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Dividing Time

70 Weeks of Daniel 2

So what do we do once we’ve dissected and separated the varied components of a prophecy? We analyze it, whada ya thunk?

Analyzing the Prophecy

70 Weeks of Daniel

Step 1

The first step is to achieve a greater understanding of the overall text through key word studies. Through careful consideration of the text, a more thorough and accurate meaning can be reached. Recognizing the verse was originally written in Hebrew, Greek, or Aramaic can make a difference when interpreting scripture and prophecy.Quite often, words from other languages have a more expansive definition than their English counterparts. The text in this prophecy indicates fulfillment will only be achieved by individuals of Hebrew descent while in or around the city of Jerusalem. This concept is taken from the first sentence in verse twenty-four: “Seventy weeks are determined for your people and for your holy city …

 

A time frame of seventy segments of seven years, or 490 years, is established for someone of Hebrew descent to accomplish the six edicts in or around the city of Jerusalem. The six edicts in verse 24 convey those things that must be accomplished, changed, or fulfilled during the 490-year time requirement.

 

Definitions are derived from numerous sources and reference materials.

 

Defining Specific Words

The word determined is taken from Daniel 9:24 and used here as an example in the first step in the analysis process. In order to understand the fundamental meaning of a verse, the individual words within the verse need to be broken down into their base or root components. This method often seeks the root meaning of a word within a section of scripture. Through this process, a better understanding of the verse or section can be ascertained. A greater clarity is often obtained when a word or group of words is defined based on the meaning at the time the word or phrase was written. This is the primary method used when breaking down verses within this book. See the aforementioned example below:

 

Determined[1]—Charats, khä·rats’ H2782—is a prime root. A prime root word represents a word that is not derived from a simpler or earlier form. This is the core definition for this Hebrew word. It means, properly, to cut off and figuratively, to decree or to determine. Specifically the word means to set aside, as in to set aside a portion of time or effort to accomplish a specific task or event. Literally, it means to wound, to intentionally cut into a specific place for a specific purpose.

 

The breakdown resulting from this single word is as follows. Seventy weeks (490 years) have been decreed or set aside for some Hebrew person or persons in or around the city of Jerusalem to specifically accomplish the six edicts. Bear in mind, this is only an example, using just one word from the text.

 

Step 2

Determine the time frame or time limits of the prophecy. According to the Seventy Weeks of Daniel, the six edicts must be fulfilled within the time constraints of the prophecy.

According to the guidelines, the edicts absolutely cannot be fulfilled outside the specified time limits.

The 490-year time frame of the prophecy was created using seventy segments of seven years as specified in its original language. Each segment is multiplied by seven years for each week as set forth in the definitions of the words within the prophecy. This process will be fully explained in the next section titled “The Segments of Daniel’s Prophecy.” Adherence to the prophecy’s time limit can determine if an element is actually fulfilled or just circumstantial.

For example, many believe the seven weeks segment began with the commandment from Artaxerxes, king of Persia in 457 BC. Unmistakably this would change the entire time line. A major problem with this starting point is the time of trouble mentioned in verse 25.

The period from King Cyrus’s commandment includes a time synonymous with a time of trouble. There are troubles in any age; however, the period between 538 BC and 437 BC is historically synonymous with just such a time of trouble.

The period starting in 457 BC does not correlate to a specific Biblical or historical time of trouble; therefore, beginning the timeline in 457 BC does not provide a provable start point and therefore is unlikely to be correct due to the event beginning outside the time constraints of the prophecy, a period confirmed later in the book, “This Side of the Whirlwind”.

 

Step 3

Determine the correct construct of the prophecy’s elements. Identify those things that need to be achieved or put together and in what order and by what means, methods, or guidelines. Each element of the Seventy Weeks of Daniel prophecy will have a specific starting and stopping point to properly substantiate its fulfillment. For example, in verse 25, the seven weeks segment begins only after the going forth of the commandment to restore and build Jerusalem.

This commandment is given by King Cyrus of Persia after he sees his name written in a prophecy in the book of Isaiah a hundred years before his reign.

The seven weeks segment will span seven segments of seven years, equaling forty-nine years. This section of the prophecy will only reach completion after the city of Jerusalem and her walls have been reasonably rebuilt.

It is important to learn such functional issues of the prophecy’s makeup. Then, only after the seven weeks and sixty-two weeks segments are fulfilled can the Messiah be born.

These are those types of issues that can make or break a proper interpretation of prophecy.

God is always very specific with His choice of words in any prophecy. This too will be more thoroughly explained shortly.

 

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)

 

Step 4

Each component of a prophecy must fit together properly and according to the prophecy’s guidelines. With regards to the Seventy Weeks of Daniel, the six edicts of the prophecy must be accomplished by God’s people, in God’s holy city, and during the correct timing and in the appropriate segment or segments of the prophecy. The seven-weeks, sixty-two-weeks, and one-week segments run consecutively and must coincide with the fulfillment of the correct elements of the prophecy in the correct time frame.

In other words, edict number 1, to finish the transgression, must be accomplished in Jerusalem by a person of Hebrew descent during the seventieth week. The elements of the prophecy cannot be accomplished by a Gentile outside of Jerusalem or outside of the appropriate seventieth-week time constraint.

Should any of the conditions be broken or not met, then the event cannot fulfill the construct of the prophecy. This would mean the event or element was not a legitimate fulfillment or a genuine event or element of the prophecy, even if everything appeared to be authentic in every other way. The standards of authentication are appropriately high. God is specific for a reason.

 

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 the vision and prophecy, And to anoint the Most Holy. (Daniel 9:24 NKJV)

 

It is important to consider these four essentials when studying the fulfillment of any prophecy. When one strays outside the confines of a prophecy’s rules or guidelines, the prophecy becomes unpredictable and generally does not produce God’s intended results. What is the point if the outcome of the prophecy is false and not fulfilled according to God’s will? People are often too careless with prophecies. A current misinterpretation of this very prophecy accepts the temple destruction of AD 70 as fulfillment of the temple destruction Jesus mentioned.[2] This message demonstrates the temple destruction will take place when Jesus returns with the Body of Christ during the Battle of Armageddon. Misinterpretations, such as the AD 70 error, have led to doctrines such as Preterism or A-Millennialism and may still lead some to mistakenly believe the temple prophecy has been fulfilled.

Because of these misinterpretations, individuals may wrongly take the Mark of the Beast. Many Christians believe they will be raptured before the Mark of the Beast is initiated; therefore, when the actual event occurs before the Rapture and during the Tribulation Period such individuals may be deceived into receiving the Mark, convinced it cannot be the infamous Mark of the Beast (2 Thessalonians 2:9–12). The information within this book will prove the temple destruction of AD 70 could not relate to the fulfillment of the End Times or Latter Days.

We’ll continue with, “70 Weeks of Daniel 3” next time as we discuss the segments of Daniel numbering 7 and 62 and 1 divided in half.

 

[1] Strong’s Concordance H2852.

[2] Matthew 24:1–2, Mark 13:1–2, and Luke 21:5–6.

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