Confession Made

                                                   Daniel 9:1-19

                                                  March 6, 2022

 

 

 

Hitherto is the end of the matter. As for me Daniel, my cogitations

much troubled me, and my countenance changed in me: but I kept

the matter in my heart.(Daniel 7:28) 

 

 

·          GOOD MEN ARE MORE CONCERNED FOR GOD’S CAUSE

THAN FOR ANY SELF-EXALTATION. Daniel was grieved in spirit, not

because of personal ill, nor from fear of the lions’ den, but because of the

obscurity of the vision; in other words, because of the uncertain fortune of

God’s kingdom. The symbol of the fourth beast seemed to betoken

disaster, suffering, yea, even destruction, for the people of God. That

under the violence of this unnatural monster the saints of the Most High

should be worn out with oppression, and that rude wickedness should

            prevail; this distressed and overwhelmed the heart of Daniel.

 

 

                                         

                                          Compare Ezekiel 9:4-6

 

 

4 And the LORD said unto him, Go through the midst of the city,

through the midst of Jerusalem, and set a mark upon the foreheads

of the men that sigh and that cry for all the abominations that be

done in the midst thereof.

5 And to the others he said in mine hearing, Go ye after him through

the city, and smite: let not your eye spare, neither have ye pity:

9:6 Slay utterly old and young, both maids, and little children, and

women: but come not near any man upon whom is the mark; and

begin at my sanctuary. Then they began at the ancient men which

were before the house.

 

 

BAD MEN ARE NOT CONCERNED FOR GOD’S CAUSE UNTIL IT IS TOO

LATE!

 

                                                Revelation 6:12-17

 

12 And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was

a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair,

and the moon became as blood;

13 And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth

her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind.

587

14 And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and

every mountain and island were moved out of their places.

15 And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men,

and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman,

and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of

the mountains;

16 And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from

the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the

Lamb:

17 For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to

stand?

 

 

Read and comment on Daniel 9:3-19

 

 

 

24  Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy

city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to

make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting

righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to

anoint the most Holy.”

 

 

The following is taken from:

 

                                    SHUTTING, SEALING, AND

                                   COVERING; OR, MESSIAH’S

                                          GLORIOUS WORK

 

 

                              DELIVERED ON LORD’S DAY MORNING,

                                                                SEPTEMBER 24, 1882.

 

                                                BY C. H. SPURGEON,

 

                        AT THE METROPOLITAN TABERNACLE, NEWINGTON.

 

Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy

city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to

make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting

righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint

the most Holy.  Daniel 9:24.

 

 

I. First, Let us survey the Messiah’s work. According to the text it divides

itself into two grand works, which two works subdivide themselves in each

case into three particulars.

 

The first work of our Lord Jesus Christ is the overthrow of evil, and it is

thus described,- “To finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins,

and to make reconciliation for iniquity.” But our Lord’s labor is not all

spent upon down-pulling work; He comes to build up, and His second

work is the setting up of righteousness in the world, described again by

three sentences: “To bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the

vision and prophecy, and to anoint the Most Holy.”

 

The first work of the Messiah is the overthrow of evil. This overthrow of

evil is described by three words. If I were to give you a literal translation

from the Hebrew I might read the passage thus:

 

  • “To shut up the transgression,
  • to seal up sin, and
  • to cover up iniquity.”

 

According to learned men, those are the words which are here used, and the three put

together are a singularly complete description of the putting away of sin.

First, it is shut up: it is, as it were, taken prisoner, and confined in a cell;

the door is fastened, and it is held in durance: it is out of sight; held to a

narrow range; unable to exercise the power it once possessed. In a word, it

is “restrained,” so the margin of our Bibles reads it. The Hebrew word

signifies to hold back, to hold in, to arrest, to keep in prison, to shut in or

shut up. Its dominion is finished, for sin itself is bound. Christ has led

captivity captive.

