Decoding Daniel - an in depth Bible study of the book of Daniel

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Daniel 9

Outline and Background - Daniel 9

Prompting of Daniel's Prayer - Daniel 9:1-3

Particulars of Daniel's -Prayer  Daniel 9:4-15

Petition of Daniel's Prayer  - Daniel 9:16-19

Power of Daniel's Prayer - Daniel 9:20-23

The Seventy Sevens - Daniel 9:24

The Coming of Two Princes - Daniel 9:25-27

Decoding of the Seventy Sevens

The Anointed One Cut Off

Application of Daniel 9

Application of Daniel 9

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 and pray!”

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 (Job 42:56).

“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 6:5).

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 sin.

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.

God's timetable for the future

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