The Watchman's Buffet
Days of Daniel
Home | Insights | Q&A | Study Tools | Favorite Links | Essays/Studies | Contact Me | Guest Studies/Articles

Daniel's 70 Weeks

The meaning of the “times” in the book of Daniel

Among the claims which are extant in the modern 'last days' prophecies is that:

1) There is a recognizable "seven last years" from Daniel's prophecy, which are 'open ended' and not yet fulfilled, or that:

2) Christ's ministry was three and a half years which fulfilled a part of the seven years leaving the rest for the 'end times' which are yet to be determined, for which :

3) The old Jewish temple will have to be rebuilt, so that 'the beast' will have 'someplace to sit' when the rest of the last day events occur.

This study will address the first 2 of these questions, proving the following three points:

A) There is no 'last seven years' in abeyance (on hold) and there never was. Christ fulfilled the prophets just like He stated in LK 24:44.

B) Christ's ministry in the flesh began at His baptism, and lasted until His crucifixion, and was in length a total of 434 days.  (click the '434' day link at the botttom of this study for details)

C) The books of Revelation, the Gospels as well as the Prophets, including Daniel are in complete synchronicity and are clear in their time frames.

The final Item having to do with the Temple is addressed in a separate study. This separate study proves that the final "temple" is not a physical one, but as both Jesus and Paul said, it is "within you", the Christian. It is this 'physical' temple which is necessary to perpetuate the myths of the first two points.

The result of the above is that the 'last times' are rife with events which will occur for the most part, unnoticed by many, and it is not seven years in duration.

Let us begin:

There are several seemingly conflicting time periods in the book of Daniel. This study addresses them. First chapter 8, then chapter 12, then back to chapter 9. The main key to understanding the 2300 days in Dan 8 begins by looking at the question actually being answered. The 2300 is the answer to (8:13)........ "How long shall be the vision concerning the daily sacrifice AND the transgression of desolation to give both the sanctuary and the host to be trodden under foot?

Dan 8:14 And he said unto me, Unto two thousand and three hundred DAYS; then shall the sanctuary be cleansed. (KJV)

Note Carefully: The manuscripts do not use the word "days" in these verses. The word translated days is actually 2 words, and unique ones at that. Literally, the translation is "2300 evening-mornings". The manuscripts use these words "evenings-mornings". You should look them up in your Strong's. Here are the Brigg's Lexicon usages definitions for comparison.

Strong's # 6153 `ereb- evening, night, sunset a) evening, sunset b) night (DIC)

Strong's # 1242 boqer- morning, the break of day a) morning 1) used of end of night 2) used of coming of daylight 3) used of coming of sunrise 4) used of beginning of day 5) used of bright joy after a night of distress (figurative) b) the morrow, the next day, the next morning (DIC)

Later on in this same chapter, the translators correctly translated it.

Dan 8:26 And the vision of the evening and the morning which was told is true: wherefore shut thou up the vision; for it shall be for many days. (KJV)

Now we need to examine the meaning of this number 2300. Man in his zeal says "well an evening-morning is a day, isn't it?” Yes to them it may be, but to God it isn’t. Recall that this is very plain in Genesis chapter 1. The Holy Spirit separates the evenings and mornings, and makes a special statement to combine them into a "day". The Holy Spirit does not do this just to take up space explaining something that should be obvious. Compare the word used for "day" many other places in this book of Daniel.

Strong's # 3117 yowm- day, time, year a) a day (as opposed to night) b) a day (24 hour period) 1) as defined by evening and morning in Genesis 1 2) as a division of time; a working day, a day's journey c) days, lifetime (plural) d) time, period (general) e) year f) temporal references 1) today 2) yesterday 3) tomorrow (DIC)

Lets find the special statement. If the Angel of the Lord said it was true, you can bet all that it is in His Word. We turn to:

Exod 29:39-41

39 The one lamb thou shalt offer in the morning; and the other lamb thou shalt offer at even:

40 And with the one lamb a tenth deal of flour mingled with the fourth part of an hin of beaten oil; and the fourth part of an hin of wine for a drink offering.

41 And the other lamb thou shalt offer at even, and shalt do thereto according to the meat offering of the morning, and according to the drink offering thereof, for a sweet savour, an offering made by fire unto the LORD.

And for the second Witness:

Num 28:3-4

3 And thou shalt say unto them, This is the offering made by fire which ye shall offer unto the LORD; two lambs of the first year without spot day by day, for a continual burnt offering.

