Today’s Devotional

Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy.”

Daniel 9:24 KJV

Thoughts on Today’s Verse…..

This is possibly one of the most abused passages of the old testament. As you read through the passages (9:24-27) There are a number of important facts about the first section of this prophecy.  First, some have argued that the text is not speaking of years, but weeks or months. The Prophecy is stated as there are three things that are negative and the last three are positive. This is stated in verse (9:24) Also this Prophecy states that it has to be fulfilled and completed on time as it says in the bible, “And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined. And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.” Daniel 9:26-27 KJV  There are six infinitives that tell us when the seventy weeks that have been decreed for Israel and Jerusalem will be fulfilled in history. These six goals are 1)  to finish the transgression, 2)  to make an end of sins,  3) to make reconciliation for iniquity, 4)  to bring in everlasting righteousness, 5) to seal up the vision and prophecy, and 6) to anoint the most holy. Before we can decide when these six items will be fulfilled, we must first find out their purpose. 1) to finish the transgression, which means, Here it has the idea of “firmly restraining the sin.” In this context it is “the transgression” which is being firmly restrained. 2) to make an end of sins, This is the second goal to be completed at the end of the 70 weeks. The phrase “to make an end” means to shut, close, seal, hide and the word for sin in the Hebrew Old Testament means  “to miss the mark, to be mistaken”. So basically the verse  means to put a close on all your mistakes. 3) to make reconciliation for iniquity, which is third goal, means  being restored to God for your unrighteous action or conduct. 4) to bring in everlasting righteousness, the first of three positive statements. The first three events prophesied in Daniel were largely negative, that is, a taking care of a negative situation, our sin. For God to do His work, He must first rectify the mess we have made.  5) to seal up the vision and prophecy, It means to shut up, to “seal up”. The sealing up of vision and prophet is both a blessing and a curse, depending on the recipient. Consider (Isaiah 29:9- 16) KJV.  I know this is a long passage, but it is very helpful in showing us what the “sealing up” means for those who do not “take care how they hear” the Word of God. 6) to anoint the most Holy, God did hear what we have all done with items of lesser importance: When we are done with it, we tear it in half. But God’s temple was replaced with a better one: Our Temple is Jesus. To be more precise, we who are in Christ Jesus are part of His temple, the body of Christ. These facts need the interpretation to include also Christ’s second coming, because only then does Israel as a nation turn to Christ. So now is the time for you to turn to Jesus Christ and open your heart and repent. For He is the one that paid the penalty for your sins on the cross so that you could have eternal life. Amen

By: Jeff Ellinger

Today’s Prayer…..

Dear Heavenly Father, please bless me and help me not fall into transgression and to follow your laws and not commit sin. As long as I have you in my heart O Lord I know you will comfort me as I try to be righteous towards you every day. Amen


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