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God Speaks to Modern Man - A.E Lickey (1952)[1]

God Speaks to Modern Man - A.E Lickey (1952)[1]

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THE important vision of Daniel 9, which we are now to study, was given in the first year of Darius

the Mede,

just a few months at most after the vision we have just considered in Daniel 8. Babylon
had fallen to the Medo-Persians and Belshazzar had perished. But Daniel continued to function at the court
of the new government.

DANIEL SEEKS UNDERSTANDING

Since the angel Gabriel had given no explanation of the 2300 days and the sanctuary question of
Daniel 8:13, 14, Daniel now set himself to a study of the Scriptures, earnest prayer and confession of sins,
saying, “O our God, cause thy face to shine upon thy sanctuary.” Daniel 9:17.

THE ANGEL GABRIEL RETURNS

Gabriel is an angel (Luke 1:26). He seems to have special responsibility in revealing the plans of

God to man.

We read, in Daniel 9:21-23: “Yea, whiles I was speaking in prayer, even the man Gabriel, whom I
had seen in the vision at the beginning, being caused to fly swiftly, touched me about the time of the
evening oblation. And he informed me, and talked with me, and said, O Daniel, I am now come forth to
give you skill and understanding. At the beginning of thy supplications the commandment came forth, and I
am come to show you; for you art greatly beloved: therefore understand the matter, and consider the
vision.”

Consider what vision? It seems most evident that it must be the vision of a few weeks before, a
portion of which had been unexplained, and had left Daniel “astonished.”
What was the subject of the unexplained part of the vision? It was “time”-the 2300 days and the
sanctuary. As we give study to Gabriel’s immediate discussion of time periods we shall recall that in
prophecy a day stands for a year (Numbers 14:34; Ezekiel 4:6). Thus 2300 days are actually 2300 years.

GABRIEL BEGINS HIS EXPLANATION

The angel’s very first words made unmistakably clear that he proposed to deal with this great time

prophecy. We read Daniel 9:24.

“Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression,
and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting
righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy.”
How many days would seventy weeks be? With seven days to the week, seventy weeks would be
seven times seventy, 490 prophetic days, or 490 literal years.
The next point is that the 490 years were to be determined, or “cut off,” which is the basic
meaning. From what were they to be “cut off”? Most naturally from the 2300 years of the vision ‘ for did
not Gabriel say, “Consider the vision”. Thus we have the following simple diagram:

UNTO 2300 DAYS (YEARS); THEN SHALL THE SANCTUARY BE CLEANSED. DANIEL 8:14
70 WEEKS, OR 490 YEARS, CUT OFF

During this 490 years, cut off from the 2300 years, and allotted to the Jewish people, certain things

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were to take place (verse 24):
1. Jewish transgression was to reach its limit.
2. Christ was to end sin offerings and make reconciliation for iniquity.
3. He was to bring His everlasting righteousness to men.
4. The vision was to be scaled and the Most Holy anointed.

BEGINNING OF THE SEVENTY WEEKS

If we can find the date for the beginning of the seventy weeks, or 490 years, we shall also have the
date for the beginning of the 2300 years, of which the 490 years are the first part.
Reading directly on, we find these words in verse 25, which give us the date we wish, as well as a
division of the seventy weeks into yet smaller parts:
“Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to
build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street
shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times.”
Follow this closely. Seven weeks plus threescore and two weeks would be sixty-nine weeks, or
483 prophetic days or literal years. This would be all but seven years of the 490 years allotted the Jewish
people.

When were these 483 years to begin? “From the going forth of the commandment to restore and to

build Jerusalem.” Verse 25.

How far would these 483 years reach? “Unto the Messiah the Prince.” “Messiah” means “the
anointed one.” Jesus was anointed by the Holy Spirit at the time of His baptism (Matthew 3:13-17; Acts
10:38), and went forth as the Messiah. This was in the year AD 27.
Now, let any schoolboy or girl figure it. Subtract 27 from 483 and that gives us 456. Since the year
AD 27 was not fully gone when Jesus was baptized, we really would have 456 plus, or 457 BC
What happened in 457 BC? Just exactly what the Bible said would happen-the commandment was
issued to restore Jerusalem. The Babylonians had destroyed it. The Medo-Persians were to help restore it.
Here it is in Ezra 6:14.

