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7. Daniel's 70 Weeks - The Covenant

7. Daniel's 70 Weeks - The Covenant

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CHAPTER SEVEN
Daniel’s Prophecy of 70 Weeks and theCovenant
The Covenant
Daniel 9 verse27
“And he shall confirm THE COVENANT with many for one week; and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for theoverspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until theconsummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.” 
 The big question is – WHAT IS “THE COVENANT?”I know this might be a surprise to those who are reading this booklet, but we have actuabeen looking at the details of the future outworking and expression of 
THE COVENANT
allalong! We have been calling it the Messiah’s Salvation, but the details given to Danactually came from a previous announcement by God which Daniel discovered inresearch. Here are the details of the covenant in an expanded form giving the time periover which it is operative, together with the six clauses which address its theatreoperation. These simple phrases answer the questions of WHEN the covenant willcarried out, WHO will benefit from it, WHERE it will happen, and WHAT the covenantachieve.Has it simply been a case of ‘not being able to see the wood for the trees...’ or has thebeen a concerted effort by Satan to discredit and derail this marvellous covenant andof grace on the part of God?”
i
 We couldask the question – why would Gabriel refer to “
the covenant
” with Daniel insuch a familiar way, if Daniel had no idea which Covenant he was talking about?
“Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy  to finish the transgression,and to make an end of sins ,and to make reconciliation for iniquity and to bring in everlastingrighteousness 
 
It is not just any old covenant or peace agreement being talked about here, but
THECOVENANT
promise made by God which led to the nativity and the coming of the Lamb oGod to take away the sins of the World.It was the ‘greatest act of grace and mercy covenant’ ever to be promised by God; whiwas confirmed on time,
“ 
in the midst of the week,
” 
by the death of Jesus Christ theMessiah on the cross.Obviously the covenant must already exist if it is to be confirmed or made stronger duria specific seven year period! The Covenant’s outworking is in the “box” above. It stateswho the people are who will be the recipients of the covenant’s provisions, (i.e., Daniepeople), and it also states where it is to be carried out (i.e., Jerusalem, the holy city).In fact such a future Covenant had been foretold in Isaiah 59:20-21, and also in Isai61:8b-10.
Isaiah 59:20-21
 
“And the Redeemer shall come to Zion, and unto them that turnfrom transgression in Jacob, saith the LORD. As for me,
this is my covenant with them,
saith the LORD; My spirit that is upon thee, and my words which Ihave put in thy mouth, shall not depart out of thy mouth, nor out of the mouth of thy seed, nor out of the mouth of thy seed’s seed, saith the LORD, fromhenceforth and for ever.” 
Isaiah 61:8b-10
“...
and I will make an everlasting covenant 
with them. And their seed shall be known among the Gentiles, and their offspring among the people: all that see them shall acknowledge them, that they are the seed whichthe LORD hath blessed. I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, my soul shall be joyfulin my God 
 ; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, hehath covered me with the robe of righteousness,
as a bridgegroom deckethhimself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels.
Furthermore the two special aspects of this new covenant – salvation and righteousneshad already been committed to scripture by Jeremiah.If we go back to
Daniel 9:1-2
we read
“In the first year of Darius the son of  Ahasuerus, of the seed of the Medes, which was made king over the realm of theChaldeans; In the first year of his reign
I Daniel understood by books thenumber of the years, whereof the word of the LORD came to Jeremiahthe prophet, that he would accomplish seventy years in the desolationsof Jerusalem.”
“Hmmmm…(As Yoda of Star Wars fame would say) “Reading books has Daniel bee Jeremiah it was...!”Daniel had obviouslybeen reading Jeremiah’s writings where he warned the Nation aboutthe coming desolation of Jerusalem by the Babylonians who were rising to power in 6B.C., and of Judah’s future captivity period of 70 years.
 Jeremiah 25:8-12
“Therefore thus saith the LORD of hosts; Because ye have not heard my words, Behold, I will send and take all the families of the north, saiththe LORD, and Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon, my servant, and will bringthem against this land, and against the inhabitants thereof, and against all these
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nations round about, and will utterly destroy them, and make them anastonishment, and an hissing, and perpetual desolations. Moreover I will takefrom them the voice of mirth, and the voice of gladness, the voice of thebridegroom, and the voice of the bride, the sound of the millstones, and the light of the candle.
 And this whole land shall be a desolation, and anastonishment; and these nations shall serve the king of Babylon seventy years. And it shall come to pass,
 
when seventy years are accomplished,that I will punish the king of Babylon, and that nation, saith the LORD,for their iniquity, and the land of the Chaldeans, and will make it  perpetual desolations.”
 Jeremiah’s letter to the first deported captivesin Babylon -
Skip over a few pages to Jeremiah chapter 29– to the actual letter that Jeremiah sent tothe captives who were carried away to Babylon in 597 B.C. prior to Jerusalem’s destructiin 586 B.C., to give them further instruction as to how to survive their captivity in Babyland also to describe the disasters and persecutions to be faced by those who were left Jerusalem.
 Jeremiah 29:1
“Now these are
the words of the letter that Jeremiah the prophet sent from Jerusalem unto the residue of the elders which werecarried away captives,
and to the priests, and to the prophets, and to all the people whom Nebuchadnezzar had carried away captive from Jerusalem toBabylon.
 Jeremiah 29:10-
14
“For thus saith the LORD, That 
after seventy years beaccomplished at Babylon I will visit you, and perform my good word toward you, in causing you to return to this place. For I know thethoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace,and not of evil, to give you an expected end. Then shall ye call uponme, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you.
And  ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart. And I will be found of you, saith the LORD, and I will turn away your captivity, and I will gather you from all the nations, and from all the places whither I havedriven you, saith the LORD, and I will bring you again into the place whence Icaused you to be carried away captive.” 
 Jeremiah’s book sent to thefirst deported captives in Babylon -
Furthermore Jeremiah had been commanded to write all the words that God had spokregarding their return to the land and put them in a book -
 Jeremiah 30:1-2, 4
.
“Theword that came to Jeremiah from the LORD, saying, thus speaketh the LORD God of Israel, saying, “Write thee all the words that I have spoken unto thee in abook.” And these are the words that the LORD spake concerning Israel and concerning Judah...” 
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