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The Prophecy of Daniel 9.
The mystery behind the anointing of the Holy Place or your Human Body.

 

DAN 9:24, “Seventy weeks have been decreed for your people and your holy city, to finish the transgression, to make an end of sin, to make atonement for iniquity, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal up vision and prophecy and to anoint the most holy place.”

The Hebrew word for anoint has a few definitions, the word is ‎mashach and usually it means to anoint; to set apart for God’s service, to sanctify him, to approve one for doing the work of the Lord.

Secondly, it also means to put one’s stamp of approval on the one you have anointed as an authorizing agent; to be held in special regard, it emphasizes the special relationship between God and the one who has been anointed. This actually refers to a time when God will indwell all the Jewish people who become born again and saved for the first time. Remember in the Old Testament there was a different indwelling ministry for the Jews than there will be in the Millennial reign.

Part of God’s blessing of anointing the Holy Place refers to the Temple in Jerusalem which, for the first time, will be filled with born-again Jewish people. They never had this type of blessing in the OT. Two passages bring this out: EZE 36:25-31; JER 31:31-34.

EZE 36:24-31, “For I will take you from the nations, gather you from all the lands, and bring you into your own land. Then I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean; I will cleanse you from all your filthiness and from all your idols. Moreover, I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; and I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will be careful to observe My ordinances. And you will live in the land that I gave to your forefathers; so you will be My people, and I will be your God. Moreover, I will save you from all your uncleanness; and I will call for the grain and multiply it, and I will not bring a famine on you. And I will multiply the fruit of the tree and the produce of the field, that you may not receive again the disgrace of famine among the nations. Then you will remember your evil ways and your deeds that were not good, and you will loathe yourselves in your own sight for your iniquities and your abominations.”

JER 31:31-34, “Behold, days are coming, declares the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah, not like the covenant which I made with their fathers in the day I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt, My covenant which they broke, although I was a husband to them, declares the Lord. But this is the covenant which I will make with the house of Israel after those days, declares the Lord, I will put My law within them, and on their heart I will write it; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. And they shall not teach again, each man his neighbor and each man his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ for they shall all know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them, declares the Lord, for I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more.”

In the OT not too many believers had the Holy Spirit living in them and then for just short periods of time, but in the Millennium, all the Jewish believers will be indwelt by the Holy Spirit. They will not lose the Spirit as they did in the OT. That’s why David prayed in PSA 51:10-12, “Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me away from Thy presence, And do not take Thy Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of Thy salvation or Your deliverance, And sustain me with a willing spirit.”

The difference  between the indwelling of the Holy Spirit in the O.T. and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit in the N.T. is found in two words enablement the other is called the enduement. What is the difference? Enduement is defined as the divine power of God the Holy Spirit to certain Old Testament believers. However, as we saw, only a small percentage of O.T. believers had anything to do with the enduement of God the Holy Spirit. On the other hand, we, as Church-age believers, have the enabling power of God the Holy Spirit given to us.

In every dispensation all believers are saved the same way, faith alone in Christ alone, as GEN 15:6 teaches. In GEN 15:6, Then he believed in the Lord; and He reckoned it to him as righteousness. This has to do with faith alone, in Christ alone. However, God the Holy Spirit did not fill the Old Testament believers as He does for the N.T. believers, where He gives us all the same privileges and opportunities to operate in the power o God. So, the difference between the enablement and the enduement is that one you could lose, the other you could never lose in spite of what you did.

The real issue in our passage of Dan 9 is that the anointing of the most holy place deals not so much with the literal meaning, but really the spiritual meaning. So, rather than focusing on the literal meaning of the most Holy place, which has to do with the fact the there will come a time when the Temple for the Jews will be rebuilt and restored: I have decided to focus in on the spiritual application of what this means for us, as believers in the Church-age.

  1. The Holy Spirit indwells the body of the believer at the moment of salvation to provide the divine power to offset the continued presence of the old sin nature.
  2. The Holy Spirit indwells the body of the believer also as a sign of the Royal family status, which is superior to being in the family of God, as believers in past dispensations were.
  3. The primary objective of the indwelling of Holy Spirit is to provide divine energy or power to execute the Christian way of life. One of the intentions of the ministry of God the Holy Spirit is to change or transform us into the image of Christ! 2CO 3:18, But we all, with unveiled face beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit.

So, What is the “most Holy place”?

It refers to the Millennium Temple when the Jews will reign with Christ and with His people for a thousand year Millennial reign. However, it also refers to the human body, which is now the Temple of the living God. There is a direct relationship between the anointing and the indwelling of the lord Jesus Christ as the Shekinah glory or God revealed and seen through mankind. What we are going to see is that believers are now a manifestation of the Shekinah glory or God revealed in mankind. And just like God will anoint the most place or the Holy Temple when the Millennial reign begins, right now He is anointing a spiritual Temple which is what you I really are and why we are called the Temple of God.

