Daniel and the 70 Weeks

Before starting to discussed Chapter 9 in the Book of Daniel, I must apologize to all my followers and readers of my Blog for me being absent for so many weeks due to personal obligations.

There is imperative to mention that the Book of Daniel is one of the most authenticated Books of the Bible, even so that Jesus Himself mentioned Daniel as part of the writings while on His time on Earth.  This serves to facilitate and help to establish its existence before the events predicted in the Book of Daniel.

This Chapter 9 in the Book of Daniel is an incredible and fascinating chapter.

We as believers must remember that as it is reminded to us in 2nd Thessalonians 2:

2Th 2:2-15 LITV

(2)  for you not to be quickly shaken in the mind, nor to be disturbed, neither through a spirit, nor through speech, nor through letter, as through us, as if the Day of Christ has come.

(3)  Do not let anyone deceive you in any way, because that Day will not come unless first comes the falling away, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition,

(4)  the one opposing and exalting himself over everything being called God, or object of worship, so as for him “to sit in the temple of God” as God, setting forth himself, that he is God. Dan. 11:36; Eze. 28:2

(5)  Do you not remember that I told you these things, I yet being with you?

(6)  And now you know the thing holding back, for him to be revealed in his time.

(7)  For the mystery of lawlessness already is working, only he is holding back now, until it comes out of the midst.

(8)  And then “the Lawless One” will be revealed, “whom” “the Lord” “will consume” “by the spirit of His mouth,” and will bring to nought by the brightness of His presence. Isa. 11:4

(9)  His coming is according to the working of Satan in all power and miraculous signs and lying wonders,

(10)  and in all deceit of unrighteousness in those being lost, because they did not receive the love of the truth in order for them to be saved.

(11)  And because of this, God will send to them a working of error, for them to believe the lie,

(12)  that all may be judged, those not believing the truth, but who have delighted in unrighteousness.

(13)  But we ought to thank God always concerning you, brothers, beloved by the Lord, because God chose you from the beginning to salvation in sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth,

(14)  to which He called you through our gospel, to obtain the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.

(15)  So, then, brothers, stand firm and strongly hold the teachings you were taught, whether by word or by our letter.

This is the time for us to approach the Word of God in a diligent manner and start to indulge ourselves in it with the truth of His Word…

Dan 9:1 LITV

(1)  In the first year of Darius, the son of Ahasuerus, of the seed of the Medes, who was made king over the realm of the Chaldeans,

In this verse, the Holy Spirit thru the writer of the Book is giving us the exact time for the events narrated in this particular chapter.  Keep in mind that the events of this chapter happened before the end of Chapter 6 (please referred to the table of chronological order of the Book of Daniel base on Chapters mentioned during the discussion of chapter one in this Blog).

Daniel’s Timeline Based on Chapters on PDF (click in this link until you see the image in a PDF File)

It is believed that the person here mentioned “Darius”, not only was from the kingdom of the Medes (which as you remembered at the end of chapter 5 in this Book of Daniel took over the Babylonian empire without a battle and killing Nebuchadnezzar successor, Belshazzar the king, please read the following:

Dan 5:1 LITV

(1)  Belshazzar the king made a great feast to a thousand of his nobles. And he drank wine before the thousand.

Dan 5:30-31 LITV

(30)  In that night Belshazzar, the king of the Chaldeans, was killed.

(31)  And Darius the Mede took the kingdom, being a son of sixty two years.

Please noticed it is mentioned that he (Darius) was from the Medes.  Many theologians, teachers, leaders and preachers, even many historians, indicate that the Persian King Cyrus placed this person on power; I tend to disagree to this statement (but of course I am a humble servant of the Lord).  There was a custom among kingdoms on ancient times, while on war; they tried to avoid such in every way the loss of men of war and minimizing hostilities using political venues to achieve the assimilation of other countries or kingdoms without great economical loss.  As a result of our analysis we could concluded that once the Medes took over the Babylonian kingdom killing, as mentioned before at the end of chapter 5, Belshazzar the Babylonian king, they also were taking over or better yet assimilated by the Persian Kingdom mentioned in the Book of Daniel as the “Ram” in chapter 8 of the Book.

