70 Weeks In Daniel Essay

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table of ContentsIntroduction 3Time Frame of Prophecy 4Verse 24 5Verse 25 7Verse 26 8Verse 27 10Purpose of Prophecy 12Conclusion 1 3Bibliography 14INTRODUCTIONThere was a lot of prophecy surrounding the coming of the Messiah. He was to be true God and true man (Isaiah 9:6), born of a virgin (Genesis 3:15,20), in Bethlehem (Micah 5:2), and was to be from the line of King David (II Samuel 7:12). He would die for our sins (Isaiah 53:5) in the city of Jerusalem (Zechariah 12:10) and then God would raise Him from the dead (Psalms 16:10) and give to Him an everlasting kingdom (II Samuel 7:13) filled with Jews and Gentiles (Isaiah 49:6). We see all of these come to pass in the life of Jesus. He is known today by the title of Messiah or in Greek "The Christ". There was not much prophecy consisting of the time in which the Messiah would come. Jeremiah and Habakkuk alluded to this date very briefly in their writings (Jeremiah 25:12 and Habakkuk 2:2-14). These prophecies only pointed out that the Messiah would come after the fall of Babylon, but other than that there was nothing else document for the Christ's coming time.Daniel 9:1-2 shows us that Daniel came to realize that the captivity of Israel would last for 70 years. He comes to this revelation while studying the prophecy in Jeremiah 29:10 which states, "After seventy years be accomplished at Babylon I will visit you, and perform my good word toward you, in causing you to return to this place." In Jeremiah 29:12 the LORD continues by saying, "Then you will call on Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you." In Isaiah 65:24 the LORD brings forth another promise saying, "Before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear." In Daniel 9:3-23 we are shown that while Daniel is praying for the sins of Israel and for the promise of its restoration, according to what he was reading in Jeremiah, the angel Gabriel with a prophecy that shows the time of the coming Messianic kingdom. Daniel finally received the time of the long waited promise from God for the restoration of Israel through the Messiah. In the following pages I will provide my own verse-by-verse, point-by-point interpretation of this important prophetic text, as well as describe the details pertaining to the fulfillment of this prophecy, the starting time and event for the prophecy, the division of the weeks within the prophecy, and the purpose of the prophecy.Time Frame of the ProphecyIn Daniel 9:24-27 the angel Gabriel gives Daniel a prophecy around the year 538 B.C. Gabriel explains that The Messianic Kingdom would be established 69 weeks after an order has been sent out to rebuild Jerusalem. The definition for week in Hebrew is shabua, which comes from the word for sheba meaning seven. It can be used both to mean days or years depending on the context in which the author is writing. Miller along with most, if not all, biblical scholars have come to the conclusion that we are dealing with 483 years. This...

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