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God never leaves us

we leave Him!

Chapter 9 We now jump forward 5 years to 538BC and the Medes & Persians have conquered Babylon


Searching the Bible

1 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; 2 in the first year of his reign I Daniel understood by books the number of the years, where the word of the LORD came to Jeremiah the prophet, that He would accomplish seventy years in the desolations of Jerusalem. Note 1

We reap what we sow

3 And I set my face to the Lord God, to seek by prayer and supplications, with fasting, and sackcloth, and ashes: 4 and I prayed to the LORD my God, and made my confession, and said, Note 2

O Lord, the great and dreadful [awe-inspiring] God, keeping the covenant and mercy to them that love Him, and to them that keep His commandments; 5 we have sinned, and have committed iniquity, and have done wickedly, and have rebelled, even by departing from Your precepts and from Your judgments:

6 Neither have we hearkened to Your servants the prophets, which spoke in Your name to our kings, our princes, and our fathers, and to all the people of the land. Note 3

7 O Lord, righteousness belongs to You [for You always do right], but to us confusion of faces, as at this day; to the men of Judah, and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and to all Israel, that are near, and that are far off, through all the countries where You have driven them, because of their trespass that they have trespassed against You. 8 O Lord, to us belongs confusion of face, to our kings, to our princes, and to our fathers, because we have sinned against You. Note 4

9 To the Lord our God belong mercies and forgivenesses, though we have rebelled against Him; 10 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. 11 Yes, all Israel have transgressed Your law, even by departing, that they might not obey Your 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. Note 5

12 And He has confirmed His words, which He spoke against us, and against our judges [leaders] that judged [led] us, by bringing upon us a great evil: for under the whole heaven has not been done as has been done upon Jerusalem.

13 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 Your truth [we have not learned from these experiences] . 14 Therefore has the LORD watched upon the evil, and brought it upon us: for the LORD our God is righteous in all His works which He does: for we obeyed not His voice. Note 6

15 And now, O Lord our God, that has brought Your people forth out of the land of Egypt with a mighty hand, and has gotten You renown, as at this day; we have sinned, we have done wickedly. 16 O Lord, according to all Your righteousness, I beseech You, let Your anger and Your fury be turned away from Your city Jerusalem, Your holy mountain: because for our sins, and for the iniquities of our fathers, Jerusalem and Your people are become a reproach to all that are about us. Note 7

17 Now therefore, O our God, hear the prayer of Your servant, and his supplications, and cause Your face to shine upon Your sanctuary that is desolate, for the Lord's sake.

18 O my God, incline Your ear, and hear; open Your eyes, and behold our desolations, and the city which is called by Your name: for we do not present our supplications before You for our righteousnesses [or our good works], but for Your great mercies. 19 O Lord, hear; O Lord, forgive. O Lord, hearken and do; defer not, for Your own sake, O my God: for Your city and Your people are called by Your name. Note 8

Such a prayer is immediately answered

20 And while 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; 21 yea, while 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 [offering]. Note 9

22 And he informed me, and talked with me, and said,

O Daniel, I am now come forth to give you skill and understanding. 23 At the beginning of your supplications the commandment came forth, Note 10 and I am come to show you; for you are greatly beloved: therefore understand the matter, and consider the vision. [The one you had five years ago!]

24 Seventy weeks are determined [or cut off from the 2300 days] upon your people and upon your holy cityNote 11

* to finish the transgression,

* and to make an end of sins [or sin offerings],

* and to make reconciliation for iniquity,

* and to bring in everlasting righteousness,

* and to seal up [ratify] the vision and prophecy,

* and to anoint the Most Holy [place of the sanctuary]. Note 12


25 Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem to the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two [62] weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times. Note 13

26 And after threescore and two [62]weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for Himself: Note 14

and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end of it shall be with a flood,

and to the end of the war desolations are determined. Note 15

27 And He [Messiah the Prince] shall confirm the covenant with many for one [last] week: Note 16

and in the midst of the [last]week

He shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease,

Note 17

and for the overspreading of abominations He shall make it desolate,

even until the consummation, Note 18

and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.


Special Note on the 2,300 day/years


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