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The Book of Daniel

Chapter 9__The Desolations of Jerusalem

     Daniel 9:1 In the first year of Darius the son of Ahasuerus, of the seed of the Medes, which was made king over the realm of the Chaldeans;

     There is little known about this king, Darius the Mede, but he was 62 years old when made king of the Babylon, his name meaning maintainer or restrainer. In chapter 5 of this book, he took over the kingdom after Belshazzar was killed.

     Ref: Daniel 5:31 And Darius the Median took the kingdom, being about threescore and two years old. KJV

     The history of kings recedes just a bit in this chapter so neither he or any other king is mentioned in this chapter. There are other king Darius’s in history but this is the only Darius the Mede.

     Generally speaking, there is little difference between the Babylonians and the Chaldean's. The area known as Babylon was ruled by the Chaldeans for just over 100 years and the rest of the time the Babylonians controlled it. The Chaldeans lived in the southern portion of the area known as Babylon, and although these two peoples are not interchangeable, they sometimes ARE collectively regarded as one. A superficial explanation at best.

     Daniel 9:2 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.

     In the first year of his reign. The reign of king Darius.

     Understood by books the number of the years. That would be by letters, written by Jeremiah. Daniel had obviously read the letters written by Jeremiah and some of what he read would have been contained in these verses:

     Ref: Jeremiah 25:11 And this whole land shall be a desolation, and an astonishment; and these nations shall serve the king of Babylon seventy years. KJV

     The years of the captivity,

     Ref: Jeremiah 25:12 And it shall come to pass, when seventy years are accomplished, that I will punish the king of Babylon, and that nation, saith the Lord, for their iniquity, and the land of the Chaldeans, and will make it perpetual desolations.

     Saith the Lord. This is our Father speaking here, not our Lord Jesus Christ. We know that because this word Lord, in the Hebrew, means Yahaveh, not Yashuah.

     And here we have the reason that Daniel is aware of the 70 years. And we’ll find out that these are the LAST 70 years, so it has to do with us today and the end time.

     Daniel 9:3 And I set my face unto the Lord God, to seek by prayer and supplication, with fasting, and sackcloth, and ashes:

     Prayer and supplication literally means intercessions and entreaties for mercy.

     There are three types of 70 year periods within Scripture:

     Servitude: Means to involuntarily work under the oversight of someone else, as when the kingdom of Israel  went into 70 years of involuntary work to the Babylonians.

     Captivity: The captivity began when Israel, the House of Israel, was physically taken to Babylon. It began in 489 B.C. and ended in 426 B.C. (63 years). Seven (7) years later, king Cyrus died, and they were allowed to return to the land of their forefathers. That was in 419 B.C., which would fulfill the 70 year requirement.

     Being captive under the Babylonians was not total bondage. They were allowed to build synagogues and worship our Father as before. Many did but many did not. Many fell in with the Babylonians and worshipped their idols and participated in their pagan religious practices.

     Pretty sad, though, because by doing that, they went back to thumbing their noses at our Father, which was the reason for being brought under the Babylonians to begin with.

     Desolations: These desolations began with the 3rd and last siege on Jerusalem by Nebuchadnezzar in 479 B.C. and ended 70 years later in 409 B.C. This period is recorded as threescore and ten years (60 + 10) in 2nd Chronicles 36:21:

     Ref: 2nd  Chronicles 36:21 To fulfil the word of the Lord by the mouth of Jeremiah, until the land had enjoyed her sabbaths: for as long as she lay desolate she kept sabbath, to fulfil threescore and ten years. KJV

     Daniel is not praying for himself here. He’s praying for our Father’s blessings on his people.

     Daniel 9:4 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 his commandments;

     Father will ALWAYS keep His covenants with His people because they were always given forever; mercy is a different ball of wax.

