I have been writing on the six things that will happen to Israel and to the city as a direct result of the seventy weeks (of years) according to the determined purpose of God (from Daniel 9:24).
Daniel 9:24 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.
These six things 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.
Like the second clause, “to seal up” means to “make an end of” and it carries the idea of completion; both clauses use the same Hebrew word, which means to stop, make an end of, or close up. The rendering “seal up” is probably used here because sealing a document was what is done when one completes it. A seal on a document shows that it is a finished and completed product. Also, “vision” and “prophecy” here are collective nouns and refer to all prophecy.
This fifth point then promises the end of prophetic revelation for Israel, which, we are saying, will transpire at Christ’s second coming when all Israel is saved and made righteous; for they then will have no more need for prophecy, as God Himself will be their teacher. Moreover, all that was prophesied for them will then in Christ come to a full realization; in Him they will have a full assurance of future blessings, which were previously promised through the prophets.
I have always valued John Wycliffe’s commentaries. I trust him more than others because of his language skills. On this point he simply states, “When the people cease sinning, the disciplinary oracles of prophets will no longer be needed.” He cites Jeremiah 31:33-34.
But this is the covenant which I will make with the house of Israel after those days,” declares the Lord, “I will put My law within them, and on their heart I will write it; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. 34 “And they shall not teach again, each man his neighbor and each man his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ for they shall all know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them,” declares the Lord, “for I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more.
Copyright © 2014 by Stephen Nielsen