What you don't know could hurt you (or someone you love), an overview, part 1 - the Sabbath
Here is the structure of Daniel chapter 9, verses 24-27. Look at it, study it, and understand and know it. Don't know what else to say.
To be completed.
"And the king shall do according to his will; and he shall exalt himself, and magnify himself above every god, and shall speak marvellous things against the God of gods, and shall prosper till the indignation be accomplished: for that that is determined shall be done. Neither shall he regard the God of his fathers, nor the desire of women, nor regard any god: for he shall magnify himself above all. But in his estate shall he honour the God of forces: and a god whom his fathers knew not shall he honour with gold, and silver, and with precious stones, and pleasant things." Daniel 11:36-38
Notice the parallel ideas expressed in this text...
- "magnify himself above every" vs "magnify himself above all",
- "speak ... against the God of gods" vs "honour the God of [armed?] forces",
- "neither shall he regard the God of his fathers" vs "a god whom his fathers knew not shall he honour", and
- "desire" vs "pleasant things".
Notice the triplets in the structure of the 70 weeks. Three phrases dealing with the sin of the Jewish nation, each using a different term for sin ("transgression," "sins," and "iniquity"); and three occurrences of the results of this sin ("desolations," "desolate," and "desolate"). Three phrases describing the work of the Messiah (" bring in...", "seal up...", and "anoint..."); and three occurrences of the word week ("two weeks," "one week," and "midst of the week")... but week in Hebrew is literally "7"! Thus the Messiah is characterized by the triplet 777, symbol of the Sabbath!
"...ran greedily after the error of Balaam for reward..." Jude 1:11
"...Balaam the son of Bosor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness..." 2 Peter 2:15
"And Balaam answered and said unto the servants of Balak, If Balak would give me his house full of silver and gold, I cannot go beyond the word of the Lord my God, to do less or more." Numbers 22:18
Balaam wants riches and he is willing to do anything to get it... even cursing what God has blessed, despite being a prophet of God! (2 Peter 2:16)