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In some of the most specific prophecies in the Bible, God foretold future events to His prophet Daniel. Their focus is the land of Israel and the Jewish people who are a witness that God does what He says. His timeline for our planet is unfolding and rapidly drawing to its conclusion. Understanding it can show how close we are to Christ’s return.
Daniel chapter 9 records a vision given to Daniel in 539 BCE – the 1st year of Darius the Mede. This is explained well by Harry Whittaker (Visions in Daniel, Ch. 8)
- The Babylonian regime was over, and immediately Daniel began to study his Bible prophecies to learn about the restoration of his people. He ‘understood by the books’ (obviously, Jer. 29:10,12) the duration of the captivity. It is possible to ascertain from the allusions in the rest of chapter 9 that Daniel had in his Bible: Jeremiah, Isaiah, Psalms, Deuteronomy, Leviticus, Kings—at least, these, and almost certainly Ezekiel.
- Had Daniel been …(one of us) his reaction would have been: God has fixed the date on His calendar, and now that date is here, so all I have to do is sit back and wait for things to happen. Instead, he prayed, and in such fashion as to shame his modern brethren.
“O Lord, listen! O Lord, forgive! O Lord, hear and act! For Your sake, O my God, do not delay, because Your city and Your people bear Your name.” Dan. 9:19
When the Babylonian Empire was conquered, Daniel was looking for the end of the 70 year desolation of Jerusalem foretold by Jeremiah.
I, Daniel, understood from the sacred books, according to the word of the LORD to Jeremiah the prophet, that the desolation of Jerusalem would last 70 years. Dan. 9:2
Daniel chose his words carefully, he was in fact interpreting Jeremiah’s prophecy which said there would be 70 years serving among the Gentiles –
And all the land shall be a desolation; and they shall serve among the Gentiles 70 years. Jeremiah 25:11 (Septuagint)
This is according to the Greek Septuagint. The Hebrew record says ‘70 years for Babylon’ which doesn’t make sense. Although the Kingdom of Babylon lasted for 70 years, Judah was only captive to Babylon for 66 years – see: To Fulfill 70 Years
Daniel knew that the 70 year period among Gentiles would end when Babylon (the last conqueror) was conquered –
‘After seventy years are completed, I will punish the king of Babylon and that nation, the land of the Chaldeans.’ Jer. 25:12
This prophecy was given in the 4th year of King Jehoiakim when Judah had already been captive to Egypt for 4 years.
Daniel understood that the prophecies applied to Jerusalem and its spiritual desolation. God allowed Judah to come under foreign rule – first by Egypt in 609 BCE – then by Babylon in 605 BCE. It was the combined captivity to Egypt and Babylon that totalled 70 years. The reason for the captivity – Judah turned aside from the covenant between them and God. Even Josiah, a good king, turned aside and fought Pharaoh Necho II – breaking God’s command not to fight him.
609 BCE was the starting date for Jeremiah’s prophecy of ‘ 70 years‘ –
539 BCE was the end date when Babylon fell to the Medes & Persians.
After serving ’70 years among the Gentiles’ (609-539 BCE), Daniel was expecting the Jews to return to Jerusalem and build it up. He prayed for his people and their restoration – but Gabriel (God’s messenger) gave him a vision that would last long into the future. It foretold the coming of Christ and concludes at the end of time when Jerusalem will be restored spiritually. This restoration involved a much longer process than Daniel was expecting. Further desolations were decreed. There would not be just 70 years for Jerusalem, but 70 x 7. This was in fulfilment of the escalating curses on Israel for their continued turning aside from God’s covenant –
If, however, you fail to obey Me and to carry out all these commandments, and if you reject My statutes, despise My ordinances, and neglect to carry out all My commandments, and so break My covenant, then this is what I will do to you: I will bring upon you sudden terror, wasting disease, and fever that will destroy your sight and drain your life. You will sow your seed in vain, because your enemies will eat it. And I will set My face against you, so that you will be defeated by your enemies. Those who hate you will rule over you, and you will flee when no one pursues you. And if after all this you will not obey Me, I will proceed to punish you sevenfold for your sins. I will break down your stubborn pride and make your sky like iron and your land like bronze, and your strength will be spent in vain. For your land will not yield its produce, and the trees of the land will not bear their fruit. If you walk in hostility toward Me and refuse to obey Me, I will multiply your plagues seven times, according to your sins. Lev. 26:14-21
THE PROPHECY & Interpretation
457 BCE – The starting date for this prophecy begins with decree of Artaxerxses – a Gentile King – to restore and rebuild Jerusalem.
