He says, “Seventy weeks of years are determined upon thy people and thy holy city.” So what does that mean? First, let’s read through the text in Daniel 9. In translating the King James, as I began to study, I recognized something really bad about the translation. When the King James people were translating this part of the Bible, they were using Latin sources. So everything that was meant to be a prophecy of future times was painted with words from a historicist’s frame of reference, not a futurist’s frame. You can see that when you read the Latin text, its translators had an agenda: did not believe in that the Scripture contained prophecies of future events; they believe that these prophecies had already been fulfilled.

Pastor Melissa Scott tells us that in Daniel 9:22, speaking of Gabriel, it says, “And he informed me and talked with me, and said, O Daniel, I am now come forth to give thee skill and understanding. At the beginning of thy supplications the commandment forth, I came to show thee, for thou art greatly beloved: therefore understand the matter, and consider the vision.”  It says, simply put, “And he instructed me and he spoke, Daniel, I’ve come to give you insight and understanding. When you started praying an answer came,” I came to give you an answer, “so consider the message,” literally, “consider the answer, and understand.” He says, “Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people.”

There are some people who don’t want to even deal with this book because they say it’s a pseudo-epigram. Most historicists or scholars will say they don’t want to deal with the book because it has so many discrepancies; it’s not in chronological order. I only have one criterion for looking into Daniel and that is the fact that Jesus Himself spoke of Daniel and quotes a passage out of Daniel. That’s good enough for me. If Jesus said something about it, then that’s my authority.

The Hebrew says, “shibiym, shibiym,” which is simply “seven seventies.” And a shibiym can be considered as a week. Think about it. It sounds like sabbatical. It can be considered a week; it can be considered a Sabbath. Here, it’s being considered as a week. He decreed al ameckah, that is, “upon” or “to people of you.” And the decree is ‘upon or to” ir, the city, kodeshka, holy; that is, “the city holy of you”: your holy city.