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Daniel 9 records perhaps the most amazing prophetic passage in all the Bible. Who would ever dream of predicting an event 500 years into the future and naming a specific day on which it would occur? One man did just that. His name is Daniel; his prediction was the day Jesus would ride into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday. When Daniel the prophet knelt down in prayer after his time of Bible study his prayers received an incredible answer. God dispatched Gabriel to tell Daniel that Jesus Christ would enter Jerusalem as King 500 years in the future. The amazing detail of this prophecy is that God told him the very day of Christ’s entry!
Today, this morning the book you hold in your hands contains details of events that will happen from today through 1,007 plus years into the future. Those details are exact and accurate to the day. This morning turn to Daniel 9:2 and see what Daniel saw and how he understood God’s Word. The way he read and understood it is the same way we can this morning.
What was he reading? Let’s turn to Jeremiah 29:4,10 Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, to all who were carried away captive, whom I have caused to be carried away from Jerusalem to Babylon: v. 10 For thus says the Lord: After seventy years are completed at Babylon, I will visit you and perform My good word toward you, and cause you to return to this place.
So when Daniel’s study of God’s Word led him to see the plan, what is his reaction? He prays Thy will be done, in me, through me, by my life! And while he was praying, God showed him the plan laid out for Israel all the way to the end of the world.
How do we know that the Rapture and then the Tribulation are next on God’s prophetic roadmap? Well, God left an incredible roadmap for us to not lose our way – that map is twofold.
In light of those two types of prophetic passages, let’s look at the most amazing prophecy of the whole panorama of the Tribulation. This comes in the Hebrew prophet, Daniel’s writings, Chapter 9. Turn there briefly, v.24-27.
Daniel is told about the future as Gabriel describes 70 prophetic “weeks” (490 years) as God’s timetable – the key to remember – for the Jewish people and the city of Jerusalem (9:25-27). Highlights of this period are:
Christ’s death as a sacrifice for sin,
bringing in righteousness as He establishes His kingdom,
and the rebuilt millennial temple.
With the exception of Christ’s death, all these events will take place during Israel’s national repentance at Christ’s Second Coming.
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