Daniel Chapter 9
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2 In the first year of his reign I Daniel understood by books the number of the years, whereof the word of the LORD came to Jeremiah the prophet, that he would accomplish seventy years in the desolations of Jerusalem.
4 And I prayed unto the LORD my God, and made my confession, and said, O Lord, the great and dreadful God, keeping the covenant and mercy to them that love him, and to them that keep his commandments;
7 O Lord, righteousness belongeth unto thee, but unto us confusion of faces, as at this day; to the men of Judah, and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and unto all Israel, that are near, and that are far off, through all the countries whither thou hast driven them, because of their trespass that they have trespassed against thee.
11 Yea, all Israel have transgressed thy law, even by departing, that they might not obey thy voice; therefore the curse is poured upon us, and the oath that is written in the law of Moses the servant of God, because we have sinned against him.
12 And he hath confirmed his words, which he spake against us, and against our judges that judged us, by bringing upon us a great evil: for under the whole heaven hath not been done as hath been done upon Jerusalem.
16 O Lord, according to all thy righteousness, I beseech thee, let thine anger and thy fury be turned away from thy city Jerusalem, thy holy mountain: because for our sins, and for the iniquities of our fathers, Jerusalem and thy people are become a reproach to all that are about us.
18 O my God, incline thine ear, and hear; open thine eyes, and behold our desolations, and the city which is called by thy name: for we do not present our supplications before thee for our righteousnesses, but for thy great mercies.
24 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.
25 Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times.
26 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.
27 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.
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Matthew Henry's Daniel Chapter 9 Bible commentary...
Daniel considers the time of the captivity. (1-3) His confession of sin, and prayer. (4-19) The revelation concerning the coming of the Messiah. (20-27)1-3 Daniel learned from the books of the prophets, especially from Jeremiah, that the desolation of Jerusalem would continue seventy years, which were drawing to a close. God's promises are to encourage our prayers, not to make them needless; and when we see the performance of them approaching, we should more earnestly plead them with God.
4-19 In every prayer we must make confession, not only of the sins we have been guilty of, but of our faith in God, and dependence upon him, our sorrow for sin, and our resolutions against it. It must be our confession, the language of our convictions. Here is Daniel's humble, serious, devout address to God; in which he gives glory to him as a God to be feared, and as a God to be trusted. We should, in prayer, look both at God's greatness and his goodness, his majesty and mercy. Here is a penitent confession of sin, the cause of the troubles the people for so many years groaned under. All who would find mercy must thus confess their sins. Here is a self-abasing acknowledgment of the righteousness of God; and it is evermore the way of true penitents thus to justify God. Afflictions are sent to bring men to turn from their sins, and to understand God's truth. Here is a believing appeal to the mercy of God. It is a comfort that God has been always ready to pardon sin. It is encouraging to recollect that mercies belong to God, as it is convincing and humbling to recollect that righteousness belongs to him. There are abundant mercies in God, not only forgiveness, but forgivenesses. Here are pleaded the reproach God's people was under, and the ruins God's sanctuary was in. Sin is a reproach to any people, especially to God's people. The desolations of the sanctuary are grief to all the saints. Here is an earnest request to God to restore the poor captive Jews to their former enjoyments. O Lord, hearken and do. Not hearken and speak only, but hearken and do; do that for us which none else can do; and defer not. Here are several pleas and arguments to enforce the petitions. Do it for the Lord Christ's sake; Christ is the Lord of all. And for his sake God causes his face to shine upon sinners when they repent, and turn to him. In all our prayers this must be our plea, we must make mention of his righteousness, even of his only. The humble, fervent, believing earnestness of this prayer should ever be followed by us.
