“It is a happy thing when we can address the Lord with the confidence which David here manifests, it gives us great power in prayer, and comfort in trial.” CHS
“Lead me in Thy truth, and teach me: for Thou art the God of my salvation; on Thee do I wait all the day.”-Psalm 25:5
When the believer has begun with trembling feet to walk in the way of the Lord, he asks to be still led onward like a little child upheld by its parent’s helping hand, and he craves to be further instructed in the alphabet of truth. Experimental teaching is the burden of this prayer. David knew much, but he felt his ignorance, and desired to be still in the Lord’s school: four times over in two verses he applies for a scholarship in the college of grace. It were well for many professors if instead of following their own devices, and cutting out new paths of thought for themselves, they would enquire for the good old ways of God’s own truth, and beseech the Holy Ghost…
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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.
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.
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.
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!
“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.
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.
I just finished rereading Pilgrim’s Progress. Because of my interest in it, I purchased Spurgeon’s Around the Wicket Gate. From its tone of tender entreaty, it’s plain that Spurgeon had a particular concern for those who come a long way toward the narrow gate to life but who hesitate just outside it. He wrote this book to urge them to enter in. The following paragraphs are taken from it. I’ve rearranged their order a bit.
(I don’t like glorifying a mere man. I’m offering Spurgeon’s words because they glorify Jesus, and have helped me as I struggle to understand how the Lord saves to the uttermost – that it is His work to save.)
The child, in danger of the fire, just clings to the fireman, and trusts to him alone. She raises no question about the strength of his limbs to carry her, or the zeal of his heart to rescue her; but she clings. The heat is terrible, the smoke is blinding, but she clings; and her deliverer quickly bears her to safety. In the same childlike confidence cling to Jesus, who can and will bear you out of danger from the flames of sin.
The nature of the Lord Jesus should inspire us with the fullest confidence. As he is God, he is almighty to save; as he is man, he is filled with all fulness to bless; as he is God and man in one Majestic Person, he meets man in his creatureship and God in his holiness…
… It is most glorifying to our Lord Jesus Christ that we should hope for every good thing from him alone. This is to treat him as he deserves to be treated; for as he is God, and beside him there is none else, we are bound to look unto him and be saved.
This is to treat him as he loves to be treated for he bids all those who labour and are heavy laden to come to him, and he will give them rest. To imagine that he cannot save to the uttermost is to limit the Holy One of Israel, and put a slur upon his power; or else to slander the loving heart of the Friend of sinners, and cast a doubt upon his love. In either case, we should commit a cruel and wanton sin against the tenderest points of his honor, which are his ability and willingness to save all that come unto God by him.