The LORD Answers Daniel's Prayer for His People - Part 3

While I was speaking and praying, confessing my sin and the sin of my people Israel, and presenting my plea before the LORD my God for the holy hill of my God, while I was speaking in prayer, the man Gabriel, whom I had seen in the vision at the first, came to me in swift flight at the time of the evening sacrifice. He made me understand, speaking with me and saying, "O Daniel, I have now come out to give you insight and understanding. At the beginning of your pleas for mercy a word went out, and I have come to tell it to you, for you are greatly loved. Therefore consider the word and understand the vision."
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"Know therefore and understand that from the going out of the word to restore and build Jerusalem to the coming of an anointed one, a prince, there shall be seven weeks. Then for sixty-two weeks it shall be built again with squares and moat, but in a troubled time. And after the sixty-two weeks, an anointed one shall be cut off and shall have nothing. And the people of the prince who is to come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary. Its end shall come with a flood, and to the end there shall be war. Desolations are decreed. And he shall make a strong covenant with many for one week, and for half of the week he shall put an end to sacrifice and offering. And on the wing of abominations shall come one who makes desolate, until the decreed end is poured out on the desolator."

Daniel 9:20-23,25-27 (ESV)

As in many prophecies, this one seems to have a near fulfillment in the history of Israel, previously delivered to Jeremiah (Jeremiah 25:8-14), and a final fulfillment in the history of the world, delivered to Daniel by the angel Gabriel. The timeline is expressed in "weeks" (literally in Hebrew, sevens), totaling seventy. In context, the significant end-time events foretold here are:
- "the coming of an anointed one, a prince"

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"an anointed one shall be cut off and shall have nothing"

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"the people of the prince who is to come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary"

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"to the end there shall be war"

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"desolations are decreed"

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"he (the prince who destroys) shall make a strong covenant with many" for a relatively short time

- for part of that brief period the destroyer prince
"shall put an end to sacrifice and offering"

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"on the wing of abominations shall come one who makes desolate"

- this will continue until
"the decreed end is poured out on the desolator"

The precise meaning of these events is somewhat obscure, but in the light of other Scripture they suggest:
A cosmic battle (Armageddon) by an "anointed one, a prince," who is a destroyer and desolator of what is sacred, possibly against another anointed prince who for a time is "cut off." The unholy prince will secure the allegiance of many, but only for a brief time until he is defeated and meets his end.  "Decreed," presumably by the Sovereign Lord, is continuous "war" and "desolations" until the "end" of the blasphemous one.

Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.