Verse by Verse Ministry International
To be honest, no one has been able to fully reconcile the biblical dates given in Daniel 9 with the classical historical timeline for the same time period. However, there is another option available. When we examine the prophecy of Daniel 9, we learn that 69 “sevens” (i.e., 483 years) must elapse between two significant events in the history of the Jewish people.
Dan. 9:25 “So you are to know and discern that from the issuing of a decree to restore and rebuild Jerusalem until Messiah the Prince there will be seven weeks and sixty-two weeks; it will be built again, with plaza and moat, even in times of distress.Dan. 9:26 “Then after the sixty-two weeks the Messiah will be cut off and have nothing, and the people of the prince who is to come will destroy the city and the sanctuary. And its end will come with a flood; even to the end there will be war; desolations are determined.
The angel Gabriel informs Daniel that the seventy weeks (i.e., 490 years) would begin with the issue of a decree to reconstruct the city of Jerusalem, which was destroyed when Babylon conquered Judah. The city of Jerusalem was destroyed after Babylon captured Judah. Then we’re told that it would take 49 years (i.e. seven sevens or seven times seven) after the order is made before the construction of the city and walls is completed, which occurs under Nehemiah’s direction and supervision. The edict that corresponds to this description was issued by Cyrus the Great, according to 2Chronicles 36:
2Chr. 36:22Now in the first year of Cyrus king of Persia — in order to fulfill the word of the LORD by the mouth of Jeremiah — the LORD stirred up the spirit of Cyrus king of Persia, so that he sent a proclamation throughout his kingdom, and also put it in writing, saying,2Chr. 36:23 “Thus says Cyrus king of Persia, ‘The LORD, the God of heaven, has given me all the kingdoms of the earth, and He has appointed me to build Him a house in Jerusalem, which is in Judah. Whoever there is among you of all His people, may the LORD his God be with him, and let him go up!’”
It is important to note that this edict was issued in order to “fulfill the word of the Lord.” Furthermore, it is expressly issued by Cyrus, who was identified by Isaiah as the one who would issue the necessary edict (seeIsaiah 44:28). Daniel 9:25 clearly refers to Cyrus’ edict, and it is clear that this is the case. This order was made during Cyrus the Great’s “first year” as emperor. As a result, the year Cyrus the Great ascended to the throne of Persia must serve as our beginning point for calculating the 69 weeks or 483 years that have passed.
- Any reasonable interpretation of such statements must lead to the conclusion that they are a reference to Messiah’s death on the cross.
- As a result, the year Jesus dies on the cross coincides with the conclusion of the 483-year period.
- After 483 years of counting backward from AD 27, we arrive at 456 BC, which is the year Cyrus the Great came to the throne and issued his decree, according to the Roman calendar.
- Unfortunately, no, since according to our current calendar, Cyrus the Great’s reign began at 538 BC, which adds an additional 82 years to our historical history.
- The biblical historians have attempted to settle this divergence by “changing the goal posts” over the course of centuries “For example, a new beginning and finishing point for the events of Daniel’s prophecy is proposed.
- Others place the dates of Christ’s birth and death in a different year.
- Scholars use their imaginations to try to find a way to reconcile these assumptions, but the vast majority of scholars are hesitant to entertain another plausible explanation for the situation.
Some academics believe that the Bible’s chronology is correct, but that the historical timeline based on Ptolemy’s canon is incorrect, despite the fact that this is a controversial theory.
When looking back to the beginnings of our contemporary calendar, some researchers discover compelling evidence to cast doubt on the Ptolemaic chronology.
David Cooper: Ptolemy (A.D.
He was the creator of the Ptolemaic System of Astronomy, which is still in use today.
However, in Chronology, he was simply a late compiler and contriver, not an original witness, and he was not a contemporary historian, because he lived in the 2nd Century after Christ, which places him in the 2nd Century after Christ.
He is not backed up by any evidence.
While Ptolemy’s chronology of events succeeding Alexander the Great is largely accepted as correct, his suggested chronology of events before to Alexander the Great is at best questionable.
Cooper goes into great length on Ptolemy’s mistakes.
