Words Beyond Time-Space?
Gabriel's Words to Daniel
Event No. 6

Foretold Event: Messiah will bring moral and spiritual blessings according to Daniel 9:24, which are reflected like a mirror in the New Covenant.

When Foretold: 165 BCE

When Fulfilled: 30 to 33 CE

Time passed from prophecy to fulfillment: 195 Years

Can We Confirm it?: Yes

According to Gabriel's words to Daniel, the future of the Jewish people and Jerusalem are linked to the Messiah's appearing. At the time of the Messiah's appearing and death, people would receive moral and spiritual blessings from the Messiah. Verse 24 describes these spiritual and moral blessings. For Christians, the spiritual and moral ideas described in verse 24 are a summary of the gospel. Consider the spiritual and moral ideas in verse 24 as follows:

"...to finish the transgression [meaning rebellion, sin, trespass; emphasis mine], to make an end of sin [be all gone, end the offence, end the penalty of sin; emphasis mine], to make atonement for iniquity [sacrifice through killing, transfer "sin, iniquity, and mischief" to the sacrifice; emphasis mine], to bring in everlasting righteousness [to bring about right relationship with God, to make pure and holy; emphasis mine]" (Daniel 9:24).

Christians take the view that Gabrielís words recorded in Daniel 9:24 and 26 foretell of New Testament views of a Messiah that redeems humans. Perhaps this view is best understood through a series of questions.

Question: Why did Gabriel foretell the Messiah would die?

Question: Why did Gabriel use the words, "...to finish the transgression?"

Question: Why did Gabriel use the words, "...to make atonement for iniquity?"

Question: Why did Gabriel use the words, "...to bring in everlasting righteousness?"

Answer: Consider the phrases of verse 24 and 26 (Gabriel's words) on the left side of the following chart with standard New Testament views taught by early Christians in the right column.

Gabriel's Words to Daniel

New Testament Teaching

"to make atonement for iniquity."

"the Messiah will be cut off and have nothing" (Daniel 9:26a: NASB).

"God presented him as a sacrifice of atonement through faith in his blood" (Romans 3:25).

"He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world" (I John 2:2).

"to finish the transgression, to make an end of sin"

"the Messiah will be cut off and have nothing" (Daniel 9:26a: NASB).

". . . if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin. If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. (I John 1:7-9).

"to bring in everlasting righteousness"

"the Messiah will be cut off and have nothing" (Daniel 9:26a: NASB).

". . . Be reconciled to God. God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God" (2 Corinthians 5:20b-21).

". . . through the obedience of the one man [Messiah] the many will be made righteous" (Romans 5:19).

"Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written: "Cursed is everyone who is hung on a tree" (Galatians 3:13).

Gabrielís words (left side in chart above) are mirrored by New Testament teachings (right side in chart above). Both columns are based on the Messiah's death.

Does it take faith to acknowledge that Gabrielís words are prophetic of standard New Testament teachings?

The answer is no since anyone can pick up a Bible and compare Gabriel's words (Daniel 9:24-26) about the Messiah to the New Testament teachings about the Messiah. For the New Covenant, I suggest comparing Gabriel to the central New Testament teaching found in Romans 3:21 Ė 26 .

Does this foretold event meet the seven Einstein Method Guidelines? On the left side of the web page, all items read "YES". Place your mouse over the item to view the graphic window in the upper left corner or click to learn more with a quick pop-up file.

Supporting Evidence

The New Testament documents (all written before 100 CE) are the objective evidence since they reflect Gabriel's words in Daniel 9:24-26. It does not take faith to read the New Testament to compare its teaching to Gabriel's words.

The question must be asked, "Do Gabriel's words foretell of New Testament teachings?"

To support the idea that the book of Daniel foretells of a Messiah who will give his life to establish a New Covenant, consider the meaning of the Hebrew word for "cut off" in Daniel 9:26. I quote a scholar.

"The idea of "cutting (off)" used of the destruction of the "Anointed One" or "Messiah" is the word used in both Hebrew and Arabic for the making of a covenant. The Messiah will introduce a new covenant by means of his atoning death. This was the chief purpose of Christís first coming." (Risto Santala, The Messiah in the Old Testament: in the light of Rabbinical Writings, page 100.)

To better understand the link between the Hebrew word for making a "covenant" and the Hebrew word definition for "cut off" Click here to refer to Strong's Concordance word number 3772].

Strongs Word 3772: karath kaw-rath' a primitive root; to cut (off, down or asunder); by implication, to destroy or consume; specifically, to covenant (i.e. make an alliance or bargain, originally by cutting flesh and passing between the pieces):--be chewed, be con-(feder-)ate, covenant, cut (down, off), destroy, fail, feller, be freed, hew (down), make a league ((covenant)), perish


The main idea of Gabriel's prophecy is that the Messiah would be killed as a sacrificial offering. Based on the Messiah's death, verse 24 foretells of the spiritual and moral blessings coming from the Messiah.

Someone may take the position that it takes faith to accept these ideas. However, to have faith means that a person actually believes what is written in Danielís prophecy and trusts in Jesus as their personal Messiah. In that event, the person of faith believes that (places trust in Jesus) Jesus takes their sin away through Jesus' death on the cross. In addition, the person of faith believes that Jesus arose from the dead as proof of his Messianic claim. In contrast, it does not take faith to see that there is a link between the ideas in Daniel 9:24, 26a and standard New Testament teachings. The issue is simply comparing two documents and understanding that there appears to be a direct link.

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