HIStory, Our Future: Daniel’s 70 Weeks Prophecy

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The Old Testament is a history of God’s interaction with His chosen people through whom the Messiah would come. Many times a prophet like Jeremiah, Isaiah or Daniel would be given prophecies, sometimes cryptic, of God’s plan for His people through time. Many of these were prophecies of judgment on the people for not following God’s statutes for various things like the annual Sabbaths, etc. and their ultimate redemption following judgement.

The time between the Old Testament and the New Testament are sometimes called the silent years, a period where there was no writings canonized of the story of Israel or any word from God’s prophets. However, that doesn’t mean God hadn’t already spoken of this time, not in detail telling events that would happen in it, but in responding to Daniel’s request to know the future of His people Israel while still in Babylonian captivity.

This short passage of prophecy would cover 490 years of God’s plan for Israel, 70 weeks of years. The first 483 years, 69 weeks, cover the time after the return from Babylonian captivity when the temple and Jerusalem were being rebuilt until the Messiah. The last 7 years, the 70th week, is separated from the others by the description of a very distinctive event that has not yet happened. We know this because in the middle of this 7 years, the animal sacrifice and offerings to God will be stopped. In the context of Israel, this is tied to the existence of the temple of God at which these sacrifices and offerings were made.

Since 70 A.D. the nation of Israel scattered into the nations, until 1948, and since 70 A.D. the temple has yet to be rebuilt. However, there is a growing movement in Israel to rebuild the temple and return to the daily sacrificial system that was stopped almost 2,000 years ago with the destruction of Jerusalem and the temple. This study therefore is a critical link to understanding firstly that God still has a plan for Israel that is not yet finished, and it is this very link to this prophesied future that Yeshua uses when talking about the last days in the Olivet discourse.

Daniel’s constant reliance on God and communication with Him (prayer) is one reason why God so favored Daniel. Just as in any friendship, if there is no communication, the friendship fades away as we see less and less of them. So too, when we turn from God to our own desires and aspirations, does our distance from Him become greater. Like the story of the prodigal son, however, God is always waiting for us to return to Him and His ways. There are many with a void in them they try to fill with other things, but they never fill this void with the things of this world. So as we study God’s plan for our future, let us remember the most important thing for us to do with our lives is have a personal relationship with Yeshua the Christ. Just be sure you are communicating for the right reasons. Matthew 6:1-21

The Beginning: Yeshua’s Words Regarding the Time of the End

Before beginning the study of Daniel’s 70 weeks prophecy, let’s start at the time we can most identify with, now. What exactly are we looking for to understand the times in which we live? We have signs written for us in scripture quoting Yeshua to tell us what they will be like. The Olivet discourse is our overall picture of the transition into the day of the Lord given to us by Christ Himself. So since our study is focused around Bible prophecy, to examine the 70 weeks of Daniel, we should start with what Christ describes as the signs of the end-times.

Matthew 24:3-14 (Birthpangs leading up to the time of great tribulation)
And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world? And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you. For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. All these are the beginning of sorrows. Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake. And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another. And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.

Matthew 24:15-28 (Great Tribulation / Time of Jacob’s Trouble)
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 Judea 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. Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not. For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. Behold, I have told you before. Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not. For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. For wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered together.

Matthew 24:29 (The Sixth Seal | Revelation 6:12-17)
Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:

Matthew 24:30-31 (Christ gathering the bride | 2 Thessalonians 2:1-4)
And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.

Matthew 24:32-42  (Shift to the Fig tree, Israel: Jeremiah 24)
Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh: So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors. Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled. Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away. But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only. But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left. Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left. Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.

This is also a warning to believers in God of what the beginning of this time will be like. The majority of the world won’t be expecting it but we are told to watch for it. We’re also told that Christ appears to those looking for Him when He comes the second time. Hebrews 9:28 Note the order of events and the association of the days of Noah, the coming of the Son of man and the one taken and the other left. This points to a common time of both sudden destruction and the blessed hope, both at the same time when Yeshua comes to gather His bride.

