Daniel Speaks Twice

     We have just celebrated Palm Sunday in churches around the world to commemorate the triumphal entry of Jesus Christ a week before leading to the most powerful human transaction in history.  Palm Sunday was foretold centuries before in the prophetic writings and revelations of Daniel while captive in ancient Iran.  The Word made flesh (Jesus) came to fulfill that prophetic word that He passed on to Daniel primarily in chapters 9 and 12.

     Before we begin, when looking at prophetic interpretations, it is important to always keep your feet on the ground and to remember that rarely do we see things exactly as they are, prior to the event’s happening.   Many have made grave errors when looking at prophecy to attempt to determine an exact time of Christ’s return – some having sold all that they have only to have a date slip by.  Scripture tells us that until Christ returns, we ‘look through a glass dimly’ or unclearly and that ‘we see in part and know in part’.   (1 Cor. 13:9-12).  However, I do believe that as time goes on, the Church will be given clearer understanding and will grow in the ability to see things more clearly - even preemptively.

     As we saw last week, Hebrews 10:25 tells us to assemble and be wise ‘as you see the Day approaching.  As recorded in Luke 12:56, Jesus taught that we should be aware and we’re able to understand what is happening around us simply by knowing His Word and discerning the times.   It is true that in various places, scripture tells us that things were hidden from our eyes.  Sometimes this is because, as in Daniel’s writings, they were hidden for a time to come.  But sometimes things are simply hidden because we are not positioned properly to see them, much like a hunter will miss a deer on the other side of the hedge row because he was standing in the wrong spot.  Not hidden maliciously, just due to position.  I believe God is a revealing God.  Scripture tells us that He is not the author of confusion.  Most of the time, when something is hidden from our eyes, it is not as if they have been blinded as much as we need a change of position and thinking to see more clearly.  The religious leaders of Christ’s time missed Him entirely because they had pre-conceived expectations of how it was to take place.   Our understanding must be founded on Scripture but not anchored in conditional pre-conception.  God cannot be placed in a box.

     Let me jump into the purpose of this week’s writing entitled ‘Daniel Speaks Twice’.  Regarding our seeing things after the fact, sometimes we can learn from them as we learn of patterns.  In looking at scripture with a prophetic eye it is important to know that there is a prophetic or Jewish calendar year that equals 360 days per year1.  There is also a reference to 'weeks' and it is widely believed that a 'week' equates to seven prophetic (360 day) years.  For instance, Daniel said the following in chapter 9:25 -

‘So you are to know and discern that from the issuing of a decree to restore and rebuild Jerusalem until Messiah the Prince there will be seven weeks and sixty-two weeks; it will be built again, with plaza and moat, even in times of distress.’

 

     Regarding the ‘issuing of a decree’, there were multiple decrees given as related to the Israelites in Babylon and their homeland in Jerusalem after having served 70 years in Babylonian captivity.  The first two decrees were related to rebuilding the temple (538 & 520 BC).  A third decree was in 457 BC related to financing the temple sacrifices.  It was not until March 444 BC that a decree went forth to rebuild the city and its walls, making it a sovereign city with its own protection. 

     Looking at Daniel 9:25 again with a different focus while using the date of March 444 BC we get some interesting results.  The text reads, ‘until Messiah the Prince there will be seven weeks and sixty-two weeks; it will be built again, with plaza and moat, even in times of distress.’  I believe it is significant that these seven and sixty-two weeks are mentioned separately.  So they can be assessed in multiple ways as we look for their fulfillment.  ‘It is the glory of God to conceal a matter; it is the glory of kings to search them out’. (Proverbs 25:2)  Let us first look at these numbers combined.

 

     Seven Weeks and Sixty-Two Weeks: (Sixty-Nine Weeks total):  It is widely accepted that Daniel’s reference to ‘weeks’ is equal to 7 years for each prophetic ‘week’.  This would make Daniel’s reference to 69 weeks equate to 483 prophetic years (360 days per year).  Taking March 444 BC and adding 483 years or 173,880 days (483 x 360 = 173,880 days) you come to what is believed to be the exact timing of Christ’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem on what is now referred to as Palm Sunday.  Even if not the exact day, it clearly leads to ‘until Messiah the Prince’. Christians believe that this fulfills the prophecy regarding the 69 weeks; the coming of Jesus Christ as Messiah at the triumphal entry, Palm Sunday. 