     Dreadful is a really bad translation here. It means:

       Dreadful_ OT:3372 yare' (yaw-ray'); a primitive root; to fear; morally, to revere; caus. to frighten:

     It means to revere, the reverent Father. If there is anything dreadful about Him, it’s His dreadful hatred of sin and the dreadful punishment that comes with it, although they are totally forgiven and taken away upon repentance.

     To an entity like our Father, a Supreme Being that IS righteousness and goodness, sin must be like pouring acid on physical flesh, and when this era is over and His cup of vengeance is poured out on the evil that lurks on this earth, everything will be fresh and clean and free of sin forever and ever. What a time to look foreword to!

     Daniel made his confession and it’s always good to do that before you approach Him in prayer and supplication. Cleanse yourself and your soul before you kneel before Him or He may back away, spiritually, like one does when a whiff of smoke from a campfire, that the wind suddenly blows in your direction, makes you jerk your head around to get away from it and expel it from your lungs.

     Sin is an abomination to Him. That’s why He hates it so much.

     Do you love Him, do you try to keep His commandments? As best you can? Certainly, we all commit a sin once in a while but if you do it more than that, you might want to take a look at how you’re living your life.

     Prayer is just talking to Him, not repeating some memorized paragraph or printed-out words from some book…and that does NOT include the Lord’s Prayer because He GAVE that prayer to us as an example of how we SHOULD pray, but even at that, don’t repeat even THAT prayer, over and over again.

     Talk to Him as though you love Him more than anything else and He will love you in return, a thousand times more.

     Daniel 9:5 We have sinned, and have committed iniquity, and have done wickedly, and have rebelled, even by departing from thy precepts and from thy judgments:

     Precepts are His laws…

       Precepts_ OT:4687 mitsvah (mits-vaw'); from OT:6680; a command, whether human or divine (collectively, the Law):

       Root Word_ OT:6680 tsavah (tsaw-vaw'); a primitive root; (intensively) to constitute, enjoin:

     Precepts and laws are what bind us to Him. He loved us enough to create us and being the free spirits that we are, He had to give us limits and rules to show us what He wants us to do and how He wants us to act. And if we follow those rules and laws, it makes Him very, very happy.

     These precepts and laws give us limits and boundaries, over which we dare not cross and He also tells us what will happen if we don’t obey these laws, He tells us what the punishment will be and that puts us both on solid ground.

     If we follow Him, He will give us the entire world, the entire universe, His unrelenting love, in return. Certainly, we didn’t ask to be born, but here we are, and surely, a hundred years, or so, of life in these earthly bodies, and a few commandments to keep, and He’ll give us things that we cannot even imagine ever existed. I can’t even put into words, right now, what those pleasures may be because I have no concept of it. It exceeds the limits of my understanding.

     But He is faithful and true to His Word and He deserves the trust that He expects from us. What a fantastic time the Millennium and the eternity will be. Especially the Millennium, because it will be the first time that we will be back in a spiritual body following the katabole’ in the age that was.

     No more aching muscles, no sprained ankles, no flu or colds, neither broken bones. Perfect spiritual bodies.

     Daniel 9:6 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.

     We didn’t listen to His prophets, we ignored and persecuted some of them. Do we have any prophets in the world today? I mean, real prophets, not the fake ones? Yep, I can think of one or two.

     Daniel 9:7 O Lord, righteousness belongeth unto thee, but unto us confusion of faces,

     Confusion of faces. Ever heard the phrase…he’s guilty, it’s written all over his face. This is our guilt, our embarrassment.

     as at this day; to the men of Judah, and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and unto all Israel,

     EVERYBODY is guilty. Judah, here, means both houses of Israel and Judah.

     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.

     Father is talking about those ten lost tribes that went over the Caucasus Mountains, situated between Azerbaijan and Georgia, in the southern part of Russia. Those lost tribes being the peoples of the House of Israel.

     “Well, that certainly excludes me, I’m not Jewish.”

     Really? They migrated and settled in Russia, Europe, the British Isles, and that includes England, Ireland and Scotland, and eventually into Canada and both America’s.