Also as a sidenote, there is some discussion that the seals match the pre-signs Christ spoke of in the passage above. These are laid out here.

As we can see in Yeshua’s explanation, the key to understanding the great tribulation comes from the Old Testament. So now we jump to the book of Daniel for understanding of the abomination of desolation spoken of by Daniel the prophet. There are only four verses to the prophecy Gabriel gave Daniel about Israel’s future, but they provide a lot of detail with some searching of scripture. The scripture of discussion here is Daniel 9:24-27, the 70 Weeks of Daniel.

National Israel vs. Eternal Israel: Importance of Recognizing God is not done with National Israel

I should also clarify who I will be referring to as Israel in this study. National Israel is temporal and is made up of both just and unjust Jews only. They are the “natural branches” spoken of in Romans 11, some broken off in unbelief. They are the literal genetic seed of Abraham of which the majority currently live in apostasy from God through their rejection of the Meshiach Nagid, Yeshua the Christ. This is because they have been blinded by Christ until the fullness of the Gentiles. Luke 19:41-44 | Romans 11:25

Bible prophecy, for the most part, is telling us what is going to happen during the end-times on this earth. These prophesies are focused on an Israel living apart from the Lord and is the story of God’s bringing her back to Him. If Bible prophecy is talking of Israel as unrepentant, then it means that prophecy is not speaking of the eternal Israel of which there are no unjust.

Also, the prophesies were given at a time when no Christian church existed to a people of a specific lineage. Regardless of what happened after, that prophecy is for that same people defined by their lineage. Yes, we are fellow heirs through Christ and part of eternal Israel, but we are also not a natural branch, nor can we ever be because God delineated an eternal difference for us by calling us wild branches and Israel natural branches. That is our natural bodies and what are spoken of in Bible prophecy. Our spirits, when aligned with God’s ways, are all the same. We are the image of our Father, Love. Love has no genetic lineage, we either embrace it or we reject it. Loving God and loving our neighbors as ourselves are God’s ways.

But speaking in material terms, Gentiles will always be the wild branch that is grafted onto the root, Christ. The fact that this difference is made clear should tell us that lineage does still matter in Bible prophecy. Romans 11 So when Israel is referred to in the 144,000 getting the seal of God, it is literally the 12 tribes of Israel, 12,000 from each tribe. That distinction is straight from the Holy Bible. Revelation 7:1-8 Likewise, when Old Testament prophets foretold the time of the end when Israel would suffer a time unparalleled in history, the time of Jacob’s trouble, it was referring to national Israel living in Judea. I take the Bible seriously, and it talks about the nation of Israel experiencing these things and God refining the remnant of them through fire to the point when they call Him their God and He calls them His people. Zechariah 13:8-9

God is not done with Israel, that’s what the study of the 70 weeks is all about. As you will see, this prophecy was given before the church existed and was given by God to the nation of Israel through Gabriel and Daniel to tell Israel’s future, a future pivotal to God’s unfolding plan of redemption for His natural people to whom promises were made. As Gentile believers read these Jewish prophecies, we can see how they apply to Israel and how Israel is God’s prophetic timepiece for us to understand the times in which we are blessed to live in! I hope this study builds your faith in God’s Word and brings to light the clarity in His Word. I pray furthermore that your relationship with Christ blossom as the bride awakens and trims her lamps!

The 70 Weeks of Daniel: The First 69 Weeks

The whole of Daniel 9 is his confession of the sins of Israel that led them to captivity and petition to God to understand the future of his people, Israel. Daniel took God’s Word seriously and recognized that the 70 years of captivity were up.

