Debating Prophecy: Daniel 9.27 – Is Christ the Prince?

“Seventy weeks are decreed for your people and your holy city: to finish the transgression, to put an end to sin, and to atone for iniquity, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal both vision and prophet, and to anoint a most holy place.  Know therefore and understand: from the time that the word went out to restore and rebuild Jerusalem until the time of an anointed prince, there shall be seven weeks; and for sixty-two weeks it shall be built again with streets and moat, but in a troubled time. After the sixty-two weeks, an anointed one shall be cut off and shall have nothing, and the troops of the prince who is to come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary. Its  end shall come with a flood, and to the end there shall be war. Desolations are decreed. He shall make a strong covenant with many for one week, and for half of the week he shall make sacrifice and offering cease; and in their place  shall be an abomination that desolates, until the decreed end is poured out upon the desolator.” (Daniel 9:24-27 NRVS)

John Wesley said on verse 27,

He shall confirm – Christ confirmed the new covenant, By the testimony of angels, of John baptist, of the wise men, of the saints then living, of Moses and Elias. By his preaching. By signs and wonders. By his holy life. By his resurrection and ascension. By his death and blood shedding. Shall cause the sacrifice to cease – All the Jewish rites, and Levitical worship. By his death he abrogated, and put an end to this laborious service, for ever. And that determined – That spirit of slumber, which God has determined to pour on the desolate nation, ’till the time draws near, when all Israel shall be saved.

The question has been asked, is the Prince in this passage Jesus Christ? First, remember that the modern pre-tribulation rapture is just that a modern theory not more that a two hundred years old.

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6 Replies to “Debating Prophecy: Daniel 9.27 – Is Christ the Prince?”

  1. Yes.I believe that Daniel 9:27 speaks of Christ Jesus confirming God’s New Covenant with believing Israel: See Jeremiah 31:31-34 Matthew 26:28

    But now hath he obtained a more excellent ministry,by how much also he is the mediator of a better covenant,which was established upon better promises. For if that first covenant had been faultless, then should no place have been sought for the second… Hebrews 8:6,7 KJV.

  2. One last thing P.

    Daniel makes it clear in the passage below that he is speaking of Messiah.Notice also the capital letter in [Prince]

    Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times. Daniel 9:25

    However, in Daniel 9:26 He states that the people of the prince [lower case p] who shall come a destroy the city…This does not speak of Christ: but of the person who was the head or prince of Rome when the armies [people] were sent/came to invade/incamp Jerusalem and destroyed the city and the temple in Ad70…

    And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, 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.

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