Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Isaiah - Motif # 2 | Symbolic Imagery of Warfare, Judgment and Redemption (part 2) | Steve Gregg



Before getting into the verse-by-verse study of Isaiah, Steve Gregg looks into some major motifs throughout the book. This lecture is specifically on Redemption.

Steve gives 2 lectures each on 6 different motifs in Isaiah:


  1. Imagery of Nations
  2. Symbolic Imagery of Warfare, Judgment and Redemption
  3. From Bondage to Nationhood
  4. Barrenness and Fruitfulness
  5. The Servant of Yahweh
  6. The King and his Kingdom





Monday, April 29, 2013

Isaiah - Motif # 2 | Symbolic Imagery of Warfare, Judgment and Redemption (part 1) | Steve Gregg



Before getting into the verse-by-verse study of Isaiah, Steve Gregg looks into some major motifs throughout the book. This is first on two lectures on Symbolic Imagery of Warfare, Judgment and Redemption.

Steve gives 2 lectures each on 6 different motifs in Isaiah:

  1. Imagery of Nations
  2. Symbolic Imagery of Warfare, Judgment and Redemption
  3. From Bondage to Nationhood
  4. Barrenness and Fruitfulness
  5. The Servant of Yahweh
  6. The King and his Kingdom

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Isaiah | Motif #1 - Spiritual Zion - (Imagery of Nations part 2) | Steve Gregg



Before diving into the verse-by-verse study of Isaiah, Steve Gregg looks into some major motifs throughout the book.

This is the 2nd session on Imagery of Nations. This one is concerning spiritual Zion. Zion does not refer literally to Jerusalem, but  to the Church, the Body of Christ, his bride.

 Hebrews 12:22-24

22 But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, to an innumerable company of angels, 23 to the general assembly and church of the firstborn who are registered in heaven, to God the Judge of all, to the spirits of just men made perfect, 24 to Jesus the Mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling that speaks better things than that of Abel.

Isaiah 60:10-12, 18

10 “The sons of foreigners shall build up your walls,
And their kings shall minister to you;
For in My wrath I struck you,
But in My favor I have had mercy on you.
11 Therefore your gates shall be open continually;
They shall not be shut day or night,
That men may bring to you the wealth of the Gentiles,
And their kings in procession.
12 For the nation and kingdom which will not serve you shall perish,
And those nations shall be utterly ruined.

18 Violence shall no longer be heard in your land,
Neither wasting nor destruction within your borders;
But you shall call your walls Salvation,
And your gates Praise.

Revelation 21

        10 And he carried me away in the Spirit to a great and high mountain, and showed me the great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God...Now the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and on them were the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb

Isaiah 28:16

A Cornerstone in Zion

16 Therefore thus says the Lord God:
“Behold, I lay in Zion a stone for a foundation,
A tried stone, a precious cornerstone, a sure foundation;
Whoever believes will not act hastily.
  • 1 Peter 2:4-6

    Coming to Him as to a living stone, rejected indeed by men, but chosen by God and precious, you also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. Therefore it is also contained in the Scripture,
    “Behold, I lay in Zion
    A chief cornerstone, elect, precious,
    And he who believes on Him will by no means be put to shame.”[b] 

    • Romans 9:30-33

      30 What shall we say then? That Gentiles, who did not pursue righteousness, have attained to righteousness, even the righteousness of faith; 31 but Israel, pursuing the law of righteousness, has not attained to the law of righteousness.[n] 32 Why? Because they did not seek it by faith, but as it were, by the works of the law.[o] For they stumbled at that stumbling stone. 33 As it is written:
      “Behold, I lay in Zion a stumbling stone and rock of offense,
      And whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.”[p]
      • Romans10:11

        11 For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.”[f]
        • Psalm 118:22

          The stone which the builders rejected
          Has become the chief cornerstone.  

 


 

Steve gives 2 lectures on 6 motifs in Isaiah:

  1. Imagery of Nations
  2. Symbolic Imagery of Warfare, Judgment and Redemption
  3. From Bondage to Nationhood
  4. Barrenness and Fruitfulness
  5. The Servant of Yahweh
  6. The King and his Kingdom





Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Isaiah | Motif #1 - Imagery of Nations (part 1) | Steve Gregg




Before diving into the verse-by-verse study of Isaiah, Steve Gregg looks into some major motifs throughout the book. In case you're public school educated like me, a motif is is any recurring element that has symbolic significance in a story.

