The Mighty Angels of Daniel 9: To Make An End to Sin
By Nathan Jones
To Make An End to Sin
Vic Batista: The Angel Gabriel in Daniel 9:24 provides the six-fold purpose for the Seventy Weeks of Daniel prophecy:
1. to finish transgressions
2. to make an end to sin
3. to make reconciliation for iniquity
4. to bring in everlasting righteousness
5. to seal up visions and prophecy
6. to anoint the Most Holy.
Nathan Jones: Let’s tackle the second purpose — to make an end to sin.
There is sin which taints an individual person’s life and emanates from the heart, such as falling into immorality. Then there’s national sin, when a whole people group engages in rebellion against God. Remember that the context of Daniel’s Seventieth Week is the seven-year Tribulation, so making an end to sin should be viewed in light of that event. Since the Daniel 9 passage focuses on the Tribulation, the sin Gabriel is talking about here must refer to national sin, particularly the Jewish people, the focus of the Seventy Weeks of Daniel prophecy. When the Jewish people finally accept Jesus as their Messiah when He returns to set up His earthly kingdom, then the national sin of the Jews will come to an end.
Jesus is coming to snatch the Church up to Heaven at the Rapture, I believe before the Tribulation begins. Then Jesus will be coming back with His Church at the Second Coming for the purpose of setting up His kingdom here on earth. That return to set up Christ’s Kingdom marks the end of Israel’s national sin.
Could Gabriel be referring to an end to personal sin? Most likely not, as there will not be a total end to people sinning during the Millennial Kingdom. The curse will be partially lifted, and the inhabitants of the Millennial Kingdom will see Jesus face-to-face. But, for those who survived the Tribulation in their earthly bodies and who accepted Jesus Christ as Savior, they will live into the Millennial Kingdom, but their fleshly natures still remain. With Satan and his demons cast off the earth, temptation will be far less greater, so there will be a marked diminishing in sinning, but not a total end to personal sin.
Once the 483 year time period, interrupted by the Church Age, then finalized by the seven years which make up the Tribulation, have been completed, Gabriel’s revelation will have been completed. Thus begins the Millennial Kingdom and the end to national sin. The Jewish people will inherit their promised priesthood as the most esteemed nation of the world, and the nations will no longer plot against Jesus. Plus, that time will see the added benefit of a great reduction in the pervasive way that people currently live.
Vic Batista: True, in the Millennial Kingdom people will still have the ability to commit sin, so moving into that time period cannot possibly be the end to sin that Gabriel is referring.
Revelation 20 tells us Satan will be released from the Bottomless Pit at the end of the Millennium and will attempt to muster one last force for the purpose of overthrowing King Jesus. Verses 7-10 tell the story.
“Now when the thousand years have expired, Satan will be released from his prison and will go out to deceive the nations which are in the four corners of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle, whose number is as the sand of the sea. They went up on the breadth of the earth and surrounded the camp of the saints and the beloved city. And fire came down from God out of heaven and devoured them. The devil, who deceived them, was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone where the beast and the false prophet are. And they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.”
Nathan Jones: We can call Satan’s last attempt to overthrow God the Second Battle of Gog and Magog. The first can be read about in Ezekiel 38-39, and it occurs before or just at the onset of the Tribulation. This battle has a similar name, but is vastly different in players and scope. This second, final rebellion is a whole other topic in Bible prophecy, but we mention it to reveal that there will still be wicked hearts that wish to rebel against God, even in a utopian society. So, sin will have certainly not ended with Christ’s second advent.
Sin will eventually end, though. Satan’s last rebellion is the end of the demonic and human attempts to overthrow God. Satan will lead as many of the people born during the Millennial Kingdom who secretly wish to turn against Jesus Christ. This ultimate rebellion defines the very end of the thousand years. There’s no real battle, though, for Jesus simply calls down fire and destroys all of His enemies.
The last prophetic event, found in Revelation 20:11-15, is the Great White Throne Judgment. Afterwards lies the Eternal State, which is totally populated by glorified, sinless believers in Christ. That’s when we will really see the end of the rebellious spirit. There will be no more sinning anymore in the Eternal State. Those who dwell in their resurrected, glorified bodies no longer have the sin nature. It’s gone. We are finally free!
To Make Reconciliation for Iniquity
Nathan Jones: The third of the six-fold purpose for the Seventy Weeks of Daniel prophecy involves making a reconciliation for iniquity. Again, the context is the Seventieth Week of Daniel, which is about restoring a believing remnant of Israel to their Messiah, so this reconciliation concerns Israel’s sins.
Atonement for mankind’s sins occurred, of course, when Jesus died on the cross. Jesus made a blood atonement with God. That blessed sacrifice achieved peace between Man and God for those who accepted it, because the judgment that was meant for us was transferred to Jesus Christ. God’s wrath against us is redirected and satiated.
Again, the Daniel 9 context is talking primarily about national sin, so Christ’s atonement will not be applied to the Jewish people as a nation until the remnant at the end of the Tribulation finally accepts Jesus as their Messiah. Salvation is a free gift for anybody who in repentance believes that Jesus is the Son of God and asks Him to be their Lord and Savior. If someone cannot accept Christ’s atonement, then they are not forgiven of their sins and are still, as John 3:36 warns, “He who believes in the Son has everlasting life; and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.”
During the seven years of Tribulation that is coming, the world will wither under the full force fury of the wrath of God. The Jewish people in particular will face so much danger and troubles by the satanically possessed Antichrist and his forces. But, when it seems like the Jews have reached their darkest hour, finally Jesus returns to the earth in blazing glory with His Saints. That is when the Jewish people will recognize their Messiah. They will cry out for Jesus to rescue them from Satan’s fury. Jesus recorded this prophecy in Matthew 23:39 when he stated, “For I say to you, you shall see Me no more till you say, ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!’” That’s is the event that will fulfill the third purpose of Seventy Weeks of Daniel prophecy concerning making atonement for iniquity. The Jewish people will have finally accepted Christ’s salvation at last.
Vic Batista: Well, we today certainly don’t have to wait for a whole seven years of Tribulation in order to grab hold of the opportunity for the Lord to cleanse and forgive us of our sins. Right now we can confess our sins and start a relationship with the Lord. We have until the Rapture, or our deaths, but we never know when either will occur.
Nathan Jones: We can have a relationship with the Lord by following Daniel’s example. Daniel had an active prayer life in supplication to God. Daniel recognized that he was a sinner. Though one of the most devout men of God recorded in history, Daniel still recognized that his very nature was in rebellion against God whenever he sinned.
So, Daniel sought repentance. When Daniel prayed, he asking for God’s forgiveness. That is what repentance is. It is to change, to turn around 180 degrees, to walk the opposite way. That is what Daniel was attempting to achieve in order to keep his life on track with God’s will. He prayed often for the Lord to forgive him of his sins. That he did so can be surprising to some, for Daniel was considered one of the most righteous men in all of the Bible, and the Bible is very clear about that. Ezekiel records that Daniel was one of the most righteous men on the planet (Ezek. 14:14,20).
But, no matter how righteous we feel we are, compared to God our works are like filthy rags. We are not pure apart from Christ’s atonement. God is absolutely pure. Even if we were just a little impure, we’d still be impure. Therefore, every person needs the atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ in order to be reconciled with God. Jesus’ death on the cross transferred the judgment for our sins to Himself, and when we accept that gift in faith and repent of our sins when asking Jesus to be our Savior, we will be saved.
In the twenty-first segment of this series on the mighty angels of Daniel, we’ll begin addressing the final three of the six-fold purpose for the Seventieth Week of Daniel prophecy.