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Daniel 9:24,25 -- The Seventy Weeks of Daniel

May 1985, by David Brandt Berg

"Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people." First of all we've got to know what the meaning of this word "weeks" is, and it would have been far better if the original King James translators had translated it into "seventy sevens." But the Hebrew word, I think it's "shabua" or something like that, literally means "seven." But because there are seven days of the week, it was also the common name for the week. The word was used interchangeably either for the figure 7 or for the weeks of the month. And it's rather sad here, in some ways, that the King James translators didn't catch on that He wasn't talking about weeks of the month, but He was talking about sevens, not only sevens, but sevens of years, which makes a big difference! If you try to say these are weeks it's a ridiculous prophecy. It would come out a few weeks later and a little over a year and none of this happened in a little over a year, so you can't possibly interpret it that way.

But the Lord let it be translated this way, maybe because He knew that a lot of people didn't need to know, and maybe a lot of Jews didn't need to know, and it really kept it sort of a mystery. Otherwise maybe some people would have known exactly when the Messiah was going to come who shouldn't have known. It was good security that it was interpreted this way, that it sounded like weeks instead of years.

So, seventy sevens of years, actually, "are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city." How long is that, 70 sevens? Come on, out with it! Goodness gracious! Even if you never heard it explained before you should be able to figure it! 7 times 7 is 49, 7 times nothin' is nothin', and you put'm together and it's 490!--490 years, because these sevens are years, sevens of years. And 70 times 7 years is 490 years. That much is determined upon thy people. In other words, that is going to be the history of thy people. But you say, "Dad, Jewish history didn't end 490 years later, only Jesus ended 490 years later. So how can that be?" Well, we're going to show you. I hope we're going to show you.

"Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy and to anoint the most holy." Now we have found out by actual history and as we figure out these times, etc., that the Lord Himself, Jesus, exactly 483 years after this prophecy began to be fulfilled, was crucified and died for the sins of others, as we're going to read as we go along. But I'm giving you a little preview, a little flash forward like the movies do to kind of cue you in to what we're talking about. Then what is he talking about here, 483 years and seven years more?

"To bring an end of sins." I've heard preachers and Bible teachers explain that this was all fulfilled at the death of Jesus. Was it really? Did that bring an end of sin? If so, what's this Hell all over the World I read about in the paper every day?

"To make reconciliation for iniquity." Well, within that period, yes, Jesus made reconciliation, but not everybody's reconciled yet. "To bring in everlasting righteousness."--Well, yes, for some. Jesus at His death brought everlasting righteousness to some, but there sure is an awful lot of Hell going on that is not righteous and it seems to me a lot of even the righteousness of the church hasn't been very everlasting! So if He's talking about ever since Jesus, it doesn't look to me like the picture was very well fulfilled. Now get this!


"To seal up the vision!"--What does that mean? You ought to be able to figure that out? (Fam: To fulfil it.)--Right, fulfil it, completely finish it, the whole total 490 years, the complete end. "And the prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy." Who's the most Holy? It's talking about Jesus, of course.--In fact, Yeshua ha Messiah, or the word "Christ" in Greek, literally means "the anointed one" or "the Messiah." He was anointed in a sense spiritually to be King of kings, Lord of lords, King of the Jews, by God the Father before the World began!

But when's it going to happen? Did it happen at His crucifixion? Did He become King of kings then? Well, He became King of kings before the Creation, but that is in the spirit and the mind of God and the future is already settled, already here. But it isn't going to actually be fulfilled and come to pass, all that's predicted there about the 490 years is not going to happen until when? It's not going to be totally fulfilled until when?--Partially fulfilled, yes, spiritually fulfilled, yes, in the spiritual Kingdom of God in us on Earth now. Jesus was right when He was saying, "The Kingdom of God is within you." ( Luk.17:21 ) It certainly wasn't outside in the Roman Empire!

So when is this going to be fulfilled? (Fam: At the Second Coming?)--Second Coming? When He takes over the World as its King, King of kings, to be anointed the Most Holy and bring in everlasting righteousness and all the rest? Honey, I'm sorry, but it isn't completely fulfilled at the Second Coming. He only rescues some of the people at the Second Coming, and He doesn't take over the World, it's still in a Hell of a mess! In fact, it's Hell on Earth after that! It reaps the very judgements of God and the Wrath of God after that. That's not very holy! Well, it might be holy but it's pretty much of a mess!

All of this is not really completely fulfilled both spiritually and literally until the Millennium! At the end of what? (Fam: The Battle of Armageddon.)--Right, when we come down and take over and the Kingdom is delivered, oddly enough, it says into our hands, unto us. What happens at the Battle of Armageddon? The King of kings takes over His Kingdom and gives it to you! Isn't that marvellous! He gives you the Kingdom! Isn't that wonderful? We're always talking about God's Kingdom, the Kingdom of Heaven, the Kingdom of God on Earth and Kingdom of Jesus Christ, the King of kings, etc., but it's not only His Kingdom. Yes, it's His Kingdom, but He gives it to you! ( Dan.7:22,27 )

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