A couple of threads kind of touched on this subject and I thought it might be beneficial to discuss it. A lot of people, including myself, see this prophecy as giving some of the first recognizable signs that end times prophecy has entered a specific timetable, namely, the seven year covenant in v27, and possibly the building of the temple as part of that covenant. Other people see it differently.
Some of the things I'd like comments on are:
- the purpose of the seventy weeks as described in v24. When will those be accomplished or when were they accomplished.
- the prince who is to come
- who is it that makes the covenant and who are the many
but feel free to comment on any of it. I've posted the NASB version for easy reference.
24 “Seventy weeks have been decreed for your people and your holy city, to finish the transgression, to make an end of sin, to make atonement for iniquity, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal up vision and prophecy and to anoint the most holy place. 25 So you are to know and discern that from the issuing of a decree to restore and rebuild Jerusalem until Messiah the Prince there will be seven weeks and sixty-two weeks; it will be built again, with plaza and moat, even in times of distress. 26 Then after the sixty-two weeks the Messiah will be cut off and have nothing, and the people of the prince who is to come will destroy the city and the sanctuary. And its end will come with a flood; even to the end there will be war; desolations are determined. 27 And he will make a firm covenant with the many for one week, but in the middle of the week he will put a stop to sacrifice and grain offering; and on the wing of abominations will come one who makes desolate, even until a complete destruction, one that is decreed, is poured out on the one who makes desolate.”