It is necessary to observe the major emphases in the prophecy given through Daniel. In the book, “Daniel’s Prophecy of the Seventy Weeks,” McClain summarizes the prophecy of Daniel, and is provided following paragraph, III. (Alva J. McClain, “Daniel’s Prophecy of the Seventy Weeks.”Ryrie and Rydelnik comments are also provided in this article.)
II. Scripture Text. Daniel 9:27. Christian Standard Bible.
He will make a firm covenant
with many for one week,
but in the middle of the week
he will put a stop to sacrifice and offering.
And the abomination of desolation
will be on a wing of the temple
until the decreed destruction
is poured out on the desolator.”
III. Pentecost Comments.
A. The entire prophecy has to do with Daniel’s “people,” and Daniel’s “city,” that is, the Nation of “Israel” and the city of “Jerusalem.
B. Two different princes are mentioned, who should not be confused: the first is named Messiah the Prince; and the second is described as “the prince that shall come.”
C. The entire time-period involved is exactly specified as “Seventy Weeks;” and these Seventy Weeks are further divided into three lesser periods: first, a period of “seven weeks;” after that a period of “three-score and two weeks;” and finally, a period of “one week.”
D. The beginning of the whole period of Seventy Weeks is definitely fixed at “the going forth of the commandment to restore and build Jerusalem.”
E. The end of the “seven weeks and threescore and two weeks (69 weeks) will be marked by the “appearance of Messiah as the Prince of Israel.”
F. At a later time, “after the threescore and two weeks” which follows the first seven weeks (that is, after 69 weeks), “Messiah the Prince will be cut off,” and Jerusalem will again be destroyed” by the people of another “prince” who is yet to come.
G. After these two important events, we come to the last, or Seventieth Week, the beginning of which will be marked by the establishment of a “firm covenant” or treaty between the Coming Price and the Jewish nation for a period of “one week.”
H. In the “midst” of this Seventieth Week, evidently breaking his treaty, the coming prince will suddenly “cause the Jewish” sacrifice to cease and precipitate upon this people a time of wrath and desolation lasting to the “full end” of the week.
I. With the full completion of the whole period of the Seventy Weeks, there will be ushered in a time “of great and unparalleled blessings for the nation of Israel.”
J. These blessings are: (1) finish up the transgression, (2) make an end of sins, “(3) make reconciliation for iniquity, (4) bring in everlasting righteousness, (5) seal up the vision and prophecy, and (6) anoint the most holy.
K. The six promised blessings are related to the two works of the Messiah: His death and His reign. The first thee have special reference to the sacrifice of the Messiah, which anticipates the removal of sin from the nation. The second three have special reference to the sovereignty of the Messiah, which anticipate the establishment of His reign. The “everlasting righteousness” can only refer to the millennial kingdom promised to Israel. This was the goal and expectation of all the covenants and promises given to Israel, and in its institution prophecy will be fulfilled. This kingdom can only be established when the Holy One or the Holy Place in the millennial temple is anointed. The millennium will witness the reception of the Messiah by Israel and will also witness the return of the Shekinah to the Holy of Holies. Thus, we see that the prophecy anticipates the whole work of the Messiah for Israel: He will redeem and he will reign at the expiration of time stipulated in the prophecy.
IV. Ryrie Comments.
Re: Daniel 9:27. “he.” The prince of verse 26, the Anti-Christ, previously introduced in 7:8, 24-26, who will make a pact with “many” (of the Jewish people) at the beginning of the tribulation period. But “in the middle of the week” (i.e., 3 1/2 years later), Antichrist will break the covenant and desecrate the Temple by demanding worship of himself in it. See notes on Matt 24:15 and 2 Thes 2:4. At Christ’s second coming, Antichrist and his false prophet will be cast into the lake of fire (Rev 19:20).
V. Rydelnik Comments.
Re: Daniel 9:27, “weeks.” Re: Daniel 9:24. “Seventy weeks” probably refers to 70 periods of seven years, or 490 years.
A. Paragraph I. “Things To Come, ” 1958, Zondervan, J. Dwight Penteost, Th. D., p. 240.
B. Paragraph II. Scripture cut and pasted from Bible Hub.
C. Paragraph III. “Things To Come, ” 1958, Zondervan, J. Dwight Penteost, Th. D., p. 240-242.
D. Paragraph IV. Ryrie Study Bible, 1986, Moody Publishers, Charles C. Ryrie, Th. D., Ph. D.
E. Paragraph V. Holman Christian Standard Bible, 2010, Holman Bible Publishers, Michael J. Rydelnik, Th. M., D. Miss.