If we accept the potential that Ptolemy’s dates for events anterior to the Greek Empire may be incorrect, we are free to suggest the Bible’s chronology as a possible alternative to his dates.
It is merely a matter of counting history in biblical terms and explaining that the differences between our contemporary calendar and the biblical account are due to flaws in Ptolemy’s assumptions.
When it comes to the Creation account and the contemporary understanding of evolution, for example, many Christians make the mistake of attempting to reconcile the two when it is just not feasible.
In order to trust the evidence of Scripture, we must reject the world’s teaching on origins out of hand and instead embrace the biblical account of Creation as authoritative (though there is greatscientific support for the Creation accountas well.) In the same way, we should embrace the Bible’s timeline in Daniel as the most accurate record of history, while discarding the Ptolemaic chronology as including errors introduced by humans.
Daniel’s Prophecy of 70 Weeks Foretells the Messiah’s Arrival
It was more than 500 years before the birth of Jesus that the prophet Daniel lived. Nonetheless, Jehovah revealed to Daniel knowledge that would allow him to determine the exact moment when Jesus would be anointed, or designated, as the Messiah, or the Messiah’s successor. According to Daniel’s interpretation, “You should know and comprehend that from the issuing of the word to repair and rebuild Jerusalem until Messiah the Leader there will be 7 weeks, as well as 62 weeks between the two.” — Daniel 9:25 (NIV).
- According to the prophesy, “from the issuing of the word to repair and rebuild Jerusalem” is the time period in question.
- It was “the 20th year of King Artaxerxes,” according to the Bible’s Nehemiah, when the order to construct the walls around Jerusalem was issued.
- was Artaxerxes’ first full year as king, according to historians who have confirmed this.
- was the twentieth year of his reign.
- When it comes to the time leading up to the coming of “Messiah the Leader,” Daniel gives an estimate of how long it will take.
- What is the length of this period of time?
- In other words, each week corresponds to seven years.
- Observing a Sabbath year, for example, was something they did every seventh year.
- All that remains is for us to count.
- and count forward 483 years, we arrive at the year 29 C.E.
- * (See Luke 3:1, 2, 21, and 22.) Isn’t that a stunning fulfillment of Bible prophecy, to say the least?
Chronological Index of the Years and Times from Adam unto Christ
The following chronology is based on the first edition of the King James translation of the Bible, which was produced by Philadelphia printer Matthew Carey in 1801 and is credited to him. The chronology provided is mostly based on Rev. James Ussher’sAnnals of the World, which was first published in 1658 and is still in print today. Ussher’s chronology divided the history of the universe into six ages, beginning with creation and ending with the destruction of Jerusalem. While Carey’s Bible contains a header indicating the First Age, no such heading is seen in the subsequent eras.
- This is supported by the Scriptures, which are drawn from a variety of authors.
- From the time of Adam until the time of Noah’s flood are the years 1656.
- Enos was born to Seth, who lived 105 years.
- Cainan had Mahaleel when he was 70 years old.
- Enoch was born to Jared when he was 162 years old.
- Lamech was born to Methuselah when he was 187 years old.
- According to the seventh chapter of Genesis, Noah was 600 years old at the time of the flood’s arrival.
From the time of the aforementioned deluge of Noah until Abraham’s departure from Chaldea, 422 years and 10 days had elapsed.
In the following two years, Shem (who was Noah’s son) gave birth to Arphaxad.
Salah, who was 30 years old at the time of conception, gave birth to Eber.
Peleg had Reu when he was 30 years old.
Nahor was born to Serug when he was 30 years old.
Terah had Abram when she was 130 years old.
These are 422 years and ten days, according to the records.
When Isaac was 60 years old, he had a son named Jacob.
Then subtract 80 years from this figure, because Moses was 80 years old when he led the Israelites out of Egypt.
Amram was born to the Kohath when he was 67 years old.
As a result, the 430 years mentioned in the 12th chapter of Exodus and the 3rd chapter of Galatians are included in this chronology.
Moses spent 40 years in the desert, also known as the wilderness.
Ehud is 80 years old.
Gideon has been alive for 40 years.
Tola is 23 years old.
