What if there existed a prophecy in the Old Testament, that foretold the exact period, even the year in which the long-awaited Messiah would make his appearance? Would that not be a prophecy of major importance? Would you not think that it would hold special interest for the people of Israel?
Daniel chapter nine is such a prophecy. In this portion of the book of Daniel, he records for us an encounter he had with the angel Gabriel, who gives him a prophecy of Seventy sevens or heptads.
Within this period of Seventy sevens, God will accomplish many great and wonderful things regarding "thy people and thy holy city." He will do all this through the work of one who is called the Messiah the Prince.
Another important element for the Daniel 9 prophecy, is that it is used as the basis for the current teaching of what is known as the seven year tribulation period, which happens to also be known as the Seventieth Week of Daniel. From this prophetic teaching we learn that a person who is known as the anti-christ (Daniel’s ‘little horn’) will make an agreement, or covenant with Israel, then in the midst of the seven year tribulation period, he will renege on the agreement, and cause the sacrifices in the third temple to stop being offered. He will then demand that the Jews and all the world worship him as god.
So as you can see, Daniel chapter 9 is full of great and exciting things. So let’s get started.