 

Men were looking out for the coming One; for the corn of earth was ripe

for the reaper. Men were on the tiptoe of expectation, and wondered when

the promised Prince would arrive. Alas, they knew Him not when He

appeared. After this fashion are things at the present moment with regard

to the Second Advent of our Lord Jesus Christ. “Of that day and of that

hour knoweth no man;” but it is known unto God, and fixed in the roll of

His eternal purposes. “Known unto God are all his works from the creation

of the world,” and especially those grand works which concern the person

of our adorable Lord Jesus. He shall come as God hath appointed: the

vision of His glory shall not tarry. He has given us suggestive hints as to

that glorious appearing; and He has plainly taught us to be looking for and

listening unto the day of the Lord.  (I encourage you to go back and review

last week’s lesson on the website  - # 1e -  Future Seen II - and read the Scripture

references on the Second Coming which I did not get around to, starting after

the line drawn across the middle of the page - CY - 2022)  Among His last

words are these, “Surely I come quickly”: these are words of consolation as well

of warning. He bids us watch constantly for the coming of the Lord, that it overtake

us not as a thief in the night; and He assures us that He will descend from heaven

with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and the trump of God:

wherefore comfort one another with the glad tidings, and whenever your

hearts sicken because of abounding sin, hear ye with the ear of faith the voice of

promise crying, “Behold, the Bridegroom cometh.” Rest assured

that He cometh who will in the fullest and most manifest sense finish

transgression, and make an end of sin, and bring in everlasting

righteousness. The advent of the Well-beloved is the consolation of His

mourning saints. Both at His first and second appearings the Lord not only

cometh to drive away the wicked as chaff, but also to comfort and exalt

His elect: it is a day that shall burn as an oven, and yet to the redeemed it

will be the gladdest day that ever dawned.

 

 

 

But it is not enough to shut up the vanquished tyrant, unless he be shut up

forever; and therefore, lest there should be any possibility of his breaking

loose again, the next sentence is, “To seal up.”

 

Yet, as if this might not suffice, the next term in the Hebrew is to cover up;

for the word to make reconciliation or expiation is usually in the Hebrew to

cover over. “Blessed is the man whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin

is covered.” Christ has come to cover sin, to atone for it, and so to hide it.

His glorious merits and substitutionary sufferings and death put away sin

so completely that God Himself beholds it no more. He has blotted it out,

cast it into the sea, and removed it from us as far as the east is from the

west. The two former sentences speak of finishing transgression and

making an end of sin, and these expressions are full and complete, while

this third one explains the means by which the work is done, namely, by an

expiation which covers up every trace of sin. Thus in the three together we

have a picture of THE UTTER EXTINCTION OF SIN BOTH AS TO ITS

GUILT AND ITS POWER, AY, AND ITS VERY EXISTENCE!  It is put

into the dungeon and the door is shut upon it; after this the door is sealed and

then it is covered up, so that the place of sin’s sepulcher cannot be seen

anymore forever. Sin was aforetime in God’s sight, but through Christ Jesus we read,

“Thou has forgiven the iniquity of thy people; thou has covered all their sin;

thou hast taken away all thy wrath.”. Sin was always breaking loose till Jesus

sealed it up, and now it cannot come forth to lay any accusation against the justified.

 

The three words might be put into one word by saying Christ has made a

clean sweep of sin of every kind. Whatever may be its special development,

whether it be transgression, which means the breaking of bounds, or sin,

which is any want of conformity to the law, or iniquity-that is to say, inequity,

or the want of equity, a default in righteousness; in all forms in

which it can be described Christ has shut it up, sealed it up, and covered it

up by His atoning sacrifice once for all. The depths have covered it; if it be

searched for, it cannot be found; our blessed Scapegoat has carried it away

into the land of forgetfulness; it shall not be mentioned against us anymore

forever. Those three words contain infinitely more of meaning than I have

either space or ability to set forth.

