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70 Weeks Prophecy (Part 5) - Dan 9:24 (Part E)

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J. To anoint the most Holy.

i. Jesus Christ is the most Holy.
a. Holy adj. - 1. Kept or regarded as inviolate from ordinary use, and appropriated or set apart for religious use or observance; consecrated, dedicated, sacred. 2. As applied to deities, the development of meaning has probably been: Held in religious regard or veneration, kept reverently sacred from human profanation or defilement; hence, Of a character that evokes human veneration and reverence; and thus, in Christian use, Free from all contamination of sin and evil, morally and spiritually perfect and unsullied, possessing the infinite moral perfection which Christianity attributes to the Divine character. Cf. sense 4. 4. Conformed to the will of God, entirely devoted to God: in earlier times often connoting the practice of asceticism and religious observances; now usually: Morally and spiritually unstained; free from sinful affection; of godly character and life; sanctified, saintly; sinless.

b. Jesus was holy from conception (Luk 1:35).

c. Jesus is uniquely holy and separate from sinners (Heb 7:26).
(i) Saints (Christian church members) are also holy through the regeneration (Heb 3:1), but are nevertheless still sinners (1Jo 1:8).
(ii) Jesus alone is sinless (1Pe 2:22; 1Jo 3:5).
(iii) Therefore, Jesus is the most Holy because His holiness exceeds that of the holy brethren (1Th 5:27), holy prophets (2Pe 3:2), and holy apostles (Eph 3:5).

d. God is "the Holy One" (Isa 40:25) of whom it is written, "thou only art holy" (Rev 15:4).
(i) Jesus is "the Holy One" (Act 2:27; Act 3:14).
(ii) "There is none holy as the LORD" (1Sa 2:2).
(iii) God is essentially holy whereas any holiness a creature possesses is derived from God and not from itself.
(iv) Since God only is holy and God is “the Most High,” then God is “the most Holy.”
(v) And since Jesus is also God, being "the Holy One," Jesus is “the most Holy.”

e. Therefore, Jesus is the most Holy in both His human and His divine natures.

ii. Jesus was anointed by God (Luk 4:18; Act 4:27; Heb 1:8-9).
a. God anointed Him with the Holy Ghost at His baptism (Act 10:38 c/w Mat 3:16).
b. That is when Jesus officially became the Messiah/Christ because "Christ" and "Messiah" mean "anointed" (Joh 1:41; Act 4:26 c/w Psa 2:2).

c. There were three offices in the OT that were conferred by anointing: prophet, priest, and king.
(i) Being the Lord's anointed, Jesus possesses all three of those offices.
(ii) Jesus is a prophet (1Ki 19:16 c/w Act 3:22-26; Heb 1:2).
(iii) Jesus is a priest (Exo 28:41 c/w Heb 6:20).
(iv) Jesus is a king (1Sa 15:1 & 1Ki 1:39 c/w 1Ti 6:14-15; Act 2:29-36).
(v) "Christ as our Priest secures our relationship with God. Christ as our Prophet guides us. Christ as our King rules us, saves us, and defends us." - Pastor Ben Mott
(vi) "The New Testament church’s covenant and worship are mediated by Christ as Priest. The church receives its instruction from the New Testament revelation given by Christ as Prophet. The church is governed by Christ as King." - Pastor Ben Mott

d. Jesus’ public ministry as God’s Christ began at His baptism.
(i) His baptism is even called His coming (Act 13:24-25). This is when He came forth to Israel as the Messiah.
(ii) He began His public preaching from this point (Luk 4:16-21).
(iii) As Jesus began preaching He declared, "The time is fulfilled" (Mar 1:14-15). The timetable given to Daniel in this vision was being fulfilled.
(iv) Jesus went forth from His baptism to function in His offices of priest, prophet, and king.
(v) This signals the importance of water baptism in Christianity.

e. As Jesus became Christ at His baptism so do we become Christians at our baptism (Joh 4:1; Act 11:26).

(i) The church, composed of baptized believers, is anointed with the Holy Spirit and is even called Christ (Act 1:5, 8; 1Co 12:12-13).
1. The tabernacle, God’s house under the Old Testament, was an anointed structure (Exo 40:9).
2. The church, God’s house under the New Testament, is also an anointed structure.
(ii) Baptized church members serve as anointed king/priests (2Co 1:21-22; 1Pe 2:4-5, 9; Rom 12:1-2; Heb 13:15; 1Co 4:8).
(iii) The church, like a prophet, promulgates Christ’s prophetic word written in the New Testament (1Ti 3:15; 1Th 1:8).
(iv) If we give due consideration to the importance of Jesus being the Christ, we might give more consideration to the importance of our being Christians.

f. It will become evident as we move further through this chapter that Jesus’ baptism marks the beginning of the 70th week of this prophecy.

K. All the things listed in verse 24 of this chapter occurred in the 70th week of this prophecy.

L. Note that all these things that are expounded in the gospels and epistles of the New Testament were foretold to Daniel 483 years before they occurred!
i. The whole of the gospel is summed up in this single sentence that we have been considering (Dan 9:24).
ii. Daniel could not have known all this apart from God revealing it to him.
iii. Remember that fulfilled prophecy proves the existence of God and the veracity of the Bible.