It wasn’t until the 18th year of Jephthah that they were able to recruit a captain.
Ibzan is seven years old.
Abdon is eight years old.
Heli served as a judge and a priest for four years.
David reigned as king for 40 years.
This corresponds to the 480 years mentioned in Chapter VI of the first book of Kings.
Solomon reigned for a total of 36 years.
Abija is three years old.
Jehoshaphat has been alive for 25 years.
Ahaziah has been alive for one year.
Joash is 40 years old.
Uzziah is 52 years old.
Ahaz is 16 years old.
Manasses has been alive for 55 years.
Josiah is 31 years old.
Eliakim is eleven years old.
The Babylonian captivity begins at this point in time.
After 70 years of Babylonian captivity, Jerusalem was re-edified and rebuilt from the ground up.
During the first year of Cyrus’ reign, the children of Israel were delivered.
After Darius had reigned for 20 years, Nehemiah was granted his freedom and set out to rebuild the city, which was completed in the 32nd year of the reign of the aforementioned Darius.
The total number of years is seventy-one.
In the ninth chapter of Daniel, it is stated that Jerusalem will be rebuilt, and that from that time until the return of Christ, there will be 69 weeks, with each week representing seven years.
5775 years, six months, and those odd ten days are the total number of years from the beginning of the world to the present year of our Lord God 1801, according to this calculation.
The Messiah Foretold
The prophet Daniel received an astonishing prophesy in which the Messiah was foreshadowed more than 500 years before the birth of Jesus Christ. He accurately anticipated the precise moment at which Jesus, the Messiah, would be on the scene! Today, we’ll be looking at Daniel’s 70-week prophesy, which foretells the birth, life, and death of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
The Book of Revelation Bible Study
If you recall from our previous study, we discovered that the book of Revelation is primarily concerned with our Lord Jesus Christ. In order to better understand the life of Jesus on this planet, I thought we should look at Daniel’s 70-week prophesy regarding his time here.
The Messiah Foretold
A prophesy was revealed to the prophet Daniel more than 500 years before the birth of Jesus, and the Messiah was predicted in it. He accurately anticipated the precise moment at which Jesus, the Messiah, would be on the scene! To conclude the transgression, to put an end to sins, to make restitution for sin, to bring in eternal righteousness, to seal vision and prophecy, and to anoint the Most Holy, seventy weeks have been set apart for your people and for your holy city. ” ” Knowing this, and understanding it, know and comprehend that from the sending out of the mandate to rebuild and reconstruct Jerusalem until Messiah the Prince, there will be seven weeks and sixty-two weeks; the street will be rebuilt anew, and the wall will be rebuilt, even in troubled times.
The end of the war will be marked by a flood, and devastation will continue until the conclusion of the war.
Furthermore, one who produces desolate will fly on the wings of abominations until the conclusion, which has been ordained, Is poured on the desolate.” Daniel 9:24-27 (New King James Version).
What Does 70 Weeks Mean?
In verse 24, we learn that the Jewish people were given 70 weeks to prepare for the future. What exactly does the term “70 weeks” mean? In the Bible, where do we look for answers when we have a question concerning a certain subject? The Bible, of course! It’s a fascinating aspect about God’s Word that it always provides an explanation for itself. When it comes to biblical prophecy, one prophetic day equals one literal year: “I have laid a day on you for every day of the year.” Ezekiel 4: 6 – You will carry your sins for a period of forty years, or for the number of days that you searched the country, each day for a year.
The 70 Week Prophecy of Daniel
As a result, the Jewish people were given 70 weeks. According to the “day for a year” idea, and with seven days in a week, we might conclude that the Jewish people were given 490 years of probation. 7 times 70 is 490 prophetic days, which equates to 490 actual years. When did the 70-week time period begin to be enforced? Now, let us look at Daniel 9:25 once more: “Know then and understand,that from the sending out of the mandate to repair and construct Jerusalem until the coming of Messiah the Prince.
God’s people were held captive in Medo-Persia, which, as you may recall, was the country that defeated Babylon, as prophesied by Daniel. A proclamation issued by the Persian King Artaxerxes granted permission to all Jews who sought to re-enter Jerusalem and restore the city to its former glory.
