“THE SEALING OF THE VISION”
Daniel 9:24, “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”
“…To seal up vision and Prophecy” Daniel 9:24.
What do we mean by this?
Daniel is simply talking of, what brings to fulfillment all that he has prophesied about, or basically all that the prophecy was supposed to be talking about. In other words, all the works accomplished by the Messiah through His appearing, death, resurrection and the appearance on the throne of heaven, the sacrificed blood as the value of His offering and all other things occurring during the 70th week, puts a seal upon the vision and prophecy, declaring them to be true as the divine source, which is God Himself.
It also points to the fact that, the whole vision was pointing to Christ as the one at the center of the prophecy because of its finding fulfillment in Him, and God’s work of redemption through Him.
And so the Scriptures say;
“The Testimony of Jesus is the Spirit of prophecy” (Revelation 19:10). It is evident therefore that the prophecy of Daniel 9:27, found fulfillment in Him, so we cannot look to another source, or to anyone else for its fulfillment, such as an Antichrist.
DESOLATION OF THE CITY AND THE HOLY PLACE (Daniel 9:26–27)
“And after threescore and two weeks (62 weeks, plus 7 weeks from the going forth of the command to rebuild Jerusalem to the coming of Messiah = 69 weeks) shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself, and the people of the prince (roman Armies) that shall destroy the city and the sanctuary, and the end thereof shall be a flood, and unto the end of the WAR desolations are determined”
The destruction of the city and the Temple, which has been mentioned earlier on by Titus, and his armies in AD 70 formally occurred after the seventieth “week”, which can also be alluded to, as the direct result of the rejection of Jesus and His Ministry by the Jews.
Jesus Himself personally told the Disciples about the destruction of this city, Jerusalem, using the parable of the ‘Marriage supper of the Lamb’ in Matthew 22, when in verse 7 He said,
“But when the King heard about the killing of His servants (who were sent to them in verse 6) thereof, He was wroth; and He sent forth His armies, and destroyed those murderers, and burned up their city.”
Luke. 21:20 rightly said;
“And when ye shall see Jerusalem compassed with armies, and then know the desolation thereof is nigh”.
In the words of the Lord: “Then flee to the Mountains!”
It was reported that the Roman armies, who were now working for the Lord, came, camped against Jerusalem, then without a single opposition from the Jews, they pulled up stakes and left. With this sign, the believing disciples of the words of Jesus who remembered what He told them, fled the city. Not one of them died, when General Titus later came with his armies, raided the city and made it bare.
Record has it that, even the Temple’s foundation stones were uprooted in search of Gold deposit, all in fulfillment of the words of Jesus to His disciples in Matthew 24:1–2, when the disciples came to show Him the Temple. The word says;
“As Jesus was leaving the Temple grounds, His disciples pointed out to Him the various Temple buildings but He told them “Do you see all these Buildings? I assure you, they will be so completely demolished that not one stone will be left on top of another” Matthew 24:1–2_NLT.
Yet, to date, we have our brothers still proclaiming with all amount of seriousness, the things that are still in the future about Matthew 24 of the future Anti-Christ, earthquakes and wars etc.
But people of God, the Language of Jesus with regards to the siege of Jerusalem in Matthew 24:22 by the Roman armies is that “except those days be shortened, no “flesh” shall be saved”.
I assure you, this has nothing to do with our personal salvation in Christ but rather, Jesus was referring to the terrible times the Jews were going to face, in the hands of the Romans.
In fact in Matthew 24:19, He added;
“And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days”.
Perhaps those who use this to teach of the rapture might be implying that, those who have children when the rapture is to take place might be in anguish for abandoning their children.
Should that be what they mean?
But friends, can I please reiterate that, all of these were referring to their flight from Jerusalem, at the time Jerusalem will be under siege.
Listen to what He said in Matthew 24:34,
“Verily I say unto you, this generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled” (KJV)
“I tell you the truth all these things will happen while the people of this TIME are still living” (NCV)
People of God, I wonder, whether the very generation (people) Jesus was talking about two thousand years ago are still alive, realizing that a generation is simply a period of time between forty to sixty years at most.
Why don’t we take some time to re-examine our theology for a while and begin to re-align our thoughts with that of Christ?
In closing, we recap with the words of Gabriel to Daniel;
“God has ordered four hundred ninety years for your people and your holy city for these reasons: to stop people from turning against God, to put an end to sin, to take away evil, to bring in goodness that continues forever, to bring about the vision and prophecy, and to appoint a most Holy Place” Daniel 9:24 (NCV)
All these things the Father has done and achieved in the person and mission of Christ.