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" Daniel 9 "

A Bible study of the true meaning of the seventy weeks of Daniel

By David Brandt Berg, 1975
Daniel 9

The ninth chapter of Daniel is one of the most astoundingly definite, literal time prophecies given in the entire Bible, giving the exact times for both the first and second comings of Jesus Christ!

The chapter opens with Daniel desperately calling out to God on the behalf of his people Israel, who at this time were captive slaves of the Persian Empire (about 538 B.C.--see verses 1-19).

"And whiles I was speaking, and praying, the man Gabriel being caused to fly swiftly, touched me about the time of the evening oblation (worship). And he informed me and said, O Daniel, I am now come forth to give thee skill and understanding." (Dan.9:20-22)

Daniel had been praying for God to save His city (Jerusalem) and His people (verse 19). The angel now appears to tell Daniel when and how God is going to save them. "Therefore" he says, "understand the matter, and consider the vision." (verse 23)

The actual prediction begins in the 24th verse and continues to the end of the chapter, verse 27. As in the other Daniel prophecies, we will first give the prediction and follow it with the interpretation.

Vision: "Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, 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." (Dan.9:24)

Interpretation: This word that's translated "weeks" here in the King James Bible is the Hebrew word "shabua", which literally means "seven". Therefore, a little better translation of this would be "seventy seven's", instead of "seventy weeks".

As we proceed to read and understand the prophecy and its fulfillment, it becomes evident that these seventy sevens are seventy sevens of years, with each "week" representing a period of seven years, for a total of 490 years.

"Thy people", Daniel's people, were God's people. So he says that as far as the history of God's people is concerned, they've got seventy sevens yet to go to finish the transgression, make an end of sins, etc. As we proceed we will find exactly how this was to be fulfilled in seventy sevens.

Rebuilding Jerusalem
Commandment goes forth rebuilding streets
and wall in troublous times - 453 B.C.

Vision: "Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks and threescore and two weeks (or 69 sevens): the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times. And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for Himself." (Dan.9:25, 26a)

Interpretation: In 453 B.C., Artaxerxes Longimanus, king of the Medes and Persians, gave nehemiah the commandment to go forth and rebuild Jerusalem (Neh. 2:5). There were several other proclamations made by Persian kings to release the Jews from captivity and let them return to Israel to rebuild the temple, but the principle proclamation to rebuild the city of Jerusalem itself was made in 453 B.C.

The prophecy predicted that from the time of that proclamation unto Messiah the Prince shall be--how long? 69 sevens of years, or 69 times seven years, which is exactly 483 years. From 453 B.C., this would bring us to exactly 30 A.D., the very year of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ!

Jesus dying for us on the cross
Messiah cut off 30 A.D.

Though Jesus was 33 years old when He was "cut off", modern historians date the birth of Jesus at 4 "B.C.", and His crucifixion IN 30 "A.D.". This is because of a miscalculation on the part of the Catholic monk, Dionysius, who in the 6th century devised our present calendar system.

Therefore, Jesus actually began His ministry at 30 years of age (LK. 3:23), in the year 27 A.D., and was crucified, as we said before, in 30 A.D. So here we have the 69 sevens of years, or the 483 years, giving us the exact time of the Messiah's crucifixion.

Now you notice that the prophecy divides the 69 weeks into two groups, one of seven weeks, and then 62 weeks. This was because the wall and city were built in the first seven weeks or 49 years. Then, after that, there were still 62 weeks, or 62 sevens of years, before the crucifixion of Christ.

It says, "Messiah shall be cut off, but not for Himself". Isaiah, in another prophecy, tells why the Messiah was to be "cut off". "For He was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of My people was he stricken... when thou shalt make His soul an offering for sin my righteous servant shall justify many; for He shall bear their iniquities." (Isa 53:8,10,11 --750 B.C.) He died for us--not for Himself, but for the transgression of the whole world--for our sins.

When Jesus died on the cross in 30 A.D. He accomplished in Himself the promises of that 24th verse: He finished the transgression, made an end of sins, and made reconciliation for iniquity, etc. As the Apostle Paul said, "We were reconciled to God by the death of His Son", (Rm. 5:10) And "He appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself." (Heb 9:26) He brought in "everlasting righteousness" through salvation. (Rm. 10:4)

Though Jesus accomplished all these promises in Himself, we as believers in Him do not fully possess them yet: We only have them now by faith, in the realm of the Spirit, and we will not possess them literally until Jesus returns.