Steve gives 2 lectures on 6 motifs in Isaiah:
  1. Imagery of Nations
  2. Symbolic Imagery of Warfare, Judgment and Redemption
  3. From Bondage to Nationhood
  4. Barrenness and Fruitfulness
  5. The Servant of Yahweh
  6. The King and his Kingdom

We begin the first session on Imagery of Nations - the Symbolic Depiction of Nations.


Thanks to BIBLEGATE for recording and uploading!



Monday, April 22, 2013

Isaiah - Introduction (part 2) - Authorship | Steve Gregg




Steve Gregg gives an introductory lecture to the book of Isaiah at The New Great Commission School. He covers criticisms by liberal scholars regarding authorship and the time of the writing of the book, including the idea that someone other than Isaiah wrote the latter part of the book, and soundly refutes them. This is the second part of the lecture.

This series is also available on MP3.



Thursday, April 18, 2013

Isaiah - Introduction (part 1) | Steve Gregg



Steve Gregg gives an introductory lecture to the book of Isaiah at The New Great Commission School. He covers the amazing similarities the book  has to the Bible as a whole that show it and the Bible are divinely inspired. He also covers criticisms by liberal scholars regarding authorship and the time of the writing of the book and soundly refutes them. This is the first part of the lecture.

This series is also available on MP3.

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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Isaiah - Prophecy Overview (part 2) | Steve Gregg




During the 2012 session of the New Great Commission School, Bible-teacher Steve Gregg delivered a series of lectures on the book of Isaiah. This preliminary lecture is the first part of an overview of the prophecy genre.

This study will give you an awesome understanding of prophecy and biblical interpretation!




 You may also listen to the lectures on Isaiah by MP3.

The document below contains the chart Steve talks about near the end of the class session.


If interested in the study of Biblical Prophecy/the end times/last days (Eschatology), you may also be interested in Steve's other studies:

Steve Gregg


Also very important to understanding the Bible and the issues of dispensationalism vs non-dispensationalism is:


What are We to Make of Israel? (Does God have two peoples or one?)


Steve Gregg's book on Revelation


Revelation - Four Views: A Parallel Commentary by Steve Gregg

Available at Amazon.com

Revelation:  Four Views: A Parallel Commentary

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Isaiah - Prophecy Overview (part 1) | Steve Gregg



During the 2012 session of the New Great Commission School, Bible-teacher Steve Gregg delivered a series of lectures on the book of Isaiah. This preliminary lecture is the first part of an overview of the prophecy genre.


 You may also listen to the lectures on Isaiah by MP3.

Friday, April 12, 2013

Daniel 11-12 | Amazing Prophecy! God Knows the Future in Great Detail - Steve Gregg



 In Daniel 11, the prophet receives revelation of then future events in extreme detail. This is an amazing prophecy of what is now very well accounted for historically - the events surrounding the Greeks quick rise to power and their political and military troubles afterward. This great evidence that God does now the future in amazing detail & serves to glorify the Most High God!

Steve Gregg completes the book of Daniel discussing the very controversial prophecy of Daniel chapter 12.

Daniel 11 

 

New King James Version (NKJV)

11 “Also in the first year of Darius the Mede, I, even I, stood up to confirm and strengthen him.) And now I will tell you the truth: Behold, three more kings will arise in Persia, and the fourth shall be far richer than them all; by his strength, through his riches, he shall stir up all against the realm of Greece. Then a mighty king shall arise, who shall rule with great dominion, and do according to his will. And when he has arisen, his kingdom shall be broken up and divided toward the four winds of heaven, but not among his posterity nor according to his dominion with which he ruled; for his kingdom shall be uprooted, even for others besides these.

Warring Kings of North and South

 

“Also the king of the South shall become strong, as well as one of his princes; and he shall gain power over him and have dominion. His dominion shall be a great dominion. And at the end of some years they shall join forces, for the daughter of the king of the South shall go to the king of the North to make an agreement; but she shall not retain the power of her authority,[a] and neither he nor his authority[b] shall stand; but she shall be given up, with those who brought her, and with him who begot her, and with him who strengthened her in those times. But from a branch of her roots one shall arise in his place, who shall come with an army, enter the fortress of the king of the North, and deal with them and prevail. And he shall also carry their gods captive to Egypt, with their princes[c] and their precious articles of silver and gold; and he shall continue more years than the king of the North.

