BIBLE STUDY NOTES ON DANIEL 9:21-27

Posted by Elfriede Copple

Today I am going to post a short Bible study Mike and I did on Daniel 9:21-27.

Daniel 9:21-23

Yes, while I was speaking in prayer, the man Gabriel, whom I had seen in the vision at the beginning, being caused to fly swiftly, reached me about the time of the evening offering. And he informed me, and talked with me, and said, “O Daniel, I have now come forth to give you skill to understand. At the beginning of your supplications the command went out, and I have come to tell you, for you are greatly beloved; therefore consider the matter, and understand the vision:

Daniel did not understand the vision he had prophesied. He prayed for help and God sent Gabriel the angel to give understanding to Daniel what the prophecy was saying.

Daniel 9:24

“Seventy weeks are determined for your people and for your holy city, 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, and to anoint the Most Holy.

Warren Henderson explains in his book Infidelity and Loyalty pg 391: “The Hebrew word shabua is translated “week,” but literally means “seven,” much like our English word dozen means twelve of something. The “something” is determined by the context. … Based on how the final week is described elsewhere in Scripture, we are able to conclude that a week is speaking of seven years”.

So the first phrase Seventy Weeks are determined is actually 7 x 70 which equals 490 years. The first 483 of the 490 years began when Nehemiah started re-building the wall of Jerusalem, and ended at Christ’s crucifixion.

The rest of verse 24 explains the same thing Romans 3:21-22 reveals that when Christ is believed upon the believers will have the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ. The anointing of the Most Holy means that the Father commissioned the Son to shed His blood and die for the sins of the world.

Daniel 9:25-26

“Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the command to restore and build Jerusalem Until Messiah the Prince, there shall be seven weeks and sixty-two weeks; the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublesome times. “And after the sixty-two weeks Messiah shall be cut off, but not for Himself; and the people of the prince who is to come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary. The end of it shall be with a flood, and till the end of the war desolations are determined.

Gabriel explains that Nehemiah’s rebuilding of Jerusalem shall be 7 weeks or 49 years, and then 62 more weeks or 434 more years until the crucifixion of Christ. 49 years plus 434 years totals 483 years. The prince who is to come will happen at a presently undetermined time. He is the Antichrist. In AD70 Nehemiah’s work was destroyed. And till the end: means the end of the Church Age—time of the Gentiles—rapture of the church—time that only the Father knows (Matthew 24:36).

Daniel 9:27

Then he shall confirm a covenant with many for one week; but in the middle of the week He shall bring an end to sacrifice and offering. And on the wind of abominations shall be one who makes desolate, even until the consummation, which is determined, is poured out on the desolate.”

Then means after that—the rapture—he—the Antichrist—shall confirm a covenant—make a peace treaty—with many—all those who are left behind—for one week—seven years—the beginning of the Tribulation period. But in the middle of the week—three-and-a-half years—the Great Tribulation begins. Ezekiel Chapters 38 + 39 prophesy the war of Armageddon at the end of the seven-year Tribulation which matches what is coming in the Revelation of Jesus Christ (Revelation 19:13-16).

William MacDonald says: “Gabriel gave Daniel an outline for Israel’s future” (Daniel 9:21-27). God’s Word also gives us a prescription for eternal life.


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Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

BIBLE STUDY NOTES ON REVELATION 4:6-7 –continued-

Posted by Elfriede Copple

Revelation 4:6-7
Before the throne there was a sea of glass, like crystal. And in the midst of the throne, and around the throne, were four living creatures full of eyes in front and in back. The first living creature was like a lion, the second living creature like a calf, the third living creature had a face like a man, and the fourth living creature was like a flying eagle.

Today we want to continue with verse 7.

According to William MacDonald “the four living creatures seem to be a combination of the cherubim in Ezekiel 10 and the seraphim in Isaiah 6.”

Vine’s Expository Dictionary of Old & New Testament Words by W.E. Vine (page 177) describes the Cherubim as being “of one piece at the two ends of the golden lid on the Ark of the covenant inside the Holy of Holies. This signifies that the redeemed and glorified creatures were bound up with the sacrifice of Christ. Being in union with Christ then proceeds out of the Mercy Seat.”

What’s a description of the Cherubim and Seraphim?

They are created beings just as we humans are created beings. Therefore, angels are not from eternity past nor are they, or we, omniscient as is our God. We humans are like the angels bound up with the sacrifice of Christ. The function of the redeemed cherubim, seraphim, and humans is depicted as being in fellowship with God as well as being there for serving Him. The cherubim (cherubim is plural, with the letter im at the end, cherub is singular) compared to the seraphim are much the same except for primary duties. The cherubim are primarily guards, or attendants, “attached” – “united” – to God’s throne (Exodus 25:18-19), whereas the seraphim flew above and around (Isaiah 6:2-7) to attend God’s throne and offer praises to Him. God’s angelic court serves as an example to each believer: As redeemed created beings who are eternally thankful for being united with our Savior—in Him and Him in us—our primary purpose in our life now and eternal is to serve and worship God.


