"Seventy weeks have been decreed for your people and your holy city, to finish the transgression, to make an end of sin, to make atonement for iniquity, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal up vision and prophecy and to anoint the most holy place.Daniel 9:24(NASB)
Daniel's 70 “weeks' is considered to be the backbone of Bible prophecy, and was given to this greatly beloved man of prayer following 21 day of godly intercession and deep repentance on behalf His people Israel, and their holy city-Jerusalem. And God in His grace laid out a 490-year historical road-map, tracing the future destiny of His chosen, people - Israel, and their final restoration as 'My people - My inheritance'.
The Law is a schoolmaster to bring us to Christ and Bible prophecy is a signpost that points us to Jesus - and Daniel's vision has its fulfillment in Christ and Him alone.
The prophetic Scriptures tell us of His first coming and His future return - for Christ is the living Word made flesh and Christ is the more sure Word of prophecy.. and through Him God promised: to finish the transgression, to make an end of sin, to make atonement for iniquity, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal up vision and prophecy and to anoint the most holy place.
It was through the cross that Christ finished the transgression of His people Israel and made an end to sin... not only for the remnant of His people.. who will one day look upon Him Whom they pierced but for all who receive the Lord Jesus Christ as they sin-substitute and trust in Him as their resurrected Saviour.
It is through His Second Advent, millennial rule and eternal kingdom that Christ will bring in everlasting righteousness and will one day finally deliver up the kingdom to God the Father, after having destroyed every rule; authority; principality and power.
It is a result of His glorious return to earth when He sets up His kingdom-rule upon God's holy Hill of Zion, that the majority of the prophetic visions and the inspired prophecies of Scripture will have been fulfilled - until they are fully and finally sealed up forever.. at the great white throne judgement seat of Christ.
It is the at the start of His 1000 year reign on earth that the Lord will rule with a rod of iron. It is when the kingdom of this world becomes the kingdom of our God and of His Christ that the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD.. as the waters cover the sea - and the glory of the Lord will fill His Millennial Temple - so beautifully described by Ezekiel.
Daniel's 70 “weeks' may be considered to be the backbone of prophecy, by students of Biblical prophecy - but Jesus is at its center and its circumference- for He the Alpha and Omega of prophecy, the beginning and the end - the first and the last for ever and ever amen.
Heavenly Father, thank You for revealing to us Your plans and purposes for both the Church, which is You Body and also for Your chosen people, Israel. Help us not to become so consumed with the letter of the prophetic Scriptures that we fail to recognize that One about Whom all Scripture speak and through Whom all prophecy will finally be fulfilled. Thank You Father for all that Jesus achieved through His death and resurrection. Thank You that He is interceeding for each of us in heavenly places and thank You for the many promises that are ours by grace through faith in HIM - to Whom be all praise and glory, for ever and ever, AMEN.