Dear John and Doves,
Another explanation of the 62 + 7+ 1 , of the Daniel 9:27 prophecy... (still valid I believe). Although the original time-frame ran 2010 to 2017 I found some glaring errors in the calendar counts being off ~2 years. Also the interpretation lends itself to a division of the final Week into 42 months.This gives more validity to the 2012 to 2015 span (the most feasible) and then a possible 2015 to 2018/2019 span also. The study is long but very interesting.
The Jonah (& Daniel) Code - Part One
Recently I had the great pleasure of watching the video ‘The Jonah Code’ by Michael Rood.
In this 5 DVD series he explains –among other things- the 70 weeks prophecy of Daniel and how this prophecy has three layers.By means of this prophecy and the reconstructed Biblical calendar he debunks the idea that the ministry of Yahshua lasted some 3.5 years.
Some have used this 3.5 years as a point of departure in their explanation that this somehow is the first half of the final week of the seventy weeks prophecy, and that the latter half of the week will be fulfilled by the anti-christ to come in the end times.
Well, close but no cigar would be the response here.
Michael Rood is renowned for using a ‘Biblically corrected’ calendar, meaning that the calendar is designed not according to the Gregorian reckoning of time, nor according to the rabbinical method, but rather it is based upon the way times and seasons were determined in the days of Israel prior to the destruction of its capital in 70 CE.
The idea is to ‘synchronize’ our agenda to the calendar made according to the instructions of YHWH, and the reason for doing so it that none of the rituals and the Feasts of YHWH are isolated events in themselves referring to nothing other than a remembrance or a religious system, but they are rituals/feasts indicating pointing to certain important events in time when YHWH’s plan for this world unfolds.
In order to understand the timing of the prophecies a good knowledge of the Feasts of the Torah is imperative AS WELL as measuring time according to the specifications given to us by our Creator YHWH.
In this article I will focus in on the seventy weeks of Daniel, and add to Michael’s interpretation of the seventy weeks (which I believe to be correct) my own remarks.
For the sake of clarity I have colored my own thoughts and understanding in GREEN.
Before I will go deeper into the 70 weeks prophecy I will first quote the passage pertaining to the seventy sevens prophecy as found Daniel 9:20-27, where Daniel was given an answer by the angel Gabriel in response to Daniel 9:2 (“I, Daniel, perceived in the books the number of years which, according to the word of YHWH to Jeremiah the prophet, must pass before the end of the desolations of Jerusalem, namely, seventy years.”)
“Seventy sevens [usually translated as weeks] are determined
For your people and for your holy city,
To finish the transgression,
To make an end of sins,
To make reconciliation for iniquity,
To bring in everlasting righteousness,
To seal up vision and prophecy,
And to anoint the Most Holy.
Know therefore and understand,
That from the going forth of the command
To restore and build Jerusalem
Until the Anointed One,
There shall be seven sevens and sixty-two sevens;
The street shall be built again, and the wall,
Even in troublesome times.
And after the sixty-two sevens
the Anointed One shall be cut off, but not for Himself;
And the people of the prince who is to come
Shall destroy the city and the sanctuary.
The end of it shall be with a flood,
And till the end of the war desolations are determined.
Then He shall confirm a covenant with many for one week;
But in the middle of the week
He shall bring an end to sacrifice and offering.
And on the wing of abominations shall be one who makes desolate,
Even until the consummation, which is determined,
Is poured out on the desolate.”
Michael Rood explains in his video the three layers in the 70 weeks prophecy given to Daniel.
...The first layer
This layer of 70 sevens is subdivided in 7 sevens + 62 sevens (= 69 sevens) + 1 seven = 70 sevens.
The sevens in this layer are sevens of years.
The timeframe of the fulfillment of this part of the prophecy is from 457 BCE until the baptism of Yahshua in 27 CE (“from the going forth of the commandment to restore and build Jerusalem to the coming of the Anointed one”).