May we also serve and worship Lord with our life, prayers, songs and behavior!


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Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Getting the Manuscript Publisher Ready!

A contract had been signed with the publisher.  The next step was to prepare the Manuscript according to the publisher’s specifications. It had to be portrait page layout and maximum 2 columns per page.  This made sense as each page of the final book would have 2 columns on opposite pages making 4 columns side by side in plain view!

This didn’t take too much effort because Mike had written it in landscape page layout with 2 columns per page!  We changed it to portrait and made sure that the “page breaks” were in the correct places.

Quotations and Referencing the Sources

The next step took a bit more effort and time!  When Mike first started putting this Study Guide together it was only to be used in our small Bible Study Group which meant that he didn’t keep a record of WHERE he quoted commentaries from.

This brings us to the COPYRIGHT issue which is very important if you want to go public with your writing!

You can probably imagine what our next step was going to be!!!  YES, I combed through the entire commentaries in the manuscript and compared them to the commentary books on hand trying to locate where and what Mike quoted from whom.  It was tedious but lesson learnt for next time!

Finally the quoted material was referenced. Now the question was: “Do we need PERMISSION?”

Copyright guidelines of the individual sources can be found in the front of each book or on the publisher’s/copyright owner’s website.  And there is the so-called GRATIS USE clause!  This means that if the material quoted from a respective source falls under or within those guidelines then you don’t need to apply for PERMISSION.  A GRATIS USE clause can look like this:

“Gratis Use: Text may be quoted in any form (written, visual, electronic, or audio), up to and inclusive of 250 words or less without written permission, providing the text does not account for 25% or more of the total text of the work in which they are quoted. This permission is contingent upon an appropriate copyright acknowledgment.” (Thomas Nelson)

We definitely exceeded the Gratis Use clause.  It took a while to gather and complete all the paperwork to get permissions for the different sources we quoted.  But we wanted to do it right, to honor God!


MEMORIES OF OUR FUTURE

To come and say goodbye… was not… what that visit was for
Was to continue the “hellos” again… to the one… I sooo adore
We both knew… the time would pass by… so very quickly… of course
But we can bring back the time… with our memories… such a wonderful source
When the time passes us by… it won’t be gone… nor… will it stay
We can bring it back… like we want… every month… every week… every precious day
Days that seem to be gone… and all the weeks and months… and… what will become years
To recall all these memories… like reflections… coming back from mirrors
All we must do… is recall the times… with each other… dreaming really deep
It will not matter… if we are awake… or… if we are sound asleep
Let’s hold on… to every moment… not one… do we ever want to lose
Let’s bring back… our favorite times… whichever ones… we want to choose.


WHAT IS DIGGING DEEP INTO THE REVELATION OF JESUS CHRIST ABOUT?
CHECK OUT OUR NEXT BLOG POST!

“What’s an easy to follow LAYOUT for a Study Guide?”

Before I get into the “LAYOUT of our Study Guide” I would like to share some exciting news we received from our publisher regarding our book:

DIGGING DEEP INTO THE REVELATION OF JESUS CHRIST Study Guide compiled by Michael Copple

On January 21, 2019 we received this message:

“Congratulations! The production stage for your book is complete, and we are sending your files to the printer for set-up and distribution.”

Then today January 23rd we received the confirmation that it is ready and can be ordered online at

Amazon.com:
https://www.amazon.com/Digging-Deep-Revelation-Jesus-Christ/dp/1973649179/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1548266279&sr=1-1&keywords=michael+copple+digging+deep+into+the+revelation+of+jesus+christ,

WestBow Press: https://www.westbowpress.com/Bookstore/BookSearchResults.aspx?Search=Digging%20Deep%20into%20the%20Revelation%20of%20Jesus%20Christ

and Barnes & Noble, (other online bookstores will be following soon)

If you prefer you may also order the Study Guide through your local bookstore or via email at bkorders@westbowpress.com

WOW! We are so excited to be able to make this resource available for an in depth Bible Study of the Book of Revelation, either in a Bible Study Group or for personal study!


Now, let me get back to the LAYOUT we chose for the Study Guide and why.

I own a Parallel Bible with four different versions (KJV, NKJV, NIV, NLT). Having all these different translations side by side helps me greatly in my studies. And sometimes Mike picks it up, too.

