A Mirroring of Daniel’s 70 Weeks
March 11, 2011 - Daniel Matson
The seventy weeks of Daniel is the most famous timeline found in the Bible and probably the most significant. Currently, it is still suspended between the 69th and 70th week, waiting to resume when the coming prince from the people who destroyed the Temple in AD 70 arrives on the scene and confirms The Covenant with Israel. This then launches the final period of seven years. It is the time this Prince, who is the Antichrist, will ascend to power and attempt to destroy the Jews and those who follow the true God. At the end of this period, the Messiah will come and judge the world, making it a place for those who believe in Him. But this is review.
After looking into further details concerning our time, it does appear that this pattern of weeks is in the process of reoccurring and hence dovetailing with the other. In one article written by Jack Kelley, he mentions that Suleiman the Magnificent decreed that Jerusalem’s walls be rebuilt in AD 1535. He then notes that 483 years later (69 weeks of years) is 2018, which is 70 years or a generation from the creation of Israel in 1948. Jack Kelley, in The Revived Ottoman Empire, sees 2018 as the possible the time of the Second Coming, which would conclude the entire 70 weeks of Daniel. However, this does not seem to mesh well with the numbers since from the time of Suleiman’s decree to 2018 would only conclude 69 periods of seven years. It would seem more consistent to have 70 periods of seven stretch from the decree and end at the same time the 70th Week ends. This then would push it out another seven years to 2025.
However, when Daniel’s 70 weeks were measured from Artaxerxes’ decree in 445 BC to Palm Sunday AD 32, the period is 476 years and not 483 years. This is because the time was converted to 360-day years, which gain a year for every 69 years. So if this conversion is done again from the time of Suleiman’s decree in 1535, the span of 69 weeks of 360-day years would end at 2011 with seven more years making the Second Coming in the year 2018. So this may seem like a possible fix, but there is also something else to consider.
Daniel’s 70 weeks are broken down to segments of seven, sixty-two, and one. We are told that it will be 7 and 62 weeks until Jesus the Messiah, which is deduced to 69 weeks since it mathematically works from 445 BC to AD 32. Of course, 360-day years are used due to the fact that these years are used in Daniel and Revelation. However, the famous scientist, Isaac Newton, spent most of his time actually working with Daniel 9. He concluded that there was a possible two-fold nature to the prophecy. This was because in the text it mentions 7 and 62 weeks until the Messiah, but then the 7 weeks are never mentioned again. Only the 62 weeks are mentioned in specific relation to Christ’s coming as the one who would then be cut off. So then, where could the 49 years come into play?
One of the most significant prophetic events was June 7, 1967 when Israel recaptured the Temple Mount. When Israel began as a nation in 1948, it suffered a war that left the old city of Jerusalem severely damaged. Now Israel had control and it was not until April 1, 1969 (Passover) that the Israeli Government formed the Jewish Quarter Development Company (DQDC). Construction in the old city lasted from 1969 to 1985. So 49 years from the decree to rebuild Jerusalem in 1969 would lead to 2018.
So then we must get back to this question of 360-day years verses solar years. If we plot 1535 and 1969 as times of significance, it is only the period of 434 solar years (62 weeks) that will indeed fit. If we used 360-day years, this portion of time would adjust to 427.7 solar years, which would demand that 1963 be the year–not 1969 to begin the 49 year portion. Therefore, the 360-day calendar is not in view from the time of Suleiman.
There would also be another issue to overcome using the year of 360 days here in this equation. The period of 490 360-day years would convert to 483 solar years ending in the spring of 2018. With the Second Coming needing to occur during the last three feast days, it would seem that the Second Coming would have to occur by 2017. Since 360-day year counts have resulted in direct day counts, there is also no direct day counts here it would seem to the feasts of concern. The problem with 2017 is that it is within seven years at this time–not allowing enough time for the 70th Week.
The layout then of Jerusalem building decrees spaced at 434 solar years (62 x 7) seems to clearly indicate that solar years are in view here. Therefore, using previous examples of solar year counting as in the timelines to 1914 and 1933, the end time is fulfilled within the last year. In 1914 and 1933, World War 1 and Hitler’s Laws of Anti-Semitism were within the 2,520th year. Therefore, it would seem consistent that the period of 490 solar years from Suleiman’s Decree would find fulfillment at the fall feasts within that 490th year. That would be the fall feasts in the year 2024 since 490 years would transpire in the spring of 2025.
Therefore, it appears that history is repeating itself to highlight the placement of the final seven years that were put on hold when the mystery of the Church was inserted at Pentecost AD 32. Of course, it would actually be the work of God to demonstrate a similar pattern in the final countdown. With this understanding, it would seem to indicate that the fall feasts in the 483rd year would occur in the year 2017. Therefore, each 70th Week component of each calculation runs from 2017 to 2024 making them run in true parallel. While the primary meaning of Daniel’s 70 Weeks is suspended at 69 weeks, the secondary application of Suleiman’s Decree seems to be the marker to identify the placement of the 70th Week.
The other item to consider again is Newton’s dilemma of the seven weeks. His view was that the seven weeks were somehow lost in the significance of the primary application of Daniel 9 and that somehow the seven weeks would come into play in Christ’s Second Coming. In considering this secondary application, it should be noticed that the period of seven weeks or 49 years is a mirror of the primary application. Could this be the final explanation for the seven week mystery? While both timelines are composed of 70 Weeks, the 62 week portion came right before Palm Sunday in AD 32, whereas the seven week portion comes right before the 70th Week in the secondary application, which also is the time of the primary application.
It seems reasonable then that God has chosen the 70 Weeks of Daniel to narrow down the time to both Advents of Christ. With the Decree of Suleiman the Magnificent in 1535, it would seem that a secondary application of the prophecy does indeed fit. The odds of a 434 year gap between decrees to rebuild Jerusalem are indeed fairly slim. That other time indicators point to 2017 and 2024 also seem to lend support to this theory that the 70th Week runs between those years. If this secondary application is true, it is then a monumental indicator that time is indeed very short and that 2017 is the looming year in the initiation of the 70th Week. We shall see...