Dan 9:2 LITV

(2)  in the first year of his reign, I, Daniel, understood the number of the years by books, which had been a Word of Jehovah to Jeremiah the prophet, that He would accomplish seventy years in the desolations of Jerusalem.

Here in this verse there are several interesting things to point out, not seen by the naked eye of the non believer, those are the following:

  1. Number of the years by books (plural on the “books” and singular on the “number”).  The books were the writings of the prophets and the number 70.
  2. Was predicted by the Word of God to Jeremiah the prophet
  3. Seventy years in the desolations of Jerusalem

Three important and very significant points to analyzed in this verse.

Jer 25:11-12 LITV

(11)  And this whole land shall be a waste and a horror; and these nations shall serve the king of Babylon seventy years.

(12)  And it shall be, when seventy years are fulfilled, I will punish the king of Babylon and that nation, and the land of the Chaldeans, for their iniquity, says Jehovah; and I will make it everlasting ruins.

Jer 29:10 LITV

(10)  For so says Jehovah, When according to My mouth seventy years have been fulfilled for Babylon, I will visit you and confirm My good Word to you, to bring you back to this place.

It has been 67 years that had passed until this moment in were Daniel is seeing this vision on chapter 9.

There is also a remarkable point, if you read this chapter in original Greek, the Word “YHWH” is mentioned 7 times in this chapter only.

Dan 9:3 LITV

(3)  And I set my face toward the Lord God, to seek by prayer and holy desires, with fasting, and sackcloth, and ashes.

It is remarkable once again how Daniel is not only an example to us today in his life as a man of God but more so using the resources available for those that are in the Lord and those are:

  1. Prayer
  2. Fasting
  3. Spiritual humbleness

Dan 9:4 LITV

(4)  And I prayed to Jehovah my God, and made my confession, saying, O Lord, the great and awesome God, keeping the covenant and mercy of those who love Him, and to those who keep His commandments,

In verse 4 Daniel commence to pray to the Lord God, and as you noticed the first thing he (Daniel) mention was “made my confession”, in accordance with the strong numbers this word is as follow:

H3034

ידה

yâdâh

yaw-daw’

A primitive root; used only as denominative from H3027; literally to use (that is, hold out) the hand; physically to throw (a stone, an arrow) at or away; especially to revere or worship (with extended hands); intensively to bemoan (by wringing the hands): – cast (out), (make) confess (-ion), praise, shoot, (give) thank (-ful, -s, -sgiving).

The first words out of the mouth of Daniel’s prayer are words of praising and exalting the Only Living God.  Let’s take this prayer by sections.

After Daniel exalted God in his beginning of the prayer, Daniel mentioned qualities from God to those call His followers and more so qualities in conjunctions with responsibilities from those call His followers.

Qualities from God to us mentioned in this verse:

  1. Keeping the covenant
  2. Merciful to those who love Him
  3. Merciful to those who keep His commandments (plural word)

Dan 9:5-6 LITV

(5)  we have sinned and have committed iniquity and have done evilly, and we have rebelled, even by departing from Your commandments and from Your judgments.

(6)  And we have not listened to Your servants the prophets, who spoke in Your name to our kings, our rulers, and our fathers, and to all the people of the land.

Qualities from us to God:

  1. Sinned
  2. Committed Iniquity
  3. Done Evilly
  4. Rebelled
  5. Departed from God’s Commandments
  6. Departed from God’s Judgments
  7. Not Listened to Your servants

Dan 9:7-8 LITV

(7)  O Lord, righteousness belongs to You, but to us the shame of our faces, as it is this day to the men of Judah, and to those living in Jerusalem, and to all Israel, who are near and who are afar through all the lands where You have driven them for their unfaithfulness which they have done against You.

(8)  O Lord, shame of face belongs to us, to our kings, to our rulers and to our fathers, because we have sinned against You.

In verses 7 and 8 Daniel praise God once again before proceeding to the next chapter of his prayer.  Immediately after doing so, Daniel admitted to God the shamefulness of our lives as a result of our behavior.  Also observe how Daniel mentioned in the beginning of his prayer the “men of Judah” and continues thru out with those “living in Jerusalem”, and ending with “all Israel”.

