In chapters 7 and 8, Daniel has visions of the world empires Babylon, Medes & Persians, Greece, Rome, and the last Empire (led by the antichrist).
In chapter 9 the Angel Gabriel gives Daniel the very important prophecy of the 70 weeks that were determined for his people before the Messiah would reign from Jerusalem. The “weeks” are literally “seven’s” and they refer to 7 years, not 7 days; the “70 weeks” is actually 490 years. The beginning of this prophecy began when the decree was given to rebuild Jerusalem and it was put on pause after 69 weeks of years when Jesus was rejected by the leaders in Jerusalem. The 70th week is when Israel makes a 7 year covenant with the antichrist (the beast). The antichrist will break this treaty half way through and bring desolation through his abominations.
Read through the Bible with us in 2012! The reading plan can be downloaded below; we are reading in chronological order. Check back often to read the blog posts on the Bible readings and discuss things in the "comments" section.
2012 Bible Plan