Daniel Prepares Himself
February 7, 2020
It was through faith and the study of the Word of God that Daniel knew the timeframe that he was living in. The Bible tells us in Daniel 9:1-5 that he knew the desolation of Jerusalem would be for seventy years which was soon coming to an end and because of this revelation he began to prepare himself for the change. Now remember, Daniel is reading the scroll while being held captive in Babylon and he knows it’s only going to last for seventy years because the Lord told him it would. However, the Bible said they did not hearken unto the voice of the Lord.
Let me give you the big picture here because the Israelites were supposed to have seed time and harvest. They were supposed to plant crops and harvest for six years and in the seventh year they were supposed to let the land rest for a Sabbath year. This is the same as the days of the week, we work for six days and then we’re supposed to rest on the seventh day, the Sabbath. They did not do this for seventy consecutive Sabbath’s which is four hundred and ninety years. They continued with seed time and harvest all seven years and they never let the land rest for the Sabbath; therefore, they owed God seventy years. God then sent the Babylonian army in and took everyone out of the land and brought them into enemy captivity. After that, the land surely rested for seventy years because God got His way. Consequently, for four hundred and ninety years God punished the nation of Israel for the years it did not let the land rest.
God then used another four hundred and ninety year period of time to talk about future events because another seventy weeks were determined upon His people and His holy city. We know this time frame means years because we can look back in history and it will show how God breaks it up. Then at the end of the four hundred and ninety years, and I call this the “list of completion” because things are now complete, there is a finish to all transgression and an end to sin and iniquity is reconciled. The reconciliation to the books is to bring in everlasting righteousness and to seal up the prophecy and to anoint the most Holy. All the books will be reconciled and the wicked will be judged and the righteous will be blessed! Amen.
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