I have been writing about the six things that will happen to Israel and to their city as a direct result of the seventy weeks (from Daniel 9:24; starting on my post on Jan 29).
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.
In this sixth promise (or decree), the most holy, or literally the most holy place, is clearly a reference to a new temple, which will be built at the beginning of the millennium. This decree is that a holy temple will be anointed or consecrated for worship in the new millennial age. In Ezekiel 40-43 the prophet Ezekiel gives us a detailed description of this temple as he sees it in the vision God gave him. Here in Ezekiel 40:4-6 is the beginning of that vision, where a man was telling him the measurements of the temple:
And the man said to me, “Son of man, see with your eyes, hear with your ears, and give attention to all that I am going to show you; for you have been brought here in order to show it to you. Declare to the house of Israel all that you see.”
5 And behold, there was a wall on the outside of the temple all around, and in the man’s hand was a measuring rod of six cubits, each of which was a cubit and a handbreadth. So he measured the thickness of the wall, one rod; and the height, one rod. 6 Then he went to the gate which faced east, went up its steps, and measured the threshold of the gate, one rod in width; and the other threshold was one rod in width.
So Israel will finally come to the place of joy and delight in God—a worship of Him in the temple. They will be the leaders of worship in the temple throughout the millennium, and I believe they also will be the leaders in God’s government of peace.
So here, in the six decrees (as we see them in Daniel 9:24) is an outline of this entire prophecy for Israel, spanning across seventy weeks of years, or 490 years. The time began in 444 B. C. and will end—with a gap for the church age—at Christ’s return, which is at the beginning of the millennial age.
In the next few posts we will take a closer look at the timeline of this seventy weeks prophecy, as we have it before us in verses 25 through 27.
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