“Also the king of the North shall come to the kingdom of the king of the South, but shall return to his own land. 10 However his sons shall stir up strife, and assemble a multitude of great forces; and one shall certainly come and overwhelm and pass through; then he shall return to his fortress and stir up strife.

11 “And the king of the South shall be moved with rage, and go out and fight with him, with the king of the North, who shall muster a great multitude; but the multitude shall be given into the hand of his enemy. 12 When he has taken away the multitude, his heart will be lifted up; and he will cast down tens of thousands, but he will not prevail. 13 For the king of the North will return and muster a multitude greater than the former, and shall certainly come at the end of some years with a great army and much equipment.

14 “Now in those times many shall rise up against the king of the South. Also, violent men[d] of your people shall exalt themselves in fulfillment of the vision, but they shall fall. 15 So the king of the North shall come and build a siege mound, and take a fortified city; and the forces[e] of the South shall not withstand him. Even his choice troops shall have no strength to resist. 16 But he who comes against him shall do according to his own will, and no one shall stand against him. He shall stand in the Glorious Land with destruction in his power.[f]

17 “He shall also set his face to enter with the strength of his whole kingdom, and upright ones[g] with him; thus shall he do. And he shall give him the daughter of women to destroy it; but she shall not stand with him, or be for him. 18 After this he shall turn his face to the coastlands, and shall take many. But a ruler shall bring the reproach against them to an end; and with the reproach removed, he shall turn back on him. 19 Then he shall turn his face toward the fortress of his own land; but he shall stumble and fall, and not be found.

20 “There shall arise in his place one who imposes taxes on the glorious kingdom; but within a few days he shall be destroyed, but not in anger or in battle. 21 And in his place shall arise a vile person, to whom they will not give the honor of royalty; but he shall come in peaceably, and seize the kingdom by intrigue. 22 With the force[h] of a flood they shall be swept away from before him and be broken, and also the prince of the covenant. 23 And after the league is made with him he shall act deceitfully, for he shall come up and become strong with a small number of people. 24 He shall enter peaceably, even into the richest places of the province; and he shall do what his fathers have not done, nor his forefathers: he shall disperse among them the plunder, spoil, and riches; and he shall devise his plans against the strongholds, but only for a time.

25 “He shall stir up his power and his courage against the king of the South with a great army. And the king of the South shall be stirred up to battle with a very great and mighty army; but he shall not stand, for they shall devise plans against him. 26 Yes, those who eat of the portion of his delicacies shall destroy him; his army shall be swept away, and many shall fall down slain. 27 Both these kings’ hearts shall be bent on evil, and they shall speak lies at the same table; but it shall not prosper, for the end will still be at the appointed time. 28 While returning to his land with great riches, his heart shall be moved against the holy covenant; so he shall do damage and return to his own land.

The Northern King’s Blasphemies

 

29 “At the appointed time he shall return and go toward the south; but it shall not be like the former or the latter. 30 For ships from Cyprus[i] shall come against him; therefore he shall be grieved, and return in rage against the holy covenant, and do damage.

“So he shall return and show regard for those who forsake the holy covenant. 31 And forces[j] shall be mustered by him, and they shall defile the sanctuary fortress; then they shall take away the daily sacrifices, and place there the abomination of desolation. 32 Those who do wickedly against the covenant he shall corrupt with flattery; but the people who know their God shall be strong, and carry out great exploits. 33 And those of the people who understand shall instruct many; yet for many days they shall fall by sword and flame, by captivity and plundering. 34 Now when they fall, they shall be aided with a little help; but many shall join with them by intrigue. 35 And some of those of understanding shall fall, to refine them, purify them, and make them white, until the time of the end; because it is still for the appointed time.

36 “Then the king shall do according to his own will: he shall exalt and magnify himself above every god, shall speak blasphemies against the God of gods, and shall prosper till the wrath has been accomplished; for what has been determined shall be done. 37 He shall regard neither the God[k] of his fathers nor the desire of women, nor regard any god; for he shall exalt himself above them all. 38 But in their place he shall honor a god of fortresses; and a god which his fathers did not know he shall honor with gold and silver, with precious stones and pleasant things. 39 Thus he shall act against the strongest fortresses with a foreign god, which he shall acknowledge, and advance its glory; and he shall cause them to rule over many, and divide the land for gain.

