End Time Prophecy

DANIEL’S 70 WEEKS

“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.

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.” Dan.9:24-25

Part 1

The First Seven Weeks

Jerusalem was destroyed by the Babylonians in 587 BC. It remained a devastated city until Cyrus king of Persia, who gave the command to rebuild the Temple, which was the start of the first week of Daniel’s 70 weeks.

“Now in the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, that the word of the LORD spoken by the mouth of Jeremiah might be accomplished, The LORD stirred up the spirit of Cyrus king of Persia, that he made a proclamation throughout all his kingdom, and put it also in writing, saying,

Thus saith Cyrus king of Persia, All the kingdoms of the earth hath the LORD God of heaven given me; and he hath charged me to build him an house in Jerusalem, which is in Judah. Who is there among you of all his people? The LORD his God be with him, and let him go up.” 2Ch.36:22-23.

Over a hundred years earlier the Prophet Isaiah foretold of Cyrus, concerning Jerusalem.

“That saith of Cyrus, He is my shepherd, and shall perform all my pleasure: even saying to Jerusalem, Thou shalt be built; and to the temple, Thy foundation shall be laid.” Isa.44:28

And, in Ezra 6:3 we can read the fulfillment of Isaiah’s prophecy.

In the first year of Cyrus the king the same Cyrus the king made a decree concerning the house of God at Jerusalem, Let the house be builded, the place where they offered sacrifices, and let the foundations thereof be strongly laid; the height thereof threescore cubits, and the breadth thereof threescore cubits;"

The commandment went forth from Cyrus in 538 BC, however, the Temple work only lasted two years, bringing his commandment to an end in 536 BC. Ezra 3:8

Cyrus was the first of three kings used by the Lord to rebuild and restore Jerusalem, the Temple, and the surrounding wall and gates of the city.

The second king was Darius of Persia, who, in 520 BC, sent forth a commandment that lasted till the end of his reign in 486 BC.

“Then ceased the work of the house of God which is at Jerusalem. So it ceased unto the second year of Darius king of Persia.” Ezra.4:24

The work at Jerusalem remained incomplete until the reign of Artaxerxes, who gave the third commandment to continue the work in 458 BC.

“This Ezra went up from Babylon; and he was a ready scribe in the law of Moses, which the LORD God of Israel had given: and the king granted him all his request, according to the hand of the LORD his God upon him.

And there went up some of the children of Israel, and of the priests, and the Levities, and the singers, and the porters, and the Nethinims, unto Jerusalem, in the seventh year of Artaxerxes the king.

And he came to Jerusalem in the fifth month, which was in the seventh year of the king.” Ezra7:6-8

The first commandment of Artaxerxes lasted twelve years, unto 446 BC, when the work, once again, came to a stop.

In the month of Nisan, the first month of the Jewish calendar, the 20 th year of Artaxerxes, Nehemiah was given letters of commandment by the king to finish the work at Jerusalem. Neh.2:1

The commandment was accomplished on the twenty-fifth day of the sixth month of the Jewish calendar, the twenty-first year of Artaxerxes, 445 BC.

The identity of these three kings and their involvement in the restoration of Jerusalem is confirmed in Ezra.

“And the elders of the Jews builded, and they prospered through the prophesying of Haggai the prophet and Zechariah the son of Iddo. And they builded, and finished it, according to the commandment of Cyrus, and Darius, and Artaxerxes king of Persia.” Ezra.6:14

As the kings and their dates are identified, it becomes quite obvious that there are gaps within Daniel’s 70 weeks.

The chart below identifies:

Three kings and the dates of their commandment..

The number of years in each commandment..

Years converted to weeks..

Gaps found between the weeks..

Cyrus, 538-536 BC = 2yrs =

Gap = 16 years

Darius, 520-486 BC = 34yrs = 4

Gap = 28 years

Artaxerxes, 458-446 BC = 12yrs = 1

The 2nd commandment appears to be an addition to the first, without a break in the weeks.

Artaxerxes, 445 BC = 1yr =

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Number of years dating from Cyrus to Artaxerxes:

538-445BC = 93 years

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Fulfilled years of commandments:

2yrs + 34yrs + 12yrs + 1year = 49 years

Gaps between commandments:

16yrs + 28yrs = 44 years

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Years of commandments and gaps:

Commandments-49yrs + gaps-44yrs = 93 years

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Commandment years converted to weeks:

Total-7 Weeks

There are those who will try to discount the weeks in an effort to prove their ideology. Therefore, I am led to say, that we must never disregard what God, in all his wisdom, has purposed in his Word.

The weeks and signs prophesied in Dan 9:24-27 are equally important, working beautifully together in an effort to assist and direct the reader in an accurate interpretation of Daniel’s 70 weeks.

I’d like to close part 1 with a final thought. These findings indicate the probability of additional gaps and splits within the remaining weeks, creating quite a challenge for this old desert dweller and anyone else seeking the deeper things found in the Word of God.

Lana