sanctuary going to be restored then in view of the information that I have? First "I set my face unto the Lord God, to seek by prayer" and this indicates intercession. There are those today that have the attitude, well whatever will be will be, but that is really not the way of the overcomer. The way of the overcomer is to see what the will of God is, and then pray earnestly for God to bring it to pass. This is exactly what Jesus taught when He said "Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven." We see what God has said, what His will is according to the scripture, and then we pray earnestly that it will come to pass. Second, he was going to seek the Lord by "Supplication." Now supplication is not just a little passing pillow prayer; supplication is earnest entreaty, you just give yourself completely to it, and you're just bound to this so that it will be a part of you. Third, he seeks the Lord "With fasting" and that's what often times real prayer entails. It simply means that one is really willing to give up of himself to deprive himself of all these various comforts in order that he might give everything that he has. There are no distractions even to eat and it is all given to the Lord. Forth he seeks the Lord "With Sackcloth." Now sackcloth is most generally a term of mourning, sorrow, and even of repentance. We're going to see how that comes into view here in our text and I'm sure that's exactly what Daniel thought was necessary here. He knew that the Jews went into captivity because of their severe unbelief, and he understood that they had it coming because of their sin. He understood that when you have sin it needs to be repented of.

Daniel 9:4. "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." Daniel is another that knew how to intercede. He did not go before the Lord praying or claiming any goodness on their part or with the idea that Lord, You owe us and You have to do this. He went to the Lord as "The great and dreadful God" who is Almighty God that has such power but "Keeping the covenant and mercy." He and Moses are so alike in their prayer of intercession toward the Lord because they both cry out for the mercy of God. They realize that it only by divine grace that they are going to succeed and of course we must realize exactly the same thing. He and Moses both recognized God as being true to His word and "Keeping the covenant." He reminds the Lord of the covenant He had with Israel and asks, are you going you going to destroy them after You made this covenant? Of course God was not going to do that.

Daniel 9:5. "We have sinned, and have committed iniquity, and have done wickedly, and have rebelled, even by departing from thy precepts and from thy judgments." Daniel knew here that any kind of restoration, or blessing that Israel is going to enjoy before the Lord was going to have to be preceded by repentance, and so we have sinned. What is interesting here is that we know what a tremendously faithful man of God that Daniel was, so what sin had he done? Matter of fact he had done nothing personally to be sent into captivity in the first place because he was a very godly man from the very beginning but you see, this is the key to real intercession. When we intercede for others we must absolutely identify with them and take their place as our own as though we were guilty, and that is just how intense we are in our prayer for others. Well all of this is certainly true of the nation of Israel as a whole, and we could pray exactly the same prayer for America today and be absolutely in harmony with it. Now we may not be actually guilty of the things that men are accepting, doing, or have done and we stand against it with every fiber of our being, but if we're praying for our nation we have to admit that this nation as a whole are guilty of all of these things.

Daniel 9:6. "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." Here again as it was with the nation of Israel as a whole, we see the same thing in our nation today. There is such a total disregard for God's word, and the testimony of God's word is what the prophets are all about. Daniel knew that where Israel is concerned because the prophets had came to warn them and they just completely dismissed whatever they had to say. So we've not "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" and that's exactly the way it comes down from the upper echelon of the kings to the lesser power of the princes, here to the fathers, and finally to all the people of the land. Everyone is taken up by it, but you see it starts up here at the top, and that of course is where things have failed even in our nation today. There was a time when our forefathers that founded this country were on their knees seeking the Lord and they established our Constitution on the basis of scriptural principle because they believed God, but most of today's leaders seem to be trying to absolutely undermine and annihilate all of that and leave it completely out. Well destruction comes the same way. It starts right up here at the top, and then it comes right on down, down, down, down, down, down and so you can go through the kings and see it again and again how that when the political rulers or kings were so corrupt and ungodly, it came right on down to all of the people and that is the climate that actually searched through the entire nation.

Daniel 9:7. "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." Now what a day it will be when Israel as a nation recognizes that righteousness belongs unto the Lord because the only righteousness that God has ever acknowledged or can accept is the righteousness of Christ. "But unto us confusion of faces" and that simply means shame on our faces. In this continuing prayer all this was true in that day and that prayer is true in our day because you see, Israel is still scattered among the nations just like they were at that time. Now we're going to notice a little bit here in a little while concerning the local happenings that happened immediately after this seventy year captivity was over. Now only the Jews went back to Jerusalem and what we're going to see is that only those of Judah were called Jews. The other ten tribes of Israel were taken into captivity by Assyria before the Jewish nation Jerusalem was ever taken to Babylon. We don't have any record that those of the ten tribes found their way back to Jerusalem though there may have been different individuals and so forth but you see, after the captivity the history of the Jew actually means those that were of the tribe of Judah that David had ruled over there in Jerusalem. After David's son Solomon died in 1 Kings 11:43 after ruling for forty years those kingdoms of Israel and Judah were divided and only the Jews remained in Jerusalem, and that division continued right on down to Jesus' day. If you'll remember, the woman at the well said, how in the world, I mean I don't understand it and here you know that the Jews have no dealings with us with us Samaritans and that was because she was of the ten tribes that had settled there. But notice here in this verse, "To the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and unto all Israel." Daniel is praying for those of Israel and those of the Jews. He also acknowledges here that they had been scattered "Through all the countries whither thou hast driven them." Next the reason Israel was scattered was "Because of their trespass that they have trespassed against thee." Israel presently thinks everyone is against them, or just mean to them, and of course it was that way during the Holocaust and all of this, and there was certainly enough hatred to go around but they rightfully had it coming. But what Israel as a nation is going to have to realize is that they did reject their Messiah and this is why they are in the plight that they are in. And in the end time and those days are just coming up so quickly upon us, but the Jews as a nation are going to have to acknowledge that they did reject their Messiah and they must accept Him.

Daniel 9:8. "O Lord, to us belongeth confusion of face, to our kings, to our princes, and to our fathers, because we have sinned against thee." They are in literal confusion here, and it is shame. They don't have any idea where they are going or what they are doing. They're just meandering about and wandering around with no place of their own. Daniel is praying for those terrible people that have sinned against God and in this statement "We have sinned against thee" you can underline the word "We" because he takes his own place as being a part and one of the children of Israel because he was indeed a part of them and he's praying for them to that end.

Daniel 9:9. "To the Lord our God belong mercies and forgivenesses, though we have rebelled against him." Notice here how he is again emphasizing divine grace in "To the Lord our God belong mercies." It is not according to what we have done, or what You owe us, but according to "Mercies and forgivenesses." Why? Because they know they have trespassed against God and the only remedy for that is forgiveness. You'll never make up for that, you can never repay God, and you can never give Him any kind of remuneration or pay Him back for all of those things that were done that cost Him His Son. It is just God's sovereign forgiveness that Daniel appeals to and again, "Though we have rebelled against him."

Daniel 9:10. "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." Once again a reference to the fact that they have disregarded God's word and I say again, in our country as well as around the world this is a chief complaint, or an indictment that God has against this country as well as the whole world. You have not observed My word I gave it to you even though I told you exactly and repeatedly warned you again, and again you have just completely disregarded my word.