4 The one lamb shalt thou offer in the morning, and the other lamb shalt thou offer at even;

After some study, we can conclude that the "2300 days" really is 2300 "evening-mornings", or 2300 DAILY SACRIFICES, for the daily sacrifice is the subject of this explanation by the Angel, (see Dan 8:13)

Voila--2 sacrifices per "day". Thus this 2300 takes the "time" of what we could call 1150 "days".

Well hmmm. How does this fit with anything else? Lets think just a minute. It's obvious that there is only one arrival of both Satan de facto, and sometime later, Yashua de facto.

We have heard that ol Satan and his crew has a 5 month period (as in Rev 9) to do their deed. We have often said that this is 150 days. But is it? If we look at the word used there in Rev 9, we will find out it also means "moon" not just "month". Is a "moon" 30 days, and thus 5 moons 150 days? Not at all. Some of our months have 31 days. Fortunately, the moon keeps pretty good time for a short period like 5 cycles. We can find from any encyclopedia that the time taken for the moon to go through one complete cycle varies from 27 days and a few hours to 29 days and a few hours, depending on particular cycle of interest and also the time of year. Thus an average is 28 days, or about, for each “moon”, yielding a period of 5 X 28, or 140 days Another interesting thought is that the difference between 150 days and 140 days is of course 10 days. Referring to the chart at the end of this study you can see that there is a 10 day overlap when both Satan and his locust army are on earth together, apparently in their dual roles. This coincidentally corresponds to the 10 day tribulation promised to The Church of Smyrna in Rev 2:10.

This Greek word mem, or "month" as in Rev 9 is Strongs #3376, which has the strongs definition of "month", however, the Thayer lexicon has two definitions

Strongs 3376: 1) month. 2) The time of the new moon, the first day of the month was a festival to the Hebrews

Now, if the "5 months" is 5 "moons", then the 150 days becomes 28 X 5=140 days.

Now, something neat. If we add the 1150 "days" when the daily sacrifices are not allowed to the 140, guess what? we have 1290 days. Does this ring a bell? You will find it in Daniel 12:11.

"And from the time that the daily sacrifice shall be taken away, and the abomination that maketh desolate set up, there shall be a thousand two hundred and ninety days." (KJV)

Guess what else? This word "day" is H#3117. A day! A plain old 24 hour day.

Strong's # 3117 yowm- day, time, year a) a day (as opposed to night) b) a day (24 hour period) 1) as defined by evening and morning in Genesis 1 2) as a division of time; a working day, a day's journey c) days, lifetime (plural) d) time, period (general) e) year f) temporal references 1) today 2) yesterday 3) tomorrow (DIC)

Interesting, what? People look for "7 years of tribulation". But how do they reconcile that belief with Jesus' words in Mk 13:20 and Mt 24:22? He specifically said He had shortened the days. And He told Daniel:

Dan 8:26 And the vision of the evening and the morning which was told is true: wherefore shut thou up the vision; for it shall be for many days. (KJV)

The vision will be many days in arriving, as He told Daniel, but as He told us in The Gospels that He has shortened the time of the visions duration for the ELECT, but not for the world. How could this be? Well, for the main, the world will be completely happy in that time, since their Father will be here. But our time of testing does not start until Satan arrives. We have been foretold all things.

Dan 12:11 And from the time that the daily sacrifice shall be taken away, and the abomination that maketh desolate set up, there shall be a thousand two hundred and ninety days. (KJV)

Dan 12:12 Blessed is he that waiteth, and cometh to the thousand three hundred and five and thirty days. (KJV)

Beloved, don’t read over what is said here in Dan 12:11 & 12:12. Here it SPECIFICALLY says that Satan has only 44 days. Read it again. Let it sink in. “FROM the time that the daily sacrifice is taken away UNTIL the Abomination of Desolation is setup shall be 1290 days.”

I didn’t just make up the word “until”. It is not simply “and”. In the Hebrew the word “and” is:

5414 nathan (naw-than');

a primitive root; to give, used with greatest latitude of application (put, make, etc.):

KJV-- add, apply, appoint, ascribe, assign, X avenge, X be ([healed]), bestow, bring (forth, hither), cast, cause, charge, come, commit, consider, count, + cry, deliver (up), direct, distribute, do, X doubtless, X without fail, fasten, frame, X get, give (forth, over, up), grant, hang (up), X have, X indeed, lay (unto charge, up), (give) leave, lend, let (out), + lie, lift up, make, + O that, occupy, offer, ordain, pay, perform, place, pour, print, X pull put (forth), recompense, render, requite, restore, send (out), set (forth), shew, shoot forth (up), + sing, + slander, strike, [sub-] mit, suffer, X surely, X take, thrust, trade, turn, utter, + weep, + willingly, + withdraw, + would (to) God, yield.

