A prayer about interpreting prophecy

As soon as you [Daniel[ began to pray, a word went out, which I have come to tell you, for you are a highly esteemed. Therefore, consider the word and understand the vision: seventy ‘sevens’ are decreed for your people and your holy city to finish transgression, to put it into sin, to atone for wickedness, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal up vision and prophecy and to anoint the most holy Place. Daniel 9:23 – 24

And is said to them, “Oh foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe all the prophets have spoken! Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things that enter into his glory?” And beginning with Moses and all the prophets, he interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself. Luke 24:25 – 27

Lord Jesus, every time I read certain prophetic sections of the Old Testament, like this one in Daniel, I get flashbacks of big charts, bombastic preachers, and a bevy of fears. As a young believer in the late 1960s to early 1970s, I was convinced hours what’s the terminal generation. Surely you were going to come back within a few years. The political climate was perfect for that last of the last antichrist to emerge. All things 666 eschewed –– credit cards, phone numbers, drivers licenses. The truth is, we gave the antichrist more credit than Satan himself. The egregious truth is, some of us spent more time fearing the antichrist then really getting to know you, the Christ!

Jesus, I grieve that I didn’t know how to look for you in all the Scriptures, and therefore in all of history and life. You who have given me more than 70 times 7 worth of forgiveness parentheses (Matthew 18:22) are best qualified to help me understand Daniel ‘s seventy sevens and every other prophecy, simple or complex.

Whatever else is going on in this portion of Daniel, this I know for sure: Jesus, only you will one day put it into all sin. Jesus, only in you can perfect and complete atonement for us to be found. Jesus, only you will one day usher in a world of everlasting righteousness –– The new heaven and new earth ( Revelation 21: 1-5). Only you could seal up vision and prophecy, ( Hebrews 1:1 – two) and that yes and amen to all of God’s promises ( 2 Corinthians 1:20). Only you could fulfill every symbol and stick of furniture in the holy of holies and make a way for us to enter there ( Hebrews 10:19 – 22).

Only you, Jesus, are worthy of our adoration, affection, attention, and allegiance–– only you! I pray in your most glorious and gracious name. Amen


What was a prophet in the Old Testament?


Suggested Reading and Resources for the Study of Messianic Prophecy


We Shall Behold Him (Live) – David Phelps

There Is Coming A Day – Talleys