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THE 70 WEEKS
June 29, 2011, 11:45 am
Filed under: Prophesy now

Daniel 9 is one of the most difficult passages in the Bible to study. It’s quite enigmatic, and that’s why people get confused by it (the 2nd part of the chapter, that is, the first half is a beautiful prayer we use till today).

While Christian scholars believe that Daniel’s prophecy concerns a 70 week period, if you read it closely, he refers to a six week period and then a 62 week period (what confuses people more is that the term “shavuah” used here, does not refer to weeks, it’s a Torah term for a 7-year period.)

Accordingly, the prophecy addresses two events, one that was to occur 49 years after the rebulding of Jerusalem (beginning of v. 25).

Then there will be a destruction 62×7(434) years after that. These calculations lead us to understand 

The first “anointed” is Cyrus: Isaiah proclaims that Cyrus would give the actual command to rebuild Jerusalem. God declares through the prophet, “He [Cyrus] shall build My city” (Isaiah 45:13; see also Ezra 1:1-8, 6:1-5). Indeed, it was Cyrus who issued a proclamation (ca. 537 B.C.E.) for the return, and for the rebuilding to start. This occurred forty-nine years after the destruction of Jerusalem. God declares concerning Cyrus, “He is My shepherd, and shall perform all My pleasures; even saying of Jerusalem: ‘She shall be built’; and to the Temple: ‘Your foundation shall be laid'” (Isaiah 44:28). Hence, the Scriptures teach that it was during the reign of Cyrus that the rebuilding of the city began. This was symbolized, first of all, by the start of construction on the Second Temple, which was completed ca. 516 B.C.E., seventy years after the destruction. It is with the completion of the Temple that the period of desolation officially terminates.

Isaiah 45:1 describes Cyrus as God’s “anointed. His decree to rebuild Jerusalem comes forty-nine years after the destruction of the city and the Temple, which is the time when an “anointed one” (Daniel 9:25) is to come to fulfill the prophecy, “. . . until an anointed one, a prince, shall be seven weeks [forty-nine years].”

When all is said and done, the biblical record must speak for itself. That record shows that it was Cyrus (Isaiah 45:13), who is given credit by God for the rebuilding of Jerusalem. As we have seen, the initial effort to rebuild was a direct result of Cyrus’ decree. All subsequent permits were based on this decree.

The first seven weeks ends in 537 B.C.E. The second segment of the Seventy Weeks period, sixty-two weeks in length, covered by verse 26, culminates in 103 B.C.E. (586-49-434=103 B.C.E.). Verse 26 indicates that “after sixty-two weeks an anointed one shall be cut off.” This “anointed one” is the High Priest Alexander Yannai (103-76 B.C.E.) who came to power just at the end of the sixty-two week period in 103 B.C.E. and was the last of the important Hasmonean leaders. The phrase “after sixty-two weeks” indicates the time frame during which the “anointed one shall be cut off,” that is, suffer karet, “excision.” The penalty accompanying karet is here aptly described as “to have nothing,” or “be no more.” This punishment is given to Alexander Yannai infamous for his unjust, tyrannical, and bloody rule. He is notorious for his open violent animosity against the Pharisees and his brazen rejection of the Oral Law. For example, Josephus records that Alexander Yannai fought against the Pharisees for six years, “and . . . slew no fewer than fifty thousand of them” (Jewish Antiquities XIII. 13. 5. [373]). He also “ordered some eight hundred of the Jews to be crucified, and slaughtered their children and wives before the eyes of the still living wretches” (Jewish Antiquities XIII. 14. 2. [380]).

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Well once again it is always good to enter into the place where the word of God is taught.

I am a Christian, and so we get it right. Knowing you would never have a desire to bring harm to any as we are commanded. I am going to give you the short cut to the calculations above. However if you want to see all of the years recalculated we also have those figures. But we must understand and as the Lord has told us in the Holy word.