 

Observe, dear friends, that the terms for sin are left in an absolute form. It

is said, “to finish transgression,” “to make an end of sins,” “to make

reconciliation for iniquity.” Whose transgression is this? Whose sins are

these? Whose iniquity is it? It is not said. There is no word employed to set

out the persons for whom atonement is made, as is done in verses like

these- “Christ loved the church and gave Himself for it”; “I lay down my

life for the sheep.” The mass of evil is left unlabeled, that any penitent

sinner may look to the Messiah and find in Him the remover of sin. What

transgression is finished? Transgression of every kind. But what sins are

made an end of? Sins of every sort-against law and against gospel, against

God and against men, sins past, sins present, sins to come. And what

iniquity is expiated? Every form of iniquity, whatever falls short by

omission, whatever goes beyond by commission. Christ in this passage is

spoken of in general terms as removing sins, transgressions, and iniquities

IN THE MASS.   In other places we read of the objects of His substitution but

here all is left indefinite to encourage all. He gives us no catalogue of

offenses; for where should He write it? The very heavens could not hold

the enumeration; but He just takes the whole, unformed, horrible, black,

disgusting mass, and this is what He does with it-He encloses it, fastens it

up, and buries it forever. In the words of our version He finishes it, makes

an end of it, and makes expiation for it. The Messiah came to wipe out and

utterly destroy sin, and this is, and will be, the effect of His work. Put all

the three sentences into one and this is the sum of them.

 

As some understand it, our Lord came that in His death

transgression might reach its highest development, and sign its own

condemnation. Sin reached its finish, its ultimatum, its climax, in the

murder of the Son of God. It could not proceed further: the course of

malice could no further go. They had stoned the prophets and killed

everyone that was sent unto them; but now He came, and God said, “They

will reverence my Son,” but they did not; on the other hand, they cried,

“This is the heir; let us kill Him, and the inheritance shall be ours.” Sin

finished itself when it brought forth the death of the Son of God. It could

produce no riper fruit, for no supposable crime can exceed the putting to

death of Jesus our Lord. Now hath sin finished itself, and now hath Jesus

come to finish it. “Thus far,” saith He, “thou shalt go, but no further: here

in my wounds and death shall thy proud waves be stayed.” Sin virtually

committed suicide when it slew the Savior, for His death became its death.

The kingdom of sin was overthrown in that day when it smote the Prince

of Peace: then was a period put to the dominion of evil; and, to come back

to the Hebrew, the Lord restrained transgression, and Satan was bound

with a great chain.

 

Now take the second sentence, which in our version is, “To make an end

of sin.” Messiah has come to proclaim so free, so rich, so gracious a

pardon to the sons of men that when they receive it sin virtually ceases to

be: it is made an end of. The man that is in Christ, and hath Christ for his

covenant Head, is this day so delivered from all sin whatsoever, that he

may boldly ask the question, “Who shall lay anything to the charge of

God’s elect?” If Christ has made an end of sin there is an end of it: the

matter is ended, and no more is to be said. Down among the dead men let

sin lie, forever buried by the right hand of the conquering Savior.

 

But now, the last expression is in English, He hath come “to make

reconciliation for iniquity”; that is, to end the strife between God and man

by a glorious reconciliation, a making again of peace between these twain;

so that God loveth man, and, as a consequence, man loveth God. In the

blessed atonement of Christ, God and man meet at a chosen meeting-place.

Christ is Jehovah’s darling and our delight. A slain Savior is well pleasing

to God, and oh, how pleasing He is to a sinner who is deeply under a sense

of sin! Here, here is that mercy-seat sprinkled with blood where man may

speak to God without fear, and where God doth speak to man without

wrath. Here righteousness and peace have met together; mercy and truth

have kissed each other.

 

Now, take the Hebrew for it, and read the sentence thus, to cover iniquity.