For instance, it says that after "seventy weeks" the "vision and prophecy" will be "sealed up", or completed. Paul said that now "we prophesy in part. But when that which is perfect is come (Jesus), then that which is in part shall be done away." (I Cor. 13:9, 10)

Therefore, we know that this seventieth week has not happened yet, because when it ends it will usher in perfection upon God's people, which can happen only with the return of Christ! So this seventieth week is still in the future! (Note from webmaster: I personally believe the seventieth week will begin in my lifetime. I'm nearly 59 at the time of this post on Deep Truths.)

Vision: "Messiah shall 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." (Dan.9:26b)

Romans destroy city
Romans destroy city and sanctuary - 70 A.D.

Interpretation: After Jesus was crucified, do you know what happened to Jerusalem ("The city") and the Temple ("the sanctuary")? In 70 A.D. the Roman Legions came and burned Jerusalem to the ground, took the Temple down, and destroyed it. Over one million Jews were slain and 95,000 were taken as slaves!

Whether or not you agree with our interpretation of times and weeks, etc., you cannot argue with the facts of fulfilled prophecy that show that the Messiah would come before the destruction of the temple and the city in 70 A.D.--40 years after Jesus' death! This is only one of over 300 prophecies fulfilled in Jesus of Nazareth, all written 4 to 15 centuries before His birth!

Micah 5:2 , Isaiah 7:14 and 9:6 (750 B.C.) foretold that the Messiah was to be born in Bethlehem of a virgin, and was to be called "the Prince of Peace" Who had been in existence "from everlasting". His betrayal by Judas is seen in Zechariah 11:12, 13 (500 B.C.) for "thirty pieces of silver"; His crucifixion in Psalm 22:16, 18 (1000 B.C.)--"pierced my hands and my feet"; and resurrection in Psalm 16:10 --"will not leave my soul in hell."

We hope that you have accepted Jesus as the Messiah because we still have that seventieth week yet to go, which, as we said, will end with the second coming of Jesus Christ--this time not as a sacrificial lamb, but as a roaring lion to take over the world and rule it with a rod of iron. You'd better be ready!

Vision: He shall confirm the Covenant with many for one week (7 years): and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and 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." (Dan.9:27)

Interpretation: Now we have that week that was left over, that seventieth week--which will be the last seven years of history!

This "he" that confirms the covenant is the "prince that shall come", of verse 26. His people, the Romans, destroyed Jerusalem. They were "the people of the prince that SHALL come", who is the Antichrist, whose empire, according to other prophecies in Daniel 2 and 7 , will be a revival of and continuation of the old Roman Empire--in spirit and so forth!

This covenant has to do with the city of Jerusalem, the rebuilding of the ancient Jewish temple that used to stand on Mt. Moriah where the Dome of the Rock now stands, and restoration of the Temple worship of blood sacrifice.

Time Line Charts of the 70 Weeks of Daniel

Time Line Charts of the 70 Weeks of Daniel

Paul talked in Galatians of two Convenants that God makes with people: The covenant of promise was made to Abraham and his seed. Paul said this seed was Christ, and "if ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the Promise" of blessing from God! (Gal. 3:16, 29)

The other covenant is the Law, which came by Moses and contains the curse on all those who don't obey "all things which are written in the book of the law to do them." (Deut. 27:26) Of course, no one can, and that is why God sent Jesus to die for us. Anyhow, Paul compared this covenant to "Jerusalem which now is", or the flesh and blood children of Abraham: the so-called Jews.

The Antichrist will "confirm the covenant with many". This "many" may mean to both these, the natural stock of Israel as well as the spiritual descendants, the true Israel.

The only way this could ever happen, of course, is by an armed invasion of Israel, leading possibly to even full-scale atomic war, which will put a stop to the Arab-American-Israeli war, restore the Arab lands to their rightful owners, and make Jerusalem an international religious capitol of the world by a specific pact enforced on the participants by this invasion force, its coming world dictator, and his powerful one-world government which arises from the ashes of this war!

"In the midst of the week (at the end of 3 1/2 years, leaving 3 1/2 more) he shall cause the sacrifice and oblation to cease (in other words, stop religious worship), and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate."

This ceasing of the "daily sacrifice" by the AntiChrist is also predicted in Daniel chapters 8 and 11. In Daniel 8 it says, "by him (the little horn) the daily sacrifice was taken away, and the place of his sanctuary was cast down... (by) the transgression of desolation." (Dan.8:11-14) (See Time Line Charts for further explanation of these verses.) Daniel 11:31 says, "Arms shall stand on his part, and they... shall take away the daily sacrifice, and... place the abomination that maketh desolate."