Matthew 24 deals with the coming of the Messiah and the continuing word of Daniel 9

1 Jesus left the temple and was walking away when his disciples came up to him to call his attention to its buildings. 2 “Do you see all these things?” he asked. “I tell you the truth, not one stone here will be left on another; every one will be thrown down.” 3 As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately. “Tell us,” they said, “when will this happen, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of age?” 4 Jesus answered: “Watch out that no one deceives you. 5 For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Christ, and will deceive many. 6 You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. 7 Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. 8 All these are the beginning of birth pains. 9 “Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me. 10 At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, 11 and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people. 12 Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold. 13 but he who stands firm to the end will be saved. 14 And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the w2hole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the
end will come. 15 “So when you see standing in the holy place ‘the abomination that causes desolation,’ spoken of through the prophet Daniel—let the reader understand—16 then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. 17 Let no one one the roof of his house go down to take anything out of the house. 18 Let no one in the field go back to get his cloak. 19 How dreadful it will be in those days for pregnant women and nursing mothers! 20 Pray that your flight will not take place in winter or on the Sabbath. 21 For then there will be great distress, unequaled from the beginning of the world until now—and never to be equaled again. 22 If those days had not been cut short, no one would survive, but for the sake of the elect those days will be shortened. 23 At that time if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!’ or, ‘There he is!’ do not believe it. 24 For false Christs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and miracles to deceive even the elect—if that were possible. 25 See, I have told you ahead of time. 26 “So if anyone tells you, ‘There he is, out in the desert,’ do not go out; or, ‘Here he is, in the inner rooms,’ do not believe it. 27 For as lightning that comes from the east is visible even in the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. 28 Wherever there is a carcass, there the vultures will gather. 29 “Immediately after the distress of those days “’the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from the sky, the east is visible even in the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. And the heavenly bodies will be shaken.’ 30 “At that time the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and all the nations of the earth will mourn. They will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky, with power and great glory. 31 And he will send his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other. 32 “Now learn this lesson from the fig tree: As soon as its twigs get tender and its leaves come out, you know that summer is near. 33 Even so, when you see all these things, you know that it is near, right at the door. 34 I tell you t he truth, this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened. 35 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away. 36” No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angles in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. 37 As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. 38 For in the days before the
flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; 39 and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. 40 Two men will be in the field; one will be taken and the other left. 41 Two women will be grinding with a hand mill; one will be taken and the other left. 42 “Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come. 43 But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming, he would have kept watch and would not have let his house be broken into. So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him. 45 “Who then is the faithful and wise servant, whom the master has put in charge of the servants in his household to give them their food at the proper time? 46 It will be good for that servant whose master finds him doing so when he returns. 47 I tell you the truth, he will put him in charge of all his possessions. 48 but suppose that servant is wicked and says to himself, “ My master is staying away a long time,’ 49 and he then begins to beat his fellow servants and to eat and drink with drunkards. 50 The master of that servant will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he is not aware of. 51 He will cut him to pieces and assign him a place with the hypocrites, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

Matthew 24:31 Truly, I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all these things take place. and 24:32 speaking of the fig tree which is Israels’ rebirth, and 24:7-8 and 14 speaking of birth pangs and earthquakes which are happening now and the gentile preaching of the word through out all of the world, is pretty much finished.

Now Israel became a nation in 1948, God gave 70 years basically as a generation, as mentioned in in the Bible. (some may get 80 it says but for generation calculations 70 is used, see Psalms 90:10).

If a generation is 70 years and the nation (fig tree) is reborn again in 1948, the returning of the Messiah is 2018. Using the 7 year period as the tribulation period spoken of in Daniel
(“shavuah”) and subtracting it from his coming of 2018 = 2011 which is now. If you go the long way and all of the numbers they basically bare the same facts. We don’t know the exact hour or day, we are to be a wake and ready waiting for the bridegroom. But it would appear that the things happening to the fig tree bare the witness that the time is close. We are waiting for who ever it is that going is going to sign the peace treaty.

Be blessed
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