By Pastor F. M. Riley
October 9, 2010
“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.”
There is no question in my mind that this Scripture is one of the most abused Scriptures in the prophetic Word. It is a sad fact that most prophecy preachers and teachers pay little to no attention at all to what is actually stated in the passage. The proof of this statement can easily be seen by the multiplicity of “interpretations” based on this Scripture, each of them supposedly justified by lifting one or more of the events named right out of the verse and emphasizing it to the complete ignoring of the other events named in the passage.
It is my intention in this study to examine and expound exactly what this Scripture says, rather than what many today would like to make it say. Join us for a Scripturally enlightening Bible study as we carefully examine what this Scripture text actually and literally states…..
The Time Period
The very first thing stated in this Scripture is, “Seventy weeks are determined…” This is then a prophecy which sets forth a “determined” period of time; that is, a time “determined” or “appointed” by Almighty God which therefore cannot be set aside or altered. The Hebrew words translated as “Seventy weeks” in this passage are “sabua sibim,” literally meaning “seventy sevens.” See Strong’s Concordance, No’s 7620 and 7657. It is undeniable that there is a “week of years” set forth in the Scriptures. See Leviticus 25:1-12. Seventy of these “weeks of years” would then amount to 490 years or seventy times seven. This 490 year period is the amount of time that the Lord Himself “determined” upon…..
The Jewish People
This Scripture is explicitly clear in stating that this 490 year period is “determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city…” This means upon Daniel’s people; the Jews, and upon the “holy city” of Daniel and his people; the city of
. How much plainer could it be stated that this “Seventy weeks” prophecy applies to the Jewish people and to the city of Jerusalem ? It DOES NOT apply to “the church” [a New Testament entity], nor to the Gentiles, their armies, their lands, their leaders, or anything else about the Gentiles, except to that extent to which some Gentile peoples come into contact with and effect the Jewish people during this 490 year period. This prophecy has to do with Jerusalem and the Jewish people. Period! Israel
I would also add that “the Lord’s church” had nothing to do with the first 69 weeks of the fulfillment of this prophecy, and therefore it WILL NOT have anything to do with the fulfillment of the final 7 weeks of it. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to understand the
plain statement made in this Scripture. Then why do so many today choose to ignore this
truth and try to apply this passage to the Gentiles and to the church? Obviously some “Christian” people, with all their boasted knowledge of the Word, have never yet learned how to “rightly divide the Word of truth,” 2 Timothy 2:15. Sic!
The Context of the Verse
The very first event referred to in this verse is “to finish the transgression.” This sets forth the context for the entire verse. This verse deals with events which occur at the end of the “seventy weeks” and the beginning of the
which follows. How do we know this to be true? Because to this very day the Jewish people whom this verse is explicitly speaking about are still “transgressing” God’s Law. They didn’t stop “transgressing the law” when Christ died on the cross. Their “transgression of the law” is still going on right to this present hour. Many Bible students today seem to have missed this very obvious truth, and attempt to apply this statement to Christ dying on the cross. Sorry, your “interpretation” won’t work. After some 2,000 years the “transgression of the law” by unbelieving Millennial Kingdom and the Jewish people is continuing right on, just like it always has through the centuries. Therefore, it is obvious that this verse is a prophecy of the future time during or at the end of the Tribulation when such “transgression of the law” by Israel and the Jewish people will be brought to a complete “finish.” Praise God! Glory to the Lord! Israel
No where in this Scripture does this passage speak of events which occur during the course of the 70 weeks [490 years]. The Scriptures which follow, verses 25-27, do speak of events which will occur during the 490 years, but this 24th verse is limited to those events which will reach their consummation at the end of the 490 year period and going into the
. This is not hard to see at all if people would pay attention to what they are reading. Therefore when you read this verse you are reading about events which are brought to fruition at the end of the 70th Week of Daniel. How glorious these events will be for God’s people! This is reason enough for true believers to make a serious effort to “rightly divide” this passage of Scripture, 2 Timothy 2:15. Blessing awaits all humanity at the end of the 70th week of Daniel! Millennial Kingdom
Six Wonderful Truths
 “to finish the transgression”…….This is referring to “the transgression of the Law” by the Jewish people. The Lord gave them His Law at
some 3,400 years ago, and the sad truth is that the Jews as a people have never kept it. They transgressed God’s Law in the past, they are transgressing it today, and they will continue to transgress it in the future Tribulation period right until the day when the Jewish remnant turns to the Lord with their whole heart, Jeremiah 29:13; Zechariah 13:8-9. Then and only then will “the transgression” be finished! This will occur right at or towards the end of the Tribulation period literally fulfilling this statement in Daniel 9:24. From that time forward the Jews, individually and as a people, will never transgress God’s Law again. Read Ezekiel 11:19-20, 36:25-28, Jeremiah 31:31-34, Zephaniah 3:13, Hebrews 8:10-12, and 10:16-17 and give glory to God! Mt. Sinai
 “to make an end of sins”…….Again, some today attempt to apply this statement to the crucifixion of the Lord Jesus Christ, but such an application is neither historically nor Scripturally correct. The Lord did not make “an end of sins.” The Lord paid the penalty for
’s transgression of the Law and for the sins of the whole human race. But did men cease to sin when Christ was crucified? No, they did not! Men kept right on Israel
sinning and are still sinning today. In fact, sin and wickedness and rebellion is worse today than at any time previously since “the days of Noah” preceding the flood.
