The Prophecy of the Seventy Weeks - 18
In the following final remarks concerning the Seventy Weeks prophecy we look at a few more of the other Old Testament predictions of the Messiah. These not only will be found to be in harmony with what Daniel predicted, but also with the New Testament report of how they were fulfilled.
- Psalm 16:10 “You will not leave my soul in Sheol, nor will You allow Your Holy One to see corruption. 11 You will show me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy; at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” In other words, while David died and remained in his tomb - Acts 2:29 - his promised offspring through Mary was raised up by God on the third day after his death.
Afterwards he would ascend to heaven - Acts 1:6-11. Psalm 2 also shows that the Lord’s “anointed” = Strong 4899 = Hebrew mashiyach = Messiah, to whom the LORD “will declare the decree: The LORD has said to Me, ’You are My Son, Today I have begotten You’.” And Psalm 89 of the Messiah - 3 “I have made a covenant with My chosen, I have sworn to My servant David ... 26 He shall cry to Me, ’You are my Father, My God, and the rock of my salvation.’ 27 Also I will make him My firstborn, The highest of the kings of the earth.”
- Isaiah 52:10 “...all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of our God” because God’s “Servant shall deal prudently, He shall be exalted and extolled and be very high.” Isaiah 53:3 “we hid, as it were, our faces from Him” - when Jesus “came to His own, and His own did not receive Him” - John 1:11. Isaiah 53:7 “...He was led as a lamb to the slaughter” 8 He was cut off from the land of the living” per Daniel 9:26; “for the transgressions of My people He was stricken” - Daniel 9:24.
Psalm 22 - The multiple features of this Psalm are a remarkable parallel with those in the Gospel accounts of the crucifixion of Jesus. So much so, that the Psalm, if it had been written after the event, would have presented an accurate account. The apostles did not possess the resources to engineer the death of Jesus so that it would fulfill so completely the prediction of this psalm .
- How the death of Jesus occurred is revealed in the reported enmity between the “offspring of the woman” = Jesus, and the “offspring of the serpent” = the enemies of Jesus, who he called a “Brood of vipers” - Matthew 12:34. Their unbridled sinful human nature, represented as the Serpent, roused them to hand Jesus over to Pilate, who “knew that because of envy they had delivered Him” - Matthew 27:18. But their strike at Jesus had only temporary effect, like a wound in the heel - Genesis 3:15 - when he was raised back to life on the third day.
2 Peter 1:16 “We did not follow cunningly devised fables when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of His majesty”. No, the apostles could not have made it happen, only God - Psalm 22:30 “A posterity shall serve Him. It will be recounted of the Lord to the next generation, 31 They will come and declare His righteousness - Daniel 9:24 - to a people who will be born, That HE HAS DONE THIS.”
- The apostle Paul, the former Pharisee who attempted to stamp out the name of Jesus, later declared that what Jesus accomplished was God’s way to salvation from everlasting death. It was very appropriately called “the good news” -“ the gospel of Christ - for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Gentile” - Romans 1:16.