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                         "THE BOOK OF DANIEL"

                             Chapter Nine

In the first year of Darius (539 B.C.), understanding that Jeremiah's
prophecy of 70 years of captivity has been fulfilled (Jer 25:11), Daniel
confesses his nation's sins and prays that God will restore them (1-19). 
In response, Gabriel is sent to give Daniel understanding of key events
that will take place in a time period of 70 "weeks" (lit., "sevens"), one
of the most challenging prophecies in the Bible (20-27).


   *  Daniel's  prayer, confessing the sins of his people Israel

   *  The difficulty in interpreting the vision of seventy weeks


1) What are the main points of this chapter?
   - Daniel's prayer for his people - Dan 9:1-19
   - The vision of seventy weeks - Dan 9:20-27

2) What prompted Daniel to pray with fasting, sackcloth, and ashes?
   - Jeremiah's prophecy concerning the 70 years of captivity which had
     been fulfilled

3) List some of the sins mentioned by Daniel that Israel had committed
   - Rebellion, failure to heed the prophets, unfaithfulness, failure to
     walk in God's laws

4) What had come upon Israel for their sin? (11-14)
   - The curse and oath written in the Law, involving great disaster (cf.
     Lev 26:27-45)

5) For what does Daniel pray God regarding Jerusalem and the sanctuary?
   - To turn away his anger, cause His face to shine; to hear, forgive,
     and not delay

6) Who was caused to fly swiftly to Daniel because of his
   supplications? (22-23)
   - Gabriel, whom he had seen earlier (cf. Dan 8:16)

7) List six things that were to happen within the period of seventy
   "weeks" (24)
   - 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
   - To anoint the Most Holy

8) What events would occur in the course of this prophecy's
   fulfillment? (25-27)
   - A command to restore and rebuild Jerusalem, followed by 69 weeks
   - The coming of the Messiah who would in turn be cut off, but not for
   - The destruction of the city and the sanctuary with war and
   - The confirmation of a covenant with many for one week
   - The end to sacrifice and offering in the middle of the week 
   - The coming of one who with abomination brings desolation upon the
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