You should realize what this “desolation” is, or as both Moffatt and Fenton stated, WHO the desolator is? You should by now understand . It’s Satan himself. AND, as is said in Dan 12:12, there is only 45 days more until we will receive our Blessed One, on the first day of the millennium.

OK. We have issued an opinion on the 2300 days and the 1290. We are left with a rather strange series, 1335days.

In Dan 12:12, we are told that it is 45 days more before our happiness will be complete. This shouldn't be too hard. Lets work on it.

Dan 12:12 Blessed is he that waiteth, and cometh to the thousand three hundred and five and thirty days. (KJV)

Note that there is no mention in Daniel of the 1260 days we are so familiar with from the book of Rev. (11:3 and 12:6). We will discuss this 1260 later, but first lets see what could be the message in the 45 day period mentioned in Dan 12:12 (45 being the difference between 1290 and 1335).

We correlated the times between Dan and Rev as to the 1150 and the 140 being 1290 days. We should begin this part by realizing WHAT is said about this 1290 in Dan 12:11.

Dan 12:11 And from the time that the daily sacrifice shall be taken away, and the abomination that maketh desolate set up, there shall be a thousand two hundred and ninety days. (KJV)

Removal of the “daily sacrifice” is the taking away of all man’s religious concepts of worship. This is done by the little horn as described in Daniel 8. The 4 winds (ruach, or spirits) of heaven (Daniel 8:8) represent the four religious concepts which are prevalent today. These are four in number and comprise the 'religious' spirits . These began with the ancient's plurality of man-gods, but today they consist of 1) Islam, 2) Animism (Buddhists, Shinto, Hindu, etc), 3) universal (Catholic and corporate Christianity), and 4) Judaism. Each of these religions require or even specify require a “daily” devotional (prayer) or ritual of some sort. When this 'little horn' takes worldly power, all of these religious rituals will be done away with, for he will genuinely convince the people of the world that he, alone, 'as the messiah of god', may specify the new methods of worship. It is possible that this may come about after worldwide catastrophe such as war or even natural catastrophe. This one leader of the world will prophecy the coming of the fallen angels as well as Satan, himself, who will play the role he always wanted, God. In any case the worldwide power of this false prophet will be absolute with regard to the daily activity of the people of the entire world. He will show miracles as mentioned in Rev 13. This flesh man is not the anti-Christ, for that one true anti-Christ is Satan in person and is yet to arrive on the scene. This flesh man "little horn" will fulfill the John Baptist (Elijah) equivalent for Satan, fulfilling the last 2 verses of the Old Testament.

Mal 4:5-6

5 Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD:

6 And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse. (KJV)

Two things should be noted in these verses in Malachi. First, that the word 'fathers' is plural, pointing out the two fathers, Satan and God, as Jesus reminded the Jews in John 8. Secondly, just as John Baptist "would have been" Elijah, (Mt 11:14, MK 9:13) there are future flesh men who will fulfill both the negative (false prophet) and positive (2 witnesses) roles. As the chart at the end of this study indicates, the false prophet has a 70 day head start on the 2 witnesses.

The following verses indicate that this 'little horn' is indeed a flesh man.

Dan 11:36-39

36 And the king shall do according to his will; and he shall exalt himself, and magnify himself above every god, and shall speak marvellous things against the God of gods, and shall prosper till the indignation be accomplished: for that that is determined shall be done.

37 Neither shall he regard the God of his fathers, nor the desire of women, nor regard any god: for he shall magnify himself above all.

38 But in his estate shall he honour the God of forces: and a god whom his fathers knew not shall he honour with gold, and silver, and with precious stones, and pleasant things.

39 Thus shall he do in the most strong holds with a strange god, whom he shall acknowledge and increase with glory: and he shall cause them to rule over many, and shall divide the land for gain. (KJV)

His 'strange god' is Satan, in fact. This is not a man 'possessed' by Satan any more than we are 'possessed' by Christ. He is very anti-God, and is intent on satisfying the flesh needs of people. (See VV 24 and 39)

So, all the world's "religions" will be put to the test. As was shown to Daniel in the lion's den and the three children in the furnace, only Faith in God and the ability of a person to exercise their own faith in God will overcome during that time. The fire kindled by Satan will be the instrument which will refine God's servants like fine gold.

