Donna asked about Dan 9:24 . Let's take a
שָׁבֻעִים שִׁבְעִים נֶחְתַּךְ עַל-עַמְּךָ
ולחתם (וּלְהָתֵם) חטאות (חַטָּאת)
, וּלְהָבִיא, צֶדֶק עֹלָמִים;
וְלַחְתֹּם חָזוֹן וְנָבִיא,
וְלִמְשֹׁחַ קֹדֶשׁ קָדָשִׁים.
24 Seventy weeks are decreed upon thy people and upon
thy holy city,
- to finish the transgression,
- and to make an end of sin,
- and to forgive iniquity,
- and to bring in everlasting righteousness,
- and to seal vision and prophet,
- and to anoint the most holy place.
First off, these 70 "SEVENs" are decreed
about "thy people and upon the holy city", but Revelation is directed at a wider
audience, for G-d told John, "Thou must prophesy again before many peoples, and
nations, and tongues, and kings. " (Rev 10:11).
At the time G-d said the above, Israel was
in exile FOR THEIR SINS. So when He says "finish transgression", he means
"finish the [national] transgressions [of Israel]", because that context was
established in the phrase preceding it. Of course, G-d plan to bring in
"everlasting righteousness" was the death / resurrection of Messiah, whom also
the Gentiles rest their hope. And this was mentioned in Dan 9 as part of
how that happened. But the fact that the 70 weeks are all about dealing
with the sins, iniquity, transgressions of Israel is evidenced from numerous
places in the context, not only the statment below, but we see this in the
overall ocntext as well....
sinned, and have dealt iniquitously, and have done wickedly, and have
rebelled...," (Dan 9:5)
"Unto Thee, O
Lord, belongeth righteousness, but unto us confusion of face..." (Dan
Israel have transgressed Thy law..." (Dan 9:11)
"And while I
was speaking, and praying, and confessing my sin and the sin of my people
Israel..." (Dan 9:20)
Gabriel ... approached close to me... " (Dan 9:21)
But there's nothing stated that the 70
weeks are to deal with the sins of "many peoples, and nations, and tongues, and
kings. " That's what the book of Revelation was for.
Now while there can be some ambiguity in
what is meant by "seal vision" or "anoint" or some of the other issues raised,
we can't take what we READ INTO this verse and place that above the PLAIN
LANGUAGE of other verses. And if Revelation gives us a timeline that
clearly exceeds 7 years, then we have to understand the less clear passages by
the clearer passages. And if we have over 90 months in the 3
Woe 1: (Rev
8:13-9:11) Rev 9:10 says at least 5 months.
Woe 2: (Rev
9:13-11:13) 1/3 of mankind destroyed, the 7 thunders, and 42 months of the two
Woe 3: (Rev
11:15 onward) Final 42 months before Messiah
which we're told MUST come in sequence, we
can't dismiss the plain language of this text because in favor of what tradition
has READ INTO Dan 9.
Keep in mind that one must realize that
the Church is not Israel. Replacement
theology is responsible for the idea that everything must fit into a 7 year
timeline, because theologians have been so sold on their own theology that
ISrael was done away with and replaced by the Church that this is at the heart
of how they have interpretted Dan 9 as applying to everyone when it does not and
only applies to Israel.