Sevety Sevens

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Why does prophecy matter?

Daniel 9:24 ESV
24 “Seventy weeks are decreed about your people and your holy city, to finish the transgression, to put an end to sin, and to atone for iniquity, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal both vision and prophet, and to anoint a most holy place.

What is the meaning of “seventy weeks (sevens)”?

Westerns think in units of ten called decades.
Israelites think in units of seven called heptads. The Sabbatical Year is based on seven years (Lev. 25:1-7)
The Israelites used a lunar calendar a lunar year is about 360 days.
In these six statements we have the sum of all the good things that God promised to humanity through Israel perfectly realized.
Daniel 9:25 NET
25 So know and understand: From the issuing of the command to restore and rebuild Jerusalem until an anointed one, a prince arrives, there will be a period of seven weeks and sixty-two weeks. It will again be built, with plaza and moat, but in distressful times.

When was the going out of the word to restore and build Jerusalem?

Three Words:
Cyrus gave word to rebuild Temple 538 BC (Ezra 1:2-4).
Artaxerxes I gave word to Ezra for Jews to return and temple worship (Ezra 7:11-26).
Artaxerxes I gave word to Nehemiah 445 BC to rebuild Jerusalem (Neh 2:5-8)
The Moody Bible Commentary 2. Daniel’s Vision of the Seventy Weeks (9:20–27)

The starting point of the prophecy would have begun on Nisan 1 (March 5), 444 BC, followed by 69 weeks of 360 day years or 173,880 days, and culminated on Nisan 10 (March 30), AD 33, the date of Jesus the Messiah’s triumphal entry (Lk 19:28–40)

Daniel 9:26 ESV
26 And after the sixty-two weeks, an anointed one shall be cut off and shall have nothing. And the people of the prince who is to come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary. Its end shall come with a flood, and to the end there shall be war. Desolations are decreed.

Jesus the Messiah is Crucified He atones for sin.

Rome destroys Jerusalem and the temple 70 AD

A break in the Seventy Sevens - known as Times of the Gentiles.

Daniel 9:27 ESV
27 And he shall make a strong covenant with many for one week, and for half of the week he shall put an end to sacrifice and offering. And on the wing of abominations shall come one who makes desolate, until the decreed end is poured out on the desolator.”

Who is this “he”?

Makes a Covenant for seven years.

Breaks Covenant in 3 1/2 years.

Persecutes Israel for 3 1/2 years.

Jesus the Messiah brings his end.

God will accomplish his purpose. Are you bearing witness to that and resting in it.

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