Daniel 9:11-12. "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. 12 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." Now in telling us about this "By bringing upon us a great evil" he is talking about the seventy year captivity that has come upon them, and even though he has confirmed those words over and over again. "For under the whole heaven hath not been done as hath been done upon Jerusalem" and really that's right. Jerusalem was just left completely forsaken, their walls broken down, and there's just no one there. Nebuchadnezzar left a small remnant in the land and Jeremiah was among them, but they felt like they couldn't maintain their defenses, they couldn't make a living, and even the remnant finally left and went down to Egypt very much against the advice of Jeremiah.

Daniel 9:13-14. "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." In other words they didn't repent even at that. When they felt so bad and God was warning them by these outward judgments and things, they still did not repent for what they had done. 14 "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 of course this is exactly what the nation is going to have to acknowledge even in the end time that God had every right to do what He did. It is not His fault they were so disobedient and God did not mistreat them so they can't lay it the blame at His door. Again, "God is righteous in all his works which he doeth: for we obeyed not his voice."

Daniel 9:15. "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." Now as you notice, Daniel's prayer of intercession crying out to the for these people extends from Verses 3 through 19, and once again I think it's because he knows this day of captivity is about over. Well what do we do now? There has to be some repentance and conciliation with the Lord.

Daniel 9:16. "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." Here again Daniel expresses his concern about Jerusalem and the Jews there, and of course in the previous chapter it was the holy place, or the sanctuary. In Psalms 48:1 David referred to it as "The mountain of His holiness." That is, this is God's place, this is where God has chosen, and of course He is the one that makes it that holy mountain. But it is Jerusalem that is to be restored and to be built back up, so now then "Let thine anger and thy fury be turned away from thy city Jerusalem." It is Jerusalem that is to be restored and to be built back up, so to repeat this, "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." This is exactly true and all the nations were against God and He used these nations to judge and punish Israel, and then of course we must also realize that God is going to punish those nations for doing wickedly against Israel and receive their just deserts even though they were used by God to do what He wanted to do.

Daniel 9:17. "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." Now he has already been told it's not going to be 2300 days and then he's been told "Many days" and yet he's still praying for the sanctuary to be restored. He doesn't know what is going to happen that we now know from history such as the Church Age is being inserted in here after the Age of Law is ended because the Church Age was an absolutely hidden age to those of the Old Testament though the Apostle Paul goes back and discovers how it was there all along. So "Cause thy face to shine upon thy sanctuary that is desolate, for the Lord's sake." He wants this fellowship back with the Lord as represented by Thy sanctuary.

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Re: Prophesies of Daniel - Chapter Nine

Post by larry » Fri Apr 17, 2009 11:31 pm

Prophesies of Daniel - Chapter Nine

by Gene Hawkins

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Daniel 9:18. "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." Once again Jerusalem belongs to God, and Daniel appeals to God on that basis that this is Your city and doesn't belong to men. Then he says "We do not present our supplications before thee for our righteousnesses, but for thy great mercies." That one verse sums up everything he is saying down here. It's not because that we have done righteous or because we deserve anything from God, that it is rather according to Your grace according to Your mercy.

Daniel 9:19. "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." Of course that's exactly the idea that only God has that power and we know that God forgives them on the basis of Christ. We're told in the New Testament to forgive one another as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you. That's the only basis that God has of forgiving because Christ has paid for all of those sins and all of those inequities. Therefore they are forgiven righteously and according to the justice of God's government. And so "Forgive; O Lord, hearken and do; defer not, for thine own sake." Well defer not and I'm sure that Daniel doesn't want to wait any longer, but he is going to have to wait as God has already told him in Daniel 8:26 to seal up the vision for it's not for many days.

Daniel 9:20. "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." Notice once again "The holy mountain of my God." Jerusalem is at the center of Daniel's request and his desire, and we must notice in the remaining verses of this chapter that Jerusalem is still at the center of things. The great burden that Daniel had was for Jerusalem and most especially the sanctuary so God is going to answer that. He is going to tell him about what is going to happen in so far as the holy mountain of my God, and indeed the sanctuary is concerned.

Daniel 9:21. "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." So the same Gabriel as we had over here in Daniel 8:16 that was sent in order to disclose the interpretation to make Daniel to know of this vision, now he returns again to impart these words and this understanding unto Daniel once again. So "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." Now I wondered about this as I was reading it. Was the oblation actually being offered? I do not know, or I do not find any record where the Jews were able to go through their ceremonies and all of these things while they were in the land of captivity. Now once they got back to Jerusalem, that's the first thing that they did. When Ezra went back up after they were given liberty after this seventy years of captivity was over and they went back up unto Jerusalem, the first they did is to erect an altar and begin to offer these sacrifices. Likewise when Nehemiah and his band went back up 78 years later they were offering sacrifices. But you will notice that he "Touched me about the time of the evening oblation." And so even though it may not have been actually carried out yet, the time of this is what Daniel was observing here and that was a very special time in Israel's history. If you go back to 1 Kings 18:17-40, remember that early in the morning Elijah set up this test, but he didn't make a beeline and try to get this done quick and show up the other one. He let them go through all their different rituals and ceremonies and gyrations all day long until the time of the evening sacrifice. And so it was a very special time that was set up in Israel, and that seems to be the way it was with Daniel. Gabriel was "Caused to fly swiftly, touched me about the time of the evening oblation."

Daniel 9:22. "And he informed me, and talked with me, and said, O Daniel, I am now come forth to give thee skill and understanding." That means to give you wisdom and understanding and I'm going to tell you these things that you have been wanting to know.

Daniel 9:23. "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." So Daniel had a very special tremendously close place with the Lord just like Moses, David, and others of the prophets that we have seen and here Daniel is called "Greatly beloved." And then from Daniel 9:24-27 we find some tremendous things that are being told in so far as times and once again we want to see that they are exact times when God deals with the nation of Israel.

Daniel 9:24. "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." Now Daniel has been crying out to the Lord for his people and God is not going to leave him hanging. There are many things that God could have said in so far as the Gentiles, or in so far as the judgments and all of this, but He knows that Daniel is interested in Jerusalem and his people, and so this message centers on that. This vision that Gabriel is giving Daniel understanding about reaches down even beyond the present day the year 2007 that we're in now, let alone the day of Daniel. It goes beyond the present day the year 2007 that we're in now. So "Seventy weeks are determined." What we must understand here is that though we are talking about weeks here, it is important to understand that God used year-day counting here and that means that one day is actually representative of one year. In Ezekiel 4:6 we read that "I have appointed thee each day for a year." Anyway every one of those days was actually representative of an entire year that Israel was going to have to suffer. Likewise in Numbers 14:33-34, Israel sent spies into the land of Canaan and when they came up to the borders of the land of Canaan and what God wanted them to do was just go in there and possess that land. Well we'd rather go in there and see what's in there. God had already told them what was in there, but we want to go see so they sent in these spies which spied out the land for forty days. They came back and gave such glowing reports of the land that flows with milk and honey, and then they came to that little three letter word "But," and that indicates a real change here. We saw all of these giants and boy they knew exactly where they were as to what parts of the country that this one dwelt in and they knew their names and all of these things, and thus we're not able to go in and they argued back and forth and God waited until they just talked themselves out, and then He pronounced judgment. He said you toured this land, and you spied out this land for forty days, therefore you're going to wander in the wilderness for forty years. So if you multiply seventy times seven to satisfy these "Seventy weeks" of year-day counting you come up with four hundred and ninety years.