We, as Christians rest daily in Yashua Messiah, Jesus the Christ. Since the 'temple' is in the kingdom of God and the temple is within us, (Lk 17: 20-21, 1Cor 3:16, 2 Cor 6:16), there is no way someone can remove our "daily". All people don’t know this freedom. They will of course accept any lies that their minds can fathom. They accept the words and traditions of man today, so a miracle man hero will be quite welcome, especially when the entire earth is overcome with the terrible judgment of God. The 1150 days of 'no daily' to other than Satan will not affect true Christians at all. It will destroy all 'religion', however.

But, just as Daniel was caught making his prayer to God, we will be confronted with the minions of the false prophet. Thus, true Israel (Christians) which the peoples of modern state calling themselves Israel (mostly) are not, will get their turn AFTER this 1150 day period. That time will last 140 days, and will be the time of the locust army in Rev 9. Now these of the locust army "have a king over them" (Rev 9:11) (Satan) but he is not here in person until after that 140 days. Those little locusts will be running around, though, feeding spiritual poison to all who will listen. Jews, Animists, Moslems and Christians alike. All will fall away except the very few who know the truth. Now this 1150 and 140 uses up the 1290 of Daniel 12:11. We are told to WAIT, though for our blessedness, on the 45th day, or until after another 44 days. Hmmmm. WAIT. Don’t that sound familiar? Folks, the 1291'st day MUST BE, therefore, the first day of Satan de facto. That 44 days are what we have been waiting for. Satan only has 44 days in a de facto appearance, because on the 45th, we will be "Blessed", because the millennium will start.

If you think it outrageous that Satan has only 44 days of de facto appearance, just re-read Dan 12:-11-12. If we are going to accept that the “abomination of the desolator” is none other than Satan de facto, then it is very plain that once he is set up, there are only 44 days left in this earth age!

Now does this make sense? Well lets look in HIS Word. It should be written if it is true. Father will never ask His Children to do something He would not do. He even came thru this flesh like we all do. Lets think of being happy on the 45 th day after the 1290. Lo and behold those 44 days of tribulation ARE written.

Luke 4:1 And Jesus being full of the Holy Ghost returned from Jordan, and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, (KJV) Luke 4:2 Being forty days tempted of the devil. And in those days he did eat nothing: and when they were ended, he afterward hungered. (KJV)

Well now, we all know how Jesus withstood Satan, don’t we? He withstood by having God’s Word in His forehead. He IS the Living Word. We must do the same. Every word Christ used to answer Satan was written in the Law. The Word of God. The temptation of Christ takes care of 40 of the 44. Hmmmm.

Four more days to go.

Rev 11:7 And when they shall have finished their testimony, the beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them, and shall overcome them, and kill them. (KJV)

Rev 11:11 And after three days and an half the Spirit of life from God entered into them, and they stood upon their feet; and great fear fell upon them which saw them. (KJV)

There’s another 3 and a half. What starts then? Why its the beginning of the 44 th day, because the day begins at sundown. It is the beginning of the "Day of the Lord"! This is the day of God's wrath. You can see it described in Rev 11 and 19, as well as the following.

Joel 2:2 A day of darkness and of gloominess, a day of clouds and of thick darkness, as the morning spread upon the mountains: a great people and a strong; there hath not been ever the like, neither shall be any more after it, even to the years of many generations. (KJV)

Zeph 1:14-15 14 The great day of the LORD is near, it is near, and hasteth greatly, even the voice of the day of the LORD: the mighty man shall cry there bitterly. 15 That day is a day of wrath, a day of trouble and distress, a day of wasteness and desolation, a day of darkness and gloominess, a day of clouds and thick darkness, (KJV)

Amos 8:9 And it shall come to pass in that day, saith the Lord GOD, that I will cause the sun to go down at noon, and I will darken the earth in the clear day: (KJV)

Haggai 2:23 In that day, saith the LORD of hosts, will I take thee, O Zerubbabel, my servant, the son of Shealtiel, saith the LORD, and will make thee as a signet: for I have chosen thee, saith the LORD of hosts. (KJV)

Fear not, and take comfort:

Isa 54:9-17

9 For this is as the waters of Noah unto me: for as I have sworn that the waters of Noah should no more go over the earth; so have I sworn that I would not be wroth with thee, nor rebuke thee.

10 For the mountains shall depart, and the hills be removed; but my kindness shall not depart from thee, neither shall the covenant of my peace be removed, saith the LORD that hath mercy on thee.

11 O thou afflicted, tossed with tempest, and not comforted, behold, I will lay thy stones with fair colours, and lay thy foundations with sapphires.

