Couldn't Jesus' anointing have been at His baptism, and couldn't His making a covenant with us, along with His sacrifice for us, have fulfilled Daniel 9:27?

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We know from Luke 3 that it was testified by John the Baptist, the Father's voice out of heaven, and the anointing of the Holy Spirit that the Anointed One had come. That is why He was the Anointed One of Daniel 9:25,26.

We also know that "AFTER sixty two weeks the anointed one shall be cut off" (Daniel 9:26). More precisely, this was in the midst of the 70th week. That is, "he will confirm the covenant with many for one seven" (Daniel 9:27) meant that Jesus would testify for 3 1/2 years of His ministry before being cut off, and this would continue in the 3 1/2 years to come by the two witnesses.

In other words perhaps it's NOT the COVENANT that is 7 years, but rather the 7 years is the length of time that he will CONFIRM the (eternal) covenant! If this is true, instead of looking for a 7-year agreement, PERHAPS we should be watching for the abomination of desolation to be set up to start the 2nd half of the 70th week!

Ted's Response:

I know there are those who believe that Jesus' baptism and the Holy Spirit's descending on Him (Luke 3:21,22) are what fulfill the prophecy of the coming of the Anointed One after 69 weeks of years (Daniel 9:25). However, in the next verse (9:26), it indicates that He also would be cut off after the final 62 of these 69 weeks of years (7 + 62 = 69). Of course, Jesus was not crucified right after He was baptized; He still had to minister for a few years before this could happen.

As Jesus approached Jerusalem, on Palm Sunday, the whole crowd of His disciples had been praising God because of the miracles they had seen Him do; however, the Pharisees told Him to rebuke them (Luke 19:37-39). Jesus wept over Jerusalem (19:41) because these Pharisees had not understood that He was coming as their King; unfortunately, they had rejected Him. They should have known that His coming would bring them peace (19:42), and they should have welcomed Him. Instead, they had failed to recognize His coming or visitation (19:44), after 69 weeks of years, from a prophecy that they had ignored: Daniel 9:25.

Because Jesus was not acknowledged and accepted as King, He had to be sacrificed or "cut off" for the sins of the people, which also happened after the 69 (= 7 + 62) weeks of years (Daniel 9:26). Jesus came to Jerusalem, was anointed for burial (Matthew 26:6,7,12), and then was crucified—all within a few days and at the end of the 69 weeks of years.

The 62 weeks of years were the last part of the overall 69 weeks of years (7 + 62 = 69). It was immediately after the completion of the 69 weeks that Jesus, the Anointed One or Messiah, was cut off. Thus, His ministry did not extend into the 70th Week; rather, His ministry was the last few years of the 69th week.

In Daniel 9:25 (KJV), there is a reference to "Messiah the Prince." Yet, Daniel 9:26 (KJV) refers to the "prince that shall come." Prince obviously refers to Jesus; whereas, prince (no capital "P") refers to someone else.

It is this other "prince" or "ruler" (NIV), not Jesus, who would make a covenant for one week of 7 years (Daniel 9:27). In a sense, this covenant would be a satanic counterfeit of God's new covenant made by Jesus. Furthermore, in Daniel 9:26, the people of this prince are seen to "destroy the city and the sanctuary." Yet, Jesus' people were the Jews, and they never destroyed their own city or their temple.

The first 3½ years of the 70th week was not Jesus' ministry, since He was cut off immediately after the 69th week was over. God's covenant with Israel was/is eternal. Never was it, or any part of it, limited to or apportioned for only 7 years, nor was Jesus on earth during the first 3½ years of the 70th week confirming this eternal covenant, as He already had been cut off. Moreover, during the final 3½ years of the 70th week, the two witnesses will not be confirming God's covenant; rather, they will be prophesying and bringing plagues upon the earth (Revelation 11:3,6).

Jesus' self-sacrifice on the cross was not the prophesied cessation of sacrifice and offering in the midst of the 70th week. The person to cause the latter also will the same person who will set up an abomination that causes desolation (Daniel 9:27). Certainly, Jesus never would have set up something that was an abomination to God the Father, nor was a destructive end decreed for Him because of it.

Jesus Himself even referred precisely to this abomination of desolation and warned those in Judea (Jerusalem and surrounding area), who would see the abomination being set up, to flee (Matthew 24:15,16; Mark 13:14). He could not have been the one to set up the abomination, which will cause widespread desolation in Israel and will precipitate the Great Tribulation (Matthew 24:21; Mark 13:19). When this happens, it will commence the final 3½ years of this age, which will end with the return of Jesus back to earth to rule and reign.

Incidentally, some are skeptical that Israel ever would enter into a 7-year agreement with anyone. In fact, here is a precedent for that: European Neighbourhood Policy and Partnership Instrument: Israel.

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