The Northern King’s Conquests

 

40 “At the time of the end the king of the South shall attack him; and the king of the North shall come against him like a whirlwind, with chariots, horsemen, and with many ships; and he shall enter the countries, overwhelm them, and pass through. 41 He shall also enter the Glorious Land, and many countries shall be overthrown; but these shall escape from his hand: Edom, Moab, and the prominent people of Ammon. 42 He shall stretch out his hand against the countries, and the land of Egypt shall not escape. 43 He shall have power over the treasures of gold and silver, and over all the precious things of Egypt; also the Libyans and Ethiopians shall follow at his heels. 44 But news from the east and the north shall trouble him; therefore he shall go out with great fury to destroy and annihilate many. 45 And he shall plant the tents of his palace between the seas and the glorious holy mountain; yet he shall come to his end, and no one will help him.

Footnotes:

  1. Daniel 11:6 Literally arm
  2. Daniel 11:6 Literally arm
  3. Daniel 11:8 Or molded images
  4. Daniel 11:14 Or robbers, literally sons of breakage
  5. Daniel 11:15 Literally arms
  6. Daniel 11:16 Literally hand
  7. Daniel 11:17 Or bring equitable terms
  8. Daniel 11:22 Literally arms
  9. Daniel 11:30 Hebrew Kittim, western lands, especially Cyprus
  10. Daniel 11:31 Literally arms
  11. Daniel 11:37 Or gods

Daniel 12

New King James Version (NKJV)

Prophecy of the End Time

12 “At that time Michael shall stand up,
The great prince who stands watch over the sons of your people;
And there shall be a time of trouble,
Such as never was since there was a nation,
Even to that time.
And at that time your people shall be delivered,
Every one who is found written in the book.
And many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake,
Some to everlasting life,
Some to shame and everlasting contempt.
Those who are wise shall shine
Like the brightness of the firmament,
And those who turn many to righteousness
Like the stars forever and ever.

“But you, Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book until the time of the end; many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall increase.”

Then I, Daniel, looked; and there stood two others, one on this riverbank and the other on that riverbank. And one said to the man clothed in linen, who was above the waters of the river, “How long shall the fulfillment of these wonders be?

Then I heard the man clothed in linen, who was above the waters of the river, when he held up his right hand and his left hand to heaven, and swore by Him who lives forever, that it shall be for a time, times, and half a time; and when the power of the holy people has been completely shattered, all these things shall be finished.

Although I heard, I did not understand. Then I said, “My lord, what shall be the end of these things?

And he said, “Go your way, Daniel, for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end. 10 Many shall be purified, made white, and refined, but the wicked shall do wickedly; and none of the wicked shall understand, but the wise shall understand.

11 “And from the time that the daily sacrifice is taken away, and the abomination of desolation is set up, there shall be one thousand two hundred and ninety days. 12 Blessed is he who waits, and comes to the one thousand three hundred and thirty-five days.

13 “But you, go your way till the end; for you shall rest, and will arise to your inheritance at the end of the days.”



Thursday, April 11, 2013

Daniel 10 - Prophecies Concerning Persia and Greece | Steve Gregg



During the 2012 session of The New Great Commission School, Bible-teacher Steve Gregg delivered a series of lectures on the book of Daniel. This is lecture covers the prophesies of chapter 10.




Daniel 10


New King James Version (NKJV)

Vision of the Glorious Man


10 In the third year of Cyrus king of Persia a message was revealed to Daniel, whose name was called Belteshazzar. The message wastrue, but the appointed time was long;[a] and he understood the message, and had understanding of the vision. In those days I, Daniel, was mourning three full weeks. I ate no pleasant food, no meat or wine came into my mouth, nor did I anoint myself at all, till three whole weeks were fulfilled.

Now on the twenty-fourth day of the first month, as I was by the side of the great river, that is, the Tigris,[b] I lifted my eyes and looked, and behold, a certain man clothed in linen, whose waist wasgirded with gold of Uphaz! His body was like beryl, his face like the appearance of lightning, his eyes like torches of fire, his arms and feet like burnished bronze in color, and the sound of his words like the voice of a multitude.

