I received the following question:

I also just read Daniel 9, and for the first time, I think I (kinda’ ) get it! Yeah!!! Some questions, though. Is the “anointed” in v. 25 David? Do you think that first week of years, before the 62 weeks, before the “anointed” comes, is all going to be ongoing resurrections “last first” (backwards chronologically, like you were talking about) style?  And it will take those 49/50 years to get as far as David?  (Am I thinking of this right?)

The word “Messiah” or “anointed” seems to be used exclusively of those who are anointed by God in the Old Testament. This might be the man David, who was called “anointed” during his reign in the past (II Samuel 19:21, 22:51, 23:1; Psalm 18:50, 132:17,) and was the “prince” as well over Israel in the past (II Samuel 5:2, 6:21, 7:8.) Both these words apply to him in the past…why not in the future as well?

Going on to your following questions. Here we are getting into the realm of speculation, where I cannot necessarily point to “chapter and verse” for every answer I give, and so I am just saying what seems to make sense to me. However, it is my thought that the 70 weeks do not really have to begin at the very start of the premillennial kingdom. Remember, the children of Israel came into the land hundreds of years before God had them build the temple, in spite of the fact that He told Moses about choosing a place to put His name there. To us, it would seem that He should do something that important RIGHT AWAY, but He didn’t.

Remember, too, that 33 years of the premillennial kingdom are already past. I’m talking about the Acts period. This was actually the start of the kingdom. Yet it was not the start of the 70 weeks. If the start of the “night” period of the kingdom did not start the 70 weeks, we cannot be sure that the start of the “day” period of the kingdom will start them either.

Now considering the prophecy of the 70 weeks, Daniel 9:24-25a says,
24. “Seventy weeks are determined
For your people and for your holy city,
To finish the transgression,
To make an end of sins,
To make reconciliation for iniquity,
To bring in everlasting righteousness,
To seal up vision and prophecy,
And to anoint the Most Holy.
25. Know therefore and understand,
That from the going forth of the command
To restore and build Jerusalem…”

Does this command necessarily have to take place immediately at the start of the kingdom? It might, but it doesn’t have to. Jerusalem exists, and could continue to be a city even without restoring or building. We don’t know if it will still be existing when the kingdom starts, true. But this command does not have to be the first thing that happens in the kingdom.

My personal thoughts have been that there is a time period where the kingdom is taking control of the earth. This period is where the resurrections will all take place, where the wicked will all be removed from the earth, and so forth. This period will last for a considerable period of time, perhaps hundreds of years. Once all is set up and in order, however, when the time is right the LORD will send out a command to restore and build Jerusalem. This will mark the beginning of the final 500 years of the premillennial kingdom, and the time when the above glorious truths will be acted out. Transgression is finished during this time, sin is ended, iniquity is reconciled, everlasting righteousness has come in, vision and prophecy are sealed, and the Most Holy is anointed. If you set up a week to study the Bible, and then waited until 11:59 on Saturday night to pick up your Bible, you could not say that that week had been used “for” Bible study. So, the 500 years above cannot be “for” these things if they will only happen once these 500 years are over. These things will be true during this time, and, I believe, they will have been set up and prepared before that time. How long that preparation will take I do not know, but I do not think it has to be a short period of time.

So ultimately getting back to your questions, it seems like the resurrections could have and probably will have all taken place before the 500 years begins. Especially Israel seems to all be raised to life to be gathered together into one, huge convocation very early in the kingdom. The resurrection of David will not be at the 50 year mark. That is when he is set up on the throne. This does not have to happen immediately in the kingdom either. David had to wait between his anointing and his coronation in the past. It seems to be that he will likewise have to wait a period before taking his place as king once again in the future kingdom of God.

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