     This also becomes confusion of faces because if you were to tell certain people that they may have descended from a Jewish background, there’s no telling what they might say or do to you. So, be careful to whom you spread this new-found knowledge.

     Daniel 9:8 O Lord, to us belongeth confusion of face, to our kings, to our princes, and to our fathers, because we have sinned against thee.

     Because we have sinned against thee. There’s the reason. All have sinned and transgressed against Him:

     Ref: Romans 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; KJV

     Definitely, we are all sinners but that aside, have you ever wondered why some of us have this desire to learn more about the Scriptures? If you’re reading this right now, you certainly have that extra desire, that need to learn something more, something deeper.

     Something is prompting you, nudging you, to fill that hole. It’s your own soul AND the Holy Spirit that’s doing it. It seems that it’s always in the back of your mind and doesn’t it feel good when you find an avenue that just might do exactly that?

     In my mind, that makes you one of His Election and boy, the rewards that are coming your way on Judgment Day, when we continue to search for that truth and find it, will be overwhelming.

     99% of the people that visit this site stay for less than a minute. Many of them may call this a heretical site, but those of us that understand and want to increase our knowledge of our Father, don’t quite see it that way. To us it’s a blessing.

     Daniel 9:9 To the Lord our God belong mercies and forgivenesses, though we have rebelled against him;

     We will always rebel against Him, that’s human nature, that’s the worst part of being in these dreadful bodies. Rebellion. If we really try, we can keep our sins down to a minimum and repentance will take care of the ones that we do commit.

     Stay close to Him and rebellion will subside a great deal because Satan has a lot to do with that. How do you stay close to Him? By reading His Letter to us with understanding.

     Daniel 9:10 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.

     Father said that he has told us all things and He tells us through His prophets:

     Ref: Mark 13:23 But take ye heed: behold, I have foretold you all things. KJV

     We are not left wanting. He has told us everything that we need to know in these 66 books. You cannot stand before Him and say that you didn’t know. If you are ignorant, it is your own doing.

     The solution is very simple. Begin reading and studying those 66 books and become familiar with the contents therein. And when you do that, He can start using you, to help other people. Don’t just sit on the couch, drinking beer and watching sports channels ALL THE TIME.

     Daniel 9:11 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.

     Moses wrote of this curse back in Deuteronomy and Leviticus. They are too lengthily to include here .

     They include Leviticus 26:14-39 and Deuteronomy 27:15-26; 28:15-68 and chapter 29.

     Daniel 9:12 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.

     And against our judges that judged us. Our Constitution was based on the principles of law that came forth from Moses and others. But the law has been perverted by modern-day justice. No longer is the law taken into consideration but precedence set forth by other judges.

     Instead of applying the law during court hearings, proceedings and trials, lawyers, or should I say, law clerks, spend hours pouring over books of old court cases, looking up past rulings from other MEN,  allowing that to become the basis of what a judgment might end up being. 

     The punishments fell on Jerusalem and the people. Jeremiah lamented concerning this:

     Ref: Lamentations 1:12 Is it nothing to you, all ye that pass by? behold, and see if there be any sorrow like unto my sorrow, which is done unto me, wherewith the Lord hath afflicted me in the day of his fierce anger. KJV

     How our Father loves Jerusalem. She was settled by the Jebusites and called Jebus, originally, but when David successfully sieged against her, he renamed it Jerusalem, or the city of David.

     He speaks of this city, and the people that live therein, with a loving voice, He took her to wife and when they sinned against Him, after they rejected His love for them, He issued her a bill of divorce.

     Go to Bible Basics on top menu bar and click on Ezekiel Chapter 16.

     Jerusalem will be the city where the Millennial Temple will be and it will be that beautiful city, described as precious jewels, with streets of gold and silver, that will descend from heaven, being with us throughout eternity.

     Father loves that city very much. It’s His most favorite spot on this earth.

