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Concerning All Things Fulfilled
|Daniel Chapter 9
The character of God is central here, His positive character. Daniel says in verse 4
If I suggest to you that the covenant that God made with Israel is no longer enforce, there are some – paticularly dispensationalist – who say that “I am accusing God of not being a covenant keeper. If God has broken His covenant with Israel then how can He be a covenant keeping God?”, they would say. “How could one make such a statement against God’s character?”
Well God doesn’t say He keeps His covenant with those who disobey Him. He keeps His threats towards them, so Daniel has it right. Daniel says God keeps His covenant and mercy with those who love Him. The covenant is reciprocal, its bi-lateral. God makes a covenant of promise conditioned on the fulfillment of the obligations from the party on the other side. Those who don’t keep the obligations have no claim upon the promise. Jesus said whoever loves God loves the One begotten of Him. If you don’t love Jesus you don’t love God. There are Jews who love Jesus and we call them Christians, better yet the Bible calls them Christian.
I want to address the 70 weeks of years, but first in Leviticus 26:17 ,18 we find that God keeps His promises when He predicts punishment will befall the Jews. We know that He sometimes delays in punishing but it does in time come. Here is the promise:
In fact God repeats this same promise in verse 21 and 24 of Leviticus 18. So what’s my point? We know that Israel, because of their sin went into exile for 70 years. Daniel too was in captive exile because of the sin of the nation. Now we see in Daniel 9 that 490 more years are determined; “For your people and for your holy city,
I have noticed that some people don’t believe all of this has happened yet. However, if you wish to use the New Testament as your interpretor, which I always advise doing, you’ll find everything in this list of verse 24 is said to have already been accomplished in Christ.
Jesus is saying go ahead they killed the prophets and you’ll kill me you’ll finish it off – fill it up! The cup is almost full. When you kill me that will fill it right to the top. The measure of your fathers guilt as been filling up for centuries and you will fill it up by killing Me. This is how the Apostle Paul understood it apparently because over in 1st Thess. 2 he described the Jews as being in this condition. in verses 14-16 Paul says:
So we see the Jews in the days of Jesus and the Apostles filled up the measure of their sins. They finished out the total number of transgressions that they were going to commit before destruction would come upon them.
Sin once reigned in our lives but it doesn’t anymore. Grace reigns in its place. He brought an end to the power of sin. In Hebrews 10:17, 18 the writer says:
Another thing that is accomplished from that 70 weeks is:
19 that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation.
And Romans 5:11
11 And not only that, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation.
Plenty of evidence thus far that this has been completed in Christ. What about
Some people think this means to bring an end to the prophetic ministry. Others feel that this means to fulfill all prophecy and it might mean that but to seal up something can mean to ratify it or comfirm it. Its not really clear. But one thing we can say is that Jesus said in the destruction of Jerusalem, that all things that were written would be fulfilled. There are ways to understand this part of the vision though that would certainly show that this was fulfilled in Jesus. In fact it says in 2 Corinthians 1:20
And Luke 21:20-22
Now, what about
In verses 19-21, of Hebrews 9, we see that Moses sprinkled with blood the tabernacle and all the utensils of ministry but Jesus annointed the Holy of Holies in Heaven with His own blood.
All 6 of these items that need to be fulfilled in the seventy weeks have been fulfilled and we have found everyone of these fulfilled in the NT. All with Scriptural proof.
It is argued by some that the finishing of the transgression, making an end of sins and bringing in everlasting righteousness are things that can’t be fulfilled because there are still sins and transgressions and everlasting worldwide righteousness hasn’t happened. and its true if you interpret those phrases to mean something that universal then we can’t claim that all these things have happened. But the question is should we be interpreting them that way? We don’t need to and certainly the 490 years has passed since they began, but we have better reason to believe that the NT equivalent of these things are the fulfillment of them. And that means we don’t need to look to any part of it for the future.