The continuity of Daniel’s time prophecies
The continuity of Daniel’s time prophecies is illustrated when the prophecies of Daniel 2, 7 and 9 are compared. The image representing successive kingdoms in the prophecy of chapter 2 is continuous. The four periods of seven times mentioned in Leviticus 26 also represent a continuous time of punishment for Israel. In the table below Daniel’s prophecies are compared with the four periods of seven times of Leviticus 26.
|Daniel 2||Daniel 7||Leviticus 26||Daniel 9|
Thou art this head of gold.
|lion||7 times||70 years exile|
And after thee shall arise another kingdom inferior to thee
(7 x 19 years)
|7 weeks (of leap years) from Cyrus’ decree in 538 BC to 405 BC|
(7 x 62 years)
405 BC to 28 AD
and another third kingdom of brass, which shall bear rule over all the earth.
And the fourth kingdom shall be strong as iron: forasmuch as iron breaketh in pieces and subdueth all things: and as iron that breaketh all these, shall it break in pieces and bruise.And as the toes of the feet were part of iron, and part of clay, so the kingdom shall be partly strong, and partly broken.
And whereas thou sawest iron mixed with miry clay, they shall mingle themselves with the seed of men: but they shall not cleave one to another, even as iron is not mixed with clay.
|a terrible beast with 10 horns
a little horn with eyes like the eyes of a man and a mouth speaking great things against the Most High arises among the ten horns of the beast and it makes war against the saints for ‘a time, times and a half’
|7 times||1 week
it began 28 AD and extends to the end of the age
the 70th week consists of two parts: the 3 ½ year ministry of Jesus plus ‘a time, times and a half.’
Jesus confirms his covenant for one week