"The 70 Weeks of Daniel"
Contiguous / Unbroken
"The 70 Weeks of Daniel"
Contiguous / Unbroken
5. Daniel Receives Understanding of the End of Israel's Captivity
5a. In verse two, we see that Daniel received understanding about
Jeremiah's prophecy that Israel would be desolated... and then
taken into captivity, specifically for seventy years. We saw that
Babylon invaded Israel in 606BC as the captivity began.
2 In the first year of his reign I Daniel understood by books
the number of the years, whereof the word of the LORD came to
Jeremiah the prophet, that he would accomplish seventy years in the
desolations of Jerusalem.
5b. "...confession is made unto redemption"
As Daniel understood that Jeremiah 25:11&12 was referring to
Israel's Babylonian captivity, Daniel must have sensed that the
fullness of restoration of Israel was at hand as we hear him pray
which to the God of Israel beginning at verse four. Daniel puts on
sackcloth and ashes and begins to confess the sins of Israel. In
Daniel's coming prayer and confession, we will revisit a theme of the
reality of blessing in obedience, and consequence for sin.
3 And I set my face unto the Lord God, to seek by prayer and supplications,
with fasting, and sackcloth, and ashes: 4 And I prayed unto the LORD my
God, and made my confession, and said, O Lord, the great and dreadful God,
keeping the covenant and mercy to them that love him, and to them that keep
6. "All This Evil..."
6a. In this prayer of Daniel's what we are going to see is something
that has been discussed many times in this fellowship, the concept
of blessing in obedience and consequence for sin. Daniel prays -
5 We have sinned, and have committed iniquity, and have done
wickedly, and have rebelled, even by departing from thy precepts and from thy
judgments: 6 Neither have we hearkened unto thy servants the prophets, which
spake in thy name to our kings, our princes, and our fathers, and to all the
people of the land. 7 O Lord, righteousness belongeth unto thee, but unto us
confusion of faces, as at this day; to the men of Judah, and to the inhabitants
of Jerusalem, and unto all Israel, that are near, and that are far off, through all
the countries whither thou hast driven them, because of their trespass that they
have trespassed against thee. 8 O Lord, to us belongeth confusion of face, to
our kings, to our princes, and to our fathers, because we have sinned against
6b. By all means... take time to read this prayer of Daniel's from
verses 5 to 14. Daniel is not shy to confess to a boatload of sin that the
people of Israel had committed. This included going after other gods such as Baal,
to the extent that the prophet Jeremiah thought himself to be the only soul left
in the nation that believed in YHVH without spiritual adulteration.
9 To the Lord our God belong mercies and forgivenesses, though we have rebelled
against him; 10 Neither have we obeyed the voice of the LORD our God, to
walk in his laws, which he set before us by his servants the prophets. 11 Yea, all
Israel have transgressed thy law, even by departing, that they might not obey thy
voice; therefore the curse is poured upon us, and the oath that is written in the law
of Moses the servant of God, because we have sinned against him.
6c. The High Cost Of Sin
Friends, look what this sin cost Israel. They lost everything and their
city of Jerusalem was completely decimated to the point of the walls
themselves being torn down. The temple was destroyed and its
treasures robbed and carried off to a strange land. Their children born
in slavery. This was Israel, unable to play their harps in a captive land.
Sin costs, friends... "big time".
12 And he hath confirmed his words, which he spake against us, and against our
judges that judged us, by bringing upon us a great evil: for under the whole heaven
hath not been done as hath been done upon Jerusalem. 13 As it is written in the
law of Moses, all this evil is come upon us: yet made we not our prayer before the
LORD our God, that we might turn from our iniquities, and understand thy truth.
14 Therefore hath the LORD watched upon the evil, and brought it upon us: for the
LORD our God is righteous in all his works which he doeth: for we obeyed not his
6d. The Consequences of Sin
One may say, "Jesus paid the price for my sins." Well and good --
but I can tell you that if we continue to live in sin after coming to Christ,
that our forgiveness in Him does not exclude consequences for sin.
We don't "get away" with anything, when we secretly do that which we
know to be sin. Sometimes the consequences of these sins leave
life long scars.
The warnings against sin that we read of in the law, were given
to protect us against the destruction that the poison of sin causes
in our lives. Today, as born-again believers in Messiah we are
led of the Spirit, Who leads us and guides us to that same safety
in righteousness. As Daniel, on behalf of Israel clearly learned
the consequences of sin, we can learn from their example.
7. Daniel's Request for the Restoration of Israel
7a. Acting on His Faith ...in Prayer
Remember how in verse two, that Daniel began to receive
understanding about the prophecy of Jeremiah concerning
Israel's captivity and how he sensed that it may be coming
to total conclusion? Well, now, he acts on that faith and in prayer makes
a request of the Lord, speaking to Him as the powerful God who
brought Israel out of Egypt.
15 And now, O Lord our God, that hast brought thy people forth out
of the land of Egypt with a mighty hand, and hast gotten thee renown,
as at this day; we have sinned, we have done wickedly.
7b. Notice how Daniel addresses God as that One who brought
Israel out of the land of Egypt? He senses I think it is time for
such a deliverance from Babylon, and he is of course correct.
The year is 539BC, the first year of Darius (the Mede), the newly installed king.
16 O Lord, according to all thy righteousness, I beseech thee, let thine
anger and thy fury be turned away from thy city Jerusalem, thy holy
mountain: because for our sins, and for the iniquities of our fathers,
Jerusalem and thy people are become a reproach to all that are about us.
17 Now therefore, O our God, hear the prayer of thy servant, and his
supplications, and cause thy face to shine upon thy sanctuary that is
desolate, for the Lord's sake.
Daniel abandons any plea based on His own righteousness,
Israel apparently had none... but rather appeals to the mercy of
...And now for a special announcement from the angel Gabriel.
18 O my God, incline thine ear, and hear; open thine eyes, and behold
our desolations, and the city which is called by thy name: for we do not
present our supplications before thee for our righteousnesses, but for thy
19 O Lord, hear; O Lord, forgive; O Lord, hearken and do; defer not, for
thine own sake, O my God: for thy city and thy people are called by thy
- Part 1. Searching Out The Seventy Week's Prophecy
- Part 2. A Short History of the Captivity and Freeing of Israel
- Part 3. Daniel's Understanding of Prophecy & Prayer of Redemption
- Part 4. A Special Announcment From the Angel Gabriel
- Part 5. Determining the Starting Point
- Part 6. The Accomplishments of Messiah
- Part 7. "...to finish the transgression"
- Part 8. "...to make an end of sins"
- Part 9. "...to make reconciliation for iniquity"
- Part 10. "...to bring in everlasting righteousness"
- Part 11. "...to seal up the vision and prophecy"
- Part 12. "...to anoint the most Holy"
- Part 13. The Accomplishment Question
- Part 14. The Contiguous Seventy Weeks of Daniel