Sunday, December 6, 2015
Daniel’s 70-Week Vision Series #9 – Part 85 of Riddles, Enigmas & Esoteric Imagery of Revelation
In the previous 8 parts of this series we laid out the documented history of the modern end-time doctrine espoused by your denomination. We have also given the historical meaning of the metaphor 70 x 7. Now we are ready to dissect Daniel’s vision of 70 x 7 weeks. I will quote from the Septuagint Bible – Greek translation of the Old Testament – the words that Gabriel spoke to Daniel.
Seventy years have been determined upon thy people and upon your holy city, for sin to be ended, and to seal up transgressions, and to blot out the iniquities, and to make atonement for iniquities, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal the vision and the prophet, and to anoint the Most Holy…Dan. 9:24.
Outlined in this first portion of the vision are five objectives that only Jesus Christ can fulfill. What are the objectives?
1. To seal up transgressions – sin to be ended
2. Blot out iniquities – make atonement
3. Bring in everlasting righteousness
4. Seal the vision and the prophet
5. Anoint the Most Holy
Remember, the 70 week ecclesiastical indictment (edict) upon Israel is divided into three measurements: 7 weeks, 62 weeks and 1 week. The portion of the vision that we will begin to study at this time will be accomplished during the 62 weeks edict.
The first objective in this edict is for sin to be ended…and to seal up transgressions. The word seal in the Hebrew language is hatam meaning: make an end to. Jesus Christ is the only one who can make an end to transgressions – sin to be ended. To seal up transgressions means to make an end to the deadly consequences of the original sin of Adam and Eve – only the blood of Jesus Christ could accomplish this.
The transgression of Adam and Eve separated human beings from their loving Creator causing them to be dead in trespasses and sins. The wages of sin is death – someone had to pay for the sin of Adam and Eve. For since by man came death, by Man also came the resurrection of the dead…for as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive…I Cor. 15:21-22. But only an unblemished – sinless – sacrifice could be accepted by God to pay for the transgression of Adam and Eve. The blood of Jesus Christ paid the ransom price of death – to redeem men from the consequences of sin.
The second objective in this edict blot out iniquities…make atonement for iniquities can only be accomplished by Jesus Christ But this Man, after He had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down at the right hand of God…Heb. 10:12. The ritual of offering the blood of unblemished animals for centuries for the sins of mankind could only temporarily cover sins – only the unblemished sacrifice of Jesus Christ could blot out sins forever!
The third objective in this edict bring in everlasting righteousness can only be accomplished by Jesus Christ. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and these things shall be added to you…Matt. 6:33. The word kingdom in the original Greek language is basileia meaning: royalty; foundation of power. In this text Jesus is urging His listeners to hunger for and desire God alone – not the things of the world – because He is the only way to enter His royal foundation of power – Heaven. Once we do that He will supply these things to meet the needs of our earthly life.
The word righteousness in the original Greek language is dikaosunne meaning: equity of character or action — just, innocent, holy. Repenting of our sins and accepting Jesus Christ as our Savior provides intimacy with God – and the character of Christ. Old things have passed away, all things have become new, because of the righteousness of Jesus Christ imparted to the repentant human being. Because of His birth, death, and resurrection, Jesus Christ would bring in everlasting righteousness.
The fourth objective in this edict accomplished by Jesus Christ is to seal the vision and the prophet. The word prophet means a God-inspired, or God-anointed human being. Besides Daniel, there were many other prophets who prophesied the birth, death, and resurrection of the Messiah.
The word seal in this sentence also means: to make an end to. The question is “make an end to what?” Stay tuned…
God’s sheep question the doctrines of men…sheeple follow without question~~~