Daniel’s prayer provides many insights on how we can
intercede on behalf of God’s people, the Church and Israel, as
well as our nation. Praying for the coming of God’s kingdom to
earth should permeate our prayer life.
God outlined throughout Scripture His plan and program
for the world. We err greatly if we do not give
considerable time to the study of His revelations. We
should be as determined as Daniel to know what God is
doing in our time, especially as we observe many of the
things predicted so long ago beginning to take shape.
Daniel’s example speaks to us today: “Study the Scriptures
The key to spiritual and God-honoring prayer begins
with a clear grasp of the holiness of God and His
attributes of truth and love. Daniel, Job and Isaiah saw
God clearly and confessed their sinfulness.
We have sinned and done wrong. We have been wicked and
have rebelled; we have turned away from your commands and
laws. We have not listened to your servants the prophets,
who spoke in your name to our kings, our princes and our
fathers, and to all the people of the land (Daniel 9:5-6).
My ears had heard of you but now my eyes have seen you.
Therefore I despise myself and repent in dust and ashes
“Woe to me!” I cried. “I am ruined! For I am a man of
unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips,
and my eyes have seen the King, the LORD Almighty” (Isaiah
Job and Isaiah saw God with their eyes; up to this
point, Daniel had only seen Him in the prophetic
Scriptures! The more of God we see and understand, the
more we will see ourselves as being woeful and ruined by
Praying in harmony with the Scriptures is a
prerequisite for obtaining a proper understanding of
prophecy. May Daniel’s experience and blessing in prayer
become ours as we seek to understand God’s Word.
It is noteworthy that the Temple at Jerusalem was
rebuilt seventy years after it was destroyed. Its
construction had been stopped by the opposition of the
people who already lived in the land (Ezra 4:1-5, 24).
This delay partially fulfilled the prophecy of troublesome
times as well as God’s time schedule. The Second Temple,
which replaced the one destroyed in 586 B.C., was
completed, and dedicated in 515 B.C., the decreed seventy
years! From a human standpoint, it was delayed; from a
divine standpoint, it was on time.
The Jews possessed God’s prophetic calendar! They
should have recognized the day and time of His coming; how
tragic also for those who miss His coming the second time.
Christ’s Parable of the Ten Virgins is about those
prepared and unprepared for His second coming. The parable
closes with an urgent entreaty.
Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day
or the hour (Matthew 25:1-13).
Unlike at His first coming, this date is presently
unknown. Nevertheless, Christ is coming again! Be ready,
waiting, and watching!
The prophets of the Bible deliver common messages of
confrontation and consolation, curses and blessings,
despair and hope, and storm before calm. Such is the
message of the vision of the seventy sevens.
In light of Gabriel’s prophecy, Israel’s present
independence and partial possession of Jerusalem is only a
temporary lull prior to the worst storm that Israel will
ever face. Israel rejected the Messiah Prince and He was
cut off with nothing, but Israel will receive the coming
prince of the Revived Roman Empire and that spells
“Trouble” with a capital “T”.
The chart, God’s Time Table, on the next page shows
some of the terminology employed in the book of Daniel and
in this commentary, and the way these terms are applied to
the past, the present and the future.