24 “Seventy weeks have been decreed for your people and your holy city, to finish the transgression, to make an end of sin, to make atonement for iniquity, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal up vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most holy place. NASB
In this second point of promise, “to make an end of sin,” the focus is on the fact that Israel’s sins will be taken away and their hearts will be made clean. “To make” suggests that someone makes it happen. That someone is Christ. In Hebrews 9:26 we read, “…He has been manifested to put away sin…”
Thus this prophecy points to what Paul said in Romans 11:26-27,
“The Deliverer will come from Zion,He will remove ungodliness from Jacob.” 27 “And this is My covenant with them,When I take away their sins.”
The following article is an excerpt from this book.
Prayer is not only petition, it is also something more basic—it is soul to soul communication with God. And this really must come first, before we ask God for anything. For this is the heart of prayer. Before we can expect Him to listen to our requests we must have made contact with His soul by our soul.
I got this idea from Jim Downing in his book Meditation, where he suggests that various passages in the Psalms (e.g. Ps. 62:5, 130:6, 25:1) “indicate that coming into contact with God involves the soul.” And he stated that “Theologians in general agree as to the soul’s principle powers…the mind, the affections and the will.”
So I am suggesting that “coming into contact with God” with our souls is really what prayer is. True prayer, therefore, will involves the mind, the affections (the…
And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.
And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
In previous blog posts I first wrote on the invocation, “Our Father.” And then I wrote on the first three petitions, which have to do with God and His glory: with His character and holiness, with His kingdom, and with His will.
Now we come to the last three petitions that have to do with our needs and desires. Though this prayer outline is quite brief, it is all inclusive: the needs of the body, the soul, and the spirit are all included. Nothing is left out. The needs of the body are termed as “our daily bread.” The needs of the soul are termed as “forgiveness.” And the needs of our spirit are termed as our deliverance from evil.
Our daily bread
This request is for our material needs: everything that is necessary for our living. And notice that this is the first petition having to do with what we need, suggesting that God cares that we be healthy in our life.
And just because He knows all our needs even before we ask, doesn’t mean that we should not ask Him. We should ask Him every morning because He desires us to speak with Him every day. And He also wants us to realize our dependence on Him; that we cannot live for one day without Him.
In the first section, “And forgive us our debts,” we must recognize that “us” is in reference to anyone who is in the family of God; all others are excluded. So, this prayer is only for His children. Next, know that He will give us forgiveness immediately if we ask (look at 1 John 1:9).
In the next part, “as we forgive our debtors,” notice that it says “as” we forgive our debtors, not “because” we forgive them. Hence, our forgiveness is not based on our work of forgiving others. Rather, we should see it altogether. In the family of God, He gives us the desire and the strength to forgive others; and He also forgives us. It is in the new nature of believers to forgive as God forgives.
We could see it this way: the proof that we are forgiven of God is that we forgive others. And if we have not forgiven others than this is an indication that God has not forgiven us—that we are not His children.
Deliverance from evil
The first part, “And lead us not into temptation,” is asking God not to allow us into any situation where we are liable to be tempted by Satan or the flesh. It is the same as in 1 Corinthians 10:13, where we can ask God to give us a way of escape from temptation. The second part, “deliver us from evil,” is asking God to show us that way of escape and then give us the power to get out of there—or He may just remove the power of evil from us, just as He tamed the lion in front of Daniel (you know the story).
Now here are three reasons why we should pray this third petition:
1. So that our fellowship with him may not be broken.
2. So that we will have a right relationship with Him.
Transgression spoken of here is certainly what Daniel had prayed about in verse eleven: “Yes all Israel has transgressed Your law, and has departed so as not to obey Your voice…” Therefore, Israel’s transgression was a blatant disobedience to God, which is rebellion against God and a rejection of His laws and teachings.
But the definite article attached to the word in verse 24—the transgression—suggests that there is a more specific transgression that Israel as a nation is guilty of. We don’t see the definite article in verse eleven, I suppose because Daniel is not aware of any specific sin…
Since January 6th, since all of the blame for the Capitol break-in was put on Trump followers, we can anticipate a crackdown on all trump followers—many of which are Christians.
If you have listened to the media, especially the left-wing media, you will hear that they are blaming all Trump followers (who are conservatives) for not only the break-in at the Capitol, but for many other things. Yes, we will be blamed for many things, and arrested.
We have already experienced the take-down of Parler, which is a conservative social media company. Hence, conservatives have been stripped of their freedom of speech just because they are conservative, and because they are getting in the way of the left-wing global agenda.
Believe me, it will get worse and worse. The Bible promises it (read 2 Timothy 3:13).