King Artaxerxes Decree to Restore Jerusalem
The date on which this edict was issued is unknown. “In the sixth year of King Artaxerxes’ reign, some of the children of Israel, including the priests, Levites, singers, gatekeepers, and Nethinim, traveled up to Jerusalem from their homes in Judah. And Ezra arrived at Jerusalem in the fifth month of the year, which was the seventh year of the reign of the king. Artaxerxes, king of kings, was a powerful ruler. Greetings, Ezra the priest, who is also known as a writer of the Law of the God of heaven: Perfection of peace, and so on.
“I issue a decree that all those who volunteer to accompany you to Jerusalem are permitted to do so.” Ezra 7:7, 12, 13, New King James Version The year 457 B.C.
As a result, the 70 prophetic weeks started in 457 B.C.
Daniel goes on to state that there would be a 7-week waiting period followed by 62 weeks.
- The seven prophetic weeks are equal to 49 actual years in length. When Daniel predicted that the city and its walls would be rebuilt in 7 weeks or 49 years, he was right. “The roadway and the wall will be rebuilt,” says the mayor. Is it anything that happened? Yes! As soon as King Artaxerxes gave the decision in 457 to rebuild the city of Jerusalem, the city and walls were completely restored
- 62 prophetic weeks or 434 years after the completion of the city walls, Messiah would be “cut off” or rejected by His people. “And after the sixty-two weeks, Messiah will be cut off, but not for Himself.”, says the author of Hebrews. Is it true that everything happened precisely as the Bible predicted? Absolutely! Jesus began his public ministry in 27 A.D., exactly 434 years after being baptized by John the Baptist, marking the beginning of His mission. He was “cut off” from His people, the Jewish nation, since they had rejected Him. The Messiah emerged 483 years after the edict was issued to repair the city
- He was born at Bethlehem.
What Does Messiah Mean?
The term Messiah literally translates as “anointed.” The Bible teaches us that the Holy Spirit anointed Jesus at His baptism, as recorded in Acts 10:38 and Luke 3:21-22. According to the Scriptures, “. God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, and he went about doing good and curing those who were plagued by the demon; for God was with him.” Acts 10:38 (NIV) “When all of the people were baptized, it happened that Jesus was also baptized; and while He was praying, the heavens were opened.” In that moment, the Holy Spirit descended upon Him in the form of a dove, and a voice from heaven exclaimed, ‘You are My beloved Son; in You I am well delighted.'” 3:21, 22; Luke 3:21, 22
When was The Baptism of Jesus?
We know the year of His baptism because Luke tells us so: “Now in the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar, Pontius Pilate being governor of Judaea, and Herod being tetrarch of Galilee, and his brother Philip being tetrarch of Ituraea and of the region of Trachonitis, and Lysanias the tetrarch of Abilene.” (Luke 2:25-26) ” 3: 1 (Luke 3) The year 27 A.D. was the 15th year of Tiberius Caesar, according to historical records. Daniel foretold that the Messiah will arrive in just this manner!
- There can be no doubt that Jesus is, in fact, the promised Messiah.
- Okay, so we’ve looked at Daniel’s 70-week prophesy and the 69 prophetic weeks (483 actual years) that have passed since then.
- “Then he will confirm a covenant with many for one week; but in the midst of the week, He will put an end to sacrifice and offering,” Daniel said.
- What kind of covenant or pledge are we talking about?
- “If you belong to Christ, you are Abraham’s seed, and you are heirs according to the promise,” says Paul.
- In the end, the people of Israel rejected him, and in the “middle of the week” (or 3 1/2 years later), Jesus was crucified, thereby ending the practice of offering sacrifices in the first place.
- The fact that Jesus died on the cross means that we no longer have to sacrifice a lamb on the altar.
In the year 27 A.D., he began His ministry.
It everything happened just as Daniel anticipated!
The Jewish people were given three and a half years to embrace Jesus as their Messiah.
If we start with the spring of 31 AD, when Jesus was crucified, we arrive at the fall of 34 A.D.
to bring the Jewish nation’s probation period to a close?