There is a believe, that some of the tribes of Israel disappeared from the face of earth, but as we know, God is not a man to lie nor son of man to lie either.  It is my believe that at the moment the people of Israel were overpowered by other kingdoms, some members of the “North Kingdom” also known as “Israel”, came to the “South Kingdom” also known as “Judah” looking for support from their own.  As a result of such actions, the remnant was a complete representation of the House of Israel.

Division of Solomon’s Empire  (Click until you see the image on a PDF File)

Dan 9:9-11 LITV

(9)  To the Lord our God belong mercies and pardons, for we have rebelled against Him.

(10)  We have not obeyed the voice of the Lord our God, to walk in His laws which he set before us by His servants the prophets.

(11)  Yea, all Israel has transgressed Your Law and turned aside that they might not obey Your voice. For this reason the curse has poured out on us, and the oath that is written in the Law of Moses the servant of God, because we have sinned against Him.

Daniel continues declaring how imperfect is the men even to the point of not being capable to follow the Law and path of our God the Lord.

Dan 9:12-13 LITV

(12)  And He has confirmed His Words which He spoke against us, and against our judges who judge us, by bringing on us a great evil. For under the whole heavens it has not been done as it has been done to Jerusalem.

(13)  As it is written in the Law of Moses, all this evil has come on us. Yet we did not make our prayer before Jehovah our God that we might turn from our perversities and understand Your truth.

In verse 12, Daniel declared how God confirmed His Words…   Remembered this is based on the Book of Jeremiah that Daniel himself was capable to understand by one of the manifestation of the Holy Spirit of God described in Isaiah 11:2 (read below)

Isa 11:2 LITV

(2)  And the Spirit of Jehovah shall rest on Him; He will have the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and power, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of Jehovah.  (This verse speaks about the Lord Jesus Christ our Savior, but it does describe the seven manifestations of the Holy Spirit of God).

Dan 9:14-16 LITV

(14)  And Jehovah has looked on the evil and has made it come on us. For Jehovah our God is righteous in all His works which He does. For we did not obey His voice.

(15)  And now, O Lord our God, who brought Your people out of the land of Egypt with a mighty hand and made for Yourself a name, as it is this day; we have sinned; we have done evilly.

(16)  O Lord, I pray to You, according to all Your righteousness, let Your anger and Your fury be turned away from Your city Jerusalem, Your holy mountain. For because of our sins and of our fathers’ iniquities, Jerusalem and Your people have become a reproach to all those around us.

Daniel continued declaring to God His glory and pleading for His mercy.

Dan 9:14-16 LITV

(14)  And Jehovah has looked on the evil and has made it come on us. For Jehovah our God is righteous in all His works which He does. For we did not obey His voice.

(15)  And now, O Lord our God, who brought Your people out of the land of Egypt with a mighty hand and made for Yourself a name, as it is this day; we have sinned; we have done evilly.

(16)  O Lord, I pray to You, according to all Your righteousness, let Your anger and Your fury be turned away from Your city Jerusalem, Your holy mountain. For because of our sins and of our fathers’ iniquities, Jerusalem and Your people have become a reproach to all those around us.

The intensity of Daniel’s prayer is to the point of feeling his emotional and physical exhaustion and much more.

In our spiritual lives there is a battle not with the physical world but with the spiritual world.  As it is said by apostle Paul in Ephesians:

Eph 6:11-12 LITV

(11)  Put on all the armor of God, for you to be able to stand against the wiles of the Devil,

(12)  because wrestling against flesh and blood is not to us, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the world’s rulers, of the darkness of this age, against the spiritual powers of evil in the heavenlies.

Dan 9:18-23 LITV

(18)  O my God, bow down Your ear and hear; open Your eyes and see our ruins and the city which is called by Your name. For we do not make our prayers fall before You on account of our righteousnesses, but because of Your great mercies.

(19)  O Lord, hear! O Lord, forgive! O Lord, attend to us and work! Do not delay, for Your own sake, O my God. For Your name is called on Your city and on Your people.

