The Vision - The Seventy week prophecy.
24 Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression
[ the transgression of the law of Moses would be put an end to],
and to make an end of sins
[ an end would be made of sin-offerings by causing the sacrifice and oblation to cease],
and to make reconciliation for iniquity
[reconciliation would be made for iniquity by cutting off Messiah the prince],
and to bring in everlasting righteousness
[everlasting righteousness, as opposed to the temporary righteousness of the law, would be brought in],
and to seal up the vision and prophecy
[ the vision and the prophecy would be sealed up in the confirmation of the covenant]
and to anoint the most Holy.
"And Jesus himself began to be about thirty years of age" (Luke 3:23). The descent of the Holy Spirit dove upon the head of Jesus, fulfilling a portion of Gabriel's prophecy: the "Sealing the vision and prophet," and "Anointing the holy One of holy ones" (Dan. 9:24, Anatolia). The apostolic testimony is in harmony, and pointedly reveals the person to whom the prophecy refers. The word in the record of John saith concerning Jesus,-"Him hath God the Father sealed" (John 6:27). And Peter, addressing the household of Cornelius, said: "God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power" (Acts 10:38).
Prefiguring this anointing Spirit, the "holy anointing oil" was used in the service of the Tabernacle under the law of Moses. With the "holy oil" the Tabernacle and all the vessels
of the sanctuary, the high-priest and his sons were anointed, the One in many being thus typified also. "The Spirit is the truth," saith the apostle; "and he whom God hath sent,speaketh the words of God; for God giveth not the Spirit by measure unto him. The Father loveth the Son, and hath given all things into his hand. He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life: but the wrath of God abideth on him" (John 3:34-36).
Sis Lasius - Yahweh Elohim Ch 3
25 Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks
[or 49 years, were allotted to the restoration of the state;], [Daniel] was informed that a decree should be made for the restoration of the Jewish state; but that at a subsequent period the city and temple should be again destroyed [second destruction AD 70]; and that this second destruction should be followed by a desolation of the country which should continue till that determined should be poured out upon the desolator [v27], that is, on the Little Horn of the goat in "the time of the end." *
and 62 weeks
[434 years more, were to elapse to the manifesting of Messiah the prince. This was 483 years to "the beginning of the gospel concerning Jesus Christ" announced by John the Baptist (Mark 1:1), who came baptizing in water "that he might be made manifest to Israel" (John 1:31). From this date there remained seven years to the end of the 490. ]: *
the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times.
The commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem...
This was issued by Artaxerxes on the first day of Nisan in the twentieth year of his reign, which was exactly 490 years to the crucifixion. No date of any other decree answers the demand of "the matter;" therefore there is no option but to receive it as a demonstration by fact. *
26 And after 62 weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy
[magnify himself against the Prince of the host (of Israel)]
the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood
[and the place of sanctuary (the temple) be cast down.],
and unto the end of the war desolations are determined.
These things were to be brought about by the instrumentality of the Little Horn of the goat; ...
MESSIAH 'CUT OFF'
Exactly to the month "he was cut off, but not for himself," 490 years after the decree of Artaxerxes in the twentieth of his reign.
The seventieth week was the week in which the covenant was confirmed in the attestations which the Father gave to Jesus as his Son, and as the Seed of Abraham and of David, to whom he had promised the land of Canaan, and the kingdom and throne of David for an everlasting inheritance.
The week of confirmation was divided between the ministry of John and that of Jesus. The former was engaged in baptizing the people into the hope of Messiah's immediate manifestation; and when he was about finishing his work, Jesus was baptized, and publicly recognised before the assembled people, as the Son of God by a voice from the excellent glory. He was also anointed at the same time, and sealed, as the Most Holy One of Israel. John having now finished his ministry, was thrown into prison by Herod the tetrarch; and Jesus being thirty years old, entered upon the work of the latter half part of the week, or three years and a half remaining to complete the 490 (Luke 3:15,19-23).
After he had passed some months of his ministry, he was warned by some Pharisees that Herod would kill him; to which he replied,
"Go tell that fox, Behold I cast out devils and do cures to-day and to-morrow, and the third day I shall be perfected. Nevertheless, I must walk to-day, and to-morrow, and the day following; for it cannot be that a prophet perish out of Jerusalem" (Luke 13:31-33).
Besides showing that a day is sometimes used prophetically for a year, the Lord's reply shows also the period of his ministry as equivalent to the latter half part, at the end of which he expected to die, and afterwards to be perfected by a resurrection to life.
Exactly to the month "he was cut off, but not for himself," 490 years after the decree of Artaxerxes in the twentieth of his reign. "The matter" revealed to Daniel, who was at the same time exhorted to "consider the vision," to a part of which it referred, was all accomplished as far as the seventy weeks were concerned. *
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
[and by him the daily (sacrifice and 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.
IMPENDING DESTRUCTION OF JEWISH COMMONWEALTH AD 70...
To effect this "an army, (the people of the Prince that should come) should be given him against the daily; "because the transgressors in Israel "had come to the full." Therefore he should "cast down the truth (the law and covenant of Sinai) to the ground," and "prosper and practise, and destroy the mighty and the holy people."
So having confirmed the covenant by crucifixion and resurrection...
There onIy remained now the destruction of the city and temple, the taking away of the sacrifice and the oblation, and subsequent desolation of the land, by the Little Horn of the Goat.
Was that to succeed the crucifixion instanter, or after how long a time were these calamities to come to pass? As I have already shown, no one but God could tell; for he withheld the knowledge of it from every one but himself; and left it to reveal itself when the time of the judgment of Gehenna should arrive.
There onIy remained now the destruction of the city and temple, the taking away of the sacrifice and the oblation, and subsequent desolation of the land, by the Little Horn of the Goat. Was that to succeed the crucifixion instanter, or after how long a time were these calamities to come to pass? As I have already shown, no one but God could tell; for he withheld the knowledge of it from every one but himself; and left it to reveal itself when the time of the judgment of Gehenna should arrive.
This was fully accomplished about 37 years after the crucifixion, that is to say, in about seventy years from the birth of Christ. But why was it removed? Why might not the Mosaic religion continue to be practised in Canaan, as well as the false religions of the Gentiles in the several countries of the earth? Because "an abomination that maketh desolate" was to be "set up." Now, so long as the daily and its holy place continued, there would be no place for this abomination. The daily must therefore be removed to make way for it. They could not exist contemporarily; neither does it follow that ''the abomination" was to succeed the suppression of the daily immdiately. The facts in the case forbid this conclusion.
*Elpis Israel 3.4.