Daniel – Chapter 9: 1-24

Gabriel’s Message of 70 Weeks

By: Pastor Carolyn Sissom

Sunday Evening Service, December 4, 2011


Seventy weeks are determined… Daniel 9:24 KJV


“Daniel’s prophecy of seventy weeks given to him by the messenger angel, Gabriel, is the grandest Messianic and Christological prediction in all of Holy Writ.”  (Paraphrased from Whose Right it is by:  Kelley Varner, published by: Destiny Image, P. O. Box 310, Shippensburg, Pa. 17257-0310)


Daniel 9:24: NIS: Seventy weeks have been decreed for your people and your holy city, to finish the transgression, to make an end of sin, to make atonement for iniquity, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal up vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most holy place.


 I have purposely taken a fresh biblical look of the study of Daniel free of any pre-conceived ideas.  Yes, I have studied and enjoyed the prophetic theories of many theologians with great respect for their wisdom.  In this study, we have carefully documented historically the precision of accuracy of all of Daniel’s prophecies.  However, I have chosen to teach Daniel’s prophecy of 70 weeks from a different theory than Scofield’s, Darby’s, and Larkin’s dispensationalism. 


As we study the scriptures, Eschatology is not the real issue.  What counts the most is that Jesus Christ is the Lord of our lives. 


After a lifetime of studying the Holy Bible, there is still more that I do not know than I know.   I continue to enjoy great preachers and teachers as they open up the scriptures and expound on the Word of God.  I have learned that many questions linger for all of us.  We all have much to learn.  The Lord in His wisdom has purposely veiled some of these matters until his time to unseal the Holy Scriptures.  


The only valid study of the interpretation of the Holy Bible for any of us is the revelation that comes through God’s own mind, eyes, and mouth by way of His Holy Spirit.  When it comes to the hermeneutics of the study of last things, I don’t really think anyone knows any more than I do, but I respect others’ theories.


Daniel 9:1: In the first year of Darius, the son of Ahasuerus, of the lineage of the Medes, who was made king over the realm of the Chaldeans---


Darius the Mede ruled between Belshazzar and Cyrus the Great, but he is not known to history.  The Medes were an Iranian people who had become a major political power in the near east by 612 BC, when they joined the Babylonians in overthrowing Assyria.  Their kingdom came to an end in 550 BC when they were conquered by Cyrus, the Persian king of Anshan in south-western Iran.


The prophecies of Daniel as well as all of the Holy Writ are dualistic.  Daniel’s prophecy of seventy weeks would qualify as a dualistic prophecy; a double witness of historical facts and spiritual truths.


Chapter 9 opens with Daniel studying the Scriptures.  9: 2-3:  I Daniel understood by books the number of the years, whereof the word of the Lord came to Jeremiah the prophet, that He would accomplish seventy years in the desolations of Jerusalem.  I set my face to the Lord God, to see by prayer and supplications, with fasting, and sackcloth, and ashes.


Many Bible scholars are agreed that the first sixty-nine week of Daniel’s prophecy take us up to the time of Jesus’ public ministry and crucifixion.  Dispensationalists contend that the entire seventieth week is yet to be fulfilled.


It was Jeremiah’s prophecy that Daniel was contemplating when Gabriel brought God’s explanation (2 Chron. 36: 21-23; Jer. 25:12).  Gabriel throughout scripture is the archangel used to send messages of great importance.  We would all be honored to receive such a message.  However, this interpretation given by Gabriel is even today a mystery. 


 There is no indication of a gap in this 70-year period of Israel’s exile!  At that time, there was no national Israel.   The termination period for the 70 years is near and has provoked the prophet to prayer.  Daniel based his supplication for restoration to the land on the certainty of the re-establishment promised by God when the seventy years was complete.


Jer. 29: 10-11:  For thus says the Lord, that after seventy years is accomplished at Babylon, I will visit you, and perform My good Word toward you, in causing you to return to this place.  For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an unexpected end.


