1. Introduction

A review of Archangel Gabriel’s prophecy:

Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy (Daniel 9: 24)

2. 70 year periods were required to make reconciliation for iniquity

In 581 BC, during the 5th year of  King Jeconiah’s captivity, God commanded Ezekiel to make 390 days of  reconciliation for  390 years of the sins of the nation (Eze 4: 5 & 6).  By adding 390 + 586,  we see that  the 390 year period could have begun in 976 during the reign of  King Rehoboam the son of Solomon.

God also commanded Ezekiel to make a 40 day reconciliation for 40 years of sin. Therefore, 586 + 40 takes us back to 626 BC, which was King Josiah’s 13th year. Jeremiah began to prophesy to Josiah about the sins of the nation in 626 BC (Jeremiah 1: 1 & 2).

However, King Josiah had begun to purge the Temple and the nation in the 12th year of his reign. He toured the land, breaking down the altars of Baal;  pulverizing the images of the idols and killing the priests of Baal. The nation had been so polluted that the task took six years (2 Chron 34: 3 – 8).

Although King Josiah finally completed this reconciliation by cleansing the nation and the temple in the 18th year of his reign, God was not appeased. He told the Prophetess Hulda that He would pour out His wrath on Jerusalem and Judah (2 Chronicles 34).  A review of his forefathers’ sins would explain the reason.

Josiah’s grandfather, King Manasseh had been the epitome of evil. He had:

  • built up  high places of worship to demons
  • placed their altars and images in God’s house
  • sacrificed his children in fire
  • practiced astrology and witchcraft
  • dealt with wizards and mediums and
  • caused the citizens to err from the worship of God.
  • To make matters worse, his son Amon had followed in his footsteps (2 Chronicles 33).

Daniel also made reconciliation for the nation in 539 (Daniel 9).  However, only the Messiah could truly make this reconciliation for the  sins through His shed blood.

3. 70 year periods were required to bring in everlasting righteousness

  • Everlasting righteousness would be ushered into the earth through the birth of the Messiah
  • Isaiah prophesied that a virgin would conceive and bear a son called Emmanuel, which means God with us (Isaiah 7: 14).
  • The prophets spoke about His righteous reign (Isaiah 9: 7).

Blessings and more to come