Daniel Gives Us The Definitions Of The 70th Week Of Daniel

This 70th week of Daniel 9 Decoded Bible study shows you how Daniel defined the terms; people, prince and covenant, which are used in the seventy weeks of Daniel 9:24-27 prophecy.

Prophecy teachers give narratives about the ‘people’ being the Roman army, the ‘prince’ being Titus or the antichrist, and the ‘covenant’ being an end-times Israel peace agreement by the antichrist. But those definitions are out of context with the passage, and they skew our ability to see what the prophecy is declaring.

When we study a particular passage, we need to look to see how Scripture defines the key terms that are being used, particularly how the same author defines them, especially when the author uses them in the same chapter and context. Try to put aside any preconceived notions about this prophecy and just look at the definitions which are provided for us by Daniel.

When you read all of Daniel 9, you see that he is praying about what will happen to the Jews after their release from captivity. You see how Daniel defines the terms; people, prince and covenant. And you notice that he’s not praying about the end times or the antichrist.

Daniel tells us in verses 16, 20 and 24, that the ‘people‘ are the Jews.

O Lord, according to all thy righteousness, I beseech thee, let thine anger and thy fury be turned away from thy city Jerusalem, thy holy mountain: because for our sins, and for the iniquities of our fathers, Jerusalem and thy people are become a reproach to all that are about us. Daniel 9:16

And while I was speaking, and praying, and confessing my sin and the sin of my people Israel, and presenting my supplication before the LORD my God for the holy mountain of my God; Daniel 9:20

Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy. Daniel 9:24

So when we get to Daniel 9:26, we understand that the ‘people of the prince’ are still the Jews.

And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary.

The Jews are the people of Messiah the Prince, for He is of the tribe of Judah.

Daniel associated the title of ‘prince‘ to Messiah in verse 25, so we should still apply the title of prince to Messiah in the next verse.

Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks. Daniel 9:25

And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary. Daniel 9:26

The ‘prince that shall come’ is Messiah, as that’s the primary topic of this prophecy. It’s telling us that He comes after the sixty-nine weeks are fulfilled, meaning in the 70th week.

It doesn’t make sense that the prince is Messiah in verse 25, and then it’s Titus or the antichrist in the next verse. The Hebrew word is the same. It’s still Messiah.

This congruency tells us who the ‘he’ is in Daniel 9:27, the primary subject of Daniel 9:25-26, Messiah the Prince.

These verses call Messiah the prince.

And killed the Prince of life, whom God hath raised from the dead; whereof we are witnesses. Acts 3:15

Him hath God exalted with his right hand to be a Prince and a Saviour, for to give repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins. Acts 5:31

Daniel has already told us that the ‘people‘ are the Jews, so in 9:26-27 he is declaring that the ‘people of the prince,’ the Jews, would cause the desolation of the temple and the city, because of their overspreading of abominations.

What were the Jews abominations? They delivered Messiah up to be killed and persecuted His disciples. They offered animal sacrifices after the one-time sacrifice was offered by Messiah. And Josephus documents that they made sacrifices for Rome in the temple twice a day, which was an abomination.

Read Daniel 9:26 again.

And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary. 

The phrase ‘of the prince that shall come shall’ is a modifier??? which tells us more about the people, the Jews. If you remove the modifier, the verse reads, ”and the people … shall destroy the city and the sanctuary.”

Daniel 9:26 mentions the ‘war of desolations.’ During the Jewish-Roman War of 66-70 AD, the Jewish Zealots sought to overthrow the Roman army at any cost, and their wicked behavior causes hundred’s of Jews to die in their civil war. And it caused the normally peaceable Titus (who wanted to save the temple and Jerusalem and the Jewish people) to desolate them. So indeed it was the ‘people of the prince,’ the Jews, who caused the desolation of Jerusalem and their temple.

In Daniel 9:4 we see that Daniel is pleading with the Father to remember His ‘covenant of mercy, to them that love him, and to them that keep his commandments.’

He’s pointing to the everlasting covenant; by which Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, David, etc., were saved. They believed that Messiah would come to atone for their sins. The everlasting covenant needed to be ratified with the blood of the spotless Lamb.

Hebrews 13:20 relates Messiah’s blood atonement with the everlasting covenant.

Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant.

Hebrews 7:22 tells uses the word “surety,” which means “to pledge” as a “bondsman.“ Messiah agreed to be the surety, the bondsman, who would confirm the covenant with His blood.

By so much was Jesus made a surety of a better covenant.

The covenant that He ratified with His blood is better, because He atoned for our sins, and our role is the love the Father with all of our heart, mind and soul; and to love our neighbor’s as ourselves. We don’t do this for salvation, but because of our thankfulness for our salvation and reverence for our Heavenly Father.

The covenant in Daniel 9:27 was an answer to Daniel’s prayer about the covenant in verse 4, in that Messiah the Prince was sent to confirm the everlasting covenant with His blood, which atoned for our sins, and ended the need for temple animal sacrifices.

The 70th week of Daniel has nothing to do with the end-times or the antichrist. To assign it to such, is to dismiss Messiah’s fulfillment of this prophecy which validates the authority of Scripture and the deity of Messiah. The seventy weeks of Daniel 9 prophecy were fulfilled in seventy consecutive weeks.

The studies on the website prove out the fulfillment. And the book proves a much more detailed explanation.

You can get a copy on The 70th Week Of Daniel 9 Decoded home page.

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4 thoughts on “Daniel Gives Us The Definitions Of The 70th Week Of Daniel”

  1. “and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city”
    is this not the right wording, i got this from king james version

    • Thank you for your comment Abu! I writing for people like you, who are searching for truth. The false, futuristic explanation of the 70th week of Daniel 9 has fooled many people. But the Spirit is moving to wake people up. The fulfillment of Messiah’s Olivet Discourse is directly related to the 70th week of Daniel prophecy. Here’s a link to that website https://theolivetdiscourse.com Keep learning and growing in The Way! David


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