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The Most Dramatic Prophecy In The Bible
Author Name: ruthrobinson
Date added: March 15, 2011 02:43:00 PM
Category: Society: Religion and Spirituality

Of the more than 300 prophecies in the Old Testament that predict the coming of the Messiah very few actually use the word "Messiah" or "anointed one" [Hebrew: "moshiach"]. Most of the prophecies speak of the Messiah in figurative or metaphorical terms. Even fewer prophecies predict the exact time of the coming of the Messiah. There is however, a prophecy consisting of just four verses, found in the book of Daniel, that uses the word "Moshiach" and also predicts the time of the coming of the Messiah. This same short prophecy also gives crucial information about the future antichrist. I consider it to be the most dramatic prophecy in the Bible. Daniel was one of the three prophets to the Jewish people during the time of the exile. Israel had been conquered by the Babylonians in the sixth century BC and the Jews were exiled to the land of Chaldea of which Babylon was capitol. God did not leave His chosen people without prophetic witness. Jeremiah was the prophet to the few remaining Jews who were in the land of Israel. Ezekiel was out in the countryside of Chaldea by the river Chebar. Daniel was in the capitol city, in the king's court, ministering to the Jews in exile there. In the ninth chapter of Daniel we find that Daniel had read in the writings of Jeremiah that Jerusalem would be desolate for 70 years. The 70 years were apparently almost over by this time. Daniel was an old man, Jeremiah was long dead and Ezekiel had also gone to his reward years earlier. Daniel didn't just say "Finally, the 70 years are over, let's pack our bags for the trip back to Jerusalem!" Instead he prayed a lengthy humble prayer of repentance and asked God to restore Jerusalem. This is called praying the promises or birthing prophetic fulfillments through prayer. After Daniel's prayer, Gabriel the archangel appeared to Daniel and gave him a prophetic prediction of great things to come. This most dramatic prophecy in all the Bible is recorded in four verses, namely Daniel 9:24-27. This prophecy, like most Bible prophecies, is in the form of a riddle. How are you at crossword puzzles, Daniel? Why does God speak in riddles? He could have just said: "The coming Messiah will be named Jesus, He will be born in Bethlehem and be raised in Nazareth." God speaks in riddles because He doesn't want everyone to understand. God doesn't want the devil to understand and He doesn't want people who hate God to understand. God is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him yet only those who are enabled by grace will understand the riddles. Nevertheless Daniel 9:24-27 is among the easiest riddles to understand. More importantly it gives the timing of the fulfillment of its predictions and that is rare in prophecy. The main subjects dealt with in this prophecy are sin, atonement for sin, righteousness, the temple, Jerusalem, the Messiah, the death of Messiah, the destruction of the temple, a great war, the antichrist and desolations made by the antichrist. That's a lot of territory to cover in just four verses! The timing is given very clearly in the opening words of Daniel 9:24: "Seventy weeks have been decreed for your people and your holy city" (all quotes are from The New American Standard version). The weeks are weeks of years or "septads." The Jews had a sabbath year every seventh year. They measured years in septads like we use decades. Seventy weeks equal 70 x 7 years or 490 years. Now consider the lofty accomplishments that God expected of His chosen people during those 490 years. They were commanded "to finish the transgression, to make an end of sin, to make atonement for iniquity, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal up vision and prophecy and to anoint the most holy place" (Dan. 9:24).The Jews were commanded to accomplish all of that in 490 years!!! How can sinners "finish the transgression" or make an "end of sin"? With all due respect for the Jewish people, I have to point out that the Jews are mere mortals that are not perfect and they fall into sin. Their sins are what got them exiled to Chaldea in the first place! I will show how the Jews, or rather one particular Jew, did in fact end sin as this prophecy predicted. Also notice the repetition, that "finish the transgression" is really the equivalent of "make an end of sin." In Hebrew, emphasis is made by repetition. In Isaiah 6:3 the holiness of God is emphasized by the repetition "Holy, Holy, Holy." So we see in Daniel 9:24 that the phrases seem repetitive and this is to highly emphasize the importance of finishing the transgression, ending sin, atoning for sin and bringing in everlasting righteousness. How did the Jews atone for sin? They offered animal blood sacrifices in the temple as God commanded in Leviticus. The command in Daniel 9:24 "to anoint the most holy place" is a prediction of the rebuilding of the temple which was in ruins when Daniel got this prophecy. The prophecy continues in Daniel 9:25-26a. "So you are to know and discern that f ...

The Bible is the only holy book of any faith that has thousands of predictive prophecies that have been fulfilled down through history to the present day. This article discusses the most dramatic Bible prophecy.

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