This "abomination of desolation" is going to be the "image of the beast" or a demon-possessed idol of the Antichrist. It has something to do with money. The monetary system itself is an idol; it's the money god of Mammon, an abomination of desolation which the world worships! Money, in a way, is the "image of the beast" of this world, the reflection of his power--the entangling idol of governments today![4] "Shew me a penny. Whose image hath it? They answered... Caesar's." (Lk.20:24)

According to Revelation 13, the present money medium will soon be replaced by a new "money" medium, a very remarkable credit system in which every person in the world who belongs to the system will have a credit number, without which he cannot buy or sell. (Rev.13:7)

This number will be branded on each person: "a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads...that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast (the world leader and his government), or the number of his name...for it is the number of a man; and his number is six hundred three score and six (666)." (Rev.13:16,17)

Soon man will no longer fear the power of paper currency and their owners, but they will have a neW God, a new monetary medium, and be branded by the beast like cattle for the slaughter, and will be forced to worship the beast and this image, or be killed!

The control center for this credit system will be the magical speaking image of the Beast (probably the long-foretold super computer) which will be set up in the glorious holy mountain (Mt. Moriah, Jerusalem) where the Temple stood and the Mosque of Omar now stands. (See Dan.11:45)

Just look at how the world is being prepared for a mechanical god, an electronic brain, a computer deity, which they will then be willing to worship because it is their own creation, the work of their own hands. [7] "They worship the works of their own hands, that which their own fingers have made." (Isa.2:8)

This idol of the Antichrist, this abomination of desolation, will be put right in the temple at Jerusalem to make the Jews worship it. They will also endeavour to do so in the very hearts of the people, the true temple of God, the spiritual temple of God.

Mr. Cyntnia Systemite proudly gets the Mark of the Beast.

They will succeed in those who knew Him not and were not truly His temple, but in his true temple, those true remaining believers, they will not set up the abomination, that worship of the Antichrist. [8] As Jesus said, "The true worshippers shall worship the Father in Spirit and in truth"--the temple of His Spirit, not the temple "at Jerusalem". "And they (the true worshippers) shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of My hand." (Jn.4:21-23 ; 10:29)

Vision: Even unto the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate." (Dan.9:27)

Interpretation: The abomination will be placed in the temple in the midst of the week and will make desolate until the "consummation", which in the Hebrew literally means "completion", or the completion of the week.

Then, at the second coming of Jesus Christ, the wrath of God will be poured upon the desolate--those who have accepted the Antichrist as God and worshipped his image, which will bring desolation and abomination to all who believe in it.

Jesus said, "When ye shall see the abomination of desolation spoken of by Daniel the Prophet standing in the holy place where it ought not...then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be!" (Mt. 4:15,21 and Mk.13:14)

The first three and a half years of this dictator's seemingly benign rule will be followed by three and a half years of a reign of terror called the Great Tribulation, under this demon dictator's image and its false prophet, and an unparalleled worldwide persecution of both Jews and Christians!

According to the book of Revelation, it is during this time that the Gentiles will tread the Holy City under foot for "forty and two months"--"one thousand two hundred and threescore days"--while God's witnesses (the Children of God) shall prophesy in (red) sackcloth with great power and wonders until they have finished their testimony. then the beast shall make war against them and kill them because their message has tormented those who dwell on the earth. (Rev.11:2-10)

The great red beast (Rev.12:3) shall have power over all the earth for three and a half years, speaking great blasphemies and doing great wonders and miracles, so that all the world shall wonder after him and worship him, saying, "Who is like unto him, and who is able to make war with him?" (Rev.13:4-8 and II Th. 2:3-12)

The Antichrist and his forces will be all-powerful, so all-powerful they're even going to think they can make war on God and His people--and that's where they're going to lose! God is going to protect us and keep us, at least a lot of us if not most of us, supernaturally, miraculously, powerfully in many ways, and the message will get out all the more, in spite of everything they do! Then when it looks like we're going to be really wiped out, Jesus comes and saves us--a happy ending to the story!

For then, Jesus said "immediately after the tribulation of those days" (at the consummation or completion of Daniel's seventieth week), "Then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven...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 the uttermost part of the earth to the uttermost part of heaven." (Mt.24:29-31 ; Mk.13:27)

Here at the end of this seventieth week we have the glorious second coming of Jesus Christ to "gather together" his Church--the true believers. This gathering together involves first the resurrection of those saints who have died, and then the transformation of those believers still alive at His coming, both of whom, at that time, will receive immortal bodies!

"For the Lord Himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God... (and) them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with Him" when He comes.

"The dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so shall we ever be with the Lord." (1Th.4:14-17)

Are you prepared for these coming events? If not you'd better get ready, as things are really moving! Take Jesus now!