The complete account may be found in Acts 7:1-4.
Stephen, however, who was filled with the Holy Spirit, gazed up to the heavens and saw the glory of God, as well as Jesus, who was standing at the right hand of God.
‘I see heaven open,’ he said.
The witnesses, meantime, were seen laying their jackets at the feet of a young man called Saul.
And it was then that he went to his knees and begged the Lord not to hold this sin against them.
He had fallen asleep as soon as he had stated this.” Acts 7:54-60 (KJV) The Jewish people had turned their backs on Christ and crucified Him. God, in His infinite charity, extended to them a further three and a half years to receive the Messiah. Unfortunately, they continue to reject Him.
The End of the 70 Week Prophecy
It was at this moment that the 70-week prophesy of Daniel came to an end:” And on the next sabbath day, nearly the entire city gathered to hear the word of God. However, when the Jews saw the throngs of people, they became envious and shouted out against the things that Paul had said, disputing and blaspheming him. As a result, Paul and Barnabas gained confidence and declared, “It was essential that the word of God should first have been given to you; but since that ye have thrown it away from you, and deem yourself unworthy of everlasting life, behold, we have turned to the Gentiles.” Acts 13:44-46 (KJV) Jesus accomplished all of this for us because He genuinely cares about us and loves us with an eternal love!
The 70 Week Prophecy of Daniel is incredible! Are you ready to serve Him with all of your heart, mind, and soul?
Welcome to A Virtuous Woman! My name is Melissa Ringstaff, and I’ve been writing about women’s issues on my site since 2001. I’m a pastor’s wife and homeschooling parent who lives in the lovely Appalachian Mountains of Southeastern Kentucky with my husband and two children. I believe in finding freedom from perfection and living a life with a sense of purpose, and I want to work with you to achieve these objectives. I’m delighted that you’ve taken the time to come and see me. I’m hoping that we can become buddies!
What Are the 70 Weeks of Daniel? What Does this End Times Prophecy Mean?
We may take a variety of implications from Daniel 9’s perplexing prophesy, despite the fact that theologians have not achieved a consensus on the precise timing of the 70 weeks indicated in this chapter.
What are the Seventy Weeks?
Daniel is approached by the angel Gabriel during the later half of the ninth chapter, following Daniel’s prayer for Israel. Seventy sevens will occur before God will put a stop to sin and bring about eternal righteousness, according to Gabriel (Daniel 9:24). Scholars are unanimous in their conclusion that the “sevens” appear to represent “years.” As a result, 70 x 7 equals 490 years. Even though Christians commonly refer to the span of time during which God will bring eternal righteousness as 70 weeks, they truly mean 70 years and seven months.
- The period it takes to reconstruct Jerusalem after it was destroyed by the Babylonians (Daniel 9:25), as recorded in the Book of Nehemiah, is 49 years (7 times 7). A period of 434 years (62 x 7) is set aside for the purpose of waiting for the Anointed One to arrive (Daniel 9:26). The Anointed One appears to be referring to Jesus in this instance. Eventually, after 434 years, they kill the Anointed One and completely demolish the city of Jerusalem. Throughout the first part of this poem, Jesus’ death on the cross is alluded to. In 70 A.D., the Romans destroyed Jerusalem, including the temple, which had been restored during the time of Nehemiah. In the Bible, the final year (1 X 7) is known to as the tribulation period, during which the antichrist appears, persecutes Christians, and Jesus returns for His second coming, as described in the book of Revelation. It is up for debate among theologians whether this has already occurred or whether we have yet to witness its completion during the 69-70-year waiting period. This post is written under the assumption that we have not yet reached the 70th week.
Why Do the 70 Weeks Matter?
The dates for the first 69 weeks of the year have been tallied by theologians. According to the Jewish calendar’s timetable, the 69th week would culminate with Jesus’ victorious entry into Jerusalem, followed by his death and resurrection shortly thereafter. This indicates that a prophesy revealed to Daniel in the third or second century B.C., hundreds of years ago, came true in 30 A.D., according to the most recent available evidence. The mathematical possibilities of just one prophesy of this sort coming true alone would require an incredibly minuscule chance to occur in reality in order for it to be possible.
