Book of Daniel Bible Study Chapter 9 Part 3
Daniel’s 70 Weeks
By I Gordon
We looked last time at Daniel’s 70 weeks – something that has been called the backbone of Bible prophecy. The angel Gabriel had been sent to Daniel to give him an exact timetable for when to expect the one that all of
This study will carry on and complete our look at Daniel chapter 9. We will look at the three events that are said to occur between the 69th and 70th seven and then examine what Daniel 9 teaches concerning the all important final 70th week of Daniel. Lots to do… so little time. Let’s go!
A shocking announcement about the Messiah…
Daniel 9:26a ‘After the sixty-two ‘sevens,’ the Anointed One will be cut off and will have nothing.’
We saw in
Daniel 9:25 that the exact timing for the coming of the Messiah was given. Now,
imagine if you will if you were Daniel. Imagine the excitement mixed with
sadness that would have come through hearing this. Firstly, the immense
excitement and joy that the Messiah was coming at an exact time and that God
had a plan to redeem
statement by Gabriel would have knocked his socks off but nothing would have
prepared Daniel for what Gabriel would now reveal – The Messiah would die! I
don’t think that this would have entered into the heart of Daniel… that the one
Isaiah 53:5-10 But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed. (6) We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all. (7) He was oppressed and afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth; he was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is silent, so he did not open his mouth. (8) By oppression and judgment he was taken away. And who can speak of his descendants? For he was cut off from the land of the living; for the transgression of my people he was stricken. (9) He was assigned a grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death, though he had done no violence, nor was any deceit in his mouth. (10) Yet it was the LORD's will to crush him and cause him to suffer, and though the LORD makes his life a guilt offering, he will see his offspring and prolong his days, and the will of the LORD will prosper in his hand.
Three events between the 69th and 70th week of Daniel
Daniel 9:26 ‘After the sixty-two ‘sevens,’ the Anointed One will be cut off and will have nothing. The people of the ruler who will come will destroy the city and the sanctuary. The end will come like a flood: War will continue until the end, and desolations have been decreed.’
As we can see from the above text, Daniel 9:26 gives us three specific events that have been decreed to occur between the end of the 69th ‘seven’ (483 years) and the start of the final ‘seven’. That there is a time period gap between these is quite evident in the text. Three events are said to occur AFTER the 69th ‘seven’ but they are not included in the 70th ‘seven’ which is the subject of the next verse. Let’s have a look at these three events.
The coming prince
Daniel 9:27 “He will confirm a covenant with many for one ‘seven.’ In the middle of the ‘seven’ he will put an end to sacrifice and offering. And on a wing of the temple he will set up an abomination that causes desolation, until the end that is decreed is poured out on him.”
We come now to the last verse in Daniel 9
and it thrusts us into the future. Verse 26 spoke of three things that occurred
leading up to this final seven years (known generally as Daniel’s 70th
week). Now we see from the text how this final seven years will begin… it says
that ‘He will confirm a covenant with the many for one ‘seven’’. The ‘He’ takes
us back to the last person mentioned which was the ‘ruler who shall come’ in
verse 26. This is the coming ruler proceeding out of the area that was formally
From verse 27 above, we learn the following points:
What amazing prophecy Daniel chapter 9 gives us! I haven’t been able to do it justice and entire books could (and have!) been written on it. Yet even in the last two short studies we have seen a prophecy that stretches from the time of Nehemiah and comprises the exact day of the coming and execution of the Messiah, the destruction of the second temple, the ongoing wars surrounding Jerusalem, and even includes events still future for us with the final coming world leader who will desecrate the third temple and proclaim himself to be God. No wonder Gabriel told Daniel to understand this prophecy. No wonder Jesus spoke about it. No wonder Mathew told his readers to understand it!
As I said, I haven’t done it justice here but I do hope that you will continue to study and understand this key portion of prophetic truth!
|Bible Studies in the Daniel Series|
Daniel Bible Study
Chapter 1: Stranded in Babylon
Daniel Bible Study Chapter 2: Faith under pressure and the God of the impossible
Daniel Bible Study Chapter 2 p2: A vision of things to come
Daniel Bible Study Chapter 3: When things get hot
Daniel Bible Study Chapter 4: Nebuchadnezzar and the tree of doom!
