"The 70 Weeks of Daniel"
Contiguous / Unbroken
"The 70 Weeks of Daniel"
Contiguous / Unbroken

8. An Now, for a Special Announcement from the Angel Gabriel
    8a. Caught Right In the Middle of Prayer with Blessing!
    Because of God's love and compassion for Daniel and therefore Israel, He sends Gabriel to give understanding and revelation to Daniel. May we all receive the same.

Daniel 9:20-23
20 And whiles I was speaking, and praying, and confessing my sin and the sin of my people Israel, and presenting my supplication before the LORD my God for the holy mountain of my God; 21 Yea, whiles I was speaking in prayer, even the man Gabriel, whom I had seen in the vision at the beginning, being caused to fly swiftly, touched me about the time of the evening oblation. 22 And he informed me, and talked with me, and said, O Daniel, I am now come forth to give thee skill and understanding. 23 At the beginning of thy supplications the commandment came forth, and I am come to shew thee; for thou art greatly beloved: therefore understand the matter, and consider the vision.

    8b. The Announcement
    Now, we will hear the understanding that Gabriel gives to Daniel. But we must listen carefully because while Gabriel was praying for physical salvation, God answers in a way above our ways and above our thoughts. He tells of the Messiah to come Who will bring eternal salvation to the soul. And this is what the announcement in this prophecy is all about.
Daniel 9:24-27
24 Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy.

25 Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times.

26 And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined.

27 And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.

9. Verse 24; The Timing of the Seventy Weeks & the Accomplishments of Messiah
    9a. One (1) "Week" Equals Seven (7) Years
    The Hebrew word translated "weeks" in verse 24 above is Shabua which means something that is "sevened". In other words something multiplied by 7. Here is a breakdown of "Shabua" from Strong's Hebrew Greek Dictionary;

    Hebrew - 7620  shabuwa`  shaw-boo'-ah
    or shabuan shaw-boo'-ah;
    also (feminine) shbu.ah sheb-oo-aw';
    properly, passive participle of 7650 as a
    denominative of 7651; literal, sevened,
    i.e. a week (specifically, of years):
    --seven, week.
    So then, when verse 24 speaks of "seventy weeks" it is speaking of a time period of 70 X 7 weeks, or 490 years. Gabriel is saying that from his given marker, the command to rebuild Jerusalem to the annointing of Messiah (here called "the most Holy") would be 490 years. How great a message this is! Because once we determine what the start up marker is, then we can identify the Messiah of Israel's arrival. To those at Daniel's time, this would mean so very much. To those who know Yeshua of Nazareth as LORD, it also means very, very much.
    9b. Verse 24; The Accomplishments of Messiah within the Seventy Weeks
    Now, within this time which Gabriel has determined by speaking "Seventy weeks" he tells us that all of these things will be accomplished by the Messiah. He will;
  • finish the transgression
  • make an end of sins
  • make reconciliation for iniquity
  • bring in everlasting righteousness
  • seal up the vision and prophecy
  • anoint the most Holy
   For clarity, let's look at the last item first, "...and to anoint the most Holy". Read in context, this is describing the anointing of the Messiah, because it is Messiah that is discussed in the next verse (v.25). This time period of "Seventy weeks" will include His anointing. What wonderful news! For we can know from the timing of this passage, exactly who the Messiah of Israel will be!
    We have a description of the starting point we are to use, we have the specified time period of 490 years to count, and we have the required accomplishments of Messiah to look for. Now, let us use the understanding given by Gabriel to see exactly who it is, that this criteria leads to.

    9c. A Very Different Answer to Daniel's Prayer
    Before we embark on a search for the correct start up date, let's remember again which years this is... the first year of King Darius (verse 1), 539BC. Also remember that the captivity of Israel would end in just 3 years! But it was during Daniel's prayer, that God answered in a very special way... not concerning the physical deliverance of Israel from captivity in Babylon... that would end soon. God answered Daniel's prayer with information of a much greater spiritual salvation that would take place in the future. This must be remembered to correctly understand the accomplishments of Messiah from verse 24.

  1. Part 1.    Searching Out The Seventy Week's Prophecy
  2. Part 2.    A Short History of the Captivity and Freeing of Israel
  3. Part 3.    Daniel's Understanding of Prophecy & Prayer of Redemption
  4. Part 4.    A Special Announcment From the Angel Gabriel
  5. Part 5.    Determining the Starting Point
  6. Part 6.    The Accomplishments of Messiah
  7. Part 7.    "...to finish the transgression"
  8. Part 8.    "...to make an end of sins"
  9. Part 9.    "...to make reconciliation for iniquity"
  10. Part 10.   "...to bring in everlasting righteousness"
  11. Part 11.   "...to seal up the vision and prophecy"
  12. Part 12.   "...to anoint the most Holy"
  13. Part 13.   The Accomplishment Question
  14. Part 14.   The Contiguous Seventy Weeks of Daniel


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 Web Author:Michael Stevenson Updated: 1/27/2005 1:12PM