Daniel is still a well-known figure today, almost 2600 years after he lived. He was a contemporary of Confucius’ day. Though we mostly only know Daniel by his first name, we associate him with such incredible life stories as Daniel in the Lion’s Den (happened when he was 83 years old!), Daniel in the Fiery Furnace, The Handwriting on the Wall, interpretation of dreams, and most amazing – he predicted the coming of the Messiah and the exact date of Jesus’ death – 600 years before it happened.
Daniel was a Jewish prophet and known to be a good man. Even his enemies regarded him as a man of integrity and faith. Though he was in captivity in Babylonia, King Nebuchadnezzar elevated him to a high rank in his kingdom. Nothing negative has ever been written about Daniel. Jesus quoted him in Matthew 24:15 when talking about current and end times prophecies. Daniel is proven to be one we can trust. And when you add up the math of his predictions about Jesus, it cannot be easily dismissed.
In his prophecy below, a week is defined as a group of 7 years instead of 7 days, so it is to be multiplied by 7 for the number of years. I added the explanations in parenthesis.
While I was speaking, praying, confessing my sin and the sin of my people Israel, and presenting my petition before Yahweh my God concerning the holy mountain of my God— while I was praying, Gabriel, the man (angel who appeared as a man) I had seen in the first vision, came to me in my extreme weariness, about the time of the evening offering. He gave me this explanation:
Seventy weeks are decreed (70 x 7=490 years)
about your people and your holy city—
to bring the rebellion to an end,
to put a stop to sin,
to wipe away iniquity,
to bring in everlasting righteousness,
to seal up vision and prophecy,
and to anoint the most holy place.
Know and understand this:
From the issuing of the decree
to restore and rebuild Jerusalem (rebuild the temple)
until Messiah the Prince
will be seven weeks and 62 weeks.
(temple was rebuilt from 445-396 BC in 7 x 7=49 years)
(exactly 434 years later – 62 x 7 – Jesus had the triumphal entry into Jerusalem)
It will be rebuilt with a plaza and a moat,
but in difficult times.
After those 62 weeks
the Messiah will be cut off (put to death)
and will have nothing.
The people of the coming prince (anti-Christ)
will destroy the city and the sanctuary.
The end will come with a flood,
and until the end there will be war;
desolations are decreed.
He will make a firm covenant
with many for one week, (1 x 7 = 7 years of tribulation in the future)
but in the middle of the week
he will put a stop to sacrifice and offering. (he will turn on the people)
And the abomination of desolation
will be on a wing of the temple
until the decreed destruction
is poured out on the desolator.
The entire decree is 70 weeks (490 years = 49 + 434 + 7).
From the issuing of the decree until the Messiah is a consecutive 7 and 62 weeks (49 + 434 years).
The remaining week or 7 years is to happen in the future end times with the anti-Christ, as was also prophesied by Daniel.
I pray that you will not be fearful of the times still to come, but rejoice in the assurance we can have now in knowing the Messiah who has already come! God has given us fair warning, and Jesus came not to judge the world but to save it. It is a free gift of salvation to all, but it is up to each of us to accept it and believe.
* Merry Christmas *