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70 Weeks of Daniel 1

The Seventy Weeks of Daniel (The Four Verses)

Daniel 9:24-27 New King James Version:

Seventy weeks are determined for your people and for your holy city, to finish the transgression, to make an end of sins, to make reconciliation for iniquity, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal up vision and prophecy, and to anoint the Most Holy.

Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the command to restore and build Jerusalem until Messiah the Prince, there shall be seven weeks and sixty-two weeks; the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublesome times.

And after the sixty-two weeks Messiah shall be cut off, but not for Himself and the people of the prince who is to come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary. The end of it shall be with a flood, and till the end of the war desolations are determined.

Then he shall confirm a covenant with many for one week; but in the middle of the week He shall bring an end to sacrifice and offering. And on the wing of abominations shall be one who makes desolate, even until the consummation, which is determined, is poured out on the desolate. (Daniel 9:24–27 NKJV emphasis added)

 

The volume and complexity of information found in this prophecy make comprehension of its verses difficult at best. Bear in mind, God withheld much of this information until the time of the Latter Days.[1] Couple these difficulties with its prophetic nature, split-versing, and the involvement of time limitations, and the need for the Holy Spirit’s interpretation becomes quite obvious. Only with prayer and careful examination of the text can the mysteries within truly be revealed.

Structure of the Prophecy

Much of the upcoming information will reveal subtle elements and details as the words are broken down into simpler form. These subtleties are important when interpreting God’s Word. Pay close attention to the six edicts enumerated here.

Seventy weeks are determined for your people and for your holy city;

1) to finish the transgression;

2) to make an end of sins;

3) to make reconciliation for iniquity;

4) to bring in everlasting righteousness;

5) to seal up vision and prophecy;

6) and to anoint the Most Holy. (Daniel 9:24 NKJV)

 

The edicts are requirements embedded within the prophecy, statutes that must be fulfilled during the time frames set forth. The first four edicts have thus far been fulfilled by Jesus during His 3½ years of ministry. The last two edicts will take place at the end of the Great Consummation. The prophecy’s time frame is seventy segments multiplied by seven years per segment, totaling 490 years.

 

Note:

Stepping outside of the prophecy’s guidelines is one of the more common mistakes made by interpreters of the prophecy. Scholars have attempted to credit fulfillment of this prophecy’s elements with events outside this prophecy’s time restrictions and guidelines. A good example is the destruction of the Temple in A.D. 70. What is proposed here will make more sense after we cover the specific segments of time within the prophecy’s matrix. This is also one primary reason so many previous interpretations have gone wrong or missed the mark when attempting to interpret the Latter Days’ or End Times’ messages pertinent to this prophecy. Verse 25 of the prophecy is crucial in denoting the first benchmark, which begins the prophecy’s time line in the history of the Israeli people.

 

Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the command to restore and build Jerusalem until Messiah the Prince, there shall be seven weeks and sixty-two weeks; the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublesome times. (Daniel 9:25 NKJV emphasis added)

 

Verse 25 relates specifically to the fulfillment of the seven weeks segment. Fulfillment of this prophecy begins with the command to “go forth” and restore and rebuild Jerusalem. The seven weeks segment must also take place during a period of troubled times. Troubled times could be said of nearly any time in the history of our world. Therefore, it is obvious we are looking for a period synonymous with troubled times.

With this in mind, prophetically, it is more than likely the commandment was given by King Cyrus of Persia during a period between 538 BC and 536 BC. This assumption is based on events found in the books of Ezra and Nehemiah and coupled verses attached to the Cyrus prophecy found in Isaiah 44:24 through 45:13.

The seven weeks and sixty-two weeks segments are joined back to back to complete a sixty-nine-week period. The seven weeks and sixty-two weeks segments begin with the issuance of the commandment (by Cyrus) to restore and build Jerusalem and ends with the birth of the Messiah in approximately 3 BC. Each of these events and elements fall perfectly in line with the historical record along with evidence for these periods and the stories found in Ezra, Nehemiah, and the previously listed chapters in Isaiah.

The Cyrus Decree was issued in approximately 538 BC, requiring 101 years between its issuance and the reconstruction of Jerusalem, the temple, and finally Jerusalem’s wall. Following the wall’s completion in 437 BC, Christ was born 434 years later in approximately 3 BC. Not one of the six edicts was fulfilled during the sixty-nine weeks’ time line. Following the Messiah’s birth, a thirty-year pause or delay ensued. It was not until the ministry of Jesus Christ that the first four edicts were able to be fulfilled. This period represents the first three-and-a-half-year segment of the seventieth week, a truly amazing period of prophetic fulfillment.

 

And after the sixty-two weeks Messiah shall be cut off, but not for Himself and the people of the prince who is to come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary. The end of it shall be with a flood, and till the end of the war desolations are determined. (Daniel 9:26 NKJV)

 

The seven weeks and sixty-two weeks segments were completed by the time of Christ’s birth. The final week (the seventieth week) is actually divided into two three-and-a-half-year segments, separated in Daniel 9:27 by the term midst of the week (as per the King James Version), indicating “to cut in half or to be halved” or “middle of the week.” The seventieth week began its first three-and-a-half-year segment of fulfillment during the ministry of Jesus Christ with Him fulfilling the first four of six edicts.

 

Then he shall confirm a covenant with many for one week; but in the middle of the week He shall bring an end to sacrifice and offering. And on the wing of abominations shall be one who makes desolate, even until the consummation, which is determined, is poured out on the desolate. (Daniel 9:27 NKJV)

 

Some events of the seventieth week are covered in verses 26 and 27. To accurately consider, interpret, and understand this prophecy, it is important to recognize some of the more essential elements pertinent to deciphering the prophecy and events. One example is as follows: every component or element of the prophecy must be fulfilled during the 490 years of the prophecy. Not one of the prophecy’s elements or requirements can be fulfilled outside of the designated time frames. There is a four-step process that aids in this examination.

 

BUT, we’ll have to get to that tomorrow!

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Analyzing the Prophecy

 

[1] Daniel 12:4-10 “…Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book until the time of the end…”

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