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Daniel's 70 weeks
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Here's a day-year problem that most Christians with an interest in eschatology embrace, but then abandon this "language" of prophecy when it comes to other math problems assigned to us by scripture, because it doesn't fit their chosen eschatology. Let's consider it in conjunction with the problems we have explored thus far:
Daniel 9:24-26: 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. 25 Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times. 26 And 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 a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined.
Quoting from TFP: "Almost 100 years after Gabriel spoke to Daniel, a special decree was granted by Artaxerxes I to Nehemiah (444-445 BC). This is the ONLY decree recorded in the Bible that gave the Jews permission to 'restore Jerusalem and rebuild its walls'. The Messiah, Jesus, was "cut off" or crucified in 32 or 33AD."
Much of Christianity understands these 69 weeks to be 69 sevens of years. So we have 69 x 7 or 483 prophetic 'years'." Again, uniformly using our multiplier of .9857 from a prior page to reconcile this 360 day prophetic calendar "language" with the solar year units of our modern historical record, yields: 483 x .9857 = 476 solar years. Artaxerxes' decree in 444 BC + 476 years = 32 AD, the cross right to the year!
Again quoting from TFP (with a few verse references added): "But what about those six points that were supposed to be fulfilled during these 70 weeks? Ah-ha! All but one were fulfilled at the cross. Did not Jesus (1) finish transgression eternally, (2) make an end of sin,(John 1:29 Heb 9:26) (3) make reconciliation for iniquity, (Col 1:20-21, Rom 5:10, 2Cr 5:18) (4) bring in everlasting righteousness, (Rom 3:22) and (6) anoint the Most holy with His own precious blood? (Mat 26:28) Of course, praise the Lord! Point (5), however, was left out: 'Seal up vision and prophecy'. This is where those peculiar 7 weeks and 62 weeks come in:
7 x 7 years in prophecy = 48.3 Solar years. 444 BC - 48.3 = 395.7 BC, Malachi was inspired to write the last book of the Old Testament.
"The Scripture to the Jews was complete, and no more was written until the New Testament era! So Old Testament vision and prophecy were indeed 'sealed up'. As one dear Rabbi lamented in about 200 BC, 'The Holy Spirit has departed from Israel,' and until this very day, the Jews, as a nation, have not been permitted to see any further. The Lord has blinded their eyes so they could not recognize Jesus as their Messiah (Romans 11:8, 2 Corinthians 3:15)."
But in this time of the end it would seem that God is increasingly lifting the "spirit of slumber" from their eyes and ears as increasing numbers of Jews are recognizing Jesus as their Messiah, as God takes "the stick of Joseph, which is in the hand of Ephraim, and the tribes of Israel his fellows, and will put them with him, even with the stick of Judah, and make them one stick, and they shall be one in mine hand."
When considering that verse snippet remember how we explored earlier that the New Testament book of 2Peter was required to define what the Old Testament Hebrew "time" meant. Please also see "Timeless Covenant" and "One More Time".
So calculating Daniel's 70 weeks was accomplished using the exact same mathematical method that we employed in Daniel's 1290 and 1335! All confirmed textually as well.
For an even more detailed and technical analysis on the math of Daniel's 70 weeks visit "Daniel's Messiah in the Critic's Den" - by Steve Hinrichs
Since we previously did the New Testament solar calendar math for it, let's look at another 42 "months" problem from the book of Revelation, however this one in Revelation 13:5, rather than discussing Gentiles as the prior verse discusses the: