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April 7, 2021 2:00 am
The book of Daniel contains four prophetic visions that reveal the stunning accuracy of biblical prophecy. Join Skip as he explores these visions as well as Daniel's uncompromising faith that God would fulfill them.
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Ever heard of Isaac Newton, Sir Isaac Newton, the father of modern science, mathematician, astronomer Isaac Newton was also a believer in the Bible and Sir Isaac Newton said you could stake the entire Christianity on the text of Daniel chapter 9 by the state Bible is filled with encouraging truths and wise commitment.
It's also full of amazing predictions that proves the authority and authenticity of God's word today on connect with skip-Skip begins to unravel for one of the most significant prophecies in the Bible about Jesus first want to share about where you can hear even more encouraging vital messages from skip. Now I just want to let you know how we connected on my YouTube channel. Just search for skip.
I think that's HP iTunes DIG you'll find in-depth Bible teachings and insightful interviews. And don't forget to subscribe. Thank you Steph, we are passionate about helping believers like you strengthen your walk with God, and you can be a part of connecting others to Jesus in the same way when you give a gift to help keep these teachings. You have Army air just call 800 9218 8892 1888 or connectwithskip.com/donate.connect with.com/donate. Thank you. Now we are in the book of Daniel as we dive into her study with Skip Heitzig before the dynasty of Seleucid King was a guy by the name of Antiochus the fourth and to Chris before, also called Antiochus epiphanies he he I believe was the king arising verse 23, having fears, features, and destroying the holy people what he do he came into Jerusalem to get over, killed 80,000 people pretty quickly took 40,000 captive. He dedicated the temple in Jerusalem to Zeus.
He put an image of Zeus in the temple. He sacrificed a pig know anything about kosher law, the most unclean flesh in Judaism is a pig. He took a pagan sacrifice it on the altar of sacrifice that bronze altar in the outer courtyard took the juices of the swine and drench the temple floor and compounds with it just desecrated the whole temple.
He put an end to sacrifice as he put an end of the Sabbath he forbade Jewish circumcision. The male child of eight days of OP just shut Judaism down when he did that in the temple. The Jews gave it a specific title they call that the abomination of desolation. That's why last week I said chapter 8, is the historical template of somebody else will come in the end times and do that again called the antichrist hold that thought is ominously show that to you in just a moment that we get to chapter 9 chapter 9 man is the Eiffel Tower of Scripture. It is, it's like looking out the window Bible from 30,000 feet. The Wouters avatar or look at the pyramids. You can see them when you're flying in the Cairo date they they shoot up from the landscape there an unmistakable landmark or Mount Rushmore in South Dakota.
It is one of the towering chapters of all of the Bible ever heard of Isaac Newton, Sir Isaac Newton, the father of modern science mathematician and astronomer Isaac Newton was also a believer in the Bible and Sir Isaac Newton said you could stake the entire truth of Christianity on the text of Daniel chapter 9 alone quite a statement about Tommy getting to chapter 9 Daniel is much older. He was 15 when we start the book he's in his 80s.
You know that means. It means that he has lived the entire Babylonian captivity in Babylon.
70 years of captivity. He is been there and it's just about up.
He's been there since he was about 15. He's lived there 70 years is between 85 and 90 and he remembers you'll see here that Jeremiah the prophet gave a prediction that the Jews would be in babble in 70 years. That's given by a prophet who proceeded in follow me so far. Chapter 9 verse one in the first year of Darius the sun, a bachelors of the lineage of the Medes sewer dealing with the second kingdom at the head of gold. Babylon is gone be the Persian Empire, chest, arms of silver, the bear tilted to one side, depending on which vision is looking at who of the lineage of the Medes was made king over the realm of the Chaldeans of this is 539 BC right after Babylon had fallen to the Medes and the Persians in the first year of his reign. I Daniel understood. I love this by the books I understood by the books. The number of years specified by the word of the Lord through Jeremiah the prophet that he would accomplish 70 years in the desolation's of Jerusalem. If you ever wondered what it Daniel ever do for quiet time he read at least on this day the scrolls of Jeremiah the prophet he's reading, and contemplating the Scripture and he comes across this prophecy of Jeremiah were says Israel's going to be captive in babble in 70 years, and he's thinking back to when that first happen. He's lived through it and now he knows that times about opulence that is hourglass, yet God brought up 70 years man were about at the end of it. Verse three. Then I set my face toward the Lord God to make requests by prayer and supplication with fasting, sackcloth and ashes and I prayed to the Lord my God, and make confession and said, oh Lord great and awesome God who keeps his covenant and mercy with those who love them and with those who keep his commandments begins a great prayer of of of confession as well as prayer of supplication granted.
Verse 21. Yes, while I was speaking in prayer. The man Gabriel, whom I had seen in the vision at the beginning.
That's back in chapter 8 being caused to fly swiftly, reached me about the time of the evening offering about 3 o'clock in the afternoon. This evening offering in Jerusalem even though there is no temple even those are there's no sacrifices.
That was how they kept the time 3 o'clock out in the afternoon. That's when the lambs were killed in the temple evening sacrifice and he informed me and he talked with me and he said oh Daniel, I have now come forth to give use skill to understand. Please note that why because some people think Daniel chapter 9 is hard to understand and yet the angel said I want you to understand this honor to give you skill to understand this is not some cryptic thing filled with confusion and obfuscation. This is revelation man.
This is God making things clear to Daniel.
I want you to understand and he wants us to understand at the beginning of your supplications the command went out and I have come to tell you where you are greatly beloved, therefore, consider the matter and understand the vision here is 70 weeks are determined for your people and for your holy city to finish the transgression, to make an end of sins, to make reconciliation for iniquity, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal up vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most holy amazing verse of Scripture. One of the most important verses in all of Scripture.
It says 70 weeks are determined to see the word determined it means to divide or to cut what it means, basically, is this God has spliced out of all of history this time. He's marked out what is called here 70 weeks.
This 70 weeks is a divine timetable that God cut out, divided out, spliced out of history or certain things to be accomplished when those 70 weeks are up. The six things that are enumerated in verse 24 will be accomplished if you want to look at it again. You can see what's going to happen at the end of that time. Finish the transgression make an end of sins make reconciliation for iniquity bring in everlasting righteousness seal up vision and prophecy, and anoint the most holy. That is the most holy place.
So what does that mean more 70 weeks. We give you the exact Hebrew shovel Weems Chevy several Weems Chevy literally.
That means 77s. Now it says weeks here because in a week. There are seven days, but the Hebrew shovel Weems to beam 77's are determined that seven that set of seven could be seven days to be seven years. Sometimes in the Bible and in Jewish literature.
It speaks of set. It speaks of a week of days. Sometimes it speaks of a week of years. The consensus of both Jewish and Christian conservative scholarship is that we are dealing with 70 sets of seven years or 490 years you follow 490 years are determined not stop for just a moment, let me kind of tell you were Daniel's head is that Daniel's reading Jeremiah the prophet and Jeremiah the prophet said that they're going to be in captivity for how many years shouted out how many years. 70 years so Daniel's think of 70 or 70 or 70 years you know why 70 years you know that why they were in babble in 70 years the God to say I like the number seven note no second Chronicles 36 tells us exactly why this is because Israel failed to keep the Sabbath year so he would extract that from them and gave them a 70 year captivity. What is that mean is what it means.
Member how the Jews when they would do agriculture, they would tell the land for six years.
The seventh year they would let it lie fallow will give it a rest. The land got a Sabbath for a whole year. Every seven years. They didn't do that. They Planning harvesting planning harvesting didn't they never gave the the land arrest for 490 years. They disobeyed God's sabbatical commandment to give the land arrest. So what God says in the captivity of 70 years is you only 70 years I meditated out of your you going to go to captivity seven years.
Many of the land of the rest 70 years in a row. You disobeyed me that long, so Daniel's thinking along these terms, he's thinking 70 years because of 490 years of disobedience. It's as if exactly at that moment Laura says well now that you're thinking about those 490 years of disobedience in 70 years of captivity. Let me give you 490. Other years to consider 70 sets of seven are determined for your holy people, the city of Jerusalem just to clear it up to even make it more clear. I hope I'm clearing this up and not covering it up.
Many versions of the Bible. Some Jewish translations from Jewish commentaries, and in several modern translation including the new Century version just to take the Hebrew text and clarified in English instead of saying 77s simply read thus and I'm quoting now from the new Century version, God has ordered 490 years for your people. Okay, so that's already over 490 years cut out spliced out that when those 490 years are finished all those six items in verse 24 will be done will take place. One of the reasons I know this can't be 70 weeks of days is because that would only be one and 1/3 years 470 weeks of days would only be one in the third years. That's certainly not enough time for all of those things in verse 24 to occur, and by the way they haven't occurred yet. Were still waiting for that okay when does all this begin. Verse 25.
