An interactive 70 weeks chart
My Interactive 70 Weeks Chart page allows construction of a colorful chart like the one below with only a few clicks of the mouse.
The generated chart shows how Daniel’s prophecy was accurately fulfilled by Christ’ ministry. Counting from the decree of Cyrus in B.C. 538, the first two sections of seven weeks and the sixty two weeks terminate early in the ministry of Jesus, in 28 A.D. The units in the first section of seven weeks are leap years of 13 months. Seven weeks of leap years span 133 years. The second section of sixty-two weeks is 434 years. Together they are 567 years, the time from Cyrus’ decree to Jesus’ ministry in 28 A.D.
The true explanation of Daniel’s 70 weeks prophecy has been hidden. This illustrates that the interpretation of prophecy is revealed by Jesus Christ, who is a revealer of secrets. The interpretation and meaning of the 70 weeks prophecy is “hidden manna.” In his message to the church at Pergamos, He said, “He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it.” [Rev. 2:17] I think this “white stone” corresponds to the pearl of great price in Jesus’ parable, which represents entering his kingdom. [Matt. 13:45-46]
Understanding the significance of the 70 weeks is “hidden manna” which Christ gives. The last half-week of the 70th week is the “time, times and a half” of prophecy, and it corresponds to a series of diminishing time periods which all fit the pattern in the phrase “a time, times and a half,” the 1,335 days, 1,290 days, 1,260 days and 3.5 days. They represent a time that gets shorter and shorter, exactly like the remaining time of the church. They are all “a time, times and a half.” The largest of the series, 1,335 days, depicts the fullness of the gospel age, as 1,335 days is considerably more than three and a half natural years. Therefore, it spans the whole age of the church, from the resurrection of Jesus to the end of the church age. The angel in Daniel’s vision said, “Blessed is he that waiteth, and cometh to the thousand three hundred and five and thirty days.” [Dan. 12:12] Of course, this can apply to none other than Jesus, who after his resurrection, “sat down on the right hand of God; from henceforth expecting till his enemies be made his footstool.” [Heb. 10:12-13]
The 1,260 days correspond to the duration of the ministry of the two witnesses in Rev. 11:3, and to the church’s wilderness experience in Rev. 12:6. Jesus said the Spirit, and the Scriptures, testify of him, so they are his Two Witnesses. [John 5:39; 15:26] One who testifies is a witness. Since the Apocalypse is part of the Scriptures, this period began at the close of the apostolic age, about the end of the first century.
The intermediate period, between the 1,335 days, and the 1,260 days, is 1,290 days, which Daniel’s prophecy connects to the setting up of the abomination of desolation. “And from the time that the daily sacrifice shall be taken away, and the abomination that maketh desolate set up, there shall be a thousand two hundred and ninety days.” [Dan. 12:11] The setting up of the abomination of desolation must have occurred in the first century, around the time that daily sacrifices ceased, which happened when the Jerusalem temple was destroyed by the Romans in 70 A.D. But this desolation applies to the heavenly city, not the earthly one. When Jesus ascended to heaven, Jerusalem and mount Zion were also raised up, and became spiritual. Jesus reigns forever on David’s throne, in the heavenly Jerusalem. The earthly city was identified with Hagar, who was cast out of Abraham’s house. [Gal. 4:24-31] Since Pentecost, the Jerusalem to which prophecy applies is the heavenly city, which represents the church, which has been made desolate by the antichrist spirit, which the apostle John said was already in the world. [1 John 4:3] It has remained desolate, because of false teachings, since the first century. When this is recognized, the church’s future looks bright. Jesus said flee to the mountains, which are his promises. It is the time when his blessings, and the holy Spirit, will be poured out on the desolate, which is the church. [Dan. 9:24]
In the Olivet Discourse, Jesus said:
“When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:) then let them which be in Judæa flee into the mountains: let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house: neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes. And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days! But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day: for then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened.” [Matt. 24:15-22]
Jesus did not mean flee to save your life, as he also taught, “For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.” [Matt. 16:25]
Not coming down from the housetop to take anything out of one’s house, and the warning to those who are in the field not to go back for their clothes, are metaphors showing that an immediate response is needed. Clothing is symbolic of one’s beliefs. Not going back for our old clothes means do not cling to flawed beliefs and traditions when Jesus reveals the truth.
The mountains Jesus meant we should flee to, I think, are the promises of God to his people. In the Old Testament, mountains are symbols of God’s promises. This was shown when Jacob blessed his son Joseph. He said, “the blessings of thy father have prevailed above the blessings of my progenitors unto the utmost bound of the everlasting hills: they shall be on the head of Joseph, and on the crown of the head of him that was separate from his brethren.” [Gen. 49:26] The promises Jacob received were high and lofty, as they were spiritual in nature, and also durable, and so he compared them to “the everlasting hills.” Jesus meant seek his promises, and his kingdom, which is called a mountain: “the mountain of the Lord’s house.”