     So, watch it today, as He does. The peace makers want to split that city in half..one half to Israel, the other to the Muslims. The spur under the saddle is that the Western Wall will be given to the Muslims and Israel will never sign ANY document or agreement, that gives away the only remaining relic of the two Old Testament temples.

     They waste their time even attempting to get this agreement.

     Daniel 9:13 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.

     Again, this word evil means adversity or affliction.  

     Yet made we not our prayer.  They didn't stop the way that they were living, they  continued on, they ignored Him.

 

     When you repent of your sins, your transgressions against His law, you had better have the intentions to not repeat that sin again. If you pray for forgiveness, knowing in the back of your mind, that if that particular temptation were to raise its ugly head in the future, that you would commit that sin again, you’re wasting your time asking for forgiveness to begin with.

     Israel did exactly that. The desire for forgiveness was there but the temptations of golden idols, getting drunk on wine, partying and dancing and having orgies, free sex for all, with anyone or any two or three, would soon be committed, again.

     The love fests and the flower children of the ‘60’s and ‘70’s were simply a repeat of history, not something new.

     But I do want to cover some of the law from Deuteronomy:

     Ref: Deuteronomy 28:15 But it shall come to pass, if thou wilt not hearken unto the voice of the Lord thy God, to observe to do all his commandments and his statutes which I command thee this day; that all these curses shall come upon thee, and overtake thee:

     If you don’t listen to Him and follow His law, this is what’s going to happen to you. These are the curses. Write them down. They are common to mankind.

     Ref: Deuteronomy 28:16 Cursed shalt thou be in the city, and cursed shalt thou be in the field.

     For forty years, I lived in my own house out in the country. My closest neighbor was a ten-minute walk away. If people showed up at my house, they were either family or there by initiation. Drugs were only there if I bought them…I don’t use drugs any more. I rarely got sick and never, in all those years, never did I ever have something stolen.

     Circumstances changed and I know live in an apartment complex. I can spit on the door to my closest neighbor. If they have a cold or the flu, I hear them cough and croup during the night. Drugs are sold and used within 10’ of my door. I’ve had things stolen and there is no privacy. I wonder when I’m going to get sick.

     Ref: Isaiah 5:8 Woe unto them that join house to house, that lay field to field, till there be no place, that they may be placed alone in the midst of the earth! KJV

     When you join house onto house there’s disease, crime, drug use…you got it?

     Ref: Deuteronomy 28:17 Cursed shall be thy basket and thy store.

     The taxes at the checkout counter on the food we buy probably exceeds what the actual food used to cost many years ago.

     Ref: Deuteronomy 28:18 Cursed shall be the fruit of thy body, and the fruit of thy land, the increase of thy kine, and the flocks of thy sheep.

     To increase the profit margin, cattle are given artificial growth hormones, antibiotic injections, steroids and the such:

     “Small amounts of antibiotics added to feedstuff present growth promotion effects via the prevention of infectious diseases at doses lower than therapeutic dose. The induction of antimicrobial resistant bacteria and the disruption of normal human intestinal flora are major concerns in terms of human health impact.”

     And we wonder why, when we get sick, antibiotics don’t work for us any longer or why are our children are being born with maladies that used to be next to nonexistent.

     I don’t see how anyone can look around at the world today and be able to keep their sanity. Everything is out of control. Police officers getting shot and killed as they sit in their patrol cars, violence on the streets every where you look, tainted food, children being brainwashed in the government school systems, open in-your-face political corruption and lies being taught in our churches by established religious systems.

     Where on earth can you look and find something that is stable and truthful and dependable and beneficial to our entire being?

     The Holy Scriptures, of course.

     Daniel 9:14 Therefore hath the Lord watched upon the evil,

     He’s sees.

     and brought it upon us:

      Allowed us to bring it upon ourselves, actually.

     for the Lord our God is righteous in all his works which he doeth: for we obeyed not his voice.

