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Summary: Rather than focus on some wierd predtion we focus our spiritual telescope on the work of Jesus

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The Glorious Work of the Messiah by Gerald Van Horn

Daniel 9:24 “Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon the Holy City, to finish the transgression, and to make an end to sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy.”

God never has left anything up to chance. In His infinite wisdom the hour was dictated when Jesus would come and when He would be cut off. This was the crowning edifice of grace and therefore demanded His particular care. Prophecies declared the time, “And when the fullness of time was come He would be born of a virgin.” There was even in those dark days men and women who were looking for Him. Simeon and Anna were looking for the promised Messiah to come. The Jews were not the only ones looking for Him. There was a Gentile woman. The Samaritan woman at the well was looking. She told Jesus “I know Messiah cometh which is called the Christ.” It was a time of peace and even heathen nations were at rest from war.

So it is again today. Men are looking for the Messiah to come. The Scripture says of that day and hour knoweth no man. In Revelation time after time it says “Surely I come quickly.” “Behold the bridegroom cometh!” We cannot predict the exact hour, month or year we just know that according to the book of Daniel He will come when the 70 weeks are fulfilled. Rather than making some weird prediction, we focus our spiritual telescope on Jesus.

According to the text we can divide the Messiah’s work into two divisions:

1. “To finish the transgression and make an end to sins.”

It would appear that at first glance that the Lord’s work is confined to “tearing down His work.” This is not so. It is to build up the work. It is as if transgressions are taken captive and shut in a cell with the door securely fastened. The word the Bible uses in the margin is “restrained.” The Hebrew word means to “hold back, to arrest, to keep, to shut up.” In other words sin’s dominion is finished and is bound. Christ has led captivity captive. In order to leave no doubt as to sin escaping, God uses another word here - the word “seal.” The exact sentence is “to seal up.” The word insures custody lest there be any possibility of breaking loose. Job 14: 17 “my transgressions are sealed up in a bag, and thou sewest up mine iniquity.” David cried out in Psalms 51:1 “Have mercy on me, O God, according to thy loving-kindness; according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions.” God speaks to Isaiah in 43:25 “I, even I, he who blotteth out thy transgressions for mine own sake, and will not remember thy sins.”

Illustration: When Daniel was thrown in the lions den it says, “My God hath sent his angel, and shut the lion mouths.” The lions were present but their ability to harm was negated by the angel who shut their mouths. Same principle applies to what Jesus would do to sin. Sin would be present but have no power. Jesus was shut up in a tomb but the tomb had no power over the Son of God. When Jesus was on the cross He uttered “it is finished.” Thank God sin is imprisoned. Sealed with Jesus who bore it.


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