Daniel 9:1-3
In the first year of Darius the son of Ahasuerus, of the seed of the Medes, which was made king over the realm of the Chaldeans; In the first year of his reign I Daniel understood by books the number of the years, whereof the word of the LORD came to Jeremiah the prophet, that he would accomplish seventy years in the desolations of Jerusalem. And I set my face unto the Lord God, to seek by prayer and supplications, with fasting, and sackcloth, and ashes:

Why was Israel in captivity in Babylon? Because they did not obey God’s command to let the ground lie fallow every seven years. (Sabbath for the land - Leviticus 25:1-9)

Jeremiah 29:10-14
For thus saith the LORD, That after seventy years be accomplished at Babylon I will visit you, and perform my good word toward you, in causing you to return to this place. For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you. And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.

I think it’s important to understand and recognize that it was Daniel’s literal reading of the prophecy of Jeremiah that caused him pray asking God to reveal his nation’s future and ultimately brought this prophecy. An Old Testament prophet took another prophet’s prophecy seriously... We should hold ourselves to the same standards, believing God means what He says and says what He means, taking Him at His Word.

God never left Israel in the dark about her future. Amos 3:7 (God hasn’t left those who believe in Christ in the dark either, which is why you’re reading these scriptures now. 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11) He told Jeremiah exactly how long Israel would be in Babylonian captivity and why. Daniel recognized this time was almost up and so requested of God to know Israel’s future from that point. That is what Daniel’s 70 week prophecy gave the people of Israel, their future history until the end of time up to the millennium (Christ’s reign on earth). There is a gap, but I’ll get into that in detail coming up.

There are four verses to the prophecy of Daniel’s 70 weeks. These 70 weeks are the future of the nation of Israel as given to Daniel by Gabriel from God. This section will cover just the first three verses. Since the Daniel 9:27 is connected to a future time, that will be separated and gone over later on this page.

Daniel 9:24
Seventy weeks [H7620 a week (specifically of years)] are determined upon thy people [Daniel’s people, national Israel] and upon thy holy city [Jerusalem], to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy.

This passage is split into two parts. The first identifies the subject of the passage, Israel. The second identifies the conditions that all must be met before the end of this prophesied time and is detailed more on the Daniel 9:24 definitions page, which shows the scope of this prophecy.

Once again, an important point to remember here is at the time of this prophecy, there was no church. This prophecy is for Israel and is clearly stated as such. Not only that, but it specifically identifies Jerusalem and clearly lays out a list of things that must be completed within this 70 weeks of years timeframe. These aren’t all completed yet. This is a Jewish prophecy and it is not completed yet. That means that Israel is still part of God’s plan in these times as evidenced by her amazing existence amongst the millions of enemies and surrounding hostile nations since 1948.

This next passage gives us the timing and length of the first 69 weeks of Daniel’s prophecy. Moreover it leads to a level of precision in God’s Word that is truly amazing.

Daniel 9:25
Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince [Meshiach Nagid] shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times.

7 + threescore (3 x 20 = 60) + 2 = 69
69 weeks
(of years) = 483 years
- 360 day years = 173,880 days
- 364 day years = 175,812 days
- 365 day years = 176,295 days


The commandment to restore and build Jerusalem Nehemiah 2:1-8

  • Rick Lanser, MDiv has authored a lot of reaserch on this in The Daniel 9:24-27 Project for the Associates for Biblical Research that I would highly recommend reading. His research places “the first regnal year of Artaxerxes I Longimanus in 464/463 BC, his seventh year in 458/457 BC, and his twentieth year in 445/444 BC.”
  • Sir Robert Anderson, author of The Coming Prince, believes “the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem” was given by Artaxerxes Longimanus on March 16, 445 BC
  • In Ezra 7, we see in that in the seventh year of Artaxerxes the king Ezra left Babylon on the first day of the first month, Nisan 1, and arrived in Jerusalem on the first day of the fifth month, Av 1. He has with him a decree to take the wealth given freely in Babylon to buy offerings “And whatsoever shall seem good to thee, and to thy brethren, to do with the rest of the silver and the gold, that do after the will of your God.” This would have been from March 26, 457 BC (1 Nisan) to July 22, 457 BC (1 Av).


