October 05, 2008

Daniels 70 Weeks

The 70 Weeks is divided into three sections: Seven Weeks, Sixty-two Weeks and One Week. Let’s look at the 69 weeks first. To whom are they addressed and what are they about? They are to the Jews, and about Jerusalem. What does v. 24 tell us will be accomplished in those 69 sevens?

Daniel 9
24 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.

When will they take place, and what is the time frame? We are told to start counting time after a decree is sent out to restore Jerusalem. A special decree was granted by Artaxerxes I to Nehemiah (444-445BC). This is the ONLY decree recorded in the Bible that gave the Jews permission to “restore Jerusalem and rebuild its walls,” and since Scripture relates to Scripture, we should start counting time from that biblical decree.

(7 weeks) X (7 Days) = 49 days
Levitical to Solar Conversion = (49 days) X (.9857) = 48.3 days
1 year for 1 day Conversion = (48.3 years)
(62 weeks) X (7 Days) = 434 days
Levitical to Solar Conversion = (434 days) X (.9857) = 427.7 days
1 year for 1 day Conversion = (427.7 years)

Now, lets add our conversions together to get the total for the 69 weeks.
(427.7) + (48.3) = 476 years

Now take the date when the decree was made to “restore Jerusalem and rebuild its walls, which was 445 B.C. or 444 B.C. and at the 476 years to it and see where in history we will end up at.

(444 B.C.) + (476 Years) = 32 A.D. (When Jesus Christ was crucified)

What about those six points that were supposed to be fulfilled during these 70 weeks?
All but one were fulfilled at the cross. Did not Jesus

(1) finish transgression eternally
(2) make an end of sin
(3) make reconciliation for iniquity
(4) bring in everlasting righteousness
(6) anoint the Most holy with His own precious blood

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 Hebrew years = 48.3 Solar years. 444BC - 48.3 is 395.7 B.C., The Book of Malachi was written. Malachi was inspired to write the last book of the Old Testament in about 396BC. 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 200BC, “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 (Rom 11:8, 2Co 3:15).

Praise God!