In the first year of Darius the son of Ahasuerus, of the seed of the Medes, which was made king over the realm of the Chaldeans; In the first year of his reign I Daniel understood by books the number of the years, whereof the word of the Lord came to Jeremiah the prophet, that he would accomplish seventy years in the desolations of Jerusalem.
And I set my face unto the Lord God, to seek by prayer and supplications, with fasting, and sackcloth, and ashes: And I prayed unto the Lord my God, and made my confession, and said,
O Lord, the great and dreadful God, keeping the covenant and mercy to them that love him, and to them that keep his commandments. We have sinned, and have committed iniquity, and have done wickedly, and have rebelled, even by departing from thy precepts and from thy judgments: Neither have we hearkened unto thy servants the prophets, which spake in thy name to our kings, our princes, and our fathers, and to all the people of the land.
O Lord, righteousness belongeth unto thee, but unto us confusion of faces, as at this day; to the men of Judah, and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and unto all Israel, that are near, and that are far off, through all the countries whither thou hast driven them, because of their trespass that they have trespassed against thee.
O Lord, to us belongeth confusion of face, to our kings, to our princes, and to our fathers, because we have sinned against thee. To the Lord our God belong mercies and forgivenesses, though we have rebelled against him; Neither have we obeyed the voice of the Lord our God, to walk in his laws, which he set before us by his servants the prophets. Yea, all Israel have transgressed thy law, even by departing, that they might not obey thy voice; therefore the curse is poured upon us, and the oath that is written in the law of Moses the servant of God, because we have sinned against him.
And he hath confirmed his words, which he spake against us, and against our judges that judged us, by bringing upon us a great evil: for under the whole heaven hath not been done as hath been done upon Jerusalem. As it is written in the law of Moses, all this evil is come upon us: yet made we not our prayer before the Lord our God, that we might turn from our iniquities, and understand thy truth. Therefore hath the Lord watched upon the evil, and brought it upon us: for the Lord our God is righteous in all his works which he doeth: for we obeyed not his voice.
And now, O Lord our God, that hast brought thy people forth out of the land of Egypt with a mighty hand, and hast gotten thee renown, as at this day; we have sinned, we have done wickedly.
O Lord, according to all thy righteousness, I beseech thee, let thine anger and thy fury be turned away from thy city Jerusalem, thy holy mountain: because for our sins, and for the iniquities of our fathers, Jerusalem and thy people are become a reproach to all that are about us. Now therefore, O our God, hear the prayer of thy servant, and his supplications, and cause thy face to shine upon thy sanctuary that is desolate, for the Lord’s sake.
O my God, incline thine ear, and hear; open thine eyes, and behold our desolations, and the city which is called by thy name: for we do not present our supplications before thee for our righteousnesses, but for thy great mercies. O Lord, hear; O Lord, forgive; O Lord, hearken and do; defer not, for thine own sake, O my God: for thy city and thy people are called by thy name.
And whiles I was speaking, and praying, and confessing my sin and the sin of my people Israel, and presenting my supplication before the Lord my God for the holy mountain of my God; Yea, whiles I was speaking in prayer, even the man Gabriel, whom I had seen in the vision at the beginning, being caused to fly swiftly, touched me about the time of the evening oblation.
And he informed me, and talked with me, and said, O Daniel, I am now come forth to give thee skill and understanding. At the beginning of thy supplications the commandment came forth, and I am come to shew thee; for thou art greatly beloved: therefore understand the matter, and consider the vision.
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.
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, and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times.
And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined. 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.
Before we go into the seventy weeks of this chapter of Daniel, I’d like to focus a little on Daniel’s prayer here. This could very well be a model of the kind of prayer Americans ought to be praying. It’s a prayer of personal and national sins, of shame and repentance. He confesses sins, but also confesses of God’s greatness, Holiness and Righteous, and an acknowledgement of the consequences and judgments caused by sin. Daniel is Humbled, reverent and earnest~ not just words, but from his heart. We don’t see anything about Daniel tearing his robes or putting on sack cloth and ashes here, but you can definitely ‘hear’ the genuine lamentation and burden he has for Israel.
Genuine, because he has seen and experienced the Lord God of his people, has been blessed abundantly by God and even though they have disturbed him greatly, he knows the visions and dreams are from God and for a purpose he doesn’t quite understand. It’s hard not to be truly in awe and reverence when one prays knowing the Lord’s absolute Holiness, and knowing the sin of one’s heart.
And here we have Daniel being visited again by Gabriel, the Messenger who reassures Daniel that he is beloved by the Lord.
Again, I’m going to refer folks to people with more ability than I have to explain the intricacies of the vision Daniel is receiving here in this chapter. While the weeks and times and the prophecied coming of Messiah that Daniel is being told of, and the time of the covenant are pretty straight forward, there are so many details that people may not understand. Things like I mentioned in Daniel chapter 7 about types, and how history does repeat itself are a few of the things we see here in the time of the covenant and the abomination that causes desolation. Antiachis Epiphanes was a type of Antichrist which did desecrate the Temple and he set himself up as a god, but some day the coming Antichrist will do the same after making a seven year treaty with Israel…
Lets get started, Chuck Missler describes Daniel chapter 9 one of the most pivotal books of the Bible when talking prophecies. I have to agree.
For another great source, Pastor Paul,
And for a special bonus 😉 Alistair Begg, one of my favorites, describes Daniel’s prayer,
The Bible is alive in our time, just as it always has been. Times up until the day Jesus calls His Bride home are going to include political and natural groanings, upheavals and trials. Jesus never promised an easy life for those who choose to follow Him. In fact He promised trials and times of persecution. But reading the prophecies, knowing that we can trust the Bible’s accounts of what is to come, makes it a little more encouraging and even easier to walk by faith.
Have a blessed day all!