Yeshua had an enthused crowd that would have called Him King, John 6:14-15, but it was not under the timing of the prophecy given to Daniel. Then, at what we now call the triumphal entry, He arranges it to fulfill prophecy. Luke 19:28-40 This is the 10 Abib/Nisan, the same day of the month that Israel was to select their Passover lamb according to their father’s house, a lamb for a house. Exodus 12:1-3 Yeshua presented Himself as the Lamb to His Father’s house on lamb selection day!

1 Chronicles 11:1-2 shows the differences between KingH4428, as in royalty, and Prince [Nagid], or rulerH5057, which is based in the idea of announcing.

Time Span:

From the decree to rebuild Jerusalem to the triumphal entry is the span of this verse:
March 16, 445 BC + 173,880 days (360 day years and correcting for leap years) = April 6, 32 AD (Start of Christ’s ministry- Luke 3:1-4: Tiberias was appointed in 14 AD, so the 15th year of his reign is 29 AD Christ’s ministry was from then until the 4th Passover, which occurred in 32 AD) Chuck Missler | Biblical foundation for the years of the beginning and end of the 69 weeks

Excerpt: Evidence that Supports Jesus’ Crucifixion Occurred on April 11, AD 32 Based on the Elephantine Papyri

Sir Robert Anderson provided a good foundation that pointed to the crucifixion occurring on April 11, AD 32. His viewpoint was originally given in the book, “The Coming Prince” that was published about 1884. Sir Robert Anderson did not have the Elephantine papyri to use in his research. However, an in-depth study of the Elephantine papyri provides evidence that supports Sir Robert Anderson’s viewpoint. And it is important to note that this is true despite recent problems found with Sir Robert Anderson’s original work. Sir Robert Anderson’s viewpoint recently was found to be faulty due to missing 3 full days. According to Anderson’s calculations, the decree to rebuild and restore Jerusalem as recorded in Nehemiah 2:1-6 came from King Artaxerxes on Nisan 1, which was thought to have occurred on Friday, March 14, 445 BC. By adding 173,880 days to this date, we are taken forward in time to April 6, AD 32, which is thought to be the date on which Jesus rode into Jerusalem with crowds proclaiming him to be the Messiah. (The 173,880 days are based on Daniel’s prophecy that foretells of a period of 69 cycles of 7 years. When the time frame of 360 days per year are used, the value evolved comes from attaining the number of days by multiplying 69 x 7 x 360 = 173,880 days). If you need or want to review Sir Robert Anderson’s viewpoint, please click here.

To resolve the issue of the 3 missing days, the solution would be to simply move the date for Nisan 1 forward to Sunday, March 16, 445 BC. By doing this, the 173,880 days fit perfectly to April 6, AD 32. But is it realistic to move the date for Nisan 1 forward to Sunday, March 16, 445 BC? The Elephantine papyrus dated November 18, 446 BC gives supporting evidence that the decree issued by King Artaxerxes to restore and rebuild Jerusalem most likely did occur on March 16, 445 BC. In addition, the book of Nehemiah offers more evidence that the decree would have occurred on Sunday (not on the Sabbath). Now consider the scientifically dated papyrus dated to November 18, 446 BC. This date happens to be Kislev 2 in the Hebrew calendar. By adding the appointed days of each month, the earliest date for Nisan 1 would be Saturday, March 15, 445 BC, at 6:00 PM. Based on this logic, it is very probable that Nisan 1 began at Sundown on Saturday, March 15 and came to an end at 6:00 PM, Sunday, March 16, 445 BC. more on original page

