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Daniel's Seventy Weeks

In Luke 24, Jesus Christ emphatically declares that all of the Old Testament writings point to Him: “All things must be fulfilled which were written in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms concerning Me [Jesus]” (verse 44). Jesus is not only the Author of all Scripture, He is also the subject of all Scripture. According to biblical scholars, there are over 300 Old Testament prophecies which reach their fulfillment with the coming of Christ and the New Testament age. In Daniel 9:24-27 we have one of the most signifi cant of them. In his Commentary, Matthew Henry wrote that in Daniel 9 we have “the most illustrious prediction of Christ and gospel grace that is extant in all the Old Testament.”

To properly analyze Daniel 9:24-27 we need to look at three relevant factors: 1) the historical context; 2) the mission of Christ; and 3) the prophetic chronology.