THE 70 WEEKS OF DANIEL- PART 2
Ministering: Pastor Barnabas
Recap from last Sunday- Part 1
How many Daniels are here today?
– Yield yourself to God, He will use you more than Daniel.
Daniel had a special gift in dreams and visions.
“What God will use you for, He has already deposited it in you.”
– Just yield yourself to the use of God, He will manifest His Will in Your life.
How could all these things happen in 70 Weeks?
According to Alexandrian Calendar, 70 weeks is equal to 1 year, 4 months and 2 weeks.
From the time Jesus was born to the time He was crucified was even more than 30 years.
The puzzle is- ‘How then can all the things mentioned take place in 70 weeks?
– This morning by the Spirit of God, you will know that there are various calendars.
Note- Everything about the Hebrews is different.
Here is the explanation
The Hebrews have three types of weeks:
- Week of Days
This is calculated from one Sabbath to another Sabbath and it is equal to 7 days a week.
– Seven days make one week
- Week of Years
This is calculated from one Sabbathical year to another Sabathical year.
– Sabbathical year means 7 years
In the week of years, when one week is mentioned it means 7 years.
Leviticus 25:2- 4
Note- This was the law the Israelites broke that made them go into captivity in Babylon.
– If each day is for a year, seven days is seven years.
Interlude: When the Word of God is going forth, don’t be distracted.
– It is only God that blesses.
- Week of 7 times 7 years/ 49 years
This is calculated from one Jubile to another Jubile.
– It is a week of 49 years
Now, the week of years was used to calculate the 70 weeks of Daniel.
The 70 weeks therefore is equal to 490 years.
– The Hebrew calendar used for the calculation of the 70 weeks of Daniel is the Hebrew calendar week of years.
– That is 70 weeks times 7 years which is 490 years.
The division of the Weeks into Events
Now, let’s go into the division of these weeks into events as revealed by Angel Gabriel to Daniel
Daniel 9:25- 27
- Seven Weeks (49 years) to restore and build Jerusalem
– 7 weeks times 7 years equals 49 years
- Sixty two Weeks (434 years) Messiah shall come and shall be cut off.
– 62 weeks (Threescore and two weeks) times 7 years equals 434 years
- One week (7 years) when ‘he’ shall confirm the covenant with many.
– 1 week times 7 years equals 7 years
Note- Our topic is 70 Weeks of Daniel, there is another topic, ’70th week of Daniel’
Now, if you read Daniel 9:25, it says “from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be Seven Weeks, (notice the comma) and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times”.
The comma after the 7 weeks has separated that 7 weeks from the threescore and two weeks. Verse 26 explained further when it says, “After threescore and two weeks shall the Messiah be cut off” and not after 7 weeks, threescore and two weeks. Meaning that three score and two weeks is for the coming and cutting off of the Messiah while the first 7 weeks is to restore and build Jerusalem.
Fulfilment of each of the Events
Now, bringing the events to History
- The commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem shall be seven weeks (49 years) first 7 weeks (49 years)
Daniel 9:25 & 26b – The streets shall be built again and the walls, even in troublous times.
When was this fulfilled in the book of History?
Ezra 1:1-8 – Cyrus the king gave the commandment to go and rebuild Jerusalem.
Note- The word of the Lord that came by the mouth of Jeremiah is recorded in Jeremiah 29:10-11
The spirit of Ezra and Nehemiah came around this time.
– The temple and the streets were built in troublous times
- Daniel 9:26 – About 62 weeks (434 years) that Jerusalem has been restored, Jesus Who was born 30 years earlier was cut off.
Daniel 9:26b – and the people of the Prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary. This also took place at the end of the 62 weeks (434 years). That incident took place in A.D. 70 when the Roman army under General Titus over fled and destroyed Jerusalem and the temple.
Where the prophecies were fulfilled:
Matthew 27:22-26 – The crucifixion of Jesus Christ
Matthew 24:15-20 – The destruction of the city and the sanctuary
Note- Read ‘the invasion of General Titus in AD70’
Matthew 24:2; 16
Note- These summation of the weeks above gives us 69 weeks.
The Events of the Prophecies Stopped
At the end of the 69th week, after the children of Israel (the Jews) had been scattered all over the nations of the world and the temple has been destroyed, the prophecy stopped.
Matthew 24:2, 16 & 20
The Jews were scattered all over the face of the earth and God could no longer deal with them as a nation. Therefore the last week of Daniel which is the 70th week has to wait till Israel become a nation again.
When the 70 weeks stops at the 69th week, the times of the Gentiles began and the land of the Jews was taken over by the Arabs and a mosque was erected on the former site of the Solomon’s temple. It was at this same time that the Gospel came to the Gentiles. (Luke 21:24)
Points to note:
- From the point when Israel was scattered in A.D. 70, Israel was no longer a nation and God stop dealing with them.
Note- Because God deals with Israel as a nation and He can only deal with them in their land.
- From AD70 until 14th of May, 1948, there was a transition.
“This transition was the dispensation of the Gentiles.”
Return of the Jews to Jerusalem
Nothing was heard about the Jews again since A.D. 70 until recently (May 15th 1948) when the state of Israel was proclaimed a free independent nation and had its own flag, its own army and its own government for the first time after A.D. 70.
The times of the Gentiles
From the time (A.D. 70) when the Jews were scattered all over the nations of the earth to the time when they returned and became a nation is referred to as “the time of the Gentiles”, during which time God deals with the Gentiles and the gospel of salvation through the blood of Jesus Christ was preached all over.
In 1967, the Jews fought a 6-day war and the Old City (Jerusalem) was captured. They got the old city back, and that was when the times of the Gentiles got fulfilled.
The Transition period
The prophecy in Daniel 9:26b did not take place until 40 years after the Messiah was been cut off. That space of time between the end of one prophecy and the fulfilment of the next one in Daniel 9:26 is what we refer to as the transition period.
Now that Israel has become a nation, the next question that will readily come to mind is “why has the last week of Daniel 70 weeks not started?” The last week of Daniel has not started because we are in another transition period. The second transition period is the space of time between the time Israel became a nation and the time the 70th week of Daniel begins.
The first transition period was for 40 years and this other transition period may be about the same number of years or more.
We are now in the 2000’s and anytime from now the 70th week of Daniel will start.
Points to note
All this maneuvering may bring the world to a point when there will be peace covenant.
– This peace covenant will be confirmed with many for one week (7 years).
Brothers and Sisters, let’s put ourselves in order, it may be sooner than ever.
How many of us would like to be like Daniel and start putting yourselves in order?