12 And I will make thy windows of agates, and thy gates of carbuncles, and all thy borders of pleasant stones.

13 And all thy children shall be taught of the LORD; and great shall be the peace of thy children.

14 In righteousness shalt thou be established: thou shalt be far from oppression; for thou shalt not fear: and from terror; for it shall not come near thee.

15 Behold, they shall surely gather together, but not by me: whosoever shall gather together against thee shall fall for thy sake.

16 Behold, I have created the smith that bloweth the coals in the fire, and that bringeth forth an instrument for his work; and I have created the waster to destroy.

17 No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is of me, saith the LORD. (KJV)

 

THEN, beloved, we have made it thru these last 44 days, and guess what?

John 16:23 And in that day ye shall ask me nothing. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you. (KJV)

Now, in summary: 1150 days from the cutting off of the daily sacrifice to the arrival of the locusts. 140 days of locusts. 43.5 days of Satan de facto, 1 day of Gods wrath. total = 1334.5 days. And, as the day begins at sundown, 1334.5 is actually the beginning of the 1335th and as Yashua tells Daniel, "blessed be He that waits and cometh to the 1335 th day." Blessed indeed :)

 

Some more “times”

Now lets talk a bit about the 1260 days mentioned in Rev 11, in which the 2 witnesses will prophesy. From the preceding, we need to realize that their prophecy will end on the 1330 th day of Daniel 12: 11-12. It is on this 1330th day that Satan will kill them, as in Rev chapter 11. This is because they must lie dead in the streets for 3 and 1/2 days. It is most probable that the 2 have prophesied both their murder and resurrection, for it is unusual for civilized people to not bury the dead. Perhaps it is in this time that some will see the deception and come out, for it is Satan himself, who posing as Christ who does the deed. Possibly, some will then realize that Satan could not be Christ, for Christ would not murder anyone who taught against Him.

Now, some math. 1330-1260 is 70 days. The two witnesses will thus make their appearance on the 70th day after the beginning of the 1150 days, or 1080 days before the appearance of the locusts. 1080 + 140 + 40 = 1260 days. The 1080 days are exactly three 360-day years. The 140 + 40 =180 are exactly a half of a 360-day year. Now we can see where the 3 1/2 years fits in? Interesting that of the 3 1/2 years, the witnesses get 3 years and Satan and the locusts only a half-year (140 + 40). The false prophet receives 1150 days in power. These times are shown in the chart at the end of this study.

Now let us discuss the '70 weeks' of Dan 9 and see if one is missing, or in abeyance..

Now what of the all the other time periods, like the "weeks" in Dan 9? Consider again what our 'daily' is. Christ said "give us this day our daily bread." Christ is our daily, is He not? Our "bread' is His Living Word, in which we should meditate. He is not the “daily” of the Jews of the modern state called 'Israel'. Secondly, consider that the prophecy of these verses must end with the return of Christ, since it will only be at that time that our 'sanctuary' (Jesus) will be with us, and we will be sanctified with Him.

Turning now to Daniel Chapter 9, let us realize another key. Daniel was not just of "Israel". He was of most probably NOT even of Judah, but here, don't make the fatal mistake made by the many, by terming all Israelites "Jews". True Judah had (and has) a separate duty and destiny than either Israel (Ephraim) or Jacob, (the natural seed). In any case, we can be certain that the 'Judah' of which Daniel was is NOT the same as the corrupt Christ hating Jews of the time of Christ, and certainly not even of the state of 'Israel' today.

Prior to that conquest of Nebuchadnezzar, by whom Daniel was taken captive, the only Israelite tribes left in the land were predominantly peoples of the tribes of Judah, Levi, and Benjamin. The remainder of the tribes had been carried away some 150 years earlier, by Sennacherib of Assyria.

The tribe of Judah, as we know is the King line. If one studies the books of Chronicles and Kings, it is plain that few of the kings of Judah dared bother with those things of the Priesthood, and the ones like Uzziah who did were severely punished by God.

Much more probably, Daniel was of the tribe of Levi, the tribe devoted to the Priesthood of God, for throughout this record in this book of Daniel, he proved he was well versed in the laws and knowledge of God. This is in direct conflict with the kings (Judah), who always had to have prophets and priests to interpret for them, and to remind them of the Laws. Ezekiel, who was a priest contemporary with Daniel, compared Daniel through the Spirit to Noah and Job, neither of whom was a king, but were indeed the Lord's elect.