     Evil means adversity and calamity. He is always fair and just.  But we didn't listen to Him.

     Daniel 9:15 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.

     He brought them out of Egypt, through the Red Sea, filled their tummies with manna and quail and the entire known world saw the working of our Father. They saw how gracious and kind and forgiving He could be to a bunch of stiff-necked people.

     Daniel 9:16 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.

      Daniel continues his prayer to our Father, asking that He repent of His anger and have mercy on, not only His people, but Jerusalem as well.  And the heathen nations see all this too.

     Why does it say holy mountain? Because Jerusalem is built on a mountain, Mount Zion.

     Daniel 9:17 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 is praying fervently that our Father change His mind but it won’t happen. That cup of wrath is full and the pouring out will happen soon.

     Daniel 9:18 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 great mercies.

     They have no righteousness to present to Him. Daniel is asking for His mercy. Please hear us and see our plight, even though it is them who caused it.

     Daniel 9:19 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 name.

     Don’t put it off. For Your own sake and the love of Your children, take action, that’s what Daniel is praying for. Bring those blessings.

     Grace is given freely but blessings have to be earned. You have to do things His way, not your way. Father will answer Daniel’s prayer and He will answer yours as well but you have to prepare yourself in advance.

     Repent of those sins assigned to you in that book, ask for forgiveness and then thank Him for the forgiving. Our Lord paid an awesome price to give us the opportunity  to have our sins forgiven.

     And after you’ve done that, don’t just go back to the old way of living your life. Don’t fall back into that rut that produces nothing. Pick up that book and begin to study it. All He asks is that you TRY and He will count it as perfect.

     Daniel 9:20 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;

     While Daniel was doing this, something else is going to happen.    

     The sin of my people. When you pray for the forgiveness of sin for someone other than yourself, it’s called an intercessory prayer. That holy mountain being Mount Zion.

     Daniel 9:21 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.

     Seen in the vision at the beginning. Daniel’s reference to the first entrance of Gabriel back in 8:1.

     Caused to fly swiftly. Doesn’t mean to actually fly but to move with great speed. An order given from Father requires one to act immediately to deliver it.

     Evening oblation. This would be the 9th hour of the day or 3:00pm in the afternoon. If that sounds strange to you, remember that the Jewish day ends at sundown.

     Father sends this archangel Gabriel to Daniel to explain and interpret. Gabriel was also the angel that brought the good news to Mary. Remember too, that Gabriel is bringing a message from our Father, he is not speaking his own words. He is also the second of only two angels mentioned by name in the Scriptures, Michael being the other.

     Daniel 9:22 And he informed me, and talked with me, and said, O Daniel, I am now come forth to give thee skill and understanding.

     How wonderful it would be to have skill and understanding given to us by our Father Himself, especially when it concerns His holy Word.

     Gabriel was going to give Daniel an exact time and he begins to explain.

     Daniel 9:23 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.

     The message was given to Gabriel by our Father.

     Daniel is greatly loved by our Father in heaven and when he began to pray, for mercy upon his people, an order came forth from our Father to Gabriel, telling him to pass on some information to Daniel.

     Daniel 9:24 Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people

     This seventy weeks is a length or space of time, determined by our Father, for what purpose?

     To give us the time of the Messiah and ultimately, the end of time, or the end of this age. Not the first age, because we were in spiritual bodies then, and not the third age, because that’s the Millennium and the eternity but the age in which we are all now living.

     In doing my research, all scholars refer to this time of seventy weeks as the seventy sevens and that terminology, seventy sevens, is no where to be found in the Bible.

     These seventy weeks foretell not only the coming of the Messiah but the coming of the end of time, the end of this era or dispensation. The end of this age.

     It became clear that with all the prophesies yet to be fulfilled, between that time and the end of days, that a literal period of seventy weeks would not be a sufficient length of time, so it was determined that these weeks must mean years.

