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Daniel’s 70 weeks

Dan 9,20-27



The last days refers to the the entire age of grace, consisting of the last 2000 years. The Bible teaches that the last days began when Christ was crucified, marking the beginning of the seventy weeks. What the Bible means by last days is that we are living in the last age of man’s reign on earth. According to context, Daniel was in deep prayer over many days and perhaps months to the point that he wore out the angel trying to answer his prayer (Dan 9-21).


Sequence of Events in the Book of Revelation  


Dan 9,24-27 says:  


Seventy 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 Messiah the Prince, there shall be seven weeks and sixty-two weeks; The street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublesome times. "And after the sixty-two weeks Messiah 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." NKJV  


What this Bible passage says:


1. Seventy weeks have been decreed for your people – This is the entire span of the age of grace. The clock began ticking at the crucifixion of Christ. However, keep in mind that 62 weeks plus 7 equals 69, making the 70th week unaccounted for and thus significant. 

2. Finish the transgression -- the period of disobedience of Israel (throughout the age of grace)

3. Make an end of sin (atonement for inequity) -- Jesus was crucified

4. Bring in everlasting righteousness – The kingdom of God at the Millennium

5. Seal up the prophecy – Until the end of the age

6. Anoint the most holy place (Jerusalem) – Where Christ will establish His throne for a thousand years.  


Since the description of Daniel’s 70 weeks entails the age of grace, this 70 weeks can be better understood as 70 generations within a 2000 year period. We simply divide 70 into 2000 to get the length of a generation of about 28 ½ years, the average age when people start having children. Therefore, when Jesus said in Matt 24-34, “I tell you the truth, this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened,” He was talking about a 28 ½ year period! 


Mat 1-17  says, "Thus there were fourteen generations in all from Abraham to David, fourteen from David to the exile to Babylon, and fourteen from the exile of Babylon to the Christ."


Event                           Year from creation        Year of Event


Creation:                                 0                                3950 BC

Birth of Abraham                    949                            2001 BC

Birth of Christ                         3944                          6AD

Christ's Crucifixion                 3981                          32AD

Year to date                            5960                          2022AD


According to the time chart above


Between Adam and the birth of Abraham:           1949 years

Between Abraham  and the cross:                       1995 years

Between the cross and us:                                    1990 years  


There is a well-established pattern of approximate 2000-year periods between major events transpiring all the way back to Adam. This is highly suggestive that the end of the age is at hand. This age of grace shouldn't last any longer than 2000 years, except that Christ promised He would delay in the parable of the Ten Virgins (Mat 25-5).


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