Edicts of Our Salvation

Too often people declare a prophecy fulfilled without consulting the prophecy’s guidelines; the result, misinterpretation of the prophecy.  Duh.  Let’s look at some of the guidelines as they apply to the Seventy Weeks of Daniel.

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 “Seventy weeks are determined for your people and for your holy city, to finish the transgression, to make an end of sins, to make reconciliation for iniquity, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal up vision and prophecy, and to anoint the Most Holy (Daniel 9:24 NKJV).

If you have any questions as to how the elements of this prophecy were interpreted simply look up the details in “This Side of the Whirlwind” beginning with page 78.  Nearly every element of the prophecy is broken down into its base components within the book.  So let’s continue.

Here is a transliteration of Daniel 9:24 including the six edicts critical to Christ’s crucifixion, resurrection, Second Coming and, yes, third coming, known as the Second Advent.

Seventy weeks (490 years) are determined (or set aside).  This means the prophecy has a timeline in which all elements of the prophecy must be fulfilled during the 490 years.  As an example of how this must play out, Daniel 9:26 indicates the city of Jerusalem and its Temple will be destroyed by the people of the prince.  In other words, the Temple must be destroyed during the 490 years.  If the Temple is destroyed outside of the timeline it is not apportioned to the prophecy. You’ll have a greater understanding of this shortly.

Seventy weeks (490 years) are determined (or set aside) upon thy people (God’s people, the Israelites)

and upon thy Holy City (in Jerusalem) to accomplish these six edicts (stipulations):

Bear in mind, Hebrew words often carry much more meaning than their English counterparts.  The translations of the following six edicts will demonstrate this significant difference between the Hebrew and English languages.

First Edict: to finish the transgression means that Jesus must:

  1. on any level, restrict the impartation of guilt as the result of a revolt against God or God’s will or God’s laws, on either the national, moral, or religious identity of a person or nation or people.

Second Edict: to make an end of sins

  1. to bring to a close the offense and its penalty—The potential offender and the punishment that follows are thus brought to a close, set free from the sin and its punishment. The wages of sin being death become placated and abolished. To make an end of sins required Jesus to make everyone who accepts the conditions for the covenant sin free.  Exempt from sin on any level.  Free from the sin and its iniquity.

Third Edict: to make reconciliation for iniquity

  1. to make the appropriate payment, which will placate any justifiable penalty imposed for any indisputable sin; in other words, a payment is made which will cover all sin debt.

Forth Edict: to bring in everlasting righteousness

  1. to bring between God and man a continuous state of harmony, effected through a perpetual state of justice and righteousness.

The next two edicts will be fulfilled during the three and a half years of the Great Consummation or second half of Christ’s covenant.

Fifth Edict: to seal up the vision and prophecy

  1. to bring to an end every vision and prophecy related to the days of vengeance; to bring all pertinent prophecies, visions, and contracts/covenants to a state of perpetual completion and fulfillment.  To do so requires both halves of the covenant: the blessings half and the judgment half.

Sixth Edict: and to anoint the Most Holy

  1. to consecrate by anointing the Most Holy, i.e., as in the consecration of a king.

Jesus completed or consummated the first four edicts during His three and a half years in ministry.  He will fulfill the balance during the Great Consummation.

This post sort of represents the nuts and bolts of the prophecy.  The actual fulfillments begin in the next verse, Daniel 9:25.

To read ahead for this post turn to chapter six in “This Side of the Whirlwind” page 78.  Enjoy.

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