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For a better understanding of Israel in end times prophecy, let we studied the 70 weeks of Daniel prophecy.
This is a amazing prophecy that provides us to with a number of important truths.
The 70 weeks prophecy of Daniel gives us an important starting date for the 2300 days (years) prophecy of Daniel 8. It also gives us a definitive time frame that God gave the Jews as a nation to turn to Him and accept Jesus. And most important of all it confirms Jesus Christ as the Messiah. In this amazing study we will find out exactly what happened to the Jewish nation when this time prophecy was fulfilled and came to an end.
It is interesting that the non-Messianic Jews who these 70 weeks of Daniel partly concerns, actually leave it well alone, because they believe it to be accursed. The tragic thing is, if they really studied and heeded what it said, then they would have realized how exactly Jesus was. This is one reason why Bible prophecy is so important for us.
Unfortunatel, these days we have so many interpretations of end times Bible prophecy. Why is that? Well, One of the reasons is that TRUE Bible prophecy point to the Roman Catholic Church as the Bible Antichrist, and therefore, as a counter to the well known Christian reformation which exposed the Papal Church of Rome as antichrist, they commissioned Jesuits priests to think of different interpretations, so that the Roman Catholic Church no longer stood as antichrist (according to the new false Jesuit interpretations.) How did they do this? By cutting of 7 years of the 70 weeks of Daniel and putting it in the future, where a future (different) antichrist would put an end to the sacrifice in a rebuild temple in Israel, and sadly the majority of Christians have fallen for this false teaching of Rome.
How do you know that you find the truth here? Because we only used the WORD of God and historical facts to reveal the truth.
Many Christians, as said above, cut off the 7 years from this 70 weeks prophecyof Daniel and placed them in the future, but there is not a single line of scripture that tell us to do this.
So let me start by saying that the seventy weeks of Daniel are seventy CONTINUES weeks of prophetic time. This is so important to grasp. There are no gaps in between this prophecy, but a continues unbroken time line. There is no scriptural support for the theory that the last week of this 70 weeks is cut off and placed it in the future, like so many people like to believe. So how long is the 70 'prophetic' weeks? We will find out below. Let's now delve into this fascinating Bible prophecy of Daniel, the great prophet and servent of God. Daniel 9:2.
Daniel was a student of Jeremiah's prophecies, and understood that the 70 years of captivity for the Israelites has comes to an end. Jeremiah 25:11-12.
The seventy years that Jeremiah had prophesied about had now to come to an end with the fall of Babylon.
Daniel now comes before God in prayer. Take a good look how Daniel approaches our Heavenly Father. Daniel 9:3-4.
How does the majority of the Christian world today come to God? We seems to think these days that a quick prayer without even bowed head will do. There is very little reverence for God this days, so we need to learn a lesson from Daniel. He came to God in prayer with, Fasting Sackcloth and Ashes!!, does that mean we need to covered in sackcloth and ashes? No, but we need to take the lesson of reverence and humility from Daniel. And how doeshe adress God? 'The great and dreadful God'. He has complete reverence for our Almighty Creator and glorious way if the church would learn how to come before Him. So why does Daniel come before God in prayer? Daniel 9:5-6.
The Israelites kept falling into sin and desobeing God, and if you study through the Old Testament you will find that they kept falling into apostasy over and over again and that is why they were taken into captivity, because of their many sins, and constant turning from the LORD. So Daniel comes before God to confess their sins and ask for forgiveness. So this is a good lesson for us in that we should be asking for forgiveness for others we know, not just for ourselves. Daniel doesn't pray for himself, he prays for ALL Israel. Daniel 9:20-22.
Daniel was given a vision in chapter 8, and now during his prayer, the angel Gabriel was commanded by God to go and give Daniel understanding about the vision given. Now we know that this was concerning the vision in chapter 8. Because there is no other vision given to Daniel between that time and his prayer in chapter 9. The vision is concerning the 2300 days (from chapter 8) where at the end of the vision, if you read it, you will find that Daniel fainted and was silk and couldn't understand the vision (Daniel 8:27). Gabriel had come now to give Daniel 'skill and understanding' about the vision. Daniel 9:24.