Now notice once again that we are in Gentile times. We've been discussing that from the very time we began the book of Daniel and these visions that we see here are in the midst of Gentile times. But God is going to separate 490 years out of that, and He is going to concentrate on this Jewish nation. That doesn't mean that the Gentiles are no longer in power, it doesn't mean that God has taken their power away from them and given it back to the Jews, but He is going to be doing some special things in this nation of Israel for those seventy weeks of years.

So "Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city (That is Jerusalem)." In other words God is going to put the spotlight back on Jerusalem. Now for these seventy years of captivity the spotlight certainly has not been upon Jerusalem, it is laid waste and just desolate during all of that time. That's what grieved Daniel so bad, but now then God is going to turn the spotlight back upon Jerusalem and there are seven things I believe that He is going to do here, and these are the things that we need to understand that were going to happen during that 490 year period.

1. He's going to finish the transgression.
2. He's going to make an end of sins.
3. He's going to make reconciliation for iniquity.
4. He's going to bring in everlasting righteousness.
5. He's going to seal up the vision.
6. He's going to seal up the prophesy.
7. He's going to anoint the most Holy.

God is going do these seven things here to center around Jerusalem during this 490 year period. Even though we'll cover it a little bit on down here, I believe there is so much misunderstanding about Daniel 9:27. Let us get it in our minds that the seventy weeks that are prophesied concerning the Jews are seventy weeks of blessing. There is not a hint of judgment in these words that He gave here in Daniel 9:24 and I want to notice how that they are fulfilled. They do indeed accomplish and bring about blessing for Israel. Now notice "To finish the transgression." These first three; finish the transgression, make an end of sins, and make reconciliation for iniquity happened at the cross. The last four: bring in everlasting righteousness, seal up the vision, seal up the prophesy, and anoint the most Holy happened after the resurrection, but they are all decidedly blessing. Now God finished the transgression in the person of the Lord Jesus Christ when He died there on the cross. He brought transgression to an end and atoned for the sin of all mankind, and not just Israel.

Likewise "To make an end of sins." The sin question was absolutely settled here and God's government is absolutely, completely, and totally satisfied. We have said again and again that when people go to hell, they do not go to hell for their sins. Those were already taken care of at Calvary and God is satisfied with that. The reason men go to hell is because they reject Christ's offering for sin, and when they do that they're going to bear the penalty themselves. If they are so filled with rebellion, unbelief, and disobedience that they won't accept Christ, and they will not acknowledge that He bore the penalty for their sins then they're going to bear it themselves and thus the reason for hell for them. So God settled and wrapped up the sin question there at the cross.

And then "To make reconciliation for iniquity." God didn't just come and punish sins and say okay, these are taken care of. God makes reconciliation for us and He reconciled us to Himself. That's what we read there in Romans 5 of the five much mores that He has provided and given us much more than Adam took away. We have much more than Adam had there in the Garden of Eden. We have now been made the sons of God and He made reconciliation there at the cross for us also.

And then He was going "To bring in everlasting righteousness." That happened as a result of the resurrection. Because Jesus was raised from the grave, God showed by that that He had indeed accepted the offering of Christ and it shows to us God's government was absolutely satisfied. The resurrection put God's stamp of approval of the work of redemption Jesus did there at the cross and so He brought "In everlasting righteousness." It is the righteousness that when Christ was raised from the grave, He was raised up in newness of life, and now then of course we have that righteousness. God found that way of bringing us forth out of the death state into newness of life of Christ and He gave us everlasting righteousness. That's the reason for eternal life because we have eternal righteousness the moment we believe upon Him.

The next one is "To seal up the vision." All of the provisions, all of the basis for what God is going to do, and all of the judgment that is going to be poured out on the antichrist and the false prophet has been paid for by Jesus as He laid that foundation there at the cross. It's because of what He did on the cross that God had a basis to pour out every last bit of His wrath against men because of their own unbelief.

And then to seal up the "Prophesy." That is the word of God itself and this is why I am just so worried about some today thinking they have new prophesy. You know, that was done whenever the Apostle Paul and the prophets right after the day of Pentecost and whatever wrote what's in this book. Prophesy has been sealed up and that's why you read there in the book of Revelation that if anyone adds to or takes away from this book. You can't add to it because God has already put it all in there and there's nothing else to add. And so this happened in this same period of time, and Jesus laid the basis for that there at the cross.

And then the seventh one, "To anoint the most Holy" and I'm sure that Daniel thought oh wonderful, we're going to see the sanctuary restored, but that's not the fulfillment of this. The fulfillment of this is the great day of Pentecost. The anointing He's talking about is when God sent the power of the Holy Ghost into this world. Now the Church Age was absolutely hidden to Daniel so he didn't know that God was going to baptize the Church into one body on the day of Pentecost, but Daniel gives it to us here in his prophesy even though he didn't understand that was what was happening because Gabriel didn't make it known to him. He anointed the most holy there on the day of Pentecost when the power of the Holy Ghost was sent and they began to speak with tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance and thus the Church Age was born and indeed started. And so if we were just to bring it down to where that he said "Seal up the vision" for many days, we know that He had the Church Age in mind that is going to be inserted in here, and then these other things are going to come to pass.

Daniel 9:25. "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." What we need to understand here and I continue to repeat is that God deals with the Jews in exact times and events. In this verse the time or starting point that we start measuring from is the going forth of the commandment to restore and build Jerusalem, and that would have been during the time of Nehemiah. Now the seventy year captivity ended when the Jews were able to go back to Jerusalem under the leadership of Ezra. Ezra did go up to rebuild the temple, but he had absolutely nothing to do with the wall of Jerusalem. I believe that it was seventy-eight years after Ezra that Nehemiah went up to rebuild the wall and this is the commandment we're talking about. Nehemiah was so burdened for the Jews, but what Jews was he burdened about? He was concerned about and wanted to know how the Jews that were already in Jerusalem were doing. Nehemiah had such a tremendous vision for the Jews that he was sad and came before the king for them. Now Nehemiah was King Artaxerxes' cupbearer and the king noticed his countenance was sad and he asked him, what is wrong with you? Nehemiah prayed about this a long time before, but now he tells the king that he wanted to go back and build the wall of Jerusalem once again, and it was at that time the king gave him that command or decree "To restore and to build Jerusalem." Again we are talking about the wall of Jerusalem proper and not the temple that Ezra rebuilt. Well this is the time that the time begins and then notice when the end of the time is. It's from the time the commandment was given and that would have been down here in this Medo-Persia Empire because the Persians were ruling at that time and the palace was in Shushan. So the commandment was from the time it proceeded out of the king's mouth to restore and rebuild Jerusalem "Unto the Messiah the Prince" and there are two segments given here. First of all it is going "To be seven weeks" and if we're year-day counting that's going to mean 49 years, and then you'll add to that "Threescore and two weeks" which would total 69 weeks or 483 years. So what does the seven weeks mean? We don't read of any great happening here, but there has to be some reason these were divided the way they were or it would just say after 69 weeks. What happened after 49 years? Well it seems this was the close of Malachi's prophesy, and from Malachi until Matthew God was absolutely silent in so far as His word was concerned. So from the time, and there those that estimate different years as far as when the commandment went forth. Some say it was 44 BC, and then there are others that give a date either a couple years before or after that, but the math is the same regardless of which years you use and that is 49 years until the end of Malachi's prophesy. So the seven weeks seems to be the benchmark that he is talking about here when they are going to announce a time when God has sealed up that prophesy, or the Old Testament so to speak. Now there is more prophesy as we know that is going to come as with the rest of the scripture in the New Testament, but the Old Testament ends with the prophesy of Malachi and so that seems to be the 49 years.

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Re: Prophesies of Daniel - Chapter Nine

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Prophesies of Daniel - Chapter Nine

by Gene Hawkins

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Now then we come to the three score and two weeks and that is "Unto the Messiah the Prince." Now what happened after that 483 year length of time? What we want to keep in mind is that we've only accounted for 69 years but you see, there were 70 of them. That's where some make the mistake of assuming Daniel 9:27 is the 70th year, but it cannot be and we'll explain why as we go on. What we need to do now is to wrap up the 69 weeks, and when did they end? From this time that the commandment went forth to rebuild Jerusalem to Messiah the Prince has to be referring to Jesus in Matthew 21:1-11

Matthew 21:1-11.

1 And when they drew nigh unto Jerusalem, and were come to Bethphage, unto the mount of Olives, then sent Jesus two disciples,
2 Saying unto them, Go into the village over against you, and straightway ye shall find an ass tied, and a colt with her: loose them, and bring them unto me.
3 And if any man say ought unto you, ye shall say, The Lord hath need of them; and straightway he will send them.
4 All this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying,
5 Tell ye the daughter of Sion, Behold, thy King cometh unto thee, meek, and sitting upon an ass, and a colt the foal of an ass.
6 And the disciples went, and did as Jesus commanded them,
7 And brought the ass, and the colt, and put on them their clothes, and they set him thereon.
8 And a very great multitude spread their garments in the way; others cut down branches from the trees, and strawed them in the way.
9 And the multitudes that went before, and that followed, cried, saying, Hosanna to the Son of David: Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest.
10 And when he was come into Jerusalem, all the city was moved, saying, Who is this?
11 And the multitude said, This is Jesus the prophet of Nazareth of Galilee.

So is "Unto Messiah the Prince" referring to Jesus' birth or His death? Well it could not have been His birth because this all has a center focus on Jerusalem but Jesus was born in Bethlehem. Then just when is the major time that we see Him as Messiah the Prince? When Jesus was 30 days old in Jerusalem in Luke 2:22-24, his parents took him to the temple and presented him to the Lord, and to offer a sacrifice according to the law but no, He was not manifest as Messiah the Prince. He was not acknowledged or manifest as Messiah the Prince until the time Jesus rode coming on the foul of an ass triumphantly into Jerusalem where they lay down their garments before Him and that happened just a week before He died there on the cross. In Zechariah 9:9 he prophesied "Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, thy King cometh unto thee: he is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass" and you will also see this referred to in Matthew 21:5. So from the time the commandment went forth unto Messiah the Prince is going to be 69 weeks.

Now notice what is going to happen during that time. "The street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times." That is talking about all of those things that happened in the book of Nehemiah. That is where it all begins when they are given the decree of permission and the commission to go back to Jerusalem and build the wall. They went through many troubles in order to rebuild the wall of Jerusalem, and opposition from Sanballat the Horonite and his sidekick writing letters and all of these various things, but trouble came from absolute everywhere. It came from within, it came from without, people disregarded the law of God at that time, and all these various things that happened. All of this had them in fear and they had to stop the building of the wall, and that is what is meant that this wall is going to be built "Even in troublous times"

Daniel 9:26. "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." Remember that the divisions of time here of the full 69 weeks consisted first of 7 weeks and then the second benchmark of 62 weeks, and after this second period of 62 weeks has been fulfilled here's what's going to happen. "After threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off" literally that week, but I think it was about four days before Jesus was delivered to the Romans and then delivered to the cross. So it was one week earlier that He had marched triumphantly into Jerusalem and that is what the Gentiles celebrate as Psalm Sunday, and the next Sunday is Easter. Basically Messiah the Prince means that Jesus was offering Himself as their official king there when He rode triumphantly into Jerusalem and that's exactly the way it happened because you see, Jesus did offer Himself. But we know that the fact of the matter is they did not accept Him as a nation because they delivered Him to the cross, and then He became the sacrificial Lamb indeed that He had to be and so He was "Cut off" out of the land of the living. He was delivered up unto the cross, but you'll notice, "But not for himself." It was for the sins of the people, and for the sins of the world that Jesus was crucified, so Daniel prophesies of the death of Christ after this 69 week period.

Then we read, "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." You see, it just indicates here after Christ was cut off, then the next thing that we read is judgment, and it is the judgment of Israel. Now we will get into more of this, but we're not going to be able to finish this tonight because there's just too much in these little verses and we're going to cut this off. But I want to just give a little introduction into next week's lesson because what happened here is that 70 years have been prophesied, and we have only covered 69 of them. Where are the other 7 years? They are couched right in here after that colon following the word "Sanctuary," and in between the space that is mentioned here, and we can go to history and find that out. Also remember that this was a part of the time to anoint the Most Holy.

The first seven years after the day of Pentecost are nothing but pure blessing, and they are a foretaste of what the millennium is going to be like. Next if you will remember the last part of Daniel 9:26 what happened? I believe it is in the seventh chapter of Acts where they dragged Steven out of the city and stoned him for his preaching. Then Steven looked up and he said, behold I see heaven open and Jesus standing at the right hand of God. What that means is that Jesus was standing ready to come back and set up His millennial kingdom at that time, and those millennial blessings would have continued exactly the way as they're going to during the millennial period, but Israel showed quite emphatically that they had not accepted Messiah the Prince. Well what happened I believe it is in the seventh chapter of Acts. They dragged Steven out of the city and they were going to and did stone him for his preaching. And remember that Steven looked up and he said, behold I see heaven open and Jesus standing at the right hand of God. What that means is that Jesus was standing ready to come back and set up His millennial kingdom at that time, and those millennial blessings would have continued exactly the way as they're going to during the millennial period. But Israel showed quite emphatically that they had not accepted Messiah the Prince the day they stoned Steven.

After Messiah the Prince has been cut off we now know that that seven years there was the seventh year of blessing and of course this was hidden from Daniel. Well God is simply going to repeat a week for them because of that judgment. It started when "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." I believe that happened about 70 AD whenever the Romans came in and they were the people of the prince talked about here. These people are the Romans that came in and just absolutely annihilated and destroyed Israel but you see, that was just the local thing. Now next week we're going into Daniel 9:27 and we'll find out that that particular week is yet to be fulfilled, and Daniel 9:27 is what the book of Revelation is all about. It took an entire book to explain Daniel 9:27. So we will go into that next week.

Before continuing we're going to review Chapter 8 a little because I want to see the emergence of the false prophet and some have had a little bit of trouble in seeing this. First of all, I believe everyone sees and understands that the antichrist is the little horn of Daniel Chapter 7, and that he is the political ruler that emerges that will be so cruel to the Jew. There are differences in this little horn of Chapter 7 and the little horn of Chapter 8. The antichrist or little horn of Chapter 7 actually comes out of those ten horns of the Roman Empire where three horns were plucked up leaving seven, whereas the false prophet or little horn of Chapter 8 comes from the Grecian Empire, but the first thing that we need to notice about this false prophet is that we cannot just pinpoint and say yeah, this is the way it will be and we look at a certain place in order for it to happen.

