Jesus’ life and death were predicted in Daniel’s time, and the times in which we are living were known by the Lord forever. The current state of the world is no surprise to God – he is in control. Does the way you live your life reflect that confidence in God’s sovereignty?
20 While I was speaking and praying, confessing my sin and the sin of my people Israel and making my request to the Lord my God for his holy hill— 21 while I was still in prayer, Gabriel, the man I had seen in the earlier vision, came to me in swift flight about the time of the evening sacrifice. 22 He instructed me and said to me, “Daniel, I have now come to give you insight and understanding. 23 As soon as you began to pray, a word went out, which I have come to tell you, for you are highly esteemed. Therefore, consider the word and understand the vision:
24 “Seventy ‘sevens’ are decreed for your people and your holy city to finish transgression, to put an end to sin, to atone for wickedness, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal up vision and prophecy and to anoint the Most Holy Place.
25 “Know and understand this: From the time the word goes out to restore and rebuild Jerusalem until the Anointed One, the ruler, comes, there will be seven ‘sevens,’ and sixty-two ‘sevens.’ It will be rebuilt with streets and a trench, but in times of trouble. 26 After the sixty-two ‘sevens,’ the Anointed One will be put to death and will have nothing. The people of the ruler who will come will destroy the city and the sanctuary. The end will come like a flood: War will continue until the end, and desolations have been decreed. 27 He will confirm a covenant with many for one ‘seven.’ In the middle of the ‘seven’ he will put an end to sacrifice and offering. And at the temple he will set up an abomination that causes desolation, until the end that is decreed is poured out on him.”
Daniel’s prophecy of the seventy seven’s seems to fit part of our history in Christianity like a glove. We can see that at the end of the time Israel has to rebuild the temple, the Anointed One comes. What will happen in this time (vs. 24) is the completion of transgression, an end to sin, atonement for wickedness, and the advent of everlasting righteousness.
As we think about how the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus impacted our world, and the timing of his life within the ‘weeks’ Daniel sees, the connection to Jesus grows and grows. In Jesus, we have the finish or completion of transgression – what could be more of a fulfillment of transgression than the killing of God’s only son? And in his death and resurrection, Jesus defeated sin and atoned for our wickedness.
In Jesus, the righteous live by faith in him with an everlasting holiness that comes from Jesus.
Daniel’s prophecy also seems to point clearly to Jesus’ death (vs. 26) and to the period of increasing strife between the time of Jesus to the time of the end. This is where the end-times wonks get all crazy. As-seen-on-TV, these guys sometimes even tell you days and hours of the Lord’s coming and which international political figure is the antichrist in this political cycle.
Hear the Lord: it is not for us to know the dates and times (Acts 1:7).
What is for us is to see that Jesus’ life and death were predicted in Daniel’s time. It is for us to know that the times in which we are living were known by the Lord forever. The current state of the world is no surprise to God. God remains in control and knows the end from the beginning.
Does the way you live your life reflect that confidence in God’s sovereignty? This is where worry and manipulation and control are laughable in the face of the God who makes the sun rise and counts the hairs on our heads.
We are humbled in your presence, Lord…