At mentioned at the start of this page, this prophecy of the 70 weeks were given to the Jews to put an end to their sin. God choose the nation of Israel to be a light to the World, to take God's Word to the world and bring glory to Him. But, the Israelites failed because their constant sin and apostasy. So now God through Daniel gives them 70 weeks to put an end once and for all to their falling away, otherwise He will would take away from them their special status of being the chosen nation and give it to someone else. Jesus confirmed this Himself when He said in Matthew 21:43.
Why Jesus say this? Because the nation of Israel had failed. They didn't end their sin and rebellion against God's law, and they didn't accept Jesus as their Saviour. So the kingdom of God was taken from them and given to the Gentiles (anyone who accepts Jesus Christ). Did this mean that the Jews were lost? No, it just means that they no longer enjoyed special status as God's only special people. "The kingdom of God shall be taken from you (Jews) and given to another nation (Gentiles)".
Are the 70 Weeks of Daniel Literal Weeks? No, you see in Bible prophecy a day equal a year. Note the two following scriptures: Ezekiel 4:6. Numbers 14:34.
So one day in Bible prophecy is one literal year. So let's calculate the 70 weeks 70×7=490. So the 70 weeks is 490 prophetic days, but taking into account that a day is a year in Bible prophecy, then this 70 weeks is actual 490 years. Most Bible scholarsare in agreement that tis time period is actually 490 years, not days. So to remain as God's special chosen nation, Isreal have 490 years to put a complete end to their sins. But when did the 490 years start?
Starting Point for 70 Weeks
Daniel 9:25. Ezra 7:13,20
Artaxerxes issued the above agree in 457BC. This is were some people disagree, because the command to rebuild Jerusalem had already been given by Syrus, and the rebuilding had already started. We find this degree in Ezra 1:3.
This degree was given in 539BC. But the Israelites were force to stop rebuilding the city by Artaxerxes. Ezra 4:21-23.
But notice that they were the ONLY stop UNTIL they were given an other command by Artaxerxes to continue. So it is at the second command that the 490 years (70 weeks prophecy begins.
Is there any way we can be sure that we have chosen the right command? Yes! There is a very sure way of knowing that we have chosen the right one, because within this 70 weeks (490) years prophecy, Christ is reveal as the Messaiah. Daniel 9:25.
Did you notice there, from the command until MESSAIAH THE PRINCE? This is none other then Christ Jesus. So, we need to do some easy straightforward calculating to work this out. The seven weeks and threescore and two weeks in the above above verse is 69 weeks, which amount to 483 days. Now we know a Bible day is a year. So this 483 days is actually 483 years AFTER the command (second command of Artacerxes) to rebuild Jerusalem, Jesus would be revealed as the Messaiah. This is the important bit as to know which command to choose:
If you choose the first command by Cyrus in 539BC and take away 483 years, we come to 53BC.
If you choose the second command by Artaxeres in 457BC and take away the 483 years, we come to 27AD.
What happened in 53BC? Nothing that concerned Jesus.
What happened in 27AD? Jesus baptism! He is revealed as Messaiah.
So now you can see why the second command by Artaxerxes HAS to be used. Not that we need any more confirmation that we using the right starting point with the second command, but God amazing truth gives us even more confirmation. You see, in Daniel 9:25, the angel Gabriel gives two time periods, 'one period of the 7 weeks' and the other period of 'threescore and two weeks' which equates with 434 years. Now if we take 434 from 408BC (when rebuilding the city had finished) we come to 27AD, Jesus baptism.
The Roman army in 70AD, came and destroyed the city of Jerusalem:
"In AD66, when Cestius came against the city, but withdrew the Christian decerned in this the sign foretold by Christ and fled, while 1,1001,000 Jews are said that have been killed in the terrible siege in AD70" Eusebius, Church History, book 3, Chapter 5.