1. See how the prophet likened the swiftness of angels to winged flight, on account of the nimbleness and the lightness of the weight of the angels, who are spirits flying quickly to obey what is commanded as Solomon says, “Do not curse your king in an oath lest1 a winged bird carries your words to him.”2
2. And so the angel Gabriel speaks to him in this way, “From the day you gave your face to be humbled before the Lord your God your supplication was heard and I myself was sent to cause you to understand3
so that you may not inquire further before the time of time happens, for you are a greatly cherished man. For you desire to see these things, which are about to be ministered through me, but they will be fulfilled in their own time. 4
3. And he added saying, “Seventy weeks have been cut out for your people and for the holy city, for sin to be ended and for sin to be sealed and for unrighteousness to be erased and for lawlessness to be atoned and to bring in everlasting righteousness and to seal dreams and prophecy5 and to anoint a Holy of Holies. And to know and understand from the procession of the words for an answer to build Jerusalem until Christ the ruler, seven weeks and sixty-two weeks.”6
4. And so having named seventy weeks he divided them into two, so that what was spoken by him to the prophet may be understood all the more.
5. For he says that thusly, “Until Christ the ruler, seven weeks,”7 which is forty-nine years. For also in the twenty and first year Daniel sees these things in Babylon.
6. And so when adding forty-nine years to twenty-one years, they fulfill seventy years, which the blessed prophet Jeremiah has spoken, that for seventy years the Most Holy Place shall be desolate8 from the captivity which happened to them under Nebuchadnezzar and after these things the people shall return and the sacrifices and offerings of Christ their ruler shall be offered.
7. But of which Christ does he speak, except Jesus son of Josedek, who returned together with the people at that time, and in the seventieth year, after the Most Holy Place was built, he offered a sacrifice according to the law?1
8. For all kings and priests were called Christs on account of them being anointed with holy oil, which Moses arranged long ago.
9. And so these carried the Lord's name2 with themselves predicting the future model and bringing to light the image, until he who came from heaven, the perfect king and priest, Christ, who alone does the will of the Father, as is written in the book of kings, “And I shall raise up for myself a faithful priest, who will do all according to my heart.”3