What should we do when we are wrongly arrested and persecuted? How should we act? The Bible tells us exactly what to do, and it insures us of a blessed hope even in persecution.
What to do?
1. We should rejoice and be glad.
Rejoice, and be glad, for your reward in heaven is great, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you (Matthew 5:12).
2. We should love and pray for our persecutors.
But I say to you, love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you 45 in order that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven; for He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous (Matt. 5:44-45).
3. We should not worry about what to say in our defense.
But when they deliver you up, do not become anxious about how or what you will speak; for it shall be given you in that hour what you are to speak. 20 “For it is not you who speak, but it is the Spirit of your Father who speaks in you (Matt. 10:19-20).
4. We should reach out and bless our persecutors.
Bless those who persecute you; bless and curse not (Rom. 12:14).
What will be our reward?
Blessed are you when men cast insults at you, and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely, on account of Me. 12 “Rejoice, and be glad, for your reward in heaven is great, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you (Matt. 5:11-12).
But to the degree that you share the sufferings of Christ, keep on rejoicing; so that also at the revelation of His glory, you may rejoice with exultation. 14 If you are reviled for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you (1 Peter 4:13-14).
2. We will be rewarded in Heaven.
Rejoice, and be glad, for your reward in heaven is great, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you (Matta. 5:12).
The following article is an excerpt from Prayer A to Z.
When we think about confidence, even when we say the word “confidence,” it makes us feel good doesn’t it? It gives us a lift, gives us energy, strength and courage. And I suppose that is because the word is so much associated with positive energy. And whether we believe it or not, that energy comes from God. It is a special gift that He has given to all people—the energy, the drive to believe and have hope in themselves and in the gifts that they possess. Yes, we are all created in His image; and since God Himself has self-confidence—believing and having hope in Himself—all people down deep within themselves have this same self-confidence too. It is inherent in the way He has created us.
But listen to this: God gives a special confidence (a more powerful and more…
Seventy weeks have been decreed for your people and your holy city, to finish the transgression, to make an end of sin, to make atonement for iniquity, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal up vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most holy place. NASB
Have been decreed for. This term may reveal more than you think. It could either be translated as “are determined for,” “are decreed for,” or “have been decreed for.” The preposition “for” may also be translated as “upon.” The basic meaning of this verb is “cut” or “divide.” According to Barns, “The meaning would seem to be, that this portion of time—the seventy weeks—was “cut off” from the whole of duration, or cut out of it, as it were, and set by itself for a definite purpose.” Dr. Leon Wood (from Thomas Ice’s commentary) says, “The thought is that…
The following article is an excerpt from this book.
Prayer is all about carrying burdens, not only the burdens of people but the burdens of God. He calls us to be burden bearers with Him for people, for the sake of His kingdom.
THE BURDEN OF GOD
Throughout the Bible we see the great love and compassion of God toward all people. Psalms 86:15 tells us, “He is full of compassion, and gracious, longsuffering and abundant in mercy and truth.”
Jesus was and is full of compassion toward us too. While He was on this earth He was always going about from city to city preaching and teaching God’s good news; and He was healing all who were sick and diseased. And when He saw the multitudes He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep without a shepherd (Matt. 9:35-36). And now…
Clearly, she is rushing the impeachment to prevent Trump from ever running again as President. And all her rhetoric of wanting to protect this country is bogus. Her main drive is to have someone in office who is aligned with the global agenda and the Great Reset. And she knows that that will not be Donald Trump, that he has been a great obstacle to the global objective. She cannot allow him ever again to be in office. And she—and all the Democrats—are stopping at nothing to achieve that objective.
The evidence is not in yet, but I suspect that she had something to do with the National Guard not arriving on time. I suspect also that she had something to do with the poor showing of the Capitol Police. I also suspect that she had something to do with the incitement or the encouragement of the rioting.
Furthermore, the impeachment went on without much discussion at all. The other side (Trump’s people) had no chance to rebut. That is very unamerican and wrong, and she knows it. Also, I think one of reasons why she was rushing to impeach is to get ahead of any investigation that may implicate her. And I’m sure she is taking steps to cover up any incriminating evidence.
One thing I have noticed about Nancy Pelosi is her ability to sound so righteous and to be so quick to point the finger at someone else, like Trump, when all along she is planning something evil. Yes, I think she is very devious. Why was she in China Town trying to convince Americans to come to China and party, just at the time that the virus was being released? I suspect something very devious. She can’t be trusted. I pray that truth will be revealed very soon. “[He will] bring to light the things hidden in the darkness and disclose the motives of men’s [men and women] hearts…” (1 Cor. 4:5).