Daniel 9 is a linchpin of prophetic teaching.
As I have studied this topic over the years, a particular teaching has garnered favor among believers. I followed that teaching faithfully for most of my pilgrimage.
I would like to offer an alternative viewpoint for a fellow believer to consider.
When I first encountered this viewpoint, I struggled with it. I refused it, then ignored it, then argued with it. But I also believe as Christians, we need to wrestle with the Word.
Sure, we may come away limping, like old Isaac, but as always, encountering the Word produces fruit.
So with that thought let’s continue and read the verse under consideration first.
“Seventy weeks are decreed about your people and your holy city, 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.
COUPLET 1 – Second Thought
To Make an End of Sins
Golly – just when I made a point of Daniel not speaking of “finishing”, the very next phrase includes two Hebrew words, with the first one having finishing as a definition – Good Grief!
tä·mam’, – to be finished, to be completed (wholly), consumed, destroyed, cease doing, leave off doing, to seal up
khä·tham’ – to seal, seal up, affix a seal, to lock up, to be stopped
This last word is also used in this verse in relation to “sealing up the vision and prophecy”
Therefore – “To make an end” is referring to completely and wholly sealing up the object of the phrase, that is “sins”
First thought that fell out of my head was the locking up of Satan into the bottomless pit, but this can’t be speaking of that since the seal was placed on Satan, and he was shut up in the pit.
Also, this verse is referring to a concept (sins) and not a person.
And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season.
It is important to note that to seal something does not necessarily mean the object sealed will be sealed permanently! (See my two part study – Sealed – Old Testament Basis and Sealed – New Testament Teaching.)
It is preferred to consider this phrase to be a strengthened thought of the previous phrase where Daniel mentions restricting transgression. Even so, the New Testament gives multitudinous references to the Messiah’s work on the cross and the effect of this act on sin.
And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.
…the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sins of the world
…forgiveness of sins..
….remission of sins.
..condemned sin in the flesh
.. by Himself purged our sins
…put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself
…one sacrifice for sins forever
1 Corinthians 15:3
…Christ died for our sins
1 Peter 2:24
…bare our sins in his own body on the tree
1 Peter 3:18
…hath once suffered for sins
1 John 3:5-6
… He was manifested to take away our sins. Whoso abideth in Him sinneth not, whoever sinneth hath not seen Him, neither known Him.
So, let me ask you a fair question. Did He put an end to sin? How you understand that question may color your understanding of this passage.
Of course we see sin every day in our world. Sin sin sin. Every where sin. It seems to be getting worse with every passing day. But the question is “Did He put an end to it?”
His sacrifice for our sin definitely paid the price for the our sin, provided power over sin (although we do not avail ourselves of this power too frequently), and has given us hope to be removed from sin in the near future.
For those who can discern the intent of the passage – ie sin has been dealt with on the cross and sin has no future, no enduring penalty, power or presence over the believer.
For the unbeliever, sin has also an end – but sadly without any victory!
Is this understanding of Daniel 9:24 a viable interpretation that honors Jesus Christ and His work on the cross?
I will leave that to the reader, but it is good to remember that He is the sum and focus of all Scripture!
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