Daniel’s 70th Week
“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.” Daniel 9:24
Right away Daniel is told by Gabriel what is yet to come, how long it will involve, and what the purpose/outcome is.
– It’s 70 ‘weeks’. But we understand that it really means 70×7 years (490 years total).
– It will end with the total absence of sins (everlasting righteousness).
– It will result in the completion of prophecy.
– It will culminate in the anointing of the most Holy (the return of Christ as King on earth).
“Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times.” Daniel 9:25
We see in the next verse a total of 69 weeks that began with the order given to rebuild Jerusalem and the Temple.
“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.” Daniel 9:26
At the end of the 69 weeks, the Messiah was ‘cut off’… crucified.
Now, most scholars explain the next part as a reference to the city being destroyed in 70AD by a group of people associated with the ‘prince that shall come’ (the Antichrist). But I don’t believe that is the event described here. It cannot describe the Temple destruction in 70AD because it includes a flood, which is not mentioned in historical records during the destruction of Jerusalem by Titus.
At this point in Gabriel’s explanation, we see a break in the sequence after the first 69 weeks, leaving one week to be fulfilled at a future time.
Looking back at verse 25, we see that the 70 Weeks began with the order to build the city of Jerusalem and the Temple. As often is the case with biblical prophecy, it is a repeated theme. We see the same thing in the verse 26.
The final 70th week will begin with the order to rebuild the city of Jerusalem and Temple once again. Of course, you are probably thinking ‘Jerusalem doesn’t need to be rebuilt’. Well, it will after the Psalm 83 war, which involves Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq, Saudi Arabia and Syria (all muslim nations) attacking Israel in the near future.
It is out of the Psalm 83 War (which is also described in the first 6 Trumpets of Revelation, as well as the second part of Daniel, chapter 11) that the Antichrist will rise to power.
“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.” Daniel 9:27
So, Daniel’s 70th Week will restart the clock on the day that the Antichrist confirms a treaty allowing the jews to rebuild Jerusalem, as well as giving them permission to finally build their Temple.
Note that only a muslim leader will have the authority to give permission for the Temple to be rebuilt on the Temple Mount since it encroaches on the third most important mosque on the planet.
As Gabriel further explains in verse 27, the Antichrist confirms the “covenant with many for one week”. Then, halfway into the 7 year treaty, he starts his religious war on all jews (and christians). This is the period that will end with a flood, which is consistent with Daniel’s order of events in chapter 11…
“And in his estate shall stand up a vile person, to whom they shall not give the honor of the kingdom: but he shall come in peaceably, and obtain the kingdom by flatteries.And with the arms of a flood shall they be overflown from before him, and shall be broken; yeah, also the prince of the covenant.” Daniel 11:21-22
We also see a flood as a main part of the action in Revelation chapter 12, which is a chapter devoted to the persecution of the jews and christians by satan (through the Antichrist).
“And when the dragon saw that he was cast unto the earth, he persecuted the woman which brought forth the man child. And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent. And the serpent cast out of his mouth water as a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away of the flood. And the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed up the flood which the dragon cast out of his mouth. And the dragon was wroth the the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.” Revelation 12:13-17
Clearly this event has not happened yet. Therefore, the reference in Daniel is for the future, as well. Also note that the flood of chapter 12 happens after the Trumpets of chapters 6-9. Since the first 6 Trumpets describe the Psalm 83 war, which will destroy much of Jerusalem, it logically explains prophecy describing the Antichrist giving permission to rebuild Jerusalem and the Temple, starting the 70th Week. It is halfway into the same ‘week’ that he stops the daily sacrifices and defiles the Temple.
Does it make sense now?