- He achieved the seemingly impossible.
- A tremendous deal of hardship had been faced by Daniel and his people in the days leading up to and following Jesus’ death and resurrection on the cross.
- The Seleucid Empire sought to compel the Israelites to adhere to Hellenistic culture, which resulted in the Maccabean uprising against the empire (celebrated in the holiday of Hanukah).
- They were in desperate need of something to believe in.
It is important for Christians now as well. When the seventy-week tribulation period begins, we will need to take comfort in the knowledge that Jesus will restore all things at the conclusion of the seventy-week period.
What to Expect When the 70 thWeek Starts?
Daniel provides a variety of indicators as to what will take place during the seven-year tribulation period, including the following: 1. Wars will erupt at some point (Daniel 9:26). 2. The antichrist will appear and enter into a covenant with the Jewish people, according to the Bible. There is a description of him here. 3. The antichrist, who is referred to in Daniel as the abomination of desolation, will put a stop to the sacrifices and offerings made in the temple. 4. Jesus returns before or after the 70th week, depending on when you read this.
Some theologians believe Antiochus Epiphanes IV was the one who earned the label “abomination of desolation,” since he entered the temple, halted sacrifices, and built an altar to Zeus in the temple, which was considered an abomination in Jewish tradition.
For example, he will attempt to alter laws and timetables in order to prevent prophesies from being realized.
When the 70th week comes, Christians can expect more persecution and martyrdom than they have ever witnessed in the history of the church.
What Did Jesus Say about the End Times?
No one will be able to predict the exact time of His coming, according to Jesus (Matthew 24:36). According to him, we should be prepared for it to occur at any time, but no one knows when that moment will occur (Mark 13:32-33). The desire to calculate when this 70th week will begin might be overwhelming for Christians at times, but Scripture warns us not to do so since it will be impossible to predict when the second coming will occur (Luke 21:8-9). Instead, we must prepare ourselves for it to occur at any time, while simultaneously spreading the good news of Jesus Christ to as many souls as possible in order for them to have the opportunity to come into a relationship with Him before the end of time.
What are the seventy weeks of Daniel?
QuestionAnswer It is one of the most significant and comprehensive Messianic prophesies in the entire Old Testament, and it is known as the “seventy weeks” prophesy. Daniel 9 contains the answer. Daniel opens the chapter by praying for Israel, confessing the nation’s transgressions against God, and pleading with God to have mercy on the people. The angel Gabriel appeared to Daniel as he was praying, and he received a vision of Israel’s destiny from him. The Weeks are Divided into 70 Weeks. According to verse 24, “Seventy-sevens” have been determined for the nation of Israel and the sacred city of Jerusalem.
The prophesy goes on to split the 490 years into three smaller sections, each of which is 49 years long, one of which is 434 years long, and one of which is seven years long.
The term’sevens’ is used seven times in verse 25: “From the moment the word is sent forth to repair and rebuild Jerusalem until the coming of the Anointed One, the ruler, there will be seven’sevens’ and sixty-two’sevens.'” “Sevens” is 49 years, and “sixty-two” is 434 years, therefore seven “sevens” is 49 years and sixty-two “sevens” is 434 years: 483 years is the sum of 49 years and 434 years.
- It contains a declaration about God’s six-fold purpose in bringing these events to occur, which may be found in the prophesy.
- The 70-week prophesy describes the events that will take place before Jesus establishes His millennial rule.
- Jesus’ death on the cross atoned for sin on the behalf of everyone who believe in Him (Romans 3:25; Hebrews 2:17).
- The temporal span between the date of the decree and the time of the Messiah would be 483 years long.
- (see Nehemiah 2:1-8).
- The book of Nehemiah provides a detailed account of this reconstruction.
- In order to account for the conversion from BC to AD, we must go 476 years after 444 BC, which lands us in the year 33 AD, which corresponds to Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem (Matthew 21:1–9).
When Jesus was crucified, this prophecy came to fruition.
The fall of Jerusalem in the year 70 A.D.