While putting together the Study Guide and brainstorming the best layout for it, we went back to the Parallel Bible idea several times. And in the end decided that it would be of advantage to have the Scriptures and the relevant Commentaries, as well as Reference Scriptures and their relevant Commentaries side by side. With this layout the student can follow each verse or sometimes several verses combined as well as the commentary and reference verses from the left column to the very right column across the open book without turning any pages.

Picture of the 4 columns - what the Study Guide looks like on the inside.

Another advantage is that the student doesn’t have to search the Bible back and forth for the reference verses, and in the end have lost their thought by the time they get there.

This way TIME can be used more effectively and the layout enhances the ease of understanding.

Ultimately the purpose of this study is to promote learning, discussion, and blessing.

Once finished, we had 72 pages of Study Guide and we would need at least 8 copies for our small study group! Plus there were a number of other friends and family who had expressed interest in a copy of the Study Guide.

We had arrived at the point where we had to deal with the question: “How do we produce all these copies in the most efficient and reasonable way?”


FONDUE / FUTON

Confusing the futon with the fondue
was so very easy for me to do.
Eating the futon,
or was that the tonfon;
or was it sleeping in the fondue;
or was that the dufu?
What does a dufu do?
Is there a new dance called the Fudu?
Any fuddy duddy
could chew on nutty putty,
but it takes a special one
to find the street it’s on
and eat a full pot of futon.
Any way, when we finished the walk
or was that a run,
it really was a ton of fun
eating that… that Provence fondue,
and being there… with you two.


Photocopying? Printing? Binding it into a book? What would it be?
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Our Adventure: Writing and publishing a Study Guide on the Book of Revelation!

The first question that many might ask after reading the title of this blog may be:

“What motivated Mike to write a Study Guide on the Book of Revelation?”

Over the past few years we have encountered so many people, including members of our Bible study group, wondering about the future of this world. People are always seeking for answers to their questions like:
  “Where is the world headed?
  Are we seeing the signs of the Last Days?”

Some people would answer:
“We are living in interesting times!
We are living in challenging times!   or
We are living in the End-Times!”

Mike’s answer: “All the answers to our questions can be found in the Bible! The Revelation of Jesus Christ is difficult to grasp. Nevertheless, Revelation 1:3 and 22:7 tell us we will be blessed if we do.” And he would say: “Don’t take my word for it!”

Revelation 1:3 NKJV
Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written in it; for the time is near.
Revelation 22:7 NKJV
“Behold, I am coming quickly! Blessed is he who keeps the words of the prophecy of this book.”

With this in mind Mike set out to put together a Bible Study on the Book of Revelation for our small study group. It turned into a bigger project than expected. Mike spent months researching and compiling information from different sources like dictionaries, commentaries, and other solid brothers in Christ. It was a rewarding effort!



CALL OF SILENCE

Sometimes… life seems to call us…
to a place… where we can slow down

To the peace… and the quiet…
to a place… where we can hear no sound

To be with someone…
whom we love… very… very much

To feel the happiness…
of each other… and to share nature’s touch.

(by Mike Copple)


For more details on the Study Guide please check back for our next post:
“What’s an easy to follow LAYOUT for a Study Guide?”


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Now how do we explain to a Canadian Immigration Officer that we met in Seventh Heaven?

Once we decided to live here in Canada, Mike needed to apply for permanent residency.

One of the questions on the application forms was to confirm where
we met. Usually that is easy to answer. Like … we met at this and this restaurant or concert or at friends…

Well, Mike and I met in Seventh Heaven which we filled into the form!
Now, … would that satisfy the immigration officer? Probably NOT!

By now, you are maybe also wondering: “Where is Seventh Heaven?”

IT’S UP ABOVE THE CLOUDS!



Yes, in an airplane, on a flight from Amsterdam to Seattle!
I sat in seat 14A (window of course) and Mike in seat 14B

We added that explanation and copies of our boarding cards to the form.
It must have amused the officer
as Mike got approved for
permanent residency. YES!


BREATH OF FRESH AIR

Every time my thoughts are free…
                   I find you … waiting there
Every time I think of you…
                   You are to me … a deep breath of fresh air

THERE … GONE … AND … BACK

Never been… so deeply lost…
                    in such an awesome daze
Yet,… so deeply aware…
                   recalling… every single phase

DREAMS

Dreams… in black and white…
                   seeing all my friends.. every one
In my best dreams… in color…
                   so deep… so vivid… there is only one
When I see you… with joy overflowing…
                   my smile will just beam
Afterwards… the time away from each other…
                   will be just a dream
We will not awaken… until…
                   once again… we are together
I want you… to be my best friend…
forever.

(by Mike Copple)

NEXT BLOG TITLE
Our Adventure:
Writing and publishing a Study Guide on the Book of Revelation!