The 70 weeks unsealed

October 15, 2012

The following chart identifies ten time periods from the prophecies of Daniel, and Revelation, and the words of Jesus. These prophetic periods are all connected to one another. Three of them began in the lifetime of Daniel, and two were associated with the king Belshazzar. The duration of another is given in terms of units corresponding to the age of Darius when he was made king of Babylon. One key period, illustrated in bright yellow in the chart, is “this generation,” a period that extends from the birth of Jesus, to the end of time, because Jesus was raised from his grave, and lives and reigns forever, and he represents his generation.

The 70 weeks, and time, times and a half

Chart of the 70 weeks, and the time, times and a half

There are four periods of seven times outlined in Lev. 26, which represent the duration of the curse of the law of Moses, that would come upon Israel if they failed to keep the covenant. This is mentioned in Daniel 9:11. These four periods are shown in white, light yellow, green, and grey boxes in the chart. Daniel said that the curse had been poured out, which must refer to the first of the four seven times. The first seven times is identified with the 70 years of exile foretold by Jeremiah, referred to in Daniel 9:4.

The remaining three periods of seven times of Lev. 26 are each connected with one of the three sections of the 70 weeks in this chart. Each of these is “seven times” where “time” takes different units in each section. The last of these, the grey area in the chart, includes the ministry of Jesus, and the whole age of the church, which together make a “week,” the first half being the earthly ministry of Jesus, and the last half being a prophetic symbol, representing the whole time of the church. Daniel 9:27 says “And he will confirm the covenant for one week.” This is taken to mean the new covenant of the gospel which Jesus established.

The last half-week of the 70th week is represented by the 1,335 days of Dan. 12:12, and by the other related numbers that depict a diminishing period. The abomination of desolation is understood to mean the antichrist spirit, that the apostle John said was already present in the church, in the first century. It is believed to have been introduced about the time of the destruction of the earthly Jerusalem and the temple, in 70 A.D., which appears to have been the sign that the desolation of the heavenly city was near.

The purple area at the right illustrates the 2,300 days of Daniel 8:14, here interpreted as 23 centuries, which is the duration of another kind of desolation. This period represents the time when the flawed cosmology of the Greeks was dominant. It continued until about the mid-eighteenth century, which was when men realized that no rigid heavenly firmament revolves around the earth, but the earth rotates on its axis. The discoveries of Sir Isaac Newton and several other astronomers were widely accepted about that time, 23 centuries after Daniel saw the vision, in the 3rd year of Belshazzar.

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  1. Tracy
    October 22, 2012 at 6:36 pm

    Doug,
    The original scripture of Daniel 8:14, before being translated into the King James Version, is “..unto 2,300 EVENINGS and MORNINGS….”. God gave it to Daniel as “evenings and mornings” so that it would NOT be misunderstood as one of the “day for a year” prophecies. It means 1,150 evenings and 1,150 mornings, that added together equals 2,300. If you have 1,150 evenings and 1,150 mornings, that is 1,150 complete days, which is a little over 3 years. The little horn in Daniel 8 is Antiochus Epiphanes, who in 168 BC sent his armies to occupy Jerusalem, desecrated the Temple by putting up a statue of a pagan God, sacrificed a pig on the alter, and stopped the Jewish observances and persecuted and killed the Jews, similar to Hitler, if they did not obey him. From the time his armies entered Jerusalem until they left and the sanctuary was “cleansed” and services resumed was EXACTLY 1,150 days, leaving in 165 BC when Antiochus Epiphanes died, not by human hand (fulfilling Daniel 8:25), fulfilling the prophecy given to Daniel over 300 years after it was given to him, TO THE DAY. The 2,300 is NOT one of the “day for a year” prophecies. The reason God did not give it to Daniel as “…unto 1,150 DAYS..”, is because then it would be misunderstood as 1,150 YEARS. The 2,300 “days” in the King James Version, and all other versions, is a mistranslation.
    The decree by Cyrus in 538 BC was not a decree to rebuild Jerusalem, it was a decree to rebuild the Temple. The “70 weeks” began when the decree was issued to rebuild JERUSALEM, not the Temple, which was the decree by Artexerxes in 457 BC. to rebuild Jerusalem. You can get the full story at http://dedication.www3.50megs.com/457.html which is an excellent description.
    From the going forth of the Command to rebuild Jerusalem in 457 BC, until Jesus was annointed at the baptism was 483 years. Then, in the final seven years of the “70 weeks” prophecy, 3.5 years after the baptism, Jesus was crucified (midst of the week), and then 3.5 years after that was the stoning of Stephen, ending the 490 year “70 weeks” period, ending the period of time given to the Jews to accept the Messiah. Then, word went to the Gentiles through a converted Paul. Many do not know that Jesus was killed in the middle of a 49-year period, in the middle of the final 7 years of the “70 weeks” prophecy, and in the middle of the literal 7-day week, on a Wednesday. When God makes a prophecy that prophecy has to come true in every possible way, or Satan would be able to truthfully call a liar. That means the crucifixion COULD NOT HAVE HAPPENED on Friday, or else the Daniel 9:27 prophecy would not be completely true. He was crucified on Wednesday, the next day was a YEARLY Sabbath, the first day of the Feast of Unleaven Bread, and he was in the tomb Wednesday night, Thursday night, and Friday night; all day Thursday, all day Friday, and all day Saturday, fulfilling Jesus’ own words in Matthew 12:39 and 40, that he would be in the tomb for three days and three nights, and the resurrection occurred just before sunset on Saturday (being in the tomb EXACTLY 72 hours), and when they found the tomb empty Sunday morning he had already been gone by 9 or 10 hours. So, contrary to what most churches teach, the resurrection did NOT occur on Sunday. The VERY REASON Jesus spoke what he did in Matthew 12:39 and 40 was to give people NO REASON to observe Sunday as a “special” day, rather Saturday (what we call the Seventh Day) has always been and will always be the true “Lord’s Day”, as if you rest on THE 7th day you are aligning yourself with the Creator of the Universe as your God, if you observe a different day you are aligning yourself with someone different, and we know who that is.
    So, back to the final 7 years of the 490 years, Jesus “confirmed a covenant with many for one week” refers to the 7 years between the baptism of Jesus and the stoning of Stephen.