Let's go back to Daniel 8:9 and we read there, "And out of one of them came forth a little horn, which waxed exceeding great, toward the south, and toward the east, and toward the pleasant land." Again, the little horn of Daniel Chapter 8 that we're reading about here is the false prophet, and here in Verse 9 we are actually talking about the Grecian Empire. Now when we read "And out of one of them," the "Them" refers to what is left after Alexander the Great, that great horn has been destroyed and there rises up four generals that Alexander had. These are the "Four notable ones toward the four winds of heaven." Rather than have the one kingdom with just one man ruling, it is now divided into four partitions as it were the north, east, south, and the west and they are called "The four winds of heaven" and out of one of them, either the north, east, south, or west came the little horn we know to be the false prophet. Now we can narrow it down to only two of them with this clue. "And out of one of them came forth a little horn, which waxed exceeding great toward the south, and toward the east, and toward the pleasant land." Now the pleasant land is Israel, the South would be toward Egypt, and the East would be toward Babylon. We know he hasn't established a foothold yet, but he is waxing strong and just building power toward these, and so that only leaves the north or the west that the false prophet can come from. In our previous lesson we brought out that there was a local fulfillment of this, and it was Antiochus Ephepiphanes. He absolutely desecrated the sanctuary because he's the one that sacrificed a sow on the altar, and he was a very cruel man just completely demonic almost and bent on the destruction of the Jews. Now we know Antiochus couldn't have been the real fulfillment of this prophesy because he died too soon and the Jews actually had power over him.

We'll come back to Daniel 8: in just a moment, but in Daniel 8:26 we read, "And the vision of the evening and the morning which was told is true: wherefore shut thou up the vision; for it shall be for many days." Those "Many days" translate down to the point of the end time that we know it hasn't even happened yet, and so the fulfillment of this prophesy was not actually in Antiochus Ephepiphanes. He was just a forerunner or representative of the false prophet, but he gives this little bit of insight. Antiochus came out of the north kingdom which would have been Syria and as we have said before, there is such a tremendous link between Israel and Syria. When Israel came into the land of Canaan they were supposed to bring the first fruits of their lands, and bring in all of these wonderful things in order to give honor and praise unto God, and they were to say in Deuteronomy 26:5, "A Syrian ready to perish was my father." That's why I really do believe that the false prophet could in fact be a Jew. Even though he comes out of Syria, he could very well be a Jew.

Now here is another connection, and you know how Satan loves counterfeits. Where was Saul of Tarsus going when he was struck down? Damascus, and it is the capitol of Syria. And so you see how that that would fit right in because we know that the false prophet is not a political leader, but a religious leader. Saul of Tarsus was chosen to bring out the very depths of God's word, and you find out that this same false prophet is the one that is going to be so versed in spiritual things. In Daniel 8:24 we read, "And his power shall be mighty, but not by his own power." That means that the false prophet is empowered by satanic power. "He shall destroy wonderfully, and shall prosper, and practise, and shall destroy the mighty and the holy people." That word "Practise" means that he practices deception. Daniel 8:25. "And through his policy also he shall cause craft to prosper in his hand; and he shall magnify himself in his heart, and by peace shall destroy many: he shall also stand up against the Prince of princes." This again is going to bring this prophesy down to our day. Why? Antiochus could never have stood up against the Prince of princes because Jesus was not there or manifest yet. The Prince of princes that the false prophet is going to go against here is Christ Himself, and that brings it down to our day. The false prophet will understand dark sayings and that means that this man is going to have the answers to the great mysteries that people have. This religious leader will be able to interpret these dark sayings and mysteries much like the Apostle Paul has that same ability to give so many wonderful answers.

In Daniel 8:23 we read "And in the latter time of their kingdom." and so it's the latter time of the kingdom. And "When the transgressors are come to the full, a king of fierce countenance, and understanding dark sentences, shall stand up." This is the one we're looking for because this would be in a religious light, and of course he's concerned with the daily sacrifice also which puts it in a religious light. So we're talking about the false prophet being able to understand and again I say, he could be a Jew like unto Saul of Tarsus who had such understanding of these dark sayings, these mysteries, and these dark sentences that we are talking about here.

Let's notice Daniel 8:11, "Yea, he magnified himself even to the prince of the host, and by him the daily sacrifice was taken away." This is one of the major things we are looking for, and the great key of this entire prophesy is that the daily sacrifice is going to be taken away. Now I have wondered and have had others ask me the same question, and I simply do not know. Are the Jews offering the daily sacrifice now? I've not heard anything about that, but what I do know is that it is going to have to be offered or instituted in order for it to be taken away. So if it's not offered now and we hear of it being offered, then that certainly would be a one reason that we need to pick up our ears because that's the sacrifice that's going to be taken away by the false prophet, and that is at the very end. I honestly do not know whether we will be here to see that daily sacrifice taken away, but I do know that the bride of Christ is going to be gone before the covenant of the end time is signed and we'll find out why here in just a little while.

So at this time "He magnified himself even to the prince of the host, and by him the daily sacrifice was taken away, and the place of his sanctuary was cast down" and notice Daniel 8:12, "And an host was given him against the daily sacrifice." When Israel compromises and in this case the false prophet seems to induce or persuade Israel to give up their daily sacrifice, then these Jews are actually turned over to the host here. "An host was given him" and that refers to the Jews that were actually turned over to the power of the antichrist. Up until that time there's been this resistance, but when they give that up it is equivalent to rejecting Christ again because the daily sacrifice is something that was guarded down through the ages. Now we know that they were just performing the daily sacrifice in form, but you see they have given up all visages which speak dramatically of Christ Himself. This is equivalent in rejecting the Messiah again and is a very significant compromise that they are making here at this point.

Here in Daniel 8:12, "And an host was given him against the daily sacrifice," or because the daily sacrifice being taken away is what it means "By reason of transgression, (The great transgression of giving up the daily sacrifice) and it cast down the truth to the ground; and it practised, and prospered." That is, when they do that then the forces of evil just come in here, and then Israel as a nation is actually under the very thumb of the antichrist and the false prophet here at this time. Once again we must understand that the false prophet is in this vision that Daniel saw comes out of the Grecian Empire, whereas the antichrist comes out of the Roman Empire and the reason it is recorded this way is because the Grecian Empire was before the Roman Empire. Therefore the false prophet is going to be revealed and manifested before the antichrist because the false prophet is the forerunner of the antichrist. The false prophet is going to introduce, push him, and must come first, so that's the reason for the vision that the Grecian Empire comes right ahead of the Roman Empire.

Now I want to review a portion of Daniel 9:24, "Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people" to get the connections coming up to Daniel 9:27. There are seventy overall weeks, and so we must account for all of those. Ezra went up with another group, but you see, there was really just a small portion that went back to Jerusalem, and so by this time Daniel was off the scene, but what I'm getting at here is that there never was a mass exodus of the Jews going back to Jerusalem.

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Re: Prophesies of Daniel - Chapter Nine

Post by larry » Fri Apr 17, 2009 11:38 pm

Prophesies of Daniel - Chapter Nine

by Gene Hawkins

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Now Daniel 9:25. "Know therefore and understand." And you see, if it was important for Daniel to understand it's important for us to understand where the starting point is so let's put ourselves in Daniel's shoes. He knew from studying Jeremiah that he was almost to the end of the seventy years, but I'm sure he didn't really see any signs of any movement or anything happening. There was no mass exodus going back to Jerusalem, and I really believe that is what Daniel really had in mind and hoped for, and so God began to show him these things, and telling him about seventy weeks. Well, Daniel knows that seventy weeks, or 490 days isn't going to go that fast, and so he wonders what in the world is happening here and God begins to explain or account for the seventy weeks. So "Know therefore and understand." And here is the beginning of the seventy weeks. It is "From the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem."