20-27 An answer was immediately sent to Daniel's prayer, and it is a very memorable one. We cannot now expect that God should send answers to our prayers by angels, but if we pray with fervency for that which God has promised, we may by faith take the promise as an immediate answer to the prayer; for He is faithful that has promised. Daniel had a far greater and more glorious redemption discovered to him, which God would work out for his church in the latter days. Those who would be acquainted with Christ and his grace, must be much in prayer. The evening offering was a type of the great sacrifice Christ was to offer in the evening of the world: in virtue of that sacrifice Daniel's prayer was accepted; and for the sake of that, this glorious discovery of redeeming love was made to him. We have, in verses #24-27|, one of the most remarkable prophecies of Christ, of his coming and his salvation. It shows that the Jews are guilty of most obstinate unbelief, in expecting another Messiah, so long after the time expressly fixed for his coming. The seventy weeks mean a day for a year, or 490 years. About the end of this period a sacrifice would be offered, making full atonement for sin, and bringing in everlasting righteousness for the complete justification of every believer. Then the Jews, in the crucifixion of Jesus, would commit that crime by which the measure of their guilt would be filled up, and troubles would come upon their nation. All blessings bestowed on sinful man come through Christ's atoning sacrifice, who suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God. Here is our way of access to the throne of grace, and of our entrance to heaven. This seals the sum of prophecy, and confirms the covenant with many; and while we rejoice in the blessings of salvation, we should remember what they cost the Redeemer. How can those escape who neglect so great salvation!
Messiah.5771's Daniel Chapter 9 comment on 5/07/2013, 1:36pm...
There are many things written in the Book of Revelation that has to be revealed...very soon. The sealed visions...will be unsealed...and, our blood moons coming in the year 2014 and 2015 according to NASA and Pastor John Hagee...Our Messiah is only a short time away from returning!!
Charles's Daniel Chapter 9 comment on 4/25/2013, 11:27am...
I don't understand how a prophecy of seventy weeks made in Daniel's time could possibly relate to Jesus, who was born about 200 years later!
Marian's Daniel Chapter 9 comment about verse 19 on 2/01/2013, 3:25am...
A powerful prayer of confession based on the understanding of the scriptures.
Insight 777's Daniel Chapter 9 comment on 1/22/2013, 8:33pm...
"Consider the vision" is telling Daniel that this is a future end of time event. Verse 25, ..."to build the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times." When Jesus returns and rebuilds Jerusalem that will not be in "Troublous" times. The war will be over and Jesus will already have flooded Jerusalem as the result of an earthquake at his arrival. Jesus will not be cut off at this time, the war is over! So, to build Jerusalem unto the "Messiah the Prince" cannot be building it for Jesus the Messiah. This must be for a false Messiah-Prince. Jerusalem will be bombed during the first part of World War 3. A new religious building dedicated to the false Messiah will be built in Jerusalem during the 2nd part of WW3. 26 "And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself"; I believe this means that Christianity will be cut off but not the belief in Jesus. The false Messiah-Prince will accept Jesus but not as the Messiah. 27 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. The covenant is the WW3 peace treaty that takes a week to draw up. During the midst of the week of negotiations, Christianity will become a forbidden religion. The sacrifice (Christian prayer) and the oblation (a solemn offering or presentation to God; the belief in the doctrine of Jesus as the Son of God, the Body and Blood of Christ as Savior) will cease (by worldwide governmental law). Christianity will be considered an abomination that is the cause of war. It will become desolate (not allowed to be practiced), even until the consummation (up until the true Messiah, Jesus returns), and that determined (punishment for people that refuse to deny their Christian faith) shall be poured upon the desolate.
Thomas's Daniel Chapter 9 comment on 12/09/2012, 1:32am...
Timothy Wayne George's comment is the truth of Holy Scriptures.
Garyloyd's Daniel Chapter 9 comment on 2/15/2012, 3:50am...
Any body that believes they are gona fly better read Ezekiel 13. God hates that lie. Satan and his preachers have spread that lie. God never said anyone would fly to save their own soul. In fact God said He will drop 180 lb. rocks on them at the point of take off. The gathering place.Do you really want to believe a man telling you something God tells you not to do.
Timothy Wayne George's Daniel Chapter 9 comment on 1/28/2012, 12:15pm...
We are living in the age of grace,and Christ is calling Jews along with Gentiles into the Church. This is the period between the 69th week of the 70 week of years. When the Church is caught up in the clouds, then the 70th week will begin. The man of sin will sign a false peace treaty with Israel for 7 years. After that Christ returns and sets up his kingdom.
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