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."
"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
- "the coming of an
anointed one, a prince"
- "an anointed one shall be cut off and shall have
- "the people of the prince who is to come shall
destroy the city and the sanctuary"
- "to the end there shall be war"
- "desolations are decreed"
- "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"
- "on the wing of abominations shall come one who
- 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.