No. Therefore know which you know this know therefore and understand, and by the way, I have decided in my 20s that I would take this scripture seriously. No therefore and understand, I am made it my goal to memorize many of the figures I'm giving you so that I could share it in the field I worked in Southern California hospitals among lots of doctors who thought they hung the world he hung the moon they they were the smartest people on the earth. They were atheistic and and so I was able to use Daniel and his prophecies to win many of them to Christ sold know therefore and understand from the going forth of the command that's that's what it's can begin from the going forth of the command to restore and build Jerusalem until Messiah the Prince only time in the Bible that construction occurs Messiah the Prince, Moshe Naveed from the going forth of the command to restore and build Jerusalem until the Messiah the Prince, there will be seven weeks, seven weeks of years is how many years 49 years. That's pretty easy to 49 years 62 weeks of 434 years, so a total of 483 years following me from the going forth of the command to restore and build Jerusalem until the Messiah the Prince, there will be seven weeks and 62 weeks or 69 weeks the street will be built again, and the wall, even in troublesome times and after the 62 weeks Messiah shall be killed executed cut off. I'll get back to that in a minute. But not for himself and the people of the prince who is to come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary. The end of it shall be with a flood until the end of the war desolation's are determined. This is the very pinnacle of the book of Daniel and my opinion we are told the exact time of messiahs arrival into Jerusalem when is that after the 69th week. So what that means is you should be able to count 483 years from the command to restore and build Jerusalem as you look out for hundred 83 years and end up with Jesus the Messiah Messiah the Prince coming to his holy people. Jerusalem, the starting point, the command to restore and build Jerusalem. Do we know and that is we know exactly when that is now on a cut through some of this the middle.
I waited through the numbers in the scholarship and in the explanations wanted to say there were four. In his history for different edicts given to the Jews to go back to Jerusalem and do something.
But the one edicts that was given for them to go back and restore and build Jerusalem you read it.
Nehemiah chapter 2 is given by Arctic Xerxes laundry minus and it was March 14 445 BC.
We even know the exact date in history in our calendar March 14 445 BC, and incidentally, it took 49 years to restore the walls in the streets of Jerusalem as the first section. Notice the Messiah is predicted after that first 49er. Seven weeks and 62 weeks. A total of 69 weeks 483 years. Okay there is a book was written in 1894 I believe, by the head of criminal investigation at Scotland Yard. He was a math whiz. He was brilliant as Amos Sir Robert Anderson. He was so intrigued by Daniel. He put pen to paper and figured out the dates and the coming of Jesus into Jerusalem and here it is. He figured that 483 years tabulated out by day is exactly 173,880 days so he counted from March 14 445 BC and Canada hundred and 73,880 days used to calendar made variations for leap years, etc. and came up with the end of the 483 years or hundred and 73,880 days with it a very interesting date April 6 32 A.D., which happened to be in the Jewish calendar the 10th of Nisan, the 10th of Nisan. Many of you now know from our previous Bible studies was the day the Jews every year selected the Lamb who would be sacrificed on the 14th day of Nisan, the Passover and they brought the Lamb home what happened on the 10th of Nissan what happened. April 6 32 A.D. interesting Jesus trusted the Mount of olives and looked over the city of Jerusalem and said to his disciples, going to the village.
Next you and get a donkey he had never done this before. He always told his followers after he did a miracle and they secure the wonder of the son of God and the size that don't tell anybody keep it a secret harbor that you just got healed Kelly, but this is the only time he publicly allowed. In fact, commanded a public presentation into the city of Jerusalem fulfilling Zechariah chapter 9 verse nine behold your king comes to you lowly on the full of a donkey and they saw him coming into the silliness of Hosanna Hosanna, you know the story, but something unusual happened as he nears the city.
He says something and and here's what I want you to grass.
Not only did Daniel give the exact day when the Messiah would come.
Messiah the Prince was even more astonishing is Jesus held the Jews responsible to know the date know therefore and understand he he held them accountable in Luke chapter 19 go down to verse 41. If you have your Bible open or I'll just read it to now as he drew near, that is, drew near the city.
He saw the city and he wept over it, saying if you had known, even you watch this, especially in this your day.
The things that make for your peace. But now they are hidden from your eyes for the days will come upon you when your enemies that's the Romans will build an embankment around you, surround you and close you and in every side happened in 70 A.D. and level you and your children within you to the ground and they will not leave in you one stone upon another, because you did not know the time of your visitation. The Romans are going to destroy your city because you should've known this day this time of your visitation, what day the 173,880th day, the 483rd year as Robert Anderson calculated the very day that Skip message from the series the Bible from 30,000 feet want to share about a great resource that helps you live confidently in the peace of Jesus even in licensor.
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