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The Prophesy Of The Messiah

Daniel 9 is one of the most important prophesies of Jesus. It is so accurate that we have the exact number of years from Daniel’s time, to when the Messiah would come into the world. Now, before we get to this amazing prophesy, let us see what Daniel was doing beforehand. If you were to read this chapter, you would know that he was praying to God. And a portion of that prayer reads, 1“we have sinned, we have done wickedly. 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 father.” (Daniel 9:15,161“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. O my God, incline thine ear, and hear; open thine eyes, and behold our desolations. O Lord, hear; O Lord, forgive” (Daniel 9:17-19) As you can see here, his heart was in the right place with God, and all he wanted was mercy to be extended towards Him and the people of Israel. This is why God responded to Him and gave Him a prophesy about our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

It was after Daniel prayed that the angel Gabriel appeared unto Him. He then spoke of the time frame of when the Messiah would come into the world. That time frame was told to be seventy sabbath weeks, which equals 490 years, until the time He comes and ends his reign on earth. Now, this prophesy is so exact that we get to know what is to happening in the first seven weeks or 49 years, which is the rebuilding of Jerusalem, until Jesus, the Messiah, reigns on earth. At that time frame, 483 years have passed. This is when it speaks specifically of what Jesus would do. This was 1“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.” (Daniel 9:24) Wow, what an amazing prophesy of Jesus taking upon Himself the sins of the world. He did bring to an end the animal sacrifices for the sins of the people, for He is the Lamb of God. Through Jesus we are restored from our wicked state, because of the blood He spilt on the cross. Because of what Jesus did, He has brought into every believer everlasting righteousness and joy abundant.

The prophesy also speaks of how the people of Israel would ultimately reject the Messiah, even after all He did for mankind. In the short amount of time that Jesus reigned on earth, He did more for the good of this world, than any person has ever lived. He loved the people so much, as to care for their needs. As people brought people unto Him, He would immediately heal the sick, cast our demons, and feed the hungry. He also raised the dead, as He is the God of the living and the dead. If anyone could raise them up unto new life, He was able to. No matter how many miracles He did or how many parables he would teach in regards to loving one another and walking in the ways of God, it ultimately wouldn’t matter to the majority of them. Therefore, it was written that 1“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.” (Daniel 9:26) This is speaking of how Jesus was later wrongfully killed, but crucified to fulfill this prophesy and others. We also know that the temple of Jerusalem was later destroyed by the Romans to fulfill this prophesy also.

Now, this prophesy ends by speaking about the last seven years that Jesus would be on earth. It reads, 1“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.” (Daniel 9:27) It was Jesus, the true Messiah, that caused the animal sacrifices to end. This is because Jesus is the Lamb of God, that was pay the last payment of the sins of the world. It was prophesied of what Jesus would take upon Himself, while on the cross, for He was the last sacrifice for sin. Any further sacrifices were an abomination to God. Lastly, I want to say that there is so much to examine in these verses. Surely, the Lord God, Jesus, was spoken of and prophesied of in so many details. And if Daniel had not been so humble in His confessions before God in prayer, this prophesy may not have ever been known. However, Daniel was true to His confessions for himself and the people and God knew that He was the right person to tell. Praise God that He was faithful to God, even until the end.

To help you understand how the weeks in these verses equal the amount of years that I mentioned above, I will give you a breakdown of the verses and their meaning above them. God bless you. There is also a link to the weeks to years breakdown in the following LINK.

Seventy weeks = 70×7 Sabbath years = 490 years.
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.

Seven weeks = 7×7 Sabbath years = First 49 years into the prophesy.
Threescore and two weeks = 62×7 Sabbath years = next 434 years or 483 years later.
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.

One week = 1×7 Sabbath years = Final 7 years or 490 years to end the prophesy.
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.

So the total years in the prophesy is 490, but split up in the first 49 years, then, the next 434 years and the final 7 years, for the reign of the Messiah.

Let us pray:
Oh Lord, I want You to know how much I love You. You have been so good to me, as to come to my needs and save me from my sins. I know that I am not perfect, but strive to live in Your righteousness, each day. When I slip into sin, it hurts me so much, that I broke Your laws and have sinned against You. Thank You for hearing prayers in these times and others and having had mercy upon my soul. I wish to always be faithful to You, but I know that the flesh is weak. Therefore, I plead for Your armor to take over my life. Forgive me when I am out of line and draw near unto You again for mercy. I know that You are the Messiah, which came into the world and sacrificed Yourself on the cross. You paid the ultimate price for sins, that we could never accomplish on our own. You freely took upon sin, so that we don’t have to suffer for our sins in judgement. Thank You Lord. Thank You for freeing me my bondage, that I am no longer a slave to sin. Because of You, I have hope for this life and the next. There are still trials I have to face, but as I endure in this faith I know that all things will work out for my good. Lord, I wish that for the remaining days of my life, that I will be a viable witness for You. I wish that people would hear the gospel and come to You for salvation. I know that I am not always the best speaker, but You are able to take my weaknesses and make them strong. Surely, when You take over and start speaking through me, people are taught the truth and also convicted of their sins. May they these people turn from their sins and unto You, oh God. You are our redeemer and I trust in You. I love You Lord. Thank You for everything You do for me and through my life, for the good of others. Amen.

Let us read the Bible:
Note: Any Numbered References, found above, are listed below.

1Daniel 9 (KJV)
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;
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.
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 his commandments;
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 thee.
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.
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 voice.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.

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