I have discovered many questions about the 70 week prophecy of Daniel 9:24-27. I particularly enjoyed the question and answers in this one >> Two rulers or one ruler in Daniel's 70 week prophecy?

Most of these were great answers but was wondering if there are literary clues in (say) a literary structure that helps to understand the daunting piece of Daniel's prophetic efforts?

Any help you great Bible minds can offer would be wonderful.

  • Welcome! Help in understanding is with @Dottard and myself below. Aug 25 '20 at 14:02

OK - here is my attempt to outline the literary structure of Dan 9:24-27 based on the first few lines that appear to repeat throughout the passage. Note that the word structure is based on the Hebrew words, not English words although I have tried to some extent to reflect this in the way i have translated the passage.

70 weeks are determined for -

A: Your people [2 word phrase]

. B: Your Holy City [3 word phrase]

A: Finish the-transgression, end sin, expiate iniquity, [2 word phrases]

. B: Introduce eternal righteousness, seal vision & prophecy, anoint most holy [3 word phrase]

A: From the decree to restore and rebuild Jerusalem till Messiah – 7 weeks + 62 weeks

. B: Rebuilt in times of trouble

A: After 62 weeks Messiah cut off and will have nothing

. B: People of prince destroy city & sanctuary, end like a flood, war & desolations

A: He confirms covenant with many for 1 week, cut off mid-week & stops sacrifice & offering

. B: On the wing he will come abomination that makes desolate until the end

Note that the prophet Daniel has effectively melded two prophecies about simultaneous events into one narrative but still managed to keep them distinct. The two sets of events concern "your people" and Messiah, vs, "Your Holy City". From this we observe several things:

  • The time elements, 7 weeks, 62 weeks, being cut-off, etc, all apply to Messiah who confirms a covenant for 1 week, etc. It is Messaih being cut off that causes the sacrifice to cease
  • The Holy City is be rebuilt in times of trouble but there would be the people of the prince would destroy the city and depopulate it, etc.

Hope this helps.

  • Wow! I actually get to question your thinking, which you know I admire greatly (take notice of this "poster" Mr. New Cont' and you will get a wealth of understanding), outside of the "Trinity" issue that is. This being my "pet project" of the whole bible, I have had a lot to say about it; see my "thesis" of an answer to the Q: "Are the 70 weeks of Daniel & Jeremiah prophecies......?" Your explanation of the 2 sets of events is right on, except for one thing, in my opinion anyway. The "M" is cut off at the end of the 69 weeks (7 + 62), "M" confirms the "C", correct. BUT, he does not ...tbc... Aug 25 '20 at 13:43
  • ....cause the "Sacrifice and Grain Offering" to cease. If "M" died at end of 69 (33 AD) and the end of the "S & GO" was to happen in the middle of the 70th week (whenever that was to be) the "M" cut off could not be that which causes the sacrifice to cease. Wade through my "thesis" guys. I cannot stress the importance of that, whether I am right or wrong. Yes, I know it's long (4000 words plus) and in depth but I promise you it will be worth your time. Aug 25 '20 at 13:56
  • @OldeEnglish - can you provide a link to this thesis?
    – Dottard
    Aug 25 '20 at 20:47
  • Here is the link hermeneutics.stackexchange.com/questions/38249/… Aug 25 '20 at 21:33
  • @Dottard-It's been almost 72 hours since I sent you the above link but I and the NC have heard nothing from you. I don't know what to surmise from that at this point. Aug 29 '20 at 1:18

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