Now I want to go back to Nehemiah 1:1 just to get it in our minds to put this into perspective because when the book of Nehemiah is written, the seventy years captivity is over. I think if you read the last verse of Chronicles and the first verse of Ezra, they're exactly the same and so the seventy years is over. Also following the book of Ezra, Zerubbabel and others of Israel were given liberty to go back and build the temple in Jerusalem. After this Ezra went up with another group to Jerusalem 78 years later but you see, there was really just a small portion that went back to Jerusalem by this time that Daniel was off the scene, but what I'm getting at here is that there never was a mass exodus but just a small remnant of the Jews going back to Jerusalem. I want to notice that Nehemiah was so concerned about the people that were escaped here as he called it.

Let's go with Nehemiah 1:1-3. "The words of Nehemiah the son of Hachaliah. And it came to pass in the month Chisleu, in the twentieth year, as I was in Shushan the palace." So notice here that the Medes and the Persians have taken over now, and so we are in the second world empire. 2 "That Hanani, one of my brethren, came, he and certain men of Judah; and I asked them concerning the Jews that had escaped, which were left of the captivity, and concerning Jerusalem." He's talking about those that had gone back to Jerusalem after the seventy year captivity was over. This is the time we're talking about. 3 "And they said unto me, The remnant that are left of the captivity." And that's all there was, just a little remnant. They're trying to survive and maintain themselves there in the land of Judah specifically of Jerusalem. And so "The remnant that are left of the captivity there in the province are in great affliction and reproach: the wall of Jerusalem also is broken down, and the gates thereof are burned with fire." Keep in mind this is after the seventy years are over and they are now in Jerusalem and are not prospering very well.

Now the go to Nehemiah 2:5-6. Nehemiah was so burdened about this that he was praying about it, and he wanted to do something about it, and finally the king asked him what he wanted. "I said unto the king, If it please the king, and if thy servant have found favour in thy sight, that thou wouldest send me unto Judah, unto the city of my fathers' sepulchres, that I may build it." Right here is where the decree goes forth to build, to rebuild the wall of Jerusalem. 6 "And the king said unto me, (the queen also sitting by him,) (And that was undoubtedly Esther) For how long shall thy journey be? and when wilt thou return? So it pleased the king to send me; and I set him a time." And so this is the decree that Daniel talks about here in the book of Nehemiah.

Now notice back in Daniel 9:25. "Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince (And this is that division) it shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times." Again this adds up to a total of 69 weeks, and the division is in there we believe and understand because from the time that the king sent Nehemiah back to Jerusalem to the end of Malachi is 49 years, then for the next about 400 years the scripture is silent. See, God doesn't speak again until we begin the book of Matthew and that is the time that Jesus was born.

So if you read through the book of Nehemiah, you'll find that those people even though they were back in their land, and even though they built the wall, look at the difficultly that Nehemiah had in the spiritual sense. These people were still intermarrying and doing all sorts of things that were contrary to the law; things that they had done before they had went into captivity, and Nehemiah was beside himself. This is in a mere 49 years that this happened until the prophesy of Malachi was given and you can go through the book of Malachi and read how that God continued to speak to the people and tried to get them to listen to Him and they were not doing it. And so the end of the Old Testament is what you could say happens after this 49 year period. After that God adds on 62 more weeks which is a period of 434 years, and that coincides with the coming of Jesus' triumphant entry into Jerusalem.

Alright, now then in Daniel 9:26. "And after threescore and two weeks (When the 62 weeks is completely finished) shall Messiah be cut off." That is a reference to Calvary, and so time wise we are down to the cross. Sixty-nine weeks have been fulfilled at this point, but there is one week left and we must understand what happened to that one week. So "After threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself." Now the next thing that you read here in this verse is "And the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city." This is nowhere near in keeping with the seventy weeks of blessings that was pronounced, but is judgment we're talking about and so we must come to the place where we find out what in the world happened that judgment should come whereas there was blessing. The answer to that of course is that there were seven years following the crucifixion of Christ after the day of Pentecost. If you read the first few chapters of Acts, you find the tremendous blessings that were poured out in those seven years.

Now if you look at Peter's testimony and words there in the first books of Acts, Peter and all of the disciples said to Jesus in Acts 1:6-8, "When they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel?" That's what they were looking for and what they wanted and Jesus at that time, 7 "Said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power. 8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth." In other words you just go into Jerusalem and wait until you be endued with power from on high. Then on the day of Pentecost we find in Acts 2:16 that Peter began to explain what was happening. "But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel" in the last days and all of this, and then he begins to point out the wonderful things of the time of restoration.

Now I'm sure Peter himself was looking for a whole age of restoration, and they were seeing those wonderful millennial blessings begin immediately there at the day of Pentecost and continuing the next few years. Millennial blessings were manifest in those first few chapters of Acts as they laid hands on people and they were healed, they had all things common, there was such joy, victory and all of these things and people were healed even with Peter's shadow just passing by. These were blessings that are going to be rampant in the kingdom age.

Well, that didn't last and so the next question is what happened at the end of those seven years? Well there's only one event there and that is when a powerful minister of the gospel by the name of Steven began to testify and they dragged him out of the city and began to stone him so that he died, but before he died in Acts 7:56 he looked up and he said "Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of man (Jesus) standing on the right hand of God." Now that means that if the Jews as a nation would have accepted Christ He would have come at that time, the kingdom would have began right then and there would have been no Church Age. Well now, God knew what would happen but He gave Israel the opportunity to accept Christ and they soundly rejected Him because they killed Steven exactly like they had done Jesus seven years earlier.

There was no repentance in the hearts of the Jews at this time and they hadn't changed one bit so thus began what we have here in Daniel 9:26. "The people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary." They did that in 70 A.D. under Titus (a Roman emperor). Now why did this judgment come? It is so important to understand it because you see, the Jews really did not suffer this consequence of having the Romans destroy their city as a result of them putting Jesus on the cross because Jesus was ordained to go to the cross and God indeed used that in order to bring His purposes to pass. So why did they suffer this incident that happened in 70 A.D.? It was because they indeed rejected Christ by the stoning of Steven. Again, it wasn't for the sin of putting Him on the cross; it was because of their rejection of Him even after He had died and was raised again and so the Jews suffered as a nation because they rejected Christ. They rejected their king, they rejected their Messiah, and they proved that by the stoning of Steven.

Alright now then, "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."

Daniel 9:27. "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." In this verse we read "And he." Who is the "he" being talking about? It is "The people of the prince" we had in Verse 26 and of course that prince is Satan, but his representative here in Verse 27 is going to be the antichrist. This "He" is also a contrast to Messiah the prince. As we've already brought out, Satan is a master of counterfeit and if there is a Messiah, then there is the antichrist or anti-Messiah so to speak, and if there is a true prophet, there is the false prophet. Any time that God has anything, Satan counterfeits it and tries to bring about all this deception. So this prince that was spoken of, or indeed his representative the antichrist is the little horn of Daniel Chapter 7 that is going to arise as a political ruler and try his best to overtake and completely annihilate Israel.

Now in order to back that up just a little bit lets turn back to Daniel 7:21. "I beheld, and the same horn made war with the saints, and prevailed against them." Now that's the little horn that had a wound and he came back to life and we will see more of it there in Revelation, but this is the one we're talking about. "I beheld, and the same horn made war with the saints." The saints are the Jews, and that is his primary target so that is why we see here in Daniel 9:27 that he made a covenant with these people the Jews. He "Made war with the saints, and prevailed against them" and the antichrist is going to prevail against the Jews in the end time.

