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5. To Seal up the Vision and Prophecy

All prophecy dealing with Israel will be completely fulfilled. When Jesus Christ was on the earth, no need existed for an intermediary prophet. When He returns, we will receive the Word of God directly from Jesus Christ.

God, who at sundry times and in diverse manners spoke in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, Has in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he has appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds (Hebrews 1:1-2).

6. To Anoint the Most Holy Place

This phrase refers to a place and not a person. The Most Holy Place is the inner room of the temple that held the ark and the presence of God. During Christ's Second Coming, He will fulfill the Day of Atonement by entering the third Jewish temple's Most Holy Place.

Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his [Jesus Christ] own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us (Hebrews 9:12).

To fulfill these six prophecies requires Jesus Christ to redeem the world, restore Israel, bind Satan, judge the world, remove the curse of sin and set up His kingdom on earth during the Millennium. Stopping at the cross leaves God's plan unfinished.

This answers God's six point plan of Jesus Christ's redemption and return. The 490 years answers God's time to the cross and the last seven years of Tribulation.

References: 21st Century Revelation: World Wars, Iraq Wars & End War Chapter 15 - Daniel's Seventy Weeks, First Coming, Bible Chronology, Daniel 2: The Statue & the Rock, Fall Feasts & Prophecy, Tribulation, Second Coming, Millennium

Creation, the Jewish feasts and Israel's history tell of God's timing. But no study of God's time can be complete without the seventy weeks of Daniel. God's time for the Messiah's first and second coming is revealed.

Daniel's Prayer

In the first year of his [Darius] 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. And I set my face unto the Lord God, to seek by prayer and supplications, with fasting, and sackcloth, and ashes (Daniel 9:2-3).

In 605 BC, Daniel was taken in the first round of Babylonian captivity and in 587-586 BC, Jerusalem fell. In 538 BC, Cyrus the Great of Media-Persia conquered Babylon and Darius governed the Babylonian territory. Now in 535 BC, Daniel understood the end of the seventy years of Jewish captivity. Although God is sovereign, we still pray, "Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done."

For thus said the Lord, That after seventy years be accomplished at Babylon I will visit you, and perform my good word toward you, in causing you to return to this place [Judea] (Jeremiah 29:10).

Seventy Years
(3 Prophecies)
•  609-539 BC  Babylon rule over Judea (Jeremiah 25:11-12).
•  605-536 BC  Jewish captivity in Babylon (Jeremiah 29:10, Daniel 9:1-2)
•  586-516 BC  Desolation of Jerusalem and Judea (No temple) (Zechariah 1:12)
Babylon Captivity
•  605 BC (2 Kings 24:12)
•  598 BC (Jeremiah 52:28)
•  587-586 BC (II Kings 25:8-9)
•  582 BC BC (Jeremiah 52:30)

Return to Judah
•  538 BC - Cyrus - Build the Temple (Ezra 1:2)
•  457 BC - Artaxerxes - Return to Israel (Ezra 7:13)
•  444 BC - Artaxerxes - Rebuild Jerusalem (Nehemiah 2:5, 8)

Babylon 586 BC, Media-Persia 539 BC, Greece 331 BC, Independence 146 BC, Rome 63 BC

Daniel's understanding of prophecy required action. With fasting, sackcloth and ashes, he humbled himself and did some serious praying. He acknowledged his sovereign God of justice and mercy. Daniel saw himself and his people as disobedient and forsaking God to worship idols. Then God poured out the curses of the Law (Deuteronomy 28:15-68). Daniel pleaded for mercy and appealed to God's honor by reminding Him of His city, Jerusalem.

At the beginning of your supplications the commandment came forth, and I [Gabriel] am come to show you; for you are greatly beloved: therefore understand the matter, and consider the vision (Daniel 9:23).

When Daniel prayed, the answer was given immediately. Gabriel, the Good News angel, appeared to him. Daniel was praying about the end of Babylon captivity and the restoration of Jerusalem but God told Daniel about His complete plan for Jerusalem, Israel and humanity through Jesus the Messiah's redemptions and reign.

God's Plan of Redemption

Seventy weeks [of years, 70 X 7] are determined upon your people and upon your holy city, to finish the transgression, to make an end of sins, to make reconciliation for iniquity, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy [Place] (Daniel 9:24).

Within 490 years, God will restore Israel with His six-point plan. What begins with the redemption of humanity with the First Coming will be completed by the restoration of Israel and the establishment of the Kingdom at the Second Coming.
1. To Finish the Transgression

The root of all transgression is rebellion against God. Adam broke God's law but Jesus Christ made salvation available by His sacrifice. Finishing the transgression was to restrain sin. For six thousand years, sin runs rampant but at the Second Coming when Jesus Christ returns, He will stop the rebellion of humanity and restrain sin with an iron rod.

He was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed (Isaiah 53:5).

2. To Make an End of Sins

After Israel's rebellion ends, Satan is captured. The curse of Adam's sin will be removed. The world will again live in harmony with God.

The wolf and the lamb shall feed together, and the lion shall eat straw like the bull: and dust shall be the serpent's meat. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain, said the Lord (Isaiah 65:25).

3. To Make Reconciliation for Iniquity

Reconciliation is cover or atonement. God sent Jesus Christ to reconcile the world. Israel's final reconciliation is the Day of Atonement at Jesus Christ's Second Coming.

For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life (Romans 5:10).

4. To Bring in Everlasting Righteousness

The end of man's six thousand year reign of sin on earth is the beginning of Christ's eternal reign of righteousness. After Satan is bound, humanity has a right relationship with God.

Behold, the days come, said the Lord, that I will raise unto David a righteous branch, and a King shall reign and prosper, and shall execute judgment and justice in the earth (Jeremiah 23:5).



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