Folks, this statement means what it says and says what it means. At the end of the coming Tribulation, the practice of sin will cease forever. Notice that the word “sins” is in the plural form, making it obvious that it refers to the practice of any and every type of sin which can be conceived in the “desperately wicked” human heart of mankind, Jeremiah 17:9.
In several previous studies I have pointed out that at or near the end of the Tribulation the “sin nature” will be totally removed from the redeemed Jewish remnant who survives the Tribulation, Joel 3:20-21. They simply will not sin anymore. This is why the Scriptures twice explicitly state that the Jews will no longer exhort one another to “Know the Lord: for they shall all know Me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the Lord: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more,” Jeremiah 31-34. See also Hebrews 8:11-12.
However, this will not be true of the Gentiles who survive the Tribulation. The “sin nature” will not be removed from the Gentiles until the 1,000 years of the
are expired. During the thousand years there will still be a “sin nature” in the flesh of the surviving Gentiles. Therefore, even though only saved Gentiles will enter into the blessings of the Millennial Kingdom , the children born to them may or may not receive Christ as their own Savior during the 1,000 years of the Kingdom. But whether they do or not, NO ONE, whether saved or unsaved will be allowed to PRACTICE sin during the time of the Millennial Kingdom . The practice of “sins” will be brought to a screeching halt at the end of the 70th week of Daniel [Tribulation] and will never again be allowed to be practiced in the kingdom of our precious Lord, or in the Eternal Kingdom of God which will follow the Millennial Kingdom . Praise the Lord! Glory to God! Millennial Kingdom
 “to make reconciliation for iniquity”……This statement again means what it says and says what it means. This is one of the first things that will occur at the end of the Tribulation on behalf of the redeemed Jewish remnant and the nation of
as they are again consecrated to the service of the Lord. This “reconciliation” between God and Israel Israelactually consists of a sacrifice as prescribed in the Law which God gave to . The blood of that sacrifice will be used to again anoint and purify and sanctify the altar which the Jews will use during the Israel Millennial Kingdomto offer sacrifices to the Lord as an everlasting “memorial” of the sacrifice for sin made by Christ at Calvary. Significantly, it will be King David himself who will be responsible for offering the sacrifice to make “reconciliation for the house of .” See Leviticus 8:14-15 and Ezekiel 45:17-20. Israel
To this day many New Testament believers do not realize that God gave His Law to
to be observed “forever.” The difference is that under the Old Covenant the Law was written in stone, clearly depicting the “stony hearts” of the unbelieving Jewish people, Ezekiel 11:19-20; 36:26-27; Zechariah 7:12. But at the end of the Tribulation, by God’s GRACE [Zechariah 12:10; 13:1], the redeemed Jewish remnant will be given a soft, tender, heart of flesh, and God’s Law will be written in their hearts rather than in stone, Jeremiah 31:33; Hebrews 8:10; 10:16. “Reconciliation” between Israel and the Lord will then be accomplished. Praise the Lord! Glory to God! Israel
 “to bring in everlasting righteousness”…….This literally means that from the end of the 70th week of Daniel [Tribulation] there will be “everlasting righteousness” among mankind in the Millennial Kingdom of the Lord Jesus Christ on earth, and extending into the Eternal Age which will follow the Millennial Kingdom. What a contrast! Today we see the whole world system filled with malice, anger, hate, murder,
war, crime, injustice, wickedness, and every imaginable kind of unrighteousness. But as the Tribulation period ends and the
begins, all unrighteousness will cease forever. All of surviving humanity from that day forward will only do that which is right, both towards the Lord and towards other people. Read Isaiah 11:1-5. Praise God! Glory to our Lord! Hallelujah! Read Romans 11:12. Millennial Kingdom
 “to seal up the vision and prophecy”…….This statement is to be taken literally for what it says. When the Tribulation is brought to an end by the literal, bodily, return of the Lord Jesus Christ Himself back to this earth to rule and reign in righteousness, there will no longer be any need for anyone, Jew or Gentile, to be given visions and prophecies of the future. Both of these “gifts” will be “sealed up” and cease. The Lord Himself, ruling and reigning over mankind from His glorious throne in Jerusalem, will then reveal whatever knowledge of the future He wants mankind to know whenever He wants them to know it, Isaiah 2:1-4; Micah 4:1-3..
