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  1. James,

    One clarification I would make.

    Daniel 9:26 “And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off [killed], but not for Himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined.”

    Note the use of the word ‘and’ after “but not for Himself:” (a reference to the Messiah). This means a different person. The ‘people of the prince’ were the army of Vespasian the Roman Emperor who came and conquered Judaea. Under Christ’s sovereign will, General Titus pulled apart the Temple in 70 A.D., the Jews were sent into exile and hence the temple worship was terminated. And the land was ravaged by wars. This was still the Messiah’s doing, even though he used the Romans.

    Daniel 9:27a “And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week:”

    ‘He’ here refers to Jesus the Messiah, not the AntiChrist. The Hebrew grammar requires it be the Messiah, who is the subject of the preceding verse (v.26). He, Jesus, confirms the covenant (Galatians 3:17) — fulfilling the Law (Romans 10:4) — with many, but not all, in Israel.

    It is important to distinguish the other ‘prince’, who is not ‘prince of the covenant’, that is Christ.

  2. One more thought. We are told that the Temple in Jesus time (under Herod the Great, therefore the 2nd Temple) took 46 years to build (John 2:20) but this is not mentioned in the text in Daniel 9:25. But it may be the reason some have interpreted the 7 week period (7 × 7 years = 49 years) as a reconstruction of the city including the Temple. Could be the reason?

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