As a young man, Daniel was taken captive by Babylon in 605 B.C.  There he served under several rulers and two empires (the Babylonian and the Medo-Persian).  Near the end of his life, while reading the book of Jeremiah (9:2; cf. Jer. 25:11-12), Daniel realized that the promise of 70 years of judgment under the Babylonian empire was nearing an end, so he prayed that God might deliver the nation of Israel and return her to her land (9:16-19).  As a response to that prayer, God sent Gabriel to interpret the vision of Daniel; the prophecy of the 70 weeks is God’s answer to Daniel.  What follows is a summation of the main points of that message from God.

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