Absolute proof of this truth is verified in Zechariah 13:1-5. During the
anyone claiming to have had a vision or to have received a prophecy will be branded a liar and put to death. As I have already pointed out in this study, no sin or unrighteousness will be allowed to be practiced among mankind after the end of the Tribulation. The gifts of visions and prophecies among men will then be “sealed up,” apparently “for ever.” Millennial Kingdom
 “to anoint the most holy”…….Above all the other events mentioned in this verse, this is the one that many prophecy teachers today stumble over the worse. Many today insist that this statement just has to apply to the Lord Jesus Christ at His first coming. Sic! Pure human reasoning claims that no one could possibly be more “holy” than the Lord Jesus, so this phrase has to apply to His “anointing” by the Holy Spirit at His baptism. Oh, is that so? Sic! Sic! (That’s a double “sic” just in case some readers might tend to overlook it).
The expression, “the most holy,” occurs exactly 44 times in the Old Testament. Take your Concordance, look up the Scriptures references, and count them for yourself. Out of all 44 occurrences of this expression in the Scriptures, not even one time is the expression ever used in referring to a person, not to the Lord Jesus Christ or any other person. Hello! The very first occurrence of this expression in God’s Word is found in Exodus 26:33-34, where it occurs once in each verse. The context reveals that it is referring to “the most holy place” in the inner sanctuary of the Tabernacle as distinct from the “holy place” in the Tabernacle.
The expression is then used 12 more times in the Old Testament in referring to “the most holy place;” the inner sanctuary of the Tabernacle or
where the mercy seat was located. The 14th and final place where this word occurs when referring to “the most holy” [place] is right here in Daniel 9:24. Since all 13 previous occurrences of the expression actually refer to “the most holy place” rather than to a person, then what good Scriptural reason is there for claiming that Daniel 9:24 is referring to the anointing of the Lord Jesus Christ at His first coming? Well…?? Temple
Now would some of these “super scholars” who so dogmatically claim that this expression in Daniel 9:24 just has to refer to the “anointing” of the Lord Jesus at His baptism, care to explain to the rest of us “ignorant peons” why we should believe your “interpretation” rather than simply letting Scripture explain Scripture? Hello! Does this mess up your “theology?” Tsk! Tsk! I couldn’t care less about your “theology!” What I care about is the truth of God’s Word. Period! If you are a “true believer” that is what YOU should also care about. Read Romans 3:4. The real truth of this expression is exactly in harmony with the previous five events referred to in this verse. At the end of
the 70th Week of Daniel [the Tribulation] “the most holy” place will again be “anointed” and the
Temple Mount, the Tabernacle of David, and the [in this order] and all connected with them will be consecrated to the Lord. Read it yourself in Ezekiel 45:18-25. Millenial Temple
The Restitution of All Things
What Daniel 9:24 actually does is set forth the six events towards which the Lord Himself is working in order to “restore” a world system [civilization] upon this earth which will glorify and magnify Almighty God who created it, and which will be a blessing to all humanity from that time forth. The Apostle Peter, in speaking to Israel many centuries ago, urged the nation and people of Israel to “Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord; And He shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you: Whom the Heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all His holy prophets since the world began,” Acts 3:19-21. The Greek word translated as “restitution” literally means “to restore.” See Thayer’s Greek Lexicon, page 63, Strong’s No. 605.
It has often been said that
and the Jewish people are the “key” to the fulfillment of all Bible prophecy. This statement is absolutely true! Humanity upon this earth will never truly know righteousness, holiness, peace, justice, mercy, love, and fellowship for one another, until a redeemed Israel is in their right spiritual relationship with the Lord. That will not happen until the Jewish remnant turns to the Lord with their whole heart right at the end of the Tribulation. Read Jeremiah 29:11-13 and Zechariah 13:8-9 again and this time let it soak in. Then and only then will the “restitution of all things” come as the Lord Himself subdues and restores this whole earth, the world system, and creation itself to the state of holiness, purity, and Godly order that it was in when the Lord first placed mankind upon the earth. Read 1 Corinthians 15:24-28. Significantly, this is what the creation itself is looking forward to. Read Romans 8:19-22. May God hasten the day when there shall truly be “on earth peace, good will toward men,” Luke 2:14. Israel
Some of our readers who are indeed true believers, may find it necessary to “adjust their theology” after reading this study. If so, I hope you will! It is far past time that God’s people RETURN to the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, of God’s Word, and stop espousing silly theories, vain opinions, and man-made ”interpretations.” John 16:12-15, Romans 3:4, and 1 Thessalonians 5:21 are all still in the Bible, and God’s people today ought to be putting these inspired Scriptures into practice in our daily lives. Our Lord is able and willing to give to His people the absolute truth of His Word. We DO NOT have to go chasing off after silly “theories,” vain “opinions,” or the man-made “interpretations” of so-called “great scholars.” Sic!
Get serious about studying and listening to what God’s Word actually and literally says, rather than what some Laodicean “scholar” would like to make it say. Make an honest effort to learn how to “rightly divide the Word of truth,” 2 Timothy 2:15. The very souls of your own lost loved ones, and others around you may be depending on it. Do you care? Do you really care? Think about it!
“But what saith it? The Word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the Word of faith, which we preach;
That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation,” Romans 10:8-10.
“So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God,” Romans 10:17.
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