So, with this said, let us look first at the 70 "weeks" of 9:24, for these are determined both upon 'thy (Daniels) people' and on "The Holy City". From the beginning, (Gen 3:15), through Noah, Abraham, Moses, Samuel and all the prophets, the advent of Messiah is prophesied and awaited. These are the 'people' who waited for their Lord. In His first advent, the materialistic ways of the Jews who had taken the reins of 'religion' rejected Him, and the Jews continue in their rejection today. Thus they are NOT the 'people' of Daniel. True Christians who wait on and will recognize their Lord are Daniels' people. Today we are few. True Christians keep looking for truth when particular ideas just does not fit with the rest of the Word. We believe the Word of God. These words given to Daniel shows that 'his people' would be believers. Some at Yashua's first advent accepted Him and were His disciples. Today we know that the deception and pressures to come will be intense.

Note that the word 'weeks' in the text is "shabua" which means a 'seven' of time. The root of this word means an oath, or covenant.

Now, friends as for these 'sevens' or ' weeks', All 70 HAVE BEEN fulfilled. The Word tells us that the true “Holy City” is none other than Christ, as we see descending in the book of Revelation. Just notice the things that are mentioned in this verse. None of these can be accomplished without the atoning blood of Christ. And, obviously, Jesus was not around (in the flesh) for 62 weeks of years, was He? Folks, for believing Christians, there IS NO "seventieth week". Get used to it. The word "weeks" is literally "sevens of time", and some take them to be only years. I don't. The 70 of this verse are BOTH literal weeks of days, AND weeks of years. BOTH. All of the things mentioned in this verse were fulfilled by Christ in His first advent (to Judah and Jerusalem the 'Holy City', where He was crucified). They were fulfilled BOTH in weeks of days AND weeks of years. We shall see.

Note the following: As Father told Ezekiel in Ch 4: verses 4-7, He is assigning to Ezekiel a day for a year. Thus we can assume that for the Elect, of which Christ is Foremost, the weeks in Daniel 9:24 are literal weeks of days. For the natural seed, and for Jerusalem, the weeks are weeks of years.

 

Ezek 4:4-6

4 Lie thou also upon thy left side, and lay the iniquity of the house of Israel upon it: according to the number of the days that thou shalt lie upon it thou shalt bear their iniquity.

5 For I have laid upon thee the years of their iniquity, according to the number of the days, three hundred and ninety days: so shalt thou bear the iniquity of the house of Israel.

6 And when thou hast accomplished them, lie again on thy right side, and thou shalt bear the iniquity of the house of Judah forty days: I have appointed thee each day for a year. (KJV)

Remember the total time of 430 days. We will come back to it.

As a result, In Dan 9, we find that Verse 24 is BOTH literal weeks of days AND weeks of years. Verse 25 is in weeks of years, and finally verse 26 is literal weeks of days. Each of these verses address separate subjects, and in each case, the times are different..

In Dan 9:25, the subject is rebuilding of the city of Jerusalem, the wall, and the physical temple. That is, the physical city of Jerusalem. The 69 weeks in this verse are "weeks of years". The years deal with the time from the utterance until His baptism. Notice the lack of a seventieth week here. There are 69 weeks and NO more. That's it.

Let us now begin. One can take Luke ch 1 and 1 Chron 24:10, together with the fact that John Baptist was 6 months older than Jesus, and prove the birth of Christ was on the Feast of Tabernacles (around the last week of Sept) by our present, though corrupted calendar, in 4 BC. For those with a Bullinger Companion Bible, this is deeply explained in Appendix 179. Jesus was formally declared Messiah at His baptism (by God sending the Holy Spirit) He was "about 30" (Lk 3:23) at this time (this would then have been 27 AD, since there is no year "0", and the year of the Crucifixion would thus be 28 AD.)  Precisely, His age would be 30 years and some 2 months at baptism. 

Now, from Dan 9:25, we see 7 x 7 and 62 x 7, (weeks of years) or 483 years from the commandment of Cyrus (Darius) until the Messiah's first advent (His Baptism), bringing us back to 456-7 BC, the generally accepted time period of both Ezra 1:1, and Dan 9:1. Is there then another 7 year period that is in abeyance? Some men think so. I don't. This prophecy is clear. 69 weeks NOT 70, until Christ would come. NOT 70 weeks. After Christ came, why would there be another 'week'? His Kingdom was established for those who would see, and the rest were blinded, and remain so to this day.

Dan 9:25 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. (KJV) (These are weeks of years, there are ONLY 69, NOT 70). 49 years after the commandment the temple was dedicated. 483 years after the commandment, Messiah was baptized. The prophecy of Dan 9:25 is complete. All that this verse mentions has been fulfilled.