And I, Daniel, alone saw the vision, for the men who were with me did not see the vision; but a great terror fell upon them, so that they fled to hide themselves. Therefore I was left alone when I saw this great vision, and no strength remained in me; for my vigor was turned to frailty in me, and I retained no strength. Yet I heard the sound of his words; and while I heard the sound of his words I was in a deep sleep on my face, with my face to the ground.

Prophecies Concerning Persia and Greece


10 Suddenly, a hand touched me, which made me tremble on my knees and on the palms of my hands. 11 And he said to me, “O Daniel, man greatly beloved, understand the words that I speak to you, and stand upright, for I have now been sent to you.” While he was speaking this word to me, I stood trembling.

12 Then he said to me, “Do not fear, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your heart to understand, and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard; and I have come because of your words. 13 But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me twenty-one days; and behold, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, for I had been left alone there with the kings of Persia. 14 Now I have come to make you understand what will happen to your people in the latter days, for the vision refers tomany days yet to come.

15 When he had spoken such words to me, I turned my face toward the ground and became speechless. 16 And suddenly, one having the likeness of the sons[c] of men touched my lips; then I opened my mouth and spoke, saying to him who stood before me, “My lord, because of the vision my sorrows have overwhelmed me, and I have retained no strength. 17 For how can this servant of my lord talk with you, my lord? As for me, no strength remains in me now, nor is any breath left in me.”

18 Then again, the one having the likeness of a man touched me and strengthened me. 19 And he said, “O man greatly beloved, fear not! Peace be to you; be strong, yes, be strong!”

So when he spoke to me I was strengthened, and said, “Let my lord speak, for you have strengthened me.”

20 Then he said, “Do you know why I have come to you? And now I must return to fight with the prince of Persia; and when I have gone forth, indeed the prince of Greece will come. 21 But I will tell you what is noted in the Scripture of Truth. (No one upholds me against these, except Michael your prince.

Footnotes:

  1. Daniel 10:1 Or and of great conflict
  2. Daniel 10:4 Hebrew Hiddekel
  3. Daniel 10:16 Theodotion and Vulgate read the son; Septuagint reads a hand.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Daniel 9:24-27 - 70 WEEKS PROPHECY | Steve Gregg



Steve Gregg shows the fallacies of the dispensationalist/futurist eisegetical insertion of a GAP of over 2000 years between the 69th and 70th Weeks of Daniel's 490 year prophecy. He shows from New Testament scriptures how everything prophesied in Daniel 9:24-27 was fulfilled by Jesus Christ in the first century AD as he established His kingdom!

This is how the Body of Christ interpreted this passage throughout the first 1800 years of church history before namely John Nelson Darby invented the theology of dispensationalism.

Gregg explains that the futurist ideas of the Antichrist and the supposed 7 year Great Triblulation are not mention at all in the passage. But Messiah was cut off 3 1/2 years into his ministry, the middle of the 70th week, when he established the New Covenant and ending the Old Covenant sacrificial system. Then God sent the Roman army to destroy the Jewish temple in 70 AD.

Finally, Steve covers the dating of  "from the going forth of the command to restore and build Jerusalem" and how our dating is likely based on erroneous information from Ptolemy in the second century AD. The decree by Cyrus in Ezra 1 fits all the biblical data much better than the decrees of Artaxerxes.


Daniel 9:24-27

 

New King James Version (NKJV)

24 “Seventy weeks[a] are determined
For your people and for your holy city,
To finish the transgression,
To make an end of[b] sins,
To make reconciliation for iniquity,
To bring in everlasting righteousness,
To seal up vision and prophecy,
And to anoint the Most Holy.

25 “Know therefore and understand,
That from the going forth of the command
To restore and build Jerusalem
Until Messiah the Prince,
There shall be seven weeks and sixty-two weeks;
The street[c] shall be built again, and the wall,[d]
Even in troublesome times.

26 “And after the sixty-two weeks
Messiah shall be cut off, but not for Himself;
And the people of the prince who is to come
Shall destroy the city and the sanctuary.
The end of it shall be with a flood,
And till the end of the war desolations are determined.

27 Then he shall confirm a covenant with many for one week;
But in the middle of the week
He shall bring an end to sacrifice and offering.
And on the wing of abominations shall be one who makes desolate,
Even until the consummation, which is determined,
Is poured out on the desolate.”

