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Gabriel began his
report of this
extensive prophecy by
telling Daniel not to
fret over the outcome
of the battle or over
the salvation of Israel
by noting six crucial
matters concerning
the salvation of
mankind and their
effective resolution.
The kingdom of God
would win out. He
tells him that a
amount of time had
been allotted by God
upon Jerusalem and
the Jews so that the
transgression can be
finished, sin can be
ended, and
reconciliation (or
payment) for iniquity
can be made.

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The so-called 70 ‘Weeks’ of Daniel
Spanning 1st and 2nd Comings

The Single Greatest
Prophecy of the Bible


Daniel was not only a prophet, but as the archetypical end-times saint, he was also a student of God's word. It was through his study of the writings of Jeremiah that he realized the captivity of the Jews in Babylon would last exactly 70 years. Daniel wanted to know to what end this would all be. Would Israel ever be saved? If so when? What is the purpose? How much sorrow and tribulation would they have to endure? In previous segments of our study we have discussed how Daniel was shown by God the vicious character of the Antichrist and his kingdom and that it greatly troubled the prophet. Now, caught between captivity's clutch and the knowledge of the coming blasphemies of Antichrist, Daniel was in need of reassurance and answers to some very frightening questions which were weighing heavily on his soul.

So Daniel did the only thing a man in his position could do. He prayed. He began earnestly seek God's face with prayers, fasting and repentant supplications. His prayers registered a great plea to God; "O Lord, hear; O Lord, forgive; O Lord, hearken and do; defer not, for thine own sake, O my God: for thy city and thy people are called by thy name." Dan 9. 19 God, in His mercy, did not disappoint the floundering prophet. Daniel's prayer was heard the very moment he began to speak it and God began answering it that instant. The prayer was answered in dramatic fashion when the angel Gabriel "flew" to Daniel to deliver this comforting announcement; "At the beginning of thy supplications the commandment came forth, and I am come to show thee; for thou art greatly beloved: therefore understand the matter, and consider the vision.Dan 9.23

Text Box: Four verses of prophecy that span  the first and second comings    1.	The very day of Jesus’ 1st arrival in Jerusalem  2.	Moment of Antichrist’s arrival and duration of his power.  3.	Confirming God’s Word in Jeremiah about the Jews return from Babylonian captivity.  4.	Jesus would die for the people.  5.	The Temple and Jerusalem once again destroyed after Messiah is “cut off”.  6.	Salvation of the Gentiles.  7.	The exact time and conditions of the reconstruction of Jerusalem.  8.	End of sin, transgression and iniquity.  9.	Coronation of Messiah as King of Kings and Lord of Lords.  10.	Everlasting righteousness established and God’s Kingdom is victorious.    At this stage of our study we must scrutinize closely, four verses, but they are four of the most jam-packed, prophetic scripture verses of the entire Bible. The prophecy, delivered by the angel Gabriel to this lonely figure of a man is, if not the greatest single prophecy of the Bible, certainly among the greatest of them all. It was given to comfort Daniel's vexed spirit and console him in his feelings of despair for his people and even mankind. This is also its purpose for end-times saints who at times will feel hemmed in and overwhelmed by the evil surrounding them. These four verses cover the entire scope of the redemption of the commonwealth of Israel (both Jew and Gentile). Two outstanding factors make this prophetic passage remarkable even among the remarkable prophecies of the Bible.



That’s quite a list of things promised in just four verses. The first promises that all of it would take something denoted in spiritual terms as “70 weeks”. “Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy." Dan. 9.24


Gabriel began his report of this extensive prophecy by telling Daniel not to fret over the outcome of the battle or over the salvation of Israel by noting six crucial matters concerning the salvation of mankind and their effective resolution. The kingdom of God would win out. He tells him that a predetermined amount of time had been allotted by God upon Jerusalem and the Jews so that the transgression can be finished, sin can be ended, and reconciliation (or payment) for iniquity can be made. Everlasting righteousness would then be established and the visions and prophecies he had been given would all come to pass just as God has promised. The verse concludes by stating that the Most Holy, or the Messiah, would be anointed in the end. These promises - sin and transgression ending, reconciliation with God and the establishment of everlasting righteousness - speak of the work our Savior would do one scheduled day on a tree on the outskirts of Jerusalem. The prophet Isaiah saw in a personal and detailed way what the prophecies of Daniel 9.24 promised to the world and the nation of Israel in a universal and general way, but it is the same thing:


"For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a mot out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him. He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief and we hid as it were our faces from him: he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter; and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth. He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken. And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth. Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand. He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities. Therefore will divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors: and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for transgressors." lsa. 53


Verse 24, therefore, is an all encompassing expression of God's Messianic promise to the Jews and in one line offers more than a glimpse into the details of Isaiah 53, It is the same promise given to Judah in Egypt by his dying father Jacob; "The scepter shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh (Jesus) come: and unto him shall the gathering of the people be." This is the promise of salvation, the hope of righteousness being established once and for all among God’s people; culminating in the glorious coronation of "The Holy One" which is revealed as Jesus Christ the Righteous. The work done on Calvary by Jesus will accomplish all that God has promised to the nation of Israel. By His shed blood, death is defeated, sin and transgression forgiven. His mercy covers our unrighteousness which is paid for in full by His suffering and death. The power of His resurrection has opened the door to righteousness. The veil that separated man from God has been torn apart so that we now have the opportunity to stand before God to make known our petitions and receive His righteous and merciful judgment. We know the day is coming when Jesus will return with ten thousands of His saints to take this world and rule it as the Supreme One. He shall come with a sword in His mouth and a rod in His hand. For by His word alone the mountains and the cities shall topple by His rod of iron the world will submit to his justice and perfect integrity of government.


"And I saw heaven opened and behold a white horse: and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. His eyes were as a flame of fire and on his head were many crowns: and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself, And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God. And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean. And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.” Rev. 19.11-16


All of this is told us just by the tally of promises in verse 24, which introduce this great, great prophecy of the "70 weeks".


The Prophecy was to Span a Long Period of Time

But God wanted to keep the timing and unfolding of this prophecy veiled, The measurement of time was broken down into 70 units for symbolic reasons and the term "weeks" was used to "hide" the time of Jesus' first coming so that the wicked and perverse generation which Jesus allowed to crucify Himself, would not understand that they were condemning the Son of God. As the Bible says, if they knew what they were doing they would not have crucified the Lord. God used the cryptic "weeks" as His yardstick of time for the same reason that Jesus taught in parables, so that hearing they might not hear and seeing they might not understand lest they comprehend and be converted without real repentance having taken place.

This work of our Savior, forecast by the news delivered to Daniel via the heavenly messenger Gabriel, would take time, many judgments and events would have to unfold in the process. It would not happen right away, in one generation's time, or even, as it turned out, within a single millennium. At the end of Daniel's writings God tells him to seal up the book because it is for a time far off in the future. God's plan would come to fruition only in the "fullness of time". That is why God chose to break down the time limit into a measure of time using the representative number 70. Broken down into multiplication components, 70 is 7 x 10. Seven, God's number of perfect fullness (as in seven days to the week), and ten is His number of perfect order (as in ten digits to the decimal system), especially relating to governmental systems. The two numbers combine to teach the end-times hearer that this prophecy will be completed in the fullness of time and in full, perfect order. It is the expression of the promise spoken of by Paul in Ephesians 1.10, "That in the dispensation of the fullness of times He might gather together all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him.” That is why God begins verse 25 by admonishing Daniel to, "Know therefore and understand". In other words, God is saying "I want you to realize and fully comprehend the rest of the implications of this prophecy."


Verse 25 says, "Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to 1.) restore and to build Jerusalem unto 2.) the Messiah the Prince shall be 3.) seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks (which = 62 weeks): 4.) the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times."


The meaning of “WEEKS” as a designation of time (like decade) is a period of seven years. God stops us from rushing to a conclusion about the time restraints on the many things in this long ranging, far reaching prophecy by ingenuously keeping the prophecies’ fulfillment in time open ended. He cautions us to "know and understand" that this seemingly short time span - one year and four months by our common reckoning of a week would not be enough time to have His entire plan of the age of Grace completed. Historians and scholars have said this was a common phrase among the Jews to denote a period of seven years, much like the decade denotes ten years, or a century 100 years, or millennium 1,000 years, We must also remember that God's purpose for the book of Daniel and the prophecy of the 70 weeks is meant for the understanding and faith of end-times saints. Since they would have the advantage of history's hindsight to see that a week obviously represents a period of seven years, it would give the end-times believer a clear and rock solid understanding of the time schedule of the many prophecies being foretold and an idea for the fulfillment of the 70th, or final "week", which is isolated from the other 69 weeks for a very necessary and significant purpose and reason.