It’s interesting also that the triumphal entry is when Israel was blinded. Luke 19:41-44 They were blinded until the fullness of the Gentiles be come in. Romans 11 | 2 Corinthians 3:12-16 | John 12:37-50 I believe the fullness of the Gentiles is like a cup. There’s a certain point where the cup is as full as it will get. At that point the blindness God gave Israel will be lifted. Romans 11:7-11

What’s even more amazing is that the triumphal entry was also the day when Christ blinded Israel and prophesied the destruction of Jerusalem because Israel didn’t recognize the very day of their Messiah presenting Himself. Luke 19:41-44 It came to pass exactly 14,000 days after He prophesied it. There are two other periods of 14,000 days in history that represent a generation. We’ll get more into how this all ties together later. But let’s finish the 70 weeks study first.

Daniel 9:26

In the next verse, we see the gap introduced and the connection of Christ’s crucifixion and the prophesied destruction at the triumphal entry.

Daniel 9:26
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.

7 weeks (rebuilding temple and city of Jerusalem) + 62 weeks = 69 weeks (the time from the order to rebuild until the triumphal entry, the first and only time that Yeshua declared His kingship, to the day as prophesied.)

So what this is saying is after the 69 weeks (483 years) is accomplished, the Messiah would be killed, not for Himself. Christ died on the cross, taking the punishment for your sins and mine. He is the only man who ever could make this sacrifice because He had no sin, He did not deserve to die. Yet He gave Himself freely because greater love has no man than he would give his life for a friend. We are His friends, if we obey Him. John 15:12-16 He asks us to love Him and love each other. That is His way.

The triumphal entry was the end of the 69th week. Christ was crucified on Passover, April 10, 32 AD, four days after the triumphal entry. However, all of verse 24 was not fulfilled 7 years after the triumphal entry. That tells us several things when we put it together.

  • The 69 and 70th weeks of prophecy are not consecutive (there’s a gap of time implied)
  • Christ’s crucifixion was outside the scope of Daniel’s 70 weeks prophecy (It’s 5 days after the end of the 69th week)

“The people of the prince”

We know who the people are because of our perspective in time. We know the Romans besieged Jerusalem and destroyed the temple in 70 AD, but who is the prince? According to scripture, he wasn’t there. The Bible says “the people of the prince that shall come...” This indicates he was not yet there in 70 AD. The people of this prince attack the Jews, Jerusalem, and their temple, but the prince is not yet there. Is this an allusion to the revived Roman Empire of the end times headed by the prince (antichrist) yet to come? I believe it is. Verse 27 addresses “the prince that shall come.

There is further detail from scripture about the Romans destroying Jerusalem and taking the temple apart until no stone was left on top of another just as Christ said in Luke 19:41-44. He prophesied this again after the triumphal entry when telling the disciples of the things that would lead to His coming again and the end of the world.

Luke 21:12-24
But before all these, [This passage follows the previous verses, which are to happen yet future from our current time. See The Olivet Discourse] they shall lay their hands on you, and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues, and into prisons, being brought before kings and rulers for my name’s sake. And it shall turn to you for a testimony. Settle it therefore in your hearts, not to meditate before what ye shall answer: For I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which all your adversaries shall not be able to gainsay nor resist. And ye shall be betrayed both by parents, and brethren, and kinsfolks, and friends; and some of you shall they cause to be put to death. And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake. But there shall not an hair of your head perish. In your patience possess ye your souls. And when ye shall see Jerusalem compassed with armies, then know that the desolation thereof [of Jerusalem] is nigh. Then let them which are in Judaea flee to the mountains; and let them which are in the midst of it depart out; and let not them that are in the countries enter thereinto. For these be the days of vengeance, that all things which are written may be fulfilled. But woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck, in those days! for there shall be great distress in the land, and wrath upon this people. And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled.