Copyright © 1998 by The Family

Comments (11)

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Fred (Mississauga, Canada) says...
The right prophetic program of God for the future is 1) rapture of the church(which can happen any moment from now) from earth to be with the Lord in heaven where the marriage supper of the Lamb and bema seat rewards will be given to believers; 2) the great tribulation on earth during the seven year rule of the antichrist after rapture of the saints; 3) the second coming of Christ at the end of the antichrist rule (note: Jesus will not touch the earth during the rapture but His feet will touch ... Read More
10th April 2013 10:53am
Webmaster James (Japan) says...
Fred, thank you for your comment. But according to 2 Thessalonians 2:3 ..."for that day SHALL NOT COME, EXCEPT there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;"

There indeed has been a falling way, but that man of sin is yet to be revealed. Moreover, the great tribulation has not yet begun. Matthew 24:29-31 is as clear as a bell the Rapture will occur after "the tribulation of those days", not before.
10th April 2013 6:22pm
jamesjpn (Japan) says...
According to Matthew 24, NONE of the elect (believer in the Lord Jesus Christ) will miss the rapture!
10th April 2013 9:10pm
Dennis (Esposende, Portugal) says...
It is sad to see so many people still confused about the Tribulation period. The pre-tribulation is not scriptural but has been so thoroughly taught that many are unwilling to see the error in it. Thank you for publishing such enlightening information.
9th August 2012 4:47am
Keith Groves (Kerens, US) says...
why would Jesus let His church go through all the tribulation that will come upon the earth.? and also the bible tells us that we will not know the time or hour our Lord will come for His bride, the church. also there has to be the judgment of the saints, and rewards. and the marrage supper of the Lamb. We will be seperated from the world through these troubled times. look up cause our Savior IS COMING for His bride. I truly believe as others do Jesus is coming for His church before the ... Read More
My friend, I think you are confusing the Tribulation with the Wrath of God on the wicked at the very END of the reign of the Antichrist. Have there been no martyrs since the time of Christ?

Revelation 7:13  ¶And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, What are these which are arrayed in white robes? and whence came they?
14  And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.
30th July 2012 9:31am
Truster (Millville, US) says...
Keith, God wants us on the earth during the great tribulation period for our testimony of god and to be a symbol of him. And to clear this up, the great tribulation period as show in this passage is the second 3.5 years in which gods people will be persecuted and convicted for his names sake. The wrath of god occurs after the rapture in which god takes up his chosen people and then the antichrist and all that follow him will be destroyed.
Thank you for sharing that! Did you know that Kent Hovind has changed his position on post-tribulation rapture and now supports it? Great news! Please see:
10th December 2012 1:42am
smart (Bangkok, Thailand) says...
This teaching was so powerful brother,thanks for that illumination.but I still find it hard to believe that the second coming of christ is for both christians and the jews.Remember that paul said in Roman 11-25-26,that after the fulness of the gentiles, the gospel will go back to the jews. and before the coming on jesus on earth, but told us that he will first come in the cloud and the death in christ will meet him in the cloud not on earth here.We know when he come on earth he is not going ... Read More
7th May 2012 10:32pm
Webmaster James (Japan) says...
According to Matthew 24:29-31, the Church WILL be on earth during the 3.5 year tribulation period just before the return of Christ! The "elect" in verse 31 is the Church. Verse 29 clearly says the angels of God will gather the elect, "immediately after the tribulation of those days."
8th May 2012 6:46pm
Michael Plunkett (Newberg, US) says...
I'm a little confused. I thought the "dead in Christ and those who remain that are caught up in the air to meet the Lord" referred to Christians dead and alive just before the Tribulation began. It seems you are saying this catching away occurs at the end of the Tribulation. Can you please explain that to me. I think your article was great!
5th February 2012 1:39pm
Webmaster James (Japan) says...
Many Christians today have been taught that Jesus will come to rescue us just before the Great Tribulation because, but this is not what the Bible tells us. Matthew 24:29 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: 30 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 ... Read More
5th February 2012 8:12pm
Ty (St Clair Shores, US) says...
Now the day that the command went out to rebuild, can it be found what time of year it was? Season or even what day? If that can be found then the actual birthday of Christ can be found. A Jew that was to begin ministry couldn't be annointed till they were 30 years old. An assumption that Jesus was annointed "Baptized" on his 30th birthday and began His ministry. I'm certain He wasn't born on Dec 25th. I'm also certain He wasn't baptized in the Jordan on Dec 25th either. The day the ... Read More
20th November 2011 6:52pm
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