(20)  And while I was speaking and praying and confessing my sin and the sin of my people Israel, and making my cry fall before Jehovah my God for the holy mountain of my God,

(21)  and while I was setting my prayer in order, then the man Gabriel, whom I had seen in the vision at the beginning, touched me in my severe exhaustion about the time of the evening sacrifice.

(22)  And he enlightened me and talked with me, and said, O Daniel, I have now come out to give you skill in understanding.

(23)  At the beginning of your prayers the word came forth, and I have come to explain it. For you are greatly beloved. Then consider the matter and understand the vision:

From verses 18 throughout 23 Daniel in respond to his supplication and desire for the forgiving mercy of God, the angel Gabriel was sent to Daniel with one of the manifestations of the Holy Spirit, understanding.  Daniel, with the mercy of the Only Living God, will be able now to understand the vision given to him by God, and with an answer sent from God to him thru the angel Gabriel.

Now, this is the part in where the angel Gabriel gives understanding to Daniel by the mercy of God.  I like to ask you for your full attention while I display the prophecy in a simple way to understand it.  You, in the other hand, might disagree with me and I will respect and understand so, but I hope in the Lord our Savior we can agree in one thing that is that the Lord is coming soon!!!

Dan 9:24 LITV

(24)  Seventy weeks are decreed as to your people, and as to your holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make atonement for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the Most Holy.

In verse 24 there are total of 70 weeks for the decreed to take place, with a remarkable moments of happiness at those 70 weeks.  Those are:

  1. finish the transgression,
  2. end of sins (plural word not a singular term),
  3. make atonement for iniquity,
  4. bring in everlasting righteousness,
  5. seal up the vision,
  6. seal up the prophecy,
  7. anoint the Most Holy.

Dan 9:25 LITV

(25)  Know, then, and understand that from the going out of a word to restore and to rebuild Jerusalem, to Messiah the Prince, shall be seven weeks and sixty two weeks. The street shall be built again, and the wall, even in times of affliction.

The Word of God is very clear when you allow the Holy Spirit to guide you…  Let’s see this verse 25.

Know, then, and understand that from the going out of a word to restore and to rebuild Jerusalem, to Messiah the Prince, shall be seven weeks

If we use simple mathematical calculations we can say this:

Time Table of the Weeks on Daniel 9  (click on this link until you see the image on a PDF File Format)

360-Day Years Calendar historical background: All ancient calendars were based on a 360-day calendar: Assyrians, Chaldeans, Egyptians, Hebrews, Persians, Greeks, Phoenicians, Chinese, Mayans, Hindus, Carthaginians, Etruscans, Teutons, etc.  All these calendars were based on a 360-day year; typically, twelve 30-day months. (In ancient Chaldea, their calendar was based on a 360-day year and it is from this Babylonian tradition that we have 360 degrees in a circle, 60 minutes to an hour, 60 seconds in each minute.)  Was not but until later in history at around the beginning of the 1st century that the Julian Calendar was adopted with the leap year was introduced (maybe –46 BCE).

  • From the moment the Jews are sent to restored the city to the moment of the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks = 7(weeks) x 7(days) x 360 (days based on the Jewish calendar) = 17640 days.  From the time of the decreed from Cyrus The Persian and in accordance with “The Time Tables of History” 3rd revised edition and written by Bernard Grun, based upon Werner Stein’s Kulturfahrplan around this date the Torah becomes the moral essence of the Jewish State.  Base on our calendar the date should be March/14/445 BCE.

… and sixty two weeks…

  • From the time when the Torah became the moral essence of the Jewish State, We will take those 62 weeks.  62(weeks) x 7(days) x 360 (days Jewish calendar) = 156240 days.  If we plot those days on the human historical time table as we did with the above days, we will end at the moment of the Triumphal Entry of Jesus Christ The King:  Please read the following Mathew 21: 1-9; Mark 11: 1-10; Luke 19: 29-39; John 12: 12-16.  This is approximately, sometimes in April/06/32 CE.

Zec 9:9 LITV

(9)  Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your King comes to you! He is righteous and being victorious, humble, and riding on an ass, even on a colt, the son of an ass.