One must follow the timing of the seventy weeks carefully. So here goes. The first 69 weeks of the prophecy have already been fulfilled. Some simple math is all that is required to see the outstanding fulfillments that came to pass exactly on time and in perfect order. In years 69 weeks = 69x7 (7 years = one week) = 483 years. This increment of 69 weeks (483 years) is further broken into two unequal parts of 7 weeks and 62 weeks for purposes of designating the 69 week increment’s two most important events: the restoration of Jerusalem and the First coming of the Messiah. OK, that makes good sense and is not to difficult to comprehend. Verse 25 predicts two events and tells the exact time when they would occur. The first thing prophesied; i.e. the building of Jerusalem happened just as prescribed when, in the Babylonian year 445 B.C.E. King Artaxerxes of Persia decree that his Jewish cupbearer, Nehemiah, was given unlimited and extensive authority to go and rebuild Jerusalem with state money, resources and backing.. It was accomplished exactly on the prophecy's schedule when the city gates and temple were dedicated 7 ‘weeks’, or 49 years, later, given discrepancies in calendars, brings us to the year 397 B.C.E.. The detailed story of how this was accomplished, the rebuilding of the Temple, etc., even in "troublous times", is recorded in the Book of Nehemiah, Haggai and other prophets. The second part of the prophecy is not as easily chronicled because of the confusion of calendars and dates between the Roman, Jewish, Greek and Babylonian systems. But if we go according to the Babylonian calendar (the "host" nation of Daniel's prophecy), which used 360 days as its annual count, and break down the 434 years (62 weeks x 7) into its corresponding number of days we get an even more exact number (176,240) with which to work. Starting from the decree of Artaxerxes on April 14, 445B.C. and counting down to the 176,240th day, we come just six days short of the day for which we can best guess was the day  Rome and Pontius Pilate crucified Jesus and we know it was on the Passover and when that the Passover was celebrated in 32 C.E.. Five days short of the Passover in that year is what Christians declare as Palm Sunday. This is the day the prophecy declared would be the coming of Messiah the Prince, therefore it is the day upon which Jesus triumphantly entered Jerusalem cheered on by throngs of enthusiastic worshippers hailing Him as the Messiah on that first "Palm Sunday". Christ, the King was hailed as the Messiah, and six days later was "cut off', "but not for himself', just as the prophecy had said would happen. "After threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined."Dan. 9.26 The first part of verse 26 tells of Jesus' "being cut off” which points to His death on the cross and that He would be severed from Israel for a time. It further implies by saying "but not for Himself”, that this rejection would be connected with a mission of unselfishness, which we know was a mission to save not only the Jews, but the Gentiles out of every nation and peoples as well. We conclude that the last part of 26 refers not only to the destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple which was fulfilled in 70 AD. by the Roman Emperor Titus, but that the phrase "unto the end of the war desolations are determined" also refers to the overall spiritual war that has effectually made Israel and the nation of the Jews desolate throughout the Age of Grace, the period in God's plan of the ages also known as the Time of the Gentiles. But there is one week still left, dangling alone in prophecy, unattended to by the Jewish nation and the sufferings of the Messiah. Most notably it is a ‘separation of times’ a wide gulf in spirit, between the 69th and 70th "weeks", for the 70th and final week addresses not the Christ, but the Antichrist and his time; The 70th Week.


"And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week [the 70thWeek]: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease. And for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate." Vs 27



The 70th Week is a separate entity, but the time between the 69th and 70th weeks is opened ended without any prophetic designation of amount of days or times. It is an interim period separated for a general time period not disclosed by god for the salvation of the lost souls of the Gentiles. It is a time of which Jesus tells us is only known by the Father himself, not even the angels or Jesus know how long it will last or when it will end. They only know as we know by way of prophecy that it will end and how it shall end. Daniel and the Book of Revelation, as well as the other prophets and things in the Gospels and Epistles tell us what and how the 70th Week shall come to pass and be concluded, but unlike the things in the 69 weeks in which we are told specific time frames, we do not know when the 70th week shall begin. We only know the sign that will begin it, and that from there on out seven years will provide us with the fulfillment of all its prophecies and then the end of it will come right on schedule. We are existing in a kind of state of suspended animation, a time of separation of times, generally accepted by teachers of prophecy as a "suspension" of time set aside for the full and complete salvation of any of the Gentiles who would turn to Jesus and accept His salvation. God will call this time to an end at his discretion. The moment designated in time that triggers the seven year tribulation is a covenant that the Antichrist makes between Israel and many nations. It is more than a sign, however, it is a trigger for the last seven years, the final showdown and judgment of man and his government. This time has been shown by Peter to be a period of undetermined length, a time of grace, salvation and God's extended mercies.