     In other words, one week of 7 days must represent a year. Therefore, to understand the length of time that Gabriel is talking about, the phrase seventy-sevens must be justified and, with this in mind, seven (7) times seventy (70 weeks) would be equal to 490 years. That is 7 X 70 = 490.

     So, from some beginning point to the time of the Messiah, would be 490 years. Sounds simple enough but there’s a problem and it’s called the gap. We’ll discover that later.

     It’s not unusual, in Scripture, for an equation, such as this, to exist, one length of time representing a different length of time:

     Ref: Genesis 29:27 Fulfil her week, and we will give thee this also for the service which thou shalt serve with me yet seven other years. KJV

     And…

     Ref: Leviticus 25:8 And thou shalt number seven sabbaths of years unto thee, seven times seven years; and the space of the seven sabbaths of years shall be unto thee forty and nine years. KJV

     And…

     Ref: Ezekiel 4:5 For I have laid upon thee the years of their iniquity, according to the number of the days, three hundred and ninety days: so shalt thou bear the iniquity of the house of Israel. KJV

     Ref: Ezekiel 4:6 And when thou hast accomplished them, lie again on thy right side, and thou shalt bear the iniquity of the house of Judah forty days: I have appointed thee each day for a year. KJV

     And…

     Ref: Revelation 12:6 And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days. KJV

     The compliment to 12:6 in 13:5..

     Ref: Revelation 13:5 And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months. KJV

     And finally…

     Ref: 2nd Peter 3:8 But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. KJV

     And I all of the above examples, the relationship has been provided, but such is not the case here. We are left to figure this out ourselves.

     and upon thy holy city,

     This period of time concerning the people….who are they?....Israel…..and the holy city of Jerusalem. Whatever information that is going to come forth will concern the Israelites and the city of Jerusalem.

     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.

     To finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins. No one in heaven can commit a sin, it’s impossible, so this has to be written to those of us in earthly bodies, Jews and Gentiles alike, and as long as we are in these earthly bodies, we will continue to commit sins.

     So, how can you make an end to sin? Have everybody transcend from this flesh and blood body into our spiritual body. This cannot happen now, it has to happen at the end of this age we’re living in, when our Lord returns and we all put off these bodies for one that is timeless, so it is yet future.

     The death of Christ on the cross gave each one of us a way to have our sins forgiven and taken away forever but STILL we continue to sin each and every day. So, all of us, the entire scope of humanity, have to change bodies, into a spiritual one, before sin can end on this earth.

     Flesh and blood cannot enter into the kingdom of heaven because flesh is sin. Seems like I read that somewhere:

     Ref: 1st Corinthians 15:50 Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption. KJV

     Only after flesh and blood has been done away with can everlasting righteousness be possible. So we can be assured that this prophesy cannot happen until after Christ returns to us.

     Daniel 9:25 Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince.

     From the going forth of the commandment. This is where the 70 weeks or 490 years begins to be counted. So, what we need to know now is when did that happen?

     In the first year that Cyrus was king, he announced the rebuilding of the Temple but did not include Jerusalem; along these same lines, there were provisions in the book of Ezra to rebuild the Temple but not the wall or the streets. This cannot be the beginning point.

     But, in the book of Nehemiah, beginning with chapter two, Nehemiah received permission from king Artaxerxes to rebuild the Temple and the city, so the time frame must begin here, the counting of the 70 weeks of years or 490 years.

     Ref: Nehemiah 2:1 And it came to pass in the month Nisan, in the twentieth year of Artaxerxes the king, that wine was before him: and I took up the wine, and gave it unto the king. Now I had not been beforetime sad in his presence. KJV

     This shows the presence of Nehemiah before the king.

     Ref: Nehemiah 2:5 And I said unto the king, If it please the king, and if thy servant have found favour in thy sight, that thou wouldest send me unto Judah, unto the city of my fathers' sepulchres, that I may build it. KJV

     In the verses that follow, Nehemiah receives the letters of authorization necessary to begin the rebuilding. The time stamp given for chapter 2 in Nehemiah is 454 B.C.