Here Seventy years meant 70 years…uninterrupted.  Seventy weeks of years (Vs. 24) means 70 weeks of years…with no parenthesis.  The continual 70-year period of captivity (606-536 B.C.) as declared by Jeremiah is the pattern for the seventy weeks of Daniel’s prophecy (457 B.C.-A.D.34)!  Let us keep in mind that Daniel was praying and petitioning Heaven for an understanding of the future Israel.  Gabriel reveals to him God’s purpose and destiny for Israel at the post exile of the 70-years.  From the time Ezra returned to Israel to rebuild Jerusalem through the earthly ministry of Jesus’ finished work is 490 years – seventy times seven or seventy prophetic weeks. 


(Ezra arrived in Jerusalem on August 1, 457 B.C.  Artaxerses decree went into effect in Jerusalem in the fall of 457 B.C.   The starting point for Gabriel’s message to begin was Artaxerses’ decree to Ezra---457 B.C.)


These verses are perhaps the greatest prophecy in the Old Testament and have produced a multitude of interpretations with more questions than answers.  Besides the dispensational view and the Messianic Christological view of this writing, we should mention:


1.     The historical view believes this to be fulfilled by Antiochus IV Epiphanes as described as a Little Horn in chapter 8.  This view ignores New Testament realities and the witness of Jesus Himself to these verses in Matthew 24:15.

2.     The Jewish view is attributed to Josephus’ application of these verses to the fall of Jerusalem.  This has become standard Jewish teaching.  Concerning Daniel’s prophecies and Titus’ invasion, the historian, Josephus said, “In the very same manner Daniel also wrote concerning the Roman government, and that our country should be made desolate by them.”


There is a great difference between real bible prophecy and humanistic eschatology.  The vast majority of Old Testament prophecy points to the coming and consequent death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ the Messiah.  Some prophecies in the New Testament point to the fall of Jerusalem by the Roman army in A.D.70 and beyond.


The historical view believes that most bible prophecies were fulfilled by the time Jerusalem fell, or at least by the time the Roman Empire was “Christianized by Constantine in 313 A.D.  Accordingly, they view the “last days” different from the “end times.”  The last days spoken of in the New Testament were the last days for Old Covenant national Israel and the early inaugural days of the New Testament church.  This includes the “last days” of animal sacrifices in the temple (Heb. 9:22-10:6).   Scofield’s notes on Ezekiel 43:19 snub the New Testament Epistles and call for the reinstitution of animal sacrifices in a millennial temple! (Scofield introduced his theory in the late 1800’s. The Christians fathers did not teach that theory before 1880.)


Hebrews 9:26, NIV:  Then Christ would have had to suffer many times since the creation of the world.  But now He has appeared once for all at the end of the ages to do away with sin by the sacrifice of Himself.


This lady Pastor will not worship by sacrificing bulls and goats at a rebuilt temple in Jerusalem with the reinstitution of animal sacrifices in a millennial temple.


Hebrews 9: 11-13:  But when Christ appeared as a high priest of the good things to come, He entered through the greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this creation; and not through the blood of goats and calves, but through his own blood.  He entered into the holy place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption.  For if the blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a heifer sprinkling those who have been defiled sanctify for the cleansing of the flesh.  How much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without blemish to God, cleans your conscience from dead works to serve the living God.


Hebrews 10:4:  For it is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins.


Hebrews 10:12:  He having offered one sacrifice for sins for all time sat down at the right Hand of God.



3.     The futurist’s interpretation is that the seventieth week of Daniel’s prophecy has been disconnected from the sixty-ninth week, and is thus still future.  Dispensationalist’s two princes in Daniel’s famous prophecy are Christ and antichrist.  Darby taught that the first, the “Messiah the Prince” (Dan. 9:25), is Jesus Christ, the Prince of peace.  He believed that the second is “the prince who shall come” (Dan. 9:26).


How should Christians treat Daniel’s prophecy?  First, we must understand that the seventy weeks were determined “upon” or concerning the “people” of Daniel and his “holy city.”  Obviously the “holy city” is Jerusalem and Daniel’s “people” are the Jews from which Messiah would come.  Gabriel’s interpretation in Daniel 9:24 has to do with Jerusalem and the Jews from whom Messiah the Prince came.  


  Daniel is our brother in Christ as Abraham’s seed.  The New Testament “city” is the Church, the heavenly Jerusalem.


 Heb. 11:10:  For he (Abraham) was looking for the city which has foundations whose architect and builder is God.


Heb. 12: 22-24:  You have come to Mount Sion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to myriads of angels, to the general assembly and church of the first-born who are enrolled in heaven, and to God, the Judge of all, and to the spirits of righteous men made perfect, and to Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood which speaks better than the blood of Abel.


Mt. 5:14:  You are the light of the world; a city set on a hill cannot be hidden.


The key to unlocking this powerful Christological passage is to recognize the six-fold prophetic purpose in Daniel 9:24 in its complete scope and fulfillment.


Within the uninterrupted time frame of seventy weeks of years (490 years), historical events would take place among the Jews (“thy people”) in Jerusalem (“thy holy city”).


9:24:  Seventy weeks are determined upon your people and upon your 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.


Six-fold Prophetic Message given to Daniel by Gabriel in 9:24:


1.     Finish the transgression.

2.     Make an end of sins.

3.     Make reconciliation for iniquity.

4.     Bring in everlasting righteousness.

5.     Seal up the vision and prophecy (“prophet”).

6.     Anoint the most holy (“holy of holies”).


Jer. 31: 31-34:  Behold, the days come, says the Lord, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah; Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which My covenant they broke, although I was a husband unto them, says the Lord.


Daniel had been studying the prophetic manuscripts of Jeremiah.  The six-fold scope of Daniel’s prophecy is summed up in Jeremiah’s prephecy of the “New Covenant.”  Jeremiah 31:31-34 is quoted in Hebrews 8: 8-13 following the truths of Hebrew 8: 1-6 that declare Jesus’ “more excellent” high priestly ministry after His resurrection.


Hebrews 8:6: Now He has obtained a more excellent ministry by as much as He is also the mediator of a Better Covenant which has been enacted on better promises.


Hebrews 8:13:  When he (Jeremiah) said, “a new covenant; he has made the first obsolete.  Whatever has become obsolete and growing old is ready to disappear.


 The New Covenant is the New Testament, a matter of the heart and not the letter (Rom 2: 28-29).


Hebrews 9:15:  For this reason. He is the mediator of a New Covenant in order that since a death has taken place for the redemption of the transgressions that were committed under the first covenant those who have been called may receive the promise of the eternal inheritance.


Gabriel’s message to Daniel of seventy weeks enlarges Jeremiah’s predictions.  It is wholly Christological and Messianic!


Six-fold Prophetic Message given to Daniel by Gabriel in 9:24:   


1.     Finished the transgression (Is. 43:25; 53:5).


Hebrews 9:15: For this reason, he is the mediator of a new covenant in order that since a death has taken place for the redemption of the transgressions that were committed under the new covenant those who have been called may receive the promise of the eternal inheritance.


Jn. 19:30:  When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, He said, it is finished; and He bowed His head, and gave up the ghost.


2.     Made an end of sins (Mt. 1:21).


Jn. 1:29: The next day John sees Jesus coming unto Him and said, Behold the Lamb of God, which takes away the sin of the world.


Hebrews 8:12: For I will be merciful to their iniquities, and I will remember their sins no more. (Quoted by the writer of Hebrews from Jeremiah 31:34).


Heb. 9:26: NIV: Then Christ would have had to suffer many times since the creation of the world.  But now He has appeared once for all at the end of the ages to do away with sin by the sacrifice of Himself.”


3.     Made reconciliation for iniquity (Rom. 5:10; Eph. 2:16).


2 Cor. 5:19:  To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto Himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and has committed unto us the Word of reconciliation.


Col. 1: 19-20:  For it pleased the Father that in Him should all fullness dwell; And, having made peace through the blood of His cross, by Him to reconcile all things unto Himself


Heb. 2:17, KJV:  Wherefore in all things it behooved Him to be made like unto His brethren, that He might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people.


The first three promises of Daniel’s seventy weeks were historically fulfilled at Calvary’s cross!  (Compare Isaiah 53:12; Mark 15:28; John 4:34; 5:36; 17:4.)


4.     Jesus Christ brought in everlasting righteousness because He is everlasting righteousness (Rom. 10:3, 10; Phil. 3:9).


2 Cor. 5:21: He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.


1 Cor. 1:30: But of Him are you in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption.


Heb. 7: 1-2:  For this Melchisedec, king of Salem, priest of the Most High God, who met Abraham; returning from the slaughter of the kings, and blessed him; To whom also Abraham gave a tenth part of all; first being by interpretation King of righteousness…


5.     Jesus Christ sealed up the vision and the prophecy to fulfill the law and the prophets, because He is the vision and the prophecy or Prophet (Isa. 29: 10-11; Mt. 5:17-20; 11:13; Jn. 5:39; 6:27; 19: 28-38; Acts 3:18; 16:17-19).


Hab. 2:3: For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie though it tarries, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.


Heb. 10:37:  He that shall come will come and will not tarry.


Mt. 5:17: Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets; I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill.


Acts 3:22, KJV: For Moses truly said unto the fathers, A prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you of your brethren, like unto me…


Rev. 19:10: …for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.


6.     Jesus Christ is the anointing and the most holy---the “Holy Thing” and the “Holy One,”


 Luke 1:35: And the angel (Gabriel) answered and said to her, The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; and for that reason, the holy offspring shall be called the Son of God.


Acts 3:24: You disowned the Holy and Righteous One


1 John 2:20:  But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and you all know.



  He ripped the veil from top to bottom, opening the way into the “holy of holies(see Ps. 45:7; is. 61:1; Lk. 4: 16-21; Acts 2:27; 4:27; 10:38).


Jesus fulfilled the sacrifices, the feast days, the temple, and the priesthood of the Old Covenant which served as a copy and shadow of heavenly things …It was necessary for the copies of the things in the heavenlies to be cleansed, but these heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these.  Christ did not enter a holy place made with hands, a mere copy of the true one, but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us (Heb. 9:23).


Rom. 1:4; KJV: And declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness…


Heb. 10: 19-20 KJV:  Having therefore brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way, which he has consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, His flesh…


Daniel 9: 24-27 is all about Jesus.  None of Daniel 9:24 was accomplished in the first 69 weeks of Daniel’s prophecy.  All events in verse 24 occurred during the seven years after the sixty-ninth week---with no chronological break.  Once the Messiah came, He was given one prophetic week of seven years to see it through.  According to Christology, “when Prince Jesus stepped down into the muddy baptismal waters of the Jordan, Gabriel’s message of the seventh week began when “the Messiah the Prince” came up out of those same waters, anointed to dismantle the works of the devil.”


Most teachers take either the historical or prophetic position when interpreting this passage.  The full scope of truth includes both, with the latter revealing Jesus and His Church.  


A review of Chapter 9: 1-9 is in order before proceeding with (9:24-27):


Daniel had discovered Jeremiah’s prophecy (Jer. 25: 8-11); 29:10) that Judah would be in captivity for 70 years (606-536 B.C.).  The focus of his consequent fasting and prayers was the sinful condition of his people and the desolation of the national sanctuary.  While the prophet was confessing the sins of Israel and “the holy mountain of God” (Zion); the angel Gabriel appeared “at the time of the evening oblation” to give “skill and understanding” concerning the vision (Dan. 9:20-23).


The time of the evening oblation was three o’clock in the afternoon---“the ninth hour” ---the very hour of Jesus’ crucifixion (Mt. 27: 45-46; Jn. 19:30)!  The Lamb of God didn’t just die for the sins of the Jewish nation---He died for the sins of the world, for all men, Jew, and Gentile.


The first coming of the Lord Jesus Christ is a seed form of His second coming.  These four important verses are historical and Messianic for the time of Jesus’ first coming.  They have prophetic overtones, for the time of Jesus’ second coming.


Dan. 9:24: Seventy “sevens” are decreed for your people and your holy city


Dan. 9:24: (AMP)—Seventy weeks (of years, or 490 years) are decreed upon your people (Jews) and upon your holy city (Jerusalem)…


“Seventy weeks (Seven – Strong’s H7620)”… 70 continual, consecutive weeks!  “Seventy weeks” is 70 times 7 or 490 weeks, a total of 490 years.  (Here weeks should be translated as sevens (Strong’s H7620).  The word for “determined” here means “cut out or cut off”; “Seventy weeks (7) are determined”.


Jesus knew the Father’s plan, because 490 is the Bible number denoting complete forgiveness (Mt. 18: 21-22).  Jesus told Peter we must forgive one another’s sins 70 x 7.  


The prophetic overtone of Daniel 9:24 reveals the Church in His image, forgiven and delivered from sin by His finished work, accomplished in the Feast of Passover.  There is a present, ongoing work of His cleansing the Church in the Feast Day of Atonement.  Everlasting righteousness speaks of an everlasting Kingdom (Is. 9: 6-7; Rom. 14:17) and an unchangeable priesthood after the order of Melchisedec (Heb. 5-7).  The Head of the Church was sealed and anointed (Jn. 6:27; Acts 10:38; Heb. 2:9).  There will be a many membered prophetic church (an Elijah ministry) who will be sealed with the name or nature of God in the forehead, a Most Holy Place, Third Day people (see Ex. 28; Hos. 6:1-3; Rev.7:3; 14: 1-5; 22:4).  The New Testament Epistles declare the ultimate fulfillment of Daniel 9:24.


1 Cor. 15:28:  And when all things shall be subdued unto Him, then shall the Son also Himself be subject unto Him that put all things under Him, that God may be all in all.


Eph. 1: 9-10:  And He made known to us the mystery of His will according to His good pleasure, which He purposed in Christ to be put into effect when the times will have reached their fulfillment---to bring all things in heaven and on earth together under one head, even Christ.


Because of the historical integrity of Daniel’s precision of days and years, I will proceed as the Holy Spirit permits with Daniel 9:25-27 walking circumspect with the Word of God. 


Our church has simultaneously been studying the Book of Daniel on Sunday evenings and Hebrews on Tuesday morning.  This had to be by divine providence because the two Books of the Bible converge together.


Daniel 9:25:  Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the prince shall be seven weeks and threescore and two weeks; the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times.


Daniel 9:25, (NIV): …until the Anointed One, the ruler, comes, there will be seven “sevens” and sixty-two “sevens


Daniel 9:25, (TLB):  Now listen!  It will be forty-nine years plus 434 years from the time the command is given to rebuild Jerusalem until the Anointed One comes!...


The varying views of the interpretation of this verse are established on the Scriptural principle that a day can represent a year (Gen. 19:27; Lev. 25:8; Num. 14:34; Ez. 4:6: I have appointed you each day for a year.”



 Pastor Carolyn Sissom

Eastgate Ministries Church, 10115 West Hidden Lakes Lane, Richmond, TX.


Scripture verses as noted in text.  Paraphrased Text from Whose Right it is by:  Kelley Varner, Published by:  Destiny Image, P. O. Box 310 Shippensburg, Pa. 17257-0310 Comments and conclusions are my own and not meant to reflect the views of those who I entered into their labors.


Daniel – Chapter 9:25

January 2, 2012

Pastor Carolyn Sissom


Daniel 9:25:  Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks and threescore and two weeks; the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times (K.J.V.).

There are four events that can be taken as answering to the commandment to restore and build Jerusalem, the beginning point of Daniel’s prophecy:


1.     The decree of King Cyrus of Persia for the rebuilding of the temple on, 536 B.C.

2.     The decree of Darius l of Persia for Zerubbabel to continue and complete the temple, 520 B.C.

3.     The decree of Artaxerses (Longimanus) of Persia for Ezra to beautify the temple and restore its worship, and to rebuild the Jewish state, 457 B.C. (Ezra 7).

4.     The decree of Artaxerses (Longimanus) of Persia for Nehemiah to rebuild the city’s walls and gates, 445 B.C. (Neh. 2).


These edicts principally referenced the restoration of the temple, not  the restoration of the Jewish civil state.  Daniels’ prophecy states “to restore and build Jerusalem.”


The mandate was granted to Ezra was to go up to Jerusalem and as many people as were like-minded.  This commission granted him unlimited revenue to beautify the house of God, empowered him to ordain laws, set magistrates and judges, and execute government---in other words, to “restore” the Jewish state, civil and ecclesiastical, according to the law of God and the ancient customs of the Jewish people.


Artaxerxes made this decree in the seventh year of his reign (457 B.C.) (Ezra 7:80).  Ezra arrived in Jerusalem on August 1, 457 B.C. 


Thirteen years after this (444 B.C.), in the 20th year of the same king (Neh. 1:1); Nehemiah sought and obtained permission to go up to Jerusalem.  When he arrived at Jerusalem, Nehemiah found rulers and priests, nobles, and people, already engaged in the work of rebuilding Jerusalem (Neh. 2:16), acting under the decree given to Ezra 13 years before.  These were “troublous times’ (Neh. 2: 8-17; 4:17).  The wall was rebuilt in 52 days.


 Seven weeks”-49 years were allotted to the building of the city and the wall from 457 B.C. to 408 B.C. This was recorded in Nehemiah 13: 23-31.


Threescore and two weeks (434 more years) take us from 408 B.C. to A.D. 27.  One year must be added when going from B.C. to A.D.  In A.D. 27, Jesus Christ the Messiah was 30 years of age (having been born in 4 B.C). 



The Gospels record this epochal event---the inauguration of Jesus’ public ministry at His baptism in Jordan (where the Messiah received His anointing)!


Mt. 3: 15-17, (NIV): Jesus replied, “Let it be so now; it is proper for us to do this to fulfill all righteousness.”  Then John consented.  As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water.  At that moment heaven was opened, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and lighting on Him.  And a voice from heaven said, “This is My son, whom I love; with Him I am well pleased.”


Luke 3: 21-23: And Jesus Himself began to be about thirty years of age


Jesus was born three to four years before the beginning of the Christian Era, the year called 3 or 4 ad. Jesus Christ was 30-years of age in A.D. 27.  The Child had been born in Bethlehem; the Son was given 30-years later at the Jordan (Is. 9: 6-7).


Again, we have Daniel’s prophetic preciseness of 483 years from 457 B.C. to A.D. 27.


Jesus Christ is the “Messiah the prince.”  Jesus, who received this anointing of the Spirit at His public baptism (A.D. 27) informed the woman at the well (Jn. 4: 25-26) of His identify.  Furthermore, Jesus confirmed this revelation with His own mouth at the synagogue in Nazareth (Lk. 4: 16-21).


The “street” mentioned in Daniel 9:25 refers to the “width avenue plaza, town square” or marketplace of Jerusalem.  The “wall” or “ditch, moat” (the trench cut into the rock outside the city walls), points to the troublous times of Nehemiah. 


The historical and Messianic fulfillment of Daniel 9:25 has been noted.  Daniel’s sixty-ninth week ended in A.D. 27 when Prince Jesus stepped down into the muddy baptismal waters of the Jordan.  Daniel’s seventieth week began when “the Messiah the Prince” came up out of those same waters, anointed to dismantle the works of the devil.


The most critical week (seven years) in human history is the seventieth week of Daniel’s prophecy!  The death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus the Messiah and the consequent outpouring of the Holy Spirit are the bases of every New Covenant reality!  It was the seventieth week of Daniel’s prophecy that our adversary met his complete defeat and total demise.


And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for Himself. And He (the Messiah) shall confirm the New Covenant with man (elect Jews for one week); and in the midst of the seventieth week, He the Messiah shall cause the sacrifice and the sin offering to cease (at Calvary’s cross).


The prophetic overtone of this verse reveals the restoration of the church from Martin Luther to the present.  The New testament “street” can be found in Acts 9:11 and Revelation 21:21. The rebuilt spiritual “wall” can be discerned in Song of Solomon 8:10; Isaiah 60:18, Amos 7:7; Zechariah 2:5; Rev. 21: 12-19.


The teaching of Verses 26 & 27 would take too long to cover at this time.  We will continue.



DANIEL- Chapter 9: 26-27

Sunday Evening, January 9, 2012

Pastor Carolyn Sissom  

Gabriel’s Prophecy of Seventy Weeks continued from Daniel 9:24-25.

Daniel 9:26: And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for Himself; and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined.  

NIV:  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.

LAM: …Messiah shall be slain…

SEPT:  The Messiah shall be cut off, though there is no crime in Him.

Messiah” is the Hebrew equivalent for the Greek “Christ” or Christos, which means “the anointed one.”  Jesus Christ was cut off at the cross.  Is. 53:8: …He was cut off out of the land of the living… 

Some Greek translations render the phrase “but not for himself” as “without trial” or “unjustly.”   Jesus was born in another man’s stable, cradled in another man’s manger with no place to lay His head throughout His life here on earth, and buried in another man’s tomb after dying on a cursed cross.  The Christ of God and Friend of the friendless was indeed cut off and had nothing.  The Messiah would be rejected and crucified (Isa. 53:1-4; Jn. 1:11; 2 Cor. 8:9), “not for Himself” of His own sin, but the sin of the world.

The next part of Daniel 9:26 is most critical.  Its literal rendering is: …and the city, and the sanctuary, the people of a prince that comes, shall lay waste

The end of the city and the sanctuary is compared to an overflowing “flood” or “deluge”, a gushing out, pouring of rain, carrying away everything before it (like a mighty, galloping, conquering army, sweeping everything away).

The Hebrew margin renders the last part of Daniel 9:26 as “it shall be cut off by desolation.”  These words and phrases point to the complete destruction of Jerusalem in A.D. 70 (Mt. 24:2).    

This verse accurately predicts the ravaging of Jerusalem by the Roman “troops” and their “prince” Titus in A.D. 70.  

Another slant of the historical view “and the prince (Messiah’s) future people shall destroy the city and the sanctuary.”  Accordingly, the “people” of Prince Messiah would be the Jews.  Josephus, the Jewish historian, blamed the complete destruction of Jerusalem upon the Zealots who resisted and continued fighting after their defenses had fallen, thinking that God would never allow the city to be conquered.  

Titus and his men “destroyed the city and the sanctuary” of the Jews.  Josephus was an eyewitness to the unparalleled tribulation that brought the fall and destruction of Jerusalem.  His detailed and scholarly account, Wars of the Jews, was published about A.D.75.  His history provides a marvelous confirmation of the prophecy Jesus gave even in fine detail.  The “desolation” that Jesus decreed came to pass (Lk. 13:35).  

Mt. 24:34 (NIV):  I tell you the truth, this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened.  

Jesus said, “this generation” (His own).

The marble stones of the temple, some of them 50 feet long, 24 feet wide, and 16 feet thick, cut to fit perfectly without the need of mortar, would all be thrown down and demolished within 40 years!  

Daniel pinpointed the “time” and the “hour” when Jesus would come, suffer, and die for the sins of the world (see Mt. 26: 18, 45; Jn. 2:4; 7:6, 30; 17:1), causing the sin offering to cease.  

Daniel 9:27:  He shall confirm the covenant with many for one week; and in the midst of the week, He shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the over-spreading of abominations He shall make it desolate even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.

9:27 (NIV):  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

In the beginning of verse 27, “He” is Messiah the prince!  Jesus is the one who “confirmed” the covenantal promises of Jeremiah’s “New Covenant.”

The grammatical sense of the context is as follows:

After threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but for Himself…And He (the Messiah) shall confirm the (New) covenant with many (elect Jews) for one week; and in the midst of the (seventieth) week He (the Messiah) shall cause the sacrifice and the sin offering to cease (at Calvary’s cross). 

Jesus Christ “confirmed” the Abrahamic covenant and secured the promises made to the fathers (Acts 3:13).  

The bible teaches that Jesus Christ “confirmed” the Covenant with many. The everlasting covenant in Jesus’ blood was confirmed with the Jews for seven years before God turned to all nations (3-1/2 years of Jesus’ ministry and 3-1/2 years until Stephen was stoned.)

Mt. 26:28:  for this is My blood of the New Testament, which is shed for many…

 Throughout this prophecy, Gabriel was explaining to Daniel the “Covenant” that Jeremiah had prophesied (Jer. 31: 31-34).  This was the ‘New” Covenant with God’s laws written in men’s hearts.  The Messiah would confirm this New Testament in His own blood with “many” of the lost sheep of the house of Israel for one week, or seven years.

In the first three and one-half years of the seventieth week (Jesus’ public ministry), our Lord gathered together His Jewish generals (the apostles and a Jewish remnant).   In the “midst,” or “half, middle,” of Daniel’s seventieth week Jesus rent the veil from top to bottom.  He pronounced “desolation” upon the old order of Judaism.  In person Jesus came to the Jews (“thy people”) and Jerusalem (“thy holy city.”)  Through His disciples and by His outpoured Spirit from the throne (Mk. 16:20; Gal. 4:6) for the remaining three and a half years---He confirmed the New Covenant with many elect Christian Jews for the rest of the seventieth week (A.D. 31-34).  