  2. Tracy
    October 22, 2012 at 6:41 pm

    Correction to the previous comment. If a prophecy does not come true in every possible way, Satan would be able to truthfully call “God” a liar. That proves the crucifixion was on Wednesday, NOT Friday.

  3. January 7, 2013 at 8:32 am

    I appreciate the insite into the evening and the morning concerning the 2300 days Very helpful. I have one question, why does everyone claim the Messiah was cut off in the midst of the week. That is not what it says. Messiah was cut off or slain at the beginning of the week. The sacrifice ceased in the midst of the week. Not that I have the answer to this but am studying diligently right now.
    KJV
    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.
    Geneva
    26 And after threescore and two weekes, shal Messiah be slaine, and shal haue nothing,, and the people of the prince that shal come, shal destroy the citie and the Sanctuarie, and the end thereof shalbe with a flood: and vnto the end of the battell it shalbe destroyed by desolations.

  4. January 10, 2013 at 9:59 pm

    cmardern :

    I appreciate the insite into the evening and the morning concerning the 2300 days Very helpful. I have one question, why does everyone claim the Messiah was cut off in the midst of the week. That is not what it says. Messiah was cut off or slain at the beginning of the week. The sacrifice ceased in the midst of the week. Not that I have the answer to this but am studying diligently right now.
    KJV
    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.
    Geneva
    26 And after threescore and two weekes, shal Messiah be slaine, and shal haue nothing,, and the people of the prince that shal come, shal destroy the citie and the Sanctuarie, and the end thereof shalbe with a flood: and vnto the end of the battell it shalbe destroyed by desolations.

    The sacrifices ceased when the temple was destroyed, which was in the “midst of the week.” The 70th week cannot be a literal seven years, because the temple was not destroyed till 70 AD. That was in the midst of the week. In Daniel’s 70 weeks prophecy, after 69 weeks does not mean at the beginning of the 70th week, necessarily. Suppose I were 69 years old; my birthday was in November. In my 70th year, I had brain surgery. It happened after my 69th birthday. But that does not mean it happened at the beginning of my 70th year. It was in the midst of it. Any event in the 70th week is after 69 weeks. The Messiah appeared at the beginning of the 70th week, and confirms his covenant with many for the entire week. The 70th week includes both the earthly ministry of Jesus and the present age of the church. Both are represented by three and a half years. The ministry of Jesus was three and a half years. Jesus was cut off, after half of the week. Another half-week remained to be fulfilled, when Jesus will confirm his covenant with many. This is the time of the church, the present age. Since Jesus ascended to heaven, and the last half-week is the time in which he is building his church, the heavenly city, the units of time that apply to it are not earth-years, but the units are symbolic or spiritual. The same is true of the spacial dimensions of the holy city. It is not measured in human units, but in units of a spiritual or angelic nature. John specified that the dimensions of the wall were 144 cubits, which were “cubits of the angel.” This distinguishes them from ordinary cubits. They are not literal, but have a spiritual character. The same may be inferred about the 12,000 furlongs, the height and length and breadth of the holy city. And so in this way, the nature of the time periods that apply to the holy city is shown to be spiritual. This applies to the 1,335 days, and the 1,290 days, and the 1,260 days. These all represent a diminishing period, the time, times and a half. The expression signifies the final half of the 70th week, or a portion of it. This is the remaining time of the church when the gospel is preached in the world, and Christ continues to confirm his covenant with many.

