Seventy weeks have been decreed for your people and your holy city, to finish the transgression, to make an end of sin, to make atonement for iniquity, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal up vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most holy place. 25 “So you are to know and discern that from the issuing of a decree to restore and rebuild Jerusalem until Messiah the Prince there will be seven weeks and sixty-two weeks; it will be built again, with plaza and moat, even in times of distress. 26 “Then after the sixty-two weeks the Messiah will be cut off and have nothing, and the people of the prince who is to come will destroy the city and the sanctuary. And its end will come with a flood; even to the end there will be war; desolations are determined. 27 “And he will make a firm covenant with the many for one week, but in the middle of the week he will put a stop to sacrifice and grain offering; and on the wing of abominations will come one who makes desolate, even until a complete destruction, one that is decreed, is poured out on the one who makes desolate.
The six items at the end of verse 24 are the heart of this prophecy.
1. To finish the transgression
2. To make an end of sin
3. To make atonement for iniquity
4. To bring in everlasting righteousness
5. To seal up vision and prophesy
6. To anoint the most holy place
These are the things that will happen to Israel and to the city as a direct result of the seventy weeks according to the determined purpose of God. They have been labeled as goals or accomplishments; however, we must also see them as the promises of God—things that will definitely happen as it has been decreed by God as Israel’s future. Most commentators have noted that the six items are arranged in two groups of three—the first group having to do with sin, and the second group having to do with righteousness. I have also noticed that there is a progression in the items as to the way God will deal with Israel—that is, in bringing them to salvation and righteousness. I’m sure you will see what I mean as we look at these promises in more detail in my next six posts.
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