1CO 3:11, For no man can lay a foundation other than the one which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if any man builds upon the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, each man’s work will become evident; for the day will show it, because it is to be revealed with fire; and the fire itself will test the quality of each man’s work. If any man’s work which he has built upon it remains, he shall receive a reward. If any man’s work is burned up, he shall suffer loss; but he himself shall be saved, yet so as through fire. Do you not know that you are a temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? If any man destroys the temple of God, God will destroy him, for the temple of God is holy, and that is what you are.

You and I are called the Temple of God.

He also said this in 1CO 6:19-20, Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body   

2CO 6:16, Or what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For we are the temple of the living God; just as God said, “I will dwell in them and walk among them; And I will be their God, and they shall be My people.

Speaking of growing in the Church, Paul said in EPH 2:21, in whom the whole building, being fitted together is growing into a Holy temple in the Lord. When our Lord comes back to anoint the most holy place or His temple, in DAN 9:24, He is not doing anything new because he has been anointing us as the temple of God ever since the Church-age began. In fact the analogy is simple but profound: The anointing refers to the indwelling of the HS. The most holy place or the Temple refers to our Body.

REV 21:1-3, And I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth passed away, and there is no longer any sea. And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, made ready as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne, saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is among men, and He shall dwell among them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself shall be among them,

In REV 21:22 the Lord is called a temple. Speaking of the new Heaven REV 21:22-24, “And I saw no temple in it, for the Lord God, the Almighty, and the Lamb, are its temple. And the city has no need of the sun or of the moon to shine upon it, for the glory of God has illumined it, and its lamp is the Lamb. And the nations shall walk by its light, and the kings of the earth shall bring their glory into it.”

Over and over again we keep having hints concening what the spiritual Temple is all about. And it’s vital that we understand this our Lord wants to us and our body as a vehicle to express His love for all. And we, or our body is the vehicle He desires to use. The apostle Paul put this principle in another way.

2CO 3:2-3, You are our letter, written in our hearts, known and read by all men; being manifested that you are a letter of Christ, cared for by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone, but on tablets of human hearts.

Your life is a walking book - here Paul calls it a letter -- people are reading you without you even being aware of it at the time. This is why Paul said what he did to the Romans in ROM 6:13 and do not go on presenting the members of your body to sin as instruments of unrighteousness; but present yourselves to God as those alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God.

ROM 12:1, I urge you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship.

1CO 6:13b, Yet the body is not for immorality, but for the Lord; and the Lord is for the body.

There was never was a time in history when some part of the world did not see the Lord. That’s the doctrine of Theophanies. A Theophany is a manifestation of the person and work of Jesus Christ in His pre-incarnate state. It is a theological term for the appearances of Jesus Christ before the First Advent. For example, He appeared as the Angel of the Lord, the primary Theophany in the OT.

He appeared to Moses in the burning bush, EXO 3:2 cf. ACT 7:30‑35.

EXO 3:2, And the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a blazing fire from the midst of a bush; and he looked, and behold, the bush was burning with fire, yet the bush was not consumed.

Comparing scripture with scripture, who does ACT 7:30-35 say that it was?

ACT 7:30-35, And after forty years had passed, an angel appeared to him in the wilderness of Mount Sinai, in the flame of a burning thorn bush. And when Moses saw it, he began to marvel at the sight; and as he approached to look more closely, there came the voice of the Lord: ‘I am the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham and Isaac and Jacob.’ And Moses shook with fear and would not venture to look. But the Lord said to him, ‘Take off the sandals from your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground. the Lord said,  “I have certainly seen the oppression of My people in Egypt, and have heard their groans, and I have come down to deliver them; come now, and I will send you to Egypt.’ This Moses whom they disowned, saying, ‘Who made you a ruler and a judge?’ - is the one whom God sent to be both a ruler and a deliverer with the help of the angel who appeared to him in the thorn bush.

As the Angel of God, the Lord was in the pillar of the cloud by day and the pillar of fire by night to lead Israel through the desert,EXO 13:21; EXO 14:19; EXO 23:20‑23, 32:34, 33:2; NUM 20:16; ISA 63:9. The point is that I could show you many other passages that teach that  you and me are now a Theophanies of the Lord in the Church-age!  Your body is literally the temple of God or the dwelling place of where He now lives, whether it is times of darkness or light.

Let’s look at some of the statements made about the literal temple and apply it to ourselves being our Lord’s spiritual temple, which is our body.

MAT 12:6, “But I say to you, that something greater than the temple is here.

And what is the greater than the literal Temple? Of course, the spiritual meaning over the natural.

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