     Alright, back to the 25th verse in Daniel….

     Messiah the Prince.  It’s important that you notice the uppercase P in that verse which indicates that it’s our Lord that’s being talked about.

     shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks:

     We add these numbers together….seven weeks (7) and threescore (60) and two (2), we have 69, which is 69 weeks of years OR 483 actual years.

     We figured out, in Nehemiah, that the beginning started in 454 B.C. (plus or minus a few years either way, depending on the historian), and if we add 483 years to it we come to 29 A.D., which means that the Messiah would be 29 years old. That is also a bit fluid because scholars differ on what recorded year He was born.

     Some say it could be 4 or 3 B.C., depending on which calendar is used and knowing that there is no year zero (0), there could be a 3-4 year discrepancy and if that were true, the age of the Messiah could be very close to 33, which is His age when He was crucified.

     Remember, now, the original time was 70 weeks of years and we have accounted for 69 of them, leaving us 1 week of years to understand.

     the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times.

     The restoration completed.

     Daniel 9:26 And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself:

     Shall Messiah be cut off. Jesus will be crucified. At which time, the 69 weeks will be fulfilled and when this happens, this leaves just the one week of years or 7 years.

     and the people of the prince

     Notice that the word prince is in lowercase p, indicating that this will be Satan/Antichrist and not the Messiah, not the Prince of Princes. And as we have studied and learned, many times before, that this one comes BEFORE the true Prince.

     that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood,

     A flood of lies.

     and unto the end of the war desolations are determined.

     And that is the abomination of desolations spoken of by Daniel the prophet. We pick that up in the next verse.

     Daniel 9:27 And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week:

     Again, this is Satan/Antichrist and the one week will be the 70th week.

     How long was a week again? That’s right, 7 years. And this 7 years will be the time of the tribulation of Satan/Antichrist.

     and in the midst of the week

     In the middle of the week, the week being 7 years, it would be 3 ½ years.

     3 ½ years is the latter half of the 7 year tribulation before the return of Christ.

     he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease,

     The daily offering stopped when Christ was crucified on the cross. Today, the act of having holy communion takes the place of those offerings of animals.

     and for the overspreading of abominations

     On the wings of abomination…

     he shall make it desolate,

     The desolator, not the desolate. Big difference because one is a condition, desolation, while the other is an entity, desolator.

     even until the consummation,

     The very end.

     and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate. KJV

     Or, rather, the desolator. In other words, God’s going to pour it on him, he’s going into the abyss. That is, Satan/Antichrist will go into the pit for the thousand years of the Millennium.

     These 70 weeks of Daniel have been a controversial prophesy for many, many years. People have taken out their calculators and spent hours and hours calculating when this happened, and that happened, and when will such and such happen, and it goes on and on. The ultimate goal is to determine, with great accuracy, the time of the return of our Lord.

     There are people out there, with calculator in hand, who spend hour after hour calculating time and times and with their  limited amount of information, they think that they have a tremendous amount of knowledge and that they’ve got all the answers figured out, right down to the minute of our Lord’s return, and it’s all just a lot of chest-thumping and a waste of time.

     The final week of years, 7 years, is to be the tribulation period of Satan/Antichrist, the previous 69 weeks of years has already passed, that is, from the rebuilding of the Temple and the roads and buildings of Jerusalem, to the crucifixion of our Lord Jesus Christ.

     And this is where the gap comes in. This gap encompassing the time between the death of our Lord and the arrival of Satan/Antichrist. We have over 1900 years since He died and Satan/Antichrist has yet to appear in Jerusalem.

     So there really is no need for us to be concerned with the 69 weeks of years, they have already passed. Our concern should be with the final 7 years which is the tribulation of Satan/Antichrist. And most Christians are taught that they will be raptured off this earth to meet Jesus in the sky and not have to endure those horrendous times.

