How Should We Interpret the 70 Weeks in Daniel 9?

Episode 28 Show Notes

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How Should We Interpret the 70 Weeks in Daniel 9?

Historically, most Christians have held this is referring to the sacrifice of Christ, the anointed one, and to his prophecy in Matthew 24 that he is going to put an end to sacrifice, he is the end of all sacrifices, and that the temple itself will be destroyed. Jesus said in Matthew 24, "not one stone will be left upon another." So, to net it out here, Nebuchadnezzar’s vision in Daniel 4 should be read with Daniel 2, that vision there has four major empires that have persecuted God's people signified in an image made of different layers of materials; the head’s made of gold (that's Nebuchadnezzar’s Babylonian Empire), the chest and arms of silver (the Medo-Persian Empire), and the torso of bronze (the Greek Empire under Alexander the Great). But, finally, there is going to be the Roman Empire made of iron and clay.

But all of these empires, the whole image of the ungodly kingdoms will be shattered by one stone, the Son of Man whose kingdom will have no end….The main point is that Jesus said, "I will build my church, and the gates of hell will not prevail against it" (Matthew 16:18). And Hebrews 12:28 reminds us we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken. All the other kingdoms have been, but this kingdom won't be. We visit the ruins of the Roman Empire on vacation, but this kingdom is still spreading its empire to the ends of the earth.” — Michael Horton​

Questions in this Episode

1. How do you interpret the 70 weeks in Daniel 9?

2. What did Jesus mean when he said, “Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I have not come to bring peace, but a sword”?

3. Should we tell those suffering that 'God works all things together for our good'?

4. Is it OK for Christians to break man-made rules and laws?

5. Does God speak to us personally? Should we expect to hear a voice or receive a sense of God’s will?

Resources

Jesus Did Not Come to Bring Peace on Earth

Does God Speak to Us Audibly?

When Your Christian Liberty Becomes a Sin

What Every Christian Needs to Know about Evil and Suffering

A Case for Amillennialism: Understanding the End Times by Kim Riddlebarger

The Man of Sin : Uncovering the Truth about the Antichrist by Kim Riddlebarger

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