DANIEL AND THE SEVENTY WEEKS
Jesse M. Hendley
Daniel Chapter 9
Everyone who studies Bible prophecy must become
familiar with the book of Daniel. It is called an
apocalypse, which means "unveiling." At various times
in history, when evil prevailed in the world, God gave
an apocalypse, a drawing aside of the curtain, to show
His prophets what He was doing behind the scenes and
to reveal His plan for the future.
Daniel's prophecies related to the time he lived,
revealed the sequence of coming kingdoms, and forecast
the events of the endtimes. An understanding of this
book is essential to the correct interpretation of the
book of the Revelation.
In chapter 9, Daniel prayed for the nation of Israel
in her agony. Then in answer to his prayer, God gave
him the vision of The Seventy Weeks. It deals totally
with Israel from the days of Nehemiah to the second
coming of the Lord Jesus Christ. It is an involved
prophecy and requires much study, so all I want to do
here is give an outline of it.
Daniel 9 begins with the historical setting: "In the
first year of Darius the son of Ahasuerus, of the
lineage of the Medes, who was made king over the realm
of the Chaldeans; in the first year of his reign, 1,
Daniel, understood by the books the number of years
specified by the word of the Lord through Jeremiah the
prophet, that He would accomplish seventy years in the
desolations of Jerusalem" (Daniel 9:1-2).
A Man of the Scriptures
Daniel was a man who believed God's Word. He studied
the Scriptures minutely. Here he referred to Jeremiah
25:11-13. It was a prophecy in which God said, because
of the sins of Israel, "I am going to send the king of
Babylon to capture Israel and take them into captivity
for 70 years. Then I will punish the Babylonians and
send Israel back to their land."
That goes against the grain of some teachers today,
for they say, "You can't understand prophecy. The ...
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