Dan.9:24-26 – Seventy weeks are determined
For your people and for your holy city,
To finish the transgression,
To make an end of sins,
To make reconciliation for iniquity,
To bring in everlasting righteousness,
To seal up vision and prophecy,
And to anoint the Most Holy.
“Know therefore and understand,
That from the going forth of the command
To restore and build Jerusalem
Until Messiah the Prince,
There shall be seven weeks and sixty-two weeks;
The street shall be built again, and the wall,
Even in troublesome times.
“And after the sixty-two weeks
Messiah shall be cut off, but not for Himself;
And the people of the prince who is to come
Shall destroy the city and the sanctuary.
The end of it shall be with a flood,
And till the end of the war desolations are determined.
To me this is one of the most amazing prophecies in the Bible. This was the passage Jesus was referencing when He made His famous prophetic declaration in the last week of His life before He was crucified. This word was delivered to Daniel by an angel while he was praying for Israel to be restored to their homeland. This word from the Lord that was delivered to Daniel was a multi-layered prophesy that spoke of the coming of the Messiah and actually predicted the year the Messiah would be ‘cut off’. The word was that there would be 69 weeks of years until Messiah the prince was killed beginning when the edict was given to rebuild Jerusalem. You can check it out, the word was accurate. The thing that I keep thinking about today is what Jesus said, “Jerusalem would be overrun by the gentiles and the age of the gentiles would begin” (we call it the church age). This age would be over when the Jews returned to Jerusalem. That happened in 1967. So what does all of this mean? That missing week, the seventieth week would start shortly after Israel returned to her land in the latter days. Seven years of the Lord dealing with Jerusalem. Daniel goes on in his prophesy to describe that mysterious 70th week.
Dan.9:27 – Then he shall confirm a covenant with many for one week;
But in the middle of the week
He shall bring an end to sacrifice and offering.
And on the wing of abominations shall be one who makes desolate,
Even until the consummation, which is determined,
Is poured out on the desolate.
This word may be hard for some to grasp but in simple words, the seven years of the 70th week is the Great Tribulation with the antichrist at center stage, including a new world order and a temple in Jerusalem. There will be rapid prophetic events in the days ahead. Keep your eyes on Israel and get ready, Jesus is returning soon. The only thing I can say is stay alert and be ready for His return.