    • Tracy
      January 12, 2013 at 1:14 am

      The Daniel “70 weeks” prophecy has nothing to do with the temple, or the destruction of it in 70 AD. If verse 26 is talking about the destruction of the Temple in 70 AD., it is AFTER the 70 weeks are finished. If you read verse 25, it says there will be seven weeks, followed by 62 weeks, which adds up to 69 weeks (483 years). So, it says that AFTER the 62 weeks (that follow the 7 weeks), Messiah will be cut off. That doesn’t mean AT the end of the 69 weeks, it just means that SOME TIME AFTER the 69 weeks he will be cut off. AT the end of the 69 weeks he was baptised, started his ministry, and 3.5 years later (in the middle of the final 7 years, or 70th week) he was crucified (cut off AFTER 69 weeks, actually 69.5 weeks), and at the same time he was crucified he CAUSED sacrifice to cease (brings an end to sacrifice and offering) because the sacrifice of the lamb was pointing forward to his crucifixion, which was no longer necessary, however, that doesn’t mean that the Jews actually stopped the sacrifice, because they did not believe Jesus was the Messiah, so most likely they continued the animal sacrifice, unnecessarily as far as God was concerned. Then, 3.5 years later was the stoning of Stephen, which was the Jews final rejection of Jesus as Messiah, and Saul was converted to Paul, and took the message to the Gentiles.

  5. Michael J
    April 10, 2013 at 6:30 am

    Where in Scripture did Jesus confirm a covenant for seven years with Israel? Please site chapter and verse. Where in Scripture does it say that Stephen was stoned three and one half years following Jesus’ death? Again, site chapter and verse. Where in Scripture can you show that Jesus’ ministry was three and a half years?

    • Tracy
      April 10, 2013 at 5:57 pm

      We know that he was crucified 3.5 years after his baptism, and his baptism was at 483 years after the going forth of the command to rebuild Jerusalem in 457 B.C., exactly as the 70 weeks prophecy states. Since the stoning of Stephen was the last chance given to the Pharisees (reprenting the Jews) to accept Jesus as the Messiah, which they refused to do, then Saul was convinced and converted and his name was changed to Paul, then taking the message to the Gentiles. The Covenant that was confirmed was the message that if you accept Jesus as your “Boss” (Lord) for eternity, God will allow you to live forever. When God said, “This is my son, with whom I am well pleased”, that began the seven-year confirmation of the covenant. When a prophecy is made there is not always an exact description in scripture of how it is fulfilled. Sometimes we have to go to recorded history to see how it is fulfilled, and the records of the executions and stonings show that it was 3.5 years after the crucifixion that Stephen was stoned.
      For example, in Daniel 8:14 the original scripture says “unto 2,300 evenings and mornings”, where it was then mistranslated into “2,300 DAYS”, which causes many to think it is one of the “day-for-a-year prophecies, when it is not. If you have 1,150 evenings and 1,150 mornings, which added together is 2,300 “evenings and mornings”, you have 1,150 COMPLETE days, which is a little over 3 actual years, and if you look at historical recordings you find that from the time Antiochus Epiphanes’ armies began the occupation of Jerusalem in 168 B.C., persecuting the Jews, until they left in 165 B.C. was EXACTLY 1,150 days, fulfilling the prophecy given to Daniel over 300 years before, TO THE DAY. If there were no historical recordings, a person would not be able to see how that prophecy was fulfilled. In Daniel 9:27 it says that in the middle of the week he will cause sacrifice to cease, and when God makes a prophecy that prophecy has to come true in EVERY possible way, or Satan would be able to truthfully call God a liar. So, Jesus was killed in the middle of a 49 year period (50th year called the “Jubilee”), in the middle of the final “week” of the 70 weeks prophecy (3.5 years after the baptism), and in the middle of the actual 7-day week, on a Wednesday, not on a Friday like most churches that are infected by pagan teachings teach. Jesus himself said in Matthew 12:39 and 40 that he would be in the tomb for “three days and three nights”, and there is no way to get three nights out of a Friday crucifixion/Sunday resurrection, so any church that teaches that is calling Jesus a false prophet. The next day after the crucifixion was a YEARLY Sabbath, NOT the weekly Sabbath, and it was on Thursday of that week, the First day of the Feast of Unleaven Bread. The original scripture of Matthew 28:1 uses “SabbathS”, plural, not singular, so there were two Sabbaths between the crucifixion and resurrection, a YEARLY Sabbath, and the WEEKLY Sabbath, which is why John 19:31 says the next day was a “high” day (yearly Sabbath). So, the resurrection occurred just before sunset on Saturday, not on Sunday. There is nowhere in the Bible that says the resurrection occurred on the first day of the week, and the REASON Jesus spoke in Matthew 12:39 and 40 was to give people NO reason to observe Sunday as a special day. When they found the tomb empty he had been gone for 9 or 10 hours. So, the 4th Commandment of resting from sunset Friday to sunset Saturday is still in effect, but many people call Sunday the “Lord’s day” INSTEAD, which is “AntiChrist”. So, it depends on WHO your “Lord” is. Sunday is at the opposite end of the week from Saturday and Satan is opposite (in opposition of) God.

  6. Tracy
    April 10, 2013 at 6:01 pm

    One more comment. The King James Version of the Scripture has mistranslations that were either purposely or inadvertently mistranslated to go along with the false teachings of the Catholic church (which is the second beast in Revelation 13).

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