Resources for studying Daniel’s prophecy of the Seventieth Week

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Daniel 9:24-27

King James Version

24 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.

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.

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.

27 And 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 overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.

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Luke 4:17-21

17 And there was delivered unto him the book of the prophet Esaias. And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written,

18 The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,

19 To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.

20 And he closed the book, and he gave it again to the minister, and sat down. And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on him.

21 And he began to say unto them, This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears.

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Matthew 26:27-28

27 And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it;

28 For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.

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God is not the author of confusion in our worship, or doctrine (1 Cor. 14:32-34). So how are we to understand the fact that Christians who love the Lord, and seek to understand and obey His Word, disagree about important things? Perhaps what Jesus said in the parable of the wheat and the tares, applies here: “An enemy has done this” (Matt. 13:24-30).

One thing on which we disagree is the Seventieth Week of Daniel. Some believe that its events are yet to be fulfilled in a final seven-year Tribulation, and some believe they were fulfilled by Jesus at His first coming – two completely different views. 

The important thing isn’t what we have been taught by those we respect, or what we have always believed. Or what the majority view is in our day, or what it was for earlier Christians. What is important is what God has revealed to us for our instruction and edification in His Word.  

Take heart, for the Lord promised that the Holy Spirit would guide us into all truth!

John 16:13

Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.” 

Studying the Seventieth week of Daniel can be a lifelong project. Forgive me and correct me if you believe I have got it wrong.

Because of my interest in the Papacy, in the last year I began to study a view of prophecy called Historicism, the view that prophecy has been fulfilled, and is being fulfilled throughout history. During this same time, I learned that the other two views of prophecy, Futurism (the view that most prophecies will be fulfilled during a final seven-year tribulation) and Preterism (the view that almost all New Testament prophecy was fulfilled with the destruction of the Jewish Temple in 70 A.D.), were the brain-children of Jesuit authors (Ribera and Lacunza; and Alcazar).

These men invented these views, which became the popular ones, in order to prove that the Pope could not be the man of sin, as Christians declared, for the man of sin was one of two entities: someone who would appear at the very End of the Age, or the Emperor Nero. For me, the Jesuit origin of Futurism cast suspicion upon the whole scenario of a seven-year Tribulation at the End of the Age – the “postponed” Seventieth Week of Daniel.

So, if you believe that the Seventieth Week lies in the future, or if you are a Preterist, I invite you to look at the Biblical evidence again. Being a Berean is a necessity. 

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Online articles

The Seventy Weeks

Interpreting Daniel – A Premillennial Historicist Study of the Book of Daniel

Confirming The Covenant – Who Confirms the Covenant?

Shutting, sealing, and covering – or Messiah’s glorious work by Charles Spurgeon (Daniel 9:24) (pdf download)

John Wesley’s Notes on the Bible – Daniel 9

The Rapture of the Saints by Duncan McDougall

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A video presentation

Paul Flynn’s video “Daniel’s Seventieth Week – A Past or Future Event?” examines the Biblical basis for knowing that these prophecies have been fulfilled. It is a long video – Paul takes his time explaining things. He is a member of Arann Reformed Baptist Church in Dublin.

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A prophet for an apostate generation

Jeremiah

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Chosen by God,

a prophet to be,

reluctant was he,

nevertheless he obeyed.

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Made to see

the results of sin’s tyranny,

its terrible fruit – 

rejection by God.

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Recently I watched a video uploaded by a father-son evangelistic team from the UK, Ex-Catholics for Christ, entitled A Revolting And A Rebellious Heart. To quote the son James, “Jeremiah was a prophet for an apostate generation.” He was saying as well, and it’s clear to see, that our generation is characterized by apostasy too.

Another church, Arann Reformed Baptist Church in Dublin, offers solid preaching online about the ministry of Jeremiah. You can listen at their YouTube channel

Among the similarities between Jeremiah’s generation and ours is that there are many false prophets and teachers today, and that the people who listen to them willingly embrace their delusions.

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Jeremiah 5:30,31

A wonderful and horrible thing is committed in the land;

The prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests bear rule by their means; and my people love to have it so: and what will ye do in the end thereof?

Jeremiah 23:30-32

Therefore, behold, I am against the prophets, saith the LORD, that steal my words every one from his neighbour.

Behold, I am against the prophets, saith the LORD, that use their tongues, and say, He saith.

Behold, I am against them that prophesy false dreams, saith the LORD, and do tell them, and cause my people to err by their lies, and by their lightness; yet I sent them not, nor commanded them: therefore they shall not profit this people at all, saith the LORD.

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One Greater than Jeremiah wept for His generation, and the judgment that was coming upon it –  

The Seed of Abraham,

The Great I am,

The Lion of the tribe of Judah,

The Lamb of God –

Jesus Christ!

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Matthew 23:37,38

O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not! Behold, your house is left unto you desolate.

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Just as in Jeremiah’s generation, and in Jesus’ day, judgment is certain. Through His servant Paul, the Lord warned us that evil men arise from within the church. How this is possible is almost beyond comprehension, except that Jesus explained that an enemy sows them among us. He also warned that the world would hate us. So, we are surrounded by enemies and have enemies at our own table. But this is no surprise, for in His love and faithfulness, He told us it would happen. Just as He continues to seek and save that which was lost, we are called to continue to labor, resting in Him, standing clothed in His armor, praying for all of our brothers and sisters, preaching the Gospel to every creature, and earnestly contending for the faith that was once delivered to us.

This is what John saw – this is what we will see,

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Rev 7:9-10

After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands;

And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb.

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He is the Lord God Almighty – He purged us from our sins – All authority in Heaven and earth has been given to Him – He will do what He says – Not one of His words will fail! Everything that happens, in the church and the world, proves that all that He said is true. Live a holy life and don’t be overcome by fear – trust Him!  

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