Combining these numbers for 69 weeks makes sense as we know that Jesus said ‘it is finished’ while hanging on the Cross and His work of redemption was established forever; the wall that separated Jew and Gentile was torn down, the mystery of Christ in us as our hope of glory was established with the revealing of the Church.  But we also know that He will be back to complete (or redeem the purchased possession’) the final work of redemption, the redemption of our bodies with the defeat of death for the believers in Christ.  Let us now take a look at the ‘seven weeks’ or 49 years as mentioned in Daniel 9:25.  Could this be significant as well?

 

     Seven Weeks:  We know that Christians are looking for the Second Coming of Jesus Christ to redeem the saints made perfect or a second instance of ‘until Messiah the Prince’.  In looking at the Daniel 9:25a reference to ‘seven weeks’ period, we find something very interesting.   As history records, a second decree went out to ‘rebuild the city and its walls’ as mentioned in Daniel 9:25a.  In AD 70 the city of Jerusalem and its temple were destroyed by the Romans.  It was not until almost 2,000 years had passed that a 2nd decree was given to rebuild the city and its walls.  This decree, the only other decree for this intended purpose, occurred on June 8th, 1967 just one day after the Six Day War ended.  It was made during the last blood moon tetrad of 1967-1968 (image) when the Israeli’s captured the entirety of Jerusalem.  While touring the city the day after the war ended, General David Ben-Gurion gives a glimpse at his compassionate heart as he said:

“There is only one way to ensure for all eternity the Jewishness and Israeliness of Jerusalem and the surrounding area . . . —and not by the removal of non-Jews from this area, not a single one. On the contrary, all that is and will be required of us is to improve the economic and social conditions of the present inhabitants. But as soon as possible we must also settle, rebuild, and populate the Jewish Quarter in the Old City that was destroyed by the Arabs twenty years ago and all the empty and unpopulated areas to the east, north, and south of the city, with thousands and tens of thousands of Jewish families from the New City and from other parts of Israel and with Jewish volunteers from the Diaspora.   Read more

 

     So in like fashion as the first decree, we now take seven weeks or 49 years (7x7 years) and calculate the days (49 years x 360 days = 17,640 total days).  What date is 17,640 days after this decree given on June 8, 1967?  Sept. 24, 2015 which immediately follows Yom Kippur (Sept. 23, 2015) or The Day of Atonement and just 4 days before the last Blood Moon in this current Tetrad!

     As I mentioned in the beginning, we look for prophetic insights with a sound mind as if digging for treasure.  It is important that we watch; ensure a right relationship with God through Jesus Christ and a heart of repentance with eyes searching for His soon return.  

     In closing please note, the last of Daniel’s reference to decrees and weeks, is the sum and completion of seven Shemitah or Sabbath years2 on Rosh Hashanah Feast of Trumpets - Sept, 13 2015. This will be immediately be followed by a 50th Year of Jubilee starting Sept 14, 2015.

 

Summary:  Two decrees to rebuild the city and its walls.  The first decree to rebuild the city and its walls given by Artaxerxes in 444 BC led to the time of Christ’s triumphal entry after 483 years.  What will happen 49 years after the second decree given by General David Ben-Gurion on June 8, 1967 to rebuild the city and its walls?  We will see around Sept 23, 2015!

 

'For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.' (2 Tim. 1:7 NKJV)

”But when these things begin to take place, straighten up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.”  (Luke 21:28 NASB)

 


1 Numbers are a focus for me as God speaks through numbers all the time.  I find it interesting to note that the 120 years, related to Noah and the timings I presented two weeks ago, is 1/3 of the 360 year cycle from the Corporate Act of 1661 to the year 2012.

2 The land rests.  http://gracethrufaith.com/ask-a-bible-teacher/why-seventy-years-in-babylon/