Alright, to continue in Daniel 9:27, "He shall confirm the covenant with many." Isaiah 28:14-15 says it this way. "Wherefore hear the word of the LORD, ye scornful men, that rule this people which is in Jerusalem." He is talking about the political leaders that are going to make that covenant with the antichrist at that time. Will Israel's Prime Minister Ehud Olmert still be in there? We don't know but if he is, it's going to happen in a hurry. This is talking about those who are ruling Israel, or the political Israel, 15 "Because ye have said, We have made a covenant with death." That's this very covenant that we're talking about here in Daniel 9:27 and it will be a covenant of death for the Jews. Repeating Isaiah 28:15. "Because ye have said, We have made a covenant with death, and with hell are we at agreement; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, it shall not come unto us: for we have made lies our refuge, and under falsehood have we hid ourselves." This is that deception that these people are involved with. They make this stupid covenant with the antichrist and don't even know it is a covenant of death, but in realty it is most assuredly is a destructive covenant of death unto them.

To answer a question here in class, Isaiah 28:14-15 refers to this covenant we are viewing here in Daniel 9:27. "He shall confirm the covenant with many for one week." Once again, this week is 7 years and I don't want to belabor the point but Daniel 9:27 is not the 70th week because it's already been fulfilled at the beginning of the Church Age. It was that transition between the Age of Law, and the Church Age. So the 70 weeks or 490 years from the going forth of that commandment in Daniel 9:24 were fulfilled exactly on schedule, and it lasted right up until the stoning of Steven. The week in Daniel 9:27 is another week, and because Israel rejected Him, this week is not going to be a week of blessing, but it is going to be a week of unparalleled judgment.

In Daniel 9:27 we read, "And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week." When the "Many" sign that covenant is the beginning of this "One week," and it marks the end of Gentile rule because Christ's rule begins and the Gentiles will be ruling in usurpation. Now the covenant is not mentioned until we get to Daniel 9:27, but let's go back to Chapter 7 and notice how they happen at exactly the same time. Daniel 7:9. "I beheld till the thrones were cast down." As we said when we studied this a few weeks ago, that means the thrones were set up or erected as thrones on which these kings are wanting to reign, however they can't do that and "And the Ancient of days did sit." You see, the Ancient of Days is Christ who has already been set on His throne and the moment He is set on His throne all other governments are usurping authority since signing this covenant is the signal that they have assumed a place that does not belong to them. Now where is the throne of Christ? Psalms 2:4 says, "He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision" and He is sitting on His throne ruling from heaven from the very moment they signed that covenant and again they are in usurpation.

There are different key words here and the first is the word "Prince" in Daniel 9:26. He is a counterfeit prince or he is the antichrist. The second key word that we see is "Covenant" and that is this covenant of death that we saw there in Isaiah. Now then the next word is "Week" and that announces the beginning of that seven years of tremendous difficultly and heartache. Now the next words we want to view is "In the midst of the week" and that means in the middle of this week of seven years. What happens in the middle of the week? The covenant is broken by the antichrist by these words. "In the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease." So there had to have been an agreement here with all these sacrifices and so forth, but the thing we must understand here is that this sacrifice and oblation do not refer to the daily sacrifice. Now the reason that we say that is because the daily sacrifice was taken away thirty days before this covenant of death is signed.

Now a very key time in this is the taking away of the daily sacrifice. Daniel 12:11. "And from the time that the daily sacrifice shall be taken away, and the abomination that maketh desolate set up, there shall be a thousand two hundred and ninety days." Now keep in mind that from the time that the daily sacrifice is taken away until the middle of the week is 1290 days and the taking away of the daily sacrifice is the signal for everything to be in operation. After this you can measure everything that happens in days that is going to happen in the tribulation period. Anyone who is a student of prophesy can tell you exactly how many days it'll be until the next event and how many days the Jews are going to have to suffer when all of these things are going to take place. Again it is 1290 days from the time they took away the daily sacrifice till the middle of the week and that's what we see here in Daniel 9:27. So just what will happen in the middle of the week? "He shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease." Again I say that the sacrifice and oblation does not refer to the daily sacrifice because that was taken 1290 days earlier. This ceasing of sacrifice and oblation deals with all sacrifice, or any vestige of Israel's religious services, ceremonies, rituals or anything like that to be taken away and there's a reason for that.

Notice further. "He shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations." The middle of the week is when the antichrist replaces all of those religious ceremonies and rituals that Israel has had and replaces that with worship of himself. His own image takes the place of those things in the middle of the week and you can compare with that with Matthew 24:15. ”When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:)" We going to study Matthew 24 & 25 in detail to put this in perspective, and it will be a bridge between Daniel and Revelation so that we can see the chronology and things that'll happen down through here but we need to understand, this is a very key event that is happening in the middle of the week. So that's what it will be when the antichrist sets up his image, and this is what we are reading about right here in Daniel 9:27.

Now Revelation 13:15 tells us the same story. "And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed." That's actually the false prophet giving life to the image of the beast in the middle of the week.

2 Thessalonians 2:3 is another. "Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition." This is another reference to this event in the middle of the week in Daniel 9:27.

Now in the middle of the week we read of this abomination of desolations set up, and all of this ungodliness that the antichrist is doing, but there is something else that also starts in the middle of the week and that is unprecedented trouble. We are at this point three and one half years into the tribulation period, but the Jews ain't seen nothing yet.

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Re: Prophesies of Daniel - Chapter Nine

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Prophesies of Daniel - Chapter Nine

by Gene Hawkins

Part 5 of 5

~ transcribed and edited by larry from lecture ~

Now as far as the Church is concerned we know that all of the Church will be out of this world and in heaven by the time this happens, and we're even going to find out how many days the third rank of the Church which is the 144,000 is going to be taken up before the middle of the week.

So the last half of the week is when Israel as a nation is really going to suffer as a result of making this covenant with death or the covenant with the antichrist and the middle of the week begins that unprecedented trouble. Turn back to Daniel 7:25. "And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time." We're talking once again about the antichrist, and when he puts his image up there he is in direct defiance and blasphemy against God Himself and not just His people Israel at that time. He shall "Think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time." This "They," the subject of the last half of the tribulation is the Jews. "They shall be given into his hand until a time (That's one year) and times (That's two years, a total of three) and the dividing of time (Which is half a year)." So if you add all of those together, it's the last half three and a half years of the great tribulation.

Up until this time of the middle of the week it's just been the first three and one half years of tribulation, but when the image is set up it is then called great tribulation. Jesus says it this way in Matthew 24:21. "For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be." So at no time with all the horrible atrocities that has taken place in one country after another down through the ages of history including the horrendous things that happened in the dark ages will compare with what is going to happen in the last three an one half years of the tribulation period, but the good news is "Nor ever shall be." It is never going to be repeated again. It's the horrible oppression of the antichrist alright and his ungodly regime, but the subject here is really the Jews and how they are faring or suffering in the last three and one half years of the tribulation. Of course that's what Daniel is asking about, but I don't think he wanted to hear this at all. It gets so bad that we read in Matthew 24:22, "And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened." They're going to be so severe God actually has to cut that off in order that anyone be saved, but for His elect the Jews those days are shortened so they would be spared.

