October 05, 2008

Gabriel & Daniel

Many people focus on the book of Daniel for end times prophecy and struggle to interpret it. There are several prophecies in the book of Daniel but, we are going to focus on Daniel 9:24-26 first.
Daniel 9:24-26

24Seventy 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.

25Know 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.

26And 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.

We will look at verse 24 first. Also let me say, it is important to know the approximate time that Gabriel the Angel made this prophecy to Daniel because we need a starting point to figure out when this prophecy will end.

Verse 24 gives the total sum of weeks and what will happen during that time of prophecy. The Seventy Weeks is put into three different parts in verse 25. (7 Weeks plus 62 Weeks, 1 Week)

7 weeks plus 62 weeks equals 69 weeks. Being that our historical data is recorded using the Solar Calendar, we need to convert the 69 weeks from the Levitical calendar to the Solar Calendar.

(69 Weeks) x (7 Days) = 483 Levitical Years
(483 Levitical Years) x (.9857 Year Conversion) = 476 Solar Years

Now lets see what happens when we add 476 Solar Years to the date when the prophecy started. So when should we start counting? In verse 25 the Angel Gabriel said the prophecy will begin when Jerusalem started being restored. Well, this exact thing happened when Nehemiah received approval to restore Jerusalem in 444-445B.C. Lets add 476 to 444 and see what comes up.

(444 BC) + (476 Years) = 32 AD

32 AD is when Jesus Christ died on the cross for our sins in order to save our souls from eternal fire and brimstone!

Praise God forever and ever!

Martin R. Taylor