457 BCE is the seventh year of the reign of Artaxerxes, and we can find the decree concerning the rebuilding of Jerusalem and the temple in Ezra 7:1-28.
The first 7 sevens was the time necessary for the rebuilding of Jerusalem, after which the62 sevens period began, leading up to the coming of the Anointed One.
Notice that AFTER the first 7 sevens the 50th year would have been like a Jubilee, one year, but instead of the one year of Jubilee commencing after the 7 sevens, immediate the 62 sevens count begins, leading up to the coming of the Anointed One.
YHWH has separated the final Jubilee and He has reserved for a later date when the entire prophecy is fulfilled; keep this in mind.
Michael Rood explains how the end point of this layer, the coming of the Anointed One, is the trigger for the beginning of the second layer, the 70 weeks ministry of Yahshua.
Notice that 1 seven of this prophecy remains to be fulfilled yet.
...The second layer
This layer consists of 70 sevens subdivided in: 62 sevens + 7 sevens + 1 seven.
The sevens in this layer are sevens of weeks.
The timeframe of the fulfillment of this part of the prophecy is from Yahshua’s baptismwith water 27 CE – Shavuot 28 CE, the baptism with the Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit)
...The third layer
This layer consists of 70 literal years.
This layer incorporates the one week from the first layer which remained unfulfilled
The third layer (which is the ‘end-times’ layer) comprises the time from the birth of Israel(Isaiah 66:8: "Shall a land be born in one day? Shall a nation be brought forth in one moment?”) until the full restoration.
...Schematic overview of the seventy weeks prophecy
Can we tear the seventy weeks of the prophecy of layer one apart into two segments, one ranging from the commandment of Artaxerxes to rebuild Jerusalem and the temple unto the coming of the Anointed One (69 sevens), and the other last seven many centuries later?
To find the answer we have to take a close look at the prophecies contained in the Feast detailed in the Torah.
We will then see how in the Spring Feasts the Messiah fulfills the role of the suffering servant bringing atonement for His people, and on the other side of Summer we find the Fall Feasts which depict the coming of the Messiah as the conquering and ruling King.
These Fall Feasts have NOT YET been fulfilled, and the gap between the Spring and Fall Feasts, both of which comprise the full plan for the 70 weeks, is the gap between the 69 weeks and the last week.
…Start of the third layer
In his video Michael gives a detailed explanation of each layer of the 70 weeks prophecy and how it applies to historic events.
After detailing the 69 weeks from the commandment of Artaxerxes to rebuild Jerusalem and the temple up to the baptism of Yahshua, and the 70 weeks ministry of Yahshua, Michael forwards to 1948.
He shows how the date of the birth of today’s Israel, although an insignificant date on the rabbinical calendar, is in reality the seventh seven (seventh Shabbat) after the First Fruits offering on the morrow after the Shabbat in the week of the Feast of Unleavened Bread according to the Biblical reckoning of time.
After the seventh week after the First Fruits offering, the Feast of Shavuot commences, the first fruits offering of the new grain.
So, after the birth of the State of Israel on May 15, the next day, May 16, was Shavuot, the 50th day after the First Fruits offering on the morrow after the Shabbat in the weeks of the Feast of Unleavened Bread, the day on which an offering of the First Fruits of the new grain was to be offered in the temple.
From Shavuot 1948 Michael begins counting 70 years and arrives at 2017 as the 70th year (note that the ‘70th’ year implies the year from 69 to 70).
He subdivides these years according to the pattern outlined in Daniel 9:
seventy years (instead of 'sevens'): 62 years – 7 years - 1 year – 'in the midst of the year'.
Now, how does Michael suddenly arrive at 70 YEARS when the 70 sevens prophecy –as the name implies- describes SEVENS (WEEKS)?
The 70 weeks prophecy was given in response to Daniel’s request to understand the 70 YEARS prophecy of Jeremiah, mentioned in Jeremiah 25:11.