Now the next key words we want to notice here in Daniel 9:27 explaining this one is "The overspreading of abominations," and "Overspreading" means an edge or an extremity. It specifically means of a "Bird" or an "Army" and from this it means "Wing." Some seem to think, and I really do not doubt that by some manner this image is actually going to fly into the temple from heaven to give it credence. That really would be supernatural and that's exactly the type of wonders and signs the false prophet is going to be manifesting at that time attempting to counterfeit Jesus' miracles. Well Jesus came from heaven and the antichrist wants people to believe we've got the same thing here. Another parallel here is what they believe concerning Diana of the Ephesians as they would say "Great is Diana of the Ephesians." According to history and myth, Diana flew into the temple, and so we have a parallel of exactly that same thing. So this overspreading of the setting up of this abomination is absolute deceit that Satan is setting up in order to try and to defraud and deceive people.

And you'll notice, "He shall make desolate." And that is a word we read a number of times in regard to the absolute desolation of Israel and the city of Jerusalem. Of course it's going to be because of what Satan has done there with the antichrist setting up his image, but the judgment of God is going to be poured out upon that. God is not going to permit any of that kind of ungodliness to rule and to reign, so notice this last phrase here. "For the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate." The consummation means the end of that time decreed, and the end of desolations that have occurred. It also has two purposes in regard to this consummation of desolation. One of course is the judgment of the antichrist that God is going to annihilate along with the false prophet in Revelation 19:20. "And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone."

Second, 2 Thessalonians 1:7-8 says it this way. "And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, 8 In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ" The antichrist is the head of that list, and all of the others that are under him are going to experience the same thing because Christ is going to come in flaming fire taking vengeance and so that is also part of this consummation or unto the end of these things happening that we're talking about. Now notice also another verse in 2 Thessalonians 1:9 that says, "Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power." So this tells us of eternal destruction Jesus is going to bring upon the antichrist and anyone who is going to follow him.

Let's turn back also and read the same message in Daniel 7:26-27. "But the judgment shall sit, and they shall take away his dominion, to consume and to destroy it unto the end. 27 And the kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdom under the whole heaven, shall be given to the people of the saints of the most High." We read in Verse 25 how that the antichrist is gong to reign for a time, times, and half a time or dividing of time or three and one half years, and then we read the word "But" in Verse 26. That means there is a change coming and the antichrist's reign is going to be over. Next we read where everything here "Shall be given to the people of the saints of the most High" and the reason for that is because Christ Himself is going to be ruling as King of kings, and Lord of lords, and He is going to advance His own people as to being the head, and not the tail of the nations. Christ's "Kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey him."

Daniel 7:28. "Hitherto is the end of the matter." Daniel, this is the end of the matter and so far as Israel is concerned this is what is going to happen, and so this is what we read here in Daniel 9:27. "He shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate." There is something else that is going to come to an end here also, and that is the punishment or the desolation of Israel. Just like the reign of the antichrist and the judgment of the antichrist to come, so also must come the desolation of Israel, and that's what He tells us. That consummation determined shall be poured upon the desolate, and judgment is going to be poured out upon Israel in these last three and a half years, and here's another verse that will clarify what we're saying.

Jeremiah 30:6-10. "Ask ye now, and see whether a man doth travail with child? wherefore do I see every man with his hands on his loins, as a woman in travail, and all faces are turned into paleness? 7 Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob's trouble; but he shall be saved out of it. 8 For it shall come to pass in that day, saith the LORD of hosts, that I will break his yoke from off thy neck, and will burst thy bonds, and strangers shall no more serve themselves of him: 9 But they shall serve the LORD their God, and David their king, whom I will raise up unto them. 10 Therefore fear thou not, O my servant Jacob, saith the LORD; neither be dismayed, O Israel: for, lo, I will save thee from afar, and thy seed from the land of their captivity; and Jacob shall return, and shall be in rest, and be quiet, and none shall make him afraid."

Verse 6 repeated. "Ask ye now, and see whether a man doth travail with child? wherefore do I see every man with his hands on his loins, as a woman in travail, and all faces are turned into paleness?" Now this is just an analogy they can identify with, and women understand this perfectly when they're with child. They understand and grab their abdomen or belly because there is absolute pain. You're trying to do anything under the sun in order to stop that pain. Well, ask "Wherefore do I see every man with his hands on his loins, as a woman in travail, and all faces are turned into paleness?" This is the type of atmosphere that is going to be prevailing especially during this last three and one half years of tribulation. It is going to be intense pain upon Israel as they are undergoing this judgment from the hand of God, and indeed God using the antichrist to do that.

Jeremiah 30:7. "Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob's trouble." See, the tribulation is especially about Israel and her punishment also as well as the judgment of the antichrist. But the last part of this is what we see here until the consummation and that determined shall be poured out upon the desolate. There's coming an end to that pouring out and an end to that judgment. Israel is not going to be judged for the rest of their eternal life at all, and so Jeremiah says repeated here in Verse 7, "Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob's trouble; but he shall be saved out of it." And so these are the last three and one half years of the great tribulation when Israel will be judged, and thank God we then know the end of the story. After that is the millennium and that's when God is going to resume those first seven years of the Church Age which is the transition years between the Age of the Law and the Church Age. There will be such blessing and wonder that is going to become the norm during the millennial period after all this judgment has been poured out punishment upon Israel, the antichrist, the false prophet, and any of his band. Then you're going to have 1000 years of the kind of blessings for Israel that prevailed in those first seven years in that first week which would have been the last week of the seventy. That's where you read those scriptures that the wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, the desert shall blossom as a rose, and no one will say "Come and Know the Lord:" for all shall know me.

Israel is going to be God's evangelist to the entire world, and once again to repeat as we've heard again and again, the ministry of the nation of Israel will be to go to the nations. Now we saw and mentioned it earlier that when Saul of Tarsus was converted he said in another place, "I am as one born out of due time." Now what he meant by that was that what I am doing just as one man, Israel as a nation is going to be doing for a thousand years. Paul was carrying the gospel to the Gentiles as one man, but in the millennial period the nation of Israel is going to be carrying the gospel to the Gentiles on a whole lot larger scale than Paul ever did and there's good reason for that. If I wasn't in heaven, I would love to be on the earth because Satan will be bound a thousand years and it is really going to be utopia here because of that. That's why Israel is going to have such success in turning nations unto the Lord.

And here's one opposing point of contrast. Is there anywhere in the scriptures or any of the historical records where Paul converted an entire nation to Christ? No! Paul never converted an entire city to Christ, let along a nation but in the millennium it will be commonplace for Israel to convert an entire nation unto Christ, and that's what is said in Matthew 28:19, "Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost." Now we have also seen the commission given to the Church in Mark 16:15. "And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature." That means the message to the Church is to go to individuals, and in reality that's what Paul did. He was a type of Israel, but he fulfilled the ministry in the Church just going to individuals exactly as we are doing today. This is why I say it is absolutely imperative that we understand the difference in the kingdom message and the Church message because there are those in the Church today who are determined we are supposed to go out and convert all nations to Christ and present them to Him on a silver platter; that is not going to happen. The judgment that we have seen tonight in Daniel 9:27 as well as these other places absolutely must be poured out. Scripture must be fulfilled before Israel as a nation is converted and become God's millennial evangelist, and I hope to heaven that it is as clear as it can be because I think that is about all I can do.

In Jesus name - larry
All here stated in the name of the Lord Jesus hopefully to God's glory - larry

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