Ray Schulz (15 Feb 2011)
"On The Interpretation Of Daniel 9:27"
To the Five Doves:
note suggests a new and different way of explaining Daniel 9:27. I
believe the key to understanding Daniel 9:27 is to realize that the
terms "one week" and "midst of the week" found in the KJV refer to a
week of days, and not to a week of years. Therefore in sharp contrast
to previous interpretations, this verse clearly prophesies the final
week of the earthly ministry of Jesus Christ.
"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." (Daniel 9:27, KJV)
The Hebrew word shabua
translated into English as "week" simply indicates a group of seven
items. Just as we use our word dozen when we refer to a group of
twelve, like a dozen eggs or a dozen years, Jews of those times
commonly counted by groups of seven. Since the Hebrew word is exactly
the same in Daniel 9:27 as it was earlier in Daniel 9:24-25, we must
rely on the context of the passage to understand whether it means seven
days or seven weeks. Obviously verses 9:24-26 use the word "week" to
represent seven years, just as we have always understood it. However,
because of the context of verse 9:27 I am convinced the use of the word
"week" shifts in that verse to mean a week of seven days.
the "covenant" noted in Daniel 9:27 refers to the New Covenant, the
covenant between God and the "many" followers of Jesus Christ who
believe on Him. The New Covenant was "confirmed" during the seven days
of the Holy Week (the "one week") which began with Christ's triumphal
entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday and ended at nightfall of the
Sabbath on the evening before His resurrection.
transition from the Old Covenant to the New Covenant happened in "the
midst of the week," the final few days of the Holy Week that included
the last supper in the upper room, Christ's trials, the crucifixion,
and the Sabbath day that preceded Christ's resurrection.
phrase, "he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease" is a
revelation that in the New Covenant, Christ will do away with the
animal sacrifices and the other temple offerings that were so important
in the Old Covenant.
This note was extracted from my new article "The Revelation Of The Weeks" which you can access through the following link:
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