Jimmy DeYoung’s
Prophetic Prospective
Daily Devotional
November 3, 2007

Daniel 9:24 – 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.

For further study – Daniel 9:1-27

In this ninth chapter of Daniel’s prophecy, the ancient Jewish prophet is
around 85 years old and had just come under the Medo-Persian Empire after
seventy years under the Babylonians.

I give you this information because it helps us to see how Bible prophecy
helps us to determine where we are on God’s prophetic time-clock.

Verse two tells us of what Daniel got from his own devotional time,
reading God’s Word. Daniel was reading from the book of Jeremiah, 29:10
and 25:11, where the prophet Jeremiah, almost one hundred years before the
fact, revealed that the Jews would be out of the land of Israel for a
seventy year period of time so that the "land of Israel" could get it’s
"seventy Sabbaths".

By reading God’s Word Daniel could determine where he was in God’s time.
Notice as you read verses 3-23, Daniel, once he realizes where he was in
God’s prophetic time, he confessed his sins, the sins of his people and
looks for the Lord’s direction for his life.

You may not know that there is not one single negative word said about
Daniel any place in the entire Bible. There is, by the way, in this
chapter a "commendation", from the heavenlies, for Daniel, verse 23.

God gives Daniel a glimpse into the future with the prophecy of the
seventy weeks of Daniel, verses 24-27. God has a "special plan", the
seventy weeks of Daniel, (490 years); for a "special people", the Jewish
people; and a "special place", the Holy City of Jerusalem; all of these in
verse 24.

In this devotional I won’t have the time to deal with the entire prophecy
that extends from Daniel’s day until the day of the Lord’s return to
earth. I would love to share with you the special blessing of Daniel
9:25-26 where we can see how the Lord set the time when the Messiah would
appear on the earth.

The time for the appearance of the Messiah, verse 25, from when King
Artaxerxes, the King of Nehemiah’s day, gave the command to return to
Jerusalem to rebuild the Temple, some time in April 445BC, would be until
the crucifixion of Jesus in April of 30 AD. This passage actually lays out
for us when the Messiah would show up in Jerusalem.

In fact, Daniel even added information about the destruction of the
Temple, which took place in 70AD, to the time mix. This prophecy
pin-pointed that the Messiah would be crucified, "cut off", verse 26, and
that it had to happen before the destruction of the Temple in 70 AD, which
was done by the Roman army.

These two verse set the time for the appearance of the Messiah on the
earth. Jesus Christ fulfilled every prophetic detail, proving He was the
Messiah and that He came right on time, according to Bible prophecy.

Next time we are in Daniel for our devotions, I will look at Daniel 9:27
and be more specific about the Lord’s return. All the prophecies of
Daniel, referring to the Lord’s first coming and what would happen, were
fulfilled in every detail.  By the way, fulfilled prophecy sets the stage
for future Bible prophecy to be fulfilled.

Keep your focus on the "special people", the Jewish people, and the
"special place", Jerusalem, to know where God is on His time clock.