Notice that when they see the armies surrounding Jerusalem, they should expect that the desolation of Jerusalem is near. The abomination of desolation doesn’t lead to the destruction of Jerusalem, just the destruction of the Israelites during the time of Jacob’s trouble, which is the start of the great tribulation. Notice also that unlike Matthew and Mark’s accounts, Luke 21:12-24 does not mention the abomination of desolation and it is pointed out that it is before the things commonly known to happen in the end-times. Read all of Luke 21 in order all the way through. Verse 12 comes after a list of end-time signs given by Christ. Verse 12 then says “before all these” indicating that from that point, we are at a point before the signs of the end-times. This is talking about the desolation of Jerusalem in 70 AD, not the abomination that makes desolate standing in the temple where he [antichrist] ought not. This is explained through comparison of scriptures on the Olivet Discourse page. This passage in Luke 21 is covering the time from Christ’s death to 70 AD

The Gap

Many claim that the Bible doesn’t say anything about a gap in the prophecy, but the gap is there by implication. Israel is the apple [lens] of God’s eye (Zechariah 2:8,9 | Deuteronomy 32:8-10 | Lamentations 2:18) and the list of things that must happen within these 70 weeks have not all happened yet. The fact that God’s prophecy of bringing Israel back into the land is fulfilled after thousands of years should be testament enough that God isn’t done with Israel. Ezekiel 36 We won’t rely on our own understanding, but the Word of God.

Isaiah 61:1,2
The Spirit of the Lord GOD [is] upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to [them that are] bound; to proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, [2,000 year gap] and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn;

Jesus confirms this by quoting that passage, and stopping in mid sentence, where the 2,000 year gap occurs, and closes the book saying, “This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears.” He stops because “the day of vengeance of our God” is after the great tribulation, the day of the Lord, which has not happened yet. His first coming was for the purposes He read aloud, the part He left out is yet future at His second coming. Check it out:

Luke 4:18-21
The Spirit of the Lord [is] upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, to preach the acceptable year of the Lord. And he closed the book, and he gave [it] again to the minister, and sat down. And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on him. And he began to say unto them, This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears.

We also have evidence of this 2,000 year gap from Daniel too. Notice that verse 25 gives us a start and end point. From the decree to rebuild Jerusalem to the triumphal entry. Verse 26 occurs between the 69th and 70th week of Daniel. Therefore, the 70th week is separate from the first 69. It is in this gap (whose ultimate time is not given), that we see Christ crucified and Jerusalem destroyed. That was 14,000 days after the triumphal entry.

Between the 69th & 70th weeks

Now that we’ve gone over the history and God’s precision in this same prophecy in the past, let’s examine the future and apply that same precision from scripture to the future aspect of this prophecy, the 70th week. Before we dig in directly, let’s get an idea of how Daniel’s prophecy was laid out in conjunction with history as it has happened and possibly will happen through this chart.

Notice how the 69 weeks ended at the triumphal entry when Christ blinded Israel. I believe that is what this gap between the 69 and 70th weeks represents. God blinded Israel, so clearly He wasn’t dealing with them as a nation because they were prevented from understanding the truth in Christ as a people. Some Jews have come to know Christ, so it’s on a personal level and God knows who are His. But as a nation, Israel’s been blinded since 32 AD. It isn’t until the 70th week that God begins to come back and deal with Israel as a nation. They will still remain blinded until the fullness of the Gentiles. Romans 11:25

I believe this fullness of the Gentiles coincides with the catching away of the bride of Christ, which is triggered at some unknown day and hour after the time of Jacob’s trouble has begun.

70th Week of Daniel

This brings us to the modern day world and the fulfillment of thousand-year old prophecies! What an exciting time to be alive. We should give thanks to God for this great opportunity and honor to get to learn and see His glory declared throughout all the unsuspecting world. We get to declare His glory!

Daniel 9:27
And he [the prince that shall come] shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.

Who is “he?”