Luk 19:37-38 LITV

(37)  And as He was already drawing near to the descent of the Mount of Olives, all the multitude of the disciples began rejoicing, to praise God with a loud voice concerning all the works of power which they saw,

(38)  saying, “Blessed is the One coming in the name of the Lord,” the King. Peace in Heaven, and glory in the highest! Psa. 118:26

Dan 9:26 LITV

(26)  And after sixty two weeks, Messiah shall be cut off, but not for Himself. And the people of a coming ruler shall destroy the city and the sanctuary. And its end shall be with the flood, and ruins are determined, and war shall be until the end.

In the 26th verse it is described how the Lord Jesus Christ will be rejected and crucified.  In and about 70 CE, the Romans destroyed the Temple.  Noticed how the verse indicates that the people of a coming ruler (in a lower case, indicative of the anti-Christ (impostor)), also it does said about the wars and rumors of war, etc.

Dan 9:27 LITV

(27)  And he shall confirm a covenant with the many for one week. And in the middle of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the offering to cease. And on a corner of the altar will be abominations that desolate, even until the end. And that which was decreed shall pour out on the desolator.

In verse 27 it does continue describing the ruler with a lowercase “he”, “shall confirm covenant with many for one week”, noticed the used of the preposition “shall” which is indicative of a command or in an authoritarian way (no choice), confirm covenant with many, and the word “many” may indicate “Israel”, read below:

Isa 28:14-18 LITV

(14)  So hear the Word of Jehovah, scornful men, rulers of this people in Jerusalem.

(15)  Because you have said, We have cut a covenant with death; and, We have made a vision with Sheol, when the overwhelming rod passes through it will not come to us for we have made the lie our refuge, and we have hidden in falsehood.

(16)  So, the Lord Jehovah says this: Behold, I place in Zion a Stone for a foundation, a tried Stone, a precious Cornerstone, a sure Foundation; he who believes shall not hasten.

(17)  And I will lay justice for a line, and righteousness for a plummet; and the hail shall sweep away the refuge of the lie; and the waters shall overflow the hiding place.

(18)  And your covenant with death shall be covered; and your vision with Sheol shall not rise up. When the overwhelming whip passes through, then you shall be for a trampling to it.

So in accordance with the Word of God, in the Book of Daniel chapter 9 verses 27 the anti-Christ will renew the covenant with Israel for seven years, but after 3 ½ years he will break such covenant.  If you wish to know more details about these events, read Revelation chapters 6 through 19 to see the events on the 70th week of Daniel.

This particular impostor will not be capable to imposed the covenant but after is on power, also cannot appear until the “Holy Spirit” is removed, the Holy Spirit indwell in the Church.  Please read below:

2Th 2:2-13 LITV

(2)  for you not to be quickly shaken in the mind, nor to be disturbed, neither through a spirit, nor through speech, nor through letter, as through us, as if the Day of Christ has come.

(3)  Do not let anyone deceive you in any way, because that Day will not come unless first comes the falling away, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition,

(4)  the one opposing and exalting himself over everything being called God, or object of worship, so as for him “to sit in the temple of God” as God, setting forth himself, that he is God. Dan. 11:36; Eze. 28:2

(5)  Do you not remember that I told you these things, I yet being with you?

(6)  And now you know the thing holding back, for him to be revealed in his time.

(7)  For the mystery of lawlessness already is working, only he is holding back now, until it comes out of the midst.

(8)  And then “the Lawless One” will be revealed, “whom” “the Lord” “will consume” “by the spirit of His mouth,” and will bring to nought by the brightness of His presence. Isa. 11:4

(9)  His coming is according to the working of Satan in all power and miraculous signs and lying wonders,

(10)  and in all deceit of unrighteousness in those being lost, because they did not receive the love of the truth in order for them to be saved.

(11)  And because of this, God will send to them a working of error, for them to believe the lie,

(12)  that all may be judged, those not believing the truth, but who have delighted in unrighteousness.

(13)  But we ought to thank God always concerning you, brothers, beloved by the Lord, because God chose you from the beginning to salvation in sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth,

Praise the Lord!

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