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Daniel’s 70 Week Prophecy in Daniel 9 is one of the most diversely discussed topics in the whole
Bible.  There are many different times and dates used by different scholars and many different
views are taught.   Yet this is one of the most amazing prophecies and also the one which has the
most uncertainty as to the time periods indicated.  Many different years and different decrees
could be used.  Even Jesus’ birth year and month are debated amongst scholars.   

Daniel knew from Jeremiah’s writings that Israel would remain in Babylon for 70 years.   So when
that time had passed, he prayed to God asking for forgiveness on behalf of his people and asking
God to bring their captivity to an end and let them restore their city and their temple.  The angel
Gabriel came to him to give him God’s message.  And this is what he told him.

Seventy weeks are determined for your people and for your holy city, to finish the transgression, to
make an end of sins, to make reconciliation for iniquity, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal
up vision and prophecy, and to anoint the Most Holy.  Know therefore and understand, that from the
going forth of the command to restore and build Jerusalem until Messiah the Prince, there shall be
seven weeks and sixty-two weeks…

Gabriel told him that 70 weeks or 490 years were given to your people (Israel) and to their holy city
(Jerusalem) to put an end to sin, to make peace with God, and to anoint the Most Holy.  The next
sentence confirms that it is Messiah the Prince (Jesus) who is being referred to here as the Most
Holy.  So that gives us a beginning and an end to this prophecy and a time frame:  70 weeks or 490
years for this entire prophecy to be fulfilled.  Gabriel then says that within that 70 week period,
from
…the command to restore and build Jerusalem until Messiah…  there will be 7 weeks and 62
weeks, or 69 weeks.    Counting backwards from the Messiah there would be 49 years and 434
years which is 483 years (seven weeks and sixty two weeks or sixty nine weeks) according to this
scripture.  This decree
…to restore and build Jerusalem… brings us back to the Book of
Ezra/Nehemiah which covered those years.  The exact dates are in dispute due to the uncertainty
of accurate records and in determining the exact decree issued and the interruptions in the
rebuilding so rather than argue about it, we will have to believe that God was spot on like he
always is.  So that leaves 7 years still unaccounted for which we can now count forward from when
the Messiah comes.   But we can’t count forward from his birth but from when he was anointed (as
the scripture says) or baptised by John.   This was when he started his ministry, when he was
about 30 years old and is believed to be in 27 AD.  The final week therefore happens after the
anointing of the Messiah because
..he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week… which
he does after he is anointed. There is no “missing week” it’s all a matter of how one counts it.

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.

He shall confirm the covenant with many for one week.. (seven years) and halfway through at the
3 ½ year mark, he will be .
.cut off.. or crucified, …but not for himself… but for all sinners.  By his
crucifixion he would bring an end to sacrifice and offerings at the temple because they were no
longer required.  This was evidenced by the curtain in the temple being torn in two from top to
bottom.  Jesus made a covenant (the new covenant in his blood) with many, but not only for seven
years but forever.   The seven years here refers to the 7 years of this prophecy, not to the length
of the covenant.   It should be understood as
"for 7 years he made the covenant with many".  It
means that for 7 years the gospel or the "new covenant in his blood" would be preached to the
Jews; for 3 ½ years by Jesus and after his crucifixion for 3 ½ years by his disciples.   This ended in
34 AD when Stephen spoke to the Jewish ruling council and they rejected the gospel message and
stoned him.  (Acts 7)  This ended the final 7 years allotted for this prophecy to be fulfilled and after
that the gospel was preached to all nations and to both Jews and Gentiles throughout the world.   
The 70 year prophecy was for
your people and your holy city, this is why the covenant was to be
preached to the Jews first, and after the 7 years to the rest of the world.  
The people of the prince
that shall come…
refers to the Romans under Titus who destroyed the Temple and the City in
70 AD.  This left not only Jerusalem but all of Israel desolate just like this prophecy stated.

It would be much easier to understand if it was written this way:  
Seventy weeks are determined for
your people and for your holy city, to finish the transgression, to make an end of sins, to make
reconciliation for iniquity, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal up vision and prophecy, and
to anoint the Most Holy.  Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the command
to restore and build Jerusalem until Messiah the Prince, there shall be seven weeks and sixty-two
weeks.  And he (Messiah) shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the
week he shall be cut off, but not for himself and cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease.   

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 for the
overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that
determined shall be poured upon the desolate

There are some who say that Daniel’s 70th week will be fulfilled when the Antichrist signs a peace
agreement with Israel for 7 years which will begin the Tribulation period, however there are
difficulties with this.   Firstly, this is a 70 week prophecy which ends at the anointing of the Holy
One or Jesus.  Therefore this prophecy cannot be extended into the end times.  There is no Holy
One that will be anointed in the end times.  Also, nowhere are we told that the antichrist signs an
agreement with anyone.  Furthermore, how can the “many” refer to Israel?  The Antichrist does
not come on the scene untill Chapter 13 in Revelations and rules the earth for 3 ½ years so if this
was the start of the tribulation then it would only be 3 1/2 years long.  This is at the end of the 7th
trumpet which is halfway through the tribulation.   The seven seals are opened before the
tribulation which starts after the 6th seal.   The tribulation consists of 7 trumpet and 7 vial
judgments.   Because the antichrist comes halfway through the tribulation and rules for 3 ½ years
it can be determined that the tribulation lasts 7 years.  God works in 7 year cycles.  This has
nothing to do with Daniel’s 70th week in determining how long it will be.  The Tribulation is just
another 7 year cycle which was established in Leviticus 25.   Also for the antichrist to stop the
sacrifice, a third temple would have to be built and be operational before he comes.  There is no
mention of that happening.   The prophecy in Daniel does not speak of the 70th week being at the
time of the end, or mention the antichrist.    The antichrist does not confirm or make any
covenants, only God or Jesus do and in this case it is the new covenant in Jesus’ blood.   Also, this
prophecy was for ...your people (Israel) and your holy city (Jerusalem)...this is why it can't extend
into the end times because the end times involves the whole world (every nation, tribe, people,
and language) not just the Jews and Jerusalem.

Another way to see this is to follow the timeline.  The prophecy is 70 weeks long.  Within that 70
weeks there are 7 weeks and 62 weeks which covers from the decree to restore Jerusalem to
Messiah.   Notice Daniel 9:26-27, it says.. after the 62 weeks shall Messiah confirm a covenant for
one week...   After what?   After the 62 weeks.   So the timeline of the entire 70 week prophecy is
7 weeks, 62 weeks, and 1 week which makes 70 weeks.  There is no missing week.  

There is much more that can be said about this and many more scriptures used to validate this
prophecy, but this is a general overview of it.  You can do several in depth studies on it and you
will find that there are many different versions and dates used as well.  This is the way I see it
which makes the most sense and fits the scriptures.  The main point here is that I believe that it is
perfectly clear that this prophecy does not carry forward into Revelations but was fulfilled in the
time of Jesus.
Daniel's 70th Week