Daniel 9: 70 Week Countdown to the Cross

(27 Verses, 5:36 to read)


What I am about to READ



  • 9:1-2, Daniel discerns the time of the exile from the writings of Jeremiah.
  • 9:3-19, Daniel prays, repents, and begs the Lord for restoration.
  • 9:20-23, The angel Gabriel appears to Daniel in answer to his prayers
  • 9:24-27, Gabriel delivers the vision to Daniel of the 70 weeks appointed for Jerusalem.


  • Notice how Daniel understands the punishment of the people as a fulfillment of the threats and promises which Moses gave to the people. (So compare, for example, Daniel 9:11 with Leviticus 26:14 and following.)
  • There is a lot to do about the vision of the 70 weeks in Dispensationalism. They, especially, focus on the fact that we are waiting for the last seven years to unfold. This is completely unfounded in the text.
  • We make these brief observations about the 70 weeks.
    • The weeks here are weeks of years. 70 weeks indicates 490 years.
    • These seventy weeks of history for Jerusalem are an expansion of the 70 years of exile that Jeremiah promised. In other words, the Lord’s mercy outweighs His wrath.
    • The major events occur in the last week (7 years), in the midsts of which the Messiah will be cut off. The traditional understanding of this prophecy is this:
      • The last week begins at the baptism of Jesus. The midpoint (3.5 years) is the crucifixion. The end of the 70th week is the stoning of St. Stephen.


  • We rejoice to hear the preaching of Jesus in the prophet Daniel. Not only does Daniel tell of the time of the coming of the Messiah, he also describes His works. “…to finish the transgression, to put an end to sin, and to atone for iniquity, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal both vision and prophet, and to anoint a most holy place.” This is the work of our Jesus and His death and resurrection. We rejoice in it.

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Lord’s Blessings,
Pr Bryan Wolfmueller
Hope Lutheran Church, Aurora, CO




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