In Dan 9:25, the subject is the temple, the wall, Jerusalem, and the first advent of Messiah. These were fulfilled in 69 are “weeks of years”. For example, after the decree was made, in Ezra we find:

Ezra 6:15 And this house was finished on the third day of the month Adar, which was in the sixth year of the reign of Darius the king. (KJV)

Amazingly, a few verses later we find that at the first day of the seventh year, the house was dedicated.

Ezra 6:19

And the children of the captivity kept the passover upon the fourteenth day of the first month. (KJV) Amazing it is for this is the 7th week, making fulfillment of Judah’s first 7 weeks of years (49 years). The 62 weeks of years following would result in the advent of Christ. There were never 70 weeks in this verse, and it leads to confusion to place them there.

Confusing this idea to many is the second mention of 62 weeks. In Dan 9:25, the 62 weeks of years was from the completion of the temple until Christ's advent, whereas in 9:26, the subject is the "cutting off" of Messiah, in weeks of DAYS, which took place EXACTLY 62 x 7 = 434 days after His baptism, a time period considerably shorter than the 3 and one-half years ascribed by man.  ( Click the link below for further detail of the duration of Christs' flesh ministry.)

Dan 9:26 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. (KJV) (These MUST BE weeks of days, for Christ surely was not on earth for 62 weeks of years!!)

We can prove this 434 day time period from the Gospels, and a little help from knowing the Jew's feasts. Look in your companion appendix 51 (p74 of the appendix) For example, we know the crucifixion took place on Passover. (Jn 11:55, Lk 22:1). We then merely look backward thru the book of John, (because none of the other Gospels mentions more than the one Passover where He was sacrificed) We find the feast of Tabernacles in Jn 7:2, then, "a feast of the Jews " in Jn 5:1, and finally another passover in Jn 2:13. (This one is His first passover after His baptism, and the one where He ran out the moneychangers.} You WILL find another "passover" mentioned in Jn 6:4. Here is where you have to be a little wise. The Word clues it for you. Notice that both in Jn 2:13 and in 11:55, the wording is "the Jews passover". (This SAME wording is used before AND after the mention of this "passover" in Jn 6:4. But in Jn 6:4 it is called "the passover, a feast of the Jews". What’s the difference?

Well if you look in 2 Chron 30, you will find that the second-month passover was re-established by king Hezekiah, a king of Judah, for those who couldn't keep the one on 15 Nisan.. It was in the second month, (30 days after the regular passover). This is documented in the companion appendix 51 as well. This one was originally established by Moses Num 9:10-11, but apparently fell into misuse until it was reestablished by King Hezikiah. In Ezra 3:8, after the temple was reestablished (the 49 years) there is a feast of the second month mentioned. This one in Jn 5:4 is called a "feast of the Jews"- it was their tradition, the “tradition of the elders“. (ref Matt 15 and Mk 3) Thus, it is simply that this ‘feast of the Jews’, perhaps began to be a traditional ‘substitute’ for the one true “Passover”.

For those who have a problem with this thought, NOTICE that Jesus DID NOT ‘keep’ this “Passover“ mentioned in Jn 6. Instead, He went and FED the folks. (See Jn 6). On the other 2 , (Jn 2:13 & Jn 11:55) He went to the Temple. Pay attention!! Notice in Numbers 9, the REASON that the second Passover was established.

Certainly, Christ would never have failed to keep the Passover as the Law stipulates that the keeping of the Passover is an ordinance forever. (Ex 12:14, many other places)

There is only one year (360) days between the two Passovers of Jn. (ch 2 and the one in ch 11). To this we add the forty days in the wilderness after His baptism, and the 3 days between Jn 1:32 and Jn 2:1, and the "not many days" of Jn 2:12. Granted, we can't calculate it exactly, but I can accept Deu 1:3 as a type, when taken with Dan 9:26 and the Gospel records, (because Moses was a type of Christ to Israel, and Moses introduced the first Passover). This adds great meaning to the Words Christ quoted at the beginning. This is indeed the "acceptable year" of the Lord. Not, mind you, the acceptable "3 and a half years" man says. (See Lk 4:19)

Coincidence or not, it is exactly 74 days from 1 Sebat to Nisan 14, and of course 360 days until the next Nisan 14. Thus, it is exactly 434 days from the first day of Sebat (see Deu 1:3), ( our Feb), to the second following Passover eve, Nisan 14.

