Posted by: biblestudyseattle | December 14, 2013

70 Weeks Speculation

“Seventy weeks have been decreed for your people and your holy city, to finish the transgression, to make an end of sin, to make atonement for iniquity, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal up vision and prophecy and to anoint the most holy place So you are to know and discern that from the issuing of a decree to restore and rebuild Jerusalem until Messiah the Prince there will be seven weeks and sixty-two weeks; it will be built again, with plaza and moat, even in times of distress. Then after the sixty-two weeks the Messiah will be cut off and havenothing, and the people of the prince who is to come will destroy the city and the sanctuary. And its end will come with a flood; even to the end there will be war; desolations are determined.  And he will make a firm covenant with the many for one week, but in the middle of the week he will put a stop to sacrifice and grain offering; and on the wing ofabominations will come one who makes desolate, even until a complete destruction, one that is decreed, is poured out on the one who makes desolate.”  Daniel 9:24-27

Much has been speculated about this passage, particularly regarding the seventieth week.  I conjunction with this passage, I’d like to add another to make a speculation:

“that you [Nebuchadnezzar] be driven away from mankind and your dwelling place be with the beasts of the field, and you be given grass to eat like cattle and be drenched with the dew of heaven; and seven periods of time will pass over you, until you recognize that the Most High is ruler over the realm of mankind and bestows it on whomever He wishes.” Daniel 4:25

Some understand these periods of time to be 7 X 360.  360 years at a day for year.  Or 2520 years.  From Nebuchadnezzar’s initial attack on Israel in 607BC to the start of WWI in 1914AD.  World War I destroyed much of the church-state system in Europe.  But notice that Noah’s 370 days are just over 360 years.  Could these also be a seventieth week?  There are probably multiple fulfillments to this prophecy, some of which are more major in importance.  As Jesus was cut off half way (three and a half years) into the seventieth week, could likewise the bride of Christ be completed half way through these 360-370 years?  That is this author’s belief.  Time will tell.  It is merely speculation and nothing more.

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