“A period of seventy sets of seven has been decreed for your people and your holy city to finish their rebellion, to put an end to their sin, to atone for their guilt, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to confirm the prophetic vision, and to anoint the Most Holy Place.” (Daniel 9:24)
Daniel is seeking God based on a biblical promise concerning Israel’s captivity coming to an end (Daniel 9:1-3). God answered Daniel with a vision of what was coming to the nation of Israel in the future, specifically as it relates to 70 sets of 7 years laid out for the Jewish people. These prophesies include the the very date Messiah would enter Jerusalem. Sir Robert Anderson calculated this time of Messiah based on the numbers in Daniel 9:24-27 as exactly 173,880 days from March 14, 445 BC to April 6, 32AD. At that time, before entering Jerusalem on a donkey, (predicted in Zechariah 9:9) Jesus said this:
(Luke 19:41-42) “Now as He drew near, He saw the city and wept over it, saying, “If you had known, even you, especially in this your day, the things that make for your peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes.”
Jesus lamented that the Jews, who had a clear prediction from Daniel hundreds of years earlier about His coming, didn’t understand that.
Have you ever missed God’s timing on issues in your life? God often has a clear word about our family, work, struggles, hopes, and dreams laid out in His word. Are we in a place of fellowship to listen to it? Are we genuinely seeking wise counsel from the Lord concerning His word in our lives? Have we asked God’s Spirit to rightly divide His truth into our lives specifically? Is He really Lord over all your life?
Jesus often expected His hearers to know the Word of God. He would say to us by the Spirit today “Have you not read?” (Matthew 12:3, 5, 26, 19:4, 22:31)
“Jesus expects us to know prophecy.”
Heavenly Father, thank you for giving me a solid word from scripture that I can trust in. Thank you for confirming Your Word through fulfilled prophecy in the Bible. Please help me to be consistent in reading Your word and listening to Your Spirit in all I do, trusting that You will speak into my life. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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