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62 Weeks Fulfilled

Once the prophecy was opened for this generation of the Latter Days, it was and is spectacular how God fulfilled the Seventy Weeks of Daniel on a very specific timeline.

Think about what God would have to align throughout the world just to fulfill the 7 Weeks segment of the prophecy.

Now consider how God orchestrated 434 years to begin in 437 BC and end during 3 BC at the birth of His Son, Jesus. The Lord has to arrange the prophecies to be written, recorded in ancient texts, preserved, passed on and then of course the events are required to take place perfectly along the timeline with every individual involved living and acting according to God’s plan for the prophecy.

Isn’t it amazing how our God reigns?

Enjoy this next installment of: “70 Weeks of Daniel”

Wow, “we guys” are so blessed to have access to this information. For thousands of years this message has been unavailable, hidden by God and beyond the prophetic grasp of Millions of God’s people, prophets, priest, pastor and laymen; because, the prophecy was concealed since the time of Daniel and only released once the world entered the Latter Days.  That didn’t happen until around 1948.

Wow are we fortunate! Thank you, Lord!

The Sixty-Two Weeks Segment

The completion of Jerusalem’s wall coincides with the beginning of the sixty-two weeks segment, 437 BC. Unlike the scattershot approach of the seven weeks segment, the sixty-two-week period ran unfettered and consecutively for 434 years. With the passing of the seven weeks and sixty-two weeks segments, sixty-nine weeks out of the Seventy Weeks of Daniel prophecy were now complete. According to the tenets of the prophecy, the Messiah must appear to mankind here on earth, near the end of the sixty-two weeks segment, which happens to coincide with the third century BC.

 

Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the command to restore and build Jerusalem until Messiah the Prince, there shall be seven weeks, and sixty-two weeks; the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublesome times. (Daniel 9:25 NKJV emphasis added)

The Sixty-Nine Weeks Segment

Daniel 9:26 begins by saying, “And after the sixty-two weeks Messiah shall be cut off, [sacrificed] but not for Himself …” [for His people]. According to traditional dates and following the cosmic appearance of the Star of Bethlehem, Jesus of Nazareth was historically claimed to be born somewhere between 8 BC and 2 BC in the little town of Bethlehem Ephratah (Micah 5:2). We place that birth in 3 BC.

Following Jesus’s birth, His biographic details become nearly nonexistent. When he was twelve, Jesus and His parents made a cameo appearance in Jerusalem where Jesus amazed many of the learned and doctors of the city. Following this blip on His biographical radar, there is little if anything credible written about Jesus’s life until He reaches the age of 30.

This is where everything changes. Jesus’s life, ministry, crucifixion, and resurrection fulfilled more than thirty-seven prophecies, each validating His claim as the one and only begotten Son of God.

Born at the end of the sixty-two weeks segment, 3 BC, Jesus fulfilled every Messianic aspect for this appearance of the Messiah; a much misunderstood period of the Judeo concept for their/our Messiah.

During His ministry and death on the cross, Jesus immediately satisfied four of the six edicts from the Seventy Weeks of Daniel prophecy. Bear in mind, only the Messiah could accomplish these edicts.

Jesus’s life, death and resurrection initiated the four edicts, which are at the core of the Gospel message and the New Testament.[1] This act of placation by the Son of God finished the sin and transgression for all who accepted His propitiation for sin.  Jesus’ actions and sacrifice satisfied the placation for iniquity needed between God and humanity. Jesus’s actions made reconciliation for the iniquity and bought an everlasting righteousness for all who accept His sacrifice and called upon the name of their Savior.

Noteworthy is the fact His ministry spanned nearly if not exactly three and a half years, in agreement with Daniel 9:27, fulfilling the “midst of the week” and the ceasing of the sacrifice and oblation elements within the Seventy Weeks of Daniel prophecy.

Until Messiah

At the time of Christ’s birth, Jesus was obviously not ready or able to assume His role as Christ.[2] Though Jesus is and was the Son of God, as the Son of Man, He was still a human infant. Fortunately, verbiage in scripture provided for this delay.

Daniel 9:26 affords a pause between the period of the Messiah’s appearance and His fulfillment of the prophecy. The verse states, “And after the sixty-two weeks Messiah shall be cut off, but not for Himself.”

Though not obvious or evident in English, the Hebrew words explain the delay.

  1. Before Jesus could fulfill His ministry in accordance with scripture and tradition,
  2. He first had to become a man.
  3. He needed to be thirty years of age before He could claim the rite of manhood.
  4. When He reached His thirtieth year,
  5. He was baptized by John the Baptist and immediately anointed by His Father from heaven.[3]
  6. Jesus was now ready, anointed, and eligible to begin His ministry as the Christ in accordance with the prophecy.

In Daniel 9:26a, Daniel supported this delay through his word choices when he wrote, “And after the sixty-two weeks Messiah shall be cut off.” As will be seen in the following definitions, the word after indicates a period sometime later, while the words “cut off” represent a ceremonial blood sacrifice for the making of a covenant.

 

After—achar, akh·ar’, H310

  • The Hebrew word achar means after or properly the hind part or back end of. The word is often used as an adverb or conjunction to join thoughts together. The word achar translates into the English word after in all its various senses—afterward, after that, or hereafter. The word achar does not generally translate into the concept of right after or immediately after; rather, it transforms the phrase to mean a period sometime later or thereafter. The prophetic fulfillment of this word as used in Daniel 9:26 can be seen through the crucifixion of Christ, which took place long after His appearance near the end of the sixty-two weeks segment. The word achar is not a prime root. It is taken from the root word akhar (H309), which means to delay or hesitate.[4]

 

Cut off—Karath, kaw-rath’, H3772

  • The word karath is a prime root, meaning it is the base form of this word. Though the word karath translates into the English words cut off, the Hebrew word specifically means to covenant or to cut up flesh or cut an animal into pieces in order to perform a blood sacrifice for a covenant. For example, the word karath is used to represent the sacrificing of an animal so the principals of the covenant can pass between the animal parts to form the covenant. Karath represents a blood covenant. The words cut off as used in Daniel 9:26 represent the same form of covenant as that made between God and Abraham in Genesis 15:1–15 and the covenant Christ made with humanity through the New Testament. The Spirit of God passed through the flesh of Jesus Christ in covenant as His flesh was offered in sacrifice on the cross (Daniel 9:26–27) for the sin of the world (John 1:1–14). Thus, the new covenant is based on the Spirit of God passing through the flesh of humanity through the body of Jesus and then being sacrificed to form an eternal covenant.[5]

 

Jesus was born at the end of the sixty-two weeks segment. Sometime later, after He reached the age of manhood, Jesus was sacrificed, cut off, but not for Himself, for the children of God (Daniel 9:26a). Each of these facets is a component that must be realized in order for the prophecy to be valid and fulfilled. Remarkably, Jesus fulfilled each of these requirements.

 

We’ll jump into an introduction of the Seventieth Week when we return.

In the meantime, don’t touch that dial!

Look what happened to the last guy that touched the dial.

Don’t touch that dial

[1] See Daniel 9:24.

[2] The Messiah or anointed one from G5547 [ASECB].

[3] Luke 3:23.

[4] Strong’s Concordance, H310.

[5] Ibid., H3772.

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