the prophecy of Daniel's Seventy Weeks nearly complete?
Rev. Bill Lee-Warner
was approximately 539 BC. The 70 year exile to Babylon was about
complete as Daniel had discerned from reading Jeremiah's prophecy
(cf. Dan. 9:2). He was in prayer about the future of his people
because it was their sin and transgression towards God that had
sent them into exile. While in prayer, Daniel was visited by the
angel Gabriel who had been sent by God to give him "insight
and understanding" (Dan. 9:22) regarding a "70 week"
program for his people and his holy city (Dan. 9:24-25). Upon completion
of the 70th week, Israel's "transgression" would be finished,
her "sin" ended and her "iniquity" would be
to be asked regarding Daniel's 70 Weeks are: (1) When did the 70
week program begin? (2) How long is "70 Weeks"? (3) Where
is Israel now in that program? and, (4) What does Israel's return
to her ancient homeland mean for the church? Let's look at these
four questions because they have direct implication for believers
did the 70 week program begin?
clearly told Daniel that the 70 week program would begin when a
decree was issued to "restore and rebuild Jerusalem..."
(Dan. 9:25). It is important to note that the decree was to restore
and rebuild "Jerusalem". When that event took place, the
countdown had begun.
Anderson, in his monumental work, The Coming Prince, has
detailed for us when that decree was given and by whom. Here is
a summary of his investigative research:
edict spoken of was issued by Artaxerxes Longimanus (a Persian King)
in the 20th year of his reign. (Neh. 2:1,5) The date can be computed
via the Jewish calendar which has been closely regulated since the
first paschal observance in Egypt, as well as the computation of
the Astronomer Royal of England, who calculated the issuing of the
decree of Artaxerxes to be on the 14th of March, 445 BC. According
to the Jewish calendar, that decree was on the 1st of Nisan."
long is "70 Weeks"?
the original Hebrew, "70 weeks" translates from the expression,
"seventy sevens". The reference could mean days, weeks,
months, years, virtually anything. Daniel was told, "after
the sixty-two weeks the Messiah will be cut off and have nothing,
..." Seven plus sixty-two is sixty-nine. Gabriel said the Messiah
would be cut off after the 69th week. By calculating when the decree
was given and counting to when Christ presented Himself to the nation
as her Messiah on Palm Sunday, the following summary from Sir Robert
Anderson's book gives us a clear understanding that a "week"
equals seven prophetic years:
of Nisan in the 20th year of Artaxerxes
14th, 445 BC
entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday
6th, 32 AD
years and 24 days
years x 365 days a year
(March 14 to April 6, both inclusive)
for leap years
Number of days
prophetic year (biblically) is understood to be 360 days
weeks of 360 prophetic-day years (or 69x7x360)
173, 880 days
days = 483 prophetic years - to the day! Therefore, a "week"
is understood to be seven prophetic years of 360 days. See also
Genesis 29:27 - 28.
is Israel now in the "70 Week" program?
presented Himself to Israel as her Messiah on Palm Sunday and was
subsequently "cut off", a nearly 2,000 year gap ensued.
When Christ was "cut off", the time clock was effectively
stopped. Then, in May of 1948, Israel was once again back in the
land. That was significant because she had to be back in the land
before the prophecy to Daniel (9:24-27) could be fulfilled. God
had dealt with Israel as a nation up to the time when Messiah was
cut off. He does so again when He resumes the program with Israel
for the 70th week, the final seven years.
of Israel as a nation among the nations of the world after nearly
2,000 years was essential before the 70th week could begin and before
Christ could return for the second coming. Then, when Israel regained
control over her ancient city, Jerusalem, in 1967, that nailed down
the final preparations for the possibility of the 70th week. Why?
Because the prophecy to Daniel was for "your people and your
holy city" (9:24). With Israel back in the land, growing tired
of the constant conflict of terrorism and Palestinian and world
pressure, and looking for a real solution to peace, she is more
ready now than ever before to sign a covenant with some power with
the political and military resources to guarantee the peace she
so desperately desires. One day, perhaps soon, she'll sign the covenant
spoken of in Daniel 9:27 and Isaiah 28:15, 18. When that happens,
the 70th Week will have begun.
does Israel's return to her ancient homeland mean for believers?
than at any time in the last 2,000 years, the church can well expect
the fulfillment of Daniel's "70th week" prophecy. With
world conditions rapidly building to a point of readiness for the
events of the 70th week, the church more than ever needs to get
her spiritual house in order. With a plethora of prophetic teaching
arising today, much of which is not biblically supportable, the
believer needs to be a Berean (Acts 17:11) more than ever. With
the potential beginning of the 70th Week at hand, it behooves the
believer to know and understand what God has indeed said regarding
the second coming of Christ. If the over 300 prophecies of His first
coming were fulfilled literally, surely the prophecies of His second
coming will be literal as well! This is a time for believers to
know and understand what God has clearly said about the return of
come for His church (Bride) before the 70th Week begins? Will He
come at the end of the 70th Week? Will he come sometime during the
70th Week? A face-value reading of the Scripture clearly reveals
that Christ comes sometime during the second half of the 70th Week.
Jesus taught that in the Olivet Discourse (Matthew 24). Paul taught
that in his writings (cf. 1 Thes. 4 and 5; 2 Thes. 2). Jesus taught
that in Revelation 6 - 8.
"70 Week" prophecy nearly completed? Yes. The first sixty-nine
prophetic years are now history and the 70th Week could begin virtually