Episode 10 – Division of the 70 Weeks
Hi, this is tom Harris with, it’s all greek to me and I want to go deeper and dig a little bit further into the old testament as well as the new concerning uh the coming of jesus christ, We talk about christmas, but their specific scriptures like in luke chapter 19 and uh daniel chapter nine. And I’d like to go into the old testament in the book of Daniel and look and see that God predicted the specific date of jesus christ coming. It’s absolutely phenomenal to be so pinpointed in what he gives us a rabbi by the name of Leopold Con a european rabbi studied daniel, Daniel 70 weeks Daniel nine On the basis of Daniel 9 25 and 26. He came to the conclusion that the Messiah had already come. He went to another rabbi to ask him, where’s the messiah? What’s going on here? And the messiah, the rabbi told him, well he’s in new york, think about this and he came to new york city, heard the Gospel of jesus, he got saved and believe that jesus christ is in fact the messiah. He became a Messianic jew and he bought a horse stable and turned it into a place where he could preach that jesus is the messiah and that became the american board of Mission to the jewish people. And this is the true story of Leopold con and way back when and so if that rabbi, Orthodox rabbi could come to understand that the messiah truly fulfilled what it talks about here in Daniel chapter nine verse 24 25 26 27. Then all the jewish people and rabbis of the world today should go there and just read it and understand it and tear it apart and see if in fact this isn’t exactly what it says it is. And so uh when when you read the book of Daniel and you see the consecutive kingdoms that Daniel was taken out of Judah out of Israel and it was uh 606 P. C. And they took uh never gonna put him in Babylon And stay there for 70 years. All the way if you read chapter one Of Daniel and you look and see uh that he it says at the end of the chapter and Daniel continued verse 21 until the first year of Cyrus, the King. So he he went through all the different kings of Babylon uh never again as a and after them Bell Shazzer. And after that and all the way to Darius and and uh to Cyrus and uh gave all those prophecies, specific prophecies. And then it comes to uh chapter nine After telling uh interpreting the dream of the tree, interpreting the the image of king nebuchadnezzar a and the different kingdoms, the Babylonian kingdom, the middle Persian kingdom, the greek kingdom and the roman kingdom. And then he comes to the everlasting kingdom of God that will have no end. That will smash every other kingdom. He is the king of kings and the Lord of Lords talking about the messiah jesus. And then he comes to chapter nine And you see in Chapter nine, he begins to weep and he begins to break inside for the people of Israel. And he’s crying out Daniel’s prayer for his people. And he continues all the way down to verse 16, for the city of Jerusalem, the Holy Mountain for because of our sins and the iniquities of our people, Jerusalem and I people have become a reproach to all around and he continues praying this way. Oh my God, incline your ear, verse 18, Open thine eyes and see our desolation in the city which is called by thy name. For we are not presenting our supplication before the on account of any merit of our own, but on account of that great compassion. Oh, Lord hear. O Lord forgive O Lord! Listen and take a action for the known sake. Oh my God, do not delay Because the Eye City and my people are called by thy name, it’s not because you and I are faithful or good or righteous or have something that we’ve done to deserve anything from God, but for his own namesake for his covenant, he will act on our behalf. He will give us love because he’s a God of love. He would give us truth, because he’s a God of truth, He’s merciful and gracious and takes a long time before he loses his temper. Aren’t you glad that God will forgive that God will cleanse. And this is what Daniel is pleading. He’s pleading the mercy and the grace of God as we are taught in the book of Deuteronomy. When moses wrote this in uh in the chama. And that God is a compassionate God for those who love him and keep his commandments and and that we are the people of God. Now, while he well, I was speaking verse, 20, Daniel says Gabriel brings an answer. Watch this verse 20 Now while I was speaking and praying and confessing my sin, the sin of my people Israel and presenting my supplication before the Lord, my God on behalf of the holy mountain of my God. While I was still speaking in prayer, the man Gabriel, whom I had seen in a vision previously came to me in my extreme weariness about the time of the evening offering. And he gave me instructions and talked with me and said, Oh Daniel, I have now come forth to give you insight with understanding. At the beginning of your supplication, the command was issued and I have come to tell you for you are a highly esteemed. You are so give heed to the message and gain understanding of the vision. So listen, when when you’re praying, you don’t think God is listening. Sometimes you don’t think anything’s going on. Your