Daniel’s Prayer

The Prophecy of Daniel’s Seventy Weeks

Daniel’s Prayer

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Do you enjoy a good mystery?

The final four verses from Daniel Chapter 9 has been discussed by those studying The Bible for centuries.

Famed physicist and Mathematician, Sir Isaac Newton, considered one of the most important scientists in history, studied and wrote about The Bible as much as he did regarding Science and Math - including an entire book studying the prophecies of Daniel entitled, Observations on the Prophecies of Daniel and the Apocalypse of St. John, published in 1733. He also spent considerable time on these four verses and wrote a commentary of his findings.

During the late 1800s, Sir Robert Anderson, published a book, The Coming Prince, which made significant progress in solving the puzzle of Daniel’s Seventy Weeks.

The chapter begins with Daniel in deep prayer, asking The Lord to remember the promise to his Chosen to free them from the Babylonians after their 70 year prescribed punishment was over. He also prayed for forgiveness of sins committed by himself and his people. During the prayer, the Archangel Gabriel interrupts Daniel and reveals a powerful and truly amazing vision to the prophet - one that foretells the day The Messiah will appear, and what will happen to him, followed by the appearance of a vile and wicked character who will create tremendous blasphemy and prosecute a great war upon the world.

You’re invited to read more detail from Newton, Anderson, and others concerning this incredible picture of our past and future in this article.

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. 

25) Know therefore and understand that from the going out of the word to restore and build Jerusalem to the coming of an anointed one, a prince, there shall be seven weeks. Then for sixty-two weeks it shall be built again with squares and moat, but in a troubled time.

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.

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.” -- Daniel 9:24-27 (English Standard Version)
Daniel Chapter 9 Study Notes (Revised April 2021)

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