Oh, what bliss this is: to think, dear friends, that sin is now once for all

covered! Not as though it lay rankling there beneath some coverlet through

which fire might burn, or lightning strike; but Christ’s covering is such that,

if you could heap hell over sin, it were not so hidden; and if you could pile

worlds upon it, were not so concealed; and if all heaven bowed to overlay

it, it were not so out of sight as when Jesus buried it deeper than the lowest

depths, where no memory can remember it, or mind perceive it.

 

 

This is what is to be done with the whole kingdom of evil, as well with the

power of it as with the guilt of it.  As when the darkness flies before

the sun, not a trace of its blackness is left, so is sin to be destroyed utterly

from the redeemed of the Lord. It is not merely the guilt of sin that is shut

up and sealed and covered, but sin itself, its power, its dominion, its habit,

its defilement, the dread that comes of it, and the fear and the burning of

heart which it engenders. All the foul birds of sin’s filthy cage must fly

away, never to return.

 

 

I invite you now for a few minutes to consider the second work, namely, the setting

up of righteousness. This is set before us in three expressions: first, in the words

to bring in everlasting righteousness.” And what is that? Why, His own

righteousness which is from everlasting to everlasting, and will never be

taken way from those who have it, and will never cease to be their beauty

and their glorious Jesus. The work of Christ in His life and death is by God

imputed to His people: indeed, it is theirs because they are one with Christ.

He is the Lord their righteousness, and they are the righteousness of God

in Him. Saints are so righteous in Jesus Christ that they are more righteous

than Adam was before he fell, for he had but a creature righteousness, and

they have the righteousness of the Creator: he had a righteousness which

he lost, but believers have a righteousness which they can never lose, an

everlasting righteousness. Nor is that all the meaning of our text: those to

whom God imputes righteousness, to them also He imparts righteousness.

He makes them pure in heart, He changes their desires, He makes them

love that which is right and just and good, and so He gives them grace to

lead godly, sober, honest, and holy lives. This righteousness shall not be

crushed out of them, for the work of the Spirit shall continue until they

shall become perfect, and be meet to dwell with God in light. (Psalm 138:*) Happy

are those spirits to whom Christ gives an everlasting righteousness, for theirs is

the kingdom and in it they shall shine forth as the sun. They are right and

they shall be right; they are true and they shall never degenerate into

falsehood; they are God’s own children and they shall go on to develop the

image of Christ, their elder brother, till they shall be without spot or

wrinkle or any such thing. THIS CHRIST CAME TO DO!  He imputes and imparts

righteousness, and thus brings in everlasting righteousness as the foundation of His

kingdom.

 

Next, in order to the setting up of a kingdom of righteousness He is come

that He may “seal up vision and prophecy.” That is, by fulfilling all the

visions and the prophecies of the Old Testament in Himself, He ends both

prophecy and vision. He seals up visions and prophecies so that they shall

no more be seen or spoken; they are closed, and no man can add to them;

and therefore-and that is the point to note-THE GOSPEL IS FOR EVER

SETTLED TO REMAIN ETERNALLY THE SAME!  Christ has set up a

kingdom that shall never be moved. His truth can never be changed by any novel

revelation.  This, then, is an essential part of the setting up of that

which is good-namely, TO SETTLE TRUTH ON A FIXED BASIS

 whereon we may stand steadfast, immovable. The candles are snuffed out because

the day itself looks out from the windows of heaven. Rejoice in this, beloved. God

makes you righteous in Christ and with Christ, and in order that you shall

never be perplexed with change, He sets aside all other teachers, THAT

CHRIST MAY BE YOUR ALL IN ALL! 

 

This is Christ’s work, for which He came, and for which

He ascended on high, to set up the truth, to set up righteousness, and to

make it everlasting by the dwelling of the Holy Ghost in the church of God

in the midst of the sons of men.

 

Heaven rings with the praises of the Messiah who came to destroy the work

of sin, and to set up the kingdom of righteousness in the midst of the world.