Ezra 7:7 “Ezra arrived in Jerusalem in the fifth month of the seventh year of the king.” (457 BCE).
27 CE –The start of Jesus’ ministry was a key time and a marker on the Daniel 9 timeline – It marked the end of the 62 ‘7’s – no longer ‘judgement’ in the old anointing of priests – the rightful king/priest had come who was anointed with the holy spirit at His baptism –
Mark 1:15 “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand.”
Acts 10:38 “God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power”.
Jesus confirmed a covenant at the start of the last 7 – He began His ministry and proclaimed the final Jubilee
31 CE – In the middle of the final ‘7’ sacrifices were ended by Jesus’ sacrifice. He was rejected by His own people. The decreed desolations would escalate on Jerusalem and the land.
Daniel’s prophecy accurately predicted the first coming of Christ 565 years before Jesus began His ministry in 27 CE. It also predicts the second coming of Christ but the Final 3.5 Years are given fuller meaning in Revelation.
As with all the prophecies in Daniel that bring us to the Kingdom, there is a seeming gap – explained at this link — Nebuchadnezzar’s Image – Days of the Toes
Revelation completes the missing segment of Daniel’s 70 Week prophecy. Jesus was killed in the middle of the last ‘7’ – He was the Passover Lamb, the Messiah the Jewish leaders missed seeing. The final 3.5 years become representative and point back to the rejected ministry of Christ.
In Revelation 12 this time period is applied to the woman in the wilderness (1260 days – time, times, dividing of time). In Revelation 13 it is applied to the Beast who witnesses for 42 months. In Revelation 11 the 2 witnesses are in sackcloth for 1260 days. It is the same time period in each case. 42 months is 1260 days or 3.5 years. All constant reminders of the ministry of Christ and consequences of His rejection by men.
The Woman in the wilderness of Revelation 12 is a symbol of Christians. (See: Great Sign of Woman in Heaven) They share in the sufferings of Christ and His ministry for 1260 days or 3.5 years – a representative period – they are one of the ‘2 Witnesses’ of Revelation 11.
The Jews also witness for 1260 days as the other witness of Revelation 11. They witness in disbelief of their Messiah. Their witness is one of coming under foreign rule, being scattered, regathered in the last days, and a final trampling by the final Beast (captive to foreign rule) until they turn to Jesus (become Christians) and a remnant is saved.
The Beast witnesses for 42 months in Antithesis of the ministry of Jesus – The Lamb. Whereas the Jews and Christians have been witnessing over a long period, the final Beast is a specific one in the end times. It rises out of the sea complete with 10 crowned horns. It is able to cross the dried Euphrates of Revelation 16. In Bible symbology a dried river means that the power controlling that area dries up. This occurred along the Euphrates in Dec. 2017 when ISIS was declared defeated. This allowed ‘the Kings of the East’ (Iran) to empower their proxies on the other side of the river. The final head of the Beast is also the ‘little horn’ of Daniel 7 & 8 – See Daniel 7 & 8 – Prophecy Concerning Iran & Proxies.
Revelation expands the prophecies of Daniel giving insight into the events at the End of Days.
According to the prophecies, 70 years for the desolations of ‘Mystery Babylon’ are fulfilled. Even the Jewish Temple coin is a reminder of it with the words ‘To Fulfill 70 Years’ and a picture of Donald Trump and King Cyrus marking 70 years for Israel – 1947 – 2017. To see how Jerusalem became part of ‘Mystery Babylon ‘ See Revelation – A Message to Israel
The quote on the coin is from 2 Chronicles 36:23 –
‘And He charged me to build Him a house in Jerusalem’
It is Jesus who has been charged with building God a house in Jerusalem. He is the cornerstone in Zion the Jews stumbled over –
‘The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone’ Psalm 118:22
The ‘Time is at Hand’ and Jesus is at the gates – get ready to be part of the greatest shakeup in history. Zechariah 12-14 fills in the final captivity of Jerusalem before the coming of Christ –
Behold, a day of the LORD is coming when your plunder will be divided in your presence. For I will gather all the nations for battle against Jerusalem, and the city will be captured, the houses looted, and the women ravished. Half of the city will go into captivity, but the rest of the people will not be removed from the city. 3Then the LORD will go out to fight against those nations, as He fights in the day of battle.On that day His feet will stand on the Mount of Olives. Zech. 14:1-4
For a deeper explanation of Daniel 12 go to Time of Blessing
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