Article 20. The 70 Weeks of Daniel

 

DANIEL 9:24 KJV)
DANIEL 9:24 KJV)

 

 

In this article, we are going to examine a vision which is commonly referred to as The 70 Weeks of Daniel.

FINAL YEARS OF CAPTIVITY
FINAL YEARS OF CAPTIVITY

 

 

 

 

 

The people of Israel were in their final days of captivity in ancient Babylon when the prophet Daniel received this vision.

 

 

 

To begin with, this vision establishes three parameters.

PARAMETER ONE

AN ALLOTMENT OF PROPHETIC TIME

ALLOTMENT OF PROPHETIC TIME
ALLOTMENT OF PROPHETIC TIME

 

The first parameter is that these 70 WEEKS are an allotment of prophetic time, where predicted Biblical events are fulfilled. 

PROPHETIC WEEK EQUALS SEVEN YEARS
PROPHETIC WEEK EQUALS SEVEN YEARS

 

 

 

 

 

Prophetically speaking each “week” or “seven” has a duration of  seven years.

VISION SPANS 490 YEARS
VISION SPANS 490 YEARS

 

 

 

 

 

 

So the 70 Weeks of Daniel encompasses a time span of 490 years.

PARAMETER TWO 

  • PEOPLE OF ISRAEL
  • JERUSALEM
PEOPLE OF ISRAEL AND JERUSALEM
PEOPLE OF ISRAEL AND JERUSALEM

 

 

The second parameter is that the fulfillment of this vision are for the benefit of (and directly involve) the people of Israel and the holy city of Jerusalem.

PARAMETER THREE

SIGNS

 The third parameter is that this vision is a series of predicted events, with each event being a sign, which indicates the start or the finish of a phase within the 70 Weeks.

DANIEL 9:24 KJV)
DANIEL 9:24 KJV)

 

 

Take for example these six events listed in Daniel 9:24.  

FINISH THE VISION
FINISH THE VISION

 

 

 

 

 

 

These six events designate the “finish” of this 490 year allotment of prophetic time.

 

AN END OF SIN
AN END OF SIN

 

 

 

 

And since “sin” still exist, we know that this prophecy has yet to be fulfilled and is predicted to take place at the second coming, when The-Son-of-Man will put “an end of sin”…

 

ANOINT THE HOLY PLACE
ANOINT THE HOLY PLACE

 

 

 

…and anoint the most Holy Place…

ENDS WITH THE SECOND COMING

 

 

 

 

 

… at His second coming, when He establishes His kingdom on earth.

BEGINS WITH A DECREE

Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto Moshiach the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times.  (Daniel 9:25 KJVm)

 

The event, which designated the start of this allotment is the issuing of an official document, which restores the people of Israel and the city of Jerusalem.

I make a decree, that all they of the people of Israel, and of his priests and Levites, in my realm, which are minded of their own free will to go up to Jerusalem, go with thee (Ezra 7:13 KJV)

 

This event was fulfilled in 457 BC when Persian King Atexerxes1 issued a decree, which freed Israel from captivity in Babylon encouraging the people of Israel to return and restore to the city of Jerusalem

JERUSALEM IN RUINS
JERUSALEM IN RUINS

 

 

 

But Jerusalem was still in total ruin from the Babylonian siege, which occurred 70 years earlier.

And all the silver and gold that thou canst find in all the province of Babylon, with the freewill offering of the people, and of the priests, offering willingly for the house of their Eloah which is in Jerusalem: (Ezra 7:16 KJVm)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So the returning Israelis had to begin the building process.  To this end, King Artexerxes financed the project.

And may I have a letter to Asaph, keeper of the royal park, so he will give me timber to make beams for the gates of the citadel by the temple and for the city wall and for the residence I will occupy?” And because the gracious hand of my Elohim was on me, the king granted my requests. (Nehemiah 2:8)

 

The building process was still in affect 13 years later under Hezekiah.  But it was the decree issued in 457 BC, which initiated the start of the 70 Weeks and with the issuing of this decree this predicted event was fulfilled and the 490 year count down began.

 

BEGAN WITH A DECREE TO RESTORE JERUSALEM

MOSHIACH

FIRST ADVENT PREDICTED

Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto Moshiach the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times.  (Daniel 9:25 KJVm)

 

The next event predicted in this vision is the first advent of Moshiach.  Which was predicted to occurred 69 weeks or 483 years after the issuing of the decree.

And after threescore and two weeks shall Moshiach 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 a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined.  (Daniel 9:26 KJVm)

 

The vision even goes so far as to predict the execution (cut off) of Moshiach.

TRIUMPHAL ENTRY
TRIUMPHAL ENTRY

 

 

 

 

 

Studies have shown that The-Son-of-Man’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem…

CRUCIFIXION
CRUCIFIXION

 

 

 

 

 

…and His crucifixion occurred as predicted, 483 years after the issuing of the edict by king Artaxerxes.

THE SON OF MAN CRUCIFIED

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And with the Master’s crucifixion…

69 WEEKS FULFILLED
69 WEEKS FULFILLED

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

…the first 69 weeks of Daniel’s vision were fulfilled.

 

 

 

 

 

However, if the “Seventy Weeks” were continuous, then the following “week” would have been completed seven years after The-Son-of-Man’s crucifixion. 

After the sixty-two ‘sevens,’ the Anointed One will be put to death and will have nothing. The people of the ruler who will come will destroy the city and the sanctuary. The end will come like a flood: War will continue until the end, and desolations have been decreed. (Daniel 9:26 NIV)

 

But the continuation of war…  

AN END OF SIN
AN END OF SIN

 

 

 

 

…and sin are indications that Daniel’s vision of Seventy Weeks is not yet complete…

FUTURE UNFULFILLED
FUTURE UNFULFILLED

 

 

 

 

 

…leaving seven years of allotted prophetic time yet unfulfilled.

70th WEEK UNFULFILLED
70th WEEK UNFULFILLED

 

 

 

 

 

 

This remaining seven years is often referred to as The 70th Week of Daniel. 

 

 

 

Identifying more details concerning The 70th Week of Daniel will be the subject of the next article.

 

 

Next: Article 21: The 70th Week of Daniel

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