Because the Romans were responsible for the destruction of Jerusalem, it appears that the phrase “ruler who will come” is a reference to the Antichrist, who will have some link to Rome, according to the Bible.
There is still one more “seven” that has to be completed.
As though the prophetic clock had been stopped, it has now been restarted.
Some of the deeds of the Antichrist, also known as the “ruler who will come,” are revealed in Daniel’s prophesy.
Nevertheless, “during the midst of the seven,’.
In Matthew 24:15, Jesus forewarned his followers of what was to come.
Daniel also prophesies that the Antichrist would be brought before the court of God.
In the end, God will only allow wickedness to progress so far, and the punishment that the Antichrist will get has already been set out in advance.
Although there are many other interpretations, the one we have offered here is thedispensational, premillennial one that we believe to be correct.
His eyes are fixed on the prize from the beginning (Isaiah 46:10), and we should keep our eyes peeled for the glorious return of our Savior (Revelation 22:7). Questions about Daniel (return to top of page) What is the length of Daniel’s seventy-week period?
Subscribe to the
QuestionAnswer It is one of the most significant and thorough Messianic prophesies in the entire Old Testament, and it is known as the “seventy weeks” prophesy because of its length. In Daniel 9, we may get this information. Daniel opens the chapter by praying for Israel, confessing the nation’s transgressions against God, and pleading with God to have mercy on the people of Israel. The angel Gabriel appeared to Daniel while he prayed, and he received a vision of Israel’s destiny from the angel Gabriel.
- “Seventy’sevens’ have been determined for your people and your sacred city,” Gabriel states in verse 24.
- With these words, we get a sense of when the Messiah will emerge, as well as some of the events that would take place in preparation for His arrival.
- It is necessary to split the final “week” of seven years in half.
- “Sevens” is 49 years, and “sixty-two” is 434 years, therefore seven “sevens” is 49 years and sixty-two “sevens” is 434 years.
- 70 Weeks Have a Specific Purpose When it comes to bringing these events to pass, the prophesy contains a declaration about God’s six-fold purpose.
- The 70-week prophesy describes the events that will take place before Jesus establishes His millennial dominion on the earth.
- By dying on the cross, Jesus fulfilled the law of atonement for sin (Romans 3:25; Hebrews 2:17).
483 years would elapse between the date of the decree and the arrival of the Messiah.
Jerusalem was rebuilt in two stages: initially, with streets and a trench, and then in times of crisis.
The book of Nehemiah tells the story of this restoration.
In order to account for the conversion from BC to AD, we must go 476 years after 444 BC, which puts us in the year 33 AD, which corresponds to Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem (Matthew 21:1–9).
Upon Jesus’ death on the cross, this prophecy came to pass.
The fall of Jerusalem in A.D.
The Antichrist is referred to as the “ruler who will come,” and it appears that he will have some link to Rome, given that it was the Romans who destroyed Jerusalem in 70 A.
69 of the 70 “sevens” have been fulfilled throughout history, making this the final week of the 70-week period.
A large gap between the 69th and 70th weeks, according to the majority of academics, is currently being experienced.
What people often refer to as the tribulation period is the final “seven” of Daniel’s prophecy.
“He will confirm a commitment with many for the sake of one’seven,'” according to verse 27.
he will erect an abomination that causes desolation” in the temple, according to the prophet Isaiah.
A time of “great affliction” will begin once the Antichrist violates the bond with Israel (Matthew 24:21, NKJV).
Until “the end that has been determined is poured out on him,” he is simply in charge (Daniel 9:27).
Conclusion Several books have been written regarding the prophesy of the 70 weeks, which is intricate and incredibly detailed.
Unavoidable is the fact that God has a timetable for events, and He is keeping them on track.
Isaiah 46:10 tells us that God sees the end from the beginning, and we should keep our eyes peeled for the victorious coming of Christ (Revelation 22:7). To the previous page: Daniel-related questions Is it possible to calculate Daniel’s seventy weeks?
