70 Weeks of Daniel 7
Finally, we’re at the “Seventieth Week of Daniel!”
Ooh, did you hear the echo? I did, cool special effect. Oh sorry, if you didn’t hear it it’s because you are not as spiritual or cool or good-looking as I am!
I know…. Tooooo true.
Yep, we’re at the “Seventieth Week of Daniel!”
Don’t worry, no echo that time. I turned off the Cool-O-Meter.
The Seventieth Week Introduction
When it says, “Seventy weeks are determined, that translates into 490 years,” you’ll see what I mean in a minute.
Seventy weeks are determined, set aside potentially to provide salvation for the entire world; leastwise those who will accept Jesus as Lord.
This 490 year timeframe is reserved and arrayed in a specific format to confirm God’s unquestionable hand in the Seventy Weeks of Daniel process.
At this point in the Seventy Weeks of Daniel prophecy, the first sixty-nine of seventy weeks has been achieved. Only the seventieth week remains.
This final week, the 70th week, is earmarked to establish the seven-year covenant between God and humanity and is accomplished by dividing the week or seven year period into two three-and-a-half-year segments.
The first three-and-a-half-year segment is fulfilled during the ministry of Jesus Christ, this is the Blessing component of the Covenant.
The second three-and-a-half-year segment will take place during the Great Consummation of the Latter Days and this is the Judgment or Curses component of the Covenant.
Collectively these two segments comprise the seventieth week of the Seventy Weeks of Daniel. Before we move on to the next section, let us take a moment to summarize the structure and elements of the Seventy Weeks of Daniel.
Summary of Daniel 9:24–27
In Daniel 9:24, God gives six edicts to the Hebrews, which must be accomplished in the city of Jerusalem by a person of Hebrew lineage. He commands the Hebrews, specifically speaking, to fulfill the edicts over the course of “seventy segments sevened” equaling the 490 years. These seventy weeks are reserved to fulfill numerous parts of a grand covenant between God and humanity.
In Daniel 9:25, God ordained someone, turns out to be King Cyrus, to command the restoration and rebuilding of Jerusalem, the temple, and the wall during a time period of forty-nine years.
The forty-nine-year period would be scattered over a span of one hundred years but consolidated into forty-nine productive years of construction. The period comprising the 7 Weeks segment or 49 years timeframe, needs to be synonymous with a time of trouble with a capital “T”.
You know, Israel needs to be in the throes of troublesome times. At the end of the forty-nine-year period, a second stage of the prophecy will begin running unfettered for next 434 years and ending with the birth of the Jewish Messiah, Jesus. Of course they didn’t know it would be Jesus at that time. The two periods, the 7 Weeks and 62 Weeks, will comprise the sixty-nine out of the seventy weeks of the Seventy Weeks of Daniel prophecy.
Daniel 9:26a begins with the conclusion of the 434-year period of the sixty-two weeks segment. This period concludes in approximately 3 or 2 BC, when the Messiah is born. According to the verbiage, sometime after the sixty-two weeks segment has concluded, the Messiah will be sacrificed for the benefit of others.
In verse 27a, God ordained the Messiah to confirm a covenant with many people over a period of seven years. This seven-year period is the seventieth week and will be divided into two equal parts, spanning three-and-a-half-years each.
At the end of the first three and a half years, the sacrifices and offerings are required to stop. This is exactly what took place. At Christ’s crucifixion, the veil was torn down the middle, defiling the Holy of Holies, causing the sacrifices and offerings to stop. No joke, this actually took place!
Daniel 9:26b relates to the end of the Great Consummation, through Split-Versing.
At that time, at the Second Advent, Jesus will return for the Battle of Armageddon with the saints of God in tow.
Because Jerusalem and the temple have been grossly defiled, Christendom is deployed to destroy The city of Jerusalem and the Sanctuary.
As the city and the sanctuary are razed, Jesus achieves victory over the Beast, the False Prophet, and the armies of the world who stood in opposition to Israel and God. From the point of their return until the end of the Battle of Armageddon great calamities are ordained to befall the world of men.
Daniel 9:27b relates to the entire Great Consummation period. Based on the overall moral decline and degradation of humanity during the Latter Days, including the years leading up to and during the Great Consummation, God will have irrefutable justification to bring judgment upon the world (Isaiah 26:20–21 and Joel 3:11–14). Sin will have reached its full measure. The kingdoms of men will have reached their full measure of sinfulness, wickedness, and iniquity, justifying God’s righteous condemnation.
“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 9:27b NKJV).
Jesus confirmed the first half of the covenant through His ministry, death and resurrection during the first 3½ years and Jesus will confirm the covenant during the second 3½ years throughout the Great Consummation.
The following is a transposition from Daniel 9:27b, summarized to make its meaning more discernable/ transparent.
And for man’s utterly widespread wickedness, God commands everything to be ruined/judged, continuing until the utter destruction of everything is accomplished, and the time of that destruction having been specifically set aside, will have the effect of totally destroying and overflowing the ruined and wicked people of the earth.
The Artaxerxes Theorem
A common misunderstanding and miscalculation by the pretribulation and Preteristic persuasions places the starting point for the seven weeks segment in 445 BC. This date coincides with the approximate date King Artaxerxes issued an edict from his throne to bless and help the Israelites in whatever manner possible to finance the rebuilding of the house of God in Jerusalem (Ezra 7:7–28).
From this start date, an attempt is made to calculate the 483 combined years of the seven weeks and sixty-two weeks segments and then somehow bring the time line to the end at the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. The primary reason given for starting on this date comes from a slightly mistaken conjecture.
The Cyrus Decree did not contain provisions for rebuilding the city of Jerusalem itself, the temple, or the walls. According to proponents, King Cyrus only commanded the Israelites to rebuild the temple. Even if this were accurate, major problems develop when beginning with the date of 445 BC. To simplify and reveal the error, merely add the years from 445 BC to AD 32. The sum equals 477 years. This does not take into account the fact Jesus was born in approximately 3 BC. Nor does it seem to matter that the figure must equal at least 483 years before it can be correct.
Bear in mind, there is a reasonable level of certainty the walls of Jerusalem were finished in 437 BC.
Furthermore, events are contrary to the required prophetic fulfillment, IN THAT, the entire building project for the wall and streets were not completed during a period of troublesome times required by the prophecy.
Daniel 9:25b states and requires “… the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublesome times.”
This interpretive element cannot be fulfilled with the start date of 445 BC.
With Jerusalem, the temple, and the walls being rebuilt between the dates of 536 BC and 437 BC, this time line aligns with a period recognized as troubled and full of upheaval for Israel. Aside from the fact 2 Chronicles 36:14–23 also supports the period starting in 538 BC, the 445 BC starting point is just not tenable, since Isaiah 44:28 clearly states, “Who says of Cyrus, ‘He is My shepherd, and he shall perform all My pleasure, saying to Jerusalem, “You shall be built,” And to the temple, “Your foundation shall be laid”’” (NKJV). Even if the Cyrus Decree did not include one of these factors, God’s Word does.
Remember, prophecy must meet its requirements.
Well, wasn’t that fun?
I love prophecy.
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