Continuing from the previous verse, it seems to be speaking of the leader, or prince, of the “people of the prince that shall come.” We know the people were Roman soldiers, and the times of the Gentiles isn’t completed yet, so there is a link between the head of Rome (that can survive over thousands of years) and this prince. If we extrapolate who this would be, it is the antichrist/man of sin/beast, who is the head of the revived Roman Empire. There is some debate over this subject, so I’d like to point it out in color code and with verses 26 & 27 combined together for easier understanding.

Daniel 9:26,27
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. And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.

We have two “he’s” here, Christ in red and antichrist in green.

They are both named in the beginning, then the rest of the references to a specific character are in the form of “he.” Who was the last “he” mentioned? I think clearly the last noun mentioned, the future prince of the Romans who sacked Jerusalem, the antichrist and the beast of Revelation 13. So the antichrist confirms a covenant with many for 7 years. (one week) Who are the many? I would venture to guess that it is saying that there will be a uniting covenant that will be signed amongst many peoples.

There are some who believe that the “he” that confirms the covenant with may is referring to Christ’s sacrifice on the cross. I do not believe this is accurate for several reasons. Firstly, everything in this prophecy flows from beginning to end and the beginning of verse 26 has the crucifixion while the confirmed covenant follows the destruction of the temple that came 14,000 days after the crucifixion. Furthermore, the week of years tied to this covenant has the stopping of the sacrifice in the midst of the seven years, which would have begun with the crucifixion as the confirmation of the covenant. Seven years after the crucifixion, all those things in Daniel 9:24 were not fulfilled. I believe this among other issues supports the interpretation that the “he” is referring not to Christ, but rather to the man of sin yet future.

In the midst of the week he [antichrist] shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease. In order to stop the sacrifice and the oblation (a term that Jews know well for the daily temple sacrifices), it must have started again. I believe scripture is clear there will be a rebuilt temple on the temple mount and that the daily sacrifice will again be implemented based on scripture regarding the end. For more information on this, check out the Temple Mount page and for my thoughts on when it will be rebuilt.

So the antichrist overspreads the abominations...

2 Thessalonians 2:1-5
Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him, That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand. Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God. Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things?

He does this until the (fulfillment, goal, or end of prophecy?) “and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate. Daniel 9:27 That sounds like the language of God’s wrath being poured out on the dwellers of the world. However, as Christians we have the blessed hope, which is our gathering to Christ before His wrath is poured out.

There’s a recent study I came across by Chris White, Will the Antichrist Be A Roman?, which points out that “the prince that shall come” is future from Daniel’s time, which actually points to Titus being the focus of Daniel 9:26. And the soldiers of Titus being conscripts from the regions around Israel were distinct from Titus, not actually being Romans. And according to the account of Josephus, Titus actually wanted to save the temple, but the soldiers wouldn’t obey him. Chris goes on to state the “he” of Daniel 9:27 is actually not related to the same “he” from verse 26 and according to the grammar rules is assumed to be the antichrist of the future. I need to do some more study of this perspective.

It is Done

The 70th week of Daniel begins with a covenant confirmed with many for one week and in the midst of that week the abomination of desolation takes place. I believe its end coincides with the completion of God’s wrath being poured out on the earth and the end of the reign of the man of sin and the dragon. This whole prophecy of 70 weeks of years determined for Israel has the apple of God’s eye at its focus and it is when Christ returns to rule for 1,000 years that Israel comes to recognize her Meshiach Nagid. There is more that is prophesied to happen after the millennial reign, but the scope of Daniel’s prophecy for his people and the city are fulfilled when Christ returns in glory to take the kingdoms and rule.

So that explains the scope of Daniel’s 70 weeks vision of Israel’s future. It also reveals some key points about prophecy and even how we should approach God. Understanding that Israel is the apple [lens] of God’s eye, it is His focus in dealing with the world. Now that you have seen the prophesies connected to the timeline of Israeli and secular history, look over the exact day prophecies given to Daniel and John (Revelation). These passages are the source for the development of the framework of the 70th week of Daniel.