 

 

Furthermore, are the prophecies and visions sealed up as to you? Are they

fulfilled in you? When God declares that He will wash us and make us

whiter than snow, is it so with you? When He declares that He will cleanse

our blood, which has not yet been cleansed, is it so with you? When He

says, “A new heart also will I give them, and a right spirit will I put within

them: and I will write my law upon their hearts”; is it so with you?

Nor is this all: are you anointed to be most holy to the Lord?

 

Are you set  apart that you may serve Him? Has the Holy Spirit come upon you,

giving you a desire to do good? Have you a wish to rescue the perishing, a

longing to bring the wandering sheep back to the great Shepherd’s fold? Is

the Spirit of God so upon you today that you can truly say, “I am not my

own; I am bought with a price?” Jesus, the Messiah, came to do all these

things, and if He has not done them to you, then He has not come to you;

you are still a stranger, still far off from Him. Oh, may the Lord make you

desperately unhappy till you come to Jesus: may you never know what

quiet means till you find it at the pierced feet! From this hour may you

breathe sighs, and may every pulse be a new agony of spirit, till at last you

can say, “Yes, the Messiah was cut off, and cut off for me, and all that He

came to do He did for me, and I am a sharer and a partaker in it all.”

 

 

Concerning security. How can that man be lost whose

transgression is finished, and whose sin has ceased to be? What is there for

him to dread on earth, in heaven, or in hell? If Christ has put away my sin, I

cannot die; if Christ has washed away my guilt, I cannot be condemned; I

am safe, and may triumphantly sing

 

And now, inasmuch as you are secure, you are also reconciled to God, and

made to delight in Him. God is your friend and you are one of the friends

of God. Rejoice in that hallowed friendship, and live in the assurance of it.

 

And now, inasmuch as you are secure, you are also reconciled to God, and

made to delight in Him. God is your friend and you are one of the friends

of God. Rejoice in that hallowed friendship, and live in the assurance of it.

 

Now you have the anointing, do not doubt it. Christ has made it yours by

His death. The Spirit of the Lord resteth upon you; you are fit for service;

set about it without further question. The anointing is upon you; you are

most holy to the Lord; so let your life be wholly consecrated. God dwelleth

in you, and you in God. Oh, blessed consequences, you shall soon dwell

with Him forever!

 

But now suppose when I put the question you had to shake your head and

say, “No, it is not so with me.” Then hear these few sentences. If the

Messiah has not done this for you, then your sin will be finished in another

way-sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death. An awful death awaits

you-death unto God, and purity and joy.

 

If Christ has never made an end of your sin, then mark this, your sin will soon

make an end of you, and all your hopes, your pleasure, your boasting, your peace

will perish. Oh, terrible end of all that is hopeful within you. You shall be a

desolation forever and forever.

 

Has not Christ reconciled you? Then mark this, your enmity will increase.

There is no peace between God and you now, but soon will the war begin

in which He must conquer, and you, never yielding, will continue forever

more to hate God, and to find in that hate your utmost torment, your

fiercest hell. Have you never had the righteousness of Christ brought in?

Then mark this, your unrighteousness will last forever. One of these days

God will say, “He that is unholy, let him be unholy still: he that is filthy, let

him be filthy still.” That will be the most awful thing that can ever happen

to you.

 

Where death finds you, there judgment shall find you, and there eternity shall

leave you. Oh, wretched soul, to have nothing to do with the everlasting

righteousness of Christ!

 

Lastly, will you never be anointed to be most holy? Then remember,

holiness and you will stand at a distance forever, and to be far off from

holiness must necessarily be to be far off from heaven and happiness.

 

Sin is misery; in it lies both the root and the fruit of ETERNAL WOE!

Purity is paradise: to be right with God is to be right with yourself and all created

things; but if ye will not be holy, then must ye by force of your own choice

be forever tossed about upon the restless sea of wretchedness. God save

you, brothers and sisters; God save you for Christ’s sake. Amen

 

End of Spurgeon Sermon

 

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