you get tired, you, you get weary. Seems like there’s nothing going on, no answers from heaven and yet. And this was a long, long time here when when you realize it was like 23 days and here God is communicating to daniel through Gabriel, Hey, listen, God heard you, God hears everything. You say everything you think everything you do. And uh in verse 24 now, this is the specific prophecy we’re getting into 70 weeks have been decreed for your people and your holy city to finish the transgression. That’s the first thing to make an end of sin. That’s the second thing to make atonement for iniquity. That’s the third thing to bring in everlasting righteousness. That’s the fourth thing and the seal of visions and prophecies and to anoint the most holy place. So you are to know and discerned from the issuing of the decree to restore and rebuild Jerusalem until the messiah. The Prince can’t get any clearer than this. You don’t know that from that issuing of the decree to restore and rebuild Jerusalem until Messiah, the prince, there will be seven weeks and 62 weeks. It will be built again with plaza and moat. Even in times of distress. Then after the 62 weeks, the messiah will be cut off and have nothing. And the people of the Prince was to come, will destroy the city and the sanctuary and its end will come with a flood. Even to the end, there will be war. Desolation, Czar determined and he will make a firm covenant with the many for one week. But in the middle of the week he will be put a stop to the sacrifice and grain offerings. And on the wing of the abominations will come on. Who makes desolate even until a complete destruction on that is and that is decreed is poured out on the one who makes desolate. Now. It’s kind of a, it’s hard to understand. It’s shrouded with you know, what does this word mean? What are these 70 weeks and 67 weeks and six weeks and one week. Listen, God gives us clarity from the rest of the Bible on this and I’ve put it down in in clear, breaking it down and clear thoughts. So every one of us can understand the first thing I want to say if you hold on to Daniel nine and it talked about sin a lot. It talked about 70 weeks had been decreed for your people And your Holy City to finish the transgression and to make an end of sin to make atonement for iniquity. I mean one statement right after the other. So when you go to the birth of Jesus Christ and you look at Matthew chapter one And you and you read uh when the angel there, you know the angels didn’t talk to people specifically and give prophecies too often. But when they did it meant something and it was very very specific. And Matthew 120 and when he had considered this behold an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream saying, Joseph, son of David. Do not be afraid to take mary as your wife for that which has been conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. See ya now see the birth that God made inside of mary was the birth from the Holy Spirit conceived biennale from the Holy Spirit like genesis genesis or birth verse 21 she will bear a son. Very specific he shall call and you shall call his name jesus Yeshua, which means God is my salvation. The the hebrew name Joshua, right for it is he who will save his people from their sins. You see the whole purpose of jesus being born in Bethlehem. You see the whole prophecies were, was all about our sin and our iniquity and our transgressions that this baby was coming to save his people from their sins. Now, all this took place, verse 22 that it was spoken by the Lord through the prophet might be fulfilled, saying, behold a virgin shall be with child and shall be and shall bear a son and they shall call his name immanuel, which translated means God with us. That’s Isaiah seven 14 and 9, 6. Again, going back to daniel now. So we have to look and see in in this uh prophecy, what these words mean, let’s look and and uh break it down, the 70 weeks of Daniel Gabriel says, 77s are decreed for your people and your holy city Now, all commentators, mostly, all commentators agree that the 77 should be understood as 70 weeks of years. In other words, a period of 490 years. Okay, Leviticus 25 8. How do we translate it that way? Well, because in the video, because 25 8 specifically, you are also to count off seven sabbath’s of years for yourself, seven times seven years. So that you have the time Of the seven Sabbath’s of years, namely 49 years. So there was a there was there was a week of days and there was a week of years in this particular case, it was a week of years. So This is 49 years plus 434 years equaling 483 years. Now, what is the purpose of all this? Well, the purpose of the 70 weeks, the prophecy contains a statement concerning God’s six full purpose and bringing these events to pass Daniel 9 24 says this, the purpose is to finish transgressions, number one, number two, to finish and to put an end to sin Number three, to atone for wickedness, Number four, to bring in everlasting righteousness, number five, to seal up visions and prophecies. Excuse me, Number 6 to anoint the most holy Place, the most holy to anoint the most holy. uh this is interesting. What