Footnotes:

  1. Daniel 9:24 Literally sevens, and so throughout the chapter
  2. Daniel 9:24 Following Qere, Septuagint, Syriac, and Vulgate; Kethib and Theodotion read To seal up.
  3. Daniel 9:25 Or open square
  4. Daniel 9:25 Or moat


If interested in the study of Biblical Prophecy/the end times/last days (Eschatology), you may also be interested in Steve's other studies:

Steve Gregg


Also very important to understanding the Bible and the issues of dispensationalism vs non-dispensationalism is:


What are We to Make of Israel? (Does God have two peoples or one?)


Steve Gregg's book on Revelation


Revelation - Four Views: A Parallel Commentary by Steve Gregg

Available at Amazon.com

Revelation:  Four Views: A Parallel Commentary
  

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Daniel 8:1 - 9:23 Alexander the Great and the Grecian Empire | Steve Gregg




Bible teacher Steve Gregg lectures on the more detailed prophecy of Alexander the Great and the Grecian empire as they conquered the Medes and Persians. This demonstrates God's complete knowledge of the future. He covers the abomination of desolation and the persecution of Godly believers.

Daniel 9:1-23 leads up the the famed 70 Weeks prophecy witch will be covered in detail in the next session.

Daniel 8 

 

New King James Version (NKJV)

Vision of a Ram and a Goat

 

In the third year of the reign of King Belshazzar a vision appeared to me—to me, Daniel—after the one that appeared to me the first time. I saw in the vision, and it so happened while I was looking, that I was in Shushan, the citadel, which is in the province of Elam; and I saw in the vision that I was by the River Ulai. Then I lifted my eyes and saw, and there, standing beside the river, was a ram which had two horns, and the two horns were high; but one was higher than the other, and the higher one came up last. I saw the ram pushing westward, northward, and southward, so that no animal could withstand him; nor was there any that could deliver from his hand, but he did according to his will and became great.

And as I was considering, suddenly a male goat came from the west, across the surface of the whole earth, without touching the ground; and the goat had a notable horn between his eyes. Then he came to the ram that had two horns, which I had seen standing beside the river, and ran at him with furious power. And I saw him confronting the ram; he was moved with rage against him, attacked the ram, and broke his two horns. There was no power in the ram to withstand him, but he cast him down to the ground and trampled him; and there was no one that could deliver the ram from his hand.
Therefore the male goat grew very great; but when he became strong, the large horn was broken, and in place of it four notable ones came up toward the four winds of heaven. And out of one of them came a little horn which grew exceedingly great toward the south, toward the east, and toward the Glorious Land. 10 And it grew up to the host of heaven; and it cast down some of the host and some of the stars to the ground, and trampled them. 11 He even exalted himself as high as the Prince of the host; and by him the daily sacrifices were taken away, and the place of His sanctuary was cast down. 12 Because of transgression, an army was given over to the horn to oppose the daily sacrifices; and he cast truth down to the ground. He did all this and prospered.

13 Then I heard a holy one speaking; and another holy one said to that certain one who was speaking, “How long will the vision be, concerning the daily sacrifices and the transgression of desolation, the giving of both the sanctuary and the host to be trampled underfoot?”

14 And he said to me, “For two thousand three hundred days;[a] then the sanctuary shall be cleansed.”

 

Gabriel Interprets the Vision

 

15 Then it happened, when I, Daniel, had seen the vision and was seeking the meaning, that suddenly there stood before me one having the appearance of a man. 16 And I heard a man’s voice between the banks of the Ulai, who called, and said, “Gabriel, make this man understand the vision.” 17 So he came near where I stood, and when he came I was afraid and fell on my face; but he said to me, “Understand, son of man, that the vision refers to the time of the end.”

18 Now, as he was speaking with me, I was in a deep sleep with my face to the ground; but he touched me, and stood me upright. 19 And he said, “Look, I am making known to you what shall happen in the latter time of the indignation; for at the appointed time the end shall be. 20 The ram which you saw, having the two horns—they are the kings of Media and Persia. 21 And the male goat is the kingdom[b] of Greece. The large horn that is between its eyes is the first king. 22 As for the broken horn and the four that stood up in its place, four kingdoms shall arise out of that nation, but not with its power.

23 “And in the latter time of their kingdom,
When the transgressors have reached their fullness,
A king shall arise,
Having fierce features,
Who understands sinister schemes.

24 His power shall be mighty, but not by his own power;
He shall destroy fearfully,
And shall prosper and thrive;
He shall destroy the mighty, and also the holy people.

