Daniel’s “70 Week” Prophecy Essay

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Charlie Mathews #190TR 11:30 Section HDaniel's "70 Week" ProphecyCharlie Mathews (451159) | HUMA102 TR 11:30 Section HIntroductionRecently, I have stumbled upon the realization that many Christians feel wholly un-inspired to examine their faith and justify their theological beliefs. Living a life of spiritual mediocrity is declaring nothing more than support for the wholesale ignorance and lack of understanding concerning foundational and prophetic aspects of the Christian faith. Personally, I have found this especially true when attempting to stimulate discussion over the stipulations of Revelations and its clear pointers to our place in the timeline preceding the return of Christ. One of the foremost arguments taken up over Revelations concerns the order of events laid out in said book. The prophecy of Daniel 9:24-27, in perfect harmony with the events laid out in Revelations, provides us with Daniel's farthest future-reaching vaticination. Pre-millennialism, post-millennialism, a-millennialism - all of these views spite and contradict each-other, pulling verses from all over the bible to justify themselves. However, considering the evidence for each is far too detailed to go into in conjunction with this expose of Daniel's prophecy, I would say no more than this: I feel that this prophecy clearly lays out the timeline leading up and in-to end times.The Prophecy24 "Seventy weeks are decreed about your people and your holy city, to finish the transgression, to put an end to sin, and to atone for iniquity, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal both vision and prophet, and to anoint a most holy place. 25 Know therefore and understand that from the going out of the word to restore and build Jerusalem to the coming of an anointed one, a prince, there shall be seven weeks. Then for sixty-two weeks it shall be built again with squares and moat, but in a troubled time. 26 And after the sixty-two weeks, an anointed one shall be cut off and shall have nothing. And the people of the prince who is to come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary. Its end shall come with a flood, and to the end there shall be war. Desolations are decreed. 27 And he shall make a strong covenant with many for one week, and for half of the week he shall put an end to sacrifice and offering. And on the wing of abominations shall come one who makes desolate, until the decreed end is poured out on the desolator." Daniel 9:24-27 (Crossway Bibles, 2007)While Daniel was a captive in Babylon between 605-537 BC he prayed for Israel and fervently confessed their sin. As he did so, the arc-angel Gabriel came to him with this, the 70 week prophecy. (Daniel 9:21) Daniel, knowing that the 70 year captivity predicted by Jeremiah in Jeremiah 25:11-12 was nearing its end, asked the angel about Israel's imminent return to their promised land. In reply, Gabriel delivered the message that Israel's final return to their land would not be after the 70 year Babylonian takeover, but rather...

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