CHAPTER EIGHT –Daniel’s

Covenant

Prophecy of 70 W eeks and the

Conclusion –

If you have read this far through this booklet, you will see that we have thoroughly looke at this scriptural passage about Daniel’s Prophecy of 70 weeks and The Covenant; we hav studied its parts, and examined its words, meaning and intent. My conclusions are as follows –

From a “literary” and “comprehension” point of view, this “70 weeks” prophecy obviously a précis of the conversation Gabriel had with Daniel which is mentioned Chapter 9:22-23. Gabriel introduced the subject of “the covenant” in verse 27, for whic there appeared to be no definition or description – it could only refer to something earli in the scriptures, (spelled out in verse 24) as a topic previously discussed by Gabriel an Daniel during their conversation. It is my belief that the covenant referred to is actual the six-part requirements of the Messiah’s salvation listed in verse 24, which pertains the New Covenant as announced by Jeremiah in 31:31-34.

In verse 26 the phrase “the prince that shall come” is in a subordinate descriptive position in the sentence, which simply describes and explains who “the people” are, who destro the city and the sanctuary, and against whom the war is fought – i.e. the Roman armie led by General Titus, who was the son of the Emperor Vespasian. Therefore the thre references to “he” in the multi-pronoun sentence (verse 27) could only refer back to th subject of the prophecy, i.e. the Messiah, “...he shall confirm the covenant...” “...he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease...” “...he shall make it desolate...”

The covenant which was to be confirmed is therefore the detailed Covenant mentione and displayed earlier in verse 24, but which was not previously recognised as such.

It was the consequence of the Jews rejection of their Messiah and his covenant, tha caused the desolations to be pronounced upon the sanctuary and the City.

The Tim e Fram e –

Gabriel informed Daniel it would take a time period of 70 weeks/of years = 490 years, complete all the things mentioned within the prophecy. This is a general time perio which started when the commandm ent was given to restore and rebuild Jerusalem. th included the 70 week when the Messiah came and fulfilled all of the Covenant’s

th requirements. During the 7 year period of the week the offer of salvation was 70 exclusively available to the Jews, after which time it was offered to the Gentiles. Toda the “salvation covenant” made by the Messiah is still available and open ended to bo Jew and Gentile until the consummation.

The Focus and Purpose –

This prophecy concerns the Jews and the Messiah’s Salvation through the fulfilment of the NEW COVENANT first hinted at Deuteronomy 30:6, prophesied in Isaiah 59:20-21 an 61:8b., and then announced and written down by Jeremiah 31:31-34. Tracing its origin the process I have called The Jeremiah Code. Gabriel expanded this Covenant into 6 cle requirements necessary for the Messiah to accomplish Salvation for the MANY.

The Historical Tim ing –

The 70 weeks of years would begin with a “GOOD WORD” commandmentfrom God, (Jerem iah 29:10 and Daniel 9:23 ) and subsequent decrees by the Kings of Persia. Contrary to the many efforts to set an actual date on the “particular” decree at th starting point of the prophecy, the scriptures make it clear that it was God commandment, echoed in several decrees by the Persian Kings that caused the process rebuilding the Temple, and the restoration of Jerusalem as judicial Capital of Israel begin. Ezra 6:14“And the elders of the Jews builded, and they prospered through the prophesying of Haggai the prophet and Zechariah the son of Iddo. And they builded, and finished it, (the Temple) according to the commandment of the God of Israel, and according to the commandment of Cyrus, and Darius and Artaxerxes king of Persia.”

This whole process began with the fall of Babylon to the Persians, ending the Babylonia captivity. This enabled the Jewish exiles to return to Jerusalem to resume the sacrifice nd build the 2 Temple, restore Jerusalem as a self-governing Capital and rebuild the walls o the City. The whole period is divided into three sections 7 weeks = 49 years) 62 weeks = 434 years) = 1 week = 7 years) 490 years

It would appear that the rebuilding of Jerusalem’s walls and streets and restoration judicial authority would take place during a time of intense trouble – spanning the fir period of 7 weeks (49 years), after which 62 weeks (434 years) would intervene. At the end of that time“…and after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off…” Daniel 9:26. 2

The major focus is on the last week of the 70 weeks – a 7 year period - when the Messiah, the Prince would appear. He would be “cut off” and by his death confirm the covena with many. Subsequently his death in the middle of the week would cause the sacrific and oblation to cease and the sanctuary would be made desolate and remain so until th consummation.