Michael uses these 70 years as the key to unlock the time frame leading up to the fulfillment of the final week of the 70 weeks prophecy, with a subdivision of this period in 62 + 0.5year (in the midst of the year, which should coincide with the Feast of Yom Teruach on the first day of the seventh month), then the last seven commences, plus the last 0.5 year (although I don't recall him mentioning this last 0.5 year in the video).
Furthermore I want to point out the meaning of the number 70.
'7' is the number of completion, and '10' stands for the completeness of order, starting a new order of combined decimals after the decimal range of 0-9.
So, 7 times 10 can be said to equal the fullness of completion (70).
...Nevertheless there are some questions
Michael often explains how prophecies are fulfilled to the day, even the hour.However, when I examine his subdivision of the seventy final years then the accuracy becomes a bit sloppy.
If we start counting the 70 years from Shavuot 1948 (and in my opinion this is correct), then the application of 62 - midst of the year - final seven (also divided in two halves) leaves a floating part of the year at the end.
I may understand why Michael opted for his structure: he probably wants to let the final week begin on the first day of the seventh month with the thermonuclear war predicted by Zechariah.
But if you start counting from Shavuot 1948, then there is a period of some 4 months between Shavuot and the first of the seventh month, simply because we use the phrase 'in the midst of the year' as a condition of the 70 sevens prophecy.
This problem would disappear if we did not count from Shavuot in 1948, but from the 1st day of the first month on the Biblical calendar in 1948.
However, if we look at the pattern of the end of one layer of the prophecy starting the beginning of the next layer, Shavuot is THE point where the 70 weeks ministry of Yahshua ended and where the third layer should begin, and especially since Israel was born on the last seven of the seven sevens before Shavuot, Shavuot 1948 should be THE DATE from whence to start counting.
And so, the seventy years counting from Shavuot 1948 leaves an odd space in Michael's idea of where the last week should begin.
In my view the last seven should start at Shavuot and NOT at Yom Teruah, which is the first day of the seventh month, and the phrase 'in the midst of the seven' should NOT be translated into 'in the midst of the year', simply because the last week of the first layer should happen according to the conditions of the first layer which was expressed in terms of'sevens of years', meaning, 'in the midst of the seven', NOT 'in the midst of the year'.
Personally I would apply a slightly different subdivision: 62 years + 3.5 years + 3.5 years + 1 year. This would be more in tune with the 70 weeks prophecy's structure.
…Counting down to the Shavuot (Jubilee) reserved by YHWH
Besides the birth of today’s Israel Michael uses another significant event as the starting point for a countdown: the recapture of Jerusalem during the 6-day war, June 1967.
From that point he counts the number of years leading up to the Jubilee year, which is the year after counting 7 Shabbats of years, the year after 49 years.
The Jubilee year is year 50, and according to the instructions in the Torah it is to be a year when all land was to be restored to its original owners, a year of forgiveness and new beginnings.
Now, isn’t that a great principle? If we had applied it here in the West we would not be burdened with the yoke of billions if not trillions of debt.
In addition to Michael’s calculation there also are other indications pointing to the time frame of 2010-2017.
You only need to think of the punishment of exile for the Northern Kingdom of Israel. The prophets have prophesied a time when they together with Judah would be restored and united in one kingdom under the Messiah.
The year 2010 is approx. 2730 years from the fall of the capital of the former Northern Kingdom and the exile of the tribes of the Northern Kingdom (722/721 BCE).
If we take the years mentioned by Ezekiel (Ezekiel 4, 390 years) and multiply them by 7 (in accordance with the instructions given in Leviticus 26), we come to a total of 2730 years.
Continued in Part Two... http://kayceskorner.blogspot.com/2009/06/jonah-daniel-code-part-2-examining.html
ps. more research on Yovel by Greg Killian... Shalom Your Excellency Adon Doves,
I pray that this note will find Your Excellency in good health prospering copiously in all things.
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May HaShem bless Your Excellency with much shalom.
Greg (by Tom)