I now come to the fifth work of God as prophesied by the angel in Daniel 9:24. Each work, thus far, we have found has been finished in Christ and there remains nothing more to fulfill at a later date, showing the future fulfillment of the final seven years of this prophecy is a false doctrine. By believing that there remains seven years to be fulfilled before completion of this prophecy has kept us from the truth that this prophecy reveals in Christ. We need to examine our understanding of these things to assure ourselves that what we believe is sound and taught by the original Apostles (cp. 2Corinthians 13:5).
To what is Gabriel referring in Daniel chapter nine? What vision and what prophecy must be sealed? He cannot be referring to Jeremiah’s Seventy Years Prophecy, because that prophecy was just about fulfilled at the time of Daniel’s prayer. Therefore the 490 years would be much too long a period to be referring to Jeremiah’s vision. Since no other prophecy is referred to then it must mean one of Daniel’s visions, but which one? Let’s first look at the meaning of the three main words of this section, namely: seal, vision, and prophecy.
- Seal is H2856 – chatham a primitive root; to close up; especially to seal: -make an end, mark, seal (up), stop.
- Vision is H2377 – chazown from H2372; a sight (mentally), i.e. a dream, revelation, or oracle: -vision.
- Prophecy is H5030 – nabiy’ spokesman, speaker, prophet. This word appears 316 times in the Old Testament and is translated prophet 312 times and only once is it translated prophecy, and this is found in Daniel 9:24. Therefore, this word should probably be translated prophet and refers to Daniel.
If we consider the vision, it must refer to the vision of the image in Daniel chapter two. All of Daniel’s other visions: chapter 7 and the four beasts; chapter 8 and the ram and the goat; chapter 9 and the Seventy Weeks Prophecy; chapters 10, 11, and 12 containing the vision of the latter days – all these only elaborate on Daniel’s first vision of the four kingdoms in chapter 2. So, in reality, Daniel had only one vision, but he was somewhat troubled over this vision and looked to God for clarity. The LORD sent angels and gave Daniel other visions to answer his questions about the vision he had “at the beginning” (Daniel 9:21). The sense of this particular statement by Gabriel is that Daniel’s vision will be fulfilled, and he will be vindicated as a prophet of God. The vision (H2856) will be closed, sealed (up), ended, i.e. by bringing it to pass. Jeremiah and his vision were vindicated in Daniel’s own time, so too was Nebuchadnezzar’s dream in Daniel chapter four. Daniel understood that there should be four kingdoms to rule his people Israel. He was satisfied that the first was Babylon, (Daniel 2:38-45) the second was revealed to him as Persia and the third he believed was Greece; but the fourth kingdom was very troublesome, and he desired very much to identify it and warn his people, the Jews. Nevertheless, the Roman kingdom came into power and ruled until both Jerusalem and the Temple were destroyed. Daniel predicted four kingdoms would come to power and rule over the Jewish people. This occurred and it took the entire 490 years to show that a fifth kingdom never came to power before the destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple occurred. Daniel and his vision stands vindicated, just as the Seventy Weeks Prophecy foretold, and this the fifth work of God prophesied by the angel in Daniel 9:24 stands fulfilled and complete. We do not have to look for the fulfillment of a future 7 year period, because that 7 years has been fulfilled during and shortly after the time of Christ.