The last three-and-a-half years of Daniel’s seventieth week was Messiah’s exclusive ministry to “the Jew first” (Acts 1-7); Rom 1:16).  The beginning of the Book of Acts marks the first moments of the last half of the seventieth week, all that Jesus “began to do and teach” (Acts. 1:1) from His throne of grace (by the Spirit).  The 120 on the Day of Pentecost were all Hebrews as were the 3,000 that were added to the Church (Acts 2).  

Acts 7:59:  And they stoned Stephen  

The next grand historical terminating point of the continuous period of Gabriel’s seventy weeks was in A.D. 34.  This date is marked by the martyrdom of Stephen, the formal rejection of the gospel of Christ by the High Priest and the Jewish Sanhedrin!  What soon followed was the consequent persecution of Jesus’ disciples, and the turning of the apostles to all nations.  The apostle Paul summed it up:

Acts 13:46: …It was necessary that the Word of God should first have been spoken to you, but seeing you put it from you, and judge yourselves unworthy of everlasting life, lo, we turn to the Gentiles.

After the fulfillment of Daniel’s seventieth week, Philip, Peter, and John preached and ministered at Samaria.  Saul of Tarsus was converted.  The Holy Ghost was poured out upon the household of Cornelius.  The center of Christianity moved from Jerusalem (Daniel’s “city”) to Antioch, Paul’s launching pad (Acts 11-15)!  These events could only have taken place when that uninterrupted, specified period (490 years), cut off for the Jews and allotted to them as a peculiar people had expired.

Mt. 24:14:  This gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.

The “last days” of Judaism came in A.D. 70!  There is a difference between the “last days” of the Old Covenant and the current end times.  The last days of Judaism was the time of the end of animal sacrifices.  

According to Christology, Daniel’s prophecy of 70 weeks has been historically fulfilled.  Yet (as with Mathew 24), it still has prophetic and spiritual implications.  Like an onion, truth comes in layers.  The Holy Writ has many layers of meaning.

1.   A pertinent historical word to those to whom it was spoken.

2.   What it means to us today.

3.   A prophetic word to those upon whom the end of the ages have come (Rom. 15:4; 1 Cor. 10: 1-11).

The prophetic overtone of verse 27 reveals an overcoming, glorious Church with the nature and ministry of Jesus raised up in the image of their glorious Head, the Pattern Son.  Thus, these “many” of Daniel 9:27 are also found in Daniel 12:3, 10; Romans 8:29; and Hebrews 2:10.  

It was Rome that desolated Jerusalem.  From a broad view that covers the span of the last 2000 + years.  The “desolator” of Daniel 9:27 can also point to the spirit of antichrist in the man of sin who sits in the temple.  This is the seat of Satan, the god of this age and the energizer of all the sectarian religions. 

Taught by: Pastor Carolyn Sissom

Eastgate Ministries Church, 10115 West Hidden Lakes Lane, Richmond, TX  


Scripture from K.J.V. and N.I.V. unless otherwise noted.  T.L.B is the Living Bible.  Study is taken from “Whose Right it is, a Handbook of Covenantal Theology by: Kelly Varner, published by:  Destiny Image.

Because of time restraints within teaching parameters, I have not covered this teaching in its depth.  I recommend the book to you.  Or if you have any questions, I can dig deeper into the teaching.  Carolyn Sissom 

  FROM JOHN & KELLY / Re: DANIEL 9: 25-27

 Hi Pastor Carolyn,
This is, by far, the best teaching, word and explanation I have ever heard on this subject!  Thank you!  Isn't it interesting that in Acts 13, where it is recorded of Paul turning to the Gentiles, that the number "490" appears twice (basically)?  40 years in the wilderness + 450 years of Judges until Samuel the Prophet = 490.  Then, the 450 years until Samuel + 40 years of Saul's reign as king = until the reign
of King David, or another 490 years.  Wow!  Love and blessings, Pastor Carolyn...~J&K:-)       


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