But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up." 2Peter 3

The Final Week

The general conception among teachers of prophecy in Evangelical circles is that the Tribulation either begins with the Rapture of the faithful believers or the initiation of a false peace by the Antichrist with Israel. While both of these may end up being true because their timing might coincide with the actual start of the Tribulation, neither of them mark the beginning of the seven year period we commonly call the Tribulation which is referred to in various ways by Jesus, Jeremiah, Revelation and other books of the Bible. Of all the places it is mentioned, Daniel verse 9.27 is the one place that definitely declares what constitutes the start of the Tribulation and how long it will last. Daniel's vision of the 70th week is the first scripture to reveal that the Tribulation has a predetermined duration of seven years. It also declares that this seven year period will begin when the prince (Antichrist) confirms the covenant with many for one "week". In this one verse the Lord strikes at the very heart of the Antichrist and shows us not only how he will be known but also what his mission is.

 What is meant by “the covenant” which this "vile person" (as he is called in chapter 11) confirms with many for seven years? It seems only reasonable that it must be used in the context of the Jewish covenant of the Old Testament. Any other idea of confirming the covenant is stretching credibility. To the Jew this covenant comprises the land and promises made to the fathers Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and the covenant of the law which was given to Moses on Mt. Sinai. In chapter 11 Daniel refers to this covenant he made as "the holy covenant". Dan. 11:28 This covenant must have something to do with Mosaic religion and probably something to do with the rebuilding of the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem. Some sort of deal will likely be struck between hostile Arabs and Muslims that will give them a tradeoff for a settlement in the Palestinian problem and give the Jews their Temple. We know that the Jewish Temple must be rebuilt because much of the Antichrist’s religious activity that is of paramount importance for his ruling the world takes place and is centered about activities in the Jewish Temple. There is no other meaning that can be attached to this covenant which triggers the 70th Week than God's religious sacred covenant with Israel. The point is that the Antichrist will be known beyond any shadow of doubt by his helping to reestablish Jewish religion and putting the Arab problem seemingly at rest. The Tribulation will begin that day when the agreement is inked, when this man "confirms the covenant with many". This is the very moment of the beginning of the Tribulation, not the Rapture, not false peace, not the forming of the ten nations or the inauguration of a president over a European confederation, not tumults and wars, or pestilence – these are signs of the end, yes - (though any or all of these could happen simultaneously to the start of the Tribulation), it is the deal that is connected somehow to the “holy” covenant. We watch for this, though we watch for Christ’s appearing first and foremost. But who knows we may not have yet been Raptured before the start of the 70th Week. Only time shall tell.

The reason this point is important is that it also reveals much about the mission and spirit of the Antichrist and the subtleties of his religious deceptions. “To confirm the covenant” means he will be a religious man. He will be a champion of Jewish religion. He will sponsor the reestablishment of Jewish law and he will ordain the reinstitution of sacrifice in a rebuilt and renewed temple. The confirmation of the covenant of God's people may even take place with the dedication and ribbon cutting ceremonies of the new Temple, or it may be at the ceremony of ground breaking for the temple. The Tribulation is inexorably connected to the setting up of the temple and the reestablishment of Mosaic Law. Consider, "and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and oblation to cease". For this to happen, the sacrifices and oblations of the law must be renewed. The Antichrist will be the one behind their establishment. The sacrifices and offerings for Israel will be reinstituted largely due to his efforts and influence. It will look good and godly. He will look and fit perfectly the part of a modern day David to the Jews. He will be comfortable in the temple, sure and mighty in war, clever in diplomacy, and apparently have the anointing of God resting on his charismatic and yet humble head. The reason the Antichrist must establish the temple and reinstate the law and sacrifices is because his mission is to set himself up as God, "Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God. "

To do this he must be in Jerusalem and sitting upon God's own throne. This is the act that is so abominable that it makes everything desolate. Christians speak of the time when the Holy Ghost will be driven out of the earth and no longer convict men of sin. This is the moment in the midst of the week (Tribulation) that things become desolate because of this incredible blasphemy of making himself god. This is the same abomination of desolation that Jesus spoke of and urged that everyone should run for the hills when they heard it had happened. The 70th week is coming upon us, but God wants the end-times saint to know that the Rapture is also coming and, as He promised to the faithful believers in Philadelphia, we can be kept from this terrible hour if will we heed His warnings and walk according to His ways. Keep studying prophecy, saints and let us look to Daniel as a beacon of faith in these perilous end-times.


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