are the 70 weeks of Daniel, 70 weeks prophecy. What is this talking about? We have to really understand this contextually the way God communicated this From Gabriel to Daniel and now to us, 70 weeks prophecy, Daniel 9 1 through 19 is Daniel’s Prayer. We’ve been looking at that prayer about how he’s brokenhearted. Daniel 9, 20 through 27 is Gabriel answer to that prayer. Okay, so you the prayer, the answer to that prayer and then you have The division of the 70 weeks in this chapter, because God is giving a broad view of prophesy the future events. He’s giving this to Daniel through dreams. He gave it to him from the first chapter all the way through the 12th chapter. But in this particular chapter, it is the most penetrating and, and and just so amazing and so specific in terms of time and purpose of what the messiah would do. Daniel 9 20 for 70 sevens are decreed for your people and your Holy City, verse 20 for almost all commentators, we said, agree that this is A seven of weeks and not of days. These verses provide a short, a sort of clock that gives an idea of when the messiah would come and some of the events that would accompany his appearance, The prophecy of Daniel goes on to divide the 490 years into three smaller units. Now watch this, look at how simple it is. One of those weeks is 49 years One of the 434 years. The other statement and then one of seven years which is referred to in scripture as the Great Tribulation. So you have a total of 490 years, 49 years plus 434 years equals 400 And 83 years. So the prophecy of the 70 weeks of Daniel was that he was gonna finish transgressions. The prophecy contains a statement concerning God’s six full purpose in bringing these events to pass verse 24 says to finish transgressions, to put an end to sin, to atone for wickedness, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal up vision and prophecy and to anoint the most holy place. The fulfillment Of the 70 weeks from the date of the decree to uh to the time of the Messiah would be 483 years. We know from history that the command to restore and rebuild Jerusalem was given by King Arthur, Xerxes of Persia 4 45 BC. Now this is uh this is a secular king that God absolutely worked upon and used to give us this prophecy Nehemiah 21 through eight talks about this, that he’s going to give a decree to restore and rebuild Jerusalem. And then to the time that the Messiah comes, that there’s gonna be 483 years and then the messiah is gonna come. I mean, it’s just incredible in the scheme of events in the history of time. So the first unit of 49 7 covers the time that it took to rebuild Jerusalem with streets and trench. But in times of trouble, Daniel 9 25. This rebuilding is chronicled in the book of Nehemiah. When you read the book of Nehemiah, that’s what it’s about. That’s the first unit of seventh, everybody with me Now you come to the wall of Jerusalem, look at these massive walls, the city of Jerusalem and then using the Jewish custom of 360 day years, 483 years after 445 BC Places us at about a. d. 30, which would coincide with jesus triumphal entry Into Jerusalem, Luke 1928 through 44. I mean, let me read that again because I mean how could our minds even grasp it That using the Jewish custom of 360 day years, 483 years after 4 45 b. c. so for 45 BC, the decree was given and 483 years later you have jesus christ coming into Jerusalem riding on a donkey fulfilling Zechariah nine fulfilling the prophecies that God has given us concerning the messiah and why he’s coming and what he’s coming to do and when he’s coming Now. Okay so look at the prophecy in Daniel nine, it is so specific that after the completion of 483 years, the anointed one, the messiah will be cut off. That means he’s gonna die it’s gonna be cut off. That’s what the prophecy was, verse 26 Daniel 9 26. This was fulfilled when Jesus was crucified on the cross. Daniel 9 26 continues with a prediction that after the messiah is killed, The people of the ruler who will come will destroy the city and the sanctuary. And this was fulfilled with the destruction of Jerusalem in AD 70. The ruler who will come is a reference to the anti christ, who it seems will have some connection with Rome since it was the romans who destroyed Jerusalem. What a fantastic, fantastic prophecy. The destruction of Jerusalem took place 70 a. D. The arc of Titus in Rome, depicting the Menorah taken from Jerusalem, the temple in Jerusalem as the display during the triumphal march when they brought this back to Rome, they took the Menorah right from the temple And then the final week of the 70 weeks First Thessalonians 4, 13 through 18, the final seven of Daniel is what we usually called what is called the tribulation period. This will begin immediately after the rapture. The rapture is when jesus comes back for his saints and then the revelation and glory is when he comes back to the earth with his saints to rule for 1000 years, that happens after the rapture. Now, Daniel’s prophecy reveal some of the actions of the anti christ, the ruler who will come 1st 27 he will confirm a covenant with many for 17 or for one week. However, in the middle of the