THE 70 WEEKS OF DANIEL
Time does not exist for God. He “inhabits eternity” (Isaiah 57:15) The bible was written by over forty different authors, fishermen, kings, poets, etc. Over a period of 1,500 years in three different languages. Yet it has only one design behind it. It was written by the Holy Spirit, using men as His pen. It is a system of messages outside “our time dimension”. The person who wrote the bible new all the history of mankind from beginning to end. there are 1,817 predictions covering 700 different subjects. Over 300 prophecies were fulfilled in the life of Christ, 29 of them in one 24 hour period, the day He was crucified.
In Daniel 9:24-26, the Lord gives us the entire future history of the nation of Israel. An angel tells Daniel that there are 70 “weeks of years” which equals 490 years, determined for Israel, for sin to be dealt with, and the Messiah to come and reign. (they turn out not to be continuous). The scripture says that from the going forth of the commandment to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem (they had been destroyed as a judgment by God) until the Messiah presents Himself, and then would be cut off (killed) would be 69 weeks of years. The commandment was given in 425 B.C. to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem (this is described in the book of Nehemiah). The prophecy was for 173,880 days into the future. On that exact day, Jesus presented Himself to Israel as their king and Messiah when He fulfilled a prophecy by riding into Jerusalem on the back of a little donkey (Zec 9:9 Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, thy King cometh unto thee: he is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass.) This day was April 6, 32 A.D. This was what we call Palm Sunday. He was “cut off”, just as the prophecy said, but not for His own sins, but He died on a cross for the sins of the world. there still remains one more “week of years ” , 7 more years on Gods calendar to deal with Israel. The time of the gentiles is almost up, the gospel has been preached in all the nations, and it is now time for the 7 year period of judgment upon Israel, called “the time of Jacobs trouble”, and upon a Christ rejecting world. This is the Great Tribulation, which is literally described in the book of Revelation. Read it for yourself. The rapture is next , when every born again believer will be snatched in a twinkle of an eye from off the earth, and then the anti-Christ comes to power. It will happen. Just like God said. Get ready by repenting of your sins and trusting only the blood of Christ to wash away your sins, if you are not saved. If you are saved, get busy doing Gods will. Amazing!