25 “Through his cunning
He shall cause deceit to prosper under his rule;[c]
And he shall exalt himself in his heart.
He shall destroy many in their prosperity.
He shall even rise against the Prince of princes;
But he shall be broken without human means.[d]

26 “And the vision of the evenings and mornings
Which was told is true;
Therefore seal up the vision,
For it refers to many days in the future.

27 And I, Daniel, fainted and was sick for days; afterward I arose and went about the king’s business. I was astonished by the vision, but no one understood it.

Footnotes:

  1. Daniel 8:14 Literally evening-mornings
  2. Daniel 8:21 Literally king, representing his kingdom (compare 7:17, 23)
  3. Daniel 8:25 Literally hand
  4. Daniel 8:25 Literally hand

 

 

Daniel 9 

 

New King James Version (NKJV)

Daniel’s Prayer for the People

 

In the first year of Darius the son of Ahasuerus, of the lineage of the Medes, who was made king over the realm of the Chaldeans— in the first year of his reign I, Daniel, understood by the books the number of the years specified by the word of the Lord through Jeremiah the prophet, that He would accomplish seventy years in the desolations of Jerusalem.

Then I set my face toward the Lord God to make request by prayer and supplications, with fasting, sackcloth, and ashes. And I prayed to the Lord my God, and made confession, and said, “O Lord, great and awesome God, who keeps His covenant and mercy with those who love Him, and with those who keep His commandments, we have sinned and committed iniquity, we have done wickedly and rebelled, even by departing from Your precepts and Your judgments. Neither have we heeded Your servants the prophets, who spoke in Your name to our kings and our princes, to our fathers and all the people of the land. O Lord, righteousness belongs to You, but to us shame of face, as it is this day—to the men of Judah, to the inhabitants of Jerusalem and all Israel, those near and those far off in all the countries to which You have driven them, because of the unfaithfulness which they have committed against You.

“O Lord, to us belongs shame of face, to our kings, our princes, and our fathers, because we have sinned against You. To the Lord our God belong mercy and forgiveness, though we have rebelled against Him. 10 We have not obeyed the voice of the Lord our God, to walk in His laws, which He set before us by His servants the prophets. 11 Yes, all Israel has transgressed Your law, and has departed so as not to obey Your voice; therefore the curse and the oath written in the Law of Moses the servant of God have been poured out on us, because we have sinned against Him. 12 And He has confirmed His words, which He spoke against us and against our judges who judged us, by bringing upon us a great disaster; for under the whole heaven such has never been done as what has been done to Jerusalem.

13 “As it is written in the Law of Moses, all this disaster has come upon us; yet we have not made our prayer before the Lord our God, that we might turn from our iniquities and understand Your truth. 14 Therefore the Lord has kept the disaster in mind, and brought it upon us; for the Lord our God is righteous in all the works which He does, though we have not obeyed His voice. 15 And now, O Lord our God, who brought Your people out of the land of Egypt with a mighty hand, and made Yourself a name, as it is this day—we have sinned, we have done wickedly!

16 “O Lord, according to all Your righteousness, I pray, let Your anger and Your fury be turned away from Your city Jerusalem, Your holy mountain; because for our sins, and for the iniquities of our fathers, Jerusalem and Your people are a reproach to all those around us. 17 Now therefore, our God, hear the prayer of Your servant, and his supplications, and for the Lord’s sake cause Your face to shine on Your sanctuary, which is desolate. 18 O my God, incline Your ear and hear; open Your eyes and see our desolations, and the city which is called by Your name; for we do not present our supplications before You because of our righteous deeds, but because of Your great mercies. 19 O Lord, hear! O Lord, forgive! O Lord, listen and act! Do not delay for Your own sake, my God, for Your city and Your people are called by Your name.”

The Seventy-Weeks Prophecy

 

20 Now while I was speaking, praying, and confessing my sin and the sin of my people Israel, and presenting my supplication before the Lord my God for the holy mountain of my God, 21 yes, while I was speaking in prayer, the man Gabriel, whom I had seen in the vision at the beginning, being caused to fly swiftly, reached me about the time of the evening offering. 22 And he informed me, and talked with me, and said, “O Daniel, I have now come forth to give you skill to understand. 23 At the beginning of your supplications the command went out, and I have come to tell you, for you are greatly beloved; therefore consider the matter, and understand the vision: