John Alley’s message begins with an overview of Daniel Chapter 9, before focusing on verse 24 in particular. John observes that many people, preoccupied with their own view of end times, have unfortunately imported difficulty into these verses that was not intended by the Lord when speaking with the prophet Daniel. It was given to Daniel, the angel said, so that he would "understand."
John points out several items of great interest, including the amazing prophecies regarding Cyrus recorded centuries before he came to power as the world ruler and issued the decree to rebuild Jerusalem - which decree was the starting point for the 70 heptads (70 “sevens”), a period of 490 years. At the end of 69 Heptads the Messiah was to appear to Israel, and in the middle of the 70th, he was to be "cut off." These events did fulfil exactly, and in the precise timeframe foretold, the six things prophesied in verse 24 of Daniel 9. John presents both New and Old Testament Scripture to demonstrate that all of these things as described by the angel to Daniel have an accurate gospel fulfilment, and all in the precise time frame of the prophecy.
John points out the judgements in the prophecy that were to come, and did come, upon Israel, who rejected and put to death their Messiah. One of these was the sealing up of vision and prophecy (as foretold by other prophets as well) so that from that time, no one in Judaism had any further access to seeing or hearing (for only in Christ is the veil taken away), but at the same time the Body of Christ became the newly anointed Most Holy Place (the temple of God), the anointing of which took place at Pentecost - again, precisely, in the middle of the 70th Heptad. John concludes with this devotional application: We believers in our Lord Jesus cannot take God, nor the grace we have, for granted. We must be humble before God, so that we will not by default suffer the same judgement as in this passage, but rather by the grace of God have ears that hear and eyes that see. This message is filled with Scriptural and historical truths and will bring light to the passage discussed.
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