- Seventy weeks of years are decreed concerning 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 that from the going forth of the word to restore and build Jerusalem to the coming of an anointed one, a prince, there shall be seven weeks. Then for sixty-two weeks it shall be built again with squares and moat, but in a troubled time. And after the sixty-two weeks, an anointed one shall be cut off, and shall have nothing; and the people 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. And he shall make a strong covenant with many for one week; and for half of the week he shall cause sacrifice and offering to cease; and upon the wing of abominations shall come one who makes desolate, until the decreed end is poured out on the desolator. (Daniel 9:24–27)
The natural reading of the text seems to be:
- And after the sixty-two weeks, an anointed one shall be cut off, and shall have nothing; and the people of the prince who is to come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary. Its end shall come with a flood.
The book of Job gives us an example of flood being used as a metaphor:
- Terrors overtake him like a flood; in the night a whirlwind carries him off. (Job 27:20)
Many people wrongly interpret the Bible’s prophecies based on a number of factors, but the real reason is they are interpreting what is written according to their own understanding without permitting themselves to be shown by the Holy Spirit what the Scriptures might really mean, and letting the truth reveal itself.
In the context of the book of Daniel and the historical evidence, flood in this instance has to refer to the terrors of destruction. This occurred in 70 CE at the sacking of Jerusalem. The city was flooded with people for the Passover celebrations when the Siege of Jerusalem (70 CE) began. Some 600,000 people had been trapped for 143 days before they were brutally murdered and The Temple Destroyed. Terror as a flood came upon the people who had assembled for Passover.
Understanding the truths of the Bible begins with understanding what God wrote