Two key chapters in the book of Daniel, Chs 2 and 9, outline the whole history of God’s dealings with His people Israel from hundreds of years BC, right through to the second coming of Christ and the inauguration of His millennial kingdom.
Both of these pivotal prophecies were given before the events they predict took place. Indeed, the ultimate fulfilment of these prophecies still lies in the future. The prophecy of Daniel’s 70 weeks gives, over 500 years before it happened, the exact date of the day when Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey – 30th March AD33.
Here is the text of the prophecy of Daniel’s 70 weeks from Daniel 9:24-27 in the KJV:
v24 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.
v25 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.
v26 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.
v27 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.
Michael J. Penfold