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A chart of the 70th week

February 15, 2011

Below is a chart illustrating the 70th week. Earlier events are shown at the top, and later events at the bottom. The numbers provided in Daniel 12, and in Revelation 11 & 12, that represent the age of the church, and the time, times and a half, are each provided a vertical column, terminating at the end of the age. The largest number, 1,335 days, extends from the crucifixion of Jesus to the end of the age. The 1,290 days represents the remaining time of the church after the abomination of desolation is set up, and the sacrifices are ended. The 1,260 days represents the remaining time after the book of Revelation was written, which was probably about 95 AD. This corresponds to the 42 months. The 3.5 days, when the two witnesses lie as corpses in the street, is also shown.

                Chart of the 70th week 

 Jesus' baptism_______________________________________________
  |                                                            |
  |                       ministry of Jesus                    |
  |                                                            |
  |_______________ Crucifixion_________________________________|
  |               |                                            |
  |               |                                            |
  |               |______________ Abomination of desolation____|
  |               |              |                             |
  |    1,335      |              |                             |
  |     days      |              |______________ Apocalypse____|
  |               |    1,290     |              |              |
  |               |     days     |              |              |
  |               |              |    1,260     |              |
  |               |              |     days     |              |
  |               |              |              |              |
  |               |              |      &       |              |
  |               |              |              |              |
  |               |              |   42 months  |              |
  |               |              |              |              |
  |               |              |              |              |

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  |               |              |              |              |
  |               |              |              |              |
  |               |              |              |              |
  |               |              |              |              |
  |               |              |              |              |
  |               |              |              |______________|
  |               |              |              |              |
  |               |              |              |   3.5 days   |
  |               |              |              |              |
  |_______________|______________|______________|______________|
                                           End of the age

The abomination of desolation is identified as the spirit of antichrist, which was present already in John’s lifetime. Revelation 20:1-3 says that Satan was bound in a bottomless pit; Jesus said, referring to Satan, that he had bound the “strong man.” In the apostolic age, Satan was bound; his influence in the church was limited. But towards the end of the first century, he began to ascend out of the pit, as John described in Revelation 11:7. Jesus said to his disciples, “Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” [Matthew 18:18]

Writing late in the first century, John said that the antichrist spirit was already present. [1 John 4:3] He said that it was the “last time.” [1 John 2:18] The “last time” refers to the “time, times and a half” which is the last half-week of the 70th week. Because he represented the remaining time of the church by a number smaller than the 1,290 days of Daniel, John indicated that the abomination of desolation had been set up in the temple, which is the church. Its influence has continued, often unnoticed, since then. Daniel’s 70 weeks prophecy shows that something is to be “poured out” upon the abomination of desolation, the antichrist spirit that causes desolation in the church. The spirit of Christ leads us to the truth, and banishes darkness.

Update:

Several charts and diagrams illustrating the above interpretation have been posted. This one is a timeline showing the 70 weeks prophecy:

The graphic below shows how the various numbers representing the time, times and a half fit the scheme of the 70 weeks.

Timeline 1

The time times and a half represents the age of the church

The following chart was included in A cure for preterism.

Chart of the 70 weeks

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