The Prophecies of the Messiah: Prophecy 308
In the “Seventy Weeks” prophecy, the Messiah will “… finish the transgression, …make an end of sins, …make reconciliation for iniquity, …bring in everlasting righteousness, …seal up vision and prophecy, And to anoint the Most Holy.”
Old Testament Prediction:
Daniel 9:24b Seventy weeks are determined For your people and for your holy city, To finish the transgression, To make an end of sins, To make reconciliation for iniquity, To bring in everlasting righteousness, To seal up vision and prophecy, And to anoint the Most Holy.
New Testament Fulfillment:
John 19:30 So when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit.
1 Corinthians 15:24 Then comes the end, when He delivers the kingdom to God the Father, when He puts an end to all rule and all authority and power.
Romans 5:10 For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.
Philippians 3:9 and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith.
Revelation 11:15 Then the seventh angel sounded: And there were loud voices in heaven, saying, “The kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ, and He shall reign forever and ever!”
Luke 4:18 The Spirit of the LORD is upon Me, Because He has anointed Me To preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives And recovery of sight to the blind, To set at liberty those who are oppressed…
The accomplishment of “seventy sevens” will encompass six important points in the history of Israel which will affect the entire world. We should always understand that everything the Lord does in response to Israel, affects everyone else in the world. Have you noticed how a tiny country, the size of New Jersey, is continually before us as a constant focus of the news? All of the final prophetic events of the world will be centered on the Lord’s work of redemption that He is seeking to complete in Israel, for the Jews. This prophecy from Daniel Chapter 9 is the most important prophecy in the entire Bible. In these six verses—exist the entire scope and plan of God for the whole world. All of these prophecies will be fulfilled through Israel and her Messiah, which will determine every event for all the ages to come.
Daniel’s prophecy of seventy-sevens, which are 70 weeks or “heptads” in Hebrew, are divided into six profound goals that the Lord has for Israel and the world.
1. Seventy weeks are determined for your people and for your holy city, 2. To finish the transgression, 3. To make an end of sins, 4. To make reconciliation for iniquity, 5. To bring in everlasting righteousness, 6. To seal up vision and prophecy, 7. And to anoint the Most Holy.
1. “Seventy weeks are determined for your people and for your holy city.” The object of this prophecy is directed and intended for the Jews and the city of Jerusalem. The period of time determined to complete all of the individual parts of the complete prophecy is seventy weeks, or 70 times 7 years = 490 years.
2. “To Finish the Transgression.” All of the rebellion of the Jews and the entire world against God will finally be at an end. God will destroy the present earth and the heavens in a great heat death (2 Peter 3:1). He will create a new heavens and earth from where a new order of government, completely orchestrated by God, will continue forever (Revelation 21:1). This will all come about as a result of the Messiah’s return to earth at the end of the seven-year Tribulation, being inaugurated as King of kings. It is this Messiah that is the subject of all 365 of these Old Testament prophecies and the entire Bible itself.
3. “To put and end to sins.” Sin is defined as “missing the mark of perfection” that God requires for all those who will dwell with Him. The Lord designed us to be perfect from the beginning of our creation. We all became imperfect by our choice to sin and rebel against the laws of God and His authority over our life. When the Messiah rules over the universe, the imperfection of sin will no longer exist. Having defeated sin and death at the cross, Jesus will return to earth at the conclusion of the seven-year Tribulation and establish the kingdom promised by many of the Old Testament prophecies of the Messiah. Those who are permitted to enter this kingdom age, ruled by the Messiah, will not sin, without immediate consequences. Messiah’s rule will be absolute and with complete sovereignty.
4. “To Make Reconciliation for Iniquity.” This goal was accomplished at the cross when Jesus permanently paid for the sins of every person who has ever lived. The Messiah was not prophesied to die only for those who would receive Him but for the whole world (1 John 2:2). In order for a person to qualify for the total absolution of his sins under Jesus’ sacrifice, he must receive Jesus’ sacrifice by faith as the payment for his sins. Salvation occurs only after the confession of sins to the Lord and a heartfelt reception of Jesus as Savior. This “reconciliation” by the Messiah is predicted by Daniel’s prophecy as being fulfilled in the last days, also described by the prophet Joel in chapter 2 of his prophecy. The Church was born on the day of Pentecost, when the Holy Spirit descended upon all those who had already believed on Jesus as their Savior and were waiting for the promise of His coming (Acts 1:4). Peter stated that Joel’s prophecy of the last days was fulfilled during that particular day of Pentecost, described in the Book of Acts Chapter 2:16. Because of the sacrifice that Jesus completed for us as the Messiah, our reconciliation to God is complete. Jesus testified to the finality of redemption while on the cross, by His statement: It is finished (John 19:30). Those who place themselves under the blood of Jesus’ sacrifice are called the Redeemed and will be co-rulers with the Messiah in His newly established kingdom.
5. “To Bring In Everlasting Righteousness.” The Righteousness that the Messiah will bring to earth will be without end. There will be absolute fairness and justice in all of the affairs of human life as the Messiah rules over the earth and all the universe. No one will hurt or kill anyone ever again on the earth. Evil and all sin will be prohibited. It is apparent by the term everlasting righteousness that the Messiah will permit no sin or rebellion against His rule. The Law of God will be absolute over all nations. Sin will be dealt with swiftly. The Messiah’s judgement is absolute and without appeal. This is only right since the Messiah is spoken of as the author of the law of God and creator of all things (Colossians 1).
6. “To Seal Up Vision and Prophecy.” This fact of the completed work of the Messiah is of extreme importance for all other prophetic events found in the Bible. The conclusion of the Messiah’s work “seals up,” finishes, and fulfills all of the prophecies of the Bible. This tells us that all of the prophecies of the Bible are centered around the prophecies of the Messiah that are found in the Old Testament. This is entirely the point of this book. These 365 Prophecies are the key to understanding all other prophecies of the Bible. The reason for this: they unlock our understanding of the work and ministry of the Messiah. When we understand the Messiah’s purpose, then we understand what the Bible is all about and what our place is in the total plan of God. The prophecies of Old Testament allow us to understand that it is in the Sacrifice of the Messiah that we find our redemption—back to God and gain the assurance that all our sins have been fully dealt with and exist no more.
7. “To Anoint the Most Holy.” There is some disagreement on whether this provision of the Messiah’s work means that He will be “anointed”; or perhaps this verse is speaking of the “Holy Place,” in the newly built temple of the Messiah, that will be “anointed.” It seems clear that Isaiah 61 in describing the Messiah as “anointed” by God for the specific task of redemption, judgment, and rulership. This further clarifies who Daniel is specifically defining: “to anoint the most Holy.” One of the objections to this seventh point, being the anointing of Jesus, is that the previous five points are all future, to be fulfilled upon the return of the Messiah to earth on the second occasion. It could be argued that point number 3, to make reconciliation for iniquity, has already been accomplished by Jesus at the cross (“it is finished”) two thousand years ago; therefore, not all five of the other points of this prophecy are future.
These seven individual parts of Daniel’s prophecy of the coming Messiah, are foundational to our understanding of every other part of the Bible. In this 308th prophecy, we see that there is only one person who could possibly claim the title of Messiah, the Son of Man, which Daniel describes in his incredible prophecies: Jesus of Nazareth.
See Prophecy 309 For Daniel Chapter 9
See Rob’s Book: “The Prophecies of the Messiah.”
 Strong’s Hebrew Concordance, #7620, shabua: a period of seven (days, years), heptad, week.
 Romans 3:23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God