Confusion and Conclusion.
In part one of this study we are reminded that:
Scripture clearly teaches that “God is not the author of confusion.” And that this truth is so important that the Hoy Spirit prompted the apostle Paul to record it in his first letter to the Corinthian church.
“For God is not the author of confusion but of peace, as in all the churches of the saints.” (1st Corinthians 14:33)
Scripture also admonishes the reader to “get understanding.” “Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom. And in all your getting, “get understanding.” (Proverbs 4:7). Understanding is obtained through knowledge and knowledge is acquired through study. Study requires individual effort. Paul instructed Timothy to “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” 2nd Timothy 2:15 KJV Understanding our need for understanding we study the Word of God to find His message to us. “The heart of the prudent acquires knowledge, and the ear of the wise seeks knowledge.” (Proverbs 18:15)
With this encouragement we return to our study of the foundational Scripture that leads to the understanding of the end times.
• The Church age (age of grace)
o HEB 8:12 "For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more." In that He says, "A new covenant," He has made the first obsolete. Now what is becoming obsolete and growing old is ready to vanish away. Hebrews 8:12-13
• The Rapture of the Church.
o Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. 1st Thessalonians 4:17
• The Tribulation.
o "For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be. Matthew 24:21
• The return of Christ to the earth and the battle of Armageddon.
o Then I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse. And He who sat on him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war. Revelation 19:11ff
• The thousand year reign with Christ on earth.
o Blessed and holy is he who has part in the first resurrection. Over such the second death has no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with Him a thousand years. Revelation 20:6
In Part one of our study we were challenged to evaluate Daniel 9:24 and answer the following questions. We were encouraged to write our answers in our notebook so we can refer back to them.
• Time mentioned?
Answer: Seventy weeks.
• People addressed?
Answer: Daniels people (specifically the Jew)
• City mentioned?
Answer: You’re Holy City. (Specifically Jerusalem)
• Six purposes to be accomplished?
a. To finish the transgression.
b. To make an end of sins.
c. To make reconciliation for iniquity.
d. To bring in everlasting righteousness.
e. To seal up vision and prophecy.
f. And to anoint the Most Holy.
Employing this avenue of study it will be revealed to us that:
1. The entire prophecy has to do with Daniel’s “people” and Daniels “city,” that is the nation of Israel and the City of Jerusalem (v24).
2. Two different princes are mentioned, who should not be confused: the first is named Messiah the prince (v25); and the second is described as Prince that shall come (v26).
3. The entire time period involved is exactly specified as seventy weeks (24); and these seventy weeks are further divided into three lesser periods; first, a period of seven weeks; after that a period of three-score and two weeks; and finally, a period of one week (vv25,27).
4. The beginning of the whole period of the Seventy Weeks is definitely fixed at “the going forth of the commandment to restore and rebuild Jerusalem” (v25).
5. The end of the Seven weeks and threescore and two weeks (69 weeks) will be marked by the appearance of Messiah as the “Prince” of Israel v25).
6. At a later time, “after the threescore and two weeks (that is after 69 weeks), Messiah the Prince will be cut off, and Jerusalem will again be destroyed by the people of the Prince that is yet to come (v26).
7. After these two important events, we come to the last, or Seventieth Week, the beginning of which will be clearly marked by the establishment of a firm covenant or treaty between the Coming Prince and the Jewish nation for a period of “one week” (v27).
8. In the “midst” of this Seventieth Week, evidently breaking his treaty , the Coming Prince suddenly cause the Jewish sacrifice to cease and precipitate upon this people a time of wrath and desolation lasting to the “full end “ of the Week (v27).
9. With the full completion of the whole period of the Seventy Weeks, there will be ushered in a time of great and unparalleled blessings for the nation of Israel (v24).
These are the centerpieces of this prophecy. In part three of this study we will continue to explore the process that will uncover the keys to understanding Gods message of things and times to come. We will begin with establishing the meaning of “the seventy weeks.”
PS: Don’t forget your Bible.
Set your commentaries and study Bible notes aside.