     And that’s a lie, there is no such thing as the rapture, so everybody will be here for that tribulation. But here’s the good news. Christ shortened those 7 years to five months:

     Ref: Mark 13:20 And except that the Lord had shortened those days, no flesh should be saved: but for the elect's sake, whom he hath chosen, he hath shortened the days. KJV

     What were they shortened to?

     Ref: Revelation 9:5 And to them it was given that they should not kill them, but that they should be tormented five months: and their torment was as the torment of a scorpion, when he striketh a man. KJV.

     The supporters of the rapture theory won’t ever quote those two verses to you. Maybe they don’t know that they’re written, that they exist, or they just ignore them because they go against the teachings of their church, and that is more important to them that our Father's truth. Maybe it makes their brain hurt if they have to use it and think.

     In my own opinion, I think that's the case:

     "I love my preacher and he wouldn't lie to me, so you're wrong. The rapture really is true."

 

      They sit there every Sunday and listen with bated breath, for the words of wisdom to come out of the preachers mouth, and all they get are unsubstantiated religious lies.

     And the ones that happen to have a TV camera on them are the worst. They sit there, all proper and holy, thousand dollar suits and Italian leather shoes, quaffed hairdos and expensive jewelry, with pen and paper in hand, hand poised in the air to jot down what the lead dog has to say.

     But for the elects’ sake, He has shortened those days. For those that truly love Him, for those that WANT to hear the truth, those days have been shortened. He didn’t say for all Christian’s sake, He didn’t say for those that carry pen and paper to church with them, He said for those that love Him, He will do that to protect them.

     These pen and paper carriers, those that are too lazy to read for themselves, they are left to their own devices, although He did say that for some of them He would protect them with His cloak and let them hear the truth during the Millennium.

     If they don’t care, why should He care. They have every opportunity just like the rest of us.

     They do not, however, waste my time or your time. I could have gone a lot deeper into the explanation here, of the 70 weeks, but I think that it would have confused you more than what I may already have written. I’m not here to beat my own drum, to show you how much I know, because many times I know very little.

     Christ told us that no one knows the exact time of His return except the Father. But He DID give us the season of His return, by relating that to the time of the adult stage of the locust, which falls between the months of May and September. That much is written in stone.

     Christ was born around the 25th – 26th of September, during the time of the Feast of Tabernacles, and He died at the time of Passover, around the first part of May. Within this we have the five-month period, May to September, that is the five-month period of the tribulation of Satan/Antichrist.

     At the end of which, CHRIST WILL RETURN. So, we can expect to see Him, standing on the Mount of Olives, towards the end of September OF SOME UNKNOWN YEAR. That’s as much information that Father has given to us regarding the return of His Son.

     The bottom line here is that Satan/Antichrist, the abomination of desolation, will sit in the seat of Jerusalem, as the desolator, claiming to be the Son of God, and he will be lying. He will do that five months BEFORE the return of the true Messiah.

     Satan/Antichrist comes FIRST; our Lord comes SECOND.

     When we dig into the Scriptures we are looking for knowledge that will enlighten us and keep us from being deceived and that is a great course to follow. We have already learned that the most important thing that we can ever understand, and that is that Satan/Antichrist comes before the true Messiah.

     Father does not expect us to understand every nuance of every word, whether it be written in English, Hebrew, Greek, Aramaic or Chaldee. At this time, we do have enough knowledge to keep from being deceived by Satan and that, in and of itself, will keep our soul out of the Lake of Fire, and grant us the certainty of spending eternity with our Father.

     Many, many blessings and rewards will be bestowed upon us as we read and study over the months and years yet to live before He comes back. Those rewards will be given to us on Judgment Day and what a wonderful day that’s going to be.

     Do not worry about the things that you do not understand in the Scriptures. The fact that we try is enough for our Father to count our efforts as perfect. Eventually, and with enough patience and guidance from the Holy Spirit, all things should become known in their time.

     Thank you, Father.

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