Now that I have also alluded that the full 70 weeks (of days) have been fulfilled, consider this. The 70 weeks (of days--Dan 9:25) were allotted to all. To both the Elect and to the Jews. Christ came to them (both) for 62 weeks, (434 days) as foretold in Dan 9, and He was loved by the Elect but crucified by Judah on the preparation day of Passover. Passover lasts for 1 week. (Ex 12:15). Now, 434 + 7 = 441 days. Pentecost (Acts 2, when the Holy Spirit was poured out) begins at sunset at the end of 7 weeks from passover. (49 days after Passover-see Lev 23: 5-16). It was immediately on Pentecost day, that Peter and John announced (Acts 3,4 and 5) to Judah that they had rejected their Messiah. NOW, 441+49 =490 days, or 70 LITERAL "weeks" of days.

Folks, Daniels prophecy to the Jews concerning Messiah has been fulfilled. To the day, my friends, to the day. Praise Father. There is no further week of Daniel to be fulfilled, either of days or of years. The 'seven last years' is a result of man's misunderstanding of exactly who is being referred to in verse 27. Verse 27 was fulfilled by Christ, hence this verse does not refer to a future 'antichrist'.

Christ made Jerusalem and the temple desolate by His once and for all Sacrifice, and as He said, it WILL remain desolate until the end of the war between God and Satan. <Matt 23:38, Lk 13:35, Acts 1:20>

Dan 9:27 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. (KJV)

Remember when I earlier asked you to remember the total time Ezekiel was to lie on his side? The 430 days? Well, the 62 weeks were 434 days from his baptism until the passover preparation day, which was the crucifixion. We shall find the 'week' in which Jesus 'confirmed' the covenant. It will be the last week, culminating in His resurrection. Let us look into the Gospel record. John 12:1 states that six days before the Passover, (this would be five days before the preparation day when he was crucified), Jesus came to Bethany, to the house of Mary and Martha. He had a meal and spent the night. The next day (Jn 12:12), or precisely four days before the preparation day (the Crucifixion) Christ made His triumphal entry into Jerusalem riding on the donkey. (Jn 12:12-16) People welcomed Him with Hosannas and Palm leaves.

Now, guess what? We have shown that it was 434 days (62 weeks) from the baptism to the crucifixion. Now, if we subtract the 4 days before the crucifixion where He formally showed Himself as Messiah to Israel, from the 434, we have precisely the 430 days where Ezekiel lay on his side for the transgressions of Israel! This begins the final week, where "he shall cause the sacrifice to cease", for He became our Passover sacrifice forever. (1 Cor 5:7), making vain and void the animal sacrifice of the Jews.

Thus this verse (Dan 9:27) describes the events of the "last week" of Christ's ministry. The week began on day 430 with his entry into Jerusalem. In the midst of the 4th day (midweek) He was crucified. The end of the week (3 days later) was the resurrection, where indeed all things were then finished and turned over to the desolator, who is yet to come. This is the prophecy of the last half of Dan 9:27. It is desolate until the end of the war between God and Satan.

As was previously shown, the total time from baptism to the second following Pentecost filled the complete 70 weeks, or 490 days. God's Word is true, and amazing in accuracy, needing only Faith in His written Word to prove.

Amazing is the Word and it's detail. For 3 and a half days after His entrance on the donkey, or precisely the 'middle of the week' (at the 6th hour, or noon, He was crucified! His crucifixion would indeed 'cause the sacrifice and oblation' to cease, as He became our sacrifice for all time!! At the end of that final week, or 3 days and nights later, He is resurrected as King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

The Romans under Titus destroyed the physical temple within that very generation He foretold in Matt 24 and Mk 13 . God did this "For the overspreading of abominations", that is for their refusal of Him. The temple will, according to Dan 9:27, remain desolate. Hence it will not be rebuilt by man, for Christ has said that the temple the Jews so revered was left unto them desolate, with not a stone on top of another. True to this Word, Father has throughout history impeded all previous attempts to rebuild the temple, and will continue to do so.

There is a similar final week also for Christs' Elect. There is a time period for the Elect, when Satan sits that is literally 7 days. This covenant will be made by Satan on the 1327th day, probably in response to the testimony and prophecy of the 2 witnesses. This chapter 11 of Revelation gives us another half-week. The three and a half days is the ONLY half week so mentioned in the Word. Take careful notice. Thus the 1335th day will fulfill the final week for both the Elect and Judah.. At the midst of the Elect’s week (the 1331th day --see the graph below, the two witnesses will be slain. This is “mans” final week. It is not years, but days.

For more understanding of the discussion of “days”, refer to the chart below.

 

Father Bless You

Bob

The 434 Days of Christs ministry

Return to Studies index

Return to Home page

It's Your Choice:  You can Watch now or See later