Why the 70 Weeks of Daniel is Important
Daniel 9:24–25 (NIV) After the decree to rebuild Jerusalem and its walls is given, He (the Messiah) will be revealed for 7 weeks plus 62 weeks (for a total of 69 weeks of years), and then He (the Messiah) will be CUT-OFF (killed!) but NOT for Himself. Let’s break down this mathematical forecast into its component parts:
- A week of years (shabuaorshabu’im) is equal to seven years. In this prophesy, the “70thWeek” (the last seven years) is still in the future. the“Apocalypse.”
The Jewish calendar is based on both the lunar and solar calendars. It works on the basis of a 360-day lunar year, with the addition of a “Leap Month” on specified years in order to more closely correspond with the Solar cycle that we use on our “Julian” calendar. For prophesies, the Bible utilizes 360-day years, and it expects us to add the proper ‘leap months’ to our calendars as needed. The quickest and most straightforward method of deciphering this prophesy is to first translate the years into days.
- 7 years plus 62 weeks of years equals 69 weeks of years. In order to get the entire number of years in this prophecy, multiply 69 (weeks) by 7 (to obtain the total number of years in this prophecy). 483 years multiplied by 360 days (to determine the total number of days in this prophesy) equals 173,880 days.
From the day of the commandment to rebuild Jerusalem and its walls until the coming Messiah, according to the prophet Daniel, who lived 500 years before Jesus (Yeshua), there would be 173,880 days between then and then. To convert the 173,880 days into our 365.25 day solar year calendar, we’ll use an equivalence factor of 0.25 to account for leap years. On our solar ‘Julian’ calendar, 173,880 days divided by 365.25 (days in a year) equals 476 years. The prophet Daniel predicted that it would take 476 years from the time of the “commandment to rebuild Jerusalem and its walls” to the time when the Messiah of Israel would be revealed for the first time in history.
In addition to the Temple, there were other orders to rebuild it; however, there was only one order to rebuild Jerusalem and its wall.
Nehemiah 2:2-9 is a passage from the Old Testament.
Taking the 476 years in this prophecy and starting at the date of the command to rebuild the city of Jerusalem and its wall, you will arrive at the exact year and day on which Jesus (Yeshua) rode ‘triumphantly’ into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, being praised as King and Messiah by thousands upon thousands of Jewish people who had gathered from all over the world for the Passover celebrations.
It was on the tenth day of Nisan (Palm Sunday) in the year 32 AD, 476 years after the command to rebuild the city and its wall was given, that Jesus made His famous “triumphal entry” into Jerusalem, riding on a donkey, which became famous throughout the world.
Psalm 118 is a song of praise.
Artexerxes I orders the reconstruction of the wall from March 14, 445 B.C. to April 6, 32 A.D. on March 14, 445 B.C. “Palm Sunday”, the 10th of Nisan – Jesus is formally welcomed as King and Messiah =477years – 1 year for no “0” in A.D. or B.C. =476years – 1 year for no “0” in A.D. or B.C.
The Bible Prophesied the Exact Year the Messiah Would Appear
Daniel 9:25 is a remarkable prophesy that predicts the exact year in which the Messiah will emerge. This revelation was imparted to Daniel by the angel Gabriel around 580 years before it was realized by the world. Consider this astounding prophesy and the manner in which it was realized. It is important to recognize and realize that there will be seven weeks and sixty-two weeks between the sending forth of the mandate to rebuild and reconstruct Jerusalem and the arrival of Messiah the Prince.
While it is possible that this refers to seven-day workweeks, this is not the case in this instance.
As a result of his prayer, he is informed of a period of 70 sevens—clearly referring to a period of 70 sevens of years in this context, or 70 seven-year periods overall.
This yields the year the Messiah would appear on the scene.
Several of these ordinances were made by the rulers of this empire and were recorded in the Bible (by Cyrus in 538 B.C., found inEzra 1:1-2, and by Darius in 520 B.C., described inEzra 6:8).
(Ezra 7:111-26) expressly refers to Christ’s mission on the earth at that time.
The year A.D.
This year, Jesus was baptized, marking the beginning of His public ministry.
No matter whatever edict is chosen as the starting point for the 483-year period, the time had passed during Jesus’ lifetime for the Messiah to manifest himself.
If the Messiah were to appear, He would have to arrive on the scene at the same time that Jesus did—in the same year, no less!