As Christians are hurried toward the end of this age the prophecies of the Bible become even more compelling and necessary to us. We may not agree on some of these but we are all “looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ.” (Titus 2:13) Old Testament prophecy can be extremely difficult to understand. The key is Jesus. As He is God – God in the flesh, the Son of the Father – He is the meaning of everything we find there.
24 “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. 25 So you are to know and discern that from the issuing of a decree to restore and rebuild Jerusalem until Messiah the Prince there will be seven weeks and sixty-two weeks; it will be built again, with plaza and moat, even in times of distress. 26 Then after the sixty-two weeks the Messiah will be cut off and have nothing, and the people of the prince who is to come will destroy the city and the sanctuary. And its end will come with a flood; even to the end there will be war; desolations are determined. 27 And he will make a firm covenant with the many for one week, but in the middle of the week he will put a stop to sacrifice and grain offering; and on the wing of abominations will come one who makes desolate, even until a complete destruction, one that is decreed, is poured out on the one who makes desolate.”
11 This whole land will be a desolation and a horror, and these nations will serve the king of Babylon seventy years.
10 “For thus says the Lord, ‘When seventy years have been completed for Babylon, I will visit you and fulfill My good word to you, to bring you back to this place. 11 For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope. 12 Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. 13 You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart. 14 I will be found by you,’ declares the Lord, ‘and I will restore your fortunes and will gather you from all the nations and from all the places where I have driven you,’ declares the Lord, ‘and I will bring you back to the place from where I sent you into exile.’
“How Does An Amillennialist Interpret Daniel 9?”
David Murray, Professor of Old Testament and Practical Theology at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary and Adjunct Faculty at Westminster Theological Seminary
“In effect, Gabriel said, ‘Daniel, you’ve been thinking about the seventy years of exile for God’s people. Well that’s not the only seventy in God’s program for Jerusalem. In seventy periods of seven, Jerusalem will witness even greater things.’. . .”