“They built, and finished it, according to the commandment of the God of Israel, and according to
the commandment of Cyrus, and Darius, and Artaxerxes king of Persia.”
It was God’s commandment that counted, and it took the commands of three kings before God
counted it as the one commandment, and so it is recorded in Scripture. Thus it was in 456 plus, or 457 BC,
that the final command of Artaxerxes was given in his seventh year. “For ever, O Lord, thy word is settled
in heaven.” Psalm 119:89.

Our diagram now looks as it appears at the bottom of the page.
The year 457 BC is the beginning date of 490 years, the 483 years, and the 2300 years. There is
only one of the seventy weeks left, one week, or seven years, which would end in AD 34 as we see.
Why did the angel Gabriel break this seventy weeks, or 490 years, into three parts, and make it a

little more complicated?

His reason seems quite clear. Humphrey Prideaux says: “In the fifteenth year of Darius Nothus
ended the first seven weeks of the seventy weeks of Daniel’s prophecy. For then the restoration of the
church and state of the Jews in Jerusalem and Judea was fully finished, in that last act of reformation,
which is recorded in the thirteenth chapter of Nehemiah, from the twenty-third verse to the end of the
chapter, just forty-nine years after it had been first begun by Ezra in the seventh year of Artaxerxes
Longimanus.”-The Old and New Testament Connected in the History of the Jews, volume 1, page 322.
This is why we have the seven weeks, or forty-nine years, listed separately.

THE SEVENTIETH WEEK OF JEWISH TIME - AD 27 TO AD 34

We now turn to the last seven years of the 490 years, the seventieth week. The 69 weeks, or 483
years, were to bring us to Christ the Messiah in AD 27. When the date came He stood on the bank of the
Jordan River and requested baptism of John the Baptist. Coming up out of the water, He received the Holy
Spirit in the form of a dove, and God said, “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” Matthew
3:17. “When the fullness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son.” Galatians 4:4. Thus ends the sixty-
ninth week, and the seventieth week begins. What happens in this last week of seven years?

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We read, “And after threescore and two weeks [that is, after the seven weeks and the threescore
and two weeks, or sixty-nine weeks] shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself.” Daniel 9:26.
In the poorer section of a large city a frame apartment house caught fire. On the top floor a father
and three small sons were trapped. The father rushed to a window and discovered another window open in
the nearby building. Here was a possible way of escape for the little boys. He planted his feet firmly on the
window ledge and stretched himself across the gulf between the two buildings, placing his hands on the
ledge of the window across the way. One by one the boys crawled over his body to safety. Just as the last
one had crossed over, the father’s strength gave way, and he plunged to his death. He died for his sons. The
Messiah was cut off- for us – “to make reconciliation for iniquity.” Verse 24.
Go stand before Calvary, and see the Son of God dying of a broken heart for your own personal
sins, and you will feel the deep stirrings of repentance. If you do not resist the call, you will find the
salvation of God.

It was to be in AD 31 that Jesus would die, for we read in verse 27: “In the midst of the week he
shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease.” The midway point of the last seven years from AD 27 to
AD 34 would be in AD 31. That is the date of the crucifixion.
When Jesus died upon the cross as the Lamb of God, the Jewish sacrifices and offerings were to
cease in the sanctuary at Jerusalem. Heaven gave signal notice of this fact by a supernatural rending of the
heavy Temple veil from top to bottom. Matthew gives the record: “Jesus, when he had cried again with a
loud voice, yielded up the ghost. And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the
bottom.” Matthew 27:50, 51. A human hand would have torn it from bottom to top.
The remaining three and one-half years of the seventieth week, or the 490 years, reach to AD 34.
Stephen was stoned to death by the Jews, and the great persecution of the church at Jerusalem followed
(Acts 7:59; 8:1). The Jewish nation had rejected the Messiah, and now He left their house desolate. The 490
years allotted to the Jewish nation were finished.
The 70 weeks, or 490 years, were part of the 2300 years. Since the 490 years reach to AD 34, the
remaining 1810 years of the 2300 years would reach to 1844. At this time the sanctuary was to be cleansed.
Many interpreters of prophecy at that time thought the world would end. But the expression, “cleansing of
the sanctuary,” had a different meaning. We shall seek to find the truth of this important matter in the next
chapter. Below is the complete diagram.
This year, 1844, is the Bible date for the cleansing of the sanctuary. It follows closely after 1798,
the end of the 1260 years of papal supremacy. The judgment work was to begin sometime after 1798.
Could there be a connection between the cleansing of the sanctuary and the judgment?

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