seven, he will set up an abomination that causes desolate or desolation in the temple, Jesus warned of this event in Matthew 24 15, after the Antichrist breaks the covenant with Israel, a time of great tribulation begins Matthew 24 through 21 24 21 Daniel also predicts that the Antichrist will face judgment. He only rules until the end that is decreed is poured out on him. Daniel 9 27. Daniel also predicts that the Antichrist will face judgment and he only rules until the end that is decreed is poured out on him. In other words, his time is running out, his time of judgment is coming and this is yet to yet to be done in the future. What we have here that I’ve communicated is and presented is the dispensation all pre millennial view as theologians call it Sir, robert Anderson was the chief inspector for Scotland yard. He was greatly respected for his skill as an investigator. He wrote a book called the coming Prince, He took Daniel chapter nine and he broke it up and determined that after studying it and making a forensic study of it all said that there were 173,740 days from the issuing of the decree to restore and rebuild Jerusalem until the messiah came, There was 170, days. Do you know that that is 483 years counting by 360 day years which the Jewish calendar goes by. And and so Jesus Christ came in precisely This day, verse 42 says if you had known this day, even you talking to the Pharisees and the teachers, the things which make for peace, but now they’ve been hidden from your eyes, the things that make for peace. What’s that? The fact that he would bleed and die on the cross for our sins that there would be peace between God and man. He would tear down the dividing wall between man and God and with his own body, with his own blood create he’s the prince of peace, create peace in the heart of man and be able to bring us to God the father God the son God the holy spirit for the day shall come upon you. When your enemies will throw up a bank around U verse 43 this is luke chapter 19 verse 43 they will surround you, they will hem you in on every side. This is titus the the conquerer of Jerusalem, tearing down Jerusalem, tearing down, destroying the whole city just like jesus said they even they even took the gold between the rocks in order to be able to get to the goal. They had to destroy the rocks. And that’s why when jesus said every rock is gonna be toppled over and and so it says in verse 44 they will level you to the ground and your Children within you and they will leave in you not one stone upon another because you did not recognize here it is the time, this is the carreras get us. There are different words for time. This one is a, just a window of time. This was the exact time. This the window that the messiah came to actually die for the sins of the people and fulfill daniel 9 24 and five and six is fantastic the time of your visitation. And so you had here the prophecy that was foretold in scripture from Zechariah 99 from all the other passages all the way down to verse 32 from 28 to 32. And then you had the prophecy fulfilled in luke 19 verse 33 all the way down uh two verse 44. And then you had the prophecy applied, He entered the temple and then he began to cast out those who were selling and saying to them, it is written and my house shall be a house of prayer. But you have made it robbers then and he was teaching daily in the temple. But the chief priests and the scribes and the leading men among the people were trying to destroy him and they could not find anything that they might do for all the people were hanging upon his Words. This is the fulfillment of Daniel 9 25 and six. So here is the messiah god in the flesh pointing the scripture that was predicted back In Daniel 9 25 and 26 and letting the teachers and the Pharisees and the rulers, the religious rulers as well as the political rulers that he he was a king. He told that the pilot, I’m not my kingdom is not of this world and for us to realize that this jesus, this god, this logos came into the world became flesh and fulfilled every prophecy and died on the cross for our sins. That’s what the whole goal was. You shall call his name jesus for it is he who will save his people From their sins. That’s exactly what Luke. Chapter 19 is all about that he came, he fulfilled all this prophecy is not about the technical fulfillment of it all. But it’s the right one. He’s the right one. And for what reason that he would make an end of transgressions, that he would die for our sins. That he would bring peace to our hearts, that God the father God the son God the holy spirit want to forgive us and save us and change us and that’s why it’s so important and you see this in these very words if you had known experiential knowledge in Moscow, the day, the meta and the time the the the window of opportunity you know and so you and I have a window of opportunity right now and we need taquitos moment as they say heroes for you to come to your messiah and to trust him and to enjoy this christmas season and realized that the greatest gift is the gift of God, eternal life through jesus, his son, which is our gift. Mhm. Yeah. Right. Yeah. Yeah. Mhm.