Daniel’s prophecy of the seventy weeks refers to an end time vision that God had given him through his servant; angel Gabriel. This vision came to him as he was praying after perceiving that the time period that had been prophesied by Prophet Jeremiah concerning their seventy year captivity period had already passed. This vision came to him as an answer to his prayer since after realizing that the time period had passed, he went ahead and started repenting for the sins of his people so that God may have mercy upon them and forgive them their sins, and if possible allow them to go back to their country.
Daniel was brought into Babylon during the reigns of king Jehoiakim when the Babylonians under King Nebuchadnezzar besieged Jerusalem, and carried them away as captives. They were taken captive together with Mishael, Azariah, and Hananiah all of them being descendants from the royal lineage. He was given the name Belteshazzar by Nebuchadnezzar the then most powerful king in the world after being selected together with his three companions to be trained for service in the king’s palace. It is in this king’s training school that he together with his three companions distinguished themselves with excellent ability and wisdom concerning all knowledge. Daniels fame as a seer and an interpreter of dreams rose when he interpreted King Nebuchadnezzar’s dreams as well as the mysterious handwriting on the wall during the reign of Belshazzar, Nebuchadnezzar’s son.
Daniel’s ability to interpret dreams through the power of God made him rise in ranks and become second only to the king in the Babylonian kingdom, a position which exposed him to some many enemies due to his Jewish culture of praying everyday three times while facing Jerusalem. These enemies, who probably were his fellow satraps in the kingdom though of implicating him for worshiping a ‘strange god’, who in actually is the true God, by failing to worship the king according to the decree set and signed by the king .
Fortunately, the Lord saved Daniel the torment of being thrown in the den of lions, which was the punishment to be melted down upon him for worshipping a ‘strange god’. And instead his enemies together with their families were thrown into the den of lions. It was to this great God that Daniel was praying to in Chapter nine of his book. Daniel had perceived from his continual study and meditation of God’s word, that the seventy periods of captivity which the Prophet Jeremiah had declared upon Israel was over. This knowledge is what motivated him to seek the Lord in prayer concerning the fulfillment of this prayer and specifically about their return to their country. Daniel could have probably been in his early eighties, having served in the royal courts during the reign of three different kings that is Nebuchadnezzar, Belshazzar, and Darius the Mede. Daniel is described as being a man of piety always striving to live according to Gods standards...