“WHICH COVENANT DID HE CONFIRM”?
Daniel 9:27 “And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate”
We do know from records, that Jesus died at the middle of the 70th week, which stood for His three and half years of Ministry. Although the Jewish Priests continued with their sacrifices in the Temple, after the death of Jesus until AD 70, when the Romans finally destroyed the temple. So, all that they were doing was a mere religious exercise that had no value. They lacked acceptance and validity with the Father God.
Jesus had earlier on declared to them in Matthew 23:38 “Behold your house (Temple of Worship) is left unto you desolate”
Reading from Hebrews 10:12–14, 18, “But after Christ offered ONE SACRIFICE for SINS, forever, He sat down at the right side of God…WITH ONE SACRIFICE, he made PERFECT forever those who are being made holy. Now, when these have been forgiven, there is NO MORE need for a Sacrifice for sins” NCV
It shows that, the Sacrifice of Jesus put to an end perpetually, all that has to do with sacrifices for sins, as His sacrifice covers for all of our sins.
THE TERMINATION OF TRANSGRESSION AND SINS (Daniel.9:24)
“…to finish the transgression, and to make an END OF SINS and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness…” Daniel 9:24
“God has ordered four hundred and ninety years” for your people and our holy city for these reasons;
1. To stop people from turning against God
2. To put an end to sin
3. To take away evil
4. To bring in goodness that continues forever…” NCV
Jesus’ death, resurrection and ascension, brought to an end, the transgression, the finishing of sin and making atonement for error. Primarily, the Jews by reason of the Law – covenant, were exposed as sinners unto condemnation, which has to be reversed by the death of Christ.
“The Law came to make sin worse, but when sin grew worse, God’s grace increased” Romans 5:20 (NCV)
Therefore, the death of Christ lifted off the sentence of death that was hanging on the sinner.
JESUS CONFIRMS THE 490 YEARS PROPHESIED
Like we read in Daniel 9:24,
“Four hundred and ninety years are determined for your people”
Did Jesus in His earthly Ministry ever made reference to this figure, and in what form?
In Matthew 18:21-22, we are told, Peter did ask Jesus:
“Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me and I forgive him? Till seven times? Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, until seven times but, until seventy times seven”.
So what was Jesus saying or telling Peter? I know, we all are used to these teachings in our Sunday schools, of the principles of continuous forgiveness. But let me say something here, this is beyond human forgiveness, but rather the perpetual forgiveness of sin, even in and by Himself.
As a ransom sacrifice, He was speaking of forgiving, not just only the Jews essentially, but all of humanity, who have sinned against the Lord in Adam.
In other words, Gabriel was telling Daniel Prophetically, that the sins of His people shall be permanently forgiven them. This is what it means by, “four hundred and ninety years are determined for thy people”.
For in Jesus’ words, we have to forgive 70 x 7 times and that will give you 490 times, the 490 years spoken about. So 490 mean sins have been forgiven. Please let us understand what the Spirit is saying.
Next will be “Christ brought in EVERLASTING RIGHTEOUSNESS “.
To be continued…