Daniel Bible Study Chapter 4 p2: Nebuchadnezzar - Lessons from a loon!
Daniel Bible Study Chapter 5: Ichabod and the writing is on the wall
Daniel Bible Study Chapter 5 p2: The Precarious Position of the Unbeliever
Daniel Bible Study Chapter 6: Lunch with Lions
Daniel Bible Study Chapter 7: The Times of the Gentiles - The Earthly Scene
Daniel Bible Study Chapter 7 p2: The Times of the Gentiles - The Heavenly Scene
Daniel Bible Study Chapter 8: Gods Declaration of the End... From the Beginning
Daniel Bible Study Chapter 9: Daniel - Lessons from a Legend
Daniel Bible Study Chapter 9 p2: Daniel's 70 Weeks P1
Daniel Bible Study Chapter 9 p3: Daniel's 70 Weeks P2
Daniel Bible Study Chapter 10: Lifting the Veil
Daniel Bible Study Chapter 11: A Tale of Three Madmen
Daniel Bible Study Chapter 12: How to Shine like the Stars
 Ever watched the last part of a basketball game? I watched one the other day. I turned on the TV and saw that there was only 10 minutes to go in the game so I thought I would sit down and watch the remaining 10 minutes. Well, 20 minutes later I was still watching that same game! How does that work? Well, as things get down to the nitty-gritty the coaches tend to use quite a few ‘timeouts’. This is especially true if the game is close. What that means is that even though there may be only 5 minutes left on the official clock the coach can call a time out and the time is stopped. They can then discuss the next play with the team and then the team will go back on the court and the time will be started again.
prophetic time clock stopped after Jesus rode into
 The Bible Knowledge
“According to Dan_9:26 the Anointed One was not “cut off” in the 70th “seven”; He was cut off after the 7 and 62 “sevens” had run their course. This means that there is an interval between the 69th and 70th “sevens.” Christ’s crucifixion, then, was in that interval, right after His Triumphal Entry, which concluded the 69th “seven.” This interval was anticipated by Christ when He prophesied the establishing of the church (Mat_16:18). This necessitated the setting aside of the nation Israel for a season in order that His new program for the church might be instituted. Christ predicted the setting aside of the nation (Mat_21:42-43). The present Church Age is the interval between the 69th and 70th “sevens.”
Amillenarians teach that Christ’s First Advent ministry was in the 70th “seven,” that there was no interval between the 69th and 70th “sevens,” and that the six actions predicted in Dan_9:24 are being fulfilled today in the church. This view, however, (a) ignores the fact that Dan_9:26 says “after the 62 ‘sevens,’” not “in the 70th ‘seven,’” (b) overlooks the fact that Christ’s ministry on earth was three and one-half years in length, not seven, and (c) ignores the fact that God’s six actions pertain to Daniel’s “people” (Israel) and His “Holy City” (Jerusalem), not the church.”
 Several amazing events are recorded in the Jewish Talmud that tell
us that the Jewish
leaders knew for 40 years before the destruction that the temple was going to
be destroyed. Several supernatural events occurred that pointed and spelt out
the coming doom for the city and the temple. One example concerning the temple
doors opening of their own accord is recorded below:
“The next miracle,
which the Jewish authorities acknowledged, was that the
''Said Rabban Yohanan Ben Zakkai to the
Please read the entire document here: http://www.windowview.org/hmny/pgs/talmuds.30ce.html
 In 66 AD the Jews revolted against the Roman reign and took
 This ruler or prince is the coming antichrist. He will come from
the area of the
 Of course, Jesus said the same thing. In Luke 19:20-22 He said
“When you see
 And a place will be setup for the Jews to flee to. This is recorded in Rev 12:6 where it says ‘The woman (Israel) fled into the desert to a place prepared for her by God, where she might be taken care of for 1,260 days (3 ½ years – the second half of Daniel’s 70th week).