The fulfilm ent of The Covenant –

The prophecy states that salvation covenant outlined in Dan. 9:24 would be confirm ed the with MANY people for one week. It would be confirmed by the Messiah through his dea when he was “cut off” – a traditional word used for “cutting” or confirming a covenant also implying that he was killed during the final week.

th The “Many”, were the Jews first, during the final 7 year period, (70 and then the week), Gentiles. At the same time from God’s point of view the efficacy of the ritual sacrific and the oblation ceased, and the veil in the Jerusalem Temple was torn from the top to th bottom.

There is clearly a division in the prophecy at this point of time – i.e. “cut off” referring Messiah, and “in the midst of the week…cause …to cease”, referring to the sacrifice an oblation.

After Messiah had been cut off – there appears to be a time period of approximately 4 years, (described by Jesus as “a generation”) when the Jewish people would see th further fulfilment of His own prophecy about the days of vengeance and the destruction the Temple sanctuary.

The people - (troops), of a prince that was to come, in response to the Jewish revolt of 6 A.D., would eventually deliver the coup de grâce by destroying the City and the Temple Sanctuary in 70 A.D. The phrase “the prince that shall come” is in a subordinate plac within the prophecy, and the important thing is not the prince, but what his people/troop accomplished in destroying the City and the Temple sanctuary. W ith the Temple sacrificial system destroyed, the way was open for the MANY to find Go not via a localised Jewish Temple, but via the resurrected living Lord - Jesus John – Christ 14:6 “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life; no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”

The prophecy concludes with the fact that with the Temple removed, the “holy mountain will be made desolate by the many overspreading abominations which would be reside on the site of the sanctuary from 40 A.D. until the present day. These will remain until th consummation when the things previously “determined” are carried out. (Strongs N 2782 “haras” meaning to pronounce, to pay attention, act quickly.) Thus what is “determined” will be poured out on the desolate. W e do not know from the prophecy whether this will be good ,or evil but Zechariah 12:910 indicates that in a future time of trouble God will bless Israel. it shall come to “And pass in that day, that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem. And I will pour upon the house of David and upon the inhabitants of 3

Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications; and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn.” There are four main subjects in the prophecy of the 70 W eeks – The Covenant and its 6 requirem ents for fulfilment. , The Salvation of the Messiah who will be cut off and thus confirm the covenant with many. The Destruction of the City and Sanctuary the people of a future prince who will by conduct war. The Abominations the site that will continue until the consummation. on

W ith this interpretation of the Prophecy of 70 W eeks, the subject matter does justice to th text, and to the intent of the prophetic books named throughout this booklet. Th interpretation does justice to the promised Salvation for the Jews, fulfilled within the tim frame of the prophecy, by the coming of the Messiah.

The Messiah’s Salvation, which is initially contained in THE NEW COVENANT of Jeremia 31:31-34, is expanded and enlarged in Gabriel’s instruction to Daniel regarding the 7 weeks prophecy.

This COVENANT was fulfilled, mediated, and confirmed by the death ofChrist Jesus exclusively for the Jews at first; and subsequently enlarged and strengthened to includ the Gentiles, that MANY might be saved. This theme is contained in prophecy througho the whole Bible, and its fulfilment is borne out by history. Isaiah 59:20-21 “And the Redeemer shall come to Zion, and unto them that turn from transgression in Jacob, said the LORD. As for me, this is my covenant with them, saith the LORD: my spirit that is upon thee, and my words which I have 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, from henceforth and for ever.” John 3:16“For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. “

All of this was fulfilled during the seven year period (27 – 34 A.D.) commonly calle th “Daniel’s 70 W eek”. Beyond this time frame, the New Covenant which has been confirm ed by Jesus’ death on the cross remains in operation offering salvation an sanctification, for the many.... Even so, a great promise remains for Israel Rom ans 11: 25b “...that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fullness of the Gentiles be come in. And so all Israel shall be saved; as it is written.

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